how to clean makeup brushes

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oh, hello! i’m putting on my makeup artist and beauty editor hat to share this recent editorial i produced for glitter guide, all in the name of spring cleaning! now, let’s be real here… how often do you wash your makeup brushes? do you know how to clean makeup brushes? i literally ask my friends and family this all the time, and then proceed to shame them into washing them as i watch. but really, it’s just SO terrible for our pores to run our dirty brushes across our faces every day. you know those tiny white bumps that appear on our eyelids? melia… well, those are clogged pores caused by dirt and oil. completely preventable! same goes for nasty bumps and pimples – dirty brushes can contribute to breakouts! luckily, the fix is easy.

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wash those brushes! once a month, get them all cleaned up. here’s how:

products you’ll need:
  • baby shampoo (it’s gentle yet effective)—i used Live Clean
  • running water
  • clean towel for drying
  • rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle

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1) Wet brush. Keeping the tip of the brush pointed down, apply shampoo from the palm of your hand onto the brush. Swirl the bristles around in your hand, then rinse thoroughly.

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2) Repeat the above process until the water runs clear.

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3) Squeeze the excess water out of the brush.

4) Lightly spritz the damp brush with rubbing alcohol (70% at least) to eradicate any lingering germs.

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5) Lay brush flat on a clean towel to dry overnight. (Tip: Never stand the brushes upright to dry. Water will leak into the handle and loosen the glue, causing the brush to eventually break.)

Investing in good brushes and taking care of them will ensure they last for years – i’ve had many of mine for 10+ years, and i use them daily.

diy lemon lavender body scrub

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make at home body scrubs are super simple, and there’s absolutely no need to splurge on something so easy to make yourself! over on glitter guide, i created this lemon lavender sugar body scrub that i keep in the shower, and a little bowl beside the sink to fragrance and soften my hands after cooking or cleaning.

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lemon lavender sugar body scrub

  • ¼ cup raw sugar
  • ¼ cup coarse salt
  • 3 tablespoons melted coconut oil
  • lemon zest
  • a few drops lavender oil

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DIRECTIONS

Mix all ingredients together. Once thoroughly combined, spoon scrub into a pretty jar. Seal tightly and use for up to one month. Personalize this scrub by swapping out lavender for your favorite scent. A bigger batch makes a great gift!

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soup reset from kitskitchen

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a few months ago, i met the founder of kitskitchen, a fresh and local soup company. i was so interested in learning more about the small company and concept, and was lucky enough to try a few soups – i was blown away. we’re all familiar with the condensed variety, and i’ve taken to buying the organic canned or tetra pack variety at whole foods to reach for when in a pinch at home. high in sodium, and never tasting super fresh, they did the job. kitskitchen soups however, were a different breed. the flavours were so fresh and natural (the taste of the ingredients weren’t masked by sodium), i was hooked.

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fast forward to now, and a ‘soup reset‘ was what my body needed. my schedule is hectic, and eating right is always the first thing to go. i’m an emotional eater (happy, sad, excited, stressed, worried, anxious… i eat). unintentionally, i grab the most detrimental foods when in a rush, and my body needed a reset so to speak. i needed my tastebuds to regulate, and my sugar cravings to subside. having tried juice cleanses in the past, this is what i was preparing to compare kitskitchen’s 48-hour soup reset to, but oh boy, was i wrong. the carefully curated two-day collection of soups was comforting, filling, and the perfect meal to grab on the go – i even took to drinking a jar in a meeting – hey, it was lunch!

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the day starts and ends with a herb infused bone broth, with 4 hearty and organic soups in between. did i feel hungry? yes, because i wasn’t used to a controlled diet. was it difficult to not crack, totally, but it did the trick for me, and i’ve been eating lighter ever since the reset wrapped up. what a nice little break the reset was for my system. i figure that adding a soup in once a day in place of a heavier meal would probably be a great way to regulate both appetite, and a healthy weight; it’s something i’m going to consider.

spring shoe collection

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i’ve been on a bit of a shoe rampage lately, getting my little hands on quite a few pairs of flats. over the last years, i’m ALL about the flats. quite honestly, i find heels so fussy and downright uncomfy – i have places to be, and i’d prefer not to limp there. yes, i do the presto chango in the car if needed, but i feel like it’s my duty to build a vibrant collection of flats. see what i did there? that’s called justification. my spring shoe collection is definitely building.

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a fresh floral pair, a neon, and some d’orsay mixed fabric 3.1 phillip lim’s that i scored on super sale, and in my size, marked from $400 to $60, which was basically a unicorn.

these are all great price points, which balances out the rockstuds i also added to my closet!

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oh, and those sunnies, cute, huh? they are from barefoot contessa here in vancouver, and they are a cheap and cheerful luxe looking pair, wouldn’t ya say?

nars new blushes for spring

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even for us on the westcoast, it’s been unseasonable sunny, dry, and balmy… so when comparing it to everywhere else, we’re completely feeling like spring here! this may really tick you off if you’re still covered in snow, but fear not, because the end is near!

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but hey, if you can’t wait, fake it until you make it, right? get into the spring swing with a new blush and highlighter, that’s what i say. i am absolutely a huge fan of nars, and if you’re a longtime reader of this blog, that’s no secret. their newest cheek treatment (it’s totally not even accurate to call it a blush, that’s how good/versatile it is) is next level. applied wet or dry, nars dual intensity blush is a silky and subtle wash of colour that looks effortless when you build it. the color range is totally on point as well – which another huge reason i’m such a fan of the brand, their color game is always on point, especially for mid to darker skin tones, like mine. the shades you see here are jubilation (a duo of gold and bronze, think j-lo on the red carpet) and adoration (hot pink and a complementary coral), both are phenomenal.

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my day-to-day foundation is the pure radiant tinted moisturizer, i love the light coverage, built in spf, and glow it gives me. lately, because of my laser treatments leaving me red, i’ve been using this fuller coverage foundation; if you like a full coverage, this is going to be your jam. stays on all day, and is weightless, comfortable and hugely pigmented. thankful i have it to get me through my entire laser process!