How I Wash My Brushes

How I Wash My Brushes

I’m still working on my write up about my Denver trip, but since I still have quite a ways to go, I thought I’d write a quick post about the most tedious thing ever…brush washing!

Look, no one likes to do it. But it’s a necessary evil. Why? Well because in my case I’ll start breaking out if I don’t do it regularly enough. But I won’t pretend that I’m diligent with this. I aim to wash my brushes once a month, but, if I’m being honest, I usually go at least 2 or 3 months between cleanings. So when I finally run out of clean brushes,and or I start breaking out, I clear my schedule to undertake the task of washing them all.

So here’s what I use:

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Baby shampoo – I’ve tried several cleansers, including some designed specifically for cleaning brushes. But I’ve found that baby shampoo is just as effective, and often times, cheaper. I figure it’s gentle enough to not damage the bristles of my synthetic brushes.

Brushegg – This little thing has been a game changer. I originally bought it at the recommendation of one of my favorite YouTube guru’s, EmilyNoel83, and boy, this cheap little thing has been a great investment. It isn’t anything revolutionary, but the ridges really help get my brushes thoroughly clean with less effort on my part. I bought this on Amazon for a whopping $2.89. But I noticed that Ulta is offering the exact same product for $5.00.

So using warm water, I scrub each brush and rinse until the water runs clear, which takes a little extra effort with my foundation brushes. After I’m done with that, I squeeze out as much water as I can, re-shape the bristles, and then set them out to dry overnight.

And that’s about it! Simple enough, if a little tedious.

Thank you for reading!

Italia

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10 Ways I’m Hoping to Become a Less Crappy Person in 2017

10 Ways I’m Hoping to Become a Less Crappy Person in 2017

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At the beginning of every New Year I always set out to make goals for myself. However if I’m being honest I think I tend to set some unrealistic goals. So, behold, part of my list of what I consider to be totally reasonable and attainable resolutions for 2017.

1) Work out semi-regularly: In the past as I’ve tried to make lifestyle changes, I’ve forced myself to stick to strict exercise schedules, only to get burned out and eventually quit. I realize now that I need a certain amount of flexibility with my time. So I’ll make it part of my routine to go to the gym, or go out for a walk/jog, but I won’t stress if I’m not able to make it every day.

2) Cut back on the amount of times I eat out: This one is tricky. Going out to eat is such a big part of my social circle. That isn’t something I want to lose. But I also know that I have a terrible habit of eating out for lunch during the work day. So that I can work on at least.

3) Continue to drink a ton of water: In the past 2 months or so I have done a great job of cutting out soda from my diet. I want to make sure I continue to make drinking water all day a priority. Plus it helps with hangovers…

4) Stick to a better sleep schedule: Shockingly, going to sleep at 2am and rolling out of bed at 7:30am to make it out the door by 8am isn’t working out so well for me. I’d like to wake up with enough time to get ready and have a little time to myself before heading out the door. Which leads to my next goal…

5) Look like a functioning human during the week: If you only saw me in the office Monday through Friday you would be shocked to find out I even know what highlight is. I reserve my full on glam looks for the weekends, and rarely wear makeup in the office during the week. Now I have no qualms whatsoever about going out barefaced, but sometimes a little concealer under the eyes would go a long way. I can look a little haggard at times…

6) Use my makeup collection: Y’all, I own a lot of makeup. I’m not embarrassed about it because I consider it a hobby, therefore I have no guilt about investing money in something I enjoy. What I do feel bad about is the fact that I have products in my collection that I have either never used or have used maybe once or twice. So my goal is to be more versatile with my looks and use more of what I have before adding to it.

7) Improve my skincare routine: I have come a long way from when I used to sleep in my full face of makeup every night. I have a very simple skincare routine that seems to work decently enough, and I don’t want to go all out buying a ton of products since I know I probably won’t use them…but I have some room for improvement. For instance I still haven’t found a good daily moisturizer I like.

8) Force myself to be a little more outgoing: I don’t need to go out and meet someone new every night. But it won’t kill me to make conversations with new people now and then.

9) TRAVEL: Jokingly I told my friends I would like to take a trip each month. Now, that might not be entirely possible, but it’s easy enough to take a quick road trip somewhere for the weekend now and then. Plus, I need to get started on my mission to watch a game in every NHL arena. I only have 29 to go…

10) Don’t sweat the small stuff: This one is probably the most challenging out of all of these. But I want to live more of a stress free life. This just means I need to stop making such big deals out of little stuff.

Anyways, I have several more goals for myself than what I included here. But it will be fun for me to look back in a year and see what I accomplished, if anything at all…

-Italia

My Winter Makeup Essentials

My Winter Makeup Essentials

Winter (or what approximates Winter in North Texas) is my favorite time of the year for several reasons, one of which being that my face won’t melt off due to the Texas heat. So I wear a little more makeup than I do during the summer. Plus, I love the deep, rich colors that are so popular during this time of year. So here are the products I’ve been using consistently for the past two months or so.

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EYES:

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LIPS:

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That about sums it up! Thank you for reading!

-Italia