Friday, 27 June 2014

How To: Incorporate Colour into your Makeup Routine! (Part 1: Lower Lash line)

I love summer and one of my favourite things to do in summer is to bring out my coloured eyeshadow palettes! I am planning on doing a makeup series here on my blog where I show you different ways to incorporate coloured eyeshadows into your makeup routine which you can expect more next week! Now I am very comfortable wearing very vibrant makeup looks on a year round basis and at any time of the day, but I do understand that some people are not as comfortable doing this. Even if you do not feel comfortable wearing coloured eyeshadow over your eyelid you can still incorporate colour into your makeup routine! A great way to do this is to add a coloured eyeshadow under your bottom lash line.

When you are planning on doing colour under your bottom lash line, I would highly suggest doing a neutral eye on your eyelid or wear no shadows at all and simply go with a winged eyeliner! Because you will be adding a vibrant colour under your lash line you do not want to over-do things by doing a super glittery sparkly look on the top (but of course if you like this than please go for it!). I have a video tutorial + pictorial blog post showing how I do my Everyday Makeup Routine for eyeshadow which you can find here. I have also used this same eyeshadow look in the pictures below, so it is a better representation of what I am going to show you.
The natural eyeshadow look I am using (tutorial linked in blog post)
The first thing you want to do is to lay down some sort of primer. You could either use a normal eyeshadow primer that is clear, or to intensify the look you can use a coloured cream eyeshadow base. For the pictures below I have used a couple different options using Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Turquoise Forever and Rimmel Scandaleyes Eye Shadow Stick in Paranoid Purple. To apply these I would highly suggest using a small brush to really press this against your bottom lash line without pulling too far down on the brush. You really want to keep this very close to the lash line and the line to be as thick as you would like the colour to be on the bottom lash line.

Next you want to use a flat shader brush to pick up colour only on the tip and press this onto the colour base or primer you have laid down previously. For these eyeshadow look below I used my Sleek Original palette which I think is a great palette for applying colour under the bottom lash line. The colours are extremely pigmented and only require the tiniest amount to get full on colour to show up. This palette contains many colourful, vibrant, colours that really pop and are great for summer, so you could get a lot of wear using this palette simply by applying the shadows on your bottom lash line. If you do not own this palette, use whatever you have in your collection! You can also switch up this tutorial and use any kind of colour you want! Even though I used blue, green, and purple you can really get creative and use pinks, golds, coppers, yellows etc! 

Before we get into how I achieved the look, I would highly suggest that if you are using a bright vibrant colour to either stick to a very thin line or a tad bit thicker than that. But if you are using a darker colour eg purple, try to make the line thinner because a dark colour will almost act the same as a black eyeshadow would. It would end up making the eye very dark and the overall look would be very dramatic, almost like a smoky eye. Another quick tip is when you are blending the eyeshadow towards the bottom to get rid of the harsh line, try not to drag the colour too far down because again you do not want this to be a super harsh thick line it should just be a pop of colour that will stick close to your lash line. If you are blending further than your bottom lashes, then the line is probably too long.

The first colour I applied was the Turquoise Blue shade in the palette. So I first started off with the Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Turquoise Forever and blended this under the lash line. I love wearing blue eyeshadows so I did make this a little thick so it shows up more under the eye. Next I applied the bright blue shade in the Sleek Original palette and patted this onto the cream shadow using a flat shader brush. Once you have applied the initial colour I took a fluffy blending brush and just quickly went back and forth over the bottom of the eyeshadow. This blends it out just a little bit to make it look less harsh. Finally I applied some black mascara on my bottom lashes just to tone the colour down a little bit.

The next colour I applied was the Green shade in the Sleek Original palette. Again I used the Turquoise Forever Colour Tattoo and blended this under my lash line. I also made this line a little thick just because I love vibrant greens and blues under the lash line and really like them to show up. Then I took a flat shader brush and patted the colour onto the cream eyeshadow. Finally I used the blending brush to blend out the bottom of the liner and applied some mascara to my bottom lashes.

The final colour I applied was the Purple shade in the Sleek Original Palette. I used the Rimmel Scandaleyes Eye Crayon in Paranoid Purple and blended this very close to my lash line. I made this line a little thinner because the purple is not as bright and vibrant as the blue and green so it would look very dramatic if the line was thick (almost like a black shadow would be).  Next I used a flat shader brush and patted the colour onto the cream eyeshadow. Finally I used the blending brush to blend out the bottom of the liner and applied some mascara to my bottom lashes.

Adding colour to your makeup routine is very easy especially when adding colour to the bottom lash line. This only adds a couple of minutes extra to your everyday makeup routine and gives you a great pop of colour which is so much fun for the Summer months. If you recreate any of these looks I would love to see them so tweet me a picture of it @SweetShelbz on Twitter! What is your favourite way to add colour into your makeup routine? I would love to hear your answers so leave them down in the comment section below!

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Yves Saint Laurent (YSL) Rouge Volupte Shine - Review / Swatches

A few months ago I decided to invest in a few higher end makeup items to see If the quality was indeed better than drugstore quality. In this high end makeup haul I ended up purchasing a Yves Saint Laurent (YSL) Rouge Volupte Shine lipstick in shade 13 ‘Pink in Paris’. This lipstick retails for £25 and can be found at department stores such as House of Fraser, Debenhams, Selfridges etc. The Rouge Volupte Shine lipsticks also come in over 20 different colour selections so there is a shade for everyone!

YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Lipstick - 13 'Pink in Paris'
The first thing you notice about the product is the gorgeous packaging! This packaging is so sophisticated and really makes you feel amazing when you remove this from your bag to reapply throughout the day. The outer packaging is a shiny gold colour with a small section in the middle cut out. Inside this cut out there are small circles with the YSL logo printed inside of them which goes around the entire tube. The colour behind the YSL circle logos is the actual colour of the lipstick so you can identify them from each other without having to open the packaging. I think this is a very creative way to display the colour as you would assume it is just a part of the actual packaging, but it obviously comes in handy! The packaging itself is also very heavy and if you compare this to a normal lipstick you can feel the weight of the product which also makes it feel more ‘luxurious’.
YSL logo on packaging, colour behind it is the colour of the actual lipstick!
When you open the lipstick container again the inside is gold plated which looks really sleek and luxurious. The metal part around the actual lipstick is very compact and very close to the actual lipstick, which does make it look smaller compared to most lipsticks, but it is indeed the same size. This is great that the packaging is ‘hugging’ the lipstick because you have less chance of the lipstick breaking off. When there is space between the lipstick and the packaging the lipstick will push when you use it and could possibly end in breaking the lipstick off!

YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Lipstick - 13 'Pink in Paris'
Difference in size of the 'twiting' part of the lipstick tube.
YSL lipstick hugging the packaging, Maybelline lipstick has space between the lipstick and packaging
The feeling of this lipstick is so amazing it is almost like a balm. It makes your lips feel very smooth and hydrated even when they are chapped. It does not cling to dry patches and easily glides across your lips. Even though the product has a ‘balm’ like consistency it is very opaque and leaves a distinct colour on your lips after application. I also find that even when it looks like the colour has worn off of your lips a little the smoothness is still there on your lips which is great if you have dry lips.

This is by far my favourite type of lipstick formula of all time and the next time I do a high end purchase I will definitely be repurchasing more of these! I think these are outstanding and I love the balm feeling while still getting a very opaque colour pay off. Although these are worth a little more than a drugstore brand, the formula is very luxurious and the first time you apply these lipsticks you will be able to tell that this is no ordinary lipstick but magic in a tube! 

Monday, 23 June 2014

Products I've Hit Pan On! (Face) - Mini Reviews + Would I Repurchase?

When browsing through my makeup collection this past weekend, I noticed that I have hit pan on a lot of my Face products. Hitting pan is one of those golden moments for beauty lovers as this means you have truly used up most of the product and have a thorough idea of how the product works. This also means you need to start thinking about whether or not the product is worth repurchasing or trying out something new. When it comes to makeup at least for me, repurchasing an item is a huge deal and really shows how loyal and dedicated you are to the particular product. I love switching out my makeup and trying out new products that brands are releasing so repurchasing a product is a huge deal! For the purpose of this blog post I will be showing you swatches of the product along with a mini review on each product, finally I will tell you whether or not I will repurchase the product and why.

Top L-R (Elf Candid Coral, Stay Matte Powder, MUA Powder, ELF Highlighter (Luminance), Covergirl Party Peach, Rimmel Pink Rose)
Middle going Top to Bottom (Boots Tea Tree & Witch Hazel Spot Wand, Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer, 2True Clear Mascara)
The first product that I am beyond loyal to is my L’Oreal True Match Foundation in N1 Ivory. This is my ‘holy grail’ be all end all foundations that I could just not live without. This foundation has light to medium coverage but is very buildable. It is very lightweight on the skin and you honestly cannot feel it once it has been set into the skin. I have acne prone skin that is very fare and finding a foundation that A. Matches my skin perfectly and B. Doesn't break me out is quite the task. This foundation has never once broken me out and it matches me perfectly. The shade range is also fantastic as it offers over 20 different shade selections! Now I could go on about this foundation for days and days but you can see by the picture below that I am beyond sold and would highly recommend this foundation! 

(There was an insane deal on the foundation so I bought them in bulk which is why I have so many!)

The first powder I ever used to set my makeup was the MUA Pressed Powder in Shade 1 which is the lightest shade MUA has to offer. If you have very pale skin I would highly suggest testing this colour in store before you purchase as this is definitely too dark for my skin tone. It does set your makeup but I do find it can look cakey throughout the day. For £1 it would do the job but I do not think it is the ‘best’ drugstore product to set your foundation. I have since then switched to my Rimmel Stay Matte powder which I absolutely love and will be reviewing as well!

My Rimmel Stay Matte powder in Transparent is one of my top face powders I have ever tried. It doesn’t give you that powder finish on your face and I find that I can use this all over my face without it looking cakey throughout the day. It feels very light on the skin and I think it works great with the L’Oreal True Match foundation! I own the transparent version which is ‘clear’ with no added colour but they do offer coloured powders as well. I will definitely be repurchasing this product.
(L-R) ELF Candid Coral, Stay Matte Powder, MUA Powder, Boots Spot Wand, Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer
The product I have hit the biggest pan on is my ELF Candid Coral blush which costed only £3! I loved this blush so much but I do find it is very sheer so you do really need to pack the colour on to get any sort of colour pay off. I also have extremely pale skin and normally blushes show up very easily so for this one not to show up is quite upsetting. It has a beautiful sheen to it and almost acts like a blush and highlighter all in one. If you do not mind using extra product to build up the colour then this blush is great! I will probably not be repurchasing just because I have many other blushes in my collection to use up first.

Since I have moved to the UK I can no longer get my hands on Covergirl makeup. This blush is one of my absolute favourites for my skin tone and it is Party Peach. I wouldn't say that this is very ‘peachy’ but almost bright pink on my skin tone at least. It is almost the perfect pink to brighten up the face but not look too extreme or unnatural. I would not suggest using the brush that it comes with but I like to use my ELF Angled Brush to apply this blush. I would definitely repurchase this blush if I could get my hands on it!

(L-R) Elf Highlighter (Luminance), Covergirl Party Peach, Rimmel Pink Rose

The final blush I have hit pan on is my Rimmel Pink Rose blush which is again one of my favourites. It is the perfect rose colour which looks great in the autumn and winter months. I also feel that this blush goes with any eyeshadow look dramatic or not and just suits everything. Whenever I am not sure what blush to wear I will always reach for this blush. I will definitely be repurchasing this blush as it is one of my everyday go-to’s.

Highlighters are very special to me and one of my favourite parts of applying makeup. This ELF Healthy Glow Bronzing Powder in Luminance is one of my favourites for a natural glow. This is more warm toned and definitely not a champagne or pink highlight but more of a candlelight highlight. It looks very natural on the skin and does not look glittery. It is very easy to blend and again just goes with any type of makeup look you are doing. I personally don’t think I would repurchase this again though as I do like glittery shimmery highlights and I am in love with my MUA Undress Your Skin Highlighter, but I do think this product is great.

One of my favourite product in my skincare routine is my Tea Tree & Witch Hazel Spot Wand by Boots. This wand comes with a day and night side but I personally only prefer the day side. It is clear so you can apply this before you apply the rest of your makeup and it will help to get rid of the redness and reduce the size of acne. I find that this product does work to help my acne. I will and have repurchased this item many times before!

Top (L-R) Stay Matte Powder, MUA Powder, ELF Highlighter (Luminance
Middle (Top-Bottom) Boots Tea Tree & Witch Hazel Spot Wand, Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer, 2True Clear Mascara)
My Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer has been well loved recently and is almost to its end. This is probably the only concealer I enjoy using under the eyes, although I do not use it everyday. If my foundation covers up my under eye circles on its own then I will skip this step but for those days you don’t get much sleep this product is great. I do find it does crease after extreme wear (8+ hours) but it is nothing drastic. I do find this product is quite difficult to blend out on its own though so I like to use my Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge. I will be repurchasing this product as soon as it runs out!

The final product I have nearly ran out of is my 2True Clear Mascara. I use this mascara to set my eyebrows and when I first bought it I promise you it was clear! Because I use this product after I fill in my eyebrows with powder the brown powder from my eyebrows has collected inside the tube which has changed it brown. There is hardly any product left in the tube and whenever I use it I have to scrape all the sides to get the littlest amount of product. I will repurchase this product and I use it every single day. I hate when my eyebrows feel crunchy or thick like how wax feels on your eyebrows so this is great for taming the brows but being undetectable throughout the day!

So those are my face products that I have hit pan on. Have you hit pan on any of your face product? How did they work for you, what did you think about them and would you repurchase them once they finish? I would love to hear your thoughts so please leave them in the comments below!

Friday, 20 June 2014

Everyday Makeup Tutorial - Quick and Easy (Coastal Scents 88 Warm Palette)

Today I decided to show you my version of a eyeshadow tutorial that is quick and easy to wear on an everyday basis. This would be especially great if you want a natural look to wear to work or school without looking too dramatic. This look can be intensified into a darker smoky natural eye but for the purpose of this blog post I kept it very simple.

For this eyeshadow look I used my Coastal Scents 88 Warm Palette which is very affordable (around $20 but can always be found on sales) and comes with 88 different eyeshadows around the size of a dime. This palette is great for everyday eyeshadow looks because it is filled with 88 neutral eyeshadows that you can play around with. If you do not have this exact palette just use similar colours that you have within your makeup collection!

Finished Product of this Tutorial!
Video Tutorial

Colours Used in Tutorial Marked by Numbers
Step 1: Apply an eyeshadow base to the eyelid and blend upward toward the crease, preferably brown. (I used Maybelline Colour Tattoo on and On Bronze / Bad to the Bronze). This does not need to look perfect as we will be covering this up with eyeshadow.

Step 1
Step 2: Apply a champagne shimmery colour (1 in palette) to the inner half of the eyelid. You can also bring this colour into the inner corner of the eyes to add a brightening effect. This will also make you look more awake and alert.

Step 2
Step 3: Take a light/medium matte brown shade (2 in palette) and blend this into your crease. Make sure that you spend some time blending in this eyeshadow so there are no harsh lines. To blend the eyeshadow take a fluffy brush and go back and forth in the crease in a wind shield wiper motion.

Step 3
Step 4: Apply a slightly darker colour than the champagne colour (a shimmery medium shade of brown)(3 in palette) and apply this to the outer half of your eyelid. Make sure to blend the two colours together, but do not drag this colour further than half way across your eyelid. If the colours are not blending or you are finding this colour to go too close in the inner lid, take the champagne colour that we used in Step 1 again and reapply/blend it outwards toward the outer half of your eye until the colours are blended.

Step 4
Step 5: Apply a matte dark brown (4 in palette) into the outer v of your eye. To do this place the eyeshadow directly on the outermost part of the eye and blend this slowly into the eyelid and crease. You do not want to blend this colour super far onto either the lid or the crease but remove any harsh lines.This will deepen up the eyeshadow look just a slight bit and make it stand out a little more, although it is not too much for everyday wear!

Step 5
Step 6: (Optional) Apply a matte brown shade (The one we used in Step 3 or darker if you prefer) under the lower lash line. Make sure you push this colour very close to your lashes and blend it downwards, but not too far.

Step 7: Apply a matte white (5 in palette) to your brow bone, and a shimmery white (6 in palette) to the inner corner of your eyes.

Step 7
Step 7
Step 8: Apply an eyeliner to your top lash line (I used Makeup Academy Intense Color Eyeliner in Jet Black) and set it with a matte black powder. Curl your lashes and apply mascara!

Step 8
Step 9: (Optional) Apply eyeliner to your waterline, tight line your upper lashes, and apply fake lashes! These steps are completely optional but would definitely work with this look! (I did apply eyeliner in my waterline but did not tight line or use false lashes).

Step 9 / Final Product: I like to let my hair air dry so it is a little damp in this picture!
Products Used:

Maybelline Colour Tattoo - On and On Bronze (Bad to the Bronze in US)
Coastal Scents 88 Warm Palette -
Champagne: 9 Right, 2 Down
Light Matte Brown: 10 Right, 4 Down
Purpley Brown: 6 Right, 5 Down
Dark Matte Brown: 11 Right, 9 Down
Matte White: 1 Right 1 Down
Shimmery White: 3 Right 1 Down

MUA Intense Color Eyeliner - Jet Black
NYC City Curls Mascara
Primark Eyelash Curler

L'Oreal True Match Foundation - Ivory
Rimmel Stay Matte Powder - Translucent
Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer
NARS Orgasm Blush

Rimmel by Kate Matte Lipstick 101
Maybelline ColorSensational Lipgloss - Pink Shock.

Monday, 16 June 2014

How to Check if Your Makeup is Expired

One thing many people tend to forget is that makeup has an expiry date just like food and drinks do! Now I will admit that I do not always throw out my makeup on the ‘suggested’ expiry dates, but there are very good reasons as to why you should. Now you may think why should I throw away my makeup after the expiry date? Makeup is a breeding ground for bacteria which can cause eye infections such as pink eye and sties. Liquid makeup tends goes bad quicker than powder makeup as it gives the bacteria a home to live in. Keep your makeup in cool dry places because keeping your makeup in a warm place can also increase bacteria growth on the product.

Now on makeup products most of them do not have a Expire By date displayed on the makeup itself, but instead has a period after opening date which you should follow. The Period After Opening date can be seen by looking for a little container symbol with a number inside of it (eg. 6M). This means that after you open the makeup product the product will ‘expire’ after the number of months shown inside the container symbol, so if the symbol shows 6M this will mean 6 months after you open the product the product will ‘expire’ there for you should throw it out.

Product After Opening Symbol - Shows how many months you can keep the product after opening before it goes bad
Most times these Period After Opening symbols can be found on the label of the product. This can be found on many types of items including makeup, lotion, hair products, deodorant etc. If you cannot see it on the label, make sure that the label does not peel upwards (some labels peel up to reveal more information of the product). If you cannot find this symbol, the manufacturer may have used an actual expiry date on the product or even a use by date, but I have scoured my makeup collection and most of my products have the Period After Opening symbol, apart from lipsticks. I have noticed that many of my lipsticks that I have removed the label/didn't come with a label on the side do not contain a Period After Opening symbol. For lipsticks please follow the suggested expiry date shown below.
Product After Opening symbol on a bottle of lotion
Product After Opening symbol on a hair oil
Product After Opening symbol on a mascara
Product After Opening symbol on a roll on deodorant
Product After Opening symbol on a liquid eyeliner
Even though the Period After Opening symbol is on the product, the product could go bad before the expected expiry date. The common way to tell if a product has gone off is if anything changes with the product. This could mean that the product now has a weird smell, has gone clumpy and dry (mascara), the colour has changed, the texture has changed,  or you have had a recent eye infection then it is time to get rid of the product immediately!

Now if you cannot seem to find the Period After Opening symbol or an expiry date of any sort, there are some guidelines on how long certain makeup products should last in general before they go bad, which I will list below:

Expiry Date Guidelines
Liquid Foundation/Concealer: 6-12 months
Moisturizers/Skincare: 1-2 years
Cream Blush/Eyeshadow: 6-12 months
Liquid Eyeliner: Less than 6 months
Mascara: 3 months
Powder Blush/Eyeshadow: 1 year
Pencil Liners (lip/eye): Up to 2 years
Lipstick: 1 year

Now obviously if you do keep your makeup over the expiry date which many people do unknowingly, you aren't going to die but it really does reduce the risk of eye infections and spreading bacteria around. I would highly suggest throwing away the products that have at least changed colour, smell, texture, or the product used if you have gotten an eye infection. 

Sunday, 15 June 2014

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge (Beauty Blender Dupe?)

Recently I come across the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge which is supposedly a similar cheaper dupe to the Beauty Blender. This sponge can be found in your local drugstore Superdrug/Boots and costs around £5.99 which is much cheaper than the beauty blender which costs around £16. The first thing I noticed about this sponge was that it was created by the lovely Sam and Nic Chapman of Pixiwoo on YouTube who I absolutely love watching. I also noticed on the back of the packaging that they offer online tutorials which they have on the sponge and how to properly use it.

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge
Sam & Nic of Pixiwoo
Video Review of Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

When you open the packaging you notice the small orange sponge that is around the size of an egg, and even looks very similar to an egg in shape. One side of the sponge is pointy which is great for using it under your eyes patting in concealer or other small nooks such as the sides of your nose, and the other side is actually a flat groove cut out of the sponge which is great for patting in foundation to the face. The packaging states that you can use the sponge wet or dry with liquid foundation, but I have tried it both ways and wetting the sponge correctly makes a huge difference.  The ‘dry’ sponge is quite hard and not very flexible when you squeeze it in your hand. If you try patting your foundation in with the sponge while it is dry you will notice that it does not bounce easily off your face but feels very hard with no flexibility. I would highly recommend wetting the sponge for use with liquid foundation!

Flat edge on the Right, pointed edge on the Left
One problem I had when first using the sponge wet was I did not wet it properly and again it was very hard. To properly wet the sponge you should hold the sponge under the water in the palm of your hand. While under the water keep squeezing the sponge in the palm of your hand and releasing. Repeat this around 5 times and the sponge should be thoroughly wet. If you only hold the sponge under the water without squeezing it, the sponge will remain hard and not absorb the water. Once you have the sponge wet you need to squeeze the sponge in your hand NOT under the water and release the remaining water in the sponge. Keep repeating this until the sponge is not releasing any more water when you squeeze.

Step 1: Hold sponge under water in the palm of your hand
Step 2: Squeeze sponge in palm of hand over and over (around 5 times)
Step 3: Take sponge out of water and keep squeezing out excess liquid until no liquid comes out when you squeeze
Once you have properly wet the sponge you will notice that the sponge increases in size dramatically. It will almost double in size which is very noticeable when setting it in the clear holder. This is great because you can cover more surface area of your face when patting in your foundation or concealer. It also prevents the sponge from soaking up excess amounts of foundation such as a normal sponge would, because it is already expanded with water. The sponge texture when wet is very similar to a normal sponge in that it is very squishy and when you press this into your face it springs back. This makes it very easy to press in your foundation all over your skin by bouncing the sponge on your face over and over.

Dry Sponge size
Wet Sponge size
Using a sponge to press in your foundation is great for those of us with very dry flaky skin. I personally have very dry skin and I had always used my ELF Powder Brush to buff in my foundation and was always left with little flaky bits of skin that would rub off. Using a brush on dry skin actually exfoliates your skin by removing the dead skin cells on your face. This results in your foundation looking very dry and you will have little flakes of skin everywhere on your face. This will not happen with the Real Techniques Miracle Sponge because you are litereally pressing the foundation into your skin instead of buffing it in as you would with a brush.

The only thing I would also suggest is not applying your foundation straight to the sponge and applying it on the face. I find that I get a much more even coverage by applying a thick layer of foundation over my face with a foundation brush (flat almost looks like a paint brush) and then pushing the product into my skin using the sponge. This allows your foundation to be very smooth and you will have the same coverage over your entire face without looking splotchy. I also used this technique in my 3 Minute Makeup Challenge YouTube video if you would like to see a live demonstration of how to apply foundation using the Real Techniques Sponge.

Step 1: Apply thick layer of foundation with foundation brush
Step 2: Press the foundation into the skin with the flat side of sponge
Step 3: Press the concealer into the skin with the pointed side of sponge
The box recommends washing the sponge every 1-3 uses but I think ti is very easy to wash the sponge with every use which will get rid of the bacteria living on the sponge. Before you wet the sponge just apply a little baby shampoo or soap to your hand and then wet the sponge. Rub the sponge in your hand and massage it into the sponge and then ring the sponge under the water until no more suds come out. You will notice that the sponge stains a little on the top and this is unavoidable so it is something you just need to deal with.

Foundation staining on the flat side of sponge
Overall I think this sponge is great and I would highly recommend this to anyone with dry skin who notices very flaky foundation when they use a normal buffing brush to blend in your makeup. This will work on all skin types but will make such a huge difference on dry skin. The price is so much cheaper than the beauty blender and I think it performs great at applying foundation as well as concealer. The shape of the sponge with the tip and flat edge are great at dealing with certain areas of the face and it gives a lovely finish to the foundation. Have you used the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge? What are your thoughts on it and if not, what do you use to blend in your foundation? Please leave your answers in the comments below because I would love to hear them!