Lazy Post: The Ordinary Serum Foundation



A Few of My Favorite Things

Hi, friends!

I thought I’d write a quick post with some recent favorite things.  This is unsponsored and in no particular order.

Screen Shot 2017-05-03 at 12.12.30 PM.pngNumber one is MAC’s Face & Body Mixing Medium–the white version of their iconic foundation.  HOW DID I NOT KNOW ABOUT THIS GLORIOUS PRODUCT SOONER?!?  It’s a light coverage, oil-free mixer that gives a natural finish and finally allows me to achieve the unachievable: foundation that matches the rest of my vampiric body.  I mix in a 50/50 ratio, and, so far, it has worked in a dreamy fashion with every single one of my foundations.  (Currently loving it with the Cle de Peau Cream foundation in shade I10.)  If you are a fellow fair-skinned gal, I can’t recommend this enough.  I bought mine on MAC’s website.

Screen Shot 2017-05-03 at 11.35.29 AMProduct number two is something my husband and I both love: the Cremo Original Concentrated Shave Cream.  This is no frills cream is extremely concentrated, so it lasts forever, and delivers as promised: a super close shave that minimizes nicks (and I’m a pro in this regard, trust me.  Bandaids are a girl’s best friend).  It has a very slight, clean fragrance and leaves your skin soft and hair free.  There’s a mango coconut version if you’re into that thing (I don’t like it but my husband does).  My only gripe with this company is that they market a version for women that seems to be exactly the same — but costs more.  Seriously?  Do your legs a favor and buy the original one asap.  I get mine from Amazon but I’ve seen it at drugstores too.

Screen Shot 2017-05-03 at 11.52.45 AM.pngLast, but certainly not least, is my most recent favorite: the Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Cloud Serum.  I have been searching for a hydrating serum for a while.  My skin is normal to combination: I get shiny in the t-zone but the rest of my face can be dry AF.  In other words, I need moisture but heavier creams can leave my face more oily than glowy, and can cause my foundation to slide around my face.  No bueno.  I had my eye on the Tatcha Deep Hydration Firming Serum, but fate intervened.  I won a Nordstrom gift card from one of my favorite beauty bloggers, Maree at A Little Bit Etc., and she shared her VIB sale recommendations video.  I immediately ordered the Drench Cloud Serum (and two other goodies), and it was exactly what my skin needed.  But, full disclosure, I wasn’t sure what to think at first.

One pump of this very liquidy gel absorbed quickly but left a slightly sticky, almost tight feeling.  Nevertheless, I persisted with my routine and put the lotion on the skin (my beloved La Mer Moisturizing Cream).  It absorbed as it usually did, the sticky/tight feelings disappeared, and I woke to unbelievably soft, hydrated skin.  But the true test was yet to come.  In the morning, I used one pump under the La Mer face lotion with SPF, which is normally not enough moisture for me on its own.  And not only was my skin hydrated and comfortable all day long, three women asked me what I did to make my skin glow.  I’ve now been using it twice a day for the past week, and I layer on a second serum a few nights a week (it is an amazing base for Sunday Riley’s Good Genes!).  Quite simply, it’s a fantastic product.  If you haven’t tried a hydrating serum yet, there are a lot of good options, and Maree’s blog is an excellent place to start.

I’d love to hear about any of your favorite products!  Skincare posts are my favorite ones to read (and some of my favorite Instagram accounts).  And thanks again to Maree for the gift card!  I found out that I won on less than stellar day, and it was a wonderful surprise.  It truly is the little things, friends.


Makeup Monday: the Best Brushes

Hello, friends!

I’ve been talking a lot about my favorite makeup products, but I realize I’ve left out one of the most important categories – the tools!  I’ve tried a lot of makeup brushes over the years, but there is one line that simply blows all the competition out of the water: the amazing brushes by Wayne Goss.

Wayne Goss Brush Review

Wayne a makeup artist out of the U.K. who makes some of my favorite YouTube videos: tutorials, reviews, tips, and more.  He’s not only a talented artist, but a genuinely awesome person.  His videos are informative, helpful, hilarious, and, above all, honest.  He’s shared some very personal details about his life, as well as candid conversations about cosmetic procedures and skincare.


I’ve been a fan for years, so when I heard Wayne was designing a line of brushes, I couldn’t wait to snap them up!   Here’s my collection {so far 😉}:

Wayne Goss brush review

Starting at the top and moving clockwise: Brush 16The Holiday BrushBrush 03Brush 06Brush 17Brush 02Brush 05Brush 11, and Brush 04.

Before Wayne Goss started making his amazing brushes, I thought I could only use synthetics. My eyes are extremely sensitive, and nearly every other natural hair brush I tried irritated my eyes or felt like they scratched or dragged my lids.  Wayne’s brushes are the softest brushes on the planet.  I’m talking kitten fur, pussy willow, golden retriever puppy soft.  I may or may not brush them on my face even without product from time to time. 😉 And I love that they are handcrafted and cruelty free.

The brushes are available both individually and in sets: the original Collection, the Face Set, and the Eye Set.  Honestly, I wish I would have just purchased the collections instead of buying individually; if you want to invest in quality brushes, you cannot go wrong with any one of these sets!  The next ones on my wish list are brushes 12, 13, 14, 19, and 20.  Beautylish includes detailed descriptions of how to use each of Wayne’s brushes, and he also made videos to walk you through each brush of the original Collection and the two sets.  Here’s the Face Set video, although fair warning: you’re going to want to buy them all immediately {and this anglophile just loves Wayne’s accent!}.

I have hooded/deep set eyes, and I find that Brush 04 is absolute perfection for adding definition in and above my crease.  The shape allows for precise application exactly where you want the color, and the softness makes blending an absolute dream.  It also picks up and holds the perfect amount of color with no fall out.  I’ve used this brush almost every single day since purchasing in January 2014 and it has not lost any of its shape or softness despite {nearly} weekly washings.  Brush 05 is also great for adding precise color into the crease, and it’s gentle enough to smudge eyeliner and shadow right into the lash line.  Here are brushes 03, 04, and 05 for size comparison {courtesy of Beautylish}:

Wayne Brushes 03 04 05 review

Brush 03 is perfect for that finishing touch; it’s larger size makes blending quick and easy, and it’s softness means you won’t undue any of your eye contour while still erasing any harsh lines. If I could only choose two eye brushes from the line, brushes 03 and 04 would be it (although that would be a tragedy, because they are each unique and amazing).  I love brush 06 for precise application of color onto my upper eyelid, but it’s slight curve allows you to blend and pull the shadow outwards {so it’s perfect for Charlotte Tilbury’s signature feline looks}.  Brush 17 is also one of my daily brushes for applying base color all over the lid.

Brush 16 is my favorite brush for applying and blending under eye concealer: in fact, it’s the only brush I’ve ever tried that blends concealer without streaks and doesn’t irritate my sensitive eyes. I also love using it to whisk away excess powder after setting concealer for a seamless finish that will last all day.  I use the Holiday Brush to apply powder on my t-zone, and it’s slightly pointed tip allows for precise application while never disturbing your foundation.  And I love Brush 02 for highlighting, contouring, and applying bronzer.  It is an absolute dream with Charlotte Tilbury’s Bronze + Glow {Nordstrom or Beautylish} as well as the Urban Decay Naked Flushed palettes {Nordstrom or Sephora}.

Charlotte Tilbury Bronze and Glow Clinique BB Cream Wayne Goss Brush 02 11 By Terry Terrybly Mascara Benefit Gimme Brow Bobbi Brown Blush

Brush 11 is the best brush I have ever used for applying blush!  The rounded tip picks up the perfect amount of product, and the soft bristles allow you to blend without disturbing foundation one bit.  My go-to blush is Hourglass’s Ethereal Glow {Nordstrom or Sephora}, and this brush fits so perfectly into the compact I swear they were meant to be used together.  Brush 11 is also great for bronzing and powder, although I prefer the Holiday Brush to set my makeup. Brush 11 is irreplaceable in my collection and I use it every day.

Please don’t be intimidated by the prices: these brushes are worth the investment.  They are easy to clean, hold their shape, and the softness is unparalleled.  Although I do have some other brushes in my collection {mostly because I’m admittedly lazy and can’t bear the thought of washing more than once a week, at best}, I always reach for my Wayne Goss brushes first, and they are the only ones I travel with.

Speaking of washing, I’m off to do just that.  I hope you enjoyed this post, and I’d love to hear about your experiences with Wayne’s delightful brushes!  As always, thank you so very much for stopping by.


Holy Grail Foundation #3

Hello, friends!

My third holy grail foundation is actually the first one I found back in December 2013: the stunning By Terry Terrybly Densiliss foundation {available at Barney’s, Space, and Beautylish}.  My other two holy grail foundation can be found here and here.  Here’s what Beautylish has to say about this lovely foundation:

Terrybly Densiliss Wrinkle Control Serum Foundation review shade 2 cream ivory

Terrybly Densiliss is a foundation serum enriched in skincare benefits with wrinkle control and firming properties that blends in like a second-skin. Wrinkles, whether deep or newly appearing, are targeted so that even the most lined skins are exceptionally smoothed. Its exclusive Densiliss technology, combined with the Mimetic Factor, a patented plant active ingredient, simulates fibroblasts and collagen synthesis by mimetism, acting at the heart of cellular mechanisms, imparting an immediate and long-lasting rejuvenating effect. The complexion is luminous, wrapped in an optimal and ultra-natural biomimetic coverage. The contours are reshaped and appear lifted, wrinkles look perfectly smoothed, the skin’s texture is refined and firmer with a newfound radiance and resplendently younger-looking.

Before By Terry Densiliss, I had nearly given up on finding a foundation that actually matched my skin tone.  And I literally tried them all: Mac, Chanel, Tom Ford, Armani, Make Up Forever, Bourjois, Estée Lauder, Bobbi Brown, etc. My skin is approximately N10 – meaning I have very fair skin with neutral undertones {neither pink nor yellow}.  Most foundations are too dark, too pink, or too yellow.  If I found a formula I liked, I mixed primer, moisturizer, and even white foundation to try to create the perfect color. Or I would find a color that was close {like Bobbi Brown’s Skin foundation in Alabaster} only to be disappointed by the formula {only lasts about 5 hours on my skin}.  So when I discovered the Beauty Professor’s blog, and read her spot on color descriptions and glowing review of the formula, I couldn’t wait to try it.

I was surprised to find that the lightest shade of this foundation likely wouldn’t work for me based on Rachel’s swatches and descriptions.  In most foundation lines, especially those that do not have parallel numbering systems based on skin tone {like Yves Saint Laurent}, the lightest shade had always been the closest match for my skin.  But I could tell from Rachel’s pictures that shade 1 would be too pink.  I chose shade 2 {cream ivory} and it was the first foundation that truly matched my skin tone!  Cream ivory is fair without being pink or yellow, and the creamy formula melts into my skin to create a flawless, natural looking base.

Terrybly Densiliss Wrinkle Control Serum Foundation review shade 2 cream ivory

Photo by Nathan French Photography

This foundation provides medium to full coverage but never looks cakey, and it truly feels weightless on the skin.  My face looks better and better throughout the day, and it gives me a lit from within glow.  It’s also a great foundation for long work days, because the lasting power is impressive {especially when used with the By Terry Densiliss primer}.  When I want a bit more luminosity, I’ll mix a dab of Charlotte Tilbury’s Wonder Glow {like I did today}. The Densiliss foundation is on the more expensive end, but a little bit goes a long way, and the stunning coverage is worth every penny.  It’s also the first foundation I finished in years {I’m on my second bottle and have one in the wings just in case!}.  So although the price seems steep, it’s far less than total price of the countless foundations I purchased that didn’t work.

Here’s the rest of the makeup I’m wearing in the photo above.

Terrybly Densiliss Wrinkle Control Serum Foundation review shade 2 cream ivory 2

By Terry Terrybly Densiliss foundation in shade 2 cream ivory
Charlotte Tilbury Wonder Glow {Nordstrom or Beautylish}
By Terry Terrybly Densiliss concealer in shade 1 fresh fair {Barney’s, Space, or Beautylish}
Charlotte Tilbury’s Brow Lift in Grace K {Nordstrom or Beautylish}
Bobbi Brown Blush in Pink Coral {Nordstrom or Sephora}
Wayne Goss Brush 11 (you need this!!) {Beautylish}
M·A·C’s Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Painterly {Nordstrom}
Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Eye Palette in Sea Pearls {similar}
Wayne Goss Brush 06 {Beautylish}
By Terry Terrybly Growth Booster mascara in Black Parti-Pris {Beautylish or}
Chanel Beauté de Cils Nourishing Mascara Base
Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat liner in Pink Venus {Nordstrom or Beautylish}
Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G. lipstick in Coachella Coral {Nordstrom or Beautylish}
Carmindy & Co. Carmindizing Duo Highlighter {HSN}

I’d love to hear about some of your holy grail foundations!  And please let me know if you’ve tried any of my favorites.

Hope you have a wonderful day!



Hello friends,

Today’s style prompt was “Nude, Blush, Dusty Rose.”  I couldn’t resist trying all three, both in my outfit and in my makeup.  {Because you know what we wear on Wednesdays.}  You can see the full outfit on Instagram, but I thought I’d do a quick post about makeup just for you.  😉  I was feeling a bit cheeky this morning, so I went for bright layers of blush with a rosey pink lip and a fresh complexion.  I decided to do a white cat eye since summer is here in spirit {if not in person}.  I loved how it turned out and will definitely be trying it again!


Yves Saint Laurent Fusion Ink Foundation in B10 {Nordstrom or Sephora.}
Dior Rosy Glow Healthy Glow Awakening Blush in Petal {Neiman Marcus or Sephora}
Colour Pop blush in Thumper
By Terry Terrybly Growth Booster mascara in Black Parti-Pris {Beautylishor}
Lancôme Le Crayon Khôl in Blanc {Saks or Bloomingdale’s}
Nars lipstick in Roman Holiday {Nordstrom or Sephora}


Photo by Nathan French Photography

Hope you had a lovely Wednesday!


Makeup Monday: Daily Makeup Looks

Hello friends!

I’ve started sharing some of my daily makeup posts on Instagram and I thought I would share them with you, too {with shopping links!}.  I absolutely love makeup.  But if makeup is not your thing, I love that too.  That’s the beauty of makeup: it’s your face.  If you don’t love it, don’t wear it.  😉  Personally, I love how it makes me feel, I love how a bright lipstick brightens the day, I love playing with a smoky eye or colored mascara.  It’s my art, and it allows me to be creative {much like my closet remixes and style challenges}.  This video has gotten a lot of press in the last week, and I personally loved it.  I echo her sentiments 100% — makeup is fun!

I’m no makeup artist, but I do love experimenting with different looks.  I’ve been reaching into my makeup archives and using things I haven’t used in a while, which has been really fun.  And I am absolutely loving using a BB cream on its own, instead of as a primer under foundation.  I never could have done this six months ago, such a great feeling!  While I do prefer medium coverage, it’s nice to have the option, especially on hot weekend days.  Adios, acne!

By Terry Cover Expert Dior blush Naked gloss Benefit Ooh la Lift Diorshow mascara Colour Pop blush

Makeup Goal: hide tired, puffy eyes with bright blush + flawless skin

By Terry Color Expert in #2 Neutral Beige {Space NK or Barneys}
By Terry Touche Veloutée Highlighting Concealer in #1 Porcelain {Beautylish or}
Benefit Ooh La Lift {Sephora}
Colour Pop Cosmetics Blush in Mochi
Dior Diorshow Mascara in Azure Blue 258 {Neiman Marcus or Sephora}
Stila smudge stick waterproof eyeliner in Cobalt {Nordstrom or Sephora}
Dior Rosy Glow Healthy Glow Awakening Blush in Petal {Neiman Marcus or Sephora}
Urban Decay Naked Ultra Nourishing Lipgloss in Lovechild {Nordstrom or Sephora}

Tip: even if your eyelashes aren’t as blonde as mine {side note – I’m jealous!}, try a lash primer to maximize the color payoff.  I used to use this one, but Chanel’s is the best.  It keeps my lashes from drying out and eliminates smudging and fall out.

Makeup Goal: Charlotte Tilbury’s sultry Smokey Eye ‘Til I Die

Yves Saint Laurent Fusion Ink foundation Hourglass Ethereal Glow Blush Wayne Goss 11 Real Techniques Chanel Volume Mascara By Terry Terrybly MascaraCharlotte Tilbury Smokey Eye CTSmokeyEye J.Crew Factory J.Crew Everything

Yves Saint Laurent Fusion Ink Foundation in B10
Hourglass Cosmetics Ambient Lighting Blush in Ethereal Glow {Nordstrom or Sephora}
Wayne Goss Brush 11 (you need this!!) {Beautylish}
Charlotte Tilbury Color Chameleon Color Morphing Eyeshadow Pencil in Amber Haze  {Nordstrom}
By Terry Terrybly Growth Booster mascara in Black Parti-Pris {Beautylish or}
Chanel Le Volume de Chanel mascara in black {Chanel or Nordstrom}
Clinique Bottom Lash mascara in black {Nordstrom or Sephora}
Charlotte Tilbury Rock ‘n’ Kohl pencil in Eye Cheat {Nordstrom or Beautylish}
Charlotte Tilbury’s Brow Lift in Grace K {Nordstrom}
Real Techniques Domed Shadow Brush + Deluxe Crease Brush
Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liner in Eastend Snob {Amazon}
Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupté lipstick in 1 Nude Beige {Nordstrom}

Tip: synthetic brushes are great for blending cream or pencil eyeshadows: soft, durable, and easy to clean.

Yves Saint Laurent Fusion Ink foundation naked flush mac paint pot charlotte tilbury lip gloss wayne goss 2

Makeup Goal: Feeling cheeky

Yves Saint Laurent Fusion Ink Foundation in B10
By Terry Touche Veloutée Highlighting Concealer
Urban Decay Naked Flushed in Native {Nordstrom or Sephora}
M·A·C’s Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Painterly {Nordstrom}
Wayne Goss Brush 02 {Beautylish}
Charlotte Tilbury Rock ‘n’ Kohl pencil in Elizabeth Violet {Nordstrom or Beautylish}
Charlotte Tilbury Lip Lustre in Portobello Girl {Nordstrom or Beautylish}
Yves Saint Laurent Volume Effet Faux Cils Mascara in 4 Fascinating Violet {Nordstrom}

Tip: this Naked palette is super, super pigmented {which means it will last a long time.}
Use a light hand!

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow Nars blush Yves Saint Laurent Sheer Candy Colour Pop Eyeshadow

Makeup Goal: Golden Goddess

Colour Pop Cosmetics Get Lucky Game Face Charlotte Tilbury Bronze and GlowCharlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow {Nordstrom or Beautylish}

Colour Pop Cosmetics eye shadows in Game Face + Get Lucky

Nars blush in Sex Appeal {Nordstrom or Sephora}

Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupté Sheer Candy Gloss Lip Balm in 05 Mouthwatering Berry {Nordstrom}

Tip: lip balms are a great way to experiment with darker colors in a glossy, less intimidating finish.

Clinique BB Cream Cle De Peau Concealer Revlon Orange Flip By Terry Terrybly mascara

Makeup Goal: Fresh, glowing skin + pop of Orange

Clinique Age Defense BB Cream {mine’s from Japan, and I adore the color!  U.S. versions available at Nordstrom or Sephora}
Clé de Peau Beauté concealer in Ivory {Nordstrom, Saks, or Barneys}
By Terry Touche Veloutée Highlighting Concealer
By Terry Terrybly Growth Booster mascara in Mystic Orchid {Beautylish or}
By Terry Cellularose Blush Glace in Rose Melba {SpaceNK}
Anastasia Beverly Hills Tinted Brow Gel in Blonde {Nordstrom or Ulta}
Revlon Moon Drops Creme Lipstick in 710 Orange Flip {Walgreens or}

Tip: this is the prettiest orange lipstick I’ve tried.  I love the satin finish and you can use it as a stain by gently pressing it on your lips.  Plus it’s under $10 {and on sale at}! 


Makeup Goal: Luminous skin + soft smoky eye

Chanel Le Blanc Light Revealing Brightening Makeup Base
Yves Saint Laurent Youth Liberator Serum Foundation in B10
{Nordstrom – on sale! – or Neiman Marcus}
By Terry Touche Veloutée Highlighting Concealer
By Terry Hyaluronic Hydra-powder {Barney’s or Beautylish}
Wayne Goss Holiday Brush {Beautylish}
By Terry Terrybly Growth Booster mascara in Black Parti-Pris
Clinique Bottom Lash mascara in black
Benefit Hervana {Macy’s or Sephora}
Real Techniques Domed Shadow Brush
Eyeko Me + My Shadow liner in taupe {Anthropologie or Nordstrom}
Anastasia Perfect Brow Pencil in taupe {Nordstrom or Sephora}
Fresh Sugar Passion lip treatment {Nordstrom or Sephora}

Tip: if you have dry skin, this By Terry powder is amazing.  It’s the only powder I can use without my face looking dry and flaky.  And the Wayne Goss Holiday Brush is simply brilliant for loose or pressed powder.

Are you a fellow makeup lover?  I’d love to hear some of your tips and tricks!  As always, thanks for stopping by!


PS – portraits by Nathan French Photography

Skincare Simplified

Hello friends!

It’s no secret that everyone’s skin is different.  Because I’ve struggled with adult acne, I’ve been using a host of different skincare products for years.  Many of you are fortunate to have non-problematic skin, so skincare is not only low on your priority list but it’s also likely overwhelming.

Rodan + Fields makes it easy and takes the guesswork out of skincare.  The doctors designed four dermatology-based skincare regimens to address everyday skin issues.  Whether you’re struggling with problematic skin {wrinkles, uneven skin tone, acne, or skin sensitivity} or just want to keep your beautiful face looking young and fresh, there’s a regimen for you.  {And yes, guys, skincare is for men too!}

  • Skincare newbie?  The bottles are each numbered so it’s fool proof—even if you’re not a product junkie like me.  😉  Plus there are a host of additional products you can add to your basic routine to enhance and amp up the results if you’re ready to go beyond the basic steps.
  • You can take a short quiz on my website to see what products may be best for you, but I encourage you to let me help so we can make sure to get you the right products for your skin.

skincare simplified rodan + fields regimen

What I’ve learned since I started using Rodan + Fields, however, is that their multi-med therapy is more than just good skincare.  It’s medicated and actually changes the structure of your skin, delivering active ingredients that improve texture, diminish lines and wrinkles, and reverse the signs of aging.  Try as we might to avoid it, we’re all aging, and genetics are only 20% responsible for the way skin ages.  The good news is that means 80% is up to you, and it’s never too early or too late to take better care of your skin!

I know a lot of people are skeptical about before + after pictures: I was too, until I took my own. But you can trust me on this: Rodan + Fields takes these pictures really seriously, and the policies against photoshop {and even makeup!} are strictly enforced.  These are some of the amazing results that real people have achieved with R+F products.  Don’t believe me?  Give it a try. 😊

Transformation Unblemish Before + After

Transformation Reverse Before + After

Transformation Redefine Before + After 2

Transformation Soothe Before + After

Hope you have a wonderful weekend, and thank you for stopping by!!  And please, don’t forget the sunscreen, even if it’s overcast!  😉