How to: Makeup Brush Cleaning 101!

This isn’t the most exciting lesson, but it’s important nonetheless! Because we must clean our brushes so we can stay on top of bacteria and other offenders that we don’t want to end up on our face. Think of it as basic hygiene. For brushes that you use daily (and don’t share), I would aim for at least once a week (every Sunday perhaps?) or twice a week if you really love makeup and apply it often such as myself. There are two ways to properly wash your brushes depending on your personality and time constraints: heavy duty (for those of you that want instant professional strength cleaning agents to annihilate everything) or gentle (for those of you who have more time and prefer to keep it simple). Here’s how:


Heavy Duty:

  1. Pick up a professional brush cleaning spray from a your local or online beauty supply (the Cinema Secrets spray (Holy Grail Product) is perfect for professional makeup artists who need to clean their brushes repeatedly throughout jobs but this aromatherapy cleaning sprayis my favorite to use on my clients because it leaves an amazing smell on the brushes). Starting with your foundation and cream blush brushes (these have the most product residue and need the most attention),  spray it directly on the brush heads to completely soak the bristles.
  2. Rub the brush head back and forth over a paper towel or tissue repeatedly until there is no more product coming off.
  3. Spray the rest of your brushes one at a time (eyeliner, lip, eyebrow brushes).
  4. Rub these brushes back and forth as well, noticing that they will come clean much faster than the first ones. This solution dries within minutes. 

Gentle DIY:

  1. Pour a dime sized amount of any baby or organic shampoo into the palm of your hand. Then wet your brush head, dip your used brushes into the your palm (one brush at a time).
  2. Gently swirl brush in circular motions till all dirt and product is released. If you find your brushes are a bit hard to clean let them soak in small bowl prior to individual wash. 
  3. Re-mold each brush if necessary by pressing the hairs between your fingers until it’s back to its original shape.

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brush cleaning 101DRYING STATION: You don’t want to dry your brushes in an upright position because the water settles into the glue that’s holding the bristles together at the base of each brush head and starts breaking down the glue over time, causing the hairs to come off when you swipe the brush against your face (so annoying). So you can either lay your brushes flat or even better, make this quick little drying station with the two items listed below!


  1. Grab a hand towel, a paper towel. Fold towel in half about two to three times. 
  2. Balance each brush so that the brush head is pointing down, and touching the paper towel . (a full towel can be used in this step as well).  It’s much easier to balance than it sounds, I promise!
  3. Another simple method is placing a napkin/paper towel in a jar or wide cup and place brushes face down so that water seeps through.
  4. Now let them dry completely for a few hours (or overnight) and return them to their home (my work brushes live in brush roll, while my personal brushes live upright in my favorite square glass jar on my makeup desk).


 I hope you found my “How To: Makeup Brush Cleaning 101” very informative. If you have any questions or concerns feel more than free to comment below. Enjoy Beauties until next time. 


5 Wearable Runway Makeup Trends for Spring 2015!

Even though we are still bundled up and wrapped up in winter gear it is never too early to take in the some of the new hottest Spring 2015 makeup/beauty trends. These new trends are already on the minds of fashion designers and magazine editors. These spring makeup looks most definitely caught my attention on the fashion runways and can simply be be worn in a woman’s every day to day beauty routine . Plus, practicing now will get you ready for when spring time emerges. Here are a few trends to watch out for this upcoming Spring 2015 season.


BOLD LIP SPRING 2015Pastel shades should not always be the go to colors for Spring. Instead, deep shades dominated the runways this year. Try berry, plum, rich red or red-orange shades for the lips. A bold statement lips is always my favorite go to.


SHADES OF BROWN SPRING 2015Brown makeup offers subtle enhancements to the face, especially for a warm complexion. One of the latest trends for the eyes this season is varying shades of the brown family, which keeps this color from getting boring. Try bronze, taupe, sand and even touches of shimmering gold. Bronze skin is also in.


TOM FORD SMOKEY EYE SPRING 2015Smokey Eyes always seem to return to trendy lists, with no exception this Spring. Some designers made them extra smudgy or only added the smoky effect to the outer corners of each eye. Heavy eyeliner is also in, especially with extended wings and tips, or with thick lines. Choose black or even white liner to play up your look.


NATURAL BEAUTY SPRING MAKEUPAlthough some makeup trends are in, low maintenance girls will love that wearing no makeup is also a top trend this season. This trend can include wearing subtle makeup that evens and enhances, or wearing no makeup at all. This is a perfect look for everyday makeup look  if your in a rush or simply want to go bare.


BLUE CAT EYES SPRING 2015A Cat Eye is always a great makeup a accessory, let alone a blue statement eyes made a huge comeback on the runways last season. Like bold brows before it, blue eyeshadow is destined to become a fashion week beauty staple. It complements every skin tone, and it looks just as good in real life as on the runway. If your daring enough this would be the perfect go to look to for a statement.

Whether your going bare or rocking a dark smokey eye these Spring 2015 makeup looks are all the rage and are perfect for on and off the runway. I hope you beauties enjoyed my favorite “5 Wearable Makeup Trends for Spring 2015.”




Tom Ford Lips & Boys Lipstick Review!

You guys know how much I love my lipsticks, ahhhh let alone Tom Tord lipsticks.

I am known to be a lip stick junkie, and when I found out Tom Ford one of my current favorite lipsticks was coming out with a miniature lipstick collection “Tom Ford Lips & Boys,” I went crazzzzy. This collection has a variety of 50 clutched sized limited edition shades all named after men Rrrr. The Lips & Boys collection retails for $32, which is way more affordable than the average sized Tom Ford lipstick, which retails for $50. I would say that is quite a deal for those of you who don’t want to splurge quite as much on a lipstick.

Tomford collection

Tom Ford WES lipstick which I purchased is a deepened, burgundy-red with ruby red shimmer. It was semi-opaque with a very slippery, emollient consistency that tended to move around. I found that with this shade, without any disturbances of eating or drinking this product lasted after three hours of wear, a (total wear time was five).  As to where with most lipsticks I find myself  reapplying more often, which is why I simply love Tom Ford lipsticks.  It has a great color pay off and lasts for which what I feel like is forever. If your trying to get a longer wear time, just apply a lip liner before your lipstick.




Here is Tom Ford Lipstick & Boys (Wes) on the left compared to the original lipstick packaging on the right (Indian Rose).






Hope you enjoyed my “Tom Ford Lips & Boys Lipstick Review,” enjoy until next time beauties. 😉


DIY Organic Peppermint Lemon & Sugar Body Scrub!

Hey Beauties. Tis that time of the year…when you could use some good ole exfoliation! 🙂


 Today I wanted to share with you a quick tutorial on how to create your own simple peppermint lemon sugar scrub for way cheaper than the cost of expensive store bought skin moisturizing and exfoliating products. If you have never made a peppermint lemon sugar scrub before, you’re really in for a treat! If there is a scent that always makes me happy, it is a fresh lemon mint scent yummm. I LOVE to exfoliate, especially during the winter months as during this time I’m more prone to dry skin, and want to keep my skin super hydrated and supple. The sugar in this scrub gently exfoliates the skin, the cooling sensation of the peppermint oil helps to soothe itchiness, it nourishes dull skin and improves the texture of oily or greasy skin, and the coconut oil moisturizes. Plus, the lemon zest/peppermint combo is totally invigorating. It will definitely wake you up first thing in the morning. This DIY Peppermint Lemon & Sugar Body Scrub, is a method which can definitely be used year round. 

So here is my awesome scrub recipe…


You will need:

  • 1 1/2  cups granulated pure cane sugar
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil (can use olive oil or almond oil)
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon 100% pure peppermint essential oil (optional)


Melt the coconut oil in a small bowl or in the microwave on medium for 15 to 20 seconds just so it becomes slightly melted.

Stir in sugar, mixing until the sugar is thoroughly coated. Stir in lemon juice, lemon zest and peppermint oil until all ingredients are combined. Transfer into a glass jar. Voila and there you have it, your very own Peppermint Lemon & Sugar Scrub. You can thank me later Happy Scrubbing 😉 !!


For any questions or concerns in regards to this DIY Peppermint Lemon & Sugar Body Scrub tutorial, feel free to leave your comments below and I’ll be more than happy to answer enjoy beauties.



Keeping it Casual!

After a long week of work, being that I’m a woman who is constantly in heels, it can be pretty tiring; I’m sure most of you ladies can agree. So, when I get a chance to dress casually, I take full advantage of being in comfortable clothing and shoes. Especially when I run most of my errands. On Sunday, I opted for a super comfortable and chic ensemble. The weather was perfect. I chose a black and white striped high low sweater and paired it with shiny black skinny jeans. To top off the look, I wore a black leather jacket, blue infinity scarf, white converses, a black short brimmed hat along with minimal jewelry.





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Top & Leather Jacket: HM/ Bottoms: Zara/ Infinity Scarf: American Apparel/ Shoes: Converse/ Hat: BCBG /Accessories: HM Photo Credit: Ashley Kiyana

Hope you enjoyed my sunday funday style “Keeping it Casual” ;-)


7 Classic Eye Makeup Looks to Wear Now!

Hey Beauties I know its been a while since I’ve posted and wanted to share with you  something that can help jazz up your every day beauty regimens, so lets get to it. When trying to figure out how to play up your  eyes whether its for a everyday or a night on the town, whether you’re looking to simply switch it up a bit or simply try something different. Here are “7 Classic Eye Makeup Looks to wear Now”, that will have you turning heads for sure.


cat eye makeup

One of the most classic eye makeup looks is the classic cat eye. While it does take some time to master the right cat eye, there are a few tricks that can help you get there. To perfect a cat eye you can use either a liquid liner for experienced drawers or a gel based liner with an angle brush for beginners. Keep the line thin and close to the inner lash line while you slowly start to create a thicker line towards the end of your lash line. Make a little wing tip from the end of your lash line and upwards on your lid. You can even use a small piece of paper pressed against the end of your eye as a guide for your wing.



A smokey eye doesn’t have to be super dark and straight out of an action hero movie. You can create a classic smokey eye with all types of colors. A Smokey eye can be achieved using all but 3 colors your highlight, transitional color and your base color. Check out my previous post Step by Step “Smokey Eye” Tutorial to learn how to achieve this look.



For everyday eye makeup, remember less is more. Sometimes a simple makeup look can make a huge statement. Keeping in line with your skin color’s natural undertones really helps when choosing neutral eye shadow colors as well. To keep your makeup quite neutral stay away from frosty eye shadows.


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When you do use frost and shimmer, it’s best to go big for a night out or special event. Rose gold, yellow gold or silver on the eyelid by itself is lovely, or incorporate it with a smoke eye.



One of my favorite classic eye makeups is simply the nude eye. You can wear this all day and play it up for night. Keeping it simple is key.



So, when you go to a makeup counter and see all of these crazy colored eye shadows, its easy to get discouraged when trying to pick out different bright shades. No need to be afraid of color it something that can fun and playful, and be mindful when choosing bright colors to go according to your skin tone.



Fake lashes don’t always need to be for nighttime. Lashes come in all different shapes and sizes. These help accentuate the eyes and have you eyes looking fabulous. For some of you application may take time to learn how to apply it, but this a perfect look if your looking to play up your eyes without doing too much.

Photo Credit: Getty Images

I hope you enjoyed my  “7 Classic Eye Makeup Looks to Wear Now”, I would love to see and hear how your incorporate these looks in to your beauty regimen 😉


How to find the Perfect Red Lipstick for your Skin Tone!

A red lip will always be in style. It makes for a great accessory to minimize neutral makeup that is typically worn during the fall (in my case, I wear it all year round). It’s a simple way to make your look go from “Drab” to “Fab.”  To guarantee your wearing your red lipstick to its fullest potential, I have compiled tips, tricks and products to help you find your red lipstick match.

UndertonesKeeping your skin tone in mind is always key when choosing colors for any makeup and it’s no different when choosing a red lip. If you don’t know what your skin tone is, just remember that fair complexions have cool skin tones with pink undertones. Warm skin tones have olive or blue undertones. The quickest way to determine if you’re warm or cool is to take a look at the veins in your arms in a natural light. If they look green then you are warm, if they look blue you’re cool. 

Here are your perfect reds, based on your skin tone:

Warm Skin Tones: orange reds, warm reds, tomato reds, brown-based reds, golden reds and tawny reds.

Rihanna red lipstick

An example of a striking warmed toned orange red lipstick as seen on Rihanna.

 Cool Skin Tones: pink tones of red, berry reds, blackberry reds, brick reds, blue tones of red and plum tones.

scarlett johansson red lipstick

 An example of a gorgeous red berry lipstick as seen on Scarlet Johansson.

All skin tones – true red (blue undertone suitable for all skin tones)

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An example of a beautiful true red lipstick as seen on Anne Hathaway.

 What’s the Occasion: Many of you know I am infamous for rocking a bold red lip pretty much anywhere and everywhere. However, certain occasions call for certain types of red lips. For instance, a red lip is a great way to assert your bold femininity at the office, for everyday wear or if your daring enough, even on a first date. For the office you may want to opt for matte red lipstick something bold, but nothing to over powering. For a first date, you may want something a bit more subtle. Try a pinkish red lipstick; this gives attention to your lips but not too much to where that’s all that meets the eye. 

Tips and Tricks those Perfect Red Lips:

  • Don’t play up your eyes. Pair red lipstick with the lightest possible eye makeup.  A little mascara and neutral eye shadow will do.
  • Avoid deep reds if you have thin lips. They tend to make lips look smaller.
  • Prevent “bleeding.” Apply a little concealer around the border of your mouth and always use a lip liner.
  • Avoid getting lipstick on your teeth. After applying, put your finger in your mouth, purse your lips around it, then slowly pull it out to remove excess color.

Here are a few lipstick shades you can purchase for Fair, Medium, and Dark skin tones, whether you are penny pinching or if you even want to splurge.

Fair Complexion


Chanel Rouge Coco Hydrating Crème Lip Colour in Paris $35 / L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Lipcolour in British Red $9


CoverGirl Lip Perfection Lipstick in “Tempt” $6/ Tom Ford Lip and Cheek Stain in Tainted Love $49

Medium Complexion

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Revlon ColorBurst Lipstick in True Red $9/ Dolce & Gabbana Voluptuous Lipstick in Italian Monica $34

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Clarins Rouge Prodige True-Hold Colour & Shine Lipstick in Blackberry $27 / Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pure Shine Sheer Lipstick SPF 15 in Wild Blackberry $32

Dark Complexion

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Givenchy Le Rouge in Mandarine Boléro $36/ Revlon Moon Drops Lipstick in Orange Flip $9

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Black Radiance Perfect Tone Lip Color in Eldorado Red $2/ Clé de Peau Beauté Extra Rich Lipstick in 308 $40


I hope you found this information on “How to find the Perfect Red Lipstick for your Skin Tone” informative. I would love to hear some of your current favorite red lipsticks!