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#OOTD - Casual Stripes

September 1, 2014

With summer coming to a close soon, I figured it was a good time to start wearing my favourite dresses before the weather begins to get too cold. I absolutely love getting dressed up and embracing my girly side, but don't get a chance to do this often during the summer as I work in a warehouse. So today, I decided to go with a casual off-the-shoulder striped dress from Garage, paired with a light blue denim jacket from H&M and gold-accented sandals from Target. I kept my make-up and jewelry to a minimum, with a slight cat-eye and my favourite studs from Ardenes. 

 

<3 Ashley

Favourite Everyday Makeup Videos

August 29, 2014

Looking to freshen up your look? Here are some wonderful everyday makeup tutorials I have tried and highly recommend!

Simple Everyday Makeup by MakeupByEman

I love Eman's makeup tutorials, especially this one! It's simple and quick to put on if you're in a hurry, and looks amazing. I use this look often when I just want something subtle yet cute. 

 

Girl Next Door Makeup by clothesencounters

I just recently discovered Jennifer's videos and fell in love with this tutorial. It can be used for a casual or dressed-up look, and again is so easy to do! This is actually the makeup look I sported in my latest Instagram photo (seen below), and I loved it so much I'm wearing it again today. :)

 Kylie Jenner Makeup Tutorial by Tanya Burr

 I have been watching Tanya's videos for years now, and always am amazed by her talent and beauty! I tried this look a while ago and absolutely loved it, so simple and beautiful.

 

So those are the makeup tutorials I've been loving lately. Be sure to check out each of these fabulous ladies YouTube channels and subscribe to see more of their videos. Also, please feel free to share which tutorials you've tried/been loving! 

 

<3 Ashley

August Favourites

August 29, 2014

I can't believe that August is over already! Time to say "goodbye" to summer and (if you're a student) start getting ready for school (insert crying here). BUT, that also means it's time for another "Monthly Favourites" post (yaaaay!). I haven't tried a lot of new products this past month, but I still wanted to share a few new things that I've been loving. So with that, here are my August favourites!

Maybelline New York EyeStudio Quad (Give Me Gold) & Covergirl Eye Enhancers (Tapestry Taupe)

If you are wanting eye shadows with rich colour and smooth application, I highly recommend these two products!  Especially the Maybelline quad, which I used in this Indian-inspired look (which I may do a make-up tutorial on...what do you think?).

 

Sonia Kashuk Make-Up Brushes (No. 101 and 116)

I found these gems in Target and have been loving them ever since.  I use the No. 101 for blush, and the No. 116 for eye shadow (mainly blending in darker colours in the crease area). They are  great quality and reasonably priced, so if you are looking for new brushes these are definitely worth buying!

FujiFilm Instax Mini 8 

Oh...my...goodness...this thing is SO cute and fun! I had been wanting one for a while, and lemme just say...SO. DANG. COOL. I feel like a total hipster, and the quality of photos is absolutely amazing! Sometimes I feel that some pictures even turn out better than with my DSLR camera. It has a 60mm focus range lens, and various settings for taking photos in different environments (sun, clouds, etc.). 

While it is a lot of fun to use and the photos are fabulous, the only downside is that the film for these cameras is pretty expensive (approx. $20 per 10 photo refill). BUT if you are a photography lover or just want to feel like a hipster, I would definitely recommend this camera! 

 

So those are my favourites for the month of August! Please feel free to share your monthly favourites, I would love to see what products you've been loving. :)

 

<3 Ashley

July Favourites

August 12, 2014

It's that time again! Time to share the products that I've been loving in the month of July, and there sure where a lot! So let's dive in...:)

Covergirl Ink It! Eyeliner (230 - Black Ink) 

I went to a week-long dance camp last month and desperately needed an eyeliner that would not smudge, would last me all day, and would be able to withstand copious amounts of sweat (I know, attractive right?).  So I went hunting around and ta-da! Found this drugstore gem...it goes on smoothly and lasts day-long without running or smudging (and it passed the sweat-test, yay!). I've continued to use it since my dance camp ended (which was one of the highlights of my year btw), and generally use it for my waterline. Definitely a must-have!

 

Maybelline New York ExpertWear Eye Shadow Trio (Almond Satin)

I love nude eye shadow colours, and have really been liking this one! It's great for everyday wear, and doesn't look or feel too heavy. Some might say that it's too sheer, but this is one of the things that I personally love about it, as I want my daily make-up to look "barely there" and more natural.

 

Lancôme Hypnôse Drama Mascara (Black)

Oh my goodness...if I could marry a mascara, it would be this one. I absolutely love it! I had seen various beauty gurus on YouTube use and rave about this product, so when I saw it in Shoppers Drug Mart one day I decided to give it a shot...and I certainly didn't regret it! The formula goes on smoothly and makes your eyelashes noticeably fuller and longer without clumping or feeling too heavy. As I think I've mentioned before, I have very short eyelashes, but this stuff makes them look pretty darn fabulous. The only negative thing about this product is the price...at approx. $31 Canadian Dollars, it's certainly not cheap! But if you are wanting to invest in a high-quality mascara, this is definitely the product to choose! 

 

Moroccan Oil Hair Treatment 

Moroccan Oil (also known as "Argan Oil") has a variety of benefits, such as repairing damaged hair and controlling frizz. This stuff has done wonders for my dry and brittle hair! It makes it feel so soft and smooth, and helped to reduce my fly-away hairs and repair parts of my hair that were literally fried from using a flat iron. This is a definite staple in my hair regime, and I highly recommend it for all hair types!

 

NYX Mega Shine Lip Gloss (Beige)

Last but certainly not least in my beauty favourites is this wonderful lip gloss from NYX. I have loved all of the NYX products that I have tried, and this was certainly no different! It has a nice subtle colour that can be used for both an everyday or evening look, and adds a sort of "dewy" look to your lips. I have been keeping it in my purse at all times since I got it, absolutely love it!

 

Maggi 2-Minute Masala Instant Noodles

This stuff...is seriously like crack in food form. I have been addicted to it for almost a year now, and it's become one of those foods that no matter how often I have it, I still love it and want more. I eat this stuff for breakfast, lunch, dinner...oh, and it's cheap too (like, $0.34 a bag at my local Wal-Mart), which doesn't really help my addiction at all. While it's not exactly the healthiest meal in the world, it certainly is one of my favourite "cheat" foods! :)

 

Contigo Shake & Go Tumbler

I am horrible when it comes to drinking enough water, so I thought that this may help make it a bit more "fun" (yes, I know this sounds crazy, but just work with me here ok?). So far it has helped a lot! I try to keep it with me while I'm around the house or travelling, and keep refilling it as needed. The size it perfect, the mug doesn't "sweat", and the child in me loves having a straw. :)

 

So those are the products that I've been loving! Please feel free to post a link to your monthly favourites blog post, I would love to hear from you. :)

<3 Ashley

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

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