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Konjac 6 Wave Body Sponge

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A body spa treatment everyday? Yes please. That was my selling point when buying my latest purchase. The Konjac Sponge Co’s French Green Clay 6 Wave Body Sponge for Oily and Combination Skin. Confession time: I have not used a body sponge in years, in fact I can hardly remember when the last time was that I did! I have had a loofa in the shower which hardly got used, as I’d prefer to just use my body wash with my hands – quick, easy and fuss free but that being said, I have noticed that I am lacking a bit on exfoliating… I am not very good at it, don’t particularly enjoy the sensation and keeping up with it using body scrubs is something that I start out with good intentions but just never get round to doing it… not to mention its messy and requires a great deal of planning. So, after reading about the Konjac Sponge Co. and their philosophies I was intrigued and thought I should give it a try.

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The Konjac Sponge Co’s French Green Clay 6 Wave Body Sponge for Oily and Combination Skin

Essentially, The Konjac Sponge Co create a range of face and body sponges. The one I have been using (and loving) is the Konjac 6 Wave Body Sponge with French Green Clay (for Combination Skin) it a body sponge that doesn’t look very special. Taking it out of the packaging felt like somewhat of anticlimax, the dry sponge which when dry was not big and had a rough texture to it made me shudder at the thought of the sponge being rubbed against my skin. However once the Konjac sponge is completely wet the sponge feels like jelly and is incredibly smooth. The hidden powers of this much talked about sponge actually lie within the wet sponge. The Japanese have harnessed the benefits of the Konjac plant for centuries.

The Konjac body sponges have 6 ranges, one for every skin type (oily, problematic & spot prone skin; for combination skin; for dry and/or mature skin; for tired devitalised skin; for newborns; and one suitable for all skin types) and you’d be sure to find one to suit your specific skin needs and they can be used with or without soap to accelerate the skin cleansing process. The Konjac gently exfoliates, your skin feels incredibly soft and smooth once you are finished and not sensitve at all. The body sponges also assist with with preventing ingrown hairs which is an added bonus as those little buggars are sneaky and from my experience not easily avoided! If you shave, you can use the sponge to assist in lathering shaving foam/cream all while gently buffing the dead skin cells resulting in an even smoother shave.

From my first time using one in the shower, I made sure I massaged the sponge with a circular motion concentrating on all my delicate and problem areas of my skin along with my normal shower gel. I have not yet used the sponge entirely on its own as I prefer to use a body lotion but I will try this eventually! When I get out the shower I feel refreshed, and my skin feels conditioned, radiant and rejuvenated.

The bonus is that the sponge and its properties are 100% natural, and contains NO colouring or additives making it safe for everyone to use.

The downside – for a body sponge – especially for someone that hardly ever used a body sponge, it is not a cheap product. 27Pinkx sell this sponge for R230 and Beauty-Worx sell this sponge for R250 (where I got mine from) and just FYI both online shops ship for free. I ultimately believe my bank balance will forgive me because my skin feels revitalised, rejuvanted and FRESH.. thanks to my latest addition… Konjac! The sponge is not meant to last forever, but with proper care you can get up to 3 months out of the sponge by rinsing it properly by squeezing gently (never wringing) after use and leaving it to dry in an airy or warm dry place. Once the sponge has reached its life span, it is advisable to chuck it into your compost heap (if you have one) and let it go back to nature after serving you and your skin well.

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MAKEUP CLASS 2 On FOUNDATION & SKIN With Sandy

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO WEAR A FOUNDATION?

There are various skin types and facial shapes that one has to learn before implementing corrective makeup. It’s always important you as the makeup artist analyze your clients skin colour, texture, tone, type and facial shape.

There are 5 skin types
– dry skin… Appears flaky and sensitive
– oily skin… Shiny and usually has breakouts
– problem skin type… Acne and eczema
– combination skin… Oily on the t-zone but the rest is dry
– normal skin type… None of the above, because it doesn’t really exist. In other words, a perfect skin.

DEFINITION OF A FOUNDATION
The best way to describe a foundation is to say its a primer that evens out the skin tone so that colours go on smoother and look better. It also allows makeup to stay on longer.

PURPOSE OF A FOUNDATION
– produces an even skin tone
– disguises minor blemishes
– used as a contour cosmetic
– acts as a base for the rest of the makeup
– protects the skin
– some foundations have anti-aging properties

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TYPES OF FOUNDATION
– cream foundation
Oil based
Blends easily
Provides heavy coverage
Can be used in dry skin, normal skin or mature skin

liquid foundation
Oil or water based
Provides light to medium coverage
Can be used on dry, normal, mature or combination skin

gel foundations
Provides a sheer non-greasy coverage
Can be used on black unblemished, tanned skin. Skins on which a natural effect is required.

compact or cake foundation
Oil, wax or a powder based foundation
Provides heavy coverage
Can be used on dry, normal, badly blemished or scarred skin

mousse foundation
Provides light to medium coverage
It has a mineral oil base
Can be used on combination or normal skin

Care must be taken when applying a mousse foundation.  Blend quickly or it may start to dry too quick and create a crumbly appearance.

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One also gets special types of foundation
tinted foundations
For improving facial contouring.

treatment foundation
Combining tinted preparations and additional nutrient elements.
For mature or creepy skin.

concealing foundation
To disguise and heal facial blemishes, scars, acne etc.
Applied directly over blemish, prior to medicated foundation.
Firm in texture.

sports/sun screen, tinted emulsion
Acts as a UV screen
Provides a natural day look
Usually has a high SPF. So as to protect epidermis.

TIP: do not use SPF foundation on brides. It will reflect on camera and give off that white mask face we all oh-so hate.

cosmetic camouflage
Disguises disfigurements, birth marks etc.
Includes covering creams and variety of foundation items.

theatrical foundation
A wide colour variety to suit stage, photographic and fashion to modeling work.

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To apply a foundation successfully a damp sponge should be used to give a natural effect and to help it blend around the hair-line. A dry sponge will give a heavier coverage when required to do so. Foundation can be applied over the eye lids, lips and ears to give a natural look, also most importantly down the neck.

When choosing a foundation, it should be the same colour as the skin or as close to the natural skin colour as possible. The best way to test a foundation is on the JAW of the client/yourself in NATURAL LIGHT.

DO NOT test foundation on your wrist or hand. Your face’s skin is very much different to the rest of your body.

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When applying foundation it should be carried into the hairline down he ear lobes and then underneath the chin and on to the neck. Blend, blend blend!

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My favorite foundation is MAC studio fix, as it hides my imperfections quite well. INGLOT, CATRICE, MAKEUP FOREVER, SMASHBOX also have fabulous foundations.

We shall carry on with powders next time. Hope you found this quite helpful or just informative.

Remember to check out the other ‘class’ posts:

makeup class 4 eye shapes

makeup class 1 basic application, foundation, concealers

makeup class 3 facial shapes

MuchLuv
Sandylashxx

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