Thursday, December 18, 2014

Makeup Review: Bumble and Bumble Thickening Full Form Mousse

Once upon a time there was a girl who had a low self esteem day. To combat this plague she took herself off to the salon and got an overpriced haircut, a blowout, and a bottle of WAY TOO EXPENSIVE mousse.

She loved the mousse--excessively--and for the rest of its natural life they lived happily ever after.

Then it died and she tried to replace it with drugstore mousse.


The end.

Bumble and Bumble Thickening Full Form Mousse is not the original (expensive) mousse. It is not the god-awful drug store mousse that makes my hair feel like potato chips (crunchy and greasy). It's the mousse I tried today in Sephora (I'm an addict). It's lightweight and airy. It adds volume and texture without making my hair feel dirty. It's not my magical mousse (whose name I can't remember but was definitely over fifty dollars... on sale) but it's pretty damn good. I put it on my hair dry, ran it through my amber waves, and walked out looking like I'd just rolled out of bed... in a good way.

It's so good that when I got home I went online and bought it.

Definite WINNER.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Tsu Review, aka, What the heck am I going to do with another social media platform?... Never mind, so pretty...

I started an account on tsu yesterday (you can check me out here: ) and I really like it. I tried out helo and a couple of other different "facebook killers" but this is the first one that I think will stick around, because:
  • The interface is amazingly pretty... so pretty... 
  • There are some writers/bloggers I recognize who are there already and using it in a productive way (Rockstars of Romance, etc.).
  • All your friends and followers see all your posts.
  • Apparently they're going to share advertising revenue with users, I'm still trying to figure this out but it's an interesting premise.
  • It can hook into your facebook/ instagram/ twitter/ pinterest/ tumblr/ etc. so you can post to a bunch of places when you post to tsu. So you're not losing anything. I like that alot.
Mostly I just love the interface... So pretty...

Just some thoughts. :)

Aleah Barley

Friday, December 5, 2014

Review: Urban Decay Lipstick

I'm on a lipstick kick. I'm absolutely obsessed with the creamy feel of Bite's Luminous Creme Lipstick. I also recently bought (same trip) an Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick.

It's awesome.

Don't get me wrong... the Bite lipstick is still my go to every day lipstick but this Urban Decay stick is my new night time jam. Like Bite it's made out of friendly ingredients and there's no animal testing. Like Bite it's creamy (although less creamy).

The big difference??

Color saturation and staying power.

I got the Urban Decay lipstick in a dark pink called Manic (thanks Sephora lady for not letting me choose the ugly color I was going to buy!). It goes on smoothe and after about ten minutes is actually smoochable (aka, I can make out with my BF without leaving too much lipstick behind). There is some serious lip staining, so you need to reapply less often and can definitely have a drink or two--if not a full on dinner.

It's a WINNER.

What about you? What's your favorite lipstick?

Get it here:

How to Pick a Good Lipstick Color and Review: Bite Luminous Creme Lipstick

Okay, so a couple of weeks ago I was in Sephora getting my free Birthday Gift (woohoo, free lipstick and mascara... the lipstick was a crappy color but I desperately needed mascara. Apparently that stuff goes bad after a few months so my two year old mascara definitely needed to be tossed) and I bought a double-sided Bite lipstick from one of those bins near the counter.

You know what I'm talking about... Don't lie.

I'm not a big lipstick girl but I loved it... seriously... this stuff is like lip crack. It's creamy without being too heavy. It doesn't smell or taste like much (I used to have a cheesecake flavored lipgloss but I ate it). It's made of food grade products in Canada (my neighbor to the south... roflmao... seriously, I live in Detroit, check it out on a map). Bite lipstick is a definite WINNER.

A few weeks later I went back to Sephora for a full sized lipstick in a better color... dun-dun... lightning flash.

I suck at picking colors. I really, really, suck. So, I have a new technique I'd like to share with you. It's called "Go to Sephora and Get Someone There To Help."

Sephora's great. It's full of friendly people who know about makeup, are paid to help you, and will give you samples of super expensive moisturizer to try out (moisturizer reviews coming soon!). A nice woman swatched some against my hand and was like "this one."

It's called Rose and it looks great.

Check it out here!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Romance Adventures Blog Hop: Cars, Clowns, and Zombies

Hi everyone! Welcome to the Romance Adventures Blog Hop. My name's Aleah Barley and I write rip-roaring romantic adventures including car chases, explosions, clowns, and zombies... not all in the same book. :)

Sometimes people ask me how I come up with ideas... the truth? When I get stuck while writing a book I add a rush of action and then like to see how my characters handle the crazy fall out.

Of course... in real life my biggest adventure is trying to eat all the Thanksgiving leftovers (without gaining a hundred pounds). In a death defying feat that critics are calling "hilarious" and "unrealistic" I'm attempting to eat most of a turkey, half a pumpkin pie, six mini apple pies, chopped liver, cheese, and ALL THE STUFFING. What about you? What's your biggest adventure for 2014?? Leave a comment below to win an e-book copy of one of my books. 

Honey from Too Hot to Handle is a reformed car thief who needs a place to stay after someone burns down her house. There's only one man she can trust--Detective Jack Ogden. This book is full of fast cars and hot men. It's all about American Muscle... and the occasional act of arson.

Check out Too Hot to Handle today and watch the sparks fly!

In Leaving Las Vegas, Glory is a West Virginia Wild Child and Luke is a Las Vegas billionaire who always gets what he wants... and right now he wants her. From underground poker games to car chases and gun fights, this book has it all!

Check out Leaving Las Vegas Today and be ready for an explosive good time!

If mad-cap contemporary romances (and crazy clowns--thank you so much American Horror Story, lol) are more your thing then check out Tempting the Ringmaster... when a circus girl falls for a small town cop things are sure to get firey. With plenty of quirky characters and surprises, Tempting the Ringmaster is fun, fun, fun.

Then there are the zombies... In Dead SexyGemma Sinclair is a mortuary attendant and ace zombie hunter who always sees the world in black and white--up until she stun guns the wrong dead guy in the ass. D.S. Thomas Conroy is tall, dead, and sexy. He's also a special agent for the Department of Undead Americans and he needs Gemma's help to investigate missing zombies in the Motor City.

Readers love Dead Sexy! They're comparing the series to the Walking Dead, True Blood, and Stephanie Plum. One click Dead Sexy today and don't forget to check out the sequel--Dead Set--available now!

Blog Hop List.... visit all the sites and share some love!

 Liza O'Connor

2. Daryl Devore

3. Jennifer Lowery

4. Andrea R Cooper

5. Melissa Keir

6. Karen Lopp

7. Aine P Massie

8. Gaeille Vanderspek

9. Joceline Farrah

10. Jenna Jaxon

11. Gina Danna

12. Melissa Kendall

13. Sharon Cullen

14. D'Ann Lindun

15. Nikki Lynn Barrett

16. Tricia L. Quinnies

17. Lisa Kumar

18. Georgia Lyn Hunter

19. Sheri Fredricks

20. Susan Sheehey

21. Aleah Barley

22. Stacey Brutger

23. Bobbi Romans

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Review: Purity by Philosophy

Okay, I knew I was going to love this one going in--my cousin uses the exact same thing--but it was still nice to come home and find a Sephora box waiting on my front porch!

Philosophy makes great mid-priced creams, cleansers, moisturizers, etc. Their purity cleanser is pretty awesome because it doesn't foam (like the previous Aveeno cleanser I used) it just makes your skin feel pretty and smooth. It also smells like desert, not floral just kind of yummy (resists the temptation to eat some).

So, yeah, I'd call this one a definite WINNER!

What about you? What's your favorite cleanser?

Saturday, November 1, 2014

How I Blew My Budget in Three Easy Steps

Today I blew my weekly budget.

I know what you're thinking... how could you possibly do that Aleah? You had a plan. You were going to have one hundred dollars in spending money a week! You were going to stick to it and be awesome! Maybe you overspent on Sunday--25 dollars in takeout is an awful lot, but Indian food is totally worth it--but you got right back on track. You took your lunch to work. You recommitted to buying black coffee instead of lattes (seriously though, work coffee has gotten so, so bad). There's no reason you should be over budget.

Okay, maybe three reasons: