Friday, May 31, 2013

High Five For Friday!


1.  Champagne last Friday to celebrate the long weekend!

2.  Visiting GrandView Lodge (up by my family's cabin) which is where my husband and I got married in 2011.

3.  Having some drinks at Zorbaz on Gull Lake.  Ignore my incredibly fake smile...

4.  My bracelet that I FINALLY bought from J. Crew Factory.  Seriously, I had been eyeing that puppy for a couple months and it went on sale so I figured I would make my move.

5.  A big storm cloud over the city threatening our ability to go to the Twins game but it miraculously held off!

What are you high points from the last week?

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Linking up with Lauren Elizabeth

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Worth the Hype? Maybelline Baby Lips Pink Wink and Peach Kiss

Everyone has a favorite lip balm.  Some like the simplicity of a pot of Carmex or Vaseline and some prefer to get fancy with the Korres Lip Butters.  There are also some who absolutely adore these Maybelline Baby Lips.  I had never tried them before so I figured I would pick up a pack while I was at the store a few weeks ago. 

When I was there, I saw this two pack and it was the last of this kind.  There was no price, so I went to look at the individually packaged ones to see how much they were.  At about $4.00 a piece, I figured a two pack would be about $8 or less since things area usually cheaper when you buy more of them, right?  Nope.  They were about $9.50 or so.  I'm guessing it's because "Pink Wink" is a limited edition color.  Almost ten bucks for two lip balms?  Ugh.  Whatever, I'm over it.  Kind of.

If these little guys were as good as people said, I wouldn't mind paying for them.  If it's worth it, then cool.  The packaging is cute and they smell good (Pink Wink like bubble gum and Peach Kiss like, well, peach).  However, the colors are weird.  I don't know if I just got bad colors or if they just don't look good on me or what. 

Pink Wink is surprisingly opaque and makes my lips the same light shade it is in the tube.  Maybe if I was going to a 90's/early 2000's throwback party but not a good look for the average day.  Peach Kiss is not as bad, but it's kind of a weird orange-y color that doesn't look awesome with my pale skin and light features. 

It might look like I only swatched Peach Kiss in the picture below, but I can assure you I swatched them both.  Pink Wink is just too similar to my skintone (and therein lies the problem, who wants their lips to look super washed out?)

As for moisture level, these are moisturizing and I would put them in the same playing field as Chapstick.  Although I prefer my medicated and spearmint Chapsticks to these ones.  I don't mean to hate on Maybelline and I know a lot of people like these, but I don't really think that they are better than your average lip balm, don't think they last 8 hours as it says on the box, and don't really want to pay $4.00 when I can get a 3 pack of Chapsticks for fifty cents more (I'm using Chapstick as a comparison because it has the same amount of product as the Baby Lips).  One thing I will say about them, they don't have that slightly wax-y feeling that you can get with a lot of lip balms. 

When it comes down to it, it's not that these are bad per say, but I won't repurchase them.  I suppose I could get a clear one to avoid the color issue but then as I said, then why not just get 3 Chapsticks?

Do you like the Baby Lips line?  What's your favorite kind of lip balm?

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Review: Revlon Super Lustrous in Raspberry Freeze and Temptress

Top: Raspberry Freeze Bottom: Temptress

It's good to be back!  Did you have a good Memorial weekend?  I had a wonderful time at my cabin with my family.  Even though the weather wasn't really cooperating, it was so nice to have some time to relax.  It's amazing what a difference it can make when you get away for a bit.

Now -- to the makeup.  I bought these Revlon Super Lustrous lipsticks in Raspberry Freeze and Temptress at CVS during their clearance sale (which is still going on by the way!).  I've heard good things about this line so I thought I would give it a shot.  At only a couple dollars a pop, you can't really go wrong (they retail for $4.99-$6.99 but a decent amount of shades are 75% off at CVS right now)!

The Super Lustrous line is supposed to be a moisturizing lipstick.  The description on the Revlon website doesn't say anything about long-wearing or anything like that, but I think they do fairly well in that category.  As for what they DO claim, I believe they deliver.  It's a nice and moisturizing formula.  You don't get that really dry gross feeling that you do with a lot of lipsticks.  I'm currently wearing Temptress and put it on about two hours ago.  The color has not faded and my lips still feel as if I just put on some chapstick. Also, the top of the cover is see through so you're able to see the shade without taking off the cap, which I appreciate!

Overall, I think this is an awesome overall lipstick.  It's moisturizing, has decent stay power and comes in a massive 82 shades, so there's something for everyone.  There's not really anything bad that I can think of about this one.  As I said before, it doesn't claim to be a long lasting formula so you can't really fault it for fading half way through the day.  Also, with lip stains taking over the scene in recent years, I think we have really high expectations from lipsticks.  Lipstick and lip stains are very different things, so we can't really judge them on the same playing field. 

Have you tried any of the 82 colors?  If not, what's your favorite overall lipstick?

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Guest Post: Petite Problems, Petite Solutions

I'm taking a day off today because it's my birthday so my good friend Clare (or Clarita as I like to call her...ya know...little Clare?  I'm just so clever, huh??) is taking over!  As I'm 5' 8" I can't pretend to know the good and bad of the petite world, so she is here to give some great tips.  Enjoy and leave comments to make her feel welcome!

Hello everyone! My name is Clare and I am here to give you a petite perspective! I think every petite woman faces similar problems- never finding shoes, bracelets or rings that fit just right.  Everything is a bit…awkward.  My solution for those hard to find accessories that just don’t fit? Check out the children’s section! Now, I am not talking about clothing because I find that the lengths are never right. Plus, women need darting for a tailored effect.  

However, places like J. Crew have amazing bracelets that are miniature versions of their adult line.  I love this bracelet in particular.  I have it in sea glass myself, but it looks more like neon green in person.

I also am a huge fan of buying shoes in children’s sizes instead of adult sizes.  Aside from looking better in proportion to my body, they are cheaper - and let’s face it, I am a cheap skate.  I did this with my Uggs (I know, I know, not fashionable but oh so warm in the cold Minnesota weather) and with my Hunters.  

I bought my pale pink Hunters from Zappos for $50 a couple years ago and I have been using them a ton this spring (similar)I love pairing them with fun colored jeans to contrast with the fact that Minnesota has been grey and dismal for far too long.

Jeans and Hunters

I tried to have a rainy day photo shoot with my mini dachshund but she had other ideas!

So next time, don't be afraid to head down to the children's section -- you may find something that will work for you!

Monday, May 27, 2013

Happy Memorial Day!

Memorial Day

Happy Memorial Day everyone! Enjoy time with family and friends. Posting will resume tomorrow!

Friday, May 24, 2013

Dupe for Chanel Azure Polish?

Chanel Azure Polish

I saw this nail polish (Chanel 531 Azure) advertised in the latest InStyle magazine and just loved it.  It's basically the color of the ocean.  Not just regular ocean, but Caribbean ocean color...and there totally is a difference. 

Then, I remembered I had bought Sally Hansen's Black and Blue polish a few days earlier.  I don't know about you, but no matter how much I love the Chanel polish, I'm not willing to spend $27.00 on a NAIL POLISH.  It's just not going to happen.  So, I painted my nails with the Sally Hansen version and looked up swatches of the Chanel lacquer to compare (which you can see here).


I applied three coats of the SH polish and the result is as pictured above.  I would say the main difference between the two polishes is that the darkest shade of the duo-chrome is darker with the SH than it is with the Chanel polish.  It's more of a dark blue/purplish tone and the Chanel is the brighter blue shade.  However, with a savings of $20, I'll deal with it being a bit darker.  All in all, I think it's a pretty good budget friendly alternative for the beautiful Chanel shade.

Also, I used this base coat and this top coat which has made the polish last 5 days (and counting) without chipping!  I could buy the base coat, polish and top coat for less than the price of the Chanel polish.  I must say, it's a good feeling to have nail polish that lasts more than two days.  It almost makes the mundane task of painting them worth it!

What's your favorite polish for summer?  Have a WONDERFUL Memorial Day weekend!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

How to: Spring Layering Essentials

Even though summer is right around the corner, it has been a bit chilly around here the last few days.  When that happens, layers are essential.  Even though it may be a little brisk, there's no reason your layers can't be spring like!  Choose things in lighter (or brighter) colors to avoid looking like you're stuck in winter (or eagerly awaiting fall).

Now -- on to the important things.  Memorial Day is this weekend.  Anyone else crazy excited?  There are so many things to look forward to: it's the unofficial start of summer and the time of year when every Minnesotan makes the weekend trek "up north" to spend time at the lake.  My family will be going up to our cabin (or lakehouse for all the non-Minnesotans) and I'm SO excited.  My whole family (immediate family with significant others) will be there and I love when we are able to all spend time together.  It will be a weekend of food, golf, pool time, games and maybe even a trip to the local bar (which is always stellar for people watching).  Even though there won't be any lake time since the water is undoubtedly still freezing, it will be a nice little getaway.

What are you doing for the long weekend?  Do you spend time with family and friends or simply enjoy having an extra day off?

What I'm wearing:
Jacket: New York & Company
Sweater: Old Navy
Collared Shirt: New York & Company
Necklace: Forever 21
Jeans: Forever 21
Shoes: Chinese Laundry via DSW

Linking up with The Pleated Poppy

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Essentials: Summer Sweaters

Summer Sweaters
If you live north of the Mason Dixon Line (yup, that just happened), you know that light sweaters are just nice to have in your summer wardrobe.  Some nights there can be a bit of a chill in the air and you want to be able to throw something comfy on while you're sitting outside enjoying a bonfire/glass of wine/chat with a friend or whatever else people do whilst outside in the evening.  I've compiled a few sweaters ranging from $18-$82 that would be cozy additions to your summer closet.

1.  The Long Sweater.  I absolutely love long things.  You don't need to worry about bending over and giving people a show, the options for bottoms are expanded to include leggings or tights -- there are really just no negatives in my opinion.  This option is particularly nice since it's long but has short sleeves so you won't get too warm.

2.  The Nautical.  I am also obsessed with nautical things.  Now if I had found a long nautical sweater, well, I probably would've purchased it before even finishing this post (but thankfully, for my wallet I did not).  This is a great casual sweater that you can throw on with jeans and some boat shoes and be good to go.

3.  The Classic.  J. Crew is the king (or queen) of classic sweaters.  I absolutely love the color of this one and if you click on the link to the J. Crew site, they pair it with some really adorable shorts.  I basically just want the entire outfit the model is wearing.  Sigh.

4.  The Dip Dye.  Last, but not least, we have the dip dye.  Mint was such a huge color for spring and I'm supporting it's transition into summer.  Not only is this sweater incredibly affordable ($17.97!) but it's an additional 50% off right now making it a whopping $8.99.  You just can't beat that, folks.

What is on your summer must-have list?

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Review: L'Oreal Infallible Gel Lacquer Liner 24 Hour

I've used a lot of eyeliners in my makeup wearing days. Anything from pencil to gel to liquid. Usually, when it comes to getting ready for work in the morning, I need something that is easy/quick to apply and will stay put all day. While I like the ease of a pencil, some of them can kind of fade and creep into the outer corners of my eye throughout the afternoon.

Gel liner isn't plentiful when it comes to drugstore brands but I saw this one by L'Oreal and thought I would give it a shot. This liner is from their Infallible line and touts itself as being a 24 hour product. I'm not sure if 24 hour hold is really necessary in any makeup product but hey, gotta love a good gimmick.

The liner comes with a little brush which I thought I would immediately toss (as one does with most brushes that come with drugstore products...or really any product for that matter). However, I thought I would give it one try before condemning it to the trash and I ended up really enjoying it. It's very easy to use and you can angle it to create the thickness you are looking for. If you want a SUPER thin line, this brush may not work but I like it. 

As for the product itself, it has a really nice consistency and is really smooth going on. It is smudge-able if that is the look you're going for and once it is set, it won't budge all day. When I go to wash my face at night it looks exactly the same as it did when I put it on in the morning (about 13 hours later). 

My only gripe about this product is that it's $10.  If it's a good product, I'll pay it but in my opinion that is starting to approach high end makeup prices.  For example, you could get one of the coveted Urban Decay liners for $9 more dollars.  I think it's unwise for drugstore brands to get into the $10-$15 dollar range.  If I'm going to pay that much I may as well pay a few dollars extra and get a product that is (most of the time) better.  But, that's another story.

Overall I definitely recommend this product and think it's a great gel liner.  What's your favorite kind of liner to use?  Anyone tried this one?

Monday, May 20, 2013

CVS Beauty Clearance

CVS Beauty Clearance
I don't think I had ever been to a CVS (at least not that I can remember) until I started my current job.  Since there's one within a couple blocks of my building, it has been convenient to go to during lunch just to take a break and look around.  Little did I know what amazing deals they had.  For example, they have buy $10 of a certain brand get $5 of their CVS bucks (basically used just like cash) for your next purchase.  I was even more thrilled when I read on Nouveau Cheap that CVS has a semi-annual beauty clearance.  Whaaaatt??? 

Naturally I stalked the NC site until I saw the clearance was starting.  Well, it started this weekend.  I went yesterday and man, was it exciting.  I was quite literally a kid in a candy store.  One of the employees was putting clearance stickers on while I was perusing the aisles and I'm pretty sure he thought I was crazy as I was there for a ridiculous amount of time. 

One tricky thing about the CVS clearance is that participation can vary from store to store, there's no end date and not all stores have the same products on clearance.  Luckily, they have price scanners so if you're not sure about a specific product you are able to take it over to the scanner and check the price (that way you can avoid the embarrassing situation at the register when something rings up full price and you think to yourself crap, I would never have bought that if I didn't think it was on clearance...). 

Also, G at Nouveau Cheap has created a Master List of everything that she has seen (and her readers) included in the CVS beauty clearance.  A couple of the things I purchased yesterday didn't have clearance stickers on them yet but when I did a price check they came up as being on clearance.  So, the moral of the story is to check the prices if there's something you have your eye on! 

You should definitely check out the NC website because there are some awesome things included in this sale (for example some of the Revlon Lip Butters, Maybelline Color Show polish and Revlon Grow Luscious mascara just to name a few!).  Also, a big thanks to G over at Nouveau Cheap for putting this list together and thus feeding my obsession love for beauty products. 

You're welcome and apologize to your wallets for me.

Friday, May 17, 2013

High Five For Friday!


It's that time of the week again!  It's a little easier to wake up in the morning, you have a little spring in your step because today is FRIDAY!  As does everyone, I love Fridays.  It means a couple blissful days of sleeping in, seeing friends and just all around relaxation.  In celebration of this day, here are my top 5 from the last week!

1.  The Great Gatsby.  A group of friends went to see this last weekend.  The movie was beautiful and I wish we could dress like that on a daily basis (not to mention live in those houses!). 

2.  A couple friends and I booked our tickets to Texas for labor day weekend.  It's our other friend's bachelorette party and I just can't wait to go (with the exception of the fact that summer will be about over at that point)!

3.    You Tube.  I have really gotten into watching beauty videos on You Tube lately.  I feel like there isn't much on TV since all the shows are wrapping up and for some reason I just love watching tutorials and hauls. 

4.  Starbucks.  I got my first ice coffee of the season this week and it was amazing.  I also got a second free one because I had ordered a hazelnut flavor and they made a caramel one on accident.  So they gave me both!

5.   Revlon Lip Butter in Peach Parfait.  I really love this color.  It's a really nice wearable pinky peach color and looks really great for summer!

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!
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Thursday, May 16, 2013

The Elusive Maybelline Color Tattoo in Seashore Frosts

Another product that I've been reading many rave reviews about (apparently that's all it takes for me to feel like I HAVE to have it or my world is going to end.  Yup, I'm a sucker).  If you're not familiar with Maybelline's Color Tattoos, they are a cream eye shadow (or eyeshadow base if you prefer) much like MAC's paint pots.  Seashore Frosts is one of the limited edition summer 2013 colors and is completely IMPOSSIBLE to find in stores.  Seriously, I think I've looked in at least 5 stores and can't find any of the summer colors let alone this particular one.  I ended up finding it on Ebay for a semi reasonable price so I decided to find out what all the hype is about. 

Seashore Frosts is a duo chrome shadow so it looks blue in the pot but depending on the angle, could look like a bronzy color as well.  I get why this particular shade is so popular because it's so unique and there's just not really anything like it out there at the moment.  I think it's a really fun color for summer but to be honest, I probably won't be wearing it during the week because I think it's a little much for the office.  I'll be sticking to Bad to the Bronze for that.

As with the other Color Tattoos (the non-matte ones anyway) the formula is nice and creamy and really easy to blend.  You could use it as an eyeshadow base but honestly I think it would be a shame to put a powder shadow on top of this one because this color on it's own is already awesome.  I don't completely understand why people use these as eyeshadow bases.  I mean, the colors are great...why would you want to cover them up??  Isn't that what primers are for?  If I'm missing something, let me know cause I can't figure it out!

Have you tried the Color Tattoos or been able to find the summer collection in stores?

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Review: LUSH Brazened Honey and Love Lettuce Masks

I'm a bit late getting this post up today but I was busy booking a flight (and helping my amazing but travel challenged friends do the same :) ) to TEXAS over Labor Day weekend for a friend's bachelorette party.   I'm pretty excited because 1. our little group hasn't been all together (with the exception of our weddings...but you really just can't spend quality time together at weddings since it's usually chaotic) and 2. well, it's just always a good time when we get together!  

Now, onto the products.  I bought these two masks a couple weeks ago when I was out at the Mall of America.  I have never tried LUSH masks (or any of their products actually) and have been reading rave reviews, so figured I would give them a shot.  I picked these specific ones at the recommendation of the sales girl.  

First up: Brazened Honey.  This mask is a brightening mask with some exfoliating action.  There are ground almonds in it so when you go to take it off you can give your face a good scrub before doing so, which I really like.  It works well if you get your hands wet first so it re-hydrates the mask (since it will be dry after sitting on your skin).  It does dry after letting it sit for about 5 minutes or so, but not to the extent that a clay mask would.  I've now used this two or three times and I really like this one.  I think it does brighten my complexion a bit and isn't too harsh on me (although if you have sensitive skin it may not be for you.  I would say if you don't like St. Ive's Apricot Scrub, maybe skip on this).  

Second, we have Love Lettuce.  The sales girl told me that this was her favorite and that if I was going to buy one, this should be it.  Now I'm not sure if it's just because I used Brazen Honey first or what, but I think I like that one slightly more that this mask.  To be fair, they are EXTREMELY similar in my opinion.  Love Lettuce also has ground up almonds (a little lighter than Brazen Honey) and my skin feels pretty much the same as when I use BH.  BH is listed as a "deep clean for your skin" on the LUSH website, so think of Love Lettuce as BH's gentler little sister.  Part of the reason why I may not enjoy LL as much is because of the smell.  This has a more earthy smell to it and BH is a bit sweet (but doesn't smell like honey to me, as some other reviewers say).

I think if I was feeling like using something a bit more gentle, I would choose Love Lettuce.  Although, in all honesty, I like them both and would repurchase both again.

All in all it was a good first experience with LUSH products.  I do appreciate that these are all natural and freshly made.  The downside of that however is that they are only good for about 3-4 weeks.  They are $6.95 per pot so for some that may not be super practical.  However, they do give you a free mask if you bring in 5 empty pots (can be any of their black pots, not just mask pots).

Have you tried LUSH masks?  Which is your favorite?

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Get the Look: InStyle June 2013 Cover

From Runway to Everyday

Don't you love when you are randomly added to a magazine's mailing list and you start getting magazines for free??  I started receiving InStyle maybe about six months ago or so and I definitely won't complain!  There's just something different about flipping through an actual magazine as opposed to looking at a website online.  

I received the June issue of InStyle the other day and let's just take a moment to appreciate the dress that is on the cover.  It's a piece from the Oscar de la Renta Spring/Summer 2013 collection.  If I could 1. afford it and 2. wear it randomly to the store or dinner without getting weird looks I totally would.  I love a navy and white stripe.  There's just something so classic about it.  

Anyway, before I obsess even more and you start to think I'm losing it, on to the purpose of the post.  Because I am in love with this dress, I decided to try to find a look that is more easily accessible and acceptable for everyday wear.    I was originally hoping to find a maxi that would have the same stripe on it, but when I found this short version from Charlotte Russe I thought since a maxi isn't everyone's cup of tea I would opt for this.  I probably haven't been to a Charlotte Russe since I was about 16 but regardless, I think this dress is cute and it's a good interpretation of the Oscar dress (and at $20 you can't go wrong!).  To top off the look, the rose necklace is from Ruche and comes in at $22.99.  

So, for a grand total of $42.99 you can get an everyday look inspired by the InStyle cover.  Seeing as the original look comes to about $7,385, that's pretty dang good.  And you won't have people thinking you're crazy because you're in a ballgown in the middle of the grocery store.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Real Techniques Brush Review

If you're a frequent reader of beauty blogs, I'm sure you've heard of the Real Techniques brushes created by one of the ladies over at Pixiwoo, Sam Chapman.  She has been a makeup artist for over 15 years and has created a full line of synthetic makeup brushes.  

I bought these brushes about a month ago and have been using them almost every day ever since.  I decided to get the Core Collection ($18), Blush Brush ($9), Powder Brush ($10) and Stippling Brush ($10).  I skipped on the Starter Set (it's mostly for eyes) since I already had decent eye brushes and don't feel like they need replacing right now.  

The listed prices are from the RT website, however you may be able to get them for slightly less on Amazon.  

The brushes themselves are SO soft and have a good density.  They haven't shed at all -- not a single hair has fallen out!  To me, that's the sign of a quality product (since some other brands out there are known for shedding bristles).  The handles of many of them are pretty chunky, so if you don't like that it may be something to think about/get used to but it doesn't bother me at all. 

The Core Collection comes with a traveling case that also doubles as a sort of stand.  I actually have it set up incorrectly in the took me an embarrassingly long time to realize that you put it horizontally and have the brushes stick up vertically.  Oops!

For my purposes, the standout brushes are the Stippling Brush and the Contour Brush from the Core Collection (I also use the Powder Brush and Blush Brushes almost every day but I'm just focusing on the other two because I think they are the star pupils shall we say). 

The Stippling Brush is perfect to use if you have cream blush (which I have now been using more of just because I like this brush so much!)  It blends so well and gives a natural look.  I've read that it also works really well with foundation but I've been using my Beauty Blender for that so I can't say for sure (although if it's cream blush application is any indication, it will be awesome). 

The Contour Brush is really nice for, well, contouring.  Who would have thought?!  It's also really nice to apply highlighter with.  It isn't too big so you don't get product all over your face causing you to look like a shimmery ball. 

All in all, I think these guys are definitely worth the money.  Compared to MAC or Sigma brushes, they are reasonably priced and work really well.  Just because something is expensive and from a nice brand doesn't mean it's the best.  If you don't want to dole out a ton of $$ but can appreciate a quality product, I definitely recommend these.

What's your favorite makeup brush brand?  Have you tried RT brushes?

Friday, May 10, 2013

High Five For Friday!

High Five For Friday

Happy Friday!  Have any plans for the weekend?  I think my husband and I are going to go with some friends to see The Great Gatsby tonight.  Even if the actual movie isn't that great, it will definitely be one of those movies that is just so visually pleasing.  

I know I haven't done a High Five For Friday post for a few weeks but I figured I would jump back on the bandwagon.  So, here are a few things that I have been loving this week!

1.  Wet n Wild's Walking on Eggshells eyeshadow.  Now, if you're like me, I thought W&W was a brand only 13 year olds purchased.  It brings back memories of learning out do do makeup in Jr. High.  HOWEVER, apparently they reformulated their cosmetics in the last few years and have really stepped up their game.  I'm planning on doing a more in dept post about this but yeah, who would have thought?? 

2.  Long t-shirts.  If you have a long torso like me, it's a B to find shirts that are long enoughA friend recently pointed out the Crew Neck Pocket Tee from Old Navy and I may have bought three of them.....what can I say?  They were on sale!

3.   The Met Gala brought out some crazy fashion, but Sienna Miller and SJP were my favorites.  My only gripe is SJP's boots.  I would have ditched them if I were her but I'm not and she's a fashion icon so who am I to judge?

4.  BEAUTIFUL WEATHER!  Yay for weather that allows us to actually open our windows and let in the fresh air!

5.  Face masks.  I'm slightly obsessing over face masks right now and recently bought two from Lush that I'm trying out.  Let's just say I think Lush and I will have a long and wonderful relationship.

 Alright everyone -- I'm out.  Have a wonderful weekend!!  

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Thursday, May 9, 2013

Is it Worth the Hype: The Beauty Blender

Beauty Blender

I've been excited to do this review ever since I got this little beauty...okay it's only been about 2 weeks but still.  That's FOREVER when you've found a great item!  After reading such awesome reviews about the Beauty Blender I thought it would be worth it to splurge on this overly priced little sponge ($19.95 at Sephora). 

First off, it was a lot smaller than I thought it would be.  When the Sephora employee handed me the BB, I was quite surprised.  Imagine putting an iPhone horizontally...the packaged BB is about 1/3 of that size.  Don't let the stock pictures fool you.  But, that didn't deter me from buying this bad boy.  Of course.

The next day, I wet the sponge as directed and squeezed out the extra water so it was damp but not soaking.  I used the BB to apply my Skin 79 BB Cream and immediately loved it.  Surprise surprise.  The thing I really like about it is that it is just so fast!  For me, it takes about half the time to apply my foundation (or bb cream) which is an incredible bonus.  It also does make your foundation look really nice.  People aren't kidding when they say it gives that airbrushed look.  It's so easy to apply more coverage on areas that are particularly red (or discolored or whatever the case may be) without making it look cakey or like you're wearing tons of makeup.

To apply, just put a little foundation on the back of your hand and dab the BB into the foundation.  Then, to get the flawless type finish, you bounce the sponge all over your face until you've reached your desired coverage.  You can also use it with your concealer and even a finishing powder if you like.

The one thing that is slightly annoying, but not really the fault of the BB, is that you need to wash it really often.  I wash mine every morning before I use it.  It's a bit of a hassle only because it takes extra time, but in the end it's worth it.  I suppose you could wash it after every couple of uses, but since you have to wet it anyway I figure I'll just wash it also.  I have been using dish soap but the BB does have it's own cleaner.  I've read reviews saying it works well, but honestly I don't think it's necessary.

There's also a white BB that comes with a travel case and a sort of bar soap for a cleaner.  It's dubbed as their travel BB, but it seems a little gimmicky.  The solid cleaner seems like it would be more annoying than a liquid cleaner and you can buy a little travel case for $3 at Target if you really want a special case.  But that's just my opinion!

There are MANY dupes out there although I've heard the Sonia Kashuk version is not as nice.  There are versions being sold on Ebay for about $1.50 and I actually purchased a couple yesterday so I can do a comparison.  I love my BB but since it's a sponge, it won't last forever and I just don't know if I can shell out another $20 to get another one in a few months, so look forward to a comparison of the two!

All in all, I would definitely recommend the Beauty Blender as it makes your makeup look really nice and cuts down on application time.  It is pricey, but it's been worth it for me so far.  I'm really hoping to find a dupe so I'll keep you posted!

Have you used the Beauty Blender or any of the other beauty sponges out there?  What's your experience with them?