Organizing Your Makeup 101

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Hello Dolls! Hope you’re having a wonderful day! If you haven’t read my previous post, then you can do so by clicking right here. If you know me personally, then you’re already aware of my OCD-like obsession with being organized no matter what. In fact, I’ve blogged about this on many occasions (post 1, post 2). While going through probably the worst writer’s block of my lifetime (yes, this includes my uni days where writing about Aristotle seemed a lot easier than what I’ve been experiencing lately), I realized I have never shared with you how I organize my makeup! So without further adieu, here are some tips on how you can organize ALL your makeup!

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  1. Categorize: This is probably the most important factor of organizing just about anything and everything in your life…including makeup. What I like to do is keep all my foundations together, all my blushes together, all my eye shadows together, etc (you catch my drift yet?). This is essential because you want to be able to find your fav makeup item ASAP. Also, I categorize my makeup brushes according to that rule too.
  2. Once you’ve categorized, one of the most important part of organizing is finding a space to put them: I mean you can buy different organizing tools (as you can see I have one devoted to all my MAC lipsticks) or you can create your own. The possibilities are endless and you can get as creative as you want (hello DIY). I have a drawer devoted to just foundations, concealers and setting powders. The reason why I grouped them like that is because I combine those 3 products at the same time, so why not have them altogether in one place?
  3. In doing steps 1 and 2, you’ll come across old makeup or makeup you haven’t used (believe me these things expire quicker than you think and you don’t want to put stuff like that on your skin). One of the most important things you can do is, let it go, let it go! Okay, I am obviously too obsessed with Disney…but GET RID OF IT: You do not need makeup you haven’t used in more than a year because…you haven’t used it. It’s simple as that. Chances are you won’t use it again so why bother. This has always been the hardest thing for me to do but you know what? YOLO.
  4. So you’ve categorized, made space for those categories, gotten rid of things you don’t need…now what? PUT THEM IN THE SPACE: This is probably my favourite part because you can be SUPER creative and very Instagram worthy, but you have to do it correctly. Add dividers in your drawers. Add trays to your makeup desk, make it pretty as you like or as simple as you want…it’s up to you!

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And VOILA! You’ve now organized everything makeup related in your life…on to your closet…lolz.

Until next time,

kisses,

S

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Makeup Diaries: The Matte Sultry Eye

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So a little while ago, I posted a review about the Urban Decay Naked Basics palette (which you can read about right here) and I figured I’d share an eye look that I wear constantly. It’s easy, simple, and quick. Remember, you can always swap out colours to make it more unique to your taste. Also, if you aren’t following me on my various social media accounts then feel free to do so (Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, Pinterest).

Have a fun time recreating this look dolls! x

1) Apply an eye shadow primer of your choice on to your entire eyelid. I’m using MAC’s Paint Pot in Groundwork.

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2) Take the shade “W.O.S.” and apply all over your eyelid, extending to your brow bone.

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3) With a crease brush, take the shade “Faint” and apply on to the crease area, extending it to the outer corners of your eyelids. Make sure to blend into your brow bone and soften any harsh lines.

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4) Take a black liner of your choice and line your eyes, staying close to the lash line. I’m using Urban Decay’s 24/7 liner in Zero. Also, don’t forget to line your waterline with the same liner.

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5) Take a smudger brush and dip into the shade “Crave” and trace over the line you just created with your eyeliner. Smudge the liner out. This will create a smoky sultry effect.

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6) Take a volumizing mascara of your choice and apply two coats to your lashes. I’m using Buxom’s Buxom Lash Waterproof mascara. Fill in your brows and set it. I’m using Maybelline’s Brow drama in clear.

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7) Take a highlight colour of your choice and highlight your brow bone. I used “W.O.S.”. Clean off any excess fall out with a clean brush.

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Makeup Diaries: Cleaning your Makeup Brushes 101

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For the past few years, I’ve been on the lookout to find the perfect way to clean my makeup brushes. It’s a very important thing to do because makeup brushes can be a breeding ground for germs and bacteria. With the constant use of makeup brushes, sometimes dirt, oil and left over makeup can get trapped amongst the bristles. This is a very hazardous thing for your skin because it can cause major breakouts, skin irritations and potentially ruin the longevity of your brushes. I try to clean my brushes at least once every week or every two weeks (depending on how much I use the brushes). Since I do have sensitive skin, I try to do it once a week. You can decide how often you want to clean them, depending on its use (but you definitely should clean it once a month, at least).

Trial and Error

I’ve tried everything and most of them have worked really well. But some of them haven’t worked one bit at all. I found that certain methods and ways make my brushes rougher than they were, which completely defeats the purpose of having my makeup brushes last longer. So I came across this method in a magazine and decided to give it a whirl. I was so impressed with this, that now this has become the only way I clean my brushes.

My Method

What you will need:

  1. 3 plastic cups
  2. 3 tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil (in a separate cup; this will condition your brushes for softness and break down any waterproof makeup)
  3. Normal Hand Soap (I use Soft Soap; this will make your brushes squeaky clean)
  4. Anti-bacterial Hand Soap (You can use only one soap, but I use two because this one adds a hint of fragrance to it as well as cleans the brushes more; I use Bath and Body Works’ foaming hand soaps)
  5. Soft Towel

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Instructions:

1) Take your 3 empty plastic cups and flip them upside down on your counter.

2) Take your brush that you are cleaning and dip the tip of the brush in the oil.

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3) With the oil infused brush, gently rub in circular motions on top of one of the flipped over plastic cups.

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4) On top of the second cup that’s flipped over, put a little bit of soft soap. Take the brush that you just rubbed with oil and gently rub in circular motions with the soap on top of the flipped cup.

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5) Now take that same brush and on the last upside down cup, put a little bit of anti-bacterial soap. Just like before, rub in circular motions. Make sure you do that super gently.

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6) Rinse with lukewarm water. You can either run it under the tap or you can fill a cup with water and rinse it that way. It’s up to you. I’ve used both methods and they work equally well.

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7) On a towel, very gently rub in circular motions to take off any excess water. Set to dry.

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This is my favourite method because it really gets every little bit of gunk off your makeup brushes. It also leaves the bristles soft, which is perfect for my sensitive skin. You can always modify this to your own needs. I’ve used a plastic plate instead of the cups before and it worked just as well. Hope this works as greatly for you as it does for me!

Happy Monday Dolls! x 

Makeup Diaries: The Shimmery Orange Eye Look

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Here’s a quick makeup look featuring L’Oreal’s “What happens in Vegas” eye shadow quad. I love using this for nights out, when I want a subtle pop of colour along with shimmer.

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(Shimmery Orange, Highlight Yellow, Matte Orange, Shimmery Brown) 

1. Use a white eye shadow base, so that your colour pops out more. I’m using Urban Decay’s Primer Potion in Eden.

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2. Take Shimmery Orange and with a flat shadow brush of your choice, apply all over the lids.

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3. Take Matte Orange and with a crease brush of your choice, apply into the crease (smoking it out in the outer corner).

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4. Use Highlight Yellow on your brow bones to highlight with a clean shadow brush. Also, lightly apply to the inner corners of your eyes.

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5. With a clean crease brush, in circular motions, blend out any harsh lines created so that you have a clean gradient effect.

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6. Using a liner brush, dip into Shimmery Brown and line your upper/lower lash line (staying as close as you can to the lash line).

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7. Finish off by filling in your brows and your favourite mascara!

Have A Great Day Dolls! x