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


Farmhouse Decore | Spice Rack


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Spring is about to burst I can feel it! And I can see it. Flowers are popping up here and there all around our homestead. The other day I cut some of these beautiful blooms to brighten up the inside of our home. They pretty pop of pink brings a smile to my face every time I see them. But besides these adorable blooms I wanted to share with you my latest flee market find. I find the old saying “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” to be so true. Especially when it comes to flea market shopping! I picked up this adorable spice rack the other week for a steal, it even came with the cute jars! I loved the distressed look and uniqueness of this piece. Not only is it functional it can also be used simply to display flowers to brighten up your cooking space. The possibilities are endless. That’s my favorite part about shopping through antique stores, garage sales, and flea markets. With a little inspiration you could create something beautiful.

xoxo stephanie


Christmas Movie Jar


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Ti’s the season for Christmas movies and hot chocolate! There are so many great Christmas movies to watch and we only get one true season to watch them. It’s always a challenge to select which movie to watch on which nights, and somehow we always end up forgetting one. At least this is how it is for the cowboy and I. Determined not to miss out on any of our favorite Christmas movies this year I came up with this fun and easy idea. First the cowboy and I decided what movie we wanted to watch this Christmas, then we wrote each one out on a slip of paper. We folded each movie and placed it in a jar, each night we draw a movie out and watch it together! It’s so fun and easy, plus there’s no arguing over what movie to watch. This fun idea ensures we each get to see the Christmas movies we love and it adds excitement not knowing which movie will be picked. Bellow you will find the list of movies we selected!

Christmas with the Kranks

Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas

Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas

Mickey’s Magical Christmas

The Santa Clause

The Santa Clause 2

Madea’s Christmas

12 Dates of Christmas

Deck The Halls

Jingle All The Way

Elf

Holiday Inn

Home Alone

Home Alone 2

Frosty The Snowman

Unaccompanied Minors

Rudolph

The Holiday

Four Christmas’

Christmas in Handcuffs

White Christmas

I’ll Be Home For Christmas

Christmas Vacation

How The Grinch Stole Christmas

Polar Express

Miracle on 34th Street

Charlie Brown’s Christmas

As you can see we have a long list! I don’t know if we will get through all of these fun movies but at least we’re going to try! After all half the fun is not knowing what movie you’re going to pick. And don’t think you have to use our exact movie list, add your own twist to it. I also added some Christmas ribbon to our little jar because it needed to look more cheerful in my opinion.

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What are some of your must watch Christmas movies? 

XOXO,

Stephanie


Easy DIY’s You Should Try Today


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Do It Yourself projects always seem like a good idea. Until your knee deep in coconut oil and have burned all your fingers with the hot glue gun. My favorite is those “nailed it”photos, proving to everyone these DYI’s are not as easy as they look. I’ve been a victim of many of these incidents, and from it a steam of frustration. But today I present to you my sweet DIY sisters, 8 easy projects you can make with items found in your home or Target! So know that I believe in you, and I believe you can complete all, or at least one of these projects without burning your finger with a hot glue gun.

1 | DIY Sugar Scrub – For the long work days

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After a long stressful work day ther s nothing better than washing your day away with this amazing sugar scrub. I love that you can create this scrub to fit your personal needs by picking and choosing your essential oils.

2 | DIY Fake Eyelash Wall Art – For the makeup lover

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Completely in love with this adorable DIY. This wall art would be perfect in your bathroom or bedroom, I can’t wait to make one of my own!

3 | DIY Dry Shampoo – For the people who enjoy sleep

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For those girls who want to gain an extra ten minutes of sleep this dry shampoo is just what you need! Made with healthy products that will not harm your hair, you can sleep soundly knowing in the morning your hair won’t be greasy.

4 | DIY Gel Nails – For the nail enthusiasm

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Sometimes you just don’t have time, or the money, to hit the nail salon. I’m in love with this gel nail routine and recommend it to any person who is hard on their nails. One week of no chip nails for less that $10, heck yeah!

5 | DIY Coconut Oil Hair Mask – For the hair lovers

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Searching to take better care of your hair? Treat yourself to this deep cleaning and replenishing hair mask. But be careful coconut oil does stain your clothing so wear and old shirt or half a towel on hand while using this hair mask.

6 | DIY Custom Mouse Pad – For the tech girl

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This DIY is defiantly on my to do list. Easy and inexpensive plus for any tech girl it’s a must make to personalize your work space.

7 | DIY Coconut Oil Lotion – For the dry winter skin

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Winter is on its way and with it comes dry and cracked skin. With this lotin mixture you can kiss your cracked hands good bye! My favorite part is this DIY is a perfect Christmas gift for family members and friends.

8 | DIY Citrus Air Freshener – For the clean home

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Does your house have a special scent? Lingering where it’s not welcomed? Spray that unclean smell away with this 4 ingredient citrus air freshener. Any of the DIY projects from livesimply.me are amazing!!

 

So which DIY are you going to try first? I can’t wait to see what you create!

XOXO,

Stephanie


 

DIY Coconut Oil Hair Treatment


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I don’t know about you guys but living out on the homestead we have really hard water. I noticed it as soon as we got married, my blonde curls were more brassy, and my hair had terrible split ends. At first I thought it was simply the cheap shampoo I had bought once my good stuff ran out, so on a trip back home I purchased some more of the good stuff. Even this has not seemed to help. I reached out to other women in my Cowboy’s family and they informed me that I most likely had harsh water, causing my hair to wig out. I thought well maybe my shampoo and conditioner will brighten my locks up to their normal perky color, but even after extended use it did not solve my problem.

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I love coconut oil, I have a huge tub of it, and I remembered reading about treatments for your hair using coconut oil. In my mind if it’s healthy why not give it a try. I’ve been doing this hair treatment once a week for a while now and I can see, and feel the difference! Not only has it helped strip the brassy color out of my blonde hair, it also has soften my curls once again! Needless to say I’m hooked, and it’s so easy!

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What You Need

  1. Coconut oil
  2. Essential oils (optional)

How To 

Divide your hair into two sections, a bottom section and a top section, you may need more sections depending on how thick your hair is. Heat up in a small cup your coconut oil, once heated up you have the option to add essential oils into the coconut oil. I use peppermint essential oils to help circulate the blood flow on my scalp to quicken my hair growth, plus is smells amazing! Once your mixture is ready dip your hand/fingers into your coconut oil mix and start working it through your first layer, starting at the bottom and working your way up. Once you’ve completely soaked your first section repeate the same process with your other sections. After you’ve completely saturated your hair in coconut oil flip your hair upside down and gather it into a tight bun on the top of your head. If you have any left over coconut oil I like to pour it on top of my bun and squeeze it in. 

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And now we wait, I often do my hair treatment in the morning and then take a shower that evening, leaving my hair to soak for hours. I would recommend leaving your hair in the treatment for at least one two hours.

When you go to wash out the treatment I would recommend only using shampoo your first wash, conditioner will only add more oil to your hair. It takes about two washes for the coconut oil to completely wash out. For the next day I would recommend curls or messy buns to hide the left over oily spots.

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Let me know what you think! I would love to know what essential oils you use to help your hair grow, comment bellow your thoughts and if you liked the hair treatment!

XOXO

Stephanie


 

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