Beauty Tools

Easy Mineral Application With a Flock Sponge: Flock Sponge Review

So you already know how much I hate mineral foundation right? Not really a fan here, ‘ello! In it’s defense I have had success with one or two mineral foundations however not enough success to make me toss out my cream foundation anytime soon.

As of late I’ve been hearing the ravings about how a Flock Sponge can make mineral foundation application an absolute dream. Obviously I needed a Flock Sponge for my very self since I’m absolutely stupid when it comes to tapping and buffing and and swirling and all that stuff. Kinda reminds me of stop, drop, and roll. Seriously, one day, in a few years, you’ll drop your kids at school and they’ll be a fireman there to give a demonstration on how to swirl, tap, and buff.

So about that Flock Sponge and how it’s going to change my life….


Jump ahead to read the review!

I wonder to myself if maybe my problem with mineral makeup was all that tapping, and swirling, and buffing. Maybe I haven’t quite gotten the hang of all those tasks to get a simple foundation on my face. Word on the street is that a flocked sponge is the easiest way to get a good finish from mineral powder on your face and also makes it last longer. Hmmm! Ok, what’s this all about than?

A flock sponge gives medium coverage and creates a flawless, pore-less look when applying mineral foundation with it. It can also be washed and used over and over again.


I’m pretty much pore-less. That’s how my skin is. Pores are the least of my worries so achieving a flawless finish with a fancy named sponge wasn’t all that appealing however they did have me at flawless, even coverage plus the simplicity of not having to buff and tap and swirl anything about sounded quite good to me.

The sponge isn’t your typical run of the mill sponge. It has a velvety, felt-like finish and indeed it does what it promises. It smooths mineral foundation onto skin in a very light almost caressing way. Coverage can be light, medium, or heavier depending on how much you use. It does offer a more even coverage and takes out the drama of having to buff foundation on. Simplicity is always a great option as far as the Muse is concerned. Taking away multiply steps to apply my foundation is a welcome relief. Now you may worry that applying with a sponge will give you a cakey, heavy feeling but the flock sponge somehow manages to pick up just the right amount of product, smooth it on, and create good, flawless coverage without creating a mask of makeup. I’m particularly enamored with the sponge because it somehow makes mineral foundation feel less like a mask on my skin, I feel less made up when using the sponge and it feels like my skin is breathing.


If you’re looking for a simple, easier way to apply your mineral foundation or maybe you’re just not quite a lover of mineral foundation, I highly suggest trying out a flock sponge for application, definitely a very interesting concept that I’ve had success with.

Anyone apply their mineral foundation with a flock sponge?

Tell the Muse!

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Jelly Pong Pong Brush Set Review

The Muse recently shared the joys of Jelly Pong Pong Deluxe Gift Bags with you. Inside of one of the gift bags she purchased was the brand new Jelly Pong Pong Brush Set. Wahoo travel friendly brush sets are my down fall. I tend to over collect brushes when in fact I only need 3 or 4 to get the job done. But that never stops me from purchasing ridiculous amounts of brushes or sets, etc….it’s a disease.

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I know many of you were curious if this particular set was worthy of a pick up.

Click it to see if it is.

I’m in high debate if the Jelly Pong Pong Brush Set is worthy of it’s $12 USD price tag. Considering I got mine in a Deluxe Gift Bag I’m feeling like it was a deal however splurging out $12 on it doesn’t appeal simply because it includes an eyebrow brush which I know will end up tossed in the bottom of a draw somewhere plus one of the brushes isn’t technically a brush it’s a sponge smudger. Taking away from all this the price still works out to less than $3 bucks a brush which isn’t bad at all.

Aside from the brow brush I’ll definitely get use out of the remaining four tools. The brushes are all extra soft and silky however not as dense as many brushes I’ve used for application in the pass. This could be a deal breaker if you like brushes a bit denser and stiffer. Personally I didn’t mind the extra softness and thought they had a certain quality to them for the price.

These make a rather fine travel friendly set and were included along with the Jelly Pong Pong Muffin and Meringue Gloss Set so I feel like I got a rather nice deal getting both item together. The set includes a blush brush, a smudger, a brow brush, and shadow shaders.

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They aren’t MAC brushes but they aren’t half bad either. If you’re purchasing some Jelly Pong Pong items or a deluxe bag sliding these into your cart as well for a little test isn’t a hardship. It’s worth it if you don’t have a ton of brushes or you want some brushes to knock around with when traveling rather than bringing your more expensive tools along for the trip!

Check ‘em out at www.jellypongpong.com

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Hauled It: Essence of Beauty Brushes

I had to go to CVS yesterday to hunt and peck through scary drugstore makeup to locate the Maybelline foundation I was babbling about yesterday. On my quest I couldn’t resist plopping some more Essence of Beauty Brushes in my cart.

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I don’t normally like cheap brushes but I must say that these always impress. I ended up picking up the travel size kit and a two brush shadow duo set. I think both sets cost me $15 USD or so? Not too bad a price for seven brushes total. Hi cheap brushes the Muse likey you very much.

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Although I wasn’t as pleased with the travel set as I was with the shadow duo set. The brushes seemed a bit more dense and harder than the normal Essence brushes I’ve picked up but none the less they were good aside from that. If you’re looking for some inexpensive, budget friendly brushes I’d totally recommend these as they are the best I’ve personally come across. I’m a MAC brush girl all the way but I can’t deny that the next best thing if I’m looking to save a buck or two would be snagging yourself some of these bad boys.

Check your local CVS for the selection.

Loves ‘em and even slapping a Muse Approval on ‘em for purchase!

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Trish McEvoy ‘The Point’ Brush

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The likely hood of me admitting that I actually don’t need a tiny brush to stipple concealer, foundation, and powder onto my face is highly unlikely so deal with it. You can count me tickled over the Trish McEvoy “The Point” brush if you want! Cheeky smile!

I just like the idea of a super small brush that can work my concealer on and blend it for me. Don’t get me wrong I already have two dozen concealer brushes but the size and shape of this particularly brush intrigues me. Am I alone here? Bueller? Bueller? Anyone?

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The psychotic half of my brain is telling me that I must buy the Trish McEvoy “The Point” brush just so I can go around telling people that I own “The Point”! Sounds rather fabulous dontcha think?

Indeed, I think you’ll see a review of this shortly but if you can’t wait you can always head to Nordie’s to get your own! Say hi from the Muse to Trish while you’re there!

Loves it?

Leaves it?

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Essence of Beauty Blender Brush Review

I was wandering around CVS a few days ago. I blame my aimless wandering on some sort of alien force that swayed me to enter the doors of a US drugstore because I’d honestly never set foot in a drugstore otherwise…wasn’t me…I was possessed….had to be that.

Anyway!

I was wandering aimlessly and I came across the Essence of Beauty Blender Brush and promptly purchased it!

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This isn’t my first run in with Essence of Beauty makeup brushes and I sure do wish I’d just take the plunge already and purchase a few as they are damn good brushes for the price!

The Essence of Beauty Blender Brush is a pocket size wonder that works fantastic at buffing in mineral powder, adding a dash of blush to cheeks, or works fab at sweeping a thin layer of powder under the eyes for a quick touch up. It blends cheek color seamlessly onto my face and tucks nicely into my purse for quickie touch ups. I’m not partial to mineral foundation but this brush definitely makes application way easier and much nicer, possibly making a mineral foundation lover out of me as it blends flawlessly.

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The bristles are super soft, the handle is nice and chubby so it fits nice and steady in my hand, and did I mention it’s only $7.99 USD? Where can you get such a nice brush at that price?

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Honestly, if you’re looking for some seriously great brushes at a budget friendly price and not wanting to dish out for costly MAC or counter brushes check out the Essence of Beauty line up at CVS as it’s really a great steal and a deal.

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