Can I just take a moment to cry?

I was updating my site with 3 windows of posts I was editing as well as a video tutorial. Blogger sometimes doesnt save my progress and it didn't this time either. I was being a bit cocky and kept putting off my runaround way of saving (creating a new post and pasting the original into it. My computer froze because of the video editing. I lost all my work! Here's mu question to the technologically gifted: any idea how to get the progress back? Sorry for the cry for help but I worked so hard on the posts and it took me forever to get one of them correct. Any and all ideas are appreciated.

Upcoming Posts

I know I had said I would have tons of updates up today, and I have them all saved. I have a couple of posts on celebrity make-up but I also have this tutorial on the Sonia Kashuk Blending Sponge that I want to have up first. hence the delay. It will be up *very* soon (think less than 24 hours).

Sonia Kashuk Blending Sponge

I know I told you earlier that I was kinda sorta attracted to the Beauty Blender sponge and I kinda sorta wanted to get to know it better. But I also told you I was kinda sorta scared to take the plunge. Sounds like a sordid high school romantic movie starring Drew Barrymore as the lead doesn't it? But it's the truth. I couldn't bring myself to actually take the plunge on a sponge since I never use make-up sponges. However, we all know this situation is a brief courting phase between me and the product so fear not. In the mean time, I decided to test the waters with the Sonia Kashuk Blending Sponge and I cannot tell you how much I love this thing.

The sponge comes feels a lot more foamy but sturdy than your usual sponge and at first I didn't quite know how the shape of the sponge would work for the contours of the face. However, as it turns out, the middle section is great for control and the two sides are really effective in making my foundation, concealor, and cream blush look flawless.

The rounded edge is meant to be used to 'bounce' the foundation onto the skin. I usually use my trusted MAC 192 or 187 brush but I have to say this sponge beats the two by a long shot. It's quick, easy, and my skin ends up looking completely airbrushed without any streaks. If you dampen the sponge just a little before applying, you can get a sheer veil of foundation that lets your skin shine through.

The pointed edge is perfect for concealor and it is surprisingly easy to apply concealor on the under-eyes and other nooks and crannies of the face. At this point, I was already sold. I didn't need anymore convincing. And then, following along our teen romance I mentioned before, the Blending Sponge developed a crush on me. It applied my cream blush in the most flawless, lit from within way possible.

I was in a hurry and didn't have any of my trusted 73 different blush brushes handy (I do kid about the total number of blush brushes if only slightly) so I applied my cream blush with the conical sode of the sponge and then 'bounced' the rounded side on my blush to soften it up a bit. Here's where my heart stopped. In fact, it's why I couldn't write before today: I have never, ever, EVER (hear that scream?), had my complete face look this good with this little effort.

I will post a tutorial I've been working on with regards to application with the Blending Sponge which I will have up tomorrow. But for now, trust me on this: run-hell fly-to your local Target to get this sponge. It is truly worth it.

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Posts coming tomorrow, I promise

I have been so swamped with work, but I will have tons of updates tomorrow. I will tell you though, I will have a tutorial up with the Sonia Kashuk beauty blender-like sponge. O-M-G, it's amazing, btw. Will have everything up tomorrow, I promise.

Olay ProX Line: Friend to Some Foe to Others

I recently got the Olay ProX line and I have had some mixed feelings on this one.

The Eye Cream
I actually like this the most out of all of the ProX products that I've tried. It's moisturizing without being greasy, soaks into my skin well, and feels great on my under-eyes. The reason I like it so much is because it keeps my under-eyes looking fresh throughout the day. I can't say I've noticed much of an improvement on my dark circles because, well, not a single product in the world has done anything to clear up my under-eye circles. However, it is a great under-eye cream that works really well under make-up. After a long day, a little bit of this cream really helps in making my under-eyes feel better. I actually really recommend this cream to everyone because it's fairly good at what it's supposed to do.

The Night Cream
This product came so highly recommended in magazines and the ads seemed very promising. I think I even read an article where a dermatologist said she wanted to bathe in this. To be fair the list of ingredients is very impressive and it does sound like it would really help your skin if your skin can tolerate the cream. Here's the bad part: my skin couldn't. I broke out horribly with cystic acne. Here's the worst part: I gave it to a friend and her skin looked amazing with one week's worth of use.

I can't tell you what type of skin she has for comparison because this is the first time she's ever used something other than body lotion for her face. Her skin started to peel after a couple of days but within a week it subsided and her skin looked fresh and dewy. And it continued to do so all the while that I was recovering from my cystic acne. So while this incident could serve as proof that some higher power hates me, I am ambivalent on this product. It seemed to do wonders for my friend but was disastrous to my skin. Proceed with caution and may the beauty gods not hate you.

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