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DIY Solid Makeup Brush Cleanser

DIY-makeup-brush-cleanser-YT-thumbnail--for-web When it comes to maintaining a great skin care regimen, one aspect you can’t forget about is regular cleaning of your makeup brushes (if you’re a makeup wearer, of course)! Trust me, your skin will pay a hefty price if you keep putting off a good brush cleaning session. I used to use a liquid brush cleanser for my brushes, but when solid makeup brush cleansers came on the scene…my interest was piqued! They looked so easy to use BUT the $20 price tag just wasn’t for me. That’s when I started looking at the ingredients in some of these solid makeup cleansers and realized that I could achieve the same effect with even better ingredients in the natural soaps sold by Shea Moisture!

This was the EASIEST DIY EVER! All you need is a bar of Shea Moisture soap (I’ve tested both Lemongrass & Ginger, Olive & Green Tea shea butter soaps) and a travel soap dish (makes it easier to hold the soap while cleaning your brushes and then you have a solid makeup brush cleanser to go!). Let’s just say that in the end, my brushes looked, felt and smelled AMAZING. My pockets are happy too as $6 for the soap & dish will last me quite a while when it comes to cleaning my makeup brushes! You can watch the video below to see how well it worked on my brushes.

FYI: I’ve discovered that the Quirky Zen Cosmetics holder works great for storing your makeup brushes upright (just don’t dry them upright or it could damage the bristle glue at the base!). It’s great for keeping your brushes off of the counter when you’re in the midst of doing your makeup. Love the creative design!


How often do you clean your makeup tools? Are you a fan of solid makeup brush cleansers or do you think this is something you will try soon?


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For the month of February, Patrice Yursik of has partnered with the My Black is Beautiful platform to celebrate and honor the everyday Black woman with their ‘Beauty Fit For A Queen’ program. Continue reading to learn more about the ‘Beauty Fit For A Queen‘ campaign and Afrobella’s thoughts on beauty and black beauty icons. 


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If you’re a fan of castor oil for natural hair and body care, you’ve more than likely heard of Tropic Isle Living’s Jamaican Black Castor Oil. I recently had the opportunity to chat with Tropic Isle Living co-founder, Mrs. Lois Reid- Hines to learn more about how her and her husband started Tropic Isle Living over 20 years ago and where the company is headed today!


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How did Tropic Isle Living begin and what was the motivation for its creation?

 Me and my husband, Michael Hines, founded Tropic Isle Living with our love of Jamaican roots and our culture. We both have a deep-rooted love for the old time traditional products our grandparents used that are tried and true. When we were both working at Sundial in 1992 and Michael was looking for a path of his own, the owner Brother Rashan Abdul Hakim told us to “start selling the Jamaican Black Castor Oil”. And that’s exactly what we did. Our motivation is our passion and belief in a natural and traditional way of living, therefore providing our consumers with good wholesome and healthy products steeped in tradition.

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Beija Flor Naturals Creme Brulee REVISITED!

Have you ever come back to an old beauty product fave and wondered how you ever let so much time go by before using it again? Well this happened to me recently with Beija Flor Naturals Creme Brulee curling and twisting cream! This was one of my favorites back in 2011 (see my original review here) and I’m so happy that the owner reached out to me to try their updated Creme Brulee formula!


Can I just say that I’m more in love with this product than even before! The main ingredients are still the same, but the texture is certainly creamier and easier to smooth throughout the hair while styling. I also love [click to continue…]


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Since it had been several months since I had my hair cut into a tapered style, I thought it would be fun to blow it out and try a bantu knot out style! This also ended up being the perfect time for me to try out Shea Moisture’s new Smooth & Repair Blow Out Cream from their Tahitian Noni & Monoi collection. You can check out my results in the video below and keep reading [click to continue…]