My Skincare Routine

Lifestyle

Hello everyone! Sorry for taking such a long break, I have been struggling a lot with finding inspiration 😦 But I have finally returned ! I’m also very proud to announce I have reached over 50 followers!!!! It may seem like such a small number but to me, it’s like the entire wolrld!

Anyways, here is my skincare routine!

Step 1: Removing Makeup

Now there are three ways I like to remove my makeup. When I’m super tired and lazy I just use a plain old makeup wipe. Preferably neutrogena wipes. If I have a little more time and energy, I turn to my trusted bio makeup remover from Paris. This stuff has the strength to power through stubborn mascara! However it doesn’t remove all makeup so you will have to go in with something else. Finally, my coveted coconut oil. Coconut oil has soo many uses and makeup removing is just one. I can’t say enough good things about it. Another alternative to coconut oil is olive oil, which everyone tends to have in their pantry!

Step 2: Cleansing

 Next step is cleansing! First I always turn to African Black Soap. Black soap has anti-bacterial properties and gets rid of dark spots and acne. Many people have said this is a game changer in the skincare world. Then I might create a scrub out of baking soda and water to get my pores clean. Baking soda is known to treat blackheads.

Step 3: Toning

I know this technically isn’t a toner but I’ve been using oxy-pads as a “toner”. Can’t really say too much about them. I don’t feel like they make a difference. *shrugs* Then I use witch hazel. I use Humphreys Lilac Skin Softening Witch Hazel. Like the title says, it makes my skin super soft. In terms of my hyper pigmentation, I would say yes, I have seen improvements since introducing this product into my routine.

Step 4: Moisturizing

To wrap things up I like to use 99% Aloe Vera gel for my dark spots. You can find this at any organic store. Tip: put this on any pimple for an overnight cure! Next I spray Lush’s Tea Tree Water all over my face. This is a really light moisturizer with the benefits of tea tree oil. Finally I top it off with all natural tea tree oil! And that’s my skincare routine!

Hope you guys found this somewhat helpful! Stay tuned for more!

-A.A

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Fall Favorites 2016!

Miscellaneous

Fashion & Acessories

1. Berets

So, my first favorite is a cult classic! Berets are so fun to style, they make any outfit adorable! Imagine this paired with a cute pair of stockings and boots. They’re literally a perfect hat for fall.

2. Knee High Boots

Hands down, these are my most worn item this season! I’m wearing at least four times a week. I feel like cinderella in these. Paired with a beret, you’re unstoppable!

3. Brown leather jacket

Usually I always lean towards black. But this fall, I’ve been experimenting with warm tones as you can see by my instagram(@ash.leey). I really love this jacket on warmer days. Plus, I really love the style of this one. I wish it came in black or grey!

4. Sock Ankle Boots

For the past couple of weeks, it’s seemed like everyone had these except me. Now that I’ve a proud owner, I definitely don’t regret this purchase. My pair is from Aldo amd they were around $60. Lately I’ve been making a point to invest in good shoes! These fit the bill perfectly!

5. Band Tees

Such an easy piece to style! They’re cool and make me feel so hardcore. ‘Nuff said!

Makeup & Skincare

1. Makeup Revolution Iconic 3 Palette

I have a newfound love for this palette! I absolutely adore rose gold and this palette is basically a dupe for the naked 3 one!

2. Maybelline Dream Velvet Foundation

All month I’ve been reaching for this. It keeps me matte for most of the day and provides full to medium coverage! I’ve also been using a lighter shade as concealer.

 I definitely have more skincare favorites, however I plan on saving them for a skincare routine post!

Music

1. Childish Gambino

Recently Childish Gambino came out with two new songs and I love relaxing, jamming out to them! Check him out!

Thanks for reading! I’ll have a November haul coming out soon! Also happy 20th post to me!

-A.A

September 26, 2016 OOTD

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Hello everyone! It’s officially fall and I’m so excited for Halloween and warm, fuzzy sweaters! Here is a quick ootd to start off the season!

Jeans: F21

Sweater: Marshalls

Jacket: F21

Choker: F21

Shoes: Delias

Thanks for reading! 

 

July & August Favorites!

Miscellaneous

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Hello everyone! It’s been awhile since I’ve made a traditional blog post. August has been a super busy month for me. I was on vacation for two weeks (check out my travel diary video) and I started a new job at my local music store. I really love my new job, I would be there everyday if I could. My coworkers are really funny and there’s a really cute boy there who looks like a combination of a young Leonardo DiCaprio and Cole Sprouse ( I’m in love). I’ve also been busy with my new YouTube channel which you should definitely check out if you haven’t already! Anyways enough about me, let’s jump into this month’s favorites!

Movies
Coco Avant Chanel

Fashion films have to be my absolute favorite! So of course it was only a matter of time before I stumbled upon this gem. Coco Avant Chanel is basically about Coco Chanel’s history and how the House of Chanel got its start. It’s a beautiful, emotional film that really makes you appreciate Chanel so much more. If you’re a fan of the Devil Wears Prada or fashion in general, this is a film for you.

Youtubers

The LineUp
I have admired these ladies for a long time, but latey they’ve been absolutely killing it. Their editing is on point, I just love watching their videos. Watch one of their videos and you’ll see why they’re on my favorites list.

Emily Lee
I have been watching this girl for over a year now and she has come such a long way! She’s very interesting to watch, her videos are never dull! She makes the best lookbooks and lately she’s been doing a video series in which she does makeup looks inspired by album covers. Emily has been uploading almost twice a week lately and I’m obsessed!

Clothing and Accessories

Vogue Glasses
So I got new glasses in August and they are these vogue brand, dark brown glasses. They’re really cute and I think they really suite my face! That’s pretty much all I can say.

           Band Shirts For this one I’ve been inspired by Maddi Bragg. She recently styled a band shirt with a flames skirt and I’ve been obsessed with the look! They’re really casual and laid back and super comfy!

Makeup

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette

I’ve loved this palette since I got it last Christmas. It really is such a versitile palette. You can create glam looks and natural looks. It also suites a wide variety of skin tones. It’s definitely an investment that’s worth the money. I know a lot of names like KathleenLights absolutely adore this palette and so do I! Check it out.

Elf Dark Blush Palette

If you have a dark to medium skin tone and are looking for blushes, this is for you. I’m so surprised that these are so pigmented and unlike my Sephora blush, it lasts all day. So awesome!

Music

Lost in the Light by Bahamas

I absolutely love this song! It’s so catchy and reminds me of beaches and slow dances!

BORNS

My final favorite is Borns! I have had their album on repeat all month! My favorite song on their album is Holy Ghost. Give them a listen!

That’s all for my favorites! So sorry this was so delayed. Hope you all enjoyed!

Thanks!

-A.A

August Haul!

Fashion

Hi everyone! So usually I make blog posts whenever I haul, but this time I decided to make another YouTube video! If you like this way better, give me a big thumbs up and subscribe to my channel for more! Enjoy!

-A.A

Try On Haul: June 16, 2016

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Hello everyone. It’s me again and today I’m bringing you a mini try-on haul! Let’s get right into it!

Shirt: Zara

This shirt was on sale at Zara. It’s very versatile and made of a very breathable fabric. I love it for a casual day out.

Hat: Nyc

I just picked this up at some random tourist store I passed by. I’ve been really into baseball hats and I thought this would be perfect.

 

Shirt: Zara

This was just too cute to pass up!

Romper: Marshalls (One Clothing)

I love rompers for summer looks! Especially ones with long sleeves!

Romper: Marshalls (Sienna Sky)

Once again, I’ve been loving rompers.

Bomber Jacket: Necessary Clothing

I talked about bombers in my June favorites and I’m still loving them. This is perfect for cooler nights during the summer.

Bomber: Zara

I’ve been eyeing this one for awhile and It was finally on sale, so of course I had to get it.

Pouch: Chelsea Market Nyc

Found this really inspirational pouch at the market’s bookstore. I can’t wait to use it with my bags.

Off the shoulder dress: Necessary Clothing

This reminds me so much of the dresses at Zara but it was only half the cost! I’m definitely going to get a lot of wear out of this because it’s so cute!

That’s all for my mini haul! Hope you all enjoyed and suscribe to me!

-A.A

 

June Favorites: Fashion, Beauty, Music & More

Miscellaneous

With the end of June comes a new favorites post! Like many youtubers and bloggers, at the end of every month I’ll be putting together a list of things I really enjoyed throughout the month. I personally really enjoy seeing what has inspired others, so I hope you guys do too! Let’s jump right into it!

Fashion

1. Uniqlo Shirt

Number one on my list is this long tank top from Uniqlo that I’ve kinda been wearing as a dress. You guys know it’s a favorite since I’ve shown myself wearing two different colors in OOTDs. My mother defined it perfectly: Pratical. It’s so easy to transform this shirt from a casual morning to a night out. I’ve worn it with both heals and sneakers and rocked them both! No matter what I usually pair it with various chokers. It is on the short side, so if you’re tall you won’t be able to wear this has a dress, but it’ll still make a cute top. 

2. Bomber Jacket

  Next is a bomber jacket from Zara. It’s supposed to be cropped but I sized up for a looser fit. It’s made of a satin material so it’s very lightweight and perfect for the summer. I just love the rose gold zipper. Details are everything and it will add something special to any outfit. It’s currently on sale so if you can, pick it up. You won’t regret it!

 

My Swimsuit Collection 2016

Fashion

Hello everyone! Since summer is here, I thought it was the perfect time to show you guys my swimsuit collection. I only have a handful to show since summer has only just started, so I might do a part two. Hopefully you can get some ideas for this year.

So this first one is from Target. I got it last year during a buy one get one 50% off sale. The top is a halter top with mis while the sides of the bottom has mesh. I haven’t had any slipping with this one or any crazy tan lines. It’s not super modest, but at the same time it’s not pushing the boundaries.

This one is from Old Navy and I picked it up last year as well. It’s definitely a good hcoice if you’re looking for a little more coverage in a bikini. No sagging or slips with this one either.

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Next is this orange Triangl bikini dupe from Marshalls. It is literally exactly the same but 1/4 the price. I really like the neoprene mat rial because it stays molded to your body. It also smooths things out which is always nice. I picked up the same top in black in the winter clearance section for $4.

Finally is another triangl dupe in white. This is is slightly different because the top straps tie in the back like a halter top and the bottoms clearly aren’t neoprene. Still, the color really pops against my dark skin. The only thing is I wish I got the bottoms a size larger. This is from Target and I got it this year so you can still find it in store!

Hope this was helpful!

-A.A