The minute I committed to play volleyball at Virginia Tech, the first thing I heard from people wasn't "congratulations" or "omg that's awesome!", the first thing that came out of most people's mouths was "isn't that the school with the shooting?" As insensitive as that is, it's true. Everyone knew Tech as either the "school with the good football" or the "school with the shooting".


That's not how I viewed Tech, that's not how Tech is viewed anymore and that is certainly not how anyone will see Vegas moving forward. 


Now I know I have only been living here for a few months... but it truly feels like a dream here. The weather is always nice, sun is always shining, the people are relaxed and full of joy, and you will never run out of fun things to do. People from all over the world come here looking for fun, looking to gamble all their money away, looking for the best food, and to just, get away...


It's no secret that this city just endured one of the worst tragedies in US history, and as a Hokie, it feels even more difficult to get past... I've been going over this situation in my head over a thousand times and didn't know how to write this blog, but with all my thoughts and emotions running through my head, I knew I wanted to say something.


Do I address the tragedy? Do I express my pain? Do I push for peace? 


I want you all to know that Vegas is not the city that holds the worst mass shooting in US history, it's not a city with crazy violent people with machine guns, it's not a place of tragedy...


Vegas is a place where people go to make their dreams come true. Vegas is a place where everyone around the world comes to have fun and get away. Vegas is a place of pure joy and excitement. When you step off the plane into Vegas, you leave all sadness at the door. You leave any problems that are going on in the world, or in your world at the gate. You forget everything that pissed you off the previous week, you aren't tired or angry at the jet lag.


You've stepped into a world filled with fun, opportunity and a LOT of gambling at the hopes of winning big. You are at peace.


It will take a while for us to recover here in Vegas. We will grieve, but we will never forget. We are not damaged, but we will be stronger.


Just like Virginia Tech, we will prevail.




battleforbeauty <3 


Ways to Donate to victims families, local hospitals and those who were injured


Las Vegas Victim's Fund: 

American Red Cross: 

National Compassion Fund: 

Love Army for Las Vegas: 


Memorial Pages and People Injured from the Tragedy:


Nicole Cullina: 

Tina Frost:



*this is a running list, keep updated with this post as I will be adding more links to donate




Monday Motivation 5/29

Happy Monday everyone!


I am starting a new "segment"/"section" on my blog dedicated to a motivation quote, video, post, etc. every Monday :)


This Monday is very special, and I believe it is extremely important that we all remember the reason for the day; to give thanks to our active service members, honor our veterans, and appreciate and remember those who died serving our country so we could live the lives we have today. 


And for that I want to share this quote:


A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.
— Joseph Campbell


Not all of us will serve or risk our lives everyday to serve our country, but all of us can make a difference in someone else's lives.


This week I challenge you all to take a few minutes of your day to reflect on your mission in life, and I hope that involves helping others. 


Since I'm now a Virginia Tech alumn, our motto is "Ut Prosim" which means "that I may serve", which I believe should be a daily part of everyones life. I'm going to make it a goal to set out and do something kind for a stranger this week, because the smallest of gestures can mean the most to someone we don't even know. 


Will you do the same?


Have a great week my lovelies! 




Battleforbeauty <3 

Top 5 Makeup Essentials for Traveling

Hey guys, welcome BACK to my blog! It's always nice to see you here ;) Graduation and summer is in 2 DAYS which means, a whole lot of you are going to be traveling to celebrate or enjoy the great weather soon! Because of that, I want to show you guys the top 5 things you HAVE to pack in your makeup bag when traveling!

If you guys know me or follow me on snapchat (@ashleynbattle) you guys know I have been doing SO much traveling lately! There hasn't been one weekend that I haven't been traveling in the past 2 months.

I feel so bad for not being able to post as much as I want, but between weddings, finals, graduation, moving, and TWO new jobs, you can imagine it's been pretty crazy!

Below is my go-to makeup traveling routine and full makeup bag that you can check out, but I also want to show you guys the top 5 makeup essentials you need when traveling! You can create a full look with just these products so if you're looking to travel light, these are what you want!

Check out my go to travel makeup look and makeup bag essentials below!

1. Concealer

Traveling can be EXHAUSTING, which is why concealer is a must to cover up those dark circles and tired eyes. Just a little bit of brightening concealer beneath your eyes can make you look awake instantly and brighten up your entire face.

2. BB Cream or Foundation 

You may not want to reach for that full coverage foundation when traveling because it requires you to contour, but bringing just a light bb cream to even out skin texture or your favorite light-weight foundation with a little bit of sunscreen can make your feel more confident and protected!


3. Setting Spray

All this makeup is going to waste if you don't set it girl! If you're going somewhere tropical or warm, make sure to grab that setting spray to control oil and sweat and to make that makeup last!

4. Mascara

Pretty much all you need for your eyes. Bold lashes can transform your entire face, so go for the most volumizing mascara on the market! I enjoy Mally Beauty's Volumizing Mascara, however it can get pretty messy so be careful when applying!


Of COURSE you can't apply any of your makeup without a good set of makeup brushes! I prefer the Beau Claire Ocean Brushes because they come in a travel container and have a brush for every part of your makeup application! And if you use my coupon code "battle4beauty" you can get $20 off your purchase! Why wouldn't you? ;)



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Hey guys, welcome back to my blog!


This is unfortunately, an upsetting blog post for me to write. I was shadow banned on Instagram for WHO knows why... I've only had my beauty page for 4 or 5 months, always followed Instagram rules, never used any bot apps or whatever those are, and I've only supported everyone in my beauty community and my engagement group pages.


If you are unfamiliar with what shadow banning is, I filmed a video all about it, the definition and a few tips on what to do now that you can see below, but in this post I'm going to answer 3 specific things for you guys.


1. Why Shadow Banning May Be Happening

2. How to Prevent a Shadow Ban

3. How to Proceed if you have Been Banned


I hope you are not going through this, but if you are, DO NOT WORRY OR PANIC, we are in this together <3 


Why Shadow Banning May Be Happening

If you watched my video you know that we have no idea why this could be happening, but we can speculate on why to give us a better feel of the situation.


1. Your behavior on Instagram looks like spam


The whole reason a shadow ban exists is to protect users from spam accounts. A shadow ban would be put in place to allow the user to still access the account, but not be searched, which means this is protecting you from falling victim to fake accounts either trying to sell you something or get you to do something for them when in reality it is a scam.


Behavior that can be associated with spam:


-Liking an excessive amount of pictures in a short period of time

-Multiple posts a day with multiple hashtags in the bio or comments

-Use of the same hashtags in the same order in each post frequently

-Tagging multiple people in posts frequently

-Commenting excessively on other peoples posts

-Commenting excessively on other peoples posts using hashtags and tags in the comments

-Use of forbidden hashtags (yes, there are some in which posts are hidden. For example, #beautyblogger and #beautybloggers have been temporarily shut down on Instagram)

-Going on following sprees

-Going on unfollowing sprees

-Frequently attempting to use more than the allowed 30 hashtags in a post 


2. You serviced the use of following apps, picture liking apps or any of the sort


If you have either used an app to get more followers or likes/views on a picture, this may be seen as spam to bump the image of your page to look more attractive. If you have used one of these apps or paid for likes, views, comments, followers etc. this may be seen as spam. If you have implemented the service of an app just to check your unfollowers, follower ratio or any thing related, this is common but has still popped up as a reason you may have been shadow banned.


2. How to Prevent a Shadow Ban


Again, this is all speculation right now as there has been zero information from Instagram about this type of ban. But here are a few tips you might want to implement to keep your page safe in the mean time.


1. Only use the allotted 30 hashtags


Instagram does not let you have more than 30 hashtags in a post, PERIOD! If you tend to use 30 in the bio and go back and comment more, this can be considered abuse of hashtags. If you are in an engagement pod or group on Instagram, DO NOT ask them to post using a specific hashtag. This can also look like spam in your comments. Stick to the 30 max in your bio, and that is it.


2. Switch up your use of hashtags


I know a lot of us (including me) have a certain set of hashtags we like to copy and paste to use in our posts, which is ok! Just make sure to switch up the arrangements on them, and throw in some new tags here and there. After all, each post can benefit from different hashtags.


3. Quit hashtagging and tagging other people's pictures


Again, someone in your engagement group may ask you to put in a certain hashtag or tag when commenting on their picture, which is ok! Just keep it limited. Some people may be greedy and ask you to tag a billion things, which will hurt them and you. Instead of using a hashtag, tag a company, but only one! This will keep you and them safer.


4. No more following and unfollowing sprees


Because yes, it looks spammy. This is also not a way to bring quality users to your page. Instead of following a bunch of people, get to know your audience. Engage with the followers you already have by liking and commenting on some of their pictures you truly enjoy. When finding a new user, make sure to do the same. You want to create relationships with your audience, not attract mindless followers. This will also help increase the quality of engagements on your page and keep users coming back.


5. Stick to one or two quality posts a day 


It is said to be the more content you post, the faster your page will grow, and that is true. BUT, if you are posting 4, 5 or even 6 posts a day, it can not only annoy your followers, but if you are using all these hashtags and tags as WELL in your post, it can hurt you more than help. Stick to one or two quality posts, at peak times of the day to post, and you'll see twice as much engagement than if you are using Instagram like Facebook!

***if you are that eager to post your content, try using Instagram albums.


3. How to Proceed if you have Been Banned




For the love of all things good... do NOT delete your account. I've heard so many girls being like "I think I'm going to delete it and start over", which is the WORST thing you can do. Who says your new account won't get banned when you make a new one? ESPECIALLY if you delete it and make a new account under the same email you were using, that looks even MORE like spam! You've worked hard on your beauty account to get where you are at, don't give it up.


2. Follow everything in section 2 on how to prevent a ban


Because these are things you can do to prevent a ban, it might also shape up your page if you are banned. Limit hashtags, engage with comments only with no tags or hashtags, etc. 


3. Just wait


This is a huge problem that Instagram knows of and needs to solve, so we literally can't do anything but wait for them to fix it. If enough people keep talking and reporting and complaining to them, they'll have to do something about it eventually, we just have to hope it's sooner rather than later :/ 


4. Keep making bomb-ass content


YES honey... Yes. You keep doing what you are doing because people WILL notice and we will find other ways to get noticed on Instagram in the mean time. You can take a few days break but in the end, if you're out for a week or so, it'll hurt your page more than help because people can forget pretty quickly and if you are using Instagram to promote your other content like blogs or Youtube videos, it'll drive less views. Keep doing you, keep working hard and it WILL pay off at the end I can promise you.

All in all, DO NOT PANIC, and do not let this become the center of your world. If you love making content and doing what you are doing, this will not stop or slow you down. This is a problem MUCH bigger than us and we need to continue to do what we love most. 

When it doubt, talk it out because we need to keep throwing this in Instagram's face so they can fix it. So keep talking, keep doing great work and keep moving forward with new plans of action, because or work speaks for itself and will grow with our passion :)




Battleforbeauty <3