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Dr.Bronner’s Magic Soaps -Best Makeup Brushes Cleaner –


Let’s face it, what is singularly the one thing most of us hate about makeup??? Easy isn’t it: Cleaning our Brushes. What a pain in the Arse!! I for one neglect this task so much, it should be incorporated in my weekly routine but I barely do it once a month. (Boo Hoo! Bad Ingrid Bad)

I always have used random baby shampoos (less than 5$CND) or my Beauty Blender solid cleanser (20$CND) to clean my brushes and both work fine but a couple of weeks ago I found myself without any of them and truth be told, my brushes needed some TLC, mostly in the CARE department. Since I heard a lot of Bloggers and YouTubers mentionning that their favorite brush cleaner was Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps (which come in 8 scents) I made it my personal mission to find it! I knew Target had them but since Target left Canada for good a few months ago, I went to a couple of Health Food stores and lucky me, I came upon it. As the store only had the Peppermint and Tea Tree scents, I went with Peppermint.  If I had the choice, I would have chosen The Rose perfume.

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So, worth the hype? Totally. I’m not joking my beauties, my brushes have never EVER been that clean (like squeaky clean). Even my brushes with white bristles are immaculately white again.  How amazing is that multipurpose soap!!!

Note: Since it’s super concentrated you need just a tiny bit.

Dr.Bronner’s soaps multi-use:


FACE: 2-3 drops on wet hands, applied to wet face.

BODY: One small squirt on a wet washcloth, applied to a wet body.
HAIR: 1⁄2 Tbsp. in your hand, worked into wet hair, or dilute 1⁄2 Tbsp. in 1⁄2 a cup of water and work that into wet hair.

BATH: Completely depends upon water amount, but roughly 2 Tbsp. soap in an average sized tub. (Doesn’t bubble, but still cleans)

SHAVING: Face – 10 drops; Underarms – 3 drops; Legs – 1⁄2 tsp; Work to a lather in wet hands and then apply to area.

TEETH: 1 drop on a toothbrush. (Yes, it tastes like soap.) FOOT BATH: 11⁄2 tsp. in a small tub of hot water.

CLEARING CONGESTION: 1 Tbsp. in a bowl of steamy hot water. Breathe in mist with a towel draped over the head.


DISHES (HANDWASHING): Pre-dilute 1:10 with water. Squirt on a scrub brush and scrub dishes.

LAUNDRY: 1/3 – 1/2 c. of soap for a large load in a normal washer. Add 1⁄2 c. vinegar to the rinse cycle. Use half of these amounts for HE

MOPPING: 1⁄2 c. of soap in 3 gallons of hot water.

ALL-PURPOSE CLEANING: 1⁄4 c. soap in a quart of water in a spray bottle. Add 1⁄4 tsp. tea tree essential oil if desired.

WINDOWS: 1 Tbsp. soap in a quart of water in a spray bottle. Follow up with pure club soda, or half vinegar/ half water.

TOILET: Predilute 1:4 with water in a squirt bottle. Add 1⁄4 tsp. tea tree oil. Empty toilet, squirt bowl thoroughly, sprinkle baking soda on the brush, scrub bowl, let sit 10 minutes, turn water on, flush.


FRUIT & VEGGIE RINSE: 1 dash (approx.. 1⁄4 tsp.) in a bowl of water. Dunk produce and swish. Then rinse in clear water.

DOG WASHING: Amount varies widely depending on size, hair type and length, and overall dirtiness. I wet my dog thoroughly, then start to work in castile soap up and down their body until I have a good lather. Really mas- sage it in down to the skin. Your dog will thank you for it.

PLANT SPRAY FOR BUGS: 1 Tbsp. in a quart of water. Add 1⁄2 tsp. cayenne pepper or cinnamon, if de- sired.

ANT SPRAY (NOT ON PLANTS): 1⁄4 c. tea tree soap in a quart of water. (This concentration will burn plants)


Water, Organic Coconut Oil*, Potassium Hydroxide**, Organic Palm Kernel Oil*, Organic Olive Oil*, Mentha Arvensis, Organic Hemp Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Mentha Piperita, Citric Acid, Tocopherol 
** None remains after saponifying oils into soap & glycerin.

Probably I’m the last one on Dr.Bronner’s bandwagon, but better late than never. Will I be more likely to wash my brushes?!? I wish I could say yes, but it would be a big fat lie. At least, when once in a blue moon I do clean my brush stash, I now know they will be clean. I paid 10$CND for 16oz and it will last forever.

Frugal Tip: If you use it to wash your face, just drop it in a “previously clean” old Bath & Body Gentle Foaming Hand Soap pump and voila!!  No fuss & not a chance of wasting up too much product 🙂   


This soap is Vegan & Cruelty-Free

Thanks for Stopping by



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My 10 Best Makeup Brushes (Affordable!!!) – Part 1 –


You can have the best quality makeup available but, with lousy makeup brushes, you won’t achieve great results. Not that long ago I was buying random brush sets, mainly on sale, and each time I was frustrated with the poor quality & all the awful shedding that was happening. Those days are long gone!! I now see a huge difference between set brushes compare to individual brushes, even in higher brands (from my personal experience sets are of lesser quality, period).

That being said, I still haven’t spent a fortune on brushes mainly because I have found some that I ADORE, that are not that expensive and that are really working miracles for me. These 10 11 brushes are the ones I used every single days. Honestly, I can’t live without them and they are like I said very affordable, cruelty-free and really easy to find worldwide.



Real Techniques – powder brush – 9.99$US

This is my go-to brush to apply my setting powders or to just buff my face to assure that there is no harsh line. (flawless finish)



Real Techniques – contour brush – 17.99$US (From The Core set)

This brush is perfect to achieve a soft contour. Using a light circular motion, this brush makes it easy to create a contour that is more of a shadow.



Real Techniques – blush brush – 8.99$US

Way too big for my taste to apply my blush, but oh! so perfect to dust my bronzer.



e.l.f – flawless concealer brush – 3$US

I find this brush to be the best one to apply my under eye setting powder.



Japonesque – professional smudger brush 341 – 15$US

This little number makes it so easy to smudge any eyeliner or eyeshadows under my lower lashes.



Real Techniques – deluxe crease brush – 17.99$US (From the Starter Kit set)

I love this one to apply my concealer, my MAC paint pot and my based cream eyeshadow.



Real Techniques – base shadow brush – 17.99$ (From the Starter Kit set)

I use this brush for applying shadows or blending. This is a brush that can do almost everything.



Bdellium Tools – Studio 776 blending – 9$US

My number # 1 blending brush.



Bdellium Tools  – Studio 785 tapered blending – 8.50$US

Perfection for my crease shadows application.



Bdellium Tools – Studio 787 duet fiber large tapered blending – 11$US

I always apply my base shade all over my lids with this big fluffy tool.

Special Mention:



Anastasia Beverly Hills – duo brow #12 – 18$US

This is the most expensive brush in my collection and it’s worth every single pennies. Totally my dip brow pomade BFF. This one has been a game changer in my brow routine.

I’m sure Chikuhodo, MAC or Wayne Goss brushes are awesome but for now I’m so please with these 10  11. They are combining affordability with superb quality.


You are be-YOU-tiful


Ingrid xoxo

Disclaimer: No affiliated links & I 100% paid for them all.

Availability: I bought my Real Techniques brushes at Winners but there are often on sale at Ulta (I wish RT will sell all their brushes individually!!!), Japonesque brushes are also on sale periodically at Ulta. I bought my DBellium brushes on the canadian site FTB beauty. My e.l.f brushes were purchased (I bought 3) at Target, just before they closed on us.

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FTB Beauty Haul : Any Regrets? (Dbellium Tools & L.A Girl)

Last week, I told you about a delivery from FTB Beauty and since then, I’ve played plenty with all the products received.., so am I please ?


First, the brushes from Dbellium Tools:

Awwww! Ladies, these are so great and affordable; they are a nice addition to my beloved RealTechniques ones. You probably ask yourself how did I ended knowing about this brand? Well, do you remember when I told you that I was stalking a YouTuber name Stephanie Lange (because of her technics on hooded eyes)? She often uses the #787 large blending brush, so when I found out that a canadian-based company was selling them, I had a epiphany. It’s so funny because I don’t let any YouTuber influence my tastes and since some of them made me buy crappy stuff that they were raving about as the best of the best and surprise surprise we never saw them use the product ever again (we call them sellout!). What I want to say is that now, I gather information before buying any product but yet, there is almost nothing on these brushes. Since they were affordable, I took a leap of faith and voilà! … I’m happy to report that they are REALLY GREAT, a hidden gem.


In detail: I bought 3 blending brushes from their Studio Line the #776 (blending brush) #785 (tapered blending) #787 (duet fiber large tapered blending eyes). As you can see, I was short on blending brushes! It’s safe to say that these brushes are perfection. I can’t wait to buy some more. It’s funny because they look like painter’s brushes with the bigger, very sturdy yellow handle. Adorable because of the uniqueness I guess.


I also needed badly a flat eye definer so I bought #714 in their Vegan Pink Bambu collection. I couldn’t see myself without this brush since now, I use it exclusively to put the tiniest dry eyeliner under my lower lash to make them appear fuller, and also to powder my lower waterline on top of my eyeliner when I want it to last for more than 15 minutes.


Finally, back in the days, I was always applying my lipstick and glosses with a brush for precision purpose and I don’t know why, but a few years ago I stopped doing it. Recently, with the new liquid lipstick trend going on, I just needed a good lip brush again so I bought #540 (precision liner) from the Green Vegan Bambu collection. Perfection again!!!

I‘ve heard so much about L.A Girl products before, and since FTB Beauty carries them, I jumped ahead and got 2 makeup products that I was curious about…


First my new favorite concealer, Pro.conceal HD in “Classic Ivory”

This is really such an amazing concealer really! It doesn’t look cakey, super lightweight, creamy, dries fast, I’m telling you, I’m in love and this love fest come with a less than 5$ price tag (A+ for the price vs quality)


Finally the GLAZED lip paint in “Babydoll” (the only colour that wasn’t sold-out!!!)

This is my summer 2015 lip colour… So pretty! I apply a tiny amount with my new lip brush and I end up with the most soft, perfect pink lips ever. Since it’s a super long lasting formula, it can be a little drying so I am always adding a gloss on top for that extra delicious pout (minty pout I might add)! So inexpensive for the amount you get, you need so little of the product to achieve the lightest or the brightest kissable lips.

So Any regrets? Yes just one: not getting more items 😉 If you are Canadian, do consider FTB Beauty (fast shipping and very good service) & OMG I highly recommend you try the Dbellium Tools brushes; each brush is under12$CND. They also have sets, but in my own experience, I always notice a big difference in quality in the individual brushes versus those that comes from sets. It remains to be seen with this particular company though. L.A girl have embellish my face since I bought them, super budget friendly without missing out on the quality.💖

Thanks for stopping by my beauties


 Easter Bunny 🐰Ingrid xoxo