How To: Deep Clean Your Makeup Brushes… Properly.

By request, I completed this tutorial last week and instead of posting it here I decided to use Snapguide – which is an actual forum for the creation of How-To Guides and tutorials. It’s a fantastic little community, and I encourage you to check it out (www.snapguide.com) – you’ll find a whole host of great (and not so great) guides and tutorials on just about anything you can think of.

After day 1 of my tutorial being uploaded, it was featured in both the Beauty and New Looks For The New Year sections on Snapguide.  Wow…really?  Love it!  Like I said, great community.

While I am working on launching my new website (www.beautybytes.ca), I wanted to get back to writing tutorials and reviews.  And while I’m at it, I’ll toss out my new (additional) Twitter name… @mybeautybytes … Not a whole lot goin’ down there right now, but you’re welcome to look me up.  You can expect to see some up and coming action there in the next couple of week.  So back to what I was rambling about before… Next to YouTube, I’m pretty sure Snapguide is going to be my go-to app.  Yep, I said app!  Snapguide is available on the web but guess what folks?  You can download their app for iPad and iPhone too.  The best part is that you can create and upload video clips using the mobile app (you can’t do this on the web platform) – so making tutorials is super easy.

Anywhoodle… let’s get back on track here, shall we?

If you own makeup brushes, you’ll want to check out my tutorial.  Even if you only own ONE makeup brush.  It’s a step by step on how to properly deep clean your most important beauty tools.  You’d think this was a no-brainer…but believe me when I tell you, I’m shocked at how many women out there do NOT clean their makeup brushes.  And when I say “clean” – I’m not referring to using those spray cleaners.  Yes, those are great for in between quick clean ups…but they do not remove nearly as much build up, oil, dirt, dead skin cells (yecht… ok I’ll stop) as a good deep cleaning will.

CLICK HERE or on the picture below to check out my tutorial featured on Snapguide.  And as always, I love your comments and suggestions, so after you take a swing by Snapguide don’t forget to swing back and show some love.  If you liked my tutorial and would like to see more, you’re also welcome to forward any requests or suggestions to info {at} beautybytes {dot} ca

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My Top 10 Pet Peeves of 2013

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We all have em’…right? I wonder how many of you share similar sentiments about the following 10 pet peeves. 10. Pre-made salads from the grocery store that “claim” to be fresh, but when you take them home the lettuce in the middle is starting to brown. Sneaky. 9. Christmas lights that are still up on […]

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On the 3rd Day of Christmas…

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…MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME! **Today Only** Get our “Pamper Plus Spa” (regular value $116) at 20% OFF! Includes a Skinvigorate Cleansing Brush, TimeWise Moisture Renewing Gel Mask and TimeWise 3-in-1 Cleanser. Order yours today and receive FREE gift wrapping, FREE shipping Canada-wide and/or FREE local delivery within the Greater Hamilton Area! Order Online:  […]

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On the 2nd Day of Christmas…

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…MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME….! You can join the Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/177285945812315 or simply following along here at The Mommyhood Chronicles! **TODAY ONLY** On ALL Mary Kay cosmetics including brush collection, compacts, oil-free eye makeup remover, brush cleaner and fragrances! Buy 1 get one 15% OFF Buy 2 get one 25% OFF Buy […]

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On the 1st Day of Christmas….

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…MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME….! Today is officially day 1 of my 12 Days of Christmas online Holiday party!  If you missed out on yesterday’s exclusive early bird deals, no worries – I’ve got some great things in store for you over the next 12 days. You can join this Facebook event here:  https://www.facebook.com/events/177285945812315 […]

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12 Days of Christmas Online Shopping Spree!

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From November 30th 8:00pm through to 11:59pm (EST) we’ll be kicking off our online 12 Days of Christmas Holiday Party shopping spree with some amazing Early Bird exclusives!! Enjoy our 100% satisfaction guarantee on all products, FREE gift wrapping, FREE shipping Canada-wide (shipping to US additional cost), and FREE local delivery in the Greater Hamilton […]

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I’m turning Black Friday….PINK!

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I’m turning Black Friday…PINK! TODAY ONLY… TAKE 15% OFF YOUR ENTIRE ORDER of $50 or more!!! PLUS… PINK FRIDAY BOGO – BUY ONE GET ONE 50% OFF SELECT ITEMS: Microdermabrasion, Replenishing Serum +C, TimeWise Night Restore & Recover Complex, TimeWise Firming Eye Cream, TimeWise Repair Volu-Firm Eye Renewal Cream, Satin Hands Pampering Set. PINK FRIDAY […]

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Goodbye, Baby Girl

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I said goodbye to my best friend tonight. Without a doubt, the most difficult, heart wrenching thing I’ve ever had to do. I didn’t want her to be scared, so I stayed with my baby girl, holding her head in my arms and she drifted away to a warm, peaceful place and whispered in her […]

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Dream Big.

Can I just say that I woke up this morning with a smile on my face… I felt energized… at peace. You know those moments in life where you catch a glimpse of where you’re headed… a flash view of the road you’re on and the feeling that you are exactly where you are supposed […]

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Helping Your Child Take Safe Risks (Guest Post)

The first instinct of most parents when confronted with the idea of allowing, let alone encouraging, kids to take risks typically involves preventing any risky behavior at all. While you certainly don’t want to encourage your child to jump from the top of a tree or take off across the street without looking both ways […]

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5 Preventable Life-threatening Injuries & How You Can Stop Them (Guest Post)

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Life-threatening injuries are tragic when they strike families with young children, but the tragedy feels magnified when the accidents and injuries could have been prevented with a few simple precautions. As a parent, one of the smartest things you can do is take the necessary steps to make sure accidents like these don’t come into […]

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The Baby Chronicles: Taking Your Baby Book Online (Guest Post)

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  Sick of staring at a baby book you don’t have time to keep up? Feeling bad your baby journal is behind? Did a hand-crafted baby book end with your intentions? If so, join the new mom’s club. Fortunately, you can create a customized and personalized baby journal and doing so doesn’t have to cost […]

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My Children’s Pets (Guest Post)

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I have had quite a morning with my children’s pets. Just to make it clear my children are now adults and most of these animals were purchased years ago. Just keep this in mind when you are getting pets; they sometimes outlive your children being around to take care of them! That is not always […]

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Whoah… talk about a serious tech-kick in the face!

I’ve been down…but not OUT! Holy SHEESH – these past few weeks have been a real pain in the you-know-what.  I disappeared off the face of the interwebz there for a while (sorry!)  After logging into my website’s back office 3 1/2 weeks ago, I was met with a super sized problem.  For starters, all […]

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Foody Friday: Nutella Peanut Butter Pretzel Cookies (gluten-free)

Boy do I have a treat for you! For anybody out there looking for a tasty gluten-free treat – this one has your name written all over it.  Thank you Sarah M. from www.meatisnotasidedish.com for submitting this recipe for Foody Friday! I would love to hear your feedback on this one guys… so please come […]

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Guest Post: Musical Games You Can Play With Your Kids

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Music has a big impact on kids. Music helps them learn, makes things fun and creates great memories that last a lifetime. It is no wonder that many of the games and activities we remember from childhood center around music. With that in mind here are some fun musical games you can play and teach […]

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Justice for Tim (a dedication to Tim Bosma & the Bosma family)

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Up until just over a week ago, I did not know this man or his family.  I saw a chilling update on my Facebook news feed… a re-posted post detailing the beginnings of an investigation for a missing Hamilton area man, named Tim Bosma.  “I live here… what’s this all about?” I remember thinking to […]

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Happy Mother’s Day 2013

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Wishing all the mamas, grandmothers, aunties, sisters and wonderful ladies out there a fan-tabulous Mother’s Day today!  May your day be filled with lots of love, joy, happiness and laughter! I discovered almost 8 months ago that this is THE most amazing job in the world.  I love my little munchkin

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Double-duty Meatloaf & Burgers

With tomorrow being Mother’s Day, I thought I’d share this easy prep and cook weeknight meal that doubles as a great weekend dinner too! As a new mom to a baby under 1 year, I’ve quickly learned that getting the most out of what you have, on hand or otherwise, is one of the best […]

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Personalized Rocking Chair Giveaway (ends 05/19)

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Shouldn’t every member of the family have a seat to call their own?  How about a personalized rocking chair… wouldn’t that totally rock?  Har, har Baby Gifts & Baskets is hosting an amazing giveaway where one lucky reader will win a personalized rocking chair (valued at $130).  You can choose from white, natural, or espresso […]

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Guest Post: Treat Yourself this Spring with Natural Body Lotion

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Today I have a guest post for you from Michelle, who works at Skana spa in upstate New York. She emailed me with an easy DIY recipe for making a chemical-free, spa quality natural body lotion… and I, of course, just had to share it with you.  As a new mom, I have become very […]

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So I’m not “Super Mom”… shoot me.

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It’s been a long while now since my last post… life has been crazy ridiculously insane since our little guy graced us with his presence.  To be honest (and quite frank), I sincerely have no idea how some of these mom bloggers do it… I mean really, I barely have enough time in the day […]

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Our new addition! (long overdue post)

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This post is obviously very long overdue… almost 2 months, in fact…. *enter apology here* … Life has been a mix of crazy and hectic these past few weeks – having a newborn is certainly no joke.  It definitely takes a bit of time to figure out how to do more than carry, feed, change […]

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Hurry up and wait…

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Yup – still hangin’! At forty weeks and 5 days I am officially overdue… although, I guess I should have anticipated this would be the case.  It’s said that many first time mom’s will go beyond their due date by up to two weeks.  To be very honest, I can’t imagine being this pregnant for […]

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MIA, full term… & recap of 3rd trimester

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Firstly, I am so sorry for being completely MIA these past couple of weeks.  I’m horrible, I know!  But I’m sure at least some of you can relate – when life boils over sometimes all you need is a serious break to get back into the swing of things. So, go grab yourself a coffee […]

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Tips for easing swollen feet & ankles during pregnancy

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During this pregnancy I have been extremely lucky to have gotten away with very few and minor symptoms… but one of the symptoms I just wasn’t lucky enough to dodge was swelling.  Beginning in my 35th week, it seemed to have hit me all at once – my poor feet and ankles resembled something close […]

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35 week bumpdate!

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    Pregnancy:  35 weeks… wowza!!! Sleep:  Not much change here – except that I am now waking up at the same times every morning.  A friend of mine once told me to start keeping an eye on any patterns that emerge this late in my pregnancy, as it could be a good indicator of the […]

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Feeling anxious

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So… I know this is completely normal to be feeling a little nervous and anxious at this point in my pregnancy (34 weeks) – but I just have to get this off my chest (there’s enough extra weight in that area as it is!) For those of you who know me and/or follow my blog, […]

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34 weeks down… a few more to go!

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Pregnancy: 34 weeks Sleep:  The good news is that I’m getting plenty throughout the day, lol.  Napping is no stranger to me lately…night time is a completely different story. Feeling/current symptoms:  Mild swelling in feet and hands… hips and back are aching and I’ve definitely been getting my fair share of mildly annoying Braxton Hicks […]

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Project Nursery: The completed room

I had such a fun time working on our little guy’s nursery!  From picking coordinating furniture and colors, to arranging the room… and creating small decor accent pieces.  It took some time, effort and dedication – as I knew it would – but I am definitely pleased with the final result.  Most importantly, I really […]

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