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I’m going to start this post off by saying I definitely LOVE the original Beauty Blender brand. Their sponges are so soft and blend out foundation and concealer perfectly. I honestly don’t prefer to use brushes for foundation/concealer anymore since I started using them. But let’s be real, they are $20 a sponge- not the most affordable option since they only last a few months. Since Beauty Blender’s have gotten big in the makeup industry, there has been many dupes that have come out. I’ve seen, felt, and used some dupes and they are definitely not the same. Not as soft, or apply product the same as an original Beauty Blender. I had given up on trying to find a cheaper, but as good alternative. That is until I found these sponges pictured below!


So the first one I took a chance and purchased off of Amazon. It is from the brand Aesthetica and it is their beauty sponge. You can purchase it here for $9.99 A lot of the dupes out there range from 99 cents-$6.99 which is pretty inexpensive. I saw this one had great reviews and the price was $9.99 which is half the price of a Beauty Blender, so I decided to take a chance and try it out. Sooo…. I’m. In. Love. Honesty don’t think I will buy another Beauty Blender again. This sponge is best used wet- like the Beauty Blender. You just run it under a faucet, then squeeze out the excess water until it is damp. I always squeeze mine in a towel as well- to make sure there isn’t water still coming out of it. I start by brushing my foundation on with a flat foundation brush, and then I blend it out with the Aesthetica sponge. I do a pouncing motion on my skin until the foundation is blended out. You will notice by using a beauty sponge that your foundation is blended flawlessly with no streaks, and with almost a skin-like finish. It’s amazing!! So if you’ve been looking for a great way to apply your foundation and don’t want to spend $20 on a Beauty Blender, please try this sponge!!

The next one is a sponge that Sephora collection recently came out with, and as sold in a pack of two. They are called the Pointer sponge. And like the name says, they actually have a little space for your pointer finger to go into and it makes the sponge super easy to use! I do like getting these wet as well, and ringing out the excess water to make sure it is damp. I use this sponge to blend out my concealer, as well as apply my under eye setting powder (yes you can apply powders with damp beauty sponges and it works AMAZINGLY.) I start by applying my concealer to the areas where I want to concealer and highlight, and then I take the sponge and use pouncing motions back and forth until the concealer is blended. It seriously blends like a DREAM. I then pick up with the sponge, my all time favorite under-eye setting powder (which can technically be used as a concealer by itself, but I like it on top of my under-eye concealer to really brighten that area) the Bareminerals Well Rested Spf 20 powder, and do the same patting motion back and forth until the powder is set and there are no creases. These sponges make your under eye concealer apply seamlessly, and if you have an issue with your concealer creasing, try these sponges out and the powder! Oh, and best part is that these sponges are $12 for the two.

To clean these, I actually love to use the original Beauty Blender cleansers. I have the solid bar soap kind, and the liquid kind and nothing cleans them better. I actually prefer the liquid cleanser which I’ll link below. I try to clean them after every use, if not every other use. It’s best to clean these often to ensure they last as long as they can, and they don’t hold in bacteria from your skin. You just get the sponge full of the cleanser and just rinse out until the sponge is its original color.

Break down of product links and prices:
Aestheitca Sponge– $9.99
Sephora The Pointer– $12
Bareminerals Well Rested Spf 20 powder-$20
Beautyblender ‘Liquid Blendercleanser’ Makeup Sponge Cleanser-$18

I hope you guys found this post helpful, and I hope you can try these out! Let me know what you think 🙂





I can’t believe it’s already almost the end of the year. I would say for the most part, I had a pretty great year! I got to spend it with amazing people, went on some vacations and had nothing but great times. I am looking forward to the holiday season though, and to spend it with my family. I’m hoping next year will start off positive and I can create even more fun memories. Anyway, I’m just going to talk about a few of my favorite products I’ve really been enjoying throughout the month of November.

Huda Beauty Textured Shadows Palette Rose Gold Edition $65- Let me first apologize for how dirty my palette looks in the picture, my makeup doesn’t stay clean and pretty for too long (oops.) I am SOO glad I got my hands on one of these palettes. I saw pictures of it floating around on Instagram for awhile and was droooooling over it. It finally launched on sephora.com after what seemed like forever I was wanting it and I placed my order instantly! I’m obsessed with the glitter shades, they are almost foiled in a sense. They are sooo creamy that they almost feel wet to the touch. I will say, the best way to apply the glitter shades is with your fingers, they will not pick up on a brush. The matte shades are also super creamy and blendable! I think it’s an awesome fall/winter palette and is definitely a must have in your collection. It’s been sold out with Sephora for awhile, but I believe is still in stock on their website, which is linked in the title. I hope you can snag one, it’s worth it! Below are swatches of the glitter shades left to right in order as seen in the palette:


heartKate Somerville DermalQuench Liquid Lift $95- Okay, so I’ve used this stuff on and off throughout the years, but never really knew exactly what it did and usually would give the bottles I acquired away. I got my hands on one recently, and started incorporating it into my night time skincare routine as my serum- so the step before moisturizer. What it does is it helps to combat uneven skin tone, sagging in the skin, and dryness. I’m not super worried about the anti-aging aspect, although it is good for prevention. I like it more for evening my skin tone due to acne scarring, and adding hydration. Because I do use some products to help with breakouts, sometimes those products can get drying. I feel like this really helps to replenish that hydration at night time and is very light-weight. You basically spray that funky nozzle thing directly on the face- I do my forehead, across my cheeks and nose, and chin. It feels refreshing and I just massage it into my skin and follow with my nighttime hydration oil or creme. I love this product!

Diorskin Airflash $62- Sooo I’ve been wanting this foundation for 3+ years now. Ever since I started working for Sephora and discovered it- I’ve been dying for it! I don’t know why I never just splurged and purchased it, probably because the price is a little higher. Anyways, I finally caved and purchased it. I’ve come into work early and have used it before and I knew I already loved it and it lasted awesomely on my skin throughout the day as well- which is hard for me to find in a foundation. I also purchased this brush to apply it with, which I feel is the best kind of brush for this foundation. The best way to apply it is to spray on the brush, then stipple on the face. I’ve been loving it as a medium coverage topper on top of another liquid foundation such as my Double Wear. This is such a beautiful foundation. In store I use it on almost every one of my special event clients who are going out, or when I freelance it’s amazing on brides. Really anyone getting pictures taken. It just looks so flawless and airbbrushed!

Too Faced Melted Matte Liquid Lipstick in Candy Cane $21- First of all, the formula on these liquid lipsticks are BOMB. They don’t get all flaky and dry throughout the day and feel like nothing is on your lips, but they stay on all day even through eating and drinking. This shade is a limited edition color for the holidays, and it’s like a super deep almost red pink. It’s adorable. I feel like it’s one of those shades that look good on every skin tone. Click here to see a picture on my Instagram of me wearing it. And guess what. It also smells AND tastes like peppermint mocha! I’m allll about it this holiday season.

heartYves Saint Laurent Black Opium Perfume $68 (1 oz)- Oh my gosh. This has been one of my favorite scents since it launched. It’s so warm and sweet, but slightly floral. I get compliments on it every time I wear it out. I have a all time favorite “night out” perfume, and this one is kind of one of my other night time fragrances I like to wear. But I feel like this one worn during the day is still appropriate, because it has those floral notes still. It’s just so yummy, you HAVE to smell it!

MAC Cosmetics Extra Dimension Skinfinish in Show Gold $33- Holy shit. This might be one of the most beautiful highlighters I’ve ever seen. All the new ones in this collection are unreal. I’ve been into a super chunky/glittery highlighter lately and these are just stunning. It’s a beautiful peach tone that breaks pink in the right light. I want to collect all of the other highlighters in the collection now! I apply it first dry, then wet for a maximum glow. Here’s a swatch of it below: the left swatch is dry, right is wet.



I hope you guys liked this post! It was fun to do for sure, and I’m going to try from now on to do monthly favorites and more fun posts 🙂 Thanks for reading.