Friday, December 19, 2014

What's on My Mind? | Makeup is...

Makeup, to me, is a form of expression.
Just as any other art form.
Just like painting a canvas on an easel.
You become the artist. You are the artist.
You have the power to create what ever you'd like.
The best part is that it's on your terms.

Just like a painter, you have the power to control what you create.
What ever is on your mind, it doesn't matter.
Just paint your picture.

The common misconception of makeup is that it is to aid in the attempt of transforming into someone else, in efforts to run away or forget who you are. This couldn't be further from the truth, in my opinion. Think of it this way: if you were given the opportunity to create something truly unique and beautiful, and all that you were given were some brushes, paint, powder, and pencils...what would you do? If it meant that some part of your soul was set free...what would you do? If it meant that for that moment, you are allowed to be yourself...what would you do? Would you seize the opportunity?
 

Makeup, to me, is art. Just like music. Growing up, I had dreams of becoming a professional singer, songwriter, and a poet. Although those things can possibly still happen for me (never say never), life happened, and it took me down another path. Once I discovered makeup and what it can do, it turned into my "music". And just like singing, makeup has become the form of art that I want to share with others. Whether it be giving small tips to my friends, family, coworkers, and people that I meet; or giving someone an opportunity to feel beautiful on an average Wednesday or for a special occasion. I want to share my love and passion for art and creativity with others.

Makeup could never replace music in my heart, but I've made room for it. In fact, makeup brought me back to music. It brought me back to myself. And when I feel the old me begin to creep up, I put on my music and sing along while I sit in front of the mirror and allow creativity to flourish.

What are you passionate about?
 


Monday, December 8, 2014

Holiday Look | Gold & Jade Sexy Smoky Eye with Lorac PRO

Hey, girls!


It's so amazing to get back to my blog. I've let school, work, and my personal life consume me for a while now, so blogging has been put on the back burner. I am so sad to admit that, especially since I watch all of my other blogger friends and vloggers that I keep up with moving forward and getting better and better at what they do. Although I am super proud and amazed by the things I see from those girls (and some guys!), I can't help but kick myself every night because I'm not doing something that I love to do. Well, no more! I have a break from school for a little while and since I plan on doing nothing but working, going to the gym, and attempting to become employed by Sephora or Ulta (cross your fingers!), I'll be posting more. 

So, the holidays are finally upon us. Thanksgiving came and went, and here we are on the verge of Christmas. I wasn't ready at first, but as the date comes closer, the more excited I become. I see Christmas decorations everywhere, as I'm surrounded by holiday food and drinks whenever I go out. Most importantly, though, is that I see and experience so many people doing nice things for one another. Seeing the positive and beautiful side of human nature is such an uplifting thing to witness, experience, and be a part of. 

I've been watching and seeing so many Christmas looks that involve reds and golds that I asked myself, "where's the green?!" So... I took out my Lorac Pro Palettes and went to town. I'm so proud of this look, and I think it's PERFECTION for brown eyes. 

Bare with me on the quality of photos as I am on the hunt for a new camera. Any suggestions? 

As usual, all details will be listed at the end of the post. Enjoy!

What are some of your favorite things about Christmas? 
Comment below!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Review | Sibu Beauty - Sea Buckthorn Nourishing Facial Cream

Hey, loves! I'm back with a review of a product from Sibu Beauty. They were nice enough to send me their Sea Buckthorn Nourishing Daytime Facial Cream for review. If you'd like more information on Sibu Beauty, check out their web page, here. Sibu Beauty features a berry from the Tibetan Himalayas called Sea Buckthorn in all of their products. Their products range from skin care to dietary supplements. Sea Buckthorn berries provide many health benefits. Here is a brief description of Sea Buckthorn from Sibu Beauty:

Premium, wildcrafted sea buckthorn from the Tibetan Himalayas
"High in the Tibetan Himalayas (12,000 feet above sea level) grows a tiny but resilient fruit that resists the harsh weather conditions and high altitudes. The sea buckthorn berry fortifies itself against the elements by producing an array of powerful nutrients. With over 190 bioactive compounds, sea buckthorn is an unsurpassed source of Omegas 3, 6, and 9. And it's a rich source of the elusive essential fatty acid, Omega-7, an essential fatty acid vital to collagen production and healthy skin, hair and nails.
The often elusive Omega-7 is found abundantly in the sea buckthorn berry, the key ingredient in all Sibu Beauty products, in addition to the more common Omega's 3, 6, and 9. All four of these are critical in providing cellular support for healthy skin, hair and nails."
 
 
 

The facial cream is for all skin types. It promises to rejuvenate sun damaged skin, protect against environmental stress, and preserve healthy skin tone and texture. I wanted to give the facial cream some time to do what it promises, so I've waited a few months. The smell is somewhat feint to me. It has a slight berry smell, but not overly sweet.

I usually apply the cream after I wash my face in the morning, right before I apply my makeup. Immediately after application, my skin felt more elastic and moisturized without being overly greasy or oily. Once my makeup was applied and set, my skin appeared brighter, and I noticed that my face appeared more plump and full.

After using this for a few months, I've noticed that my skin tone has evened out and some of my rosacea has faded. I'm really interested in the facial cleanser, clarifying toner, and replenishing night cream to see how they can help my skin improve even more!

The facial cream is sold on the Sibu Beauty website for about $21.00 Check it out, here.

Interested in Sibu Beauty?
Check out their social media sites and tell them I sent you!
 
If you try the facial cream or any of the Sibu Beauty products, let me know how it worked for you!
 
<3

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Review & Look | Born Pretty Store - Waterproof Gel Eyeshadow in Deep Teal

Hey there, ladies!

Born Pretty Store sent me a few items to review and today I'll be reviewing a waterproof eyeshadow in Teal.

First, a little bit about Born Pretty Store:

"BPS Import & Export Co., Ltd was set up in 2010. Over the past three years, it has developed rapidly from a store merely selling nail art items to a shop mainly selling beauty items including nail art items and cosmetics,accessorizes, cell phone cases, etc. The original inspiration of the name born pretty store comes from proverb “each woman is born pretty”. Combining the aim of providing beauty items to the female, we incorporated it into the name “born pretty”store. Bornprettystore is a store intended to provide each ordinary female, whoever they are, wherever they come from, with the latest fashion items of nail art, make up and outfit, helping them find the best way to dress up, which ultimately push outside their potential beauty to the fullest."


Waterproof Gel Eyeshadow in Deep Teal from Born Pretty Store - $5.21

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Fall Makeup | Black Orchid

Hey, you.
 
Fall is vastly approaching and I am SO ready. Not only am I ready for sweaters/hoodies, leggings, boots, and scarves; I'm ready for warm drinks, bonfires, the leaves changing, and most importantly, my birthday! It's my Jordan year, ladies and gentlemen. (23... ya know, because that's the name of a pair of Jordan's... no?) For some reason, I feel like it's my lucky year. We'll see...   
 
Football season began a few weeks ago (Thank God). It only took a 7 months and some change, but whatever. I'm not complaining because it's here now. What are you most excited for this Fall? 
 
Anyways, I was going to wait until it was actually Fall to post this, but what the hell? I love it and I'm excited. I named this look after the Wet and Wild lipstick I used called, Black Orchid. I love the name of this lipstick. It sounds exotic and sexy. Those qualities inspired this look. I wanted something glam, but soft and sexy with a deep lip color.
 
Again, I'm sorry about the photo quality.
A new camera is coming soon, it's taking a little more time than I would like it to, but I'm working with what I have. 
 
Check out the products I used at the end of the post.
Enjoy!
 
Fall Makeup
"Black Orchid" 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Just Breathe...

Getting personal again.

I've been struggling these past few days.

Last Tuesday night was the worst, I think. I completely shut down emotionally and mentally. For the first time ever, I turned my phone off, grabbed my Ravens blankie, went to my back porch and sat there.

I sat there listening to the sounds of the leaves blowing in the wind, our next door neighbors having a conversation about something I couldn't really make out... I listened to the way the crickets sound in the evening, right when the sun sets. Cars went by and I could hear the music blasting from their windows. I looked down and wiggled my toes in the breeze... I watched the bugs fly around. I even watched a squirrel run up the railing of the fence, on to a tree branch, and on to the railing of the fence on the other side of the yard.

Eventually I leaned back and put my feet up on another chair and stared out into the yard and escaped to another time of my life. My childhood...something safer...happier. In Psychology they call it Regression. I needed to run away from the thoughts that were taking over. Never mind what they were. They were just becoming overwhelming. So... I closed my eyes and went to a place in my memory. Inhaling deeply...and... exhale I could hear my laughter and see images of a distant memory. I could feel myself smiling as I drifted closer and closer into unconsciousness until I fell asleep. Inhaling deeply...and... exhale. When I woke up, I walked back to my room and laid down to sleep some more.
I wish I could stare out at this every night...

I don't remember if I had a dream or not. I don't even think it matters. What really matters is that I was able to breathe. I didn't want a friend, a family member, or a man to comfort me... I just wanted to be with myself. To get away from social media, text messages, phone calls, and emails. I wanted to get away from what burdens me the most. Even if it was just for a little while - I needed to get away.

I wanted to let God lay his hands on me to provide comfort and rest. Sometimes I just need the sort of comfort that only the divine can provide. I just wanted to breathe.

Ever feel like that?

Things just become so overwhelming, no matter what those "things" are. Do you ever need a moment to just breathe? Not to put your life into perspective. Not to think about how to handle a situation. Not to figure something out. But to escape. To run away, not forever, just for a short while. To give yourself some space from the world. Unfortunately, I've never, ever truly done that before. It's sad that I had to become so emotionally overwhelmed to do that, but I'm glad that I did. My problems aren't solved, by any means. But everyone needs their time to just breathe sometimes... and I took mine.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Untitled.

This post is totally from the heart... Totally me. Raw. 100% - What is on my mind at this moment. And I don't care about the filter tonight.

Say what you want, but let's be honest here. Being single has it good days, and even some great days... But there are those days that it's complete and total SHIT. There's no fighting it, and definitely no hiding it sometimes. I've been pretty good so far about moving forward and focusing on myself. However, there are days, like today, that my emotions just overtake me and I just have to break down and cry.

I've been asked constantly. Over and over... Annnnnd over. Annnnnd over again, "How do you feel?" "What do you want?" "Who do you want?" And all I really want to ask is, "What difference does it make to you?" Don't you just hate when people ask you things like that sometimes? Lol. Well, let's see... I've got a,b,c, and d problems with this guy... and this guy has x,y, and z issues. I can't even imagine adding another one to this crazy-insane mix. And the worst part of it all? People make it known that they want you to do things or pick certain people. Yes, you can't live for other people and what they want for you... BUT, you can't help but take the opinions and thoughts of people that you love and trust into account. Especially if they make valid points about both certain things. What sucks though, is that they can talk all day about what they THINK you should do and what they THINK would be good for you, but they couldn't even imagine the kind of things running through your mind and what you KNOW is best for you.

So after going through these ups and downs for almost 7 months, I've cracked. Tonight. Here and now. At this moment, I've bit the big one emotionally. For the first time in almost 7 months, I'm emotionally overwhelmed. And I've decided to answer the question, "What do you want?" Okay... I'll tell you EXACTLY what I want. Judge if you must, but this is me. Raw. Uncut. Totally vulnerable, emotionally. Things I can't say...but what I feel all the time.

I’m not asking for flowers. I’m not asking for fancy dinners every week. You don’t have to buy me expensive gifts or drape me with diamonds. But you do have to kiss me every morning before you leave for work, and every night before you fall asleep. You do have to spoil me with cuddles and kisses when it’s cold outside. I’m asking for cozy Friday nights in with movies, wine, and popcorn. I’m looking for candle-lit nights with the smell of pancakes and eggs in the morning… baking cookies on a random Saturday night… and blasting our favorite music because we want to dance. I’m missing the feeling of falling in love. The inside jokes. A connection so deep that we communicate without speaking. The moment my heart skips a beat when you smile. When you grab me and place your hand at the curve of my back to pull me in close for a kiss. I need the desire of being nowhere else but wrapped up in your arms. I need your kiss. The look in your eyes that lets me know there’s no one else that makes you feel as you do now, standing here with me. You don’t have to let me have my way when we fight. But you must understand me… When I cry, for whatever reason, hold me. When I’m being stubborn, make me laugh. When I’m reacting out of fear, recognize that and be patient. When I say that I can’t stand you, tell me you love me. When the inner demons of my past show up, support me and build me up. Drive me crazy on purpose. When I run, come for me. Leave me love notes. Call me randomly throughout the day just to hear my voice. Help me pay the bills. When times get rough, tell me they’re going to be okay and we’ll make it through. Make love to me. Give me all of you. Make me feel like there’s no other girl you’d rather be with. Make me feel protected and taken care of. Assure me that you’re never going anywhere. Kiss my belly and tickle me. Pull me close and kiss my neck late at night. Talk to me as we drift to sleep. Tell me your dreams, your goals, your fears, your life… See the world with me. Learn new things with me. Make me your wife. Give me babies because you want to… not because I do. Give me your children to raise with you. Grow old with me. Love me. 
Love me like you’ve never loved anyone before. 
Love me. 
Love me like you’ll never love anyone quite like this again. 
Love me.
And most importantly, be sure that you always will.

If that doesn't answer anyone's questions... Whatevs.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Review | Sally Hansen® Miracle Gel™

Hey loves!

I was lucky enough to receive the Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Color and Top Coat in 330 | Redgy, complimentary for testing purposes from Influenster this month! As soon as I was able to sit down, I began playing with it. I was so excited to read about a non-UV/LED light gel nail color and top coat system. I can tell you that I was skeptical at first. I mean, really, a non-UV/LED Gel nail system that lasts up to 14 days? Hmmmm...we'll see about that.

I received the Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Color and Top Coat in 330 | Redgy, complimentary for testing purposes from Influenster


Friday, August 8, 2014

FOTD & Tutorial | Gunmetal Smokey Eye



Hey girl haaaaaaaay!
Happy Friday!! :)
I have to preface this post with a quote that I found on Pinterest. Do whatever it is you are passionate about. No matter what it is. There will always be haters, Debbie-Downers, and Bitter-Bettys.
Doing what you love is one of the best things about life.
 

Monday, August 4, 2014

When It's Over, It's Time to Start Over

So, ladies... it's over.

You've cried all of your tears. Spent most of the days and nights thinking it all over and over and over again. You're done calling, texting, and social media stalking your ex. You've finally accepted it.

So... Now what? 

Since the end of my relationship, I ask myself the same question everyday. I think about what to do next. Being in a relationship calls for spending a lot of time with the other person and eventually planning a future with them. In the midst of all of this, you may forget what it's like to be yourself as an individual. I becomes Us and You becomes We. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, but after being in a serious relationship for a while, you may forget how to distinguish between the two. 

So if and when the relationship ends, you may have the same conversation that I have with myself everyday. What the heck am I gonna do now? 
 
If that's the case, I have a few tips on what some of those things may be...

1. Get fit!
Join a gym! Get back to the gym! Start getting active!
What's a better way to get your life back on track then taking control of your health?
Plus, it wouldn't hurt getting back in those old jeans! ;)

2. Rediscover Your Friends and Family
Surround yourself with people that love, support, and care about you. 
Head out with your girlfriends for a ladies night! 
Call up the ladies in your family for a mani/pedi day or movie night!
In the moments when the pain of a relationship hits, being around them will make all the difference.

3. Have Quiet Time
When ever I'm feeling overwhelmed with phone calls, texts, emails, social media, 
I shut my phone off (or put it on silent), close my laptop, turn the television off and just lay back.
You'd be surprised what this can do.
Meditate, do yoga, listen to soft music, write down your thoughts, or just sit in silence and clear your mind.

4. Redefine Your Goals and Meet Them!
This is something I do every single day. I take my notebook and start thinking of things that I want to accomplish. I start out with my short term goals and begin to think about the long term.
This year, I want to finish a certain amount of classes, lose weight, move out, and possibly start a new job. 
What are yours?

5. Get Dolled Up!
Girl, go get your hair did!
Get yo nails did!
Get yo makeup did!
Get a new outfit!
Go look and feel beautiful for you, girl!

6. Know Your Worth
Never, ever forget your worth. 
Even though the relationship is over, that does not mean that you are a failure...period! 
Things happen for a reason, we all make mistakes but this does not mean that we are failures. 
We live and we learn.
WE define our worth. No one else.
Plain and simple.

7. Find a Hobby
For me, it's makeup. 
When ever I get the chance, I sit myself in front of my makeup and go to town.
And now, I'm slowly turning back to music and writing again.
What's something that you're interested in but never tried?

8. Understand That It's Okay to Be Alone
Everyone needs someone, it's true. We'll all find that special someone one day.
In the meantime, it's okay to be alone. In fact, it's a good thing.
Rediscover you. Find out who YOU are as yourself.

9. Remain Positive
Having a positive attitude on things makes all the difference.

10. Live
Keep going, girlfriend.
Things only get better from here.
...but only if you want them to.

Talk to you soon ladies...
Muah!
 
A post I originally created for The Realtionship Daily.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Monthly Favorites | July 2014

Hey boo!

For the first time ever, I've decided to share my monthly favorites with you. Normally, I reuse a lot of the same products over and over again, so that's why I don't post these kinds of things. Once I fall in love with a product or company, it's hard for me to move on to something new. I know, I know... us beauty junkies don't do that since we are always in the stores swatching, testing, and buying new things. Buuuuut if I love something, I will kiss it, hug it, squeeze it, and love it until I find something better.

This month is somewhat special for me, though. I've started to really get into makeup artistry and practicing on myself and my friends. I've also been watching a lot of instructional videos on techniques for doing someone else's makeup instead of watching the normal eye look tutorials from my favorite beauty youtubers. I think that becoming a freelance makeup artist is a lot closer than I think it is, and that makes me so happy and excited for the future! Who knows... maybe you'll see me on tv or my work on the big screen one day! Or maybe just on your computer filming videos on YouTube. That would be enough for me!

Anyway... on to my beauty favorites for this month! Sorry for the photo quality in advance. I broke my camera a few weeks ago, so my phone is stepping up to the plate for now!

Monthly Beauty Favorites | July 2014

Monday, July 21, 2014

Review | Falsies from Born Pretty Store

Hey there loves!

I know... it's been SO long since I've reviewed any products, or even posted for that matter. For the past few months, I've been busy with school and going through some changes in my personal life. As a result, I've been taking all of the time that I can get to myself just to get it together. Well, enough about that. I've got a review for you ladies. Born Pretty Store sent me a few items to review and today I'll be reviewing some beautiful false lashes.

First, a little bit about Born Pretty Store:

"BPS Import & Export Co., Ltd was set up in 2010. Over the past three years, it has developed rapidly from a store merely selling nail art items to a shop mainly selling beauty items including nail art items and cosmetics,accessorizes, cell phone cases, etc. The original inspiration of the name born pretty store comes from proverb “each woman is born pretty”. Combining the aim of providing beauty items to the female, we incorporated it into the name “born pretty”store. Bornprettystore is a store intended to provide each ordinary female, whoever they are, wherever they come from, with the latest fashion items of nail art, make up and outfit, helping them find the best way to dress up, which ultimately push outside their potential beauty to the fullest."

5 Pack of False Eyelashes from Born Pretty Store

This box is so cute! :)
Note: Although this item was sent to me by BornPrettyStore.com, any and all opinions are 100% my own.

Check out the rest of this review for the look I created and to receive a 10% off coupon code for Born Pretty Store!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

What's on My Mind? | Taking Risks

If I told you about each time I've backed out of something because I was afraid, we'd be here all night. I've spent much of my life hindering myself from amazing experiences and opportunities because I was afraid.

Afraid of what? Good question. That it might work, that it won't work, that it'll hurt me, it's a "stupid decision", etc.

You don't have to search for your happily ever after. Some amazing things show up as soon as you stop looking. But if you have never experienced the joy and pride of achieving it and the heartbreak and agony of losing it when you sought it out, how would you ever know what it's truly worth and what to do with it when it shows up on it's own?

If we spent all of our time worrying about all of the negative things that could happen and allowed that to hinder us from doing and experiencing things, we'd never know the true value of anything in life. More importantly, we'd miss out on some pretty amazing people and experiences.

I'm not saying that you should be a yes-girl or a yes-man. There are some instances in life where you should say no because it's not the best thing to do.. But on the other hand, who knows what's best for you better than you?

Life is about taking risks. Taking the plunge. Allowing yourself to feel happiness, love, pain, rejection, heartbreak, fear, and sadness. Feeling these emotions reminds us that we're alive. Right here, right now. Teaching us to love harder, cherish the important things, and live in the moment...if we let it. All too often I've used my painful experiences as a guide to judging people and making decisions because I was too afraid to feel that pain and go through the same experience again.

I spent a lot of time being angry and feeling sorry for myself because it "happened to me". Instead of viewing the experience as a lesson, I viewed as a testament to my character and measure of my worth. What a waste of time that truly was... I missed out on so many great experiences and people because of this.   

So? What's on my mind?
 
As cliché as this is going to sound...

Take risks. Go for what you want! If you're at the bottom, there's no where to go but up... So start climbing.

Allow yourself to feel joy and love, even if it lasts for a moment. There is no greater feeling and experience in the world than loving someone.

Remember that life doesn't come with an instructions manual. If you've got to make mistakes and fall flat on your face a few times, so be it.

It's okay to be afraid, but letting it paralyze you is not okay.

Your mistakes do NOT define you. No one is perfect...so don't beat yourself up just because you've made mistakes. Let them shape you and mold you into a better person.

Faith will get you through anything. If you believe in something (whether it be God or something else), you'll always find a reason to get back up again.
 

 
Sharing my lessons as I learn them...
Love ya.
xoxo
Ash

Friday, April 18, 2014

Drugstore Haul | Rite Aid

Hey loves!

When was the last time this girl shared a haul with you? Sheesh. It's been FOREVER! Well, I recently took a trip to Delaware to visit my mother and you KNOW I had to make a stop at her Rite Aid up the street from her house. Her Rite Aid is glorious! It is always stocked with the newest drug store makeup and beauty products. Rite Aid has some really good sales and always has coupons for beauty products. Best part? No sales tax in Delaware, EVER!

Anyways... Let's get on with the haul!

So sorry for any bad photo quality in advance.
My camera has been dead for a while now, I lost the cord for it!! :-/
Fortunately, I was able to get another one yesterday.
Gotta love Amazon Prime! Lol

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Resolute Beauty Blogger - Update


Hey, loves.

It's time for an update on my resolutions! It's been quite a while since I updated this tag, but nontheless, I'm here now. :) Check out the original post, here. Lots of things have been happening since I made my resolutions earlier this year, good and bad. I stopped blogging for a while to focus on some other things going on in my life. I had to do some heavy soul searching for a while as well. Since then, things have been looking up! I'm back on the blogging scene. Updating and creating posts as much as I can, making sure that I reach out to my blogger friends, and staying up to date on products and sharing them with you all. It has truly become a therapy for me.

Anyways! On to my resolutions...
 
My resolutions are:
- Revamp my blog little by little until it's to MY standards. This is a goal that is slowly becoming a reality. Little by little, I plan, tweak, rearrange, and do it all over again until it's perfect.

- Make more blogger friends! This is becoming a reality as well! Twitter and Google+ has really become a place where I can connect with other bloggers and make friends. It makes me so happy!

- Create a set schedule to post every week. (i.e. Monday, Wednesday, Friday, maybe Saturday?) Ha... This is still in the works! Sorry, ladies. I never know what my life has in store for me!

- Do a swap with another blogger. Sadly, this hasn't happened yet. However, I'm in no rush to do so. If you're interested in doing a swap with me email, Google+, Twitter DM, or Facebook Message me! I'm open to anyone!

- Don't push my visions and dreams aside. If I dream of something, I need to make it happen. I spend way too much time telling myself that it's not good enough to post when it really is... This is something that has become a personal goal as well. I have to tell myself this every single day, and guess what? It worked! I'm making things happen and becoming more confident in what I do. Everyday is a new learning experience.

- Start a tag with some of my blogger friends. It's happened!! Check the tags out here and here!

- Immerse myself in the beauty community. It's happening!! YouTube has been my best friend lately. I'm taking notes on all of the beauty videos I watch. Commenting on blog posts, RTs on Twitter, Shares on Facebook, working with different companies, checking out different websites... It's happening, ladies.

- Get better at HTML coding. Enough said. Ha... This? Yeah, not so much. I'm working on it though! Lol

- Make my first YouTube video. Hmmm... I don't think I should comment about this just yet. :)

- Be confident! A lot of positive self talk will be happening this year! It's happening!!! Everyday I'm getting better and better at this self-talk thing. It really does wonders to just have confidence and a positive attitude about things. Even if the circumstances seem bad or undesirable, walking into it with a positive attitude makes all the difference. Trust me on this! Give it a try.
 
What are your goals this year?
Have you achieved any of them?!
Until we talk again ladies...



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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Spring Lips 2014

Hey there, beautiful!
 
It's that time of year to start busting out all of the bright colors! Yay!!
I've been waiting so long to bring out some of my bright colors that I have stowed away in my lippie drawer. Since I have mentioned a lot of the bright colors that I have before, I want to mention a few that I haven't to give a try.
If you haven't noticed, I have a bit of an obsession with Maybelline's lip products lol.
I promise that I'm attempting to branch out and find others!!
Be warned, there are a few in the photo above that I haven't mentioned below because they didn't make the final cut! Sorry!
 
Here are some new colors to try for Spring and into Summer...
We want Pinks, Corals, Oranges, vibrant Purples, and Nudes!!
 

Monday, April 14, 2014

My Weekend in Photos | April 11, 2014




Hey there, Beautiful!!

I had such a jam-packed, fun-filled weekend this weekend so I wanted to share it with you!!! Starting from Friday until Sunday I've done so much walking, eating, laughing, talking, and taking photos. This weekend was somewhat special because I did lots of things that I don't normally do. That's the best thing about life sometimes: being able to spend time with the people you love while doing and trying new things. Check out my weekend below. So sorry for the photo quality, all of these photos are taken from my phone. 

Don't worry, more beauty posts are coming! 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Bora Bora Bombshell

Hello, my beauties!

Welcome to Bora Bora!!!

Well... not exactly Bora Bora... but when I received the Be a Bombshell's Bora Bora eyeshadow quad in my Ipsy bag last month, I was immediately whisked away in my mind to that beautiful place.

I wanted to emulate that island feeling in the look that I created for you today. Be warned! This look is definitely bold and daring. But what would a bombshell be if she didn't make a bold and daring entrance!?

With these products, I created a look that I have simply fallen in love with and hope you will too. 

So... come with me to Bora Bora! 

Monday, April 7, 2014

Groove & Stitch

Hey there, my beauties!

I am ready for some Spring weather and temperatures, how about you?! With the Spring temperatures  coming and on the days of sunshine, I want brand new clothes, accessories with bright colors, and fun patterns! That's where Groove & Stitch come in.

Photo provided by Noel from Groove & Stitch

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Review | Tutu Lipstick #21 from Born Pretty Store

Hey loves!

It's been such a long time since I've created a post for you all! Well, I'm back and ready to work again! :)

I've got a third and final review for you, ladies. Born Pretty Store sent me a few items to review and today I'll be reviewing a lipstick.

First, a little bit about Born Pretty Store:

"BPS Import & Export Co., Ltd was set up in 2010. Over the past three years, it has developed rapidly from a store merely selling nail art items to a shop mainly selling beauty items including nail art items and cosmetics,accessorizes, cell phone cases, etc. 
The original inspiration of the name born pretty store comes from proverb “each woman is born pretty”. Combining the aim of providing beauty items to the female, we incorporated it into the name “born pretty”store. Bornprettystore is a store intended to provide each ordinary female, whoever they are, wherever they come from, with the latest fashion items of nail art, make up and outfit, helping them find the best way to dress up, which ultimately push outside their potential beauty to the fullest."


Check out the rest of this review to receive a 10% off coupon code for Born Pretty Store!
 
Now, on to the lipstick...

Monday, March 10, 2014

My Grand Epiphany

Hey Ladies!

Today, I want to share something personal with you. I want to share my experience and my grand epiphany.

A few weeks ago, I broke up with my boyfriend of almost three years. It was an extremely difficult situation, but I knew that it had to be done. There were a lot of issues in our relationship, and although we love each other deeply, I could no longer beg him to change and grow with me. I had grown tired of waking up everyday and doing the same old things without setting our "plans" into action. However, he was okay with remaining sedentary. It was not until recently that I realized that he would never become the man that he is becoming now if I didn't. In order for the both of us to benefit and become better people in the future, I had to change the present. I'm not sure if we will remain apart forever, he is still my best friend, after all. For right now though, it's for the best that we seperate.
 

For most of my dating "career" (I guess you can call it that), I have settled for guys that were not worth two seconds of my time. I know that most of you can relate to that! I kept telling myself as the days of my life went by that, "He'll change" or "It'll get better". I kept making excuses for them, instead of just seeing them for who they really were. Some of them weren't bad people. They tried to do the right thing, and they really cared for me. Some were of them really were bad, and didn't give a damn about me. But none of them offered what I deserved, and that's what matters.

During a conversation with my ex, I realized something and told him as soon as I did:

"I have a vision of the man that I want to marry and start a family with. Over the course of my life, I have been dealing with guys that are the complete opposite or about a fraction of that man. So one day I asked myself, 'why do I keep putting myself through that? why do I keep begging other people to be that man instead of just waiting for God to bring him to me?' And then, it happened. I realized that I just don't want to do that anymore. I'd rather be alone and wait for that man, instead of begging some guy for two to three years (who really isn't worth my time, anyway) to become him." 
 
People think that being single is some horrible thing... I really don't think it is. I think that God is preparing you for the person that you deserve. If you treat people (and, more importantly, yourself) like crap, that's what you'll get. Live your life and dedicate it to doing the right thing and you will be served your blessings. I feel lonely at times, but I find comfort and solace in knowing that my blessings and answers will come soon enough. I'm done searching.
 

Even if you haven't found "the one" and it's been quite some time since you have had anyone special in your life; realize that all of these things come in due time. There are things in life that we must go through now to get the things that we want later.

My coworker shared a beautiful quote with me that I would like to share with you...

Always remember this, ladies.
 
Until we talk again...
 

Monday, February 24, 2014

Review | Music Flower Mascara Color in Blue from Born Pretty Store

Hello beauties!

I'm back with another review from Born Pretty Store! This time I'm reviewing the Music Flower Colored Mascara in Blue.

Check out the rest of this review to receive a 10% off coupon code for Born Pretty Store!

Friday, February 21, 2014

Face Five Challenge!

Have you ever used just five products for a full face of makeup?
 
For all of my beauties out there:
Tanya from Leopard, Lace, and Cheesecake, Betti from Makeup'Asylum, Shalunya from Shalunya & Boyet, Keisha from Chrysalis Gals and I are pleased to announce the Face Five challenge! We challenge YOU and the rest of your friends to create a full makeup look with just five products!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Review | Mini Eyeshadow Palette from Born Pretty Store

Hey there!

I've got a review for you ladies. Born Pretty Store sent me a few items to review and today I'll be reviewing this cute little eyeshadow palette.

First, a little bit about Born Pretty Store:

"BPS Import & Export Co., Ltd was set up in 2010. Over the past three years, it has developed rapidly from a store merely selling nail art items to a shop mainly selling beauty items including nail art items and cosmetics,accessorizes, cell phone cases, etc. 
The original inspiration of the name born pretty store comes from proverb “each woman is born pretty”. Combining the aim of providing beauty items to the female, we incorporated it into the name “born pretty”store. Bornprettystore is a store intended to provide each ordinary female, whoever they are, wherever they come from, with the latest fashion items of nail art, make up and outfit, helping them find the best way to dress up, which ultimately push outside their potential beauty to the fullest."


Note: Although these items were sent to me by BornPrettyStore.com, any and all opinions are 100% my own.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Valentine's Day Makeup with Almay & Ardell

Hey there, Beautiful!

I am so in love with this Valentine's Day look! Makeup'Asylum reviewed a new Almay product called Eye Shadow Softies and ever since I saw her review, I was on the hunt to find them. When I found them at Target in a pack of 2 for $5.99, I immediately grabbed them. Since they are $4.49 each, it was clearly a steal. I brought them home and immediately fell in love with their soft texture and high, yet buildable, pigmentation. You can use a brush, but my fingers did the trick.

Check out Makeup'Asylum's review, here.

Now, on to the look! Make sure to let me know what you think below. :)

Enjoy!

Valentine's Day with Almay & Ardell

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Face of the Day | Naked 3 | A Nighttime Look

Hey there!

How are you on this cold and snowy day?

I wanted to share a look that I came up with while getting ready to meet my bestie and her family for her graduation. It's so funny because whenever I plan a look out to post, it never comes out quite how I would like; but when I just wing it, I come up with some of my best work. Best part? It's super simple. It may look intimidating at first, but as you'll see below, I didn't use that many products to come up with this look. I just used 5 different shades from the Naked 3 palette: Strange, Limit, Liar, Darkside, and Blackheart. 

Well, enough rambling. I'm ready to show you what I came up with!

Enjoy!











Products Used
Eyes
Urban Decay Naked 3:
Liar | Lid
Limit | Crease
Blackheart | Lower Lash Line
Darkside | Lower Lash Line
Strange | Inner Corner & Brow Bone

Lancome | 24h Artliner | Noir
L'Oreal | Telescopic Shocking Extensions Mascara

Face
Maybelline | FIT Me | Concealer
Maybelline | FIT Me | Foundation
Physicians Formula | Mineral Glow Pearls | Translucent Pearl

Lips
MAC | Lipstick | Snob
NYX | Mega Shine Lipgloss | Nude Peach

Until we talk again ladies...

Monday, January 20, 2014

Review | Avon True Color Eyeshadow Quad

There's no worse let down than bringing home a brand spankin' new eyeshadow palette and as soon as you swatch it, the colors are almost translucent. WOMP. I love when I can swatch eyeshadow and the colors are as true as they are on the palette when transferred on to my skin. This is why I wanted to share Avon's new and improved True Color Eyeshadow formula!

According to Avon's website:

"Reveal your most alluring eyes with NEW True Color Eyeshadow. Our quads are numbered so getting those fabulous eye looks are as easy as 1,2,3...4! 

With True Color Technology:
The rich color you see in the compact is the same color you get on your eyes. 
Rich, vibrant color with crease-proof wear
Color saturated shades designed for every skin tone
Numbered shades for our easiest expert eye looks ever!

Exquisite stay-true coordinated shades make every eye-look effortless."

From Left to Right: Purple Pop & Glow Teal
$7.00/each

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