I am Jen Daddario, the voice behind Red White & Denim, a New England Lifestyle Blog. My blog was created to document the things I love – particularly fashion, beauty, home décor and New England living. I was born and raised in Connecticut and can't imagine living anywhere but the northeast. I'm completely in love with this little piece of the world! I currently reside in CT with my husband James and adorable dog Jackson. I would describe my personal style as classic, effortless, and all-American. I simply adore all aspects of the New England lifestyle and love sharing it with my followers! My goal is to educate, help and inspire my followers through sharing my personal style and everyday experiences... one blog post at a time. I take pride in everything I post for my readers, only sharing the highest quality content. My blog posts are comprised of well-written descriptions, genuine reviews and high quality photos. All content is created and edited by yours truly. Since its inception, RW&D has developed into a source for advice, inspiration, recommendations and all things New England.
've been wearing Le Shock mascara for a couple weeks now and I love it! If you're looking for volume without clumps, this mascara is for you! The brush is amazing, it does a great job separating your lashes, while still making them look voluminous. However if you're looking for a lengthening mascara, this is not the one. The focus is definitely on volume, not length. This would have been rated a 5 if it gave me a little more length!
Now that I’ve used this product for a few weeks, I’ve observed a noticeable difference in the staying power of my makeup. Makeup For Ever states that the product will keep your makeup looking fresh for 12 hours and I’d have to agree with that claim. Not only will it last throughout they work day, it also withstands workouts. Some other advantages – it provides continuous protection for your skin and locks in moisture for increased hydration. This barrier will keep your makeup looking healthy, smooth and radiant. I couldn’t ask for anything more – definitely love this product.
I love Kiehl's products and this hand cream is no exception! This hand salve will literally keep your hands moisturizer for hours! It even lasts through hand washes! I love in New England and suffer from cold, frigid weather in the winter. I need a heavy duty cream to keep my hands from drying out and Kiehls does the trick. I highly recommend this product!
For those of you new to Argan based products, they are AMAZING. Josie Maran’s line is one of my favorites.
This illuminizer is unique in that it’s made with crystals which are infused with multicolored luster pigments to reflect light. It can be applied directly to your face or mixed with your foundation or moisturizer. I chose to mix it with my foundation, which resulted in just the right amount of shimmer for a natural, healthy looking glow. Another plus? Like all of Josie Maran’s products, this illuminizer is 100% organic. So if you’re looking for an all natural product that will give your skin a soft shimmer and radiant glow, I highly recommend you give it a try!
For everyday lashes, I’m looking for length and curl. I use Clinique’s High Impact Curling Mascara (not to be confused with the original High Impact Mascara which comes in a black tube.) High Impact Curling Mascara is known to both lengthen and curl your lashes. This mascara is perfect for everyday use – meaning it’s enough to make your eyes pop, without adding too much volume or drama. It creates a natural and effortless daytime look. Clinique’s High Impact Curling Mascara is a unique formula that is naturally water-proof. This mascara can withstand tears, sweaty workouts and days at the beach. Even better, it’s easy to remove. Unlike most waterproof mascaras that require scrubbing and harsh makeup removers, this mascara simply washes off with water in little tubes. You may be asking, how can a mascara be both waterproof and removed with water? The key is the temperature of the water. If you run warm water over your eyes and gently massage your lashes, the mascara will slide off in little tubes. This gentle removal technique leaves no messy black rings under your eyes and eliminates the need for makeup remover all together! The only con I have is in the application. It took me a while to figure out how to apply this mascara correctly. It dries very fast so you need to work quickly. It will just take a little practice to get use to!
This Ambient Lighting Palette by Hourglass is one of my favorite beauty products of all time. The palette features three shades of finishing powder that soften the way light reflects on your skin. It’s innovative photoluminescent technology is used to enhance your complexion in any type of light – flash photography included. What does this mean exactly? No need for photo filters ladies! We all know that the lighting for photos is often less than perfect. This high-tech shimmer powder will deflect negative light and refine the appearance of your complexion, creating a sheen that mimics a photo filter. This stuff REALLY works. For me, this product serves two purposes: a setting powder for my base makeup and a perfecting powder for my skin. When I’m done applying my makeup, I lightly sweep this powder ALL over my face. The result is radiant, illuminated and flawless looking skin – in both real life and photos! PS. . My favorite brush to use with this product is the Sephora Collection Pro Precision Powder Brush #59
Any product that you’ve used for 10+ years and still enjoy is a winner in my book. I’ve been using Prestige Waterproof Eyeliner since high school. Since then, I’ve received so many compliments and inquires on what I use. This liner is creamy and easy to apply. It’s self-sharpening, long-lasting and comes in a wide variety of colors. The pencil is also retractable which is a must for me – why deal with sharpeners when you don’t need to?
What I love best about this liner is that it’s waterproof AND smudgeproof. I know that many other brands claim to be both these things, yet fail miserably when tested in everyday situations. Not Prestige. Take my word for it, this liner will last you all day long and will withstand workouts, swimming, crying, etc. IT IS THE BEST. Oh yea, and it cost less than $10.
I have searched high and low for a lip balm that will actually hydrate my lips. It was also important to find a lip product that was petroleum free - which was difficult in the world of balms and chopsticks! Thankfully, I have found a petroleum free solution to safely hydrate my lips! First Aid Beauty’s Ultra Repair Lip Therapy is AMAZING! First Aid Beauty – aka FAB (how appropriate) – is a skin care line that offers effective products that are allergy-tested and free of harsh chemicals. Their Ultra Repair Lip Therapy is free of petroleum, parabens, sulfates and phthalates. Best of all, this stuff REALLY works! I’ve been using it for a few months now and my lips are consistently smooth and hydrated. Out of all the products I’ve tried to date, this has given me the best long-term results. With winter weather approaching I would highly recommend purchasing this product!
Every once in a while the beauty industry comes out with a product that can only be described as magical. I’m talking about products that are life changing and the BeautyBlender is one of them. Here are the reasons you need to throw out your foundation brushes and invest in one of these sponges! WON'T ABSORB MAKEUP: Unlike other sponges, the BeautyBlender is designed to keep your makeup on the surface of the applicator. Your foundation will never penetrate through the top layer of the sponge, which means you won’t be wasting makeup with each application. You will end up getting more coverage, with less product – win/win. IS USED WET: When using the BeautyBlender, you must first wet your sponge. Wetting the sponge allows the BeautyBlender to absorb water rather than your makeup. It will also help to give your face a glow, leaving you with a beautiful dewy and natural looking complexion. AIRBRUSH FINISH: The BeautyBlender will eliminate lines and streaks that you’d otherwise see when using alternative methods of application. Makeup sits on surface of the sponge, which promotes smoother blending. ALLOWS YOU TO LAYER: The BeautyBlender distributes the perfect amount of foundation on your skin with each application. Layer as many times as you wish, being sure to let the first layer dry before applying the next. EGG SHAPE: You will be able to blend both large and small areas all with this one egg shaped tool. It’s the perfect size and shape for easy, effortless and (most importantly) seamless application of your foundation and concealer. Use the round side for all-over blending and the pointed side for smaller areas like under your eyes. MULTIPLE USES: The BeautyBlender can be used to apply concealer, tinted moisturizer, bronzer, foundation, contour, cream eyeshadow and blush. If you’re really adventurous, you can even attempt to use the sponge to apply your powdered products (I have yet to try this myself!) CLEANS EASILY: Since your product will not absorb deep into the sponge, it’s very easy to clean. BeautyBlender offers two different cleansers made exclusively for the sponge which do a phenomenal job cleansing. TIP: The BeautyBlender brand cleansers run on the pricey side. I’ve washed mine with plain Ivory soap and got the same results at a much cheaper price.
I am NOT a fan of salon gel manicures. I love the way they look but not what they do to your nails. I'm always looking for polish to achieve the perfect at-home manicure.
Essie, my all-time favorite brand (I seriously don’t use anything but their polish), recently came out with a Gel Couture line. Unlike the salon gel manicure, their product is applied in two easy steps and can be removed with normal polish remover. And the best part is they have come out with 42 colors to choose from. As soon as I heard, I had to give it a try!
The Verdict: NAIL COLOR: I absolutely LOVE the Gel Couture Nail Color. There’s a wide brush designed specifically to hug the curve of your nail bed for easy application and it really makes a difference. The color goes on smooth and clean with just a few strokes. This may be the first time I’ve painted my nails without getting any polish on my skin. I was shocked at how beautiful my nails looked after just one coat. It also dries super-fast, which is the key to a perfect manicure.
TOP COAT: The Gel Couture Top Coat is fine, but I wouldn’t buy it again. It goes on smoothly and dries fast, similar to the nail color. It looked great for a few days but didn’t seem to protect my nails as well as other top coats I’ve used.
Overall, I prefer Essie’s Gel Couture line to their normal polish colors – they seem to be stronger and last longer. However I don't think you need to purchase the Gel Couture top coat, as there are better and less expensive options on the market!