First of all, I hope everyone had a fantastic week! It was my first week of my last quarter of Naturopathic Medical school…super excited…but also freaking out a little! I also have lots of interesting electives and conferences coming up, so I should have great new content to share soon!
Before I get into one of my typical rants, let’s get into this week’s $5 Tip Friday. I wanted to share a little beauty dupe that I love. It has to do with cleaning your makeup brushes or your beauty sponges. By the way, if you have not tried a beauty sponge or the Beauty Blender, I honestly don’t know how you’re applying makeup! It is a total game changer! The original is $20…crazy I know. My husband always says he can’t believe I spend that much on a sponge egg, but the other brands just honestly don’t work as well…That was until Eco Tools made their own version! It’s amazing! I’ve literally tried almost 20 different beauty sponges and this is the only one that compares to the original Beauty Blender. It’s $10 for a large and small sponge! I’ve added the amazon link below, but you can also find them at Target 🙂
Anyways, so many people I know never clean their makeup brushes. This amazes me! It’s so important guys. Because my skin is really acne prone, this is something that I can never skip. If you’re trying to find possible causes of acne and you’re not cleaning your makeup brushes, definitely give it a try. I would start by deep cleaning them at least once a month. If your brushes start to build up with a ton of product, you can use a brush cleaning spray to give them a quick clean every week or two weeks.
I have tried a lot of brush cleaning products. Most of them contain alcohol and other harsh chemicals that are not great for your skin or your health. Other ones I’ve tried have changed the texture of my brushes or have ruined them completely. The product that has worked the best for me is Beauty Blender’s Solid Cleaner. It’s made for the Beauty Blender Sponge, but I also use it for my makeup brushes because it’s quick, easy, mess free, and travels well. Despite my love for this product, I have two major problems with it…it’s $16 and lasts like 3 washes if you’re washing all of your brushes, and it’s definitely not natural. It contains a lot of chemicals and preservatives that I don’t feel comfortable soaking my brushes in. One night, I was cleaning out my bathroom cabinet and noticed I had a few unopened bars of Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile soap. I had a genius idea to use them to clean my makeup brushes and decided to search online. Turns out, tons of people came up with this genius idea before me. I watched a few YouTube videos to make sure it worked, and that it wouldn’t ruin my makeup brushes. Then, I tried it myself. It worked so well and it didn’t change the feel or shape of any of my brushes or my Beauty Blender! It’s also cheap and natural! Totally a winner!
Here is how to use it:
- Wet the bar of soap and your brush
- Gently swirl your brush or beauty sponge on the bar of soap
- Run the brush or sponge under water again, and then squeeze out excess fluid
- Repeat this process until you feel like you have given them a thorough clean (I usually keep going until the water you are squeezing out looks clear again)
- Lay your brushes or sponges on a towel to dry. You can also give them a quick blow dry if you don’t have time for them to dry on their own!
Here’s a little bonus tip! I don’t know how many of you have heard of brush cleaning mats, but they’re great. The brand Sigma’s is super popular, but it’s also on the pricier side. I found these little brush cleaning eggs on Amazon and they are great, and $2! They aren’t necessary, but I feel like it helps get a lot of the foundation off my brushes. I use it about once a month.
I hope this week’s tip was helpful! Let me know if any of you tried this dupe, and what kinds of tips you’d like to see in the future 🙂