Beauty

Rapid Review: Michael Todd Beauty Soniclear Cleansing Brush

Rapid Review: Michael Todd Beauty Soniclear | Moments With Millie

Rapid Review: Michael Todd Beauty Soniclear | Moments With Millie

I am back with another Rapid Review. I hope you enjoy this format for reviewing products. This time I am reviewing the Michael Todd Beauty Soniclear Cleansing Brush. There are many different face cleaning brushes on the market ( from manual to battery operated). With so many available options, it can be a little difficult to make an informed decision. Below are my thoughts on the Michael Todd brush. I hope this helps.

  1. Price– I purchased the Soniclear Petite Deluxe from Hautelook for $50. It currently sells for $99 on the Michael Todd site. The set comes with a travel case, a cleansing milk, the brush, a drying cradle, a brush head and a charger.
  2. Use(s)– Deeply cleanses pores while exfoliating the skin.
  3. Product Claims (from Michael Todd site)–  Power Control Handle. Produces up to 300 sonic movements per second for 6x better cleansing than with hands alone.
    Antimicrobial Daily Cleanse Brush. Gentle, effective daily cleansing brush. Brush bristles are sized and uniquely rounded at the tip for gentle, effective daily cleansing. Antimicrobial for stain and odor causing bacteria protection.
    Multiple Speeds. 3 sonic speeds for a customizable cleansing experience for your specific skin type and skin concerns.
    Cleansing Timer. Built in automatic timer beeps to remind you to move to next cleansing area.
    Cordless and Rechargeable. Provides up to 2+ Hours of continuous use on a single charge.
    Waterproof. Fully waterproof for use in the shower and bath.
    Drying Stand. Upright cradle for drying and charging
    Antimicrobial Product Protection for Brush. Safe, effective and long lasting LIFE Antimicrobial Product Protection is built into the brush head to protect against stain and odor causing bacteria so brushes stay cleaner, fresher for longer. Won’t wash out or wear off for the life of the brush.
    Warranty. The Soniclear Petite has an industry leading 3 year limited warranty against defects
  4. My Thoughts– I really like this brush. I initially wanted the Clarisonic however I decided to purchase the Soniclear when I learned how hygienic it is. The brush heads are anti-microbial. This is a double bonus because it means that I don’t have to constantly purchase replacement heads. I like how portable the brush is (great for traveling). Lastly, I love that it deep cleans my skin without stripping it.

Do you use a facial cleansing brush? If so, what do you think about them? Feel free to review my previous Rapid Review posts here and here.

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Beauty, Health

How I Clean My Makeup Brushes

How I Clean My Makeup Brushes | Makeup with Millie

How I Clean My Makeup Brushes | Moments With Millie

I once cleaned my makeup brushes with antibacterial dish soap and olive oil. I thought I had all of my bases covered. The antibacterial agent would sanitize the brushes (and help keep breakouts at bay) while the olive oil would help preserve the bristles.  Although I have continued to use olive oil for its conditioning properties, I no longer use dish soap for multiple reasons. Firstly, the FDA has recently banned the sale of certain antibacterial chemicals due to lack of proof that they were safe for use over the long term. Secondly, it has not been proven to be more effective than using ordinary soap and water. Lastly, I have been seeking more natural health and beauty alternatives.

I’ve always had an interest in Dr. Bronner products however I was a little intimidated by them.  I decided to try out a few travel size products since they were on sale at Target. Since they are said to be very versatile I figured I could always find a use for them. I really enjoyed the unscented version  as a body wash however I did not feel the same about the citrus one. It has citrus oils- which is great for waking up in the morning however not so great for certain parts of the body. If you get my drift.

Determined to make it work, I decided to use the citrus version to clean my makeup brushes. Coupled with the olive oil and a silicone brush cleaning mat, I have found my new process. My brushes are not only clean but they smell great as well. How do you clean your makeup brushes?

 

How I Clean My Makeup Brushes | Moments With Millie

How I Clean My Makeup Brushes | Moments With Millie

 

How I Clean My Makeup Brushes | Moments With Millie

 

 

 

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Style Files

Four Fs of Fashion

Fall is almost here (Yay!). And like many of you,I like to purchase a few pieces to help usher the new season. However, before updating my wardrobe with my new fab finds, I try to make a point to clear my closet of the items that I no longer need. It helps to ensure I am not hoarding clothes and makes me feel better about purchasing new items.

Whether I am purging old clothes or adding new ones, I try to be selective about the items that live in my closet. Each piece has to pass a screening process in order to stay. I know that seems a little dramatic but it is really simple. I just evaluate the following:

Fit – Fit is probably the most thing that I consider when I evaluate a piece of clothing. I truly believe that the key to always looking put together is wearing clothes that fit you well. It does not matter how trendy the garment is; if it does not fit well then I don’t keep it.

Function- Evaluating how the garment functions in your wardrobe is key in keeping out the clutter. Ask yourself how the item functions in your closet. Do you really need multiple ball gowns? Will you ever wear those shoes? How does that shirt fit into your current personal style?

Flexibility- If I can’t think of three ways of styling an article of clothing then I don’t keep it. That is the general rule of thumb that I go by. There are some exceptions to the rule however I find that this helps me to get the most out of my wardrobe. It also helps to cut down on the clutter.

Fabulous- Lastly, I try to only buy/keep items that I love. I can’t tell you how much money I have wasted on items that ended up collecting dust in my closet. And when I did wear some of them, I did not have the excitement everyone should have about their clothing. Lesson learned- never buy an item just because it was on sale or trending.

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My Closet Organization Tips

My Closet Organization Tips | Moments With Millie

My Closet Organization Tips | Moments With Millie

You may not know this about me but I am a little bit of a neat freak. And the Virgo in me just love to organize. Since sharing is caring, I thought I would share my closet organization tips. What are some of your tips for an organized closet?

  1. Color coordination. I do not know how I functioned before I color coordinated my closet. Since making the change I always know where to find each article of clothing. I also organized my garments by length. For example, my white tops are arranged by short to long sleeves.
  2. Slim hangers. I love slim hangers! I know that replacing hangers can be expensive but I think this is totally worth the investment. The Joy Mangano hangers are a bit pricey however  you can find more affordable alternatives at Costco or Marshalls. Here are some of the benefits of using these hangers:
    • Space savers- They doubled my closet space.
    • Slip Resistant- The velvet material prevents your clothing from slipping.
    • Visually appealing- I think these hangers give my closet a boutique feel. I love that they are available in many colors.
  3. Creative storage solutions. I am not a fan of many of the traditional closet organization tools. I find items such as over the door shoe racks and scarf/belt hangers to be bulky and visually unappealing. Instead, I try to use creative storage solutions. For example, I found a beautiful black lacquer box at Ross. I wasn’t sure how I would use the box but I knew I had to have it. The box turned out to be perfect for my sunglasses.
  4. Utilize vertical space. I had a hard time finding solutions for my scarves, hats, and belts. One day I walked into Big Lots and found lined baskets for $4 each. It was a major score! I now use the baskets to store my accessories. The baskets are placed on one of the shelves in my closet.
  5. Hide the clutter. I hate clutter. However I love handbags of all shapes and sizes. In keeping with utilizing the vertical space in my closet I store my small bags, clutches, and wallets in fabric storage cubes. My larger bags are on display on my closet shelf. This helps me to appreciate some of my bags without having to see all of them.
  6.  One in, one out. I follow the one in, one out rule. Although I have a pretty decent sized closet, I know that space is finite. This rule prevents me from hoarding clothing. It is a hard rule to follow however it really works.

 

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Palm Breeze

Palm Breeze | Moments With Millie

Palm Breeze | Moments With Millie

Palm Breeze | Moments With Millie

Palm Breeze | Moments With Millie

The floral trend took on a tropical twist for the summer. And I must say that I am here for it! I loved the way Kristine (of TrendyCurvy) styled this top in one of her posts. Although I liked it, I didn’t have any thoughts of making a purchase. That changed when I found it on sale during a rare visit to Old Navy. And since I am enjoying the trend so much I thought I would try my hand at styling a tropical piece. As an alternative approach to Kristine’s I decided to keep things really simple by pairing the top with some basics from my closet.

I apologize for the awkward poses.  It’s been a while since I’ve done a fashion post. That should be changing soon. 🙂  You may also be able to tell that there was a slight breeze on the day that I took these pictures. I didn’t mind though. It added to the ambiance. I just pretended as if I was shooting on a tropical island. Lol! What are some of your favorite summer ’17 trends?

 

Outfit details:

Top- Old Navy

JeansASOS

Sandals- Tahari

Bag– Kenya

Tan– Summer Swim Lessons (more on that later)

 

 

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What’s In My Makeup Bag

What's In My Makeup Bag | Moments With Millie

I have the pleasure of being married to a very spontaneous person. I on the other hand am very practical. Everyday with him is an adventure. And I love it. He balances me out and pushes me to explore things outside of my comfort zone. I just had to learn that I have to be ready for anything. There have been numerous occasions in which we’ve decided to “run errands” to only end up at a nice restaurant. I often found myself saying “I wasn’t ready” (in my Kevin Hart voice). Lol! So I have learned to stock a few basics in my makeup bag. That way I would be semi-prepared for what the day may bring. Do you have any must have items that you carry in your makeup bag? Let me know what I may be missing.

  1. Compact Mirror
  2. CVS Oil Absorbing Sheets
  3. Wet N Wild Photo Focus Pressed Powder
  4. Smith’s Rosebud Salve Balm
  5. Elf Retractable Kabuki Brush
  6. Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara
  7. Benefit Porefessional Primer
  8. Pacifica Tahitian Gardenia Rollerball  and random perfume sample
  9. Jordana Lip Liner 
  10. Milani Brilliant Shine Lipgloss (Bare Secret )
  11. Revlon ColorBurst LipButter (Pink Truffle)
  12. Elf Lip Balm Tint (Berry)
  13. Hair Pins/Ties

 

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Monday Motivation: After The Rain

The weather has been a little gloomy these past few days. It makes me think back to a conversation I had with an Uber driver a few weeks ago. She expressed how much she hated the rain. As I sat in the backseat listening to her mini rant, I thought to myself that I couldn’t  disagree anymore. Since moving from the East Coast I’ve really missed the rain.  It was always a welcomed change. I guess I didn’t mind it as much because I knew there is something to gain from it. Rainy days forces us to slow down and enjoy the important things in life. If it wasn’t for the rain, many of us wouldn’t take the time to relax, read, or enjoy hobbies such as napping (my favorite). Lol!

In my opinion, the rain represents a renewal. It washes away all of the old making room for the new. Sure, it may slow things down a bit. But it won’t rain forever. Similar to the storms in life, the sun always comes out after the rain. All of this reminds me of a song by Betty Wright called “After the Rain”. I bet you thought I was going to say “It Doesn’t Rain in Southern California”. Nope. Cause it seldomly does. And  when it does, I’ll be here to welcome it.

 

After The Rain | Moments With Millie

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