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Pinterest Said to Put What in My Mouth?!

 
    Anyone that knows us here at the Muse Headquarters knows we’re avid Pinterest “Pinners” and anyone that’s on Pinterest can tell you that the uses of coconut oil is endless (and pretty much the best thing in the world.) After seeing the millionth pin about how great coconut oil is, this pinner decided to buy a jar. That jar sat unused on a shelf in my kitchen for a few months until a couple weeks ago when I saw an article about oil pulling in my Facebook feed. Oil pulling? After doing a quick google search and reading a few articles, I learned that oil pulling is an ancient holistic technique used to rid the mouth and body of toxins. The science behind this technique seemed to make sense to me - bacteria in your mouth are single celled organisms and when they come into contact with fat (oil) they adhere to each other, so swishing oil around in your mouth would make all of the bacteria stick to each other in the oil which you then spit out (this is key- you must spit it out!) Yes, I understand that brushing your teeth, flossing and using mouthwash will prevent oral bacteria, but incorporating oil pulling into your daily routine will help your overall health by literally pulling the disease causing bacteria from your mouth (hence “oil pulling”- genius!)

    The next morning I dusted off my jar of coconut oil, (checked the expiration date of course) stalked my dentist to make sure he approved, and began my journey of swishing a tablespoon coconut oil around in my mouth. For starters, a tablespoon is a lot more than I was expecting (maybe I should revisit middle school) and the consistency is gross, but I stuck to it. Twenty minutes later I spit it out and inspected my smile in the mirror. I’m not sure what I was expecting (ok, maybe a genie to grant me the wish of whiter teeth since I can’t use whitening strips) but my mouth felt noticeably clean. After oil pulling three to five times a week for three weeks now, I’ve noticed I feel better throughout the day, my mouth has the “after dentist” clean feeling, and that my teeth are actually whiter (cue that annoying Orbit gum girl.)

Oil Pulling Directions and Tips:

-Due to its detoxifying effects, you should oil pull first thing in the morning before you eat or drink anything.

-Measure a tablespoon of coconut oil, put it in your mouth and begin swishing it around just like you would with mouthwash. A tablespoon is a lot, so you might want to start with a smaller amount and work up to a tablespoon. The oil will probably be solid at first, (unless you’re like me and leave it in your car by accident) but it will quickly turn to liquid once you begin swishing.

-Swish the oil in your mouth for 20 minutes just like mouthwash and I found setting an alarm on my phone helps me commit to the full 20. If 20 minutes seems to long, try to start with 10 and work your way up to the full 20. I usually shower and do my hair while I’m swishing the oil around in my mouth.

-After 20 minutes, spit the oil out in a garbage can - you don’t want to spit it in the sink or toilet because the oil can harden up and clog the pipes. You’ll notice that the oil is a different consistency and color when you spit it out, this is a sign that it worked and that the oil is filled with the bad bacteria from your mouth.

                Coconut oil is inexpensive ($3-8) and can be picked up at any grocery store. We highly encourage you give this trend a try!

Xo Always,
Muse Artistry

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A Smashing Good Time

Las Vegas Makeup Artists

It seemed only fitting that amidst all our pre-wedding season organizational madness, the Muse Artistry Artists would get an invite-of-all invites to join the Smashbox Cosmetics team for a legendary photo event for an extremely good cause.
 
    
As certified makeup lovers (enthusiasts, hoarders...) when we hear the word "Smashbox" our mouths literally begin to salivate at the thought of silky primers, liquid Halo and smoky kohl. This past Saturday, Smashbox Studios sent celebrity photographer, Drew Schwartz, and a team of Smashbox makeup artists to Nellis Air Force Base to do make-overs on the women serving or supporting. When we got the invite to train and perform some make-over magic, we couldn't have cleaned our brushes faster! (after all, it's not every day a makeup artist gets to train under the National Artistry Trainer of Smashbox Cosmetics, Laura Schierhorn. Swoon.) Laura's high energy and infectious smile got the entire team through 110 makeup applications which were accompanied by touching stories from the women and beautiful photographs by Drew (including a super cute group shot he posted on his Instagram!)





(Photo courtesy of Instagram, drewschwartz)

To see if Smashbox will be hosting one of their legendary Photo Events near you, check out the dates they have posted this for Spring. You never know, you might get lucky with one of our own gracing your face with our Smashbox #22 fan brush.

Xo Always, Muse

Bride's By Muse: Ashley

Being in the wedding industry, we constantly interact and work with a colorful array of people. Sometimes their colors come across pleasant and calm, like a pale pink, other times we feel like we just ran the color run and are left with bursts of neon all over our clothes. We never know what to expect with each appointment but our latest bride, Ashley, was a perfect mixture of neon and pale pink! 

Our hair and makeup team was warmly greeted with hugs by a smiling Ashley (who was ready with mimosas in hand! We had to decline, of course) and it was a dream job! Well, dream job until Ashley informed us that she is a hair stylist herself and owns an uber adorable and successful salon, Hello Gorgeous! in Napels, FL. Working on another hair stylist is super nerve-racking because, 1. We're used to being in control and 2. We tend to be a tad picky... Thankfully, we were blessed to work with our "dream bride" Ashley and were able to take her breath away with the knotted up-do we created:











Muse Artistry completely exceeded my expectations for my wedding hair and make up!!! I'm extremely picky, seeing as I own a hair salon of my own in Florida. Jennifer and her team were confident they could handle me and my picky bridesmaids, and they did a fabulous job! I couldn't have been happier with their work. Everyone looked absolutely beautiful! They are very talented group of ladies, who were early for our appt time, and kept right on schedule the whole day. (Despite our lunch and champagne breaks). I would highly recommend Muse Artistry for your wedding no matter how big or small!” Ashley, Yelp! 1.16.14


(One of our most pinned hairstyles on Pinterest!)

Xo Always,

The Muse Artists

Shhh... Boudoir Sessions with F-Sequence


Skip the box of chocolates, cologne, or boxers for your sweetheart this Valentine's Day! We're so excited to announce our collaboration with the talented photographers from F-Sequence Studio! Together we are offering the ultimate Boudoir shoot experience. Stick with our Boudoir theme or venture off to the Vintage Glam look, pin-up… whatever makes you feel sexiest. Your session will make an excellent gift to your significant other for Valentine’s Day, a wedding or anniversary gift… Each session includes hair and makeup by Muse Artistry, 2 8x10 prints, retouched digital photos and options to purchase additional photos.

Dates: January 20, 2014- February 12, 2014

Packages:

                *45 minute boudoir shoot:

                1 look, hair and makeup, 2 8x10 prints, 5 retouched digital photos // $150

                *90 minute Boudoir shoot:

                2 looks, hair and makeup, 2 8x10 prints, 10 retouched digital photos // $250

Las Vegas Location: F-Sequence Studio, 3125 W. Ali Baba Ln. Ste 705, Las Vegas, NV 89118

Contact for booking:

                Deacon 702.513.5037 // deacon@f-sequence.com

                Morgan 702.472.9051 // info@museartistrylv.com

For more inspiration, check out our Pinterest page!

Xo Always,
Muse

(Photography by F-Sequence Studio)

Muse's Winter Beauty Muse-Have's

With winter unavoidably approaching, there is so much to get excited about- shopping and decorating for the holidays, ice skating at The Cosmopolitan hotel’s ice rink, layers and boots… But the universal winter burden we’re not excited for is the dry skin, chapped lips, and brittle hair. We pulled our resources and came up with our top 5 must haves to keep skin and hair looking beautiful this cold, dry season while being affordable and easy to find for yourself and gifts for friends and family.



LIPS

The first step in skin repair is exfoliation and your lips are no exception. Our favorite lip scrub by far is whatever Lush Cosmetics is offering! Apply the scrub directly to your lips and gently scrub the dead skin away with your fingertip. Right now you can grab their “Santa’s Lip Scrub” for only $8.95 and savor the investment to your

Pro Tip: If you’re going with Lush Cosmetics, apply your lip scrub over a sink or towel because the product is genius, but the texture can make a mess.

For a daily use on really dry, chapped or cracked lips, we will reveal our secret: Blistex Daily Conditioning Treatment. It’s a steal ($2.49 at CVS) and is filled with cocoa butter, aloe, vitamins A and E. The best part? It works instantly!

 

HAIR

The changing of seasons really sucks on your hair. Is your hair starting to feel dry, or even brittle? Not curling right or holding product as well? Us too. In times like these we love Moroccan Oil’s treatments for a quick restoring and hydrating session. Moroccan Oils Restorative Mask ($43) is a 5-7 minute revitalizing treatment that quickly repairs hair that is very week and, bonus, great for color treated hair. It’s so rich in argan oil and protein to fortify and strengthen any damaged hair.

Another favorite is Moroccan Oil’s Intense Hydrating Mask ($54) is used for hair that is in need of extra conditioning. Let it sit for 5 full minutes, rinse out, and allow the argan oil formula to deeply hydrate and condition the hair improving the hairs texture with lots of shine and manageability.

Pro Tip: Be sure to rinse your hair EXTRA well! This product likes to stick around and will make your blow dry impossible if it’s not 100% washed out.

FACE

We’re finally ready to reveal our secret winter go-to moisturizer for this cold season is Neutrogena Intensified Day Moisture. This moisturizer has SPF 15 and instantly hydrates your face without making your makeup look oily. Apply a little before bed and before applying a foundation application for a flawless finish.

Pro Tip: A little goes a long way with this cream. Dollop out a nickel’s size and massage, massage, massage!

 

HANDS

To help have soft luxurious hands, L’OCCITANE hand cream is enriched with nourishing shea butter to moisturize and replenish dehydrated hands. Found at any L’OCCITANE stores or at Sephora, this cream is steal and a great stocking stuffer!

 

With these must have products for this season is always great to have to fight cracked skin and dry hair and staying beautiful and glow for the whole world to see and they will be asking you what fabulous products your using every day.

XO always,

Muse artistry

Want to know more on whats going on with Muse? Stay tuned for next week on our weekly blog and follow us on Instagram @museartistrylv to see more!

Hallo-Wedding: Brittney & Josh

Now that Thanksgiving is over and Christmas is just around the corner, we felt it was appropriate to back-track to Halloween and the “Hallo-wedding” that is officially in the running for one of our favorite weddings we’ve worked on. With a wedding on Halloween, one might envision a dark pallet with guests dressed in costumes and decorative skulls, black cats, and perhaps even a Chucky doll scattered about. Not Brittney and Josh’s wedding! Halloween holds a special place in Brittney and Josh’s hearts but instead of the traditional Frankenstein and witches hats, they opted for Gatsby styling and jeweled toned accessories.

Captured by the talented Matt Cali Photography, Brittney and Josh chose downtown’s Fremont St. as the backdrop of their “first-look” photo shoot before heading to their celebration held in a stunning suite at the MGM Grand.

By far the most memorable moment of this event came when the ring barrier chose his tux. Presented with two options, he lift his little paw and gave a little scratch indicating his choice (yes, Brittney’s ring barrier was none other than her adorable puppy, Count!)


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{Photography By Matt Cali Photography)

Xo Always,
Muse

"Brittney and Josh's wedding had many memorable moments and my favorite was, of course, the bride-to-be with her stunning, eye catching, crystal wedding gown paired with elegant heels clustered with gems and jewels! As for her bouquet, I couldn't help but snap a quick Instagram picture! It wasn't filled with traditional flowers but a cluster of exquisite glass flowers and decorated with crystal spider webs, diamond spiders, pearls and of course "a something old, something borrowed and something new" that brought it all together for this beautiful bride to be on this special day."
Xo, Ashlee (Artist)





Thanks-Give Away!

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, we cant help but think of all the wonderful things we have to be thankful for right now. Things like, the return of the Startbucks holiday red cup and Peppermint Mocha's, family and friends traveling to celebrate blessings over turkey and football, Birchbox...  

When posed with the question, "what are you thankful for?" we were able to come up with dozens of reasons (more serious than Starbucks, but really, that red cup sighting does excite us!) With so many blessings to account for, and so many weddings under our belt, we wanted to find a way to give thanks back to our wedding community here in Las Vegas. We're on the hunt to find a more than deserving Bride-to-be and give her the wedding hair and makeup of her dreams! Do you fit or know someone who fits the bill? Send us a little story why at info@museartistrylv.com by Thanksgiving and one lucky Bride getting married in Las Vegas will receive complimentary hair and makeup by Muse Artistry!

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What three things are you thankful for? Some of the ladies in the Muse crew sound off below:

Ashlee
Las Vegas Wedding Hair and Makeup
1. Family and friends. 2. Thankful for god blessing me every day. 3. Mostly thankful for god helping my family and my grandma become stronger as a family as she battles her last day of cancer.


BreeAnne
Las Vegas Wedding Hair and Makeup
1. My Jeffery Campbell collection 2. My cute new house 3. My healthy body (hard work and dedication!)

Amy
Las Vegas Wedding Hair and Makeup
1. Health 2. Family 3. A blessed life

Jennifer
Las Vegas Wedding Hair and Makeup
1. Family and friends (and cat, Versace) 2. Seasonal craft beer 3. Good health and happiness

Gabby
Las Vegas Wedding Hair and Makeup
1. I'm grateful to be alive that's for sure! 2. I'm grateful for my family and friends and the time we have spent together. 3. I'm grateful for all the entertainment Miley Cyrus has been providing lately! (jk) 

Noemi
Las Vegas Wedding Hair and Makeup
1. My dog Sasha. 2. My job 3. My friends and family

Lauren
Las Vegas Wedding Hair and Makeup
1. My husband. 2. My daughter. 3. My family!*

*We also want to take this time to congratulate Lauren and her husband Elio on the upcoming addition to their family! We're overjoyed!

Xo, The Muse Crew


{Photo Credits: F-Sequence Studio, Instagram}

Give Away Rules:
Bride or referred bride must be getting married in Las Vegas; Entry's must be received by Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 28, 2013. Winner will be chosen December 1, 2013.

Las Vegas Engagements: Cheryl & Rob

With Cheryl and Rob's Las Vegas wedding ONE week away (we're so excited!) we wanted to share their amazing two day engagement photo shoot captured by the talented Front Room Photography. The stylish owners of Las Vegas' number one floral shop, Flowers of the Field, challenged us to create three looks for them, and complimented them with great designer pieces from their own wardrobe like Ted Baker and Marc Jacobs. We've known Cheryl and Rob for almost four years and was over the moon with happiness when they asked us to join their team of wedding vendors! We started our shoot at the Las Vegas Neon Boneyard, worked our way to Fremont St., and ended at The Cosmopolitan hotel. We stayed on location to assist Neil and Eron from Front Room, and it was a world-wind two days of visual magic! We can't wait to reunite next Saturday and be a part of Cheryl and Rob's most important day.



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| Las Vegas Engagement Shoot Locations: Neon Boneyard, Fremont St., The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas | Photography: Front Room Photography | Engagement Hair and Makeup: Muse Artistry |

Xo Always,
Muse

WINNER: Wedding Industry Experts 2013 Awards


Congratulations to Muse Artistry Las Vegas! Thank you to everyone who voted us "Best Las Vegas Wedding Hair and Makeup," and "Best New Las Vegas Wedding Planner!" We couldn't have reached this milestone without the support of our Muse lovelies and supporters! Thank You!

Xo Always,
Muse

April Showers Bring May Flowers

You already have your stunning dress, the perfect shoes and maybe your grandmothers vintage pearls. You wake up feeling excited  to marry your best friend and pull the curtains back to reveal your worst nightmare: rain.

We’ve all heard the saying, “April Showers Bring May Flowers,” signifying the spring cycle of renewal, the return of animals and of course, blooming flowers. Who wouldn’t embrace this transitional time? Anyone getting married, that’s who! After months of planning, the last thing a bride wants to think about is their special day getting rained out—even if old wise tales say rain on your wedding day is good luck. Don’t panic! Here are our tips on what to do if it rains on your wedding day:

{Hire a Plan B}

Hiring a wedding planner or day-of-coordinator not only is beneficial in helping a bride relax knowing she’s in good hands, but can be crucial if your day gets rained on. Wedding planners are trained to expect the unexpected and always have a Plan B up their sleeve! They will already have checked the forecast, contacted tent services if your wedding is outside, and can supply you with any essential tools to help keep you dry and calm.

{Invest in Non-Traditional Wedding Accessories}

If you can’t have a coordinator save your day, prepare yourself with the essential tools like umbrellas and rain boots. Not as glamorous as a whimsical head piece or killer Louboutins, but think of them as an additional themed accessories! If you’re planning on getting married outside, make sure you contact a tent service well in advance so you won’t have waste your relaxing morning on the phone contacting companies. It’s always best to be over-prepared.

{Utilize Your Resources}

One of the first things brides think about when they see a few drops of rain is their dress and their hair and makeup. Have no fear! A professional hair and makeup artist is always equipped with the best water resistant makeup and will advise you on how to wear your hair so it doesn’t get ruined.

{Singing in the Rain}

Don’t let the weather rain on your parade! You’ve already developed a relationship with your photographer so now you need to have faith in their expertise. It won’t be the first time they’ve shot in the rain, so prepare yourself with a list of additional rain shots and props. We’ve collected some adorable rainy day photos for you to choose from:


As Always,
Xo Muse Artistry

Photo Credits:

This Magic Moment Photography | Juan Maclean | Ashley Garmon Photographers | Kerry Morgan | Tim Duncan Events |

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