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 BLOGGER Secrets: How to’s, Tips, and Tricks. Ways to getting Glowing, Healthy and Hydrated Skin

Posted on: October 16, 2015

As the seasons change so does our skin….

Lately, I’ve been getting a lot of compliments on my skin. Many have asked me how my skin is always looking healthy, radiant and smooth.  So, here it is guys, here is my skincare routine and all the products I use. Forgive me, this is a long, detailed post, but well-worth the read. Enjoy!

 For the Spring & summer months I try and keep it pretty simple and light. The harsh rays from the sun can be damaging so I used a 30 spf underneath my moisturizer to keep my face and skin safe from any sun damage. During the Fall and winter months I continue to use spf but go a little heavier on my moisturizer. During those cold months our skin can get dry and flaky, so by using a deeper moisturizing creams it helps prevent dryness.

My Tips & Advice:

TIP #1

TONERS

Toner’s are used after cleansing your face. They were once recommended for restoring the pH balance to your skin.  They also take off the underlying oil and dirt that might’ve not been removed while cleansing.  They also help to add moisture to your skin, and aid in keeping the skin fresh and supple. There are many different toners out there from alcohol based astringents to water based or glycol formula or fragrant toners. Alcohol based astringents can be irritating to the skin, which is why I gravitate towards water soluble/water based products. I highly recommend water based toners because they are healthy and safe for your skin. They are beneficial and contain antioxident agents that can give moisture and hydration back to your skin.

I’ve been loving: Caudalie’s Grape water

 *Dermalogica Multi-Active Toner

TIP#2:

FACE OILS

I’ve been reading a lot about face oils and how they help with anti-aging, hydration, dark circles and so much more. Keeps the skin supple, smooth, and radiant. I know sounds bizarre…. Face oil???? When you try this tip you will notice a difference instantly. The oil soaks into the skin overnight, leaving your skin feeling supple and hydrated in the morning.

          If you didn’t know, we lose a lot of moisture in our skin while we sleep. In combination with your night cream using face oil, can aid in anti-aging, prevents wrinkles, dark circles as well as being very hydrating for your skin. The effects may vary for some but adding face oil to my routine as been amazing.  I’ll be traveling to the Westcoast soon, and it tends to be a lot warmer and drier. So while I’m on the plane and on my trip, extra moisturizing won’t hurt!

*I’ve been using Josie Maran’s Lightweight Organic Argan Oil

*Sunday Riley Luna Oil

TIP #3

SERUMS

I never used any serums until now. Some skip this step entirely, but now my skin is thankful for it. My neice, Jill an experienced esthetician recommended I use a serum to avoid future flare ups. They also  aid in preventing early signs of aging/wrinkles. Serums are featherweight products that have a heavy impact on the face. They can be an alternative to a moisturizing or can go hand in hand. I’m pretty thankful for the tip because my skin has been looking so youthful, smooth, and beautiful. I get carded everywhere I go because people cannot believe I’m 30, but I am.

What i’m currently using:

* Kiko’s Perfect Picture Photo Perfect Smoothin Serum (Great underneath make-up)

* No7 Protect & Perfect Serum

TIP#4

Eye Cream

It’s never too early to start using an eye cream. Our skin changes every year and the elasticity loosens faster as we get older. They can be pricey but the results are worth your while. They help with stress shown in our skin, undereye bags, dark circles, and wrinkles.

Products to Try:

* Bobbi Brown’s Hydrating Eye Cream

*Neutrogena’s Eye Cream

TIP #5

EXFOLIATE EXFOLIATE EXFOLIATE

I can”t express to you enough how important it is to exfoliate. When you exfoliate you remove dead skin cells from the surface giving you a clean and fresh face to work with. When you don’t exfoliate it leaves your skin looking dull, rough, and dry. It helps in preventing skin problems, and increases blood circulation which in turn helps you to achieve healthy, glowing skin. This is tip is good for your face and body. It’s best to exfoliate your skin at least twice a week. But don’t over exfoliate. Just enough to leave your skin looking  and feeling radiant, smooth, fresh and luxurious.

TIP#6

WATER & A WELL-BALANCED DIET

This may not be a HUGE beauty secret……But, eating a well-balanced meals and drinking water has a lot of benefits not just for your healthy but your skin too. Water not only keeps you hydrated,  it keeps the skin moist and supple too. Keeping hydrated is good for your overall health and skin. Did you know our skin is made up of 64% water….. Interesting, right? Results may not be immediate but drinking water can help towards healthier, glowing skin. While incorporating a  well- balanced diet. Health is wealth so keep your body and skin clean. The overall results will amaze you. So drink up and stay healthy!

I absolutely LOVE:

*Green Juices

* Beet Juice

*Spinach

* Organic Coconut Water

*Fruits

FACT: NEVER go to bed without washing your face…. Trust me you’ll thank me later. I know we can get lazy and at the moment sooo tried to wash off the day and all that make-up, but you’ll feel so much better after.  In the past, I failed at this from time to time. I’m human, but my skin paid the price. I would have a lot of break outs and my skin was a total mess. And it wasn’t pretty. All that oil build up and bacteria from the day before caught up with me.  Sounds gross I know, but as i’ve gotten older and has skin changed I’ve taken better care of my face and stepped up my skincare game.

But from time to time I have the occassional flare up which is mostly hormonal. Other times can be because of something else……..  Time to listen to your skin.

It’s important to know and understand your skin to avoid any skin problems in the future. After much research, listening to my skin, and visiting my facialist to ask for her expertise, I just as I suspected. Products and brands can be so appealing not to mention they smell great too. Sometimes the products you used isn’t right for your skin type.

FACT:  NEVER pick at your skin. As tempting as it may be, DON”T DO IT!! Again, we’ve all been guilty of this. No one likes a huge whitehead or pimple staring them in the face. Solution: Pick it and make it go away instantly! WRONG!! Doing this causes redness and inflammation of the skin. Which can lead to the spread of more breakouts let alone lasting redness and scaring. Try not to pick your face. Please 🙂

*NOTE:  If you’re a make-up lover like myself, heres’ a tip that may come of no surprise or secret. It’s best if you wash your brushes and beauty blending sponges at least once a week. Trust me your doing yourself and your face a favor.  Unwashed brushes and sponges build up bacteria after use.   Unwashed tools + More make up on them + application to the face= A BIG HUGE MESS and a Major Break out on the rise!!

Everything I’ve learned is just through my own research, trial and error, and personal experiences. So I hope these tips were helpful and useful to you. And I hope you learned something too. 🙂

My routine may seem complex for some but its really not. My main goal: keeping my skin looking hydrated, smooth, radiant, looking fresh and clean.  If you start and get into a routine your skin will be in tip-top shape in no time. Below i’ve listed both my day and night-time products along with their prices.

All these products are hypo-allergetic and great for all skin types

I have combination skin: Acne Prone & Sensitive

Morning Skincare:

1. Dermatologica Special Gel Cleanser $36/Kiko Cleansing Gel $10

* Dermatologica Skin Prep Scrub (twice a week to exfoliate skin) $35

2. Pixie Glow Tonic Toner $15

3. Kiko Picture Perfect Serum (Daytime Serum) Great for leaving skin glowing and radiant even with make-up $19

4.  Neutrogena Hydrogel Moisturizing Gel Lightweight (Spring/Summer Months)

   * Neutrogena Spf 30 lotion

    Neutrogena Hydrogel Moisturizing Cream (Fall/Winter Months) $17.99

5. Neutrogena Eye Cream (Night time)

And when I feel like giving extra tender loving care I put a mask on. I find mask are not only great for your skin, but they are relaxing and refreshing.  And depending on the type of day/week I’ve had and if my skin is having a little flare up I will set aside some “Me” time and relax with one of these mask.

*Sephora EyeMask $5

*Sephora Face Mask $6

* Kiko Energy Charcoal Mask $9

* Boscia Charcoal Black Mask $34

Night-Time Skincare

I tend to use more products at night to keep my skin hydrated through the evening into the morning.

1. Dermalogica Special Gel Cleanser $36/ Kiko’s Cleansing Gel Cleanser $10

*Dermatologica Skin Prep Scrub (twice a week to exfoliate skin) $35

2. Dermalogica Multi-vitamin Toner $36

3. Caudalie Grape Water $18

4. No7 Protect & Perfect Advanced Serum $22

5. Josie Maran’s Lightweight Organic Moisturizing Oil (Multi-functional: Not just for your skin but great for hair to help prevent split ends, keeping nails and cuticles healthy) $48

6. Sephora Total Age Defy Night Cream/ Eco-Beauty Good night Night Cream $30

7. Bobbi Brown’s Hydrating Eye Cream $5o

Some may say it’s never good to mix products, but these are what I use. And i’ve only seen positive results. With my skincare routine, a well balanced diet, and drinking lots and lots of water  my skin continues to look fresh and youthful. If you try any or all of these products let me know your thoughts. Stay healthy!

What are your fave beauty products? What are you Beauty Secrets?

Comment below, write to me I’d love to hear from you!!

XO,

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