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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Target Finds

Hello loves! This weekend I had to take a trip to Target with my mom, we don’t visit Target very often. We had to buy a quick birthday and bridal gift for a party on Saturday. 

Well, I walked out with more than a gift for the party… don’t we all? I walked by a clearance rack and my eyes immediately shot to the Sonia Kashuk brushes on sale. 


This is the first set I bought, they are cream and black with gold accents. The design is just a super cute geometric design. This set only costed me $14.98 on clearance! Being so cute and limited edition, I had to have them.


This second set has more brushes included, a full face set. The design is what caught my eye. They are black with gold cobras down the side. I fell in love with these because of how unique they are! The price was only $19.98, a must have. 

Overall, I’m so happy I walked by that clearance rack and saw these limited edition brushes, who can have too many brushes right? If you’re interested check your local Target, there was many left at my local target! Thanks for reading, hope you enjoyed this post!

XOXO, 

Ashley

Kylie Lip Kit Review

Hello lovelies! I know I’m kind of late on the Kylie lip kit band wagon, but I wanted to really test mine out before reviewing them. I have both the Candy K and Spice lip kits. 
First off, Candy K. This lip kit is beautiful! I love the color, the perfect nude! This lippie wears beautifully and feels very silky smooth when dry. It dries very quickly, that is definitely not a bad thing! When the lip starts wearing off it looks so natural, not patchy. 

Next, Spice. I bought this lip kit because it was a gorgeous purple/fall color. When used with the lip liner this lip kit looks so beautiful and has very precise lines, no bleeding. When dry it feels so smooth like nothing is on your lips. When it starts to wear away it gives a beautiful ombrĂ© look. 


Overall, after wearing and testing these lip kits I can say they were worth my money! The $29 was very worth receiving both a liquid lipstick and a lip liner. 2 thumbs up from me! 
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

August Birchbox

Wow, I cannot believe I’m already writing my August Birchbox Unboxing. August? Already? Gosh, where did the time go? 


This month I actually chose the curated box. This is my first time ever choosing the curated box. I loved almost every product inside this box and so I figured why not? Inside I recieved: 

  • Stila stay all day liquid lipstick in Patina. 
  • Living Proof No Frizz nourishing oil. 
  • HUM Nutrition Raw Beauty Green Superfood Powder. 
  • Acure Organics Coconut & Argan Oil Cleansing Towelettes. 
  • Marcelle BB Cream Golden Glow. 
  • Beauty Protector Protect & Detangle. 


This being my fifth Birchbox, I think it has been my best one ever recieved. I’m so happy with it and I think Birchbox redeemed themselves! Yay, go Birchbox! 

Did you get Birchbox this month? What did you recieve?

XOXO, 

Ashley

Naked Smoky


Hello Loves! I’m excited to tell you all that the loved pallet Naked Smoky is on sale 50% off today only! This makes it $27! You can buy this pallet at Ulta/online, at Sephora/online or on Urbandecay.com! 

I own this pallet and I love this! I even debated on buying myself a backup for this price! I may need to 🙂 

When you purchase this online at Ulta you get free shipping with the pallet, today only. 

Are you buying this pallet? 

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 ultĂ®me 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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