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3 Spring Pastel Must Haves

Spring is the season for pastels and what better place to display them than on your face.  Check out these three must have pastel make up products for spring.


One of the newest products on the market right now are the NYX Macaroon Lippies, just in time for the season.  This brand new collection was released Monday and includes 12 pastel and neon shades, for only $6.00 each.  Check out some of my favorite shades below, swatched by Samantha for batalash.

wpid-abm_1398121413.jpg Up next is the Bright Up Your Light Palette by Pop Beauty.  This palette includes ten shades that may not have the best pigmentation, but this allows them to apply beautifully as a pastel when applied over a white base.



The shades can be applied sheerly and blend well together to create a colorful springtime look.  This palette is affordable and portable, and available at Ulta for $24.00.

HYPERCOLOR HAIR AND BROW POWDERLast but certainly not least is this amazing little product that I stumbled upon by one of my favorite companies, Anastasia Beverly Hills.  This Hypercolor Hair and Brow Powder can be used just like a normal brow powder to add a pop of color to your face or in your hair for a faded pastel look.  They can be set with hair spray or a brow gel to keep the color in place.  The best part is that these babies are only $6.25 a piece.  I don’t know how often you wear chartreuse brows but I’m pretty sure one of those could cover my lifetime supply.

What are your spring pastel go to products?  Are you going to try out the new NYX Macaroon Lipsticks?


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Brush Cleaning How To

Super Simple How To: Brush Cleaning

Brush Cleaning How To

When was the last time you cleaned your make up brushes? If you can’t remember, it’s probably time to buckle down and get it over with for the sake of your brushes and your skin.  This how-to is super easy to follow and uses products likely already found in your kitchen.  The two simple ingredients will help to remove make up from your brushes, disinfect them to keep gross things off your skin, and moisturize them for smooth application and beautiful looking bristles.

You will need:

  • Dish soap
  • Olive oil

That’s it.

You’ll also need something to mix them in and some towels but I figured you could gather that on your own and that list was much more dramatic.

On to the cleaning:

Dirty brushes

Start with some dirty brushes.  As you can see I have a small problem where I can’t seem to stop buying Real Techniques brushes.  They are amazing and super reasonably priced.  I just bought the stippling brush and it is miraculous.

Olive oil and dish soap

Start by adding a couple of drops each of the olive oil and dish soap to some warm water in a small cup or shot glass because they are literally the perfect size for this.  Mix it up a bit with your finger, or a utensil if you’re picky.

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Dip the tips of your brushes into the mixture.  You do not need to get the entire end of the brush wet because: 1. most of the make up is going to be concentrated at the tip and 2. getting water up into the part where it attaches to the handle can cause wear and damage.  So focus on just getting the tip and up to just before it connects to the handle in the mixture.


Blot the brush on a paper towel to remove make up and excess water.  Move with the brush and don’t force the bristles to go in a direction they naturally don’t want to.  You don’t need to jam it into the paper towel to get all deep in there.  Be gentle and just continue to blot until you stop seeing color.


Rinse briefly in cold water to remove excess cleaning solution and leftover make up.  Again be sure only to get the tip wet.  Blot again afterwards to remove excess water.


Lay the brushes out to dry on a towel or hang with the brush side down if you have those abilities.

I use this method to clean my brushes on a regular basis and I always love how soft they feel afterwards and how much easier products glide onto my skin.  There are tons of brush cleaners and different methods out there, and I’m sure they all do a great job cleaning brushes, but I love just being to grab things that I already have laying around the house.

Let me know what you thought of this how-to.  I’d love to try and do another one next week so give me some suggestions if there’s anything in particular you’d like to see :)


Before and After: Everyday Look


Oh look!  A before and after post!

This is going to be picture heavy with little words because most of them are pretty self explanatory.  This is a basic look with all the steps I would use on an everyday basis to ‘put my face on,’ as my boyfriend says.  Check out a list of products at the end :)


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Step 1 : Primer and foundation.  Applied with a stippling brush.


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Step 2: Concealer (I obviously ned to try some new concealer.  It doesn’t seem to be doing a whole lot for me here.)


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Step 3: Eyebrows! Those just seemed to come out of nowhere.  A whole tutorial on those is coming soon.  Stay tuned.

Also I know they look crazy dark right now.  It always scares me too.  I promise they’ll look much more natural once the rest of my face has a bit of color on it.


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Step 4: Eyeshadow and liner.  Went with soft, shimmery neutrals for this look.


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Step 5: Contort your eyebrows into weird shapes to properly show off your hard work.  And put some mascara on at some point.


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Step 6: Lip gloss and you’re DONE!.  You could wear pretty much any lip color or product with this neutral look.  I went with bright red because I wanted to add a pop of color and I’m just obsessed with NYX butter glosses :)

This look is a basic everyday look that does not require too many products.  I can get this look done before work in a reasonable amount of time, as long as my eyebrows are cooperating that day, and it is definitely appropriate for everyday wear.  As always, comments and constructive criticism are welcome, along with any questions or inquires.

Product list:

  • Smashbox Photofinish Primer
  • Revlon Colorstay Foundation
  • NYX HD Concealer
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Dark Brown
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Ash Brown
  • Lorac Pro Palette
  • Stila Liquid liner
  • Benefit They’re Real Mascara
  • NYX Butter Gloss in Cherry Pie

My Natural Skin Care Program


I’ve been super interested in trying to make a few of my own natural beauty products, so I’m glad I stumbled upon this great post by Miles of Ordinary. Check out her amazing homemade products made from pantry shelf items. I will definitely be grabbing my jar of coconut oil from the kitchen before removing my make up tonight :) Thanks Meg!

Originally posted on Miles from Ordinary:

The other day I posted about my new skin care “program” that I have started using and had a few requests to share what I am doing. It’s been a couple of weeks now since I’ve ditched commercial products and have started making my own. So far so good!

Quick little disclaimer should anyone try any of the following…..everyone’s skin is different and reacts to things in their own way. What I have works for me and I have no idea whether it will work for you. When I started, I made tiny batches of everything until I found what works best for me so I’d suggest you do the same.

Ok? Ok.

Moving on….

I tend to have really weird skin. One day it’ll be uber dry and the next super oily. I also have eczema and psoriasis (aren’t you glad to know that!) so I’ve also had to…

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