How I Wash My Brushes

Washing Brushes

Washing makeup brushes is important in taking care of your face, your makeup, and the brushes themselves.

Brushes are a haven for dirt, sebum, and acne-causing bacteria. Using dirty brushes can redeposit that bacteria on your face and in your makeup, where it will breed and cause breakouts.

Ew.

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The Final Rite of Passage into Adulthood

Business Cards

I’ve always wanted business cards. They seem so professional and grown-up.

The fact that I revere them as professional and grown-up probably means I’m inherently not ready for them, but no matter because I have them!

I chose a glossy finish to really make the purple pop. I wanted to keep them simple but not boring, fun but not childish…particularly because I now have 100 of them.

In case you’re curious, I ordered them from Vistaprint. They shipped quickly, were inexpensive, and often have discount codes if you poke around the web.

Top Four Posts in Four Months of Blogging

Top 4

Sometimes I marvel at the fact that people actually read the stuff I write, look at the photos I take, and return to see what I have to say the next day.

When I started blogging, I didn’t expect to be successful largely because I tried to start a beauty blog in the past and didn’t stick with it. But lo and behold, I write things, I enjoy writing the things, and you lovely folks seem to enjoy reading the things I write, which is super cool.

These are my four most popular posts, according to WordPress.

1. Review: Urban Decay DeSlick Setting Spray – Setting spray is important, particularly for nights out and in the summer months. I like DeSlick because I tend to get an oily T-zone situation. This post was featured on Temptalia’s Sunday Link Love. I nearly died when I found out because Christine is one of the most disciplined, thorough, and all-around best beauty bloggers out there.

2. Review: Doctor Andrew Weil for Origins Mega-Bright Dark Circle Minimizer (Eye Cream) – I got this product before it was available at Sephora or on the Origins website because I have an Origins counter near me that tends to get new products early. (For the curious, I still love the stuff.)

3. Review: Dior Crème de Rose Smoothing Plumping Lip Balm – I reviewed this cult product in one of my very first posts, and I was not impressed. It was $30 and did nothing at all for me, so I ended up returning it. I think the cult status and hefty price tag had me expecting miracles. I’ve since become wary of lip balms, particularly pricey ones.

4. Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette Swatches, Thoughts & a Naked Comparison! – When the Naked 3 Palette came out, I went to extraordinary lengths to acquire it. Then, like any normal person, I blogged about it. I still use it frequently, and switch it out with my Naked 1 often. I believe I mention in the post that 1 and 3 are my favourites – and they still are.

If you haven’t read these posts, they might be a fun read; other people seem to like them!

How I Wash “the Delicates”

Soak Laundry Detergent

Today’s post is a bit of an odd one. It isn’t about hair or makeup or nails, but laundry detergent.

You all probably know by now, though, that I wouldn’t bore you with details about a run-of-the-mill laundry detergent.

Soak is actually a hand-washing detergent made to care for your delicates. However, it can be used to wash almost anything. The best part about it is that you don’t have to rinse. Read more!

Book Review: A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire Book 3)

A Storm of Swords Audiobook on iPhone 5 read by Roy Dotrice

There’s a joke on the interwebs that goes like this: George R.R. Martin, Joss Whedon, and Stephen Moffat walk into a bar. Every character you ever loved dies.

After reading A Storm of Swords, I can confirm this to be true; however, some characters that you absolutely despise also die. It’s a storm of double-edged swords, one might say. Ha. Ha.

I can honestly say that I found this book to be the most exciting and interesting one so far simply because of the body count. It sounds morbid, but so many characters are dead, which really adds excitement and tragedy and satisfaction (in some cases) to the book. I seriously couldn’t put this book down…figuratively speaking.

I say figuratively because I didn’t read a physical copy of this book; rather, Roy Dotrice read it to me. I got into audiobooks about a year ago after lamenting that I never feel like sitting down to read a for-fun book because I do so much reading for school. My solution was to start downloading audiobooks and listen to them whenever I got the chance: on the bus, while walking to class, while painting my nails, on the way to get groceries, anywhere.

The result has been highly entertaining. I’ve found myself with my mouth open in shock at the grocery store, crying on the bus, laughing to myself while trying to push through a crowd on the way to class. I’m sure people think I’m crazy, but this system works for me and I’ve probably consumed 5+ books this way, so I don’t care.

That being said, thar be spoilers ahead. If you haven’t read A Storm of Swords or you’re currently watching the Game of Thrones TV series, you’re going to not want to read on. If you’ve read it or don’t intend to, read on!

Curly Hair Chronicles: Styling (with the LOC method)

Hair Styling Collage

Like most curlies, I have a multi-step process for cleansing my hair, and also for styling it.

This winter, a modified version of the “LOC method” has been working well for me. It’s an anagram that stands for Liquid, Oil, Cream. This method is good for sealing in moisture for curly hair which, as we know, is the driest and most fragile of all hair types. I modify the method by adding in a gel at the end because my curls just really like gel – it gives me hold, definition, and keeps the frizzies at bay.

I can tell this post is going to be a long one, so let’s get started! Read more!

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Dim Infusion

Hourglass wide shot
In the summer, I saved up and bought an Ambient Lighting Powder and it is one of the best makeup items I’ve purchased. It really makes a difference in how my skin looks.

So when I found out about the Ambient Lighting Blushes, I knew I wanted one. I had a hard time spending $40+ on one blush, but I had a cream blush that I wanted to return anyhow, so that took a few dollars off the price.

And am I ever glad that I got this. Read more!

Attack of the Jumbo Lip Pencils

Jumbo Pencils

One of the biggest trends in modern beauty is the jumbo lip pencil.

It usually sits somewhere between a conventional lip pencil, a lipstick, a stain, and a balm. Some are shinier than others, some are more pigmented, and some stain long after the balmy finish has worn off.

I took a look at my jumbo pencil collection and realized that I have quite a few from a number of different brands. I decided that this presents an extraordinary comparison opportunity. Not only that, but I’ve done a lot of the comparing in my head already because I value some over others for particular reasons.

I’ll quit dawdling and get on with the comparison. (Skip to the end for the TL;DR.) Read more!

The Greatest GWP I Have Ever Seen

Samplesssss

I rarely take advantage of GWPs. Rarely. I’d much rather you give me 20% (or more) off a product and we leave it at that.

But sometimes, sometimes, they’re worth it. Read more!

Nails Inc “Porchester Square” (aka Why Buffy Would be Proud)

Nails Inc Porchester Square swatch

I’m not going to lie: in terms of nail polish, I live according to WWBD: What Would Buffy Do? Read more!