Why I'm Washing My Makeup Brushes!

Hey lovelies,

As part of my drive to streamline beauty products, I'm making a conscious effort to wash my makeup brushes regularly. Because much to my shame, it's a chore I tend to neglect.

make-up brushes in a roll

Confession time: Please, don't judge... but I reckon it's been 3 months since I washed my makeup brushes. My makeup application is suffering and I dread to think how my skin is suffering under the onslaught of all that old gunk and bacteria....eeek!

I've read conflicting advice on how often you should wash brushes, from every time you use them, to every 2 weeks. But realistically, unless you're a make up artist using your brushes on numerous clients then I don't believe you need to wash after every use...and anyway who has the blinking time to do that?!

If your brushes are solely for your own use, then I think every fortnight is fine. And obviously if you only wear make up occasionally, then you won't need to wash them as often as that. So with that in mind I'm challenging myself to wash my brushes every 2 weeks.

So here are my tips for washing make-up brushes:

1 - Use a cleansing shampoo: Yes you can buy specific brush cleaning products, but it's cheaper and just as effective to use a cleansing shampoo, which are excellent at removing oil and dirt yet gentle on the bristles. I mean if it's suitable for the hair on our heads, then it's good enough for make-up brushes.

2 - Fill your basin with warm water, swish your brush around to wet it thoroughly, squirt some shampoo or cleanser into your palm and swirl your brush around in it gently. Don't scrub, the aim is to try and keep the bristles straight and not matted. Massage the brush hairs between your fingers to get the lather into bristles, and then swirl your brush through the water to rise it.

3 - Repeat this process for each brush, changing the water in the basin often and using a fresh squirt of shampoo/cleanser for each.


4 - Final Rinse: rinse your brushes under running water with the brush heads facing down to give them a final rinse in clean water. Facing the brush head down helps to straighten the bristles.

5 - Squeeze the excess water out of the brushes and pat them with kitchen roll.

makeup brushes drying

6 - Dry your brushes heads facing down, to avoid the water pooling in base of the bristles and rusting the metal. The easiest way to do this is to dry them over a warm (not hot radiator), the grill makes a great brush holder!

make-up brushes drying on radiator
Patented drying technique! :-)
7 - Don't forget to wash your make-up brush storage. I'm still using the trusty make-up brush roll that I made in this post 4 years ago.

washed make up brush roll

Ahh that's better! Love, love, love fresh clean brushes, they just feel so much softer, colours are more accurate and application is neater.

I do hope my hints and tips for washing your make-up brushes have helped. How often do you wash your make-up brushes and storage? Please comment below ...if only to make me feel like I'm not the dirtiest girl in the world :-) !

New Year's Resolution - Beauty Challenge!

Happy New Year lovelies!

I hope 2016 was kind to you and that 2017 proves an even better vintage.

I know it's fallen out of fashion to make New Year's Resolutions, but I like to see them as challenges. And I'm always up for a challenge!

This year I have challenged myself to use up all the beauty and toiletry samples I seem to accumulate on a regular basis. Seriously, this is just last year's worth!

beauty product samples
I posted this photo on my social media accounts, and got so many comments and messages saying "Me too!". It seems there are a lot of us with stashes of lovely beauty samples who never get around to using them. What a waste.

So my New Year's Resolution is to use up all these samples before purchasing any further toiletries.

Now I know this sounds frivolous, but it is both non-wasteful and money-saving, so what's not to love?! I don't know about you, but my January finances could always do with some help.

Plus hoarding this amount of product takes up space in my house, and seeing it piled up in a mess takes up room in my mind. When we have overwhelming amounts of 'stuff', our minds become stifled with it. De-cluttering is good for both the space we live in, and our mental health.

This is a concept I've come to embrace over 2016 after beginning the KonMari method made famous by Marie Kondo in her book "The Life Changing Magic of Tidying", but that's a subject for another post :-)

It's always good to get family members involved in challenges, and I had a little visitor who was enthralled with my haul...

baby girl looking at makeup jar

It's a good job I'd taken my blog photo before little WagDollina got involved! :-)

Let me know if you've set yourself any New Year challenges, or feel free to join me in my challenge, I love to read your comments!

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