Makeup Brush Cleaning 101

When was the last time you cleaned your brushes? Once upon a time I was that person who rarely ever cleaned her makeup brushes, but since I’ve learned the importance of it, I make the effort at least once a week. So, if you can’t remember the last time you’ve cleaned your brushes or they’re getting rough, you should probably give them a little love and a good cleaning.

Now I’m not saying clean them after every use, although you definitely can and that’s really great, but I am saying you should be cleaning them at least once a week. Cleaning your brushes is not only good for your skin, but also good for the brushes.

Good for your skin

Makeup brushes, whether used every day or a few times a week, pick up and harbor gunk. They pick up natural oils, dead skin cells, dirt, bacteria, sweat, tears, old makeup, new makeup and other debris every time you use them. It’s not healthy for your skin to keep sloughing around excess dirt each time you apply makeup. This can result in acne, fine lines and maybe a science experiment.

There are also some factors that make it more imperative to clean your liquid and cream product brushes more often than your powder product brushes. The moisture and product that stays with a liquid foundation brush or lip brush are better conduits for bacteria growth. Since powder product brushes typically do not harbor moisture, they can be cleaned every other week if you so choose.

Good for your brushes

Not only is cleaning your brushes good for you and your skin, but it is also good for your brushes! Makeup brushes are investments – I mean they can get pretty pricey and I doubt you want to buy a new $20 makeup brush every 6 months or so. Cleaning your brushes keeps them in tip top shape. It rids them of bacteria, makes them look as good as new and it conditions them. After I clean my brushes, they are super soft and luscious. Overall, cleaning your brushes extends their life, makes them soft and improves makeup application.

Step by step

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  • Dirty brushes
  • Brush cleaner – I like to use Real Techniques Deep
    Cleansing Gel. It’s easy to use and smells amazing. (Featured to the right)
  • Towel – for laying your brushes on to dry.
  • Bowl (optional)

The way I clean my brushes is super simple. I gather all my dirty brushes and brush cleaner and go to my bathroom sink. I take each brush, one by one, put some cleansing gel on them and with the sink running, I cup my hand and swirl the brush around on my palm making sure the water only touches the bristles. Instead of cupping your hand, you can always use a shallow bowl. I may reapply cleansing gel if I feel like the brushes aren’t as clean as I’d like them to be. I swirl them until the water runs clear and lay them flat on a towel to dry. If it’s a fluffy brush or a brush with a certain shape, I make sure to lay it in that shape for drying. Once they’re all clean and put on the towel, I let them dry overnight.

Important Tips

  1. Never submerge your brush in water. The only part of the brush that should get wet is the hair of the brush. If the ferrule, or metal piece, of the brush gets wet, it loosens the glue that keeps the bristles attached to the brush which will ultimately ruin your makeup brush.
  2. Never dry your brushes standing up. See above. Your brush will shed and it will be ruined.
  3. Use cleaning products that you would feel comfortable using on yourself. There are plenty of DIY brush cleaners and brush cleaners with different cleaning agents, but use something that you feel comfortable with. If you have sensitive skin, use a light and or organic cleaner.
  4. Make sure to not leave behind any residue. When cleaning your brushes it is important that during the rinsing process the water eventually runs clear. There shouldn’t be any makeup residue or cleaning residue left behind.

A Different Shade Every Day – Wet n Wild Lipstick Collection

Lipstick is one of my all-time favorite makeup products. It adds the finishing touches on any look – whether it’s a regular day at the office or a night out on the town. I came across these Wet n Wild lip colors one autumn afternoon. I was in my local Walgreens and saw the obnoxious end cap display, a large bright sign with a super low price. So being the curious, makeup loving, frugal shopper I am, I went to check it out. I was also currently in the market for a new dark burgundy lip color – #basicgirlsunite!

Anyway, once I picked up my first lip color by Wet n Wild, I had to get more. So here’s a sneak peek into my current color collection, swatches and why I love them!

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From left to right: Dark Wine (536A), Java (532E), Blushing Bali (507C), 15 Minutes Aflame (517C), and Nouveau Pink (518D)

Reasons why I’m obsessed

  1. Pigment: With a single swipe, each lipstick leaves a lasting, rich and creamy color.
  2. Formula: Like I said, this lipstick is extremely creamy and soft. The application is so smooth, like butter – because we all want to smother butter all over our lips. I’ve found that with the creamy formula, it is also very hydrating.
  3. Long Lasting: I’m not knocking drug store products because I love them, but for a drug store product they last a really long time. Of course, pro tip, to make it last all day, be sure to use a lip liner and set it with some loose powder.
  4. Range of Colors: As you can see in the photos, with the five shades I have, they are all pretty different. This Wet n Wild line has so many colors, it’s so hard to choose. They offer dark reds, nudes, true reds, pinks, purples and I’m sure many, many others.
  5. Affordability: The price is absolutely right with these colors. In my area, I believe they cost less than a dollar. I really love this factor because for a while I was purchasing pricier lip color at Sephora, which is great, but I wanted all of the colors and right now my budget doesn’t allow that. With this line, I can try many shades without hurting my wallet. Once I find shades that work for me, I can then decide if it’s worth buying the $20 lip color or continue purchasing the never fail, less than a dollar version.

I’ll absolutely keep stocking up on this line, so long as they continue carrying it at my local drug stores. Lipstick is a really great and easy way to change up your look.

4 Reasons to Invest in a Luxury Handbag

Women and handbags are an endless love affair – at least I think so. Some women buy handbags for practical use, while others buy handbags simply because of aesthetics. No matter what the reasoning is, handbags make up a large portion of the fashion industry and make great investment pieces.

Personally, I’ve had a long love affair with handbags. In my youth, I always dreamed about having a huge collection of Louis Vuitton and Chanel handbags. My first “designer” purchase was a Juicy Couture handbag that I saved up for while working at my first job. In high school, Juicy Couture was all the rage – everyone had a velour purse! I then moved on to Coach and Michael Kors as I moved through college. I even worked at a Michael Kors store. I just recently parted with my favorite Michael Kors cross body bag that I used practically every day for six years.

Now that I’m older, I classify designer and luxury bags a little bit differently. Like my cross body, handbags should classic and timeless. They should be neutral in color, making them extremely versatile, and have a classic look.

In my previous post, you already know I’ve finally taken the plunge with Louis Vuitton and I’m already excited about my next purchase. If you’re also looking at purchasing a luxury handbag, here are four reasons why you should go for it already!

1.      Spend less on your clothes.

By spending less on clothes, you can save that money and spend it on a luxury bag. I’m a big fan of mixing up high end and low end pieces – like basics from Forever 21 and higher end accessories like Steve Madden shoes.

2.      A luxury bag dresses up any outfit.

Luxury bags really help dress up any outfit. You could be wearing a really simple outfit to lunch with your girlfriends, let’s say jeans a simple t-shirt, but once you don a designer bag, your outfit is immediately dressed up.

3.      You can pass designer goods down to your kids.

When kept in good condition, you can easily pass down your luxury items to your children and grandchildren. Luxury bags are timeless pieces and with time, they’ll have great stories behind them.

4.      Stop wasting money on fast fashion.

Fast fashion comes and goes. You may think buying a cheap fashionable bag every few months saves money because you’re not spending a lot, but when you think about how quickly it will go out of style or fall apart you might change your mind. You could easily save that money to spend on a bag that will last you a lifetime.

Fashion and handbags are personal choices, but these are some of the reasons why I’m choosing to invest in luxury handbags.

6 Makeup Brushes You Need To Own

Whether you’re new to makeup and building your brush collection or you’re a veteran with every brush under the sun, it can be difficult to decide which makeup brushes to tote around in your makeup bag. Since makeup brushes are essential to great makeup application, here’s a list of brushes every girl needs to have.

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Face brushes

Small Stipple Brush (e.l.f.): The Small Stipple Brush is perfect for applying liquid foundation. The dual layers of bristles make it easy to build coverage from sheer to heavy. Overall, it leaves your foundation looking natural and airbrushed.

Total Face Brush (e.l.f): Every makeup bag needs a big, fluffy face brush! The Total Face Brush is super fluffy and soft. It’s perfect for all over setting powders, all over facial bronzing and full-face touchups.

Small Concealer Brush (e.l.f.): The Small Concealer Brush is a staple for every makeup bag to gently apply concealer under the eyes and on any blemishes. I like to use this brush to clean up and highlight under brows after filling them in. The small bristles allow for precise application.

Eye & Brow Brushes

Eyeliner Brush (e.l.f.): The Eyeliner Brush is very versatile. Use it to apply wet or dry eyeliner formulas close to the lash line or use it to help shade in your brows. I personally use it for the later for a natural looking brow. Either way, it’s an essential for every makeup kit because of its versatility.

Eyebrow Brush (e.l.f.): Use the Eyebrow Brush to groom your brows. Brush the hair up and to the side for a flawless, natural look. You can also use the eyebrow brush to separate and groom eyelashes.

Blending Eye Brush (e.l.f.): A Blending Brush is essential for achieving a soft and natural eye look. The soft bristles are gently on the eye allowing windshield wiper movement and other blending techniques. This type of brush is also great for other tasks like setting powder in small areas.

There you have it! These are 6 makeup brushes essential for any beginner or makeup veteran. I know the brushes I featured are by e.l.f., because that’s what I’ve typically bought based on durability and price. Other brands make similar brushes (similar uses, styles, bristles, etc.) – definitely worth checking out! Also, please note this is not a sponsored post.

A Love Affair in Paris: Louis Vuitton Cles Pouchette

Okay, so it didn’t happen in Paris, but I am in love with my new Louis Vuitton Cles Pouchette (otherwise known as the Key Pouch). I finally took the plunge and visited my local Louis Vuitton store this weekend.

If you didn’t know, I research everything – from how to cook an egg, to how do dogs sleep all day and whether making the splurge on Louis Vuitton is worth it. After a couple weeks of research, I went for it. I had always wanted an LV bag, but my parents never understood and would never buy me any of it. Throughout my teens, I usually saved money for Coach and Michael Kors. It wasn’t until recently, when I got my second raise, I realized an investment in a luxury handbag was within reach.

I decided to start with the Cles Pouchette simply because of the following reasons:

  1. I’d probably end up with one in the long run.
  2. I recently retired my 10 year old Coach “key pouch.”
  3. After all my research, it makes a great starter piece and gives you a feel for the brand and materials.

I’m so excited to have this piece and I can’t wait to make my next purchase!

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Do you love Louis Vuitton? What’s your favorite piece? Let me know if you’d like me to share any other information about it!