Monday, April 14, 2014

April Ipsy Glam Bag

This month's ipsy Glam Bag has arrived! This is my second month receiving this makeup subscription and I'm really happy with this bag. It's only $10 and you get some awesome things to try. Read about my March bag here. This month was all about a "Beauty Rocks" theme. This is all about music and music festivals. Read up on my Festival Season tips and outfit ideas here. 

Here are some swatches of the items I received this month. 
Inside the bag:
- Urban Decay 24/7 Velvet Glide on Pencil
- Benefit Lollitint
- Cailyn tinted lip balm in Acid Pink
- City Color White Gold Shadow & Highlight Mousse
- KISS Looks So Natural Lashes

I love the Urban Decay eyeliner, it goes on so velvety smooth and is waterproof. I have the 24/7 eyeliners in lots of colors, but this new formula is awesome! The Lollitint by Benefit is a really nice color that I normaly wouldn't buy but I actually really like it a lot. Same with the Cailyn tinted lip balm, it's really bright so i may not use it that often since I'm not a huge bright lipstik fan, but it looks like it would work really well as a cheek stain. I'm loving the City Color shadow, it will make a great highlight for the inner corner of my eyes. The KISS lashes look really nice and natural. I'm not a fan of lashes that are too dramatic so I'm happy with this daintier option and can't wait to try it out!

Get your very own IPSY Gam bag here! What subscription boxes do you try?

Monday, April 7, 2014

Spring Cleaning: Makeup Brushes

It's Spring! This is the first in a series of Spring Cleaning tips I'll be posting. This time, we're going to focus on cleaning Makeup brushes. I'm definitely guilty of not cleaning my brushes as often as I should. This should be done once a week, because let's face (haha) it, we use these things on our faces daily! A good deep clean can prevent bacteria and keep our skin healthy and blemish free. Read on to see how to properly get your brushes clean.

Deep cleaning: Use Baby Shampoo
Step 1: Wet your brush in warm water getting only the brush hairs wet.
Step 2: Take some baby shampoo in your other hand and start circling the brush into the shampoo.
Step 3: Get a good lather going and then rinse in the warm water squeezing out the soap from the brush hairs. 
Step 4: Squeeze out any excess water and lay flat to dry on a towel. Do not put your brushes back in their holders until they are completely dry. You want to avoid turning them vertically where water could get into the handle and loosen the glue of where the bristles and handle meet causing them to fall out.

For quick in between cleanings: Use a Brush Cleaner Spray
Always clean your brush after every use. You don't need to do the deep cleansing steps above, but what I like to do is use a brush cleaner like this one below to clean in between uses. Just spray the brush after use and then swirl against a cloth or paper towel until no more product comes off. This dries pretty quickly so you can use for a different product right after, which is great for eyeshadow brushes.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Japanese Market Favorites

I love going to the Japanese Market - or any ethnic market for that fact because of all the goodies that you can find not available in the regular Super Markets. We have a couple of Japanese markets that are local in OC: Mitsuwa and Marukai. Here are some of my Japanese Market Favorites that I like to pick up.

Yuzukoshu - This paste/sauce is made from yuzu- a Japanese citrus that tastes like a hybrid of orange, lemon and lime. It's got a tart and spicy flavor that goes along with everything! I love eating this with sushi and yakitori like chicken.

Ponzu - a citrus soy vinaigrette - this is also made with yuzu and is great for dipping. I love adding this to my salads and eating this with fish - raw or cooked.

 Shichimi - Japanese red pepper - sometimes this has some bits of sesame and is great to add on top of everything to add a bit of spice

Have you tried these items? What are some of your favs?

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