Quicker makeup application with Miracle Diamond Sponge

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I love makeup sponges. They make applying makeup easy. They solve a lot of problems.

Are you having problems with uneven makeup application?  Try a makeup sponge. Do you find it hard to blend foundations? Try a makeup sponge. Is your foundation too thick? Try a makeup sponge. The list goes on.

If you’re still not convinced, read my post about the two makeup sponges I use the most:
A necessity – egg shaped makeup sponges!

Today I’ll tell you about the third option: Real Techniques’ Miracle Diamond Sponge. It’s great. And it makes applying makeup quick.makeup sponge

Real Techniques Miracle Diamond Sponge review

The shape of the sponge is interesting, to say the least. But it’s what makes it great. The diamond shape makes it good for everything: foundation, contour, highlight, blush and powder. The fact that it has both the wide end and a very thin tip makes it very handy. I also like the sides – they are good for applying concealer under eyes.

The sponge feels soft in the use and it makes applying foundation easy. As a good makeup sponge should!

I especially like the sponge’s wide end. When I apply my foundation with that, I’m done with my foundation in just seconds. So here’s a good makeup sponge for anyone who’s in a hurry. Or for anyone, who has other things to do in life besides blending foundation all day. It blends the foundation all over my face easily. It also works great for powder. Because it’s flat, it’s good for pressing products on. When you have an oily skin, it’s good to press your products on, rather than swiping. That way the products stick to your skin better and last longer.

This also has to be the prettiest makeup sponge ever. It has a fancy marble design, which I love. And still – it’s half the price compared to a beautyblender.

Try it!

real techniques diamond sponge review

Photo of me by Susanna Pomèll 

Natural curl styler – aloe vera gel

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I have breaking news! I have found a very simple, affordable and natural curl styler option,  aloe vera. Aloe vera works great as a curl gel for wavy or curly hair types. It gives definition and hold to your curls – while still feeling very light on the hair. So in other words: it’s perfect for curls.

I have tried a few curl creams and gels before and my problem with them has been that they can feel a bit heavy. I don’t like the feeling of feeling like I have something in my hair.  That said, the curl cream mentioned in this post was still pretty awesome. The problem with that, however, was that it contained silicons and after some time I felt like it started to build up in my hair. I use a mild shampoo, so my shampoo wasn’t really doing the job at removing the buildup from my hair. However, if you’re not that strict about ingredients and you have a shampoo that is a bit more effective, I think you should check that option out.

But I was determined to find a natural option for a curl styling product. And I’m so happy I tried the simplest product first: pure aloe vera gel. What wouldn’t aloe vera do? It’s one of my favorite ingredients in beauty products and now I’m even more impressed by it. I use it after sunbathing, on itchy mosquito bites, to soothe my skin if there’s redness and sometimes just as a moisturizer for body and face. And now – as my curl gel.

Aloe vera contains vitamins, minerals and fatty acids, which are not only great for your skin, but also for your hair. You can also treat your scalp with it – be the problem itchiness, dandruff or dryness. So aloe vera treats your hair, while giving hold and definition to your curls.

It’s especially great for curly and wavy hair, since it’s so lightweight and watery. It doesn’t weigh down your curls. It’s easy to wash off and it doesn’t build up in the hair.

If you’re new to curly hair routines and products, you should check out my post with lots of information about treating naturally curly or wavy hair. I explain on the post why you should use mild shampoos and why silicons aren’t that great for curly hair:

Naturally curly and wavy hair 101 – Curly hair routine

curly hair curl gel

And then, let’s see how to use aloe vera as a curl gel!

How to style your curls using aloe vera gel

  1. Shampoo your hair as usual and follow up with your conditioner.
  2. Squeeze the most water out of your hair with upward movements. Use a towel and do the same. (Always, always squeezing and scrunching upwards with curly hair!)
  3. While your hair is still damp and slightly wet, take some aloe vera and scrunch it in your curls.
  4. After you’ve applied your curl cream (aloe vera), use the towel one more time to scrunch out the hair.
  5. Let air dry and enjoy your beautiful curls!

I use Urtekram’s aloe vera gel, which is pure and organic. But the brand is not necessarily important. What’s important is that the gel is mostly pure aloe vera gel. Here are some good options from amazon:

Have you tried aloe vera for your curls?

More about aloe vera, check out this great article on Naturallycurly.com:
6 ways to use aloe vera gel