DIY, Inspiration

Beauty Tips // Getting the most out of your makeup

I’m an avid reader of beauty blogs – whether it’s DIY masks for healthier skin, reviews of new makeup products,  or the best protective styles for my curly hair, I love reading and pinning ideas that get me thinking about ways to improve my own beauty routine.  In fact, one of the most popular post on my blog to date is my post on how to clean your makeup brushes and I hope to begin sharing more beauty-related and hair-care posts here in the future.

Clean Makeup Brushes

Since we’re experiencing another snowstorm (ugh!) here in the northeast today, it’s a perfect day for me to catch up on some blog posts! I was recently turned onto this post, by Lana Ramos, about how to get the most out of your makeup products and save money at the same time.

my makeup bag

Naturally, my favorite of her 5 tips is #3, about cleaning your brushes. Brushes are an investment, and you should take care of them not only to prevent bacteria from building up and getting on your face, but also to prevent you from spending more money on replacement brushes in the long run. The other take-aways from the post, though, include not wasting foundation by dispensing more than you actually need (same goes for things like lotions or other liquid products), storing your products appropriately, and making sure you purchase products that you’re actually going to use.

You can find the Save Makeup Save Money: Tips for Making your Beauty Products Last post, by clicking this link!

To pick up or re-stock your own beauty and makeup favorites (lipsticks, blushes, brushes, hair tools, etc.), visit HSN’s beauty section, or their makeup page.

Enjoy your weekend, lovies!


DIY, Inspiration, Nails, Recipes

A MixedMethod Year in Review

It’s been almost a year since I started this blog which seems really unbelievable. I created MixedMethod to serve as a creative outlet for me, but it’s become so much more than that. Keeping a blog has encouraged me to become even more creative in my life, to see beauty in random, everyday objects, and to pursue my interests in all kinds of things – from nail art to photography to cooking, decorating, crafting and everything in between.

Through this blog I’ve also been able to share so much of my creative ideas with people from all over the world. People from 143 countries have visited my blog! Really cool. And, I’ve gotten great feedback from people and have even made a few blog-world friends. I love reading and responding to comments and am so thankful for for all of the visitors who stop by my blog each day and who share their thoughts and love of creativity with me.

As 2012 comes to an end, I thought it would be oh-so-apropos to share some of this year’s most popular posts. We have to start with my How to Clean your Makeup Brushes DIY.

Clean Makeup Brushes

This DIY was by far the most popular one I’ve ever posted on the blog. Simple and practical, it reminds me that I really need to deep-clean my brushes this week…

My most popular nail art post was my paint splattered nails tutorial.

Paint Splatter Mani

Next in our top 5 (I’m making it a top 5, did you know that?) is my Pinterest-inspired project for making wall art using scrapbook paper. The project was appropriately titled “DIY Scrapbook Paper Wall Art.”

Scrapbook Paper Wall Art

The most popular of my recipe posts were these Buffalo Turkey Lettuce Wraps:

Buffalo Turkey Lettuce Wraps

(Thank you to The Girl Who Ate Everything for the recipe!)

Annnnnnd…the #5 most popular post on MixedMethod in 2012 was one of my first DIY projects: Snow Day Wall Art.

Herringbone Tape Pattern on Canvas

Looking at that herringbone pattern makes me want to paint another canvas the same way.

There you have it, a little 2012 year in blogging review. Hope you enjoyed! Lots more to come in 2013!!



How To Clean Your Makeup Brushes

I love makeup. D would probably argue that between the makeup and the nail polish I should try to find a 12 step program. But I can’t help it, it’s so fun to try out new colors or techniques, even if I’m not planning to leave the house. But when I do leave the house, I pretty much always have makeup on. Whether it’s just some concealer and mascara quickly before work, or a dark smokey eye for a night out with friends. It’s like art for your face!

How to Clean Your Makeup Brushes

So if you’re like me and you use makeup, you probably also use makeup brushes – for blush, eye shadow, foundation, etc. Apparently I have a brush for everything and then some…But it’s important to keep those brushes clean so that you don’t spread bacteria all over your face again and again! Ideally, you should do a quick-clean if your brushes every week, and a good deep clean about once a month, regardless of whether you’ve used the brushes every day, or only just a few times.

The good news is, you can do a monthly deep clean of your brushes using stuff you probably already have in your kitchen!

Brush Cleaning Supplies

You will need:

  • dish soap
  • olive oil
  • a plate
  • water (not pictured)
  • paper towel or dish towel (not pictured)
  • dirty, dirty makeup brushes

The soap will remove the bacteria/grease/color left on your brushes while the olive oil helps to condition the brush bristles and keep them from drying out.

Soap and Oil on Plate

First, add equal parts of the oil and soap onto a plate. I start with a teaspoon of each, then add more as I go along, if I need it. Next, swirl your dirty brush in the mixture and you’ll see all the leftover makeup start to flush itself out of the brush.

Swirling a Makeup Brush in Oil Soap Mixture

After you’ve swirled it around for 10 seconds or so, rinse the brush in lukewarm water to get all of the soap out. Rinse until the water runs clear and the brush is no longer soapy.

Washing Makeup Brushes

Make sure not to get water in the ferrule of the brush (the metal part of the brush that holds the bristles onto the wooden shaft). If you get water in there, the glue that holds the bristles together and onto the shaft will fail and your brushes will not be good brushes anymore!

Makeup Brush Ferrule

Once you’ve washed off all of your brushes, gently reshape them and lay them flat to dry. I usually prop them on a paper towel and leave them to dry overnight.

Drying Brushes

I won’t lie, this brush cleaning was loooong overdue, and cleaning your brushes like this works really well, especially if it’s been a while. If you take good care of your brushes, they’ll stay very soft and supple and you can use them for years and years. I’m always amazed at how great using dish soap and olive oil works. Check out how dirty this brush was:

Dirty Stippling Brush

A few swirls around the plate and a quick rinse, and it’s as good as new!

Clean Stippling Brush

Quick, easy, no special ingredients, and it’s kinda fun!

Clean Makeup Brushes