My Recent Purchases

Hello and Happy Thursday! I hope everyone is having an awesome day today!

I recently purchased some makeup products online and I wanted to show you guys what I bought!

I usually never do online shopping, but my boyfriend was offering to buy me a couple of things so why not!

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I was in need of a new eye liner since my old one dried out. I have always been a huge fan of all matte products, so of course I had to get a matte eye liner!

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I decided to give the Nyx Matte liquid liner a try. This item was purchased for seven dollars! I have not used it yet, but I ‘m definitely planning on using it!

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I’m not one to but expensive mascaras mostly because I’m a firm believer that my seven dollar The Colossal mascara by Maybelline, can do the job of any high end mascara, but I decided to give this mascara a try. This mascara is They’re Real by benefit cosmetics and it is an awesome mascara for anyone who loves length in their lashes, which I mean who doesn’t?

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It also came with a mini mascara which I thought was pretty great considering how much beauty travel size products cost.

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The retail price for this product was $36 dollars and I purchased this product for $24. I hope to have a full review on this product hopefully in the near future! Fingers crossed!

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Last but not least, my favorite purchase! I purchased the Lancome Matter Shaker Liquid Lipstick. This product is totally new to me and I am so glad I purchased it!

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I got the shade 262 called Sea, Sand and Sun. It is a pinkish/nudish matte color and it’s so cute!

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This lipstick is a shaker, which means that in order to be able to get some of the product out you need to shake it.

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I purchased this item for $22 dollars, which I know is pretty pricey for a lipstick but I was very curious as to how this product worked and the color is gorgeous!

I hope you guys enjoyed reading my post on my recent purchases! I hope you have a great day and make it a good one!

Ashley N. Barron

September Favorites

Hello and happy Saturday!

I hope everyone is having a great day!

I know I’m a little late with this post, but better late than never.

Today I wanted to write about my September favorites, as you can tell by the title!

So here are my September Favorites!

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1.  Kate Spade New York Scatter Dot Large 17 Month 2017 Agenda

School has been really hectic these last couple of weeks and the one thing that has kept me from going insane with all the assignments is my Kate Spade planner! It is a 17 month large size agenda planner. Beginning with August 2016 and ending with the month of December 2017. It comes with monthly and weekly spread, which is what I use to keep myself organized. This has been by far my absolute favorite product this month!

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This dry shampoo has been a life saver these last couple of weeks. It smells beautiful and does a great job of getting rid of all the oils. I actually received this sample size in the mail by Influenster and ever since I got it, it’s been amazing! Also, a little goes a long way with this product! I use this product every other day when I blow dry my hair or when I just want my hair to smell extra clean. I will admit though, that I dislike how it leaves my hair. It kind of leaves a residue in the sense that you can feel the product when you run your fingers through your hair, but other than that it is great!

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I am a huge fan when it comes to the Neutrogena makeup removing wipes, but I am not a huge fan when it comes to their prices. I have found some awesome makeup removing wipes that can compete with these Neutrogena wipes and it won’t hurt your wallet! The Wondra cleansing wipes are great I especially love how affordable they are! They’ve been really handy and I am so glad I found this product!

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This facial wash has been my absolute favorite face wash this month. It’s by Benefit and the retail price is $22.00 and I know that might be a little pricey, but a little does go a long way! It smells so good and leaves your skin feeling so nice and clean!

– Ashley N. Barron

 

Tips for New Substitute Teachers👩🏻‍🏫


Hello and happy Saturday! I hope everyone is having a great day!
School has been keeping me busy these last couple of weeks, and I finally had a little bit of free time for my blog!

I honestly can’t believe that the month of September is finally over. It went by so fast! On the bright side it’s finally October which means fall decorating and Halloween!🎃

Today I want to write some tips for any new substitute teachers who are needing any extra help.

I’m currently on my third year of being a substitute teacher. I know that isn’t a lot of experience, but it’s quite amazing what you can learn in such a short time.

Here are some tips that I’ve learned and I hope they can help you out!

Setting the Mood


From the moment you step into the room the students are analyzing you. They want to see if you’re going to be a strict substitute or a pushover.
I always begin by instructing the students to have a seat and stay quiet.

I make sure to always introduce myself whether I do a full day or half day. When I introduce myself I am not Ashley, I am Ms.Barron.

I explain to them of what I tolerate and don’t. I make sure they completely understand the consequences of misbehaving. Also, a lot of students believe that we as substitute teachers don’t have a lot of power. Make sure to let them know that you were informed by their teacher that you are allowed to send students to the principals office. Even if you weren’t told or allowed it always works with my students.

I cannot emphasize how important it is to set the mood at the beginning of class. Setting the mood is by far the most important tip I can give. It will make the rest of your day so much easier if you set the mood at the beginning of class.

Prizes 


This is probably my favorite tip and has made my day so much easier.
I usually go to the Dollar Tree and spend no more than ten dollars on knick knacks. I don’t buy individual toys because that would be crazy expensive and not everyone would be able to receive a prize. I usually buy packets of little prizes similar to Peter Piper Pizza or Chuck-e-Cheeses prizes.

Spending ten dollars so your kiddos can behave is totally worth it. Ten dollars worth of prizes will usually last you a good while. I’ve also gone to target and purchased sixty mini erasers for only one dollar, which is amazing!

I always explain to the students the rules in order to be able to win a prize. If I have to call on them more than three times they will not be able to win a prize at the end of the day.

For reference, I try not to give the Pre-Kinder and Kindergarteners anything that they can eat or choke on, like the mini erasers or play-doh. I try to give them pencils or stickers for safety reasons.

Also, try not to give candy away as prizes mostly because some students can be allergic to certain ingredients in the candy or they’re just not allowed to eat certain foods.

It is always best to be safe then sorry!

Don’t have unrealistic expectations


Now this is a tip that took me a while to figure out. At the beginning I always had unrealistic expectations. I expected my kindergarteners/first graders to be completely quiet. Which is nice in a perfect world, but far from reality.
I’ve come to realize that some of my classes will never be completely quiet. We might have quiet moments here and there, but for the most part, expect the unexpected.

Overall having unrealistic expectations just makes it stressful for yourself, and for the class.

Have a middle ground 

It is important to have a middle ground when being a substitute teacher. You don’t want to be that overly-strict substitute, but at the same time you also don’t want to be that pushover substitute.

Being a substitute teacher has been a crazy roller coaster. I can definitely say that I’ve come to really appreciate what teachers do and say that their job is not easy!

I hope these couple of tips were helpful to any newbie substitute teachers and if you’re not a substitute teacher but are considering wanting to become one I highly recommend it!

It is a great job for students, parents and pretty much anyone with an unpredictable schedule. I definitely love the freedom this job has given me. As a substitute teacher, you have the option of going into work whenever you want, so you pretty much make your own schedule!

It’s great for me since I’m currently a student at a University and sometimes I have exams that I have to study way ahead of time. If I need extra time for my classes I just won’t go in, but if I have free time I can schedule in work days whenever I want.

If you like kids you’ll definitely have a great time!

I hope you have a great weekend and make it a good one!

-Ashley N. Barron

Prizes I have used:

Fun Express Mini Eraser Assortment Novelty (500 Pieces) : $9.30 plus shipping and handling.

Assorted Colorful Kids Pencils (144 pack): 14.75 plus shipping and handling

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

Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette Review

Hello everyone!

Happy Tuesday! I hope everyone is having a great/productive day!

Today I decided to dedicate a blog post to swatching/reviewing the Urban Decay Naked 2 palette!


This was my first time swatching and I really enjoyed it! It was pretty messy, but definitely worth it.


Before I did this I never really payed much attention to the detail within the shades. Having done these swatches made me really appreciate the beauty of the colors within this palette.

So without further a do, here are my swatches/review!


The palette has twelve beautiful colors! Nine shimmer shades and three matte colors. From left to right they are: Foxy, Half Baked, Bootycall, Chopper, Tease, Snakebite, Suspect, Pistol, Verve, YDK, Busted, and Blackout. The palette also comes with a mirror and a double sided eyeshadow brush.

I tend to use the both of the brushes when applying my makeup. I use the smaller brush (photo above) for applying the product and the bigger brush (photo below) for blending.


Everything about this product is gorgeous; the packaging, the different shades, it’s a great size and the pigmentation of the colors are fabulous!


I did have quite a bit of trouble showing the Foxy shade (first shade) mostly because it is a light creme color. The nine shimmer shades just glided on my skin I had absolutely no trouble applying those colors. They are very pigmented and apply beautiful.

My favorite shades would have to be Busted and Pistol. Those shades are gorgeous especially since fall is around the corner!

This palette is perfect for anyone, whether you’re a professional or you’re barely learning how to apply eyeshadow. You can do either a natural look or go for a more intense look when using this palette.

I believe this palette could be purchased at Sephora, Ulta or at Macy’s. It can be purchased for around fifty dollars. I know it’s a little but on the pricey side, but a little does go a long way. I’ve had this palette for about two years now, so it does last quite a while!


Overall, the colors are gorgeous and I hope you enjoyed me babbling on about this palette!

-Ashley N. Barron

Goals for the Week

Hello and happy Monday!
I’m so excited to get this week going!

I have a lot of little tasks to do this week. I just wanted to write a post on the goals I hope to accomplish for the week!

Here is a list of my goals for the week:

  • Attend all my classes/labs
  • Ace my three quizzes coming up 
  • Write at least three blog post, including this one
  • Go to work at least two days out of the week
  • Go to the gym at least four days a week
  • Find a gift for my grandmother, since her birthday is coming up
  • Try to eat cleaner/healthier 

I hope to have a productive week and I hope you have a productive week as well!

-Ashley N. Barron

Favorite Products of the Month: August

Hello!

August has come to an end so that means summer is over and fall is around the corner! I especially love fall time because that means cozy/comfy outfits and scarfs!

I wanted to write a blog post on my favorite products for the month of August, so without further a do, here are my favorite products of this month.

IMG_0810.jpgIf you’ve read my previous post you’ll know that I received my first Influenster Voxbox and within that box I got many goodies. My favorite product would have to be the Vera Wang Embrace Rose buds & Vanilla perfume. It is very affordable and smells beautiful. It sort of has that clean/fresh scent which is what I think about when I think of summer.

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I’ve always heard that you’re a shade darker in the summer. I didn’t believe it till this year, when I came to realize this hard way. I never realized that I was getting tanner as summer was approaching. I remember looking at myself and getting surprised because of how pale my foundation made me look. I decided that it was time to purchase a new foundation for the summer. I purchased my first Dior product! The Diorskin Nude Air Foundation. This found is amazing and I am so happy I purchased this product. It’s coverage is amazing and it smells beautifully. This product is definitely going to be one of my top favorites for quite a while.

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The Mac lipstick ‘Shy Girl’ has been my go to for this whole month. It is a beautiful pinkish/nude creme sheen lipstick and goes perfect with anything. It’s not too over the top and not too natural its the perfect combination!

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Whether I am doing a natural look or more of an intense look I always use my Hoola Bronzer Powder by Benefit. I especially love how this product comes with a mirror it is great to toss into your handbag or backpack for emergencies.

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The Urban Decay Naked Powder Foundation has been a life saver especially since school has been on going. Whether I am doing a full face or just using the powder foundation it’s been my go to! It’s coverage is amazing, but it does not last long, so it but be reapplied every so often.

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These are my favorite products for the month of August! I hope you have a great day and enjoy the week ahead!

-Ashley N. Barron

Our Newest Addition to the Family!

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This week was one for the books!

We added a new member to the family and her name is Luna! She is a siamese cat and is only six weeks old. She’s so cute and has a bit of an attitude problem.

My sister actually received her as a gift from one of her friends about a week ago and she’s been nothing but adorable!

Luna hasn’t been getting along with our dog Lulu. She tends to get a bit jealous whenever we baby Luna, but we’re working on it.

This is just an appreciation post for our newest family member!

-Ashley N. Barron

My Week

31BE4E58-7343-4F0E-8B28-B69490071C43.jpgHello! Happy Saturday!

I’m so happy the weekend is finally here! I had a productive and satisfying week!

To begin, I started my first week of senior year in college! I can’t believe the finish line is almost here! I am currently taking thirteen hours this semester and since I am a senior I am completing my elective requirements. This semester I am taking advanced biochemistry, criminology, ethnobotany, and microbiology.

I have to admit this semester is definitely going to be tough semester, but I do like the challenge!

Usually my schedule for school consists of me going to campus only two days out of the week. This semester I am pretty much going everyday, Monday through Thursday.

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My advanced biochemistry course seems like the class that is going to give me the most trouble. My professor made it clear the first day that the course was definitely going to be challenge. I didn’t really believe him until he started showing us the grades/statistics of his past students. Let me say that only one sixth of his class actually got As, which is not a very good outcome. There were more Fs and drops than there were of As, Bs, Cs, and Ds. The second day of class we had our first quiz and it was pretty tough! I must admit that I am most excited about this course, since biochemistry is my favorite subject.

1C0E1760-B8ED-4AD4-A4E4-8FF15B3246E9.jpgI also was able to substitute this week, which is a huge surprise, mostly because teachers hardly ever miss the first week of school. It was an easy day of work I got to substitute for a second grade teacher! Second grade is definitely my favorite, since they’re always well behaved.

All in all, my week was great and productive!

I hope you all had a great week as well, and I hope you enjoy your weekend!

-Ashley N. Barron