Thursday, November 18, 2010

Maluhia Designs


I know that many of you are fans of Etsy, as am I. Therefore, you can imagine my excitement each year when our city hosts many of our talented local Etsy crafters in what is known as EtsyRain.

This year was my second year of attendance, and I was pleased to come across a booth by the name of Maluhia. Right away, the name attracted me (as it is a very Polynesian name), so of course I was interested in what she was offering.

Maluhia creates a variety of pouches, bibs, cosmetic bags and glasses cases for children (and adults alike). The fabrics she uses are from Japan, and are very kawaii. I've searched for fabrics similar to these, and they are not easy to find in your neighborhood fabric store.

She manned her own booth, and was very sweet. You can tell when meeting her, that she puts a lot of heart into her designs.

I picked out a couple of bibs that will be great to throw into a Christmas present. These two are for 7 month old twins--a boy and a girl.


Of course, I couldn't resist the glasses case with the little deer on them. I've worn glasses since the age of 6--and no matter how many cases I have, they always get lost. I'm hoping this isn't the story with this guy.

I hope to run across her again at another event we have coming up--Urban Craft Uprising. This is a larger event that pulls together so much creativity, it can be a bit overwhelming!

Do you think these would bring a smile to the faces of any kids (or big kids) in your life? Are there any other Etsy fanatics out there?

Speaking of cute, how cute are these little Pa nail polishes from Japan?

Friday, November 12, 2010

Hard Candy Beetle...You Like? - CLOSED

Congratulations Saimese! You are the winner of this giveaway...
you have been emailed ;)


While recently browsing the new Hard Candy offerings, I came across a polish that looked vaguely familiar. No, I hadn't seen the specific bottle before--but I felt like I had something like it.


why hello there!

Hard Candy's Beetle looks nearly identical to Orly's Space Cadet, and MAC's Mean and Green. Thing is, it's much cuter with the little ring that comes attached to the brush handle (if only they were still jelly-ish like back in the day) and the other two are impossible to find on shelves. Of course I don't need another one of these multi-chrome beauties, but I thought one of you might like it ;)



So here we are. Leave a comment telling me what this shade reminds you of (if you do in fact want it), and I'll send it to one of you next Friday. I figure that many readers outside of the US no longer have access to Hard Candy, but of course this is open to anyone.

Stay tuned for some nail posts--we're going all sorts of crazy with them!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Ombre Blushers

Did you miss out on MAC's infamous Ombre blusher--Ripe Peach? I did. I was on some sort of self-imposed makeup ban, and quickly regretted my timing after the blush sold out.

Estee Lauder Peach Nuance

Well look at what I found--a couple of little friends produced by the mothership, Estee Lauder. Peach Nuance and Plum Nuance remind me of MAC's Ripe Peach and Vintage Grape. The ombre effect is there in all its glory, packaged in Estee Lauder's familiar blue and gold casing

Estee Lauder Plum Nuance

My eye for makeup doesn't often fail me--while these colors are very similar, they take a bit more effort to build up in color than their MAC counterparts. I find this nice, as you can sweep on a sheer wash of color or build up to something with a bit more oomph. As it is Fall, and makeup is turning all sorts of deep and berry-like, I'm finding that I reach for the plum shade more than I had expected. I appreciate a blush that gives you a few options--they remind me of many of the Asian brand blushers. You can use each shade to create depth, and achieve a 3D effect.

One-swipe swatches (left: plum, right: peach)

L to R: Plum, Peach

The shades are a bit tricky to find online--they aren't represented as an ombre, but are listed under the Silky Powder Blush formula. At $26, they are a much better buy than eBay's $70 Ripe Peach offerings. Those sellers ought to be ashamed of themselves!

Are you still loving your Ripe Peach, or have you already found something similar? Do you like a blush that offers varying shades?

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Black-Handled Obsession

Sometimes I sit down to apply my makeup, and I just sigh and think to myself how much I love playing with makeup. Actually, sometimes I yell it out to the hubby...who already knows I'm weird...so, I guess it's not always a thought I keep to myself (more like a thought he wishes I kept to myself).

Anyhoot, a similar thought came the other day when using some of my Sonia Kashuk brushes. I swear these hefty black-handled tools get me every time, and are amongst my favorites.


One of the latest additions to the pack has been the Domed brush. This is perfect for contouring, and also to apply blush. Really, you can use it for whatever your like (as most of her collection is quite multi-purpose), but I feel that it fits into the hollows the cheek perfectly.

Picking up brushes can be a bit addictive, but at the price and quality of Sonia Kashuk brushes, it's even more so. After realizing that the domed brush was such a Godsend, I decided to grab the Large Eyeshadow Brush and Crease Brush. The crease brush is a shorter, denser dome--and works wonders at avoiding a look that has been blended too far off the eye (I know you know what I mean).


This is the only drugstore brush line that I work with, but I'm open to other suggestions as well.Are there any brushes off the beaten (MAC) path that you love?

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Tipping The Base

Nails have been on my mind day and night. I can't tell you why it is, but I've been going nuts over nail design and trend, lately. It's beyond my fling with the accented nail.

Naturally, when my sister sent me one of the YSL Manicure Couture duos, I thought I'd go into a polish-induced frenzy.

To begin with, the Belle Du Nuit pair are the colors of my alma mater--purple and gold. I mean, where were these guys back then? I would have totally rocked it for a football game.

The box suggests a french manicure with a gold or purple tip. I thought, let's take this one step further and do the impossible (or not really)...the Ruffian Manicure.

This was my first time attempting the Ruffian, and I took these photos directly after having a free-handed go at my nails. Let's be real--they didn't turn out perfect, but I'm on that learning curve.

The brushes are angled--which I believe in theory is to make the tip job easier. Personally I believe it would be easier with a regular brush. One coat of the gold, and then one of the deep purple. The purple is a bit blackened, and is the perfect offset to the gold. Although I found myself making a fist around more conservative crowds, the compliments flowed. Apparently everyone likes a little change once in a while!

I like the reversed crescent moon, but I should mention that if you use a shade too close to your skin tone (at the base of the nail), it will appear as though you just have shorter (or stubbier) nails. This won't be the last time this look makes an appearance on this blog ;)

What is this a Yes Please, or a major Don't for you? Have you picked up any of the YSL duos?

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Quinoa.

The bestie called the other night.

Her: "What are you doing?"
Me: "Making dinner."
Her: "What are you making? Bean sprouts...with...girdle turdle...and..poo?"
Me: "I hate you."

I'm not sure what girdle turdle is, but we have a way of making up words to entertain ourselves. This conversation however, is the perfect example of how many of my friends perceive the way that I eat. I've noted before that I only purchase organic or locally grown food--but I'm not so hard-nosed that I won't get my fix of Asian food-products, or will refuse to dine out. Here is a dish that can be whipped up for dinner in a matter of minutes--and it's full of good-for-you things. A few of you have asked me for ways to prepare quinoa, and this is one way I commonly use it. Of course everything can be varied to your tastes.


Suka's Chicken Quinoa Salad

1 cup quinoa
1lb chicken, pan-fried
1 14 oz can, black beans
1/2 red onion, large-sized
1 apple, chopped
1 avocado, cubed
1 red pepper, diced
1 cup sweet corn kernels
2 cups chicken broth
1 jalapeno pepper, finely diced (seeds and all)
1 handful cilantro
4 tbl olive oil
2 tbl vinegar
1 tsp cumin
salt & pepper

Cook quinoa similar to rice--two cups of liquid (chicken broth) to one cup quinoa.
I like to cover the pot, wait until it boils, and then quickly turn it to simmer for 15 minutes.
Uncover after 15 minutes, and fluff the quinoa--the germ will separate from the kernal, and will have a slight bite.
Lightly season your chicken with salt and pepper, and then pan-fry until golden on each side.
In a large bowl, whisk the olive oil, vinegar and cumin.
Prepare apple, red onion, red pepper, corn, and jalapeno--toss them in the bowl with the dressing.
Next add the chicken, quinoa and black beans.
Last, (carefully) add avocado and cilantro.

Enjoy, and remember that you are treating yourself to a high protein, high fiber, gluten-free meal! In my book, an easily digestible meal is a great meal :)

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Tali's Tag

This tag is thanks to Tali over at The Gloss Goss. It's been some time since I've done one of these...

Would You Rather..

Never use Mascara or Bronzer again?

I can't believe I'm typing this, but I could go without bronzer. Only because I'm sure I could find a way to regain my glow, had I woken up on the wrong side of the bed.

Only be able to buy high end make-up or drugstore make-up again?

High End. My favorites lean towards high end.

Be In Love or Be Loved?

Be loved. It would save me from myself. If it were just I that were in love, it'd be a sad story.

Go out with chipped nail varnish or unshaven legs?

Get ready to barf. I do the second one all the time. My hair grows like weeds, so if I'm wearing long pants, then who cares? I will notice a chipped nail a mile away.

Go out with messy hair or no make-up?

Unfortunately, I have many a messy hair day. I hardly notice anymore. I go without makeup quite a bit, but it's the fun one out of the two, so...messy hair it is.

Leave the house with a bright orange tan or burnt ginger peroxide-gone-wrong ginger hair?

When my hair color is wrong, EVERYTHING's wrong...but I can't say I've ever had an orange tan either? Maybe the tan...I'd pop on over to Greek Row, and shake it like a salt shaker ;)

It were winter forever or summer forever?

Summer forever. I was made for the heat.

Have permanent 2 inch roots or permanently unplucked brows?

Permanently unplucked brows would mean that I'd be straight up carpeted. Give me roots any day.

Leave the house with dried toothpaste drool or crusty yellow sleep eyes?

Wow. I suppose sleep eyes.

Give up all MAC or all Illamasqua products?

Although I love Illamasqua products, there isn't anything I use daily. I use more MAC than I'd like to admit, although I'm definitely not a crazed MAC fan. We're giving up Illamasqua.

Who's next?! I tag everyone who has read this...or you can post your answers in the comments!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

MAC Mean & Green vs. Orly Space Cadet

First and foremost, thank you all for your lovely Birthday wishes over Twitter and email. I've had a fantastic couple of days celebrating, and it looks like tomorrow evening will round it off for another solid year in the books!

I picked up a nail polish a few weeks ago, only to get around to using it this week. While I was having a look at MAC's Venomous Villains collection last week (of which I'm completely uninterested..phew!), something struck the familiarity bone.

MAC's Mean & Green Satin nail varnish, is a fitting shade for a collection that revolves around Disney villains. It's dark, but not black. The fade into darkness thing, is precisely what drew me in.

However, Orly's Space Cadet is...wait...exactly the same color. And it was released first. So who's copying who? No matter, because they are both gorgeous and a tad difficult to get your hands on. Only a couple of dollars apart in price, either one is a good bet--although the rubber handle and consistent formula of Orly, earns it a couple of extra stars.

The multi-chrome finish changes, depending on which way the light hits it. Complex and intriguing, I've found myself repeatedly twisting my hands to observe how the purples and greens and pinks pop out. The comments have been humorous--today in the Starbuck's drive-through, the barista dropped her jaw and then said "Alright. What color?"

Poor Larry. He thought he was just joining me for a coffee. Little did he know that he would soon have the wonders of concealer revealed to him. For reasons like this, anyone who knows me will tell you to stay far far away from my "coffee dates"...

Are you purchasing anything from MAC's Venomous Villains collection? What are your thoughts on dual/multi-chrome polishes?

Thursday, September 16, 2010

In a Minute.

The last couple of weeks have been full of..life. You never know what you will be handed each morning as you wake...and sometimes it's better that you don't.

I was lucky to have my little chef (aka, the nephew) in town. He demonstrated one of his favorite culinary tricks..

Meanwhile, mum prepared my favorite comfort food of all time--pani keke Tonga. They're fried doughy balls of banana-y pancakes..

Somehow, there was time to fit in a quick concert..

And of course I snapped away--attempting to document an eye look--but only capturing some majorly 80's hair.

The weekend is upon us..it's the little things! Tell me your plans...

Monday, September 13, 2010

Thinking Ahead...

As the weather cools down and I face the reality that Summer will soon be at its end, I have found myself daydreaming of Halloween. I love getting dressed up for Halloween, but often come up with so many ideas, only to settle on the least creative (and whatever happens to be easiest when the day arrives).

To prevent this from happening again, I did the sensible thing and picked up a palette of theatre shadows from Ben Nye.


The Lumiere Grande Colour Palette comes with twelve refillable pans--all of which are richly pigmented and buttery smooth. No, they aren't your everyday neutrals, but each are wearable in their own respective (and bright) way. These shades contain a luminous shimmer, but there are many (of which can be purchased separately and popped into the palette) that are matte. They all feel very lightweight on the skin, although the Azalea and Cosmic Blue shades have the most staying power. This is an item that would be excellent for a kit--especially for someone who does a bit of creative work. At its $60 price point, the value is unbeatable (the brush is included).

I can appreciate the labeling, in that each shadow has its own name. For some reason, a shadow without a name pushes me to lose a lot of respect for the poor thing

Thanks to the tin casing, I can now feel like a real Bob Ross while holding it at my side.

So, I've had costume recommendations for Neytiri and a panda...what do you think I should be?

Have you given any thought to Halloween, or an outfit for a costume party? What sorts of themes do you tend to go for?

Saturday, September 04, 2010

Really, Another Bronzer?

I realize that I am good to go on the bronzer front...for about the next fifteen years...but they're so hard to resist. I'm convinced there's one for every mood, celebration, and tilt of the moon. Hearing non-stop reviews on Chanel's Bronze Universel (Soleil Tan De Chanel) hasn't helped but peak my interest, yet I have always believed that other creme bronzers in my collection were similar.

Well, you already knew where this was going. I gave in. This pudding-like little tub has yet to leave the top of my vanity table, as it applies naturally and effortlessly. Thankfully, it was unlike anything else I had (do you sense a fib?), while the closest I could find was MAC's Beach Bronze Creme Bronzer (from the To The Beach collection).

As you can see, MAC's Beach Bronze is a bit glittery, whereas the Chanel bronzer is flat, yet a tad sheer. The urge to stick my finger deeply into the Chanel pot, and smoosh everything around is quite strong...I'm not sure why. Scent-wise, it is reminiscent of other Chanel cosmetics--a bit floral, yet not as strong as say, the lipsticks. The color is buildable, without ever appearing cakey. It seems to melt into the skin, and doesn't settle on top. As it's summer, the color works well with my tanned skin--we'll see what the dreary fall and winter bring. Are you a fan of Chanel's Bronze Universel?

I snapped a photo of these guys, because whenever I'm swatching (or just doing my makeup), I am constantly reaching for one. Normally, I would find it a bit of a waste, but as Kirkland Signature is a Costco brand, you can pick up a box of 150 for $11. No, I don't use them as a daily cleanser, but they are perfect at the side of a vanity table. Do you use something similar?

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Rose Gold Manicure

Rose gold is popping up everywhere, right? Over the past few months, it has made a major comeback. I've always felt it a nice alternative to yellow and white golds, as the effect is a bit softer and looks marvelous on olive skin tones (and you know I can't help but be concerned about those olive skin tones!). The search for the perfect rose gold nail polish has now been called off, as I think I've found something to fit the bill. Orly's super-metallic, ultra-shiny, I-may-have-a-minx-manicure-effect polish in Rage is workin all 10. The shade is one of three, that make up the Foil FX Collection.

Although it is incredibly metallic, it's not as jarring as other gold or silver shades. That alone makes it much more wearable in various settings. Two coats is plenty for a consistent application. I tell you, with each stroke I become more enamored with Orly polishes.

And what do you remove it with, you say? Only my favorite nail polish remover...ever! I have found the remover that my nail supply case has been searching for. It's non-drying, has an upright pump, smells halfway decent, and can tackle half of a hand in just one application. Zoya's Remove + is everything you've ever wanted in a varnish remover. Just watch..once you go Zoya, you'll never go...err, I guess that doesn't really rhyme.


This bachata remix of an old favorite has been playing all summer on the iPod. How are those dimples? ;)

Friday, August 27, 2010

Been So Long...

This is what happens when I wander into the drugstore without a single need...or an idea of what I could need. I really should limit my drugstore perusing hours, but it is my favorite place to shop..
I'm sure I have plenty of blue polishes (that I rarely wear, because when it comes down to the work week, I'm not sure that anyone can take me seriously with my blue tips), but this one reminded me of a favorite crayon. Of course this led me to the bright idea of designing (ie. painting things that only I will recognize) with a nail art brush on my nails. Which for one reason or another made me realize that I was hungry...for candy. This is pretty much the reason that I should never be let loose in a Walgreens, much less Target.

I miss you all. I'm back..I promise :)

Monday, July 05, 2010

Take Me To...Turks & Caicos!

As I was speeding past the NARS counter a few weeks back (well, that's if speeding means gliding while swatching all new items within arms reach), I came across the limited set of multiples that are being promoted for the summer. The Multiple Tints come in three shades--Beverly Hills (fuschia), Cadaques (baby pink), and Turks & Caicos. After debating between the fuschia and Turks & Caicos, I decided on the latter, due to to its peachy-orange-crush hue.

I forced myself to make up my mind as quickly as possible, because the makeup artist kept trying to appeal to my every whim. I'd pick up the fuschia.. "Oh, that's perfect on you"...then the peach.. "Now that one is just fabulous for your skin tone"...then the baby pink (which might I mention looked horrible on me) .."That one is so popular. You'll love it!" I mean, could you just go back to ignoring me like you normally do and let me think for myself?!

Anyhow, the choice was easy. Turks & Caicos glides on glossy, and leaves a fresh--and dare I say it--dewy sheen on the skin. It's the kind of product that doesn't need foundation layered underneath, and in honesty is probably better off without it. I've worn it on a bare face, coupled only with mascara and a tad more on the lips, and I received so many compliments on how healthy I looked. It really does give you a sheer glow with just a bit of color. Typically not a fan of NARS Multiples, the fact that this is not a highlighter or boldly opaque shade, means that it will probably be finished by the end of summer.

In other news, I brought home a new orchid. It's a bit of a baby orchid, housed in the cutest recycled glass vase. My mum is a major orchid mama, and at one point in my childhood she had about 100 in the house at once. She would hand-carry the most unique versions home from her travels, and they would bloom away, year in and year out. I don't have her green thumb...but I'm working on it. For now, this mini version is just my speed.

Have you tried the Multiple Tints? Are you a fan of all-in-one color sticks?

Monday, June 28, 2010

SkinCareRX Giveaway! - CLOSED


Congratulations Ashley, Random.org chose you as the winner of the SkinCareRx Giveaway!


SkinCareRx

Good morning ladies! The wonderful team over at SkinCareRX has offered to give away a $100 gift card to one lucky reader--and get this...it's open to all readers! I'm over the moon about this, as the company offers some of my favorite brands--Jan Marini (dermatologist grade skincare), Jane Iredale (the only line that has me even considering minerals), and La Roche-Posay Anthelios--amazing sunscreens for the season!

La Roche-Posay is a line to be seen. The products are a bit more difficult to obtain in the States, but are quite common throughout other areas of the world. As the weather warms up, it's important to remind ourselves to stay protected from the harmful rays of the sun. Don't get me wrong--I found out this past week, that I could do with a little more Vitamin D in my life (this is something that you can easily obtain from time spent in the sun) however, I don't want to end up looking like a lobster in the meantime! Weightless formulas like the Ultra-Light Fluid for Face, are perfect for this very reason.

This isn't something that needs lip service--it deserves for you to check out the website on your own! I can't imagine a better way to do so, than with a Gift Card for $100, so let's get to the good stuff!

To enter and have an opportunity at winning a $100 Gift Card from SkinCareRX (which can also be used on Apothica or SkinBotanica), first make sure that you are a follower of Suka & Spice, and are currently living...anywhere in the world! Then:

!) Leave a comment on this post stating that you would like the gift card (1 entry)
2)Become a fan of SkinCareRX on Facebook (1 extra entry)
3)Subscribe to SkinCareRX's Newsletter (1 extra entry)
4)Follow SkinCareRX on Twitter (1 extra entry)
5)Tweet about this giveaway (2 extra entries--this can be done up to once/day)
6)Blog about this giveaway on your own blog (5 extra entries)

If you have done any of the above items, come back here to leave a comment per individual entry, letting me know that you have done so. This is important, as the winner will be chosen at random, via Random.com

Deadline is July 11, 2010 at Midnight, Pacific Standard Time

Good Luck!

Sunday, June 06, 2010

Misikko Hana Professional Flat Iron Giveaway - NOW CLOSED

Congratulations to NO6NU - Random.org chose you as the lucky winner!

Hi lovelies--I'm back! I have something that I've been dying to share with you, and it's not just because there's an opportunity to snag one of your own in a giveaway.

Misikko, a site dedicated to hair tools, kindly sent me a ceramic Hana Professional flat iron to play around with. To be honest, I'm a little slack when it comes to flat ironing my hair. Normal days tend to go like this: wash, add oil, leave in braid until dry. One of the reasons I've been avoiding the full throttle hair ironing routine, is because the gum-like grips on my standby iron were pulling out more hair than was worth the straight effect. Regardless, there have a been a few events where I've needed my hair to be a bit more *ahem* tame, so I brought the Hana along for the ride. The pink carrying case is perfect for this, as I don't have to worry about it being crushed in my luggage amongst a sea of clothing and shoes.

The fact that it comes with a heat-protectant mat is also a major bonus. The 1" plates quickly heat up to 450 degrees if need be (this is a definite need for my hair). My hair was shiny and complete in less than ten minutes--and that's while curling it (which often takes longer) instead of just straightening. I'll tell you what was most impressive--outside of the iron. Misikko's customer service. When the package arrived, it was full of extra goodies, tied with a bow, and complete with a sweet flower. I've been on the hunt for a new hairdryer, and now I've directed my search to their website, as I was so impressed with the way they treat their customers.

Oh, and in case you need some photographic evidence...

don't mind the craziness...all better with a little ironing :)

So, are you ready to have it for yourself? Here are the ways you can win it:

*You must be a follower of Suka & Spice
*Leave a comment stating that you would like to own this iron
*Follow Misikko on Twitter
*Blog about the giveaway (one extra entry)
*Join Misikko Newsletter (3 extra entries)
*Leave a comment letting me know you've done any (or all) of the above
*Remember to leave an email address in your comment (or you can email me)
*Enter before June 16th, midnight

I apologize, as this giveaway is only open to US and Canadian residents--the voltage and plug are not suitable otherwise. Best of Luck!

FTC Disclaimer: This product was sent to me for consideration.
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