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I know I’ve been MIA on here again. I’m popping on here briefly just to say that I’ll probably be away for a little while longer. I’m going to be really busy in this week coming up (if all goes according to plan anyway) so I figured a quick appearance would be good.

If you don’t know what’s up, I’ll updated you in a few weeks. But also I post on Instagram frequently so you can always get caught up that way.  The short version is I’m most likely be moving on Saturday (if nothing goes wrong tomorrow >.<) and potentially I’ll post Instagram Stories all day.

I don’t have many ideas for posts at this time, but I think once I figure out what’s going on and get settled in I will finally be doing my wig collection since I’ll have the room to do so.

Anyway, in the meantime you can keep up with me on Twitter but mainly Instagram, both are @ softlysaturated.

See you later.

-J

 

Dancing Through Life

Updated Brush Washing Routine

A couple years back I discovered the best way to wash my makeup brushes so I started getting into the habit of cleaning them on a regular basis. Since then, I’ve learned new things and I’ve updated my routine.

Now it’s even easier than before. So I decided to make this post to show you my new and improved routine.

As you can see here, I collect all my brushes that are on deck to be washed in this separate cup so I know which ones I was planning to wash.Brushes-1

First step is to take a little bit of baby shampoo and deposit it into a small dish. Brushes-2I got this plastic one for like 70 cents at Target. Brushes-3I have baby shampoo because it’s gentle for washing synthetic wigs and hair extensions, so I figure it would be just fine for synthetic brushes as well. (All of mine are cheap, synthetic brushes, I don’t buy anything expensive when it comes to makeup) I find that baby shampoo is much milder on the brushes and still gets them clean, so I no longer need to use a dish soap and olive oil.

Then, I wet the brush of choice and dip it into the dish.Brushes-4Brushes-5

Next, I take this super nifty brush egg and use it to scrub the dirt and makeup off. This thing is so cool. KathleenLights  mentioned this thing in her brush washing routine and I can’t believe how awesome it is. I got it on Amazon for less than a dollar, although I think it’s gone up since then. But even still, a couple of bucks for something so useful. It’s like a little wash board for your brush. It really helps get a nice deep clean very quickly.

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Obviously I can’t do this one-handed. I was shooting this by myself so I had to take it like this.

Then, I rinse them off. Here’s the really helpful thing about this brush egg: I had a lot of trouble with not rinsing some of my brushes properly. I’ll come back to check on them in a few hours and realize I’ve left a lot of suds on there. And this really helps with that because you can keep scrubbing under the running water until it comes back with no suds. Then you know it’s finally rinsed! Brushes-7

When they’re all done I put these brush guards over them, leaving a couple inches of room so they can be dried upside down in the cup. I got mine at Icing in the mall, but I see they’re also on Amazon, so I’d suggest getting them from there. Icing always overcharges for stuff.Brushes-9

So I leave them upside down for awhile and I check on them later. If they’re pretty dry I’ll put them back with the others!Brushes-10

Since changing my routine, I’ve saved a lot of time and therefore have started cleaning them as often as I should and I’ve cut down on wasting paper plates, red solo cups, paper towels, and olive oil. And all the things I use can be stored together very neatly. Brushes-12

How often do you wash your brushes? What brush cleaning technique changed your routine?

Thanks for reading. If you liked my post hit follow to geek out with me every week! And you can follow me on Twitter and Instagram at softlysaturated!
♥J

I have four pride bracelets left! Get one before they’re gone! All proceeds will be going to Equality Illinois.

Wet n Wild MegaLast Liquid Lip Color Review + Swatches

Alright, I don’t think I’ve done anything like this on my blog but I’ve been getting a little more into lip products so I thought I’d talk about a recent discovery here.

As I was wandering around CVS one day, picking up a last minute wedding card (last minute, story of my life) I came across the Wet n Wild MegaLast Liquid Lip Color. The lipsticks I use are by Wet n Wild and I’ve always thought they were just okay. I mean, they were good for being 99 cents, but they really didn’t last long. Especially for me, since I have a bad habit of rubbing my lips together and biting them a lot. For that reason, I don’t really wear lipstick all that much anyway.  But I saw these and remembered hearing pretty good things about them. And they were on sale. So I grabbed a couple. Apparently they’re not really found anywhere other than CVS, at least not as far as I’ve been able to tell. Since I don’t really frequent CVS, that’s probably why I’ve never seen them before.

I am obsessed. I’m sure that there’s better ones out there but those were the ones I wanted to try since the price point is phenomenal. And I love them! I now have six shades so those are the ones I’m going to talk about. I went with a pretty decent range of colors, so I don’t necessarily see the need to get any more just yet, but who knows. It’s not like they’re terribly expensive. But these are the ones I have right now so they’re the ones I’ll swatch and talk about.

First off, let me just talk about them as a group. The application is just like a lip gloss, which might turn most people away but I like it. It actually gives me more control. It feels really glossy at first but it dries pretty quickly and then it looks beautiful! The only problem I’ve had so far is when you try to touch them up they can get kind of clumpy. You really have to work it out and be careful.  Other than that, they last a long time without having to touch them up, and they don’t smudge off. I was super excited when I gave Grizz a big kiss on the cheek and it didn’t rub off!

So next, the shades.

First up is “Raisin the Roof.” Megalast-2

This one is my darkest shade and it has a slight shimmer to it. It looks like a dark red in the tube, but I guess by the title it’s supposed to be like a raisin color, so maybe a dark purple? That’s not really what it looks like to me when I wear it, but it does show through in the swatch.  I really like this one. I was going for a rock star look last weekend so I paired it with a deep smokey eye and it looked stunning!

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The next one is “Cherry on Top”Megalast-4

and as you could probably guess, it’s a bright cherry red. It’s definitely one that’s only good with specific looks, but it’s really pretty.Megalast-5

Next, I got “Red My Mind”Megalast-6

because I really love to do a very natural face with a classic red lip once in awhile.  Something about it looks really fresh and classic. There’s nothing much to say about this shade other than it’s perfect for that. The swatches of “Cherry on Top” and “Red My Mind” look pretty similar, but “Cherry on Top” is definitely more vibrant on my lip.  “Red My Mind” just looks way more classic. Megalast-7

Now for my favorite, “Pocketful of Roses.”Megalast-8

This one is just a very nice pink. It’s not a nude or natural sort of pink, it has a little bit of a pop but it’s still super subtle. I actually ended up wearing this one to the wedding I was talking about. And for most makeup looks, I find myself reaching for that one the most because it’s just so perfect for almost everything.Megalast-9

Okay, so on to “Click on My Hyperpink”Megalast-10

This is a really bold pink, really bold. I think it’s just something nice to have in the collection in case you want a bold look. The swatch and the tube color remind me of “Pink Ice” from their dollar collection which was my favorite shade from there, but when I wear it on my lip it is WAY more bold. I’ll probably save this for a super specific occasion, it’s honestly a bit much.

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This one is “Pink Perfection”Megalast-12

and it’s a very nude pink. It’s very, very sheer and has a nice shimmer to it. I really like this when I want a bold eye look so I don’t want my lips to be doing too much. This is definitely something that can be used for a nice every day look as well.Megalast-13

All in all, I find these to be wonderful for the price point, which I believe was around $3 a tube, maybe less. They were buy 2 get 1 free at CVS when I first picked them up which really made them worth it for me. I think some shades are a little harder to work with than others, so I will say to watch out for that. Like, when I was saying they can get kind of clumpy when you reapply, I feel that was more true for “Pink Perfection” and “Click On My Hyperpink” than the others. I’m not sure why that is. I feel that may be a dealbreaker for some people but it didn’t really bother me, it just meant I had to take an extra second to make sure I smooth it out nicely. So, despite all that, this was actually a game changer in my makeup routine because it really made me want to actually wear lip color!

Do you have these Megalast Liquid Lipsticks? What’s your favorite shade? What’s one makeup item that completely changed the game for you?

Thanks for reading. If you liked my post hit follow to geek out with me every week! And you can follow me on Twitter and Instagram at softlysaturated!
♥J

I have six pride bracelets available! Get one here! 

 

Pride Bracelets

I had a couple different ideas for a post in mind, but I wanted to do this instead. I’ll work on the other ones throughout next week, as I’m off work for a little while.

I was feeling really upset over the news about what happened at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando. But instead of sitting there posting about how sad I was that this happened, I really wanted to do something about it. It was one thing to try and make a donation to the victims and their families, and that’s absolutely wonderful for those that did. They really need it, so I’m not saying we shouldn’t donate to that, by any means.

But I wanted to do something for the bigger picture. I want to donate to somewhere that will fight for equality.  I decided to make rainbow bracelets to sell and donate all the proceeds to Equality Illinois  which does just that. I was able to make a bunch and sell them to my friends. And now we’ve raised $65 for the cause. I still have 7 more left and I really want to sell them all! So, if you’re interested in helping the cause and getting a cute bracelet, the link will be at the end of the post!

I have so many wonderful family and friends that are so scared about their lives and the lives of their loved ones following this horrible tragedy. It’s time to step up and do our best to end the discrimination. If you are feeling lost or scared as a result of all this, I love you and I’m thinking of you.

Love will always win.

-J

 

Donate to Equality Illinois Directly

Get a Pride Bracelet! 

Camping “Beauty” Essentials

Once in awhile I like to unplug for a weekend and go camping. I wouldn’t say I “rough it” but I’m not sleeping in a portable house either. Something about day drinking in the woods, sitting around the campfire with some tunes in the background, and just being with friends and family for a weekend feels like a little mini vacation without spending too much money.

Now, I love makeup but I’m not the type of girl that can’t be caught dead without. When I go camping, I’m not concerned about my appearance, I just want to be comfortable. But that doesn’t mean I completely abandon my routine. I have a travel bag all made up that’s ready to grab and go whenever I’m going somewhere. Now, I’m going to show you everything that’s in there, but that doesn’t mean I use it all when I go camping for a weekend trip.

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Let’s get into the the products!

Hair

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This is something I make sure to have in my kit just in case. I hate the way my hair feels after I get it wet but don’t condition it. So, this is a must have for me in case I go swimming wherever I am.

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_9621Redken Pillow Proof Dry Shampoo

Usually when I’m just taking a weekend trip, I wash my hair right before I leave and then I wash it whenever I get back. But just in case I get extra sweaty or greasy, I keep this  handy little guy with me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_9630Hair Brush and Hair Ties

Even though I’m camping, I still gotta brush my hair. And it’s super important to me to keep my hair off my neck so I don’t feel too hot. I love these ribbon hair ties because they’re gentle on my hair and they look like a cute bracelet when I put them on my wrist if they’re not in use!

 

 

 

Face

IMG_9620Clean & Clear Morning Burst Facial Scrub

It may not be my normal face wash but it’s something. I just like to start my day by washing my face and when I’m camping that’s no exception!

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_9619Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer

Actually, I’m not dead set that it has to be this particular moisturizer, just something with SPF. It’s very important when I’m spending a lot of time in the sun to keep my face (and the rest of my skin for that matter) protected. I use a moisturizer as opposed to sunscreen on my face because it feels a lot better. Less greasy, and nice and smoothing.

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_9618Neutrogena Makeup Remover Wipes

Okay, so these are in there as a travel essential, and not a camping essential since I don’t wear makeup camping. But there’s no point in taking them out just because I’m not going to need them. And if I do happen to get my face extra dirty, they’re still good to have in this case!

 

 

 

General Hygiene

IMG_9628Gotta have my toothbrush, some mouthwash, toothpaste and deodorant, no matter what!

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_9629If I’m on a weekend camping trip, I will shower, wash my hair, and shave before I leave and I’ll be just fine waiting until I get back to do so again. But if it’s a longer trip, I will definitely need these. I have my travel shampoo and conditioner, my little baby Bath and Body Works body gel, and a travel razor.

No shaving cream. I don’t use it in general. I have a smoother shave and better luck not cutting myself without it. Go figure.

 

 

 

IMG_9633Again, loofah for the longer trips, only needed if I end up taking a shower during the trip.

 

 

 

 

 

Camping Musts

IMG_9631Coppertone Water Babies Sunscreen

Gotta have sunscreen if I’m spending time in the sun. Duh. I use the children one because I have sensitive skin.

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_9632Repel 100 Bug Spray

Bug spray is definitely a must when camping! I tend to get eaten alive by mosquitoes so I for sure need. I recommend this one in particular because it doesn’t have a god awful smell. If anyone else can recommend one that smells pretty decent, let me know.

 

 

 
And I throw everything into a pouch and I’m ready to go.  I have a couple more bags that can be added to it if I’m going on an actual trip (not camping) and I do wanna bring my makeup with. And even then, I will only pack what can fit in there. The entire set was by Modella, and I think I found it at Target.

What do you do to unwind?

What sort of beauty essentials do you pack when traveling?

Thanks for reading. If you liked my post hit follow to geek out with me every week! And you can follow me on Twitter and Instagram at softlysaturated!
♥J

P.S. Here’s what’s to come!

After a year in the making I’ve actually managed to pull together my photography site! All sessions I do in the future will be accessible through there. I’ll continue to post Photo Diaries on here, but most galleries will be posted on there.

Check out the site. 

When I do get my home studio up and running, that site will also be the way to book sessions with me. I’m not offering them yet, however I am offering editing. So, if you are a professional photographer, you can send me a request here  and I’ll email you more details. I don’t know how many photographers actually like to outsource their editing, but I personally love to edit pictures!

 

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