It’s that time of year when I go cleaning crazy (my husband would point out it’s the ONLY time of year) and so pulling out my brushes for a deep clean as well seemed appropriate. I had two solid brush cleansers I hadn’t opened so I thought I’d review those for you as well as showing you the brushes I love and use the most.. you may be surprised at how few I really feel are essentials.
Freedom Pro Studio Brush Bath – £7
This I’ve used before but I had a new one all nice and clean for pictures, you’re welcome! I initally thought it would be my favourite of the two because 1. I knew I liked it and 2. the soap fills the entire tub, making it easier to swirl your brush around. This is still true but there was a secret added benefit to the Lottie cleanser that had the potential to win me over. This I find particularly useful for larger makeup brushes as they don’t tend to have particularly stubborn makeup to remove from them but they need a larger surface area. It makes quick work of cleansing brushes that you’re using more regularly which will potentially encourage you to do it more often.. maybe.
Lottie London Soap Star Brush Cleanser – £6.99
This is just perfect for for eye brushes because although I first thought it was just a clansing bar in a tub (rathern that a filled tub like the Freedom cleanser) and would be a bit awkward to use it turned out that underneath the soap was a kind of brillo pad (for use of no other comparison) which you could use to scrub those brushes caked with brow pomade and gel liner against and get them cleaner than you may otherwise have been able to. Kind of genius if it was intentional but I suspect it’s not actually designed to be used that way as I can find no mention of it anywhere as a feature of the product. Chances are it’s there to ensure the soap doesn’t stick to the bottom of the plastic pot!
Both cleansers did the same job for me, my brushes came out just as soft with each and neither left a discernible scent that pushed my preference one way or the other. For your money you get considerably more from Freedom for a penny extra so was I to repurchase I’d go for that one as it’s easy to use with brushes of all shapes and sizes without me having to get my hands soapy. The Lottie London cleanser would be better for travel but I’m not so obsessive that I wash my brushes on the go. The ‘brillo pad’ lining could be replicated with a towel/flannel but since I don’t really think it’s there for any other reason than to hold the soap I’m not sure I can give it points for ingenuity.
Lastly I’ll leave you with my 4 current favourite brushes. If I had to narrow it down I’d pick just the RT Powder Brush (£10.99) and the RT Blush Brush (£9.99) but I’ve been loving the Seventeen Eyeshadow Brush (£1.99) for blending out cream eyeshadows and the RT Setting Brush (£7.99) for setting my under-eye concealer with powder.
Only one question remains.. how often do you wash YOUR favourite brushes?
*spoiler alert* I bet it’s more often that I do..
Spring has apparently Sprung but it’s still pretty freaking cold here in the UK so the new season beauty launches are all that I have to hold on to for now. Striking just the right balance between pastels and brights Essie’s Spring 2016 collection is the perfect nail polish wardrobe to see you through the next few months. It’s no secret I’m already big fan of the brand’s formula and huge, one-stroke-and-you’re-done brushes so that needs no mention but the colour selection is bold for the season. I never thought I’d see a deep green and think palem trees rather than Christmas but they just might have converted me.
To celebrate the vast array of colour that Essie has to offer they have joined forces with iconic photographer, Rankin to offer a once in a lifetime opportunity. On 17th May he will be setting up shop at Essie’s Colour Portrait Studio to shoot nail selfies with randomly selected winners at a top secret London location. Winners will be treated to a VIP service from manicures to hair and makeup before stepping in front of the camera for their colour portrait. To enter you just need to upload your nail selfie using the hashtag #essiexrankin
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Since my youngest started nursery in September I’ve had a couple of hours a day to work in peace but no more ‘me’ time than I ever did, so when Crocs challenged me to take a day off to myself and write about it here I honestly didn’t know where I would find that day. When you work for yourself there are no true days off, even on holiday you’re catching up on emails when you have a spare moment so to take any real time away from that feels foreign. I’ve been r eading (let’s be honest, listening to is more accurate) a few ‘self help’ books recently and one that has stuck with me is The Miracle Morning, it pushes the idea that we all need to take time for our own personal development but nobody ever feels that they have time. It suggests that waking up an hour earlier than you usually would gives you bonus time to use as you need to but also that following certain steps each morning will help you become more productive and successful.
Now I am NOT a morning person but I decided to give this a go this week and it has seriously been working for me. I’ll write more about it in a few weeks if I’m still keeping it up but waking up earlier has really helped me manage my workload and one afternoon when I dropped Milo off at school I decided to take my book to the lake and have my ‘day off’. I could easily go days without leaving the house if left entirely to my own devices but getting outside and forcing myself to take some time away from my computer was so refreshing I’ve been stopping by for 20 minutes after school every afternoon since. I mean, you never know how long the nice weather will last in England, do you?
Crocs are encouraging YOU all to capture YOUR days off and enter in to their contest to win 1 of 5 £30 Crocs vouchers and £70 cash! There are also FIFTY £30 voucher prizes for runners up to be chosen at random via the hashtag #MomsDayOffContest – There are tons of styles of Crocs now and the ones I’m wearing – online here – are SUPER comfy (as flip flops go) – check out the selection, I think you’ll be shocked to see everything from loafers to WELLIES! Not just the original shoe you may associate with the brand!
As I said I will cover The Miracle Morning in more detail in a later post but for those of you who feel you don’t have time for yourself.. you can MAKE time.. we all have the same amount of hours in our day as Beyonce after all 😉