Friday, 7 February 2014

beauty basics: How to sanitize your makeup

Over time your makeup can build up bacteria and could course you to break out. This also shortens the life of your makeup! So it is VERY important you disinfect/sanitize your makeup, especially if you are a makeup artist or share some of your makeup. This tip that I am going to share with you is perfect for a makeup artist. A makeup artist should be doing this because you do not want to spread germs, infections, diseases etc. This is also great for someone who just wants sanitize there makeup, avoid bacteria build up, and extend the life of your makeup.
this guide will teach you a cheap and easy method to sanitize your makeup and also show you what can't be sanitized.

You will need: at least 70 or 90% rubbing alcohol.

Lipstick: Poor some rubbing alcohol in a cup or a little jar and stick your lipstick in the alcohol for a couple of seconds. Take it out and shake off any alcohol that might be dripping from it and then wipe down the lipstick with a clean tissue or paper towel. You can also scrap some lipstick off with a spatchula and put it onto a palette and use it from there.

Lip pencils and eye pencils: These you can just do the same method as with the lipstick. You can also sharpen it, as this removes the top layer. and then just wipe it down with some rubbing alcohol that as been pored onto something like a cotton pad, tissue etc. Remember using the sharpening method will cross contaminate the sharpener but you can clean the sharpener by wiping it down with some rubbing alcohol. To also get in the hole and between the blades use a cotton bud and rubbing alcohol to sanitize that area of the sharpener.

Pressed powders: This includes eyeshadow, face powder, blush, bronzer etc. Use a spray bottle for this, just pore some rubbing alcohol into the bottle. You can remove the top layer first by wiping the product with a clean tissue or paper towel, and then Spray some rubbing alcohol all over the product like for example a eyeshadow and then set aside to dry. Tip: it's ok not to worry to much about sanitizing these if your only using these on yourself because the product is dry and bacteria is drawn to moisture. 

Cream/gel products: This includes blush, foundation, concealer, and eyeshadow. Spray the alcohol over the product or pore some of the alcohol onto paper towel and wipe down the product. NOTE: when using the wiping method make sure the product as a smooth surface. These you can also use a spatchula to scrap off on a palette.

I have also listed some Products that cannot be sanitized and ways to keep these products sanitary and avoiding cross contaminating.
Mascara: You can't sanitize these but you can keep it from building up bacteria and getting the product dirty by making sure your mascara wand/lid is on properly and tight, And this will also stop it from drying out. Also you can avoid cross contaminating them (important for makeup artists!) by using disposal mascara wands and only dipping it once and twisting the wand around in the mascara, to get enough product and because if you pump it in and out it will pump air back into the mascara and dry out the product. Do NOT double dip the wand! Its ok to double dip the wand on your own mascara but make sure to chuck out your mascara every 3 months. (btw don't share your own mascara, as this is cross contaminating and could give someone an infection and once used on someone else it could also give you an infection. This is also why makeup artists have to use disposable mascara wands)

Loose powders: You also can't sanitize these but because it's a loose product you can just tip some of the product onto a palette and use it from there. (this is also goes for loose eyeshadows) Avoid the double dipping. And also again this is a dry product and bacteria is drawn to moisture so don't worry to much about these if you only using it on yourself and you keep the lid on. As For makeup artists do the separating method, as I mentioned before. 

Liquid foundations and concealers: These can also be separated because they are liquid. Pore/squeeze the product onto a palette and use it from there.

Liquid eyeliners: For makeup artists, its best not use these, as there is really no way to sanitize these or avoid cross contaminating. Instead use gel or or pencil. And just for your own makeup kit its fine to use any way you like but make sure to chuck out your liquid liners every 3 months.

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Saturday, 1 February 2014

society6 | helen green haul #2

Happy new year everyone!! :D I hope everyone is having a great start to 2014. Wow christmas comes so quickly! And that means i have another society6 haul. I have another society6 haul that i did around after christmas 2012, so btw everything in this haul is some of what i got for christmas. Everything i got is from (i will post better pictures soon, when i figure out my new camera haha.) And sorry i do not post very often, i am really busy with school and work and i am also getting ready for starting beauty school on wednesday. yayyy, i am so excited!

NOTE: I am NOT bragging about anything i got, i just love hauls and i did a society6 haul in the past and i know everyone liked it and i got a lot of questions, which i answered in my last society6 haul. So i'm doing another one since i got stuff from society6 again. 

I love helen green, she is so talented, was also the first little monster to be invited to the haus of gaga and I absolutely love her art! So of course i have ton of her drawings on things like art prints, mugs, t-shirts, iphone cases etc and btw everything i got has lady gaga on it (which is usually what she draws but she draws other people too!) cause well you know that i love lady gaga! There's lots of cool stuff on society6 and other artists but i only have gotton from helen green and only gotton gaga stuff haha. Everything is good quality and at pretty good prices.

I love artprints, they are one of my favourite things to get from society6! All artprints are $15 each (helen green artprints are but other artists might have different prices) i got 6 artprints all were in the in the sizes Mini - 7" x 10" and it cost more if you get a bigger size artprints. note: some things will come on and off the site so for example if you wanted to get the princess high artprint it might not be on there but it might also come back on!

The artprints are Gallery quality GiclĂ©e print on natural white, matte, ultra smooth, 100% cotton rag, acid and lignin free archival paper using Epson K3 archival inks. Custom trimmed with 1" border for framing. I copied and pasted that from the site to show you what the artprints are made of. They are really good quality and look awesome on my wall haha.

links to the artprints i got: Take me to your venus, MANiCURE, ARTPOP era, La chameleon, Teal lady and Princess high.

Throw pillows:Wow this site gets new things all the time, they actually just recently got wall clocks and onesies! hahaha. I got 3 pillows in the size cover 16" x 16" with pillow insert, which was $27 each (it was $7 more when i added a pillow insert)

The throw pillows are made from 100% spun polyester poplin fabric, a stylish statement that will liven up any room. Individually cut and sewn by hand, the pillow measures 16" x 16", features a double-sided print and is finished with a concealed zipper for ease of care. Includes faux down pillow insert. 
Links to the pillows i got: ARTPOP princess VI, ARTPOP era and V mag.

Also a new one. Funny story about what happened to one of the handles of my new gaga mug haha... My cat did it! I drink anything out of these, no not coffee! ewwwwies i hate coffee haha. I got 2 mugs both in the size 11 oz  and they cost $15 each.

The mugs are Available in 11 and 15 ounce sizes, our premium ceramic coffee mugs feature wrap-around art and large handles for easy gripping. Dishwasher and microwave safe, these cool coffee mugs will be your new favourite way to consume hot or cold beverages.

Links to the mugs i got: Aphrodite lady and Gagallery.

T- shirts:
Yes, i got more t-shirts, what can i say i love having gaga printed on me! I got a womens fitted tee in the colours black and white and in my size and they cost $22 each.

American Apparel Fine Jersey T-shirts are made with 100% fine jersey cotton combed for softness and comfort.

Links to the t-shirts i got: La chameleon and NYC pride rally.

Iphone cases:
I was probably most excited about getting some new gaga iphone cases. These are seriously really good quality and looks great on my iphone! I got 2 iphone 4 cases and they cost $35 each.

Protect your iPhone with a one-piece, impact resistant, flexible plastic hard case featuring an extremely slim profile. Simply snap the case onto your iPhone for solid protection and direct access to all device features.

Links to the iphone cases i got: Vamp and Princess high.

If there is any thing i forgot to mention or you have any questions, please leave them in the comments.
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