Cleaning Makeup Brushes

Cleaning Makeup Brushes

I don’t use a whole lot of makeup but I do like to have the right tools for the job.  Makeup brushes over time get dirty and need cleaning and I wanted to share my easy method of cleaning makeup brushes.

We all know that you can buy brush cleaners and if your brushes are really dirty then maybe that’s the way to go.  However, when my brushes are just lightly dirty, I use a simple method to clean them with an item that you may already have at home – baby shampoo.

Cleaning Makeup Brushes

 

Here is how I clean my brushes.

  1.  I wet the brush head under the running faucet with warm water.  Be careful to wet them pointing down so that water doesn’t go into the handle.  If water goes into the handle, it can later cause the bristles to come loose and that will ruin your brush.

  2.  I place a dot of baby shampoo on my hand and I slowly swish the brush in my hand to loosen the makeup.

  3.  I place the brush back under the running water and carefully press on the bristles which will spread them slightly.  It is important to do this carefully so that your brush does not lose it’s shape after drying.  You may have to repeat step 2 and 3 in order to really clean the brush from makeup buildup.

  4.  I gently dry the brush with a towel, also being careful to keep the shape of the brush.

  5.  I lay the brushes flat on the sink counter, allowing the brush head to hang over into the sink.  Do not stand them up before they are dry because water will travel into the handle which will ruin your brush over time.

Once dry, I place them in an acrylic cup full of beads, just like the fancy makeup store.

Cleaning Makeup Brushes

 

One last tip:  I find great makeup brushes at Marshalls (the ones in the picture are from there) or TJMaxx so check those stores out before shelling out the big bucks at the makeup stores.

Hope you have a great week, friends!

 

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Makeup Drawer – Before and After

Organizing your makeup

Anyone up for some before and after pictures??

A while back I shared where and how I store my makeup.  You can find that post “HERE“.

A friend of mine has a huge bathroom…with a huge vanity…with a huge drawer to store all her glam!  Is green the color of envy?  I forget.

Well, she was nice enough to let me photograph her space and share with all of you.

Here you will see the before and after of the drawer.  It’s really not a bad before picture and most of us would consider it an after shot.  Here it is:

Make-up Before and After

All we did was purchase some clear containers that had more customized dividers.  That way everything has a home!

Doesn’t it look better already?

Make-up Before and After

And the makeup lived happily ever after…THE END.

Make-up Before and After

Well not really…not until I say goodbye and ask you how you store your makeup.

Please share and as always,

Happy Organizing!

Maria

Makeup Organization

I don’t wear a lot of makeup.  I just don’t have the patience for it.  However, I can alphabetize 200 CD’s no matter how long it takes.  I guess we are all built differently!  I do appreciate seeing my friends who know how to apply a perfect amount of makeup and still look natural.

Don’t you hate it when you look amazing in your bathroom mirror and then you get in the car and you look like Bozo in the car mirror?  What is it with the car mirror?!  Or is it the bathroom mirror?!  Who is the real culprit?

Like I said, I don’t always put on a full face of makeup but I like having the right tools when I do.  I like to see my makeup.

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I purchased this large acrylic organizer at Target about five years ago.  They still have it in the section where they have all the cosmetic bags.  I place all the single shadows here so that I can see all the colors without shuffling through a bag.  In the large vertical spaces I store lip glosses and eye pencils.  I like that I can see them all at a quick glance.

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The eye shadow sets are stored together and vertically.  It makes it easier to pull them out, use them and put them back in their spot.

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Foundations and primers have their own zip code as well.  I picked up that little clear container at the Target dollar section.  Sometimes I cant find anything in that little section and sometimes its full of gems.

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Lastly, the brushes.  I love those beads that they use at the top cosmetic stores so I decided to house my brushes in a similar way.  It turns out they sell those beads in most craft stores.  I used an acrylic pencil cup to contain the larger brushes.

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The smaller brushes along with other makeup essentials are in this slim container.  I also used the beads in the larger compartment.

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So that’s it!  I once read that it is better to arrive late than to arrive ugly.  It was a funny statement.  It still doesn’t keep me from sometimes leaving the house looking like one of the people who appear in the “People from WalMart” photo stream.  Have you seen those?  They are pretty funny.  On the rare occasion that I go out looking that rough, I pray that I don’t run into someone who I haven’t seen in years.  What are you supposed to say them?  “I assure you that I normally look human.  I just had to run out of the house to get milk!”

So ladies, let’s put on a little rouge, a little color on our face and go out into the world (or in my case, WalMart) with confidence.

Happy Organizing!

Maria 

Bathroom Linen Closet Organization

The space that I lack in my sink…

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I have in the linen closet that is right next to my sink.

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My husbands sink is on the other side of the bath tub and it is equally as small.  If I had a larger sink counter or drawers under my sink I would probably store my makeup in that space.  Since I don’t, I use the closet to hold a LOT more than towels.  I have (maybe) 4 towels in the closet.  The rest is makeup, hair care, nail supplies, lotions and bathroom cleaning products.  Here it is…

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In the very top, as in “I need a ladder” I have towels.  These are towels that are designated for guests.  I have another area in the bathroom that I store our daily use towels.

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In the top shelf I also have 2 turntables that hold extra shampoo, conditioners and lotions.  Turntables are one of my favorite organizing tools.  They allow me to put items in areas that I otherwise would lack the visibility to see what is in the back of the shelf.  I just turn the tables and get what I need.  You can find these here: Amazon.com

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Next to the turntables I store my travel toiletry bag.  It is not used often so I don’t need it to be right in front of me.  I will be doing a post on what is in the bag sometime next week.

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In the next shelf I have my cleaning caddy.  I think every bathroom should have a cleaning caddy.  If you have to walk to another room to grab cleaning supplies you are less likely to wipe up simple messes.  Having this here helps me keep the bathroom cleaner in between deep cleanings.  I keep this caddy in the higher shelf to keep it away from the kids.

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If your grooming items look pretty you will use them more.  That being said, fifty percent of the times my nails are not done.  Clearly it’s not because of lack of polish, just lack of time.  I think if this display didn’t look so pretty my nails would never get done.  I purchased the polish display years ago on Amazon but you can still find it here.  They have different vendors and different size displays that you can choose from.

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In the next shelf I have my makeup.  Same story as the polish.  I use very little makeup on a daily basis.  My daily makeup routine consists of no more than tinted moisturizer, mascara and lip gloss.  The rest only gets used when we go out on the weekends.  I like to display my makeup so that I can “see” what I have and hopefully get inspired.  I know that if I threw my makeup in a bag I would never use it.  I will be doing a post on makeup organization later this week.

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I have these baskets and bins to hold extra makeup and samples that I use to refill my travel bag.  I also have a sewing box.  I only know how to replace buttons and maybe a quick hem but even for simple things like that you need a system to hold all the different color threads and buttons.  This is also where I put all the extra buttons that come along with outfits. Otherwise you end up with 50 baggies of weird buttons swimming throughout your home.

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Underneath are four white plastic baskets that hold items that I like to throw in without much thought.

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Such as hair care.

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Extra lotions that have been gifted to me or nice hotel samples.

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In the very bottom is a large basket with all my rollers.  You like the pink ones?  Be honest.  I know you do.

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A place for everything and everything in its place.

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Lots and lots of things that have nothing to do with each other but you can still manage to make them look organized if you dedicate a shelf to a certain task, use organizers and label your items.  I hope I gave you some ideas of other uses for linen closets.  What else do you store in your linen closet?

Happy Organizing!

Maria