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What I’m Shopping for on LTKday

So many sales, so little time!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!!! LTK day is here! If you’re new to and LTK day then check out below for a brief introduction to the best shopping  app! I’m also recapping all the  goodies I’m snagging during the LTKday sale!



How to use the shopping app

  1. Download the shopping app from the app store
  2. Create your profile to instantly shop all your favourite brands, influencers, trends, and looks – whatever you’re looking to shop from style to beauty to home – everything!
  3. Find and follow your favourite influencers, like me!
  4. Create collections to save your favourite looks so that you can come back and shop them. 
  5. Click on the product photo and select “Shop now” to be taken straight to the site where you can make your purchase!

shop the ltkday sale!

Now that you’re all set up in the app – it’s time to shop! There are so many great brands participating in this year’s LTKday sale. Check out the sales I’m shopping for this LTKday!

Participating LTKday brands

Tarte Cosmetics picks

I am of course stocking up on my faves: Shape Tape Concealer, Lights Camera Lashes Mascara, and Finishing Spray! But I am also taking this opportunity to try some products I’ve had my eye on like the Shape Tape Powder Foundation, Good Vibes Makeup Brushes, and this Belt Bag that I just thought was too cute!

If you’d like to know more about my makeup must-haves for a fresh-faced look check out my latest blog post!

Abercrombie Picks

I’m very much easing back in to Abercrombie after a decade hiatus. I used to think of the brand as the clothes all the popular rich kids wore at my high school. I think that stereotype is really outdated though! Abercrombie has made a lot of strides to be a much more inclusive brand and I’m super excited to try out their Curve Love denim line! Being 5’2″ and very hippy, it is SO hard to find jeans I love – but I have really high hopes for these and can’t wait to get them. I also already purchased the high rise super skinny daisy print jeans and I’m OBSESSED! They are so soft, fit perfectly (I got the 31S), and the embroidered daisy print is the cutest thing I’ve ever seen.

I was so pleasantly surprised by this satin subtle cheetah print dress. It’s just perfect! I paired it with an oversized denim jacket from Forever21 and also a grandpa cardi from Abercrombie, love both options!

I bought everything in the carousel below and they are all TTS (I wear size 31 in jeans and L in tops for reference).

Forever21 Picks

Forever21 has always been a little hit or miss for me as midsize gal, but when it hits it hits big! As mentioned above, this oversized bf denim jacket will be a fall staple for me – it’s so cute and goes with so many things! I can’t wait to explore different pairings 🙂 I picked up a few graphic tees and was pleasantly surprised that they do fit TTS and love the prints. I also snagged a couple pairs of shorts and unfortunately they are way too small for these hips, which is such a bummer because they’re so cute. Last, but not least, LOVING all of their jewellery  stacks especially the beaded options – perfect for summer! I say if you see things you like, definitely give them a shot, you can always return them if they don’t work out for you 🙂

murad skincare picks

When your bestie is a dermatologist you quickly learn to invest in your skin at a young age so that you stay looking young! Also, SUNSCREEN 😉 I actually got this Murad Rapid Collagen Infusion in a FabFitFun box earlier this year. I started using it at night and within a month noticed a huge difference in the look and feel of my skin. It’s much more firm and glowing and it also sort of lifted my cheeks, which is an added bonus. My bestie highly recommends this brand as well since it was created by a physician! It’s a little pricey, but well worth the investment. One bottle will last you at least 3-4 months and you’ll love the results, I promise!

Since this is a sale and now’s the time to shop (hello 25% off!) I’m going to also try the Retinol creams below. I’ll report back soon!

The styled collection picks!

Confession: The Styled Collection is new to me and I’ve never shopped their products before. I am so excited to try this adorable choker – love a good choker. I’m also loving these statement earrings. But what I’m most excited about is this little louis vuitton-ish dog keychain!!! How cute is this?! And 10% of the proceeds goes to animal rescues 🙂 Definitely keep in mind that all jewellery and accessories are final sale – so be sure you love what you add to your cart when checking out.


jockey picks

One of my all time favourite brands for undies and leisure-wear. All of these items were already in my closet, but you should definitely go shop them now! Great quality and so classic. I usually size down one.

Academy Sports & Outdoor

Last but not least are these finds on the Academy Sports & Outdoor site. I have been looking for the perfect slim can koozie for so long and finally found this YETI version – so cute! I’m also loving this YETI wine glass. If you’re like me and prone to spilling/breaking wine glasses then I think this will be perfect 😉 But I’m also obsessed with these Nike’s –  you know I’m an Adidas girl, but these are too cute so I’m branching out a bit!


Happy shopping everyone! Please let me know if you shop the sale and if you find any goodies you love. Also, always find my latest looks and favourite items by following me in the app!

xx, Ashley

Makeup must-haves for a fresh-faced look

Must-have makeup for a fresh-faced look

Happy Friday everyone! Can we all agree that a five-day work week after a three-day weekend is just so unfair!? I hope everyone pulled through okay 😊

Today I want to share my makeup must-haves for a fresh-faced look. Real talk: I literally never wore any makeup except for maybe a small brush of powder and some eyeliner up until about 2 years ago. I look back at old photos like what was I thinking?! Now don’t get me wrong, I still go some days without wearing a stitch of makeup – especially in quarantine – but I don’t know why it took me so long to try out more products and have a more polished look.

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Makeup myths i used to believe

I love a fresh-faced, clean, glowy look and I guess I just believed that the more makeup you wear the less you will look this way. FALSE! With the right products (and skincare regimen) you can get that glowy, fresh-faced look every day.

Another reason why I was a little bit anti-makeup is because I thought that you had to spend hundreds of dollars on products. This is another myth busted. I mean, you can absolutely spend a hefty sum on beauty products, but there are so many options that are much more budget friendly and accessible. Also, just because you may not be buying premium products, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re sacrificing quality.

The last reason that I avoided investing in nice makeup is because I’ve struggled with terrible acne since I was about 20 years old. I was worried that the makeup would exacerbate the issue and I’m sure it probably could have. Now that my acne has calmed down I’m left with acne scarring and my makeup choices help to cover them up without looking too overdone.

Makeup Must-haves for a Fresh-faced look

My makeup must-haves for a fresh-faced look includes drugstore and department store choices in an array of price ranges. Peruse my makeup bag below so that you can stock up on makeup must-haves for a fresh-faced look!

L’Oreal Lumi Glotion

I think EVERYONE will tell you that the first step before applying any makeup is to get a nice base of lotion. It helps your makeup go on more smoothly while hydrating the skin. As far as drugstore makeups go, I absolutely love the L’Oreal True Match line. I have a difficult skin tone to match, but their products always seem to blend quite nicely. This lotion has a subtle sheen that I love so much in a fresh-faced, glowy look. It’s a must-have for a fresh-faced look and is extremely affordable!

L'Oreal LUMI Glotion

Tarte Cosmetics Shape Tape Concealer

This has quickly become hands down my holy grail makeup choice. I would for sure bring my shape tape concealer if I were stranded on a desert island. Exaggeration? I think not! As I mentioned above, I have some prominent acne scarring on my cheeks and I’m very self-conscious about it, but it’s not a problem once I apply this. I also feel like it wakes me up! It adds a brightness under and around my eyes that just really accentuates the fresh-faced look that I’m going for. Another great thing about this product is that it lasts up to 16 hours and that’s the truth! If this is not in your makeup bag, drop everything you’re doing and add it now!

My skin color is very olive/yellow toned, so I use the light sand (20S) tone. I might go a shade darker for summer, but I could still get away with this lighter shade if I don’t end up switching. I love how diverse the tone options are for Tarte products. I think there’s an option for any skin color!

Tarte Cosmetics Shape Tape Concealer

L’Oreal True Match Face Powder

After I apply the concealer under my eyes and on any problem spots, I use one of my BS-Mall makeup brushes to loosely apply my true match face powder. Fun fact: before I knew anything about makeup, I would use only this powder and eye liner – cringe – but I really love this powder.

Before finding this product, I used Bare Minerals, which was so good for my extremely sensitive skin, but not really doable for my college budget. Eventually I found Physicians Formula, which I really liked apart from it didn’t stay on very long, and then somehow stumbled upon true match. I’ve been using this powder for years! It’s truly a must-have product for fresh-faced looks.

The compact comes with a sponge, but I prefer using an actual makeup brush for application. I use sand beige (apparently my skin is very sandy lol), but it’s perfect for us olive skinned people!

L’Oreal True Match LUMI Bronze It

This bronzer is absolutely a must-have for a fresh-faced look because it never looks too dark, which I think can be a big drawback with bronzers for me. It has a very delicate sparkle that I love! I use the “light” tone and it just adds a little more dimension to my look.

Bobbi Brown Brow Powder

Moving up to my eyes, which are my favorite feature if I do say so myself 😉 Everyone has a favorite part of their own look, right?! Anyway, I already have black, thick eyebrows so it’s a delicate game of not overdoing my brow powder, but if for sure makes a huge improvement once my brows are filled in. I just follow the natural shape of my brow and lightly color in any thin spots. A makeup artist used this brow powder for my wedding look (which of course was a very dewy, fresh-faced look) and I’ve been hooked ever since. I never use any other brow powder and also use this Bobbi Brown brow brush! This might be my most splurge item in out of all of my makeup must-haves for a fresh-faced look, but even then, it’s still pretty affordable.

Thrive Highlighting Stick

Another fun fact, I got this highlighting stick in one of my first Fab Fit Fun boxes and literally didn’t know what to do with it. I nearly gave it away because I was confused! I’m so glad I didn’t because it’s one of my absolute favorite products. I add this to the corner of my eyes and a little bit on my water line, then just a smidge outlining the top of my top lip. This product is seriously the key to a fresh-faced look.

I think that when thinking about must-haves for a fresh-faced look you have to keep in mind anything that adds a little bit more brightness and a subtle shimmer as well. So, for that reason, this stick plus the concealer are absolutely musts!

Thrive Highlighting Stick

L’Oreal Infallible Never Fail Eyeliner

I have literally been using this eye liner since high school and it’s a love affair that will never end! I use this on my water line and it really adds a pop to my dark eyes. It’s the most “dramatic” product of this list, but it’s necessary for me to not look asleep! Back in the days of when I wore almost no makeup this was the one thing, I would HAVE to apply for leaving the house.

I wear the Black Brown shade because although my eyelashes are coal black, the black is a little too intense for me.

Lights, Camera, Splashes Tarte Mascara

In high school biology, my teacher told this story of how a person put on mascara and accidentally scratched their eye. The eye, for whatever reason, didn’t water when this happened, which meant that it didn’t clean out the bacteria. Long story short, the eye got infected and had to be removed. QEUE ME NEVER WEARING MASCARA UNTIL I WAS IN MY TWENTIES!

Well, hopefully I didn’t freak you out with that little anecdote, but I just had to explain myself lol. I finally conquered my fears in the last few years and with that have tried and tested SO many mascaras. Nobody wants a gloppy mess on their lashes, and it’s taken me some time to find the best ones.

I rotate between two mascaras. I use Lash Paradise for days when I’m just running errands or doing something low key and I save my Tarte mascara for the weekends usually. The lash paradise is admittedly a lower quality, but still a nice option.

The Tarte mascara is amazing! I never have clumps and it just looks so natural. It also lifts and curls as you apply it, so you don’t need to bother with a lash curler! Seriously, Tarte makes such nice products.

Tarte Cosmetics Splashes Mascara

Tarte Stay Spray

Finally, once you’ve put in the time to get your fresh-faced look you want to be sure it lasts all day, so finish off with stay spray. It sets the look, is water/sweat proof, and doesn’t leave a residue. I think this is something everyone overlooks but is just so necessary to keep your makeup looking nice for a longer period.

final thoughts

So there you go lovelies, everything you need to know for the makeup must-haves for a fresh-faced look. If you are/were like me when I was so hesitant to try out any fun makeup products I encourage you to step outside of your comfort zone with these tips. All of these products will simply enhance your already beautiful face! PLUS, as I’ve come to learn, makeup is so much fun and doesn’t need to break the bank. You can acquire quite a collection for really reasonable prices.

Have a fantastic weekend, thank you for reading, and if you’re looking for more beauty inspiration read my review of the best shampoos for oily hair!

Xx, Ashley

Review: Top 5 Shampoos for Oily Hair

Top 5 Shampoos for Oily Hair
Top 5 Shampoos for Oily Hair

There’s a reason why “oily hair, don’t care” isn’t a thing, it’s not a good look. If you’re reading this then chances are you’re like me and struggle with greasy roots. Trust me, I understand how frustrating it can be. That’s why I tried the top 5 best shampoos for oily hair so that you don’t have to!

I have very fine hair, but A LOT of it! My hair looks great for about the first 36 hours following a fresh wash, but then it’s like Cinderella at midnight and instantly starts getting oily. I really want to make it all the way to 48 hours, is that too much for a girl to ask?!

Now I’m not saying you won’t still need your favourite dry shampoo, but this review may help you get a little more out of those shampoo bottles (and dollars!). Check out my top 5 shampoos for oily hair and spoiler alert: the best one isn’t the most expensive!

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Top 5 shampoos for oily hair - ranked!

  1. Bumble and bumble. Sunday Shampoo. $23.97 for an 8 fl. oz. bottle
    A true “holy grail” item that anyone with oily hair problems needs to incorporate into their hair care regimen. The description says that it’s meant to lift residue build up and I truly believe it did that. It’s a little bit more than I like to spend on shampoo (I’m on a budget!), but if it’s a one-day/week item, then it’s totally worth the price.  Of the 5 shampoos I tried, this one smelled the second best. It had a very fresh, clean smell, which is what I prefer in my shampoo. It lathered up nicely, which I’m not sure that really matters, but to me it makes me feel like it’s working – lol. After two days my hair was still looking fresh, YAS! This will forever be included into my Sunday self-care routine as I think it’s a really good reset for your scalp. (Bonus: you can get 15% off your first order on Bumble and bumble with code BB15 and/or free shipping on orders over $50!).

    Bumble and bumble. Sunday Shampoo.
    Bumble and bumble.
  2. Elvive Extraordinary Clay Shampoo. $3.42 for a 12.6 fl. oz. bottle
    About two months ago I did a Google search for the “best shampoos for oily hair” and this was one of the results. I saw the price and immediately added to cart – anything under $4.00 is worth a try! I was so beyond pleasantly surprised. For a drugstore shampoo, this is a true hidden gem. The fresh look lasts about two days and for that reason combined with the price, this has become my everyday shampoo. I also use the conditioner and highly recommend the combo! As I mentioned before, a fresh smell is important to me, and this one just smells so CLEAN. I think you’ll be really pleased if you decide to take my word on this one.
  3. DEGREASE Shampoo by Maple Holistics. $11.95 for a 10 fl. oz. bottle
    This was a solid choice as well, although I didn’t really care for the smell. It smells very herbal (the description calls it a lemon oil scent), which isn’t really how I want my hair to smell. It has hardly any lather so when you’re rubbing it into your scalp you almost get the fingernails on a chalkboard type of feeling. One thing I really do like about this one is that it’s all natural; dye free, sulphate free, and paraben free. I’ll definitely finish the bottle because I think it did a good job, but I won’t be buying it again. If you like the non-lather/herbal smell/all natural route then this is for you! It lasted a solid two days of being non-greasy, it was just missing a fresh, clean smell that I prefer.
    Top 5 Shampoos for Oily Hair
    Posing with my fave 😉
  4. Sachajuan Normalizing Shampoo. $14 for a 3.4 fl. oz. bottle (yes, I got the baby bottle because this one isn’t cheap!)
    This was the most expensive out of all five and I got a really tiny bottle to test it out before committing to the big bottle. SO glad I did it that way because I won’t be buying this one again. This shampoo claims that it is salon quality, but honestly it barely kept the oil out for one day. It took FOREVER to rinse out, granted I have a lot of hair or maybe I used too much, but the others rinsed out normally. This shampoo has quite a minty smell and I know I might be the only person on the planet to say this, but I really don’t like the smell of mint. So as soon as I opened the bottle I knew this would be a no-go. Again, it depends what you’re looking for in a shampoo for oily hair, but this really did not live up to its price. I would maybe try the others before testing this one.
  5. OGX Tea Tree & Mint Shampoo. $6.57 for a 12 fl. oz. bottle
    This shampoo received last place in my top 5 shampoos for oily hair review purely because of its smell. I literally thought I was shampooing my hair with a bottle of mouthwash. That being said, it did do a good job of keeping my hair oil to a minimum. I typically love all OGX products; I just can’t get past the smell on this one. It had a great lather and left my hair feeling very clean. If you like minty freshness then this might be at the top of your list!

    Elvive extraordinary clay

Final thoughts

Since the minty smell was becoming a theme in my review I decided to do more research as to why this was the most common fragrance in shampoos for oily hair. Come to find out that peppermint oil is known to help regulate the pH of your scalp, which means it helps prevent oil build up. So it is clearly a necessary evil (for those of us who like floral/fresh shampoo scents. Read more about peppermint oil for hair here.

Overall, you really can’t go wrong with any of these! It will depend on your budget, smell and lather preference, and how your hair and scalp react to the chemical makeup of the shampoo. If you have a full head of fine hair then I would follow the above, but DEFINITELY add the Bumble and bumble Sunday Shampoo to your routine regardless of which every day shampoo you choose. You will not be disappointed.

Happy shampooing!
Xx, Ashley