Let me introduce myself, I’m Fay the creator and owner of Cosmic Brushes. It’s been a long process creating these magical brushes, let me tell you a little bit about the story behind them.
I first came up with the idea of liquid glitter makeup brushes following a little stint in hospital. See, one morning like any other I woke up to get ready for work. Only this time when I swung my legs out of bed, and planted them on the floor, I collapsed into a heap. My legs couldn’t hold me up!
I attempted to stand but they just weren’t strong enough. I used the wall to steady myself and with a lot of effort, I was up. But I was wobbling all over the place and couldn’t hold my balance. It was like my legs were made of jelly. I had no idea what was happening. At first I thought maybe I’d just got up too quick and my body hadn’t fully woken up yet.
After a visit to the doctors and routine checks, they were stumped. I was admitted to hospital which was one of the scariest things I’d experienced. As someone who suffers with extreme anxiety and panic attacks, all sorts of things were running through my head.
I ended up staying in hospital for a week, where they did every kind of test you could imagine. Thankfully every result came back clear. But we were none the wiser as to what was happening.
Eventually doctors suggested it might have been some kind of virus and since all the neurological tests came back okay, they discharged me to go home and scheduled follow up appointments with a physiotherapist, so I could try and learn to walk again.
I decided to take some time off work to recover. I’ve always been an artsy fartsy person; I love anything that involves crafts and being creative. One of my most favourite hobbies has always been, playing with makeup. Seeing as I had all this time on my hands, and I was mostly stuck indoors, I used makeup as a way to escape. And this is when it happened.
I’d been playing with my makeup, and looking up oldschool toys I had as a kids, looking for colourful patterns and inspiration. I ended up going down a rabbit hole, and remembered those weird, water worm toys I had, the squishy ones that were hard to hold because they’d wiggle out your hand. They were filled with liquid and small plastic pieces shaped like dolphins or other marine animals. I’m not sure if these were a toy you could only get in the UK? Anyway, I started thinking about other liquid filled stuff I’d had, like Disney cups, they used to have glitter in them too. I looooved these! I used to have The Little Mermaid one, that was my favourite. This is when I thought to myself. I wonder if there’s any makeup brushes like this? Surely that has to have been done, right? So I checked, and I couldn’t find anything. I was pretty shocked, seeing as though all those phone cases were so popular at that time too. I couldn’t believe they didn’t exist anywhere. So I told my fiancé, David about it, and he just said, “well why don’t you make one”. I was like, yeah, why don’t I? I love making sh*t! I should definitely make one! And that’s where it started. I spent a good few days trying to make it, but every attempt was a fail. I just couldn’t find the right material to use for the handle and I tried every method of securing the liquid inside. Eventually I got it to work. I showed a few family members and friends and they said I should make these. So this is when I decided to think about it seriously. Should I actually try and make these, properly? And so I started looking for factories to help. But each one I spoke with had no idea how it could be done and If they were going to attempt it, it would cost tens of thousands of pounds, that I didn’t have. So I decided. If I was going to do this I’d do it myself.
With the help of David we created our own tooling which allowed us to completely encapsulate the liquid glitter inside the handle. We used a combination of heat, rotary motion and lots of trial and error. This process really came down to an exact science of polymer, temperature, airflow and craftsmanship. But we eventually cracked it. This meant we could make all of our brushes ourselves.
After waiting months, the patent for the design was finally approved. So I revealed our first product on Instagram. It was such an amazing feeling to share my first brushes with my followers, Cosmic Brushes was born! I came up with the name because of the mesmerising swirly whirly patterns the glitter made as it cascaded down the liquid handle. They reminded me of nebulas. They looked very “cosmic”, I thought.
I was blown away by the response. People really wanted to buy my brushes. One of our videos went viral on facebook and reached over 10M views in a couple of days. This was the turning point. We decided to take the risk and leave what had become my home for the last 10 years in London, to relocate closer to my family back up North where I’m from, so we could work full time on Cosmic Brushes. This was so scary, but we couldn’t not give it a go!
Since then we have gained the support of some of the most amazing people, who we consider our cosmic family. And without, we wouldn’t be able do this. We are forever grateful!
Our brushes are still all hand made, although the method has changed multiple times over the years, to make it more efficient to keep up with the growing demand. But each brush is still made to that same high standard, we only use the best quality materials, while keeping them affordable. Cosmic Brushes really does put the ‘fun” into function. And we hope that when you pick up one of our magical brushes, it inspires you to let your creativity flow.
By the way guys, they never did find out what is wrong with my legs, I did eventually end up being able to walk again after a few months. Although, this still does happen to me on the odd occasion, but it usually only lasts for a day or so now.
Lots of love,