Will this replace the original?
I love the BeautyBlender sponge for blending in concealer and cream blush; it’s probably my favorite beauty tool besides a pair of tweezers. However, you have to replace them every three months and they’re $20 each.
I recently did a Target haul and had to spend a few more dollars to receive a $5 gift card. I’ve never tried a BeautyBlender dupe, but I thought I would test the Up and Up version out since it’s literally 1/5 of the price.
This one is obviously a bit different with the hourglass shape and slanted tip. I thought the top half might be good for concealer (it seemed like it would fit nicely around the eyes and nose) and then the bottom would be perfect for blending out blush.
I have mixed feelings; the first time I used it, I felt like I had a bad makeup day. The next time, I loved it! It made my concealer sink in well and looked very natural.
It’s really affordable and does get the job done, but I think I like the feeling of the BeautyBlender better. The density on the Target brand is off; it’s a bit thicker and stays feeling wet. I also think it absorbs more product than the original BeautyBlender.
So while this isn’t a true dupe for the BeautyBlender, it’s worth a try for just $4. Have you guys tried any of the other dupes? Which one is your favorite?
Gifts for the home are great because they’re generally useful and can be really thoughtful as well. I think these options work well for family and friends or for a hostess you’ve never met before.
- Ceramic Picture Frame from Target ($13) – This is pretty but relatively neutral, so it should match most home decor themes. I’d recommend printing out a meaningful picture if you know the recipient.
- Mini Waffle Maker from Urban Outfitters ($18) – How adorable is this tiny waffle maker? It’s a fun gift that doesn’t take up too much room – something I’m hyper aware of in our tiny NYC apartment.
- Kate Spade Trinket Tray ($40) – I’m always dropping my rings, keys, lipsticks, etc. in mini dishes and love the “odds and ends” print on this one.
- Hot Chocolate and A Pretty Mug ($20 and $14) – Edible gifts are the best! This would also make a great gift for teachers.
- Cookies and Recipe Cards from Rifle Paper Co. ($12) – Again, love a gift that is edible and these recipe cards are so cute.
- Hammered Coasters from World Market ($20) – Coasters are a pretty useful gift, especially for a party. I love the gold color and hammered details; these look way more expensive than they are!
- Reversible Throw Blanket ($30) – It’s always nice to have a new, cozy throw. I love this blue one, but maybe stick with cream or gray if you don’t know the hostess’ color theme.
Let me know your favorite item from these home/hostess ideas and feel free to link to your gift guides as well!