Friday, November 22, 2013

Just a quick personal post -

I was in a really bad car accident in early September. I broke the second cervical vertabrae in my neck, so I had to be fitted for a cervical halo brace. I spent 5 days in the hospital. It's huge and bulky and I can't do much by myself and need assistance with everything but I'm scheduled for halo removal on December 6th.

Even though this experience has been the scariest ordeal I have ever had to go through, I feel very lucky and blessed to have survived. The name of my fracture is called "The Hangman's Fracture". The history behind the name goes back to the days of judicial hangings because the point of impact was positioned at the second cervical vertabrae. Even hospital/trauma personnel said that I was very lucky, and that it was a miracle from God that I was spared from death and spinal cord injury. I will be forever grateful.

I'm counting down the days on my The Hunger Games calendar! My sister has been updating my blog periodically for me so it's not completely neglected. I will be back soon, after I give my body some more time to heal itself.

Ashley

Friday, October 11, 2013

OCC Lip Tar All-Star Mini Set


OCC now has a limited edition set of minis available at Sephora! Love Lip Tar, but want smaller tubes for easy travel? Or, are you curious about trying Lip Tar, but weren't sure which color to buy? Now you can get a limited edition OCC Lip Tar All-Star Mini Set of 4 of their best selling colors (Memento, NSFW, Anime, Black Dahlia) in a cute little plastic zip bag with mini lip brush. The lip tars come in a miniature version of the full size tubes. With lip tar, a little goes a long way, so this set is totally a great budget friendly set for makeup lovers. Such an adorable set! Only $20 at Sephora - these would make awesome stocking-stuffers and gifts for friends this upcoming holiday season!

Friday, September 27, 2013

Keep Acne at Bay with Neutrogena Oil Free Wash and Cleansing Wipes


I've been a fan of Neutrogena since the 90's. Having an older sister, I was always getting into her products, and she always had cool skincare and makeup items like Neutrogena products. The Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash was an essential, and still is. The formula is gentle, lathers nicely, and leaves your face feeling clean without drying out your skin. It also uses salicylic acid to help ease breakouts and acne. It won't clog your pores and it leaves your skin feeling clean and soothed. Definitely a must have to keep pimples and acne at bay.


One of Neutrogena's newer products, the Neutrogena Oil Free Cleansing Wipes in Pink Grapefruit, are something I use daily. These wipes smell fresh and give you a burst of citrus fragrance that lingers on your skin lightly. These moistened wipes are great for on the go, or just having on your bathroom counter for a quick wipe down in the morning and at night. The wipes clean away pore-clogging dirt and leave your face feeling clean, fresh, and moisturized. These are great for oily skin and acne breakouts.


Review: Molton Brown Indian Cress Shampoo and Conditoner


I'm currently using Molton Brown Indian Cress Shampoo and Conditioner and it's great. It smells lovely like jasmine, honeysuckle and sandalwood. The smell is light and fresh, not too strong or overpowering. This purifying shampoo and conditioner improves shine, moisturizes your hair, and it is formulated with Indian Cress, which promotes hair growth. The shampoo creates a rich lather and leaves hair feeling clean and fresh, without over making it dry. The conditioner is rich and fragrant and gives your hair a lovely shine. I'm loving this haircare set right now! Available at Molton Brown for $30 a bottle.

Review: Mixed Chicks Spring Hair Bands

I have been wearing these in my hair non-stop lately. The multicultural haircare brand Mixed Chicks, just came out with awesome new hair accessories called Mixed Chicks Spring Bands. These hair bands are made of a super stretchy plastic material that holds your hair in place without pulling your hair or tangling your hair. Awesome! I often hair problems wearing my hair up in a elastic band or clip because it causes my hair to get tangled or gives me knots, not to mention, it often pulls my hair and can yank strands out. No fun! These hair bands from Mixed Chicks are different. They are comfy, lightweight, super stretchy, and they work on all hair types! They're available in cute colors like pink, blue, and yellow too. Each pack comes with 5 hair bands and is available at Mixed Chicks for only $3


Wednesday, August 28, 2013

REVIEW: Bite Beauty Cuvée Creme Lipstick



While beauty brands are regularly churning out new products, it's awesome to know that there are great quality brands devoted to lips. Bite Beauty has you covered from various color formula options (shades that pack a pigmented punch like High Pigment Matte Lip Pencils to a sheer kiss of color Lush Lip Tint), to Line & Define Lip Primer for all your priming needs, to Whipped Cherry Scrub and Superfruit Lip Butter to keep your lips in tip top shape. Bite Beauty is definitely not a brand to overlook at Sephora online or at a freestanding Sephora store.
I got to try some of the lipstick formula Bite Beauty Cuvee.  Swatches below!

Coral is such a fun shade. On my lips, Coral tends to lean on the pink side. I'm definitely not complaining, pink or red based corals are my favorite kind. I don't follow the usual color trends (only vampy colors in Fall/Winter and only bright shades in Spring/Summer). I personally believe that you should wear whatever color you want, whenever you want. This is similar to High Pigment Matte Pencil in Corvina, but with a creamier finish and overall texture/feel on my lips. I love how moisturizing these are!

Rose is a really pretty saturated red color. I can't get over how moisturizing these are. I'll admit; I have applied these lipsticks with less than super smooth lips and by the time I removed them, my lips were a lot softer and smoother. The pigmentation is amazing. I like to apply 2-3 coats in general with most lipsticks, but even a single coat of this delivered bright and bold evenly distributed color. You will never ever have to worry about patchiness with Bite Beauty lipsticks.

Note: At the time this review was initially written, the Cuvee Creme Lipsticks were available as individual shades. Sephora has since changed the availability, and the colors are available in a four shade gift set. The gift set includes Coral and Rose (swatched in this post), Blush and Blanc (two natural/neutral shades). It's a great way to try the Cuvee Creme formula while also trying out shades from separate color families.  The set is available at Sephora for $72.00




Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics debuts at Comic Con 2013

How awesome is this?! I wish I lived in California so I could snag this gem of a lip tar. The metallic finish of OCC lip tars is simply out of this world. This Fall, Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics will be adding six new beautiful Lip Tars to their already perfect product line-up! The Fall 2013 Lip Tar Collection, Moderncraft will feature a gorgeous mix of Stained Lip Gloss, Metallic Lip Tar, and regular Lip Tar. Moderncraft is scheduled to debut in August, which couldn't be more perfect because my birthday is in August!!!

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Check out this awesome press release!
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SAN DIEGO, CA (July 2013) Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics makes their long-awaited debut at San Diego Comic-Con (July 18-21, 2013) in a collaboration with artist Gail Potocki. 
To commemorate their arrival into Comic-Con, Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics has worked with renowned Symbolist painter Gail Potocki to launch a limited edition metallic Lip TarTM that is inspired by her latest series of paintings, "Fragmented Alice" -- a uniquely macabre take on Alice in Wonderland.   

The exclusive Lip TarTM in 'Fragmented' is a metallic acid green shade that boasts an unprecedented amount of metallic pigment, leaving a spectacularly foil-like finish on the lips that's unquestionably attention-getting.  San Diego Comic-Con is the perfect platform to launch this collaboration as it has become the largest pop-culture event in the world and features not only comics but all aspects of popular arts.  


Attendees of San Diego Comic-Con can be the first to pick up 'Fragmented' Lip TarTM: Metallic at the Century Guild booth (#2845) beginning on Preview Night, July 17th.

But that’s not all!  'Fragmented' Lip TarTM: Metallic is a preview of what’s to come next from Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics.  Stay tuned for more announcements coming soon on the full “Fragmented Alice” limited-edition collection, set to launch August 2013.