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Stylpro makeup brush cleaner Pros and Cons

A few months ago, the StylPro brush cleaner hit the beauty world and caused an absolutely massive amount of interest and a rush from beauty lovers to buy the latest gadget. The StylPro was hailed as a game changer for makeup lovers, as it was  going to take the hassle out of cleaning your makeup brushes. Not only would it clean them in seconds, but it promised to dry them too. It sounded too good to be true and with all the positive reviews surrounding it, I was more than a little sceptical. When my very own Style Pro landed in my post box from Meaghers pharmacy, I was more than ready…

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Nima Brush Elite Face Detail Set

Hot on the heels of the new Artist collection releases, Nima Brush have come out with the brand new brush collection for makeup brush lovers like myself. The Elite face detail set is a five piece face set that covers all your brush needs for your face. All the brushes are made with Taklon, non porous synthetic fibres, which means that they can all be used for both liquid and powder products. While some of the brushes in this set can be bought individually, the complete set of 5 brushes will set you back €65, but if you keep an eye out, Nima brush often offer discount codes on their…

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Nima Brush Artist Collection New releases

Last month saw the launch of four new brushes into the Nima Brush Artistic Collection. Long time readers of of the blog will know that I am already a huge fan of both Nima Brush and the Artist collection, so to have four new brushes added to the collection is music to my ears. Over the past few weeks I have added the new brushes into my every day routine and I am finally ready to give you the low down on how the performed for me. The Harley You all know my love of a multi tasking product and The Harley brush is a real work horse of a…

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All the Makeup brushes you will ever need

What use is drawers of makeup if you haven’t got the right tools to apply it with. With so many brushes on the market, it is so hard knowing what is worth splashing the cash on and what should be skipped over. While some people tend to buy brush collections and work with what they have, I personally like to mix and match my brushes to suit my every need. In saying that, if I was pushed to recommend a set that ticks the boxes the most, it would have to the the Buff and Blend set, which you can read about here. To help you put together the ultimate…

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Buff and Blend makeup brushes

Who doesn’t love makeup brushes. It was only about 4 years ago that I began to invest in my own makeup brushes and ever since then I have not stopped adding to my collection. I am obsessed. I just can’t get enough of them. However, when it comes to makeup brushes, I am also very critical and look for an awful lot from my brushes. Not all makeup brushes work as well as others and it is hard to find good individual brushes, but even harder to find a good brush set, but this set from Buff and Blend is a real find. Recently, Irish makeup artist Nicola Costigan, otherwise…

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Is the Beauty Blender worth the hype?

For months and months I’ve wanted to try the Beauty Blender. Having tried the Real Techniques complexion sponge and not really feeling much love for it, I thought that the price tag for the Beauty Blender was just too much to take the risk. Not only that but it seems everyone has serious love for the Beauty Blender and when that happens, I tend to shy away from a product until the hype dies down. I’m certainly not one to follow the crowds and I am far too sceptical to believe that everyone can adore one product. Last month I posted a picture of the Beauty blender on Facebook asking how The…

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Must have makeup brushes

You would not believe the amount of boyfriends and husbands who have emailed me looking for suggestions on makeup brushes to buy their girlfriends/wives. Normally they want a place where you can just click one button and buy a whole set at once. Sadly I don’t think such a set exists . To help them in their search, I have put together all the brushes I think you need to have a rounded brush collection. I own all of these brushes and use them every single day without fail. Face Foundation – Sigma F80 To me there is no foundation brush out there that can come close to the brilliance…

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Nima Brush Artistic collection

The latest collection to launch into the Nima brush range, is the absolutely beautiful Artistic collection. This collection comprises of 20 individual brushes, 4 new travel bags and 2 Nima soft tubes. This range of brushes was designed with the professional makeup artist in mind and there is literally a brush to suit every makeup eventuality. The brushes come with a duck egg blue handle and a rose gold ferrule and they just look absolutely gorgeous on my makeup table. Each brush is called after a lady in Niamh’s life. Niamh Martin, the creator of Nima Brush, gave each brush a name of the most inspirational and supportive woman in…

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Win a set of Pink Avenue Makeup Brushes

You can never have enough makeup brushes!! My collection has gotten out of control lately, but trust me I use every single brush. To celebrate The Beautiful Truth turning 1. The lovely people over at at Pink Avenue Brushes have give us 2 of the Essentials sets to give away!!! Pink Avenue brushes was set up by Rachel Cleary, a Makeup artist for 10 years, because she found that while many woman had great quality makeup, they didn’t have good quality brushes to apply the makeup with. Woman often complained that brushes were too expensive and the cheaper brushes were rubbish! Rachel spent 3 years researching brushes that would suit every…

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Concealer brushes

Over the last few months, I have written a number of posts on different types of makeup brushes, which you read here , and today I am focusing on a brush many people forget about, but I can’t live without. The concealer brush. Many people often forgo a brush for concealer, instead opting for their hands/fingers, but I absolutely love the finish a good conceal brush gives your under eye area.  I have picked a variety of brushes, from high end to affordable. Each brush has it’s own pros and cons, so there is bound to be a brush here for you. Real Techniques crease brush I’m sure you are…

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Kohl Professional Makeup course

For a long time I have wanted to take my love of makeup to another level, and begin training to become a makeup artist. I have researched almost every course out there, but found it hard to differentiate between the good and the bad. So when I won a competition to take part in the Kohl intensive professional makeup course, I was literally over the moon. This was exactly what I needed. For those of you that might not have heard of Kohl makeup, Kohl Cosmetics is Brown Sugars own premium range of Irish cosmetics and beauty products, that can only be found in Brown sugar or Sugar Cubed salons. This…

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Brushes for contouring

Contouring is everywhere lately. It seems every week there is a new method or product to help us achieve the contoured look of Kim Kardashian. I am going to put my hands up and admit, I am not good at contouring. There are some nights when my contouring is on point and my cheekbones look cracking and then there are other nights when I look like I have gotten a slap of a dirty hand on my cheeks. I am getting better at it, but I just find it so hard. In my quest for the cheekbones of a Grecian goddess, I have tried a multitude of products and tools. I…

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My top foundation brushes

Finding a holy grail foundation brush, is almost as hard as finding a holy grail foundation. In my hunt for a can’t live without foundation brush, I have gone through, more brushes than I can count. To help you with your search, I have detailed below my favourite foundation brushes. Real Techniques buffing brush For many people, this brush is the ultimate foundation brush. This brush is deigned for applying powders, cream or liquid foundation to the skin as well as setting powders. I don’t really like it for powder, as prefer a less dense brush for applying powder. This brush is soft and dense, though not as dense as the Real…

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The Nima Brush Elite collection

  As far as I am concerned you can never have too many brushes. I have a weakness when it comes to buying makeup brushes and every so often I go on a brush buying binge. One of the main things I look for when buying new brushes is quality. The last thing I want is scratchy brushes on my face. Not only do scratchy brushes hurt your skin, but they don’t blend your makeup properly. For me, brushes is all about quality. A few weeks ago, I was gifted a number of brushes from the Nima brush collection to try out. I had heard so many good things about…

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Top 5 eyeshadow brushes

  I often get emails asking my to recommend makeup brushes for different uses. Trying to decided what brushes you need is a very overwhelming task, as there are just so many to choose from. When you go online to buy a brush, there are just so many options you can quickly get lost. Most people have a few brushes lying at the bottom of their makeup bank, and yet they tend to use the same 2 or 3 brushes for everything! Having the correct brushes when applying your makeup can make all the difference to how it is actually applied and the finished look. There are many different ranges of…

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New Real Techniques Brushes

I spotted these new beauties on Pixiwoo’s Instagram and Facebook page during the week and I had to share them with you. There are 4 new brushes being released into the Real Techniques collection in the next few weeks. A bronzer brush, Kabuki brush and lip brush that are all retractable and perfect for travelling with. The 4th brush in the collection is a silicone liner brush which is suppose to give a smooth and precise application for cream liners. These brushes aren’t available yet but Cloud10beauty.com have tweeted that they will be stocking them ASAP. Will you add these brushes to your…

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Brush up on your brushes

It was only this time last year that I decided it was about time I invested in decent brushes. I mean you can have all the makeup in the world but it is useless if you don’t have the proper tools to apply it with. Since starting my brush collection things have gotten a little out of control. I have a serious amount of brushes, but the thing is I use them all ( or so I keep telling myself each time I buy a new brush. Below are my top brushes that I can’t live without. Face   Real Techniques Multi Task brush I bought this brush as part…

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How to clean your brushes

Some of my many brushes that needed cleaning   Like many beauty addicts I have a serious amount of brushes. I take my brushes very seriously and like to keep them in good condition so they will last. I hate using dirty brushes when doing my makeup. It can ruin a look. So I like to clean my brushes at least every 10 days, if not every week. When I saw the Sigma spa cleaning glove I thought to myself I have to have that. Anything that would make cleaning my brushes easier was going to be a godsend, but at €33.95 I just couldn’t justify it. At the end…

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Real Techniques Miracle complexion sponge

Many of you will already know about the Real Techniques brush range by Samantha Chapman of Pixiwoo fame. I love Pixiwoo. Their Youtube channel is absolutely amazeballs. Like many beauty addicts, I have a good few of the Real Techniques brushes and really love them. So when I heard that they were bringing out their own version of the Beauty Blender I was more than a little bit excited. Hello flawless skin!   I have previously used a generic makeup sponge that I purchased on ebay and while I was happy enough with how it worked, it wasn’t always my go to tool while applying makeup. But the Real Techniques  Miracle…