What’s In My Bag + Rimmel Keep Calm Lip Balm Coupon

Rimmel Keep Calm Lip Balm coupon

Raise your hand if you’re the nosy friend who likes to search through your friend’s purse at every opportunity. For reference, I am raising both of my hands way, way up in the air! I’ve always loved looking through my friends’ purses, closets, bedrooms, agendas, ok…basically all of their stuff. Not because I want to get all up in their personal business, but because I love seeing what people use on an everyday basis. Today I’m going to let YOU be the nosy one. I’m sharing what’s in my everyday handbag and a pretty sweet coupon!

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I obviously carry my keys and wallet in my purse at all times, so we’ll skip over those things and move onto the important stuff: makeup and jewelry. No matter how hard I try to maintain a minimalist handbag, my purse inevitably becomes a haven for dozens of tubes of lipstick and a random assortment of stray earrings and tangled necklaces. This month, my lip products of choice have been from the Rimmel Keep Calm Lip Balm line at Walmart. Keep Calm and Kiss (Pink Blush) and Keep Calm and Shop (Clear) are my current favorites from the line, but I’ll admit that I own all six colors! Yep, I’m a lip balm hoarder. The brightly colored packaging instantly makes me smile, and I’m addicted to the sweet rose candy scent! In addition to my lip balms, I like to keep a small assortment of basic jewelry in my purse in case I need to switch up my look midday. I’m currently favoring dainty gold pieces and anything/everything that includes a pineapple!

Rimmel Keep Calm Lip Balm Ashley Brooke-2405Now that we’ve covered the girly stuff, it’s time to move onto the “business” side of my handbag. I never leave the house without my trusty agenda, notebook, and at least 2-3 pens. Even though I have my schedule on my phone, I still prefer to keep a paper planner with me at all times to keep track of appointments and work  assignments. My notebook contains everything from to-do lists to blog post ideas to random doodles. Physically writing down the day’s tasks calms me down and keeps me organized, so my notebook is absolutely always in my purse! And then there’s my pen situation. I am very, very picky about my pens. I exclusively use gel ink pens with a bold writing tip (and even then I’m picky about the brand and design), so I like to carry around my favorite pens in a variety of colors to keep my planner organized and pretty!

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The other business essentials that I carry with me at all times are my business cards (in a cute case, of course) and a portable charger. I recently made the mistake of leaving both of these items at home during my last press trip, and it was an absolute disaster. I had to email at least a dozen people my contact information that could have easily been passed along with a business card, and my phone was constantly dead. The moral of the story: if you are a blogger, keep business cards and a charger in EVERY single one of your purses just to be safe!


There are a lot of other things that can often be found in my handbag, but trash is not very photogenic haha. If you’re curious, my handbag almost always has a dozen crumpled receipts, 1-2 half-eaten bags of gummy candy, and at least one empty water bottle floating around the bottom of the bag. I’m just keepin’ it real, folks!

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Even though my business items are useful, I still have to admit that my girly lip balms are my favorite item in my handbag! The Rimmel Keep Calm and Lip Balm line provides just the right amount of moisturizing oils to soften your lips, and each variety has a beautiful light color for a just-bitten effect. In addition to soothing my lips, I also use lip balm as a makeshift cuticle moisturizer and frizz tamer!

If you’re looking for a new lip balm to keep in your purse, check out the Rimmel Keep Calm and Lip Balm line that’s exclusive to Walmart! Each lip balm is only $2.50, and you can save $1 off two Keep Calm Lip Balms with this coupon (valid for 90 days from 7/20)! After you purchase a Keep Calm and Lip Balm (or two or four), take a picture of your lip balm in your bag and share it on social media! Use the hashtag #KeepCalmLipBalm in your post to be featured on Rimmel’s Keep Calm Gallery page!

What’s in your bag?


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Fall Shoes Under $50

I have a shoe problem. Always have, always will. The shoe shopping addiction started with light-up sneakers in kindergarten, moved to pointe shoes in middle school, and has now transitioned into shoes of every shape, style, and color. Since I have the tendency to buy way too many pairs of shoes, I like to stick to affordable brands. Last night I was looking for a new pairs of fall heels, and I realized I was finding some ah-mazing shoes that were all under $50! I figured I should share some of my finds on the blog to help out my fellow shoe lovers! Keep reading to see my favorite fall shoes under $50 and enter to win a pretty snazzy giveaway (hint hint: Canon AND Kate Spade)!


FIRST ROW: Leading Role Black Suede Lace-Up Heels $36 | You Better Step Burgundy Suede Caged Heels $30 | Legs for Days Blue Suede Ankle Strap Heels $31 | SECOND ROW: Monika Heels $49 | Faux Suede Bow Pumps $27.90 | Lavinie Heels $49 | THIRD ROW: Rach Heels $49 | Flori Heels $49 | Cheri Heels $33 | FOURTH ROW: Pointed Faux Suede Pumps $29.90 | Gabriela Pumps $49 | Allegra Pumps $49

affordable shoes

FIRST ROW: Precisely Right Wine Red Suede Pointed Pumps $34 | Three Love Tan Dress Sandals $32 | Side Effects Nude D’Orsay Pumps $32 | SECOND ROW: My Wave Chestnut Brown Suede Dress Sandals $36 | Click Your Heels Blue Pointed Pumps $34 | Some Kind of Vixen Black Dress Sandals $41 | THIRD ROW: Keep a Bow Profile Dark Red Suede Bow Heels $28 | Coco Platform Heel $29.99 | Mary Lace Up Heels $32.99


If you buy any of the shoes from Lulu*s, you can get $10 off and free shipping on your $100 order with the code Freeship10! Also, JustFab almost always has a great sale going on! They’re currently offering a buy one, get one free offer for new customers or 20% off for repeat customers. Target is also offering an extra 25% off on clearance shoes with promo code SHOES25.

Canon Camera + Kate Spade Giveaway

A group of fabulous bloggers and yours truly have teamed up to bring you another fabulous giveaway. We’re so grateful for all your support! We’re rewarding one precious follower with a grand package worth $1,500! The package includes a Canon Rebel camera body, 2 lenses, strap, camera bag, tutorial DVD, and other camera accessories. PLUS a Kate Spade handbag and wallet with chain. Open to international contestants but international winner will be responsible for shipping and applicable custom fees to be paid prior to shipping. Contest ends on September 06, 2015.
Canon Rebel Package + Kate Spade

Easy Fall Drugstore Makeup Tutorial

Thanks to Target for sponsoring today’s post!

Ashley Nicholas from Ashley Brooke creates an easy fall makeup tutorial using Pixi Beauty products from Target!

With Labor Day just around the corner, it’s time to celebrate the end of the summer season and get ready for fall! Even though I’m ready to start embracing the fall makeup trends, the weather isn’t quite cool enough to break out the dark lips and ultra-chiseled cheekbones. Not to mention I’d like to spend as much time as possible in bikinis and sundresses while the sun is still out! Today I’m sharing an easy makeup tutorial that works for summer and fall. The subtle bronze and plum is so much fun, and my rosy lipstick is definitely going to become one of your new favorite products. Keep reading to see how to re-create this pretty look using Pixi Beauty products from Target!



Whether it’s summer or fall, I like to use products that give my face a healthy glow without looking shiny, and these products from Pixi do just that. This foundation routine is perfect if you like a natural-looking finish that covers up your skin’s imperfections without hiding your skin!

Ashley Nicholas from Ashley Brooke creates an easy fall makeup tutorial using Pixi Beauty products from Target!

After my morning moisturizer is completely absorbed, I use my fingers to rub a small amount of the Pixi Flawless Beauty Primer all over my face. It’s filled with all sorts of stuff that’s good for your skin, and the peach-toned formula gives my skin a subtle boost of brightness and luminosity.

Ashley Nicholas from Ashley Brooke creates an easy fall makeup tutorial using Pixi Beauty products from Target!

My skin doesn’t have too much discoloration, so I like to use the lightest foundation that I possibly can for the day’s event. The Pixi Illuminating Tint & Conceal in Bare Glow is such a cool product. One end contains a tinted moisturizer to even out skin tone, and the other side features a stick concealer to cover any blemishes or redness. I like to use my fingertips to smooth the tinted moisturizer across my face, and I spot conceal where I feel like I need extra coverage. The concealer easily blends into your skin, and it matches the shade of the tinted moisturizer perfectly.

Ashley Nicholas from Ashley Brooke creates an easy fall makeup tutorial using Pixi Beauty products from Target!

And now for the dramatic part of the tutorial. I have bad undereye circles – like really bad undereye circles. They’re hereditary, and they’re a giant pain in the butt to cover up. A few years ago, a makeup artist kindly told me the secret to hiding my dreaded dark circles: a peach-toned concealer. Peach counteracts the darkness and leaves your eyes looking bright and well-rested. There aren’t many drugstore concealers in this magical shade except for the Pixi Correction Concentrate in Brightening Peach. It’s only $12, and it’s pretty magical. Just look at my before and after in this picture! I like to apply the concealer with my fingertips to warm up the product and allow it to melt into my skin. I use it on my undereye circles, but it’s also a great eyeshadow primer on your eyelids. If you have dark circles, this concealer is going to change your entire makeup game!


Ashley Nicholas from Ashley Brooke creates an easy fall makeup tutorial using Pixi Beauty products from Target!

My skin tends to get lighter from summer to fall, so I like to switch to a more subtle bronzer. The Pixi Beauty Bronzer + Kabuki Brush in Subtly Suntouched subtly warms up your complexion, and it has a very light shimmer that looks beautiful on your cheekbones! I usually use a large fluffy brush to apply my bronzer around my face and underneath my cheekbones and jawline, but the included kabuki brush works well too!


Ashley Nicholas from Ashley Brooke creates an easy fall makeup tutorial using Pixi Beauty products from Target!

Once my face is complete, it’s time to move into fun part: eyes and lips! The Pixi Mesmerizing Mineral Palette in Plum Quartz might be the perfect transitional eye makeup for the end of summer into the beginning of fall. It contains a mix of golden and plum tones, and I may or may not have gasped out loud when I saw it on display in Target. Yes, I realize that I’m a total makeup nerd, but it’s just SO beautiful!

Ashley Nicholas from Ashley Brooke creates an easy fall makeup tutorial using Pixi Beauty products from Target!

To create my eye look, I used a flat brush to press the third shade from the bottom (a mid-toned bronze with a hint of pink) over my entire eyelid. Then I used a large fluffy brush to smoke out the look with the second shade from the bottom of the palette (deep plum brown) and deepen the look. This shade is seriously so stunning, so I couldn’t resist using a pencil brush to apply the same shade to my lower lash line. To define my eyes, I used the Pixi Endless Silky Eye Pen in Bronze Beam on my upper and lower lash lines, and I applied two coats of the Pixi Large Lash Mascara.


Ashley Nicholas from Ashley Brooke creates an easy fall makeup tutorial using Pixi Beauty products from Target!

I don’t like my makeup to look dry or powdery, so I always like to use a setting mist. The Pixi Makeup Fixing Mist is great for fall because it’s slightly hydrating, and a few spritzes smooths your makeup and creates a soft-focus finish. It also helps make your makeup last longer! As much as I love the other products, the Pixi Shea Butter Lip Balm in Natural Rose might be my favorite product featured in this look. The Pixi Shea Butter Lip Balms are less like lip balm and more like a moisturizing lipstick, and I LOVE the formula. The Natural Rose shade gives your lips a neutral pink tint that matches everything. I’ve already bought 3 shades, but I wouldn’t be surprised if my collection grows over the next few weeks!


Primer: Pixi Flawless Beauty Primer | Foundation: Pixi Illuminating Tint & Conceal in Bare GlowConcealer: Pixi Correction Concentrate in Brightening PeachBronzer: Pixi Beauty Bronzer + Kabuki Brush in Subtly SuntouchedEyeshadow: Pixi Mesmerizing Mineral Palette in Plum Quartz | Eyeliner: Pixi Endless Silky Eye Pen in Bronze BeamMascara: Pixi Large Lash MascaraLips: Pixi Shea Butter Lip Balm in Natural RoseSetting Mist: Pixi Makeup Fixing Mist

If you’re looking for a new everyday makeup look, I think you’re going to love these products! They all work so well, and they’re easy to find at Target! Don’t forget to tag me (@ashleybrookenicholas) and Target Style (@targetstyle) on Instagram if you re-create this look and use the hashtag #TargetStyle!


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Fall Dresses Under $100

Dresses make my life so much easier. I wake up, randomly select a dress out of my closet, and I instantly look somewhat pulled together. They’re the lazy girl’s fashion BFF. I have big plans for my dress collection this fall. It’s technically still summer, but I’ve already started dreaming about styling my dresses with tights, boots, and sweaters! Since my dress shopping habits are a little bit out of control, I’m always searching for the cutest dresses from affordable lines. Today I’ve rounded up a variety of amazing fall dresses under $100, and I think you’re going to love each and every one!

If you decide that you just have to one (or all) of these dresses from Lulu*s, use the coupon code Freeship10 at checkout to receive $10 off and free shipping on any order over $100!


Saloon Swoon Wine Red Halter Dress $48 (also available in olive) | BB Dakota Ruger Cream and Navy Blue Plaid Shirt Dress $87 | Half the Fun Black and White Midi Dress $45 | Candy Wrapper Navy Blue Long Sleeve Wrap Dress $45 (also available in burgundy) [Read more…]