Beauty Battle: Makeup Sponges

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I’ve been using Quo’s version of the Beauty Blender for almost two years now but my curiosity got the best of me after I continuously heard people raving about the name brand version.  After receiving a gift card to Sephora over a month ago, I decided to find out if this tiny pink sponge was worth all the hype.

Whether you have the Beauty Blender or another alternative, you use them all the same.  Run it under the tap, making sure to squeeze the sponge to fill it with water.  After it’s full, it will have expanded almost twice in size.  Then, you’re going to want to squeeze all the excess water out and if needed use a towel to further dry it however, using the sponge while damp is ideal.  Another great tip I’ve learned is to spritz the damp sponge with any type of setting spray.  I typically use Urban Decay’s All Nighter and the difference in the lasting power of my foundation is ridiculous.  Usually by the end of the day, I would have some redness around my nose and cheeks peeking through, but when I apply the setting spray on the sponge before applying my foundation, I have flawless coverage all day that doesn’t budge.
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Stats//
Quo Blending Sponge, can be found at Shoppers Drug Mart

Retails for $5-6

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Beauty Blender, can be found online or Sephora
Retails for $26

 

Verdict//

SAVE!!  After purchasing the Beauty Blender, I used it for over a month to get a fair opinion about it and to be quite honest, I couldn’t wait to switch back to my cheaper alternative.  Don’t get me wrong, the Beauty Blender works great but for the steep price point I don’t feel that it’s any better than the one I was already using but at close to 4x the price.  Also,  I don’t really like the texture of the Beauty Blender.  It’s not as soft as my Quo sponge and doesn’t feel as nice on the skin.  In my opinion, go for the lower price point and use the money you saved and pick up a setting spray to use in combo with the damp sponge to give your foundation that extra staying power.

White Hot

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Standing in this cold and dirty alley the only thought going through my mind was, I’m going to drop this vest and it’s going to land in a puddle be ruined.”

Luckily, I didn’t drop it thanks to my death grip but this is one of the main reasons I don’t buy white.  I get too scared about spilling things and with my track record of clumsiness, it’s not a far-fetched thought.  After purchasing this vest and falling in love with how crisp white looks with almost everything, I decided to challenge myself and work more white pieces into my closet this Spring.  So far, we’re off to a great start and this vest is currently sitting in my closet looking brand new.  Now the only thing left to do is stock up on bleach, because it’s only a matter of time before I temporarily destroy it.

vest: Forever 21 / tank: Value Village / pants: Joe Fresh (similar here) / heels: Aldo (similar here + here) / necklace: Forever 21

Grey Area

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See ya later black, I think I may have found a new love for grey and white.  After a recent shopping trip at Forever 21, I discovered this awesome duster/kimono style top.  The fabric is so lightweight and delicate that it will be the perfect layering item for dresses or skirts in the summer time.  Now obviously I won’t be saying goodbye to all black outfits forever, but for now I have a sweet spot in my heart for some lighter shades.

duster: Forever 21 / top: H&M / jeans: BDG, Urban Outfitters / boots: Aldo / cuff: Forever 21 / hat: Aldo

The Denim Dilemma

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I was digging through my closet looking for some sort of outfit inspiration and found these jeans at the very back.  Now, I haven’t worn them since before Winter (which is basically forever) and after trying them on, I discovered that they’ve somehow become even tighter and even harder to function in.  With that being said, they clung so tight to my curves that my lower half has almost never looked better.  So, I did what any woman would do when faced with this sort of challenge, and wore them anyways.  You know, because they’ll hopefully stretch out after a couple hours.  Flash forward an hour…no stretch, at all.  On the plus side, my butt still looked great.  You win some, you lose some, right?

sweater: Zara / jeans: BDG, Urban Outfitters / shoes: Aldo / cuff: Aldo / hat: Aldo / sunglasses: Aldo (similar)