Quo Blending Sponge Review

Quo Blending Sponge

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Today I have a little review of the Blending Sponge from Quo – a brand that is carried at Pharmaprix / Shopper’s Drug Mart. I needed to replace both of my makeup sponges, but figured that I would just buy one first to see how I liked it. [info in italics taken from the Shopper’s Drug Mart Beauty Boutique website]

Quo Blending Sponge

Blend your way to a flawless finish with this latex-free sponge. It enables precision application of cream and liquid foundations especially around nose and eye area.

Quo Blending Sponge

I’ve never tried the official Beauty Blender, so I can’t comment on how the Quo Blending Sponge compares, but I have tried and reviewed sponges from Real Techniques and Crown Brush

The Quo Blending Sponge is very soft, yet bouncy. I’ve mainly been using this blending sponge for concealer – both for my under eye and anywhere I need some extra coverage. I like the pointed end for blending out my Becca Brightening Under Eye concealer.

Quo Blending Sponge

The price was good too – less than $10 CAD! All in all, I really like this one!

Thanks for reading,

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Disclosure: I purchased this!

 

Wayne Goss The Air-Brush Review

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I FINALLY got The Air-Brush! I kept missing out on this Wayne Goss’ brush every time it was re-stocked since it was first introduced, but not this time! *I might have set myself an alarm to not miss out this time, just fyi*

Wayne Goss The Air-Brush

What is The Air-Brush? (info in italics taken from Beautylish.com)

Exquisitely soft and artfully designed by makeup artist Wayne Goss, this limited edition powder brush is the one tool you need to sculpt, buff, and bake your way to a flawless, airbrushed look.

Why It’s Special
  • Master even the most advanced makeup techniques, including contouring, baking, buffing, highlighting, and more, with the versatile tapered shape
  • Decadently soft blue squirrel bristles glide across skin to ensure a smooth, seamless finish
How to Use

Use with your favorite powder products to easily achieve the sculpted, airbrushed look you want. When angled on its thin side, the brush creates a sharp contour line. The tapered tip can be used to apply highlighter to targeted areas. Sweep blush and bronzer onto the cheeks with the large flat side. Buff powder into skin or blend away lines by moving the brush in circular motions with light pressure.

Other Details
  • Handmade by traditional artisans in Japan
  • Made with 100% cruelty-free blue squirrel fur
  • Limited edition
  • For use with powder products only
  • Full length from tip to end: 17 cm
  • Length of bristles: 3.75 cm

I’m a huge fan of Wayne Goss, his brush collection and his youtube channel. I own and have reviewed a four of his brushes already (here and here).

The Air-Brush is just a beautiful as the others, the bristles are ridiculously soft. SO SOFT! The glossy black handle has a nice weight. I prefer brushes with this type of handle.

Wayne Goss The Air-Brush

I’ve only used it for highlighter and bronzer so far, but my makeup technique goal for the new year is to teach myself how to contour. But so far, like my other Wayne Goss brushes (two eye shadow brushes, one blush, and one foundation brush) I’m completely in love!

Wayne Goss The Air-Brush

Have you tried any of his brushes?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: I purchased this!

Makeup Brushes & Tools – Generation Beauty

Tarte –  Powder Player Bamboo Pressed Powder Brush ($34 USD) *Generation Beauty Gift Bag Swag*

Tarte Powder Player

Product performance: Introducing the other half of tarte’s next-generation “powder couple.” Designed to complement the newly re-launched smooth operator™ Amazonian clay tinted pressed finishing powder, this professional quality bamboo brush balances lightweight design with the ultimate in luxury. Achieve a seamless, natural-looking complexion with this goofproof, eco-chic tool made with sustainable bamboo and supremely soft, synthetic bristles. The unique, dense design allows you to expertly buff on just the right amount of whisperlight powder to achieve flawless coverage and a smooth, soft focus effect – it’s like airbrushing without the air™!

Tarte2

This brush is so incredibly soft and it works amazingly well for applying powder. The handle has a nice weight and it is a gorgeous addition to my brush collection.

Tarte3

Luxie BeautyLuxie Rose Gold Medium Fan Brush #560 ($18 USD) *I purchased this for just under $15 CAD*

Luxie Beauty

Our Luxie Rose Gold Medium Fan Face brush has been handcrafted with ultra soft vegan synthetic bristles to allow a soft touch to the skin when swiping back and forth. This uniquely shaped brush gives you the easiest and precise application of highlighter and bronzer when you need it. It helps enhance and sculpt your cheekbones while also allowing you to swipe away any excess powder from the cheekbones and undereye area.

I’ve been wanting to get a fan brush for several months now. The synthetic bristles are super soft. I’ve been using it for applying highlighter all week.

Luxie Beauty

Luxie BeautyLuxie Rose Gold Tapered Highlighting Brush # 522 ($24 USD) *Generation Beauty Freebie*

Luxie Beauty

A testament to cruelty-free and vegan beauty, this Luxie highlighting brush features a sleek pink handle and rose gold ferrule. The makeup brush has antibacterial synthetic bristles that are clean and soft as silk on the skin. Without needing a lot of makeup product, the brush size makes it ideal for an easy and simple makeup application. Perfect as an everyday highlight brush.

Luxie Beauty

Another super soft synthetic brush from cruelty-free and vegan brand Luxie Beauty. I think that I will be using this one mainly for bronzer.

Luxie Beauty

Royal & Langnickel –  MODA Smoky Eye Brush #BMD-421 ($6.99 USD) *Generation Beauty Freebie*

Royal & Langnickel

Synthetic Filament. Apply shadow with precision in the crease and close to the lash line for a dramatic eye look. This beautifully bold, 100% vegan line includes water-resistant acrylic handles with a Silk-Touch™ coating for ultimate durability and ease of care.

These MODA brushes are ridiculously soft. I’ve used this brush a couple of times for a subtle day version of a smoky eye.

Royal & Langnickel

Royal & Langnickel –  MODA EZglam Duo – Luscious Lips #BMD-EGLL ($5.99 USD) *Generation Beauty Gift Bag Swag*

Nude or dramatic, get full luscious lips with the Pointed Lip and Flat Lip brushes.

Royal & Langnickel

These brushes are great for applying darker shades of liquid lipsticks as I find that the doe foot applicator that most liquid lipsticks have is not precise enough.

Royal & Langnickel

Crown BrushFlawless Face Blender #DP1-O ($24.99 USD) *I purchased this for $6.00 CAD*

Crown Brush

I got this to test out and replace my Real Techniques sponge as it is starting to wear out. The flawless face blender sponge is really soft, and I found it to be easy to use for applying foundation or BB cream.

The photo on the left shows the blender dry, and the photo on the right shows how it looks when dampened.

Crown BrushBrow Duo #C413 ($8.20 USD) *Generation Beauty Gift Bag Swag*

Crown Brush

I use brow pencils right now, so the brow brush end hasn’t been tested out. The bristles are pretty hard though. The spoolie brush end is a spoolie – I think that they are all pretty much the same.

Crown Brush

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: I received some of these items from the Generation Beauty by IPSY event. I paid for my ticket to the event with my own money and am under no obligation to review any of these things. I purchased some of these items. Refer to each individual product for this information.

 

 

Project Focus 10 – The Final Chapter

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As you know, my fellow collaborators got through the 10 weeks of the Project Focus 10 Challenge. Today I’m just closing the loop and adding some final thoughts.

PF10 The Final Chapter

First of all, I want to thank my fellow collaborators (Ingrid from Curly Spring Blossom, Stashy from Stash Matters, and Joy from Styled with Joy) for keeping the challenge going for all ten weeks. And I especially want to thank Ingrid for being the brain that came up with this collab, and for asking me to participate! ❤

All in all, out of the 10 products, I was able to finish four and trash two.

I think that I will do this again in a few months, because after doing this, and swatching the single shadows in my collection, I’ve realized that I have a lot of makeup that gets neglected.

Summary of the 10 Products (and links in case you missed it):

Hard Candy Primer – reviewed week 1, trashed, will never use again after my bad reaction!

Wayne Goss Brush 01 – reviewed week 2, still in love with this brush, I swear it gets softer each week!

Living Proof Prime Style Extender – reviewed week 3, and finished by week 6! I didn’t notice that it made much of a difference for my hair, so I probably won’t get it again.

Essence Lash Mania Mascara (Waterproof) – reviewed week 4, trashed as it made my lashes droop horribly.

Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream – reviewed week 5, and finished at the end of March! My cuticles need this stuff, so I have to replace it asap!

Tarte Amazonian Clay Bronzer –  reviewed week 6, I didn’t use this as much as I had hoped, as I’m still a wee bit too pale right now, but I do plan on wearing it in the summer.

Not Your Mother’s Way to Grow Shampoo – Reviewed week 7, finished! I will probably buy this again at some point, but I have some other shampoos to use up first.

Not Your Mother’s Way to Grow Conditioner – Reviewed week 8, finished! I will probably buy this again at some point, but I have some other conditioners to use up first.

Georgie Beauty False Lashes No. 2 L’Avant Gardiste and Black Lash Adhesive – reviewed week 9, they are so pretty, I need to master the art of applying false lashes!

Urban Decay Naked3 Palette – reviewed week 10, I managed to use this a minimum of twice a week, sometimes more. I’ve actually continued to use it at least once or twice a week since.

Would you do a similar type project pan?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: I purchased all of these things!

Project Focus 10 Collab – Week 8 Review & Update

Not Your Mother's Way to Grow Long & Strong Shampoo and Conditioner

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Can you believe that it is week 8 of the Project Focus 10 Collab with my lovely fellow bloggers: Ingrid from Curly Spring Blossom, Stashy from Stash Matters, and Joy from Styled with Joy.

What is Project Focus 10?

10 different products that have been forgotten or neglected, or that we just want to use up, that have not been reviewed on our blogs before (but are still on the market). Over the course of 10 weeks  we will make an effort to try to use them, and review one of the products weekly (every Monday), and update on our progress on each of the 10 products over the 10 week period.

This week I’m reviewing the Not Your Mother’s Way to Grow Long and Strong Conditioner.  Here’s what the website says:

Remember the princess in the tower with the long, golden locks? Well, now you can let down your own hair because of Way to Grow. Made with essential vitamins, herbs and and bioactive extracts, this salon formula will strengthen, moisturize and give your hair a silky texture by the time prince charming comes for you!

My experience: I finished using up both the shampoo and conditioner this week!

On the conditioner bottle it says: “Intense Moisturizing for All Hair Types

My hair is in pretty good condition considering that I haven’t had a trim since December, but the ends are starting to get a little dry. I wouldn’t say that the conditioner provides my hair with “intense moisturizing” as I’ve had to use a hair treatment mask to give my ends some super conditioning occasionally. I tend to use a heavier conditioner about once every two weeks or so, more often if my hair seems a little dry. But for a daily, or every other day, type conditioning, it is fine. It is probably more intensely moisturizing if you have finer hair.

Would I buy it again? I’ll give it another try in the summer time and see how it performs on my hair in humid weather.

Update on the remaining nine products:

Project Focus 10 Collab

Makeup:

Hard Candy Primer – reviewed week 1, will never use again after my bad reaction.

Urban Decay Naked 3 palette – used 1x, used the matte shades this week.

Essence Lash Mania Mascara (Waterproof) – did not use, reviewed week 4

Tarte Amazonian Clay Bronzer – did not use this week, reviewed week 6.

Focus10 Makke-up2

Makeup Tools:

Georgie Beauty False Lashes and Adhesive – I had intended to try out my false lashes on the weekend, but my right eye is really irritated / scratchy feeling so I didn’t want to risk making it worse. I haven’t tried any new eye products, so I know that it isn’t allergy / sensitivity related. Maybe a minor scratch from dust – it was really windy and dusty on Friday and my eye started bothering me on Friday night / Saturday morning. Hopefully it will feel better soon. I didn’t wear any eye products yesterday and I won’t again today just in case.

Wayne Goss Brush 01 – reviewed week 2, used daily, LOVE IT!

Project Focus 10 Collab

Haircare and Bodycare:

Not Your Mother’s Way to Grow Shampoo – used 1x, FINISHED! Reviewed week 7!

Living Proof Prime Style Extender – reviewed week three, finished in week 6!

Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream – reviewed week 5, used daily.

Project Focus 10 Collab

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Don’t forget to check out my fellow collaborators’ posts:

Ingrid from Curly Spring Blossom

Stashy from Stash Matters

Joy from Styled with Joy.

Disclosure: I purchased all of these things!

Project Focus 10 Collab – Week 7 Review and Update

Not Your Mother's Way to Grow Long & Strong Shampoo and Conditioner

Hello, hello!

I’m back with the seventh installment of my Project Focus 10 Collab with my lovely fellow bloggers: Ingrid from Curly Spring Blossom, Stashy from Stash Matters, and Joy from Styled with Joy.

What is Project Focus 10?

10 different products that have been forgotten or neglected, or that we just want to use up, that have not been reviewed on our blogs before (but are still on the market). Over the course of 10 weeks  we will make an effort to try to use them, and review one of the products weekly (every Monday), and update on our progress on each of the 10 products over the 10 week period.

Today I’m reviewing the Not Your Mother’s Way to Grow Long & Strong Shampoo.

Not Your Mother's Way to Grow Long & Strong Shampoo and Conditioner

Here’s what it says on the website:

Remember the princess in the tower with the long, golden locks? Well, now you can let down your own hair because of Way to Grow. Made with essential vitamins, herbs and and bioactive extracts, this salon formula will have your hair stronger, healthier and in turn, longer by the time prince charming comes for you!

Not Your Mother's Way to Grow Long & Strong Shampoo and Conditioner

My experience: I started using the Not Your Mother’s Way to Grow Long & Strong shampoo (and the matching conditioner which I’ll review next week) in late November / early December, but really only started using it regularly after Christmas.

On the package it states: “Longer hair, faster. Strengthens hair. Anti-Breakage formula

My hair is past my shoulders in length, with the longest layer nearly down to my bra strap. My hair is thick and it does grow fairly quickly, so I can’t really comment on longer hair, faster aspect. I haven’t had my hair trimmed since December, and other than my ends just starting to get a little dry, I have no split ends, and zero breakage. Normally my ends would be a lot drier after about three months without a trim. I like that I don’t have to wash my hair every day when I use this shampoo, and my hair still looks and feels clean on the second day. The scent is pleasant, just a clean scent, not super perfumed, thank goodness, because I really do not like overly scented hair products. I should be able to finish both this and the conditioner next week – I might have one use left, maybe two.

Update on the remaining nine products:

Project Focus 10 Collab

Makeup:

Hard Candy Primer – reviewed week 1, will never use again after my bad reaction.

Urban Decay Naked 3 palette – used 2x, mostly the darker end of the palette this week.

Essence Lash Mania Mascara (Waterproof) – did not use, reviewed week 4

Tarte Amazonian Clay Bronzer – used 1x, reviewed week 6.

Makeup Tools:

Georgie Beauty False Lashes and Adhesive – Once again I did not use my false lashes, but I did manage to do a patch test with the adhesive and I’m happy to say that there was no reaction, so I think that I will be able to safely use it and not have my eyes explode!

(I walked around for 24 hours with this on my arm to test for sensitivity / allergic reaction)

Georgie Beauty False Lash Adhesive Skin Test

Wayne Goss Brush 01 – reviewed week 2, used daily, LOVE IT!

Haircare and Bodycare:

Not Your Mother’s Way to Grow Conditioner – used 2x, nearly empty!

Living Proof Prime Style Extender – reviewed week three, finished in week 6!

Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream – reviewed week 5, used daily, often several times a day!

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! <span class="wp-smiley wp-emoji wp-emoji-heart" title="<3

Don’t forget to check out my fellow collaborators’ posts:

Ingrid from Curly Spring Blossom

Stashy from Stash Matters

Joy from Styled with Joy.

Disclosure: I purchased all of these things!

Project Focus 10 Collab – Week 6 Review & Update

Tarte Amazonian Clay Bronzer in Park Ave Princess

Hello, hello! Can you believe that it is already been SIX weeks since starting Project Focus 10?

Project Focus 10 is a Collab that I am doing with three lovely fellow bloggers: Ingrid from Curly Spring Blossom, Stashy from Stash Matters, and Joy from Styled with Joy. Here’s the lowdown on PF10:

10 different products that have been forgotten or neglected, or that we just want to use up, that have not been reviewed on our blogs before (but are still on the market). Over the course of 10 weeks  we will make an effort to try to use them, and review one of the products weekly (every Monday), and update on our progress on each of the 10 products over the 10 week period.

Today I’m reviewing Tarte’s Amazonian Clay Bronzer in their iconic shade Park Avenue Princess. Here’s what it says on the Sephora website about this bronzer:

What it is:
An ultralight, mineral-based bronzing powder.

What it does:
Tarte Mineral Powder Bronzer is an oil-free bronzer that fuses earthly minerals with naturally-derived ingredients for a natural-looking finish. It contains Skinvigorating™ ingredients like vitamins A and E, which act as antioxidants to fight free radical damage, and it’s infused with mineral pigments that are known for their soothing and softening properties.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
– Parabens
– Sulfates
– Phthalates

Tarte Amazonian Clay Bronzer in Park Ave Princess

My experience: This is the first and only bronzer that I’ve ever owned as most of them are too dark for my skintone (for reference, I use Nars Sheer Glow in Mont Blanc).

Tarte Amazonian Clay Bronzer in Park Ave Princess

Because I’m quite pale in the winter time, I have to be careful in applying, otherwise it is too much (as you can see in the swatch on my arm, and my face is a lot paler than my arm). The colour is definitely buildable and long lasting on my skin. I think that it is a bit too warm for me this time of year, but I can see myself getting a lot of use out of it in the spring / summer.

Update on the remaining PF10 products:

Make-Up:

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Hard Candy Primer – reviewed week 1, will never use again after my bad reaction.

Urban Decay Naked 3 palette – used 2x, loving the matte shades this week!

Essence Lash Mania Mascara (Waterproof) – did not use, reviewed week 4

Make-Up Tools:

Project Focus 10 Collab

Georgie Beauty False Lashes and Adhesive – Once again I did not use my false lashes, I need to do a patch test with the adhesive before trying them out. Maybe I’ll do that this afternoon.

Wayne Goss Brush 01 – reviewed week 2, used daily

Haircare and Bodycare:

Project Focus 10 Collab

Not Your Mother’s Way to Grow Shampoo – used 2x,

Not Your Mother’s Way to Grow Conditioner – used 2x,

Living Proof Prime Style Extender – reviewed week three, used 2x, finished!

Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream – reviewed week 5, used daily, often several times a day!

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Don’t forget to check out my fellow collaborators’ posts:

Ingrid from Curly Spring Blossom

Stashy from Stash Matters

Joy from Styled with Joy.

Disclosure: I purchased all of these things!

 

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

I was using The Perfectionist Airbrush Sponge from Sephora, but when it came time to replace it, I decided to try out the Miracle Complexion Sponge from Real Techniques since the line is now FINALLY being carried at the Pharmacy Jean Coutu near my house. This sponge seems to be the one most recommended as a good dupe for the pricy Beauty Blender (which I have not tried as I don’t want to spend that much money on a disposable sponge).

Here’s what it says on the Real Techniques website:

This versatile beauty tool was designed with a revolutionary foam technology to evenly blend makeup for a smooth, enhanced finish. Use damp for a dewy glow or dry for a full coverage.

  • rounded sides blend large areas of the face with a dabbing motion.
  • precision tip covers blemishes and imperfections.
  • flat edge for contouring around the eyes and nose.
  • ideal for liquid foundation.

For best results, replace your makeup sponge every 1-3 months.

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

I love the shape of this sponge, especially for blending out concealer, especially under the eyes. It isn’t as soft and squishy as the one from Sephora, which makes it a lot easier to control application and blending.

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

When I use my Nars Sheer Glow Foundation (review here), I’ve been applying the foundation to my face with fingers and then I use the sponge to blend and smooth it out.

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

The Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge is a “springier” foam than that of the one from Sephora which I found to be a little too soft and squishy. I’m very happy with this purchase.

Which sponge do you use? Or do you use brushes for your concealer and foundation?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: I purchased this.