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How to: Skin-So-Soft as an Amazing Brush Cleaner

It’s been a few weeks and I have not written. A mix of both I somehow injured my hand and had to recover and also, I lost momentum. Of sorts. Don’t worry I am still here to talk about Avon products. Today I want to bring up an interesting use for Skin So Soft Bath Oil that I saw on a Pinterest post listing the various ways you an use the product. Being that I have more oily skin, well it’s become less oily over the years, I decided to take one of the big bottles I got as a sample (yep, big bottle) to see how it worked for cleaning makeup brushes. One of the many ways to use it.

Of course we makeup wearing folk know that you need to keep you makeup brushes cleaning so as to not spread germs and gets skin issues like acne. Or to mix your colors enough that they don’t come out they ways they should because of residual color still in the brush. I am going to admit something about my self here: Until a few years ago I never actually cleaned my brushes. Sure, maybe I cleaned ones used for eyeshadow when I needed to change color and didn’t want to muddy up my look. But I only rinsed the brush and used soap and a dry clean cloth. Running it over the cloth until I saw no remaining color. Other than that I never did it. I wasn’t told about this upkeep growing up and mildly using makeup. I wasn’t as into wearing makeup until a few years ago. So, when I read about using SSS Bath Oil to help clean brushes, I figured it would be worth testing as a review considering I don’t use the oil for my skin since I break out into acne easily anywhere on my body. Especially my back. I just use a lotion on my shins because they are pretty dry. And on my T-Zone because it went from being oily to dry as sand and peels. Now my daughter I use bath oil on because she has overly dry skin and has since birth. She is always being covered in a thin layer of oatmeal lotion after each bath and SSS body lotion each morning. She used to have severe eczema as a baby. So bad I had to carefully use a prescribed cream on here daily.

Onward with the topic. I want it to be clear I have not yet bought Avon makeup brushes but I hope to fairly soon. Most of the ones I have were given to me so it isn’t like I had a choice at the time. Plus, why waste a brush is it works? I gathered all my brushes. Including the one missing a handle. It just fell off but it’s still useful.

I put them on a clean towel I generally use for cleaning around the house. I wanted something white since most of my other towels are either blue or red. This way you can see the brushes better in a picture.

In reading how to make a good makeup brush cleaning solution, I used an equal part of SSS bath oil and equal part dish soap. Orange scented. Again this is not the scent I prefer for cleaning dishes. Again it was given to me. Orange smells horrible as a cleaner to me. I prefer sea salt scented by Preference. To make the two products equal I used 1/4 c each. I wanted enough to adequately dip the brushes in. Though both an oil, they did separate, with the dish soap landing at the bottom of my bowl. But using a handy wooden lollipop like tool I mixed it together until it made a creamy color.

Then I started with a brush. I dipped it in the solution and used my hand to rub the solution around the brush. I saw tons of color come right out of the brushes. Some more dirty than others. Specifically the eyeliner brush I use for gel liners. It was stiff and dark with black liner I purposely didn’t clean after use. My foundation brushes also had a lot of color come out of them. I was shocked since I don’t try to use a lot of foundation powder. It makes me look cakey up close.

After cleaning each brush I ran them under warm water to rinse off the oil. Now, normally I am used to having to get off oil from anything with dish soap and so I reminded myself I don’t need more. It’s already in the brushes. Making it easier to rinse out because of that fact.

I gently dabbed them on the cloth which showed more and more of where some brushes had just a bit of color still left in them until no more color came out and I set them upright in a small wine glass I use to hold my brushes. I don’t have conventional makeup brush holders and use cups with no pairs. About an hour later some were still drying and others were noticeably soft to the touch. You can clearly see the original color of some brushes now.

For someone who doesn’t use oils to moisturize their skin I will definitely say that SSS Bath oil works great because it did give my brushes a soft touch and did help clean them as well as helping them smell nice. Though I could still do without the orange scent that mildly lingers. Ew.

Skin So Soft Bath Oil is on sale this campaign. The 16.9 fl oz bottle is $11.99 (reg $22) and the 15 fl oz is on sale for $16.99 (reg $29). This is for all the fragrances and not just the original.

Ingredients

MINERAL OIL/HUILE MINERALE 
ISOPROPYL PALMITATE 
DICAPRYL ADIPATE 
PARFUM/FRAGRANCE 
SIMMONDSIA CHINENSIS (JOJOBA) SEED OIL 
TOCOPHERYL ACETATE 
DIETHYLHEXYL SODIUM SULFOSUCCINATE 

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