Makeover your makeup bag

When I worked in a department store makeup counter, I regularly did makeup bag makeovers with my customers.

Put simply, I would check out products that didn’t suit them or their lifestyle and advise them to switch them out. We all have that one brush that is balding or the lipstick that was discontinued and just doesn’t suit us.

With that in mind, sometimes it is time to update those contents. The inspiration for this piece, by the way, was born out of discovering that my favourite foundation has in fact been discontinued and I realised that hanging onto the old might just stop you discovering the new. And this week I am going to send you on the voyage of discovering new Irish products.


A bad workman always blames their tools but with the latest Blank Canvas collection, there is no excuse. Blank Canvas Cosmetics has taken the work out of finding the perfect makeup brushes to create, simplify and perfect your look with the launch of their new 20 piece luxurious Tools to Match Your Talent makeup brush set (RRP €170).

From a sexy and sophisticated smokey eye and a flawless face to a daring, bold lip, the best makeup looks begin with quality makeup brushes and the correct application techniques.

The ideal way for you to rid yourself of shedding brushes, the new 20 piece Tools to Match Your Talent makeup brush set comes in a luxurious two-drawer gift box filled with the highest quality brushes for day-to-night looks.

Created by Una Tynan, MUA and Founder of Blank Canvas Cosmetics, she said: “Great makeup begins with high-quality tools. From the makeup novice to the professional makeup artist, having the right brushes to apply your makeup can transform your whole look and create that flawless finish we all look to achieve.”

The 20 piece set from Blank Canvas Cosmetics includes 11 best-selling brushes, including a new supersized version of the award-winning F20 foundation brush and 8 brand-new and exclusive brushes.


Nothing complements or completes a look quite like a voluminous lash. A striking eye and elevated, multidimensional lash really adds drama to your wispy, doe-eyed set.

Now, beauty brand Bellamianta has launched itsvery own secret weapon to the ultimate showstopping lashes and adding to their expanding cosmetics collection. Bellamianta’s Lady Lash Mascara (€16.99) creates naturally big, bold, bouncy lashes, delivering astonishing volume in a sultry, jet-black curl that will stay all day. The brush ensures a lovely look that lasts all day.


True Beauty by Aideen Kate’s Eye Essentials Eyeshadow Palette (RRP €24.99) is an über chic palette featuring 6 highly pigmented, long lasting mattes in the shades Effortless, Rare and Worthy, and shimmers in the shades Elevated and Devoted, that blend beautifully onto the eye.

This palette contains everything you need to create any look, from soft daytime eyes to deep, daring night-out looks. Each of the colours can be worn alone or smoked out. The compact versatility will keep your looks fresh or sultry depending on your mood.


Luna by Lisa’s Cherry Opal Lipstick (RRP €12) is an unapologetically bright colour that falls somewhere between classic red and pink. This shade is infused with fuchsia tones to create a full, wearable colour that will take you anywhere.

This shade is a nod to being vampy but you could wear it by day too. A satin finish will add a subtle glow and keep your lips defined. This is the perfect pop of vibrant pink to add a statement to a natural minimal bronzed look. Pair with Luna by Lisa Cherry Opal Lip Pencil (RRP €8.00) to keep your look clean and in place all day.

If you prefer a more understated ‘your lips but better’ look, then look no further than Luna by Lisa’s Its Prinny Matte Lipstick (RRP €12).

Like a best friend, a universally flattering lip shade is a rare find. Prinny is a warm, friendly and fun peach designed to bring out your best!

This complexion-saving shade was specially formulated with an undertone of pink to brighten and whiten your eyes and smile, while adding a pop of colour to any Valentine’s outfit. Pair with Prinny Lip Pencil (RRP €8) for absolute couple goals.