Baby shampoo isn’t just for babies…

….it’s for me, my fellow Devas too! Seriously, I can’t imagine a day without it, because it gives me the best value at removing my makeup from my brushes…and it’s as “gentle on the eyes as pure water..” Granted, I don’t always use Johnson’s baby shampoo since the store brands work just fine, but I love this stuff on my personal brushes! A regular sized bottle lasts for seemingly  forever, which is way longer than I can say for those teeny bottles of brand makeup remover.

Although I don’t use the baby shampoo directly on my face since my cleanser gently removes makeup as well, cleaning your brushes is so important to keeping those Deva-licious faces clear of acne! The great thing about baby shampoo is that it’s soap that’s so gentle and safe for your eyes and not harsh for your brush bristles! 

(Disclaimer: I didnt get pics of my rag tag team of personal brushes..I use disinfecting brush cleaner for my personal ones, and I’m still trying to find my favorite one)

So here’s how easy cleaning your brushes is!

  1. Run warm, tepid water
  2. Squirt a small size dollop of baby shampoo in your hand (depending on the size of the brush, and how dirty it is)
  3. Wet brush bristles, with the end pointing down; this minimizes water getting in the base (ferrule) of the brush. You don’t want the water to loosen the glue that secures the bristles!
  4. Swirl the brush in the soap in your hand to ‘shampoo’ your brush until the soap is white, adding more soap if necessary; I can’t wait to get my hands on this Sigma Beauty brush mat! I hear it shaves so much time off of cleaning them! I currently have over 30 brushes 😬
  5. Rinse the soap until the water AND the bristles run clear when you squeeze the excess water out; that means NO bubbles when you squeeze!
  6. If you don’t have a brush stand to let them drip dry pointing down, lay them flat to dry on a paper towel. Can’t wait for my stand to arrive and tell y’all about it, I’ve heard it saves time too!


And there you have it! I’ve been scared straight on keeping my brushes clean ever since I had a not-so-small breakout a while back before I started freelancing (I had realized I was using dirty brushes!). I use mine more often now than I used to, and once I disciplined myself to wash my brushes after every use, it was bye bye bumps! Cleaning your brushes regularly (depending on your usage) not only ensures they last you a long time (the good ones ain’t cheap!), baby shampoo is a gentle, safe, and effective dupe for brand makeup remover, and it allows us freelancers to scale our cost on supplies! And saving money makes me happy! Lol

xoxo

 

Update: What’s in my Beauty Bag?

HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!! 🇺🇸

I’ve been plagued by acne ever since puberty, but I was horrified to find that instead of it going away over time like most adults mine got worse! It took years for me to realize that my acne was diet and stress related; I had gotten so toxic! Now that I’ve made significant progress in that area, I’ve found that my travel bag has gotten so much lighter, and more organized! Thank God for travel sized containers too! Read on to find my first ever giveaway! 🎁

*Note: my brush doesn’t fit in the bag with everything else, but I’m good with that because I leave it out to dry anyway! Lol

So here’s what’s in it, and why it’s new! (Starting with the oldies but goodies!)

  1. Baking soda – It was in my bag before, and it’ll never leave because I really use it everyday. It has multiple uses (lip exfoliator, teeth whitener, and not to mention laundry lol), and it’s CHEAP! A box lasts for forever if you only use it in the bathroom.
  2. Clarisonic brush – Also a staple, and I must say with the price tag it’s so worth it, because I’ve used mine over 1460 times, which works out to about 10 cents/wash. So I’ve gotten my money’s worth! (wanna see the math? 365 x 2 years = 760 x twice daily = 1460 washes. $150 Mia 2/1460 = .10 cents! Now who says you don’t use algebra after high school? Lol)
  3. Calamine lotion – I used to use it to kill shine every day, but now I only use it when I do a full face of makeup. I don’t wear it everyday, and when I do, I forget I have it on when my face itches! Calamine lotion keeps makeup from itching my face. Period.
  4. Toner  – I reintroduced this one first as I had tried this line (2 years ago) before I realized and addressed my internal issues. Although Castile soap initially helped me clear my horribly clogged pores, it had started leaving my face feeling like it was so stripped. I had some of this left over and I was so glad I hadn’t gotten rid of it! The name is Toner, but it sure doesn’t feel like the others by the same name! It feels like water, and my skin feels so hydrated afterwards! So now it has a home in my bag’s fingertip sprayer.
  5. Cleanser – This is much more gentle on my skin than Castile soap. Instead of feeling like my face is paper thin, my skin actually feels clean and smooth without that squeaky-clean and stretched feeling. It smells so nice and clean, and removes my stubborn (read: waterproof) eye makeup too!
  6. Lip & Eye Cream – This little tube carries a huge punch! I apply this cream on the delicate skin under my eyes, the laugh lines forming around my mouth and nose, and even on my lips! Baking soda keeps them exfoliated, and I don’t have to use it as often anymore since this cream hydrates them! I’ve seen such a big difference in those areas in just a week!
  7. Preventage – It protects the delicate skin on my face from daily elements like uv rays, smog, etc. I had a huge issue with oiliness, and I’m so excited that this dries to a matte finish now!
  8. Repairage – This daily night cream really rejuvenates my skin overnight so that I don’t wake up with that harried, ‘just got out of bed’ look. I look refreshed when I wake up, and my skin feels as healthy as it looks!
  9. Whenever I do wear a full face of makeup, I must have my avacado and oatmeal mask handy to draw out any impurities that my Clarisonic couldn’t reach. Bye bye next day pimples!

 


These are what I use everyday (except for the Calamine lotion and avacado mask), and I’m loving my new skin! My oldies are excellent tools and products that I will never get rid of, I just had to demote them a bit because I just don’t use them as often anymore! I’m so happy my journey has taken me through the wilderness to learn how toxins express themselves! Address toxins, and your face will be so much more beautiful from the inside out, with no damaging meds! I’d like to help you on your journey too!

xoxo

P.S. Begin your Skincare journey this month for an entry per product to win this travel bag! It’s perfectly compact for your FAA sized containers, and there’s still room for a small toothbrush and toothpaste!

*Entries will be awarded until 7/31/16, 12 midnight PST, retail and loyal customers only!

Clarisonic Brush Head Review!

I have bought 3 of these fantastic brushes over the last 3 years (lost one tho, and my Mia 2 is reserved for my clients), and I must say my skin has improved so much that I’ve changed my favorite type of brush head 5 times now! Clarisonic has 10 brush heads that are compatible with my Mia 1, and they all address different skin issues ranging from normal skin to dry or acne-prone skin. The packaging and explanations are very informative, so at each stage of my improvement I was able to make a very informed decision as to which brush head to try next! If you’re struggling with acne and interested in a Clarisonic, here’s how my skin improved with these brushes, and yours can too! Crazy right?!

  1. Deep Pore Cleansing – It really tackled my cystic acne, and exfoliated my skin to uncover my horribly clogged pores. I could tell I needed to change brushes after a few months when my skin started to feel like I had washed my face with sandpaper.
  2. Acne Cleansing – My cystic acne was gone, but I still had huge oil issues. If I missed my nightly wash, I’d wake up with a new (unwanted) friend. The bristles are softer, but it still got the day’s gunk off of my face. I knew it was time to change when these bristles got too harsh for my face too!
  3. Delicate – This one was a try, because I was torn between this one and the Sensitive one (which I decided on next). I don’t have dry skin (like it’s designed for), but I tried it because I was aware of my skin becoming more sensitive to irritation. It ended up being a little too soft on my skin, as I didn’t feel as clean. I used it for a month lol.
  4. Sensitive – This one was better, as it didn’t tear up my skin yet I had that clean feeling after each wash. I used this one for almost a year before I walked into Ulta and found my next (and current!) brush head! I realized it was time to change (yet again) because although I have treated my underlying acne triggers, my skin’s texture could still use an improvemnent!
  5. Radiance – This one promises to get rid of sebum and reduce the appearance of hyper-pigmentation, and I must say it’s delivering on that! It feels so luxurious, like I’m washing my face with my foundation brush! Lol..I had a recent breakout, and the mark has really faded since I started using this brush. My skin feels softer, almost like it has been airbrushed, my makeup looks so much better on now, and I’ve been able to switch from Castile soap (my longtime fave) to my gentler skincare products which are really making a difference with my skin’s elasticity!

This is how well my skin has improved in just 3 DAYS of changing to the Radiant brush and using my fave skincare line and especially my Lip & Eye cream! I use my cream under my eyes, around my mouth, and even on my lips! It’s so hydrating, I can’t wait to see how my texture continues to improve! Get yours here!


I’m so happy with how my skin has changed over the last few years, and I’m glad I took the leap and invested in my Clarisonic. It has truly changed the way I clean my face, and I don’t believe I could’ve even begun to clear up my cystic acne without it. Now that it’s gone, I’m so looking forward to maintaining my new radiant skin!

How did you overcome acne?

Rough Lips?

….brush em! Yep, that’s what I said! With all these lip exfoliators on the market now, it’s so easy to ignore the one thing that’s practically in everyone’s kitchen! 
Baking soda! 

I’ve been using baking soda along with my toothpaste for that extra scrub, so I started brushing my lips for a few seconds every time I brush, and I must say it’s made quite the difference! I really noticed my rough lips when I started wearing lipstick everyday, and baking soda has made my day!

It’s important to know that baking soda can be a bit drying, so keep the contact to a minimum…a quick brush back and forth a few times is enough, and don’t worry, you’ll see and feel results! 

So now that you’ve cheaply exfoliated, (a box is less than $1!!) a moisturizer is needed to protect the exposed, softer skin! At night, I use Baby Lips by Maybelline, and during the day, I use my MAC lip primer under my lipstick, and drinking at least 8 glasses of water daily keeps those chaps at bay!

You don’t have to spend a grip to get smooth lips y’all, because you’ve probably got the remedy in your cupboard! 

Wow! 

As the QUEEN of Shiny-Dom, I’ve always been on the lookout for (and willing to try) items that promise the matte look that lasts all day…and my response has been “yeah right” until I tried a tip I got from a curlfriend, and I promise you you won’t believe it until you try it!

Here it is…

Calamine lotion!

I know, I know…incredulous you are, but I was too! I’ve heard of using milk of magnesia as well, but I’m not interested in looking chalky. My friend told me the pink look of the calamine lotion disappears when she applies her foundation. I’m a singer, so I figured it was worth a shot since I’m always the “shiny one” in all my group pics…not to mention the fact that just breathing makes me shine any other day. 😒 

So of course I got me some the next day! I applied a nickel sized amount using a brush (shown below) and let it dry before applying my foundation. I did the rest of my face as normal and went about my day! 

  

  Took these right after I finished my face, and I did like the matte finish it left, then again, it was the beginning of the day..

As the day wore on, I noticed my skin wasn’t itchy either…another reason I limited my foundation use. Calamine lotion isn’t just for chickenpox anymore y’all! 😂😂

  Ok, this one was around 4pm…so far so good, and I’m actually impressed! My lipstick had been eaten off…I’m a nibbler at my desk lol…

  
 Final pic of the night! This was around 11pm, even after grabbing dinner with two friends! I’m so impressed, there’s literally no shine at all!

Okay, plot twist:

Since I didn’t see a pink tint after I applied it, I decided to try it with no foundation (because I have no time and even less interest in wearing it everyday) to see how it worked..and this face lasted all day, and no one knew any different! 

  
Needless to say, the #CalamineChallenge was a success, and I will definitely use it everyday!

Has anyone ever tried the #CalamineChallenge?

My favorite cleanser…

…is Castile soap! Since my skin is quite oily, Castile soap really gets the grime out of my pores…especially with the help of my facial brush! Ever since I found it, my skin has never been clearer!

Here are my top 5 pros:

  1. It’s cheap! I buy the large (32 oz.) bottle for about $20 (from Target or a health store like Trader Joes, or online), and it lasts me about 6 months – and I use it twice a day! Do the math: that’s about $3/month for cleanser! Note: Check your local Target’s travel friendly section for the 2-3oz samples for about $2!
  2. It’s all natural. It’s made with natural oils and organic ingredients! Cleaning an oily face with oils sounds counterintuitive, but it works!
  3. I feel such a deep clean, there’s absolutely no need for toner! I tried it once, and I nearly burnt my face off!
  4. It doubles as my body wash. So many uses! From laundry to pets, Castille soap is a natural alternative!
  5. Multiple varieties! The tea tree version is my fave so far, since it is a great antibacterial agent and it keeps me from buying tea tree oil separately for regular use. My pores are enlarged, and this really gets the grime out for my fresh and clean feeling!

The only drawback is that some varieties will make your skin dry. The peppermint and lavender versions made my skin feel cracked, and it hurt to raise or lower my eyebrows. Until I figured to add a little water to my pump bottle! Then I was able to use the rest of the soap before trying another! So if that happens to you, adjust the amount of water accordingly!

I dare say I tried another product after I started using Castille soap, but there was no comparison and I HAD to switch back! There is just no other clean, even after a day’s worth of makeup! Hope this info helps you all, happy hunting!