Despite my enthusiasm for skin care, and slightly obsessive use of anti-bacterial hand gel, one department which I seriously slack in hygiene-wise is brush cleaning. For years, I battled with a combination of MAC brush cleanser & Johnson's baby shampoo to keep my brushes clean-ish, but in all honesty, it was such a pain that I'd forever put off washing my brushes. After reaching a point where I was considering repurchasing the Real Techniques Core Collection just to avoid washing my buffing brush for a little bit longer (no joke), I decided to get a grip, and placed an order for Dr Bronner's Magic Soap.
There's a lot of hype around this product, so I wasn't expecting to be blown away - you know how it is, people tend to jump on the bandwagon and rave about some pretty average products. I went for the almond scent, because I love my L'Occitane Almond Shower Oil, and I figured this would be fine as a shower gel if it didn't work for my brushes. However, let me put it this way, I've gone from not washing my brushes for an undisclosed, but shamefully long period of time, to twice in one week. It's just that easy to use! I pour a small amount on to my hand, rub my brushes around on my palm and then rinse them under the tap. Done! Nice, clean brushes. This product is very, very runny (for some reason I imagined it to be a thick liquid), so be careful not to pour to much on to your hand. Other than that, it's pretty dreamy to use. It foams nicely, and leaves my brushes soft and clean. The scent is beautiful, and didn't irritate me at all. This is a great value product.
On a slightly different final note, the second to last photo contains a round up of my current favourite brushes. L-R they are: MAC 187, MAC 266, MAC 217, Sephora rounded crease brush, MAC 168 and Real Techniques Buffing Brush. I really feel like the 168 and the 266 are seriously under-rated. As far as the 266 goes, I was using a cheaper Ecotools angled brush prior to purchase, and it wasn't anywhere near as precise as this. I've had the 168 for a good three years now, and it's still my favourite brush for contouring with.
Sunday's are definitely the kind of day when brush cleaning is necessary, and I've now promised myself that I'll maintain mine on a weekly basis. Pass me the Dr. Bronner...