Today was brush cleaning day in my house! I got all my gross, disgusting makeup brushes together and got my special cleaning solution ready to work. The reason I love this cleaner is because it is safe, sensitive for skin and smells great.
To start, I take a small dish and mix baby soap and/or shampoo with a few drops of tea tree oil and a few drops of lavender oil. The baby soap is great because it is gentle and sensitive. The tree tree oil is a good addition because of its natural antibacterial components which keeps your brushes cleaner and in return your skin healthier. I also add the lavender oil for the scent and its soothing properties.
After I mix this in the dish, I swirl my brushes in the soap mixture. Usually, after a few swirls you can see the soap change color from your makeup products. Immediately after I swirl my brush in the soap, I swirl it in a bowl of warm water to rinse. I usually do this a couple times to make sure all the soap and products are out of the brush. When I am finished rinsing, I dry my brushes on a towel and leave them there for several hours ! The bristles are extremely soft and smell like lavender. After they are completely dry, I usually give them a good fluff and they are ready to go ! I also do this same process with my makeup sponges and beauty blenders.
I would suggest doing this on a day when you don’t plan on using them or in the evening just to allow enough time to dry. This simple, inexpensive cleaner works great and keeps my brushes looking better than ever. I typically wash my brushes twice a month ( I probably should do it more) but I always forget ! Enjoy this easy DIY and let me know how it works for you !
My wonderful best friend knows just the way to my heart ! For Christmas, she got me the Too Faced, Natural Eyes Palette. I am in love ! This palette is perfect for anybody that likes neutral colors, browns, beiges and golds. I have been wearing it for a few weeks, testing out different colors and every one of them has been super pretty. They are also long-wearing and very versatile.
The palette has 9 shades for 3 different looks. Now obviously that is not the only looks you can create but it does include a step by step guide to creating those 3. The looks are created by using 3 shadows in each row. The palette also includes a pretty decent sized mirror ! My favorite shades so far are Silk Teddy, Push-up and Cashmere Bunny.
Here are the swatches of each of the colors.
One of my favorite eye looks with the palette.
For $36, I think this is definitely a good purchase! If you are looking for some basic colors, all in one place, this is a good choice. Too faced also has a similar palette called Boudoir Eyes and I will definitely be purchasing that one next. That one has several pink, mauve and grey tones for those of you who prefer those colors. Check out too-faced for other palettes too, they have a bunch of great options !
Like I said in a previous post , I hardly ever where a lot of makeup. I generally put something light on for everyday wear like going to work or shopping. I put on what my husband considers ” a lot” of makeup maybe once a week or even once every 2 weeks. I actually enjoy doing this because I like the process of getting ready for an event or activity. This is probably because 99% of the time I wear yoga pants and a sweatshirt and it feels good to get dolled up and pretty !
On the days where I want to look alive but not like I over did it, I generally wear foundation, bronzer, a light eyeshadow and mascara. I have been using these same products for the last 6 months and I love each of them ! Aside from the foundation, they are all super cheap. I splurge a little on my foundation only because I think it’s amazing ! So here they are.. my all time favorite make up staples that I can’t live without right now.
Lancôme- ultra liquid 24 hr longwear spf 15 $47.00 (don’t tell my husband)
A year ago , I went to ulta and asked to be color matched for a foundation that covered my redness and lasted all day ! The assistant ( I’m sure they have a fancier name) directed me to this foundation and gave me a sample. I wore it for 2 days and loved it so much I went back and bought a bottle and have bought 4 more since! I think it is perfect and it wears all day and looks like I have nothing on at all. I wear the shade 110 Ivorie C.
Essence- Sun Club Matt Bronzing Powder $4.99
This bronzer is huge ! I am still on my first one and haven’t even put a dent in it ! I love the way it just makes my skin look healthy and it smells like coconut so how could you not like it !
Ulta – Legendary Lengths $10.00
This mascara is perfect for making your lashes long and dark without clumping. I got a sample of this in one of Ulta’s kits and went back and got a full size because I loved it !
Nyx – Nude matte single eye shadow in Lap Dance $ 4.99
I have a couple of the Nyx single shadows but this one is my favorite ! It’s a light tan color and adds just a small touch of color to my eye lids for my everyday makeup look.
These products can all be found at Ulta and are fairly inexpensive (except the foundation). One of the best thing about this store though, is that they give you a sample and color match you to find your perfect foundation. You can easily try before committing to the product (especially since it is kind of pricey.)
If you are looking to change up your basic make up routine, these “favorites” may a good place to start. If you guys are anything like me, I love finding out what other people use and if they like it before I buy it. Go to Ulta, check out these products and let me know how you like them ! Let me know your favorites in the comments too and I’ll check them out ! You know I need a reason to go shopping again soon 🙂