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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!

February Favorites

It’s once again that time of the month for me to share with you the beauty products I’ve been loving on.

  1. Clinique Sweet PotsCandid Cassis Sweet Pot

These little cuties are so great! Unscented, one side has a sugar scrub to use for soft, supple lips, while the other side has a burst of color like the one here in Candid Cassis. You can see the bottom side has the grainy texture, while the top side is creamy lip balm. The whole line is really beautiful and they’re all really light on color, so don’t expect a big color payoff. That’s not what these babies were designed to do. But they fit in a pocket, purse or whatever you carry, so you’ll never be without. At $19.50 a piece, I wouldn’t call them outrageously expensive, but more than a drugstore brand. (They may also have Black Honey, a cult favorite!)

2. Kerastase Elixer Ultime Bi-Phase Spray Oil
You may be thinking, “Oil, on my hair? No way!”, but hear me out! Heat styling is very damaging to hair. The oils in the Elixer help protect hair and give it that shine that you get from the salon.

It can also be used after dry shampoo to put a little shine back into the ends of hair.

Best part? It is great for fine to normal hair! It even helps increase the size of the hair shaft, giving hair more volume.  OK, maybe the best part is the smell; it’s lovely.

3. Aveda Tourmaline Charged Exfoliating Cleanser

I don’t know about you, but I love the feeling of a freshly exfoliated face. It just makes me feel refreshed and my makeup goes on much more easily. However, they say you should only exfoliate 2-3 times a week. Not enough for me! I like an everyday exfoliation and I’ve found it in Aveda’s Tourmaline Charged Exfoliating Cleanser. Tourmaline is gentle enough to use each day, and the formula is moisturizing, so your skin doesn’t overproduce oil (because who wants that?)

Alright, my dears, that’s all I have for February – let me know in the comments below if you’d like to also hear about UNFavorites. If you want it, I’d love to share with you, so let me know if you do.