Morning Skincare Routine |Spring 2018

Hello! I hope you all are having a great day today!

I have been obsessing over skincare the last couple of months, whether its products or routines, I’m all over it! I don’t know whether it has anything to do with my age, because I’ve noticed that the majority of people in their early 20s tend to start making/creating their own skincare routines. When I was in high school and even in my early college years I did not care what so ever about skincare! I would even sleep with my makeup on most of the times, which is so BAD!

Today, I am going to show you my favorite products that I have been using/obsessed with these last couple of weeks. I am always adding/removing products from my routine, but at this moment these are the current products I am in love with!

Now this is my morning skincare routine. I do have a night time skincare routine, but we will save that for another day. Lol.

I have been consistent with this routine and my skin has never looked better, so let’s begin!

Foaming Face Wash from Clarity Therapeutics

Every morning, I begin by using this foaming face wash by Clarity Therapeutics. I only use this on my face and no where near my eyes! I only use two pumps, because a little does go a long way with this product!

Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes

Next, I use my favorite makeup remover wipes of all time! These are so amazing and I swear by these wipes! They are a little pricey, but what I like to do in order to not waste or spend so much money is to cut my wipes into one thirds, since I don’t need a whole makeup wipe. I mostly use these around my eyes, but I will make sure to run it through my whole face just to make sure I got all the dirt and junk off!

Neutrogena Age Shield Face Sunscreen SPF 110

I then use another Neutrogena product that I have been obsessed with (I have to thank my aunt for introducing  me to this product!). This is their Age Shield Face sunscreen with SPF 110. Now I did spend a pretty penny on this item, I am not going to lie, but a little does go a long way with this product. Not to mention the sun is known to cause wrinkles and make you look older, and if I have to pay extra to avoid that you bet your butt I will. LOL. When I apply this I make sure to completely cover my face and neck with it! Not to mention, I LOVE the way this product smells, reminds me of summer!

Aveeno’s Daily Moisturizing Lotion & Total Moisture Facial Cream from Benefit Cosmetics

I tend to get dry around my chin and mouth area, I have no idea why so I make sure to apply a little of either the Total Moisture Facial Cream form Benefit Cosmetics or Aveeno’s Daily Moisturizing Lotion.

I have been loving both, so that is why I decided to add both of these. I couldn’t choose! Lol. They both do a great job of moisturizing and hydrating my skin!

Face Toner from Clarity Therapeutics

The last item I have been loving for my face is this face toner from Clarity Therapeutics. I know toners are meant to be used right after you cleanse your skin, but this toner make a great makeup primer! I have been using this right before I apply my makeup and I just love it so much! It does a really good job of keeping my makeup on.

Lip Conditioner from MAC

Lastly, for my lips I have been using this lip conditioner from MAC. It leaves my lips feeling so nice and soft! It also gives your lips a shine, kind of like wearing lip gloss!

That is it for my morning skincare routine! I hope you enjoyed reading! I would love to know any products that you are currently using or have been obsessed with. I love trying  out new products, so let me know what items you love so I can try them out!

I would also like to say thank you for 70 subscribers/follows on my blog! I am so appreciative of every single one of you!

As always thank you so much for reading and I hope you have a great week!

-Ashley N. Barron

Links to some of these awesome products:

Foaming Face Wash from Clarity Therapeutics Use code: Ashley5 for 5% off!

Neutrogena Makeup Removing Cleansing Towelettes- 7ct

Neutrogena Makeup Removing Cleansing Towelettes- 21ct

Neutrogena Makeup Removing Cleansing Towelettes Twin-Pack

Neutrogena Age Shield Face Sunscreen SPF 110

Aveeno’s Daily Moisturizing Lotion

Total Moisture Facial Cream from Benefit Cosmetics

Face Toner from Clarity Therapeutics Use code: Ashley5 for 5% off!

Lip Conditioner from MAC 

Product Review: Zinc Oxide Sunscreen & Organic Lip Balm from Bee You Organics

Hello! I hope everyone is having a great day today and making it a good one!

Lately I have been so obsessed with my skincare products being all-natural. Aside from that I have also been using/obsessed with sunscreen! Every morning, whether I am out in the sun or not, I make sure to apply a layer of sunscreen. Specifically this sunscreen, which contains zinc oxide. This product is from Bee You Organics. They have a variety of natural skincare products and makeup, from natural eyeshadows as well as mascara!

This product is handmade and ingredients include:

-Organic unrefined coconut oil

-Organic sweet almond oil

-Organic beeswax

-Organic unrefined shea butter

-Non nano zinc oxide

-Organic lavender EO

-Organic tea tree EO

The zinc oxide in their sunscreen is stable in sunlight and is shown to provide better coverage from those harsh UVA rays! This sunscreen will hydrate and moisturize your skin while providing sun protection! The best part of about this item is that it is made without all those horrible chemicals!  It is made without GMO’s, fillers, dyes, etc.

This past Easter weekend I spent the majority of time outdoors, and I used this product so much that I am actually running low! Lol. I highly recommend this item. It gave me that sun protection I needed while leaving my skin feeling so hydrated and moisturized. The sun can be so damaging and it is even known to create wrinkles and fasten your appearance of aging.

This item can be purchased from Bee You Organics for $16.99!

They have three different sizes options, which I believe are the perfect size to have in your handbag or backpack for any sun-based activities you may find yourself in.

2 oz Zinc Oxide Sunscreen $11.99

4 oz Zinc Oxide Sunscreen $16.99

8 oz Zinc Oxide Sunscreen $24.99

They also offer a vegan option for all the vegans out there! Rather than using beeswax they use organic carnauba wax!

I also received their organic lip balm. This lip balm will help moisturize, hydrate and even has built in sun protection. They have three options for flavors: lavender, peppermint, and unscented. I received the peppermint flavor and I love how it gives my lips that minty/freshness feeling! This lip balm will moisturize your lips for 24 hours and leave your lips feeling silky soft/smooth! They also offer the vegan option just like their zinc oxide sunscreen!

Bee You Organics can also customize labels for weddings, shops, baby showers, etc. How awesome is that!?

This organic lip balm can be purchased for the affordable price of $2.99! Super worth it if you ask me! Why would you not want silky/smooth lips?!

As always thank you so much for reading! I will leave a link down below so you can check out all of the products Bee You Organics offers.

Have a great week!

-Ashley N. Barron

Links:

Bee You Organics

2 oz Zinc Oxide Sunscreen

4 oz Zinc Oxide Sunscreen

8 oz Zinc Oxide Sunscreen

Organic Lip Balm

Product Review: It’s All Good Cosmetics

Hello! I hope everyone is having a great day and making it a good one!

Today I will be talking about several products from an Etsy store I came across! Lately I have been obsessed with my products being all natural and I believe the perfect place to find homemade/all natural products is from Etsy! The store is called ‘It’s All Good Cosmetics’ and they have a variety of natural products from lip balms to natural deodorants! So let’s get started!

Here we have two homemade lip balms in the flavors mint chocolate and my personal favorite grapefruit! I have never actually seen or had a grapefruit flavor and let me say that it makes a great lip balm flavor!

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These lip balms left my lips feeling so hydrated and moisturized! They both contain organic beeswax, Shea butter, organic coconut oil and Vitamin E! Aside from this ingredients the mint chocolate has cocoa powder and jojoba oil and the grapefruit flavor has grapefruit essential oil. There are a variety of flavors to choose from like coffee, vanilla, lavender, lemonade and many more! I have been using these lip balms for a week now and they have left my lips feeling so soft and the amazing smell is a total plus! I especially love that they are long lasting and don’t leave your lips feeling sticky nor too oily, like some other products. The retail price for these lip balms is only $3.00, not bad considering how soft your lips will feel!

Next, we have a soothing stick, which will help to soothe and speed the healing process for any cuts, scrapes, dry patches or bites! I had actually received a paper cut from messing with papers in my backpack and call me crazy, but when I accidentally cut myself I was sort of happy because I was going to be able to test this soothing stick. Lol. Let me say that it indeed did soothe my cut! Not to mention this item is the perfect size to toss in your purse/backpack for emergencies! All the ingredients in this product are organic! It contains coconut oil, beeswax, calendula infused olive oil, neem oil, tea tree, lavender and cypress essential oil! The retail price for this is $4.00.

I am just loving/amazed with this bronzer! Definitely a new favorite of mine! It blends so well! Honestly, I think it blends better than most bronzers I have used before! Not to mention it is all natural! How awesome is that?! It has Shea butter and coconut oil so it will help moisturize your skin. They also have the blush available, I did not try it, but I imagine its just as good! Aside from Shea butter and coconut oil this product also contains beeswax, olive oil, arrowroot powder, zinc oxide (which I’ve heard is so good for your skin), mica powder, cocoa powder and vitamin E! This lovely product can be purchased for $9.95 and I highly recommend for all you bronzer lovers!

I am not a huge fan of applying lotion with my hands only because I don’t like the way it makes my hands feel. Lotion bars are probably the best thing ever created, especially if their all natural like this one!  This lotion bar is a game changer! I now have no excuse to not moisturize my body! I highly recommend! The scent I received is clary sage and it smells so peaceful to me! Did you know clary sage is known as one of the most soothing and relaxing essential oils. This would be perfect after a hot/relaxing shower/bath right before bed! It’s All Good Cosmetics has a variety of scents like lavender, grapefruit, orange peel, peppermint, lemon+peppermint+lavender and of course clary sage, which I highly recommend! This item can be purchased for $5.50, which is so totally worth it in my opinion!

I just love the texture and how this product leaves my under eyes feeling. This eye cream has tons of benefits! It helps tone/life skin, reduce appearance of scars/acne and heals wounds! This item has Shea butter, coconut oil, aloe gel, myrrh, carrot seed essential oils, vitamin E and Frankincense. Did you know Frankincense has the ability to strengthen skin, improve its tone/elasticity, get rid of blemishes, and it has a great defense mechanism against bacteria. It can also be used to get rid of stretch marks, surgery scars, and its great for healing dry/cracked skin. The retail price for this item is $9.50!

I have been using this lip gloss since I received it and i absolutely love it! It gave my lips that shimmer they deserve! It naturally plumps your lips, while moisturizing them. They’re available in 2 scents, which is peppermint, lavender and unscented for those who like unscented lip gloss. This item contains castor oil, beeswax, Shea butter, cocoa powder, jojoba oil, olive oil with calendula flower, mica powder, vitamin E and of course lavender essential oil. This item is perfect for an everyday look and for only $5.00 it’s a total steal!

This deodorant is all natural and contains ingredients like coconut oil, baking soda, arrowroot powder and essential oils. It has a lemon/lime/tea tree scent, which smells so good and clean! There are two sizes available for this product which are 75ml for $10 and their travel size deodorant (15ml) for $4.00! If you’re sensitive to baking soda they offer deodorants without baking soda for those individuals who have sensitive skin. I used this item for a week and it works so well! It lasted all day long and did not leave any white marks on my black shirts, which a lot of other deodorants tend to do! This deodorant lasts around 18-20 hours, which is really impressive for only using all natural products!

Last, but not least this amazing moisturizing serum! This smells too good and left my skin feeling so nice! It has Argan oil, rosechip seed oil, frankincense, lavender, geranium, carrot seed, lemon, rosemary, and essential oils. This serum will moisturize, nourish and rejuvenate your skin. It can also be used to help reduce acne blemishes, the appearance of large pores, prevent wrinkles, it will help lift and tighten skin, and naturally slows signs of aging. A little goes a long way with this product, I highly recommend using this item after a hot shower/before bed every night. I used it for a week and I noticed that my skin started looking and feeling more nourished and hydrated.

Overall, I highly recommend checking out ‘It’s All Good Cosmetics’ they have a variety of natural products that work so well!

As always, thank you so much for reading! I will leave a link so you guys can check out these awesome products!

-Ashley N. Barron

It’s All Good Cosmetics

Homemade Lip Balm- Peppermint Chocolate & Grapefruit  -$3.00

Soothing stick  – $4.00

Bronzer – $9.95

Lotion Bar  – $5.50

Eye Cream  -$9.50

Lip Gloss  – $5.00

Natural Deodorant   – 15ml: $4.00 & 75ml: $10.00

Moisturizing Serum – $30.00

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Product review | Organic Rose Water from Farm House Traditions

Hello! I hope everyone is having a great day and making it a good one!

Today I’m going to be reviewing this cute looking product!

This product is pure and natural organic rose water from an Etsy store I came across called Farm House Traditions. They sell a variety of natural products like body balm, skin balancing facial toners and of course their organic rose water!

I initially knew that rose water was good for moisturizing your skin, but I never knew that there were so many other benefits to using this product. Aside from smelling so beautiful there are tons of benefits like adding shine, getting rid of frizzy hair and it can also be used a toner.

I used this item before bed and I loved the way it left my face feeling. My face was so hydrated and moisturized from using this product.

I found out that rose water can actually help maintain your skins pH balance! Who would’ve thought! It can also relieve acne, eczema and dermatitis. I guess it shouldn’t come to shock since the rose is a beautiful flower!

Here are some other benefits this organic rose water can do for you!

-can be used on clean damp hair to help reduce frizz and add shine

-used as a facial toner to tighten pores and tone skin

-helps maintain skins pH balance

-can help fight acne, eczema and dermatitis

-moisturize and hydrate your skin

-antioxidant properties to help regenerate skin cells and tissue

-can be used as a light fragrance for your skin

This item can be purchased from Farm House Traditions for only $8.00! Definitely not a bad price for all the benefits this product offers. This item was shipped and received so fast and it also came in super cute pink packaging! My favorite part of all was the handwritten letter from the owner herself, so thoughtful!

I definitely recommend this item and if you haven’t used organic rose water what are you waiting for!? Lol.

I also received a sample of their organic raw African black soap with activated charcoal! This item is perfect for removing makeup without stripping your skin and also helps remove scars cause by acne!

I definitely recommend checking these items out. I will leave a link so you can check out their site and see all the natural items this store has to offer!

As always thank you so much for reading and have a great weekend!

-Ashley N. Barron

Links:

Store-Farm House Traditions 

Pure and Natural Organic Rose Water 

Organic Raw African Black Soap with Activated Charcoal

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Influenster Voxbox: Gillette Venus Platinum Razor

Hello! I hope everyone is having an amazing day and making it a good one!

I was recently accepted into another Influenster campaign, which means free stuff! Yay! Lol. This time I was accepted into the Gillette Venus Platinum Voxbox! I was chosen to review their Platinum Razor, it has advanced blade technology, a metal handle, and 360° ribbon of moisture.

Is it weird that I’m excited to receive a free razor? Lol.

This razor had a 5 diamond-like coated blades designed to stay sharper during more shaves, for skin that feels extra smooth! The metal handle is shaped for greater control, including anti-slip texture designed for a better grip in wet conditions. Since this product has a metal handle there’s no need to toss out the whole thing! You can simply replace the razor cartridge, which is so awesome! What I love most about this product is that the premium glide technology completely surrounds the blades and releases lubricants when activated by water for enhanced comfort, glide and protection!

This razor has left my legs feeling so soft and smooth. The 5 blades helped remove all the left hair in one stroke, which means less time spent shaving and smoother legs! The retail price for this item is $8.99, a little on the pricey side but definitely worth the extra money! I’m absolutely loving this product and definitely recommend if you’re looking for a razor to get the job done!

As always thank you so much for reading and have a great day!

-Ashley N. Barron

I received this item complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

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Influenster Voxbox: BareMinerals Made-2-Fit Foundation

Hello and happy Saturday! I hope everyone is having a great day!

As you can tell by the title, I got (yet again), another voxbox! This time I was accepted into the BareMinerals Made-2-Fit virtual vox campaign! Technically not a ‘voxbox’, but a virtual one.

I’m not going to lie. When I received an email from Influenster stating that I was in their virtual vox campaign I was kind of confused as to how this was going to work, since this was my first virtual vox. Usually when Influenster notifies me of my acceptance into their campaigns they always mail the voxbox out right after emailing me. This time I had to put in a little extra ‘work’. I was confused, but mostly excited because I noticed that the collaboration involved BareMinerals.

As I read their email I had to reread it, because I was sort of confused with what I had read. I had to double check if not triple check, because the email had stated that I had been accepted to receive a fifty dollar customized foundation for free! Yes, for free! I’ve only ever heard of Influensters who had crazy amounts of followers receive these high priced/quality products, so you can imagine my excitement to hear this.

I was so excited, especially since I was in need of a new foundation. Lol. All I had to do was download the BareMinerals Made-2-Fit  app, which was free and I also had to follow certain steps within the app. I’m assuming that this was something new since I’ve never heard of it. The app was totally unique and interesting to me. Basically this app was going to scan my face and match me with the right shade of foundation. I was very pessimistic at first, especially since I’ve always had trouble finding the right shade. Even professionals at beauty stores tend to state that they’ll ‘match’ you, but in the end your foundation is either a shade too light or too dark. I couldn’t believe that an app was going to match me. I honestly thought this was going to be a waste of their resources and my time.

The app required several steps that consisted of their new MATCHCo’s technology. I’d say the process of matching took anywhere between five to eight minutes, all from the comfort of my home! I did not have to go into any drugstores/beauty stores for this, which makes it that much better!

After putting in my unique coupon code from Influenster and placing my order I got an email from BareMinerals stating that my custom foundation was in the works! I was very excited, but also tried to contain myself since I didn’t want to get my hopes up. Six days later I got my complimentary foundation and was surprisingly shocked that I got a perfect match! I was just blown away with how advanced their technology was. An app was able to perfectly match me! An app! Lol. I would’ve never thought that this would’ve been possible!

Aside from that I fell in love with weightless formula. I did a little research on this product and found out that their formula contains nourishing and antioxidants ingredients including green tea extract, Vitamin E, and peptides as well as ceramide, chamomile and white lily flower for an instantly younger looking, more beautiful finish!

I’m honestly just so thankful to of have been one of the two thousand people to of have gotten this amazing opportunity. I definitely recommend trying out this product/app if you are looking for a new foundation. You can even get it customized like I did with them! I also recommend signing up to Influenster! It is so much fun being able to receive/test several products out.

I hope you enjoyed reading and make the rest of this weekend a good one!

Thanks for reading!

-Ashley N. Barron

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I received this product complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

Product Review: Batiste Dry Shampoo

Hello and happy Saturday!

Today I wanted to review the Batiste Dry Shampoo. I purchased this item about a month ago and it has been my best friend!

When I was younger I use to straighten or curl my hair every single day, which now seems time consuming for me. Now that I’m in college and I don’t really have that much time and energy I make sure to either curl/straighten my hair for at least two days.

This dry shampoo has been my go to for the last month and I am so glad I purchased it.

The only bad thing about this item is that when you apply it you need to make sure theres a good distance between you and the spray. My first time using this product left me with white spots, but it was my fault, because I was a bit too close.

This item can be purchased at Ulta for $7.99.

This smells so good and clean hence the name ‘Clean and light Bare’. A little goes a long way and I especially love how it just absorbs all the oils! It’s quite amazing! It leaves your hair looking like you just got it done! Plus they don’t test their products on animals which is so awesome!

This is actually my second day with my curls so of course I used my Batiste dry shampoo.  It left my hair feeling clean, soft and fresh! I am now a huge fan of this and definitely recommend if you are looking for a new dry shampoo!

– Ashley N. Barron

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Links: Batiste Dry Shampoo

Mascara Review: They’re Real by Benefit Cosmetics

Hello and happy Thursday!

Today I wanted to write a review on the mascara They’re Real by Benefit Cosmetics.

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I’ve always heard many amazing things about this mascara, so I decided to give it a try.

Now I’m the type of person who loves both length and fullness when it comes to my eyelashes.  But if I had to choose one I would take fullness over length!

If you’re looking for a mascara to give you that long and beautiful length that your eyelashes deserve than this mascara is totally for you!

I’m not going to lie, when I first tried this mascara I was disappointed. My bar was set so high for this product since I’ve heard nothing but good things, but after using it a couple of times and applying more than one coat I fell in love!

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For the past couple of years I’ve only used one mascara and I guess I forgot that different mascaras give you different looks. I know it’s silly and so obvious, but I had fallen into a routine with this old mascara of mine. In the past I’ve purchased other mascaras and non have been as good as my old one until I got my hands on this one!

This mascara is definitely one of my top five beauty products!

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The retail price for this product is $36, but I was able to get it for $24! It also came with a mini, which is a pretty awesome deal if you ask me! You can have one at home and toss the other in your purse/backpack for emergencies.

When applying this product make sure not to accidentally get some of the mascara on your eyelid, especially if you have eyeshadow on. It’s pretty tough to remove if you make a mistake.

Overall this product is definitely worth it! With the holidays around the corner this would make a great gift/stocking stuffer for anyone who is a mascara lover!

I hope you have a beautiful day and thank you for reading!

-Ashley N. Barron

Link to product: They’re Real by Benefit Cosmetics

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Mascara Review: The Colossal Volum’ Express by Maybelline New York 

Hello everyone!

Happy Friday! Finally the weekend is here!

Today I wanted to write a review on my favorite mascara, the Colossal Volume Express by Maybelline New York. This is my first time reviewing a mascara, so please bare with me. I am reviewing the glam black shade.

Let me begin by saying that my lashes are naturally long and I am not wearing false lashes nor extensions just to make that clear. In the photo below I’m not wearing any mascara on.

I am a total mascara lover! Whether I am doing a full makeup look or something more natural, mascara is always in the picture!


This mascara has been my go-to for about four years or so. I’m not quite sure on the timeline, but this product is one that I’ve been using since forever!

I’m not so crazy about the bright colors on the packaging, but it is easy to find when digging through your makeup bag that’s for sure!


The brush is amazing, it adds volume and lengthens your lashes! I especially love how it applies evenly and as you can tell by the photos it does a great job of separating your lashes to give you a fuller look.
Whenever I use this product I’m constantly being complimented and asked whether if I’m wearing false lashes.

The only bad thing that I can say about this product is the fact that it tends to flake as I’m applying it, but other than that this mascara is great!


This mascara can do the job of any high priced mascara and the great part is the price! This product can be purchased at Ulta for only seven dollars which is awesome. I would definitely recommend this product to anyone who is looking for a great mascara without putting a dent in their bank account!

Have a great weekend!

-Ashley N. Barron

Nyx matte lipstick 


Happy Wednesday!
I hope everyone is doing great! I just wanted to write a mini blog post on this gorgeous shade of matte lipstick from NYX.


It’s the perfect shade of pink! The color is Istanbul and the packaging/texture of the product is great! This lipstick can be purchased for about $6.50 at Ulta, Target or Walgreens.


I know fall is around the corner so most bright colors are pretty much out of the picture now, but I was in need of a bright pink shade!

I just wanted to post a little something on my recent purchase!

-Ashley N. Barron