Beauty: Make-Up Brush Care

MAKE-UP BRUSH CARE

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Taking good care of your make-up brushes is extremely important, and for different reasons. Some brushes can be expensive and properly cleaning them will extend their life span. Also, if not cared for, your brushes will be spreading bacteria and germs on your face in addition to your make-up – yuck!

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There are many different types of brushes (natural hair, synthetic, powder puffs etc.) For brushes that are used for powders (blush, bronzer, eye shadow…) it’s important to use a gentle soap (I use Dawn Dish Soap) but you can also use a Dove bar or even a gentle shampoo. Using warm water, dampen brush. Put a small amount of soap in the palm of your hand and gently swirl brush to work up a lather. Make sure your entire brush is getting soapy, not just the tips. Rinse thoroughly in warm water, ensuring the water runs clear.

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Dry brushes by gently squeezing out excess water and laying them flat on paper towel. If you dry your brushes with them standing up, the water can seep into the glue causing your brush to fall apart. Powder brushes can last years if taken care of correctly! They should be cleaned once a week.

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Brushes that are used for creams, gels, glosses lipstick etc, require a heavier duty cleaner to break down the grease. I find that Dawn works for foundation quite well, but some brushes are tougher and you may need to use an alcohol based cleanser for those ones. There’s no need to purchase a brand name alcohol cleanser, 99% isopropyl alcohol will do the trick (and cut down the drying time). To clean using alcohol, pour a small amount into a bowl and swish the brush around the same way you would in your hand. After swirling, blot excess alcohol off and lay flat to dry. These brushes should be cleaned every other day. These brushes should also be replaced every 4-5 months.

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Powder puffs should be cleaned at least once a week in warm soapy water. They usually do not last very long and are easily replaceable.

Happy washing!

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Designer Spotlight: Hayden Williams

Hayden Williams is a 21 year old British Fashion Illustrator and Designer and his work is simply AMAZING (it helps that he has been drawing since he was only 3 years old!) His designs are fluid, flawless, incredibly elegant and sophisticated.  His work has ranged from illustrating celebrities, Disney Princesses, magazine covers (VOGUE) and more!

Stroll In The City by Hayden Williams

It seems that illustrating has become a lost talent in today’s fashion scene. We rarely get to see designer’s illustrations and the creative process they endure as they focus more on showing us the finished product. It’s nice to see a fresh perspective on today’s high fashion illustrations using a timeless technique which combines pencils and markers – no computer software here! Hayden describes his definition of fashion illustration as

“A way of communicating a fashion visual but in art form. Drawing, painting etc.  For me, it’s about sharing my design and artistic vision by translating my ideas from my head  to drawing it out on paper.”

Work in Progress

Hayden Williams’ work has been garnering attention from everyone – including celebrities! Some of Hayden’s celebrity fans include Oprah, Beyonce, Naomi Campbell and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. His work has also been showcased in magazines such as Annex, Elle Thailand, and Bazaar Australia.

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Oprah loving her Hayden Williams Illustration

He taught himself how to draw by sketching the female characters from Disney movies and naturally progressed into the amazing illustrations he produces today, though he did not start getting serious about fashion illustration until he was 17-18 years old.

Disney Divas – Rapunzel

When asked by a fan when he would be creating his own label he advised that he had a “limited capsule collection out last year that was available online. My goal however, is to have my own high end label. That is what i am working towards. I can’t pinpoint when that will be, but it is in my future…” and I have to say I’m pretty excited to see his illustrations come to life!

Hayden’s tip to a fan for illustrating fashion: Always take notice of the details and stay focused on your passion/craft.

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To see more of his incredible work, check out below:

Tumblr: http://haydenwilliamsillustrations.tumblr.com/
Instagram: @Hayden_Williams
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Hayden_Williams
Facebook: Hayden Williams Illustrations

*All information from this post is from Hayden Williams’  tumblr account, sourced above.

Review: Julep Kajal Eye Glider

I have a monthly subscription to Julep Maven Box, which is a box of goodies that is shipped to you once a month. They have different subscription services, and the box I receive comes with two nail polishes and one beauty product (could be anything, but always a Julep brand item). This month, along with my nail colours, I received Julep Kajal Eye Glider which also came with a sharpener (not pictured)

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The eye glider is double sided with Brown Shimmer on one side and Carbon Black on the other. It’s described by Julep as “two intensely pigmented colours … that glide on smoothly and blend like a dream”.

I have to hand it to them, the colour pigment is intense and it went on incredibly smooth.

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It looks just as good as liquid liner and way easier to use.  I used the brown shimmer today (no, picture unfortunately) and though it is very brown, it wasn’t very shimmery. I still definitely recommend this product and it has quickly become my new favorite liner.

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The liner with sharpener is $22 or $17.60 if you’re a Julep Maven.

Interested in learning more about becoming a Julep Maven and seeing what they have to offer? Check out the link below!

http://goo.gl/e3RBJ3