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Ashimoto Essential Beauty

Millburn , NJ

LOCATION

306 Millburn Ave
Millburn, NJ 07041 US

PHONE

201-320-8080

WEBSITE

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ABOUT US

Ashimoto Essential Beauty is an exquisite bridal hair and makeup boutique located at 306 millburn Ave, Millburn NJ 07041. Owner Meryl Schwartz and staff have graced many covers of the... Read more
Ashimoto Essential Beauty is an exquisite bridal hair and makeup boutique located at 306 millburn Ave, Millburn NJ 07041. Owner Meryl Schwartz and staff have graced many covers of the world's leading fashion magazines and runway. Ashimoto specializes in the latest trends such as makeup airbrushing and 100% human hair extensions, permanent lashes. Visit our website www.Ashimoto.com to view our galleries of Hair and Makeup. Contact us at 201-320-8080 or info@Ashimoto.com. We look forward to hearing from you. Read less
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Kristina
Wedding:
7/4/2014
5.0/5.0
My family has used Ashimoto for several occasions and have never been disappointed! Meryl takes pride in her work and is a true artist. Susie was our hair stylist...so efficient and creative. I absolutely loved my hair and makeup for my wedding. My maid of honor and the moms look sensational. So many compliments and our photos came out amazing! I had a great experience and will continue to use them!
My family has used Ashimoto for several occasions and have never been disappointed! Meryl takes pride in her work and is a Read more...
My family has used Ashimoto for several occasions and have never been disappointed! Meryl takes pride in her work and is a true artist. Susie was our hair stylist...so efficient and creative. I absolutely loved my hair and makeup for my wedding. My maid of honor and the moms look sensational. So many compliments and our photos came out amazing! I had a great experience and will continue to use them! Read less
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Nicole
Wedding:
9/27/2013
0.0/5.0
It is one month since my wedding and I just received my pictures which is what prompted me to write this review. I had emailed Meryl right after my wedding explaining my dissatisfaction but she never even responded, not even an apology.

I went to Ashimoto after having a terrible trial experience at another vendor. Meryl had me meet her at her favored hair stylists salon in Cranford where Naomi would do my hair and she would do my makeup. Well I loved the trial and it lasted all day but my hair did fall out. Naomi assured me the day of she would use enough spray and my hair would hold. I bought extensions and ran everything by Naomi.

The day of my wedding came and Naomi showed up late (she was lost) she did my mother's hair which my mother hated. She said Naomi was not listening to her and she would rather do it herself. Naomi finally did my hair and it looked beautiful. She seemed to be in a rush because she didn't even wait till everyone was done before she left. Within an hour of my hair being done my curls were straight again and my hair looked FRIZZY. Now I have $4000 worth of pictures that look like a bride with FRIZZY hair instead of the curls I was promised.
All of my girls hair fell down with bobby pins falling out of their hair as well done by Tracy.

I did email Meryl to explain what happened and I received not even an email or a call back. Yes my makeup was fine except for having lip liner as my lipstick which just dried up my lips.

I would NEVER recommend a company that couldn't even supply a hair style that lasted over an hour. If you want to see pictures of what my hair looked like please feel free to email me so I can prove it to you. Maybe you would care more than the owner of the company.

I AM SOOOOO DISAPPOINTED!!!!
It is one month since my wedding and I just received my pictures which is what prompted me to write this review. I had Read more...
It is one month since my wedding and I just received my pictures which is what prompted me to write this review. I had emailed Meryl right after my wedding explaining my dissatisfaction but she never even responded, not even an apology.

I went to Ashimoto after having a terrible trial experience at another vendor. Meryl had me meet her at her favored hair stylists salon in Cranford where Naomi would do my hair and she would do my makeup. Well I loved the trial and it lasted all day but my hair did fall out. Naomi assured me the day of she would use enough spray and my hair would hold. I bought extensions and ran everything by Naomi.

The day of my wedding came and Naomi showed up late (she was lost) she did my mother's hair which my mother hated. She said Naomi was not listening to her and she would rather do it herself. Naomi finally did my hair and it looked beautiful. She seemed to be in a rush because she didn't even wait till everyone was done before she left. Within an hour of my hair being done my curls were straight again and my hair looked FRIZZY. Now I have $4000 worth of pictures that look like a bride with FRIZZY hair instead of the curls I was promised.
All of my girls hair fell down with bobby pins falling out of their hair as well done by Tracy.

I did email Meryl to explain what happened and I received not even an email or a call back. Yes my makeup was fine except for having lip liner as my lipstick which just dried up my lips.

I would NEVER recommend a company that couldn't even supply a hair style that lasted over an hour. If you want to see pictures of what my hair looked like please feel free to email me so I can prove it to you. Maybe you would care more than the owner of the company.

I AM SOOOOO DISAPPOINTED!!!! Read less
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Private User
Wedding:
6/21/2013
4.2/5.0
Meryl (the owner of Ashimoto) did my make-up for my bridesmaid and I for my wedding day. Everyone looked fabulous and we got so many compliments on how great it turned out. I would definitely recommend Ashimoto!
Meryl (the owner of Ashimoto) did my make-up for my bridesmaid and I for my wedding day. Everyone looked fabulous and we Read more...
Meryl (the owner of Ashimoto) did my make-up for my bridesmaid and I for my wedding day. Everyone looked fabulous and we got so many compliments on how great it turned out. I would definitely recommend Ashimoto! Read less
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Heather
Wedding:
10/6/2012
5.0/5.0
I loved the girls at Ashimoto! They did a phenomenal job on my hair and makeup and helped work around my crazy schedule and with my 2 babies running around. I highly recommend them!
I loved the girls at Ashimoto! They did a phenomenal job on my hair and makeup and helped work around my crazy schedule Read more...
I loved the girls at Ashimoto! They did a phenomenal job on my hair and makeup and helped work around my crazy schedule and with my 2 babies running around. I highly recommend them! Read less
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Cheryl
Wedding:
10/6/2012
1.5/5.0
I contacted Meryl (owner of Ashimoto) to set up a hair and makeup trial. I had arranged engagement pics to be taken the same day at the place that I had gotten engaged. On the night before my trial, Meryl sent me a text that she needed to cancel because they had double booked. I barely got an apology, but I still rescheduled my trial. I loved my hair and makeup when I left my trial, so I booked Ashimoto for my wedding day. I gave a deposit at that time, even though I wasn't 100% certain if all 3 of my girl + my mother wanted her hair and makeup done. A little over 3 weeks before my wedding, one of my bridemaids decided that she wanted to do her own makeup (because her husband had just been laid off and she wanted to save some money) and my mother cut her hair short (and it was pointless for her to pay $90 to have it done). I contacted Meryl to let her know that 1 less hair and 1 less makeup would be needed and she told me that the contract stated that I needed to give 30 days notice. Having 7 other contracts signed, all of them allowed changes up until a week or 2 before the wedding. SO, on top of the $150 + tip I paid for a trial, I also paid $320 for my hair and makeup and then I had to pay $180 for the 2 services not used. I made my aunt get her makeup done since I was paying for it anyways, but I was very upset that Meryl would do that to me on my wedding day. She bragged during my session that she had to hurry up and get to the next site because she was doing 11 girls. What a slap in the face that she took money out of my pocket when she was going to do an additional 11 girls on top of the 5 that were paid by me and my party. She tried to sell me over $200 worth of Mary Kay skin care and makeup on top of it. I decided I only wanted the lip color she used on me and didn't realize until I got to my venue that she had basically given me a sheer lip gloss (pretty much the same color as my lips.)
I contacted Meryl (owner of Ashimoto) to set up a hair and makeup trial. I had arranged engagement pics to be taken the Read more...
I contacted Meryl (owner of Ashimoto) to set up a hair and makeup trial. I had arranged engagement pics to be taken the same day at the place that I had gotten engaged. On the night before my trial, Meryl sent me a text that she needed to cancel because they had double booked. I barely got an apology, but I still rescheduled my trial. I loved my hair and makeup when I left my trial, so I booked Ashimoto for my wedding day. I gave a deposit at that time, even though I wasn't 100% certain if all 3 of my girl + my mother wanted her hair and makeup done. A little over 3 weeks before my wedding, one of my bridemaids decided that she wanted to do her own makeup (because her husband had just been laid off and she wanted to save some money) and my mother cut her hair short (and it was pointless for her to pay $90 to have it done). I contacted Meryl to let her know that 1 less hair and 1 less makeup would be needed and she told me that the contract stated that I needed to give 30 days notice. Having 7 other contracts signed, all of them allowed changes up until a week or 2 before the wedding. SO, on top of the $150 + tip I paid for a trial, I also paid $320 for my hair and makeup and then I had to pay $180 for the 2 services not used. I made my aunt get her makeup done since I was paying for it anyways, but I was very upset that Meryl would do that to me on my wedding day. She bragged during my session that she had to hurry up and get to the next site because she was doing 11 girls. What a slap in the face that she took money out of my pocket when she was going to do an additional 11 girls on top of the 5 that were paid by me and my party. She tried to sell me over $200 worth of Mary Kay skin care and makeup on top of it. I decided I only wanted the lip color she used on me and didn't realize until I got to my venue that she had basically given me a sheer lip gloss (pretty much the same color as my lips.) Read less
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Heather
Wedding:
9/22/2012
5.0/5.0
I made a last minute change to my stylist (by last minute I mean about 2 weeks before the wedding). I was in complete panic mode until I spoke to Meryl. She put me at ease before we even met. I went for my trial a week before the wedding. Meryl did my makeup and Naomi (owner of Cranford Hair Company) did my hair. OMG I was so pleased with both women!!! They listened to me and put together the perfect look. The day of the wedding they were both early (had to get started at 6am at the hotel) and they both worked very quickly. The quality of work was amazing. I never felt so good in my life and all the girls in the bridal party looked awesome. Both Meryl and Naomi are MASTERS of their respective crafts. Plus they are just awesome women to be around. :)
I made a last minute change to my stylist (by last minute I mean about 2 weeks before the wedding). I was in complete Read more...
I made a last minute change to my stylist (by last minute I mean about 2 weeks before the wedding). I was in complete panic mode until I spoke to Meryl. She put me at ease before we even met. I went for my trial a week before the wedding. Meryl did my makeup and Naomi (owner of Cranford Hair Company) did my hair. OMG I was so pleased with both women!!! They listened to me and put together the perfect look. The day of the wedding they were both early (had to get started at 6am at the hotel) and they both worked very quickly. The quality of work was amazing. I never felt so good in my life and all the girls in the bridal party looked awesome. Both Meryl and Naomi are MASTERS of their respective crafts. Plus they are just awesome women to be around. :) Read less
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Danielle
Wedding:
9/15/2012
4.9/5.0
Ashimoto was great! Meryl was amazing and did my makeup exactly how I wanted it. I am a very picky person and I usually do my own makeup...I went out of my comfort zone and Meryl was amazing!! They did both hair and makeup for myself and my mother and we were thrilled!
Ashimoto was great! Meryl was amazing and did my makeup exactly how I wanted it. I am a very picky person and I usually do Read more...
Ashimoto was great! Meryl was amazing and did my makeup exactly how I wanted it. I am a very picky person and I usually do my own makeup...I went out of my comfort zone and Meryl was amazing!! They did both hair and makeup for myself and my mother and we were thrilled! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
0.6/5.0
Meril, the owner is talented, BUT totally scattered. She comes off as if she is on something. She did my hair and makeup for my friends wedding 1 year ago. She did an amazing job. She used MAC. One year later I booked her. She switched to all Mary Kay products. Once I booked her I had an impossible try getting in touch with her. She sent me several wrong invoices with other peoples wedding info and the wrong price about 4 times. I went for a trial and it was fine. Two weeks later she called me and said she was looking forward to meeting me at my wedding. Go figure. She forgot about the trial. Her worked has gone down, bigtime, and the switch from MAC to MK sucks. I DO NOT recommend this person. As for hair- she brought a lady named Maria with her who is great.
Meril, the owner is talented, BUT totally scattered. She comes off as if she is on something. She did my hair and makeup Read more...
Meril, the owner is talented, BUT totally scattered. She comes off as if she is on something. She did my hair and makeup for my friends wedding 1 year ago. She did an amazing job. She used MAC. One year later I booked her. She switched to all Mary Kay products. Once I booked her I had an impossible try getting in touch with her. She sent me several wrong invoices with other peoples wedding info and the wrong price about 4 times. I went for a trial and it was fine. Two weeks later she called me and said she was looking forward to meeting me at my wedding. Go figure. She forgot about the trial. Her worked has gone down, bigtime, and the switch from MAC to MK sucks. I DO NOT recommend this person. As for hair- she brought a lady named Maria with her who is great. Read less
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Stacie
Wedding:
5/4/2012
4.7/5.0
I used Tonia to do my hair and Merril to do my makeup from Ashimoto Studio in Millburn NJ. They were very professional and I felt they befriended me, gave me guidance, and made me feel beautiful on my wedding day. You cannot put a price tag on that. I was so pleased with how I looked/felt and without them, I wouldn't have felt I 'did it right.' You can't mess around on your wedding day...and I can honestly say I was sooo pleased with the outcome and felt that my appearance was the best it could be thanks to them!
I used Tonia to do my hair and Merril to do my makeup from Ashimoto Studio in Millburn NJ. They were very professional and Read more...
I used Tonia to do my hair and Merril to do my makeup from Ashimoto Studio in Millburn NJ. They were very professional and I felt they befriended me, gave me guidance, and made me feel beautiful on my wedding day. You cannot put a price tag on that. I was so pleased with how I looked/felt and without them, I wouldn't have felt I 'did it right.' You can't mess around on your wedding day...and I can honestly say I was sooo pleased with the outcome and felt that my appearance was the best it could be thanks to them! Read less
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FallWedding23
Wedding:
11/12/2011
1.8/5.0
The salon where I was getting my hair done recommended that I use Meryl (the owner) and her staff at Ashimoto for make-up. Given the recommendation, I assumed that I would be in good hands. Through the months leading up to my wedding, Meryl was always difficult to get in touch with and I found that she did not write down the details I told her. I often found myself telling her things I told her in previous conversations. This "problem" of hers came to a head on my wedding day when the make up artist, Jessica, showed up WITHOUT the tools to airbursh my make-up like I had requested. Meryl forgot/neglected to tell Jessica that I requested airbrushing on my wedding day. Thankfully, Jessica, was fantastic and my make-up stayed well through the day, but every time I hugged someone I was worried about smudging on them and on me! Meryl's lack of organization/responsiveness was a low point in my wedding planning and on my wedding day.
The salon where I was getting my hair done recommended that I use Meryl (the owner) and her staff at Ashimoto for make-up. Read more...
The salon where I was getting my hair done recommended that I use Meryl (the owner) and her staff at Ashimoto for make-up. Given the recommendation, I assumed that I would be in good hands. Through the months leading up to my wedding, Meryl was always difficult to get in touch with and I found that she did not write down the details I told her. I often found myself telling her things I told her in previous conversations. This "problem" of hers came to a head on my wedding day when the make up artist, Jessica, showed up WITHOUT the tools to airbursh my make-up like I had requested. Meryl forgot/neglected to tell Jessica that I requested airbrushing on my wedding day. Thankfully, Jessica, was fantastic and my make-up stayed well through the day, but every time I hugged someone I was worried about smudging on them and on me! Meryl's lack of organization/responsiveness was a low point in my wedding planning and on my wedding day. Read less
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