Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette

posted on: Tuesday, October 28, 2014

I have been dying to introduce the  Ambient Lighting Blush Palette! I literally picked this palette up the day it was released and I am absolutely loving it! I had my eye on Mood Exposure since the Ambient Lighting Blushes came out, but I held off on buying it. I'm so glad I waited because this palette is gorgeous, and it's so much better getting three blushes! The blushes that are included in the palette are Luminous Flush, Incandescent Electra, and Mood Exposure. Luminous Flush is described as a champaign rose colour, Incandescent Electra is a limited edition colour described as a cool peach, and Mood Exposure is a soft plum. The unique thing about these blushes is that the blush colour is swirled with one of the Ambient Lighting Powders, which is supposed to give a soft focus effect. 

What do you think of the Ambient Lighting Blushes? Which blush is your favourite?

xo Ashley


Shift a Shade | According To My iPhone

posted on: Friday, October 24, 2014

As I mentioned in my last post, I was flown to Toronto for the Clairol Shift A Shade event last weekend. If you follow me on Instagram then you may have already seen some of these photos. Brittany of Life, Set Sail and I got to fly out together. We kept our night in Toronto really chill and ended up just getting dinner at the hotel restaurant and then grabbing some candy at the hotel gift shop. Somehow Brittany and I both forgot to pack our toothbrushes. Luckily the hotel sold them at the gift shop, although it felt kind of awkward buying candy and toothbrushes at the same time.

The next morning I ordered room service and had breakfast in bed! After breakfast and checking out of the hotel Brittany and I headed to Hair on the Avenue, which is one of the most beautiful hair salons I've ever stepped in! One of my favourite parts of the event was meeting bloggers from across Canada. I have more photos to come so make sure you check back to see the before and after photos!

xo Ashley

Checker Dress and Leather

posted on: Tuesday, October 21, 2014

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So this past weekend I was invited by Clairol for a whirlwind 24 hour trip to Toronto to get my hair done! The concept of the event was to "shift a shade" so there is nothing dramatically different going on with my hair, but I am loving the subtle results. I have quite a few photos plus I am waiting on some photos from the event, and I can't wait to share them with all of you!

In other news, I took these photos a couple weeks ago with my sister. I am loving this dress so much, but on this particular day it was having major static issues. It's also slightly see through, so to be on the safe side I wore some leggings with it. What I really need is to find a good slip to wear with my dresses. Any recommendations?

Outfit Details
Joe Fresh dress (similar)
Ash Jalouse boots


Jet Set into Fall with Revlon | Passport to Paris

posted on: Tuesday, October 14, 2014

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Recently I was given the opportunity to participate in the Jet Set with Revlon challenge. I loved the travel concept of the challenge, so I had to try it out! I received beauty products from Revlon to create my look, plus a cute passport in the package included makeup tips for how to achieve different looks based on cities around the world like Paris, New York, London, Stockholm, and Shanghai. The package that I received was Paris themed! The standout features in the Paris look were a double winged cat eye, and bold wine coloured lips.

I could not for the life of me manage to get a good photo of the double wing I created, but you can kind of see if in the photo above. For the eyes I applied the eyeshadow colour petal all over the lid, then blended the colour Greige into the crease. I then applied the Revlon Skinny liquid liner along the lash line. I followed the instructions in the passport to extend the line straight past the corner of the eye, then created a second line extending it upwards from the outer corner. I ended up thickening the first line that I created a bit so there was more contrast between the two lines. I also went back over the liner with the ShadowLink colour Greige to soften the look. To finish off the eyes I applied Greige along the bottom lash line and added a couple coats of the Revlon Bold Lacquer Mascara to my lashes.

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I do not own a Revlon foundation or primer, so I used my NARS Sheer Glow foundation and Laura Mercier Radiance Primer to create a base. I wanted to try and stick to the Revlon theme as much as possible, so I pulled out my blush in Wine Not, and my highlighter in Rose Glow. I thought that the blush in Wine Not went perfectly with the Revlon Moisture Stain in Parisian Passion. To complete the whole look I painted my nails in the colour Blackjack (black with very fine blue shimmer) with an accent nail in the colour Sure Thing (white). I finished off my nails with the Diamond Top Coat. You can see my nails on my instagram here.

So that's the look!

You can also win the Jet Set to Paris package from Revlon including the Revlon ColorStay ShadowLinks in Petal and Greige, the ColorStay Skinny Liquid Liner in Blackout, Bold Lacquer Mascara in Blackest Black, Revlon Moisture Stain in Parisian Passion, and the Revlon Gel Envy nail polishes in Blackjack and Sure Think.

All you have to do is follow me on Instagram, and follow the instructions on the Instagram post where I share this look!

The giveaway is open to Canadian Residents 18 years of age and older and will end on Friday, October 17th. The winner will be randomly selected from followers who liked the photo.

Good Luck!

xo Ashley

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows and Meeting Kabuki

posted on: Monday, October 13, 2014

I couple weeks ago I had the opportunity to meet makeup artist Kabuki at the Sephora at Chinook Centre. Kabuki was there with Make Up For Ever for their 30th anniversary and the re-launch of their Artist Shadows. The collection includes 210 new eyeshadows in five different finishes! Kabuki was also one of the makeup artists involved in Artist 30/30, where 30 makeup artists shared what they love about Make Up For Ever for the 30 year anniversary. There is also a limited edition artist palette containing 30 shadows curated by the 30 makeup artists.

Kabuki hand picked three shadows for me, and I am in love with all three. The shadows that he picked for me were an iridescent colour in the shade I526 Pearl Beige, a Satin shadow in the colour S642 Sahara, and a matte shadow in the colour M600 Pink Brown.

Kabuki was such a kind and genuine person, and it was just such an honour to have him pick out the shadows for me. He really took care to make sure the colours went well together and that the colours complimented my eye colour. he picked out the colour Sahara because he said that I had a hint of gold my eyes. Of course I had to get him to sign my trio palette.

Have you tried any of the new Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows?

xo Ashley