How to Spring Clean Your Makeup Bag + Giveaway!

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1. Clean all makeup brushes 

How long have your makeup brushes been sitting unwashed in your makeup bag? Dermatologists recommend that you clean your brushes daily. If that sounds like too much work, aim to clean makeup brushes at least once a week by using a gentle cleanser such as the Graydon Super Sensitive Face Foam. After washing, thoroughly rinse them, pat with a towel, and lay flat to dry over night.

In between washes, sanitize your brushes using alcohol, or disinfecting spray like the Graydon Germs Away Mist.

Graydon Super Sensitive Face Foam Cleanser | elodiebeauty.com

If you share your makeup, make sure to sanitize!

Did you know that makeup can harbour some pretty nasty critters, like bacteria, yeast, and mould (Psst. more reason to never leave makeup in warm, damp places!).

This CBC Marketplace report studied tester makeup in 4 different retailers. The results are enough to make you want to gag! The lab found 40 per cent of the samples had Staphylococcus aureus bacteria, and 28 per cent were growing mould.

It’s always a good idea not to share your makeup with others, but if you do, make sure to sanitize it between uses using a disinfecting spray or alcohol wipes.

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2. Toss expired makeup 

Despite that Wet n’ Wild eye shadow you’ve been holding on to since high school, makeup doesn’t last forever. In fact, old makeup can cause breakouts and infections. Pink eye anyone??

Use these general guidelines to know how long to keep your makeup:

  • Mascara: 3-6 months
  • Eyeliner: 6 months to 1 year
  • Liquid foundation: 6 months
  • Powder makeup (like blush, eyeshadow, and foundation): 1-2 years
  • Lipstick: 2 years

3. Wash your makeup bag

Bacteria loves warm, dark places with lots of “food” to keep it growing — making your makeup bag and all of it’s contents the perfect breeding ground! In addition to sanitizing and replacing old makeup items, it’s important to also regularly wash your makeup bag. This can be easily done by turning it inside out and throwing it in the washing machine, or hand washing it using a gentle cleanser like Graydon All Over Soap. 

4. Switch to eco-friendly makeup brands

Use the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Cosmetic database to see how your makeup rates. For products that contain toxic ingredients, consider swapping them out with cleaner, more eco-friendly options.

Giveaway

Spring Clean Makeup Bag with Graydon | elodiebeauty.com To get you going on your spring cleaning, I’ve joined with Graydon to giveaway a cleansing kit containing: All Over Soap, Super Sensitive Face Foam, and Germs Away Mist.

Head on over to my Instagram page @elodiebeauty to enter! 

How to find the Perfect Sunscreen for your Skin Type

The Best Natural Sunscreen for Each Skin Type

Sunscreen can be tricky. We all know we should be wearing it everyday (right?), but finding the prefect sunscreen for your skin type that sits well with makeup AND feels good on your skin can be tough! Since I only work with natural products it’s even harder to find a good mineral sunscreen that doesn’t leave your skin looking chalky.

I joined with well.ca to create a video detailing my top sunscreen choices for every skin types and tone.

FOR DRY or NORMAL SKIN 

ThinkSport Everyday Face Sunscreen for normal to dry skin

FOR OILY SKIN

FOR SENSITIVE SKIN

FOR YOUR BODY

ThinkSport all natural water resistant body sunscreen

FOR LIGHT COMPLEXIONS

FOR DARK COMPLEXIONS

AFTER SUN CARE 

Let’s not forget about our skin after it’s had too much sun! Vitamin C (a super antioxidant) can help combat free radical damage, which can cause hyper-pigmentation, fine lines, and skin cancer with repeated exposure. A great way to get this into your skin care is to apply a Vitamin C serum before you go out into the sun. It’s also a good idea to slather on a Vitamin C and fatty acid rich oil like rosehip or seabuckthorn to help soothe, moisturize, and nourish sun worn skin. 

WATCH THE VIDEO FOR MORE TIPS: 

5 Skincare mistakes you might be making

5 Skincare Mistakes You Might Be Making | elodiebeauty.com

Are you someone who’s had the same skincare routine for decades? Those tried and true habits you’re doing on a daily basis might actually be all wrong. I have 5 skincare mistakes you might be making that, when remedied, could make a world of difference on your skin.

Have you been making any of these 5 skincare mistakes?  

  1. Applying moisturizer on dry skin
  2. Using oil exclusively as a moisturizer
  3. Popping red, inflamed pimples
  4. Applying eye cream or spot treatments on last
  5. Exfoliating in the morning

Watch the video to find out why these are mistakes and how you can remedy them!

DIY Superfood Face masks to detoxify and brighten

DIY Face Mask with well.ca | elodiebeauty.com Boost your skin with spirulina, kale, and berries!

You may have tried spirulina, pomegranate, or kale powder in your morning smoothie, but have you tried it a face mask? A few years ago I became obsessed with using dehydrated super food powders in my face masks. They are easier to use, super versatile, and have a longer shelf-life than fresh fruits and veggies.

I recently joined with well.ca to film some of my favourite face mask recipes.

Watch the video: 

Detoxifying Super Green Mask

  • 1 TBS spirulina
  • 1TBS kale powder
  • 1TBS green clay powder
  • 1-2TBS fresh aloe gel

Perfect for clarifying oily and acne prone skin (avoid if skin is sensitive or very dry)

Brightening Super C Mask

  • 1TBS camu camu powder
  • 1TBs pomegranate powder
  • 1TBS raw honey
  • 1TBS full fat greek yogurt

Perfect for hyper-pigmentation and dull skin (note: lactic acid in the yogurt may cause sensitivity for some skin types)

Anti-Aging Berries & Cream Mask

  • 1TBS mixed berry powder
  • 1TBS raw honey
  • 1TBS full fat greek yogurt

Perfect for dry and mature skin types, or to revitalize dull, flaky skin 

Try these at home and let me know how you like them! Take a photo and tag me on Instagram DIY super food face masks with well.ca | elodiebeauty.com