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3 Essential Tips to Properly Clean Your Makeup Brushes

Hello, lovelies!

Are you guilty of neglecting to clean your makeup brushes regularly? Keeping your brushes clean is a great way to prevent product build-up and maintain clearer skin. Here are three tips you should know when cleaning your brushes!

1. Disinfect

Spritzing an anti-bacterial spray onto your brushes will eliminate bacteria and it will dry quickly. This is a simple method if you are pressed for time! Simply spray your brushes and let them dry.

2. Clean them regularly

I like to use a daily brush cleanser after every use, and deep-clean each brush once a week. This is especially important if your brushes are exposed to air for long periods of time. I gently clean my brushes daily with a daily cleaning spray, and deep clean them weekly with a gentle soap.

3. Reintroduce softness into your brushes

Sometimes brushes can become hard and flat after cleaning. Introduce a dab of conditioner into the bristles of the brush to keep them soft and smooth.

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Product Reviews

REVIEW: Tatcha The Deep Cleanse

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Tatcha launched The Deep Cleanse earlier this year. I bought the product this summer while searching for a new cleanser. Not only is this cleanser unique, but it’s done a wonderful job of clearing my skin!

The Packaging

I have mixed feelings about the packaging of this cleanser. The bottle is a beautiful Tiffany-blue with gold lettering. It is lightweight and feels quite luxurious. However, the bottle does not have a dispenser, and it is difficult to dispense a small amount of product.

The Cleanser

The gel cleanser contains Luffa fruit exfoliants that cleanse and refine the skin. The cleanser is pale yellow and contains small flecks of fruit exfoliant. The cleanser feels soft and cooling when applied to the skin, and the fruit exfoliants are not abrasive. It is a balm-to-oil texture cleanses the skin while retaining moisture. The cleanser is wonderful for reducing acne blemishes and unevenness. My skin has felt softer, smoother, and clearer since I introduced this cleanser into my skincare routine.

How to use it

Squeeze a small amount of cleanser onto wet hands and rub your hands. The cleanser will turn into a creamy foam. Gently massage into the skin and rinse. The product can be used 1-2 times per day.

Tatcha’s The Deep Cleanse is a great daily cleanser to reduce dullness, acne blemishes, and uneven texture. It retails for $46 at Sephora.

Product Reviews

REVIEW: GlamGlow WaterBurst Moisturizer

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GlamGlow is one of my favourite skincare brands. I’ve tried various masks from the brand, but decided to try the WaterBurst Moisturizer while buying new skincare products last month. After a few uses, this lightweight water cream became my daily moisturizer.

The Packaging

The packaging of this moisturizer is fun and colourful. The product comes in a jar that features a beautiful teal-blue. The jar bears the GlamGlow logo and a description of the moisturizer. The jar feels heavy, compared to how lightweight the moisturizer is.

The Moisturizer

I love the colour, smell, and feel of this moisturizer. When I opened the jar, the first things I noticed were the smell and colour of the moisturizer. The moisturizer has a pleasant, fruity smell – similar to blue raspberry candy! It has a gorgeous light blue colour that is reminiscent of the candy-like scent.

The Texture

GlamGlow’s Waterburst Moisturizer feels silky to the touch. When applied to the skin, it absorbs quickly without feeling sticky. It hydrates and locks-in moisture. When I wear this moisturizer underneath makeup, my primer and foundation applies smoother!

GlamGlow’s Waterburst Moisturizer is a great skincare product to hydrate the skin and effectively moisturize. It retails for $62 at Sephora.

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Erin Angela’s Latest Sephora Haul

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While this post is a Sephora Haul, it will mainly focus on skincare products because I needed to replenish them all at the same time! Today I’ll the new products I’ve incorporated into my routine, plus extras I bought while in store.

GlamGlow Waterburst Hydrated Moisturizer

Before I discuss this product, I must tell you all that it smells like blue raspberry candy! I needed a new moisturizer that was lightweight and didn’t feel sticky on the skin. GlamGlow’s Waterburst Moisturizer has a unique, lightweight formula. After a few uses this moisturizer became part of my daily skincare routine.

Huda Beauty Warm Brown Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette

This is a perfect travel-friendly eyeshadow palette for the summer months. I decided to add Huda Beauty’s Warm Brown Obsessions Palette to my collection after testing the warm coral, mahogany and brown shades. The small palette contains 9 shadows that are a combination of matte and shimmer finishes.

Tatcha The Deep Cleanse

I love Tatcha’s The Deep Cleanse already! I have difficulty finding skincare products to soothe my dry, acne-prone skin. This cleanser contains natural fruit extracts to remove impurities while gently exfoliating. The formula of this product is unique – it’s a gel cleanser that contains an exfoliant that doesn’t feel scratchy on my skin. I’ve combined it with GlamGlow’s Waterburst Moisturizer and my skin feels smooth, clear and silky!

What products have you recently bought from Sephora?

Product Reviews

REVIEW: Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Oil

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I adore products that remove my makeup gently. I’ve tried Clinique’s Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm  before and it removed my makeup effortlessly. However, I did not enjoy the texture. I was quite excited when I received a sample of the Cleansing Oil to test in comparison to the makeup wipes I always use.

The Packaging 

The product has a watery texture and is packaged in a bottle with a sleek pump. Like other Clinique products, the bottle is a chic, transparent purple that bears the brand’s logo. I like that the packaging is lightweight and mess-free. It is also composed of plastic, not glass, so it will not shatter if dropped. (I tested this fact after the bottle fell off my bathroom counter last week).

The Cleanser 

I love the texture and how easy the cleanser is to use. It feels like an oil when applied to the skin, but does not contain any actual oils. It contains oil-like ingredients plus emulsifiers to break down makeup. The product dissolves makeup the second it is applied to the skin. It leaves my skin feeling soft. I have acne-prone skin, and this cleanser is ideal for removing makeup without clogging my pores!

How to use it 

Apply the cleanser to dry skin, gently massage, then rinse with water. The cleanser will lightly foam. I like to rinse my skin twice after using the product to remove any makeup residue that may be left behind. I’ve used this cleanser with both cold and warm water and noticed that warm water is the most effective to rinse away any residue.

Clinique’s Take the Day Off Cleansing Oil is a perfect makeup remover for quick, easy makeup removal. It retails for $35 at Sephora.

Product Reviews

REVIEW: Philosophy Purity Made Simple Face Cleanser

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My skincare routine changes all the time. When I used the last of my go-to face cleanser, I searched for a new product that is gentle but effective. I bought this one-step face cleanser from Philosophy and instantly loved it.

What is it?

A 3-in-1 facial cleanser that cleanses, hydrates and removes makeup.

The Packaging 

This cleanser comes in a transparent bottle with a black lid. It is lightweight and simplistic. The transparent bottle displays the cream-colored cleanser inside. The written text on the bottle features the product name (Purity Made Simple) and a brief description of the brand.

The Cleanser 

I’ll admit – I was skeptical to use this cleanser. I often notice that pure cleansers do not clear my skin well, but this one did not disappoint. The cleanser has a gel consistency that gently lathers when dispensed onto your palm. It gently removes excess oil and makeup without stripping the skin of moisture. After I rinsed the cleanser off my face, my skin immediately felt softer and looked clearer.

The Scent 

The cleanser has a delightful, light citrus scent, thanks to the glycerin and meadowfoam seed oil. It is refreshing and clean.

How to use it 

One aspect of this cleanser that I love is how easy it is to use. Simply wet your skin, apply the cleanser using circular motions then rinse. A little product goes a long way when using this cleanser. I typically use a quarter-sized amount each morning.

I’ve used this cleanser daily for the past 2 weeks, and have noticed an improvement in my skin. It prevents breakouts while maintaining my skin’s natural moisture.

Philosophy’s Purity cleanser retails for $32 at Sephora.

Product Reviews

REVIEW: Tarte Deep Dive Cleansing Gel

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I received a sample of Tarte Cosmetics Deep Dive Cleansing Gel recently at Sephora. This face cleanser is one of the products in Tarte’s Rainforest of the Sea skincare line. This gentle cleanser is both an effective skincare product and makeup remover, which makes it one of my favorite multi-purpose products! The cleanser brightens, hydrates, and gently cleanses.

The Packaging 

Like other Tarte products, this product comes in a colorful bottle. The cleanser is packaged into a bottle with a pump to easily dispense it. The package features an intricate pattern of delicate leaves. The bottle is lightweight and the pump design ensures that the product is mess-free.

The Product

I enjoy using face cleansers that are soft, lightly-fragrant and non-irritating. This cleanser from Tarte is a must-have for me. The cleanser itself is cool and clear, and it gently lathers when you rub it between your fingertips. Once massaged into the skin, it rinses quickly without leaving a residue. After 1-2 uses, my skin appeared softer, hydrated, and I noticed fewer blemishes.

How to use it?

This cleanser is my go-to on mornings when I only have a few minutes to spare on my skincare. Dispense the product onto your fingertips before gently rubbing them together. Once a lather forms, massage the gel into your skin in circular motions before rinsing with warm water. I like to use this cleanser on a daily basis to supplement my skincare routine.

Tarte’s Deep Dive Cleansing Gel is a gentle, soothing, and effective cleanser. Because it may be used as a cleanser or makeup remover, it can be included throughout your skin care routine. It is gentle and leaves your skin feeling moisturized. The product retails for $30 at Sephora.

Product Reviews

REVIEW: GlamGlow Super Mud Clearing Treatment Mask

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I enjoy using face masks 1-2 times per week to supplement my skin care routine. GlamGlow’s Super Mud Clearing Treatment is a mask that is fully effective for clearing my pores and minimizing breakouts. I initially received a sample of the product, but later returned to Sephora for a larger container.

The Packaging

This mask comes in a starry, white and silver jar. The reflective surface is fun and aesthetically-pleasing. It features the GlamGlow logo and a description of the jar’s contents.

The Mask

I love how this mask works! When first applied to the face, it is sticky and retains the texture of a charcoal mask. As it dries, the texture changes to a clay. It does not fully transform into a clay texture – any black patches that remain are areas where the mask works to clear excess oil!

How to use it

I gently clean my skin before I apply the mask. I apply it to moist skin and leave it on for 10-15 minutes before rinsing with warm water. An important thing to note about this mask is that if you have sensitive skin, your skin may appear quite red after the mask is initially rinsed. My skin appeared red and blotchy for a few moments after I rinsed the mask, but it quickly calmed to leave my skin soft and clear!

GlamGlow’s SuperMud Clearing Treatment is a great product if you’re looking for a mask to clear and soothe acne. I incorporated it into my weekly routine about 1-2 months ago and noticed results within the first week of use.

This mask retails for $69 at Sephora. It is also available in a travel-sized container for $24.

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I Ditched My Fancy Cleanser for Makeup Wipes and This is What Happened

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I adore makeup wipes, I truly do. I use them every night to remove my makeup but I’ve never considered how my skin would react if I use them to cleanse. This challenge emerged from pure tiredness – toward the end of this semester I just felt too exhausted to engage in my usual skin care routine. Here’s what happened:

The Challenge 

I tucked my beloved face cleansers away on Sunday night and armed myself with a package of Kirkland Signature Daily Facial Towelettes from my local Costco. I dreaded the idea of using just a wipe to cleanse my entire face. After the first night, I noticed a difference in my skin.

Day 1 

I woke on the first day and cleansed my face with water and a moist wipe. It felt soft and clean on my skin – the soft feeling is something I often miss with my regular face mask. I did not have high hopes for this challenge. While my skin felt softer, it didn’t feel like the product was doing anything. 

Day 2

Despite my hesitation the night before, my skin appeared soft and radiant the next morning. I noticed that two zits that were forming on my chin the previous week were becoming smaller. My pores looked minimized and my face looked moisturized.

Day 3 

On the third day I noticed better results. The wipes were clearing and cleansing my skin. Not only were my pimples disappearing, but the texture of my skin appeared smoother. The level of moisture in my skin increased which gave my skin a soft, plump look. My t-zone usually flares up with acne, but it remained smooth and pimple-free on the third day. Overall, the wipes helped my skin.

What products do you use to cleanse your skin? 

Product Reviews

REVIEW: Sephora Collection Triple-Action Cleansing Water

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Micellar cleansing water helps draw dirt and impurities from the skin while gently cleansing it. I bought a bottle of Sephora Collection Triple Action Cleansing Water to substitute my regular makeup remover. I use it mainly for that purpose, but was pleasantly surprised with it’s other benefits!

The Packaging 

The product comes in a large, transparent bottle that is lightweight. The cap features a push-top with a hole for dispensing the product. One thing to note about the cap is that it is easy to spill excess cleanser unless it is tightly closed. Despite the size of the bottle, it is easy to transport when I am on-the-go. The product features the Sephora logo, and is simple and clean.

The Product 

The first thing I notice when I opened this product was the fresh, grassy scent. This light fragrance is refreshing to use at the end of each day. I dispense the cleanser onto a cotton ball to remove makeup. While it does not remove all my makeup in one swipe, it does effectively remove it well. Once my makeup is removed my skin feels refreshed and lightly hydrated. My skin is sensitive and I was initially hesitant to use the product because some makeup removers tend to cause irritation on my skin. After 1-2 uses of this cleansing water, I did not experience any breakouts.

The Benefits

Like the name suggests, this cleansing water deliver specific benefits:

  • Cleanses the skin to remove makeup, oil and impurities
  • Formulated with Hydrosenn+, a natural ingredient that hydrates the skin

How to use it

Open the lid and dispense the product onto a cotton ball or tissue. Gently wipe your face, eyes, and lips to remove makeup. This requires no rinsing.

This product works well as a gentle, effective makeup remover. I like to supplement with my regular makeup-remover wipes to give my skin a refreshing cleanse.

Sephora Collection Triple Action Cleansing Water retails for $15 at Sephora.