Summer Makeup Series III – Soft n Smokey Fuschia

A soft smokey for special days, those who love dramatic looks or summer evening cocktails. The silver smokey eye with a touch of purple plays beautifully with the Fuschia Lip Sheer from the Sonia Kashuk lip sheer collection. I’m back to my versatile Sonia Kashuk Glisten duo (is there anything this blush color can’t be worn with?) blended with the Sonia Kashuk Undetectable Bronzer in Warm Tan. This looks says stunning and glamorous. Again the pop of fuschia on the lips pulls this looks towards a light-hearted cheeriness.

Check out all 3 looks in my Summer Makeup Series. 🙂


sonia kashuk lip sheer fuschia pop portfolio

sonia kashuk lip sheer fuschia pop portfolio paulas choice antioxidant serum

ssonia kashuk lip sheer fuschia pop portfolio paulas choice antioxidant serum

Summer Makeup Series I – Sunset and Melon

Look bright and cheery with this season-appropriate summer look. This first in my Summer Makeup Series really stands out with bright pops of color and the perfect Melon lip sheer from Sonia Kashuk. This palette says summer all the way!

sonia kashuk lip sheer melon paula's choice hydralight nyx stay matte pop beauty pop portfolio sonia kashuk glisten bronzer blush duo




To create:

Paula’s Choice Resist Ultralight Serum and Skin Balancing Hydralight Lotion as base. NYX Stay Matte not Flat foundation lightly all over, concentrating on center of face and blemished areas. NYX Stay Matte also over eyelids. Pop Beauty Pop Portfolio 3 colors as shown, palest as base, medium as center to outside of eye, and pink as outer corner/crease color. Sonia Kashuk Glisten Bronzer Blush Duo and Sonia Kashuk Lip Sheer in melon.

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Monday Morning Makeup Inspiration – Any Occasion Confidence

monday-morning-makeup-inspiration-pop-portfolio-resist-ultralight-serum-paulas-choice-barely-there-sheer-tint-sonia-kashuk-glisten-bronzer-blush-duo and real techniques brushes

Everybody needs a quick go-to makeup look that you throw on during hurried mornings, to get ready for meetings and lunch appointments, job interviews, weekend outings, whatever. I tend to always try to do something new which ends in more stress and time crunches, so this time I relied on color combinations I had used before and that I would know worked. The only new thing I tried was black eyeliner rather than brown, and it was a good trade. I liked the look so decided to share it with you.

Products Used, and these are some of my favorites:
pop portfolio palette from pop beauty ($26), NYX retractable pencil ($4.15), sonia kashuk magical mulberry ultra luxe lip gloss ($8.99), sonia kashuk blush bronzer duo glisten ($10.99?), wet ‘n wild mega length mascara ($3), paula’s choice ultra light antioxidant serum ($22.91 today on sale), paula’s choice barely there sheer tint moisturizer ($12 got it on sale), paula’s choice healthy finish pressed powder ($14.95), rimmel match perfection 2-in-1 concealer ($4.50).

Not bad, huh?

Last but not least, Jon Renau Julia. So that’s not really a product (well it is – but it’s kind of a daily thing), but I’m really excited I’m learning to style this thing and just in time for an important coffee meeting! It’s not perfect, but I’m so much closer to how it originally looked. I can always send it to Patti for a restyle, which I intend to do sometimes but definitely want to be able to style it myself, too. Compliments It’s the Small Things Blog for helping me figure out I only needed to curl the ends! This made a huge difference.

Brushes used:
Real Techniques Expert Face Brush, Real Techniques Powder Brush, Real Techniques Blusher Brush, Real Techniques Kabuki, Real Techniques Shading Brush (eyes), Real Techniques base shadow brush (eyes), Real Techniques Deluxe Crease Brush (for concealing), Real Techniques Pixel Point Brush.

Products used for look:

monday-morning-makeup-inspiration-pop-portfolio-resist-ultralight-serum-paulas-choice-barely-there-sheer-tint-sonia-kashuk-glisten-bronzer-blush-duo and real techniques brushes

Forgot the concealer in this picture – this is a must have for only $4.50!



1. After washing my face with Paula’s Choice Balancing Cleanser, I put Ultra Light Antioxidant Serum all over my skin including under my eyes. It’s a fantastic eye serum.

2. Then I applied Paula’s Choice Barely There Sheer Tint with the Expert Face Brush, not avoiding under my eye area. This means I don’t have to use under eye concealer, a life saver for me since my under eye skin is very thin.

3. Rimmel Match Perfection is a miracle worker of a concealer (see it in action here), and I applied it over all the spots on my forehead, around my nose, and just in the inner corners of my eyes using the Real Techniques Deluxe Crease brush. Pixiwoo taught me the trick of using the deluxe crease brush as a concealer.

4. Then I used the base shadow brush to apply a pale champagne shadow (one of my two favorite colors from Pop Portfolio by Pop) over my lids, only to the crease.

5. Then I used one of my two favorite crease brushes, the shading brush, to fill in just the outer corner with a pretty dark taupish brown color from the same shadow palette.

6. NYX retractable in Black went on the outer 3/4 of my top lid near the lash line, and on the outer 1/3 of my lower lash line.

7. Sonia Kashuk’s Glisten Duo works for any occasion and almost any other colors, and I dusted the blush side across my cheeks with the Real Techniques blusher brush. The Real Techniques Kabuki (open) provides a good shape for applying bronzer on the temples and contour of cheek.

8. Wet N Wild Mega Length Mascara is a fun budget lengthening mascara that doesn’t make up tear up!!

9. Aquaphor lip Repair went on my lips before Sonia Kashuk Ultra Luxe lip gloss coated them with Magical Mulberry.

10. And that’s the finished look inspired by my lunch meeting Wednesday!

Check out 2 minutes video to see makeup 7 hours later!

Stay safe – Frankenstorm is heading our way.

Here is some cheer that came in the mail all to make sure I was well stocked in case I get trapped in my home because of the storm.

Guess what should all come in the mail together? Two swaps and my free Target beauty bag!!! Thank you Target and swappers.

I feel very luxurious having all this lovely stuff all at once.

Praying for safety for all my East Coast friend and family, and everybody else, too. North Carolina (sister), upstate New York (my parents) and here in Pennsylvania where I live.

(Target Beauty Bag Giveaway: Fekkai Glossing Shampoo and Conditioner sample, Clear Scalp and Hair Therapy samples, Jergens lotion samples, L’Oreal EverCreme Shampoo and Cleansing Conditioner [I really wanted to try the cleansing conditioner as a comparison to WEN], pixi beauty flawless beauty primer sample, a very cute little bag and more

Swap items: NARS blush stick in orgasm – really pretty color, deluxe size Dermalogica wash and skin prep scrub, full size Stila Eyeshadow)

Update: I LOVE LOVE LOVE my Nars blush stick. Maybe still love Tarte’s cheek stain a little better, but still LOVE. I added a picture of me wearing it.