Sunday, 21 September 2014

Blank Canvas Cosmetics Must Haves

        Blank Canvas Cosmetics are quickly becoming a go-to brand for affordability. Pair this with excellent quality and they are a Brand worthy of a look. Blank Canvas Cosmetics are an Irish brand that was founded to bring affordable prices to the European market and help cut down on large custom and shipping costs that are inevitable when ordering from International Companies. 

    As a MakeUp Artist it is easy to get caught spending a large amount on brushes and products for my kit, so finding an affordable brand, and an Irish brand at that, is simply a godsend. I discovered Blank Canvas products last Christmas, when I received a few brushes as gifts and have repurchased ever since.

First up is the Contour/Highlight Kit #1.

          Literally everything for a MUA, or a makeup enthusiast. Shades for Highlighting the skin and keeping that lighter under-eye area light, and also shades for Contouring the skin. The powders are quick light on the skin and very buildable, great for a strong contour or just a slight bronzing of the face. As you can see from the photo below, there is a peach shade in the centre, I don't use this shade, doesn't serve any purpose for me but for the price of the palette, I don't mind. The palette is currently on sale too, only €10.99!! Buy here.
Check out my Facebook page here to see this bad boy in action, I use it on all my clients! 

Next up is there brushes.
Lots of great High-End dupes to be found on this site. Only differences between them is the price point. A large collection of different brush styles so there is definently brushes here for anyones tastes. 
Some of my favs.

Some of my favourites include:

E23- white haired pencil brush, dupe of Mac 219 €6.99
E24- white haired flat shader brush, dupe of Mac 239 €6.99
E25- black haired fluffy blending brush, dupe of Inglot 6SS €6.99
E26- white haired blending brush, dupe of Mac 217 €6.99
(note: these can be bought as doubled ended brushes).
F20- flat synthetic kabuki foundation brush, dupe of Sigma F80 €13.99
F25- fluffy synthetic powder brush €13.99
F23- tapered synthetic concealer brush €13.99
F30- scuplting contour brush €19.99
F15- small tapered contour/highlight brush (red hair) €13.99

All brushes can be purchase from BlankCanvasCosmetics payment accepted through paypal. Shipping is fast also if you're ordering from Ireland, so you're not left waiting too long for you purchases, which is always a bonus! I am also always impressed with how the palette comes shipped, carefully bubbled wrapped to insure its safety, not many brands, even the high end ones offer this. I 100% recommend these brushes, especially if you are looking for great quality on a budget, look no further! 

Kate xXx

Thursday, 15 May 2014

MakeUp Forever Universal Palette.

As a MakeUp Artist, I am forever buying new eyeshadows from different companies, meaning the eyeshadow pans are different shapes! MakeUp Forever Universal Palette is a god send to us makeup addicts! An empty palette that fits any size eyeshadow, from any company! Great idea for any pan product, be it blushes, powders or eyeshadows.

It has a flat magnetic surface that keeps the shadows in place. It is quite a large palette also, so fits a serious amount of shadows. At the moment I use only for my own personal eyeshadow stash, it is a tin-like container so it doesn't like too much traveling around, it can take a bit of a beating in my Zuca Case so I keep it for myself.

This palette is actually pretty cheap in comparison to other MUFE products, at €14.50 and compared to similar products that other companies have, it is much better value. You can purchase MUFE products in their store on Clarendon St. just beside Grafton St. or online here. Any makeup lovers will really appreciate this one!

Kate xXx

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

My MAC Must Haves!

     If we're honest, Mac Cosmetics is possibly one of thee most coveted brands of make up that there is. As a Make Up Artist, it is very easy to get carried away with all their collections and new products that come out monthly, mainly because they do a fantastic job at hyping up their collections and products and suck in people like me, but the real question is, are their products worth the hype??

   I'll be honest, I don't love every single product that comes out of Mac like some Make Up Artists do but I do LOVE a good few products. Here I'm going to go through the what's and the why's of the products I do love. (Please note, I love a lot of Mac products, I could name endless amounts of products but I've tried to limited them down).

  First Up, Mineralised Skin Finishes, particularly 'Porcelain Pink' and "Soft and Gentle'. These are highlighting products for the face, designed to add that dewy, fresh looking glow to the skin. 'Soft and Gentle' is possibly the more well known colour, perfect for all skin colours whereas 'Porcelain Pink' is, as it sounds, more pink toned, more suited to those with paler skins types. I love both, this product is probably my must have of must haves from Mac. Retails for around €30
Porcelain Pink.
'Soft and Gentle'.

  Second, the WHOLE Mac Lipstick range. I actually don't use any other lipsticks really. From the smell, the range of textures and finishes, the choice of colours, I could go on about these for a long time. Prices have gone up for these over the last year, I believe they are around €19 now.
Selection of random Mac lipsticks.
Some of my favourites include 'Diva', 'Ruby Woo', 'CremeCup', 'HoneyLove', 'Peach Blossom', 'Shy Girl', 'Hue', should I continue.....because I could possibly name them all.....

   Next up is ProLongwear Concealer. Holy Grail concealer for me. Fantastic coverage, easy to blend, and doesn't crease under the eye. I use mine with either a Beauty Blender or my Real Techniques Contour Brush. Retails for between €17-€20.

    Fourth spot belongs to Mac's Eyeshadows. Not everyone will agree with this one I know, but I enjoy using Mac eyeshadows. The colours are beautiful and they have a serious range of colours and textures to choose from. One bad point, they are quite expensive for the amount of product you get. Single eyeshadows are around €18 and refills for palettes are around €13.
Some of my favourites would be 'Texture', 'Swiss Chocolate', 'Sketch', 'Embark', 'Cork', 'All that Glitters', 'HoneyLove', again I could continue.....

    My final must have for today is an eyeshadow brush, Mac;s 217 blending brush to be exact. It is a white haired blending brush perfect for applying depth to the socket and buffing out harsh edges, which works fantasitc due to its oval shaped head. For me it is a must, there are very few high-end companies that have a brush similar shape to this - I am aware of the cheaper options but I rather pay extra for brushes, you have them for longer.

   So there is my Top 5 Mac Must Haves, hope you enjoyed that read. I know Mac can be quite intimating when walking in due to the volume of products and colours so hopefully this will help you narrow down you choices!

   What are you Mac favourites? Let me know in the comments!

Kate xXx