Product Spotlight ~ Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil

This week’s Product Spotlight is on Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Oil:

Every fall I re-tool my skincare lineup, adding in some heavier serums and facial oils to give me a pre-emptive strike against the cooler weather’s harsh, drying effects.

Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil

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I love facial oils. Anyone with a normal to dry skin can see the instant benefit of adding a facial oil to their skin care routine. If you have been reading this blog for a while then you will already know that I am obsessed with Korean skin care and with Tatcha skin care products from Japan. My skin has never ever looked better than it does since moving into these products. I haven’t felt any need to change anything out, so instead of trying new things I just keep reordering what works.

I needed to order some more facial oil, but this time instead of going back to my usual products I decided to try one from a brand that I have been reading about for ages, Sunday Riley. One of my favorite bloggers, Nikki de Roest swears by Sunday Riley, I’ve been hearing so much buzz about the brand in the beauty media, I figured I might as well give it a look too. I bought the smaller bottle ($55) to try it out.

Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil

The Sunday Riley Luna Oil is a night-time oil, that does all of its hard work while you sleep. It works on fine lines and wrinkles, soothes the skin, evens out rough spots, nourishes and hydrates. It also gives you visibly younger looking skin.

One of its key properties/ingredients is trans-retinol ester, a retinol product that works with skin elasticity as well as (I assume) the usual retinol benefits for smoothing skin. I found this info in a review I the London Evening Standard

The fun part is that it is a dark and mysterious blue-green in color as a result of deeply pigmented blue tansy oil (strong anti-inflammatory properties) and German chamomile (treats irritation). Avocado oil is a superfood for the skin, rich in vitamins A, B, C, D and E, while chia seed oil (omega 3) and Cape chamomile sink in deeply and encourage speedy absorption of all the actives. But the star turn is trans-retinol ester, which fights skin elasticity and is so powerful that you can’t use it during pregnancy. When you are over 35, retinol is the game-changer.

Sunday Riley products are cruelty free and contain no Parabens, Sulfates or Phthalates. I have read so many wonderful things about it and am super excited to start using it tonight! You can find Sunday Riley products online at, Inc.

Product Spotlight ~ Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask


I decided recently to add a weekly blog post that focuses on makeup, skin care and hair products. It is going to be a product spotlight, looking at specific products that I use and love. Some of these products I buy for myself, some are given to me for magazine shoots and ad campaigns, and some are sent to me for my blog.

In order for a product to make it to the spotlight posts it has to really wow me, and most products don’t, so if you see it here it has to be fabulous!

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The first product that I want to spotlight is:

Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask.


Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask

I initially got this product as a bonus from Sephora, and loved it so much that I just re-ordered it online at

I had heard about Tata Harper products from other makeup artists, but hadn’t tried any of them before. Tata makes her products in small batches, here in the USA. They are all natural, non toxic, and are 100% free from GMOs, Fillers, Synthetic Chemicals, artificial colors and artificial fragrances. They are also incredibly effective.

The Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask is fabulous.

Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask

What I have personally noticed when I’ve used this mask is that it evens out the complexion, gets rid of any dullness, creates and instant smoothness and glow to the skin. It has been a fabulous transition product, taking my tired, end of summer skin into fabulous for fall.

I read on the Tata Harper website that you should use this mask every day for 2 or 3 days then drop back to once or twice per week. I think it is a great little mask to use before an evening out, on your wedding day, or any day that you want a little boost, because it makes your skin glow and also lets makeup sit smoothly, so you look fresh and vibrant.

Tata Harper’s Resurfacing Mask is also a sensational product to pack when you travel.

You can find Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask, and her other wonderful products as well, at Sephora., Inc.

4 HUGE Wedding Makeup Mistakes You Need To Avoid

I have worked with more than 500 brides in my career as a makeup artist. Unless I am traveling I am working on weddings almost every weekend of the year. Making brides look and feel their absolute most gorgeous version of themselves on their big day is one of the favorite aspects of my career.

beautiful bridal makeup

image by Melissa Jill Photography


Along the way I have heard these same four wedding myths (that lead to major wedding makeup mistakes) over and over again. Whether you are engaged and thinking about your wedding makeup, or whether you just like picturing yourself walking down the aisle, keep these wedding makeup tips in mind. Also remember that they don’t just apply to the bride, but also to everyone in your wedding party.

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Four Wedding Makeup Myths, Debunked


1.) “You need to do your makeup heavier for pictures”

No. Actually you don’t.

There are so many foundation options now that give you flawless coverage, but can be applied super sheer, creating the illusion of gorgeous, perfect skin. Which after all is the goal with foundation anyway.

Cheeks should glow and look fresh, not like great stripes of war paint, and eyes should be enhanced, not overkilled.

A face full of thick, heavy makeup looks hideous, and as the night moves on it looks progressively worse. 

Beautifully applied makeup photographs beautifully.

You should also remember that your wedding photography will be digital and your videography will be HD. Both have exquisite clarity, so heavy handed makeup can end up making you look like a drag queen.




beautiful bridal makeup

Look like the most gorgeous version of yourself on your wedding day

2.) “You can’t wear sunscreen on your wedding day”

Yes you can. 

You couldn’t pay me to go even one day without sunscreen! There are definitely formulations that leave the skin feeling slimy, and there are formulations that flare or flashback white with flash photography, but there are plenty of others that work perfectly, giving you sun protection all day long.

Look for an SPF product with broad spectrum protection (protects against UVA and UVB rays) that doesn’t have titanium dioxide or zinc oxide. Both of these ingredients have a whiteness to them and cause flashback when photographed.

Kiehls Super Fluid UV Defense SPF 50 is a sheer formula that protects you from 90% of the sun’s damaging (aging) rays, and stops you from burning. It feels as light as air on the skin. Kiehl’s Super Fluid UV Defense is available online here at Sephora

Skinceuticals Sheer Physical UV Defense SPF 50
This facial SPF has state of the art technology to keep you completely protected. The formula is super sheer, paraben free, and is ideal for all skin types, even the most sensitive. It also plays beautifully with makeup, and Doesn’t flare with flash photography.

Neutrogena Dry Touch With Helioplex SPF 100. This has been my facial SPF product for years. Helioplex is the active ingredient giving you broad spectrum protection, and it doesn’t flare under lights. I use it for photoshoots, on film, television, commercials – everything! It has a dry finish, so makeup glides on over it but doesn’t slide back off. neutrogena dry Touch With Helioplex is available online at


3.)” You have to use colors and styles that are in fashion”

Nope. Not true.

The goal here isn’t to make you look like a fashion victim – it’s to make you look like the most gorgeous version of you. Your wedding day makeup should be timeless and beautiful. When you look at those pictures on your wall 10 years from now you don’t want to be haunted by colors that make no sense or that have dated, statement brows that now look silly

( instagram eyebrows are the worst offenders!), you want to see yourself looking radiant and lovely and timeless.

It always comes back to you looking like the very best version of you. Also remember that your makeup can’t be fighting for attention with your dress. When you walk down that aisle you have to look lovely in total, with everything working in harmony. Your dress, hair, flowers and makeup have to all be telling the one same story, not fighting each other.


4.) “You need to wear big false lashes”

I am all about lashes. I love them to death. But there are many things to take into consideration when selecting lashes for your wedding day, one of which being the light that you will be photographed in. Most brides have their wedding pictures shot outdoors in natural light. If you have a bright sunny day a big strip of lashes or a dense strip of lashes will act like an awning poking out over your upper eyelids, casting a huge shadow below. Light will grab hold of the black strip and make you look like you are squinting in all your pictures.

A good makeup artist will not be married to one lash, but will have an assortment of lashes with her, and select the right one for that day.

I adore strip lashes, but often use individual lashes in my brides as I can accentuate the lashline without collapsing the eye. When I do weddings where we are going to use strip lashes I make sure the size works with the light outside and that they sweep beautifully to the outer corner instead of pointing straight out in front, creating the dreaded awning.

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