Use these 5 household items to clean your makeup brushes

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The tools used to apply makeup are as important as your skin care products and they should be properly cared for.
Most ladies often neglect the hygienic aspect of their makeup tools but rather focus on the quality of their makeup products.

Thanks to the new trend, powder puffs are becoming history with the introduction of makeup brushes. Since makeup brushes are a great investment for women who want to apply beauty products flawlessly, they need to be kept clean. Just like any other tool, makeup brush needs to be properly maintained.

Cleaning your makeup brushes regularly is important, not just because you want it to last long longer. It also stops the spread of bacteria, which can lead to blemishes and breakouts. Many beauty brands have formulated brush mats and cleaners but they aren’t anywhere near cheap.

You have nothing to worry about, there are effective and cheap ways to clean your makeup brushes. In today’s article, we’ll be sharing some household items that you can use to clean your makeup brushes.

1. Dish-washing liquid soap

Liquid soap is quite harsh which makes it a perfect product for cleaning your makeup brushes. All you need to do is pour a little liquid soap on top of the sponge and then rub your brush against the surface. Then, rinse with lukewarm water. Wipe the brush with a towel to remove any leftover debris and lay your brushes flat to dry.

2. Olive oil

Olive oil cleans makeup brushes adequately [Credit: North America oil association]

North America olive oil association

Olive oil is a great way to not only clean smaller brushes but also to condition the bristles. Just dip your brushes in olive oil. Rub them against a sponge and you’ll start to see all those caked-up pieces of product come off.

3. Bar soap

How to follow your passion and live in flow.
7 Steps to Living Your Life With Purpose

4. Feel the fear and take the first step anyway.

If you don’t wake up excited to start your day, rip off the bandaid. Make a change or start taking action. While maintaining alignment will take practice, you don’t have to work forever to get there.

The unknown is scary. We feel safe and comfortable with how things have always been. Fear is part of us and will always be there, but it can’t rule you unless you let it; so take action toward your goals anyway. You don’t have to know how or feel ready or worthy.

When I finally realized I wasn’t doing my soul work after struggling for years, I moved across the world to start over with my family. With almost no money, I gave myself no choice but to succeed by following my passion for helping others. It paid off, and I never looked back. While your path might not be as extreme, you do have to take the first step.

5. Rethink your to-do list.

Time is precious and you should value how you spend it. If you don’t decide what matters in advance, you’ll spend it all doing things that aren’t moving you forward. I constantly outline my goals and dreams in a document called “Creating the life I want.” I make sure I set those goals for myself (not others), identify the actions that will get me there, and schedule them each week.

Fast forward to a year from now when you’re living on purpose. Does the stuff on your to-do list today matter? Is that how you got there? Review the items on your list and either delete them, do them, or delegate them. Sometimes it’s worth paying someone else to do things so that you can focus on what really matters: the tasks that will get you where you want to go if you do them every day.

If you don’t care enough about a goal to take regular action toward it, it might not matter as much as you think it does. But if you want it badly enough, you’ll suck it up and do the work.

6. Check in with yourself daily.

Before you get out of bed in the morning, ask yourself what is important today. What would make you sleep well tonight? Most of the things we do all day disconnect us from ourselves, so practice tuning in. Just sit or journal whatever needs to come out for 15 minutes. Let go and ignore the outside world — even if you have to start by just noticing the world you created for yourself.

Before you make decisions or take action, ask yourself: Do I want to do this? Does this feel right? Am I excited about this? Make this a daily practice by setting reminders to check in; otherwise you’ll slip into old patterns.

7. Recognize that you have everything you need.

This may be uncomfortable at first, and it will still feel like work sometimes. But when you’re working toward the right thing, it’s worth it. You can either choose to deny yourself or say yes to your heart and soul, but you choose what you get in life. Do the work today to create the tomorrow of your dreams.

If you trust that it will work out, it will. Don’t worry if you don’t get the outcome you want today. Success takes time, which is why most people give up. You’ll never look back and think “I spent too much time being me”; so keep going. It’s impossible to fail at being you.

You have everything you need. You will become who you are meant to be when you realize who you already are.

‘Superstore’s’ Lauren Ash Made A New Year’s Resolution ‘To Not Speak Negatively About My Body’

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Lauren Ash Made Body Positive Resolution
Superstore star Lauren Ash is getting a jump on New Year’s resolutions with a body positive plan already underway.

The 36-year-old actress totally changed up her mindset this year. “I just made a choice. My New Years resolution this year was to not speak negatively about my body to myself or to anyone else,” Lauren told Us Weekly  . “Its really been a mindset thats been really positive for me, and I think that as women, especially, were very hard on ourselves. Trying to change that narrative and focusing on the things that you like is a really powerful tool.”

Lauren has previously been open about her polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and shared her experience with Women’s Health . “For years Id been having pain, skin issues, irregular periods, severe PMS, and other worrying symptoms, but it wasnt until I gained 30 pounds in six months (without any change in my diet or exercise habits) that I finally acknowledged something was really wrong and made an appointment to see the doctor,” she said. Lauren underwent surgery in 2016 to remove one of the larger cysts and discovered many more twisting her insides and causing pain.

Though a sweat session often makes Lauren feel like she wants to take a nap, she realized it’s important for “staying healthy throughout my life.” She partnered with her friend and personal trainer Alicia Todisco . “She makes it fun by changing up my routine constantly (we mix circuit training with strength training), and it keeps me accountable because I love hanging out with her.”

She also created the Instagram account PCOS Sisterhood to share her experiences and a community for women dealing with this issue. “It’s been life-changing,” she told Women’s Health . “Today, my PCOS is under control, and I’m feeling much more stable, but I’ve still got some serious scars from my experience.”

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