Product Pick #8: beautyblender®

by Jamie Sanford on May 3, 2015

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The beautyblender® has been a hit for a while now, and since I’m on my second one, I think I can officially call it a Product Pick! My most recent one is a beautyblender® Pro, and I love it just as much as the original.

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I was using Bare Minerals powder foundation for a long time, and while the coverage I managed was good, I found that the makeup would become cakey in the wrong weather conditions. I have been trying out a multitude of liquid foundations since then, and am currently utilizing CoverGirl 3-in-1 Foundation. I have been through Revlon, Maybelline, L’Oreal, and even the popular Make Up For Ever HD Foundation, and none of them had the level of coverage and staying power I was looking for, until this latest one. (Please leave recommendations if you have any, but keep in mind that I like some full coverage.)

I did notice quickly, however, that in terms of finish? It is ALL about the beautyblender®. The finish you can get from bouncing the damp teardrop sponge on your face is remarkable and stunning. The pointed end is great for applying and blending foundation and concealer around your eyes. I usually set my liquid foundation with either a matching powder foundation from CoverGirl or this Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder from Tarte, which leaves an incredibly smooth finish.

Anyway, back to the point at hand. I too was one of many who said “why the hell would I spend $20 on a makeup sponge” before buying one when I had a Sephora discount, and now I can never go back. I have tried 2 of the so-called “dupes” and they just do not match up at all. I cannot say enough about how this sponge will take your foundation to the next level, if used properly. YouTube is your friend, and you will find literally hundreds of videos about it. Go try it now! You can buy the beautyblender® here.

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Blogcademy NY Scholarship Application!

by Jamie Sanford on May 22, 2013

EDIT: I didn’t win the scholarship, but thanks to my supporters! Congratulations to Kristin who won the scholarship.

I have wanted to go to the Blogcademy since it launched. I had a scheduling conflict for the first one in New York, so I really hope to win the scholarship slot for the next one in June!

I am Jamie Sanford. I’m 33 years old, I work in marketing, and have little to no interest in growing up. (This is not to be confused with not being able to handle my business.)

To put this on the table as early as possible, given what I know about the Blogcademy and the Headmistresses, I want to alert you all to the fact that I am no stranger to animal-themed headwear. I do tend to prefer antlers though.

My blogging journey started in March 2000, on Open Diary. I still have my account there, and have at least one friend for life who I found through OD. Thanks, blogging!

In 2008, I obtained the domain name and started down a path of cringe-worthy header designs!

In 2010, I launched The Daily Wishlist, which was a huge step for me. I started writing every day about shopping online, and changed jobs that year. I ended up being hired for an internet marketing position because I had positioned myself as an expert in online shopping. This was a step in the right direction!

In early 2012, I decided to consolidate blogs into one location. It felt natural to have all of my content attached to my name, especially since my blog content often applies to my chosen career path. It’s been a much smoother blogging experience since moving to a single location.

I had a lightbulb moment earlier this year, after deciding to launch the Brand Experience Project on my blog. Based on my time spent blogging about shopping, and then experiencing life as an online retailer through my job, I realized that what I find more important and infinitely more interesting than shopping online is the complete online shopping experience, from the search to receiving a package with your order. My posts for the Brand Experience Project have been incredibly well-received, and have provided a world of inspiration to keep going. Ultimately, I would love to consult with retailers in this subject area.

Having already started on a great path with content, my entire life was improved when I started using an Editorial Calendar. Having experienced issues with motivation and positivity in the past, I’ve found that writing my 3-5 blog posts a week is doing wonders for my overall outlook on things, because of the constant positive reinforcement that comes along with creating content that makes me happy and/or proud.

The timing is absolutely perfect for me to attend the Blogcademy. I am feeling great about the direction my blog is going in, but I think the content of this event will be the boost that will launch me above and beyond what I am currently accomplishing. I have already taken advice from Kat, Gala, and Shauna over the years during which I’ve been reading their blogs, so I can only imagine what a 2-day experience would do for me and my future.

Thanks to Kat, Gala, and Shauna for the opportunity of the scholarship, and hopefully I will see you in June!

My contact information is available here!

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