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    The Jaclyn Hill Palette | Review

    I’M SO EXCITED GUYS. I finally picked up this palette about two months ago and I absolutely love it. It is genuinely one of the best palettes that I have and lives up to all the hype that has been surrounding it. This is honestly the only palette anyone ever needs, especially if you like makeup but not wanting a lot of it – like me who has about 12 palettes I swear.

    This palette is well worth the price point since you get 32 shades for $38 and every Youtuber that I watch recommended this palette. The shimmers in this palette are SO buttery and the smoothest shades I’ve ever used. I’ve used this palette for every makeup look that I have done since purchasing it. Below are photos of each row swatched and I will be updating the post with a smokey makeup look as well. I absolutely cannot say enough about the quality of this palette and Jaclyn Hill probably knows she outdid herself with this one, I can’t wait to see if she collabs with Morphe again because I would definitely purchase it!

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    How I stay organized | Erin Condren Life Planner

    Hello Lovelies, I am super excited to show you all my one of my favorite hobbies! I absolutely love planner supplies and always go crazy in Hobby Lobby or Micheals when it comes to all its bits and bobs. I’m very much an organized person when it comes to paying bills, lists otherwise I would lose my mind. I have learned that writing everything down helps with my anxiety and alleviates much of the stress of everyday life. Keep on reading to see how I organize my Erin Condren, and I’ve even been thinking of making this a series – of any updates I make within this planner. What do you guys think?

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    NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS | 2018

    NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS FOR 2018

     

    How crazy is it that we are upon a new year already?! I feel as though this year has flown by and I have done so much within this year and feel incredibly happy with everything that I was able to accomplish. I got my mental health under control finally, I have a job that pays well ( even though I am finding a new one), I travelled to NY and 7 countries in Europe and graduated from college with my Bachelors degree.

    This year has been such a stressful, wonderful one and I have lost friends as well as gained some amazing people in my life who I absolutely adore, ( you know who you are)

    I have few resolutions and goals that I would like to achieve this coming up year:

     

    1. SAVE, SAVE, SAVE – My love and I want to buy a house by this time next year (2019) so I need to get on a budget without compromising my makeup addiction haha
    2. Go back to school possibly – a bit iffy on this one but I may go back to be a teacher.
    3. Eat and drink more healthy – I’ve neglected my body this year and am ready to get back at it.
    4. Continue to be social- wine nights with the girls must be a continuous thing.

    As far as resolutions and goals go I believe that may be it for me this coming year in 2018. I’ve learned less is more and these goals are all very realistic and achievable. Hopefully, I’ll get engaged and have my little home by the end of this time next year. My goals and wants have become very important to me seeing as I’m ready to get my adult life started at 23. I just know that 24 is gonna be my best year yet!

     

     

    What are some of your goals for next year? comment below and let me know if you are determined to get those resolutions completed!

     

    Hope you all have a wonderful New Years!

    December Ipsy Bag | Snow Globe

     

    It’s that time of the month again! I received my Ipsy bag for the month of December has arrived and I absolutely love my bag this month, time and time again Ipsy never fails me. I love getting my bags every month since it feels like a Christmas present every month. If you have someone in your life that loves trying new products I would definitely suggest purchasing a yearly plan for them! Below are the contents that I received in my bag this month, Let me know if we received the same items or if you had different items.

    If you don’t have Ipsy, feel free to use my referral link : https://www.ipsy.com/new?cid=ppage_ref&sid=link&refer=yn76v

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    Blogmas Series: Christmas Gift Guide for Him

    Christmas Gift Guide : For Him
     For my next Blogmas Gift Guide is one for the guys in your life. Shopping for men is so hard and I have been stumped so far and with doing a little research and with the help of Marc I was able to come up with a few ideas. Guys are so simple, that it makes it absolutely infuriating to shop for them. I’ve incorporated a bit of everything that covers any guys personality or sense of style. I even put more in the widget below.
    Clothing wise: If you buy your guy any piece of clothing, he’ll wear it haha. Honestly though, I suggest looking at JCrew Factory because right now the discounts are crazy! They have a little bit of everything for any guy and honestly they had the best deal for things to purchase. Right now they have everything 50% off . I’m just sayin.
    Bearded guys: I think that any guy who has a beard should personally take care of it, especially if you are letting it grow to lumberjack status. My dad has a pretty thick beard and one year I bought him a Beard Care kit, which he uses all the time because he loved the idea so much. The Art of Shaving has plenty of care kits ranging from unscented to Sandalwood.
    The Social Guy: I have two items that are on this guide which are #’s are 5 & 6 and honestly number 5 is the coolest thing since it is a tap so you can keep your beer chilled at a certain temp. There are plenty of taps that are on the market now and I think it is a great idea for the guys in your life that have a love for Beer. For number 6; I think that whiskey and bourbon glasses are a great gift as well since you can get a set and have them engraved. The particular ones I have on this guide are bare but you can find awesome glasses that can be engraved on Etsy, to make it more sentimental.
    Watches: This one is subjective, guys either wear watches or don’t so if your guy likes a nice watch, I think this one is simple enough and classy without breaking the bank when you buy it. I think the all black look is so nice and very versatile for your guy to wear anytime.
    The music lover: I included two very different spectrums; Headphones and a record player. Beats Headphones are one of the hottest thing so if you know someone you love wants a nice set of headphones these are the pair ( even thought they are bit pricey ). There are so many record players in different styles that you can purchase that aren’t too expensive; vinyl is making a come back and adds a vintage flair to your home (if you live with your boo). So it’s a win win for you both 😉
    I think that if you genuinely take out the stress when trying to pick out things for the men in your life because men are super easy to shop for. Think about his personality, style, and hobbies and you can very easily think of things to give them as a gift.
    Comment below what you’re getting the men in your life and give me your tips <3

    Blogmas Series: Christmas Gift Guide For Her

    Christmas Gift Guide: For Her

    Featured Image is by Annie Spratt on Unsplash
    Christmas Gift Guide: For Her | Ashleymarlenis.com
     It’s the most wonderful time of the year guys! I absolutely love Christmas and I love giving to my family and friends that I love. This is the first time I will be doing a gift guide and it will have items that currently have deals going on because of the season. This particular guide is for the typical girly girl, which is very me when it comes to gifts. I have found a select few items that all have different price ranges for anyone.
    I think that obviously gift buying is very subjective but I hope you love the items I’ve chosen.
    I saw this item and I was in love, I love anything marble but the fact that it is a charging stand for your Iphone is crazy as well. It is on the pricier side since the stand is an actual slab of marble. It’s definitely a gift for those that are tech savvy and or love a minimalistic look. – Price: 130$
    When I saw this case I was extremely giddy lol since it is rose gold but it also is a selfie case, aka it has lights on the front that gives you that glow you see everywhere in Insta photos. i know, i know 60$ is pretty steep for a phone case but you can get 10% off for signing up for Saks Fifth Avenue emails and get it for a discount (which I’m always for!)
     I’m not a watch girl myself, or even a jewelry kinda girl either but this watch is so classic looking and has the rose gold touch that modernizes it. When I see this, I think of my sister who loves watches and she would love this one since it can be so versatile with everything. It is a little on the pricier side but I think that if you are buying a watch for someone who loves their watches, you can’t buy a cheaper one that might stop within 6 months.
    What girl doesn’t love a cozy blanket?This one is available on Nordstrom Rack so it is originally 98$ but is on there for only 49$ which means that is only available for a limited time until they sell out and as of right now the only one color that is available is  Burgundy. So hurry and grab this one up cause it’s 50% off!
    I am a nail polish junkie, almost to the point where I think I may have a problem haha but when I saw this set I immediately wanted it, the colors are so beautiful and to get a set is probably the best way to get multiple of one brand, especially Deborah Lippman polishes. Individual polishes from Lippmann are 20$ so it is a really great deal.
     I love little makeup holiday sets, I think that they are the best way to give a higher brand a try so you can decide if you want to purchase the full size products. My sister is starting to love makeup more and more like me and these sets are the best way to give her a change to work with more prestige brands. I have seen so many sets on Sephora and have two on here:
    I thought this was the prettiest packaging, and I am a total sucker for packaging. This sleep mask is beautful and silk is definitely a plus for anyone who wants a little luxury in their life. This particular brand has a silk pillowcase as well, which is great for your hair.
    This is by far the best thing on here I think, simply because these boots are 20% off and are only 99$ and for Steve Madden’s is shocking I will say. Thigh high boots are so in right now and I love my black thigh highs, they aren’t Steve Madden but Im defintiely eyeing these now!
    Anyone who knows me knows that I am a Potter head through and through. I squealed when I saw that Alex & Ani came out with their Harry Potter collection and I wanted everything in this collection but this ring is my favorite. It’s so quirky and cute and just makes me smile. I would definitely give their collection a look if you know a Potter Head as well.
    As far as gift guides go, these take such a long time to do. Between the graphics and writing on top of using my shopstyle collective widget that needed to be created as well was exhausting so If you read this in its entirety you are the best. Any thing purchased through the links provided, gives money back to me so If you do purchase using links a tiny bit comes back to me (per clicks). I’ve also added more options for gifts below in my widget if you need a few more ideas for the women in your life <3

    Mental Health Awareness: My Anxiety Journey

    My Anxiety Journey | Ashleymarlenis.com

     

    Photo by Viktoria Hall-Waldhauser on Unsplash

     

    This post has been a long one coming, It’s incredibly difficult to finally put it out in the open but those who know me might be shocked that I’ve been dealing with anxiety for as long as I have. This is a long post, but if you read it in its entirety it would mean the world to me.

    Anxiety is something that people have this weird stigma against and honestly that stigma was very prominent in my life. Unfortunately, I thought that having anxiety meant that there was something wrong with me and that it wasn’t okay to not be okay. It absolutely is. As I’ve become more comfortable with myself and my mental health, I’ve finally come to terms with talking to a licensed professional and start taking medication for my anxiety.

    Due to the stigma on mental health only 36.9% of those suffering receive treatment for their anxiety. Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older, or 18.1% of the population every year.  (this statistical data was found on Anxiety and Depression Association of America).

    I honestly can say that I have struggled with Anxiety and Depression for the vast majority of my life starting when I was about 10 years old and reached its peak when I was 23 ( my age now) and I had never been on medication up until now which was genuinely because I was scared to be on a medication for the rest of my life and didn’t want to be dependent on one.

    Anxiety can definitely be genetic and I have anxiety and depression in my family so It’s no surprise that it hit me the older I got. I won’t go too in depth about my family history with both of these mental health issues since this post is about me and not my family. After talking to my doctor she explained that it was more than likely a genetic trait after letting her know about my family medical history.

    The 4 years I was in college I completely realized that I was a type A personality and that my anxiety was worsening no matter how I tried to mask it, more so the last two years have been extremely difficult for me. I would cry and feel a bit lost almost daily to the point where I didn’t want to be around or near anyone and at that point when I was 20-21 I felt completely alone. I was constantly worried about deadlines and upset because I was constantly in a state of wanting things to be completely organized (If you had seen my school notes, you would know what I mean)

    I would be extremely anxious and those of you who suffer with anxiety know that it is extremely difficult to do anything without a voice in the back of your head saying “no you can’t” or  “what are other people going to think”. There is no real rime or reason it just happens.

    By the time I hit my age of 23 years old I hit a nervous breaking point because the real world had honestly hit me hard after I graduated this past May. I managed to get a job ( that was not in my field) and making more money than I have ever made from a job and working full time— by all means it is great, but I felt very lost and felt like I wasn’t doing enough for someone my age. I had an emotional breaking point due to the stress of having a brand new job and pressure to do well and I honestly couldn’t function and my body was hating me for it. I could not eat because my stomach was upset all the time and I felt so uncomfortable with everything, and my anxiousness was really bad where I couldn’t focus on anything. Thankfully with the help of my family and my lovely boyfriend I decided to get help from a professional.

    Marc ( my lovely boyfriend ) has been there for me through thick and thin and he has seen my have many panic attacks due to my anxiety in the 2 and 1/2 years together. I can’t even begin to tell you how horrible and emotional the last three years have been nor can I tell you what it feels like to be stressed to the point of not being able to breathe.

    After seeing my doctor, I was prescribed Sertraline aka. Zoloft and it has been working wonderfully for me and has me calmer than ever without compromising my own personality traits which is what I wanted. I didn’t want to feel like a zombie or not be able to take myself off of it when I am ready. It was one of my concerns but honestly this medicine has changed my level of focus and it makes like easier to really go on with my day.

     

    With all this being said, I am incredibly happy that I am starting to feel comfortable in social situations and comfortable with my own mind. I want to make it known that it IS okay to not be okay, nothing is wrong with you if you have that constant nagging feeling and feeling like things are so more than what other people think. Being emotional is okay, and while some loved ones may not understand – it doesn’t diminish how they love you. It is okay to seek help, it’s okay to lean on your friends and family- they will not be burdened by your feelings. You are wonderful if you read all of this, Anxiety is a journey and not something that will ever completely go away but it a healing journey. Which is exactly what I am doing right now. Healing.

     

     

    It is okay, to not be okay. You are so much stronger than you think.