Friday, June 29, 2012

The Best Day in June...

Happy Friday all! In lieu of your regularly scheduled post, I figured I should do a post about today. June 29th is a special day for me. It's mine and Tim's anniversary and it is also Dakota's birthday. I don't think I did a post last year, but I did a ridiculously long post in 2010 about it (see here). Most of you didn't see it because it was way back when I didn't have many followers. It actually includes Dakota's puppy pictures when he was days old that the breeder sent me. I know, I'm a good fur mommy.

So today Tim and I celebrate 9 years of being together. Through the best times and through the worst, I can't imagine anyone else at my side. I love you. Thank you for being my best friend.

At the Phillies game last Sunday

At a Phillies game in 2010

Tailgating at a PSU game

Celebrating Tim's 30th in the Dominican Republic

Being goofy in the Outer Banks

The next two pictures take us back to the year we started dating...

Our first trip to South Carolina to visit my mom

At home on the couch
That was a total time warp!
Now it's time for cute pictures of my birthday boy. Enjoy!

His first week home

Probably one of my favorite pictures ever

Both of my boys when they were young

His birthday last year

Always a happy puppy with short ears and a long tongue

Snow bunny

Bonding with the new edition

Teaching Utley how to play

My cuddle boy
His favorite toy
I love you buddy! Happy birthday!

I hope you all have a great weekend. Make sure you check out my blogiversary giveaway going on right now!

Everything According to Erin

♥ Erin

Thursday, June 28, 2012

How To Clean Your Makeup Brushes Tutorial

I don't care who you are, if you wear makeup, you at least have one makeup brush. Taking care of those brushes is very important for many reasons. It adds to the longevity of the brush (and in some cases they are not cheap) and most importantly it gets rid of all the dirt, oil, bacteria and makeup that stays on those brushes long after you're done using them. Eww!

I try to wash my brushes at least once a month. That may not seem like enough to some of you, but here's my reasoning. I have simple skin. That may irritate a lot of you, but it's the truth. I don't break out a whole lot, I'm not overly oily, I'm not overly dry, etc. It's not perfect, don't get me wrong, it's just not high maintenance. That's what works for me, everyone is different. I also don't use liquid products so that helps AND I clean my powder and eyeshadow brushes after every use with a spray on cleaner.

This is perfect for an in between or spot cleaning. All you do is spray and gently wipe back and forth on a paper towel until the color is gone. It smells great, is reasonably priced and is available at Ulta.

I want to start by saying that I did not come up with this. I straight up stole it from Pinterest. I tried out a few tutorials that I found on there and this was the best one by far. Here's the original link:

I actually re-did her tutorial and documented it with pictures so I could share with all my awesome readers!! Yay!

Note: I have so many brushes, I had to do them in steps. I started with the big ones and did the smaller ones next.

1.) Start with a plastic cup (I used a clear one so it was better to show you) and put a THIN layer of shampoo on the bottom. It doesn't matter what kind of shampoo, any kind will do.

2.) & 3.) Place the brushes down into the cup so that the bristles get the shampoo on them. You can twist them around a little bit to make sure the tops of each brush has shampoo on them.

4.) Run warm water and put the cup under the faucet so that you fill the cup up with about an inch of water (don't fill the water above the silver piece of the brush). Make sure every brush gets a good mix of shampoo and water.

Note: I took these pictures by myself so it was hard to show how to do this properly.

5.) Wet your hand with warm water and take one brush out at a time and move it in a circular motion in the palm of your hand creating suds. The suds will be dirty, it's ok. You may have to rinse your hand and repeat a few times to really make sure you're getting the dirt and makeup out of there.

6.) Once you feel that you have loosened up all the dirt/makeup in the brush, move your hand under the water while continuing moving brush in circular motion. Keep doing so until water runs clean of makeup and suds. You may want to alternate squeezing out the brush and rubbing it on your hand. Be sure to hold the brush at a downward angle so water doesn't flow back up into it.

This is what it looked like with my smaller brushes.

7.) Completely wring out excess water and re-shape the bristles. (I did this part a little differently than her) Lay the brushes flat to dry (I put them on a paper towel too) for about 12 hours, then move brushes to the edge of the counter so that all sides of the brush are able to breathe and dry thoroughly for another 12 hours.

Voila! You now have clean brushes!

How do you clean your brushes? Was this a helpful tutorial?

In case you didn't know already, I've got a giveaway going on right now! If you like beauty products, you'll like this. Go enter and grab my button!

Everything According to Erin

♥ Erin

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

3rd Blogiversary Giveaway!

Everything According to Erin

So it's been a couple months since I did a giveaway and what better way to celebrate the 3 year anniversary of Everything According to Erin then to give stuff away?

I could have gotten a sponsor for this giveaway, but I decided I wanted to personally hand pick all the items I'm going to be giving away.

Some items are things that I absolutely can't live without, while some things I still want to try and then there are things I just thought my readers would like.

Sound good?

Here's the loot:

1.) Ulta In Bloom Nail Lacquer Set (see colors below)
2.) NYX Nude on Nude Natural Look Kit
3.) Tarte Blush & Bronzer On The Go (Blush in Dollface & Bronzer in Park Ave Princess)
4.) New! L'Oreal B.B. Cream
5.) Maybelline Volum'Express The Mega Plush Mascara
6.)  Stila Lip Glaze Trio in Fiesta
7.) Ardell Natural Lash Starter Kit
8.) Trina & Co. Makeup Bag

Close up of products and polish names

I am so jealous! I was grabbing all of this stuff for the winner and totally wanted to keep it all for myself.
Here's the deal about the products:
The lashes, mascara and lip gloss are all my faves. Enjoy!
The eyeshadow, bronzer/blush kit and nail polish all looked fun.
The B.B. Cream was soooo hard to find. I need to go back and get it for myself. I have been dying to try it, please let me know how it is!
This giveaway is valued at over $70!

Enter below and good luck!!

♥ Erin

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

And finally, my NYC trip recap...

Sorry for the one month delay. I totally forgot that I didn't post pictures from my awesome trip to NYC to meet Neely, Meghan and some other awesome ladies.

Let me just say, I had an awesome time on this trip. I was a little apprehensive at first considering I had never met any of the girls in real life. I have been talking with Neely for a long time, but there's always that chance...LOL. I'm glad I went and had a chance to meet these amazing women. Can't wait to do it again!

♥ Erin