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.

09 Sep

New Product’s I Love! – Tint Skin by Beautycounter

Hey loves!

You ever get tired of all your beauty products? Well, I have been going through this thing where I am not loving any makeup I own and decided to switch some things up! So, I have been going crazy trying new products and I’m loving every second of it.

For the rest of the week I’ll be featuring a new beauty product that I LOVE and doing my first GIVEAWAY because I am so thankful for all of your continued support!

This give away will include a package of the best beauty products valued at $50!

All you have to do is leave a comment on my blog, follow me on Instagram, repost each new product on Instagram and like my Facebook 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!

The first new product that I am in love with is Tint Skin by Beautycounter. I am usually very skeptical with trying new foundations due to my skin tone, and I never find something that blends right. But, this product really proved me wrong! It comes in a pretty good sized tube, like a face cream. I applied this product with the Retractable Complexion Brush that is recommended with this product for light coverage. If you are looking for that no-makeup look, Tint Skin by Beautycounter is the product for you. Warning, this is not for those mornings when your hungover LOL! But, with these humid New York summer day’s I love how light this feels on my face. Tint Skin also comes in many different shades to match any skin tone.

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( In this photo I am wearing Tint Skin in Mocha alone with eye liner and mascara)

Tint Skin by Beautycounter ($38)


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 beautycounter_retractable-complexion-brush_1534x1168_1Check out my new product of the day tomorrow!

Love you mean it!

Ashlie

-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.

28 Jul

Stop The Car….. I See A Flea Market!

Hey loves!

A few weeks back a group of friend’s and I were heading to Atlantic City when we saw a huge flea market right in the WaWa parking lot. So, of course I screamed for my friend to stop the car! I wasn’t too sure what we would find, but I had a feeling this would be a memorable and MUCH needed pit stop.

I know alot of people who are skeeved out by flea markets and thrift shopping, and I just don’t understand it. I mean its not like we are buying used underwear.. LOL! I personally love second hand items because there is always a story behind each piece, and its great wearing something that you know is vintage and that no one else will have.

While I was walking up and down the aisles of this flea market there were tons of stuff I wasn’t intrested in like, old tools, cassettes, figurines, and a ton of other tchocke stuff. But, as I made a turn to look at another table, I saw a slew of jewelry! umm….JACKPOT!

Check out what I got!

Bam Bam Necklace – $10

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This gold necklace reminds me of something you would see on the Flinstones. It’s chunky and so unique, and did I mention 18K gold plated! I love how it lays flat, and will bring life to any plain top. I can’t WAIT to rock this necklace.

Tassel Necklace – $4

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Love this simple tassle necklace with rhinestone detail. It wasn’t the most unique of pieces, but I’ve already gotten a ton of wear out of this long gold necklace.

Stone Tassle Necklace – $5

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The opal stones really stood out to me with, and I thought the tassle detail made it a little different. This isn’t something I would normally buy, but for $5 dollars there was no reason to even think twice.

Bronze Rhinestone Ring – $2  Black & Gold Square Ring – $7

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So, I honestly got the bronze ring because it was $2 and I have been looking for a round bronze ring to go with a necklace I already own.

I think this black and gold square ring is my favorite item I got on this flea market jewelry haul. It looks way more expensive then $7, and it goes with everything. I am trying to figure out what material this ring is made out of because it doesn’t have a scratch on it, and I have worn it in the shower a couple times and it hasn’t turned. It kind of gives me a David Yurman vibe because of the braided detail around the main black stone. LOVE THIS RING!

Gold Clip On Earrings – $4

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I mean do these scream 90’s or what?! I think these are the only clip on earrings I own, and I was a little worried they would hurt, but they are extremly light weight. Can’t wait to rock these with my braids when I feel like channeling Janet Jackson from Poetic Justice.

UFO Black & Gold Earrings – $4

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Anything that is black and gold usually catches my attention, and these earrings got me! They are simple, and are 14 K gold plated!

Burgundy Beaded Hoop – $ FREE

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The lady who ran the booth threw in these earring for free for me, since I bought alot. I thought they were cute and that day I was wearing a burgundy top so it just went well with my outfit. These are going to be great in the fall with natural tones.

Tribal Cuff – $4

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I couldn’t leave this cuff there, especially for 4 bucks! Clearly I love gold jewelry so this wasn’t even something to think about. Just throw it in the bag!

Interchangeablel Minerva Watch – $10

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I saved the best for last! First off this watch was brand spanking new, so I didn’t have to worry about the battery being dead. Alot of times when you get watches at thrift shops, or flea markets they are just for fashion because the battery is dead and annoying to replace. So, when I saw that this actually worked I got so excited. Not, only is this a cute gold hinged watch , it comes with SEVEN changeable faces. Of course I had to get this! I have been wearing this every day and I keep getting compliments. Pieces like this is why I love flea markets, this is a one of a kind watch, and I love to be original.

Total Spent – $50

So, the next time your driving and you see a flea market or even a random thrift shop..STOP THE CAR! You might be surprised with what hidden gems you find, and supporting local business is always good… So, it is a win win!

Special thanks to Joanne for being so patient with my friends and I! Visit her on Saturday’s & Sunday’s in the Delaretos parking lot, 15 minutes before Atlantic City in Absecon, NJ.

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Thanks for checking out my blog!

Love you mean it,

Ashlie <3

I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned.

15 Jun

10 Fashion & Nail Blogs You Must Follow!

Hi there!

So, today is June 15th.. and it’s my BIRTHDAY! Twenty-five was a year full of many ups and downs, but it was one of the best years of my life and I hope 26 is just as great!

One of my favorite things to do is just, chill with a cup of my favorite tea, and catch up on all my favorite blogs. I wouldn’t have taken a leap of faith into blogging, with out some insipiration. I want to share with you all a list of my favorite nail and fashion bloggers that inspire me daily.

Nailed It

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Katy is extremly talented with free hand ! And she is always on point when keeping me up to date on all the new swatches of my favorite nail polish brands. But can we just talk about how amazing her nail art is. I love the super intricate hand designs she does. I wish I had the patience and steady hands to try half of her art work.

Chelsea Queen

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Chelsea King is a nail artist from Southern California and she great at “inspired nails”. Meaning she can see anything and recreate it as nail art, and it’s simply amazing. She pays so much attention to detail and I am always so excited to see what she does next . Chelsea also keeps me up to date with indie brand polishes too.

Fashion Bomb Daily

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I love everything about Fashion Bomb Daily! Claire Sulmers created this site to curate everything there is to know about celebrities and fashion. It’s like my TMZ of fashion, and I read it daily. I love getting the latest of what the celebrities are wearing and exactly where to buy it. This blog always has so much content , so there is always something to catch up on. And don’t worry this is not just a fashion blog, there is a section with latest on hair, beauty and men’s style.

All Lacquered Up

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All Lacquered Up is my go to for swatches. I really consider this blog to be the swatch bible! Michelle doesn’t just review high end brands, no brand is off limits and that’s my favorite thing about this blog. I also learn a lot about unique indie nail brands I wouldn’t normally come across .

RacheletNicole

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Rachel and Nicole are sisters with an eclectic, quirky, not-afraid-to-take-risks type of style. I love how their style is never predictable, yet always FUN! These New York based sisters give me the courage to take risks in my outfit choices.

Song of Style

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You probably have heard of Aimee Song..  and if you haven’t now your going to be obsessed with her life. Aimee is a California based fashion blogger with a classic/ modern sense of style. To this day, I have never seen her in an outfit I wouldnt wear. Not only is she a brand ambassador for a number of huge brands. She is an avid traveler, and always documents her vacays. So, I stalk her instagram on a daily to keep up with her fabulousness.

Miss Ellarie

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Ellarie is a beauty blogger and makeup artist who gives the best tips and tricks through her makeup videos. I wish I was as good at doing my make up as Ellarie, and sometimes I even think I am, but I come out of the bathroom looking like a clown. But, HEY a  girl can dream LOL! Ellarie also reviews most of the new products from the popular brands, so I always check her blog out before trying something new because her reviews are dead on!

The Blonde Salad

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Chiara Ferragani is just so fabulously fashionable, as she travels the world attending the most elite fashion events and modeling for prestigous brands. She also has her own shoe line, that is flirty and fun. She is another celebrity blogger that I just love to live vicariously through. She is an inspiration as to what kind of fashion blogger I  would love to be one day, and reading her blog definitley pushes me.

Chalkboard Nails

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Image from Chalkboard Nails

Chalkboard Nails is a blog for every nail addict out there. She has a seperate section just for nail tutorials that will keep you occupied for hours. If you are looking for a one stop shop to find out the latest on every single polish and trend out there, Chalkboard Nails is the place to go. Not only are her tutorials unique, there’s so much content on her site that it’s  organized into many different categories to find exactly what you are looking for.

Penny Pincher

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Kimberly is a fashion blogger who focuses on making affordable pieces look expensive. I love the idea of having  a blog that taylors to all types of people. Let’s be real, the majority of people don’t own a Celine Bag or Guiseppe heels so it’s great that she styles items from mainstream afforadable stores. I check out Penny Pincher for her outfit ideas most of the time, but you can find out about beauty products, travel and gift ideas too.

So, those are some of my favorite blogs I check out on the daily now a days. If you don’t have Blog Lovin, you should download it (and follow me too! ) . It is a great app and website to follow your favorite blogs in one place, and get notifications when new content is available. It just makes blog reading SO much easier.

Thanks for checking out my blog!

Love you mean it !

Ashlie

19 May

The Best Day of My Life..

You don’t understand how time consuming planning a wedding is; until your.. well PLANNING A WEDDING! I can remember the first day I got engaged and now I have been married for a month. Time truly flies, and the best advice I can give to any new bride is to soak up EVERY SECOND of this time in your life, because getting married is such an indescribeable feeling.

They tell you that as soon as you say ” I do” things instantly change. That sounded crazy to me, because I couldn’t understand how saying two simple words could change EVERYTHING! Especially when I felt things were pretty great in my relationship already.

But, it did! Something happens when you express to your close family and friends your unconditional love for someone, it changes you. I never knew I could feel so connected to another person in my entire life. This man isn’t my boyfriend, or fiance, he is my HUSBAND forever.

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Our wedding day was April 23, 2015 and we chose The Rockleigh Country Club as our wedding venue in New Jersey. As soon as we visited The Rockleigh we knew we had to get married there. We previously saw about 30 wedding venues and we were just in awe as soon as we walked in. The premises were so pristine and elegant that it just seemed like the perfect choice for our simple, elegant, wedding.

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Now, just for the record I didn’t hire a wedding planner for two reasons. First, I thought it was a waste of my money. I know wedding planners work hard to bring your  ideas to life, but I just didn’t want to spend the money when I knew I could do it my self. Secondly, I have trust issues, and would have been micromanaging whoever I hired! In hindsight, I should have hired a wedding coordinator just to alleviate some stress while planning all the little details. But, for the most part if you are newly engaged you can really save money by planning on your own.

The color’s of our wedding were gold and emerald green.

The flowers we used throughout the wedding were white roses and white lisianthus.

I made all of the place cards, and frames my selves. I am not really the best at DIY projects, but I love how everything came out.

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My bouquet consisted of white roses, white lisianthus, white freesia, white dendrobium orchids, eucalyptus, and green berries.

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For the reception area we wanted to keep the room romantic and dim so we opted for;  hundred of candles, tall glass stem vases combined with floating candles, white roses, and lisianthus.

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Now, let’s get to the dress! I tried on a bunch of dresses, all different styles because I really had no clue what I wanted. I thought I needed to try on everything because I didn’t want to miss out on the dress of my dreams! But as soon as this Vera Wang gown touched my skin I knew it was the one. What really stood out to me most with this gown, was the halter top and the flower details. It was pretty hard to find a dress that wasn’t  strapless, so that really caught my eye.

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It kills me that I will never be able to wear my Vera Wang dress again. Ultimately, I want to have my dress framed and hung in my closet. But, until then I’ll continue to hug it every morning!

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My maid of honor had these Converse made for me to change into during the reception.

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I wore a 130 inch cathedral drop veil. I loved how delicate and grand it looked with my gown.

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Mommy daughter moment!

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My bridesmaids wore lux chiffon gowns by Dessy in hunter green.

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For my wedding nails, I decided to do a lace detailed manicure that I tried before in the past and loved. I had my fellow nail guru Cassandra do my nails, and they came out perfectly! The color is Brigette by Zoya.

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Most brides see their groom for the first time when they walk down the aisle. But, my husband and I decided we wanted to do a first look before the ceremony to get rid of any jitters. This really was one of the most memorable moments of my wedding day, and I recommend this to any future bride who wants to get the bulk of their pictures done prior to the ceremony. I am so grateful we decided to do this because I would have been even more of a nervous wreck walking down the aisle, then I already was.

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The entertainment at my wedding was amazing. Absolute Celebrations had my guests ready to turn up as soon as the reception started. Everyone knows good music makes a party, and I was so worried about that. But I really had nothing to worry about, everything was on point! I still have people telling me how great the DJ and MC were.

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Advice to future brides

1. Don’t worry about the little details. On your big day your not going to worry about if your flower girl basket and ring barrier pillow match. In the grand scheme of things, NO ONE cares or notices these things.

2. Make sure you pick the right wedding party! I cant stress this point enough . You want to have a wedding party that will help alleviate stress not cause it. I was very lucky to have such great bridesmaids to share this time with.

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3. Make sure you cut corners and budget in the right places. For instance, don’t get a cheap inexperienced photographer and splurge on flowers. Remember it is only one night , so think of what you are actually going to keep from that day. Flowers die, pictures are forever.

I am beyond thankful and blessed to have had such a beautiful wedding. Thank you to my gorgeous mother, mother in law, bridesmaids, family, friends and my husband for helping make this day perfect.

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Getting married was like adding a period to the sentence which was our love. I just feel so complete, and I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect, more beautiful, more honest wedding day. It was the best day of my life.

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Love you mean it.

Ashlie

A special thanks to all of my vendors who made this day perfect!

Photography – Kristina Traficante Photography

DJ – Absolute Celebrations

Florist – Jardiniere Fine Flowers

Nails – Cassandra from On Wednesday’s We Wear Polish

Hair – Debbie Dazulme @abcdebbie

Makeup – Sumayyah Cathcart @makeupbymaymay

06 May

May Beauty Empties!

Hey loves!

So, the dust is starting to settle from my non stop crazy wedding week! Every single thing I wished for came to reality, and I am BEYOND grateful to have had such a beautiful wedding. I’m currently working on a post that will give you an inside look of my perfect day so stay tuned!

But, let me fill you in on my favorite beauty products I’ve used up this month! I’ve never done a “beauty empties” post so I am so excited to share with you some of the products I love.

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Deva Care Low Poo $19.95

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This is my favorite shampoo! The whole Deva line is amazing for natural and curly hair, and this shampoo is perfect for me. Low Poo has a mild lather, so it doesn’t strip your hair of all its moisture, and it is sulfate free which protects your color. Deva also has a No Poo shampoo, that doesn’t lather at all but I prefer this one because I feel my hair gets a little cleaner. But, both are worth a try if your looking for a shampoo for dry, natural, curly hair

Lip Medex AKA Blistex $1.50

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I mean this is a life staple! I should buy stock in this company because at the end of the day, there is no chapstick that restores moisture and cracked lips better than Blistex. I always have at least 4 of them around because I usually lose them, and then find them weeks later lol.

Baking Soda  & Hydrogen Peroxide $3

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Having white teeth is a secret obsession of mine. I don’t know if this is clinically approved, but its Ashlie approved LOL! I mix baking soda and hydrogen peroxide in a little bowl and brush my teeth with the mixture after I brush with toothpaste. The grit from the baking soda, along with the whitening power of hydrogen peroxide leaves my teeth sparkly!

Crest 3D White Toothpaste $5.00

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As I mentioned, I have a teeth whitening problem! So…. this toothpaste is the best, and it really works over time. Trust me, I have tried every toothpaste that promises to whiten teeth and this product is my favorite. And for some reason it’s usually on sale, so that works for me!

Cantu Shea Butter Leave In Conditioner $5.49

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Being a natural hair girl is tough without the right products, and this leave in conditioner just gives me the right amount of moisture, restores damage, and provides lots of shine. I have such thick hair so I go through ALOT of product when washing my hair, so the fact that this product is also reasonably price is a huge plus!

MAC Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15 Foundation $27

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The only reason I tried this foundation was because they ran out of my shade in the MAC Matchmaster. I have oily skin in the summer, and dry skin in the winter and I used this product during the winter months. It leaves your face with a matte finish, and I didn’t find that it blended well for me. But, I made it work by mixing it with my BB cream. I would recommend this product for women with oily skin all year round.

MAC Matchmaster SPF 15 Foundation $35

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This is my go to foundation because it’s great for combination skin. I just love this stuff, it leaves you will a natural matte finish, and it has translucent pigments that blends so well with my skin tone.  You can go with a thin coverage or pile it on for heavy coverage, this stuff works wonders. And I always have to have a foundation with sunscreen and this has SPF 15.

Smashbox Photo Finish Blemish Control $42

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I have acne prone skin and I love this product. This contains 2.0 % Salicylic Acid so it prevents breakouts, while giving you an oil free base to apply your foundation. On day’s I don’t wear makeup I just through this on sometimes as my moisturizer. I use this every day under my makeup and it doesn’t dry out your skin like most products that contain Salicylic Acid.

Dermalogica Enviornmental Control Deodarant $22

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I’ve talked about my love for Dermalogica products before, and this product really has saved me. I have CRAZY senstive skin under my arms, and I have tried so many products. This deodarant feels like a gel, and goes on completely clear. It moisturizes my skin, doesn’t clog my pores, and has a light lemon scent. It’s quite pricey for deodarant, at about $20 but it lasts about 4 months.

 MAC Extended Play Gigablack Lash $17

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This mascara is mostly my favorite because of the applicator. I have very curly eye lashes so my main issue is smudging and getting to the base of my lashes. The brush for this mascara is thin and is great for getting in the corners and those lower lashes.  It is also smudge proof, NOT WATERPROOF. I hate waterproof mascara personally because no matter how much eye makeup remover I put on, there are still always remininets. This mascara goes on thin so you can go for a subtle look, or add a couple more layers for night time.  I LOVE THIS MASCARA!

Thanks for checking out my blog!

Love you mean it!

Ashlie

07 Apr

Nail Biters Anonymous

Hi loves!

I have been thinking for a while to write a blog post for my nail biters out there. This post is a little wordier than normal, so bare with me :). Nail biting has been an issue for me all of my life. I sucked my thumb as a kid, and once I moved on from that, nail biting was my thing. To this day, nail biting is still an issue for me, and I wanted to share my journey with all of you.

Nail biting for me is 60% anxiety related and 40% out of pure boredom.  It is tough to tell you guys what I have done to stop nail biting, because I am still working on this habit.  But, my main way of stopping my obsessive nail biting was and still is…. getting manicures FREQUENTLY! It is amazing how far I have come with my nail biting, but I have to chalk it up to the fact that I became obsessed with nail polish. The compliments I would get from people seeing my nails are alot more rewarding then people cringing at my bleeding cracked fingertips.

I personally have tried every thing on the market to stop biting my nails, and nothing has worked better then just getting a manicure weekly. But, there are a few tricks and tips I want to share with my fellow nail biters.

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Nail Treatments: I have mentioned in my previous posts REJUVACOTE by Duri is AMAZING! With all this wedding planning stress, I find my self picking and biting at my nails often and this has saved me. REJUVACOTE is a nail treatment that makes your nails grow longer, stronger and faster.

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Anti- Nail Biting Polish: I personally have tried a ton of them! And if you want to bite your nails, you most likely will just deal with the nasty taste. But, this product I have used up completely, and if my nails aren’t going to be polished. I will put a coat of Rejuvacote on my nails, and then a coat of Orly No Bite polish to hold me over until my next mani.

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Hair/Nail Pills: Any hair or nail vitamin that contains biotin or vitamin D makes your nails healthier from the inside out. I personally use Hairfinity and let me tell you, THIS STUFF WORKS! I have always been skeptical about hair pills, but I have tried a variety of different brands, and I see results! Who doesn’t want strong, long nails and hair?!

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Gum: Nail biting is an oral fixation issue too. In the beginning of me trying to stop biting my nails, I always ate peppermints or gum when I got that sensation to put my hands in my mouth. So, I recommend finding something to do when you get that urge to bite. A friend of mine would put a rubber band on her wrist, and popped it everytime she got the urge to bite. That didn’t work for me personally, but it might work for someone else out there!

Cleanliness: I don’t think I realized how disgusting it was to have my hands in my mouth until I toned down my nail biting. When I used to bite my nails frequently, I ALWAYS had a cold. But, I mean DUH! my dirty hands were in my mouth all day. Also, no one wants to shake your hand when you just drooled all over it LOL. So, overall its just a good idea to keep your hands out of your mouth.

Nail biting is a bad habit, but we all deserve beautiful nails! I hope I could shed some light on my journey through nail biting. It’s a work in progress, but I have come a LONG way and  if I can do it, I know you can too.

Thanks for checking out my post.

Love you mean it!

Ashlie

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**

17 Mar

With Style and Lace

I have been seeing lace everywhere lately. I started to think it was because I have bridal brain lol ( I am getting married in a month! AHHHHHHHHHH!). But, just like the 70’s, lace has made a huge comeback for the spring/ summer season.

Lace seems like it is easy to wear, but no one wants to look like a 5 year old. So… it is important to pair your lace outfits with the right accessories, to give it a more mature look. I personally love to pair lace with leather for an edgy look, or  with nude/natural tones to be fun and flirty. Check out some of my favorite ways to add lace to your look this spring!

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First off I love, love, love, LOVE this Convertible Trench Moto Jacket by Lovers + Friends! It is a trench coat, and the bottom zips off to give you a cute moto-leather jacket. I’ve gotten so much wear out of this coat that it was worth every penny.

Jacket – Convertible Moto by Lovers +Friends ($500) similar style HERE!

Dress – Lace Dress by Forever 21 ($39.99) similar style HERE!

Cluth – Stud Clutch By Deux Lux ($50) similar style  HERE!

Heels – Gold & Black Heeled Sandal by Zara ($59.90) similar style  HERE!

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Top –  Crochet Lace Top by Lovemarks Collection ($50) similar style HERE!

Jeans – Signature Rose Drainpipe Skinny Jeans by Siwy ($180) find them HERE!

Bag – Fringe Crossbody found in my grandma’s closet lol (Priceless) similar style HERE!

Boots – Fabia Over the Knee Boot by Lucky Brand ($216) similar style HERE!

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Like I said, I love lace and leather! It is easy to throw on some leather shorts with a cute lace detailed top for a more feminine look!

Top : Rococo Lace Back detail top by Sugar Lips ($60) on sale HERE!

( I wear this top all the time, the intricate lace detail just turns head.  GET THIS TOP ladies! )

Top: Heartbreaker Lace Top by Lovers + Friends ($86) on sale HERE!

Shorts: Vegan Leather Shorts by Blu Pepper ($40) similar style HERE!

Shoes: Maarla Heel by Steve Madden ($89.95) find them HERE!

If you don’t want to actually wear lace, why not put it on your nails!? Check out my fun lace manicure done by Cassandra from On Wednesday’s We Wear Polish.

She always brings my vision to life!

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Polishes Used : Brigette by Zoya and White Stamping Polish by Konad

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The stamping plate used for this mani is from Moyou London , which achieved the lace print. My fellow nail guru Cassie (On Wednesday’s We Wear Polish) informed me that many stamping plates are narrow, and Moyou London plates come in different sizes. I personally have pretty wide nail beds so these transfer perfectly for me.

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Thanks for checking out my blog and I hope you got some great lace-inspiration!

Love you mean it!

Ashlie

09 Feb

GRAMMYS 2015 BEST DRESSED PICKS!

Last night was one of the biggest fashion nights in music! So, you know I have to give you my best dressed picks! Fashion’s top trends were all over the red carpet; sheer gowns, cut out details, fringe, metallics and WHITE.

I must say, I was kind of underwhelmed by  the outfits last night.  The GRAMMY’S is a night where you push the envelope and rock something eye catching, and the ladies I picked definitely did that in my eyes. But, I felt that WOW factor was kind of lacking from the red carpet last night.

TAYLOR SWIFT in Elie Saab

I love everything about this look. This ombre teal/ blue dress looks amazing on her skin tone. The long and mini aspect of the dress keeps it fun and flirty. And then she brings it all together with a pop of color with her magenta heels. I just love how this look is so youthful.

Taylor is definitely my best dressed pick from last night!

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Nicki Minaj in Tom Ford

Let’s just be honest here, Nicki Minaj slaaaaayyyyed in this plunge neck, sequined fringe gown. I love seeing Nicki being normal for a change. Her natural makeup and simple hair just let’s her KILLER body and beauty speak for itself. She just looks FABULOUS!

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And when I say “normal” remember Nicki Minaj just last year at the Grammy’s?!

Who knew there was so much natural beauty under all that fabric, makeup and hair!?

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Kat Graham in Yanina Couture

This dress is chic, sexy and so on trend. Everyone had on a sheer type of dress but I just love the white petal details on this couture gown.  I also love how she paired this dress with natural makeup and simple hair. Just the look head to toe is so glam. LOVE IT!

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Gwen Stefani in Atelier Versace

Gwen is a style icon and she rocked the red carpet in this custom Versace jumpsuit.  You don’t always need a gown to look glamorous and Gwen definitely shows us that in this outfit. The half nude bodice area with web detailed added a bit of flair to this simple jumpsuit.  Gwen can do no wrong in my eyes, she looked effortlessly glam!

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Ciara in Alexandre Vautheir

For the record , I think people sleep on Ciara, she is always dressed to perfection and last night she brought her A game. Ciara brings the drama in this one-shoulder ruffled black number. Like I said if you aren’t giving people that WOW factor, then your arent dressed for the GRAMMYS, and Ciara turned heads. Her simple swept back hair style complimented this over the top ruffled dress. And some how she still was able to show off her svelte figure by adding a belt and showing off those amazing legs.

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Rihanna in Giambattista Valli

Rihanna is always known for going OFF on the red carpet. Whether she is completely nude leaving little to the imagination or wearing this cupcake pink gown; Rihanna is fearless and not afraid to take risks.  This wouldn’t be an outfit I would personally wear, but I understand the drama and why she would rock this on the red carpet. Eyes were glued to her when she made her fashionably late appearance to the GRAMMYS. It was a perfect choice to keep her hair back and simple; since this dress is speaking for itself! Rihanna always does her own thing, and I think that is why everyone loves her. She killed the red carpet in a pink princess dress. Who else can do that?!

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Love you mean it!

Ashlie