I Got the Blues….

If you associate “feeling blue” with sadness then retrain your brain! MY blues for this season fall into the nail color category!  The color: Blagger. The company: butterLONDON. This particular shade of blue is so pretty, shiny, and such a bright pop of color that it makes you want to wiggle your toes and flash your hands at everyone. What I like is that the shade is bright, but not neon, and although I like an iridescent sheen, this polish can stand alone without the “extras”.  I didn’t just order polish on this go around, but also added a nail file (shaped like a crescent for easier filing), and “Powder Room” acetone-free nail polish remover.  The remover is a gentle formula that follows the mantra of butterLONDON (no formaldehyde, no toluene, no DBP, not animal tested). At $5 for a tiny bottle, I wasn’t as impressed, but the product does work!  I’ve talked about “trying something new” with your beauty routine, so here’s your chance to deviate from your regular pink/red/neutral nail polish! Happy Painting!  


Are You a Dirty Girl?

Don’t let the title fool you! I’m talking about dirty makeup brushes and sponges which need to be washed or cleansed frequently.  Keeping your beauty tools clean and free of makeup will help you keep your skin blemish-free.  MUA’s (makeup artists) use different cleansers and methods for keeping their brushes and sponges clean, and if you take care of your tools, they will serve you well AND last for a while. If you feel like making your own cleanser, try mixing together 3 cups of water and 3 tablespoons of your favorite Baby Shampoo. I like to put all of my dirty brushes and sponges in a clean bathroom sink filled with water, then I add the shampoo and start working it through the tools. If you are a gal (or guy) on the go, try Sephora Collection Purifying Brush Shampoo To Go.  It’s simple to use (just spray the brushes, work the product through the bristles, then rinse until all traces of the shampoo are gone).

It’s also wise to keep tweezers, eyelash curlers, and any other metal applicators and tools (like pencil sharpeners) disinfected too. Simply wiping these tools down with rubbing alcohol is economical, smart, and works well to sanitize your tools. For certain cosmetics like lip and eye pencils, I like to dampen a soft, cotton  wash cloth with the alcohol and gently wipe the surface of those items. After they dry, I replace the caps, which have also been wiped down.  If you do this, PLEASE make sure the cosmetics are dry before replacing the caps.

I’ve heard people say, “I’m the only person who uses my brushes and sponges.”  I guess they mean that since they aren’t sharing products with other people,  they aren’t opening themselves up to skin issues. But guess what? Bacteria gets trapped in brush bristles and sponges. You can own the best cosmetics on the market and have the best makeup application techniques, but if your tools are dirty, you are setting yourself up for some serious health problems, like eye infections and breakouts. I don’t know about you, but I like my skin smooth, blemish free, and more importantly, healthy!