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#OOTD - Feeling Dressy

September 29, 2014

After a casual work weekend, I was looking forward to getting a bit dressed up today and wearing something with a more "autumn" feel. And the plus side is, it's super comfortable! The dress and boots are both from Target, earrings are from Ardenes (the same ones I wore in my last #OOTD post), and fleece-lined leggings are from Costco. 

 

 

<3 Ashley

September Favourites

September 29, 2014

Neutrogena Naturals Daily Moisturizer 

This is one of the best moisturizers I've tried, and makes your skin feel fabulous. Plus, it contains no harsh chemicals, parabens, dyes, or sulfates.

 

Physicians Formula Beauty Balm Bronze Booster

Try saying that name 10 times fast...anyways, this is a great bronzer for the autumn/winter season. It goes on fairly light, yet still gives you a nice bronzed glow. It's also stain/streak/orange/odour free, and contains moisturizer to keep your skin feeling soft. 

 

Cover FX Cream Concealer (P Light)

I've been trying to find a replacement for my Mac Select Cover-Up concealer (as I'm running low and don't live near anywhere that sells it), and finally found something that is just as good! I'm terribly picky when it comes to concealers, but this stuff is amazing. It's pretty similar to the Mac Select Cover-Up, and is perfect for hiding dark circles and blemishes. And even though the tube is small, a little definitely goes a long way!

 

NYX Control Freak Eyebrow Gel

Basically like a clear mascara for your eyebrows, this stuff is perfect for keeping those unruly hairs in place (and it doesn't feel heavy or waxy, so you can't even tell you're wearing it...bonus!).

 

NYX Natural Eyeshadow Palette

The colours on this palette are gorgeous, and perfect for everyday wear. Also, it's fairly inexpensive (about $10 at London Drugs) compared to other natural palettes on the market (such as Urban Decay's Naked palettes, which average around $35 - $64). 

 

Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain

I have a new obsession with dark lip colours, and this one did not disappoint! A great shade for fall, this lip stain has a nice glossy finish and vibrant colour. Definitely a new autumn staple of mine!

 

Happy @ Work: 60 Simple Ways to Stay Engaged and Be Successful by Jim Donovan

Being a business student, I love reading books that will help me improve my business-skills (or just work skills in general). This is a great book for helping you to stay motivated in your work life, and include tips and tricks to make things more enjoyable (or at least help you cope better). While I haven't finished it yet, I am enjoying it very much and would definitely recommend it to anyone who is interested in business, or just wants to know how to improve their work life. 

 

<3 Ashley

5 Common Beauty Blunders

September 24, 2014

Heavy Concealer/Foundation

We've all been guilty of this before...loading on the foundation or concealer in a desperate attempt to make our skin look perfect. Instead, we ended up looking like we just came out of an oven (can we say "cake-y hot-mess"?). Less is always more when it comes to foundations and concealers...in fact, the products usually work better this way.

Tip: Always start with a little bit at first, as you can always add more until you get the desired coverage. But again, be careful not to add too much if you want that naturally flawless look. 

 

Clumpy Mascara

Mascara is supposed to enhance and lengthen your lashes...not make it look like something that just crawled off the set of "Arachnophobia". Goopy, clumpy, spider-like eyelashes are never cute.

Tip: If you have this problem, try switching to a brand with a less clumpy formula (such as Le Frou Frou by NYX, which you can buy for around $6). Another option (if you have the funds) is to invest in a higher-end product, such as Lancome's Hypnose mascara (approx. $31). Or, if you don't want to change mascaras, simply use less and try not to layer (only use one coat).

 

Bad Eyebrows

If your eyebrows look like something out of a geometry textbook, stop. If they are a completely different colour from your hair, stop. If they look like they've been drawn on with a crayon, stop. Eyebrows should look like eyebrows! Thankfully, there are a variety of ways to help fix these mistakes.

Tip: If you prefer using an eyebrow pencil, try creating small strokes so that the lines look like hairs. This will help to get rid of that "crayon eyebrow" look. If you're more of an eyebrow powder person like me, though, make sure you start of with a light amount and build up slowly to the desired shape/darkness. Also, make sure that the colouring is correct and matches your hair colour. These methods will help you to create a softer, more natural looking brow. 

 

Sloppy Eyeliner

There are a variety of ways that eyeliner could be considered "sloppy"; the line isn't touching the eyelash line, your wing looks like it's gonna fly away (too long or uneven)...but thankfully, there are ways to make your eyeliner go from "sloppy" to "sophisticated" (or at least presentable).

Tip: Put some thought and care into it; create your line based on your eye shape (enhancing your shape), or the shape you desire to have. Use a liner that is comfortable for you to use and control (for me, this is a liquid liner with a built-in brush), and find a brand that is long-lasting and smudge-proof (to avoid those raccoon eyes). Use quick, short strokes to ensure precision, and make sure your eyeliner is touching your lash line! Because why would you not (unless you like the double-eyelid look)?!

 

Messed Up Lips

Too-light lipstick (like in this lovely photo, found here), lipstick going over your lip-line (see Miranda Sings), different colour lip liner and lipstick...all of these are high-offence beauty crimes. But as always, there are ways to redeem yourself from these fashion faux-pas. 

Tip: Simply don't do any of the above. And keep your lips soft by exfoliating them gently with a toothbrush, then applying lip-chap before using your lipstick. That's seriously all there is too it.

 

In the end, makeup is an art, and like any art it simply takes practice! If you are guilty of any of these blunders and want to fix them, take the time to try out some of these tips and experiment. Also, I find that looking up tutorials on YouTube is extremely helpful...it's actually how I learned how to do my own makeup! So keep trying, and please feel free to share any other tips/makeup blunders that you know of. :)

<3 Ashley

#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

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