Archive for October, 2014

29 Oct

What is Dermaplaning?

In Uncategorized by ashleemillerartistry / October 29, 2014 / 0 Comments

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Dermaplaning is a procedure for exfoliating the outer most layer of skin and ridding it of fine hair we tend to call peach fuzz. It’s a quick procedure that’s generally performed on the face. A trained and medically supervised Esthetician uses a scalpel and a delicate touch, to abrade, or scrape, the surface of the skin using light feathery strokes.

Why Get It?
Dermaplaning not only rids the face of the peach fuzz, it also exfoliates dead skin cells on the outermost layer. It’s a great option to offer to patients who are pregnant or nursing who want a deep exfoliation, but are not allowed to use peeling agents on their skin because adverse reactions.

How It Compares to Traditional Shaving
So if dermaplaning just seems like a very fancy and expensive way to shave, then you’re almost right. The real difference is the exfoliation. The technician can determine how deep to plane the skin, where a razor can only go so far.

Shaving can be done every day whereas dermaplaning should not. You actually need to wait two weeks before the next session. Although sunscreen is important for everyone, it’s very crucial after getting this service because the skin is very sensitive to the sun and hyperpigmentation (dark skin spots) can occur.

Shaving can be scary for some because there is a myth that the hair will grow back thicker and darker. This is not the case. The reason it can look thicker and darker is because the razor will cause a blunt edge. The blunt edge is what may cause the hair to look and feel thicker.

Why Don’t I Know About This?
Dermaplaning isn’t usually offered in salons and spas. Some doctor’s offices and medi spas will provide this service. Generally Estheticians don’t even know about it because it may be beyond the scope of practice in their state and they use microdermabrasion or chemical peels for deep exfoliation.

The Costs
The prices range from $75 to $150 and up. Most doctors’ offices or medi spas that have it on the menu will offer it with a chemical peel or facial because it allows for better penetration of the products. Either way, make sure the technician/Esthetician is well trained and is comfortable with what they’re doing.

Consider This
I bet you’re telling yourself you will just shave then and remove that peach fuzz and get a good exfoliation. We don’t recommend women shaving their face unless you’re going through laser or electrolysis, where it’s one of your only hair removal options.

Can you do this at home

Yes there are safe ways to dermaplan at home.  You will want to get a razor with safe guards on it the only brand I will ever use is Kai Japanese Face razor with a carbon blade.  You can purchase these on Ebay typically 10 for $15.  You can reuse them but please make sure you are sterilizing them after each use.

This is personal one I use

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For more questions about dermaplaning please feel free to email me ashleemillerartistry@gmail.com

27 Oct

The Beauty Benefits of Pumpkin

In Uncategorized by ashleemillerartistry / October 27, 2014 / 0 Comments

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It’s officially pumpkin season! Sure, you’re already hooked on pumpkin spice lattes and have made a date in your calendar to find the perfect jack o’lantern, but are you aware of the benefits that this iconic squash can provide to your skin?  Pumpkin is an ingredient that can benefit all skin types.  In particular, pumpkin is an effective skin exfoliant because of the high content of natural enzymes,  Packed with zinc, antioxidants, and vitamins, pumpkins protect your skin from wrinkles and age spots as well as gently exfoliating for a more radiant complexion .  These enzymes help dissolve dead skin cells from the surface of the skin.  Try this simple pumpkin exfoliating mask for a natural healthy glow.

Don’t have a pumpkin patch nearby? You can get this orange fruit (yup, it’s a fruit!) in a can at your local supermarket.

Make your base: Whisk together about 1/4 cup of pumpkin and one whole egg. The yolk adds nourishment while the white provides a subtle tightening effect to sagging skin.

Dry skin additive: Add a few teaspoons of honey, which not only seals in moisture, but prevents breakouts thanks to its antibacterial properties.

Oily skin additive: For an astringent effect, mix in a splash of apple cider or cranberry juice.

Apply: Smooth the pumpkin-y potion over your face, relax for 15 to 20 minutes, and rinse to reveal a brighter, firmer, smoother complexion

 

21 Oct

Think Pink

In Uncategorized by ashleemillerartistry / October 21, 2014 / 0 Comments

 

We all show our support for Breast Cancer Awareness in different ways. Some of us own hundreds of pink dresses, others donate to the cause in a stylish way, and still others bring the pink to their tresses.  Celebrity icons such as Kate Hudson and her mom Goldie Hawn fall into the latter category.
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14 Oct

17 Things Every Girl Should Have In Her Closet

In Uncategorized by ashleemillerartistry / October 14, 2014 / 0 Comments

17 Things Every Girl Should Have In Her Closet

These wardrobe staples are the building blocks of every stylish girl’s wardrobe.

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Denim Jacket
Like your favorite pair of jeans, a denim jacket goes with everything,

and it’s a great layering piece for cool summer nights,

chilly fall days, or even when you need an extra layer in the winter.

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Ballet Flats
Flats are a must for when you need something more polished than sneakers

but more comfy than heels. A cute pair of ballet flats make even the most distressed jeans look chic,

and look cute with dresses, too. Of course, black and nude are the most versatile options,

but snakeskin or leopard-print can be treated like neutrals and look super chic.

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Black Blazer
Find a fitted blazer that you feel great in, and you’ll have it in your closet for years and years.

It’s an internship and work essential that makes any outfit look instantly more profesh,

and can dress up jeans and a tee for a night out or work over a dress for a party.

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Everyday Studs
Small classic studs go with everything and take any look up a notch.

The tiny size makes them laid-back enough for class,

but the crystals make them glam enough to rock with a party dress.

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Bra That Fits
The right sized bra can transform your entire wardrobe,

making tops, dresses, and more look and fit better.

The right size bra won’t bunch up or pull across, plus, the straps will stay put.

A T-shirt bra with lightly-lined cups is your best bet, so it looks smooth under fitted tops.

Pick a style in your skin tone, and it’ll work under any color shirt

(unlike white, which glows under black shirts and shows under white shirts!).

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White Tee
A white tee is a must-have for every wardrobe. You’ll wear it all the time—with jeans,

under sweaters, with skirts, you name it!

Finding the perfect white tee can be a bit tricky.

The best ones are soft with a relaxed fit—not too tight or too loose.

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Neutral Tote
As cute as that emoji backpack is, sometimes you need something more profesh,

like for a big interview, or an internship. A roomy tote in a structured material will fit your laptop

and a change of clothes when you’re running from class to your work study job.

Pick a timeless color like black, and it will last years to come.

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Black Booties
Black ankle boots in leather or suede will go with everything you own and can be worn year-round.

They’re perfect with tights and a dress or skirt in cooler temps,

or wiht a skirt or shorts and bare legs for warmer weather.

Ankle boots are super flattering on every leg shape,

and a stacked heel will give you height without sacrificing comfort,

so you can wear them when you’re running around all day.

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Moto Jacket
A black moto jacket is an essential layering piece that makes everything look instantly cooler.

It adds edge to the girliest prints, takes summer dresses into fall, and looks great with jeans and a tee.

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Cute Sneakers
Running shoes used to be reserved only for going to the gym,

but your feet will be happy to know that they are now totally fashion-y to wear all the time!

They come in super-fun bright colors and styles,that will give a sporty touch to dresses and jeans.

If you get to the gym, that’s just a bonus.

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Chambray Shirt
You can do SO much with a denim button-down shirt!

It’s less business-y than a white oxford,

and is more lightweight than a denim jacket, making it perfect for layering.

 Extend your wardrobe by pairing it with a party dress to make it school appro,

or double up on denim by rocking it with jeans.

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Classic Jeans
Straight leg jeans in a dark wash are ultra-flattering and versatile and will go with everything.

Dark shades look dressier so they can be worn a million different ways and will look polished

enough if you intern or work in a jean-friendly office.

Find a pair that flatters your figure, and you’ll wear them all. the. time.

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Statement Necklace
When you need an instant outfit maker,

a statement necklace upgrades everything from an LBD to a white tee.

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Cute Going-Out Bag
Invest in a cute clutch in a neutral hue that you can take everywhere

from a party or date to the movies with your girls.

Choose one that has a removable strap so you can rock it hands-free during the day.

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Black Leggings
You can go straight from an Sbux run with your besties to yoga class

to the couch for a Netflix binge in black leggings.

They’re just as comfortable as sweats, but look much more put-together.

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Black Pumps
They may not be the most exciting purchase,

but you’ll get tons of wear out of black pumps in a classic shape.

Rock them with a pencil skirt and blouse for your internship, jeans and a tee for a birthday party,

or a dress for a mixer. With a heel under three inches, they are always appropriate and chic.

Look for leather or patent-leather ones with a slight point—

not too round or too pointy so they aren’t too trendy.

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LBD
A flattering black dress will take you from your job to a date just by switching up the accessories!

Keep it simple and classic with a style that hits just above your knee to get the most use out of it.

07 Oct

How to get ready FAST!

In Uncategorized by ashleemillerartistry / October 7, 2014 / 0 Comments

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Try a quick side twist
In a rush? Pull your hair into a slick side ponytail. Then split it into two sections. Twist both pieces in the same direction. Wrap them around each other. Voila—you’ve got a fun style in less than two minutes!

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Fake a bronzy glow with a swipe of highlighter
Dab on some highlighter in a C-shape beginning on the outer tips of your brows to the top of your cheeks, and it’ll look like you got eight hours of sleep, even when you were up late studying!

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Turn dirty hair into beach waves!
No time to wash your hair? NBD. Spritz with a texturizing spray, and scrunch! You’ll have that #IWokeUpLikeThis look!

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Fake a good night’s sleep with white eyeliner
Swipe white eyeliner on your lower lash line and finish off with a bit of bronze shimmery shadow on the inner corners of your eyes. You’ll look wide awake, even if you stayed up all night binge-watching PLL!

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Dry Shampoo
Soak up oils and add volume by applying dry shampoo to your roots and combing through hair with your fingers.

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Use an in-shower moisturizer
Save a few minutes and instead of lotioning up after showering, so opt for a moisturizing body wash instead, like Olay Ultra Moisture In-Shower Body Lotion With Shea Butter.

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Cleanse your skin with face wipes
Since you washed your face the night before (right?), it’s fine to use a cleansing face wipe if you’re running so late that you don’t even have time to wash your face.

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Swipe on bold lipstick
Red or bright pink lipstick will brighten up the rest of your face, and make it look like you actually took the time do your makeup.

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Hang wrinkled clothes in the bathroom while you shower
The steam will help reduce the wrinkles and is way quicker than ironing your clothes. You can also spray a wrinkle releaser, like Downy Wrinkle Releaser.

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Brush your teeth in the shower
Cleaning them while you wet your hair saves precious minutes!

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Use a cute scarf as a headband instead of styling your hair
A scarf gives second (or third) day strands insta-style, and can conceal greasy roots.

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Have a foolproof outfit
A lot of times we are late because we can’t figure out what to wear. If you’re running low on time, think of a cute outfit you’ve worn before that got tons of compliments, or simply go for a dress. It’s just one piece, and you don’t have to worry about matching separates!

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Streamline your routine
Forget the toner, blow dryer, primer, finishing powder, and all those extra steps you go through when you want to get super glam. Just stick to the basics (moisturizer, mascara, gloss, and a swipe of blush) when you’re in a hurry.

01 Oct

6 Yummy Pumpkin Scented Beauty Products

In Uncategorized by ashleemillerartistry / October 1, 2014 / 0 Comments

It’s finally fall, which means pumpkin-spice everything! Check out these products that prove this gourd is good for more than just jack-o-lanterns.

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Lotion
Moisturizing ingredients, like Vitamin E and Jojoba Oil, will leave your skin feeling silky smooth—plus, you’ll smell like pumpkin pie.

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Lip Balm
The lip balm fave gets a fall upgrade, with a delish scent that will leave your lips soft and hydrated.

Pumpkin Spice Moisturizing Lip Balm, $3.30, burtsbees.com (Available October 1st)

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Shampoo
If you can’t live without your weekly Pumpkin Spice Latte, you’ll flip over this moisturizing shampoo’s amazing scent!

Shampoo Pumpkin Chai Restorative, $15, goodearthbeauty.com

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Hair Styling Cream
Pumpkin in full of shine-boosting and hair-strengthening ingredients vitamins. This pumpkin-infused styling cream will give your waves that messy, undone hold, and leave your hair looking healthy and shiny.

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Perfume Oil
Carry this mini roll-on perfume in your school bag, and you’ll have everyone wondering what smells so amazing.

Perfect Pumpkin Perfume Oil, $18 for .33 fl oz, shopvault.com

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This organic and cruelty-free scrub will leave your lips kissably soft! Using a little on wet lips before you put on your makeup will keep your lipstick looking smooth. It smells so good, you’ll one to eat it! (But, don’t.)

Pumpkin Lip Scrub, $10, makeupbymer.com. Available October 1