Colorbox Beauty Blender Makes Foundation Application a Breeze

Colorbox Cosmetics is a Ghanaian – owned brand of affordable cosmetics, and they have their own range of products. I have been lemming after their beauty blenders, so I eventually got it in a pack with some other stuff at a discount. In the pack was:

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• Classy Ohemaa strip lashes
• Pro eyelash applicator
• Big Mama beauty blender
• Mini me beauty blender
My one gripe about these Colorbox stuff is that the packaging is all flimsy and the covers are not tight. It’s easy to lose them, really.

The big mama usually retails for 25 cedis and the mini me for 9 cedis but I got all these for 40 cedis, which is a pretty good deal if you ask me. I cannot for the life of me figure out how to use the eyelash applicator, having never used eyelash extensions. Yup. Never. I’m too squeamish to try. However having this strip lash motivates me to try. Now to the main focus of the review:

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Big mama, mini me

The big mama is recommended for highlighting and contouring, but I tried it out with foundation application. There was no directions on how to use on the tub in which it came so I wet it, squeezed the excess water and the blender to increased to almost twice it’s size, which I thought was very impressive. I dotted my foundation on my face and set to blending. It blended my foundation to a flawless finish. Coverage was even and my foundation looked so skin-like.

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Here the big mama is damp. It is almost twice the size and width as it was dry.

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Damp mini me is almost twice it’s size as it is dry

The mini me is great for small corners that the big mama typically can’t get into, like under the eyes and the sides of the nose. It’s also good for blending out a nose highlight. It is so much softer than my Nicka K Fx sponge (reviewed here), and I much prefer the finish it gives me. Because it’s so soft, it feels so delightful on the face.

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Big mama, Fx blending sponge, mini me

I did notice that it soaked up a lot of my foundation when I dipped it and blended, but that was solved when I dotted it on my face and blended. It ripped the first time I washed it 😭 but it didn’t bleed any dye. The tear seems to get worse every time I wash it which makes me pretty upset cos in the short time I’ve had it, I’m loving it so much.

So would I recommend it? I’m on the fence about that. On one hand, it blends amazingly, and it definitely is a must have tool. But if it rips that easily, then you’re going to have to get a new one often, and that isn’t really cost effective eventually. So I’d leave that up to you. But I would definitely repurchase. It’s a handy tool and I absolutely love it.

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My big mama blender right now 😥😭

What is your favorite way to apply foundation? Share!

Beverly xx

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Nicka K New York Ultra Smoothing Makeup Primer Review

I needed a primer so much and I happened upon this and I snapped it up without thinking twice. And after a number of uses, I think it’s time for me to review it.

First of all, I don’t know why Nicka K is such an unknown brand, considering how old the company is. I didn’t know about them either until I got my Fx blending sponge and did a quick Google search.

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It comes in a squeeze tube with a rose gold cover and contains 30ml of product. The packaging is nice enough, and I find the squeeze tube to be very convenient because it gives you control of the amount of product to dispense, so there’s no waste.

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Like most primers, it’s a colourless gel-like consistency. To apply my primer, I squeeze a little into my palm to warm it up then rub in both palms then apply to my face. I find that it provides a smooth base for foundation application.

Don’t expect this to hide large pores, mattify or control oil because it does none of that. Granted it does not claim to, but then I expect that the primer will help my makeup stay in place a little longer, which it didn’t. You’ll like this if you have normal skin and are only looking for a primer to create a smooth base for your foundation to glide on. If you’re oily like I am, this is not for you boo.

I will not be repurchasing this because it does absolutely nothing for me. I like how smooth it feels on my face but that’s about it.

Have you tried this primer? Any recommendations?

Beverly xx

Nicka K Professional Airbrush Blending Sponge | First Impressions

I don’t know why I waited so long to get a beauty sponge of any sort. I have been using my fingers to apply my foundation for as long as I can remember (not so hygienic, I know) before I made the transition to flat foundation brushes. So when I happened upon this, I knew I had to give it a shot

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It’s a curvy sponge that comes in a transparent package. And it’s pink! How could I say no to that?

It’s pretty dense and firm, unlike the beauty blender, which I know to be pretty soft. On the box (can I call it that? Let’s just call it that for the purposes of this review) it says to wet it until it expands, then apply your makeup with it. I submerged it in a LOT of water, but I didn’t notice it enlarge so much. In fact I didn’t see it change size at all.

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Here it’s damp, after I squeezed all the water out of it. So anyway after I squeezed, I poured a bit of my foundation on the back of my hand and dipped the sponge into it and used it to spread it on my face. Because it’s so dense, it felt like I was slapping myself with it. Haha. However I found that it did a pretty good job of blending, and I was left with very even coverage.

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It’s pretty isn’t it? I use the bottom part to apply my foundation, and the pointed top under my eyes and it works well. As to getting an airbrush finish, I can’t really say.

It washes easily too. I rub some Olay soap in my palm till it formed a lather, then rubbed the sponge in it and held it under water until it run clear. There was no chance of colour too.

I would recommend this if you’re starting out and are looking for a cheap sponge to apply your foundation or concealer with. It gets the job done well enough. As to whether I would repurchase, hmm. Probably not, but that’s only because I’d like to get other beauty sponges to try out, and not a comment on its performance.

What is your favourite way to apply your foundation? Have you tried this beauty sponge? Share with me!

Love and hugs,

Beverly xx