My Beauty Secrets

My Beauty SecretsHello, dolls! Hope everyone is having a great week. I thought I would do a quick post on some of my beauty secrets. They aren’t really beauty secrets per say, but they have been forgotten or pushed behind all these new products that claim to do miracles. Sometimes you just need to take it back to the basics. You can’t get any better than these products – they’ve been around forever and you just can’t go wrong (in my opinion), so let’s get started!

Johnson’s Baby Shampoo: This stuff I use for a lot of things! Here is my list of uses:

Cleaning your makeup brushes: I recently did a post about using this to wash your makeup brushes. It does a magnificent job!  If  you want to know my complete process on how I wash my brushes, follow this link – Time to “brush up” on some basics: http://wp.me/p3o8m3-dn

Washing your hair: Well, it is shampoo after all! I use this once a week on my hair in place of my everyday shampoo. How much gunk do we have built up in our hair from all our styling products? All of those products weigh your hair down. Even after you use your everyday shampoo there is still some product hanging on to your strands. Sure, you could spend some $$$ on a cleansing shampoo, but why when this works just as well – if not better! It removes all the product build-up, leaving my hair clean and happy!

To shave your legs: Yes, this is amazing for shaving. I have tried baby oil and while it works, it also makes the tub so slippery you are one step away from being wet and naked wrapped in a shower curtain on a stretcher in an ambulance on your way to the ER for a broken leg. Do we really need to worry about that? Not me. I ran out of shave gel one day while showering and thought I’d give this a shot. Not only did it give me a close shave, I also had soft shiny legs. I also noticed it took longer for stubble to grow back – maybe it’s because I was getting a closer shave since I didn’t have that thick layer of shaving gel? Whatever the reasons, I am now more than sold on using this exclusively.

Vaseline Cocoa Butter (for lips):  Vaseline is a great product, so when I saw they had a cocoa butter lip balm I had to get it! It doesn’t matter what brand you purchase though, the secret is cocoa butter! I’ve had many different cocoa butter lip balms and they have all been amazing. If you suffer from dry cracked lips and have never found a product that truly worked then give this a try! Most people wouldn’t think of cocoa butter for your lips, but it’s great stuff. I recommend exfoliating your lips first if they are really dry and then apply this. You can make a quick exfoliator at home by taking a teaspoon of sugar and a few drops of olive oil and mixing them together. Scrub your lips in circular motion with your finger, washcloth, or toothbrush (rinse off excess with a warm washcloth) and then apply your cocoa butter lip balm. Your lips will thank you!

Since we are talking about the Vaseline brand I also thought I’d mention –  I know a lot of women use it for removing eye makeup, and it really does work. So if you haven’t tried it then give it a shot.  I personally don’t like the greasy heavy feeling of it around my eyes, so I stick to my Almay oil free makeup remover pads, but I thought I’d mention it in case anyone was curious to try it.

Vitamin E oil:  This is the best moisturizer out there! No need to spend a ton of money, just use this after you wash your face at night. Just dab a tiny bit on your forehead, cheeks, chin, neck, chest, cuticles, and back of hands. A lot of women neglect their neck, chest, and hands. These can give your age away. We spend so much time trying to keep our face from aging we forget the other tell-tale signs of aging. Once you apply the oil, gently massage it into your skin for a minute or two. Vitamin E oil has many great skin benefits – it can be used to treat scars, acne, and wrinkles because it speeds up cell regeneration. This creates an anti-aging effect, which makes the skin look younger. It benefits the skin by helping it retain its natural moisture content. It makes dull-looking, dry skin look healthier and fresher. It truly is my secret to beautiful skin! I have also used olive oil on my face. Great benefits from that as well! Give either of them a try. It truly gives you glowing soft skin.
 Please note that everyone’s skin is different. What works for me may not work for you.

My Beauty SecretsContact lens solution: Yes, this is truly a fun little secret. I don’t know how much money I’ve spent on eyeliners because I wanted like 12 thousand different colors. Well, I learned this little secret – Dip your eyeliner brush into some contact lens solution and run it across any color eyeshadow. The solution and the shadow together become a gel like eyeliner with decent lasting results (better than just dipping your brush in plain water).  Now, it is by no means waterproof or fade proof – you should still use a primer if you want long lasting results, but the color selection is endless! Take any eyeshadow palette you have and you can try this trick!

So, there you have it – those are some of my beauty secrets. Hope it inspired you to try them out!

 Stay beautiful, darlings! xo

Time to “brush up” on some basics

Let's brush up

Let’s brush up

Hello, darlings! Hope everyone had a great weekend!  Last week I put a quick post on my Facebook fan page about washing makeup brushes weekly. I actually had quite a few questions regarding, “What type of soap I used to wash my brushes, why once a week, the process I use to wash my brushes, ect.,” so I figure I will give you a quick post on the how’s and why’s of my routine.

What I use to clean my brushes: I use Johnson & Johnson baby shampoo to wash my brushes. It is gentle yet gets the job done. No worrying about harsh chemicals or fragrances.

Why once a week?  I’ve heard some people wash their brushes daily, some weekly and some monthly. Then you have those who wash them like, NEVER. I obviously don’t advise the latter. I do find for me that once a week is perfect. I use my brushes quite often. Especially my blush, bronzer, and eyeshadow crease brush. These babies can get quite dirty, even after only one week. Since I became a religious brush cleaner I noticed I have less (if any) bumps on my face. I would get a few bumps in the area I applied my blush. I always chalked this up to the blush clogging my pores. It was, in reality, my dirty brush!  It was carrying all that bacteria!

The cleaning process:  I run my brush under warm water. Never turn your brush up and down when cleaning. You don’t want water to get trapped down in the handle. Once the bristles are wet I squeeze a small amount of the Johnson & Johnson shampoo into my freshly washed hand. I swirl my brush around and get the shampoo all through the bristles. I then run it under the water, gently squeezing forward. Do this until the water runs clear. I wash my brushes in the evening to let them air dry overnight on a clean hand towel. In a pinch, if you need them dry asap, just use your blow dryer on low (keeping the blow dryer a good distance from the brush, but close enough to dry the bristles without singeing them)!

Recommendation: I also recommend washing your eyeshadow brushes daily, only if you tend to change your eyeshadow color daily. I am always using different types of colors! I have quite the love affair with eye colors! I am never one to shy away from a bold eye look, or a subtle shimmer look. I will try it all!  So, naturally you will need to keep your brushes clean. You will muddy your color if you don’t wash them daily. If you go to wear a green shadow and still have yesterday’s purple hanging on to the bristles, you will not get the true color you are desiring.

So, that’s it! That is my routine. Hope it has been helpful.  If you have any questions for me, feel free to comment below!  Also, like my Facebook fan page!  I put up pictures of my outfit of the day (ootd), new makeup products and my first impression, etc. You can find the link on the sidebar of my blog. Hope you will like my fan page. It would make my day!

Take care, loves!  xo

Beauty Must Haves

beauty must havesHi, darlings! Just a quick post on my essential beauty products.  These are my can’t live without products. I will post more of these types of post in the future because something else always comes along that I just can’t live without!

I am in love with a shop here in Burbank, CA called Klean Spa (they have locations in a few other states as well, but you can order online). Check out their website here. This is by far the BEST lotions and body butters I have ever used!  My hands always get cracked and itchy (especially around my cuticles). This stuff is a miracle, and it smells yummy too! (My current scent is seasonal, but they have many other amazing scents. I really like Cecile too. Its a light and lovely scent).

Left to right (back row): Victoria’s Secret Bombshell lotion; Garnier BB cream in light/medium; Tarte Lights Camera Lashes!; Clean & Clear Essentials foaming facial cleanser

Left to right (front row): Klean Spa Whipped Shea Body Butter in Karmal Apple; Sephora Flashy liner in Black purple, EOS lipbalm in Strawberry; Tarte Lipsurgence in Pouty; Milani eyeshadow in beach sand; Urban Decay Eye Potion in Greed; Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer in medium

I always enjoying hearing about other beauty products to try, so tell me your favorite beauty must haves! ❤