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.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Southern California Belle --> Follow Your Arrow

Southern California Belle is now Follow Your Arrow.  Sometimes you have to shake things up to get re-inspired and that's what I am doing.  What is the meaning behind the new name?  I first heard the song, and connected with the message of the song.  You're damned if you do, and you're damned if you don't so just follow your arrow.  I'm in my mid-twenties and still trying to figure it all out and see where life takes me.  For a long time I fought the fact the pieces weren't falling into place like I planned, but now I am determined to enjoy the ride.

Thursday, July 11, 2013


Hey all!  There are going to be some changes around here.  I am in the process of renaming the blog.  Which is a process - and then the blog will need a facelift to match its' new name.  Which I am going to let Chelsea at Olive & Ivy Design handle - she does amazing work.  

I am in the process with getting it changed over via Bloglovin'.