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!

xoxo,
Jenn

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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!

xoxo,
Jenn

Photos by Nathan French Photography

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}! 

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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!

xoxo,
Jenn

PS – portraits by Nathan French Photography

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.

the zoe project 30 days of lipstick

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}

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.  ❤

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!

Face of the Day: Bronze Eyes & Glowing Skin

Hello, friends!

Rabbit, rabbit!  I can’t believe it’s April already; this year is just flying by.

I always love “Face of the Day” posts, so I thought I’d share one of my own with you today.  As I’ve mentioned before, I am not a professional by any means; just a girl who loves makeup! This look features some of my favorite face and eye products, and a pinky-nude lip.  Here’s a non-edited picture in natural light:

beauty blogger blonde bronze eyes glowing skin 1

And here are the products I used to get this look {although I just realized I forgot to include lip products…  Doh!}.

flat lay by terry chanel charlotte tilbury hourglass colour pop anastasia beverly hills

Face:

Eyes:

Not pictured:

  • The most important step – skincare!  I use Rodan + Fields (read about it here)
  • By Terry Terrybly Densiliss primer (available at BarneysSpaceNK, or Beauty.com)
  • Clé de Peau Beauté concealer in Ivory (available at Nordstrom, Saks, or Barneys)
  • Nars lipstick in Roman Holiday (available at Nordstrom or Sephora)
  • Michael Kors Eau de Parfum + Lip Gloss Duo (I just discovered it’s no longer available at Sephora, but they carry it at Macy’s) ** I absolutely adore this scent!

Here’s one more non-edited photo, this time outside with indirect natural light.

beauty blogger blonde bronze eyes glowing skin 2

I used a flat iron to curl my hair, which is a work in progress.  I’ve tried it three times with extremely varied results!  This one ended up more curly than wavy.  My hair has never been great at holding curls, but I find that the waves/curls last much longer with a flat iron than a regular curling iron.

Finally, here are a few photographs that my husband took with his {actual} camera, {versus my iPhone selfies}.  🙂  They are digitally enhanced but I think they still look fairly natural.  My dress and necklace are from J.Crew Factory and the shoes are J.Crew.  {Don’t worry, no cats were harmed during the filming.}

J.Crew Factory ruched dress flat iron curls fashion beauty blogger 1

J.Crew Factory ruched dress flat iron curls fashion beauty blogger 2

J.Crew Factory ruched dress flat iron curls fashion beauty blogger 3

J.Crew Factory ruched dress flat iron curls fashion beauty blogger 4

J.Crew Factory ruched dress flat iron curls fashion beauty blogger 5

J.Crew Factory ruched dress flat iron curls fashion beauty blogger 6

Hope you liked this look!  I’m absolutely nuts about the Colour Pop eye shadows; if you haven’t tried one yet, I can’t recommend them enough.  And at $5 you can try four colors for the price of one eye shadow from many other companies!

Thanks so much for reading!

xoxo,
Jenn

PS – Don’t forget to use Ebates for your online purchases!

No makeup makeup

Happy Tuesday, friends!

I’d like to start my re-entry into the world of blogging by sharing some of my favorite makeup products with you.  I am by no means an expert; just a girl who loves makeup (it’s a VIB Rouge, MUJI drawer buying, never-enough-foundation, yes I really do need 20 red lipsticks kind of love).  As Rachel Zoe said, “Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak.”  I fully embrace this sentiment, and if you follow me Instagram, you know that a bold lip is certainly part of my signature style.  But every now and then I channel my inner mademoiselle and go for a fresh-faced look.  I also happened to get a sassy new haircut last week, which prompted an impromptu head shot, so it seemed like the perfect time to write my first blog post in a minute.  (Or  ~700K minutes.)

blondieesquire headshot san diego portrait photography

I went for this natural look for two reasons.  First, I’ve been lucky to discover not just one but multiple holy grail foundations thanks to some actual beauty experts, including the fantastic Beauty Professor (who I cannot thank enough!!).  Whether you are a die hard makeup lover or a bare faced neophyte, this blog is not to be missed.  Second, I’ve recently discovered a new skin care line that is making me jump up and down for joy on a daily basis.  This one-two punch has me reaching for fewer products and enjoying the simplicity of glowing skin.  I’ll be writing more about each of these reasons in the future, but a quick disclaimer–some of these products are expensive.  In my experience, however, these products are worth every penny and actually deliver the promised results (which is more than I can say for the box of rejected foundations that I accumulated over the years before discovering my favorites…).  And I try to balance my makeup drawer(s) with more affordable (but equally as amazing) products, like these FIVE DOLLAR eyeshadows and lippie stix.  (Sorry not sorry for the emphasis, these babies are that good!)

I’m only writing in detail about one of the products that I used above in order to avoid the longestblogpostever, but I’m happy to answer questions and plan to write more about my other favorite products soon.  🙂

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After applying my daily skincare (including SPF 50), I started with one pump of By Terry Terrybly Densiliss primer (which you can purchase Barney’sSpace NK, or Beauty.com).  I’ve tried a ton of primers but didn’t fall in love until By Terry.  (I started my By Terry addiction with this amazing lip balm, but be warned: it is a gateway drug into this drool worthy brand.)  Yes, this primer is expensive.  But I’ve used it almost daily since mid-October and I still have half of the bottle left.  Why is this a non-negotiable part of my routine?  It blurs imperfections, smooths the skin, and helps foundation both apply like a dream and last forever.  I’ve tried it over both physical and chemical sunscreens, and with a variety of foundations, and it has yet to disappoint.  I can’t promise it will work for you, but it’s certainly worth a try.

Here are the rest of the products I used to get this “no makeup” look and where you can find them:

  • Clé de Peau Beauté Cream Foundation in shade I10 (here, here, and here), mixed with Charlotte Tilbury’s Wonder Glow (here).
  • I concealed under my eyes with the Benefit Fake Up in light (here) and used the unbeatable Clé de Peau Beauté concealer in Ivory for spot concealing (here, here, or here).
  • For a natural flush, I wore a dab of By Terry Cellularose Blush Glace in Rose Melba (here) and used Benefit’s High Beam (here) to highlight.
  • I tried to keep it simple on the eyes by using M·A·C’s Pro Longwear Paint Pot in painterly (here) and Charlotte Tilbury’s browlift in Grace K (here), plus my latest and greatest mascara combo: Chanel Beauté des Cils Nourishing Mascara Base (here) + By Terry Mascara Terrybly in Mystic Orchid (here).
  • Finally, I went for a (rare) nude lip with Urban Decay’s Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color (here) and Naked Ultra Nourishing Lip Gloss (here), both in the shade Lovechild.

And voila, no makeup makeup!  Using only 13 products…. ha!  😉  As I contemplate the future of this blog, I’d like to continue to share makeup and beauty related posts, as well as composite posts of my outfits from Instagram (perhaps to show how I’ve been remixing my closet during my last few months of no shopping).  If this sounds interesting to you, please let me know in the comments!

Thank you so much for reading, I really appreciate it!

xoxo,
Jenn (Blondie, Esq.)

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