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Pinterest Post Roundup - Budgeting

July 22, 2014

If you are a human being, you need money to live; it's just a fact of life. Proper management of your money is crucial, and can mean the difference between living paycheck-to-paycheck or living comfortably within your limits while saving for the future. I am currently somewhere in the middle, and if you are a student like me, you understand dem money feels (the struggle is real...amirite?). 

So, I thought I would share some Pinterest links I found that have some awesome budgeting tips! Please feel free to share your thoughts, as well as your own budgeting tips and tricks (or other links you have found helpful). Let's get our lives together and get out of this money-rut, one cent at a time (unless you live in Canada, where we don't have pennies anymore...so I guess one nickel at a time if you're Canadian...yeah...). 

 

Budgeting Tips

35 Way to Save Money

How to Budget When Paychecks Differ

5 Ways to Build Your Savings Account

The 52 Week Money Challenge

How to Start Saving Money: 6 Tips + 2 Deal Breakers

 

<3 Ashley

June Favourites

July 21, 2014

Soooo...I have no excuse for posting this so late. So sorry! I know it's already well into July, but I figured it still isn't too late to share my June favorites with you guys! I only had four new products that I tried (and loved!) last month, but they are definitely worth sharing!

Lush "It's Raining Men" Shower Gel - I have been wanting to try Lush products for so long, and finally had the chance while shopping out of town. This is by far the best shower gel I have tried...it has a wonderful smell that lasts long into the day, and makes your skin feel so soft and smooth. Plus, the bottle is made from 100% recycled plastic, and the product is handmade with fresh ingredients. Overall a wonderful product that I will definitely be buying again (and in a larger size too!).

 

Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream SPF 35 (Light) - If you are wanting a light foundation that doesn't look to cake-y, this is a great product. It covers up most blemishes without being too heavy, and helps protect your skin from the sun with its built-in SPF coverage. 

 

Benefit "They're Real!" Mascara - I have very short eyelashes, but this stuff makes them look significantly longer! It is the stiletto of mascaras, and something I would definitely use again. The only complaint I have is that it's not waterproof, and tends to smudge below your eyes by the end of the night. All-in-all though, it does what it claims to do (make your eyelashes significantly longer) and it a great product.

 

TokyoMilk Body Butter No. 21 "Yesterday" - I had seen this product mentioned in a YouTube video by Michelle Phan and very much wanted to try it...I was not disappointed! It has a dark, sensual scent that is absolutely amazing, and is perfect as an evening out or a special occasion scent (or if you just want to smell fabulous). 

 

So those are my favourite products for the month of June. Please let me know if you have tried any of the above products, and feel free to share your monthly favourites in the comments below! :)

 

<3 Ashley

Top 5 Friday - Places I'd Like to Visit

June 6, 2014

It's time for another "Top 5 Friday"! As I am a travel-bug and love seeing new places, I thought it would be fun to share the countries that I would most like to visit (in no particular order). So here it goes! :)

 

Top 5 Places I'd Like to Visit

  Ever since reading Amy Carmichael's biography about her missionary work in India, I have wanted so badly to travel there!  I have also met many Indian students at my college (some of whom are my best friends and very special people in my life), and this has only fueled my desire even more to go there. It seems like such an exotic and beautiful place! I have started learning Hindi these past few months, so I'm hoping that by the time I can finally visit, I will know enough to help me get around and be able to truly appreciate everything India has to offer. 

 

Because who wouldn't love to go to Bali, am I right? With its luxurious beaches and wonderful weather, this is a definite place to visit on my bucket list!

 

Ich liebe Deutschland! I have been studying German for the past 6 years, and have made some very good friends who currently live there. It would be fun to have a chance to use my language skills and explore what I consider one of the most fascinating countries in the world!

 

Emerald hills, beautiful coastlines, a wonderful history, amazing accents...who wouldn't want to visit Ireland? I would love the chance to get to visit there one day, and maybe bring home a few leprechauns or two while I'm at it. ;)

 

Jolly ol' England! So much history and beauty...I would seriously be fangirling all over the place everywhere I went..."OMG, this is where the Queen lives!", "AHHHH there's Big Ben!!! It's so BIG!!!", "Everyone has such a fabulous accent!", "TOM HIDDLESTON WHERE ARE YOU?!"

(All photos found on Google Images)

 

Please feel free to leave a comment about which places you would like to visit one day, or post a link to your blog post! :)

 

Hope you have a fantastic Friday!

 

<3 Ashley 

May Favourites

June 4, 2014

It's that time again! While I didn't try many new products during May, I still found a few that I absolutely love!

 

L'Oréal Paris Elnett Satin (Extra Strong Hold Hairspray) - While it says that it has an "extra strong hold", I found it to be actually quite light and almost "natural" feeling (if you can say that about hairspray...). It's very long lasting, and only comes out if you brush your hair. I use it for styling my pixie-cut, and have found it perfect for keeping my hair in place. Good for if you aren't wanting anything too heavy!

Calvin Klein Gender One (Eau de Toilette Spray) - I got this for Christmas from my parents, and have been loving it (as can be seen by my almost-empty bottle). It has a pleasant, rich smell that I personally think is good for both day and night. Definitely my go-to scent!

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Nail Polish (So Much Fawn) - A very nice colour, perfect for spring!

Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter (Berry Smoothie) - This is definitely one of my go-to lip colours, as it is light yet still makes your lips "pop". Also, it goes on so smoothly and doesn't dry out your lips.

EOS Lip Balm (Strawberry Sorbet) - What can I say? The EOS lip balms are by far the BEST lip balms I have tried! They make your lips feel so soft and smooth, and are fairly long-lasting. If you haven't tried them already, I would highly recommend them (the Sweet Mint one is also awesome too)!

 

The Fault in Our Stars (John Green) - This book...I didn't think I would like it at first (as I thought it would be your generic "teen angst" story), but my goodness...this book might possibly be one of my favourites. John Green is amazing at immersing you into the story and making you sympathize with a character so much, it feels real. It made me smile, it made me cry (oh my goodness did it ever make me cry...), and overall it was just a fantastic book. I can't wait to see the movie!

(I may be writing a more in-depth book review on The Fault in Our Stars, so keep an eye out for that).

 

That's it for the monthly favourites! Please leave a comment and let me know what products you've been loving this past month! :)

 

<3 Ashley

April Favourites

May 2, 2014

I can't believe it's already May...it seems like the year is zipping by so fast already! To start off this month, I thought it would be fun to share what I've been loving in April (and continue on with this "monthly favourites" series each month). So, let's get started!

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain (Adore) - Beautiful (yet subtle) color, lasts for a decent amount of time (though will need to re-apply throughout the day), goes on smoothly and doesn't dry out lips. More of an autumn/winter color, though also perfect for a night out (without being too dramatic).

NYX Super FAT Eye Marker (Carbon Black) - Quick and easy application, good if you have an unsteady hand (like myself) as it gives you more control. Definitely my go-to eyeliner for both day and night!

Physicians Formula Blush (Rose) - Nice light color, perfect for everyday use.

NYX Le Chick Flick Waterproof Lashes Mascara - My absolute favorite mascara! It's perfect because it's waterproof (good for watery eyes like mine), non-clumping, and gives you longer and fuller eyelashes. My eyes are extremely sensitive, so I have to be picky when it comes to choosing a mascara. This stuff is the best that I've tried so far, and I would highly recommend it!

NYX High Definition Eye Shadow Base - This stuff is also amazing; it keeps your eyeshadow and eyeliner looking fresh all day with no creasing or smudging. I once put this on in the morning, had a busy day of school, played an hour of soccer in the evening, then went out partying and my eye makeup stayed on perfectly! Definitely a must-have!

MAC Select Cover-Up Concealer (NW20) - I have used this concealer for years, and it is the best that I've tried so far. Again, I have very sensitive eyes, and this is the only concealer that doesn't irritate them. It covers up my dark circles/blemishes wonderfully, though sometimes I do have issues with creasing.

NXY Eyebrow Cake Powder (Dark Brown/Brown) - Another NYX product! I love this eyebrow powder as it's very natural-looking and easy to apply, a definite staple in my makeup collection.

Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Spray Heat Protect & Shine - It's the first time I've tried this brand, and I wasn't disappointed. It protects my hair while making it feel so soft (and slightly shiny, though not the "glossy shine" it states). Overall a good product that I would definitely purchase again.

S Factor Smoothing Conditioner - Definitely one of the best conditioners I've used! I have very dry and brittle hair, and this stuff makes it so soft and silky-smooth.

Neutrogena Naturals Multi-Vitamin Nourishing Night Cream - I wanted to start taking better measures to help slow the ageing process of my skin (it's never too early to start right?), so I looked around for some night creams and was delighted to find one that has no harsh chemicals, sulfates, dyes, or parabens. I put it on right before I go to bed and it leaves my skin feeling so soft! Loving it so far.

Skin Food Rice Mask - I have seen beauty gurus such as BubzBeauty use various Skin Food products in the past, and have been wanting to try them for myself. So I went online to YesStyle and decided to order the rice mask, and have been absolutely loving it. It not only makes your skin extremely smooth and soft, but also nourishes it as well. I have been very pleased with the results, and would like to continue trying more Skin Food products in the future.

Keurig Single Serve Platinum Brewer - I never drank coffee before I got this, but this thing makes it so simple-stupid and awesome that I have now started drinking it (yes, I know I have weird logic, just roll with me here). You can make coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and even iced beverages in under one minute and it's so easy to use. It even comes with a reuseable filter for when you want to add your own coffee grounds or teabags (vs using the K-Cups). Such a convenient product that I am really enjoying.

That's it for my April favorites! Please fell free to post links to your monthly favorites posts, I would love to see what products you guys are loving right now!

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