Beauty, Instagram, Review

Burberry Liquid Lip Velvet

Can we talk about how spoiled ya girl is?

Burberry sent me four complimentary products, including two shades from their new Liquid Lip Velvet line. I’ve never tried Burberry because—let’s be real—my budget doesn’t exactly leave room for trying high-end products on a whim (GOALS though, am I right?).

But these products came into my life and swept me off my feet. Hear exactly how below.

Burberry Liquid Lip Velvet | I Think It's Ashley

Left to right: Burberry Lip Definer Lip Shaping Pencil No. 07 Bright Plum, Liquid Lip Velvet No. 49 Bright Plum, Liquid Lip Velvet No. 05 Fawn, Fresh Glow Highlighting Luminous Pen No. 01 Nude Radiance

They sent me four products: the Lip Definer Lip Shaping Pencil in No. 07 Bright Plum, Liquid Lip Velvet in No. 49 Bright Plum, Liquid Lip Velvet in No. 05 Fawn and the Fresh Glow Highlighting Luminous Pen in No. 01 Nude Radiance.

The first thing I tried was the Liquid Lip Velvet in the shade Fawn. I pulled it out and threw it into my bag to apply at work. As soon as I did, I fell in love. I had previously picked up the NYX Lip Lingerie in the shade Bedtime Flirt because I wanted a nude matte liquid lipstick. Sadly, it was way too drying for me to ever want to wear.

Burberry’s Liquid Lip Velvet is this perfect whipped cream formula that’s super pigmented and matte—but a creamy matte that won’t shrink wrap your lips and highlight every crack.

Burberry Liquid Lip Velvet | I Think It's Ashley

Left to right: Liquid Lip Velvet No. 05 Fawn, Liquid Lip Velvet No. 49 Bright Plum, Burberry Lip Definer Lip Shaping Pencil No. 07 Bright Plum, Fresh Glow Highlighting Luminous Pen No. 01 Nude Radiance

Fawn is a great everyday nude shade for my lips, which are more brown tone. Bright Fawn is amazing…and I mean amazing. A perfect purple look-at-me-but-not-too-hard shade. It’s not very dark so it’s not a goth purple. Think, “I drank way too much red wine and my lips show it.” But in a good way.

I only had minimal, basically negligible feathering wearing the Bright Plum Liquid Lip Velvet on its own, and only had to reapply once (after lunch) throughout a 9-hour work day. The next night I applied the lip liner first. It looks great on its own, I experienced no feathering when I wore it with the Liquid Lip Velvet on top, and it DOES NOT BUDGE. Like, I couldn’t get the swatch off my arm without scrubbing rullll hard.

The Fresh Glow Highlighting Luminous Pen is shimmery and glitter-free. It looks dewy and has a satiny, moisture-rich finish. I’ve only tried it on the tops of my cheekbones, but I’m interested to see how it holds up on my cupid’s bow, brow bone, etc.

I don’t buy high-end product on the reg, but I can definitely see why it can be worth it. The combination of deep pigmentation, staying power and a non-drying formula make these fantastic. My favorite was the Bright Plum Liquid Lip Velvet. I’m all for deep lip colors that I don’t have to worry about throughout the day.

TLDR;

  • Love the awesome pigmentation, creamy-yet-matte formula and staying power
  • Dislike the price—but yes, it’s miles ahead of anything you’d ever find at the drugstore
  • Favorite product: Liquid Lip Velvet (out at Sephora now if you want to treat yo’self)
  • Would repurchase all four
Have you tried the Burberry Liquid Lip Velvet matte creams, or any other Burberry products? Let me know in the comments below, I’m dying to hear about what else I’ve been missing out on!

Ciao for now,

Ashley

Instagram: @imashleykim

Twitter: @imashleykim

Note: I received these products for free for testing purposes. All opinions are my own!

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Triangl Bikini - Bibi Mare Blue Tie-Dye
Fashion, Instagram, Review, Sponsored

Takin’ it to the Top with Triangl!

If you’ve spent any time on Instagram, you’ve seen Triangl bikinis.

They blew up on social media and brands like Victoria’s Secret have even tried to copy Triangl’s signature neoprene swimsuits. But I’ve always had my eye on THE scuba-sweet OG. And I FINALLY own one!

Triangl Bikini - Bibi Mare Blue Tie-Dye

Swimsuit: Triangl (Bibi Mare); Sunglasses: Forever 21; Sandals: zulily

Full disclosure, the lovely team at Triangl recently contacted me to send me a complimentary bikini from their new arrivals. And let me tell ya, it was a hard decision. It literally took me days to figure out which one I wanted. Partially because I’m grossly indecisive, but also because I’m greedy and I want them all.

I finally decided on the Bibi Mare, which is a beautiful sea blue tie-dye. I went with the regular bottoms instead of the cheeky style because I wanted that extra bit of coverage. It’s a lovely classic bikini shape that shows off a bit of cheek but is totally modest enough to wear on a family vacay.

I’m obsessed with the fit of the top. It has a sturdy clasp closure, darts and a double shoulder strap design, not a halter strap (so it doesn’t exaggerate my wide, football player shoulders). Also, there are no ties on the top or bottoms, which is exactly what I had been looking for since ties tend to bulge under coverups and I don’t really go for the hunchback look these days.

I took advantage of their online Live Chat to help me find my correct size and they totally nailed it. Seriously impressed since sizing is usually an issue for me.

The one drawback is that these swimsuits are hand wash, hang dry only and need to be carefully stored so they don’t form creases. So they’re not really designed for people who want easy-as-pie care.

But, it’s neoprene. And it offers awesome shape. So, worth it? For me, yes.

Do you own a Triangl swimsuit? Or maybe a cheaper version? I’d love to know your thoughts on the neoprene swimwear trend in the comments! I’ll totally respond and prove I’m a real human being!

Ciao for now,

Ashley

Swimsuit: Triangl (style is Bibi Mare)

Sunglasses: Forever 21

Sandals: zulily

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Beauty, Instagram

What’s Your Favorite MAC Lipstick Shade?

I’m curious to know what everyone’s favorite MAC Lipstick shades are!

  I like Viva Glam Rihanna and Syrup, my favorite has to be Ladybug, though! It’s an easy to wear Lustre Red shade. It was my first MAC lipstick and will always be a nostalgic shade. 

Let me know your favorite shades in the comments! Definitely ready to pick up a new color.

And check me out on Instagram to see what other people commented are their favorite shades! I post flatlays, beauty, style, and fashion pics! (Oh, and the occasional food pic…can’t resist 😬)

Instagram: @imashleykim

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Art, Instagram, Review

The 5 Best Dreamy IGers

My love for Instagram has spiraled out of control. 9 out of 10 times I unlock my phone, it’s to open that little brown camera app and scroll through other people’s photos, endlessly commenting and double-tapping.

I fear I may be developing carpal tunnel from all the liking I do. Someone even messaged me on Facebook one day asking if I had a ‘bot’. Um, nope. I’m really just that consumed with photos of Ladurée macaroons, Nike Roshes, and latte art.

That being said, I feel like I’ve found some amazing photographers, artists, travelers, and fashion & beauty gurus and thought I would share them with you on the blog!

First up are my top picks for The 5 Best Dreamy IGers. You can find me at:

@imashleykim

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1. @inesybarra_

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A Peruvian art director and photographer, Ines Ybarra‘s mix of people, places, and things will make you feel like you’re floating through a misty dreamscape.

2. @caaamilaaaaaa

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Camila is a Colombia-born, Salt Lake City-based photographer who shoots for Free People. Her feed is a blend of muted pink, pearl, and pale blue photos of landscapes and fashion. One scroll through her feed will have you wishing you wanting to take an indie-gypsy-camping trip of your own.

3. @mnders

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Amanda Koch is an Instagrammer from Seattle (woop woop, hometown pride!). Her photos are of her travels all over but have that cloudy muted feel of rainy Washington state. A good mix of artistic selfies, nature, and architecture, you’ll love scrolling through her account.

4. @yung_tsundere

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Think American Apparel meets creepy doll under the glow of a pink convenience store sign at night. Yeah, that sounds about right. There isn’t much to find out about the girl behind the account, but that’s what adds to her mystique.

5. @oliviab33

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You may know Olivia Bee as being the uber young photographer from Portland, Oregon but she’s grown up and moved to New York since her sudden burst into the spotlight. Her photography bounces back and forth between dreamy and nightmare-y, and neither end of the spectrum disappoints.

Who are some of your favorite dreamy Instagrammers? Comment them below or let me know on IG:

@imashleykim 

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