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Sanitize Those Brushes!!


After you've cleaned your makeup brushes with your favorite brush cleaner or soap, it's also important to sanitize them as well. In addition to your makeup bag, brush holder, vanity area and any surface you may use during makeup application with 70% alcohol.

Disinfecting with 70% versus 91% or higher has more germ killing power compared to something more concentrated. Plus anything higher evaporates too quickly to be effective.


Here's How:

  1. Pour a small amount of the rubbing alcohol into a glass bowl and quickly dip the brush several times.

  2. Squeeze, blot and gently wipe dry with a clean paper towel.

  3. Dry your brushes upside down to prevent the brush hairs from falling out. Because laying them flat can cause the glue holding the brush hairs inside the ferrule can become loose.

(drying rack as pictured can be purchased on Amazon and Ebay)

(drying rack as pictured can be purchased on Amazon and Ebay)

Tip Of The Day

Buying makeup for yourself can be confusing, whether it's from a department store or drug store.  But wondering how long you keep it can be another.  Well here's a tip... some cosmetics companies will actually illustrate on the back of the packaging how long they're suggestion the products shelf life is. In the photo below Maybelline is saying the shelf life for this mascara is 6 months!  


Here's a list of how long to keep certain beauty products:

  • Mascara*: 3-6 months
  • Eyeliner* (Liquid & gel):   3 months
  • Foundation (Liquid): 6-12 months
  • Concealer:  6-12 months
  • Lip Gloss:   1 year  
  • Eyeliner (Pencils):   2 years
  • Powder Products (eyeshadow, blush, foundation):  2 years  
  • Lipstick:   2 years
  • Nail Polish:  2 years

*If not used everyday, stop continuation of use (and replace) at 6 months!  Extended use of expired products, especially around the eyes can cause irritation and infections. 


Here's a few more examples. Sometimes the icon is small and can be hard to see. Or a bit larger and extremely visible.  

Bronzer in "Laguna" by   NARS  .  24M = 24 Months

Bronzer in "Laguna" by NARS.  24M = 24 Months

Foaming face cleanser by   Caudalie .   18M = 18 Months

Foaming face cleanser by Caudalie.  18M = 18 Months

Mally Beauty   primer. 18M = 18 Months

Mally Beauty primer. 18M = 18 Months