17 Apr

April Beauty Empties!

Hey loves!

Happy spring! I am trying to purge and get rid of some of the clutter in my apartment, and that starts with getting rid of my beauty empties. Now, that I am literally a subscriber to every beauty box out there, I have way more products then ever! Check out these beauty products that I LOVE and have been using the past couple of months.

Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel $41 ON SALE

This gel cleanser is great for all skin types. I typically have acne prone skin, so I use products with Salycillic Acid which tend to dry out my skin. However, this cleaner is infused with mint and lavender which calms my skin. I use this in the mornings and use my medicated face wash at night to give my skin a break. I definitely will be purchasing this product again.

Aqua Moist Gel by Sally’s Box $43

I received this in one of my Ipsy bags a few months ago… and it was history from there. This water based gel moisturizer, leaves my face feeling so hydrated! Since it contains aloe vera gel, it is soothing and leaves my skin noticably soft. I LOVE THIS PRODUCT!

M.A.C. Patent Polish Lip Pencil in Sultana $21

I’ve talked about this lip gloss before, and nothing has changed. This is my daily lip color, and I pray M.A.C. doesn’t discontinue it ( I always feel like the products I love are limited edition ). I know matte lip gloss is the trend, but I just hate the feeling of dry lips. This lipstick is creamy, and lasts for hours. Get this, you will not be disappointed.

AVON Clearskin Professional Deep Pore Cleaning Scrub $4.59

My mother in law is chemist for AVON, so I am always trying out their products. I have tried many of their face washes but this cleaner is the best. This cleansing  scrub is packed with Salicylic acid and scrubber beads that make their way deep into your pores to prevent breakouts. I have been using this product for a couple of years now, and I HIGHLY recommend!

Overnight Clearing Gel by Dermalogica $50

This is a topical gel treatment to prevent night time breakouts. It is a little pricey but significantly helps shrink my pimples. I am not sure if I will purchase this product again because I have used a few less expensive alternatives that work just the same.

The PORE-fessional Face Primer by Benefit $30

I have heard great things about this primer, so I decided to try it. Unfortunately, I hated it. The consistency of the primer is what bothered me, I felt like it didn’t blend into my skin well and was a bit cakey. I understand that it is supposed to fill your pores like putty, to create a smooth surface for your foundation. But, it just didn’t work for me. I do not recommend this primer.

Dior Addict It-Lash Mascara $29

Love this mascara! I stumbled upon it because my normal Diorshow mascara was out of stock. I quickly read some great reviews about this product, and I was not disappointed. The applicator separates and lengths my curly lashes. It also has a spiked ball separator on the end to get into the corners. I will purchase this mascara in the future.

Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner – Marc Jacobs $25

Am I the only one who hates sharpening eye liners? Well.. because I have stabbed my self too many times with pencil eye liners, I only use gel liners and this stuff is the TRUTH! It glides on effortlessly, last for 12 hours, and is waterproof. This is now the only eyeliner I ever need. Oh! and it has a built in sharpener at the base. All in all, this is a great product and worth the price.

LA Girl HD Pro Concealer $4.99

This makeup staple never lets me down. I have this in many colors, but I use Toast most. I think the main reason I love this concealer, is the brush applicator. It helps me shape my eye brows and contour effortlessly. Also, because the packaging is soft you are able to squeeze out every last drop of product.

Urban Decay All NighterMakeup Setting Spray $10

I bought this on a whim, while standing online at Sephora (the impulse buy tunnel of death). I forgot I needed a setting spray, and saw this was only 10 bucks! Now, this came in a  travel size and lasted for about 6 months! So, that alone makes me want to buy this product again. The setting spray mists evenly and feels light, NOT crunchy as I have found with other setting sprays. I will purchase this product again.

Thanks for reading, it means the world to me!  Don’t forget you can join my mailing list here for updates on new posts, giveaways, newsletters and more.

Love you mean it!

Ashlie <3

15 Mar

Nail Review: SNS Gelous Collection

Hi loves!

Hope you are staying warm! New York is getting over a foot of snow, so I am staying nice and cozy indoors.

So.. for about a year now, I have been getting acrylic or gel extensions on my nails. I know there is this stigma behind acrylic that it ruins your nails, but I don’t find it any more damaging than a gel manicure. However, the other day when I went to the nail salon I decided to soak off my acrylics and give my nails a rest. The nail technician was trying to up-sell the hell out of me…and she won. I decided to try the Signature Nail System Gelous Color.

You might know SNS as the pink and white powder. It is a much healthier alternative for your nails because it requires no glue or UV light, and lasts two to three weeks.

The colors are in powder form, and in different little jars. Each color is a series of numbers instead of a name, so I went with a slate gray with a hint of glitter (SC15).

First, Amy applied the gel base coat on my bare nails.

Then she dipped my nail into the powder, and tapped off the excess.

After she went through all my nails once she repeated the process by adding more gel base coat and dipping the nail into the powder.

This was the finished result after three coats of powder. Not too pretty.

Amy then applied the sealant to lock in the powder, and started filing like a mad woman. The filing is the most important part to ensure everything is smooth and even.

Once Amy finished filing, she applied the gel top coat and I went to dry for about ten minutes.

Voila!

Overall, I would give the product a 3.5 out of 5. The main aspect of this product that I love is no glue or UV light, which makes this is a much healthier alternative than gels or acrylics. I also like that there are hundreds of color options.  Most new products have limited colors so I appreciated the selection. In general, the whole process was very different, so that kept me entertained during my manicure. Lastly, because this is a powder I am expecting this manicure to last a couple of weeks without chipping (I will update this post in two weeks to show how the product wore over time).

Now, what I don’t like about the product is the whole filing of the nails. I feel like if you get your nails done somewhere that the technician isn’t trained well, or used to doing the powder often, it could leave the finish product looking bumpy. Also, since the powder is layered my nails look a little thicker than I would normally like. To sum it up, I am a perfectionist and even though this is a much healthier alternative the neatness and symmetry of a regular manicure can not be beat.

I will probably try the SNS Gelous manicure one more time, just to see if the product grows on me. If you have tried SNS before, please comment below and let me know about your experience!

Thanks for reading!

Love you mean it!

Ashlie <3

**Disclaimer: This product review was done without coercion or payment from Signature Nail System. This post is my personal opinion and I have no affiliation with this company.**

07 Mar

STOP! What To Avoid At The Nail Salon

Hi there!

Sadly, I recently had a fall out with my favorite nail salon and now I am looking for a new salon to call home. Living in New York there are many options to get your nails done. From luxurious exclusive spas to the hole in the wall nail salon. However, I found that it doesn’t matter how much a nail salon charges, or how beautiful the decor is. If the salon is not clean or following health guidelines, take your money elsewhere! On my journey for the best nail salon, I have come across many horrific situations and I felt the need to write this post.

Check out this list of what to avoid when checking out a new nail salon.

Overall Cleanliness

Is the salon clean? Does it smell sanitary? Are there nail clippings on the floor? Is the trash overflowing? This is just a great rule of thumb, and an easy way to know if you should give the salon a chance. Check the bathroom too! If they don’t care about keeping the bathroom clean then they probably will not care about health hazards and best practices. Follow your instincts ladies!

Avoid Whirlpool Tubs

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This is a hard one because most nail salons have jet tubs for pedicures. But, the problem is that dead skin cells are being pushed through the filters and into the water. Most salons don’t change the filters, so just imagine all of the germs in there! A way to get around this is to make sure the technician does NOT turn on the jets, which can help reduce the spread of bacteria. Also, don’t hesitate to ask the technician to clean the filter in front of you. However, if possible choose a nail salon with stand alone porcelain tubs (pictured above).

Do Not Shave

I used to get embarrassed if I had a little stubble on my legs during a pedicure. But, it is OK! Shaving right before a pedicure is a horrible idea. When we shave we leave tiny cuts, and our skin is raw which can make it easy to catch an infection.

Look for Licenses

When you walk into the salon there should be a license for the salon and  all technicians visible right by the door. If you do not see one, ask the receptionist to show you their current licenses. If you get any push back this is a salon that does not deserve your business.

STERILIZATION!

Proper sterilization technique are of utmost importance to me. Sterilization is mandatory and if any nail tech gives you an attitude about it, just leave. All disposable tools should be individual packaged. Metal tools should be sanitized in UV sterilizers or Barbicide for at least 10 minutes to kill bacteria and viruses. To ensure my own peace of mind, I invested in my own nail kit. I bring my own nail file, buffer, nail clippers, and cuticle file so I won’t have to worry about it.

Beware Of The Callus Remover

That ancient foot shaver is not even an option during your pedicure. Any tool that removes skin and can cause you to bleed is a red flag. So, if you see this tool being used in your salon think twice about returning in the future. They clearly do not care about client safety. A disposable pumice stone or callus remover solution will get the job done with out the risk of infection.

Don’t Cut Cuticles

This is the easiest way to get cut at the salon. I personally have had technicians cut my cuticles so low that it burned and it made me think..is this really necessary? Invest in a cuticle dissolving solution and just have the technician push them back. Your mani or pedi will come out the same and you will have peace of mind knowing you didn’t get cut.

This check list is all common sense stuff, but its up to us to speak up! Don’t let a few eye rolls from the staff deter you from keeping your self safe. You can catch MRSA, Hepatitis, Staphylococcus, fungus and other serious diseases from a dirty salon.

Trust your gut and I hope this list helps you find the best nail salon out there!

Love you mean it!

Ashlie <3

14 Feb

The Perfect Red Lip & Nail!

Hi loves!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Red is the color of love, the color that makes you feel sexy and stands out in a crowd. When you find the perfect red lip stick or nail polish you feel great! But, all red’s are NOT created equal and I felt it necessary to figure out which ones are the best. In honor of Valentine’s Day, check out my list of the perfect red lip stick’s and nail polishes!

Big Apple Red by OPI $10

This is old faithful for me, I own this color in regular and gel polish. With my skin tone, I love bright colors in general and this red polish definitely hits the spot.

Smith and Cult in Kundalini Hustle $18

This is a great cherry red and looks even better on fair skin tones.

Zoya in Livingston $10

Zoya is my favorite nail line bar none. This color has cool undertones, and is very opaque. Very opaque like.. you can get away with only one coat!

Motives in Red Stiletto $8

If you like a deeper red, Red Stiletto is for you . This polish is also special because my good friend Jasmine Yan, unfranchise owner of Motives Cosmetics and Shop.com put me on!

Essie  in Russian Roulette $8

This classic red is more on the orange-y side and looks best on darker/tan skin tones.

Nars in Chinatown $20

Chinatown is great for the fall and winter due to its purple undertones. If you feel like classic red is too loud for you, this is  a great alternative.

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The perfect red lip is harder to find then the perfect polish. Lipstick is determined by skin tone, and you must know what tones work best for you to find the perfect shade.

Fair/ Light complexion –  the brightest of reds , raspberry and cranberry colors, with blue undertones work best.

Medium/ Dark complexion – orange based reds, burgundy and oxblood colors work best on darker tones.

MAC in Ruby Woo $17 

Let’s start with the most “basic” of the red’s. Every girl needs to own this, you will always find a moment where Ruby Woo works with your look. My only issue that it makes my lips very dry, so make sure you moisturize and exfoliate well beforehand.

Marc Jacobs Le Marc Lip Creme in Goddess 202 $30

I love the satin finish of this lipstick. Nothing is worse than having to reapply your lipstick every hour, well don’t worry because this color lasts for 10 hours straight!

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution $34

This is one of the only Charlotte Tilbury products I have tried and  I fell in love. This color works for pretty much anyone, and you can check it out by skin tone on their site too! A mix between a pinkish berry and deep red it really is beautifully flattering.

Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Mysterious Red $27

This creamy chubby pencil glides on effortlessly and dries matte. Even though you have that matte finish your lips are moisturized underneath, because this pencil is enriched with Vitamin E.

Mac in Diva $17

Diva looks fabulous on medium and dark skinned tones. It’s a no brainer, you need this lipstick and the matching lip liner in your makeup collection.  I consider Diva to be my “natural” red, and I find myself wearing it all the time. Also, unlike Ruby Woo this is ALOT creamier, yet offers that chic matte finish.

Motives Maven Matte in Scandalous $21

This is another great red lip color by Motives that my friend Jasmine Yan of Shop.com introduced me to. Scandalous is a high pigmented matte lip gloss, that wears amazingly. I know you have seen those lip kits everywhere, and this is one to try.

Smashbox in Infrared $20

If I want to achieve that classic red lip, this is my go to color. Infrared has a matte creamy finish and is last longing. I recently bought three of these during Black Friday to stock up, since I wear it so much!

Hope this helps you on your search for the perfect red lipstick or nail polish. Red is such a classic color, and every woman should know what looks best on them for those moments where only a sultry red is appropriate.

Happy Valentines Day and thanks for reading!

Love you mean it ! <3

Ashlie

 

07 Feb

What Should I Get Bae For Valentine’s Day?

Hi!

Well, it looks like it’s that time of year again…Valentine’s Day. V’day is when you have to wear red, receive obnoxious teddy bears, and eat heart shaped boxes of variety chocolate. I hate giving stupid gifts, thats are essentially a waste of money. And, nothing is worse than receiving a gift you don’t really want or need. Check out this list of gift ideas to give your bae for Valentine’s Day.

Gifts For Your Man

Art of Shaving Kit

I bought this for my husband and step father 3 years ago, and they still replenish it. Art of Shaving has a line of amazing shaving products for any man in your life. The products come unscented or in three signature scents; Sandalwood is my favorite, . The great thing about Art of Shaving is that there are many price points, for you to try the product before committing to a big bottle. The kit’s start from $35 to $120 depending on the size of products.

Where to buy: Art of Shaving $30 and up

Resident Evil 7: Biohazard

If your bae is like mine, he indulges in video games from time to time, and has been talking about this game since before Christmas. If your boy didn’t  spend the $60 on it himself, he will love you for this gift. And maybe… even play the game with him for 30 minutes if you really want to score extra points.

Where to buy: Gamestop.com $60

Beer Basket

Whether your significant other loves beer, whiskey or wine this is an easy gift idea to make him smile. I personally love making my own baskets because I can personalize it with all of their favorite snacks, and hobbies. Just go to any dollar store or Michaels and get all of your basket supplies and fill it up! If your feeling lazy, you can find a basket for anyone at GourmetGiftBaskets.com.

Where to buy: Gourmet Gift Basket starting $40

Rent A Luxury Car

This is more of a splurge gift for that special someone. So, when we say rent a luxury car we are not talking about a Lexus; more like a Bentley, Ferrari, Lamborghini or whatever your heart desires! Starting at $450 per day depending on the car, this will make your man feel like a BOSS.

Where to buy: Gotham Dream Cars starting at $450

Amazon Echo

Amazon is my life, and this gadget is my new favorite toy. Set your alarm, get personalized news and traffic reports, check the weather, listen to music or turn the lights off all with the Echo. This is perfect for office, or just next to your bed. Everyone needs one of these!

Where to buy: Amazon.com $180

Make Your Own Hot Sauce Kit

The spicy lover in your life will love how original this gift is. This comes with enough ingredients to make up to 6 different kinds of hot sauce. I love gifts like this because he will be using it for months to come.

Where to buy:  UncommonGoods $35

Apology Note Pad

I love this gag gift! The apology note pad is self explanatory and is just a hilarious take on Valentine’s Day if you and your boo decide to play it low key this year.

Where to buy:  Amazon.com $6.50

Gifts For Your Girl

Roses

A beautiful bouquet of flowers is always a nice gesture on Valentine’s Day. But, let’s turn it up a notch with the Eternity de Venus by Venus ET Fleur. These beautifully packaged flowers last for at least ONE YEAR with no watering or maintenance.  They come in different quantities but in my opinion to get that wow factor you want to go with 16 or 42 roses.

Where to buy: Venus Et Fleur $299

Cosabella Lingerie

Lingerie is a V Day must have, especially if you shop at Cosabella. With ton’s of styles you can’t go wrong with a  lingerie set for your girl. This new choker style is sexy, edgy and on trend right now.

Where to buy: Cosabella $201 for all 3 pieces

Polaroid Snap

Polaroid camera’s have made a comeback. The new Polaroid’s have the precision of a digital camera and the instant  print out that is signature of the classic Polaroid. Available in different colors, this will make the special women in your life smile with nostalgia!

Where to buy: Amazon.com $90

Custom Date Necklace

Whether it is a wedding date, birth of a child, or first date this necklace will be her new every day piece of jewelry. You can find many Etsy designers who can achieve this design but since Valentine’s Day is around the corner, I found an online vendor that has guaranteed express delivery for Valentine’s Day!

Where to buy: My Name Necklace $39 and up

Sephora Anything

Seriously.. just walk into Sephora and start throwing things in the bag. This is always a great option if you both decided not to go crazy for Valentine’s Day, a little Sephora gift card will make her jump for joy without breaking the bank and making anyone feel guilty. They even have eGift Cards for my last minute people out there!

Where to buy: Sephora.com Gift Cards starting at $25

Diptyque Candles

I received a gift set of Diptyque candles a couple of years ago and I am hooked. Any candle lover would appreciate these candles. They are a little pricy if you don’t understand the appeal of candles, but they are worth it. Their famous scent “roses” would be a great spot to start, but you can’t go wrong with a sample set to give your Valentine some options.

Where to buy: Nordstrom $32 and up

Cooking Class

Recently, for my anniversary I bought the husband and I, a cooking class at Hudson Table in Hoboken, NJ. This was one of the best date nights we have had in a while, and my husband is still talking about how much fun he had. Since, we enjoyed ourselves so much , we bought our in laws cooking classes as holiday gifts and it was a hit! If your wife or girlfriend loves to cook or just is curious about a certain type of cuisine this is a unique gift idea.

Where to buy: Hudson Table $95 per person or Taste Buds Kitchen $79 per person

GIFTS FOR YOUR BESTIE

Cosabella Set

This cute thong and candle set is the perfect sexy gift to give out to our girlfriends. One size fit’s all so you don’t even have to think about it!

Where to buy: Cosabella $54

Tasty Cookbook

We are all addicted to those Tasty recipe video’s on Facebook. So, why not get your friend a cookbook and customize it based on what they like! For Valentine’s Day, you can add extra dessert and romantic dinner recipes into your book too.

Where to buy: Tastybook.com $24

Sephora Fragrance Favorites

This is my go to gift for every occasion. Sephora has different price points to choose from, but all set’s come with mini designer fragrances. I personally love getting perfume kits. They are great to throw in your purse, for traveling , or a smart way to try out a perfume before you buy the full size.

Where to buy: Sephora $20 and up

Amazon Echo Dot

Be that awesome friend that bring’s Alexa to one of your friends lives! Similar to the Amazon Echo, the Echo Dot is a smaller version of the voice controlled device. Control your music, order your Uber, shop on Amazon all through the Echo Dot.

Where to buy: Amazon.com $50

Best Friend Sweat Shirt

Sometimes, you just have to get weird with your best friend. These hoodies are self explanatory and perfect for you and your partner in crime.

Where to buy: Kkarma Love $60 each

Alex and Ani Bracelet

Alex and Ani bracelet’s are still very popular and an easy way to give a thoughtful gift. Whether its a bff bracelet, your friends initial or their favorite animal. Alex and Ani bracelet’s are affordable and the perfect quick gift.

Where to buy: Alex and Ani $28 and up

I hope this post help’s you find the perfect gift for your boo this Valentine’s Day. Remember you don’t have to break the bank to get your significant other a nice gift. But, if you got it like that… SPEND IT!

Thanks for reading!

Love you mean it!

Ashlie

 

 

29 Dec

10 Beauty Trend’s That Can Stay in 2016!

As the year dwindles down, I start to think; what do I need to get rid of before the New Year? If you follow me on Instagram or Snapchat you’ve noticed that this year I bought more beauty products than ever. With hundreds of new trends and products, we see from the top bloggers and influencers, we think we can do it all. Ummm… NOPE, think again! Check out my list of top beauty trends we need to leave in 2016 and never look back!

Boxy Eyebrows

This is the most important trend of all. Now, I unfortunately haven’t been blessed with thick eye-brows, so filling them in is a MUST! But, these boxy, super dark, Oscar the Grouch eye brows are not attractive.  We need to do better ladies, and focus on a more subtle soft brow. Eyebrows are the focal point of our face, and this needs to stop now!

Over Concealed Eyebrows

This piggy backs off the boxy eyebrows epidemic. But, concealing your eyebrows is crucial to making your eye-brows pop and look neat. However, it is important to blend the concealer! Concealing around your eye brows without properly blending defeats the purpose. When you don’t blend you look like you have outlined your eyebrows in chalk. Blending is your friend ladies.

Double Buns

The top knot, and high bun have been popular for a couple years now. But, specifically I am talking about these pigtail buns. It really makes you look like a ten year old. Now, don’t get me wrong some people can pull this look off without a doubt. But on the other hand, the majority of us look ridiculous. #takethosebunsout

Horribly Glued Lashes

Have you ever seen a girl with lashes on, and at the base of the lash its thick and clumpy. Yeah…. we are leaving that in 2016. Personally, I am not the best at applying my own lashes, which is why I rarely wear them. If you can NOT apply lashes properly, then you should not be wearing them. Nothing is worse than a woman with some caked on lash glue, it looks so dirty.

Over Highlighting

2016 opened my eyes to highlighting. I love my Anastasia Glow Kit more than all my other highlighters I’ve tried this year. But, its soooooooo easy to over do it. That lit from within glow, has a strict LESS is MORE policy.  Over highlighting your lip and nose looks like you have a sparkly mustache. Highlighting is key for the perfect look, remember everything in moderation.

Fake Freckles

Now, if the Lord didn’t bless you with freckles… why on earth are you using eye liner to achieve this? There isn’t much that needs to be said about this, but if you don’t have freckles in real life, don’t draw them on. You look ridiculous. #wipeoffyourfreckles

White Setting Powder

Setting powder is necessary to reduce fine lines, set your concealer/ foundation which gives that photo finish look. But, setting powder is NOT for every day because it is best when photographed. Too much setting powder gives your face a chalky over tone, which looks horrible. If you MUST use setting powder on a  daily basis, invest in one that is slightly pigmented to reduce that ashy look. If you are a woman of color, think twice before you slather your face in this powder. Because 90% of the time when you go out side you will look like a ghost.

Waist Trainers

I personally, don’t see why the CDC has’t banned these contraptions. For the past few years women have been squishing their organs to get a small waist, and a big butt. But, it just isn’t cute. First off, you can see it under your clothes so you look lumpy. Secondly, the longterm effects of wearing the waist trainer makes you look unnatural and unhealthy. Go to the gym, cut out carbs, and do some squats like the rest of us.

Too Light/Dark Foundation

As a woman of color, all my life I have struggled to find the perfect foundation. Nothing is worse than your face being a different color than your neck. But, I have noticed it’s not just women of color that are struggling to find the right foundation, its EVERYONE. With there being so many types of foundation and resources, to find the perfect shade, there is no reason to have that two tone thing going on. Do your research, consult with a beauty expert and find your shade.

Over Contouring

Last, but DEFINITELY not least; 2016 has been the year of the contour. Pretty much any makeup lover has bought a contour kit and has played around in it. But, we all are NOT experts and many of us need to have to a seat. Contouring is meant to shape your face using lighter or darker shades of foundation/concealer. But, the issue is that people are OVER contouring. If your face looks like a box, or your jaw looks sharp enough to cut someone…. you might of contoured too much. Blending is key, and understanding what areas of your face to contour is important too. Im tired of seeing these skinny noses and boxy chins. Put, the contour kit down if you don’t know what you’re doing.

2016 has been one hell of year. We are all guilty of one or more of these trends; so don’t take it personally. Leave it in 2016 and let’s do better in 2017 ladies!

Thanks for reading and happy New Year!

Love you mean it!

Ashlie

31 Jul

Headshots & Brunch with Rogerio Bussad

Hey loves!

The summer is going by so fast! Between work, and having a packed social calendar for the past 6 weeks, I haven’t had much time to blog!

But, a couple of weeks ago my good friend and photographer Rogerio Bussad and his husband Garry came over for a mimosa brunch while we had an amazing photoshoot at my apartment. I needed his help with some headshots for a project that I am working on and boy, did he deliver! Working with Rogerio is always a pleasure, because he brings passion to every single shot, and makes me feel so comfortable behind the lens.

Here’s a peek at some of our best shots!

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Necklace : Nakamol

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Necklace: JCREW

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Necklace: Mark by Avon

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My new kitten Khaleesi!

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Special thanks to:

The Husbands: Phil and Garry

Rogerio Bussad of Rogerio Bussad Photography

Makeup by Jessica Legend 

Love you mean it!

Ashlie

05 Apr

What Beauty Subscription Box Should I Try?

Hi my loves!

Have you noticed that every where you turn there is a new subscription service? From dog treats, fresh food and hand picked outfits, every company seems to be coming out with a new service to join. Well..I have tried a bunch and I wish I did a little  more research before getting sucked in. Check out my reviews below of some subscription boxes you should try or pass on.

Birchbox

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Birchbox is one of my favorites . For only $10 a month I am always anticipating its arrival in the mail. The samples are a perfect size for you to decide if you want to buy a full version. You also get rewards for writing reviews and discounts on products. The only con I have is  when they allow you to “choose your sample” it’s always sold out, no matter how quick I am! Otherwise, this is one of the best value boxes I have tried.

Rocksbox

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I used Rocksbox for about 7 months and I really did love the jewelry. This subscription service will mail you a custom set of jewelry (usually 3 pieces) for 19 bucks a month. Then you send the jewelry back or you can buy it at a cheaper price. The problem with this for me was I wanted to keep everything , and the jewelry ranged from $20 – $100 depending on the piece. I found my self spending way more than I planned to, because I just LOVED EVERYTHING! So, if you have self control and can return amazing jewelry then this is a great subscription service for you.

Julep Maven

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Sorry to say this was my least favorite box. First off, 24.99 a month is a lot when you are doing multiple subscriptions and you don’t love the items you are receiving. I’m a huge nail polish lover but out of the 2 polishes each month, I only liked one. Now, if you are a fan of Julep polishes then this subscription is worth it since one bottle costs $14. But, I love too many brands to commit to this monthly. They also pair 2 polishes with a beauty item and I never liked the product that came in the box (you can opt for 3 polishes, instead of the beauty product). Overall, I would recommend this to someone who is trying to stock up on Julep nail polish and just loves the brand.

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The Ipsy beauty bag is equal to Birchbox in my opinion. For $10 a month you get a makeup bag with 5 samples. This box is similar to Birchbox, they have some of the same samples and work with similar brands. I love that the Ipsy beauty bag is a reusable little makeup case. I also feel like I receive nail polish samples more with Ipsy. I recommend trying this service, but you don’t need to subscribe to both Birchbox and Ipsy.

Allure Beauty Box

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For $15 a month you get multiple “deluxe” sized samples from the beauty editors of Allure. I tried this box for a couple of months, and had no complaints. I find both Birchbox and Ipsy  have more unique and exclusive samples. Sometimes in the Allure beauty box you receive products that you can buy at the drug store. The Allure Beauty Box also comes with a beauty magazine with tips and reviews monthly.

Color Me  Monthly

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This nail polish subscription is $7 a month. Every month you receive a unique nail polish that is made in the USA and is 3 -free. This is a great box if you just want a new polish every month, and you don’t want to spend an arm and a leg. The nail polish is great quality and this will help you build up your nail polish collection without doing any work.

*all of these boxes are great gifts too!

There is a subscription box for everyone out there. But, before you sign up just double check if you actually need the products on a monthly basis and it’s worth the cost. Take it from me… signing up for all these different things can add up quick!

Love you mean it!

Ashlie

08 Jan

January Beauty Empties!

Hi there!

So, while everyone is saying “2016!, New year, New me”. I’m sitting here typing and thinking “New year, New makeup!” LOL. I was going through my makeup and realized its time to de-clutter and stop trying to squeeze the last drop out of my favorite products.

Check out my favorite products that I have been using for the past couple months.

Urban Decay – Naked Skin Foundation $40

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I don’t normally like to try new foundations, but my makeup artist used this on my wedding day and I loved how it came out. So, heres the scoop! This foundation really gives you a flawless finish, and I love how you can go from light to heavy coverage.  The only con is I finished this WAYYYY too quickly. The amount in the bottle is a lot less than I am used to compared to my Mac Matchmaster. Overall, this is a good foundation but you will have to replenish quickly.

Smash box Brow Tech To Go $28

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Bow down to this brow pencil! This is something I can NOT live without. The eyebrow pencil is angled, so for us novice makeup artists, it makes angling your brows very simple. The gel mascara on the opposite end gives the perfect finishing touch to set your brows. I am NOT known for being great at applying makeup, and really have taught my self everything I know.  I am always afraid that my eyebrows are going to look VERY penciled in… But, this pencil doesn’t go on too dark and is very build-able. The only con with this product is that the pencil breaks a little too easy. So, be careful and make sure to keep the cover on it.

Makeover Essentials Make-Up Wipes $16

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I used to think makeup removing wipes were a waste of money. Then, I realized how much makeup was left on my skin, even after washing my face! I received a bunch of items from this brand to try, and my favorite item is this wipe. Most, makeup wipes you need a bunch to remove everything, however; with this brand you use one and your done. I have tried so many brands and this just seems to work the best for me and in turn I have been getting less breakouts.

Clearing Skin Wash by Dermalogica $36

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There isn’t much needed to be said about this product, other than BUY THIS NOW! I am a firm believer of anything Dermalogica but this is the best face wash for acne prone skin. It is worth every penny, and one big bottle lasts me at least 6 months.

Royal Blowout by Oribe $68

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If you haven’t heard of Oribe, you might want to splurge and checkout some of their products. This line of hair products is quite pricey but this thermal blowout spray by Oribe is the best. I have seen this product work on both fine and thin hair, to thick and coarse hair equally well. This spray provides great thermal protection, and makes blowing out my natural hair so easy.  At $68 a bottle this product is definitely not for everyone, but if you want a great thermal protectant that is going to give you an easy blowout; GET THIS! I’m not too sure if I would love this product so much, if I blew my hair out every day, since it is one of the priciest hair products I own.

Creme of Nature Argan Oil Gloss & Shine Polisher $8

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Heat damage is the bane of everyone women’s existence. It seems inevitable to me, but with this product I know that I am protecting my natural hair as much as possible. I love this product because every drop goes a long way, plus the high gloss shine makes your hair look very healthy. With this product, less is more because if you use too much your hair will be stiff and greasy; not cute!

Hyperlash Mascara by Smashbox $23

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Hyperlash has been my go to mascara for about 3 years, and it hasn’t let me down yet. The brush is thin enough that it gets around my curled lashes, and also separates them very well. This mascara is meant for separation and length in my opinion. If you are looking for volume than this is not the product for you.

Thank you so much for reading!

Love you mean it.

Ashlie

23 Sep

Top Trends From New York Fashion Week – Spring 2016

Hey loves!

I know fall has arrived, but spring just hit the runway. New York Fashion Week just ended and all the trends for Spring 2016 are out.Many of the trends for fall are being revamped for a lighter spring look, but there are a ton of new looks to start planning for. Check out my list below of new trends that ripped the runway last week at New York Fashion Week.

Vertical Stripes

This might be my favorite trend from the week. Vertical stripes make you look taller and skinner, is there any other reason to not love this?! LOL

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Alexander Wang SP 16′

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The Baggy Pajama Look

The oversized trouser look has been inching its way on the scene for a while. But, now we are going for oversized pant suits and in silk! This look is definitely for a risk taker, but slouchy black trousers with a simple blouse can be a safer approach to rock this NYFW trend.

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Giles SP 16′

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Givenchy SP 16′

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Fringe Hem

Fringe was big last fall, and has moved over to spring.  The fringe look can be a bit overwhleming if over done, but I am loving the subtle fringe at the hem of a skirt or shirt.

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Off The Shoulder

Bare shoulders were a reoccurring theme throughout the week.  I love how this look elongates your neck and just makes you look regal. I can’t wait to shop for some off the shoulder dresses this season and let my shoulder’s loose!

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Zac Posen SP 16′

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Crochet Everywhere

You can’t have fringe without crochet! Crochet bathing suits, dresses, blouses, and even pants. Crochet anything works this spring.

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Tommy Hilfiger SP 16′

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Multi Print Outfits

 This spring block printing is huge, which compliments the hippie chic theme that is dominating the runway. Block printing is more than one intricate print in one piece of clothing. I don’t think I will be rocking this trend, its just not my style. But, if you love that fun eccentric look will love all of the new dresses coming out in spring; ESPECIALLY Diane Von Furstenburg’s collection.

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Orange Galore

It seems like orange will be the color of the year. Orange accents were all over the runway last week, and I like it. Orange is a color that can be worn every season, and goes well with fair and dark skin tones.

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Altuzarra SP 16′

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Victoria Beckham SP 16′

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Ruffles

Ruffled hems, ruffled sleeves, ruffles, ruffles, and more ruffles.  Just like fringe, I like this in moderation. Too much ruffle can make you look like a loofah, and no one wants to look like a loofah. I am obsessed with this dress by Jason Wu, its the perfect combination of ruffle and the leather adds some masculinity to the look. LOVE IT! Someone buy me this dress please!

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Zac Posen 16′

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Giles SP 16′

Thanks for checking out my blog!

Love you mean it <3

Ashlie