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20 Sep

Makeup Tips for College Girls

In Uncategorized by ashleemillerartistry / September 20, 2014 /

College girls are a busy group. Between a new school, new social activities, plenty of adjustments and  family commitments… All this activity doesn’t leave a ton of time to fuss over how they look much less a lot of leftover cash to buy expensive makeup. Here are a few ideas to speed up that “off and running” beauty routine for college girls or anyone who just wants to save money or simplify on busy days…

Here is a routine to achieve a quick, affordable daytime look using only 5 products and it can be done in about 5 minutes. Add more if you have the time, but here are some key basics:

TINTED MOISTURIZER:

Seconds to apply and just enough coverage for daytime activities. Use your clean hands for maximum blending and time efficiency. Cover Girl, BOOTS NO 7 and Neutrogena all have a range of tinted moisturizers easily found in drugstores. Find your shade and get going!

TINTED LIP BALM:

 Just enough color to give you some life but not enough to keep anyone from taking you seriously. All lips need moisture and it’s easy to keep handy in your bag for touch ups when you need it. NIVEA, NEUTROGENA and BURTS BEES all come to mind. Find them any/everywhere!

KOHL EYE LINER PENCIL:

Choose brown or navy – Neutral enough to be *neutral” but not overpowering like black. (Save black for nights on the town.) Even the green would work great for daytime eye definition. Simply line upper lash line and smudge with a damp Q-tip to give eyes some shape ( and a subtle , daytime smokey look) and your face some overall balance. RIMMEL Soft Kohl liners are available almost anywhere, affordable and easily smudge-able.

MASCARA:

A simple, inexpensive mascara like Maybelline FULL n SOFT will give you just enough definition without the flakey, crispy lashes of some mascaras. One coat will do the trick. It does exactly as promised – makes lashes full and yet, still soft. Guess where you can get it…

BRONZER:

A little bronzer goes a long way so don’t abuse it. You want a sun-kissed look, not a sun-abused one. Use a fluffy powder brush ( tap of excess) and place in areas the sun would naturally hit – your cheeks, chin and forehead. If you are concerned that it may seem ” too much”, try just applying it sparingly to the outer edges of your face and blend well.  NYX makes an affordable bronzer you can find in most drugstores.

It’s so affordable, you may even have some money left over for a cute new bag to keep it all in! If not, stay tuned for a giveaway coming soon where you can win an adorable, colorful bag for your makeup and accessories. Subscribe to this blog for updates or find me on FACEBOOKand become a fan for the latest on the giveaway!

Above and beyond anything, skin care is the most important part of any makeup routine so be sure to wash well at night and stay consistent with removing all traces of makeup before going to bed. Plenty of sleep, water and nutritious food don’t hurt, but we all know how hard that is on a busy college schedule so do the best you can.

18 Sep

Makeup Artist Kit Building, VERY BASIC

In Uncategorized by ashleemillerartistry / September 18, 2014 /

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I know many people are curious to know just how much stuff a Makeup Artist needs to have. Now, depending on the kind of makeup you are doing and your personal preferences…  It can end up being a little or a lot.

Personally, I do mostly everyday looks, editorial work,  special occasion makeup such as Weddings. My professional kit is pretty diverse and  full of a variety of brands.

If you are just starting out in makeup, and maybe offering makeup looks for your family and friends, here are a few things I would suggest. This is a mix of budget products as well as some pricier items, but ones that I believe are worth it.  Just my opinion.  Substitute as you feel necessary.  Most items you can readily find at places like TARGET, ULTA, and drugstores. Other items can easily be ordered online. ***If you have specific brand questions please free to ask.

HAND SANITIZER – NO KIT CAN BE WITHOUT THIS!

Gentle Cleansing/Makeup Remover Wipes/Sensitive baby wipes will all work

Moisturizer

Eye Cream

Primer

Gentle Eye Makeup Remover

Rubbing alcohol

A good set of Brushes

An excellent non-tinted eye primer

HD Invisible Setting Powder

Waterproof Eyeliner in Black & Brown

*Gel in a pot is great

Waterproof brow gel

Lipliner variety of colors

 Lipgloss variety of colors

Lip Sticks variety of colors

*Lip colors you could start out with 6 basic colors mix and match, blend….

A lip moisturizer (Vaseline works wonders!)

Plenty of Q-tips, cotton pads and disposable makeup sponges.

Plenty of disposable lip brushes, mascara wands.

Eyelash curler, Spoolie brush, Tweezers, Small cosmetic style scissors  and adhesive for lashes.

False Lashes

A Good volumizing/lengthening mascara

Concealer Pallets are great

* Pallet can be used for beginners who cannot make a large investment in multiple shades. It is cream based and can be blended with moisturizer to make it more of a tinted moiturizer for those who do not want full coverage.

HD Foundation multiple colors that can be mixed and matched

Blush, and Eyeshadows

Bobby Pins for pinning back pesky hair;)

And if you want something handy to carry it all in, check your local Target, Wal_Mart or Craft store for a convenient craft tote.  Small clear pencil boxes are ideal to separate items (ie; Lash/brow items in one, lip products in another , disposables in yet another  etc) . Personalize it how you like its best to keep organized, cuts down time searching for products.

So, with that…go out and start building something BEAUTIFUL!

17 Sep

Skin prepping for your Wedding

In Uncategorized by ashleemillerartistry / September 17, 2014 /

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I want to focus on preparing your skin for that special day and making sure it is ready to be made up to your prettiest version of you. Whether you decide to brave your makeup yourself or hire a makeup artist to secure the investment in those photos that will last forever, well cared for skin is essential to getting the most of our your special look.

BEGIN FROM THE INSIDE OUT:

Be sure to eat healthy and drink plenty of water in the months before your wedding. Yes, it really does make a difference. Water hydrates skin, flushes toxins from your body, aids in digestion and helps keep body systems moving in the right direction. Don’t overlook this crucial step to healthy skin.

Get plenty of rest and consider a vitamin supplement. Rest and nutrition are keys to keeping your body at it’s best, and in turn, your hair, nails and  skin as well. You not only want to look good, but FEEL good too. Vitamins will help make you feel more energized and make up for things your body may be lacking during such stressful times and sleep is essential to keeping the body rested  and reducing stress breakouts.

Limit caffeine, alcohol and stress as MUCH as much as possible. Find your zen. Nothing is ever perfect , but following basic rules of skincare and common sense will surely make it close enough.

Establishing the above listed habits now will make it easier to continue them after and be the healthy, happy woman he chose to marry in the first place;)

FROM THE OUTSIDE IN:

Now is not the time to go experimenting with new skincare products or procedures. Doing so days before a wedding could result in irritation, redness and breakouts. Plan to have any serious skincare procedures done at least 4-8 weeks before your wedding to give skin a chance to calm down and adjust to any new products you may have chosen. Special circumstances aside, daily care and once weekly exfoliation should keep your skin fresh, deeply cleansed and clear.

If you are looking to whiten your teeth start 2 weeks in advance with Crest Advance whitening strips 14 day supply. This will ensure you have a glowing smile.

Brow grooming should be done 3-5 days before the wedding. This will allow time for the redness to dissipate and if needed, only a few hairs will need to be plucked. Other than that, the shaping and clean look will make the most of your features and makeup so don’t forget this step. The same applies for lip waxing. Do so 3- 5 days before the wedding.

If you like a sun kissed glow, try using a skin moisturizer that offers a gradual increase in color. You want to look naturally sunkissed, not sun abused. Best to begin this about 6-8 weeks before the wedding.

The night before your wedding, wash face well, lightly exfoliate (lips too!) , rinse well and pat dry. Apply a drying lotion (Mario Badescu makes an excellent one) to any pimples you may have. Follow up with a lip balm a good moisturizer and get plenty of rest.

In the morning, rinse face well with warm water  and follow up with a very cold washcloth to tighten large pores and wake up your face. Follow up with your regular moisturizer. Avoid one with a high SPF as SPF products tend to have an adverse effect of flash photography. Allow it to settle in well before applying anything else. If you get a pimple, DO NOT pop it. It is easier to cover the bump than to cover the redness that will surely come with having an open sore on your face.  If you are having your makeup done by a Makeup Artist, please consult them on how to prepare.

THE RESULT:

There is never a guarantee with our bodies and skin, but these simple steps should keep most issues at bay and allow you to be your best on your wedding day;) And the end result is when you LOOK better on the outside, you FEEL better on the inside on your wedding day, and EVERYday.

15 Sep

Studio Sculpt

In Uncategorized by ashleemillerartistry / September 15, 2014 /

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STUDIO SCULPT
Introducing two new Studio Sculpt products featuring innovative formulas to provide expert definition for eyes and face.Studio Sculpt Defining Powder offers sheer, barely-there coverage, immediately correcting uneven tones, leaving skin smooth and sculpted without looking powdery or cakey. Colour glides on with a unique, velvety touch, in eight new shades from Light to Dark Deep. Gel formula infuses the powder with extreme creaminess, providing enough structure to maintain a defined, refined finish.

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STUDIO SCULPT DEFINING POWDER $35.00
Barely-there gel formula provides sheer coverage in a weightless application. Extremely silky and cream-like, it encompasses the best properties of liquid and powder for a sculpted look without a heavy makeup feel. Barely-there gel formula provides sheer coverage in a weightless application. Extremely silky and cream-like, it encompasses the best properties of liquid and and powder for a sculpted look without a heavy makeup feel.

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For professional results.

127 SPLIT FIBRE FACE BRUSH $35.00
A “double agent” face brush that features a special combination of 50% natural and 50% synthetic fibres. Split Fibre brushes can deliver two unique results on skin – the natural side provides a soft, diffused look while synthetic fibres fuse colour onto skin for a polished, luminous complexion.

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STUDIO SCULPT SUPER BLACK LASH $17.00
This unique wand has two rows of bristles to separate, define, curl, and lengthen lashes. Now in carbon black. This unique wand has two rows of bristles to separate, define, curl, and lengthen lashes. Now in carbon black.

Studio Lash

www.MACCosmetics.com

10 Sep

2014 Hottest Wedding Trends

In Uncategorized by ashleemillerartistry / September 10, 2014 /

2014 Hottest Wedding Trends

Planning a wedding is an opportunity to let your creativity shine. It’s also the perfect moment to meld tradition with something new and fresh. Plan on seeing these unique styles and pieces this fall.

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Glittering Hair Embellishments

Show your bling with a rhinestone headpiece, fascinator or crown. Sparkling hair embellishments are quickly replacing traditional veils and add a touch of glam from ceremony to the end of the party.

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Chic Vintage Floral Crowns

Giving your wedding a Whimsical feel, almost like a fantasy.

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Backless and Cut-Outs

Flattering low backs and elegant cutout designs provide added interest throughout the ceremony (when, let’s face it, guests focus most on your back) and the evening dance party.

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Blush and Rose Gold

Blush tones and glimmering rose golds are easily this season’s hottest wedding trend. From engagement rings and bands, to dresses and hair accessories, this warm jewel tone brings an instant sense of romance to each element it graces.

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Eclectic Bridesmaid Dresses

A synchronized bridal party is a thing of the past. Go for the mismatch and give your friends the freedom to choose their favorite style or pattern (and the joy of actually wearing the dress again later). The key to this perfectly-imperfect style is finding a detail that unifies the look, such as the dress cut, material or color palette. Whatever your preference, this eclectic new take on the wedding party is one we can all get behind.

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What’s your favorite Bridal Trend of 2014?

08 Sep

MAC Matchmaster Fall 2014 Collection

In Uncategorized by ashleemillerartistry / September 8, 2014 /

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MAC Cosmetics launched a new Matchmaster Collection which features the new MAC Matchmaster Concealer along with the SPF 15 Foundation and two makeup brushes.

Who doesn’t want their concealer to be a perfect match? Formulated to enhance the subtleties of your skin tone, new Matchmaster Concealer features the same Shade Intelligence Technology as our Matchmaster Foundation SPF 15, which utilizes breakthrough pigment technology to create your own personalized shade. Providing medium buildable coverage, its true-to-life shades give you perfect colour purity that isn’t ashy or chalky. Vitamin E conditions as the concealer reduces the appearance of under eye circles, dark spots, discolouration, fine lines and wrinkles. Packaged in a convenient, portable stick, it launches in 12 diverse shades, with colour-true coverage for up to eight hours.

Now online Maccosmetics.com and at MAC Stores

MAC Matchmaster Fall 2014 Collection

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MAC Matchmaster Concealer $21.00
Shades:

1.0, 1.5, 2.0, 3.0, 4.0, 5.0, 6.0, 7.0, 7.5, 8.0, 8.5, 9.0

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MAC Matchmaster SPF 15 Foundation  $35.00
Shades:

1.0, 1.5, 2.0, 3.0, 4.0, 5.0, 6.0, 7.0, 7.5, 8.0, 8.5, 9.0

Brushes
195 Concealer Brush  $24.00
193 Angled Foundation Brush  $34.00

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03 Sep

Style Love Living

In Uncategorized by ashleemillerartistry / September 3, 2014 /

Anglea at www.styleloveliving.com

Is AMAZING!!!

She is offering all my clients 50% off from now till the end of the year 2014 on Scarves and Leggings using the Coupon Codes below, plus free shipping on all orders over $50.00!

COUPON CODE: ASHLEE2014S

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COUPON CODE: ASHLEE2014L

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Happy Shopping!

*** You can get the discount on multiple items of the same item, but you can not mix and match leggings with scarves, you will have to do 2 seperate transactions if you want both the scarves and leggings. This do to the system only accepting one Coupon Code at a time. ***

03 Sep

Your makeup only looks as good as your skin underneath

In Uncategorized by ashleemillerartistry / September 3, 2014 /

Your makeup only looks as good as your skin underneath

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Before you criticize makeup for making your skin look “Old” or “Wrinkly”  Ask your self , What have I done for my skin lately?

Are you drinking enough water?

When you body becomes dehydrated your face will show it.

Are you eating healthy?

Food contains Antioxidants that are essential for your skin, To bring out that healthy glow you must eat healthy this will encourage cell renewal.

Do you know your skin?

I ask women every time I do their makeup…  Is your skin, oily, normal, dry or combo. Much to my surprise many women are not aware. Take time to learn your skin, this will help you make a decision on proper skin care and the correct makeup for your needs.

Are you using the proper skin care to benefit it?

Using the proper skin care will decrease the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and improve texture and tone. There are many products out there that are designed to benefit specific needs. A Proper skin care routine will consist of a cleansers, day cream, eye cream, night cream, creams for specific needs such as breakouts ( EX: Benzyl Peroxide spot treatment ) now there are products out there that will help target many needs all in one. This may take trial and error, but give it time.

Are you washing your face every morning and night?

Washing and prepping your face at night is key to waking up refreshed. Your skin does most of its repairing during the night  take advantage of this time with your skin. Washing you face in the morning will prep your skin for the day prior to skin care and  makeup application.

Are you exfoliating?

Skin cells die and many times will sit on the surface of your skin leaving it looking dry, flaky and uneven.  Exfoliating 2x a week will shed the dead skin giving it a beautiful glow, healthy appearance and even tone.

LAST BUT NOT LEAST

Are you taking or using the essential Vitamins your skin needs and wants?

Muti Vitamins are great not only for your skin but your well being , Vitamin E is an antioxidant that helps repair skin, Vitamin A helps reduce wrinkles, reduce brown spots and reduce roughness, Vitamin B3 is great for dry and sensitive skin, Vitamin C also helps smooth and firm skin and fade brown spots, Vitamin K is know to reduce dark circles.

I challenge you to take care of your skin for the next 90days.

Do you think you can do it?

30 Aug

Nude Lips

In Uncategorized by ashleemillerartistry / August 30, 2014 /

Come fall nude lips are going to be everywhere.  The secret to pulling them off effortlessly is to go with a light reflecting formula.

 

  Here are a few of my favorites

LIPPY Liquid Lipstick $18.00

This neutral liquid lipstick is tan in colour, with a little bit of pink mixed in for good measure.

Color: Tea With The Queen

This is one of my daily go tos. Love it!

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M.A.C. Tinted Lipglass  $15.00

A unique lip gloss available in a wide variety of colours that can create a high gloss, glass-like finish or a subtle sheen. Designed to be worn on its own, over Lip Pencil or Lipstick, Tinted Lipglass is the perfect product for creating shine that lasts. It’s pigmented, very shiny and can impart subtle or dramatic colour. It contains Jojoba Oil to help soften and condition the lips. Tinted Lipglass is packaged in a convenient bottle with a sponge tip applicator that provides a quick, smooth, even application. A unique lip gloss available in a wide variety of colours that can create a high gloss, glass-like finish or a subtle sheen. Designed to be worn on its own…

Color: C-Thru

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M.A.C. Pro Longwear Lipglass
A longwearing Lipglass that goes on smooth and lasts for up to six hours! Envelops lips with shine and colour and pro-longs the hours between re-application.

Color: Ready or not

Perfect nude lip for brides

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Revlon ColorBurst Lipgloss $5.99

Color: Bellini

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What is your favorite nude gloss?

27 Aug

Do I shave my legs for this?

In Uncategorized by ashleemillerartistry / August 27, 2014 /

You are now a Mom… You are no longer Heather, Natalie or Carolyn you are “Mom”.  Are you even considered a person?  Moms are servants, drivers, cooks, cleaners, nurses, coaches, teachers, exterminators, plumbers and even superheros… we have transformed into characters.  Sure Moms are loved and even adored, but the expectations are endless, we are suppose to be tireless, available 24/7  and absolutely stable ha…

Who takes care of Mom?

Taking care of yourself can feel selfish, strange and counteractive.  We became moms to care for, to love and nourish these little humans, we have transformed into caretakers BUT guess who we often forgot to take care of?   Our well-being, emotional and physical state should be number 1!  When we are feeling good about ourselves, when we are happy we exude that energy to our families.  If we are feeling confident we are showing our children to be confident. Take 15 mins in the morning and put on your makeup, do your hair, get dressed and I am not talking about  yoga pants.  Allow yourself to take the time. No excuses! When you walk out that front door in the morning you are setting your mood for the day. Make it a great day!

Have we lost ourselves?

Have we found it difficult to get back in touch with ourselves, maybe part of the difficulty is trying to figure out who you are trying to get back in touch with. So much has changed since then, we have created this new life we are so proud of but you still need to be an independent person.  Often people ask me what I do, and never fails to slip right out of my mouth I am a Stay at Home MOM… Really that’s all I am? The second it comes out I want to smack myself because I am NOT just a stay at home mom.  I am a confident small business owner that runs a successful freelance makeup business, I’m a beauty blogger, I am a Philanthropist. This has taken me a while to accept, I am not just a mom I am so much greater than that. I want my boys to see and know that you can play many roles in your life but most important is to always be true to yourself.

When someone asks you how are “YOU” doing?

Things are great! The kids are back to school and loving it…. WAIT STOP they didn’t ask me how my kids were, they asked me how am “I”  am doing.  As MOMs its embedded in our Mom DNA to put our kids first, we use their happiness as a proxy for how we are feeling about ourselves.  Take time to explore your feelings, give yourself permission to talk about yourself.  Ask yourself the same question how are “you” doing?

If we, as mothers do not start taking care of ourselves we will end up Burnt-out, washed-up, and wiped-out, on the verge of an explosion to the next person who dares to look at us wrong.

We need to detangle the idea of selfishness from taking care of ourselves.

Ask yourself before children, “Would you have shaved your legs for this?”  If the answer is yes, then do it.

You deserve it.

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