Saturday, May 27, 2017

6 Mascara's You'll Love

Top 6 Mascara

Mascara is a staple in my beauty routine - it's the product that I'd make sure I have with me if ever stranded on an island. And yes I'm currently watching LOST on netflix so naturally I'm making a list of what I would want with me with I'm ever in their position. Mascara is just that. oh, and highlight. but that's for another time. 

I'm always searching for a great mascara because I am not a fan of false lashes for daily wear. If you are, I'm envious, because I cannot bring myself to wake up each morning and just pop on some lashes unless there's a special event going on that day. And so, I look for the mascara that will give me the most fullness and length. 

I've narrowed it down to 6 of my favorite mascara's, because honestly I have about 14 I could easily talk about, but I thought I'd tell you about 6 that are from different prices ranges. I'm all about a fair variety. 

"Great Lash" - By Maybelline
Okay, We'd all be lying if we said this wasn't our first mascara we every owned. My mom has been using this mascara for atleast 27 years now and she loves it. This was the first mascara I ever owned and I still keep it in my collection. I think it's perfect to use on those days when you want your makeup to be light but long wearing. "Great Lash" is also in my top 3 favorite Low Lash Mascara List.

Brand Claims: Fullness, Lash-doubling formula, Glides on with Ease, No Build Up.

Price: $6.40
Online Shopper: BUY HERE

"Voluminous Volume Building" - L'Oreal Paris
Voluminous has been my ride or die for as long as great lash by maybelline. This is my #1 favorite mascara for the lower lash line. It doesn't get clumpy or messy, it applies equally to make all lashes stand out, and it adds just enough length. I'm don't like when my lower lashes look like spider legs so I try to ward off any mascara that could make them look long and stringy. Luckily, this mascara does the opposite. It defines the lower lash line and adds fullness with just a little bit of length for those of us with super fine and short lashes. 

Brand Claims: Separates and builds lashes, 5X fuller lashes, resists clumping, smoothes and softens lashes. 

Price: $7.29

Online Shopper: BUY HERE 

"Organic Wear 100% Natural Mascara" Physicians Formula
I discovered this mascara on a spur of the moment purchase. I had been hearing about Physicians Formula but hadn't bought anything from them yet. But you know that when I heard about their mascaras, I just had to go grab one...5 years later and I'm oh so glad I did. This Mascara is my #1 drugstore mascara. It lengthens and adds volume to you lashes while keeping them looking natural. If you're not a false lash wearing person like me, this mascara will be your best friend!

Brand Claims: Provides 5X Lash Boosting for Lash Length, Volume,  and definition. Hypo-allergenic, parabens free; free of clumping, smudging, or flaking. 

Price: $9.95

    Online Shopper: BUY HERE

"Tarte Cosmetic's: Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-n-1 Mascara"
If you're looking for a few great mascaras you could find at places like Ulta or Sephora - Tarte is for you. This is one of my favorite high-end mascaras and has been since it came out. It's pretty expensive for mascara but the quality and formulation makes it worth it. My normal lashes aren't very long and I don't feel like I have too much  fullness, which is why I really love using Tarte's Mascara. (Tarte can do no wrong when it comes to cosmetics). 

Brand Claims: Vegan Lengthening, curling, volumizing & conditioning mascara. 

Price: $23.00

Online Shopper: BUY HERE

"Too Faced" : Better than Sex Mascara
Like I've said previously, I'm not a false lash wearing kind of gal - that's what I love about Too Faced Mascara; I don't need falsies. TF "Better Than Sex," Mascara has all you need for big fluffy lashes. With my fine lashes it only takes 1 coat to get them big and volumized, but I usually do two coats just for fun. 

Brand Claims: Smudge-Proof, All Day Wear, 100% Longer Lashes, 100% Dramatic Volume.

Price: $23.00

Online Shopper: BUY HERE

"Benefit Cosmetics": They're Real! Lengthening Mascara"
The first time I used "They're Real," was when a mini size came in my IPSY Glam Bag. I literally used this mascara tester once and then  jumped online to order a normal size. I'm obsessed. It's one of those mascaras that you kind of forget how much you love until you use it, and than it's all you use. This is my go-to mascara on the days were I'm keeping my eyes more neutral and natural with no eyeliner. It's perfect for those casual no makeup- makeup days. 

Brand Claims: Doesn't Dry out or Smudge. Lengthens, Curls, Volumizes, Lifts, and Separates.

Price: $23.00
Online Shopper: BUY HERE

And that's my 6 favorite mascaras that I am confident you'll find you love as much as I do. Whatever your preference or price-range, I know you'll find something within each of these mascaras that make you throw it on your list of "Must Haves." Happy Mascara Shopping, My Dolls. Leave me a Comment on your MUST HAVE Mascara!!

Always Remember to Love & Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful! 


Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Beauty Didn't Change My Life.

"Hairdressers are a wonderful breed. You work one-on-one with another human being, and the object is to make them feel so much better, and to look at themselves with a twinkle in their eye"
 - Vidal Sassoon

"How did Beauty Change your life," is the question they ask you on the last Tuesday of your cosmetology program. And there you are standing in front of roughly 35-50 people trying to give an answer that makes sense to everyone else; like what caused you to come to beauty school and what you love about the industry. For months I had been thinking about what I was going to say when they asked me but once I got up there I kind of forgot everything, mumbled a few words, cried, laughed, and awkwardly made my exit in true Ashlee fashion. 

My way with words are less than impressive when I'm talking to a crowd, so I figured, it's been a little over 2 months since I was asked that question and now felt like a good time to give my true, honest answer: 

How Did Beauty Change Your Life?

Beauty didn't change my life. 
Beauty as in Makeup, Hair, and Fashion didn't change my life!

Is this the answer you were expecting? Probably not. But let me explain:

The day I walked into Bellus Academy I told myself that I wasn't going to become the "Best" Cosmetologist. I never considered myself a makeup artist but simply a girl who enjoyed playing with makeup. I thought if I could become decent at coloring hair I could become a Colorist but I was in no way out to be labeled one. You See, I had it embedded in my brain that I would never stand out as someone who could do Hair and Makeup well. I wasn't good enough. I learned everything I knew from others and tried to pass it as my own abilities. I would always be "last" and never come in first. you know, the whole "always a bridesmaid never a bride" thing? Yeah, that was my way of thinking when it came to doing Hair and Makeup. I was mediocre. These are things I was told at one point in my life in some way or another by people who at the time I was inspired by. Throughout my program I'd hear stories of why some girls were in school and surprisingly some of their stories mirrored mine. The story was short and simple: To Prove someone wrong. That was the end goal. After 2 months into my 11 month program, I realized how completely wrong I was for going into it with that state of mind. And then, something changed. 

Beauty Didn't Change my life. 

Your program is done in increments. 2 months spent in a classroom learning the basics and practicing for your stateboard test. The next 2 months you learn about cut and color; and the next 7 months you're on the floor taking clients. It doesn't seem that complex but it really is. It's exhausting, time consuming, annoying, exciting, frustrating, easy, difficult...I could go on. It leaves you thinking that you'll never make it through and that there is no way beauty could change your life because beauty, in fact, is the most tiring thing ever. These are all the feelings I had throughout my 11 month program. But remember what I said -- something changed. 

Beauty Didn't Change My Life. 

I started my program alone - literally - I was the only day time new start for Cosmetology and the rest were estheticians. I also started my program alone in the way where I didn't know a single person, everyone had their groups of friends, and I was the odd man out as per usual. When you battle with anxiety, going into a new setting where you are surrounded by a lot of loud personalities can be really overwhelming; especially when these personalities are into makeup and hair like you. You know, it goes back to that whole "you'll never do it better then them," thing. 

I slowly started talking to some of the girls around the school, not really opening up to anyone but making time go by without feeling completely alone. By the 3rd month I was in the cut class with a whole new group of girls and 3 more joined us for the color class. I began making friends, having people to sit with during theory and lunch. And before I knew it I began to make friends with people who I knew would be around long after our program had ended. A few of us went on a trip to Las Vegas for Wella Trend Vision, a huge hair show that happens every year. When we came back not only did I feel really inspired to continue learning more about my passion of this industry, but I realized I had some really great friends at Bellus. When I got on the floor a few of those girls who I began to be close with graduated but that's when a new wave of girls started. 

Beauty Didn't Change My Life. 

At this point in my program I had opened up completely. Always making a loud entrance, coffee always in hand, a joke to tell, a dance move to show. I was the Ashlee that my outside of school friends and family know and love. I knew everyone and I was always having a conversation with someone in the building. My Confidence was rising and I began to really believe in myself as a person and as a Cosmetologist. I started to get to know some of the new girls who were just starting their program and before long I got the nickname "Felks" or "Mama Felks" - I was the person who everyone began to come to for advice or even just a mid-day laugh. I don't know how it happened or even why. I have always tried to be that person people feel comfortable coming to but I in no way thought as myself to actually be that person. Looking back now, I'm glad I became that person for my Bellus Babes. 

11 months later, from my start date, I was set to clock out for the last time. 

"How did Beauty Change your life," is the question they ask you on the last Tuesday of your cosmetology program. And there you are standing in front of roughly 35-50 people trying to give an answer that makes sense to everyone else; like what caused you to come to beauty school and what you love about the industry. For months I had been thinking about what I was going to say when they asked me but once I got up there I kind of forgot everything, mumbled a few words, cried, laughed, and awkwardly made my exit in true Ashlee fashion. 

Beauty Didn't Change my Life.

What did change my life you ask? YOU. The Babes of Bellus. The friends I made along the way, the educators and staff who always had my back, the group of girls who lifted me up on my worst of days, who gave me a reason to come to school and push on in my program, the ones who inspired me on a daily without even knowing it, who danced down the hallways with me and in the middle of theory, who would make ugly faces at me across the room until the other person noticed, who had the most raw and unedited conversations about what the meaning of life is, the ones who inspired me to do better and shoot for the best, who asked me for advice whether it had to do with school or outside issues, who said "Thank you," who wrote me sweet little notes the day I graduated, who cried with me the last 2 weeks of my program, the 13 beautiful souls who stood up my last business huddle to tell me and our classmates how much I mean to you, who cried with me the day I left, and who told me they were proud of me when I posted that I got my licensed. 

I started alone, yes. But I didn't finish alone. I have a group of Sisters and Brothers that I never asked for but I am SO glad that I now have. I never knew how much I needed a group of strangers. 

Beauty Didn't Change my Life - You Did!

With Love My Babies, 
Mama Felks 

Monday, May 8, 2017

April Favorites 2017

April Faces
Before we get started: Prepare yourself for Post overload because I have about 30 "Drafts," Saved that are getting ready to go Live in the next few days and weeks. I've been busy writing away, working, and trying out a bunch of new products. 

You know how sometimes you go a week or two without trying a product you were absolutely in love with? Well that wasn't the issue for April. I feel as if April was a great month for trying out new products and although I could talk about 500 different products today, I decided to break it down into my favorite 5. In No Particular Order: 

Makeup Revolution:

I recently discovered the brand Makeup Revolution at ULTA and fell in love. It's a brand that I feel is over seen a lot but should definitely get more recognition in the beauty industry. One of the things I love about MR is the affordability; the prices range between $5-$20 which is amazing. I picked up a few different palettes that include eyeshadow, blush, and contour/highlight. The fallout of the eyeshadows are minimal, although the initial dip into each pan is a little dusty, the eyeshadow applies smooth and flawless. If you're looking for pigmented, smooth, shadows then I would definitely recommend trying out Makeup Revolution. As a Makeup Artist, I love using MR on my clients, If you're a MUA I'd recommend having a few palettes in your kit due to the affordability, quality, and variety. And because I couldn't pick just one; Here are some of my favorites which you can purchase from their website or 

    Flawless Matte 2        Camouflage Corrector

    Ultra Pro Glow         Golden Sugar 2 Rose Gold Blush

Tarte Cosmetics:

You KNOW that I have to always throw in Tarte, my ride or die brand. I have been dedicated to Tarte ever since they came out with Park Ave Princess (bronzer) back. in. the. day. The more products they come out with the more I stay around. The quality is amazing and everything this company stands for is one that I want to be apart of. #VeganFriendly. What stood out to me for the month of April was the 4-in-1 Setting Spray. 

If you are looking for a fixing mist, primer, or a dewy setting spray I would recommend Rainforest of the Sea 4-in-1 Setting Mist. Not only does it smell fresh like you're relaxing in a cabana in the rainforest. But it keeps your skin looking dewy and feeling fresh all day long. It's definitely a great product for those who have dry skin, like myself, to re-moisturize during the day. 

** You can Purchase it HERE  **

Colour Pop

Did you know that ColourPop had new highlighters? Neither Did I until I saw some reviews going around on Youtube. I jumped online to order a few and instantly fell in love. If you're looking for a more natural glow (is there such thing?) this summer than I'd recommend Colour Pop's Pressed Powder Blush & Highlighter Duo. 

My Favorite is:

Blush: "Above & Beyond" 
matte//warm pink - That is beautiful for a spring and summer bride. Or for someone who just wants to keep their makeup soft and girly. 

Highlight: "Made Me Do It"
pearlized//champagne pink - Is a gorgeous, subtle highlight which I love wearing to the beach at sunset because of how the sun and water reflect off the "pearlized" effect. 

Kylie Cosmetics:

I'm not going to lie, It took me a while to make a purchase from Kylie because I didn't want to be a believer. I know, I know! But I did..and I'm in love. First off..the packaging is everything. I love out sleek and elegant it looks. What really pulled me in was KoKo K lip Gloss. A friend of mine was wearing it to a Bridal Shower and I jumped on my phone and ordered it right then in there; which is strange because I am NOT a gloss person. It's natural, mauvey, peachy, nudey - it looks beautiful over mattes. It's Life. I'm dedicated now. Well Played Kylie, Well Played!

Jeffree Star Cosmetics:

You know I just HAD to leave Big Mama for Last. Queen Star has been KILLIN it lately with all the new products he has dropped. I'm running out of money but it's worth it to me to support Jeffree and his brand. I've never seen someone so dedicated to producing such beautiful products before. From Highlights, to Eyeshadows, to Liquid Lips. Everything I have from Jeffree Star Cosmetics is Flawless. But what really stood out to me for the month of April is: Androgyny Eyeshadow Palette.

Everything Jeffree does is LOUD, which is one of the things I love the most about him and his brand. From the hot pink packaging to the bright colors he uses. This palette includes Super mattes and metallics. My go to shades are definitely Charm and Deja Vu. (The Orange-Cream color, and the Warm Brick Metallic Red.) Every application is smooth and creamy, even the metallic shades which I don't even need to use Mac Fix+ with to make them bold. I give this palette 10 Jeffree Star STARS because it's pure Gold. 

And there you have it my darling dolls, 5 of my top beauty favorites for the Month of April. I have some amazing new posts coming up that I hope you will stick around for. If you want to hear more about the products I use on a daily, Make sure you're following me on all types of Social Media. 

Twitter: @ashleefelkner + Instagram: @ashleefelkner + Snapchat: @ashleedarling9 + Facebook: Beauty By Ashlee Felkner

Always Be Your Own kind of Beautiful & Remember to Love, Love, Love


Monday, April 3, 2017

Hello Sweet April (Monthly Goals)

I think I say this about nearly every season but, My Favorite time of Year has arrived! Yes, I know...The Fall is the season I go crazy about every time it's around. But for the warmer months, Spring is my fave. It's common knowledge, you can have more than one B.F.F..

Just for a quick update before we talk about our monthly goals - I have missed this sweet little blog of mine and the M&M FamBam! It has been way too long and over the course of the last year I've only posted 8 times. EIGHT. *enter all sad face emojis here* But hopefully you've all been keeping up with me on Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter. Or maybe you read the last 8 posts and then you'd know I have been crazy busy while going through Cosmetology School. Speaking of, I learned some things, you can read about that HERE.

I've done a few little updates here on Makeup and Modifieds and I am going to continue to change a lot about this here humble abode over the course of the next few weeks. All I wanted to say is, I'M BACK!! But like, Really this time, with a whole lot more fun things to talk about. But first, let's talk GOALS!

ONE.  Finish Salon Booth Set UpI've recently begun setting up my booth at the Salon and I only have a few finishing details. I'm really excited to start this next chapter of my life as a LICENSED COSMETOLOGIST! I have openings so come see me!!

TWO.  Purchase Speedracers 3yr Anniversary Gift - Can you believe it's been 3 years that Speedracer and I have been married? Come April 19th. So crazy. But I have an idea for his gift, all I need to do is purchase it before the 19th. 

THREE. Continue Spring Cleaning - Last Month I threw away a lot of stuff in the house and I'm still trying to go through everything. Our Garage is still full of boxes of things from our old house, even though we've been in this house for a year. That's the probably with having a small house, no room for anything. So I've been trying to become a minimalist and downsize. 

FOUR. Makeup a New Workout Plan/ 30 Day Challenge - I recently finished a 30 Day Yoga Challenge and I loved it. Now I am ready for another challenge that is going to push me. I'm thinking something with Cardio even though Cardio and I are enemies. I really want to push myself this April. Let's DO this! Are you with me?

FIVE. Find Blog inspiration - That's the problem with being out of the game for a year. I've kind of forgotten how to do this whole blogging thing. I am thinking of doing a monthly challenge on my blog, the last time I did one it worked-ish. But I really want to incorporate more HAIR into my blog now that I am into that side of the Beauty World. Makeup & Modifieds w/ a side of hair! I think so!

And so there you have it, 5 Goals for April + a little Update on Life. I figured since I'm just getting back at it I would start small and work my way up again. But, I'm Back and ready to attack! Let's do this April! What are some of your goals for the month??


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