Urban Decay Naked2 Basics

posted on: Tuesday, September 23, 2014

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My aunt bought me the new Urban Decay Naked2 Basics palette for my birthday and I was elated! I loved the Naked Basics palette, but I think I love the Naked2 Basics palette even more. Above I have a couple comparison shots of my Urban Decay Naked Basics palette and the new Naked2 Basics palette side by side. You can see that my original basics palettes is pretty well loved.
The Naked2 Basics palette is supposed to pair perfectly with the Naked2 palette, but I think it also compliments Naked3 (you can read my Naked3 review here). There are 5 matte shadows and one satin. All colours run cool and are taupe-hued neutral shades. The palette also includes five new shadows.
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I think that there is a little more variety in the colour in the new palette compared to the first. The colours in the palette from lightest to darkest are Skimp, Stark, Frisk, Cover, Primal, and Undone. Skimp is a pale nude statin shadow, Stark is a matte nude-pink, Frisk is a matte warm grey, Cover is matte and a muted red-brown, Primal is matte and is muted brown, and Undone is also matte and is a deep smokey brown. Out of all these colours I am loving Frisk, Cover and Primal the most. The shadows tend kick up a little powder when you dip your brush in, but all shadows are also very buttery soft, pigmented, and blend nicely. So far I've just created soft day looks with this palette, but I am looking forward to mixing and matching with my Naked3 palette and creating a darker smokey eye for an evening out. 

Do you have the new Naked2 Basics palette? What do you think?

xo Ashley

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Fall Nail Polish

posted on: Sunday, September 21, 2014

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Now that Fall is approaching I've been going through my nail polish collection and have been picking out some colours that are more appropriate for the changing season. Lately I've been drawn towards darker shades of blue and purple, as well as shades of grey. My two favourites right now are Essie Cocktail Bling, and Essie After School Boy Blazer. In the Fall I really love colours that are so dark they are almost black, so the CoverGirl XL Gel nail polish in Bodacious Berry* (a dark purple) and Essie After School Boy Blazer (a dark blue) have really appealed to me. Lastly, I love the Revlon Colourstay Gel Envy polish in the colour Wild Card. It's a really pretty bright blue. The Revlon polish is a little more summery, but I'm still obsessed.

What colours of nail polish are you wearing lately?

xo Ashley

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Softlips Cubes Review

posted on: Thursday, September 18, 2014

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Finally I am getting to my Softlips Cube* review! I love these lip balms! First of all, the packaging is just so cute and I love how the package colour coordinates withe the scent. I also love the "glass" look to the cubes. It make them seem a little more sleek and sophisticated then your average lip balm. I have literally been taking the Vanilla Bean Cube everywhere with me. It permanently lives in my handbag now. The two balms that I have are Vanilla Bean and Berry Bliss. Berry Bliss is lovely, but one of my favourites scents ever is Vanilla, so of course the Vanilla Bean cube was instantly my favourite of the two. 

The lip balm itself is smooth and silky, and leave your lips with a pretty shine. Softlips describes the cubes as "5-in-1 lip care". The five benefits are listed as hydrating, replenishing, smoothing, protection, and shine. The cubes are formulated with shea butter and antioxidant vitamin A, C, and E. I definitely agree that these are hydrating and moisturizing on the lips. A new favourite product for sure. 

Have you tried the Softlips cubes yet? Which one is your favourite?

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#shopyourmood | Dressing for my mood with Elle and Hudson's Bay

posted on: Wednesday, September 17, 2014

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 This Fall Hudson's Bay and Elle Canada introduced a series of shop ready videos that included all of Fall 2014's best trends. The theme of each video was based on five different moods (happy, rebellious, powerful, relaxed, and romantic) which I thought was such a cool concept. I definitely dress for my mood, but not only that, I also dress to enhance or change my mood. For example, if I want my mood to lighten and I want to feel happy, I might pick garments with more colour or fun patterns, and if I want push my comfort zone and I might pick pieces that reflect a rebellious tone.  

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Hudson's Bay at Chinook Centre recently celebrated their newly renovated location with a couple weekend events, so I thought this would be the perfect time to take some of my inspiration from the #shopyourmood videos and try out some looks. I was really inspired by the "Relaxed" mood video, so I went in search of comfy knits and cozy cardigans. I had so much fun trying on all of the new brands and I seriously have a sweater obsession, so I ended up putting together four different Fall looks. One common pieces between all looks was a pair of Ash ankle boots. Of course those had to come home with me!
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Outfit #1
Theory t-shirt sweater dress
BB Dakota Cardigan
Ash Jalouse Taupe Suede Ankle Boot

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Outfit #2
Vince Sweater
Vince grey skinny jeans
Fossil Sydney Satchel
Ash Jalouse Taupe Suede Ankle Boot

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Outfit #3
Free People lace detail t-shirt
Maison Scotch oversized cardigan
7 For All Man Kind textured jean leggings
Ash Jalouse Taupe Suede Ankle Boot

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Outfit #4
John & Jenn leopard print sweater
Rebecca Taylor faux leather pleated skirt
Ash Jalouse Taupe Suede Ankle Boot

I also have a post up on the  Elle Canada Blog, so please check that out and leave a comment! I would also love to hear which of these four looks you like best. Finally, How do you shop or dress for your mood?

xo Ashley

photos by Lorie Boychuk

Fashion Beauty Panel | Colour For Your Eyes

posted on: Saturday, September 13, 2014

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This weeks Beauty Panel challenge was inspired by a celebrity trend of wearing coloured eyeshadows. The challenge was to show how to wear coloured eye makeup that would compliment your eyes. Instead of playing it safe and sticking to the browns, bronzes, golds, coppers and pinks that I I tend to wear, I decided to go with a neutral eyeshadow and a thick winged liner in a periwinkle blue. I've actually been wearing this eyeliner quite a bit lately, so I wanted to show it off. 

If you would like to read the about my look check out the post here!

How do you wear coloured eyeshadow or eyeliner?

xo Ashley

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