In Japan I would always YouTube (well of course it's a verb, or if it's not, it's about to be one) when I'm bored and I can't leave the house due to laziness bad bad weather. Of course back there, I click on a video and in a second or two it plays uninterrupted. Here in the third world I click on a video, do my laundry, run errands, have lunch, and by the time I get back *maybe* it has finally loaded.

Long story short, I don't get to YouTube as much these days which is a shame. I'm missing out on a lot of stuff - old Japanese game shows, ANTM episodes, and Michael Fajatin (best reporter to ever walk the planet). Oh, and makeup tutorials and haul videos. Be warned, though, that these are extremely enabling and trigger extreme lemming for stuff; after a couple of videos I am almost always rushing to Shinjuku (then) or EDSA Shang (now) for an item I feel I simply must have because the makeup guru said so.

Anyhoo, a couple of things I picked up from YouTube I just thought I'd share:

1. Squeaky clean make-up brushes

From the epic Michelle Phan.
All you need is extra virgin olive oil and antibacterial dishwashing liquid. I thought I'd give it a try since we have a huge gallon of olive oil in the kitchen.
What you do is you squirt some dishwashing liquid on to a plate, and then add a couple of drops of olive oil, and you use this to wash your brushes - you swipe your brush once or twice across the mixture, lather it up on your palm, rinse off, and dry flat on a towel. Easy peasy.

Previously I used baby shampoo but it's so difficult to get stuff out - NARS blushes are doom on white brushes. But with this one everything just slides off and the brushes turn out super soft. And for fluffy brushes, brush guards really make a difference. I would have used one for  each brush but I seem to have lost a couple so only the MAC ones get to have brush guards hehehe.

2. Brush Holder

The original idea is from EnKore, I believe, and while he may be a bit difficult to watch a times, the brush holder is preeeeeeetty.

The video has been around for a billion years but it took me forever to find the little white things. I finally located them somewhere in the arts and crafts section of Tokyu Hands in Shinjuku, and I had them shipped back to the Philippines when I went home because I wasn't sure I'd find them here (and they're a wee bit pricey too).

To be perfectly honest I have no idea what I need two dozen makeup brushes for but at least they're soft and pretty and clean. ^^

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