Hi everyone! I had the awesome opportunity to have this blog post featured on At Home with Kristyn Cole. I am so excited to share this with you on my page as well.
Cleaning my brushes was always an unwilling chore for me. I dreaded having to do it… But let’s be real. Have you seen how expensive brush cleansers are?! I’m sorry but I don’t even spend $30 on my own shampoo, no way am I about to do that for my makeup brushes! So, I found a cheaper, more natural solution. Have you ever tried reading the ingredients list of a makeup cleanser? (hint, I don’t understand any of those words) Here is how I clean my makeup brushes using only 2 ingredients.
That’s right. Two ingredients! I first fill a bowl with ½ cup of warm water in it. Then I add equal parts olive oil and Dawn dish soap. Dawn is super gentle and makes me feel comfortable cleaning my delicate make-me-look-good’s (aka my brushes). You can use however much is needed, if you have a bigger brush collection, but for me 1 tablespoon is the perfect amount. I don’t bother mixing it because my brushes will do that for me.
Just a tip: I start with my smallest brushes because if I started with my larger ones, they tend to soak up more and won’t leave much for my smaller brushes.
After concocting my DIY brush cleanser, my technique is to swirl the brush in a circular motion, pressing down slightly on my bowl. I then rinse it with warm water, while swirling it in the palm of my hand.
Don’t know how to wash a beauty blender? Don’t fret, it is easier than you think. With the remainder of my mixture, I dab my blender in it and allow it to soak it up like the sponge it is! I then run it under warm water and keep squeezing until the water runs clear. Warning: it is pretty gross to see how much dirt and makeup your beauty blender can hold!
After rinsing I lay it to dry on a washcloth and fold one side up so the brushes are more propped up and can dry without one side drying flat. Don’t be discouraged because it takes some time when you first do this, but after a few times you’ll become a pro and get a system down.
Are you someone who never washes your makeup brushes? Because this totally used to be me, but let me tell you, you need to be washing them. It’s advised to clean them once a week and clean your beauty blender after every use! Raise your hand if you didn’t know that either! I honestly don’t do this, but I also don’t use my makeup brushes every day. I am lazy and often times just use my hands, so I end up washing my brushes about once a month. There you have it ladies! My secret and inexpensive way I clean my brushes.
So today's post is all about what is inside my purse! Now, let me be real, it is usually filled with receipts, coupons, and anything else my husband hands me. Since I needed a purse with more space and that I could wear everyday, James bought me this cute one from Charming Charlies for Christmas. So, here are the things I keep in it!
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“Your hair is poop brown”… A brunette’s worst nightmare to hear! Trust me, I love having brown hair, but I feel like I am always on the edge of having super dull hair. While highlights and different hair coloring techniques can brighten or deepen up your hair let’s be real. Who has the time and money for that? I am all about pinching pennies, and after my last hair dye job (yes, I jumped on the ombre bandwagon) I never wanted to sit in a salon chair again. I want lighter revived brunette hair though, so here’s my dilemma.
So how do I plan on avoiding the hair salon chair? Well I went to Walmart, aka one of my favorite stores because they have everything, and found the new Brilliant Brunette® Visibly Brighter™ Subtle Lightening Shampoo and Brilliant Brunette® Visibly Brighter™ Subtle Lightening Conditioner. The hair gods have finally answered our prayers! I personally want to lighten up my hair, but they also have a Brilliant Brunette® Visibly Deeper™ Colour Deepening Shampoo and Brilliant Brunette® Visibly Deeper™ Colour Deepening Conditioner for y’all who want a deeper brown. I thought it would be so fun to document this now and come back in a few weeks with my results, putting it to the test. So, while these pictures make me look super pale, they are unedited so you will get the full effect of the before and afters. In my follow up post, I'll have one of these pictures featured so you can see a side by side comparison.
I feel like the Visibly Brighter™ Shampoo and Visibly Brighter™ Conditioner are so revolutionary and with the presence of honey and marigold flower extract it will only gradually intensify golden tones throughout your hair, rather than taking a bleached approach and look orange which isn't cute. This could save you a lot of money if this ends up replacing your routine coloring! I know that blondes have to constantly keep up with their hair to keep the desired color, but who is to say that brunettes shouldn’t do the same? Yes, there can be a sun-kissed brunette and I hope to achieve that! Another perk of this product is that it’s okay to use on virgin or on color treated hair and it’s safe for your highlights because it is ammonia and peroxide free, holla! Now you have no excuse not to get this product! This makes me feel a lot better because even though I cut off most of my hair after the ombre trauma, I still have some bleached ends. Also, if you use it for every wash you will notice boosts of brightness in your hair which I am super excited about.
Y’all, I seriously have been neglecting my hair for so long and I am extremely excited to use this product and do an update on the progress in two weeks. Oh, another thing to quickly mention is there is another new product in this line that is called the Brilliant Brunette® Visibly Brighter™ In-Shower Treatment. After you wash and condition your hair, you can use this for an extra boost of lightness, because it lightens up to one shade instantly. You may need some sunglasses for all this brightness about to go on! ;) Just like the other two products, it only lightens up in your hairs natural color spectrum so you won't have any weird orange tint. Plus, this is safe for any highlights or color you may have in your hair already! You can buy the Visibly Brighter™ Shampoo and Visibly Brighter™ Conditioner at Walmart, and the Visibly Brighter™ Treatment is available at most Walmart stores, so if yours doesn't have it you can click the text below to be redirected to buy it online! I have mine on the way and I can't wait to use it! (Also, you can click to watch the YouTube demo of the Visibly Brighter™ Treatment to see it in action)
Go get yourself the Visibly Brighter™ Shampoo and Visibly Brighter™ Conditioner from the shampoo aisle of Walmart! This is such a new product that I suggest you go fast before it sells out!!!
For you brunettes, if you were to try this product would you lighten up your hair, or darken it? I'd love to know.
Not too much to say for an introduction so I'll keep it simple. I love lipsticks and I have been wearing my MAC ones nonstop! They all just go on so smooth and I have some pretty fun colors. I have a pretty small collection, but it is growing. I realized after first posting that I didn't really give any details on the lipsticks, so I'm revising it now!
It has been a hot minute since I have done my nails! I've been pretty lazy lately and just painting them, but I really enjoy doing nail art. I did a little tutorial so you can try out this look too, it would look great with any colors of your choice. I chose to do more neutrals to keep it simple and to match any outfit. (yes, I'm that kind of person to match my nails to my outfit!) This takes about 10 minutes to do, but will look like you took hours. Um, yeah sign me up! Let's get started.
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