CYMERA_20140719_095738The Beautyblender is one of the more talked about makeup tools out there and for good reason.  The rounded egg shape allows you to blend foundation seamlessly across the face, and the tip gets into corners like around your nose and under your eyes.  I always keep about 5-6 in my kit to use for all different reasons. And while there are a lot of egg-shaped sponges out there, I keep going back to the Beautyblender because of it’s perfect consistency and ease to clean.  It can seem a little strange to spend $20 on a sponge but I promise it won’t be money wasted.  While some of you might already be a “master blender”, I know many of you still wonder, “what’s the point?”. I’m going to share some tips on how to get the most out of it, and achieve that airbrushed finish to your skin.

The Beautyblender starts off as a small, dense sponge but when you run it under water, it doubles in size. Just squeeze out all the liquid before using.  You might think using a damp sponge will leave your skin too dewy, but it actually helps your makeup appear as if it’s part of your skin, instead of looking like it’s just sitting on top.

I start by dipping the larger bottom part of the sponge into some foundation I’ve put on the back of my hand.  Then I dab the areas of my face that need more coverage to deposit the most in those areas, before blending it out to the rest of the face.  For me, that’s my t-zone. I find myself using way less product with the Beautyblender, since the sponge deposits just the right amount.

After the foundation, I apply a bit of concealer under the eyes and on any blemishes or red areas. I start by smoothing it in with my finger but finish off with the Beautyblender to give it a seamless look with no edges.  The surface of the sponge works better then a brush or finger because it leaves no lines or smudge marks.

I also use the sponge to apply cream blush and liquid bronzer. It takes very little to create a blended, seamless look that isn’t cakey and looks like real skin.  And if you thought you could only use it for creams and liquid, think again! You can set loose powder with the sponge too – just lightly dab and press the powder into the skin to create a smooth finish that isn’t powdery but sets your makeup.

There are many more ways you can get use out of your Beautyblender (like dabbing on some highlighter or using it to set your lipstick by powdering through a tissue). The uses are endless!

I wash my own sponges about every 4-5 days but if I’m working on set, I’ll wash them between each person to keep them sanitary.  You don’t want to leave the sponge too long without washing. Bacteria can build and makeup collects inside, causing it to break apart.  You can use the soap that Beautyblender sells, but you can also use a mild soap like baby shampoo.  Simply let it dry in the little plastic “box” it comes in, or on a clean surface.

So now that you know you can use it for pretty much anything, get blending!



It’s nearly back to school time – mamas rejoice!  Summer has been fantastic but let’s face it, you can’t wait for school to start.  My little one is starting preschool in September, and while part of me is sad, I must admit, it will be nice to have the mornings off!  What better way to start the new school year, by sending the kiddos to class with a gift for their teacher.  They take care of all the crazy so that you can have some much needed quiet time, and showing your appreciation is always welcomed. Below are a few beauty themed, budget-friendly ideas that will send (at least you) to the head of the class.

beautycounter-hand-cream-and-hand-wash-set_citrus-mimosa_9.5oz-1534x1168Beautycounter Hand Wash and Hand Cream Set – Teachers are constantly washing their hands (all those germy kiddos!), so they can either set these up in their classroom or take them home. Not only do they smell lovely, but both products are completely chemically safe, making them a great option for kids and adults alike!


Spafinder Gift Card – Treat your child’s teacher to a massage or mani/pedi.  Or maybe he or she has been dying to try a new Yoga class. With these gift cards, they can use them towards hundreds of different businesses in their area.


DIY Body Scrub – Food is always appreciated, but why not make a wonderfully smelling body scrub that they can take home?  There are so many wonderful recipes and ideas online that require little time.  You’ll probably have most of the ingredients in your cupboard.


Poppy And Someday Marfa Moon Mist – School days can be are chaotic.  This handmade bottle of organic aromatherapy, can be misted on the body or used as a room spray to calm their mind and the classroom.


STATE Bags ‘Clinton’ Pencil Case – This adorable water resistant case can be used for anything from pencils and pens to sunglasses and cosmetics.  You can even fill it with a few desk necessities like lip balm, breath mints, and hand sanitizer.  And you can feel extra good about this one.  For every bag purchased, STATE will hand-deliver a backpack – filled with tools for success – to an American child in need.





Have you ever attacked a zit that you thought was no big deal, but then turned into a very big deal because you couldn’t leave it alone? We’ve all been there (and to the ones that have no idea what I’m talking about, I either applaud you for not touching your face, or loathe you for never having had a zit.) Now instead of a little bump, you’re left with a sore, open bump. Sweeeeeet. We’re often told what to put on our face when we have a zit emerging, but what do you do when you’ve already “gone to town”?

First things first, ice it. Take a cube wrapped in a paper towel or plastic bag, and place it directly on the zit.  This will help take the swelling down as well as help with redness.

Use a toner or witch hazel to gently clean and disinfect the area.

It’s now open, so you need to treat it the same way you would treat a wound. Apply a small amount of anti-bacterial cream like Neosporin or my personal fave, Lucas’ Papaw Ointment, to help it heal.  If you’re a back sleeper, simply let it air out, but if you know you might end up on your face, you might want to use a small bandage to keep it from wiping off on your pillow.

Do not pick again. It’s now trying to heal, so picking at any scabs will only make matters worse. You’ll be left with a scar, and who needs a constant reminder of that bad boy?

So the next time you feel a zit coming up, remember to take a warm compress to the skin to help draw out any impurities and try NOT to touch it.  But if you must (and I know, I know…you MUST!) pop it, wait until there is a white head, and gently press with light pressure using fingers wrapped in tissue.  Minimize the aftermath by being as gentle as you can!