TGIF y’all! Thank you for your patience while I took two weeks off from blogging! It was a much needed time-out and I took time off from social media too! Once in a while I think that’s important! Today’s post is Part One, all about life as a Resident’s wife, and I’m also entitling it “Make it Work” You KNOW I would never lie to you… residency is REALLY hard. Read on.  Match Day: The Big Day Before Residency Begins I really need to start with the match, before residency even begins, because this is a crucial and pivotal time for both your SO’s career as well as forRead More →

Happy Monday y’all! Before I continue our story and share what life was like through Residency, I thought I would share some things that I learned through Tony’s medical school journey that helped our partnership and helped us get through those long 4 years! Live away from campus if you can This was SO helpful for us. As I mentioned earlier, the majority of students in Tony’s class were young and single and they all lived close to each other. We were 27 when Tony started and very much out of the party scene by that point. Living away from the med school bubble created a retreatRead More →

Happy Saturday! Today I’m going to continue what life as a med school spouse was like during years 3 and 4 of school! End of Second Year, the USMLE Step One As I mentioned yesterday, the Step One is the Licensing Exam that all future MD’s take during medical school. You have to pass in order to move forward and complete the program, and if you want the specialty and residency of your choice, you have to really do well on it. Tony took his exam at the end of June 2012. I was about 17 weeks pregnant when he took it. He studied fromRead More →

TGIF! And Happy February! (Winter is almost over! YES!) So, on Monday I shared the back story of how my husband and I met and married and how he decided to take the path to medicine. Today I’m going to share all about medical school and life as the wife of a med student! Before Med School: A Timeline Tony enrolled in his first pre-med pre-req in the Fall of 2005. He took one class per semester that his work very graciously paid for (He was working in Corporate Sales for BOSE Corporation at the time!) Now, getting into medical school definitely goes beyond having aRead More →

Wishing you and yours a wonderful Thanksgiving.  Almost a year ago, I started this blog. I was on maternity leave with my second daughter, and had been sitting on the idea of creating a space in which I can deliver the latest and greatest information about skincare that is evidence based and factual, to take the guesswork out of it for consumers, for almost two years. I decided to go for it, and I can honestly say that it hasn’t been possible without you, my readers. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your questions, to all of the wonderful professionals I haveRead More →

“‘If you knew how great is a mother’s love’, Wendy told them triumphantly, ‘you would have no fear’”. -From Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie         Every mother has a story, and every mother has her own journey. My journey to becoming a Mother starts at my own two mother’s journeys. When I was almost one, I was given up for adoption by my Biological Mother. She realized, at 21 years old, that she was not ready to become a Mother and that she felt I deserved better and more than she could provide. She drove me to the Department of Social ServicesRead More →

  “I felt so unsure of my skincare products and process, and Ashli cleared everything up! She offered simple, relevant information about what products I should use and how I should implement their use and why. Not only was she super knowledgeable, but also a total delight to talk with. Instead of getting advice from a sales-driven counter clerk, it was more like talking with a bestie that just wanted me to have healthy, beautiful skin and knew how to get me there.”- H.M.   “Her positivity and light still shine alllllll the way over here. I love what she’s doing with The Skincare Belle. Her posts are educational, sincereRead More →

Hi! I’m Ashli Carnicelli, Licensed Aesthetician and Massage Therapist with 11 years in the business. They say if you find a job you love you’ll never work a day in your life. This is completely true for me! I look forward to going into work each and every day-I’m passionate about skin, health and wellness! I get a lot of questions from clients, family and friends about the best skincare lines to use, how to treat different skin conditions, where to buy, what types of treatments to get, and how to have flawless skin at every age and every season! Join me as I exploreRead More →

Here are The Skincare Belle’s contributions to different magazines, articles and blogs! Les Nouvelles Estéthetiques Magazine October Issue “The New Makeup Phenomenons”  Bella Santé Spa Blog “5 Tips for Beautiful, Glowing Skin from a Bella Santé Esthetician” MyLola.Com “5 Conventional Beauty and Skincare Products You Should Throw Out Right Now -and How to Replace Them” Yankee Smartass “Answering Your Skincare Questions”    Shape Magazine, “8 Brutally Honest Confessions from Massage Therapists” Reader’s Digest , “8 Everyday Essentials You Should Splurge On (And 3 Things to Buy on The Cheap)” The Klog “Everything You Should Know About Dry Brushing” Reader’s Digest, “4 Beauty Products You Should Never Spend More ThanRead More →

  1. What inspired you to create this blog? In the words of the great Danielle LaPorte, “What are people asking you for, right now?” I noticed that over the years as an Aesthetician and Massage Therapist, family, friends and clients would come to me with their most pressing skincare and spa questions- sometimes even complete with photos of a breakout or a rash asking “What do I do?” I found that about 70% of my job is hands-on, and the rest is all about consulting regarding the most appropriate products, treatment plan, or even just answering questions about what my favorite mascara is! (And who doesn’tRead More →