6 Beauty Mistakes You Are Making Now

6 Beauty mistakes you are making now

by Kirsten Brusse

Beauty Mistakes (2)









You never hit the hay before washing your face. You floss daily. But you might not know some of your seemingly innocent beauty habits are, well, kind of gross.

Here are some of the biggest beauty mistakes you may be making and how to come clean.

It’s been months since you cleaned your makeup brushes.

If your skin is breaking out, your brushes may be to blame. Makeup brushes and sponges can get build-up from makeup along with oils, germs, and dirt. All that creates a nasty breading ground for bacteria that can cause breakouts.  Further, it can make your makeup application look less than flawless. I wash mine once a week, usually on a Sunday. Here’s a quick guide on the right way to clean them. I use this or this to clean them.

You don’t clean your hairbrush, either.

This was a recent revelation for me. I should have seen it, I know.  I preach about keeping your makeup brushes clean. How are hair brushes any different?  Residue from hair products, dead skin cells, and your hair’s natural oils build up on your brush over time. This makes your hair dirtier, faster and it’s not doing you any favors in extending the life of your blowout. The solution? A monthly scrub. First, use a comb to rake through the brush—this should catch all the hairs and make them easy to remove. Then massage your brush with a little shampoo, rinse, and let it dry.

You’re too tired to wash your face.

No, a one-time slip isn’t going to ruin your skin—but if you do forgo the face wash, make sure you change your pillowcase the next morning. An even better fix? Stash some makeup remover wipes (these are my favorite) by your night stand and give your face a once over before you drift into LaLa land.  Make sure to pay your skin some extra attention the next day with an exfoliant and/or a face mask.

You take a hot iron to still-damp hair.

Ouch! Just don’t. And while you’re at it, make sure you’re using a product with heat protection (this and this are favorites) every time a hot tool touches your hair.

Perfume: you’re doing it wrong.

Don’t rub your wrists together after applying. It creates heat and friction, which burns through the top notes of your perfume and causes the scent to have a shorter lifespan. Another fragrance faux-pas is leaving the bottle out on your bathroom shelf where exposure to light and fluctuating temperatures can cause your fragrance to break down, discolor, and even go rancid. Stick it somewhere cool and dark instead.

How old is your mascara again?

Did you know that beauty products expire? Over-the-counter products like sunscreen and anti-acne treatments tend to have an expiration date printed right on the packaging. But for the average beauty product, the expiration date is based on when you start using it and where you store it. Climate and humidity will shorten a product’s shelf life (so the best place to store your stash in a dark, cool environment). Using a product past its expiration date could result in irritation, rashes, blemishes, or even eye infections – no thanks! Assuming you store your products in a cool, dark place, here’s the rule of thumb on when to toss each product:

Mascara and eyeliner: 3 months (always toss out dried mascara—never add water to extend its life)

Liquid foundation or concealer: 1 year

Powder-based products (like blush and eyeshadow): 2 years

Lipsticks or gloss: 1 year

Cleanser: 1 year

Toner: 6 months to one year

Moisturizers: 1 year

Hair products: 2 years

Sample packets: 1 day…seriously.

A good rule of thumb: if it smells funky, looks weird, or its texture has changed significantly—toss it! Better safe than sorry.

Hope this helps.


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Plump up the volume and a Giveaway

Plump up the volume and a Giveaway

by Kirsten Brusse












I have beauty products come across my desk on an almost daily basis.  I try them all.  (I know it is a tough job, but someone has to do it…).  Since turning 40, whenever I come across a skin care product that promises to make me look more youthful, I am intrigued, to say the least.

Enter, Dr. Brandt ‘Needles no more 3-D filler mask.  It promises to plump, restore volume and re-shape face contours, giving you a smoother and more youthful look.  It is supposed to give instant results as well as improve your skin over time with potent anti-aging ingredients, such as peptides and hyaluronic acid ( a personal favorite).


After using it a few times, the jury is still out on whether or not there is any actual improvement to my skin, or if it is more of a cosmetic “smoke and mirrors” products.  That being said, I consider myself lucky that I do not have too many deep wrinkles quite yet, (all hail to my mother and good sunscreen) so I can not speak to whether or not it actually does improve those. My only issue are the frown lines developing on each side of my mouth.   I did feel instant gratification after using it under my makeup as a sort of primer. My face felt youthful, hydrated and plump.  Here are my results a few minutes after applying the mask:

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There have been a few  complaints about the product balling up on the skin after applying it and then attempting to apply  makeup.  I personally didn’t experience this, but I do feel like the proper application can make or break a product. I think the “mask” aspect of this product can be a bit deceiving. Less is definitely more in this case. Secondly, it is super important to make sure the product is completely dry before applying anything over it.  I would suggest doing something else for a few minutes, like maybe your hair, before coming back to apply your makeup.

If you are curious to give it a try yourself, I am giving am away 5 samples so you can give it a go.  Let me know how you like it.  Enter below to win.


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Glowing Winter Skin

Glowing Winter Skin

by Kirsten Brusse

Glowing Winter Skin









We are in the middle of winter and my skin has really suffered its wrath. The dry heat inside, combined with the freezing cold temperatures outside, have given me dehydrated and itchy skin, dry lips and rough patches. The struggle is real. Ugh!

When I step outside, I can literally feel my face go into shock and start screaming at me.

Beyond the quest to feel comfortable in my own skin, applying makeup  can present a challenge.  Thank goodness for  the power of some amazing new skin products that have been saving my skin this winter and have helped me win the battle.

Bobbi Brown Illuminating Moisture Balm

Bobbi calls this stuff “Cinderella Cream” and that pretty much nails it.  It is ultra plumping and hydrating and leaves you with that lit-from-within glow.  I use it before applying my foundation and get tons of compliments on my skin when I use it.  A total keeper.

 One Love Organics Skin Savior Balm

I adore this product for many, many reasons.  Firstly, it is a multi-use product, which is always a winner in my book.  It  removes dirt and makeup without stripping the skin, moisturizes, illuminates and even turns mineral powder into a glowing foundation treatment. Second, it is 100% organic,  with an antioxidant-rich blend of organic coconut oil, mango butter, jojoba and chia, citrus and vanilla.  Lastly, it smells heavenly – just like an orange creamsicle and my kids actually let me apply it to their faces, which is practically unheard of.

Neutrogena Moisture Stick in Watermelon

I have one of these everywhere – my car, my purse, my desk….This ultra moisturizing and universally flattering lip balm/gloss hybrid makes it simple to look polished and smells just like watermelon – a gentle reminder that summer is really not that far way!

It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream 

This is a recent discovery and quite frankly, I am not sure how I have lived this long without it.  It is another multi-tasking miracle product that truly covers every imperfection, including under eye circles, but makes your skin look glowy and hydrated – NOT cakey.  I love that it has SPF 50+ ( I always advise my clients to wear an SPF of 50 or more), it is truly full coverage and contains an anti-aging serum to improve skin over time. It is paraben free and has a non-chemical, physical sunscreen.  Lastly, it comes in a pump dispenser, which is my favorite because the product stays fresher  longer as no air gets into the product and it stays germ free.  In a nutshell, this stuff is perfection!

Wander Beauty On-the-Glow Blush and Illuminator

I keep reaching for this easy to use blush and highlighter combo.  I apply the blush to the apples of my checks and blend it in an upward and outward motion.  I then pop the highlighter above my cheekbones, down the bridge of my nose and right above my lips to achieve a healthy glow.  I just use my fingers – no brushes necessary and it is great for travel.



There you have it – my top 5 Glow getters to get me through these cold few months.  Summer is around the corner, right?

Do you have any winter skin favorites?  I would love to check them out.


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For the love of eyes


by Kirsten Brusse

Everything you have ever wanted, is sitting on the other side of fear.









I have been wearing contact lenses on a daily basis since I was 12 years old.  I am practically blind without them.  Dryness, redness, itchiness and irritation are a constant battle for me. If I could, I would avoid wearing eye makeup all together and when I didn’t have a choice, I was always on the hunt for a good eye makeup remover that would get everything off, but wouldn’t burn or sting in the process.

Well, little did I know, that my eye makeup remover wasn’t not only contributing to my issue, it was actually causing it.  When I did a little research, I discovered that most products on the market contain chemicals that are toxic & harsh to the delicate tissue of the eyes and contribute to redness and irritation. It makes sense, when you think about it.  Lately, I have been trying to use less and less chemicals on my body, but never really gave my eyes another thought.

While searching for a greener alternative for eye makeup remover, I discovered these little beauties and I have never looked back.  We love eyes  uses  natural plant ingredients such as coconut, radish, tea tree and honeysuckle to make their makeup remover and is totally free of harmful chemicals and toxins. Their products include a cleansing foam as well as a cleansing oil and I love them both.  If you are wearing a lot of eye makeup, you can even use the oil and then follow up with the foam, to make sure you remove every trace of makeup on your eyes.


I am a huge proponent of taking off your makeup everyday.  Not only does leaving your makeup on age you and clog your pores,  it can cause serious eye irritation and even infections. Who wants that? Here’s how to use these products:

Tea Tree Makeup Remover

Wash hands. Remove contact lenses prior to use. Dispense 5 drops onto a cotton pad or Q-tip. Gently rub onto eyelids & eyelashes until makeup is removed. For best results, follow with We Love Eyes Tea Tree Eyelid & Eyelash Foaming Cleanser.

Tea Tree Foaming Cleanser

Shake well before use. Wash hands. Remove contact lenses prior to use. Dispense 2 pumps onto clean fingertips. With closed eyes, gently rub onto eyelids & eyelashes about 5 times back & forth. Rinse with water. Towel dry.


My eyes have never felt better. I can wear eye makeup all day now and it comes of lickekty split with this stuff.  During the cold winter months, I have really loved using the oil, as it not only gets off every little bit of makeup,but  it also helps in keeping the skin around my eyes hydrated and notably less dry and itchy.  Some days, I can even skip the eye cream. This stuff is amazing and has been a life changer for me.

Discount code:If you would like to give it a try for yourself, you can order it here and enter the code dailybeautyblotter for a 10% discount.

Let me know how you like.


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The Best Holiday Beauty Gifts

The Best Holiday Beauty Gifts

by Kirsten Brusse

My favorite Holiday Beauty Gifts

I was on The Rhode Show yesterday and shared a few of my favorite beauty holiday gifts to give and receive this season.  All shopping info is included below the video.  Enjoy!


Holiday Gift Giving

This is my favorite time of year for beauty products, because you get a chance to give someone that beauty splurge they have been pining after, or give a gift set with a variety of products to try.  There are some wonderful values and fun stocking stuffers, too.

Countdown the days with these fun beauty advent calendars:

Benefit Party Poppers – SURPRISE…it’s the 12 days of gorgeous! Open up this holiday set to play an original “Bene-song” then pop open each door to reveal a glamorous goodie for a full face look. It’s priced to please.

L’occitane Advent calendar 

KAI is one of my favorite product lines ever things ever and it  is great for gifting.  

This year, I will be gifting the CandleReed Diffuser and Body Buffers.

They also make fabulous and unexpected hostess gifts.

I love giving gift sets, because they are a great value and gives the recipient a chance to try a few different things.  Here are some of my favorites from FRESH:

SUGAR LIP LOVE STORY $73.00 ($103.00 value)

Find your happily-ever-after lip look with the ultimate Sugar sampler featuring sheer nourishment for day and night and ultra-flattering shades.

MASK MUST-HAVES $68.00 ($76.00 value)

Indulge in a spa-worthy skincare ritual at home. Whether purifying, hydrating, exfoliating, or firming, these pampering treatments reveal soft, supple skin.

Umbrian Clay Mattifying Mask: A multi-functional formula for normal to oily skin that can be used as a purifying mask, a daily deep cleanser, or to minimize small imperfections.

Rose Face Mask: A hydrating and toning mask for all skin types infused with real rose petals that leaves the complexion radiant and supple.

Sugar Face Polish: A gentle exfoliating mask made with real brown sugar that instantly softens and smoothes all skin types for a more radiant complexion.

Black Tea Firming Overnight Mask: An intensely moisturizing treatment that works in synch with the skin’s natural nighttime recovery process to achieve a lifted, firmer look by the morning. 

SKINCARE SENSATIONS $90.00 ($127.00 value)

Trust your complexion to these best-selling formulas. From cleansing or hydrating to smoothing or illuminating, they always perform
at their peak.

Soy Face Cleanser: A gentle gel cleanser for all skin types that removes impurities and makeup—even mascara—without stripping away essential moisture.

Rose Face Mask: A hydrating and toning mask for all skin types infused with real rose petals that leaves the complexion radiant and supple.

Black Tea Age-Delay Cream: An advanced face cream proven to visibly reduce the appearance of fine lines and firm, smooth, and retexturize the skin.*

Lotus Youth Preserve Eye Cream with Super 7 Complex: An illuminating eye treatment that delivers 24-hour moisture** for a radiant, youthful glow around the eye area.

Sugar Rosé Tinted Lip Treatment Sunscreen SPF 15: A sheer rosy tint that moisturizes, smoothes, and protects the lips. 

A good quality brush set is always a great gift idea.  I am loving this one this season:

SEPHORA COLLECTION – Stand Up and Shine Prestige Easel Brush Set.  A makeup aficionado collector’s set with 12 high-performance PRO brushes and a special stand-up pouch. 

This gadget is sure to put a smile on any makeup lover’s face:

TEMPTU AIR – TEMPTU Air is the first cordless airbrush makeup solution for instant, effortless skin perfection. 

Suitable for use only with TEMPTU Airpod makeup (sold separately), this airbrush features the brand’s patented Airpod and Atomized AirFlow™ Technology which deliver numerous results.

Treat your loved one with a splurge-worthy hair tool:

Amika Bobshell Blowout Thermal Brush The Bombshell Blowout Thermal Brush creates that “just blown-out” look without a blow dryer or hot air in half the time. It features a thermal ceramic barrel which emits far-infrared heat, preserving moisture for healthy-looking, hydrated hair. The ionic generator increases negative ion output, resulting in shiny, smooth, frizz-free results and zero static. It is suitable for all hair types and textures, has a heat resistant handle, and nine-foot 360° swivel—ensuring comfortable, easy styling. 

A nice fragrance is aways sure to please:



Indulge in liquid luxury with our newest fragrance: Donna Karan Liquid Cashmere. 

A sensual new way to wrap yourself in cashmere. 

DONNA KAREN LIQUID CASHMERE BLACK – Liquid Cashmere Black is dark alluring and tantalizing with notes of ripe Black Cherry, rich Patchouli and smooth Praline – a seduction about to unfold. Indulge in liquid luxury with fragrance: Donna Karan Liquid Cashmere Black. Exposing the passion of a woman.

TOMMY HILFIGER TRUE – Inspired by the fearless, daring side of Tommy. Experience TH BOLD, the new fragrance for men created by Tommy Hilfiger. TH BOLD captures the iconic Tommy Hilfiger spirit of determination and confidence with energizing crisp citrus notes blended with sexy masculine notes of cedar, sandalwood and vetiver for a winning combination that excites the senses.

You are invited to my next Sips & Style event on October 22

You are invited to my next Sips & Style event on October 22

Jill and I are so very excited to announce our next Sips & Style fall event and it is only 4 short weeks away.  Tickets have been selling quickly, so don’t miss out and make sure you get your tickets before they sell out. We will have great wine, nibbles and lots of fun.  As always, we will also be raffling off great prizes to those who purchase their tickets in advance.  We look forward to seeing you there.

Get your tickets here!  Rock your best look this Spring and (11)

Back to School Beauty tips for your Teenager

Back to School Beauty tips for your Teenager

Back to school beauty for

by Kirsten Brusse

Do you have a teenager who is starting high school this year?  I was on The Rhode Show recently sharing some of my favorite beauty tricks for them.  Enjoy!

Makeup mentioned in this segment:

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Pure Mineral Sunscreen Moisturizer Broad Spectrum   

Free of skin-irritating chemicals, this formulation combines physical UV blockers, zinc oxide, and titanium oxide to protect skin from the harmful effects of the sun.

Lightweight, silky texture quickly absorbs into skin, leaving behind no trace of the white veil often seen with physical blockers.

First Aid Beauty Gentle Cleansing Wipes 

For an instant, natural way to refresh skin, remove makeup, surface oils and impurities. Perfect to use at night, busy mornings or anytime your skin needs a little TLC.

Gentle combination of Chamomile, Aloe and Bisabolol calms, cools and soothes skin while botanical antioxidants stave off free radical damage
Bring them to the beach or stash them in your gym bag for a refreshing pick me up on the go!

Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer with SPF 50+ 

Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer with SPF 50+ is clinically proven to nourish and hydrate your skin while helping to defend against sunburn.

Absorbs quickly and leaves skin feeling soft and smooth. Non-greasy, non-irritating, fragrance-free and good for special skin needs including those of rosacea-prone skin.

Cetaphil® Gentle Skin Cleansing Cloths 

Cleanse on-the-go with these new wipes that are suited for the most sensitive and acne-prone skin.   Formulated to remove makeup and excess oil without irritation while cleansing even the most sensitive skin.

DERMAdoctor Med e Tate Sweat Control Towellettes
Throw these wipes in your gym bag for those mornings where you forget deodorant.   Helps eliminate embarrassing excessive sweating and wetness.

Feeling Beautiful™ Sweet Tea & Lemon Peel-Away Clay Mask 

The Feeling Beautiful™ Sweet Tea & Lemon Peel-Away Clay Mask delivers the cleansing, oil-absorbing benefits you expect from clay…plus the all-over toning and refining perks of an easy-to-peel-off mask! Antioxidant-rich Tea and Lemon Extract calm for the ultimate in toning and soothing benefits.

BECCA Beach Tint Shimmer Soufflé 
This lightweight formula packs four must-have qualities into one formula: a powder to add a pop of color, a stain to give staying power, an illuminating highlighter, and a cream to deliver a flawless finish.
Water-resistant, each pot combines bestselling Beach Tint with a Shimmering Skin Perfector™

BECCA Beach Tint
This blendable crème stain tints lips and cheeks with a natural, believable wash of water-resistant color. Wear alone for a subtle wash of colour. Layer under powder blushes, bronzers, lip balms and lip glosses for added intensity.

Tata Harper Volumizing Lip & Cheek Tint 
Containing a 100% natural and nontoxic formula, this tint deliver the perfect pop of color to lips and cheeks with lush natural pigments, while plumping and filling the look of fine lines for a more youthful appearance. Long-lasting and multi-tasking, this product combines softening moisturizers, nourishing minerals and rich color with naturally volumizing Lipoamino acids and starch extracts for a smooth, easily-blendable formula.

Wander Beauty On-The-Glow Blush and Illuminator 

Available in two universally flattering shades, Soft Pink/Nude Glow and Coral Rose/Nude Glow, Wander Beauty’s On-the-Glow Blush and Illuminator may be worn alone on bare skin, or over existing makeup. It’s suitable for all complexions.


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