How to Wash Makeup Brushes so they’re good as new!

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So I thought I would do super quick post about how I clean my makeup brushes! I love for my brushes to be good as new after every wash, and it took me a while to find the perfect technique so I figured others could benefit from a post like this one!

 

 

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I use a sensitive skin soap bar, fragrance free of course, lukewarm water and a plastic bowl.  This method is quick and easy and only requires the bar soap and the water!

 

Here’s the step by step:

 

First, dip the brush into the bowl of lukewarm water.

Then, using the bar of soap in a similar way you would use the palm of your hand, move the brush around on the soap.

Add more water when you experience heightened friction.  When the foam runs white, your brushes are clean!

Rinse thoroughly, shape, and lay down to dry.

Make sure you don’t sit them up in the cups until they excess water has completely drained or you could risk damaging the glue that holds your brushes together.

 

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Every other week or so, a light oil added to this routine will condition and soften your brushes for smooth and scratch free application every time!  I am very particular about the brushes I use for eye and liquid products so I tend to wash those at least once a week.

 

How do you wash your makeup brushes?

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Wedding Guest, Shay Mitchell Inspired, LORAC Unzipped Palette Tutorial!

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Hey guys! I had to get this LORAC Unzipped tutorial up because wedding season is at hand and I know a lot of wedding attendees will be snapping photos of their own.  Those of you who follow me already know LORAC is one of my favorite cosmetic lines.  I really love the LORAC Unzipped palette for soft, romantic looks.  It is similar to the Urban Decay palette, but better suited to my skin tone in my opinion.  Whether you are breaking it down on the dance floor, or pouncing for the bouquet, this look is sure to impress! I wish you all a happy wedding season, and hope you have the most fun 🙂 to fab photos, and beautiful memories! I hope you enjoy this LORAC Unzipped tutorial and even give it a spin yourselves!

Face

Benefit Porefessional Primer, HERE
MUFE Mist and Fix, HERE
Ben Nye Banana Powder, HERE
MAC MSF Natural, Sunpower, HERE
Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation, Warm Almond, HERE
Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer, S12, HERE
MAC Prolongwear Concealer, NC45, HERE
Sephora Jumbo Liner 12Hour Wear Water Proof, Dark Brown Matte, HERE
Beauty Blender, HERE
Physicians Formula Shimmer Brick, Warm (as highlighter), HERE
Milani Baked Blush, Red Vino, HERE

Shay Mitchell Inspired Makeup

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Eyes

L’Oreal Gel Liner, Blackest Black, HERE
MAC Eyeshadow, Brown Script, HERE
Koko Lashes, Koko, HERE
LORAC Unzipped Palette, “Unbelievable,” “Unreal,” and “Untamed,” HERE

Lips

Milani Lipstick, Pink Frost, HERE

Brushes

SIGMA
Sigma, Precision Brush Set, HERE
Sigma, Essentials Kit, HERE
Sigma, Performance Eyes Kit, HERE
Sigma, E60, HERE
Sigma, F35, HERE

TWEEZERMAN
Tweezerman Brush iQ, Finishing Contour, HERE
Tweezerman Brush iQ, Blender, HERE

BDELLIUM TOOLS
Bdellium Tools, Eye Kit, HERE

 

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Bombshell Hair Tutorial: Summer Ombre

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Hey guys! So this may be the first hair tutorial I have ever posted on here…I can’t remember, aha. But I wanted to get one up since I get a fair amount of requests for these on my youtube channel!  These ombre hair extensions are absolutely gorgeous, and I am so excited to be able to try it out.  It really adds dimension to the curls, and I am so enjoying rocking this look!

I used a John Frieda curling iron, in 1.5″ from Amazon but you can get it at Ulta too! Right now, they are offering a FREE John Frieda Frizz Ease Secret Weapon Finishing Cream (offer valid 7/2/14-8/2/14 or while supplies last).   It is a really great curling iron, it heats up fast and had great cool down time.  I highly recommend it because it has Titanium Ceramic technology, which seals in moisture and cuts down on frizz!  These are two very essential characteristics for any heat tool to have.

 

Ombre Hair Tutorial: Step by Step

Before applying heat to your hair, always prep with a heat protectant.  My favorite is by Aphogee, and it is the Keratin & Green Tea Reconstructor.  Keratin is the MVP in my hair regimen, and I highly recommend it for anyone with dyed or chemically processed hair!

Then I proceed to curl the hair!  I used Aquage Hair Spray, and it is one of favorites. It gives amazing hold without the cruchiness that often comes with other hair sprays!

 

To see the play by play check out my tutorial below!

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Ultimate Spring Makeup Look—a Spring-y Pop of Color!

spring pop of color blog postHey guys!  I was recently approached by Preen.me to try the Lancome Visionnaire [1 Minute Blur] Skin Perfecter, and I decided to upload my ultimate beauty look for Spring to go along with it! This look features a defined crease, a neutral matte lid, a cat eye and a nude lip.  Pretty basic right? But my favorite part of this look are the accents: a bold, duo-chrome pop of color along the lower lash line and a bright gold highlight in the inner eye.   

I was more than blown away with how beautifully this base performed, especially with makeup applied on top.  If you want to know more about his product, check out my full review.  To see how I got this look, check out my tutorial below!

Ultimate Spring Makeup Look: Pop of Color

Face

Lancome Visionnaire 1 Minute Blur
Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation, “Cappuccino
Covergirl 3-in-1 Foundation, “Tawny
L’Oreal True Match Concealer Crayon, “Medium/Deep N6-7-8
Ben Nye Banana Powder
MAC Bronzer, “Sunpower”
LORAC Pro Palette, “Espresso

Eyes

LORAC Pro Palette, “Sable
L’Oreal Liquid Pencil Liner, “Black
MAC Eyeshadow, “Brown Script
Wet n Wild, “Comfort Zone Palette
LORAC Pro Palette, “Gold

Lips

Wet n Wild Lip Liner, “Brandywine
NYX Megashine Lip Gloss, “Natural

Brushes

Sigma Brushes

If you are interested in winning the Lancome Visionnaire product, then enter the giveaway on Preen.me here!  It’s an amazing, but expensive, product so if you are interested this contest is for you!

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POPSUGAR Beauty featured my bright purple pout this month!

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Could not be more excited to be feature on POPSUGAR Beauty!

What is POPSUGAR? Where have you been?! The home site describes POPSUGAR Select as a beauty blogger network “featuring the best fashion, beauty, fitness, food, home, mom and video bloggers hand-selected by our editors.” I joined the network several months ago, and decided to submit my first post late last month…I am now ecstatic to announce that my post was selected for feature!  I am a huge fan of POPSUGAR, as is everyone else I know, so this was a huge honor and I am more than happy to be on the site this month.

POPSUGAR Post History: A Little Background on the Look

Looking through spring spreads, and makeup on the runways I was blow away ad inspired by so many of the looks I was seeing.  Bright neon pouts were definitely trending, usually in orange hues, and I decided I wanted to partake :).  I have yet to find a bright orange I like, so I started looking around for alternatives.  Look no further than the Pantone Color of the Year, Radiant Orchid!  While I am a huge fan of this color, I wanted something a little brighter—ie, more on the neon side.  Enter MAC Heroine Lipstick, a GORGEOUS formally discontinued special edition shade that had recently come back for good due to popular demand.  I remember staring longingly at swatches of lipstick when I was first introduced to MAC lipsticks wishing I could get my hands on a tube…needless to say, when I saw that it was back, I immediately put an order in.

To make a long story short: NEVER shy away from what you truly want, take risks, and who knows—you might end up featured on POPSUGAR, donning the spring lip color of your dreams.

Have you seen my POPSUGAR Beauty post? If not, check it out here!  And be sure to visit my channel to see the video tutorial.

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