…so that they take care of you. I’ve talked about this before in a podcast episode but now I feel that it bears repeating. It good to do this on a weekly basis so you can ward off any potential issues with bacteria. I learned my lesson recently so I’m going through my makeup to toss or disinfect what I can. I’m also cleaning my brushes so I thought I’d mention a few products I use.
The first is moderately priced. Everyone and their mom has a brush cleaner out now but I prefer Sephora’s Brush Shampoo. I’ve tried some of those different brush cleaners and this one just seemed to give me a better lather when I spray it on the brushes. Instead of spraying the product on the brushes, wiping off the residue and rinsing as instructed, I like to get the brush wet, spray quite a bit of the product on each brush and lather away. I repeat this process a few times until the lather is free of any color. It can be used to quickly clean brushes as well with just a few spritzes but I prefer to take my time and really deep clean my brushes. After using this product, I put a little leave-in conditioner on my brushes, shape the hairs and lay them flat to air dry.
The other product is as old school as you can get… Johnson’s Baby Shampoo. You can’t beat the price with this product, it’s the most cost effective way to care for your brushes. Whether it’s $5 for a 20oz bottle or even $1 for a trial size bottle, all you need is a little drop of this product so it will last forever. This shampoo is also great for brushes because it’s so gentle. With this product, I just do the same thing… a few drops on each brush, work up a lather and rinse. This shampoo also leaves a nice, gentle scent on my brushes. Nothing like using clean, soft smelling brushes in the morning to put on my face.
I have to say, Sephora has some really great ideas. First it was presenting a fragrance gift certificate in a more enjoyable way. Now they have a kit that let’s you try a variety of travel-safe sun protection products.
For $22, you can purchase Sephora’s new Sun Safety Kit packed with trial versions of products from well known brands. This is a great way to get your feet wet in the world of suncreen for a few reasons. First, 100% of the net profits (that’s $18.23 of the $22.00 purchase price) will be given to the Skin Cancer Foundation. Second, this is what it contains:
- Murad Waterproof Sunblock SPF 30
- Bliss Sunban Face SPF 30+
- Clarins Sun Wrinkle Control Eye Contour Care SPF 30
- Juice Beauty SPF 15 Tinted Lip Moisturizer in Playful
- Peter Thomas Roth Max Sheer All Day Defense Moisture Lotion SPF 30
- Korres Natural Products Watermelon Sunscreen Face Cream SPF 30
- Cosmedicine Global Health Face SPF 30
- DDF Glossy Lip Therapy SPF 15.
All of this in a cute little, FDA approved bag. To support a great cause and get to play with these products is a great way to spend your money.
As a birthday treat to myself, I went a little crazy at Sephora this past weekend. Stocked up on Primer Potion, got some new perfume and got some new lip products, which you’ll be hearing about one of them soon.
One of the things I tried was this Chocolate Raspberry Mousse Hair & Body Wash. It truly is an indulgence. I didn’t use it for my hair but I did love using this as body wash. It lathers up really well and leaves you feeling like you’re ready to be served up as dessert.
You can get a smaller 4 oz. bottle for $8 to try it out, which is what I did, or you can get a large 10 oz. bottle for $16, which I plan on doing now. I’m not usually a fan of chocolate inspired products but this was so good I wanted to lick myself.
We’ve all seen solid perfume what about perfume you can apply with a brush? Sephora has it’s Fleur de Sephora fragranced brush. I already have lipgloss with the same format but perfume? I thought this was a pretty cool and handy way to apply just the right amount of perfume. With Sephora’s other scents out there, there’s plenty to choose from. I didn’t smell all of them only because there weren’t any testers available but I bought rose and it smells great (not really like a rose, but still good).