Wednesday, August 31, 2011

75% off Jewelmint Sale

I recently just got my first two pieces from Jewelmint, and I'm hooked. Created by Kate Bosworth and her stylist Cher Coulter, they offer adorable and affordable pieces of jewelry each month. Here are the two pieces I selected. I think they're both really unique and fun! 

These earrings are classic but unexpected. I love that they're sort of in-your-face glitzy without being too dressy. LOVE.

This bracelet is so different from everything else I own, but I really like it. It adds a bit of edgyness to any outfit and takes it to another level. So fun!

Today, Jewelmint has a 75% off code for your first purchase EXTENDED75, which brings the price of one piece from $29.99 to only $7.50. I'll definitely be taking advantage of this sale to add to my Jewelmint collection :)

FTC Disclaimer: I was sent products for review; however, I am not affiliated with Jewelmint and all opinions stated are 100% genuine and honest.

Free Nail Polish? Yes, please!


Who doesn't love free stuff? Today on there's an awesome deal for free nail polish. When you get join SaveMore, you get a free $10 credit to your account. Today they're running an awesome sale to get $15 worth of products from Fabulous Nails for $7.50. The deal also includes free shipping! You can then use the code on Fabulous Nails' website to get nail polish for free!

With this deal you can get one bottle for $7.50 or three bottles for $15.00 with free shipping! So that means you can get at least one nail polish for free with money to spare in your SaveMore account!

What a great way to get some new colors for fall :)

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Julep Maven

It's no secret that I'm a nail polish addict, and I'm a huge sucker for deals. When I found out about the Julep Maven program, I knew it was a perfect fit. Julep is an upscale nail brand with amazing colors, but at $14.00 a bottle, it's a bit expensive. With the Julep Maven program, you get 2 full-size polishes, another full-size foot/nail product, and samples with free shipping. I've seen other Julep Maven boxes with over $60 worth of products. 

Here's a video with more information about the program

Normally, the boxes are $19.99, which is a great deal, but right now you can get a box for $10.00 with the discount code smh9oxu . You can also refer your friends and get a $15 credit for each friend that signs up for the program.

You can find out more information and sign up here! Don't forget to use the discount code smh9oxu for 50% off :)

I'm so excited to get my first box, and I'll be sure to do a post with pictures to show you what I got!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Review + Giveaway {closed}

This summer was a huge skincare overhaul for me. I've been trying products left and right, and thanks to the lovely ladies at Liz Earle I have discovered the most amazing cleanser. I'm always skeptical about products that are super hyped up on beauty blogs or YouTube, but Liz Earle's Cleanse and Polish totally lives up to the hype. It is AMAZING. 

First of all, please let me say a few words about Liz Earle's completely gorgeous packaging. My Cleanse & Polish cleanser and muslin cloths came neatly packed in a beautiful light green reusable bag, and the entire package was wrapped in beautiful tissue paper and secured with a sticker. I'm a huge sucker for pretty packaging, so my first impression of Liz Earle was definitely an A+.


And now on to the star of the show, Liz Earle's Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser.This cleanser contains rosemary, chamomile, cocoa butter, and eucalyptus essential oils. Like I said earlier, I was skeptical about this product because of the hype, but then I read the instructions. 

Phase One: Massage gently onto dry skin over your eyes, face, and neck to purify, soften, and stimulate circulation.

Um, what? Apply to dry skin? I'm not sure how this works, but it's genius. The cleanser feels almost like a lotion on your dry skin, and somehow this product melted away even my waterproof eyeliner without any irritation or leaving behind a greasy film. Amazing.

Phase Two: Rinse the pure muslin cloth in hand-hot water and wring out before gently polishing off the cream. Finish by splashing off your face with cool water. 

Each cleanser comes with two muslin cloths. The hot cloth gently polished off all of the remaining cleanser and left my skin completely make-up free and refreshed. No residue, no irritation, and no stinging. Each time I use this cleanser, I'm shocked at how smooth and soft my skin is. Liz Earle's Cleanse and Polish cleanser works great on my combination/oily skin, but it's suitable for all ages and all skin types.

 If you're interested in purchasing any Liz Earle products, now is the time. Right now, there's a promotion where you'll receive a free Skin Savers set ($29 value) when you purchase a cleanser, toner, and moisturizer from Liz Earle. You can learn more about this promotion here.

Thanks to the lovely ladies of Liz Earle, one lucky Ashley Brooke reader will receive a Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser with two muslin cloths! 

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This giveaway will end on Sunday, September 4th, 2011 at 11:59pm

FTC Disclaimer: I was sent products for review. Liz Earle is providing the giveaway prize. I am not affiliated with Liz Earle, and all opinions stated are 100% honest and genuine.

Montagne Jeunesse Facial Masks Review + Giveaway {closed}

One of my pre-wedding goals this summer was to get my skin in shape. As part of my weekly skincare routine (which I'll be posting soon!), I've been using Montagne Jeunesse's facial masks to fix my facial problem of the week. I love that the masks are packaged with the perfect amount for 1-2 uses because my skin has different problems every week. You can find Montagne Jeunesse's masks at Walmart for around $1 each, so I recommend stocking up on several different kinds! Montagne Jeunesse masks are also vegetarian and PETA-approved. 

Fruit Smoothie, Passion Peel-Off, Mud Pac, Face Tonic, Clean-Up Mud

Fruit Smoothie: This refreshing mask is made with raspberry, mango, apricot, peach, and pomegranate and is a perfect gentle mask for dry to combination skin. This mask smells delicious, and my skin felt clean, refreshed, and slightly moisturized after use. 

Passion Peel-Off: I have a bit of an obsession with peel-off masks. They're just SO fun! Passion Peel-Off is a deep cleansing mask formulated for all skin types. It contains pomegranate, passion flower, raspberry, grape, cranberry, and Vitamin E and also smells delicious. Unlike regular masks, peel-off masks dry to a thin layer and gently peel off your face. Don't worry, it's absolutely not painful and is actually quite addictive.

Mud Pac: Mud Pac is a more traditional deep cleansing mud mask for normal to oily skin. Yes, it will make you look like a monster, but the Dead Sea mud is quite refreshing and your skin will thank you. My skin felt a bit tighter and less oily after using this mask. 

Face Tonic: This may be my favorite mask. Unlike the other masks, Face Tonic is a sheet mask. Basically, a thin sheet of fabric-like material is soaked with skin tonic. You place the face-shaped sheet over your face and let the tonic sink into your skin. Like the Mud Pac, you will definitely look a bit scary in this mask. There's something about the sheet mask shape that is definitely a bit disturbing, but I LOVE that there is no clean-up or mess, no remaining bits of masks hidden on your face, and the plant collagen and Pelvetiane seaweed did seem to calm my face quite a bit. I used this mask on sunburned skin, and my face was definitely less sensitive and less red after using this mask. 

Clean-Up Mud: Clean-Up Mud is formulated for acne-prone skin and contains aloe vera, willow, rosmeary, and witch hazel to treat problem areas. I really liked this mask. My skin felt tight, less oily, and deeply cleansed after using this mask, and my skin was not irritated at all.

Overall, I think that Montagne Jeunesse masks are awesome. They're fun, relaxing, and super cheap. I'd highly recommend these for spa nights, and they'd make amazing stocking stuffers over the winter holidays!

Thanks to the generosity of Montagne Jeunesse, one lucky Ashley Brooke reader will receive five Montagne Jeunesse masks! 

Fudge Sauna, Face Tonic, Strawberry, Souffle, Green Tea Peel-Off, Chocolate Masque

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This giveaway will end on Sunday, September 4th, 2011 at 11:59pm

FTC Disclaimer: I was sent products for review. I am not affiliated with Montagne Jeunesse and all opinions are 100% honest and genuine.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Wet-n-Wild Color Icon Palettes Review and Swatches

I recently had the opportunity to test out some of Wet n Wild's Color Icon Palettes, and I am so happy that I have discovered these. If you haven't tried Wet n Wild products for the past few years, PLEASE give them another try. Wet n Wild has some really amazing products for the price, and I am very impressed with the quality of their eyeshadows!

Overall, I've found Wet n Wild eyeshadows to be highly pigmented and easy to apply. They are VERY soft, which is great for application, but be careful with the palettes. I accidentally dropped a few on the ground, and they shattered. Thankfully the shadows are soft that I was able to press them back together easily, though.

On Cloud Nine Trio
Shimmery silvery blue, matte medium brown, and medium blue shimmer


I love this palette. I think it's a really beautiful blue smokey eye look. 

Knock on Wood Trio
Dusty rose shimmer, medium brown shimmer, burgandy shimmer


This palette would be an amazing fall eye look. The colors are great because depending on how heavy you apply the shadows, this look could be very natural or highly dramatic.

Sweet as Candy Trio
Light pinkish-nude shimmer, matte dark brown with glitter, light taupe shimmer


Beautiful neutral eye! Add more of the crease color to increase the drama. The eyelid color, a metallic taupe, 
is so, so gorgeous.

Cool as a Cucumber Trio
Light yellowish seafoam green, dark purple, dark mossy green shimmer


I think all of the colors in this palette are really interesting. I'd definitely wear the pale green with the mossy green, but I'm not sure how the purple ties in to the look. 

Silent Treatment Trio
Champagne shimmer, medium brown shimmer, light pinkish-taupe shimmer


This is my favorite palette by far. The brown crease color is a dupe for Urban Decay's Smog, one of my all-time favorites, and the eyelid and brow bone colors are so beautiful. This is a great palette for everyday school or office looks.

Spoiled Brat Trio
Silver shimmer, matte black with glitter, hot pink


Spoiled Brat is such a fun palette. The silver is so pigmented and metallic- I'm in love. The crease color- a matte black with glitter- is a dupe for Urban Decay's Oil Slick. I think this is a really fun night look for parties!

I Got Good Jeans Trio
Light silvery blue shimmer, dark blue shimmer, metallic yellow gold


Such a lovely palette. All of these colors are so pigmented and creamy, and I think that I'll be sporting this look quite a bit this fall and winter.

I Dream of Greenie Trio
Palest green, bright green, neon green


I really love the middle green color- it's so vibrant and a really fun accent color. The pale green and neon lime green are very unique, but unfortunately they don't work with my skin tone.

Overall, I have become a huge fan of the Wet n Wild palettes. Their eyeshadows are highly pigmented and smooth, and the colors are gorgeous at an extremely reasonable price. I wish that the packaging was a bit sturdier to protect the super-soft shadows, but for only a few dollars a palette, I can't complain. I'm currently searching for the Gilded Age palettes, so let me know where you've spotted them!

Have you tried the Wet n Wild palettes? If so, what was your experience with them?

FTC Disclaimer: I received products for review; however, all of my opinions are 100% honest and unbiased.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Global Green USA's Green School Makeover Competition Presented by Pureology

I recently found out about Global Green USA's Green School Makeover Competition presented by Pureology through Influenster. I have so many friends and family members who are working in schools that are in desperate need of environmental upgrades, so I am so excited to be able to feature this contest on Ashley Brooke.  Here is the information about the contest from Pureology's website:

Every child deserves a learning environment that’s safe, healthy, free of harmful toxins and optimal for learning. Unfortunately, many schools across the country are subjecting children to unhealthy classrooms with poor lighting and inefficient energy usage, which costs most schools more money than they spend on books and computers. Global Green USA is working to change this by helping to ensure that every child has the opportunity to learn in a healthier, greener school. Pureology is pleased to present Global Green USA’s Green School Makeover Competition. You can help a school in your area by nominating it for a Green School Makeover – read on to learn more, and find out how.
  • From March 1 – September 30, 2011, enter your school for a chance to win a "green school" makeover. 
  • There will be one grand prize winner and four schools will each receive $2,500 towards their green school renovations 
  • Global Green USA Green Schools Initiative

Green schools are designed, built, renovated or operated in an ecological and resource-efficient manner. Green schools have numerous benefits for children, staff and our environment:
When children learn in healthy, green classrooms – with natural daylight, improved sound quality, and non-toxic paints and carpets – test scores can improve as much as 25%.
Proper ventilation and the use of green, non-VOC building materials improves student and teacher health, resulting in fewer sick days, increased teacher retention and better student attendance.
When a school is "greened," operating costs for energy and water can be reduced by as much as 40%, and funds can be channeled back into textbooks, computers and other essentials.
Greening a school reduces carbon dioxide emissions that cause global warming.
Green schools use up to 32% less water.

When students learn in a green school, they’re encouraging a lifetime of environmentally conscious habits!

For more information on the contest, feel free to visit the official website here

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Giveaway Winners!

Congratulations to the following giveaway winners! If you didn't win this time, please don't worry because there are lots of giveaways coming in the near future. Be sure to enter to win a $100 Vineyard Vines clutch here!

Gift Certificate to Sweet Tea Paperie
#58 or Jodi from Jodi Bean's Blog!

Gift Certificate to Ann's Bridal Bargains

#2 or Cait from Fit, Fierce, and Fabulous!

Thanks again to Sweet Tea Paperie and Ann's Bridal Bargains for being fabulous sponsors!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

The Perfect Summer Vineyard Vines Bag + Giveaway! {closed}

Earlier this summer, I had the amazing opportunity to try out one of Vineyard Vines handbags. Just look at how gorgeous this bag is. This bag is probably the quintessential summer vacation purse, and I love everything about it.



Love the gold feet on the bottom!

How adorable is the Vineyard Vines whale? Please excuse the reflection of my camera in the gold plate :)

So far, my Vineyard Vines straw tote bag has gone with me to Florida, California, Illinois, Mexico, Honduras,  Belize, and Grand Cayman!

Me and my beloved bag (oh, and husband too!) in Cozumel, Mexico

I'm in love with the high-quality straw material with gold leather, and the little gold accents are so adorable! I personally think that this design is so great for summer because it can be worn with casual or dressy clothing, and it will make you look put together and effortlessly chic!

As if I didn't love this purse enough, check out the lining! SO cute!

I desperately need a new camera, so here's a pretty professional picture of my bag from Vineyard Vines

I can always count on Vineyard Vines products for high-quality wardrobe staples, but I love the personality in their clothing and accessories. While this bag may seem classic on the outside, the cute gold accents and bright interior lining are so fun! I love knowing that while my Vineyard Vines clothing and accessory pieces are fun and of-the-moment, they feature classic designs and high-quality materials that you can wear for years to come! Definitely one of my favorite brands of all time :)

Vineyard Vines has generously offered to giveaway one adorable clutch to Ashley Brooke readers! My camera does not do this bag justice- at all! The material is a very smooth, high-quality canvas with a subtle gold shimmer thread built into the fabric. As you'll see below, my camera was not loving the shimmer effect of the fabric, and my pictures were not turning out! Thankfully I found some beautiful pictures of this bag, though!

Pictures belong to Vineyard Vines
I love that this clutch folds open for more storage but closes into an adorable, small clutch!
The inside lining also matches the bag featured above- bright blue!

See, my camera and this clutch just don't get along, but at least you can see the gorgeous shimmer in the fabric!

This bag normally retails for $98.50, so be sure to enter! It's a wonderful staple for any fashionable girl's wardrobe. 

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This giveaway will end on Wednesday, August 24th at 11:59pm

FTC Disclaimer: I received an item from Vineyard Vines to facilitate this review; however, I'm not associated with their company and my opinion is, as always, entirely honest and genuine.