Cult products that are worth the hype

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A cult makeup product is considered to be so good, it’s a classic. A cult classic. An awesome product. A product you can’t live without. Obviously cults are not a good thing, but when there are so many people raving about that one product and swearing by it… well, I guess you can think of it as a cult.

The good kind – the kind that shares great makeup product tips and helps you to improve your life. Through awesome makeup products.

Because at least my life changed when I found these products. Are you ready? Here are some cult products that are definitely worth the hype.

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Cult makeup products – the best of the best

estee lauder double wear review

Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Makeup

Estee Lauder’s Double Wear foundation is as good as they say. It’s probably the most long-lasting foundation I have tried. It also provides full-coverage, it leaves a beautiful semi-matte finish and it’s quite easy to blend. It’s one of those foundation that are great for an important day (such as a wedding!) or for photoshoots (perfect-looking skin guaranteed). The only downside to it is that if you’re prone to breakouts, it might break you out. Read my full review with before and after photos on it here.

*Estee Lauder’s Double Wear 

laura mercier transluscent powder

Laura Mercier Translucent Powder

Laura Mercier’s loose powder is a great powder. You can find great powders with less money, but to be honest, there are no other downsides to this product except it’s price. The packaging is nice and luxurious. The powder doesn’t look that fine, but it is. It leaves the smoothest most beautiful finish on the skin. Whenever I’m wearing this powder, I just want to touch my face and feel the smoothness. It also keeps my skin nice and matte throughout the day.

Laura Mercier Transluscent Powder

urban decay primer potion

Urban Decay Primer Potion

Urban Decay’s primer potion is a no-brainer to me. I am not letting go of this eyeshadow primer, ever. I trust it and I never do eyeshadow without it. Actually even when I’m not wearing any eyeshadow, I apply some of this on my lid. Just because it keeps my lids non-oily. Next time I’m going to try out their Eden version though, which provides more color and coverage. This original version is quite colorless.

*Urban Decay Primer Potion

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Soft & Gentle

MAC’s Soft & Gentle highlight is a warm peachy/golden highlighter, that suits neutral warm and olive skintones. It’s not too golden, but it’s also not too light. The shimmer it provides is very fine and looks beautiful on the skin. It’s also great as an inner corner highlight or as an eyeshadow! Sometimes I also apply it on top of my eyeshadow on my lid – and it works great like that as well.

*MAC Mineralize Skinfinish, Soft & Gentle

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Benefit Hoola Bronzer

Benefit’s Hoola bronzer is a classic matte bronzer that I actually mainly use for contouring. Since I have some warmth on my skin, a warm bronzer looks more natural on my skin than some cool toned contour shade. I also sometimes bronze with this. It blends like a dream, it has great pigment, but it’s not too crazy and I actually also like the brush that comes with it. It’s surprisingly good! And it has a great shape for carving out those cheekbones.

*Benefit Hoola Bronzer

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The beautyblender

Beautyblender is a classic and if you haven’t tried it yet, you need to. It makes applying foundations and any cream products so easy. It’s also great for any thick foundations since it kind of sheers them out. The downside to it is that it’s a bit pricey considering one sponge lasts only for about three months. I almost want to learn to live my life without this and start using my foundation brushes again (because it would be more ecological), but I just can’t seem to keep away from this amazing sponge.

P.S. Luckily there are some options for beautyblender that are almost just as good. In this post I shared my two favorite makeup sponges – the other is fourth the price of a beautyblender!

*the beautyblender


ysl rouge volupte lipstick corail a porter 41

Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte Shine Lipstick – Corail a porter 41

I bought my YSL Lipstick as a Christmas present for myself. So far it’s the most I’ve spent on a lipstick, but I think it’s worth it. The packaging is everything – it’s so luxurious and I love to see it on my makeup table or keep it with me in my purse. The consistency is the lipstick is very nice. It feels smooth and moisturizing on my lips. It’s not the most long lasting, which I don’t mind, because it wears off quite nicely and I love to reapply it. The scent was not my favorite at first – it’s this fruity melony scent (and I’m so used to vanilla I guess), but now I’ve learned to like it.

My shade is Corail a Porter, 41, which is this beautiful coral color. It’s quite pink on the lips, but with a touch of coral.

YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Lipstick*

What are some cult makeup products you love? Or is there something missing from this list? Let me know in the comments!

The best makeup sponges – The beautyblender VS Miracle Complexion Sponge

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You need to try an egg-shaped makeup sponge. Really.

I always apply my foundation with a makeup sponge. Yet I’ve never written about beauty sponges here on my blog, even though it’s the ultimate makeup trick.

Okay, sure. I might have mentioned the beauty blender here and there. But since using a makeup sponge for makeup application is the key element in doing my makeup and making my base look beautiful and flawless – I think it needs a bigger spotlight.

So today, I’m gonna convince you to try it. And I have two makeup sponges for you to consider: the original beautyblender and Real Tecniques’ miracle complexion sponge.

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Why should you try a makeup sponge in the first place?

Easy: because it blends the foundation for you. A damp makeup sponge thins out the foundation just a tiny bit, making it spread evenly all over the face. The best way to create a beautiful base is to layer your foundation in thin layers. And with a makeup sponge, you can do just that.

Besides applying foundation and a concealer – you can also use makeup sponge for any cream products: contour, highlight and blush. A contour made with cream color and a makeup sponge looks very natural – and again, blending is very easy with it.

And last, but not least: you can even apply powder with the sponge. It actually makes the powder melt to your foundation, making it everything, but cakey. Just try it once!

An egg-shaped makeup sponge is the perfect shape, because you can use the pointier end under your eyes and for details – and the wider end to distribute foundation quickly all over your face.

Obviously you can also try different ways to use the sponge: if your foundation is very thick, you may want to use a very damp makeup sponge. Or if your foundation is quite sheer, you can dampen your makeup sponge, but squeeze it almost dry. For example: I think Estee Lauder’s Double Wear foundation was made to be applied with a very damp makeup sponge. Then again some lightweight BB-cream requires a not-so damp makeup sponge. Either way, it’s essential to use a makeup sponge – it just makes the base so much better.

What else should you know about makeup sponges?

One makeup sponge lasts roughly for about three months. It’s not as long lasting as makeup brushes, but the fact that I still prefer sponges instead of brushes tells you just how necessarily they are.

In order to keep it in good shape and hygienic, you need to wash it. I recommend washing it after every use. It sounds like a lot of work, but if you wash it after every use, there’s not much to wash, so it’s very quick and will only take you a minute. My worst nightmare is a makeup sponge, that hasn’t been washed in months, and is just laying there, in the makeup bag. Nope! Take it out, wash it, and let it dry somewhere, where it gets some air. And if it’s been in your use for a year already.. honey, it’s time to let it go.

I usually wash my sponges just with a regular marseille soap. But keep in mind, that some brands require their own soap to be used, so that the sponge lasts the time it is supposed to last.

So.. there are a ton of makeup sponges out there. Which one to choose? First of all, I want to say that it does make a difference, which brand you choose. I have tried some horrible ones, usually the cheapest. If your experience is with a cheap egg-shaped makeup sponge and you don’t like it: chances are that it’s just bad. A good makeup sponge should feel soft, quite lightweight and easy to use.

Try either one of these!


the beauty blender

The original beautyblender

The hype around the original beautyblender is real. I can’t even count how many beauty blenders I have gone through.

It came first, it conquered and it will forever stay as a classic – at least in my books. It is the perfect size, you can get it in different colors (not that it really matters) and it makes applying foundation or concealer so much easier.

+ Great quality
+ Perfect size for the whole face
+ Feels soft and airy on the skin
+ It’s very lightweight
+ Cute colors
+ It’s the ‘real deal’

– It’s quite pricey (almost 20€ for one)
– It should be washed with beauty blender’s own soap – if you use some other too harsh soap, it may not last as long

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*the beautyblender

real techniques miracle complexion sponge

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

I can’t hide my excitement with this one – it is currently my favorite makeup sponge. I was a bit skeptical about it at first, especially after using beauty blenders for so long. But now I have to admit it: it’s an awesome option for the beautyblender. It’s slightly bigger than the bb, making it not as convenient for details. It comes in one color: orange. But it makes applying foundation, concealer and other makeup products so much easier and it provides a beautiful base.

+ Great quality
+ Perfect size for applying foundation
+ Feels soft and nice on the skin
+ Very affordable (~ 5€ for one! That’s fourth of what the bb costs!)
+ You can get it in two or four packs, when it’s even more affordable (~16€ for four!)

– It’s a bit clumsy for details, such as applying concealer under your eyes
– It’s not as lightweight and airy as the beautyblender

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*Miracle Complexion sponge

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So there are my two favorite egg-shaped makeup sponges. Have you tried either one of these? Is there something that’s even better? Let me know in the comments!

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