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!


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.

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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.