HOW TO USE: A BEAUTY SPONGE

I’m sure you read the title and you probably got confused because it’s such a straight forward thing and most people use them specifically to apply liquid/cream foundation on. What if I told you there are other ways to use your beauty sponges as well? You don’t need to have the original beauty blender, there are blend of dupes out there that are just as great such as the QUO, Shop Miss A, eco tools, Real Techniques, and etc ones. Listen, if you love your makeup brushes, continue to use them. I’m just sharing my opinion and experiences with using a beauty sponge and how it’s worked for me!

Products you can use:

Powder: Yes, you can apply on powder using your beauty sponge. For this method, it doesn’t need to be wet because you’ll be doing the complete opposite of what you’re trying to achieve, a more matte appearance. Use a dry beauty sponge and apply a generous amount of powder onto it whether pressed or loose and apply the product directly onto your face. You’ll be surprised how effective this is and how even the application is compared to a brush application. I’m not too fond of using makeup brushes because they have a very splotchy application, you’ll have some oily regions and some matte, which is not a cute look. Don’t be afraid to come back in with a beauty sponge for touchups. Some of us get oilier than others and it’s fine to go back in to smoothen your skin’s appearance.

Cream blush: Who said beauty sponges were limited to one kind of product? I wear a ton of cream blushes and some can be more challenging to apply than others. Now, the best technique I like for cream blushes is usually using the warmth of my fingers and warming up the product so it blends easily but you can also use a sponge for more an even application. Apply a small amount of the cream blush and dot it on your face then use the sponge to blend.

Concealer: Whether it’s liquid or cream, application with a beauty sponge is most ideal with this step because the application is not only the easiest (user-friendly) but best. I absolutely hate brush applications with concealers and find it a very old school. Brush application often comes off as harsh and does not evenly distribute product out, it often emphasizes lines around the face because there’s just too much product there. Nobody wants a cakey, crepey looking concealer.

Liquid Highlighter: I don’t care what people say, liquid highlighter is definitely for more intermediate makeup users because it’s not as forgiving as a powder highlighter, if you apply too much, you’re likely going to end up looking like the tin man. The trick for a beautifully distributed, beaming highlight look is to dot a tiny amount of product on both cheeks and use your damp beauty blender to soften the look and blend. You can use your beauty blender dry for this however I find damp beauty blenders help melt the product better into the skin for a seamless beaming look.

Other ways you can use your sponge:

Makeup mistakes

We are all guilty for making small to big mistakes, no one’s really off the hook here. Even the most professional MUAs make mistakes because that’s how we learn and maybe we’re just having a bad makeup day. Eyeliner seems to be the most common thing to mess up because you can be a pro but if you wing it out too far, it’s too thick or it’s lopsided/doesn’t match the other eye, then you’ll need makeup remover to fix it. Once you remove the error, use your beauty sponge with the remaining product from the foundation and apply it to the area that doesn’t have makeup. It’ll save you a lot more time than going back with a “precise concealer” brush because sometimes it looks super obvious or we apply way too much product to conceal that specific region.

Cleaning

You don’t need to buy those beauty blenders solid soap cleaners to clean your beauty sponge. All you really need is a good cleansing oil. Yes! You can use this to remove your makeup off of your face and also your makeup sponge. You’ll also notice you’ll waste less product because you only need a small amount of cleansing oil to thoroughly clean your sponges. The one I enjoy using is the Fourth Ray BFD Cleansing oil and it’s amazing for removing off my waterproof eye makeup gently.

I hope these tips helped you and hope you get more use out of your beauty sponges! Feel free to comment below if you have any questions.

[REVIEW] BIODERMA SENSIBIO MICELLAR WATER

Bioderma sent over some goodies for it to try out to review for you all! They were so generous and sent over another bottle of my all-time fave micellar water. I will be gradually sharing their products one by one. I’ve gone through bottles of this, multiple dupes to see if there was anything like this and I turned back to this. Here’s why!

Available: Amazon

The older packaging was just something you just poured out the product or while the newer, revamped packaging has a pump function.

HOW TO: Place the cotton pad on the top and it pumps out the product. I need about two full pumps to fill up my cotton and it does an amazing job breaking down waterproof eye makeup.

Overall:

  • Texture: 5/5 – Watery, lightweight. Leaves no watery or residue behind the skin. However, you should rinse it off anyway even if it says no rinse.
  • Scent: 5/5 – No Scent what so ever! The sensibio line is marketed specifically for those who have sensitive skin.
  • Price: 5/5 – One bottle lasts forever! I wear makeup 5-6 days a week and it takes about 3 months to finish ONE 500ml bottle.Performance: 5/5 – It’s super mild. Unlike some makeup removers, this has no residue, colour or harsh on the skin. My eyes are very sensitive so I have to be careful what I apply near it, I have no issues with this and it does not sting my eyes like some eye makeup removers do. It does not dry my skin and gently removes off stubborn eye makeup without ripping my lashes off. I promise you this is definitely worth the investment. It’s my HOLY GRAIL makeup remover. I wouldn’t use this alone and expect it to remove every inch of your makeup however, it is a good first step. Please follow up with a cleanser to ensure you cleaned off your makeup. My favourite cleanser is the Youth To The People Super Food Kale Cleanser.
  • Packaging: 5/5 – It’s not messy, functions perfectly fine and dispenses out the perfect amount of product without wasting a ton. I prefer this packaging over the previous one simply because I dropped not one, I dropped TWO of my bottles with the older packaging and the cap/lid snapped right off. It wasn’t a pretty experience but luckily this cap is a lot bigger and doesn’t break off that easily.
  • Overall: 5/5 – It’s a fantastic product, the price tag may be high for some but I promise you that it’s worth the investment. I would not buy any off-brand ones because they just don’t work! Yes, the Garnier ones were terrible; they did absolutely nothing for me. I’ve tried pretty much every form of makeup remover from cold creams, wipes, oil-based makeup remover and etc but most of them either irritated my skin, made it dry or  I always go back to this product and they come in 2 different sizes. There’s a travel size one and that one comes in handy! You can find it at your local Rexall. Also, I wanted to include that just because a product claims that you don’t need to rinse after using it, I really do believe you should rinse it off anyway because it’s a cleansing product.

[Lesson] Cleaning & Declutter

I recently went on a mass declutter and actually took out my drawers and got rid of more makeup that I imagined to get rid of. During the process, I found myself quite eager to get rid of the products. I assumed I would be uncomfortable and sad from it but guess not. It was about time to declutter anyway. As a small beauty influencer, I still do receive quite a bit of PR and that quickly can accumulate a lot of space. So what I did for myself was, I kept products that were new aside so I can pass it forward to family and friends. I threw away old, expired makeup because no one wants to use that! Some products were only used once, which sucks!

What I learned from this declutter:

  • (For influencers) – Do not accept PR that you do not care for.
  • Do not purchase products that are not something I would use for the long-term – a lot of my purchases were for short-term use and that’s extremely wasteful.
  • Just because products with pretty packaging are pretty to look, doesn’t mean you need it.
  • If you already own that shade or a similar shade, do not get it. No one would notice the difference.
  • If there’s a sale, doesn’t mean you should buy anything from that sale. There’s always going to be a sale. Use up what you have first then considered buying more later.
  • Just because someone owns something nice, doesn’t mean you need to go out and purchase it. You are an adult now, understand and remember that you have priorities and bills to pay.

What I should be asking myself before I make any beauty purchase:

  • How many uses can I get out of this?
  • How long is the shelf life on this and does it make sense to own it now or later?
  • Will room temperature changes affect the product or not?
  • Am I allergic or sensitive to any of the ingredients listed?
  • Is this the correct shade for me? Have I swatched it at the store/read the colour description carefully?
  • How much product do I have left for my _____? example: foundation, lipstick and etc.
  • Is it a necessity or a want? Can it wait?

For those of you who are social media on a regular daily basis or with friends who are shopaholics, I know how hard it can be at times to not give in but just remember that if it does not spark joy or something you will use for the long term for yourself, why buy it? I’m always on social media because it’s part of what I do. I sometimes fall into the trap of buying things I don’t need because I saw it on my feed. I follow a big mix of different beauty accounts; some are drugstore, affordable beauty and some are boujee/high-end accounts. The high-end ones always get me because either the packaging looks great or it’s super popular on social media where you would see it at least once a day.

I hope you found this helpful in some shape or form, I thought I might shed some light on a topic that people do not normally talk about.

[REVIEW] b.liv See Ya No More Mask + HA Temptation

Hello friends, happy friday to you all. I know this is a long anticipated review because I’m sure you’ve seen me do an unboxing, talk about this product and shared photos of it in my instagram feed. These were kindly gifted to me by b.liv in exchange an honest review. All opinions are my own.

I wanted to point out that b.liv’s official website is very easy to navigate around and unlike some skincare websites, b.liv actually provides you options to choose from by skin type, skin concern, lifestyle/skincare tips and etc. If you don’t know your skin type is, b.liv offers descriptions and wonderful diagrams explaining and showing you the types of skin types and skin concerns.

❤ b.liv see ya no more mask 

available on: b.liv
price: $19 USD for 10 sheet masks
made in: Taiwan

Claims: This mask is formulated with chamomile, papaya extract, mango extract, witch hazel, aloe vera, gluconolactone, burdock root extract.

Star ingredient breakdown:

Chamomile contains one of the most powerful skin properties such as anti-inflammatory, anti bacterial, antiseptic and antioxidants.

Papaya Extract has a natural non abrasive exfoliant that is effective to remove skin impurities, push away dead skin cells and brighten the skin’s complexion.

Mango Extract is a natural astringent that reduces the appearance of blemishes, controls excess oil production and can deeply penetrate into the skin to clear impurites from pores.

Witch Hazel treats acne, minimizes the appearance of pores and controls excess oil production.

Aloe Vera is a powerful emollient for the skin that can deeply moisture, soothe and protect the skin.

Gluconolactone is a PHA(polyhydroxy acid) that offers all the benefits of AHAs but is suitable for sensitive skin types.

Burdock Root Extract is a natural ingredient that has anti bacterial and anti inflammatory properties

*italics+bold – ingredients that caught my eye *italics – ingredients to be aware of

Ingredients:
 aqua (water), butylene glycol, glycerin, gluconolactone, propylene glycol, sodium citrate, hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel) water, xanthan gum, phenoxyethanol, saccharide isomerate, polysorbate 80, aloe barbadensis (aloe) extract, ppg-26-buteth-26, sodium hyaluronate, chamomilla recutita (matricaria) flower extract, peg-40 hydrogenated castor oil, alcohol, carica papaya (papaya) fruit extract, disodium edta, mangifera indica (mango) fruit extract, o-cymen-5-ol, zinc pca, menthyl lactate, ethylhexylglycerin, yeast extract, arctium majus (burdock) root extract, leuconostoc/radish root ferment filtrate, sulfur, pyridoxine hcl, thiamine hcl, fragrance.
My thoughts: These sheet masks are very “juicy” and filled with essence. There’s a generous amount of essence per sheet mask and immediately after application of the sheet mask, you can feel the cooling sensation in your skin. The sheet mask material wasn’t fragile like some cheap sheet masks in the k-beauty market and was decent quality. The fitting/adherence was great and fit nicely on my face. I have quite a few issues getting J-beauty sheet masks to fit my face. Luckily I didn’t have any issues with this one! This mask has a very soft fruity scent to it, nothing too overpowering and I quite like it. 🙂

I prefer this mask over my all-time favouite Dr. Jart+ Soothing sheet mask because the only drawback I had with the Dr Jart+ mask was that it gave me irritated eyes. The corners of my eyes tend to go red/get irritated when I use products that irritate my skin. Is that strange or what? Same thing happens to me when I use heavily alcohol based products on my skin. This mask does not give me that issue and I can feel it calming down my skin and also giving the most pleasant cooling feeling. The cooling sensation reminds me of menthol. If any of you tried the Japanese Rohto eye drops that are formulated with menthol, it’s gives a VERY similar effect to the skin and it feels amazing.

I’ve personally never refrigerated my skincare products before but this mask gives that lightly refrigerated cooling sensation and I high recommend this to anyone who struggles with inflamed, acne prone and also that have congested skin concerns. I’m surprised that the alcohol in this did not irritate my eyes or skin, usually my eyes react when there are alcohol in products. If you look in the ingredients very closely, alcohol isn’t on the top of the ingredients but middle. I believe they used it for formulation reasons so I’m not bothered by that. Also, notice that there is fragrance at the very bottom, because fragrance is the last ingredient listed this means that there is VERY little fragrance in this so I doubt this would make an impact on sensitive skin types.

It’s a 5/5 for me and I would 100% repurchase this.

 

 

Alright, you friends are in for a treat because there is another item I wanted to share ~ 2 in 1 review post! 🙂

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❤ b.liv HA temptation

available on: b.liv
price: $19 USD for 30ml
made in: Taiwan

Ingredients: water (aqua), glycerin, propanediol, hyaluronic acid, tremella fuciformis (snow fungus) polysaccharide, phenoxyethanol, acrylates/c10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, panthenol (vitamin b5), methyl gluceth-20, chlorphenesin, hydrolyzed silk, disodium edta, potassium hydroxide, nelumbo nucifera (lotus) phytoplacenta extract, rosa centifolia (cabbage rose) flower water, ascorbic acid, caprylyl glycol, methylpropanediol, butylene glycol, octoxynol-9, artocarpus altilis (breadfruit) wood extract

Star ingredients:

*Hyaluronic Acid* 

Panthenol is a proviotamin of B5 and it’s used a lubricant, emollient and moisturizer to bind to hair and penetrate into skin providing both lubrication and hydration.

There is no secret that this gem is formulated with Hyaluronic Acid. There’s a lot of buzz in the beauty market about this one specific ingredient. HA is a powerful humectant that is able to keep the skin appear plumped, hydrated and youthful. Don’t let the word “acid” scare you, HA is not abrasive, harsh or strips the skin’s moisture. In fact it does the opposite and binds the skin and acts as glue to seal all moisture in.

Please keep in mind that HA will not solve all of your skin moisture issues, you need to use other skincare products to support this ingredient into your skincare cocktail/regimen.

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My thoughts: I have been enjoying mixing in products for skincare cocktails but for this specific serum, I prefer to apply it right after toner as instructed then I go in with my other serums and then finish with a moisturizer. If I’m feeling extra, I will finish everything off with a facial oil to seal it all in. I wake up to the most soft and supple skin ever. This really does a fantastic job quenching and fixing my dehydrated skin. I would use this all season round. I’m not quite sure if I would personally repurchase this because there are a lot of serums like this in the market but it is nice to own. I’m always excited to try out new products so this was a positive experience for me.

Once again, thank you for swinging by and reading my thoughts on these two star products. If you have any questions about these, feel free to drop me a comment below. Til next time, friends! Wishing you a wonderful weekend ahead of you and beautiful skin!

 

 

 

 

 

Disclaimer: I was given this product in exchange for an honest review. All views and thoughts of this product are my own. What may work for me, may not work for you so please keep that in mind.

Tips&Tricks – How To Save Money

I’m pretty sure many of you find this amusing that I’m making a post like this but I figured it would be something helpful and hopefully gives some of you motivation to save money. I’m one of those girls who loves retail therapy and I will spend for the most stupidest reasons. Two examples I do at-least once a week is: 1) I don’t like what I’m having for lunch and I want fresh, hot food so I will order out. 2) I am sad/stressed/upset and I need to buy something to cheer myself up. Do these examples apply to you or you can relate? Let a girl know.

I think what is important is to not restrict ourselves because that will create more resistance and temptation later on. There should be a focus on an objective of some sort, whether it’s a handbag you wanted for so long, a property, vacation or etc. You should start off with an objective and it should be something you are passionate about, not something you want for temporary because we tend to lose track of the goal if it is.

Tip #1: Have a piggy bank

I always put my loose change, 5 dollar bills and lucky pocket money in my piggy bank. I got my piggy bank last year and he’s become very heavy now. I was tempted to open him up quite a handful of times but I quickly stopped myself because my objective is to fill him so full, that I can no longer put anything more in him then I will open him up and cash him at the bank. You will notice a significant difference how much a piggy bank can change your saving game. Cashing in hundreds, maybe even thousands of bucks?! How rewarding does that sound?

Tip #2: Skip out on buying coffee and make your own coffee at home

Wake up earlier in the morning and prepare yourself some coffee. Buying coffee every morning before work does add up. Think about it…

Let’s say you get 1 large cup of coffee every morning on a weekday…
$5 x 5 days = $25
For 1 month (30 days length) without weekends:
$5 x 22 days = $110
For 1 year (365 days length) without weekends:
$5 x 283 = $1415
That’s A LOT of money!

Currently minimum wage in Ontario is $14-$15
$14 x 80 work hours = $1120
$15 x 80 work hours = $1200
^ These are BEFORE deductions. Usually when you hit the 1k mark, you get deducted about 200 dollars per pay cheque.

We don’t realize the damage we are doing to our wallets when we buy little things here and there. I am an avid coffee drinker, I feel a significant difference in my overall behavior and awareness with and without it. I am gradually teaching myself to build tolerance to live without coffee. Some days I will give in and buy but I came from buying coffee every single day to drinking coffee maybe.. once or a twice a week?

Tip #3: Have a budget

Again, going back to what I said about restricting yourself. Never restrict yourself but make sure to budget your money out wisely.
Here is an example:
Say you make 3K a month and live away from your parents…
You spend (every month)…

$200 on groceries
$60 on phone bill
$80 for utilities
$50 internet bill
$150 for bus fare/gas
$200 on misc lunch/dinner occasions
$1200 for rent

What you have left…
$1060

Varying how big your objective is and how close you want to get to close to it. The remaining money you have left per month, you should at-least try to save 50%-60% of it. Have a Tax-Free Saving Account and just continuously save each month and you will start to notice the numbers growing bigger and bigger.

That is all for today, friends.
If you’re interested in more tips, please feel free to reach out to me and let me know you’re interested in these kinds of posts.

[BEWARE] If it’s too good to be true, it probably is.

Hi friends! Welcome back ~
So, I’m pretty sure many of you have already read my k-beauty shopping tips post. I suppose this is a continuation to that.

I found this seller on my recommended ebay feed and the first thing I noticed was the price for the Skin79 was quite low.
Here are several reasons to be aware of and why I believe this seller is a fraud:

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  • Products he/she selling is irrelevant to K-beauty or any sort of beauty related product
  • BE VERY careful of the item location, notice it says “Seoul, Korea”, while the other items are listed “China”
  • The seller is based off another country – it IS possible that they are reseller who is selling FRAUD products
  • Be sure to check seller rep by the star beside their username and always check the feedback ratings

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  • That extremely sketchy description gives it away “red/gold bucket”… who writes that? LOL you mean… bottles??
  • Sellers that sell counterfeit products will always use very specific terminology and key words such as “HIGH QUALITY, 100%, REAL, (BRAND) NEW, CHEAP, AFFORDABLE, GREAT VALUE and etc”, there will be sellers who like to live on the edge and even try to write “AUTHENTIC” – this is the most effective way to trick consumers in believing it is the real deal
  • Even if you ask whether it’s authentic or not, most will play it off as it is. If you don’t believe me, see sites like aliexpress, alibaba, wish and etc and read their choices of wording the product’s description
  • Always take cautions purchasing on Ebay. This is quite concerning to see that 44 of these potentially fake bottles were sold to people.
  • Your skin is more important than getting a good bargain on a fake. Your skin over a cheap price tag + it potentially being counterfeit!Counterfeit makeup can potentially do a lot of harm to not only your skin but your overall health. You and I both do not know what these unauthorized factories are doing behind closed doors, nor have these products were FDA approved.

Please do your research on counterfeit makeup if you have not already.

Here is a list of website links to articles on dangers of counterfeit makeup:
1. 13 Terrifying Dangers Of Counterfeit Makeup
2. CBC – Counterfeit May Pose As Risk
3. Health Line

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  • Other additional things you can do whether you are purchasing on ebay or not is to always ask the seller to provide clear images of all angles of the product and also to show proof of purchase
  • Click here to see the differences: Skin79 Counterfeit vs Authentic

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Until next time, friends.
Hope this helped, I’m looking into doing a series for this. What do you think?

FAQ: Tips & Tricks for Online Kbeauty Shopping

Hi friends!
I had quite a few reoccuring questions on my instagram on the same topics.
This is an FAQ post for what to do and avoid online kbeauty shopping.

I only purchase from reputable sellers that have a high rating/ranking on eBay or for the individual websites, I check various online review sites and youtube videos to ensure the seller is legit and will not scam me for my money. You will/may have came across various online sellers who sell kbeauty products for a ridiculous cheap price from retail value. Take precautions and ensure the seller has a good rating, check the country of origin where they are shipping it from and always read the negative reviews. Some negative reviews are irrelevant complaints but always check them to see if people were sent a counterfeit product.

  • How do you check the item’s country of origin/location?

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  • How long do shipments take and do products ever get damaged? What do I do when the products are damaged during the shipping process?

Shipments usually take me 20-30 days for the item to arrive to Canada. You may need to check with the seller or on the item’s description, there probably will be a diagram/table indicating shipping time estimates.
As for damaged products, I rarely have issues like that but when something like does happen – contact the seller and see what options they give you.

 

If you have anymore questions, please leave a comment below this post or feel free to dm me/comment on my ig photos. I will compile these questions together and either revise this post or make another one (part 2).

Happy Shopping!