Cleaning make up brushes – my way


I know there are numerous articles on how to clean your make up brushes but I wanted to share the way I clean mine, which honestly, is not different than anything you’ve read before but I wanted to stress  how important it is to actually do this and often too, to prevent smearing bacteria all over your face!


You must clean your make up brushes regularly. Every time you use your make up brush, bits of make up, oil, dead skin cells and dirt accumulates which is perfect breeding ground for bacteria.

This is what causes clogged up pores, break outs and all that “lovely” stuff we are trying to prevent!

Washing your brushes takes no time at all.


I should mention that there are specific solutions that you can buy to wash make up brushes but I simply use baby shampoo.


These are 4 simple steps I use when washing my make up brushes:
1. Run the brush under luke warm water
2. In a small container, pour luke warm water and a bit of baby shampoo to work up a lather and gently dip the brush in it and twirl around. I normally go half way down. I don’t soak the part where the hairs go into the handle as over time that can cause them to fall out and I’d like to preserve my $45 dollar brushes for a lifetime if possible! lol

3. I take a small cloth and wet it as well and dab my brush on it to make sure it’s all getting in there and rinse again under luke warm water.

4. Lay them out on a towel and let dry.


That is it!!!


This keeps your face bacteria-free, keeps the brushes soft because when dirty they become brittle, it makes them last longer.


How often should you do this? Well, if you ask me, once a week.

Share some of your tips for cleaning make up brushes – I’d love to hear how you do it and what product you use?


Nina xo

FOTD:Soft tones edition


I am continuing with my soft toned make up looks. I am just in that kind of mood lately! Pretty feminine pink tones make me thing of spring, which I am so desperately awaiting, especially on days like today when it’s so freezing outside!


I only used two colours on my eyes from the Smasbox Eye Pop Palette.


I have applied the soft pink shadow,Pastel (3rd row, 2nd)all over my eyelid as well my brow bone and lightly blended the Cinder, (3rd row, 1st)which is the light shimmering violet/beige, into the crease.

I normally tend to use contrasting colours on the eyelids and the crease but today I wanted something subtle yet noticeable.


To make my eyes pop, I applied a thicker line of the Rimmel Exaggarate Black Liquid Liner and Flower by Drew Berrymore mascara.


I suppose I don’t need to mention my foundation as I only use one and only Vichy Dermablend :) but it gets my face looking flawless each time!


I also am wearing HardCandy Baked Bronzer in Tiki on my cheeks which I just love love love!

On my lips is MAC’s Hue, one of the best nudes out there!



One throw, 6 different ways to wear it!

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I am in love with this throw. It’s warm yet fashionable and you can wear it multiple ways. I purchased this from Dynamite a few years back and completely forgot about it. I just love finding things in my closet – the shopping itch goes away ….pk no it doesn’t but at least keeps me content for a few days.


The back part is about an inch below waistline and the two front parts are actually quite long so it allows for various wrapping styles.


Here is a closer look to two ways I wear it the most.

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I am back to my go to hairstyle. My hair has been in the bun for a week now. I can’t be bothered with it. I feel like leaving my hair out takes so much work and preparation so tying it up in a bun just works. Do you guys feel like leaving your hair down is work and hassle ? Or is that just me….


Nina xo

FOTD – Straight hair and soft tones


This is the first time I’ve straightened my hair in a year! I want it to just let it be and it helped with the healing process. Also, I have been wearing really intense lip colours for a while now that I forgot how fun a nude and soft look can be. This look was created with my new Smashbox Studio Pop Palette, which I absolutely love.


I really love the pigmentation of these eyeshadows. I don’t own any Smashbox products actually so this is my first time trying anything of theirs. I will do a review on this palette pretty soon .



I’ve used the gold (4th row, 3rd from L) and brown shadow (2nd row, last) from the Smashbox Studio Pop Palette.


On my lips I am wearing MAC’s Hue.


As I love to glow all year round, here I am wearing a baked bronzer by Hard Candy, 129 in Tiki. It’s a gorgeous subtle gold glow.


My brows are filled in with actually an ashy black shade crayon like texture pencil that I picked up from a random store. I really like it. In my opinion, they look natural and the shade is perfect which is something I struggle with to find.

CYMERA_20150112_122321-2I probably won’t straighten my hair again for a very long time. I like my hair straight but I also don’t feel like myself. It doesn’t help that everyone tells me I look like a different person. Not sure if that’s a good thing or bad lol


As nude as they’ll get – NOTD


I am a nail polish fiend. You will NEVER catch me with my nails unpainted. It’s like I am leaving the house without pants on, seriously, I feel naked without nail polish. And while I experiment with all colours and nail art, I love bright and dark and crazy eye popping colours. You will not see me with nude/natural looking colours often such as this one.


But I kind of like it. My nails are at a really nice length right now where a nude polish would look good.

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I am wearing OPI – Bubble Bath. It’s a really pretty sheer milky pink.




Bad Beauty Habits


I found this article online while browsing and I thought it was really helpful and I wanted to share it with everyone. Great little but important tips!

1. Put away the flat irons:


“Stop using flat and curling irons on your hair. Hair wasn’t nearly as damaged fifteen years ago as it is now and that’s due to everyone ironing their hair like they brush their teeth. It’s even more damaging than bleach because you do it every day. If you can’t stop, turn them down to their lowest setting and work as quickly as possible.” – Chaz Dean, celebrity hairstylist

2. Stop rubbing your eyes without washing your hands:


“Rubbing your eyes is an instinct that we pick up as babies, but your eyes are an open membrane that easily absorbs germs and bacteria, and constant rubbing can cause infection and/or irritate lash follicles, which causes lashes and brows to thin. Avoid doing it and, if you just can’t help it, keep your hands and face clean.” – Jo Mousselli, creator and CEO of Xtreme Lashes

3. Over-washing is over:


Over-washing is a common mistake, but cleansing hair more than once a day strips hair of its natural oils. Hair should be washed every other or even every third day. If you need that clean feeling, dry shampoo can be an amazing alternative.” – Vanessa Fernandez, senior stylist at Butterfly Studio Salon

4 Don’t pick your hangnails:


Stop the habit before it begin by keeping your hands and nails moisturized at all times. If you notice a hangnail coming on, immediately soak it with Vitamin E or coconut oil, and reapply often. The hangnail will soon soften so you can trim it with a cuticle scissor or nipper.” – Skyy Hadley, celebrity manicurist of As U Wish Nail Salon

5. Cease daily blowouts –


“We live in a society where blowout bars only perpetuate an addiction to perfect hair. Instead of restyling daily, give yourself a perfect blowout twice a week, then maintain in between by applying dry shampoo to your roots, which absorbs oil and maintains volume as the days stretch on. A little undone is chic and modern!” -DJ Quintero, senior stylist at Serge Normant at John Frieda Salon

6. Change facial cleansing brush heads and washcloths regularly:


“I think people forget to change washcloths or brush heads because they’re too busy. Set your smart phone to give you a reminder to pitch the dirty brush head or change your washcloth on a regular basis.”  -Dr. Elizabeth Tanzi, Co-director of the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery in Washington, DC. 

7. Clean your makeup brushes:


“Dirty brushes can cause breakouts, and you won’t get a true application if your brush is covered in multiple colors. Makeup tools should be washed weekly, with the exception of brushes or tools that touch liquid or cream products, which should be cleansed more frequently. Be sure to lay them flat to dry; never leave them standing up wet.” – Sonia Kashuk, makeup artist and Founder of Sonia Kashuk Beauty

8. Stop over-bleaching your teeth:


“Like Matt Dillon in There’s Something About Mary, over-bleaching can be a nightmare: too much bleaching dries out the enamel rods of the tooth, which leaves your teeth chalky white and super sensitive. The best way to kick the habit is to simply follow the instructions.”  Dr. Marc Lowenberg, cosmetic dentist of Lowenberg, Lituchy & Kantor

9. Don’t over-pluck your brows:


“People who pluck their own brows always make the mistake of over-plucking the ends first, which makes the brows look short and the face look wider. Try going to a professional for maintenance, or if you can’t resist only remove strays from below the brow bone, not above. That way brows won’t lose their overall shape.” – Umbreen Sheikh, founder of Wink Brow Bar

10. Banish smoking, alcohol, and diet sodas:


“The worst beauty habit is smoking, but next to that is excessive alcohol and diet sodas. You have to stop! Diet sodas are the most acid-producing, horrible thing you can do to your face and anything that can clean the chrome on your car is going to be horrible for your complexion. It creates acidity within the body that affects the basal layer of skin as it does every organ, so you won’t make good skin.” – Dr. Jeannette Graf, M.D., assistant clinical professor of dermatology at The Mount Sinai Medical Center.