Sunday, February 12, 2017

Review: Molly Cosmetics SiliSponge

So I gave into the hype and ordered a SiliSponge from Molly Cosmetics.  
These retail for $9.90 on sale, when you can get them.  I feel like they are always sold out right now.  It also comes from Hong Kong so it took like a month to get here.  I don't remember shipping being that much, I also don't remember exactly what it was, maybe $5.  

I watched a bunch of review videos before I bought this and they ranged from thinking this was the bomb to thinking it was crap.  I found it to be a little difficult to work with.  There is definitely a learning curve.  

Here's me with just my primer on, I used Smashbox Photo Finish Pore Minimizing primer.  The foundation I'm going to be using is the Urban Decay All Nighter, I wear color 1.5.  I'm going to be doing half my face with the silisponge and half with my beautyblender.  

Here's half my face done.  You can see it's a little heavy in place and it didn't blend in the corner of my eye very well.  I contribute most of this to user error. I think I used too much product.  You definitely use way less product with this. I ended up just taking my fingers and kind of wiping the extra off then going over it again with the silisponge and patting it out.  I did exactly as it instructs on the Molly Cosmetics site.  I put the foundation on my face, spread it around til everything was covered, then patted it out.  

This is all that was left on the silisponge when I was done.  It was kind of just a thin residue.  I put a little hand soap on it and it washed right off.  

Here's me with my full face of foundation.  In photo you can't really tell.  In person, I could pick out some subtle differences.  

It is super hard to tell here but I used cream blush (I don't have cream contour currently) and used the silisponge to blend one side and the beautyblender to do the other.  I really like how it blended out the blush a lot.  You used a very, very little bit.  

Over all I really liked the silisponge.  It saves so much product.  It is something you have to learn to work with.  I didn't see that it was patchy or streaky the way some people found it.  It's probably something I will reach for again.  

Anyone else have one of these coming?  

And for those of you who are curious, here's the final look.



Friday, February 3, 2017

Review: Sephora Collection Face Mask Pearl

When I was in Sephora I picked up a few sheet masks from the Sephora Collection.  They are $6 a piece and come in eight different solutions.  The one I tried out was the Pearl.  
Pearl is a single use mask that claims: "Perfects and brightens with natural-origin pearl to create high luminosity and visibly minimize irregularities." 

Here is me with freshly washed face.  I used First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser With Red Clay.  Aside from looking dead tired you can see I have some dark spots.  

This is your typical sheet mask.  You pull it out of the package, line it up on your face and remove the pink backing.  
It was really thin.  I mean super, see thru, thin.  I couldn't get the backing off once it was on my face so I had to pull it off, remove the backing, and then smooth it back on my face.  
As you can see mine was missing the little nose flap.  I didn't feel like the eye holes were big enough either.  This solution didn't make my eyes water, however.  You leave this on for 15 minutes and then message the excess solution into the skin.  

This was really wet and really cold.  It's winter here in the North so I did not find that refreshing but maybe in the summer it would be nice.  Pearl did dry considerably in 15 minutes not all the way but a lot.  After the time was up I pealed off the mask and patted the extra into the places where I had the most darkness.  It soaked in mostly.  I could still feel it on my skin when a went to bed.  It wasn't as tacky as the boscia one but I could still feel it.  

And here is the morning after.  There is nothing on my face beside the solution. 
I honestly saw and felt zero difference.  The website says 21 women who tested this out for 42 days saw 100% results.  What?  Who does a mask for 42 days?  You'd be better off trying a dark spot corrector like Sunday Riley Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream or Kiehl's Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution.  Neither one is cheap but both would last longer then 42 days and probably work better.  

What kinds of things have you tried to brighten your skin?  Anything you'd like to see me try?