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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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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Valentine’s Day ’17

Hello lovelies! I hope you all are having amazing days and have had a great Valentine’s Day with your loved ones. 

My day has been pretty busy and honestly tiring! I have worked all day and then was bombarded with a migraine smacked in the middle of my day. 

Well I have gotten off track to what this post is about! My fiancé usually works until about 4:30-5:30 and comes straight home. 

Not today! He surprised me with a dozen red roses (I am one that loves flowers beside my bed, I love the way they look and smell.) He also came home with a giant white bear with a red bow around his neck and a box of chocolates. I was so surprised with the gifts I was given. Let me make something clear, I don’t expect gifts ever! I’m happy with just being together. 


Overall, my Valentine’s Day was amazing, how were all of your days? 

XOXO, 

Ashley

Life Happens…

It’s been forever (at least it feels like it) since I have been able to do a blog post. Why you ask? Whelp, life happens. I have been struggling with the “problem” topic everyone fears to speak about. I’m not afraid to speak out about these issues I struggle with. 

I have been officially/diagnosed for Anxiety and Depression since my Junior year of high school 2012-2013. I made the best choice I think I could have ever made and that was to go see a psychiatrist. I didn’t want to struggle for the rest of my life. 

My psychiatrist had my body leveled out until about September last year- which is not his fault at all, it’s how this “condition” works. Now, going into February, I’m slowly but surely starting to feel myself again-normal. 

On the other hand I have been working like crazy. Some days I feel like my brain is racing. At least I work with my mom and she understands how everything works. 

I did not post this as a pity post or for attention. I want anyone who is struggling to be able to say hey I’m going to be okay. For awhile there I thought I was going to feel this way forever. Please if you are struggling and haven’t gotten help, please do. It makes a dramatic change in your mind and body. Anyone else struggling, know your not alone. 

XOXO, 

Ashley

August Ipsy Unbagging

Hello lovelies! I know I’m a bit late on posting my Ipsy Unbagging and I even forgot to take pictures *gasp!* But, that’s okay because I have pictures on my Ipsy app! 


I actually recieved the bag I was hoping for this month and that was the teal type bag with the beautiful girl getting her hair and makeup done! 


The first thing in my bag was Tarte LipSurgence lip creme in the color Wonder. I was super excited to see this in my bag because I have never tried any of Tarte’s lip products before. I’m excited to finally try!


The next product I recieved was Beaute Basics 3 toned bronzer. I am on the fence about how I feel about this product. It’s very small to be a bronzer, I’m considering just using it as an eyeshadow. 


This nail polish is such a beautiful color I’m so excited to put it on my nails! This is a Formula Xnail polish in the color Dollface. I haven’t tried any Formula X polishes so this will be a first for me! 


Next I recieved a Marc Anthony Nourishing Argan Oil deep conditioning mask. I haven’t ever tried a conditioning mask on my hair but I’m excited to try it for the first time! 


Lastly I recieved a Beau Gachis Paris Pro Series applicator sponge. I am not going to lie, I do not have high hopes for this sponge. I expect it to soak up lots of product and not blend as easy as the beauty blender. Maybe it will surprise me?

Well that’s all I got in my Ipsy this month! What did you recieve? 

XOXO, 

Ashley

Dupes for Kylie Jenner Metallic Lip Kits

We all know how popular the Kylie Jenner Metallic lip kits are, most of us dying to get our hands on them. The price… its hefty for one metallic lipstick. 


First off is King K, 

  • NYX- Mischevious 
  • MAC- Bronze Shimmer
  • OFRA- FIFTH AVE


Next is Heir, 

  • Stila- Dolce
  • Too Faced- Debutante
  • Sephora- Honeymoon
  • LipTar liquid lipstick- Honeymoon


Next is Reign, 

  • Milani- Bronze Beauty
  • Too Faced Metallic- Candy Bar
  • NYX- Wrath


Last but not least is KyMagesty, 

  • NYX Cosmic Metal- Galactic
  • NYX Wicked Lippie- Cold Hearted

Thanks for reading! I hope you all found this post useful! 

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Ashley

DIY Pamper Night

It’s Friday night and I’m spending the evening unwinding with a bath and a face mask. A little pampering every once in a while could always help. There’s a few different things you could include in a pamper night. A pamper night doesn’t even need to be a Friday night, you could even do these things on a stressful Monday if you need to unwind and de-stress. 

1. Make yourself a hot/iced cup of tea or even water if you don’t like tea. 

2. Run yourself a nice hot bath. I like to add 2 cups of lavender Epsom salt (if you want you could use plain Epsom salt and 5-10 drops of essential oils). If you would like you can add bubbles instead. 

3. Light some candles. This can be very relaxing to lay in the bath with some candles lit. 

4. Put on a face mask or a sheet mask, you will feel pampered doing this believe me. 

5. Unwind in the bath with a good book. I feel like this helps me relax a lot, some time to myself with a good book. 

6. Paint your nails. When your nails are painted, you feel pampered. I know I do. I love the feeling of having freshly painted nails, it makes me feel put together. 

7. Do your skincare routine. This makes me feel good in itself. When I do my skincare routine, I feel refreshed. My routine includes cleanser, toner, and moisturizer. Every couple of days I include exfoliating but not daily. 

8. Use a lip scrub. This makes me feel good, especially when I go to put on my lipstick and my lips are nice and smooth. 

Do you have any other ways that you pamper yourself? Thanks for reading! 

XOXO, 

Ashley

Kylie Cosmetics Metals dupes

Good morning everyone! I woke up this morning inspired to write a post on dupes for the Kylie Metals, so I did my research and I’m here to share with you! 

These are pretty hard to find when they aren’t sold out, let alone the price of them, so I hope you all enjoy this post! 


First off is Heir, this one is a little hard but I have a few to share 🙂 

  • Dolce by Stila 
  • Debutante by Too Faced
  • Honeymoon by Sephora 
  • Synth by Lip Tar liquid lipstick 


Next off is Reign, this color is so beautiful! 

  • Bronze beauty by Milani 
  • Candy Bar metallic lip by Too Faced 
  • Wrath by NYX


Next we have King K: 

  • Mischievous by NYX 
  • Bronze Shimmer by MAC 
  • Fifth Ave by OFRA 


Lastly is the one everyone is dying to get their hands on, KyMajesty. 

  • NYX cosmic metal in Galactic
  • NYX Wicked Lippie in Cold Hearted 

Thank you for reading this post! I hope you all enjoyed it! 

XOXO, 

Ashley 

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July Birchbox

Hello lovelies! I hope you all are having a wonderful day! If not, I hope your day gets better 🙂 

Yesterday I recieved my Birchbox in the mail. To my surprise, it was actually good this month! Thank you Birchbox for surprising me and giving me a better box. 


The first thing I saw when I opened my box was this Marcelle micellar water. This was a free gift for re-subscribing. This is a pretty great size for a sample, I’m very happy with it. 


I also recieved in my Birchbox:

  • Balance Me face mask, suitable for all skin types. The full size costs $34. I don’t think I would buy the full size because of costs but it’s a fun thing to recieve in a box. 
  • Another Marcelle micellar water, nope I’m not complaining. I’m actually happy about it. I like micellar waters for removing makeup. This full sized costs $21. 
  • MDSolarSciences Mineral Cream. I feel eh about this product, it’s a face product and I’m always afraid to branch out and try new things but who knows right? The full size costs $30. 
  • Raw Spirit fragrances perfume sample. I’m actually happy that this sample is a spray bottle and not one of those open caps. I love the spray ones because you can carry them in your purse. The full size costs $40-$90. 
  • Lastly I recieved Smashbox X-Rated mascara. I’m super excited about this. Yes Birchbox! So happy to recieve some smashbox in this months box. The full size costs $22. 

Overall I’m happy that I stuck with Birchbox this month, hopefully they’re consistent next month! Thanks for reading! 

XOXO, 

Ashley 

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Walmart vs. Target beauty box


This month was my first month ever recieving the Walmart and Target beauty box. If any of you do not know, Walmart sends their boxes out every season for only a $5 shipping fee and Target varies… this month it was $7. Target releases their boxes each month and they are hard to get so when they are released you need to grab them quick! 


The Walmart beauty box was packed full of goodies this month. In the box was:

  • Arm & Hammer Truly Radiant toothpaste (clean and fresh). 
  • Schwarzkopf essence ultîme shampoo and conditioner for colored or highlighted hair. 
  • Jergens Natural Glow daily moisturizer. 
  • Sally Hansen airbrushed legs in the color medium. 
  • InCoco nail strips in a black lace color. 
  • Goody slideproof hair elastics in a pack of 8. 

This box really surprised me. I actually really like everything that came inside this box. The Jergens moisturizer was a pretty great size, it will last a while. The hair elastics are expensive themselves, so that’s great to recieve in a $5 box. Overall I’m very impressed. 


The Target beauty box was pretty great this month too, it was worth the $7 spent. Inside was:

  • Toms of Maine toothpaste. 
  • Dove regenerative shampoo and conditioner. 
  • Garnier clearly brighter daily moisturizer. 
  • Sweet spot on the go wipettes x3.
  • Umberto lifting powder. 
  • NYX butter lipstick in the color Fun Size. 

Overall the Target box was a steal for the price. A NYX butter lipstick itself costs $5.99! The lifting powder is a pretty generous size, my mom will really enjoy this. The wipes are great and the shampoo is perfect for traveling. 

If I had to choose, I would pick the Walmart beauty box this month! The Walmart box just really caught my attention and I loved more things from it than I do with the Target box. 

XOXO,

Ashley

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