Flawless

"Premier Makeup and Hair Artistry"

Makeup + Hair Artist - Licensed Esthetician

Beautyblender 101

If you have had a private lesson with me or you were in a wedding that I serviced you, you know what the pink sponge is! Then after you purchased the Beautyblender you wonder how in the heck you did your makeup application before this magical sponge. For all of you who have not been exposed to the Beautyblender this blog post is for you! 

 

What is the “Beautyblender”

“The unique shape and exclusive material available only with beautyblender® ensures impeccable, streak-free application with minimum product waste. Use it with primers, foundations, powders, cream blushes, and any other complexion product.” 

Why I love it

Not only does it provide a flawless finish with a liquid foundation but it also has many other uses; blending out concealer, using it to apply your primer if you do not want to use your fingers, and even using it for your bronzer or blush! With this sponge you do not need any other brushes for your complexion application! 

Using this tool you can be assured that you won’t walk out the door with cake face; it absorbs all the excess product that is not needed. 

How to use it

Just stick it under water so it can expand and squeeze out the excess with a towel or paper towel. If you do not get this sponge wet there is no point in using it and if you don’t squeeze out the excess you may compromise the products you are placing the sponge in (like your powder products). Bounce off the skin in small motions. 

How to care for your new found lover (ok that is dramatic but I am kind of serious)

I recommend buying the Beautyblender Cleanser (solid or liquid form) because it will not interfere with the matrix of the sponge. However; I have used dish soap mixed with olive oil. Stay away from cleansers with salicylic acid or glycolic acid because it breaks up the sponge. 

To zap all the germs stick it in a bowl of water (makes sure sponge is filled with water) and stick in microwave for 35 seconds. Do not grab right away because it will be really hot (I of course have done this before).

Shop Beauty Blender Products 

One Pink Beautyblender with Solid Cleanser

Duo Pink Beautyblender with Liquid Cleanser

One Pink Beautyblender

Beautyblender Solid Cleanser

(Pro suggestion: best bang for your buck is the duo pink Beautyblender with Liquid Cleanser option) 

There are a lot of knock offs out there, I wouldn’t waist your money. Haven’t found one yet that is a good dupe. 

 

The "Weekly" nail polish

Review on CND Vinylux nail polish

WHAT IS CLAIMS

“Weekly Polish is a breakthrough polish that endures a week of fashion perfection...without a base coat! Exposure to natural light activates the patent-pending ProLight Technology to deliver week-long wear.” Basically, the more natural light it is exposed to the longer the wear. That is intriguing? But what if you aren’t outside all day long.. This is a little odd.

FIRST IMPRESSION

It goes on a little streaky but I did use a pale pink color, and did 3 coats instead of 2. I believe it looked streaky due to the fact that I DID NOT use a base coat. This particular brand polish tells you NOT to use a base coat. Base coats usually help with the longevity of the polish but also  help fill ridges. I have lots of ridges. After the 3 coats and then the top coat it looked normal and not streaky. 

6 days later………

It is a little less shiny and a few chips but I am still happy with this!

It is a little less shiny and a few chips but I am still happy with this!

MY FINAL THOUGHTS

I am constantly washing and using my hands so it is normal for my nails to chip 5 hours after I finish them. The picture above is from the 7th day of wearing this product. While the color has dulled and there is some chipping happening, I can still wear it on my nails without feeling self conscience about them. I am so happy with this product and I will definitely be repurchasing it!

WHERE TO BUY

CND Vinylux Top Coat 

CND Vinylux Weekly Polish in "Romantique"

COST

CND VINYLUX Weekly Polish and Weekly Top Coat retail for $9.90 each for a .5oz bottle. A bottle of oz OPI costs $9.50!! This is a no brainer! OPI chips on my literally 3 hours after putting it on! 

GIVEAWAY!!!(CLOSED)

I am really in love with this product! If you would like a chance to win this polish and the top coat you must like my Facebook page, follow me on Instagram flawless_stl, and like the picture I post to my Instagram that will look like the one below :) Winner will be picked by random on Friday! GOOD LUCK

One lucky winner will receive one of the colors of your choice in the picture above and the top coat! WHOOHOO

One lucky winner will receive one of the colors of your choice in the picture above and the top coat! WHOOHOO