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Cleaning My Makeup Brushes

I don’t think there’s one person in the world who enjoys the task of cleaning their makeup brushes. If you do I applaud you, for me it’s a menial task. However, the aftermath is so rewarding, seeing all of the white fluffy head peaking out of their flower pot homes πŸ™‚

Brush Cleaning Tips

How I clean my makeup brushes is not a new way or a fancy way (have you seen the machines you can buy now to do it?) but it gets the job done and it gets my makeup brushes and sponges squeaky clean.

Over the years of being a makeup fanatic I have accumulated alot of makeup brushes, so it does take me a while to get through them and then that means when I run out of clean ones, I have a pretty mammoth job on my hands. I change up my foundation brush probably every three uses, of course you can just wash as you go, I just have a few to procrastinate with πŸ™‚

simple makeup brush cleaning tipsBrush cleaning mats have become the norm in the makeup world. Sigma and Real Techniques have their own versions of them. They’re basically just a gripped rubber surface and so people have found cheaper alternatives be it in the household department (rubber gloves work great too), in Penneys, Dealz, or for me I found mine in the body care aisle of Boots.

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This is the Massage Glove from Soap & Glory. I first saw Anna from ViviannaDoesMakeup using this. It’s rubber, it has grips and you can slip your hand into it for added pressure on your brushes. Even better news a lovely reader told me she saw these being sold off in her local Boots for nearly half the RRP, score!

In the past, I’ve used the Massage Glove in conjunction with baby shampoo and this works well, but for more stubborn makeup brushes like tightly packed kabuki ones, it can be a labour of love trying to get the bristles really clean.

There are specifically formulated brush cleansers too which are great but can be hard to come by. I saw alot of people using naturally derived soaps, and the Moogoo Fresh Milk Cleansing Bar has been spoken about very highly to get the job done well, so I had to give it a go. It contains Olive Oil (which is another great deep brush cleanser in it’s own right) and Cocoa Butter.

cleaning my makeup brushesirish beauty bloggermoogoo fresh buttermilk soapmakeup brush cleaningBoth of these, with some added hot water of course do the job really well!

I take the massage glove on my hand. Another reason why I like the glove is that it protects your hand from the soap and water. I am not a fan of crinkly fingers πŸ™‚

irish makeup and beauty blogWet my makeup brush with warm/hot water.

irish makeup and beauty bloggerSwirl it in the bar of soap a few times.

top irish beauty siteI am firm enough to get into the base of the bristles, but I am conscious of the ferrule and the handle as if they can get damaged from water getting in, the bristles or even the actual brush head can become loose.

top irish beauty websiteI massage the soaped up brush with the glove to lather it up and really get it clean.

top irish beauty bloggerbeauty blog irelandAnd then rinse.

beauty blogger irelandzoeva makeup brushesFor brushes you use with liquid products, you might have to repeat the steps a couple times until the water runs clear.

easy makeup brush cleaningirish beauty blogtop irish beauty sitestop irish beauty bloggerIt works really well on makeup sponges too. Here’s my well loved Beauty Blender.

beauty blender irelandtop beauty blog irelandbeauty website irelandboots irelandhow to clean your makeup brushesAnd my Real techniques Sponge before and after.

real techniques spongecleaning makeup spongeIt even works on the flat tightly packed brushes too.

irish youtuberyoutube irelandflawless makeup brushsimple makeup brush cleaning tipsWhen it comes to eyeshadow brushes, if I have only used them for powder products, I usually grab a few that are of similar length and clean them together.

irish blogirish bloggerirish vloggerirish beauty youtubeWhen I am finished soaping up πŸ™‚ I lay a towel on the floor under a radiator and place all of my makeup brushes down along it.

top blog irelandThe towel helps absorb excess moisture and then if the radiator is on the residual heat helps the drying process too. If I need some of the brushes in a hurry I’ll put a few of them alot the top of the rad too, not ideal, but needs must πŸ™‚

top blogger irelandOf course if you lived in a hotter drier climate you could just use your window sill, or you can just air dry them or even put them in the hot press, whatever works for you!

And there you have it, my makeup brushes are now hygienically clean but also any product staining is also gone too, which is not always achieved with other methods.

Be sure to let me know if you found this helpful and if you have any brush cleaning tips or tricks πŸ™‚

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Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream, a very well known skincare staple in the beauty world.

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream

Us beauty enthusiasts go on about Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream alot, but does it live up to the hype? And exactly what can you use it for?

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Elizabeth Arden will give you a list as long as your arm including using it on your eyelids and cheekbones as a highlighter, to tame fly away hairs and the likes. I don’t think this stuff is very practical in the real world, so I wanted to list my real life uses in a post πŸ™‚

Eight hour cream has an ointment texture, although I get the fragrance free version, there is still a slight nearly medicinal scent to it, but it doesn’t linger so it’s not something to worry about too much. It is not fast absorbing so don’t be expecting it to soak into your skin any time soon. I see this as a pro rather than a con though because of what I use it for.

irish beauty bloggerirish makeup and beauty blogirish beauty bloggerHere is what I use it for:

  1. Chapped lips! It so great for hydrating the lips. It’s a great night time treatment, but it works really well to prep the lips before lipstick application as well as a giving the lips a nice shine without being sticky if you want to just wear it on its own.
  2. I use it as a night time treatment on my brows and eyelashes. I think it helps with their condition. It also helps with softening any hard brow hairs you might have too.
  3. It is fab for dry cuticles, it needs alot of working in, but it’s worth it.
  4. If you wear lashes, you know the plight of left over lash glue, Eight Hour Cream massaged into the roots can help remove it gently.
  5. Any dry skin spots you might have will benefit from a splodge of it!
  6. If you have scrapes or minor burns it can help ease the itch and heal the abrasion.
  7. Finally, I use it a foot treatment. I slather it on and then put some fluffy socks on before going to bed. It helps with cracked heels and any dryness that you might have from wearing stupid shoes (like me πŸ™‚ )

Overall, Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream is a brilliant product to have in your skincare arsenal. It has so many uses, probably more than I have listed, they’re just things I use it for personally. It’s not cheap you can get it in Boots, Debenhams, anywhere that sells Elizabeth Arden really. The standard price is €33. A tube of it will last you forever though. The one I have now is over a year and it’s still going strong. I did order mine from Strawberry.net where if you’re lucky you can sometimes get a good deal on it.

Let me know if you use it and if there’s any other cool uses πŸ™‚

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Duraline from Inglot. A Makeup Staple!

Duraline is one of those things so many of us have in our makeup stash but we never think to talk about it. It is such a handy thing to own. Bear with me, I know it doesn’t look much in the picture πŸ™‚

 

First off, you can pick up Duraline from your local Inglot store, or they stock in on the website here It costs 12 euro and will literally last you a life time.

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A more technical explanation of Duraline is as follows ‘Silicone polymer forms a breathable film while this waterless clear liquid transforms any powder into an intense and easy to use liquid.’

In my more lay man terms Duraline is an awesome liquid that you can add to eyeshadow to make them into coloured eye liners. πŸ™‚

I chose this Body Shop yellow eyeshadow because it shows the effect Duraline can have.

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As you can see it can darken lighter shades, so just be weary of that. However, you can always add some white shadow in to lighten it up a bit. It’s a bit like being a painter πŸ™‚

 

You just need a couple of drops and you can tranform any shadow matte or sparkly, and it dries to a waterproof finish, so you don’t need to worry about it sliding around you eyes. On a side note, to save your eyeshadow, scrape it out of it’s pan and do the mixing separately because it will dry it out!

 

Duraline is also the best invention ever for reviving dried up gel liners/brow gels etc. Seriously it’s such a life saver. Again a couple of drops and your gel is as good as new.

 

You can add Duraline to foundations or concealers too if they are too thick or harder to spread. I saw on the online grape vine it can also help them last longer too. I’ve yet to try this method, but I will be definitely giving it a go in the future.

 

Because Duraline dries, I also find it great for adding glitter to the eyes too. I usually do this but adding a teeny tiny amount to a synthetic brush, apply a really light layer to my lid and then use the same brush to pat on the glitter and then your party ready!

 

In Conclusion (I feel like I’m back in college throwing that into a post πŸ™‚ Duraline is such a handy and underrated product. Go get it πŸ™‚

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Winged Eye Liner Made Simple

Myself and winged eye liner do not have a good relationship. It’s tired, it’s strained and it stresses me out! I over think it and just over analyse it and also my left eye is very ticklish and it twitches alot and makes me mess up…yep it’s all leftys fault.

Liquid liner, gel liner, pencil liner, I’ve tried them all. Now, sometimes I get lucky and I attempt it and it works. That’s usually the night I decide to practice my winged eye liner before bed and then have to take it off straight away, what a waste!

You need to be calm and collected around winged eye liner and I am neither of these things. There is one way I can get the look though without compromising my mental health, and for it I need three things.

Scotch tap.

Or any tape really, I just happened to have scotch.

A liner brush.

Whichever one you’re most comfortable with.

And a eye shadow colour of your choice.

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Shadow is way more forgiving than liner and can be easily wiped away, you can always go over it when the shape is achieved using a more hardier substance.

Take two pieces of tape about two inches long. How cute is my dusty tape holder ha.

Irish beauty blogmakeup and beauty blogI put the scotch tape on the back of my hand and pull if off my skin a few times to take some of the stickiness off it, so it doesn’t pull your eye too much.

irish blogPlace the tape under your eye and make it parallel with the end of your eye brow.

Winged Eye Liner Made Easy (5)You’ll look fab πŸ™‚

Grab an eye liner brush you are most comfortable with. For me I like the Nima bent liner brush.

irish makeup and beauty blogPick the shadow you want to use. I chose the chocolate brown shade from the Narsisst Palette.

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I start my wing at the tape, this means when I remove the tape, the line will be straight, so you don’t have to be too precise at all, the tape does the work for you.

winged eye liner made easyI choose how long I want the wing to be and draw a liner from there to the end of my eye.

cat eye tips Then, I just draw a liner across my lashes as normal. I have a slightly hooded eye, so I don’t go too thick with it.

easy cat eye linerIt’ll look a bit like this after.

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To create the wing, I just place the brush at the end of the line I created.

top irish blogThen, connect the line to the line across my lashes.

winged liner tutorialTry do this with your eye open because you want the liner to look the most flattering with your eyes open rather than closed. I then, just fill in the gap left behind.

winged liner irish blogOf course, you can make the wing and liner as long, dramatic or long as you want. For me, a smaller wing suits me best πŸ™‚

When you remove the tape, you should be left with a crisp winged edge to your line.

easy liner tips irish beauty blogThen the hard bit, you try to recreate it as best you can on the other eye. Luckily, the eye shadow is easy rubbed away, if you make mistake, just grab a cotton bud and clean it away. If the liner is a little uneven when you take away the tape, you can adjust it with a cotton bud too, so don’t panic πŸ™‚

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Then you should hopefully left with a soft winged eyeliner look.

irish beauty blog beautynookI have some shadow in my socket too for some definition and a light shimmery shadow on the lid and in the inner corner, but that’s not necessary at all. I then curled my lashes and add crap loads of mascara πŸ™‚

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And there you have it, winged liner but not in your traditional way.

It takes a little practice, but I promise it’s an easier alternative, if winged liner doesn’t some easy to you.

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Lash Application With Kiss Wink Lashes

Lash application is one of those things that just comes to you after practice, I think. I was crap at it when I first gave it a go, but I’ve done it so much over the years now that I don’t even think about it.

If you’re new to the lash game, something like this kit from Kiss is a really handy place to start.

Kiss LashesKiss do all different styles of lash in these Haute Couture lash kits. This is the wink style, which give more volume and length to the centre and outer lashes.

Kiss Wink LashesThey all come with a handy lash application tool and some Aloe Vera Adhesive, which is meant to be more gentle so good if you have sensitive eyes.

When I use lashes for the first time, I like to bend the band on them a little. So, to do this I just twist the seam of the lash between my fingers and then basically form it around my finger.

Fake lash tipsfalse lash tricksDoing this makes the band (especially a thicker bank) a more of a rounder shape, so it will fit to your eye better and make lash application easier.

Then, I grab my lash glue.

irish beauty blogThis Kiss one is actually really handy because if has a little applicator on it, so you can easily apply it to the lash. The key to application is only apply a thin layer of glue to the band of the lash, then give it 20 or so seconds to become tacky. If the glue isn’t tacky, the lash will slide around your eyelid and things just start to get messy.

The more you apply lashes, the more you’ll know what tool is best to use for you for applying the lash onto your natural lashes. For me, I’m more comfortable placing it down first with my hand.

lash applicationDrop the lash into the centre of your eye as much as you can. It means you have a couple of second to adjust if the lash isn’t where it should be.

irish beauty bloggerThen, I grab my tool or tweezers, and tuck in the edges πŸ™‚

irish beauty blog beautynookYou can use it to squeeze the fake lash into your real lashes aswell, so you don’t have any gaps showing and they are as close to your natural lash line as you can possibly get them.

The Kiss Wink lashes don’t go right into the inner corner of my eyes. I personally like this because it means if there is any lifting throughout the day or night, I won’t be getting poked in the eye ball. We’ve all experienced that right? It bloody hurts! A good tip is to actually measure your false lash to your eye before you apply it and trim any excess.

irish makeup and beauty blogThe Wink lashes don’t have an invisible band though, so to make them look more flush with my lash line, I use a liquid liner to just continue the line across my lash line.

Physicians formula lash booster eyelinerSo there’s one eye finished. Definitely makes a difference, right?

makeup and beauty blogThen I just recreate what I did on the other eye as best I can. Don’t give yourself a hard time if the falsies aren’t completely symmetrical, your eyes aren’t completely symmetrical!

makeup blog irelandbeauty blog irelandI finish off by adding another slick of mascara to my top lashes, to just make sure falsies and naturals are all married together and looking the best they can.

Lashes like these Kiss ones can be used more than once if you’re careful taking them off, so get your monies worth ladies. You can remove any excess glue with a tweezers and put them back into their handy little case.

There you have it, my top tips for lash application. Hope they helped πŸ™‚

The Kiss Haute Couture Lash Sets are available from Dunnes and some selected pharmacies and they cost €21.99.

 

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Urban Decay Naked 2 Easy Eye Look

I am a makeup lover, not a makeup artist. But I do enjoy slapping the slap on, so I thought I would start doing little step by step posts. Hopefully they will do down well πŸ™‚

I did a really easy Autumn appropriate eye look using my favourite (I think) from the Naked Palette the Urban Decay Naked 2.

Urban Decay Naked 2First up in this Urban Decay Naked 2 look, I primed using their Primer Potion, I would be nowhere in makeup land without primer! I just used my finger to add a small amount all over the lids.

urban decay primer potionpriming lidsThen I used the Maybelline Color Tattoo in ‘Pomegranate Punk’Β  as a base colour on my eyelid.

maybelline color tattoomaybelline color tattoo pomegranate punkI just patted this on with my fingers, not taking it above the crease of my eye and used a synthetic blending brush to blend away any harsh edges.

irish beauty blog beautynookshadow blendingTime to crack open the Urban Decay Naked 2 palette πŸ™‚

To ensure any shadows I was going to use blended easily on my lids, I just used the same synthetic brush to add a wash of ‘Foxy’ from the crease up, it’s just a matte skin coloured shadow.

urban decay foxyeyeshadow blendingUsing a Nima ‘Debs’ brush.

Nima Debs BrushI dipped it into the shade ‘YDK’ from the palette.

urban decay YDKI applied this on top of the Maybelline Color Tattoo.

urban decay makeup lookThis shadow has alot of fallout, in fact most Urban Decay shadows do because they are so soft, so I suggest waiting to do your concealer or even your whole face until after the shadows are applied.

makeup tutorialOnce I was happy with the colour on the lids, I cleaned off the Nima brush and dipped in into ‘Tease’

urban decay teaseIt’s a matte purpley taupe shade so works lovely as a crease colour.

And so I added this softly into the crease in window wiper motions and built up the colour in stages. easy peasy right?

easy purple eyeshadow lookFor an added little bit of dimension, I took a smaller brush, this is the Real Techniques ‘Essential Crease Brush’.

real techniquesI went into the shade ‘Busted’ and just added a small amount to the outer V of my eyes.

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makeup blogNot necessary, but adding in a bit of darkness makes it look a little more dramatic I think.

irish lifestyle blogI then took the lightest shimmery colour in the Urban Decay Naked 2 palette ‘Bootcall’ and applied it to my brow bone.

urban decay Bootycalleasy purple eye lookmakeup tutorial irelandProbably not a step everyone likes, you might prefer a matte, but for me I like a bit of shine there sometimes πŸ™‚

Instead of lining my lid with a black or brown, I chose this Barry M pencil in ‘Bold Purple’. It’s a true purple with a bit sparkle running through it.

barrym bold purple eyelinerI applied it from the pencil, it’s nice and soft, and then I got it right into the lash line with a little liner brush.

irishbeautyblogstep by step makeup tutorialI applied some mascara to my upper lashes and then for the lower lash line, I just blew out some ‘Busted’ shadow under there and left it at that.

easy makeup tutorialI lined my waterline with L’Oreal Infallible pencil in ‘Night Day Black’. This is a dark grey colour.

L'Oreal Infallible Eyeliner 'night day black'If I knew I was out for the whole night I probably would have switched up this step and used a gel liner instead.

irish lifestyle blogI added mascara to my bottom lashes then.

Final touch, again unnecessary and not for everyone, I used a pencil brush to apply some of the ‘Bootycall’ shade to my inner tear duct. I love doing this step, I think it just brightens my eyes and because I used purple shades it covers any purple under tones that might be visible on my skin there.

irish beauty blogAnd there you have it, my really simple and of course unprofessional cool toned purple look using the Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette.

 

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