You know what would be really nice? I mean, besides a shirtless Alcide Herveaux baking me semi-sweet chocolate chip cookies from scratch in my kitchen.
I know I was going somewhere with that…
Oh, yeah! It would be really nice to have an extra hour every morning just to put on makeup. Then I could blend, pat, and smudge till my heart’s content without having to hurry (or hear El Hub yell from downstairs, “Babe! What are you doing?! We were supposed to leave the house 15 minutes ago!”).
Dare to dream, right?
The reality is usually closer to 10 minutes than an hour, and I have to make every one of those seconds count.
Sonia Kashuk understands. Her new $14.99 Perfecting Translucent Illuminator makes the most of makeup time, so you never have to leave the house without at least a little highlighter.
It’s a warm, peachy golden cream/gel highlighter with a light-reflecting shimmer that creates the look of flawless, fresh skin.
It’s similar to Benefit’s Sun Beam liquid highlighter, which I love, but fluffier, and with finer shimmer.
As much as I love Sun Beam, I think Sonia’s version is a little easier and quicker to use. Because of how quickly the airy formula, which is like a mousse, sinks into my skin, I can highlight with it in half the time with barely any buffing or feathering.
For luminous skin that disguises (almost) every imperfection, I press the pump applicator to dispense a few drops on the back of my hand, and from there load a fluffy eyeshadow blending brush like the MAC 224 with a small amount of product.
Then, I quickly swipe down the bridge of my nose, beneath my brow bones, along the tops of my cheekbones and atop my cupid’s bow, finishing by going over the same areas with a few more soft, buffing swipes (without loading the brush with any more product).
I like the way it works on bare skin, foundation and/or powder. Plus, it lasts all day long and layers like a champ.
The paraben- and fragrance-free formula also contains berry extracts that are supposed to deliver additional long-term skin benefits, smoothing and brightening skin over time.
Only time will tell whether it works…because I haven’t been using it long enough, but I plan to, so I’ll keep you posted.
I do hope Sonia releases a cooler-toned version soon, since this warmer shade won’t work for everyone.
I think it’s great stuff, especially for busy babes, beauty beginners and makeup junkies who want glowing skin without a lot of blending or buffing.
AVAILABILITY: Coming this fall to Target stores
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A (an A+ if it also came in a cool-toned color)
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
P.S. Yeesh, this week has been kicking my butt! I don’t know why, but I feel like I’ve been in a mental fog for days. Everything. I. Try. To. Do. Is. Taking. Forever.
Oh, well. Nothing to do but try to work through it.
I hope you’re having a good week so far. Can I interest you in a grilled cheese and tomato sandwich?