Sonia Kashuk's Illuminating Bronzer: Sunkissed Done Right for Pale Girls and Win $100 to Target!

So, remember recently when I reviewed a prestige-brand bronzer that looked almost identical to this one from Sonia Kashuk? And I thought it pretty in the packaging but hard to use because it was way too pigmented for normal everyday use? Well, this bronzer isn't like that. This is the bronzer that I wanted that one to be. But for a fraction of the price. Because this one is from my favorite mass-market store, Target.

Target sent me some Sonia Kashuk products to try out and I'll focus on the Sonia Kashuk Illuminating Bronzer for this review. First, you can see that it is embossed with a crocodile pattern that I kinda love. The bronzer lifts up to reveal a mirror and brush underneath. I normally just throw away the brushes that come with makeup. (Seriously? They are hardly ever decent?) This is one that I actually kept and have been using! It feels very soft and the bristles spread apart pretty easily, so it isn't too dense.

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. On my super-pale skin, too much bronzer here can end up looking like I forgot to wash my face.


I had to apply the bronzer very heavily to get this swatch. It was serious work! This bronzer is not heavily pigmented. It's there, but it is much lighter than this swatch implies. Instead, with just a light application with the included brush, I get just the right barely sunkissed look for my super-pale skin. Note that you don't see the bronzer on the brush bristles, but it is there! The color is buildable, so if you want a darker look it is really easy to just go over the E again. I love that the color isn't orange but a great tan-gold that looks very natural. While there is a little shimmer/sheen, the bronzer doesn't sparkle on my skin at all. It just catches the light. With such a subtle look it is hard to comment on staying power, but it does seem to stick around all day.

Sweepstakes! You can win a $100 Target GiftCard to splurge on some Sonia Kashuk of your very own! I recommend this bronzer, a few of the eye shadow quads and definitely the biggest brush set you can find. To enter, you just need to let me know in a comment below: Where do you usually apply bronzer? Don't forget to leave me your email address. You can earn a second entry by picking one of the alternate entry forms below.

Rules: No duplicate comments. You may receive (2) total entries by selecting from the following entry methods: a) Leave a comment in response to the sweepstakes prompt on this post, b) Tweet about this promotion and leave the URL to that tweet in a comment on this post, c) Blog about this promotion and leave the URL to that post in a comment on this post, d) For those with no Twitter or blog, read the official rules to learn about an alternate form of entry. This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older. Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail. You have 72 hours to get back to me, otherwise a new winner will be selected. The Official Rules are available here. This sweepstakes runs from 6/4 to 6/30. Be sure to visit the sponsor's brand page on BlogHer.com, where you can read other bloggersí reviews and find more chances to win!

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140 comments

  1. I would love $100 to spend on Sonia Kashuk at Target. Her stuff is great. I apply bronzer to my nose, cheeks and forehead.

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  2. I apply bronzer mostly under my cheekbones and then along the edge of my jaw to sharpen my features - on good days when I have time, I also try a little contouring around my nose. This usually fails and I have to spend a good 5 minutes blending with a clean brush to get rid of the evidence.

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  3. Also posted on Twitter - https://twitter.com/prblms4loki/status/209640167542239232!

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  4. Gorgeous looking bronzer! Sonia kashuk is a hidden gem brand!

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  5. I usually apply bronzer in the E-3 formation

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  6. I've never found a bronzer that I really like. Maybe this will be it!

    mtngirl51@gmail.com

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  7. Where do you usually apply bronzer?

    I don't wear bronzer. I think that it looks unattractive.

    lyonka@gmail.com

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  8. Apply bronzer to cheekbones.

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

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  9. tweet:

    https://twitter.com/mami2jcn/status/209701033478324225

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  10. Great post - I love both makeup AND Target :-) I apply bronzer on my cheekbones mostly, with a bit on my forehead and chin to balance the look out.

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  11. i love using bronzer!! gives me a little tan :)

    freebiel0ve@yahoo.com

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  12. tweet: https://twitter.com/akronugurl/status/209709568656277504

    freebiel0ve@yahoo.com

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  13. I actually usually apply bronzer everywhere on my face and neck (but not heavily).
    katelindsey at att dot net

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  14. I apply bronzer on my face and neck, for a healthy look.

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  15. https://twitter.com/rosorior/status/209738136148918274

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  16. I apply it on my cheekbones.

    hewella1 at gmail dot com

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  17. I make a fish face and swipe bronzer in the hollows of my cheeks for some magical face-scuplting effects!

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  18. I apply bronzer all over. :)
    holliister at gmail dot com

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  19. Tweeted: https://twitter.com/collifornia/status/209757330785566720
    holliister at gmail dot com

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  20. I apply bronzer everywhere on my face and neck
    pokergrl8 at gmail.com

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  21. https://twitter.com/aes529/status/209775956007727104
    pokergrl8 at gmail.com

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  22. I don't usually use bronzer, but would like to try the Sonia Kashuk bronzer because it looks good.

    elena150980@yahoo.com

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  23. https://twitter.com/ElenaIstomina/status/209781997537730560

    elena150980@yahoo.com

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  24. Bronzer= The best face fake tan ever!!
    I usually just use it on my cheeks!

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  25. It's been tweeted!!!

    https://twitter.com/Raechelle14/status/209782937988759553

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  26. I only apply bronzer under my cheeks to make them seem more prominent. yestfl@hotmail.com

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  27. Tweeted https://twitter.com/Yestfl/status/209788977505501184
    yestfl@hotmail.com

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  28. If I'm going to a summery look, I put it on my nose and the tops of my cheeks. Otherwise I contour under the cheek bones!

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  29. I apply bronzer in the decolletage area.

    hobbydolls@yahoo.com

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  30. I don't use bronzer because i'm so pale, but now I'm excited to try again!

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  31. I apply bronzer to my nose and cheeks - sometimes my forehead, but I tend to go light with it.

    I too love SK brushes. They are fabulous!

    I tweeted this post/giveaway: https://twitter.com/LacqueredUpLady/status/209821083350728705

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  32. i actually have never used bronzer. i need to definitely try it tho!

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  33. Bronzers are a must have for me. It gives me definition I wanted and compliments my skin tone. I usually apply it on my cheeks and nose line

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  34. I tweeted: https://twitter.com/MarciaEF/status/209845581034684418

    I don't tan ever so I like a very natural looking bronzer to add a little life to my face.

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  35. I'm also very fair so I don't use bronzer, this may be one that looks good on me
    Thanks for the cool giveaway!!
    ~Sharon~
    lunrei at yahoo dot com

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  36. Just base makeup (for me, a BB cream or a tinted moisturizer) alone can make one look too washed out and lifeless, so I usually use my bronzer to contour my face, applying mostly to that E area you mentioned. Even if I skip blush, just having the bronzer on my face does wonders.

    je1ke1@yahoo.com

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  37. I apply it in the "E" shape also but now I know to use a little down the center of my face too!

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  38. I usually apply bronzer on my cheek bones only.

    Amy [at] utry [dot] it

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  39. tweeted about this giveaway: https://twitter.com/uTry_it/status/209884751987875840
    Amy [at] utry [dot] it

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  40. I've never tried a bronzer but would love to.

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  41. usually on the side of my face..maybe a bit on my cheeks.

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  42. tweet
    https://twitter.com/BBirdie2/status/209962676644876288

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  43. I apply bronzer to my forehead, cheeks, and jawline - in the letter "E" formation.
    email: jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com

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  44. tweet - https://twitter.com/LuLu_Brown24/status/210034952954318848
    email: jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com

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  45. I apply bronzer to my temples, cheeks, and jawline.
    email: jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com

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  46. I don't wear bronzer, but I'm loving Sonia Kashuk's nail polish!

    merelymarie(at)gmail(dot)com

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  47. I apply bronzer to cheeks
    merleandtina@yahoo.com

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  48. https://twitter.com/HappyTina0115/status/210064971718082560
    merleandtina@yahoo.com

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  49. I use a but of shimmery bronzer for a glowing summer look. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  50. I apply bronzer on the T zone, usually. Thanks for the giveaway! engineergirl@mail.com

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  51. tweeted: https://twitter.com/poppinjjooeeyy2/status/210109555806445568
    engineergirl@mail.com

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  52. I just apply my bronzer down my nose and across my cheek bones.

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  53. The bronzer reminds me of the tarte mineral powder bronzer!
    Cool post I haven't seen this in my local Target yet.
    xo,
    http://missmelissafashionandbeautyblog.blogspot.com/

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  54. If I do use bronzer I usually just use it as blush- on my cheeks!

    jessi(dot)mckinney(at)gmail(dot)com

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  55. I usually apply bronzer like a blush Lyomyswt(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  56. tweeted https://twitter.com/minimisfit/status/210456519152648192

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  57. I don't usually wear bronzer, but this SK one makes me want to give it a go!
    sienna.moore@gmail.com

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  58. I apply bronzer to my whole face for the sunkissed look.
    cgies25 at homtail

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  59. I'm more of a blush person than a bronzer one. Thank you for the giveaway!
    mom22girlz at ymail dot com

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  60. I tweeted https://twitter.com/mom22girlz/status/210881891941883905

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  61. just to my cheekbomes

    dropastitch@yahoo.com

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  62. https://twitter.com/dropastitch/status/211273873503690753

    dropastitch at yahoo dot com

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  63. I usually apply down the center of my face and contour the side :)

    abitnerdygirl at gmail dot com

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  64. I tweeted https://twitter.com/abitnerdy/status/211289648025178112

    abitnerdygirl at gmail dot com

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  65. I usually apply bronzer to my cheekbones and cleavage!

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  66. I usually sweep bronzer on my cheekbones. I try not to overdo it! :)

    kelliescamera at gmail dot com

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  67. tweeted here:

    https://twitter.com/kelliechio/status/211317918531727360

    :)

    kelliescamera at gmail dot com

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  68. i dont apply it.. i embrace the pale! scg00387 at yahoo dot com

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  69. https://twitter.com/DesMoinesDealin/status/211649934053736449 scg00387 at yahoo dot com

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  70. tweet http://twitter.com/tnshadylady/status/211825611004592128

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  71. blog post
    http://tnshadylady.blogspot.com/2012/06/more-great-bloghercom-giveaways.html

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  72. I usually apply bronzer the way your picture shows. Wherever the sun hits naturally.

    thattweetthing at gmail dot com

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  73. Tweeted
    https://twitter.com/ThatTweetThing/status/211900858349260801

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  74. I apply all over my face so I have some color and don't look sickly.

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  75. Usually lightly on chin area.
    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

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  76. https://twitter.com/tcarolinep/status/212041893087944704

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  77. Great! I'm always looking for a bronzer that works on pale skin!

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  78. I've never worn bronzer. However, I've gotten much better about wearing sunscreen, so I'll probably need some soon!
    dmarie824 at aol dot com

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  79. Tweeted!
    https://twitter.com/dmarie824/status/212276899177705473
    dmarie824 at AOl dot com

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  80. I use bronzer in the shape of a three on each side of my face. A little on my nose and a little on my chin. hillaryjan@me.com

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  81. I apply bronzer only to my cheekbones.

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  82. I start at temple down to my cheekbone then up to my nose & repeat on other side, like a W ! Also on my forehead & chin.

    Just I covered ou blog, love it!!!!!!!!

    Adrparker@optonline.net

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  83. I start at temple down to my cheekbone then up to my nose & repeat on other side, like a W ! Also on my forehead & chin.

    Just I covered ou blog, love it!!!!!!!!

    Adrparker@optonline.net

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  84. have never tried bronzer;
    Thanks for a chance to win and have a great day!
    kmassmanATgmailDOTcom

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  85. I apply bronzer to my cheeks and forehead.
    huntandride@hotmail.com

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  86. https://twitter.com/jen_r_horn/status/212986620511662080
    huntandride@hotmail.com

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  87. Awesome! Would love to win this! Thank you for having such an awesome giveaway!

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  88. https://twitter.com/AbbiPemberton/status/213169960841781249

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  89. I LOVE Target, I've never left there spending less than $100 AND I love Sonia Kashuk, her beauty products are in my makeup bag (and the bag is by her too)right now, I'm crossing my fingers :)

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  90. I haven't tried any, but I definitely need it!

    chambanachik@gmail.com

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  91. I apply bronzer along my jawline, under my cheek bones, and on my nose. Thanks for the give away. Tracy

    tracygreen27@yahoo.com

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  92. I don't use any, and quite frankly, I just learned where you're supposed to apply bronzer. Lol

    m8usi at yahoo dot com

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  93. tweeted:
    https://twitter.com/cappytweet/status/214075797324050433

    m8usi at yahoo dot com

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  94. I apply bronzer on my cheekbones, my nose, chin and forehead.

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  95. i usually apply bronzer from my temple to my cheekbones for some contouring :)

    abitnerdygirl at gmail dot com

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  96. i tweeted http://twitter.com/abitnerdy/status/215143984186654720

    abitnerdygirl at gmail dot com

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  97. i usually apply it above my cheek bones! Thanks for a super giveaway!

    My email: anashct1 [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  98. Tweeted: https://twitter.com/anashct3/status/215416520820527104

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    email: anashct1 [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  99. I buy my bronzer at Target and I buy only Sonia Kashuk cosmetics because they are such a good value.

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  100. I usually apply bronzer on my cheeks and forehead. Thanks!

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  101. is it bad i don't wear bronzer?!

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  102. I've never used bronzer, but your instructions would be a good way to try it the first time
    bingomamanorma(at)gmail(dot)com

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  103. I've only used bronzer a few times - applying to jawline area and near my hairline as well as a touch on my cheeks
    adrianecoros(at)gmail(dot)com

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  104. https://twitter.com/LAMusing/status/216349051464073218
    adrianecoros(at)gmail(dot)com

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  105. I love love love that you did a diagram. I'm a MUA and I can't begin to tell you how many women don't have a clue as to where to use bronzer. Great job!!! valhoff 3 at yahoo dot com

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  106. Tweet: https://twitter.com/mamavalveeta03/status/216382179712839681

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  107. Tweeted:

    https://twitter.com/calidreamin87/status/216441164973350913

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  108. Apply to the cheekbones.

    rhoneygtn at yahoo dot com

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  109. Tweeted: https://twitter.com/rhoneygee/status/216788562882998272

    rhoneygtn at yahoo dot com

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  110. I usually apply it to my cheeks. Thanks for the chance to win!
    gina.m.maddox (AT) gmail (DOT) com

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  111. tweet--https://twitter.com/CrazyItalian0/status/216917674259783682

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  112. i dont ususally wear bronzer....i used to and wear it on my cheeks, to give me high cheek bones and use as eye shadow, sometimes still do

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  113. https://twitter.com/evietressa/status/216981630689087489

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  114. forgot to leave email. evie
    sandyandevie@yahoo.com

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  115. I use it on cheeks & the bridge of my nose.. dcampany@yahoo.com

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  116. I usually apply some to my cheeks and forehead.
    nuthouse(at)centurytel(dot)net

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  117. tweeted: https://twitter.com/KerryBishop/status/217794368558473216
    nuthouse(at)centurytel(dot)net

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  118. I use it on my cheeks.
    MCantu1019 at aol dot com

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  119. I have not ever used bronzer thanks
    aunteegem@yahoo.com

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  120. I am very pale but I have never tried bronzer.
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    eswright18 at gmail dot com

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  121. tweet
    https://twitter.com/eswright18/status/218506936428134400

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  122. I use bronzer lightly all over

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  123. I am a simple girl, mainly just my cheeks sweepmorey at gmail dot com

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  124. tweeted https://twitter.com/mommysdizzy/status/218911236979564544

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  125. I always apply bronzer on my cheeks, and right over my nose. Always gives an amazing glow! :)

    email: nessuh@live.com

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  126. I actually have never used bronzer. I don't use any cosmetics other than lip balm and toenail polish! LOL Hope that is OK!
    Angie
    14earth at gmail dot com

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  127. I tweeted here: https://twitter.com/MsTofuFairy/status/219142465813364737
    Angie
    14earth at gmail dot com

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  128. I don't use bronzer

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  129. tweet
    https://twitter.com/ChelleB36/status/219151363618250752
    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  130. I like to stay looking sunkissed - I apply it to the cheekbones and a quick dust all over!

    e-mail: gildedaged (at) gmail (dot) com

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  131. I do not use bronzer at all.
    Thanks for the contest.

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  132. Tweeted!

    https://twitter.com/gildedaged/status/219209783172022273

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  133. blogged:
    http://slehan.blogspot.com/2012/06/win-100.html

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  134. I apply bronzer on my cheeks. Thanks for the review and giveaway.
    songyueyu at gmail

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  135. tweet: https://twitter.com/syytta/status/219264411951570946
    songyueyu at gmail

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  136. Bronzer is used best at the top of the forehead, in the hollow of your cheeks, and down the sides of your nose. Never down the center of your nose or above it, unless you are trying to make your nose appear bigger.

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  137. That's for contouring, this is for a sunkissed look, it's very different application. For contouring you use a much more intense application, for sunkissed it is a much bigger brush and a very light application, right where the sun hits.

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