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April 5, 2018

Boxy Charm Reviews

So I've been trying to keep up with my Boxy Charm subscription by recording unboxing videos & trying on/demoing the products. I really love the fact that most boxes come with a palette. That right there will totally be worth the money itself. (and I'm not being paid to advertise either) I am just trying to give you all my opinion & an honest review of what I receive. Here is my review for February:

I opened everything up and created a quick look to try everything out.

Here's my review for March:
and I did the same thing with this one as well. I don't use any products at all until I'm ready to film and give you all the opportunity to see my first impressions.

Please let me know what you think about these types of videos.. do you like these?
Let your girl know :)

xoxo ashley

March 12, 2018

Soft Glam

I finally filmed a new tutorial!! Actually 2! I had a chance to film a hair and a makeup tutorial this past weekend. I was also lucky enough receive the new Anastasia Beverly Hills palette called Soft Glam right in time to film! :) First.. I just want to say how extremely pigmented and creamy this palette is... I love the texture of this palette

I haven't had the chance to play with it too much but here's the look I came up with yesterday
For this look I used Too Faced Hangover Primer to start.. I then used a new sponge applicator that I picked up at Target.. it's the Sonia Kasuk Body Blender sponge (OMG I thought this was for your face.. lol). I used it to apply Maybelline Superstay Foundation .. this is my favorite foundation right now.. I mix shades 128 with 220. I then used Wet N Wild MegaGlow Makep Stick for my contour. For highlight I used Mac Prolongwear Concealer in NC20 & used Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Powder to set.. Physician's Formula Butter Brozer to set contour. From the Soft Glam Palette I used Burnt Orange in the crease, then did my eyeliner using Morphe Jet Gel Liner. Then after I did my eyeliner, I added Sienna and Mulberry to the outer crease. Dose of Colors in Hot Fire on the lips.. Maybelline Molten Gold Highlighter & earrings from Forever 21

Let me know what you think :)

xoxo Ashley

March 8, 2018

Spring & Gingham

So today is #InternationalWomensDay & what better day than to step out of my comfort zone and do something I've been want to do for the longest time.. I did a mini photoshoot with an #ootd !!! I'm firing on all cylinders.. don't know if that's a good or bad thing but I'm gonna try :)

I had some spare time this morning since I didn't have to be at work until about noon.. I got up & made my babies some breakfast.. got my little one ready and took him to preschool (I love when I have mornings to do this). I came home, quickly ate avocado toast with egg, jumped in the shower and got ready as fast as I could.. I did some basic makeup since I knew I was going to wear sunglasses :) I got my outfit together, grabbed my tripod & camera and jumped in the car. I've been eyeballing some areas near my house so I kinda knew where I wanted to shoot. I got out there and luckily no one was in sight. I set up my camera in several spots & snapped away. I had to use my phone to snap the photo with the Sony app, so please excuse seeing my phone in the photos lol.. Here they are...

Gingham off-the-shoulder top: Forever 21
Tough Luck Jeans: Fashion Nova
Caged Stiletto Heels: Forever 21
Tassel Drop Earrings: Forever 21
Red Patent Leather Clutch: Forever 21 (no longer available)

xoxo, Ashley

March 6, 2018

We All Grow 2018!

I'm sad that this is my first post of 2018. I really did plan on doing more on here.. but life happened.
I started a new job and my schedule has totally changed. The good thing though is that I've been able to make time to do some makeup looks. My idea is to get back into the swing of doing my hair and makeup, thus doing new videos. I'm going to recap some makeup looks but first, I'm going to start with go going over my past weekend at the We All Grow Summit 2018.

I've gone to this summit back in 2016 and a friend of mine, Xenia, introduced me to this organization.  It's an amazing opportunity to connect with other women, obtain strategies to maximize the potential of your blog or brand. Also, you meet so many amazing women and it's okay to randomly strike up conversations with strangers.. that was the best part for me.. meeting and making new friends. I signed up to volunteer and I did the same this year. And as a volunteer, I still get all the benefits of purchasing a ticket (aside from a few hours to help register or helping with break out sessions).

Day 1: Field Trips
I was lucky enough to attend a field trip to the Facebook/Instagram headquarters which was awesome! I arrived at Hotel Maya at around 7 am to make sure I'm there on time for the 7:30 departure. I sit down and the sweetest girl sits next to me.. Nicole of Lipstick & Brunch. We arrive and head into the inconspicuous building
We give our ID's and get badges to enter.. we go in groups of 10 and walk into a cafeteria style room with a wall that doubles as a large TV screen. We head towards the conference room and are greeted with some breakfast (I got the delicious avocado toast) & coffee. We all head into the conference room and go around saying our name and where we are from. I was lucky enough to hear "Fresno" from across the room. And was even more lucky to be picked with one of the other girls from Fresno so we hung out for most of the visit. We toured the studio and took lots of photos.
We got tons of information on what's happening with the future of Facebook. We also got insight on how to get ourselves out there and maximize the potential of our pages.
We got some tutorials on cool things to do on our Instagram stories..

We also got some cool swag...

So around 2pm, we left and headed back to the hotel to get ready for the big Neutrogena Fashion Show! It was freezing cold but so much fun!!!



Day 2: We did a Neutrogena Master Class!
This was awesome.. We arrived and had mirrors that lit up with a makeup bag full of makeup!! It was so informative.. Even for someone who's been doing my own makeup for years.
After the class (it was raining) we ran over to another area which featured FIERCE by Mitu. They had the cutest areas for photo ops..

I also met Angela Aviles from the movie Mi Vida Loca.. and she was the sweetest person ever!

Day 3: Workshops & Sessions (gonna try and wrap this up)
Woke up & head over to the pavillion where breakfast was provided by CA Strawberries.. so so delicious!! I was so happy to run into my girl DulceCandy.. I remember when I first started my YouTube channel.. her and I connected because she was from Oxnard, CA and at the time, I was living in Oxnard (my mom is from Oxnard and I've been there probably half my life, visiting family). So I was super excited to see her!
Later that night I had a wonderful dinner with my new beautiful friends.. Nathaly, Amanda, Selene & Reyna 💕  We ate at the cutest place.. Saint and Second
The food was delicious!!


Day 4: Wellness Day.. Last Day!
This was the last day of the Summit.. I had to do some volunteer work for a little while in the morning but was still able to enjoy the Aveeno area.. we had s'mores and got some goodies from Aveeno.. 

I also had the best Cafe de olla 


That pretty much wraps up my WAG18... there were so many amazing breakout sessions.. amazing women.. I can't wait until next year!


November 19, 2017

Consistency...

I think consistency is one of my biggest challenges..

I feel like I get these great ideas and I want to start up my videos again.. I get ideas for other random things I personally enjoy for my blog but it's so hard for me to stay consistent.

I have periods of time when I'm constantly posting on IG and trying to stay in the makeup mix.. but then I get into these funks where I won't post for weeks. I lose motivation & feel like I lack creativity. There's times when I feel like social media is saturated with the same old stuff and it seriously discourages me. Then I get to work and think.. "do I really want to do this forever?"

With that being said.. I'm promising myself to make an extra effort to stay consistent.