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REVIEW: Too Faced Better Than False Lashes Mascara

Kristin Houdlett, Better Than False Lashes Mascara

I decided to try out Too Faced Better Than False Lashes mascara($35) to see if it even compares as I have had false eye lashes applied to me many times, but I wouldn’t want to apply them on a daily basis. Well, this three step system will have me batting my lashes all day! Too Faced Better Than False Lashes gave my lashes the length and volume of falsies, and truly looked like I was wearing falsies!

Step 1: Apply a coat of Activating Mascara Base and Top Coat(the gold tube)

Step 2: Apply one or two coats of the Nylon Lash Fibers(the white tube).

*Tip* The short brush definitely helps with applying mascara more precisely to each lash!

Step 3: Seal lashes with the Base and Top Coat again

Lasts ALL day long!

A++ Kristin Houdlett

PRODUCT SWATCHES: Sunday Riley Tinted Primer, Foundation and Concealer

The many shades of Sunday Riley!  Pictures, swatches, color comparisons and more!

I’ve reviewed many of my favorite Sunday Riley skincare and makeup products before, and if you haven’t been able to tell I’m a little bit obsessed with her entire line of modern skincare.  I’ve been  huge fan of her skincare for well over a year now, using her moisturizers and serums religiously.
In response to a few questions about the specific shades of the products used in that makeup makeover posting, I wanted supply some pictures for you.  Below are some pictures from my makeover wearing the Tinted Primer (medium) all over face, the Creme Radiance Foundation (110W) in T-zone and the Dry Touch Concealer (145W) on various red spots.

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

I really do love the entire Sunday Riley Modern Skincare line, and if anyone is interested in purchasing some of her products, I hope these pictures and descriptions will help you in gauging the different coverages and shades available.

OK lets get started…

Effortless Breathable Tinted Primer – $48

Available shades:
1. Light is suitable for those with fair alabaster and ivory skin tones
2. Medium is suitable for those with light to medium skin tones
3. Dark is suitable for those with tan to dark skin tones

What it is:
A sheer, lightweight primer that smooths the skin and keeps makeup fresh.

What it’s used for:
Sunday Riley Effortless Breathable Tinted Primer prepares the skin for makeup application by effortlessly gliding onto the face to oxygenate, plump and hydrate. Makeup settles perfectly over this silky smooth primer, making it a smooth canvas for foundation, or you may wear it alone. Peptides and sodium hyaluronate leave the skin soft, youthful and incredibly radiant.

QUICK TAKE: The Tinted Primer is truly a unique product in the entire cosmetics industry.  There is nothing else like it, a must-have for people who like a natural and even-toned glow, instead of a heavy foundation look. It’s oil free, light weight and silky smooth!  Just don’t forget to store the bottle upside down or shake it before you pump some out, otherwise the natural and botanical ingredients will begin to separate. 

As you will see in the pictures below, although the Tinted Primer swatches in Light and Medium have a distinct difference in their shades, once fully blended into the skin the color differences become almost unnoticeable.  I can get away with wearing either shade all year round without it altering my skin tone.  They really just even out my color rather then change it.

Liquid Light Breathable Perfecting Foundation – $52

What it is:
A skin-perfecting foundation that’s lightweight and super breathable.

What it’s used for:
Sunday Riley Liquid Light Breathable Perfecting Foundation helps you achieve a flawless, airbrushed look using a luxurious, light-catching formula that disguises fine lines, wrinkles and imperfections. Vitamin C, bamboo and magnola bark work together to plump, smooth and repair the skin, helping it to look its best.

QUICK TAKE: Liquid Light is a great foundation that’s very buildable and offers medium to full coverage.  I love how truly light and breathable it is, and it’s also excellent for mixing with my other Sunday Riley products, such as Juno and Cashmere SPF 30.  When mixed with Juno & Cashmere, I can apply Liquid Light to my entire face with my hands, just like a tinted moisturizer. 

A little goes a very long way; as you will see in the pictures below, once the small swatch is distributed onto the skin, it covers quite a large area…

 
Creme Radiance Breathable Ageless Foundation – $58


What it is:
An ultra-hydrating and smoothing full-coverage foundation cream.

What it’s used for:
Sunday Riley Creme Radiance Breathable Ageless Foundation is a unique, moisture-rich, complete coverage foundation that allows the skin to breathe and actually correct itself while concealing flaws and imperfections. Infused with magnolia bark, biopeptides, tonka bean and biopeptides, this anti-aging makeup promotes cellular growth, reduces redness and prevents moisture loss.

QUICK TAKE: This is a lovely foundation, and it’s surprisingly light for being such a full coverage foundation. It’s a high quality product that’s richly moisturizing, loaded with active anti-aging ingredients and offers a beautiful and very natural finish.  I don’t wear this foundation all over my face because I prefer less coverage overall, however I do apply it to my T-zone and it blends perfectly with other makeup.

Below are the descriptions for the color shades of Creme Radiance. The same color descriptions can be applied to Liquid Light, but with one exception – I found that the Liquid Light does not have as much ‘yellow undertone’ in the 120 and 130 range. So when reading the descriptions below, replace “yellow” with “neutral” if referring to Liquid Light in the 120-130 ranges.

Sunday Riley Foundation WARM Range:
1. 100 W is an ivory for very pale skin tones with yellow undertones
2. 110 W is a fair to light beige with yellow undertones
3. 120 W is a light beige with yellow undertones
4. 130 W is a medium beige with yellow undertones
5. 140 W a big jump from the 130 W. This is for summer time golden-tan skin
6. 150 W is for dark golden-tan skin

Sunday Riley Foundation COOL Range:
1. 100 C is a pale shade with fair yellow undertones
2. 110 C is a neutral fair beige
3. 120 C is a light beige with neutral undertones
4. 130 C is a neutral medium beige
5. 140 C A huge jump from the 130 C. It’s a deep beige with neutral to rosy undertones
6. 150 C is a deep tan beige with a chocolate tone

In the following pictures you will see the Liquid Light Foundation 120W next to the Creme Radiance Foundation 110W.  I wanted to note that the reason I have a lighter shade in the Creme Radiance is because I typically only use it in the areas I need to ‘lighten’ up and more specifically cover up redness.  As we all already know ‘yellow’ covers up red, and if you notice under the color descriptions the amount of ‘yellow undertones’ become less and less the higher the number; and so 110W will have more yellow that 120W – hence the reason I use 110W on those red areas of my face.  Hopefully these pictures will better show you what I’m talking about with the ‘yellow undertones’…

Similar to the Tinted Primer, the pictures below show that when fully blended into the skin it’s hard to see much of a difference in the lighter and darker foundation shades…

I also have a few pictures of the Liquid Light Foundation in 110W to show you, but because it contains more ‘yellow undertones’ than the 120W, it doesn’t work on my skin tone. I gave it to my BFF, Kristin – whom by the way says it works perfectly on her skin tone and she tends to lead more towards ‘Cool’ and ‘Olive’ than I do.  I have more of a ‘Warm’ and ‘Pink’ tone.  Below are pictures of the Liquid Light 110W compared to Creme Radiance 110W…

Dry Touch Creme-To-Powder Concealer – $28

Available shades:
145W is ideal for dark skin with warm undertones.
145C is ideal for dark skin with cool undertones.
125W is ideal for medium-tan skin with warm undertones.
125C is ideal for medium-tan skin with cool undertones.
105W is ideal for light-fair skin with warm undertones.
105C is ideal for light-fair skin with cool undertones.

What it is:
A lightweight, long-wearing concealer that perfects the skin.

What it’s used for:
Sunday Riley Dry Touch Creme-To-Powder Concealer conceal all imperfections with using a creamy consistency that dries to a flake-free, powdery finish. Formulated to mask all redness, blemishes, acne and scars without looking heavy, this flattering concealer works quickly and lasts all day long.

QUICK TAKE:  Not the best concealer for around the eyes but excellent for covering up blemishes, red spots or random imperfections.  What’s so great about this concealer is the fact that you don’t have to apply additional powder on top of it to set it in.  Due to it’s unique cream-to-powder formula, it sets perfectly even when using it ‘on the go’ with just your fingers.

 

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  • Sephora

REVIEW: Rouge Bunny Rouge Eye Shadow Duo “A Major – F is Minor”

Jenni reviews two beautiful eye shades from Rouge Bunny Rouge’s  When Birds Are Singing… Long-lasting Duo Eye Shadow – A Major – f is Minor

This review is PART 3 of a three part feature where I review the products I used to create my own “Rouge Bunny Rouge Look.”
Last week I tested out a few of my recent Rouge Bunny Rouge makeup purchases, by creating a ‘casual daytime look’ for work.  I  received so many compliments from people asking me about the makeup was wearing, that I decided to take a few pictures and review my entire Rouge Bunny Rouge look!
The products I used:

I also used Fine-spun Light Luminous Skin Wand to conceal my under-eye dark circles, and I highlighted my face for a subtle sun-kissed glow, by using Rouge Bunny Rouge’s As If It Were Still Summer…Bronzing Glow Powder “AT GOLDCOMBE BAY.” But Kristin and I will be reviewing this bronzer together, in a couple weeks when we test out more Rouge Bunny Rouge looks.

A picture of my Rouge Bunny Rouge ‘casual daytime look for work’ wearing all three products…

Jenni Jordan Gorman

When Birds Are Singing…Long Lasting Eye Shadows are, in my opinion, one of Rouge Bunny Rouge’s standout beauty products. Their powder eye shadows are extraordinary!  I find the formula to be incredibly lightweight and shockingly creamy for a powder.  They melt into the eyes for a truly ‘second-skin’ look and feel.  If you enjoy wearing eye shadows and value each of your makeup purchases – where you prefer spending your money on the ‘best of the best’ and highest-quality eye shadows – than Rouge Bunny Rouge’s Long-lasting eye shade formulas are an ABSOLUTE MUST-HAVE!

Here is what Rouge Bunny Rouge says about their Eye Shadow…

A MAJOR – F IS MINOR
A Major-f is Minor Color Description:  Palest golden wheat, paired with a delicately frosted muted mauve-brown with a subtle gold accent
The Duo Eye Shade “A MAJOR – fis MINOR” is an excellent ‘first purchase’ for anyone interested in trying out Rouge Bunny Rouge eye shadows.  Not only do you get two beautiful shades in one, but when blended together you in fact get three shades!
Here are some pictures of each shade in the duo, as well as blended together…
Also, the three shades, this Duo provides, are so versatile and wearable on anyone’s eyelids. They create gorgeous depth and are easily buildable. They come to life in the light with a lively iridescent finish and a slight shimmer. Best of all – Rouge Bunny Rouge’s LONG-lasting eye shadows do, in fact, last all day long!
When Birds Are Singing…Long-lasting Eye Shadow Duo – $33.00
All Rouge Bunny Rouge products are available at Zuneta and Beauty Habit

BEST PRODUCT – Sunday Riley’s “Juno”

Best Product Choice for Radiant Skin

*Jenni reviews one of her all-time favorite products*

 

In my opinion, Sunday Riley can do no wrong. Her products have the unique ability to produce visible results WHILE engaging your senses, making the experience of using Sunday Riley truly sumptuous and magical. 

Juno Transformative Lipid Serum is no exception! This dry oil feels amazing when I warm a few drops between my hands before applying it to my face. Then it feels and looks incredibly luxurious after I apply it on my face. It gives me an instant youthful glow without appearing greasy.  

I use Juno on several occasions, and for several reasons – including (but not limited to):

  1. When my skin just simply needs moisture
  2. I mix one pump with my sunscreen for a streak-free application, an extra glow and to seal in the sun protection
  3. I mix one pump with whatever problem solving serum I am using that particular day for an added ‘velvety smooth finish.’
  4. I mix it with another Sunday Riley product “Stimulant II” after I’ve been to the beach, pool or just simply got too much sun. This is my post-sun exposure treatment to prevent and reverse dehydration from UV exposure.
  5. During the cold winter months in Chicago, I use it morning and night before applying moisturizer, so that my dry ‘wind-burned’ skin gets proper hydration & nourishment.
  6. I “dot it on” under or over my foundation for added radiance, and to ‘set in’ the foundation. 
  7. I use it when I’m sad and I want to be happy!!…I’m not usually sad but I wanted to express how in love I am with Juno.



Sunday Riley Says:
Purpose – rare, dry oil absolute that gives skin an obsession-worthy glow. A patent-pending blend of lightweight, fast absorbing oils extremely high in natural retinol, Vitamin C, Essential Amino Acids, Omega-3, 6, & 9, UV shields, and natural Anti-Inflammatory agents for luminous skin. Anti-Aging, anti-oxidant. Unique Properties – A dry oil blend: hydrates and vanishes, leaving skin velvety and smooth

Key Ingredients:

  • Acai seed (quick absorption, rich in essential amino acids, vitamins, anthocyanins and phenols making the oil a very powerful anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory)
  • Argan (rich in Omega 6 and Omega 9, carotenes, squalene, and phenols; possesses a remarkable ability to nourish, moisturize and improve skin elasticity.)
  • Black Cumin seed (prized since ancient times, calms acne and eczema, helps with auto-immune issues)
  • Blackberry seed (great for damaged, blemished, or mature skin; high in Vitamin C, several types of Vitamin E, and lutein)
  • Blueberry seed (very light, quickly absorbed, beautiful aroma; high in Omega-3 fatty acids, significant free radical fighter, helps heal eczema & psoriasis)
  • Broccoli seed (contains 50% Erucic Acid (an Omega 9 oil): imparts luster similar to silicone and high in Retinol (Vitamin A)
  • Carrot seed (natural UV fighter; stimulates circulation, improves tone and elasticity; nourishes, tightens, and rejuvenates skin)
  • Chardonnay Grape seed (very light carrier oil, bursting with antioxidants; soaks in quickly)
  • Cranberry seed (broad spectrum UV protection, unique 1-1-1 balance of Omega-3, Omega-6, and Omega-9, high in retinol, great lipid barrier protection)
  • Marula (highly nutritious oil from Africa; absorbs quickly, heals skin tissue, reduces redness, reduces transepidermal water loss, increases the smoothness of skin)
  • Meadowfoam seed (penetrates the skin better than almost any other oil; absorbs quickly and leaves skin velvety soft)
  • Pomegranate seed (contains anti-cancer Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA); improves elasticity)
  • Red Raspberry seed (Cox-2 inhibitor, powerful free radical scavenger, high in retinol and Essential Fatty Acids; natural UV shield)
Sunday Riley products are Cruelty Free!

FINAL THOUGHT: Although priced at $125.00 for 1 fluid ounce is quite expensive; this serum/dry oil is highly concentrated and will last a very long time. I have been using the same bottle for five months now. I consider Juno to be one of my absolute ‘Must have it’ and ‘Can’t live without it’ Holy Grail of skincare products. My skin says Juno is worth every penny!

Available at Barneys.com and Sundayriley.com

I just brought home a new bottle of Juno from Barneys, take a look at the beautiful packaging, it’s so clean, sleek and modern…

Remember one pump is all you need…



I warm it up between my hands before I apply it on my face…

 
Here are a few pictures that I took of myself “before & after” applying Juno.  In the ‘after’ pictures, I have nothing else on my face except Juno…

Before (Left) -Notice the redness in my cheek and on my nose and the sun spots on my forehead

After (Right) – Redness is calmed and forehead looks even-toned.

Before (Left) –
Notice the dark eye circles due to lack of moisture

After (Right) –
Juno absorbs right into my skin reducing discoloration and giving me a youthful “glow”


Before (Left) –
notice the overall color and texture is uneven

After (Right) –
Better skin tone & texture. Skin also looks radiant & smooth.

Before (Left) –
Notice the ‘red spots’ on forehead, cheek and chin

After (Right) –
Red spots are instantly less noticeable.

Before (Left) –
Notice the fine lines around my mouth.

After (Right) –
Juno plumps & smooths my fine lines and they become less noticeable.

REVIEW: Arcona Toner Tea Bar

I look forward to washing my face each morning and night with the Arcona Toner Tea cleanser bar. I even try to figure out some excuse as to why I need to wash my face in the middle of the day.  It’s so much fun to use!

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION:

ARCONA Toner Tea Bar

Antioxidant facial cleanser heals and strengthens your skin as it tones and minimizes pores. Neutralize free radicals, calm and protect skin with antioxidant, anti-inflammatory green and black teas. Nourish, oxygenate and clarify your skin with antibacterial enzyme-rich manuka honey and vitamin E. Maintain your skin’s natural ph balance with soothing lecithin, yucca and aloe extracts.

Directions: Use daily: Apply to wet face with light, upward and outward circles. Rinse well.

Available in 4oz

I bought the Arcona Toner Tea Bar a couple of weeks ago because I was simply bored with my cleansing routine.  My skin just isn’t reacting the same way it used to while using my normal cleanser.  My skin usually adapts to a cleanser after 6 months of using it.  So, I wanted to try something new and organic if possible…hello Arcona Toner Tea Bar.

First off, it’s a bar of soap which a NEVER use. I wasn’t quite sure how I was going to like it.  You have to wet your face (not the Toner Tea bar) and then apply the bar to your face in a circular motion for about one minute.

I was surprised because there wasn’t much soapy residue on my face, and I wasn’t quite sure enough ‘toner tea’ was released from the bar during the first minute of use.  During the next phase of washing, my concerns were quickly silenced because once you apply water to your face again the remaining soap comes to life in a fabulous foaming frenzy!  Your face lathers up with toner tea, and you can really feel the ingredients working as they deeply penetrate your pores and cleanse everything thoroughly!

Afterwards your face feels so incredibly squeaky clean, you can actually hear the ‘squeak’ noises of your fingers rubbing up against your cheeks.  The best part is that you’re clean but not dry in the least.  In fact, my face always feels silky smooth afterwards, and it does an excellent job at tightening pores! Also, you don’t even have to rinse the bar off, you just place it back in the convenient container with a built in ‘drip pad’, close the lid and your done!

FINAL THOUGHT:  If you are bored with your current cleansing routine and feel like shaking things up a bit, then I highly recommend giving Arcona’s cleansing bars a try.  I’m currently obsessed with mine, and I can’t imagine anyone else being disappointed.  The only thing I will warn people about is that this bar may feel too drying on already dry skin.  Even though it doesn’t dry my skin at all, I can imagine if someone who enjoys a more moisturized feeling from their cleanser, may not enjoy the uber-clean feeling the Toner Tea Bar provides.

Arcona Toner Tea Bar ($38)

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