Makeup Brushes, Reviews, Uncategorized

Madison Brush Set Review

Creator of Madison Makeup and owner of the Cosmetic Outlet Paul, had been telling me about this fab brush set he was bringing out for a while so I was delighted when I finally got my hands on a set just before Christmas.  I tested them out all over the festive season and was impressed with the quality I have to say.


There are 7 brushes, made with natural & synthetic hair, which come in a handy leather case so they are easy to store and carry with you for travelling.


The brushes included are:

1. Large Powder Brush – This is my fave brush, it’s so soft and applies powder perfectly to set your makeup without irritating your skin.

Powder Brush

2. Flat Foundation Brush – This one applies foundation  well and gives a nice even coverage.


3. Duo Fiber Buffing Brush – This brush is comparable to the MAC 188 brush as it is made of natural and synthetic fiber which helps to really buff foundation into the skin and give an airbrushed finish.  I also love this for applying cream or powder blush.  You can even use it to set your makeup with powder.  I love this fantastic multi-functional brush and think it’s an absolute must-have.

Duo Fibre

4. Large Eye Shader Brush – This applies a wash of powder shadow all over the lid and is an essential brush for applying eye makeup.

Large Shader

5. Small Eye Shader Brush – This one gives a more precise application of shadow and helps concentrate and build up the colour on one part of the eyelid.

Small Shader

6. Angle Eyeshadow Brush – This brush is used for applying colour in the outer part of the eye and into the crease.  It does a good job of placing the colour but since it’s angled, it can’t really blend it too much, you would need a more rounded fluffy brush but it’s still a good one to have.

Angled Brush

7. Lip Brush – This is a nice firm brush that applies lipstick or lipgloss well.

Lip Brush

Overall Verdict:

I really like this brush set and think it would be great for someone starting out using makeup.  The price of this set is a very reasonable €29.99 which is well worth it for a 7 piece brush set.  I would definitely add some of these brushes to my own kit and I really like how slick they look with the plain black colour 🙂

Also, if you’re stuck for a gift idea, these would make a great present.

You can buy the Madison Brush Set at The Cosmetic Outlet in Dublin (check out their Facebook Page here for details)

Will you be picking up a set?

Body Moisturisers, Bodycare, Christmas Gifts, Skincare, Uncategorized

Kandigloss BEAUTY & BRUSHES Christmas Gift Guide

Here are some of my top picks that any beauty lover would be delighted to find under the tree on Chrismas morning 🙂

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Set – €33.50 – larger Boots stores or Liz Earle website 

Liz EarleI’m totally in love with the Liz Earle cleanse and polish line of skin cleansers with their muslin cloths and this set comes with a full size Cleanser, 2 muslin cloths and a mini spray toner.

Boots No7 Restore & Renew Collection Set – €70, Boots Stores or Boots Online

No7 Restore & Renew Collection

These sets contain some brilliant skincare and it’s almost half the price of what it would be if you were to buy all these products individually so you’re making a good saving.  Great for any skincare lover.

Bia Beauty Feed your Face Gift Set €50 Avoca Stores or at the Bia Beauty Website

Bia Beauty Natural SkincareThis is from Irish brand Bia Beauty who are based in Cork and make the most beautiful natural skincare gift sets.  I have been trying out the cleanser and moisturiser in this set.  The Mellow Mandarin Moisturiser is so nourishing  and especially good for dry skin or as a good night cream.  The Orange and Grapefruit Facial Exfoliant and Cleanser is a real treat for the skin and exfoliates so gently you can use this every day.  The big draw for me is that both come in a 60ml sized jar which is double what you’d get in most face creams so they last for ages.  I also love the Lime Pie Lip Balm and all the products smell exactly as they are described so they are just gorgeous.  I am definitely a fan 🙂 Check out their other gift sets here

Clarisonic Mia2 Cleansing System – €140 Brown Thomas

ClarisonicThe Clarisonic Mia2 is a facial cleansing device which uses patented sonic technology to gently remove the impurities traditional cleaning methods leave behind, cleansing six times better than your hands alone. And best of all it works in only 60 seconds to remove impurities from pores so that creams, serums, and moisturisers are more effective. And with regular daily use you’ll notice a reduction in dry patches, oily areas, and blemishes.  A must have for anyone with problem skin, male or female.

Pixy Indulge Gift Set Box €20


Another Irish brand and firm favourite of mine is Pixy Natural Skincare and beauty products.  They have some fab gift sets for Christmas and all under €20 which is just fantastic, so if you know of any beauty lovers I’m sure they would really appreciate these.  I recently got to try the Indulge Gift Set (pictured above) and it was certainly a luxurious experience!  It comes with one of their beautiful handmade honysuckle soaps, moisturising Lavender bath bomb, some skin-softening Lime Body Scrub Cubes – ideal for exfoliating and brilliant for removing fake tan, and relaxing Lavender Bath Salts – to ease your aching body and wind down at the end of the day!  I tried all the products out and was so relaxed afterwards and I had the nicest sleep I’d had in a long time.  They have gift sets to suit everyone and some stocking fillers so check them out here

Nima Brush Elite Travel Gift Set €45

971576_514196048678355_691766288_nStaying with the Irish companies (as we really should be supporting our own this Christmas!) This is the limited edition Elite Travel Set from Nima Brush.  I’ve reviewed these brushes before here and they really are fab and very reasonable for the price.  Whether you’re someone only starting out in makeup or a complete pro, you would do well to have these in your kit so they’d make a great Christmas present for any lucky lady, young or old.

Madison Brushes, The Cosmetic Outlet €29.99 The Cosmetic Outlet Meath Street


This 7 piece brush set (again from an Irish company Madison Makeup!) have just been launched and will be sure to fly off the shelves for Christmas.  You can get these excusively at The Cosmetic Outlet Dublin but if you can’t reach there you can order over the phone.  Get them quick before they’re all gone!

Ted Baker Nail Polish Set €15

Ted Baker Nail Polish

I always love the nail gift sets that Ted Baker bring out at Christmas and this is no exception.  A great stocking filler!

Marc Jacobs Daisy perfume set €60 Boots stores or


Lastly, no Christmas gift guide would be complete without a perfume set and this Marc Jacobs one is defo on my list this year!  You get the body wash and lotion free with this one so it’s great value.  I love the smell of this, it’s perfect for day or night and you can really layer the fragrance.

So that’s it, some inspiration for if you’re doing any Christmas shopping this week.  Be sure to check out my makeup gift guide as well here.

What do you think, are you lusting after any of these?  Let me know below 🙂