Thursday, March 9, 2017

My Experience | Goddess Locs

At the end of 2016, I told myself that I wanted to do more, be more, explore other things, and be unafraid to do so. I've always had a love affair with dread locs on men and women. The style has always been so beautiful and unique to me. When the idea of getting them first popped into my head, I googled them to see what they looked like on other women. The first photo that I saw was of Lisa Bonet. And babyyyyyyy... let me tell you as soon as I saw how beautiful, elegant, and sexy she looked, I knew that I wanted them.

*Insert low self-confidence here* Even though I wanted them so bad, I never really thought that I could pull them off. Simply because I was afraid of society's standards of what fits who and that I wasn't "black enough." Another story for another day. 

Fortunately, all of my friends and some family members told me just to go for it. They thought that I would look beautiful with them. With their encouragement and the idgaf attitude that shortly developed after their encouragement, I decided to take the plunge!

 My style inspiration: Lisa Bonet
I'm so obsessed with her!

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Let's Talk Concealers

Okay, everyone... Let's have a chat about concealers.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Kat Von D | Lock-It Foundation Review

Hello there!

Today I'll be reviewing Kat Von D's Lock-It Foundation! You can find this baby at Sephora for $35. Let's get right into it!

This Foundation claims to...

Full Coverage
24-Hour Wear - Holy Crap
Transfer Resistant
Matte Finish

It is also...
Fragrance Free
Oil Free

I have to admit, I was never truly interested in trying out this foundation. The colors ran a little too light for me. And if I'm to be 100% honest, for the price, I was willing to spend my money on something else. Especially since I get the same promises from Estee Lauder's Double Wear Foundation that matches me perfectly. Definitely a holy grail product for me. However, my last trip to Sephora left me running to the counter to buy this.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

New & Improved.

Well, hello...

You have no idea how excited I am to be back up and running on my little blog. You also have no idea how excited I am to revamp this damn thing! Etsy is a beautiful thing, y'all. 

I have to be honest, I didn't know where I was going with this... I had ideas, but no real direction for it. I needed to find myself in the midst of all of these beauty bloggers/vloggers.

I took a step back from the beauty community in general and decided to focus on myself and what my dreams were. Did I really envision myself being some kind of successful beauty blogger and vlogger? Or was I just happy with it being a hobby of mine? More importantly, who the hell was I in this sea of internet personalities? That may seem like a silly question, but it's true. I needed to find myself and create something of my own.

This question also applied to me in real life, outside of the internet. Who is Ashley Maria? What does she want? What does she love? What are her goals? Who does she want to become?

I have to admit... All of these questions remain unanswered. I need more time to experience life and figure things out. In the meantime, though, I want to be here. Doing this. Expressing myself. Sharing. Growing. Learning. Discovering.

I want to be HERE. I want to make this my own. I want to let this side of me be free and flourish. I want to put on makeup and take a shit-ton of selfies! I want to document what I love, really like, and dislike in the beauty world. I want share who I am and who I am becoming. I want to share my journey in hopes of helping someone out there.

No more restrictions. No more doubts. 

I may not have all of these answers right now, but I'm not going to hold back from doing the things I love anymore. This is happening and I'm so ready.

Stay tuned...

Monday, August 17, 2015

New Video | Makeup Look Inspired by MAC's Blue Brown Pigment

Good morning, Beauties!

My second makeup video just went live early this morning!! I'm so excited, I can't even stand it. There was supposed to be a voice-over, but that turned into a complete disaster. My next video will definitely include a voice-over, or maybe a talk-through. I haven't decided yet. 

Anyways, I hope you all enjoy my video! Like, comment, and subscribe if you can! It would mean the world to me. 

Talk to you soon!