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 NKBeauty.com, 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 NKBeauty.com, 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 Beauty.com}
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!


Beach Cruisin

Hello friends,

Happy Friday!  The weather has been absolutely gorgeous this week, and I can’t wait for the official start of summer mañana.  And nothing makes me happier when the weather gets warmer than having a flexible schedule.  This week, Nathan and I went to La Jolla to do some scouting for two upcoming photoshoots.  It was overcast during the early afternoon, which made for some great lighting.  I played model for a bit so we could test the location and effects of June Gloom, and so I thought I’d share some of the pictures with you.  It was a J.Crew Everything kinda day, as usual.

1 J.Crew denim short cashmere sweater lace up sandals Brisbee tobo

San Diego Portrait Photography

J.Crew denim short in Patina wash {similar}
J.Crew Factory layering V-neck tee {on sale!}
J.Crew Factory cashmere V-neck sweater {similar}
J.Crew Factory enamel critter charm necklace {similar-ish}
Sophie Harper Pavé Circle Necklace {via Rocksbox – code blondieesquirexoxo}
J.Crew Bisbee tobo in tawny brown {similar}
J.Crew Athena wrap sandals in dark fog {similar}
Chanel sunglasses | Colour Pop Lippie Stick in Trixie


San Diego Head Shot

2 J.Crew denim short cashmere sweater lace up sandals Brisbee tobo  11 J.Crew denim short cashmere sweater lace up sandals Brisbee tobo

San Diego Portrait photographer

        6 J.Crew denim short cashmere sweater lace up sandals Brisbee tobo    7 J.Crew denim short cashmere sweater lace up sandals Brisbee tobo

The water was preeeetty cold at first, but once I got my feet wet I couldn’t stay away.  The waves were crystal clear, and it turned into a stunningly beautiful day.  Oh, and we did some model casting too.  😉

San Diego Nature Photographer

Thanks so much for stopping by, and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!


Photos by Nathan French Photography


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 Beauty.com}
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 Beauty.com}
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 Beauty.com}
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 Beauty.com}
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 drugstore.com}

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 drugstore.com}! 


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!  😉


Style Challenge + Giveaway!

Hello friends!

As you know, Instagram Style Challenges have been a big part of my “what to wear” decisions for the past few years.  I love the community of stylish men + women I’ve met along the way, and the challenges help me get creative with my wardrobe, especially since I’ve been on a no shopping spree since last year.  😝

Ror the first time this month, I’m participating in a brand new way: I’ve teamed up with two simply delightful women to host a style challenge and giveaway!  I’ve participated in Katy St. Sauveur’s “wear what where” challenges for the last few months + had a blast.  She is such a kind person, and she makes every single participant feel welcome + appreciated.  When I saw Katy was looking for a co-host, I couldn’t wait to contact her.  It’s been so fun to be a part of the behind the scenes, and to meet the equally lovely Jessica along the way!

If you haven’t done a style challenge before, it’s really easy.  All you need is an Instagram account!  Here are this month’s prompts:

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And the prizes are to die for: one person will win a Lilly Pullitzer tote, Tory Burch espadrilles, + a Daniel Wellington watch. Three other lucky participants will win $50 gift cards to a store of their choice.

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There are very few rules associated with this challenge. Please follow the calendar on above and hashtag your outfits to #WearWhatWhereJune.  Feel free to participate as much or as little as you want.  Each post will give you one entry for the giveaway + gift cards! 🎉If you share the calendar on Instagram, and use the hashtag #WearWhatWhereJune, it will also count as one entry for the prizes.

You do not need to follow Katy, Jessica, + me to play along, but you must follow all three of us to win any of the prizes: @wearwhatwhere, @blondieesquire, + @poshlula44.  The winner of the purse, shoes, + watch will be chosen randomly + announced on July, 1st 2015. The winners of the three gift cards will be chosen at random + will be announced on June, 10th 2015, June, 20th 2015, + June, 30th 2015.

I am so excited to be a part this challenge and to see all the fun fashion + inspiration to which I have become accustomed through the WhereWhatWhere challenges! Please don’t be shy to ask if you have any questions.  

Thanks for stopping by!


Fresh From the WSJ: Dear J.Crew, What Happened to Us?

Hello friends!

I’m finally able to share some exciting news with you: I was interviewed by the Wall Street Journal about one of my favorite topics, J.Crew!  You might remember reading this post about the declining quality I’ve seen in some J.Crew pieces over the years.  Well, I was not alone: Elizabeth Holmes’s well-written article includes numerous other women who’ve experienced the same disappointment with J.Crew {and the comments are piling up}.  You can read the article online here, and it includes one of Nathan’s beautiful pictures from this blog post!  The article will also be the Personal Style section of the printed version tomorrow!!

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

Elizabeth did a wonderful job with the article, and although it discusses frustrations with the brand, I believe the takeaway is positive: we love our J.Crew!  It’s been my favorite brand since college, and I continue to add pieces to my wish list.  I hope that the article helps J.Crew get back on track, and I look forward to the day when my “no shopping” ban is over and I can add some new pieces to my wardrobe (like this adorable dress!).

I’d love to hear your thoughts, especially if you’ve experienced some of the same issues discussed in the article.

Thank you so much for stopping by!