Why I'm Washing My Makeup Brushes!

Hey lovelies,

As part of my drive to streamline beauty products, I'm making a conscious effort to wash my makeup brushes regularly. Because much to my shame, it's a chore I tend to neglect.

make-up brushes in a roll

Confession time: Please, don't judge... but I reckon it's been 3 months since I washed my makeup brushes. My makeup application is suffering and I dread to think how my skin is suffering under the onslaught of all that old gunk and bacteria....eeek!

I've read conflicting advice on how often you should wash brushes, from every time you use them, to every 2 weeks. But realistically, unless you're a make up artist using your brushes on numerous clients then I don't believe you need to wash after every use...and anyway who has the blinking time to do that?!

If your brushes are solely for your own use, then I think every fortnight is fine. And obviously if you only wear make up occasionally, then you won't need to wash them as often as that. So with that in mind I'm challenging myself to wash my brushes every 2 weeks.

So here are my tips for washing make-up brushes:

1 - Use a cleansing shampoo: Yes you can buy specific brush cleaning products, but it's cheaper and just as effective to use a cleansing shampoo, which are excellent at removing oil and dirt yet gentle on the bristles. I mean if it's suitable for the hair on our heads, then it's good enough for make-up brushes.

2 - Fill your basin with warm water, swish your brush around to wet it thoroughly, squirt some shampoo or cleanser into your palm and swirl your brush around in it gently. Don't scrub, the aim is to try and keep the bristles straight and not matted. Massage the brush hairs between your fingers to get the lather into bristles, and then swirl your brush through the water to rise it.

3 - Repeat this process for each brush, changing the water in the basin often and using a fresh squirt of shampoo/cleanser for each.


4 - Final Rinse: rinse your brushes under running water with the brush heads facing down to give them a final rinse in clean water. Facing the brush head down helps to straighten the bristles.

5 - Squeeze the excess water out of the brushes and pat them with kitchen roll.

makeup brushes drying

6 - Dry your brushes heads facing down, to avoid the water pooling in base of the bristles and rusting the metal. The easiest way to do this is to dry them over a warm (not hot radiator), the grill makes a great brush holder!

make-up brushes drying on radiator
Patented drying technique! :-)
7 - Don't forget to wash your make-up brush storage. I'm still using the trusty make-up brush roll that I made in this post 4 years ago.

washed make up brush roll

Ahh that's better! Love, love, love fresh clean brushes, they just feel so much softer, colours are more accurate and application is neater.

I do hope my hints and tips for washing your make-up brushes have helped. How often do you wash your make-up brushes and storage? Please comment below ...if only to make me feel like I'm not the dirtiest girl in the world :-) !

New Year's Resolution - Beauty Challenge!

Happy New Year lovelies!

I hope 2016 was kind to you and that 2017 proves an even better vintage.

I know it's fallen out of fashion to make New Year's Resolutions, but I like to see them as challenges. And I'm always up for a challenge!

This year I have challenged myself to use up all the beauty and toiletry samples I seem to accumulate on a regular basis. Seriously, this is just last year's worth!

beauty product samples
I posted this photo on my social media accounts, and got so many comments and messages saying "Me too!". It seems there are a lot of us with stashes of lovely beauty samples who never get around to using them. What a waste.

So my New Year's Resolution is to use up all these samples before purchasing any further toiletries.

Now I know this sounds frivolous, but it is both non-wasteful and money-saving, so what's not to love?! I don't know about you, but my January finances could always do with some help.

Plus hoarding this amount of product takes up space in my house, and seeing it piled up in a mess takes up room in my mind. When we have overwhelming amounts of 'stuff', our minds become stifled with it. De-cluttering is good for both the space we live in, and our mental health.

This is a concept I've come to embrace over 2016 after beginning the KonMari method made famous by Marie Kondo in her book "The Life Changing Magic of Tidying", but that's a subject for another post :-)

It's always good to get family members involved in challenges, and I had a little visitor who was enthralled with my haul...

baby girl looking at makeup jar

It's a good job I'd taken my blog photo before little WagDollina got involved! :-)

Let me know if you've set yourself any New Year challenges, or feel free to join me in my challenge, I love to read your comments!

Pregnancy PUPPPS Rash: Essential Tips For Coping.

If you found this article through a search, then you’re probably pregnant, congratulations!...and suffering from Pupps, in which case you have my utmost sympathy.

Or you may have a loved one who is suffering with Pupps, in which case you have my sympathy too, as watching someone you love go through this condition is heart-breaking.

pregnancy pupps tips for coping

I’d like to use my blog today to highlight a pregnancy condition that most people have never heard of, is rarely spoken about and that the medical community in the most part are totally uninformed.
Pruritic Urticarial Papules and Plaques of Pregnancy (Puppps)
 ...is the unwieldy medical name for the intense, excruciating itching and burning of the skin that can happen in pregnancy. This hives like condition is also know as PEP (Polymorphic Eruption of Pregnancy) in the UK. Approximately 1 in 200 women will experience Pupps to some degree while expecting, with an unlucky handful descending into an all consuming hell of itching and burning, wanting to tear the skin from their flesh.

Read on for more information, my daughter's experience and those all important tips for coping and hopefully curing your Pupps

Adult Braces Update: Week 8, Success & Setback.

Hi my lovelies,

Just a quick post about my latest vlog entry, my 8 week braces update.

I'm super happy to report that for the first time in my adult life my two front upper teeth are uncrossed, and sat next to each other... Yay!

These stubborn teeth have rested moving until my dentist installed an elastic chain on my last visit, and that seemed to get them moving. I woke up two days ago and suddenly they wasn't an overlap...cue big cheesy grin! There is still some straightening up to do but I'm very happy so far.

Now I'm not sure if this is connected, but the following day, the pesky back bracket came off again. This is the same metal bracket that came off a couple of weeks ago...and I accidentally swallowed it!

To be fair to the poor bracket, it sits next to the 3 tooth bridge which isn't suitable for brackets, so I feel like it's taking a lot of strain without any neighbouring brackets to help out. It's currently dangling about in my mouth, still attached to the elastic chain, eeek.

But this is just a temporary set back and I'm sure my lovely dentist will install a new one, and off I go again. So, with that in mind I'd better go ring the dental clinic...see you next time lovelies!

Adult Braces Update: My Teeth Have Gone Yellow!

Hey lovelies,

Just a quick video diary update on my Six Month Smile braces journey. If you remember from my last update I accidentally swallowed a metal brace bracket! Well panic over, I visited the orthodontist for a temporary repair the following day, and had my usual appointment 3 days later where the bracket was replaced. Fingers crossed the drama is over, let's just say the rogue bracket must have made it's way through even though I didn't notice it LOL!

In addition, my dentist changed my upper brace wire for a thicker one to get things moving. My lower teeth have seen some really good progress, but my upper teeth are being a little lazy, probably because of that damn bridge.

But I also spoke to my dentist about an issue that's been bothering me.
My teeth have gone really yellow!

Since having the braces installed, within the space of 48 hours my teeth had discoloured to the point they now match the dreaded bridge. I didn't want to sound vain asking the dentist about something so trivial, but it's the yellowing that's bothering me more than wearing the braces. I don't mind people knowing I'm wearing braces, I don't like the idea that people think I'm not cleaning my teeth.

Every article and post I read on the subject pointed to a gradual discolouring from food and drink. But my teeth went yellow very quickly, within 2 days or so of having the braces installed. And at that point I was still struggling to eat anything, living on a diet of  mashed potato and porridge. I've been quite obsessive about avoiding staining foods, and cleaning my teeth after every meal, so I doubt that's the cause.

I also have a friend who's been wearing braces for just over a year and she's had the same issue, she was told it was the fluoride used to prepare the teeth. My own dentist said it's residual adhesive from gluing the brackets to the tooth surface. And that makes sense as my teeth feel slightly rougher than normal.

Unfortunately there's not much that can be done for it until the brackets are removed, then it can be buffed away. So unless anyone knows differently I'm stuck with the yellow teeth...for now. I suspect most people I speak to don't even notice it, in fact most haven't even noticed I'm wearing braces LOL!

I'd love guys to watch my latest vlog instalment and let me know what you think, or if you have any questions then ask away and I'll do my very best to answer them! x

adult braces yellow teeth

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