4 ways to use microfiber cloths

Microfiber cloths. We use them to clean cars, kitchen counter tops and our television sets butt I bet you didn’t know you can use them in your skin care routine. Here are 4 great ways you can use microfiber cloths in your Makeup and Skin Care routine.

  EXFOLIATION

I like to think that there are two types of Exfoliation- Dry exfoliation and Wet Exfoliation.

Dry Exfoliation– as the name implies, use the microfiber cloth on a clean, dry face and rub the microfiber cloth gently, in small circles all around the face and neck .The purpose of this is to get rid of any dead skin cells and improve blood flow to the face.

This can be done 2 to 3 times a week

Wet Exfoliation– After I rubbing cleanser on your face, just like in Dry Exfoliation, take the microfiber cloth and I rub in small circles all over your face and neck.

This should be done every other day.

*You can use both of these techniques to prep your lips for a liquid lipstick and you can also use it on your body*


COLOR SWITCH

 I think makeup addicts like myself know about the *   Vera Mona Color Switch.

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If you don’t know about this sorcery,let me explain. The Vera Mona Color Switch is used in your makeup routine, when you’re doing eye shadow application.

For example, when your doing you’re eye shadow,you may have one great blending brush that you want to use more than once but you can’t because it’s already packed with eye shadow. This is where the color switch comes in. Just swipe your brush in the color switch one or twice and all the eye shadow is removed and no color is transferred when you SWITCH eye shadow colors. It’s a tool I never knew I needed. Recently, by accident, I discovered that you can use a microfiber cloth for color switches as well. It’s really simple. Just take your used brush, rub it into the microfiber cloth a couple of times until all the eye shadow is removed. If you want to make it extra clean, you could dip your brush in some rubbing alcohol and then rub your brush into the microfiber cloth. If you are doing this, I suggest that you don’t use it right away.


REMOVING MAKEUP

A Microfiber cloth is also a dupe for a more expensive product that removes makeup. It is called, The Makeup Eraser.

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The Makeup Eraser is a product that stepped on the scene I think, a year and a half ago. The first time I saw this product was on Instagram. It was marketed as the one step solution for removing makeup, even the most difficult makeup products like waterproof eyeliner, waterproof mascara and HD makeup. 

The Makeup Eraser is essentially a microfiber cloth. It does the exact some thing a normal, cheaper microfiber cloth does.Yes, it is a bit softer than a cheaper microfiber cloth but that does not mean that the microfiber cloth isn’t soft also. When I’m removing my makeup, I saturate my face with coconut oil (yes,blog post on that coming soon), rub it in, let it sit for a couple seconds, then I use my microfiber cloth to remove the makeup. If you’re not into all of that,you could just wet the microfiber cloth. It does the same thing but I like to do the extra step to ensure all of my makeup is removed.


DRYING BRUSHES

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Last but not least, this magic cloth can be used to dry makeup brushes after washing. It is as simple as rubbing your wet brushes into a dry microfiber cloth!

Thank you for reading. Have a great day. Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

 

Calamine Lotion? As a primer?

 

Yes. You read the title right.

Yes. Calamine lotion.

No. I’m not crazy…..yet

Let me start of by saying, I have very oily skin. I’m that one person whose trademark is a shiny face.

It is something I have had to deal with for a very long time and it is also something that kept me from experimenting with face makeup because I knew within 20 minutes ,my face would go back to being greasy.

I’ve tried primers like the Rimmel Fix & Perfect Primer (that’s terrible btw) and I’ve tried more inexpensive, odd products as primers like Aloe Vera Gel and but nothing worked.

I’ve always read about the Becca Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector but it’s wayyyyy out of my price range.

That primer is $300-$400 dollars (NOT IN US CURRENCY. PUT YOUR PITCH FORKS DOWN) which is very fair considering shipping costs, exchange rate,profit the business has to make…etc.

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One of the local Facebook sellers

After trying to make the Aloe Vera Gel work for me…..again (didn’t go so well) , I hopped onto Google out of frustration to see if I can get another primer suggestion *rolls eyes*

Didn’t get good suggestions.

Hopped on Pinterest, scrolled for a bit, then I saw this: (circled in red)

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Check out her blog! Let her know I gave her a shout out: http://lisaalamode.com/2015/04/27/diy-face-primer-for-oily-skin-calamine-lotion/

At first I thought it was Milk of Magnesia she was using, which is commonly suggested and I was going to scroll past it, until I saw lower down in the description that it was Calamine Lotion. The same Calamine lotion for sunburns, insect bites, rashes and poison ivy.

After I read her post, I did some reading on my own and I noticed that people with cystic and hormonal acne recommend it because it reduces oil and prevent break out. I was sold. I went out, got a small bottle and you guys. This is f@#$ing amazing.

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This is the one I use but any other brand should be fine

Suggestions:

*   http://go.magik.ly/ml/1m17/

*   http://go.magik.ly/ml/1m1b/

*   http://go.magik.ly/ml/1m1c/

HOW TO USE:

  1. Cleanse your face. This should go without saying. Always give your face a good cleanse before applying makeup
  2. Apply some moisturizer
  3. Pat off some of the extra moisturizer
  4. Pour the calamine lotion onto the back of your hand or in the cover of the bottle
  5. Take a brush(I bought a cheap stippling brush) and apply the Calamine lotion evenly all over your face or in the places you get oily the most.

(You could use a cosmetic sponge- Not your beauty blender boo- or a Cotton ball)

N.B: Make sure to give your face a minute to dry before applying foundation. When you apply Calamine lotion to your face, your face is going to be white so don’t get scared. The foundation is going to cover everything.

That’s it basically!

Now, I tried this two ways: With and without moisturizer. Looking at results at the end of the day, I preferred my face without a moisturizer. I didn’t have any shininess anywhere for about 8 hours. With the moisturizer, I got shininess in a small area near my nose and that was it.

Another pro, I don’t have alot of breakouts but I’ve noticed that a lot of my pimples have reduced in size. Yes. Reduced.

Without a moisturizer

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This is 20 minutes after application (No filters. I promise)
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This is 5 hours after application (It’s my friend I cropped out. Privacy)

 

I highly suggest this you guys. Highly highly suggest it.

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