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Clean your makeup brushes in a simple way

How_to_clean_your_makeup_brushes
How_to_clean_your_makeup_brushes

Clean your makeup brushes in a simple way

So you are done with the household chores? Your kitchen is cleaned, dishes are away, floors are shiny and now you are going to put time on the fun stuff?  If you are like me, I like to dedicate time to my hobbies and my makeup brushes need love, too!! Let me share a quick but more importantly, effective way to give your brushes a fresh and clean treatment.

All you need is olive oil, a gentle dishwasher soap, a couple of bowls and water.  Note: do not use hot water.  Hot water may affect the stickiness  of the glue that holds the bristles to the handles and can cause them to shed.  Also, note: all these suggestions and products are better for non-expensive brushes.  Most brands sell makeup brushes cleaners, so please keep that in mind if you baby your brushes .

Olive oil, the extra virgin kind, will help with softening up the residue of makeup, skin oils and dirt that could have built over time. Gentle dishwasher will break down the residue of the olive oil and remaining dirt.  I bought olive oil in a spray. You can also pour some in an empty and clean spray bottle.  Or pour a little oil in a bowl and swirl your brush on it until you see the oil changing colors.  For the dishwater soap, same concept: swirl and watch until it looks clear.  Then rinse and rinse well so to make sure that there are no residues.

The drying part is the easy part.  Once they are clean, gently remove the excess water and place them on a clean drying-mat or towel and roll them inside of it.  At some point, let them air dry. Drying time would vary depending on the temperature of the room where they are located but usually overnight is a good time to wait. Don’t dry them standing up. Water may affect the glue and loosen the bristles. 

How does this sound? Do you clean your brushes often? Do you use special remover or just whatever you can find? Let me know. Also, if you have any other ideas, I will love to hear from you!

xo Kathia
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On Wednesdays We Shop – Products Review

Chanel Review
Chanel Review

On Wednesdays We Shop – Products Review

Have been meaning to share Part A of my (morning) routine.  I call it Part A since I don’t use these products every day.  I am a firm believer on area treatment and that routines should vary depending on your current needs and progress. I do try to give the products, at least 4 weeks to decide if they are great for me or not, but skin, like anything else will adjust to those products over time and they may not do for your skin, what they are supposed to.  The only two items, that I don’t move around are my melasma fading cream and SPF.  Those are non-negotiable for obvious reasons. 

Also, I try to only post what works for me, meaning that they have already passed the 4 weeks test. Stay tuned for Part B and even C and of course what I use for my nightly routines.

  1. Step 1: Clean – Currently loving Youth to the People Kale + Green Tea, Spinach Vitamins Superfood Cleanser 

From their website: “Our powerful, but gentle daily face wash is formulated with cold-pressed antioxidants – kale, spinach, and green tea – to give your skin the ultimate cleanse. It works effectively to prevent buildup in pores, remove makeup, and balance pH without drying or stripping. This is the green juice cleanse for your face.”

My opinion:  It is light and it does clean well.  Very light fragrance and works great for lazy nights when I don’t want to remove my makeup with creams, so I go straight to YTP.

  1. Caudalie Concentrated Brightening Essence 

From their website:  Benefits : Visibly restores radiance and luminosity. Evens the look of skin tone. Moisturizes the skin

Formula :98% ingredients of natural origin. Oil-free formula and as with all Caudalie products, no parabens, phenoxyethanol, phthalates, mineral oils or animal-derived ingredients are used.

My opinion: Since I don’t use tonic in the morning, I replace that step with this essence.  Love the fragrance and how it wakes my face up and prepares it for moisturizing. After I use it (applying drops directly to the face with my bare hands) not with cotton balls since I think that it wastes product, my skin looks shiny with added softness.  Because of this, I am considering the whole line of Caudalie products.

        3.  Regarding the Chanel Hydra Beauty Camellia Water Cream and the Chanel Essentiel – SPF 50.  I stick to them because my face loves them.  It is amazing how both products are fast absorbed by my skin so there is no lingering product or white cast, prior to makeup application.

     4.  Eye Cream is Chanel Le Lift Eye Cream.  

From their website: “a delicate eye cream that delivers a combination of nature and efficacy for a smoother more youthful and radiant appearance.  83% of its ingredients are natural products.”

My opinion:  it is worth the shot and the price.  I bought it based on reviews and the fact that it is sold-out in some places.  Not disappointed.  I never knew how much my eyes needed a great eye-cream, until I started using Le Lift.

I have been fascinated with Chanel products and this one was a no-brainer addition because I am constantly looking for a fabulous eye cream.  I went from only night time use to twice a day because this great product does everything for my eyes that I need. 

For your convenience, I linked these beauties below. I’d love it if you leave me a message about this review and what you currently using! As usual, looking forward to your comments!

xo Kathia
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Embracing My Melasma

I love my melasma
I love my melasma

Embracing My Melasma

Hydroquinone (HQ) is not a permanent solution to treat melasma. After you stop using it, the spots will come back. Certain strength of HQ may be too much for our skin to bear and expecting it to work miracuously and make melasma disappear, is putting too much faith on a product that has to be used with caution. And let’s not forget the fact that it is not a safe product because its side effects are damaging to the skin to the point that it is considered a prohibited substance in several countries.

When I used it, I got positive results and although the dark spots faded, eventually my melasma reappeared. When I stopped using it for almost a year, I dedicated myself to using gentle products and slowly, I saw a difference, which is not much, but it has been effective and lasted longer. As we know, melasma is mostly hereditary and it is a symptom of hormonal disbalance and inflammation so as I get more seasoned (pretty word for older), I have discovered that my melasma spots are very slowly fading. I have spent lot of time learning my own skin and invested in basic non-abrasive ingredients, regular exfoliation, dermaplaning, microneedling, religious use of sunscreen, and lately, tranexamic acid, and finally, I am seeing a difference. More importantly, my 53 years old skin, is at its best. Most products, which promise the cure, cause stress to our skin and make it worse.

There is no miracle. This is an endurance race, there should not be any rush. It is not easy to accept this, but in our desperation, we are making companies very rich, but not seeing concrete results. I have stopped doing so, I rather put my money in a savings account so I can treat myself to something special. You are beautiful and you know what else? Most of our immediate circle (the ones who matter) don’t care about our spots, they care about us being happy and most importantly, healthy.  They think we are beautiful because we really are. I am going to leave you with this: I love myself, melasma at all. I hope that you do, too!! 

xo Kathia
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May Is Self-Love Month

Self Love Month
Self Love Month

May Is Self-Love Month

Hello Fellow Plannerista:

I am writing this post with lots of excitement since the content is a cause that is very close to my heart and because of that, I wanted to release a kit of pretty stickers called Self-Love, that you can use to create and celebrate awareness and to share some of the things that I have found out about my own mental health and being in the now. When I found out that May is Mental Health Awareness Month, I jumped into action to work on something that I have been meaning to do for a while. Besides the usual fun part of the post, I wanted to share information that could be useful and can come handy and if combined with the practice of planning, it can be beneficial for you or a loved one. Statistics show that 1 in 5 adults in the United States experience mental illness in a given year. *Source: April 2018 Edition of Shape Magazine.

Allow me to share a little about my own diagnostic, with the warning that I am not a doctor, nor an expert and that everything that I am sharing here has to do with my own experiences and my attempt to fight a mental condition that was debilitating who I was and was affecting every single aspect of my life. See, I was diagnosed with Depression and Anxiety and was told that I had to be on medications for the rest of my life. The details of how I found out about my diagnosis and the path that I had to go through to get there are not relevant for this post, although I can assure you that they were not pretty and by no means, easy. It was rough and sad, lonely and extremely confusing because I did not know what was wrong and how bad I was affected. Me, I was bubbly and happy (or so I thought) with a strong family support and successful and hard worker but there was something not quite clicking, and I had no idea what it was.

Meds were changing my personality and I was showing symptoms of Manic/Depression which is a very common occurrence when you take mood enhancing meds, so I was literally “faking” my behavior to cure one thing. I was not happy with that, either. So one day, I made the decision that what was lacking in my life was a purpose, a goal, a PLAN. So I started planning. Planning going to the gym, then planning my meals, then planning my workouts. I became a gymrat and was seeing awesome results and with that a total transformation of who I was and more importantly, whom I was allowing near me. I became very aware of my surroundings and by a process of elimination, got rid of everything, anything and EVERYONE that was not making me happy. I purged clothes, things, situations and “friends”.

Literally, by simplifying my life of what I did not need, I took care of my mental issues and started seeing how those dramatic moves made room for new opportunities, I started allowing the good in my life and shed a lot of the negative and the bad. Without knowing it, I created a radar that can detect anything drama and I make clear and conscious choices to separate from that. Today, I am in the best relationship that I could have ever dreamt. I love who I see in the mirror every day because that person battled the battles to save me from a downward spiral that was paralyzing me from functioning and enjoying the happy life that I was meant to live.

Before I make this too long, I wanted to remind you that you must make time for yourself and the things that matter the most. You must take care of yourself first, you must allow yourself to be picky with whom you allow near you, you are valuable and unique, and you should always put yourself first. Once you realize that the years ahead of you should be surrounded with quality and most importantly, peace and that you are in charge of bringing that peace to yourself, you should start planning how to put those wheels in motion to recreate your best live ever.

I hope you enjoy my post and please, please share your thoughts on this post, on the stickers or even your own experiences, I would love to hear from you!