Makeup, Here I come!

Happy last day of November!

I get to wear makeup tomorrow! I’m pretty stinkin’ excited about it.

I honestly don’t have much to say, except that this has been a great time of exploration for me. I have learned that I can still feel beautiful when I look my worst by the world’s definition. I’ve reassured myself of the fact that happiness and self-confidence isn’t about compliments. It’s about a deep, inner knowledge that I am beautiful just the way God made me.

I don’t need makeup, I just want it. It’s fun.

I want to congratulate any of you who went without makeup for the whole month, a week, or even a day. That is something to be admired, and I am SO proud of you. Way to be courageous!

I know for a fact that this will not be the end of the all natural me. I fully intend to go without makeup whenever I want. (Which will probably be multiple days a week.) I’m no longer bound by my worries of how people will see me.

With Love ❤

Hebrews 11:1

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Dirty Makeup Brushes? Ew.

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Hello, friends!

November is almost over, which means I get to wear makeup again soon! Don’t get me wrong, going au natural definitely has its perks. However, I really do miss getting all dolled up .

In order to apply powdered makeup (and even some creams and liquids), what do we need?

Makeup brushes!

Maybe you already knew this, maybe you didn’t, but in order to increase the life and function of our makeup brushes, they must be cleaned regularly. It’s recommended that they be cleaned daily, but who has time for that?

If I can remember, I clean my brushes once a week, or once every two. In addition to extending their life, cleaning your makeup brushes has many other benefits:

1. It makes them feel so, so soft! Cleaning them rids them of old makeup, which can make the brush feel hard and stiff.

2. Cleaning your brushes not only rids them of old makeup, it also gets rid of some nasty stuff, like oil and bacteria.

3. If your brush is covered in bacteria, it’s probably spreading that gunk to your pores and increasing your chances of getting acne.

4. Cleaning your eyeliner brushes also prevents infection!

Okay. Now we know why. But we still need to know HOW!

There are a few ways to do this. Let’s start from the very beginning!

Method 1: How to clean your brushes with a Makeup Brush Cleaner.

My mom, a Mary Kay Rep, recently purchased this gem for me. I’m using it for the first time for this tutorial, actually.

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I’ll type out the directions as they read on the bottle:
Spray brush cleaner directly onto brush hairs until thoroughly dampened. Gently sweep brush over a tissue to remove excess moisture and to wipe away makeup residue and color. Reshape brush hairs with a clean tissue, lay flat, and allow brush to air-dry completely before reuse. 

It’s definitely easy to use. The only thing that makes me uneasy is that I didn’t get to rinse my brushes at all. That’s just something I’m used to. I sprayed this cleaner on the bristles until they were damp, and when I wiped them on a tissue, I didn’t see very much makeup residue coming off.

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Still, the brushes looked cleaner and felt softer once I was done with them.

You don’t have to buy this cleaner from Mary Kay if you don’t want to, but if you’re interested, here’s a link. If you want to look elsewhere, tons of makeup brands sell cleaners that you can try.

Method 2: How to clean your makeup brushes with soap and water

This is the method I’ve used the most often. I’ve had good results, and recommend it if you don’t feel like being too risky.

This method is very simple, and only requires some gentle hand soap.

Step 1, get the water in your faucet running at room temperature.

Step 2, Put a drop of hand soap in the palm of one hand, and hold the brush in the other.

Step 3, Get the bristles wet, and then swirl them against the soap in the palm of your hand. There should be lather, but if not, it’s okay. Just make sure all of the bristles get wet and coated with soap.

Step 4, Rinse the brush out thoroughly. You don’t want any leftover makeup or soap in there. You know it’s clean whenever you can gently squeeze the brush and the water that drips out of it runs clear.

Make sure that you hold the bristles DOWN the whole time, like this:

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If you hold the brush upside down, water could eventually loosen the glue that holds the bristles.

Step 5, Reshape the bristles of the brush with your fingers and lay it flat on a paper towel to dry.

Method 3: How to clean your brushes with hand soap, vegetable oil, and water

I’ve only tried this technique a few times, and I have liked the results. The only benefit to this technique is that the oil leaves your bristles feeling more conditioned and softer. However, if you use too much oil, they become kind of gross. You have to get the ratio right.

You can use vegetable oil, or canola oil. One day I want to try coconut oil and see if I like that better. I also suggest a gentle hand soap for this method.

Step 1, Prepare. Get a plate/dish and pour a little bit of oil onto one side and soap on the other. Careful, the oil will probably come out of the bottle quickly. It also likes to spread and surround the soap, as pictured. This isn’t actually problem, but I feel bad for the soap. It’s like it’s being bullied.

This looks kind of like a sideways pumpkin! The soap is the stem and the oil is the orange part!

This looks like a sideways pumpkin! The soap is the stem and the oil is the orange part!

Step 2, Just dip your brush right on in there!

Oh, look. You can see my feet.

Oh, look. You can see my feet.

Swirl it around in the soap and in the oil, making sure it gets both. It should look  kind of foamy, like this:

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Step 3If you don’t find it too creepy, try and massage the oil/soap mixture into the rest of the bristles.

Step 4, Thoroughly rinse out the oil and soap with room temperature water. Remember to keep the bristles facing down the whole time, like I mentioned before.

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If you find that your bristles are uncomfortably oily by the time you finish the third method, then I suggest just rewashing the brush with hand soap using Method 2. If you ever try Method 3 again, just use more soap and less oil.

I hope you find this tutorial beneficial!

I wish you all a happy Thanksgiving. If you’re participating in No Makeup November, then finish strong, sisters! We can do this!

With Love ❤

Hebrews 11:1

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5 Reasons Makeup is Good for You

Hello, friends!

So we’re at the halfway mark of No Makeup November! (Also, it’s my roommate/friend’s birthday today! If you see Rachel, tell her happy birthday!)

So many sweet people have told me that they really admire what I’m doing, but that they could never work up the courage to do it themselves. I’m going to tell you what I told them:

That’s okay.

This no makeup thing is not for everyone! While I do think it’s definitely something healthy to do once in a while (not only for your complexion, but also for your mental wellbeing), I also don’t think it’s something that should be forced.

The last thing I want to do is push anyone into No Makeup November, because I feel like that would cause a lot of resentment. This is supposed to a fun, challenging, beautiful choice. No pressure, friends!

I want to assure you that I do not dislike makeup. I love it. What I dislike is the belief that we need makeup in order to be beautiful. That’s not okay.

Without further ado, the reason you’re all here.

5 Reasons Makeup is Good! 

1. Makeup allows for creativity.

The main thing I miss about makeup is the fact that I get to do a little mini craft project on my face every day. I just love sitting down with my blank canvas of a face and seeing what new ways I can apply color to my eyes.

2. Makeup helps you look as good as you feel.

Some mornings I feel all peppy and ready to rock and roll…then I look in a mirror and see a big zit right in the middle of my forehead. Usually, some concealer can at least reduce redness (though it’s all but impossible to completely hide those bad boys.)

3. Whether we like it it or not, appearance matters. 

First impressions are important. When you walk into an important interview, the way you look could make or break the interviewer’s decision of whether or not to hire you. You can blame sexism, Western Media, or whatever you like, but no matter what, it’s a fact.

4. Health benefits

A lot of tinted moisturizers have SPF in them, which is very important! Putting SPF on your face protects it from harmful sun damage. By protecting your skin from the sun, you can prevent signs of aging, and just keep your face looking healthy in general.

Also, tinted moisturizers have an obvious benefit: moisturizing. Your face needs that moisture to keep the cells all healthy and happy.

5. Boosts confidence

Let’s be real. Makeup makes you feel good about yourself. It helps you put your best face forward, and gives you the confidence you may need to make a memorable impression.

However, there is a very definite line between “wearing makeup to feel confident” and “wearing makeup  to feel like yourself.” Makeup shouldn’t be apart of who we are, it should be something that enhances our natural beauty. Kind of like a spotlight, you know?

Just something to think about.

HappyNovember!

With Love ❤

Hebrews 11:1

Awards Tag!

A long, long time ago, Colleen from Broke for Beauty nominated me for some awards. I’m not going to be able to fulfill the requirements completely, but it’s been so long since I was nominated, I really just felt like I should publish this so it’s not always looming in the back of my mind.

Colleen has been such an inspiration to me as a new blogger. She’s always so encouraging and thoughtful, not to mention she has a wonderful blog herself, which gives great reviews on beauty products at an affordable price. Thanks for the nominations, Colleen!

“Rules” for these awards:

  1. Display Awards on your blog
  2. Link to the person/people who nominated you
  3. State 7 things about yourself (7 for each award, I suppose?)
  4. Nominate 7 other bloggers and link to their pages.

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1. I’m a Christian.

2. I’m a senior at Union University in Tennessee.

3. My hair is naturally dirty blonde.

4. I’m super into Vera Bradley stuff lately.

5. I have flat feet.

6. I love to work out.

7. I’m a singer. (Preferably classical, not pop.)

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1. I am a double major in music and psychology.

2. When I was young I wanted to be a writer, a horseback rider, and singer all at the same time.

3.  I am super duper organized.

4. I love coffee.

5. I can’t handle shows like “The Walking Dead” or “Supernatural. My imagination is too vivid.

6. I only drink soda on rare occasions, when there is nothing else to drink.

7.I  love putting makeup on! It’s so much fun!

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1. I believe that every trial in life is a learning opportunity.

2. I also believe that one of the main purposes each of us has is to continually become a better, more well-rounded individual.

3. I think it’s important to spend energy spreading joy to others.

4. I journal daily.

5. I believe that God loves EVERYONE.

6. I believe that none of the talents I have are of my own doing. They are gifts from God.

7. I love Jesus.

So now that you’ve gotten to know me a little better, I hope you take time to get to know these bloggers I’m tagging, as well! (I know I’m breaking some rules here, but honestly, I want to tag ALL of my readers. These are just a select few that continue to catch my attention!)

FlatBrokeCoed

JasmineEclipse

Ooh La La Nails

Inconformistafashionista

Thanks for reading!

❤ With Love

Hebrews 11:1

No Makeup November!

Happy November, everybody!

I am pleased to announce that this is my first “No Makeup” day! As a result, I was actually early to my first class for the first time in a long time. I’m already reaping the benefits!

Last night I had a choir concert and applied tons of makeup, sort of as a last hurrah before November.

Post-Choir concert Kelsey

Post-Choir concert Kelsey

I’ve been researching other organizations that use No Makeup November to make important statements. The one I mentioned last time is Rave Ministries, which stand for a super good cause. They are using this month to fight against the lies that western culture tells us:

We are not good enough.
Our worth lies in our physical appearance. 
We must be skinnier and prettier.

I love the message that Rave Ministries wants to spread. Please check out their page, it’s great.

I found another one today that spreads another very important message. There is a non profit organization called No Makeup November that uses this time to raise awareness about sex trafficking. Please check out their page, you can even make donations to support the cause!

Personally, I am using this month as an opportunity for growth. I’m sick of shallowly finding my identity in how I look or how pretty I feel. Maybe this month will change that. Maybe not. I’m sure I’ll learn something that will make me a better person during this time.

Anywho, this is how I look today.

How cool do I look because I'm sitting in a coffee shop?

How cool do I look because I’m sitting in a coffee shop?

Hopefully, this will motivate you to go makeup-less for a day! If you do, and you want me to share it on my blog, you can e-mail me your picture at kmmcfarland@yahoo.com.

With Love ❤

Hebrews 11:1