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Dripping in Silver and Gold


So this past weekend was a complete whirlwind for me in Nashville!  It included going to a show straight from the airport, a 4th of July party with lots of friends, and a 2 day photoshoot extravaganza with  Jill and Kate!  They are working on their next album and wanted to do a shoot to go along with the new material.  We were completely exhausted after 2 days of shooting, but they were kind enough to let me unleash some creativity at the end of the last day.  So sometime around midnight I decided I wanted to transform them into silver and gold shiny sticky fake lash high fashiony goodness.  I mixed some pigments with actual honey and dripped it down their faces!  They were troopers! 🙂  I can’t wait to see the official photos shot by the photographer, Todd, but here are a couple I snapped with my  camera.  I hope they excite you as much as they excite me!  Enjoy

Exhale


Today is one of those days where it really sinks in thinking about what I’ve gotten to experience in just 8 years time. It feels like an amazing tornado that has consumed me and flown by in an instant. As I sit here listening to the last show of our world tour, and after being on the road for pretty much over a year straight…I’m exhausted, but wouldn’t trade it for anything. These are the travels and the life stories I will share with the children I hope to someday have. I feel truly blessed in my often crazy life. Here I am, taking a deep breath and looking forward to being still for a minute. If I can still remember how…

hotel gypsy


Once upon a time there was a traveling, sparkling, makeup loving gypsy named Ashley.  She never stayed in one place too long; always moving from one hotel to the next.  One might say she called each one her home.  Her journeys took her all around the globe, racking up many a frequent flyer mile along the way. She loved to see what the world had to offer, but oftentimes found it hard to sit still.  Her life was a whirlwind, usually leaving her dizzy when it finally slowed for a moment.  One night in a far away hotel in a far away place called Seoul, she was struck by the evil villian of boredom.  Not one to go down without a fight, Ashley was determined to be entertained.  After hours of watching an America’s Next Top Model marathon…she sat down in front of her mirror mirror on the hotel wall.  Her makeup brushes became her weapon against the villian, who was no match for creativity’s powers.  She painted up her face, teased her hair to the tallest mountains, and adorned it with a tiny top hat she purchased in the hotel gift shop earlier that day.  She decided to turn her hotel room into a one woman photo shoot.  Not having a model would not stand in her way.  She would be her own model, photographer, lighting tech and creative director.  With a little help from the furry blanket from her bed as a backdrop, and a self timer on her camera, the evil boredom was dead, and all was right in the faraway hotel room in the faraway place.  Ashley was one crazy gypsy…she even decided to stick her head into the lampshade as a lighting technique. ( do not try this at home kids)  She was content.  After a couple hours of entertaining herself, Ashley washed her face, ordered roomservice, and crawled into bed.  Here is the beauty story of a bored hotel gypsy.

again…please don’t take my pictures 🙂

finally feeling inspired :)


So I know I’ve been completely slacking in the blog department these days, and I apologize.  I must be completely honest with you guys…lately I’ve just been feeling a little uninspired in the creative department.  It happens now and again with artists of any kind.  Thanks in advance for your patience 🙂  I’ve just never been good at presenting anything I’m not completely in love with, including little ol’ blogs, ha.  I want each one of my blogs to feel inspired and never be half hearted.  Like they say…”quality not quantity”

With that said…I finally felt inspired today.  Yes folks, Stella got her groove back! 😉  I’m currently on tour in Australia.  It is by far one of my favorite places on the planet.  Which is probably another reason I’ve been slacking…I’m completely distracted by how much I love this place.  I’ve been spending all my free time wandering the cities, trying to absorb as much of it as I can in what little time I have.  Today was a show day in Melbourne.  I spent the morning and early afternoon walking around and purposely getting lost in the streets.  I stumbled upon Hosier Lane, an alley where everything is covered in graffiti and street art, including the trash bins.  It was incredible. I was like a kid in a candy color store walking through the aftermath of a crayola explosion!  I have a secret affinity for street art after discovering the French artist Fafi several years ago.  I just love the contrast and pop of all the vibrant colors. So long story short, I found myself subconsciously dipping my brush into similar colors tonight.  Here are some photos of my inspiration and my work.  (Feel free to enjoy the photos, but please don’t post anywhere else..thx)

My first video blog! Smoky Eye with a Sparkle :)


You guys have been patiently waiting, so here it is…my first vlog.  Sorry for the rambling in advance, ha. Hope you like it, and I promise I’ll get better at talking, teaching, and editing!  Let me know what you think. (unless it’s mean, then shh)

Picking Eyeshadows is as Easy as Elementary Art


Remember the color wheel and learning about things such as primary and secondary colors in elementary school? Remember being a little bored and thinking why am I learning this?  Well color theory basics can actually be an easy tool to use in selecting makeup shades!

I’ve had a lot of questions regarding shadow selection for various eye colors, so I figured I’d try to tackle that topic. Let me preface by saying I believe there are no rules when it comes to makeup!  Makeup can be a great outlet for creativity, and I don’t want to stifle art with absolutes.  However, this can be a helpful guideline…especially for those who feel a bit lost when shopping for makeup.

Before we play spin the color wheel, let’s start with figuring out your skin tone.  This is key in helping you look your best and selecting the right makeup for your skin.  Ever feel like your skin still looks lifeless even after makeup application?   This might be a sign of not choosing the correct makeup for your skin tone.  Knowing your skin tone can also guide you in making decisions in wardrobe colors as well!  Most skin tones fall into 2 categories: cool or warm.  Here are some tips to help you figure out whether you are cool or warm:

Cool skin: Usually has pink, rosy, bluish undertones. If veins on underside of arms tend to appear blue, you are probably cool skin.

Warm skin:  Tends to have more of a yellow, peach, or golden undertones. If veins on underside of arms tend to appear green, you are probably warm skin.

If you’re still not sure, ask a makeup artist at your local cosmetics counter and they will be more than happy to help.

Now that you have your skin tone pinpointed, try sticking to wardrobe and makeup colors in the same family (either cool or warm) to really make yourself glow!  Again, these aren’t rules 😉 Here are a few examples of colors:


Now that you’ve had a quick lesson in warm and cool skin tones and colors, let’s get back to the subject at hand…selecting an eyeshadow that makes your eyes pop.  There are more shadows than one can imagine counting out there today, but maybe this tip can give you a jump start into becoming your own makeup extraordinaire!  Colors on the color wheel have complimentary colors. Think of these as “opposite” colors. Putting complimentary colors side by side will make them both pop, rather than a competition with each other to stand out.  To find out the complimentary color to your own eye, take a look at the color wheel below.  Find the best match to your eye color on the wheel, and then look in the same spot on the opposite side of the wheel.  This will be the complimentary color to your eye!
Blue eyes: try golds, bronzes, browns, or maybe orange for fun! (think of a sunset against a blue sky)
Green eyes: try pinks, mauves, rose, and pretty much any shade of purple
Hazel eyes: most versatile of all eye colors in my opinion. play away. try starting with soft pinks, browns, or greens
Brown eyes: try various shades of purples and blues. Perhaps a deep blue liner?  Most bright colors with contrast well with brown.
Remember there are various ranges and finishes of all shadows, so how dramatic you want to appear is totally up to you!  If you are afraid of color, start small 🙂  Try using the colors in combination with your neutrals, or try a simple liner.   The more you play, the braver you will be!  Don’t be scared to color outside the lines!
Ashley

Feeling Beautiful Doesn’t Equal Being Rich!


Don’t get me wrong, I love the allure of getting lost in the luxurious products calling my name from a department store every time I enter a mall…however; I get just as excited when I hit the jackpot in the drug store cosmetic aisles.  I think that stems from my mother who was never one to miss an amazing deal! I spent my childhood dressed in clearance rack finds and layaway treasures.  Drug stores are filled with great products and sales that would never happen in a department store.  I’ve compiled a list of 10 current favorite bargain products in no particular order.  Bargains are treasures waiting to be discovered.  I am Ponce de Leon and this is my beauty gold. 🙂

Physician’s Formula Shimmer Strips:  A great multipurpose bronzer with high shimmer!  Blend all colors together for a great bronze glow, use lighter colors for highlighting brow and cheekbones, or use individually as eyeshadows.  That’s at least 3 products in one 🙂 This brand is hypoallergenic, non comedogenic, and fragrance free.

Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes:  These gems are a permanent resident in my makeup kit.  They are a great, quick way to remove makeup, including eye makeup!  They don’t require any rinsing, which makes them great for on the go.

Neutrogena Make-up Remover Cleansing Towelettes Refill Pack

Covergirl & Olay Simply Ageless Foundation:  this is a new find for me, and I use it personally.  I love the silky feeling of it  gliding onto my skin.  Great blendable coverage, doesn’t feel heavy, and seems to last all day!  Contains sunscreen as well which is always a plus.  It’s marketed as anti-aging product, but in my opinion would be versatile on most ages.  I’m only 27.  Try getting your sponge damp to avoid the sponge “eating” all your product.

Cover Girl and Olay's Simply Ageless Foundation

HiP Studio Secrets Pro Color Chrome Eyeliner in Silver Lightning:  I love this pencil of creamy metallic goodness.  Glides on with ease like a pencil, but with the intense color of a liquid.  Long lasting and  mostly smudge proof.  Add some metal to your life.  Also comes in other great shades, but this one is my fave.

Boots Expert Sensitive Hydrating Moisturizer:  a great simple moisturizer.  nice, non greasy, creamy texture, but quickly absorbs into skin leaving it hydrated.  Great for most skin types that feel like they need some hydration put back into their skin.  Blends well with sunscreens.

Sensitive Hydrating Moisturizer

Dr Bronner’s Magic Soaps:  These are incredible organic liquid soaps!  The bottle boasts up to 18 uses!  I love the tingle of the peppermint to get me going in the morning, and the lavender one to relax me in the evening.  They also lists uses such as shampoo, laundry, household cleaning, and even safe to brush teeth!  (may have to try that and get back to you)  They are completely biodegradable and veggie based.  They might not get crazy suds like you are used to, but that is a good thing.  They don’t contain any harsh sulfates, which are in most  “sudsy” products.  Instead you get natural lather from the coconut oils.  All of these things are better for your skin, hair, and environment 🙂

Covergirl Lashblast Waterproof Mascara:  I swear by the belief that some of the best mascaras are the affordable ones.  I grew up watching my mom use her classic pink tube of Maybelline mascara, a mascara that has withstood the test of time.  A newer mascara that has caught my eye, and quickly becoming my personal go-to is Lashblast.  It seems to make my lashes longer and fuller and awesome.  I personally use waterproof because it seems to hold the curl from the curler much better.  I, unfortunately was not blessed with any natural curl to my lashes.  I personally follow the curl first rule. Just be careful to not curl lashes after waterproof mascara has dried, as it can become brittle and cause lashes to break.  Lashblast has a great brush also.  Ok enough mascara rambling…on to the next product.

Soap & Glory Marvelips!:  This double ended crayon helps give you that sexy playboy style pout.  The color is universally flattering to most skin types.  The color side is used to fill in your shape, while the shimmer end is used to accentuate your pout.  Try applying the shimmer only in the center of your lips to create a 3D look.  Moisturizing, but not sticky like a gloss.  Also has a slight chocolate smell/taste in my opinion.

Sonia Kashuk Blending Sponge:  These oddly shaped sponges are pretty much all I use these days.  Easy to hold, and contoured as your face is. The original pink Beauty Blenders are amazing as well, but these are about half the price.  They are reusable for awhile, but just be sure to wash them after use to prevent bacteria build up.  Maybe I will start using my Dr. Bronner’s soaps from above to start cleaning them 🙂  I like using the sponge damp for more product control and to prevent the sponge from soaking up too much foundation. Small end works great for around the eyes and nose.  Enjoy! (contains latex, so beware if you are allergic)

Duo Eyelash Adhesive Dark Tone:  This is the only glue I use to apply false eyelash strips.  It’s waterproof, so it stays in place.  I like the dark tone, because it dries black…making it easy to blend into lashes and liner.  A little tip on applying falsies:  cut the lash strip to fit the size of your eye. (sometimes this leaves you with a whole other set of lashes to use later!) apply glue directly to false lashes, BUT allow it to dry a bit and become tacky before putting them on your lashline.  This is key to help prevent them from sliding around!  Getting them as close to your natural lashline makes them appear more real.  I sometimes use the handle end of my tweezers to press them in.  Good luck!

Duo Eyelash Adhesive, Dark Tone

So there you have it!  My first official beauty related blog and my current drugstore faves.  Hope you enjoyed it!

~Ashley


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