Thursday, June 9, 2016

Get the scent of summer with Lavanila Vanilla Coconut Perfume

It's like Lavanila bottled the scent of Summer in a bottle, in their classic yet beautiful Lavanila Vanilla Coconut Perfume. The scent reminds me of sunshine, days at the pool, a soft fresh coconut hint among the sweet fragrant subtle real vanilla. It's so yummy, I can't stop smelling it. Lavanila is known for using beautiful scents and oils to create a truly wonderful fragrance that is made of more healthful ingredients without a bunch of fillers. I want to spritz this fragrance on my sheets and in my bedroom. It creates a long last scent that has a modern yet nostalgic scent that doesn't smell artificial. The madagascar vanilla is rich and true and the coconut is light and airy and crisp, rather than fake and wimpy. Check out the entire line of fragrances from Lavanila, but if you want a scent thats perfect for the warmer weather months, Vanilla Coconut is where it's at!

Friday, June 3, 2016

Dermaflash Review

Have you heard of Dermaflash? It's an awesome new technology that allows for gentle but thorough exfoliation of the facial skin and it also removes and smooths away peach fuzz. Ideal for all skin types, and gentle for use. This device is easy to hold, and you simply attach a cartridge, use the skin care prep and cream and is even hailed by Vogue as one of the coolest technology devices for skincare. The device offers light sonic vibrations and refreshes dull skin, giving a smoother, more youthful looking appearance. Best when sued regularly, to maintain and get the best results possible.

Simply plug in and charge the device. The device is easy to hold, and you softly run it over your skin, it is a relaxing and gentle feeling and using the exfoliator edges, you can smooth your way to a softer complexion. It also removes peach fuzz on the face, gently, without tugging or shaving.  This device is really cool, I even had to give one to my mom! This is such a cool new skincare option that is ideal for all people and is formulated especially for the contours of a woman's face. Check out the Dermaflash Facial Exfoliation Device at Sephora!

Jurlique Calendula Redness Soothing Moisturizer Cream

I have a thyroid condition that gives me annoying facial redness and has really compromised the once super soft and smooth condition of my skin. I always love finding new redness relief skincare products to put to the test! I recently tried the Jurlique Calendula Redness Cream and it's really nice! When I try redness relief products, I'm not expecting perfection, but I love when I can actually tell that the product is improving the feel or appearance of my skin problems. This stuff is lovely! It smells good, feels really nice, isn't too heavy or too thin and it's very moisturizing! This cream has soothing cucumber, aloe, and avocado oil. It feels really nice on the skin and allows your skin to drink it up. After cleansing your face and patting ti dry, apply a few dabs of this cream and blend into your facial skin with your fingertips in a circular motion. I've noticed a small amount of redness relief, especially if I use this after cleansing with my skincare brush. You can check out the entire line of skincare products at Jurlique!

Friday, May 27, 2016

Biore review

I adore Biore. They are my go-to pore strip, and have been for years. They're affordable, work well, are easy to use, and are available in drugstores, so you can have clean pore no matte where you are! I tend to get clogged pores pretty often, but these strips are seriously ultra cleansing and do a great job of grabbing onto oil and residue that clogs your pores. Peeling the strip off once it's completely dry, is super easy, and I can see a serious difference even just after one strip. I like to keep these handy, and include them in part of my skincare routine.

I like to apply, and while waiting for the strip to dry, listening to some music or watch Netflix. I've tried more expensive higher end brands of pore strips, but these work just as good if not better ;)

Blog Update

I'm been on a bit of a blog hiatus, but I'm back and ready to start blogging beauty again! Stay tuned for new reviews and swatches soon :)

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Holiday Gift Guide: Sephora x Jem and The Holograms part I of II [review + swatches]

A very late 80's baby, I wasn't old enough to watch the original run of Jem and The Holograms - but my big sister was! In fact, she suggested "Ashley" to my parents as a name for the baby - based on her favorite Jem character. So technically, I am named from a Jem and The Holograms TV show character. She was one of the girls from the orphanage who wanted to be a singer. Like my "namesake", I sing as well. As her little stalker sister, I naturally copied whatever she did; so when she would watch re-runs in the 90's, I watched them with her. I specifically remember the songs and Jerica/Jem's awesome style.

We were both pretty excited to hear about this collection when the news first came out in the beauty blogging world, and we were definitely not disappointed. These Jerica/Jem worthy products are everything I imagined that a Jem inspired collection would be.

I am including the full Jem and The Holograms collection in my gift guide. The first post will be about the lip products, and the second will be the eyeshadow palette and the super glam compact mirror.

My friend showed me a picture of the lipstick tube when it was first released in the promo images. Along with the photo, she said that I "need it". She was right. This is definitely a shade that hot pink lovers need. Being a huge fan of pinks with shimmer/iridescence of any kind, this lipstick was instant love. I love how vivid this shade is, and what a huge pop of a fun and bright pink this is! I don't think I will ever have enough bright pink lipstick - ever. I plan to include this again in my next "Shades Of Lipstick Love" post.

Music Is Magic
(bright pink)
I love how electric this shade is! It's very cool-toned, but I love blue-based shades so that's actually a huge plus. The matte finish is smooth. I didn't notice any particular drying properties, but I exfoliated my lips with a homemade lip scrub before application. If dryness is a concern, I usually prep my lips with a light coat of Rosebud Salve. Blot, and then apply color. This is definitely a shade that I could imagine the character Jem wearing as she takes the stage. 

To The Rescue
This pretty raspberry pink shade showed a subtle shimmer that I LOVED. I really like matte finishes with a slight iridescence that adds a glow to the otherwise matte lip color. I really like the depth and overall dimension the shimmer adds to the shade. To The Rescue photographed a bit lighter than how it appeared in person, but I don't think that really affects how pretty the color is. I love it either way.

She's Got The Power
(dark purple)
I was super excited to see a vampy dark shade in this set. I love the glow/iridescence! If you want to kick up the glam factor a bit, an application of top coat "Fashion Fame" is exactly what you need. I swatched She's Got The Power + Fashion Fame together a bit later in this review post.

Fashion Fame
(light pearl pink)
I swatched Fashion Fame twice for comparison.
On bare lips:

 Applied over She's Got The Power

I really love how Fashion Fame looks over another color! The contrast of purple against the glitters is super fun and glam. I'm obsessed with this. I literally stared at the glitters for like 5 minutes on my laptop before I continued onto the next swatch/review.

Like A Dream
This shade is a very neutral pink. It's pretty. This is my idea of what I would consider my perfect "nude". I once read a trick to finding your perfect nude is to find the color closest to your inner front side of your bottom lip. This is a pretty close match, therefore my perfect "nude" shade. I still plan on wearing Like A Dream, even though my usual preference is brighter/bolder shades.


Monday, November 16, 2015

Shades Of Lipstick Love: Blue-based Reds

We all have those things that we're always attracted to. We just can't help it. Our eyes zone in on what we like. Before we even know it, we "accidentally" add it to our cart and "accidentally" enter our credit card info and check out.

Besides metallic reds, my other lipstick love is blue based reds. There's just something so glam about a blue red, and the fact that the contrast of the blue undertone makes your teeth appear whiter and brighter is an added bonus!

All swatches taken on bare lips, with a camera flash. 

"Ruby Woo"
(very matte vivid blue-red)
 M.A.C has some great reds in their permanent line, but I have noticed that many makeup lovers tend to prefer one of their two most popular reds a bit more than the other. As for me, I'm on Team Ruby. This was my first ultra matte blue-red lipstick, and it is the shade that started my little love affair with blue-toned red lipsticks.

(deep red)
My sister has very prominent warm tones and generally didn't wear blue-reds for a long time, but she loves this shade! She has since discovered many more she likes. I love this shade on her, and I like to wear it too. I really like the velvety smooth finish of this shade. In this photo, the color appears a bit brighter in tone (likely due to the flash). In person, I notice the blue undertones appear to be more prominent, and richer in tone.

"Dragon Girl"
(siren red)
I love how lightweight this pencil feels after application. It's very comfortable. I think it wears off pretty evenly, leaving a soft stain. The matte finish is very smooth. The edges tend to look a bit pink as the shade opacity thins a bit; but I prefer to perfect the edges of my lipstick with a lipliner so it's not really an issue. 

M.A.C Lipstick
(vivid, bright pinky red) 
 This shade is sadly no longer available, but I thought it deserved a mention in this post of my favorite cool-toned red lipsticks. I voted for "Glam" in the M.A.C By Request every day, because I could just tell that I needed to get my hands (and lips) on this shade. Glam applies as a cool-toned red that borders on fuchsia, then wears down to a really pretty pink stain. I ordered a second tube after my first order arrived, because I just really loved it and it contrasted nicely with my skin tone.

Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense Lipstick
(raspberry red)
 I tried this lipstick for the first time 2 years ago, and it was instant love. It has a really pretty soft sheen. The Rouge Artist Intense lipstick formula feels so luxe, and fades to a beautiful stain. It has come to my attention (as of right now) that this shade is no longer available on Sephora or the Make Up For Ever website. This is pretty heartbreaking to me, considering this is one of my top 5 favorite red lipsticks - of ALL time.

- Ashley