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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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!


I’ve been keeping my “products to be used up ASAP” in a basket.  To which I’ve added “products to use now while it’s still winter” and, over the last 10 days or so, I’ve only be using what’s in said basket.  The exception is that I’ve been switching out eyeshadows because I have so many.  But it’s nice because I’m learning what works and what doesn’t with my centerpiece item: Milani Baked Blush in Fantastico Mauve.

I have a hard time with blush in this color because it’s not a standard shade of pink/coral.  So I decided to use this while it’s still cool out with the added challenge of finding a variety of things that work well with it.  I feel that with such a bold cheek, I have to play down my eyes and lips.  This is what I’ve been wearing most often (bonus look!):

I've used a variety of neutral shades on my eyes, but Sonia Kashuk's lip color in Sheer Calypso has been a constant.

Today I kicked the eyes up a notch and went with grey instead of brown.  Wild, I know. Fortunately, I like it enough to share.

Products used:

  • L’Oreal Magic Perfecting Base; Sonia Kashuk Hidden Agenda Concealer Palette, Perfecting Luminous Foundation in Buff, Sheer Liquid Highlighter, Pressed Powder in Translucent Medium, eyebrow pencil in Taupe
  • Milani Baked Blush in Fantastico Mauve
  • Maybelline Color Tattoo Eye Shadow in Audacious Asphalt; Sonia Kashuk Fall Color Palette shades 1 and 2, Jet Set Liquid Liner; Milani Liquif’eye liner in black; and L’Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black mascara
  • Sonia Kashuk Luxury Lip Color in Soft Pink

I did try a nude lip with this look, but (surprise surprise) felt too washed out so I wiped it off and moved on.  I’ve been playing with so many browns lately (including liner!) that I almost (almost) forgot that I’m a black liner girl at heart.

Do you own Fantastico Mauve?  What are your favorite products to pair it with?

Maybelline FIT me! Review

Liquid foundation is my thing.  I like its staying power, its blendability, and the numerous ways it can be applied depending on the coverage I want.  Unfortunately, my high humidity environment and combination skin make the majority of liquid foundations impossible to use.  I end up feeling too oily, and that’s simply a feeling I hate.

I ran out of my favorite foundation about 6 weeks ago, and went through a stint with tinted moisturizers.  With moving to a new place, the change in weather, a strangely fussy toddler, and stores not having my color, I thought TM would be the way to go.  Unfortunately, I’m not a big fan.  I like that most will even out my skin tone, but I have a lot of discoloration around my eyes so I need a heavier concealer and I don’t feel like TM gives a good balance.

So I thought I’d give FIT me! a try.   I purchased both the liquid foundation and pressed powder in 220 Natural Beige.  This is surprisingly a VERY good  match for my skin.  I normally don’t feel that a color is quite so natural on me, so I’m rather impressed with that.  Not to mention they have 18 different shades.  Soooo nice to see!

This foundation applies beautifully with a standard foundation brush.  It is very blendable, and doesn’t cake up if I don’t get to a certain patch immediately.  I also tried it with a damp beauty blender.  Both methods work great.  However, I will say that to use a damp sponge might cause problems with anyone who has skin more oily than mine.  But I’ll get to that later.

Powder is a MUST with this foundation.  Their powder doesn’t leave me looking all made up, it still leaves me looking and feeling natural.  I’m not a fan of the little puff that’s included, but I haven’t carried it in my purse yet so it’s not a problem.  I’ve applied it with a powder a brush and with a damp beauty blender.  I prefer the beauty blender method, but that isn’t specific to this particular product.

Without powder, I feel like the foundation doesn’t really set.  It leaves my skin feeling damp, but not oily.   This has me wondering what will happen come summer!  And for anyone with oily skin, I’m not sure how the foundation would fair or how it would last.  The powder definitely sets it well, so it might still be a good fit.  No pun intended 🙂

Both last all day.  If I were to go out at night, I’d probably touch up the powder, but they both stay in place from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Overall, at $6.49 a piece, this foundation and powder is a steal.  I’m very impressed that Maybelline pulled off such an awesome product.  I’ll be sure to update if anything changes in the summer months!

Here’s today’s very natural look, complete with both the FIT me! foundation and powder:

Face: L'Oreal Magaic Perfecting Base / Benefit Erase PasteNo. 2 Medium / Maybelline FIT me! Foundation and Powder in Natural Beige 220

Sonia Kashuk Bare Minimum Pressed Powder Bronzer in Golden

Eyes: Sonia Kashuk Eyeshadow Duo in 11 Electric Nights / Pixi Lash Booster Mascara No. 2 Blackest Black

Brows: Rimmel Pencil in 004 Black Brown / Sonia Kashuk Brow Gel

Lips: Jemma Kidd Lip Glaze in 02 Pret a Porter