Fighting Blemishes? Do this…

I know it may be your least favorite part of playing in makeup (it sure is mine!), but those makeup brushes do need to be cleaned. Dirty brushes can not only make your makeup look muddy and dark, but they can also add stress to your face, causing breakouts. If you’ve suddenly noticed you’re breaking out, and haven’t figured out a cause, I’d definitely take a few minutes and get those brushes and beauty blenders clean.


There are lots of cleansers out there, at high price points, which do a good job –  I don’t know about you, but I’d rather spend my money on makeup, not a makeup brush cleanser!

There’s an inexpensive alternative that gets the job done. Next time you visit the grocery store, Wal-mart or even a Dollar Tree, pick up a bar of Zote Soap.

It’s only a dollar or maybe even less, depending on where you purchase, but this will last a long, long time. I simply wet my brush and then swirl it around directly on the bar of soap. Once I’ve rinsed and repeated until the water is clear, I use a towel to press some of the water out then store upright until they are dry.

You will definitely see a difference the next time you apply your makeup!

December Favorites

Hi Darlings! I hope 2017 is off to a running start for each one of you! Do you have any makeup goals for this year? Trying to branch out? Learn something new? I say go for it. Now let’s get down to the favorites!


  1. Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick

I’m seriously behind on trying these liquid lipsticks from Stila. They are amazing. With 20 shades to choose from, there is a great variety. And they live up to their name. They really do stay all day. My persona favorite color is Bacca, a raspberry color. I wore it all day on Christmas, through eating and drinking and it looked just as good at 2am as it did at 10am.  Yes, it can be a little drying, but I popped a gloss over top and it still stayed on all day. That’s pretty powerful – because who wants to spend all day retouching their lipstick? Not this girl!

2. Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant

I like to exfoliate. A lot. But some exfoliators are not meant to be used daily, and my skin was becoming redder and redder by using them daily. Then I found Dermalogica’s Microfoliant. I love that it’s effective, yet gentle enough to use every day. Hallelujah!

3. Alterna Caviar Style Satin Rapid Blowout Balm

If you know me, or have read much here, you know how much I dislike washing and styling my hair, so I try to do it only once or twice a week (it’s actually GOOD for your hair, too) and when I do get to the point of needing a wash, I don’t want to spend forever drying and styling. Hello Satin Rapid Blowout Balm! Just a couple of pumps of Alterna’s magic balm on my towel-dried head cuts my drying time in half. It also seems to help with flyaways, leaving hair dry and smooth. It’s one of those products that makes you wonder how you ever lived without it.

4. LORAC Pro Palette 3

I haven’t picked up a new eyeshadow palette in quite a while (mostly because I have so many single shades), but this palette caught my eye and I decided to splurge.

I love the warmth of the colors, and the pigmentation is very good. Yes, there’s a little fallout, but not terrible. A spritz of setting spray will go a long way to keep fallout at bay.  The mix of matte and shimmer (not glitter) is even and I find that I am able to create lots of looks from just this palette alone. Oh, and it comes with a shadow primer, too!

Let’s enjoy 2017 together – I don’t know about you, but I am ready for this new year ahead of us!