Being a makeup artist takes its toll on your time when its time to clean your brushes. Between clients, nights before early calls and you’re sat there scrubbing away. Hygiene is key after all. However, even though I am quick to preach to all my clients and anyone I come across who complains about having bad skin that “cleaning your own makeup brushes is key”, in reality, my personal brushes that touch my face daily, sometimes twice a day – get left a little to long. Longer than I wish to divulge and like the proverbial mechanics car, they get neglected.
I have eyed the Sigma makeup glove cleaner for a long time but the price has always deterred me from even going there. After all, cleaning brushes, although part of my job cannot possibly need to be that expensive. Fast forward a couple of months ago and all all the international artists I admire were talking about a BrushEgg that was a lot cheaper and as effective as the Sigma makeup brush glove. Anyway, I forgot about it and it went to the back of my mind. Then, 2 weeks ago while browsing for some supplies on Beauty-Worx, I saw that they were now stocking them in South Africa and only for R100. You read that right, a whole R100 – it wasn’t going to break the bank, and I got excited and ordered my mint egg immediately.
Now, I felt a bit silly when it arrived a few days later because I don’t know why but I thought it would be bigger – but its all in the name right – Brush EGG. It is the size of a large egg and you can fit, at a push 2 fingers into it but I prefer to use it with one finger in it as its easier to manoeuvre, rinse and repeat.
To test it for the first time, I washed my own personal makeup brushes. *gleams with pride*. The most outstanding points to note on this was that it made my MAC 217 brush white again (I never thought I’d see the day) and my Beauty Blender is now back to its original shade of pink and not orange as it has been previously.
The only parts or should I say brushes I struggled with cleaning were my big face brushes but the aim of the game with them is slow movements and patience (brush cleaning always require lots of patience anyway.)
Along with the obvious part of water to aid cleaning I used for the first time my antibacterial makeup brush shampoo which aided the process into something quite pleasant and fairly quick.
Final verdict: it is still cleaning brushes… but with my BrushEgg it might be a little less annoying and time consuming. I’m off to clean my makeup kit brushes from a wedding and I will be making use of this little magical egg – so it cant be too bad. The fact that I own a BrushEgg now means that there is no excuses for my own personal brushes to need a clean.
If you want your own – get one you can find them here on Beauty-Worx.
P.S. Quite a cute Easter present for those who are not looking to give Chocolate as presents!
Would you like to wake up every morning and have that “exfoliated the night before” feeling that gives your skin natural radiance and softness? Well, we can’t exfoliate every night for fear of over exfoliation but I might have the next best thing sitting in my bathroom. Having been using the Juliette Armand Elements 6% AHA fluid for the past few months I am both in awe and at the same time complete shock of how different my skin looks, feels and responds to my products since including this fluid as part of my night time skincare regime.
Left – 150ml for professional use only
Right – 30ml for home use
This is a multi-action fluid, to be used on your skin after cleansing in the evening which boosts the natural regeneration process. It contains 6% AHA (glycolic acid, lactic acid), sodium hyaluronate, aloe vera, cantella and because of its very active (although minimal) ingredients this product is not needed to be applied in excess. This means that my little bottle of 30ml is going to last me for at least another couple of months. Every night I dispense a small pump and spread the fluid over my cleansed face. It smells divine – like grapefruit! Let the fluid absorb (my skin just soaks it up) and then follow it with my bedtime moisturiser. It is important when working with active ingredients in your skincare to make sure that you wear the sufficient SPF coverage everyday – even when you don’t think that you will be in the sun. Prevention is better than cure, ladies!
I did not take before and after pictures because I was sceptical about the product being so active and that my skin would not like it, quite the contrary, my skin LOVES it and cannot get enough of it…
You can get your best face to put forward with Elements 6% AHA fluid for R590.00. Juliette Armand is distributed by Poise Brands and is available at selected salons and spas. Visit their website here ; Facebook , and follow them on Twitter @Juliette_Armand.
Disclaimer: This product was given to me at an event. This has in no way altered my view of this product in anyway.
Ooookay, this is not my usual type of post but because my darling friend Heather from Femme Lifestyle nominated me for a Liebster Award and its physically impossible to not say no to Heather…. So, here you have it (although be it a bit a late)
- What is your favourite beauty product you cannot live without?
This changes quite often. I fall in and out of products very frequently. Can anyone say brand fidelity? My longest standing beauty products would have to my Dermalogica skin care products and my MAC Studio Sculpt Fluid foundation and MAC Mineralize powder. I have always used these products for years and always restock them even though I am fortunate to have a countless amounts of brands that have moved through my dressing table/ bathroom cabinets.
- Who is your ultimate date?
This gorgeous man and just FYI ladies, he’s been my date for the past 7 years.
- If you could go anywhere in the world right now where would it be and why?
Home… or anywhere that feels like it. FYI, its people that make places feel like home. I love being at home with the people I love. With all my creature comforts. Bliss!
- What is the last thing you take off at night ?
You nosy buggar…. none of your business. In all honestly, I don’t really know, depends what method I use before bed. I like to mix it up. It would be between hair clips/jewellery/makeup.
- What would you spend R5000.00 rand on, if you were given 1 minute to make a decision right now?
A holiday with le boyfriend. Somewhere…
- What is top of your bucket list?
To be happy and have those around me be happy BUT I don’t really believe in bucket lists… if you are interested you can read about my ramblings on that, here.
- Name and shame your worst public blooper … as in ever!
I’m honestly so tired I can’t really think of anything worse than this… and this is pretty mediocre. When I was 11 years old I was given a mobile phone from my mother and at the time I was the only one at school who had a phone.. You also were not supposed to take mobile phones to school. Anyway, we had a morning assembling every Wednesday morning and I had forgotten to switch it off and my mum was only calling to leave a message to tell me to have a good day but it rang and interrupted the assembly and in front of the whole school I had to hand it to the principal. At the time it was the worst thing in the world, now I wouldn’t care less… lol. Sooo… sorry that’s a bit boring!
- What is your favourite comfort food?
Chocolate is my day-to-day comfort food and anything super tasty like curry, stew with dumplings or when I’m back home in the UK nothing beats a steak and kidney pudding!!
All the blogs I frequent have been doing the rounds with these awards so I’m not going to nominate anyone :)
My latest go-to every day mascara is… Essence Maximum Volume Mascara!
It lasts the whole day… I’ve been applying about 3 strokes to each eye for the past few months and it really builds so well on your lashes, giving lots of volume and lift to your eyes, its a semi-wet consistency but dries quickly and it doesn’t flake off your eyes during the day. It is a super magic mascara for anyone looking for added volume but I think the trick is down to the wand. Its a plastic rubbery mascara wand.
a full days wear of the Essence Maximum Volume mascara, after experience 37 degrees Celsius heat. The mascara stayed put the whole day!
The wand helps to separate the lashes individually and because of this it doesn’t result in unsightly clumped up lashes while building some length. I’ve been using this mascara for the past 4 months (I know you are not supposed to do this – but it is still fine), the consistency has not changed and the formula has not gone dry which is a huge bonus.
One eye with mascara, the other waiting to be applied. Perfect for everyday volume!
A real steal for anyone lashes as the retail price is only R53.95 and is available from selected pharmacies.
Disclaimer: this product was a prize I won, this has in no way altered my view of the product in anyway