Cleaning makeup brushes is just one of those tasks that takes time and patience but is REALLY important. Once a week I like to do a really good clean  of my brushes getting rid of any old makeup, bacteria dirt, oil and all the other lovely things brushes tend to gather. This is the method I follow to clean my brushes:

1.Set up a towel for your brushes to lay on!

2. Begin to rinse your brushes with lukewarm water

3. Take any cleaning product of your choice (soft soap or shampoo) and run the brush back and forth in your hand. You will see the old makeup rinse away!

*can also substitute the side of the sink if you don’t want to use your hand.

4. Squeeze the brush gently, the water and makeup will continue to rinse away.

5. Repeat if necessary! You may have to assess the brush situation, there could be more makeup in the brush than you think!

6. Lay the brushes flat to dry completely before returning them to your kit!

This could be a good new years resolution for those of you who don’t wash your brushes very often! Cleaning your makeup brushes is an important part of your skin care routine because you don’t want to apply bacteria and dirt to a nicely cleansed face:)

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how I clean my makeup brushes

Nov29
Michaela
beauty, Uncategorized
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Its not often I branch out from classic red colours in the winter time, but I am so glad that I did! Essie’s “gold as gold” mimics a true gold, sometimes a little distracting as I keep looking down and admiring the colour. While I’m no nail expert, the consistency of the polish made it so easy to use making for a perfect finish! What colours to do you like to wear in the winter?

xx

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gold as gold

Nov22
Michaela
beauty
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I am so excited that one of my all time favorite mac lipsticks is so big for winter right now. Its called Rebel, a gorgeous burgundy colour that I never wore because I wasn’t really sure how to incorporate it into a “daytime look”. Keeping the rest of your makeup simple is usually a good idea if you are going to wear a bold lip. I always like to make sure my lips are well moisturized (especially in the wintertime) The lip balm I usually reach for the most is my Burt’s Bees in pomegranate. The next step that I can’t do without is lining my lips with a berry coloured liner, I like to fill in the entire lip to ensure the colour lasts. Usually I find it easiest to start lining the center of the lips and then working outward in. Then using a brush for a steadier application you can apply as much or little as your heart desires!

 

 

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burgundy.

Nov20
ashressaday
beauty
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With the change of the season comes personal change. Rebecca, on a stoke of being venturous decided to try a Henna dye from Lush. It’s been a while now since we died her hair but I finally got some after pictures!

 

 

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give me that red hair

Nov19
Adri
beauty
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Makeup tips for wearing glasses!

-use light shimmery colours to bring out your eyes on the inner corner and center of lid, as well as the brow bone.

-define your crease on the outer corner with a taupe colour so that it gives the eye depth.

-don’t use a harsh liner because it can make your eyes appear smaller than they are, use an angled brush and a dark brown eye shadow and push into the lash line at the outer corners of the eye.

-apply your blush with your glasses on so it does not rub off on the frames, a cream blush will look nice and fresh on the cheeks.

-to avoid looking too serious wear a fun colour on your lips!

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beauty and the brains

Nov13
ashressaday
beauty
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I have extremely unruly hair so I appreciate a hairstyle that takes very little effort but still looks pulled together. Here are the simple steps I took to achieve this style:

1. Part your hair down the middle

2. Make two pigtail braids and secure with an elastic

3.Take one pigtail and bring to the oposite side, use a bobby pin to secure.

4. Do the same on the other side, I used four bobby pins to hold the braids in place

5. Tuck in the ends so they don’t show.

Your finished!

*pull out strands to frame your face before hand. 

 

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simple styles.

Aug13
Michaela
beauty
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Most days I throw my hair into a top knot which takes about 3.5 seconds. This morning I decided to get a little fancy with my comfortable bun and experiment with some braids. If you have mastered a french braid, this will be incredibly easy!

Flip your hair over and gather three bundles at the nape of your neck.

Begin french braiding until you reach the desired height of your bun.

I always am forced into a messy bun by my unruly hair…arggg

Pull any strands of hair to frame your face & your done!!

I am a little obsessed with hair art these days and they always make for some great photography!

Good luck!

xx

 

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braid in a bun

Aug10
Michaela
beauty
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This sunset manicure is inspired by cupcakes and cashmere, I instantly fell in love with the summery feel of the colour combinations. I Grabbed every coral, pink, red and orange nail polish that I owned to make an array of sunset colours. Also, I am so excited that we have one baby tomato on our little plant; summer is finally here!

xx

 

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summer colours

Jul9
ashressaday
beauty
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My hair is always a disaster when I am at the beach. The wind and the salt water gives me a dreadlock look that needs taming. Here are four styles that can survive any windsurf, kite surf, stand up paddle, or surf session. Head straight from the beach to lunch in town with these cute solutions.

I started by spraying this D.I.Y  beach spray  all through the hair. It gives texture and a summer “straight from the beach” look and feel.

1. The braided crown was too easy. Start by braiding two sections of your hair into pig tails and fasten with elastics. Bring each braid over the crown of your head and secure with bobby pins. Messy looks even cuter!

2. French braids are my favorite for any water sport. They pull back your bangs and keep the hair separated nicely. A way to make the simple braid a little more fun is to turn the french braid into a fishtail once you reach the neck hairline!

3. If you love to surf with your hair down, this is an easy way to keep bangs out of your eyes. Grab the hair as if you are creating a half up-half down look, wrapping it around an elastic like a bun. Again, it is okay if some hair comes loose.

4. This final look may not be for everyone but I think these pigtails are so sweet! Start by twisting the top of your hair and collect sections all the way down while continuing to twist until past the neck. Then, secure with elastic.

Those are my beach hair alternatives! How do you wear your hair to the beach?

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cute solutions

Jul2
Adri
beauty
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Everyone loves a good fishtail braid. Here is one with a twist! It’s elegant and easy!

1. Brush your hair into a smooth, high ponytail.

2. Fish tail braid the pony, then wrap around into a bun. For a tutorial on how to do a fish tail braid, click here.

3. Secure the end with bobby pins, lightly hairspray and you’re ready for a classy night out!

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cute solution

Jun22
ashressaday
beauty
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