Tuesday, July 25, 2017

A La Prairie Summertime Look: My Favorites from the Brand in Action

My La Prairie favorites. 
Today's beauty story is dedicated to my favorite products from La Prairie. Both steeped in tradition and a hallmark of modern luxury, this skincare and color line offers a timeless, high-performance range--adequate for use all year, rather than a single season--is well worth the pursuit and investment. The iconic cobalt blue and silver packaging is indicative of the opulence it possesses and each of the formulas I am sharing are tried and tested and true bastions of my beauty routine. 

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

The *TDE Taupe Large Cosmetics Bag.
I've been traveling frequently for the past couple months and La Prairie there are key La Prairie products that consistently find their way into my travel bags. This *particular number from TDE, which features a spacious main compartment, wide zipper and flat bottom (no falling down on flat surfaces!) has accompanied me on multiple trips as of late and I wanted to make sure you were able to see my La Prairie picks in their natural habit! 

 On to my La Prairie Favorites and the resulting look...

La Prairie skincare essentials.
// SKINCARE // A trio of key basics for glowing skin and luminous eyes and lips. 
  • *La Prairie White Caviar Illuminating Pearl Infusion (reviewed HERE and HERE): A potent concentration of Vitamin C works below the surface to brighten, clarify, firm and tighten the skin with every application while the dewy formula instantly adds a luminous glow that serves as an illuminating base for foundation. 
  • *La Prairie Skin Caviar Luxe Eye Lift Cream (reviewed HERE and HERE): My go-to for years, this eye cream has garnered cult status in the beauty industry due to its ability to lift, brighten, moisturize and firm the delicate and often trepidatious orbital region. I am on my second jar and still use it multiple times times a week!
  • *La Prairie Anti-Aging Eye and Lip Perfection A Porter: This dual-level travel companion has a nourishing eye balm (to brighten while blurring fine lines) and a slightly opalescent lip balm for glossy lips on the go. A perfect pairing, indeed. 

The dual-level *La Prairie Anti-Aging Eye and Lip Perfection A Porter.
Base + Face.
// BASE + FACE // An even canvas, enhanced by a wash of luminous bronze and a flushed cheek for a incandescently healthy looking visage.
  • *La Prairie Skin Caviar Foundation and Concealer in Amber Beige (all shades swatched and reviewed HERE): Consistently in my top three foundations, this glorious medium coverage formula contains a coordinating concealer in the top lid for a seamless finish, each and every time. The foundation imparts such a lovely natural finish that makes skin look like a perfected--yet believable--version of itself and it's skincare-oriented ingredients guarantee that my sensitive canvas will benefit from each application. 
  • *La Prairie Cellular Treatment Loose Powder: This whisper-light translucent powder blurs pores and imperfections while masterfully setting makeup and banishing shine. The generous jar comes with a silken powderpuff and a travel sized version that makes tossing this in one's purse an utter breeze. It's like getting two powders for the price of one...happy to share the secret on this one!
  • *La Prairie Cellular Treatment Bronzing Powder: I was initially intrigued by the good reviews on this bronzer and am delighted that my experience with it resonates with its praise. Exceptional for the summer months when one craves a warm veil of color, this buildable powder effortlessly blends into skin for a believable bronze hue. I like to sweep it along the hollows of my cheeks and around the perimeters of my face to add a sunny flash of depth and dimension.
  • *La Prairie Cellular Radiance Cream Blush in Peach Glow and Plum Glow (reviewed HERE and HERE): Ever in my makeup bag, these exquisite cream blushes were perhaps my first favorite within my now-vast La Prairie menagerie. Equal parts color and radiance, the formula blends out like a dream (I use my fingers and focus on the apples of the cheeks, blending outwards towards my temples) and makes skin look lit-from-within. The pale pink Peach Glow can also double as a highlighter on medium, tan and deep skin while the juicy Plum Glow a slightly deeper flush that still looks entirely natural and ever so apropos for a subtle summer tan. Try them...you won't regret it!
The *La Prairie Cellular Treatment Loose Powder comes 
Swatches in direct sunlight. 

Eyes + Lips. 
// EYES + LIPS // Rich earth tones and delicate pinky nude elements work together for a versatile day-to-night look. 
  • *La Prairie Cellular Treatment Eye Color Ensemble in Les Epices: Breathtakingly beautiful, this quad features four finely-milled eyeshadows in luxe earth tones that each possess magnificent color payoff. Pale champagne, lush bronze, intense aubergine and radiant olive green harmoniously work to create a neutral eye with unexpected accents. To create the look in this story, I blended the bronze shade on my upper lid and lower lash line, applied a bit of the champagne up to my brow bone and swept the olive green along the center of my upper lid to punctuate the orbital region. For evening, I would blend a touch of the aubergine in the crease for a smokier effect. 
  • *La Prairie Luxe Lip Liner Automatique in Nude (reviewed HERE): This delicate and creamy neutral pinky beige hue effortlessly defines lips and makes a quintessential base for subsequent lipstick application, enhancing dimension and extending the longevity of any shade. It must be noted that this genius pencil is retractable, making carrying a separate sharpener a thing of the past!

Swatches in direct sunlight.
*La Prairie Cellular Treatment Eye Color Ensemble in Les Epices
*La Prairie Cellular Luxe Lip Color
I have been a fan of the *La Prairie Cellular Luxe Lip Color for years and some of my favorites--as to be expected--reside in the peachy pink nude realm:
  • *Almost Pink (worn later in this story): A pearly warm nude pink with a chic 1960s ingenue vibe...like Audrey Hepburn in Two for the Road.
  • *Pink Coral (worn later in this story): A stunning coral with excellent color payoff and a nearly opaque finish.
  • *Melon: A soft peachy pink with golden duo shift, this hue is universally-flattering and so easy to apply on the go.
  • *Rose Bronze: A warm rose with bronzy undertones, this is a special take on a "my lips but better" tone.
Swatches in direct sunlight. 
From L-R: Almost Pink, Pink Coral, Melon and Rose Bronze. 
The following images reflect my summer look, with all products in action in afternoon sunlight...(shot by Laura Lynn): 
Almost Pink on the lips. 

Pink Coral on the lips. 

// STYLE NOTES // I love changing up the look of a simple floral slip dress (reviewed HERE) with a tee shirt underneath...
  • Lace Trimmed Slip Dress: In a breezy fit and exceptional price, I am totally smitten with this timeless frock.
  • Rodarte Tee: I picked up this particular tee a few seasons ago but found a great selection of Rodarte casual wear HERE and I also discovered a similar tee (non-Rodarte, but a perfectly weathered, rock and roll heather gray option) that is currently available HERE

Last look.
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Bottom Line: I truly hope you enjoyed this summer look featuring my favorites products from La Prairie; the brand holds a special place in this luxury beauty lover's heart and these particular skincare and beauty gems have earned their rightful position in my heavy rotation category! 

What are some of YOUR favorite La Prairie products? Do tell!

Good things ahead, including a fresh video tutorial and a host of new product procurements...xx,

--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.  © 2012-17 Beauty Professor® All Rights Reserved. Do not copy, reprint or republish content and/or photos without author's written permission.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Nordstrom Sale Update: Style and Beauty Elements on Heavy Rotation and Fresh Suggestions!

This Vince Bomber Jacket can be dressed up or dressed down for major versatility. 
Happy Friday, lovelies! I just filmed a video tutorial and also have a couple of major brand spotlights coming up, however, since the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale just launched for public access, I wanted to share a few key, still-in-stock pieces--both in the style and beauty sectors--that I've been reaching for frequently.  For reference, my full shopping guide for the sale can be found HERE

In the outfit above, which is rife with minimalist staples that are apropos for the entire year, I am wearing:
When off-the-shoulder feels fresh again. 
This gorgeous take on the off the shoulder trend by Leith harnesses the power of color-saturated satin. Combined with the Treasure and Bond High Waist Skinny Crop Jeans and Eileen Fisher Bailey d'Orsay Pumps in black, this top can be casual...I'll mix it with a black mini for a night out soon, however!
The Madewell Ryder Cardigan...slightly oversized for an effortless fit. 
The Madewell Ryder Cardigan in Heather Root (above) has already made it into my outfit mix twice in the past week as it is perfect for getting cozy when the evening temperatures finally drop. Also, although they sold out quickly, I just confirmed that there was a recent restock on these clever jeans by Frame Denim (worn HERE) and I've been wearing these ultra-comfortble SARTO by Franco Sarto suede booties (below) with denim cutoffs and dresses (like this one from Trouve) alike! 
These SARTO by Franco Sarto booties are like nude lipstick for your feet...they go with absolutely everything.  
My summertime shades by Burberry.
In addition, these Burberry sunglasses (above) have been on heavy rotation for me; the nose pads ensure that the will stay in place (slippage is always an issue for me...can anyone else relate?), even throughout a sweltering day and the nude lucite frames with a dash of Burberry plaid are clean and classic.

Finally, I have my eye on:

  • Frame Step Hem black Jeans: Pure onyx with a detailing at the hem, these will be invaluable once I go back to the classroom in late August. It says they run small so I will order a 25 or 26 in this particular pair!
  • Frame Le Original Ripped Crop Jeans: Yet another pair of black jeans, you may ask? The Le Original cut is my absolute favorite in this line (I currently own three pairs in blue denim) and to have this timeless, slightly relaxed fit in black is a no-brainer for me. I'll order a size 25 for comfort since they're a touch high waisted.
  • Equipment Dorothy Cashmere Pullover: I wear all of my Equipment cashmere sweaters frequently (I have at least 5) and this gorgeous green v-neck version will be a lovely addition to my menagerie.
  • Virgin, Saints & Angels Choker: Delicate yet eye catching, I am intrigued by this golden layering piece. 
  • Rag & Bone Matteo Heel Sandal: It's difficult for me to resist a cut out bootie and this neutral pair are calling my name, indeed.
  • Joie Cotton Shirtdress: Shirtdressing works so well for work and black and white plaid perfect for fall.
  • Diane von Furstenberg Walking Coat: I am an admitted coat lover and yet I do not own a gray topper...this breezy and casual option just may be coming home to me. 
  • Argento Multistrand Necklace: Glorious long necklaces are often difficult to find and this liquid metal version--in an array of alloys--will layer beautifully and match everything.
  • Elizabeth and James Heath Shift Dress: With a 1960s flair, this lady like confection has timeless appeal and will be lovely at a business dinner or when speaking at a conference. 
  • Nadri Trinity Necklace: Gilded and easy to wear, this necklace is a staple jewelry piece at a great price.
  • Rag & Bone Calder Stripe Reversible Blouse: How did I miss this the first time around? I can't wait to wear this with jeans and shorts alike. 
  • Halogen Cashmere Poncho: This will be greatly appreciated as the temperatures drop and the fact that it comes in four colors is divine.
  • Nike LunarEpic Low Flyknit Tennis Shoe: White with rose gold accents, this shoe has a slightly elevated sole...yes, please. 
  • Nike Gym Capris: As soon as I get home from work, I change into something comfortable and these pants will be a fantastic addition to my rotation. 

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// Nordstrom Beauty Suggestions // As aforementioned in my last post, there are still currently significant savings at every price point! Consequently, here are some items that are still on my to-buy list, coupled with products I already own, use and love:
Knowing this would be a best seller, Nordstrom seemed to be prepared with the right amount of stock of the Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze, Blush and Glow Set...this makeup lover couldn't be happier that it is still available. 
Swatches of the Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze, Blush and Glow Set in direct sunlight.  
Last look. 
--Shop the Nordstrom Sale Beauty--

Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this updated glimpse at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! I would love to hear about what you've picked up or what is currently in your shopping cart. Do tell!

Good things ahead, including a brand spotlight and a new video tutorial...can't wait to share!


--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.  © 2012-17 Beauty Professor® All Rights Reserved. Do not copy, reprint or republish content and/or photos without author's written permission.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Marigold Dreams: A California Look Featuring the Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Foundation and Hourglass Confession Lip Color

Wearing both the *Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Foundation and Hourglass Confession Lip Color.
It's wild to think that we are more than half way through the month of July, no? Despite the heat and humidity I, for one, would like summer to slow down and take its time! Today, I am excited to share my thoughts on (and of course, swatches of) a couple key new beauty launches, culminating in a marigold-tinged California look that resonates with a languid, sun-drenched summertime afternoon. 

Kindly scroll on for more details and swatches, as well as an intense overview of the *Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Foundation and *Hourglass Confession Lip Color, images of the products in action, a Nordstrom Sale Beauty update and the Bottom Line...

The full lineup for the look.
Hair + Skin.
// HAIR + SKIN // Hydrated, illuminated skin and smooth hair never go out of style. 
  • *La Prairie White Caviar Illuminating Pearl Infusion (reviewed HERE): This potent skincare serum works below the surface to visibly brighten and smooth the skin for a younger looking canvas over time. I love how well it functions with the subsequent layers that I put on my face!
  • *Le Metier de Beaute Longevity Creme (reviewed HERE): As mentioned in previous posts, I am on my second jar of this anti-aging cream; it has all but resurfaced my skin, making my complexion healthier and more translucent looking with every application. It also hydrates, thereby standing in as my daily moisturizer. 
  • TATCHA Dewy Skin Mist (reviewed HERE): A spritz on my skin primes my face for the makeup to come and also can be used throughout the day to deliver a covet-worthy glow.
  • *Rock & Ruddle Large Leopard Print Mixed Bristle Hairbrush: Boasting hair-friendly boar bristles, this well-crafted brush is luxurious yet affordable and makes my hair shiny detangled. 
  • Byredo Oliver Peoples (reviewed HERE): Spicy yet fresh with sultry notes of cedar and musk, this fragrance is unforgettably gorgeous. 

*Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Ultra-Longwear Foundation 
// FOUNDATION // The new *Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Ultra-Longwear Foundation offers medium to full coverage and major longevity in the midst of summertime heat and humidity. 

Over the past couple of weeks, many of you have reached out and asked me if I'd be reviewing the  *Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Ultra-Longwear Foundation. Even though it launched last week, I wanted to make sure that I had devoted proper time to testing and I also had to determine my best match in the formula. 

I am happy to report that this matte, long-lasting foundation is a perfect addition to your summertime foundation wardrobe; extreme heat and humidity appear to be no threat for this full coverage formula! The foundation smooths over skin, and despite it's significant coverage, feels remarkably lightweight and breathable. Additionally, the shade range is such that every skin tone--from the fairest alabaster to richest chestnut--should find its best match. 

I originally thought my match would be Golden but, upon trial, discovered it to be too warm for my medium yellow olive skin. That being said, Dusk, proved to be the best fit for summer and I imagine I will embrace Honey in the cooler months when my inevitable tan (despite wearing sunscreen and a hat, I assure you!) disappears. 

The formula is fragrance-free and buildable and, although I prefer to use a Beauty Blender, it can be applied adeptly with finger tips should one desire. Because it has such formidable lasting power, I suggest blending quickly (within 20 seconds of application) to get the most seamless finish. 

All in all, this is an excellent base option for those seeking a natural matte finish and full coverage that will successfully withstand long hours and intense weather!
Swatches of four of the twenty *Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Ultra-Longwear Foundation shades in direct sunlight. Currently, Dusk is my best match for my NC 27-30 summer skin. 
Official details, courtesy of Sephora:

✔ Full 
✔ Medium 

Skin type: 
✔ Sensitive 
✔ Normal 
✔ Dry 
✔ Combination 
✔ Oily 

✔ Matte 

What it is: 
A 15-hour, long-wearing, oil-free, and transfer-resistant liquid foundation with a matte finish and weightless, medium-to-full coverage. 

What it does: 
Get lasting wear and all the coverage, without the weight. This oil-free foundation is formulated with Skin Fusion Technology to seal it into place for 15 hours of high performance, comfortable wear that’s transfer-, sweat-, humidity-, and water-resistant. Coated pigments glide on to create buildable, medium-to-full color that beautifully evens out your skintone with color that stays true and wears evenly. The matte finish is never dull, flat, or cakey, and it minimizes imperfections while silky fine powders help control oil immediately and throughout the day. Weightless texture looks, fits and feels like a second skin. It’s ideal for all skin types, especially normal to oily, and it’s available in a wide array of shades. 

What it is formulated WITHOUT: 
- Parabens 
- Sulfates 
- Phthalates 

What else you need to know: 
This product is oil-free, free of fragrance, noncomedogenic, and dermatologist-tested. It is transfer-, sweat-, humidity-, and water resistant.  

Research results: 
After 4 weeks of consumer testing on 32 women: 
- 100% said it feels weightless 
- 100% said it feels comfortable on skin 
- 100% said it feels breathable on skin 
- 100% said it provides medium-to-full coverage 
- 97% said it’s ultra-longwearing 
- 97% said color does not oxidize

Face + Cheeks. 
// FACE + CHEEKS // A subtle contour and radiant pink cheek to align with the effortlessness of summertime. 

Swatches in direct sunlight. 
A brilliant cheek quartet. 

Eyes and lips. 
// EYES + LIPS // Rosy pink bronze tones are set off by jet black accents and a peachy pink pout. 
  • A few months ago, I wrote about the Dior Attract Eyeshadow palette (HERE); it wasn't readily available at that point but I am happy to report that it now is in stock (albeit limited edition) at Bloomingdales! This gorgeous pentad of neutrals and pink hues harmoniously blends on the eye for a rose gold finish that is easy and alluring. I mixed all five shades in the look at the end of this story
  • *Gucci Impact Eyeliner in Iconic Black (reviewed HERE): I've used this on my waterline for months on end...simply the best I've tried thus far. 
  • *It Cosmetics Superhero Mascara (reviewed HERE): Two coats for fluffy, jet black lashes...I'm on tube #3 of this wondrous formula. 
  • *Orlane Shining Lip Gloss in #6 Nude Mat: This cushiony, milky gloss is an exquisite peachy beige tone, offering plenty of shine and a touch of color that looks incredible over my seemingly endless collection of nude lipstick. 
  • *Hourglass Confession Lip Color in I Have Never (also available at SephoraHourglass and Liberty London): Read on for a full review as well as swatches of every shade of this new release, but one look at the full coverage, peachy pink I Have Never and I knew I would be an instant devotee. This formula is moisturizing and boasts significant lasting power and the gold refillable case is form and function exemplified. 

Swatches in direct sunlight. 
The full eye look.

*Introducing the Hourglass Confession Lip Color. 
// SPEAKING of LIPS // A gilded and sleek work of art with interchangeable bullets for lips that tell a story in every shade.

Last week, I had the privilege of attending the launch party for the *Hourglass Confession Lip Color (also available at SephoraHourglass and Liberty London). This revolutionary lipstick features a pointillist, refillable golden base and and a vast range of thirty shade options possessing a color-saturated, velvety cream finish that is equal parts hydrating and long lasting. The lipstick holder is unmitigated chicness and the fact that the hues can be switched out in mere seconds makes this release a utilitarian masterpiece. 

Consequently, I am excited to share swatches of every shade in natural sunlight...continue scrolling for all of the details! 
At the Hourglass Event...shirt dress by Equipment and currently on major sale. 
Changing out the bullets is utterly simple and waste-free.
Details, courtesy of Nordstrom:

Details & Care
What it is: An ultra-slim refillable lipstick that delivers saturated, longwearing color with a satin finish.
Who it's for: All skin types.
What it does: The full-coverage lipstick won't smudge or feather, and comes encapsulated in a sleek gold applicator to provide the ultimate control to precisely accentuate, contour and define the lips. The gold applicator can be used interchangeably with the full collection Confession Ultra Slim High Intensity Lipstick refills (sold separately).
How to use: Turn the mechanism to dispense the product. Twist the product down before recapping and click the lid tightly to ensure closure. It does not require sharpening. To refill, remove the gold applicator cap and pull the existing lipstick barrel out from the pointed end of the gold applicator. If the lipstick is still usable, the lipstick barrel can be set aside for future use. Take your new shade and remove the black cap, then firmly pull the lipstick barrel out from the black base. Store the cap and base for future use, or attach them to the lipstick you just removed if it's still usable. Holding the pointed end of the sleek gold applicator, insert your new shade of lipstick into the opening until it clicks into place. Secure the gold applicator cap after each use.
Pro tips: The refills are meant to be collected and used interchangeably with the gold applicator.

The *Hourglass Confession Lip Color comes in 30 shades. 
The Shades:

Applying the peachy pink No One Knows
Swatched in natural daylight. 
  • The First Time: Pinky beige
  • I Wish: Neutral nude
  • One Day: Nude Pink
  • No One Knows: Peachy pink
  • I Lust For: Peach beige 
  • I'll Never Stop: Beige nude
  • I Want: Medium rose
  • I Woke Up: Dusty rose
  • I've Never: Nude rose
  • If Only: Deep Rose
  • I'm Addicted: Terracotta rose
  • I've Kissed: Pink lilac
  • My Favorite: Neutral pink
  • You Can Find Me: Coral pink
  • I Always: Hot pink
  • I Believe: Vivid pink
  • I Can't Wait:Vivid fuchsia 
  • I Live For: Vibrant coral
  • I Desire: Vivd red orange
  • I Crave: Bright red
  • My Icon Is: Blue red
  • Secretly: Classic red
  • I Can't Live Without: Red currant
  • At Night: Brick red
  • I've Been: Deep rose brown
  • One Time: Aubergine
  • When I'm With You: Deep magenta
  • When I'm Alone: Dark berry
  • If I Could: True plum
  • I Hide My: Deep plum

Swatched in natural daylight. 
Thirty options for lips that tell a story.

The following images reflect all products in action in the California sun...

Style notes. 
// STYLE NOTES // If given a choice, you'll find me in a tee shirt and jeans. 
  • Frame Cotton Tee in Marigold: Moodlifting and classic, this tee features detailed construction and an embroidered "Los Angeles"
  • Frame Le Nouveau Jeans: With a higher waist, clean fit and split seam, these jeans are effortless and clever; they were a part of my original Nordstrom early access order and I found that the size 24 (I am generally between a 24 and 25 in Frame) fit perfectly.
  • Adidas Stan Smith Bold Platform Sneaker: I wore my original Stan Smiths to death and was delighted to find a 1-inch platform version as a replacement; the slight height these comfortable tennis shoes afford is lovely and the comfort level and timeless appeal cannot be beat.
  • Burberry 58mm Check Temple Pilot Sunglasses (reviewed HERE): Still adoring these nude-toned aviators...Burberry can do little to no wrong in my eyes!
Effortless dressing with Frame in three steps. 
The 1-inch platform on these Adidas are a refreshing update to a modern classic.
Summertime pairing by Frame and Burberry.

// Nordstrom Beauty Suggestions // Significant savings at every price point, here are some items that are still on my to-buy list, coupled with products I already own, use and love:

--Shop the Nordstrom Sale Beauty--

Last look.
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Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this peek at some stunning new beauty launches including the new *Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Foundation and *Hourglass Confession Lip Color (also available at Sephora, Hourglass and Liberty London)...will you be trying either? 

Also, what did you pick up at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and what's still on your list? Do tell!  As an FYI, the Public Sale starts on Friday 7/21...

Good things ahead, including another new foundation launch and a host of new product procurements...xx,

--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.  © 2012-17 Beauty Professor® All Rights Reserved. Do not copy, reprint or republish content and/or photos without author's written permission.

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