How to Clean Your Makeup Brushes

Day 225: Makeup Brush Holder

When is the last time you cleaned your makeup brushes?

If you are like me, this is something that gets pushed down your to-do list.

I make the time to clean my face, but then use a dirty makeup brush – one that is covered in weeks worth of makeup residue & oil from my skin – and put it on my nice clean face.

Ewww!

Cleaning your makeup brushes is quick and easy (5-10 minutes) and is an essential part of keeping bacteria and other blemish-causing nastiness off your pretty face.

Are you now sufficiently grossed out to get started on cleaning your makeup brushes with me? Yes? Let’s go!

What you will need:

  • Dirty makeup brushes

  • Liquid Soap (Gentle is best. I used Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap. Baby shampoo, face wash or dish soap work too.)

  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil (this helps to break down the oils and condition your brushes. It’s also safe for your skin.)

  • Water

  • Clothes Hanger (one with a lower bar across the bottom, for hanging the brushes to dry.)

  • Rubber bands (for hanging the brushes to dry)

  • Towel

  • Plate/Bowl

  • 24 hours for the brushes to dry. Yours may take less time, but it’s good to estimate big.

Ready? Let’s Get Those Brushes Clean!

  1. Mix soap and a little of the olive oil on the plate.
  2. Dip your brush in the soap/olive oil mixture. (Try to avoid where the brush meets the handle. The glue that holds the brush together can come apart if it gets wet.)
  3. Gently rub your brush on the palm of your hand to start cleaning it. Look at all that makeup residue!
  4. Run the brush under warm water until the water runs clear. Try to not get the base of the brush wet.
  5. Really dirty brush? Repeat steps 3 & 4.
  6. Use the rubber bands to tie the brush handles to the hanger. Hang the hanger on your shower curtain rod and let them drip dry, brush side down. Alternatively, you can lay them on a towel with the brush ends hanging over the sink. (Brushes should be dried upside down (best) or laying on their sides. Never dry them brush side up. Again, we don’t want to get that glue wet.)

That’s it! Nicely done. Give yourself a gold star for taking care of this essential and often overlooked task.

Bonus points: If you have a carrying case or makeup bag for your brushes, take a moment to clean it as well. No sense putting your nice clean brushes in a dirty bag. The same soap/olive oil mixture and a damp cloth works great.

(photo by Sodanie Chea)

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Managing Your Period – Why You Should Be A Diva

project 52, week 21To my male readers, if the title didn’t already turn you away, I will warn you that this might not be a post for you. Although, if you want to eliminate having to dash out on late night emergency tampon runs, you might want to forward this on to the woman in your life.

That said, this is a post for the ladies.

I’m not usually one to go around talking about menstruation. To me, it’s a somewhat private topic. But this was so good that I wanted to share it. So here we go, girl talk time…

Several months ago, I was with a bunch of my girlfriends when one of them asked – “Have you ever used the Diva Cup?”

If you haven’t heard of it before, the Diva Cup is a reusable silicone menstrual cup. You insert it similar to a tampon and can wear it for up to 12 hours.

She went on to explain how awesome it was. She no longer needed to carry around pads or tampons. It was easy to use and she liked how clean and eco-friendly it was.

I had heard recommendations before, but for some reason was hesitant to give it a try. Would it leak? Is it really comfortable? It’s more expensive than a monthly supply of feminine products, what if it doesn’t work for me?

Finally, I just went ahead and bought it.

I’ve used it for 2 months now and I absolutely love it.

Why I think you should try it:

  1. Easy to use. It takes some practice at first, but the included instructions are very helpful.
  2. Discreet. No taking your purse into the bathroom.
  3. Reliable. Aside from some light spotting on very heavy days or when I tested the limits of the 12 hour leak-free promise, I haven’t had any leaks.
  4. Eco-friendly. All disposable feminine hygiene products create waste. In searching for a statistic, I wasn’t able to find a reliable number for how much it adds up to on a yearly basis. But consider how much waste disposables create for you each month. Multiply that by 12 months. Yikes.
  5. Clean. Periods can be messy, but with the Diva Cup I almost forget that I’m having my period.
  6. Comfortable. Not much more to say other than that…It’s comfortable.
  7. Cheaper. The Diva Cup is currently on sale for about $25. This is more than I usually spend per month. But it is a lot less than I spend per year.
  8. No guessing. It doesn’t matter if your flow is light or heavy, it works equally well. No more having only “Light” tampons when you need a “Super”.
  9. Reusable. You don’t need to run out to buy more products. You are already set.

It might not cause you to “Have a Happy Period”, but in my experience it came pretty close. And that was a pleasant surprise. So there you have it…Be a Diva!**

**The Diva Cup comes in 2 different sizes – Pre-Childbirth and Post-Childbirth – so be sure to pick your correct size for the right fit.

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(photo credit Laura Dye

 

You Really Shouldn’t Wear That – How to Dress Your Best and Find Your Personal Style

Clothes on Hangers
photo credit Maegan Tintari

Back when I had Tuesdays off, I would force myself to get ready each morning even though I could stay in my pajamas or workout clothes for hours. By this I mean, “all the way” ready – the point where I wouldn’t feel self-conscious if I ran into an old friend I hadn’t seen in years.

I did this because I noticed a direct connection between my energy level and what I was wearing. How I dressed affected my life, even if I was the only person in the room.

However, knowing that what I wore was important didn’t make finding clothes that I felt great in any easier.

I used to get overwhelmed every time I went shopping. Sometimes I still do.

With so many options, I found myself either purchasing things that were similar to items I already owned or leaving frustrated and empty-handed.

Then I found two free online sources that made the whole thing a lot easier. If you get stressed out by shopping or are looking for additional resources for looking your best and developing your personal style, read on…

1. Fashion stylist Caryn Franklin’s free e-books on how to dress your shape and what to avoid to look your best.

I downloaded the book that fit my body shape and read it in one sitting. I felt a little like I was on What Not To Wear minus the tears and free shopping spree. I finally had a map through the fashion maze!

Many of her recommendations matched the clothes I already owned and felt great in. And some of the things I should avoid? I found examples of those in my closet as well – like the crewneck sweater that I bought for the color and the price,  but didn’t wear because I just didn’t feel very pretty in it.

The next time I went shopping, I made sure that every item I thought about trying on first met my new “do and don’t” requirements.

When having too many choices is a problem, being able to narrow things down quickly – especially without having to try them on – saves time and energy.

So there you go. Find your shape, get the book for you and you are on your way to dressing yourself well.

2. Pinterest

Pinterest is like ripping out images from magazines and catalogs except that the entire internet is your magazine.

I made a board for “Personal Style” and anytime I saw an image of an outfit, a pair of shoes, etc. that I liked – I pinned it to the board. This was my start to figuring out and defining my personal style in a visual way.

Soon, I began to notice trends in the outfits that I liked. For example: Cropped white pants. Stripes. Classic basic styles in neutral colors with bright accessories or the occasional fun pop of color.

I used these images and trends as inspirational guides to create my shopping list. What was I missing to make that outfit? A skinny belt? White cropped pants? Black flats?

Finally…

Have fun. Take it slow. Bring a trusted friend with you to weed out your closet or go shopping. Remember to have a snack. Be ruthless when it comes to fit and shape. If you don’t feel like a million bucks, it isn’t worth buying or keeping. And don’t stress out. You are on your way to your best dressed self. :)