Tip Tuesday: To Dupe Or Not To Dupe

When the whole beauty blender hype arrived on the scene I was skeptical.
20 big ones for a sponge?
“I think not.” I thought.
Instead opting to buy one that looked alarmingly similar at Target.
I then went on to mistakenly believe that the beauty blender was just hype because what I had purchased was nothing special and I figured they were the same.
But when all the chatter didn’t go away I felt it was time I actually tried The Beauty Blender to see if it really was the Brad Pit of makeup applicators
 dupe or not?

And listen.
Those two sponges are NOT twins. They aren’t siblings. They aren’t even cousins!
Well..second cousins at best.
If they wanted to marry each other it would be legal in most states.

The beauty blender is incredible. It blends your makeup like a dream, it doesn’t soak up all of your product and it feels like a cloud once you wet it.
The wannabes are just egg shaped sponges.
Don’t be fooled!


PS I know some of you didn’t agree with  my post from last week about the filler under my eyes and I want you to know that I respect your opinion.
I didn’t think for a second that post would go unchallenged and that is probably why (as some of you noted) it sounded strained. I was uncomfortable writing it because I knew it would be controversial and I really hate to stir up negative emotions and yet I needed to be truthful. I hope you all know that the ONLY reason I shared that was because I wanted to be honest and forth coming and because I appreciated my friend who shared it with me, when most women keep those things to themselves.  When I decide to get my filler I paid full price because I did not want to be obligated to give a positive review if I didn’t have a positive experience. I do not accept money to post. None of my posts are sponsored. I don’t even accept money to review a product honestly because I feel that it would be much more difficult to give an unbiased review if I were getting paid. I do receive a commission when products are purchased from my links but that does not effect what I post about in anyway.  I go to great lengths to protect the relationship I have with you all, it is far far more important to me than money or “free stuff”
I love you all!


  • Jackie

    14.01.2014 at 12:06 Reply

    Hey Cara!
    Just turned on Steve Harvey show and there you are! Just saw your Mom’s makeover photo. Can’t wait for the segment! Love you!

  • Kate

    14.01.2014 at 12:06 Reply

    I am glad you brought up the Beauty Blender! I have seen this everywhere and wanted to try it, but thought it was too expensive!

    Question- when would you wet this besides to clean? Do you apply the wet blender to your face?

    • Cara

      14.01.2014 at 12:16 Reply

      YES! YOu wet it and then ring it out before each use!

    • Kara

      14.01.2014 at 12:18 Reply

      Kate, you wet the sponge, squeeze out excess water. Then I put a small amount of my foundation on the back of my hand, dab BB onto it, then DAB the BB on my face. Once foundation is set, I give it a quick once over with a foundation brush. Looks flawless! It takes some getting used to at first, but it’s worth it!

    • Christine

      15.01.2014 at 08:13 Reply

      I love the BB. The tip I read is to squeeze it 10 times under running water then squeeze it in a towel to get the excess out. I was doing the same thing with the concealer/foundation, but discovered I get better coverage if it put the product on with a brush and/or fingers THEN blend with the BB.

  • Kaelyn

    14.01.2014 at 12:06 Reply

    I just purchased the Real Techniques Beauty Blender (for affordability reasons), and I am liking it, but is that one also a waste compared to the original? Right now I am just using it for blending concealer onto spot blemishes.
    Thank You!


    • Cara

      14.01.2014 at 12:16 Reply

      I’m not sure aboutthe RealTechniques one, I’ll have to check it out!

    • Jackie

      15.01.2014 at 22:27 Reply

      NOPE! When wet the Real Techniques Sponge is exactly the same in my opinion. It feels denser when dry but gains that air light puffy feel of a beauty blender when damp. I love that it has a flat side which the original doesn’t have. I have used it for concealer and full face and it’s amazing. If I’m not using my It cosmetics flat top brush, I’m using this sponge!!

  • daisy

    14.01.2014 at 12:09 Reply

    I really want to try, but I’m also worried because of price!
    xxx | daisydaisyxxo

    • Cara

      14.01.2014 at 12:18 Reply

      I know! I felt the same way, but it is worth it!

  • kristina

    14.01.2014 at 12:15 Reply

    Hi! Could you please add the correct technique, and with what products you can use the beauty blender? Thanks!! xo

  • Kara

    14.01.2014 at 12:16 Reply

    The Beauty Blender is worth EVERY PENNY.


    Think about how much you spend on makeup – don’t you want it to go on well and look good? The Beauty Blender LASTS. It’s a good investment. I’ve had mine about 6 months. That’s what, roughly $3/month??

    Also – just fyi the Beauty Blender cleaner is the absolute A-#1 best sponge/brush cleaner I have ever used (I use the solid – haven’t tried the liquid.) Brushes are like brand new after you use it. I actually LIKE to clean my sponges/brushes now because I’m amazed at how clean they are every time! 😀

  • Ann Bailey

    14.01.2014 at 12:16 Reply

    Thank YOU so very much!! I, for one, believe in your comments re: under eyes and I’ve purchased the cream you suggested and I’m not ashamed to say this 55 year old will also be investing in some light filler as well. I didn’t feel as if you were pushing any kind of medical fillers at all ! I think for me, most topical treatments are not going to have much of an impact, but I am willing to try your cream suggestion. Can’t wait for it to arrive.

    The Beauty Blender is amazing……..Agreed. Your IIID makeup? Can’t wait to reorder!!

    Thanks for your blog! Look forward to learning more!

  • Amanda

    14.01.2014 at 12:17 Reply

    Have you tried the MAC blending sponge? If so, does it compare at all to the beauty blender?


  • Elizabeth

    14.01.2014 at 12:19 Reply

    I may have looked at a different product but seems like there was some sort of disclaimer on the packaging about what it was made of and that made me not want to buy it. That was a while ago though and like I said may not have been the actual Beauty Blender. I didn’t realize until this post that that’s the exclusive name. I thought they were all the same. I may have to rethink purchasing though if its that good!

    • Elizabeth

      14.01.2014 at 12:44 Reply

      P.s. Steve Harvey comes on in 15 min here and I’ve set it to record! Can’t wait to see you on tv!! Eeeek!

  • Kate

    14.01.2014 at 12:23 Reply

    Wow, sounds amazing! I’m so excited to try! Thank you for your tips! :)

  • Jen

    14.01.2014 at 12:23 Reply

    I was just debating buying one of these- perfect timing!!

  • Krystal Harris

    14.01.2014 at 12:28 Reply

    Can you add a link for the actual one you bought, please? I looked on amazon and I am confused by the photograph you posted and what it looks like on amazon. Thanks!! <3 Krystal

  • Erika Wyatt

    14.01.2014 at 12:28 Reply

    I have tried the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion sponge and in my opinion, it is a true dupe for the BeautyBlender at an awesome price of $6.99! I own both and have used the BeautyBlender since I was made aware of their existence a couple of years ago!

  • cathyjanec

    14.01.2014 at 12:32 Reply

    Hi Cara, I too have reservations about the price and if the blender would work. Ive always used my fingers to apply foundation! Will buy and give it a try. Also thanks so much for the last post. I have awful dark circles and am very fair. I would love to do filler in the future when I can afford it. Glad to hear it was a good result and experience. Also happy for the reference to the topical product to try in tbe mean time! ♡

  • Emily U

    14.01.2014 at 12:33 Reply

    I just wanted to say that I appreciated your under eye post. I didn’t read any comments on that one, so i didn’t realize there was a controversy. But as you said, I’m glad to know that it exists. And you look gorgeous, as always. In a wierd way, it makes me feel better about not looking celebrity perfect knowing that these type of things exist.
    thanks for all your work on this blog!

    • gigi

      15.01.2014 at 06:46 Reply

      yep. i feel the same way. i had no idea any such thing existed. that’s the one area on my face that kinda bugs me b/c it seems nothing i do seems to help it was an “a ha” moment to know that others had the same issue. thanks for your honesty Cara.

  • Leslie

    14.01.2014 at 12:33 Reply

    Cara !!!! Turn it on Steve Harvey!!!!!!!

  • Lauren

    14.01.2014 at 12:38 Reply

    I as well was skeptical about the Beauty Blender and got the cheap pink dupe at Ulta. After watching so many You Tube videos on the Beauty Blender, I asked for one for Christmas. I love it and will never go back. It also makes the IIID highlighter look amazing and stay in place. So glad I found your blog Cara, and don’t even worry about the injection negative comments. Can’t please everyone, but I love your honesty. PS, I love seeing your outfits, I went out and bought the camo skinnies from Target after seeing them on your blog. I got so many compliments on them and how cute I styled them! Thanks for all the inspiration!

  • Elena

    14.01.2014 at 12:39 Reply

    Is the beauty blender better than the brush you use on the IIID foundation video? I want to get a better applicator but now I’m not sure what to get.

  • Amanda Walker

    14.01.2014 at 12:40 Reply

    I really appreciated your honesty about fillers. I think many of us readers have to realize what it take to look ‘celebrity’ like and make up doesn’t always do the trick (and I can stop beating myself up seeing dark marks start between the bridge of my noes and under my eyes). I’m still not willing to go to fillers…yet, but I really appreciate the information and I did order the cream. After your post and honesty it may be something I consider in the future. I only follow this make up blog because of your honesty!

  • Dee

    14.01.2014 at 12:42 Reply

    Hi, I just wanted to thank YOU as well, I’ve been following your blog for a while now & love it, but this is my first time commenting…thank you for being honest with your readers about the under eye filler, I can “read” your heart and intent in your posts and appreciate all of your thoughts, advice and work that goes into keeping us “in the know”! Women shouldn’t be ashamed or make each other feel ashamed to feel beautiful, to each their own! I would much rather you be honest with how you are able to achieve a “no dark circle under eye zone”, than me trying (and failing) to figure out why your under eyes look amazing and I can’t achieve it without knowing the full story (and then feeling bad about the baggage that I could check at the airport nestled under my eyes)…all that to say, thank you! Thank you for being honest and posting from the heart, you go girl! :)

  • nina

    14.01.2014 at 12:55 Reply

    ahh you have me so on the fence,…i bought the dupe to use w/ your make up and this has me thinking i should get the real deal ahh but 20 bucks?

  • Jaclyn

    14.01.2014 at 12:59 Reply

    Cara, you and your blog are the bomb. I always appreciate your honesty in each of your posts and disagree with any criticism you may receive. The best part about your blog is all the amazing things you try out first so we don’t have to (makeup, looks, hair, etc)! Not everything is for everyone but its nice to know all the different options and tips on how to get the looks we want. And if someone disagrees with something then they make a choice not to do it, but its none of their business if you do. Kudos to you for coming out right and saying it instead of hiding something that could potentially help boost the confidence of many women.

  • Melissa

    14.01.2014 at 13:04 Reply

    Please do a video tutorial on this!!! I’m new to this and need visual guidance :)

    • Lisa Scott Provost

      14.01.2014 at 14:28 Reply

      It’s not a full Beauty Blender video, but I just caught the romantic look video from Friday (1.10.14), and she happens use it on her foundation. Just a pouncing motion, which is not what I was expecting – worth checking out until she’s able to do a full one!

  • Lara

    14.01.2014 at 13:07 Reply

    I too had the under eye injectables! All my life, I have been questioned, “Are you tired?” over and over. Even as a little girl, I remember my teachers asking if I got enough sleep, etc. Just chalk it up to genes, I guess, as I had tried numerous concealers and makeup tricks. So when I turned 40, I decided to do this for myself, and I don’t regret it one bit! I know it’s not for everyone, and I personally choose not to do any cosmetic surgeries. Yes, I have flaws, imperfections, and things I do not like about my appearance, but I don’t think surgery is for me for two reasons: 1) My mother had surgery and had a reaction to the anesthesia and stopped breathing on the operating table (scary!) and 2) I like the fact that my kiddos and I look alike. Just my 2 cents… Thanks, Cara, for being real and honest!!!

  • Mandy Kreps

    14.01.2014 at 13:12 Reply

    My sister talked me into buying the beauty blender, as we both found out- they ate worth the money! Thanks for keeping us all beautiful!

  • Jacqueline

    14.01.2014 at 13:16 Reply

    We love you too! And I 110% respect and appreciate you posting about it. Most women wouldn’t share so don’t feel bad! If you don’t cause controversy you’re not doing it right 😉

  • Ali

    14.01.2014 at 13:19 Reply

    U are one of the only blogs I follow.. It’s too bad we don’t live close because I would love to have such a fun, honest, and beautiful friend like u!!! Love u Cara!

  • Rachel S

    14.01.2014 at 13:20 Reply

    Hmm… interesting. I have that same Target sponge that you tried and like you, I wasn’t very impressed. I had no idea that the name brand sponge was so much better. I will have to work up the guts to spend $20 bucks on a freakin’ SPONGE and try the real thing. My biggest reservation is how long it lasts. Can someone who has it tell me how long theirs has lasted? Do you have to buy their cleaner or can you use a diy cleaner with good results?

    • Cassie

      15.01.2014 at 07:59 Reply

      Mine lasts about 6 months or so if I’m faithful about cleaning it. You’re supposed to clean it after every use, which I thought was ridiculous, but it totally helps it last long AND it helps it go better on your face when it’s clean. My sister bought me some package deal that had 2 sponges with the cleaner that I believe was $40 at Sephora (I’ve only found it online, not in stores but might just be my local store!) so if I was to do it, that’s what I’d do! You basically get the cleaner for free since each sponge would be $20/piece, and then you shouldn’t have to buy new ones for like a year. I haven’t tried a DIY cleaner, but I have a different cleaner I’ve used for years on my brushes and when my beauty blender cleaner ran out, I tried my old one and sadly it did not work :( I know it seems like a lot of money, but it is soooooooo worth it to me, and I’m totally not one to splurge that much on makeup. I hope this was helpful. Good luck!

  • Tara

    14.01.2014 at 13:21 Reply

    I vote for a video tutorial with the BB, too. I’ve been thinking about ordering one. I bought the It brush you recommended for the IIID and do like it for that, but I still wear liquid foundation sometimes (oily skin here), and the BB looks like it would be really good for that.

    And another high five here for being honest about the undereye thing– much nicer to hear the truth than to compare myself (though I try not to) to you or celebs or something and wonder why my eyes are baggy and they look so young and fresh at ten years my senior! Honestly I don’t see the difference in that or coloring your hair or getting fake nails– it’s all fake stuff in the pursuit of “beauy.” Everyone wants to feel good about the way they look or they wouldn’t be reading your blog.

  • Kari

    14.01.2014 at 13:28 Reply

    Regardless of where I fall on the “filler opinion” spectrum, I have so much respect for you after the last 2 posts! Just another reason I love your blog.

  • Nathalie the Beauty Diva

    14.01.2014 at 13:28 Reply

    Hi Cara, thank you for being you!!!!! I am sorry to hear about the backlash you received, I on the other hand appreciate your honesty. It takes a remarkably secure, confident woman to step up to the plate and admit she has had some cosmetic surgery. I am a firm believer that if it makes you feel good and it is not harmful health-wise then go for it. I am also a firm believer of aging gracefully however some women age faster than others. I have been blessed with flawless skin, however last year my crows feet were beginning to bother me, so yes I went down the botox road without going crazy. I receive mild doses every 4 months which merely makes me look well-rested. Thanks again Cara, and keep up the great work!!!

  • Ruth Harper

    14.01.2014 at 13:34 Reply

    I had the filler under my eyes and LOVED IT!!!

  • slc611

    14.01.2014 at 13:55 Reply

    I just ordered my Beauty Blender from Sephora and am anxiously awaiting it’s arrival! Thanks for confirming that it is indeed worth the money!

  • Amy

    14.01.2014 at 13:58 Reply

    I appreciated your post about the under eye filler treatment you had. Your honesty is a big part of the appeal of your blog, and I’d never want it to be any different. If anyone gave you crap about your choices, that’s their problem.

  • Hanna

    14.01.2014 at 14:14 Reply

    Love your blog and your honesty. I’m 26 and fully believe in fillers myself… I run after an 18 month old and don’t sleep that well. I don’t think there is anything wrong with it. Everyone is entitled to their opinions. Can’t wait until you get the new batch of IIID out. I had been doing something similar with MAC foundations for a while but the product I I use for the contour is too warm. I’ve been on the fence about the BB and just bought a 4 pack of ‘blenders’ on Amazon. This makes me want to go to Sephora right now and get one… Confirms my belief that the BB is the way to go. Some things you can’t skimp on

  • kuiskaus

    14.01.2014 at 14:14 Reply

    fillergate 2014!!!!

    If she hadn’t told people she’d got it done that would have been duplicitous since it DOES make a difference(subtle but effective). Many would have assumed it was make-up and that would have been a jerk move. If she lost a few people due to this: c’est la vie. You will never please everyone and it’s futile to even try. It just proves she’s worried about being honest with her audience.

  • Allison

    14.01.2014 at 14:23 Reply

    I think if that under eye filler made you feel even a tad better, than more power to ya! It’s up to every individual how far & to what extreme they want to go to in the name of beauty. Some people want to go as far as cosmetic surgery on their face. While it’s not my cup of tea, if they do it for the right reasons for themself, more power to them. Your life, your body. Thanks for being so incredibly honest. :)

  • Jeannie

    14.01.2014 at 14:31 Reply

    Hi Cara. Thanks for sharing your filler experience. I have been thinking about it for a while but I m scare to death of needle. How painful was the prodedure? Please reply. Thanks

  • brandy m

    14.01.2014 at 14:32 Reply

    I liked your post on the under eye filler, Cara! It is something I am interested in, and that is a personal choice for me. Just like your trying it was a personal choice for you. I’ve been wondering if there are any solutions for this – that really work!??! I’ve spent many a $$ on eye creams that feel nice but do not really produce results. Thank you for sharing.

  • Amanda

    14.01.2014 at 14:37 Reply

    I would love to see a tutorial of you using this Beauty Blender! I have never heard of it before! Do you strictly use it for foundations?

  • Cait

    14.01.2014 at 14:40 Reply

    I am soooo glad you reviewed the beauty blender. I’ve been wanting try it out but I couldn’t justify spending $20 on a sponge that I didn’t think was going to be all that great in the first place.

  • Thereasa Locke

    14.01.2014 at 14:45 Reply

    I just want you to know I will always do business with you. I had an order issue and it was handled immediately. Great business ethic. Congrats on the Steve Harvey Show….I missed it, had to work.

  • Cara d

    14.01.2014 at 14:49 Reply

    I received one of these in my birch box a while back. I just threw it in my drawer but I am breaking it out. Thanks!

  • emily judd

    14.01.2014 at 15:09 Reply

    I loved your post about the injections for under your eyes… Don’t sweat the negative feedback, haters gonna hate haha! I’m just happy you guinea pigged yourself out for it so now I feel more comfortable having it done lol! That’s what’s great about blogs, you get “reviews” from actual users. Keep up the good work 😉

  • Caitlin Eusanio

    14.01.2014 at 15:11 Reply

    I’ve been telling my mom about you for months- sharing beauty tips I’ve learned from you. Well, today we watched you on the Steve Harvey show!!! Awesome makeover…you rock! :)

  • Kim K

    14.01.2014 at 15:14 Reply

    I’m in my early 50’s and I found injectables four years ago and I LOVE them! Some people love them and some don’t and either way that’s ok. I look as injectables no different than makeup. We all want to look pretty and maybe hide some things. I’m just not going to be someone who ages gracefully. I’m going to fight it tooth and nail! Thanks Cara!

  • JC

    14.01.2014 at 15:16 Reply

    I am so glad you posted about the filler you had. I appreciate you being forthcoming regarding products and services. I realize not everyone agrees with such procedures, and you of course mentioned this in your (well-delivered) post as well, however I appreciate your transparency! Thank you :)

  • seemichellecook

    14.01.2014 at 15:18 Reply

    I think it was fantastically brave of you to share information that really is a very private decision. I find it hard to understand why we women are so hard on each other. All the more power to you for fixing something you consider a flaw and loving the results, after all, it’s your face…your business.

  • Amara

    14.01.2014 at 15:39 Reply

    well i want you to know that you sharing that info made no change on my thoughts and opinions about you. you are amazing! and beautiful! and i always respect anybody sharing information like that, because [to me] it wouldn’t be right for you to look a little different, and deny doing anything.. ya know?
    you go girl! and if you are happy, we are happy!

    and yes, i tried the cheaper sponge before taking the beauty blender plunge, and nothing compares to the real thing… i am so glad i bought the 2 pack last year because i just threw away the first one yesterday! i’m shocked it lasted so long! it probably could have lasted me a few more months, but it was really starting to look worn. haha

  • Trudy

    14.01.2014 at 15:40 Reply

    I have had a beauty blender for a while now, and love it! However, I had NO IDEA that you were supposed to wet it! I’m on my 3rd one! Hilarious.

  • Jessica

    14.01.2014 at 15:48 Reply

    Not really related to this post, but I saw you on Steve Harvey today and I loved your segment! The makeovers were amazing! And so were your shoes!

    • Jamie

      14.01.2014 at 17:06 Reply

      I saw Steve today also. Never heard of you, but LOVED the segment. I want to try your products, but what primer do you use?

  • Beth

    14.01.2014 at 16:18 Reply

    I love your honesty – really appreciate it!’

  • Niki T.

    14.01.2014 at 16:48 Reply

    Thank you for this review! I’ve been wondering the same thing for a long time. I bought a cheap knockoff from CVS because I really hated the idea of spending $20 on a makeup sponge, thinking that it would probably be close enough. Well, I wasn’t impressed and rarely use it. Your review helped me a lot!

  • Glorya

    14.01.2014 at 17:09 Reply

    Cara, you are blowing up all over the place! wonderful things happen to wonderful women. Yesterday I received my new copy of Allure magazine, as I was reading it in my doctor’s office, I happen to run across my favorite beauty blogger: You. I hopefully get to see you on Steve Harvey. Then I read a review of your make up on one blog site and there was pinn-able images of you, the make up, her face and product labels – great! I used them right away on my Pinterest boards. Also, I’ve been using the pink sponge, yes for $20 dollars, and I forget the name. When it gets lost under my bed or in my make up drawer, I become frantic. I love how it blends my foundation into my skin, seamless. I’ll talk to you soon. May blessings keep falling upon your head.

  • Michelle

    14.01.2014 at 17:11 Reply

    You look amazing and thanks for sharing everything! I have been using the beauty blender for a year now and I love it.

  • Beth Graves

    14.01.2014 at 17:15 Reply

    I follow your blog and You Tube channel because I know I can trust you. Don’t let anybody elses opinion except yours matter to you! Now about the beauty blender dupe, I may have found one that is a very very close dupe at Ulta! Check it out on my blog http://www.bethandbeauty.com! I could not believe it!!

  • ailynk

    14.01.2014 at 17:30 Reply

    ooo.. so i would have to ask my friend if her’s is original =(

  • Jennifer

    14.01.2014 at 17:37 Reply

    Thank you for taking the plunge and trying this! I’ve been dying to try it, but the cost swayed me every time. I have tried the others and just end up using them to blend blush and such. I hope you will share more technique with the sponge! I’m buying one soon! Thanks again!

  • Sabrina

    14.01.2014 at 17:41 Reply

    I totally appreciated your blog on the fillers, I have wondered for a long time if it would work for me, great to read about your good expierience with it!

  • Jennifer S

    14.01.2014 at 17:55 Reply

    How long has your beauty blender lasted? I’ve thought a few times about buying one and I hesitate every time. I feel like it won’t last as long as a brush, and that’s more than I would pay for most brushes.

  • Elizabeth

    14.01.2014 at 17:57 Reply

    Cara! I just watched you on Steve Harvey! You were great! And Beautiful and those makeovers were beautiful! So proud of you!!!!!

  • Allison

    14.01.2014 at 18:11 Reply

    I’ve been using the SOHO Beauty Sponge for over 6 months and I love it. I have never tried the real Beauty Blender but I did a lot of research and most of the people who have tried both say that the SOHO is the closest dupe there is for the original (not 100%, but very close). I got mine at Wal-Mart but I’ve heard you can get them at Walgreens too. It’s worth a shot for anyone who is like me and still squeamish about spending $20 on a single sponge.

  • TW

    14.01.2014 at 18:32 Reply

    Just like previous commenter the SOHO blender sponge IS a fabulous dupe for the real beauty blender. It’s. $5 at Walmart. It’s football shaped instead of teardrop shaped but works same way. Use fat part to do your face. Use pointy end for nose and eyes. Those asking for a video. There are at least 2,000 of these on YouTube !!!

  • leta kenney

    14.01.2014 at 18:44 Reply

    Thank-you for.your total honesty Cara!
    A very brave stance and an honorable one too!
    Stand and shine! Appreciatively Leta

  • Rebecca Savage

    14.01.2014 at 18:49 Reply

    I love that you are so honest Cara-that’s what is different and great about you versus other bloggers. Thank you for sharing something personal and a great solution found in a filler. I too am encouraged to hear that it has worked so fabulous for you, and am not opposed to refreshing if and when it’s needed. ;o) Don’t ever change! Much love for you and all that you do…and share.

  • Alix

    14.01.2014 at 19:36 Reply

    You should try the real techniques, that’s a real dupe

  • monica

    14.01.2014 at 19:46 Reply

    I really do love you more every single post.

  • Mimi

    14.01.2014 at 19:50 Reply

    Thx for sharing because I really really was wondering about this darn expensive sponge! =)


  • Ann Marie

    14.01.2014 at 19:51 Reply

    This is America…if you want filler, botox, restilane, surgery…it is your choice.

  • Jaime sublett

    14.01.2014 at 20:26 Reply

    What do you use the blender for?

  • Denise

    14.01.2014 at 20:30 Reply

    Thanks for the info on the fillers. I never knew about this. I have always had bags under my eyes and have been self consious. I am going to be getting this done in the near future.
    I love all your posts. I learn something every time I read them.

    Denise in MI

  • roxykairuz

    14.01.2014 at 21:04 Reply

    Cara, I absolutely adore your honesty in your PS. Thank you!

  • Emily

    14.01.2014 at 21:10 Reply

    Totally unrelated, but one of my goals for this year is to figure out how to wear red lipstick…and as your site is my reference for all things beauty, I was kind of surprised to find it somewhat lacking in this category! Would it be too much to ask for tutorials for daytime and nighttime red lips? I can’t figure out how to ‘balance’ my face! Thanks for all the work you put into this site, Cara!

  • lehcar90

    14.01.2014 at 21:24 Reply

    Cara, I LOVE how forthcoming you are in every single post, and I would never judge you in a thousand years for having a procedure done! You do what works for you, make no apologies, and it really does clue us in on various methods you have tried and can speak to. Whether it’s Botox, filler, collagen injections, or a complete lack thereof, I never judge and it is up to everyone what they do with their own bodies, faces, and hair. Do what makes you feel good, or experiment if you’re curious! A well-done procedure can make a world of difference. Also, on the topic of this week’s post, I appreciate the tidbit on the beautyblender because I have been feeling exactly like you were all this time, and I’ve never tried the real deal- now I’m tempted to go for it if it’s really that good! My “dupe” (which I won’t even call it that anymore, now that I know there is a difference) really just feels like a shaped sponge. It’s nice and squishy but I don’t even like using it around my eyes because it tugs.

  • stefaniegrantcassel

    14.01.2014 at 22:17 Reply

    Thanks for the tip! I have to try the beauty blender sponge now!
    Also, I appreciate your honesty. I don’t understand why we feel like we have to lie about such little things like injecting our under-eye bags. It should be no big deal, right? If I could afford to botox my crows feet right now I would totally do it in a heartbeat. There, I said it. Haha!

  • Jenn

    14.01.2014 at 23:07 Reply

    Cara, You’re wonderful. I would never judge you for having any sort of procedure done, and think it’s sad that other’s would judge or feel they could speak to you on the matter. I appreciate your honesty, and review on all things beauty! Keep up your awesome-ness!! 😉

  • Arielle

    15.01.2014 at 04:16 Reply

    Crown Brush has an amazing beauty blender dupe! I have both and I think they’re right on par with one another. Other than that one, I don’t think there are may bb dupes out there.

  • Hailey

    15.01.2014 at 05:18 Reply

    Cara I just love you. <3

  • Ashley Fritz

    15.01.2014 at 05:24 Reply

    Thanks for the info on the Beauty Blender! I thought the same thing, but am now tempted to try it!! As for the under eye filler, no need to explain yourself. Beauty (and grace) is about being comfortable with your choices even when others are judgmental. Thank you for giving honest feedback!

  • Bonnie Boze

    15.01.2014 at 05:29 Reply

    Lots of people asking on Steve Harvy website what the name of your makeup is & bow to orexef? Maybe have them put a link on his site

  • Lauren

    15.01.2014 at 07:11 Reply

    Hi Cara! I love your blog! You are such a creative artist and it’s a blessing that you share your gift. I’ll be working a couple shows at fashion week in NYC this Feb. and I was wondering, will you be there? I’d love to meet you 😀

  • Elaine

    15.01.2014 at 07:25 Reply

    Cara, when using my HAC pack should I use Beauty Blender or do you still recommend the IT brush when using it? Thanks!

  • bshee78

    15.01.2014 at 07:45 Reply

    New follower here and I have a few questions about the HAC pack. I am contemplating getting it; however, I am unsure if I would be light or medium coverage. I would say that I have fair skin with pink/red undertones. I was just concerned that the light might make me look fairer than I am. I usually go with an ivory color for foundation.

    Also, I was wondering if you can use the HAC pack with the Beauty Blender. Would love to know your thoughts on this vs. the brush. If you think the Beauty Blender would work as well, maybe a video tutorial?

    Look forward to hearing from you and love your blog!!!

  • Emerald Earrings

    15.01.2014 at 08:09 Reply

    Eeek! Seriously longing to try this. Although I was honestly hoping you would say the off brand is just as good :/ bummer. Better start saving my pennies!

  • Valeriya Maksimenko

    15.01.2014 at 08:16 Reply

    Hi Cara!
    I have been seeing this beauty (you have to admit, it looks really cute) everywhere and I’ve got to ask. How do you keep it clean? It seems that after a few times after the make-up is blended… the thing collects ALL of your germs and whatnot, no?

  • Elizabeth

    15.01.2014 at 08:23 Reply

    FYI I just found this set on Face Shoppe.com for two beauty blenders plus a 5 oz cleanser for $32.95. I’m hoping this is legit, the packaging and everything looks the same as on Sephora. Here is a link http://www.faceandbodyshoppe.com/beautyblender-double-cleanser-kit/

  • Annie @ The Littlest Sparrow

    15.01.2014 at 09:35 Reply

    I like the beauty blender but found it to be pretty pricy at Sephora – I’ll probably wait for a sale.

  • Yasmin

    15.01.2014 at 11:08 Reply


    I am so grateful you shared the fillers info with your followers!

    People need to understand that we are all different and have different opinions. I have had fillers and I can tell you is the best thing I have ever done for myself! I have some serious acne scars that really bothered me. So I decided to try fillers and I will never look back!

    If you don’t agree with fillers, Botox, etc.. that is your opinion, please respect those that do not think like you!

    Love you Cara!!

  • Corinne Mosdell

    15.01.2014 at 11:16 Reply

    Well, FYI I didn’t disagree with it at all! Actually I might go get it done myself!! We l get to choose what works for us and I am just grateful you share your experiences and work so hard at being unbiased on products and procedures. Love you dearly my friend!

  • Bethany

    15.01.2014 at 11:41 Reply

    Recently I saw you blending your foundation with a brush and I thought, “I wonder what Cara thinks of the beauty blender..” because I LOVE the beauty blender. My makeup has never looked better since I’ve started using it and now I won’t use anything else! No brush can compare!

  • Emily

    15.01.2014 at 11:59 Reply


    I have to say that I bought my “off brand” beauty blender at TJ Maxx and LOVE it! It is shaped just like the first pic you posted and I swear it’s the real deal. I’ve read where some off brand sponges pill up and shed but mine does not.

  • sad...not mad

    15.01.2014 at 12:18 Reply

    I’ve been thinking a whole lot about your filler post. I’m still on the fence about it and felt a little like (and I hate writing this because I have been a walking commercial for your blog for well over a year now), “ugh, she sold out on us”. Most of us can’t afford fillers and the cost of upkeep. So we turn to you to show us how to use makeup to cover up our “flaws” but now lots of us can’t afford to take your suggestions and turn them into reality. It sort of feels like how I felt about all the other beauty blogs before finding yours. “I could never afford that brand/product, so why bother.”

    And we all got so hyped up over your makeup line coming out, and so many of us stayed up til 3 am to pay $50 for a HAC pack, but I (along with lots of others, it seems) have had nothing but problems with it. We were told that we should buy a $40+ brush (btw, the $3 stippling brush from ELF is pretty worthless) and that would solve most of our problems. And it seems that requests for videos on how to apply the highlight and contour to different face shapes have been ignored. And now here’s a filler to ‘cure’ your under-eye issues, or you can use this $40+ cream that kiiiiiinda does the same sort of thing, but not really.

    I feel like the blog I found that had such awesome suggestions for “dupes” has become just like all the others. I hope this hasn’t come across as bitchy, because I’m not mad…. just sad/disappointed.

  • Tiffany

    15.01.2014 at 12:37 Reply

    I am another loyal devotee to the beauty blender! It is seriously life changing! I have the liquid cleanser and I’ve used it for about 8 months and still have more that half of it left. It takes one pump. I clean it on Monday morning before I apply my foundation. It’s great for brushes too! I find if I’m using a thicker foundation wringing the blender out in a towel makes my my make up flawless. I also run it under the cold water… helps to wake me up in the mornings. If you’re on the fence about the price, buy it from Sephora and return it if you don’t like it. I’ve since gone on to buy a “backup” blender!

  • Christy

    15.01.2014 at 13:24 Reply

    Cara- thank you for sharing about your experience with filler. Of course some people would balk at this. This type of thing isn’t for everybody, and I can respect that. That being said, there are those of us who vote YES for little self-improvement fixes like this. I turned 40 last year and the bags and dark circles under my eyes are really weighing on me. I’m not trying to look like I’m 21 again, but it would sure be nice if I could actually look like I slept eight hours last night for a change!

    Again, this might not be for all of your followers. That doesn’t mean that their opinions are more important than those of us who value reading about your experience and using that bit of personal experience to help in our decision making process. I, for one, really appreciate your frank honesty. And to those who disagree with your procedure: doesn’t it make you feel even a teensy bit better to know that even a very beautiful lady like Cara isn’t 100% flawless in her most natural state?! 😉

    You come across like a really genuine, sweet person. Keep up your good work and don’t let anybody slow your roll!

    PS- I bought the HAC kit when it first came out. Not sure that it is great for my skin type- large pores, oily in the T-zone, but I really LOVE the concept and I have faith that future formulations might be more of what I need to be all HAC’d perfection, too! Either way, congrats on the line!

  • michelle

    15.01.2014 at 13:32 Reply

    LOVE and RESPECT you so much for sharing your under eye perlane experience. It shows you really have our backs and arent trying to dupe us as if makeup alone will get rid of bags under eyes because it cant. You just shared an option out there . Circles (maybe yes )but bags no and the fact that you have a make up line and shared that tip…. I just respect your honesty so much more!! I am sorry if anyone made you second guess your openness about all kinds of beauty tips and hope it wont make you hold back in future. Heck, if you get a full face lift please share it and we can decide if it is right for us or not or just to educate us of the experience. Dont ever regret being open and honest. You just proved that is who you are and it is appreciated. With that said I think I may have bought a good blender sponge but not THE beauty blender so now I am wondering what am I missing out on?
    of course you dont need a facelift – just an example but I hope you dont hold back from anything else in that arena of cosmetic procedures.

  • Melissa

    15.01.2014 at 13:52 Reply

    I didn’t read any of the negative comments from last Tuesdays post, but I wanted you to know that I appreciated your honesty. I have horrible bags (assuming due to the fact I have a 4 month old babe) and I am drinking tons of water, using creams, etc…It’s nice to know that people aren’t just perfect naturally! And maybe my best efforts aren’t going to be enough. It’s nice to realize that all the photos we are seeing of “perfect” woman, most likely are using fillers/injections of some sort. I’m excited to get it done! Ha! I didn’t think you were encouraging anyone to have it done, but for someone who is self conscious about it, I appreciated the info! Keep the tips coming.

  • Prepared Housewives

    15.01.2014 at 14:55 Reply

    I absolutely loved your honesty and spilling the secrets to under-eye baggage! I get tired of women acting like they just magically look good and have perfect genetics! Please share more 😉

  • rennerichardsg

    15.01.2014 at 16:08 Reply

    Very happy you posted about the under eye filler, I would do this in a second and really appreciated the info.

  • Amber

    15.01.2014 at 16:19 Reply

    Cara you rock. There is really nothing more that I can say. You are sweet and real and transparent and THAT’S why we love you! Your real-ness is why I find myself telling my friends, “my friend Cara says…” after I read your posts. You make your readers feel like friends because we feel like we know you. Never stop being real :-)

  • Jessica

    15.01.2014 at 17:46 Reply

    The Ulta branded sponge is terrible but the Real Techniques is glorious!! Like a little cloud kissing your face. :-)

  • Sammi b

    15.01.2014 at 19:50 Reply

    First I would like to say I absolutely love your blog. It kepte company while my son and I lived in Vegas for my job and I had no family near me. That said, and because you mentioned it in this post, I feel any nlacklash against the idea of getting “work done” is ridiculous. My only issue with the previous post, and I fully acknowledge I am probably being hyper sensitive, was the slightly negative remark about needing a…I cant remember now, I think a mammogram or mri to see if there is work done (apparently it didn’t bother me that badly lol). I bring it up because I had…well work done, implants, but I did it for the same reason you had the filler and other people get botox. I think we all hold judgement towards little things….things that aren’t that different. I did it because it has always bothered me and now I feel proportionate. It has always bothered me when people receive any criticism about worl they have done or deny it. Be proud of yourself. We all do things to make ourselves feel better- including make-up. To hold any judgement is hypocritical. If I misread the intention completely, I apologize. I’m also sure this post is written haphazardly, Im on my phone and again I apologize. That said I still adore this blog and you are a great inspiration for people.

    Also , I give in. Im getting the real blender.

  • Vanessa

    15.01.2014 at 23:58 Reply

    I’ve been using it for almost a year now and I LOVE my Beauty Blender!

  • Jeanne

    16.01.2014 at 07:33 Reply

    Keep being honest. We need more honest, unfiltered women in this world. Why do we pretend everything is just perfect and hide things. Live openly!
    I commend you for being honest about your ender eyes ‘stuff’!
    You go girl!

  • Annie

    16.01.2014 at 09:44 Reply

    Agree with others- keep being open! I really appreciate that. AND I appreciate a conservative approach to cosmetic procedures- I’m totally getting fillers at the minimum but always want to appear natural and not over done. I respect those that choose not to do cosmetic procedures just like they should respect us that choose to for various reasons. I see very little difference in applying makeup to change your look than fillers to change something.l Btw, it looks natural and gorgeous!

  • Jessica Bell

    16.01.2014 at 11:04 Reply

    This is a great post! I have always wondered. Thank you for sharing!!

  • Shayna Ray

    16.01.2014 at 18:35 Reply

    Like many others on here, I appreciate the honesty and thoughtfulness you express in all your posts. The way you pose your thoughts have always made me think of you as one of my long distance besties, even though we’ve never met. Thanks for caring for all us strangers and helping us find not only the beauty within ourselves, but in each other. Much love and thanks!

  • Christina

    16.01.2014 at 20:56 Reply

    Cara- you are the Bomb dot com. (I know I’m super cheesy) but I adore you! Keep up the work!

  • Kristan B

    17.01.2014 at 10:50 Reply

    I found the same thing with a beauty blender dupe… SO not the same! :)

  • Shauna

    18.01.2014 at 06:38 Reply

    I love this review because I also have bought the Target sponge, thinking they were similar. I’m glad to hear they’re not (because that sponge isn’t really anything special) and I’m going to invest in the real thing (don’t know why I hesitated, with all I spend on other makeup items!).

  • Sarah

    20.01.2014 at 11:21 Reply

    Have you tried the real techniques sponge? I hear it is a dupe for the beauty blender when used wet.

  • Sinèad

    20.01.2014 at 12:19 Reply

    Cara pet it makes me sad that you felt uncomfortable writing the post on the fillers! I thought the post was amazing & even considered fillers for myself given I am a little sunken & dark however I would only go to your recommended doctor which is not possible from Ireland :) I think its great you went and did something to change for the better that most importantly makes you feel happier with yourself, it’s no biggy. Anyone with negative unconstructive comments should keep them to themselves! Each & to their own! 😉 keep up the good work & please don’t cut the clothes etc from the blog I love seeing what you’ve on it gives me inspiration

  • Robyn

    27.01.2014 at 11:36 Reply

    I just got two beauty blenders from the birchbox shop for $0.76 (points + 20% off code for my 6 month anny + free shipping!) and I have to say I am soooooo glad that I got these! I used it for the first time this morning and the difference is amazing! Yay for actually being able to cover up the acne that I contend with on a regular! Woohoo! Now to perfect my brow technique…

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  • bhelmly

    15.05.2014 at 18:18 Reply

    I have been searching all thru your blogs for the blending sponge you recommended that rivaled the beauty blender. You discovered it after this blog was posted. I bought one and it IS great but I don’t know the brand or where I got it from. You had a link to it that I used. HELP!!! I need another . It was about $5. It wasn’t this one from Target that you mentioned here.

  • Emily

    23.01.2015 at 10:23 Reply

    I love the beauty blender. ALso, I just wanted to give a shout out to you and your blog. I appreciate your honesty. THe #1 reason I know you are honest is because some of your products are HIGH END and some are on the low end. I appreciate that about your research. Anyways, I think that is why you are my favorite beauty blogger. All your tutorials are obtainable for everyone. Every recommendation I have used from your blog has been spot on every time! I am excited to try your makeup line one day, but I promised myself I have to use up all my other foundation first!

  • natural beauty

    15.08.2015 at 16:42 Reply

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    I mean, what you say is valuable and all. However think of if
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