Getting clean makeup brushes is so much easier than you thought! Here’s my once a month cleaning tutorial that only takes 10 minutes!

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As a self-proclaimed (and often reaffirmed by my husband) clean freak, I always get a good laugh when I notice an item I’ve so obviously neglected.

Enter: makeup brushes.

Now there’s lots of expensive makeup cleaners out there, but with so many DIY options, why not try that first?

Just for kicks, I’ll show you my process to clean makeup brushes. It takes less than 10 minutes. (However, if you have heavy build-up on your brushes, it may take longer to wash until the water runs clear.)

Oh, and these are my FAVORITE makeup brushes. Really affordable and long lasting (which usually isn’t the case).

How to Clean Makeup Brushes

Grab all your makeup brushes and lay them out on a clean hand towel.

Put a small pour of baby shampoo in to a small dish.

Wet a brush and start swirling it in the bowl.

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Continue wetting and swirling until you have a nice soapy lather.

Then while pointing the tip of the brush downward, rinse in the sink moving the bristles back and forth until all the soap bubbles are gone.

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Give a light squeeze to drain the extra water.

Here's my favorite tip to clean makeup brushes: the secret household product to this easy DIY cleaning solutions. Makeup brushes clean in 5 minutes!

Repeat this process for each brush.

Depending on how dirty your brushes are, you may need to clean out your dish of baby shampoo before cleaning the next brush. Note, I had to do this between EACH brush 😐 😐 😐

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It’s best for the brushes to dry at a downward angle to prevent water from getting stuck inside the brush. The easiest way to accomplish this is to add a hand towel (or roll up a small wash rag) to prop up the ends of the brush while drying.

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Quick Tips: Clean your brush in the morning AFTER you put on your makeup to allow them to dry for a full 24 hours before you need them again. It’s also helpful to rotate the brushes once within the 24 hours so that both sides dry evenly.

Here's my favorite tip to clean makeup brushes: the secret household product to this easy DIY cleaning solutions. Makeup brushes clean in 5 minutes!

Since I’m in ‘makeup cleaning mode’ (if there’s such a thing), I also wiped down my actually makeup and inside my cosmetic bag with a face cleansing wipe.

Easy peasy! Clean makeup brushes. Now if only the rest of my house was as clean 🙂

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Stop paying big bucks for the newest trend in hair ties ..... Make your own for a fraction of the price. Watch our step by step tutorial to show you how!

Elastic hair ties are one of my new favorite things. As a girl who wears her hair in a pony tail about 99% of the time (I blame working from home 🙂 ), I not only love them for my daily pony tail look. I also love them for the rare occasion that I wear my hair down. Why? Elastic hair ties are create an awesome crease-FREE look. No more straighteners needed!

While I do love these magical hair ties, I hate forking over big bucks for something SO simple. Fortunately they’re just as easy (and quick) to make as they look!

Stop paying big bucks for the newest trend in hair ties ..... Make your own for a fraction of the price. Watch our step by step tutorial to show you how!

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Stop paying big bucks for the newest trend in hair ties ..... Make your own for a fraction of the price. Watch our step by step tutorial to show you how!

Instructions

The first step is to cut the elastic to your desired length. Don’t worry about a perfect cut on the elastic as we’re going to cut it one more time before it’s done. I measure mine to 8 inches. This allows me to do three wraps around my pony tail staying tight in my hair.

Fold the elastic in half with the shinier side face out.

Tie a knot using the two ends of the fabric. Then work and pull the knot towards the ends from the inside of the hair tie (not the ends). Pull tight to ensure the knot is secure.

If the ends are too long for your liking, snip with a scissor. You can cut on an angle, straight or even give it bow ends. Totally your preference!

Stop paying big bucks for the newest trend in hair ties ..... Make your own for a fraction of the price. Watch our step by step tutorial to show you how!

Stop paying big bucks for the newest trend in hair ties ..... Make your own for a fraction of the price. Watch our step by step tutorial to show you how!

So simple and affordable! It’s a perfect project for the DIY rookie to the seasoned pro. With lots of fabric left over, I’m able to stock up on hair ties and put a couple in my purse, work bag & suitcase. I’m yet to see a hair tie that I didn’t want to use.

Stop paying big bucks for the newest trend in hair ties ..... Make your own for a fraction of the price. Watch our step by step tutorial to show you how!

Wishing that all expensive beauty supplies could be this EASY to make!

 

 

 

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While I'm not a beauty expert, I am a self proclaimed expert on saving time, even when I'm sleeping! Try out these 10 overnight beauty tips!….. otherwise known as the busy girl’s guide to overnight beauty.

I’m no beauty expert but am a self proclaimed expert on saving time so I’m all about beauty tips while sleeping! We’re all trying to shave time here and there during our day, and especially during the morning. We might as well utilize the time we’re sleeping, right? Here’s my 10 best ….

1 Wear gloves to bed! Yes, seriously. If you’re willing to look a little goofy at night, you’ll definitely thank yourself in the morning! With the cold weather, my hands always seem to get extra dry. Standard lotion just doesn’t do the trick. The solutionpetroleum jelly & old cotton gloves. Simply slather on petroleum jelly all over your hands, slip them in to your gloves and hit the hay!

While I'm not a beauty expert, I am a self proclaimed expert on saving time, even when I'm sleeping! Try out these 10 overnight beauty tips!

2 If you drink as much coffee as I do, you need a little help keeping your teeth sparkling white. To save time instead of using white strips during the day, try an overnight whiting gel … you guessed it … in your sleep! Simply put on before you go to bed and brush off in the morning. Right in time for your first cup of coffee 🙂 .

3 You probably already know that drinking tons of water is good for your skin — but since you can’t do that in your sleep, try using a humidifier to keep yourself hydrated at night. This is especially helpful during the winter, when your skin tends to be much drier. It’s the ultimate in lazy girl beauty, as a humidifier gives your skin an extra dose of moisture at the simple switch of a button. Just make sure you’re replacing the water daily so bacteria and mold don’t grow.

4 For a better night sleep spritz your pillows with a nice lavender scent. Lavender essential oil is supposed to help you relax and help manage stress & frustration. At minimum it smells fabulous & is calming. Your can buy lavender spray almost anywhere OR you can make your own for a fraction of the cost in less than 5 minutes.

While I'm not a beauty expert, I am a self proclaimed expert on saving time, even when I'm sleeping! Try out these 10 overnight beauty tips!

6 Upgrade your pillows! Not only do satin or silk pillows help your hair from breaking throughout the night, it also helps prevent tangles. Sounds like magic to me.  Cotton pillows can also be tough on our skin. Silk & satin pillow cases have a lot less friction and supposedly won’t cause creases (arrr… wrinkles) the way cotton will. I swapped out 2 of the 6 pillows on my bed (yes, I have 6 pillows) for these silk pillows.

7 Now that you’ve got your pretty silk pillow cases, let’s put them in the wash! Because I hate doing laundry and it always piles up at our house, I bought a couple extra pillow cases, so that I can rotate mine at least weekly. (Yes, for your math majors that means I don’t do laundry weekly.) Dirt, bacteria and even mold can get onto the pillow cases which does no beauty routine ANY good.

5 Ever wake up with puffy eyes? There’s many reasons this could happen, but one for sure is coming from sleeping on your stomach. I know I know, I’m a stomach sleeper too and wasn’t happy about this. To make sleeping on my back more confortable, I pile up a couple (silk 🙂 ) pillows so that I’m a little elevated while I sleep. It’s just more confortable for me!  

8 My hair looks like a hot mess when I wake up in the morning. So many knots throughout to the point where I considered buying little kid detangler spray! But instead I keep my hair either in a French braid or a loose bun on top of my head. (The loose bun doesn’t create creases)

9 For the nights that you don’t put your hair in a bun try conditioner instead! Yes, you hear that right. Sometimes washing off the conditioner while you are in the shower isn’t the BEST idea. Why not leave it overnight? Separate your hair in to sections and apply the conditioner. Place a plastic bag over your hair and sleep with it. In the morning just wash it out in the shower with shampoo. Your hair will be softer than ever.

10 During the colder months, I’ve been using a night-time face mask twice as week … or as often as I remember 🙂 . I use Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask. I thought these overnight masks would be really greasy and get all over my pillow forcing me to wash my pillow even more often! Yet no grease or stains in sight! But it IS another reason not to sleep on your stomach! When you use a night mask like this, you skip your regular nighttime face regimen and replace with the face mask. Even if you’re skeptical, it’s worth trying out once or twice. Que Bella makes a 2 pack travel face mask that I really like.

While I'm not a beauty expert, I am a self proclaimed expert on saving time, even when I'm sleeping! Try out these 10 overnight beauty tips!

I had to throw in a picture of our newest addition to the family (8 week old Doberman puppy!), who also really enjoys sleeping. Definitely my daughter 🙂 .

May you wake up even more beautiful than when you went to bed! Now if only we could answer emails in our sleep :)!

 

 

While I'm not a beauty expert, I am a self proclaimed expert on saving time, even when I'm sleeping! Try out these 10 overnight beauty tips!

 

While I'm not a beauty expert, I am a self proclaimed expert on saving time, even when I'm sleeping! Try out these 10 overnight beauty tips!

Some of the links in this list are affiliate links. It doesn’t cost you any extra, but I earn a little commission if you decide to purchase. Regardless of whether or not I receive a commission, I only recommend products that I personally use and genuinely recommend!

 

 

While I'm not a beauty expert, I am a self proclaimed expert on saving time, even when I'm sleeping! Try out these 10 overnight beauty tips!

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Have you ever tried Mary Kay 'Satin Hands' scrub? It's AMAZING! This homemade sugar scrub recipe is a great DIY option that takes only 5 minutes!
Have you ever tried Mary Kay 'Satin Hands' scrub? It's AMAZING! This homemade sugar scrub recipe is a great DIY option that takes only 5 minutes!

I love a new beauty product as much as the next person, but what I love even more is being able to make a pretty great alternative right at home. For those of you who have used Mary Kay Satin Hands, you’ll really appreciate this one! For those who haven’t, it’s a really awesome hand scrub that seems to work magic and make your hands feel like … well satin. While I doubt Mary Kay uses Dawn & sugar to make their fabulous scrub, I think this homemade sugar scrub recipe is a pretty good and super quick alternative!

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Have you ever tried Mary Kay 'Satin Hands' scrub? It's AMAZING! This homemade sugar scrub recipe is a great DIY option that takes only 5 minutes!

Simply add sugar to the container. I like to fill 1/2 full. Then slowly add the Dawn and stir.

Have you ever tried Mary Kay 'Satin Hands' scrub? It's AMAZING! This homemade sugar scrub recipe is a great DIY option that takes only 5 minutes!

You want the consistency to be of a paste (think peanut butter). Don’t get nervous about quantity because you really can’t mess this up.  If you use more sugar the scrub will be grainier on your hands and if you use too little sugar it will just be a bit silkier.  So really no matter what there will be a nice result.

Have you ever tried Mary Kay 'Satin Hands' scrub? It's AMAZING! This homemade sugar scrub recipe is a great DIY option that takes only 5 minutes!

Just use a spoon or your fingers to scoop a bit out, rub over your hands and wash! One of the best parts of this oh so simple recipe is that it lasts a really long time! One batch I made lasted over a year.

May your hands feel like satin in less than 5 minutes!

 

 

Have you ever tried Mary Kay 'Satin Hands' scrub? It's AMAZING! This homemade sugar scrub recipe is a great DIY option that takes only 5 minutes!

 

Have you ever tried Mary Kay 'Satin Hands' scrub? It's AMAZING! This homemade sugar scrub recipe is a great DIY option that takes only 5 minutes!

Some of the links in this list are affiliate links. It doesn’t cost you any extra, but I earn a little commission if you decide to purchase. Regardless of whether or not I receive a commission, I only recommend products that I personally use and genuinely recommend!

 

Have you ever tried Mary Kay 'Satin Hands' scrub? It's AMAZING! This homemade sugar scrub recipe is a great DIY option that takes only 5 minutes!

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Don't spend all your hard earned cash on expensive makeup remover .... I promise this recipe is just as good as department store versions!

Don't spend all your hard earned cash on expensive makeup remover .... I promise this recipe is just as good as department store versions!
I love ‘fancy’ (aka expensive) makeup remover. The more I spend, the more I seem to like it. And as much as I’m down for cheap DIY alternatives, never did I think I would make my own makeup remover. I assumed anything I make would either be way too greasy causing my face to break out or not work at all causing me to obsessively rub my eyes. Well, the last two years have proved me wrong, as I’ve been using & loving my own makeup remover daily … and well saved a lot of money.

How much money you ask? After spending 20 minutes and one fabulous spreadsheet later, I determined that my recipe costs $0.35 per ounce. This compared to my favorite Clinique Rinse-Off Eye Makeup Solvent at $19/4.2 ounces is a steal.

Don't spend all your hard earned cash on expensive makeup remover .... I promise this recipe is just as good as department store versions!

That creates a savings of $4.17 PER OUNCE!

With just a few readily available items (especially if you have a baby or toddler round), you can make a batch of these in a jiffy. Under 5 minutes, I promise!

What You Need:

* Optional to make make up remover PADS

To make the makeup remover, first wash out your empty makeup remover container. Then simply mix the water, baby shampoo & baby oil together in to your empty makeup container container. Tada!

Don't spend all your hard earned cash on expensive makeup remover .... I promise this recipe is just as good as department store versions!

To use shake it up right before each use. Pour a little on a cotton pad or balls, or even your fingers to remove the makeup. I prefer cotton cotton pads which I cut into 4 pieces.

If you want to get fancy and make makeup remover pads, combine the water, baby shampoo & baby oil in to a small mason jar. Pour enough solution to cover the bottom of your small mason jar. Add about 10 pads, allowing them to soak up the solution for a couple minutes. Continue adding 10 more pads at a time, pouring enough solution over each set to cover. Seal with lid when finished. (add a cute label and it would make a great gift!)

Hoping your wallet is a little heavier and your makeup comes off a little easier!

 

 

 

Don't spend all your hard earned cash on expensive makeup remover .... I promise this recipe is just as good as department store versions!

 

Don't spend all your hard earned cash on expensive makeup remover .... I promise this recipe is just as good as department store versions!

Some of the links in this list are affiliate links. It doesn’t cost you any extra, but I earn a little commission if you decide to purchase. Regardless of whether or not I receive a commission, I only recommend products that I personally use and genuinely recommend!

 

 

Don't spend all your hard earned cash on expensive makeup remover .... I promise this recipe is just as good as department store versions!

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