I’ve found it. I have officially found the 1 missing piece in my skin care routine. Holy grail, thy name is the konjac sponge.

konjac spongeYes, that gnarly looking lump is the new love of my life. The konjac sponge, like so many of the “Hot! New!” beauty trends, has a long history. Konjac is actually a root vegetable, historically known for its medicinal properties and high fiber content.  The same fibers that you eat are the very ones that compose the konjac sponge. Though the sponge looks like a rock when it’s dry, when it’s wet and ready to use (seriously, don’t use it dry), it takes on a velvety soft, squishy and almost gel-like texture. Give it a squish real quick. I’ll wait.

The Claims

  1. Gently exfoliates your skin. 
  2. It cleanses your skin, including taking off your makeup.
  3. It’s biodegradable. So it’s good for the environment but that also means it needs to be replaced.

The sponges come in a few different varieties but my favorite konjac sponge owes its black coloring to the activated charcoal woven into its fibers. Activated charcoal is purported to draw the impurities out of your skin. Purportedly, the amount of activated charcoal woven into the fibers of this sponge is not enough to actually do the job, but I SWEAR my acne-prone skin has not been as “prone” since I started using the konjac sponge.

I’ve found that I’ve used far less cleanser since starting with the sponge. The lathering action is fantastic and the cleanser gets distributed all throughout the sponge and then all over your face and seriously when you are rubbing this soft and squishy sponge over your face, you just KNOW that something interesting is happening. It’s when you rinse it out that the real shocker comes: you very well might SEE the dead skin that this sponge has sloughed off of your face. It’s gross. It’s fascinating. It, in combination with my skin care, of course, has led to the smoothest skin of my life.

Handle this sponge with care, though. Smush it gently between your hand to get the extra moisture out after each use and hang it somewhere to dry. You want to dry it out between each use because it’s damp and dark and letting that fester all day leads to….ewww.

Get your Konjac sponge here. Tell me, have you used this before? Did you love it, loathe it?

 

I don’t know if you know this, but I spend the vast majority of my day making videos. I know, crazy, right? I work at a non-profit as the Creative Production Manager and in my role there, I have taken the agency forward with the creation of a video studio and training staff on video creation under my belt.

One of the things I always get asked is “How can I make great videos? I have a great idea but I don’t know HOW to actually do it!” The truth is you have the most important tool you need to capture and edit a great video with you all of the time… YOUR CELLPHONE. That’s why I created the guide, “Get That Video!”

 

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It’s November. The air is eerily warm but nonetheless, the holiday season is upon us. If your life is anything like mine, both November and December are filled with end-of-year after work celebrations. I find myself needing a look that’s chill (well, chill enough…you know me) during the day but translates into a look that dazzles at night.

Since 2000, Pantone–the company that created every designers’ dream, the Pantone Color Matching System– declares a “Color of the Year“. This year’s color, Marsala, pretty much hit it all the way out of the park when it comes to providing a the perfect glam beauty look.

Seriously, take a look at this baby:

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Are you seeing what I’m seeing? The perfect reddish-brown nude. Look a little deeper and you have a vampy, berry shade on your hands. However this shade translates on your skin tone, I’m betting that the look is winning.

In the look that I’ve created, both the eyes and the lips pay homage to Marsala, the glam color of the year.

Kerri, Sugar Plum Fairy

Graphic eyeliner.

 

 

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Silver shadow used as liner brightens the inner eye. Get the Look: Beauticontrol Color Impact Eye Shadow in “Titanium”

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Matte, Plummy lips. Get the Look: Lip Perfecting Pencil in “Wine”

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Marsala translates beautifully to the nails, too. I’ve been wearing the hue as a nude all season.

Using this beautiful purple from @essiepolish as a neutral right now. I have long fingers and long nail beds already but I love the way this time elongates the whole shebang. I used a matte topcoat to neutralize this even further.

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Are you going to incorporate a little Marsala into your holiday looks?


Breast Cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women worldwide. It is rare to meet someone who has not been effected by the disease directly. But with the increase in awareness and early diagnosis, the amount of women who die from the disease has been on the constant decline since 1990.

For Breast Cancer Awareness Month, jewelry company, Glamulet, has produced a series of beads and charms and the beads are not only symbolic– 50% of the proceeds will be donated to the breast cancer charity of their choice.

I will be adding a charm to the bracelet that I wear every day– keeping the spirit of “Pink October” with me year-round.

Join Glamulet in helping all women faced with this disease live to the fullest.

 

 


 

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