December Birchbox

posted on: Wednesday, January 13, 2016

I was recently offered the chance to try out a Birchbox subscription. I was really excited because I really enjoyed the Birchbox and Rifle Paper Co. collaboration that I tested out back in April. I'm late on posting the December Birchbox, but better late than never right? Anyway, I was thrilled with the December box! I have been wanting to try more products from Amika, and I've heard a lot about Sunday Riley, so I was really excited about these two products. I also Love Tati (Glam Life Guru) on YouTube, so I was pretty excited about her LOC lip colour too. Here is a short recap of the products:

Love of Colour (LOC) Matte Lipstick in Glam Life
This lipstick is in a lip pencil form, which I really love because it is so easy to apply. The matte formula is really nice and I love the colour! It's also paraben and cruelty free. The shade I received was Glam Life, which is a plum colour that reminds me of MAC Rebel. 

Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo
I have a hair spray by Amika and have been in search for the Amika texturizing spray, so I was pretty excited to try out the dry shampoo. I have been carrying this dry shampoo in my bag at work to give my hair a refresh during the day if it starts to feel flat. It also claims not to leave a residue behind which I agree with and love!

Sunday Riley Good Genes Treatment
I have been testing this out in the mornings a s serum and I have fallen in love. It is meant to reduce fine lines and wrinkes, even skin tone, hydrate and firm. I'm not sure if it has reduced my fine lines, but so far my skin has felt hydrated and firm when I use this. 

Juara Coconut Illipe Hand and Nail Balm
This is a multi-task balm that can be used as a hand lotion or cuticles. I really enjoy the coconut scent. 

Kate Spade Live Colorfully fragrance
Finally, this scent by Kate Spade is described as having vibrant notes of Hawaiian flowers, Tahitian vanilla and mandarin. I think this scent would be perfect for spring and summer.

So there is a short recap of the December Birchbox. I also want to mention how adorable the packaging was for December! It reminded me of tinsel and snow. Do you have a beauty box subscription? Have you discovered a holy grail product from a beauty subscription? Let me know in the comments below!

xo Ashley

Winter Plaid

posted on: Tuesday, December 29, 2015

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I can't believe my holiday break is half way over and that new year is only a few days away! Last year I remember feeling like I couldn't think about a new year and that I wasn't up for any new goals or resolutions. I was in the midst of my final year of my masters degree and just needed to take things day by day. This year I feel like I can think about the year ahead and come up with some goals. 

Anyway, on to the outfit. I was sent this plaid dress from Gentle Fawn to style and have pretty much been in rotation once a week since. I ended up wearing it for a holiday dinner with JP's family the week before Christmas, as well on Christmas Day. When the weather is cold I just feel like throwing something on that is easy to wear and cozy. This outfit also includes a couple other current favourite items. I've been pretty much living in these faux leather leggings from Dynamite, and for the warmer winter days I have been turning to this coat from Misguided. 

xo Ashley

Outfit Details
Garage Blanket Scarf
Gucci purse borrowed from Karolina's Style
Alex and Ani bracelet

Photos by JP

Christmas With Papyrus

posted on: Thursday, December 24, 2015

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First I would like to say Merry Christmas Eve to everyone! I feel like the holiday season came out of no where this year! I recently received the cutest holiday rescue kit from Papyrus, and it has definitely been a lifesaver! The last few years Christmas wrapping (and decorating) has been a last minute task for me, so having a kit like this was really handy! I received a holiday kit a few years ago as well, and loved the wrapping paper I received (check out my past Christmas wrapping post here!) The wrapping paper from Papyrus is always stunning. Papyrus also have really beautiful cards for all occasions (my favourites are actually the wedding shower and baby shower cards). Included in the kit I received was a set of holiday cards, a snowman and snowflake holiday dish, silver and gold pens, a gold journal, two gift bags, and a beautiful gift box. 

Well, I'm off to get ready for a Christmas Eve dinner with family. Happy Holidays!

xo Ashley

Holiday Gift Ideas From Too Faced

posted on: Monday, December 21, 2015

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Le Grande Ch√Ęteau 
This is a beautiful little house and when you open it up there are three palettes inside and a deluxe mini of the Better Than Sex Mascara. The three palettes are called Paris in Love, Paris After Dark, and Paris Au Naturale.

Le Petit Tresor
This set includes a mini glitter bag with three of the Too Faced Le Creme Colour Drenched Lipsticks. Two of the colours are the best selling shades Taffy and Nude Beach, as well as a new colour called Wham. 

So those are a couple of the holiday sets, but there are a lot of other get gift sets and products in general from Too Faced that would make great Chirstmas presents. 

Are there any holiday makeup sets that are on your wish list? Let me know in the comments!

xo Ashley

Burt's Bees | Uncap Flavour

posted on: Wednesday, December 9, 2015

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I'm excited to bring my readers a giveaway from Burt's Bees!

The giveaway is for the Burt's Bees Lips Balms. I'm a huge fan of these lip balms and have bought the Original Beeswax, Honey, Pink Grapefruit, and Coconut & Pear many many times over the years. These have also been a long time favourite for my husband and I will usually put the original beeswax lip balm in his stocking each Christmas. I find these lip balms to be really moisturizing and soothing. They are especially great during the winter months, and I pretty much carry one of the Burt's Bees Lip Balms in my purse at all times. I was also really excited to try the new Apple Caramel Lip Balm, and think the scent is heavenly. 

The giveaway will include the full collection of Burt's Bees Lip Balms including:
the new Apple Caramel Lip Balm, Original Beeswax, Pink Grapefruit, pomegranate, Coconut and Pear, Vanilla Bean, Honey, and Mango.

If you would like to win the full collection enter the Rafflecopter giveaway below. 

This giveaway is open to Canadian residents only; 18 years of age or older. Giveaway will closed December 14th. 

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