Charlotte Tilbury Eyes To Mesmerise

posted on: Thursday, May 21, 2015

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Charlotte Tilbury recently released six new cream eye shadow pots called Eyes to Mesmerise. I have been dying to try out the Charlotte Tilbury line, so I was more then thrilled to have the chance to review the Eyes to Mesmerise shadow in Jean* 

The shadows are said to be a water infused formula, with vitamin E to sooth and hydrate the eyes. Each of the six shadows is inspired by an iconic woman. Jean is described as a sparkling pink champagne colour that was inspired by the silver screen icons, Marilyn Monroe, Jean Harlow, and Jean Shrimpton. 

I have literally been wearing this cream shadow everyday since the day I got it. I think it is a great colour to compliment my blue eyes, and it is so easy to apply. I have tried applying it with my fingers and with a brush, and think that both ways work well. You can also wear the shadow sheer, or build up the intensity. I also really love the texture. It is very light and creamy, the texture almost feels whipped, and you hardly need any product to get great colour pay off. One con is that if I don't wear a primer the shadow does crease a little on me, but this is a typical problem for me with all eyeshadows, so I pretty much always wear a primer. When I have used an eyeshadow primer I do not notice any creasing. If you can't already tell, I adore this product. On my wish list are the colours Marie Antoinette, an antique oyster gold, and Bette, a burnished amber gold. 

Below I have shared a video from the Charlotte Tilbury YouTube channel demonstrating how you can apply the Eyes to Mesmerise cream shadow in Jean.

Have you tried the Eyes To Mesmerise cream shadows yet? What products are on your Charlotte Tilbury wish list?

xo Ashley

L'Oreal Fibralogy

posted on: Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Recently I was sent the L'Oreal Fibralogy* three step product line to try out. My hair lacks volume and is very fine, so I'm always on the look out for products that will boost the thickness and volume of my hair. 

The Fibraolgy line claims to give thicker hair by expanding the hair from the inside. It also claims that you will see the best results after five uses, and that it continues to thicken wash after wash. First you start with the thickening shampoo which is specially developed with an ingredient called Filloxane. This shampoo is meant to deep cleanse and thicken hair fibres. The next step is the Thickness Booster which also contains Filloxane, but at a higher concentration. You apply this product all over your hair, but do not rinse it out. Last is the conditioner. This conditioner also contains Filloxane and is meant to nourish and thicken hair without weighing it down. 

When I initially used these three products I really liked the results. I noticed that my hair seemed to feel thicker after one use, and I even had some positive comments on my hair. Unfortunately as I continued to use the products my hair started to feel really dried out, and after four uses the ends of my hair felt parched, but my roots seemed to be producing more oil. So in my experience the pro was that my hair did look and feel thicker, but the con was that it seemed to dry out my hair. For me, this product line was a miss, but I have seen many other bloggers who have had positive results. 

Have you tried the L'Oreal Fibralogy line, or any other thickening hair products? What are your go to products for added volume and thickness?

xo Ashley

**I received The L'Oreal Fibralogy Shampoo, Conditioner, 
and Thickness Booster complimentary from Influenster to test and review. All opinions are my own**

Birchbox & Rifle Paper Co

posted on: Sunday, May 17, 2015

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I'm quite late posting this, as the Birchbox and Rifle Paper Co collab was the April box. I still wanted to share how absolutely beautiful the box was, not to mention a couple interesting products inside! Birchbox reached out and asked me if I would like to try out the April Rifle Paper Co box, and I decided to give it a go. This is my first beauty box, so I was pretty excited to see what I would get. I think beauty boxes are a great way to test out and discover new products. My mom has a few different subscriptions, and I always love to see what she gets. I actually hadn't tried any of the products from the brands in the Birchbox that I received, so it has been pretty fun trying them all out. Here is a quick overview of what I received in my April Birchbox:

Beaver Professional Hydro Nutritive Moisturizing Shampoo and  Repairing Conditioner (full sizes $19 & $20)
This is a described as a mild shampoo that give much needed nourishment meant to repair and rebuild damaged hair. The Conditioner is a meant to restore, and strengthen damaged hair. I've tried this out a couple times and have liked it so far. I like that you don't need to use too much of either conditioner to feel like the products are doing their job. 

BeeKind Shower Gel (full size $19)
This is a hydrating and moisturizing shower gel made with honey and lemongrass. I've also tried this out a couple times and love the scent. The bottle also states that a portion of the proceeds of the purchase of this body gel goes towards supporting the honey bee and sustainable pollination research. 

Jelly Pong Pong Glow Getter Highlighter (full size $16.50)
This highlighter is a weightless gel formula with a pearlescent shimmer. I tend to use powder highlighters, so I was excited to see what a gel highlight was like. 

Mereadesso All-in-Onee Moisturizer (full size $120)
Last, this moisturizer a multi-purpose ani-aging day and night cream, serum, eye cream, toner, and primer. I haven't tried this out yet but it sounds interesting. 

The May Birchbox is a collaboration with blogger Cupcakes and Cashmere (Emily mentioned it briefly in a Five Things post), which I think looks pretty great too!

Do you have a beauty box subscription? Have you discovered any holy grail products from a subscription box? 

xo Ashley

ACI Spring Launches

posted on: Tuesday, May 12, 2015

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Several weeks ago I had the chance to attend a spring launch preview featuring products from Stila, Cargo, and Paul and Joe. It was such a fun opportunity to take a look at some new products, swatch them, and have an in person and in-depth walk through all about each product. I was especially interested to hear about the Paul and Joe beauty line because it was new to Canada and I had not heard much about it yet. In Calgary you can find Paul and Joe at the renovated Shopper Drug Mart in Chinook Centre. I find Stila to be an accessible brand, but Cargo can be a bit tricker to find. I find my Cargo beauty products at London Drugs or at Murale. 

What's new from Paul and Joe
Each year Paul and Joe comes out with limited edition items with unique packaging that reflects the season's patterns from the Paul and Joe Fashion line. The cosmetics packaging can be linked with the seasons fashions by coordinating patterns and colours with the current fashion. In the photos above you can see the limited edition custom packaging in the compacts that can be used for blush or eyeshadow, and in the lipstick tubes. I think custom packaging is such a fun concept! 

Another limited edition collection that we were introduced to was the Midnight Sangria collection. This collection was inspired by designer Sophie Mechaly's travels through Spain, and includes a beautiful set of lip glosses (second photo), eye shadows, and nail polishes in vibrant hues inspired by the colours of a sunset and the spanish sky. 

Other new launches to check out are the Moisturizing Foundation Primer L, the Gel Foundation, and the Waterproof and Smudge Proof Mascaras. 

What's new from Stila
First of all, I'm loving the new packaging from Stila. Some of the new products introduced for spring were a whole line of brow products including the Stay All Day Brow Gel and brush, Stay All Day Brow Glide Pencil (which I find to be similar to the Anastasia Brow Wiz), and the Stay all Day Waterproof brow colour (a brow pen). Next up, contour. Stila introduced The Shape and Shade custom contour  duo, as well as the Shape and Shade Custom Contour Brush. The contour duo are a cream contour and highlight and come in three colours. There are also several videos on the Stila website with tutorials on how to achieve a contoured look with the duo. Finallly, the lip products. Stila introduced three nude lip colours to correspond perfectly with each of the contour duos. The also introduced the Lush Lips Water Plumping Primer

What's new from Cargo
Finally, some of the new spring launches from Cargo. They've added two new palettes, the Essentials Eye Palette, and the limited edition Summer in the City Eye Shadow Palette. Both are full of colours any neutral eye shadow lover would adore. The launches that I loved the most were the lip launches, including the Gel Lip Colours and the Matte Top Coat, which I'll write more about in a later post.

Other new releases include the HD Picture Perfect Concealer, HD Picture Perfect Liquid Foundation, the Double Agent Concealing Balm. 

I also had the chance to test out a few of the new spring launches, so watch out for some reviews coming up from Paul and Joe, Stila, and Cargo!

Have you tried any of these spring launches from Paul and Joe, Stila and Cargo? 

xo Ashley

Sunday Link Love #6

posted on: Sunday, May 10, 2015

LinkLove6 Now that I have more time on my hands to scour the internet for interesting articles and blog posts, I thought I would bring back my Sunday Link Love posts, where I share some of my favourite bloggers, blog post, and other things I find interesting around the internet.

I found blogger Beti of Makeup Sessions through Instagram, and am totally hooked on her IG and blog. Lately she has been doing a spring makeup series, which I have loved because I always like to see how people choose to switch up their makeup for different seasons. Beti has great reviews and if you are a makeup addict like I am, you will love looking at her beautiful makeup collection and photos.

I like to think of these Sunday link sharing posts as a chance for me to also share my love of psychology on the blog. I recently found this article on Psychology Today through twitter about emotion awareness and regulation. I especially liked this quote from the article, "If feelings are information, then open yourself to the information they are telling you and let the feeling arrive in your consciousness". 

The second issue of Dote Magazine came out a little while ago, but I only recently picked it up at Market Collective last weekend. If you do not live in Calgary, you can read the first and second issues of Dote online here.

A couple posts back I shared an outfit wearing a Kimono by Lauren Yurkio. Well, I loved that kimono so much that I had to stop by her table at Market Collective and buy another one of her beautiful kimonos. Lauren is a really talented artist, and she also creates hand printed textiles including pillows, napkin sets, and jackets. If you live in Calgary you should definitely check out her work when she is at Market collective. If you do not live in Calgary you can check out a few of her pieces on her Etsy shop!

Alix of I Covet Thee recently shared her April Favourites on her blog and YouTube channel, and I literally ran to Shoppers Drug Mart when she mentioned that John Freida had brought back their Sea Salt Spray. I loved this Sea Salt Spray a while back, so using it again has been pretty nostalgic. I also really love the coconut/sunscreen scent, which just reminds me of summer.

Finally, over the last couple weeks I have been trying to get back into a workout routine. Sometimes I just don't feel like heading to the gym or going for a run, so I just throw on a exercise video on YouTube. I especially love Cassey's 5 minute and 6 minute Blogilates videos. These are great when you are in a rush and don't have much time to fit in a workout, or you can do a bunch of them in a row to get a full body workout in.

I'd love to hear some of the blogs and articles you have been loving recently!

xo Ashley