4.11.2016 – Clean Brushes

I’ve been wanting to write this post for several months but just couldn’t figure out the best way to go about it. Well, today when I went to clean my brushes I thought… let’s just do it! PS. Excuse my kitchen, it’s a work in progress! 🙂

About every other weekend I TRY to make time to clean my brushes. Now, it doesn’t always work out that way and lately I have been super busy so today I told myself that regardless of what else I thought was more important this had to take priority! So, here is my favorite way to keep my brushes clean!

Brush Wash

Step 1:  you are going to need a few household items.

  1. Dawn Dish Soap
  2. Small/Dessert size plate
  3. Warm Water
  4. Dish Sized Towel

Now, I use the same towel(s) each time so as you will see they are dingy from years of makeup. My recommendation is to just grab a cheap package and use them only for this so that you won’t care if they start to look grungy.

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Step 2: Drizzle a little of the Dawn Dish Soap on your plate. (a little goes a long way!) Then add a little bit of your warm water. I add just enough to fill the devout of my plate.

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Step 3: Swirl your dirty brush around in soapy water in circular motions until the water is full of the makeup that was filling your bush. For the liquid makeup brushes, you may need to dump your plate and repeat step 2 & 3 again;  I generally will for my foundation brushes.

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This is after one round of Step 3.

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Step 4: Once I feel like I’ve gotten my brush nice and clean, I will swirl my brush in a glass of warm water to get all the soap out. Just rapidly swirl it around like you’re mixing a drink. If it is a larger brush sometimes running it under running warm water is better. After this step I just lay aside on a towel until I am finished with all brushes.

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Step 5: Once I’m finished with all my brushes I will start rolling them up in my clean towel.

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I always alternate directions with each new brush.

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Step 6: Once I have all my brushes all rolled up, I will set them aside and let them dry over night.

That’s all! It’s super easy, affordable, and only takes me about 15 minutes.

What’s your favorite way to clean your bushes?

Until Next Time!

Xoxo – H



4.4.2016 – 30 Before 30 -Update



I think it’s time for an update. Back in July, I posted by 30 Before 30 list. I’ve been crossing things off but the more I’ve dived into it, I’ve also realized that there were a few things that needed to be updated. So, I’m going to change a few things, and cross off a few things! Like I said in the beginning… this isn’t a pass or fail list — just a fun thing to do!

>> BECOME A CERTIFIED PAYROLL PROFESSIONAL (Studied, took the test but came with in just a few points of passing.)




>> RAISE $10K FOR THE CYSTIC FIBROSIS FOUNDATION (It was actually about $11K!!)


>> READ 12 BOOKS. This seems silly to some, and like a low number. But I had stopped making the time!

>> BE SPONTANEOUS I’m crossing this one off, only because I’m getting so much better at allowing myself to be spontaneous. For those that know me personally. You know that I’m slightly OCD, and I like things to be planned out. This is still and on going process, but I’m proud of the progress!





>> ROAD TRIP WITH DANI So, it might not have been the trip that we had in mind… BUT- after my cousin/best friend received her double lung transplant in 2014 we learned that nothing goes the way you plan and sometimes you just have to roll with the punches. This weekend, we had a mini road trip to Tulsa (Jenks) and went to to the Oklahoma Aquarium! It was amazing!


>> WATCH FRIENDS FROM BEGINNING TO END. Ah, this was so much fun and nostalgic.



>> WRITE IN A JOURNAL AT LEAST ONCE A WEEK FOR A YEAR. (I’ve been doing this almost once a week, but the year isn’t up!)


>> TRAVEL WHENEVER/WHEREVER POSSIBLE. – I changed the original, Learn to play piano to my New Years Resolution this year. To travel, no matter how small the trip might seem. If it was a small weekend trip, or a big week trip. Just to get out, and go! Stop making excuses! This is still in progress, I’ll let you know later in the year how I did. So far, so good!

>> TAKE MORE PICTURES. – This was to start the process of going back to school. I did a lot of soul searching last year and have decided that going back to school, at least right now in my life just isn’t what I want to do. I love my job and I just want to focus on getting certifications to better my profession and maybe I will look closer at school later down the road. I just want to be ready and focused so that I’m in a great place to be successful.

>> GO WINE TASTING. Chocolate Box, Seattle, WA. 5.6.2016 (And beer tasting at The Pike Brewing Company)

>> TAKE ONE TRIP ALONE. SOME WHERE I CHOOSE, SIMPLY BECAUSE I WANT TO. – This was to learn to edit videos, but this one is something that I really want to do. There are so many places that I want to go/see. I want to stop making the excuse that I don’t have someone to go with me or schedules do line up. So, I’m going to make the plunge and just go somewhere for a weekend alone, and explore.

>> FINISH DECORATING MY HOUSE. – Slowly but surly getting closer to crossing this one off, one room at a time!


>> TRAVEL OUTSIDE OF THE USA. Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. March 2016!

>> ATTEND A MUSIC FESTIVAL OF MY CHOICE. – I’m thinking about going to Stagecoach next May out in California. My good friend Brandy is slowly talking me into it!

>> SEND MORE LETTERS/POST CARDS. I’ve been sending them to my friends who live further away.  But, I would like to get even better about sending them to even my friend who live right here.

>> WORRY LESS. – This one is still a work in progress. 🙂

>> MAKE NEW FRIENDS. I’ve made some wonderful friends since making this list, but there is always room to make wonderful friends or reconnect with old ones.

Until Next Time

Xoxo H