I get asked this question a lot: How do I properly clean my makeup brushes and how often should I clean them?
First, you can spot clean in between uses with a brush cleaner. I generally use the Sephora or MAC one, depending on which one I have in stock at home.
However, you should clean your brushes thoroughly somewhere between once a week and once every two weeks depending on how much you use your brushes, how often you wear makeup, and how many different colors you use from day-to-day.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
1. Cleanser — I use Cetaphil, but I’ve used Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Shampoo (No More Tears) in the past. I find that Cetaphil is gentler on my skin and on the bristles of the brush so it works for me.
2. Tepid to warm water from your sink. Hot water IS NOT good for your brushes, as you risk melting the glue that holds the fibers of the brush together within the ferile.
3. Clean washcloth and Clean hand towel for drying.
Always place the brush brush-side down when cleaning. You don’t want to risk getting water up under the bristles into the area of the brush where the glue holds the bristles and the brush together. (This is called the ferile.) And it’s the most delicate part of your brush, the part worth keeping in tact since you’ve spent hard earned money on these brushes.
When drying, you can invest in some brush covers for drying if you so choose. I don’t use them, but I’d like to order some soon. They are designed to hold the natural shape of your brush better than just lying flat to dry. You can find them here.
STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS:
Step 1: Wet the brush with your water, under the sink. Make sure to get the entire brush nice and wet, and keep the brush facing down.
Step 2: Put a dollop of Cetaphil (or chosen cleanser) in the palm of your hand.
Step 3: Swirl your brush in the palm of your hand coating the brush with all the cleanser. Swirl until the bristles return to their normal color or you feel most of the old makeup is gone.
Step 4: Squeeze the soapy mixture out of the brush from root to tip.
Step 5: Rinse the brush until all cleanser and dirt is removed from the brush.
REPEAT STEPS 2-4 AS NECESSARY
Step 6: Squeeze excess water out with a clean washcloth.
Step 7: Lie flat to dry overnight.
Hope you enjoyed Technique Tuesday! If you have any questions or comments, please let me know!
So, I started dating a guy after the “Big Ex.” You know, the Ex that just takes forever to get over. That one. The new guy seemed great and we really hit it off. Talking into all hours of the night, enjoying the newness of what was upon us. About three months into the relationship, he lost his job. Fortunately, he had a friend whose parents worked for a welding company in Oklahoma. Keep in mind it’s BFE Oklahoma. So he got a job working in the office at this company in Oklahoma…middle of freaking nowhere! I knew some guys in that industry and they told me this was a “super cushy, low stress” job. However, Mr. Horrible No Good Very Bad Day Every Day made it seem like the toughest, most stressful job on the face of the Earth. We talked everyday and I was completely in love (or so I thought.) The distance makes you fonder right? Ha! So, I packed up my car, readied my playlist, and took a road trip to go visit for a week. I had a fantasy of it being all romantic and surprising, and I thought it would be a good way to keep him company and make his days better. You know, they were so awful in that “cushy” office job of his. Being a woman now, I had something sexy planned. This was going to go off without a hitch. He was going to love it. He was going to be so full of intense lust and love for me that he wouldn’t be able to see straight? Right? Well, that is how it played out in my head.
Just like any other day of his, this was a Horrible No Good Very Bad Day, but I had a plan. A sexy plan. I was going to cook supper for the two of us wearing nothing but an apron and heels, so when he came home he would see me as the sexy potential awesomeness that I certainly was. Of course, he didn’t see anything. He walked in, looked at me, obviously recognized I was naked cooking, said hello, walked past me into the bedroom. Um, what? I’m NAKED HERE!!!! And I’M COOKING YOU DINNER. Oh, and by the way, I drove very far to be here to be naked in your kitchen preparing a lovely meal. What is happening? Surely he’s just gotta pee. Right, he’s gotta pee, and I’ll just wait here at the stove and continue to be sexy. Yeah, I’m good. Don’t over react. Yep. We’re fine.
He changed into comfortable clothes, came back. Yes, this it! This is the sexy time where he grabs me by the waist and kisses me gently like in the movies. And then, well you know….
“Um, Glitter, this is the universe, and I’m telling you to brace yourself.” WHAT! Brace myself? For what? Awesomeness?
He went straight to his Xbox. OMG. Seriously? A video game? There’s a NAKED WOMAN COOKING FOR YOU IN YOUR KITCHEN!!!!! Every possible emotion flashes through my body, pulsing down into my toes, well, my heels, since my freaking toes are cramped into these uncomfortable things so tightly. I’m angry, I’m sad, I’m utterly mortified. I’m self conscious. OMG. I am competing with an Xbox. I’m naked. It’s a video game. Lovely. This is SO NOT LIKE THE MOVIES.
So, what’s a girl to do? Put on clothes. Pack your bags. And walk out the door. So, that’s what I did. While this might not be the most embarrassing dating story you’ve ever heard, it’s by far the most humiliating. Putting yourself out there, and getting rejected in the worst way just takes a piece of your innocence away. A piece that you’ll never get back. A piece that, inevitably, you’re hesitant to give to another. But, keep trying. The right guy is going to love this.
Moral of the Story: The next time you cook naked, make sure it’s with a guy who likes you to be naked.
Hello again! Hope your day is treating you well! I promised y’all a Concealer Run Down on Instagram and Facebook, so here we go!!
All concealers are not made equal. Each concealer serves a different purpose, and I have always used more than one concealer. Some are made for cover up to camouflage scars, spots, or those pesky little pimples. Other concealers are made to decrease the appearance of dark circles. The newest concealers on the market are brighteners and highlighters, and these have recently been my favorite!
Before we get into the individual products, just a quick run down on some color tips with concealer. Depending on what you are trying to do, a little use of the color wheel here is helpful. If the two colors are complimentary colors (directly across from each other on the color wheel), one color will balance out the other.
Redness — green concealer or green primers
Dark Circles — yellow-orange based concealers (On packaging, look for the buzz word “warm.” This depends on whether your dark circles are more blue-toned or more purple-toned. If they are blue-toned, look for orange-y concealers in a salmon-y color. However, if they are more purple-toned, then opt for yellow-based concealers.)
Dark Spots/Freckles — closest to skin color and one shade lighter than your foundation
Light Sunburn or Self Tanner mishaps — blue concealer
Yellow-y skin/spots — purple concealer
Today’s post won’t include any of the green, purple, or blue concealers; it will just focus on every day concealers that most people tend to buy. If you would like to see a detailed post on colorful concealers, let me know in the comments, and I’ll do what I can for you. Without further ado….Here are the swatches for each product contained in this post.
1. MAC Select Cover Up, $18 (available at MAC counters/stores)
This is a thicker consistency yellow-based high coverage concealer designed to camouflage just about everything. It covers acne spots, dark spots, and dark circles. I personally use this one for acne spots, but I find it to be too thick and too drying for undereye circles. I love the tube packaging of it, which helps me to prolong its use. In addition, it seems pretty sanitary this way. This one has great staying power and will last all day, no reapplication necessary.
2. L’Oreal Magic Lumi Highlighting Concealer, $10.99 (available at drugstores)
L’Oreal Magic Lumi is possibly one of my favorite products ever. I have repurchased it several times. It’s a light luminescent highlighting concealer with a sheer finish. Highlighting concealers are not made to conceal spots, but are more to create light around the eye socket area giving you the appearance of being more awake and possibly a little younger. I apply this one (after foundation and under-eye concealer) to the top of the cheek bone around the eye socket area going out toward the outer corner of the eye, on the brow bone, down the center of my nose, in a fanned-out pattern between my brows, and at the cupid’s bow (the top little dimple of your top lip). It has a slight shimmer to it, so it reflects light whether you put it on before or after foundation. It is easily blendable and can even be put over top powder without getting cakey. This one just makes my whole makeup look appear flawless.
3. Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer, £4.19 (Boots or Superdrug, UK) or $19 (Amazon, US)
Unfortunately, this concealer isn’t readily available in the U.S., but you can order it on Amazon at a slightly inflated price. This concealer is a bit of a cult classic, and I was recently able to get my hands on one. I now understand why it is considered by many in the beauty blogosphere to be the “holy grail” of concealers. It’s affordable, creamy, is very long wearing, brightening, and is AWESOME for dark circles. It provides great coverage, whether you are using it for dark circles or blemishes, or even redness. I have been using this lately as my go-to concealer under my eyes and at the bottom corners of my nose (where I tend to stay pretty red in the fall/winter).
4. Nuance by Salma Hayek Concealer & Brightener, $10.99 (available at CVS)
This is a concealer/brightener duo. I’m not 100% certain whether the stick is the concealer or brightener because it’s not clearly marked. This one gets a ton of bad reviews online, and I’m not really sure why. I use the stick as the concealer, and it’s really creamy and moisturizing. It has good coverage, but not the best I’ve ever used; however, it has great lasting power. I use the bottom portion to brighten, which unscrews to reveal a little brush. The brightener is comparable in consistency to the L’Oreal Magic Lumi, but it’s more opaque than that one and not as illuminating because it does not contain any shimmer. If you have wrinkles around your eyes, I would suggest this brightener over the L’Oreal because matte products are better for deep lines and wrinkles. At $10.99, it’s a bit pricey for what it delivers, but it is two products in one. I’m still on the fence as to whether I will repurchase this one when I finish it.
5. Garnier Skin Renew Anti Dark Circle Roller, $12.99 (available at drugstores)
I have been using this little roller ball for a very long time. The formula is sheer and light weight, so it blends easily. I would not have ever thought that a sheer formula could cover dark circles, but this one does!! It contains a caffeine gel formula which awakens the eye area because when applied to the skin, it has anti-inflammatory properties. (Interestingly, some studies have shown that caffeine applied to the skin kills damaged cells without harming live healthy cells.) I usually apply the thin layer of this just after my foundation and right before my Lasting Perfection concealer. The duo works fantastically together! I’m quite possibly on my 7th or 8th tube of this stuff, and should they ever discontinue it, I will write a very stern letter to Garnier. Oh, and this stuff is not located in the concealer section! It’s in the skincare section.
6. Maybelline FIT Me Concealer, $6.99 (available at drugstores)
You can tell from the photo that this concealer gets a lot of love from me. The packaging has taken a real beating! Prior to getting the Lasting Perfection, I used this one as my “holy grail.” The formulas are so incredibly similar. I find the only real difference to be that the Maybelline concealer is more moisturizing than the Lasting Perfection, even though the Lasting Perfection is a thinner formula. I use this one after the Garnier on my under eye area, as well has for camouflaging spots. It’s about a shade lighter than my foundation so it works well for all over the face if you don’t have other pigmentation or discoloration concerns to address. So, if you can’t get your hands on the Lasting Perfection, the Maybelline FIT Me is a nearly equal substitute. I will definitely repurchase this one again.
7. Benefit Watts Up! Highlighter, $30 (available at Sephora and Ulta)
This little stick is very pretty. It’s definitely a higher end highlighting product, not designed to conceal. However, I find it to be a great product similar to the L’Oreal Magic Lumi. However, the formulas are completely different. This one is a cream to powder formula, so I would not recommend applying it atop of any powder. It’s creamy and easily blendable with your fingers. I use this one on the same places on my face as the Magic Lumi — center of nose, cupid’s bow, high cheekbone, brow bone, and between the brows. It’s a beautiful luminous semi-sheer champagne that matches almost all skin tones. The only downfall to this product is that it comes in only one shade. I don’t know how this would fair on really dark skin tones, but I think it’s one of those colors that simply looks good on anyone.
8. Rimmel ScandalEyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal in “Nude,” $4.99 (available at drugstores)
This is actually an eyeliner, but it can also function as a spot concealer. I love finding products that can function as more than what they are marketed for. This pencil is super creamy, so you can dab it onto to blemish or spot and blend gently with fingers and ta-da!! It works just as well as any other spot concealer, is super long-lasting, and at half the price, who could resist?!! It’s great for lining the bottom waterline, too! That little trick will help to make your tired eyes look more awake after a sleepless night or a night out because it makes the whites of your eyes whiter.
I hope you’ve enjoyed the concealer run down! Have you tried any of these? If so, which ones? Are there any that you absolutely love that I need to try?? If so, let me know in the comments!!
I feel like we all struggle to find the perfect eye makeup remover. For me, it can’t be too oily, leave a residue, and it must remove all makeup, including waterproof or long-lasting formulas. That’s quite a bit to live up to for any remover. I have tried many different DIY recipes, and this one is, by far, the best one I’ve found. It’s great for any skin type and doesn’t leave an oily residue behind.
1. Organic Virgin Coconut Oil (unrefined and expeller pressed) $11/jar.
You can find this stuff at your local grocery store or organic market. It’s normally in the olive oil/cooking oil section.
Coconut Oil is amazing stuff!! It serves many beauty uses, as it is very moisturizing for dry skin and conditions lashes and brows. This jar will last you a good 6-9 months, depending on how often you use the coconut oil. My first jar lasted me 7 months, and during that time, I made eye makeup remover two or three times, and used the jar for countless other beauty tricks.
2. Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Shampoo. $1.99 -$2.50.
Available at any drugstore or grocery store
If you don’t use this stuff regularly (aka you don’t have kids), one full size will last you over 7 months if you are just using it for eye makeup remover recipes.
3. Filtered water. $1.50 or free.
Any filtered water of your choice will do. I use what I have on hand, which can be a bottle of water or water direct from my Brita filter.
4. A container for your mixture. I just use an old empty bottle from another eye makeup remover. Whatever you have, find, or buy will work.
1. Place closed jar of coconut oil in a bowl (or sink full) of hot water to melt it down into a liquid form. This only takes about 5 minutes, at most. So, I generally use this time to turn down the bed, light a candle, and pull my hair back.
2. Pour your liquified coconut oil into your container. I usually use what is close to a 1:1:1 ratio. So, I fill the container up a little more than 1/3 of the way.
3. Pour in the Johnson & Johnson Baby Shampoo. Same thing as Step 2.
4. Fill the remainder of the container with filtered water.
5. Shake it up.
6. Pour on cotton pad, and lightly press against it against a closed eye for about 30 seconds. (This allows the coconut oil to penetrate the makeup, making it come off easier and with the least resistance on the skin.)
7. Repeat on the other eye.
Daily Use Tips:
Because the coconut oil will tend to go back to its more solidified state, so you will have to put your container in some warm water for a few minutes each night before use. Admittedly, sometimes this is inconvenient, but the alternative is a crappy eye makeup remover that you spend just as much time rubbing off your eye makeup as you did in this whole process, or not taking your eye makeup remover off at all. (NO NO!)
Hope you enjoy this recipe! Let me know if you try it and how you like it!
It was just a random night out with my boyfriend and his friends, or so I thought. I had no idea the night would end with my snot all over my boyfriend’s face.
My boyfriend and his friends picked me up to take me to the party. The party was fine, nothing special about this one. It was just like any other Saturday night, except I was just getting over a cold.
On the ride home, my boyfriend and I sat in the back seat of the car, with his friends in the driver and passenger seats, respectively. About ten minutes from my house, we started making out, you know, just to get in some good tonsil hockey before we pulled into my driveway. During this makeout session, his friend seated in the passenger seat said something ridiculously funny which caused me to express the laugh through my nose, seeing as how my mouth and tongue were currently in use. As this force of air expelled through my nasal passages, my cold of yesterday roared its ugly head and snot spurted from my nose onto his face, mouth, and lips like a fire hose being turned on at full force. He was basically drinking my snot at this point. MAN OVERBOARD, MAN OVERBOARD!! He’s going to drown!!
So, I sit in the backseat forced with the question “WHAT DO I DO NOW?” Butler, please?? Can I get a tiny freaking Butler the size of the Snap, Crackle, Pop characters to come magically clean this up?? I mean, I am in a car, there is no escape. The friends have full knowledge this is happening and they are laughing so hard they are crying. Thank God it was dark because I would rather not have seen the disgust and shock on my boyfriend’s face. So, I did the only thing I could think of, and I used my sleeve to wipe his face and mine. Guess I’ll have to be my own butler. Duly noted, universe. Obviously, there was no making out after that abysmal performance.
I was never so happy to pull into my driveway and exit a car. I’m not even sure I said goodbye. I think I just got out and walked inside. Fortunately, he was pretty cool about it. I don’t remember hearing about it from him or his friends, but I’m certain they all had a pretty good laugh about it on multiple occasions.
Moral of the Story: Do not makeout when you are sick, even if you think you are well. You’re obviously not.
I know people are generally less inclined to purchase skincare from direct marketing companies such as Mary Kay, BeautiControl, etc.; however, the ladies in my family have been using BeautiControl for YEARS!! Literally, as far back as I can remember, my mother and my great aunt always had some BeautiControl products in their beauty repertoire. I first began using BeautiControl in college because I have very sensitive skin, and it was the ONLY thing that every cleared up my skin and prevented hormonal breakouts. Unfortunately, they’ve discontinued the line I used in college, and have since launched their “Spa Facial” line. The Spa Facial line features an array of products from Microderm Abrasaion to Acid Peels to the MOST amazing lip peel/butter you’ll ever use. Needless to say, I’m a big fan of their skincare products. Whether you have sensitive skin (like me), oily skin, dry skin (also like me), or combination skin, I highly recommend this line as it is versatile for all skin types. I don’t use every product of their line, but there are a few products I just cannot stop using. This eye creme is one of them. So, let’s get down to why it’s my favorite!
First of all, I think we can all agree that this packaging is beautiful. It’s sturdy and looks quite expensive. It travels well, and has never chipped on me, despite my clumsiness.
Next, it doesn’t really have a smell, other than a general eye cream smell. I like this because I think we all want our eye creme fragrance free. I do not want irritating fragrances around my eye areas, unless they are all natural. The texture of the creme is super silky even though it is dense and thick.
Third, I’ve been through about four of these pots. They last FOREVER!!! My most recent pot has lasted me nearly 6 months. The pot itself is 0.5 oz, but the formula is quite thick and you don’t need that much. So, six months at $35 is essentially $5.83/month for some of the best eye creme I might ever use. That’s less than a Subway meal deal.
I use it both morning and night. Make sure with eye creme that it is the FIRST thing you put on your face after washing, whether morning or night! If you wait, it may not absorb into the skin properly over top other products!
I don’t know exactly what ingredient makes it so amazing, but about 3-5 minutes after it sinks into your skin, you know something is happening. If you touch your eye area lightly, you’ll feel any possible dead skin rubbing off. Granted, you don’t want to rub your eye area, but it’s so hard not do to so lightly with this creme. The sloughing off of dead skin cells is so important in skin care because dead skin can clog pores and prevent cell turnover. So, if they are sloughing off around your eye area that means that you are getting some great cell turnover. This eye creme also contains algae extract and peptides which encourage speedy cell turnover because peptides give you the foundation to build collagen. Collagen is the ingredient in your skin that keeps it plump and wrinkle-free or wrinkled less. I really enjoy knowing and tangibly being able to see that my skin is renewing itself, as the packaging claims, right before my eyes.
It also contains hyaluronic filling spheres. If you’re not familiar with hyaluronic anything, this stuff is what we should all be looking for in skincare products. Hyaluronic Acid is the base of nearly anything you’ll find containing “hyaluronic” anything. It’s an acid that is naturally found in the body and is most present in fluids around the joints and eyes. Hyaluronic Acid has many uses for the body and eyes, but it’s greatest skincare attribute is that it is a magnificent moisturizer. It fills up wrinkles in the skin by swelling when it comes in contact with natural water in the skin and increases in volume utilizing a micro-resevoir effect. Since I have both dry and dehydrated skin, I am always on the lookout for products containing hyaluronic (hyaluronan) acid. Getting moisture into the skin, especially the eye area, can actually reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles because dry skin just makes your lines and wrinkles both look worse and deepen. Caroline Hirons said it best on her blog (which is my FAVORITE skincare blog) when she said, “Skin is made up of 70% water – around 20-30% of that is in the epidermis (top layer of the skin). In normal circumstances, your hydrolipidic film acts as a regulator and barrier – retaining moisture and protecting against germs. If – for whatever reason that is compromised, the moisture in the epidermis evaporates too quickly and the normal, healthy state of the skin is compromised.”
With this eye cream, I find my skin to be hydrated, plump, and the lines around my eyes less visible each day. I smile A LOT, so I am okay with having lines around my eyes, but this is one of those creams that really scales them back, especially in colder weather when my skin tends to be super dry.
At the end of the day, I will always try other eye creams, but this is one to which I will ALWAYS return. It is my absolute favorite.
Have you ever tried this eye cream? or any BeautiControl Products? What eye cream are you currently loving? Let me know in the comments!
P.S. If you are interested in purchasing any BeautiControl products, please let me know. I do not sell it, but I know people who do. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for any additional information or to get in contact with those I know who do provide this product.
Hello! Many of you have recently asked me to do some skincare reviews. I absolutely love trying new skincare, but it does take time. In order to know whether a product is worthy of its claims, it can take anywhere from 4-6 weeks for me to do the proper testing before reviewing. So, please be patient with me as I am currently testing 5 new products. As soon as I feel I have a good grasp on their functionality, benefits, and disadvantages, I will provide you with some in-depth reviews. To hold you over, though, here’s a sneak peek at the upcoming skincare products I’ll be reviewing for you.
1. Boots Botanics Gentle Cleansing Cream Ultra Calm for Sensitive Skin. Claims to remove makeup and impurities, as well as calm skin with marshmallow. Made in England.
2. Lush Buche De Noel Facial Cleanser. Claims to exfoliate, brighten, nourish and soften skin. Limited Edition. Not tested on Animals. Made in Canada.
1. c.Booth Honey Almond Nourishing Dry Oil Mist. Claims to impart a light lasting glow for instantly touchable skin, and moisturize. Not Tested on Animals. Made in the USA.
2. Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream with Super 7 Complex. Claims to be age-defying in that it prevents the signs of aging. It also claims to boost radiance and provide 24 hours of significant moisture. Made in France.
3. Beauti Control Restructuring Eye Crème . Claims to be an anti-aging complex of algae extract and peptides target the loss of firmness, fine lines and wrinkles around the eye area. The Advanced Antioxidant Complex consisting of encapsulated Resveratrol and vitamins protects skin from damaging free radicals. Made in Canada.
1. Sesha Skin Therapy Rejuvenating Anti-Wrinkle Mask for Mature Skin. Claims to smooth fine lines and wrinkles with peptides and botanical extracts, and to calm the skin from environmental stresses, therefore rejuvenating it back to a youthful glow.
Are there any I’ve listed that you’re particularly looking forward to? If so, let me know in the comments!
Every lady loves a pampering session at a nail salon to get that perfect manicure. Well, what if you could do that in the comfort of your own home while saving money and comfortably clothed in your pajamas? Well, you can! Here’s the method I use as well as some troubleshooting tips to rectify or prevent bubbles and thick goopy polish.
WHAT YOU WILL NEED
1. Acetone as your polish remover. Nail polish remover generally works, but if you have a highly pigmented color or glitter polish, regular nail polish remover just doesn’t do the trick.
2. Cotton pads, cotton balls, or paper towels to remove polish.
3. Cuticle Remover. I use the Sally Hansen “Instant Cuticle Remover.” It is designed to eat away the dead portions of the cuticle. I’ve tried many cuticle removers, and this is, by far, the best one I’ve found.
4. Cuticle pusher to gently push back your cuticles.
5. Small nail trimmer to cut away dead skin around the nail bed and to snip away cuticles.
6. Cuticle Oil to moisturize your cuticles and to put over your top coat for a quick dry at the end. I use the Beauty Secrets one, available at Sally Beauty Supply.
7. Nail file. I like these multiple-sided ones. They work really well for me, but use whatever you normally use or whatever you have on hand.
8. Base Coat. I use Seche Clear “Crystal Clear Base Coat.” I’ve only experimented with a few base (and top) coats, but this one is really great and cheap.
9. Polish of your choice.
10. Top Coat. I use Seche Vite “Dry Fast Top Coat.”
11. A synthetic fiber brush or q-tip for clean up. I use an old Sephora concealer brush for my post mani clean up. It has a tapered end which makes getting around the cuticles and into the small spots really easy.
WHAT TO DO
First, remove any existing polish from your nails. Next, cut, file, and shape your nails into your desired shape.
Next, place a small amount of the cuticle remover on and around each cuticle. Most cuticle removers require you to wait anywhere from 15 seconds to 2 minutes before working on your cuticles. Wait the appropriate time for whatever product you are using, then go in with your cuticle pusher and GENTLY push back your cuticles.
Then, go wash your hands thoroughly in warm soapy water. I like to save a special lavender soap for this part because it makes me feel all “spa-like.”
Fifth, use the trimmer to remove any dead skin, hangnails, and excess cuticles. Add cuticle oil to the cuticle and let sit for about 5 minutes.
Using your synthetic brush, dip it into the acetone and “paint” the nail with the acetone to remove oils and films from your nails. This is an important step because the residue from oils and/or moisturizers can cause bubbles in your mani at the end.
Now, before we move onto the actual painting of the nail, I’m going to let you in on a few ways to prevent manicure problems. Nail polishes contain solvents. These solvents mix the polish ingredients so that you have a uniform product. They evaporate into the air from top layer to bottom layer. If you paint on thick layers of polish, the top dries first creating a film over the nail refusing to allow the bottom layer solvents to esacape. This is how you get bubbles! So, thin coats are key! Heat is also a culprit of bubbles as it will cause your polish to thicken. Store your polish in a cool dry area. If you’ve kept a polish too long, volatile solvent evaporation will cause it to become thick and goopy. Basically, this means that the solvents evaporate while you are storing the polish, so make sure those caps are on tightly! If you find yourself with thick goopy polish, here are a few tips. Thick polish creates thick coats, which means, yep, you guessed it: Bubbles! To thin out your polish, use ONLY a nail polish paint thinner (available at a local beauty supply store or online) because it restores the evaporated solvents. NEVER use nail polish remover to thin out thick polish because remover breaks down the polish.
Another way to prevent bubbles is by rolling your polish between your hands instead of shaking it. Shaking it up will allow air particles into the polish. No bueno!
If yellowing nails is your concern, soak your nails in lemon juice for about 10 minutes or in a mixture of 3% hydrogen peroxide solution and baking soda.
Now, back to your regularly scheduled programming!
Start with painting your nail in ONE thin layer of base coat. Allow that to dry. The base coat is usually dry by the time you’ve finished all 10 nails.
Next, apply the polish of your choice in thin coats. The first coat should focus on getting a precise shape around the cuticle and the nail bed, whereas the second coat is for color payoff. Paint from the base of the nail bed downwards in the middle with one stroke. Next, pushing the polish at the base, follow the natural curve of the nail on each side of the first single stroke. Allow your first coat to dry for about a minute before you start on the second coat.
Apply your second coat in the same manner you applied the first coat. Allow to dry for a couple of minutes.
Then, apply your top coat. If you’ve accidentally made smudges or messed up at this point, your top coat should even everything out. Allow the top coat to dry for a minute or two.
Now, apply a single thin coat of the cuticle oil on top of the top coat. Allow your nails to fully dry. This waiting process usually only takes about 5-10 minutes.
Finally, go back with the synthetic brush dipped in acetone to clean up your mistakes. Be patient and be precise here. If you go slow and take your time, you will end up with one hell of a manicure. People will be asking you which nail salon you use because your nails will look super fabulous!!
I hope this process works as well for you as it does for me! Please tell me your favorite manicure tips and products in the comments! I am always looking for new products, colors, and tips to try out!
I once went on a triple date. Three girls. Three guys. Dinner. Dancing. After party. Seems simple enough, right? Well, it was until that moment where I had a little conversation with myself that went something like “Enough is Enough, Mademoiselle!” and left the after party.
After the dinner and the dancing, we went back to one of the guys’ apartments. To this day, I do not remember any of the guys or the other girls on the date. They were all nice enough, and were all pretty cool people. I must have blocked it out of my memory altogether, because the only thing that has ever stuck with me is what caused me to hide out near a dumpster at the end of the night.
At the after party, we had a few drinks and some h’ors d’oeuvres just sitting around chatting like normal post-party 20-somethings do. The apartment was really nice, and showcased a lovely white sectional. All the ladies were seated on the white sectional while the guys prepared everything in the kitchen. The chatter was lively, the music was upbeat, and everyone was having a great time, there was even stylish furniture for the studio.
I was wearing an adorable sleeveless lace top with a spring floral print skirt. I had been sitting on the white couch chatting with the ladies with my knees sweetly tucked under my bum sipping wine. I got the urge to make a dash to the ladies room. Nothing overly dramatic, but the wine was flowing. I stood, and turned to look at the girls to see if I could get them anything on my return from the loo. Their faces were faces of shock, confusion, pity. Their eyes gazed upon the white couch. My sight line slowly made its way to the couch.
OMG! This is NOT happening. Where’s the escape hatch? The rip cord? The trap door? My invisibility cloak? My ability to time travel? Clearly, my super powers were not working today, and nothing was going to save me now.
I had started my period on this guy’s white couch. Who buys a WHITE couch in their twenties?! I became angry at this guy for having a white couch to begin with, but I think my brain was just trying to process the inevitable. It wasn’t just a little bit that could’ve been easily cleaned or covered, it was everywhere. My cute spring floral print skirt looked like a murder had taken place on it. What does a girl actually do in this situation? I couldn’t very well ask for some cleaner and attempt to remove blood from a white couch while 5 people watched in horror. That would have taken the embarrassment to downright masochism.
So, I did what any self respecting person would do, and I picked up my purse and walked out the back door. I did not say a thing. I did not say goodbye. To my great fortune, nobody chased after me. I feared that might happen, but I was now presented with a whole new issue, where the eff was I supposed to go and how was I to get there? I didn’t have my car, and I had been having cocktails. I remembered that my best friend was having a “night in” that night at my apartment hanging out with my dog, so I called her to come get me. The conversation went something like this:
BFF: Hey, why are you calling me? I thought you were on a date?
Glitter: Oh, I was. Now, I’m not. I NEED you to come get me.
BFF: Why? What happened? Are you okay?
Glitter: Um, I started my period on his white couch.
BFF: ((uncontrollable laughter)) ok. I’ll be there in ten minutes. Wait, where are you?
Glitter: I’m at the XYZ Apartments hiding by the dumpster, and it stinks.
BFF: Oh, honey. I’m getting in my car now. I’ll call you when I pull in.
Glitter: Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
BFF: Hang on, so you just walked out?
Glitter: Yeah, what was I supposed to do? Scrub it with carpet cleaner only to watch it bleed all over the rest of the white couch? No pun intended.
BFF: ((More laughter)) I don’t think this guy will be calling you again.
Glitter: Yeah, I figured that. Please hurry.
Needless to say, I never heard from the guy again; not that I expected to. Thank goodness I didn’t personally know any of the girls. Having to relive that moment every time I saw one of them would’ve been too much. I felt bad about leaving his couch in such terrible shape. I would’ve called back an offered to have it cleaned, but I just could not bring myself to do so. I chickened out every time I picked up the phone. I now wish I would have at least done that because it would have been the right thing to do. But, for me enough was enough, mademoiselle.
I purchased this product because it was so beautiful in the packaging, and this midnight blue-almost-turquoise color is really on trend right now. The color was tempting me like a great bottle of wine at a very low cost. I caved (and I had a $3 off Revlon coupon, and Revlon was “buy one get one 50% off”). I like trying new products just because they look pretty, especially when it’s in a color I wouldn’t normally buy. I thought the turquoise-blue color would complement the gold in my eyes really well on a fancy night out because blue and gold do very well as complimentary colors.
Revlon Diamond Lust Neptune Star #115
The packaging is simple, sleek, sturdy, and pretty. It comes with a sponge eye shadow applicator (which I always save for later to use dipped in eye makeup remover to fix mishaps and shape my winged liquid liner).
Upon opening the package, I swatched the color. (Side Note: I really hate that you can’t swatch drugstore makeup in U.S. stores. It’s the bane of my drug store makeup shopping existence.) I immediately noticed that the formula was really talcum powdery. By that, I mean on first swatch, I got more smoky black than I did color. It took three swatches of intently dabbing the color in the same spot to see the color. This, I do not like. I’ve had this problem in the past with some NARS eye shadows (Night Porter, Night Watch, etc., which look lovely in the packaging, but when you put them on, they’re pretty much smoky black with a hint of color, but not enough of a hint to make a difference.) I knew at that moment, that this wouldn’t bode well. But, I gave it a fair shot, and put it on. The same thing happened on my eyes as with the swatch. All smoky black no color.
I used my Sephora Domed Crease Brush (which is discuss in my Brush Crash Course here) because it’s a brush that can load a dense amount of product in a small space. Still, NOTHING but smoky black! I literally applied 4 coats in small domed spots, as the brush would allow, all over my lid. I then tried to blend out the edges near the crease. Blending, not a chance! This eye shadow is taunting me!!!!!!! Blending? No ma’am. You’ll get black smoky color in the crease and a massive amount of “diamond” (aka glitter) color on the eye. Another drawback, FALLOUT!!! If you decide to use this product, don’t put on your foundation or concealer first! There’s so much fallout onto the face that you’ll end up looking like your favorite sibling (or enemy) gave you a lovely black eye. The day after I tried this, I still had glitter remnants on my eyes and my brushes, despite washing both!
At the end of the day I’ll be returning this one (you can return to CVS with receipt). There are so many other drug store eye shadows that are far superior than this one. I love love love REVLON lip products (they are my drugstore fave!), but this particular eye shadow is a total fail for me. However, if you are looking for something like this for a costume party or specific look, then it may work for you.
Bottom Line: Don’t waste your money or your time looking at them. Move along.