July 27, 2016

Why I Made the Switch to A Beauty Blender... And Won't Go Back (+ Tips!)

$35 Beautyblender Set from Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

A few weeks ago I bit the bullet and bought my first BeautyBlender. At $25, it seemed like a pricey investment for a sponge that would be thrown away after a few uses so I put off trying it for years. I'm glad I took the plunge because now I am hooked. Not your typical sponge, the BeautyBlender is a must-have tool for every makeup enthusiast, especially for applying your base.

Right now, there is a beautyblender® 'Beauty's Best Friend' Set available at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale that includes not one, but two sponges and cleanser for $35... that is an amazing deal. You know I scooped it up. Keep reading on why I'm a true BeautyBlender fan and will not go back to using makeup brushes for my base, along with tips and tricks on using and cleaning your BeautyBlender makeup sponge>>


How-To Use a Beauty Blender

Unlike a typical makeup sponge, BeautyBlenders not your typical makeup sponge. They are made with an innovative non-latex material, making the sponge super squishy, especially when wet. You  always want to use the BeautyBlender wet. ALWAYS. To use, simply submerge into a bowl of water or under the faucet and give it a little squeeze to absorb the water and soak it, then squeeze all the excess water out. You can even use a towel or paper towel to squeeze the excess water out. Look how much bigger the wet BeautyBlender (right) is compared to the dry sponge on the left.

How-To Use a Beauty Blender

With daily use, a sponge can last about 3 months and like your brushes, you want to keep it clean. The beautyblender® 'Beauty's Best Friend' Set includes a bar cleanser and scrubbing pad to clean the sponge. Simply wet your BeautyBlender in warm water and rub over the cleanser. If you don't have the bar or liquid cleanser, you can also use a gentle face wash or dish soap. I've used both and I have to say, the bar cleanser is the best. My sponge almost looked like new (see second image in this post for how it looked after cleansing) so I do recommend using the BeautyBlender cleanser.  You can also use the rubber scrubbing pad to help get all the excess makeup out of the sponge- it works really well! After rinsing, squeeze out all the excess water. I set my BeautyBlender on top of it's original container (the small one), or you can set it out somewhere in open air to dry.

Now that you know how to properly care and clean your sponge, below are a few tips on using the BeautyBlender sponge:

How-To Use a Beauty Blender

You can dot your foundation onto your face or apply it directly to the sponge. You then want to use the roll and press method, so that you're able to cover your pores and push the foundation and concealer into skin completely and without any brush strokes. This method ensures and even application for an airbrushed-like finish. Use the roll and press method to blend the foundation from the center of your face on out.

How-To Use a Beauty Blender

I'll then dip my BeautyBlender sponge (yes, wet!) into loose powder and apply under my eyes, around my nose and t-zone to set my foundation and concealer. The pointed tip is perfect at getting in those nooks and crannies around my nose and getting up under my eyes, and prevents my base from creasing and looking cakey. No one likes a cake face.

How-To Use a Beauty Blender

The end result is an even, smooth and non-cakey almost airbrushed looking application that I can't quite get with a makeup brush. I like that it gives me a flawless and perfected look with a dewy finish. I like dewy. I'll even use the bottom part of the BeautyBlender to blend cream bronzers/contour and blush. While I'll still use makeup brushes for applying parts of my makeup, I'm pretty sold on using a BeautyBlender for my base-- foundation and concealer.

$35 Beautyblender Set from Nordstrom Anniversary Sale
You can pick up beautyblender® 'Beauty's Best Friend' Set that includes two classic sponge applicators and the cleanser for just $35 now during the Nordstrom Anniversary Nsale. Hurry before they sell out or this deal ends!

Which do you prefer using, a BeautyBlender sponge or makeup brushes?

26 comments:

  1. I've actually never used a beauty blender but am now convinced I must give it a shot!

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  2. I'm so excited that you bit the bullet! I love the beauty blender and I absolutely can't do my makeup without it.

    La Belle Sirene

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  3. I've seen these everywhere and need to try it soon!

    Greta | www.gretahollar.com

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  4. I recently made the same switch and do not regret it! It's a game changer! xo, sharon

    www.stylelullaby.com

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  5. I can't live without my beauty blender! Nothing else compares! I definitely need to pick up this set!

    HashtagFabLife

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  6. I'd love to try this but stores in the Philippines rarely give that kind of bargains. Thinking about it, Php1,100 is still expensive for 3 months us for me.
    -_-

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  7. Would you believe I still haven't tried the beauty blender? I need to get one!!
    xo
    Lee Anne
    http://lifebylee.com/

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  8. For the longest time I had no idea what the fuss was about and now I am OBSESSED with my beauty blender. I have heard about some good dupes, especially one that is at Ulta and I may give it a try.. but BB is the best.

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  9. Love my BB, and that set is such a great deal!

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  10. I looooove my BB. My dog literally ate my entire one yesterday, but luckily I had two new ones on backup haha.

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  11. I never thought about dipping my beauty blender into powder to apply! That's such a great idea for some highlighters to give more of a glow. I just tried the Beauty Blender cleaner from a Sephora sample and OMG it was life changing!!! It literally makes your BB look brand new.

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  12. at the current moment in my life i don't wear much makeup so i don't use make up brushes or beauty blenders. though should that change i'm definitely leaning towards the blender.

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  13. You have inspired me to try this! Thanks!

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  14. My beauty blender is a lifesaver as well! I am basically obsessed because it applies my foundation so well.

    xoxo, Jenny

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  15. I haven't tried this yet but I know so many people that love it!

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  16. Sold. I have been looking at these anyway. They are so cool! Thanks for detailing out the benefits.

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  17. Beauty Blenders have made a huge difference in my makeup application! It's a total lifesaver! Definitely a blender girl!

    xo Ashley

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  18. Thank you thank you thank you for these tips! I have a Beauty Blender, but I never knew how to properly use it. I don't use foundation during the summer, so it hasn't been a problem, but when fall rolls around, I'll definitely be getting these back out.

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  19. I can't live without these sponges...they make all the difference in the world! xo

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  20. I absolutely love my beauty blender! Such easy application, and I love the dewey finish! I've been using them for several years now and don't intend to stop <3

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  21. I've never tried using a beauty blender before, but now I really want to! I'm bad enough at remembering to wash my brushes, though. Not sure I could handle remembering to purchase a new blender every three months...

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  22. Iguess I really need a tutorial on how to use it as I love to put makeup on but don't have all the tools needed. I mainly learn from friends and bloggers on what the necessities are. thanks for sharing.Would love if you can link up to http://the-wardrobe-stylist.com/2016/07/24/losing-baby-weight-4-pregnancies-3-kids-later-episode-3/

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  23. Ahhh love it!! Beauty blenders just leave such a flawless finish! Your skin looks amazing.

    xo,
    Sara Kate Styling

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  24. I am strangely obsessed with beauty blenders; I have about six of them – and I rarely wear makeup, ha!

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  25. LOVE my beauty blender!!

    -Morgan
    How 2 Wear It [] http://how2wearit.com

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