Tuesday, March 3, 2015

5 Travel beauty tips you NEED for your next trip!

I love to travel, and since I recently came back from a trip to the Caribbean, I thought I would share what I packed in my travel makeup bag, plus some great tips for packing a makeup bag on your next trip!  Here it goes!

1. Swap your normal makeup bag for a clear zippered one!
Not only will you be able to easily find what you need, but a small clear zip bag will also be TFSA approved.  Meaning, you can pack all your makeup in your carryon and breeze through airport security without digging through your bag looking for liquids!

2. Choose your outfits before you pack your makeup.
Knowing what you will be wearing will keep you from packing makeup you don't need. Sure you may love your dark berry lip stain, but if your suitcase is full of pastels and bright resort wear, bringing it along will just add extra clutter.

3. Travel sized products are your friend!
Many people think travel products are a waste of money, but that's not always true. Recently I was in line to purchase some Smashbox primer at Sephora, when I realized purchasing two travel sized bottles cost less and gave me more product than one regular sized bottle!  In order to save even more money on travel sized items, make sure to be on the lookout for products with packaging that can easily be refilled.

4. Pack your tried and true favourites.
Traveling is not the time to try new products.  You may be wanting to save store samples to try on your trip, but make sure to test them once or twice at home before counting on them during your vacation.  I made this mistake on my last trip, and brought a small sample bottle of mascara I had never used before (instead of bringing the full sized bottle of my regular brand). Two days into the trip I was beyond frustrated when my makeup remover wouldn't remove the mascara I brought.  Believe me when I say this, trying to source your favourite mascara in a foreign country is not easy!

5. Avoid redundant products.
In my normal makeup bag, I have 4 different types of black eye liner (a pencil liner, a liquid liner, a gel liner and a cake liner!) All of them give unique looks but realistically they all do the same thing… define your eyes! If you are packing for a short trip, opt to bring just one product to define each feature.

The best products for creating a travel makeup bag.

Here's what I packed in my travel makeup bag during my recent trip to the Bahamas!  It may not look like much, but by mixing and matching the lipstick & gloss with different combinations of the eye shadow palette, I was able to create multiple pretty and unique looks!

Liquid Liner - L'oreal lineur intense
Tinted Moisturizer - Smashbox sheer focus in "light" (which has sadly been discontinued… If anyone has tinted moisturizer recommendations please let me know!)
Nude shadow palette - Urban Decay Basics 2 palette
Lipstick - Bite Luminous creme in "Palomino"
Lipgloss - Laura Mercier Lip Glace in "Blush"
Highlighter - Benefit Watt's up

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Pretty & Polished in Florida

Hello everyone!  I thought I would share another photoshoot from my recent trip to Orlando, Florida!  I love the contrast of pastels paired with jewel tones (especially during the winter season), so I chose to pair this soft blush quilted skirt with a deep plum crop top.  Adding a pair of white shoes & a white leather clutch grounded the look and gold accessories added just the right amount of sparkle.

Style tip: "Don't be afraid to mix light and dark colours in a single outfit!" --> tweet it! <--

Jennifer Ashley of Pretty Little Details in a quilted blush skirt with white accessories.
White DKNY saffiano leather fold-over clutch.
Jennifer Ashley, top Canadian fashion blogger.
White DKNY saffiano leather fold-over clutch.
Cat-eye sunglasses with gold accessories.
Manitoba fashion blogger wearing a blush midi skirt and white accessories.

Thanks for stoping by!  Make sure to let me know in the comments below what your favourite colour combination to wear is!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Lightened up Creme Brûlée!

My family absolutely loves creme brûlée (like it is seriously ordered every time it is listed on a menu)!  The crisp caramelized top layer and the creamy custard make it such a luxurious dessert.  It is a little bit time intensive to make, but the payoff is so worth it.  When creating my own recipe, I lightened up the custard base by subbing evaporated milk for some of the cream, but I promise it is still incredibly rich! Oh, and don't be intimidated by the amount of directions, it is much easier than you may think!  Make sure to let me know in the comments if you have any questions, and feel free to share what your favourite indulgence is!

Creme brûlée made without a torch!

Creme Brûlée
Makes 6 servings

1 cup whipping cream
1 cup evaporated milk (or 1/4 cup dry milk dissolved in 3/4 cup milk)
1/2 cup natural sugarcane
4 egg yolks
1 vanilla bean (or 2 tsp vanilla)

1. Combine the first 4 ingredients (minus 2 tbsp of sugar) in a medium saucepan.
2. Split vanilla bean in half and scape the seeds into the saucepan. Drop the remaining vanilla bean pod into the mixture and stir over low heat until sugar is dissolved.
3. Remove the vanilla bean pod and pour mixture into 6 small ramekins
4. Create a water bath by placing ramekins inside a large baking dish and carefully fill the dish with hot water, making sure no water gets into the ramekins.
5. Bake creme brûlées in a preheated oven at 325° for 50 minutes.
6. Remove ramekins from oven and cool in your refrigerator for 1-2 hours or until custard has set.
7. Sprinkle a fine layer of sugar on top of each custard and use a torch to lightly burn the sugar.
8. Eat immediately or place ramekins back in the refrigerator to eat within a few hours.

Note: If you don't have access to a torch, you can also caramelize the sugar topping in your oven. Using the broil setting (or 500 degrees) place your creme brûlée as close to the top heating element as possible and watch for sugar to begin to caramelize. With this method, you may need to refrigerate the creme brûlée once again to re-set the custard, as the custard may become hot during the broiling process.

Nutrition (per serving):
292 Cal, 20.5g Fat, 0g Fibre, 21g Sugar, 5.3g Protein

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Favourite things - Valentine's Edition!

What to get your girl for valentines day - Tiffany's jewels, s'mores a gold mug and more!

Because February is love month. I thought I would share a few of my favourite things that would also happen to make perfect Valentine's day gifts!  Is there anything you girls secretly hope your honey will get you for V-day?  Let me know in the comments!

1. A yummy candle always makes things more romantic. I currently have this "Peach Bellini" candle burning in my home! $22

2. Heart shaped sunglasses are a V-day must! (even if they are only worn for a few minutes for the sake of a cute photo!) $32

3. This ring box is absolutely divine! I'm one of those people who takes off my wedding ring when I go to bed, so it's super important to keep it in a safe place while I'm catching my zzz's! $49

4. When I first moved out, I was determined I wanted a set of mugs that all matched.  However, more and more I keep falling in love with pretty single statement mugs like this one! $12

5. Jewelry is one of those gifts you really can't go wrong with, and this stunning hinged bracelet would be the perfect way to say "I love you"! $68

6. Almost every girl on the planet loves chocolate, and this adorable heart shaped s'mores kit looks like a perfect date night project.  Making them together will be just as good as eating them! $29

7. Now, they say the best gifts always come in small boxes, but you know a gift is going to be something extra special when it comes in a blue Tiffany's box!  This amazing pendant is definitely an investment piece but it is beyond stunning! So… if you happen to be dating a millionaire make sure to add this to your V-day wish list!  $4600

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Travel Diary - Freeport, Bahamas

I decided to not bring my laptop along on our recent trip and I am so glad I didn't!  Taking a mini break from blogging while we vacationed left me coming back feeling so incredibly inspired for what is coming up on Pretty Little Details this year!

When I planned this vacation, I imagined laying on the beach listening to audiobooks and playing in the ocean.  However, we didn't exactly luck out with the weather… it is actually raining in half these photos!  But, oh well!  Instead of our planned beach day in Freeport, we took a taxi to Port Lucaya Marketplace and ended up with a great Taxi driver who gave us an awesome mini-tour of the island along the way!  We wandered through the shops for a few hours but didn't end up purchasing anything other than a fresh coconut from a local with a machete (so yummy)!

Afterwards we walked on over to Lucaya beach which was only a few minutes away.  The public beach was gorgeous with soft white sand and incredible turquoise waves.  I had really wanted to try stand up paddle-boarding, but the waves were rough so we ended up just walking along the shore and watching the waves crash.  There is just something about relaxing by the ocean that gets me every time!

Parasol on the beach, in Freeport, Bahamas.
Lace parasol on the beach, in Freeport, Bahamas.
Wanderlust inspiration, while looking at the waves.
Lace parasol and ocean waves.Jennifer Ashley & husband Stephane on the beach in Freeport.

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