Scrubtastic – the Cheap, Easy way to Clean your Brushes

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I’m going to be completely honest with you guys: I am an avid brush deep cleansing avoider. There, I said it! There’s a huge load of my chest let me tell you.

What’s worse, is that I don’t have an excuse for my laziness aside from, well, laziness! But I knew this had to stop, my sporadic and rare deep brush cleanse routine needed a pick me up. I’d heard things about Sigma’s Spa Glove for washing brushes, and thought it was a clever concept, but beyond my budget. I thought to myself, “Surely, there must be something else out there?!” and yes, there was.

I was hunting around my local Daiso the other week, a Japanese $2 store (except that everything is $2.70) and came across this cute little (lizard?) oven mitt. I was stopped in my tracks, and a light bulb turned on in my head and said “Hey, what a good idea!”

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Say hello to my little friend! This tool has made cleaning my brushes sooo much easier and more time efficient. No longer will my back ache from bending over the sink for hours; no longer will my hands crinkle up like raisins from all that water exposure. Ok, so it’s not as big or as high tech as Sigma’s one, but it still has two different textured ridges, that allow for the perfect amount of abrasion, and ensure that all those cheeky black eyeshadow pigments and stubborn foundation stains get washed away.

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I will use this with my Johnson’s Baby Conditioning Shampoo, working the water and shampoo into a good lather in the palm of the glove. At first I thought it was just a novelty, but this glove has really made a difference in how clean my brushes are. Formerly, I’d have to use a great deal more shampoo to clean each brush; now, just one squirt is sufficient for a number of smaller brushes, and more than enough for larger ones.

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As you can see, it isn’t quite big enough to cover my knuckles, but I generally don’t submerge my entire hand under the tap, so that isn’t a problem. I will hold my hand ‘ajar’ to expose the ridges in the glove, and work from there. It is a bit of an awkward position for the hand to be in, but considering how efficient this little baby is, I don’t really mind.

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And I mean look at it! It’s bright, fluorescent pink, and in the shape of a (lizard?) – you can’t go wrong.

Are you just as lazy as me when it comes to deep cleansing your brushes? What are some of your tips for brush cleaning?

Thanks for reading everyone!

Rosie xx

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Kabuki Crazy!

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Yes, that’s right, another brush haul. Ok, I’ll be real – I’m on a bit of a bender at the moment because I’m trying to build up a kit (at least that’s my excuse…!)

For literally months now, I have been umming and arring on Sigma’s site, trying to work out what brushes I really needed. Yes, the premium kits look amazing (how’s that Extravaganza one? Crazy!) but I knew I’d be doubling up on brushes I already owned. Just the other week Sigma had a 20% off promotion, which was like the universe telling me “This is your time, Rosie!” So I pounced :P

I settled on one of their Synthetic Kabuki kits, the one with 4 large brushes. I knew I didn’t own any brushes like these, so thought it was the best option. Even with shipping and the 20% off code, these brushes were still loads cheaper than ones I’d find in the drugstore (Australian prices, the bane of my existence).

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The brushes came with a leaflet detailing the other brushes Sigma has to offer, and a thank you card for ‘keeping the world beautiful’ (ugh, so lame and cliché!). It also came with a small gift, which was a sample of Sigma’s Spa Glove, a rubberised, silicone glove that is supposed to make washing your brushes a pleasure.

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Sure, it looks like a good idea, but this ‘gift’ is a thin, pancake-like bit of rubber, and can’t be worn…I don’t know about you, but I can’t envision myself holding this flimsy thing whilst washing my brushes. A nice novelty, but that’s about it.

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The set comes with four of the Kabuki brushes, including the tapered, angled, flat and round kabukis (is kabukis the plural for kabuki? It looks funny to me :P). I’m yet to use these, but I can already tell they’re going to be a blessing to my makeup routine. I’m always on the hunt for ways to apply my makeup faster and more efficiently. The soft texture and density of the bristles means they’ll be great with both liquid/cream and powder products. Versatility – I like it!

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They’re well made, there’s no doubt about it. The ferrule is engraved with their name, and the handles embellished with holographic lettering, which is pretty groovy. The wood is laquered and shiny, which is a nice change from my other, more matte brush handles.

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“It’s so fluffy, I’m gonna die!” – 10 points if know what movie that’s from :P

That about wraps this short haul up. I’m definitely glad I bought this set, and am super excited to see what these little puppies can do.

Have any of you tried Sigma brushes? What are your thoughts on them?

Thanks for reading everybody, have an awesome Monday!

Rosie xx