Best BeautyBlender Makeup Sponge Dupe! Sonia Kashuk Makeup Blender

Lately, I’ve been on the hunt to find a replacement for my BeautyBlender. While I love that makeup sponge, it’s hard for me to spend $20 every time I need to replace it (which means I usually end up using it for MUCH longer than you’re supposed to… 🙈). Thankfully, I stumbled upon these Sonia Kashuk Makeup Blender sponges, and they’re only $7! I loved the idea of saving 65%, but only if the quality didn’t suffer.

My first thought was that I loved the chic design. It’s a black and white marble pattern, and I actually loved it so much I resisted using it for almost a month! I didn’t want my makeup to dirty it up.😂 It has a flat base perfect for applying foundation and a pointed tip great for areas like under the eyes and around the nose. If you remember, the Flower Beauty sponge didn’t have a tapered enough tip for me to apply makeup to those areas well, so I was hoping this sponge performed better.

As you can see, this thing is HUGE. Like, comically huge. I included my (quite dirty) BeautyBlender for comparison, and I’d estimate the Sonia Kashuk sponge is almost twice as large. On the left is the sponge dry, and on the right is the sponge after I dampened it. If you aren’t familiar with beauty sponges, most of them are recommended to be used when damp. When wet, they absorb less product and allow for a more even, sheer application.

I ended up loving how huge the sponge was, since it cut down my application time by almost half! My foundation and concealer went on smoothly, and the sponge worked great with my setting powder as well. I pumped my favorite foundation  directly on the sponge, and I used less product than usual but got wonderful results. Even though the tapered side was large, the shape was still perfect for using under my eyes and around my nose.

No exaggeration here, people. This is my favorite makeup sponge I have ever tried…BeautyBlender included. As far as I can tell, it’s only sold at Target, which is an added perk as I’ll take any excuse to go there! For a fraction of the cost, perfectly applied makeup, a quicker application time, and a beautiful design, I couldn’t ask for anything better! This will definitely be my new go to makeup sponge!🙌🏻 Do you have any other BeautyBlender dupes I need to try out? Comment below and let me know!

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A Farewell to my Baby Tooth.


Dear Baby Tooth,

I’m sorry we finally had to part ways. You were so faithful and dutiful. It wasn’t your fault that a permanent tooth never developed to replace you. You just carried on amongst your bigger peers as though you were meant to be there.

I’ve seen you getting grayer over the years. The x-rays showed what I always feared; your roots were dwindling. Some dentists told me I needed to have you pulled. Some dentists said you could last my entire life wedged between my other teeth. I felt like you were in it for the long haul. That was until we met with Dr. Gies. (Pronounced ‘geese’…may or may not be pictured below.)


He took some glamour shots photos up close that displayed my worst fear. You were decaying. He said over time you would probably spread your decay to my other teeth and then crumble away. I didn’t want to admit it to you, but I knew it was time to say farewell.


I made the appointment, and the following morning, we had a little photoshoot together before heading into surgery.


Some numbing gel, oral sedation pills, shots, and nitrous oxide (what? I was nervous!) later, Dr. Gies placed the forceps around you and removed you from me forever. Minutes later, I had an implant screwed into my jawbone and a temporary tooth attached.


Just know that even once my implant is osseointegrated and I get my new porcelain crown, nothing will ever take your place in my mouth. We smiled together, enjoyed delicious meals together, and made so many memories. You were with me before any of my other permanent teeth, and I’ll never forget you.

Thanks for everything, baby tooth. <3


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100 posts I’ve written here,
Of things that interest me.
100 different posts to read,
And more pictures to see.

The topics that I wrote about,
Have ranged both far and wide.
From city to city and state to state,
It has been quite a ride.

My Beauty Blurbs contain reviews
Of makeup products tried.
I love to share things that I loved!
(Lack of makeup skills aside…)

Sometimes I write of Disney,
My favorite place to be.
The parks, the shows, the rides and food,
Things are better shaped like Mickey.

Occasionally I cook a bit,
Though the kitchen’s not my domain.
I’ve shared a couple of recipes,
Easy enough they didn’t drive me insane.

Here and there I travel around,
Louis is always there, too.
Whether it’s close to home or far away,
I try to share it with you!

Hoots of a Night Al has been fun,
Thank you kindly for reading each post!
I’m very happy to have you around,
I hope I’m an adequate host!

I have some exciting things coming up,
That I can’t wait to share.
Come back soon to read more posts,
Until then, please take care!


See you soon!


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Beauty Blurbs: Maybelline Unstoppable Eyeliner in Onyx


For as long as I can remember, I’ve been using Maybelline Unstoppable Eyeliner in Onyx as my go-to black eyeliner. It’s been around forever, and I can see why. It glides on easily without tugging on my eyelid, which makes application a breeze. If you’re new to eyeliner or wanting to try it out, I think the Unstoppable Eyeliner is the perfect tool because it goes on so easily.


I always use it along my top lash line, and I often use it to line my lower waterline as well. The formula doesn’t irritate my eyes regardless of how long I have it on (though I never sleep in my makeup and neither should you!).  It also never smudges onto my eyelid regardless of what eyeshadow I’m wearing, which I’ve encountered with other eyeliners.


Another great feature is that you simply swivel it up to “sharpen” it. I hate eyeliners that I have to sharpen with a pencil sharpener because I always feel like I’m going to get a splinter in my eye or something. Anyone else? No? Just me? Ok. Anyway…the width of the liner is great for creating thin lines, but it can easily be layered for a more dramatic look.

3Adding Maybelline’s Unstoppable eyeliner to my eye routine really makes my eyes stand out, and I love that I can count on it to stay put and not smudge all day. At around $5.99 most places, it’s a great purchase in my opinion. Hope you agree!

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Do You Want to Buy a Kindle?

Here it is, my review of our Kindle Paperwhite! To make things a little more interesting, I wrote my review to go along with the song “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” from Disney’s Frozen. Go ahead and press play and feel free to hum along. If you’re extra adventurous, google the karaoke version and try with my lyrics… 😉



Do you want to buy a Kindle?

Here’s why I think you should.

It’ll hold a thousand books for you,

Yes that is true.


If you want it to it could!

Hardbacks used to be my favorites,

And now they’re not.

I’m going to tell you why!

Do you want to buy a Kindle?

I really think you’d like a Kindle.

Keep talking, Night Al.

Ok, BUY!

Do you want to buy a Kindle?

The Paperwhite lights up at night!


You can also adjust the text size

Bigger for fuzzy eyes.

Whichever size is right!


Hang in there, y’all.

Get all the books that you want

For half or less


And Prime has some books for free!


(Instrumental 😉 …could be a good time to mention that the Kindle Paperwhite is as thin as a pen!)



Please, I hope you’re still there.

I have a few more things to say.

Goodreads is loaded when it comes to you


Battery is loaded too, at least halfway.


Keep track of chapter progress,

Minutes left or percent

Remaining in the book…


Do you want to buy a Kindle?


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*Our Kindle pictured and what the “stats” are based on is the Kindle Paperwhite. Our Kindle also has the Leather Cover in Onyx Black (Louis’s pick…I would have picked the Honey color 🙂 ).

**There are many other benefits that the song wasn’t long enough for…No glare in sunlight, turn pages with the tap of a finger, look up characters or definitions with a simple swipe…and more! Check out Amazon for more details!

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