Wednesday, April 30, 2014

From Natural to Sultry to Hello Sexy!!: Amp Up Your Natural Beauty

     Well, I did it! I finished my first project of the online makeup course. Which included a trilogy of natural looks: Natural, Evening, and Cat Eye. Beautiful neutrals, and awesome liner! I loved how all of them built up on one another, and none look as if you're caked in 50 pounds of makeup!

Natural Eye
Natural to Evening
Fashionista CatEye
Fashionista CatEye
Fashionista CatEye
     The interesting thing about the Natural to Evening part of this look for me was that it included falsh eyelashes. The only thing I have against falsh eyelashes is that they're so difficult!! But other than that, they make your lashes look fuller and darker, so if the glue and application part doesn't give you a headache, it's an all around win-win situation. But as you can see, I came, I glued, and I conquered!! Can you even tell they're not my real lashes??

    I'm really proud of my CatEye. I was actually supposed to use tape, but of course of all things to forget on my last shopping trip, what do I realize I neglected to purchase in the exact moment I need it?...tape... So, I improvised. I used two Post-it notes instead. And despite the fact that Post-it notes are not as adhesive as a brilliant piece of Scotch tape would have been, it worked!! Whoo-hoo!! Whose got two thumbs up, a smile, and a beautiful Cateye? This girl! That's right. 
     Now if only I had a sexy red dress, and a date tonight... Lame, must all my successes always be celebrated in silence? Well, you my lovely friend reading this post won't let that happen, will you? Thanks, I knew you wouldn't let me down. :)

More to come! Hopefully I will get the video up soon.

I love you all!

   Jessica Ashley

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

RPM Online Academy Makeup Course: It's Here!!!!

     It's finally here!!! My makeup course is finally here! I'm so excited, and I've already started working on it! They sent me my 18-piece professional brush kit in the mail, and I'm so excited to practice!

     Now this isn't to say that I'm turning a career out of this, it's simply because not only do I love makeup, but I want to be good at doing it. If I'm going to have a large makeup collection I should be productive with it, and know how to utilize and maximize it to it's fullest. You know what I mean? Also, because I want to be able to proudly say I have a reason for having such a large collection of makeup other than, "I have a really big makeup collection, because I really like makeup." That just makes me feel like a hoarder. And that's just not healthy.
     Seriously, if you're going to have a big collection, or stash of anything whether it be makeup, or art supplies, or musical instruments, or even exercise equipment. You better put it to good use, or it's as good as junk. Be educated! Learn how to use it! Do something cool and productive with it! You love it? Show the world! You don't have to make it your career by any means, but just develop that hobby to it's fullest potential! :) Don't leave room for regrets, now is the time!

     My dad is a great example, he LOVES to cycle, and has been doing it for nearly his whole life! It's not his career, but he still does it because it makes him happy, and he enjoys the thrill of the challenge. :) Five bicycles, a few helmets, cycling shoes, matching socks, gloves, and almost seems like cycling jersies galore, but he puts it all to good use! It's not junk at all, it's a hobby that he's developed to a great and wonderful talent and ability, and I'm so proud of him! Thanks Dad! :)

     See? No regrets if you grow and develop you interests, and not just let them sit and collect dust.

     After reviewing color theory I'll be completing and uploading a video, and photos of my first project soon. I'm so excited to share it with you all!

    Jessica Ashley

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

What's the Right Fit??

    Hey girls! Yes, this one is for the girls today. I had a viewer on my channel message me about the turmoil she was having in finding the proper fit for a bra, so I thought I'd help her out.

How to find the right bra size for you:

You will need:
   - a tape measure

1. Wear a bra that fits you best, or don't wear a bra, just a well fitted tank (in which case you will be leaning over, with you torso parallel to the floor to take your measurements).

2. With your tape measure, measure the fullest part of your bust. This is the bust measurement. If your measurement is odd, or in between whole numbers (i.e. 33.5in) round up.

3. Next, measure the area right under your bust. This is your band size

4. Now substract the band size from the bust measurement. The difference is your cup size.

1 in : A cup
2 in: B cup
3 in: C cup

i.e. 36-34= 2. Meaning, your size would be 36B
The bust size and your cup size is the right bra for you.

However, there are other things to consider. Your cup size is proportional to you bust measurement. So a good thing to try if your calculated measurements don't fit perfectly is try a "sister size". If your measured size was 36B try going up a cup size, or down two inches (i.e. 34B or 36C).

Hope this helps! I even made a short video to help you out.

   Jessica Ashley

Sunday, April 13, 2014

H&M Haul!!

     Guess what? I went shopping again!!! That best part? It's ALL from Clearance! Yes! Cute clothes for Spring AND all on sale. Best bargain EVER!!

See you soon!

   Jessica Ashley

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Easy Spring Look

     Check it out! It's my first tutorial, and I hope that I FINALLY got the sound to cooperate.

Let me know what you think! I'm still learning, always learning more. :)

  Jessica Ashley

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The Enemy Strikes Again! Lemon Juice and Honey Facial to the Rescue!!

     Oh my! I am sooo sorry, it's been FOREVER!!! I'm just oh so stressed with classes, and finals are coming! Ahhhh!!! So as you might imagine, what often comes along with stress? That's right, acne...and since I already have trouble controlling my acne on a regular basis anyway, stress just doubles the trouble! Grrr... so, how do I help that? With my friends honey and lemon of course!

     A mixture of honey and lemon juice is magic to clearing skin up. Honey is a natural antiseptic (antibacterial), and acidic properties of lemon juice help exfoliate the skin, dry the acne, and also helps the fading of scars from previous zits and pimples. All you need is:

- 1 Tablespoon of lemon juice
- 1 Tablespoon of honey

You may substitute bottle lemon juice instead of squeezing your own from a lemon, just make sure you shake the bottle well before using it, and store it appropriately after opening.

Before you apply the mixture to your face, you may want to put some boiling water in a bowl and hover your face over the steam to help open up the pores in your face.

Mix the two ingredients together (this mixture will be runny), and spread all over the face. Let it sit for about 15-25 minutes, and then rinse your face with lukewarm water. Moisturize as normal.

Repeat this process about once a week, but not too often, or you will dry out the skin all over your face, and that's never a good thing. While this facial is for cleansing purposes, still too much of a good thing, is too much of a good thing.

See you soon!!

   Jessica Ashley