MY LIFE | No Make Up Confidence FT Nanshy 4 in 1 Blending Sponge

4 in 1 Nanshy Blending Sponge

4 in 1 Nanshy Blending Sponge

Hello lovelies!

I apologise that I haven’t posted on here in a week! I have been so so worn out, and I keep randomly falling asleep without even remembering getting into my bed! It has been very weird! But I am back! 🙂

I have been meaning to upload this pretty much all week, but I got to about Wednesday (& still hadn’t uploaded) and felt that I needed to mix this post up slightly, since I didn’t want you to all be bored of all the other Nanshy Sponge Reviews! So I have tried to make my post a little different. This will explain why it has taken me longer to upload, since the content was all muddled in my little head, but I hope you enjoy it! 🙂 It might be a long one!

I would like to begin this post by saying Thank you so much to Nanshy for sending me this product, this is the first product on my blog that I haven’t purchased myself, so I guess this is quite exciting! (Except Christmas presents / gifts)

Blending sponges seem to be taking the beauty market by storm, with the likes of Real techniques and the original beauty blender. I own a RT sponge, but what I like about Nanshy, are it’s brand values. Nanshy is a cruelty free / 100% vegan, affordable organisation, as well as the products being of excellent quality! Nanshy products are latex free, non – allergenic, and odour free, which is perfect for sensitive skins like my own! The point of the beauty sponges is that they can provide a flawless finish to your skin, like a face brush, but perhaps without the brush strokes.

4 in 1 Nanshy Blending Sponge

Nanshy claims for this sponge to be ‘4 in 1’ so I thought I would share how! (In case you didn’t already know)

1) The tip is perfect for blending harder to reach areas
2) The flat shape for stippling the areas around the eyes and nose
3) The waist of the sponge making it really easy to hold
4) The rounded bottom in order to blend the larger facial areas, as well as making it stand upright. PLUS it is SUPER soft 🙂

This sponge works really nicely, like my RT sponge I thought that it might soak up all my make up, but it didn’t. I found I was a lot quicker at applying my make up with a brush, but perhaps because I haven’t used a sponge in a while, I also don’t think I was using this beauty to it’s full potential by using the rounded bottom for larger areas! TOP TIP: defo try and squeeze a lot of water out when you wet the sponge, since it only needs to be damp, otherwise the water kind of washes the foundation / concealer away rather than blend. They are not on sale yet, but keep your eyes peeled, they are on sale in February for £5.95 which is a real bargain! You can preorder your sponge here


ANYWAY, these sponges being around, kind of remind me of my year 11 days, when everyone had those really nasty filthy triangular sponges! Did anyone else use these? I never thought that they were that good, just felt the application was better than using fingers! (Along with my orange dream matte mousse, oh dear) I think beauty sponges are there for simple effective application, even for the beginners in the make up world. [just to point out, this sponge, is FAR BETTER, than the triangular ones ever were]

These little sponges have made me reminisce about how my life used to be around year 10/11. I was the girl that chose to never wear make up. I had extremely long hair down to my bum, that was in terrible condition. The girl that at sleepovers, everyone would want to do your make over. I didn’t really care, I was happy with focusing on my studies.

And then one day I think I felt the pressure to start changing my appearance. My friends started to get more attention from boys, which I never ever got, people often made me feel ugly because of my skin tone and hair colour. (You can have a little look here about life with my pale skin, a previous post of mine)

So I started to wear make up. I was literally terrible at applying it, because it was something new to me. (I am still not fabulous, but that’s okay) I used to get foundation all in my eyebrows and I was probably quite orange, I DESPERATELY wanted to cover up my freckles. I didn’t even really know what foundation was for?! Every profile photo, or photo I uploaded to bebo / facebook I would automatically make it black and white just because I felt it made me look better, as well as taking away the ginger from my hair! How could I go from having such a care free mind about my appearance to being so self conscious?

4 in 1 Nanshy Blending Sponge

I haven’t got the really old school photos, since bebo has pretty much gone off the internet, but this is one of the older ones I found on my facebook. Like seriously kayleigh, you can’t see my nose or mouth at all! WHAT was I thinking. Did anyone else do this?

4 in 1 Nanshy Blending Sponge

I began to make my webcam on msn b&w, and would pile and pile on the eye make up, just to make it more visible on camera, and then take a photo for my Facebook. Nasty girls started to comment saying that it looked nothing like me, I guess they were right, but I still didn’t stop., ‘I wanted to look like this’ (This makes me SO sad thinking about this right now, why was I not happy with my golden locks, and sunkissed freckles)

4 in 1 Nanshy Blending Sponge

No Make Up Confidence

I then moved schools to complete my AS Levels, chopped my hair a few times, and boys actually began to notice me! It was a really nice feeling, but did I really need to change my hair and add make up on for this occur? This happened, but the black and white phase didn’t die.

People are always questioning why do girls feel the need to wear make up etc to be happy. Saying that beauty bloggers and youtubers are bad role models, because they encourage make up to be worn. But in reality, people like my previous self, wear make up to fit in with the rest of society. If my personality was enough, I probably wouldn’t have gone through all these efforts! But that is the rollercoaster of high school.

I would wake up everyday, and couldn’t leave the house without my face full of foundation and absolutely cake loads of eyeliner in my waterline, and my lash line, I pretty much looked like I had been punched. (Partly because I was pants at applying liquid eyeliner, I still am actually) For some reason I thought it looked really good!

It took my a while to quit the black and white filter, but I think during my A2 levels I just decided that I loved my hair colour. It was as if once I had started to accept my hair colour, it released a lot of my self hate! People started to compliment my hair telling me to not dye it, rather than diss it, it was such a nice feeling. It made me realise, if I really didn’t like my hair colour that much, I would have dyed it by now! I now love my hair colour, I like how unique it is.

Since being at university and living with a wide range of different people. (I actually lived with 16 people in my first year of university, I also do now) At first, the daunting feeling of 15 other people seeing me without make up a lot of the time, was too much. No one had really seen me without make up for a good few years, not even my boyfriend at the time, I refused to let him see me without make up, that just isn’t healthy.

No Make Up Confidence

University really really helped me so so much, all the girls in my house would wear hardly any make up around the house, it was just natural, and I loved how my confidence grew. I also loved how clean my face felt, and began to ditch the heavy heavy eyeliner. Now, all I wear on a daily basis is concealer, powder, a little bit of blusher with minimal mascara (I have blonde eyelashes) and maybe some lip product. It is also so much better for my skin 🙂 It now makes nights out more exciting because doing my make up is fun, rather than a chore! AND I have ditched the black and white filter!

WOW. I never thought a sponge could bring back so much! I just wanted to write something a little different to all the other reviews out there, apologies for the rambling and going kind of off subject, but if anyone can relate to this, and it helps, that is all I ever want.

I hope one day we are all happy with the way we are, even if it takes little journeys like this, it is nice to get there eventually! <3

But seriously, this is an awesome sponge, and you should totally buy it! Have you tried out any beauty sponges?

Kayleigh xoxo


  1. January 26, 2015 / 11:41 pm

    Ah Kayleigh I love the way you wrote about this! I so remember the days of those horrid triangular sponges and dream matte mousse 2 shades darker than my actual skin tone! Cringing just thinking about it!

    Great post, hun!

    Rhianna | robowecop

    • January 26, 2015 / 11:43 pm

      hahahah, thank you honey, it certainly took me long enough didn't it! hahahah wooo dream matte mousse! xxx

  2. January 27, 2015 / 12:57 am

    Wow, this was such an amazing post Kayleigh – you go girl!! So unexpected considering it's a review for a make up sponge but I'm so glad I read it! I think we all went through that grungey black/white phase at some point – I swear I was still in primary school when I had mine?!? But I'm glad you've grown through it and learnt to love yourself 🙂
    Megan x

    • January 29, 2015 / 11:40 pm

      :') SO glad you liked my post lovely 🙂 🙂 I wanted to make it different somehow, but this post took me like over a week to figure out how to word. hahaha 🙂 but yay black and white phase! xxx

  3. January 27, 2015 / 4:38 pm

    So funny! I think every girl went through the triangle sponges and dream matte foundation phase!
    I used to think it was so awesome haha

    Great post! I really enjoyed reading it!


    • January 29, 2015 / 11:40 pm

      Thank you 🙂 glad you enjoyed it, haha so funny that we all had the dream matte phase! 🙂 xx

  4. January 27, 2015 / 10:18 pm

    Love this post. Definitely worth the wait!
    Firstly, omg I totally remember those sponges and the dream matte mouse, why did everyone use it?! haha. I remember feeling like I needed to wear make up, and being embarrassed being seen without it. Now Im not so bothered, in fact I don't think boys even really notice that much! Also as a sorta ginger (strawberry blonde) girl I totally understand the hating your hair and pale skin thing. I got so much shit for being ginger, and now my fair is naturally a lot blonder and I kind of wish I was the colour I used to be!

    Emma x
    Writing Essays With Wine

    • January 29, 2015 / 11:42 pm

      Yay 🙂 glad you thought it was worth the wait!! 🙂 ahaha and yes, why did we love that so much, it dried everyones skin out so bad 🙁 🙁 but I thought it was incredible then, maybe they have changed the formula and should re live our teens and try it again 😉 ahahah yay I am glad we both wear less 🙂 Aren't people so nasty about hair and skin for no reason! I've been close to dying it, but I would probably regret it so much so! xxx

  5. January 28, 2015 / 12:49 pm

    I love the 4 uses for the little sponge mint sponge! I'm sure every girl has that memory of applying their dream matte mouse with those little triangle sponges!

    Beka. xo

    • January 29, 2015 / 11:43 pm

      It is pretty awesome! 🙂 🙂 hahaha yay I am so glad it wasn't just my school using these. I feel kind of bad for nanshy for associating their amazing sponge with the nasty triangle ones! xx

  6. January 28, 2015 / 5:27 pm

    This is such a great post! I'm sad that you felt you had to cover your face, but I'm very happy that you're confident about your beautiful self now! 🙂

    I was the same though – I had a girls aloud foundation (what…) and would pretty much draw panda eyes on every day hahaha, it was horrific!!

    Hazel xx

    • January 29, 2015 / 11:44 pm

      Awww you cutie 🙂 🙂 so glad you liked it, I have never heard of this foundation before?!?! and yes PANDA EYES. awful awful, it can't be helped though, I am terrible at applying eyeliner even when I am trying to do a thin line, it goes wrong so I try and even it out and make a big mess! xxx

  7. January 29, 2015 / 11:38 pm

    LOVE this post! I did exactly the same thing with the photos, I had bad skin and it was the time when I wasn't that into makeup so photos were mainly in B&W or extremely brightened to the point I had no nose or facial features haha!
    I'm so glad you see what we all see – you're beautiful! Inside and out 🙂

    Kate xxx

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