Monday, December 9, 2019

Video: A Luxury Lover's Beauty and Skincare Holiday Gift Guide

Elements from my luxury holiday gift guide. 
Happy December to you! In light of the holiday celebrations that await us this month, I am excited to share a video gift guide featuring my top picks in luxury skincare, beauty and accessories. I have carefully tested each opulent selection to ensure that they will be marvelous to give or receive. Grab a warm drink and a snack and I hope you enjoy the beauty talk!


Kindly scroll on for the video as well as additional images, details and swatches and the Bottom Line...


Discussed in the video...
// PROUDUCTS DISCUSSED //
  • *Hush + Hush Time Capsule: As mentioned in the video, I am on my second bottle of this brilliant supplement and deeply appreciate its ability to serve as my daily vitamin while simultaneously addressing anti-aging concerns from the inside out. Embodying the perfect harmony of beauty and medically-endorsed science, Time Capsule harnesses the power of Vitamins (A, B, C, D and K) as well as key doses of Marine Collagen, Resveratrol, Hyaluronic Acid and Lycopene to boost energy and reduce stress while nourishing and protecting skin from environmental aggressors like the ever pervasive blue light of our devices and the sun. Two tablets a day provide complete support and, after a month of committed and daily use, my skin has never been better. I highly recommend this as a gift to yourself and to those in your life who care about anti-aging and overall wellness as much as we do! 
hush & hush time capsule review
A daily staple...the*Hush + Hush Time Capsule.
Eyes, cheeks and lips from the luxury realm. 
Swatches in indoor lighting. 
Swatches in indoor lighting. 

The *BY TERRY Starlight Rose Hero Set
The contents of the *BY TERRY Starlight Rose Hero Set
Swatches of the color products from the glorious *BY TERRY Starlight Rose Hero Set
The *BY TERRY Starlight Rose Hero Set is a dream gift fro BY TERRY devotees.
Style notes. 
// STYLE NOTES //
  • Turtleneck: I scoured the internet for the softest, most highly rated turtleneck on Amazon and found this $20 number that lives up to all of its praise. It comes in a vast range of colors and I ordered a size medium, which fits perfectly--slightly form fitting but not at all too tight. 
  • AGOLDE Jeans: I cannot get enough of these jeans! This black pair is just as chic as the original blue...the waist band is genius and ever so flattering with a tucked in top. 
  • Cartier Love Bracelet: When it comes to the timeless classic that is Cartier, authenticated pre-owned is the way to go, in my experience! I bought mine nearly 10 years ago and it hasn't left my wrist since! 
  • Tissot Lovely Bracelet Watch: I adore this diminutive watch; it is lightweight yet luxe and adds just the right amount of gold to my existing arm party. 
My second pair of AGOLDE Jeans in this particular style. 


Last look. 
--Shop the Post--


Bottom Line: I truly hope you enjoyed the video and post and found this particular gift guide to be of abundant help during the hectic month we know as December. I would love to know what caught your eye or made your list...do tell!

Good things ahead, including a fresh tutorial and a host of new product procurements. Cannot wait to share!

xx and more soon,

--The Beauty Professor 

**Thanks to Hush & Hush for supporting this post. PR samples provided for review denoted by an asterisk (the rest purchased by me), however, as always, all of my opinions are expressly and unequivocally my own.  © 2012-19 Beauty Professor® All Rights Reserved. Do not copy, reprint or republish content and/or photos without author's written permission.

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Cyber Monday Shopping Guide and a Fresh Face of the Day Breakdown

Cyber Monday shopping...streamlined and under control. 
Happy December, friends! Cyber Monday is here and I am excited to share an updated guide to the vast array of sales and promotions happening today as well as a go-to makeup look I've been embracing lately. Hope the content contributes to a great start to your week! 

Kindly scroll on for the shopping guide as well as a quick FOTD for a recent go-to look...
Searching the Internet for the best deals on luxury skincare, beauty and style. 
// CYBER MONDAY SALES that I'm Currently Shopping // The promotion and discounts are still going strong and the list below reflects all the spots on the Internet that I've been frequenting along with specific suggestions for each retailer:
--Shop the Cyber Week Sales--


A makeup breakdown for this go-to look is below. 
// THE FULL FACE // Even skin, warm peachy cheeks and glossy nude pink lips with a layer of depth. 

--Shop the Post--


Bottom Line: I hope you found this guide to Cyber Monday helpful and would love to know what caught your eye...do tell! 

Good things ahead, including an overview of the BY TERRY Starlight Rose Holiday Collection, and a new video and a host of fresh product procurements. Can't wait to share. 

xx and more soon,

--The Beauty Professor  


**PR samples provided for review denoted by an asterisk (the rest purchased by me), however, as always, all of my opinions are expressly and unequivocally my own.  © 2012-19 Beauty Professor® All Rights Reserved. Do not copy, reprint or republish content and/or photos without author's written permission.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

A Black Friday/Cyber Week Shopping Guide and My November Beauty Favorites

Navigating the Cyber Week waters so you don't have to. 
Black Friday came extremely early this month...it's not even Thanksgiving and I already feel like I'm playing catch up with all of the deals floating around the Internet! 

Consequently, today's post focuses on two things: (1) My favorite products of November (many of which are also a part of Cyber Week promotions) and (2) A beauty and style shopping guide that aims to make your online pursuits as smooth and productive as possible.

Kindly scroll on for my favorites in every major beauty category and a curated list of suggestions to help streamline your Cyber Week shopping experience...

Skincare. 
// SKINCARE //
  • *Natura Bisse The Cure Sheer Eye: A lightly tinted eye treatment that evens and brightens on contact, it makes an immediate difference on contact.
  • *111 Skin Rose Gold Radiance Booster: This illuminating elixir can be alone, under makeup or even mixed into your favorite base for the most brilliant incandescence. 
  • *Augustinus Bader The Rich Cream: Still my daily skincare staple, the current Cyber Week promotion at Violet Grey gives excellent incentive to try this immensely hydrating formula (or to stock up). 
  • *Victoria Beckham by Augustinus Bader Cell Rejuvenating Priming Moisturizer: Ever since attending the launch of the primer earlier this week with Victoria Beckham and Dr. Bader themselves (images HERE), I have been met with an onslaught of interest from BP readers, excited to find out how this formula performs. I've tested it for the past few days and am impressed by its moisturizing yet immediately absorbed texture and delicate glow. Brimming with active skincare benefits that deliver actual results, it balances the skin and makes it look lit-from-within...what else could one want?
  • *Jenny Patinkin Rose on Rose Face Roller Petite: Always within reach, this mini roller is a perfect companion for my bedside and handbag...I love how it increases blood flow and adds a little "lift"with each session. 
A swatch of the *Victoria Beckham by Augustinus Bader Cell Rejuvenating Priming Moisturizer in direct sunlight. 
Neck and body care. 
// NECK and BODY CARE //
  • *Clé de Peau Beauté Synactif Neck and Décolleté Cream: A rich ritual that expertly cares for the delicate neck and chest area, I've been reaching for this each night and love waking up to firmer, more hydrated skin. 
  • *Necessaire The Body Serum: Ahh...like a drink of water for your limbs (I use it on my legs), this intensely hydrating serum looks and feels like a lightweight gel but performs like the richest of creams. So good. 
  • *Orlane Intense Firming Cream: I have used this entire bottle of nourishing cream and will need to pick up a new one soon...lush and moisturizing, it truly makes skin feel its firmest, too. 
  • *Algenist Genius Liquid Collagen Body Mylk (also available at Algenist for 30% off through 12/1): Now that the temperatures have dropped in Southern California, I cannot get enough of this lightweight cream that bathes skin in a collagen-enriched formula. 

Foundation and concealer.
// FOUNDATION + CONCEALER //

Swatches from L-R:  
Bronzer, blush and highlight. 
// BRONZER, BLUSH + HIGHLIGHT //
  • Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer in Luminous Bronze Light: I have two of these...one in my bathroom and one in my purse. Both get used daily, which is a testament to how vital this particular bronzer is in my routine. 
  • *Sisley-Paris L'Orchidee Highlighting Blush: This blush enlivens the face with a radiant coral peach flush...I focus application on the apples of my cheeks and never regret including this in my overall look.
  • Dior Backstage Face and Body Glow: This liquid highlight is so versatile...the thin formula can be applied anywhere and the pearlescent glow it imparts is subtle yet effective.  
  • *Lawless Lucid Skin Highlighter: Don't let the initial powder texture fool you, once applied it melts into the skin like a cream would...the slightly warm dewy glow it gives is stunning and it must be noted that the formula is unequivocally clean, too. 
  • *Nude Envie Cream Highlighter in Golden: A tender gold champagne cream, this sophisticated highlighter from one of my favorite indie brands looks gorgeous on the high points of one's face. 
  • *Clé de Peau Beauté Cream Blush in Perfect Peach: If I could have only one cream blush for all of life, it would be this gem from CdPB. The tender nude-meets-peach-meets-pink tone possesses a subtle luminosity that makes skin look bouncy and healthy. Try it and you'll see exactly what I mean. 
  • Westman Atelier Superloaded Tinted Highlight in Peau de Soleil: I recently picked up this newest shade in the WA family; warm and slightly tan in tone (as if one spent a languid day in the sun) this could even double as a light contour/bronzer for light and medium skin tones. 
  • Westman Atelier Superloaded Tinted Highlight in Peau de Peche: I am on compact #2 of this resplendent hue...gently gleaming with tones of peach and beige, this looks spectacular on the high points of one's face and I also like to blend a bit in the center of my forehead and chin for good measure. I am never without this unusually flattering formula (who knew a highlighter that has that much color payoff could still look subtle and demure?) and, if you like a glow visage as I do, implore you to try it if you haven't yet done so. 

From L-R:
A swatch of the *Clé de Peau Beauté Cream Blush in Perfect Peach
Eyes. 
// EYES //

The *Victoria Beckham Eye Brick in Tweed
The *Charlotte Tilbury Palette of Pops in Pillow Talk
*Surratt Halogram Eyeshadows
Eyeliner swatches (VB, VB and Givenchy) in direct sunlight.  
                             

Lips. 
// LIPS //


 The following images reflect my November Favorites in action in afternoon sunlight...keep reading for Style Notes and my Black Friday/Cyber Week shopping guide...

 



Style notes. 
// STYLE NOTES // A timeless leopard blouse, relaxed denim with eccentric details and a streamlined pair of pumps that actually feel good on the feet. 

The AGOLDE Criss Cross Upsized Jeans are super flattering on the waistline. 
 

Sales I'm currently shopping. 
// SALES I'M Currently Shopping // For better or worse, Black Friday and Cyber Monday started this week so there are many sales already in full swing...here are some of my carefully edited recommendations:
--Shop the Cyber Week Sales--



Last look.
--Shop the Post--


Bottom Line: I hope you found this breakdown of my November 2019 favorites helpful and would love to know what piqued your interest...do tell! 

Additionally, this Cyber Week guide was made with love...hopefully it helps to streamline your shopping process; I know it did for me ; ) 

Good things ahead, including an overview of the BY TERRY Starlight Rose Holiday Collection, an update of my Black Friday guide for Cyber Monday (stay tuned!) and a new video tutorial...cannot wait share. 

Happy Thanksgiving! I am truly and sincerely grateful for you and strive to make sure that gratitude comes through each day of the year here at Beauty Professor. 

xx and more soon,

--The Beauty Professor  


**PR samples provided for review denoted by an asterisk (the rest purchased by me), however, as always, all of my opinions are expressly and unequivocally my own.  © 2012-19 Beauty Professor® All Rights Reserved. Do not copy, reprint or republish content and/or photos without author's written permission.