Current Concealers

posted on: Tuesday, May 24, 2016

I'm always on the hunt for great concealers, so I will often have several drugstore and high end concealers in the rotation. Today I'm sharing my thoughts on four high end concealers, the
Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer, Clarins Instant Concealer, Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer, and the Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer. 

The first concealer that I really loved was the Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer. I also have the correcotor. Although I did like the concealer, I definitely preferred the corrector, and the corrector became one of my holy grail products that I've already repurchased a few times. 

A lot of people rave about the Urban Decay concealer, but this is one of my least used. I usually love it when I first apply it, and I still love it a couple hours in, but over the last few months I have worked a few 10 and 12 hour days and I have found that it just doesn't hold up on those extra long days. By the end of a long day spent indoors with air conditioning my under eyes look so dry.Although I don't  use it often, I have found that it is a good weekend concealer when I am not battling the dry air conditioning.

The NARS and Clarins Concealers are tied for my favourite Concealers. The NARS concealer is thicker and is pretty high coverage, while the Clarins concealer has pretty good coverage but is just so light and comfortable. Depending on my undereye dark circles I will typically reach for one of these Concealers. 

What are your concealer recommendations?

Spring Time Braids

posted on: Sunday, April 24, 2016

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So it's been a little while since I wrote a blog post. The last couple months have been pretty hectic with my counselling psychology residency and on top of that I was in a pretty bad car accident in March. Thankfully I didn't have any serious injuries but I did have to get a new car. Anyway, now that I have that quick update out of the way, on to the outfit! 

I'm absolutely loving this sheer trench coat* from Romwe! It's been a great addition to my spring wardrobe for warmer days where I still want to cover up. It can easily be worn to dress up a casual outfit, but I have been wearing it most often to work! I've been loving it for adding another dimension to dresses, or in place of a blazer or cardigan. For this casual Sunday outfit I wore it place of my usual jacket and paired it with my coziest t-shirt from Aritzia and a pair of jeans from Joe Fresh. 

Outfit Details
Wilfred Free t-shirt
Alex and Ani bangles
Shoes - gift from Karolina from Karolina's Style 

Braided Ponytail

posted on: Thursday, March 3, 2016

I have been a lot more inspired lately to try out creative and simple styles with my hair. Most of my current inspiration has come from The Beauty Department and Twist me Pretty. I find that I feel a lot more put together when I do a simple braid in my hair compared to just pulling it back into a ponytail or leaving it straight and un-styled. Sometimes I just don't have the time in the morning to curl and style my hair, but a braid takes hardly any time at all. I have also discovered the power of "pancaking" my braids, which gives the illusion that my hair is a lot thicker than it actually is. 

Where do you find your hair inspiration? 

xo Ashley

Pixi Skintreats

posted on: Tuesday, February 16, 2016

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I have been lucky enough to receive several of products from the Pixi Skintreats skincare line, and today I am sharing my thoughts on the cleansing balm, the toner, a face oil and a brightening moisturizer. 

First I would like to say that I am pleasantly pleased with all of the products in this post. It's great to see budget friendly products with a high end feel. My two favourites are the Glow Tonic toner and the Rose Oil Blend face oil. All of the products smell wonderful too!

This cleansing balm is a balm to oil cleanser, and is made with sweet almond oil, vitamin E, coco butter, and shea butter. It's described as a gentle cleanser that is deep cleaning and nourishing. I think it is great for removing makeup at the end of the day and leaves my face feeling soothed and soft. 

This is definitely my favourite from the line. It's described as brightening and gently exfoliates for even skin tone and a healthy glow. The two ingredients that the products boasts are aloe vera and ginseng. 

I love using the rose oil in the evening after cleansing and toning to relax and end my day. The oil is fast absorbing and is said to be packed with antioxidants. Ingredients included in this face oil are sweet almond, rosehip, jojoba, pomegranate seed, rose, and geranium. I really love the soothing scent. 

I've been liking this lotion as more of a radiance primer applied before foundation than a typical moisturizer. It has a pretty illuminating sheen that isn't glittery and just adds a nice glow. Again with the previous products, I love the scent. Ingredients include lavender oil for calming, and mica for brightening. 

Have you tried any of the products from the Pixie Skintreats line? What are your must have budget friendly skincare products?

xo Ashley

Valentine's Day

posted on: Sunday, February 14, 2016

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Hello friends! Happy Valentine's Day! I unintentionally took a short break from blogging after the Christmas holidays and thought I should do a quick post today to say that I am still here and have a lot of posts waiting to be written. The last year and half has been quite busy for me with my counselling internship, graduating from my masters degree, and now doing my counselling residency. I feel like I am finally starting to get a bit more settled into my work schedule, and I am really excited to get back to blogging and sharing my love for beauty and personal style! 

For today's post I wanted to share some of the beauty products that I've been using over the last few days leading up to Valentine's Day. Of course the adorable Love Flush heart shaped blushes and the Love Palette from Too Faced were a must. Over Christmas I was loving red lips, so for Valentine's Day I decided to go for pink and nude pink lipsticks. Finally, I have been leaning towards products that add a glow to the complexion, so the YSL Touche Eclat and the Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow iconseemed like the perfect products to add some illumination.

What makeup products were you loving for Valentine's Day?

xo Ashley