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Spring Cleaning Tips for Beauty Products

How to Spring Clean Your Beauty Products

Spring is almost here, can you believe its just a few weeks away and you know what that means?  Spring Cleaning!

Spring is the time to open the blinds, air things out and get a fresh clean new start.

I have written numerous posts about Spring Cleaning for your Closet so this year I decided to move the Spring Cleaning to your Makeup Bag!

I put together some beauty spring cleaning tips that will freshen up those makeup bags and more importantly keep bacteria and breakouts at bay. Because seriously, nothing ruins a gorgeous outfit like a horrible breakout.

Grab that trash bin and let’s get started.

Beauty Tools

  • Eyelash Curler.  Give it new life by replacing the rubber pad and removing any stains or residual makeup with cotton pads and makeup remover.
  • Tweezers. Give them a good wipe down with a cotton pad and rubbing alcohol.
  • Sharpeners. Remove the shavings, and then use a q-tip soaked in rubbing alcohol to clean all of its little nooks and crannies.
  • Makeup Bag. Clean from the inside out with makeup remover wipes. Wait until completely dry to return products to it.
  • Brushes.  This is the biggie. Cleaning makeup brushes is crucial to preventing bacteria from spreading on the skin.  After using your makeup brushes even just a few times, your face’s natural oils, the makeup, and any other dust or dirt can begin to build up on to the bristles.  I’m not a fan of spending a gazzillion dollars on brush cleaner so I wash them weekly in shampoo and once every 2-3 weeks in an all natural easy to DIY brush cleaner that leaves them soft and smelling AMAZING.  Here is the recipe:

How to make your own natural makeup Brush Cleaner

Hair Tools

When was the last time you wiped down your flat iron? How about your curling iron?

Ok admit it.  There is hairspray and product build up all over your hair tools.  That sticky product build up can create split ends, burn your hair and build a barrier of gunk that makes it harder for your tools to create polished curls or a smooth, straight finish.

You need to clean them.

Plug in your tool in and let it warm up, then unplug it and let it cool for a few minutes. Dampen a soft washcloth with some rubbing alcohol, and wipe the plates or wand clean while the tool is still warm—the heat will make it easier to clean, so you’re not picking and scraping at buildup that has cooled and hardened.  If the hair product is really caked on: Grab a clean toothbrush or Magic Eraser. Give tough-to-clean spots (like the lip between the plate and the plastic) a concentrated scrub.

Your Hair Dryer will need a little love too. Keeping your dryer free of debris will improve your blowout time drastically.  Start by running a clean toothbrush over the vent to remove lint.   Then twist off the vent cover to get to the filter. To clean it out, use a Q-Tip or a pair of tweezers to pull out as much debris as possible (make sure your dryer is off and unplugged before you do this).

Your Makeup

Now is the tough part.  Saying buh bye to expired products.  Ever go to apply a tube of lipstick and it has a weird stale smell?  That is because it has expired! Yes all makeup has an expiration date.  Keeping and using makeup beyond its expiry date is not only gross but it’s potentially dangerous. No matter how clean you may be, natural bacteria from your skin makes its way into your eyeshadow, mascara and foundation, which can mean that you’re reapplying that bacteria (after it has had a chance to multiply in your makeup) back onto your skin.  So here’s my tip: don’t hold on to old makeup, no matter how much you love it.

I put together a quick guide to help you know the lifespan of your products:

  •  Mascara and liquid eyeliner have the shortest lifespan of all makeup because it not only dries out, meaning that you probably don’t want to wear it after three months anyway, but also because it’s applied to your eyelashes and very close to your eyes. This should be replaces every 3-4 months.
  • Concealer serum, face wash, eye cream should be replaced after 6 months to a year.
  • Liquid Foundation usually has a lifespan of about two years.   If you notice the color changes, the formula starts to separate or it has a funky odor, then it’s time to buy a new bottle.
  • Lip and eye pencils, nail polish, powder eyeshadow, blush and powder can last up to two years IF you keep your brushes clean. If you notice the powder has gone dry and flaky, it has a greyish film over the top or it smells it’s time to throw it away.
  • Lipstick has the longest lasting power.  It can last up to three years but if you notice any signs of change in texture or smell, toss it.

Here is some tough love beauty mavens: There is NO reason to keep your old expired beauty products or use dirty beauty tools.  I have friends who have confided in me that they NEVER clean their makeup brushes!  GROSS!  Keeping your products up to date and clean is so important for keeping your skin fresh and healthy.  It doesn’t cost alot of money and should become part of your monthly if not weekly beauty ritual.

DIY Makeup Brush Cleaner recipe.  Save money and ditch the chemical nasties by making your own cleaner at home.
How to Spring Clean Your Beauty Producrs

Surviving the Holidays with Nip + Fab

Nip + Fab Skincare

Finding balance and a little time for yourself during the holidays can be difficult at best and impossible for most.

We tend to cut back on beauty, missing a hair appointment here and a nail appointment there to save our dollars for gift purchases. The holly jolly holiday season can wreak havoc on your beauty regimen.

So many things can take their toll on your skin during the holidays.  You are up to your neck in stress, eating habits aren’t at their best, cocktails are abundant and the air is dry and cold which is why it’s important to have some problem solving skincare treatments in your beauty arsenal to fight back and keep you looking Christmas Card perfect.

I recently discovered Nip + Fab, an affordable skincare line that delivers results but won’t cut into your Christmas Shopping budget!

This UK based cult skincare line is designed to target your skin concerns through the use of innovative advanced skincare ingredients providing targeted and effective treatments.

Nip + Fab gets it.  They understand that not every skincare product works for every type of skin and every situation so they break it down.

Renowned for their use of cutting-edge ingredients such as their cult classic Glycolic Acid range through to Dragon’s Blood and Syn®-ake, Nip + Fab’s industry-leading products provide targeted fixes to smooth, firm, hydrate and tighten the skin.

Whether you want to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, hydrate, plump, smooth or even out skin tone Nip + Fab has a product specifically for that concern

I was sent four of Nip + Fab’s top selling products to try out and share my thoughts with you.

To be honest I was surprised at how incredibly lux yet wallet friendly these products were!

I talked to Santa and he said it’s totally ok to grab a few of these for yourself to help get your skin through the hectic holiday season.

To Smooth Skin, Blur lines and reduce the appearance of pores” Nip + Fab Viper Venom Blurring Shot- This highly potent blurring gel expertly hides pores and smooths out lines, creating the appearance of a retouched finish. Just two drops added to your moisturizer will help achieve flawless, silky-smooth skin.  The Viper Venom range aims to blur skin, by evening out your pores and smoothing away any fine lines for that Instagram filter look.  This product is also great under makeup as a primer.

Nip + Fab Skincare

For Sensitive Skin and to Reduce Redness: Nip + Fab Dragon’s Blood Fix Plumping Serum- A lightweight serum that delivers an instant shot of moisture to dehydrated skin. Hyaluronic acid and delicate velvet flower blend together for an intensive hydrating effect that leaves skin feeling comforted and looking plumper with the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles reduced.  Dragon’s Blood is a sap from the Croton Lechery tree, famed in the Amazon rainforest for its antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties. In its native land, this ingredient is used to heal any possible damage to skin, including cuts, burns, insect bites, pretty much any skin malady. The sap seals the skin in a “protective film” to lock in moisture and keep out environmental damage. I’m loving this product, especially because I have roseacea  my skin always has some redness to it.  This drastically reduces the redness and evened out my skin color PLUS it was ultra hydrated idea for the dry cold winter air!

Nip + Fab Skincare

To Deliver Super Hydration and Brighten Skin: Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Daily Cleansing Pads-  60 radiance-boosting pads, soaked in exfoliating glycolic acid (2.8%) retexture + resurface skin whilst witch hazel helps to tone. This moisturizing formula with hyaluronic acid + soothing blue daisy helps to reveal brighter + smoother looking skin.  I have touted the benefits of hyaluronic  acid before, it is naturally present in our bodies in an abundance when we’re young and is one of the main reason’s for that glowy, radiant, hydrated, and plump-looking skin that is associated with youth.  As we age the hyaluronic acid in our bodies begins to deplete which results in a dry, dull complexion and then here come the fine lines and wrinkles. That is why it’s so important to replenish our body’s arsenal of hyaluronic acid through skincare products.

Nip + Fab Skincare

For Reducing Fine Lines and Wrinkles:  Nip + Fab Bee Sting Fix Cream Deluxe- A nourishing moisturizer to provide a “second-skin” anti-ageing shield, helping reduce the look of lines + wrinkles through skin hydration. Bee venom works in synergy with wheat proteins to help plump + tighten appearance of skin, restoring a healthy, youthful-looking complexion.  The magic of this collection is that the bee venom works to help plump the skin by tricking the skin into thinking it has been lightly ‘stung’, meaning fine lines + wrinkles will look reduced.

Nip and Fab is available @cvspharmacy and @ultabeauty

*Sponsored Post.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Chanel Ombre Premiere

Chanel Ombre Premiere

CHANEL Beauty has recently launched a brand new range of eyeshadows that are so good I just had to share.

The Chanel OMBRE PREMIÈRE collection is comprised of 8 gorgeous smooth cream shadows and 16 powder shadows.

They are long wearing, blend out like a dream, and are designed to mix, match and layer!

The shades include a little something for every mood: lux neutrals, bright brilliant colors and the most fantastic metallics I have ever seen.

I popped into the Chanel Beauty Boutique at the Forum Shops to give you a peek at this shadow game-changing collection. Ombre Premiere Longwear Powder Eyeshadow

Chanel Ombre Premiere Powder

The Ombre Premiere Longwear Powder Eyeshadow is absolute PERFECTION!  

Seriously, Chanel dropped the mic with this product. It delivers intense pigment like no other.


These swatches are with just one swipe of my finger.  Yeah, the color payoff is THAT good and it’s long-wearing, too!

The powder shadows come in three different finishes: matte, satin or metallic, have a super soft silky texture and blend out like magic.

Abracadabra fab-u-lous.  I am OBSESSED with Gris Anthracite.

Chanel Ombre Premiere Cream

The cream shadows are both lux and effortless.

Chanel Ombre Premiere Cream

Quick and easy to use, just a few swipes with your finger across the eyelid and it’s eyeshadow perfection.  Honestly these are a dream come true for someone who doesn’t want to have to spend alot of time on their makeup application.

Rich but not at all heavy, they glide smoothly over the eyelid and aren’t sticky, so you can wear several layers and still enjoy the lightweight feeling.

All the shades are chic and classic, totally wearable with not too much shimmer or glitter.

The cream shadows can also be layered with the powder shadows to make them even richer.

This shadow collection has quickly jumped to number one on my beauty must-have list.

The Chanel Ombre Premiere Eyeshadow Collection is Available at The Chanel Beauty Boutique in The Forum Shops.