Responsible Beauty: Eyeshadow Sponges

Me: Hooded eyes with very little real estate. My crease almost touches my brow!Using the ESS.001

Ok people time to stop tossing the humble eyeshadow sponge and time to embrace it.

I used to throw them away too but I started to really feel wasteful. Add to it I always feel guilty using a cotton bud once and then throwing it away !

So I use these sponges instead of cotton buds. I use both the thin and flat ends and I clean them just how I clean my brushes.

Be gentle when washing so you don’t kill it before it’s time ūüôā

Now I might have arrived late to this environmentally friendly party but at-least I am here now, right ?

So here goes:

1.The thin eded to smudge out your liner and/or powder along lash lines.

2.My fingers are too big to dab a¬†inner eye highlight and if my detailer brush is not handy I use the thin edge to ‘actually’ line the inner eye. For small eyes like mine it works best!

3.Which brings me to the next use. Every time I apply a shimmer (even with a detailer brush) along my inner corner I get it down to the inner under eye. This is not just messy but also emphasises every line and wrinkle in that area. I use the flat edge dipped in micellar water to wipe away the fall out !.

4. I use the flat edge to wipe off under eye smudging either from pencil or mascara. I always have this problem. Use dry for mascara. Brilliant !

5. This I recently discovered. I have applied and blended my eye shadow with my brushes but then I notice I need to add colour back on my crease without disturbing the transition or the lid shade.  I used the flat edge to lay (add) colour along my crease.

I am so happy to have discovered this for myself.

The sponge I am using is the one that came with my Covergirl Jewels eyeshadow palette.

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Post of this coming soon


I am putting this little sponge through its paces and am loving every minute of it, especially because it is so precise and perfect for my eyes.





Beauty Routine and the Environment

Now there are dozens and dozens of responsible beauty/makeup lovers out there. Organic, against animal testing etc etc. My big thing is ‘how my daily beauty routine affects the environment as a consumer’.

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Where ever I can I will reduce.¬†My sister sent me reusable makeup wipes and I only use them to remove my eye and lip makeup. Never cotton balls.¬†For my face I usually double cleanse to remove makeup, hence don’t use¬†wipes.

Reusable Makeup Remover Pads or Scrubbies Set of 15 Terry Cloth Backings

The two washcloths are Liz Earle muslin and the Body Shop weird ‘feels like soft leather-silk’ washcloth. These along with my¬†plastic bowl are my STAPLES when washing my face.

The plastic bowl is a fairly big one.

Fill little less then halfway with lukewarm water. Soak either of the washcloths in it and remove face mask or cleanser. Its fine if the water gets muddy. Its not dirty water.

Also with this method even the hardest black clay mask comes off easily. And also I am a dabber not a rubber.

Rinse bowl & cloth and fill less than halfway with fresh water again. Repeat removing face wash/face mask residue with washcloth.

Rinse bowl, fill halfway again and this time splash your face with hands. You will notice face is residue free, hence clean. And the last one is without the bowl just running water and hands to have that final, psychological, rinse. For me it takes just 2 splashes.

Both makeup wipes and the washcloths I use and wash with baby shampoo in between Machine Washes.

Brush Wipes. As I apply makeup everyday, my brushes and fingers need constant wipe downs. For that I use towels and dishtowels. Cut into quarters. One for face and the other for my eye and lip brushes.

They are stained forever even though they get into the washing machine every a week !

The only thing I haven’t been able to crack is how to use toners without cotton balls. I use my hands now, as if applying essence.