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!

Monday, June 8, 2015


This is pretty much me rambling and I won't have much structure to this post. So, I'll be jumping from topic to topic. Bare with me.

I have been hesitant to talk about this for quite some time now. Probably since the start of my blog. It's such a hard topic to talk about for me. Don't get me wrong, I go on and on about how to deal with anxiety, listen to others, and give advice to others. But to talk about my own? Nah. I'll pass. 

I guess that's why they call it anxiety...

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Tutorial | Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lash Mascara

Hey, y'all.

I know most of you in the beauty world have heard about Younique's Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes before. You've probably been bombarded at one time or another with messages, tweets, comments, DMs, and more with presenters telling you about it. Super annoying, right? I know. I used to be one of those girls. Seriously. I hated getting those messages! I would scroll right passed them without giving them a second look. Until one day I decided to give it a shot, and become an independent presenter myself. I love makeup, I love teaching women about it, and I love what it does for women (and men). I love Younique's philosophy and mission so much. I'm telling you, girls. They had me at hello.

When I first received the mascara and tried it out for myself, I really didn't think much of it. Seriously! I didn't think it was all that great, to be honest. But I decided to give it a chance anyway. When I really started getting used to using this kind of mascara, I fell in love. I was normally the type of girl to apply 2-3 mascaras each time I put on makeup when I wasn't using false lashes. Using 2-3 mascaras would work, sometimes, but if I used too much, it would be a clumpy mess. No bueno.

This mascara has replaced ALL of my mascaras, along with my falsies. Although I do indulge in my falsies every now and then; especially my Ardell Demi Whispies. My demi whispies are definitely a holy grail product for me. It's definitely a pain in the butt the next day to get that glue off of my lids, though!

I will be honest and say that this product takes some getting used to. You have to remember the steps and get used to the application process. However, for us makeup addicts, we know that applying makeup is a process. However, that's the beauty of makeup! To each is own. Find a way to make the application process Youniquely to yours! See what I did there?

Give it a shot! You just might be how I was. Not buying into the hype until you actually try it for yourself. 

Moodstruck Transplanting Gel

Step 1: Coat your lashes evenly with the Transplanting Gel.

Optional Step: Apply a thin coat of mascara as a base for an added effect

Moodstruck Natural Fibers

Step 2: Quickly apply the Natural Fibers on top of the Transplanting Gel before it dries.
Step 3: Apply another coat of the Transplanting Gel to lock in your Fiber Lashes.

Not satisfied? Do it again...and again...and again!
Repeat steps 1-3 until you've reached your desired effect.

Step 4: Comb out any clumps with a spoolie or lash comb.
Step 5: Repeat the process to your lower lashes.
Step 6: Brush off any excess fibers with a brush. (No worries, here. They come right off!)
Step 7: Bat those lashes, girl! You're ready to fly away!

I didn't curl my lashes at all in these photos!


Fallen in love withYounique's 3D Moodstruck Fiber Lashes? 
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Talk to you beauties later!!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

My First YouTube Video!!! | Get Ready with Me

Good morning, beauties!

It's been highly anticipated. I've been procrastinating. I'm nervous and I'm so excited that I can barely contain it.

My first YouTube video! :) 

I had a great time filming, although there is still much for me to learn about angles, lighting, and focus. Filming is giving me an opportunity to learn how my camera works, that's for sure! Surprisingly, I had fun editing too! I'm so very excited to share this and finally start my YouTube journey.

Please let me know in the comments how you liked it. All suggestions and requests are welcome!!


Saturday, May 2, 2015

Drugstore Makeup Look | Neutral Smokey Eye

Hey girls!

I've got a new look for you! I don't think I've ever done a post using ALL drugstore makeup. Tisk tisk. Bad, Ashley. However, here I am with just that! I've fallen madly in love with CoverGirl's latest creations, The Super Sizer by Lashblast and Intensify Me! Liquid Eyeliner. I won't bother you with the details. Just go on over to my review to read my thoughts and see some pretty pictures of the products. This post will be about the look I created! All of the product details will be listed below. Enjoy!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Review | CoverGirl | The Super Sizer & Intensify Me! Liquid Eye Liner

Hey ladies!

I am so very pleased to say that CoverGirl found me to be special enough to send their newest products to try and review! How awesome is that? CoverGirl was one of the first companies I tried when I first started wearing makeup, and it was all that I used for quite a while until my makeup interests began to grow. However, CoverGirl has always remained close to my heart. CoverGirl's TruBlend Mineral Loose Powder was, still, and will always be one of my favorite powders.

"The Super Sizer by LashBlast Mascara gives you 400% more corner-to-corner volume for full, fanned out lashes. Our amazing Lash Styler transforms even small lashes— just twirl as you apply it to your lashes for an instantly Super Sized lash look. Opthalmologically tested, suitable for those who wear contact lenses."

$6.85 on the CoverGirl website

Ladies, you know that I am a mascara FREAK. I will always say that because it will always be true. There is nothing that completes a look more than long and voluminous lashes!

In true CoverGirl fashion, the mascara packaging is bright, vibrant, and eye-catching. Turquoise is one of my favorite colors, so that was a major plus for me. The wand is a little new to me since I'm used to a much fatter brush. It's skinny, and the bristles are plastic and separated.

When I applied the mascara, I applied it as I normally do-wiggle and pull up. I noticed instantly how much length I gained. It was amazing with just one coat. The formula isn't too wet, so I didn't have to worry about it getting on my lids. For my second coat, I twirled the wand as the directions stated and viola, volume and length. All you need are two coats and you are set!

I am completely in love with this mascara. The only thing I wish is for a little bit more volume. If the brush could help separate the lashes more, we'd definitely have a winner! The length that it gives me is incomparable, though!

"Get the control of a pencil with the intensity of a liquid eyeliner for beautifully defined eyes every time. Our all-new paddle-shaped tip gives you two looks in one—thick and dramatic or thin and elegant. The intense black formula glides on smoothly and dries quickly for instant drama. Clinically tested, suitable for sensitive eyes."

$8.00 on the CoverGirl website

I must admit that the tip of this eyeliner I was completely turned off by it. I asked myself, "How in the world am I supposed to create any kind of wing or thin line with this thing?" Nonetheless, I gave it a try anyway. 

Let me tell you, ladies. Not only could I create a thin to thick line from my inner corner to my outer to create a wing, but the pigmentation is amazing! I didn't have to press down on my lash line to get the product out. All I had to was place the liner on my lid and glide it across. 

To be honest, the last time I tried a CoverGirl felt tip eyeliner, I hated it. The pigmentation was there, but I couldn't build on top of it without the line flaking off. Worst part? It dried out within a few days of buying it. No, thanks! Luckily, this is NOT the case with this eyeliner.

The Final Verdict?
I was able to fully test both products for an entire day (8:30 AM-11 PM) and they both held up incredibly well. No smudges, no flaking, and no brittle lashes. I will say that my wing smudged a little today because I was crying a little bit (happy tears, though!). My lashes don't feel dried out and my eyeliner has stayed in place, all day!
I am in love with this mascara and eyeliner, and you will be too!
Calling all CoverGirl fanatics:
Hop on this new mascara and eyeliner!

Stay tuned for a look I created with both of these products...
Best part? The entire look was done with ALL drugstore makeup! :)

What do you think?
What are your favorite CoverGirl products?


Sunday, April 26, 2015

Your Happiness is Your Responsibility

“Don’t rely on someone else for your happiness and self-worth. Only you can be responsible for that. If you can’t love and respect yourself – no one else will be able to make that happen. Accept who you are – completely; the good and the bad – and make changes as YOU see fit – not because you think someone else wants you to be different.” 
-Stacey Charter

I am so guilty of all of those things, and I think we all are or have been some time or another. I used to define my happiness and self-worth based on how a man or another person I care about viewed me.  I blamed him/them for the reason why I couldn't look at myself in the mirror. I blamed him/them for the reason why I couldn't help but burst into laughter when someone said that I was beautiful, special, smart, or capable of being something other than "a high school dropout with a child on one hip and another on the way."

Some of the worst things that have been said and done to me were by that people that I love/loved or that claimed to love/have loved me. Family, friends, boyfriends, etc. I was ugly, fat, my teeth weren't right, "You will open your legs for any man that calls you pretty", stupid, childish, and wouldn't amount to much of anything other than some abusive man's wife and mother of his children with no education and no money. Why would I believe anything other than what they would tell me about myself? Those statements came from people that said they LOVED me. I became so used to that treatment that I began to think that it was normal.

I began to think those statements were true...

I didn't believe anything other than what I was I told. Why? Simply because they didn't make me feel that way. They didn't make me feel that way. Think about how absurd that sounds. How can anyone make me feel anything that I don't want to feel? How can I believe something someone says if I didn't believe it to be true? How can I define who I am and my happiness based on the opinion of another person?

It took YEARS to get over some of the demons of my past. There are things that happened over 10 years ago that I am now beginning to move on from. It's hard. An absolute uphill battle. I never expected any less, though. To me, dealing with a painful past isn't about the amount of time it takes. It's about how you get through it.

Every morning I have to tell myself that I am good enough. That I am strong enough. That I can do whatever I set my mind to. And, most importantly, I have to tell myself that I can and I will be happy.  Even if that means that I have to scratch, claw, and fight my way to it - it will happen for me. Some days are worse than others, some days are better, and other days...are the BEST.

I find things to get excited about: a new job or business opportunity, a vacation with family or friends, having time to put on makeup (of course), working out/eating right and seeing results, etc.

My happiness is MY responsibility. The decisions I make, the people I surround myself with, the places I choose to go, etc. It's all on me. And as soon as I realized that, the simpler life became.

What makes you happy?
What gives you motivation to be a better you?


Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Review | Maybelline FIT Me Foundation Dewy & Smooth

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Hey boo! I have tested, re-tested, and tested again the new Maybelline FIT Me Dewy & Smooth foundation and I finally have a verdict for you. First of all, I have to preface this post by saying that this foundation had been sitting on my desk for about two weeks before I cracked it open. While I was out shopping for it at Target the first time, I picked up the shade 120 Classic Ivory. Under the lighting at the store it looked too light for me. But that doesn't mean much since I'm horrible at color matching myself. With that idea in my mind, I looked around to see if I could find the next shade over. Naturally, there was only this shade along with 210, 220, and the darker shades. Since I didn't want to put it back, I figured if the foundation was too light, I could just use some bronzer on the perimeter of your face to fix it. It's better to have foundation that's too light than too dark. You can always bronze up your skin or mix in a shade darker to create your color match.

A week or so later, I ran back to Target again and found the next shade up, 125 Nude Beige. I quickly ran to the cashier to pay for my new and "perfectly matched" foundation. When I ran home and put on the foundation, I noticed it was a tad too dark for me, but all was not lost. It's the perfect shade for me in the Summer. Yay! The irony in all of this was, 120 Classic Ivory had been my match the entire time! 

So, I say all of this to say, kids: 
When in doubt, test your foundation on your skin first before making a solid verdict. Test it against your neck and chest. Let it dry, too. Sometimes foundations can oxidize into a darker shade. 
If the shade is wrong, just wipe it off and return it/exchange it for a shade up or down.

Dewy & Smooth
Normal to Dry Skin
$5.69 - Target

The packaging is almost identical to the original FIT Me foundation. Although I like the square, glass packaging, this foundation does not contain a pump. You have to pour it out on to the back of your hand, directly on to brush/sponge, or foundation mixing palette (if you have one of those). This was somewhat problematic for me because the consistency of the foundation is very smooth and thin so when I poured it out the first time, I wasn't expecting it to come out so fast. Long story short, I ended up wasting a lot of the product.

Yikes! Sorry for the finger prints!

The coverage is light to medium, depending on what tool you use to apply. When I used a flat foundation brush and beauty blender, the coverage was about medium. When I used a flat top kabuki, it came out to a light -to-slightly-medium coverage. The flat top kabuki brush blended and dispersed the product too much for. My rosacea was still peeking through.

I did not find the coverage buildable. Adding a second layer made me look and feel cakey. Not a good look.

Other than that, I loved how the foundation applied. It blended beautifully into my skin. It also matched well with my FIT Me concealer in 20 Sand Sable. The foundation covered up my pores and gave me that flawless look right after I applied it.

The photo below was taken with my Galaxy S5 front-facing camera. 
No filters, in natural light.

Unfortunately, after a few hours, I noticed that the foundation didn't really set into my skin the way I'm used to my other foundations doing. As soon as I touched my face, I saw my foundation on my fingers. If I brushed up against something or gave my boo a kiss, my foundation left some sort of "present" behind. I remember pulling away from his face after a kiss and seeing my foundation on his cheek. YIKES! Even though he didn't mind, it still wasn't cute.

I also noticed that the foundation moved at the end of the day. It settled into my smile lines, dimples, lines under my eyes, and left a line on my nose. It began to cake up a little bit on parts of my face too. However, this only happened when it was warmer outside. When it was colder, the foundation held up nicely. Since this foundation is for Normal to Dry skin, I'm not really surprised at this fact. My skin type is combination, so it changes with the weather.

Overall, I enjoy this the Winter. It slides right off of my face when there's any hint of heat or humidity because of the oil in my skin. The foundation does what it claims: giving hydration, smoothness, and a natural, flawless, luminous finish. If you have normal to dry skin and you are looking for a medium coverage foundation, give this a try. If you have normal to oily skin, reach for the Maybelline FIT Me Matte & Poreless version.

Any requests on what I should review next?
Leave a comment below.
Have you tried any of the new FIT Me products?
Let me know what you think in the comments below!

Talk to you soon!

**All products mentioned were purchased by me for review. All opinions are 100% my own.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Raise The Volume with Yves Saint Laurent | Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils

Hey boo!

I am so excited to review this product. As you know, I am a mascara freak. I'm normally partial to drugstore mascaras because of, obviously, the price point, but also because they get the job done. Most of the time the job is done a lot better than most high-end mascaras. On the other hand, there are a few exceptions like Too Faced's Better Than Sex mascara and Lancome's Hypnose Drama mascara. I loved them both. I'm interested in Diorshow's Iconic Overcurl mascara too. I've heard great things about it.

On a normal day, I bounce back and forth between Rimmel's Lash Accelerator, CoverGirl Lash Bloom, and Physician's Formula's Jumbo Lash mascara. Sometimes I wear all three at the same time to get the effect I want. Do you double or triple up on mascaras to get your desired effect? I want full, thick lashes that are long enough to be seen over my eyeliner. Pet peeve: Winged liner with NO lashes in sight. 

I love falsies, but they can be so irritating and damaging to my lids and natural lashes. I have been on the hunt since my makeup addiction began for that one perfect mascara that gives volume and lengthens exactly the way I want it.

Influenster was kind enough to send me a product that promises to be exactly what I'm looking for...

Monday, March 23, 2015

Ipsy | March 2015 Glam Bag | Floral Fantasy

Hey, boo! It's been forever since I posted about my Ipsy Glam Bag. I'm so happy to have some time and a new camera to create more posts. Anyways, I'm so excited for this month's glam bag. It has this gorgeous sky blue, white, yellow, and pink floral design on the front-reminding me that Spring has finally arrived! Even though it was snowing on Friday... Ugh. Moving. ON.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Review | Linden Leaves New Zealand Skincare | Miraculous Facial Oil

Hey, loves. I'm back with another skin care review. This review is for the New Zealand-based all-natural, cruelty-free skin care line called, Linden Leaves. Linden Leaves was kind enough to send me a few items to test and give my honest opinion about each of the products they sent. First, a little bit about Linden Leaves from their website:

"Linden Leaves was founded by Brigit Blair in 1995 in Christchurch, New Zealand to help care for two of her children who suffered severe eczema and allergies.
Devoted to effective, natural products created from the best quality ingredients, Brigit’s vision for Linden Leaves has always been focused on beautiful, gentle products to nourish the skin and soothe the soul.
Linden Leaves products are all made with care and attention to detail in New Zealand by our committed team. All Linden Leaves products are animal cruelty free and developed in accordance with our sustainable and ethical business policies.
We strive to offer every day luxury skincare and lifestyle products that help make the simple moments in each day a delight."

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Some Stuff and Thangs...

So... It's been a while since I've posted. It sucks because I keep telling myself that I need to...but when life gets in the way, it just does. Work has been insane. And school doesn't help. Since I have some time this lovely evening, I wanted to write about some stuff. Trust me when I say that I have some time, because if it wasn't snowing I would be out running errands, and probably catching up with people who haven't seen my face in a long time.

So... I bought this camera, right (Canon T3i)? To make YouTube videos, right? Yeah, that's still happening. I've been doing test runs to see what works and what doesn't. I am so not used to being in front of a camera and it is definitely evident when I watch myself. I am unprepared, my hair is a mess, I'm dropping things, the lighting is WAAAAY too yellow, the background behind me is a mess... It's just bad, you guys. Then, there are things I notice about myself. Things like, "Ash, your nails aren't done. Gross.", "HOOOOLY Double chin.", "Your hair though, honey. Please do something." Blah. x__x Needless to say, that is still in the works. Trust me.

On the bright side, the finished product is pretty good, if I say so myself.

I can't lie... I feel like I am getting much better at this makeup thing... lol

Moving on... I made myself a promise. I would be completely done with my Bachelor's degree by the Summer of next year. This sounds great, and all. But what does that exactly mean for me? It means that I will become an absolute CRAZY person, by the time it's all over. But the goal is worth the sacrifice. I have things I want to accomplish in life, and honestly, school is what is keeping me from moving forward. It'll launch me into my dreams, but the process of completion has been a long, tedious, and absolutely annoying one. I'm ready to move on. Period.

Moving forward... Weight loss. Weight loss. Weight. LOSS. Something I am constantly obsessing over. It's ridiculous. I refuse to weigh myself, but I am constantly looking at myself in the mirror, thinking of healthier recipes, ways to work out, and reminding me of my beach trip in May. However... I love carbs. That is my guilty pleasure. I can live without the sweets, junk food, pizza, and the late night runs to McDonald's. I have been for quite some time. I can't live without Chinese takeout every once in a while, though. It's the CARBS. I love my bread, pasta, and rice. Rice is truly a weakness for me. And I can't just have it once in a while. It needs to be in one of my meals at least a few times a week lol. It's sad, I know. But I don't think I can ever give it up. Hmmm... maybe my new gym membership at Gold's Gym will help balance that out. I'm making the switch from Planet Fitness to Gold's Gym. That's probably not something that matters to anyone, but I'm excited about it. *shrugs* Anyone else on their weight loss/healthy lifestyle journey? What do you do? 

Other than that, I haven't been able to focus on much of anything else. I have a post coming up about relationships and my take on them right now. I need a good venting session, but you know how that goes. You don't want to start telling someone your problems in their entirety, and then in mid-vent you start thinking about whether or not that person cares... So, I've just nixed that idea entirely. And to be honest, I just want to be able to express what's truly on my mind without any commentary.

Anyway, I hope all is well with each of you. I miss blogging. I really do. I'm working on so many things, but doing this never leaves my mind. I hope to be back soon.

Talk to you soon

Snowed in like me but need a Target fix? I've been there twice this week. It's an addiction.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Review | Linden Leaves New Zealand Skincare | Porcelain Brightening Serum

Hey, loves. I'm back with another skin care review. This review is for the New Zealand-based all-natural, cruelty-free skin care line called, Linden Leaves. Linden Leaves was kind enough to send me a few items to test and give my honest opinion about each of the products they sent. First, a little bit about Linden Leaves from their website:

"Linden Leaves was founded by Brigit Blair in 1995 in Christchurch, New Zealand to help care for two of her children who suffered severe eczema and allergies.
Devoted to effective, natural products created from the best quality ingredients, Brigit’s vision for Linden Leaves has always been focused on beautiful, gentle products to nourish the skin and soothe the soul.
Linden Leaves products are all made with care and attention to detail in New Zealand by our committed team. All Linden Leaves products are animal cruelty free and developed in accordance with our sustainable and ethical business policies.
We strive to offer every day luxury skincare and lifestyle products that help make the simple moments in each day a delight."