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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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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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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Beauty, Food, Haul

Drugstore Haul

When I go to Walgreens to pick up a prescription and my friend asks me to check for something in the cosmetics section… 

 
It was supposed to be an in-and-out trip!!!
However, I was in need of new concealer and I found the new Wet n Wild Photofocus Setting Spray for only $4.99. Can’t beat that!

(The Maybelline Master Prime Blur + Redness Control was $9.49 and the L’Oreal True Match Super Blendable Concealer in warm Light/Medium was $10.49.)

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Beauty, Review

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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Food, Review

First Graze Box! (& How You Can Try it Free!)

Snack subscription boxes are like beauty subscription boxes’ less popular but more relatable friend. (Psst! If you’re here for the goods, AKA FREE STUFF, you can find the code at the bottom of this post!)

Graze Box | I Think It's Ashley

I’m not subscribed to any beauty boxes (yet!) but when I heard Blogilates talk about the Graze box on her YouTube channel, I knew I had to use her code for a free first box and give it a try!

The first free box arrived in my mailbox at the beginning of December, as pictured above, with two plastic strips slid on to hold the box shut. Isn’t the box so festive?! Extra points for the reindeer 🙂

https://www.youtube.com/user/blogilates

When I opened the Graze Box, the lid had a cute holiday print. On the top was a slip of paper. That slip of paper has the Nutrition Facts for all four snacks inside the box.

Graze Box Nutrition Information | I Think It's Ashley

You can go ahead and make your own decisions about how ‘good’ or ‘bad’ these snacks are for you. Of course, the free box only came with four snacks and there are dozens more possibilities, like soups and flavored popcorn.

Now onto the goodies!

Graze Box | I Think It's Ashley

This box was free and comes with 4 snacks. I went online and rated each snack before they were sent to me. You can mark them as Trash, Try, Like, or Love. If you Trash the snack, they won’t ever send it to you. If you mark it Love, they’ll make it first priority to go into your next box. Mark it Try if you want to try it and Like if you liked it but don’t need to prioritize it to go into your next package.

I received four snacks: three I marked as Try, one I marked as Love because I wanted to make sure I could try it!

Clockwise from top left: Peach Cobbler (peach fruit drops, almonds, yogurt seeds & amaretti drops), Thai Sweet Chili Bites (sweet chili sauce with baked soy bites), Apple & Cinnamon Flapjack (rustic rolled oat flapjack with apple and cinnamon), and Zesty Chili Lime Cashews.

For a size comparison of the snack containers, I put it side-by-side with a pack of Trident gum. You can see that they’re pretty small portions and they’re not filled to the brim either. When I turned the cashews on the side, they were only 2/3 of the way full. The Peach Cobbler was only half full. But keep in mind that they’re meant to be portion-controlled snacks to help you make better choices!

Graze Box Flapjacks| I Think It's Ashley

The Apple Cinnamon Flapjacks are quite tasty, but there are 12 grams of fat in the one container, so maybe they taste good because of the margarine and sugar?

Graze Box | I Think It's Ashley

I haven’t tried the other three snacks because I’m going to give a couple of them to other family members to try, but I will be ordering at least one more normal size box (8 snacks for $11.99). After that, I’ll make up my mind to continue or discontinue my Graze Box!

Graze Box Coupon | I Think It's Ashley

If you’re interested in getting your 1st and 5th box free, you can use my coupon code above! If you want to copy/paste, the code is:

2ZYRC9CKB

There is no catch to signing up. You have to put in card information but you will get the first box free and can cancel after the free box if you find it’s not for you. I was planning to just try the first box but when I clicked ‘cancel’, they offered me an 8 snack box for only $5.99, which is half off and only 75¢ per snack (+ free shipping!).

And honestly, I like what I see so far so I might keep going with Graze! They even put a cute little joke inside the box…

Graze Box Joke | I Think It's Ashley

Have you ever tried Graze or any other snack subscription box? What’s your favorite subscription box, food or otherwise? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter (@imashleykim)!

Happy snacking!

Ashley

Code for 1st and 5th box free: 2ZYRC9CKB

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