Want to know how many make up brushes people have?

I asked a question on my Facebook Page about make up brushes
“Really need to know how you store your make up brushes? in a pot? in your make up bag, how many you have / use regularly etc thanks x”

I was quite amazed at the response, I personally use 1 for Pressing powder over foundation, I have had it so long I can’t remember where I got it from another for blusher which is a mac brush, 1 double ended brush for eye shadow again no idea where from, and others I have found along the way, they are cleaned once a week then flung in my make up box! Anyway below are the results hope you enjoy reading, please feel free to comment in the box below all about your brushes.
Lisa x

Sharon – I have a expensive pro set in a roll, clean them regularly. In my make up bag, have a New one I bought at Elson CosmeticClinic when I was in Southport it’s in its own case, also a push up lip brush, and a Japanese eyeliner brush which is fab. Wash them all in dishwasher on glass wash every couple of weeks. Hope that helps Donna Marie One blusher brush, never washed it the rest I use the little brushes on the end of my hand. keep saying I’m going to book myself in for a makeover but with five kids, two horses and three dogs there doesn’t seem much point

Lisa – Drawer in the bathroom with all my makeup. I’ve got about 10 brushes, Ruby & Millie ones!

Jayne – I have a large blusher brush and a small eyebrow brush, which probably get washed once in a blue moon! I use cotton buds to put on eye shadow then throw them away. The brushes get stored in my make up bag and are used daily.

Nicola – I don’t use a brush at all, just my fingers! You can probably tell from looking at me!

Sarah – I use mac & benefit brushes and I clean them regularly with shampoo and then leave them to dry on the radiator. I store mine in a box x

Catherine – Have two brushes, one for blusher and other eye shadow both just get thrown in my morning box!!! It called that cos it the only time it get used!!! Need to get out more!

Zoe – In my makeup bag!

Rebecca – In my make up box on dressing table and was once in a while x

Rachel – I’ve got one and it’s in my going out bag and it’s only an eye shadow with smudge brush xx

Sandra – About 12 brushes kept in make up drawer! Use blusher, eye shadow & brow brushes everyday. Eyeliner brush & foundation brush less frequently! Love a nice natural hair brush!!!!

Maralyn – Oh dear me I must have about fifty. When I go away I wash a whole load, or buy new, or use new ones, which I have never used.
I love the brush that comes with the NAKED EYE SHADOWS.
I do throw some out if they are really bad and the bristles become loose… Or other are clean and I can use for my craft projects!
Sophie – I have them in my make up bag, I have 3 one big for all over face a smaller one for blusher and one tiny for eyes! Not changed often enough I need new ones. I would love good ones

Gemma – I have one blusher brush just thrown in my bag x

Jayne – Foundation, concealer and blusher -All kept in my make up bag and washed every 2 weeks – brushes and bag xx

Becky – I have some in my make up drawer also a special bag that’s only for brushes. I am probably well overdue a renewal tbh xxx

Viv – I use a kabuki brush, a foundation brush, a blusher brush and an eye shadow brush. They are from Tropic Pure Plant Beauty and I wash them with Carex about once a month before drying on a tissue on a radiator shelf.

Charlotte – Okay so I have about 30 brushes that I use regularly. I keep them in clear acrylic pots but have a brush clutch for when I go away. I wash them every other day, but sanitise them after every use. I have a few more that I use for specific looks but these are my dressing table regulars

Nicola – I keep them in my makeup bag, and use 3 regularly (eye shadow, bronzer and brow) and I have a few more that I rarely use in another makeup bag.

Natalie – I’ve got a large bronzer brush, a smaller blusher brush and two everyday eye shadow brushes. They all live in my make up drawer and don’t get washed as often as they should.

Karen – I have a wicker basket with all my make up and brushes in think ive had my blusher brush about 12 yrs lol

Jane – My kabuki brush and eye shadow applicator live in my normal make up bag, but my other brushes live in my massive make up kit that I only break out for special nights out.

Jade – I have loads of brushes, some in make up bag and some in a pot, wash my ‘daily’ brushes every Sunday, and my ‘special’ brushes as and when used. Not sure if washing them correctly or drying them right!

Alison – On my dressing table. Don’t do anything with them and don’t renew! Prob got loads of bacteria in them!!

Cheryl – I have two brushes, one for bigger one for bronzer and a smaller for blusher. Both stored in my make up bag x

Jessica – I have one brush for my powder, which rarely gets used and when freed from the grasps of my two year old it is in my make up bag x

Kylie – I have one brush for blusher I use most days, it’s just thrown in my makeup bag lol x

Lesley – Store my 2 in my bathroom cabinet x

Niki – In my make up bag, never wash , never change and I have about 4 – I’m crap with make up !

Francesca – In one of my make up bags, not washed often enough 

I thought I would add 2 photos of my make-up obsessed daughters brushes after she cleaned them this week! 



Choosing a nail colour

Choosing a nail colour, how hard can it be?

One of the biggest questions we have in the salon is when clients are choose a nail colour, they simply dont know what to choose, this may seem like a big deal for some but for others adventurous enough to try colour, they can often be sat there for such a long time tooing and frowing between shaded of reds, pastels or just French.

So my advice to those who are unsure is based on a few factors

1/ What colour do you wear a lot of?

Look at your wardrobe do you buy lots of one particular colour? If your wardrobe is full of pink clothes your highly unlikely to be picking a green colour polish, if you wear a lot of black think about your accessories or maybe choose a colour to match a scarf or bag.

2/ What colour makes you safe and happy?

We all have a safe or happy colour, sometimes its not obvious, but when you first start to look you may need to dig a little deeper round, to see what colours you like in our own home, it maybe a favourite flower or a particular jewellery accessory.

3/ Your skin tone.

Having darker skin lends well to darker and more bolder colours, pale skin tones play it safe with nude colours, pinks and French.

4/ Your hair colour

Your hair colour plays a big part, blondes tend to lean towards classic red colours or French, Brunettes like to play it bold with blues, greens and something unusual, reds tend to sway towards pastels, browns, bronzes and nudes.

5/ Going to an event and want to colour coordinate?

Having an event to attend often can cause weeks if not months of thought about what nail colour to have? But you don’t always have to match exactly, if you are wearing a Pink dress for a wedding but would not dream of wearing pink polish on your fingers then think about matching with Nude shoes, bags or accessories, or just play it safe with good old French which matches everything

6/ Whats in fashion / Seasonality? Christmas its fair to say us nail technicians are covered head to toe in red glitter the week prior to the festive season, its like its some unwritten law choose red, or any variation or red or gold glitter! Spring sees lots of pastels colours with the odd client wanting to mix it up with lots of variations all at once! Summer we say hello to coral, oranges, bright glitters and bright neon pinks. Once the summer holidays are over and the dark nights start to draw in the winter reds, burnt crimson and autumnal colours arrive as the leaves fall from the trees.

But whatever you choose your only 2 or 3 weeks away from making another choice, so choose what makes you happy, try to get into your head a group of colours you have in mind prior to your nail appointment, so if you know you want a red, only look at red choices, sometimes there is just so much choice we get confused thinking we should have something different, but have whatever you like.

So you see we have so many choices to make, good luck with yours!

Lisa x






Mascara Unhappiness

Mascara Unhappyness!

This morning I wrote a post on my Facebook page about Mascara as I seem to be buying a new mascara every month, because I genuinely can not find one I am happy with. As I type I can hear an advert on the TV for a maybelline mascara! I am constantly fed up of seeing misleading adverts for mascara with the model having enhanced lash extensions.

This week Benefit recently came out as the number 1 mascara in a recent poll but I found this the worse one! at nearly £20 all I was left with was clumpy lashes and practically impossible to remove so I eagerly awaited any responses. Below is a vast range of recommendations and some to avoid. Hope you enjoy to read.

So in my search for the perfect mascara here is what I wrote.

“Ok so genuinely all I am seeing at the moment is Mascara unhappyness, Everywhere I look people seem to be asking what’s your favourite mascara, I must have about 12 mascaras on the go and I am not happy with any of them, Ive tried MAC, Benefit, channel, every Max Factor one, cheep ones, expensive ones! so are you genuinely Happy with your mascara?
just tell us below what you use and why you like it.Thanks x”


The only mascara I’ve worn since I was 15 is max factor calorie 2000 in black and everyone comments on my lashes, I’ve tried every mascara out there and nothing matches it. I love it. – Catherine

• I love Lancôme hypnosis mascara n I’ve tried a few. – Paula

• I have very deep set eyes and try as I might, I’ve never found one that doesnt leave smudges under my eyes by the end of the night..I think its the oil in my skin? But I might try the L’Oreal one. – Jayne

• Soap and Glory Thick and Fast for every day and L’Oreal Double Extension Waterproof for nights out. I wore the L’Oreal one on my wedding day and it did not budge despite tears and heat and everything – the only reason I don’t wear it all the time is that it seriously doesn’t budge, I was still wearing the same mascara on my honeymoon 4 days later! – Jane

• I’ve also used loads of mascaras ranging from cheap to expensive but my favorite which I’ve used for years is Avon supershock. It’s usually only £5. – Emma

• I use Avon ones I use the spectra lash has 3 different settings on it. – Rachel

• I’ve tried loads but the best I’ve found is Dior iconic over curl its so good I tried others but nothing measures up to it. – Joanne

• Always used rimmel since I was a teen, once you find one that suits you it’s hard to beat
. – Abbi

• Soap & Glory. – Corinne

• I use YSL faux lash effect about £20 but worth it
. – Niki

• I get mine from the internet, from America. Jordana best lash extreme. It’s brilliant and it’s only about 3 pounds. – Emily

• Body shop. -Vic

• I wear strip lashes!! I use soap and glory mascara on my bottom lashes and use it over my strip lashes. It make my bottom lashes look long and doesn’t clump. – Michelle

• Clineque lash power long wearing formula that defines even the smallest lash stands out from the crowd for me no others I’ve tried over the years looks as good without any clogging going on. – Angela

• Iv tried most of the above. All no good, just bought mascara from next they have a make up range I heard was good!!! Oh worse mascara Iv ever used!! £9. Don’t be fooled by the cheap price , it’s not a bargain as it’s awful. I’m now left with another wasted tube of mascara!!!

• I have used Dior in the past but I prefer Soap and Glory, it’s as dark and slightly less clumpy and it costs half as much! – Jane

• Mac Haute and Naughty! By far the best I’ve tried. Rosie

• I use No 7 lash impact which you can build it up without it clumping or good old faithful max factor calorie 2000. – Cheryl

• Clarins – violet and soap and glory
. – Katherine

• Bobby Brown. – Vicky

• The benefit one smudges badly as I have long lashes. I like volume million by l’oreal but you have to use it for about a week before it reaches it’s best…….think the plastic brush needs to soften! – Amy

• Soap and glory or any Maybelline – cheap and good!! – Heather

• Clinique eyelash extension – does what it says and very night on the eyes not too heavy!

• Boots no 7
. – Margaret

• Estee lauder more than mascara brilliant. Kim

• L’Oréal Volume Million Lashes So Couture is fab, me steph n anna luv it separates and builds a fab false lash look and you can build it and build it for evening look. I got baggy puffy skin above my eye socket and it doesnt transfer. Highly recommend. – Wendy

Thanks to all who took the time to comment.

I also asked My daughter Layla what she recommends and she said one from Bodycare, volumising mascara lash extreme.

If you are currently experiencing Mascara unhappiness then I do hope some of the above comments may have helped you with your next selection. Please feel free to comment about your favourite mascara or your findings in the comment box below Lisa x x



Winter Skin Care

You may have noticed some changes to your skin this time of year and this is quite normal.  There are many things that you will not have thought about like turning the central heating on causing your skin to become dryer and dehydrated, or  going out into the cold and wind, exposing your skin to cold harsh weather conditions, it is no wonder your skin it going to need a little extra help this time of year.  Its party season  so we can also blame festive nights out for for putting our skin through its paces, with a little over indulgence, our skin can react in various ways, however increasingly stressful lifestyles can contribute further to dry dehydrated skin in people of all ages.

Everybody’s skin is different, genetically and the products we use, what we expose our skin to can sometimes have a big impact on  how our skin looks and feels, breakouts can occur, but most commonly severe dehydration and dryness causing skin to become irritated itchy and inflamed, the worst areas can be cheeks and eyes as well as the whole of your body but the good news is you are not alone and there are things you can do  to improve the appearance and feel of your skin.

1/ Exfoliation – Exfoliating your skin regularly and removed dull dead skin cells  helps the products we use afterwards to penetrate the skin fully, My recommendation is Daily Microfoliant, the best exfoliaoer I have ever used, suitable for all skin types, you can use it twice a day, and even mix it in with your Dermalogica cleanser if your a bit short on time. It always gives great brightening results every time, use this for your face only.  To be honest also a good soak in a bubble bath with some body exfoliator and a body net scrub, wont go a miss, you never know when you may be needing to get those legs out! and  smother in a body lotion afterwards, how you look after your skin in the winter will effect how it looks come the spring.  DO NOT IGNORE!

2/ Moisturiser – Your skin can change and you may need a heavier moisturiser in the winter, don’t just presume your skin is the same all year round, everyone is different, if you feel your skin is starting to dry out a little then I would say don’t panic! Change your routine slightly using a heavier cream at night.

3/ Face masks – It has been scientifically proven that topically applied vitamins do improve the health of skin, vitamin A helps to inhibit collagen breakdown while stimulating collagen production for more plump looking skin, vitamin B5 aids in healing while vitamin E is an antioxidant that provides a barrier protection while smoothing skin, again make time for yourself in that bubble bath and lay back and relax with a face mask on.

4/ Lip Balm – No matter whether your lips are chapped or not wear lip balm all the time to protect them from wind, rain and cold, this will help keep them in tip top condition for those party nights, there is nothing worse then trying to apply red lippy to dry, chapped lips! * Try Dermalogica Climate control

I could go on but to be honest these are my 4 most important “Must do’s for your skin”  Stick to doing these and you will keep looking fabulous all over the festive period and through to the spring.  Do get a facial if you have time, do drink lots of water and fruity teas or plenty of fresh orange,  check out vitamins if you are feeling over tired and sluggish and take time to look at your skin and think how it feels, if you need to ask a question you can always email me to flutterbysalon@yahoo.co.uk or drop me a line on our Facebook page Flutterby Salon Southport

My recommended kit for you to try – Dermalogica dry Skin Kit

Contact the salon for price and stock availability.

Looking after your Shellac nails

Shellac Nails!

Such a big subject where to start?

Well I think basically the purpose of this post is to highlight that you do have some maintenance to do your self in looking after your nails and getting them to last well for you.  I do hear on numerous occasions people say “Oh Shellac ruined my nails!” and my first question will be “Did you pick it off” 9 out of 10 people will say “yes”, next question “did you use a cuticle oil every day?” reply “no” well my response is I am not surprised! do not expect any sympathy from me at all!, this may seem a little harsh you say but this is a salon treatment which has become more available to buy the kit off the internet, but there is a skill to removing it, and looking out for any problems that may occur and some may not know what to look for, but how are you supposed to know if no one ever told you?

My tips for Happy and healthy Shellac Nails

I always recommend that you wear rubber gloves, (preferably Marigolds, yes they are a little more expensive but you will get months out of them) for washing up, gardening or any household chores that my involve detergent or bleach.

I recommend you use a good quality Cuticle Oil all the time, and I mean every day! No not a hand cream, oh well go on a hand cream but that is as well! I look at hand cream as a drink for your skin and a cuticle oil as a food for your nails, put it around and under your nails most definitely every night before you get in bed, and in the morning once you are washed, if you can get it on mid day as well all the better.

I would also recommend that you have a reshellac every 2 weeks, I have some clients who get longer and I am talking 4 or 5 weeks but sometimes they run the risk of them snapping.

You can file the nails when you have shellac on, again I have some clients who cut them down and file them but beware you are removing the seal on the free edge and making it easier for water to get in between the Shellac and the nail, and then the Shellac possibly lifting.

AVOID – Hot baths soaking your hands for hours under the water, heated swimming pools, spas, sauna, although your shellac will not immediately it will shorten its durability.

REMEMBER not everybody’s nails are the same, some peoples nails are weak some are strong, some nails react well to shellac others do not, some people just like it for a special occasion, others have it all the time, just remember NO PICKING!!!

And remember when your Shellac comes off, if you are not re applying it then you need to re buff your nails with a 3 way buffer. If you would like to know how to remove Shellac from your nails then pop over to my Website page Shellac Removal at Flutterby Salon Southport where I have explained everything you need and how to do it yourself as we would in a salon.

If you have any more questions for me about Shellac I will be happy to answer if I can. Lisa x

Shellac nails

Keep Calm and get Shellac nails

New to Waxing? – Does waxing Hurt?

The one thing I get asked about over and over again is

Does waxing hurt?

Now I am not being funny but you are about to have the hairs ripped out of the folicle to be blunt!  But there are things that you need to know that “could” help you!

Prior to your waxing treatment do lots of exfoliation, especially on the legs, under arms or arms, avoid any facial exfoliation.

Keep your skin well moisturised before and after the treatment, more so before because if your skin is dry or dehydrated then this will not help, the skin needs to be in good condition, any cuts patchy dryness, scabs on your skin can cause your skin to pull during the waxing process and may cause bleeding.

I have heard some cases where clients have been advised to take a pain killer prior to a treatment, and I have to say this is not my advice, the pain if any is a short sharp pull that goes after a few seconds.  If you are very sensitive during the run up to your period then I would also recommend you avoid this time and avoid caffine on the day as this can also make you  hypersensitive.

In my opinion and I am a regular waxer the secret is to keep on top of it! get your waxing done every 4 weeks! don’t leave it for months, keep it regular and I promise after a few months you wont bat an eyelid! In my experience its the ones who keep it up see a significant reduction in hair re-growth.

There are different waxing systems that are used for waxing different areas, warm or strip waxing is ideal for legs, arms, underarms and backs, and Hot wax is more suitable for Underarm, bikini and facial waxing.

Things to avoid after your waxing treatments would be Hot baths or showers, any immediate exposure to sun beds or sunbathing, excessive exercise or sweating, no deodorant or fake tans and no shaving in between waxes.

Things that might prevent you from having a waxing treatment would be if you are on any Acne medication or Roaccutane anti ageing or skin thinning products (Facial waxing) recent exposure to UV rays, or if you are sunburnt, if you are diabetic then you are best to have a patch test done prior to your treatment or lastly if you are allergic to oils.

In my Salon, Flutterby Salon Southport we use 2 wax systems Hava for Strip wax and Waxperts for the hot wax system