Oh man, blogging is so not my thing! Sharing knowledge is though 😉 I kind of like talking too. I respond to e-mails weekly from women who are having issues with their skin like I used to. Don’t judge my grammar. I talk like I write! Here goes….
My name is Ashley! The majority of people call me Ash though! I am the lady behind The Oily Lady. My husband, Eric, is The Oily Lad. Haha! Just kidding…funny though, right? I am 31 years old, Eric is 35! We have 2 daughters, Alayna is 10 and Annabelle is 6! By day I am the owner and designer behind Laynie and Belle! I create branding and web presence for creatives! I was a professional hair color specialist for 9 years and worked in a salon full of women! Fun times! Left that career to stay at home with my girlies only to pick up graphic design after about a month of singing the Elmo Potty Song 10 times a day. I’ve done that for almost 3 years now, and I was even voted Graphic Designer of the Year by Lemonade and Lenses 2014! What what!!! If I’m not designing websites, I like to indulge in red wine a lot, while listening to 80s love songs on Pandora, and eating croutons! I like gathering in a driveway with friends and play dominos on my weekends. And sometimes I’ll even go back to my roots and do some hair color-no pun intended! Officially the busiest nerd you know, and I’m not one bit ashamed. You love me already! All Oily Lady product research is done in the wee hours of the night while I am laying in bed on my phone. True story!
Uhhh, so here is me putting it out there! I am an open book y’all. To show the evolution of my skin from ew to awesome using all natural, here is my selfie roll. Ha!
You can see how my skin has progressively gotten better over the course of about 16 months! The top left was pretty much rock bottom for me. I became a VIB at Sephora that month…which means you have to spend $1000. Yep. I bought whatever I could get my hands on, and of course I expected dramatic results overnight. 2 weeks with absolutely zero results, I became obsessed with researching skincare naturally. Why was my face going completely psycho on me?! I considered that maybe it was a food allergy, like gluten. That wouldn’t really add up, because my skin is pretty good everywhere else on my body. I don’t have “backne”, and aside from the occasional dry hands…I have good skin. Was it the sulfates in my shampoo? I first started with a sulfate and paraben free shampoo. I would get super painful breakouts around my hairline. It made a huge difference! My friend had also mentioned that maybe lavender essential oil would help with my acne scarring. I was to the point of embarrassment. Make-up wasn’t even covering it up at this point, so after reattaching things and compiling all the info, I ordered ingredients off Amazon and started whipping up my own products-artifical, paragon, talc, sulfate, and artificial preservative FREE. Now, don’t get me wrong. They did not ‘instantly’ work, and they have been tweaked to perfection over and over as I have become more knowledgeable! I started sharing them with friends, too! People started commenting on how I have such great skin (I was still living in a bad skin body though-so I would hysterically laugh) Then my friends who got themselves some free night serum started wanting more! I started little and we expanded! I am a licensed cosmetologist, so not only am I obsessive research knowledgeable, but I do actually have a professional license in the biz 😉 for over 10 years now to boot!
I think it’s important to start this blog series on why going natural has worked for me, and how it can work for you too! There is a lot of conflicting knowledge out there, and it is hard to know exactly what to do and what to use! What to spend your money on, and what is going to work! And my products might not be for you! The Oily Lady skin care is catered to women/teens who have chaotic skin…which means if you have no complaints about your skin, or you get an occasional pimple because your friend is visiting you this week-you do not have chaotic skin my friend! We do make products that would work wonderfully for you. Like our night serum-liquid gold! It doesn’t matter what type of skin you have, we’ve covered all the basis here! Our blue aloe is another amazing product! Squeaky Clean is a detoxifying cleanser, and it is definitely catered towards detoxifying your pores because of the activated charcoal that is it! Fresh Face would be a cleanser that is more gentle for someone who doesn’t experience break-outs or acne.