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

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Latest Makeup Finds (My video debut)

Hey, everyone! This is my first video review. I reviewed products from Wet n Wild’s Fergie line, as well as some nail polishes from Sally Hansen and Essie. Check it out! Sorry, for the filming quality. I used my iPhone and I didn’t use it in landscape mode. What was I thinking!? Also, they only let me choose from 3 screen captures as my main picture. They were all hideous! The one you see is as good as it gets! Haha. Anyway, hope you enjoy the reviews, and feel free to contact me with any question on the products I reviewed.

Happy first day of summer, my loves! And being on a Friday makes it all that much better. Let the summer weekend begin!

Beauty Experiment

Boscia, Garnier, Victoria's Secret, and Sephora

Boscia, Garnier, Victoria’s Secret, and Sephora

Happy Friday, darlings! I wanted to do a review on some beauty products I purchased over the past few weeks. I will review each product individually and let you know if it holds up to its claims and if it’s worth a repurchase.

The four products that were used in my Beauty Experiment: Boscia “Black Luminizing Black Mask”, Garnier “Radiance Renewer Cleansing Gelee”, Victoria’s Secret “So Sexy Style Body & Hold Volumizing Mousse”, and Sephora “Rogue Shine Lipstick in the shade Flashy”

Boscia “Luminizing Black Mask”: I received a sample of this from Sephora, and after reading it’s claims that it delivers powerful detoxifying, purifying, and brightening effects – I figured I had to try it, instead of letting it collect dust in the back of my makeup drawer with the other samples that have been long forgotten! My initial reaction when I squeezed a tiny sample patch onto my finger was how thick and sticky it was – almost like tar. I immediately decided the best way to apply this mask was with a foundation brush. You can use your fingers, but you will be scrubbing your hands furiously to get it off! I will tell you I was nervous…maybe even a little intimidated by the consistency of it. Would this ever come off my face?! After application I sat on the couch (all the while being laughed at by the hubby) and after a few minutes I began to feel it tighten. I left it on for about 30 minutes. Before peeling it off I patted my face with my fingertips making sure it was completely dry all over. I then started the peeling process. I started at my jaw line and worked my way up. It doesn’t come off in one whole piece. It will come off in big pieces, but rest assured, it will come off! After the mask is removed use a warm cloth to remove any residue. This will come off easily.

Note: Make sure when you apply the mask to avoid your eyes, hairline, eyebrows, and lips -or you will be in for a painful experience.

My verdict: I LOVE this mask! My skin was instantly brighter. My husband who was laughing at me the whole time I wore it said, “Wow, your skin looks brighter,” when he saw the results. My skin was visibly brighter, and my pores were smaller and less visible. My skin felt vibrant and alive. I would highly recommend this product, and will be purchasing it myself when I have some extra $$. You can purchase it online or at your local Sephora store for $34 (2.8 oz).

Garnier “The Radiance Renewer“: I can’t say I was very impressed with this product. It claims that it gently renews & smoothes – for fresh, radiant skin. When I first pumped it into my hand it was very thick and got stuck between my fingers. I learned there was a special trick to using this, (at least for me anyway) I had to wet not only my face, (as I usually did) but also my hands. I had to make sure to pump it directly into the center of my hand, lather, and then apply to my face.

My verdict: After a week of using this product I haven’t noticed a difference. The positives are that it doesn’t leave behind a film, and it does a good job of washing away all traces of dirt and makeup. It’s a good cleanser if that is what your needs are, but if you are looking for a cleanser that makes your skin brighter and renewed – this isn’t it. I will not be repurchasing this product. The number one factor is – the scent. It smells like “Off!” Yes, the insect repellent. I don’t know if the scent of “Off” has changed over the years, but it smells like the same scent my mother would spray on me from head to toe when I was little. I can’t get beyond it. If you are still curious to try it out you can purchase it at most any store for around $6.

Victoria’s Secret So Sexy “Body & Hold Volumizing Mousse“: Who doesn’t want hair with amazing volume?! Who doesn’t want to have Victoria’s Secret status hair?! I know I do! Give me that Bombshell hair! I have fine hair, so I am always looking for ways to give my hair thickness and volume that will not only last through the day, but will not feel sticky and crunchy. After I towel dried my hair I added a golf ball size amount through my hair – concentrating on the crown area. The formula is light-weight. I almost felt like I was putting soap suds in my hair, but once you get the mousse distributed through your stands you will see it really isn’t soap! Then I used a blow dryer and finger combed my hair as I dried it – ending by turning my head upside down and drying for a minute or two. Then I took random pieces of hair around a 1 inch curling iron. and then sprayed with hairspray. Hey, this mousse is good, but you still have to put some work in to give it that sexy hair look.

My verdict: This is an amazing mousse! It gave me the volume I needed and didn’t make my hair sticky or crunchy. I was left with volume and shine. The smell is sweet, after all this is a product from Victoria’s Secret. I didn’t mind the smell, but for those who shy away from scents, please take this into account – Once you put the mousse in your hair and style it, you won’t smell it anymore. The scent softens considerably. By the end of the day I can’t say the volume doesn’t start to fade, but it’s overall a good mousse and I would definitely purchase this product again. You can buy it at your local Victoria’s Secret for $14

Sephora “Rogue Shine Lipstick in the shade Flashy“: I was looking for a red shade for those times I want to add some drama to my look. My problem with a red lip is the bleeding. I can’t stand the bleeding. I end up looking like a deranged clown. This particular shade actually leans toward pink. It’s a light cherry with shimmer. I still want a pinup red shade, but this is a pretty color as well.

My verdict: I love it! It is super moisturizing, and even though it is a lipstick – it goes on like a gloss. The pigmentation is great, very full color. This is a shimmer shade and it gives off a nice shimmery look. There was no bleeding, which I loved (no deranged clown. YAY!). The only thing I would say is a slight negative is that you have to apply quite generously to give even color, (as it is more on the glossy side) but once applied the staying power is good. It’s not a stain, so it does start to fade and reapplication is necessary. I would say I went up to 4 hours without having to reapply. I would definitely repurchase this, and other shades from this line. I still need to get that pinup red! You can find these lipsticks at your local Sephora for $12

Color my world

Pink & BlueHappy Monday, darlings! Is the weekend over already? I mean really over? They go by way too quick! On Sunday I wore this brightly colored outfit.  I love mixing vibrant blues and pinks. My hubby even commented on how much he liked my outfit, and called it “fun.”  For my hubby to say that means we’ve found a winner!

I love the way you can dress this outfit up or down.  In Los Angeles it can be hot, hot, hot during the day and then it cools down in the evening.  I always have to have a cardigan or light jacket near when the evening comes calling. That’s why this outfit is perfect for LA weather! And I loved pairing this outfit with a floral tote bag. Great for throwing things in, and off you go!  Plus, I carry a smaller clutch in my tote filled with the essentials, so when the day turns to evening I just slip into my heels and jacket; grab my clutch out of my tote bag and I’m off to dinner! I get so excited over the endless possibilities of fashion, especially when little things can transition an outfit from day to evening without a lot of effort!

Pink poutToday’s outfit: Skinnies: Forever 21; Top: Forever 21; Jacket: (oldWet Seal – similar style here); Heels: Kohl’s – Rock & Republic (last season – you can find similar style here); Necklace: Forever 21; Bracelets: Forever 21; Rings: Forever 21; Floral Tote: old, but you can find at places like Ross and TJ Maxx); Earrings: Forever 21; Aviator shades: Forever 21; Nail polish: Wet n Wild Fast dry in “How I met your Magenta“; Lips: Wet n Wild “Silk Finish lipstick in Retro Pink.”

My lastest makeup find!

Wet n Wild Retro Pink Silk Finish Lipstick

Wet n Wild Retro Pink Silk Finish Lipstick

Hello, darlings! Just a quick post to tell you about an amazing little find that I purchased on a whim at Walgreen’s yesterday afternoon from the Wet n Wild beauty line.

I was pleasantly surprised by this lipstick. It’s from Wet n Wild in the shade Retro Pink.  It has good staying power (like seriously good) and vibrant color. It can be a little drying, but still very much worth the purchase. And it was only 99 cents! Still, even with it being so cheap I actually liked it better than some of my high end lipsticks.  Just layer a little lip balm over it to add moisture to your pout. Seriously good stuff from Wet n Wild beauty. This is great for making a bold lip statement. This particular shade has a purple undertone, but it’s subtle (think lilac or lavender), and I find that I can’t get enough of this lipstick. I think I’m in love with this shade of pink! It definitely turns heads! And if this color doesn’t tickle your fancy they have other colors. With their wide variety of shades I’m sure you’ll find the perfect shade of beautiful for you! Take a look at their colors here.

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! ❤

You in those little high waisted shorts

Let Fashion Define You

Let Fashion Define You

What can I say, I’m a sucker for polka dots (if you haven’t figured that out already). There is something so playful about them.  And I am very much into the vintage style. I have an obsession for anything from the 1940’s – 1960’s, so this outfit feeds into that obsession.  I added a pair of rocker boots to give this outfit an edge. Your eyes take in this sweet look until your eyes travel down to the boots. It gives a bold statement that says – “I’m sweet like candy, but we’re talking the red hots kinda candy.”  I want my outfits to give you a glimpse into my personality without saying a word.  I paired my polka dot blouse with high waisted navy blue dress shorts. I love pairing white, black, navy, and red. Classic colors look elegant and polished when worn together. Have a great day, darlings! And remember, fashion defines us. What does your style say about you?

Today’s look: Blouse – Forever 21; High waisted dress shorts – (old from Forever 21, but here is a similar style); Boots – (old from Kohl’s, but you can find similar styles here); cuff bracelet (old – you can get similar styles here); watch: vintage Bulova; ring: goldstone band (bought from a local shop in Burbank, CA called Rocks & Runes)
Makeup look: Tinted Moisturizer: Garnier BB cream; Eyeshadow: base color from the palette Sephora Pantone Universe (used the champagne color all over eye) crease color:Sephora trio called Meteor shower (used the brownish plum color); Eyeliner: Sephora flashy liner in black purple; mascara: Tarte Lights Camera Lashes!; Bronzer: Neutrogena healthy skin custom glow (applied to temples and cheeks). Eyebrows: ELF Studio Eyebrow kit (I just use the brown wax, not the powder); Lips: Loreal Colour Riche in Cherry Tulle; and nails: OPI in the color High Maintenance (the Sephora collection).