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When I first tried the Beauty Blender is was BIG NEWS! I had been converted to using a sponge!! Ok well not entirely. My favourite toy in my kit will always be my airbrush, but when it comes to blending out concealer before I spray I had always been a brush girl. And it’s been that way for two decades ago! Having never been able to re-create the same flawless skin finish with either my fingers or those stupid triangle sponge thingys, I was reluctant to give the Beauty Blender a go. I mean come on… it’s just a sponge!!
But I was wrong! This perfect little hot pink, egged shaped wonder makes applying the perfect foundation base so quick and easy. It’s brilliant for both personal and professional use and I have to say I have been super impressed with how easily it helps pimples, scars, pores and even fine lines disappear. (Assuming you’re using a half decent primer and foundation to begin with.) It feels lovely in the hand and all my clients have commented on how soft it feels on their skin. It comes in a bunch of colours and there is even a super tiny mini version for even more precise application. These little babies are meant to be used WET so give them a good soak and squeeze first and then use a press and roll technique to get a beautiful finish. They work beautifully with both my Urban Decay and IRIDIS concealers.
At AUS$30 for just 1 sponge it is a lot to pay, but then it really is SO much more than a just a sponge. The Beauty Blender is washable and reusable and if you lovingly care for it using its very own Solid Cleansing Bar, it will reward you with a perfect base many, many applications into the future.
Available in store or online at Sephora and Crush Cosmetics this is definitely one to use both in the kit and at home!!
Full disclosure. All products and tools I review, unless otherwise stated, have been paid for and, like them or not, all opinions are completely my own. No one pays or bribes me, although you are welcome to try :) I only review products I love and use both personally and professionally in my kit.
Photographer Melissa Findley
Stylist - Charley Greenfield
Featuring Natascha Elisa
Hair & makeup - Pippa @themakeupchair
Looked in the mirror lately?? I just bet all those late night Christmas drinks and days spent fighting for a car space at shoppingtown are beginning to leave the unmistakable signs of fatigue all over your face! Right?
Here are 4 quick fixes to get you all merry and bright again!
1. Be a scrubber!! Get rid of that dirty dull top layer of skin with your favourite exfoliator. Just make sure you moisturise after to stop your skin drying out.
2. Time to shine! Use a skin illuminator to make your skin glow. If you’re a little adverse to some grease lightening, then just apply it to your cheeks and around your eyes. Check out my BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Review here.
3. Take cover!! If you’re feeling tired, chances are you have packed a little extra baggage around the eyes. A good concealer will match your skin tone. You should be able to wear it without foundation and not look odd. If you’re feeling extra dark under there mix a little of your illuminator into the concealer before applying, touché eclair style!!
4. Go smoke free! No this isn't an anti smoking message, although it does make your skin look crap...just sayin! I LOVE a smoky eye as much as the next gal but if your demons involve bags and circles under the eyes then try just using a highlighting shadow on it’s own with lashings of mascara. If you need a little extra oomph, line the inside of your eye with a black, brown or charcoal pencil and apply some falsies!
What I’m using right now.
St Ives Apricot Scrub. www.stives.com
BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector. I’m in LOVE with Opal. www.beccacosmetics.com
TimeBalm. I adore this concealer and it has now replaced all others in both my personal and professional kit. Not currently sold in Australia!! WT!?? Try StrawberryNet if you trust they are not fakes. http://www.thebalm.com/makeup/timebalm.htm
Makeup&Glow eyeshadows. #10 Fairy Lights or #101 Star Dust are simply gorgeous on their own but you could also experiment with #21 Powder Pink, #26 Soft Lavender or #31 White Ice Blue. At just $5.50 a pan these shadows are soo affordable so you can play with a few. www.makeupandglow.com.au