I always love the first warm day of beach season. The beach comes alive, ripe for people-watching. There are beach bikes, kids playing with brand new sand toys, vibrant beach umbrellas, seasoned and not-so-seasoned surfers. ;) Ryan and I took the girls on a walk along the waves and I commented--more of an observation than a question--"How are people already SO tan?!"I myself am pale-ish for the majority of the year. It's true. I'll admit it. I used to try to get a nice color going, and I can but it takes a lot of sun. The older I get, though, the more I actually protect my skin from the sun. I am seeing the effects of aging from the sun, so I try to minimize unprotected exposure, using sunscreen and broad-brimmed hats.
But that still leaves me with my paleness, right? I am not attempting to get a full-body, deep tan, but I do want to look as though I'm actually alive and breathing. I've tried bronzers in the past with little success. They always leave me looking fake and...a bit odd, so I just assumed they don't work with my skin tone. But when I was sent some Sonia Kashuk Illuminating Bronzer from Target, I thought I'd give it a whirl since that's the brand of eyeshadow I already loyally use (really!).
✪ This isn't a major point, but one I really liked: The case is magnetic! How cool! That was the first thing I noticed--that you don't have to fumble with those tabs/buttons/clicking mechanisms, especially if you've just applied moisturizer. Easy open, easy close.
✪ There is another "secret" compartment where the brush is stored--everything is all together for easy access.
✪ It is a light, smooth formula that is easy to wear. A lot of products I've tried are heavy, and I can tell I'm "wearing" something. They make me sweat or they just feel heavy.
✪ It is inexpensive! Not only is it a fraction of the price of a high-end product, I love that I can just grab it at Target while I'm already doing other shopping and don't have to drag the kids to make a trip exclusively for makeup, which would probably just get skipped.
✪ The best thing: It looks natural. You can build color by applying more, but I hardly need to put any on at all for it to show up (an advantage of fair skin?). Just add it to your nose, forehead, cheeks and chin (where you would normally get sun) and you've instantly had a "day in the sun" in a matter of moments.
The only thing I found that you need to watch for is you can add too much. It doesn't show up on the brush, so use a light hand when applying. But when you've found the perfect amount for your skin tone, you will love the sun-kissed look! (This photo is completely unedited.)
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