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Product Review: Original Beauty Blender

Maybe you’ve seen that little pink, bulb shaped sponge at Sephora and wondered what it is and why you need it. Well that my friends is the Original Beauty Blender Sponge and I’ll give you a few good reasons why you need it!

The common use is to use it to apply your foundation. My favorite way is to run it under warm water then squeeze it a few times to release the extra water, dip it into foundation and dab and blend all over my skin. The water helps to give you a smooth finish, and also works to ‘fill’ the sponge so it doesn’t soak up (and waste) a lot of extra foundation.

The shape of the sponge allows you to move the foundation into and around all the creases of your skin – again giving you that flawless finish.

If you are a powder foundation lover, this sponge, slightly dampened, rolls over your skin to lock the powder in and eliminates the ‘powder look’ – thus giving you a glowy, more natural finish.

Use it to dab on your liquid blush, to blend in your contour, highlighter and luminizer, and even use the thinner end to apply your concealer.

I have a friend who has a second sponge she uses to ‘roll on’ her moisturizer every morning and evening. I have personally not tried this – I really should – but she swears it’s a great treat for the skin and that her moisturizer gets absorbed better.

There are other blending sponges on the market, and I admit I haven’t tried all of them, but I have tried a few of them and they just aren’t quite up to the quality of the Original Beauty Blender.

I have had mine for almost four years, use it a few times a week, and it’s still in great shape! As with any makeup tool, don’t forget to clean it often however.

So no matter what type of makeup you use – tinted moisturizer, full coverage foundation, or powder – invest in one of these awesome little pink sponges!

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Product Review: TARTE Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara

Today’s review is about a longtime favorite product of mine – TARTE’s Lights, Camera, Splashes Mascara!

As a teen in the 90’s I gravitated towards the ever popular green and pink tube of Maybelline Great Lash – but oh boy, have I learned since then! In my 20+ years of being a beauty lover and my almost 10 years being immersed directly IN the beauty industry I estimate I’ve tried about 100 different brands and types of mascara. So the fact that whenever I’m not being sent a new product to try and I’m in need of mascara I pick up a tube of Lights, Camera, Lashes EVERY time is saying a lot!

Now I’ve got to say that this mascara is my ‘everyday use’ mascara. It won’t give you sky high glossy, jet black, touching your forehead, lashes (I’ve got other products for that which I’ll share in the future!) but you (likely) don’t want a mascara that daring in your every day routine anyway – you want nice, clump-free, definition that doesn’t flake or give you raccoon eyes after only a few hours of wearing it – and Lights, Camera, Lashes will make you proud.

The tube itself is this really cool, quilted packaging that DOESN’T ROLL OFF YOUR COUNTER!! SO key because how often have we put our mascara down to wipe off a stray bit, or curl your lashes…and it rolls right off the counter?! But awesome packaging aside, this mascara is great. For those of you who are swimmers or criers Lights, Camera, SPLASHES is also available and is the waterproof version (disclaimer: as I am not a swimmer, nor much of a crier, I have not tried this particular product).

Now, the bad news…this mascara is a bit on the pricey side…it’ll set you back about $25 and as you all should be doing, mascara should be replaced every 3-4 months so this may be a bit of a bite in the bank account. I personally think it’s worth it. I have other products I prefer on the ‘lower end’ of the scale so splurging for a particular product which always comes through is worth it.

 

 

 

Product Review: NARS Pressed Finishing Powder

Today’s product is the NARS Pressed Finishing Powder! NARS is a company that doesn’t disappoint – they have a wide array of products and are up on the latest trends – but not shoving them in your face. NARS provides a nice blend of classy and stylish makeup. And they are cruelty free which is extremely important to me.

The NARS pressed finishing powder will set your makeup and add a luminous sheen to your face – giving it an airbrushed look. It lasts a long time and sets your makeup beautifully. Upon first glance this white powder may be intimidating to some (not me since I’m super pale haha) but it truly does melt into your makeup and lock it in with a gently glowy (not JLo glowy!) look so I’d recommend it no matter what your skin tone is. If your skin is dry it can look slightly cakey – but if you use a finishing spray as well that will help it settle into that no-makeup look.

The first few times I picked up this product I grabbed the loose version – I liked it but found it a wee bit messy (as loose powders can be!), then one time I went to pick some up and my local Sephora was out of the loose, so I picked up the pressed. At first I found the pressed a wee bit harder to work with, since I was used to the loose, but actually found myself re-buying the pressed on my last trip since it is a bit more convenient to work with. It’s easier to travel with as it comes in a smaller container, and is easy to use on-the-go if you need to.

NARS has a wide range of colored pressed powders to match your skin tone, and they are great products, but I prefer this white pressed finishing powder. I find it easier to work with and happier with the results on my skin.