Get Your Riki Skinny Mirror Here! | Meredith Ehler | Beauty Blogger | Loudoun County | Washington, DC

Looking for the perfect makeup mirror? This is it! It sold out in one day when launched by Glamcor now is being exclusively offered to LimeLight by Alcone! So YOU can get one before everyone else can! Go to my site tomorrow and order yours!

Click here – this will take you to my site. Click MAKEUP STORE, then CONNECT!

Go early – 9am they are going live! $225, the lights run around the outside of the mirror which is a rectangle and slim, like and I-Pad. It has a built in Bluetooth!

RIKI_Quote + img_postIt is shaped like an I-Pad but has insane built in lights that are adjustable to suit any need, then has a built in bluetooth! It’s a dream for anyone who loves makeup! LimeLight by Alcone has it first!

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Thank you Glamcor! We love you and Riki!  The Riki Skinny revolutionizes makeup application! Seriously, order asap – message me if you want me to order it for you!

Meredith

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Award Winning Makeup Artist Meredith Ehler | Northern Virginia | Professional Makeup Artist

Living in the Washington, DC area brings a lot of benefits. One benefit is choice. Loudoun County, Virginia is no different. I know you have a choice in what makeup artist you use for your special events in your life and I wanted to say thank you to all of my clients and thank you to all of you who voted me Best Makeup Artist in Posh Seven Magazine. I am so grateful! Please know that my clients mean the world to me. I wake up every day feeling blessed to be able to serve all of you and to get to do what I love.

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My goal is that each of my clients leave my studio feeling even more beautiful than when they walked in. I try to pass on tips and techniques whenever a client is here, whether she is here for head-shot makeup, wedding makeup, or a makeup lesson.

Again, thank you to all of you who have been supported all of these years. I am so excited to announce that I have now added another service for my clients. I am now selling the highest quality makeup at affordable prices: LimeLight Cosmetics! For years I have had to send my clients to the mall or multiple websites to get the products they need. I have waited years until I found the perfect makeup and skincare for my clients and LimeLight fits all of requirements I was looking for: high-end, professional quality products, super-affordable prices, gorgeous packaging and everything you need being right at your fingertips – you can order right on my website! This makeup and skincare is the actual makeup I have purchased as I travel the country attending professional industry makeup shows. The best of each brand is now re-packaged for you the consumer and all now in the same line - LimeLight!

If you are interested in a makeup lesson in person or via skype leave me a message or contact me on my website: MeredithEhler.com. I look forward to empowering you to have the best quality makeup at your fingertips and you knowing the techniques that will enable you to have the most rewarding and streamlined makeup routine possible!

To see the makeup click here: Limelight

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-Meredith

Best Face Creams on a Budget | Meredith Ehler | Makeup Artist | Sterling, VA

 

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Who doesn’t want to be fresh faced?

A fresh faced look starts with good skin care but choosing a face cream can be a daunting task. I know that my brian can freeze up when trying to choose the best product for my skin because there are so many that promise so much – and who knows if they will deliver. I was asked by Posh Seven Magazine to share a few of my favorites in the article below. The products I have listed are all products that I have tried and liked, and they are all affordable! I would love to know your faves as well. Comment below and let me know what you like and dislike about your face cream.

Click the link below!

Posh Seven Best Face Creams on a Budget

Meredith

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Photo credit: Christy Jenkins Photogrpahy

5 Brushes Every Women Should Own – As seen in Posh Seven Magazine | Meredith Ehler | Makeup Artist | Loudoun County, Virginia

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In my opinion you can never have too many makeup brushes. But it’s more important to have the right brushes for the job at hand. Here is a link to an article I wrote for Posh Seven Magazine.  I go over the 5 basic types of brushes that will take care of most of your makeup routine.

Click here to go to my article in Posh Seven Magazine on makeup brushes.

If you have any questions comment here on my blog or on my Facebook page.

Photo credit: Angela Goodhart, Goodhart Photography

 

-Meredith

 

Fall Into Holiday Decor | Meredith Ehler | Home Decorator | Sterling, Virginia

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Pumpkins on stoops, pumpkin spice latte’s, and pumpkin decor lining the aisles at Michaels.  It’s time.  It’s time to decorate for fall but it’s also time to start planning for your Christmas decor.  Michael’s, AC Moore, Kirklands and all of your supercenters are starting to shock the shelves with holiday decor.  Now is the time to plan and buy.  Here are a few tips to consider for buying holiday decor for any holiday:

 

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Buy Now – Return Later.  It’s better to buy now and buy a few of each item you may like. you can always return it later if you bought too many.  Sales are happening now, believe it or not!  I just bought 3 gilver (gilver=a color in between gold and silver) deer head ornaments at Hobby Lobby at 40% off!  I wish I would have bought more!  UGH!  I suggest decorating in clusters of 3 or 5 of one thing like pumpkins or candles.  So think about buying more than one of each item so that you can get home and create a well-balanced vignette.

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Use Household Items in your Decor.  I have table linens and plates that have fall coloring so I pull them out and incorporate them into my vignettes.  I have a large platter with a turkey in fall colors from my husband’s grandmother.  I use it as the base of my centerpiece. Look around your house and see if you have items in holiday colors. I have a black silk scarf that I use as a table runner under a Halloween centerpiece.

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Start Researching Christmas Decor Ideas on Pinterest.  Get your idea juices flowing by perusing Pinterest.  Search on the holiday you are decorating for and get ideas.  This is a great thing to do before you go shopping.  Make your list from the pictures you see then go and shop for the items so you can create it yourself.  Follow me on Pinterest for holiday decor inspiration!  I would LOVE to see your boards as well!

Happy Decorating!

-Meredith

 

 

 

E.L.F. Cosmetic Must Haves – $3 and Under!| Meredith Ehler | Beauty Blogger | Sterling, Virginia

Hey Cosmetic Junkies!!!  

Hurry over to eyeslipsface.com today and get yourself some great beauty bargains with free shipping!

Here are some of my faves:

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Studio Volume Plumping Mascara - $3. This mascara is a great buy and creates long lashes that look natural and won’t clump.

 

 

 

 

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Studio Makeup Remover Pen - $3. This is the greatest tool invented!  Just dab it on a makeup smudge and voila! It’s gone!

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Studio Matte Lip Color -  $3   Love this lip color.  Goes on easily and has the perfect amount of pigment.

 

 

 

 

 

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Studio Pressed Powder -$3 This powder is great! comes in a few shades and will cover the shine in the hot summer months!

 

 

 

 

 

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Essential Clear Brow and Lash Mascara – $2 Bushy brows need this product! At this price – get 2!

 

 

Leave me a comment if you have any questions or want to share your fave ELF products with other readers!  Have fun shopping!!!

-Meredith

 

 

How To Survive Shopping At A Makeup Counter | Meredith Ehler | Makeup Artist | Sterling, Virginia

Believe it or not, clients hire me to go with them them to department store makeup counters to buy makeup.  Some clients feel they need to bring me along with them as an advocate.  Come to find out, they were right to hire me.  I was shocked to see some the lack-luster talent and over-zealous treatment they received.  I am happy to say that my clients all survived and were very pleased with their end result.

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One client wanted to buy cosmetics from a very well known cosmetic line.  We went to the counter where we were greeted by an artist who asked how he could help us. I stepped up and explained what she was looking for.  My goal for my client was that she sit back, relax, and tell us if she liked what the artist was doing. Well, I was less than impressed with what he was doing.  The colors he had chosen weren’t flattering and he was not applying makeup that would give her the look she had asked for.  I was also disappointed by the quality of the makeup itself.  It was shocking because we were at a high-end department store, shopping at one of the most popular counters around.  I decided to intervene buy kindly, yet prematurely, wrapping up our time with the artist.  I was happy to do the dirty work so that my client could avoid a poorly applied face of makeup resulting in the the inevitable, uncomfortable, hard-sell.  We made our escape and headed to my favorite store.  The artist at this free-standing cosmetic store is someone I work with often.  She and I pulled together the products perfect for her and she was happy with her new look.

I was happy that I was able to step in as an advocate for my client.  I was able to discern that the first counter was offering less than stellar service and got her out before she received an unflattering makeup jo (which she would be wearing back to her office that day), and got her to a place where she would be well served.  At the end she looked beautiful, and I was happy I could help get her the look she truly wanted.  -Meredith

Ekster Antiques Barn Sale – One of a Kind Home Decor | Home Decorator | Meredith Ehler | Northern Virginia

Looking for that perfectly chic and unique piece for your home?

Check for dates of the next Ekster Antiques Barn Sale.

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I first found Ekster about nine years ago when it was a quaint home-decor shop in Leesburg.  Now, located a few minutes further west, on a ten acre farm, Ekster has transformed into a destination that promises to fulfill the dreams of even the most persnickety shopper.  Filled with antiques from near and far, and one of a kind eclectic pieces, you will no-doubtedly find that perfect piece (or pieces) to compliment your decor.  And you may even pass a friendly goat or a chicken as you shop.

As you walk the property, drinking in the beautiful pastoral scenery, the barn and other buildings on the property shimmer with crystal chandeliers that hang above the comfortably staged tables.  Perfectly aged urns from France line the barn’s exterior, each one more beautiful than the last.  The surroundings always leave me inspired!

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The visionary behind Ekster Antiques is owner Caroline Verschoor.  She has an innate way of putting together the perfect mix of old and new, shabby and chic, and comfort and glitz.  I asked her to share her approach to her business with my readers.  It is obvious Caroline hand picks what she sells, this is not a warehouse sale, this is an exquisite boutique…in a barn.

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Caroline explains, “For me, things have to exude something, whether it’s art, or a piece of furniture.  I would never just “throw” a cabinet on my sales floor, tag it and sell it.  No, the cabinet I purchase is well-thought-about, i.e. Would I buy it? And if I did, where would I put it, and how would I display it.  So, when I set up, I place the cabinets on walls, and I create a scene (a mise-en-scene In French) which would include the antique books one might display in such a vignette, and other collectibles.  I then put sofas, chairs and a table in the middle with books and candles and horns and other great finds, as if it appears that the people who were in that room just minutes ago, just got up and will be back shortly.  That is my thing”.

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“I really buy each and every piece with my heart, not with my wallet”, says Verschoor.  You will quickly see that this is true, even if you are visiting their tent at Lucketts, one just wants to be enveloped by the surrounding decor.

Caroline invites all of you to come and experience this one-of-a-kind place for yourself. “For me, my barn, or whatever building I am working from, becomes my canvas, and I completely immerse myself into it, until every direction I look, I see all the hard work paid off, and the picture finally perfectly pieced together” .

Ekster Antiques is located at 38532 Pheasant Hill Lane, Hamilton VA 20158.  Mapquest should get you there or see their website eksterantiques.com for a map and directions. Children are welcome (the bunnies, chickens, mini goats and dogs would love some company).  See you there!  -Meredith

 

Bold Paint Color – Bold Accessories | Meredith Ehler | Home Decorator | Northern Virginia

My dining room is really coming together.  I just love the way all of my accessories have come together.  The accessories are not exactly subtle! But the end result is just how I wanted it!   How about that paint color?  Paint sure does make an impact.

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Someday I will reveal all of my secrets.  For now, suffice it to say, the items I have used are from a variety of stores that may surprise you.  Others are from TJ Maxx and Marshalls, my favorites!  Be daring both in color and your accessories.  Bigger is better! Have fun and experiment with different styles.  Get out of your comfort zone!  Decor is supposed to be fun and reflect your personality.  Make sure yours does!  -ME

 

Save Money By Hiring A Closet Organizer | Meredith Ehler | Fashion Stylist | Sterling, Virginia

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Am I the only one who cleans out my kitchen pantry only to find that I have 4 bottles of ketchup?  When I am disorganized I tend to buy too much of one item because I can’t see that I already own a few.  The same thing happens in my closet because when i am disorganized I forge to wear the things I can’t find which is a waste of time and money!

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Prioritizing yourself, your closet and your wardrobe can ultimately save you time and money.  Each time I organize a closet, the client feedback inevitably includes, “I had no idea I had so many pairs of jeans”, or “I had no idea i had so many necklaces….”.   When a client can stand at her closet and look in and see her clothing organized by item and color that means they can choose a well styled outfit quickly and easily.  They can see their entire wardrobe all at once, which means items will have a better chance at being used and enjoyed, making the most of your money.

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When you know what you have – you know what you need.  My clients can shop with confidence knowing exactly what they own and what they may have over purchased or where they may have gaps in their wardrobe. I always gently encourage my clients to donate any items they are no longer enjoying, either because it no longer suits their style or because they have too many of one item to get enjoyment from each.   Based on the items that still work in their wardrobe I make suggestions on what to add, giving my clients confidence that the money they do spend in the future will be on the right pieces. My recommended future purchases will round out their wardrobes, maximizing the items they already have and enjoying getting dressed with ease.  -Meredith