DIY Makeup Brush Cleanser

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Before Kiko opened a shop in my little town, I couldn’t find a brush cleanser anywhere. I had never seen one in shops and, when I asked for it, the SA would look at me like I had just sprouted another head and curtly say: “They don’t exist. Use soap and water.” And I did, only that it took ages for my brushes to dry, and so, I didn’t wash them as often as I should have. :oops:

Until I discovered youtube videos and the lovely Enkore, who, in 2007, posted on his channel a simple recipe to make your own brush cleanser. It’s easy and inexpensive, saving you quite a bit of money too, which is always a plus, isn’t it?

What you need:

2 cups of distilled water (I sometimes use filtered)
1/2 cup of Isopropyl Alcohol
1 tablespoon of dishwashing liquid
1 tablespoon of baby shampoo (you can use your own shampoo, as long as it is clear)
2 tablespoon of leave-in conditioning spray

Mix it all together in a cup (preferably, one with a spout, so that you can easily pour it into a bottle afterwards). That’s it.

Now you don’t have any excuses not to clean your brushes!

Have you ever made a DIY brush cleanser? If so, what recipe did you use?

Should You Add Olive Oil To Your Shampoo?

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Have you ever added olive oil (or coconut oil, or any other oil) to your shampoo?

Shampoos can leave hair feeling dry, so adding a few drops of a moisturizing oil to them helps to keep your locks soft and moisturized. But it also makes shampoos less effective.

The purpose of shampoo

There is a reason why shampoos can be drying. The purpose of shampoo is to dissolve the oils on your hair. These oils, whether naturally produced by your hair or applied by you, keep hair moisturized, but, overtime, they can also attract dirt and dust.

When hair gets dirty, you’d want to wash it and make it clean again. That means, you need to remove these oils, and all the gunk attached to them. And that’s the surfactants’ job. These ingredients allow the oils to be mixed with water so that they can be rinsed off.

Surfactants often get accused of being drying and harmful to hair, but if they are too gentle, they just can’t clean your hair well. Very mild surfactants work well for children or people with dry/normal hair that barely use any styling products. But if you have oily hair or lots of build-up from hair care products, they won’t do much for you.

Of course these surfactants shouldn’t be too strong and irritating either. The key is to find a formula that contains cleansing agents strong enough to remove oils well but gentle enough not to cause irritations or dryness. Lots of shampoos on the market today use blends of gentle surfactants that, together, are powerful enough to cleanse hair without side effects.

What if you add a few drops of oil to your shampoo?

But what if you want to make your shampoo gentler by adding oil to it? And doesn’t oil dissolve oil, anyway? Yes, but in this case, the result may not be as positive as you wish. As we already know, surfactants remove oils. If you add an oil to your shampoo, the surfactants in it may well see it as something that needs to be removed.

And once the added oil has been washed off, the surfactants in the formula may have exhausted their cleansing power and not be able to remove those that were already dirtying your hair. Of course, this depends on the strength of the formula of your shampoo and how much oil you add to it. If the formula is particularly irritating or the added quantity of oil small, your shampoo may still be able to cleanse your hair well.

The Bottom Line

If you want to add olive oil (or any other oil) to your shampoo, be sure to experiment to create a formula that will cleanse your hair well while adding some moisture to it. But, personally, I prefer to use a gentle, well-formulated shampoo and follow it up with a moisturizing conditioner or oil afterwards. That way, the shampoo can remove all the oils, together with the dirt and dust bound to them, well from your hair before you add some more to moisturize it.

Have you ever added oil to your shampoo? How did it work?

DIY Beauty: Homemade Mixing Medium

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Before Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy (one of the best makeup inventions ever), if you wanted to foil loose eyeshadows, you had to use MAC Mixing Medium. It instantly makes your eyeshadows look really vibrant and intense, and allows it to adhere better to the lid.

What’s the secret ingredient that makes this magic trick possible? Glycerin and water. Although newer version of the Mixing Medium contain more ingredients such as soothing chamomile extract and preservatives, it’s the glycerin and water base that does all the work.

And that means that, if you don’t fancy buying a bottle (which is quite pricey), you can easily make your own. Here’s what you’ll need:

Ingredients:

- 1 part liquid glycerin (you can get it at your local pharmacy)
- 3 parts water
- a bowl
- a spoon
- a small funnel
- an empty bottle

Pour the glycerin and the water in a bowl and stir. You’d need to use 1 part glycerin and 3 parts water. That means that if you use 50ml of glycerin, you’ll have to add 150ml of water. However, I don’t recommend you make that much.

Bacteria can grown in water-based products if not properly preserved, and, as we’re not adding any preservatives, it’s better to make only a little amount at a time. That way, you can finish it all before it goes bad.

Once well-stirred, use the funnel to pour the mixture in an empty (and well-cleaned) bottle. That’s it. Now, let your creativity run wild and create lots of bright, vivid looks!

Do you ever foil your eyeshadows? If so, how?

4 Ways To Treat A Sunburn Naturally

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No one wants to get a sunburn, but if you’re careless with sunscreen while enjoying life outdoors, it’s very easy to get one, especially in the hot summer months. A form of radiation burn caused by too much sun exposure, a sunburn makes your skin redden, peel and is quite painful. Worse, it increases your chances of developing melanoma later in life. So, pile on the sunscreen! And don’t forget to reapply it every couple of hours or so.

But what if you’ve already got a sunburn? Here are four natural ways to soothe it and help it heal faster:

1. Ice pack wrapped in a towel

Cooling the skin is a good way to soothe a sunburn, but it needs to be done gently. Don’t apply an ice pack (a bag of frozen peas works too) directly to your skin. That would be too harsh. Remember, your skin is injured and needs to be treated with care. So, wrap the ice pack with a towel and place it on your sunburn. The ice will cause your capillaries to constrict, lessening the inflammation.

2. Aloe vera

According to the Journal of Ethnopharmacology, aloe vera extracts have anti-inflammatory properties that help soothe inflamed and irritated skin. You can either use an aloe vera cream, such as Infinite Aloe Cream, or extract juice from the plant. Just make sure you don’t use anything that also contains lidocaine or benzocaine as these can cause an allergic reaction that will only worsen your condition.

3. Cucumbers

According to a 2010 study, cucumbers have analgesic properties and can thus lessen pain. To treat sunburns, chilled cucumbers are best. So, chill them (but make sure they’re not too cold as that wouldn’t be good for skin), and then, with the help of a blender, turn them into a paste. Apply it to the affected area and watch it relieve the inflammation.

4. Cool milk

Dermatologist Amy Pappert, who works at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, recommends treating a sunburn with milk: “Milk is the beverage of choice for relieving the discomfort of sunburn. Apply cool, not cold, milk with a clean cloth or gauze to your skin. The coolness soothes the initial heat felt by the skin and the milk will create a protein film that helps ease the discomfort.”

How do you treat a sunburn?

DIY Beauty: 3 Homemade Beauty Recipes With Epsom Salt

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Do you want to treat yourself to a luxurious spa bath without breaking the bank, or are you looking for an inexpensive exfoliating treatment? Then, grab a box of Epsom salt. Discovered in the mineral spring in Epsom, England, in 1618, Epsom salt can be used for a variety of beauty purposes. Here are my favourites:

1. Exfoliating treatment for brighter skin

Ingredients:
- 2 cups of Epsom salt
- 1/4 petroleum jelly
- a few drops of your favourite essential oil

Mix all the ingredients together and then use the paste you’ve created to scrub away dead skin cells off your body. If you don’t like to use petroleum jelly, you can substitute it with three drops of Jojoba Oil or Olive Oil.

2. Face exfoliating cleanser

Ingredients:

- half a teaspoon of Epsom salt
- your favourite facial cleanser

Add the Epsom salt to your facial cleanser and massage it onto your skin. Your facial cleanser will remove all the dirt that has accumulated on it, while the Epsom salt will get rid of the dead skin cells on its surface. The result? Clean and bright skin.

3. Simple Epsom Salt Bath

Ingredients:
- 2 cups of Epsom Salt
- a few drops of your favourite essential oil

Pour the ingredients in your bathtub and enjoy a relaxing and refreshing bath.

Have you ever used Epsom salt for beauty treatments?

Tricks To Cleansing, Toning And Moisturising Naturally

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Hello everyone,

today I have a guest post for you. Suzy is going to teach us how to cleanse, tone and moisturize naturally.

Tricks to Cleansing, toning and moisturising naturally

Most of us know the key to healthy skin to be a complete skincare regime, and most experts will tell you to follow a cleansing-toning-moisturising routine. While you can just go and buy online a complete set of cleanser, toner and moisturiser, it is advisable that you use natural products and ingredients for cleansing. Here’s a quick take on how you can maintain the best skincare regime at home without spending on expensive cosmetics.

Cleansing: Most commercial cleansers have surfactants and emulsifiers, and obviously you must try to ensure best for your skin. The first thing that you must do after a long day is to apply warm water on the face with the help of cotton balls. This will remove the initial dirt and open the pores for further cleansing. For deep cleansing of the face, you can try mashed papaya, ripe banana, lemon or even clay. Papaya is known to be good for dry skin, while clay is good for dry skin cleaning. Cucumber water and extracts are also known to be great for mild cleansing. For weekly scrubbing and cleansing, you can try a mixture of gram flour and honey for that smoothened skin.

Toning: As you cannot stop the clock of aging, you need to care for the skin, so that wrinkles are at bay. The simplest toner you can make at home is a mixture of egg white and honey. Just mix one egg white and one teaspoon of honey and apply the mask on the face for at least twenty minutes. Wash off with lukewarm water for best results. Also, you can mix cucumber juice and yoghurt in equal quantities and use the mixture as an astringent that works wonders. Avoid the areas near your eyes and lips.

Moisturising: The simplest moisturiser that you can find in your home is honey. Mix honey and olive oil in equal proportions and massage your face in upwards direction in small circles. As a smart alternative to olive oil, you can use coconut oil or almond oil. Olive oil works aptly for dry and oily skin in equal measure, and you will love the soft and supple skin in the morning. Among the other moisturisers that you can use for natural moisturising is yoghurt, but since you need to wash it after some time, you can skip using it every day.

As you can see that most of the ingredients used above are what you will get at home easily, and maintaining a natural regime is not that of a tough job. The natural ingredients are not only safe, but you can be sure that your skin is not exposed to any harmful chemicals in the name of skincare.

Bio: Suzy Walsh is a beauty expert and fashion blogger. She is the chief writer of The House of Elegance Fashion and has been associated with the blog for a long time. Her writing is crisp and engages readers across the globe for honest and true opinions.

How To Give Your Broken Compact A Face Lift

Hello everyone,

today guest blogger Vanessa is going to teach us how to fix a broken compact. Interested? Let’s get started then:

How To Give Your Broken Compact A Face Lift

Beauties, is there anything worse than buying a new, and expensive, compact only to drop it on the bathroom floor and have it smash into a big powdery mess?

Simple answer: no, no there is not.

Unfortunately for me, I have had this happen more times than I care to admit. In fact, I may start calling myself ‘Fumbles’ because I seem to drop more makeup on the floor than I apply to my face!

If you have been there and feel my pain, you are probably wishing you knew of a way to fix these compacts and save yourself some serious coin. Well, luckily for you I have a quick and easy DIY fix to help you revive your broken palettes.

Curious to know how you can repair your broken compact? Read on.

A Face Lift For Your Compact

To save yourself the frustration of having to buy a new powder, and clean up the mess on your floor, all you need is:

  • your smashed compact
  • 70% alcohol (this works better than rubbing alcohol and can usually be found at art supply stores)
  • plastic wrap
  • eyeliner brush
  • makeup spatula
  • liquid dropper

From there the process is simple, just:

  • tightly wrap your compact in the plastic wrap
  • make sure the plastic wrap is securely covering the whole compact to avoid another mess
  • with your makeup spatula smash up the entire compact – essentially you are turning the pressed powder into a loose powder
  • remove the plastic wrap but be careful not to spill your powder
  • add about 9 – 10 full droppers worth of alcohol onto your powder (start with a few droppers at first to gauge how much you need and build from there)
  • the powder should form a malleable consistency once you have enough alcohol added
  • smooth out your powder, covering the whole pan of the compact
  • once you have the pan covered and evenly spread, use your eyeliner brush to smooth the edges
  • allow a few hours for it to dry completely

What makes this trick so fabulous is not just the fact that you no longer have to buy new products but you can use this method to restore powered foundation (as explained above), as well as blush and eyeshadow.

It is like a makeover for your makeup!

Of course, this can’t be the only restoration trick for your favourite (and broken) makeup products so please, share your DIY tips in the comment section below. After all, we ladies love options!

AUTHOR BIO:
Vanessa is the chief blogging babe for http://BesSkincare.com where she blogs and vlogs about all things skincare including product reviews and handy DIY tips and tricks that help her readers to look and feel their very best!

DIY Beauty: How To Brighten, Lighten, and Whiten Your Teeth Naturally

The lovely Vanessa has written another guest post for us. This time she’s gonna teach us how to whiten our teeth naturally. Enjoy!

How To Brighten, Lighten, and Whiten Your Teeth Naturally

Our smile is one of the first things someone notices about us, and it can say so much about your oral and general health. So what is a girl to do when her pearly whites aren’t looking so…well…pearly white?

You whiten them, obviously!

No longer will your coffee, red wine, soda pop, sugar, or citrus fruit habit take a toll on your teeth. Starting today you can take the first step towards whitening your teeth and perfecting that radiant smile of yours. I’m happy dancing just thinking about it!

Now of course you ladies have a few options: you could pay your dentist hundreds of dollars to whiten your teeth, you could spend big money in your nearest pharmacy buying whitening kits, OR you could whiten your teeth at home for, oh, 50 cents per treatment!

I don’t know about you, but I like the 50 cents option.

So how does one whiten their teeth at-home for pennies per treatment? You keep it au naturale baby!

What You Need

What makes this treatment so hard to resist is not just the price point, but the fact that it only requires two ingredients. Yes, TWO!

In a small bowl, combine:

2 chopped strawberries

1/2 teaspoon of baking soda

That’s it! Aren’t you kind of wondering right now why you haven’t been using this treatment all along? Yeah, I thought the same thing.

How To Whiten Your Teeth Naturally

Once you have ‘all’ of your ingredients set to go, simply:

mash together your mixture until you have created a paste that is thick enough to stick to your toothbrush

using a new toothbrush, dip the bristles into your mixture and start scrubbing your teeth

continue to scrub your teeth for up to 2 minutes

rinse your mouth thoroughly

be amazed at how sparkly and clean your smile looks after only a few treatments

Thanks to the salicylic acid content found in strawberries, this paste should help to scrub away any surface stains. While the malic acid also found in strawberries helps to increase the production of saliva, helping to further wash away any food or bacteria that can get caught in our teeth.

But it’s not just the strawberries who are doing all the hard work. Oh no! The baking soda in this treatment works to penetrate deep into the enamel of your teeth and help to erase stubborn stains.

What a powerhouse whitening duo!

Now I should mention that when you first start to use this paste the abrasive qualities of the baking soda might slightly irritate your gums, but if you stick to only using this treatment once a day, you should be fine and the irritation should subside after a few brushes.

And there you have it. A quick, easy, and natural solution to whitening your teeth that only costs pennies per treatment! Now you have no excuse for those pearly whites to be anything but pearly white!

AUTHOR BIO:
Vanessa is the chief blogging babe for BesSkincare.com where she blogs and vlogs about all things skincare including reviews on the best microdermabrasion machine, as well as handy DIY tips and tricks. The best part about her job? She gets to help her readers look and feel their very best!

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