Putting on a face every day can add up – as in dollar signs, ladies! Between the skin care products that go before and after the actual makeup, foundations, powders, lipsticks, fake lashes, mascara, you name it…Lookin’ good aint cheap. The tools used to apply makeup are also not cheap; for certain things, you can get away with drugstore products, but some you cannot…
The award for best beauty discovery in 2014 goes to this little $20 sponge: the Beautyblender. I don’t know why on earth I hadn’t tried it sooner. Nothing, and I mean NOTHING, makes foundation look so flawless and so natural. This little patent-pending, suede-like sponge, doubles in size when wet. Its unique shape and texture makes it easy to get into hard-to-reach areas like the corners of your nose and the corner of your eyes. The downside? Sponges can get really gross as they stay humid and harbor bacteria. Regardless of how much you wash a sponge, it’s impossible to make it squeaky clean. I try to change my Beautyblender every month and I wash it often, but at $20 a sponge, that’s roughly $250 a year JUST IN MAKEUP APPLICATORS.
Like the frugalist that I am (is that even a word?), I’m always thinking of ways of economizing on every-day things to feed our Travel The World fund. So, I had an AH-HA! moment yesterday while washing my makeup brushes and Beautyblender and I thought I would just cut off the surface to remove the impossible-to-remove layer of foundation (gross) to expose a fresh, new surface. This basically doubles the life of my Beautyblender. Now, I have to admit that the application process with a sponge in the shape popcorn is not as easy, nor as smooth. But, if you use a bounce/drag motion, the same flawless foundation look can be achieved. You just have to have a little bit of patience and think that you’re saving some bucks, because, who doesn’t love some extra cash?
P.S. If you have a makeup diva in your life, this is the PERFECT stocking stuffer. You’re welcome.