Clean Supreme for Cheap

Alright so who has seen this brush cleaning mitt?  It seems to be alSigma Spa Glovel the rage lately on youtube from all these makeup gurus.

When I first got an email about Sigma Beauty‘s new product, a couple of thoughts flew around my head at once:
“Yes, finally something like this on the market!”
“Darn! They stole my idea” >=|
(Although this wasn’t what I had imagined in my head.  Oh I wish I knew how to go about inventing a product and getting it made :})

After going on the website and watching a demo video of how it works, I’m thinking:
“DANG it’s expensive for an oven mitt!” – It’s $39 usd.
“It looks like it might work…kinda chunky though…not a lot of movement allowed and feels like it might slip off my hand while I’m washing”

Even after that, I was tempted enough to attempt to order it for one reason alone and also the same reason I wanted to invent one in the first place – to prevent my hands from drying out like crazy.  I wash my brushes after each client and I have a lot of brushes.  Swishing each in my hand with soap and hot water does no favours to my already-dry skin.

So I proceeded to checkout and WHAT THE HECK $11 for shipping?!  Okay, I’m too frugal (i.e. cheap) to pay $51 for an oven mitt.

As I was shopping a few days later at one of my fave stores – Daiso at Aberdeen Centre – I came across this little silicone face scrubbing tool:

It was $2 and I thought the texture and material is probably the same as the oven mitt so SURE let’s give it a go and see what happens.

My process:

  1. I wet my brushes lightly with water.
  2. Dip it into a soap solution and scrub a couple of times on the pad (in the second photo, I literally just swished 2-3 times over the surface).
  3. Rinse with warm water while scrubbing along the pad to remove excess soap.
  4. Push out excess water with clean index finger and thumb and lay them on a shop towel (more sturdy, sanitary, and absorbent)

Verdict?
I LOVE IT!

Not only did I clean my brushes in half the time thanks to the small bumpy texture, it actually removed bright red lipstick stained onto my lip brush that I normally could not get off without alternating 99% alcohol and an oil-based makeup remover.

Sure my hand still got a bit wet but nothing to compared to what it was like before.  I’m sold!  The only thing I would change is to make the surface area as big as my palm for my bigger fluffy brushes.

I made an attempt at Daiso again to see if they carry a silicone scrubbing pad for the body (^_~) but alas they did not.  Maybe one day!

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