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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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

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

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

My First Influenster Voxbox!

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I am so excited to announce that I have received my first Voxbox from Influenster!

Let me quickly explain what Influenster is for some of you who don’t know.

Influenster is this amazing website/app that sends you free products! All you have to do in return is review the products and post it to the social medias that you have linked into your account.

It took me quite a while to receive my first voxbox. I would say that it took me two to five months to receive my first box, but that was because I wasn’t active on the website/app at the beginning. The more you review products and answer people’s questions the better your chances of receiving your first complimentary Voxbox!

Also, linking you accounts will help you achieve impact points, which will ultimately help you get a voxbox!

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The box I received was the Shimmer Voxbox! It came with an eye/lip moisturizer, two different sample size perfumes, some press on nails, a dry shampoo and a delicious treat!

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Nyakio Moisturizer: I received a sample size Line Smoothing Eye & Lip Cream by Nyakio. This product smells great and it is so easy to use! I especially love how it is both a lip and eye cream moisturizer, which I don’t often find! I definitely plan on purchasing this amazing product in the near future!

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Perfumes: I love anything that has to deal with perfumes! I was so excited when I found out that I was going to receive not one but two sample sizes of perfumes! The perfumes are VeraWang Embrace. The scents I received were Rosebuds & Vanilla, and Marigold & Gardenia. The rosebuds & vanilla had a sweet delicate scent, while the Marigold & Gardenia reminded me more of a bright and fruity scent! I plan on purchasing the Rosebuds & Vanilla in the future, definitely one of my favorites!

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Impress Press on Manicure: I have not tried this product out yet, mostly because I am not a fan of press on nails. I feel like they aren’t as reliable as acrylic nails, but I plan on using this in the future in case of a nail emergency.

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Eva-Nye Dry Shampoo: I was so happy when I received this product! I was in need of a new dry shampoo! It is the Eva-Nye Freshen up Dry Shampoo. This product absorbs all the oil from your scalp and leaves a beautiful scent. It’s definitely a keeper!

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Sour Punch Straws: Last but not least, my absolute favorite product from the whole box! These Sour Punch Straws consist of four different flavors: strawberry, lemon, green apple, and tangerine! The lemon flavor was not my favorite, but the other flavors were delicious!

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I hope you enjoyed my post on what I received in my very first Voxbox by Influenster! Make sure you open an account so you could start receiving your very first Voxbox!

I must disclose that I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

– Ashley N. Barron

Here’s a link so you can join Influenster: www.influenster.com/r/3023422

 

My Top Five Favorite Makeup Products

Day 2:

It is day two of my five day blogging challenge, and I decided to write about my top five favortie makeup products.

My obsession with makeup began in the middle school. Most of the girls at my school had already started using makeup. My dad had strict rules when it came to wearing makeup. He thought I was too young and that I didn’t need it. My idea of makeup in middle school is completely different from now.

I use to think makeup was just mascara and lipgloss. I’ve learned now that it is much more than that. I have to give credit to all the makeup gurus on YouTube. If it wasn’t for them I’d probably still be using just mascara and lipgloss. I’ve learned how to contour, highlight, apply eyeshadow, etc. There’s always something new to learn within the makeup world, and new products are always popping up.

These are my current makeup favorites:

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Christian Dior Nude Air Foundation: Finding a good foundation was hard enough for me, but this product is amazing! I absolutely love everything about this product. It goes on so smoothly and the coverage is phenomenal! It lasts a long time, especially if used with a primer. I’ve never actually had a foundation that smells good, but this foundation has a uniquely beautiful smell. This foundation is on the pricey side. I believe it can be purchased for fifty dollars. Nonetheless, it is worth every penny if you’re a makeup lover!

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Mac #130 Brush: My favorite foundation brush is the Mac #130 brush. It is on the pricey side, but if properly taken care of, this brush will last you a long time. It blends your makeup very well and doesn’t leave it looking all cakey! I purchased this item for forty dollars, but it has last me three years or so!

IMG_0723.jpgMorphe 35N Palette: This palette is my all time favorite. The colors are beautiful and very pigmented. I believe I purchased this palette for twenty dollars. It comes with thirty-five beautiful matte colors. Depending on what look I am going for, like smokey eye or a more neutral look, this palette will do the job.

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Revlon Gray Suede Nail Polish #705: I’ve always had trouble finding the perfect nude nail polish. If you’re like me, you’ve probably have gone through several different shades of nude nail polishes to find the right one. I believe, I have found the perfect shade of nude nail polish. The Revlon Gray Suede nail polish is perfect. It’s been my top favorite beauty product for a long time. The price range for this nail polish is about seven dollars, but it will last you a long time.

878BE725-7C69-4D18-8760-746896B18D3B.jpgThe Colossal Volume Express Mascara by Maybelline: Last but not least, my absolutely favorite mascara. This mascara has been my favorite since I can remember. It is only five dollars, but can do the job just like any other high priced mascara out there. This is one product I would definitely recommend to anyone who is a mascara lover!

These are my top five favorite makeup products! I hope you enjoyed reading my post as much as I did writing about it!

-Ashley N. Barron