Sigma Spa Brush Cleaning Mat Review

  
Cleaning makeup brushes is an important and necessary task, but if you are like me, it takes a while. The amount of brushes that I have, plus the amount of brushes that are tucked away, still in their packaging is seriously scary. It used to take me at least 20 minutes to wash the entire collection. Until I got the Sigma Brush Mat. 

Sigma, if you didn’t know, is a Minnesota based company, and a YouTube sensation. Their brushes are known for incredible quality and ease of use, and the constantly changing makeup collection keeps surprising the customers with new colors. Anything to help us be more creative and bold when it comes to our makeup. 

  
The brush mat has suction cups on the bottom, and attaches to your sink. The right side is for face brushes, while the left one is for eyes. There are seven different sections (textures) for cleaning, refining and rinsing the brushes. And it’s incredibly time saving. I was done washing all my brushes in under 10 minutes. My life has never been easier! 

  
The Spa Brush Mat is $32 and is available on Sigmabeauty.com or at their Mall of America location. 

  

One last thing, don’t clean your beauty blender using the mat, it will be destroyed! 

Just Another Tuesday

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So I’ve ditched this blog for over 2 weeks, checking it today was as hard as checking a grade for a class I know I am not doing well in.

The semester is almost over and my summer internship starts May, 18.

Mason is doing really well, he is my absolute favorite. A lot of my friends say that he is their favorite Hutson now. He is seriously so stinking cute, I can’t stop instagramming him. I am one of those crazy fur moms now.

Last week I stopped by Goodwill outlet in St Paul, and guess what, I can get a whole wardrobe there for under $10! You don’t need the expensive stuff this world tells you to buy. I am perfectly fine in my thrifted shirt and jeans. And Mason still likes me, so that’s all that matters.

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Gold lace + Shopbop friends and family event

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Happy Tuesday! How are you all doing today? I am so excited to be sharing these shots with you today (Once again huge thanks to Eric of Eric Sorensen Photography). This is my new favorite dress, the go-to, the “wear everyday if I could” dress.
And for the next 3 days you are able to take 25% off your Shopbop order with SPRING25 code! Kate Spade, here I come! For the gentlemen in your life, 25% off code is also good on East Dane!
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Always on the go. How I do it.

Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias and its Advertiser. All thoughts and opinions are mine and mine alone and should not be construed as medical advice. #24HourEsterC #CollectiveBias

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Happy Spring break! It’s finally warm in Minnesota and it’s so exciting to be outside now, especially when the days are longer. But days when I have classes at the U are really busy for me, and out of the three that I am on campus this semester, Wednesday is probably the busiest. Since my life is so hectic, I make sure I support my immune health with Ester-C every morning. I have just recently picked up this product at Walmart while it was on rollback.

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A few weeks ago I had an especially packed Wednesday. It started with a macro midterm, then an alumni panel in my career and internship prep class where I got to meet amazing people from the industry and one of the girls who also interned for College Fashionista a few years back! I wanted to make sure I had the right questions and learned a lot. One of the most important lessons that I took away from this panel was – Don’t be afraid to tell your boss or manager what you want to do and where you want to go within a company.

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After my psych lecture was over I met with my friend Lauren to study for our Marketing midterm. Marketing is one of my favorite classes this semester, I wish I could minor in that instead of management, but unfortunately I can’t.

I couldn’t believe I had 2 midterms on the same day before most of my friends this semester. But after that was over, I was ready for more.

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I agreed to talk about my blog and blogging experience at the FAB (fashion and business) event later that night. The girls all got together and started their own blog – Campus a la Mode, and I can’t wait to see what they come up with! There are amazing DIYs on there already!

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It was a lot of fun to talk about my experience in blogging and social media, and answer all the questions people had. It was also important to me to support my immune system through the day, that’s why no matter rain or shine I take my vitamin C (Ester-C) in the mornings. It’s such a necessary thing for my busy lifestyle.

Learn more about Ester-C by following them on Facebook and Twitter

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College Student Winter Makeup and Skincare Must Haves

I was compensated for this shop by Collective Bias, Inc. on behalf of Neutrogena for this #NewNeutrogena campaign #AD #Collectivebias. All opinions are mine alone.

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Winters in Minnesota are brutal, and since I am also trying to stay on a budget with my tuition due any day, I headed to Target to pick up some new and more winter appropriate skin care products to add to my beauty routine. The products I picked up were conveniently located on the end cap in the beauty/skincare section, which made them super easy to find. Gotta love Target!

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Of course the number one step when it comes to fighting dry skin is hydration. I’ve been drinking a lot of water, but this winter it just wasn’t enough. So I picked up a Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel and Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Eye to give my skin the extra oomph.

I always start my beauty routine with moisturizer. And I apply eye gel first. Is that weird? What do you apply first: facial moisturizer or eye moisturizer?

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I am in front of my computer a lot now that my semester has started and my eyes get tired and puffy, especially if I stay up late studying, so a good eye moisturizer is a must. Sometimes I even carry it with me to the U and reapply throughout the day. That’s been working really well for me, you should try it too. And don’t forget to apply your eye gel using pinkie or ring finger, they are the weakest fingers and won’t pull on the skin as much as the other ones.

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I also prefer a facial moisturizer that is a gel, as opposed to the cream. I think my skin absorbs the gel better, and I like the light texture and the cooling effect. The fast absorbency also helps my foundation application.

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Lately, I have been going for the single eye shadow look. I love mixing and blending colors, but when I have a bus to catch, I can’t afford that. So a great solution is to just apply one color all over the lid. And this is what I am doing here.

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Mascara comes next and I am using Neutrogena Healthy Volume Mascara here (Neutrogena has great cosmetic products in general in my opinion). My eyes have recently become sensitive, and this mascara has been a life saver. I had to throw away some of my other mascaras, because I couldn’t use them anymore. Also in the winter my eyes usually water, especially when I leave the house and the cold winter wind blows in my face. I noticed that this mascara, even though it’s not waterproof doesn’t run as much as the other ones. It’s also really helpful when I am rubbing my eyes. As bad of a habit as it is, sometimes I do it automatically, without realizing what’s going on. In situations like this it’s great to have a mascara that doesn’t smudge easily.

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And finally I touch up with some blush. I like to accentuate my cheekbones, and this Neutrogena blush is wonderful. I prefer blushes that are made of several different colors. That way the blend is more natural and flattering.

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So here you have it, my winter skincare/fast makeup routine with a couple helpful tips along the way. I’d love to hear about your winter skincare and makeup routine! Leave a comment sharing how you do it in the winter.

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Being Zhenya

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I have been thinking about writing this post all day yesterday. What am I going to say, how I am going to phrase it, and then decided to just let the words come out as I start typing.

I feel like blogging has become a major business and a money making industry. I feel and I know that Being Zhenya has become a collection of sponsored posts. I know I didn’t lose my voice, I just stopped expressing myself. I let the pictures substitute the words, and the posts became short paragraphs usually ending with an exclamation point. Real life isn’t always like that is it?

So I decided to make this blog more of a journal. The last giveaway I did I asked for some feedback, and I did it for a reason. I wanted to know what interests you the most. And you wanted to see more lifestyle posts, hear more tips and advice on style and accessories. I appreciate this feedback more than anything.

What does it mean for you? Sam will probably get mentioned in my posts a little more, as well as some of my friends. I will also talk about college, because that’s where I am at right now. The style posts will still come, as well as the beauty ones. I will also write more, and go on about my life. I want to make it personal again and I want to be able to talk to you.

On Wednesday one of my readers, Monica, came up to me at the U. She recognized me from my blog. And it was the highlight of my day! She was the sweetest person to talk to. And one of the first questions she asked me was if I still thrifted. Of course, I told her. I just don’t post about it as much. But I am bringing the hauls back :) We will also be relaunching Thrift Style Thursday in a slightly different format in January 2015, so if you want to join in the fun, let me know and we’ll get you started with us!

I have a lot of fun ideas for 2015, and I can’t wait to start this new journey with you all!

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Hair and photos by Eliza at Haus Salon!

Shop black skinny jeans, graphic sweaters and booties here:

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Welcome to #25DaysofGlam!!!

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Happy December 1! And happy only 24 days until Christmas! Today I along with a few other amazing bloggers are bringing you our own version of the advent calendar, called 25 Days of Glam! It’s going to be a fun, fashion full experience, with a little lifestyle on the side! We are so excited to be launching this! It took a lot of late nights to put it all together! So make sure you stop by on my blog daily for new Holiday Themed posts, giveaways and announcements.

We are starting off with a giveaway! So on the right foot! I know we have all just spent too much money on Black Friday, am I right? So we’ve partnered up with Mavatar to Support St Jude Children’s Hospital (A charity that is really dear to my heart).

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Thank you for joining us for #25daysofglam, feel free to use and follow this hashtag on Instagram and Twitter, check us out, send us some love and have fun!

I am off to get ready for class with my hot chocolate and curling iron in hand!

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Five Nail Polishes You’ll Need This Halloween

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Today I am going to share SinfulColors Halloween Nailpolish collection with you! It’s called Wicked Colors and has some of the most exciting glitter polishes (that double as top coats) that I’ve ever seen. And of course the Glow in the dark top coat is my favorite! The polishes are so easy to mix and match, you are going to have fun with them! I know I did! So make sure to get your hands on one! For $1.99 it’s a steal!

Happy Halloween!

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Beauty Brunch: Happy Legs with Skintimate

Disclosure: “I made my legs happy with Skintimate as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #SkintimateStars” All opinions are my own. 

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This fall I have taken on a new challenge – college! I am following my dream, my passion, my calling. Confidence is key, and there are days when I don’t have it, but then there are days when I am ready to take over the world. Dresses and boots have become my go-to look, my uniform of sorts. I am always out and about between the three campuses, and for some reason dresses work very well for me. Maybe it’s the ease of it, maybe it’s the fact that a dress is an outfit of it’s own. But when I get up in the morning it’s almost like BAM and I am ready for the day! Plus all the awesome superhero women always wear dresses and boots, so my outfits make me feel kick ass!

But my goal is to not only look good, but feel good as well. So I make sure I take care of my skin and make my legs happy. A couple weeks ago I switched to Skintimate Skin Therapy lotionized shave gels. Because let’s be honest, Minnesota winter isn’t here yet, and I still have time to show some leg.

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Skintimate helps nourish, moisturize and protect your skin, for silky smooth legs, so you can channel your inner wonder woman and be your own superhero. Here are some of my tips on achieving silky smooth legs.

  • exfoliate
  • take your time to shave to avoid cuts and/or missed spots
  • moisturize
  • be proud of who you are

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Channel your inner wonder woman today!

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Grow Longer Hair Faster

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I have no problem experimenting with products and trying out new stuff. That’s why when Rozge came to me with an offer to try their GrowFast  shampoo and conditioner, I couldn’t say no. Summer was coming to an end, and I wanted to try out something that would help my hair grow faster in the fall/winter seasons.

Just like any normal girl I have several things that I don’t like about my hair, or that I think are currently wrong with it, but that’s all I got, and I am working with it.

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I have been using GrowFast shampoo and conditioner for 3 weeks now, and that’s how long it usually takes to see the first results. I didn’t start seeing the results until last week, and of course they aren’t huge! I didn’t grow a full head of hair overnight, I will never be able to compete with Rapunzel, and I am okay with that.

There is a trick to the shampoo and conditioner process, and I am not talking about the ingredients now. And that’s a good tip for anyone who uses shampoo and conditioner on a regular basis. The Rosge shampoo needs to be massaged into your scalp for 3-5 minutes. When I first read the instructions, I thought – alright, I can do this. But my arms started hurting after about 2 minutes. It definitely takes time get used to. A little scalp massage never hurt anyone to be honest.

As far as the ingredients go, the products include:

– Apigenin, which fights the follicle aging process and prevents hair loss. It works by increasing circulation to the scalp and providing a seamless pathway for nutrients to nurture the hair follicles.

– Oleanolic Acid  –  naturally occurring triterpenoid found in plants, this component is nontoxic and protects cells against stress. Oleanolic Acid strengthens hair, making it less susceptible to hair loss.

– Biotin – A form of Vitamin B, Biotin is essential for cellular growth in the body. Studies have reported that biotin helps strengthen hair. Vitamin B is found in a variety of foods including nuts, fish, meat, eggs, and dairy. Known as the Vitamin B Complex, B vitamins promote a healthy body function and cell renewal.

– Shea Butter Fruit is an emollient that locks in moisture without leaving hair feeling oily. This natural extract conditions the scalp and shields against damage from heat tools and harmful environmental factors.

Shampoo Ingredients: Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Cocoyl Alaninate, Polyquaternium-7, Sodium PCA, PEG-8 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, PEG-150 Pentaerythrityl Tetrastearate, Apigenin, Biotinoyl Tripeptide-1, Butylene Glycol, Citric Acid, Disodium EDTA, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Oleanolic Acid, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, PG-26- Buteth-26, Sodium Cocoyl Glycinate, Fragrance (Parfum).

Conditioner Ingredients: Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Cetyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Behentrimonium Chloride, Allantoin, Aminomethyl Propanol, Apigenin, Biotinoyl Tripeptide-1, Butylene Glycol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit, Calcium Pantothenate, Citric Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Hexylene Glycol, Hydrogenated C6-14 Olefin Polymers, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Hydroxyethyl Behenamidopropyl Dimonium Chloride, Maltodextrin, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Minoxidil, Niacinamide, Oleanolic Acid, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, PG-26-Buteth-26, Phenoxyethanol, Polyquaternium-37, Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Pyridoxine HCl, Silica, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Sodium Starch Octenyl Succinate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Trideceth-6, Fragrance (Parfum).

Here are my before and after in just 3 weeks. I hope you notice the difference, because I sure do!

To get 25% off your Rozge order – enter BEINGZHENYA at checkout! 

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Have any tips on how to grow your hair out faster? Leave them in the comments below!

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