Archive for February, 2014

26 Feb

Spring In TO Summer

In Uncategorized by ashleemillerartistry / February 26, 2014 / 0 Comments

Wow where did this year go in a little less than a week March will be here which means spring is in the air and summer is short to follow.  As the temperatures start to change so does our skin and hair …

 

These are a few of my go to Tips and Trick to survive the warmer weather and look fabulous.

 

 

  1. The sun is shining and so are my pasty legs that have been hidden behind jean and yoga pants all winter. Recently I made the most amazing coconut body scrub, but of course you can use any scrub you’d like. After shaving off the winter fur I scrub from head to toe literally don’t forget your feet they will be sliding into those cute strappy sandals you got on sale last year and have been waiting all winter to wear. The scrub with gently exfoliate your skin sloughing off all the dead cell leaving it silky and smooth ready for the next step.

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  1.  Getting your summer glow on without the harsh UV rays.  Let’s face it fake tanners don’t always look perfect but it’s better than the alternative, exposing yourself harmful UV rays through natural sunlight and tanning beds.  Have I found the perfect self-tanner (no who has), I have been orange, dirt brown, and pink with sparkles in some cases.  I find the best way to start to build that healthy glow is to use lotions with a gradual tanner, leaves you hydrated, little to no smell and streak less.  I never use self-tanners on my face but I do bring it up to my jaw line.  If I am going to use a self-tanner I love the ones with a bronzer currently Ultas store brand ($6-$8) has been in my top selections.  If you have time I do recommend getting an airbrush tan ($20-50) from a professional it looks amazing! I typically do this for special occasions; I would do it all the time IF I had the time.

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  1.  Now that you are silky smooth and glowing like the goddess you are, let your smiling shine bright.  I love white teeth. I am a coffee and red wine drinker but I do not want my teeth to show it.  I LOVE my Crest Whitening Vivid Advanced strips you can get 14 week treatment for roughly $60 at Walgreens, CVS, Walmart.  I do these treatments about every 3-6 months. Sometimes I will do a week and save a week for a special occasion (trip, wedding, family photos.)

 

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  1.  Pretty in Pink… Pastels, creams…  It’s time to change your polish from those deep winter colors to cool spring tones. Once summer officially hits you can really brighten up to hot pinks, neon’s options are endless… I am a big fan of Ciate “Cookies and Cream” which can be found at Sephora. I also really like the Butter London brand which can be found at Sephora and Ulta.

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  1.  Get that bounce back in you “hair”!  Winter can do a number on your locks, drying it out, making it brittle and even break. Here are few ideas that have worked for me: Coconut oil hair treatments ( 15 min hair mask ) then wash as normal with moisturizing shampoo and conditioner, if you need that little it of extra moisture try a leave in spray conditioner. I am a fan of Biolage Ultra Hydrating shampoo/conditioner (price varies based o retailer).  Don’t forget to give those hairs a little trim and fresh color (avoid bleaching).

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  1.  Spring clean your beauty bag! Take out those warm matte winter colors and replace with soft pink or Coral blushes options are endless, glosses (Lippy is great tons of colors) can be found at Sephora, Bronzers (Cargo) , highlighters ( Mac Mineralized Skinfinsh in Sodst and gentle) and dewy foundation. Sweeten up your scent with a fresh new beachy fragrance. I am loving Beach by Bobby Brown which can be found at Sephora, or my go to the original Juicy Couture never fails me.

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**** Look out for an upcoming blog on Summer Foundations****

12 Feb

Eye Lash Extentions

In Uncategorized by ashleemillerartistry / February 12, 2014 / 0 Comments

I had a pleasure of working with Miss Caitlin Dressler with Lashes By Caitlin

I am obsessed with Eyelashes If I had time to put on  fake ones on everyday I would, which is why I chose to do the lash extentions.  I did start off with a more subtle look only having 25 placed on each eye using the J curl. I love them, now that I have gotten used to them next time I am going to go with most likely 40.

Frequently asked Questions and Anwsers:

 Lashes are by Minkys, synthetic mink lashes
 
How long do lashes last?
Semi-permanent lashes can last up to 2 months, depending on the natural growth cycle of your eyelashes. You will probably want touch-ups every three to four weeks.
 
Why do you recommend touch-ups that often?
We recommend getting a touch up every two to four weeks. A natural eyelash falls off every 60 to 90 days on average due to the natural growth cycle and is naturally replaced with the growth of a new eyelash. At any given moment, each of your natural eyelashes is at a different stage of its life cycle. A touch up is needed to replenish the lashes that have completed their life cycle.
 
How long does the initial application take?
An initial application set usually takes anywhere between 90-150 minutes for application. You need to keep your eyes closed the entirety of the process so many clients fall asleep.
 
How many lashes are applied per eye?
Depending on the look you are trying to achieve, anywhere between 35-80 lashes per eye are applied.
 
How do the lashes look once complete?
Natural lashes are acheived with the J curl
More pronounced, evening/bridal looks are acheived with either the C or D curl

 

BEFORE:

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AFTER:

Lash After

AFTER WITH MAKEUP ON:  I broke the rules a little and wore my own mascara that is not meant for Lash extentions. I know they do make specific mascara for lash extentions though. For more information regarding the mascara please contact Caitlin ( Contact info listed below)

Lash After mass 

Caitlin Dressler — Lashes By Caitlin
LashesByCaitlin@gmail.com
623-670-4192
www.facebook.com/lashesbycaitlin

THANKS Caitlin for my beautiful lashes!

06 Feb

Best Makeup Tips for Different Eye Shapes.

In Uncategorized by ashleemillerartistry / February 6, 2014 / 0 Comments

Applying makeup isn’t just about technique. You can know all of the tips and tricks in the world but if you don’t know what’s best for your eye shape, you’re not getting the most benefit out of your makeup.

The 9 Different Eye Shapes

There are nine basic eye shapes, each one offering different things to focus on. The nine different eye shapes are:

  • Almond shaped eyes: This one is pretty straight forward. This type of eye is considered to be the ideal shape. It is characterized by eyes that are shaped like almonds.
  • Close set eyes: You have close set eyes if the distance between the inside corner of one eye and the inside corner of the other eye is less than the width of one eye apart.
  • Deep set eyes: Deep set eyes sit further back in the eye socket than most eyes. Those with deep set eyes will also have a small mobile lid over the eye.
  • Down turned eyes: Down turned eyes are, quite simply, turned down on the outer corners. If the outer corners of your eyes are lower than the inner corners of your eyes, you have down turned eyes.
  • Hooded eyes: Hooded eyes are common in older women. This eye shape has a small fold of skin that hangs over the socket line and often partially over the lid as well.
  • Oval eyes: Oval eyes are pretty easy to spot. They’re shaped like ovals. Simple.
  • Protruding eyes: Protruding eyes can be a little difficult to work with thanks to the bulge that runs from the socket to the lash but there are things you can do to make protruding eyes look fantastic.
  • Wide set eyes: You have wide set eyes if the distance between the inside corner of one eye and the inside corner of the other eye is more than the width of one eye apart.

Determining what kind of eye shape you have can be a little tricky but it’s nothing a little time spent looking in the mirror can’t solve. Some women will have combination eyes. If that’s the case with you, experiment with the different eye makeup tips for different eye shapes we’re about to talk about that apply to your eyes and see what you feel most comfortable with. In the end, what you decide to do with your makeup is entirely up to you so have fun and try new things. You may just find your perfect look.

Angelina Jolie has almond shaped eyes

Makeup Tips for Almond Shaped Eyes

Congratulations! You have the ideal eye shape! Almond shaped eyes are considered the perfect eye shape because they’re perfect in terms of proportion. There are no real tips I can offer for almond shaped eyes because everything works for them. So basically, you can follow any of the tips in our eye makeup series and you’re good to go!

Kristen Bell has close set eyes

Makeup Tips for Close Set Eyes

The goal with close set eyes is to make eyes appear wider and draw attention away from the fact the space between the eyes. Because you’re trying to draw attention away from that area, you’re going to want to use light colored makeup around the inner corners of your eye and use darker colors on the outer corners. Skip the eyeliner and mascara on the inner eye and instead focus those products on the outer corners. You can also extend your eyeliner slightly past the corner of the outer corners of your eye. Sweep it up just slightly to follow the natural curve or your lashes. This will make your eyes look wider and will and give them a more proportionate appearance.

Katie Couric has deep set eyes

Makeup Tips for Deep Set Eyes

With deep set eyes, you want to try to bring the eye out and make it look less closed off. You’re first going to want to lighten what is often a dark, shadowy looking eye by applying a light shade of shadow to the lid and inner corner of the eye. Next, choose a medium shade shadow in the same color family and apply it to the crease of the eye. Sweep the same medium shadow under the brow but only use a little bit. You don’t want to make the brow look heavy. Finish up by applying a darker contouring shade at the outer edge of the crease. Sweep the contouring shade up just slightly, following the natural curve of your lashes. One final note, be very careful with eyeliner. People with deep set eyes can use eyeliner on the upper lash line but keep it very light until you get to the outer edge of the lash line. Then you can darken it a little bit but again, only on the outer edge of the lash line.

Marilyn Monroe had down turned eyes

Makeup Tips for Down Turned Eyes

Down turned eyes can make a person look sad even when they’re smiling so you really want to focus on trying to make the eyes look more balanced and leveled. To start, you’re going to apply a small amount of light colored eye shadow in an oval on your eyelid and the corner of your inner eye. Next, you’re going to sweep on a medium shade so it stops just before the edge of your brow. Follow that up by taking a medium-dark shade (not too dark), and sweep it just about the outer crease of your eye, carrying it up to the brow. Blend. Finish up the look by using a little eyeliner on your lower lash line but don’t extend the liner to the outer corner and make sure you don’t use much. A light line is enough.

Blake Lively has hooded eyes

Makeup Tips for Hooded Eyes

Hooded eyes are actually pretty common in women as they age but they can be worked with. Your goal here is to try to reduce the prominence of the lid. To do this, you’re going to start with a light shade of eye shadow or a highlighter product on the brow bone. Apply more of the product you’ve chosen along the lower lash line at the inner corner of your eye. Once you have the light shade in place, take another eye shadow in a slightly darker shade (try to stick with the same color family and make sure you don’t go too dark), and sweep it over your lid. You’re also going to want to put this same shade on the hooded part of your eye. Now finish up with the shadow by taking a dark contouring color and sweeping it over the outer corner of your eye. You’re going to want to bring this contouring shadow up to a light peak, following the natural curve of your lashes. When you’re done with the shadow, it’s time for liner. You’re going to apply your eyeliner to your top and bottom lash lines to accentuate them and draw them out.

Beyonce has oval eyes

Makeup Tips for Oval Eyes

Many different looks work for this eye shape but some women would prefer to give oval eyes more height. Start at the outside corner of your upper lash line and start drawing a line with your eyeliner along the lash line. Make the line a little darker and a little thicker as you get to the center of eye. Make the line lighter again as you move toward the inner corner of the eye. Don’t take the line all the way to the edge of the inner corner. Those with small eyes should skip the liner on the lower lid. Applying liner on the lower lid will make your eye look even smaller still. If you have larger oval shaped eyes you can apply liner to the lower lid but keep the line thin and light.

Nicole Richie has protruding eyes

Makeup Tips for Protruding Eyes

With protruding eyes, the goal is to make the eyes look a little less prominent and make them appear as if they sit a bit further back. This isn’t actually all that hard to do. Start with a dark shadow and apply it to the lid beside the lash line and then again at the base of the eyelid. Finish up with a lighter shadow on the crease of your eye and blend this color all the way to the brow bone. You’ll be amazed by what a different this can make. If you use liner or mascara, keep it light. Both of these things may accentuate the fact that your eyes protrude instead of masking it.

Brandy has wide set eyes

Makeup Tips for Wide Set Eyes

In terms of eye shapes, wide set eyes generally aren’t all that hard to work with. Your goal here is to make the eyes appear a bit closer together. Start by applying a light shade of eye shadow in the center of your upper eyelid. Take a medium shade of shadow and sweep it along your brow bone, starting in the inner corner of the eye and sweeping all the way to the outside. You should end this line with a slant that tilts inward. Take a darker contouring shade and apply it to the outer crease of your eye and just the edge of the upper crease. Finish up by applying eyeliner. You’re going to want to draw the focus to the center of the eye so start by drawing a line with your liner from the outside edge of the upper and lower lash lines so it crosses just slightly over the center. Repeat this process by starting on the inner edge. This gives you just the right amount of extra liner in the center of the lids.

 


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