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

 

Mini Thrift Store Haul!

Day 4

Before I met my boyfriend’s mom, I use to never shop at thrift stores. I’m not sure why, but now I love shopping at them!

I recently went shopping at the Goodwill, and I found some amazing things. I wanted to share my thrift store finds!

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I love anything that has to do with Nike, so after searching the cap section I was fortunate enough to find a Nike cap. It was a bit dusty, but with a good wash it is now as good as new! The original price could be anywhere from $18.00-$25.00. I purchased the cap for $1.50, which is pretty much a steal for such an awesome brand!

3251F535-8FB4-40A5-A727-463090232946.jpgThese pants are comfortable and light, which is perfect for summer weather! I’ve been obsessing over these for quite sometime now. I have been wanting to find the exact same ones, but this time in a creme color! The brand is Charter Club and the original price for these is around $60.00! I was so lucky to have purchased them for only $6.00!

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My all time favorite thrift-store find was a beautiful black trench coat by New York & Co. This coat is so beautiful, and I can’t wait to use it this fall/winter! The original tag price for this coat is around $75.00! With a little looking, I ended up purchasing this beauty for only $12.00!

It’s tempting to resort to shopping for name-brand clothing at high end shops. But I highly recommend for all my readers to visit a thrift-store near you, and just take a few minutes to look around. You’d be surprised (even shocked!) at the pieces of clothing you can find, all for a fraction of the original price. So what are waiting for? Get shopping!

-Ashley N. Barron

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