There are a handful of inventions that I really wish I were behind. A few that always come to mind? The pool noodle. A roll of foam with a hole through the middle?! Come ON! The Snuggie; a freaking blanket with arms. And my personal favorite…the Beauty Blender; the softest, bounciest, most blend-able $20 sponge.

The brilliant brain behind the Beauty Blender, celebrity makeup artist, Rae Ann Silva, is a true genius. This woman not only put this style sponge on the map, but has formulated a beauty tool that is dang near impossible to duplicate! If you’ve ever used a Beauty Blender and then tried to use another makeup sponge, you know what I’m talking about. Nothing compares to the original.  

I was a bit late entering the Beauty Blender world, getting my first one a little over a year ago (I had used other sponges & brushes before that). Once I was introduced, I was hooked! I like to apply my foundation with a brush and then use a BB to blend my concealer and smooth out the face afterwards. It’s been a winning combo for me! I am all about finding great dupes for great products, but I have to admit, this $20 sponge is WORTH $20.

I’m adamant about keeping my sponge in good shape. I thoroughly wash it after each use (see one of my BB cleaning hacks here!) and always store it in safe place. With such care, it held up so well for me! So well, that I hadn’t ever replaced it. I’m almost embarrassed to admit that I’ve been using something that’s nearly 15 months old, but up until recently, it was in mint condition! 

With my long nails, I found myself continuously nicking the sponge while cleaning it…resulting in small holes. One hole began to grow bigger and bigger, and it got to the point where it was annoying me, so it was time for it to go.

I decided to do something I had seen so many girls do in the past…cut their old beauty blender in half! I had heard horror stories of mold, bugs, and other nastiness growing inside these old sponges, but I felt like I had taken such great care of mine, that I’d find nothing of the sort. If you’re curious to see if I was right, watch here! –>

So after cutting it in half, I looked up some Beauty Blender Cleaning Tips and learned that with the proper care, one should replace their sponge every three months. Whoops. I need to get better about that.

…But maybe some of you do too? Which is why I’ve decided to host a giveaway (and you guys are the first to know)!!

I’ll be sending one winner a ONE YEAR supply of Beauty Blenders!

It’s all going down on Instagram TONIGHT! So if you’re not following me (@_amandabella), make your way over there and keep an eye out! The giveaway will be open for one week, so you’ll have plenty time to enter. 🙂

In the meantime, I am so curious to know:

  1. How old is your Beauty Blender?
  2. What’s the longest you’ve ever waited to replace it?
  3. Have you ever found anything scary inside!?

Let me know below!!

Thanks so much for reading & if you decide to enter the giveaway, good luck! :):):)

XOXO

14 comments on “How Old Is Your Beauty Blender?! + MAJOR Giveaway!”

    • Aw no way!! I actually like to apply my makeup with a brush first and then go over with a BB afterwards. What kind of brushes do you use for foundation?!

  1. I ridiculously bad about forgetting to clean my brushes. I don’t use an official beauty blender, and honestly I do prefer a brush. I probably don’t replace as often as I should either!

    • Ugh, forget about cleaning brushes. I couldn’t even tell you the last time I did that. I do prefer brushes for application, but I like the BB for blending in concealer and smoothing out the face after…TBH I’m probably only really great about cleaning it because it has to be used damp lol. I’m so curious what face brushes you like! I’ve tried a few, but I usually reach for my Real Techniques brush.

  2. Oh my goodness! What a fabulous giveaway! I could certainly use that for sure. I absolutely love my beauty blender. I use it for foundation, concealer and lock in powder, but I’m afraid I’ve had it way too long after reading your post…. embarrassingly long! 🙁 LOL

    • Hahah nooo that makes me feel so much better! To be honest, if mine didn’t have that big hole in it, I’d probably STILL be using it. I love using a BB for blending concealer and locking in powder — how do you use it with foundation? Do you apply the product to your face first and then hit it with a BB or apply it directly onto the sponge? I hope you enter later!! Wish I could win it myself LOL 🙂 XOXO

  3. My beauty blender (well the real techniques one, is about 4 months old? I usually replace mine every 6 months or the moment that I start getting holes in it! This is such an exciting giveaway! I will definitely be signing up for it! Great post Amanda xxx

    Melina | melinaelisa.com

    • Hey 6 months per replacement is pretty good!! You’ve got me beat! 😉 How do you like the RT one? Thanks for reading & good luck gf!! XOXO

      • I really like the Real Techniques one, I’ve used a whole bunch of different dupes, and this one is the one that comes closest to BB without breaking the bank. The other sponge that is pretty good is the one from Morphe, but I don’t like the fact that the dyes they dye the sponge, loses it’s color the more you wash it. It makes me afraid that the dyes are going into my skin!

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