posted on December 05, 2013 by
From makeup and lotion to perfume and at-home laser hair removal, the next page in the Holiday 2013 Girly Gift Guide is all about staying beautiful. Not that you NEED these things to be beautiful, although I’m pretty sure I do, especially the new Urban Decay Naked 3 eyeshadow palette… Check out the full guide below the collection, or by clicking here. Happy girly gifting!
1. GlamGlow YouthMud TingleExfoliate Treatment, 69. 2. Urban Decay Naked 3, 52. 3. Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X, 449. 4. Bobbi Brown Old Hollywood Train Case, 220. 5. Bare Minerals Jumbo Size Mineral Veil, 32. 6. Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy Noir Eau De Parfum, 90. 7. PB Teen Light It Up Beauty Mirror, 119. 8. Molton Brown Pink Pepperpod Body Lotion, 42. 9. Ted Baker Cosmetics Case, 45. 10. Urban Decay Anti-Aging Eyeshadow Primer, 24. 11. Paper Source Hair Bun Kit, 6.95 12. Mason Pearson Hair Brush, 120.
posted on October 22, 2013 by
It’s been a while since I’ve shared an Obsession Collection. Although I guess you could make the argument that all collection posts I create (and all posts in general) are obsessions. Either way, I’ve been meaning to share this collection for a while. When you buy as much mascara and eye shadow as I do, you need something to take it off. And I don’t know about you, but if I’m being lazy and try to use my face wash to remove eye makeup, it never works, and just results in black streaks that end up all over my towels. I’ve tried a lot of eye makeup removers over the years, and all of these options have passed one major test – being able to remove Benefit’s They’re Real! mascara. So, let’s check out some of my faves – what are yours?
posted on September 17, 2013 by
Have you ladies seen the new Marc Jacobs Beauty line at Sephora? I’m obsessed with everything Marc Jacobs. The whimsical yet edgy clothes, the colorful accessories, the cheerful and fresh fragrances and the man himself. He’s seriously adorable. And now the makeup. Sigh. I really do not need any more makeup. Like I already have a lifetime supply. But I’m pretty sure I want everything in this new collection, sold exclusively at Sephora. Marc brings his daring, expressive and confident sense of style to the collection, which has it all – from foundation to nail polish and everything in between. But it’s also carefully curated. And unlike his fragrance packaging, which is playful, colorful and a bit over the top (yet still well-designed), the makeup packaging is sleek, monochromatic and minimalistic. A beautiful addition to any makeup bag, don’t ya think?
Marc was hands on with the entire process of creating Marc Jacobs Beauty and he even included a few products that are Boy Tested. Girl Approved. A mini-collection of his personal essentials: kissable lips, groomed brows and bright eyes. And his overall collection was inspired by things like music, his favorite tattoo (the word Shameless over his heart) and style icons like The Vamp and The Starlet. “I love makeup. I love that it transforms. It lets you be who you want to be, lets you said what you want to say. It gives you a voice, a vision, while having a good time.” Well said, Marc. Maybe I can use that quote to justify all my makeup purchases to my husband…
Here are a few faves from the collection (which is basically everything):
posted on September 06, 2013 by
I’m sure I’ve mentioned this before, but random Ashley fact: I used to be a chronic nail biter. I finally stopped biting my nails in 2007 when I had UV gel nails for a few months leading up to my wedding. Even though gel and acrylic nails can be damaging, they did help cure my nail-biting habit. For the most part. I still pick at them and once in a while if a nail breaks, I’ll start biting again. Unless I keep them polished. And since I seem to be incredibly hard on my nails (one reason I loved the gels and why I never spend money on a regular manicure), nail polish rarely lasts more than a day or two before it chips or peels. Unless I use the Sally Hansen Insta-Gel Strips, which last over a week, I find myself painting my nails almost every day. I guess I just traded nail-biting for nail polishing. (FYI, nail-biting is a way cheaper habit than polishing!)
Over the years I’ve tried a lot of products, so I finally put together a list of my DIY mani essentials (excluding the polish itself, since the options are basically limitless):
posted on July 11, 2013 by
Did you know there are some girls that never have to wear makeup? If you are one, I envy you. I normally cannot leave the house without at least foundation and mascara. I’m obsessed with makeup and I’m always looking for new products. I’m pretty conservative with what I use and I’m trying to expand my palette a little. But for now, here are the staples that I use every single day:
posted on June 24, 2013 by
You may have caught a glimpse of my polka dot nails on Instagram or Facebook a few weeks ago. Since a lot of people asked what they were or how I did them, I am back with a post. I could never create such perfect circles on my own (trust me, I’ve tried), so I used the Sally Hansen Salon Insta-Gel Strips in Spot On. And so you don’t make the same mistake as me… I bought a box of the strips but when I went to do my nails, I realized that I also needed the LED lamp. Oops. I was going to buy the lamp online since the one that comes in the Starter Kit is “mini” and only does one nail at a time, but I needed instant gratification, so I ran back out and picked up the kit. And I’m so glad I did because here is the result:
I was worried the polka dot design would be a bit too much once it was on every nail, but I actually loved the result. And it was so easy to achieve. The Starter Kit is available in three different colors and costs $29.99. Not a bad price since most LED lamps start at about $40. In addition to the mini LED lamp, the kit also includes 16 gel polish strips, a bottle of gel top coat, 2 nail cleanser pads, a cuticle stick and a nail file/buffer. Not a bad deal. FYI, a box of the gel nail strips includes everything except the lamp and costs $14.99. (Currently offered in 23 fun colors and patterns.)
posted on March 05, 2013 by
I’ve been meaning to write this post since Christmas – that’s how far behind I am!! I had never heard of the brand TokyoMilk before my friend gave me one of their Lip Elixirs as a gift, but now I’m totally obsessed. You know I’m a total lip gloss junkie and this one is definitely my new fave. If you’re unfamiliar with the brand, TokyoMilk is a line of fragrances (perfumes, body lotions and candles) created by renowned perfumer Margot Elena. She combines unexpected elements to create a daring, handcrafted, edgy and evocative sensory experience. The Lip Elixirs are part of the new TokyoMilk Dark Femme Fatale collection.
I tend to prefer lip balms that come in a tube rather than having to use your fingers, but I’m a sucker for pretty packaging. I love the black embossed tin with the pop of color. It feels handcrafted yet modern and feminine. The formula is very moisturizing and goes on smoothly with no sticky residue. And did I mention the flavors? So yum! They are like gourmet sweet treats for your lips!
posted on January 25, 2013 by
Happy Friday!! Friday’s are a good day for giveaways, don’t you think? If you saw my review of Urban Decay’s new Naked Skin Beauty Balm, you know that I am totally obsessed! So obsessed that I have to share the love with one of my readers, so I’m giving one away! You can enter the contest using the Rafflecopter widget below, or by clicking here. A winner will be drawn at random on February 2nd.
Thanks for entering and good luck!
posted on January 22, 2013 by
I’ve been wanting to try a beauty balm (aka BB) for a while now, but none of my trusted skin care brands offered one. And knowing the problems I have with my skin, I’m not going to put just anything on my face! So obviously I was thrilled when I ordered the Naked Basics palette and it came with a sample of their brand new Naked Skin Beauty Balm! I love anything from Urban Decay, especially their Naked line, and since I went through the sample so quickly, I knew I needed to buy full the size product. And that I also needed to give one away to one of my readers! (Stay tuned.) And…I love it so much that I actually posted an un-Photoshopped picture of my makeup-fee face for a before and after. Now that’s a testimonial, ladies!
If you don’t know anything about beauty balms, they come with a lot of claims – miracle retouchers in a tube! And you would think that after trying almost every “miracle” product on the market (and working in advertising), that I wouldn’t buy into the hype. But I do! I’m a total sucker for claims!
posted on December 06, 2012 by
Hi everyone! I have a super fabulous giveaway to go with todays beauty-themed Girly Gift Guide post, just in time for the holidays! As you know, I love my Urban Decay Naked palettes, so I was beyond excited when they announced the newest addition to the line, the Naked Basics palette. This palette is the perfect companion to the other two Naked collections, and contains six gorgeous MATTE neutrals, including four new and exclusive shades. I love Urban Decay’s eye shadows. They are highly pigmented and are easy to blend with their smooth finish. This palette is small and compact yet contains full-size shadow pans, and has everything you need for the perfect neutral matte eye!
So of course I snagged one the day they came out to give away to one of my readers! I’m also including the Triple Threat Travel Eyeliner set, which contains three of their most popular shades: Rockstar (dark eggplant shimmer), Zero (black cream) and Demolition (deep brown matte). I own all of these and use them all the time! And of course, I can’t give away eyeshadow without including one of my fave makeup essentials, a travel size version of the Original Eyeshadow Primer Potion.
This would make the perfect gift for any girl on your list, or keep it as a gift for yourself! You deserve it! There are many ways to enter using the Rafflecopter widget below, or by clicking here. Thanks for entering and good luck!
[ A huge thanks to all who entered! Congrats to Kellie Rose for being the winner! ]