Holidays 2017

Good afternoon lovelies!

This year holidays were different to me, not because we did anything different- it was the feeling. I mean yes my family spent Thanksgiving in Disneyland but that didn’t change much for me.

My mom decided to book a trip down to Disneyland to celebrate Thanksgiving to have some much needed family time. We stayed in a hotel that looked like a house, it had a full kitchenette and even an upstairs. How did we spend our Thanksgiving meal you may ask?

One evening we had gotten back from the park and we were just relaxing, we had talked about doing Medieval times but decided against it. One of the hotel workers recommended a place where you eat your thanksgiving meal and you watch this Pirate show. This show was SO impressive! I would choose to go again because I was so impressed. This topped off our whole trip.

Moving on to Christmas… This year Christmastime felt so different to me. I felt so in the Christmas spirit. I don’t think it was because I watched Hallmark movies all month but who knows- just kidding! It felt so good to be with family and be surrounded by the people I love through the whole season. This year I planned everywhere my fiance and I had to go (family wise) so I felt so much less stress this year.

This year it wasn’t about the gifts given, it was nice of them to give but that was the last thing I cared about. This year it was about being surrounded by the ones I love.  It was also my last Christmas before I get married next September, time flies.

Overall my Holidays were pretty darn great.

How were your holidays?

XOXO,

Ashley

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December Ipsy

Wow, I can’t believe December is already here and Christmas is in 7 days… 7 DAYS! Winter is coming in 3 days… this is my favorite time of the year.

Maybe I should quit blabbering and get on with this post. So this month I have to say my Ipsy bag was so-so for me. I didn’t love it and I didn’t hate it. The bag itself I think is adorable but the contents… eh.

The first thing I received was The Coffee Scrub in the scent Coconut. I’ve never really used a scrub so maybe I’ll give this one a try.

I’m kind of happy that I received the MAC Extreme Dimension Lash, MAC is a brand that is so talked up in the beauty community and I haven’t really tried much besides their lipstick and setting spray.

I received the Meech and Mia white pigment and I’m so so on this because I don’t usually wear pigments and if I do I tend to go for glittery colors.

The trestique brow pencil I received I wasn’t super excited about, I don’t usually use many brow pencils so it will probably get passed on to a friend.

Lastly I received a shader brush from Luxie beauty. I love luxie brushes they are so soft and hardy brushes.

Well that’s all that I got in my Ipsy bag this month. It wasn’t the best this month but it had a few good things so I won’t complain.

What did you get in your bag this month?

XOXO,

Ashley

New @ Colourpop

Today, November 16, Colourpop will be releasing 10 NEW Ultra Matte lips and 4 Ultra Glossy lips to add to their collection. The products launch at 10 AM PST.

The Ultra Matte lips:

  1. Soufflé
  2. Star crossed
  3. Take a pixie
  4. Snow fleek
  5. Cloudscape
  6. Lightweight
  7. Fragile things
  8. Flurries
  9. Arabesque

The Ultra Glossy Lips:

  1. Lay-z
  2. Fingers crossed
  3. Believe me
  4. Imagine

Colourpop is offering Free domestic shipping and free worldwide shipping with orders over $30, this is starting today (11/16/17) for 48 hours.

Will you be buying any new Colourpop products? I just may have to place a small order!

XOXO,

Ashley

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Thanksgiving at Disney 2017

Thanksgiving is approaching fast, next week in fact! Wow, this year is going by so fast.

Thanksgiving is usually a holiday that I spend jumping from family to family all day. It usually starts off at one of my grandmas houses then to my fiancé’s grandmas then finally my other grandmas for dinner with my parents and brother. Crazy day right? Gotta love it!

This year my mom decided to spend Thanksgiving in a totally different way than normal. She has been planning for months and now it’s finally almost here!

My Mom/Dad has decided that as a family (me, my brother, my fiancé and my parents) we are spending Thanksgiving at Disneyland! She has booked a “penthouse” suite for the five of us, we will spend Monday through Thursday there.

As a family we love going to Disney, all the people that say Disneyland is for children are completely wrong. We all are Annual Passholders.

Honestly I love being an Annual Passholder. For one, it’s so much cheaper in the end, one visit pretty much pays for the whole thing. Being an AP allows us to just plan a spur of the moment trip, all we need to do is book hotels. Yes we have blackout days but those days are the most crowded anyway!

Being an AP has other perks also- discounts in the parks, little events that are held throughout the year, being able to hop from park to park… the list goes on.

We have never spent Thanksgiving anywhere other than Home… or any other holiday for that matter! Thanksgiving to me, means spending time with your families and being thankful for their presence. I’m so excited to spend this amazing week with the ones I love the most in one of the places we all love the most!

What are you all doing for thanksgiving? Feel free to leave it in the comments, I would love to know what your plans are!

XOXO,

Ashley

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What skincare products I’m currently using 

I have never been the one to have bad problems with acne or skin issues when I was younger or even high school. I was one of the lucky ones who was blessed with pretty clear skin… besides those one or two when “Mother Nature” decides to come along if you know what I mean! 

About a year and a half ago I was put on a medication, which I’m not on anymore thank god, and the medication totally broke out my face with the acne I had never had. I tried everything… over the counter washes to Dermatologists. Nothing worked. 

When I heard of Rodan and Fields, I thought it seemed to good to be true. I thought “oh they’re just saying it’s this good to make money!” That’s because it is a pretty steep price, $180! 

Well one day I decided to go out on a limb and just order it because honestly it couldn’t get worse than it was so why not give this stuff a shot. Maybe it’ll work like everyone says? So I went online and purchased the Unblemish line. 


I will admit along the way of using Unblemish I have had my doubts. Around week four I was frustrated thinking my skin problems would never be fixed. My mom encouraged me to keep trying. I’m so glad I did… around week 8, I looked in the mirror and thought wow my face looks really good! It’s starting to take both my acne and scarring away! 

I finally have hope that my face will clear up. Why? Unblemish! 

When taking off my makeup at first I use Dove sensitive skin bar soap then I go in with the treatment wash and then follow the steps from there. 

If you’re questioning wheither or not to try Rodan and Fields I would say go for it! 

XOXO,

Ashley

Why I Chose to Have a Wedding Coordinator…

Like I said in my last post (it’s been awhile I know!) I’m getting married September 16, 2018. We are getting married on the beach then moving into the hotel restaurant for the reception. 

What does my Wedding Coordinator do?

My Wedding Coordinator takes care of most of my wedding honestly. When we first secured the venue she sent me the list of vendors that I will be using (cake, flowers, DJ…) which all come in the price of my wedding. 

When the wedding gets closer she will help me get in contact with these vendors and make sure I have all my ducks in a row. 

For the ceremony, they set out all the chairs in white or brown (my choosing). Also, the arch which will be covered in flowers and greenery. 

On the wedding day, I hand her any decorations that I would like set up in the venue and they place them out for me. They also decorate with linens in the colors of my choosing. Of course they help get the cake set up and placed on the table with our cake server and cutting set that we have purchased. 

In other words… once my hairstylist and my makeup artist are finished and I get my dress on, all I have to do is show up to my beautiful wedding. Completely anxiety and worry free! 

Are you getting married? Would you use a Wedding Coordinator? Let me know in the comments below! 

XOXO, 

Ashley 

I’m Getting Married???

Hello loves! I’ve been MIA for awhile but all with a good reason 🙂 My fiancé and I have been engaged for 2 years and I have finally decided to start planning my wedding! 
My family and I were at the beach a few weeks ago just on a family vacation and we saw a family packing up their wedding materials. Something inside me sparked because I thought and thought, the hotel gave me a wedding planning packet and I have decided to get married on the beach! 

I’ve decided a small beach wedding is what I want, I’ve always dreamed of getting married on the beach. I want a small wedding so there will only be 60 guests. I’m happy to announce that my wedding date is September 16, 2018! 

I have been so excited planning small things for my wedding and planning where I want to honeymoon… I’m happy to announce we are going to Disney World! I’m so excited for all these events and the changes in my life… and marrying the man of my dreams 🙂 

Well, that’s where I’ve been and what I’ve been doing! I hope you all are well! 

XOXO, 

Ashley

Why I Cancelled Birchbox

As the title says… I have decided to cancel my Birchbox. There are many reasons behind this decision. You may be thinking, “it’s only $10” that $10 adds up as you keep being let down by the boxes. Here’s why I cancelled: 1. Inconsistency. The Birchbox subscription is VERY inconsistent. I can get a half way decent box one month then get a horrible box the next month. 

2. Disappointment. When I do get that good box I will think okay they’re getting better, I can’t wait for next month. Then what happens next month? It’s a huge disappointment, I’ll get another bad box. 

3. Way to many hair products. I signed up for the beauty/makeup products it promises. I hardly ever get a makeup item. All I get is loads of hair products and they’re adding up quickly. 

4. The $10 is a waste if the products don’t leave me happy!

I wanted to like Birchbox so much but I just couldn’t bring myself to like it enough to keep it. 

I hope this helped you if you’re a subscriber or thinking of subscribing, thanks for reading! 

XOXO, 

Ashley

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Must Have Festival Beauty Products

Good evening loves! Spring is upon us therefore… FESTIVAL SEASON IS COMING! I have put together a little list of must-have’s for Coachella, hope this helps some of you when preparing to go to Coachella!

Starting off with face products, I have chosen the Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation. This foundation is a matte foundation and it is very long wearing. It’s perfect for the days you want your makeup to stay perfect day and night. 

With any foundation you need a setting powder, the Kat Von D lock it setting powder. This powder helps keep your makeup in place while setting any tackiness your foundation may leave behind. This is a matte setting powder and it leaves no white cast (for those selfie takers that were wondering).

For the eyes I have first picked the Naked Smokey pallet, this pallet is so beautiful for any kind of eye look. You could go more natural or more sultry and Smokey with your eye look.

For eyeliner I have two options, drugstore and high end. The first is NYX vivid brights eyeliner. I love the vivid brights not only because the cost but the colors they leave behond, so bold yet not over the top. Next is Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner, these are so beautiful if you are willing to go out and spend a little more. The glitter is just drop dead gorgeous.

For mascara I have picked the Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara. I love this mascara. I can’t say that enough. This mascara makes your lashes stand out and look beautiful. At any festival/Coachella a waterproof mascara will be super important because with all the dancing you will be doing… sweat comes along. 

Lastly for lips, Colourpop makes perfect lippies for any persons style at only $5-$6! They make lip gloss, satin lips, matte, metallic, etc. The matte lippies last ALL day! Honestly I don’t buy many lip products unless they are from Colourpop!

Overall, these are my must-have festival/Coachella beauty products! I hope you all enjoyed this post and maybe it helped some of you! 

XOXO,

Ashley

Why it’s important to treat yourself now and then…

Treating yourself is a majorly important thing in life, in my opinion. I mean giving is also important but there are times where you just have to think “What can I do that will make me happy?” 

I have found that if I treat myself once in a while it boosts my self esteem tremendously. That new bra makes me feel pretty (even though I’m the only one that can see it). Those new tops make me feel pretty wherever I go. I just feel better about myself. 

There are many ways to treat yourself that isn’t just buying clothes: 

  • Get a mani-pedi
  • Buy that purse/shoes you have had your eye on
  • Do your makeup, even when you have nowhere to go
  • Go out for drinks with the girls or even the hubby
  • Take a bubble bath and light some candles 
  • Get your hair done 
  • Bake some cookies/eat some ice cream
  • Watch Netflix/Hulu

Those are only a few ways you can treat yourself, but don’t be afraid to actually do it… everyone needs it once in a while. I know I do! Life gets stressful and sometimes you need room to breathe. 

Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoy and these suggestions help you out! 

XOXO, 

Ashley

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