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Review: Nanshy Blending Sponge

A & C: We were super lucky to receive some Blending sponges from the team at Nanshy as part of the #BHtwitterparty from The Bloggers Hub. Nanshy are a make up brush and tool company based in the UK, who pride themselves on their 100% vegan products. They sent us two of the their Marvel 4 in 1 blending sponges, one for each of us to try – which will be launched in February.

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“Easy to use, easy to care for – washable and re-usable. Tremendous quality over similar products and value at a much lower price. Latex free, non-allergenic and odour free, works its wonders with all kinds of make-up:
Liquid Make-ups, Cream Make-ups, Mineral-Based and Wet-Dry Powders PLUS Cream Blushes!
Get a look that combines hand application detail with airbrush application smoothness.”

It’s priced at £5.95 – the average amount of other similar products available.

So, what do we think?

A: I’m going to be totally honest about this, I’m not really that impressed. I’m not sure if that’s because I’ve recently tried Avon’s blending sponge and I’m comparing it to that, but I just really didn’t get on with it. Up until using the Avon sponge, I had been using a Mac foundation brush because I’d never felt a need for a blending sponge. I was really excited to see these in the post from Nanshy though because I knew I’d be able to do a comparison for you guys; you can see my Avon review here. I really love the Avon sponge, it leaves no marks when applying, doesn’t soak up loads of product and it’s super easy to clean. The Nanshy sponge also doesn’t leave any marks but it does soak up a lot of product; which I’m not really a fan of. Although it may just be the impractical paler colour, it appears very dirty after one use.
Because it’s ‘4 in 1’, it had 4 different surfaces to use in different areas of your face. But it isn’t as precise as the Avon sponge which has a really fine point to reach under the inner corners of your eyes (to cover those pesky dark circles!) and to be honest I don’t really have a need for the 4 different surfaces of the Nanshy.
I do however love the ethos behind Nanshys products. They really do pride themselves on their cruelty free products, something which a lot of beauty companies could do with following. I hadn’t heard of them before but I will definitely be looking at trying some of their brushes in the future, to see how the compare with others I’ve used.

C: I really liked using this! I have never used a blending sponge before as I love my make up brush collection so I was super excited to try this. It took a while for me to get the hang of this for applying my foundation, but once I got used to it (too used to my stippling brush) it provides a flawless base. It literally looks like you have no make up on, just perfect skin! But then… I was feeling clever and used it to blend my contour. Perfection! Seriously. I much prefer using it for this now, no more dodgy Bronzer streaks for me! You need to give it a try (and so does Annie)!

We’d like to say thank you to Nanshy for sending us these to try, we really love finding out about new companies through the Bloggers Hub, and can’t wait to try some more of their products #twolittleowlsblog

Chloe’s Hair Care Essentials

C: I was looking through the blog today (I like to have a quick squiz through and re cap on what we have been posting lately) and realised that we have hardly done any haircare posts! Considering the amount of hair (on our heads, we aren’t just super hairy creatures) we have between us, thats really quite shocking. I’m no expert… but here are my hair care essentials, and a few tips I have learnt along the way.

Lets just make it clear first, that I have very thick, long hair and so if you have short fine hair… clearly these products/tips may not work for you (or they might, in which case let us know in comments below!). My first essential is clearly a tangle teezer. We reviewed this here if you fancy a look, but since buying this I haven’t looked back. I use it every single day (okay, I’m lying, I sometimes “forget” to brush my hair) and it has seriously reduced the fly aways I get, as I am no longer ripping out my hair when attempting to de-dreadlock it.

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On to the products… I haven’t included a shampoo/conditioner, as I tend to change them every time I buy a new one. There’s always too many new ones out! Once I have washed my hair, I spray through a detangler to assist my tangle teezer. My favourite is here but I wanted to try out some others, and I have been enjoying using this Aussie Miracle Hair Insurance detangler so far. It just provides a little extra protection to your hair, and makes it even less likely to damage it whilst brushing.

I then like to apply my KMS California Curl Up Wave Foam, which I previously received in one of my Birchboxes and have since bought the full size version. This helps add a little texture but also control to my frizzy curly hair, as I dont like to straighten it often – burnt hair = not cool. This allows me to leave my hair to dry naturally, which results in soft (sometimes still crazy) curls.

Once my hair is dry I like to apply a hair oil to the ends, just because my hair is super long and therefore super old and in need of as much moisture as it can get. I love this Carino oil by Aldi. It costs about £3 and does the same job as the billion pound oils. What more could you want? (We reviewed this here).

Lastly, an essential for any busy person with lots of hair – dry shampoo! We reviewed/compared lots here, if you fancy a goosey. Perfect for second (or third) day hair, if you want to put up your hair or need some extra volume (/grease hiding power).

These products combined allow me to look after my hair, and create natural loose waves without the use of any heat! Perfect. What products do you guys use? Have you tried any of these? #twolittleowlsblog