Spring Cleaning: How to Clean & Care for Your Makeup Brushes

Brushing Up

Spring Cleaning: How to Clean Your Makeup Brushes

Hello Beauties! This week we’re going to be talking about all the various ways us gals can spruce up a little here and there in order to start the spring season off right! So lets commence the cleaning with some basic steps for caring for those sometimes messy makeup brushes! Keeping your brushes nice and clean is essential for applying a flawless face, maintaining a clear complexion and protecting those delicate utensils. Not caring for your tools can leave them coated with leftover makeup, oil and even bacteria which can not only cause major breakouts but essentially destroy them, yikes! However, with the right regime, it is possible to make the most of these investments! All the brushes pictured below are all my cherished Trish McEvoy brushes, that with proper care, I have owned for almost 8 years! So here are our step by step tips towards preserving beautiful bristles that leave nothing but clear complexions!

A Day-to-Day Clean!

 After all their hard work, be sure to give your brushes some well deserved love! By spritzing a bottle of brush cleaner (our fave is Essence of Beauty) onto a paper towel and softly sweeping the bristles over the solution, you will remove that leftover foundation and blush. By purchasing a bottle of brush cleaner from your local CVS (Essence of Beauty is only $5.00!) and performing this daily process, you will eliminate a faster build up of past makeup, its leftover germs and provides a fresh tool for a fresh application!


A Monthly Cleanse

While that daily spritz of brush cleaner removes the remnants of your daily use, those tools still need an extra step of TLC! Once a month your brushes should be given a nice thorough cleanse to refresh and renew them back to tip top shape. So grab yourself any antibacterial hand soap, a brush shampoo or even a mild shampoo like Johnson & Johnson baby shampoo, and lets wash those troubles away!

  1. Wet the bristles of your brush and then begin to gently massage them in a dollop of soap. Sweep the brush back and forth across your palm to break up the deep build up.

  1. After a few minutes place the bristles under the running water and massage the soap out. You will quickly see the pigments of the excess makeup that were hidden deep within the brush that are now being washed out! Continue this motion until you don’t notice as much pigmentation rinsing out, then begin to gently wring the bristles to remove the excess soap.

  1. After they are thoroughly cleansed, remove the brush from the running water and continue to gently wring the bristles dry. 

  1. Finally, lay your damp brushes flat out to dry (on a paper towel). Be sure never to place them upwards to dry, this can cause the excess water will drip down and loosen the glue connecting the ferrule (the metal part!) and hairs of the brush, ultimately causing them to weaken and fall apart! 

And you’re all done, hooray! By remembering these simple rule, reshaping your brushes and treating them with gentle care, you’re sure to have tidy tools that are ready to put your best face forward for many springs to come!

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Product Spotlight: Stila Stay All Day 10-in-1 HD Bronzing Beauty Balm

Bronzed Beauties

Product Spotlight: Stila’s Stay All Day Bronzing Beauty Balm

Hello Beauties and Happy Friday! So recently at the boutique we have been completely obsessing over a new addition to Stila’s Stay All Day family, and believe us, it’s the perfect beauty accessory for S/S ‘13! As if we couldn’t love the super product that is the Stay All Day 10-in-1 HD Beauty Balm any more, Stila has now come out with a product that no beach beauty could resist! Introducing Stila’s Stay All Day 10-in-1 HD Bronzing Beauty Balm! This bronzing balm has recently arrived at the boutique and we’re already hooked! Can you say hello gorgeous sun-kissed glow? This product works exactly like the original BB Cream, however it now provides a healthy, subtle and stunning tint of color on top of its 10 beautiful benefits! Lightweight, easy and effortless, with just a simple layer, this beauty balm creates a flawless and warm canvas that can be worn alone or with foundation applied over, for those gals who like that extra bit of coverage! But what really makes this product already a summer staple is its amazing protection! Having fun in the sun is what this bronzing bb cream is all about, but reassures this with its broad spectrum SPF 30! While we’re all for looking primped, prepped and pretty, even for a beach day, protecting our skin is of utmost importance! And this bronzing balm has got our back this summer as it helps us prevent sunburn and won’t instantly sweat off in the heat or water with its 80 min water resistant formula! So if you’re searching for that pre-summer glow, a spring break must take or a beach bag essential, then look no further…this is beauty balm is the bomb (wink, wink)!

 Stila Stay All Day 10-in-1 HD Bronzing Beauty Balm

Available at the Boutique!!!


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Our Spring Style & Fashion Favorites

April Showers…

Our Spring Style & Fashion Favorites!


You know what they say beauties, april showers bring fashion flowers…well we do anyway! We’re so excited that the sun is finally shining, the birds are chirping and our spring fashion is in full bloom! Spring ushers in a time for fashion that is fresh, flirty and full of life! There are so many trends to choose from for Spring 2013, so we decided to show you a little bit of everything we’re loving! Here are our favorite fashion finds we can’t wait to sport this season!


Floral Fashion

Ted Baker London Print Fit & Flare Dress


Peep Peep…Peep-Toe Pumps

Rebecca Minkoff ‘Ellie’ Heels in Cactus



Stunning Statement Necklaces

Necklace by – Aquinnah Jewelry

Available at the Boutique!!!



Pretty Patterns

Cynthia Steffe ‘Lucy’ Print Sheath Dress


Flower Child

Ban.do Pom Pom Flower

Available at the Boutique Soon!!!


Work the Wedges

Kate Spade ‘Carmelita’ Heel



Light Bright

Madewell Neon Pencil Skirt


Colorful Arm Candy

Aquinnah Prayer Bracelets

Available at the Boutique!!!


Shady Lady

Kate Spade ‘Dellas” Sunglasses


It’s Black & White

Ban.do Color Block Shoe Clips

Available at the Boutique!!!






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Our Spring Skin Secrets

We’ve Got Some Secrets to Tell!

Our Spring Skin Secrets

Gather round beauties because we’ve got some spring secrets to spill! Today on the blog we’re dishing on our favorite spring skin secrets for all you blooming beauties! This spring we’re determined to scrub away those dull winter layers and reveal that radiant and gorgeously glowing complexion just waiting to be seen! So get ready to gossip beauties and spread the word as we work towards putting our best face forward this spring and letting our skin really shine (minus the oil)! Have any good spring secrets you want to spill…do tell!!

1. A Carrot Craving  



Forget what you put on your face; let’s start with what you put in your body! Our first spring skin secret is found in none other than a nice tall glass of carrot juice, yummy! These orange vegetables are an excellent source of vitamin A, nutrients and ample amounts of antioxidants that do wonders for your skin (not turn it orange!) Carrot juice not only is refreshing and delicious, but it feeds the body the nutrients and antioxidants needed to protect and regenerate your skin, making it even and glowing. Carrots also have a part in cleansing the liver, which helps the skin look and feel its best!


2. Skin Aglow


Get ready to wake your skin up this spring with the help of our second skin secret! The Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask is our scrubbing secret for skin to glow with all its might! This mask gets the job done every time as it gently penetrates the pores, removing toxins and always leaves the skin refreshed and radiant! By using this gentle and effective scrub beauties, you will not only erase winter damage and dullness, but will provide a deep clean and continue to remove dead skin cells. Get ready to gleam this spring with this effective and luxurious exfoliant!

Available at our Boutiquerie!!!


3. Don’t Be Afraid to Tone


There are many misconceptions when it comes using a toner to cleanse the skin. Between the strong stench and burning tingle many toners out there cause, it leads gals into believing it must be cleaning their skin, when actually its doing more harm than good! But don’t fret beauties because a proper toner is in fact very beneficial for your skin and is our third skin secret! Zen Society’s Elder Berry Toner puts good back into your skin, rather striping it away! This gentle cleanser is formulated from natural herbs as well as astringents, antioxidants, vitamins and most importantly is alcohol free! It leaves the skin clean, refreshed and protected as it removes leftover toxins and reduces pore size.

Available at our Boutiquerie!!!

4. Give Yourself a Detox


Our fourth secret for healthy spring skin involves a little bit of pampering with a whole lot of amazing results! A detox facial is the perfect way to revitalize your skin for spring and Vered’s Clarifying Detox Mask is our secret weapon! Formulated with white willow bark and rhassoul clay, this rich mask is able to extract all those hidden impurities deep within your skin leaving it super clean! Giving yourself a little facial weekly will refresh the skin as it rids it of those toxins under your skin and provide a beautiful surface!

Available at our Boutiquerie!!!

5. Be Sure to Open Those Pores!


That’s right! Our final spring skin secret is to open up those pores…before cleansing that is! Open pores are actually very beneficial at the right time. In this case opening them prior to cleansing provides a solution for a better and deeper clean and better absorption of products. Placing a warm, damp towel over your face prior to cleansing will allow the heat to open the pores. Through this process, cleansing will be more effective and more products will be absorbed providing clear and protected skin for spring!

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Our Spring Break Travel Essentials

We All Need A Little Break

Our Spring Break Travel Essentials

Happy Friday my darling beauties! So, it’s that time of year again when we just need a break…a spring break that is! Yes, the time has finally arrived where we can break out those bikinis we’ve been dying to wear and jet off to Tequila Sunrises and Bay Breezes. But before boarding that plane to paradise, we’ve got to make sure we’re all packed and prepared, and and for many of us gals, that can kind of be a nightmare! Between deciding what we should bring to what we THINK we’ll might need, many of us end up overpacking and bring items not needed or ever used! So after much deliberation (and a few past experiences) we’ve come up with our spring break survival guide! Weather you are traveling to far off destinations or to an island in the sun, here are our must have spring break travel essentials that we just can’t leave home without! What are some of your travel essentials? Do Tell…


Kate Spade Signature Spade Punched Small Coal

A trendy and trusty carry on bag is an essential for any trip!



Bikini Beauties Courtesy of Beneath the Gown!

A cute bikini for spring break is a no brainer! Our faves are the flattering, comfortable and ultra chic swimsuits from the local chic lingerie boutique: Beneath the Gown!



Zen Society Rosewater Mist

A perfect refresher + hydrater for the long, dry plane ride and even after some fun in the sun! Your skin will thank you!

Available at our Boutique!!!


 Kai Deodorant

Let’s face it, we all sweat, ESPECIALLY in the heat! A reliable deodorant is a must and the gorgeous signature Kai scent doesn’t hurt either! 

Available at our Boutique!!!


Ban.do Gliteratti Twist Scarf

For times when you want to keep those beautiful beachy waves out of the face and secure, the twist scarf has your back! Perfect for creating a cute little retro headband too! 

Available at our Boutique!!


Stila Sheer Color Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20

Even on vacation, some gals still want some coverage! No worries! Not only does this super lightweight tinted moisturizer provides beautiful coverage but SPF as well, so you can be pretty and protected!

Available at our Boutique!!!


Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm

Skip the messy lip glosses and whatever you do, DO NOT put your favorite lip stick in your beach bag! Instead, get a fresh flush on your lips from a reliable lip balm that will protect and nourish your exposed pout. 


Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Volumizing Mascara

This waterproof mascara wont budge in the water or melt off on those humid nights out on the town!

Available at our Boutique!!! 


The Chronicles of Downton Abbey

 From plane to poolside, a book is one of our favorite ways to really unwind! And since I’m pretty obsessed with everything Downton right now, this book is the perfect read and should hold me over while we anxiously wait for the new season!


J.Crew Midnight Paisley Tunic

Whether walking on the beach or downtown, this beach tunic is lightweight, chic and versatile!


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Jess - Love! Warms up my day on this dreary cold day and gives me hope of the sunny days to come :)

Jess - Love every item on this list!

Jess - Love! everything on this list.

Josie@beneaththegown - Thank you for featuring our bathing suit!