Friday, August 29, 2014

New Fragrance Alert: Viva La Juicy Gold Couture Debut at the London West Hollywood

Above: Viva La Juicy Gold Couture Black...a delicious cocktail of fresh berries and warm caramel.
Earlier this week, we at Beauty Professor headquarters had the chance to attend an event at the London West Hollywood, celebrating the debut of the Viva La Juicy Gold Couture (currently available at Macy'sSephoraNordstrom and  Since I already have (and love!) the original Viva La Juicy scent in my collection, I was excited to experience this new incarnation and am thrilled to report that it does not disappoint!  A beautiful balance of fresh, sweet berries and musky warm caramel, Viva La Juicy Gold Couture is like the sophisticated sister everyone is asking about.  

Kindly scroll on for more details, images from the event and the Bottom Line...
Above: Alexandra Daddario from True Detectives celebrating the launch.
Above: A view from the gorgeous rooftop of London West Hollywood...LA in the summertime cannot be beat.
Official details courtesy of Sephora:

Experience a couture overdose. The Viva la Juicy Gold woman is couture all the way, spinning an addictive web of glamour and decadence at the center of her golden world. This opulent rendition of Viva la Juicy indulges the senses with luscious wild berries, a kiss of honeysuckle, and a luxurious elixir of golden amber, melted caramel, and vanilla. All that glitters is gold. 

Berries, Honeysuckle, Golden Amber, Caramel, Vanilla. 
Audacious. Decadent. Glamorous.
Above: BP + BP Assistant Laura.
Above: BP enjoying the view.
Above: This Viva La Juicy Gold Couture shrine of sorts was breathtaking.
Above: All pink, gold and black everything.
Above: BP + Viva La Juicy Gold Couture.
Above: The elaborate details on the bottle are glorious.
Above: Coburn PR's Caroline Brayson, BP and Kirsten from Elizabeth Arden.
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Bottom Line: This latest installment of Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy Couture Gold (currently available at Macy'sSephoraNordstrom and is a decadent indulgence...fresh, sweet, vibrant and warm, it captivates the senses and works perfectly for day and night.  I love the warm, creamy caramel base notes, which appeal to my appreciation for musk and skin scents; the berry top notes add a lush, optimistic effect and the combination is a delight to wear.  

Have YOU tried Viva La Juicy Couture Gold yet?

I hope your holiday weekend is off to lovely start...I look forward to getting a chance to respond to all of your wonderful comments (they have not gone unread...thank you for them in advance!), sharing my Labor Day Weekend sale picks, revealing the winner of the Rouge Bunny Rouge giveaway and sharing a host of new discoveries as well as my August Favorites video.  

So much to do...cannot wait!


--The Beauty Professor

**PR sample  provided for review however, as always, all of my opinions are expressly and unequivocally my own.  

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YSL Fusion Ink Foundation (Swatches of Every Shade!) + NARS Audacious Lipstick in Raquel...In Short, I Adore Both

Above: The YSL Fusion Ink Foundation has arrived! 
After a couple of weeks of trial, I am ready to weigh in on recently-released the YSL Fusion Ink Foundation (currently available at Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Sephora, Bloomingdales, Bergdorf Goodman, Saks and Selfridges).  I initially discussed my first impressions in THIS video, have mentioned in my latest article for the Neiman Marcus publication, the blog, and now am excited to offer my review as well as swatches of EVERY shade offering.

Kindly scroll on for more details, swatches of each shade, shade descriptions, a discussion of my new favorite NARS Audacious Lipstick, Raquel and images of the YSL Fusion Ink + NARS Raquel on the face as well as the Bottom Line...
Above: The YSL Fusion Ink is housed in a square glass bottle with a wand applicator.
To concisely communicate my feelings on this formula, I will focus on some clear characteristics of the foundation in terms of texture/coverage, finish, wear and overall impressions:

  • This formula is incredibly reminds me a lot of the Giorgio Armani Maestro (reviewed HERE) but offers significantly more coverage (medium, buildable to full) and performs more like the Cle de Peau Radiant Fluid.
  • Four strokes of the wand on the top of my hand provides my entire face (I prefer to apply with a damp Beauty Blender) with medium coverage.
  • The finish is truly beautiful...a soft matte finish that adopts a bit of glow over time without defaulting to oiliness.  
  • It blurs imperfections, diffuses light and perfects the canvas without utilizing any obvious light-reflecting properties.  
  • I love the way it truly "fuses" with the skin...if you can find your shade match, you will likely experience flawless results.
  • I get a good 8+ hours of wear time before feeling the need to blot or touch up with a bit of powder.
  • No pooling into pores, no creasing, no might transfer to a cell phone screen (but what doesn't?) but I would deem it decently adherent to the skin.
  • The first time I wore this foundation, I attended a wedding on a very hot day; this formula withstood heat, humidity, eating, dancing and late hours like a champ.  I only added a touch of powder about 8 hours into my day and noticed that it photographed beautifully, even after an extended period of wear.
  • I am very impressed with this is currently in my top three foundaiton rotation (along with the Tom Ford Traceless Perfecting and Cle de Peau Radiant Fluid) and I will likely move from B-40 Sand (the perfect match for my current N/NC 27-30 skin) to B-30 Almond when my summer tan fades.
  • The shade range is great...three different undertones (BR=Rosy, B=Neutral and BD=Warm) from the fairest ivory to the darkest, richest mocha, I think that most will have success in discovering a befitting shade match.
  • It does have the typical YSL cucumber fragrance, but I find it to be less strong than other YSL base formulas and it dissipates within a couple of minutes.  I am generally opposed to scent in foundation, but my extra sensitive skin hasn't been bothered by this fragrance.
  • This is a marvelous option for one seeking an extremely light texture, medium (buildable to full) coverage, a soft matte finsih and marvelous lasting power.  

Official product details, courtesy of Neiman Marcus



NO MORE COMPROMISE. This feather light foundation wears effortlessly for soft-matte finish, all day comfort with broad spectrum SPF 18 protection. Its hybrid stain technology provides a formula that is as thin and lightweight as ink yet covering as a foundation. Exclusive extendable polymers allow for buildable coverage with long wear results without ever feeling heavy on skin. An unmatched revolution in foundation.
  • At the heart of this exceptional formula is a sensorial and volatile dry oil complex which allows for exceptionally fast application in a matter of seconds with flawless finish.
  • Color: this formula is made of pure micro-coated pigments delivering long lasting color and radiance all day long.
  • Actives: special sweat and sebum control agents allow for 24 hours of perfection regardless of humidity, heat, night and day.
  • Soft matte perfection: the extreme absorbing powder filler provide a natural soft matte finish without ever looking or feeling cakey.
  • Formula adapted to every skin type. The exclusive face zoning applicator allows you to perfectly zone the face for precise and effortless application.

Never cakey or heavy, Fusion Ink wears flawlessly for 24 hours.

Feel the difference of all day perfection and freedom.

Available in 21 shades.

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Above: Comparison swatches of summer foundations I've been using as of late.
nars audacious lipstick raquel swatches
Above: Behold...NARS Audacious Lipstick in Raquel, a creamy beige-pink-peach.
Since I am wearing this shade in my foundation-focused pictures at the end of this post, I couldn't help but offer a glimpse of the stunning NARS Audacious Lipstick in Raquel (currently available at Barney's NY and, a light, extremely creamy and opaque beige-pink-peach.  This is perhaps the most perfect nude I have ever encountered!  I've said everything necessary about this magnificent new formula HERE and HERE so I will let the images of Raquel speak for themselves...
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Above: A swatch of Raquel in direct sunlight.
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Above: Raquel alone on the lips.
Onto the YSL Fusion Ink swatches...shade descriptions per my experience:

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Above: The BR shades in direct sunlight.
The BR shades have a rosy undertone, appropriate for cool skin tones:

BR-20 Cool Ivory: For fair, cool skin that is approximately NW 10-15

BR-30 Cool Almond: For light skin that is approximately NW 20-25

BR-40 Cool Sand: For medium skin that is approximately NW 27-30

BR-50 Cool Honey: For medium-dark skin that is approximately NW 35-40

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Above: The BR shades in ourdoor shade.
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Above: The B shades in outdoor sunlight.
The B shades have neutral (an even mix of pink and yellow) undertones for neutral skin: 

B-10 Porcelain: For fair skin that is approximately N/NC10

B-20 Ivory: For fair-light skin that is approximately N/NC 15-20

B-30 Almond: For light skin that is approximately N/NC 25

B-40 Sand: For light-medium skin that is approximately N/NC 27-30

B-50 Honey: For medium skin that is approximately N/NC 30-35

B-60 Amber: For medium-dark skin that is approximately N/NC 40-45

B-70 Mocha: For dark skin that is approximately N/NC 50+

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Above: The B shades in outdoor shade.
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The BD shades have warm, golden undertones for skin tones that lean yellow, peachy and olive: 

BD-10  Warm Porcelain: For fair skin that is approximately NC 10-15

BD-15 Warm Buff: For fair-light skin that is approximately NC 15-20

BD-20 Warm Ivory: For fair skin that is approximately NC 15 (oddly, this sample appeared lighter than Warm Porcelain and Warm Buff)

BD-45 Warm Bisque: For light-medium skin that is approximatley NC 30

BD-50 Warm Honey: For medium-dark skin that is approximately NC 40

BD-55 Warm Praline: For medium skin that is approximatley NC 35 (once again, this sample seems  lighter than Warm Honey)

BD-65 Warm Toffee: For dark skin that is approximately NC 50-55

ysl fusion ink swatches

The images below reflect the YSL Fusion Ink Foundation in B40 in various lighting was not set with powder and had been on the skin for over four hours in extreme heat! 
Above: With a flash.
Above: Natural window flash.
Above: Outdoor mixed lighting.
Above: The beautiful cat that was peeking through my gazebo...her eyes are amazing, no?
Above: Outdoor light, sunlight streaming, no flash.
Above: Indoor lighting with a flash.
Above: Outdoor natural lighting.
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Bottom Line: The hype surrounding the YSL Fusion Ink Foundation (currently available at Neiman MarcusNordstromSephoraBloomingdalesBergdorf GoodmanSaks and Selfridges) is completely justified in my experience.  The ultra light texture, soft matte finish and splendid lasting power make this a foundation worth trying.  It is excellent for normal skin seeking medium coverage and a flawless finish that takes on a bit of glow as the day proceeds! Additionally, the NARS Audacious Lipstick in Raquel (currently available at Barney's NY and is fast becoming one of my favorite nudes to has most perfect amount of creamy opacity that achieves a nude effect without washing out the face. Brilliant!  I could't be more pleased with either product and hope you found this swatch-laden review helpful. 

Have YOU tried the YSL Fusion Ink Foundation?  Thoughts?

Good things ahead including the annoucement of the winner of the Rouge Bunny Rouge Palette Giveaway, new fall releases, a couple of event recaps and some exciting product discoveries...oh, and my August (where did the summer go??!) Favorites video ; ) 


The Beauty Professor

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Beauty Professor Now a Contributer to Neiman Marcus "the blog" !

Above: So thrilled that my first piece focused on one of my favorite topics
Hello lovely readers!  So many good things in the works this the meanwhile, I wanted to share some exciting news.  I am now a contributing writer to the Neiman Marcus "the blog" publication and my first official piece went live today and can be viewed here:

Above: A glimpse at my contributor page.
Above: The foundations I focused on in the piece.
Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed the piece and can't wait to share the new foundation swatches, fresh fall product releases and August Favorites video with you...all in the process of finalization this minute!

xx and much more soon,

--The Beauty Professor

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Byredo Black Saffron...Intoxicatingly Unconventional

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Above: Byredo Black Saffron: dark, mysterious, sweet, smoky and wearable...the quintessence of unconventional.
Concerning fragrances, I love (1) unexpected scents that are (2) still pleasing to the nose and (3) suitable for daily wear.  Although this trifecta should be the embodiment of most fragrances, it, in reality, is quite difficult to find.  There are the scents that are unexpected but not pleasing to the nose (for me, the cult favorite Guerlain L'Heure Bleue...I own it and want to wear it but I can't).  Then there are fragrances that are pleasing to the nose but not suitable for daily wear (Prada it but it's too overpowering for a Monday-Friday lifestyle).  Finally there are those that are suitable for daily wear but are so mainstream that they begin to lack a uniqueness that piques interest (for example, Chanel Coco's business friendly and great for tight quarters but four people around you might be wearing it, too). 

Byredo Black Saffron, however, magnificently manages to be unique yet warable and I cannot stop from sniffing my wrist when I wear it...for me, it manifests a winning combination that stirs both an air of mystery and contentment.  It is smoky, sweet, slightly fruity and truly three words:  I adore it
Kindly scroll on for more details, images and the Bottom Line...

byredo black saffron
Above: The three travel sprays contain 12ml each and the trio retails for $110.
Here are the official details, courtesy of Neiman Marcus...


An oriental composition that opens with the bright citrus note of Asian pomelo and crisp juniper berries, mellowed into a golden sillage by Kashmiri saffron. At the heart lies black violet fused with a leather accord, their dark, dry composition born aloft by the delicate transparency of cristal rose. At the base, blond woods add radiant warmth and harmony, punctuated by flashes of luscious raspberry. The journey concludes with gentle, earthy vetiver. The 12 mL eau de parfum vials are created to fit in the Byredo leather travel case (sold separately).


Top: Pomelo, saffron, juniper berry
Heart: Black violet, accord cuir, cristal rose
Base: Blond woods, raspberry, vetiver

About Byredo Fragrances:

Based in Stockholm, Sweden, Byredo was founded by painter-turned-creative-director Ben Gorham in 2006. Partnering with perfumers Olivia Giacobetti and Jerome Epinette, Gorham's scents are inspired by distinct places (such as Palermo, Italy), moments in time (think 1920s excess and avant-gardism), and works of art (for example, a photograph taken by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin), as well as memories and personal experiences. Gorham—born in Sweden to a Canadian father and Indian mother, raised between Stockholm, Toronto, and New York—leverages his global background as a beauty industry 'outsider.' The Byredo difference? A preference for uncluttered notes and a dedication to quality craftsmanship. In addition to fragrances—perfumes, colognes, and roll-on oils—Byredo offerings include personal care items such as bar soaps, body creams, lotions, and travel cases, plus scented candles for the home.

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Above: Visually captivating, no?
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Above: Wearing three spritzes of Byredo Black Saffron while at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery (more on this later).  I feel like this image adequately captures the mood of the fragrance.
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Above: The travel case is made of soft calfskin leather and has a magnetic top closure for secure transport.
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Above: Perfect for the purse.
Bottom Line: Byredo Black Saffron is utterly intoxicating (this coming from a girl that doesn't even drink!).  The unconventional, mysterious, smoky-sweet sillage of this juice places it in the "intriguing yet still appropriate for daily wear" category and, much like Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille, I do not tire of its incredible olfactory effect.  The leather travel case is both visually stunning and genius for one who likes to keep her fragrance near (as I do)...this is likely to be a permanent fixture in my handbag.  I cannot recommend this perfume enough, especially if your tastes gravitate towards the musky, sweet, smoky, slightly fruity and unique, I implore you to, at minimum, procure a sample!

Have YOU tried Byredo Black Saffron or another fragrance from the Byredo line?  Thoughts?

Good things ahead on BP including the drawing for the RBR Palette, TWO new foundations + swatches to discuss and a preview of some incredible new releases from Koh Gen Do...and that's just for starters ; ) 

Hope your week is going well thus far...xx,

--The Beauty Professor

**PR sample  provided for review however, as always, all of my opinions are expressly and unequivocally my own.  

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A Clean, French-Inspired Look Featuring: By Terry Baume de Rose Rosy Babe (+ Swatches Galore)!

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Above: By Terry Baume de Rose Nutri-Couleur...same Baume de Rose formula with a delightful tinted finish.
I've had the pleasure of using the new By Terry Baume de Rose Nutri-Couleur in #01 Rosy Babe for the last couple of weeks.  My love of the original formula has been professed time and again and I had high hopes for this flushed version.  I am pleased to confirm that it is as marvelous as I expected it to be...insanely moisturizing, long lasting and, now, infused with sheer, ultra-flattering color, this is luxury tinted lip balm at its absolute best!

Kindly scroll on for more Baume de Rose Nutri-Couleur details and swatches as well as a "clean, French-inspired beauty look" featuring a pared-down selection of products AND the Bottom Line...

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Above: Rosy Babe...perfect for pink lovers.
Official details, courtesy of Space NK:

The much-loved lip balm has now been given the Rose Infernale full-colour treatment. This eye-popping palette ranges from chic and cheerful to innocent hushed hues and whimsical high-drama.
The ever-luxurious formula pampers and soothes with softening rose flower essential wax, lipo-regenerating shea butter, free radical fighting vitamin E, restructuring ceramides, hydrating and smoothing filling spheres. Lips will lap up this deep-down long-lasting cure.

by terry baume de rose nutri-couleur swatches
Above (from L-R): Rosy Babe, Mandarina Pulp and Cherry Bomb.

The newly-released Baume de Rose Nutri-Couleur boasts three shades: 
  • #1 Rosy Babe...a soft, baby pink
  • #2 Mandarina Pulp...a bright coral orange
  • #3 Cherry Bomb...a gorgeous red-meets-fuchsia 
Since the three shades are sheer, the colors (though they may appear quite bright in the pot) are entirely wearable and compliment the natural lip tone.  All forms of shimmer are delightfully absent from the formula, enabling a lovely, natural finish that is drenched with pure shine. 

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Above: The three new cheerful and promising.
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Above: Swatches in indoor lighting.
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Above: Swatches in outdoor shade.
Above: The products for my clean, French-inspired look.
Recently, one of my readers requested a "traditional no makeup French look" involving light base, bronzed skin, a touch of mascara and a lip balm...I decided that, in light of my focus on the By Terry Baume de Rose in Rosy Babe, this post was the perfect time to experiment with this aesthetic.  

Scroll on for the product breakdown and look...

Above: Loving my experience thus far with this rich, ultra-natural, highly-effective formula!
The Only Products Used:
  • Dr. Macrene Skin Results 37 Extreme Actives Anti-Aging Cream: I have been experimenting with this skincare for the past few days and am boundlessly intrigued by the whipped texture and "one product serves all purposes" philosophy.  I feel like it's made my skin smoother and brighter and very balanced feeling; I will continue to test it and weigh back in after a few weeks!
  • Le Metier de Beaute Peau Vierge #2 as a primer: My daily non-negotiable.  May this never be discontinued.
  • Tom Ford Traceless Perfecting Foundation in #5 Natural (buffed on with a damp Beauty Blender): Still loving this for warm days due to its flawless coverage and extreme lasting power. 
  • Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Killer Cheekbones Bronze + Glow (as a contour, bronzer + highlighter): Reviewed HERE, this is a staple in the sculpting worth the investment. Available at Nordstrom, Net-A-Porter and Selfridges.
  • Surratt Beauty Artistique Blushes in Duchesse, Parfait and Se Pomponner in the Large Compact (lightly swirled together and applied to apples of the cheeks): New to my Surratt Beauty collection, I am adoring this trio of blushes (also swatched HERE) of varying degrees of peach and pink intensity.  Worn separately or together, the shades and finish are exquisite.  
  • Surratt Beauty Expressioniste Brow Pencil in Brunette: When I desire a lush, more defined brow than my trusty By Terry Eyebrow Mascara creates, this delicate, ash brown retractable pencil is the unequivocal answer.  It fills brows beautifully (while still looking wholly natural) and stays in place until removed.  Yet another winner from the Surratt Beauty line! 
  • Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes Mascara: Still in the testing phase with this formula, but initial impressions confirm that the mascara is extremely black (yes!) and builds volume and length adeptly.  No smudging or flaking, even after over 7 hours of wear.  Full review soon.  Available at Selfridges and in Net-a-Porter's Golden Goddess and Bigger Brighter Eyes sets.
  • By Terry Baume de Rose Nutri-Couleur Rosy Babe #1 alone on the lips: This subtle baby pink has just enough color to look like something on the lips; couple this confectionary shade with the luxurious performance of Baume de Rose and it's already inherent appeal is doubled.  Magnifique! Available at Space NK, Barney's NY and B-Glowing.

Above: Only a few products for a full, yet understated, face.
Above: Swatches of the products used in direct sunlight. 
Above: Rosy Babe with a flash.
Above: Rosy Babe without a flash.
Above: Only two products for the eyes...the Surratt Expressioniste Brow Pencil + two coats of the Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes Mascara.
Below: The French-inspired beauty look using only the products mentioned in the list above...

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Bottom Line: I am so glad I decided to pick up the By Terry Baume de Rose Nutri-Couleur in Rosy Babe (available at Space NKBarney's NY and B-Glowing); the delicate pink is pure delight to wear and the rich, hydrating formula performs just as well as the original clear version (which I adore with equal vehemence).  This formula is an excellent choice for those seeking a moisturizing lip treatment with an ultra-flattering, lightly-flushed color tint that is both subtle and sophsiticated.  I hope you enjoyed this review and the subsequent "French-inspired look." I had a ball experimenting with an ultra-pared down approach ; )

Have a beautiful Monday...good things ahead on BP, including another foundation review, a new fragrance profile and the draw for the Rouge Bunny Rouge Raw Garden in Chronos Palette Giveaway!


--The Beauty Professor

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