Just a Reminder!

makeupetcJust a friendly reminder to switch over to¬†Makeup Etc. ūüôā Follow me there for my latest posts, as I will be deleting Lashes and Lacquer in the near future! Thanks everyone!

xoxo

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It’s here!

So my latest blog is up and running!¬†You can¬†find it at¬†Makeup Etc.. I hope you’ll join me on my latest journey and tell your friends, too! It’s still in its beginning stage, so I don’t have a lot of content on it, yet, but I will be writing this week and sharing for you all to see. I am so happy to be starting not only 1, but 2, new phases in my life – Makeup Etc., and representing AVON. 2016¬†is shaping up nicely! I’d like to make the transition to Makeup Etc. as smoothly as possible, so follow me over there and see what new things I have in store for you. It will still include all of what you’ve come to love here at Lashes and Lacquer – skincare, makeup, nails, DIY, and product reviews. Makeup Etc. will have more of what you love.

Thank you, my lovely Lashes and Lacquer fans!

xoxo

THE NEXT CHAPTER!

Good morning, lovies! You will never know how much I appreciate all of you following Lashes and Lacquer and reading about the products I’ve been trying and love. During my recent hiatus, I’ve started selling AVON (youravon.com/kyordy) and absolutely love it. But what I really want to share with you is that I am creating a new beauty blog for all of you to enjoy and I hope you will follow me there onto the next chapter! I have yet to decide on a name for the new blog, but once I do, I will post an update on here so you can join me! Until then, you can always refer to my past posts, some of which will be included in the new venture. Here’s to the next chapter!

xoxo

|UNTIL I GET A NEW POST UP TODAY…|

I thought maybe the newer followers could benefit from this past post if they haven’t yet read it! This post is originally from last November 21st and tells you how to take care of your brushes by cleaning them, and also the benefits of doing so. You’ll be glad you did! Read below to hopefully gain a little more insight on why it’s not only helping your brushes last, but also keeping YOU healthy when using them.

PS: For some reason when I hit the button to reblog it, it made the formatting look odd. Sorry! :\ Also, do you have a Poshmark closet? I’ve been looking to buy some new clothes! If you do, post the link in the comments so I can visit! You can visit mine here, or click the link on my sidebar. If you don’t have one, you can sign up for free! It is so fun and you can even find new makeup on there for discounted prices! ūüôā
katey

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Brushes make all the difference to a makeup user’s finished masterpiece. Whether you are an aficionado, or a novice, your brushes are a valuable investment! Brush bristles are the perfect medium for trapping oil, dirt, and bacteria. Thoroughly cleansing your brushes can prevent breakout-causing buildup, while also making your investment last longer! If you’ve bought expensive brushes like I have, you can appreciate this!

I clean all of mine once a week and¬†I use Sephora Purifying Brush Shampoo, but whenever I’m out of that, I use a simple, inexpensive shampoo (just 1 ingredient!) that still does the trick just as well (I’ll explain that, too). My go-to set of brushes takes about 1-2 days to dry, so I recommend having a backup set of brushes. My second set of brushes is from e.l.f. makeup. Their professional line is VERY high quality, and best of all, affordable!

1. Run brush bristles under lukewarm water. Be careful not to get water between the metal on the brush!

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2. In a shallow dish/plate, put a little bit of brush shampoo. Swirl the brush in your palm, creating a lather. You can use your palm, as well.

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3. Rinse your brush under the water, again being careful to not get the brush wet beyond the base of the bristles! If you can see still makeup running off your brush, repeat step 2 again until the water runs clear.

4. Squeeze out any excess water and reshape the bristles. Lay flat on a towel or dry surface. (Don’t stand brushes up to dry, as this can cause water still left in the bristles to run into the metal, causing the glue to loosen!)

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For an inexpensive brush shampoo alternative, I’ve used Palmolive Free & Clear Concentrated Dish Liquid. You can also use Dawn instead if you have that, too. A lot of blogs are saying to mix this or that with RUBBING ALCOHOL. That will dry your brushes out, and potentially shorten their life. If you¬†wash your brushes once a week, they’ll last much longer than if you let them sit around and accumulate dirt and oil. In the long run, it’s well worth the 10 minutes it takes to wash them.

LL

|SELF TANNING|

Sunday!

Sunday!

¬†TANWISE SELF-TANNING FACE GEL Last night I went to use my tried and true favorite: Tanwise Self Tanning Face Gel from Sally Beauty Supply. I applied it with light strokes as directed and I also used a makeup sponge. Be sure to exfoliate before doing so! I let it dry for about 7 minutes , as well as using it in place of my moisturizer instead. If you’re looking for a deep tan, use this daily . I will say in advance: lesson be learned, wash your hands¬†THOROUGHLY once finished. Read the bottle! . Once you’ve reached your desired color, you can use it 3 days a week to maintain the color. As always with this product, I was satisfied and woke up with great results! It wasn’t overdone or too light. A perfect bronze again from using this without the orange tint you can so often get from other products sometimes.¬†Again, I will reiterate, always, always, wash your hands afterwards and make sure to get any water/cleanser off that runs down your arms while doing so. I’m messy when I wash my face and usually have a lot of water left on the counter¬†so I ne frequently! ed to do this:)

¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† So I went to wash my face as I usually do with no problem and all is well. Until later that day… It happens. I ¬†Iook down and see a brown patch right above my left wrist! Self-tanning disasters, I think, are¬†always a thought in your head when you use¬†them since the whole world will end up seeing the end result. Usually I worry when it’s it on my face. Especially the orange atrocity I could potentially create overnight. (“Ew.¬†How’d that happen¬†to¬†her? She has her esthetician license. Doesn’t she know how beauty¬†products work? LOL.)¬†¬†While washing my face last night , there ¬†was a run off that I must I m I must have missed while¬†washing my arm . So I mixed some baking soda and water to form a paste and scrubbed it. Baking soda has so many uses and is found in a lot of products like toothpaste, kitty litter, cleaning products, lightening products (bingo!) and a ridiculous amount of of other helpful solutions. You can find a list of only here what seems like a handful compared to all of the possibilities. ¬†I’ve find a lot of DIY ideas around the house, so this one came to mind fairly easily. I have an idea for an upcoming blog post, so I will keep you all updated! Enjoy your Sunday!

Baking Soda

Baking Soda

I guess this post is a DIY too! So next time you have a stain on your skin from a self-tanning misadventure, or a whole lot of other things that need solved easily, give the baking soda paste a try by simply mixing it with water and you are ready to tackle it. Now that’s an easy Sunday DIY for you! I’m sure you have it in your cabinet already! What are some ways you get rid of unwanted tanning mistakes, or any other tips you’d like to share? I’d love to hear them so I can¬†add them to a later post!There are literally a ton of possibilities for it for solve mishaps or around the house solutions! I have some ideas for a future post¬†and I’ll keep you updated ūüôā Enjoy your Sunday!

katey

PS: Fixing the blurry pic at the top. Odd?

DIY: YUMMY FOOT SCRUB

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There’s nothing worse to me about winter (aside from it being too cold) than having scratchy¬†feet!¬†It is one of my biggest pet peeves when I can actually FEEL the dryness on my heels scraping my blanket at night (ew, I know). But it happens – and this winter weather doesn’t help! Thankfully, there’s¬†an easy fix with just a few ingredients you can find in your pantry. This DIY scrub will perfect your feet and leave them smooth during these frigid¬†winter months and keep your pedicures looking pretty throughout the summer, too. After all, what’s a beautiful pedicure if your feet are rough and your heels are cracking? Even better, these common¬†baking ingredients make the scrub smell like cookies!

You will need:

  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup olive oil

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1. Whisk your sugars together in a bowl.

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2. Add olive oil & vanilla extract and continue to whisk.

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3. Scrub! In addition to your feet, this makes an excellent scrub for your entire body. Great for exfoliating prior to shaving, and especially great to rid your skin of any dead skin cells prior to applying self-tanning products!

I actually prefer to¬†put on thick lotion & socks after using the scrub¬†to absorb the moisture.¬†Nothing better than waking up with soft feet! Treat your feet and relax – it’s Sunday!

LL

FRESHEN UP YOUR MANI

20141219_072403So maybe you’re bored with your mani, but don’t want to ENTIRELY change it up. That’s how I felt about these simple Christmas nails I did the other day (below to the right).

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China Glaze ‘Ruby Pumps’ with simple silver underline

I love them and wasn’t ready to completely part with them, yet.¬†Plus, it¬†really is a simple, beautiful mani; but I felt it needed a little end-of-the-week livening up! The easiest way to achieve this without overhauling the entire design or color, is to add glitter! I chose to add Funky Fingers ‘FRA-GEE-LAY’. It is the perfect¬†combination of red, green, and white flecks of glitter. I knew as soon as I saw the bottle yesterday, that I would be using it to complement my holiday nails. Not to mention, I got it while I was shopping for stocking stuffers at Five Below, and their polishes were 3 for $5! Unlike some of the inexpensive brands I’ve tried in the past, I was really impressed with their polish’s quality. Just a simple speckling¬†of this glitter polish on top of my China Glaze ‘Ruby Pumps’ tips, and I was good to go. Not only will it freshen up your mani to add some glitter, it will also prolong it. Don’t forget your top coat!

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Funky Fingers ‘FRA-GEE-LAY’

LL