Wednesday, October 7, 2015

The LE Stephanie Kaleidoscope: Neiman Marcus + Le Metier de Beaute for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Above: The LE Le Metier de Beaute Stephanie Kaleidoscope.
October marks the arrival of many things...fall weather, pumpkin everything and, most poignantly, Breast Cancer Awareness month.  In honor of this important cause, Le Metier de Beaute and Neiman Marcus have teamed up with the inspirational Stephanie Seban to create the Stephanie Kaleidoscope, with proceeds going to The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Research Fund.  

Addtionally, two Pink Parties, hosted by Le Metier de Beaute and featuring both the kaleidoscope and a personal appearance by Stephanie, will take place this week at Neiman Marcus Beverly Hills (on 10/8 from 6-8PM) and Neiman Marcus Fashion Island (on 10/9 from 12-5PM)...Southern California locals, you will not want to miss this!

Kindly scroll on for my interview with Stephanie, additional images of the Stephanie Kaleidoscope and Pink Party event details...

Above: Stephanie Seban.
I had the opportunity to interview Stephanie Seban, who was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 31 and has been valiantly battling the disease for the past four years.  To say that I was blown away by her positive attitude would be an understatement.  Full of hope, faith, optimism and conviction, her outlook on breast cancer and life is utterly inspiring:

Beauty Professor: How would you describe your story?  

Stephanie Seban"I was diagnosed with breast cancer at 31; I had no family history of breast cancer, was living in LA and working as a teacher.  Although I started treatment right away, the doctors eventually told me that the cancer had spread.  I moved back east for more treatment and even though I was never actually in remission, I found myself smooth sailing for a few years.  Then, cancer returned a year ago; I began treatment again but we found that the treatment wasn't seeming to work.  I sought a second opinion because the nature of one's cancer can change.  My doctor biopsied me for a different type of cancer and discovered that I had been treated for the wrong cancer from the start, four years ago, which explained why it wasn't responding to treatment.  In December, I came home to LA to be with family and a new doctor; although I am told I am at a stage where a cure is not in sight, this is the hand that I was dealt and I believe in miracles."

BP: What have been the physical effects of breast cancer for you personally?

SS: "Thankfully, my body has been resilient; from the outside, no one would guess what I’m going through, however, I struggle with self-consciousness, especially when it comes to my breasts.  The physical changes over the past few years have required wardrobe adjustments and certainly the disease takes a toll on me mentally." 

BP: To what do you attribute your incredible strength in the face of this immense challenge?

SS: "Faith is all that you's between you and God.  Going through something like this, I could either lose my faith or let my situation strengthen it.  I believe that through faith all things are is stronger than my disease."

BP:  What do you want women, and people in general, to know about breast cancer?

SS: "I didn’t see my life going this way and I would like women to know that breast cancer doesn’t just affect women of a certain age.  The disease doesn’t discriminate.  I would like to raise awareness for the younger woman struggling with cancer; if you sense something is off, follow your intuition and get checked out."

BP: Kindly walk us through a typical day in the life of Stephanie Seban...

SS: "I begin each day with gratitude; I go through my thank you’s and blessings...I can see, I can hear, I can walk.  I also try to be as active as possible and love hiking and going to the gym.  I write a lot (See Stephanie's blog HEREand try to busy myself.  I focus a great deal on raising cancer awareness and also spend a significant amount of time in prayer.  

BP: How did the Stephanie Kaleidoscope come to fruition?

SS: I met Monica Gallegos (currently the Senior VP of Sales for LMdB) back when I worked at Neiman Marcus Beverly Hills for six years during college.  We became friends and stayed in touch. Earlier this year, she approached me about doing a breast cancer awareness project.  She filmed me talking about my journey with breast cancer and presented our video and proposal at the Neiman Marcus Conclave.  It was truly a grass roots effort but we received a standing ovation!  Shortly thereafter, we received the green light from Neiman Marcus and the product was created.  

BP:  What have been some key takeaways for you over the past four years?

SS: "Every day is a precious; we’re often so busy that we forget to wake up and see each day as a gift.  People think that they’re invincible (I know I did)--they get lost in their day to day and don't always appreciate the beauty around them.  Appreciate your health...when you have your health, you may still have 100 problems, but when you don't have your health, you just have one major problem and everything else seems inconsequential.  I've realized how important it is to have a spirit of gratitude and I don’t sweat the small things because tomorrow isn't promised to any of us."

BP: Is there anyone you would like to acknowledge as we close this interview?

SS:  "I have had so many angels of support in my life but I have to mention my mom, who has been my backbone and strength.  Also, I'd like to thank Monica Gallegos from Le Metier de Beaute for bringing this project to life."

Above: Stephanie Seban.
Above: A lovely fusion of beauty and awareness.
Housed in a stunning pink case, replete with a quote by Mother Theresa, the Stephanie Kaleidoscope is comprised of four pans of eyeshadow in gorgeous neutral shades, suitable for a spectrum of skin tones.  Although I haven't yet had a chance to swatch this personally (visit HERE, HERE and HERE for swatches of past LMdB Kaleidoscopes), I am intrigued by the hues:
  • Light...a soft ivory
  • Heart...a pale rose pink
  • Hope...a creamy gold
  • Love...a neutral brown

Official details are as follows:

Designed specifically for Stephanie Seban, the “Stephanie” Kaleidoscope offers four eye shadow shades designed to brighten and illuminate every complexion.   Representing the cause, the limited-edition pink packaging offers a fresh look to Le Métier de Beauté’s cult favorite Kaleidoscope kits and features a unique stacking system to house four shades that can be worn alone or blended together for an incomparable result.  

The “Stephanie” Kaleidoscope features: Light, Heart, Hope, Live (top to bottom) and will be available at Neiman Marcus and throughout the month of October for $95. “Stephanie” Kaleidoscope contributes to the cause with not only love from Le Métier, but with a donation of 30% of the total Kaleidoscope sales to theSusan G. Komen for the Cure during the month of October.

Above: The Stephanie Kaleidoscope is limited-edition.
Above: Last look.
Onto the festivities...

  • On Thursday October 8th, from 6PM-8PM, Neiman Marcus Beverly Hills will be celebrating the introduction of the Stephanie Kaleidoscope with proceeds going to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Stephanie will be on hand to share her story and why she is so passionate about this cause in hopes to spread awareness and Hylton Lea, Global Director of Skin Care, Le Métier de Beauté National Esthetician Anastasia Feklova will be on hand for consultations and brand introductions.  LMdB will be hosting a cocktail party with cake, make-up and skin consultations and photo opportunities with the special guests!
  • On Friday October 9th, from 12 M-5PM, Neiman Marcus Fashion Island + Le Metier de Beaute will be hosting a "Pink Party" at Cosmetics, Level One.  Stephanie Seban will be on hand from 12PM-2PM for a meet and greet and there will be Pink Sips and Casey's Cupcakes! Neiman Marcus Fashion Island PR Director Cheresse Pentella also confirmed that the 30% of all proceeds will stay in the local community, with a donation to the Orange County chapter of the Breast Cancer Research Fund! RSVP to (949) 467-3338.
I truly hope you can attend one or both of these inspiring events! 

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Bottom Line: The Le Metier de Beaute Stephanie Kaleidoscope is a such a lovely expression of beauty and awareness.  I hope you enjoyed my interview with Stephanie and I wholeheartedly encourage you to attend one of the Neiman Marcus + LMdB Pink Party events this week should you be in the Southern California area.  If you are unable to attend, consider adding the Stephanie Kaleidoscope, available for a limited time on the Neiman Marcus site, to your beauty collection; it's such a worthy cause and a beautiful and pragmatic tribute to the 1 in 8 women who will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.

Good things ahead, including new green beauty, a fresh Birchbox release and a host of new fall procurements...hope your week is going well!


--The Beauty Professor 

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Forest Green + Pinky Nude: The Chantecaille Protect the Wolves Collection

Above: The Chantecaille Protect the Wolves Collection.
The Chantecaille Protect the Wolves collection, fresh for Fall 2015, has been in my regular rotation as of late. Anchored by the Protect the Wolves Eye Shade Trio, the collection (available at Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Net-A-Porter) is a gorgeous fusion of lush greens, neutral taupes and subtle pinky nudes, all entirely flattering and wearable!

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

Above: Beautiful makeup, a beautiful cause.
I am particularly beguiled by makeup when it contributes to a worthy cause.  Such is the case for the *Protect the Wolves Eye Shade Trio (also available at Neiman Marcus and Net-A-Porter).  Featuring three creamy and pigmented shades with delicate satin finishes, this melange of charcoal, taupe and deep green can be worn separately or together for an array of smoky neutral looks.  

Emblazoned with wolf faces, the shadows are buttery smooth and impart an impressive amount of saturated color, even in a single swatch.  I find that I get wonderful lasting power from Chantecaille eye shadows and this trio is no exception...simply a stunning way to embrace a green-tinged neutral smoky eye.  

Above: The Protect the Wolves Eye Shade Trio.
Above: Swatches in direct sunlight.
Above: Black Forest eye liner is a shimmering forest-meets-teal green.
Next up, is the *Luster Glide Silk Infused Eyeliner in Black Forest (also available at Neiman Marcus and Net-A-Porter).  This deep green-meets-teal eyeliner applies smoothly and stays in place for hours; I am fundamentally impressed with the longevity of this formula!  

Black Forest is so on trend for the green and blue movement we've been witnessing in beauty as of late and the sophisticated pop of color this pencil affords makes it well worth the investment.  I like to wear this shade by applying it on my water line to add definition and drama. 
Above: The smoky green result of the Protect the Wolves Eye Trio.
Above: 5% of the proceeds of Ella will be donated to the Northwest Conservation Organization.
For cheeks, the nude pink *Ella Cheek Shade (also available at Neiman Marcus and Net-A-Porter) is a demure beauty.  Embossed with the face of a sweet and wise wolf, this matte yet creamy formula becomes one with the skin once swept onto the cheeks.  

Ella is decidedly subtle (my absolutely preference when it comes to blush) for a softly flushed look that compliments a spectrum of makeup looks.  If you adore pale pink blushes with no shimmer, this this LE gem is a must.

Above: This wolf face melts my heart.
Above: Ella is a pale nude pink that looks so natural on the skin.
Above: A heavy swatch of Ella in direct sunlight.  I will be so sad when the embossed wolf fades but at the rate I am reaching for this gem, I suspect it will smooth over sooner, rather than later. 
Above: Pinky nude perfection.
Finally, the Lip Chic in Patience (also available in Neiman Marcus and Net-A-Porter) is a lesson in pinky nude perfection.  Deep enough to add color to the face while staying light enough for a nude lips effect, the hydrating lushness of Patience is supremely lovely.  

Although there is no visible shimmer, the formula imparts radiance on the lips and can adjust from sheer to nearly full opacity with a few coats...simply gorgeous! 

Above: Chantecaille Patience.
Above: A swatch in direct sunlight.
Above: Chantecaille Patience alone on the lips.
Above: Swatches of all product worn in the images below.
In the images that follow, I am wearing:
Above: I'm currently experimenting with a haircare duo from Profile Pro (used in the images below).  The line created a formulation per my specifications and smells it so far!
The following images reflect all products in action and a little appearance from my own canine, Jethro...

Above: Last look.
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Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this overview of the Chantecaille Protect the Wolves collection (also available at Neiman Marcus and Net-A-Porter).  

Good things ahead, including a very special Breast Cancer Awareness Month event at Neiman Marcus, a skincare update and a host of new product procurements! 

I am also in the midst of responding to your lovely comments and emails...a hectic week thus far, so thanks for your patience...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.  © 2012-15 Beautyprofessor® All Rights Reserved. Do not copy, reprint or republish content and/or photos without author's written permission.

Monday, October 5, 2015

3 Beauty Discoveries at Anthropologie

Above: Beauty from Anthropologie.
Happy Monday, dear readers.  If you are anything like me, then waking up on a Monday morning-- ready to face the week ahead--can feel like an arduous task indeed.  The alarm goes off and I am desperate to stay in the warm and inviting cocoon that is my bed.  

To valiantly combat the Monday morning blues (is that indeed a thing?), I am excited to share three discoveries from Anthropologie...petite yet potent, this triad of products represents but a small portion of the recently-expanded array of beauty options at Anthro

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

Above: The Albeit Lip Scrub = super smooth lips.
(1) *Albeit Lip Scrub: As one who battles dry lips, I am always in pursuit of new ways to care for my pout.  This lip scrub, exclusive to Anthropologie, utilizes lush botanical oils and sugar crystals to gently buff away dead skin, leaving incredibly smooth and hydrated skin in its wake.  I couldn't get over how soft and healthy my lips looked after one application!

Above: This lash comb is the thing you need that you never knew you needed.
(2) *Tweezerman Folding Lash Comb: I am endlessly intrigued by beauty gadgetry and this lovely little folding lash comb is all sorts of diminutive genius.  Pocketsized and pink, it features a thin golden comb for effectively removing clumps from one's lashes.  One pass through fringe with freshly applied mascara and my lashes are fanned and full for a naturally pretty result; no telltale clumps in sight! Truly a makeup bag staple.

Above: Olio e Osso Balm for hair, skin and lips. 
(3) *Olio e Osso Balm No.2: This twist up wonder, which relies upon bees wax, olive oil, shea butter and grapefruit essential oil, may impressivly boast less than ten ingredients but somehow manages to be one of the most versatile products on the market.  Intensely hydrating and subtly shiny, No.2 French Melon is an ultra-sheer pinky coral that brightens lips, smoothes flyaways and lends a stunning sheen to cheekbones.  It can also be rubbed into cuticles for additional moisture and works wonders to groom brows, ameliorate dry patches and even repair split ends.  Brilliant! 
Above: Sunlit beauty.
Above: A Tweezerman Lash Comb close up.
Above: So happy with Olio e Osso No.2.
The following images show all 3 products in action in various lighting situations...

Above: Last look.
Bottom Line: I hoped you enjoyed this glimpse into Anthropologie beauty...the Albeit Lip ScrubTweezerman Folding Lash Comb and Olio e Osso Balm No.2 are marvelous discoveries that serve to be unique (rather than redundant) additions to my menagerie of beauty products.  

What catches YOUR eye in the Anthropologie beauty category?  Do tell.

Good things ahead, including a skincare update, a green beauty feature and a host of Fall 2015 beauty collection newness...can't wait to share!

May your Monday be kind...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.  © 2012-15 Beautyprofessor® All Rights Reserved. Do not copy, reprint or republish content and/or photos without author's written permission.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Video: September 2015 Skincare + Beauty Favorites

Above: September 2015 Favorites.
I am beyond thrilled to be sharing my September 2015 skincare and beauty favorites; my current lecturing schedule has definitely taken a toll on my ability to film regularly.  This week, however, I was determined to make this video and managed to successfully do so before the sun set.  I hope you enjoy watching it as much as I enjoyed creating it!

Kindly scroll on for the video, more details, additional images and swatches as well as the Bottom Line...

September Favorites:

  1. *UNITE 7 Seconds Conditioner
  2. *LiftLab Purify and Cleanse (reviewed HERE)
  3. *Mila Moursi Dual Action Serum (reviewed HERE)
  4. J Crew Mens Shirt
  5. Isabel Marant Necklace (reviewed HERE)
  6. *TEMPTUAir (reviewed HERE)
  7. Charlotte Tilbury Conceal and Treat Stick #3
  8. *Le Metier de Beaute Full Stream Kaleidoscope (reviewed HERE)
  9. *By Terry Terrybly Densiliss Contouring Compact #100 Fresh Contrast (reviewed HERE)
  10. *La Prairie Cellular Radiance Cream Blush in Plum Glow (reviewed HERE)
  11. By Terry Nail Lacquer in Goutte de Mercure
  12. *Artis Elite Linear Brush (reviewed HERE)
  13. *MustaeV Easy Kowonhye Brush Set
  14. Tom Ford AW15 Runway Color (reviewed HERE)
  15. Burberry Glow Shadow in Nude (reviewed HERE)
  16. *Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpt in Ash (reviewed HERE)
  17. *Clé de Peau Beauté Perfect Lash Mascara (reviewed HERE)
  18. Surratt Beauty Automatique Lip Crayon in Valentine (reviewed HERE)
  19. Clé de Peau Beauté Enriched Lip Luminizer in #227
  20. Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lip Color in Very Victoria (reviewed HERE)
  21. Bliss Liquified Lipstick in Mauving On Up
  22. Giorgio Armani Ecstasy Lacquer Lip Color in 503 (reviewed HERE)
  23. Christian Louboutin Silky Satin Lipstick in Tutulle (reviewed HERE)
  24. Christian Louboutin Silky Satin Lipstick in Bikini (reviewed HERE)

Above: Skincare + haircare favorites. 
Above: Complexion pefection.
Above: All about the canvas.
Above: Eyes, brows and nails. 
Above: Brushes!
Above: Lip color menagerie. 
Above (from L-R): (1) Charlotte Tilbury Very Victoria, (2) Clé de Peau Beauté #227, (3) Bliss Liquified Lip Color in Mauving On Up, (4) Christian Louboutin Tutulle, (5) Surratt Beauty Automatique Lip Crayon in Valentine, (6) Giorgio Armani Ecstasy Lacquer #503 and (7) Christian Louboutin Bikini.

Above: Last look.
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Bottom Line:  What did you think of my September Favorites?  Do we share any mutual affinity for the products discussed?  I would love to know what has been intriguing you in the past please share!

Good things ahead, including a skincare update, an Anthropologie beauty feature and a host of new product procurements...have a beautiful mid-week...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.  © 2012-15 Beautyprofessor® All Rights Reserved. Do not copy, reprint or republish content and/or photos without author's written permission.