Friday, April 19, 2013

Beauty Scoop: Makeup Brush Care

Cleaning your make-up brushes regularly is important, not only to make them last longer, but also to keep your skin clean and clear. I have a few brushes that I use everyday that need to be cleaned once a week. The ones I use less frequently get washed once I notice they are dirty.

The cleansers I use for my brushes are the Bare Escentuals Well Care For Brush Conditioning Shampoo and Purity Made Simple by Philosophy. Both work perfectly well, but I find Purity conditions the brushes a little bit better.  Since you only need about a pea sized amount per brush, both will last you quite a long time.

First, I dampen the tip of the brush in the sink, and apply a tiny amount of the Purity to the bristles. I really work it in and then I wash it out thoroughly. Then I repeat this. After, I rinse the brush really well and gently squeeze out the water in the direction of the bristles. Then I shake the larger brushes (in the motion of cracking a whip) to get rid of any excess moisture. This allows the bristles to fall in their normal pattern instead of being squished all together.

Then I sit them in a mug by my window so that the extra air flow helps them dry out over night. I found that laying them on a towel resulted in my larger brushes still being damp in the morning.

Something else I started to do a while ago was to use a natural oil to deep clean my brushes about once every four normal washes. I first saw Kandee Johnson do this on Youtube with olive oil in 2009, but thought it would make my skin break out! It totally doesn't. It's actually super good for your brushes, because using them all the time can cause them to become dry and scratchy. Using a natural conditioner like olive oil restores that store-bought softness to the bristles. Since it takes a little more effort, I don't use oil every time. You can use olive oil (cheapest), avocado oil, or almond oil to clean your brushes. You can use coconut oil as well, but make sure you rub it together in your hands to melt it before rubbing it over the bristles. You watch Kandee Johnson's tutorial HERE.

What cleanser or shampoo do you use to wash your brushes? Share you tips at the new Scoop Facebook page! Or share it with me on Twitter!

<3 Danielle

Friday, April 12, 2013

Beauty Scoop: Makeup Remover Do's and Don'ts

Spring is here! That means more sunshine, more days spent outdoors, and...allergies.

Honestly, on some Spring days, the last thing I want to do is wear eye makeup, and on the days that I do, the first thing I want to do when I get home is take it off. Of course, since my eyes do become watery this season, that means I'm wearing waterproof and smudge proof makeup, which is not the easiest thing to take off.

Usually when I remove my makeup, I will first wash my entire face with Biore 4 In 1 Detoxifying Cleanser. It's extremely gentle and moisturizing, so I don't feel like it's stripping my skin when it washes off my make-up. I follow that with a scrub. My favorite right now is St Ives Blemish Control Green Tea Scrub. Of course, washing your face with eye make up on makes you look like a raccoon when your eyeliner starts to gather underneath your eyes. But it doesn't wipe off all that easy, does it? That's why I'm here to tell you about the best makeup removers out there!

Do use a natural oil to remove your make-up.

Don't use a makeup remover with alcohol in it. This will dry out your skin, and if you use it everyday, it will probably prematurely age it. We want to keep that delicate skin moistened! That's why eye creams exist! Check the ingredients in your makeup remover, if you don't know what is it because the scientific names of the chemicals are completely foreign to you, then I would not recommend putting that on your eyes.

Best Make Up Removers
Avocado Oil
Avocado Oil is very gentle and a little bit thicker than Coconut Oil. You just apply a pea size amount to your fingers or cotton swab and use it to gently remove make up. It breaks up the make up without any effort and moisturizes deeply. I prefer the Now Foods Avocado Oil.

Coconut Oil 
Coconut Oil is actually my oil of choice, mostly because if you look at the cost per oz, it's much cheaper than Avocado Oil, and they're both equally effective. The difference is that coconut oil comes in a jar. So you have to scoop out a pea sized amount of the solid form and rub it between your finers to warm it and create the oil. Then you remove your make-up the same way you would with Avocado Oil. I use Dr Bronner's Fresh-pressed Virgin Coconut Oil White Kernel Unrefined. I buy both oils at Whole Foods, but you can usually find them on Amazon, or in your local vitamin or health shop.

Do you have any tips for fighting off allergy season? I'd love to hear them! Share it with me on The Scoop Facebook page and on Twitter!

Thanks for reading,


Friday, April 05, 2013

Food Scoop: A Healthy Spin on Breakfast

Are you tired of having the same bowl of cereal day in and day out? Then check out the three recipes below for a well balanced breakfast!

Peanut Butter Fruit Rollup


Flour Tortilla
Peanut Butter

Make it:

Wash and cut the apple into small bite sized pieces. Evenly spread peanut butter on the tortilla. Slice the tortilla into three strips. Sprinkle a dash of cinnamon. Arrange the pieces of apple on the tortilla in a row. Roll the tortilla up. Eat it.

The scoop: the protein from the peanut butter keeps your blood sugar levels stable, which helps maintain a consistent energy level.

Oatmeal and Fresh Fruit

Nothing is quicker or easier in the morning than making a bowl of oatmeal, but take it to the next level by adding a variety of fresh fruit, sliced almonds, and even dried fruit like raisins and dates. Switch it up every now and then so you don’t get bored. For a quick and basic version follow the recipe below.


Instant Oatmeal (unsweetened)
Fresh Blueberries
Ripe Banana
Cinnamon (optional)

Make it:

Heat the oatmeal according to the package directions. While that’s cooking, slice the banana into bite sized pieces. Add the banana and a handful of fresh blueberries to the hot oatmeal. Sprinkle a dash of cinnamon and enjoy!

The scoop: Oatmeal is high in soluble fiber, which digests slowly and helps you feel fuller for longer.

Avocado and Egg Muffin

Avocado Toast

English Muffin
Ripe Avocado
Salt and Pepper

Make it:

Fry the egg over easy in a skillet over medium heat. Add a dash of salt and pepper for taste. Toast the English Muffin until lightly brown. Cut and pit the avocado, scoop the insides into a bowl. Mash it with a fork. Spread the avocado over both sides of the English Muffin (the more the merrier). Add the fried egg and eat as a sandwich.

If you're vegan, you can simply spread the avocado over your favorite toasted bread. Avocado toast is seriously one of my favorite snacks in the world!

The scoop: Avocados are an excellent source of Omega 3 and Omega 6, the good fats that support brain and heart health.

What’s your favorite nutrition packed breakfast? Share it with me on Twitter @danielle0090.