Many people skip over one of the most important parts of doing your makeup - cleaning your brushes. For the non-professional, we recommend washing your brushes around once a month. Why? It’s important to get rid of the buildup, it keeps your tools sanitary, and it ensures long-wear for your brushes. With proper care, good brushes can last you 10-15 years.
What You Need:
• A sink
• A brush cleaner like this one, or a gentle clarifying shampoo or baby shampoo
• A shallow bowl
• Paper towels or a drying rack
How To Clean Your Makeup Brushes
- Start by running your brushes under lukewarm water, making sure not to get water above the barrel of the brush.
- Fill the shallow bowl with lukewarm water and a dollop of shampoo.
- Gently swirl your brush tip in the water. For your brushes that are used often, you can also swirl the brush in the palm of your hand to work up a lather. For synthetic brushes (lip, gel liner, cream blush), you can use a squirt of Dawn Dish Soap (seriously!) to break up the color.
- Rinse the brush tip under running water once again. Repeat until the water runs clear from the brush.
- Make a circle with your thumb and forefinger - pull the brush through, squeezing tight to get rid of excess water and reshape the brush.
- Lay your brushes flat on a paper towel to dry, with the heads of the brushes over the counter, or use a drying rack.
Drying rack options: We are big fans of the original Brush Tree for space saving, but you can easily make your own using the method below.
Skincare is intimidating - the companies give you 4 options for your skin type (Sensitive, Dry, Combo, & Oily) and expect you to know 1) which one you are and 2) how to correctly use their product. Neither is easy to determine, and you will often get different “expert” opinions on which skin type you are.
The best way we’ve found to determine your skin type sure ain’t easy and it takes time, but it’s what works. It’s trial + error - there is no “perfect” cleanser - Cerave will work for some sensitive skin, but not others. Scented things won’t break out your oily skin but they will your sister’s. You just have to keep on trying until you find a routine and product that works for you.
However, we can still follow recommendations as a place to get started! Make sure your skin is exfoliated - that is the first step to knowing your skin type. Then, check out some of these favorited beauty products from Elle’s Beauty Editors and go from there!
We are equal parts completely into DIY hippie everything over here at Book Your Look and skeptical of anything that resembles snake oil. We’ve been hearing rumblings of Oil Pulling for a DIY teeth whitener for awhile now, so we thought - it’s worth a shot! Traditional folk remedy? Check. Ancient Ayurvedic technique? Check. No actual scientific studies or proof? We’ll take it!
We’re always looking to make our lives easier - and we just may have found a way with Rob Harmon’s Magic Pads.
The Magic Pads are a 4-in-1 cleansing wipe that you can use in the AM, before bed, or throughout the day just to freshen up your skin! They make pores smaller, clear up acne, and balance out your skin.
Rob sat down with the good people over at theFashionSpot recently and
theFashionSpot: What are The Magic Pads and how do they work?
Rob Harmon: The Magic Pads are my product intended to help clear blemishes and wipe away unnecessary signs of aging. They are a gentle daily cleansing and treatment pad that can clear and prevent breakouts faster than anything I’ve ever seen, while leaving the skin moisturized and glowing.
tFS: What makes TMP different from other skin products?
RH: No one has ever made an anti-blemish, anti-aging and moisturizing product all in one! Not only is it a one-step wonder, but it is also fragrance free, with no parabens, preservatives, petro-chemicals, no dyes, technically its Vegan, natural, gentle and made for ALL skin types!
To get perfect angel skin like these ladies below, check out Rob’s Magic Pads.
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The Spirit Beauty Lounge is our go-to for all things beauty related when we want to keep it green, organic, and clean. We trust them completely - they’ve done the research for us! They have makeup, hair care, bath+body, fragrance, even gift ideas.
We found the site via one of our favorite green (and celebrity) makeup artists - Katey Denno and her awesome blog, “The Beauty of It Is.” One of the best parts of Spirit Beauty Lounge is their Expert Picks - the part where they tell us their favorite main-stays and the best of the best in organic beauty.
Add this to your bookmarks stat - we did!
Green Tea and Lemon have wonderful brightening and anti-oxident properties - we use them in this body scrub to shed the dry, winter skin and reveal plump, happy new skin! See below for our adapted recipe (<— love this site!) for this super easy, 4-step DIY body polish.
5 cups Sugar
2 cup Epsom Salt
1/3 cup Lemon Oil
2/3 cup Olive Oil
1/3 cup Orange Blossom Honey
1 cup of loose Green Tea
3 Lemons, zested
Juice of 1/2 a lemon
(Serving Size: 72 oz, or 9 8-oz jars)
Step 1: Gather all ingredients.
Step 2: Add sugar, salt, honey, and olive oil (both kinds) to a big bowl. Mix using spatula.
Step 3: Add grated lemon zest and loose green tea. You can use a food processor to blend the green tea if you want.
Step 4: Add lemon juice and mix in. Spoon into glass jars - as many as you’d like. Voila!
You’re done! Easy, DIY beauty - now your skin can look as beautiful as ever. Keep in the shower and use 1-2x a week, scrub all over body, can use wet or dry.