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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Baby, Haul, Review, skincare, Sponsored

Everyone Baby Collection Review

Big news, everyone. I’ve joined the Aunt club!

My first nephew was born just a few weeks ago and I couldn’t be more in love with him. I could literally sit and watch him sleep for hours. Creepy? Yes. Insanely adorable? Absolutely.

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Everyone Baby Collection

So when I heard EO Products was launching its Everyone Baby Collection in May 2016, I figured the timing couldn’t be more perfect. Their products are just the thing a conscientious parent (or obsessive Aunt) looks for when carefully choosing what to apply to their little one’s soft skin. And they’re great for adults with sensitive skin (or anyone who just wants a little bit of quality pampering!).

Everyone Baby is…

  • Certified non-GMO
  • Cruelty-free
  • Paraben-free
  • Synthetic fragrance-free
  • Gluten-free
  • And made with organic ingredients and natural scents!

That’s a long list of a lot of good stuff, right?

The awesome team sent me their Baby Wash, Baby Lotion, and Baby Wipes to test out (retail prices listed at the end). They have two gentle, soothing scents that smell light and baby-fresh: Calming Chamomile + Lavender and Gentle Calendula + Oat.

I genuinely love both of these scents and would be hard-pressed to choose a favorite. If it was a do-or-die situation, I’d probably say I favor the Chamomile + Lavender. I usually don’t have an affinity for lavender, but in these products it’s subtle and smells like fresh meadow air, not a cloying lavender perfume.

The Baby Wash contains coconut-derived cleansers for a natural bath time. As a big fan of the properties of coconut, it’s a great selling point.

The Baby Lotion is hypoallergenic and made with nourishing and yummy things like olive oil and mango seed butter (I don’t know what that is, but it sounds kind of amazing, am I right?). I’ve included photos of the ingredients label for each of the products so you can take a longer look at what you’re putting on baby!

We have yet to test the wipes but they’ll probably be thrown into a diaper bag since they’re the perfect small size for travel. They’re also flushable and have a sticky resealable flap that you can’t see in these photos.

I would definitely suggest checking out these products for your wee one or for yourself if you like to avoid harsh chemicals in your skincare. They’re available in Whole Foods or on the EO Products website, and they’re definitely affordable (see retail prices below). They’d also make a great baby shower gift if you don’t have a bitty baby of your own to spoil!

Let me know your thoughts on the new Everyone Baby line in the comments! Would you try them out?

Thanks for reading!

-Ashley

Everyone Baby Wash (12.75 fl oz): $7.99

Everyone Baby Lotion (8 fl oz): $6.99

Everyone Baby Wipes (30-ct.): $5.99

Just a heads up!: These products were sent complimentary for testing purposes. Thanks so much!

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Beauty, Review

L’Oreal EverPure Hair Care System

This month, I was super excited to receive my first VoxBox from Influenster! It’s a L’Oreal Paris box full of EverPure Color Care System hair care products, and I was eager to try them out on my sun-fried hair.

I recently got back from an 11-day trip to Bali, Indonesia. Yes, it was amazing. And yes, I got a lot of sun. Great for my pale PNW skin, but bad for my already frizzy dry hair. Luckily, my box from Influenster and L’Oreal was waiting for me when I got back home!

There were four full-sized products in the box. The first products I tried were the Repair & Defend shampoo and the Repair Remedy mask, which is a deep conditioning hair treatment that you wash out. The thing I love about these products is that they’re sulfate-free. While sulfate-free shampoos often fail to create suds, this one lathered up nice and thick. I was pleasantly surprised!

The shining star of this box was the Repair Remedy Mask. After I shampooed, I skipped the conditioner and just applied this hair mask. After letting it sit in my hair for about 4 minutes, I rinsed it out. I didn’t feel its effects right away, but once my hair dried…wow! My normally frizzy, stiff hair was soft and shiny. And that’s not an exaggeration. As someone who has had a lifelong struggle with frizzy, hard to manage, coarse hair, I really found this mask to be moisturizing for my locks.

I also received a normal EverPure Repair & Defend conditioner as well as a Repair & Defend Lotion (essentially a leave-in conditioner). The downside of the shampoo and conditioner is that I really dislike the smell. The packaging says “gogi” and “acai” and I had high hopes that the products would smell fruity. Instead, they smell like a strong floral perfume. Because of the scent’s staying power, and my dislike of the scent, I probably won’t be repurchasing those two products.

However, if you have color-treated hair and are looking for good sulfate-free products, I would definitely recommend giving these products a try. I will probably repurchase the hair mask (my hair slurped up all that conditioning and thanked me for it!).

I don’t have color-treated hair, so it doesn’t make much of a difference to me. But I love that these L’Oreal EverPure products are 100%:

  • Sulfate-free
  • Free of harsh salts
  • Free of parabens
  • Vegan

I just wish they were free of its scent…

To recap:

  • Love that these L’Oreal EverPure Color Care System products are sulfate and paraben free
  • Adore the hair mask; works wonders on my dry, frizzy hair
  • Dislike the scent of the EverPure shampoo and (regular) conditioner, but it has great staying power
  • Lotion is good but overshadowed by my love of the mask
  • Would repurchase: L’Oreal Paris EverPure Repair Recovery Mask only

Have you tried any of the L’Oreal EverPure hair care line? What are your favorite hair conditioning products? Let me know in the comments!

-Ashley

FYI: I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes. You can check out my reviews of each product below!

 

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La Roche-Posay Effaclar Deep Cleansing Foaming Cream

I really admire French girls. They always seem so confident, so effortlessly put together. From their fashion sense to their hair to their natural makeup, what’s not to love about French style?

I started combing through the internet to find real tips from real French women about how to achieve that French look. I landed on one recurring theme: French beauty is all about having flawless skin.

Ah, skincare. I knew where to refocus my efforts.

I did my research and came up with certain brands and products that I found French style icons and models naming over and over. Vichy, Bioderma, La Roche-Posay, Avene, Embryolisse.

I wanted to start with a great face wash since my Aveeno Positively Radiant Skin Brightening Daily Scrub was running out.

I started with La Roche-Posay’s Effaclar Deep Cleansing Foaming Cream. I chose this product as my everyday face wash after reading that it is great for clogged pores and blackheads, which is a problem area on my nose.

I used a guide I found online to determine which face wash of theirs to purchase. I wanted something deep cleansing and non-medicated, as I don’t have a problem with acne and have dry patches that I didn’t want to exacerbate.

I’ve included the guide below as a reference in case you want to find a good product for your skin type and needs:

Skin Guide 1/2

  

Skin Guide 2/2

  The results?

I absolutely love this product.

It comes in a creamy, white, fluffy gel consistency and a little goes a long way. I just squeeze out a pea-sized amount onto my fingers and work it into a lather over my wet face. It doesn’t get super bubbly, but rather really silky and foamy.
  

And it gets the job done. I have large pores in my T-Zone area and blackheads on my nose. This is probably the most effective product I’ve used to help with those issues (and I’ve tried many, many products). After really taking the time to work in the La Roche-Posay Effaclar face cream, it takes a little extra effort to really make sure you get the product completely off your face, otherwise you’ll be left with a slight residue. It’s not going to be as effective if you’re not willing to put in the extra bit of work to really use this face wash correctly. But if you want results, you have to put in the time. And it’s worth it.

It doesn’t leave my face overly dry like some cheap face washes can do, but it cleans your pores really well so be prepared to moisturize after use. It’s not as gentle as my Aveeno face wash that I’ve been using, but it’s not supposed to be. It’s meant to really clean deep into pores.

It’s on the pricier side if you’re used to buying cheaper drugstore skincare (I purchased mine from Amazon for about $23 for 4.2 oz or 125 ml) but since you use so little of it, I suspect it will last you a long time.

Once I finally manage to use this product up, I will likely repurchase it since it does wonders for my large pores. However, you really have to keep up use of this product in order to see consistent results.

If you want that flawless French face, no slacking on your skin routine!

Let me know if you’ve tried La Roche-Posay products before or if you use any other Frenc skincare products! I’m dying to try out more!

-Ashley

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LUSH Bath Bomb Review | I Think It's Ashley
Beauty, Haul, Review

Christmas LUSH Bath Bomb Haul!

I’ve never been a big bath fan.

They’re hot. They hurt my neck. They leave the bathtub all sudsy and your fingers all prune-y.

It wasn’t until I didn’t have a bath anymore that I really started missing being able to take one. I endured 4 years away at college without being able to pamper myself in the tub. But now, just after college graduation, I finally have a tub again. And, boy, have I mastered the art of taking a bath.

I’ve found that perfect warm-but-not-scalding-hot temperature, learned to keep the door open while filling up the bathtub so that the bathroom doesn’t get overwhelmingly steamy, and have been using LUSH bath bombs–the perfect mix of light, delicious fragrances and beautiful H2O colors.

LUSH Bath Bomb Haul | I Think It's Ashley

For Christmas, I got 3 LUSH Bath Bombs. I’m fairly new to their products–I’ve used a couple of their bath bombs (Pink and Butterball), love their stick fragrances, and keep my Mint Julips Lip Sugar Scrub in my makeup bag at all times. I’ve loved the bath bombs in the past, so I was really excited to try out three new ones: Golden Wonder, Lord Of Misrule, and The Experimenter.

LUSH Bath Bomb Review | I Think It's Ashley

From Left to Right: Golden Wonder, Lord Of Misrule, The Experimenter

I’ve only had a chance to try out The Experimenter, but I will make sure to do a review on all 3!

Hope you all had a great holiday season and Happy 2016! Thanks for being awesome readers!

Ashley

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Graze Box #2 Review!

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How the Graze Box arrived in my mail box

I’ve never really been one for subscription boxes. I love the idea of getting something in the mail, and of trying new products, but I couldn’t really justify the amount I would have to spend every month. I heard about the Graze Box from YouTuber Blogilates and decided to give it a try.

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Graze Box upon opening

I received my first box earlier this month and wrote a review on the small snack pack I received that contained 4 snacks (you can read that post here).

This is the first full sized Graze Box I have received. It comes with 8 snacks inside and the total cost is $11.99 (that includes shipping!). You can tailor your snack preferences on their site and decide which snacks you would or would not like to receive. You can find full details on how their site works and what the boxes look like on my first post on Graze.

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Each box comes with a Nutrition Facts sheet for each of the snacks in your box that week or month.

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As a reference for size, I’ve compared one snack container to a pack of gum and a tube of ChapStick. They are fairly small, as you can see, so the snacks are all pretty light.

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One thing I will say about the snacks is that they are not completely full. I turned them all on their side so you could see how full each container is. Some are only half full while others, like the flapjacks, have a bit more in them. Here is a quick review of each of the snacks that were sent to me this month:

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1. Tuscan Pest Kern Pops 

It contains Cheddar Popped Corn Kernels and Mini Basil Breadsticks. I think this was probably my favorite snack of the whole bunch. The Basil Breadsticks were really satisfying and the Corn Kernels had a nice crunch much like Corn Nuts.

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2. Honeycomb Crunch

With milk chocolate honeycomb, almonds, and raisins, I thought I would fall in love with this one. The almonds and raisins are just that, and although I normally like honeycomb type candies, I couldn’t help but feel like mine had a funny flavor. They tasted a little off but the texture was perfect–crunchy and snappy.

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3. Triple Berry Smoothie

This has mini strawberries, blueberries, cranberries, & chewy banana. I saw Blogilates review this one on her channel and how she loved it, so I wanted to as well. Unfortunately, the chewy bananas didn’t live up to what I had expected. I love bananas and I did enjoy the texture, but the taste was, again, off. The strawberries were wonderful, however, and it did make up for the bananas in my opinion. I enjoyed it overall.

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4. Sour Cream & Garlic Crostini

All I have to say is, they did not skimp on the garlic! I ate these and definitely had fire breath afterwards, so I wouldn’t recommend eating this snack in a public setting. It came with Sour Cream & Onion Cashews (which I enjoyed very much) and Garlic Crostini (which I also enjoyed, but were strong enough to fend off Dracula. Just sayin’.).

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5. Lemon Drizzle Flapjack

I’m torn on these. I loved the Apple Flapjacks from my first box, and I just liked these. At 13 grams of fat for this small container alone, I’m sort of inclined to say I would not seek this out as a snack. It is like a granola bar made with rolled oats but less chewy and more cake-like. The second ingredient is non-hydrogenated margarine and you can tell in its consistency.

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6. Brooklyn Bites

This snack contains Cheese flavored cashews, roasted pumpkin seeds, and poppyseed pretzels. This was another one of my favorites from this box. It’s a mostly savory box but the sweetness from the cashews mixed with their cheesy dust adds a little sweet & savory mix that is kind of nice.

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7. White Chocolate Dip with Wild Blueberry Toasts

Belgian white chocolate dip and wholemeal wild blueberry toasts. I really wanted to enjoy this but didn’t. The Blueberry Toasts were really bland on their own and too sweet with the white chocolate. They didn’t have much of a blueberry flavor in my opinion and I didn’t even care to finish off the rest of the tiny container.

Graze Box December 2015 | I Think It's Ashley

8. Thai Tom Yum Soup

It comes with Thai Tom Yum Paste, Rice Noodle Pieces, Dried Zucchini, and Dried Red Peppers. This is the only one I haven’t tried, but I love Tom Yum and really hope it’s good! I will update once I’ve tried it.

Overall, I am pretty underwhelmed with this box. I’ve cancelled my subscription. Of the total of 10 snacks that I have actually tasted from Graze, I’ve only really enjoyed maybe 4 of them, and that’s just not enough to justify spending $11.99 on a box of 8 small snack containers.

Let me know if you’ve tried Graze in the comments below. I’d love to hear if you had any snacks you loved or disliked!

-Ashley

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