Sunday, July 31, 2011



It is very important to keep your makeup brushes & sponges CLEAN!! You definitely DO NOT want to have bacteria slowly growing inside them & end up applying THAT to your face. GROSS!

Here's my current makeup brush cleansing routine...


I always do daily cleanses using my ELF Daily Brush Cleanser & a napkin. Whether you need to do a quick color change in between different colors, using the same brush, or you've finished using the brushes for the day's application process. I spray 1-2 pumps on each brush then wipe the hairs of my brush off onto a napkin to remove the excess pigments as well as rid the hairs of any remaing oils from my face. The ELF Daily Brush Cleanser dries almost instantly, allowing my brushes to be CLEAN & ready for their next use. 



I deeply cleanse my makeup brushes at least once a week using my BareMinerals Well Cared For Brush Conditioning Shampoo. I do this to ensure that I throughly remove any excess buildup of makeup that is deeper within the brush that a quick spray cannot remove.

For my larger face brushes, I use a dime sized amount of the brush cleanser in the palm of my hand. Keeping the brush upside down to ensure that water doesn't seep up into the ferrel, I lather the brush in the palm of my hand then slowly rinse it under the faucet. It's VERY important to not get water into the ferrel as it will eventually affect the glue holding your brushes together & ruin them over time.

For my eye brushes, I group 2-3 brushes together by length. Then, I use a dime-sized amount of the brush cleanser in the palm of my hand to clean all the brushes at once. Keeping the brushes upside down as well, again to ensure that water doesn't seep up into the ferrel. I lather the brushes in the palm of my hand then slowly rinse it under the faucet. 

To dry my brushes, I do not lay them FLAT, like others may have suggested to do. I personally like to dry my brushes at a downward angle. Again, it's only to ensure that no water will get into the fennel of my brushes. If you look closely at the picture above, you will see that I carefully rolled one end of the washcloth that my brushes are on. This allows me to place all the ends of my brushes at a slightly higher level than the brush hairs, allowing them to dry with any moisture being pulled down & away from inside the fennel.


I clean my Basically U Super Blender & Sonia Kashuk Blending Sponge after EVERY use. This is denifinitely why I choose to keep two sponges handy. I'm aware that some people wash their makeup sponges every few uses, but knowing that they are SPONGES, I cannot let a day go by without ensuring that makeup doesn't get completely sucked up into them. I feel that this will not only extend the life of my sponges, but it will keep my mind at ease knowing that I'm only applying CLEAN sponges onto my face.

For both sponges, I work a dime sized amount of brush cleanser on the sponge into a lather, squeezing it over & over, & working my fingers over its surface to ensure I get as much makeup deep within the sponge out. I ALWAYS ensure there is very little to no remaining, visible makeup on the sponge.

So... This is my current brush & sponge care routine. I hope you guys found it helpful!

Denise Joyce

Friday, July 22, 2011


I am 100% FILIPINO, & I am PROUD of it! Please watch my latest video. I did the Filipino TAG. I've been wanting to do this video for the longest time, & I finally had some time to sit down & film it for you guys. ENJOY!

Denise Joyce

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Workout Wednesday

Staying in shape is important, but not always the easiest thing to do. I try to get myself to the gym at least 4 times a week. I alternate days of cardio & weight training. But every so often, I run into that old friend, laziness. Today, I've put together a few of my favorite lazy day tips for you guys. ENJOY!

1. When waiting at a stoplight, hold in your abs until the light turns green.
- The time you spend sitting there & waiting can be turned into a quick ab exercise.
2. During commercial breaks, choose one commercial at random & contract your abs for the entire commercial.
- You can't feel any lazier than when you sit in front of a television like a complete couch potato. Turn this relaxing past time into a more productive one. Your body & especially your abs, will thank you.
3. When using public restrooms, squat over the toilet.
- Public bathrooms are filthy anyway. Why would you want to let your hands, or your booty, for that matter, touch a surface that could be harboring bacteria? Do toilet seat covers really do much justice? Work your thighs & glutes instead! Squeeze those buns as you squat & you'll burn a few extra calories.
4. Take the stairs!
- Do I really have to explain?
5. It's OK to park you car far away from your destination.
- I know you've seen people drive around & around a parking lot waiting for that perfect spot close to the entrance, but is it really that worth it to you to not have to walk a few more feet? Those extra steps you take can add up over time, & they can only do more good for your health than harm.

It's okay to be lazy sometimes, but do your best to keep your body moving!

Denise Joyce

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Tuesday Tunes: Mumford & Sons

I cannot stop listening to Mumford & Sons. They are a truly amazing band. Their music really touches me on a different level than anything that I've been listening to recently. They formed in December of 2007 with the purpose of creating music that matters without taking themselves too seriously, which I feel they did exactly.

I love everything they've released thus far, & I see myself remaining a loyal fan of them & their future work. I really want to be able to watch them live. I cannot wait until they come anywhere near the San Francisco Bay Area!

Are you familiar with Mumford & Sons?

Denise Joyce

Monday, July 18, 2011

MOVIE Monday:

Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows Part 2 came out this past weekend. I am a Harry Potter fan through & through. I've read all the books & watched all the movies, so of course, I was there opening night to watch a midnight showing of the final film.

Like all the other Harry Potter Films, I was blown away by the way the book was brought to life. Everything was what I was hoping for reminiscing on the ideas running through my head when I was reading the final book. I'm almost a little sad & devasted to realize that it's all over now.

Like all the other movies, since I have read every single book, there are definitely some parts of the actual books that I wished I could have seen in the film, but I do also realize that no one should have to sit through a 5 hour movie to see every little detail of the books. But this is also why I would absolutely reccomend anyone who hasn't read the books to READ them. They are absolutely amazing & I've always found that the movies I create in my head while I'm reading are better than any director could have come up with to put on film.

I love Harry Potter, & the reality that it's over saddens me. But I'm happy knowning that I will share these books with my own children, only allowing them watch the movies after they've read each book of course. Amazing work J.K. Rowling! These stories were brilliant! Thank you!

Denise Joyce

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Postcard from my love...

I received my first postcard from my boyfriend in the mail today! It was a gorgeous picture of an Okinawa road with blossoming purple flowers. It warmed my heart to see it amongst the bills in my mailbox. I wrote him his first letter & sent it out this past Monday. I can't wait until he gets it, & he gets that same feeling I did today. I miss him. Distance is tough, but I know in my heart that we are stronger than everything.

Denise Joyce

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Shop-A-holic ^_^

Hey guys!

I did a little shopping during the month of June. Here's my collective Haul video. Enjoy!

Denise Joyce