The Top Makeup Brush Cleaners and Why You Need One

A guide to saving your face from a dirty brush, how to clean a makeup brush, and the tools you need to keep makeup brushes germ free.
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Feb. 12
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Cherie is an online community of beauty lovers sharing their stories; whether that's their favorite products, makeup tutorials, or skincare routines. Download the app today to be a part of #BeautyWithoutBarriers and show the world what beauty means to you!Imagine a painter didn't clean his brushes. The colors would blur, the shapes fall apart, and the artwork result would become a mess. Now, look at your makeup brushes! Every morning, afternoon touch up, and night time look has you caking on product, powder, and pigment onto these brushes. They are the centerpiece of your beauty routine and have front row access to your face. As well as makeup pigment and product, makeup brushes catch oil, dirt, and grime from your skin every time you use them. Even if you wash your face and follow your skin cleansing routine religiously, you will still be delivering that grime straight back into your pores if you don't give your brushes a thorough cleanse too. You might even find that persistent breakouts start to clear up soon as you tackle your makeup bag brush collection. What happens if I DON'T clean my brushes? Yikes! Not cleaning your brush is committing a cardinal sin in the skincare game. But if you need more convincing read on! 1. Bacteria Build-Up. Bacteria can be healthy (like the stuff you find in Yoghurt), or it can be downright gross. Bacteria in makeup brushes is the second kind. Bacteria build-up in a brush means you're spreading acne-causing nastiness all over your skin!2. Breakouts. Brushes pick up dead cells, excess oil, and other germs (like the bacteria above) and deliver them straight back onto your skin. This can mean breakouts, clogged pores, and redness. 3. Irritated SkinYour skin doesn't like foreign substances or build-ups. It wants a pleasant, calm, slightly acidic atmosphere without harsh scrubbing or dirt smothering it. Unfortunately, not washing your brushes contributes to both these things! Cleaning your brushes leaves the bristles soft and supple, delivering a gentler experience and saving your skin from irritation. 4. Viral InfectionsWe've seen enough photos of pink eye to understand why cleaning your brush instead of sharing is a good option. 5. Muddy Makeup ApplicationThe end goal of makeup brushes is to help application. It's to make you look and feel your best. And grimy brushes can't do this! This is especially true with beauty blenders and contouring brushes. Keep them clean, or your contour will get mean! How to Clean Makeup Brushes?Cleaning your makeup brushes is a bit time consuming, so set aside half an hour and make sure you give a few hours for the brushes to completely dry. Start by adding a dollop of gentle shampoo/dishwashing soap/makeup cleaner into a small bowl of warm water. Swirl around your brushes, massaging as you go to remove gunk. Once done, let air dry for a few hours. While you do need specialized tools for a truly deep clean, this process is a great starting point. For beauty blenders, it's a little bit harder. Try using a Beauty Blender Cleanser, like this one at Sephora. Submerge your blender for a few minutes in warm water, dap dry with a paper towel, and allow it to dry. To truly clean, you will need to microwave the blender for a few seconds to kill the last of any bacteria (or bugs). The Best Cleaning Tools for Makeup Brushes!For a truly deep clean, you are going to need specialized equipment. To help you make an informed brush cleaning choice, we've listed our five favorite tools to help deep clean your makeup brushes! Sigma Spa Brush Cleaning MatWhat is a makeup brush cleaning mat? It's a clever rubber mat that uses different textures to clean every brush in your repertoire. Simply sweep the brushes over the mat with a makeup brush cleanser or baby shampoo, give it a rinse, and you're done! It's quick, easy, and effective, and is sure to help with your makeup cleaning routine! The downside is now waiting for the brushes to dry. StylPro Makeup Brush Cleaner DryerThe StylPro is as new-wave as a makeup brush cleaner can get! StylPro Makeup Brush Cleaner and Dryer makes brush cleaning super quick, simple, and offers a seriously deep clean. To start with, you attach your brush to the handy and versatile brush spinning device. Then simply dip into a cleansing solution, and spin away to deeply clean and then dry your brush. Voila! Done and dry in seconds. The internet and beauty experts love this device, and we agree! It makes cleaning a breeze and delivers visible results. Plus, it means you don't have to wait hours for your brushes to dry! The StylPro takes your brushes from dirty to clean and dry in under 30 seconds. Sigma Dry’n Shape Tower Face and EyesAfter washing, it's super important to allow your brushes to dry, reshaping them as you go. However, this can be a minefield. Any water or moisture left in the bristles will attract bacteria, starting the whole cycle again! Enter the Sigma Dry’n Shape Tower, which allows brushes to hang upside down and drain naturally and fully. It also features a great set of straps to shape the brushes on the go, leaving your bristles smooth, centered, and in place. Ms Dear Color Removal SpongeWith over a thousand 5 star reviews on Amazon, this color removal sponge is a fabulous on-the-go alternative to a deep clean. The sponge works to remove pigment, excess product, and dead skin cells from a brush. How? Simply run the brush across its surface, and you're ready to go! Some Final Tips to Keep Makeup Brushes Germ FreeYou should be washing your brushes weekly if you use makeup every day. If this is too much, try monthly and let your brushes air out after each usage. Try Investing in a Daily Brush Cleaner, like this one sold by Sephora. Simply spritz on after daily use to keep your brushes fresh.
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SEPHORA COLLECTIONDaily Brush Cleaner
However, you choose to go about cleaning your brushes, keeping the backbone of your makeup routine clean and fresh will do wonders for your skin and application. Let us know how you liked these tools and if you have any brush cleaning hacks we missed! For more advice on makeup brushes, cleaning, and skincare, check out Cherie's latest articles.
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🌟💎 A hidden gem in cherie giveaway prize
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This is my night skincare routine for oily, combination , acne prone skin. These products are so good and help me lots with painful acne around jawlines. 🧖🏻‍♀️I use #Senka - SENKA All Clear Water Micellar White[products]#[FiveStars] ove my makeup. I like this one because it has green tea in it and very suitable for combination acne prone skin. 💜 Next, I use TATCHA - The Rice Wash Soft Cream Cleanser aka the perfect winter cleanser. Even my usually oily skin likes this. It’s very gentle, smells so so nice and luxurious. Lathers beautiful but still creamy. It cleanses your face as it should but doesn’t dry your skin out during winter. 💆🏻‍♀️For acne treatment, I exfoliate withCOSRX - One Step Pimple Clear Pads 2x/week and use LA ROCHE-POSAY - Effaclar Adapalene Gel .01% Topical Retinoid Acne Treatment 3x/week but not in the same night. 🔥✨ Then we have this lovely moisturizer INDIE LEE - Daily Skin Nutrition I’ve tried many oil free moisturizer for my stubborn oily skin but nothing works. It’s always look dull and shiny in the afternoon. If you have the same issue this product is perfect for you. This moisturizer IMMEDIATELY sinks into your skin and keeps my skin hydrated all day. It makes my skin so soft, doesn’t feel sticky after applying, even suitable for sensitive skin. The only downside to this is it’s the scent. It smells kinda weird to me but will disappear after a few minutes. That’s all from me. Hope you like this post 😁 *Music: Together( Prod. by Lukrembo)
Briogeo Scalp Revival at the Sephora Sale
Briogeo Scalp Revival at the Sephora Sale
The November Sephora sale is coming up soon, so I wanted to tell you all about my thoughts on these Briogeo Scalp Revival products. Note: I will not be talking about the shampoo. I really love Briogeo as a brand. Their Curl Charisma line has really helped me bring my curls back to life. However, I have super sensitive skin all over my body and this includes my scalp. I have to treat it right or else I get HELLA itchy and I also get dandruff occasionally. Here are my thoughts and experiences with Briogeo’s Scalp Revival Conditioner and Scalp Treatment Serum: Briogeo Scalp Revival Conditioner: Briogeo - Scalp Revival Charcoal + Peppermint Oil Cooling Jelly Conditioner ok, so you can clearly see that I’ve rated this 1/5 stars... but let me explain why: my hair is SO DRY. It’s really frustrating having to use lightweight products near my scalp, but having to use super thick creams on the rest of my hair. I thought this product might solve that problem by, you know, conditioning my hair a good amount all around. Nope. This conditioner has the same consistency as their shampoo, just minus the exfoliating beads...they describe it as a “gel conditioner” but it freaking lathers dude like a conditioner LATHERING?!?! No thank you. It dried out my hair so badly and did not give me any type of moisture whatsoever. So, obviously, this is not the right product for my hair type, but who would benefit from this? I would definitely recommend this conditioner if you have the oiliest hair on the planet. Like, wash your hair daily oily, no curl, no texture, just pin straight hair. That is the only type of hair I’d recommend this to. I got this in a travel kit (2oz) which I would recommend picking up if this sounds like your kind of product! Briogeo Scalp Revival Treatment Serum:Briogeo - Scalp Revival Charcoal + Tea Tree Scalp Treatment Serum ok, so we are obviously full 180 here. Let me tell you about my lover. My partner in crime. The treatment serum. Oh my gosh. This has SAVED my scalp on multiple occasions. I use it every other time I wash my hair, so probably twice a month. It’s a lightweight serum that treats itchy and dry scalp but it doesn’t make your scalp oily AT ALL!! I love it. I part my hair into sections around the front hairline and crown where I get the itchiest, and apply it while my hair is wet after I get out of the shower. It’s kind of pricey (1oz for $32) but a bottle lasts forever for me. Like, at least a year! I highly recommend this for those with an itchy scalp. Ok, but why tea tree and charcoal? They have healing and cleansing properties for your scalp without being overly harsh or stripping to your hair. Briogeo’s products are 6-free: no harsh sulfates, no parabens, no silicones, no phthalates, no artificial dyes, no DEA. This supports healthy overall hair. Have you tried anything from Briogeo? #CheriePartner
pre + post Halloween-Makeup skincare routine
pre + post Halloween-Makeup skincare routine
Hi!! With halloween around the corner and face paints and heavy makeup inevitable, I wanted to share some products that I think would be helpful to making sure your skin stays safe and protected under makeup, and things to do post makeup to minimize irritation and acne. Besides your normal routine, here are some things you can add! Obviously I don’t suggest adding all these things in one day, but if you have some of these and you know they work for you, try it out! My skin type: sensitive, acne-prone, rosacea, combo My skin concern: redness, hyperpigmentation Pre Halloween Skincare: + FARMACY - Honey Potion Renewing Antioxidant Hydration Mask this is one of my favorite hydrating masks; it has a warming effect and it’s very healing. The antioxidants can protect from free radicals and provide a quick moisture barrier recovery. Use it very lightly and it washes off SO well. Smells a bit like honey. + FARMACY - Deep Sweep this toner is absolutely heavenly, it’s great for preparing your skin for incoming acne and clearing up oily skin and extra sebum. Not a lot of fragrance, which is great. This is perfect for halloween because salicylic acid is a bit photosensitive, but at night time there and under masks there is very little that could go wrong in that sense. + #Romer - Treatment[products]#[FourStars] this product is fairly new to me, but I am very excited about it. It’s a moisturizer/treatment combo, so you can leave it on or wash it off as a mask. I prefer to leave it on; it’s very soothing and rich, so it hydrates my skin so well. Smells very fresh and also a bit like fruit! It’s made with niacinamide and prickly pear, so it’s nourishing as well as a little clarifying. Post Halloween Skincare: + PLANT APOTHECARY - Not A Spot Acne Treatment Mask you know how you can FEEL acne coming after a long day of wearing makeup or sweating or whatever? This mask is perfect for it! I usually use this as a spot treatment unless my skin is really bad - it can be drying on normal or dry skin. If you’re oily or combo, just use sparingly. It’s a powder so you have to follow the directions and mix it with water (or your favorite serum or essence or toner), I usually just do water, and then it’s like a paste! Not much of a smell, but I do like the gentleness of it. + SNP - Cicaronic Sheet Mask after acne masks or clay masks, I like to follow up with a hydrating sheet mask to soothe and calm my skin. This one is perfect - made with centella asiatica aka cica - and the sheet mask actually fits my face for the first time ever! This will add some hydration back into your skin post acne/clay mask and prep for the rest of your routine. Smells like fresh cut grass!
COLLAGEN— THE SECRET TO WRINKLE-FREE SKIN?!
COLLAGEN— THE SECRET TO WRINKLE-FREE SKIN?!
I’ve always heard/been told that once you hit 25 you need to start incorporating collagen into your daily routine. Our bodies natural collagen production begins to decline and adding it or collage- boosting products can help to keep plump, wrinkle-free skin. I am under 25 but that doesn’t mean that I can't still benefit from collagen products.  Collagen What is it:  Collagen is a protein found in your body that provides it’s structure including the skin, hair and nails.  Collagen decline: Many factors decline collagen production including: •age (typically after 25) •sugar/refined carbs •excess sun exposure •smoking How to boost collagen production: Fortunately there are many ways to boost collagen production. Including foods, supplements, and skin care. This can either be incorporated directly from the source (collagen) or by the collagen-boosting foods. Collagen foods: •bone broth •egg whites •fish •lean meat •spirulina Collagen-boosting foods: •vitamin C; such as citrus fruits, broccoli  •zinc; such as certain cereals, breads •manganese; such as leafy green vegetables and teas •copper; such as nuts and shellfish Supplemnets: Supplements are an easy way to incorporate collagen into the body. They can be incorporated into foods or drinks making it practical for everyday use. Some forms of supplements include: •gelatin •collagen pills •collagen peptide/protein powders •marine collagen Skincare: If you are using a skincare product this claims to have pure collagen in it, it may not be as beneficial as you’d like it to be. That is because collagen in it’s pure form may be to hard to penetrate through the skin and will leave you with no benefits. When choosing skincare products for collagen, its best to chose products that claim to boost collagen production. These products will contain ingredients mentioned above such as vitamin-c and even retinols.  A product that I use that boosts collagen production with the help of active marine plant extracts is:  ELEMIS - Pro-Collagen Marine Cream — $128 Key Ingredients: •Padina Pavonica: A unique Mediterranean algae with proven outstanding anti-aging benefits (aids in the production of collagen) •Mimosa: An anti-inflammatory, toning and astringent. It has a pleasing, delicate aroma •Rose: A natural fragrance component with nurturing and calming properties -Ulta.com What is it: Hydrating, wrinkle cream that helps firm the skin. How I use: This cream is intended for day use but I find it way to thick to use during the day. I like to use this cream at night as a moisturizer to seal in all of my other creams and serums. I apply all over my face and neck.  Results/Recommendations: Like previously stated, this cream is very thick. I’m prefer lightweight creams over thicker ones. This cream is not irritating and did not cause any side affects for my sensitive skin. However I did not see any dramatic differences for the amount of money the product cost. I feel as if other products work better but I do like that it aids in collagen production. I personally would not repurchase.  If you are worried about wrinkles or are interested in living a healthier lifestyle, I would recommend for you to think about incorporating ways to boost your collagen production. This can either be through quitting bad habits such as smoking, making better food choices, or incorporating collagen supplements/skincare into your daily routine. Lastly, if you are a vegetarian, etc. it is good to know that there are plenty of plant-based options available.  #CheriePartner
Create A Subtle Cat Eye Using Lash Extensions💕
Create A Subtle Cat Eye Using Lash Extensions💕
This post is dedicated to those of you who don’t want or can’t use a lash strip! If you have a subtle eyeshadow look, a great way to enhance your natural eyeshape is to use individual lash extensions! It’ll give you that your lash but better look and create a charming “atmosphere” around the eye. You don’t have to be a lash artist to do it. All you need is some classic lash glue and individual lashes from a place like LASHIFY - AMPLIFY GOSSAMER LASHES For this eyelook, I created a Demi lash towards the outer corner. A Demi lash is essentially a lash that is about 1/3rd long of a normal strip lash. Starting for the end of the outer corner I used three individual lashes beginning with a 14mm size at the outermost corner. Next would be a 12mm and a finally a 10mm. You can see the difference it makes in the first photo vs the second. In the second photo, I just have mascara, whereas the first photo I have the 3 individual lashes! Tips: 1. Curl and put on your mascara BEFORE you put on the individual lashes. The mascara will provide a sturdy base for the individual lashes to attach to. 2. Use a tweezer to assist with your application and attach the lash to your lash line. DO NOT put it directly on the waterline because this will cause irritation. You do want to be close to it though! 3. I use the lash glue from house of lashes. It’s comfortable and not clumpy. Place the glue on the individual lash like you would normally would on a strip lash. You only need A LITTLE bit of glue. Placing too much will cause difficulty in sticking and it’ll get all over your lashes. Another glue you could use or try is the DUO - DUO Brush-on Adhesive Enjoy your flirty “natural” lashes 💕😄