MelodySusie delights us with Makeup Brush Cleaners and a giveaway

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Beauty Info Zone is always thrilled when we learn about new products from MelodySusie. Today we have 3 different Makeup Brush Cleaners that we were sent and that we are eager to teach you about them. MelodySusie always creates well made and reasonably priced products and today’s trio is one of the best we’ve tried from them. These are the perfect treat for all of us who use makeup brushes and want them cleansed thoroughly.

The MelodySusie Brush Egg duo is just $6.29 though it’s on sale through 11/15 with the code MSEGG202. If you want a brush cleaner that’s a little bigger and more versatile then you want the MelodySusie Beautiple, aka apple, that’s currently $8.99 (promotional code MSBEAPLE to save $2). But if you want the big kahuna then you’ve got to check out the MelodySusie Butterfly with 7 cleaning options for $10.99. There’s a promotional code through 11/15 for the butterfly MSBEAFLY that will bring the price down to $8.99. We don’t think you should wait since you’ll love them as will anyone you decide to gift with them.

Now let’s see these up close.

MARCIA TELLS YOU ABOUT THE BRUSH EGG DUO AND THE APPLE:

MelodySusie Makeup Brush Cleaner eggs and apple

MelodySusie Makeup Brush Cleaner eggs and apple

MELODYSUSIE BEAUTIEG  –  You might have seen Beauty Eggs for a much higher cost but MelodySusie has brought the cost down and improved the quality immensely. Years ago I bought something similar and paid $8 plus shipping for just one. Now MelodySusie has a set of two (pink and blue) with 2 different surfaces for cleansing. These eggs are a sturdy silicon and wider so it’s easier to use.

MelodySusie pink egg brush cleaner

MelodySusie pink egg brush cleaner

The easiest way to use a Beautieg is to put two fingers into the opening to hold your egg and then use your opposite hand for the brush. The bottom of the egg (about 2/3 the size) are cleaning boards and that’s what I start with. I wet my brush, put the cleanser of choice on the brush, and then swirl the brush onto the boards to get all the color out of my brush. The top section is smaller and for even more precise cleansing. I rinse my brush under running water and keep running it on the egg until there’s no residue.

MelodySusie blue brush egg makeup brush cleaner

MelodySusie blue brush egg makeup brush cleaner

MELODYSUSIE BEAUTIPLE, aka Apple Shape Makeup Brush Cleaner, has 4 sections on the cutest pink apple shaped design. The apple’s 4 different sections to help you with different types of brushes. Slip your 4 fingers in to hold the apple. On the right side there are two types of designs we don’t find on the eggs. The little X on the bottom right are perfect for washing face brushes. The bigger columns above are great for eye brushes since you can really get into the brushes. Not only do they cleanse your powders away but they are great for cream shadows which are harder to wash off. The right side is considered best for washing and swirling.

Melody Susie Apple Makeup Brush Cleaner

Melody Susie Apple Makeup Brush Cleaner

On the left there are the boards like on the egg and smaller granules for smaller brushes. This side is best for deep cleaning and refining. With the tiny granules on the top you can really get into the brush for deeper cleaning. This would be so awesome in a holiday stocking!

Melody Susie Apple Makeup Brush Cleaner

Melody Susie Apple Makeup Brush Cleaner

Melody Susie Apple Makeup Brush Cleaner

Melody Susie Apple Makeup Brush Cleaner

Melody Susie Apple Makeup Brush Cleaner

Melody Susie Apple Makeup Brush Cleaner

Melody Susie Apple Makeup Brush Cleaner

Melody Susie Apple Makeup Brush Cleaner

LISA TELLS YOU ABOUT THE BEAUTIFLY

MelodySusie Beautifly
Isn’t the Beautifly pretty? I think it’s a great gadget for cleaning makeup brushes – lots of different options and no need to memorize anything because the directions are printed right on the matt. Marcia’s cleaners are hand held, while mine is one that suctions itself to the countertop. This holds it in place even if you get a little over enthusiastic in your brush cleaning.

MelodySusie Beautifly
MelodySusie BeautiflyThe Beautifly is made of soft pink silicon material and has seven different cleaning areas. It does everything. The wash section gets the dirt and makeup moving out of the brush, and for an even deeper clean use the refine areas. For those very stubborn jobs – which for me is always my foundation brush and my blush brushes – the refine plus area makes short work of even the most tenacious makeup.

MelodySusie Beautifly Wash section

MelodySusie Beautifly Wash section

MelodySusie Beautifly Refine section

MelodySusie Beautifly Refine section

MelodySusie Beautifly Refine Plus section

MelodySusie Beautifly Refine Plus section

MelodySusie Beautifly Refine Plus section

MelodySusie Beautifly Refine Plus section

The one job that I always put off is cleaning my brushes, but it’s actually pretty fun with this bright and happy matt. After cleaning my brushes I just put the matt under running water then store it suction cup side up to dry. This is a practical and easy to use gift that would be perfect as a stocking stuffer!

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION:  We were sent an extra set of Brush Eggs and want one of our US subscribers to win this great duo. The giveaway is open through 11/28 at 11:59 p.m. ET. If our comments stop working please email us at beautyinfozone@gmail.com and label it EGG with your comment, click I commented, and continue. Be sure you’ve clicked the I Commented part of your entry or it won’t go into the Rafflecopter. Good luck and happy brush cleaning.

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Thumbs up or down for e.l.f. Brush Shampoo?

woman shows signs yes and no, hand fingers

When I get in the mood to buy something I’ll often look to E.L.F. Cosmetics since I can get my fix for very little money and I’ve learned that their products are great quality. I bought the e.l.f. Brush Shampoo ($3) online when I needed another product to reach free shipping. Which would you rather do? Own something or pay the post office?

E.L.F. Brush Shampoo

E.L.F. Brush Shampoo

e.l.f. has two different products for brush cleansing so it was an eeny meeny kind of situation. Both the Brush Shampoo and Daily Brush Cleaner are anti-bacterial cleansers. They both disinfect brushes and wash away the makeup and oils on your brushes. The main difference as far as I can tell is that this Brush Shampoo also conditions the fibers on your brush.

So how did this fare compared to the MAC Brush Cleanser that I use most often? First is price: $3 for 4.1 fl oz of e.l.f. compared to $16 for 7.9 fl oz of MAC. That’s an impressive savings.

E.L.F. Brush Shampoo

E.L.F. Brush Shampoo

Second is how to use these two. With the e.l.f. it is recommended that you massage a small amount of the shampoo with water and work it through the bristles from the base of the brush; rinse thoroughly; squeeze out the excess water; and lay flat on a clean cloth or surface to dry. With the MAC water isn’t really recommended. Instead apply the cleanser directly to the brush or a towel; then rub the brush along the towel until no color remains. What I actually do though with the MAC is pour a small amount over my brushes which are in a plastic cup; I swish it around trying to get color out of the brush, then add water and do it over again until the water runs clean.

Third is texture. E.L.F. Brush Shampoo has a thick texture like a shampoo. It’s hard to squeeze out of the bottle since it’s thick so I usually just pour it. MAC Brush Cleaner is a watery pink liquid.

ELF and MAC and two dirty brushes

ELF and MAC and two dirty brushes

Fourth is fragrance which is very important to me. I’ve given away many brush cleaners if they make my brushes smell. Surprisingly e.l.f. has no fragrance. I was a bit worried about that. With MAC I don’t notice a fragrance but then again I’ve been using it for over a dozen years so I’m used to it.

Last is performance. In order to compare apples to apples I used the e.l.f. in the way I always do with MAC but I did use my hands more with the e.l.f. the first time I used it. Now I pretty much just use the side of the cup.

before brushes

before brushes

The top brush was washed in E.L.F. for this picture and the bottom in MAC. I used the same exact method. The top kabuki brush is used more with cream blush so the color is pretty set in there.

after pictures - ELF on top, MAC on bottom

after pictures – ELF on top, MAC on bottom

I think the performance is about the same. Both cleansers removed the amount of color from the brushes that I expected. I no longer care if my brushes come out perfectly white every time. I just want them clean with no product left behind, the staining happens.

After all this the E.L.F. Brush Shampoo gets a Businesswoman with thumbs up, on whiteHave you tried this? How would you rate it?  — Marcia

Water(Aqua), Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Cocamide MEA, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Sodium Chloride, Methylparaben.

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Vadae Everyday Makeup Kit includes the brushes you’ll appreciate

Vadae Everyday Makeup Kit brushes and cleaner

Vadae Everyday Makeup Kit brushes and cleaner

As a dedicated and devout cosmetic junkie, I need/want/desire quality tools in my life. VADAE Beauty has created several brushes and kits to solve that problem. The kit I was sent is the Everyday Makeup Kit which contains 8 brushes and the amazing VADAE pro brush cleaner. It arrives in a see through plastic pouch to store your brushes and to take them with you wherever you go. This post is going to be picture heavy so you can see for yourself just how nice the brushes in this kit are!

Vadae Face brushes

Vadae Face brushes

Vadae eye and lip brushes

Vadae eye and lip brushes

V403 – Jumbo Powder

Vadae  V403 - Jumbo Powder

Vadae V403 – Jumbo Powder

“Create a beautiful finish with this dome-shaped powder makeup brush. Ideal for applying loose powder on the face.” My assessment – this is soft and does the exact job it’s meant to do. Be sure to tap off the excess and then use the brush to buff loose powder to your face to set your makeup.

V406 – Large Angled Blush

V406 - Large Angled Blush from Vadae

V406 – Large Angled Blush from Vadae

“This angle-shaped makeup brush is ideal for contouring cheeks and cheekbones.”  My assessment – I love how soft this is and I wish I could have kept it pristine like this but I just have to use this. It’s a little larger than I like for a blush brush but it has so many uses since I can use it for powder, bronzer, highlighting powders and an all over blending brush for my cheeks.

V407 – Duo Fiber Face

VADAE V407 - Duo Fiber Face

VADAE V407 – Duo Fiber Face

“Use this makeup brush to give a nice even distribution of product. The combination of goat hair and synthetic bristles give an airbrushed finish look.” My assessment – I love a duo fiber (skunk brush) and get a lot of use out of this brush. It’s perfect for highly pigmented powders on my face. I like it to brush a light coating of a highlighting powder since it gives it a diffused look.

V408 – Deluxe Foundation

Vadae  V408 - Deluxe Foundation

Vadae V408 – Deluxe Foundation

“The layered, tapered bristles of the Deluxe Foundation makeup brush help your makeup blend into a flawless finish. The large head makes application quick and easy to apply over the entire face.”  My assessment – this is a great foundation brush. It’s soft and never scratches, it makes liquid and cream foundations look flawless.

V409 – Tapered Concealer

Vadae  V409 - Tapered Concealer

Vadae V409 – Tapered Concealer

“This small concealer makeup brush is perfect for applying and blending concealer under eyes or for small area coverage.”  My assessment – they got it right when they described this as being great for small area coverage. The best use for me with this concealer brush is to get up close to my eyelashes and to use this in the inner corner of my eye.

V307 – Eye Shader

Vadae  V307 - Eye Shader

Vadae V307 – Eye Shader

“Used for applying cream eyeshadows, this medium-sized makeup brush allows for quick application and blending on the eyelid. It can be used with creams as well as loose and pressed powders.”  My assessment – I didn’t even realize this was meant for cream shadows until I started writing the review so I instantly used it that way and it’s great. I like using this for my everyday powder shadows and it’s actually my favorite brush in the kit that way.

V310 – Angle Shadow

Vadae  V310 - Angle Shadow

Vadae V310 – Angle Shadow

“The angled tip of the Angle Shadow makeup brush easily sweeps color over your eye lid. Work color onto your brow and under the orbital bone.” My assessment – I use this angled eyeshadow brush for my browbone area. It fits in perfectly and is big enough to cover that whole area. Later I use it to blend the light brow shade with my crease color to remove harsh lines.

V101 – Lip Definer

Vadae  V101 - Lip Definer

Vadae V101 – Lip Definer

“The rounded edge of the Lip Definer makeup brush allows for controlled application along the lip line while the flat side is ideal for filling in. It features flexible fibers and may be used to blend lip pencils, lip gloss, or lipsticks with ease to create definition or modify lip shape.”  My assessment – I like a firmer and slightly larger brush for lipstick when I decide to use a brush. The way I’ve been using this a lot though is to soften the line that my lipliner makes after my lipstick is applied. It blends the liner into the lipstick without having that obvious liner look that is so passe.

Vadae  VBS200 - Pro Brush Cleaner

Vadae VBS200 – Pro Brush Cleaner

“One 40 gram professional makeup brush cleaner with brush scrubbing compact and storage bag.”  My assessment – WOW!!! Lisa reviewed this before and I was curious but until I actually started using this I didn’t know what I was missing. This works great for all brushes but it’s perfect for brushes you use with cream products especially. It gets out gunk I thought was long gone yet keeps my brushes (from any brand) in perfect shape.

• Packaging: Includes Cosmetic Storage Bag

Vadae Everyday Brush Kit in the carrying case

Vadae Everyday Brush Kit in the carrying case

This kit is a great way to either start your brush collection or add to it. There’s one brush I’d add which is the V302 – Blending Fluff 

Vadae  V302 Blending Fluff

Vadae V302 Blending Fluff

The Blending Fluff makeup brush will blend harsh lines of color into soft fading gradients. The natural goat hair bristles help apply pigment with ease for beautiful results.” I love this kind of brush and think all collections should have a blending brush like this.

For $98 ($110 if you add the Blending Fluff) you’ll be complete for your cosmetic needs. A little bit of everything and the best brush cleaner I’ve tried. What brushes are necessities for you? What brush cleaner do you use? — Marcia

Lisa’s complete Pro Brush Cleanser review which will sell you on this!!

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You want this…VADAE Beauty Professional Brush Cleaner

pro-brush-cleanerWhen was the last time you cleaned your makeup brushes? I know that cleaning my brushes is something I put off until I have about 15 minutes at night to do them all, giving them time to dry overnight. But the VADAE Professional Brush Cleaner ($18) has changed my routine since it is so easy and quick. It gets my brushes astoundingly clean in just seconds and is perfect for home or travel.

VADAE Professional Brush Cleanser

The VADAE Professional Brush Cleaner is a compact with a soap disc on one side and a circular washboard on the other. It comes in a handy cosmetic storage bag.

VADAE Professional Brush Cleaner 2This little gem is so easy to use – just get your brush wet, then swirl around on the soap disc. The soap gently but thoroughly cleans bristles. Then, use the washboard to really get the brush clean! I am astonished at what comes out of my brushes. I find that it cleans all types of bristles and both water and oil-based makeup equally well.

VADAE Professional Brush Cleaner

VADAE Beauty is known for their Professional Makeup Brush Kits, which certainly look awesome – but you want to visit their website to buy a Professional Brush Cleaner.  This is a must-have for everyone!!  – Lisa

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Giveaway alert! The Brush Guard Cleaning kit review…and win one for yourself, too.

brush guard logoWhat lives in your makeup brushes? You would probably be completely grossed out if you knew the amount of old makeup, dead skin cells, bacteria, oil, and dirt that has accumulated in them. Who doesn’t need a quick, easy system for cleaning brushes as incentive to wash those brushes more often? Your skin will thank you with less breakouts and your brushes will thank you and last much longer.

The Brush Guard Cleaning Kit

The Brush Guard Cleaning Kit

The Brush Guard sent the BIZ a Cleaning Kit ($19.95) to try, and even better they just might send you one too.  Read on to find out how to enter the giveaway for a Cleaning Kit for yourself.

Look at all the goodies inside!

Look at all the goodies inside!

Inside each brush kit is a Squeaky Clean Brush Shampoo, a Blotting Cloth, a Washing Cup, a Drying Vase, and Brush Sleeves. Here’s how to use it:

Squeaky Clean Brush Shampoo

Squeaky Clean Brush Shampoo

First, pour some of the Squeaky Clean Brush Shampoo into the green Washing Cup (pictured below inside the Drying Vase). The Brush Shampoo has organic oils to cleanse and treat brushes and it has a light, pleasant scent.

Green Washing Cup is inside the brown Drying Vase

Green Washing Cup is inside the brown Drying Vase

The Washing Cup has a textured bottom so as you you swirl your brushes the little bumps gently massage dirt and oil out of your brushes. I even washed what I thought were my ‘clean’ brushes and was astounded at the amount of dirt that came out.  This is a truly terrific brush cleanser.

Blot!

Blot!

Then rinse the brush under running water and blot with the super soft Bamboo Cloth. Once blotted, brushes are ready for their cute little storage jackets called The Brush Guard Sleeves.

Sleeves

Variety Pack of Sleeves

The Brush Guard Cleaning Kit comes with a Variety Pack of sleeves including 1 extra small (shadow/liner brush), 2 small (blush), 2 medium (foundation), and one large (powder/kabuki).

Sleeves

You need these!

The Sleeves not only help brushes keep their original shape, they also keep them safe from dust while they aren’t in use.

Sleeve

Sleeve

Slip the Sleeve up over the freshly washed and slightly damp bristles and then store brushes sleeve side down in the ventilated Drying Vase. I keep my brushes in the vase on my vanity and they are always in terrific shape and ready to use.

I have bought quite a few Variety Packs of sleeves to make sure all my brushes have one at all times. These have literally saved my brushes, in particular my MAC 275 brush. The Brush Guard Cleaning Kit is an absolute winner, I think everyone should have one!

Here is your chance to win a Cleaning Kit.  Entering is easy, just follow the Rafflecopter directions.  This is only available for US and is open through Tues., Aug. 13th at 11:59 p.m. EST. Good luck!!  – Lisa

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Dirty Brushes? Here’s the solution!! Jane Iredale

How often do you clean your brushes?  If you are like me, then probably not often enough…I am always putting off a big cleaning, until my brushes get really dirty.   I wanted something I could use right at my dressing table, something that would clean my brushes right then and there, and wouldn’t take any time to dry so I could use them right away.  I found that Jane Iredale‘s Botanical Brush Cleaner absolutely filled the bill.

This brush cleaner comes in a spray bottle, so it’s super convenient.  As I use my brushes, I just take a tissue, place it behind the brush, and spray once or twice.  That’s all it takes – and you would not believe the stuff that comes out of those brushes.  I had NO idea so much could accumulate with even one use!

I’ve tried many, many spray brush cleaners and none of them even come close to cleaning like this one does.  And the best part?  The brushes are almost instantly dry!  So if you use a dark color with an eye brush, and want to use that brush for a lighter color after, no problem.  Just spritz it, wipe, and it’s dry enough to use right away.  Love it.  This products works on both natural and synthetic brushes, and there is nothing in the formula that irritates skin or shortens the life of your brushes.  In fact, it actually conditions the brushes in addition to cleaning them.

The only caution I would give is that this does have a rather strong, sort of fruity scent due to the botanicals it contains.  I am pretty sensitive to scented products, but this one does not bother me.  However, I know some people may have issues with this, and if so you will want to try before you buy.  If not, just BUY, because this is the best spray brush cleaner out there.  It’s a great find from a terrific line.  – Lisa

Ingredients:   SD Alcohol 39-C, Witch Hazel Extract, Grapefruit Peel Oil, Grapefruit Seed Extract, Carrageenan Extract.

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