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I’m Sonia Kashuk of Sonia Kashuk Beauty, and This Is My Makeup Life

Published in: Guest Post, Makeup Tips/How To, My Makeup Life, Skin Care, Sonia Kashuk

Sonia Kashuk

The My Makeup Life series asks beauty biz insiders, bloggers, makeup mavens and artists to share their holy grail products, tricks, tips and favorite beauty tools. Is there anyone you would like to see featured in My Makeup Life or questions you think I should ask? Let me know here.

Name: Sonia Kashuk
Location: New York City
Day job/current gig: You know, it’s funny because I know that I came from being a makeup artist, but now I’m more like a makeup creator, or a beauty creator. It’s funny, I’m all these mini subtitles in the world of beauty. I guess day-to-day, it really is about being a creator.
Hangouts online: Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, soniakashuk.com, and target.com for the Sonia Kashuk Beauty line.
Current favorite product: I would have to say, one of my current favorite products, which I think is, like, a makeup bag must-have, is my pro pan, Eye on Neutral Matte Palette.
Beauty inspirations: For me, it’s not about places. It’s words. I think refinement, I think polish, I think confidence. It’s more of that type of thing when I think about beauty than it is, per se, a place.
One word that best describes your outlook on beauty: Polished.


What makeup/beauty products can’t you live without?

I am a huge fan of skincare products, and I have to say, my Foundation. Because to me, if your skin looks good, you’re already more than halfway there. So I think it’s, like, really owning and working to maintain the quality of your skin, and then really embracing that. And I think that a tube of foundation can perfect any imperfections and kind of take the skin to that “wow” factor of, like, “You’ve got beautiful skin!”

When did you start getting into makeup?

I really didn’t fall into doing makeup as a profession until my early 20s. I was kind of floundering through the fashion and display worlds and trying different aspects, but I was always working with color, shape and form. But I didn’t really find my way into beauty until my early 20s.

The truth is, I was actually doing the wardrobe for the Funkytown video, and at the last minute, the makeup artist cancelled. And the songwriter/director said to me, “Sonia, you’re kind of into all that kind of stuff. You need to do the makeup.”

You know, I was a bit, like, “Are you kidding me?” I had no idea. But, it’s like, you kind of get thrown into something, and I had no idea what I was doing, but I loved it. And that was really the transition point that put me into beauty.

What’s your best beauty time-saving trick?

I think, probably, it’s my Illuminating Bronzer that I have, because it’s super fast and makes skin look drop-dead gorgeous.

I think that bronzer now is definitely a year-round product, and it makes you look alive — or at least like you just came back from a recent trip. Like, I’m always getting, “God, Sonia. You’re skin’s so glowy. Were you just in the sun?”, and I’m like, “It’s my bronzer!” So I feel like when someone gives you that kind of compliment…we all strive to look like we just got back from vacation, and I think the Illuminating Bronzer will do that.

I like applying it with a brush. If you want a lighter application, use my Large Duo-Fibre Brush. I start it on the cheek with a little bit under the cheek to give it more of a hint of contour. Then, around the apples, kind of up into the hairline, and then a slight dusting on the cheek and a light dusting on the neck, so it just looks even. And you have this kind of very fresh-faced, bronzed glow.

The thing I love about this bronzer beyond the illuminating factor is that it doesn’t lay down heavy on the skin, so it has this incredible see-through quality.

I think some people still have this thing about bronzer — what bronzer was as opposed to what bronzer is today. It has beautiful texture, and you get just radiant skin. A bronzer is definitely what I think must be in everyone’s bag as well.

What’s your favorite beauty tool?

Eyelash curler.

What’s the best beauty advice you ever received?

You know, this is going to sound a little bit crazy, and I was like, “Do I even say this?” but I’m going to.

Because I am a grown-up — I have to admit, I am a grown-up — I’m not such a fan of fillers, but I am a fan of Botox when used correctly. When not overdone, I think of Botox as an age-maintenance tool.

And, I think that what happens with a lot of things in our society and in our life is that things get blown out of proportion, out of control, people misuse products. And I think Botox got kind of a crazy rap because of the extremes that we have seen from so many women. But, I think when used correctly by the right professional, it can maintain and help preserve the appearance of your own skin and really make a big difference with age maintenance.

When speaking to amazing doctors and plastic surgeons, people that I’ve had conversations with, plastic surgeons that in the past who were doing lots of face lifts are no longer doing that because they feel that when they’re maintaining things correctly, they can get such incredible results with age maintenance [with Botox].

I’m a fan of it when used correctly, and I think,unfortunately, it’s more often than not misused. That’s kind of a tricky thing to get into, but I have to say that it’s an incredible tool, you know, an incredible product, when not overdone.

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Do Let This Tantalizing Trio of Skin-Scrubbing Treats Tempt You on Your Next Trip to Trader Joe’s: The New $9 Exfoliating Body Scrub Trio

Published in: Drugstore Beauty Finds, Product Reviews, Skin Care

Trader Joe's Exfoliating Body Scrub Trio

The new Trader Joe’s Exfoliating Body Scrub Trio ($8.99)

Ya know…maybe it’s just me and my wishful thinking, but I’m gonna say it out loud in the hopes that the universe reads this and responds appropriately:

“Universe, I would NOT be upset if within a few years Trader Joe’s becomes a top retailer of fun and quirky bath and beauty products.”

Did you hear that? Universe? What I said? :) Listen up.

Sure, one would still be able to load up on edibles there, but how cool would it be if TJ’s also had a fully stocked beauty section with all manner of TJ-esque lotions, scents and creams (and maybe even color products) in addition to their great staples, like cheeses, Dark Chocolate Stars and Pumpkin Macarons? (Yes, all of those things are staples.)

This has been on my mind a lot lately because it seems like every time I walk in the store I find a new limited edition beauty product. And so far, they’ve been kind of awesome. (Remember the Pumpkin Body Butter last month??)

Trader Joe's Exfoliating Body Scrub Trio

Rockin’!

This time, on my last grocery trip, it was their $8.99 Exfoliating Body Scrub Trio, which I found hiding in a tall cabinet in the back of the store beside the cheese section (only reason I found it, haha). I’ve been using and loving the three scrubs in my shower all week long (well, I mean, not nonstop…but you know what I mean).

“Operating under the belief that smooth skin should be available to anyone who so desires it, we developed these scrubs in partnership with a supplier who has significant skin in the skin-care game. Each Trio contains three separate scrubs (because, you know, it’s a trio…), each with its own distinct personality, all of them made with ingredients loaded with antioxidants, vitamins, and fatty acids that benefit your skin. Fresh Fruit Creamy Body Scrub is infused with the refreshing scents of fruits like oranges, along with natural rosemary extract and pumpkin seed oil. Tahitian Paradise Brown Sugar Body Scrub blends brown sugar with nourishing ingredients like pumpkin seed, avocado, and apricot kernel oils and green tea extract. Fuji Apple Sea Salt Body Scrub invigorates your skin with the crisp scent of fresh apples, combining sea salt with a variety of essential oils.”

– traderjoes.com

My favorite, by far, has been the Fuji Apple Sea Salt…

Trader Joe's Exfoliating Body Scrub Trio: Fuji Apple Seas Salt Body Scrub

Fuji Apple Sea Salt Body Scrub

It really does smell like Fuji apples! — and if I didn’t know any better, I’d scoop it out in handfuls and gobble it up…

The fine, soft scrubby grains don’t irritate my skin, and when it rinses off, it leaves behind a moisturizing layer of body oil, saving me from having to apply a separate lotion when I get out of the shower.

Trader Joe's Exfoliating Body Scrub Trio: Fuji Apple Seas Salt Body Scrub Ingredients

And then there’s the Tahitian Paradise Brown Sugar Body Scrub…

Trader Joe's Exfoliating Body Scrub Trio: Tahitian Paradise Brown Sugar Body Scrub Ingredients

This one has larger grains — better for buffing out those rough spots on my elbows, knees and feet — and an amazing brown sugar scent. If I close my eyes and forget for a second that I’m actually in the shower…it’s like I’m standing in a cozy kitchen waiting for a batch of cookies to bake.

Like the Fuji Scrub, it also leaves my skin pleasantly moisturized.

Trader Joe's Exfoliating Body Scrub Trio: Tahitian Paradise Brown Sugar Body Scrub Ingredients

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The New $33 Bliss Suds + Butter Set Comes Bearing Grapefruit and Wishes for a Happy Aloe Days

Published in: Bliss, Kits and Sets, Skin Care

Bliss Happy Aloe Days Set

The new $33 Bliss Happy Aloe Days Holiday Set

Whoever invented citrus-scented body products…BLESS YOU. :)

I’ve been cruising the halls at Tabs the Cat Industries, LLC, HQ this week with a spring in my step and the scent of grapefruit on my skin from the new $33 Bliss Holiday Suds + Butter Set in Happy Aloe Days.

Yup…nothin’ like a little citrus and a gift set with a clever name to perk ya right up (Happy aloe days?? Like happy holidays? Get it? I’m easily amused…).

Bliss Happy Aloe Days Set

This limited edition three-piece set’s been my main shower squeeze since last week. It comes with a full-size 6.7-ounce bottle of Bliss Grapefruit + Aloe Body Butter, a full-size 16-ounce bottle of Grapefruit + Aloe Soapy Suds Body Wash and a matching pink bath poof.

(Pink bath poof… Good luck saying that one five times fast!)

I usually think of wearing light, refreshing grapefruit scents like this one more in spring and summer, but forget that! The colder months are when I actually need the reminder of warmer weather.

Bliss Happy Aloe Days Set

To my nose, Grapefruit + Aloe has a fresh, light grapefruit scent perfectly balanced between tart and sweet. I have very dry skin this time of year, particularly on my legs, and it usually gets progressively worse as the temperature drops, but this body wash and body butter are doing a great job keeping everything moisturized.

Lately, I’ve been sudsing off in the shower after my morning workout with the body wash, which gets all the sweat off without stripping my skin. I follow that up with the body butter, which sinks in quickly and moisturizes like whoa!

Bliss Happy Aloe Days Set

I suppose you could get this for a friend (the packaging’s super cute and ready to gift), but I vote for keeping this one for yourself. :)

Oh, and Bliss also offers two other “flavors” of the Suds + Butter sets if grapefruit isn’t your thing — Wishing You the Zest is scented with refreshing lemon and sage, and A Citrus Carol is an invigorating blood orange and white pepper.

You can find all three sets now for a limited time at Sephora, Macy’s, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus stores and online.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

A Grape Escape for Dry Hands: The Fragrant Caudalie Hand Cream Trio Gets a Big Hand From Grapes

Published in: Caudalie, Kits and Sets, Product Reviews, Skin Care

Caudalie Hand Cream Trio

The new limited edition Caudalie Hand Cream Trio ($25)

If there is such a thing as a Caudalie Hand Cream intervention, I WILL NOT HAVE ANY PART OF IT.

Caudalie Hand Cream

Rollin’ deep

I’ve been unknowingly toting around not one, but two full-size tubes of the original version in my Poverty Flats purse for the past couple of months and only realized it last weekend. But you know what? Instead of taking out one of the tubes, I left them both in there, because you just never know when Z-Day will go down, and it would be such a travesty to not have a really, really great hand cream available. :)

Caudalie Hand Cream Trio Box

Please note: the $25 sticker in the upper right on the box is a big ol’ pain to remove!

Those two tubes in my purse may be joined shortly by Caudalie’s new trio of holiday Hand Creams, because I can’t get enough of the three wine grape-themed scents (each one comes in a 1-ounce travel-sized mini tube) in this limited edition set.

Caudalie Hand Cream Trio

The three scents: Feuille de Cassis, Pamplemosse Rose and Miel de Vigne

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Hoping to Haunt Your Bath This Halloween: Lush Creatures of the Bath!

Published in: Lush, Skin Care

Lush Pumkin

Lush Pumkin Bubble Bar ($5.95), one of two limited edition Halloween bath items available now

Trick or treat, smell my feet, give me something good from Lush!

Wait — what? That’s not how the rhyme goes, you say?

That’s weird. I thought it was… :)

Forgive me. I must’ve been temporarily distracted by the intoxicating aromas from these Halloween-themed bath products by Lush.

The new limited edition Creatures of the Bath collection launched today with some really cute things, like…

This Pumkin Bubble Bar ($5.95)

Lush Pumkin

Oh, hai, Pumkin!

Why would I want to be all up in this club when I could be all up in my tub with the Pumkin Bubble Bar ($5.95) instead?

It smells amazing! Lush gave it the same scent as their Fig and Leaves soap, which has notes of orange flower and ylang ylang oil.

Lush Pumkin

Bath time…

Truth be told, right now I’m using Pumkin as a decoration in my bathroom. The lovely scent fills the lavatory, and whenever those great big eyes greet me as I walk into my “office” (it’s where I handle my business, yo!), I can’t help but smile. :)

But if you want to, like, use Pumkin in an actual bath, just crumble it into the running water as you fill the tub. The stronger the water pressure, the more bubbles you get!

Lord of Misrule Bath Bomb ($5.95)

Lush Lord of Misrule

The Lush Lord of Misrule Bath Bomb, $5.95

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