Smile, You’re Glowing with Philosophy Lit From Within Cream Blush

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Yes, my Fangtasia Barrinos, even though I lurves me a super bright blush (hello, NARS Mounia), there are times when I need prefer a more natural cheek look.


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That’s why I’m fawning over Philosophy Lit From Within cream blush in Bare Your Soul ($23).

With just the faintest touch of shimmer, it’s like a smile on my cheeks. πŸ™‚

Not only does it apply and blend like a dream (I use my fingers), it stays put for hours, too, on either bare skin or atop foundation.

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And the color? Perfect! Like pinched cheeks, and probably one of the most natural-looking blush colors I’ve seen in a really long time.

Bare Your Soul joins two other creatively named shades in the Lit From Within line of cream blushes — Feel Warm All Over (a shimmery coral) and Look on the Bright Side (a sheer pink).

They’re part of Philosophy’s new Supernatural line of natural makeup in sheer colors for face, cheeks, eyes and lips. All are free of parabens, phthalates (plasticizers used in everything from childrenÒ€ℒs toys to eyeshadows and nail polish), mineral oil, talc, sulfates, propylene glycol and fragrance.

I’ll use it for low-maintenance looks or whenever I don’t want my cheeks to compete with any bright pops o’ color on my lips or eyes. Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: A+

Home sweet home


It looks like Tabs will be moving soon. πŸ™‚ Yup, we picked up keys to the condo a little while ago and will be moving toward the end of this month.

We met one of his new neighbors, a Siamese kitteh, and noted all of the broken stuff that needs to be fixed.

Although there’s still plenty of work to do, it feels like the hardest part is finally over.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



P.S. New York Fashion Week is still in full swing! Did ya catch the graphic black and white eye NARS did for the Marc Jacobs show?



I guess now I know what to do with that pan of white eyeshadow. πŸ™‚


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  1. Rae says:

    Ahh!! What exciting news πŸ™‚ I hope the move goes well when it happens!

    (Oh, and that blush looks great too =P I feel a Sephora trip coming on!!)
    .-= Rae’s last blog post… Stay matte — honestly. =-.

  2. pinksoysauce says:

    Congrats on the condo, Karen!

    I was wondering if you could tell me the pros and cons of liquid eyeliner vs. pencil liners? When should you use each?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Pinksoysauce,

      Both are great — it just depends on what you want and how steady your hand is.

      I like liquid for very crisp lines and long-wearing color. I find most liquid liners very challening, but Lorac has a new pen that’s super easy to use called Front of the Line Pro. If you’ve ever had trubs with cat eye looks this is the answer!

      Pencils are good for lining the waterline, layering beneath shadows and for smudgier looks (like smokey eyes). A few I like: Cargo Plant Love, Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Pencils and the MAC Technakohls. Hope this helps… hit me up if you have any more questions!

  3. Karen says:

    Hi Rae,

    Thanks! I keep hoping that all the crap I’ve piled into this little apartment over the last eight years might magically teleport to the new place… maybe I’ve been watching too much Sci-Fi (aka SyFy).

    Anyhoo, you won’t be disappointed by this blush, as it’s fab. I think the other two colors are gonna find a home in my makeup kit very soon. πŸ™‚

    How’s your Tuesday going otherwise?

  4. Diana Kim says:

    I am loving the color of the blush! Super pretty πŸ™‚

  5. Marce says:

    That blush looks super pretty on you! I like the sound of the other two colours, aswell. And that makeup look? Fierce! Very cool, I love what NARS has been doing since he’s back!
    Congratulations on the new house, yay! I hope everything goes well…there’s nothing better than ones’ own humble abode, no?
    .-= Marce’s last blog post… Maybelline Expertwear Eyeshadow – Review =-.

  6. jessica says:

    congrats on the new place! =))

  7. Kelly says:

    Congrats on the condo welcome to homeownership! πŸ˜€

    • Karen says:

      Hi Kelly,

      Did you know that a ton of HGTV shows are filmed here in the Bay Area? I wish they’d stop by and redo all the bathroom, which is a time capsule to the 70s.

  8. Nancy says:

    How very exciting! There’s nothing fun about moving, but the end result is SO worth it! Congrats, Karen (and Tabs and El Hub too! LOL)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Nancy,

      Do you have any moving tips for me? The last time I moved was eight years ago (previous to that I moved nine times!!).

      Hope you’re having a nice Tuesday!

  9. Hafsa says:

    Congrats on the move! I’m assuming that’s the reason for all the carpet flooring trips? πŸ™‚

    You know what the Marc Jacobs eye makeup reminds me of? What Lady Gaga wore to the VMAs, she had a similar (if not more intense) version. And she was at the show, so maybe it was done purposefully?
    .-= Hafsa’s last blog post… Another Dawn: Night to Day Gradient =-.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Hafsa,

      Yeah… still dunno what to do with that, but hopefully it’ll get sorted out after a trip to Home Depot tonight.

      This eye is crazy! I have no idea where one would wear it — but I still dig it. πŸ™‚

  10. amy says:

    That blush is a gorgeous colour. I actualy prefer creme and gel blushes over powder because I like the see through colour and the dewiness it creates. Congratulations on your new place! Can’t wait to see pictures of it fully furnished and decorated.
    .-= amy’s last blog post… FOTD MAC Starflash Smoke & Diamonds and The Balm Shady Lady Sexy Stacey Shadows =-.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Amy,

      I am an equal opportunity blush lover, but have a special place in my heart for creams. πŸ™‚ Have you tried the Tarte Gel Blushes? Those are great for see-thru color!

  11. shontay says:

    Congrats karen! It must be hella exciting. I dream of having my own place one day, so I’m getting on my grind. Wow, I feel like I haven’t posted here in forever. LOL

    • Karen says:

      Hi Shontay,

      I feel like it’s been a minute since we’ve chatted. Are you back to work or still on vacay?

      It’s exciting to finally find a place to settle down in but very scary at the same time. I’m starting to really feel like a full-fledged adult, yikes!

  12. Toni says:

    Love the blush color! I like a more natural look on my cheeks and this might fit the bill. Have to look at the budget though – starting one this month.

    Congrats on the condo and good luck with the move! I try to avoid being around for a move. I make my husband do it and he’s fine with it since I am not a nice person when I have to pack up stuff and physically try to put furniture in a U-Haul!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Toni,

      LOL, I don’t trust El Hub with my makeup. It’s all going to be hand carried up and down three flights of stairs!

      But back to the blush. This one is a little on the pricey side, but you get a decent amount. The pan fills up my palm, which is a decent size. Plus, you could easily wear it every day since the color is so natural. πŸ™‚

  13. Patti says:

    Cool! I have been looking for a blush that is that barely there/but gives you a dewy glow. I also find cream blushes easy to apply I will be definitely checking this out!

  14. Nancy says:

    9 times total with moving?!? You’re a pro then! LOL You don’t need any tips from me then, I’ve only done it four. My friendly advice, remember to just breathe, and don’t get too caught up in the overwhelmingness of it. One step at a time, and we certainly won’t judge you if you still have boxes to unpack a year from now! πŸ™‚ Maybe you can enlist the help of your local friends and family to help with the move (more bodies, the fast the haul), or maybe make some meals for you the first few days…

    • Karen says:

      Hi Nancy,

      These are all great tips — especially remembering to take a second to breathe and refocus! Gotta remember that it’ll all get done eventually. πŸ™‚

  15. Elle says:

    Congrats, Karen!!!

  16. AndreaMarie says:

    Yay!!!!! So glad the condo worked out for you, hubby, and Tabs.

  17. Toni says:


    LOL! I agree about the makeup! I did manage to get my makeup and hair stuff packed up, along with my purses. Everything else, I put off until hubby decided to take the bull by the horns and pack for our move last year. I figured I had enough to do by keeping the kids out of the way!

    Thanks for the information about the blush. I will definitely check it out next time I visit Nordstrom or Sephora. Thanks for sharing all of these products and tips with us.

  18. oh, i love the fashion looks… the blush looks super natural and very sweet! i like the color alot on u!
    .-= Blovet Beauty’s last blog post… JAPAN September Γ’β‚¬Λœ09 Part 1* Men* & AWARDS =-.

  19. shontay says:


    It’s awesome that you feel like a grown up now. That’s what I’m striving for now.

    I’m back to work now. It’s getting crazy already for the fall.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Shontay,

      It’s a weird feeling… a little scary, but still good. πŸ™‚ You’ll get there soon.

      I can imagine fall is a crazy season for you guys! Anything exciting on the fashion front that we should keep on the look out for?

  20. Catherine says:

    Oh wow, congratulations!! πŸ˜€
    .-= Catherine’s last blog post… What’s in My Bag? Makeup Bag =-.

  21. Kelly says:

    I did actually know that! My cousin and his wife were filmed on that show Curb Appeal! They live in San Leandro and re-did their whole front yard and front of their house a couple years ago. So cool!
    .-= Kelly’s last blog post… Guppy Nail Polish =-.

  22. Steph B says:

    I see many happy romps up and down those stairs for Tabs! Congratulations. I’m a frequent mover and my advice is to number your boxes, label them by room, and keep a list of contents. This way you can park them in the right place and open the important stuff first. The less important stuff can wait out of the way.

    That blush is lovely. I’ve never quite gotten the hang of blush but this looks like a no-fail choice. I’ll have to check it out.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Steph B,

      That’s great advice. A list of contents… check!

      Oh, and this is probably one of the easiest cream blushes I’ve ever used. It’s super easy to apply and blend, and its sheerness makes it practically fool proof. Hope ya give it a go!

  23. Vanessa H says:

    Congrats on your new place! I hope it’s full of blessings and happiness!

  24. Mel says:

    Congrats on the new condo Karen! Hope Tabs gets along with his new siamese friend πŸ™‚

  25. TerriB says:

    CONGRATS on the place, Karen and cat and husband (in that order? ;] ). There is a website I’ve been checking out lately called unclutterer that has helped our family get rid of lots of stuff before our move coming in November. No, there will be no beauty item purging, but there are some great tips on simplifying for a better life, etc.

    Looks like a beautiful way to enter home each day–nice photo!

    • Karen says:

      Hi TerriB,

      I love that website. I’ll definitely have to look to it for inspiration before we move! Are there any particular posts on that site you found helpful?

      Hope you had a nice Tuesday. Did anything exciting happen on your end?

  26. lovescupcakes says:

    yes! im soo happy for you i know you were stressing hun =) but now its all going to be ok

  27. iceempress says:

    loving that natural look. i do love my naturals. i use MAC’s Buff to bring life too my face.

    yay for your new home! for good fortune, the first thing we brought over when we moved was rice and salt. its a filipino thing. i know! the hardest part is moving. whew!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Iceempress,

      Oh yah, gotta remember to do that! πŸ™‚ I haven’t moved anything in yet, so I’ll be bringing both salt and rice over when I pop over there today.

      How long have you been living in your place? Was the move easy?

  28. Kate & Zena says:

    Congratulations on getting the house! I’m sure you did a few happy dances.

    I’m sure Tabs will adjust to his new quarters. If he’s anything like Zena though, you might want to prepare for a Hunger Strike. Zena went on a Hunger Strike for the first three weeks she lived with us. She ate food all right….but only if it was in your hand. It was so frustrating!! I about died trying to a combo that worked.

    My seven month mission to trim the excess weight off Zena is finally complete! She went from 38 pounds to a svelte 31 pounds. :mad scientist cackling: Success at last!!! She is much happier thinner.

    Now, keeping that weight off is the real challenge.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Kate & Zena,

      Thanks! I went to Home Depot last night and finally picked out some paint. I’m gonna go with a very subtle neutral for the walls. While I love color, I figure I can inject it via textiles and accessories. I’ve been watching a LOT of HGTV, and even though I’m still pretty clueless I have a better idea of what I want. My ultimate plan is for the colors to mimic the colors of the beach — not necessarily a beach-theme, but natural beachy colors like tan, green, blue and grays. I saw this picture of a beach on Kelly (Vampy Varnish’s) site and just knew that this color palette was IT. Also, I think my style is West Elm with a little touch of Pottery Barn. LOL, sorry for rambling on so… I know you are into design stuff!

      Hope you and Zena are having a good Wednesday. Give her a pet for me. Tabs sends you a kitty hug…

  29. Marisol says:

    Congratulations! You will love my hometown. =)

    Are you going to Macy’s Passport this week?
    .-= Marisol’s last blog post… SoCal Visit =-.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Marisol,

      I can’t wait to check out all of your recommendations. I’m gonna have a great time exploring!

      Yup, I’m headed to Passport. Will you be there?

  30. Anna says:

    Hi Karen,

    Congrats on the condo, the hard bit is definately over, and the packing begins !!!

    Lovin the creme blush on you, super cute and fresh !

    • Karen says:

      Hi Anna,

      Yikes, I don’t even want to think about carrying boxes up and down three flights of stairs, LOL!

      How are ya? Hope your Wednesday is going swimmingly!

  31. Shiny says:

    Mazel Tov Karen!!!
    Wishing you, El Hubs & Tabs lots of happiness in your new home!

  32. gio says:

    Congrats on the condo! I hope the move goes well.

    The blush looks so pretty!
    .-= gio’s last blog post… Looks: a natural splash of green =-.

  33. Marina says:

    The new house looks so nice! Congrats, Karen!:)
    Love the garden outside.
    .-= Marina’s last blog post… Create Bright Coral Lips with Inglot Lipstick. Review and Swatches =-.

  34. Eru says:

    Congrats on the moving! I’m moving the 30th too…It still feels like is someone else and not me who’s moving to another country, LoL! πŸ˜€
    Love the blush, reminds me to one I used to have by MAC. Cute!
    .-= Eru’s last blog post… Lancome Hydra Zen Neurocalm Tinted Moisturizer =-.

  35. Toni says:

    Karen, we moved about 25 miles NE from our old home to our new home. We moved so that we could be closer to my daughter’s school, but we’re homeschooling her now. The house we’re in now is larger, which is good since hubby works from home when he’s not travelling and it gives everyone a space of their own. My husband was great about packing up our stuff, because I hate going through things and trying to decide what to keep and what to get rid of!

    Good luck with the move!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Toni,

      That’s a pretty substantial move. I bet it feels great to be in a bigger space — it’s nice to have room to do your own thing!

      I was thinking today that I gotta start sorting through stuff to see what I can donate to Goodwill. It’s amazing how much one can cram into a one bedroom apartment in the course of eight years, yikes!

  36. bisbee says:

    Congratulations to you and El Hub!

    We want more pictures!

  37. Stef says:

    Yay on the house Karen! You have a very pretty view out of your front door.
    .-= Stef’s last blog post… Bobbi Brown Ivy League Collection Γ’β‚¬β€œ review =-.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Stef,

      I feel very relieved. Now I just gotta find a way to get everything done before the first of next month. If only there was such a thing as magical moving elves!

  38. Tavia says:

    I love your photo Karen, it’s a good example of how this blush is glowing. I think it’s also very natural and can be used in a natural day makeup. I hope you get to post more photos of you new home.
    .-= Tavia’s last blog post… Review Γ’β‚¬β€œ La Prairie Age Management Eye Repair =-.

  39. Amy S says:

    Congrats homeowner!

  40. Wow, congrats on the house, Karen! What a wonderful turn of events. πŸ™‚

    .-= All Women Stalker’s last blog post… 7 Most Amazing Dresses from Ò€¦ =-.

  41. Shiny says:

    Coping! A little skeeved out by the roach and mouse in my room but otherwise ok..

  42. T says:

    I like the blush on you!

    Congratulations on the new move. I’m glad Tabs was able to meet his new neighbors. I foresee some playdates for Tabs in the near future. Maybe they’ll be featured on the blog? lol

  43. Solé says:

    Congrats on your new home, Karen! You must be elated! πŸ™‚

  44. Daya says:

    Congrats on your new home! My style is the same- West Elm, and some Crate Barrel. I hope Tabs loves his new home!

  45. Kate & Zena says:


    I saw that picture too and thought of you. Doing neutral walls (whether they be blues, khakis or what not) definitely allow you to play with trends or bright pops of color like coral.

    When I get some time (like after I finish my essay), I’ll do a blog post on my OnSugar blog for you for some products inspired from the photo. I was thinking about doing that and completely forgot in the Land of Schooldom. πŸ™‚

    Zena sends a big roll over (her new trick) for you and a curious head tilt and sniff for Tabs.

  46. Raha says:

    congratulations on your new house

  47. Amanda says:

    Congrats on the new place Karen! that’s so exciting, Tabs will love it. πŸ™‚

    • Karen says:

      Hi Amanda,

      Good to hear from you! πŸ™‚

      I really hope that he doesn’t get too depressed about being inside. He’s always been a wanderer, so it’ll be a big change for him.

      How have you been?

  48. Stephie says:

    WAH! Super congrats on the condo Karen! I wish you all the best of luck as you settle in and get everything fixed up. You deserve all these blessings coming your way.

    Marc Jacobs always has some swinging makeup for Fashion Week. I would love to see a post where you rock some of the more interesting eye looks we’ve been seeing on the runway!
    .-= Stephie’s last blog post… My Lips like Buttah! =-.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Stephie,

      πŸ™‚ Awww, a big hug from both me and Tabs back to ya!

      I think I’m gonna try my hand at this one… I have a feeling it’s gonna be disastrous, but hey, at least it washes off.

      How’s your week going? Did you make it to Statistics today?

      BTW, I saw some new Coach bags for fall and thought of you!

  49. Alexandra says:

    Congrats Karen on the new place.Hope you are all very happy there πŸ™‚ My advice is to have a big sort out. My son chucked loads of stuff out when we moved here.Obviously pack the stuff you dont use so often first. And if you can get some boxes to the new place before moving day. Its less to stress out about. I moved in june,and i still have boxes left to unpack lol. Good luck πŸ™‚

  50. Marisol says:

    I am not sure if I am going or not. I waiting to hear back form a friend to see if she is coming with me or not.

    I wonder if Gavin will be there this year. What a dream boat! =)
    .-= Marisol’s last blog post… SoCal Visit =-.

  51. Alexandra says:

    Thanks Karen :). We love it here,its so quiet. And much safer for my cat Gannet. In fact im on the look out for a kitten,just hope Gannet accepts him or her.

  52. Trude says:

    Congrats on the new place! I’m sure Tabs will love attacking your feet from under the staircase. πŸ™‚

    I can’t get over that Chanel Iman seems to be in every press shot from every spring show! That girl must never sleep!
    .-= Trude’s last blog post… Anatomy of a Purse, Parte Dos =-.

  53. Apple Diva says:

    Congrats on the new place. Don’t be afraid of color on the walls…it will make you happy!! I hope you have a room for your nephew. πŸ˜€
    .-= Apple Diva’s last blog post… Do You Know What Today Is? =-.

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