Sunday, November 11, 2012

Review: The Beauty Blender

I first tried the Beauty Blender in June 2012 from my July Glamour Birchbox. I took a few months to test this product out because I wanted to make certain that I could give an honest, detailed review.

What is a Beauty Blender?
The Beauty Blender is a makeup sponge applicator that averagely retails at $19.00 for one or two for $25

What makes the Beauty Blender Unique?
The Beauty Blender is designed to give a natural, flawless texture. It has been advertised to prevent that "cakey, packed on" foundation look and the blending process is to be much easier as the shape of the this applicator  can easy fit into all the nooks and crannies of one's face.

How Do I Use the Beauty Blender?
I will admit that when I first had this product in my hands, I had no idea what to do. There was no brochure, or reading materials of any sort in my Birchbox to explain the how to's of this sponge. Luckily, Birchbox sends out email during the month with tips, tricks, and how to's for each product. With enough research, review reading, and YouTube exploration, I was finally able to master the Beauty Blender.

Step 1: Soak your Beauty Blender with water, then squeeze out the excess water
Step 2: Using the Beauty Blender, pick up a small amount of product
Step 3: Apply the product to your face in a tapping like motion to distribute to product evenly
Step 4: Start blending evenly

*Use the pointed end on the curves of your nose, mouth, and other small areas like the eyes
*Always use wet, because using it dry will make it difficult to clean
*Always make sure you ring out the excess water or a streaky look may appear
*To wash, use a mild soap and let air dry completely before using again

My Opinion:
I love the Beauty Blender, however, I do not love the price. It's quite expensive, but what isn't anymore? I did notice all the benefits that Beauty Blender claims to promise: a flawless, natural, look. Using this product is so easy I'm sure a beginner can easily master it with little practice. 

I've never really used a sponge before because I do not wear foundation, but rather tinted moisturizer, and this applied it so wonderfully!I truly noticed a more dewy, less cakey look. 

Washing is simple as well. I did not purchase the Beauty Cleanser because the price is just out of my budget. I always use mild soap or baby shampoo. The use of my normal cleanser did not harm my Beauty Blender whatsoever,

I rate this product a 10/10 because it true to what it advertises, and the quality is superb. This may be a bit pricey  but you get what you pay for.

Will I Purchase this again? 
Definitely  I will, however, find some sort of a promotion, sale, or use my Birchbox Points for this. My budget is so tight, but the quality and finished look of my face make me believe I cannot live without this!

Have you tired the Beauty Blender or any product equivalent? 

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Deals for the Holidays

I am trying to to make my comeback from my *blogging hiatus* now that I have a routine going with school, and working two jobs. I have missed out on awesome opportunities, but I know there are more to come soon. I've been trying so many new products and have tons of reviews planned for the new year. I have re-subbed to IPSY (the former myglam) because their bags have improved tremendously. I still have a subscription to Birchbox so you will, of course, see my reviews on those. I still use Klout, Influenster, Sircle Samples, Is That Odd, and many other *freebie* programs out there that I plan to share. So stay tuned for all of those.

This post is specifically for the special savings that are taking over my email. These savings will not only help me save money during this spending frenzy, but you also if you decide to use them. I'm sure many people see the savings, but there are many who don't. Also, this can be kind of a reminder in case you forget that the current promotion is going on. With Christmas less than 2 months away, I'm sure we will all be looking for some way to save here and there.

Be sure to check these out ASAP!