Sonia Kashuk’s Chic Defining Contour Stick, a Near-Dupe for the NARS Cappadoce Matte Multiple, Saves Dollars While Defining Cheekbones

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Sonia Kashuk Chic Defining Stick

The new $10.99 Sonia Kashuk Chic Defining Stick

Ring-a-ling! Ring-a-ling!

I’ll get it! That’s the sound of the NARS dupe alert. :)

In this case, it’s chiming for Sonia Kashuk’s new $10.99 Chic Defining Contour Stick, a near dupe of my beloved (but MUCH more expensive) $39 NARS Cappadoce Matte Multiple.

Sonia Kashuk Chic Defining Stick

The Sonia Kashuk Chic Defining Stick ($10.99)

Both baked golden brown cream sticks have a matte finish (here are swatches of NARS Cappadoce), and both of them can quickly sculpt cheekbones that would rival Johnny Depp’s circa the O.G. 21 Jump Street era.

Both of them are also easy to blend on bare skin or atop foundation — probably due to how lightweight and thin they are, which is great, because it keeps my skin from feeling like it’s suffocating under an inch of plaster.

Sonia Kashuk Chic Defining Stick Swatch

Where the two differ, most obviously, is price ($10.99 versus $39), but also in the shape of the tip. The Multiple’s is huskier, wider and flatter, and it covers more surface area while sitting flush against the skin, whereas the tip on Sonia’s Chic Defining Stick has a slightly smaller (but still husky), rounded, more precise tip that seems to fit the space under my cheekbones a bit better.

Sonia Kashuk Chic Defining Stick Before and After

Sonia’s Chic Defining Stick on bare skin (just under-eye concealer, brow filler, mascara and gloss)

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How Old Were You When You Got Your First Makeover at a Counter? Tell Me About It.

Published in: Just For Fun

Time for a trip down memory lane

Time for a trip down memory lane…

The year was 1989.

Saved by the Bell was in its inaugural season (Zack and Kelly 4 ever!), and I was just a wee lass of 14, but because I was a freshman in high school, of course I thought I was all grown up and mature.

LOL!

Little did I know…

That fall my mom took me on my very first trip to a makeup counter. It was Clinique.

It’s one of my fondest makeup memories, and one of my favorite memories with my mom, because she’s never been a real makeup person at all, but she did it for me.

I was devouring teen magazines at the time and scouring them for makeup tips and stuff (oh, to live in the time before beauty blogs) when one day, on the drive to school, my mom asked me if I was interested in going to get some makeup.

Uh…of course I said yes. :)

So, that weekend we went to a Clinique counter at the Newpark Mall. I picked out a blush, an eyeshadow (’twas pink and blue… So late ’80s!), a lipstick and a foundation.

No mascara, though, because my mom deemed it “too mature.”

Not to be overly dramatic…but that trip kind of changed my life. Before that trip to the Clinique counter, I was forced to sneak and wear makeup on the down-low because my parents were very strict.

Finally, I didn’t have to sneak around anymore, and it was pure joy. The makeup floodgates opened. I could finally express myself without hiding.

Your turn! How old were you when you got your first makeover at a counter? Tell me about it.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

P.S. I hope you had a wonderful Labor Day, babe. Ours was nice. We spent the afternoon in the city at Golden Gate Park, and I did something new, too. El Hub and I rented a paddleboat and tooled around Stow Lake, which I don’t remember ever even seeing before (and I lived right next to the park for a couple years!). It was quite a fun day.

Feed Parched Paws Rhubarb & Roses: Molton Brown London Rhubarb & Rose Replenishing Hand Cream

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Molton Brown London Rhubarb & Rose Replenishing Hand Cream

Surprise! — Molton Brown London’s Rhubarb & Rose Replenishing Hand Cream ($15) smells neither like roses nor rhubarb, even though it does contain the extracts of both botanicals.

That said, I wouldn’t have been surprised if the brand had attempted said wacky scent combo and managed to pull it off. They are, after all, the gang behind Paradisiac Pink Pepperpod, which seemed to me like it would smell, I dunno, funky and spicy, but somehow — don’t ask me how — it totally worked.

To my basset hound-like sense of smell, Rhubarb & Rose hand cream evokes fancy fizzy citrus cocktails. It has notes of yuzu (a citrus fruit originally from East Asia), grapefruit and mandarin. My schnoz also picks up a hint of sweet champagne. The concoction is very crisp and invigorating.

Quite the pick-me-up when I wear it.

The moisturizing cream also doesn’t coat my claws with an annoying sticky or greasy film, and it’s always quick to absorb.

Plus, it doesn’t hurt that the pink tube is cute. :)

There’s even a matching hand wash which, not gonna lie, I’m kind of obsessed with.

“Why?” you may ask.

Well…because it comes with a pink bow.

I’m a hand cream junkie (I always, ALWAYS, have one in my purse, and another one on my desk) and this one is my current crush. A 1.4-oz. tube of Rhubarb & Rose Replenishing Hand Cream will set you back $15, and you can find it now at Neiman Marcus stores and online.

Molton Brown London Rhubarb & Rose Replenishing Hand Cream

Molton Brown London Rhubarb & Rose Replenishing Hand Cream

Molton Brown London Rhubarb & Rose Replenishing Hand Cream

Laura Mercier Verbena Infusion Gel Body Scrub and Dry Oil Body Mist: Fitting for a Fragrant Summer Sendoff

Published in: Daily Beauty

Laura Mercier Verbena Infusion Gel Body Scrub

Laura Mercier Verbena Infusion Gel Body Scrub and Dry Oil Body Mist

When I first fell for Laura Mercier’s Lemon Verbena Infusion, summer was just beginning, so today, with Labor Day being the unofficial last weekend of summer, I gave the season its swan song with the same light, refreshing scent (via different products).

Laura’s new Gel Body Scrub ($40) and Dry Oil Body Mist ($45) are two great ways to spruce up your bath game. The Gel Body Scrub has an interesting bouncy texture that I like. When you squeeze it between your fingers, it almost feels like you’re squishing a gritty marshmallow.

But…I mean that in a good way. It’s weird but cool.

Then there’s the Dry Oil Body Mist, which absorbs quickly and doesn’t leave my skin feeling icky or greasy. Perfect for when I’m too lazy to bother with body lotion after a shower (read: often). I’ll just spray this all over my skin while it’s still wet, and let the lemon verbena scent take me away…

You can sniff both of them online now and at Laura Mercier counters.

Laura Mercier Verbena Infusion Dry Oil Body Mist

Dry Oil Body Mist ($45)

Laura Mercier Verbena Infusion Gel Body Scrub

Verbena Infusion Gel Body Scrub, $40

For Comfort and Eye-Catching Color, Try Sonia Kashuk’s $8.99 Lustrous Shine Lip Crayons

Published in: Lips, Makeup, Product Reviews, Sonia Kashuk

Sonia Kashuk Lustrous Shine Lip Crayon in Peony

Wearing Sonia Kashuk’s new Lustrous Shine Lip Crayon in Peony ($8.99), one of four shades available now at Target

Yet one more reason to go fan-girl over Sonia Kashuk: the unfathomably high levels of pigment in her new Lustrous Shine Lip Crayons.

Sonia Kashuk Lustrous Shine Lip Crayons Orchid (left) and Peony (right)

Orchid (left) and Peony (right)

I can’t believe these $8.99 retractable crayons aren’t more expensive. Smooth, silky and lightweight like a lip balm, they remind me a lot of pricier products from Too Faced and Benefit.

Sonia Kashuk Lustrous Shine Lip Crayon swatches in Peony (left) and Orchid (right)

Peony (left) and Orchid (right)


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