Showing posts with label real techniques. Show all posts
Showing posts with label real techniques. Show all posts
Wednesday, May 27, 2015

How to clean your Beauty Blender

It is a well known fact that makeup brushes and applicators are a breeding ground for bacteria. Washing your brushes and sponges regularly can help prevent breakouts and is especially important for those that suffer from acne.

I find it relatively easy to clean my brushes with my Cinema Secrets brush cleaner and clean them routinely every week; you can read the post here. However, trying to wash my Real Techniques Complexion Sponge was a whole different story. I always found that it never felt completely clean and almost impossible to get those foundation stains to budge!

That was until I found a trick that kills bacteria, removes foundation stains and leaves your sponge looking and feeling fresh. If you want to find out what to do just watch the video below.



If you have any brush cleaning tips please share!
Rachael O 
Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Budget Beauty: Seventeen Cosmetics Makeup Brushes

I was eyeing up the Real Techniques Bold Metal range in Boots recently when I spotted a seemingly new launch from Seventeen Cosmetics.  Won over by the cheap price and having not heard anything in the media about these brushes I decided I would review two of them to see what the quality was like. There are four brushes available in this range: Powder & Blush Brush, Eye-shadow Brush, Angled Eyeliner Brush and Lip Brush. I opted for the Cheek and Eyeshadow brushes as these are two I would get the most use out of. 


Surely two makeup brushes for the bargain price of £4.98 wouldn't be that great I thought? WRONG! The bristles are 100% synthetic but feel quite soft against the skin. They don't feel harsh and plastic-y unlike typical cheap makeup brushes. I have also found that they don't shed easily which is another massive bonus. I used my Cinema Secrets Brush Cleaner as normal to wash these and they came out looking like new again.

I also think that these are the ideal choice to pop into your clutch bag on a night out for touch ups. I can honestly say that there is nothing worse than losing an expensive MAC brush on a night out and feeling begrudged to replace it. At least if you lose one of these it won't break the bank to run to boots and pick up a new one. You can shop the Seventeen Brush collection here.

Let me know what you think if you've tried them! 
Rachael O 
Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Fuss Free Brush Cleaning


Cleaning my Makeup brushes has always felt like a massive chore and I used to hold off as long as possible before getting down to it. That was until I spotted the Cinema Secrets Brush Cleaner in my local Pharmacy. I had heard so many positive reviews about this product so needless to say, I snapped it up and gave my brushes a much needed freshening up. 

Cleaning them is so simple: all you have to do is spray your brushes with the cleaner and wipe them gently on a towel until the excess makeup stops coming off them. What used to take 20 minutes now takes only 5 minutes and because the product is quick drying I can use my brushes straight after cleaning them!

The Cinema Secrets Brush Cleaner is:
- Quick drying 
- Kills 99.9 % of bacteria
- Can be used on natural & synthetic brushes
- Has a lovely vanilla scent



Many people don't seem to be aware of the correlation between blemishes and grimy makeup brushes. After a while they become caked with oil, residue and dead skin cells which in turn is a breeding ground for bacteria. As you can imagine, smearing these dirty brushes on your face day after day will impact the appearance of your skin. It is advised to clean your brushes every two weeks but if you are prone to spots I would definitely recommend cleaning them once a week. 

I bought the Cinema Secrets Brush Cleaner in my local Pharmacy & it was €8.99 for a 60ml bottle. If you are from Ireland and can't seem to find it you can also  purchase it here.

Rachael O