How to Wash Your Makeup Brushes

 

For the past few weeks, every night when I’ve washed my face at bedtime, I’ve glanced over at my makeup brushes and made a mental footnote to wash them. Oh and treat myself to a new makeup bag. Except (cringe), I still haven’t washed them nor have I purchased a new bag. Life is busy with two little ones and often small tasks – like washing makeup brushes – seem to fall to the wayside. Good intentions always remain, and yet I can’t seem to remember to give those beautiful brushes the bath they deserve. We shower and wash our faces, so why do we procrastinate cleaning the tools that help to enhance our natural beauty?

As I applied my evening skin care routine last night, it occurred to me that, gasp, unclean brushes could be filled with bacteria and contribute to pesky breakouts. Despite dustings of pink blush, creamy foundation and graphite colored eyeshadow, the brushes look clean and still do their jobs, and yet I know what is lurking under those bristles. I’m a bit of a germaphobe and so this concept alone served as motivation to change my ways!

I did a bit of research, and learned that (no surprise!) brushes collect leftover makeup, bacteria, dead skin, oil and dust and if they haven’t been washed, you are applying this right back on to your face – yuck! Also, great quality brushes can be pricey, and so by regularly washing them you can extend the life of the brush. And so, I set out to get smart on the ins and outs of washing make up brushes and of course share my findings with you. Enjoy and cheers to the week ahead!

 

WHEN TO WASH

Ideally, wash your brushes once a week, to help remove build-up, and think of it as another step to your beauty ritual. Sunday is a nice day to give your brushes a good cleansing, as it will ensure everything is fresh for the week ahead. Not to mention it’s so easy peasy and takes a matter of minutes!

 

WHAT YOU NEED TO WASH

Set up a little station by your sink, and make sure you have the following supplies:

 

HOW TO WASH

  1. First, rinse the brush tip under some warm running water. Be sure to only wash the actual brush bristles and not the handle or neck of brush, as water can break down the glue that holds the bristles and brush together.
  2. Next, place a generous drop of shampoo into the palm of your hand (and a drop of tea tree oil if you choose), and gently twirl the brush tip to create a nice bubbly lather.
  3. Rinse the brush under clean running water until the water runs clear. You might need to do two applications of shampoo for very dirty brushes, and again, rinse the soapy brushes until the water is clear.
  4. Using the cloth, gently dry the brushes.
  5. Reshape the bristles.
  6. Lay the brushes flat to dry on the counter.

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Christmas is 10 days away dear readers! We’ve been savoring every minute of December, trimming the tree, baking cookies, decorating gingerbread houses, admiring twinkling lights, watching our favorite Christmas movies, and tomorrow we’re having breakfast with Santa Clause at the downtown Neimans – one of our most special traditions. We started this tradition when C was only 4 months old, and have been going ever since. We dress up, visit with Santa, have a delicious breakfast, and then there’s a little musical performance for the children. It’s so festive and such a fun activity for the whole family! Seeing Christmas through the eyes of the boys is so magical, and we’re loving every second, as we know this time in their childhood is fleeting!

I finished up most of my shopping today, and spent the afternoon wrapping packages and addressing a few final Christmas cards. For those of you who still have a bit of shopping to do (there’s no shame is last-minute gifts!), I wanted to share some of my favorite gifts for her, him, and the littles. With so many options out there it can be overwhelming, and so I created curated lists to inspire you. I hope you all are enjoying this special time of year with your loved ones, and happy holidays!

Mad about Mules This Fall

Doorsteps dotted with pumpkins, weekends spent watching football and the aroma of cinnamon and spices capture just a few of my favorite fall traditions. There seems to be an almost palpable shift in the air when the seasons change, and after a long and hot summer, the cool embrace of fall is always welcome. This fall is particularly special to our family, as we’ll be celebrating our son’s first birthday! It’s hard to believe he is almost one! Keep an eye out for all the party details later this month.

Another one of my favorite parts of fall is the fashion! While day-to-day you’ll find me in athleisure (I have to be comfortable when chasing after two little boys!), I do love to dress up throughout the week and of course for date night on the weekends. Rich jewel tones, playful plaids, luxurious cashmere are all hallmarks of fall fashion, and this year there’s a new trend to add to the list: mules. It’s no secret that mules are in style – they are everywhere! – and I have to admit I’m just loving them. Mules are effortlessly chic and go with anything from a dress to jeans and blouse. Not to mention there are so many different designs ranging from velvet to leather to embroidery.

I have my eye on these ones – love the style and price is hard to beat – and I think these would be worth the splurge.