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The other day I visited Glossier's website to repurchase a lost item and try something new.  On the one hand, I was bummed that I couldn't find my tube of balm dotcom, but on the plus side, it gave me the opportunity to try a product that I've had my eye on for quite a while.

After adding cloud paint to my cart, I was feeling really good about myself.  I was super hopeful about the potential of using a cream blush for the first time ever.   Blush has been one of my biggest challenges since forever.  It never looks good on me.  And the powdery finish is too reminiscent of the 80s for my taste.  As someone with big cheeks, putting brightly hued powder only accentuates them so I stay away. But, I still wanted to experience the look of blush....just in a modern way.
@diarrhaxo wearing Cloud Paint in Haze.
Instead of looking like I have clown cheeks, I want to replicate the look of flushed, healthy skin.  Cloud paint seemed like the answer.
When package arrived, I instantly knew that I had purchased the wrong shade.  Even before applying the product, I knew it would disappear completely into my skin upon application.  And it did.

My spirit was crushed as I reached out to customer service to request a return label.

But all hope was not lost.  After taking a peek around the internet, I learned that Glossier's Haze Cloud Paint would probably be a better option for darker complexions. So I went back to try it again.  This time I crossed my fingers hoping that Haze would be my salvation.

But I was so amped to try a cream blush that I couldn't wait days for a new delivery to arrive.

So I scurried over to my makeup stash to see if I could find a way to replicate this look with what I currently own.  I found a few websites that recommended blending your favorite blush with oil and dabbing it on the cheek.  That was a flop.  Too greasy

Another recommended combining blush with lotion.  I didn't even try that idea because I knew my skin would absorb it too quickly.  Plus I wouldn't be able to produce that same hint of glow using plain moisturizer.  I played around with one idea after the next until I found a product that was a suitable substitute.
@symphanisto wearing Cloud Paint in Haze + Haloscope Quartz via @glossierbrown

I found the perfect combination of pigment with a hint of glow in the form of NARS' velvet matte lip pencils.  Don't let the name fool you.  Although they're referred to as matte pencils, they're still highly moisturizing and glide on like butter.  Since they're technically "lipsticks" there's a great color payoff.  A little goes a long way and it just melts into the skin, unlike traditional blush which tends to stay on the skin's surface.  My cheeks were rosy and flushed but it didn't look like I was wearing blush.  These creamy lip pencils aren't as glossy as cloud paint so the final result is a bit more toned down for an everyday look.

Now, I'm debating on whether I'll even need the Haze or should I continue experimenting with other creamy lip pencils in various shades. It's nice to know that I have alternatives.  Maybe I'll stick with these creme pencils for now and wear cloud paint in the winter when my skin isn't as oily.  It'll be a nice way to create dewy cheeks during the dry winter months.

If you have a few of those creamy lip pencils lying around, give this a try.  I find that nude shades don't really give off the full effect so don't be afraid to experiment with rich berry tones, reds, and pinks.



The other day I visited Glossier's website to repurchase a lost item and try something new.  On the one hand, I was bummed that I couldn't find my tube of balm dotcom, but on the plus side, it gave me the opportunity to try a product that I've had my eye on for quite a while.

After adding cloud paint to my cart, I was feeling really good about myself.  I was super hopeful about the potential of using a cream blush for the first time ever.   Blush has been one of my biggest challenges since forever.  It never looks good on me.  And the powdery finish is too reminiscent of the 80s for my taste.  As someone with big cheeks, putting brightly hued powder only accentuates them so I stay away. But, I still wanted to experience the look of blush....just in a modern way.
@diarrhaxo wearing Cloud Paint in Haze.
Instead of looking like I have clown cheeks, I want to replicate the look of flushed, healthy skin.  Cloud paint seemed like the answer.
When package arrived, I instantly knew that I had purchased the wrong shade.  Even before applying the product, I knew it would disappear completely into my skin upon application.  And it did.

My spirit was crushed as I reached out to customer service to request a return label.

But all hope was not lost.  After taking a peek around the internet, I learned that Glossier's Haze Cloud Paint would probably be a better option for darker complexions. So I went back to try it again.  This time I crossed my fingers hoping that Haze would be my salvation.

But I was so amped to try a cream blush that I couldn't wait days for a new delivery to arrive.

So I scurried over to my makeup stash to see if I could find a way to replicate this look with what I currently own.  I found a few websites that recommended blending your favorite blush with oil and dabbing it on the cheek.  That was a flop.  Too greasy

Another recommended combining blush with lotion.  I didn't even try that idea because I knew my skin would absorb it too quickly.  Plus I wouldn't be able to produce that same hint of glow using plain moisturizer.  I played around with one idea after the next until I found a product that was a suitable substitute.
@symphanisto wearing Cloud Paint in Haze + Haloscope Quartz via @glossierbrown

I found the perfect combination of pigment with a hint of glow in the form of NARS' velvet matte lip pencils.  Don't let the name fool you.  Although they're referred to as matte pencils, they're still highly moisturizing and glide on like butter.  Since they're technically "lipsticks" there's a great color payoff.  A little goes a long way and it just melts into the skin, unlike traditional blush which tends to stay on the skin's surface.  My cheeks were rosy and flushed but it didn't look like I was wearing blush.  These creamy lip pencils aren't as glossy as cloud paint so the final result is a bit more toned down for an everyday look.

Now, I'm debating on whether I'll even need the Haze or should I continue experimenting with other creamy lip pencils in various shades. It's nice to know that I have alternatives.  Maybe I'll stick with these creme pencils for now and wear cloud paint in the winter when my skin isn't as oily.  It'll be a nice way to create dewy cheeks during the dry winter months.

If you have a few of those creamy lip pencils lying around, give this a try.  I find that nude shades don't really give off the full effect so don't be afraid to experiment with rich berry tones, reds, and pinks.



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If you wear makeup on a regular basis or watch “how to” makeup tutorials, then you probably know which makeup brush to use for concealing, applying foundation and contouring. Are you aware that you should be cleaning your brushes regularly? Washing your brushes (and sponges) should be a vital part of your beauty routine. Dirt, oil and bacteria may get trapped in the bristles, which leads to clogged pores, which in turn leads to breakouts. Also, makeup tools can sometimes be a bit pricey, so proper cleaning extends the life of your brushes, protecting your investment.

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So start your beauty regimen off right by following these quick and easy tips to deep clean your makeup brushes.

1. Dampen the brush/sponge with warm water or use shallow bowl.
2. Add a few drops of dish detergent, castile soap or baby shampoo.
3. Gently work the product into the brush/sponge.
4. Rinse and repeat until the water runs clears.
5. Lay them flat on cloth to dry.

If you would like to watch step-by-step instructions, watch these 2 tutorials below.

1. Quickest Way to Deep Clean Your Makeup Brushes, by Taylor Anise
Taylor soaks her brushes first before she cleans them. She uses the Sigma Beauty Spa Express Brush Cleaving Glove to remove makeup from her brushes in this super quick and easy tutorial.



2. How to Clean Beauty Blenders & Makeup Brushes, by Kathryn Bedell
Kathryn uses coconut oil, dish soap and an antimicrobial lotion soap to clean her tools. She notes that the coconut oil is the key to the break down the of makeup.



In addition to cleaning them properly, be sure to store your tools in a spacious, clean environment. Place them in a way so the bristles are not in contact with each other. These tips will help preserve the life of your tools, but if you notice shedding, cracked handles or your make looks patchy ...then you know it is time to replace them. So, take the time to properly care for your makeup tools. Your skin will thank you for it.

How often do you clean your makeup tools? Please share below.
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Monica is a Milwaukee native, wife, mother of two, step mother of one and working professional.  In her spare time she enjoys reading,  shopping and following the current trends of natural hair, beauty and health, all while pursuing her Bachelors Degree in Business Management and Leadership. You can follow her on Instagram@allbeautyandhair and Twitter @allbeautynhair.
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Sensitive skin can affect people of all ages and complexions. If you suffer from this particular skin type, then you know irritations can arise easily for several different reasons. Sometimes your skin will rebel against you due to harsh cleansing, trying new products, climate change or chronic skin sensitivity. This can result with unpleasant sensations (stinging, burning, pain and tingling). Regardless of the cause, it’s important to learn how to pamper your skin and avoid common irritants. Here are 5 tips for you to try!

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Read Product Labels
Look for products that are preservative and fragrance free. These are commonly known to irritate the skin and cause break outs.



Choose Cosmetics Carefully
Try using a mineral powder—most of which are free from preservatives and artificial dyes—or a silicone-based foundation to lessen the likelihood of irritation. Avoid liquid eyeliners because they often contain latex which also may cause irritation. Lastly, don’t forget to toss old cosmetics, and clean your brushes regularly.

Test First, Apply Second
When considering new makeup products, always do a dime size patch test on a small inconspicuous patch of skin before applying.You can apply behind your ear or the side of your neck. This test should take place 24 hours prior to full makeup application. This will ensure enough time for signs of redness or irritation of the skin.



Cleanse Properly
Try washing your face with lukewarm water and use gentle, fragrance free cleansers and exfoliates to minimize the likelihood of stripping oils from your skin. Blot dry after washing and immediately apply light moisturizer for maximum absorption.



Use Sunscreen
I cannot stress the importance of wearing sunscreen enough. Sensitive skin is EXTRA sensitive to the sun. Wear sunscreen year-round with SPF 30 or higher to protect your delicate skin for the harmful UV rays. Neutrogena Clear Face Liquid Lotion is fragrance fee and non-comedogenic, which means it won’t clog pores or cause breakouts. Always apply sunscreen at least 15 minutes before sun exposure.

Do you have sensitive skin? How do prepare for makeup application?
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Monica is a Milwaukee native, wife, mother of two, step mother of one and working professional.  In her spare time she enjoys reading,  shopping and following the current trends of natural hair, beauty and health, all while pursuing her Bachelors Degree in Business Management and Leadership. You can follow her on Instagram@allbeautyandhair and Twitter @allbeautynhair.