Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Totes & Lillies Giveaway! {closed}

Like most Southern girls, I can't seem to resist anything with a Lilly print, grosgrain ribbon, or monogramming, so Totes and Lillies' store obviously made me swoon. So much adorable merchandise!

These belts are just screaming my name. I love the bamboo rings!

 Both of these headbands are adorable! The red monogrammed headband actually has a detachable bow that can also be used as a hair clip! How cute.

 I've never seen another company that makes pocket mirrors in Lilly prints! I think I need both.

Since I'm going to be traveling so much between LA and Orlando plus my honeymoon, I need some new luggage tags, right?

Plus, Totes and Lillies has the most amazing selection of key fobs. Cute prints with monogramming options as well!

Luckily for you girls, Totes and Lillies has generously offered to giveaway three prizes!

The winner will receive a Totes & Lillies Belt, Key Fob, and Luggage Tag of their choosing!

To Enter:
Head over to Totes and Lillies website or Etsy shop and let me know what your favorite items are! 
Please leave a comment with your GFC follower name and email address.

Extra Entries:
+1 Entry: Follow Totes & Lillies on Twitter
+1 Entry: Like Totes & Lillies on Facebook
+1 Entry: Join Totes & Lillies E-Mail Newsletter 
+1 Entry: Heart Totes & Lillies on Etsy
+2 Entries: Add this giveaway to your sidebar
+3 Entries: Write a blog post about this giveaway linking back to this page

This giveaway will end on Saturday, June 25th, at 11:59pm.

Good luck girls! Be sure to check out Totes & Lillies email newsletter to get promotional offers and coupons!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Barberry and Lace Giveaway! {closed}

I've been looking for jewelry on Etsy lately, and I stumbled upon this absolutely adorable shop- Barberry and Lace. Barberry and Lace features all types of feminine, colorful jewelry!

I love this necklace- "I love you more than yesterday, less than tomorrow". I need to get this asap.

These earrings are bright, but they're feminine and delicate enough to be a classic item!

How fun is this love letter necklace? 

I have a weakness for crowns and sparkles. This necklace combines the best of both :)

Barberry and Lace has generously offered to giveaway a pair of their super cute Pom Earrings to one lucky Ashley Brooke subscriber! You'll get to choose your color from Barberry and Lace's Etsy shop.


To Enter:
Visit Barberry and Lace's Etsy shop and let me know what your item is in a comment!
Please include your email address and GFC follower name.

Additional Entries:
+1 Entry: Become a fan of Barberry and Lace on Facebook
+1 Entry: Follow Barberry and Lace on Twitter
+1 Entry: Follow Barberry and Lace's blog 
+1 Entry: Heart Barberry and Lace's Etsy shop
+2 Entries: Add this giveaway to your sidebar
+3 Entries: Write a blog post about the giveaway with a link to this page

This giveaway will end on Friday, June 24th at 11:59pm

Good luck to everyone and thanks again to Barberry and Lace for sponsoring this awesome giveaway!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

My June Birchbox

My June Birchbox has been my favorite so far! Each month I've loved the products that I've received, but I got all of the items I wanted this month!

Seeing this beauty in my mailbox is the highlight of my month.

I got everything I wanted!

The main event- a FULL SIZE Laura Gellar Baked Blush N' Brighten that retails for $30 in Apricot Berry

Kiehl's Ultra Facial Oil Free Lotion

Xen-Tan Deep Bronze Luxe in Dark

Herban Essentials Orange Towelettes

Kate Spade Twirl Perfume

I am so happy with this month's Birchbox. For $10, I received probably around $45.00 worth of products from upscale brands that I love. I'm so excited to try these products out and let you all know what I think!

Another great thing about Birchbox is that each month, you have the opportunity to review each product that you receive on their website. Each review is worth 10 points, and 100 points earns a $10.00 gift certificate to Birchbox. The points add up quickly though because you receive 4-6 products each month. I can't wait to redeem my gift certificate soon.

Do you subscribe to Birchbox? How did you like your box this month?

Friday, June 17, 2011

L'Oreal Giveaway Winner!

Thanks again to L'Oreal for hosting this awesome giveaway!

And the winner is...

#10 aka Miss Tapia! Congratulations!

You'll be receiving 5 shades of lipsticks from L'Oreal! I'll be emailing you tonight with more info.

Thanks again to everyone who entered. Make sure you check out all of the giveaways I'm posting this week!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

LaVaque Tweezers + Giveaway Reminder

In the past year, I've had at least four horrible eyebrow waxing experiences. One person used wax that was so hot I got blisters on my face! Another girl nearly waxed off half my eyebrow on accident. As my wedding approaches, I've been ultra-conscious about avoiding any potential disasters that could ruin my wedding pictures, so I've resorted to tweezing.

Some of the first tweezers I used were so rounded at the tips that you couldn't tweeze precisely, and they didn't really grab onto your hair. Luckily, I think I've managed to find some of the best tweezers around- LaVaque.

I have had the best experience with LaVaque's standard slanted tweezers. I would say they're highly comparable to the quality of Tweezerman tweezers but at a better price point.The tip is slanted and goes to a point (don't worry- it's not sharp!) which makes precise tweezing so much easier. In addition, all of their tweezers have a no questions asked lifetime guarantee. LaVaque also has adorable swarovski and diamond tweezers! 

LaVaque's tag line is definitely accurate :)

LaVaque Crystal Nail File

I also tried LaVaque's crystal nail file, and I think it's a really good product. The double-sided crystal surface is long-lasting and will last for years, but it's also a non-porous material, so the crystal nail files can be sanitized! I think the crystal nail files are a great deal at only $5.99 considering how long they'll last and their superior quality!

Overall, I am highly satisfied with my slanted tweezers and crystal nail file! I would definitely repurchase these products, but I don't think I'll ever need to because they're so sturdy and there's a lifetime guarantee!

Be sure to check out LaVaque's Facebook page! Each Monday, they give away free pairs of their tweezers, and they also offer giveaways for their crystal nail files as well! For more information, check out LaVaque's website!

Don't forget to enter my giveaway to win 5 L'Oreal Infallible Le Rouge lipsticks! It ends tonight at 11:59pm.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011


With only 24 days left until my wedding, I am in full last-minute emergency shopping mode. For the past few months, I've been focusing on invitations, favors, and menus, and I completely forgot about shopping for the week before the wedding and honeymoon outfits. With nearly a month left to shop, this may not seem like a big problem, but I am an extremely picky shopper- especially with shoes. I love shopping, but it's hard for me to find things that I like enough to buy.

Luckily, ShoeDazzle came to my rescue! If you've never heard of ShoeDazzle, it's an amazing new website started by Hollywood stylists and Kim Kardashian. After you create a free account, you take a short style quiz to help the ShoeDazzle team pick the perfect shoes for you. Next, the ShoeDazzle stylists pick six pairs of shoes customized to your style preferences for your personal showroom. Like I mentioned before, I am an extremely picky shoe shopper, and I LOVED nearly every pair in my showroom; however, you can also request an alternate selection if you aren't pleased with your showroom. Each month you'll receive a new selection of shoes to browse.

I picked the style "Alaina" from my showroom, a gorgeous open-toe platform heel!

This box was the highlight of my week!

Inside each gorgeous ShoeDazzle box is a felt drawstring bag for your shoes.

My amazing Alaina heels! Look out for lots of wedding week pictures featuring these beauties :)

At the price point of $39.95 per pair, I admit that I was unsure of what the quality of my ShoeDazzle picks would be. I am SO pleasantly surprised that the shoes are very high quality. I've bought similar quality shoes for upwards of $80, so I think that ShoeDazzle is a great deal for the styles and quality of shoes that they offer.ShoeDazzle is an even more amazing deal when you add free shipping and returns in addition to their weekly ShoeDazzle deals! I received my heels in one business day! 

Overall, I highly recommend joining ShoeDazzle if you're looking for fabulous shoes at a fabulous price. I had an amazing experience with my first purchase, and it definitely won't be my last! They also have a great deal going on right now for 20% off your first ShoeDazzle purchase! Let me know if you join and what your favorite pair is from your showroom :)

FTC Disclaimer: This product was sent for review; however, all opinions stated are honest and genuine.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

L'Oreal Infallible Le Rouge Review + Giveaway! {closed}

L'Oreal's Infallible Le Rouge 10 hour lipsticks are supposed to provide 10 hours of bold colors without the dryness normally associated with long-wear lipsticks due to a formula containing moisturizing Vitamin E and Ceramide 5. 

I personally think that the packaging is gorgeous. 

Perpetual Peach, Lingering Mocha, Refined Ruby, Enduring Berry, Forever Fuchsia

The lipsticks have L'Oreal carved into them- how cute! The five colors that I tried were all highly pigmented and went on smoothly. L'Oreal's Infallible Le Rouge lipsticks have a slight sheen, and they are all extremely long-lasting. I wore each of these shades all day, and the colors are so bright and fun. I have an obsession with constantly applying lip balm, lip gloss, and/or lipstick throughout the day, and I noticed that each time I went to reapply the lipstick, I didn't really need to. The color was still going strong hours later, and my lips weren't extremely dried out like with other long-wear lipsticks I've tried.

Perpetual Peach, Lingering Mocha, Refined Ruby, Enduring Berry, Forever Fuchsia

Aren't these colors gorgeous? Be sure to look at L'Oreal's website to see all of the 30 Infallible Le Rouge colors. There are some gorgeous nudes and pinks that I'm dying to try. 

These lipsticks are seriously long-lasting. My arm was stained from the swatches even after removing the lipstick with eye makeup remover and hand soap. The lighter shades obviously don't stain as much as the brighter/darker shades. I personally like the effect of stained lips after removing the brighter shades. I've found that applying lip balm before the lipstick does help prevent the staining, but it also decreasing the lipstick's staying power. I personally love the effect of pink stained lips after removing bright lipstick, but to each his own :) Overall, I really liked L'Oreal's Infallible Le Rouge 10 Hour Lipsticks, and I know you will too! 

L'Oreal has kindly offered to give away five shades of Infallible Le Rouge Lipstick to a lucky reader of Ashley Brooke!

Mandatory Entry:
Make sure you're following Ashley Brooke on GFC and let me know what your favorite L'Oreal product is! Please leave an email address that I can reach you at if you win.

Extra Entries:
+ 1 Entry: Stop by L'Oreal's Infallible Le Rouge website & let me know which colors you like!
+ 1 Entry: Like L'Oreal on Facebook
+1 Entry: Follow L'Oreal on Twitter
+ 2 Entries: Add this giveaway to your sidebar
+3 Entries: Write a blog post about this giveaway

Please leave a separate comment for each entry. 
This giveaway will end on Thursday, June 17th at 11:59pm

Smathers and Branson Giveaway Winner!

Before I announce the winner, I'd like to thanks Smathers and Branson for kindly sponsoring this giveaway! Please make sure you visit their website, Facebook, Twitter, and blog to check out their amazing products!

And the winner is...

#3 aka Kerr from Say Cheese!
Please email at ashleyborysewich@gmail.com within 48 hours to claim your prize!

Thanks to everyone who entered!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Wedding Wednesday: Skindinavia

I've been having a mini-heart attack every time that I think about my makeup for my upcoming wedding. I have naturally oily skin, and I'm getting married at the beach  in Florida in the middle of July aka the ideal conditions for having your makeup melt off of your face. Every bride wants to look her best on her wedding day, and let's be honest, I'm paying a lot for wedding photography, and I want to look good in my pictures as well! After weeks of trying different products, I am so excited to say that I've found the product that is going to save my wedding AND Carribean honeymoon makeup :) 

Skindinavia's Bridal Makeup Finish is my miracle product. It's an extremely light mist that you wear over your makeup to set the finish and prevent your makeup from fading. It's hypoallergenic, paraben free, and it's tear and moisture resistant! In addition, it helps keep your makeup on throughout heat and humidity, and it keeps your makeup matte for photography!

The bottle says to spray 2-4 times just before applying mascara, but I've been spraying the product two times before I put my makeup on and two times after I put my makeup on. The mist is extremely light and refreshing, and I haven't experienced any breakouts while using this product. 

Skindinavia makes a lot of other finishing sprays for every skin type, but I've fallen in love with the Bridal spray for every day use! It's perfect for my oily skin, and I'm so impressed with how well it keeps my makeup from melting off. Throughout beach trips to Laguna Beach in 95 degree weather, workouts, and last-minute wedding errand marathons, my makeup stays in place all day. Skindinavia also makes the Urban Decay sprays, which are also great, but their Bridal formulation is not available from Urban Decay. 

I'd definitely recommend checking out Skindinavia's website to see all of the different finishing sprays in their line, so that you can find a spray custom-tailored to your skin's needs. I think Skindinavia's sprays are a must for all brides-to-be, and I think they'd be great presents for mothers and bridesmaids as well!

Skindinavia is also having an amazing sale until June 15th. 
You can receive 20% off products and free shipping on orders over $40 with the code SAVE20. 

What are your wedding day makeup essentials?

FTC Disclaimer: This product was sent for review. I am not affiliated with Skindinavia, and my review expresses my honest and genuine opinion.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Print Your Party Giveaway Winner!

Thanks again to Andrea from Print Your Party. Make sure you check out her Etsy Shop, Website, Blog, Facebook, and Twitter to learn more about her fabulous creations!

And the winner is...

#50 aka Ocean Dreams! Please email me at ashleyborysewich@gmail.com in the next 48 hours!

Thanks to everyone who entered!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Giveaway: Smathers and Branson! {closed}

I’m so excited to announce a giveaway for Smathers and Branson! I recently discovered this fantastic company, and I’m a huge fan of their products already. Smathers and Branson specializes in needlepoint products, including belts, key fobs, coasters, wallets, and my personal favorite- headbands!

I've been visiting their website nearly every day because I can't stop staring at their adorable products. Here are some of my current favorites!

                   Greenwich Plaid Needlepoint Key Fob

My current key fob is falling apart, so I’d love to replace it with this adorable Smathers and Branson key fob!

I can't even imagine the time and talent it requires to produce a product like this belt. The quality is so amazing, and what a fantastic print!

This headband would be perfect for football games at my alma mater, University of Central Florida, but I think it would also be an amazing accessory for work or school as well!

Oh my goodness, I can't say enough good things about this headband. The pink houndstooth is my personal favorite. I think it would make a darling gift for birthdays, your bridesmaids, or maybe just for yourself :)

Make sure you check out Smathers and Branson's website to see all of their amazing products and keep up to date with their new products and announcements by liking them on Facebook, and following their Blog and Twitter pages!

Smathers and Branson has kindly offered a giveaway for readers of Ashley Brooke!

Follow the instructions below to be entered to win
Any non-monogrammed, in-stock headband from Smathers and Branson!

Required Entry:
Make sure you're following Ashley Brooke, and then head on over to Smathers and Branson's website and leave me a comment with your favorite products! Please include an email address that I can contact you at if you win.

Additional Entries:
+1 Entry: Like Smathers and Branson on Facebook (please include your FB name)
+1 Entry: Follow Smathers and Branson on Twitter (please include your Twitter name)
+ 1 Entry: Follow the Smathers and Branson Blog (please include your GFC)
+1 Entry: Add this giveaway to your sidebar (please include a link)
+2 Entries: Blog about this giveaway (please include a link)

That's a total of 7 possible entries! Please leave a separate comment for each entry.

This giveaway will end Friday, June 10th at 11:59pm.

Disclaimer: Smathers and Branson is kindly sponsoring this giveaway; however, my opinions are 100% honest and genuine. I love S&B!