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Cleaning Your Make-Up Brushes

First of September, first day of term and the first day of my new diet. Well, not a ‘diet’ per se but after an indulgent summer I am trying to cut out the rubbish and make myself really tasty and healthy lunches to take in to work. It was my first day back at school for a training day today and I have to say I am totally shattered. I’m off to Pilates in a bit and I am hoping I don’t nod off when we do our relaxation breathing on the mats!

I promise this isn’t going to be a preachy post on cleaning your make-up brushes because until a few years ago I had no idea washing your brushes was even a thing.

However, it really made sense when I thought about it – why spend all that money on good brushes, skin care products and lovely make-up to then apply it with brushes full of old make-up, oil, dirt and germs?

Now, I try and do it on a weekly basis and today I am sharing the way I do it and two products that help me keep my brushes clean.

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My first product is a relatively new one but I have used this Dr Bronner Magic Soap a few times and I am a convert. I use this as a ‘shampoo’ for my brushes and I know the anti-bacterial qualities will leave them clean and the rose scent makes them smell lovely. They dry really soft too – I have used washing up liquid in the past and some brushes have dried a little ‘crunchy’.

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Next, the Daily Make-Up Brush Cleaner from Sephora. I picked this spray up in America after reading lots of positive reviews about it and as long as I’m not in too much of a rush, I use it daily.

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I really like the fact that this is in a spray bottle as it means it is so quick and easy to use. You can either spritz this directly onto the brush and let it dry naturally or spray onto a clean face cloth or tissue then run the brush over it.

To do a ‘proper’ clean of my make-up tools, I grabbed my brushes to be cleaned, a towel and my Dr Bronner and headed to the bathroom.

Begin by wetting the brush head under warm water. I usually keep my brushes facing downwards to avoid too much liquid running back into the brush where it may loosen the glue.

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Then I pour a few drops of soap in my hand and rub the brush in a circular motion against my palm, rinsing it under a running tap continuously until it runs clear.

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You will be surprised by how much product is left in your brushes!

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Once the brush is clean, I give it a gentle rub with a clean towel then leave to dry naturally.

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And that’s that job out of the way for another week!

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Latest Purchases #57 – Back to School Buys (An ASOS and Primark Haul)

Today’s haul is a nice mixture of fashion and beauty buys. I have called it my ‘Back to School Buys’ but really it was more a case of me getting myself organised before work kicks in again and I find myself with much less free time than I have been used to this holiday!

First up, my ASOS goodies. My ‘uniform’ so to speak for work tends to be a dress with tights, boots and a cardigan in the winter and leggings and sandals in the summer. Therefore, when I buy a dress, I usually try to make sure it will look good the year round with either of these combinations.

I LOVE this floral skater dress from Oasis. I like that it has three-quarter length sleeves and the darker colours with a pop of neon mean I can wear it to work or dress it up with heels for a night out.

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I also bought this floral and striped dress with a Peter Pan collar from River Island. I think it is the perfect colour for Autumn although unfortunately the sizing is huge so I am returning this for a smaller size…never a bad thing!

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Obviously now is a great time to pick up summery items for next year as the shops begin to promote their Autumn/ Winter range and this little black strapless sundress will be great for holidays worn over a bikini. At £7 it was a bargain too!

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As well as the dresses, I also picked up a few beauty items.

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Top of my list was a bottle of Dr Bronner’s Magic Soap, another product that beauty bloggers seem to rave about! These 18-in-1 formulas claim to wash everything from your hair to your sink but I wanted it as a make-up brush cleaner and when I saw there was a rose version I had to have it.

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I also decided to try a shade from the Rimmel Apocalips in Aurora. There was so much hype when these were released that I wasn’t sure it would live up to it. However, I was pleasantly surprised! Aurora is a reddish-coral shade which I wore out to dinner earlier this week. The colour pay-off is great and it applies with a great glossy finish before it dries to a creamy matte. I found it lasted well too so would be great for those times when you don’t want to be constantly reapplying your lippy. I think I will be picking up a few more shades in this range!

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I spotted two Barry M nail varnished in the sale too. Surprisingly, I don’t really have that many glitters or nail toppers and these two looked like they were packed full of glitter.

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I bought Yellow Topaz Glitter from their Jewel range, a formula packed with gold hexes and tiny holographic pieces. I also got Pink Sapphire Glitter, with pinky-purple hexes and silver bars.

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After a dentist appointment earlier in the week, I decided to pop in to Primark for a few bits to cheer myself up. I went at about 9am and it was lovely and quiet – much nicer than the usual crowds!

My main aim was to buy a few more sporty/ work-out items for Pilates and PE lessons. I tend to associate work-out gear with comfort and can sometimes end up wearing slouchy jogging bottoms and loose-fitting t-shirts which can look a little scruffy. While comfort and practicality are still my top considerations, I thought I could do with smartening up my sporting attire!

First up are these jogging bottoms. Slightly fitted so not too baggy, these have a cool leopard print design but aren’t too loud either – exactly what I had in mind!

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To pair with these, I bought a loose-fitting t-shirt. I will probably wear this with jeans too as I love the details such as the folded sleeves, slightly sheer material and distressed effect on the fabric.

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I also picked up a gorgeous white, glittery jumper to wear before it’s time to pull on the thick woolly tops. This looks great over jeans and will be ideal to layer up as it gets colder.

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Finally, a pair of cute slippers to replace my flip flops around the house.

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I was surprised at how much the Primark beauty stands have grown in recent years. They now have a whole make-up line as well as stocking various bath and beauty products from other brands. I also love looking at their false nail designs although I’m not really a fan of wearing them so it’s purely for some nail art inspiration!

I picked up a few things from this section:

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Some cute nail files with a floral and owl print

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Hair ties

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And Primark’s version of the Beauty Blender. I usually apply or blend my foundation with a brush but I have heard so many bloggers rave about these egg-shaped applicators that I thought I would give it a trial.

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Finally, I picked up some jewellery. I love the look of layering up several more delicate bracelets and these black and gold ones will look great together. There are some really pretty pieces in this set and for £2 you just can’t go wrong!

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Looking back on this post, I ended up buying more than I thought…isn’t that always the way?!

The sun is shining today so I am going to pull on my running shoes and head out before undoing my hard work with some cupcakes I plan on baking later on! x