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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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Blue Green?

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Since posting the looks as laid out in Eye on Pure Color, I’ve made it my mission to try out more combinations for a blue green shadow look.  I’ve specifically used shade 10 from the palette in hopes of making it less scary.  Remember, people, I’m still getting used to color.  It’s been about a year now since I started integrating more than brown and purple into my collection and I’ve made it pretty far.  Blues, pastels, teals…they are the hardest.  But I think the following will show that I’m bound and determined to conquer them!

The first face I put together was “safe.”  I used a cream shadow to deepen shade 10.  I know…I’m such a cheater!  If that’s not bad enough, I used a cool brown in my crease and under my lower lashes to really push it to the neutral edge.  But I wanted to ease my way into it to gain some confidence.

Eyes:  Maybelline Color Tattoo in Audacious Asphalt (base), shade 10 (lid); Sonia Kashuk Prepping for the Party shade 5 (crease, lower lash line); inner corner and highlight..ummm??

Cheeks:  Sonia Kashuk Illuminating Bronzer; theBalm Frat Boy

Lips:  Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Demure

Looking back (this was a few days ago and I’ve tried numerous looks since) I look at this picture and think, “Awww, so cute thinking that was adventurous!”  Because….


What?!  Yeah, that just happened.  And now I’m patting myself on the back.

This time (like a smart little girl) I stuck to the Eye on Pure Color palette.  The shades really are meant to go together and any combination would work.

Face:  Laura Geller Real Deal Concealer in Medium; Sonia Kashuk Oil Mattifier, Luminous Foundation in Buff, and Bare Minimum Pressed Powder in Translucent Medium

Eyes:  UDPP; NYX Shadow Base in white; Eye on Pure Color from left to right: shade 7, 10, and 11 on lid, 11 on lower lashline, and 3 on browbone; Sonia Kashuk Arch Alert on brows; Maybelline Colossal mascara; and Pixi Eye Bright liner on waterline

Cheeks:  Sonia Kashuk Illuminating Bronzer, Beautifying Blush in Lilly (such a great go-to shade…go buy it.  The bronzer too.)

Lips:  Sonia Kashuk (Notice a trend?  The woman is brilliant.) Lip Crayon in Blossomy Nude and Lip Gloss in Whisper (just a tiny bit)

This is my ultimate Ocean Breeze look.  It’s spring-y.  It’s summer-y.  It’s bright!

Revlon ColorStay Foundation for Combo/Oily Skin

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There’s been a lot of hype over this line for a long time now.  I went through a “full-coverage” phase a couple months ago and chose this as my foundation.  While I don’t have anything new to say that isn’t already said in other reviews, I did want to give my two cents on my biggest problem: 

…Shade Matching

I’ve purchased three shades of the Combo/Oily formula unsure of which suits me best.

Here are 300 Golden Beige, 310 Warm Golden, and 330 Natural Tan:

300 Golden Beige / 310 Warm Golden / 330 Natural Tan

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Sonia Kashuk Eye On Pure Color – All Three Looks

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I have had lots of time to play with all the gorgeous shades from Sonia Kashuk’s spring eye palette, Eye on Pure Color (swatches here).  As always in her twelve shade palettes, she included three step-by-step looks with how-to guides and complementing blush and lip shade suggestions.  This whole palette is full of color so it’s been fun experimenting!

Ocean Breeze

Eye on Pure Color Look 1 - Ocean Breeze

This is the only look I was apprehensive about.  I say that because these shadows are in the hardest family for me to wear…blue-greens.  I’m surprised to say that I love the shadow!  The lip color, on the other hand, I’m not so crazy about.  I think this combination will work better on women with cooler undertones.  With a peachier nude lip color and Sunset blush, I thought the eye was more wearable but I’m still looking for my perfect combination yet.

If you find the blue-green family a bit scary, try blending a caramel or taupe in your crease to soften things up.  I also want to try this shade over an asphalt base.  So many options!

Spring Fling

Eye on Pure Color Look 2 - Spring Fling

The most feminine color scheme of the three, this is full of beautiful pinks and purples.  The eye shadows will require a white base for anyone with medium skin or deeper, but I love the softness in the final product.  The cheek is one of Sonia Kashuk’s new shades and, while shocking in the compact, it is simply gorgeous!  I substituted the lip color in this look for my favorite shade in Sonia’s new line (review here).  I couldn’t help myself…the color is just too pretty!

Arabian Nights

Eye on Pure Color Look 3 - Arabian Nights

This is a beautiful warm combination of neutrals for anyone wanting a summer-y look.  With an added eye liner and touch of the new Illuminating Bronzer, it can be more defined.  The lip color here is stunning and essential to your spring/summer collection.

I currently own four of the Sonia Kashuk twelve color palettes and haven’t been disappointed yet.  If you’re looking for easy color this spring and summer, you can’t go wrong with Eye on Pure Color!  For another take on these looks and video tutorial, head over to Jessin’s Youtube channel.