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How to Clean Your Makeup Brushes

Clean your makeup brushes.  Sounds simple, yeah? Recently, a friend of mine commented on Facebook that she had never cleaned her makeup brushesNever.

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While I’m not quite that bad, it did make me think about how often I wash mine.

Not often enough, if I’m being honest.  And really, how many of us are guilty of not cleaning makeup brushes often enough? I bet that number is pretty high.

So on a recent trip out, I was stoked to find a silicon makeup brush cleaning mat.  Though I had my own technique thus far for cleaning my brushes (basically wash them in my hands and then my hands get all raw from all the soap), I saw one of these a while ago on a website called The Grommet and had been thinking of getting one.

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Fortunately, the universe smiled on me and I happened to find one while out shopping.

I’m pretty sure I got this makeup brush cleaning mat at TJ Maxx and I’m pretty sure it was around $4.  But you can find them lots of places these days, including drugstores, beauty supply stores, etc.

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There are lots of methods by which you can wash your makeup brushes.

Some sites say you should use oil.  Some say you should use a gentle baby shampoo, lint free brush, and swirl them around in water.  Some companies have even designed a soap specifically for washing makeup brushes.

Personally, I use the simplest method possible.

I take whatever shampoo I have on hand (not my expensive stuff, but I usually have a bottle of something cheaper lying around somewhere).  After securing the mat to the bottom of the sink, I wet my brush by gently running it under the faucet.  Then, I put a small dollop of shampoo onto the brush, and swirl the brush gently against to mat to get the makeup off.  Finally, I rinse the brush and swirl it on a clean area of the mat to get the soap off.

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Yes, this is my kitchen sink.
When I rinse the brush, if the water is not running clear I will repeat the steps above until it does.

After I have rinsed all the soap out, I gently squeeze the brush to remove excess water.  Finally, I lay the brush down on a clean towel while I finish cleaning the other brushes.

Recently, I discovered a genius hack for drying makeup brushes.

It works wonders.  I’ve made a short tutorial video to go along with this post where I show how to hang recently washed makeup brushes from a towel rack with hair elastics.  It’s super easy, and then you don’t have makeup brushes lying around your bathroom or kitchen waiting to dry. Check out the video:


Easy peasy, right?  Cleaning your makeup brushes is so important for so many reasons.  Aside from the obvious you’re putting these against your face and they collect dirt and germs and stuff, there’s also the fact that makeup brushes simply don’t work as well when they’re dirty.  Especially if they have months, or even years (ew) of makeup buildup on them.

So yeah, clean your brushes, ‘kay?  Great.

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Eva NYC Mane Magic 10-in-1 Primer

I received a bottle of Eva NYC Mane Magic 10-in-1 Primer in my Influenster box.  What is Influenster?  I’m glad you asked.  Influenster is a site where you can sign up, review products, and they send you free stuff.  In a nutshell.  There are levels and other things you can do as well, as with most things of this nature.

So I got my Eva NYC Mane Magic 10-in-1 Primer for free.

And I’m so happy I did, because I probably would not have tried it otherwise.  I had seen the coral pink bottles in CVS and Ulta and passed them over.  I thought, “Something with such pretty packaging probably doesn’t work.” Right?  The person who yells the loudest usually has the least to say.

Even when I pulled the small purplish bottle out of the box, I kind of rolled my eyes.  But it WAS my very first box, after all. What was I expecting?

I made an effort to try everything in the Influenster box.

The Eva NYC Mane Magic 10-in-1 Primer is amazing.  I sprayed it on my hair after towel drying my hair and could feel an almost immediate difference.  My hair was soft, and a wide-tooth comb ran easily through it.  Not an easy feat when it’s been almost six months since my last haircut.

The soft feel lasted as I blow dried my hair, and my hair was shiny and manageable.  I cannot stress enough how much I like this product.

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Another thing I love about the Eva NYC Mane Magic 10-in-1 Primer is the scent.

The label stresses that argan oil is a key ingredient, and although I know argan oil doesn’t have a distinct smell, this company has used something akin to the Moroccan Oil formula.  It has a similar musky, yet sweet smell that I personally really like.

Like I said, I’m happy I gave this spray a try.  I ended up in line at Old Navy impulse buying the deep conditioner, and later used the Influenster coupon for $2 off any Eva NYC product at Ulta to buy a bottle of regular conditioner.

Ulta, at the lowest price, has Eva NYC Mane Magic 10-in-1 Primer for $11.99. CVS carries it for $12.29, and Target has it for an even $12.00 They have a website where it’s available as well, and it gives the whole history of the company including why it’s named “Eva.”  If you’re weird like me and curious about that, I suggest checking it out.

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And now for some of my chaos.

As I write this I am sitting in a giant building on the FOX studios lot in background holding.  “Extras” or “background” hang out here when we’re not needed in a scene.  And we’re not needed in scenes a lot.

When people think of Hollywood, I imagine they think it is glamorous.  Background work is the opposite of that.  There is a lot of hurry up and waiting.  Amazingly, simply sitting all day is taking quite a toll on my body.  I worked yesterday and feel as though I got thrown down a flight of stairs.  A lot of people make a living doing professional BG work. I do not think my body could take it. Maybe I would get used to it.

Did I mention I’m playing a stripper?

Oh, and I’m playing a stripper on a flight to Vegas.  It’s funny, I thought at some point I would age out of that kind of role; apparently, not yet.

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Stripper Amy makeup.

Also, I find this kind of work takes its toll psychologically.  I’m in such close proximity to people who are living my dream, the people who got them there, and I’m there as human furniture.  It’s frustrating, and I don’t think I have the psychological stamina for it full time either.  Those that do…I envy them.  My life would be easier if I could turn off my brain.

I think about this subject a lot, that there are people in life who get to achieve their dreams, and many more people that don’t.  And I wonder which person I will get to be.  There’s a popular belief that if you don’t ever give up, you’ll eventually “get there.”  The cynic in me knows that’s not true. The optimist in me hopes against hope that it is.

In any case, I will continue pursuing all of my dreams – writing, acting, blogging, all of them – at least for now.  Sure, every once in a while I make a grand proclamation that I’ve had it and I’m going to give up, but I think everyone does that.  A time may come when I’m ready to throw in the towel, get a “real job,” and stop dreaming.  But today’s not that day.

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Sephora September Play! Box

Greetings! Happy Sephora September Play! Box Day! The happiest day of the month. It’s kind of like Rex Manning Day, only for adults…and about makeup…and not sucky.  Okay, it’s nothing like Rex Manning Day.  And if you don’t know what Rex Manning Day is, please go watch ’90s classic Empire Records immediately and report back.

This month is doubly exciting because I made a video to accompany the post! It was nerve wracking, so I hope it’s not terrible.  It accompanies the launch of the new YouTube channel, and I welcome feedback.  Just not too harsh, please!

So what do we have in the Sephora September Play! Box?

First, the cute makeup pouch with “A Change of Face” on it.  I love these little pouches.  They’re so handy when you need to just throw a bunch of stuff together and go.  As I apply my makeup, I throw it into one of these bags and then just tuck the bag into my purse for the night.  Easy peasy.

Sephora September Play! Box

Sephora Contour Eye Pencil 12HR Wear Waterproof

Guys, it’s like Sephora knows exactly what I want.  I would say they’ve bugged my house, but I don’t think I’ve said this out loud, so perhaps they’ve bugged my brain.  The thing is, I’m incapable of wearing black eyeliner without it getting all over my under eye area and making me look a) incredibly tired and b) kind of old.  I chalk it up to having oily skin.  But I’ve never tried a waterproof eyeliner, so I’m very excited to give this one a go.

Algenist POWER Recharging Night Pressed Serum

I had to go to the Sephora website to look up what a pressed serum was, and discovered that this stuff goes for $95 a pot.  See, the Sephora box is awesome.  I never would have purchased a full sized container of this because, what if I didn’t like it?  Then I’m out a hundred bucks.  This way, I get to try before I buy.

Serums have seriously become one of my favorite skincare products.  They do so much with so little.  This one promises a radiant and smooth complexion in 10 days, so I’m hoping there’s enough in this lil’ guy to get me to 10.

Sephora September Play Box

IGK Hot Girls Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner

I have to admit, I find this packaging odd.  There are photos of girls whipping their hair around and swimming.  And yes, while I would like to look like these girls, this packaging looks like it’s targeting men, TBH.  On the plus side, it is vegan and cruelty free, and promises to revive stressed hair.  Since my hair constantly takes a beating from hot styling tools, I welcome any product that can restore its shine and softness.

Belif – The True Cream Aqua Bomb

This one I had to look up as well, just because I’m unfamiliar with the company.  So this stuff is cool because it’s oil free, which is great for skin like mine which is oily and has large pores.  According to the Sephora website, in clinical tests subjects experienced a 70% increase in their skin’s hydration levels.  I wonder how they test that…

Sephora September Play! Box

Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipstick in Amulet

Another waterproof wonder, this lipstick shade is described as a matte brick rose.  While I love the brick rose color, I’m personally nervous about a matte lipstick.  I don’t wear it very often, as it usually dries out my lips and leaves that weird rim around the edges when I eat or drink anything.  Still, the reviews are great, so I’m happy to try it out.

Benefit Cosmetics Gimme Brow

Y’all, I’m very, very happy to get this one.  Benefit’s big thing is brows these days, and although I haven’t visited their brow bar yet, I have been eyeing Gimme Brow for a while.  The packaging promises that it will volumize and tame brows while staying natural looking.  I’ve seen some pretty messed up brows before, and I usually stay away from any kind of fillers for that reason.  It would be just my luck that I’d leave the house thinking my brows looked amazing, then getting out into natural light and realizing I look like a mental patient.

That’s it for this month’s haul.  If you liked the review, please share it!  What do you guys think is the most promising product in here?  Leave me a comment or message me here!