Sunday, May 29, 2016

Sunday Task: Brush Cleaning.

There's nothing more satisfying than applying your makeup with freshly washed brushes, am I right?...but it can be a tedious job and definitely one we put off way more than we care to admit. I always ended up going over each brush 2/3 times when washing them and I was desperate to find something that was going to cleanse them straight off the bat. I'm no pro when it comes to brushes, but I do believe the better you care for them, the longer they'll last and the better your makeup will apply, so I'm going to share with you today my little brush cleansing ritual.

I don't have any fancy brush cleaning mitt that I use, although I'm thinking about it buying one, my hand works just fine as a cleansing palette. I've been using the Dr Bronner Magic Soap for a few months now, and holy cow this is good stuff. It comes in an array of different scents, so if mint isn't your thing they have a few more to pick from. They come in all different sizes, I have the 237ml which varies in price depending on where you buy it, but it's always under £10, so it's pretty cheap stuff. I used to use a brush cleanser from Laura Mercier which is twice the price and didn't clean my brushes half as well as this.

To start out I just pop about a 5p sized dollop on the palm of my hand - that will vary on the size and dirtiness of the brush - run my brush under some water and swish it around my hand. It's important that when wetting the brush you try not to get the barrel wet, as this will interfere with the glue holding the hairs in place. This isn't a super harsh soap so it's going to leave your bushes really soft once they're dry. I alternate between washing the brush in my hand, then squeezing the excess soap off under some water, and I'll do this until I'm happy they're clean. You can go over certain brushes a second time if you feel it's necessary, but I hardly feel the need when I use this method.

When it comes to drying your brushes, I just run them over a cotton pad or some kitchen roll to take off most the excess water, then lay them on a counter top so the brush head is dangling over the side. If you lay your brush head flat on a surface it's going to disrupt the shape which you don't want.

I hope this was helpful for those of in a bit of a brush rut! It can be a daunting job, but with the right cleanser you can get it done super quickly! I tend to wash mine every 1-2 weeks, well, at least I try to...Another helpful tip is to grab a separate cup, or whatever you use to keep your brushes in, to use for your dirty brushes, that way once you've used a brush and it becomes dirty you know exactly which ones you need to wash when the time comes!


Friday, May 27, 2016

My Favourite Instagram Accounts.

Instagram is by far my favourite social media platform! It's such a fun way to share your day and see what other people have been up to and loving, plus my thumbs get a bit of a workout from all the double tapping! If you love Instagram like me, and you love to give your favourite accounts a good stalk to see their newest updates, then here are a few more to add to your following list...







Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Mask Mixology.

Masks are one of my favourite skincare products for tackling any problem areas I may have, whether that be dryness or blemishes, there's a mask for everything! But who says we have to stick to just one? Lately I've been mixing and matching my masks to give my skin all the help it needs. My favourite way to do this is to apply a moisturising mask to dryer areas and a more clarifying clay mask to my pores or blemishes, speeding the processes up and getting more than one overall benefit. This may make you look even crazier than if you were to have just one mask on your face, but it's worth it right?...


Sunday, May 22, 2016

Makeup Shakeup #4.

A very drugstore makeup shakeup for you all today - minus one product - but I've found some affordable things I've really been loving! If you're new around these parts, these posts basically explain a few things I've incorporated into my makeup routine and have been loving, so lets get into it!


Friday, May 20, 2016

Skincare: Where to Save.

Skincare is an area I love to invest in, but it's not always necessary. Over the past few years I've managed to figure out a few skincare categories that I can find in the drugstore and not have to compromise too much over quality. I could do a whole post on drugstore skincare, as there are loads of products I love and use, but here are a few I feel you really don't need to spend a lot for.


Wednesday, May 18, 2016

The Drugstore Contour.

I'm sure everyone and their mum has tried a spot of contouring, whether that be going the full hog, or just a subtle bit of shading, it's popular to say the least. I've always used powder contours which I love, but I really wanted to try out a cream formula and also one which wasn't too expensive. After searching high and low in Boots and Superdrug, I finally settled on the L'Oreal Infallible Sculpt Contour Palette in Light/Medium, and I'm really happy with it!


Sunday, May 15, 2016

Spring/Summer Goals.

I thought I would do a bit of a chatty post today and go through a few things I want to achieve/do this summer. I finished my second year of university last week and have a good few months to enjoy, so I decided to set myself some goals for the time ahead.


Friday, May 13, 2016

Getting Back Into My Clarisonic.

I picked up a Clarisonic a couple of years ago, and it's one of those things you use all the time when you first get it, then you become a bit lazy with it and forget it's there. Lately I said to myself that I had to use it more often as the benefits are great. My skin is definitely showing signs of stress as I've just finished my second year of university, so deadlines and exams took their toll.


Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Top Products For Dewy Skin.

In the Spring and Summer months I'm all about that glowing, Victoria Secret model skin. I think it's a super pretty, natural fresh look to sport in the warmer months, and it makes the skin look healthy and plump too. Over the past year or so, I've accumulated a fair few products which I always grab if I'm after dewy skin. My skin is dry and can be dehydrated so I definitely need a helping hand.


Sunday, May 08, 2016

Pink Pout.

Today I thought I would share with you a pink lip I've been loving wearing lately. I recently picked up a new lippy from Charlotte Tilbury which I've been loving, and also something from Glossier as I was dying to try the brand.


Friday, May 06, 2016

Streamlining Your Makeup Bag.

Since being at uni and travelling between seeing the boyfriend and going back home, I've learnt a few tips and tricks on how to not overpack my makeup bag. I'm no way saying I'm good to go with about five products shoved into a little pouch, but a small makeup bag can do me fine - for a few days - and I thought it would be helpful to share what I do.


Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Instant Hair Repair.

I've been trying to invest a lot more time and money into hair to make it appear healthier. I recently did a post a few drugstore haircare products I've been loving so I'll link that here, but today I have a hair repair cream which my hair has been really appreciating.


Sunday, May 01, 2016

Drugstore 5 Product Face.

I love to challenge myself to use only a certain amount of products when I know I don't have the time to apply a full face, and I thought it would be fun to share with you a quick drugstore routine only using five simple products. This is a perfect look for school or work, when you don't want to look too overdone but you still want your features to be enhanced.

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