DIY Makeup Brush Cleaner

Hey everyone!

I’ve been having quite a bit of random little breakouts on my face lately, and never having had acne before I imagined it might have something to do with my uncleaned makeup brushes – so I stopped using them in hopes I would get some makeup brush cleaner soon. After some Pintrest snooping, I found a few tricks and decided to give one a go. The results were amazing! This is a super easy, inexpensive, at home way to get all of the old makeup completely out. I swear – your brushes will be the same color as when they were bought new.

Step 1: Get a bowl or clear cup (clear, so you can see the results :P)

Step 2: Get some olive oil and dish soap

Here’s what I used…

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Step 3: 1 tsp. olive oil – 1 tsp. dish soap. – 3-4 tbsp. cool water

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Step 4: Dab brush into the mix until it becomes a lather, and you feel the makeup from the brush is residing in the mix

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Step 5: Rinse the brush under cool water…

Before & After...

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Step 6: Squeeze off excess water and rest to dry on paper towel

Amazing, right!?

Hope this helps :)

xo, A

White Out…

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Jean Jacket: J.Crew

Top: Michael Kors 2013

Jeans: J.Crew (on sale!)

Heels: I.N.C (Macy’s)

Bracelet: River Island (…similar here…)

White Jeans and Jean Jackets are always a must-have for spring. I’ve never had a pair of jeans fit me as perfectly as these. Just like all black – all white is an easy, stylish go-to outfit plan. I just love the little shoulder zippers on this Michael Kors shirt, and the change in fabric from front to back. Its so soft, comfy, and has such a chic look.

Thanks for reading xo,

A

Classic…

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I’m no makeup artist, and I learn nearly everything I know from makeup videos on youtube, but after some recent additions to my makeup I decided to fool around a bit. Yesterday before making my outfit post I created this subtle glam, bronzy type look.

Here’s what I used…

Mac Primer

Mac Mineralize Moisture Foundation

Urban Decay 24/7 concealer pencil in FBI

Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour palet in Java, Fawn, Banana & Sand

Anastasia Beverly Hills Pro Pencil

Smashbox Brow Tech

Too Faced Natural Eyes in Classic

Sephora Lip Liner Pencil in Pure Pinky

Maybelline Gel Eye Liner 

Maybelline Falsies Big Eyes Mascara 

Hope you like it!

xo,

A

Skinny Dipping…

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I found this little gem on a UK website called SkinnyDip London and fell madly in love! Their selection of phone cases is so unique and adorable, I had to get one (and trust me, a few more than necessary in the future too!) It only took about a week to get here, and even with some shipping questions through email, staff answered my questions within a few hours and were so very sweet! So you can see why I just had to share this with you. They have so many other amazing options, I doubt you could actually go through their site without wanting one yourself.

Here are a few others I adore… (pictures click through to links)

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I hope you find something you love!

xo,

A

Boyfriends Closet…

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Spring is actually here and my excitement is just plain old ridiculous. I can’t wait for summer – so much that I’ve already switched all my clothes from my closet to my spring/summer ones (even though it’s supposed to snow this saturday *tears*). I’m so ready to throw on some cute crops and pull out my shorts… but outfits like this are as close as it gets for now. I thought I literally looked as though I could’ve stepped out of my boyfriend’s closet in this outfit – boyfriend jeans, relaxed button down. So chic, comfy, and casual.

Boyfriend Jeans: J.Crew (on sale!)

Pin-Striped Shirt: L.L.Bean Kids (lol)

…similar here…

Wedges: Aldo

Sunglasses: Forever 21(in store)

Earrings: J.Crew

xo,

A

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RocksBox My Socks Off…

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Jewelry – the tiny (or not so tiny) beautiful gems we wear that always uplift, or entirely make an outfit what it is. Seasons come and go, and sometimes it’s hard to keep up to trend on the latest statement pieces, and not only that, jewelry can be mighty expensive. So I joined Rocksbox! It’s the perfect way to stay in style and in budget. With a small monthly fee you receive a box of designer jewelry in which you can choose to borrow for some time, buy pieces in your box if your heart is set, or swap pieces for new ones at any time. Cool, right? Except here’s the catch, you can get your first month with Rocksbox free by using the code tatimoretoxoxo at check out. If you decide after your first month that Rocksbox isn’t the way for you, you can always cancel your membership. But a month of designer jewelry, for free!? You really just can’t go wrong…

I can’t wait to share with all of you my first Rocksbox :)

xoxo,

A

Ulta Beauty Haul – Contouring…

I have been in desperate need of some new makeup (and still am!!) I just got a new ‘do’, my nails freshly done, and what else not better than some amazing new makeup to add to the beautifying madness!?

Here’s what I ended up with…

Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit

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Urban Decay 24/7 Concealer Pencil

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Smashbox Brow Tech in Dark Brown

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A simple blending sponge… (found at your local pharmacy store)

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I got this as a free-be with my Ulta rewards card… Anastasia Beverly Hills Pro Pencil

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After concealing & contouring… (for my first time!)

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I’ve always seen contouring guides on Pintrest using liquid concealers, highlighters, etc. But I chose this one in hopes that it would be a great guide for me, with many options and have a soft natural look. I think it paid off! I used the Smashbox brow kit and got the result I’ve been looking for since I’ve started using creamy pencils from Sephora. It really gave my eyebrows a clean, amazing look and enhanced their shape, but I didn’t realize how heavy I had put it on until taking a step back. Changing from the pencil to the powder, I was a bit unaware of how much even the tiniest bit of powder could impact the color.

I’d love to hear back any advice, what you think of these products if you have them, and any recommendations for some great bronzers & blushes!

xo,

A