Wednesday, January 18, 2017

FOTD: Fresh Pinks from MAC, Vintage Cosmetics + Clarins and the New YSL The Shock Mascara

Replete with tender pinks and timeless choices that transcend a season, today's post is all about classic, non-limited edition products that create a fresh face as well as a brand new mascara that creates some of the most effortless, full black lashes I've encountered to date! 

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To start, I have rounded up a few MAC products--all a part of the permanent line--that deliver a perfect infusion of pink.  They include:
  • MAC Powder Blush in Peony Petal: This blush is a quintessential cool toned baby pink that is richly pigmented without oxidizing dark, even over the course of a long day. I like to stipple this into the apples of the cheeks for a natural flush.
  • MAC Cranberry Frost Eyeshadow: Lushly appointed with fantastic color payoff and virtuously no fallout, this warm burgundy shadow has a silky satin finish and subtle luminosity.  I can apply it as a single wash of color for a complete eye in seconds. 
  • MAC Patentpolish Lip Pencil in Patent Pink: I have loved this lip color for well over 3 years  and am glad that MAC made it a part of the permanent collection.  Glossy and nourishing, this jumbo lip pencil has great coverage and a creamy lilac pink hue that will flatter a spectrum of skin tones. 
Swatches in direct sunlight. 

// FACE // For face, I've been loving the smooth and even canvas of a medium coverage foundation with a dash of glow and a pop of pink. 
  • *Lancer Dani Glowing Skin Perfector (reviewed HERE): One pump of this illuminating skincare formula and my face is hydrated and brightened; I love that Dani offers glow without imparting any pigment as this characteristic works especially well with high-coverage foundations. 
  • *Giorgio Armani Power Fabric Foundation #6 (ALL shades swatched + reviewed HERE): Speaking of high-coverage foundations, the new Power Fabric is simply brilliant.  Lightweight yet potent, this base instantly evens the skin and dries down to a natural matte finish that looks entirely natural and performs well for hours. 
  • *Sisley-Paris L'Orchidee Highlighting Blush (reviewed HERE): Don't let this veritable work of art in a compact belie its ability to create a sophisticated warmth on the cheeks that gently contours and bronzes in a single pass. 
  • MAC Powder Blush in Peony Petal: As aforementioned, this cheery cool pink works well on the apples of the cheeks for a doll-like effect.
  • *Vintage by Jessica Liebskind Illuminating Face Set: Featuring two gloriously radiant shades, this stunning palette provides illumination on the high points of the face with soft rose gold and cool pale brown options for a customized glow. I even used a touch at my brow bones for an upper transition shade. 
Swatches in direct sunlight. 

//EYES // A drastically pared-down two products complete the eye look in the images at the end of this post.

  • MAC Cranberry Frost Eyeshadow: This powder shadow has an almost creamy texture that blends like a dream for a singularly effective wash of color.  It's pigmented without being overpowering and looks lovely with a strong black lash. 
  • YSL The Shock Volumizing Mascara: Brand new and wildly intriguing, this ultra-black mascara has an asymmetrical brush that deposits color (and volume) into the depths of the lash bed. Two coats and my lashes were noticeably longer, fuller and more fluttery.  It performed well on my sensitive, contact-lens ridden eyes and lasted the day without smudging or flaking. 

  • // HAIR, LIPS ETC. // A unifying signature scent and full pink lips for the win. 
    • Byredo Mojave Ghost (reviewed HERE): This, hands down, is my signature scent...the combination of ethereal warm, sweet, fresh and musky notes allows me to wear it year round and it works incredibly well with my chemistry.  When you know, you know.
    • Byredo Mojave Ghost Hair Perfume (reviewed HERE): To further enhance the above, I love this clever hair perfume, which infuses my tresses with a softer version of the Mojave Ghost EDP.
    • *Juvalips: In a world rife with injectables, I am all for natural ways of enhancing one's features.  Enter: Juvalips. This clever and portable device uses a light suction method to gently stimulate blood flow to the lips, creating visible plumping and fullness with ever one-minute treatment.  I noted results after the first treatment and am continuing to use it, both day and night, to maintain my more pillowy pout.  Is it commensurate with injectables?  Likely not.  But it definitely creates a lasting (5-7 hours per treatment), fuller lip at an affordable price point with no long-term commitment.  I, for one, am impressed!
    • Clarins Lip Pencil in Nude Fair: My mom and I both picked up this gorgeous nude lip liner after randomly swatching it at the counter.  It is pale enough to subtly expand the boundaries of the lip line while being dark enough to serve as a stunning base for nude and pink lipstick.  One of my favorite discoveries as of late!
    • MAC Patentpolish Lip Pencil in Patentpink (reviewed HERE): Two sweeps of this jumbo pencil across the lips and your's an effortless cool toned pink that lasts for hours with a soft and moisturizing shine.  

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

    // STYLE NOTES // If I had to wear a silk shirt and jeans forever, I'd probably be OK.
    • Equipment France Black Slim Signature Shirt: Should I be embarrassed that I have three of these in my closet?  Perhaps.  That being said, they get A LOT of wear.
    • FRAME Denim Vintage Fit High Rise Cropped Jeans: I wasn't sure how I felt about these jeans when I first bought them; they have a higher rise and an asymmetrical cropping that looks positively rudimentary.  That being said, I have worn them a ton in my month of owning them; they are pieced together from two separate pairs of jeans (fascinating) and have a feel on the body that once was only reserved for the most vintage and worn in pairs in my collection. I know these will continue to get a lot of use, especially through the spring and summer. I generally wear a 24 or 25 in FRAME and sized up to a 25 for this high waisted pair...that was a good choice. 
    • Nike AirMax Sneaker: My tennis shoe love affair continues and these slightly platform-soled gems have classic appeal while being extremely comfortable.

    Last look. 
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    Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this FOTD and would love to know which products caught YOUR tell!

    I have a host of stories in the works--including the latest By Terry, an IMATS LA recap, a fresh video tutorial and a haircare feature.  Do you have any requests?

    xx and thanks, from my heart, for reading!

    --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.  © 2012-17 Beautyprofessor® All Rights Reserved. Do not copy, reprint or republish content and/or photos without author's written permission.

    Sunday, January 15, 2017

    16 Exquisite Beauty Discoveries

    The beauty world is rife with constant releases; that being said sometimes, you come across a gem or two that feel wildly fresh and exquisitely unique.  Such is the case for the 16 discoveries--in the hair, skin, face, eye and lip categories--that follow!

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

    16 exquisite beauty discoveries 
    // HAIR + SKIN //

    (1) *Silke London Hair Wrap: This clever creation is designed to keep hair smooth and healthy while sleeping; the luxurious silk is known to reduce split ends, naturally condition hair, promote growth and volume and even allow you to wash your hair less (count me in, please!).  I am so impressed with the quality of this silken wonder that I am excited to try the hair ties next.

    (2) *Krigler London Lovely Patchouli 55: First released in 1955 and distinguished by notes of amber, musk, red fruits, vanilla and patchouli this opulent fragrance was known to be the amongst the favorites of Jackie Kennedy.  The warm and classic energy that this juice emanates is unmistakably beautiful...timeless sophistication in a bottle.
    (3) *Eve Lom Kiss Mix (reviewed HERE): This diminutive pot of balm has been saving my lips this winter; the rich and plush formula has a cooling effect that delivers new life to my oft-parched pout and the glossy hydration brings out the natural luster of one's lips, for a beauteous effect both inside and out.
    (4) Vince Camuto Silk Scarf: I love the refined appeal of a silk scarf; I always keep one in my handbag and regularly find myself converting it to an impromptu belt, headband or neck accessory.  The 100% silk versions always fall better and their inherent quality guarantees that, with proper care, they will last for years on end.  This breathtaking style (worn at the end of this post) by Vince Camuto is both affordable and fetching...I am completely taken by the warm neutral color palette.

    A swatch of the Eve Lom Kiss Mix. 
    The Silk London Hair Wrap in is roomy enough to fit over my massive bun while still feeling entirely comfortable. 

     // FACE //

    (5) *Suqqu Extra Rich Cream Foundation #203 (reviewed HERE): This exceptional foundation offers marvelous coverage and a skin soothing finish that looks incredibly natural; boasting intense hydration and strong lasting power, I am particularly loving this formula for the cold winter months. #203 is a perfect match for my NC 25 skin.

    (6) *Surratt Beauty Artistique Blush in Grisaille + Aureole (reviewed HERE): A modern and dynamic contouring duo, there is a reason why the true neutral brown Grisaille is often sold out; combined with the radiant soft golden highlight of Aureole, this is a full face of dimension and incandescence in two shades. 

    (7) *Surratt Beauty Artistique Highlight Brush (reviewed HERE): I consistently reach for this brush to add highlight and flush to my face...ultra soft and stunningly high performance, it's a daily beauty treasure.

    (8) Laura Mercier Windflush Cheek Color: I ordered this new release on a whim and am truly glad I did.  The peachy nude matte peach blush provides an authentic flush that looks like skin has been touched (gently) by the elements of nature.  Brighter and more apricot in nature than a bronzer and more natural than a traditional blush, the finely milled formula has absolutely no shimmer while avoiding a powdery finish on the skin.  It can also be worn on the eyes for a understated and monochromatic effect. 

    A swatch of Laura Mercier Windflush.
    Swatches in direct sunlight. 

    // EYES //

    (9) *Touch in Sol Metallist Shadow in Eldora (reviewed HERE): This radiant duo is comprised of a gilded foil cream on one side and a glitter flake formula on the other; I am consistently impressed with how smooth and luminous this formula is and highly recommend Eldora for the quintessential  golden eye.

    (10) *Natasha Denona Star Liner in Dark Violet (reviewed HERE): The deep purple liner applies smoothly and, once dried, does not budge; paired with its glittering violet sister, this eyeliner team brings new meaning to a "twinkle" in one's eye.

    (11) *Gucci Impact Long Wearing Eyeliner in Sunstone (reviewed HERE): I am loving how a sweep of the this soft cream eyeliner along the lower waterline brightens up and widens the eye in an instant.  Well worth the pursuit!

    (12) *Tom Ford Fiber Brow Gel in Chestnut (reviewed HERE): I simply cannot get enough of the masterful Fiber Brow Gel; just a few sweeps of the brush through my low-maintenance brows and they look fuller, darker, more defined and clearly more polished with marvelous hold and shape that lasts the day.  I don't want to be without it.

    (13) *By Terry Terrybly Mascara in Black Parti-Pris (reviewed HERE): This rich jet black formula has lash nourishing ingredients that create full and fluttery fringe in two coats.

    Swatches in direct sunlight. 
    The full eye look.

    // LIPS //

    (14) *Le Metier de Beaute Lip Creme in Riche (reviewed HERE): This luscious beige cream gloss looks lovely alone or over lip color, creating a delicate, non-sticky shine that enhances every lip look.

    (15) *Giorgio Armani Maestro Lip Stain in #202 Dolci (also available at Armani Beauty): Not new, but new to me, this classic nude has immense color payoff and a neutral lip effect that flatters a spectrum of skin tones.  As far as I am concerned, this is a modern classic.

    (16) Sensai Silky Design Rouge in Koubainioli: This new lip crayon features a retractable bullet with a color-drenched, silky formula that bathes lips in moisture and shine.  I love the "my lips but better" appeal of the rose nude Koubainioli; it's easy to swipe on (even without a mirror) and imparts a fresh faced look that works with a myriad of color schemes.

    The following images reflect all products in action in afternoon sunlight...cardigan sweater by Madewell

    Last look.
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    Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed the overview of these exquisite beauty discoveries and would love to know what caught YOUR eye. Do tell! 

    Good things ahead, including fresh video and a breakdown of the latest from By Terry.


    --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.  © 2012-17 Beautyprofessor® All Rights Reserved. Do not copy, reprint or republish content and/or photos without author's written permission.

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