Wednesday, 25 March 2015

DIY Natural Daily Brush Cleanser

If you're anything like me, cleaning your makeup brushes is one of those necessary chores that you just don't look forward to. Deep cleaning leaves your brushes out of commission for hours, so for daily cleaning I used a spot cleanser.

I used to purchase these from MAC and Sephora, but when you look at the ingredients they are usually 90% alcohol. While that works well for sanitizing and quickly drying brushes, I find that when I use cleansers with alcohol it tends to make the brush hairs dry and brittle. I pay good money for my brushes and want them to last, so I experimented to come up with my own solution.

All you need are three simple ingredients than can be found at most drugstores:
Witch Hazel - a natural astringent
Tea Tree Oil -  kills bacteria (you could also use lemon, lavender or another anti-bacterial essential oil if you don't like the scent of tea tree oil)
Glycerin - adds moisture (you can find natural or vegetable glycerin at many natural pharmacies or online)
Since exposure to light can decrease the shelf life of essential oils, I suggest trying to find an opaque spray bottle to house your cleanser. Add 5 parts Witch Hazel, 1 part Tea Tree Oil, and a few drops of Glycerin to your bottle, and you're pretty much ready to go! I recommend shaking before use to make sure all ingredients are thoroughly mixed.

Spraying on the cloth instead of the brushes will help to keep drying time to a minimum. Simply swirl your brushes into the cleanser to remove all the grime, and use a dry section of the cloth to absorb excess moisture.
I think the photo speaks for itself! Of course I still give my brushes a good shampoo every few weeks, but by spot cleaning them daily I am helping keep my brushes and my skin clean and free of bacteria.

Be honest - how often do you clean your brushes?
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Monday, 23 March 2015

Weekend Layers

Happy Spring friends! The snow is finally starting to melt away, but I'm still waiting for the real spring weather to find its way North. Still, nothing that a little layering and bright accessories can't help cure!

Shirt: Old Navy {exact on major sale} | Vest: Old Navy {similar} | Jeans: American Eagle {exact}
Necklace: Forever 21 {similar} | Boots: Spring {similar} | Glasses: c/o Firmoo {exact}
I've been waiting all winter to be able to bust out this necklace again. I just love the pretty spring hue that it brings to this basic outfit. Paired with my well-loved staples, the world's most comfortable jeans and black puffer vest, and a little bit of pattern it makes for the perfect Sunday outfit for church and errands.
Here's a little peek at how I've remixed some of these pieces:
Going Dotty | Black & White | Fashion Friendly Frames
 What are you favourite comfy layering pieces?

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Friday, 20 March 2015

Friday Favourites - Blog Lovin v2

It's been way too long since I last shared the love of some of my favourite fellow bloggers. These ladies have all recently shared some amazing content that has inspired me in so many areas, so here I am linking up with Amanda to share with you some of my recent favourite reads!

Speaking of Amanda, if you're looking for some wedding inspiration she is your girl. The photos of her recent nuptials seriously belong in a magazine they are beyond beautiful!
image by Sunglow Photography via Meet @ The Barre
If you're looking for the perfect weekend look for spring, Karly has you covered. She's shared this amazing laid back look that has me on the hunt for the perfect accessories to pair with a crisp white button down.
Casual Vibes
image via Miss in the Midwest

Alyssa shared her incredible half-marathon race story that inspired me to sign up for my next race in June! All the elements were against her but she pushed through and crushed her goal - how amazing is that?!
image via Alyssagoesbang
And finally, for anyone looking for a new hairstyle for spring, Meagen (who also JUST gave birth to the most beautiful baby boy) recently shared this tutorial for achieving this super pretty halo braid. Here's hoping I can master the dutch braid in this lifetime so I can rock this look!

image via The Modern Tulip
What are some of your favourite recent reads? Share a link in the comments and spread the love of  your favourites!

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