Category Archives: Makeup Pro Store

Product Review: Balance Me Cleanse and Smooth Face Balm

I have been using this cleanser for a number of weeks now. The first thing you notice is the gorgeous  aroma from all of the natural ingredients in this product. It is a fabulous cleanser and removes so much dirt and makeup from your skin without effort. I love that this product comes with its own muslin cloth.

This product is 100% natural, and it shows. It has oatmeal in the formula which really does help gently cleanse and clear away dead skin cells. After using the product, you are left with a beautiful moisturised feel to your skin.  This product was given to me as a gift by Paddy McGurgan in the Makeup Pro Store, Belfast. They stock a selection of the Balance Me range. If you are looking for some new skin care, this range is definitely worth a try.

Balance Me Skincare range is available at The Makeup Pro Store, Belfast

Balance Me Skincare range is available at The Makeup Pro Store, Belfast

Here is what Balance Me have to say about this product:

Cleanse and smooth face balm is a daily must-have for its dual cleansing and smoothing action to enhance your skin’s natural radiance. Anti-oxidant rich Arctic cloudberry, gentle Roman chamomile and skin-brightening red mandarin smooth away daily grime and make-up leaving skin soft, radiant and calmly clean. Gently polishing oatmeal sloughs away dead skin cells and encourages cell renewal. Shea and cocoa butter, softening rosehip, camellia, kukui nut and virgin coconut oils, rich in essential fatty acids, vitamins and lipids provide a layer of skin-boosting goodness which benefits both young and more mature skins.

Instructions for use:

Warm a small amount of balm in clean hands. Smooth over face and neck, gently massaging the balm with your finger tips in circular movements, allowing the oats to polish the skin for at least 30 seconds. Apply warm water and continue massaging for a further 30 seconds. Close eyes and wipe carefully over lids and eye lashes, avoiding direct contact with eyes. Wet the muslin cloth provided with warm water and remove balm residue from your skin. Pat skin dry then apply our moisture-rich face cream or radiance face oil. We recommend this balm for normal to dry/sensitive skins but it also works very effectively on all skin types.

This product retails at £20.00 for a 125ml tube. If you are not sure about it, Balance Me also sell at 15ml Tube for only £4.00

For more information on the Balance Me range visit www.balanceme.co.uk

For more information about Paddy McGurgan and the Makeup Pro Store visit www.facebook.com/MakeUpProStore 

Belfast’s first Makeup Pro Store…

Recently, Belfast seen the opening of a very exciting store for both the public and Professional Makeup Artists. Award winning Make-up Artist, Paddy McGurgan, opened Belfast’s very own Makeup Pro Store.

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Paddy has hand-picked his favourite brands to be featured in-store from countries all around the world. It’s not only about make-up though, I was so glad to see some excellent skin care products in there too.

Makeup Pro Store Belfast Paddy McGurgan

Makeup Pro Store Belfast

The Makeup Pro Store is currently the stage for 9 different brands. Those brands are Embryolisse, Balance Me, Lucy Annabelle, The Makeup Studio, T.LeClerc, Make-up Atelier, Senna Cosmetics, DecoDerm and Paddy’s own range of Makeup Pro Store Brushes.

Makeup Pro Store Belfast Paddy McGurgan

A range of Products available in the Makeup Pro Store

Paddy gave me a lovely tour of the store and talked me through the brands and product’s he stocks and why.

I got to ask Paddy a few questions very serious and burning questions….

If your shop was on fire and you could only pick one product from each brand , which products would you save?

Balance Me – Cleanse and Smooth Face Balm (Paddy also gave me a tube of this to take home, so I will do a separate review shortly.)

Balance Me - Cleanse and Smooth Face Balm

Balance Me – Cleanse and Smooth Face Balm

A daily cleanser for cleansing balm addicts! Cleverly packaged in a handy, hygienic tube, our sophisticated 100% natural oil-based balm contains anti-oxidant Arctic cloudberry and gently polishing oatmeal. Sold with muslin cloth. Ideally suited for normal to dry/sensitive skins.£20 for 125ml tube

Embroylisse –  BB Cream

Embroylisse BB Cream

Embroylisse BB Cream

An Alcohol-Free, Beauty Balm that softens fine lines and wrinkles, covers imperfections and blemishes and acts as a primer. Hyaluronic Acid moisturizes and plumps the skin. A universal shade that provides bright, even skin tone with a stunning nude effect. A protective treatment against free radicals that effectively combats aging. $39 for 30ml tube

Makeup Studio – Matt Eyeshadows (When I asked him to specify which one would be his number 1, he broke out in a little sweat and he told me he couldn’t possibly choose, as it is like asking someone which of their children they would save! Lol! You gotta love his enthusiasm!)

Make up Studio Eyeshadows

Make up Studio Eyeshadows

Compact Matt Eyeshadow in Natural and Extreme Colours. Simple to apply because of the high intensity of the pigment. As well as dry, it can also be applied wet for a more powerful and long-lasting effect.

T.LeClerc – Banane Powder

T.LeClerc Banane Loose Powder

T.LeClerc Banane Loose Powder

Amazingly fine and light loose powder based on pure rice starch provides matte finish and visibly smoothes the skin. Poudre T. LeClerc incomparably masters light and hides flaws while magnifying the complexion. This powder is well-tolerated by the most sensitive skin, and also serves as protection against pollution and solar radiation. £36 for 25g tub.

Senna Cosmetics – Flare Eyeshadow – Paddy said he LOVES this product as an eyeshadow, but it also makes the most amazing highlighter!

Makeup Studio Flare Eyeshadow

Makeup Studio Flare Eyeshadow

Beautiful light reflective finish gives buildable coverage that can be soft on the eyes or richly intense. The glossy surface and depth of color and dimension make these colors wearable. $18.00

Make up Pro Store Brush Range – Duo-fibre Foundation Brush

Makeup Pro Store - Duo Fibre Brush

Makeup Pro Store – Duo Fibre Brush

Large Duo Fibre Face brush made of both natural and synthetic fibres. Perfect for lightweight application and blending of fluid, cream or powder.  £12.99

DecoDerm – Black Eyeliner Pencil

DecoDerm Eyeliner Pencil

DecoDerm Eyeliner Pencil

Eye pencil with a soft and delicate texture to accurately outline the eye contour, giving intensity to the look. Exclusive formula that is easy to apply thanks to a high concentration of pigments that design an intense, elegant and long-lasting line.

Do you have products to suit all budgets?

Yes! The DecoDerm range would be our lowest priced products in store and is great for anyone to start building their makeup collection.

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If money isn’t really and object, I would recommend the Senna Cosmetics range.

If you are somewhere in between, I would recommend mixing and matching between the brands. There are certain items you can get away with spending less money on. But for the likes of foundation, I recommend investing more of your money in that area. You can pop into the store any time and our trained staff can help pick products to suit your skin and your budget.

Can you recommend certain Brands for different skin types?

Yes. For Dry skin I would recommend the T.LeClerc Hydrating Foundation. It gives a medium coverage and can be mixed and blended with concealer to give a full coverage.501480627

For Combination skin, I recommend the No Transfer Foundation by Makeup Studio. It comes in 31 shades so you can be sure to get a true skin match.

For oily skin, I recommend the Mineralised Foundation by Senna Cosmetics.

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What makes the Makeup Pro Store different from the likes of Boots or Debenhams?

All the staff and artists here are trained in all the products and brands which we stock. So where you will go into any of the other stores, those staff will be trained to sell products from their brand only. At the Makeup Pro store we wont be in Sales mode. We will use the products which we believe are best for your skin. The staff here are all Professional Makeup Artists, not Sales Consultants.

Watch our video below to take a quick tour of the Makeup Pro Store and get a sneak peek at all the cosmetics there is in store.

Paddy also has his very own Makeup Academy Space at the Pro Store. Contact Paddy directly for information on his great Makeup Courses or visit http://www.paddymcgurganartist.com

If you would like to try out some of these Cosmetic Brands for yourself pop into the store or make an appointment for a tailored evaulation of your skin and the best products to use. The Makeup Pro store is situated on Belfast’s Royal Avenue (a few doors up from The Belfast Telegraph and facing Biento Madame Bridalwear).