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Saturday, December 29, 2012

Glitzy New Years Eve Party Makeup


BaubleBar

I should have posted about this store like a year ago but I kept forgetting :( Any who, I love all their designs but I haven't personally shopped there because it's pretty expensive for fake jewelry, lol. Any who, if you have the cash...shop here! Below, are some of my favs!


Rose Chain Collar $49













It Girl Collar $36















Narrow Gold Tiles Ring $78

Friday, December 28, 2012

Seven great New Year’s dates

Here's another idea! Read here!

How To Apply False Eyelashes (by Kandee Johnson)


StyleBlazer Year-End: Top 12 Nail Trends Of 2012

My favorite topic....NAILS! I just love going through pics of nail trends I will never follow because I have a stuffy job :/ via StyleBlazer

BLACKOUT | New Year's Eve Glitter Party Makeup


Hot Style: Cool Coats for Every Budget

FYI: this coat is my favorite one. Via Mommy Noire

F*UCK! I'M IN MY TWENTIES

I ran across this book while in Urban Outfitters which happens to be my favorite store :) Any who, if you're in your 20s (specifically mid to late 20s), this is a good read. Some people are having an awesome post graduate experience and others (like myself) are not so it's nice to know that the things we experience are not unique and only happening to us...

Here's a quick synopsis: "Everyone has that moment-the realization that adulthood has arrived, like a runway train, and there's no getting out of its way. In an attempt to express contradictions and anxieties that come with being over educated, minimally employed, mostly single, and on your own, Emma Koenig turned to the blogsphere.  In this collection of her most popular post (along with 50% new material) Emma harnesses the power of illustrations, graphs, checklists, and flowcharts to explore this twenty-something life.

I'm not going to link this book to a specific site because you can find it on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and as I stated previously, Urban Outfitters.  I paid $9.95 + tax. 

Disclaimer:  99.8% of this book is illustrated notes and what not.  I read this book in 30 minutes but I think it's worth it (if you have 10 bucks to blow)

I'm also reading: "the Tao of Leadership: Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching Adapted for a New Age" by John Heider & "100 Words to Make You Sound Smart" from the Editors of the American Heritage Dictionaries (which I bought from Urban Outfitters).

Party time! Tips for your best New Year's ever

Read here!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Happy Holidays!

Hey guys,

I hope you guys have a safe and awesome holiday season! Tomorrow, I'm leaving for New Orleans to party it up with family and friends so I probably won't be posting as much (or at all) until the New Year. Go ahead and continue to vote but because there is such low participation (lol) I'm assuming that you are content with my blog, lol. If you get bored between now and January, go through some old post, I have a shit load for you to choose from, lol.

XOXO,
Ashlee

Reader Look of the Month: Nails

My favorite subject, nails! Click here!

New Year, New You; 15 Instant Makeovers

I didn't see purple hair on the list, lol. Click here!

7 Sets Of Swimwear

It's cold as hell outside but apparently...not so cold that we can't discuss swimwear, lol. Click here!

10 Signs You May Have Stalker Tendencies

Lol... I hope you guys don't make the list, read here!

Tips for handling a holiday breakup

Read here!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

SAY WHAT?!

I think this is an excellent definition of a "bad bitch!" Just love her whole look and had to post it. Via Black Women With Real Hair

Liv Creme Hairdressing and Conditioner

So...I've been natural since 2007 and tried too many products. At this point, I figured I knew what worked well for my hair until...I visited a natural hair salon in New Orleans. Before blowing out my hair (not straight but to stretch my hair), she put Liv on my hair. My hair stylist used to put this on my hair back in my relaxed days but I never considered it while natural. Long story short, my hair stays moisturized, its soft, doesn't shed as much, and Liv even smooths the edges.

According to Liv, "Liv Creme Hairdressing and Conditioner is the ideal daily conditioner for hair that is dry or brittle due to chemical processing, over-exposure to the sun, or excessive use of blow dryer, hot curlers, and other implements. This light, non-greasy formula is leaves hair soft, shiny and manageable."

The only place I've seen it sold is at Sally's but it may be cheaper at those discount beauty supply stores. Either way, its my new thing :)

284| How To Moisturize Dry Winter Hair for Good!


The country’s coolest mobile fashion trucks

This is pretty damn cool. For you guys in the areas listed, check them out! Click here!

10 places to meet a man for the holidays

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Beauty Breakthroughs: Do These Products Really Work?

Click here!

286| Winter Protective Style Tutorial #1


Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Maybelline's Fashion Print Nail Stickers

I know Monday I said that I swore that Sephora by OPI's nail sticker's were the best, right? Well while in Walgreen's, I saw a black and silver leopard print nail stickers that I could not pass up! These stickers retailed for 6 dollars and some change. And the results are... I HATE THEM! Reasons???

 










  1. I don't like how they peel off the plastic board.  It's too difficult.
  2. After the sticker is on (and after I fold it over my nail), it doesn't come off (like all the other nail stickers)!
  3. I had to cut it off and then file down.  Nail stickers usually take about 15 to 20 minutes to put on but this SHIT took me a freakin hour
  4. The tips are rising (and I haven't even had them on for 10 hours)
Bottom line?  Don't buy this crap.  I'm not linking to their site because like I said, it's a piece of shit.  I ought to call and complain, lol.
 
 

 
 
 

HOW I DO FLEXI RODS ON NATURAL HAIR


The #1 reason why you may be single is...

Read here!

285| Motions Naturally You Review (Wash Products)


20 cute winter accessories under $40

Click here!

10 Patterned & Colorful Tights To Add Some Kick To Your Winter Ensemble

Aren't these fun?! Click here for more...

Monday, December 17, 2012

End of Year/ New Year Resolutions


I think it was last year or maybe the year before that I said I would stop making New Year resolutions because, after a few weeks or so, I would quit (like many others).  Well, turns out that this year has gone on record for being the worst year of my life.  While I have no control over the dumbasses and situations that contribute to ruining my life on the daily basis, I’m coming to learn a few things…

1.       I’m harder on myself than I have to be.

2.       Use the term “friend” very loosely or not at all, lol

3.       It will get better

4.       I control my actions, not others

5.       If they don’t like you, chances are…you can do NOTHING to change that!

6.       No matter how much I dislike my job, I have to work because I have BILLS so I should learn how to cope with people and situations, because… I’m going to be here for a while :/

Any who, I just wanted to post this for the people who feel the same way as me.  I’m trying to get my mind right because I want to enter this New Year as an optimist.  Although I wake up every day, ready to cope, I have come to the realization that I have been unhappy for years and that most of the things that have contributed to it will probably not change for the next 11 months.  However, just knowing I’m a good student, will be completed with my course work in a year, have an awesome and supportive family, am healthy, have a best friend as a boyfriend, REAL friends, and out of this bullshit of a job and city will be in Houston (this time next year), I say I have plenty of stuff to be happy about!

XOXO,

Ashlee

Sephora by OPI's Real 18K Gold Top Coat

Back in May, I posted an article from Style Blazer regarding Sephora's Real 18K Gold Top Coat ($30). While in Sephora, I saw it on sale for 15 bucks. This may still be exepnsive for some of you but I bought it. I polished it on top of a greige color (grey and beidge) named "Nite Owl" by Orly and below are the results. I'm kind of loving it right now. Like I said, it's on sale for 15 bucks at Sephora.

 
 
 
 


FOLLOW UP TO "Sephora by OPI's Trend Tips"

Last week I posted about how awesome the trend tips were. Yesterday made day 9 and they looked like they did on day one! I removed them just because I am a nut and I love polishing my nails. As I stated before, these are the ones you want! Plus, its cheaper than minx!

14 stunning holiday hair accessories

I'm starting to get back into headbands myself.  Today, I have on a spikey headband. Starting the week off in a bad ass way :) Click here!

7 Pricing Tricks That Make You Spend More

Read here!

My First Pilates Class

School is out so I’ve been trying to get back into the rhythm of working out. Some months ago, I was invited to take a Pilates class by the studio’s owner. Between school, work, LACK OF FUNDS, and the fear of being twisted into a pretzel, I never attended until this past Saturday. OMG I feel like it changed my life! I worked limbs I had never worked before. Moreover, there are several benefits to Pilates:
  1. Length and strengthening
  2. Body awareness
  3. Calorie burning
  4. Complementary workout
  5. Stress reducer
However, it’s important to understand this is not the ideal exercise for weight loss. It’s not like it’s a high impact, sweaty, lost 100 pounds in one workout session… but it’s cool. And, for you ladies that are concerned with your hair, this is a no sweat workout :)

I’m recommending that you ladies try it (if your money is right, of course). If you’re in the Jackson-Metropolitan area (in Mississippi) I suggest you try Pilates V Studio.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Online Dating Tips: Strengthening Communication

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Curly Nikki | Natural Hair Styles and Natural Hair Care: How To Make Your World Better Overnight

Curly Nikki | Natural Hair Styles and Natural Hair Care: How To Make Your World Better Overnight: by GG of PeaceLoveandPrettyThings This post is for me, just as much as it is for you. I'm having a hard time with some things, lik...

97. Queen Helene Cholesterol Deep Conditioner Review - (Momma Knows?)


Five outerwear pieces every woman should own

5? What kind of money do they think we make? Lol. My recommendation is to ensure you have a least ONE of these... Click here!

Holiday style: Fashion advice for meeting the parents

Does it matter? They probably won't like you anyway :) Just kidding, lol. Read here!

The 12 Best and Worst Diet Trends of 2012

Hmmm... is your diet on the list? Read here!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Massive Haul #1: MAC, NYX Lippies, ELF, Rant!


Consignment Shops

OK, so this list is via Ebony Magazine. I literally tore it out and am listing them, lol.
  1. turnaboutshoppe.com
  2. rodeodriveresale.com
  3. thesnob.net
  4. mydulce.com
  5. retrodress.com
  6. michaelsconsignment.com
  7. mysisterscloset.com
  8. mysistersattic.com
  9. wellsuite.com
All are high-end and includes clothes for women, men and children, accessories and furniture.  Happy shopping and happy saving!

You're welcome, lol.

Side note: Did you vote? Top left hand corner! Do it now!!!

352-whoissugar HOTD: Two Strand Twisted Bantu Knot Out!


13 Things Women Do Better Than Men

13? I thought we did everything better! Read here!

Check out this great MSN video - Best Post-Workout Snacks

Check out this great MSN video - Best Post-Workout Snacks

Review: Sephora by OPI's Trend Tips


Out of all the nail wraps, stickers, decals...blah, blah, blah I have to say...this is the best (probably because it's the most expensive, lol).

Friday, I bought the leopard print and the pink zebra (which was from the Betsy Johnson collection and on sale for 3 bucks). Of course, because I'm a nut, I put it on that night.

This would make it day 5 nails. No chips or peeling. With Sally Hansen's (about 10 bucks), I see chip and peeling day 1. Sally Beauty Supply store sales some and so does Kiss (price range from 3-6) and they're all shitty, lol. Moreover, I think these nails are fun, sassy and they're lasting. All say up to 10 days but they never last more than two. Side note: I dyed my hair and did all kind of stuff that should have caused peeeling.

Take a look for yourself.... Any who, these retail at 12 bucks both online and in stores. There are more designs, shop here!
 
 


 
 
 
 


Monday, December 10, 2012

Pink Gumbeaux 2013

Hello everyone! It’s the end of the year again! So, every December, I think about ways I could improve my blog. Some ideas I have are to begin vlogging (on what, I don’t know), have guest bloggers (that fit within the scope of my theme, of course) and start discussing my experiences (products, people, etc.). To your top left, there will be a poll. Let me know what you want to see this upcoming year.

Side note: You guys are a pretty quiet crowd but I expect you guys to get off your butts and vote or I’m going to kick your asses because I’m asking nicely, lol.

XOXO,

Ashlee

Holiday Office Party Dress Codes: 11 Things You Should Never (EVER) Wear

It's the holidays...the only time some people can let loose... For people who HATE love their jobs like me, I say F&^k it! Do everything they say not to on this list, lol!

Click here for ideas!

Cheers!

Why Women Don't (But Should) Lift Weights

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How I Diffuse My Curly Hair


10 slimming winter coats

Let's be honest, there is no such thing as a slimming coat (when you are not slim); nonetheless, the coats are cute...which is what they should have said from the beginning, lol. For slimming cute looks, click here!

Holiday Nail Art

Although I am posting this, I will judge you if you actually follow through, lol. More ideas here!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Play Up Your Best Hidden Asset (15 Pieces To Add Some Drama To Those Shoulder Blades)

Click here!

5 Fun Fat-Burnin​g Workouts

Read here!

Best makeup for your eye color

I'm not sure if I agree with this but...you may. I don't restrict myself to certain colors...Nonetheless, check it out here!

Top 5 Ways to Manage Financial Holiday Stress

Read here!

Budget-Friendly Ideas for a Stylish Holiday

Read here!

Kiss My Face: Upper Management Styling Gel

Has anyone tried this? I ran across it while reading my many articles. According to the site "Upper Management is the final step for luxurious locks that stay under your control. The natural vitamins nourish your hair and scalp cleanly, without buildup. Effective control and hair nourishment all in one." Also, the price is on point, click here for the site.
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