Welcome to the first installment of "Pretty Girl Science Pin Busting". With the plethora of bullshit pins out there nowadays, I think it would be a public service to start testing them out. How often do you see something on Pinterest and scream "noooooooooo!" Maybe that's just me?
A while back, I stumbled onto this pin detailing how to get the stains out of your Beauty Blender. It definitely caught my attention, as I have a fairly stained knock-off that I love and adore. But like so many things on Pinterest, I figured it was 90% bullshit. Guess what, it isn't!
Here is where I started:
My very well-loved, knock-off Beauty Blender. (seriously, if the real deal works as well I will buy them by the pound). My foundation has never looked so good as it does when applied with this thing. But, being a bit of a wackadoo, the staining bugs me. I have tried scrubbing it against the dog grooming glove, which worked fairly well for almost all the spots. I do worry about the glove shortening the lifespan of my sponge, especially if I fork over the $20 for the real thing. I've tried washing it after every use, massaging it for nearly 10 minutes, and brushing it with a toddler toothbrush. Nothing got it completely clean. Until now.
Step One: Soak in Warm, Soapy Water
|regular old handsoap + warm water|
Nothing fancy here. I used some gentle hand soap and some warm water in a small bowl. I dropped my sponge in there, and squished it a few times. You can already see the foundation rehydrating in the picture below. I left it in there about half an hour.
|like a spa day|
Step Two: Soap it Up
After it soaked for 30 minutes, I could already see a difference. I was starting to get very hopeful at this point. I could also see the water was tinged a slightly beige color from the foundation...which was kinda creepy. I had only used the sponge once since it's last bathing.
|those bubbles didn't last long|
Because I don't (yet) have the Beauty Blender Solid Cleanser, I used my bar of Dr. Bronner's Rose Castille Soap. It's what I generally use to clean the rest of my brushes...and it smells nice. As per the instructions on the pin, I rubbed my sponge against the soap and massaged.
Step Three: Massage and Rinse
After about three minutes of massaging, the sponge was noticeably cleaner. I rinsed it well under running water and rolled it in a towel to absorb the excess water. It's practically brand new! I can't believe this worked!
This pin is definitely legit. If you have a makeup sponge (or maybe even those disposable wedges?) that you can't get completely clean, this will absolutely be your favorite thing ever!
|as good as new!|
And because it fascinated me: the bowl of water, post-soak. Gross. I can't believe that was hiding in my sponge.
|ew. it looks like chicken broth.|