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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

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

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