Rio? What about your makeup brushes?

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Are you an Olympics person? It’s one of those things: you love it or hate it.

Regardless of whether you watch or not, it’s impossible to avoid hearing about it! Especially this year with all the lead up to the games talking about bacteria in the water (and on the beach!) and Zika. I had the news on while doing my makeup and they were again reaming Rio about bacteria levels on Copacabana Beach, which are apparently 1.75 million times what would be allowed on a US beach. I went “ew” and put my big fluffy powder brush up to my face.


When was the last time I washed that brush? 1.75 million? I’m pretty such I just rubbed more than that ALL over my face and not just once but EVERY day. That’s a pretty massive EW.

I haven’t heard of anyone dying of bacteria during the games but makeup brushes are a different story (just google eye infection- actually don’t, you get the drift.) Here are some products and tips to bring your makeup brushes up to gold medal standards:

1: Clinique Brush Cleanser

This cleanser gets the gold medal when it comes to classic brush cleansing! It doesn’t leave your favourite brush bristles dry or crunchy. Double win!

2: Sephora Cleansing Brush Wipes

When it comes to ease and simplicity (not to mention time saved) these wipes win the gold! Just use one every couple days and they will keep your brushes in tip top shape.

3: BlenderCleanser Solid

Made specifically for Beauty Blender sponges this solid cleanser will get your sponges back to new. It’s kinda like the gymnastics all-round gold winner though: it’s fantastic for all your other brushes as well!

4: Sigma Spa Express Brush Cleaning Mat

Every champion needs someone there supporting them and this mat fills that role perfectly when it comes to cleaning your brushes. The mat gets deep in the bristles without pulling them loose for a maximum clean.


  • Remember it takes a while for brushes to dry so do it on a day you aren’t planning to go out!
  • Wash concealer and foundation brushes one a week (they use moist products that cake easily), and all other brushes should be washed at least 2x a month.

Are you as Olympic obsessed and as bad at remembering to wash your makeup brushes as I am? Let me know below!

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  1. Esther Day
    January 21, 2017 / 2:27 am

    Amazing Post.

    • Kait Elizabeth
      January 21, 2017 / 5:36 pm

      Thanks so much! Hugs, Kait

    • Kait Elizabeth
      September 6, 2016 / 2:28 pm

      Thanks so much babe! It’s amazing how much better they work when they are clean. Hugs, Kait

  2. August 26, 2016 / 7:26 am

    Great post babe! In love with the brushes.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Happy Friday!
    Xx, Raysa

  3. Shell
    August 24, 2016 / 5:30 pm

    I read this post when you posted but I am not sure if I left a comment or not.
    This post was GENIUS! Loved how you kept with the olympic spirit with makeup Monday! So clever!
    I desperately need to clean my brushes more often.
    Love you and the new site!
    xo, Shell

    • Kait Elizabeth
      August 24, 2016 / 9:56 pm

      Shell you are the bestest blogging bestie EVER. I miss your face and can’t wait to get back together. Hugs, Kait

    • Kait Elizabeth
      August 23, 2016 / 9:52 pm

      It is great! And so important yet so forgotten. Hugs, Kait

  4. Jessica
    August 23, 2016 / 1:19 am

    Great post Kait! Glad I found your blog through social media! This is such a great topic; it’s no wonder we both wrote about it this month!

  5. pear
    August 21, 2016 / 6:04 pm

    I use the blendercleanser solid soap and it works fantastically well! Always wanted to try the Sigma cleaning tool! Such a great post about cleaning your brushes – I feel like it’s normally so overlooked!


    • Kait Elizabeth
      August 21, 2016 / 6:16 pm

      Very very overlooked! Thanks for dropping by babe. Hugs, Kait

    • Kait Elizabeth
      August 21, 2016 / 6:17 pm

      Definitely do babe! Have a great Sunday. Hugs, Kait

  6. Christina Braccia
    August 19, 2016 / 3:40 am

    You’ve read my mind kait! I keep saying, “Christina girl clean your brushes…” I then wait too long and get into something else then need them to do my makeup. It’s out of control how dirty they are. I’m gonna go do it now! Thanks for the motivation ahaha.

    xo, Christina

    • Kait Elizabeth
      August 21, 2016 / 6:18 pm

      Oh my goodness, I do that all the time. Ughhhh. Someday I’ll grow up and get on it! Hugs, Kait

    • Kait Elizabeth
      August 18, 2016 / 10:44 pm

      I don’t blame you, fingers are the best! And always clean. 😉 Hugs, Kait

  7. Vanessa
    August 17, 2016 / 12:14 pm

    Such a great products! I totally need to try the brush cleanser!

    I hope your day is as beautiful as you are!
    xoxo, Vanessa

    • Kait Elizabeth
      August 18, 2016 / 10:43 pm

      Awww you are the sweetest! Love you lady! Hugs, Kait

    • Kait Elizabeth
      August 18, 2016 / 10:43 pm

      Thanks babe! Have a fantastic finish to your week. Hugs, Kait

  8. August 16, 2016 / 10:31 pm

    These products look awesome! Thanks for the tips.
    Xx, Raysa

    • Kait Elizabeth
      August 16, 2016 / 11:06 pm

      Thanks for reading love! Hugs, Kait

    • Kait Elizabeth
      August 16, 2016 / 8:15 pm

      Right? It’s so good! Hugs, Kait

    • Kait Elizabeth
      August 16, 2016 / 8:16 pm

      Definitely! SO so important! Hugs, Kait

  9. Tamara
    August 16, 2016 / 7:59 am

    The Clinique cleanser sounds so nice! Thanks for sharing these tips 🙂

    Check out my blog if you want:

    Tamara xxx

    • Kait Elizabeth
      August 16, 2016 / 8:15 pm

      Thanks for reading love! It’s fantastic. Hugs, Kait

  10. August 15, 2016 / 10:02 pm

    Thanks for the tips! I don’t own any of these products but I do plan on washing my brushes tomorrow with plain old soap and water! Love how you referenced the Olympics so perfectly throughout the post! Xoxo

    • Kait Elizabeth
      August 15, 2016 / 11:52 pm

      Thank you so much Gail! It was a fun post to be punny about. 😛 Happy Monday babe! Hugs, Kait

  11. August 15, 2016 / 9:40 pm

    Omg!! I’m loving all these make up tips..

    • Kait Elizabeth
      August 15, 2016 / 11:50 pm

      Thank you babe! Have a great week. Hugs, Kait

  12. Lauren
    August 15, 2016 / 8:18 pm

    Thanks for the reminder to clean my brushes…I don’t want to think about what’s on my blush brush right now! I haven’t tried the clinique stuff but I love everything else by them and need to!


    • Kait Elizabeth
      August 15, 2016 / 11:51 pm

      Definitely a brand you can’t go wrong with! Mine have been traveling a lot lately and need a good scrubbing when I get home. Hugs, Kait

    • Kait Elizabeth
      August 15, 2016 / 11:49 pm

      Thanks for stopping by babe! Hugs, Kait

  13. Tiffani at Breton Bay
    August 15, 2016 / 3:39 pm

    Yes and yes!! I couldn’t take anymore Michael Phelps races…too intense. And I’m obsessed with Simone, she is simply A.MAZ.ING. I need to wash my brushes TONIGHT!! Thank you for the reminder!!


    • Kait Elizabeth
      August 15, 2016 / 11:48 pm

      That man is in a league of his own for sure!!!! I’m loving Biles soooooo much. She’s fantastic. Hugs, Kait

  14. Heather
    August 15, 2016 / 11:15 am

    Kait! What a great post… EEK yes… guilty of infrequent makeup brush cleaning. So dang guilty. I needed this reminder and love the product suggestions you put out there. As for the Olympics?! I’m addicted… which means less sleep, more makeup, and more reason to clean my makeup brushes, lol.
    Again, love this post idea!

    • Kait Elizabeth
      August 15, 2016 / 11:46 pm

      Thanks for the support babe! Watching the Olympics is a great excuse to stay in and wash those brushes!!! Hugs, Kait

    • Kait Elizabeth
      August 15, 2016 / 11:48 pm

      Such a great little device! So simple and useful. Hugs, Kait

  15. Nicole
    August 15, 2016 / 12:39 pm

    I religiously wash my make up brushes every one days with…dish soap! I have combo skin and my oily parts are REALLY oily so I find that dishwashing soap removes every trace of color and oil from my brushes without damaging them!

    Oh….and I’m so into the Olympics! You’re right, you’re either into it or not.

    Happy Monday!

    • Kait Elizabeth
      August 15, 2016 / 11:47 pm

      Ooooo interesting! I’ve never heard of dish soap but I know a lot of people use Johnsons Baby Shampoo! I hope your Monday was great babe. Hugs, Kait

  16. Sister Tales
    August 15, 2016 / 12:35 pm

    Yesss! Simona is a make up utensil cleaning freak! Loved reading this blog! Absolutely!
    xoxo, Simona and Indre

    • Kait Elizabeth
      August 15, 2016 / 11:46 pm

      That’s amazing! I wish I could say the same for myself. Ya’ll are so sweet! Hugs, Kait

  17. Jessica
    August 15, 2016 / 11:00 am

    I always forget to clean and/or replace my clarisonic brush too! It is so important to replace them!
    xo Jessica

    • Kait Elizabeth
      August 15, 2016 / 11:45 pm

      Oh my gosh yes! Yet so hard to remember to do! Hugs, Kait

  18. August 15, 2016 / 10:46 am

    Great tips! I need to wash my brushes! And I love the Olympics! 🙂

    • Kait Elizabeth
      August 15, 2016 / 11:44 pm

      They are the best! Can’t wait for the winter ones though. Hugs, Kait

  19. Jessica
    August 15, 2016 / 10:40 am

    Thanks for the tips, and the reminder that my make-up brushes are super disgusting and need some TLC!

    • Kait Elizabeth
      August 15, 2016 / 11:44 pm

      It was a reminder for myself as well! Hugs, Kait

  20. Ruthie
    August 15, 2016 / 10:36 am

    I dont own ANYTHING to clean my brushes…. I was just thinking… I need a product!! Great suggestions babe. I will be buying some goodies asap.

    • Kait Elizabeth
      August 15, 2016 / 11:43 pm

      It’s so hard to remember to do!!! I don’t know why…. Hugs, Kait

  21. Jess Q.
    August 15, 2016 / 10:29 am

    girl I am so bad at keeping my brushes clean. This post inspired me!! Xoxo!

    • Kait Elizabeth
      August 15, 2016 / 11:42 pm

      Aren’t we all?? 😛 I’m trying to be better for sure! Hugs, Kait

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