Cleaning Makeup Brushes

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Did you know that dirty makeup brushes could be an additional cause for acne or skin issues? Eek!

1 – If you don’t clean them at least once a month, the makeup and dead skin left on the brushes could start being abrasive on your face, even if you don’t feel or see it. This opens your skin for bacteria and buildup.

2 – The bacteria building up on unclean brushes, can then be transferred to the makeup products you are using, and then transferred to your other brushes!

3 – If you are using the brushes for liquid foundation, clean them at least twice a month as there is more being left on these brushes.

So what happens when you clean your brushes?

1 – Cleaning your brushes once a month prevents the spreading of bacteria.

2 – Old makeup and dead skin cells are cleaned off of the brush, leaving you with non-abrasive brushes for your face.

3 – You will actually get better color application from clean brushes.

4 – Your brushes will last longer! Who wants to spend money on buying more brushes when we can clean them properly and have them last longer?!

Here is a video discussing this, and showing you how I clean my brushes and what I use.

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Clear Skin Tips

My BC for clear skin

Let’s talk about clearing up, and keeping it clear, your skin.

When I got pregnant, my skin went crazy! I was honestly getting a little depressed. My skin went from combo to extra dry, and even more like the dang desert after I had her and started nursing. Eek! So you definitely need to know your skin type and make sure what you are using is for your skin type.

Fast forward to today where I am pretty much back to a combo skin. So most of the products below are great for combo/oily skin, if that is not you, let’s chat before you head on over to the site to purchase anything. In fact, let’s chat anyways because I want to make sure your skin care needs are being met.

First, keep in mind that clear skin is not just what you use on your face/body, it’s also what you put into your body. That being said, a good routine can still help fight most, if not all, acne/skin issues.

If reading is not your thing and you managed to make it this far lol, check out this video.

Proper skin care is not just washing your face, it’s making sure it gets exfoliated, which helps keep your pores from getting clogged (which causes most common acne issues). Sebum is produced in our pores, and while it helps keep our face moisturized, we don’t want it getting clogged or an excess amount of it.

Be sure that what you are using, is SAFE to use. That’s why I put my trust in Beautycounter. They ban 1500 (more than European Union) ingredients.  Check the EWG’s Skin Deep Guide.

The first step in my routine is my charcoal cleansing bar. I keep one for hands and face at the sink, and then one in my shower. I am not a shower gel gal, I like bar soap.  This has activated charcoal is great for pulling out impurities and cleansing pores.

2 – 3 times a week, 3 seems to be a magic number for me, I use the Charcoal mask. This has kaolin clay which helps absorb excess oil and then has salicylic and lactic acids which are great for exfoliating. I can always tell by my nose that this has done it’s job. The little bumps are gone leaving my nose, and the rest of my face, baby butt smooth. This is even safe for your kids to use!

There is a balancing oil (this is where your skin type comes into play) that I add to the Coutermatch Adaptive Lotion (I just use 2 drops with the lotion) to help keep my face moisturized, balanced, and calm any redness. It has several amazing oils like Rosehip and ylang ylang.

Quick side note, the Countermatch line is adaptive to all skin types giving you what you need throughout the day when you need it. AMAZING!

Now if you like setting your makeup, or you just need a little extra help through the day, there is also a Balancing Mist.  This can be sprayed before you apply your makeup, after to set it, or used throughout the day for any excess oil you might have. I try to keep this on hand, but have found that by using the right other steps above, I don’t really have any excess oil through the day.

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Skincare Ingredients to Avoid

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That, is scary! Do you realize that serious health issues, like cancer, are at the highest they have ever been and they continue to rise. Add in infertility, early puberty, asthma, etc. This is from every day exposure to toxic chemicals from what we use in our showers to our daily commutes.

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It’s been 80 years since congress passed a law regulating the cosmetics industry. What?! The FDA is in charge of regulating the industry but doesn’t even have the power to remove harmful ingredients. This is just crazy! Do you know what you are using on your kids? There are more than 80,000 chemicals on the market today and most of them don’t even  have safety data!

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Yes we sell products, but we also give you information you need to make the best decisions for yourself and your family for free. Even if you never buy a product from me, I want you to know what ingredients to avoid! Just be careful, companies aren’t even required to list all ingredients! That is one of the first things that makes us unique. We feel you have the right to know what we use in our products no matter how minimal the amount is we use.

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