Monday, July 24, 2017

Birchbox: July Box Review

Oribe Apres Beach Wave Spray: My hair is naturally wavy, but it usually takes a little extra finesse to make it look presentable. I put this in my hair while it was damp (instructions said either damp or dry hair). I didn't sleep in a bun or anything, and just let it air dry. In the morning it was wavy but throughout the day it kinda lost its curl. I think next time I might try it while my hair is dry and see if it works better.

Beauty Protector Protect & Detangling Spray: As a kid my hair would always be tangled after washing it. I had super long hair and used to use a detangling spray. My hair doesn't really tangle like that anymore but I used it as a protectant spray with my straightener. It made my hair feel less frizzy (especially with the humidity in Florida). Also shiny as well.

Air Repair Complexion Boosting Moisturizer: with the face wash I use the it dries out my skin, but it does a pretty good job with removing my makeup, so I take the good with the, I guess you can say bad. This was a nice moisturizer, did I see my complexion get better, no. And I probably won't see that with this small sample, but I would keep using this product to see if it would help with my complexion. It also has a nice floral scent and is recommended from Allure magazine.

Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil: Most days I usually don't fill in my brows. This was probably the smallest sample I ever received. Probably can only do your brows twice with it. But over all it looked and worked really well. I am not a professional when it comes to my brows So I usually just try to fill in the thin areas. You can see the photo below the right side has the brow pencil and the left side doesn't. I think I would buy this in a full size version.

LOC Vibrant Matte Lipstick: Reds are some of my favorite colors to wear. This one I wore yesterday to brunch and out with some friends. It didn't completely stay one but I was surprised when I looked in the mirror later in the day you could still see a hint of red. Also a huge thing for me was that it didn't dry out my lips, like a lot of matte lipsticks do. See photo below of shade. Shade: Rose to the Occasion. 

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Royal Blue Jacquard Pants

About 6 months ago I found these cropped jacquard pants in TJ Maxx. They were a steal at $17 so I got this royal blue pair and a grey pair. They are very comfortable and have an elastic waist. I find the elastic waist bottoms more comfortable to wear to work everyday, since my job requires a lot of sitting. I am not the type of person who is afraid of colors either. I love popping outfits with a bright color. Since these royal blue pants are pretty bright I keep the top neutral. Like this one from Express that I got on clearance for $15. The heels are Express too that I got awhile back for $20 and they are actually comfortable. 

                              JC Penney's-$19.99                                                         Macy's-$34.98

                             Banana Republic-$66                                                       XOXO-$25

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Trend: Toe Strap Sandals

Living in Florida, sandals are a staple piece of your wardrobe. But sometimes you just get bored of those typical strappy ones. This summer a big trend is toe strap sandals. These are a great update for your summer wardrobe. And you can find them for not very expensive. The Rue 21 pair with the multi color beading I got on sale when they had BOGO free on sandals. So I got 2 pairs of sandals for $15 bucks! The other pair I got on clearance at DSW for $26. Check out these super cute, and affordable choices below. 

Monday, July 17, 2017

Ipsy: July Glam Bag Review

tarte Rain Forest of the Sea Deep Dive Cleansing Gel: I am obsessed with tarte products. I love everything from their brand. I actually have a larger version of this gel that I got with the Radiance Ritual Travel Set that I got in Sephora. I hadn't tried the cleansing gel yet though. I had used the Marine Boosting Mist to give my face a little refresh feeling. The gel was nice, not a lot a fragrance. My face did not feel as dry as it usually does. Since I like to use "gritty" face washes to help wash all the make up off my face, those can be really drying. After I added spritzed on some of the Marine Boosting Mist and my face felt very hydrated.

BRTC Jasmine Waterful Sleeping Mask: This is a Korean mask that goes on clear and it's intention is to help lock in moisture while you sleep so when you wake up your face feels hydrated. I used this mask after the Tarte Deep Dive Cleansing Gel and spray. I suffer from dry skin on my face so I was intrigued with this product. I did wake up and my face was still moisturized. It was a refreshing feeling. I'm sure you have to use continuously to see even more changes but I think I would buy a full size version on this mask.

Tresique Mini Concealer Crayon: Another brand that I have come to love through Ipsy introduction. This is my first concealer from them. It was pretty light for my skin tone right now, since I have a banging tan going on right now. But since I still do have dark circles under my eyes I applied it to a fresh face with no other makeup so that you could tell the difference. It's not as much coverage as I am used to but if you are looking for just a little something, this creamy crayon formula would be good for you. I applied the crayon to the left side of photo. Shade: Porcelain.

Seraphine Botanicals Ginger & Gold Blush: OK, new obsession ALERT!!! This is a magnificent blend of gold and peach shimmer. I love it! I wore it to work this morning and I already want to buy the another one. It is just enough color, but it would be easy to go overboard with it. I would also use it as an eye shadow as well. And it is healthy for your skin, 99% natural. 

Ciate London Wonderwand Gel-Kohl Hybrid Liner: Alright I personally usually gravitate towards liquid liners on my uppers for work and pencils for an night out look. But, I chose to switch it up this morning. I used this new one on my upper lids. Formula was good, glided on very well and didn't smudge upwards (since my eyelids are creased). I love this brand, I have several of their products through Ipsy bags, but you can probably find a less expensive pencil in drug stores. See below for eyeliner and blush. 

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Summer Trend: White Heels

While trying to find a dress to wear to a wedding I am attending soon, I came across that white heels are the shoes to have this summer. Celebrities are wearing them not only just on the streets, dressing up their denim but also on the red carpet. White heels or pumps are a great way to bring a classic, crisp look to any outfit. I don't wear very many pumps, I prefer wedges. They are more comfortable for me at work and running around all day. These wedges above are from Express. I love the Express wedges, they are some of the most comfortable I have owned. I am surprised at myself that I don't have a pair of solid white heels though. The more I think about all the different types of outfits I can wear with white heels, the more I wonder why I don't have a pair. I guess I will have to go buy a pair to have. How cute are the ones below with the ankle strap! Must own!!!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Trending: Black & White

The black & white trend is a trend that can translate to every aspect of your life. You can wear it to the gym, an evening out, work or just to run errands. And with so many different silhouettes including dresses, jumpsuits, pants and tee, or skirt with a blouse. I wear a lot of black and white to work. It's an easy go to look, especially when you can't think about getting dressed at 6am. I got this dress a while back from Old Navy. The inspiration below from Instyle shows all the formal attire you can wear. Also you can wear the B&W trend in the form of stripes. 

Dress: Old Navy
Heels: Nine West c/o Bealls Florida
Necklace: Bealls Florida
Earrings: Forever 21

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Summer Trend: Printed Pants

A few years ago printed joggers and palazzo pants were all over the place. To me it was kind of like wearing pajamas to work. I had bought several different styles, including this pair from Old Navy. These actually used to be down to my ankles, but shrank a little when I washed them. They still look cute though :) When you wear printed bottoms your don't have to wear the craziest top. The simpler, the better. For my outfit inspiration and the inspiration from the People Stylewatch just a basic v-neck tee was paired with the pants. This is a no fuss outfit and you can definitely style this one on a budget.

Tee: Gap
Pants: Old Navy
Clutch: Kohls
Wedges: Express
Necklace: Express
Earrings: Forever 21

Monday, June 26, 2017

Makeup Monday: Ipsy June Glam Bag Review

NYX Whipped Fouette Lip & Cheek Color: First of all, can I just say this fouetté smells amazing!!! It smells like butter cream icing. I was excited to get this sample. I have always been intrigued by whipped lip/cheek stains. When it comes to blush I am pretty "old fashioned" and tend to buy powders. I liked this formula. I was a light formula and went on very easy. The color I received was called "Pink Cloud". Highly recommend and it's pretty inexpensive.

Make Up Forever Aqua XL Eye Pencil: Can we go ahead and give this eye pencil for the most stubborn to get off? I literally couldn't even get it off with a makeup wipe. I had to whip out the eye solvent and q tip and SCRUB it off. Now I know why it's an Allure "Best of Beauty" award winner. I will be buying this pencil again. And it comes in a ton of different colors. 

Peek Black Eye Primer: Alright, I might not know everything about makeup but I did have to look up what "black eye primer" was. I had never heard of this. I just always stuck to my Urban Decay eye primer. I was shocked to find out that you apply this before your powder shadows and it helps to intensify your color. They also offer white to brighten. It also helps to prevent creasing. Which definitely happens it the humidity that I live in. It did seem to intensify but not sure if I would buy this again. I would be willing to try the white primer though. 

Pur Fully Charged Mascara: I love getting mascara samples. I have long lashes so I love trying new brands to help intensify my lashes. This formula "wraps a positively charged elastic veil around each lash" which causes they to have more volume and become separated. It did seem to lift and separate my lashes. I personally didn't care for this formula. I like my lashes to look fuller and thicker, and with 2 coats on below, it made them thin and twiggy. 

Skyn Iceland Glacial Face Wash: I have received a face wash by this brand before, and I liked it. This one helps to prevent breakouts, bumps and irrational from stress related hormonal changes. At this point in my life I don't have breakouts too much anymore, but this cleaner was very refreshing and made my face feel softer after using it. Not sure if I would use this as my everyday cleanser but I loved the formula. 

*All opinions are my own. 

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Surprise Engagement!

A couple weeks ago, one of my good friends, her boyfriend reached out to me and asked for my help with proposing. I told him I was in. So we started planning. He wanted to do the proposal on the beach near their house, where he first took her before she moved down to Florida. Where they had a long walk and found sand dollars together. Which is now one of her favorite hobbies, as well as dolphin spotting. So we had this plan to do it at sunset. He was going to be down on the beach a little ways and waiting for us. Now, my job was to figure out how to get her down to the beach without her suspecting anything. So I told her I want to do a blog post and feature her on it. I mean, come on, she's 5'10" and perfect for modeling. I had my friend do her make up and we chose a cute pink dress for her to wear. So she thought it was all apart of the blog post. Never did she suspect she would get engaged at the end of it. Even on the car ride to the beach we were discussing when she thought he would propose. Little did she know...

So after we got down to the beach, I was texting her boyfriend asking where he was, and he wasn't answering me. I wasn't sure how far down the beach he was and I started to panic. What if I am walking the wrong direction? What if he's not out here? I was so nervous.

Suddenly, I looked up and through this tree I saw the balloons flying in the breeze. I motioned to my other friend who was there, also in on the plan to go ahead and start to take photos of her walking up the beach. I turned on my video and started to record.

She walked up a little ways and saw him up on the sand with a balloon saying "Marry Me". She let out a scream and I think was in a little shock, obviously not expecting to see him. She walked up to the shore and he got down on one knee and asked her to marry him. She said YES!!!!

I was so happy that I could be apart of this amazing day and honored that he asked me to help.


Makeup by Ashley Smith

Photo shoot before the surprise 

Seeing him on the beach


We did it Ashley! 

Monday, June 19, 2017

Makeup Monday: Birchbox June Review

So I recently signed up to receive Birchbox. This is my second box I have received. I was skeptical because I really like my Ipsy bags, and was worried I would receive duplicate samples. So far I have received different brands and different products. 

 The Beauty Crop Blush Duo: This duo has a cream pink blush and a peachy powder blush. I really like this one. I love blushes and this is a great one for traveling. Both formulas are very easy to apply and the cream one is very soft.

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair: I usually don't use to much night repair serums. I do have very dry skin and usually use moisturizer. This serum is used to help prevent aging, improves dryness and reduces wrinkles. So far I can tell a difference in my dryness. I think I would purchase a larger bottle and see if continues to work for me.

Dr. Jart+ Beauty Balm: This BB cream reminds me of a highlighter, I would mix this with my foundation for a glow-y finish. It has a slight pink undertone and would definitely help cover imperfections. I will definitely be buying a full size version.

Vasanti Brighten Up Face Rejuvenator: I love face washes that are a little "gritty". It makes me feel like it is washing all the dirt and dead skin off so that the brighter, clearer skin can come through. And that's exactly what this rejuvenator does. This cleanser has tiny little microcrystals. It is formulated to replicate microdermabrasion results.

Mellow Matte Liquid Lip Paint: I speak to a lot of people who either like matte lip sticks or they can't stand them. I actually really like them. Some f them can be drying to the lips. But this one was not. And I love this shade. It's a little darker, but a neutral shade at that. The website link has more colors that go from very bold to everyday shades.

The Beauty Crop Blush Duo

Dr. Jart+ Beauty Balm

Mellow Matte Liquid Lip Paint: Tehran

Friday, June 9, 2017

Tropical Prints

If anyone knows me they know I love color, and I love prints. I saw this inspiration in my People Style Watch-June issue. Living in Florida makes it easy to embrace this trend. Tropical prints with a black ground are trending right now, but I recently bought this top in TJ Maxx. I thought it was  super cute with white bottoms and also I love this "fruit punch" color. There are many ways you can wear this trend, like the page above you can wear a bathing suit, shorts or incorporate tropical florals into your accessories. 

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Floral Embroidered Jeans

I recently was at Gap Factory store. I used to work for Gap while I was in college. I always loved their clothes. So I make it point to still check them out. When I saw these "girlfriend jeans" with blue embroidered flowers I knew I had to have them, plus they were on clearance! These jeans are such an east way to dress up denim. Or you can try what I did and dress it down with a white tee. 

Tee: Gap
Jeans: Gap Factory Outlet
Sandals: Gap
Purse: Michael Kors
Bracelet: Bourbon & Boweties

Monday, June 5, 2017

Makeup Monday: Formula 10.0.6

I received this sample awhile back in my Ipsy bag. Before I started Ipsy I very rarely did masks of any sort. But I started receiving many more so I became intrigued with the different types. This brand is one of my favorites. This mask works to clear clogged pores and clarify skin. Which is two of my biggest facial issues. All you need to do is apply a thin layer and let it try for 15 mins, then just wash off. I highly recommend this one. They also offer several different types of including pore cleanser, skin brightening mask, face wipes and moisturizers. Check out the entire Formula 10.6.0 line at Ulta. 

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Express Graphic Tees

Express is known for their trendy, fast fashion apparel. They have a vast selection of dresses, tops and bottoms. You can either find an outfit for work or for the weekend. And right now, I am obsessed with their graphic tees and tanks. They have such a vast array of styles, necklines and prints. Even if you are going to be a future bride or part of a bridal party there is a shirt for that! I got this one last year, and I feel like it represents my weekends rather appropriately, I do enjoy a nap in between everything. Check out some of these cute styles! 

Shorts: Gap
Sandals: Kate Spade c/o TJ Maxx
Hat: Gap