How to Clean Your Makeup Brushes

Words & Images by Jasmine Vargas

Since writing a post on my blog called “Why It’s Important to Wash Your Makeup Brushes”, I’ve gotten so many questions on what products I use to wash my brushes or how I wash them. To be honest I love that I get asked these questions because I love helping others get more knowledge and these are great ways to keep those fancy brushes clean.

Today I’ll be sharing with you my favorite products when it comes to washing my brushes.

Dawn Dish Soap + Olive Oil - This I have been doing for the last few months after I stopped using baby soap. Reason why I use the Dawn + Olive Oil is because it leaves my makeup brushes feeling soft, clean and it cuts my time in half. I have over 40+ makeup brushes and I wash them once a week, sometimes twice if I’m doing someone’s makeup. That used to take 1 hour or more to do because I saw myself having to wash them twice because it wasn’t getting all the makeup off. So when I added the olive oil, it helped remove the products off the brushes faster.

Coconut Oil - another great product to use on your makeup brushes. It’s antibacterial, non-toxic, promotes firming skin, it removes the makeup and it smells good. Super simple to do: take a spoonful of the coconut oil, microwave for 30 seconds, dip the brush in the coconut oil, swirl the brush on a paper towel or rag until the brush no longer has makeup product and rinse the brush.

Swirl & Sparkle - I first found this company on Instagram and I had to try out their products. The products are made out of goats milk and vegan shea butter. It’s a gentle exfoliator / scrubbing mechanism for your brushes. I wrote a review on their products here .

JAPONESQUE - I use this makeup brush cleanser when I want to clean my smaller eye brushes. It’s easy to use. All you do is spray the brush with the cleanser and swirl it around on a paper towel or towel until the product is completely out of the brush. It’s perfect if you don’t own smany brushes. The Japonesque is gentle, it conditions and disinfects fine brush hairs. It dissolves powder, liquids, wax base and adhesive. You can find this at Ulta.

All of these products are effective and safe to use on all types of brushes. Definitely don’t use products that are going to ruin your brushes, especially if you paid a lot for them.

Developing a Skincare Routine

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Words & Images by Lindsey Latimer

Developing a skincare routine is tricky. It’s hard to know what the best product is for you and your skin concern. As a non-professional, the most crucial piece of advice I can give you to begin is to wear sunscreen. It can save your life! *You should see a dermatologist regularly.

These tips are geared to those of you in your mid-to-late-twenties and early thirties, but caring for your skin is important at every age:

Understand your skin type

Is your skin oily? Dry? Combination? Acne-prone? Sensitive? It matters. Using the wrong type of product for your skin can exacerbate the issue: some products make your skin dryer or intensify your acne. Do some research and ask your dermatologist. Also, get a dermatologist.

Wash it all off

I’ve always heard it’s a good idea to keep makeup wipes on your nightstand for those evenings when you’re too tired (or had too much wine) and don’t have the energy to complete a ritual. Do you really want to keep all of the day’s bacteria on your face? And what for your pillow case? Shudder. I start at night by removing my eye makeup. My eyes are sensitive and I can no longer use oil-based removers, so my optometrist suggested makeup wipes, specifically the Simple and Neutrogena brands. These wipes even remove waterproof makeup while remaining gentle. While wipes are great at removing eye makeup, you need an extra kick for the rest of your face. This is where knowing your skin type comes in: choosing the wrong product could produce undesired results. I have combination skin, though it's dry this time of year. My current go-to cleanser is Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser. Another great brand recently recommended to me by another blogger (via her dermatologist) is CeraVe- they have products for those of you who need extra hydration. Bonus: both brands can be purchased at your local drugstore!

Spot Treat

I still suffer from hormone-induced breakouts at 30. How unfair is it that we have to deal with breakouts and wrinkles? I'm not acne-prone, so, instead of drying out my entire face, I prefer to spot-treat. For best results, look for a product containing Salicylic Acid or Benzoyl Peroxide.

Moisturize

Women of all ages must never skip this step, even if you have oily skin. During the cold and dry winter months, I prefer a heavier moisturizer. My go-to is Philosophy's Renewed Hope in a Jar. For summer I switch to a lighter cream. Philosophy's Take a Deep Breath is a favorite. Again, choose a moisturizer based on your skin type.

Prevent

In my early 20s I didn’t use anti-aging products, but at 30 my outlook has changed! I think mid-20s is a good time to start thinking about eye cream- not necessarily with anti-aging benefits, just a product that will add some moisture to the sensitive area. I apply serum before applying moisturizer. Serums should be part of your routine as they often contain antioxidants and other preventive ingredients that moisturizers do not.

Daytime

Wash your face with a gentle cleanser in the morning and apply a light moisturizer with SPF before your makeup. Keep it simple.

Do you have a skincare routine? What are your favorite products?

Body Image in the Fashion World

Body Image in the Fashion World

Media has been highlighting thinner-than-average models since Lesley Lawson, more commonly known as the infamous Twiggy, began her career in the 1960’s. In more recent years, the knowledge of the people on the subject of body image has grown extensively and has completely changed the way we see each other.

For some time, the qualifications and expectations of models included a specific height, overall delicate look, and weight; a weight that some would die to be. This posed more problems than what could have been seen from a two page spread in any given magazine, a thirty second television ad, or a single post on social media. This called for war upon ourselves. French model and anorexia sufferer, Isabelle Caro, became the voice of the No Anorexia ad campaign, and after a multitude of interviews on the subject, Jessica Simpson, co-host of The Price of Beauty, was so touched by the story that she sympathetically stated, "What you are doing right now makes you one of the most beautiful people, and it is important for women to know that the skinnier you are does not make you more beautiful."  Isabelle lost her battle in 2010 to Anorexia Nervosa.

After this occurrence, it was evident that the world needed a revolutionary movement to break the stigma surrounding such a fatal fad. Adele, the British vocalist who takes pride in being a plus-sized woman, graced the cover of Vogue’s 2012 March edition. Though many individuals at that moment were in disbelief, Adele expressed that "I represent the majority of women and I'm very proud of that." Robyn Lawley, the first woman above sample sizes to be featured in Sport’s Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, has taken that plus-sized pride and begun to influence body diversity alterations in the fashion industry this year. Being a designer herself, the importance of the clothing fitting the woman rather than the woman fitting the clothing is emphasized. The fashion world is now introducing the idea of women embracing their bodies and who they are inside to knock down the size barriers. No matter how big or small, the model mold will be broken.

Style Copycat

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We love finding style inspiration that we can actually recreate in our own closet's. Olivia Palermo is perfect for inspiration- she's classic but trendy, and she knows what works for her body. This look is perfect for the cold winter temps when you're out running errands. A cozy coat, layered top half and comfortable high top sneakers will keep you looking chic and stylish while braving the winter temps.

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