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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: Joe Fresh Fresh Glass

I’m going to go back to my beauty roots and sharing some of my favorite, and least favorite, products with you over the next few months!

First up is the Joe Fresh Fresh Glass lip gloss. Unfortunately we are starting off on a bad foot here because although I usually feel the love for Joe Fresh cosmetic products – they are an innovative brand, who is cruelty free, and sprouting up everywhere at a decent price point – this was not a great product. I’ll have to review some of the other products which I’ve tried and loved at another time because I really do feel this is a great brand, despite this product.

I received a tube for free straight from Joe Fresh, and another tube from Shoppers Drug Mart who is carrying the Joe Fresh line now. Typically free products are top-notch as the companies are looking for a review, and are introducing you to their brand, but this was a HUGE exception.

STICKY is an understatement! I actually don’t mind a bit of tack to my lip glosses (a la most M.A.C. lip glosses) but this product takes it to the extreme unfortunately. And although the color goes on fairly sheer the product is thick, so you get those nasty clumps and strings from even 1 or 2 coats.

In their favor, the colors are nice – in addition to the 2 I’ve tried I’ve swatched all the colors – and it is fairly long lasting…but I just can’t get by the extreme stickiness. I wore this out a few days ago and was constantly conscious of how sticky my lips were. There is a slight minty scent, which was a big thing with companies a few years ago, and while it is better than the chemically, musty smell some lip products give off, this mint scent is more of a gimmick than anything else.

The price point on these is quite low – but in my opinion you can get a WAY better product at the same price point if you are looking to experiment with some new colors.

So sorry Joe Fresh – I’ll shop your line again, but Fresh Glass was a HUGE thumbs down.