How I clean my make up brushes!

Hey lovlies,

I hope you're all well and had a good day! I've been sick off work today but I'm feeling a bit better now so I thought I'd bring you this 'How I Clean My Makeup Brushes' post. 

Cleaning your brushes is really important to stop bacteria buidling up in them. Also, it helps to maintian them in good condition. Make up applies best using clean brushes!
This is how I clean my make up brushes:

For any brushes with natural bristles, I use Johnsons baby shampoo. I wash the brush, always pointing it downwards so no water goes down the funnel (the silver bit of the brush). I rinse it under a warm (but not hot) water under a tap and lay the brush flat to dry. Always squeeze out any excess water before laying your brush down to dry!

Never dry your brushes in a cup pointing upwards as the water will seep into the funnel and damage your brush! Here's an example of what I mean:
  A good trick for cleaning foundation brushes (or any type of synthetic brushes that you use to apply cream eyeshadow, foundation, concealer etc with) is to use olive oil. Just use a bit of olive oil on your brush (I use a plastic container to sweep the brush around in the oil as you can see below). The olive oil dissolves the liquid or cream products, and conditions the bristles at the same time. Then wash the olive oil out of the brush with baby shampoo and there you go, your brush is as good as new!

 I also use brush cleanser (I use the MAC one, if anyone knows of any others that are good please let me know!), mainly for cleaning eyeshadow brushes as they are smaller. I apply a little bit of the brush cleanser onto a towel and sweep the brush back and forth on the towel till all the product is off the brush. You can also pour some of the brush cleanser onto the palm of your hand, swirl your brush around in it and then rinse it under the tap.

A good way of making sure your brushes keep their shape is to wrap them in tissue paper and lay them flat to dry. When you remove the tissue paper the brush will not have any 'stray' hairs and it will be nicely shaped.

 Well that's how I clean my brushes, I hope you've enjoyed this post, and let me know if you have any other tips for cleaning brushes!

Nuala xxx


MUFE HD Foundation Review!

Hey everyone,

I hope you're all well and had a good day at work/college/school etc today :)

I thought I'd do my first review on the Make Up Forever HD foundation, much loved by many beauty gurus on YouTube! I was lucky enough to find it in a shop in the UK earlier in the year. As it's an expensive foundation (£29.95) it is definitely worth reviewing before investing!
This foundation has light to medium buildable coverage that looks very natural, just like skin! The colour I got was N127, and for reference I'm NC30 in MAC. 
It's got an in built pump, which is amazing. I always think it's a bit cheeky when make up companies bring out a foundation and sell the pump seperately! (Eg Nars and MAC).
Here's the foundation swatched on my hand:


I blended it with my fingers, and as you can see it is very sheer!

If you prefer full coverage, I really wouldn't recommend this!

Personally I  prefer medium to full coverage foundation, but as this was quite expensive I don't want it going to waste so I have been mixing it in with my Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation which is full coverage. (1 pump DW 2 pumps MUFE HD). This is a great trick for using up a foundation you have invested in but find it doesn't really work for you! Just mix it in with your favourite one!

Alternatively you could set it with a powder foundation like the MAC Studio Fix pressed powder foundation to get better coverage. 

Also when using the MUFE HD foundation you really need to use a primer as it doesn't last all day!


Lastly, many bloggers say that a very good dupe for this foundation is the Revlon Photo Ready foundation which you can get at Boots or Superdrug for £11.99, over half the price cheaper! I find the Revlon one gives better coverage and lasts longer too!

This is my much loved bottle of the Revlon Photo Ready that's all used up now. I would happily repurchase the Revlon one, but not the MUFE one!

Here's where you can buy MUFE products in the UK online:
Unless you know your exact foundation shade I woudn't recommend buying MUFE foundations online as they have so many colours and shades it's impossible to tell what shade you are from a website.

If you live in London, or are in London to visit and in the Shepherd's Bush area, do check this shop out. It's for professional make up artists, about a 15 minute walk from Westfield and about a 5 minute walk from Shepherd's Bush Market station and an Aladin's cave for make up! And not everything they sell is really expensive either!

I hope this review has been helpful, if you've got any questions let me know! Please comment below and let me know what you're favourite foundation is as I love trying out new ones that are recommended to me and reading all your lovely comments!

Nuala xxx


Collective Clothing Haul!

As I'm on a make up buying ban at the moment (project 10 pan if you know it), I haven't bought any make up items this month, but I have bought quite a few clothes!

It's the end of the month now and I'm completely skint (lucky it's pay day on Thursday!), but I thought I'd show you what I got this month. I'll link all the shops websites below, and as they were all recent purchases you should still be able to find them in stores.

Let me know what you think, if you've got any of the same things or if you've got any clothes haul posts yourself, please link them below as I love being nosey and seeing what other people got too!

Without further ado, here we go:

This top is from Miss Selfridge and as you can see from the label it's got £7 off at the moment so it's £28.00.

I think if you're taller it would look really nice with skinny jeans and heels, or pumps for a more casual look. If you're shorter like me, I think it looks nice worn with leggings and boots.

The other thing I got from Miss Selfridge was this coat:

 I've been eyeing it up for ages, and finally got it today! (But I'm not very good with tying bows!). It's £65, and you get 10% off if you're a student. The sales assistant asked me if I had a student card when I bought it, I was very flattered but sadly I'm not a student anymore.

I've got my mates wedding coming up next month, and I bought this dress from Topshop that I thought I could wear (even though it's black, is it ok for a wedding? Let me know what you reckon please!). It's got a really pretty lace back. The dress is £32.00 (not bad for lace I thought!) and the pearls were on sale at New Look for £2.50.

Excuse the very bad picture I took it myself but here you can see the lace back:

The final thing I got was this little dress from a shop called Yumi for £26.00. I don't think there's many of them around, but the London one is in Notting Hill and they got them in Bath , Bristol, York and in Portsmouth too if you're in the UK. I'll link all websites at the bottom.
I am really loving leopard print at the moment, but I wouldn't wear this dress with heels. Think I'll wear it with  pumps, or boots and  a cardigan if it's coid. 

The lady in the shop suggested wearing it with a waisbelt, but unfortunately I don't like em too much cos as soon as I eat something, I'll have to take it off. But if you don't mind waistbelts I'm sure that would look lovely too!

Anyways, I hope you've enjoyed this post! Let me know if you'd like to see more posts like these in the future, and if you're reading this from the UK, I hope you've had a lovely bank holiday weekend!

Nuala xxx



I was asking on twitter if anyone had any beauty tags, as I love watching them on YouTube, and Sarah M got back to to me with her About Me tag. Even though it's not beauty related it still sounds like fun and I'll link her Twitter and Blog below. Also, if you've got any Beauty Tags please let me know! 

Nuala xxx

1.  What are two of your worst habits?
I'm messy and I can't spell (as you may be able to tell from my blog :)

2.  If you had one day to live, what would you do?
I always said I'd smoke crack, just to see what all the fuss is about!

3.  What is the thing you most wish you were great at?
Singing, so I could go on Xfactor and impress everyone!

4.  If you could have dinner with anyone in history, who would it be and what would you eat?
My cat Jessie who passed away last year aged 11 I loved her lots!

5.  What did you do last night?
I watched Xfactor and started my blog!

6.  What is your earliest memory?
Umm no idea... Maybe really wanting this stuffed toy mouse for xmas I ended up getting, made me well happy at the time!

7.  What is your favourite breakfast and would you have it for dinner?
Currently it's the Belvita Breakfast bars, and yea I probably would!

8.  Did you make any resolutions this year? Have you kept any of them so far?
No I didn't

9.  What did you want to do when you 'grow up' when you were a child?I wanted to work for the WWF (World Wide Fund for nature, not wrestling!)

10.  Would you be willing to reduce your life expectancy by 10 years to become extremely attractive or famous?
Well if I lived to be 100 it would go down to 90 and that's still quite old so yea possibly! (ok I'm shallow!)

11.  Are you more worried about doing things right, or doing the right things?

I have a phobia of onions, what is your weirdest phobia?
I hate feet.

What style of clothing, accessory etc would you like to see wiped from the planet? 

You are the Terminator, who's parents do you go after, Justin Bieber's or Hugh Jackman's? 

What is the worst TV show ever and why?
Some documentary my mum likes to watch cos it's boring.

Most underrated actor/actress? 
No idea

What has been your ultimate fashion faux pas? 
I used to wear a purple dog collar as a teen
Well I hope I've done this tag correctly by linking Sarah at the bottom, let me know what you think!
Nuala xxx


Fake Tan


I love fake tan! It's probably one of my favourite make up items, together with foundation. 

Even though I've got dark brown hair and eyes, my skin is very, very pale. And I know lots of girls who can carry of the English rose skin, but I'm sadly not one of them. I think I look scary without it, and on me, I definitely prefer the bronzed and golden look. Yes, I admit, sometimes I can go a little overboard and look a bit orange, as you can see in the pic. That was my ginger cat Jessie (sadly she passed away last year), but as you can tell from the pic, my skin tone is not far of the colour of her fur, bless her

 I've tried loads of fake tans, St Tropez, Fake Bake, Lauren's Way but my favourite has to be Xen Tan. I use the dark lotion or the deep bronze luxe twice weekly and top it up with the Garnier summer body in deep. My natural skintone in MAC is NC15, and with the fake tan I'm an NC30. But I haven't been my natural skintone for over 10 years. In my late teens and early twenties, I went on sunbeds all the time, and then I discovered St Tropez, Fake Bake and more recently my new fave Xen Tan! 

You can buy Xen Tan online which is great, and every time you make a purchase they give you 10% of your next purchase, as well as sending you emails with 25% off offers. It applies so easily, just put it on in the evening and rinse it off in the morning. It will stain your sheets, but it dosn't have that horrible bisuit smell that a lot of fake tans have. It actually smell of marzipan and vanilla, and I really like the smell!

The way I apply the Zen Tan is either using latex gloves or a tanning mit (depending what mood I'm in). You can also just use your hands, but they can go a bit yucky and you get tell tale fake tan hands which isn't the best look. The latex gloves I got free from work, but tanning mits are cheap and you can easily find them in Boots or Superdrug if you're in the UK.

As for my face, I don't use any fake tan on it at all. I know there's fake tans out there especially formulated for the face, but I still find it can clog your pores and cause break outs, so I 'd rather just use a darker foundation on my face to match it up to my tan on the rest of my body, and that works great for me. As fake tanning your hands can be a bit tricky, I actually think it's easiest to use a self tanning mist, like the L'oreal Subime Bronze Self Tanning Dry Mist pictured here. 

What are everybody's thought on fake tan? And has anyone tried the Celebrity Bronze Fake tan that Maria Fowler of TOWIE has bought out? I'm keen to give it a go, as well as the Vita Liberata Tan which apparantly last 2-3 weeks! If you have any thought or reviews on them please let me know!

Nuala xxx


Make Up Courses

Hello Lovelies,
A few girls on Twitter have been asking about Make Up courses, so I thought I'd make my first blog about the course earlier this year and I hope you guys find it helpful!

The course I done was at the London College of Fashion and it's called 'The Definitive Guide to Make Up Artistry'. It's a 15 week course run on Saturdays.
Even though it is a bit annoying having to get up every Saturday  for College after a full weeks work, I can honestly say it was defintely worth it!

For the first half of the course we are taken through the decades, starting from the 1920s right up until today, focusing on make up trends during each era. The way the lessons work is that the teacher does a demo on the model, and after the demo we all get to practice the look on each other.

Here is the Make Up I done for one of the 1st lessons, 1920s Make Up! (Minus the dark lips!)

After going through the decades, we focused on areas of the industry which included Catwalk Make Up, TV and Film, Editorial campaigns and Body Painting.

Here's a more creative look I created for one of those lessons!
We were also each given a Make Up Artist or Photographer to prepare a presentation on and present to the class. That way we got to learn about the most important people in the industry, including Alex Box and Pat McGrath, who are two of the most talented and well know Make Up Artists of our time! I done my presentation on David Bailey, and I am actually quite embarrassed that I didn't know much about him before the course. Here's an image of his work with 1960s model Jean Shrimpton. I have done a separate post on David Bailey which you can read my clicking here.
The course also inculded 2 professional photoshoots, where we got to do the make up on models. That was definitely the highlight of the course for me, as I had never worked on a photoshoot before!

The Make Up we used was all MAC, and we all got a make up kit as well as brushes included as part of our course. (The brushes unfortunately weren't MAC though!) We also got a shopping trip to MAC with 35% off everything there, which was brilliant and I think we all went a bit overboard and almost bought the whole shop!

I really enjoyed the course, and if you are thinking of doing on a make up course, I can really recommend it, I had lots of fun and learned so much at the same time.

I hope you find this post helpful. and if you have any questions please comment below!

Nuala xxx

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