Beauty

When Was The Last Time You Cleaned Your Makeup Brushes?

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Using dirty makeup brushes is a facial hygiene no-no!  Do you keep your makeup brushes clean?  When was the last time you washed them?  Many of us overlook this important hygiene step.  We forget or we think “Ehh, it doesn’t look that dirty”…  But being diligent about keeping your brushes clean will help keep bacteria off your skin, and also improve how the makeup goes on and extend the life of the brush.  How nice does it feel to use a nice clean brush?

Sometimes cleaning the brushes just becomes something that you keep putting off, and it never gets done; but washing your brushes should be something you automatically do, like changing your sheets, or washing your towel.  So how often should they be cleaned?  I think it depends on how you use them and how often.  Products like concealers and creams ideally should be cleaned of daily, this could be a huge pain so it’s best to have multiple brushes use new ones then clean them all at the end of the week of something.  Other types of brushes used for powders could probably go a bit more such as every 3 days, maybe weekly at most.  There are also daily brush sprays that can help keep the bacteria off and go longer without washing, but it’s not a replacement and they should still get a proper cleaning.

So how do I clean my brushes?  Well I used to use my hands and shampoo.  I did it this way because my brushes aren’t high end ones, but I think that if you own an expensive set of brushes they should be washed with brush shampoo and and brush wash pad (sort of like a washboard for you brushes).  I recently bought these really cute Heart Shaped Brush Cleaners from amazon. This Butterfly shaped one is also so awesome but it’s a bit more expensive so I opted for the 2 hearts. You could use a facial cleaning pad but in my opinion they are a bit small and the price is almost even with the ones designed for brushes, also the grooves are different so I feel like the brush one can get the brush cleaner without damaging it’s shape.  The brush shampoo I use is the EcoTools Makeup Brush Shampoo, I picked it up from Whole Foods for like 3 dollars, Amazon has it for quite a lot more so I recommend going to the store or doing some research on a good brush shampoo. You can leave them to air dry on a towel or stand them in a cup, or you could blow dry them a bit :).  Yes, I have used my blow dryer on my brushes!  But these brush drying racks are so cool and I think I may get one of them next….

So as you can see you don’t need much to give your brushes a good clean, mainly it’s just pushing yourself to do it.   But it’s for a good cause, clean brushes will help makeup go on more evenly, help prevent breakouts because you’ll keep the bacteria off your face, and extend the life of your brushes.  So how do you all feel about this routine?  Do you do anything different when it comes to how often or the method of cleaning?

Beauty

Cursed with Raccoon eyes….

Do any of you guys deal with coon-eyes?  You know what i’m talking about; those dark circles under your eyes that make you look like you never sleep.  There are a few causes of dark circles  and I guess most of them are fixable. Lack of sleep, dehydration, bad eating habits, lack of nutrients; these can all cause dark circles under our eyes.  But the one that’s the most tricky to deal with is when it’s hereditary.  This is my issue, I’ve tried all sorts of measures to get rid of them.  Concealers, eye creams, drinking more water, using a humidifier in my room.  Some of these help a bit but not entirely.

I’ve gone through a few different eye creams, and other products  from cost effective to expensive.  There are so many to list but here are 3 of eye creams I have tried and my opinion on them:

Burt’s Bees Radiance Eye Cream – With Royal Jelly

Royal Jelly is known to have many benefits and nutrients in it, but for a topical cream It just didn’t do it for me.  I also think I have a slight allergy to burt bees products, I find while using these products my skin feels more sensitive or irritated.  I also didn’t feel like it help my um… condition much =_=”

Elizabeth Arden Prevage Anti Aging Eye Cream

For this one I decided to go all out and get a very expensive high end cream, just to see how good it can be.  My verdict, it was just really expensive! I didn’t notice any drastic difference. It did come with a cool metal applicator though, which is supposed to cool the skin to reduce puffiness.  The thing I liked about this one is that it also contains spf 15 which I don’t see too often in eye creams.

Redefine Multi-function Eye Cream

This last one is my favorite and it’s the one I keep going back to and currently use.  It’s the only one I see that actually does work. It doesn’t completely remove my under eye circles, but I do see them diminish and be less prominent.  I’ve gone back and forth from this one while trying other creams, but this one has been my favorite so far.   I’ve used quite a few of Rodan + Fields products and I have really liked them all.

I’m also currently trying out an eye mask that is done 2-3 times a week, I just started using it about a week ago, It’s too early to tell if it will make a difference, but I’ll come back with a verdict on it.  Also one of the women at the spa I go to mentioned to me that that staring at a computer screen for such long periods also can cause dark circles.  It’s the first time I heard this, but I guess the strain on your eyes can cause it?  Have you guys ever heard that before?

By now i’ve learned to accept my raccoon eyes as part of my features, I have dark circles… and I’m ok with that… most of the time.  There is one more… drastic way to treat this and this is also somewhat invasive. There are some procedures I’ve briefly researched that can remove dark circles for an extended period using a cool laser and dermal fillers.  It’s something I have considered but am not completely sold on until I do more research.  It’s also pricey, ranging from 1.5 – 5k depending on the severity.   Would any of you consider doing something so drastic?  Has anyone done this?

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