Transformation Tuesday: 30 Days of Lipstick

Hello friends!

This April, The Zoe Report posted about a beauty challenge that I simply could not resist: 30 days, 30 different lipsticks.

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Like many beauty addicts, I have accumulated quite a collection of lip products over the years.  But even with a plethora of options {yes, I really do need 50 shades of red}, I can’t help play favorites with a few go-to products that tend to be in my handbag at all times.

{I’m looking at you, Stila Beso.}

I decided to follow along with the challenge to mix things up.  Although I didn’t post every day, I didn’t repeat any lipsticks either, and it was so fun!

If you feel like you’re in a makeup rut, I recommend trying something similar.  Changing your lipstick is a quick and easy way to vary your look.  But you don’t need 30 lipsticks to play along; I think it would be just as fun to try it on a weekly basis!  I’ve included all the products I used and where you can find them below.  You can also view the challenge on Instagram with the hashtag tzrbeautychallenge.  Hope you enjoy!

Thanks for stopping by, I really appreciate it!

xoxo,
Jenn

PS – Transformation Tuesday posts about skincare + mindset here: 1, 2, 3.

Bourjois Rouge Velvet Ping Pong Stila Cosmetics Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick Aria

Day 1: Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Matte Liquid Lipstick in Ping Pong {Amazon}

Day 2: Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Aria {Nordstrom | Sephora}

Lipstick Queen Hello Sailor Lipstick

Day 3: Lipstick Queen Hello Sailor Lipstick {Nordstrom | Beauty.com}

Zoya Nail Polish Sooki Carmindy & Co. Kiss Me Lip Butter Rose Passion

Day 4: Carmindy & Co. Kiss Me Lip Butter in Rose Passion {HSN}

Nars lipstick Schiap

Day 5: Nars lipstick in Schiap {Nordstrom | Sephora}

Urban Decay Super Saturated High Gloss Lip Color Crush

Day 6: Urban Decay Super Saturated High Gloss Lip in Crush {Nordstrom | Ulta}

Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G. lipstick Coachella Coral Lip Cheat Lip Liner Pink Venus

Day 7: Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat liner in Pink Venus {Nordstrom} +

Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G. lipstick in Coachella Coral {Nordstrom}

Isaac Mizrahi True Matte Lip Color Hooray!

Day 8: c/o Isaac Mizrahi True Matte Lip Color in Hooray! {Isaac Mizrahi}

Smashbox The Nude Lip Pencil Light Michael Kors Gloss

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Day 10: Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Roman Holiday {Nordstrom | Sephora}

Bourjois Lovely Rouge Lipstick - 15 Rouge Best

Day 11: Bourjois Lovely Rouge Lipstick in Rouge Best {my fave, discontinued}

YSL Beauty tint-in-oil in Cherry My Cherie

Day 12: Yves Saint Laurent tint-in-oil in Cherry My Cherie {Nordstrom | Sephora}

Nars Audacious lipstick Fanny

Day 13: Nars Audacious lipstick in Fanny {Nordstrom | Sephora}

Burberry Lip Mist in OxbloodDay 14: Burberry Lip Mist in Oxblood {Nordstrom}

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick Fiore

Day 15: Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Fiore {Nordstrom | Sephora}

Stila Cosmetics Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick Beso

Day 16: Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Beso {Nordstrom | Sephora}

Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Vernis a Levres Glossy Stain 14 Fuchsia Dore

Day 17: Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Vernis a Levres Glossy Stain 14 Fuchsia Dore {Nordstrom}

Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Roman Holiday

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Day 18: Smashbox The Nude Liner in Light {discontinued, sad!}

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Michael Kors Eau de Parfum + Lip Gloss Duo {Macy’s}

Revlon Super Lustrous Creme Lipstick in Raspberry Bite

Day 20:  Revlon Super Lustrous Creme Lipstick in Raspberry Bite

Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G. lipstick in Night Crimson

Day 21: Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat liner in Savage Rose {Nordstrom} +

Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G. lipstick in Night Crimson {Nordstrom}

Chanel Rouge Allure lipstick in 93 Exaltee

Day 22: Chanel Rouge Allure lipstick in 93 Exaltee {Chanel}

Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupté Shine in 4 Rouge in Danger!

Day 23: Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupté Shine in 4 Rouge in Danger! {Sephora}

Urban Decay 24:7 Glide-On Lip Pencil + Revolution Lipstick in Mrs. Mia Wallace

Day 24: Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil + Revolution Lipstick in Mrs. Mia Wallace

{limited edition, but try 69 liner + F-Bomb lipstick at Nordstrom or Sephora}

Stila Cosmetics Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick Fiery Bellissima

Day 26: Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Fiery + Bellissima {mixed together}

{Nordstrom | Sephora}

Flat Lay YSL Yves Saint Laurent Fusion Ink Foundation Le Teint Encre de Peau Buxom Monte Carlo Color Benefit Hervana Charlotte Tilbury Fat Full Lashes Anastasia Beverly Hills brow pencil blonde Cle de Peau Beate concealer Stila lush lips primer

Buxom Monte Carlo

Day 27: Buxom Full-On Lip Stick in Monte Carlo {Sephora}

Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupté lipstick in 29 Opera Rose

Day 28: Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupté lipstick in 29 Opera Rose {Nordstrom}

Fresh Sugar Shine lip treatment in Rose 2 Fresh Sugar Shine lip treatment in Rose 1

Day 29:Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat liner in Pillowtalk {Nordstrom} +

Fresh Sugar Shine lip treatment in Rose {Sephora}

Hourglass opaque liquid lipstick in Icon

Day 30: Hourglass Cosmetics Opaque Liquid Lipstick in Icon {Nordstrom}

My Daily Sunscreen {And How to Get One for Free}

Hello friends!

Did you know that May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month?  I had been thinking about sharing my favorite daily sunscreens, but I felt it was even more important after I saw and shared this post on Facebook.  Sobering to say the least…  And in honor of Skin Cancer Awareness Month, I would love to give you one of my favorite products!  Please keep reading to find out more.

First, it should go without saying that tanning beds are not okay. Aside from rapidly aging your skin, it’s proven to be seriously dangerous.  When I first moved to California, I fell into the tanning bed trap to try to fit into what I thought was the “California Girl” mold. Thankfully it didn’t last long, partly because of the effects of daily tanning I saw on my friends: leathery skin is no bueno.  {I hope they have stopped tanning too!}

I’ve been wearing sunscreen nonstop for the past 10+ years and I’ve come to love my fair skin, especially since I found pale foundations to match it.  {Some of my favorites are discussed here, here, and here.}  But my arsenal lacked two key products: a daily body sunscreen that didn’t leave a white cast or leave my skin feeling greasy or sticky, and a way to reapply sunscreen over makeup without undoing all the work.  Today I’m sharing these two gems with you.

Rodan and Fields Body Sunscreen + Goldfaden MD Sun Visor Spray

They are both SPF 30, which is perfect for my normal daily routine.  {I do prefer a heavier body sunscreen if I’m going to be in the sun for an extended period of time, especially around water.  This lotion and this spray are two of my favorites.}  But while I love those for vacation, I don’t want to “feel” like I’m wearing sunscreen in my daily life {or smell like it either}.

Rodan and Fields Essentials Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Body Sunscreen

I’ve tried so many drugstore and high end lotions with sunscreen in my hunt to find one that actually felt like lotion.  And the Rodan + Fields Essentials Body Sunscreen is the first one to actually deliver.  It absorbs quickly, has a pleasant scent that immediately fades, and leaves your skin moisturized without being at all sticky or greasy.  There’s no white cast, nor does it leave a shiny finish.  It doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin and it’s great for the whole family (men, women, and kiddos). It’s also the first sunscreen I’ve ever been able to apply to the part in my hair without causing the roots to get greasy or look dirty.   {There’s nothing worse than a sun burn on your scalp!  Shampooing is miserable, and the peeling, flaking aftermath is not sexy.}

Goldfaden MD Sun Visor SPF 30

Goldfaden MD Sun Visor SPF 30 is another recent discovery that never leaves my handbag.  For years I’ve wrestled with how to reapply sunscreen during the day without disturbing my makeup.  I tried powder sunscreens but they just don’t agree with my dry skin. This spray is indispensable: it’s light, absorbs quickly, doesn’t disturb makeup, and doesn’t leave a white or powdery residue.  It’s also great under makeup {or as a base sunscreen} if you feel like you want a bit more protection.  It does have more of a “sunscreeny” fragrance, but it fades immediately.  You only need a spray or two to cover your whole face, so this bottle will last a long time {especially if it’s a backup to your regular morning sunscreen}.

Speaking of which, I love my current morning routine!

Unblemish Regimen Redefine Triple Defense Treatment Redefine Eye Cream

The Redefine Triple Defense Treatment contains a broad spectrum SPF 30, keeps my dry skin soft and hydrated, and contains a clinically proven concentration of powerful peptides to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles and visibly firm skin.  And it is a dream under makeup!!  I also love the Reverse Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ Sunscreen for days when I know I’ll be spending more time outside.

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Each of Rodan + Fields sunscreens have also been awarded the Skin Cancer Foundation’s Seal of Recommendation. This designation is only granted to sun protection products that meet stringent criteria and provide scientific data to demonstrate that the product sufficiently and safely aids in the prevention of sun-induced damage to the skin.

And each of the Rodan + Fields regimens comes with a sunscreen.  In order to protect yourself from the health risks, everyone should be wearing daily sunscreen: men and women of all skin color, regardless of how quickly your skin tans or burns.  It’s just not worth the risk to skip this simple and effective preventative measure.  Which leads me to the giveaway!!

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From now through May 31st, I will give one of my favorite Rodan + Fields Essentials Body Sunscreens to everyone who purchases a skincare regimen through our Preferred Customer program.  Please send me an email so we can figure out which regimen is right for you! {jenn.m.french at gmail dot com}  It’s the perfect time of year to get started on an SPF routine before those long summer days of fun.  As one of my fellow consultants wisely said, “Your skin will be with you until the end…treat it well.”

Thanks so much for reading!

xoxo,
Jenn

Closet Remix: J.Crew Factory Textured Cotton Dress

Hello friends!

My trusty photographer snapped a few pictures of my outfit today, so I thought it would be the perfect time for another closet remix post.  I bought this J.Crew Factory textured cotton dress in May 2014, but it’s back again this season in bright, fun colors.  And here are some other cute coral options {1, 2, 3, 4, 5}.

J.Crew Factory textured cotton dress J.Crew Martina suede wedges cobalt blue Factory stretch classic button-down shirt 1

I’m participating in a fabulous colorblock style challenge, and today’s prompt was cobalt + coral.  I paired this bright Seaside Coral dress with J.Crew Martina suede wedges {similar-ish}, a J.Crew Factory stretch classic button-down shirt {similar}, and American Eagle aviators {similar}. Colorblocking is wearing two or more solid colors in an outfit, with no patterns or prints — soooo hard!  But I really love this color combination, so I’m going to have to bring it back in the future (with stripes!).  Thanks to the lovely Shannon for dreaming up this colorful challenge.  <3

J.Crew Factory textured cotton dress J.Crew Martina suede wedges cobalt blue Factory stretch classic button-down shirt 2J.Crew Factory textured cotton dress J.Crew Martina suede wedges cobalt blue Factory stretch classic button-down shirt 3

If you’ve never tried aviator sunglasses, American Eagle has numerous pairs that are each less than $15!  I have three, and I am impressed by the quality and durability.  Plus a number of people have asked me if they were Ray-bans, which is always fun when you’re wearing something that costs exponentially less.

Here are two more ways I’ve worn this darling dress.  The textured cotton gives it a bit of stiffness, which I like, but it does tend to get wrinkly after you sit for a while.  And you know I’m a sucker for any dress with pockets!

J.Crew Factory textured cotton dress J.Crew Factory Maryanne leather wedges

Factory Maryanne leather wedges {similar}

J.Crew Factory textured cotton dress J.Crew denim jacket American Eagle Gladiator Wedge J.Crew Skinny leopard printed calf hair belt Chanel Sunglasses Kate Spade New York Montrose Elana Shoulder Bag

J.Crew Skinny leopard printed calf hair belt {similar}
Chanel Sunglasses
Kate Spade New York Montrose Elana Shoulder Bag
American Eagle Gladiator Wedge {similarish}
J.Crew denim jacket {similar | similar}

Hope you enjoy these closet remixes!  If this post inspires you to wear some old standbys in new ways, I would love to know!  Please comment on my blog or tag me on Instagram.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

xoxo,
Jenn

PS – check out my previous Closet Remix posts here + here!

Makeup Monday: Naked 3

Hello friends!

If you haven’t picked up a Naked eyeshadow palette yet, I recommend trying one out. The shadows are highly pigmented, easy to blend, and you can create a ton of different looks with the various colors and textures (mattes, satins, shimmer, and glitter).  I have all three, but honestly the only one I use on a regular basis is Naked3.

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The original Naked palette is great for warmer complexions (golds, browns, and taupe nudes), and Naked2 is perfect for cool toned gals (grays and beiges).  Naked3 is full of rose-hued neutrals, and if you have green eyes (or greenish blueish eyes, like me), this palette is the one you need.

The colors are just gorgeous and surprisingly wearable for day and night.  I was worried that there would be glittery fallout, but the shadows appear more shimmery than glittery, and I haven’t had any issues with staying power.  (Although I always use a primer first, usually M·A·C’s Pro Longwear Paint Pot in painterly (here) or this.) Today I used the shades Limit and Nooner on the crease and Liar on my upper and lower lids.  Here’s how it turned out:

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San Diego Portrait Photographer

See what I mean about wearable?  The colors are more subtle than they appear in the pan, but in a good way (not in a “why did I spend $60 for eyeshadows that don’t show up” way).  These rose hues, coupled with an orchid colored mascara, brings out the green in my eyes and really makes them pop.  And because the shadows are still neutral, they work with almost any lip color.

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Here are the rest of the products I used today:

  • By Terry Terrybly Densiliss foundation in shade 2, cream ivory (available at Barneys, SpaceNK, or Beauty.com)
  • Charlotte Tilbury Wonder Glow (at Nordstrom)
  • By Terry Terrybly Growth Booster mascara in mystic orchid (at Barneys, SpaceNK, or Beauty.com)
  • Yves Saint Laurent ‘Dessin du Regard Waterproof’ Eye Pencil in simmering burgundy (at Nordstrom)
  • NARS Radiant creamy concealer in Chantilly (at Sephora)
  • NARS Satin lip pencil in Palais Royal (at Sephora)

Not pictured:

And just for fun, here is the rest of my outfit — head to toe J.Crew (Emmaleigh dress in bright seaside, Martine satin sling back heels in sour lemon, gold and glass beaded necklace, merino michelle v-neck cardigan, and large leather gallery hobo).  Yes, I am a J.Crew addict {although everything except the dress is from 2008-2009}.  :)

J.Crew Emmaleigh dress satin d'orsay sling back boyfriend cardigan 2

J.Crew Emmaleigh dress satin d'orsay sling back boyfriend cardigan 1

Thanks so much for stopping by!

xoxo,
Jenn

Five Years a French

Hello friends!

Five years ago today I married my best friend.  In Las Vegas.  By Elvis.  It was unbelievably fun, surprisingly romantic, and I wouldn’t change a thing!  I posted details of my outfit here, but thought I would share our hilarious wedding video with you all today.  Hope you enjoy it as much as we did.  ;-)

xoxo,
Jenn

Turn Back Time

Hello friends!

I gave in to Internet peer pressure and decided to try out how-old.net.  In a nutshell, it’s a computer program that analyzes your facial features and estimates your age and gender.  You can read all about how it works here.  A lot of my friends have already shared their results on Facebook and Instagram, but after seeing this one, I had had to try it out.  Here’s an un-edited picture I snapped a few minutes ago:

How Old Robot Best Skin of Your Life Rodan and Fields

And here’s an un-edited picture from November 2014.  I tried to capture the same angle and expression in both pictures for the best comparison.

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HOLY CRAP.  This robot is my new best friend.  ;-)

This isn’t a true before and after comparison, of course, because I’m wearing makeup in both pictures.  But the changes in my face are easy to see, especially around my eyes and mouth. What I love the most, aside from my acne-free face, however, is the overall clarity, smoothness, and glow of my skin.

The day after I shared my results, I started using the Rodan + Fields Redefine regimen at night to combat the signs of aging, including my favorite night renewing serum.  I still use Unblemish in the mornings, and our eye cream is a non-negotiable.  But to kick things up a notch, I’ve added the amazing Macro Exfoliator to my routine once a week, along with the Micro-Exfoliating Roller.  These tools deserve their own post, and they’ll get one soon.  But essentially they allow you to get serious at-home results at a fraction of the cost of similar exfoliating facials or medical procedures.  And the results speak for themselves.

I’m not sure if I really look 23, but I don’t think I look 35 either.  And more importantly, I don’t feel 35!  I’m reading Dr. Kathy Fields + Dr. Katie Rodan’s book, and this quote resonated with me:

“It’s not vain to want to look as good as you feel.  In fact, we are giving you permission to be vain.  It can be a positive thing.  It means looking after yourself and striving to be the best you can be.”

I couldn’t agree more.  Whether you’re 25 or 65, a makeup lover or a bare-faced beauty, male or female, you deserve the best skin of your life.  And it would be my pleasure to help you get started on your journey to great skin.

Hope you are having a fabulous week!

xoxo,
Jenn

Transformation Tuesday: There Is No Try

Hello friends!

I have some great posts in the works, but I’ve had a {delightfully} busy week and I’ve accepted that it’s not going to happen today — something’s gotta give!  So here are some quick thoughts about changing your mindset, inspired by the best day of the year (National Star Wars day, of course).

Do or do not, there is no try

Like most kids born in the 70s {even ones like me who snuck in during the last few weeks of 1979}, I love Star Wars.  I’ve been obsessed since childhood.  I can’t even count the number of times that I’ve seen the original three movies {let’s not talk about Episodes I-III, mmmmkay?}. The Empire Strikes Back has always favorite, in no small part because I loooove Yoda.  Time for the full geek confession: I had a Yoda poster in my room in high school and a mini Yoda in my pocket at all times.  {Luckily for me, I met + married this guy; in place of a star atop our xmas tree, we have Chewy.  Yes I’m serious.}

But it wasn’t until yesterday when I posted this picture on Instagram that I truly appreciated the magnitude {and the simplicity} of Yoda’s wisdom: “Try not.  Do… or do not. There is no try.”  I recently read The Power of Habit for a book club {highly recommend!!!}, and it talks about belief as the key to changing behavior.  You have to believe that change is possible, and if you truly believe, you will be successful. Whether that belief is rooted in religion, spirituality, the Force, or even just believing in yourself, it’s paramount.  After all, if you don’t believe in yourself, how can you expect other people to believe in you?

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Entrepreneurship is challenging, especially taking the leap into a brand new field {or, in my case, two}.  But when the buck stops with you, there’s no time for second guessing, wondering whether you will be successful, or worrying about what people think.  You can’t afford to give it a try – you’ve got to do it.  Jump into that freezing deep water with both feet and trust that you will be able to swim to the surface.  Is it easy?  F*ck no.  It’s hard as hell.  But if you do, if you keep at it, it will pay off.

Now excuse me while I go order a new Yoda poster for my grown up apartment.

xoxo,
Jenn