Make Up and Beauty Tips and Tricks

How to make your own BRUSH CLEANER

Brushes should be washed every 2 to 4 weeks to remove excess makeup and prevent bacterial growth

How to make your own makeup brush cleaner at homePossibly one of the most important things to remember in makeup is that everything which touches your face should be CLEAN.  One of the biggest mistakes made is that we do not wash or clean our brushes on a regular basis which can lead to skin imperfections and is simply unhygenic.  We give you a quick and easy recipe which you can mix up at home to use when cleaning your valuable good quality makeup brushes.

  1. Pour 250ml distilled or bottled water into a glass jug
  2. Add 50ml alcohol (no not the Gin or the Whisky, the one you buy at the pharmacy)
  3. Add 1 tablespoon baby shampoo
  4. Add 1 tablespoon of "leave in" conditioner

Mix all of the ingredients thoroughly, pour into a spray bottle and there you go - home made makeup brush cleaner.

To Use:
  • Spray the cleaner onto the bristles of each of your makeup brushes, enough to dampen the brush through.
  • Rub gently to lather and lift makeup residue
  • Rinse under warm water
  • Repeat this process until the water runs clear
  • Dry your brushes by laying them on a towel to air dry
TIP

Never stand your brushes upright to dry! The water will run down into the brush handle - which will cause the handle of the brush to rot and the brush will fall apart! Rather lay all your brushes flat on a dry towel, and leave brushes in a well ventilated area overnight to dry thoroughly.

 

Tanning

We all love a good tan, but the harsh effects of the sun can cause serious skin damage - and will leave you wondering if lying and baking in the sun for hours on end was ever worth it?

Tanning Tips and Tricks from The Makeup BoxThankfully we have a few self tanning products on the market that can be used for a perfect tan all year round.

Now many of us are intimidated by these products as we believe that the end result will leave us looking like a Cheese Curl.

Luckily the lovely people at Xen-Tan South Africa have provided us with a product that will replace our fears and ideologies about sunless tanning.

"Xen-Tan is used by celebrities Worldwide as the optimal solution for the perfect natural looking tan. Xen-Tan is so well designed that it is usable on any skin tone, without the worry of an unnatural Orange skin or unsightly streak marks." - Xen-Tan South Africa

 

 

Sunscreen

Sunscreen from DermalogicaA foundation or moisturiser with at least SPF 15 will provide light protection for everyday activities - travelling to and from work, sitting in the office, grocery shopping, etc. For added benefits, look for products that contain anti-inflammatory antioxidants such as alpha lipoic acid to help protect skin from damage-causing free radicals and vitamin C ester to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

 

15 minutes of sun a day is recommended for Vitamin D production, but avoid lying and baking in the sun as UV radiation is the main environmental factor that causes human skin ageing. Melanocytes (melanin-producing cells) begin to burn out when you reach your late thirties and forties, thus making it more difficult for your skin to fight sun damage, which can result in uneven pigmentation.

 

And even though winter is approaching - it's no excuse not to wear sunscreen everyday.

 

Recommended products:

  • Mac - Studio Moisture Tint SPF 15
  • Dermalogica - Super Sensitive Faceblock SPF 30

Vitamin C Energising Face Spritz

Vitamin C Energising Face Spritz - BodyshopA quick and easy "pick me up" for tired and stressed skin.

Vitamin C is a naturally powerful antioxidant that helps protect the skin against damaging environmental elements, such as the sun, pollution and cigarette smoke. This vitamin C face spritz helps neutralise free radicals (destructive molecules that attack cells and harm the skin).

 

This is a product that I swear by, and I have recommended it to many of my clients. This product can be applied prior to your moisturiser, it softens and smooths the skin, combating the damage from exposure to pollution, and the sun. It's perfect to apply under you makeup as well.

 

This product is excellent for winter as it's super hydrating!

*Cool tip - store this product in your fridge for an extra refreshing experience!