Tuesday, August 19, 2014

An Unexpected Beauty Blender Review

After years of wearing liquid makeup, I only recently caved and tried the cult favorite Beauty Blender. I never really found a brush that I love so I figured, what the heck and tossed it into my little black basket. 

makeup sponge review

The next morning I was excited to apply my makeup and give this little pink sponge a test drive. It was love from the very first dab! You are supposed to wet your Beauty Blender before applying foundation to avoid wasting too much product. Because the Beauty Blender was damp, it felt cool and refreshing on my face. Ahhh. :) The result was the most even and flawless coverage I'd ever achieved. I was hooked! Morning after morning I marveled at the natural look of my foundation. I'd finally found my makeup brush sponge!

Until I went to clean it for the first time...


ripped beauty blender

Noooooo! It just ripped. And ripped. And ripped! I cleaned it using baby shampoo and warm water, just like I do with all of my other beauty "tools." I wasn't being particularly rough with or anything, not even a real deep clean since I'd only been using it for a few days. It just fell apart. :(

ripped beauty blender
Call me crazy, but I'm not down with spending nearly $20 for just one week's worth of amazing makeup application. Ain't gunna do it! 

What do you think? Should I exchange this for a new one and give the ol' Beauty Blender one more shot? OR should I throw in the towel with this one? Am I the only one who's Beauty Blender couldn't hang?

Monday, August 18, 2014

Hopes & Plans {Link Up} PLUS A Giveaway!

Welcome to the "Hopes & Plans" link up! Any hopeful or goal-oriented post is welcome! It can be your life's dreams and aspirations or simply your chore list. Share with us! I hope for this to be a place where we can come to be inspired and motivated by the things other people have in the works. The possibilities are endless! Most things in life begin by first having a hope and then some kind of plan.

Hope you had a great weekend! To kick your Monday off I have a special giveaway for you guys towards the end of today's post! ;)

Here's how I did on last week's hopes & plans...

|| Book a camping trip.  No. I've kind of lost my camping mojo thanks to the chilly/rainy weather we've been having lately...

|| Purchase a tripod.  Yep! I got this one and I'm looking forward to messing around with it a bit.

|| Be there. So far, I think I've been doing well. This will be an ongoing goal of mine.  

|| Visit Lowes. Not once, but twice. We scheduled an estimate for our bedroom flooring & purchased everything we need to paint the baseboards. Phew!

This Week's Hopes & Plans :

one || Get some fresh veggies. We want to visit Pyrahs Pioneer Peak Farm, which is located just a couple of miles from our house! Maybe Mal and I can sneak over one day while Kyle is at work and grab a few things.

two || Finish master bedroom projects. The goal for this week is to have all of the baseboards painted and doors replaced in the master... 

three || Have our family photos taken. A local photographer has offered the soldiers of Kyle's unit and their families a killer deal on a 20 minute family session! I was all over that like white on rice! This should be going down this Thursday. 

What are your hopes & plans for the week?

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Friday, August 15, 2014

A Beauty Wish List & A Chance To Give Back

Yesterday, I shared some of the products that you are guaranteed to find in my vanity. [You can find that post here.] I thought it would be fun to follow that up with a list of the things I'm itching to add to my collection! 

Without further ado, a little beauty wish list... 


one || Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in the shade coral pink || This is a blush that is raved about by Kate at The Small Things Blog and ever since I fell in love with the Tarte Amazonian Clay foundation, I want to try it alllll.

two || Viva La Juicy Gold Couture || Is this stuff new? I gave it a little spritz during my last tour through Sephora and it's goooood.

three || Bite Matte Lip Crayon in rose pink || I've only heard amazing things about this company and they offer the most vibrant color options. 

four || Origins Charcoal Face Mask || This is a face mask that I've gotten more samples of than I can count. Why I haven't just purchased it, I'll never know. It's not expensive! Sheesh.

five || Oxygen Peel by Philosophy || Don't laugh. I saw this on HSN and the demos they did were seriously impressive! The skin on the model's face was instantly brighter! Have you ever tried this?

six || Anastasia Brow Wiz in medium brown || Thus far in my eyebrow filling career, I've been a "use a matching eyeshadow, top it with wax and call it a day" kind of gal... Maybe it's time to move up to the big leagues. 

seven || YSL Glossy Stain in pale pink || Recently, a friend sent me a photo of herself following her in store makeover and she was wearing a lipstick like this one. Such a beautiful shade and who doesn't want more YSL in their life?

Have you tried any of these products? What else do I need to add to my vanity? 

Before you get your weekend started, I'd love for you to take a look at this great opportunity brought to you by Paige at Retro-Belle Wife. It's a chance to give back to our troops! Paige is even offering prizes to those who go the extra mile in creativity and generosity. ;)

Check it out!



Have a fantastic weekend! 

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