New favorite makeup brush cleaner

I tried a lot of different make up brush cleansers, and a lot of them have worked okay for me but I found one that I really love.

Ivory bar soap!

Hear me out

  1. Get the soap and the brush bristles wet
  2. Work the brush into a lather with the soap
  3. Rub the brush gently into the palm of your hand for 10 seconds
  4. Rinse well
  5. Squeeze out excess water
  6. Gently towel dry (this will be a damp dry)
  7. Shape the brush head and completely dry by laying the brush on its side or upside down (making sure that the bristles are well ventilated)

The brushes come out clean and they smell fresh (not “fragrancey”).

Ivory is gentle, but it does a good job. I have yet to find anything that I like better (and that does include Cinema Secrets – although Cinema Secrets does it much faster – and disinfects – but I don’t use my brushes on anyone but me).

I have not experienced any skin issues, and Ivory is dirt cheap!

Parenting

I became a single mom when my son was 3 years old (his father, my ex-husband) had been killed in a car accident. I had to fill the role of both mother and father.

I was not exceptional at it. I had my own issues to deal with, and at times I pushed my son harder than I should have. Other times I was way too lenient. I never seemed to strike a good balance.

My son chose to move in with my mom when he was 17. He and I couldn’t be in the same house without screaming at each other. I regret that our relationship came to that.

Now that time has passed (my son is now 20), sometimes I see things more clearly, but other times we fall into the old patterns of anchoring in our positions and arguing once more.

I don’t know if I did right by either of us, but I did try the best that I could. Sometimes, that is enough.