Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Skincare On A Budget With The Tesco Pro Formula Hot Cloth Cleanser* And Radiance Toner

I'm not a snob when it comes to skincare, rather than choose products by their price tag I use what works for me. My current skin care routine involves products priced between £1 and £60 and I'm a firm believer that great products can be found at all price points.

I know some people wouldn't dream of buying skincare in the supermarket but things are changing. More and more supermarket lines are formulated with the same care and scientific knowledge as their high priced cousins. Yes the packaging may be a bit more basic and not quite as glamorous but it's the product inside that matters. 

Last years saw the launch of Tesco's Pro Formula range, a selection of skincare, men's grooming products and haircare designed to achieve real results on a budget.

The skin care range features a wide range of products, catering to all different skin types for dry and sensitive, to oily and combination. The range which appealed to be most was the Pro Formula Radiance line which is specially designed for normal to combination skin, with a focus on anti-ageing. All the products in this particular are full of green tea extract and Vitamin E to tackle the first signs of ageing. A few months ago now I was kindly sent one of the stars of the range to try, the Pro Formula Radiance Hot Cloth Cleanser.

Containing green tea and vitamin E, the cleanser comes boxed, and in a pretty, utilitarian style green, silver and white, squeezy tube.

Inside the box you also get a small, but useful, soft, muslin cloth.

Like a lot of the other hot cloth style cleansers on the market, this one is white in colour, and has a rich creamy texture, and fresh scent.

For those of you that aren't familiar with this type of cleanser, all you do is massage it over your dry face, and remove it with a warm, damp muslin cloth or even a flannel, You can also use it on the eyes to remove eye make up.

Here's a scary picture of me removing the make up look that you saw yesterday. A little bit early for Halloween but it's going to get  a lot worse before this post is out lol.

This cleanser has absolutely no problem at all with removing both light and heavy make up. The combination of the warm, damp muslin and this hot cloth cleanser means that your make up just seem to melt, making everything from long wear foundation to waterproof mascara just disappear in a flash.

Not pleasant the cloth is it? but it just shows after numerous rinses just how much make up it had to deal with. I do sometimes do a double cleanse when I'm removing my make up but with this I didn't need to.

Apologies for the slightly scary, barefaced after pictures, but these pictures show my face immediately after I've removed the cleanser. The skin looks clean and clear, but it isn't overtly pink or inflamed looking. Obviously we don't have feel a vision so you can't feel my skin but it feels super smooth and moisturised, probably down to the hydrating ingredients and the exfoliating properties of the cloth and the cleanser.

You can see in the second picture that my eyes also look fine. I'm not a huge fan of using cream, or balm cleansers on my eyes but used gently this product dissolved yesterdays long wear eye look with very few problems, leaving my eyes feeling clean and not at all sore, runny or irritated.

It's sometimes seen as quite an old fashioned thing to include a toner in your skincare routine and with this cleanser it's probably not essential but I love how clean and fresh they leave my skin. I was after a new toner so having tried the cleanser I decided to try the corresponding toner, the Pro Formula Radiance Toner For Normal / Combination Skin.

Like the hot cloth cleanser it contains a combination of green tea and vitamin E, to leave the skin soothed and refreshed.

Packaged in fairly plain bottle in the same colours as the cleanser, it has a flip top cap, and is clear in colour and has the same fresh, clean, cucumber / green tea scent

It feels cooling and refreshing on the skin but it seem to take a little while to absorb. The skin is left feeling clean and revitalised. There is a bit of alcohol in this toner so if you have a drier skin this probably isn't for you but personally my skin was left feeling very comfortable, with no excess dryness, redness or irration.

I have to say that these two items have really surprised me. The hot cloth cleanser easily compares to some I've tried from higher end brands, and the toner is really good value, and feels pleasant on the skin. The prices for the Pro Formula Radiance are superb with everything priced between £1 and £5, and the range includes several different cleansers, wipes, moisturisers and even BB creams, so it's definitely worth a look in your local brand of Tesco if your on a budget. The Pro Formula Radiance Hot Cloth Cleanser retails at £5 for 150ml and the Pro Formula Radiance Toner retails at just £2.00 for 200ml, so you really are getting value for money. Are you a fan of supermarket beauty products? I'd love to hear you thoughts x

(*PR Sample)

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Achieving A Healthy Glow All Year Round With Benefit The Bronze Of Champions Total Bronze Kit

With the howling winds and rain we've had over the last 24 hours or so, Summer really does seem like a lifetime away now. The clocks go back at the weekend and we know what that means, longer nights, shorter days and less sunshine. 

I can honestly say that I don't mind the change in seasons, I hate the rain, the wind and the snow, but I love the freshness and crispness of the air. The fresh air gives the skin a really healthy glow, but in the depths of winter when you spend so much time indoors and out of natural daylight, your skin can start to look pale, and almost peaky looking. In the winter time I probably use more blusher, bronzer and cheek colours than I do at any other time of year, not only to help shape my face but also to give my skin a much needed healthy appearance. I guess that's why I make no apologies for reviewing a perceived "summer" product now. So many of us need a bit of a glow all year round, and this kit will give us that no matter what the season.

Benefit's The Bronze Of Champions Total Bronze Kit For Eyes Lips And Cheeks, to give it, it's full title is one of those boxed collections for which Benefit are so famous. Ideal gifts and travel companions, these kits also give you an opportunity to try some of their most famous products, for a fraction of the price that the full sizes would cost.

The kit comes boxed and is the familiar almost book style, cardboard packaging, which can be reused as a jewellery or trinket box when the products have gone. It features a large mirror in the lid, and a tips and tricks booklet , with suggestions on how to use the products and a step by step guide to create a make up look using all of the products inside.

So, what's in it? As you would expect from the name, this kit is all about the bronze, but don't think in your face bronze, some of the shades are actually quite neutral. First of all you get a 3.2g Creaseless Cream Shadow / Liner in Bikini-Tini, you also get a 1.2g Longwear Powder Shadow in Thanks A Latte and 3g mini They're Real Mascara. Face wise you get a 3g Hoola Bronzer and a mini cheek brush to apply it with. You also get a little 2.5g Watt's Up Cream Highlighter, and you also get 1 lip product, a 6.5ml Ultra Plush Hoola Lip Gloss.

We'll start off by looking at the eye products. The first product in the kit is the Creaseless Cream Shadow / Liner in Bikini -Tini. I'm a huge, huge fan of these products and Skinny Jeans is easily one of my most used eyeshadows of all time. Bikini-Tini is a gorgeous, shimmery, creamy, champagne colour, it's fab on it own but it works equally well as a base. This one like all of the shades I've tried in this line wears incredibly well.

The next item is the Longwear Shadow in Thanks A Latte. This must be one of Benefit's most popular colours by far, as it appears in at least two other boxed kits, and I can see why. It looks a tad grey in the palette but it's actually a beautiful, shimmery, taupe brown. It's soft and very pigmented, and purely based on this one I honestly don't understand why Benefit powder shadows don't get more love

I'm not going to review They're Real here, I'm still a little bit undecided as up until now I've only used the sample sized ones. Once I've had a chance to try the full sized version I'll put a review post up for you x 

Next up the cheek products and the biggie Hoola Bronzer. I already own the full size of this and I have to say it always scared the hell out of me. It's a matte bronzer with virtually no orange in it but I always thought it was just a bit too dark to work on my pale, pink, skin. I thought about selling but instead I asked Benefit UK's head make up artist Lisa Potter Dixon, via twitter the best way to apply it. Her answer wasn't complicated - in a 3 and E motion, hitting just under your cheek bones to contour, and do you know what? the lady was right. The little brush supplied in this kit is just a scaled down version of the normal box o' powders brush, and it does the job perfectly. The pigmentation is immense and you need a very light hand to avoid overdoing, but I've just been apply it and blending it out with another blush to give me a face a bit of contour and a bit of colour.

The next product in the kit was a new one to me, and something I'd been wanting to try for a while Watt's Up. This is a shimmery, iridescent, champagne highlighter in a stick. It's really creamy, and easy to blend. I've mainly been using it on the top of my cheek bones and on my brown bone to provide a bit of light and a bit of a glow.

The final product in the kit is a mini Hoola Ultra Plush Lip Gloss. Despite the very brown appearance in the tube, this is a proper nude gloss. There is a little bit of colour and sheen to it but it looks quite sheer on the lips. I have a few of these glosses and by and large I'm pretty impressed. Unlike a lot of lip glosses they aren't sticky in the slightest, and they actually feel quite moisturising on the lips. I also love the almost peach and apricot fruity taste and scent.

The tips and tricks leaflet gives you a step by step guide to a really easy and quick make up look using the products in the kit. It's really easy to follow and the result is a really pretty, natural look, that will work equally well in the summer or in the winter. My pictures alas aren't the best, thanks to the autumnal weather but I hope at least they give you some idea. Apart from my foundation, concealer and powder, every thing else is from this kit.

This photo is probably the worst of the bunch which is a shame, but I just want to give you an idea of the eye look that you can create with this kit. You just blend the creaseless cream shadow all over the lid, adding a touch of the powder shadow into the crease and the outer corners, before finishing with a slick of mascara and a bit of the Watt's Up Highlighter on the brow bone. This has been one of my go to eye looks over the last few weeks, it's a nice natural look that's ideal for any occasion. You could of course alter the look by using a little bit of Hoola Bronzer on the lid too.

Despite it's summery theme and imagery, this kit really does prove that being bronzed and glowy isn't just for summer. If I had been abroad this year this kit would definitely have came with me but by the same note I won't be shoving it to the back of the drawer when the snow starts to fall. The shades are very neutral and can easily be worn from season to season, even Hoola bronzer, if you apply it with a more delicate hand. This kit was a gift and to be honest it wouldn't have been something that I would have considered purchasing myself but now I have it, I'm not saying I couldn't live without it but it's been a very useful addition to my make up collection and I can definitely see myself buying Watt's Up in a larger size.

Benefit kits aren't the cheapest and this one is no exception at £26.50 but if you want to try a few products without shelling up for the full sizes kits like this are well worth it and make fab gifts. Are you a Benefit fan? Leave me a comment and let me know your favourite Benefit product x

Monday, 20 October 2014

A Tawny Port Nails Of The Day Courtesy Of Technic

Happy Monday x I hope you all had a nice weekend x I thought I'd start the week with something I haven't done for quite a while now, a nails of the day post. I love nails of the day posts and nail posts in general, and I used to post pretty much one a week, that was until a reader told me I was getting boring with all of the nail posts. Ha Ha, okay then ;) I love nail posts and I certainly don't find pretty polishes and pretty colours boring, and I hope that the majority of you guys don't either. 

I recently attempted to organise my rather extensive nail polish collection and I was actually surprised at how few of the colours I'd actually featured on the blog. So from now on I'm going to try and showcase a lot more of my polishes, starting with this one.

I don't know a lot about Technic as a brand but I can safely say that there at the budget end of the spectrum. The few colours I have, I've bought mainly from Boyes (a northern based discount retailer) but you can often find them on cheap make up stalls in shopping centres and markets, and in independent chemists. I've also spotted a few Technic kits in the Boots, Christmas gift section this year. It's not a partnership that I would have predicted by any means but I'm assuming it's just a one off for Christmas and we're not likely to see full Technic stands in Boots any time soon. They do seem to be pretty good value though and you do seem to get a lot of product for your money. The one nail kit that they have contains 16 polishes, a nail file, toe separators and various nail art bits for just £16, which is a bargain, but only if the polishes are any good.

Technic Nail Varnish is Tawny Port is one of those typical autumn / winter dark, plum, burgundy wine shades. On the nails it looks a bit like Rouge Noir but as you can see from the bottle it's more purple based.

Whilst I love the colour especially on my short / medium length nails, I hated pretty much every step of the application. The two main issues were the brush and the formulation. If the runny, liquidy texture wasn't bad enough, the brush was way to soft and had a tendency to flay with even the smallest amount of pressure, covering my cuticles with polish, and necessitating a bit of a clean up job.

Unusually for a shade like this it needed 3 coats for full coverage but thankfully each coat did seem to dry pretty quickly, giving a super glossy, rich finish. My first chip came after about 24 hours and the shine did seem to fade after a few hours but I'm sure a good top coat would have remedied both of these problems.

Once this polish was on it was fine, I loved the colour and the initial, deep glossy finish but the application was a frustrating experience from start to finish. Thankfully this polish wasn't that expensive and I've paid more and been equally if not more disappointed - you win some, you lose some I guess. That said it's definitely put me off buying any more nail polishes from the brand which is a shame. Have you tried any products from Technic? What did you think? Leave me a comment and let me know x 

Sunday, 19 October 2014

A Review Of Batiste Pixie Lott Dry Shampoo*

From once being seen as a slightly, niche and dare I say it lazy product, dry shampoo, is now classed as a hair care main stay and must have. Brands come and go, and whilst I'm always keen to try new releases and formulations, my heart belongs to probably the oldest and most well known of all the dry shampoo brands, Batiste.

I think I've tried pretty much every scent and formula that they do and by and large I've loved them all. Towards the end of last year and the start of this year there seemed to a flurry of new fragrance releases from Batiste but then it all went quiet; That was until April when Batiste announced details of their biggest launch and collaboration to date.

For their huge 2014 campaign Batiste have teamed up with singer, songwriter, actress and Strictly Come Dancing star Pixie Lott. Not only is she starring in a series of TV adverts, but she's also appearing in a print advertising campaign for the brand, shot by legendary photographer, Rankin. The images are amazing as you would expect from such a renowned photographer and the aim was really to show Pixie and the brand in a fresh new light

Picture Courtesy Of Rankin And Batiste 

As well as being the face and the hair of the brand, Pixie has also collaborated with Batiste to introduce her own self titled variety of  Batiste Dry Shampoo. It wasn't just a matter of putting her face and name to it though, she was also instrumental in choosing both the fragrance and the artwork that appears on the can that bears her name and image.

This can like so many in the Batiste line is heavily influenced by the 60's and 70's op art and psychedelic period. An era maybe familiar to Pixie through her work in the 1960's set BBC crime drama, Inspector George Gently. I think I'm a flower child or hippy at heart and love this type of blue, turquoise, lime green and white geometric style print. Pretty much every Batiste can is a work of art in it's own right, and this one is no different.

As well as choosing the design of the can, Pixie was also instrumental is choosing the fragrance. Described as  fun and floral, this product contains all different types of fruit, floral and even foodie notes, including bergamot, lemon, cedarwood, mixed florals, sandalwood, musk and even milk!

For me I'm not really sure that the fun and floral tag line really works, It's definitely a more complicated fragrance than these few words suggest. Like a lot of the Batiste fragrances it's quite heady, you definitely get the spicy wood notes, and a hint of the citrus and florals, but you also get quite a bit of musky, warmth, giving it a very comforting and warming fragrance.

Fragrance is such a personal thing though and you might get something completely different from it, that's the wonder of our noses I guess :) I have to be honest and say that there are fragrances in the Batiste line that I prefer over this. I'm very much a fresh and floral girl, and whilst it's pleasant and unobtrusive it's just a bit too warm and musky for me.

Smell is a big thing when it comes to dry shampoo, as one of it's major roles is too remove odours from the hair, and this definitely does that without any problems. The majority of Batiste Dry Shampoos are categorised by their white colour and slightly chalky texture and this one is no different. I personally don't have an issue with it, just apply a little at a time, and make sure you rub it in, and then brush it out - the only time I've ever had an issue is when I've applied too much at once. 
Another tip is also to apply it to the underneath of your hair as much as possible, so the product gets right to the roots where it needs it most, and you avoid a lot of the hair that's actually on show.

I'm not going to say I'll never deviate from Batiste when it comes to dry shampoo, I love trying new things too much to do that but I know that this brand works for me, and gives me the results that I want and at the moment that's enough for me, even if this fragrance didn't quite cut the mustard. If you have any questions please leave me a comment x Thanks for reading x 

(*PR Sample)

Saturday, 18 October 2014

A Few Changes - Sponsored Posts, Advertising And Posting

Hey Everyone x Hope you're having a nice weekend so far x I just want to make you aware of a few changes that are occurring on my little space in the interweb.

Don't worry it won't be anything major and it hopefully won't affect your enjoyment of my site but from this week my blog will be featuring paid advertising, affiliate links and hopefully sponsored posts.

I've thought long and hard before taking this step but I'm determined to stay as true to myself as I can and I'm going to do my level best to only feature content that's relevant to me, to you and to my blog as a whole. That shouldn't be too hard though I never wanted a purely, say beauty focused blog, I always wanted a place would I could explore my own passions and interests, which are as wide and varied as they come.

So if you're a company, a sole trader or you're a blogger with a small business and you want to advertise or collaborate with me, then don't hesitate to contact me at x

I'm not accepting advertisements from individual bloggers at this moment in time but if you'd be interested in advertising with me for a small fee,in the future then by all means leave me a comment and I'll have a think about it x 

Other than that the only changes you're likely to see are a couple of layout changes and an increase in posting. I haven't shown my blog enough love over the last couple of years and from this week that changes. I'm going to try and get a least 5 posts a week up from now on. The comments from my last couple of giveaways have given my lots of lots of new ideas and I'm feeling inspired again. I can't promise hauls every day, in fact I know I can't lol but I can promise a lot more beauty reviews, some more lifestyle posts and some more fashion posts.

If you have any posts or any reviews that you'd love to read then by all mean leave me a comment and let me know, and I'll do my best to give you what you want x Your input and opinions are really important to me, so any constructive feedback is always welcome x 

So them's the changes x Thanks as per usual for reading and for your support x If you have any questions either leave me a comment or drop me an email x 

Oh and if you haven't entered my latest giveaway yet, get entering you have until the 8th November to enter for the chance to win a gorgeous H&M Heart Blusher, a sweet white and gold tone daisy necklace, and an inspirational quote bangle x Check it out here if you haven't already x Thanks for reading x 

Friday, 17 October 2014

Foodie Friday - Squidgy Gluten Free Chocolate And Caramel Brownies

There seems to be awareness and promotional weeks for pretty much everything these days from charities to illness, to food stuffs. At the moment we're in the middle of National Chocolate Week. Probably the best substance ever invented - I admit it I'm a chocoholic - milk, dark, white, or somewhere in between, whatever it is I'm all over it. So in celebration of National Chocolate Week I present to you my recipe for Squidgy Gluten Free Chocolate And Caramel Brownies. What categorises these brownies is the almost undercooked, sticky squidginess. They're a cross between a brownie and brownie pudding really, but they are super easy to make, and you can rustle them up with pretty much whatever you have in the cupboard.

Squidgy Gluten Free Chocolate And Caramel Brownies

200g Chocolate, Milk, Dark, Or A Combination Of The Two
185g Butter 
100g Gluten Free Plain Flour
50g Cocoa Powder
3 Eggs
300g Caster Sugar 
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
2-4 Normal Sized Bars Of Cadburys Or Galaxy Caramel

1. Preheat your oven to about 180 C and well grease a square brownie pan. I'm using silicone here but I'm still using a bit of oil spray here, and pop your caramel bars into the fridge if they aren't already.

2. Break up your chocolate into a large bowl, I'm using Galaxy here x and add your butter.

Put it into the microwave and cook on high for 30 seconds, then give it a stir and repeat till both the chocolate and butter are melted. Then put it to one side and leave it to cool.

3. In another large bowl break your eggs and add your sugar. I using golden, unrefined caster sugar here that's had a vanilla pod added to the jar.

Then using an electric mixer beat it till it foamy, full of air bubbles and almost mousse like, and add your vanilla extract

4.Then fold in the cooled chocolate and butter mixture.

5. Then weigh out your flour and cocoa powder

Then sieve it in to the rest of your mixture

and fold it in, until it's all combined. The mixture will be very runny but don't worry.

6. Pour it into your prepared brownie pan, it's pretty self levelling so the hardest thing will be scraping out your bowl.

Then break up your caramel bars into the chunks and scatter them evenly into the brownie pan.

7. Pop it in the oven for about half an hour. When it's done the top will be crispy and cracked but the inside will still by pretty squidgy when you test it with a skewer.

8. That's it x Leave it to cool for as long as you can, marking it into squares while it's still warm. 

It will be very squishy and fudgy inside, it will firm up slightly as it cools. You can either eat when it's soft and warm, or leave till it's cool and more fudge like.

The caramel chunks sink to the bottom slightly and some of them burst leaving chocolate caramel trails throughout the brownies. 

If I were you I would probably use four caramel bars - I only used two here (I ate them what can I say) so you can't see them that well in some of my pics

You can of course eat this on it's own but since it is quite pudding like, it would also be lovely with some pouring cream or some ice cream.
This is the recipe that I use for my Creme Egg Brownies, but I can imagine that it would work equally well  with with Fudge, Rolos, or even chocolate chips, chocolate buttons, nuts or dried fruit. It's not a conventional cakey brownie it's a lot more indulgent and rich than that and makes the ideal dessert, or comfort food. Happy National Chocolate Week :) Will you be joining in? Leave me a comment and let me know what you'll be treating yourself too xx 

Thursday, 16 October 2014

A Cheaper Alternative To The Sigma Spa Brush Cleaning Glove?

I love most aspects of beauty but there are a couple of things that I do only because I have to, mainly hair removal, and washing my make up brushes. Ask pretty much any beauty blogger or make junkie out there and they'll agree that washing brushes is probably one of the most boring and time consuming tasks that there is. I have a lot of brushes, and because I'm a use once and wash girl in most cases, it means that I spend a lot of time at the bathroom sink.

Personally I use either a mild shampoo, an antibacterial hand wash or a specialised brush shampoo to clean my brushes but whatever you use it's still a time consuming, and repetitive task. Dampen, aggravate the hairs, rinse, squeeze, repeat, till your fingers look like prunes and your back aches. There are easier ways though, and no I don't mean throw them in the washing machine - can you believe that was a retweeted beauty tip from a major clothing retailer? just no! A year or so back now Sigma Beauty introduced their Sigma Spa Brush Cleaning Glove.

These textured silicone gloves supposedly makes the whole brush cleaning experience quicker and easier. All you do it work your damp, brush onto the various nodules to aggravate  the hairs and remove the rogue make up from deep within your brush.

Fabulous, I thought but then I saw the price! On the official Sigma Beauty site, the gloves start at $35 excluding shipping, and whilst we can get one for £33.95 from a UK retailer called Beauty Chamber, I still think it's pretty expensive for what it is. I'm not knocking it by any means, I've read lots of reviews and by and large they're pretty positive but just take a step back and actually look at what it is?

What is it? Well the original at least is just a silicone oven glove by another name.I love silicone baking equipment, despite having a rubber like appearance it's an ideal conductor and insulator of heat making it ideal for baking, and of course for making oven gloves with.

When that particular thought hit me I had a look in our our kitchen, and voila I found one, an old but very pretty heart design, silicone oven mitt. Admittedly it's not quite as textured as the Sigma product but you can get quite a bit of friction from the heart shapes and from the different textures on the side of the fingers. The Sigma ones are also lined to keep your hands a bit drier, and whilst my glove doesn't have a lining some of the more expensive ones do.

I've been using my improvised brush glove used for just over a year now I think it does a pretty decent job when it comes to cleaning my make up brushes, it's still a boring task (even Jasper agrees on that one) but at least my fingers don't look quite as prune like as they used to,

I'm not sure where our mitt came from but knowing my mum who detests oven gloves of all kinds (weird woman, she's rather use a towel), she won't have spent a lot of money on it. Just a quick search online brought up lots of different types of gloves ranging from between less than £3 to around £6.

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My tip would be to go for a glove that's either very textured or that features a number of different textures. The more different types and sizes of textures that you have the easier it is to do different sized brushes. My glove only has two or three different types on it so it's isn't the best for smaller brushes, and whilst it's workable I really needed another solution.

Quite a while ago now these little facial cleansing and exfoliating pads from Soap & Glory were all the rage for washing your face. Beauty is a fickle thing though and the introduction of cleansing brushes, and the reemergence of the humble face flannel meant that their popularity waned.

I probably should have binned mine  but I hung on to it and eventually found another use for it. The two different textures on the pad make it ideal for cleaning some of my smaller eye and lip brushes. Like the glove the texture helps to aggravate the bristles making it easier to give them a deep clean.

I can't find this particular Soap & Glory pad anymore, but they do  have a mitt in their range
that would be ideal for cleaning make up brushes and for washing your face :) You can however find similar facial massagers and cleansing pads all over the internet for about a £1, and I'm sure that a blogger (I'm thinking Gemsmaquillage?) mentioned that Primark were doing something similar. I haven't seen them in store myself but I've seen them on a few Dutch blogs and videos and I think they are about 2 Euros each.

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It just goes to show that it's sometimes worth looking around and having a good think before you spend money on anything. I was fully prepared to spend my money on the Sigma glove but by having a root round in the cupboards I've saved myself a bit of money, and I'm actually getting more use out of some products that I already own. Brush cleaning is still a chore and I guess it will be till somebody invents self cleaning brushes but anything that makes my life even a little bit easier is always well worth it. Do you hate washing your brushes as much as I do? Leave me a comment and let me know x