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.

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Love you mean it!

Ashlie <3

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