I love the MAC + Alice and Olivia Collection more than I thought I would. The vibrant playful colours had me going as mad as a guest at the Mad Hatters Tea Party!! But what got me super excited was finding a almost 100% macth Dupe to share with you guys. click here to continue reading
Top Hot Picks is my monthly post of my products and makeup I am loving for the month and I reccomend for you to try out if you have some extra cash and you want to pick up a new beauty treat. Continue reading
I have never been huge on primers for the face; well actually I used to think they were just a waste of time and money because I thought that they really didn’t do much.
The first primer that was brought to my attention was from Smashbox. It had been in the makeup world media buzz a while back and it sounded pretty interesting. continue reading
New Post on www.ashleynicolemakeup.com: Neutrogena Face wash reviews for acne prone skin.
I have used Neutrogena products for years- especially their acne product line. I do not have uncontrollable acne, I get a few irritations and congested pores here and there. I find that the Neutrogena acne line is enough to help my fit any minor flare in my skin and most products leave me with a deep clean feeling. Since I have been using the line for years, with experiments with other products in dotted throughout, I want to share with you guys my all time favorites, and my not so hot acne products. Continue reading…
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I have been using MAC studio Fix Fluid liquid foundtion for years and I reall like it and the coverage it provides. Lately I have noticed that the summer weather and my Studio Fix have been clashing. The heavier coverage and the intense sun light makes me look a bit overdone at times. I decided to try MAC’s Face and Boday foundation to see if this coverage would mea good fit for me and my skin issues. I got a sample and I wore it for a few days- everyone complimented me on my natural looking skin and asked me if I was even wearing any foundation! All the positive feed back made me almost excited to go back to my MAC store to purchase my very own bottle – which I did and I adore the product- my new summer must have foundation!!!
How to apply:
The foundation is very light and watery. I suggest dropping the brushes and tools for this one and apply the foundation with your fingers. In my opinion to get the best results you have to apply area by area with your finger tips and you have to rub it in, with circular motions, until the founation becomes a bit tacky. When the foundation becomes tacky i find that it is at its peak for coverage. The more you rub it into your skin the more coverage you get. Work around your face applying region by region and rub it in good. When you have applied to every area go back and apply a second coat to “problem” areas. The foundation makes your face look really shiney at first and you feel it on your face (doesnt feel weightless) after a few minutes the shine and the heavy feeling does go away.
When you are complete I suggest setting the foundation with a mineral skin finish natural powder. I find that MAC mineral powderswok well with my skin and do not leave me with an ashy talcy appearance- which can by amplified in direct sunlight. I then add a bronzer to the hallows of my checks, my temples and I blend any access around my hair line- I use Mineralized Skinfinish in comfort(limited and will be re launched in “MAC in the Groove Jult 8th.
Does it last?:
For me the foundation wears pretty well much like MAC studio Fix and Select. I find that my look stays fresh all day if I use a oil blot sheet mid day and then dust on a bit more mineral powder.
I have switched my summer foundation routine up to include MAC face and boday foundation becasue I really like the light natural look it gives in bright summer daylight. It wears well and lasts just like my Studio Fix Fluid and it feel light on the skin. The only thing that I am going to watch out for is breakouts – I havent been using it for long and I cannot really tell you how my skin has acted with repeated wear of this product over a period of time. I will do a mini post in a month and let you guys know how it is going. A lot of product comes in the bottle so I am figuring one bottle will last me the whole summer. I suggets that if you do not have serious spots that you are trying to conceal that you get a sample of the foundation from your MAC store and it out.
Let me know if you have use this foundation or if you picked it up! Tell me what you think.
One of my new favorite products is Body Shop’s Body, Room and Linen Spray! There are seven scents to chose from (shown below) and they all smell really good. My favorite scent is Mandarin &Tangelo- a orangey citrus blend. I would call this product a high end body spray (splash). I have been using the Dove body sprays lately to add a fresh spritz mid day – but I think that I will be shelfing them for a bit to use my Body Shop Spray. You get 100ml (3.3 US FL OZ) in the bottle – it is a glass bottle which makes it a bag weight, but it the quality of the scent is worth the extra lugging. I am calling it a high end body spray because of the quality of the scent and the fact that it doesnt have any strange smelling after smell- like cheaper drugstore sprays. The I have tested three scents (on different patches of skin) and they all seem to settle nicely and they leave your skin smelling naturally sweet. The scent is not very strong and can be worn with your perfume. It is a good thing to have to freshen up your scent mid day without smelling like you have compounded tons of perfume on. I have been wearing it for a few days now and I would estimate that the scent lasts about 4-6 hours (in the summer hot climate) it will probably last even longer in the winter when you don’t sweat at all. The spray is also made to spritz on your clothing and on your bed sheets – I havent done this but you can- the liquid is clear so there shouldnt be any problems with staining – but I would keep the spray off delicate fabrics such as silks and becareful of whites. This product is one of the nicest body sprays I I have ever had – I wil be returning to the Body shop to purchase a few more scents.
Aloe and Soft Linen
Mandarin & Tangelo
Green Tea & Lemon
Sandalwood & Ginger
Jasmine & White Frangipani
Vanilla & Tonka Bean
Pomegranate & Raspberry
I discovered this lipgloss about a month and a half ago at the department store. I had tried other longwear lip glosses from other brands suxh as MAC and CoverGirl and i did not have much love for them. I hated the strange smell and the two step application process – apply colour – wait to dry- apply gloss …and I hated how it slowly and unevenly peeled off my lips after 6-8 hours – gross! I had set it up in my mind that I did not like longwear lip colour- but someone how the sales girl got me to try it. I swatched it on my hand an gave it a good smell – no toxic odor!! Things were looking better. I decided that I would chose a colour and try it out (since I cannot bring myself to use testers I have to buy and try) I picked up Plum Savy (will get the swatch up soon) and I decided to give it a really good test! I put the gloss on at about 3:00pm )I appled two coats) it went on smooth with no hard smells. When it dried it did have a slightly tacky feeling to it when i rubbed my lips together- but it was not uncomfortable or strange feeling. I sipped water all afternoon. 5:00pm and it was still on – it seemed to dull a bit but full colour was still on my lips. 6:00pm I went for a run – after 5miles it was still on. I went home and had some dinner. After dinner the gloss was pretty much gone, only leaving a sheer look of colour on my lips with a few shimmers (it was a shimmery colour). I really was happy with the way that is gradually lifted colour, rather than peeling off. I thought that the product with stood alot and I was very happy with it. I will for sure be purchasing more colours in the future.
See Lancome video for application:
Description form Lancome.com:
La Laque Fever : Ultimate Lasting Full Color Lipshine
Revolution in shine. High Potency color.
Lacquered lips last for eight hours.
For the first time at Lancôme, an elixir of vibrant concentrated color and unprecedented shine in one gliding stroke. From the moment of application, densely pixilated pearls combined with unique polymers give multi-dimensional shine that truly holds to your lips: no touch ups for 8 hours.
New soft-sculpt applicator smoothly polishes and precisely designs fuller lips in a perfectly even layer for sensual impeccable contours.
I have always loved Dove body washes – I feel that they leaves my skin feeling really clean and fresh. I like all the scents but I usually use the Green Cucumber wash – I love the scent and I even have the body spray and the deodorant too. But a few weeks ago I was in my drug store and noticed new Dove body wash products. When I popped the lid to smell them I instantly fell in love and “needed” to pick up on up! I decided to try GO Fresh Burst- it has a very citrus sweet candy orange type scent. I have been using it for a few weeks and I love it! My skin doesn’t feel like it has a film residue on it, and it leaves my skin feeling clean and non greasy. The scent makes your bathroom smell amazing – but it only left a very light scent on my skin that did not last long- perfect because it didn’t interfere with perfume or scented body lotions. I do find the formula very runny and you have to be careful not to empty too much onto your puff or washing cloth – but it suds up nicely. All in all I will definitely try another scent – I am thinking Go Fresh Touch just because I am in love with Dove’s Cool Cucumber products.
In conjunction with the body washes Dove has launched deodorants, body sprays and bar soaps in the same scents these additional products are probably located in your deodorant isle and bar soap area at your drugstore.
Go Fresh Burst
A juicy burst of freshness with white ginger, sun-kissed nectarine and succulent passion fruit revives your skin and brightens your senses and an exotic blend of Indian jasmine, tamarind and fresh pineapple provides you with a sensation of luscious freshness.
Go Fresh Touch
A refreshingly light sensation with the crisp, clean fragrance of cucumber & green tea. An ultra-light hydrating formula.
Go Fresh Energize:
An ultra-light hydrating gel formula with fine beads to invigorate your skin with the exhilarating fragrance of grapefruit & lemongrass.
Go Fresh Revive
A gentle awakening for your mind and skin. The lively, quenching scent of pomegranate & lemon verbena.
The products with Nutrium Moisture are the new launches (in white bottles) the Go Fresh line has been around for a while in the Scents: Refresh – Water lily & fresh mint(blue bottle), Energize- grapefruit & lemon grass (yellow bottle) and Cool Moisture- Cucumber and green tea (green bottle). I have used these body washes on and off over the last year or more and I really like them as well- they get your skin really clean and fresh. I do notice that the new line with Nutrium Moisture does slightly leave your skin a bit more moisturized than the original line.
Original Go Fresh Body Wash Line:
I hope that you enjoyed the post let me know if you have used any of the washes and what is your scent? For my fellow drug store junkies remember to check out your drugstore for coordinating Go Fresh items: deodorants, body mists, shampoo and conditioner. If you do not have a full range of Dove products at your drugstore have a look on www.drugstore.com they ship internationally (but not to all countries yet)
Ashley Nicole 🙂