Sunday, October 23, 2016

First Look for Fall: The Natasha Denona Star Palette + New Hues of the Le Metier de Beaute Moisture Matte Lip Color

The *Natasha Denona Star Palette (also to be available at Sephora) launches on October 28th and I had the opportunity to preview it in advance of its official release.  Replete with 18 warm and cool eye shadows in creamy matte and seriously satin finishes, I predict that this limited-edition wonder will fly off the shelves come Friday!  

In the interim, I am excited to share a host of swatches of the Star Palette as well as a glimpse at the stunning new shades of the *Le Metier de Beaute Moisture Matte Lip Color (formula previously reviewed HERE).  Hydrating and pigmented with a velvety finish, this lipstick is breathtaking!

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

As aforementioned, the LE *Natasha Denona Star Palette (also to be available at Sephora) launches on 10/28 and features 18 shades--nine warm and nine cool--with the intense color payoff and immense lasting power we've come to expect from the venerable Natasha Denona line.  Housed in a luminous platinum-meets-gold exterior, this palette offers the best of both worlds in terms of undertones and finish; with a vast range of wearable tones that boast sublime blendability, the possibilities are seemingly endless. 
Warm side on the left, cool side on the right. 

The following is a list of what I love most about the *Natasha Denona Star Palette (also to be available at Sephora):
  • The shades are wildly versatile and will flatter a spectrum of skin tones.
  • Remarkably, the warm and cool shades complement each other and, consequently, can be worn together (as I did in the look at the end of this story).
  • The nine matte hues are very creamy for nearly full opacity in a single pass and the nine pearl and shimmer shades are equally robust with major incandescence and minimal (if any) fallout.
  • The buttery formula has particularly strong color payoff; all Natasha Denona shadows are known for their pigment-rich nature and this palette's range of shades is no exception.
  • The eyeshadow is super smooth and resists creasing over the course of wear.
  • Favorite shades in the palette include: Spectrum, Bellatrix, Orion, Atria, Diadem, Vega, Electra, Atik and Rhea. 
  • The colors in this palette are probably all I'd ever need in life to create the array of bronzy, rosey, taupey, neutral looks towards which I gravitate. 

Onto the swatches! 

The warm side. 
Swatches in direct sunlight. 
Warm side swatches in direct sunlight. 
The cool side. 
Swatches in direct sunlight. 
The cool side swatches.
Swatches of all shades, row by row, from top to bottom in direct sunlight. 

Meet the new shades of the *Le Metier de Beaute Moisture Matte Lip Color.
Additionally, this autumn season delivered new shades of the *Le Metier de Beaute Moisture Matte Lip Color (formula previously reviewed HERE).  This seemingly paradoxical creation delivers a wash of hydration to lips while veiling them in a color-rich cloak of velvety matte pigment that wears comfortably for hours.  

I have used this formula regularly since its launch last year (La Vie En Rose and L'Ete Indien are favorites) and am thrilled that LMdB has integrated additional hues to the lineup. From cool, lilac-tinged nude (Bijox) to the deepest oxblood (The Clash), there is a, most definitely, a shade for everyone within this latest lip color launch!
The bullets are slender for precise application.
Shades include:
  • Bijox: Cool lilac-tinged nude  **My new favorite...worn in the images at the end of this post
  • Fervor: Rose beige nude
  • Fleur: Bright pinky peach 
  • Jolie: Vibrant berry 
  • Juxtapose: Purple thistle pink
  • Muse: Medium rosy excellent "my lips but better" shade
  • Redux: Rich wine
  • Riot!: Cool cherry red
  • The Clash: Deep oxblood 
  • Dahlia (not pictured): Darkest blackened burgundy

Swatches in direct sunlight. 

Swatches in direct sunlight. 

Elegant, no?
The complete look. 

  • *Le Metier de Beaute Peau Vierge Radiance Serum: I started with a single pump of this new skincare release from LMdB.  Long a fan of Peau Vierge (reviewed HERE), this serum is an incredible precursor to the tinted and illuminating formula.  I am impressed with the skincare benefits and the radiance it gives my skin before applying Peau Vierge is addictive, indeed. 
Official details, courtesy of Neiman Marcus:

Peau Vierge Radiance Serum joins the iconic, Award Winning Peau Vierge family. This daily serum is the secret to young looking skin by refining its architecture, blurring the look of fine lines, enlarged pores and imperfections. Wear underneath Peau Vierge Anti-Aging Complex for a high concentrated youthful glow.

The Technology that powers the product:

  • TPM Technology® — Increases the absorption of key cosmecuetical ingredients into the skin, increasing therapeutic benefit, while reducing the redness, inflammation and irritation.
  • Epidermosil — Improves skin's architecture, plumping the skin from within for firmer, suppler skin
  • Hibiscus Syriacus Leaf Cell Extract — Acts as cells-energy stimulator in order to improve the synthesis of collagen and elastin.
  • Licorice Extract — Evens skin tone.
  • Palmitoyl Hexapeptide-12 and Ceramide Complex — Helps diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, for more youthful looking skin.
The *Le Metier de Beaute Peau Vierge Radiance Serum...a perfect primary companion to Peau Vierge. 
Base + face. 
Base + face swatches in direct sunlight. 
Lips, brows and lashes. 
Lips, brows and lashes swatches in direct sunlight. 
Shadows used in the look that follows. 

The following images reflect all products in action in afternoon sunlight...

Last look. 
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Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this overview of the LE *Natasha Denona Star Palette (launching on 10/28 and also to be available at Sephora) and the *Le Metier de Beaute Moisture Matte Lip Color! Both products are exceptional and will continue to be on heavy rotation in the coming months.

Will YOU be getting the Star Palette?  Which shade of the LMdB Moisture Matte Lip Color caught YOUR eye?  Do tell! 

Good things ahead, including a breakdown of my beauty and skincare for travel, comprehensive reviews of the *By Terry Holiday and *Clé de Peau Beauté Holiday (also available at Neiman Marcus) collections and a host of new product procurements.

xx and thanks, as always, for visiting!

--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.  © 2012-16 Beautyprofessor® All Rights Reserved. Do not copy, reprint or republish content and/or photos without author's written permission.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Year Round Pink: A New Way to Think About Breast Cancer Awareness

As I am sure you are well aware, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and while I feel like it's essential to recognize this important cause during its designated time (check out my first BCA post of the month HERE), I also believe that the scope of the disease and all whom it affects should have us mindful of finding a cure year round!  

That being said, this post is dedicated to a round of pink-inspired products--some a part of the BCA movement and some not--to consider in the days to come. I am also excited to share an update on breast cancer survivor, Stephanie Seban (originally interviewed last year HERE).  

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

Stephanie Seban. 
From Stephanie Seban, October 2016:

"After the Neiman Marcus and LeMetier launch of the “Stephanie” Kalidescope last October, I became sick with high fevers and a cough which resulted in me being in and out of the ER.  As a result I wasn’t able to finish the Neiman’s launch events which was very upsetting.  I wasn’t quite sure what to attribute the illness to but I certainly didn’t think it was related to cancer.  Unfortunately I was wrong.  

PET scan results indicated that the cancer had spread into my lungs and the cough and sudden illness were both symptoms.  I had several procedures done to allow for me to breathe, and I started a new treatment regimen. As one could imagine, this was a very difficult and uncertain time for me.  I had days of fear and despair but I chose to continue believing that this too would pass.  I totally believe that the body achieves what the mind believes, if one TRULY believes.  I sat in trust that my miracle was going to take place, and so it did.

Doctors told me it would be months before I would see improvement but within a month, my condition began to improve.  The fluid began to subside and I slowly began feeling like myself again. I could breath normally, my color started to return and I started to have more energy.
The treatment, integrative therapies and above all faith, was healing me at an accelerated rate.  By January of this year, my lungs had started to resolve and at each appointment thereafter, I received better and better news.  So much so that I am currently in the best place physically that I have been in for the 5 years that I have been fighting this disease.  I am so blessed.  Every morning I wake up with a spirit of gratitude.  Even in your darkest moments, there are opportunities for growth.  I have learned to take nothing for granted and to love and honor my body for everything it has supported me through.

In addition, I am currently awaiting approval for a mastectomy and reconstructive surgery which is also another blessing.  This time last year, this wasn’t a foreseen possibility as the cancer was so widespread.  However, the vast improvement from then to now has made the once “impossible” possible.  Hopefully by this time next year I will be able to have my once compromised breast looking “normal” again.  Fingers crossed.  Lookout Summer 2017 :)

Last October, I started a site to provide support for young women battling cancer (or any health issue) and to shed light on the fact that breast cancer doesn't just affect women later in life. There are countless young women who are being diagnosed and we need to be both aware and educated. My struggle with my health prevented me from writing for a while but due to my total turnaround, I relaunched my site this month to continue my mission to educate and provide community for young survivors and thrivers and to be an example that you can continue living, and feel empowered, no matter what circumstances life presents you with."

Check out Stephanie's recently updated and relaunched website HERE
Stephanie Seban...breast cancer survivor and thriver. 
Shades of pink...all year round. 

For the hair, skin and home. 
// HAIR, SKIN + HOME // 
  • *Antica Farmacista Damascena Rose, Orris & Oud Ambient Home Diffuser & Body Moisturizer: Infused with an intoxicating combination of rich rose and earthy oud, these scents for home and body are glorious companions for the cooler weather ahead.  Also, during the month of October Antica Farmacista will donate 100% of the proceeds of this particular fragrance to Stand Up 2 Cancer, in honor of the brand's co-founder Susanne, who is a breast cancer survivor.  Amazing! 
  • *PIXI Rose Oil Blend: This aromatic wonder offers instant hydration and can be mixed into foundation for an added element of incandescence. 
Complexion perfectors. 
// COMPLEXION // Glowing skin perfectors that create an even and luminous canvas.
  • *Tom Ford Shimmer Shot in Spin Spin Sugar (reviewed HERE): I am in love with this liquid illuminator and especially enjoy mixing it into matte foundation formulas for additional yet undetectable dimension.  Worn atop foundation, this illuminator looks sensational on the high points of the face. 

Swatches in direct sunlight. 
Eye + Cheek Palettes. 
// EYE + CHEEK PALETTES // Color-saturated with a gossamer finish, I rounded up my favorite powders that effortlessly lend a rosy pink hue to eyes and cheeks...comprehensive reviews and swatches of each are linked.
  • *Kevyn Aucoin Bloodroses Eyeshadow Palette (reviewed HERE): One of my most reached for palettes so far this season, the rich rose tones blend together for a daytime appropriate look that can be intensified for more drama by the time evening arrives. 
Eye Details. 
// EYES DETAILS // Tiny flourishes can make the biggest difference...especially on the windows to the soul.
  • *vegaLASH: This all natural, vegan and cruelty-free lash serum works to visibly increase the length and volume of eyelashes in as little as 15 days. The gentle yet effective formula is compatible with even the most sensitive of eyes (like mine) and the chemical-free ingredients offer peace of mind during the process.  Additionally, during the month of October, vegaLash will take $2 from every product sold and donate it to breast cancer research
  • *Rouge Bunny Rouge Brightening Liner Duo: This dual-sided eyeliner offers two tender  flesh-toned shades in matte and satin finishes designed to brighten up the inner areas of the eyes for a rested, wide-eyed effect.  Simply brilliant.  As a special thank you to Beauty Professor readers, use the code: BEAUTYPROFESSOR20 to get 20% off all of your orders at the Rouge Bunny Rouge Online Boutique
Swatches of *Rouge Bunny Rouge Eyes Wide Open. 

A pink for everyone. 
// LIPS // A lively spectrum of pinks in various tones and's my personal belief that there is a pink for everyone, indeed!
Swatches in order of list above in direct sunlight. 

The following images reflect key products in action, specifically:

Last look. 
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Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this Breast Cancer Awareness spotlight and would love to hear about which products caught your eye.  I hope you join me and Stephanie in making every month one in which we are mindful of the struggles and triumphs for those dealing with breast cancer. 

Don't forget to swing by Stephanie Seban's inspiring site and drop her a comment or'll be glad you did!

Good things ahead, including a video tutorial, a skincare spotlight 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.  © 2012-16 Beautyprofessor® All Rights Reserved. Do not copy, reprint or republish content and/or photos without author's written permission.

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