The lovely team over at The Konjac Sponge Company sent me a sponge to review! I am was so excited to try it because I have such problematic skin. The sponge they sent me was the French green clay, which is perfect for my sensitive, rosacea, oily, and acne-prone skin.
If you aren’t exactly sure what this sponge promises, this is the description from the company’s website: “The perfect facial sponge for combination and oily t-zone skin, our Konjac Sponge with French Green Clay tightens pores, tones the complexion and revitalizes damaged skin cells. Blended with the finest French Clay this naturally draws out impurities and toxins, to reveal a smoother, fresher complexion. Approximately 8cm wide, it fits perfectly in the palm of your hand for easy cleansing. Just add water for the ultimate in natural skin care.”
After trying out the sponge for a little bit, I haven’t seen much visible change to my skin. However, when I use the sponge to wash my face it feels less irritated than if I was using a clarisonic. It gently, yet deeply cleans your face. Although it starts off as a hard rock, with the addition of water it becomes fluffy and soft! I definitely didn’t notice any difference in my pores. I don’t think any product can truly shrink your pores, though. The only thing that I have noticed is an extremely small(yet noticeable) decrease in blackheads. I believe this is due to the deep cleansing properties of the sponge. I think if you have more sensitive skin a sponge similar to this one will suit you better than a clarisonic. Overall I’m not totally sold on this product, but I’m willing to keep giving it a try.
Let me know if any of you have tried it!
I was originally drawn to this foundation because of its matte, velvety finish. I was surprised that a foundation actually lived up to its name! When I bought this foundation, I was on the hunt for a very matte finish because of my oily skin. Flash forward 2 years and I no longer solely search for a matte finish. I learned a lot about my skin and also realized that the finish of my foundation didn’t necessarily contribute to longevity. Now I focus on how a foundation wears rather than how fast it sets.
I also tried out MUFE’s Super Matte Loose powder. It costs $29.00 and comes in 3 shades. I picked the shade Translucent Natural # 12. This powder wasn’t anything special, it did instantly mattify but it didn’t help me stay matte. It didn’t help with any staying power or longevity of my foundation. The powder also isn’t very finely milled, which can make you look cakey. There are many better powders on the market than this one.
4 hours is usually how long I can keep a matte face, after that I need to blot and powder. For those 4 hours my face was completely matte with MUFE Mat Velvet +. After 4 hours I needed to blot. I continued on for another few hours(usually I don’t wear foundation too long). I never experienced any fading or patchy foundation with this, which is something else I have to look for in a foundation.
The packaging is nice and because the foundation is thicker it comes in a squeeze bottle. I prefer a pump (although who doesn’t?) because I can measure how much I need to use. I usually apply it with my beauty blender to get a flawless finish. If you do have dry patches it will definitely cling to them! I will have dry patches on some acne spots and they will stick out. The foundation actually doesn’t dry too fast and is easy to work with. There are 21 shades listed on Sephora and there seems to be good options for both light and dark shades. My shade is # 30 (Porcelain) which is described for “medium skin with beige undertones.” I’m as white as paper and am surprised I’m not in the lightest shade available. The coverage is medium-full and it is build-able. I usually wouldn’t need concealer and if something needed concealing I would go back in with more foundation.
Overall, if you’re oily skinned I think you would really enjoy this foundation. If you lean towards more combo dry/oily I think that there are better options out there for you. It retails for $38.00 and will last you a long time. I would recommend getting color matched before buying though because the shade descriptions are a little misleading.
Let me know if any of you have tried it!
My taste in eyeshadow is strictly tailored towards neutrals. So, when I see a new neutral palette that catches my eye I just have to buy it. I hadn’t heard much of the Balm cosmetics before I received a sample of their highlighting powder in my Birchbox. I was thoroughly impressed and figured the same would happen with the eyeshadow. The palette is only $36.00 and when you subscribe to their email list you’ll be sent a coupon for 10% off, making the palette only $32.00. I consider that a great deal compared to the Naked palettes that ring in at a whopping $54.00. You can buy the palette here. It comes in two versions, Naughty and Nice, and they are identical except for the inside packaging.
Here it is in comparison to the Naked 2 palette.
And some swatches…
The color payoff is excellent and there is minimal to no fall out. I love each of the shades, but my favorite is selfish. I can get many versatile looks out of this palette. Dare I say I use it even more than my Naked 2 palette? There are many options for day time and night time looks. There is also a great mixture of mattes and shimmers.
Price: $36.00 ($32.00 with coupon)
Brand: the Balm cosmetics
Let me know what you think of it and if you have any great looks to share!