Taking Care of your Make-Up Brushes

I’m a perfectionist when it comes to brush cleanliness. Here’s how I do it:



Make Your Own: Warm Cuticle Oil

I am plagues by rough cuticles. I like to whip up my own oil on the weekends. Why spend money when you don’t have to!

  • 60ml Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 5 Drops Lavender Essential Oil
  • 2 Drops Lemon Essential Oil

Warm the olive oil gently until it’s warm (not hot or you’ll scald your fingers off!) Stir in the essential oils. Leave your finger tips to soak for a few minutes. If you cover the mixture when you’re finished you can reuse it a few times.

In Styles 100 Best Beauty Buys of 2010 – Snooze anyone?

I used to eagerly await In Styles Best Beauty Buys edition every year. Last year I was a little disappointed in it. This year? I feel like I’m reading last years, with new art work.

If you haven’t seen it it goes something like this: Sisley, Dermalogica, Lancome, Bobbi Brown.

The best night cream costs £454! Oh hold on and I’ll get out my purse. Are they serious? Give us something to work with.

I’m imagining thousands of women running out to buy Chanel Vitalumiere Foundation (In Styles Best Liquid Foundation) expecting good coverage and being sorely disappointed.

I expected to read a little about why each product was included in their top 100. Instead there is on average two sentences stating a named make-up artist,facialist etc  who uses the product. Not only do they not mention why, they also drop celebrity names with each product.

What a tacky read!

Their Best Buys should be voted by consumers, who actually buy the products.  Now that would be an interesting read!

What did you think of this years Best Buys?

Product Recommendations for Brides – What I use

This post has been requested quite a bit.

Here are a list of products I use for Bridal Make-up and that I recommend. This is not an exhaustive list, there are thousands of fantastic products. These are just what I use on brides.

Foundation: Nars Sheer Glow, Make Up Forever HD Foundation. Estee Lauder Double wear for those who want mega coverage.

Powder: Make Up For Ever Loose Powder, Rimmel Silky Loose

Blush: MAC, Nars. Cream: MAC Lillicent looks fresh and suits most.

Concealer: Bobbi Brown (creamy)

Bronzer: Benefit Hoola, MAC Blunt

LipLiner: MAC, Estee Lauder, Gosh

Eyeliner: MAC Fluidline, MAC Engraved (waterproof)

Mascara: Loreal Telescopic Waterproof,  Loreal Double Extend Waterproof

Lipstick: MAC, Benefit

Lipgloss: MAC, Dior, Stila, Gosh

Eyeshadows: MAC, Nars (click here to see post on choosing eyeshadow for your eye colour)

More from the Bridal Series tomorrow.

Make-up, Make-up and Yes, More Make-up


Rimmel Silky Loose Powder

As you may already know, I am on a mission to find some affordable yet great products. Unfortunately that means I tend to waste a lot of money on rubbish. But occasionally, very occasionally, I come across something worth mentioning. One such product is Rimmel Silky Loose Face Powder. Read more…

Orglamix Mineral Make-up


Here are the Orglamix swatches as promised.

Cranberry – Pure Mineral Eyeshadow

Chamomile – Pure Mineral Eyeshadow

Hot Chocolate – Pure Mineral Eyeshadow

Citron – Pure Mineral Eyeshadow

Heliotrope – Pure Mineral Eyeshadow

Pink Pepper – Pure Mineral Blush

Sugar Loaf – Pure Mineral Blush

Tourmaline – Pure Mineral Glow

Bamboo – Pure Mineral Foundation

Click here to go to  Orglamix Shop

Photos copyright Orglamix, taken from http://www.etsy.com/shop/orglamix

I shall be ordering some to suit my blue eyes soon!

Info for Irish Perfume & Body Shop Junkies

To all my fellow perfume junkies,

In the interest of keeping Irish ladies in the beauty loop, The Body Shop are hosting an event this weekend that might be of interest to you. Thought I’d share the info I received:

This Valentines Day, celebrate your love for all the special people in your life!

To release the force of the Love Etc…™ fragrance collection …, The Body Shop will host the ultimate ‘photo booth’ competition on Saturday, 6th of February 2010 in the Dundrum Town Centre in Dublin. The theme of the competition, ‘Celebrate your love for all the special people in your life’, aims to inspire everyone to capture their own signature photograph which will be posted on The Body Shop Facebook and Flickr. The winner will receive a dinner for 2 in Roly’s Bistro in Dundrum to the value of €200, together with a basket of The Body Shop goodies valued at €300. Furthermore, all those who enter on the day will receive a special discount code to redeem 20% off all products in The Body Shop (the offer will be valid from the 6th till the 14th of Feb).

The competition will be judged before February 14th by three of Ireland’s top photo bloggers.

Enjoy x

Clearing Out Your Closet

I hate clearing out my wardrobe. Hate it with a passion. I’d actually rather clean toilets for a day over a closet clear-out (I think that tells you how much I hate doing it!)

Today I decided to bite the bullet and get down to spring cleaning my closet. I find clutter makes my mind feel cluttered. Clearing out does wonders for the soul for some reason. Maybe it’s because it feels like a bit of a fresh start or  clean slate.

I thought it might be useful if  I share my clearing out method :) Read more…

What would you like to see?

Hi ladies,

You have all been so incredibly supportive since I started makeupandbeauty.ie. I want to thank you all for being the best make-up junkies on the planet!

My blog posts are mainly inspired, or sometimes requested, by readers. I would love to know what type of posts you like seeing or would like to see more of. Your feedback would be greatly appreciated, as always.

Amy x

How to Create Sexy Waves

I am a huge fan of sexy hair. It takes me about 6 minutes to do but it looks like I made no effort (which I like). There is nothing precise about it, it’s a bit of  a messy do. Enjoy!


Laura Mercier Oil Free Foundation

This foundation is award winning; Allure Best of Beauty Editors’ Choice – Best Foundation – October 2009 and In Style Best Beauty Buy – Best Oil-Free Foundation – April 2009.

I had to try it. Had to I tell you! Here’s what I think:

The Good:

  • Good Coverage
  • Feels Soft

The Bad:

  • It made my skin look flat and lifeless. I can’t stand make-up that makes me look 1 dimensional.
  • It transferred to my shirt.
  • Poor Range of Shades : There are 11 shades in the range. The make-up Assistant at the Laura Mercier stand had difficulty finding a shade to match my skintone. There is not a wide enough variety of shades.
  • Price: Very expensive. A foundation in this price range should be without fault.
  • It smells like plasticine
  • Dried out my blemish. My make-up looked crusty over the top. Yuck!
  • Tricky to apply because of it’s consistency
  • The cap doesn’t stay on

Would I buy it again? I think the long list of ‘bads’ above answer that question.  I would like to try their foundation for normal skin though.

What do you think?

Lancome Adaptive Foundation

A product designed to make oily skin matte and dry skin moisturized?  I was skeptical the first time I picked up Lancome Adaptive. I was matched to shade 03.

It came highly recommended by a friend who also had combination skin. I bought  it from my local McCabes Pharmacy, I received lots of Lancome freebies, with my purchase. I love freebies, they make you feel like your getting a better deal.

This is a liquid foundation with SPF10. It is designed for combination skin. The sales spiel blabbered on about mattifying the oily part of your skin whilst moisturising the dry. It’s medium coverage.

The good: It evened out my skintone and cover my blemishes. I quite like the texture. It feels quite rich without being greasy.

The bad: It made my complexion look a little flat. The scent was also a little overpowering.

And the Ugly:  After two hours of wear I noticed that my chin was sans make-up! Bear in mind that I wasn’t running a marathon or lying on a beach in Hawaii, I was sitting at the kitchen table! Not a good result.

Overall it’s a bit average for a high end product. It is superior to any “drugstore” foundation I have tried. However, it doesn’t compare to the likes of Make Up Forever, Nars or Chanel.

I certainly won’t be re-purchasing!

What do you think of Lancome Foundations?

Smashbox’s Photo Finish Foundation Primer SPF15

I bought Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer UVA/UVB SPF15 over a year ago. I have quite a few questions about its quality.

I don’t like this product at all. It is far too greasy for my normal/combination skin. When I bought it first I tested it’s effects after an 8 hour work day over a week.

The results? No difference to my foundation.

It didn’t have any negative effects on my foundation but it certainly didn’t make it last longer. I also used it on a few clients and didn’t enjoy working with it. It’s also expensive. If I am paying €40 for a primer, it had better do it’s job exceptionally well.

I know a few make-up artists that adore this product but it’s not for me. They have a light version available now but I’m not willing to part with my cash to try it, I love my Laura Mercier Primer too much!

What do you think of it?

Swatches: Sephora by OPI Nail Polishes

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Sephora by OPI:

First Row: Shopping Frenzy (Left) Domestic Goddess (right)

Second Row: Queen of Everything (left) Untarnished Image (right)

Third Row: Curve-aceous

Fourth Row: Meet For Drinks



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