Time to get in…DEEP: How I deep clean my makeup brushes.

What annoys me the most about being a makeup enthusiast is cleaning my brushes.  I know I’m not the only one as I’ve heard my friends and my makeup artist complain about the same thing.  There are brush cleaning gloves, solvents, cleaning sponges and good ol’ soap and water.  I’ve spent many afternoons washing and conditioning my brushes and I knew there had to be another way.  Here is my method:

  • You will need:  a glass jar; paper towels; rubbing alcohol and a clean flat surface
  • Wash the jar thoroughly, I chose an apple sauce jar as the tapered neck helps with the deep clean process and peel off label for a better visual of the brushes during deep cleaning
  • Prepare your cleaning surface and have paper towels close by and ready to use

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  • Fill bottom of jar with about ½ – 1 inch of rubbing alcohol
  • insert brushes, one at a time, into jar and submerge the brush hairs into the rubbing alcohol avoiding the brush ferrule *Note: Never submerge the ferrule (metal part) of your brushes in alcohol nor water as this can loosen the manufacturer’s glue that holds the brush hairs together.  The results would be increased shedding or the brush hairs falling out completely.
  • Dip the brush into the alcohol, repeatedly, releasing as much makeup product out of your brush
  • Drain the excess alcohol by pushing the brush against the jar’s sides or, in my case, I pushed my brushes against the tapered neck of the jar. Use your fingers to squeeze any leftover alcohol out of the brush hairs
  • Fold a piece of paper towel and press the brush into it, this will help remove even more product

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  • Repeat steps with each brush
  • You don’t need to replace the dirty alcohol as the makeup products settle to the bottom of the jar
  • Use paper towels to dry your brushes and determine how clean each brush is

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  • At this point you’ll have a couple options:
    1.  You can refill the jar with more alcohol and repeat the steps with each brush until you are satisfied with the cleanliness of your brushes
    2. You can wash off any excess residue with warm water and the soap or shampoo of your choice
  • Allow your brushes to air dry on some paper towels either flat or on a slight angle with the hairs pointing down to make sure no liquids settle into the ferrules

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I use both synthetic and real hair makeup brushes and the results were equally awesome.  If you are worried about the alcohol being too drying on your real hair brushes after the alcohol clean, rinse them with warm water and a hair conditioner of your choice.  I personally never had to do this, but it can help preserve your real hair makeup brushes.

I hope this helps my fellow makeup enthusiasts!  If you try this method, I’d love to hear what your results were, leave a comment here or on my other social media platforms.  I’d love to hear from you!

Take care everyone and have a happy day!

SS

Back with the old?

Tea Time

This weekend seemed to keep me more busy than I had anticipated.  It was full of cooking, cleaning and a lot of deep random thoughts.  Watching episodes of Law and Order Special Victims Unit brought some realization of how serious life can be and it eventually lead me to think of the “simple” times.  In particular, it made me question what and when is the correct “tea time”?

I posted the question on Twitter and I received some helpful information as to when the hour is for “High Tea”.  I did some research as I was curious as to Why? What? and When?  Tea time existed.

In the United Kingdom during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, Afternoon Tea, also known as “low tea”, was celebrated in the late afternoon predominantly as a social event for upper class women as a bridge between meals.  Tea with finger sandwiches, scones, fruit, etc. were served at low tables and comfy chairs and sofas.  It was a social time for women complete with everything lace and dainty.  However, the working class had a different budget and schedule which meant most of their dinners were served later in the evening after 6pm, High Tea became a necessity.

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High Tea was usually celebrated between 3pm and 4pm as well but with a more substantial menu.  Tea, potatoes, crackers, cheese, meats and pies were served and the tradition still continues now, with the addition of more delicious pastries and treats.

As I was packing my children’s lunches today, I thought about how their meals are broken up while they are at school and how famished they are when they get home between 3pm and 4pm of their modern day schedule.  The kids come home and snack here and there, but I think it’s time to change things up so, with that in mind, I’ve decided to bring “High Tea” time back and incorporate it into my daily life.  I’m going to try “High Tea” time as a household experiment and see how it affects the children and my grocery budget.  This should be fun!

Now… how do I make scones…?

SS

Slumber

I’ll retreat into my slumber
While thoughts run through my mind
Some things I’m bound to forget
Some things I’ll leave behind

The darkness destroys all light
As the quiet loudly grows
My eyes and ears deceive me
Making life a glorious show

Looking forward may be a mystery
Causing me to stop and wonder
Many things still go unanswered
So I’ll retreat into my slumber

Let the birthdays begin

I don’t know about everyone else, but I certainly feel like I have been insanely busy since the beginning of December!  Today marks my son’s 14th birthday and we just finished a weekend birthday celebration with family.  I’m exhausted, to put it mildly, with getting the kids back to their school routines, keeping track of schedules and trying to organize my own projects, I feel like I’m treading water.  2015 is in full swing with birthday line ups quickly coming up.  I’ll be celebrating at least one birthday every month for the rest of the year.

Birthdays and trips to plan, budgeting and purchasing food seems to be my norm these days.  Don’t get me wrong I absolutely love celebrating birthdays and such I just feel like I haven’t been able to come up for air.  Being a mom of 6 and having them all under one roof is definitely a balancing act, maintaining relationships with each one as well as with extended family and friends sometimes leaves me completely exhausted.

At times like these I opt to retreat to my studio, listen to some R & B music (Anita Baker and Mary J. Blige 😀 ) give myself a mani/pedi and try to calm and clear my mind.  I scroll through destination getaways and dream about being on white sand beaches enjoying the sun.

I watch through my window as the fluffy snow floats down and I am reminded how this tension will soon pass.  I exhale my stress and focus on getting through my lists while keeping myself sane!  Whew!

Forward and onward we go!

Much love y’all wish me luck!!

SS

An interesting start

IMG_8531It’s 2015 and with it came the cold weather front complete with blizzards and my favourite… cancelling of school buses.  Being Canadian, I know that a green Christmas equals Jack Frost following quickly behind dusting my corner of the world with frozen water everywhere.  It doesn’t mean I hate the winter or the snow, it’s just that it creates so much work.  For example, if you don’t shovel your walkways, the mail won’t be delivered; you buy a nice pair of boots, but if you don’t clean them off, they will be eaten by the street salt and sand; the floors in every public place you go to is sopping with water and dirt.. to name a few.

What I do love about winter is when the winds are calm and great big fat snowflakes lightly float from the sky.  Currently, we’ve received a huge drop of winter and everything is so white you don’t know where the roads and sidewalks end and begin.

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There is no shortage of people coming by offering to shovel my driveway which is always a great thing.  Fortunately, my boys enjoy shovelling as they kick snow at each other.  😀

Yes, I am slightly hibernating, sipping my coffee, watching The Office episodes while doing some crafts.  I guess I shouldn’t complain too much about my life right now lol.

I hope everyone is having a great 2015 start!

Much love to you all and be safe out there in the tundra!

SS

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