Fall lipstick picks

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Top: L’OREAL La Lacque in #207 / Middle: Revlon’s ‘Classic Red’ / Bottom: Neutrogena’s Moisture Surge Color Stick in ‘Amore’


Here in Georgia, Fall is in full swing. It’s time to think about transitioning your makeup for the cooler temps, if you haven’t already. The easiest, quickest, and most economical way to put your best Fall face forward is a new lipstick haul. Nothing says Fall makeup, quite like deep red lip tones: burgundy, plum, cocoa, brick red lip stain, and rich ruby tones, all convey warm Fall colors. Think leaf shades, and red wine. Dark, Earthy colors and warm campfires. Don’t be afraid of vampy, Gothic darks either – Some people can pull off black and look very couture! I like bold, chestnut browns – A favorite of mine is ‘Spice’ by L’OREAL Colour Riche.

If you are wearing a dark lip, make sure to strike a balance with the rest of your makeup. A good rule of thumb is: Dark lip/ light eye, and vice-versa. For Fall, I almost always choose a dramatic lip, paired with winged black or dark brown eye-liner, and generous mascara, but no eye shadow.

I don’t like a lot of eye shadow (if any) until Winter. By the time Winter comes, my lips are not in “spot light” condition, because of winds, cold, and moisture depleting indoor heat. So, Winter is when I put my eyes on display, and let my lips take a back seat. My lips are happy with their soothing smear of lip balm 😉 Basically, in the Winter, I flip-flop my Fall regimen. More on that, later!

Happy Fall Y’all! …And enjoy those cinnamon dolce lattes, in a red lip-stained coffee mug. Cheers!!

 

Warmly, Sarah

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How to clean your makeup brushes

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Cleaning my makeup brushes wasn’t high on my priority list, when I first started wearing makeup. (Back when the dinosaurs roamed the Earth.) I probably started experimenting and wearing makeup in the 6th grade. Wet & Wild brand, Bonnie Bell…only the high quality stuff. I matched my eye shadow to my outfit.  My lipstick to my plastic dangly earrings. This was The Way, young Jedi.  It was the 80’s! We did not wear any colors found in nature, especially on our fancy faces – just no way. The only makeup brushes that I owned, were the ones that came with my blush (bubble gum pink colored, of course), and the many eye shadow pallets that I accumulated from Thrifty’s drugstore. All the dinosaur moms are shrieking with delight at the mention of Thrifty’s! Yes, I am actually that old. But lets move it along, shall we?

I obviously didn’t give much thought to the makeup brushes, let alone how to clean them. None of the women in my immediate sphere of influence owned a “set” of makeup brushes. (Let’s blame everything on our Moms!) Whatever came in the Clinique eye shadow, is what my Mom used. Good enough for Mom, good enough for me. I didn’t know cleaning makeup brushes was a thing, until much later.

Recently, I taught my two oldest daughters how to clean their brushes, and thought I’d post a helpful tutorial on how it’s done.

It’s simple, really. You only need a few things:

  • dirty makeup brushes
  • baby shampoo
  • lukewarm water
  • cleaning tray (optional) I found mine at Ulta, for about $15. But, I used the palm of my hand before that, and it works just fine!

I recommend cleaning your brushes once a week. I clean mine on Sundays, after church. Pick a time that will become routine for you, and make it a habit. Dirty brushes can cause breakouts, uneven makeup application, and buildup of bacteria on your brushes. Cleaning makeup brushes isn’t the most fun thing in the world, (I find it relaxing) but turn on some Frank Sinatra or Dean Martin (LOVE), grab a beverage, and go to town!

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This is all you need. ^^

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This is the optional cleaning tray. ^^ The large nubs are for your big, fluffy brushes. The smaller nubs are for your small brushes. It fits right over your hand, as shown. My tray is rubber, and stays put nicely.

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Apply a quarter-sized amount of baby shampoo. (My hand model wasn’t available for this shoot. Enjoy your youth.)

 

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Swirl your brush gently on the tray. If you don’t have one, swirl the brush into your palm. Just as effective! Repeat this step several times, until the water runs clear. The more you use a particular brush, or the darker the makeup on the brush, the more you’ll need to repeat this step. No biggie. Sip your beverage, you’re almost done.

*It’s worth noting that it’s important to hold your brush downward, into the stream of running water because if you hold it “brush head up” the glue that holds the hair fibers in place can detach over time. Word to the word.

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Once you are satisfied that the thing is clean enough to eat from, gently squeeze the water out, between your fingers. And that’s a wrap!

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I’ll pause so you can gaze upon my clean set of brushes for a sec… Nice, right?!

Ohh ya, for the love of Pete, do not store your brushes upright until they are 100% dry – See above glue issue. This will take about 24 hours for quality brushes. I’ll do a post on quality brushes – Remind me.

I hope this post was helpful to you! And somewhat entertaining.

 

Warmly, Sarah

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Top 3 mascara picks

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Behold, the trifecta of mascaras! This is the mascara dream team in my book. These 3 are my top favorites, my tried-and-true.

When I look for top performing mascaras, I’m typically searching for one to build length in my lashes. Volume is secondary to me, because what I really need, and love, is length. Also, I like very black, ‘noir’ mascara. Mascaras are tricky, because you can’t walk into an Ulta or Sephora, and swatch them onto your hand, like you can a lipstick. You need to buy a new tube (do people really sample mascaras? Eww) and apply a couple coats, then wait a few hours to see how the mascara performs. Does it flake? Does it coat evenly? Does it dry too quickly, preventing more coats? (I like a few coats.) It’s also worth mentioning that I like to be a little vampy with my lashes – I go big! My makeup is generally pretty natural, but I like some OOomph in the lash department. Every girl needs to find what’s best for her lashes. Let me know if you try any of my picks, or have your own favorites! Call them out in the comment section, I’d love to hear them.

Here’s what I reach for:

  • Maybelline Lash Sensational – My everyday. A nice, curved fan brush. Lengthens & separates lashes well.
  • Benefit’s They’re Real! – Date night mascara. Va Va Voom! Straight, spiked brush. Lash nirvana. I’m serious.
  • L’Oreal Miss Manga –  Church, or Girls-Night-Out. Did I just say that in the same sentence? Ha, ha ha. Don’t let the packaging scare you (it’s cartoon-ish and juvenile.) Straight wand, but the brush twists and turns every which way. Which grabs every last lash – genius design! It’s my middle-road, somewhere between the Lash Sensational and They’re Real.

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