In the previous post I showed you how to cleanse your make-up brushes daily. I also gave you a simple recipe for a DIY daily brush spray cleaner. This post is
about weekly deep brush cleansing!
Once a week, take some time to use a
brush cleaner to deep clean and condition your brushes! No need to spend a lot of money on a brush
cleanser, just follow these simple steps to make your very own natural purifying
You will need:
2 parts antibacterial liquid hand wash
1 part olive oil
Mix antibacterial liquid hand wash, olive oil and a little bit of water on a plate.
brush bristles around on plate.
under running water (always have brush pointing down) and further work up lather.
Rinse well with
water and gently squeeze excess water out without pulling bristles.
Air dry with
bristles pointing down - you don’t want the water to loosen the glue holding
the brush together.
Take these steps to clean your
brushes will not only extend the life and quality of your brushes, it’ll help
prevent unwanted blemishes and breakouts.
Today I have some brush cleaning
tips for you. You cleanse your face morning
and night daily, but how often do you wash your make-up brushes?
Our brushes collect all sorts of dirt
including dust, make-up, oil and bacteria. If you don’t clean your brushes on a daily
basis, all that dirt is being transferred to
your face along with your make-up! Here
are a few steps you can take to make sure you keep your brushes, and your skin,
Take a make-up remover wipe or an antibacterial hand wipe
to lightly clean your brush. Gently
swipe your brushes back and forth on the wipes to clean after each use. Or you can use this DIY daily
brush spray cleaner.
You will need:
alcohol (aka surgical spirit)
lavender essential oil
the alcohol and water into a clean spray bottle, I dilute mine about 2 parts
alcohol and 1 part water.
Add a few drops of lavender essential oil, this will help reduce the alcohol smell and
also help condition the brushes.
onto a tissue or directly onto brush bristles.
wipe brush onto a tissue to remove make-up.
brush air dry - no need to rinse.
Use this sprayto quickly remove traces of make-up between applications.
Today's post is anothereyebrow post - I told you I'm obsessed! ;-) Eyebrows can change the way your face looks, so it’s
important to have perfectly shaped brows that complement and balance your face.
If you don't know your face shape, take this quiz and find out!
Here are some tips to help you choose the most flattering eyebrow shape to complement your facial features:
Oval faces are lucky; oval faces are considered the
perfect shape. Full brows with a prominent arch are most complementing and to
create the appearance of fuller cheeks, shorter length brows work amazingly.
Choose medium to full brows that are more angular than round, an arch will
complement your natural features and offset the roundness of your face.
Angular face (Heart, Inverted triangle,Diamond, Pear)
Your face already has angles so medium brows that are
rounded with a soft arch work best. A
high arch will only make you look permanently surprised!
Like an angular face, you want medium brows that aren't overly flat or
arched. A soft arch will soften the angles of the face.
Flat straight eyebrows will help to shorten your face vertically and a low arch
will help open up your face horizontally.
Note for all:
Steer clear of thin eyebrows. Eyebrows need to be in proportion with your face like
all other features, so it’s best to get them groomed by a professional to
ensure they are perfectly suited to you.
I also came across these very useful eyebrow shaping tips from doeadeery.com:
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This is not a regular beauty
post. I recently stumbled upon a website
and I loved the concept so much I
thought I’d share it with you.
Founded by husband-and-wife team Artur
Maklyarevskyand Deb Brugiati, JuicyCanvasis the first
art and fashion marketplace that allows you to customize (or “remix” as they
call it) trending art and print it onto beautiful daily-life products, such as;
American Apparel t-shirts, baby onesies, tote bags, mobile cases, hoodies
and stretched canvases. Take a look:
They are currently fundraising to take their project to the next level, on Indiegogo. They plan to build a mobile app and launch new products they've been testing for months. They are seeking the backing of art and fashion enthusiasts and they are also rewarding contributors with customizable perks. You can get more info about this here. Every little bit will help!
As we all know, well groomed eyebrows balance your features and frame your eyes. As I told you previously, I'm kind of
obsessed with eyebrows!
common way to groom your eyebrows is by using eyebrow pencil. This post will explain how to use it
If you want well defined, natural-looking eyebrows, all you have to do is follow these few simple steps and additional tips below.
Step 1: Fill-in the eyebrows with your pencil using thin, hair-like strokes. Use short strokes that overlap, to make the
eyebrows appear fuller.
Step 2: Blend colour and groom brows with an eyebrow comb or
spooley brush. Step 3: (Optional) For
very defined brows, take a small flat brush and apply creamy concealer around
the brows to tidy up the edges. Step 4: (Optional) Keep you eyebrows in place with a brow gel.
Choose the shade closest to you natural colour.
Never, ever fill in your brows with black pencil!Unless you want the black Sharpie brows, don’t do this. Even if you have black eyebrows, you want to fill them in with a dark brown colour - not black.
Make sure your eyebrows are groomed, before applying any make-up.
When it comes to filling-in your brows, the key is to remember to imitate the look of the hairs.
Never use solid tick lines to “draw in” the eyebrows.A series of thin, overlapping strokes provides a more natural-looking result.
Hello everyone! Today I will show you another beauty DIY; your own customized perfumed body powder. This also makes a great last minute gift, and I bet you can find all the necessary ingredients at home. You will need:
cotton balls or cotton disks
a perfume/essential oils of your choice
corn flour (cornstarch)
a glass jar with a lid
Get a cotton ball or two and spray them with your favorite perfume. About 30 sprays. You can also put drops of essential oils like rose or lavender on the cotton balls instead.
Place the cotton ball(s) in the bottom of the glass jar.
Fill the container about half full with corn flour (cornstarch) and close the lid.
Shake the container vigorously.
Let the perfumed powder mixture stand for 10-14 days so the perfume/oils can penetrate the powder.
Use a powder puff and enjoy your own customized perfumed body powder!
if you could try your make-up virtually just by posting your photo, and also
get the best beauty advice. This is the
main idea behind GlamST (GlamStreet).
GlamST is a new platform that helps women find the perfect
beauty product. It combines virtual
tester technology with intelligent recommendations and social advice to help
choose the best beauty products online.
GlamST aims to combine technology with blogger
and social recommendations to help women choose the best make-up for them.
The app is already available in Windows 8 store - click here!.
Try make-up virtually in face and lips in your own picture
Get inspired and create and save your own look
Learn how to apply make-up & discover latest trends in beauty products
And on December 2013 (mark your calendar), GlamST will be launching their web platform! I’m so excited! Register now - clickhere.
Today's post is a simple recipe
for translucent face powder! Not only is it easy to make, but it also gives your
skin a break from all the toxins and chemicals found in commercial
face powders! The ingredients are items
that you probably already have in your kitchen.
This powder is very effective at mattifying the skin
and setting your make-up and because it’s
made with skin-loving ingredients, it will also nourish your skin! Here’s how you make it:
powder: this powder is made from dehydrated and ground arrowroot, which is
known to have skin-smoothing effects.
flour (cornstarch): absorbs excess oil, helping to give your skin a matte
powder: has anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, which help to firm
and renew your skin
All three ingredients can be found at the cooking and baking supply section at the store!
tablespoons of arrowroot powder and 2 teaspoons of corn flour in a bowl.
Add in a
little cocoa powder until it reaches a shade similar to your own natural skin
tone. This is a translucent powder, so I suggest you only use between ½ and 2 teaspoons.
You may keep your powder for up to six months in a
sealable container. I really love this DIY loose powder and I'm pretty sure you'll love it too!
Hello everyone! Today I want to talk to you about dotting tools. Nail art dotting tools come in a variety of sizes and are used to help create dot and circle patterns.
use:As you probably know,
just dip the end of your dotting tool in nail polish, and dot away!
It’s also easy to
create your own nail dotting tools using stuff you have lying around at home. I use these all the time to create polka dot
designs. (Check out some of my designs below!)
Here's how you
can make four different DIY dotting tools. Enjoy!
From micro points to polka dots, a
toothpick is the obvious and most popular choice for dotting. Be sure to purchase picks with flattened bases
for an extra shape to play around with!
Bobby pins are another cheap and convenient alternative.
Just bend them out straight, and use the
round tips at the end like regular dotting tool.
You can also use ballpoint pens. I suggest that you use an old one with no ink left.
You can also create your own dotting tool by
sticking a straight pin into the eraser end of a pencil. I really like this one because if you use a
bigger straight pin, you'll have bigger dots, while with smaller straight pin, you'll have smaller dots. It's very
Well, there you have it. Have fun experimenting! And here's a little nailspiration...
how you can make an easy, portable, all natural solid perfume.
oil (like jojoba, sweet almond or grape seed)
oil/s of your choice
parts grated beeswax and carrier oil (2 teaspoons of each) and about 40-45 drops of
essential oil. You will
also need an old lip balm container.
small bowl/container, measure out your essential oil blend and make sure you
like the smell while it’s concentrated. Keep in mind that the smell will soften once
you add it to the beeswax and carrier oil.
small double boiler, start the water heating on the bottom pot and melt your
measured beeswax into the dry top pot. When
your beeswax is pretty much melted, add in the carrier oil and stir until
everything is liquid.
heat off and mix in your essential oil/s.
pour your home-made perfume mixture into your chosen container.If, for some reason, the perfume hardens
before you’re able to get it into your container, don’t panic. Just put the bowl back on top of your double
boiler and let it re-melt. Don’t leave
it over the heat for too long, because the essential oils will evaporate.Within a few minutes, your perfume will set,
and it will be completely hardened.