10.04.2015
Makeup By Isabelle
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As a Professional Makeup Artist I am forever cleaning my make-up brushes, and if I’m honest it was always a task I rarely enjoyed. On average I clean 30 brushes and by number 10 my hands were red raw with the arduous swirling of soap and chemical brush cleansers. Surely there was an easier way? …….There was! So here’s my super simple step-by-step guide on how to quickly and easily deep clean your makeup-brushes with an inexpensive beauty accessory you can find on the high street that’s actually used for skin exfoliation. You will need to purchase the Soap & Glory Massage Glove £8.50 available from Boots http://www.boots.com/en/Soap-Glory%C2%99-Massage-Glove_1389302/ Step 1 Half fill your sink with warm water. Don’t make it too hot as this will melt the glue in your brushes and make the fibres loose. Step 2 Take your Soap & Glory Mitt and wear on one hand. Squirt a drop of mild baby shampoo onto the mitt. I highly recommend Johnsons Baby Shampoo, as it smells so lovely as well as doing a great job. Step 3 Dip your makeup brush bristles into the warm water to dampen them, but do not submerge, as this will also damage the glue. Step 4 Swirl your damp brush in circular motions around the palm of your mitt. The bobbles on the mitt will gently work through all the fibres and move the toughest of makeup. Once you’ve built up a good lather, periodically dip the brush in the clean water to rinse. Repeat this process if you feel necessary. EXTRA TIP! For stubborn foundation brushes that resist the soap, try using a drop of olive oil with the shampoo. The oil will break down the oils in the foundation and at the same time condition your brushes leaving them super soft and shiny. Ensure to rinse well in the clean warm water. Step 5 Remove excess water on a micro fibre cloth. Try not to use tissues as the lint fibres will come off onto your brush and will eventually end up in your make-up when you go to use them! I always leave my brushes to dry overnight on a flat surface with the bristles hanging over the edge so not to flatten them; a window ledge is perfect for this. Once you’ve tried this method of deep cleaning your brushes, you wont look back.  No Fancy chemicals are needed and your brushes will love you for it! For more tips & tricks check out some amazing features from myself and other Beauty Bloggers on The Little Beauty Guide http://www.thelittlebeautyguide.com/2015/04/a-handy-tip-from-isabelle.html#more
19.03.2015
Makeup By Isabelle
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So I've always purchased my Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish from John Lewis but I fancied a change and went online to the Liz Earle site itself. I am glad I did as this pretty package arrived for me! It was beautifully wrapped and came with a 'with compliments' card saying it had been packaged by Chloe. I adore the personal touch and I believe it goes a long way in the happiness of a customer.I don't know about you but isn't unwrapping pretty paper sinful? I reluctantly opened and ta dah! Each product is carefully wrapped in pretty tissue. I love that I have even more to unwrap! Altogether, I will purchase directly from Liz Earle again as the attention to detail simply mirrors their amazing products and formulas. I look forward to trying all of these wonders and telling you how I've got on! 
13.03.2015
Makeup By Isabelle
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Now, I'm a massive fan of the False Lash effect Mascaras from Max Factor. The original Black tube has always been in my kit as it builds up fabulous voluminous lashes with that lovely fat brush, even the waterproof original is impressive! On a trip to Boots recently I was given a free gift if you spend £15 or more and in it contained a False Lash Effect Mascara! The 24 hour one. I instantly thought this was amazing because I had every faith in the original for producing wonderful results. The product promised bold and beautiful lashes that are smudge and water resistant for 24 hours. Love that! The packaging looked the same. The brush was the same. The price was a fraction more than the original by £1. The formula was not the same. ApplicationThe brush popped out with a squelch and looked full of product. After curling my lashes, I coated the back of the lashes first and then lifted the brush through the lashes with the usual side to side wiggle motion. I achieved spider lashes. Not only that, these spider legs had shoes on! There were globs of mascara on each lash that would not comb out. I applied 2 and then 3 coats to see if I could rectify and no joy. I achieved uneven, clogged, chunky spider lashes time and time again. LongevityAfter only an hour, my mascara had flaked and dropped onto my cheeks in tiny black flecks. The black did not stay true black either. When it came to washing it off, the product stayed true to its badge! 24 HOUR! I couldn't get it off! I eventually rubbed Vasseline on my lashes to break it up and in the process pulled out some lumps of my own lashes too. Ouch! PriceThis mascara is £11.99 which is not cheap for a drugstore mascara but I'd happily pay it if it was like the original. Sadly it is not. I would not buy this mascara.