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Beauty Blender Review: How To & Review on the beautyblender!

What are these squishy pink balls?!

I’m sure you’ve at least heard of these magical sponges by now, right? The beauty blender has hit the beauty scene with a bang this past year as we’ve seen celebrities and their makeup artists taking about them as well as beauty guru’s all of the internet raving. I believe Kim Kardashian is one of the celebs known for her use of the beauty blender.

(Note: The correct brand name is actually written as beautyblender, but for SEO purposes lets just split it up, OK?)

I have tried many brushes to apply my foundation. I’ve used the MAC 187 brush, the Urban Decay Optical Blurring Brush, and have tried some of the Real Techniques brushes. While each of them works well, I have to tell you that not one of them applies my foundations as flawlessly as the beauty blender.

Keep it in mind, the type of foundation you’re using my play into which tool will work best for you. For reference I’ve used the beauty blender with Urban Decay Naked Skin, Nars Sheer Glow, Revlon Colorstay Whipped and it’s worked marvelously on all of them.

Now that your interest is piqued, you might still be confused on how to use this product and if it will really make that much of a difference. I recently filmed a video showing you how to use the beauty blender and I also give you my thoughts and review it.

You can purchase the beauty blender on its own, or in a kit with a cleansing solution to clean it. It’s really up to you there, but I bought mine on their own.

Cleaning your beauty blender is easy! I clean mine after every 1-2 uses because I do not want to get any bacteria on my skin. Yuck. I wet the beauty blender and swirl the dirtiest end in a tiny bit of anti-bacterial soap under warm water. I let the beauty blender soak up water, and rinse until all the soap is gone. Ta-da! Nice and sanitary!

I hope you’ll find my video demo helpful and that you’ll give this a product a go for yourself. It’s the real deal. :)



Katharine McPhee Golden Globes Makeup Look

Katharine McPhee Golden Globes Makeup

I am a little late getting this post up and I apologize! If it matters, I thought I already had posted this…

When I was watching the Golden Globes two weekends ago, a few stars in particular caught my eye with how beautiful they looked. One that really stood out to me was Katharine McPhee, star of Smash. Now, I LOVED the first season of Smash! I highly recommend checking it our if you love Broadway, performance,  singing, etc.  If you loved season one as much as me, you can go watch the first hour of the season two premier on Hulu!

Back to the Golden Globes…Katharine looks so mature and stunning in her gown and I thought her makeup was on point! Nars Cosmetics was kind enough to pin a photo of what they used to create her look. Now, while I love Nars, I didn’t have even one of the products they used. Sad. I refused to let this defeat me and I recreated the look using what I had on hand!

Please be sure to check out my video to see how I recreated the look and if you haven’t yet, subscribe to my channel! xx

Natural Makeup Look for n00bz!

natural makeup lookHey n00bz! Just kidding. Welcome to the world of makeup! Maybe you aren’t exactly new to makeup, but you may find that you struggle with finding makeup looks that you’re comfortable with. This is understandable, especially with all of the videos and tutorials out there (including some of my own) which are a little more dramatic.

Fear no more, in my newest video I show you a very simple and natural makeup look that will enhance your natural beauty rather than making you feel too made up.

I start off with a few really easy steps that will help you feel more confident and pretty, for days where the just rolled out of bed look won’t cut it. Let’s be honest though, some days that looks is perfectly fine!

Next, I show you a few additional steps you can take to amp the look up so that if you get invited out you can look a little more done up!

I really hope you all find this video helpful and that you enjoy it! Be sure to subscribe to my channel if you haven’t yet, follow me on Twitter, and check out my Facebook page! xx

Kardashian-Inspired DIY Chain Headband/Hair Accessory

Hey sexy ladies…okay, I’m sorry I’m starting this post singing Gangnam Style! Today I have a really great tutorial for you all on how to make a beautiful and simple chain headband/hair accessory!

I guess it’s no secret anymore, but I really like Khloe Kardashian. She seems like such a real person and I love her personality and style. I had been seeing a lot of photos of her with these beautiful hair accessories and I loved the look of it. My first instinct was to buy one and let me tell you, these can cost you quite the pretty penny. This led me to the thought of “Hey, I can do this myself,” which then led my husband to give me that doubtful stare, and rightfully so, as he has seen a few too many DIY projects to into the trash.

However, you are reading this post, which means this DIY project has been a success and it’s seriously so fool-proof. Trust me, I wouldn’t tell you it’s easy if it wasn’t. This should honestly cost you around $5 per headband and take you around 10 minutes to do. ^_^

Check out my video where I walk you though the steps and be sure to comment below and let me know if you try this out. If you do (and you should!) be sure to tweet me photos or post to my Facebook page. As always, don’t forget to like the video and subscribe! It means a lot when you do. xx

That reminds me! I have been more active on Twitter lately, so be sure to follow me if you haven’t yet!

Holiday Giveaway & Demi Lovato-Inspired/Holiday Look!

Demi Lovato Look

Can you believe that tomorrow is December 1st? It’s so crazy to me how fast this year has gone by, especially considering my wedding was 8 months ago today! It seems like it was just yesterday, sigh.

Now that we are in December, I think most of us will have some holiday parties or night out with friends where we’ll want to look festive and gorgeous! No worries, because this look is really simple and super pretty for the holidays (or any time of year for that matter)!

This look was actually inspired by some recent looks I’ve seen Demi Lovato wearing on the X Factor. I personally think she looks gorgeous since she has gone back to brunette and thickened up her brows. Her brows are pretty big right now, but I think she rocks the look. A few times she has been wearing some pretty golds on her eyes with a classic red lip and that is what inspired me for this tutorial.

This look would be perfect to wear with a little black dress or even a red dress and you could switch out the red lip for a nude or shimmery peach one!

The products used in this look were:

  • Revlon Color Stay Whipped Foundation
  • NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder
  • Lorac Pro Palette and Behind The Scenes Primer
  • MAC Blacktrack Fluidline
  • Smashbox Limtless Eye Pencil
  • Maybelliene The Falsies and Colossal Cat Eyes Mascaras
  • Rimmel Match Perfection Concealer
  • MAC blush in Harmony
  • NARS blush in Sin
  • Dior powder in Amber Diamond
  • MAC lipliner in Brick
  • MAC lipstick in Russian Red
  • Revlon lipstick in Black Cherry

Onto the giveaway!

I am going to be picking one winner to win the Sephora Give Me Some Lip set and a MAC eyeshadow in the color Free To Be!


  • You must be 18-years old to enter or have your parents permission.
  • Open internationally!
  • Contest ends 12/7/12 at midnight EST
  • One winner will be drawn from comments randomly and must be subscribed to my channel! I will message the winner via YouTube once chosen.


  1. Subscribe to my channel and like the video!
  2. Like my Facebook page and share the video from the page! https://www.facebook.com/danielleismsblog
  3. Leave a comment on the video once you’ve completed the first two steps letting me know the beauty item that you want most this holiday season! One comment per account please!

Good luck everyone and let me know if you try out this look!