Wednesday, April 18, 2018

A Tried, Tested + True Sephora Spring Bonus Shopping Guide for ALL Tiers (BI, VIB and Rouge)!


The Sephora Spring Bonus Event is nigh (running from 4/20-4/23), giving Beauty Insider members of all tiers the chance to enjoy 10% off (for BI) and 15% off (for VIB and Rouge) online and in-store. Last week, I gave you a glimpse at 11 products I purchased as a VIB and today (before hopping on a plane to cross the pond) I am excited to share tried, tested and true product recommendations in every beauty category: Skincare etc., base + face, eyes and lips

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


Skincare, haircare and fragrance. 
// SKINCARE, HAIRECARE + FRAGRANCE // Fresh formulas with cutting edge technology and beautifying properties. 
  • Olaplex No.3 (reviewed HERE): I've tried this a couple of times since ordering last week and am impressed by how soft and luminous it makes my hair. The positive reviews definitely make sense now. 
  • *Skin INC Pure Revival Peel: This genius peel is my first foray into the Skin INC. brand and I am hooked; use it 2-3 times a week to gently exfoliate without the slightest hint of irritation...I can't wait to try other formulas from this line. 
  • Dior Capture Youth Glow Booster (reviewed HERE): Fantastic as a daily serum to boost the effects of all subsequent skincare, this makes my skin radiant and luminous with regular usage. 
  • *Givenchy Live Irresistible: Infused with intoxicating hints of berry and juniper, this juice is the scent of springtime...if you like sweet and fruity fragrances, you will adore this blend. 
  • *SK-II Facial Treatment Oil (reviewed HERE): Although the Facial Treatment Essence receives more attention, this oil is just as highly rated, drenching skin in healthy moisture (that's great for sensitive complexions) while fighting signs of aging. 
  • Cicapair Tiger Grass Camo Drops (reviewed HERE): I purchased this last week and am still enjoying the way this serum banishes redness (it morphs to a flattering beige) while imparting a  glow. Those who battle an annoyingly rosy complexion will definitely benefit from this new formula. 
  • *Kate Somerville EradiKate Daily Cleanser (reviewed HERE): Fabulous for days when skin needs a bit of extra blemish control, this cleanser resets my canvas with active sulphur, guaranteeing that breakouts won't get the chance to start. 

Face + base. 
// FACE + BASE // Lightweight multi-tackers for skin that looks like a perfect version of itself. 
Swatches in direct sunlight. 

Eyes. 
// EYES // Warm neutrals with plenty of shine...it's all about being effortless. 
Swatches in direct sunlight. 

Lips. 
// LIPS // A bevy of pinky tones for a juicy, full and flushed pout.  
Swatches in direct sunlight. 


The following images reflect many of my choices in action with a special appearance by Jethro ; ) 
Striped top by Ragdoll (on sale! and also available at Nordstrom)...




Wearing the Dior Mono Eyeshadow in Mineral (reviewed HERE) and Dior Addict Lacquer Plump in Sweet-D




Last look.
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Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this post and found the shopping guide element to be an inspiring resource as you navigate the event!

What do you plan to pick up from the Sephora Spring Bonus (running 4/20 through 4/23)? Do tell! 

Good things ahead, including plenty of on-location features as I'm headed back to London today...stay tuned and follow along on my Instagram for in-the-moment updates and footage. 

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.  © 2012-18 Beauty Professor® All Rights Reserved. Do not copy, reprint or republish content and/or photos without author's written permission.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Golden Hour with BY TERRY: Hippy Chic + Happy Sun Sun Designer Palettes and All Shades of Twist-On Lipstick

The resplendent BY TERRY Summer 2018 Collection (also available at Barney's NYSaks and Revolve) has arrived, delivering a healthy dose of sunshine and creative wash of color. From versatile palettes to two-toned lip color confections, these brilliant launches are quintessential companions to the warmer months ahead. 

Shot in plenty of mid-day and golden hour sunlight, kindly scroll on for more details, swatches and images of the collection in action as well as the Bottom Line...

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Introducing the *Sun Designer Palettes in 05 Hippy Chic and 06 Happy Sun
The heart of the collection are the hotly anticipated *Sun Designer Palettes in 05 Hippy Chic and 06 Happy Sun (also available at Barney's NY, Saks and Revolve).  Housed in streamlined chevron emblazoned compacts with a generous mirror, these finely milled powders possess the capability to create a full face--from contour and bronzer to blush and highlighter--in seconds, making them well worth the investment. I've run through three of these palettes in the past few years (02 and 04 are favorites) and am just as delighted with the versatility and wearability of the new color offerings for this season. 

05 Hippy Chic is a blush range of epic proportions...it contains:
  • A pearly pink highlight
  • A soft and radiant peachy pink blush
  • A matte pale pink shade
  • A glowing coral blush
  • A sunlit beige with a touch of shimmer
  • A mostly matte fuchsia
The shades can be subtle or layered for intensity, creating a gorgeous lit-from-within flush that wears flawlessly for hours...if you prefer peachy pink blush options as I do, then this palette will bring you great joy!

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By Terry Sun Designer Palette in 05 Hippy Chic
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Close up.
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Swatches of By Terry Sun Designer Palette in 05 Hippy Chic in natural outdoor lighting. 
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Swatches of By Terry Sun Designer Palette in 05 Hippy Chic in direct sunlight. 
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The BY TERRY Sun Designer Palette in 06 Happy Sun
06 Happy Sun is a bronzer lover's dream come true. It contains:
  • A champagne beige highlighter
  • A luminous neutral tan highlighter
  • A glowing apricot beige highlighter
  • A matte true brown contour/bronzer
  • A matte cafe au lait shade
  • A matte peachy coral tan tone 
The radiant and matte shades work together to deliver the most flattering sense of warmth and depth to the face...you can sculpt and highlight effortlessly and can even use the peachy coral tan tone as a blush. It would be my earnest and unsolicited advise that you pick this one up while you still can...I, for one, will be buying a backup!

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A close up of 06 Happy Sun
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Swatches of the BY TERRY Sun Designer Palette in 06 Happy Sun in natural outdoor lighting. 
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Swatches of the BY TERRY Sun Designer Palette in 06 Happy Sun in direct sunlight. 

Also in the summertime mix...the *BY TERRY Twist-On Lipstick
The lip color dimension of the collection--*BY TERRY Twist-On Lipstick (also available at Barney's NY, Saks and Space NK)-- is unusually lovely, boasting dualistic shades that can be applied in tandem for a defined, practically ombre look or blended together for color harmony in action. The formula is opaque, creamy and hydrating, boasting volumizing properties that make lips look lush and full. 

Shade Descriptions:  
  • 01 Peach Tangerine: A peachy orange and cool pink mix
  • 02 Rose Fuchsia: A magenta and baby pink mix
  • 03 Pink Plum: A rich wine-meets-plum and medium warm pink mix
  • 04 Candy Poppy: A true red and hot pink mix
  • 05 Red Wine: A deep vampy wine and bold red mix
  • 06 Nude Burgundy: A lush burgundy and dark nude mix
  • 07 Latte Toffee: A russet-toned red-brown and pale nude mix
  • 08 Cream Espresso: A true brown and medium nude beige mix

The entire lineup of the *BY TERRY Twist-On Lipstick is undeniably stunning but my favorite shade (worn in the images at the end of the post) is the lively Peach Tangerine, which indubitably embodies the best of peach and pink.
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The *BY TERRY Twist-On Lipsticks
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Swatches of the *BY TERRY Twist-On Lipstick in natural outdoor lighting. 
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Swatches of the *BY TERRY Twist-On Lipstick in direct sunlight. 

The following images reflect the *By Terry Sun Designer Palettes in Hippy Chic and Happy Sun in action along with the Twist-On Lipstick in Peach Tangerine. I am also wearing:


Style notes with Jethro on 3rd Street, LA.
// STYLE NOTES //
  • Equipment France Silk Blouse: Although this neon green number is sold out, I've linked to a gorgeous sage green version in a similar cut. Try tying it at the waist for a fresh twist on a classic.
  • Frame Le Original Jeans: My absolute favorite jeans in my vast collection, these have a higher rise and relaxed straight leg fit that look good with basically everything. 
  • Black Slide Sandals (or splurge on this dreamy Saint Laurent pair): Clean and minimalist, my feet love this lazy option, which a definitely a step up from flip flops. 
  • Vintage Gucci Bamboo Bag: My latest procurement, I am in love with the bamboo handles and convertible long-strap combination and it holds just enough for a day out on the town. 





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Last look.
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Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this swatch-heavy look at the gorgeous BY TERRY Summer 2018 Collection (also available at Barney's NYSaks and Revolve). If you missed out on the terrific Sun Designer Palettes of previous seasons, I urge you to consider picking up these limited-edition wonders as they're all your cheeks would ever really need!

Good things ahead, including a fresh video, a skincare and makeup packing feature (headed back to London this week!) and my suggestions for the Beauty Insider segment of the Sephora event (running 4/20-4/23).

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.  © 2012-18 Beauty Professor® All Rights Reserved. Do not copy, reprint or republish content and/or photos without author's written permission

Friday, April 13, 2018

11 Products I Bought at the Sephora VIB Rouge Event...Plus a Dash of New Foundation and Lip Color Classics

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The eagerly anticipated Sephora VIB Rouge Event has arrived, allowing VIB Rouge members early access to 15% off most everything in-store and online (4/13-4/16...with code YAYROUGE), making it an optimum time to stock up on favorites and try something new. If you're not at Rouge status, fret not...all Beauty Insiders will have access to the Sephora Spring Bonus from 4/20-4/23!  

Consequently, to help you prepare and be inspired the event, I am excited to share the 11 products I picked up for the Spring Bonus as well as some suggestions in the foundation and lip color realm.

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

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The 11 things I bought. 
Skin + hair care.
// SKIN + HAIR CARE //

(1) Cicapair Tiger Grass Camo Drops: Prompted by the incredible online reviews for this serum, I am excited to see how it addresses redness while still imparting a glow. Have you tried this?

(2) Fresh Sugar Lychee Body Lotion: I apply lotion to my limbs every single day and am always on the hunt for a hyper-moisturizing, yet quickly absorbed formula. I adore this particular scent...it's mood-lifting yet subtle and, better yet, it masterfully hydrates on contact. 

(3) Olaplex Hair Perfector No. 3: Once only an option for salons, this strengthening hair treatment adds shine and flexility to hair on the brink of damage and the reviews are compelling. I'll be giving my slightly dry tresses a chance to test this out this weekend.

(4) La Mer The Eye Concentrate: Nourishing and potent, this classic formula imparts hydration while combating under eye darkness. I love it so much, I decided to pick up a backup! 

Base, cheeks and lips.  
// BASE, CHEEKS and LIPS //

(5) Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage in SC-3 (reviewed HERE): I have been using this concealer for well over 15 years (a makeup artist introduced it to me on set and I've never looked back) and my loyalty and consistency is attributed to the fact that nothing covers a blemish better. The two sides can be mixed to create custom color and the slightly dry texture ensures that the concealer won't budge once applied. It must be tried to be believed and I sincerely hope it's never discontinued. 

(6) Sunday Riley The Influencer Clean Long Wear Foundation: So many of you have reached out to ask when I would be reviewing this foundation and I am thrilled that the VIB Rouge event coincides with its official launch. To be fair, I've only tested it for one day thus far but I am inordinately impressed. The fragrance-free formula (with impeccable ingredients, no less) creates very natural looking medium to full coverage that looks like real skin. I wore it for 9 hours in relatively warm weather and was delighted by the fact that it wore flawlessly...no touch ups necessary. Currently, my best match is #170 but I imagine I will need to bump to #180 in the coming days. Expect a follow up to these initial impressions soon...in the meanwhile, I strongly urge you to try it for yourself and let me know your thoughts ; )

(7) NARS Blush/Bronzer Duo Mini in Laguna/Orgasm: Was this a compulsion buy while waiting in line? In the spirt of full disclosure, my answer is yes. However, I recently sized down to a much smaller handbag and thought that this diminutive cheek hero product would serve my purposes beautifully...we shall see!

(8) Surratt Beauty Artistique Cheek Brush: A peek at my blog and/or any of my social channels will confirm my love affair with this particular brush. I use it for all cheek products (bronzer, blush and even highlighter) every single day and deeply appreciate how super soft and shed-free this brush is. In turn, I felt it was time to add another one to my menagerie...this particular brush is often sold out on the Sephora site so I would snap it up this time around should you be contemplating.

(9) Dior Addict Lip Glow Color Reviver Balm in Holographic Pink: This is my fourth Lip Glow and, dare I say it, perhaps my favorite for a couple of reasons. First the iridescent shimmer is endlessly flattering, making lips look lush and full. Next, this particular shade feels even more moisturizing than the other colors I own

The glimmering beauty of the Dior Addict Lip Glow Color Reviver Balm in Holographic Pink
Swatches in direct sunlight. 
From top to bottom: The Sunday Riley The Influencer Clean Long Wear Foundation in 170 and 220.
Official details, courtesy of Sephora:

Which skin type is it good for?
✔ Normal
✔ Oily
✔ Combination 

What it is:
A clean, long-lasting foundation with medium to full coverage—formulated with your skin's health in mind.  

Solutions for:
- Redness
- Uneven skin tone
- Oiliness  

If you want to know more…
The Influencer Clean Longwear Foundation redefines the line between skincare and makeup. It provides clean, natural-looking, long-lasting coverage that doesn’t dry out as the day (or night) goes on, with a satin-matte finish that stays fresh looking even through workouts or humidity. It’s available in 20 perfectly buildable, medium-to-full coverage shades that expertly conceal redness, pores, and dark spots without ever looking cakey. With just one pump, get perfectly even skin with ultra-natural coverage. For fuller coverage and more concealing power that never cracks or creases, layer as needed—without worrying about clogging your pores. No matter what your desired coverage, you are always in control: you still look like you. 

Great for all skin types, The Influencer controls oil, but never dehydrates your skin for a fresh, healthy-looking, shine-free complexion. Canadian willowherb, northern truffle extract, and bisabolo give soothing effects, so that even the most sensitive skin looks its best. Pores are instantly minimized for the ultimate smooth canvas. You've trusted Sunday Riley with your skincare, now trust them with your foundation!  

Ingredients:

-Silicone Glycerol Emulsifier: Keeps your foundation looking fresh and natural looking all day, so that it never dries out or looks cakey. 
-Canadian Willowherb: Helps keep skin clear and radiant, even with all day foundation wear. 
-Northern Truffle Extract: Provides Zen-like soothing effects for even the most sensitive skin.
-Bisobolol: Helps fight surface redness, so your foundation doesn't have to work so hard.

Water, Phenyl Trimethicone, Cetyl Diglyceryl Tris(Trimethylsiloxy)silylethyl Dimethicone, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Dimethicone, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Silica, Propanediol, Isododecane, C24-28 Alkyldimethylsiloxy Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Butylene Glycol, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Polypropylsilsesquioxane, Epilobium Angustifolium Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Echium Plantagineum Seed Oil, Cardiospermum Halicacabum Flower/Leaf/Vine Extract, Adipic Acid/Neopentyl Glycol Crosspolymer, Lauryl Dimethicone, Octyldodecanol, Tocopherol, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil Unsaponifiables, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Sodium Metabisulfite, Sodium Phytate, Bisabolol, Pentylene Glycol, Pentaerythrityl tetra-di-t-butyl hydroxyhydrocinnamate (antioxidant to prevent color change), Phenethyl Alcohol, Citronellol, Geraniol, Nerol, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Chlorphenesin, Mica, Iron Oxides, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Propylene Carbonate, Hydroxystearic Acid, Disteardimonium Hectorite, [May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77492), Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Iron Oxides (CI 77499), Ispopropyl Titanium Triisostearate, 1,2-Hexanediol].

What else you need to know:
The Influencer is cruelty-free and formulated without cyclopentasiloxane, synthetic fragrance, talc, and gluten. It's perfectly buildable so you can control the level of coverage, from natural-looking, medium coverage to long-wear, all-day and all-night, full coverage. 

"We know you can't stand the look of foundation settling into lines or causing creasing or cakiness. I can't stand how most foundations dry out my skin and cause irritation. My goal was to create a skin-friendly foundation that evens out your complexion with easily buildable, natural-looking coverage, for everyone's perfect finish: whether you battle sensitivity, uneven tone, redness, texture, dark spots, or blemishes . My mantra is the final step in a great skincare regimen is a clean, lightweight, long-wear foundation."—Sunday Riley

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Swatches of the five shades of the Sunday Riley The Influencer Clean Long Wear Foundation initially available at my local Sephora in indoor lighting. 

Eyes. 
// EYES //

(10) Pat McGrath MTHRSHP Sublime Bronze Ambition Eyeshadow Palette: It must be noted that this is my first foray into Pat McGrath eyeshadow but after reading a host of glowing reviews, my curiosity was piqued. Boasting six stunning warm neutral shades in various gradients of gold and bronze, the color payoff of this palette is otherworldly. A single pass yields buttery, fallout-free color and the formula performs flawlessly for hours. Unmitigatedly recommended. 

(11) Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Eyeshadow Palette: Captured by the allure of a nearly perfect five star status on the Sephora site, I rationalized the purchase of yet another palette as I thought it would be a utilitarian companion for my upcoming travels. The 14 shadows come in a variance of matte, satin and metallic finishes, ranging from pale neutrals to intense deep hues, all the while maintaining smooth and velvety color payoff. I cannot wait to experiment with this one...stay tuned!

The Pat McGrath MTHRSHP Sublime Bronze Ambition Eyeshadow Palette
Swatches of the Pat McGrath MTHRSHP Sublime Bronze Ambition Eyeshadow Palette in direct sunlight. 
The Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Eyeshadow Palette
Swatches of the Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Eyeshadow Palette in direct sunlight. 
New foundation.
// NEW FOUNDATION //
  • MAKE UP FOR EVER Ultra HD Perfector Skin Tint Foundation #6: Intrigued by its rather vague claims (is it a tinted primer? a true foundation?) I ordered this formula sight unseen but am very pleased with shade #6 as it is a befitting match for my N/NC 27 skin. The lightweight and luminous texture glides onto skin, blurring fine lines and discoloration while still not looking like actual "foundation." It's a pretty sensational option for those seeking a lasting "no makeup makeup look."
  • *Giorgio Armani Face Fabric Foundation #4 (reviewed--with all shades swatched--HERE): Texturally unlike any foundation currently on the market, this unusual mousse blends over skin as an nearly invisible veil of weightless coverage. It's foundation minimalism at its best.
  • Sunday Riley The Influencer Clean Long Wear Foundation: Discussed above! 
  • Ilia True Skin Serum Foundation: I was compelled to order this new launch based on the myriad of positive reviews and I am happy to report that the formula lives up to its accolades. Clean ingredients, natural medium coverage and a beautiful skin finish that lasts makes this well worth giving a spin.
  • Tom Ford Traceless Foundation Stick in Tawny (reviewed HERE): A timeless classic that still packs a punch, 15% off is an excellent an excellent incentive to try this buildable (to full coverage), long lasting and extremely natural looking foundation staple, especially if you've been on the line!
Swatches in direct sunlight. 
Five lip color classics. 
// LIP COLOR CLASSICS //
Swatches in direct sunlight. 
The following images reflect the majority of my 11 product purchases in action...sweater tee by Madewell (similar option in cotton tee form HERE): 






Eye look, courtesy of the Pat McGrath MTHRSHP Sublime Bronze Ambition Eyeshadow Palette 


Last look.

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Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed a glimpse at what I purchased at the Sephora VIB Rouge Event as much as I enjoyed sharing! As aforementioned, the early access for Rouge members runs now through 4/16 with code YAYROUGE and All Beauty Insider Access runs from 4/20-4/23. What is in your cart? Do tell!

Good things ahead a fresh video tutorial, a updated list of suggestions for next week's Sephora Spring Bonus and a peek and how I pack skincare and makeup for a trip overseas.

Have a marvelous weekend and more soon,

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.  © 2012-18 Beauty Professor® All Rights Reserved. Do not copy, reprint or republish content and/or photos without author's written permission

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