…and The Bad Beauty Blogger Award™ goes to yours truly for severe neglect of this beauty blog. Le sigh. And I can’t even blame it on
morning all-day sickness any more because I have officially been vom-free for 10 days! YAYYYY!!! But instead of lying on my couch and feeling poorly, I have been going out to restaurants and stuffing my face with food galore like it is going out of fashion! I am just sooooo happy that I can eat food once again!!!! Yes, this also means that my bump is rapidly growing…along with my boobies as I have gone from 32A to 36DD! Yes, double D suckers!!! I went to get measured for maternity bras yesterday and I felt like a pre-pubescent teenager all over again…except I giggled non-stop at the bra cups as they are MA-HOOSIVE and almost as big as my big pancake face! LOL!
Anyway, I will be resuming regular beauty blogging ASAP because
who reads boring mummy blogs anyway? I have shopped up a beauty storm and cannot wait to share some precious beauties with you all. Meanwhile, my lovely name twinsie Ling from Six Inch Heel has kindly offered up a guest blog post to entertain you all featuring the one and only Dean Nixon AKA Master Makeup – which I featured previously here…
About Guest Blogger
Ling from Six Inch Heel works full time and has two boys 15 months apart. Stalk her Melbourne lifestyle blog where you can follow what she does on the weekend with the family and what she is eating. She has a new obsession with Tom Ford makeup and an old obsession with the Claw (nail polish) posing around her garden.
Since purchasing the Real Techniques Eye Starter Set, I have become a firm believer that having the right tools would make a difference in my makeup application. I started following Dean of Master Makeup fame on social media when I participated and won The Made Up Maiden’s blog giveaway. I approached Dean to see if he was interested in sharing with The Best Beauty Blog readers about makeup brush care and maintenance.
I was early to the meeting so I set my brushes up as above. The brushes that I currently own are the Master Makeup Kabuki Brush, the Real Techniques Eye Starter Set collection, Real Techniques Foundation Brush and a Dior Backstage Brush set. Also a Shu Uemura Blusher Brush that I forgot to pack along (and thank goodness…I will explain more later).
I started out our meeting by thanking Dean on the Kabuki Brush that I won. When I pulled it out, the first thing he said was, “That needs to be cleaned!” I think I pretty much felt like crawling under the table. I hate to think that I was a grotty brush user! I swear I shower everyday I am not a grotty person! Dean asked when I had last cleaned it and my mind went blank, “I think it was two weeks ago…” and crawled back under the table. He says that brushes build up in oil so it is not enough using a disinfectant spray that I thought was a cleaner. He then rolls his finger over my Real Techniques blending brush and eyeshadow dust flew out. I still haven’t come out from under the table… He said brushes needed deep cleaning or it becomes unusable and needs to be replaced.
This lead me to ask the question, “How should we deep clean our brushes?” Particularly the foundation brush as I had washed it with baby shampoo (I stole some from my boys) and I was not able to get a lot of it out. Dean says to use dishwashing liquid! Wait what?! I think my eyes popped out at that point. The ladies next to us also received an education in brush cleaning. She said that she has never cleaned her brush in 15 years! Phew! So I am not the only grotty brush person in this café! When I said that people get lazy or it takes too long to dry, Dean’s advice was to wring it dry and fling it so that as much excess water is removed from the brush. Then leave them to dry with the brush heads over the edge of the counter.
Dean had a look at my brush collection and said I had “eyeliner brushes coming out of my wazoo!” LOL ok mental note not to buy anymore! He said I only needed a concealer brush to add to what I had. FYI – The Master Makeup Liquid Foundation and Concealer brushes are synthetic but all others in the range are animal hair.
We chat further about makeup in general and his work with brands such as Estee Lauder, Redken and Swisse Vitamins. Before parting ways, he reminded me to wash my brushes when I got home. Here is photographic evidence that I washed them!
I have to admit how relieved I was that I did not pack my Shu Uemura brush along. When I washed it with dishwashing liquid and massaged the soap into the brush, so much old blusher powder came out in the rinse. Imagine Dean’s horror if he saw this brush!
Master Makeup holds makeup workshops where you bring in your own brushes and makeup to learn how to use what you have properly and he intends to hold classes in Spring. Watch out for his announcements on his Twitter @Master_Makeup and on his website.
After reading Ling from Six Inch Heel’s guest post, my makeup brushes are calling out my name and demanding to be washed too!!! My solution to dirty makeup brushes is…just buy new ones LOL!!! Anyway, don’t forget to visit Six Inch Heel for more of her funny blog posts. And if you are a fellow blogger and wish to submit a beauty-related guest post, please feel free to contact me.