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Pink Foundation Tools – Breast Cancer Awareness


Pink Oval Blender

Blank Canvas have gone pink for Breast Cancer Awareness month! The F20 Foundation Brush and Airbrush Blender have been pinkified!  €1 from each sale, from now until October 31st, will be donated to Breast Cancer Awareness.

“The ultra-glam Hot Pink F20 Flat Buffer is made of short, soft and lustrous fibres, ideal for applying liquid or cream foundation to deliver a flawless HD finish.  The densely packed flat top sythetic fibres manoeuvre easily around the face and help blend foundation seamlessly, resulting in a look that appears almost airbrushed! And speaking of airbrushing, the latest beauty tool trend, the oval airbrush blender, is also available in pink at Blank Canvas Cosmetics. This nifty little latex-free sponge is soaked in warm water to expand and then used to apply foundation in a stippling motion, reaching into every corner and crevasse.

And don’t forget ladies, when you’re getting ready for that big night out and you’re touching up your make up, give yourself a touch up and regularly check for abnormal lumps and bumps around the breast area. Keep safe, think pink!”


  • Blank Canvas Cosmetics F20 Flat Top Kabuki Brush in Hot Pink: Price €13.99/£11.80
  • Blank Canvas Cosmetics Oval Pink Airbrush Blender: Price €6.99/£5.90
  • Available to purchase online at 
Make-up Brushes / Tools

Foundation Brush Review – Samantha Chapman Real Techniques Expert Face Brush

I have been meaning to pick up  some Samantha Chapman Real Techniques brushes to try them out. The Expert Face Brush seems to be getting a lot of coverage with YouTube beauty guru’s so I was delighted to have the opportunity to test it out.

Real Techniques brushes are designed by Samantha Chapman (Pixwoo on YouTube). She is an amazing make up artist and I’m sure she wouldn’t put her name to any product that didn’t meet her high standards.

My thoughts

The Expert Face Brush is very firm without being hard or rough. It’s so smooth. I first tried it on my sister when we were recording a tutorial. It has a broad, dense head. I loathe face brushes with long bristles so the density and shortness really appealed to me. It makes it easy to control and amazing for blending product into the skin

You can use this brush for liquid or cream foundation although I have just used the former since I’m not a fan of cream foundation. I pop a few splodges of foundation on my face and then blend with the brush in circular motion. It leaves your skin looking airbrushed. There are no detectable make-up smears in daylight or under bright lights.

The brush also stands on its bottom which is great for my make-up station – it also reminds me to clean it! The quality of the brush is excellent. It’s made as well as any top notch brush I own. It also has a aluminum handle which is light and makes it easy to use. The bristles are made from taklon – yes, I have no clue what that is either but though I would check it in case anyone asked :)

Price & Where to buy

You can buy this brush from Cocktail Cosmetcis Link! It costs €12.36/ £9.95 / $15.23 which is an absolute steal for the quality of this brush. Think I might try more of her brushes.

There is also a video on how to use the brush –  will leave it below to save you the trip :)


Has any tried this? What’s your favourite foundation brush?

M.A.C, Make-up, Make-up Brushes / Tools, Perfume / Fragrance, Urban Decay, YouTube Videos

April Favourites Video

Here is my April Favourites video. I have changed my make-up routine a lot in the last month or two so it was fun to record this one. All of the products I mentioned are listed below, as are any links to swatches I mentioned. Thanks for watching! :)

Links to Swatches/Reviews mentioned:

YSL Nail Lacquer Swatches Link!
Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser Full Review Link!
Benefit Some-Kinda-Gorgeous Review Link!

Products I mentioned:

Laura Mercier Oil Free Primer
Laura Mercier Oil Free Tinted Moisturizer – Nude
Daniel Sandler Mascara
Maybelline Gel Liner
Urban Decay Super Saturated Lip
Laura Mercier Powder
YSL Lacquer 22 Beige
YSL Lacquer Coral
HD Brows
MAC Peaches
Sigma Tapered Blending Brush
Jemma Kidd All over Radiance Cream in Iced Gold
Avon Lip Liner
NYX Whipped Lip Gloss
Fendi edt

Think that’s everything!

Any favourites??

Amy x

Hauls, Make-up Brushes / Tools

Review: Vortex Professional Brush Kit by Ren Ren for Sedona Lace

I have been dabbling with the Vortex Professional brush kit by Ren Ren for Sedona Lace. Thought it was time to share my thoughts. I’m sure you have all heard of Ren Ren! She is an amazing self-taught make-up artist come beauty blogger.

Let me start by saying that this isn’t one of those collaborations where a blogger/vlogger puts their name to a product that has no thought put into it. It’s clear Ren chose good quality, practical brushes. They are soft and supple yet sturdy. The bottom line is that this kit is great value. It comes with a brush belt for $79.95 or without for $69.95 – I say go for the one with the belt. It’s really soft and doesn’t feel at all cheap.


A closer look….

Left to Right:

Synthetic Blender – EB 13 : Use it for eyeshadow, eye base or concealer. Great for blending out the crease of the eye.

Pointed Crease – EB 15 : The tapered top makes this brush ideal for crease work and small eyes.

Universal Blender – EB 09 : This is a blender brush for eyes. I prefer to use it for crease blending but sometimes use it for all over application.

Detailed Shader – EB 21 : A small shader for more precise work. Good for smudging the lash line and packing on colour.

Flat Synthetic – EB 11 : Great for concealer and liquid eyeshadows.


From bottom:

Bent Liner – EB 19 : Great for those who have difficulty applying liquid liner. Gives a clean edge.

Brow Spoolie Duo – EB 17 : The angled brow side has more stiff bristles to help get the shadow into the brow naturally. The spoolie side is to blend out harsh lines.

Capped Lip Brush – LB 23: Comes with a lid that balances the brush for application when popped on the back.


Left to right:

Jumbo Fan – FB 01: This brush is designed for even distribution of powder based products- from catching eyeshadow fallout to applying bronzer.

Tulip Contour – FB 03: This one is a contour brush but also doubles as a cream foundation blender.

Flat Top Buffer – FB 07: This flat top buffer is designed for foundation application.  The top helps buff in powder, liquid, or cream foundation and gives an airbrushed finish. I like to use this damp.

Dome Contour – FB 05: Great for contouring. This is a dense brush which buffs in contour shades.  I also like to use this for liquid foundation when I want a bit more coverage.

The set comes with a brush belt which is a good deal. It’s soft and supple. My favourite thing about it is that it can be worn around your waist and zipped up. No other brush belt I have is that convenient.

You can have a closer look at the brushes on Sedona Lace’s website.  Link!

What is your favourite brush set?

Hauls, Make-up Brushes / Tools

Beauty tool shopping…

How many brushes and sponges does one face need? Quite a lot apparently :)

That being said, I was quite good in Chicago and came home with only three this time.


1. Sonia Kashuk Synthetic Flat Top Multi-Purpose brush

This bush received 4.7 out of 5 on Make Up Alley and has been raved out by many a beauty guru. Of course, I had to have it. I picked it up for $14 in Target. Although you can use it for powder and blush I plan to use it for foundation application. I am envisaging a flawless application… fingers crossed this one delivers.

2. Sonia Kashuk Bent Eye Liner Brush

This one was also raved about on Make Up Alley (4.6/5). This is my first experience with a bent brush. I have quite a few eye liner brushes in my possession, Bobbi Brown being my favourite. All of my favourite gel liners have dried out so I look forward to testing this brush properly when I pick up another one. Bobbi Brown gel or MAC Fluidline?


3. Make Up For Ever Elipse Sponge

I have purchased this little guy quite a number of times. It’s my favourite sponge. I like the shape for getting in to all the little nooks and crannies of the face. I also love the texture. I use it damp and use it to stipple on my foundation. It gives a gorgeous no make-up sort of a look. Of course you could use it dry for more coverage. I remember these sponges being more porous than this one, I wonder if they have changed it. This one reminds me of the Laura Mercier sponge whereas my old one was more akin to a beauty blender. I bought mine for $11 from Sephora but there is a Make Up For Ever on Clarendon Street, Dublin, which I often use.

On another note, this is the only type of communication I have had today – no, I haven’t become a hermit. I have just had braces applied to my lower teeth. I also had the top tightened which has left me with a face that hurts when I talk. Boo. Think I’ll just go to  bed and try to sleep through it…. although One Born Every Minute is on…

What are your favourite sponges or brushes?

Make-up Brushes / Tools

Sigma Make Me Cool Aqua Kit…

My Sigma 12 Brush Kit arrived on Friday. I ordered the kit in aqua since the rest of my brushes are all black. What attracted me to the kit was the holder that converts into two brush holders.


Sigma 12 Brush Kit – Make Me Cool – Aqua…

The kit contains 12 brushes:

E05 – Eyeliner: An extra-fine tipped synthetic fiber brush that delivers a precise, firm, even stroke to line the eyes.

E30 – Precise application of colour on the crease, outer corner, and upper and lower lash line. Also ideal to smudge out pencil liner. Natural bristles.

E40 – Rounded and tapered top. Specially designed to apply and blend color on the crease. Natural bristles.

E55 – Soft and dense with a rounded finish. Can be used to apply pressed or loose eye shadows and pigments. Ideal to build intense colour on the eyelid. Natural bristles.

E60 – Flat shape is ideal for application of cream formulas and eye shadow primers. It also works great with loose eye shadows or pigments. Can be used to apply colour all over the lid or precisely on the lash line. Natural bristles.

E65- Essential for the application of gel or cream eyeliner on the upper and lower lash line. This brush is also excellent for filling out the eyebrows. Synthetic bristles.

E70 – Angled, tapered, flat top. Ideal to apply highlight shades underneath the eyebrow and on the inner corners. It can also be used for a precise application of darker shades on the crease area. Natural bristles.

F30 – Very dense with a rounded top. Ideal to apply powder products on face and body. Natural bristles.F30 –

F40 – The angled shape makes this brush ideal to apply blush or contour shades. Natural bristles.

F50 – Specially designed to generate an airbrushed finish when used to apply liquid foundation. It can also be used to apply blush, highlight shades and loose pigments. Blend of synthetic and natural bristles.

F60 – Can be used to apply liquid or cream foundation. It is also recommended to apply moisturizers and conceal large areas. Synthetic bristles.

F70 – The rounded, tapered, flat shape makes this brush ideal to conceal the under eye area. It is also recommended for a precise application in small areas. Synthetic bristles.

The colour makes me smile :)

Kit is available here

What brushes are you using at the moment?


Make-up, Make-up Brushes / Tools

Blush Earthy Palette & Brushes…

Blush Pro sent me a palette and a mini brush set to try out. Here’s a little lookie…

The 88 Earth Toned Palette…

And the 7 piece brush set….

The little brush set is actually usable. I wasn’t expecting this to be honest. The little round fluffy brush is lovely. It has even got its own position in my brush belt.

I look forward to giving the palette a try.

The palette and brushes are available from Blush Cosmetics. The brush set costs £12.99 and the Earth Tones palette £8.99


Make-up, Make-up Brushes / Tools

Make-up Brushes: Sigma Professional Premium Kit

Sigma have a new brush kit called the Professional Premium Kit. I have been using the brushes for about a month now so I thought it was high time I shared. (I also left a video I made on ‘Budget Make-up Brushes’ below)

I bought the Sigma Complete Kit (€70) two years ago and love it. I highly recommend it if you are looking for a basics kit, or for MAC brush dupes. The brushes in the new kit are different to the ones I already have.  It contains fifteen unique brushes that compliment the original kit.

The brushes  come with brush protectors which I always use. It helps protect the brush and maintain the shape.


I love the way Sigma packages arrive – almost gift wrapped. I always like when companies put effort into packaging. The brush roll is soft and flexible.

A closer look at the brushes…

Left to right: Large Powder F20, Lip L05, Tapered Face F25, Powder Blush F10, Duo Fibre/Blush F15

Large Powder – F20 – Large paddle-shaped brush with fluffy and rounded tip. Suitable for application of powder products on face or body. Natural fiber bristles.

Lip – L05 – Compact synthetic lip brush protected by a metal cap. Used for application of lip products such as lipstick, lip gloss, and lip balms.

Tapered Face – F25 – Large domed brush with tapered tip. Ideal for application and blending of powder products, blush, and highlighter.

Powder/Blush – F10 – Medium round brush with soft and natural bristles. Ideal for precise blush application.

Duo Fibre Powder/Blush – F15 – Medium size tapered duo fibre brush. Widely disperses highly pigmented or mineralized powders. Generates a natural look during blush and highlighter application.

Left to right: Tapered Highlighter F35, Large Concealer F65, Large Fluff E50,

Concealer F75, Blending E25, Tapered Blending E35

Tapered Highlighter – F35 – Tapered cheek highlighter. Delicately rolls powder under eyes. The precise tip in this brush enhances cheek highlighting and contouring.

Large Concealer – F65 – Large synthetic concealer brush. Can be used to apply cream-based products to large areas. Also ideal for application of liquid or cream blushes.

Large Fluff – E50 – Versatile fluff brush. Ideal for applying and blending powder products on the eyes and face. Can be used for applying single shades all over the lid, highlighting cheek bones, and for contouring.

Concealer – F75 – Small synthetic concealer brush. Slightly pointed tip allows for perfect and precise application of cream products in small and defined areas.

Blending – E25 – Oval-shaped brush with gently chiseled sides. Blends and softens the look of powder or cream shadows. Ideal to apply eye shadow primer, base eye shadow colors, and blend harsh lines.

Tapered Blending – E35 – Fluffy, long-bristled brush with tapered tip. Ideally used to apply and blend color to the crease area and to soften harsh edges.

Left to right: Tapered Blending E35, Small Tapered Blending E45, Short Shader E20,

Flat Definer E15, Small Eye Liner E10

Tapered Blending – E35 – Fluffy, long-bristled brush with tapered tip. Ideally used to apply and blend color to the crease area and to soften harsh edges.

Small Tapered Blending – E45 – Small domed brush with highly tapered tip. Versatile, this brush can be used to precisely apply and blend intense colors to the crease area.

Short Shader – E20 – Flat, short, slightly rounded and dense brush. Perfect for precisely applying colors on the lid and smudging along the lash line.

Flat Definer – E15 – Small, firm, and flat, this unique brush can be used to line the eyes for instant definition. Can be used with powder, liquid, or cream products.

Small Eye Liner – E10 – Delivers a precise fine-line along the lash line. The length and density of the bristles are ideal for creating artistic designs.

These are great brushes. They are much cheaper than MAC and provide the same quality. I think I shall buy myself the pink travel set before the summer.

I would highly recommend these to those of you who want to head down the make-up artistry road. I use them alongside my MAC and Make Up For Ever brushes – they’re completely interchangeable. Had I know how great these were I could have saved myself a fortune!

On that note here is a video I recorded last year where I have a little bit of a Sigma rave whilst also yapping on about my other favourite budget brushes.


The premium set costs €98 at the moment ($139 instead of $149) and is available here

Eyebrows, General, Make-up Brushes / Tools, Reviews

LA Tweez Pro Illumintaing Tweezers

My mum picked me up this cute little gift a few weeks ago – LA Tweez Pro Illuminating Tweezers. I thought I would blog about it since I have used it almost every day since I received it.

First, a little look.

The tweezers is the same quality as my Tweezerman version, which you know I love. The angled tips make plucking a doddle and pretty painless in comparison to the average tweezers.

The LED light is fantastic precision. However, two words of caution are necessary. One, plucking in a magnified mirror with the aid of a light means you are much more likely to over-pluck. Two, if you have photo-sensitive migraine you may want to avoid using the light – I plucked my brows for 3-4 minutes and within one hour I had visual disturbance that signal the start of my migraine attacks (this will only be a problem for those who’s migraine’s are triggered by light).

I like the packaging, it’s sturdy and well made. It’s perfect to throw in your handbag and ideal for travelling. It’s easy to see why this product won two beauty awards in 2010.

All in all, a huge thumbs up from me – I’ll just be avoiding the LED light!

My mum bought mine in duty free but I checked their website and they seem to be stocked by Boots, Sephora, Harvey Nichols, CVS, British Airways… basically, they’re widely available. They cost around €20 / £15.32 / $24.