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

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

 

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.

Ipsy

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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

10 Sep

New Product’s I Love: Le Volume De Chanel

Hey loves!

I love trying new product’s and the mascara Le Volume De Chanel is a new product I love!

Not going to lie… I love anything Chanel LOL! But, Le Volume De Chanel is unbelievably good. I have been using Hyperlash by Smashox for the past 2 years religously, because of it’s thin brush. My eyelashes are very curly so a mascara with a thin brush usually works best for me. The brush on Le Volume De Chanel is little bigger than what I normally go for, but this stuff works. With one coat my lashes were extremly black and separated. Something about the mini bristles on the brush really makes your lashes full and volumous. Also, this mascara does not flake to leave that annoying residue on your face. If you are looking for a mascara that gives you tons of volume and covers every lash with one coat then get this! Le Volume De Chanel is definitely worth the splurge.

Also available in waterproof, brown and dark blue.

Le Volume De Chanel ($32)

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 Thanks for checking out my blog!

Don’t forget to enter my giveaway for a free beauty gift valued at $50! Details below

Love you mean it!

Ashlie

*To enter the giveaway a;l you have to do is leave a comment on my blog, follow me on Instagram, repost each new product on Instagram and like myFacebook page. To be automatically entered in the giveaway you must repost each new product on Instagram Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

The winner will be announced Saturday September 12th!

-US entries only.

– No following and unfollowing once the giveaway ends. Unfollowers will be banned from future giveaways.

– All winning entries will be verified.

-While I will package the items for safe shipping,aasshhlliie.com cannot be held responsible for replacing items that become damaged (i.e. broken polish) during shipping.

– The giveaway will end on 9/12 at midnight. On the morning of 9/12 one will be chosen announced on my Facebook page, Instagram and contacted via email.The winner has until 9/13 to respond or a runner up will be chosen.

19 Mar

The Devine Lips of Destiny – Review

I had the pleasure of meeting Dennis Williams, the creator and owner of The Devine Lips of Destiny last week over coffee. As soon as  I met him I knew why he has had so much success with his new line and career. He has a joyous spirit that radiates when he walks into a room. Dennis has a strong background in the performing arts and is a highly sought after impersonator of the stars.  His stage name is Destiny Devine and he is known to bring down the house with his killer impersonations of Beyonce, Tina Turner, Whitney Houston, and Janet Jackson, just to name a few.  As an entertainer, it is important to always look your best and a killer face is a MUST!  Dennis taught him self how to apply his own makeup for his shows, and he really found that he had a love for makeup. This lead to the creation of his new inspirtational lip stick line, The Devine Lips of Destiny.

The Devine Lips of Destiny isn’t just a lipstick line. This product has a strong inspirational aspect to it, and each color represents a form of empowerment. It also has a philanthropic side as part of each purchase is donated to a specific cause. Dennis wanted to connect each color of his lipstick line to a specific experience that molded him into the person he is today.

“Through DLD I am hoping to change lives by bringing out the innate confidence we all have within.” -Dennis Williams

RED = LOVE ($19.99)

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A portion will be donated to a HIV/Aids organization.

PINK = LOYALTY ($19.99)

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A portion will be donated to a Breast Cancer organization.

NUDE= COURAGE ($19.99)

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A portion will be donated to a homeless gay youth organization.

PURPLE = STRENGTH ($19.99)

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A portion will be donated to an organization against domestic violence of women, men and children.

In addition, to these beautiful shades of lip stick, the line offers The “Empowerment Glitter” ($10). This loose silver glitter is great to add to your eye shadow or brush it over your lips for that WOW factor!

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Each lipstick comes in a mesh bag, and is wrapped in a meaningful quote that reiterates the importance of empowerment.

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As you all know, I love a purple lip! So, it was a no brainer for me to try out Purple=Strength first. I really enjoyed the consistency of the lip stick, especially since it is a matte color.

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Most matte lip colors make my lips feel dry, but this lip stick is SUPER creamy and hydrating. I really love the way this color compliments my skin, being a woman of color it is hard to find the right shade of lipstick, and I can definitely see my self rockin this shade all summer!

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And did I mention, this lipstick barely transfers!!! I kissed this sheet of paper a thousand times, and barely any came off.

There are so many makeup lines out there, and a product that gives back to it’s community is very important. Not only would I recommend this line to anyone because of quality; but, I love the message behind it.

If your in the New York area tonight stop by Kenig + Alcone for the official welcome/launch party of The Devine Lips of Destiny. Kenig and Alcone is a beauty and cosmetic store created by The founder of Ricky’s NYC and the founder of Alcone Co.

Location: 538 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10011

Stop by from 5:30 – 7:30 pm for drinks, music, performances,  and LIPSTICK! RSVP HERE!

Thanks for checking out my blog!

Love you mean it!

Ashlie

** this review is not sponsored**