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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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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Rapid Review: Caudalie Makeup Remover Cleansing Water

Caudalie Makeup Cleansing Water| Moments With Millie

Hi Everyone! I am back with another Rapid Review. This time I am reviewing the Caudalie Makeup Remover Cleansing Water. I featured this in my New In: Spring Beauty Goodies post. As you may have noticed cleansing/micellar waters are all the rage this year. I was really skeptical about them however I decided to give them a try after I stumbled across this particular one. Since Caudalie is a well respected skin care brand I figured I was in good hands. Below are my thoughts. Have you used any cleansing/micellar waters? What are your thoughts on them?

  1. Price-  $4.97 (Nordstrom Rack)
  2. Use(s)- This soap-free cleansing water effectively removes make-up from face and eyes, as well as cleanses and tones skin.
  3. Product Claims- Make-up Remover Cleansing Water soothes, moisturizes and softens skin. With a gentle Micellar cleansing base, make-up is easily removed without rubbing, and face and eyes are left thoroughly clean. The improved formula is now more natural, more effective and gentler on skin. Fresh fragrance includes orange and lemon blossom, watermelon and mint leaves. Make-up Remover Cleansing Water is non-irritating to even the most sensitive skin types.
  4. My Thoughts- I really like this cleansing water. It is very gentle yet effective at removing face makeup. I would say it is not the best at removing mascara and eyeliner. Although I am not vegan, I do love that it is a plant based product.

P.S. I hope you enjoy this format for product reviews. You can review my previous Rapid Review post here.

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Favorite E. L. F. Products

I learned about Eyes Lips Face Cosmetics while reading a beauty magazine back in 2007. I believe their products were only available online at the time.  I was really intrigued by their products because of the rave reviews they had received. At the time, I was low on funds therefore their low prices was a real draw to me. I believe the first product I purchased from them was their cream liner. I was hooked ever since then. Although I’ve had to pass on some of their items, I have found some real gems. In no particular order, below are some of my favorite Elf products. What are your favorites?

Favorite E.L.F. Products|Moments With Millie

  1. e.l.f. Cream Eyeliner (in Black and Coffee)
  2. e.l.f. Lip Balm Tint (in Berry)
  3. e.l.f. Shadow Lock Eyelid Primer
  4. e.l.f. Sunkissed Glow Bronzer
  5. e.l.f. Retractable Kabuki Brush
  6. e.l.f. Small Stipple Brush
  7. e.l.f. Powder Brush
  8. e.l.f. Angled Eyeliner Brush
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New In: Spring Beauty Goodies

Spring Beauty Goodies

 

Hi Everyone-

I have been doing a little shopping. There are so many skin/makeup products that I would would like to try. However as a recovering beauty product junkie I must learn to resist the temptation. Listed below (clockwise) are the products that I’ve recently added to my arsenal. Have you added any new beauty products to your regime?

  1. Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer (in Amande)
  2. Black Opal Deluxe Finishing Powder (in Deep)
  3. CVS Oil Absorbing Sheets
  4. Maybelline FitMe Matte & Poreless (in Coconut)
  5. NYX Cosmetics Micro Brow Pencil (in Espresso- love this!)
  6. L’Oreal Infalliable Pro-Matte Foundation (in Cocoa)
  7. L’Oreal Infalliable Pro-Spray & Set Makeup Extender Spray
  8. Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz
  9. Michael Todd Beauty Charcoal Detoxifying Mask (found mine at Ross at a great price)
  10. L’Oreal True Match Super-Blendable Powder (in N8)
  11. Caudalie Makeup Remover Cleansing Water (They’ve changed the package. I got mine from Nordstrom Rack)
  12. MAC Cosmetics Lipstick (in Fresh Brew)
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