How to do Your Makeup in Under 10 Minutes

If you’re anything like me, you don’t always have a lot of time in the mornings to dedicate to doing your makeup.   Here’s a quick and easy routine that I follow when I am in a hurry and still want to look put-together.

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Step One

Starting with a clean face, apply a smooth layer of foundation on the face and neck using a brush. You can use a sponge, but using a brush gives you a more even-looking complexion and helps you use less product.

Step Two

Next, apply concealer anywhere it’s needed, like under the eyes, or to cover up blemishes. Use your ring finger for sensitive areas (like under the eyes) or a concealer brush to blend it.

Step Three

Grab your blush next.  You want to choose a light blush for the daytime, to keep it looking natural.  You will start by applying it in a circular motion on the apples of your cheeks, using a small dome-shaped brush. Blend it evenly on both sides.

Step Four

For the eye area, use a sharpened pencil liner to line your eyes.  Keep the line pretty thin so it looks very natural. I use a black liner, but someone with light colored eyes should use brown during the day.  Do a quick curl with your lash curler, and then apply one coat of your favorite mascara.

Step Five

To give yourself a finished look, apply a lip color or tint.  Anyone who knows me knows that I LOVE Burt’s Bees, so I usually go with their Rose Tinted Lip Balm.

What I Use

This routine takes me less than 10 minutes! It’s pretty basic and great for those days when you are limited on time. I have more of those days than I’d like to admit!

Everything I use in this routine is listed right here.
Aveda Mineral Dual Foundation in Aster
Aveda Inner Light Concealer in Balsa
MAKEUP FOREVER HD Second Skin Cream Blush
NYX Slim Eye Pencil in black
Buxom Lash Mascara
Lash Curler
Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm in Rose

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Skin Care Ingredients to Avoid During Pregnancy

Being pregnant you probably already got that list from your doctor of things to avoid for the next 9 months.  It may not include everything, though.  There’s actually a lot of ingredients in skin care products that should be avoided, even while breast feeding.  The problem is, your hormones are going crazy and you have started getting some really bad breakouts! (Where’s that pregnancy glow everyone’s always talking about?) Before, it was easy to reach for your favorite pimple fighting spot treatment cream, but now you don’t know what’s safe to use to treat your acne.  

Instead of having to research it for yourself, I’ve compiled a list of ingredients that are a no-go during pregnancy (and for the months after if you’re breastfeeding).


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Beta hydroxy acids

Salicylic acid, 3-hydroxypropionic acid, trethocanic acid and tropic acid.

Chemical sunscreens

Avobenzone, homosalate, octisalate, octocrylene, oxybenzone, oxinoxate, menthyl anthranilate and oxtocrylene.

Diethanolamine (DEA)

Found in hair and body care products. Diethanolamine, oleamide DEA, lauramide DEA and cocamide DEA.


Propyl, butyl, isopropyl, isobutyl and methyl parabens.


Vitamin A, retinoic acid, retinyl palmitate, retinaldehyde, adapalene, tretinoin, tazarotene and isotretinoin.

In Closing

If you’re ever not sure about an ingredient, postpone using it and bring it with you to your next doctor’s appointment.  Your doctor will be able take a look at the ingredients and let you know if it’s safe.

*Skin care tip:  Facials can be a big help with your breakouts during pregnancy.  Not only do they help you relax (which is so important during pregnancy), but they can clear out clogged pores and help to soothe any irritation.  Facials help bring out a natural glow, and keep your skin looking and feeling healthy.  Of course you should let your esthetician know before you begin that you are expecting.  She can then take the precautions she needs to to make sure you have a safe and relaxing experience.



5 Ways Coconut Oil Works into your Beauty Routine

I have finally started incorporating coconut oil into my beauty regimen, and now understand why so many women have already made the switch!  It has been used in cooking for years, but now people are discovering how beneficial it can be to use it topically as well. Coconut oil is known for it’s natural antifungal and antibacterial properties, and there are countless ways to use it.

Here are my top 5 favorite uses for coconut oil in my beauty routine.

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First, make sure you are buying the right thing.  You want to look for an organic virgin coconut oil, unrefined, if you can find it.  I started by using Trader Joe’s Organic Virgin Coconut oil because it was convenient to find.

  1. A Lip Balm

    It can be a little difficult to carry around with you, but when you’re home it makes a great lip balm!  It nourishes sensitive skin, and leaves your lips smooth and hydrated.  Take a small amount on your finger and apply straight to your lips. Voila!

  2. A Teeth Whitener

    Coconut oil is surprisingly good for whitening your teeth! The technique is often referred to as oil-pulling.  The lauric acid in coconut oil is what helps to get rid of plaque and bacteria, the main contributors to yellowish teeth. Not only does oil-pulling whiten your teeth, but it freshens your breath as well!  You need a teaspoon amount to swish around in your mouth for 20 minutes every morning.  I know it may sound like a long time, but if you do it while you take a shower it really goes by fast.

  3. A Deep Conditioner

    Coconut oil is the best oil to use on your hair because it actually penetrates hair better than any other oil.  It also prevents protein loss, and keeps your hair looking shiny!  To use it as a deep conditioner, take a quarter size amount into your hand and let it melt.  Work it into your hair, starting at the scalp and moving to the ends.  Put your hair up in a bun for a few hours, and then shampoo it out in the shower.  Easy!

  4. A Night Cream

    Coconut oil is a very gentle oil that is good for nourishing and hydrating, and helps smooth out fine lines and wrinkles!  It’s known for reducing premature signs of aging.  Before you use it on your face, make sure you don’t have acne-prone skin.  Some people who are known to break out easily have reported that coconut oil has caused an acne flare up.  During your nightly regimen, work a pea-sized amount between your hands and apply it evenly to your whole face, including under the eyes.  Let it sink in overnight, and then cleanse your skin in the morning.

  5. A Body Lotion

    Like I said above, coconut oil leaves your skin smooth and nourished! You can apply it to your whole body, focusing on any areas that tend to be a little more dry.  It’s even safe to use if you are pregnant, and can help prevent stretch marks from forming!  Use as much as you need, and lather your skin up every night to make sure you’re getting all those amazing benefits!

It can save you so much money, not having to buy all of these things separately anymore!  Who knew it could all be found in one place, with one simple oil?  Try it out, and I’m sure you’ll love it as much as I have!  Next up for me, learning how to cook with it…

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Autumn Days

It’s finally fall!  Which means it’s time for hayrides, sweaters, cool weather, and pumpkin patches!  Definitely my favorite season, by far.  With Halloween fast approaching, I thought it time to take my daughter to the pumpkin patch!  

We have gone to Carmichael’s Pumpkin Patch the past two years, and have never been disappointed.  It’s a little longer of a drive (located in Bixby, OK) but so worth it.  They have the largest variety of pumpkins to choose from, that are priced really well.  It’s free to enter, and there’s lots of activities for the little ones, plus animals for them to look at and feed.  We have taken Emery the last 3 years, and will continue to make it a yearly trip. 

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I told Emmy to choose her favorite pumpkin and of course she chose the biggest 30 lb pumpkin she could find!  We brought it home and made a “spooky” jack-o-lantern out of it. (Per her request).  

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I, however, couldn’t choose just one.  Is it just me, or have the colors gotten more beautiful this year?

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Now just anxiously awaiting Halloween! And actual fall weather.

Achieving Your Ideal Brows

As a professional aesthetician, a lot of what I focus on is the shaping of eyebrows.  It’s the first thing I look at when I see someone (yes, I’m probably visualizing in my head how I would reshape your eyebrows).  I know how hard it can be to be to get your brows looking right!

I’ve found that most people don’t even know where to begin, so I’m going to give a few pointers on how to achieve those brow goals.

Know Your Guidelines

First, use a thin makeup brush to do a few measurements.  The front of your eyebrow should align with the upper bridge of your nose.

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Next, measure a straight line from the corner of your nose, going across the pupil of your eye. This is where the highest part of your arch should be.

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To find where your brows should end, use that brush to measure a straight line from the corner of the nose through the outer corner of your eye.

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Doing the Work

You now know how they should be shaped, so it’s up to you to determine if there’s areas that should be grown in and left alone for a few weeks.  Getting full beautiful brows is a process.

Grab your best pair of tweezers (I use these slanted Tweezerman Tweezers) and make sure you sit back about a foot away from your mirror.  Sitting too close can mess up your judgement and cause you to shape your eyebrows differently.  You won’t get them perfectly symmetrical, but you also don’t want them to be completely different!

Touch Up

Once you have tweezed as much as was needed, now you can get your brow pencil out.  Using light strokes, fill in any holes, or areas that are looking sparse.  Use a brow brush to comb them, and set the final shape.  I use Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz. It keeps my brows looking natural, and it’s smudge-proof so they stay beautiful all day!

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Try not to spend too much time obsessing on making them perfect. Remember, they’re sisters, not twins!

In the Tulsa Area?

Come in to see me at Ihloff Salon and Day Spa for your brow maintenance or consultation. Request Ashley Erdogan when booking your appointment.