Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The Importance Of Clean Makeup Brushes

Welcome back! First I just want to let you all know I am alive. Incase any of you were worried. Second, I am sorry to have missed thursday's hair post. Third, life has moved on and so shall we!

A lot of people who use makeup brushes do not clean them, and don't know how dirty they get. It is very important to clean makeup brushes after usage. Why? you might ask. Because your face dirt could be all over them, colors get mixed, and if you use them on other people, you could cause them to breakout.

I will be honest, I do not clean my makeup brushes after every time I use them on myself. But, if I am doing someone else's makeup, I make sure to clean them before and after. It is a definite priority. 

I am a very cheap person, I have never bought makeup brush cleaner. I have always made my own or just use soap and water. I have found soap and water to be the best makeup brush cleaner. My methods are listed below:

  • Bar soap and water
  • Baby shampoo or regular shampoo and water (I like the smell of baby shampoo a lot!) 
  • Dawn dish soap, vinegar, and water
When washing/cleansing your makeup brushes:
  • Wipe the brush on the palm of your hand, do not squeeze the makeup water out of the brush. 
  • Let dry completely on towel, do not try to manually dry the brushes. 
  • You don't need forever to clean your brushes. It should take you 15-20 minutes.
Even if you don't want to be a makeup artist when you grow up, it is important to clean your makeup brushes. I recommend cleaning them every three weeks. You could go a month depending on how much makeup you wear. 

I really hope this helped you all with your makeup brushes. Remember that they are just as important as the makeup! 

XO AnnaD

Thursday, June 18, 2015

With or Without Heat: 3 Hairstyles To Go Swimming In

Welcome to With or Without Heat, my hair curling and waving series. This series will appear on Thursdays so come on by to learn new tutorials on how to curl your hair. We will use several different techniques, and several different products. If you have any questions or ideas you can contact me at girlslovechevron@gmail.com.

Today I will not be doing a tutorial, but a hairstyle. We all know how hard it is to maintain a hairstyle when swimming. It's next to impossible! There are only a few hairstyles that I think should be worn to the pool, and I would like to make them known.

The first and easiest is wearing your hair down. When you come out of the water your hair won't be as tangled. You can easily put it into a bun/top-knot straight afterwards. 

If you prefer your hair out of your face (like me), I suggest french braids. The braids will stay in and you will find it looks great before and after the water. It's hard to find good hairstyles to wear in the water when you have layers. I have long layers and I always find myself stopping the braid at my neck and sticking it in a ponytail. 

 Bringing your hair back into a tight ponytail at your neck will keep your hair from your face, nice and sleek, and you will not need to redo it. Sometimes I do is a chain braid off of my ponytail and then I can twist it into a bun after the water. 

Thank you for reading! Check out my pinterest page here, you can find hairstyles, crafts, and lots more. Follow me by email and be sure to let me know what you thought of this post!

XO AnnaD

Thursday, June 11, 2015

With or Without Heat: Bed Head Wave Artist

Welcome to With or Without Heat, my hair curling and waving series. This series will appear on Thursdays so come on by to learn new tutorials on how to curl your hair. We will use several different techniques, and several different products. If you have any questions or ideas you can contact me at girlslovechevron@gmail.com.

This tutorial involves heat, that heat being Bed Head's Wave Artist. I've showed how I use the Revlon Waver already, so now I am going to show you all how I use this Wave Artist version. These irons do the same thing but the wave artist creates fuller waves, almost like curls. 

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I am doing this on my second day hair. I had it in a bun all night and it is now nice and poufy. There is also a lot of texture so if I miss a few pieces I still feel confident with this hairstyle. For a careless/more natural look, adding hair spray or a texturizing spray (Not Your Mother's Sea Salt Texturizing Spray) is the way to go. 

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 If you want your hair to look like you spent forever on it add mousse or spray wax. I personally opt for the more careless look. 

This is the finished product! Come by and check out my other posts, because I will be comparing the revlon and bead head wavers soon.

XO AnnaD

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Babysitting Ideas to Kill Time: For Girls

I started my new job last week, and I was super excited.  I am babysitting Tuesdays and Thursdays all day for three little girls who go to my church. I have been babysitting my little sisters for three years with Abby, and any other times we babysit, we do it together. I have a mission trip this summer, so getting this job was great timing! I am doing it by myself this time and it has been great! 

Last Thursday, the girls and I really got down to business with summer fun. While we were playing I just kept coming up with fun ideas for babysitters with girls. Check them out!

Painting nails is a great way to kill time. The girls are probably going to want to paint your nails too. If you are afraid of being painted over and over and having globbly nail polish, don't bring nail polish. 
 Wear your hair down or in a ponytail, you're gonna have to take it down. Don't tell them to stop after only five minutes. Let them do your hair as long as possible.

Lipgloss is the only thing you should ever consider as makeup when you are babysitting. 

Girls love to dance, if you think that the day is kind of dragging down, put on some music. It will tire out the girls and you! ONLY play appropriate music.

I can't take my kids into the pool because I am only 13. But we have found away around that! Play with water, put on a swimsuit and fill up the balloons! You can find tons of water games at the Dollar Tree. 

Obviously, not all of the time you can play outside, pick a book to read together. Take turns reading with the girls. 
Whenever you are cooking/preparing, whether it be lunch or a snack, let the kids help! Bake cookies or cupcakes or a cake at least once.

I hope you enjoy this post! I have a few other babysitting posts I'd like to do, so stay tuned!

XO AnnaD

Saturday, June 6, 2015

The Help Book Review

I finally have a book review for you guys! I haven't done a list or review in a long time, so I am trying to catch up.   I have read quite a few books lately, all very good, and I have a lot I want to do reviews on. But for now I am going to start on The Help.

The book is set in Jackson, Mississippi in 1962. 
It is 451 pages long and it was published Febuary 10th, 2009.

Skeeter Phelan, is a twenty-two-year-old woman who has just graduated from Ole Miss.  Skeeter comes home to find the maid who raised her, Constantine, gone.  Her mother won't say anything about except that Constantine quit, but Skeeter knows there is more to the story. 

Aibileen is a black maid who works for Skeeter's friend Elizabeth. Aibileen is now raising her seventh white child, Elizabeth's daughter. She gives the little girl the attention and love that her mother never gives. Something has changed inside of Aibileen and she feels that this will be her last white child. 

Minny, Aibileen's friend, has the biggest mouth in all of Mississippi. Minny is also the best cook in Mississippi, but that doesn't always cover up her sass. Minny has been fired yet again and is looking for a new job. She finds one working for someone new in town who has many big secrets, but that's okay, so does Minny. 

These women go to start working on Skeeter's risky project. They put their lives on the line so that people can see what they can. How will they convince others to help, and how can they break through the barriers set because of different skin colors?

You can purchase The Help here, along with the movie here. If you want more book reviews let me know!

XO AnnaD

Monday, June 1, 2015

Sisterly Love: Bonding Time!!

So far, I have introduced my sisters Ashley, Alexis, Abby, and my neighbor Maeghan. Maeghan is right in between Ashley and Alexis' age, so they always have someone to play (and fight) with. Maeghan has an older sister and a younger brother, Maribeth and Peter. Maribeth is right in Abby and my age, and Peter is younger than Alexis. Everyone has someone to play with! 

Ever since we moved in, Maribeth and her siblings have been like family. They spend the night all the time, they swim with us, they eat our food. What kind of family doesn't eat each others food? Just having someone always that close is amazing.

Last Friday, Abby and I were invited to Maribeth's dance recital. We got to hang out with Maeghan and Peter before the recital. It was so much fun to listen to them go on and on about food and each other. Although Maribeth is always rehearsing at our house, being able to see the dances together was awesome. I swear our row had the loudest screamers. When the recital was over, we went to Chick-fil-a. 

Hanging out together is a great way to bond. "Oh bonding is weird, I don't need to bond with my friends." Truth is, everyone needs to bond with their friends or sisters, no matter how close you are. Maribeth and Maeghan are always at our house so we get to talk a lot, but at times like Maribeth's recital, it's when we really get to be friends. Same with sisters, Abby and I try to go to the mall sometimes on the weekends, just to make sure we still know each other. 

Some great ways to bond with new people (or your closest friends) are: going on a walk, going to the mall, doing a craft, going to different events with each other. Anyway you hang out will bring you closer. Sometimes I get that awkward feeling of silence with new people I want to be friends with, like you don't know each other. I'm telling you a walk or bikeride will spark up some conversation. Ask questions about that person, find something you have in common. It will definitely help.

Thanks for reading! Share your thoughts by a message in the contact tab, or in the comments down below.

XO AnnaD