Spring Cleaning- Makeup Brushes

Hello,

Today’s post serves as a reminder that with the changing seasons, comes routine cleaning. I have compiled a list of the best tips for cleaning your makeup brushes. The criteria I used to determine the recommendations were products that received the best reviews on multiple sites and the top tips from the beauty industries most successful bloggers. The top tip is to clean your brushes once a month.

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Cleaning Products

BareMinerals Well Cared For Conditioning Shampoo for Make-Up Brushes $14

Mac Brush Cleaner $15

Estee Lauder Makeup Brush Cleanser $16

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Tips

1. Wet the brush with warm water, and be careful to not immerse the base of the brush under water.

2. Place a pea size amount of cleanser into a small dish and swirl the brush around.

3. Rinse with warm water.

4. Disinfect. Make a vinegar mixture by placing a small amount of vinegar and 2x water in a small dish and swirl the brush hairs around.

4. Gently squeeze water and vinegar from the bristles.

5. Use a lint-free clothe to remove additional moisture.

Resources:

http://www.maskcara.com/tag/cleaning-brushes/

http://www.byrdie.com/how-to-clean-makeup-brushes/slide4

Happy cleaning!

~Claire

Mommy Attire

It was a very exciting day here at PB&J Boutique when we found out that our very own, Laura, was expecting a baby girl. I sat down with Laura to discuss what it has been like for her to dress when she is five months pregnant. Laura always looks adorable, so it was no surprise to me that her wardrobe only improved when she became pregnant.

One tip she had for purchasing clothes was to always buy one size larger. This helps her so that she can continue to wear the clothes as her tummy grows. Because she doesn’t want to buy a lot of maternity clothes, Laura said that she just buys regular clothes in bigger sizes. Some of her favorite things to wear lately are tunics and rompers because they are just so cozy. Here are a couple of looks that Laura found at PB&J that were cute, comfortable and practical.

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Wallace JumpsuitPounceBlack Jasper Teardrop

Laura was a big fan of these rompers because she said that they fit her well and still covered her tummy. Click here to see more of the rompers that Laura liked!

Although she has found it very difficult to wear heels lately, Laura wore the Pounce booties by Seychelles and absolutely loved them! She said that they were comfortable and still easy to walk in.

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Top (Online soon!)/ Geode Floating Necklace

Please visit PB&J Boutique to see more clothes for all occasions! Thanks for reading!

~Rachael

A Closer Look at Johnny Was


Since we opened PB&J Boutique, one of our favorite brands has been Johnny Was. Created in 1987, Johnny Was has a unique look that embraces both modern and vintage styles. Eli Levite created the brand in the ’80s and the inspiration for the brand’s name came from Bob Marley’s song, “Johnny Was a Good Man.”

Here at PB&J, we have always loved the boho style and intricate embroidery on Johnny Was clothing. There are other divisions of the company that embrace different styles for a unique range of looks. PB&J carries the divisions For Love and Liberty, JWLA, BIYA and Pete & Greta. Take a look at some of our favorites from each division!

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To see more of the Johnny Was collections please check out the PB&J website!

~Rachael

3 Refreshing Sips

We stay away from soda in this house so I like to get creative with fun drinks; I have put together a great line up of homemade refreshing drinks to keep you well hydrated!

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Infused water

We all know the benefits of drinking enough water: good for your skin, helps with digestion, flushes out toxins, reduces bloating, keeps you from getting sick…. and the list goes on. I personally try to get at least 64 oz of water a day. That’s a lot! But I really do feel better when I’m well hydrated, and as everyone knows, water can get boring. My solution? Infused water! I first saw this trend pop up on Pinterest years ago, but hadn’t tried it until recently. My favorite combo is strawberries and lemon. It is important to use ripe fruit. If a blueberry is sour, the water will take on that sour flavor. Flavor combination ideas below; the options are really endless!

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First rinse your fruit and herbs.

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Pierce blueberries and raspberries with a knife before adding them to the water to bring out their full flavor. With herbs, give them a little twist to release their natural oils.

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Then add your water. I find it is best to infuse the water overnight but no more than 12 hours. The fruit gets a little mushy if left in the water too long. Easy and delicious!

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Infused Iced Tea

Iced tea is very refreshing, but It can also get boring. By adding fresh fruit to your freshly brewed iced tea, you can really spice it up! I love to add oranges to my iced tea. You can get creative with peaches, strawberries, mint, and just about any other fruit/herb combination. It also looks super pretty. Good way to impress your friends ;)

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Basil Jalapeno Lemonade

Finally, fresh home made lemonade is the best! Super refreshing and perfect on a hot day. I usually don’t like lemonade, but this recipe is the exception. The jalapeno’s first lured me in; I love anything spicy! The original recipe I found had a million steps and you had to let the simple syrup sit overnight, but I like things quick and easy so I made it my own way and it turned out great!

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First you make simple syrup by adding 1 1/2 cups of sugar to 2 cups of hot water. Then tear the basil leaves in 1/2 and add them. Microwave for 4 minutes to infuse the basil and melt the sugar. Add your lemon juice, sparkling water, ice and jalapenos. Refreshing with a kick! You could easily make this mock-tail a cocktail by adding some jalapeno vodka or citrus rum.

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I hope you enjoy these recipes, and cheers!

-Laura

 

 

New Arrivals & Brands at PB&J Boutique

We are always big fans of Spring at PB&J Boutique when Chico, CA comes alive with an abundance of flowers, the perfect weather (none of that 100+ degree heat) and of course the gorgeous new arrivals that have been rolling into the shop. We have our brands that you will recognize, but we have found some lovely new lines that we think all of our lovely shoppers will really enjoy. Some of the new lines that are here and new to the Chico area are Blue Life & Raga. Both brands have an attention to detail, beautiful soft fabrics and will definitely add a little uniqueness to your wardrobe. Both brands have started to come in and our in-store as well as online. Here is a sample of whats available and perfect for Valentine’s Day:

New Brand Alert: Blue Life

Visit PB&J Boutique to see more: http://www.pbjshop.com/new-arrivals.php


 

New Brands Coming Soon!!

We are so excited to announce that we have even more lovely new global brands due to hit the racks at PB&J over the next couple of weeks. Some include Beautiful Stories a line out of Iceland that oozes bohemian chic, Quay sunglasses out of Australia that are the perfect price point for a trendy new pair of shades, Wallflower another fantastic Australian line that has that lacy elegance we so love at PB&J and lastly a brand out of LA called Sloane Rouge that perfectly mixes textures that are easy to wear and look amazing.

Remember that we always offer Fast Free Shipping & Returns at www.pbjshop.com

Keep an eye on our social media for updates on when all these new goodies have arrived.

Happy Tuesday!

~Erica

 

The Spring Lookbook: Behind the Scenes

We are getting ready for Spring!

The blossoming flowers, warm weather, and fresh air, it truly is the season for renewal. As the vibrant flowers come to life it is easy to be inspired by nature. Living in Chico, we enjoy a variety of rich vegetation. Along Bidwell Park there are flowering Camillea trees blossoming in all variations of pink including, baby pink, orchid, and vibrant coral. All of these shades can be used for the cheeks, lips, and eyes.

We shot our Spring Lookbook last weekend and wanted to share with you the products that make-up artist, Hilary Bryant used to create luminous skin, pink lips, and natural eyes. A big thank you to Hilary Bryant (@makeupbyhilaryb) and photographer Diane Clifford (@dianenicolephoto) for making the photo-shoot a success. We couldn’t have done it without these ladies talent and positive energy!

Here are some behind the scene photos showcasing the products Hilary used to create the looks.

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Photo by: Hilary Bryant

Featured:

Mac Cosmetics

Pro Lip Palette/ 6 Preferred Pinks

Prep + Prime Highlighter

Mineralize Eye Shadow (Similar)

Lancome Paris

Blush Subtil 

The Balm

Mary-Lou Manizer 

Anastasia Beverly Hills

Contour Kit  

Stila Cosmetics

Lip Glaze 

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Darker hues were used for Claire’s medium complexion. Lancome’s Blush Subtil in Shimmer Pink Pool was applied to the apple’s of her cheeks and was topped with a generous amount of The Balm’s Mary-Lou Manizer. Natural hues were used on her eyes and just a touch of liner was used on the upper eyelid. A generous amount of Show Orchid from Mac’s Pro Lip Palette was used to create a custom pink shade and was topped with Stila’s Lip Glaze.

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Photos by: Diane Nichole Clifford

On Maddy a light ethereal make-up look was achieved. Hilary used the Blush Subtil in Shimmer Pink Fling and used the Mary-Lou Manizer on the cheekbones. Light pink eyeshadow was used in order to let the lips and cheeks shine. A custom lip color was created using the Pro Lip Palette, which consisted of a generous amount of Pretty Please.

Although pink can liven the face and create a fresh youthful appearance, it can also be hard to find the correct shade. Take into account your complexion and the undertones in your skin. For help, follow Hilary on Instagram for tips and tricks @makeupbyhilaryb. Using The Balm’s Mary-Lou Highlighter and Mac’s Pro Lip Palette in 6 Preferred Pinks makes creating a fresh customized look easy.

We can’t wait to share with you our Spring Lookbook! We will be keeping you posted.

Have a wonderful weekend,

~Claire

Friday Night Little Black Dress

Happy Friday to you all!

If you’re still looking for something to wear out tonight, stop your search because we want to share with you our current obsession. Meet the La La Lace dress. She plays nice at work but loves a night out on the town. Paired with cute booties and fun jewelry, there’s a good chance she’ll stay out all night!

Check out the complete outfit below:


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whitneyhandbagOutfit details:

La La Lace Dress

Lucky Penny booties

The Whitney Handbag

 

Have a wonderful weekend,

~Kayla

 

New Year, New Arrivals

Happy New Year to all of you lovely ladies!

With the arrival of 2015, I figured that it would be the perfect time to share some of our new arrivals with all of you! Whether you need some cozy sweaters to keep you warm or some new bracelets to help you accessorize, PB&J Boutique has you covered! Take a look at some of the items that we are going absolutely crazy for!

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Waffles and ChampagneMarina Round Neck BlouseMix Megnesia KimonoAndrea TunicHunter Button Down White Black and Charcoal

jewelry

Headdress NecklacePeace Bracelet Black and SilverHammered BangleEva TriangleCrescent Moon RingGF Arrow

socks

Stripe Mix ColorBaroque SocksPattern Frill SockKnee High SnowflakeSolid Thick SockMix Color Socks

To see more new arrivals, be sure to check out PB&J Boutique! New arrivals are always coming in and we are so excited to share them with you!

Happy Tuesday!

~Rachael

Christmas in California

One of my favorite things about living in California is that I can travel to so many different places in a short amount of time. I spent Christmas with my family at my home in Los Angeles enjoying the lovely 70 degree weather.

My first stop for my holiday travels was in Malibu to visit some other family members. Saying that Malibu is beautiful is an understatement. Every time I see the ocean, it takes my breath away. So, I just had to take a little stroll down to the beach when the sun started setting…

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One thing about me is that I am a horrible packer. When it came time to pack my things to come down to Southern California, I threw a few clothes in a bag and hoped for the best. However, I did manage to pack some of my favorites from PB&J Boutique.

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Top: Dreaming on a Cloud/ Bottoms (similar): Zipper Jegging/ Shoes: Pounce

I realized that my shoes were not the most practical for walking on the beach, but it was totally worth it!

After I left Malibu, my family took me on a surprise trip to Las Vegas! (Second trip in one month, but every visit is still just as exciting!)

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For all of my Christmas travels, I had to bring along my favorite new travel bag by Atenti!

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Atenti (Similar): Overnight MadridOvernight Heritage

If you haven’t checked out the Atenti Overnight bags, I highly suggest you do! I got so many compliments on mine as I carried it through the casino. They are so unique and easy to bring along on any of your adventures.

I hope all of your holiday travels were amazing as well!

Thank you for reading and happy new year!

~Rachael

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Hi there, Brittany and Laura here! We are so thrilled to be taking over PB&J Boutique’s blog while

‘On the Move’!

As for a little groundwork about us….

Laura began here career in fashion with PB&J Boutique while in college. Thankful she did, as she discovered her passion and continues in the industry today! Brittany is a Cosmetologist specializing in celebrity and editorial makeup. Together, they made an exciting move to Los Angeles to pursue their dreams. Upon our move, we teamed with with PB&J Boutique to document our monthly must-haves paired with our favorite seasonal make-up trends.

Today’s winter look is comfy, casual and chic while the make-up dresses it up for that added holiday glow!

PS- Make sure you don’t miss the link to the tutorial :)

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Learn how to get the look, see the link below:

Soft Holiday Make Up Tutorial

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Get the look here:

Laura: Dress / Boots / Necklace / Ring

Brittany: Sweater(similar) / Denim / Boots / Necklace

Stay tuned #prettynpbj

XO, B&L