5 Helpful Tips For Cleaning Your Makeup Brushes


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It’s not a fun task, but it’s a necessary one! Cleaning my makeup brushes is always a dreaded task for me and I have no idea why. It takes me all but 15 minutes and is so SO beneficial. I really need to get into a better habit of just doing it (I’ll touch on that later though). Here are some tips that will make your cleaning process easier and hopefully cheaper!

Use Household Products

Feel free to skip out on the specific cleaners out there on the market that are dedicated to cleaning makeup brushes. There are much cheaper alternatives that you most likely already have! I use a mixture of dish soap and just a dash of extra virgin olive oil. The soap will sanitize your brushes while the oil will keep the hairs/fibers of your brush moisturized and prevent them from splitting. I have been using this concoction for a few years now and love it! No use messing with the big name brand cleaners that are way more expensive.

Down Is Always Right

When you are sink washing your brushes be sure they are always pointing down. If they are facing up, you’ll get water into inner parts of your brushes and upsetting the glue. You’ll find more bristles will start falling out and your bristles may even become deformed. Just always make sure the bristles are pointing down while washing and you’ll avoid any problems!

Your Hand Is A Powerful Tool

Sure the cute little glove or insert you clip in the sink that makes “washing your brushes a breeze” looks cute and every Instagrammer has them; but, you really don’t need this. (Unless you have like 40 brushes to wash then, in that case, you do you booboo!) The natural grooves and curvature of your own hand works just the same and the textured mats. More money saved!

Elevate Your Brushes

When you’re all done washing, be sure to lay them out to dry before setting them back upright. I like to elevate the handle of my brushes to even further prevent any water from settling inside the brushes. It helps dry them faster and ensures the longevity of my brushes. Win, win!

Schedule Your Washes

Personally, I need to get much better at this. I like setting reminders on my Google Calendar to remind myself to set aside a few minutes at the end of the day to get this done. This makes remembering to wash them so much easier! Now, I just need to work on the follow through. J

Leave me a comment below and tell me if you’re better at remembering to wash your brushes than I am!

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Makeup & Skincare Haul Reviews

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I’ve had these products for a little over a month now and I feel like I’ve used them all enough to give a good review on my thoughts/experiences. I’m overall very pleased with all my purchases which I was expecting. I tried to research the products to the best of my ability since most all of these products were for my big day. So, without further ado, let’s get into the products.

Origins Active Charcoal Mask

This mask has been great and I feel like it’s actually doing its job. My face feels so much better after using it. I definitely don’t use it more than once a week; so, I’ve worked it into my weekend pamper routine and I’m thoroughly enjoying it!

RCMA Powder

I don’t know why it took me so long to try this! This powder is amazing. I’ve been using it to bake my under eye area and lightly dusting it all over my face to set my foundation. It looks so natural and keeps my concealer from creasing under my eyes. Amazing product and I highly recommend it!

Hourglass Stick Foundation

I used this foundation the week prior to my wedding and on the big day itself. It was an amazing full coverage foundation that wore well throughout the day. It photographed beautifully all day and night. However, I did return it to Sephora afterwards because I prefer a more natural foundation for my day to day life. I don’t attend many extravagant events that would prompt me to keep it around. If a beautiful full coverage is what you’re looking for, I highly recommend this product.

Sephora Collection Pro Press Full Coverage Complexion Brush

This brush is amazing and paired so well with the Hourglass Stick Foundation, which was my intent when purchasing it. With taking back the Hourglass foundation, I also returned this. I prefer my Born This Way foundation application with my trusty Beauty Blender. I was sad to see this brush go; but, again, I had no need for it to just sit around in my makeup collection

Urban Decay All-Nighter Setting Spray

I’ll definitely be repurchasing this product again and again after I use it up. I’ve been using it every day after I’m done with my makeup. It blends the powder so well into the foundation that no matter how much makeup you pack on, you won’t look cakey. Love this stuff!

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in Frill Seeker

This color is to die for and my ultimate go-to when I’m painting my nails. The formula was great as well! I used this polish for my toes on the big day and the color is still on! I’m very impressed! I’m eager to see how well it lasts on my fingernails once I need to repaint them. I’ll keep you updated!

Vegas Nay Lashes in Easy Elegance

As I said in my previous post, these lashes are the perfect amount of wispy and fluffy. They looked amazing. I had many people ask me if they were real or eyelash extensions. I didn’t use the eyelash glue that came with the lashes; instead, I used my trusty Ardell clear glue. I look forward to trying more Vegas Nay lashes in the future!

I had a lot of winners in this haul (thank goodness). It’s always a great feeling to add more essential products to the arsenal. I hope you enjoyed learning a little more about these products and I hope you try some out. Let me know in the comments below if you have any recommendations for me to try out next!

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Everyday Eye Makeup Tutorial

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I’ll be the first to admit that in the mornings, I can hardly be bothered to do my makeup (or really anything for that matter). I’ve started picking out my outfits the night before because I know if I let myself do it in the morning, it won’t be pretty. However, I’ve been doing essentially the same makeup for the past few years and have committed it to muscle memory (Go me!). Today, I wanted to share it with you because it is honestly the easiest tutorial EVER. I’m not a professional makeup artist by any means; but, I do know when in doubt – blend. 😉 For this look I’m going to use my trusty Too Faced Natural Eyes Eye Shadow palette. Having this palette isn’t a necessity to recreate this look, you can use any natural colors that you already have! If you are interested in this palette, feel free to check out my post about it and see some of the swatches for yourself!

Step 1 : Prime

Whether you work full time, you’re going to school, or whatever you do with your life – ALWAYS prime your eyelids. You’ll get the best color payoff and you won’t have to worry about your eyeshadow creasing. But what do you do when it’s 6 am and you can’t be bothered to prime? Do like me! I just take whatever concealer is left on my beauty blender and use that on my eyelids and this does the trick!

Step 2 : Setting Powder

I like to use my RCMA powder to set my eyelids because I’m already using it to bake my under eye concealer. Don’t overcomplicate your life in the morning, just use whatever you have handy. If you’re looking for a setting shade in this palette, I like using Heaven.

Step 3 : Transition Shade

The first real step to the eyeshadow look is to find the perfect crease shade. I find that the color Nudie is the perfect crease shade. It’s not too far off from my skin color and it has a hint of gray to it. (A shade with a grayer tint to it will help you create the look of natural shadow.) I buff this all over my crease and blend it upwards. There isn’t really a rhyme or reason to how much I apply, just until I like the color.

Step 4 : Outer Corner

I like to pick a deeper color for my outer corner to give the look some depth. Cashmere Bunny has really proven to be a gorgeous shade for that! I definitely don’t over-do this since it is just an everyday look. After you get off work, you can pop a darker shade there to really smoke out the look and take it to a night-time look, like Sexpresso.

Step 5 : POP!

I like to add a little shimmer to my everyday look so it isn’t too plain and simple. (Because let’s face it, I’m not a plain and simple kind of girl!) I’ll use a flatter brush to pack on Push-Up to the inner two thirds of my eyelid. Afterwards I’ll take a blending brush and blend the darker shade and shimmer together for a seamless transition.

Step 6 : Inner Corner Highlight

Taking Silk Teddy on a small definer brush to the inner corner adds the necessary last touch to the look!

Step 7 : Volume

Most of the time, I like taking a small packing brush and coat the area where my eyelashes and eyelids meet with Sexpresso. It’s a much softer look than eyeliner and adds a bit of volume to your lashes to make them appear fuller. Completely unnecessary step, but I LOVE the way it looks.

Now, you’re ready to rock the day (and look put together while doing so)! Check out my Must Have Makeup Brushes post to see an up close look at the brushes I used to create this look. You definitely don’t have to have the Too Faced Natural Eye Neutral Eye Shadow Palette to do this look. This concept works with any eye shadows in similar colors! With these few easy steps, you will have a flawless look that will take no time at all. Just remember to blend, blend, blend! 🙂

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Makeup & Skincare Haul

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I’ve been going a little spender crazy this month but I’m not mad about it! Beauty product prices never cease to amaze me. So expensive! For products that go over the majority of my face though, I definitely pool more money into. Something simple like mascara I could care less about. I just want the best of the best on my skin. Speaking of skin, let’s start with skincare products first.

Origins Active Charcoal Mask

After my disastrous attempt with the Lush mask, I needed a good charcoal mask to work on clearing up my skin asap. I’ve heard about this mask for a while now and decided to give it a go. Charcoal is great for extracting black heads and all the junk that gets in your skin. This product is probably the one I am most excited for!

RCMA Powder

Kathleen Lights shed light on this beauty and I’ve finally decided to purchase it! I’m hoping it will be the perfect setting powder for the big day! (que the wedding bells)

Hourglass Stick Foundation

I’ve been very intrigued by the stick foundations and of all the reviews I have heard on them, this one seems like it would be a good fit for my skin. I decided to pick it up prior to the big day to try out. I’ll let you all know my thoughts! Let me know yours if you have a better wedding foundation recommendation!

Sephora Collection Pro Press Full Coverage Complexion Brush

The reviews I read on the Hourglass foundation recommended a brush as opposed to a sponge for fuller coverage, which is what I’m aiming for in this foundation. So I picked up this Sephora Pro brush because of all the amazing things people have said about it! It’s sooo soft, I almost feel bad getting makeup on it!

Urban Decay All-Nighter Setting Spray

I fully anticipate this product to work wonders! I’ve not heard many people, if any, complain about this setting spray. I’m hoping this will give my face makeup the extra push that it needs on the big day!

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in Frill Seeker

When I saw this color, I knew I needed to have it. The color is the exact shade I wanted for my toes on the big day. It’s going to compliment my dress beautifully!

Vegas Nay Lashes in Easy Elegance

Perfect lashes for the big day as well. Dramatic but wispy enough to not look ridiculous on my eyes! I’ve heard great things about this brand so I’m excited to finally give them a try.

As you can see, most of these items were purchased in mind for the big day (minus the Beauty Blender – just replacing my old sponge). I’m hoping I have the perfect combination within these products. I’ve picked some of the most recommended products so I’m not too worried. As always, I will update you all in a few weeks with my results!

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Must-Have Makeup Brushes

 

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Let’s talk about the essentials when it comes to makeup brushes. I don’t pretend to be any kind of makeup artist or “guru” and I don’t very much care about name brands. So, I can’t honestly tell you the brand of most of my makeup brushes. All I know is that they came from online boutiques, drugstores, or from Sephora. However, I know which type of makeup brushes you should have in your personal arsenal. Let’s get into it!

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Flat Top Kabuki Brush – Great for blending out foundation if you prefer brushes to sponges. (I prefer sponge for a more flawless airbrushed finish.) This brush is also great for blending together your contour, blush, and highlight to give you a natural finish.

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Face Powder Brush – I always set my foundation with a large soft face powder brush. I think it’s a great addition to the arsenal!

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Contour Brush – I have a couple brushes for this. The first is an angled brush that does wonders. However, my favorite of the two is my Nars ita brush. (It’s a $50 brush. It’s excessive, I know. The shape is all you really need.) It’s great for carving out the cheekbones.

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Blush Brush – This smaller dome shaped blush brush is great for applying blush!

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Eye Blending Brush – I can’t tell you how many of these I actually have. I’m often lazy and when I don’t want to wash brushes to switch colors, I take a new blending brush. I can’t do my eyeshadow without one of these brushes

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Flat Eyeshadow Brush – These are great for packing on pigment. I use these primarily for packing on shimmers to my lids.

I clearly have an excessive amount of brushes but I use the majority of them. This post is just designed to show you what brushes you need to purchase first, or just what a normal everyday person needs (haha!). I hope you enjoyed. I’ll see you Wednesday with another wedding post that I’ve been dying to share!

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