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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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Beauty, Health

DIY Hair & Body Oil

DIY HAIR & BODY OIL| Moments With Millie

I was in the process of whipping up a batch of my hair and body oil and thought I would share my recipe with you. As you may know,  I have dry hair and skin. 😦 I have tried so many products to help alleviate the dryness. For me, there hasn’t been one item that has completely eradicated the dry skin. I find that I have to use a combination of things to see results. I often use the oil for hot oil treatments, to moisturize my hair, to moisturize my skin, as a cuticle treatment, etc. Do you use oils to moisturize your skin? Let me know which are your favorites.

35%  Olive Oil -(Adds moisture to the scalp and skin, makes hair soft and shiny, has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties that fight off common scalp and hair problems).

25%  Coconut Oil -(Naturally antibacterial and anti-fungal, an excellent moisturizer, and can penetrate hair better than many oils and smells great).

20%  Sweet Almond Oil- (Rich in Vitamin E, monounsaturated fatty acids, proteins, potassium and zinc, excellent moisturizer, and also smells great).

10%  Jamaican Black Castor Oil* (Moisturizes, thickens, strengthens and rapidly increases hair growth. JBCO increases blood flow to the scalp, supplying valuable nutrients to hair follicles)

10%  Jojoba Oil (The only oil that closely resembles human sebum, it is anti- bacterial and anti-inflammatory. Jojoba oil is an excellent moisturizer and emollient).

* I use this interchangeably with Haitian Black Castor Oil when available.

 

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My Winter Deep Conditioner Recipe

Over the years, my hair has become more and more dry. This issue is exacerbated during the winter. The cold air tends to make my hair brittle and lifeless. I have tried many things to give my hair the moisture that it desperately needs. So far, my deep conditioner concoction seems to work the best. Listed below is my winter deep conditioner recipe. I don’t typically measure any of the ingredients. I usually use as much of each item that I feel my hair needs.

Winter Deep Conditioner Ingredients

Ingredients:
Extra virgin olive oil,
Organic coconut oil,
Pure, raw honey,
1 banana,
1 small avocado, and
Conditioner of your choice

Instructions:

Blend the olive oil, coconut oil, honey, banana, and avocado until smooth.

 

Pour the mixture in a bowl. Add the conditioner of your choice.

Starting from the ends, apply the mixture generously to your hair. Use a wide tooth comb to to detangle hair. Place a conditioning cap on hair and let conditioner sit for at least 30 minutes. Rinse well and wash hair as usual.

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