Off the top of my head, I could think of 50 things I'd rather be doing than deep cleaning my brushes. It's probably THE bane of my existence but it's a necessary evil. The skin is our largest organ, our first line of defense and the first thing people see – so we gotta protect it! Besides keeping our skin in better shape, clean brushes also makes it easier to blend. I can't lie and say I deep clean them EVERY.SINGLE.WEEK (which is recommended), but I have a handful of brushes so I tend to push off deep cleansing for a hot minute. Eye brushes are especially crucial to clean after/before each use because having product build up is 1. Gross and 2. Can muddy the colors (that means awful blending). To get a marvelous clean without the pruney hands in-between deep cleaning, I'm OBSESSED with the Cinema Secrets Professional Makeup Brush Cleaner. It's easy, quick, incredibly effective and dries super fast. Which I LOVE! I can clean my brushes with this product about 5-10 minutes before sitting at my vanity and they're ready to go. I still love my MAC Brush cleaner as well, but it just takes to long so dry. So I think we know who I feel is the real winner here. (find it in 4 sizes here!)

Ideally, you're looking to deep clean your personal brushes every 1-2 weeks, maybe 3, depending on how often you use them. I know it's such a drag, but this Cinema Secrets brush cleaner is only going to get your brushes so clean. You definitely have to bust out the big guns from time to time.

Things you'll need

  • Soap – you spend money on your brushes, and they're gentle creatures, so straight up dish detergent ain't treating your babies right. I recommend the Beauty Blender brand liquid cleanser (find it here) to be kind to your sensitive bristles and just a TOUCH of a gentle and moisturizing dish soap. I'm sure plenty of my makeup artists are gritting their teeth at this suggestion. But hear me out! Those "tough on grease, not on your hands" commercials are right – they're incredibly moisturizing, but they're heavy duty. I particularly like to add just a small squeeze of dish soap to really help break up stubborn products like foundation, concealers, liquid lipsticks, gel liners and glitters.
  • A plastic bowl or dish – I like to do this step to create my liquid, soapy concoction to dip my brushes in before swirling them around on my hand or mat
  • Brush Cleaning Mat or Glove (*optional) – you don't need this item, but let me tell you – you need it if you want to maintain your sanity while washing your brushes. It makes your life 1000% easier and your hands much less pruney than if you were to not use one. A quick Google search can give you tips on making your own, but shout out to my boo, Anna for hooking yo girl up! (It's a great birthday present, y'all… find it here for only $25!)

Easy as 1,2,3 (4,5,6…)

  1. Pour 1 part dish soap to 3 parts Beauty Blender liquid in your bowl
  2. Wet your brush under warm to luke warm water, careful to JUST run the water on the bristles and not too close to the ferrel (the part where the bristles come out from)
  3. Lightly dip in soap mixture
  4. Gently swirl around in circular motions and back and forth on Sigma Spa mat/glove till suds turn more white than dirty from the makeup
  5. Rinse out soap, again careful to not run water too close to bristles
  6. Holding your brush with bristles facing down, gently squeeze out water making sure all soap is out and that the water runs clear. If not, repeat steps 3-5 til it does
  7. Reshape bristles
  8. Lay flat to dry! – I especially like to lay them flat along my countertop or table top with the bristles hanging slightly off so that the air can circumvent and dry the brush thoroughly from all sides

 

I like to let them dry overnight so they're ready to go by morning!! This isn't the most glamorous part of makeup, and I wish I could hire a professional makeup washer… but it's like dishes or undies y'all – you gotta clean them to reuse them.

Who's interested in a post about my favorite makeup brush brands? 🤔

xoxo
The Glam Greek

Having to wait an extra 3 months for my favorite show on the planet to start has been brutalI had forgotten what to do with my Sunday evenings for a while and the months of April and May just didn’t feel the same. We all wanted to see where this story goes and I don’t know about any other Game of Throne fan out there –  but I kinda feel exhausted from all of the excitement!

I woke up yesterday feeling overwhelmingly enthusiastic which led me to a GOT inspired look particularly because I’d been wanting to use my new Urban Decay Naked Heat palette – what better way to pay homage to the rightful ruler of the 7 kingdoms than using a palette that could reference the chick who was reborn from a fire wreckage and ashes like a freaking Phoenix? I also used a pigment from My Beauty Bar called Temptress – a pretty rusty red for a slight reference to the Red Witch.

FACE

Foundation/Concealer || Urban Decay Naked (7.0), Maybelline Age Rewind (Neutralizer)
Powders || Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Palette (Banana to highlight), NARS Pressed Powder (Beach)
Blush || MAC “Cheeky Bronze” MSF
Contour || ABH Contour Palette (Fawn + Havana & Java to deepen)
Highlight || SauceBox Cosmetics (Phoenix Kiss)

LIPS
Kylie Lip Kit – Ginger

EYES

Brows || MAC Brow Pencil (Spiked)
Shadows || Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette [Crease – Sauced + Cayenne; Halo – En Fuego; Lid – My Beauty Bar Temptress Pigment with Scorched pressed on top; Lower Lash Line – En Fuego smudged with Cayenne + Temptress]

Liners || NYX liquid matte (wing); MAC Costa Riche Eye Kohl (water line)
Lashes || Divine Lash Co (Athena)

Season 6 left off without much of a cliffhanger so I’d spent the last 3 weeks talking about the anticipated premier with any GOT fan I could find. We left off seeing Khaleesi sailing across the Narrow Sea, John Snow back at Winterfell with Sansa and the Starks have regained foothold on their childhood home and that crazy b**** Cersei has crowned herself Queen of the Seven Kingdoms in light of her youngest son’s suicide. As with any amazing show, the writers typically know how to keep you going, but sometimes the writers really piss you off and take the opportunity to make the very first episode infuriatingly random. Although not much happened in this season premier – I LOVED it. It wasn’t exactly jam packed with action, but I think after 6 seasons, the viewer is always anticipating something. “Is my favorite character going to die right now? What sort of trouble is this person going to be in now? Will they get out of it?”… etc. I tend to watch the entire episode with a sense of suspense anyway. Even though nothing to allude to the outcome of this season revealed itself in the first 60 minutes of Season 7, I have mostly good things to say about it :

  • I really like how the season started with less addressed story lines – Arya is making her way back to King’s Landing to kill Cersei but stopped in the Riverlands for a brief visit and Bran has finally made it to the Wall
  • John Snow and his army in the North are preparing to defend against the coming winter, but have forgotten about the crazy ass B in the south
  • Cersei, as maniacal as ever, if not more – considers everyone around her a traitor yet she still thinks the iron throne belongs to her (I’m hoping that this means she’s weakened and that Arya or Jaime kills her offfff!! This is wishful thinking though – the writers know everyone wants her dead… they could use this as an opportunity to troll us all)
  • The Hound has found himself with the motley Lord of Light crew but has he come to the light after seeing icy visions in the flames?
  • Sam’s journey to become Grand Maester was REALLY creative on the director’s part – they showed us a glimpse into his daily life of cleaning chamber pots and gagging from the horrendous odors to serving and eating slosh that looked pretty similar to aforementioned contents, to studying and working in the most beautiful library I’ve ever seen and turned his daily grind into a really interesting cacophony.
    •  my FAVORITE part of this entire episode was when Sam was helping the Grand Maester perform an autopsy (I’m assuming it was an autopsy at least..), he asks for permission to the restricted area of the library for more research on the White Walkers because he’s seen them. The Grand Maester assures him that yes, it feels like the world is ending, but mankind has survived many wars and many winters and we will this time too. It was such a CURRENT and modern juxtaposition of respecting your elders who don’t see issues being as grave as they are in comparison to the youth who are seeing the consequences of our actions and what there is to come. Good job, writers!
  • Last, Daenerys has made it to Blackwater Bay and has finally made it to Dragonstone πŸ˜±πŸ˜±πŸ˜±πŸ‰πŸ²
  • Also – ED SHEERAN?!?!?!

Although nothing exciting, in terms of action, happened in this first episode – which honestly, I’m thankful for – the first episode calmly (except for when the King of the Friendzone sticks his stoney arm out to Sam asking if the Dragon Queen has made it – I actually screamed) lays the stories out for the viewer leaving me WANTING SO MUCH MORE! I’ve been waiting months for this new season, but I don’t know how I will be able to survive the 6 days between each episode.

Seven Blessings!

xoxo

The Glam Greek

The hopeless romantic that I put to sleep years ago after a parade of pigs and failed relationships tore my outlook on love down to bits has been resurrected since I met Bae. I’ve been swooning over weddings since I was a little girl (I even spent time planning my own to Backstreet Boy, AJ McLean for a while), but when the reality of dating hit hard in my young adulthood, it was like I had a vendetta against the single male population between the ages of 20 – 35.

But I found someone who makes me feel SO cheesy romantic. Gross.

This past weekend was my own Prince Charming’s sister’s wedding, and as my favorite Disnerd couple, their nuptials were quite the magical affair – I definitely felt the love that night.

face

Foundation/Concealer || Urban Decay Naked (shade 7.0); Maybelline Age Rewind (shade Neutralizer)
Powder || Chanel Poudre Universelle Libre (30 Naturel) to set highlight; Nars Pressed Powder (Beach)
Contour || Nars (Laguna); MAC (Blunt)
Blush || Nars (Deep Throat)
Highlight || My Beauty Bar (Beauty Queen)

 

eyes

Brows || Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow (chocolate)
Shadow Primer || MAC Paintpot (Soft Ochre)
Crease (in order of application) || ABH (Blushing), MUG (Cupcake), ABH (Dusty Rose), MUG (Bitten), MUFE (M-928)
Lid || My Beauty Bar pigment (Love Letter), Stila Metal Liquid Glitter (Rose Gold Retro)
Brow Bone || MAC (Carefree)
Inner Corner || MUG (Shimma Shimma) + Coloured Raine (Clutch Pearls)
Liner || NYX Matte Liquid Liner
Lashes || Tarte (Goddess)
Undereye || MAC (Smolder); MUFE (M-928); MUG (Bitten)

lips

Anastasia Beverly Hills (Dusty Rose) + Tarte Tarteist Quick Dry Matte Lip Paint (Low Key)

But… the night didn’t end so magical. A couple of months ago I’m pretty sure I reinjured my left knee, THE same knee that I had ACL reconstructive surgery on back in high school. I was doing a pretty ridiculous plyometric workout and my trainer challenged me toΒ jumping donkey kicks… Youtube it… which is what I should’ve done before attempting, but I just started going at it. Eventually I would land incorrectly during one of them and my knee popped out of place and wouldn’t pop back, but I usually would be able to walk on it and feel better within half an hour. After a few weeks of rest, I decided to get back into training legs, but my knee would slip every once in a while. I didn’t think much of it because my knee’s always done weird things during the time since my surgery. But at Bae’s sister’s wedding, my knee slipped out of place and locked…Β while dancing. Literally my favorite thing in the world.

I sat, changed into flats, elevated my leg and iced it for about 15 minutes, but the FOMO kicked in when I saw all my friends on the dancefloor without me. And the DJ was just SO GOOD…

so I kept dancing on it

But it was SO worth it!! I ended up not being able to bear any weight on my left leg for the following 3 days and had to use crutches and wasn’t able to sleep well from the knee pain. But hey.. it was a good time.

Moral of the story – never stop dancing.

xoxo

The Glam Greek