HELLO 2018!

HELLO 2018

OKAY.LET.ME.SINK.IT.ALL.IN. MY LAST BLOG POST WAS IN JUNE?! And I KNOW, I was not consistent before that because of ALL wedding stress/mess I was going through because let me tell you ladies, planning a wedding is NOT.EASY. Anywho, with all that being said… HHHHHHHHEEEEEEEEEEEELLLLLLLLLLLOOOOOOOOOOOO 222222222000000001111888888888!!!!! OH MY GOODNESS. NEW YEAR NEW ME HUH? I really, REALLY hope so because I need to get BACK on my game, and hit it HARD Inshallah (God Willing). Because there is SO much to be done and accomplished.

SO! How are all of you beautiful ladies doing?! Goodness, I REALLY missed writing. I really did. I am not going to be a grandma, and go back in time and mention all the reasons why I haven’t been up to date on my blog, but I am going to apologize. I know, I have been receiving emails, Instagram DMs, and FB messages and I HAVE replied to them (so you cannot hold me accountable for that!). So ladies, I do apologize for not being active here and my goal is to again get BACK on it ❤

Well, how is the New Year treating everyone so far? I hope Inshallah (God Willing) it is going GREAT for everyone, and I pray all of you achieve what your hearts desire within this year <3. How about me you ask? Well…not bad. Alhamdulilah (Thank God). Those who are actively active on my Instagram page see what I have been up to (and if you’re not get hip!). I am just trying to get some work related things together, balancing my  life out AND planning some good things for you all Inshallah (God Willing). So yup! I have been juggling looooooots of things, but I ain’t complaining.

As many of you know, I was not here for NYE. It’s been on my bucket list to go to Dubai for NYE, and thats where I was<3. I have been to the U.A.E. many times, but NYE was always that oooone thing I really wanted to experience. I was beyond anxious and impatient to see the fireworks live in front of the Burj-Khalifa and my face lighting up like a little kid with excitement ooohing and aaaahing. Unfortunetly, this year there were no fire works 😦 but instead (since its Dubai, and you’ll NEVER be disappointed) they had a light show, “Light Up 2018”. Which was VERY different, and VERY fun. There was live entertainment, fresh foods, drinks, teas, a open ground filled with people gathered around the Burj-Khalifa enjoying their night away.

Time flew by very quickly, we walked (my husband and I) in to the entrance of the Dubai Fountain at 7pm, found the perfect place and view to sit, and literally danced the night away! I wish I could speak into this post, because I had the time of my life Alhamdulilah (Thank God). So I am reallyyyy emphasizing in this post so you ladies can get a feel of how amazing this experience was to me. The Light UP show was SO loud, that the beat of each laser was hitting into my veins (like how fireworks give you that very strong thump feeling inside your body). Thats honestly the BEST way I can describe it to you all. At the same time, I was thinking about how all the years I would come with my family that I kept telling myself one day I will come with my spouse and experience our “first” NYE in Dubai, and Subhanallah (Glory be to God) it happened. So I was having lots of emotional moments here and there at the time, and kept thanking my husband for bringing me where I always wanted to come for NYE (I love you).

I would love to know how everyones New Years went? Anything special? Anything different? Please feel free to share with me ❤ Before I end this post, what I will be doing is posting the places to be visited while in Dubai, because my Instagram DM was filled with you all asking me about all the hot spots, etc. So yes, I will be sharing that with you all, not to worry! Sharing is caring, cannot get greedy now right? ❤

I love you all SO much, and thank you SO much for always supporting me in all of this ❤

Much love,

Nelo .A.

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Eid-Al-Fitr Look #2

Eid-Al-Fitr Look #2

Gooooooood morning ladies! You know it’s Ramadan when all your girls are online snap chatting figuring out last minute Eid shenanigans😂 I hope you ladies are all doing well and having fun preparing for Eid inshallah❤️. I still have to figure out my Eid heena artist wish me luck!

Another easy yet chic look to pull out from your closet for a last minute Eid look. As mentioned in my last post, it’s all about neutral tones and hijabs from The Hijab Vault ❤️. Ladies I cannot express HOW soft these hijabs are, sooooo buttery and PERFECT I mean PERFECT for the summer heat.

A huuuuuuuge thanks for the love on my last post! I didn’t know many of you would like the look I did 🙈❤️😘 Makes me feel accomplished. With Eid being 2 days away Inshallah, I will be doing only 2 Eid Looks for you all this time due to my hectic schedule. Better than nothing right?You ladies ready for the last Eid Look? Here you go❤️

Much Love,

Nelo .A. 

//Outfit Details//

// Waterfall coat- Papaya // White button shirt- H&M // Floral Pants- Papaya // Heels- Forever 21 // Statment NeckLace- Rue21 // Lips- Colorpop in the color “Tulle” // Hijab- The Hijab Vault in the color “Hazel Nut” 

 

Eid-Al-Fitr 2017 Look #1

Eid-Al-Fitr Look #1

Wow…wow…WOW. I cannot believe it has been AGES since I last wrote a blog post for you ladies and I am extremely, SORRY. There was ALOT going on in the last few months, so I honestly had no time what-so-ever. But now…I’m back! And I have so much to share with you all!

RAMADAN MUBARAK LADIES! Better late than never right?! I hope this Ramadan has been going well for you all (we have like 2-3 days left Inshallah). Is it just me or was Ramadan extremely quick this year?! Creepy…but alhamdulilah may we live to see the next one with all of our loved ones and with good health Inshallah Ameen❤️

How are you all doing with last minute Eid preps?! Ask me…I’m running around like crazy to get things done inshallah😭. Last minute Eid outfits?! Girls…don’t worry I gotchu 😉. The latest trends this year are Flares, cardigans, Abbayas, nude tones, whites, florals, and silks. Very interesting combinations right? That’s the world of fashion ladies…unexpected.

Mentioning “unexpected” let’s get into Eid Look #1…white and silk! Yup…you read it right, WHITE. The things I do for you all😌. With the collaboration with… The Hijab Vault❤️ One of my FAVORITE online Hijab boutiques ever! This look is very different compared to my past Eid looks, I’ll leave the rest to you all! Stay tuned for Eid Look #2 coming later tonight ❤️❤️❤️

Much Love,

Nelo .A.

Outfit Details

// Silk gown- Macy’s// Pants- H&M// Hijab- The Hijab Vault, Crinkle Hijab in Mauve (buttery soft material, PERFECT for the summer heat)// Heels- Charlotte Russe // Purse- Macy’s // Lip color- Colorpop in “Cami” //

 

Fall Vibes

Fall Vibes

To all of my dearest followers, I apologize for such a late post and to my new followers, welcome!  How is everyone doing? I am most definite, everyone is GREAT and enjoying this gorgeous Fall weather (well, sorta). Honestly, this weather has been SO bipolar, “sweater weather” was probably like 3/4 days, other than that the weather has been between 75-80 degrees! But hey, I’m so over it, I still rock my boots and sweaters even if I am being stared at…

Speaking of this weather, I went exploring today in an old historic area we have near by! “Historic Occoquan”. I have never been, but I am so happy I did. My girls and I had a fun little Fall adventure, took advantage of the weather, stuffed our faces with food near the waterfront, and ofcourse…had them take pictures of me (Thanks Sidra/Hareem <3)

Okay ladies, this place was SO cute. I’m all about “old times” and “old is gold” moments, (thats why I always get called a grandma…). Up until now, they have a “Fall Festival” for the community, pumpkins, a real haunted mansion (no one wanted to go with me) cute little painting stop, a witch boutique, a fashion vintage boutique, a old time ice cream shop, a secret hidden garden cafe (which I have yet to try!) and so much more!

It is also a residential area, so the town homes are SO.FREAKING.ADORABLE.  The weather was again, beautiful and yes beautiful enough to wear a skirt and a hat ❤ And yes, my skirt is from my line L’Noor (visit my link for details). I have been wearing dark Fall lip colors, but for this adventure, I decided to tone it down a bit (still wearing a purple shade though…). You can see all of the Fall beauty in these photos, and the beauty of the place as well. Trees are still changing colors, which makes me even more happy because that means Fall isn’t ending anytime soon!

Take a look for yourself…

Outfit Details

// Skirt- L’Noor Matte Tulle Purple Skirt // Lace Vest- Forever 21 // Flats- Charlotte Russe // Hat-ROSS // Purse- Macys // Lipstick- Heroine MAC //

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BOXYCHARM #2

Hello, Hello, Hello!

Without wasting anytime or blabbering (which I normally do, and watch I’ll get right into it) I received my new Boxy Charm beauty box for the month of August! If you are new to my blog and wondering “What’s a Boxy Charm”? go ahead and visit this link for full info on all different kind of beauty subscription boxes! https://fashionwithnelo.com/2015/05/27/boxycharm-2/

A quick review of Boxy Charm: this is a beauty subscription box for only $21.00 a month, FREE SHIPPING, and here’s the best part you get ALL FULL SIZED PRODUCTS! These boxes are usually worth up to $300! But you’re only paying $21!

So my first box was amazing, as well as this one. I absolutely LOVE eye makeup and lip products, even though this box did not have lip products but had amazing eye products I had to get my hands on…(said no girl ever). The spoilers were so interesting, that I was so eager to get mine, and it finally arrived!

The theme for August 2015 was-

“GORGEOUS GLOBETROTTER”- {Dear Charmers, book a ticket, pack a bag, & let wanderlust be your guide. This month, we’re seeing the world and exploring destinations unknown”.

ITEMS: 

❤ Coastal Scents Revealed 3 Palette (full size)

$39.95

❤ MicaBeauty Gel Eyeliner (full size)

$35.00

❤ Nios Shield Leave- In Conditioner (full size)

$26.00

❤ So Susan Statement Skin (full size)

$20.00

❤ Seta Eyeliner Brush (full size)

$16.00

{This box is worth $250}

Oh my gosh, isn’t this exciting?! I have heard many positive reviews about the “Revealed Palettes” and is very similar to the “Naked” palettes and it really is! I took 2 photos of the palette (with/without flash) so you all can see the colors. The colors are beautiful, and perfect for the Fall. Ladies… I have never liked liquid eyeliners, I can apply it to others but I cannot do it on my eyes. It makes my eyes feel so heavy, and ehh yuck. Because of my weird irritation, I always use soft, pencil eyeliners.

I have heard ALOT about gel eyeliners, but just been really lazy to purchase one (hey, I’m being honest) and now that I have received one (with an amazing brush), I get to finally try one out woohoo! The highlighter crayon is something very new to me, I usually use a nice shade of eyeshadow for my brow bone, or inner eyes to balance any eye look I decide to do. But this crayon will be my new toy!

Lastly, the leave-in conditioner looks amazing to use. My hair is so abnormally sensitive (actually my whole body is) that I am actually afraid to try this product hahaha. But the description looks so pure, especially with the Moroccan Aragon oil in it. So I shall see… to use? Or not to use? That is the question…

There you are ladies, a full review of August’s Boxy Charm Box! If any of you have purchased from Boxy Charm or any other beauty subscription please comment and let me know your experiences! As for my BOXYCHARM lovers, do share your experiences as well and what you received in your box<3

Much love,

Nelo .A.

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Top 6 Favorite Lip Colors <3

Hello Gems ❤ 

After much messages/DM’s/emails and even asking me in person from many of you about the lip colors I wear & where I purchase them from, this post will be explaining all of that jazz ❤ We all know how complicated it can get to find the “right” shade of lip color and from which brand to purchase them from. I will be revealing my secret 😉

I honestly was never picky in where I would purchase my lip colors, as long as I got the right shade I was good. But after going through some experiences with high and low brands I have narrowed it down to these TOP TWO cosmetic companies when it comes to lipsticks. I will also narrow it down to my TOP 6 ALL TIME FAVORITES from both companies which can be substituted for either brand.

M.A.C and NYX. Below is a short description of each:

NYX MATTE LIPSTICKS: “NYX Matte Lipsticks are highly pigmented, richly formulated and long-wearing. The formula glides on smoothly and stays put with a non-drying matte finish.”  Each lipstick is $5.99

It has been about a year now, that I use NYX Matte lipsticks, because they are honestly PERFECT. They last very long, no matter what you eat or even have a habit of biting your lip that lip color will REMAIN. There are different shades in the NYX Matte lip color palette, and which are very very similar to M.A.C Matte lipstick colors.

So if you are not a MAC fan, or just don’t want to spend about 16$ on a lip color then I suggest you aim for NYX. The Matte lipsticks are only for 5.99 AND I suggest you buy them from ULTA or CVS because they offer coupons! ULTA coupons can go from taking $3.50 off or even a 20% off coupon, how amazing is that?! Sometimes, ULTA has sales (Buy one get one for 50% off) on NYX cosmetics which you do not want to miss.

CVS you can either check online, or walk into the store and see if they are on sale or not ❤ Oh, and just be prepared to ALWAYS find them “out of stock” because ladies they are getting eaten! What I do, is I buy 2 of each and just keep them. I believe I have all the colors…yeah thats a problem…

M.A.C : “For those who prefer timeless glamour rather than all-out flash, the sophisticated allure of matte reigns supreme. Now, M∙A∙C expands its offering of this classic suede-like finish with 12 new shades of Matte and Retro Matte Lipstick. These lipsticks promise a pop of colour that will linger on your lips with impressive staying power”. Each lipstick is about $16.

Want to know something? I never bought M.A.C lipsticks, because I told myself that it was too expensive. But, I fell in the trap. My very first lipstick, and in which I still purchase until this day is Girl About Town. I believe the description above, literally explains it ALL. M.A.C Matte lipsticks are AH-MAZING! They last FOREVER, look wonderful on any skin tones, basically every color is just to die for. One reason I really get attracted to is how they choose the names of the lip colors, makes you want to eat them (yeah I sound crazy). I really cannot say more than that because, just purchase one and you will know what I am talking about.

TOP 6 FAVORITES: As mentioned above these two cosmetic companies have very similar colors, either you pay more for a higher brand, or you payless for a lower up-rising brand. Honestly, the choice is yours because like I said you need to purchase them to see the resemblance. Or what you can do is, buy one lipstick from NYX and another one from M.A.C and see for yourself! It was very hard to narrow it down to “6” but, it is out of love for you all. Here are my TOP 6 Favorites, which you all have been waiting for ❤

MAC: Pink Plaid, Herione, Im-Passioned, Girl About Town, So Chaud, Russian Red

NYX: Couture, Aria, Street Creed, Shocking Pink, Indie Flick, Alabama.

Resemblance:
 // Pink Plaid = Audrey // Heroine = Aria // Im-Passioned = Street Creed // Girl About Town = Shocking Pink // So Chaud = Indie Flick // Russian Red = Alabama//

I LOVE all of these colors! They go perfectly with any season literally, and most importantly with any skin tone. I did not have similar NYX Matte lipsticks to show you all with three other M.A.C lipsticks that I adore and they are Ruby Woo, All Fired up, Candy Yum Yum and Rentlessly Red. How beautiful are those names? So basically I have more than 6… BUT those are the ones I always wear to events and on my posts ❤

Now, an alternative cosmetic company which is way less than M.A.C and NYX is Wet N Wild. They have recently released Matte lip colors, that again may/can resemble NYX and M.A.C lipsticks. I actually have bought a couple, and they are worth buying. Very soft, smooth and long lasting. They do not smear, and best part of it all is they are for $1.99-$2.99! Yeah, I didnt believe it either! You can purchase them from any drug store. Below is a more detailed description:

WET N WILD: “Lips take center stage! This 4-hour, longwearing lip color leaves a semi-matte, crème finish in one stroke. Glides on easily with rich, velvety color that doesn’t cake, feather, or bleed. Made with hydrating skin-care ingredients: Hyaluronic Microspheres provide extraordinary adhesion to lips, an exclusive polymer complex offers cushion-like feel and texture, and natural marine plant extracts Coenzyme Q10 and Vitamins A & E help smooth lips”.

Well this was a fun post! I usually take pictures with natural light, but for the exact color I had to use flash to show you all the resemblance. Please do share, if you have made any purchases from the above, and I would love to know your comments on the resemblances or anything about the brands.

I hope this post answered your questions (I am sure it did), for more details you can also visit the websites. Also, before I end this I just want to say THANK YOU to all of you supporting and showing me so much love from around the world through messages, emails,  comments, any sort of feedback just makes my day. I hope you all continue this journey with me and keep spreading the love ❤

Nelo .A. ❤

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Pink Plaid = Audrey

Pink Plaid = Audrey

ImPassioned=Street Creed

ImPassioned=Street Creed

Heroine = Aria

Heroine = Aria

So Chaud=Indie Flick

So Chaud=Indie Flick

RussianRed=Alabama

RussianRed=Alabama

GirlAboutTown=Shocking Pink

GirlAboutTown=Shocking Pink

BOXYCHARM

I hope everyone had a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend!

Let’s get right into this… ( I sound a bit too excited don’t I?!) I purchase very little beauty products (mostly mascaras and lipsticks), because I barely use anything else. But after doing some research on all of these new “boxes” that have been trending for quite a while now, I had to get my hands on one of them.

I came across IPSY, BIRCHBOX, BOXYCHARM and GLOSSYBOX which have been trending the most lately. IPSY and BIRCHBOX is a beauty subsciption for $10 a month (free shipping) and sends you small samples of make-up goodies. IPSY sends it in more of a cute little make-up pouch (which I found adorable) and each month its a new theme. BIRCHBOX on the other hand is more of a skin-care subscription. Oh, as for the themes you really do not know what they are until you receive your box (thats the whole point of it!)

As for BOXYCHARM and GLOSSYBOX these are beauty subscriptions for $21 a month (free shipping) with more high-end quality make-up/skin-care/hair-care products. For about $11 more, you can get a mixture of sample and full sized products all in one! Yes, FULL SIZED goodies!

GLOSSYBOX is a luxury size beauty subscription box, hand picked by beauty experts (they ask you what you like etc). It has many brand products from Benefit, Lancome, OPI, and much more. This box also has a “theme” every month with the boxes being theme related (how cute?) The packaging is beyond adorable. It also comes with a small card telling you how much this box is worth, and the items in it.

BOXYCHARM is a luxury size beauty subscription box, and it sends you FULL size items. They send from 4-5 full sized beauty products all in one box for $21! So that mascara or bronzer your spending about $20-$40 on each, you are getting that ALL in ONE box for $21. It also sends you a card, telling you the name of the items and how much they are in retail stores.

I definitely fell for this box, I mean come on who wouldn’t?! Again, these are high-end beauty brands. So I went ahead and ordered mine for a first try, received it today and… I.LOVE.IT. I waited forever for this and it was worth the wait. Especially when you need new makeup items and you get them in the box. This is what I received in my “First BOXYCHARM” box and I had to share with you all.

To begin, I got ALL FULL SIZED items (woo-hoo). So the theme for May 2015 is –

“BOLD & BEAUTIFUL”- {Be bold. Be bright. Be beautiful. Charmers, this May, go beyond your comfort zone and boldly dare to be your own kind of beautiful}

ITEMS:

❤ ModelCo Bronze Shimmer (full size) $22.00

❤ The Lip Bar Lipstick (full size) $20.00

❤ Bodyography Essential Brow Trio (full size) $19.00

❤ Bodyography Brow Brush (full size) $19.00

❤ Lauren B. Beauty Nail Polish (full size) $18.00

I have been desperately needing a nice brow brush, and I received one in my box. As for the bronzer and brow trio I do not use those items. I might end up using it as eye-shadow or might give it away (who knows). The nail polish is such a bright color, and I will give that a try. Lastly, the lipstick I love the bold color! Very Spring/Summer, knowing myself I always dare to do different lip colors.

So ladies, this was my review. Trust me, I was confused too but if you want to give it at try start with BOXYCHARM. I have posted links below to have you look at the differences:

IPSY: http://www.ipsy.com // BIRCHBOX: http://www.birchbox.com // GLOSSYBOX: http://www.glossybox.com // BOXYCHARM: http://www.boxycharm.com

❤ If any of you have purchased from these subscriptions please comment and let me know your experiences! BOXYCHARM lovers, you comment as well and let me know what you got in your box this month! ❤

Nelo .A.

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