FOTD | Charlotte Tilbury

posted on: Saturday, August 29, 2015

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I've spoke a little about the Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat in Pillow Talk and how much I love it in a past post (read here) but I haven't wrote about any of the other Charlotte Tilbury products that I own yet. Charlotte Tilbury became available in Canada back in June and I quickly ordered some of the items that ranked highest on my wishlist. This included the The K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in Penelope Pink, the Lip Cheat in Pillow Talk, and finally the Luxury Palette in The Dolce Vita. Also back in June JP bought the Filmstar Bronze and Glow for me while we were in Seattle for my graduation ceremony. 
For my eyes I basically recreated Charlotte Tilbury's Dolce Vita smokey eye look, excluding adding winged eyeliner. Instead I used a dark brown eye pencil to tight line my upper lash line. You can also watch a tutorial from the Charlotte Tilbury YouTube channel on her Dolce Vita look.

Have you tried any products from Charlotte Tilbury?

xo Ashley

Sisters Picnic

posted on: Thursday, August 13, 2015

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Last week my sister and I had a mini picnic on my front porch. We made strawberry lemonade (recipes here), ate macaroons and fresh fruit, and coloured in our colouring books. It was fun to do something a little different than our usual sister get togethers. Typically on Friday evenings we go to a yoga class, grab pizza, and maybe paint. We had a few other things planned for the day, but we ended up getting caught up in colouring. Is everyone else as obsessed with adult colouring books as I am? I find it so calming and relaxing to just sit and colour, and it's nice that it is something that my sister and I both enjoy doing. It's definitely something that I missed doing from my childhood. Chapters has so many cute colouring books right now. I want to collect them all!

xo Ashley

FOTD | Make Up For Ever

posted on: Thursday, August 6, 2015

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Make Up For Ever is by far one of my favourites brands, so I thought I would share a makeup look that is almost entirely from the brand. Everything that Make Up For Ever does is gold, and I'm sure that you can tell from my reviews that I am a fan. I also have a bunch of new products to share from the brand that I haven't gotten around to reviewing on the blog yet, so I thought that sharing how I use the products would be a good way to introduce them. 

First of all, for my base I used the Step 1 Skin Equalizer* to prime my skin (you can read my review here). Next I tried out the new Ultra HD Invisible Coverage Foundation, which I had a little sample of from Sephora. The original HD foundation was one of my favourites, and I was planning on buying it again when I ran out of my current foundation, so of course I had to test out the new version. I liked the coverage and the colour seemed to match my complexion pretty well. I had the original version several years ago so I can't make a direct comparison or say what the difference is between the old and new. All I can say is that I like both.

Next I used the HD cream blush in 410 Coral* to add a little colour to my cheeks (read my review here), then the new Pro Bronze Fusion bronzer in 20M Sand to warm up my complexion.  This bronzer is described as ultra natural and waterproof, which I think is great for summer. Make Up For Ever even has a quick tutorial on the website on how to apply their Pro Bronze Fusion bronzer with the Kabuki brush. I also applied a little bit of the highlighter from the Pro Sculpting Duo to the tops of my cheek bones. 

For my eyes I used the 9 Artist Shadow Palette Volume 1 in Nudes*. The palette comes with a handy book with instructions on how to create three looks with the palette. I don't typically follow instructions that come with palettes and prefer to come up with my own combinations, but for this look I decided to follow along with the second look in the book called natural. This eye look used the three shadows in the middle row. Starting with the top middle shade I-514 Pink Ivory, I applied this colour all over the lid. With a pencil brush I then applied the shade in the middle of the bottom row, I-544 Pink Granite, along the top and bottom lashes and into the crease. Finally, I added D-562 Taupe Platinum just above the crease and along the lower lash line. I applied the shadows very lightly because I didn't have much planned for the day, but you can definitely build the colour up for a more dramatic look. Before adding mascara I also tight lined my upper lash line with the Artist Liner in M-60 Dark Brown to give the appearance that my lashes were thicker, but without looking like I was wearing eyeliner. 

The last step was popping on a little of the Artist Plexi-Gloss in 102P Sweet Beige* to give my lips a little shine. So there you go. An everyday look using all Make Up For Ever products. Do you have a favourite makeup brand? what's your favourite product from Make Up For Ever?

xo Ashley

Moscato Moment

posted on: Tuesday, August 4, 2015

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I was recently sent a couple of different wines to try out from Jacob's Creek, along with a couple different drink recipes to test out. Last week the weather was scorching hot, so I decided it was the perfect time to make the Strawberry Basil Lemonade. I have a little indoor herb garden and my Basil plant is growing out of control, so it worked out nicely to have a new way to use my basil. 

The recipe calls for:
1 bottle of Jacob's Creek Moscato
6 oz. off fresh lemon juice
1 pint of fresh strawberries
3 sprigs of basil
and 1 lemon sliced

The first step is to blend the lemon, strawberries, and basil, then strain into a pitcher. Next, add the bottle of Jacob's Creek Moscato to the pitcher. Finally, as a garnish I used basil, sliced strawberries, and lemon slices. And that's it. My little sister was coming over to have a girls day and picnic, so I also made a non-alcoholic version of the strawberry lemonade. I basically followed the same recipe, but instead of the bottle of Jacob's Creek Moscato, I added a bottle of San Pellegrino Sparking Mineral Water. I found a sparkling lemonade recipe on Pinterest that sounded really great that I also want to try! The only major difference is mint instead of basil. 

I also have a blog post coming with a couple photos from my girls day picnic with my little sister!

xo Ashley

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Festival Survival Kit Contest!

posted on: Thursday, July 23, 2015

This post was sponsored by Johnson & Johnson Inc.

Summer is my favourite time of year, and one part of summer that I've always loved is outdoor music festivals. I love that you get to be outside with good food and good friends, and that you can see several bands over one weekend. With long days and even possibly camping, it is helpful to head to a festival fully prepared. 

When I go to an outdoor festival I always pack a little backpack or a tote bag of all the essentials I'll need for the day. First on my list is a blanket to sit and relax in the sun. Next, it's always nice to carry a few snacks like veggies, fruit, and granola bars, and of course a bottle of water. Other things on my essentials list are sunscreen to prevent sunburns, bandaids to protect and heal scrapes and blisters (especially blisters!), Benadryl and Polysporin for pain and itch relief from bug bites, oil absorbing sheets to combat shine, and dental floss. The sunscreen, bandaids, and Benadryl are actually in my bag pretty much all summer long so that I'm always prepared whether I'm going on a hike, at the community lake, or heading to a festival. Below are a couple upcoming festivals to my local area that you might want to check out if you are also in Alberta. 


If you want more Calgary festival information, check out calgaryculture.com for more upcoming festival dates.

Today I am also sharing with you an exciting Festival Survival Kit giveaway brought to you by Johnson & Johnson Inc. I think the best thing about this survival kit is that it has everything you need in one convenient bag. The Festival Survival Kit is a $200 value,  and inside you will find…

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AVEENO® Sun Protect & Hydrate 30 SPF
AVEENO® Positively Radiant Face Wash (Cleanser)
AVEENO® Positively Radiant Targeted Tone Corrector
AVEENO® Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer SPF 15
AVEENO® Positively Nourishing Shampoo
AVEENO® Positively Nourishing Conditioner
BAND-AID® Brand Waterproof Tough-Strips
BENADRYL® Bug Bite Relief Itch Stick
CLEAN & CLEAR® Oil Absorbing Sheets
CLEAN & CLEAR® Night Relaxing All-in-One Cleansing Wipes
LISTERINE® Pocket Paks
LISTERINE® Total Care Whitening Easy Sliding Floss
POLYSPORIN® Complete
POLYSPORIN® Assorted Blister Pads
POLYSPORIN® Cracked Heel Cream
POLYSPORIN® Poly To Go
POLYSPORIN® Pain and Itch Relief 


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