Ashley Riley Beauty: Makeup, Beauty and Style

June 22, 2017

Top 5 Best Tips on How To Use Coconut Oil for Great Skin

Top 5 Best Tips on How To Use Coconut Oil for Great Skin

Coconut oil has become notorious in the skincare community for its naturally hydrating and moisturizing properties.  It is a great natural alternative to skincare products that may come with a lot of unnecessary chemicals.  Thankfully, there are endless uses and possibilities for using coconut oil in every aspect of your skincare routine.  Below are my top 5 favorite tips for using coconut oil to achieve great skin!

1. Stretch Marks

Coconut oil can aid in the visible reduction of stretch marks after pregnancy.  It allows them to fade quicker by infusing moisture into the skin and helping to aid in healing.

2. Shaving Gel

By exchanging coconut oil in place of regular shaving creams of gels you will help prevent ingrown hairs and razor burn.  It will also add much needed moisture into your skin after shaving.  Rub the coconut oil into your skin, shave, pat dry, and then rub in your normal body moisturizer.

3. Lip Balm

For an all natural lip balm alternative simply rub a small amount of coconut oil onto your lips. It will naturally soothe your cracked or dry lips.  Plus, there are plenty of recipes out there for adding flavors like lavender or mint to make your own DIY lip balms!

4. Makeup Remover

Coconut oil is a great makeup remover specifically for the tough, dark makeup that we tend to place around our eyes. Coconut oil is perfect for people with sensitive skin because it shouldn't irritate the eyes area.  As an added bonus, coconut oil will infuse hydration into the entire eye area, meaning less wrinkles!  To add a little more coconut oil to your skincare routine check out my recipe for Simple Natural Coconut Oil Face Wash.

5. Body Scrub

It's easy to make your own DIY body scrub using coconut oil and brown sugar.  It's the perfect way to remove an old self-tan or simple remove dead skin cells to reveal healthy, soft and smooth skin. Simply mix two parts brown sugar to one part coconut oil in a small bowl and apply to your skin.  A great recipe to check out is my own recipe for Natural Coconut Coffee Anti-Cellulite Body Scrub

You skincare routine can be transformed using coconut oil as a substitute for many daily skincare products.  Let me know the other ways you have loved using coconut oil!


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June 21, 2017

BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel Deluxe Edition Palette Review & Swatches

BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel Deluxe Edition Palette Review & Swatches

The hype for the new BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel Deluxe Edition Palette was even more intense than her original palette.  The morning of the deluxe edition's launch turned into a rather hairy situation on the BH Cosmetics website; the site couldn't handle the number of visitors that flooded in to purchase the palette, and everyone (including myself) was left stuck being unable to purchase.

Thankfully, Carli came in to save the day and relaunched the palette on her own personal website within hours.

In terms of the size and range of shades within the palette it is a steal for the $22.50.  High end brands sell palettes with half the product in it as the Carli Bybel palette, and sell them for over twice the price.  The highlighters in this palette alone, two of which are brand new shades, are creamy and highly pigmented high end quality.

The Carli Bybel Deluxe Edition is one of the best drugstore and affordable brand products I have ever tried.  Check out my full review of the palette in the video below, including swatches!


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BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel Deluxe Edition Palette Review & Swatches


May 16, 2017

First Time Mom! Mother's Day at 7 Months Pregnant | Random Act of Kindness

First Time Mom! Mother's Day at 7 Months Pregnant | Random Act of Kindness

As a first time expecting mom-to-be this was the first year I was able to celebrate Mother's Day for myself.  As supportive and loving as always, Brandon made it a memorable day for me.  He knows the way to my heart right now is food (pregnancy cravings!) and made me a delicious pre-Mother's Day dinner, gave me my favorite chocolate strawberries, and then took me out to brunch.  We also did a little baby shopping and took in some phenomenal Mexican food for dinner.

While we were at brunch I witnessed a random act of kindness for another mother, who appeared quite lonely.  It only served to strengthen my love and appreciation for everything my gentle giant does for me every single day.

Next year I'm excited to see what Brandon does with baby Welles to celebrate this holiday.  Check out the vlog below for a play by play of our amazing day!

First Time Mom! Mother's Day at 7 Months Pregnant | Random Act of Kindness



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First Time Mom! Mother's Day at 7 Months Pregnant | Random Act of Kindness