Apr 18, 2014

Review: MAC Ruby Woo Lipstick

Hello loves!

Today I'm going to review one of THE most hyped red lipsticks on the planet. I was never a fan of red lipstick, mainly because finding the right shade for my skin tone is a little tricky, & I especially never had the courage to wear them either. I have however purchased quite a few, but so far, MAC's Ruby Woo ($16) outshines them all. Believe me when I say this one is a classic!

Firstly, Ruby Woo is a very matte, matte, matte red (yes, I said matte three times) with blue undertones. Because it is blue-based, it allows your teeth to appear a lot brighter and whiter. It also compliments my skin tone very well, & I honestly think it has the ability to look great on anyone, no matter their skin or hair colour. Without a doubt, it's the red for everyone.

It is highly pigmented, as with most MAC lipsticks. However, I have also found Ruby Woo to be a bit dry, and so it can be a little difficult to apply (a little rhyming right there). The solution to this problem is to just swipe a little lip balm underneath before using the lipstick, and with a maximum of two strokes applied with moderate pressure, I achieved a rich colour with ease. Though Ruby Woo does not bleed much, I still use a lip liner (MAC Lip Pencil in Cherry) to reduce the risk of this occurring. This step is not a must though! Ruby Woo is a part of MAC's permanent line, and so it comes in their standard lipstick casing, so nothing special there.

Thanks to its matte finish, this lipstick has a wonderful staying power. You can eat, drink, and go up to an average of 5-6 hours without reapplying. This doesn't necessarily mean it will look super fresh as when you first applied, but it really does last. Even after it begins to fade, it leaves behind a stain, but during this time, it may unfortunately highlight any imperfections on your lips. Therefore, you may want to walk with the lipstick and a tiny mirror so you can do any necessary touch-ups.

Overall, Ruby Woo is one of the best lipsticks I have ever used. The only problem I have with this, which is very minor, is that your lips have to be in perfect condition in order for it to look its best (check below for some tips on how to prep your lips). The rich pigmentation and longevity of this lipstick gives it an edge over many lipsticks on the market, and I can see why it is a cult favourite among many women. I would definitely recommend this to someone looking for that perfect red lipstick!

Here are a few tips for prepping your lips before applying Ruby Woo & any other matte lipstick:
  • Exfoliate your lips using a lip scrub. You can also make your own scrub with  a few basic ingredients from your kitchen. (Find out how to here!)
  • Prime your lips with a lip balm to avoid chapped lips and to prevent your lipstick from appearing dried out.
  • Most importantly, stay hydrated! This is a simple and easy way to help your chapped lips.

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Apr 17, 2014

NOTW: Red Nights & Gold

It's been a while since I've done blogworthy nails, so I didn't hesitate to jump right into this post. My nails were done by Annabel from Bellas Beautique (@BellasBeautiqueJA on Instagram!). I've been so bored with pink nail polishes lately, so I decided to try out some gorgeous red nails. I don't ever do red nails, but I figured it was time I stepped out of my comfort zone.

The red nail polish is by Brucci but I'm not 100% sure what the name of the colour is. I opted for a little gold (we used OPI Liquid Sand in Honey Ryder) on the middle finger, & of course my regular nail design on one finger on each hand.

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Apr 5, 2014

Mini Beauty Haul + A Little Pinterest DIY

Just sharing a few items I grabbed during my recent mini beauty haul. I'll do some reviews as soon as I start using them.

(L-R) - Keranique Scalp Stimulating Shampoo, Bath & Body Works Velvet Sugar Shower Gel, Keranique Volumizing Keratin Conditioner

Mar 29, 2014

6 Stylish Carry-Ons + 5 Carry-On Essentials

Your carry-on bag when travelling is a modern day necessity. However, choosing one that is stylish and not outdated can be a major problem! I've compiled a list of 6 of my current favourite carry-ons that are practical yet very fashionable. If you ever find one that you think fits this criteria, feel free to share the link in the comment section so that both me and my other lovely readers can check them out.
6 Stylish Carry-Ons

Mar 14, 2014

What To Wear To The Miss UWI Mona Pageant

The Miss UWI Mona pageant will be in full blast on March 21, 2014 (let's hope they don't postpone again!) at the Mona Visitors Lodge, according to the Miss UWI Mona Twitter page. There are many persons unaware of the competition, mainly because there has not been sufficient updates on the event. We have barely even gotten to know who the girls are (apart from their little appearances at Integration Thursdays), as there has been no official photos of the girls, though their Twitter page stated that they would have been uploaded on March 12. However, as soon as I get more information such as the time, etc., I will update this post.

For this post however, I wanted to share two outfit ideas for the pageant that are so simple and easy to put together but are still so stylish. I believe pageants are a classy event and you should dress accordingly.


So for the first look, I combined this animal print bustier top with this elegant pleated maxi skirt. This combination allows your two pieces to be transformed into one to appear as a long flowy dress. Very versatile! I stayed with a black and gold theme for this one adding this gold metal plate belt, gold and black earrings, black clutch with gold accents, and a simple gold watch. A pair of simple black ankle strap sandals wraps up the final look!

Makeup & Hair Tip: I would recommend a very natural look for your makeup choice and your hair in a high bun.

What To Wear To A Pageant : Part 1


My final look is for my blazer-loving ladies. I've been so into blazers lately because it adds some interest to a plain outfit. I've been adding a few colours to my wardrobe lately (mint is my latest), but I truly believe that every woman should at least own a classic black blazer. It can make just about any oufit look more polished and sophisticated! Here I went with a plain white outfit consisting of a plain white tank top and a pair of super slim white jeans. Boring, eh? But that's where the blazers come in! Add either this coral blazer or a dark teal one (yellow would work great for this look too!), and accessorize with a gold muti-strand long necklace and this gold two-finger chain ring. For the coral blazer, this coral and gold bracelet would be a great addition too. Nude pumps were my favourite option for this outfit, as well as a nude clutch.

Makeup and Hair Tip: If you choose to wear the coral blazer, I would recommend that you go with nude lips or just a little gloss. If you choose the dark teal blazer, soft pink lips would go great. As for your hair, I would suggest you wear it down with some loose flowing curls.

What To Wear To A Pageant : Part 2

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Feb 28, 2014


I am excited to announce that The Pink Socialite blog will now be known as simply 'Ashleigh Em'. I am currently in the process of revamping my blog, and I decided that I would need a name that is way more permanent, and also one that I would be unable to 'outgrow' easily. I also have a new blog design that I spent quite a few hours on working last night.

In addition to that, I also purchased a custom domain so you guys won't have to enter the whole blogspot.com works. My social media links have not changed and are available in the right column.

Soooo, the link to the blog will now be *drumroll please*....


Thanks again!

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Feb 25, 2014

NOTW: It's A Tribal Life

I'm obviously a major fan of tribal designs when it comes on to nail art. For this week, I knew I wanted just that. I also decided that I would want a colour that would 'pop', and what better colour to do the job than yellow?

Again, I opted for different designs on each hand, and these were done by none other than Annabel from Bellas Beautique JA (@bellasbeautiqueja on Instagram. Follow!).

Are you a fan of tribal designs?

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