Over the Pond

Wow, so I haven’t blogged for a hot minute! It’s not that I haven’t had to beauty things to discuss or ideas about how to present them. It just comes down to laziness and lack of time. But I have time now so here we go with (hopefully) regular posting! And some day, I will figure out how to film videos on YouTube. That has been a whole thing, let me tell you. And it’s completely user error, so don’t blame them. Anyway, I digress.

For some reason, I almost exclusively read and watch beauty gurus/bloggers who are either British or live in Great Britain. I’ve always loved British things (my ancestors are Scottish, dating all the way back to the 1500’s so maybe it’s in my blood) and the fact that awesome British women are talking about about beauty stuff has brought on some sort of new nirvana I was previously unaware of.

The one drawback to this that these super cool women (and occasional men) talk about products that I CANNOT GET!! You’d think that I would go in knowing that but I’m not that bright.

Anyway, here are some of the brands that are often discussed and that I am dying (dying!) to try. Some are available offer shipping to the States but course that is crazy expensive. I want to go in a freaking Boots or Superdrug and look at all of it! Possibly this means I should be visiting the U.K. in my near future.


You can get some of the products at the US Version of the ASOS website but they don’t carry the whole line. I did get the Healthy Mix Serum Foundation and the Volume Fast and Perfect Mascara so it’s been a good resource if you want to check out what they do have. I will be trying BB Bronzing Cream and Cream Blush next!

(Does anyone remember when they carried Bourjois in Sephora and Ulta? I wonder if they just weren’t doing enough business in the States or something. It makes me sad that I didn’t give it enough love when I had the chance. But from what I remember, the older offerings were not like the great stuff they’re introducing now.)

Rimmel London

Obviously, they offer Rimmel everywhere in the U.S. but there are products that haven’t been or won’t be released here. More specifically Wake Me Up line and the Salon Pro nail polishes. Also, the Rimmel selections are usually pretty slim at my local drugstores so I’m not able to find certain colors. My life is so hard!

(I’m looking specifically for Estee’s color recommendations: Salon Pro nail color in Rose Libertine and Moisture Renew lipsticks in Funtime Fuschia and Rose Passion.)

Sleek Makeup

There are so many things made by this brand that I want to try! Luminous pressed powder, highlighting concealer, brow kit, eye shadow palette, etc. Their website does ship to the US but the international shipping cost is outrageous. This added cost offsets the fact that the brand is relatively inexpensive so I’m definitely deterred.


Skincare expert Caroline Hirons talks about this, therefore most beauty bloggers talk about it. It sounds awesome and I would love to try it, especially since I’m trying to focus on skincare more and more and I regrettably age more and more.


Surprisingly, you can buy a lot of Bioderma’s products online at Sears. I have the Crealine micellar water (the product name was recently changed to Sensible H20 – Micelle Solution) which I purchased on eBay. This stuff is AMAZING! I cannot imagine not using it; I’ll extol its virtues more later on.  I would, however, love to try some of their other stuff so more research and planning is needed before the leap is made.

This is just a short list, really, but I’m starting to get sad that I can’t try this stuff so I’m going to go now. Let me know if you guys have tips and tricks to getting these products or any recommendations.

xo Ashley


What’s On My Face : Warm Sunday

I really like to take my time when applying makeup. I prefer my made up face to look as perfect as possible but also natural. I don’t care for covering up every part of my real skin in an effort to get a smoother looking complexion. For the most part, I like the texture of my skin. I also happen to be very fond of sleeping so I rarely have enough time to really layer and blend everything as much as I would like to. Nor can I target the areas I wish to (spots and redness) or highlight and contour. Today, I took about 30 minutes to apply everything and I really like the way it turned out. The contour is a bit too noticeable and my neck needs a bit more color but otherwise, I wouldn’t mind if my face looked this put together every day.

WOMF Look 1

I used quite a few products but hopefully it doesn’t look that way. I’ve listed the products and tools below by section. Because I’m OCD about organizing things in lists and sections.


Pixi Flawless Beauty Primer in No.1 EvenSkin

MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Invisible Cover Foundation in 115 Ivory

MAKE UP FOR EVER 5 Camouflage Cream Palette in NO2 (under-eyes, dark spots, and blemishes)

Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Fast Fix Concealer in All-over Neutralizer (redness on cheeks)

BareMinerals Mineral Veil (under-eyes)

Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder in 001 Transparent

MAC 190, Sephora Airbush 55 (for buffing) and Airbrush Concealer 57, Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage and Camouflage Powder, Real Techniques Powder brushes



MAC Paint Pot in Painterly

Stila eyeshadows in Kitten, Mystical, Peace, and Dream (from Dream in Full Color Palette)

NYX Gel Liner & Smudger in Jet Black

NYX Wonder Pencil in WP01 Light (inside lower lids)

Maybelline The Rocket Mascara in Blackest Black

MAC 217, 213, 246, 210, Sephora All Over Shadow and Real Techniques Deluxe Crease brushes, Shu Uemura Eye Lash curler


NYC Kohl Brow/Eyeliner Pencil in 927 Taupe

MAC Eyeshadow in Omega

MAC Brow Set in Beguile

E.L.F Lash Comb




Coastal Scents 6Contour Blush Palette (dark bronzer for contour, cream for highlighter and bright pink for blush)

MAC Cream Colour Base in Hush

Real Techniques Contour and Blush and Sonia Kashuk Flat Top Sculpting brushes


Pixi Vitamin Lip Silk in No1 Flora

What do you think? Is it too much?

xo Ashley

Current Wishlist : Makeup


Here’s the thing about being obsessed with something: you always want more. Surprising, right? I have a lot of makeup, so much so that I could never use it all before it expired. Which, of course, is frivolous. But if cosmetics companies didn’t constantly release awesome new formulas, technologies, and colors then I wouldn’t feel the urge to buy all the new things! Chances are, if you’re here reading a beauty blog, you’re in the same make-up filled boat.

To sum things up, I constantly have a beauty wishlist and here is my current one (clockwise from top-left corner):

±        M.A.C. Mineralize Rich Lipstick

±        Daniel Sandler Watercolour Fluid Blusher

±        Dior Shimmer Star Pressed Powder (in both Rose Diamond and Amber Diamond)

±        Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (OCC) Lip Tar

±        NARS Sheer Glow Foundation

±        Clinique High Impact Mascara

What about you? What are you currently coveting?

xo Ashley

Nail Color of the Week : Illamasqua Jo’mina

I’ve always wanted to try something from the Illamasqua line. Many YouTube beauty gurus talk about this brand and use their products in tutorials which of course makes me want to buy their stuff even more. Because I couldn’t find their Evoke color, I decided to try Jo’mina which is described as an “electric lilac with a glossy finish.

Illamasqua Nail Varnish in Jo'mina

Illamasqua Nail Varnish in Jo’mina

I am not a huge fan of paying lots of dollars for nail polish (or for anything really). This particular brand is $14 per bottle which is a little crazy to me but I can tell a difference between this product and cheaper drugstore options. It’s very creamy and easy to apply. There is great payoff in even one coat but I used two because I wanted a darker color. I don’t consider a top coat necessary — I’ve had it on for 4 days and have only a few chips that can be easily corrected.

Illamasqua Nail Varnish in Jo'mina

Illamasqua Nail Varnish in Jo’mina

Here is how it looks in the light:

Illamasqua Nail Varnish in Jo'mina

Illamasqua Nail Varnish in Jo’mina

Isn’t this color beautiful?! I’m really loving it, especially for Spring. Of course I am now wanting to buy all of the Illamasqua colors available at Sephora! If you’re looking for a good brand to try though, I definitely recommend it.

FLOWER Beauty Zoom-In Mascara Review

I’ve already told you a little bit about my experience with the FLOWER Beauty line and my love for mascara so I thought I would combine the two for you today. The one product from this brand debut that has generated the most buzz, in my opinion, is the Zoom-In Ultimate Mascara. According to the website, this mascara provides “lash volume, length, and definition” due to its adjustable brush and this feature is said to be more rare. Because I’m so old, the first thing I thought of when I heard this was:

Maybelline Dial-a-Lash

Maybelline Dial-a-Lash

This was the first adjustable mascara released in 1981 (I think). I remember cranking that stuff up and piling it on — it was not a good look. Lucky for us, the technology the Zoom-In mascara brings is much improved.

The brush starts out of the package in the “lengthening” mode; it’s large and almost fluffy despite being rubber. You adjust the top of the cap, counter-clockwise, and this next mode is created to help provide volume. Adjust once more to get to the final mode , or “spiral,” which is said to create definition. Each adjustment of the mascara wand causes the brush to shorten and twist. The convenience of this feature is awesome because you can pretty much mix and match the different modes depending on what look you’re going for or what type of lashes you have.

Here is a picture of the different modes. I didn’t curl my lashes or use eyeliner so I could show the mascara on its own.

Flower Zoom-In Mascara Diptic

Flower Zoom-In Mascara Diptic

As I mentioned before, I prefer volume to length because my lashes are on the longer side so I just want to amp them up. But each mode worked really well for me. The texture is creamy, long-lasting, and didn’t flake. Also, the best part for me is the product didn’t feel heavy on my eyes! When you use at least 3 coats of mascara (I did 6, two each level) my eyes tend to feel weighted down. But this stuff felt light and produced very little of the spidery lash look.

In the pictures below, I am wearing eyeliner and I curled my eyelashes.

Flower Zoom-In Mascara Diptic

Flower Zoom-In Mascara Diptic

Overall, I really like this mascara. And it’s like 8 bucks! So I will definitely buy again in the future. What do you guys think? Have you tried out any of the Flower products yet?

Mascara : The Long and Short of It

Hello friends! Has anyone ever asked one of those questions about beauty products? You know the ones, where someone’s all “What ONE beauty product would you chose to use for the rest of your life because someone is making you choose?” Or “What item could you literally not live without?” And you’re like “Um, that’s a weird question because when would that sort of restriction happen, we don’t live in North Korea?” Or you might say “I can LITERALLY live without any beauty products because you don’t know how to use the word ‘literally’ in the right context.” But of course you answer the question because you HAVE thought about such a scenario and you ARE fiercely loyal to certain beauty products/brands.

For me? It’s mascara. I feel that out of all the make-up options out there, mascara adds the most polish to my face, frames my eyes and requires very little effort to apply. Even if I’m not wearing any other make-up (which happens a lot), I will curl my eyelashes and apply at least one coat of mascara. I’ve tried sooooo many different brands from the ridiculously expensive high-end stuff to the $4 tube at Target. I honestly think it’s hard to find one that works the exact same for everyone because obviously people have different types of lashes as well as preferences and expectations for their mascara. I look for the following criteria when purchasing mascara:


±        Natural, soft, fluffy bristle (not a huge fan of the plastic deals)

±        Dark, sooty black color

±        Lengthening AND volume

±        Not heavy feeling and no flaky business

Because I try so many types of mascaras, I rarely re-purchase one unless it meets the above criteria. The only two mascaras I’ve bought more than once are Dior DiorShow and L’Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes (the brush is rubber but it’s wide and flexible so it doesn’t feel stiff like other rubber bristles). These ones also work for me because I fall into the category of “big eyes with lots of lashes,” and I don’t need a ton of lengthening but I want what lashes I do have to appear thicker and darker. I’m pretty loyal to these, especially the latter because it’s much cheaper.

I’ll be researching more about mascara and well as reviewing brands for you but in the meantime, what one do you love? Tell me all about it!

xo Ashley










Nail Color of the Week : FLOWER Beauty Nail’d It Nail Lacquer in NP9 Eye of the Tiger Lily

Whew, long name!

I’m sure that you’re well aware that the lovely Drew Barrymore has started a cosmetics line called FLOWER Beauty which is available exclusively at Walmart. I have been excited about this launch mainly because I like her, I like makeup, the product line doesn’t test on animals and it’s a new drugstore line (read: cheaper and also rare). Any beauty blogger worth their salt has jumped at the chance to snatch up products and review them. I’m not different and the first product I’d like to start with is nail polish.

In looking over the selection of nail polish colors, I was drawn to this orangish, transparent color. I’ve been looking for “funky” nail polish colors and when I noticed the name was Eye of the Tiger Lily, I knew it was the one for me.

Stock Photo Flower Eye of the Tiger Lily

FLOWER Beauty Eye of the Tiger Lily

When I started to apply the polish, I was surprised by the texture. I’m not sure if it’s specific to this color (I should have purchased more colors to compare) but it seems more like a gel than traditional lacquer. The first coat I applied really was very light so I decided to add a second so I could see what the layered affect was and this helped provide a more substantial color payoff. I do like the color but I think it would look better on someone with darker skin.

Flower Eye of the Tiger Lily

FLOWER Beauty Eye of the Tiger Lily

(Please forgive my inability to paint my nails without millions of mistakes. I’m only human.)

While I’m not in love with this particular color and how it pairs with my skin, I have kept it on this week so I could evaluate it’s staying power. It stays on well, with a top coat, and I’ve had minimal chips. I definitely recommend this product if you’re looking to try a drugstore nail polish but are tired of all your same brands. The price, at around $5, is great and even the Mayans had a Walmart so access to the product line shouldn’t be a problem for you. 🙂

I will be posting shortly about other products from this line so stay tuned. As always, comments and feedback are welcome!

xo Ashley

Lip Color of the Week : NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Milan

I really love the NYX cosmetics line. It’s extensive, well-made, and offers a wide-range of colors at great prices. What more could someone ask for? I’ve haven’t tried all their products yet but I’m definitely making my way.

One product that is super popular is the Soft Matte Lip Color (it was awarded “Best Budget Liquid Lipstick for 2013” in Temptalia Editor’s Choice Awards). I’ve tried several a few colors but my absolute favorite is Milan. I swear this color was made for me!

Stock Photo NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream

(NYX describes Milan as “mid-toned blue-tone pink.”)

I’m a big fan of the matte formula for pretty much all make up products (eye shadow, nail polish, blush, bronzer) but a good matte lip color makes me the happiest. The texture of this NYX product is perfect because it dries to a great matte finish but when you’re first applying the product it’s soft and malleable. It’s a great item when you don’t want the look of lip gloss but you want something that’s as easy to apply as gloss.

NYX Milan Soft Matte Lip cream

In addition to great color and texture, the staying power of NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream is certainly worth mentioning. It stays on for a good two hours and that’s with drinking, talking and general life stuff. I don’t have a lot of faith in long-wear lip colors that promise to stay on for like 48 hours. Especially because that usually means your lips are sucked of any moisture which I do not care for. I don’t know about you but I use my mouth for a lot of things. Something is bound to breakdown your lip color. But this stuff stays on for a believable amount of time. I wore it to my work holiday party and I didn’t have to reapply once even through all the eating, drinking, talking, laughing and dabbing.

NYX Milan Soft Matte Lip cream real life

(Holiday Party night. I wished I looked like this every day.)

I highly suggest you pick up this item because not only is it all the great things I already explained but it’s cheap! It runs $6.00 at Ulta. And they often have buy one, get one 50% off for certain product lines sales and/or offer coupons so you can get an even better deal if you do some planning.

xo Ashley

Nail Color of the Week: OPI Jade is the New Black

As promised, here is the first weekly entry about what nail color (or trend) I’m wearing. This is a new product to me so this will also be a review of sorts.

Sephora + Pantone Universe’s Color of the Year for 2013 is Emerald. I’m excited to try these gem-colored products but I’ll need to make due with some substitutes until I can afford to buy them (I didn’t get the 2012 Tangerine Tango collection until last month because I am forever behind the times).

While watching the Pixiwoo channel (OBSESSED with them!), I saw that Sam was wearing a beautiful, rich dark green nail color. She mentioned it was Evoke from Illamasqua and I knew I had to have it if only to help me be more like her. Alas, I was not able to find it. I did come across what I think is a good replacement, however and that’s OPI Jade is the New Black.

Stock Photo OPI Jade is the new blck

According to my limited research, emerald is a gem while jade is a gemstone. I really don’t understand the difference except I know they are different because I am really smart. But when I found this at Ulta Beauty (it’s not on their website), I thought for sure it would be a recent release because of the emerald craze. I was surprised to find it was named “Jade is the New Black,” and it was released with OPI’s Hong Kong Collection for Spring 2010 (see, I’m always late).

OPI Jade is the New Black bottom

I have to say the color on my nails is true to the bottle which is something I’ve always liked about OPI. They have a good selection of matte colors that don’t surprise you when applied. I’m not a huge fan of their giant brush but it gets the job done.

OPI Jade is the New Black with hand

Please don’t take offense at my super dry hands.

The polish has good staying power and a nice shine to it. I don’t have a top coat on, but I don’t feel I need it.

OPI Jade is the New Black hand

You can find it on eBay and Amazon.

xo Ashley




I have plans, and ideas, and goals to post what lip color and nail color I’m wearing every week on this here site. Sometimes these colors (and formulas) will follow current trends and sometimes I will be reviving old products that I forgot I loved. I do what I want, see.

Anyway, because I have been working on this freaking website all day long and my right eye won’t stop twitching I am posting some teaser photos for you guys. Nail color for this week will be up first (hopefully tomorrow).

Nailpolish 2.25.13

And the lip color selection for this week should be up on Wednesday. I know you’re all shivering with anticipation.

lip colors 02.25.13

(Yup, that’s my down-alternative comforter. Be jealous.)

I already love you guys! I am amped on this blog right now and I hope to keep up the enthusiasm and drive. I promise the future doesn’t hold only “teaser” posts.

xo Ashley