Friday, January 30, 2015

Makeup Review: Lime Crime Velvetine

It's been a while since I've done a makeup review!  To be honest, I was in a bit of a rut when it came to my makeup routine.  I decided to try something new: A very deep red/almost black lip color.  I usually stick to something light and pink but I love how something as simple as a lip color can dramatically change your look.  My initial reservations about such a deep color come from laziness.  I just don't want to have to keep applying the color, worrying about how it looks over time or it bleeding, and it transferring onto my coffee cup, husband, and baby.  I've done my research and Lime Crime Velvetines are my new favorite.

Lime Crime Wicked Velvetine

For the look I wanted, I decided to go with their Wicked shade.  Of course, before applying any color to my lips I always apply a primer.  My current favorite is Lip Insurance by Too Faced.  I'll also line my lips with a red pencil for a more finished application, but like I said, I'm lazy and didn't do it today.

Before
Lime Crime Wicked Velvetine

First off, this is the best smelling lip stain I own.  It smells like vanilla frosting.  I love it!  When I apply it I only use a small amount and start in the center and brush out.  Wicked is pretty potent with one coat, but I like to use two for an added dramatic effect.  Once the color dries it's on.  It survives lunch, coffee, and the billion kisses I gave Bianca everyday.  I've tried a vast amount of lip stains and Lime Crime surpasses them all.  By far.

After
Lime Crime Wicked Velvetine

The only down side to this product is the fact that it does have a drying effect.  I don't ever use a Velvetine on its own, so I didn't really notice this at first.  As long as your lips are already moisturized and primed, you won't have an issue with it drying.

Velvetines come in a bunch of cool shades (I also have it in Cashmere) and cost $20.  It's also available on Modcloth, which is great because there's always a coupon code floating around.

Have you tried Lime Crime's Velvetine line?  What's your favorites?  Let me know in the comments below!

xoxo

Ashley

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Junebugs and Georgia Peaches: Pink Elephants

Happy Wednesday!  I'm guest blogging for Amelia and June over at Junebugs and Georgia Peaches today.  I'm featuring a gorgeous Bernie Dexter dress too, make sure to check it out HERE!

Bernie Dexter Sugardoll dress in Pink Elephants Modcloth I'm All Cheers

xoxo

Ashley

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Raining Cats

Voodoo Vixen Katnis dress

Yes, sometimes dreams do come true!  That's how I feel about this dress.  I had been eying this Voodoo Vixen perfection for months but it was sold out on their website.  Because I'm a crazy impulsive person, I scoured the internet to find a website that carried it.  After a couple of hours of work (it really was difficult to find) I found it at a UK boutique.  The shipping was quick and it came with more than enough time to wear at Bianca's birthday party.  The good news is I've been in contact with Voodoo Vixen and they're going to be restocked very soon.  I feel like everyone should own this dress, it's absolute purrrfection (I also hate that I just did that).

Thursday, January 22, 2015

What's On My Radar: Current Loves

If you haven't yet heard, Unique Vintage started a new campaign on Tuesday.  #iamunique celebrates women for being (you guessed it) unique.  As someone who has been a longtime customer turned employee, I've always felt represented by UV.  Their house brand and the others they carry happen to coincide with my personal style, which to some can be "odd".  It's such a treat to find the clothing I love on one site and (to you Los Angeles ladies) the brick and mortar store.  I've dedicated this month's picks to my favorite Unique Vintage finds!

UV bernie dexter serenity bridge
I've been obsessing over this dress for months!  The Veronique cut is a perfect fit for ladies of all sizes and this print is a staple for spring.  Get in my closet now!

1940s Style Black Floral Satin Old Masters Wiggle Dress
A gorgeous floral velvet wiggle dress.  Do I really need to say more?  Voodoo Vixen is another one of my favorite brands that carries a vast amount of gorgeous dresses.  I love a dress with a little sleeve so this number really has my heart.

Black Patent Cut Out Irella T-Strap Heels
As a mother and someone who loves to wear heels, most of my current footwear is inappropriate for the playground.  Not to mention, entirely uncomfortable!  I have these exact shoes in pale pink and I'd love to add a black pair.  The kitten heel is cute and functional and goes perfect with pretty much everything in my closet.

UV bernie dexter varick dress
I've never been much of a cat person but I go a little crazy for cat printed everything.  Those kitties mixed with vintage looking portraits... AMAZING!  You know it's a well made dress because it's Bernie.  Worth every penny!

Red High Waist Pleated Blair Midi Skirt
It's my intention to add more separates to my wardrobe this year.  As you already know, I have a closet full of dresses and a few skirts/tops to break it up.  I'd love to have a pretty red midi skirt like this one.  It's so versatile and works year round.

Unique Vintage Burgundy & Gold Garden State Mesh Cocktail Dress
At this moment I have the sample version of this dress on hold.  Pictures do not do it justice, it's perfect!  I don't have anything in this color and I can always find a reason to wear a pretty tulle dress :).

Brown Leopard Print T-Strap Mendel Flats
I'm always on the hunt for comfortable yet cute flats for my dresses.  A t-strap is a great way to get away from the sometimes boring ballerina flat.  You can never have enough leopard print, right?

UV green sinclair flapper
I'm absolutely serious when I say that everyone needs a flapper dress in their closet.  Whether it be for a Gatsby themed party, Halloween, or New Year's Eve, a flapper dress is perfect for so many different occasions.  Since I've been enamored with green lately, this Sinclair flapper is right up my alley.

What's been inspiring your closet this season?

xoxo

Ashley

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Zombies Attack!

Folter Zombie Attack dress

I don't usually take outfit photos on "dirty hair days" but it's the best time to experiment with new hairstyles.  When I had bangs I loved to wear my hair down and curled.  To be honest, I think about chopping them almost every day.  I'm doing my best to grow them out, and much like any security blanket, I hid behind them.  Now that my bangs are long enough to style I'm trying new things.  I'm no hair expert but I'd like to add a few more styles to my routine.
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