SFB’s 2018 Holiday Gift Idea Edition

Posted on: December 12, 2018

Hi Loves,

I know it’s been sometime since I’ve posted, but I’m back with a holiday gift guide just for you.

Finding the perfect gift isn’t easy and can be stressful all together. Well, I’m hoping to make your holiday shopping painless and stress free and easy. Here’s my list of great gift ideas for every person in your life.

I can’t believe the holidays are basically here. Every year, I feel like it always sneaks up on me and BAM its here. As much as we try and prepare and get ready it can be overwhelming. Especially trying to find the perfect gift.

As craziness and stressful this season can be at times, we must remember its the season of giving yes as well as receiving. Sometimes we can get carried away and forget the true meaning of the holidays and what it’s all about. Just remember during this season, that it’s not about the amount of money you spend but the thought and gesture that matters the most. Along with spending time with your loved ones, and enjoy each and every moment. Not to mention to believing in the magic of the season. Never stop believing!

Also-stay tuned via my Instagram (@SocialFashionistaBeauty) because I’ll be doing some holiday giveaways because I’m all about giving the LOVE back to all of you who have followed me through my journey! So stick around and stay tuned, you won’t want to miss these gifts!!

Now let’s get shopping Loves!

Gift Ideas for ALL THE LADIES 

The Little Words Project Bracelet ( Use my CODE: LWP223NU for 10% OFF your Order)

C+I Designs By Emily DeSouza ( Use code: FFHOL18 for 25% OFF your Order)

Caudalie Gift Sets  $12-$79

Ecru New York Tinted Lipsticks  $24

Spa/Acupuncture/ Wellness Gift Card  (Favorite Spa/Wellness retreat of choice; Click for suggestion)

Sephora Gift Card 

West Elm Monogram Coasters $34 

FitBit  $99.95

Henri Bendel Handbag $250

Givenchy Mini Leather Satchel Bag $984

Vici Drape Back Sweater $54

Natori Robe $98

Voluspa Candle Set  $36

For The Men/Man in your Life


FitBit  $99.95

 

 

Charles Tyrwhitt Shirt $29.50-$69

 

POWR Wireless Car Mount Charger $39.95

Spa/Acupuncture/ Wellness Gift Card  (Favorite Spa/Wellness retreat of choice; Click for suggestion)

Whiskey Lovers Set $179.99

The Men’s Store at Bloomingdale’s Cashmere Scarf $64.80

Chanel Bleu De Chanel Eau De Parfum $154

Ralph Lauren Half-Zip Sweater $79.99

Art of Shaving Gift Sets/Gift Card  $60-$200

For the Sports lovers (For both Men+ Women) 

NFL Apparel (Use code: FOOTBALL25 for 25% OFF)

MLB Apparel  (Use Code: BAT1 for FREE SHIPPING)

NBA Apparel  (Use code: HOLIDAYS for 60% OFF and FREE SHIPPING)

Golfing Apparel and Gift Card

 

There you have it! I hope this Holiday Gift Guide is useful and helpful for you! Hopefully your holiday shopping is stress free and enjoyable. Don’t forget to watch my instastories and Instagram ( @SocialFashionistaBeauty) for the holiday giveaways. Follow @SocialFashionistaBeauty for more! Happy Holidays!!

As always thanks for reading, following along and supporting me on this journey!


Top Fave Lipsticks for Fall

Posted on: October 16, 2018

 

Looking for the perfect lip color for Fall? Here are some of my top fave picks that I know you’ll love. Plus, they’re so versatile and great for colors that anyone can try.

 

 

 

NARS Semi Matte Lipstick in Scarlet Empress 

$26; sephora.com

This color will create the perfect vamp on medium to dark skin without being too intense.

NARS Velvet Matte Lipstick Pencil in Dammed

$27; Sephora

This NARS Velvet Pencil ensures that lips are instantly saturated with rich, vivid pigments and a velvety matte finish. Its non-drying formula is enriched with vitamin E and emollients for a creamy texture, while a blend of unique silicones ensures long-lasting, seamless matte color that last for hours. Just pair it with another lip product for added dimension or as a tinted base. Whether it’s soft and neutral or bold and edgy, this lip pencil is ideal for making a lip statement.

 

NARS Velvet Matte Lipstick Pencil in Cruella

$27; Sephora

A deep, yet bright shade of red thats perfect for any skin tone. This has to be my all time favorite shade from Nars’s Velvet Lip pencils. Has the same effect at the lip shade above just a different shade, in my opinion it’s the perfect shade of Red.

Bobbi Brown Lipstick in the Shade Cocoa

$29; Bobbi Brown

A bestseller thats an iconic, creamy, semi-matte lipstick.  The first formula to launch (and sold out instantly). The secret to its success? Comfortable, full-coverage color instantly gives lips a polished look. Featured in Town & Country Magazine (May 2016). Paraben-free; phthalate-free; sulfate-free; sulfite-free; vegan. Non-drying formula offers full-color coverage and comfortable, long-lasting wear.

 

Maybelline’s Vivid Liquid Matte in Coffee

$7.99; Maybelline

Rich, intense lip color glides on smooth to a matte finish. Pure pigments collide with a creamy liquid base for a velvety-soft, cushiony feel. The result? A high-impact lip that stands out! Perfect nude/brownish shade that perfect for the season. Great transitional color as well.

Maybelline’s Color Sensational Matte Lipstick in Cruel Ruby

$7.49; Maybelline

Maybelline’s most extreme matte! Lipstick saturates lips in pure matte edginess. Dare to be edgy in Maybelline’s extreme matte lipstick! Now, available with up to 2x more mattifying powders* in a collection of showstopping lip colors. *VS. Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lipstick. Doesn’t leave my lips dry, but dries matte and long lasting. Love this shade, great color for the holidays or even a night out on the town.

Which color is your favorite and which one would you try? Do you have a favorite brand or shade? Please do share, I love hearing from you.

As always, thanks for reading, following along and supporting my journey!

 


SFB’s High End Beauty Favorites

Posted on: August 21, 2018

Ask and you shall receive…. It’s been long overdue, but here is my full product list of all my high-end favorites and staples for beauty products that I use. Just like I mix up my style with high/low fashion, I do the same with my beauty products. As much as I love to get more for my buck and save money, I also like to treat myself every once in a while with a few of my favorites—-all things beauty related. As for my daily beauty routine, for the Summer, I alway tend to keep it pretty simple. For the most part, my routine for day and night throughout the year is pretty simple as a whole. Sometimes, I like  a little more glam every now and then, but for the most part I like to keep it fresh and simple. As a beauty enthusiast, I love trying and testing out different products. Over the years, I’ve acquire some of my favorites and staples that I’ve incorporated into my daily beauty routine. Here and there, I change it up–but I tend to stick to what I know, what works and what keeps my skin looking radiant, clean, fresh and glowing all throughout the year. I may some  tweaks a few things during the change of seasons to keep my skin supple and hydrated, but these are in fact my HOLY GRAIL PRODUCTS.

Here’s the complete list of all the beauty goods. 

Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask 

https://www.sephora.com/product/jet-lag-mask-P429952?skuId=2071322&icid2=products%20grid:p429952

Price: $48

GLOW RECIPE Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask

https://www.sephora.com/product/watermelon-glow-sleeping-mask-P420160?skuId=1955764&om_mmc=ppc-GG_1165716914_56760238487_aud-299050439438:pla-418863873529_1955764_257731960016_9003562_c&country_switch=us&lang=en&gclid=COifn62tgd0CFVOaswodAB4FbQ&gclsrc=ds

Price: $45

First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Polish

https://www.firstaidbeauty.com/skin-care/product/face-cleansers-exfoliators/facial-radiance-cleansing-facial-polish

Price: $25

Dolce and Gabbana The One Eau de Parfum 

https://www.macys.com/shop/product/dolce-gabbana-the-one-eau-de-parfum-2.5-oz?ID=256443&CategoryID=31628#fn=sp%3D1%26spc%3D69%26ruleId%3D24%7CBOOST%20SAVED%20SET%26searchPass%3DmatchNone%26slotId%3D55

Price: $118

Dolce and Gabbana The One  Eau de Toilette

https://www.macys.com/shop/product/dolce-gabbana-the-one-eau-de-toilette-spray-3.3-oz.?ID=4871464&CategoryID=31628#fn=sp%3D1%26spc%3D69%26ruleId%3D24%7CBOOST%20SAVED%20SET%26searchPass%3DmatchNone%26slotId%3D24

Price: $100

Prada Candy Eau de Parfum 

https://www.neimanmarcus.com/p/prada-prada-candy-eau-de-parfum-prod138850007?childItemId=NMC0X1N_&focusProductId=prod137560001

Price: $122

Prada Candy Kiss Eau De Parfum

https://www.macys.com/shop/product/prada-candy-kiss-eau-de-parfum-spray-2.7-oz.?ID=2738645&tdp=cm_app~zMCOM-NAVAPP~xcm_zone~zPDP_ZONE_A~xcm_choiceId~zcidM05MDR-9d642fb4-44e7-4ca7-888f-e0ce4e6d386e%40H7%40customers%2Balso%2Bshopped%2430087%242738645~xcm_pos~zPos2~xcm_srcCatID~z30087

Price: $122

Caudalie’s Thé Des Vignes Fresh Fragrance

https://us.caudalie.com/care-body/product/fragrances-and-perfumes/the-des-vignes-fresh-fragrance.html

Price: $39

Chanel Coco Noir Eau De Parfum Spray 

https://www.barneys.com/product/chanel-coco-noir-parfum-bottle-503656617.html?gclid=Cj0KCQjwk_TbBRDsARIsAALJSOazgVyvaIzEQrg81Sk2Bp710uPY09Gc_fzjC6gWlOQnQxsHxTPXzdAaAh1GEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds 

Price: $200

AmorePacific Treatment Cleansing Foam

https://www.sephora.com/product/treatment-cleansing-foam-P232930

Price: $50


MARC JACOBS BEAUTY

Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter – Coconut Fantasy Collection

https://www.marcjacobs.com/limited-edition-dew-drops-coconut-gel-highlighter-fantasy/C0000186.html

Price: $44

Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder

https://www.sephora.com/product/translucent-loose-setting-powder-P109908?icid2=products%20grid:p109908:product

Price: $38

Inglot AMC Gel Eyeliner 

https://inglotcosmetics.com/eyes/eyeliner/item/352-amc-eyeliner-gel

Price: $16

Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer

https://www.sephora.com/product/radiant-creamy-concealer-P377873

Price: $30

bareMinerals CORRECTING CONCEALER SPF 20

https://www.bareminerals.com/makeup/face/concealer/correcting-concealer-broad-spectrum-spf-20/USMasterCorrectingConcealer.html

Price: $22

Caudalie Vinoperfect Brightening Essence

https://us.caudalie.com/care-face/product/cleansers-toners/vinoperfect-essence-2.html

Price:$42

Caudalie Beauty Elixir 

https://us.caudalie.com/care-face/product/cleansers-toners/beauty-elixir.html

Price: $49

Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum

https://us.caudalie.com/care-face/product/serums/radiance-serum.html

Price: $79

La Mer Creme De la Mer 

https://www.cosbar.com/la-mer-creme-de-la-mer-webp00131002-a

Price: $325

Caudalie Detox Overnight Oil 

https://us.caudalie.com/care-face/product/night-treatments/overnight-detox-oil.html

Price: $50

Shiseido Urban Environment Oil-Free UV Protector Broad Spectrum SPF 42 For Face

https://www.sephora.com/product/urban-environment-oil-free-uv-protector-broad-spectrum-spf-42-for-face-P307405

Price:$34

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Concentrated Recovery Eye Mask

https://www.sephora.com/product/advanced-night-repair-concentrated-recovery-eye-mask-P417359

Price: $46

Anastasia Brow Wiz Pencil 

https://www.sephora.com/product/brow-wiz-P202633?icid2=products%20grid:p202633:product

Price: $21

Kopari Coconut Melt

https://www.sephora.com/product/coconut-melt-P413350

Price: $28

SK-II Facial Sheet Mask 

https://www.sephora.com/product/facial-treatment-mask-P375852?icid2=products%20grid:p375852:product

Price:$135

Peter Thomas Roth 24K Gold Mask Pure Luxury Lift + Firm Mask 

https://www.sephora.com/product/24k-gold-mask-pure-luxury-lift-firm-mask-P392607

Price:$80

Peter Thomas Roth 24K Gold Pure Luxury Lift & Firm Hydra-Gel Eye Patches

https://www.sephora.com/product/24k-gold-pure-luxury-lift-firm-hydra-gel-eye-patches-P406104

Price: $75

Nars Velvet Matte Lipstick Pencils 

https://www.sephora.com/product/velvet-matte-lip-pencil-P78834

Price: $27

Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask 

https://www.sephora.com/product/lip-sleeping-mask-P420652

Price: $20

Bobbi Brown Luxe Lipstick 

https://www.sephora.com/product/luxe-lip-color-P400625?icid2=products%20grid:p400625:product&skuId=1743707

Price: $37

Oribe Imperial Blowout Transformative Styling Creme

https://www.oribe.com/imperial-blowout-transformative-blowout-creme.html

Price: $68

Oribe Split End Seal 

https://www.oribe.com/split-end-seal.html

Price: $48

Oribe Impermeable Anti-Humidity Spray

 

https://www.oribe.com/shop/sprays-mousses/impermeable-anti-humidity-spray.html

Price: $42

Oribe Gold Lust Dry Shampoo

https://www.oribe.com/collections/gold-lust/gold-lust-dry-shampoo.html

Price:$44

Oribe Gold Lust Repair & Restore Shampoo

https://www.oribe.com/gold-lust-repair-restore-shampoo-2.html

Price: $49

 

Oribe Glaze for Beautiful Hair 

https://www.oribe.com/shop/shampoos-conditioners-treatments/glaze-for-beautiful-color.html

Price: $58

Oribe Signature Conditioner


https://www.oribe.com/shop/shampoos-conditioners-treatments/signature-condtioner.html

Price: $42

Ouai Rose Hair and Body Oil 

https://theouai.com/products/rose-hair-and-body-oil

Price: $32

Ouai Hair Oil 

https://theouai.com/products/hair-oil

Price: $28

What are some of your favorites and staples that are on the higher price point end? For me, I believe sharing is caring and I LOVE sharing my faves and staples with all of you. Feel free to comment below or write to me, I love to hear from you!! 

As always, thanks for sharing, reading along, following and supporting my journey! 

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SFB Beauty with Sunday Riley

Posted on: May 2, 2017

Ever wanted to try a skincare product that really works with your skin and had lasting results? Here’s one skincare brand that does that and so much more. Luxury skincare at its best!!  If you haven’t heard about Sunday Riley, well then,  sit back, grab a cup of tea and continue reading and learn more about the brand, the products I use, the benefits and much more.

As you all know by know, I’m very much into skincare and I’m very cautious about the products I use on my skin. After doing a little research of my own, while sticking to my routine facials and regiment–I truly believe you need to listen to your skin when it matters most.  Your skin tells you a lot, and my skin was definitely telling me something. I have combination skin, (sensitive, dry, oily). So, I can’t use any product because my skin will react almost instantly. Although, I’ve been conscious enough to stick to a routine for both day and night. In the last few months, I’ve change out a few of my products that have done wonders on my skin.

I’ve learned that although it’s good to stay consistent, sometimes our skin can “act up ” and that can be dependent on a variety of things. The 3 main factors why this may be are: the time of the month, weather and how well -rested we are. On the other hand, sometimes our skin can have a mind of its’ own and you may experience a change in your skin outside of those 3 reasons. So, it’s good to change things up in your skincare routine. Using products that will be most effective for your skin. It’s actually a smart thing to do too. Outside of those 3 factors,  skin changes could be attributed to stress, hormone levels and other health factors can cause changes in your skin. Rest assure, you’re not alone– we all go through these changes in many different ways. One thing is for sure though, before you go changing your products be sure to spot check it first on either a small area under your jawline or even on your wrist. Give it a go twice a day for a few days and see if your skin rebels or not. If it doesn’t, it’s safe to say the product can become part of your skincare routine. This will eliminate any unnecessary facial freak outs which is what we don’t want! Remember to always exfoliate at least twice a week and ALWAYS use an SPF rain or shine no matter what time of year! This is a MUST!! It’s always good to protect your skin early on to prevent premature skin damage, wrinkles, and fine lines, taking out the dead skin and building new skin. Keeping your skin hydrated, youthful and radiant.

Now if you haven’t heard about Sunday Riley yet, now you have. Sunday Riley are tried and true products I’ve used and would recommend to everyone. The results are will amaze you. Sunday Riley is modern skincare that’s beneficial and proven to be fast acting with long-lasting effects.

Who would have thought that someone with combination skin (Sensitive, dry, and oily) would find amazing benefits with using facial oils??!! My thoughts before incorporating a facial oil into my skincare routine was,  Why would I use a facial oil if I tend to have oily skin?? That didn’t seem right to me, I thought I was adding to the problem instead of fixing it. Well, I was surely mistaken, and in fact I was doing more good for my skin than harm by incorporating facial oils into my skincare routine. It’s done wonders on my skin and complexion. These facial oils from Sunday Riley are nirvana to your face, no lie! Sunday Riley’s facial oils are the holy grail of all facial oils. All of Sunday Riley’s products are absolutely AMAZING! She prides on the fact that her brand and skincare line are: Smart, high-performance skin care focusing on fast result with a long -term payoff. Sunday Riley products are just that and so much more.

I recently just discovered the U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying facial oil. After hearing such great reviews and high praise regarding this product I decided to give it a try. I was experiencing some stubborn acne that would seem to go away on its own and with the products I already use. I attributed my acne to stress and poor food choices at the time. I needed something to work on my skin and fast. I was hearing rave reviews about this clarifying oil along with the Martian Mattifying Melting Water-Gel toner and I decided to give them a try. I’m so glad I did, after using both products I saw immediate results. My acne cleared up, and my skin was back to normal. These two used in conjunction with my other skincare product did the trick. These two together  (Clarifying oil and Mattifying Melt Water Gel toner) proved to be quite powerful– the results were impressive.

U.F.O. Ultra Clarifying Facial Oil Benefits: For oily to mild acne prone skin, dry treatment, promotes clearer, smoother and even tone skin. The end result: clear, smooth radiant skin. Since it’s a dry oil it seeps into your skin and targets the acne head on to clear and diminish any inflammation. It contains beneficial plant oils that soothe and calm the skin.  If your looking for maximum results use it in conjunction with the Martian Melt Mattifying Water-gel toner.

Martian Melt Mattifying Water-Gel Toner Benefits: This toner, clarifies the skin, removes excess oil build up, visibly tightens your pores–giving you clear, mattifed skin. It’s also an excellent primer for your makeup, since its proven to smooth, tighten and mattify. This product soaks up excess oil and tightens your pores; The marshmallow extract calms redness; Manuka honey ingredients serves as a natural antibacterial agent (to help ward off acne); Cucumber, green tea and witch hazel extracts are antioxidants that tone and protect skin. It’s a multi-pronged strategy for fighting breakouts, pore hugeness, redness, oiliness and inflammation. My experiences with this product, were positive and effective. Definitely  worth spending the extra dollars for the results you’ll get.  It’s best to use it with the U.F.O. clarifying oil –both are powerful treatments that are fast acting remedies. Definitely a MUST in my book!

Luna Sleeping Oil: This is another product that comes with a steep price tag, but before you knock it, hear me out. It contains retinol, which helps fight the appearance of wrinkles, avocado-seed oil, which is rich in vitamins A through E, and blue tansy, which is known for its anti-irritant abilities. After my toner I apply 2-3 drops on my dry skin and slightly press it into my skin so it can really sink in. The tansy ingredient is said to help reduce stress and tension. The oil is blue and it seeps into my skin and by morning I wake up with super hydrated, glowing skin. It should come to no surprise why this is a MUST-HAVE product thats won a spot on my vanity. It’s become a huge part of my nighttime skincare routine.

{I’m a firm believer in facial oils and it’s benefits –use Sunday Riley’s Luna oil as part of your nighttime routine. You can use the UFO oil in the morning or evening, if you want to layer up on the oils which I do recommend use UFO in the morning and Luna in the evening. After cleansing, follow with your toner (Martian Matte Melt Water-Gel) and follow your skincare routine and incorporate your facial treatment oils. }

Luna is clinically proven to improve the appearance of fine lines, radiance, and skin smoothness in as little as four weeks, while advanced retinol ester mixed with potent botanicals makes this product the ultimate transformational, soothing, sleeping night oil. (Sephora

 

My absolute favorite facial oil is Juno. It’s a facial oils that give you that dewy, “lit from within” complexion, with it’s blend of omegas, natural retinol and essential fatty acids formulated into a unique non-greasy oil that gives you glowing skin.

Juno Facial oil benefits: Radiants, anti-aging benefits, hydrates, clarifies, rich antioxidants and superfoods. It quickly absorbs into your skin giving you a healthy glow. It leaves your skin, moisturized, hydrated and luminous. Overall, I love how it’s lightweight, very rich with antioxidants and it works well makeup application. I use this every morning in conjunction with my serum, and my skin feels luxurious, hydrated and looks radiant.


Good Genes Lactic Acid Treatment: is a brightening, multitasking radiance treatment and mask. Everyone wants the unmistakable look of having “good genes”. This amazing treatment is formulated with key ingredients which will plump fine lines, reveal brighter, newer skin, and improve circulation for a smooth, vibrant complexion. Long term use will help restore damaged skin, reduce hyperpigmentation and scars, reduce the depth and number of line and wrinkles, even out skin tone, and increase epidermal thickness and firmness.  Good Genes All-In-One Lactic Acid Treatment is formulated with high potency, purified grade lactic acid that immediately exfoliates dull, pore-clogging dead skin cells, revealing smoother, fresher, younger-looking skin. Fine lines appear visually plumped while the skin looks more radiant. With continued use, the appearance of stubborn hyperpigmentation and the visible signs of aging are reduced for a healthier-looking complexion. Perfect for all skin types and all ages, this treatment is enhanced with licorice for brightening, Good Genes clarifies, smooths, and retexturizes for instant radiance. (Sephora) I fully trust Sunday Riley products,  I’ve seen results first hand and now I’m beyond OBSESSED! Lol! I’ve a transformation in my skin and complexion and I couldn’t be happier. I use Good Genes in the morning, and my skin looks smooth, bright and youthful.

Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream:  is a moisturizer that is an advanced brightening and refining treatment, infused into a next-generation water cream. I used this moisturizer as part of my nighttime skincare routine. As it works into my skin while I sleep, I’ve seen my dark circles and any hyper pigmentation diminish, leaving my skin looking hydrated, youthful, plump and bright. After the first few days of using this product, I noticed a change in the texture of my skin in a very good way of course. I wake looking rejuvenated and refreshed, this product works great with Luna Sleeping oil.

C.E.O. C+E Antioxidant Protect + Repair Moisturizer : Although this product contains anti-aging agents and I tend to use my anti-aging products for the night time this can protect my skin in the day time. In addition to protecting my skin during the day, it also has long lasting anti-aging effects that can be beneficial for my skin overall. C.E.O. C + E Protect and Repair Moisturizer infuses five percent advanced, oxygen-stable tetrahexydecyl ascorbate (THD ascorbate) into the skin—the gold standard form of vitamin C. THD ascorbate is the newer, clinically-proven, oil-soluble derivative of vitamin C, which penetrates better into the skin while being exceptionally stable against oxygenation. With 5 percent THD ascorbate, this moisturizer is powerful at fighting the first visible signs of aging and restoring vital skin radiance, while being uniquely suitable for those with sensitive skin, as THD ascorbate is significantly less irritating than other forms of vitamin C. Once in the skin, it helps boost youthful-looking skin texture and volume, in addition to providing photostable, antioxidant support. Blended with protective, anti-pollution expopolysaccharides and refining lime pearl extract, this formula visibly repairs the effects of aging, environmental stress, and pollution-induced damage. It is rich yet never greasy, providing hydration and antioxidant protection to the skin for a visibly younger, softer, and healthier-looking complexion. (Sephora)  After using this moisturizer, I can visible see that my skin is healthy, hydrated, softer and youthful. I’m so happy I decided to try this out.  I love that I’m also giving my skin some T.L.C. but a good healthy dose of Vitamin C daily!

 

All of these Sunday Riley products can be use in the day or night. This is how I’ve used these specific products and how they’ve worked for me. Listen to your skin, and do what’s best for you. This is just my honest review and opinion on the brand, it’s products and what it’s done for my skin. If you have combination skin like me, try out Sunday Riley and see for yourself. You can purchase Sunday Riley products at: Sephora, Nordstroms and Space N.K. Apothecary,

 

 

 

” I started formulating skin care because I’m curious to listen to consumers and satisfy their unmet needs. How can I create something entirely new that changes the playing field? I create breakthrough, high-performance products that work- and work fast.” My grandmother spent summers teaching me how to apply certain Native American botanicals to her skin for healing, regeneration, detoxification, and glowing agelessness. I firmly believe that the key to true agelessness is a simple formula: Detoxification+Varied Arsenal of Ant-Aging actives=Glowing skin.” – Sunday Riley 

I would say Sunday Riley has definitely change the game in skincare. With her background, strong beliefs and months spent in the lab creating her products, she’s redefined and revolutionized modern skincare. She’s definitely made a believer out of me, because I’ve seen the results, and I can’t stop raving about Sunday Riley.  I continue to share my skincare experiences and what her products have done for me with everything and now you. My husband, family and friends have notice the remarkable results and I myself couldn’t be happier. It just goes to show that the effectiveness of her products, her brand and how rapid the results are. Try Sunday Riley products out and let me know what you think.

 

Shop my Products

Juno Facial Oil $90| Luna Sleeping Oil $105| U.F.O. Ultra Clarifying Facial Oil $80| Good Genes $158 |C.E.O. C+E Antioxidant Protect +Repair Moisturizer $65| Martian Mattifying Melting Water-Gel Toner $55|Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream $65

What are some of your staples for skincare products?

If you do decide to try out Sunday Riley products please do share your experiences with me by commenting below or using the hashtag: #SFBBeauty

As always, thanks for reading, following along and supporting me in my journey!


SFB Beauty with Marc Jacobs X Influenster

Posted on: April 18, 2017

Looking for that natural, shine and glow that’s effortless but looks and feels amazing? Continuing reading and find out more.

Currently obsessing over these products from Marc Jacobs. The perfect products to own and just in time for Spring/ Summer. I’m specifically loving Marc Jacob’s Dew Drop Coconut Gel highlighter. It’s so luxurious and lightweight giving you the perfect sheen and glow that’s so natural and beautiful. Give your skin a healthy dose of hydration and shine today with Marc Jacobs Dew Drop Coconut Gel Highlighter.

In a previous post, I mentioned all the benefits of Coconuts– not just for our bodies but for our skin, if you missed that post you can read all about my love, obsession and all the benefits of coconuts here. Marc Jacob’s also explores his love for coconut which inspired his newest beauty line that came out just in time for Spring/Summer 2017. All I can say after trying out this product: I’ll be glowing and showing off my shine this season!

When your try this product, your skin will look youthful, radiant and hydrated. It instantly lights up your complexion– giving you the perfect sun-kissed glow we all want and love. Out of all the highlighters and illuminators I’ve tried and used, I must say this has to be my favorite. It’s lightweight, and gives me the perfect amount of shine without having to use so much of the product. I must say I love the sleek packaging and the luxurious feel of this product, one that I’m currently loving. You can use this directly on your skin for the that perfect sheen highlight or you can even mix it with your foundation and primer to transform into an illuminating elixir which will give off that “glow from within” look. No matter how you use this product your skin will look beautiful, radiant and flawless. Trust me when I say this, ” A little goes long way…” The gel highlighter builds up to the ultimate sheen, where you’ll see the sensual, peachy-golden hues come through that will flatter all skin tones. The Dew drop coconut gel highlighter is formulated with : 5 forms of coconut and provitamin B5 that will help hydrate and nourish your skin. I HIGHLY recommend this product to anyone and everyone! Get your glow on today! Purchase yours at your local Sephora or any beauty store that sells Marc Jacobs Beauty products.

Thanks to @MarcBeauty and @Influenster. This product was provided to me for free in exchange for and honest review. #CoconutGlow #Contest #Ad

 

Dew Drop Coconut Gel Highlighter 

$44.00

Would you say I dew to this product? How do you dew and get your glow on?

If you do get your hands on this product (YOU DEFINITELY SHOULD!) I’d love to hear your thoughts about it. Please do share using the hashtag: #SFBBeauty #CoconutGlow

As always, thanks for reading, following along and supporting my journey!


5 Favorite Scents Perfect for Spring/Summer

Posted on: April 4, 2017

Looking for a new perfume scent thats perfect for Spring?

Here are my current favorites that are not only great for Spring but great for the Summer months too!

 

Parfum Divin by Caudalie  $64.00

Float away on a cloud of alluring scents with notes combining Bulgarian rose absolute, Moroccan rose essence, Virginia cedar, vanilla, and spicy pink pepper. The gorgeous mirrored bottle, topped with a beautiful beechwood stopper, gives the appearance of being infused with pure gold. (Caudalie.com)

Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium $118.00

Voted 2015 Best New Female Fragrance by the Fragrance Foundation and Allure Best of Beauty award winner. With a glam rock aesthetic, this addictive gourmand floral entices with notes of black coffee for a shot of adrenaline, white florals to instantly seduce, and vanilla for sweetness and sensuality. Playing on the incongruity between the bitterness of the coffee bean accord, an ingredient never used before in such a high quantity in a feminine fragrance and radiant white flowers, BLACK OPIUM gives a sensation of light-headedness, bordering on ecstasy.First there is the wake-up call. The coffee bean note hits you hard, jolting the senses. Next, it becomes softer and more feminine with the white flowers of jasmine sambac and absolu of fleur d’oranger to finish incredibly addictive and emboldened by the ambrosial appeal of vanilla and the woody notes of cedar and patchouli, giving a roundness, depth, and mysterious elegance. Audacious? Perhaps. Addictive, electrifying? Definitely. (yslbeautyus.com)

Parfums De Marly Safanad $290

The Parfums de Marly fragrance collection, named after the famed French Marly castle, draws inspiration from the legacy of Louis XV and his love of breeding thoroughbred horses and creating perfumes. Each bottle reflects this rich heritage with an embossed crest and rich accents. Safanad is an intense fragrance with a subtle blend of orange blossom, iris and ylang-ylang that flows with other rich, unforgettable notes.

– Top: orange fruits, pear.

– Middle: flowers, iris, orange blossom, ylang-ylang.

– Base: sandalwood, amber, vanilla. (Parfum De Marly)

Tom Ford Orchid Soleil $168.00

Tom Ford introduces the solar side of its elusive orchid. A radiant and sensual force of nature, Orchid Soleil captures the seductive warmth and reflective bare skin of the Tom Ford woman. Floral and oriental, this crisp fragrance is illuminated, dramatic and rhythmic. Floral, oriental, tuberose petals, black orchid headspace, spider lily accord, vanilla, chestnut cream accord, patchouli. (Tom Ford)

Philosophy’s Loveswept $66.00

Loveswept is this lively, romantic fragrance makes a woman feel irresistibly swept
away and inspired to live each day with passion. go from flirty to
head-over-heels in love, like you’re being swept off your feet again
and again. Loveswept is an irresistible feeling.
The notes: fresh bergamot and citrus capture the spark of new love;
soft florals of pink jasmine, lotus blossom and purple passion fruit. (Philosophy.com)
 
Which one would you wear?
What’s your favorite fragrance?
As always, thanks for reading, following along and supporting my journey!

 


A Tribute to Modern Femininity: Say Sì

Posted on: November 1, 2016

 

Looking for the perfect Autumn + Holiday scent and lip shades??

Look no further, today I’m teaming up with Influenster and Armani Beauty to tell you all about Say Sì Eau De Parfum and Armani Beauty’s Lip Maestros.

Do you consider yourself a woman whose passionate about life, accomplished, audacious in your own right and the perfect balance between glamour and chic?? Say Sì Intense Eau de Parfum is the perfect scent for the modern day woman. A woman who enjoys saying yes to her most vibrant emotions. One whose stylish, passionate and craves an unexpected adventure. All things I’d like to characterize myself and more. But aside from how it makes me feel and how I’d like to describe myself, the scent is absolutely sensational–you’ll be turning heads and attracting so many as you walk by them. Thanks to Armani Beauty and Influenster for gifting me this scent. And after trying this out, I knew it was one I’d love and one to share with everyone. It may be intense but nothing too overpowering or strong, nothing you or I couldn’t handle.  I love this scent so much, and so does my husband. He finds its invigorating and absolutely LOVES the scent on me. This fragrance screams: elegance, sophistication, style and glam all at the same time. This is one scent you’ll want to own, now available at: sephora.com, macys.com and armanibeauty.com. Buy yours today!

Sì Eau de Parfum Intense accentuates the sensual and elegant facets of the Armani woman. The duality of an extremely seductive blackcurrant neo jungle essence, with just a hint of silky freesia, and a timeless chic intense chypre accord. A fragrance of passion, softly powerful, assertive and unmistakably feminine. (ArmaniBeauty.com)

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If your in search for the perfect shade of red this holiday season, this is one lip shade you’ll want to own. Perfect for the holiday season— Armani Beauty’s Lip Maestro’s in the shades 400 and 201. It feels like butter on your lips–so rich, fine in texture, intense color pay off,  drys matte and long-lasting. Perfect for my long hour work days, doesn’t transfer, and super hydrating. All things I look for when I’m in need of a new lip color. An intense matte shade that last up to 8 hrs with very little need for reapplication, this is one lip product you’ll want to try and own. Be sure to check out Lip Maestro by Armani Beauty now available at armanibeauty.com and sephora.com

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I received these Giorgio Armani Beauty products complimentary but all opinions are my own. Be sure to try these out and if you do please do share using the hashtag: #SFBBeauty.


My Caudalie Experience

Posted on: October 18, 2016

Spa Day anybody? I say YASSS and ABSOLUTELY to a spa day any day.

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With Spa week in full swing, I thought it would be fitting to share my experience at the Caudalie boutique store and spa on Bleeker Street, NYC.  I have been a huge fan of Caudalie and their products for many years, but I have to say this is one spa that I haven’t visited until now.

Nothing makes me and my skin happier than a little TLC at the spa. I had an amazing experience overall. I visited Caudalie on Bleeker Street, back in August. A day to relax and unwind. Also a great way to prep my body and skin for my upcoming trips. A great way to let my skin and body breathe and get revitalized and rejuvenated.

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Upon arriving at the Caudalie Bleeker Street boutique, I was greeted by the staff with a glass of their draining tea. One of my favorite teas that aids in detox. It’s a delicious blend of 5 100% organic* plants, these herbal infusions were exclusively created for the Vinothérapie® Tisanerie des Spas. It’s meant to accelerate the elimination of water and toxins for an immediate sensation of well-being. The staff was very friendly and welcoming.

Treatments:

Vinosource Anti-Oxidant Hydrating Facial

A skin-renewing treatment to deeply moisturise the skin. This treatment starts with a gentle cleansing of the skin. A modelage with fresh grapes followed by a recovery essential oil modelage soothes dryness. The application of an intensely moisturising mask, and our Vinosource products restore moisture levels for a healthy and glowing appearance.

Divine Body Treatment 

A relaxing body massage featuring our award winning Divine Oil, a combination of 4 exceptional plant oils. Your skin will be luxuriously softened, moisturized and wrapped in a delicate floral fragrance (rose, grapefruit, pink pepper, vanilla, cedar and white musk).

I had the most amazing specialist, her name is Melissa. If your ever in the NYC/West Village area be sure to ask for her she’s the best! She began her career with Caudalie at the founding Spa and store in Bordeaux, Paris , how AMAZING! She did an exceptional job at accessing my skin and what it needed during my visit. She’s also quite knowledgeable about the brand and their products. Melissa is the perfect Caudalie specialist to ask all your skincare questions and needs.

I came on a great day too, they were celebrating the release and Collaboration of their newly designed product and one of my favorites I might add, their beauty elixir. Jason Wu x Caudalie, if you haven’t tried their beauty elixir I highly suggest you should. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed. Be sure to pick up a bottle of your very own the limited edition collaboration Jason Wu Design beauty elixir available in stores and at a Sephora near you.

After my treatments, I felt re-energized and refreshed. I’m all about amazing skincare and using the right products that my skin needs. I’m a huge fan of the Caudalie brand and their products. Their spa experience is an added plus. The Caudalie spa and boutique was not only relaxing but the ambiance and interior design was so very zen and luxurious. Definitely a place I’d come back and visit. If you haven’t been to the Caudalie Store and Spa you should definitely check it out.

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Products I Bought:

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Shop the Products I purchased: 

Premier Cru The Eye Cream

Draining Herbal Tea

Organic Grape Water

Premier Cru Elixir

Contouring Concentrate

Divine Oil 

Crushed Cabernet Scrub

 

When was your last Spa visit? Remember to always make time for yourself. We all need a little TLC every now and then. 🙂  If you’ve gone to a Caudalie Spa or boutique, I’d love to hear about your experience. I love hearing and learning about others beauty tips and tricks. Share them with me by commenting below or writing to me using the hashtag: #SFBBeauty.

As always, thanks for reading, following and supporting me in my journey.


Beauty+Skin Healthy: Update Skincare Routine

Posted on: October 11, 2016

It’s been some time since my last post on my skincare routine. Here is my updated routine with some of my beauty + skincare tips and tricks that are beneficial for your skin and overall health. Sit back, relax and grab a come of coffee or water. This will be a long post, but an honest account on all my beauty, healthy and skincare tips and tricks. Enjoy!

 I try to make it a daily routine to pamper my skin.  Over the years, I’ve used products that contained anti-aging components. But in the last few years, I’ve began to incorporate more anti-aging products to my skincare routine. Now that I’m in my 30’s, I want to keep my skin, youthful, glowing and radiant. I want to prevent early signs of aging and age gracefully through the years. Research has shown that it’s best to start preventative measures sooner rather than later. When you stick to a daily routines, a well-balanced diet, staying hydrated, getting a good nights rest and listening to your skin the results will amaze you.

Lately, I’ve learned a great deal about many anti-aging products and have been experimenting with products that best suit my skin. For this post, I’m sharing my updated skincare routine, along with my healthy + beauty secrets for anti-aging and much more.

First things first, in order for us to look healthy on the outside we need to be healthy on the inside as well. Leading a healthy lifestyle is vital and important in getting great skin. Fruits, Veggies and healthy proteins contain many health benefits along with acting skin solutions. Skincare products are great for our skin, but we can also find active ingredients within our foods that are beneficial to our health and skin. Below are a few staples in my diet that are also great for your skin too. Health is wealth in my opinion. We only have one body, so we need to make sure to treat it right in all aspects.

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Staples for me are:

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Green Juices:

  • Gives you Energy
  • Aids in weight loss
  • Great mix of both fruits and vegetables
  • Aids immunity
  • Aids in digestions
  • Regulates blood sugar levels
  • Keeps you fuller longer
  • Aids in giving you radiant, glowing skin

Fave Fruits: Apples, Pitaya, Strawberries, Mango, Lemons, Watermelon, Bananas, blueberries, Avocados, Tomatos, Pears and Tropical Fruits

  • Diets rich in fruit can help reduce your risks of: stroke, cardiovascular diseases and type 2 diabetes
  • Helps maintain optimum health due to the phytochemical many fruits contain
  • 2-1/2 cups are recommended daily
  • Most fruits contain Vitamin C helps defend your skin from damaging free radicals
  • Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant
  • Eating tropical fruits and many others can help restore and replenish your skin stores and helps to give you glowing, radiant skin
  • Helps synthesize the Collagen Cells in your skin
  • Beauty Booster
  • Helps fight and Prevent Acne
  • Anti-aging components
  • Tightens Pores

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Veggies: Spinach, Brussel Sprouts, Carrots, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Sweet Potato, Beets, and Zucchini

  • Helps to give you glowing skin
  • Improves and fights wrinkles
  • You’ll have healthy Skin when you eat your veggies
  • Beauty Booster
  • Controls skin tone and oil control
  • Strengthens your skin tissue
  • Spinach contains anti-inflammatory agents that flush out toxins
  • Clears your skin of bacteria
  • Fights Acne (Both Fruits and Veggies)
  • Helps heals acne scars

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Healthy Protein: Lean Meats– Chicken, Beef and Turkey

Fish+Seafood: Salmon, Cod, Shrimp, Tuna, Flounder

  • Important nutrients like protein and vitamin D.
  • Best source for omega-3 fatty acids which is important for your body and brain health.
  • Lowers the risk of heart attack and stroke.
  • Aid in increasing grey matter in the brain that protects in brain deterioration.
  • Studies show it helps and treats depression.
  • Linked to help reduce the risk of autoimmune diseases including type 1 diabetes.
  • Helps protect your vision in old age.
  • Signs show that if you eat a healthy amount of fish it helps the quality of your sleep.
  • Delicious and easy to prepare.
  • Aids in giving you firmer skin

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Healthy Snacks:

  • Almonds
  • Nuts
  • Frozen Grapes
  • Edamame
  • Apricots
  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Hard Boiled Eggs
  • Plain Greek Yogurt
  • String Cheese
  • Protein Bars
  • Kale Chips
  • Smoothie drinks

First things first, always stay hydrated. Hydration is key. A great way to keep hydrated is drinking water, at least 11 cups daily. There was a time where I too, struggled with this but it’s become like second nature to me. It’s best to maintain the habit of drinking water. I like to make it a habit to start first thing in the morning, during the day at various intervals and before I go to bed. It’s so important to stay hydrated, great for your overall health and skin too. In addition to staying hydrated, it’s great to load up on good healthy snacks throughout the day. Almonds are a great go to snack for me. They contain the healthy fatty acids you need and want for healthy skin and body. They also help to slow down the aging process.

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Now, aside from a healthy diet is my skincare routine. I like to stick to a routine, and staying consistent. Consistency is key in maintaining healthy looking skin. Although, I’ve changed my products here and there I still stick to my routine for both day and night. For me, I like to keep my skincare routine pretty simple. Here’s what I do:

  1. Cleanse
  2. Toner
  3. Facial Oil (both day and night) 
  4. Serum
  5. Eye Cream 
  6. Moisturizer + SPF (Daytime) 

Morning Skincare Routine: 

Cleanse: Sephora Collections : Total Purify & Cleanse Gel or Dermalogica’s Special Cleansing Gel

Facial Oil: On days when my skin just needs extra hydration and moisture (Fall/Winter Months can be used both day and night) Sunday Riley’s Juno Hydroactive Cellular Face Oil 

Toner: Dermalogica’s Multi-Active Toner Spray , Caudalie’s Grape Water and Caudalie’s Beauty Elixir (I also use Caudalie’s Beauty Elixir to set my makeup)

Serum:     Josie Maran’s Pure Argan Milk Intensive Hydrating Treatment

Eye Cream:  Caudalie’s Premier Cru Eye Cream

Moisturizer: No 7 Early Defence Day Cream with SPF 30 Every now and then, I’ll use a tinted moisturizer with added SPF: Laura Mercier’s Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Oil Free in the shade 3C1 Fawn

SPF: Neutrogena’s Hydro Boost Gel With Sunscreen for extra protection

Night-Time Routine: 

For the night-time I use products that are richer and can absorb into my skin while I sleep. The majority of my products for the night-time have a lot of Anti-aging agents to help keep my skin youthful, hydrated, firm, and rejuvenated. So, while i’m sleeping they can work their magic. So that when I wake in the morning my skin feels nourished, youthful and well rested.

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Cleanse: (For the Fall/Winter Months when my skin needs extra hydration and moisture) No7 Beautiful Skin Age Defense Cleanser  or No7 Beautiful Skin Melting Gel Cleanser (Main Cleanser)

Elixir: Caudalie’s Premier Cru Elixir ( Can be used for the daytime as well)

Facial Oil: Boots No7 Youthful Replenishing Facial Oil, for an added boost I use: Sunday Riley’s Luna Sleeping Night Oil

Serum: No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Advance Serum

Eye Cream: Chanel’s Le Lift Creme Yeux Firming Anti-Wrinkle/Aging Eye Cream

Moisturizer: Chanel’s Le Lift Creme Rich Firming Anti-Aging/Wrinkle Cream

For Extra TLC Skincare Needs: 

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For extra hydration and moisture,  I’ll often use various hydrating mask and sheet mask. My favorite hydrating sheet mask are:  Nature’s Republic Aqua Collagen Solution Ceramide Hydro Gel Mask, Nature’s Republic Real Green Tea Aqua Gel Mask , SKII Facial Treatment Mask , and Too Cool For School Egg Cream Mask Hydration.

If I didn’t get enough sleep the night before, and I wake up with puffy eyes and dark circles— I’ll use some under eye gel mask. They’re great for depuffing, replenishing and reducing the appearance of any dark circles for your tired eyes.  My favorite go to under eye masks are: Tarte’s Pack your Bags 911 Undereye Rescue Patches, Peter Thomas Roth’s 24K Gold Pure Luxury Lift & Firm Hydra Gel Eye Patches and Que Bella Professional Moisturizing Gel Eye Mask.

In the event my skin is going thru either hormonal spells or the occasional flair up. A great mask that I’ve tried and recommend is Ballerina Botanicals Detox Mask to find out more about the product click here. Another favorite of mine is Glam Glow’s Supermud Clearing Treatment Mask. If my skin needs a little lift and brightening I use Glam Glow’s FlashMud Brightening treatment.

Be sure to exfoliate your skin at least twice a week. My favorite exfoliator at the moment is: First Aid Beauty’s Facial Radiance Polish. I also love : Dermalogica’s Skin Prep Scrub and Daily Microfoliant Powder Exfoliant.

Shop all my skincare products by clicking on the product listed.

If you missed my skincare routine and the products I used click here to read all about it. I hope you enjoyed this post and hopefully it will be beneficial for you. It’s best to always listen to your skin, and give it the TLC it deserves.  Please do share your beauty tips and tricks. I love learning, experimenting and hearing from you. Feel free to comment below and share your photos using the hashtag: #SFBBeauty.

What are some of your beauty tips?

What product(s) would you use?

As always, thanks for reading, following along and supporting me in my journey.

 




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