22 February 2015

The Brush Holders

A picture of makeup brushes, candles and beauty books
I've no shame in admitting that I have a serious addiction to makeup brushes. I've lost count of the amount I own, constantly adding to my collection even though I don't need any more, I just find them hard to resist - after all, without the right tools, not even the most expensive makeup will look good. When you have as many brushes as I do, storing them can be quite the challenge.

I've tried a few different methods of storing my makeup brushes over the years. When I had just a few, they had their very own makeup bag where I'd keep them stored away until they were needed. As my collection started to grow I started to use pen pots, before moving onto a bigger pen storage which had three sections, convenient for keeping different brushes for different tasks separate. As time has gone on though, having bulky storage, which realistically was never designed for holding makeup brushes, became a bit of a faff. I wanted something simpler, and overall something that looked nicer, prettier even. 

It's no secret I've a complete candle addict. I light candles every single day; I always have one burning away whilst I'm working, and in the evenings when settling down in front of Netflix with the other half, candles are as much a part of our routine as the copious amounts of tea we get through. I just adore candles!

My taste in candles nowadays isn't the cheapest. I like opting for scents which make the entire house smell incredible, with high-quality ingredients that are less toxic. Most expensive candles usually come with a pretty fancy glass, sometimes simply designed, sometimes with something more eye-catching and unique. Beautiful, pretty glasses which seem a shame to throw away when the candle is all burned out.

Over the past six months or so I've started putting these candles to good use, not only making them more worth the money spent on them by up-cycling them, but killing two birds with one stone - using them to store my makeup brushes! 

I use an old Aromatherapy Associates candle to store my cheek brushes, a Rituals candle to store my base brushes and a Daisy de Villeneuve candle to store my eye brushes. It makes it so much easier having them stored separately by use, and I definitely think they look nicer on my dressing table than the big, bulky stationary storage I had before.

I'd love to know how you store your makeup brushes, especially like me if you've up-cycled something (or even done some DIY!). For now, this works perfectly for me, and I'm pretty happy about getting to keep the pretty candle glasses at the same time.

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  1. I love the idea of reusing candles for brush holders, I've had some gorgeous candles before but never known how to get out the wax. My brushes currently live in a cath kidston vase.

    Love Beth @ BethBlogsBeauty
    xx

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    1. It's super easy! When the candle has burned as much as it'll burn, I just use a sharp knife or scissors to try and get the bulk of the wax out that's left, then pop boiling water into them and leave them be for a while. By the time you go back to wash them, the remaining wax pops out pretty easily :) xo

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  2. I do this too for my brushes - I can only fill one candle at the moment though as I haven't got that many brushes so I either need to buy more brushes or find another use for the rest of my used candles!

    Amy x

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  3. I love this idea so much! Candle glasses are usually so beautiful, this is such a good way of upcycling :) I need to invest in more make up brushes desperately, and now I have a nice way of storing them! I keep mine in a pretty bucket at the moment

    beth | babbleswithbeth.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I'm forever investing in more makeup brushes, I'm almost as addicted to them as makeup itself! xo

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  4. This is just a cool idea and I've been storing my brushes in a pretty tin I bought and until they don't fit I'll think of something but since I don't burn candles.

    Jackie | fashionxfairytale | bloglovin' |

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    1. Oh no, how come you don't burn candles? I'm obsessed with them! xo

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  5. ooo nice and pretty! Lookin very luxe. At the mo I use old sauce Jars lol :) xx

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    1. Thanks Louise, glad you like! Nothing wrong with that, whatever works, works! xo

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  6. I love the candle jars you are using! They have such a lovely finish. I've used mason jars before, but had to upgrade! The brush addiction is real lol

    xo, Becky
    www.becksbabyy.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you Becky! I adore pretty candles :) Haha, yes it is! Forever adding to my brush collection xo

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  7. It's a really good idea as some candle jars are so pretty you don't want to throw them, especially if you dropped £40 on the candle to begin with :) xx

    Magpie Jasmine

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    1. Definitely! It makes me feel like I'm getting more for my money haha xo

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  8. This is such a great idea! I never thought of ways to store my brushes, I normally just leave them lying around my dressing table, but after reading this post they are now safely in a jar, upright and clean all thanks to you :D

    also wanted to let you know that I've nominated you for 'The Versatile Blogger Award', you can see my post here: http://blog.gracetakesphotos.com/2015/02/the-versatile-blogger-award.html

    Grace x
    blog.GraceTakesPhotos.com

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    1. I'm glad I inspired you to give your brushes some more VIP storage ;) Thanks for nominating me lovely xo

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