Monday, September 26, 2016

FOTD on Location: A Pared-Down Glow in Kansas City

The full look.
I spent the past weekend exploring Kansas City with Jethro and my husband and, while I tried to devote most of the time to soaking up the local sites, I also managed to quickly photograph a FOTD before heading out to the famed Kansas City Plaza Art Fair for the evening.  This particular look features multitasking products that create an easy, pared-down glow that lasted all day, even through intense heat and humidity.  

Kindly scroll on for more details, swatches and images of the products in action as well as the Bottom Line...

For the face. 
// FACE // Medium coverage with strong SPF and a rosy radiance for naturally healthy looking skin
  • Le Metier de Beaute Peau Vierge (reviewed HERE): My uniquivocal first step, this moisturizer, primer and illuminator with SPF is a protective and perfecting tinted veil for my skin.  #3 is still suitable for my post-summer skin but I am sure I'll go back to #2 in a month or two.  
  • Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Cushion Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 50 in Bisque 280: I became a fan of the original Teint Idole formula years ago while on a trip to Miami.  I ran out of my Guerlain Parure Extreme (remember that?) and picked up the Teint Idole at a local Sephora. I couldn't believe how well it performed in the intense South Florida offered natural looking medium to full coverage and was practically waterproof while poolside as well! The latest version of this formula comes in a cushion compact for portable application on the go.  The fragrance-free foundation is just as good as I remember...buildable coverage and a satin matte finish that offers indelible performance.  Throw in a stalwart SPF 50 and it's pretty amazing.  Bisque 280 is a great match for my NC 25-27 skin and I found that it doesn't oxidize, even after a long day of wear.  
  • *Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Bronzing Veil in Tropical Days (reviewed HERE): A touch along the hollows and perimeters of my face creates natural looking contour and of my current bronzer favorites.  
  • *La Prairie Cellular Radiance Cream Blush in Plum Glow (reviewed HERE): This lush blush mimics the look of softly flushed skin; I love the cooler tone of the Plum Glow, blended into the apples of my cheeks for a subtle radiance. 
  • *Clé de Peau Beauté Luminzing Face Enhancer in #16 Almond (also available at CdPB and reviewed HERE): Although undeniably gorgeous in the compact, it must be noted that this highlighter is equally lovely on the face.  Almond is a warm pearl shade that, when placed along the cheek bones, brow bones and down the bridge of the nose, creates a tender incandescence that belies its powder texture. It is truly beautiful in every sense. 
A closeup of the Lancome Cushion Foundation...this formula has more coverage--while still looking natural--than any cushion formula I have tried to date. 
Swatches in indoor lighting. 
These sticks from Bite work so well for everything from lips to cheeks and even contouring!
// LIPS ETC. //
  • Bite Beauty Multistick in Lotus: I admit that I am late to the Multistick party but am happy I finally picked a couple up...the smooth and pigmented formula, coupled with a powdery finish that blends like a dream makes these genius little bullets so worthwhile.  Lotus is a cool toned baby pink with enough pigmented to be worn alone without washing out the face.  It also works well as a blush when blended on the apples of the cheeks.
  • Bite Beauty Multistick in Anise: How, pray tell, could I not buy a product that also happens to be my (fairly rare) middle name?  The fact that it works as an easy contouring option, a deep chocolate eyeshadow and as a rich brown lip for fall makes it that much more alluring! I also like mixing Lotus and Anise for a lilac-tinged neutral. 
  • Stila Stay All Day MATTE'ificent Lipstick in Papillion: This lip color formula is simply stunning!  Extremely smooth with immense color-payoff, Papillion is a warm neutral pinky nude that is completely wearable by itself.  I have been reaching for this moisturizing, long lasting formula constantly since picking it up on a whim in Kansas City!
Swatches in indoor lighting. 
Stila Papillion.
Scarlet Eclipse. 
// EYES //
Swatches of Scarlet Eclipse in indoor lighting. 
A closeup of the eye look. 

The following images reflect all products in action in late afternoon light...

  • BCBG Kimmie Essential Knit Slip Dress: This dress is brilliant...thin yet forgiving with an easy stretch that makes it equal parts loungewear and out-on-the-town-wear, its casual take on the slipdress trend is spot on.  I will be wearing this a lot this season!
  • Nike Tiempo Vetta QS Shoe: Perhaps one of the most unique pairs of sneakers I own, this all leather soccer-inspired shoe masterfully blends street sensibilities with extreme comfort.  In rich yet muted teal green and black with honeycomb and velcro detailing, this innovative pair only comes in men's sizes, however, I wear a 7 1/2 in women's and the sizes 7 in mens was a perfect fit.  
  • Current/Elliott Faded Denim Shirt: I wear a denim shirt in some capacity at least twice a week making this faded-to-perfection version a worthy investment...tied around the waist, it offers a dash of color and a baseline of insurance should the temperatures drop. 
  • Pearl Choker: This streamlined choker has been on my neck nonstop since picking it up earlier this month; I love the sturdy gold filled chain and delicate nude peach tone of the pearl.  #goeswitheverything.
  • *Miracle Skin Transformer Body Glow: This multitasking formula adds a light tint, gentle illumination, significant hydration and SPF for the most gorgeous arms and legs.  I have using this almost daily to preserve the glow of my post-summer skin. 

Off to the Art Fair.
Last look.
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Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this quick FOTD for a pared-down glow...have you tried any of the products discussed?  Thoughts?

I look forward to sharing much more on BP in the coming days...good things ahead, including the Victoria Beckham x Estee Lauder Collection, a skincare update and a host of new product procurements!

xx and have a marvelous week,

--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.  © 2012-16 Beautyprofessor® All Rights Reserved. Do not copy, reprint or republish content and/or photos without author's written permission.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Pink Flamingo for Fall: A Gucci Beauty Splurge + Newness from Suqqu, Edward Bess and More!

When in the general vicinity, I rarely can resist a trip into the Gucci boutique off of Wilshire Blvd.  Although the clothing and footwear may extend beyond my regular spending habits (however, since I wear them constantly, these booties are one of the best investments I've made to date), the makeup is all sorts of lovely and well worth the pursuit.  Recently, I picked up a few items on a whim, which will effortlessly integrate into my fall routine.  In addition to the details of my splurge for eyes and lips, I am excited to share some new beauty and skincare discoveries including that from the likes of *Suqqu (#foundationphile), *Edward Bess, Kaplan MD and *Rodial.

Kindly scroll on for more information, swatches and images of the products in action as well as the Bottom Line...

Gucci Pink Flamingo.
Since I've been possessing an intense affinity for a rosy eye lately, the Gucci Magnetic Shadow Quad in Pink Flamingo was a delightful discovery.  From a formula standpoint, the Gucci eyeshadow formula is exemplary (finely milled, strong color payoff, crease-resistant and minimal fallout) and the shade combinations in the quads generally ensure that I will use all four with approximately equal frequency.  Pink Flamingo is no exception! The four shades include:
  • A frosty, pearly pale pink
  • A luminous, warm, muted rose gold pink
  • A rich, satin-finish rose 
  • A deep pink-tinged aubergine
All four hues have a luminous finish but I must stress that it is incandescent--nearly lit-from-within--rather than shimmery or glittery on the eye.  The radiance is sophisticated and the gorgeous combination of tones is unlike anything else I currently have in my collection...I adore Pink Flamingo and, despite the summertime energy of the name, am confident that the quad will receive plenty of use this fall.

Swatches in direct sunlight. 
Swatches of Pink Flamingo (a single pass of each to accurately depict color payoff) in direct sunlight. 
For the lips, Gucci Exposure and Gucci Ethereal.
For the lips, I was instantly drawn to the Gucci Luxurious Moisture-Rich Lipstick in Ethereal (also available at Neiman Marcus) as well as the Gucci Sensuous Deep-Matte Lipstick in 220 Exposure (also available at Gucci...formula review and all shades swatched HERE).

Ethereal is a creamy, full coverage neutral mauve nude with a slightly shiny finish.  The formula is hydrating and comfortable and the oft-sold out shade has enough depth to be an excellent "my lips but better" option for light, medium and even tan complexions. 

Exposure is a cool, medium baby pink with a velvety matte finish that looks so lovely on the lips.  As discussed HERE, I am already a dedicated fan of this profoundly innovative matte lipstick; the intense, color-saturated hues and extremely hydrating formula make it exemplary in its class.  Exposure is a must for those seeking a baby pink that enhances olive skin tones.

All in all, I couldn't be happier with my Gucci lip color choices and know this pair will have a long standing relationship with my handbag and my other words, prepare for heavy rotation!
Gucci Ethereal in direct sunlight. 
Gucci Exposure in direct sunlight. 
The complete look. 
To complement my diminutive Gucci haul, I incorporated the following new products:
For the skin, body and hair. 
  • *Kaffe Facial Coffee Scrub: I am of the belief that there is nothing more mood lifting than the scent of coffee in the morning; what better way, then, to start the day than with a coffee-infused exfoliating scrub? This decadent formula utilizes the power of real coffee to smooth away dead skin and impurities for a super smooth canvas that is also exceptionally clean.  
  • *Jurlique Activating Water Essence: Light and instantly absorbed, this beauty water balances skin while ingeniously preparing it to retain moisture, thereby heightening the efficacy of all subsequent skincare steps. 
  • *NUXE Prodigieux Beautifying Scented Body Lotion (also available at NUXE): I am smitten with the iconic scent of NUXE and this lotion furthers my love affair with the quintessentially French brand by enveloping my limbs in instant hydration.
  • *Kaplan MD Perfect Pout Lip Duo: Step one of this pair involves the lip mask, which exfoliates dry skin, revealing fuller, bouncier lips in three minutes.  Step two is the glossy balm, which seals in moisture and delivers additional volume to the pout for juicy lips that stay hydrated for hours. The effects are noticable, indeed!
  • *Cuvee Beauty Cuvee Complex: Touted as "a multivitamin for the hair and scalp," this spray-in formula is designed to strengthen hair from the inside out, adding shine, manageability and bounce along the way. I love how full and texturized this spray makes my hair as well...fuller and healthier, yes please!

*Kaffe Facial Coffee Scrub
The *Kaplan MD Perfect Pout Lip 20 Mask + Balm.
Made for each other. 
*Cuvee in its element.
For the face. 
// FACE //
  • *Suqqu Extra Rich Cream Foundation in #203 (previously reviewed HERE), applied with the *Suqqu Dual Sided Foundation Brush (previously reviewed HERE):  This foundation officially launches at Selfridges on 9/22/16 and, should you find your match, I implore those of you who love base formulas as much as I do to seriously contemplate picking it up.  The coverage is instantly medium to full while looking nearly invisible on the skin (foundation has reached a whole new level in the last couple of years, no?) and the skincare benefits and velvety lasting power further justify its rightful place in your foundation rotation. More satin finish than glowy, the overall effect is a skin perfecting accomplishment...I prefer it to Suqqu Frame Fix (reviewed HERE) and that is saying a lot!
  •  Terry Sun Designer Palette #2 Light & Tan Vibes (comprehensively reviewed HERE): The fact that I have beyond hit pan in this gem exemplifies how much I adore this palette.  The tan side contours, bronzes and evens skin tone in seconds while a swirl of the blush and highlighter side creates incandescent, softly flushed cheeks; I like to classify it as purely effortless, both in the execution and the end result.  Consequently, I recently purchased a back up (yet again) as I never want to be without is that good. 
  • *Kevyn Aucoin Exotique Diamond Eye Gloss: The latest from the venerable KA line, this bouyant gel imparts a glossy sheen on the skin that looks so natural,  it was nearly impossible to accurately capture a swatch in the photographs below. I added a touch to my brow bones and upper cheek bones for an ethereal glow that looks dewy rather than shimmery.  This brilliant pot will be my "Jack of All Trades" all season for an editorial look that seamlessly translates to everyday life.

Foundation fantasy. 
Swatches in direct sunlight. 
A swatch of the Suqqu Extra Rich Cream Foundation #203 in direct sunlight. 
For the eyes. 
// EYES + BROWS //
  • Gucci Magnetic Shadow Quad in Pink Flamingo: I blended the bottom left shade on my eye lid and along my lower lash line and worked a bit of the rose gold up to my brow bone.  I focused a touch of the pinky-aubergine in the crease and finished with a dot of the radiant pale pink in the corners of my eyes. 
  • *Edward Bess Big Wow Brow Pomade: This trio of creamy, fade-proof, long lasting brow pomades come in a spectrum of neutral, ash-inspired shades (read: no reddish undertones!) that enhance definition and fullness while still looking entirely natural. The Medium Taupe is a perfect match for my dark brown arches. 
  • *Jenny Patinkin Angled Brow Brush (reviewed HERE): Eternally my go-to brow brush, the stiff bristles and sharp angle guarantee precise application and expert blending so harsh lines are obliterated. 
  • *Rodial Liquid Liner: This glides on like a dream, imparting a slim, deep inky black line that stays put for hours, resisting smudging and flaking like a liquid liner MVP. 
  • *Edward Bess Wish Granted Magic in a Bottle Mascara: With a fluffy, cone-shaped brush and lash loving formula, this mascara adds formidable volume, length and depth, without migrating over the course of wear.  Truly sublime.
Brows and lashes under control.
Edward Bess Big Wow Brow Pomade in Light Taupe, Medium Taupe and Rich.
Swatches in direct sunlight. 
*Rodial swatch in direct sunlight.

The following images reflect all products in action in afternoon sunlight--similar top by Alexander Wang...
Gucci Pink Flamingo and Rodial Eyeliner on the eyes. 
Gucci Ethereal lipstick. 
Kevyn Aucoin Exotique Diamond Eye Gloss on the upper cheek bones and brow bones for extra glow. 
Gucci Ethereal on the lips. 
Gucci Exposure on the lips. 
More Pink Flamingo. 
Gucci Exposure.
Last look.
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Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this Gucci feature and would love to know what caught your eye from the *Suqqu,*Edward BessKaplan MD and *Rodial releases I discussed. Do tell!

Good things ahead, including a La Prairie intensive, some skincare updates and a travel story...have a beautiful rest of the week,


--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.  © 2012-16 Beautyprofessor® All Rights Reserved. Do not copy, reprint or republish content and/or photos without author's written permission.

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