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.

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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.

xoxo,
Jenn

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Why Rodan + Fields

Hello, friends!

I’ve had a few people ask me recently why I decided to partner with Rodan + Fields, so I thought I’d do a quick post about what sets this company apart from others in the direct sales space.

1.    4th Largest Among Top U.S. Premium Skincare Brands

Based on 2013 market share statistics published by Euromonitor International, Rodan + Fields is the 4th largest {and fastest growing} premium skincare brand in the U.S., following Clinique, Estée Lauder, and Lancôme.  While there are other direct sales companies offering skincare products, they simply can’t compete with Rodan + Fields in terms of market share and growth.

Rodan + Fields’s prices are similar to their premium competitors, although we offer 10% {plus} discounts off the listed retail prices.  And the success and growth of this company, formed in 2002, is remarkable considering its top three competitors have been around since 1968, 1946, and 1935, respectively.

2.     We Only Sell Skincare 

Rodan + Fields is a skincare company formed by two practicing dermatologists.  In the words of Dr. Katie Rodan: “Before Rodan + Fields was a company, it was two doctors.  First and foremost, we are physicians committed to healing our patients’ skin.  We stand behind our products, but most importantly, we stand behind you.”

Aside from Vitamin D supplements, which go hand in hand with our Skin Cancer Foundation recommended body and face sunscreens, we do not offer any other products.   And, as discussed below, we believe your skincare should be as unique as your skin.  This again sets us apart from other direct sales companies who may offer one skincare line in addition to a host of other products.

3.     Guaranteed + Clinically Proven Results

Rodan + Fields’s product philosophy is simple: “To see real changes in your skin, you must use real ingredients.”  Our core products come in four {customizable} regimens to address everyday skin issues.  This regimen-based approach to treating common skin concerns blends over-the-counter and active cosmetic ingredients in the right combination with optimized, elegant formulations to deliver clinically proven results, without a visit to the dermatologist’s office.

Each regimen undergoes third party clinical tests to ensure safety and efficacy.  And the doctors are so confident in their products that each one—including the business kits sold to new consultant—comes with a 60 day money back guarantee.  Here are my personal results after only 60 days.  My skin has only gotten better, and the extra income I’ve earned working minimal hours has been invaluable during my transition from full-time attorney to entrepreneur.

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I hope this was helpful!  If you are curious about either the products or how to share a part of this thriving business, please contact me.  All seriousness aside, I have been having so much fun!  And that, my friends, is priceless.  😉

As always, thanks for stopping by!

xoxo,
Jenn

P.S. – Please note that this post is not meant to knock other direct sales or network marketing companies in any way.  I have friends selling supplements, body wraps, nail polish, makeup, essential oils, cleaning products, etc.  And they’ve done some amazing things: one of my friends just received a free cruise to Jamaica for hitting her sales goal!  {Jealous!!}  I happily support any woman {or man} who has the courage to break from the corporate world and go their own way.  As Madeleine Albright so eloquently stated: “There is a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.”

Blushing

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!

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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}

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Photo by Nathan French Photography

Hope you had a lovely Wednesday!

xoxo,
Jenn

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!  😉

xoxo,
Jenn

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!

xoxo,
Jenn

Talking Tights

Hello friends!

Today is the unofficial first day of summer, and although it’s been a cold and gloomy May Gray in San Diego, I know that most of you are finally seeing warm weather after the long winter.  So my post might seem ill-timed–unless you work in an air-conditioned office (or courtroom).  I love summer, don’t get me wrong, but it brings added challenges for us professional ladies.  If my legs are bare, I am comfortable outside but freezing in my office (or courtroom).  If I wear tights, I’m more comfortable at work but I encounter a lot of this as soon as I head out for lunch:

side eye

After talking to a few professional women, I discovered that I’m not alone in this fashion struggle {it’s real}.  Luckily, thanks to Belle, I also discovered a perfect solution to the summer side eye: micro-fishnet tights.  I’ve been wearing them for a few years, and although they don’t provide as much coverage as opaque tights {or even old school nylons} they really do help my legs stay a bit warmer.  I love the subtle, chic effect, and the micro-sized pattern is appropriate in a wide variety of work environments, including court.  And while I did occasionally go to work bare legged, I always felt more professional with even that little bit of coverage {especially in court}.

Oroblu makes my favorite fishnets, and here are a few ways I’ve worn them.

Oroblu tricot fishnet tights sable 1

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Oroblu tricot fishnet tights sable 4

Oroblu tricot fishnet tights black

Now comes the best part: they are currently 25% off during the Nordstrom half yearly sale!  I simply adore these tights.  The fishnet pattern is just the right size, they come in both nude and black, and they haven’t lost elasticity over time {and many washes}.  I haven’t had any problem with snagging either.  The nude fishnets are one of my favorite spring and summer accessories; if you haven’t tried them before, now is the perfect time.

Thank you so much for stopping by!

xoxo,
Jenn

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}