Sunday, November 30, 2008

Weekend Inspiration

"The best thing is to look natural, but it takes makeup to look natural." -Calvin Klein

Friday, November 28, 2008

Coated.


I've always loved nail polish. In my younger years, even before I was allowed to wear makeup, I was given the green first on sporting the polish. There were whole summers that I would ride my bike to the nearby drugstore and stock up on nail colors. Then as I got older and wiser (fast forward six months), I got hip to the Hardy Candy polishes with the plastic ring around the handle (omg...did you click on that? The whole line is 75% off right now!). Of course I've mentioned my past and renewed passion for airbrushing, but now I have matured yet again, and have discovered the world of Minx. You've seen it and you probably didn't realize it. Beyonce has been flashing their designs on everything from Oprah to her Single Ladies video (btw, can we talk about how amazing her dance moves are? I tried two and was already gasping for my breath). Eve and Solange (amongst others) have been spotted with their designs all over town.

What is it exactly? Well miladies, it's probably the best thing to ever happen to women's nails--a flexible solid color and/or printed film (I hear the words airbrush design!) which is laid atop le nail, and will have nothing whatsoever to do with a base coat, top coat, smudging, or chipping. Could it be true?! The options are endless, and this means that all of the fun things we do with our hands will never be a reason to have to "touch-up" before leaving the house. And if you thought that was good, they are also very environmentally friendly and don't require any sort of chemicals to apply or remove.

So, now you want them too? Check out their list of salons where a professional Minxer (I don't know if that's a word, but I suppose that's what they'd call them), can apply them for you. If you decide that yours rival Beyonce's and the gang, send me a pic and I promise to post!

Anybody want to have a Minx Party with me? Pleaseeee??

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Gobble Gobble!


I'm taking the day off today, in honor of Thanksgiving. Actually, I have no choice because I need to get back into the kitchen before something boils over or burns. But I did want to wish you all a very happy Thanksgiving, and I hope that you are doing something special to celebrate--even if it means eating Dibs on the couch while watching re-runs of the Real Housewives of Atlanta (was that not crazy???!) Which makes me wonder--what are your plans today?

By the way, be sure to subscribe--if you've found yourself browsing the blog--because I would love to get to know you, AND I'm getting ready for my first giveaway! As always, if there's something you'd like to see featured or reviewed, or a look that you're trying to achieve, you can always drop me a line at sukaandspice@gmail.com. I promise to begin working on the requests I've received thus far. I'm so thankful to all of you readers, and I wish you the bestest turkey day ever!

xo

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

20+ Years of Walking Deserves This...


This one's for the boys and girls--at long last! If there's one thing that makes me want to scream and drop my favorite eyeshadows off of my balcony, it's the fiance and his addiction to As Seen on TV commercials. It started with some insoles that he convinced me were going to realign his calves (or something like that--I mean, what Tongan needs realigned calves?!). He purchased, and of course wears them everyday with a smile on his face and a ministry in his mouth. There are few that he hasn't preached the undeniable need of insoles to. Now, most of the men in the family own a pair.

Time has progressed, and a few years later I have found myself up late at night, wondering how the magic bullet chops so fast and whether Cindy Crawford has fallen on bad times, which is why she has to slang beauty products over late night television. As of late, there's been one thing that's been holding my attention, but I just couldn't get myself to dial the 800-number and pay-as-you-go with a $1 a month layaway plan. The Ped Egg. Unlike the commercials, I wasn't "embarrassed by how my feet looked and felt", but I'm not the sort to wear sandals in the winter--therefore I don't know what to expect once Spring rolls around. But alas, the holidays are upon us, and regardless of how cold it is outside, it's still completely unacceptable to enter your relatives house with shoes on. So I wanted my dogs to look bad (in a good way).

After reading review after review on various websites, I decided to head down to Bed Bath & Beyond with my 20% off coupon (ya, because I'm frugal like that). I just didn't want to pick up the phone and be one of those "stay-at-home moms that break the bank on QVC" types, and I also didn't want to pay full price (*ahem*..I know, $10). This was to prevent myself from full on craziness, if the egg gave me that "I told you so look" after breaking or not living up to the hype.

I headed straight for the bathroom and started looking for any excuse to utilize my purchase. Since I was at my mama's casa, she kept banging on the door to ask how it was working. I guess the ads were getting to her curiosity too. Boy was I wrong. I emerged fully sanded, and felt as though I were walking on new feet again. It was very similar to that of leaving the nail salon, when you feel as though you're about to slip because your soles are so smooth. The difference between using this sort of product and the kind that you find in the nail aisle at the drugstore is that you get a really good grip on the intensity. I've been cut before by these things, and it takes a while to forgive yourself.

Then I called in the fiance and made him show me his palms. Can you believe that this thing double-duties with men on any callouses they may have from working out? I knew he wanted to swing at me, but we play nice since we're gonna be together for the rest of our lives. I promised him that he would thank me the next time he shook a girl's hand and they commented on his soft skin (actually, maybe I shouldn't have used it on him). So for $8, this little contraption will keep your future bright and unhesitant about leaving your shoes at the door. For any of you islanders who have spent your younger years frolicking shoeless because it just "felt better" (myself included), you know this will be money well spent.

Oh, and this is just one more reason I didn't order it over the phone.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Get Goddessed!


I just received news that from now through December 8th, Global Goddess will be offering a 40% discount site-wide! This is the perfect time to pick up your very own South Pacific Shimmer, because you know as well as I do that this cold weather isn't doing a thing for your skin color. Shalini Vadhera has been extra sweet to Suka & Spice by featuring us on her very own blog. Eeek! The excitement of it all!

What will I be purchasing? Well of course a little bit of Nefertiti liner, and an eyeshadow quad in Mombasa. If you don't have her book, Passport to Beauty, this is a great time to pick it up. It's packed with amazing beauty recipes and skincare tips from women around the world. Usually I'm iffy on these sorts of things, but this one is truly worth it's weight. When I first heard about it, I had picked up a copy from the library--I later realized I had to buy it when I couldn't stop renewing it, and was anxiously trying to copy down each recipe. More on that later!

Happy early holiday shopping!

PS. The discount code is: THANKS

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Weekend Inspiration

"And queenly is the state she keeps, in beauty's lofty trust secure." -William Allen Butler

Friday, November 21, 2008

Here Kitty Kitty!


I almost fell off my chair today when I read that Hello Kitty will be teaming up with MAC cosmetics to create a special edition collection. To be found at the counter on February 12, 2009--but also online, two days prior. Long ago are the days when I used to use all of my spending money on a Pekkle drawstring pouch, or Pocchaco erasers. I had accrued so many Sanrio points, that it was almost embarrassing to compare who got free gifts (by trading in our points) each day in class. We were to Sanrio, what the rest of the kids were to Pogs. I mean, it was like, senior year or something. I guess i'll never fully be embarrassed of my Sanrio fix, because I still make waffles in my Hello Kitty iron, and I sure will be the first in line on February 12th.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Our Secret Luxury...


Everybody's using it. They're incorporating it into everything from hair products to chapstick. To many in the Western world, it's a new phenomenon--a sort of exotic extract that can boost the price of products, and make those using it, feel as though they're riding the upper eschelon of spa society.

But Tahitian mamas have been using this stuff for centuries--and their Polynesian counterparts each have their own version of this age-old liquid--Monoi de Tahiti Oil. The oil is traditionally made by soaking handfuls upon handfuls of tiare flowers (Tahitian gardenias) in coconut oil for days at a time--we're talking at least fifteen days minimum. This allows for the scent and active properties to release, and create an oil that is nearly magic in taming and moisturizing hair, minimizing scarring, and even using as a facial moisturizer (lightly. *ahem*). Other uses have been for the relief of sore muscles, and protection against wind-chapping.

Well, them Islanders aint no fools, because this week in Papeete, crowds of over 6,000 gathered for a four day get together, to celebrate the goodness that is monoi. During this time, Polynesians celebrated what has been known to them for so long, while the rest of the world is just beginning to discover the truth.

I pick up my stash each time I'm in New Zealand. Sometimes I can grab it in Hawai'i, but I always have to be careful, as it can tend to be overpriced and sketchy as to the source. Purchasing it online is usually cheaper than finding it in a novelty store, but if you're still a little hesitant to try it in it's pure form, don't fret--everyone has jumped on the bandwagon. Opt for a product where it's incorporated into the formula--such as, a body glow, a moisture melt, or a facial moisturizer. Me, I like the real thing. But if you wanna tread just barely on the edge, be my guest.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

She Does It Again...

Too tired to post tonight. I need to finish getting over my cold. But have you all seen this? I think I'm liking her spin on this timeless classic, but I'm still not sure what she's really getting at? What do you think? And did you see that ring?!?!



Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Don't Miss It!

My sister just informed me that this Thursday (11/20), Oprah will be having her annual Beauty Around the World special. I'm so excited, because if it's at all similar to last year's Women Around the World episode, we're all in for a treat. Last year, women from across the globe were given the opportunity to voice their traditions, beauty regimens, and secrets to being the stunning females that they are! I believe at that point, I decided I wanted to move to Kuwait (I guess you had to see it). Apparently, this year they're going to talk about where it is in the world that cellulite is considered beautiful. Regardless of where it is, I'm booking a plane ticket the second she informs me. Tune in!

Line 'er Up


As promised, I will continue to go through some of this week's new additions to the stash. I began with the NYX eye pencils, and now want to discuss something else that I think is a marvelous idea. I post/discuss a lot concerning brushes. I love love love good brushes. I like them to feel like silk on my skin, and to distribute color as though you can hardly tell where it begins and ends. What I don't want, are brushes that shed, are stiff, or resemble the feeling of sandpaper to skin. Because of this, I probably drop a little more money on them, than most people feel is necessary on attaining the perfect arsenal (However, in my defense, I take very good care of them, and they will probably last me until I am old and sitting in a nursing home somewhere petting them, because none of my children visit me, and I talk to myself...). But, as I live and breathe, and attest to my equal opportunity mentality towards beauty products in general, I confess that I have found a few supplementary brushes in less than kosher places.

One of the brushes that I use most often, is my MAC 266 angle brush for brows and liner. I'm talking, every day sort of usage. I'm not sure that there's ever a day that I apply my makeup where I don't work my brows...add to that some lid lining, and you've made for another reason to wash your brush during your routine (also read: annoying). For this reason, I'm always on the lookout for great liner brushes so I don't have to switch back and forth--and I found one. At the art store. Yup, you read right. I was badgering my artist cousin about the paintbrushes he uses to create his hand painted t-shirts, and decided to leave him alone and just check it out for myself. What did I find? A Loew-Cornell Mixtique 1/8 angle brush that is comprised of goat hair, red sable, and Golden Taklon fiber. The blend translates as being super soft, and the width is exactly half the width of my 'ol standby, MAC 266. You can grab one that is twice the size in width, to perfectly mimic some of the more common makeup brush sizes, but I wanted something very thin to vary my collection. I've test run it on a gel-liner, shadow liner, pot liner, and my trusty brow shadow and it has succeeded with flying colors. Here's the catch though: it was only $2.50. Yup! Find an art store.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Pop, Pry, and Stack 'Em Up...


This is just a housekeeping note, but I've recently been making a concerted effort to consolidate all of my individual eyeshadows (from various brands), into sleek palettes. I've been searching desperately for a Stila palette that will accommodate the six new shadows (actually twelve shades, if you count the fact that they are duos) that I got for a great deal at Costco. It's an unbelievable deal, given that one pan will typically run you about $20. Instead, the whole set of six was $17! They're still in stock at most locations, so run, don't walk.

Anyhow, since they come naked (or without a case), I began looking for a Stila-sized palette to stash them in. That's when I came across this resource of de-potting and panning. If you've ever wondered what will or won't fit in say, a MAC 15-pan magnetic palette, and just weren't sure, you will have all of your questions answered. Additionally, the author gives tips on how to bake and pry your shadows out of their original settings, for extra ease. For anyone that travels, assists others with their makeup needs, or shares a bathroom with someone who doesn't understand the importance of your goods, I recommend doing this to lower the breakability factor of your precious cargo.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

It's About Time!


I was so excited to find that Marilyn Agency--a very reputable and outstanding modeling agency (with offices in Paris and New York), made a special visit to Tahiti, to scout new talent. Watch the full story, and let your jaw drop at the very idea of model scouting in the South Pacific. I know I am still happily in awe. This should be just a small sign to the fashion world, of the beauty hidden in the Pacific. Hinarani was the winner of their competition, and is still on Paris' active roster. I will be watching for her from this point forward. Oh, what was that? You wanted to watch her in all her fabulous glory...but in French? Well here you are:


Saturday, November 15, 2008

Weekend Inspiration

"Beauty is indeed a good gift of God; but that the good may not think it is a great good, God dispenses it even to the wicked." -Saint Augustine

GTL - Maryjane McKibbin-Schwenke


You probably know her best as Princess from Sione's Wedding, but did you know that this talented radio dj, mother, and Pacific Xpressions co-owner (her and the hubby started the Polynesian dance company), was also the reigning Miss South Pacific 1998? It's no surprise, that as Sione's Wedding was her first movie, her mother was quite bothered by her role as the "fast girl" who was out to get with all of the boys--so much so, that she didn't speak to her for two weeks! See? It's not just your mom, it's all of our mom's! She later redeemed herself, when the movie became a hit, everywhere in New Zealand and beyond.

So now you want to get her signature look from the big screen? Follow as directed:

What you'll need:
Face: Prep your skin with moisturizer and eye cream, and let sit for a few minutes. You want to insure that you don't streak your base. I don't prefer a lot of foundation or heavy makeup, but do what is best for your skin. Cover up what needs to be fixed with concealer, and if you need a little extra mattification, dust a translucent powder over your entire canvas.

Eyes: Dip a angled liner brush into the left side of your Anastasia pot. This will ensure that you get a lighter shade to work with, and you won't have to go back and "erase" with makeup remover. The key here, is to follow the natural arch of your brow, and to use light strokes when filling in and creating shape. If your brows are darker, delve into the right side of the pot. Just be careful. Never ever extend your brow for inches beyond the natural hair growth. People will be secretly laughing at you.

After ensuring that you have a dry lid (you can do this by dabbing on a primer, paint, or a very neutral skin toned shadow), line your upper lid with Shu Uemura's matte Brown Drawing Pencil. A thin to medium line will do--this is a time where you won't want to thicken the line.

A quick swipe (or two, or three..) of your favorite mascara (after curling, of course) will finish off the eyes. I--as always--recommend Dior's Diorshow, but if you have a favorite, you can use that too.

Cheeks/Highlight: With a powder brush (I like Stila's #8 Powder Brush), take the Stila Sun bronzer and pat the excess off on your wrist (more on this in a later post). Proceed to brush on your face starting near the temple, and continuing downard in a backward 3. This means that the middle of the 3 will be near your mid-cheek, and the bottom of the 3 hook will be near the bottom side of your lip. Also dust a little bronzer on your nose, forehead and chin. Be careful to only dust where the sun would naturally hit you...meaning, the mid-forehead, middle of the nose, and middle of the chin.

Next, use a blush brush (I use MAC's 129 brush) , to sweep the Celebrity Pink onto the apples of the cheek. Start with just a little bit, and then decide if you'd like to layer on a little more color. It's easier to prevent accidents this way, which would demand that you completely wash your face and begin again.

After, use a fan brush (such as Smashbox's Fan Brush #22) to lightly grab some of the Soft Lights in Shimmer powder, and brush with strokes of the wrist just above the cheekbone, and up through the temple. You can also lightly brush the same shimmer very thinly down the center of the nose, to create an illusory reflection.

Lips: Ensure that your lips are moisturized. If not, dab a little bit of aquaphor or whatever you may have over the tops. Line lips (and pleaseeeeee stay with the natural lipline. No craziness here.) with Prestige's Sheer Gloss Liner in Calla. I like using these gloss liners, because they don't end up caking, and are perfect under anything glossy or shiny. Create a little definition, but definitely do not overload on the borders. Fill in (I like to use a lip brush, but if you prefer to just swipe straight from the stick, be my guest) lips with Maybelline's Moisture Extreme Lipstick in Raspberry Rush. If needed, you can apply a little extra clear gloss on top.

...and we are done! Maryjane sports a very healthy and dewy look, so keeping it natural is best. There's no need for intricate eye shadows or contouring. All you need is this and a healthy smile, and you're set!

Friday, November 14, 2008

Too Bad.

I really liked Anand Jon. I tried to follow all of his new lines...but this is just gross. Why do people with so much talent, have to go and spoil it with their weirdness?

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Such Intricacy!


Bronzer is one of my favorite products...ever. Point blank, period. It doesn't matter that I'm already brown--a girl always needs a little something to help her contour, liven, and wake up her face. I have many that I enjoy playing with, but I never expected to find called South Pacific Shimmer. I've reviewed Shalini Vadhera's products before, and I like what she does. She is always successful at creating a product which draws from the beauty secrets of women all over the world. But have you ever seen a powder so detailed and beautiful? Not only that, but the new-to-bronzers ingredient, aloe vera, is part of the recipe! I want to be able to flip open my compact and have "South Pacific" featured on the outside in gold! Free shipping is offered for orders of $75 or more, so if you need any suggestions on how to bulk up your shipment, just let me know ;)

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

I Forgot to Celebrate on Here...


But he didn't ;)


So proud of our little thinker/stinker!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Stick Em Up...


I've sort of stumbled into an area of no return, lately. I go in and out of buying huge hauls of makeup--but after watching about 1000 YouTube rundowns of items that makeup gurus were buying, I felt as though I had to get to my nearest store and buy whatever I could get my hands on. I didn't go that crazy...but I might as well have. The next few posts will probably shed some light on my latest must-haves, that I now do have.

As for this first one, I never ever in a million years thought that I would let myself stoop to this. NYX Cosmetics, is a very affordable line of makeup that you tend to find at small clothing boutiques in outlet malls. I suppose this is what kept me from even touching it for all of these years. However, I had recently discovered the many girls who've been raving about one particular item. Their Jumbo Eye Pencils are very similar to MAC's Shadesticks (I think that was what they were called), in that they are fatty pencils used like an eyeshadow. But--and I almost can't believe I'm typing this--they are SO much better than their MAC counterparts. This is why:

They are cheaper ($3.50).
They are smoother.
They deliver better color.

Can you believe it? The thought of coloring over my whole lid with a pencil makes me want to cringe. The majority of eye pencils are very sharp, and tend to require some warming up between the hands, in order to prevent them from poking through your tissue paper-like lids. But not these. And for this rock bottom price? You know I had to pick it up in Cottage Cheese (great as a brow highlighter), Yogurt (been wearing it for the last three days straight!), and Iced Mocha. And I'm not done. I'm gonna just go ahead and call it a day, and get the rest of the collection. Next up? Pots and Pans, and Lemon. In no way are the colors represented fairly on the website. So if you'd like to pick them up for yourself, check out your nearest Ulta or search their site for a store near you. You know you want one.

Saturday, November 08, 2008

Weekend Inspiration

"Time may be a great healer, but it's a lousy beautician." -Unknown

Friday, November 07, 2008

New Little Obsession

Much to the dismay of the other half, I have found myself unusually preoccupied with YouTube demos on makeup application. I--the one who surfs the internet more than all mankind combined--was shocked to view such interesting girls explore their artistry for the world to view. I thought I would leave you with this sweet treat, as we fall into the weekend. I give you, the "Tropical Look":




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