bareMinerals Vanilla Sugar Radiance All-Over Face Color

Sonia Kashuk Chic Luminosity Bronzer/Highlighter Duo, bareMinerals Vanilla Sugar Radiance All-Over Face Color

I was cleaning out my desk drawers and found some old memory cards. I thought they were blank but apparently not. Several of them contained swatches which hopefully I’ll get around to cropping and posting soon.

Today I’d like to share a swatch comparison of the Sonia Kashuk Chic Luminosity Bronzer/Highlighter Duo and the bareMinerals Vanilla Sugar Radiance All-Over Face Color.

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Sonia Kashuk Chic Luminosity Bronzer/Highlighter Duo

Sonia Kashuk Chic Luminosity Bronzer/Highlighter Duo

This is a product I’ve been lusting over for nearly a year: the Sonia Kashuk Chic Luminosity Bronzer/Highlighter Duo.

Sonia Kashuk cosmetics are exclusive to Target and I remember spotting this duo when it first launched last Spring but I didn’t buy it then because I wanted to wait for a sale. Well, my Target store either hasn’t restocked it since last year or else it constantly sells out because I can never find it in store. Finally, I just gave up and decided to place an online order for it through Target’s website.

Sonia Kashuk’s Chic Luminosity line isn’t new. Her Chic Lumonisty Bronzer/Blush Duos and Chic Luminosity Bronzer singles have existed for several years already but the Bronzer/Highlighter Duo ($12.99) was a new addition to the lineup. Now that I’ve tried this duo, I’m kind of curious about the Bronzer/Blush Duos.

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Target Haul

It’s been awhile since I’ve purchased anything from Target but my hair dryer up and died on me recently, so I needed to get a replacement. My old hair dryer was at least 10 years old and I’m not even sure what brand it was because the brand logo rubbed off eons ago.

I decided to go with this particular Remington Ionic Ceramic model which I saw online at because it’s inexpensive ($14.99), the brand itself seems to have a good reputation and I liked the color. It’s extremely basic with three heat settings, two speeds and a cool blast button but honestly that’s even more than I need. I only ever use the highest speed and hottest heat settings on blow dryers anyway, so any extra functions are useless to me. And 90% of the time, I let my hair air dry naturally.

I’ve used the blow dryer 3x already and I might exchange it for a different hair dryer. Rather than buttons that you have to push, if you want a specific speed of heat level you need to slide the switch to the setting you want. The problem I’m having is the slider doesn’t slide smoothly and gets stuck. Maybe it’ll get smoother with use but I think I’ll probably have to trade this hair dryer in for a different model that has buttons or switches that I can click to designated settings.

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2015 Beauty Favorites

These are all of the beauty products that I loved and used consistently throughout 2015. I tried my hardest not to include any recent discoveries from November/December because I thought it was premature categorizing them “Best of 2015” beauty products when I barely got two months’ worth of use from them. Oftentimes there are products that seem to work great during one season and then perform dismally the next. I kind of want to see how some of the newer products I’ve purchased work in the summertime before I declare they’re a “Best of the Year” product.

With the exception of the e.l.f. Smudge Pot and beautyblender PRO, I believe I’ve blogged about everything else before so I’ll link you to those posts.

In no particular order, my 2015 favorites are:

Although highlighter is one of my favorite makeup categories, I didn’t pick a favorite this year. My favorite and most used highlighter was the RMS Living Luminizer but it was dethroned in December by Tata Harper’s Very Illuminating cream highlighter. It’s gorgeous and has worked its way into my everyday makeup routine but I didn’t feel right including it in my annual favorites list so soon. I’ll definitely be including it in my January favorites though. And I didn’t want to include the RMS highlighter as a “Best of…” product since I had already discovered something better.