Dolce & Gabbana Perfect Luminous Liquid Foundation

It’s no surprise my NEW favorite foundation is by Dolce & Gabbana. I just can’t seem to find another foundation that I love as much as theirs. Dolce & Gabbana’s Perfect Luminous Foundation is simply perfection in a bottle. I know you probably get tired of me raving about my Dolce products, but seriously, I don’t think I’ve met a product of theirs yet that I don’t adore, and this foundation is no different. It definitely has a lighter feel that my usual Prefect Creamy Foundation, but it’s every bit as good and it’s name basically says it all. It makes my skin look perfectly luminous and I love the fact that it doesn’t dry out my already dehydrated complexion. I do use this foundation over my usual anti-aging primer by Amazing Cosmetics so it helps keep my makeup looking fresh all day without having to touch up at all. I wear the color Natural Glow 100 (for reference I’m an NC-25 in MAC) and it has the perfect amount of warmth to it and definitely livens up my skin. I have been using my new favorite foundation brush (stay tuned to see which one it is) to blend my foundation. The two together give me an airbrushed, picture perfect face! Now…”Say Cheese:)”

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Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer

I must admit, I’m like a lot of my readers…when in doubt, I turn to the internet and the opinions of some of my favorite beauty bloggers to find the next best thing!

Although I get products sent to me to try and review, I still have a pretty pricey collection of my favorite foundations and skincare that I continue to purchase myself and that can start to add up. So of course, I’m always on the hunt for those beauty finds that don’t break the bank and actually work just as well as my high end favorites!

When I recently ran out of my beloved Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer, I went on a mad search to find a cheaper alternative. I kept coming across all of these great reviews for Maybelline’s Age Rewind Concealer. After figuring out what color would work best, which is the Light 120, I decided to order it on Amazon.

When my Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer arrived in the mail, I was pleasantly surprised at how the color was the perfect match for my skin tone. For color reference, I’m an NC 25 in MAC and have slightly yellow undertones. I also tend to have pretty dry skin, but Im an avid user of serum, heavy duty moisturizers, eye cream and a super hydrating anti-aging primer. Prepping your skin is essential for creating the perfect canvas. I love the pigmentation and the creaminess of this concealer. It doesn’t crease or settle in lines and stays put all day. It also doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin and eyes. I do a quick swipe of my Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder on top to set and my eyes are instantly refreshed and brighter. I didn’t think I would like the sponge tip applicator, but honestly it works pretty nicely. This concealer also does a great job at covering blemishes and discoloration. This might just be the best $6 I’ve spent in a very long time!

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Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield Review

Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield Review

"The primer looks great", is what you're thinking...right?? On with the Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield review!

Must Love Rating: 10 out of 1o (11 out of 10, really!)

Like a lot of other bloggers, I felt the need to do a Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield review (because it’s just that good!). I’ve completely fallen in LOVE with their Invisiblur Perfecting Primer. So much so that at this point it would be hard to live without it!

I’ve always been a fan of primers in general and I never do my makeup without first starting with perfectly primed skin. In my opinion, primers make all the difference in the world, as far as how well your makeup goes on, stays on and the the overall appearance of your skin in general. After all, a great primer will blur any imperfections in a matter of seconds.

The Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Primer is more than just a primer; it’s loaded with tons of ingredients that actually treat and improve your skin. It contains a broad spectrum SPF of 30, so you’re treating and protecting your skin at the same time. If I could describe this primer in one word, it would be: PERFECT!

I also love the packaging of this primer. It comes in a dispenser type container that keeps the product fresh, airtight and completely free of contamination.

Murad Invisiblur is a bit on the pricey side, but it’s absolutely worth every penny. I also want to add that I have extremely sensitive skin and none of Murad’s products have ever caused a negative reaction with it or a single breakout (even when first starting a new product). That, for me, like a lot of other women, is basically unheard of.

One last thing

People always ask me how I’ve managed to keep my skin looking so young and virtually wrinkle free even though I’m at an age most beauty bloggers won’t reach for another 15 years! Haha…but the truth of the matter is, my Mom & Grandma insisted I wear sunblock on my face every single day from a very young age. I’ve also always followed a skincare routine from the time I was 14. It didn’t matter what my budget was at that moment in time, I’d always wash my face before bed, apply all of my products (including an eye cream) and then repeat the process in the morning.

Consistency, dedication and SUNBLOCK will keep your skin looking young well into your 40’s and beyond. You just have to do it, but start now! Your skin will thank you when you’re my age (and so will you!).

Annnnnd that’s my Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield review. Thanks Murad!

Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield review + cocktail = time to shimmy!

 

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St Tropez Tan Makes Bikini Season Better!

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Jen Dunlavy rocks the St Tropez Tan for her bikini body

St Tropez Tan: Part of my bikini body routine

Staying healthy and in shape is super important to me. But of course there are a ton of things I do to keep my bikini body ready (BESIDES the St Tropez tan!). I generally maintain a pretty healthy diet, but those of you that know me also know I’m a huge fan of the occasional bacon cheeseburger and fries! Come on, a girl has to live a little. Below are the basics of my bikini body routine.

Step 1)

Exercise. I start out at least five days a week working out. Whether it be running on the treadmill in my gym, doing Barry’s Bootcamp or, one of my all time favorite workouts in the comfort of my own home, Brazil Butt Lift. Ha, yes, I was one of those people that watched that infomercial for hours on end believing I could get that Victoria Secret body they kept showing over and over again! But, honestly, it’s an amazing workout. Perfect for the ideal bikini body! The key to exercise is that it doesn’t matter where you do it; outdoors, the gym or your living room, you just have to DO IT! Ok, I’m not plugging Nike here, although I love my Nike’s 🙂

Step 2)

Exfoliate. This is SO important ladies: I exfoliate my body daily. First, I start with dry brushing my entire body before jumping in the shower each morning. I begin at my ankles and work my way up. It gets my circulation flowing and also helps remove dead skin. Once in the shower, I use my favorite drugstore body wash by Soapsoap. It’s their Coconut Exfoliating Scrub and is a basic staple that I’ve been using for at least 5 years.

Last but not least, probably my favorite product in this post, is the BECCA Coffee Scrub. I use this 2-3 times a week on my problem area, my bum! After scrubbing, let it sit on the skin for at least 5 minutes before washing it off. It immediately helps smooth out my skin and leaves it virtually “dimple free.”

Step 3)

Target that cellulite! I have this amazing little tool I ordered on Amazon. I know you have all seen this little contraption and probably think it’s a joke. How could some little circular object with a handle help combat cellulite? But it works! Of course , you have to eat right and exercise, but with regular use it definitely helps break down those pesky lumps and bumps. All you have to do is use it with a great lotion and massage in a circular motion for 5-10 minutes. I normally do it while watching T.V. and it is actually pretty relaxing. Shouldn’t be hard to get the man in your life to help out with that one either! You can also use it with one of my favorite serums by Nivea, Goodbye Cellulite for a little more help, but regular lotion works great too!

Step 4)

Moisturize. This is the key to beautiful, healthy skin. I have been moisturizing my entire body, head to toe, for as long as I can remember. Starting in elementary school.  No joke! Use a moisturizer that is for your body type and go from there. My all time favorite body lotion is Nivea Essentially Enriched for extra dry skin. I have been using this lotion for at least 10 years, maybe longer. Also, you want to keep up the sunscreen to prevent sun damage to your skin!

I know we all want that golden tan, but the sun does so much damage to your skin that it will break down your collagen and will cause premature aging and even worse, could cause skin cancer. Staying out of the sun and wearing sunblock have been my saving grace! I still rock an amazing tan, but it’s fake and I LOVE it…so now I’m sure you can guess what my final step is for getting my bikini body ready?

Step 5 – The St Tropez Step

Self Tan. This is one of my favorite steps! Duh! I am obsessed with self tanners. You are all aware by now that this obsession exists. If you follow my blog regularly, you know how many self tanners I have reviewed. Well, my most recent purchase happens to be by the longtime cult favorite tanning company, St. Tropez. I often switch my tanners up just because I love trying different products, and it’s part of my job, but this latest find, St. Tropez Dark Tanning mousse, is just that: DARK! 

If you are new to tanning, you may want to start with something a tad lighter because, with this one, you have to move quickly while applying (that’s why I think it’s perfect for the pros!). But if you have your heart set on the darkest tan I’ve come across in a bottle, the St Tropez tan is the one for you! It instantly gives you a deep, dark, golden tan in minutes.

You will want to make sure you give it at least 5-10 minutes to dry before getting dressed then you’re good to go. I’ve found that the initial color can rub off on your clothes if you sweat, etc, but after 3 hours you can wash it off and you’ll be left with the most beautiful tan on the planet. It is a bit on the pricey side, but it’s oh so worth it! The St Tropez tan is my new go-to.

Step 6)

Grab your bikini (with your St Tropez tan, of course) your sunblock, hat and favorite sunglasses (maybe a cocktail) & head to the pool!

What a perfect way to spend a much deserved day off-

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Murad Age-Diffusing Firming Mask

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murad age-diffusing firming mask

murad age-diffusing firming mask \\ RESULTS!

Must Love Rating: 10 out of 10

As you all know by now, I love a good face mask. From firming to hydrating to oxygen masks, they all serve a purpose and hold a special place in my heart! When I was sent the Murad Age-Diffusing Firming Mask to try I was elated and instantly ready to give it a try. I had been feeling like my face needed that extra boost to bring my skin back to it’s youthful glory.

From the moment I put this mask on, my skin felt instant relief, because it was soothing and the texture was perfect. I love to use any mask following my favorite scrub by Eclos, though, I might mention, it’s becoming incredibly difficult to find (I think I might have to accept it’s discontinued)! Hopefully Murad will make one to replace it!

Okay, enough ranting..

The Murad Age-Diffusing Firming Mask leaves my skin looking plump and youthful. It diminishes any fine lines I have and brings back that bounce to my skin. I love this mask so much that sometimes I sleep with it on!

My skin is extremely sensitive and what I adore about Murad’s products is they don’t tend to use any of the added ingredients that are known to be skin irritants. I also never have a breakout when I first start using a Murad product like I do with other skincare lines.

All around, the Murad Age-Difussing Firming Mask is absolute perfection. It is a bit on the pricey side, but you can’t put a price tag on aging gracefully. Trust me, your skin will thank you years down the road for taking such good care of it-

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