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REVIEW: Clé de Peau Beauté Intensive Brightening Mask

The reason the mask comes in two parts is because apparently each side is designed to target specific areas of the face with different active ingredients. It is supposed to even out your skin tone and brighten IMMEDIATELY. I wouldn’t quite say it does this immediately, but I definitely saw results after using them every week for three weeks. I found that at $120 for 6 masks, sticking to it religiously would be the only way it is worth it to invest in these.  I have used all 6 masks and my skin does seem more even toned. The main two ingredients to deliver these brightening results are Tranexamic acid and Vitamin C. My skin looks hydrated and glowing immediately afterwards. I recommend leaving it on for 20 minutes. Another added bonus, is my pores also appear smaller! If you are over 30, then these masks are great to have since we could all use a little evening out and brightening over the years.

FINAL THOUGHT:  Since Tranexamic acid inhibits Melanin production, this mask is great for people with melasma!

A++ By Kristin Houdlett

Kristin Houdlett, Kristin Houdlett, Guest of a Guest

Kristin Houdlett, BFF Beauty

REVIEW: By Terry Ombre Blackstar Cream Eyeshadows

Kristin Houdlett, beauty blogger, Jenni Jordan Gorman, By Terry, by terry Ombré blackstar, By Terry ombre blackstar
Blonde Opal color of By Terry’s Ombre Blackstar on Kristin Houdlett

Just a quick review since I have become a big fan of cream eye shadows. This shimmery cream eye shadow stick from By Terry is my absolute favorite. I love how iridescent and pigmented it is. It brightens the eye if you blend it all the way up to the brow with a beauty blender (and not some kind of food like an egg which seems to be trending on twitter right now!).  It goes on incredibly smooth and can be used as a highlighter on the cheeks as well.  I used the ‘Blonde Opal’ color as a base and highlighter for this smokey eye look. I have the ‘Blonde Opal’ color as well as ‘Frozen Quartz’. I have to say that my favorite color between the two is ‘Frozen Quartz’. It’s a great 2 in 1 product, both an eye shadow and a highlighter, which saves you space in your makeup bag!

A++ Kristin Houdlett

By Terry Ombre Blackstar in Frozen Quartz

BEST PRODUCT: Rouge Bunny Rouge Sketches On Water Tinted Moisturizer

Jenni reviews a ‘Best Product’ choice for beautiful flawless coverage with this luxurious and lightweight Tinted Moisturizer

Rouge Bunny Rouge Sketches On Water Tinted Moisturizer

This is the best tinted moisturizer I’ve ever used! I’m 30 years old and so I’ve been through quite a few tinted moisturizers…ever since I first started wearing a moisturizer on my face in my teenage years, I’ve always opted for a tinted one.  Then all through my 20’s I hardly ever wore makeup, and certainly not foundation, but I did try and use what feels like thousands of tinted moisturizers. I did love quite a few of them and still do, in fact I will still highly recommend and review some of my favorites.  But if I’m making a list, my number one pick will be Rouge Bunny Rouge Sketches On Water Tinted Moisturizer – It’s fantastic!!!  Seriously this is an unbelievable product, that I believe will work wonders on all skin types.  My skin looks so incredible with Sketches on Water Tinted Moisturizer on I can hardly believe it!

The shade I’m currently using is “Adansonia,” and it’s described as a “Transparent wash of pale milky beige.”
A few swatches on my hand…


It feels like the lightest cream-gel formula you can imagine. It has a water based formula that gives a completely even, very subtle yet beautiful coverage. It glides on so smoothly and I just simply adore how it feels on my skin!  Never sticky, greasy or heavy, it truly feels and looks like second skin all the while nourishing the skin with anti-oxidants.  I’ve been wearing it almost everyday this summer, even in the hot sun and humidity, and I’ve never felt like I was wearing makeup that was going to melt off any second or a heavy cream that was clogging my pores. In fact, this products seems to soothe, calm and cool my skin and I always forget that I even have anything on at all!
Below are some pictures I took late at night after I had been wearing the Sketches On Water Tinted Moisturizer literally all day long.  I know the lighting is bad, but at least you can see how it keeps my color even and face looking fresh throughout the day…

Jenni Jordan Gorman, Kristin Houdlett, BFF Beauty

I first tried the lightest shade “Adansonia” which looked like it would be too light for me at first glance, but it somehow blends perfectly with my slightly warmer skin tone.  I loved it so much that I ended up ordering it in another shade “Sequoia”  which is described as “Transparent wash of pinkish beige.”  I wanted the two shades so I could play with the colors during the summer when my skin tone changes from sun exposure.  I’m obessesed with both shades equally.  The difference is very subtle and they both seem to magically and effortlessly compliment my skin.

Some people may get disappointed from the fact that Rouge Bunny Rouge only offers three shades of their tinted moisturizer, but I have to say I am incredibly impressed with the remarkable adapting qualities of this product.  It’s so light and silky smooth that it can be mixed with just about anything while keeping an even and flawless finish.

Lastly, I’m always amazed at how this tinted moisturizer completely evens out my skin tone, including covering any traces of dark circles under my eyes!  It’s so great to be able to apply only ONE product before leaving the house and still achieve flawless skin!

Product description straight from the Enchanted Gardens of Rouge Bunny Rouge…

Sketches On Water Tinted Moisturiser

The Evergreen Lake is one of the most quietly magnificent treasures of the Enchanted Garden; serenely still, fringed on all sides by majestic trees that despite their sumptuous size radiate vitality, unaltered by eyes and time.

Each morning at dawn, the lake’s silvery waters gently rise, bathing the roots of the trees in a diaphanous blanket of smooth calm. The water quietly ebbs back to the lake, leaving a hardly noticed shroud that diffuses a shining vigour and a tranquil embrace throughout the trees, from the deepest root to the tips of the leaves on the highest branch.

With the lake retreated and the sun risen above the treetops, the shimmering reflections sing out from the water in unison, an overall effect of unfluctuating beauty; countless intricacies woven into a seamless tapestry of light and harmony.

We have recreated the effect of the lake’s gentle tides with Sketches on Water Tinted Moisturiser. Its light, gentle hues dissolve into your skin, to even out skin tone and hide minor blemishes while maintaining a light, breathable feel.

This fluid Tinted Moisturiser gives your skin seamless, radiant glow and quietly underlines your natural beauty. The sublimely light texture refreshes with a high percentage of water and absorbs quickly, leaving an imperceptible film that veils small imperfections.

Loaded with botanicals and skin protective ingredients, our Tinted Moisturiser nourishes, hydrates and protects your skin against negative environmental factors like pollution and UVB rays. It includes Vitamin A and E which have anti-ageing and anti-oxidant properties; Malachite Extract is rich in copper and detoxifies the skin; it is also anti-oxidant. Smithsonite Extract provides natural UVB protection and is rich in Zinc, an essential mineral for the skin that aids healing. Laminaria Digitata Extract (Oarweed, a seaweed rich in calcium and potassium) fights fatigue, reinforcing the cells’ natural defences and is anti-bacterial. Hyaluronic Acid and PCA attract and bind moisture into the skin, preventing and treating dehydration.** Botanical Squalene (from olives) prevents water loss by helping repair the hydro-lipidic film whilst maintaining tone and elasticity and Prunus Extract (from the Cherry Tree) is rich in Isoflavones to naturally improve firmness.

Sail away to pure, radiant beauty with Sketches on the Water.

** Upper layers of the epidermis

Small tricks:

Available at Beauty Habit ($52 – US online store) and Zuneta ($72 – UK online store)


BFF Beauty Goes To The Hamptons

We always love exploring different beautiful things people are doing to help our environment and the creatures who live in it. Kristin Houdlett attended two different benefits in the Hamptons each honoring the beautiful supermodel Christie Brinkley. The first was SoFo Rocks! to benefit the South Fork Natural History Museum. The mission of the South Fork Natural History Museum & Nature Center( SoFo) is to stimulate interest in, advance knowledge of, and foster appreciation for the natural environment, with special emphasis on the unique natural history of Long Island’s South Fork.

Christie was honored at the South Fork Natural History Museum’s Gala for all the efforts that she has undertaken to protect all animals, all wildlife, and every aspect of our environment. From advocating against horse slaughter, bringing light to toxic environmental conditions, and renouncing the abuse of animals used for cosmetic testing, she is a true humanitarian. She feels a responsibility to use her voice and her stage to ensure that the public is aware of many unspeakable practices that continue today behind the scenes. A cause dear to her heart is marine life. The ocean has a vast array of endangered marine life and her dedication to ensuring this life thrives is admirable. From designing pet collars for a benefit for North Shore Animal League , seashell theme of course, to adopting a rescue dog for her family, she is determined to make our world a more compassionate, cleaner, and healthy place for the next generation.

Kristin Houdlett, Christie Brinkley, BFF Beauty, Jenni Jordan Gorman

Kristin Houdlett and Christie Brinkley

Another benefit honoring Christie was the Pet Philanthropy Circle’s Pet Hero Awards. The Pet Philanthropy Circle’s mission is to save and enhance the quality of animal lives by promoting greater public awareness of their welfare and the causes that protect them. They accomplish this through educational programs, raising funds for qualified animal rescue organizations and the Pet Hero Awards. Here are some pictures from the beautiful event in the Hamptons.

Kristin Houdlett, Christie Brinkley

Christie Brinkley

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Kristin Houdlett

Pet Hero Awards

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