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Thursday, November 7, 2013

About Me & My Blog :)

Hello and welcome to my blog! I realize there are a lot A LOT of beauty blogs out there, mine is dedicated mostly to drugstore and lower end makeup. I do not own any high end beauty products and do not plan to ever purchase any just because I like what I find at lower prices. I hope you will find this blog helpful, I try my best to be as detailed with my swatches and pictures as possible. I absolutely love makeup and I got really big into it about 2 years ago. Most of what I own is from e.l.f, Coastal Scents, NYX, and drugstore brands. I have a pretty big collection and plan to cover as many products as possible. If I can help someone find the right shade or review a product they are on the fence about purchasing the I have served my purpose :)

I am married with one daughter who will turn 5 next year (2014) and I am a stay at home mom. My husband is a firefighter and we live in a small town in Arkansas. We have two cats named Lexy and Bella, I love cats they are by far my favorite animal I would build the world's largest no kill cat shelter if I could :) Please join my facebook page and feel free to share your thoughts on makeup, your swatches, reviews and more!  I would love to hear from you! Makeup Case Facebook Page.

How I Wash My Makeup Brushes

Washing your makeup brushes is just as important as the brushes themselves. Overtime your brushes accumulate makeup, oil, dirt, and bacteria which can lead to clogged pores and breakouts. You should wash your makeup brushes at least once a week but I wash mine once every 2 weeks, that's why there is daily brush cleaner for in between deep cleanings. In this post I will talk about how I wash my makeup brushes and what I use to do so as well as some tips.

*Everyday Cleaning*- This is a convenient and simple step you can take to make sure your brushes are bacteria free between deep cleanings. You will need a daily brush cleaner such as the e.l.f Daily Brush Cleaner. All you need to do is spray the cleaner on the bristles of your brush and swipe the bristles back and forth on a paper towel, repeat if necessary to the bristles are clean. Drying time is short, only a few minutes using this method.

*Deep Cleaning*- This should be done every 1-2 weeks depending on how often you use your makeup brushes. Nothing beats a good deep cleaning, you should know not all shampoos and soaps contain an antibacterial ingredient so you should still include the daily brush cleaner in this step if your brush shampoo doesn't have a ingredient in it that kills bacteria.

Tools I Use-
-Brush Glove (optional) found my dupe on ebay, this thing will change your life!
-Brush Shampoo
-Daily Brush Cleaner

*Pre-treat- This is a step you should take if you have any heavily soiled brushes or brushes that have wax based or oil based products on them such as gel eyeliner and lip gloss. What you will need to do first is take some liquid eye makeup remover and pour a little in a cap or small cup, swirl the bristles of the brush in the solution long enough to loosen the product out.

*Washing- First hold your brush under the faucet using luke warm water, always hold the brush downward to avoid getting any water into the ferrule because it can loosen the glue causing your bristles to fall out! After your bristles are thoroughly soaked spray some of the brush cleaning solution on the bristles but do not rinse, you can skip this step if the brush shampoo you are using contains a antibacterial ingredient. Next add a nickle size amount of shampoo on your brush glove or your hand, begin to gently swirl the the bristles and move them side to side working up a good lather. If you have many brushes to do I recommend doing them all at once instead of one at a time because it takes forever if you don't.

*Rinsing- After all of your brushes are soapy it's time to rinse, use the same method as before hold your brush downward under luke warm water and swirl the bristles on your hand until the water runs clear and you can see no more soap. Gently squeeze any remaining water out of the bristles.

*Conditioning- This step is optional and some people like to mix the conditioner with the shampoo but I like to do mine after. If you choose to use an oil such as argan or olive oil DO mix it with the shampoo, all you need is a tiny drop! First I use a pea size amount on my hand and massage the conditioner into the bristles with my fingers, I do this to all my face brushes and then rinse them again.

*Drying- I always lay my brushes flat on a towel to dry, I know some people use brush guards, I have those and have tried them and I didn't like how long it took for the brushes to dry. I recommend letting your brushes dry for at least 24 hours, brushes such as spoolies, angled liners, and smaller brushes will not take as long and brushes like kabuki and bigger face brushes may take a little longer.

*Polishing the Handle and Ferrule- Don't forget about the handle and ferrule when you clean your brushes! These parts can also carry bacteria and can get dirty over time. The best way to clean the handle and ferrule is by taking a little bit of alcohol on a paper towel and wiping them down.

*Cleaning Other Makeup Tools- Beauty Blenders, sponges and eyelash curlers etc. need to be cleaned as well, when it comes to sponges wet them and massage them in your hands with a drop of shampoo. Squeeze them repeatedly and you'll see the dirty soap come out. Eyelash curlers should be wiped down with alcohol or sanitizing wipes such as germ x, these can also be used to sanitize the ferrule and handles of your makeup brushes.

*Tips: -Sometimes, especially with cheaper brushes your handle can become loose from the ferrule, put a few drops of super glue on the end of the handle and firmly push it back into the ferrule, let dry overnight. I've done this a few times and it works great!
-Don't ever stand your brushes in a cup to dry this can create moisture in the ferrule.
-Try washing brushes with white colored bristles with dawn dish washing liquid with bleach alternative, it will help brighten up the bristles.

Products I recommend:
-Shampoos- Neutrogena anti-residue, Johnson's baby shampoo, Dawn hand renewal dish soap
-Conditioners- Aussie 3 minute miracle, Organix moroccan argan oil, Neutrogena triple moisture
-Oils- Extra virgin Olive, Argan, Almond
-Daily Brush Cleansers- e.l.f, sephora
-Liquid makeup removers- Equate, Maybelline clean express, Neutrogena, Simple
- "Brush Glove" on ebay

How do you clean your makeup brushes?

Coastal Scents Smokey Palette

In my last order I placed with Coastal Scents I ordered this palette, at first I was thinking what about this palette is smokey? Usually when I think of smokey eye I think of whites, silver, blacks, browns and even purples but this has a variety of shades and many of them are very bright and vivid. I have really seen the smokey eye evolve from just your basic black to green, purple, blue and other colors as well. It is amazing the looks you can create to put a spin on a traditional eye look.

The packaging is a thin black matte case with a snap shut lid like many of the other coastal scents palettes.  This palette retails for $20 and has 36 shades the size of the pans are smaller than the hot pots but bigger than the shadows in the 88 palettes I would say about the size of a nickle. There are 12 matte shades, 7 satin shades, 14 shimmer shades, and 3 glitter shades. On most of my eye looks I like to use a combination of shimmer and matte shades, I just feel like it evens everything out and pulls the look together nicely.

Coastal Scents has sectioned these eyeshadows in their own groups of 6 so the shades all coordinate together.

Section 1. Neutrals
Section 2. Greens
Section 3. Purples
Section 4. Silver/Black- (Traditional Smokey eye colors)
Section 5. Blues
Section 6. Pinks

The looks you can do with this palette are endless, so many shades to choose from and of course you can branch out of the sections to create your own colorful masterpiece! These eyeshadows are really hit and miss as you will be able to tell below I have swatches of each group of shades.






 Have you tried this palette? What are your thoughts on it?

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Depotting Eyeshadow Flame and Oven Method

Ok so I have to admit I really need the space in my makeup collection so I did some major depotting. In a way it feels like I'm breaking up my makeup family somehow at the same time lol. I researched ways to depot and found a few different options flame method, oven method and flat iron method. I used the oven and flame method, I did attempt the flat iron method but it didn't seem to get hot enough to do much.

Flame method- Probably the most popular method of depotting eyeshadow, works fast but the smell from the melting plastic is pretty bad. I cover my face with the shirt I'm wearing and it helps.

*Tools needed:
-Thumb tack or pin
-Something to put the depotted eyeshadows on to let them cool.

I recommend doing this outside or in an open area, open windows and turn on a fan. Some people just hold a lighter underneath what they are wanting to depot but the lighter can heat up quick, I use a candle. The easiest way to do this is try to remove any stickers or labels because these can catch fire. Get something to sit the candle on to catch the dripping wax, hold the item you are wanting to depot in the pliers and hold it directly over the flame. Make sure the flame is touching the bottom of the item you are depotting, the plastic will begin to melt but shouldn't drip. Keep an eye on it to make sure it doesn't catch fire, this has happened to me a few times but I just blow out the flame. It only takes about 20-30 seconds so make sure you don't hold it over the flame for too long. After the bottom has begun to melt take your item still holding it with pliers, and put it over the plate or paper towel and stick the thumb tack through the bottom. The product should come out smoothly, if it doesn't you may need to put it back over the flame for a bit longer.

Oven Method- A good way to depot many eyeshadows at once such as a palette.

*Tools Needed:
-Flat cookie sheet pan
-Wax paper
-Oven mitt
-Thumb tack or pin

Pre heat your oven to 250 degrees, line your flat cookie sheet pan with wax paper and put the products you are wanting to depot on the cookie sheet. This is something that times will vary on, keep an eye on it and when you see the plastic starting to warp a little take it out and try to poke underneath with a thumb tack to see if it's soft enough to push through. If it isn't put it back in the oven for a little longer.

Note- When is comes to cream products using both of these methods will of course melt them. If you can scrape out the cream based products before you depot anything if they are in the same palette to avoid them spilling onto your powder products. After you finish the depotting process you will want to remove any remaining glue residue from the bottom of the pan of the product you depotted. The best way to do this is to use rubbing alcohol or acetone. When you get ready to put these in a palette you can either glue them in for a permanent palette, or buy a magnetic palette such as a z palette and buy either magnetic tape or sheet metal both found in craft stores.

                                               Here is the end result, ready for a z palette!
 Something else I decided to make with some of my e.l.f depotted eyeshadows was my own little version of urban decay's smoked palette.
Have you depotted anything lately? What method did you use?