Saturday, December 28, 2013

Back At It Like A Bad Habit

I've attempted to be a consistent blogger multiple times in the past and have not been very successful.  For the last four years I have worked two jobs.  I worked two jobs because I wanted to get a solid footing with the school district I work for before quitting my other job as a server.  I am now at that point where I no longer have to rely on serving as a source of income.  I am very grateful that a lot of hard work and 16 hour work days have paid off and I am now able to be in the position I am in now.  I cannot count the number of celebrations, birthdays, etc., I have had to miss, leave early, or arrive late to because of working in a restaurant.  I am also looking forward to being able to have hobbies again.  My schedule did not allow much room for that, most of my time off lately has been used lesson planning and keeping up with household chores.  Now that I have a more managable schedule I am looking forward to being able to spend more time with loved ones and indulging in hobbies I enjoy including blogging and finally having some time to do projects around the house.  To those who have stuck around thank you!  

Friday, July 26, 2013

How I Use My Beauty Blender

A couple months ago I purchased a Beauty Blender sponge.  I was hesitant to purchase it when I began to hear about it because to be honest between a traditional foundation brush, a kabuki brush, and duo-fiber brush I wasn't sure it was necessary to add to that mix.  However, it is hard to ignore all the hype and positive feedback the Beauty Blender was receiving so I purchased one.  I know there are quite a few more affordable dupes out there but I wanted to try the real thing to see what exactly all the hype was about.

My first impression using the Beauty Blender was mixed.  I loved the flawless finish it gave, but felt despite following the directions and making sure the sponge was damp it still absorbed a lot of my foundation.  I was having to use more foundation to get my desired light to medium coverage than with other methods of applying foundation.  That was a deal breaker for me because I spent a pretty penny on my foundation, but I still loved the flawless finish of the Beauty Blender better than any other method of applying foundation.  I found a routine that allows me to get the flawless finish with the Beauty Blender, without using extra foundation.

Foundation Application

1.  Using my foundation of choice, currently MAC Studio Sculpt, I apply the foundation with a traditional foundation brush (MAC 193).  
2.  Then using my damp Beauty Blender I blend my foundation so there are no imperfections from the foundation brush and it is applied evenly across my face - thus getting the flawless finish I love from the Beauty Blender.
This extra step takes very little time and gives me the desired finish for my foundation without using extra foundation in the process.