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Another great thing about these lipsticks is that the color at the end of the packaging matches the color in the tube. There is nothing worse than purchasing lipstick thinking it's one color from the tube and then opening it only to discover that it's completely different. You won't run into that issue with these lipsticks. I love the Pink Punch as a bright "punch" of color. It's absolutely perfect for summer, and very feminine without being another boring version of traditional pink. It's a vibrant enough pink that makes it on-trend without being too neon. 

It gets better as you go.

The best thing about Sonia’s new Satin Luxe Lip Color line is the way they wear. When first applied, they are smooth with a silky glide. They feel light but moisturizing. Within an hour they change and behave more like a stain, but with a satin finish. The colors are incredibly pigmented. For those of us who love applying and reapplying lip colors, good news: it gets better as you go. Because they set and absorb into lips, they provide an amazing base for reapplication. After three hours of wear, apply again for the look of a liner, lip color, and subtle gloss, all from one product.  Read more
The first day I used it, no joke, Ryan told me I looked really good. (He didn't even know I was testing the bronzer for this post!)  It gives just a touch of color without looking like I'm trying to look tan, more like I just got back from a brisk walk in the sunshine! 
I think the product that I have enjoyed the most are the Eye Quads. These are something that I can wear on an everyday basis. They all have a shimmery shadow in them and more of a matte shadow as well. The colors in each quad compliment each other very well and give you the option of building them on top of each other. You can go from day to night with these easily! 
I always walk by the Sonia Kashuk makeup section because she has fashion-forward beauty products. She doesn't do those corny collections that I tend to see with various budget beauty brands. Come on, did you see the Escape to Paradise face palette? It was SO good! And I reach for her eye shadow, powder and slanted liner brushes more than I realized.  
I've been using the bronzer to get a very lightly sunkissed look, like what would happen if I spent a few hours outside gardening on the weekend or something. How I apply bronzer: 1. Start at the temple and apply down to just under your cheekbone in one arc. 2. Apply another arc from under your cheekbone to under your jawline. You’ve made an “E.” 3. Repeat on the other side. 4. Now hit areas the sun hits you the most: the middle of your forehead, down your nose and the chin. I apply to this central area just a little bit lighter than to the E area.

Look. At. That. Gold.

Saved my favorite for last, Sonia Kashuk Nail Colour in Golden Ticket.  Look. At. That. Gold.  I’m a little bummed that the sun wasn’t out in full-force the day I wore this polish, but maybe that’s a good thing: full Southern sunlight might have blown up my camera lens.  These were shot on a sunny but slightly overcast day, and the color still shone like mad.   And I guess maybe what I like about it most is that it’s not really brassy or yellow; it’s a sort of cool-colored gold shimmer that looked fabulous from any angle. 
Since summer is almost here (it's definitely in full swing in Los Angeles) I figured now would be the best time to integrate fun colors on my tips and toes, and Sonia's fashion-forward polishes are just that. For my first time trying the polishes I used the vibrant, coral-orange Tango Mango on my ring fingers and the retro seafoam green Fairy Princess on all of the rest. Like any great nail polish, it was super easy to apply (even for a clumsy nail painter like myself) and the dry time was all of maybe ten minutes. 
During the day I’m always out running around the city for meetings and errands, and sometimes those days lead right into a dinner, happy hour, or nighttime event. Ideally I’d like to be able to stop at home and re-do my makeup, but unfortunately I don’t always get the chance to do that. It’s on those jam-packed days that I need to be able to go right into my purse and pull out a few key makeup items to freshen up my look and get ready for the night ahead.That’s why I was so excited when Target sent me three free Eye Quads from their Sonia Kashuk cosmetics line. 
The first time I applied the Illuminating Bronzer I immediately loved how easily it blended. It looks like a natural summer glow that goes on like airbrushed perfection. The color is multi-reflective, so it looks natural, like I've just been in the sun for a few hours. Another thing I immediately loved was that it didn't feel dry on my skin like most powder bronzers. It hydrated my face and lasted until it was time to take my make-up off that evening. Because the formula is ultra-soft, it further protected my skin against the dryness I battle daily.

One of the stand-outs of her entire range are her eyeshadow quads (of which I have personally purchased seven). Fair and Square is no exception. The mix of satin neutrals with high-powered shimmers makes the product undeniably versatile. Two of the shades are beyond creamy (the taupe brown and peachy/pink). The pink shade is drier and more powdery, and not my favorite texture of the group. The final shade is actually a cream--a full-on shimmer in the best possible way. I find all the shades blend easily and work well together. 
Believe it or not, this is the first time I have ever tried Sonia Kashuk polishes, but it is certainly not my first Sonia Kashuk purchase! I have been obsessed with her brushes and her makeup bags since the line debuted at Target.  So I am very excited to have received three new polishes from Sonia Kashuk’s line to review, which will be available exclusively at Target this summer. First up is Tango Mango, which is perfectly on trend since the Pantone color of the year is Tangerine Tango!  It is a silky formula that applies like a dream.  
Now, I'm not one to typically wear lipstick, but the red/coral lips that everyone is wearing nowadays had me wanting to at least try to pull it off.  I was so pleasantly surprised because I LOVE this lipstick. Billy even said "whoa!" when I put it on (the good kind of "whoa"). The Pink Punch shade is beautiful and perfect for the summertime. Not to mention that it's so soft and smooth it doesn't even feel like I'm wearing lipstick. Huge plus. I'll definitely be wearing this lipstick this summer!
My favorite Sonia Kashuk product that I received was the Eye Quads. I’ve been noticing lately all the shimmering eye shadows that young ladies have been wearing and I’ve been wanting some for myself. It’s like “bling” for the eye! I only own one eye shadow product and it does not contain anything that glitters or shimmers. Now I have three wonderful Eye Quads that are absolutely beautiful..  
So that other new release from Sonia, the one that I can't believe I'm in love with? Her new Satin Luxe Lip Color in Pink Punch! For me, this pink is positively neon. It's no secret I shy away from these kinds of colors, but I'm trying to dip my proverbial toe into the shallow end of the neon trend pool--and this color is perfect. It feels ultra-hydrating on the lips, similar to a high-end Sephora brand. The case itself is pretty stylish. The wear is amazing and the color is wow. It's really bright. Especially on me (considering the peaches I normally fall for).
Sonia Kashuk's Satin Luxe Lip Color formula is luscious and anti-aging, with nourishing ingredients to plump up lips for added firmness. The paraben- and fragrance-free formula contains Brown Seaweed Extract to preserve skin elasticity, Ceramide 2 and Palmitoyl Peptide to visibly reduce the appearance of wrinkles, and SPF 16 to protect lips. They provide complete hydration while delivering a vibrant, totally wearable color. I don't know if you caught all that, but it means this lipstick doesn't just look good, it helps your lips stay looking good.
Other than the incredibly pigmented color, which you can see in the pictures of me above, the best thing about Sonia’s line of lipsticks is the way they wear. When first applied, they are smooth with a silky glide, but within about an hour they change and behave more like a stain, but with a satin finish. After about 3 hours, I reapplied and my lips looked fantastic. 

HELLO gorgeous nails!

Summertime really is the perfect time for trying out fun new colors on your tips and toes! Sonia Kashuk Nail Colour is chip-resistant, and its high-shine finish totally makes it look and feel like it was professionally applied. It also works great with or without a top coat or base coat. I found that out after I applied the first two coats, waited for it to dry, then went on about my day. A few days later I applied a top coat and HELLO gorgeous nails! It immediately looked and felt like a brand new application! Super shiny, too! 
This eyeshadow addict is in love. From the shadow colors to the sleek, white case, the Eye Quads are just plain gorgeous. These shadows are creamy and highly pigmented, and they blend beautifully. Each palette contains four complementary shades to create multiple looks: two neutrals and two party-ready shimmers.

I LOVE this lipstick!

If I'm being totally honest, I really did not have high hopes for the lipstick. I consider myself a lip gloss/tinted balm kind of gal for everyday wear. Lipsticks are just too high maintenance for me with their need for lip liner and precise application that requires a mirror, not to mention that they rub off 5 minutes later and your lips look blotchy and weird. Well, Sonia's tubes o' lips totally made me a believer.

Being Southern I consider blush a necessity like food and water.

I've been wearing the Illuminating Bronzer instead of blush, which is a pretty big deal seeing as I'm really Southern and consider blush a necessity along the lines of things like food and water. It's not orange-y at all either, which is another problem I tend to encounter with bronzing powders. It's like some companies think we all want to look like Snooki.
The nail polish came at a great time for me because it’s in the 90s every day here and sandal season is in full swing. I have been badly in need of a pedicure, but you know how it goes with money and daycare and groceries and purchases of onesies for my soon-to-be nephew. The pedicure kept getting pushed to the back of the necessities list. But with the Sonia Kashuk Nail Colour, the opaque coverage is so thick and shiny that it looks like I had a pedicure in just one coat of polish. Fo’ reals. Plus, it does not chip. At all. 
The Sonia Kashuk Nail Colour is under $5 a bottle, thank you very much! What a fun way to add color to your summer style without breaking the bank.It is the most affordable "3-free" on the market. What the heck is 3-free, you ask? Sonia Kashuk Nail Colour is free of the most common toxic chemicals found in nail polish: Dibutyl Phthalate (BDP), Formaldehyde and Toluene.

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