How To Clean Your Makeup Brushes


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Happy almost weekend! Fun fact every weekend in July has been booked solid for the cowboy and I, actually every weekend in June and July have been booked basically solid. This weekend we are off to celebrate a wedding in our family, and I can’t help but brag my sweet hubs is the best man, because he is the best man 😉

One of the reasons are weeks and weekends are always booked up is because I have a crazy work schedule. But one of my jobs heavily revolves around makeup and I’ve picked up some really fun and interesting facts… like you’re suppose to clean your foundation brush every other day. Even better if you clean it every single day! Why? Because this insures the application of your foundation for a flawless face!

Now makeup companies often sell their own brand name makeup brush cleaner but if you’re cleaning your brushes faithfully you can run through that brand name cleaner pretty fast. This is a trick we use at work and it leaves our brushes incredibly soft and feeling like brand new. Bellow you will find the easiest most cost efficient way to clean your makeup brushes! If you follow me on snapchat (@thecowboyandi) you would’ve seen the video version of this but here’s my step by step process.

Items Needed

Dishwashing Soap

Rubbing Alcohol (90% or higher)

Two Cups

All Your Nasty Makeup Brushes You’ve Possibly Never Washed

Let’s get started! 

1) Squeeze a dime size amount of dishwashing soap into your cup, fill with warm water.

2) Add brushes, let sit for 5 minuets. Swirl your brushes around to loosen up the months/years worth of makeup stuck inside them.

3) After 5 minuets rinse brushes and cups out with warm water. Once the brushes are running clear under the warm water move to step 4.

4) Pour rubbing alcohol into the cups fill it about a quarter of the way. Fill the rest of the cup with warm water. Drop your brushes back into the alcohol mixture and swirl for 5 more minuets.

5) Rinse brushes and cups. Let dry over night!

And that’s it, it’s one of the easiest makeup hacks out there. And I promise your brushes will feel softer than ever before!

What are some of your favorite makeup hacks?

 xoxo stephanie


Summer Makeup Routine


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It’s no secret I’m white. Or should I say pale? Translucent? Clear? Porcelain? Somehow even when I have a tan I still look white! Don’t get me wrong, I’ve come to grips with this a long time ago and I love my skin color. But finding a good bronzer has been next to impossible. All I want it a nice glow, I don’t want to look orange. Ever. And so often bronzers turn my skin orange or make it look like I have dirt on my face…. great. Summer time is the season where everyone wants that nice natural glowing look. Every girls goal is to achieve this during the hot days of summer.

I’ve been receiving a lot of compliments on my skin recently and today I thought it would be fun to show you my summer makeup routine and the products I use to achieve my favorite natural summer look!

First I always begin with a freshly washed face. I don’t need to remind you how important it is to wash your face every morning and every night to keep it clean and healthy, do I? Starting with a freshly washed and moisturized face I now add primer. I only use primer when working with mineral powder which is my go to foundation. I enjoy using the Mary Kay Foundation Primer but I also like Smashbox Photo Finish Primer as well. While my primer is setting I normally go blow dry my hair or check Instagram.

After a few minutes I then apply my foundation. I love bareMinerals Original Foundation, it’s a build-able mineral powder which is what I love about it. Plus bareMinerals offers a wide variety of shades for all skin tones. I’ve been wearing this foundation since I began my makeup journey and always return to it. Once I’ve applied my foundation evenly I add Mary Kay Sunny Spice as my bronzer. This is my go to color for bronzer! It adds that nice warm glow without making my face look like I played in dirt the best part? It’s actually not a bronzer it’s blush! Next I mix Sunny Spice and Strawberry Cream and brush it across the apples of my cheeks. These two colors give my cheeks the perfect summer glow! I’ve also linked bellow some of my favorite makeup brushes!

What are your favorite makeup looks for summer? Any new products you’re just loving? Leave a comment bellow I’d love to know!

xoxo stephanie

Thorns and Roses


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The weather here has been sooooo beautiful! It’s been gradually getting warmer each week and the grass is growing faster than we can mow it. And I am loving it! I’ve been noticing a lot lately about how picture perfect we can make our lives look. With all the social media at our finger tips it becomes quite easy to fool our friends and family into believing our life has no hiccups. But if we are honest with ourselves, our lives are no where near picture perfect. Often times after a photo shoot I  drop the images into photoshop and touch up the imperfections. We try to photoshop our lives to look picture perfect via social media. But I ask myself, why? Why do we feel the need to hide our flaws, and imperfections. Imagine a world where we are encouraged by others imperfections. instead of tearing them down, and creating insecurities. My husband is the best, when I came home from a business trip the other week he had a fresh bouquet of roses in a vase on the table. As I trimmed the beautiful roses I pricked my finger, which often happens when I deal with thorns. Roses always have thorns, it’s part of what makes them beautiful. Would we stop buying roses just because they have thorns? On Valentine’s Day an average of 250 million roses are sold, and all those beautiful roses come with their own thorns. Our imperfections are what makes us beautiful. We shouldn’t feel the need to photoshop our lives. So I encourage you today let your thorns show, no one likes to be around someone who thinks they are perfect. Don’t be that someone. Everyone has a different story, and different thorns. Embrace your life today thorns and all because it’s beautiful.

xoxo stephanie


Spring Fever – Mary Kay Into The Garden


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Can we all just take a moment and agree we’re ready for spring? I know I am! I’m ready for fresh blooms, green grass, and those adorable spring dresses. My craving for spring was fed by Mary Kay’s new Into The Garden Color Compact. From the packaging to the shadows and gloss everything about this compact made me fall in love. I’m not making this stuff up y’all! I’m a sucker for adorable packaging and all in one compacts, easy and cute. This color compact has four shimmer eyeshadows that will look fabulous on almost any skin tone, perfect for spring and summer. Paired with these eyeshadows are three beautiful lip glosses, but don’t worry they’re not as vibrant on as you would think. Each gloss gives a nice sleek look to wear throughout your day. What I love about the four eyeshadows is the amount of looks you can create. No matter what look you’re going for, bold, soft, natural, you can create it using these colors! When I first saw this new Into The Garden collection I came home and told the cowboy I was going to buy it all! Not only are the products amazing but the packaging reminds me of our wedding which was almost two years ago! The lace, the blush colors, it created an emotional tie with me and I know I sound crazy but it’s true! And let’s be real who doesn’t want these cute Nail Appliques to go on top of this beautiful nail polish, or this one, or this one! Can any one say Easter mani and pedi?! Do you see my dilemma? Clearly I have an issue but I accept that. I hope you all have an amazing Friday and a wonderful weekend! And I hope spring finds us all soon!

xoxo stephanie


Married & Bright


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Happy February y’all!

Ladies, I don’t know about you but I’m extremely picky about my lingerie. And by lingerie I simply mean my bra and panties. Ever since I was in high school I saw the value in these items. Not only does a good brand last longer they also feel better on your skin. And a matching set of bra and panties can give a girl a whole new level of confidence. Go a head laugh if you don’t believe me. But trust me I know what I’m talking about, and so does Annika the creator, owner, and designer for Married & Bright.

“Married & Bright is made for the girl who is strong, powerful, and full of life. She loves dinner parties, movie dates, and being the first one on the dance floor. She believes in Netflix, mimosas, donuts, and sleeping in.  She’ll never pick a fight, but will always get the last word. She bakes her own birthday cake, gets lost in books, takes hours-long bubble baths, and will eat chocolate anything. She is confident in her own skin, and not afraid to show it.”

I talk a lot about self confidence around here because it breaks my heart to see a girl lacking in self acceptance. We’re all beautiful inside and out! That’s what I love so much about Married & Bright, it encourages women to feel comfortable, and confident in their own skin no matter their size. Not to mention the fact that their products are to die for. During my weekly scroll on Instagram I came across Annika’s profile and immediately I fell in love. Creativity just oozes from this girl, it’s inspiring and contagious. Not to mention her feed is full of girlyness! But can we talk about the product, like seriously. I didn’t even want to take this set off to take pictures of it, that’s how comfortable and amazing it is! And would I ever lie to you?! The answer to that is NO! One thing I hate when it comes to clothing, of any type, is when the material is scratchy. There’s nothing worse then sitting in a meeting or the middle of church and you can’t stop fidgeting because the bra you have on is rubbing your sweater which is causing everything to itch. This Earn Your Stripes set in pink was the exact opposite of itchy. I squealed when the cowboy brought in the gold package and I couldn’t wait to try everything on. To put this set to the test I wore it all day while running around doing errands and attending meetings, then I rocked this pretty pink set around the house in true lazy form. I was in heaven! Nothing poked me, nothing itched, nothing was too tight, it was perfect. Another noteworthy plus to Married & Bright’s bralettes is there’s no underwires wires. This is a make or break it for me personally. Underwires in bras aggravate your breasts and have been  known to add to the risk of breast cancer. So no underwires is a must for me, and it’s so nice to find bras that offer this option without taking away the sexiness, or cute factor. Another bonus is you get to choose when ordering if you want to add a clasp or not. They’re so soft and comfy you could even wear them to bed if you get one without the clasp! Now comes the questions I know some of you are wanting to ask, and yes you can custom order your size! Hooray!

It’s no secret that Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching us and every wife wants to surprise her husband with something cute and sexy. And I truly believe a new bra and pantie set will give her that extra boost of confidence to see herself as beautiful. But even if you’re not married and you just want to treat yo’ self this Valentine’s Day then Married & Bright is perfect for you! Order before February 8th if you’re wanting something specific for Valentine’s Day! Oh and not to mention the wedding sets, and bridesmaid sets are both stinking cute!

I’m also in love with this bralette, and this one, oh and this one, and we can’t forget this one! Can you tell I have an addiction? Which ones are your favorites?

XOXO,

Stephanie


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