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Thursday, December 29, 2011

Product Rave: Lorac aquaPRIME Oil Free Makeup Primer

There are not enough words to express how much I love this product! I haven’t seen many reviews on this primer, but let me tell you this primer is absolutely amazing.



Past primers that I have used on my face made me feel extremely greasy when applying it. Although that feeling goes away, I feel like it’s a recipe for breakouts with my combination to oily skin type.

This silicone-free product basically makes me feel like I’m putting cool water on my skin. Not only does it feel amazing on my skin, I have noticed that with using this primer my makeup doesn’t transfer on to others. I will put this product on early morning and by the end of the night my makeup will not be gone or transfer onto anything I put my face to.

When I was new to makeup, I didn’t know anything about makeup primers and what magic they could do. I have had horror stories where I would hug someone and my face would be all over their shirt (how embarrassing!)

Now that I know a primer is a key asset to making your foundation stay on all day, I love it! Even though I got this product through my mother for extremely dirt cheap (5 bucks), I would/will repurchase this for the full price! Although it is quite pricy, $31 to be exact, I love how this product feels on my skin.  Its just pure perfection!!

Love and desserts,
Ashley 

Sunday, November 6, 2011

A Haul: Kardashian Kolors from Nicole by OPI

It’s finally out! The Kardashian Kolors just made its way into Wal-Mart stores recently, and I was lucky enough to get my hands on all the colors I wanted today. The collection consists of 14 colors that are inspired by the Karshashian women.

I must say once I found out they were going to have a collection of nail polishes, I knew I was going to buy regardless of what the colors looked like. (I know I have a problem.) I absolutely love the Kardashians, especially Khloe.

When I did research swatches, I was pleasantly surprised as to how much I really loved the colors in the line. One thing that I will say about OPI nail polishes is that I am a huge sucker for their names as well. Sometimes I will end up buying a nail polish for the name alone. (I know, I know, another big problem.) The names for these polishes were no different. Their names are so precious!

The colors that stuck out in my head the most from the collection that I picked up today were Khloe Had a Little Lam-Lam, Kim-pletely in Love, and Kendal on the Katwalk. These colors are ones that I have nothing like in my collection and I was excited to expand it.

Khloe Had a Little Lam-Lam is a dark green teal crème that is absolutely gorgeous and perfect for fall.

Kim-pletely in Love is a baby pink shimmer with purple, green and blue iridescent.

Kendall on the Katwalk is a blue-based polish with blue and green micro-glitters. This is absolutely perfect for the holidays, and I cannot wait to try this out!

One thing I do find with glitter polishes is that they can be a complete pain to take off, which I’m sure will be no different with this one. One trick I have learned to remove pain-in-the-butt glitter is to soak a cotton ball in nail polish remover, stick it on your nail, and wrap your nail in foil covering the cotton ball. Let it soak for about 5 minutes, and then remove foil and cotton ball. BOOM! The glitter should be gone!
I cannot wait paint my nails with these colors!
Love and desserts,
Ashley
Khloe Had a Little Lam-Lam
Kim-pletely in Love
Kendall on the Katwalk

For more information on this line of nail polishes, check out http://www.thepolishaholic.com/2011/10/nicole-by-opi-kardashian-collection.html

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

A Review: Physicians Formula Happy Booster™ Glow & Mood Boosting Blush

So I stumbled upon this product while watching Youtube videos in the summer, and I have been dying to try it. I feel a huge part in me wanting to try this product was because I am a big sucker for packaging. I couldn’t help but fall in love with the metallic pink case and the different colored and shaped hearts. Complete two thumbs up for Physicians Formula on this! I also loved the fact that it has a faint smell of violets!

Now for the complete review of the actual product, I have to admit I am not completely in love with it, but I don’t hate this product either. Physicians Formula’s claim to this product is that the Happy Boost Blend that features Happy Skin and Euphoryl is supposed to promote happiness by imitating the effect of Endorphins and helping protect the skin from environmental stress.

Do I think this product makes me happy whenever I wear it? No, not really, but it does make me happy whenever I look at it on my bathroom counter. I ended up buying the blush in the color Rose, which is gorgeous in the packaging and on the cheeks. This product does contain light shimmers that allow your cheeks to glow without making it look unnatural, which I love, and it gives me a radiant look whenever I wear it.

Overall, this is a nice blush, so it isn’t a complete disappointment. It may not be my favorite blush in my collection, but I have been using it daily since I bought it and I still do enjoy using it. This was my first Physicians Formula product, and I am looking forward to trying more of their products.
Love and desserts,
Ashley
For more information on the Happy Booster products, check out this video! She is one of my favorite Youtube beauty gurus!
 

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Halloween Makeup Using Lorac 3D Liquid Lustre

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays of the year, especially being a UT student. Nightlife during Halloween weekend here is an amazing thing to experience; especially if you have a chance to make it downtown to see 6th Street. It is definitely the place to be in Austin. The street is overly crowded with people dressed in their costumes.

The past two years I have been to 6th street on Halloween and I loved it, but this year we didn’t make it downtown. Instead, we went to Kappaween which was a Halloween party hosted by a frat. The best part of Halloween to me is getting all dolled up, putting on the cutest costume, and doing makeup. This year I was Cha Cha Girl, and I played up my makeup using my costume as inspiration.

The one piece of makeup that I couldn’t have done without was my Lorac 3D Liquid Lustre Drops. This is an amazing product point, blank, period. When I had first bought it, I hadn’t really seen much reviews on this product, but I did see one makeup tutorial on Youtube about it and I fell in love.

Lorac 3D Liquid Lustre is a shimmering topcoat that can be used for your eyes and your cheeks. This liquid shimmer product is long-wearing, and gives a luminous and angelic look to my makeup whenever I use it. The liquid itself is a creamy white color, and the shimmers are tiny flecks of gold. It can either be used over eyeshadow, or it can be worn alone. I have personally used it both ways, but for Halloween I used it as a topcoat over my gold and green eyeshadow combination. It comes out of a little dropper, which makes it extremely easy to use.

Words cannot express how much I love this product although I don’t use it much unless I am going downtown, but this Halloween season I was able to put it to good use. Not only did I wear it as my topcoat, I wore it on my cheeks for a Halloween party hosted by Texas Belles. I ended up being a football player and I used black eyeliner for the line marks on my cheeks, and over that I put the Liquid Lustre. It looked absolutely amazing! This product was such a steal, and I can’t wait to have more uses for it in the near future!
Love and desserts,
Ashley
Football player makeup using Lustre Drops
Cha Cha Girl Using Lustre Drops

For more information on Liquid Lustre, check out one of my absolute favorite websites for product reviews! http://www.makeupalley.com/product/showreview.asp/ItemId=142462/3D_Liquid_Lustre/LORAC/Highlighters
Also, here is the wonderful Youtube video makeup toutorial that influenced me to buy this product.
Enjoy beauties!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Deborah Lippmann Nail Polish

So as I’ve mentioned before, I am a huge nail polish junkie. I have grown quite the collection, but recently I have lost my urge to buy. It’s probably because I have realized I’m a college student and I need to start living on a college budget.

Let’s face it, some nail polish brands can get quite pricey. When I went on my high-end nail polish craze about a year ago, I did find some good treasures in a brand that a lot of people don’t really talk about. I find that OPI, Essie and China Glaze are the most hyped nail polish brands, but there are other great brands out there as well, like Deborah Lippmann! Her polishes are amazing! Her career as a manicurist to the stars has allowed her to evolve a collection of over 45 nail polish colors that are named after celebrities and famous songs.

Although the polishes are quite expensive for a nail polish, I have ended up buying two of her glitter polishes, Happy Birthday and Boom Boom Pow. Now in buying her polishes, I tried to find the most unique colors to justify my purchases, and I have to say I have been extremely pleased.

Happy Birthday looks exactly like it sounds, a complete party on my fingernails. This is a clear polish with multicolored chunks of different sized glitter squeezed into a cute little bottle.

Boom Boom Pow is a cloudy-clear based polish with larger chunks of gold glitter, as well as smaller pieces that are 24K gold dust! Yes, 24K gold dust! I have never heard of a polish quite like this one before and I will admit I bought this one on an impulse, but have been completely satisfied with it. The gold sparkles in the sun and looks gorgeous on your nails!

I will say that both polishes make me feel luxurious whenever I decided to put them on, and I get tons of compliments. I understand shelling out 20 bucks for a nail polish is not economically smart for someone on a college budget, but I feel they are worth the price if you find ones that are unique like these. If I end up making a good grade on a test or assignment, I treat myself to something little every once in a while and you should too! =)
Love and desserts,
Ashley
Happy Birthday
Boom Boom Pow 
 Boom Boom Pow over China Glaze's 2030

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Tribeza Style Week

A couple of weeks ago I was fortunate enough to be a part of Austin’s style week hosted by Tribeza Magazine. Although I had to wake up extremely early to volunteer with a brunch that showcased many venders, such as Kendra Scott (her jewelry is amazing by the way), I was rewarded with a ticket to the fashion show that happened a few days after.

This was my first fashion show to ever attend, and let me tell you I was amazed. Hosted at the Bob Bullock Museum, I was shocked at how the venue had become this wonderful space where models would walk down the runway. The foyer area was filled with upper-class people sipping on expensive drinks and I have to admit I was star-strucked. Even though I didn’t have a seat, I was able to stand and see the show.

This was such an amazing experience and a complete eye-opener for me. Music blaring while gorgeous models walked down the runway to showcase all the Austin designer’s talents. My personal favorites were C. Jane clothing boutique that’s located on “The Drag” across from campus and Kendra Scott jewelry.

Watching such an amazing show made me realized that I would definitely love to work in the world of fashion or beauty! This is what this blog is for…to share my love for all things fashion and all things beauty. I must say my personal favorite subjects at this time are makeup and nail polish. I am quite the hoarder! =)
Until we meet again...
Love and desserts,
Ashley
 Before guest showed up to the fashion show!
Model walking down the runway!
*Credit to Ariel Maxie for taking these wonderful pictures!