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, 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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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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Maybelline Blushed Nudes Eyeshadow Palette
Beauty, Review

The BLUSHED Nudes Palette From Maybelline!

I am a huge fan of Urban Decay’s Naked Palette, but because of its hefty $50 price tag, I can’t exactly afford to buy all three (plus the new Naked Smokey palette!). I am satisfied with Naked 1 but still had palette envy of Naked 3 with its beautiful shimmery pink shades.

Maybelline Blushed Nudes Eyeshadow Palette

Luckily, Maybelline has released a very similar collection of colors in The Blushed Nudes. While not all the colors are identical, it is clearly meant to resemble the Naked 3 palette.

Urban Decay’s Naked 3 Palette

They’re practically even arranged in the same order. Take a look at the Naked 3 Palette above in comparison to The Blushed Nudes palette below. Twinsies?

Maybelline Blushed Nudes Eyeshadow Palette

The Blushed Nudes Palette shot in natural daytime light

I haven’t used the Naked 3 palette so I can’t speak to the similarities between the colors, but here is a post comparing the two if you’re interested. What I can say is that the colors are quiet beautiful and great for the spring/summer. They shadows take time to apply because they don’t go on silky smooth and require some effort to apply. The colors may be similar to Naked 3 but the texture is definitively drugstore. But for $9.99 and the number of shades you get, totally worth it.

Maybelline Blushed Nudes Eyeshadow Palette

I like palettes because I can travel with them and create a lot of looks from the 12 shades. They even have suggestions of how to wear them on the back. For 1/5 the price of Naked 3, I’d say go for it. The color payoff isn’t wonderful but if you’re willing to work with it, you’ll get more than your money’s worth.

 

Ciao for now,

Ashley

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Beauty, Haul

May Empties!

Life is weird. I keep waiting around for the moment when I am going to become an adult. I still say things like, “When I grow up…” and, “I’m not ready to be an adult!” But I just graduated from university, packed up my apartment, and am moving states.

All this ‘moving on’ has me really nostalgic, I suppose, because I have found myself really craving the old school blogger and YouTuber posts/vids lately. I love that my favorite YouTubers are growing up, too, but sometimes I just really want a good old-fashioned haul video.

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That being said, I thought I would collect my used up products this month so I can do an EMPTIES post! I’ve never done one before but I have to say, gathering up my empty bottles and products was extremely satisfying. In grade school, the best feeling would be when I would completely use up the ink in a pen or completely finish a tube of lip balm. Looking at my pile of empties was that type of satisfaction x1000.

So here we go, my May 2015 Empties!

 

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I’m starting off pretty weird with this one, but seeing as I spent half my time sick this month, it only seems appropriate to mention the insane amount of vitamins I took. I took a full bottle of Airborne and then this full bottle of Wal-born (the cheaper Walgreens brand) plus a bunch of other additional vitamins.

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I don’t know if candle qualify for empties, but I burned them out and I’m obsessed with candles so…why not? I got this Trick-Or-Treat candle at Bath & Body Works last fall and finally finished it this month. It has a super sweet marshmallow scent that I like, but is strong enough that I only needed to burn it 10 minutes at a time to fill up my whole room with a full scent. Hence why it lasted so long.

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I love citrus scents and this Lemon Verbena B&BW candle was heavenly for me. It’s a good spring/summer transition scent and is very sweet but not as overpowering as the Trick-Or-Treat candle because it is balanced by the lemon.

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This Big Island Bamboo candle is probably my favorite of the three, but I got it in the mini size so it only lasted a few days. It’s a more nature-smelling scent than the others and sort of reminds me of a warm spring morning.

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My mom got me these Trader Joe’s facial cleansing pads and I was wary of them for a long while. Once I tried them, I actually sort of liked them. They’re really strong and can sting your skin if it is sensitive (and your eyes even if you avoid the eye area). I’m assuming there was alcohol in them which would cause the irritation? But I love tea tree oil and my face felt REALLY clean after using them. I would swipe them gently over my face after washing my face sometimes even and it would still take off dirt and oil residue so I feel like they’re really effective at cleaning skin.

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My sister got me a bunch of Seacret products for my birthday and Christmas and they are so moisturizing and lasted me a long time. This body lotion has a scent that I’m not a huge fan of (but it didn’t bother me, just smells generic) but it absorbs into skin quickly, leaves it smooth, and doesn’t leave it sticky.

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My facial skincare routine has been in constant flux the past few years as my skin has developed super dry patches. Living in southern California, I think the pollution and increased sun exposure are both the blame. That being said, this Aveda botanical kinetics face cream is amazing. It hydrates my face without leaving it feeling oily or greasy. It didn’t do the tough job of tackling my eczema-like dry patches but the rest of my normal-type skin felt great after using it. Expensive, but would repurchase.

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I made the mistake of walking into B&BW to “just look” and walked out with three products. This was one of them. The salesman was really great at his job and completely convinced me I loved this scent, Paris Amour. I like it, not head-over-heels about it, but it smells nice. Overall though, I am not a fan of B&BW lotions. They’re generally pretty sticky and the scents are a little much.

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I got this little travel size Soap & Glory Hand Food hand lotion while in London last spring (actually, I got a few of them…) and I am super sad that it’s gone. It has this really juicy smelling scent that isn’t B&BW-overpowering and is really creamy. Would definitely repurchase at Sephora in the states, although it won’t feel as special as when I bought it in London.

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Can I even put sunnies in my Empties post!? This is more of a stretch than the candles, but I actually used these sunglasses until the point where they were cracking. Retired sunglasses that survive being lost, dropped, or sat on deserve to be in this post. I loved them and went back to Target to try to find an identical pair but couldn’t…so I bought the closest looking ones!

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Bought this while in Paris. Doesn’t work but I used it up anyway. Oh well.

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Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in Pink Truffle. My favorite YLBB lip color ever. It’s practically lip balm with how moisturizing it is but the color is great and neutral. My lips are naturally a bit darker with brown and sort of mauve tones and this lipstick is what I wear when I want to look like I’m not really wearing lip color. Am 100% going to repurchase.

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From left to right: Orange Creme Blistex lip balm with SPF 15, Baby Lips with SPF 20, and the Revlon Lip Butter in Pink Truffle. The Orange Creme smells exactly like one of those popsicles which makes me want to eat it but it is a little thick and ‘cheap’ feeling on my lips (because it was cheap). Baby Lips is Baby Lips and most people know if they like it or not. I think it is really moisturizing but this scent was kind of boring (wait, was there even a scent? If so, it was forgettable).

 

And, that’s it! All my May 2015 Empties. Ah, what a good feeling using up the last drops of all of these products.

 

What products have you used up this month? Let me know in the comments!

 

Ciao for now,

 

Ashley

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Beauty, Celebration, Fashion

Valentine’s Day OOTD 021415

20150213-155142.jpgLast Valentine’s Day I was not single but spent the day with a girlfriend in Verona, Italy at the Verona in Love Festival (writing a letter to Juliet, writing a letter as Juliet, and seeing a minute-long kiss fest..uh, gross). Spending the day with Juliet and her bae Romeo was pretty amazing.20150213-155148.jpgThis year, I spent today with another girlfriend, although again, I’m not single (luck just is never on my side with these things).

20150213-155202.jpgWe spent the day at Newport Beach (where are Marissa and Ryan?!), soaking up the sun (be jealous, East Coasters), seeing a pod of dolphins swim by, eating In n’ Out, and drinking wine. So, pretty much perfect.

20150213-155215.jpgAlthough I had no romantic date today (we celebrated a few days early since we knew we wouldn’t be able to on the actual day), this is my Valentine’s Day outfit (description below).

20150213-155220.jpgI bought this dress last year for a wedding but the back lace detailing is so romantic and the jewel blue color is perfect for a candlelit dinner so I think it works perfectly for Valentine’s Day.

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Dress: ASOS

Shoes: Steve Madden

Phone Case: Kate Spade

Eyeliner: Kat Von D ink liner, Trooper

Lipstick: MAC Viva Glam Rihanna (frost red)

Hope you all had a great day today, whether you celebrated Valentine’s Day/Galentine’s Day or not (I don’t particularly care for this day except that I love candy and I love pink hearts…you can find me at the grocery store tomorrow buying discount chocolate!!).

Ciao,

Ashley

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Beauty, Haul, Review

Lush’s Mint Julips

Yet again, I’m here to tell you how in love I am with LUSH. Now, I know what this looks like. My last two posts have been about LUSH (Pink & Butterball bath bombs), and here is yet another LUSH review. Although I would love to say that I’m a bona fide LUSH addict, the truth is that I’m much too poor and much too new to this LUSH lifestyle to call myself anything other than a n00b when it comes to everything this magical store has to offer. Nonetheless, here is my latest purchase.

Mint Julips Lip Scrub

 

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It’s a vegan lip scrub (“A lip smacking cocktail,” the front saucily reads) in the scent Mint Julips.

Tasty mint chocolate sugar lip scrub for smooth moves and sweeter kisses.

The description, as usual, totally sells me on this product. But the product itself is effective and sweet. The directions say to “scrub and buff your lips to softness, lick off the excess then apply your favourite LUSH Lip Balm.” I would add to scrub gently, no matter how much dead skin you’re trying to get rid of. It will buff away eventually and since it’s sugar, rubbing the grains can be kind of harsh on your lips if you rub too hard.

I admit that I find myself applying this sometimes just to lick it off or for the tingles from the mint. Luckily, it’s totally safe to do, and there are enough oils in the mixture that licking my it off my lips and applying lip balm immediately after doesn’t completely dry out my lips. In a colder/drier environment, that may not be the case, however.

Ingredients: Castor Sugar, Cold Pressed Organic Castor Sugar, Cold Pressed Organic Jojoba Oil (Simmondsia chinensis), Vanilla Extract (Vanilla planifolia), Tagetes Oil (Tagetes minuta), Peppermint Oil (Mentha piperita), *Limonene, Flavour. *Occurs naturally in essential oils. (This is all according to the product label.)

Unlike some LUSH products that expire quickly, this one says it lasts 14 months.

Do you have any lip scrubs, LUSH or otherwise, that you’re loving? Let me know!

Ciao,

Ashley

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