Wednesday, October 22, 2014

An Interview with Lipstick Queen Poppy King + Swatches of the Silver Screen Collection


Above: BP + Poppy King at Barney's NY Beverly Hills.
I have been enchanted by Poppy King's Lipstick Queen line (mentioned HERE, HERE and HERE) for decades.  As an unapologetic lipstick fiend, the notion of a cosmetics line entirely devoted to an evolving menagerie of lip products is simply thrilling.  Imagine my delight when given the chance to interview Poppy during her most recent West Coast appearance at the iconic Barney's New York in Beverly Hills.  Petite and stylish with flawless alabaster skin and a terribly warm personality, Poppy is a modern classic.  She is every bit as lovely as I expected and I thoroughly enjoyed our time together.

Kindly scroll on for the details of our chat, a closeup of the brilliant new Lipstick Queen Silver Screen lipstick collection as well as the Bottom Line...

Above: The Lipstick Queen aesthetic is perfection.
Beauty Professor: What inspired you to start your own lipstick line?

Poppy King: "I have always been mesmorized by lipstick...since I was age seven playing dress up.  I created the line out of necessity as I couldn't find the right shade and texture on the market...the success of the Lipstick Queen line 25 years later demonstrates that anything is possible!"

BP: What are some of your favorite non-lipstick beauty products?

PK: "The Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler, Diorshow Blackout Mascara and Eve Lom Tinted Moisturizer.  These products reflect my 'lips, lashes and skin' philosophy.  I also really love the Nya Mineral Sunscreen."

BP: What Lipstick Queen product would you recommend to a woman who has never really worn lipstick?

PK: "Medieval Lipstick gives a really beautiful flush that looks like naturally rosy lips."

BP: What are some of your favorite foods?

PK: (smiling) "Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, kale and ice cream."

BP: Where was the last place you've traveled to, prior to your trip to LA)?

PK: "Paris."

BP: Last film you've watched?

PK: "Gone Girl."

BP: What message would you like to convey to women concerned about the aging process?

PK: "Sophistication is just as beautiful as youth."

Above: Poppy doing a one-on-one lipstick consultation...she is so kind, welcoming and helpful to her fans.
Above: Lipstick Queen Medieval Lipstick, swatched for me by Poppy herself!
Above: From barely-there sheers to luxe full coverage creams, the Lipstick Queen line has something for every lip product connoisseur.
Poppy's prolific Lipstick Queen line most recently debuted the Silver Screen Lipstick Collection.  Housed in stunning silver metal cases, these vibrant, slightly shiny gems are all together wondrous.
I have already mentioned the Silver Screen lipsticks HEREHERE and HERE and hope you enjoy this closeup of all seven shades! 

Above: The Lipstick Queen Silver 

Here are the Silver Screen Collection official details, courtesy of Lipstick Queen:

"This intensely rich but wet formula, inspired by the slinky ladies of the silver screen, is a ground-breaking, industry-first. Silver Screen is a homage to Hollywood sassiness, if this lipstick could walk it would sashay. My most vixen lipstick to date!" – Poppy King, Lipstick Queen Founder

Discover Silver Screen, a dazzling and revolutionary new lipstick formulation inspired by the glamour of the silver screen. These wet-look, color-rich and ultra-moisturizing lipsticks feel like silk on the lips yet pack a full pigment-punch. The sumptuous, mouth-watering texture is achieved with a high percentage of a ground-breaking new active ingredient, Pomegranate Sterols. Enriched with this 100% natural ingredient, anti-oxidant Vitamin E and Vitamin A, Silver Screen’s delicious formulation ensures lips stay soft and hydrated all day long.
These seven dramatic and head-turning shades deliver high-impact and long-lasting glamour to you and your lips in just one swipe.
  • Deliciously glamorous and super-comfortable wet-look texture
  • Intense pigments, rich long-wearing colors
  • Pomegranate extract keeps lips glossy, soft and hydrated
  • Naturally scented with highest quality Peppermint Oil

Above: The weighty silver cases and embossed Lipstick Queen insignia add their undeniable allure.
The Silver Screen lipsticks (available at Barney's NY and Space.NK) are as magnificent as described above.  The texture is light and buildable, offering significant opacity with each pass.  I get 4-5 hours of lasting power before feeling the need to touch up and my lips stay hydrated and comfortable over the duration of wear.  Two of my favorite shades include the bright and rosy Come Up (reviewed HERE) and the peachy coral See Me (worn HERE).
  • Come Up: A creamy and cool light pink.
  • Made It: A deep wine with aubergine undertones.
  • Play It: A hot pink fuchsia.
  • See Me: A mid-toned peachy coral orange cream.
  • Stella!: A bold violet purple with turquoise blue micro shimmer for added dimension.
  • Have Paris: A classic red...bold and opaque.
  • You Kid: A slightly rosy medium universally-flattering nude.
Above: Come Up in direct sunlight.
Above: Made It in direct sunlight.
Above: Play It in direct sunlight.
Above: See Me in direct sunlight.
Above: Stella! in direct sunlight.
Above: Have Paris in direct sunlight.
Above: You Kid in direct sunlight.
Above: Photogenic doesn't even begin to describe these lovelies.
Above: Leading ladies...Stella! and Have Paris.
lipstick queen silver screen swatches
Above: Swatches in direct sunlight.
lipstick queen silver screen swatches
Above: Clockwise from top left...Come Up, You Kid (center), Made it, Play It, See Me, Stella and Have Paris.

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Above: Swatches in direct sunlight with a flash.
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Above: Swatches in outdoor shade.
lipstick queen silver screen swatches
Above: Swatches in direct sunlight.
Above: Directly following my interview with Poppy...what an afternoon!
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Bottom Line: My moments with Poppy King were splendid; as a longtime follower of her career, I found her presence and perspective to be refreshing and inspiring. Additionally, I am absolutely enamored by the new Silver Screen Collection (available at Barney's NY and Space.NK)...have YOU tried a shade in this formula yet?

Good things ahead on BP including more foundation (!), a few style posts, new skincare and fresh video and a bit of eyeshadow ; )  

Hope your week is moving along marvelously...xx,

--The Beauty Professor

**PR sample provided for review,  however, as always, all of my opinions are expressly and unequivocally my own.  
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Monday, October 20, 2014

Hourglass Illusion Hyaluronic Skin Tint...A Review with Swatches of Every Shade

Above: The freshly-released Hourglass Illusion Hyaluronic Skin Tint...this tinted moisturizer is magnificent.
I have loved the Hourglass Illusion Tinted Moisturizer (also featured HERE) for years.  Early on in my foundation journey (well before starting this blog), I was delighted to discover that this formula, which I wore in the shade Ivory, offered supreme medium to full coverage while still looking entirely natural.  After dealing with standard tinted moisturizers that offered little to no coverage, stumbling upon the Hourglass version was a delight.  I must admit that I was a bit skeptical when I heard that this gorgeous formula was to be repackaged.  Would it be as good as the original?  I am pleased to confirm that the Hourglass Illusion Hyaluronic Skin Tint is indeed as good (if not better!) than the first installment, if only now because it comes in new shades and is housed in a terribly purse-friendly (as opposed to a luxe, but heavy, glass bottle) tube!

Kindly scroll on for more details, swatches of every shade, images of the formula in action as well as the Bottom Line...
Above: The new packaging feaures a slender, purse-friendly tube.
Official details...courtesy of Sephora:

What it is:
A travel-friendly foundation that reduces the appearance of fine lines and hydrates to leave skin glowing.

What it does:
Fortified with Hourglass’ Hyaluronan Complex, Illusion® supports skin by plumping fine lines and wrinkles and relieving dryness. Formulated with an advanced form of hyaluronic acid, this foundation disguises deep wrinkles over the course of a day, and its pearlescent pigments leave the complexion with an ultravibrant glow. 

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
- Parabens
- Sulfates 
- Phthalates 

What else you need to know:
Carisa Janes wanted to create a supremely hydrating, firming, and illuminating foundation that was an instant remedy for lackluster skin.. This fall, it is reborn in a lightweight, travel-friendly tube, and new shades have been added to accommodate a wider range of skin tones.

Ingredients: 

-Octinoxate 7.0%: Sunscreen. 
-Octisalate 4.0%: Sunscreen. 
-Titanium Dioxide 4.0%: Sunscreen. 

Alumina, Butylene Glycol, Calcium Carbonate, Caprylyl Glycol, Cetyl PEG/PPG 10/1 DImethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Gycerin, Glyceryl Behenate, Glyceryl Dibehenate, Gossypium Herbaceum (Cotton), Hexyl Laurate, Hexylene Glycol, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Lycium Barbarum Fruit Extract, Magnesium Sulfate, Mica, Microcrystalline Wax, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Pentaerythrityl, Tetraisostearate, Pheoxyethanol, Polyethylacrylate, Polyglyceryl-3 Beeswax, Polyglyceryl-3 Polyricinoleate, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Potassium Sorbate, Propylene Carbonate, Quaternium-90, Bentonite, Silica, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Hyaluronate, Stearic Acid, Tribehenin, Triethoxylcaprylylsilane, Water. May Contain (+/): Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Iron Oxides (CI 77492), Iron Oxides (CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891).

Above: The squeeze tube tip allows for precise dispensing of the formula...no waste!
My Thoughts: As aforementioned, this tinted moisturizer is unlike any TM formula I have ever experienced, even after years of product trials!  The coverage is just so effortlessly medium to full; there is no need to "build it up" and, despite having a brilliant ability to diminish imperfections, it does not look (or feel, I might add) obvious.  

I prefer to buff a pea sized amount onto my face with a dampened Beauty Blender and am always stunned by the coverage this small quantity imparts.  The formula feels slightly "fluffy" but blends like a dream, smoothing over the skin and becoming one with the canvas.  Its cushiony texture makes the skin look impossibly smooth, banishing fine lines, pronounced pores and other undesirable skin issues.  The end result is perfectly even skin with a slightly glowy natural finish.

There is absolutely no added fragrance with this tinted moisturizer (excellent!) and it has in no way irritated my extremely sensitive skin. Despite the formidable coverage, this does not feel heavy...my skin actually feels like it can breathe, even on days when I wear it from dawn until dusk.  

Also, I believe the wear time of the new formula to be significantly improved.  The lasting power of the original formula was respectable, clocking in a between five and six hours of wear before requiring a touch up.  However, with the new skin tint, I easily get seven to nine hours of comfortable wear...exceptional! 

In sum, this is a marvelous option for someone looking for the ease and utility of tinted moisturizer coupled with the coverage and performance of a luxurious foundation...highly recommended.

Above: Shades of Illusion...so lovely.
hourglass illusion hylauronic skin tint swatches
Above: Swatches of the lighter shades in natural indoor lighting (by a window).
hourglass illusion hylauronic skin tint swatches
Above: Swatches of the lighter shades in direct sunlight.
hourglass illusion hylauronic skin tint swatches
Above: Swatches of the lighter shades in the shade.
Shade Descriptions (per my experience):
  • Vanilla: Very light beige for fair skin with neutral undertones (@N/NW/NC 10-15)
  • Shell: Light beige for fair skin with neutral to pink undertones (@N/NW 15)
  • Ivory: Light beige for light skin with neutral to yellow undertones (@N/NC 20)
  • Golden: Light beige for light-medium skin with neutral to yellow undertones (@N/NC 25) **My current match
  • Nude: Light beige for light-medium skin with neutral to pink undertones (@N/NW 20-23)
  • Warm Ivory: Light beige for light skin with neutral to yellow undertones (@N/NC 23) **Likely my match for the winter
  • Light Beige: Medium beige for medium skin with neutral to warm undertones (@N/NW/NC 27-30)
  • Sand: Light-medium beige for light-medium skin with neutral to pink undertones (@N/NW 23-25)
  • Honey: Medium-darker beige for medium-darker skin with warm peachy undertones (@N/NW/ 35-40)
  • Beige: Medium beige for true medium beige skin with neutral undertones (N 30)
  • Golden Tan: Darker beige for medium-dark skin with warm undertones (NC 35-40)
  • Sable: Darkest beige for deep skin with neutral undertones (N/NW/NC 45-50)
hourglass illusion hylauronic skin tint swatches
Above: Swatches of the darker shade in natural indoor lighting (by a window)
hourglass illusion hylauronic skin tint swatches
Above: Swatches of the darker shades in direct sunlight.
hourglass illusion hylauronic skin tint swatches
Above: Swatches of the darker shades in the shade.
Above: Components of the Hourglass look.
When creating the look featuring the Hourglass Illusion Hyaluronic Skin Tint, I decided to integrate other favorite Hourglass products for a cohesive result that demonstrates how well the line creates harmonious results. 

Products used include:
Above: Nude lip mix...Hourglass Extreme Sheen Lipgloss in Child + OCC Lip Tar/Mattte in Lament
Below: The following images reflect the usage of Hourglass Illusion Hyaluronic Skin Tint in Golden + the products pictured above...all in various lighting situations...

Above: In natural lighting (mostly shade).
Above: In direct sunlight...the glow from this TM cannot be beat!
Above: In direct sunlight.
Above: In direct sunlight...extreme close up! 
Above: Direct sunlight with a flash (note the nominal to non-existant flashback).
Above: Almost sunset...the golden hour, indeed.
Above: In direct sunlight.

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Bottom Line: The Hourglass Illusion Hyaluronic Skin Tint is, in my opinion, the best tinted moisturizer on the market.  The natural, medium to full coverage, immense skincare benefits and gorgeous glowing finish (that lasts for hours!) collectively make it a must in my rotation.  Now that it has been reformulated with even more skin-friendly ingredients and is housed in a perfectly pragmatic tube furthers its value in my eyes...love this!

Have YOU tried the Hourglass Illusion Hyaluronic Skin Tint?  Thoughts?

xx and much more soon,

--The Beauty Professor


**PR sample provided for review (the majority bought by me)  however, as always, all of my opinions are expressly and unequivocally my own.  
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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Tom Ford Matte Lip Color in First Time...A MUST for Peachy Pink Nude Lip Lovers

tom ford matte lip color first time swatch
Above: Tom Ford Matte Lipstick in "First Time," where have you been all my life?  The swatch on the right represents a single pass.
I am currently in the midst of travel and, while I gave myself the day off to embrace a bit of decompressing, I am finding myself completely unable to refrain from posting about the new Tom Ford Matte Lipstick (most shades initially swatched HERE) in "First Time." This peachy pink nude wonder is extremely pigmented and imparts a soft color on the lips that works for a nude look while still drenching the lips in color. 

The matte formula, while not ultra hydrating (what matte is?), is not drying, even for someone who suffers from a perennially parched pout! I adore this shade and, since it is limited edition, beseech you, dear readers who love pinky peach lips as much as I do, to pick it up while its still available. I will try to do a closeup review soon...in the meanwhile, I hope the images inspire you to check this gem out! 

Kindly scroll on for more images and the Bottom Line...
tom ford matte lip color first time swatch
Above: First Time on the lips.  I am also experimenting with the new NARS All Day Luminous Powder Foundation in Fiji in this image...review on it soon!  Other products used in these pictures included in the "Shop the Post" section.
Above: The oasis-like view from our balcony while traveling.
tom ford matte lip color first time swatch
Above: Tom Ford First Time has made me quite happy!
Above: The view whilst I was writing this post today.  Serene doesn't even begin to describe it!
tom ford matte lip color first time swatch
Above: One more close up of First Time.
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Bottom Line: This LE lipstick (currently available at Neiman Marcus) is a MUST for those of us enchanted with soft, full coverage pinky peach nudes...so much so that I ordered a backup! Get this.

**I've been told by my readers that First Time is now sold out online...I would keep checking for replenishment.  However, in the meanwhile, I suggest giving Reena at Neiman Marcus Chicago (312/241-7189) or Trang at Neiman Marcus Fashion Island (949/759-1900) to see if they have any in stock.  Both are totally lovely to deal with and make phone ordering a breeze!

Let them know the Beauty Professor sent you ; ) 

Much more soon...xx,

--The Beauty Professor

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