1) Beauty Blender
The beauty blender buzz was everywhere- from mentions in magazines to friend/beauty bloggers swearing it was the best makeup tool ever. I decided to give it a try and so far, I am a fan! The same day I used the blender, I received compliments on my foundation at a party I attend that evening. I got asked what I did different and the answer was my application!
Pros: flawless finish, spreads evenly, pointed tip works well for concealer, no cake-like finish
Cons: Time consuming, may use up more product
In order to get the flawless finish, you have to bounce, bounce, bounce. My arms were so tired after I applied my foundation LOL. Also, I noticed I had to use double the amount of foundation as the sponge sucked up the product. With my brush, I usually use one pump of foundation. With the beauty blender, I ended up using two! However, the flawless finish weighs more than these cons!
2) Glam Glow Mask
Again, I came across this mask due to its buzz! I got a sample from Sephora and I must tell you, best MASK EVER! Very effective- I instantly saw a difference in my skin when I removed the mask. My skin felt much tighter, smoother, and brighter. The volcanic rocks did an excellent job in exfoliation as it revealed smooth, supple skin that was hiding below! The green tree extracts added a tingle yet soothing effect and the mud was perfect as it tightened. However, I will say, I did not notice much difference in pore size after my first use but my foundation went on super smooth!
Pros: Makes feel skin tighter instantly, removes skin impurity in first use, excellent exfoliation, cool/tingly feeling
Cons: expensive, small quantity
3) Urban Decay Vice 2
I picked up this pallet after Irene Sarah used it in one of her Halloween makeup tutorials. I'm not crazy for eye shadow and the only pallets I own are the naked 2 and the Lavish pallet. I decided I'd give this a chance since it contained such beautiful gem inspired colors. I used it while I was in New York and the outcome was gorgeous. I didn't even use a primer and the colors still stood out! I don't think I would consider this pallet expensive because it comes with 20 different colors.
Pros: Great pigmentation, velvety texture, easily blend able, lasting shadow, no primer needed