Friday, December 8, 2017

Magic Box: A Peek at the Glorious Charlotte Tilbury Advent Calendar + a Full Beauty Look


The  *Charlotte Tilbury Naughty & Nice Magic Box Beauty Advent Calendar
I haven't indulged in an advent calendar experience since childhood; enter the *Charlotte Tilbury Naughty & Nice Magic Box Beauty Advent Calendar...this beauty-laden wonder is a fanciful mix of full-sized and deluxe sample-size color and skincare nestled in a keepsake box that I'll be using all year! Additionally, I am excited to share a few new launches from Le Metier de Beaute and Lipstick Queen that, when combined with key pieces from the Magic Box, culminate in a complete beauty look.

Kindly scroll on for more details, swatches and a full beauty look featuring elements from the box as well as a Bottom Line...


Featuring twelve adorable drawers--each that house a treat for the season--the *Charlotte Tilbury Naughty & Nice Magic Box Beauty Advent Calendar balances the element of surprise with sturdy and utilitarian packaging...this well may be the first and only advent box that I can implement into daily life after opening! 

The contents of the the Magic Box strike a perfect harmony between skincare and color and, thankfully for a beauty lover like me, the full-size items are more plentiful in the color category. Keep scrolling for a full breakdown of all twelve drawers; in the meanwhile, I must mention that some of the standouts for me include the sultry platinum Eyes to Mesmerize in Jean (what took me so long to try this?) and the vibrant Matte Revolution Lipstick in Walk of Shame which effortlessly pairs with a shimmering gloss. 

All in all, the *Charlotte Tilbury Naughty & Nice Magic Box Beauty Advent Calendar is a joyous way to celebrate the season while embracing an array of Charlotte Tilbury gems! 

A cozy afternoon at home with the *Charlotte Tilbury Naughty & Nice Magic Box Beauty Advent Calendar
What's inside?
The contents of the box. 
Official details, courtesy of Charlotte Tilbury:

Darlings, what could be better than a surprise treat every day for 12 days? My Naughty and Nice Magic Box is BACK and better than ever, featuring 12 best-selling ICONIC makeup treasures wrapped up in a glamorous, gorgeous box, making it the perfect beauty advent calendar or gift for a loved one, with lots of full-sized and mini best-sellers for everyone! This kit includes:

Swatches in direct sunlight.
The full look.
--The Complete Face--


// SKIN + BASE ETC. //
  • *Le Metier de Beaute Detoxifying Charcoal and Coconut Face Mask: This clarifying formula looks downright ethereal on the skin once it dries down; the glassy texture is intriguing, indeed! That being said, the active charcoal and soothing coconut work to gently cleanse pores without irritation, leaving my skin hydrated, clarified and extra glowy. 
  • *Rahua Amazon Oil (also available at Net-A-Porter): Originating in the rain forest and rich with anti-oxidants, this multipurpose oil can be used on face and body to moisturize and tone...I love the incredible ingredients and long-lasting hydration, especially in the dry winter air.
  • *Decorte Sheer Brilliance in Medium (reviewed HERE): I applied just a few drops of this tinted base to even my complexion; it smells incredible, imparts a subtle glow and possesses impressive SPF...truly a brilliant formula.
  • Tom Ford Traceless Foundation Stick in Sable (reviewed HERE): A long-time foundation favorite, I used a touch of this formula in the center of my face to further even and refine my canvas. 
  • *Jo Malone Wood Sage & Sea Salt Cologne: This new fragrance discovery is utterly divine; reminiscent of a walk along a forested sea cliff, the woodsy notes are offset by a refreshing wave of oceanic presence. I own nothing like it in my current fragrance wardrobe and, consequently, am thrilled to add it to the mix.  
The *Le Metier de Beaute Detoxifying Charcoal and Coconut Face Mask
Swatches in direct sunlight.
Face.
// FACE //
Swatches in direct sunlight. 
*Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Topaz
Eyes.
// EYES //
  • *Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerize in Jean: A silky champagne-platinum hue with plenty of luminosity, this cream eyeshadow formula resists creasing and wears flawlessly for hours on end. It's a breezy wash of color that should be in everyone's makeup bag...truly classic.
  • *Le Metier de Beaute Dualistic Eyeliner in Azul and Roxo: The newest additions to the LMdB line, these color-rich eyeliners in peacock green and russet-meets-garnet glide on and stay in place. For the look below, I applied Azul in my lower water line and Roxo along my upper lash line for a creative yet wearable take on color.
  • *Tom Ford Fullscreen Lash Mascara (reviewed HERE): Two coats adds impressive fullness and length...I am loving this new formula!
Swatches in direct sunlight. 
Lips.
// LIPS //
  • *Blue Lagoon Iceland Lip Balm: Exceptionally hydrating, this new balm discovery--which harnesses the power of  Blue Lagoon Algae--is well worth the pursuit. 
  • *Charlotte Tilbury Walk of Shame: Boasting excellent color payoff, I swept a single coat of this warm berry shade onto my lips.
  • *Lipstick Queen Altered Universe Lip Gloss in Time Warp and Space Cadet (also available at Neiman Marcus): The latest from the venerable Lipstick Queen, both of these glimmering glosses are brimming with light-reflecting particles that bathe lips in an incandescent wash of subtle color. In the images that follow, I applied the pink-tinged Time Warp over Walk of Shame for a tender glow and I can't wait to wear the cooler-toned pearly Space Cadet over nude lip liner. Non-sticky with excellent lasting power, this is tastefully-executed shimmer for grown ups!
Swatches in direct sunlight.

The following images reflect all products in action...


// Style Notes //
  • Velvet Cropped Pants in Moss: I recommended these pants in an earlier post and, upon picking them up last weekend, am over the moon with their fit, color and velvety sheen. So good and currently under $40,
  • Ragdoll Black Ribbed Tee: Clean, classic and deliciously comfortable, this lightweight ribbed number is on heavy rotation. 
  • Grey Cardigan: A staple in my wardrobe, this versatile cardigan is super cozy and long enough to double as an impromptu lightweight coat. 
  • Coiled Pony Holders: I use these nonstop and love the color palette of this particular set...at $12, it's a steal!


The eye look...*Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerize in Jean with *Le Metier de Beaute Dualistic Eyeliner in Roxo  along the upper lash line. 

Last look.
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Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this overview of the charming *Charlotte Tilbury Naughty & Nice Magic Box Beauty Advent Calendar; rife with delectable treasures, it's a gorgeous way to kick off the season. Also, the newness from Le Metier de Beaute and Lipstick Queen is simply sublime, adding an effortless dash of holiday flair to any look.

I would love to know what caught your eye...do tell!

Good things ahead, including a fresh makeup look featuring a new round of discoveries and a comprehensive holiday gift guide for beauty lovers...have a fantastic weekend, friends.

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.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Tuesday Office Hours: Skincare Testing, an Easy Work Look and the Last 5 Things I've Bought



After a long hiatus, Office Hours is back! Featuring a bit of this and that, this post focuses on some skincare etc. that I am currently testing, a quick and easy work makeup look (achieved in under 7 minutes, friends!) and the last five things I've purchased. 

Kindly scroll on for more details and swatches as well as the Bottom Line...

*tenoverten Catherine
// SKINCARE ETC. TESTING ROTATION // Fresh finds for skin, lips and nails, here are some formulas to keep on your radar. 
  • *Kate Somerville Tight'N Cryogenic Tightening Gel: Currently available for pre-order, this revolutionary new formula employs cryogenic technology to cool skin to a tighter and more lifted existence. It truly must be tried to be believed. 
  • *Royal Fern Phytoactive Cleansing Balm: I am intrigued by the minimalist stylings and impeccable ingredients of this skincare line and this particular cleanser leaves my skin feeling immensely clean without the slightest bit of tightness...divine.
  • *AveSeena Essential Radiance Serum: I already love the AveSeena Honeyactive Beauty Mask and am equally enchanted with this decadently glowy anti-aging serum. Packed with skin-brighting ingredients, it even has Anise, which just so happens to be my middle name!
  • *Sunday Riley Auto Correct Brightening and Depuffing Eye Contour Cream (reviewed HERE): Still in love with this eye cream; it hydrates and brightens my orbital region while banishing signs of darkness. I just gave a bottle to my mom (it's her birthday) and she is loving it as well.
  • *Eve Lom Cleanser Cream: A cult classic with an justifiable following, this original solid cleanser has worked its way into my routine as it lends moisture to my skin during the drying winter season.
  • *37 Actives High Performance Anti-Aging and Filler Lip Treatment (reviewed HERE): I am on my second tube of this lush lip treatment...the nourishing oils gently plump lips while infusing one's pout with long lasting moisture. It's well worth the investment!
  • *Jouer Funfetti Lip Topper (reviewed HERE): Gorgeously luminous, this opalescent pink looks stunning over nude lip liner for juicy lips with an understated and sophisticated glimmer. 
  • *Crunchi Lip Gloss in Ella (reviewed HERE): A pigmented warm nude pink, this nonsticky gloss has lovely color payoff and an impressively clean ingredients list. 
  • *tenoverten Catherine (also available at Net-A-Porter): Peachy caramel perfection and 10-free ingredients, this nail polish line is one of my newest and most delightful discoveries.
Lip swatches in natural sunlight.
The Work Look.
// MAKEUP BREAKDOWN // I did the above look in under 7 minutes and it lasted the entire day...happy to share the details below:
  • Suqqu Frame Fix Moisturizing Solid Foundation in #203 Warm Bisque (reviewed HERE): This epic foundation formula ranks amongst my top five (and likely top 3). Buildable coverage and an ultra-natural lasting finish, its simply sublime. 
  • *By Terry Sun Designer (reviewed HERE): Always within reach to deftly bronze and blush in record time, I recommend Savannah Love since Light and Tan Vibes (pictured) is no longer available. 
  • Tom Ford Soleil Sheer Highlighting Duo in Reflects Gilt (reviewed HERE): I am on my second compact of this brilliant duo and picked up a third (as a backup) this past weekend. It's the absolute best for highlighting while adding a touch of warmth...I may invest in a fourth before this limited-edition all-star disappears. 
  • *Wayne Goss The Rose Gold Air Brush (reviewed HERE): Like a whisper from an angel, this ethereally beautiful brush blends highlighter like a dream.
  • Tom Ford Private Shadows in Body Double and Iris Bronze: My latest Tom Ford acquisitions, I applied the rosy-tinged bronze all over my upper lid and lower lash line and worked the exquisitely radiant nude Body Double all the way up to my brow bone. 
  • *IT Cosmetics Superhero Mascara (reviewed HERE): Still my mascara go-to on the daily, I can get long and full lashes in mere seconds (generally when stopped at a single). 
  • *Lawless Beauty Soft Matte Lip Color in Jake (reviewed HERE): I swept a thin coat of this highly pigmented lavender pink, let it dry down (the lasting power is formidable) and then topped with with the below.
  • Tom Ford Tawny Pink: I forgot how much I adore this opaque nude pink gloss (I believe that shine is making a comeback, by the way). Neither too light nor too dark with no shimmer to speak of, I daresay this shade would look lovely on a spectrum of skin tones. 
The makeup...image captured on my desk during actual office hours. 
Let's talk about the last 5 things I've bought.
// RECENT SHOPPING FINDS // Here are the last five things I've bought.
  • Burberry Detachable Hood Car Coat: It's currently on sale and I snapped it up...classic and timeless, I have absolutely no regrets. 
  • Tom Ford Private Shadows in Body Double, Iris Bronze, Loveshade and Agenda Rouge: After swatching in person, I picked up all four of these quick-to-sell-out shades--warm neutrals with plenty of versatility--and will do a closeup of these selections soon. 
  • Ksubi Jeans: I ordered these during the Cyber Monday promotion and am in. love. They are high-waisted and relaxed with a cutoff hem that is strangely chic. I recommend sizing up (I wear a 25 and got a 27) as Ksubi runs very small. 
  • Golden velvet dress: A veritable deal at under $40, this dress in the most perfect mustard hue is lavishly soft and lined...I wore mine with a tee shirt underneath for a work-appropriate take on the look. 
  • Ragdoll Sweatshirt Dress: I've had my eye on this for the past few months and now that it is on sale, I couldn't help but indulge. Long enough to wear on its own (so cute with boots) or perfect as tunic over leggings, this dress has pockets, which--in my book--is reason enough to introduce it to your wardrobe.
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Last look.
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Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this installment of Office Hours and would love to know what may have caught your eye. Do tell!

Good things ahead, including my favorite advent calendar of the season and a host of new beauty procurements...

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

Thursday, November 30, 2017

A Holiday Video Tutorial: Featuring New Tom Ford + a Host of Fresh Beauty Discoveries

The Eyes of Tom Ford Collection.
Happy December, lovelies! I've been wanting to film a new video tutorial for quite awhile and was so inspired by the recently launched Eyes of Tom Ford Collection--as well as some fresh beauty discoveries from Sappho, Girlactik and Oribe--that I promptly raced to my camera to create a holiday look. 

With the end of my teaching semester near and winter break around the corner, I cannot wait to continue to create new content and truly hope you enjoy this video in the meanwhile. 


Kindly scroll on for the video, additional details, swatches galore and stills of the products in action as well the Bottom Line...


The product breakdown. 
THE PRODUCT BREAKDOWN: Everything in the video, including swatches and links to previous reviews.
Skincare.
// SKINCARE // Formulas that work perfectly to prepare the skin for the makeup to come. 
Foundation + Face Etc.
// FOUNDATION + FACE ETC.// A natural foundation find combined with an ethereal bronzer, glowing highlighter and luminous foundation powder for a pristine canvas that still looks like real skin.
Swatches in direct sunlight. 
*Girlactik Luminous Face Powder 
Swatches of the *Girlactik Luminous Face Powder in direct sunlight. 
From L-R: Fair, Light, Medium and Dark.
The ever-important etc. section. 
Swatches in direct sunlight. 
The refined tip of the Christian Louboutin Oeil Vinyle Luminous Ink Liner in Kohl
Tom Ford Eyes 2017.

// TOM FORD EYES // Rife with intense color and formula innovation, the collection edges towards the editorial while remaining refreshingly wearable. 
  •  *Tom Ford Private Shadow (also available at Beautylish) in Videotape, Vertigo, Tempete Blue and Breathless. The four shades I tried--and subsequently used in the video--are the satin burgundy Videotape, matte grey-meets-taupe Vertigo, shockingly gorgeous duo-chrome metallic Tempete Blue and incandescent silver Breathless. With luxe packaging and excellent color payoff, the Private Shadow singles are the quintessential makeup bag companion. I am beyond impressed and eagerly anticipate trying more shades in the coming days!
  •  *Tom Ford Kohl Intense Crayon in Tourmaline and White Smoke (also available at Beautylish): The rich peacock green glides on with ease yet stays in place for hours (I use it in my lower waterline in the video) and the clean white hue immediately brightens eyes.
  •  *Tom Ford Eye Gloss (also available at Beautylish): Ultra-reflective and decidedly non-sticky, this clear formula instantly creates a durable dewy eye look.
  •  *Tom Ford Mascara in Spike LashFull Screen LashShutter Lash (Spike and Full Screen used in the video): These new mascaras feature three distinct brushes to achieve a variety of custom lash looks...you're mascara wardrobe has never looked so good.

Swatches in direct sunlight. 

Swatches in direct sunlight. 
The *Tom Ford Eye Gloss + *Tom Ford Kohl Intense Crayon in Tourmaline and White Smoke
Swatches in direct sunlight. 
New mascara formulas from Tom Ford. 
From L-R: *Tom Ford Spike Lash, Shutter Lash and Fullscreen Lash.

Lips. 
// LIPS // A pale pink for daytime, a lush papaya-toned red for evening and a gorgeous range of shades on heavy rotation to boot!
Swatches in direct sunlight. 


The following images reflect all products in action...wearing the Ragdoll Vintage Mesh Tee in Dark Green










Last look.
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Bottom Line: I sincerely hope you took as much delight in watching this video as I did in making it! Working with these gems from Eyes of Tom Ford Collection, SapphoGirlactik and Oribe was immense fun as they effortlessly resonate with the festivity of the month.

What may have caught your eye? Do tell!  

Good things ahead, including a host of new product procurements...so looking forward to sharing,

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

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