Saturday, February 20, 2016

How to Clean Your Make-Up Brushes

Cleaning make-up brushes can be a boring chore but it is the necessary evil in our lives. You would be surprised how many people use their brushes with a concrete like deposit of products and bacteria because they NEVER cleaned them.

For those of you who don’t wash your brushes regularly this is the time for a change. Every time you use your brush on your face it swipes and stores between the hairs some of the bacteria that physiologically inhabit your face. Between uses it festers and next time you will use the brush, you will be spreading foundation with bacteria on your face. It is a vicious cycle that eventually leads to red spots, pimples, blackheads and oily skin.

Eye brushes are not that much of a problem but they should be cleaned regularly because eventually product builds up and besides being unsanitary, dirty brushes affect directly the quality of your make-up.
A make-up brush solution can be used after every use but I prefer to wash my brushes the old fashion way with soap or shampoo every other day or once a week depending how often I use them.

So let’s get into the serious business:
       1.   Take a brush and put it under lukewarm tap water. (Tip: Keep the brush with the wooden handle up and hairs down because water can ruin the gluing of the hairs)
       2.   Apply shampoo/liquid soap/soap to your brush. I use natural handmade soap but any product will do it.
       3.    Gently rub the hairs with your fingers and swirl the brush around the palm of your hand.
       4.   Optional: Add some olive oil. This will leave the brush softer and it will last more over the years.
       5.    Let the brushes dry on a washcloth on an inclined plane (for the same reason from 1st step)
       6.   Admire your shiny clean brushes. (Yes, this is very important!) 

    Leave a comment if this was helpful and please tell me if you have noticed any improvement on your face after using clean brushes.



Thursday, February 18, 2016


Nivea Sensitive Aftershave Balm is all the hype these days on YouTube but not for the purpose it has been created. According to Nikkie Tutorials it is supposedly a very good primer aka foundation base.
I decided to try it and tell you if it is worth the money. It is cheaper than a drugstore primer so if this works it will definitely be on my TO BUY list from now on. I have compared it with my L’OrĂ©al primer and this is what happened:

What do you think? Would you use the Nivea aftershave balm as a primer?


Sunday, February 14, 2016

Today's star: The Boar Bristle Brush.

Why Choose a Boar Bristle Brush?

Besides feeling like a pretty lady from the Victorian era, your hair can have a lot of benefits. 
-         The natural boar hair stretches your natural scalp oils from the roots of your hair to most of its length. Thus the greasy appearance is tempered and your hair looks fresh and it is healthier. The natural oils your scalp produces are for protecting your hair. The brush just evens the oil levels.
-         It increases the blood flow through your scalp by massaging it. The blood nurtures the hair follicles and prevents you from hair loss.
-         It cleans your hair. You don’t have to believe me! Just look what is left on a brush after you use it. You will be amazed.
-         No more static hair. Because it doesn’t have synthetic hair in it this brush won’t electrify your hair.
-         It ads shine to your hair.
-    You can use it for hair styling.

How to Clean your Boar Bristle Brush?

My method: 
You will need: A bowl, shampoo or grated natural soap.
First take down the hair from the brush as much as you can. Sometimes I like to vacuum it with the vacuum cleaner because it is easier this way.
Leave the brush with the hairs down in the soapy water but keep the wooden part away from water. Water damages wood. Most boar bristle brushes have a wooden pad and a wooden handle.
Leave the brush with hairs down to dry and that’s all!

The Wooden Brush: Boar Bristle Brush’s Best friend

In my hair beauty routine I first untangle my hair with a wooden brush. It keeps me away from static hair because it is made from wood and massages my scalp. It feels pretty relaxing.
It is easy to clean. I just take down the hair from the brush and that’s all. It is easier to clean than the boar brush because its pins are wider set apart one from each other.

I really, really want to know how take care of your hair and any tips and tricks for a better hair brushing experience. Please leave a comment to this article. I’d love to hear from you.


Emelle XOXO

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Why Fluoride in Your Toothpaste is Bad for You

Fluorapatite is a mineral found in our teeth. Hence the idea that we need added fluoride in toothpaste to have strong and white teeth. People have had good teeth before fluoride was added in toothpaste approximately 100 years ago. Just google “perfect teeth of prehistoric people”. The idea is that you can get your daily dose of fluoride from food and green tea. Yes, green tea is super rich in fluoride.

Fluoride is already added to some areas in the water supply. Adding this to the fluoride ingested when we brush our teeth we have quite a lot of this substance in our systems. This can lead in years to dental and bone fluorosis which can be seen on a x-ray and it’s a pretty serious condition.
Fluoride builds up over time in your pineal gland which is situated between your cerebral hemispheres. The calcification of this little but vital gland can produce altered sleep-wake cycles and behavioral changes. The pineal gland is the key to the spiritual world and the fluoride keeps it calcified thus making humans less spiritual and evolved beings.

Natural toothpaste solutions are all the rage these days. You can find a lot of alternatives just a click away. I personally use a clay toothpaste bought from an organic shop. I still use other products that may contain shady compounds. I am not a vegan-raw addicted but I try to introduce small positive changes like this one in my life. It’s all about finding what works the best for you.