Tag Archives: Blank Canvas

Sep. 25.

Tested Thursday: Blank Canvas Cosmetics Travel Brush Case

blankcanvas-thI’m developing quite a collection of makeup brushes. I have them in many different sizes, different shapes and for different jobs. The great thing is, they also fit really happily into my Blank Canvas Folio case. But what happens if I am going somewhere and I need to bring some brushes along with me? Is there another option? Well, the Blank Canvas Travel Brush Case arrived on my desk recently, and it might be that option.


The Blank Canvas Travel Brush Case comes in the form of a zip up, black faux leather soft case. When zipped up it really presents as a tidy package. It’s neat and takes up no space at all. It also makes sure your precious brushes are safe from damage. I would hate having to ditch a brush from making a mess from the bristles in not transporting it properly. In that sense I can really see the benefit of this case.


Inside the case is where things get a bit more questionable though. The inside has a soft polyester lining, and on one half of the case an elastic fastening, stitched into two sections. My thought though, is that why doesn’t it run the full width of the case? Keep it in the two sections on one side, but then have smaller sections on the other, suitable for smaller brushes?


And here it is, seen with brushes inside. There are two large face brushes in here, along with one smaller eye brush. Looking at it, you can maybe get another small eye brush in there alongside the face brushes, and that’s it, unless you want to add in some loose brushes.

I think therein lies the crux of my problem with this travel case – it just isn’t big enough. I can quite easily go through 3 face brushes and a half dozen eye and lip brushes when getting ready. Unfortunately with this case I can see myself getting into the dilemma of do I bring the big case, or do I try to decide what to leave behind. In my world that is a very difficult thing to figure out.

One thing though that does hold up for it is that I can see a good use for it. It is a great size to keep brushes in my handbag for a night out. On a night out I will not need a huge amount of brushes, and this will certainly do a good job of protecting them! As for a travel case though, I’m not quite convinced.


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Aug. 02.

Face Friday: Metallic Eyes

ff-eyes-thOn Tuesday I was looking at the Sleek Eye Dust in Vintage, and was thinking that working with other metallic colours would be ideal for this, really making the eyes intense. So, for this slightly delayed Face Friday (I have a spot that refused to behave yesterday, ick) I decided to give it a go and see what I could do.

First up, let’s take a look at the products used:



  • Foundation: Maybelline – Fit Me Foundation (125 – Nude Beige)
  • Powder: Physicians Formula – Season to Season Bronzer, all over face (summer shade used as contour on nose)
  • Concealer: Benefit – FakeUp (Light)
  • Blush: Benefit – Hervana
  • Highlighter: MeMeMe – Beat The Blues (Pearl Pink)


  • Brows: Benefit – Brow Zings (Medium)
  • Shadow: Benefit – Creaseless Cream Eyeshadow – Base (Birthday Suit)
  • Shadow: Sleek – Eye Dust – Centre Lid (Vintage)
  • Shadow: Urban Decay – Naked 2 Palette – Inner Eye (Chopper)
  • Shadow: Urban Decay – Naked 2 Palette – Crease (YDK)
  • Shadow: Urban Decay – Naked 2 Palette – Outer Eye (Snakebite)
  • Shadow: Sleek – iDivine Celestial Palette – Browbone and tear duct (Galactic)
  • Liner: L’Oreal – Gel Intenza Liner (Golden Black)
  • Mascara: Lancome – Hypnose Doll Eyes Mascara (01 – Black)


  • Lipstick: L’Oreal – Color Riche Collection Privee Nudes (Douzten’s Nude)
  • Lipgloss: Lancome – Juicy Tubes (shade unknown)

And the brushes. Yes, a lot of eye brushes were used for this.



  • Blank Canvas – F20 – Foundation
  • Real Techniques – Multi Task Brush – Blush
  • Ecotools  – Powder Brush – Powder
  • Blank Canvas – F03 – Highlighter blend
  • Blank Canvas – E25 – Shadow (base)
  • Blank Canvas – E32 – Shadow (centre lid)
  • Blank Canvas – E24 – Shadow (inner lid)
  • Blank Canvas – E23 – Shadow (crease)
  • Real Techniques – Essential Crease Brush – Shadow (outer lid)
  • Royal & Langnickel – C260 Taklon Shadow Brush – Shadow (Browbone, tear duct & final blend)
  • Real Techniques – Fine Liner Brush – Eyeliner
  • Blank Canvas – E30 (brush end) – Brows
  • Blank Canvas – L29 – Lips

And finally, let’s have a look at the finished product, both with and without flash.

Face without flash:


And with:


Eyes without flash:


And finally with:


There is so much that I am happy with about this look. I really love the nude glossy lip, which looks nicely made up without taking anything from the eye, and the highlighter added to the glowing skin in all the right places. The eyes are the stars of the show though. I wanted them to be quite intense, so that they really stood out, and once I perfect the eyeliner flick, and practice smoky eyes a bit more, I think this will be a really spectacular look. What do you think?


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May. 23.

Face Friday: Intense and Neutral

intense and neutral thumbLast week for Face Friday, I did a neutral eye with an intense berry lip. This week, I’m doing the opposite, by keeping the lip neutral, instead going for an intense eye. Again it is following the common rule of emphasising either the lips or eyes, but not both. Remember though that some rules are made to be broken, so feel free to experiment.

Intense and Neutral eyes open

Intense and Neutral eyes closed


  • Foundation: Maybelline – Superstay 24 hour foundation (020 – Cameo)
  • Bronzer: Physicians Formula – Bronze Booster Bronzer (Season to Season)
  • Blush: NYR – Mineral Blusher (54 – Peony)
  • Highlighter: Benefit – High Beam


  • Brows: Maybelline – Brow Drama (Medium Brown)
  • Shadow: Wet n Wild – Idoleyes Shadow Pencil – Base (E133 – Techno)
  • Shadow: MAC – Shadow Single – Lid & Outer lid over crease shadow (Trax)
  • Shadow: Wet n Wild – Silent Treatment – Crease and outer lid (Crease shade)
  • Shadow: Wet n Wild – Silent Treatment – Browbone (Browbone shade)
  • Liner: Maybelline – Gel Eye Liner (Violet)
  • Mascara: Wet n Wild – XXL Lash (Black)
  • Lashes: Eyelure – Sex and the City Lashes (Carrie)


  • Balm: Hyalogic – Episilk Lip Balm
  • Lipstick: L’Oreal – Colour Riche Collection Privée (Eva’s Nude)


  • Blank Canvas – F20 – Foundation
  • Blank Canvas – F03 – Bronzer (dusted over whole face)
  • Real Techniques – Multi Task Brush – Blush & Highlighter
  • Blank Canvas – E25 – Eyeshadow (Lid)
  • Blank Canvas – E23 – Eyeshadow (Crease)
  • Royal & Langnickel – Silk C260 Taklon Shadow – Eyeshadow (Browbone & Blend)
  • Sigma – E05 Liner – Eyeliner
  • Blank Canvas – L29 – Lipstick


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Feb. 28.

My Brush Collection

brush collection-thFollowing on from my Best of Beauty: Makeup Must-Haves post from last week, where I mentioned brushes. I thought it would be wise to share with you my whole brush collection, as I really do believe that they make all the difference. Continue on down for some brushy goodness!

Behold! I only have a few brushes, primarily by Blank Canvas Cosmetics, but also by Real Techniques, Royal and Langnickel, Sigma and Ecotools, among others!

brush collection

Just a few brushes then

Now, obviously this picture isn’t enough to do justice to the collection, so lets go into a little more detail, and we’ll start with the 4 odd brushes in the middle.

Top - Bottom: No. 7 lip brush, Royal & Langnickel Taklon Shadow brush. Urban Decay Shadow Brush (Naked 2 Palette), Sigma Eyeliner Brush

Top – Bottom: No. 7 lip brush, Royal & Langnickel Taklon Shadow brush. Urban Decay Shadow Brush (Naked 2 Palette), Sigma Eyeliner Brush

These are my odd brushes that aren’t really part of any section of my collection, but are still very important. The Sigma brush is one of my favourite eyeliner brushes, because it is small and easy to use, with a fine tip, while the Urban Decay brush can go into its palette for if I’m travelling super light. The Royal and Langnickel is also one of the softest, nicest brushes I own.

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L-R: Multi Task Brush, Setting Brush, Buffing Brush, Pointed Foundation Brush, Essential Crease Brush, Fine Liner Brush

This is the Sam’s Picks set from Real Techniques, which I was really fortunate to win from the Delightful Make Up Monster. They are excellent brushes, but not quite as nice as my Blank Canvas ones. That said, if I could only fit a couple of brushes into my bag, I could grab these, knowing they would do the job.

brush Ecotools

L-R: Shadow Brush, Liner Brush, Shadow Brush, Powder Brush, Brow & Lash Brush, Concealer Brush

These were my first brushes, and are great for those starting out, as they do the job for a great price. No particular set will cost you much money, which is always welcome. They’re also eco friendly with wooden handles.

And now for the main part of my collection, my Blank Canvas Set, starting with face brushes.

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Top-Bottom: F02, F03, F10, F16, F20(x2), F21, F23

These brushes have been a revelation to me. I love them to bits! (almost literally) They provide such a great finish, and are so so soft. And yes, I know I have 2 F20’s, but one’s PINK and if a brush is that good you should always have a spare!

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Top-Bottom: E23, E24, E25, E28, L29, E30, E32

Having the right brush for the right moment is very important, which is why all except for the liner brush are in use here (I use my Sigma liner instead). Once again these give the most amazing finish!

And finally, you need somewhere safe to keep them, which is why I use this:

brush case

Blank Canvas Brush Pouch

My Blank Canvas Brush pouch houses all my current collection of brushes, with a bit of creative packing, and as they’re al together it’s easy to grab when I need it!

What to you think of my collection? What brushes do you swear by? Tell all in the comments!



Note: Brushes are a collection of bought, won and supplied for review


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