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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A Beginner for Bronzing

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I always thought bronzers were for the sole purpose of looking unnaturally and orangey tan.  Or for trying to look over-madeup.  That it isn’t necessary for every day and should be saved for models and celebreties.

WRONG-O.

Since indulging in the world of online swatches and beauty tutorials, I’ve come to embrace bronzer as a little miracle worker.  Here are my favorites:

A bit on the messy side!

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Jemma Kidd Backstage Kit – Part II

Now that I’ve told you what’s in the palette, I need to show it off!  But first, a few notes.

  1. I should mention that the correctors have a variety of consistencies.  The green is almost a wax, and the others are very wet with the eye/lip primer being the wettest.  All of them need to be built up, but blend easily and don’t look cakey.  I haven’t bothered trying any brushes; I simply use my fingers.  It is also important to note that they must be set with a powder.  (Think Erase Paste, but less extreme and much easier to work with.  does that make any sense??)
  2. The bronzer, blushes, and powder make quite a mess if you use a large brush.  Either use a smaller brush or condense the bristles while picking up the powder to avoid getting any of the other products on your brush.
  3. And this is the most important…  I’ve included a number of pictures because I want to show you how my face transforms by using makeup.  A friend commented to me the other day that I’m pretty, “like magazine cover.”  I have little to no self-confidence in most areas and I truly don’t find myself very attractive.  But by using a few simple tricks (like the ones Jemma Kidd provides), I feel confident in my appearance.  And let’s face it – confidence is attractive.

Moving on.

Remember I mentioned there was a guide included?  I used all the products and applied them where suggested and look what happened:

Before: completely bare-faced

After: I know, right??

The difference is pretty impressive.  Let me break down how I got here:

Corrector on one eye only (notice the shine...MUST set with powder)

Corrector on both eyes - If I set it like this, I'd leave the house. In sweats to the grocery store at least 😉

Foundation is added.

Forgive the mask-like appearance, but I wanted to show the importance of the following step.  Wearing only a foundation that provides more than sheer coverage will make anyone look one-toned and mask-ish.  Blush or contouring (or both) is necessary.

Contour with bronzer and highlighter.

My completed face.

I used the Apricot Shimmer blush, Strip lipgloss, filled my brows (Sonia Kashuk Brow Definer in Taupe), added eyeshadows in Vanity Fair, Vogue, and  Aubergine Shimmer, lined with Black (wet), curled my lashes, and applied mascara (Maybelline Colossal).

Feeling Confident

Jemma Kidd Backstage Kit – Part I

I’ve long been wanting to try Jemma Kidd products, but never knew where to start.  And I continuously feel like I can’t find much info in the blogosphere about the products from her line that are available at Target.  When I saw this kit (on clearance for $10) I knew it was destiny (or money burning a hole in my pocket…take your pick).

It wasn’t until I got home that I realized how many of the products in this kit are part of her regular line!  All four lip glosses, the bronzer, and eight of the shadows.  And, despite being labeled as “exclusive” on the back of the packaging, all four of the color correctors in this collection look very similar to her JK Mannequin Skin Perfector Kit that I’ve also seen at Target.

Lucky for me, I now have lots to play with from the Jemma Kidd line and I must say I’m pleased!  This palette is definitely worth the retail price of $35.00.  If you’ve been interested but never dove in, buy it for the simple fact that it makes a very thorough collection of samples.  Otherwise, take my word on it and pick up the full-size of anything in it.  I am really very surprised with how much I love the entire palette.

On to photos.  You’ll have to forgive the photos.  There was one of those annoying plastic sheets in the palette and it nicked a few of the products on the left.  Then I thought, “Oh well” and swatched a few of them before photographing 🙂

The packaging is plastic.  Not incredibly cheap, but certainly not so heavy-duty that I’d feel comfortable dropping the kit on my bathroom floor.  I love that the top row slides out so that the closed box stays slim.  I also love how sleek the whole thing looks. (Though I’m a sucker for anything black.)

Don't say I didn't warn you about the mess!

I’ve always been careful about color correctors.  I mainly need concealing for my red/brown undereye circles.  And my skin is very warm so anything pastel/cool-toned normally sends horror film sound clips through my head.  But I decided to give it a go anyway (I had the bronzer and a bunch of the shadows to try out!) and I’m glad I did.  Would you believe that I can use only the correctors and walk out of the house without foundation?  I don’t believe it either.  But it’s true!

The shadows…Oh, the shadows!  Just. Lovely.  The sixteen shades included here are quintessential to any makeup collection anyway, and a variety of textures are used.  O-so-very-wearable.

Finally, the water resistant bronzer (hello summer help)!  I long used a shimmering bronzer, but then dove into mattes for winter.  This one provides a slight orange hue but no worries – it looks like warmth and not fake-bake.  The blushes provide a natural flush in either cool or warm tones and the finishing powder is surprisingly translucent.  Anything this stark white also scares me off!

As far as the lip glosses… The pigmentation is fairly perfect.  I tried on Sassy first and was pleased that the cool pink is flattering on me.

Part two of this review is in the works.  A how-to guide was included in the box with suggestions on how to use and wear to place these products.  A major bonus for those of us ladies who love our beauty products but need assistance in placement!

I’m loving this palette.  Since purchasing it, I’ve been eyeing up Jemma Kidd’s line every time I’m at Target wondering what I can try out next!