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Quick & Easy Brush Cleaner!

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I found this brush cleaner at Priceline one day, I was searching for something that I could use in between properly cleaning my make up brushes. 

This is an alcohol spray, it does have a strong smell to it, so make sure you don't use too much of it at once. I really like to use it with my eyeshadow brushes everyday. Especially as my MAC 217 brush is very well loved, I tend to reach for it whenever I apply my eyeshadow, and if you start to use a couple of colours, they end up becoming muddy.

Favourite Eyebrow Products!

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I used to think because I had thick, black eyebrows, that I didn't need to fill them in, or define them. Now, looking back at pictures of me a few years back, I look at my eyebrows and think to myself, why?! I always had to pluck my eyebrows, thanks to my Italian heritage, and I think we're all guilty of over-plucking, especially in the early 2000's. After I graduated high school, I started getting my eyebrows waxed, and the beautician told me that I needed to really let them grow, so I did. I looked like Ernie from Sesame Street, but then when I went to my next appointment, she was actually able to shape them. It took a while for me to adjust to my newly thick brows, but now I absolutely love them! 

I was reading a blog at the time, called MaskCara and I noticed whenever she did a makeover on someone, she always filled in their brow. Her weapon of choice was an angled brush, and MAC eyeshadow in the shade Brun. I ordered Brun, and began filling in my brows with a Real Techniques angled eyeshadow brush. I started to see the difference, and how it really made my whole face. I finally realised just how important eyebrows are to your whole face. Have you ever seen those articles, like 15 celebrities without their eyebrows! and noticed just how strange they look? Like little aliens. 

Below are my current four favourite eyebrow products that I use. 

First off we have the Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow, along with the Anastasia Beverly Hills duo brush #12. I picked these up at Sephora. but you can purchase them from BeautyBay.com, direct from the Anastasia Beverly Hills website, and some local shopping centres have brow bars which sell the Anastasia products. The shade I have is Chocolate, which I feel may be a little to warm for my brows, and should have gone a more ash-y colour. 

To apply this, first I use the spooly end of the brush and comb through my brows in an upward, then outward way. I then use the angled brush to pick up a small amount of product, you can see on the edges of the pot where I have picked up too much, and had to wipe it off. I tend to start on the bottom of my eyebrow, towards the start of the brow, as I have a little area where the hair refuses to grow. I kind of just draw a line along the bottom, and work my way towards the arch. I then draw another line in the middle of my eyebrow tail, and take it down to extend my eyebrow. I then get a little more on my brush and start to fill in the middle of my brow, and begin filling in the start of my brow, but in an upwards motion. I then take the spooly end of the brush, and brush through my brows to blend the product in. Depending on how serious you want your brows to be, some people take concealer and a brush, and then outline the brows to give a really defined look. Unless I am going out to a party, dancing, or something like a wedding, I don't ever really do that. Mainly because I am usually running late!

I really like this product, as I find it tends to really last all day. For some reason I always rub my hands over my face, and when I was just using the eye shadow, it would all come off. 

For my lazier days, or if I'm just heading to the shops, I will use my Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz crayon, and a little bit of Benefit Gimmie Brow on top to hold my brows in place. 

The Brow Wiz works the same as any eyebrow pencil, bonus points because this one has an inbuilt spooly! I comb out my brows, fill in the sparse areas, comb through again, and then add a coating of Gimmie Brow. This is a tinted eyebrow mascara basically, it also helps make your brows appear thicker. Plus it keeps your hairs where you want them to stay! I used to use this on its own, until the mysterious bald patch appeared, now I always have to use the pencil! 

I did try the Maybelline eyebrow 'mascara', but the wand was super weird, and I hated using it. This is my second Gimmie Brow, and it will now be something that I always repurchase. It is also available in a lighter colour. 

You can purchase the Gimmie Brow from Myer for $35, or you can also order it from the Benefit US Website for $24usd, they ship internationally for $18.95, free international shipping for orders over $125. So if there is a few things you want to stock up on, or have some friends that want Benefit products, It would probably work out cheaper in the end ordering it online!

Anastasia Beverly Hills products are available direct from her website, or you can purchase the Dipbrow Pomade from Beauty Bay for $25.40 inc free shipping, the Brow Wiz for $26.20 inc free shipping. Unfortunately they don't stock the brush, but you can order that direct from Anastasia Beverly Hills for $18usd. Of course if you are in the USA, you can get all of this from your local Sephora! You lucky people! I'm not sure if Sephora Australia sells this, if anyone has been there and seen these products, let me know in the comments!

I hope this has helped any brow queries you may have had! How do you like to do your brows? What are your go to products? Let me know!

Jessie x

How to Fix Broken Makeup!

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It was a sunny summers day in New York City when we arrived. We caught a shuttle bus from Newark airport to our hotel that was located near Hells Kitchen. We were ready to explore the city, but I decided I needed to freshen up first. I unpacked my makeup bag and headed for the bathroom. When I opened it up, I noticed that there was a large amount of shimmer/glitter spread throughout, "that's odd" I thought to myself, only to open up my NARS travel sized Super Orgasm blush to find it shattered. 

I was pretty annoyed, not only was my favourite blush broken, I now had no blush to use for the rest of my trip. How did a snow globe that I bought in Disneyworld make it to NYC but my little blush did not? Looking back to how my suitcase was thrown so carelessly onto the conveyor, it made sense. I almost threw it out, but I couldn't bare to part with it, so I did what any self confessed makeup lover would do, I searched how I could save it. 

Good old Pinterest to the rescue. There were many pins on how to fix broken eye shadows, blushes, bronzers, so I decided that when I got home, I would try and fix this little shimmery mess. 

Here's how! What you will need: Cling wrap, methylated spirits (or rubbing alcohol), a dropper, and a metal spatula.

Then you are going to want to tear off a small piece of glad wrap, and fold it in half. Place it on top of the blush, and take your little metal spatula (a small spoon can also work, just use the handle) and gently break the remaining powder up as fine as you can make it.

After you have crushed it all up, take the rubbing alcohol and a dropper, start off with 3-5 drops over it. You will probably need more depending on the size of the makeup. 

Once you have added the alcohol, take your little spatula (or spoon) and start smoothing it out, kind of like icing a cake (mmm cake). Until you start to notice it re-forming and looking like it once was. I needed a fair bit of rubbing alcohol for this blush, I think I filled my little dropper about 3-4 times.

I left the lid open and let it dry out overnight. The alcohol evaporates, but leaves the powder stuck together. I had noticed the next day that some of the powder was still loose, so I just added a few more drops of rubbing alcohol, and let it dry again. 

I have used this blush since fixing it, and the only difference I have noticed is that the pigment comes out a lot stronger than it used to. I'm not sure if it is to do with the formula being 'looser' as such, as it isn't as compacted in as it was when it was new. Either way, I'm just happy to have my blush back!

Thanks for reading!

Jessie x 

How to Clean your Makeup Brushes

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As much as I don't like to admit, I was never one to really adhere to the 'clean your brushes often' rule.. I would always read about beauty bloggers/you-tubers posting photos of their brush cleaning ritual, and then I would look at my poor neglected brushes and feel bad. That is until I went to the USA last June, and visited Sephora for the first time. 

What an amazing experience.

Let's be real, I visited Sephora many times during my 4 week holiday, and each time I did enough damage for all of us. On one of my last visits, I picked up a little gem from the folks who brought us the Beauty Blender; the BlenderCleanser Solid. The sales assistant informed me that this wasn't just for your beauty blender, but fantastic for brushes, and easy to use. I was sold! 

When I got home, I couldn't wait to test it out, and give my brushes a good cleaning. If you want (need) to clean your brushes and test out the BeautyCleanser Solid, here's how!

First off, grab your brushes, a towel, your cleanser, and head to the bathroom.

The aftermath of cleaning my MAC217 brush

The aftermath of cleaning my MAC217 brush

Lay out your towel and your brushes on your counter top. I like to roll up one long end of my towel so it creates an angle to lean my brushes against. This will come in handy once they have been washed. 

Run your taps to get luke-warm water running through, you don't need the water to be on full blast, just enough to rinse your brush.

Gently rinse the fluffy part of your brush under water, just enough to make it damp, then swirl that baby into the cleanser. If you find the cleanser is too dry, quickly add a few splashes of water to it to help create a lather. 

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Once you have built up a good lather, and you can see the old makeup coming off, rinse the brush again, but this time I like to swirl it into the palm of my hand to help get the soap off, and then rinse again. Then squeeze out the excess water with your fingers. Your brush should look like this

It's like a brand spanking new brush!

It's like a brand spanking new brush!

Now that your brushes are all nice and clean, lay them to dry on your towel. The reason I mentioned before to roll up one end of the towel, is when your are drying your brushes, you want to lay the metal end down, so that any excess water doesn't run into the ferrule (metal bit where the bristles are glued in) of the brush and loosen the bristles. 

The brushes can take a good few hours to dry, so i suggest doing them after work or school one day, so that next time you need to use them they are nice and dry. You don't really need to clean your brushes too often, depending on how much you use them, I would clean them using this method every 3-4 weeks. However, in-between washes, I always clean off my brush using a brush cleaning spray and a piece of paper towel. Simply spritz one pump onto the paper towel and swirl your brush around, you should see all the excess makeup come off.  I picked up a bottle from Priceline for around $14. This is especially good for any brushes that you use for gel liner, and also a great way to clean your eye shadow brush between changing colours. 

The BeautyCleanser Solid is available from Sephora  for $15.95US plus taxes, or if you aren't in the USA, you can purchase it from Beauty Bay currently for $23AUD and free shipping! Edit: I have heard along the grapevine that Sephora Aus is going to be stocking this soon! Hopefully they get their online store up and running soon!

I hope this post has helped and encouraged you to go and wash your brushes! Let me know in the comments if you have any tricks or tips when it comes to keeping your brushes clean!

Jessie x

 

This post is not sponsored, all opinions are my own.