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FOTD – Sonia Kashuk’s Flushed

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Bright bright pink!  This is about as girly as a blush can get.  Don’t let the vivid color fool you…it goes onto the skin beautifullyIf you’ve been following along, Flushed is the third of four Sonia Kashuk blushes that I’m loving for spring.

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FOTD – Sonia Kashuk Spice

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I had no intention of posting my makeup today and it was a “grab what I feel like” sort of morning.  I quickly decided to look warm and natural using Sonia Kashuk’s Beautifying Blush in Spice.  It’s the second of four that I’m loving this spring and you can see a full review and swatches here.  While I love this shade on my mid-toned skin, I’d love to see someone with a much fairer complexion give it a go.  It’s just so purdy!

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Coping Naturally: Swelling

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A few years ago, I was playing volleyball and returned a hit that shouldn’t have caused any trouble.  But for some reason, I felt a tiny ache in my wrist.  I thought nothing of it and kept playing.  By the end of the match, I realized I had probably bruised it.

By the time I got home, I knew something was wrong.

A few days later and in constant pain, I finally called my doctor.  He sent me for X-rays.  Nothing was visibly wrong.  I iced it, I used that hand sparingly, but it didn’t get better.  The following week my doctor sent me for an MRI.  The results?  Edema inside the bone.  I followed up with my doctor and he sent me off for a wrist brace saying to wear it 24 hours a day for a month.  If the pain didn’t improve, he wanted to send me to a hand specialist.

The pain didn’t subside.  As a matter of fact I spent three months in that flippin’ brace, unable to comfortably rotate my hand 360 degrees during any of that time.  This is not useful when you are a full-time legal assistant by day and full-time student at night.

Or while you're playing with your puppy dog at the beach...

Or after teeter tottering at a playground (excuse the hair!)

My brother-in-law (Mr. Natural Lifestyle himself) and his family came to visit one weekend and bought me something he swore would help.  What was it?

Yep.  Plain old ginger.  He left with instructions on how to use it and said that if swelling was indeed the problem, the ginger would cure it.  At that point in my life, natural remedies were not my first instinct.  But ginger. changed. everything.  From that experience on, I’ve used nature to solve every ailment possible!

To relieve swelling:

  • Slice ginger into 1/8″ – 1/4″ rounds
  • Place the rounds on and around the affected area.
  • Wrap with plastic wrap and leave it for an hour.
  • Expect a mild burning sensation; it won’t last the entire time.

Why it works:

  • Ginger is a natural anticoagulant, meaning it prevents clotting.
  • The swelling inside my bone meant that blood was flowing more like sand than liquid.
  • The absorption of ginger thinned my blood back out to let it flow freely again which reduced (and eventually healed) the swelling.

I’ve been fortunate to not need the ginger again, but I’ve recommended it countless times to friends and you know what?  The results never caused any complaints.  Nature wins again.

FOTD – Sonia Kashuk’s Flamingo

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I love the spring feeling in Sonia Kashuk’s Flamingo blush, one of the shades from my last post.  The lovely Kristi C. requested a FOTD using it and, lucky for me, it was already in my basket for the week.  I played around with a few different eye and lip shades but decided my favorite way to wear this blush is with cooler tones, a soft eye, and lilac hued lip.  Somehow, I love this look…without bronzer.  I must really love this blush !

Products used (not including face)

My Color Palette

Products Used

Face:  Sonia Kashuk Oil Mattifier; Benefit POREfessional; Palladio primer; Laura Geller the Real Deal Concealer in Medium; Maybelline FitMe Foundation in 220; Sonia Kashuk Loose Powder in Colorless Matte

Cheeks:  Sonia Kashuk Beautifying Blush in Flamingo

Eyes:  theBalm shadows in Matt Patel, Batali, and Chung; Maybelline Colossal Mascara; Pixi Eye Bright Liner; Sonia Kashuk Arch Alert Kit; e.l.f. Brow Gel

Lips:  theBalm  Auto Balm gloss in Fleeting

It’s a rather simple look, which I like, but I think it needs a bit more definition along my upper lash line.  Other than that, I’m surprised by my complete love for this combination as I’ve been sporting much warmer tones with statement lips lately.

What color family have you been leaning towards?  Any thoughts on the format of this FOTD…do you appreciate the photo of products and swatches or do you prefer to go without?

My windows are open, the breeze is flowing through my curtains, and I’m off to enjoy some edamame shitake cous cous.  Happy Thursday!

Sonia Kashuk Beautifying Blush

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I thought I’d do a quick review on my favorite line, the Sonia Kashuk Beautifying Blushes.

Tawny and Lilly

These are the  shades that are no longer a part of the regular line.  I adore these shades.  They are so natural on my skin and work with a multitude of eye and lip shades.  I think both will be sorrily missed when I run out.  Luckily, I’ve barely made a dent in them so they should be around for awhile.

Top: Spice, Sunset / Bottom: Flamingo, Flushed

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Baptism Card

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For our dear friends’ daughter.

The baptism gown the M family uses is actually three gowns layered.  It’s been in my family for four generations and I absolutely love the tradition in it.  I wanted to create a card that reminded me of a baptism gown, mainly the bottom edges.  I went with circles for the texture because my friend D loves polka dots.  The simplicity of the whole card turned out just right.