Monday, November 25, 2013

Makeup Brush Cleaning 101

     Good evening everyone! Tonight, I have chosen to talk about the importance of cleaning your makeup brushes. Why should you clean your makeup brushes you ask? Your makeup brushes are a breeding ground for bacteria, facial oils and old makeup residue. If you are someone with acne prone skin, this is especially important because those bacteria and oils get spread around BACK onto your face with each use. This is why we clean our makeup brushes, to sterilize them. It is also good to help prolong the life of them. I predominantly use Elf brand makeup brushes from the studio line. While these are cheaper than Mac or Sigma brushes, I still want them in tip top shape for the smoothest makeup application. I have had my current set for 3-4 years now and they still look brand new. This is because I DO take care of them all equally, from my cheaper Elf brushes all the way to my few Mac brushes that I have acquired. I'm going to share several different methods with you and how well they worked in my experience.

     This first method is the one I, myself, use on my brushes most of the time to deep clean. The ingredients are nothing more than baby shampoo and water. I like using the Johnson's Baby Shampoo. The reason you would want to use baby shampoo is because it is gentle and won't harm your eyes or skin (in most cases). You can do this one of two ways.
  • The first way is to add a pea sized drop of baby shampoo into a small cup of water and swirl the brush around in it. Be careful NOT to submerge the metal barrel into the water, ONLY the bristles. If you submerge the barrel, the glue can weaken and cause your brushes to shed. As you swirl the brush, you should see the water turn colors. If the water gets too dirty, you can change the water and continue swirling or run it under low running water for a few minutes (which you would need to do to get the shampoo out of the bristles anyway).  
  • The second way consists of putting a small amount of water and shampoo in the palm of your hand and swirling your brush around in it. I do this when I know I have just recently deep cleaned my brushes, but I want to get a darker color blush or shadow out. Just make sure you rinse it under low running water when you are done to get the excess shampoo out.
I alternate depending on how dirty they are, sometimes I will start with the cup of water and then as they get cleaner, I move along to the palm of my hand. No matter which way I use, always make sure to pat dry and lay them flat to finish drying after rinsing them out.

     Another good method is to use dish soap and a sponge. Put a small amount of dish soap and water onto a new sponge and swirl your brushes around in it. You should see the colors begin to fall off your brush. When no more color is coming off of your brush, proceed to rinse it under low running water to remove any leftover makeup and soap residue. Lastly, pat your brushes to rid them of any excess water and lay them flat to dry.

     Another altenative to these at home methods is using a brush cleaner available from many cosmetics lines. My favorites are the Mac brush cleaner and the Elf brush shampoo. 

     Hope you guys found this article helpful. Stay tuned for more posts about your fave eauty products and tips. 

"A Little Glamour Goes A Long Way"

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Urban Decay Naked 3???!!!

     Good evening everyone! I have some exciting news!! For those of you that haven't already heard, Urban Decay will soon be releasing their Naked 3 palette!! This 12 eyeshadow palette is similar to the others in the naked series by the neutral hues that it holds. The selection contains more pinky/rose hues (which are awesome for a green eyed girl like myself) and is housed in a beautiful rose gold case. It contains the Good Karma double ended brush and it also contains a sampler of 4 of Urban Decay's beloved primer potion! Some of beauty's biggest gurus have already received this palette to review before the official release and I will be doing my own review once I purchase it after the release.

The greatest thing about this palette is that its12 neutral hues are ALL BRAND NEW! These shades include:

The United States release has yet to be announced but I will let you guys know as soon as I do!

"A Little Glamour Goes A Long Way"

UPDATE: naked 3 is available NOW!!!

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Review: Maybelline Color Whispers

     Good evening everyone!! Today I finally got to do my product review for the Maybelline Color Whisper Lipsticks. I apologize for it taking so long, but there are times when life gets crazy and job searching becomes a priority in life and that is exactly what this girl had to do!! Now I am back in the workplace and officially start my new job tomorrow. I couldn't be more excited. Okay, now back to the review after my quick little life update! :) 
     I purchased five of these lipsticks in a variety of colors. One of the things I love about this line is the variety of shades available. There are 20 shades available ranging from nudes to reds with all of your favorite shades of corals, pinks and berries in between. As time progresses, I hope they include even more shades to this line. 

     The texture of these lipsticks is unlike any that I have ever tried. Most lipsticks have a heavy feeling to them because they are made of wax, but these are different because they are so light weight and made of gel. They feel light and buttery on your lips and are not sticky at all. They leave a beautiful glossy finish as well, so you have no need for additional lip gloss. The pigmentation for these is surprising. With a name like Color Whispers you would think that it would be lightly pigmented with a buildable color. However, I have found these to be highly pigmented from the first swipe. In general, I love these lipsticks and plan on getting more until I have all of the colors (except the lightest ones).

     The picture above shows swatches of all of the colors I own. My personal favorite is 'rose of attraction'. I have been wearing that one almost constantly. It is a beautiful pinky/red color and looks amazing for a natural wash of color for your lips. As you can see, the color 'bare to be bold' is hardly noticeable against my skin and actually almost appears white on my lips. I am not sure who this color would work for but I know it does not work for me. That is why I stated except the lightest shades when I said I wanted all of the colors. 'Bare to be bold' is the second or third lightest shade available in the color whispers. 'Pin up peach' is also a really beautiful shade that I love wearing. It is a very true peach color.  'Pink possibilities' is a bright bubblegum pink color and is great for spring and summer. My latest purchase was the 'berry ready' as we transition into fall and I love berry colors in general. This one was a lot darker than I thought it would be, but I do still love it. For winter, I plan on purchasing
more berry and red colors. 

     Okay guys, that is it for my review on another great Maybelline product!! I hope this helped anyone who may have been on the fence about it. If you have any questions feel free to leave them in the comments below!

"A Little Glamour Goes A Long Way"