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31 days to a prettier 2017 : choose your weapon …

Very early on in this January 2017 guide, we told you that you needed to clean your brushes thoroughly and regularly from then on. Hopefully, you’ve been in the habit of doing so. Having clean tools is the best for avoiding irritations to the skin and reducing any opportunity for contamination between products. But having the right tools, that are in great working condition, is key to having great makeup looks.

Day 25 : January 25

Do an inventory and quality control check on all your makeup tools.

Besides brushes, this would include sponges, tweezers, mirrors and even your cotton swabs. 

Check your brushes – are they losing fibres or shedding? Are the brush hairs frayed and bent and out of shape? Are the handles broken or wiggly? And what about your tweezers? Still sharp and straight? Are your special makeup sponges split or torn anywhere?

The goal here is to either repair any tools (if you can) as needed, toss any tools that are past their prime, and make note of anything that needs to be replaced. In addition, you may want to consider doubling up on any brushes that you use constantly or need to clean constantly because you are always using it. For me, this would include shader brushes and/or crease/blending brushes (in fact, I probably own two of every eye brush I have). 

Nice you’ve weeded out the brushes and tools that need to be retired from their job, and have restocked with fresh new tools, you’ll find your makeup application easier, cleaner, and more polished.

Get to work!

TIP : If you have brushes where the hairs or fibres are out of shape or somewhat frayed, try cleansing and then CONDITIONING the natural hairs, before you consider tossing it. Sometimes that can fix the issue.  If not … recycle!

HOMEWORK : If you happen to be a one brush per facial feature kinda gal, try broadening your horizons and seek out different shaped brushes for said facial feature. Different brushes have different jobs and can make a huge difference in the execution of a particular look!

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31 days to a prettier 2017 : clean yourself up …

If you are like any other women in the world, it’s probably super rare that you get to have a really good shower and wash, yes? It’s not that you aren’t hygienic or don’t shower … you just don’t have the time to do things as properly as you would like to.

Well … it’s Saturday … and you’re going to give yourself just that.

Day 21 : January 21

Give your hair a good wash. Give your body a good scrub.

Most days of the week, if you’re lucky before work, you jump in the shower, throw around some body wash, massage through some a 2 in 1 shampoo and conditioner and jump right back out before you can say “I need coffee”. You’re clean … but you don’t feel like you did anything. For me – the power of a shower is EVERYTHING. You step out of the real world for a moment. You think about nonsense. You think about deep stuff. Heck – some of my best decisions happen in the shower. SHOWERS are essential to a balanced life.

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Today, take the time to shower and really clean up. Start by lathering up your hair for a good shampoo.While your hair sits with shampoo for a few moments, use a body scrub to exfoliate your body. Rinse away both your body scrub and rinse out your shampoo. Move on to a deep conditioning treatment. You can either use an actual deep conditioning product or hair mask if you wish, but in a pinch, leaving on your regular conditioner longer but also in a liberal amount can also do the trick. Apply your conditioner or mask from root to tip, focusing more on the ends of the hair twist up high on your head and secure with a jaw clip.

While you’re letting your products sit, move on to another task you normally rush through – hair removal! Whether you shave or epilate, now is the perfect time to do a thorough job leaving your skin super smooth. Once you’re done shaving, finish up with your soap or body wash. From there, go ahead and rinse out your hair mask or conditioner, using a wide-tooth comb to detangle and tame your hair.

Turn off the water. Grab a towel. Dry off.

Done. And well done. Hope you made some good decisions!

TIP : I’m guilty of having the hottest showers ever. But I know deep down, it’s not good for me, my scalp or my skin. If you must have a hot shower, do it in intervals. Perhaps just in the beginning for a minute or two, and then right before you step out. Switch between warm water and cooler temperatures in between.

HOMEWORK : No homework – it’s Saturday!

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31 days to a prettier 2017 : brush up for the next week!

It’s Day 7!!  Go on with your bad self.  You completed a whole week of the guide. We’re going to level up a bit next week with our tips and tricks for beauty … so consider this week a fun+pretty warm-up. You did fantastic!

Day 7 : January 7

Wash your brushes.

If you’re a makeup freak and every single brush under the moon and use all 1,999,998 brushes daily – this task is going to suck, but in the end your makeup and skin will continue to look flawless and your product will last longer. Swear to Sephora.

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Now, you should be washing your brushes regularly – at least weekly – and sterilizing and lightly cleaning in between each use. If you’re a habitual cleaner and a little bit OCD about your products and tools – then this comes as a no brainer to you. Get washing holmes! If you’re a newly minted newbie to makeup … or never really thought to wash your brushes (side eye!) … continue reading.

First, you’ll want to gather up every brush and reusable sponge today, plus your favourite brush cleanser or bottle of baby shampoo.

Next, prep your area. You’ll need access to the sink, but then also a cleared and clean area to lay down your brushes and leave to dry. Be sure to wipe down the area thoroughly and lay down a fresh clean towel or drying mat for your brushes to rest on.

The trick to washing your brushes is to use warm water and a little bit of soap or cleanser. I like to dollop the cleanser on the back of my hand, wet the brush, and then swirl lightly in the cleanser to give it a bit of lather. Do not smooth your brush into your cleanser. Holding the brush downward to rinse, I remove all traces of soap. The reason you hold the brush downward is so that water and cleanser does not travel into the ferrule of the brush head (the barrel that covers the connection of the brush fibres to the barrel) where it can loosen or breakdown any glue holding the fibres together.

Once you have cleansed and rinsed, reshape the head of the brush and lay the brush flat to dry. If possible, leave the head of the brush over an edge to prevent the hairs from lying in its own dampness while it drys.

And from here, you go on to then next brush and so on, so forth.

Again, you should be doing this regularly for your brushes and tools. It will help to prevent transfer of bacteria and keep your skin free of any irritations. if your currently experiencing a breakout or skin issue then try to be more diligent, washing every few days and keeping your beauty area as clean as possible.

Lather. Rinse. Repeat!

TIP : In between cleaning, keep your brushes stored properly away to prevent the growth or spread of bacteria and dirt.  Keeping them in a cool dry place, and contained is your best bet. You can also spray with alcohol in between each use, or try my favourite spray : 1 part tea tree oil ( a natural disinfectant ) to 2 parts water.

HOMEWORK : Make it a habit. Pull out your planner, and mark the next “bubble bath” day for your brushes!

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pretty and the penny: keeping your mason pearson brush looking like new

Okay. So I admit, I used to think that a hair brush should never cost more than a twenty-dollar bill solid. I mean, how could a brush that is almost (sometimes more depending on the one you choose) $100 be more effective than my trusty Goody hairbrush picked up at the good ‘ol big box store for $14.99? All you need to do is run it through your hair, right?

That is true. A brush (or comb) is made to run through your hair to detangle and groom.

But, I am now the converted. I repent from my past and sinful ways of p’shawing a great brush. I do own a Mason Pearson and have been a devout follower for about 3 years. And let me tell you, a really REALLY good hair brush, not necessarily Mason Pearson, but a really REALLY good one, will help to create volume, enhance shine, reduce frizz and make your hair feel like silk. Whether you have a pixie, a bob, or hair down to your ass-ets, a good brush is like a great haircut.

I guess what I’m trying to say, is hair is one of our greatest accessories. We OBSESS over it. So maybe splurging on a more expensive brush is an investment … one that leads to healthier and better hair days more often.

But let’s get real. I’m not going to splurge on a new hair brush EVERY year. But they can get slimy looking, fuzzy, and the bristles can start to splay and break. Chances are, you replace your brush when it starts to look grimy. So, if you multiply purchasing a new $14.99 bush every year for ten years, perhaps splurging and maintaining a $60+ more durable brush to last you 10 years is a better option? Maybe? So here is how you can make that unbelievably expensive hairbrush last for a lifetime and cut the investment in half. Kind of.

It’s all about keeping it clean.

Yes – you may remove your shedding hair from your brush from time to time. But do you ever really get deep deep in there and clean the pads of the brush and the bristles. You know, all those places that have trapped in years of dry scalp flakes, old product, and gosh knows what else?  You don’t? Ugh.

Yeah. I’m giving you the side-eye right now.

You’ll need the following items to clean your favourite investment brush: a fine-tooth comb, a toothbrush, some hand soap. All things you normally have on hand. You get free toothbrushes from your dentist and you should always have hand soap around the house … so you’re not really spending any extra money doing this.

Step 1: Using your comb, remove and lift hair out of the bristles of your brush.

Step 2: Fill a small bowl with some lukewarm water and a drop or two of hand soap.

Step 3: Your toothbrush is your cleaning brush – dip it in the soapy water, and holding your investment brush facing down, start to work your cleaning brush GENTLY around the bristles. Then gently scrub the pad of the brush.

Step 4: Rinse off your cleaning brush and use the now wet cleaning brush to rinse away any soap from your investment brush.

Step 5: Wipe down the handle and back of your investment brush, give it a good shake or two to remove excess water, and let dry on a towel.

Voila.

An investment or splurge on anything beauty should make you feel good in addition to doing a great job. At the same time, it’s up to YOU to protect your investment by maintaining it properly. Sure you may have spent  more money than you would have liked, but if you can make it last really really long, the cost per use will amount to pennies.

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