As long as I can possibly remember, I have been awful at painting my own nails. I’m willing to bet that many a 3 year old has shellacked her own nails better than I could ever dream possible. But since leaving my job in early August, one of the things that I’ve smartly cut back on was paying for manicures, which meant that if I wanted to have nice nails, I had better crack the code to an excellent home manicure. Learning to paint my own nails well is something that I now consider a high benchmark in my world of ladylike maturity, and I want to share the tips and secrets with you today. Honestly, if I can do it, you 100% can as well.
I’m obsessed with hair. Your hair, her hair, my hair- doesn’t matter, I just love strong, healthy, beautiful hair. One time, my junior year in highschool, I had long, flowing hair that I chopped off in an impulse decision to look more like Ashlee Simpson circa 2004 (point of reference here). It worked, I did resemble her slightly punk, slightly pretty look, but I could never ever get my hair to grow back. It would grow, start to break off dramatically right after my shoulders and I’d have to cut it again. I’ve lived in medium length hair purgatory for 7 years, paying back my sins for wanting an Ashlee Simpson mullet haircut, and it has not been fun. Until now, I’ve given up on ever having healthy, long hair again. But, my hair grew 3 inches in 4 months and I think you should know the products that made this possible. My hair has SHOT out of my head in the past three months and it is the healthiest it’s been since High School and I fully attribute that to this line. [Read more…]
We went over the importance of washing your brushes about six months ago, but I have this sneaking suspicion that you have all done it MAYBE once since then. Am I right? Well, then you’re gross. Sorry, facts are facts- you’re spreading so.many.germs onto your skin every day that you don’t wash those brushes. Convicting, right? I thought so.
As a reminder, Manhattan dermatologist Julie Karen, M.D., confirms our worst nightmares: “Makeup brushes can accumulate bacteria, dust, and dirt, all of which permit the growth of further bacteria, which can aggravate underlying skin conditions like acne,” she says. Gels and creams left on bristles can contaminate your makeup the next time you use it. “Especially with concealers and eyeliners—anything where there is moisture involved—you’re providing a sticky, wet environment,” she says. “You’re inviting the bacteria.”
Gross. Just as a reminder, here is how to clean your brushes tonight. Just follow these simple steps to cleaner, healthier, prettier skin (and longer lasting makeup brushes!) —
1. Grab a small, shallow bowl and fill it with an organic shampoo OR a brush cleaning shampoo, like I used above.
2.take one brush at a time and swirl it gently around the bottom of the bowl, releasing all the dirty makeup. After you’re done, let the brushes rest in the bowl for 10 seconds before rinsing them out one by one in cold water.
3. Reshape your brushes and lay them at an angle (pointed downwards) so that no water dries into the base of the brush.
easy. simple. NECESSARY.
Here are some great makeup brush cleansers that I highly recommend: