Sponge Week continues… 

  I’m still working with the same three sponges but more arrived yesterday and the review continues. I must apologize as I neglected to say that I was my sponges after each use to keep them clean and germ free. I’ve been using the Beauty Blender cleansers (liquid and solid). I think I prefer the solid for cleaning larger size sponges. It just feels like I have more control. The liquid in the pump bottle works better for small sponges and brushes, in my opinion. Since I clean after each use the process is quick. 

Let’s not forget that this is a review… At this point in the week I have all but given up on the Ulta beauty sponge. I’ve really been working with the Real Techniques and my fave, Beauty Blender. I use the Real Techniques more often during night applications when I tend to wear fuller coverage and go for more dramatic looks. 

Day 1 Blenders and Sponges

image.jpegI have been using the Beauty Blender for a very long time now.  Today’s trial was to introduce a few other sponges and see if I can be swayed from the tried and true.  I used the Ulta sponge (small size orange sponge) and the real techniques blender (large size orange sponge) in addition to my tried and true beauty blender.

First things first, I didn’t love the Ulta sponge.  It felt a little stiff and did not blend product enough for me even when used damp.  For someone with a relative petite hand this would likely have a good feel.  The pointy side and the flatter side were attractive for the multi-use possibilities.  I will continue to try this sponge to see if the material relaxes with use.  If it has a softer feel I might be swayed in its usefulness in my makeup bag.

As a first timer with the Real Techniques sponge if was amazingly effective.  The larger size was intimidating but the product design is spot on.  I was able to move easily in the corner of my eyes and around my face surface.  It also came in handy when cleaning up my eyebrows.  I will continue to use this.  When I have a beauty giveaway this will be one of the gifts.  Everyone that is serious about a flawless look should snatch this up.  The finish is flawless and smooth.  It is a great compliment to the original beauty blender but I suspect it will carve out its own niche in my makeup routine.

 

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Product Review: First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream

This gets to the dry chapped places and rescues them back to life. I live for this during the winter in the Northeast.

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It’s Sunday, and of course time for another product review!

Finding travel size items to work with your beauty routine on vacation can be difficult. I did a lot of searching before my trip to Tucson this week for the best products. The hardest to find was a moisturizer, but I finally landed on First Aid Beauty.

I’ve heard some good things about this brand, so I decided to try their face cream.

First of all, I didn’t know it was meant for very dry skin. I have normal to dry but not super dry skin. But for a dry place like Arizona, this moisturizer is just what I needed!

It’s a very creamy formula, so a little goes a long way. Having said that, for those of you beauties with dry skin, definitely apply this guy twice a day. Your skin will seriously thank you!

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A little detour…

This week is reserved for sponge review, testing and endorsement however, I spent most of the day in the kitchen cooking for my family.  Needless to say the sponges did not come in handy.  I would like to take this opportunity to talk about the Clarisonic Mia2 face cleansing brush.  No other way to describe it other than to say that I love it.  I will be comparing it to the Vanity Planet cleansing brush in upcoming weeks but for now, this is my go to cleansing brush.

What I like: it has two levels of intensity.  The time is pre-determined to help prevent you from leaving the brush in one place too long and damaging the skin.  It can also be used in the shower and anytime I can complete more than one task in one place I am thankful.

What I don’t like: The charging connection is a little awkward due to the shape of the device.  This is no way reduces the overall effectiveness of the device.

Today I needed a little face rescue and in swooped the Mia 2.

I rate this two thumbs up.  Mia2

Sponges and Blenders

image.pngI am looking forward to a week of sponge and blender testing.  I routinely use my Beauty Blender (the original).  It gets the job done however getting into tight spaces like the corners of the eye and around the mouth were a bit of a challenge.  The new micro.mini blender was a great way to fix this.   It is also great to hit the spots that need color correction or extra coverage.  The list of blenders could go on forever but my list is compiled of these

  • Beauty Blender the Original
  • Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge
  • Ulta Super blender
  • Stylewurks Blending makeup sponge