The Only Brush Cleaner You Need is Right in Your Kitchen

We are dedicated to the ceremonious washing of our face twice a day, yet we continue to use dirty makeup brushes on the reg. I know I’m guilty of going a couple weeks without washing my brushes due to pure laziness, but when you think about it, there’s so much old makeup, oil, and bacteria trapped in those brushes that can lead to acne and wrinkles. Washing makeup brushes not only prolongs the life of our brushes, but also improves the health of our skin.

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One thing that has held me back from washing my brushes is not having the brush shampoo, and let’s face it, brush shampoo can get expensive especially when it comes to how often we should be using it. There are plenty of brush shampoo recipes out there, some calling for products that don’t disinfect – I’m looking at you baby shampoo – this one however, uses common kitchen products and leaves your brushes clean and soft.

What You’ll Need

  • Dish soap
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Plate
  • Rolled up towel

After you’ve raided your kitchen for these products, you’ll begin by pouring some dish soap onto your plate. Make sure you’re using a dinner plate because the products will seep through a paper plate. The dish soap is used to disinfect and clean your brushes.

Next you’ll add some extra virgin olive oil to the plate. You should use about two parts dish soap to one part olive oil. The olive oil is used to condition the bristles after being stripped of oil and disinfected.

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Once you’ve put together your cleanser, swirl your first brush in the cleanser (note: some makeup will begin to come off into your mixture), then move your brush back and forth in your hand to release the makeup from the brush and give it a thorough cleaning. Repeat these steps for the rest of your brushes.

When all your brushes have been swirled and cleaned with your homemade shampoo, you’ll need to rinse them off. Using warm water, cup your hand and move the brush in a circular motion to rinse it off. Be careful not to get the metal part of your brush damp because that will loosen the bristles and ultimately ruin your brushes.

Lastly, you’ll need to dry your brushes. A lot of brush cleaning tutorials will go through the steps of hanging your brushes upside with a brush guard to keep the bristles in shape – I don’t do that. I’ve tried this method and found it took a lot of time and half my brushes would fall off. I typically roll up one end of a towel so the handle of the brush can rest there, while being slanted down on the other part of the towel to dry. I don’t use brush guards either, I just reshape my brush and let it dry that way.

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This super easy brush cleaner will make both your brushes and your skin much happier! For more information about brush cleaning, see my previous post Makeup Brush Cleaning 101.

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DIY Pumpkin Face Mask

Fall is officially underway and it’s finally pumpkin season! Of course, you’ve already had a dozen pumpkin spice lattes and you’re already planning the design of your spooky, or cute, jack o’lantern, but did you know pumpkin is not only good for the soul, but great for the skin?

Pumpkins are filled with zinc, antioxidants and a variety of vitamins which help fight aging and reveal a radiant complexion.

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Grab the perfect little pumpkin at your local patch or grab a can of puree at your local grocery store to make this super easy pumpkin face mask!

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup of pumpkin
  • 1 egg

First whisk together the pumpkin and whole egg in a bowl.

Next, apply the pumpkin all over your face and find a quiet place to relax for 15 to 20 minutes.

After the 15 to 20 minutes are up, rinse the mask off to reveal a brighter, firmer and smoother complexion!

Here are some other ingredients you can add if you have a specific skin concern:

  • Honey: Add a teaspoon of honey to the mixture if you have dry skin concerns. Honey helps seal in moisture and prevents breakouts due to its antibacterial properties.
  • Apple cider vinegar: Add a splash of apple cider vinegar for an astringent effect if you have oily skin.

Have you added pumpkin to your beauty routine this fall? What are some of your favorite ingredients for different skin concerns?

DIY: Luxurious Sugar Scrub

I’m sure I’m not the only one who loves a day at the spa – it’s so relaxing and rejuvenating. Imagine, getting a similar experience and similar results at home for a fraction of the cost. This DIY sugar scrub is super easy to make and leaves your skin feeling silky smooth.

I typically use this scrub on my legs and feet once a week before I shave. It exfoliates all of the dry and dead skin off my body leaving radiant, smooth skin.

There are several variations for sugar scrubs, but this is the most simple because it has ingredients you usually have lying around your house.

Ingredients

½ cup sugar (white or brown)

½ cup oil (olive oil or coconut oil)

Optional: essential oils

Instructions

Mix the ingredients together and store it in an air tight jar – I like to store mine in a mason jar. Simply use 1 tablespoon in the shower, as needed. Scrub your skin with the mixture and rinse well.

What are your favorite DIY scrubs?