I made an online order on KIKO…. before the spending ban… By the time this post goes live I have no doubt that the whole of this brush cleanser will be gone as I spot clean almost everytime I have used my brushes. I like to deep clean my brushes once a week which I have done a post on before, however that has now changed as I use the Miceller Gel Wash from Garnier. (AMAZING!!)
Anyway back to the Kiko brush cleanser, this is great and reminds me massively of the Mac brush cleanser I used to use back in the day. Although this is half the price and a spray bottle which is super handy. When I go past the Kiko store in Brighton I will be picking another one of these up for the spot cleaning. I dont think I would make another online order though as the delivery time was quite awhile and shipping costs and as I am in Brighton quite a bit.
How I use this is pretty simple, I have a towel I use just for brush cleaning, I wash it after every deep clean on a Sunday. I spray a few sprays of the cleanser onto the brush and then swirl on the towel. Takes alot of the product off, this does not substitute a proper clean though as even if I deep clean my brushes after doing this there is definitly quite a bit of make up still in the bristles. It is excellent though if you want to use different eyeshadows etc.
Since spot cleaning my brushes, especially my foundation brush, my skin has improved which just goes to show even cleaning my brushes once a week can still cause spots.
As you can see in the photo my brushes arent super clean but clean enough for me, the difference after a deep clean is noticable. If you would like an in depth brush cleaning post then let me know, I really enjoy cleaning my brushes! (Loser I know!)
If I had done this a year ago I would of had to do it over 2 posts at least haha.
I only have what I use now and I like that, I’ve gone from having 8 draws of Muji full of make up to 2 draws of make up and using the other 2 draws for jewellery and contact lenses… I have a one in one out policy now so I don’t waste money. Works sometimes but not always haha.
On the top of my Muji draws I have a little mirror which I thought was so cute! And these little pink brush holders to hold my brushes… One with bigger (face) brushes and the other with smaller and eye brushes… (Yes I really do need that many).
In the top draw I have my concealers, foundations, primer, bronzer and highlighter. I only have one bronzer and highlighter because these are my absolute favourites! I am using the YSL foundation up as its a bit too dewy for me, and I only use my MAC ones on special occasions. The Healthy Mix foundation is the best in my opinion.
Second draw down, I have my lonely eyeshadow palette, 3 single eye shadows which are in the palette but I use them the most, my NARS Deep Throat blusher and my two favourite Benefit ones. My 3 MAC lipsticks (I used to have 12 of these bad boys…) on the right hand side are just some eyeliners.. And a lipgloss.
So as you can see it’s a very modest stash, but I can honestly say I use everything I have now 🙂
I get asked quite a lot about how I clean my brushes so thought a blog post would be the ideal place to explain.
It’s so important to clean your brushes especially if you’re prone to breakouts and have oily skin. Product builds up on the brush along with bacteria and you’re smearing that on your face every day. Also if your brush is so dirty you’ll notice your foundation just smears on your face… Doesn’t glide or blend easily.
I spot clean my brushes during the week if they’re getting dirty or I swap a foundation during the week and I use the MAC Brush Cleaner for this. It’s so easy to use and I just put some in a little cup and add hot water. Dip my brush in and swirl it on my brush cleaning towel.. (Yes I have a special towel for brush cleaning.. Don’t judge!) I usually lay the brush down and it dries pretty quick.
But my once a week brush cleaning is a little more in depth, it just so happens I thought I should clean all my brushes this week so took me a little longer than normal as I usually only clean the ones I’ve used throughout the week so only takes me 10 minutes if that on a Sunday.
I start off by taking my brushes into the bathroom, along with some baby shampoo (anyone will do!) and I run the hot tap. I put a dollop of baby shampoo in my hand… Wet my brush.. MAKING SURE ITS POINTING DOWN… Lol. You don’t want water to run down the barrel otherwise the glue that’s holding the bristles in will undo and you’ll lose hairs all over the place.. Brush hairs that is.
I then swirl the brush in the palm of my hand making sure the bristles are really clean, running the brush under the tap I repeat until the water runs clear.
I place my brush cleaning towel down and tilt one of the sides so the brushes will be pointing down… As you can see in the picture. As I clean them I line them up and leave them to dry.
It sounds like a lengthy process but it’s so quick really, I always do them on a Sunday morning so they’re dry by that evening usually.
Just a little tip if you like your brushes fluffy.. Then I always put my hair dryer on a cool heat and gently go over certain ones. Works well with synthetic bristles, however I definitely don’t recommend doing it with your eye brushes if you use them for cut crease etc.
People will say they don’t have time… If you’re reading this… You have time haha. Even doing it whilst watching TV… Make the time, honestly, your face will thank you for it 😉 xx