How I clean my makeup brushes

Hi everyone! As you know if you watch my YouTube videos, we are in the process of a big move! We sold our house in one day, and purchased our dream home about a week later. (Lots of home decor posts to come!) In preparation for the move, I have been spending my time cleaning and decluttering everything.
On my list of things to do today, was clean my makeup brushes! This is a task I used to absolutely dread. Fortunately I have found some amazing products that make it so much quicker and more enjoyable, so I thought I’d share my routine with you.

1 all products
The tool that I can’t live without is my Brush Cleansing Palette which I purchased from ULTA! It is under $15 and an absolute must-have. I used to just use my hand when washing brushes, and let’s face it, your hand doesn’t really get up in there between all the bristles and deep clean. It is made of high quality silicone and you can even throw it into the dishwasher if you want! I usually just rinse mine off with soap after each use and let it air dry which works perfectly.

2 Brush cleaning tool

3 Back of tool

It has a little strap on the back and fits right over your hand which is so convenient!
As far as actual brush cleanser, I have tried many, and my favorite thing to use is Dawn Platinum Foaming Dish Soap. You can get this for less than $3 at Target, online, or at your grocery store, and I personally think it works way better than the fancy expensive ones!
The fact that it is in a pump bottle is perfect for cleaning brushes, because you don’t have to keep picking up and putting down a bottle over and over. You can just easily squirt some into the brush cleansing palette. Aside from the fact that it works SO well and is extremely cheap, it smells really nice and really cuts through all of that gunky liquid makeup.

14 Tool with soap

15 cleaning
Before I start the cleaning process, I take a clean hand towel, fold it in half, and roll the top twice to create a slanted ‘pillow’ for the brushes. This ensures that the brushes drain downward and creates the perfect drying space.

6 Rolled towel
After the bristle part of the brushes are clean, I go one step further and clean off the handles. A lot of people skip this part, but I think it is super important to make sure your handles are clean and sanitized as well. Plus they look so much nicer when they’re clean and shiny!

8 Brushes with dirty handles
To clean the handles, I use my Method Anti-Bac spray. You can get this at Target or, if you live in the US and have never ordered from Grove Collaborative, you can use this link and get it for free: https://www.grove.co/referrer/629731/ (This link will give you $10 site credit to Grove to use on anything you wish) My microfiber cloth is also from Grove Collaborative.

7 Dirty handle

10 wiping handles
I just spray a little of the Method spray directly onto the cloth and wipe down each handle. It is amazing the difference this makes! You don’t realize how gross your handles are until you do this and see them shining!

5 Brush holder
I get a lot of questions about my actual makeup brush holder when I show it in my videos, and if you like it, you’re in luck because it is from Target and only $8! It is the perfect brush holder because all of the divided sections make it easy to sort your brushes into categories.

12 finished product
So that is how I clean my brushes! Now that I have a routine and great products to use, I really don’t mind doing it! It takes about 30 minutes or less for the entire process. I try to do this about once a week but sometimes I go a little longer. I’m curious to know how often you clean your brushes, so comment below!
I hope you found this helpful!!

XO

Erica

March 1, 2017

MY EVERYDAY ESSENTIALS + MARBLE CAKE STAND

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I had to share this great find with you guys. I frequent stores like Home Goods, TJ Maxx and Hobby Lobby. I love browsing and always check out the clearance section. I saw this gorgeous marble and gold cake stand and instantly fell in love with it. It is so heavy and well made. I love that it is made of genuine marble. The original price was $60, and I was lucky enough to get it on clearance for only $12! This is a piece that could be used many different ways. Of course you could be traditional and use it in the kitchen, but I decided to use it to display my most used products on my bathroom vanity. Personally I don’t like having a ton of things out all over the counter, but think this is a really pretty way to tastefully display your most reached for items.

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I found this milk bath at TJ Maxx, and I have to say the packaging sold me. It is really classic and I love the old fashioned look of the bottle, and the little cow. My strawberry lotion from The Body Shop is a must have, and I usually get this from TJ Maxx as well. I also displayed some of my new Victoria’s Secret body sprays. These are old favorites of mine that I continue to repurchase. I bought Bobbi Brown Beach right before my wedding and honeymoon, so I will forever love this scent and the memories it brings back. I stopped using it for a few months over the winter, and I’m so excited to start using it again soon! I will do a more in depth post on my skincare routine soon, but I like to keep it simple and stick to just a few products. I have been using this amazing Doll Face mask that I was sent, and it has quickly become my favorite mask. It is a charcoal mask, which I love, and every time I use it I can actually see a difference. Mario Bedescu drying lotion is essential for those annoying little pimples that pop up. You just use q-tip and dab it on, and it helps speed up the healing and fading process by drying it out. This Estee Lauder cream is great for smoothing fine lines. Another new favorite that I have been using every day is my Lip Sense lip moisturizer. I am super picky when it comes to lip products, and this formula is seriously amazing. It provides great moisture and makes your lips nice and smooth and plump, therefore making lipsticks and glosses look way better on! I especially love to use it before I apply a matte lip product. I keep one in my nightstand too, and have been applying it every night before bed. This is one of the only lip balms I have tried that really works!