The Mins Game – Week 3

The photos are getting even worse, the descriptions are getting even shorter, the game is getting even harder, but we’re still going!

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Day 15 – 1 pair of slippers, 1 cardigan, 1 storage tub, 2 folders, 2 candles, 2 candlestick holders, 1 necklace, 1 lot of craft supplies, 1 can hair product, 2 magnets, 1 organiser pad.

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Day 16 – 2 aprons, 1 pair over gloves, 1 handbag, 4 tea towels, 1 ID badge, 2 scarves, 1 ice cooler, 1 dog coat, 1 ripped dress, 1 dead cactus, 1 lot of birthday bunting.

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Day 17 – 1 old wash bag, 1 PJ top, 1 hairbrush, 14 odd socks.

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Day 18 – 5 spoons, 5 takeaway menus, 4 notepads, 1 box of cookie cutters, 1 cork board, 1 magazine holder, 1 empty plant pot (theme – I fail to keep plants alive).

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Day 19 – 3 cooking spoons, 2 mini tupperware containers, 1 milk jug, 1 oven tray, 12 pairs of socks.

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Day 20 – 12 condiment/sauces (out of date/split), 1 tub of milkshake powder, 1 tub hot chocolate powder, 1 oxo cube (sorrynotsorry), 1 sieve, 1 pan lid, 2 random unknown kitchen objects, 1 wooden tray, 4 bags of now stale crisps. (No idea how I ended up over count – maybe this helps forgive the 14 odd socks cop out…).

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Day 21 – 9 tubs of spice (all out of date), 1 more bag of stale crisps, 3 very old chocolate bars, 2 dried out paint brushes, 6 unfinished crochet project samples.

And there we go, week three complete! Man, it’s getting tough now. As you can tell this week saw me enter the kitchen and J really got on board, finally parting with his out of date sauces and spices, I never thought the day would come.

As always, wherever possible this stuff is donated or recycled. Anyone else playing along?

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Real Techniques ‘Brush Cleansing Gel’ review

I had to post about this because it is incredible!

My make up brushes were disgusting, I had gone far too long without giving them a proper clean, one of them even started to get a bit smelly. And you know when they have a little globule of make up build up clumping up the end of the bristles. Yeah. Disgusting. Very ashamed.

I was at the point of giving up on them, they seemed beyond salvation. I went out with the intention of replacing them and starting anew. But make up brushes are hella expensive guys and my new minimalist outlook was creeping in. Did I really need to replace all my brushes just because they needed cleaning? Excessive consumption right?

So, my eye was instead drawn to this make up brush cleanser. I use the Real Technique brushes and love them, so the Real Technique Brush Cleansing Gel seemed an obvious choice. I did wonder if this too was excessive, could I not just use soap? But given the state of them I knew I needed a purpose built product. So I splashed out a mighty £7 and made the purchase.

It then sat in my bathroom cabinet for two weeks as the weekends came and went and I kept forgetting to set a make up free evening aside for brush drying time.

But this weekend just gone, I was having a real purge, catching up on The Mins Game and the time came when the brushes got their clean.

It took me about half an hour to do all my brushes, with four main daily use brushes and about 6 brushes for eyes and contour that I use less often.

I started off with a water only rinse, which turned a surprising ugly orange shade fairly quickly. I then did a quick wash with soap for them all, which got out a little bit more product but they still weren’t pretty. I then busted out this bad boy.

For each brush I squeezed a small amount into my palm and swilled the brush round in it and then rinsed and swilled a few times and repeated as needed. I found I knew they were clean when the gel started to really lather up.

Once the water was running clear (a bloody miracle!) I set the brushes aside to dry.

They were ready for use by Sunday, and boy oh boy. They feel so new. They smell great, they were all beautiful clean and ever so soft.

I am converted. And I promise I will now keep on top of them and will wash my brushes every week. Pinky promise.

It might help my skin out too….