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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It’s been awhile.  Anyone who follows me on Twitter knows that my camera and I aren’t on speaking terms.  I absolutely adore my camera but hate the way it’s capturing the light in FOTD shots.  We’re hashing things out slowly, but I’m getting bored with my posts lately so I decided to push my perfectionism aside and give you this:

It’s a bit dark, but whatever.  We’re getting there.  You’ll also notice some dryness on my bottom lip.  Yeah.  Another reason I haven’t done many beauty posts lately is that my lips won’t rehydrate.  How they lost their moisture? I don’t know.  Why they won’t repair?  I really don’t know.

Originally, this look was supposed to use Revlon’s Matte Smoked Peach lipstick.  But with the dryness in my lips and my “eh” over the shade, I swapped it out for something brighter and better.  I’m going to repeat the cheek and lip duo tomorrow, but change the eye up.  You may end up with (are you ready?) two FOTDs in a row.  What?? I know, I know.

Products Used

Face:  Sonia Kashuk Oil Mattifier; Laura Geller Real Deal Concealer in Medium; Revlon ColorStay 310 Warm Golden; Sonia Kashuk Translucent Medium Pressed Powder

Cheeks:  theBalm Bahama Mama bronzer; Milani Luminoso blush

Eyes:  theBalm Shady Lady shades Courtney, Shana, and Lani; Milani Liquif’eye in Brown; Maybelline Lash Stiletto mascara; Sonia Kashuk Arch Alert palette, e.l.f. Brow Gel

Lips:  Sonia Kashuk Satin Luxe Lip Color in Sunkissed (you need this shade)

Smoked Peach in all its lackluster non-glory has turned me off of trying more orange.  Thankfully, Sunkissed is a lovely bright shade that fills the hole in my spring makeup heart. Unless, of course, someone has a stellar suggestion for an orange shade to try 😉


Lately I’ve wanted to highlight without looking highlighted.  You know, to have a subtle glow to my face.  I’ve switched out the products in my daily makeup basket (with exception to those I’m trying to use up!) to accommodate this look.  I’m ready for spring, y’all!  A post by Xiao on Messy Wands reminded me of a great trick to get that lit-from-within effect by applying highlighter before foundation.

No sparkle.  No shimmer.  Just soft light.

The result is much more visible in person, but it does show slightly in these photos.  It is definitely worth trying out if you want a gentle warmth from your cheeks.

Products used:

  • Sonia Kashuk Liquid Highlighter, heavily on tops of cheeks before applying foundation
  • UDPP in Sin; Milani Liquif-eye in Brown
  • Sonia Kashuk Hidden Agenda Concealer Palette; Luminous Foundation in Buff (no mattifying foundations!); Pressed Powder in Translucent Medium; Beautifying Blush in Lilly; Spring Awakenings shimmer eyeshadow and powder liner shades; Brow Definer in Taupe
  • L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara in Carbon Black
  • Revlon Lip Butter in Peach Parfait


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?

FOTD – 02/08/2012

This morning I pulled out theBalm and the Beautiful (aka Muppets) Palette and asked Little V what color I should use.  She chose The Police Man which is a vivid electric blue and the scariest color in the bunch for anyone who is fearful of brights.  So I thought, “major fail.”  I didn’t want to bum her out by not using it, so I asked her to pick another color and (thankfully) she went with the soft lilac of The Coma Patient. I decided I could use them both with the help of The Brain Surgeon and The Basket Case.

It might not be much, but The Police Man is there 🙂

Other Products used:

Apparently I’m favoring this side of my face lately…  I think I’ll save The Police Man as an all over color for another day.  Maybe I’ll even use theBalm’s Late Afternoon Rendezvous as my color palette.  For now, I’m happy I (Little V) shook things up a bit and used a pop of color.  What are your favorite bright shadow shades to mix it up?