Sunday, August 24, 2014

Hey You, Do You Poshmark?

If you haven’t heard about Poshmark, you need to get on it! It’s like my favorite new obsession. If you have a Plato’s Closet in your area you know they buy your gently used clothing and give you a couple bucks for it, but not nearly as much as you probably purchase the clothing for. Well, stop going there NOW! Poshmark is an app where you post your new or gently used clothes discounted on what you think may be reasonable, people view your closet, purchase the items they want and BOOM, Poshmark takes 20% and the rest of the money is yours!

With Poshmark you can deposit your earnings to your bank account or you can buy more stuff in other people’s closet! It’s a win-win situation! What you may not love anymore that’s been in your closet for months or even years, someone has been dying to find!

Definitely download and check it out, you won’t be disappointed, with brands like ASOS, Jeffery Campbell, and Zara you sure will not leave disappointed! I just purchased the Caged ASOS dress seen on Celebrity Stylist Emily B for 20 bucks! WOW! Oh yea, and it’s not only clothing, people sell EVERYTHING up there I even purchased Hip Hop Abs for 15 bucks, what a steal!

Please download Poshmark right away and follow my closet @herbossyash, all shoes are 20 dollars and under and I definitely have some Fab Finds you’ll be sure to love!

Here’s a few screenshots…

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Keyshia Cole for Steve Madden

I am a huge fan of Keyshia Cole, i enjoy her music as well as her constant hair changes she goes through (her hair is always gorgeous, for the most part!) 

Last year she teamed up with Steve Madden and came out with a great collection of shoes that i was unable to get my hands on.However, the styles were very bold and eclectic, definitely made for the girl that likes to be the center of attention

Now she's back with the 2nd collection with Steven madden and this time i definitely will be purchasing a pair in the near future. The shoes in this years collection are even bolder then last years and are definitely statement pieces to dress up any ensemble this spring and summer!

The prices aren't that bad, ranging less then $200 a pair, sometimes when i make a purchase that's a little more than what i would like to spend, i like to break it up in paychecks, take $100 from each check and then VIOLA by 1 month, you have what you really wanted! In my head, it makes me feel like i didn't spurge too bad on something.

Anywoo, i picked 3 of my favorite pair from the collection and as of right now i dont know which one i will be picking. I guess ill let you all know in a month lol. 
so let me know, any of you interested in her new collection? As of right now, if you go to the Steve Madden website, you can enter their giveaway which will allow 1 winner to pick 3 of your favorite shoes from the collection while also receiving an autographed photo from Keyshia herself! Enter Here!

Bling Bling on a Budget

As i was strolling through the mall for some new jewelry pieces to accent a couple of outfits i recently purchased, i stumbled in to Charlotte Russe. I don't know if many people know this, but i hate spending money on jewelry. Don't get me wrong, i love a nice necklace or some super cute earrings but my heart doesn't sit well spending a lot of $$$ on jewelry.

With that being said, i found my way to the jewelry section which eventually let me to the clearance section where i found a couple of very nice and bold looking necklaces. I turned them around waiting to see $16.99 or something of that sort only to be surprised to see $.99! UNBELIEVABLE RIGHT? 

At first i said to myself this has to be a mistake then i started reaching for more and they all said $.99 as well! The price was perfect, i picked up a few more pieces that would go great with any spring outfit and i left CR with a great feeling especially since i was able to get such an awesome deal.

I would highly suggest you all go to your local CR and stock up if they still have this sale going on. You can also check them out online at Charlotte Russe.

Talk to ya later!

Friday, March 14, 2014

I'm Bringing Shoegasms Back

Hey beautiful ladies!

So do any of you remember on ISAIDIWASAMAZING when i would do my weekly "Shoegasm" post where i would post some bad ass shoes then give you all the deets?
.... no? nobody? no one remembers? well okay then lol!

One of the reasons i discontinued that segment was due to my fiances, i was buying shoes like i had a full time job and i had places to be! I had to woo-sah a little bit and calm ALL THE WAY down. I mean i still buy, adore and DROOL over some bad ass heels but me clicking the purchase button has now become a full convo with myself and my wallet lately.

However, now that I'm in a better and wiser place in my life, i feel like i should bring back those shoegasm post and anyway who said i had to actually purchase the shoes, however for this post, i did purchase them. (Hey i deserved it!)

These two pair of shoes are both from Shoedazzle and under $50!

The first pair which are called the "NICHOLE" are these AMAZING mesh, open toe black booties! I swear i never seen them on the site but when the oh so beautiful blogger @arjaunjubri from started posting how much she loved these booties i became instantly enticed and I HAD TO HAVE THEM ... so i bought them and i cant wait to wear them, like seriously i cant wait to wear them!

The second pair are these cute cut-out sandals that are available in 3 different accents, "Mireya". i purchased the yellow and brown pair! What i love the most about these sandals is the faux snake skin detail on the heel and sole of the shoes! I can definitely see myself wearing them out for a nice night on the town with my girlfriends during the upcoming deathly hot summer we will be having!

Tell me what you think? Would you purchase any of these shoes?

Definitely will be posting more pictures as soon as i wear them! Thanks again ladies!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Grad School + New Job + No Heat Challenge

First I would like to say that Grad school is no joke! If I’m not working, I’m studying or writing a paper! I am truly exhausted! I have so many exciting post to write about but if only I could get an extra hour a day to do so! With that being said, I also got a new job at Cox Communications, I’m super excited about it! I will be a new tech support rep, after a year or so I would like to move into the marketing department and help them with strategic branding! I’m so blessed and I’m glad I was able to find a full-time job less than 2 months after I graduated! The struggle of finding a job after college is REAL, I sent out my resume over 100 times only to get emails saying they picked other qualified candidates! I went on 2 interviews, 1 where I was OVER-qualified for and the 2nd 1 I was nowhere near qualified for it! However, my 3rd interview was just right! So I’m just so thankful for this opportunity that God has given me!

 Now the true purpose of this post is to tell you how I did for my No-Heat January Challenge! In the beginning you all saw that I was having difficulties finding styles suitable for my transitioning hair! After a couple days I found that Bantu knots in a big bun was “My thing” then I decided to do a protected style and I got a sew in bob! I loved it so much, I added some highlights and my sister did a great job cutting it to my liking! I wish we would have put it on a U-part wig because it was perfect and I knew once I took it out it was no way I was able to put it back to how it was.

I kept the bob in for 3 weeks and now it’s February and I decided that I ….. Actually like my hair better in natural styles so it’s back to bantu-knots and buns until I get some more weave (HELLO MIDDLE PART AND 22 INCHES!) I’m so glad I was able to complete this challenge, it was hard in the beginning but now im use to it and I actually like it!

What kind of protective styles are you all using for the winter? Let me know and thanks for reading!



Sunday, February 02, 2014

Interviewing Up and Coming Make-Up Artist: Desiree!

Hey Ladies so I’m back with a special interview with an up and coming make-up artist located right in New York named Desiree. After viewing her IG and Youtube you can definitely tell that she works hard to execute the art of making up faces!

While going through her work you can see that quality time was well spent with the consultations of her clients. Her style is so fun, not only does she soft natural looks but she can do dramatic looks as well to fit any type of engagement.

With that being said, I will be sharing my interview with her for all of those who love make-up or just trying to get a foot in the door to be a self-made MUA like Desiree.

Desiree, when did you start doing makeup?
- I started doing make up on myself throughout high school but I started my actual business in October of 2012.

What made you want to work in the makeup industry?
- I love being my own boss and I was pretty good at doing makeup so I said why not go all the way out with this?

What are some of your favorite products to use?
- OMG I have so many but I have to say my top 5 would be:
o Laura Mercier luminous primer
o Bobby Brown long lasting foundation
o Ben Nye Luxury Banana Powder
o Maybelline Falsies Mascara
o MAC Ruby Woo Lipstick

Name one beauty item that you just HAVE TO HAVE in your make up bag?
- My Dior Lip Glow! It’s a moisturizing lip balm by Christian Dior that turns your lips into this natural rosey pink! It’s gorgeous!!

What was one of your most recent favorites looks that you’ve created or another make-up artist created?
- My favorite look was my Mermaid Girl Make-up! I did awesome on my first attempt at it!

What’s an essential item that every girl needs to make their look “POP”?
- White eyeliner … it can turn a dramatic look up x10 and it can make tired eyes look awake!

Who are some of your favorite make-up artists in the industry right now?
- Definitely Tyme the Infamous for her dramatic styles and Beat Face Honey for her humility.

What’s one piece of advice you could give to other MUAs just starting out?
- I would tell them to stay consistent with their work and push for themselves. No one is going to promote you the way you will promote you!

       For booking how can you be reached?
- I travel from the states of Delaware and New York and you can book your appointments through email at or on Instagram @ChinaDollMakeUp

Thanks Desiree for taking the time out of your busy schedule to let me interview you!
 Not only is she an AMAZING make-up artist but she’s in the army as well! How cool is that?
Please leave comments below if you love what you see!

Thanks loves


Saturday, January 18, 2014

Natural Hair - Update

So it’s Day 17 of my January “No-Heat” Challenge and I must admit I failed, but with only 2 days so that’s not that bad! This is truly the longest I’ve ever gone without using my flat iron which is great because my hair is receiving a lot more moisture and I’m also cutting more and more of my relaxed ends in the front off.

The two days I wore it straight, were on January 10th and 11th, which was during my sisters birthday when she told me straight up “YOU ARE NOT GOING OUT WITH ME TONIGHT, WEARING YOUR HAIR IN 2 TWIST LOOKING LIKE AN EXTRA IN THE COLOR PURPLE!”

She played me but I knew she was right, I still wasn’t getting the hang with natural hairstyles then so I decided to do a quick air dry and only ran my flat iron through each part once! It wasn’t straight as it could have been but that’s the most I wanted to do plus it was raining all that weekend so I didn’t want my hair to reform back to its natural state after a GREAT FLAT IRON so fast.

Before those two days, I spent hours on youtube and decided to do flat twist with perm rods at the end to blend my natural and relaxed ends together.

The next style I decided to do was another bantu knot but this time doing the 2 strand method, which
worked AMAZINGLY better for me this time.

The last style which I’ve been doing for the past couple of days now, is letting my bantu knot get old and just using an infinity headband and wearing my hair in a huge ponytail! I currently love this style on me! I’m learning to wear my hair in ponytails more because before I rarely ever did so.

To protect my hair even more I decided that I will be getting a bob-styled sew in! I’ve been wanting a bob since forever and I think the time is now! I decided to reuse some old hair and also buy a pack of affordable hair just in case I didn’t have enough! I colored the hair to my liking and I hope it looks like how I want it to look like in my head!

So ladies, this is my HALF WAY natural journal update, I hope you all are amused and getting informed by these post!

Again, don't forget about the giveaway going on until Feb 7,2014! Look at the post under this! Thanks

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

D.I.Y Lipstick Palettes + Giveaway Going On

Hey ladies!

So as I was cleaning my make-up compartments, mainly so I could do the Back-To-Mac program, I noticed I was one MAC product shy of having 6. So a light lit up in my brain and told me to do some transferring around.

While I was cleaning I noticed I had a couple cover girl 3-compartment eye shadow palettes that were either half way empty or were probably past the using date. That gave me the idea to clean those pots out and transfer some lipstick in them to make lipstick palettes. Not only did that allow me to do the back-to-mac program but it provided me with more space in my make-up section in my bathroom.  I plan to do that with many more of my lipsticks to save space!

L-R: Asian Flower, Up The Amp, Cherish

How to make:
Find lipsticks that are less than half way full.
Find an eye shadow palette that is empty and clean it really good (something that I did not do to well.)
Get a butter knife and cut the lipstick and place it in its new home in the palette.
Soon after placing each lipstick in its own pot, go to your microwave and set it for 1 minute and 30 seconds (microwave times will vary.)
Let the palette sit for about 5 minutes and VIOLA your own lipstick palette!

Super easy right? Will any of you ladies be doing this? It definitely saves time searching the bottom of your MAC lipsticks to see what color it is!


Thursday, January 02, 2014

Natural Hair: No Heat in January Challenge

That's my "nooo my hair is breaking off" face
Usually people turn up the heat for Winter but for me, I'm turning it down off.

So for the New Year I decided to challenge myself with using absolutely NO HEAT on my hair for the entire month of January. I have been researching on YouTube numerous styles that I believe that will benefit my hair by adding moisture, shine, and retaining its length. The last time I wore my hair without heat was during the summer because it was so hot my hair wouldn’t stay straight to save my life (actually I was still using my hooded dryer for some styles.)

As many of you know, the back of my hair is completely natural and my front is still in the process of transitioning (about half way natural.) I did not decided to go natural to wear my hair mainly in its natural state but because relaxers burn the HELL out of my scalp! Even as a little kid, I would cry because it would burn extremely bad. So before 2012, I was only getting relaxers maybe once or twice a year until I decided to stop it all together.

While it is a wonderful idea to stop relaxing your hair, the continuous use of blow dryers and flat irons still lead to damaging your hair && that bad boy is called HEAT DAMAGE. Something I’ve been experiencing all too well these past couple of months.

So I decided to give myself a month of no heat, just plan “ol” washing, co-washing, deep conditioning, Bantu knots, flat twist, buns, and flexi rods, anything that can get my mind off of not grabbing my flat iron.

With that being said, on the first day of January I washed and conditioned my hair, let it air dryer maybe about 75% and ATTEMPTED to do Bantu knots! What an absolute fail! Maybe I twisted my hair the wrong way but my ends were sticking out every which way. It was so embarrassing because I had to go to work with my hair looking wild. I work with kids and you know kids tell the truth and nothing but the truth! One boy said, “Ms. Ashley … is that you? Your hair looks crazy!” If I could turn red, I probably would have but I told him my hair got wet and that was that.

Now it’s January 2nd and I found that 2 flat twist look pretty nice on me and that’s what I will be doing for a while!

Please, can some of you ladies give me some advice? I want to try a curly style but my relaxed ends seems to not want to cooperate with the rest of the style. I do actually hope to continue on with this no heat regime, perhaps get some braids next month or a very protective sew in!

Any who, this was pretty much a hair journey 2014 update. I love my straight hair but I cannot lie, the damage is pretty noticeable, at least to me anyway.

The products I will be using include: Elasta EQ Olive Oil and Mango Butter Moisturizer, Almond Oil, Avocado Oil, Black Castor Oil, Palmers Coconut oil moisturizer and Biotin. 

Thanks Ladies! 

** Don't forget to enter my giveaway that ends February 1st, 2014! Its super easy and its a token of my appreciation to all of my readers!

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

So Much To Share: New Name, New Layout, New Lipstick + A GIVEAWAY

Bye Bye and Hello!

IT’S FINALLY HERE, THE NEW WEBSITE! I am so excited because this is my baby and I want it to be perfect! I can’t believe I’m starting off 2014 so amazing, this is definitely a dream come true! After being advised from one of my colleagues who does graphic designing, he motivated me to do everything myself, the logo, name, webpage, layout so with me loving a challenge and being pretty tech-advanced, I opted in using his advice and did the whole thing solo dolo! I honestly did not believe I would have met my deadline of having this up by the New Year’s but I did it and I’m so in love with it!

So the first post on the new blog and for the New Year’s is about this awesome beauty supply store lipstick I recently purchased. I went to my local beauty supply store over the weekend to pick up some eyelashes and noticed the $1.99 lipsticks nearby, there were a gazillion “OK” choices but one color stood out to me!  Violet by Nicka K (NK) lipsticks.

I did not have high expectations, due to it being only 2 dollars, but when I got home and started doing swatches, it really did hold its own! It came out very pigmented and glossy! When I applied it on my lips, I still received the same high pigment as the swatches on my hand, but there was a downfall! This lipstick lasted for a whole 45 minutes before beginning to fade away! But what can you expect from a 2 dollar lipstick?

I found a solution to this problem! Just buy 2 from your BSS. If you plan on going out in your “never-lasting” lipstick, tuck one in your clutch so you can apply it whenever you go outside, sip a drink, talk, smile, dance lol! Just kidding, but it really does not have a long-staying power!

I still would give this lipstick a thumbs up and I’d refer it to anyone looking for a dupe for KA’OIR RACQUEL lipstick that is $17 on her website!

I don’t know why, but I’m feeling pretty generous right now, so generous that I’m thinking about holding a small giveaway! That’s right, From January 1st to February 1st , 2014, I am giving away 1 KA’OIR lipstick of your choice! This is open to U.S residents only!

You guys have been with me for so long and I’d like to show my appreciation to old readers as well as new readers with this giveaway! It’s really, really, really simple all you have to do is visit the KA’IOR website, find some lippies that you would love to wear, comment with your 3 favorite lipsticks and BOOM that’s 1 entry! You can also follow me on IG @herbossyash for an extra entry!

Good Luck to all of you and if I could, I would give all of you all lipsticks but the way my funds are set up …

I will email the winner with my email to confirm winnings and address! Thanks ladies & tell me what you think of the new website!