Sunday, June 28, 2020

The Natasha Denona Bronze Collection + New Launches from Victoria Beckham Beauty and Kosas

Natasha Denona bronze collection
The *Natasha Denona Bronze Collection 
The *Natasha Denona Bronze Collection has arrived in perfect unison with a warm and blazing sun and summertime mindset. Replete with warm neutrals, golden sheens, rosy metallics and, of course, intense bronze luster, the eyeshadow palette, cheek palette and lip balms-meet-glosses are brilliant ways to effortlessly usher in the warmth of summer. 

In the context of the full look featuring the collection, I am also excited to show you a few new launches from Victoria Beckham BeautyKosas and City Beauty...it's a sunlit beauty product cavalcade! 


Kindly scroll on for more details, swatches and images of everything in action as well as the Bottom Line, which includes details for TWO Instagram Lives I'm doing this week (first on is this Monday 6/29!)...
Natasha Denona bronze collection

Natasha Denona bronze palette swatches
*Natasha Denona Bronze Palette
One look at the *Natasha Denona Bronze Palette and I knew I would be using a lot this summer. The warm tan matte shades (of which there are five) are buttery smooth with a velvety finish that resists creasing and the glowing satin finish shades (comprising the other ten hues in the 15-pan palette) are all instantly wearable versions of sun drenched neutrals for eyes that emanate an inviting warmth. 

At this point in the testing process (4 days in), I've worn every single shade on my eyes in one moment or another and this rarely happens for me...this expanse of usage is a testament to the versatility and flattering shades and textures that this palette possesses. Once again, the imitable Natasha Denona has demonstrated her acumen and prowess in the eyeshadow palette department! 

Natasha Denona bronze palette swatches
Swatches of the *Natasha Denona Bronze Palette in sunlight. 
Natasha Denona bronze palette swatches

Natasha Denona bronze face palette swatches
The *Natasha Denona Bronze Cheek Face Glow Palette
I am already a massive fan of the Natasha Denona Tan Palette (review HERE) so when I caught a glimpse of the *Natasha Denona Bronze Cheek Face Glow Palette, I couldn't contain my ebullience. This palette features a bouncy cream highlight with a soft pink shift, a lush cream blush with intense rose gold vibes, a warm and glowing bronze powder (which can double as a bronzer for some skin tones, including mine) and a hyper illuminating champagne powder that creates the most beautiful light on the high points of one's face. 

I appreciate that I can use all four shades to create a complete and cohesive look that looks naturally sun kissed and lit-from-within. They build and blend adeptly and layer effortlessly for maximum utility...in summation, it's pure summer skin in a palette. 

Natasha Denona bronze face palette swatches
Swatches of the *Natasha Denona Bronze Cheek Face Glow Palette in direct sunlight. 

Natasha Denona bronze lip o phoria swatches
The *Natasha Denona Lip Oh-Phoria Gloss and Balm in Tan Nude, Caramel and Chestnut.
Finally, the *Natasha Denona Lip Oh-Phoria Gloss and Balm features moisturizing lip treatment texture with rich color payoff that glazes lips in a shiny and luminous cloak of color. 

The three shades--the peachy beige Tan Nude, lush brown tan Caramel and deep reddish brown Chestnut complement the Bronze Collection perfectly and their varying depths suit a spectrum of skin tones. 

In the images at the end of this post, I opted to wear the 90's brown Caramel, which is equal parts buttery brown sugar and golden light reflecting elements for a neutral look that feels timeless and modern. 
Natasha Denona bronze lip o phoria swatches
From bottom to top: swatches of the *Natasha Denona Lip Oh-Phoria Gloss and Balm in Tan Nude,  Caramel and Chestnut.
Natasha Denona bronze lip o phoria swatches
Which *Natasha Denona Lip Oh-Phoria Gloss and Balm shade is your favorite?

// THE REST of THE FACE //

Skincare. 
  • *Serucell KFS Serum: Innovative and cutting edge, this anti-aging skincare formula has been my go to for the past few months and I am truly pleased with the way in which it has improved my skin. It firms, lifts, brightens and, from a cellular level, helps to reprogram skin to activate the mechanisms that contribute to a more youthful appearance. I can't wait to take a deep dive into the science behind this brand soon...stay tuned! 
  • *City Beauty Skin Perfecting Daily Veil SPF 39: This brand new SPF is 100% mineral with a brightening, pore blurring texture and tone that protects and perfects with every dose. It's lightweight and lets skin breathe yet wears evenly and flawlessly all day long. I cannot recommend it enough, especially if you're on the hunt for a mineral sunscreen that won't disappoint! 
  • *Victoria Beckham Beauty Cell Rejuvenating Priming Moisturizer in Golden: I am already a fan of the original version of this hydrating and glowing elixir which walks the line between moisturizer and primer with a dose of illumination for good measure. The Golden version is every bit as pretty with a slightly bronze gold tint for radiant summertime skin. 
  • *Kosasport Chemistry AHA Serum Deodorant: This natural deodorant launches in a couple of days and I am excited to give you a sneak peek as I've been testing it all weekend. So far, so good! The AHA-rich formula feels more like skincare...it smooths and brightens skin while fighting odor without any of the harmful ingredients typically associated with traditional deodorant. 
From bottom to top...swatches of: *City Beauty Skin Perfecting Daily Veil SPF 39 and  *Victoria Beckham Beauty Cell Rejuvenating Priming Moisturizer in Golden
Victoria Beckham Beauty Cell Rejuvenating Priming Moisturizer in Golden
A close up of *Victoria Beckham Beauty Cell Rejuvenating Priming Moisturizer in Golden
On my face. 
by Terry éclat opulent swatches
Swatches in direct sunlight. 
kosas serum deodorant

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



Eye look via the *Natasha Denona Bronze Palette...specifically, I am wearing the shades Silk, Suntan, Palladium and True Bronze. 
Applying the *Natasha Denona Lip Oh-Phoria Gloss and Balm in Caramel...I am also wearing all four shades of the *Natasha Denona Bronze Cheek Face Glow Palette on my face.



Style notes. 
// STYLE NOTES //
  • Van Halen Tee: I have this in two colors...white and yellow and wear both every single week. The color scheme is interesting yet neutral and the L/XL is long enough to wear as a tee shirt dress with flat sandals. 100% summertime in a garment. 
  • AGOLDE Parker Cutoffs: I own the black and light blue shades of these mid-rise cutoffs. The denim is luxe and soft and I wear a size 27 or 28 in these for a relaxed fit. They are sold out almost everywhere but found all sizes recently restocked at Revolve
  • FitFlop (currently 45% off!): Still my daily go-to's for summer 2020, I am in love with the streamlined style, leg-firming properties and the fact that they effortlessly cushion my feet. I even wear these in the house (we have wood and travertine flooring) even when I'm not going anywhere at all! 





Last look. 
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Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this look at the stunningly gorgeous *Natasha Denona Bronze Collection as well as new launches from Victoria Beckham Beauty, Kosas and City Beauty and would love to know what caught your eye. Do tell! 

Good things ahead, including new launches from Clé de Peau, Sisley-Paris, BY TERRY and LAWLESS...cannot wait to share.  
Details for my IG Live with Annie Lawless. 
Speaking of LAWLESS, I will be hosting an Instagram Live with LAWLESS founder Annie Lawless THIS Monday 6/29/20 at 11AM PST on my @beautyprofessor handle. She'll be debuting a new launch and we'll be talking favorite products while applying makeup together...so hope you can make it! 

Also, I'll be doing an Instagram Live with my friend Michelle, who is also the founder of Ranavat, on Thursday 7/2/20 at noon PST on the @ranavat handle. Her Luminous Ceremony Cream Cleanser ranks amongst my very favorites. Mark your calendars! 

xx and more soon,

--The Beauty Professor 


**Many thanks to Nordstrom for sponsoring this post. 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.  © 2012-20 Beauty Professor® All Rights Reserved. Do not copy, reprint or republish content and/or photos without author's written permission.

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Video on Location: Hotel Room Makeup in Close to Five Minutes


San Simeon, CA views. 
It's been another intense week on this planet on so many levels and I've been striving to continue to let empathy, strength and the Golden Rule guide my interactions...we all have the power to positively transform another person's day! 

I am grateful to have just returned from a quick three-day getaway up the Central Coast of California with my family; it was the first time I've been more than a half hour away from my home in 3 months. This trip offered us all time to reset and revitalize in a very rustic and relaxing (read: barely even cellular service!) environment. 

While away, I was able to film the makeup look that I did did each day in the hotel (for simplicity's sake, it stayed the same) and I hope you have fun watching the process. Disclaimer: this was filmed on location in hotel room lighting and is, therefore, super real life!
The hotel room look.
Kindly scroll on for the video, product breakdown and images from the day that I filmed as well as the Bottom Line with an updated schedule for my upcoming Instagram Live collaborations...


Visiting Nepenthe in Big Sur. 
// PRODUCTS DISCUSSED //
A close up of the culminating eye look. 
Highway 1 near Big Sur. 
Shoe game. 
Style notes. 
// STYLE NOTES //
Last look. 
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Bottom Line: truly hope you enjoyed this video and would love to hear what caught your eye...do tell!
Good things ahead, including a home tour, a foundation focused deep-dive, some content related to my job in the communication field and a host of new product procurements.

Also, I have some more Instagram Lives coming up in the next few weeks...mark you calendar and hope you can join:

(1) IG Live with Michelle Ranavat of Ranavat on Thursday July 2nd at 12 noon PST on the @ranavat handle.

(2) IG Live with SUQQU featuring a discussion with SUQQU Creative Consultant Jorge Balzaretti on Wednesday July 22nd at 9AM PST and 5PM BST on the @suqqu_uk_official handle. 

(3) Dates TBD with Annie Lawless, ReFa and more! 


Grateful for you always, take good care and more soon, 

xx

--The Beauty Professor

**Many thanks to Nordstrom for sponsoring this post. 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.  © 2012-20 Beauty Professor® All Rights Reserved. Do not copy, reprint or republish content and/or photos without author's written permission.

Monday, June 15, 2020

Suddenly Summer: My Effortless Bold Lip Beauty Picks to Welcome the Season

Suddenly summer. 
After a spring that simultaneously moved both at a snail's pace and lightning fast (who else can relate?), it feels the arrival of summer was exceptionally sudden, albeit entirely welcome. To celebrate this new phase of life--warmer, brighter and filled with hope--I am excited to share an effortless bold lip look that aligns with the season, featuring products exclusively from my go-to for all things beauty...Nordstrom!

Kindly scroll on for more details, swatches and images of everything in action as well as the Bottom Line, which includes a special Beauty Professor announcement...


Skincare. 
// SKINCARE //
  • *Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream: This now-iconic cream was Charlotte's first foray into skincare and it's still one of the most restorative formulas I've tried to date. The patented compound includes antioxidants to fight free radicals, ingredients to increase collagen product and intense moisturizers that deliver a bounce and glow to dehydrated skin. If you're looking for an update to your skincare routine, try this modern classic, your skin will thank you. 
  • Charlotte Tilbury Magic Serum Crystal Elixir: I purchased this Vitamin C-rich serum for my mom and myself right after its launch in May and am still using it regularly to tone, nourishing and brighten my complexion. It's extremely effective both in the moment and over the long term; consequently, it's been the anti-aging formula at or under $100 that I've been consistently recommending. 
  • *Sisley-Paris Black Rose Eye Contour Fluid: This ceramic-tipped gem features a cooling applicator that imparts an energizing dose of revitalizing moisture for eyes that feel lifted, refreshed and awake. The portable packaging makes it a staple in my handbag. 
  • Charlotte Tilbury Magic Lip Oil Crystal Elixir: When I attended a Zoom meeting with Charlotte for this recent launch, Charlotte mentioned that this ultra-nourishing, demi-gloss formula is always on her lips and now I understand why. The squeeze tube is super pocket-friendly and the formula itself glides on like silk and leaves my lips feeling hydrated and plump for hours. It's a beautiful base under lip color (as worn in the images at the end of the post) and equally pretty on its own for minimalist makeup days. 
  • Charlotte Tilbury Supermodel Body: Once you've tried this radiant tinted skincare treatment, you'll wonder what your legs, arms and décolleté ever did without it! It instantly slims and enhances...I love putting it on my collarbone and down the tops of my arms and legs for glow galore. 
Charlotte Tilbury Supermodel Body
Base and face. 
// BASE + FACE //
  • Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation 6.5: I have used this hallowed foundation formula for many, many years but only recently tried shade 6.5; it is my quintessential summer skin match and the buildable medium coverage has a remarkably smooth and natural look that works well in warm conditions. 
  • Chantecaille Compact Makeup in Camel: In lieu of concealer, I swept this lush powder along my under eye region...it smoothes, evens and sets everything while making sure my eye makeup stays place. 
  • BY TERRY Compact Expert Choco Vanilla: I used my Surratt Artistique Cheek Brush to  blend this true brown bronzer in the hollows of my cheeks and along the perimeters of my face. I have tried a few shades of this BY TERRY powder but this is my first experience with the bronze perfection that is Choco Vanilla. It instantly sculpts and adds warmth without the slightest hint of orange...the beige powder in the middle can be used to adjust intensity and also subtly highlight. I predict that this will be one of my most used bronzers of the summer. 
  • Surratt Artistique Blush in Parfait, Barbe a Papa and Coupe de Genie: Three cheers for a trio warm weather cheek colors for flush and glow. I applied a mix of the peachy Parfait and pure pink Barbe a Papa to the apples of my cheeks and added a luminous wash of the champagne Coupe de Genie a top for an incandescent yet natural result. These cheek colors are finely milled and have marvelous color payoff while resisting fading over the course of a sweltering day. 
  • Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Beauty Light Wand: I applied just a touch of this creamy gel to the high points of my face. It is important to note that I am on my third tube, which is a testament to is utility in my routine, year round. 
Swatches in direct sunlight. 
Eyes and lips. 
// EYES + LIPS //
  • Tom Ford Cream & Powder Eye Color Duo in Golden Peach: Whenever I wear a bold lip, I believe a soft and neutral eye looks best; it enhances without overpowering and lets the lips remain front and center. My favorite option (for the past 5 years and running!) is this delightful cream concoction that, when topped with the glimmering powder, remains completely steadfast and crease-free for hours. Golden Peach is one of those shades that I purchase in multiples and always have backups of...it's probably on my eyes more than any other shadow. I cannot recommend it enough. 
  • Surratt Inner Light Baton and Eyeshadow in Effervescence: This genius creation from Tory Surratt features a creamy eyeliner on one side that can be used to brighten eyes for a more rested appearance and a coordinating radiant powder perfect for the inner corners of one's eyes. It's the eye product that you didn't know you needed! 
  • Clé de Peau Beauté Radiant Liquid Rouge Matte in Silk Kimono: I have lauded the wonders of the CdPB Radiant Liquid Rouge formula on multiple occasions. It's one of those lip colors options that is in my purse daily...for a classic effect, Silk Kimono takes red lips to the next level and even though the formula is designated as "matte" note the soft, multi-dimensional shine it imparts. Oh, and the lasting power is just as brilliant. 
  • Clé de Peau Beauté Radiant Liquid Rouge Shine in Bird of Paradise: In the last few images at the end of this post, I switched to this glossy papaya hue that feels completely synonymous with summer...it instantly brightens the face and looks incredible with a light tan. 

Swatches of eyes and lips in direct sunlight. 


Wearing the Clé de Peau Beauté Radiant Liquid Rouge Matte in Silk Kimono
Eye look via Tom Ford Cream & Powder Eye Color Duo in Golden Peach and Surratt Inner Light Baton and Eyeshadow in Effervescence.





Style notes. 
// STYLE NOTES //
  • Free People Puff Sleeve Bodysuit: Nearly 60% of my wardrobe choices consist of a bodysuit/denim combination. This version from Free People offers delightfully puffed sleeves (a childhood style dream) and a scooped neckline. The cotton blend is lightweight and breathable...I am wearing a size medium. 
  • AGOLDE Black Shorts: I ordered these in a size 27, which strikes the balance between relaxed yet fitted. At this point, I own five pairs of AGOLDE shorts...there's really nothing better. 
  • Mephisto Lissandra Platform Wedge Sandals (black/gold leather): I have gotten so much use from these sandals since purchasing them last fall and am glad that they are still available as the style is a Mephisto staple. They are lightweight yet sturdy, give your legs an extra two inches and are extremely comfortable, even after a full day on your feet. Oh, and this particular color combination is currently on sale! 
  • Oversize Denim Jacket: When it comes to a denim jacket, I appreciate the extra roominess of an oversized version; tossing it over the shoulders breezily breaks up an otherwise monochromatic look. 
Wearing the Clé de Peau Beauté Radiant Liquid Rouge Shine in Bird of Paradise


The BY TERRY Compact Expert Choco Vanilla

Last look.
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Bottom Line

Also, I'm excited to announce that I'll be doing an Instagram Live with my dear friend Terry de Gunzburg of BY TERRY this Tuesday 6/16 at 10 AM PST/6 PM BST on the @byterryofficial handle...we'll be talking favorite beauty products and Terry--who is a beauty industry icon and beyond--will be sharing her insight and knowledge. I can't wait...so hope you can join us! 


Good things ahead, including a beauty office tour, fresh video tutorial and a host of new product procurements...looking forward to sharing!

xx, take good care and more soon,

--The Beauty Professor

**Many thanks to Nordstrom for sponsoring this post. 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.  © 2012-20 Beauty Professor® All Rights Reserved. Do not copy, reprint or republish content and/or photos without author's written permission.