The Sue Style File

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Beauty Secret with Pantene Charcoal Shampoo & Conditioner

Hey friends! Have you heard all the craze over charcoal beauty products? From toothpaste, face mask, charcoal drinks, face wash all the way to hair products.  They have been on trend lately and I was excited to add another charcoal product into my beauty routine. I've been using a charcoal face wash (I shared this on my IG story last week) for a little over 2 years now and decided to try out Pantene's  Charcoal Collection Shampoo & ConditionerI honestly have to say that this has been a little secret of mine to help with build up, shine & for my oily hair. For reference, my hair is oily (at the roots), color treated hair. 

In case you are unfamiliar with what activated charcoal does for your hair, the biggest benefit is the ability to get rid of toxins. Pantene Charcoal Collection Shampoo & Conditioner is free of silicone, parabens and dyes. The activated charcoal cleanses hair and scalp to help remove dirt and impurities and leave your hair refreshed. The activated charcoal blend works to detox hair by attracting impurities, while releasing antioxidants. The best part is that I can go 4 days without washing it because it's a deeper clean. Reducing the amount of days I have to wash my hair is always a priority of mine. I love that I can sweat while working out and still extend my hair washing routine since my hair still has a nice smell from these 2 products.  

I did some research on activated charcoal in products since I have been using face wash, a face mask and the Pantene's  Charcoal Collection Shampoo & Conditioner with activated charcoal. For hair the interesting thing is that if you have dandruff, oily or an itchy scalp, the activated charcoal can help relieve those symptomsThe activated charcoal pulls out toxins, purifies, gently exfoliates the scalp and in turn removing flakes and other dirt. Activated charcoal also unclog pores and follicles. Something interesting is that if your hair is falling out or you are experiencing stunted hair growth, it can be caused by dandruff, clogged hair follicles, infections in the scalp, clogged pores and a variety of reasons. Activated charcoal can help you get back your natural hair growth pattern and even accelerate hair growth. I mean, that's a win for me!!!

In regards to activated charcoal in face products, the activated charcoal will draw the bacteria, chemicals, poisons and dirt to the surface of the skin to help you achieve a flawless complexion and fight acne. Fun Fact: Charcoal can be used to treat a few poisonous bites and disinfect some wounds. I mean, who knew activated charcoal was a hidden gem?!?

So, if you're looking for a way to go longer between washes and help remove build up,  I definitely would recommend Pantene's  Charcoal Collection Shampoo & Conditioner. It works, it's affordable and #AvailableAtTarget #TargetBeauty. Much love, Sue

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Pantene. The opinions and text are all mine. 

Thursday, October 11, 2018

What's In My Makeup Bag with Nordstrom

 OUTFIT DETAILS Top (fits TTS, wearing M) // Bralette //
  Leggings (runs small, sized up to a large) // Shoes

Hey friends! Another highly requested post for you guys. I partnered with Nordstrom to share my holy grail beauty products & what I currently use on the daily. All of these products can be found at Nordstrom and all ship free! Sorry for the long post, but wanted to make sure I answered your questions.


MAC Lip Conditioner  l l If you expierence dry and cracked  lips like I do...this will literally change your world! I've been using this lip conditioner for 6 years now and the lip conditioner instantly hydrates and conditions the lips and gets rid of all the cracks and flakes. Trust me, this doesn't disappoint and is a must have in your purse on the daily.  

Anastasia duo powder l I feel like filling in your brows has become so important to those of us who don't have microbladed brows or have thin brows. The Anastasia duo powder has allowed me to recreate my thin brows. This will last all day and will help fill in brow shape, create thicker, fuller brows. Revert back to here for a tutorial. 

Anastasia Brow Wiz l I recently did a post (here) on the Anastasia duo powder, the Brow Wiz  & Benefit Gimme Brow+ Volumizing Eyebrow Gel and why they are a game changer. This is the icing on the brows. It shapes, defines and gives a more pristine polished eyebrow look. 

Mac Eyebrow Brush I The size of this angle brush is THE perfect brow brush size to shape your brows. This help fill in the brows for a fuller look. This is the perfect size for brows and I also switch gears & use it as my eyeliner (when I wear it).  Out of all the brushes, this is my #1 must have brush. I literally use this MAC small angle brush daily. I have to say I cannot live without this angle brush. 

Urban Decay Naked2 Eyeshadow Palette l This eyeshadow pallet is the perfect neutrals for daily wear and has been my go-to eyeshadow palette.  It has shimmer shades all the way to a creamy matte colors. Also, it can make the perfect smokey eye effect with the Blackout & Busted color. This palette last all day which is nice that you don't have to reapply later in the day. This is my favorite palette out of all the Naked palettes.

MAC Creame D'Nude Lipstick l I've been using the Creame D'Nude color recently and I absolutely love the creamy, natural color. If you are looking for an everyday neutral, this is a good matte nude color. There are so many fun colors and Creame D'Nude would be perfect to layer with reds or a darker color for fall too.

Concealers l I currently switch between the Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat (color 1) & NARS soft Matte Concealer (color Canelle). 

 Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat l Lets just call this the magic wand! The YSL concealer is a lighter coverage concealer and covers dark circles (which I have). This magic wand highlights your best features. and is perfect for daily wear. The great thing about this product is that it doesn't look cakey even if you apply too much. I've been using this for 3 years now.

 NARS soft Matte Concealer is a thick coverage and perfect to hide dark circles. It is V thick and a matte consistency. I love it, but it can show your fine lines under your eye which I am not a huge fan of. This concealer will last all day. 

Original Makeup Sponge l This helps give a more airbrushed, streak free look.  Damp the beauty blender sponge with water and then apply your  primer, foundation or BB cream it helps your makeup go on smooth and not give a cakey efffect.  This beauty blender helps you use less of the product as well. This has turned into my MUST HAVE piece to when applying my makeup. 

Lancome Teint Idole Foundation l This is a light to medium coverage foundation. You only have to use a small amount for full coverage on your face. It isn't cakey and the best part is that it will last all day. I find myself not even applying pressed powder sometimes and it still looks great. 

MAC brushes l The MAC brushes last! I seriously love them! Once I clean them, they still look and apply just like they did when I first purchased them new. There is a huge difference IMO from the drugstore foundation brush and the MAC brush. You will notice when applying your foundation on your face. I switch between the MAC foundation brush and the beauty blender when applying my foundation.

Benefit High Brow Highlighter l For those of you who watch my IG stories, you've seen this several times. This is a MUST HAVE and I literally use it on 4 places on my face. It is perfect to highlight your best features. I use it to highlight my brows on the top arches, the inner crease of the eyes, the top arches to the lip and the center of my lip (after I apply my lip liner and lipstick). 

Laura Geller Blush l This is perfect for all seasons and I love that you don't need much at all when applying. It has such a gorgeous glow with a little bit of color. The color I use is pink grapefruit. 

Lancome Bi-Facil Makeup Remover l Hands down the best eye makeup remover. You only need a little bit of this and it doesn't burn or irritate your eyes. I tried this compared to a drugstore and there was no comparison. The drugstore makeup remover I used (L'Oreal Dermo-Expertise Eye Makeup Remover) burned just a little, didn't come off easily, I had to apply pressure on my eyes & almost scrub of my eye makeup compared to the Lancome Bi-facil which was gentle and I can lightly rub off all eye makeup without scrubbing and ruining my lashes. So gentle yet effective. 

What are your fave beauty products for the fall? I love trying out new products and would love to check them out! Let me know in the comments. 

Thanks Nordstrom for sponsoring this post. As always, opinions are of my own.

Monday, October 1, 2018

Eye Brow Tutorial with Nordstrom

Hi friends! Your request has has finally been answered! I had tons of questions regarding my brows when y'all found out that they're not microbladed and asking what products I use to achieve a microbladed look. So, today I’m excited to partner with Nordstrom to share the must have products for your brows as well as a quick how-to!

I have to admit, my brows are thin and the key to my brows are the MAC brow brush,  Anastasia brow power duo, Anastasia brow wiz & the Benefit Gimme brow + volumizing eyebrow gel. Nordstrom currently carries all of these beauty products and ships free!!!

Step 1: I use the  Benefit Gimme brow + volumizing eyebrow gel (color light to medium brown). This has tiny microfibers that helps give the look for fuller brows. Brush in upward strokes on the inner brow that is above the tear duct. Then stroke the brow gel the direction of the rest of your brow. Also, if you don't need fuller brows, this is still good to use to tame the crazy hairs. If you have the problem like I do where your brows aren’t perfect and they get wonky hairs that stick out, this will also help tame and lay the hairs down.  You can continue layering the brows as needed for a fuller look.

Step 2: Next use the MAC brow brush and the Anastasia brow power duo to repeat step 1.The color I use is Caramel. After applying the Anastasia brow powder to the MAC brow brush, make small strokes upward on the inner brow hair (that is on above with the tear duct). After you get your brows as full as you want, then brush the rest of the brows the direction they lay. Also, once you get to the arch of your brows, you can make your arch higher by continuing to stroke over the top arch hair hairline.

Step 3: Last, use the Anastasia brow wiz...I use the caramel color. The brow wiz is like the icing on the literally makes your brows look sharp and pristine. It seriously makes the biggest difference. Go back over the inner brow above the tear duct and stroke upward. Then line the bottom of the brow. Also, if you want, you can stroke the center of the brow a few times.

That’s it! On days I don’t feel like  wearing any makeup, I will still do my brows and add concealer. This helps me look alive...I mean, ya feel me?!?­čśť

Thanks again to Nordstrom for sponsoring this post. As always, opinions are of my own.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Football Party Checklist with Favor

Hey friends! September has been so crazy for us as it is every year since we have Triston, Channing and my MIL's birthday & their anniversary all this month. I skipped out on NY Fashion week this year and it really helped make things not so stressful. So many of y'all asked about Triston's party and where I got the decor. So, I thought I would share his big 7th birthday celebration and how I used Favor to make sure I got everything I needed for his special day.

If you are not familiar with, Favor it's an app service that can deliver anything from food from a restaurant for lunch, Tiff's Treats cookies for a friend's birthday, picking up your new tv that doesn't fit in your car, all the way to those errands you don't have time to do. Hey, they can even run to pick up your groceries or to pick up a shirt from the mall that you needed before you leave for town. The impressive part is that they will deliver in under an hour! How cool is that!?! So, now you see why I had to try it out on such a busy day.

I made a checklist a few years ago that I wanted to share with y'all for the kids birthdays. I reuse this  template each year for both kids and make the adjustments each year as needed. I shared the checklist below so you can use for your next party. I tried to make the party as simple as I could this year. A few of these items on the list are reusable. The football, the burlap table cloth, Silver beverage tub and the cones are all reusable. I use the burlap table cloth almost every year since it somehow goes with everything ( great investment). We also reused Triston's cones for the party (they are his football and soccer pratice cones). The Silver Beverage Tub as decor in your house (which is what I have done as well). Also, to make my life easier, I purchased the football game day party decor from etsy. I printed the banner, party signs and party pennants on cardstock and cut them out with Triston. Honestly, he loved helping me cut out everything and it got him even more excited about his party. Any way to incorporate your kiddos that not only helps you out, but you can make it into a fun project...I'm in!

The day of the party is always nuts, so to make our lives a little earlier I used Favor to pick up and deliver all the balloons for the party. We had the bounce house being delivered, set up the decor and put out all the snacks. We also had pizza delivered right when the party started which made it all run smooth as well.

I want to mention, this was my first experience using Favor. It was so easy, quick and it actually saved me time since they delivered the balloons to our house for the party.  I definitely will use them again. If you're in Texas, do yourself a favor (pun intended) and check out Favor. You can sign up at or download the Favor app in the App Store or Google Play... then search nearby restaurants, pick up dry cleaning or get the allergy medicine while you are home sick. Easy peezy!

Here is a simple checklist you can use for your next party.

­čö▓Cookie Cake
­čö▓Burlap Table Cloth
­čö▓Dallas Cowboys Birthday Hat
­čö▓Dallas Cowboys straws
­čö▓Silver Beverage Tub for drinks or chips
­čö▓Snacks: Gummies, Chips, Gold Fish, veggies
­čö▓Chips & Salsa
­čö▓Juice Box
­čö▓Orange Cones
­čö▓Silver Beverage Tub
­čö▓Bounce House

Thanks Favor for sponsoring this post. As always all opinions are all of my own.