My Makeup Brush Cleansing Routine + Mini Review of the Brush Egg

I take the hygiene of my makeup brushes seriously because quite frankly, clean and bacteria-free brushes make for better application and less breakouts. I’ve developed a brush cleansing routine that I follow every week or 2 weeks, depending on the frequency of the usage of my brushes, that I thought I’d share with you guys. So here goes!IMG_3148


You will need:
•Used & dirty/partially-cleansed makeup brushes
•Baby Shampoo
•A container that will be used solely for cleansing brushes
•Hot water
•A brush egg (optional)
•Rubybox’s Fresh in A Flash Brush Cleanser (optional)

So as I’ve mentioned in my previous post, in between and just before my makeup brush deep cleanses, I use the Rubybox Fresh in A Flash Brush Cleanser which I love and adore and swear by. Unfortunately, it’s only a temporary fix hence the need for the regular makeup brush deep cleanse. But if you don’t have/can’t afford the brush cleanser, that’s okay, just get straight into the deep cleansing.

All you’ve got to do is fill 3/4’s of your container/cup with hot water, add a few drops of baby shampoo and mix together with your brush. I’m a huge fan of Organics Kids Strawbelicious Shampoo+Conditioner, it’s mild and gentle and smells heavenly too. Anyway, eventually your sweet smelling and gentle shampoo and hot water will become homogenous, then you shall stop swirling your brush and leave to soak for 10minutes. And once the 10 minutes are up, I usually rinse my brush and swipe it up and down my palm to remove any soapiness or makeup.

However, I’ve recently started using the brush egg, instead of my palm and I am loving it! All I do, is just run the brush over the brush egg a few times whilst under the free flowing stream of water – it’s really that simple.IMG_3149
If you’ve never used a brush egg before, it really helps to get in between the bristles and it removes any residue that the makeup or shampoo may have left behind. It truly is a wonderful tool and a must-have for any makeup junkie like me! Some people even use it on it’s own, as in no soaking in a shampoo+water mixture, and have seen good results too ( I still think deep cleansing is more beneficial though).IMG_3150

I ordered my original Brush Egg from the fairly new Mirror Mirror, you can check them out here and purchase one too if you’d like!

And that’s it. That’s my makeup brush cleansing routine which is pretty simple and easy to follow, so I’m hoping I inspired at least a few of you guys to get cleansing! Btw, do lookout for my next OOTD post which will feature the Chinese-collared abaya from DamasqI’ve been down with a rather unfortunate case of conjunctivitis aka pink-eye, so I haven’t been able to shoot any OOTD posts – it should be up by next week Friday/Saturday!


Rubybox Sale Haul

In January, Rubybox had an awesome sale on a ton of their beauty goodies – most items were fairly marked down whilst others were as cheap as chips. I knew what I needed/wanted, so I gathered my must-haves into my basket and checked out. I picked up 3 gel eyeliners, an eyelash curler and a makeup brush cleanser. And here’s what I thought of all the items I purchased.

The Gel Eyeliners
Yardley’s Expert Eyes Gel Eyeliner in Copper Gleam and Forest Fantasy and Smashbox’s Jet Set Eyeliner in Dark Brown ( I really wanted the black, but it wasn’t available!), all made their way into my virtual basket.
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Even though I’m a huge Smashbox fan, I’d have to say that the Yardley gel eyeliners are just as good as the Smashbox one. Besides being packaged the same way and both being accompanied by a nifty brush that makes application easy, the gel eyeliners from both brands have an insane staying power, are highly pigmented and dries on the lids in less than a minute. jan 252

This was my very first time purchasing/using a gel eyeliner – I’m more of an eye pencil and liquid liner girl – but I enjoyed using them and will definitely be purchasing more. The Copper gel eyeliner from Yardley is still on sale on Rubybox for just R29,95 each, find it here. And if you’re wondering, I paid just R89.95 for the Smashbox one, which usually retails for R239.95 😌

The Eyelash Curler
I’ve been searching for an affordable and trustworthy eyelash curler for months now – and I finally got my paws on the Rubybox Beauty Eyelash Curler. jan 214

To be honest, I think that an eyelash curler is one of the most important beauty tools – every girl needs to own one. This particular one from Rubybox checks all the boxes for me – curls my lashes without a fuss, is painless and doesn’t tug on my lashes and has two replacement rubber parts!

It will most likely last you for about 3 years, if not longer, so paying R79,95 should be a breeze – it’s an investment in your lashes, after all! You can find the curler here!

The Makeup Brush Cleanser
It can be a fuss to clean/wash your brushes everyday especially if you may need to use the same brush over 3 or 4 consecutive days and you don’t have a spare – so this is where the Fresh in a Flash Brush Cleanser from Rubybox beauty fits in.
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All you’ve got to do is spray some of this magic cleansing liquid onto your brush, wait 5 seconds and then wipe your brush back and forth on to a paper towel to get rid of makeup and the liquid and voila! your brushes are clean! For those of you who use your angled liner brush to apply liquid liner will appreciate this as you know your brush gets hard and stiff once the product has dried on it – but in about 30 seconds after applying the FIAF Brush Cleanser your brush will be as good as new!

This brush cleanser is more of a temporary quick fix, so your brushes still need to be properly washed regularly to keep them clean, fresh and as good as new. It’s basically the dry shampoo for your brushes! I’ll be sharing my makeup brush cleansing method with you guys soon, so look out for that.
This brush cleanser is definitely my favorite from all the items purchased, so if you’re interested in buying some of this magic potion for your brushes, you can find it here for just R69,95