Monday, June 18, 2018

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara: Is it a good mascara?

Does Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara live up to it's name? Too Faced claims Better Than Sex Mascara is their #1 Selling Prestige Mascara and it's their best mascara. I love you Too Faced, but if this is your best mascara, I would hate to see your worst!!! I'll show you a picture of why it's not one of my favorites. 


I used Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara on one of my prom clients recently.
prom makeup by Jill Suzanne
She actually brought her mascara with her to use. I have to say, it made her lashes look dark and long although, not quite as smooth as I like lashes to look.
prom makeup
I decided I should try it on myself so I picked up a tube.
The mascara packaging is beautiful! The mascara tube is a lovely color and has sturdy weight to it.
too faced better than sex mascara tube
The brush is an hourglass shape designed to separate, coat and curl the lashes. The mascara is carbon black and is supposed to give dark, thick, long lashes with just one coat. Add more coats for more drama.
too faced better than sex mascara brush
Here is a portion of the packaging box with some tempting promises on it.
too faced better than sex box
My Review:
Did it make really dark lashes?
Yes, Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara did make my lashes nice and dark. They stayed dark all day without fading.

Does it separate the lashes?
No. I found the lashes would stick together. 

Did it make the lashes thicker?
The lashes were definitely thicker. They were a bit too thick, spidery and stuck together with some clumping after applying 2 coats, though. 

Did it make the lashes longer?
My lashes did look longer but I found this mascara added more volume than length.

Did it add curl?
Not so much on it's own. I like to curl my straight lashes before applying mascara. Some mascaras keep the lashes curled better than others. My lashes stayed fairly well curled with this mascara. 

Did it look good with one coat?
Yes. It did look good with one coat. I am a 2 or 3 coat kind of girl for more lash drama.

Was it smudge-proof, all day wear?
The big problem for me with this mascara was how it wore throughout the day. I applied 2 coats to the top lashes and one coat to the bottom lashes.

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara in the morning:
too faced better than sex mascara on lashes
Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara at 6pm:
too faced better than sex mascara flakes
This mascara failed me!!! The dreaded flakes!!! Plus, it just didn't look pretty anymore at the end of the day. The lashes seemed more stuck together and spiky looking.

This happened every time I wore it. Some days it was worse than others, so for me, Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara does not live up to it's name! Unfortunately, I will not use it again and do not recommend it. I have read many rave reviews, though. I have also read reviews where others had the same flaking problem as me. It may not flake for you. I don't know if it flaked on my client. I assume it doesn't flake on her since she brought it in to be used on herself. 

I do recommend the Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara, however. That was great for me!!!

Read my Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara Review. 

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara is a cruelty free, vegan mascara with nice ingredients. It sell for $23.00 at Ulta, Sephora and on the Too Faced site.

Ingredients:
Water, Synthetic Beeswax, Paraffin, Glyceryl Stearate, Acacia Senegal Gum, Butylene Glycol, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Wax, Stearic Acid, Palmitic Acid, Polybutene, VP/Eicosene Copolymer, Cera Carnauba/Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax/Cire de Carnauba, Aminomethyl Propanol, Glycerin, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Disodium EDTA, Polyester-11, PVP, Cellulose, Trimethylpentanediol/Adipic Acid/Glycerin Crosspolymer, Propylene Glycol, Acacia Senegal Gum Extract, Potassium Sorbate, Dextran, Acetyl Hexapeptide-1. May Contain: Iron Oxides (CI 77499), Black 2 (CI 77266), Ultramarines (CI 77007).

Like I said, there are many rave review on this mascara. You can always get a less expensive travel size on Amazon to see how it works on you. Try Too Faced Better Than Sex in a Travel Size

I hope this post helps you with your quest to find your perfect mascara. You can read more of my mascara reviews on my Makeup Reviews, Tips and Tutorials page.

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Have a Beautiful Day!



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Sunday, June 10, 2018

Products for Sensitive Skin: Yonka Paris Sensitive Skin Care Products

Sensitive skin that has redness to it or is over reactive and becomes red easily requires gentle care to calm it down. Any abrasive product should be limited or avoided. Even soft fluffy makeup brushes can irritate those with sensitive skin and rosacea. Skin care products must be gentle and contain effective ingredients. 
yonka sensitive skin products

YonKa has recently added three new products to their Specifics product line to help soothe and balance sensitive skin. Yonka is a natural botanical skin care line. We use it for facials at the salon. Their newest sensitive products are Sensitive Skin Cream, Sensitive Masque and Sensitive Creme Anti-Red. I like them all!

YonKa Sensitive Skin Creme
yonka sensitive cream
This cream is super calming for sensitive skin. It is designed to boost the skin's natural defenses with pre-biotics and probiotics: Yacon Root and Lactobacillus. It desensitizes the skin with Sensibiotic Complex Sea Mayweed. It nourishes the skin with Shea Butter and Coconut Oil and soothes the skin with Bisabolol, Vegatable Gylcerin Olive Phytosqualene and Polysaccharides. This cream will calm inflammation and irritation with regular use.

I find it to be very soothing for my skin with almost no scent. It is a very light feeling moisturizer.

Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Octyldodecyl Myristate, Glycerin, Hydrogenated Coconut Oil, Hydrogenated Vegetable Glycerides, Cetearyl Alcohol, Propanediol, Squalane, Alpha-Glucan Oligosaccharide, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetearyl Glucoside, Polymnia Sonchifolia Root Juice, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Acrylates Copolymer, Maltodextrin, Chlorphenesin, Lecithin, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Bisabolol, Xanthan Gum, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Lactobacillus, Tripleurospermum Maritimum Extract, Sorbic Acid.

$68.00 at salons, spas and yonka.com.

YonKa Sensitive Masque
yonka sensitive masque
This masque is super calming! 
It contains Arnica, Yarrow, Mallow and German Chamomile to soothe the skin. Horse Chestnut and Witch Hazel help calm redness. Grain Germ Oil, Soy Bean Oil, Sunflower Oil, St. John’s Wort and Horsetail Extract nourish and help to regenerate the skin. YonKa's signature blend of the essential oils of lavender, gernanium, rosemary, cypress and thyme calm and balance the skin.

My skin likes this calming masque. It feels cool on my skin plus, my skin is less irritated and more moisturized after leaving it on for 20 minutes once a week. It is lightly fragranced with the scent of essential oils. One of my sensitive skin facial clients noticed she has less breakouts between facials now that I am using this masque on her during her facials.

Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Cetyl Alcohol, Zea Mays (Corn) Germ Oil, Tea-Stearate, Propylene Glycol, Glyceryl Myristate, Cera Alba/Beeswax/Cire D'abeille, Glyceryl Stearate Se, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Peg-6 Stearate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Peg-6 Oleate, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Leaf Oil, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Cupressus Sempervirens (Cypress) Oil, Linalool *, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Flower/Leaf Oil, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Gentiana Lutea (Gentian) Root Extract, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Melissa Officinalis (Balm Mint) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Althaea Officinalis (Marshmallow) Root Extract, Citronellol *, Geraniol *, Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail) Extract, Achillea Millefolium (Yarrow) Extract, Hypericum Perforatum (Saint John's Wort) Extract, Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) Extract, Limonene *, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract    
*Natural Components Of Essential Oils.

$60.00 at salons, spas and yonka.com.

YonKa Creme Anti-Red
yonka anit-redness cream
This calming creme corrects redness! 
It contains natural green pigments and mica to help color correct redness in the skin. It also contains Centella Asiatica, Mirabilis jalapa and Rosemary Extract to reduce the appearance of capillaries and decrease the reactivity of the skin. Bisabolol, Vegatable Gylcerin Olive Phytosqualene and Polysaccharides calm, hydrate and soothe the skin.
yonka anti-redness cream
I find this cream very calming but the green pigment it contains is too subtle, after it is spread on the skin, to hide the redness in my skin. With continuous use, it's ingredients will make my capillaries less noticeable, though. It has barely any scent and feels good on my skin. 

Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Octyldodecyl Myristate, Propylene Glycol, Glycerin, Hydrogenated Vegetable Glycerides, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ci 77891/Titanium Dioxide, Butylene Glycol, Squalane, Mica, Cetearyl Glucoside, Sodium Acrylates Copolymer, Propanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Centella Asiatica Leaf Extract, Chlorphenesin, Glyceryl Stearate, Lecithin, Peg-100 Stearate, Citric Acid, Xanthan Gum, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Bisabolol, Helianthus Annuss (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Ci 77288/Chromium Oxide Greens, Tin Oxide, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Hydroxide, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Mirabilis Jalapa Extract.

$68.00 at salons, spas and yonka.com. 


See me at Styling Point in Media, Pa for a calming, rejuvenating facial treatment!

Have a Beautifully Calm Day!
xo
Jill

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Youngblood Color-Crays Sheer Lip Crayons: Swatches and Review

Are you looking for a fresh new lip color for summer? 
Something like a gloss, only better?
Youngblood's New Color-Crays Sheer Lip Crayons may be just what you're looking for!
youngblood color-crays sheer lip crayons display
These lip crayons are moisturizing, lightweight and sheer, yet have a nice punch of color with a soft radiance. They contain great lip conditioning ingredients including jojoba oil, shea butter, Vitamin E and Vitamin C. Youngblood is a safe gentle mineral cosmetic line with a California vibe. I like this brand!

Read my Youngblood Liquid Mineral Foundation Review

There are 5 colors: 
Coronado- a warm rose
Redwood- a rose brown
Venice Vibe- a tan
Pink Bikini- a pale pink
Laguna Glow- a peachy nude

Here they are on my medium beige skin.

youngblood color-crays sheer lip crayons swatches
Cornado, Redwood, Venice Vibe, Pink Bikini, Laguna Glow

Here they are in daylight from the window. You can see their subtle shimmer. 
youngblood color-crays sheer lip crayons swatches
Most of the colors are a little light in color for my lips. The Pink Bikini is too light for me by itself but it looks really pretty over one of my pink lip liners! Redwood and Coronado have the most pigment of the 5 shades. I thought Redwood and Coronado looked great with my skin tone. I found them to go on smooth and creamy. It was kind of like wearing a lip gloss without that thick sticky feeling. Plus, these lip crayons wear better than lip gloss and my lips felt soft and moisturized. They have very little fragrance to them and I didn't notice any taste.
youngblood color-crays sheer lip crayons
Color-Crays are automatic lip crayons that dial clockwise so no sharpening is required. You can wear them alone or add them on top of any lipstick or lip liner for pretty radiance.  They are 100% vegan and certified cruelty free. There are 7 matte Color-Crays as well if you prefer a matte finish. 
Here are the ingredients for each color:
Coronado: Octyldodecanol, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Polybutene, Polyethylene, Copernicia Cerifera Cera, Diisostearyl Malate, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter, Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil, Tridecyl Trimellitate, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Tocopheryl Acetate, PEG-8, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Ascorbic Acid, Citric Acid, Aroma, Alumina, Glycerin, Aluminum Hydroxide, Aluminum Benzoate, Mica, T in Oxide. MAY CONTAIN (+/-): Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides (Cl 77 491, Cl 77 499), D&C Red No. 28 Aluminum Lake, FD&C Blue No.1 Aluminum Lake.

Redwood: Octyldodecanol, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Polybutene, Polyethylene, Copernicia Cerifera Cera, Diisostearyl Malate, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter, Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil, Tridecyl Trimellitate, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Tocopheryl Acetate, PEG-8, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Ascorbic Acid, Citric Acid, Aroma, Alumina, Glycerin, Mica. MAY CONTAIN(+/-): Titanium Dioxide, D&C Red No. 30 Lake, Iron Oxides (Cl 77 491, Cl 77 499), D&C Red No. 7 Calcium Lake.

Venice Vibe: Octyldodecanol, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Polybutene, Polyethylene, Copernicia Cerifera Cera, Diisostearyl Malate, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter, Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil, Tridecyl Trimellitate, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Tocopheryl Acetate, PEG-8, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Ascorbic Acid, Citric acid, Aroma, Alumina, Glycerin, Aluminum Hydroxide. MAY CONTAIN(+/-): Titanium dioxide, D&C Red No. 30 Lake, Iron Oxides (Cl 77491, Cl 77492, Cl 77499).

Pink Bikini: Octyldodecanol, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Polybutene, Polyethylene, Copemicia Cerifera Cera, Diisostearyl Malate, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter, Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil, Tridecyl Trimellitate, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Tocopheryl Acetate, PEG-8, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Ascorbic Acid, Citric Acid, Aroma, Alumina, Glycerin, Aluminum Hydroxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite. MAY CONTAIN(+/-): Titanium dioxide, D&C Red No. 30 Lake, Iron Oxides (Cl 77492, Cl 77499).

Laguna Glow: Octyldodecanol, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Polybutene, Polyethylene, Copernicia Cerifera Cera, Diisostearyl Malate, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter, Simmondsia Chinensis Seec Oil, Tridecyl Trimellitate, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Tocopheryl Acetate, PEG-8, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Ascorbic Acid, Citric Acid, Aroma, Alumina, Glycerin, Aluminum Hydroxide, Mica. MAY CONTAIN(+/-): Titanium dioxide, D&C Red No. 30 Lake, Iron Oxides (Cl 77491, Cl 77492, Cl 77499).

Find Youngblood Color-Crays Sheer Lip Crayons for $19.00 at salons, spas and ybskin.com. We have them at Styling Point! Stop in to try out the testers.

Have a Beautiful Day!
xo
Jill



















Friday, May 25, 2018

Best Safe Effective Sunscreens 2018


long wavy beach hair
The summer season is just beginning. That means it's time for your reminder about taking care of your skin in the sun. I call sunscreen a magic cream. It's amazing really. All you have to do is apply the cream and it keeps your skin from burning. It's also the most effective anti aging skin product around!

There is a vast array of physical sunscreens (aka mineral sunscreens) and chemical sunscreens to choose from. Plus, a wide variety of SPFs from 15 to 100! If you are someone who is concerned about the chemicals you apply to your kid's skin  and your own skin as well, go to the Environmental Working Group (EWG) for answers on product safety. They have a super list of sunscreens they have rated and have great articles on sun safety. They even list each ingredient in a product, rate the ingredient and tell you concerns about the ingredient. It's a great resource!

10 Great little sunscreen tips you may not know

The EWG is very picky about sunscreen, which is good for all of us. The EWG really doesn't like spray sunscreens because they are not as effective as creamy formulas. They don't like high SPF sunscreens because they are misleading plus they can cause skin irritation. They also don't like sunscreens containing oxybenzone which is a hormone disrupting chemical and retinyl palmitate, a Vitamin A derivative, which is a chemical that may damage sun exposed skin.

Products are rated from 1 to 10. 1 being the best score and 10 being the worst. The sunscreens are rated individually. One brand name may have different products with different scores. I always prefer to use cruelty free brands.
Here are a few cruelty free brands with good scores:

Alba Botanica has 5 sunscreens scoring twos. I like this brand and it is easy to find at drug stores and super stores like CVS, Walgreens and Target.


All Good 7 of their zinc based sunscreens scored a ones. This brand is available on their site and at Whole Foods and other specialty stores.

Babo Botanicals 4 of their sunscreens scored ones. The brand is available on their site and at specialty stores such as health food stores. Check the store locator on their site.

Badger 12 of their sunscreens scored a ones. Available online and at Bed, Bath & Beyond, Vitamin Shoppe & more stores. Check their store locator.

Blue Lizard 2 of these Australian sunscreens scored ones and 3 scored a twos. They have a cool bottle that turns blue when UV rays are present to remind you to apply your sunscreen! Available online and at various pharmacies. Check their store locator. 

Caribbean Sol  3 of these are biodegradable sunscreens that won't harm our natural living reef system scored a ones. Available on their online store.


Goddess Garden 11 of these organic sunscreens scored ones. Find Goddess Garden at CVS, specialty stores and on their site. I bought it at my Bed, Bath and Beyond. 
Read the Goddess Garden Review

Kabana Organic Skincare 8 of these organic sunscreens scores ones. The products are available on their site. They have tinted sunscreen in four colors peach, bronze, nude and neutral. Great idea!


Kiss my Face 1 of their sunscreens scored ones. They are easy to find in drug stores, super stores and health food stores. Also on their site.

JuiceBeauty Sport Sunscreen SPF 30 scored a one. Available online and at Ulta, various maternity stores & more stores. Check their store locator. 


Ocean Potion 1 of their products Ocean Potion Protect & Renew Face Ultra Sheer Sunscreen, SPF 35 scored a two. Find it in drug and superstores including Target and Walgreens and on their site.


Pacifica Mineral Bronzing Body Butter Coconut SPF 50 scored a two. This is a vegan skin care and makeup line. Find it at Ulta and on their site.

Sun Bum Just Skin Food Baby Beach Bum Sunscreen SPF 31 scored a one. Find Sun Bum at salons, specialty shops, on amazon and on their site.

There are many other brands to check out. Visit the EWG site to see more. You can search your favorite sunscreen and see it's rating easily by using their handy search box. 

The EWG's 2018Guide to Sunscreens

Some good brands are not on the list this year that were on last year's list. I'm not sure why. They are good products.

AllTerrain  3 of their sunscreens scored ones last year but I don't see them on the list this year They are available online and at Whole Foods, Vitamin Shoppe & more stores. Check their store locator.

Deter Outdoor Skin Protection makes Deter Mineral Reef Safe Sunscreen SPF 30 which is an environmentally friendly broad spectrum sunscreen that is fortified with natural anti oxidants. It scored a one last year but I don't see it on their list this year which seems odd to me. Buy online and at select stores. check their store locator.

Amazon is the most convenient place to shop for sunscreen at great prices with fast shipping. Use my link and I get a small commission😃 TY!



Have a Beautiful, Sun Safe Day!

xo 
Jill

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Saturday, May 19, 2018

Royal Wedding Pics: Meghan Markle's Wedding Makeup, Nails and Wedding Dress

A royal wedding is so romantic! I couldn't wait to see Meghan Markle's wedding dress and makeup. I go up early and had the tea and scones ready!
tea and chocolate scones
One big question my clients were all talking about was would Harry shave? No he didn't!

prince harry and prince william

Meghan looked lovely as she entered the church with her flower girls and page boys! 
The other big question, the dress. Who would the designer be and what would it look like? The dress was a very regal understated boat neck Claire Waight Keller gown perfect for Meghan's minimalist style in a modern shade of white. Claire Waight Keller is a British designer and artistic director at Givenchy. Meghan chose to wear Queen Mary's tiara with her long veil.

The makeup is always very important for me. Many of my brides may want to wear
her look. Meghan's skin look luminous with little if any foundation showing her freckles. Her cheeks had the faintest hint of pink to match her semi matte pale pink lips. She wore matte eye shadow in shades of brown with understated black eye liner and long black lashes. Her brows were nicely arched and filled in with dark brown.
maghan markles wedding makeup
meghan markles eye makeup
meghan markle tiara and veil
Look how her skin glowed in the sun light! Just gorgeous! Meghan knows the importance of good skin care. She spent time working with a facialist to get her skin wedding ready.
meghan markles skin
 Her nails were proper royal pale pink nude.
royal wedding rings
meghan markles wedding dress
royal wedding first kiss
A beautiful fairy tale wedding!
Congratulations to the Duchess of Sussex!

Professional facials and makeup can make you look as gorgeous as Megan for your wedding. See me at the salon for facials to beautify your skin. Come to me or I can come to you on your wedding day to do your makeup. View my Gallery and get more details.

Have a Beautiful Day!


royal wedding cake