Positively Beautiful by Carmindy

When To Toss Old Makeup

makeup spring cleaning

Think this, but with makeup

How often do you really clean out your own makeup bag? Are there broken shadows, crusty old mascaras and half used lip colors you never wear rattling around? What about your brushes? Are they caked and coated with layers of makeup? If so, it’s time for a little spring cleaning! Pull out your makeup bag and let’s tiddy up ladies!

It’s kind of gross if you think about all the bacteria breeding in your bag when you don’t take the time to organize and sanitize.

Start off by following the “when to toss” rules.

Most foundation, concealer, powder, eye shadow and cream blush are good for about 1 year.

Lipstick and eyeliner pencils can last for around 2 years, but honestly if you haven’t used them in the last year, get rid of them.

Liquid eyeliners and mascaras are only good for about 3-6 months so make sure to replace these regularly to avoid getting a nasty eye infection.

If you have a favorite eye shadow that has broken, salvage it by crushing it up and putting it into a little clear container you can buy at The Container Store. Voila, a new loose shadow.

Brushes should be cleaned every few days. I know you’re thinking what a pain!. But really, if you let the makeup build up on your brushes, the bristles are going to break down faster, your makeup will look muddy and blending will become harder. Dirty brushes can also cause breakouts because all the oils from your skin stick to the bristles.

cinema secrets brush cleaner

The quickest and easiest way to clean your brushes is to buy a little instant brush cleaner. My favorite is by Cinema Secrets because not only will it kill all the bad bacteria but your brushes will smell yummy like vanilla when they are dry. Keeping a bottle of this fast drying liquid handy will ensure you
always clean your brushes and your makeup will always look fresh
flawless.

You should also toss cosmetic sponges after about 2-3 uses.

Finally, remember to wipe out the inside of the bag with a disinfectant wipe before putting all your shiny new cleaned-up cargo back in.

As an established makeup artist, many beauty brands send me samples of their latest products for consideration. I only write about the items that I truly love and I always abide by Daily Makeover’s Editorial Ethics Pledge in each of my Positively Beautiful posts.

Top 5 Earth-Saving Beauty Picks

With Earth Day approaching (April 22!), we should all stop and think about how we are giving back to our wonderful planet. If shopping is what you do best, then make sure your purchases really matter. In the beauty world there are some great new products I’ve discovered that really make a difference.

The Glowology Believe Honey Bar is a yummy smelling body soap and 100% of it’s profits are donated to Noodle & Boo’s Raise Your Hand Campaign. As you cleanse your body you are actually helping to purify water for children in Africa.

polar bear cub

When it comes time to makeup remover, you can help save the polar bears. Josie Maran’s Bear Naked Wipes are gentle cleansing wipes and 100% of the profits is donated to help protect endangered animals. They are also biodegradable, so you’ll be clean and conscious, how great is that? Go to Polarbearsos.org

Mass brands like Curel have gotten in on the action as well. When you purchase a limited edition of their Continuous Comfort Original Formula Lotion you can learn about their partnership with the American Red Cross helping people after natural disasters all over the globe. They are donating $250,000 and you can help too by visiting their site.

Smashbox mother earth palette

Smashbox Cosmetics is introducing their Mother Earth Palette, which is a made from all completely organic material housed in a recyclable compact made from sustainable materials and printed with eco-friendly ink. They are not messing around! The palette contains four eye shadows and a blush and with each purchase a tree will be planted by Trees For The Future.

So you see when beauty companies are making it this easy to look good and do the right thing how can you not!

As an established makeup artist, many beauty brands send me samples of their latest products for consideration. I only write about the items that I truly love and I always abide by Daily Makeover’s Editorial Ethics Pledge in each of my Positively Beautiful posts.

What Not To Wear At The Beach

With spring break, vacations and warmer weather going on right now, a lot of us are heading to the beach to get a little fun in the sun after a long dreary winter. A recent trip to Miami had me a bit dumbfounded at the makeup choices I was seeing on the sand. There is definitely makeup you should not wear at la playa and some gals are not getting it.

Lorac ProtecTINT SPF 30 Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer

First and foremost, a full face of foundation is not okay in the sun. It looks heavy and artificial and you can’t reapply sunscreen over it. Better to apply a tinted moisturizer with a high SPF if you want a hint coverage but still look like you aren’t wearing anything at all. This way you will stay protected as well. Go for Lorac ProtecTINT SPF 30 Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer.

Eye shadow and eye liners don’t make the cut at the beach either. Keep eyes simple and clean looking. Make sure your brows are plucked and groomed because the bright sunlight will show every stray. Just slick on some waterproof mascara so you can have a fabulous frame to your eyes that won’t run down your face if you decide to go for a swim.

neutrogena moisture shine tinted lip balm

For lips, I prefer to see women wearing tinted lip balms instead of heavy lipstick that looks oh so wrong and overdone. Make sure you choose balms that contain SPF too so your lips won’t get burnt. Neutrogena Moisture Shine Tinted Lip Balm SPF 20 has a higher level of protection and feels soothing when applied.

Lastly, stay away from dark nail polish on hands and feet. Although bold dark polish is a big trend right now, seeing it on the beach looks gothic and scary. Stick with naturals or brights that look great with bronzed skin. Artificially bronzed that is! Get a light spray tan or opt for subtle self tanners like Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer to bronze up the bod before slipping on that bikini.

As an established makeup artist, many beauty brands send me samples of their latest products for consideration. I only write about the items that I truly love and I always abide by Daily Makeover’s Editorial Ethics Pledge in each of my Positively Beautiful posts.

Brighten Up Your Skin For Spring

Sally Hansen Natural Beauty inspired by Carmindy Luminizing Face Primer

As the winter winds down, you may find yourself looking in the mirror with a sort of dull grey film over your skin. The truth is all those months of bitter cold, lack of sun, and dry indoor heat has taken its toll on your face. You need to scrub away the past and perk up your pasty self, getting your skin in glowing condition.

The cheapest way to polish your complexion is by incorporating a face scrub into your beauty ritual. Do this every day for about a week, then take it down about every few days.

You can try my favorite inexpensive method of using a handful of regular white sugar (see my previous post My #1 Secret To Soft Skin–And It’s Cheap!) mixed with your daily cleanser or buy an exfoliator containing fruit enzymes to gently slough off dry old skin.

Another good exfoliating tactic is to use an electronic facial brush like the Clarisonic Skincare Brush .

Want to treat yourself to a pro treatment? A microdermabrasion treatment from your dermatologist instantly smoothes your skin and eliminates dullness. The new silk peel microdermabrasion uses a solution of hydroquinone for spot fading and penetrates deeply for truly fresh new skin. I like to treat myself to one of these at the start of each new season to jump start my glow, boost new cell growth and improve circulation.

A face primer will also help boost radiance. Try Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired By Carmindy Luminizing Face Primer before you apply foundation. The light-reflecting particles create a radiance that will boost your glow, making you look refreshed.

You should also go for a rosy cream blush swirled on the apples of the cheeks. This trick can help any face look fresh and fabulous in seconds.

As an established makeup artist, many beauty brands send me samples of their latest products for consideration. I only write about the items that I truly love and I always abide by Daily Makeover’s Editorial Ethics Pledge in each of my Positively Beautiful posts.

Highlighting Your Natural Beauty

Mac Pigment in Melon

Mac Pigment in Melon

I’m a firm believer in accentuating the positive and bringing light to your natural assets. Highlighting the planes of your face draws attention to your natural beauty and creates a magical glow. I like to use cream highlighters for daytime so it looks like the glow is coming from within. I prefer powder highlighters for evening because they give off a little extra sparkle.

Fresh Satin Luster Palette

Fresh Satin Luster Palette

Highlighters should always be lighter than your skin tone so they create a radiant contrast to your natural coloring. If your skin is fair, choose sheer white, pink or iridescent highlight shades. One of my favorites is the Fresh Satin Luster Palette. For medium skin tones, go for champagne gold or sheer bronze colors like Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired By Carmindy Natural Highlight in Gold Luster. There are two perfect shades in this palette that are so sheer, they create the perfect youthful dewy skin effect. For really dark skin, play with golden sunset colors like Mac Pigment in Melon for a stunning highlight.

The three key places to apply highlight are:
1   under the brow
2   on the inner corners of the eyes
3   top of the cheekbones

Apply creams with your fingers. For powder highlighters, I love the Stila #30 double-ended shadow brush. One side is the perfect size to fit on the inner corners, and then just flip it over and sweep the shadow under the brow.

So showcase your beauty with shimmering highlight and glow forth my beaming beauties!

As an established makeup artist, many beauty brands send me samples of their latest products for consideration. I only write about the items that I truly love and I always abide by Daily Makeover’s Editorial Ethics Pledge in each of my Positively Beautiful posts.