12/28/13

Dewy CHEEKs

Hi Dolls!
 
Hope you all enjoyed a fabulous Christmas with all your loved ones and that Santa brought you all you had hoped for! ;)
I hope you all shared some much valued time with family and friends; sharing several belly laughs, great food, and of course some delicious cocktails. 
Our family was very spoiled this year! We got to spend the holidays laughing, enjoying each others company, eating lobster, prawns, and a prime rib Christmas dinner- thanks Aunt Cin!

A lot to be thankful for in the year of 2013!
 
And here it is Saturday morning already and a beautiful morning it is here in GR Michigan. Crisp morning air, sun shining bright, snow covered trees glistening, with snow banks mighty high.
  Delicious chocolate chip pancakes sit in front of me thanks to my hubby! I sit with my morning cup of coffee in hand, my oatmeal and avocado mask on, doing what I love- writing to YOU ALL!

I cannot believe 2014 is days upon us! Anyone have any new years resolutions to share?
I plan to start detoxing!
Morning and lunch juicing and exercising regularly.
I always fall off the wagon when I get home from vacation and December is a tough month to be motivated and eat well with all the holiday parties and festivities.

Today, I am sharing with you all a makeup love of mine.
Who doesn't love a dewy, glistening look to their face- RIGHT?!
I am totally in love with cream blushes lately. They are a fabulous option to try if you love that dewy, sultry finish on the apples of your cheeks ;)
A brand I recommend picking up if your a first time user is NYX Cosmetics, found at my favorite store ULTA. Be sure and bring your coupon and also watch for buy 1, get one 50% off.

NYX Cosmetics is a great line that is extremely affordable. They have great products that are very pigmented and long lasting.
NYX Rouge Cream Blushes are velvety smooth offering a dewy wash of radiant color to your cheeks.
My 2 favorites that I am sharing with you today are Boho Chic (left) and Tickled (right).
Boho Chic is a soft and gentle baby pink.
 Tickled is a soft shimmering peaches and cream finish.



 
 
 


These blushes are great to wear in the winter because they give you that glow that your skin is missing in the dry, wintery months.
This line of cream blushes that NYX offers has a several colors to choose from that will suit anyone's liking. These blushes are buildable to attain the perfect amount of pigment you are looking for, whether it be suttle or dramatic.
Better yet, they last all day.
Be sure and apply your cream blush with your fingertips or a makeup sponge right where you want it.

I do love shopping at ULTA because they always have testers on the floor so you can sample the product and color before purchase.
At $6.00 a piece for these blushes, add a coupon, you would be silly not to give one a try.


Do you have a favorite blush product whether it be cream or powder? If so, I would love to hear about it because I love trying new things!

Hope you all enjoy the rest of 2013.
 
HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL!



<3

12/22/13

HAPPY HOLIDAYS

 
Hi Dolls!
Happy Holidays to you ALL!
Hope you all have been staying warm this winter! I apologize for my absence in writing on the blog. It’s been a busy couple months! NO EXCUSE THOUGH, because I truly love writing. Just wish there was more time in the day. I keep telling myself, maybe I should be getting up early and writing- but I am so not a morning person!
I am very thankful this holiday season. My hubby and I got to celebrate our 1st anniversary in the Dominican Republic together for a week, which was fabulous with some much needed R and R. Back to reality with work and the chaos of finishing holiday shopping and gift wrapping. Though I LOVE nothing more than giving a great gift to someone you love and care so much about! And did I mention, we got to come back to almost a foot of snow. The winter has not been so nice to Michiganders this year.
I wanted to share some special news with you all!
After countless months of research, lots of praying, sweat and tears I am proud to announce the opening of MY online store, Ginny Blues to open this 
March 2014.
I AM BEYOND EXCITED AND THRILLED!
The focus of my store will be trendy pieces of female clothing and accessories at very affordable prices.
Yes, I am a Registered Nurse by day, but my passion and OBSESSION lies within fashion, with an appreciation for fabulous and affordable style.
Don’t worry; I am not quitting my day job.
 
 I have a website in the process of design dedicated to Ginny Blues. I plan to put together fashionable pieces for you (from Ginny Blues merchandise) and post them on the blog.
 
Often I get from women that the hardest thing is pairing things together to make an outfit. Take for example a great top;  what bottom, shoe, and or accessory do you then pair with it?
That’s where I come in and that’s what I love doing! I love helping you make a great top LOOK FABULOUS with that killer pair of heels, or stunning piece of jewelry.
 
I am blessed to have the help and business expertise of my oh-so stylish cousin Elyse in all of this.
She will be my sidekick in helping me find fabulous pieces to offer you all.
In 5 short weeks we will be shopping the Chicago StyleMax to bring you the latest, most fabulous trends for the spring at VERY affordable prices.
 If any of you know me, I am a bargain shopper through and through and that’s what I intend to do for all of you.
 
Off that exciting note, I am here to share a fabulous holiday look with you all tonight.
Leopard print is in full swing this holiday season and I am totally obsessed.
Pictured below is a fabulous holiday outfit to wear to any Christmas party; whether it be work, family, or friends gathering.
 
These pieces below are not only fabulous put together like so, but can be used for other occasions. Pair this gorgeous leopard top with a great pair of skinny jeans and tall black boots. Have a winter wedding to attend? Pair this beautiful black skirt with an oxblood red scoop-neck shirt.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Top- here
Heels- here
Skirt- here
Clutch-here
Bracelet- here
Necklace- here
Lipstick- here
 
Thank you ALL for supporting Profoundly Ash this year! I cannot wait to see what 2014 brings!
 
Hope you all enjoy this week with the ones you love. May God bless you all with a new year full of health, wealth, love, and happiness.
 
<3
 
 
 
























11/21/13

FOUNDATION- I FINALLY found my HOLY GRAIL!

Hi Lovely Ladies!
 
Hope you all have had a great week so far! THANK GOD IT'S THURDAY :)
 
I wanted to share with you all a foundation you must ALL try. I have heard about this foundation for some time due to all the Vloggers and Bloggers out there. But have to say, was too chicken to try it. Thanks to my cousin, she took the plunge first and I was sold after I saw the change in her appearance and all the amazing things she had to say about the foundation.
 
Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation.
It is the gold standard in foundation for so many reasons!


 
 
1. 15-hour staying power- this is no joke!
 
2. Fresh and flawless looking skin through heat, humidity, and nonstop craziness.- they are not kidding, it really is that stellar and that long-wearing!
Looks like the first hour your first applied it, ALL DAY LONG.
 
3. Lightweight and comfortable. Not sticky or heavy feeling at all.
 
4. Medium to full coverage that is buildable.
 
5. Oil-controlling, oil-free, won't clog pores.
 
6.Dermatologist tested.



 
 
Most of you that follow me know that I am always covering up a breakout or uneven skin tone. I truly can use this foundation without even applying a concealer. It covers EVERYTHING with one application and doesn't feel heavy in the least bit. It glides on your skin, giving it a satin, dewy finish.

With one application of this with my foundation brush, my skin transforms to this beautiful, flawless face. Always remember to set your foundation with the setting powder of your choice.
 
Ladies, try this foundation if you haven't found one your dreamy over. I have tried them all- MAC, Dior, airbrush foundations, every drugstore brand on the market and then some. This foundation is a true gem.

You can buy this foundation for 37$ at any participating Estee Lauder department store; Macys, Bloomingdales, and Nordstrom.

What is your favorite foundation and why do you love it? I love to hear your comments!

Have yourselves an amazing rest of the week :)


<3

11/14/13

GLOW for the Holidays

Hi Dolls!
 
Hope everyone is having a great week!
 
I am so thrilled for you all to check out the "new look" to the blog! I happen to love it :)

I don't know about you, but I am getting so excited for the holidays! Trying to hold back from decorating for Christmas. There are so many great things I love about the holidays. Do you have a favorite memory?

I am so thankful and grateful for this life God has blessed my Eddie and I with.
With the holidays comes great food and cocktails, getting together with the family and laughing out loud until our stomachs hurt, decorating, shopping for loved ones, dressing up, pumpkin spice and peppermint lattes, holiday parties, trying new makeup looks to go with glam fashion for special occasion parties!
And so much more!
 
Ever kick up your makeup for the holidays? Why not! It is a great time to "get out of the box!"
Believe it or not, your makeup routine may be missing that special finishing touch that will create a BIG DIFFERENCE!
 
~LUMINIZING~
Ever hear of it? It is one of the smartest products around and can be very inexpensive. To find out what it can do for you and how you can use it to look fabulous, keep reading :)
 
I call the luminizer the hidden gem in the makeup world. Who doesn't love dewy, fresh skin like J-Lo's?! Well ladies, she uses a luminizer!

Below is E.L.F. "warm bronzer" sold at Meijer and Target for $3. A total steal and a good pick up if you want to try out a luminizer.
I definitely use this as a luminizer and not as an all-over bronzer because you would look like a disco ball.

 
Luminizer is a shimmery mineralized product applied to the skin. Luminizers diffuse light to make skin look dewy, soft, and youthful. It is used to highlight certain areas of the face and body. For example, run it along your cheekbones as a highlighter or down the center of your nose to give it a slimmer effect. 

Below are three of my favorite luminators. From left to right MAC Porcelain Pink (limited edition), MAC Lightscapade, and MAC Gold Deposit.

I use whichever one depending on my mood :)

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Luminizer is applied after you have applied your foundation and concealer and set with powder. Why set your face with powder after your liquid foundation and concealer? So it lasts longer and doesn't run in the middle of the day :)

To highlight, sweep a small amount of luminizer along the tops of your cheekbones before you put on your blush or bronzer. It can also be used to highlight the inner corners of the eye or the area right under your eyebrows.
 Create a stripe down the center of your nose to give it more symmetry. Experiment to see what works well for you.

Hoping your liking the new look of the blog as much as I am!

Do you have a favorite luminizer you cannot live without?

Wishing you all a fabulous weekend!
 Cannot wait to share with you all a BIG announcement soon that I am so excited over as well as a FABULOUS beauty GIVEAWAY coming very soon!

<3

 
 
 


11/7/13

Faux Fur

Hi Dolls :)
 
TGIF Tomorrow!
 
WaHOOOOOOOOOOO!
 
I wanted to share one of my favorite trends for the season and a great addition to your Christmas list- FAUX FUR.

A great gift for just about any special female in your life whether you by it for your wife, girlfriend, mom, aunt, friend ect.
All it is quite simply is fake fur. I love it because you can dress it up or dress it down and it still looks classy. It also flatters almost anyone worn right. You can also wear faux fur so many different ways.
And it is extremely affordable when found right!
 
I pulled a few favorites for you and they are all under 40$!


 
 
 
1. I love this beigy-black faux fur vest. It is edgy, yet classy. A great piece to pair with your skinny denim and tall boots, black jeans and booties, or flare denim and nude pumps. Buy this gorgeous piece here.
 
2. Who doesn't love black and white?! This beautiful black and white vest is a great piece to wear out to lunch with the girls, out on the go running errands, or out sipping coffee on vacation in the mountains- I wish :) 
Pair this vest with a black beanie, leggings, and a great pair of wedge boots.
Purchase this here.
 
3. I absolutely love color! Not a fan of wearing dresses for the holidays? I see this gorgeous red vest paired with a great pair of pleather black leggings or a pair of black sequined leggings with a fierce pair of black heels. Want to add so more character? Add a fun black floppy hat, a dark smokey eye, and nude lip.
Click here for purchase.
 
Do you have a favorite trend this season? I would love to hear!

Have yourselves a fabulous weekend in whatever you do :)
 
HUGS!
 
<3
 
Ash






11/4/13

Foundation Tips

Hi Dolls!
 
Hope your weekend was fabulous! I just have to say, GO GREEN GO WHITE GO STATE!
 
Not sure about you all, but I LOVE MAKEUP! Kind of obsessed you could say. My bathroom pretty much revolves around it. It's everywhere! My poor husband, haha! He is so sweet though...he bought me a great shelving unit to keep it all organized and try to stay clean.
Me keeping my space clean and organized other than work, pry not! 
My hubby is really great about my hot mess clutter of beauty necessities. 
We have 3 bathrooms in our house and he chooses to share the master bath with me! His problem, not mine :)~
Lets hope he doesn't read this post!!
 
Foundation, god love it! It is the best war paint ever invented. Truly has the ability to transform a face.
Though, it can be tricky finding the best coverage and color for your skin. Most of us are not wearing the correct Undertone, cool or warm.
No worries, it's actually quite simple.
 
Cool Undertones
Roll up your sleeves and take a look at the inside of your wrists. If you have cool undertones, you will notice your skin has a pink, red, or blue tinge to it.
Take a look at your veins on the inside of your forearm. Are they blue or green? 
If they look more blue, you are rocking the cool tones.
 
Warm Undertones
Are you a warm one? You will notice your skin has a yellow, gold, or peach hue to it. If the veins on the inside of your forearm are green, you are a warm undertone.

Take for example my LOREAL Foundation below. At the very bottom of the bottle you see the words "warm" for warm undertone skin. 
 
 
Also peak at the top or bottom of the foundation for undertone specifics.
"W" is for warm and 5 is for the level of color.
Color level will depend on how light or dark you need to buy.
When your dealing with drugstore makeup where you can't test it on your skin before buying, sometimes it's just trial and error when it comes to your color level.

 
Neutral Undertones
Are you none of the above? Don't worry there is a tone for you!  You are neutral if your skin is neither pink/red/blue nor yellow/gold/peach, but somewhere in between. And better yet, your veins are blue-green.

Each foundation line caters to Undertones so be sure and read your labels.
 
Oily Skin
Look for a foundation that is "oil-free", oil-control" or "mattifying."
 
Dry Skin
Look for moisturizing foundations. Look for the words "hydrating" or "moisture-rich" wording on the bottle.
 
Combination Skin
You are a combination of dry and oily skin. Cream-to-powder bases work great.
 
Sensitive Skin
Mineral foundations work well on all skin types, especially for those that are sensitive.
 
Coverage: Do You Want Light, Medium or Heavy?
I like to choose a lighter coverage for spring and summer months and heavier, creamier coverage for the colder months
If you have nice skin, but want to even out your skin tone, tinted moisturizers are great.
Having sensitive skin, uneven skin tone, and being prone to breakouts, I definitely always use a medium coverage in the winter. Most medium coverage foundations have the ability to build to full-coverage. Usually in the summer I can get away with a great CC Cream. My favorite being Smashbox's CC Cream.
I have still yet to find my perfect winter medium-full coverage foundation. I have been trying lots for you! So far I am still sold on the 24-hr Revlon Colorstay Whipped Foundation.
I have a couple foundations to add to my list to try this winter, Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Foundation and Lock-It Tattoo Foundation by Kat Von D, both have rave reviews.

Hope this helped all of you a bit. If your ever in doubt, treat yourself to a trip to the makeup counters at Macy's and let the professionals help. If there is one thing to spend money on in your makeup kit, I recommend it be foundation.

Please message me if you have any questions or requests for a future post!

Have yourselves a great week!

HUGS!

<3Ash
 



 
 
 
 
 


10/31/13

Pamper your Skin

Hi Dolls!
 
~HAPPY HALLOWEEN~
 
Hope everyone has got to enjoy a bit of this beautiful fall we have had. I love everything about the season. Pumpkin spice lattes, the leaves changing, wine tasting, cool crisp air, college football, bonfires, road trips, HALLOWEEN and so much more!
Though I love fall, my skin starts to take a beating. I want to touch on some skin care tips for this cold and dry season that you can also carry on to the winter months.
 
Hands
To keep your hands in tip top shape, be sure and purchase an alcohol free cleanser to put next to your desk. It will be less drying than washing your hands repeatedly with soap and water. It's the wet to dry that soaks up all the moisture out of your skin. Slather on lotion right after cleansing.
Eucerin Intensive Repair Extra Enriched Hand Crème is a great buy.
 For extra added moisture trapping, lotion up your hands with Eucerin at night and throw on a pair of gloves.
There is nothing like an old pair of hands to show your age.
 
Elbows/Knees 
Do any of you suffer from dry patches on elbows or knees? To treat this you want to grab a hydrating scrub. You can actually create this with a couple of ingredients in your kitchen, honey and sugar. Who knew, honey reduces inflammation and sugar increases circulation. Mix the two ingredients 1:1 and make it a part of your shower routine.
 
Exfoliating 
All-over body exfoliating is definitely a must in the cold months to rid your body of dead skin cells and to allow your moisturizer to penetrate deep into the skin.
A great cheap buy is St. Ives Purify Exfoliating Wash for $3 at any drugstore.
 
Body 
Give your body a full layer of moisture after drying off from your shower.
My mom turned me on to Neutrogena Body Oil years ago and has been a favorite of mine for quite some time now. It is very light and vanishes into the skin shortly after application. Your skin feels soft, silky, and radiant.
You also know how I feel about Coconut Oil. This works great too as a body moisturizer.
 
Face 
Facial moisturizers should be a must in your daily and nightly routines. You only get one beautiful face to pamper so you better spoil it!
No matter the type of skin you have, it is so important to give your skin moisture on a daily basis.
 
Right now I am a big fan of Aveno Daily Moisturizer for my morning routine. This gentle chamomile-infused moisturizer has SPF 15 and does not irritate the skin, without breaking the bank.
I am also a big fan of Cerave Moisturizing Lotion that is great for sensitive skin. It moisturizes, protects, and gives the skin a protective barrier.
 
For my night time moisturizing regimen I just started using SkinCeuticals Phyto Corrective Gel for the past month. I have very sensitive, easily irritated, acne prone skin. This gel is a fabulous oil-free hydrator for those with problematic skin who are sensitive, easily irritated, and prone to breakouts.
It contains anti-inflammatory cucumber and anti-bacterial thyme to soothe and calm the skin. Another plus, it fights and acts to treat skin discoloration. This magic in a bottle can be a bit pricey. But what moisturizer can do that many things?!
 I found the best price for you here. This bottle will last you a good 6 months if used once a day.
 
All products above that I did not share a link to are all found at your local drugstore or supermarket.
 
I would love to know what all your holy grails are or what you have found that works well for you!
 
I hope you all stay tuned! My blog is getting a major face life here soon and I am raffling off a major giveaway to celebrate!!!
 
Have yourselves a great weekend!
 
GO GREEN, GO WHITE
&
Sparty ON!
 
<3Ash

10/21/13

Get Your MASK On!


Hi Dolls!

I have been away for far too long and I do apologize! Hope you all are doing well. I wanted to touch on skin care maintenance and conditioning. Let’s be honest, no one wants to age and prevention and good skin care routines are key to beautiful skin!

Are you spending the time on your skin that it needs weekly? Requiring applying a facial mask twice a week? Well if not, you may want to start. Facial mask benefits are endless. They not only condition and treat the skin, but bring life back to your skin as well.

I cannot stress the importance of skin care enough. Working in the industry I do, it has surely opened my eyes to realizing that I can’t trade my skin in down the road. Aging is inevitable, but we can at least provide a great skin care routine day and night to keep our largest organ looking its best.

So what mask to buy you ask will depend on your skin type. There are several different types of masks out there depending on your skin type. Oily/combination skin benefits from clay masks to fight acne. There are exfoliating masks to wash away dead skin cells. People who are dry, benefit from anything from glycerin to aromatherapy oils. Sensitive or easily irritated skin should look for a mask with green tea ingredients. Also, play around with ingredients in your own kitchen to mix the perfect combination for your skin.

Never applied a mask, and not really sure what to do. Before applying your mask, be sure and remove all makeup with a cleansing cloth. Proceed to wash your face with your cleanser of choice. Gently pat your skin dry and apply your mask with your fingertips. Allow the mask to sit on the skin for 20 minutes before removing it with warm water. Be sure and apply your favorite moisturizer when finished.

I have two favorite masks that I am l loving lately. My skin is combination skin, sensitive, and prone to breakouts. I stumbled across Formula 10.0.6 Pores Be Pure, skin-clarifying mask at Ulta this summer. I picked up this $5.99 mask because I couldn’t stop reading the amazing reviews and I couldn’t believe the price. This mask lives by its motto and goes right to work on clogged pores. The smell of this mask alone is beyond delicious, exhibiting the smell of a field of strawberries. I truly can say that after using this mask over the past 8-10 weeks, I feel that it truly works GREAT eliminating impurities. When I feel a breakout coming on, I apply this before bed. I have not only noticed a reduction in my pore size, but in the amount of redness in my skin. Give this mask a try, and in one application you will see and feel a difference in the surface of your skin.

Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque. Need I say more about the QUEEN?! This mask truly rocks! I was introduced to this diamond in the rough by my cousin, who is pry the one and only person that I know who is as obsessed with everything beauty and fashion as I am. I actually use this mask as a spot treatment on my already existing breakouts. With one application, you will be sold. At $3.99, this stuff is irresistible. Easily found at Walgreens or Ulta.
 
 
 

Freeman Beauty has great facial masks as well that I recommend trying. Avocado and Oatmeal Facial Mask is a great nourishing mask with Vitamin E, Avocado, and Oatmeal. Perfect for normal to combination skin.
Want a great mask to exfoliate and purify the skin? Try Freeman Beauty, Cucumber Facial Peel-Off Mask. It has cooling and moisturizing properties that peel away impurities. Cucumber Extracts and Aloe soothe, moisturize, and repair the skin. Perfect for normal to combination skin. Both of these great masks are available for $3.99 at any Walgreens or Ulta.

I cannot stress enough how my skin has changed by adding an affordable mask to my routine just twice a week. My skin tone is softer and my breakouts are slim to none.

So ladies grab your girlfriends, your favorite mask, and a bottle of wine and have some fun!
If you would like me to blog about my holy grail skin care routine, please let me know.
Have yourself a fantastic week!
 
<3 Ash
 

9/29/13

Wet N' Wild


Hi Dolls!

Hope you all had a fantastic weekend. I wanted to do a review on Wet N’ Wild products, a very affordable brand everyone can add to their makeup collection. 
When it comes to makeup, I am all about richness and highly pigmented products. And when it comes to makeup, sometimes you get what you pay for. BUT, not when we are talking Wet N’ Wild matte lipsticks and shadow collections. 

If you all haven’t heard of Wet N’ Wild, I would be surprised. It’s been around forever it feels like. It was my go to drugstore makeup brand when I was first starting out, lets say 7th grade. I haven’t used it in quite a spell and thought I would see if they have stepped up their game, which they surely have.

I am loving their semi-matte MEGA LAST lipsticks right now. The pigment in these lipsticks are out of this world. They are matte, yet have a beautiful cream finish.  These glide on easily and provide you with beautiful moisture and rich color for a good 6 hours. I can have my morning coffee and eat lunch before having to reapply! Better yet, they are a bargain price at $1.89 a piece. With twenty-five luscious shades to pick from, I am sure there is one out there for most everyone to enjoy ;)

My two favorites that I cannot seem to get enough of lately are, Don’t Blink Pink (brighter shade) and Think Pink (lighter shade). I tell ya, I can never get enough beautiful pinky nude shades in my collection and I am a sucker for anything bright lately. Don’t Blink Pink is a great dupe to MAC’s- Girl About Town and Think Pink is a great dupe to MAC’s- Please Me.
 
 
Ever thought about playing up your eyes with some colored shadows, but never feel like spending the bucks on products to do so? Wet N' Wild’s COLOR ICON Eye shadow Collections are fabulous. They include eight beautiful, highly pigmented shadows that are great to play around with, especially if you are new to color. They also help you with defining where to apply what color.
 

With the holidays just around the corner, you definitely want to add at least one of these great palates to your collection. Looks are endless with the variety of shades offered in each palate. The two palates that I have been loving are Petal Pusher and Blue Had Me at Hello. There is also a third palate that I have yet to get my hands on, called Comfort Zone. As you can see below, the highly pigmented colors are amazing. At 6$ a piece, you truly cannot resist these collections.
 

 


If any of you have any requests for future posts, I would love to hear them. If you would like to see a tutorial with these shadows, just say the word :)
I want to share so many more posts with you all, just wish there was more time in the day ;)

Be sure and have yourselves a fabulous week!

<3 Ash

 

9/20/13

BOOT-ique

Happy TGIF Dolls!
 
Living in Michigan this month, I am not sure to flip on a pair of sandals or bust out the boot collection with this weather we have been having. No matter where you Fall or Winter- boots should be a functional and fashionable piece to everyone's closet.
For me, I cannot get enough of the ankle booties this season. They are comfy, versatile, stylish, trendy and affordable buy.
Call me a boot-a-holic, I bought these beauties below in early August ;)
 
 
 
 
What to pair with these boots you all ask.
 
From Left to Right:
 
1. I would pair this tan wedge ankle boot with a pair of black skinny jeans, a carmel oversized top, and a black leather bomber jacket. If you are a bit daring, I would throw on a floppy hat and a bold berry lip.

2. I would pair this black wedged beauty with a great pair of distressed boyfriend jeans, a great statement t-shirt, and an oversized above the knee sweater jacket.

3. Pair these fun fringe heeled boots with a great fall floral maxi dress and a jean jacket. Or a skinny jean and classy kimono.
 
4. This fun pair of black wedge boots are unfortunately sold out, but I found you a similar look that I actually like better! Pair this fun pair of black booties with just about anything. A pair of black leggings and over sized t-shirt comes to my mind. Also this bootie would look great with a casual dress, bomber jacket, and a great hat.
MyGofer 



Better yet ladies, these boots are not only fierce and fabulous, they are all under $30! Pretty much a steal I'd say.

In my eyes it is never too early to buy for the season ahead!

Taking any and all suggestions for my next post :) Have yourselves a fabulous weekend!


<3 Ash


 

9/18/13

Berry Beautiful Lippies

Hi Dolls! :)

Hope everyone is having a great week. Half of September has already flown by. I cannot believe it!


Fall is my favorite time of the year for many reasons. One being Fall fashion and beauty.
 
I could not be more thrilled with the fact that the bold berry lip is in high demand this Fall. Purples, berries, and red lippies to me scream fierce and fabulous.

I often pair these bold lips with a neutral eye and a clean face. If I am going out for cocktails and dancing, or a fancy dinner, I may kick it up a notch with a cat eye and some false lashes.
 
Here are just a few I picked up recently.


 
From Left to Right

Milani- Sangria
Revlon- Berry Haute
Revlon- Cherries in the Snow
Maybelline- Blissful Berry
Cover Girl Lipslicks- 215

 Cover Girl Wetslicks- Cranberry Splash



 
 These swatches are one swipe of each color. I paired both Cover Girl products together in the last swatch. These lipsticks are very pigmented and you can build them for a more dramatic look.

Not sure you can rock this look? Sure you can! Take baby steps and start off with a lighter shade ;)

1. Find your favorite celebrity figure who is rocking the dark berry lip to help you mimic the look. Beyonce, Katy Perry, Coco Rocha, and Khloe Kardashian are just to name a few.

2. The lighter your skin, the more dramatic the look. Decide how much of a statement you want to make and adjust your look accordingly.

3. Be sure and outline your lips with a lip pencil close to the shade of your lipstick. Any drugstore brand will do. This will give you a symmetric overall look. Apply lipstick with a brush for longer wear if you do not have a steady hand.

4. Your lips are doing all the talking. Be sure and keep your skin fresh, clean, and dewy. Make your eyes pop with your favorite mascara. Want an added pop to this look, amp it up with a pair of falsies.

Many of you may ask what would you wear with this lip? Your options are endless! Try a great pair of skinny jeans, over the knee boots and bomber jacket. A great cocktail dress . A pair of palazzo pants and a great tank.
Lets just say, you can pair this lip with as simple as a t-shirt and boyfriend jeans.

 ALL YOU NEED IS CONFIDENCE LADIES!

Any skin tone can rock this BERRY BEAUTIFUL LIP :)

Let me know what color you ladies are digging this season.
Be sure and have yourself a great week!



<3 Ash

9/10/13

Nailed It

Hi Dolls!
 
Oh, it has been too long. Three weeks too long. I do apologize! I have definitely missed blogging to you all these past few weeks. Life has been a little chaotic. Pray you never get a kidney stone. They are truly miserable in more ways than you can count.
 
Is everyone ready for FALL? I sure am :) But that doesn't mean you can neglect your pretty fingers and toes.
 
Who doesn't love getting pampered with a great mani or pedi?! It is relaxing and you walk out of the salon looking like a million bucks. But who has the time or even the money to get your fingernails and toes painted every 2 weeks.
Not everyone....
 
Anyone dread painting their own nails? I just don't have the time or patience to allow them to dry completely. So what ends up happening....I will think they are dry, then I go do something around the house and I am wrong every time. I should have waited another 5 or 10 minutes for them to dry. Back to square one.
 
Well ladies, stress no more. Thanks to a couple special people in my life, I was recently introduced to a product I call " A Girls Best Friend."
 
A total steal right!
 
 
 
 
It is so simple. Paint your fingernails and toes. Apply 1-2 express dry drops on each nail after painting. Super easy. Your nails and cuticles will also get enriched with Vitamin E and almond oil at the same time. Your nails will be dry in 60 seconds or less. I PROMISE! You truly cannot beat this. An amazing product and its $2.99

I hope you all enjoy this product. A quick trip to Ulta is where its at.
I hope you all have an amazing week. Thanks for reading :)
 
 
<3 Ash
 
 
FYI-I blog about only things that I have tried and tested myself. I do not get paid to do this. I do this because I love it :)

 
 
 


8/21/13

Just Peachy

Hi Dolls!
 
Hope you all have had a great week so far. I am sorry I have not posted in a while. Life has been crazy busy!
This post is a bunch of firsts for me.
My first mini photo shoot. My first time posting pictures of myself on the blog. And my first time blogging about what I myself am wearing.
Kind of exciting! :)
 
I can't lie, I am not much of one to have a serious face on ever.
If you know me, I am either smiling or laughing out loud, usually at myself! And I have never been a huge fan of my photo taken either. Though I have to say when it was all said and done, it was a riot taking these photos. 
My girlie friend Dawn shot these beautiful pictures and I was lucky enough to have some great girlfriends there cheering me on, making me laugh my butt off! So I may just have to add a blooper in just for kicks.
I chose to share this look with you all because it's fun, relaxed and a flirty girl next door look. Pair this look with beautiful beach waves and natural makeup with medium deep contouring and you have yourselves this look.
 
This set of jeans truly is one of the comfiest pairs I have ever owned. They work  great with your curves, but remain stretchy and comfy at the same time. They are a fabulous dark wash that have an amazing slimming affect on the legs and make your "toosh" look amazing.
Another plus is they go with just about everything.
 
I am loving this peach sweater. It is so effortless with a beautiful hint of sparkle. Peach may just be one of my favorite colors. Blondes, brunettes and red heads can all pull this color off and look fabulous.
 
Shoes shoes shoes! I just can never get enough of them! Ask my husband, they take over our entire home and garage.  
This nude pair of wedges walked into my life this spring and have walked many miles with me. They go great with a boot cut jean, flare, skinny and boyfriend fit. Not to mention, the best part is they were less than 20$ and you can wear them for hours.

 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jeans// Stella Express Stretch (similar here )
Sweater//Forever 21 (similar here and here )
Wedges//Burlington Coat Factory (similar here )
Watch//Michael Kors (similar here )
Bangles//Forever 21 (similar here )
Handbag//Balenciaga (similar here )
 
 
 I had to add that last photo because I love to laugh! And I did a lot of it during this shoot :) I cannot wait to do more. I have been doing lots of fall shopping so there will be plenty to come.
 I hope you enjoyed this post. Let me know if you guys would like me to put a certain outfit together for a future post; date night, girls night out, rocker chic, beach day or whatever comes to mind. Thanks for following.
Have yourselves a great rest of your week!
 
~Hugs~
 
<3Ash
 
 
 

8/14/13

COLOR Me Pretty


Hi Dolls :)

Thinking about changing up your strands for Fall 2013? It’s just hair. What do you have to lose?!

Take the plunge with me and keep on reading :)

Dimension is key for this seasons color trends. It’s about enhancing your natural tones by kicking it up a couple notches.
My beachy buttery blondes be sure to ask for blended sunny highlights with deep golden low-lights. Jen, Cameron, Blake, Kate and Rachel are all beautiful examples. Long, medium or short you can
still be a blonde bombshell with lovely golden hues. 

 
For hair like honey, ask for a shadowing affect at your root which will make you a deeper blonde. It is super seductive and sultry with a deeper root cascading to a honey golden blonde. Just take a look at these babes below.
Flawless and fabulous!


Strawberry Goldilocks be sure and go for a richer golden red hue this season. It will give you a seductive and sultry look.
 I am so jelly of red heads. How can you not drool over Emma, Amy and Isla's gorgeous red locks, right?!
Red to me just rings sexy! It makes me want to take the plunge from blonde to red this season :)
 

 
Golden sunny brown gals be sure and aim for subtle honey and caramel laced highlights.
From Maria and JLO to Jessica and Kate, these girls are style icons.
They are always changing up their brunette locks and always keeping it fresh.
 
  
 
If your locks are chocolate brown, go for fine streaks of gold and copper enhanced highlights with face framing layers. Or kick it up a notch and ask for these golden tones towards the ends for an ombre look to give a fresh twist on your brunette bombshell locks.
 I myself can not stop admiring the gorgeous gold tones in Minka and Khloe's hair.
 If you have gorgeous long cascading locks, you must try the ombre look this Fall.
 
 
 
My rich deep browns, go daring for a deep dark all-over hue.
If you are one with that fabulous olive skin tone that everyone wishes they had, you must kick it up a notch and go DARK!
The Kardashian sisters are great examples of this gorgeous hue.
 
  
 
All of these looks I have mentioned add warmth and richness for a flawless head of locks.
Still unsure what is the right look for you? Take a picture of yourself and email me at profoundlyash@gmail.com
Or go have a consultation with an experienced stylist that's recommended in your area.
I love that color alone can give hair an amazing dramatic change.
So do blondes or brunettes have more fun?!
Take the plunge this season and do something fun and different!
Life is just too darn short :)
Have yourselves a great rest of your week.
~Hugs~

<3Ash