Taking Care of Your Brushes

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by Francoise Saint-Pierre

Cleaning makeup supplies is perhaps the task we all dread after creating a look- especially if you have to create multiple looks in one sitting. From cleaning, to never having to deal with sparkly brushes again, check out some tricks and products that will make your life so much easier when it comes time to clean your brushes or apply unique types of makeup!

Cleaning your brushes

Use a gentle soap (bar soap can do) to clean your brushes. Some people like to use olive oil as well. There are a lot of gadgets available to help you clean your brushes, one of which is the Sigma Brush. 

The Sigma Brush is great since it offers different textures for a fast cleaning. Be careful not to totally submerge the handle, and let your brush dry upside down since the moisture might affect the glue (loosening the hair and wow…you get a big, black hair on your bride’s lips) or even turn your wooden handle into a mold playground.

Cleaning between colors

So let’s say you do a very colorful makeup or you are working on a series of looks. I bet at the end of the day you have over 30 brushes to clean. You were in a rush and had no time to clean your brushes in between, so you end up with all your brushes dirty and a good hour of cleaning to do. This time is over.

Color Switch by Vera Mona removes the color from eye shadow brushes, helping the makeup artist switch to another color quickly and efficiently. Basically, you now can do a makeup look with your favorite eight brushes without needing to double up on the eye shadow brushes.

Sanitizing your hands

Using the traditional hand sanitizer can become quite repetitive. Mix it up with a French Lavender hand sanitizer. Still killing 99.99 percent of harmful bacteria, the sanitizer smell marvelous and helps you relax.

Other issues

Is glitter getting stuck in your brush? Try a Silicon Glitter Brush to stop ruining your brushes.

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Clayspray

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Clayspray harnesses the power of clay to give your skin new life. They actually refer to clay as “the secret of life” and the line of Clayspray for Face products are designed around that principle. A combination of mineral water and clay masques are available for nearly every skin type with each offering it's own unique benefits. My favorite part – the products are incredibly easy to use and of course, they're far cheaper than heading to a spa for a comparable treatment

Before you apply any of the masques, Clayspray recommends starting with the H2Ospray Hydrate Natura Spring Water to prepare your skin. It's designed to both moisturize and refresh skin and can even be used to fix makeup throughout your hectic day.

The next step is choosing a Clayspray Clay Masque. Each masque tackles common skin issues such as removing toxins and impurities, using natural minerals to fight the signs of aging, reducing pore size and moisturizing. The clay contains collagen boosting silica, moisturizing potassium and overall skin health boosting calcium. All this is mixed with Aloe Vera to improve cell regeneration and reduce inflammation.

All you have to do is apply, let dry and wash away. It really is that simple to turn back the clock or simply prevent skin from ever showing it's age. I'd recommend these for anyone looking for a powerful, yet more natural way to take care of their skin and fight all the signs of aging at once.

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Get the Look: Judy Greer at the “Married” Premiere

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It's the middle of the summer so what better way to keep your summer look than to keep your makeup and hair light and fresh! Using inspiration from Judy's Jimmy Choo tomato red clutch, makeup artist Tamah uses a red lip to add to the pop of red. To balance the pop of color with the rest of the look, Tamah gave Judy a 'summer smokey eye' which gives the eyes definition while veering away from using the typical dark colors normally associated with the traditional smokey eye. With beautiful braided hair by hairstylist, Gregory Russell completing the look, Judy has given the summer look not only a new definition, but a perfect look for everyone to wear in just a few steps! Read below for the step by step to get Judy's look:

Hair Preparation. Start by dampening hair and blowing it out with an Ibiza round brush and applying Leonor Greyl Éclat Naturel to the ends of your hair.

The Braid. Next, part your hair down the center and pin up the crown section to braid last. French braid each side back and fasten the end of the braid with a clear elastic and braid the crown section (just a regular braid, not a French braid). Following the braid, pull out a few pieces around the face and loosen each of the braids and roughen them up a bit.

The Finishing Touch. After spraying more Kevin Murphy Resort Spray,  pin the side braids into two low buns and connect them with the crown braid. To complete the look, finish with Kerastase Laque Couture.

Eyes. Apply a thin layer of Benefit Creaseless Cream Eye Shadow in Flatter Me with a fluffy brush to keep it sheer. Next, use a touch of the top and bottom left shadows from the Dior 030 Incognito Eyeshadow Quad. Use the bottom right as a liner under the lower lash line. Apply Bobbi Brown Gel Liner in black directly to the upper lash line, and top it with Lancôme Hypnose Star Mascara in Black.

Cheeks. Use a touch of Make Up For Ever 033 Dark Antique Pink as a base, and top with Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder in Medium 2. Apply the bronzer with a medium sized fluffy brush (preferably one that is angled for bronzer).  Apply this to the cheeks and sweep it over the bridge of the nose, where the sun would naturally bronze.

Skin. Apply Koh Gen Do Maifanshi Foundation in 113 as foundation and concealer and use Laura Mercier Translucent Powder to set.

Lips. Use NYX Butter Lipstick in JuJu Amulette and MAC lip liner in Redd to set the lip line.

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Get the Look: Becky G. at the 2014 Premios Juventud

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Makeup artist Jessica Smalls took Becky G's typically fresh and clean look and revamped it to a more grown up subtle look which is nothing less than sexy and glamorous. Read on to see how you can get Becky's new look:

Start with the eyebrows by brushing them into place with clear brow gel and begin heavily rimming the eyes with COVERGIRL Bombshell Intensity Liner in Pitch Black Passion. Once the line is dark and intense, apply a matte dark brown shadow to the lid, using a firm eye shadow brush. Once the dark brown shadow is applied, use Flamed Out Shadow Pot in Melted Caramel with a blending brush to blend the gold color into the matte brown. Using a clean blending brush, blend a soft tangerine color into the crease, to gradually fade and soften the brown smokey eye. Apply a wispy pair of false eyelashes and apply two coats of Clump Crusher Mascara and your eyes are done!

Moving on to the skin, hydrate your skin with oil free moisturizer and apply a thin layer of foundation primer. Let the primer settle for about a minute and using a dampened sponge, apply two layers of COVERGIRL Ready, Set Gorgeous Foundation in Natural Beige (205), waiting about 45 seconds between the first and second layers. Let the foundation cover what it can and then use Ready, Set Gorgeous Concealer in Fair (105/110) to cover dark spots and to brighten the are under the eye. Following the concealer, set your skin with truMAGIC The SunKisser on your temples, cheekbones and jawline to give your skin dimension. Finally, on the apples of your cheeks, apply Cheekers Blush in Pretty Peach (150) and sweep a loose shimmer powder over the entire cheek area and wa-la, your skin is ready to go!

Onto the final touch: Lips. Exfoliate your lips with a bit of granulated sugar and lip balm. Once your lips are soft and supple, use the remaining foundation off the sponge and apply it to your lips to rid your natural lip color. Using a lip brush, apply COVERGIRL LipPerfection in Heavenly (260) to your lips and top it off with Colorlicious Lip Gloss in Give me Guava (630).

And there you have it: a grown up look with a dash of sexy and glamorous! Click here to see Becky G's acoustic performance at Premios Juventud of her new hit single "Shower".

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Easy Summer Beauty with Walgreens!

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The summer time can be one of the hardest seasons to get a gorgeous makeup look. Battling the heat, humidity, and *eeek* sweat, you have a plethora of barriers keeping you from being a fresh faced goddess. Never fear my beauty friends! Walgreens has enlisted me to help you put together a simple and stunning Summer beauty look that will keep you protected, and keep your makeup melt-proof.


First things first…sun protection! I like to have two options on hand. I start off with a lotion (which is my preferred method for protecting my face) and then keep a spray on hand for touch ups throughout the day. My current favorites are Hawaiian Tropic Sunscreen for my initial boost of protection and hydration. Next, I make sure to keep my Banana Boat Sun Spray in my purse for all day spritzing and protection. It is super easy to spray on the go, and it instantly absorbs into the skin. Love!


Next, I make sure to use a BBCream on my face for a clean and natural coverage that doesn’t cake or fade during the summer heat. Keep the rest of the face simple! During the summer, all you need is a punch of color on the lips to give your face a radiant boost. Due to the heat, your cheeks will have a natural flush, so keep it clean with a long lasting lip such as Revlon Moisture Stain lip stain in Barcelona Nights. The color is amazing on all skin tones, lasts through the worst of humidity issues, and can even be used on the cheeks if you want an extra punch of sheer color. This will be your new summer must have.

Finish off your look with a few coats of mascara. My current favorite is Maybelline Pumped up! Mascara. This mascara gives you the look of false lashes, and allows you to keep your eye look minimal. The glorious, black lashes are all you need!

Last, but not least, finish off your summer look with a bright nail color. My go to for summer is the Revlon Gel Envy in Hot Hand (don’t you just looove the name!). The coral-pink color looks amazing with my flip flops and brightens up my look. It screams “summer is here”. Find a bright, cheerful color, and rock that pedicure my friends!

There you have it! A simple, clean and easy summer look that will keep you protected and makeup meltdown free. Enjoy!

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Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Walgreens Beauty through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Walgreens Beauty, all opinions are my own.

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Get the Look: COVERGIRL Janelle Monae at Essence Music Festival

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Get the Look: Simple, Yet DefinedMixing black and white has always been chic... But adding a signature red lip? Now that's a beautiful look that is simple, yet defined.

COVERGIRL's Janelle Monae has always been known for wearing the classic black and white's with her signature red lip and to make her glow at the Essence Music Festival, the focus was all on her skin, lashes and lips. Find out how to get Janelle's signature look below in three simple steps!

Step 1: Face. Use two shades of truBLEND Liquid Foundation – one to highlight the under eye area and the other to match your complexion! There is no need to finish with powder because truBLEND dries down to a powdery finish.

To add an extra glow, apply Queen Collection Natural Hue Bronzer to the outer perimeter of the face (forehead, cheeks, etc.), to provide dimension, contour and a soft, subtle glow.

Step 2: Eyes. Using Bombshell Intensity Liner in black, draw a thick line that wings out to elongate the eye, and top it off by adding false lashes and a few coats of Clump Crusher by LashBlast mascara to both top and bottom lashes. 

Step 3: Lips. To get Janelle’s classic signature red lip, first apply LiPerfection Lipcolor in Hot, then smudge a dab of Colorlicious Lipgloss in Sweet Strawberry for dimension and shine.

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DHC Skincare Sets

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Give your face an extra moisturizing boost with DHC's amazing olive oil and coQ10 sets. I'm a huge fan of skincare sets since they provide me with the right set of products to achieve maximum results. These sets are no different. Plus, they're DHC which means your skin will love every product.

Anyone dealing with dry skin will likely see a major difference in their skin after using the DHC Olive Essentials Set . From cleansing to moisturizing, this set does it all. The set is their best selling for a reason, and has been an essential in my personal arsenal of skincare products for years. The Deep Cleansing Oil puts olive oil to work to get rid of any dirt and makeup on your skin. Ensure your pores are squeaky clean by washing with the Mild Soap. The Mild Lotion provides the first layer of moisturizer while the Olive Virgin Oil ensures moisture stays locked in. Not only will your skin be cleaner than ever, it'll feel smooth and supple too.

If you feel you need that extra boost of firming, and brightening, than try out the CoQ10 set! Each of the Firming CoQ10 sets feature the Deep Cleansing Oil to moisturize and cleanse at the same time. DHC recommends using any lathering cleanser after the cleansing oil to finish washing away any other impurities. Both sets also include the CoQ10 Lotion to help tone skin. You can choose between the Cream or Milk sets with each containing either CoQ10 Cream or CoQ10 Face Milk moisturizers. The high concentration of CoQ10 helps firm skin to give you a youthful appearance. You can also separately order the amazing DHC CoQ10 Neck Cream to help take care of the often neglected neckline. 

With the sets ranging from $85 - $88, these sets are far cheaper than purchasing each item separately. Think of them as a skincare makeover to fight the signs of aging and everyday dryness.

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