Monday, January 5, 2015

Spring clean series / Cleaning makeup brushes

Usually every Sunday, my Instagram and Twitter feed is awash with people giving out about having to do my most loathed chore in the history of life.  Sometimes I'm right up there with them.  If you say that you don't mind it or like it, have a whiff of the air surrounding you because I bet your pants are on fire.   I'm talking about cleaning makeup brushes.  Even typing that gives me the bleurghs.  But it has to be done and every time I'm procrastinating and finding other things to do that are obviously way more important than washing eleven million (slight exaggeration) brushes, that little voice in my head stands on it's tippy toes and shouts above all of the "Aw man, I hate doing this, why do I have to do this, so what if I want to go for the muddy makeup look" and reminds me of that feeling when it's done.  It's like going to the gym.  Once it's over, it's grand.  Until the next time.  It's a constant cycle.

So in an effort to make me do it over the weekend, I figured I'd kill two birds and write about what I use to clean my brushes.  Let me preface that I have a lot of brushes.  I pretend I'm a collector, but in actual fact, I just buy more so that I don't have to clean them.  Then when they're all dirty, it's either buy more or clean them.  So since it's January, I might as well save money and clean 'em.


Look at all those dirty brushes, tormenting me...  And that's not the full collection.  These are just the ones I use most days and badly needed a deep clean.  I've three products that I use for cleaning brushes and sponges, so let me talk you through them.


For deep cleaning my brushes, I use the Dr Bronner's Liquid Castile Soap in the Citrus Orange scent. I bought this in TK Maxx last year and you can buy it in health food shops like Down To Earth and online too.  It'll set you back about €8 and that link will give you the ingredients, but it's €8 well spent because it has so many different uses - 18 in total, from washing your body to washing your hair, your pet, your clothes and a little goes a long way.  It's quite liquidy in formulation and I'd expected it to be thicker like shampoo, but a few drops in the palm of my hand works wonders at getting rid of all the grime and makeup from my brushes for a really deep clean that doesn't strip the bristles. It works better and quicker than what I was using before, Johnson's Baby Shampoo and watching all your makeup go down the sink is very satisfying and scary.  How dirty were my brushes!


For spot cleaning, especially if I'm filming a video or doing a few blog posts that involves me using a lot of brushes, the Cinema Secrets Professional Brush Cleaner is the business.  You can buy it online here and prices vary from €9.49/2oz to €53.49 for a massive 32oz bottle.  The one I have is 4oz, is €16.49 and has lasted me for ages.  This stuff is fantastic and I mainly use it for eyeshadow brushes.  I pour some into the cap, dip my brush in, let it soak up, wait about 10 seconds and then rub the bristles into a dry clean towel in circular motions to work the makeup out of the brush.  I rarely have to go back for a second dip and I think I'll have to bite the bullet and get a new bottle very soon.

The last thing I use is for my sponges and it's the Beauty Blender Solid Cleanser that I got as part of a set in New York.  You can buy the cleanser on it's own from Cult Beauty for £14 and as I've only used it a few times, I'll report back on whether I'd repurchase it again.  It makes quick work of cleaning my Beauty Blender and the true test will be when I use it to clean my Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge.  That stuff has dirt and makeup down to the core of it's being, so stand by to hear how I get on with that.  I've also used this with brushes and it works great at removing eyeshadow and rinses out well.  I just wonder about product waste having to rinse it under the tap all the time.  Sure we'll see how I get on in the long term and the one I have is only small, so I'm hoping it'll last a few months at least.

Right now I have a little army of makeup brushes on my makeup unit, ready to help make me look lovely tomorrow!  Seeing them all lined up like this is great.  I still hate cleaning them though.  But it's done for now....


Unless you are the owner of self cleaning makeup brushes, in which case, call me, what do you use to help minimise the pain of this chore?  Am I alone in my brush cleaning pain?  And if you don't mind cleaning your brushes, tell me how you make that happen!
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  1. Love the little pots you have your make up brushes in where can you get these?😄

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    1. They're little plant pots from Ikea! I got them last year, they're so cute!

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  2. I love using Cinema Secrets for spot cleaning when eye brushes are really dirty in between the deep washes. I recently discovered Dr Bronner Soap and now I'm hooked, can't wait to pick up a full sized bottle x

    Beauty with charm

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    1. Look at us being all good cleaning our brushes with the same stuff ;)

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  3. I don't mind cleaning my brushes really, I just throw on some music or Netflix and make a party out of it (:

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  4. Aghhhh you just reminded me how badly I need to wash mine!!

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  5. I use Dr Bronner's solid soap bar for cleaning because I'm frugal. Or cheap, one or the other. I was so let down by Cinema Secrets though, it smells so strong and it felt like my brushes just absorbed the liquid and didn't get any cleaner. I kept swirling (figure of eight on a clean towel) and kept just ruining my towels. I'm jealous when I see others singing CS's praises!

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  6. I don't mind cleaning my brushes in fact, but it's a real pain in the bottom to wait for it to dry !! I have a couple of very densely bristle-packed brushes and I usually have to wait almost 2 full days until they're all dry.
    Strangely, I found out yesterday that they dry much quicker if I put them in my bathroom cabinet where I put my hygiene stuff and towels compared to when I let it dry on the open in a room...

    I use cold-processed soap with goat milk (the same one I use sometimes on my face) or solid mild shampoo. When my brushes are really dirty from greasy materials such as liquid foundations (which is not often because I use mineral foundation), I let the bristles soak for about 10 mn in olive oil and then wash them with soap.
    For a quick cleaning I use a homemade mixture of water with rubbing alcohol or vodka and a tiny amount of cleansing gel (for the face) in a spray bottle, which I use about the same way as your Cinema Secrets brush cleaner...

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  7. Hi karen, I know it's off the beaten track but have you tried the foreo luna trying to justify ordering one as like yourself couldn't be bothered with the clarisonic, love the blog by the way xx

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  8. I don't mind cleaning mine too much, but that's cause I rarely have to do them all in the one go. I tend to wash them every few days, just whatever few need doing. I use Dove Hand Wash, squeeze out any excess water with a hand towel and then pop them in the hot press (for the larger brushes) or leave them hanging over the edge of a shelf in the bathroom. I tend to do them early in the day, straight after using them, so they've all day and night to dry before I'll use them again.

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  9. I simply use baby shampoo to clean my brushes and sometimes a daily brush cleaner if I'm switching between eye shadow shades. I really dislike cleaning my make up brushes, however I find it more bearable if I'm watching a show on Netflix or beauty videos!

    Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

    xx

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  10. I'm really liking the Dr Bronner for brush cleaning at the moment - trying to do it at least fortnightly :) and I use the same IKEA pots to hold mine! xx

    Magpie Jasmine || Palette Giveaway: Urban Decay, Nars, Charlotte Tilbury, Too Faced

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  11. Self cleaning makeup brushes haha! Wouldn't that be bliss! I want that Dr Bronner's, hopefully TKMaxx still do it! :) x

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  12. Daiso puff & sponge cleaner. It's from China (or possibly Korea) - they do a bigger bottle now, called makeup brush cleaner, I've one on the way to try it out. It's like a fiver on eBay and it is unbelievable stuff. It gets liquid foundation out of a Sigma F80 in about 10 seconds, the stuff is just magic. I LOVE cleaning brushes now, I love seeing the water go all manky and the brush coming out lovely and clean! It's the absolute bees knees :)

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  13. I use Dove beauty bar soap (the original one) to clean my brushes, and a small silicone pad which helps to clean foundation brushes. I suppose it's a bit like washing the dishes at the end of a good meal. I sometimes listen to music or podcasts while I'm cleaning brushes and thinking about having clean, lovely smelling brushes the next day seem to work for me. :)

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  14. Thank you a lot for sharing this information about the brushes. I want to buy some because I think that it will be easier to apply my make up in that way. Thanks again for the tips! Cann Hall Carpet Cleaners Ltd.

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