Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara Review

It's Jamaica Time! It's a perfect island honeymoon get away. Tropical, beautiful, romantic and full of warm, friendly people. Here is a post about my favorite waterproof mascaras, Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara, to take along with you! 
7 mile beach Negril. Jamaica
The magnificent Seven Mile Beach in Negril, Jamaica. Look at the color of that water. It amazes me every time!

I needed a really good waterproof mascara for my Jamaica vacation, so I ordered a travel size Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara from Sephora to take with me.
too faced better than sex waterproof mascara
I was a little hesitant after reading the reviews. A lot of people don't like it. Many say it's hard to remove, it's sticky and smudges. I gave it a go anyway.


I like the packaging. It has what looks like droplets of water on it. Cute!

too faced better than sex waterproof mascara package
Is it waterproof?
Honestly, I don't know why this mascara gets bad reviews. You buy a waterproof mascara to be waterproof. This stuff stands up to water like nobody's business!!! Feel free to shower, swim in the pool and splash in the sea. 
too faced better than sex waterproof mascara in shower
This mascara isn't going to budge and it stayed nice and black all day without fading.
too faced better than sex waterproof mascara wet

Is it hard to remove? 
You bet it is. It's waterproof! It takes time and work to get it all off. I find if I don't get it all off, the thin film of mascara left on the lashes causes the mascara to clump on the next day's application. Soap and water is not enough to get this mascara off.

I like to use olive oil to remove waterproof mascara followed by a facial cleanser. I find oil breaks down the waxy waterproof ingredients really well. Coconut oil is another good oil to use for mascara removal. The Too Faced Mascara Melt Off Waterproof Mascara Dissolver works really great as well! Plus, it's convenient for traveling.

Click here for tips on using olive oil as makeup remover

Does it smudge?
As for smudges, smears and running, I had zero. 

Does it flake?
Nope. I had no flaking.

Is it sticky?
It's a little sticky for me before it's dry. When it's dry, I don't find it to be sticky. It's also sticky during the removal process. 

Is it hard to apply?
I've worked with many mascaras. Some take patience to apply. People have said in their reviews that this mascara is difficult to apply and it clumps. Mascaras that are waxy can take longer to dry and stick lashes together easily. This is a waxy waterproof mascara. Use patience. Apply thin coats waiting a few minutes between coats. Pull the lashes straight from base to tips and don't wiggle the mascara wand to help prevent the lashes from sticking together. Use a lash comb or dry mascara spoolie to separate lashes that are stuck together while they are wet. 
spoolie and lash comb
This mascara dried fine for me even in the tropical Jamaican air and it didn't irritate my eyes at all.

Does it lengthen? 
It lengthened my lashes! Here are my lashes with two coats.
too faced better than sex waterproof mascara on lashes

Do the lashes hold a curl? 
My lashes stayed beautifully curled, better than with most mascaras. The wetter they got, the less curl they had, but still, some curl remained. 

Lash Curling Tip: Waterproof mascaras hold lash curl better than regular mascaras because they contain less water.

The brush.
too faced better than sex waterproof mascara brush
The brush has an hourglass shape, which seems to be a kind of popular shape right now, to give coverage, add volume and lengthen. The brush worked fine for me.

I think this mascara is a fantastic waterproof mascara!!! The removal process would get on my nerves for everyday use, though. I will use it for vacation and on brides for sure. Everyone is different and has different mascara preferences. You have to try it for yourself to see how it works for you. Keep my application and removal tips in mind when you do try it. Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara is available in a small 0.17 size which is super for travel!

Ingredients:
Isododecane, Paraffin, VP/Eicosene Copolymer, Beeswax/Cera Alba/ Cire d'Abeille, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Pentaerythrityl Hydrogenated Rosinate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Talc, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax/Copernicia Cerifera Cera/ Cire De Carnauba, Polybutene, Water/Aqua/Eau, Silica, Caprylyl Glycol, Polyquaternium-7, Plukenetia Volubilis Seed Oil, Trimethylpentanediol/Adipic Acid/Glycerin Crosspolymer, VP/Hexadecene Copolymer, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Octyldodecanol, Hoya Lacunosa Flower Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Benzoate, Iron Oxides (CI 77499).

Cruelty free!
Do you know what else is great about this product? Too Faced products are not tested on animals. Many brands including Maybelline, Covergirl and Lancome are tested on animals. This mascara is not vegan, though, since it contains beeswax.

Here are some links to check your brands:

Beauty without Bunnies
Leaping Bunny


Have a Beautiful Day!
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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Bridal Makeup & Country Wedding Decorating Ideas: The Barn on Bridge, Collegeville, PA

sexy pink shoes and summer flowers
I had the pleasure of doing the makeup for a summer country style wedding at The Barn on Bridge, a three level barn venue in Collegeville, Pa. full of rustic elegance.
the barn on bridge
It turned out to be a rainy day, which wasn't unusual for the summer we've had this year in the Philly area. I think the rain actually gave the wedding an intimate, cozy feeling. The wedding ceremony was supposed to be outside in a grassy area but was held in the tent where the cocktail hour would have normally taken place.
wedding ceremony area
The sound of the rain on the tent adorned with bright, happy sunflowers was 
absolutely magical!!! 
wedding flowers in a milk churn
The Makeup
I did the makeup for the bride, many of her maids, the mother of the bride and the mother of the groom. We did the makeup and hair styling at a nearby hotel in a nice large room with lots of natural light. I always prefer natural light to do bridal makeup or any kind of makeup application. 

onsite wedding makeup and hair
The bride wanted a soft, fresh look to go with her rustic barn country wedding. Her natural lashes were long and beautiful, but she wanted them to be outstanding. Strip lashes were applied to create drop dead gorgeous eye drama!

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Eye shadow in shades of pink, brown and champagne accented her eyes. A soft beige foundation evened out her flushed cheeks and an illuminating finishing powder gave her skin a warm glow. Pink blush, rose lip liner and pink shimmer gloss gave her a soft romantic look. She wore her hair in her signature braided upstyle.
bride in robe

black and white bridal portrait
She looked stunning!
bride with pink and white bouquet
The bridesmaids wore dresses in a soft beige shade. I did their makeup in similar shades to coordinate with the bride and create a cohesive romantic look.
beige bridesmaid dress with sunflower bouquet
The mother of the bride looked glamorous with makeup in shades of pink to coordinate with her shimmering beaded pink dress.mother of the bride
 I used Youngblood CC Perfecting Primer on everyone to create the perfect dewy canvas for smooth foundation application. It's one of my go to products.


 Country Wedding Decorating Ideas I just loved!

An adorable baby in a personalized country wedding wagon.  The wreath on her head and her fluffy pink dress.....just precious!
baby flower girl in wagon
Here's a wagon I saw on Amazon! 
The signature cocktail was sangria served in small milk bottles complete with earth friendly paper straws with elegant metallic gold designs.
sangria bar
What a great idea! A wine bottle guests can write on. The natural wood slices added a nice rustic touch to the tables.
wine bottle messages
The bride and groom dancing on the catwalk in the barn with that lighting was a truly fairy tale moment!
bride and groom on catwalk
I can't wait to see the professional photos by Colleen Schwulst!

Cheers to the Bride and Groom for a lifetime of love and happiness!
bride, groom and dog in garden
Have a Beautiful Day!
xo
Jill


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ring for a kiss wedding decoration

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Fall Nail Colors 2018: Zoya Element Collection

zoya leighton element collection
I always hate to see the summer end, but it's always exciting to get new nail colors when the seasons change, especially deep, dark fall colors with a glass like finish. My purple and wine nail color lovers, you're going to be very happy with the Zoya Element Collection for fall 2018! By wine, I'm talking about the beautiful colors of rose, sangria, marsala, cabernet......🍷🍷🍷
zoya element
There are super shimmery nail colors, light and mid tone shades and beautiful dark mysterious colors.
zoya element collection
The Element Collection includes 2 soft shimmers, 2 glittery foils and 8 creams many in shades of pink, mauve and purple. All of the nail colors apply beautifully with full streak free coverage and lots of pigment.


Devin

zoya devin
Devin is a grayed purple blue with multi-colored fine glitter for an amazing foil finish. My glitter lovers are going to adore this one!



Rumor

zoya rumor
Rumor is the lightest color in the collection. It is a mauve taupe with a subtle shimmer. Soft and romantic!



Jenna

zoya jenna
Jenna is a dusty rose pink cream with blue undertones. I had trouble photographing this one due to that blue tone coming through in the pics. This color looks more dusty in person than in the picture.



Ruthie

zoya ruthie
Ruthie is a raspberry rose cream. It's an easy to wear color for many skin tones.



Maryann

zoya maryann
Maryann is a pinky rose with a subtle shimmer. Coincidentally, I have a client Maryann and this is just her color!!!



Kendra

zoya kendra
Kendra is a rich wine cream with a beautiful glossy finish.



Alyssa

zoya alyssa
Alyssa is a deep red cream. This is the warmest color in the collection. Reds are always a perfect choice for the fall!



Donnie

zoya donnie
Donnie is a somewhat bright purple cream. It's a happy color!



Maeve

zoya maeve
Maeve is a yummy grape cream.



Rachael

zoya rachael
Rachael is a deep mulberry cream. It's one of those dark, smooth glassy nail colors I just love!



Leighton

zoya leighton
Leighton is the darkest, most dramatic color in the collection. It's a blackened aubergine cream. So smooth and glassy, you can almost see yourself in the reflection! One of my favorites!



Gardner

zoya gardner
Gardner is my favorite fun color in the collection! It's a deep periwinkle with a fine magenta shimmer with a glimmering foil finish. Love it!!!

The Element fall nail color collection is available now even though we still have a month of summer left to enjoy!

Zoya professional nail lacquer wears quite well on natural nails and is free of the harmful ingredients formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, dibutyl phthalate, toluene, camphor, TPHP, parabens, xylene, ethyl tosylamide and lead.

You can find Zoya at salons, spas, zoya.com and on amazon.

See more Zoya nail color collections


Have a Beautiful, Colorful Day 

Cheers🍷
Jill

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