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How To Properly Clean Your Hair Brush

30 Jun

This might seem pretty obvious to some people, but you’d be surprised at how many lovely ladies don’t clean out their hair brushes. Too often I walk into a friend’s bathroom, see a brush full of hair and I can’t help myself, so I clean it out. Within the next couple days I usually hear about how much it changed the way their hair looks. It may not seem like a big deal but hair brushes are total traps! Dust, conditioner, oil, germs, even dust mites can be in your dirty hair brush, which is DISGUSTING. For example: if you wash, brush and blowdry your hair on a Monday and then “re-finish” it on Tuesday with the same brush, the oils and dirt from all day Monday will be sitting in that brush. Pile those up for a couple weeks, months… years? Ew. Personally, I recommend you clean out your brush once every week or two. It takes a couple minutes! It’s not something we really think about but you should try to become conscious of the hair piling up in your brush. Cleaning out your round brushes will allow you to get SO much more tension which will lead to smoothness and shine. Here’s how I like to clean out my brushes at home:

  1. Grab any brush that’s gathered a visible amount of hair. Here I’m showing you how to clean out a flat (paddle) brush but this can be done exactly the same on a round brush.
  2. In the hair world, we have tools to clean out brushes, but when I’m at home I grab a pen or pencil and slide it under the hair in the brush. Now pull up until the hair starts to loosen. (You do this so you don’t end up cutting your bristles with the next step!)
  3. Next, go in with your scissors and cut straight down the middle as seen above. TIP: If you’re cleaning out a round brush, flip it over and do the same on the opposite side.
  4. Now “peel” the hair open and remove. You can go back in with your pen or pencil to loosen up any more tight spots.
  5. Discard that gorgeous hairball.

I like to shampoo my brushes each time I clean out the hair. To do that, just fill up the sink with warm water and add a tablespoon of cleansing/clarifying shampoo. Wash the brush + bristles thoroughly, rinse well, and let it dry (or blow it dry).

Raindrops keep falling on my head!

2 Jun

Another shift in seasons is upon us. Are you looking forward to it? Leaves, coats, umbrellas + rain! One thing none of us are looking forward to is the dry scalp that often comes with a new season. I’m about to tell you something a little weird, but please, bear with me. Did you know that Listerine is the remedy? Listerine is anti-fungal and anti-bacterial and it actually makes sense. Tried it on myself . SHOCKINGLY, it worked.

I just mixed 1/2 oz of original formula Listerine and 1/2 oz of baby oil (to soothe and soften).

I shook it up in a bottle and used cotton balls to apply. (Tip your head back a little as you apply to be sure nothing gets on your face.) I left it for 5-10 minutes and then shampooed it out. I only did it for 3 days in a row but I’ve been reading that it can take up to one week. Honestly, not a flake on my scalp. If you do this at home please email me or comment here!

NOTE: This blog post is for the people staying in countries with their rainy seasons on June.

Shades for your Lips!

14 May

Wanna learn how to make your own shade of lipstick? If you have lipsticks that you’ve grown tired of or bought online but wish were a little softer/brighter when they arrived or even others that are a little too matte that you know would pop more with a bit of shimmer or a metallic finish, here’s how to take matters into your own hands!

TOOLS

  • The original lipstick + your choice of a metallic shade or a light shimmer nude
  • A spatula or a kitchen knife
  • A spoon
  • Flame (stove top works best!)
  • A mini plastic jar
  • Optional lip brush

STEPS

  1. With the spatula, slice off a section of each lip color and place it directly on the spoon. In the world of beauty and fashion, never be afraid to get creative. This time, use your creativity for the ratios of each color. You can go back and add more of one until you have your perfect shade.
  2. Carefully, place the spoon directly above (four inches is best) the flame (medium heat) until the product starts to melt. Be prepared for it to start melting within 10 seconds!
  3. With your spatula, start to swirl the colors together for an even mixture.
  4. Pour the new lip color into your plastic jar and allow 5 minutes to harden.

Use a lip brush or your finger to apply your one-of-a-kind shade and have fun playing with the ratios and finishes!

Brown Sugar!

26 Apr

Want to know how to make your skin irresistibly radiant and healthy? Try this DIY treatment, which uses ingredients many of you probably already have in your cupboard!

When you think of brown sugar, you may imagine cookies + candy, but it also contains ingredients that can be greatly beneficial to your body’s largest organ, your skin.

Yes, I’m talking about using brown sugar as an all over body exfoliant. Brown sugar’s granulated particles exfoliate and clear away dry, dead skin cells. This creates a noticeably smoother, more youthful glow to your skin, which is an effect almost all women desire to maintain. Brown sugar is an anti-bacterial and also contains glycolic acid which is an alpha-hydroxyl acid ingredient that keeps skin healthy + vibrant. At the same time it moisturizes and conditions the skin and protects it from the harmful effects of toxins. Lastly it smells delicious! Using brown sugar as a relaxing aromatherapy at home spa treatment will most definitely leave you feeling like a domestic goddess.

It’s good to mix it with natural olive oil so it adds extra moisture and creates a sticky consistency that’s easier to apply. Remember you can use it as an all over body scrub and even use it on your face every other day for a radiant glow, but be gentle! The skin on your face is much more sensitive.

You just need the following:

  • half a cup of brown sugar
  • three tablespoons of olive oil
  • a few drops of water.

It’s that easy.

For a perfectly delicious home made skin care treatment brown sugar will make you look and feel glorious and everyone around you will be amazed at the condition of your soft and glowing beautiful skin.

* This tutorial was requested by Lyn Moralde, a close friend of mine. 🙂