Makeup Brush Cleaning with Dr Bronners Soap

I try to wash my brushes and sponges every week, because who wants to use the same brush or sponge on your face. I have tried different ways and so far this is the easiest way that works for me. I made my own makeup brush mat for cleaning and it works pretty good. It was kinda fun to make and super easy.

What I use:

Dr Bronners Organinc Sugar Soaps-I like the Tree Tea soap.

Homemade brush mat-  random Tupperware lid with hot glue patterns.

Step One-

I get all of my brushes  and sponges wet, some weeks it depends on if i put any eye shadow on or not, I mostly use makeup sponges. Then I pump some soap on my fancy homemade brush mat.

Step Two-

After getting the brushes/sponges wet and I then start swirling them on to the brush mat with the soap to clean them. Rinse and repeat untill the water from the  brush/sponge is clear. You want to make sure the water doesn’t go on to the metal/handle since the glue can weaken.

BEFORE:

AFTER:

Step Three-

Once all of the brushes/sponges are rinsed and cleaned I take a towel and squeeze ay extra water out and  set them out to dry on a towel. A drying rack for brushes would speed up the drying time but,  I don’t have one and I think my cats would think its a toy for them.

So there you go, thats how I clean my brushes/sponges. Nothing fancy.

Blog Post Ideas – Skincare

I love making lists of blog topics and  saving them for  later when I’m stuck and need a little help. I find this to be really useful. I have a whole google document of lists that  have made and I keep adding more to it. We all have been there, trying to come up with a blog post and drawing a blank.  So I thought I would share some ideas to help jump-start those creative juices.


Skin Care Ideas 

  •  Skincare Routine For [skintype]
  •  DIY Lipbalm
  •  DIY Facemask
  •  DIY Lip Scrub
  •  Morning Skincare Routine
  •  Budget Skincare
  •  Evening Skincare Routine
  • How To Fix [skin problem]
  • Makeup Removal Routine
  • Vitamins In Skincare – What Do They Do?
  •  What Does [________] do?
  •  Best Skincare For [age group]
  • Everyday Skincare Routine
  • How To Get Glowy Skin
  • The Effects Of Sun Damage
  • Is [thing] Bad For Your Skin? (e.g. silicones, pollution, makeup)
  • Skincare Products To Pair Together
  • Favorite Skincare Product

As I said I have a bunch more saved and always adding more to my lists. I hope you enjoyed these ideas and they where helpful.

My More Consistent Skincare Routine

Since my My Nightly Routine or Lack of One post, my skin care routine it has changed. I am a lot more consistent with it. Some items I still use and some are new that I have found and enjoy.  It may seem like a lot to some but so far this has been helping my skin behave.

Also everything that I use is affordable, all under $15 depending where you choose to purchase and where you live.  I have linked every product that I listed to their website.  I bought these products from a variety places, such as Target, Walmart,  the products website or local health food stores near me.

Skincare Routine

Daytime

First lets start with the mornings and what steps I take to get ready for the day.

Toner

For toner I still use Dr Thayer’s Lavender and aloe vera with witch hazel toner ($10.95). I love how it smells and makes my face feels clean.

Spot Treatment

I use the Alba Botanica Acnedote Invisable Treatment Gel ($8.99). I just dab it on any zits that pop up and done.

Vitamin B3 Serum

I use the  The Ordaniry Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% serum by ($5.90).  Which helps with blemishes and can help brighten the skin tone.

Moisturizer

I also still use Earth Science Almond-Aloe Face Moisturizer ($10.99). Lightly scented and makes the skin feel so soft.

Then after that has soaked into my skin I apply my makeup depending on the day.

Night Time

At night I use a little more products and some of them are that same as the morning.

Makup Remover

For removing my makeup I will use Alba Botanica good & clean™
dual textured exfoliating towelettes ($4.72) or Yes To Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Micellar Cleansing Water ($8.99). Both of these work really well taking off any makeup I have on my face. I alternate each one for no reason I just rally like both. The towelettes are nice to have since they have a smooth side and a exfoliating side. The charcoal micellar water is pretty neat, it comes clear with charcoal on the bottom and when you are about to use it you shake it to mix the charcoal.

Face Wash

To wash my face I use Alba Botanica Acnedote Deep Pore Wash ($6.19). This face wash has really helped my troubled areas of acne, as long as im consistent with it my face behaves. I still will get the occasional small zit, which is normal and easy to deal with, but not so much of the huge painful cyst acne I frequently get. Those are just so painful, horrible looking and hard to deal.

Toner

For toner, I again use  Dr Thayer’s Lavender and aloe vera with witch hazel toner ($10.95).

Exfoliating Facial-2 times a week

I use The Ordinary’s AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution ($7.20). AHA (Alpha hydroxy acids)  exfoliate the top layer of  skin for a brighter and even skin.  BHA (Beta hydroxy acids) exfoliates deeper in  the skin to  help clear pore congestion. Tasmanian Pepperberry which makes this peel reddish in color,  helps reduce the irritation associated with acids. The Vitamin B5 helps with healing and black carrot as an antioxidant. Since you only use 2-3 drops a few times a week this  bottle will last you  forever.

Spot Treatment

I use again if needed the Alba Botanica Acnedote Invisable Treatment Gel ($8.99).

Vitiman C Serum

I use the Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12% by The Ordinary ($12.90). Vitamin C is an effective antioxidant,  helps brightens the skin tone and reduces signs of ageing. Two drops is more than enough for you face and neck, this bottle has lasted me for months.

Antioxidant Serum -3 times a week

I use The Ordinary’s Alpha Lipoic Acid 5% ($6.80). Alpha Lipoic Acid is a potent antioxidant and can restore skin appearance, improve skin texture and tone.  It is also very sensitive to sunlight so it is recommended to be used at night.  Again since you only use 2-3 drops a few times a week a bottle will last for ever.

Moisturizer

I then finish up with  Burt’s Bees Sensitive Night Cream  ($15.00) at night.  It is on the pricey side for me, but a little bit goes a long way. I bought this on whim, since i was looking for a night.

Through out the week I do use other mud masks and peels that I have depending on what my skin is doing at that moment. I also have been using a spin brush that I picked up and I have notice a great improvement since pairing it with the Deep Pore Wash. But I think that will be another post in time.

Well I hope you enjoyed reading!

Blog Post Ideas – Organising

I know spring began in March.  It is now May, and as I write this at 8:45 in the morning with 65 degree weather with a possible high of 83 and all of my windows open. Here in south-eastern Wisconsin it’s finally feels and looks like spring. With that I finally feel like spring cleaning and organising my home and life. Just kidding about my life, its pretty organized. But I do have projects that I would like to start, like going through my clothes, cleaning up the closets that I dumped random items in when we moved in December or organise our storage bin in our apartment again because of all the random items I dumped in there.  I can only blame my self for that, but in my defense moving is very tiring.

As I was thinking of projects that need to get done,  I realised this would be a great blog post to do. So I made a list of different ways you organize.

How I Plan My Day
How I Organise My Makeup
House Tour
Bedroom Tour
Beauty Room Tour
Moving House Updates
Tips For Moving Home
Tips For Renting
My Collection of [items]
DIY Storage Ideas
Life Hacks For Organisation
How To Track Your (ex. period, savings)
Homeware Product Review (ex. cleaning product, gadget)
Bullet Journal Hacks
Setting Up A Life Planner/Binder
Home Decor Ideas
Creating A Work Space
Blog Organisation
How To Organise Your [room/place/objects etc]
How To Be Organised
Kitchen Organisation

I hope you found this helpful and enjoyed reading!

Life Update: New Nephew, Second Cat , Hair Color and More!

Its been awhile since I did one of these post. My life has been a little eventful and was sick with a cold and dealing with a pinched nerve in my back I thought I would share some of the highlights and things I have been enjoying lately.

New Nephew

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Our nephew was born on April 2nd, one after his due date, April 1st which was Easter and April Fools day! Here is a picture of him smiling. What a cutie.

 Second Cat

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Floki and Bjorn

We adopted another kitty last month on March 22nd. He was brought up from Mississppi just a few days before we went to the shelter and adpoted him.  That very day he was placed up for adoption. For three weeks we kept the boys seprated and after one day of meeting Bjorn and Floki became best buds as you can see in the picture. I didn’t think they would become good friends that quickly, I thought for sure it would be a while before they started sharing a bed.

New Hair Color

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I am loving this ruby-red by Splat. I put the red right over the fading orange since it was light enough for me to do that.

 Eyeshadow Palettes

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Left :Milkshake Right:Sugar

How pretty are these shadows from Face Candy? Lately I have been playing a lot with the Milkshake palette. Milkshake is an all matte palette and is a dupe for Just Peachy by Too Faced. Sugar is also a dupe for Sweet Peach by Too Faced. They blend really nicely and I just love them, perfect for spring I feel.

Far cry 5

This game is NUTS! I must have played a week straight, which is okay because I did hurt my back and  havent been able to do much. My Husband finished it in one week. I still have quite a bit to do in the game still. It has been my one of my favorites game so far.

Health Insurance

We finally have good affordable coverage from my husbands work and it is so awesome to be able to get my insulin, I take a long acting and short acting, for $20 a month. For three pens of my long acting insulin it would cost us roughly $274 if we didn’t have insurance.  It is great to be able to go to the doctor when you have a pinched nerve in your back. Or to set up an appointment to see a dermatologist for the psoriasis that will not go away from both fronts of your shins in the last 6 years or more. Before I was able to go to a free clinic and I would  get my insulin every month but it was always a long wait, sometime 1-2 hours before being seen by a doctor.

Thanks for reading!