Sunday, August 9, 2020

Exactly What I Bought at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Early ACTION!

Real life...shooting my Nordstrom Anniversary Sale purchases with Joey Elle.
Upon returning home from a beautiful week in the desert (more on that adventure HERE), I promptly documented my Nordstrom Anniversary Sale purchases and I am excited to show you them in action. 

Because I was an Icon cardholder, I was able to shop (in this case, order online) on the first day of the sale but now the sale is beginning to open up to other levels:

Overall, I am extremely pleased with what I picked out. In years past, I always am able to try things on in-store before purchasing but between this past week's travel plans and everything else going on in the world, I knew that wouldn't be possible. That being said, I pored over the site and chose pieces that would be apropos for the months ahead. 

Like many of us, I am working from home for the fall semester, spending a lot of time in Zoom meetings with the students in my 7 college classes and also online for beauty industry meetings and launches; consequently, I gravitated towards items that would be professional, yet comfortable. 

Kindly scroll on for exactly what I ordered, styled and shot at home, where I'll be wearing them most...
Sporty and sleek.
// LOOK #1: Sporty and Sleek //
  • Spanx Workout Bra: I ordered this in a size medium and it was a perfect fit for my 34B frame. The bra's cut ensures smooth lines and support during activity like running...I love it!
  • Spanx Faux Leather Leggings: I already owned pair of these in an XS and picked up a size small to add to the mix...they really create a faux leather vibe without being too thick or having odd texture. They are breathable and slim you down like nothing else!
  • Neon Faux Sherling Bomber Jacket: I added this to my cart at the last minute and am so glad that I did. I ordered it in a size medium and it's roomy and relaxed. I love the pop of color at the zipper and can see myself wearing this during early morning and late evening walks in the fall when the temperatures drop. 
  • Nike Air Max 270 Sneakers in Light Cream: I own this shoe in two different colors and every time I wear them or post with them on, I get questions! They are comfortable and run true to size (I ordered a 7)...upon receiving, these are everything I knew they would be.  
Neon Faux Sherling Bomber Jacket
A closer look at the Spanx Workout Bra and Spanx Faux Leather Leggings

LOOK #2: Mom and Daughter Pattern Love
// LOOK #2: Mother-Daughter Pattern Love //
  • BB Dakota Eldridge Shirt Jacket: This "flannel" is thicker and lined with slash pockets for a jacket feel...the size medium hits at my lower thighs for a longer feel. The soft pink plaid is a wonderful neutral and looks great over leggings and trainers (styled here with the Spanx Faux Leather Leggings and Nike Air Max 270 Sneakers in Light Cream).
  • Leopard Pullover: This chic leopard top has adorable ruffled arms and is super soft. Joey will be wearing this a lot! 
  • Knit Jogger Pants: Even though Joey is only 2 and generally wears a 2T, I ordered these in a size 3T and they fit well with room to grow. They are a chic and soft take on a traditional jogging pant. 
  • Hunter Waterproof Leopard Boot: The instant that I opened the box, Joey begged to put these darling boots on. She, in particular, loves a wellie (it's easy for her to put on herself and the coverage allows her to stomp around nature--usually our backyard--with confidence) and this pink and leopard combo is so whimsical. 
Patterns galore. 
 A closeup of Joey's Leopard PulloverKnit Jogger Pants and Hunter Waterproof Leopard Boots

LOOK #3: The Only Dress
// LOOK #3: The Only Dress //
  • Print Long Sleeve Dress in Black Betsy Rose Floral: This is the only dress that I purchased in the sale (so far). The rayon material is soft and flowy and I found the size medium to be generous in terms of cut. This print is cheerful and interesting without being over the top and I just added the leopard print version to my cart as well as the fit of this dress is fresh and effortless. 
  • Steve Madden Issy Block Heel Slide in Clear: I am thrilled by how much wear I am getting from these sandals, which I purchased at the beginning of summer. The clear straps guarantee that they will match anything and I find them to be very comfortable. Oh, and they are currently on sale for under $50! 
The Print Long Sleeve Dress in Black Betsy Rose Floral and Steve Madden Issy Block Heel Slide in Clear
LOOK #4Professional with a Twist
// LOOK #4: Professional with a Twist //
  • Free People Turnt Bodysuit: This voluminous green number is more stylistically elevated than most things I'm wearing these days but it's nice to have a few aspirational pieces in rotation, no? I ordered a medium and it fits as expected...the hue is simply stunning. 
  • True Body Bralette: Because the bodysuit is quite low (the twist in this look's title), I paired it with this bralette that I ordered in both black and tan in a size medium. I am so glad that I took a chance with this bra as it is the most comfortable thing I've tried in this category in years! It doesn't bind but still provides smoothness and support and is refined enough to be a base layer that shows when the occasion requires. My mom Laura (who assists on Beauty Professor and shot every single image from today's post!) saw the bra and promptly ordered two for herself!
  • Eileen Fisher Tapered Ankle Pants: I am wearing size small in these pants as Eileen Fisher tends to run a little large on me. They are simply wonderful and I know I'll be wearing them a lot in the coming I predicted in an earlier post, they something Audrey Hepburn might wear on a lazy day at home. 
  • To finish the look, I threw on the versatile Steve Madden Issy Block Heel Slide in Clear
The Free People Turnt Bodysuit and Eileen Fisher Tapered Ankle Pants
I can't get over this green hue! 
LOOK #5: Sweater Season
// LOOK #5: Sweater Season //
Joey is wearing the Peplum Hoodie
LOOK #6: Working from Home
// LOOK #6: Working from Home...Serious on Top, (Comfort) Party on the Bottom //
  • Topshop Double Breasted Blazer: I ordered this blazer in a size 10 (wanted an oversized feel) and am smitten with its soft structure and brilliant neutral tones. The material is luxe and hangs well...get it while you can as I predict this one will sell out fast. 
  • True Body Bralette: Yet again, an interesting base layer...this time in the beautiful tan shade. 
  • Cozy Jogger Sweatpants: I am so impressed with the fit and feel of these lightweight joggers. They have a French terry feel and this mocha tone is gorgeous. I just added the heather gray pair to my cart as well!    
  • UGG Cozette Genuine Shearling Slide: These fluffy slip-ons in the most perfect shade of grey are cushiony and comfortable (wood flooring and travertine can give bare feet a lot of strain) and allow me to "wear shoes" while staying as casual as possible at home. 
  • Stem Organic Cotton Jumpsuit: Joey has this one piece gem in two colors and it's so adorable on her...breathable and movement friendly, I highly recommend it for the toddlers in your life. 
Laptop at my finger tips, baby in the other arm...this is very real life around here. 
LOOK #7: Dream Jeans and a Tee
// LOOK #7: Dream Jeans and a Tee //
  • Daydreamer Led Zeppelin Band Tee: I have been wearing oversized band tees nonstop since March and am thrilled that there are some befitting options during the sale. I sized up to an XL as I wanted all the length possible and also ordered a similar version in white. This tee is soft and flowy and basically perfect. 
  • Frame Le Original Jeans: This is my absolute favorite cut of Frame's timeless and classic and extremely flattering yet comfortable...very Jane Birken-esque. This particular version for the sale runs small so I sized up to a 28 (normally wear a 25 or 26 in Frame) and it was the absolute right choice. I am as in love with these jeans as I knew I would be. 
  • I finished the look with the UGG Cozette Genuine Shearling Slides for a laid back feel. 
The Frame Le Original Jeans have interesting distressed hems.
LOOK #8: Button-Down Bliss
// LOOK #8: Button-Down Domestic Bliss //
  • Madewell Classic Ex-Boyfriend Shirt: If there was one item in my closet that defines my style, it's a classic button-down. This slightly oversized version is made of medium weight cotton for a polished look. I ordered a size large as I wanted it big...this shirt will most certainly be on heavy rotation over here. 
  • Dior Sostellaire 50mm Cat Eye Sunglasses: I normally don't wear sunglasses without nose pads but I took a chance on this pair, which remind me of the ones that Audrey Hepburn wears in the "orange coat scene" in Breakfast at Tiffany's and am utterly delighted with their fit and energy. They stay on my face without feeling too tight and are exceptionally lightweight...just marvelous! 
  • I paired the shirt with the Frame Le Original Jeans (optimal for a half tuck) and Steve Madden Issy Block Heel Slide in Clear.
A different angle for the Frame Le Original Jeans...they hit at my ankle (for reference, I'm 5'8 1/2")
A closeup of the Dior Sostellaire 50mm Cat Eye Sunglasses
The Madewell Classic Ex-Boyfriend Shirt
Beauty Picks: neuBROW Duo and neuLASH Duo with the Dior Sostellaire 50mm Cat Eye Sunglasses in the background.
// BEAUTY // I already own most of my recommendations and have a few beauty pieces on their way to be reviewed later this month (closer to the general access dates for the sale)...stay tuned and hope the below is helpful in the meanwhile:
  • *neuBROW Duo: Full brows require commitment and this formula masterfully takes care of business. I am looking forward to using this daily starting this weekend! 
  • *neuLASH Duo: I am currently working on naturally maximizing my lashes and have heard great things about this's such a fabulous deal, too.
  • Sisley-Paris All Eyes on Sisley Set: I adore both of these Sisley eye formulas (I never get on a plane without the Eye Contour Mask!) and am excited about the value of this duo. 
  • RIKI Skinny Lighted Mini Vanity Mirror: I own this mirror and am so impressed with how well it performs. I film all of my Instagram Lives with it (the lighting is simply divine) and appreciate how thin it is for travel. Just bought it for a close friend for her birthday...can't wait to give it to her! 
  • Tom Ford Eye Color Quad and Mini Lip Color Set: I always look forward to the Tom Ford set offering during the #NSale and am smitten with the gorgeous rosy neutral tones that abound with this particular exclusive. 
  • Slip Silk Pillowcase Duo: A silk pillowcase is a must for me to help mitigate tangles and no one does executes this concept better than Slip. I have one behind my head right now as I type this! 
  • Necessaire Set: Skincare for the minimalist who wants to feel this brand and its formulas. 
  • Lancer The Polish: I just finished my tube of this (it lasts a long while!) and am happy to replenish during the sale for such a marvelous deal. 
  • Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Lip Secrets Set: Pillow Talk is one of my favorite CT shades ever and I run through the lip liner and gloss like crazy as well, making this set a complete no-brainer. 
  • Tom Ford Black Orchid and Ombre Leather Travel Set: Black Orchid for me, Ombre Leather for my husband...consider it an opulent hers and his situation.. 
  • Charlotte Tilbury Glowing, Gorgeous Eye Secrets Set: I love this cream eyeshadow formula and the golden hues are simply resplendent.  
  • Kate Somerville ExfoliKate: I am constantly running through this extremely effective exfoliant...highly recommended for the smoothest skin imaginable. 
  • NuBody Skin Toning Device Set: I own this and love it for firming, lifting and tightening stubborn areas of the body. 
  • PMD Clean Facial Cleansing Device: I have this in my shower this offers a sublime cleansing experience each and every time without irritating skin. 
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My husband, being am exceptionally good sport for this image. 
// MENS //
  • Nordstrom Mens V-Necks: This is the tee shirt in our household. I buy them for my husband, I buy them for me. They're soft and lightweight yet hold up well in the's the best tee shirt of its kind on the market, in my/our experience. I ordered a pack for my husband and he is wearing a previously owned one in picture above. 
  • Travis Matthew Tropical Golf Shirt: My husband loves Travis Matthew shirts...I buy him 3-4 a year and they are his absolute favorite. Get them and you'll see what I mean! I wasn't sure about this purple color story but it's wonderful in person...consider it a Hawaiian shirt/golf shirt hybrid. 

// ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDATIONS in Home and Style // These are pieces currently in my cart or already owed and loved:
LOOK #9: The Culmination Combination
// LOOK #9: The Culmination Combination //

Last look. 
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Bottom Line: I truly hope you enjoyed my personalized guide to the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and that it helps you to streamline your process as you explore the sale's offerings in the coming days. Do tell me what may have caught your eye...would love to know!

Good things ahead, including a fresh video tutorial (in the meanwhile, check out my latest video tutorial on IGTV, which also features all of the makeup I wore in this post), an updated Nordstrom shopping guide closer to the General Access leg of the sale (with more beauty and new piece I'll have picked up in the interim) and a host of new product procurements...cannot wait to share and please let me know if there is anything else you'd like to see here on BP in the coming days.

Stay strong, sending love and more soon,


--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.  © 2012-20 Beauty Professor® All Rights Reserved. Do not copy, reprint or republish content and/or photos without author's written permission.

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Poolside Pause: The SUQQU A/W 2020 Collection and Late Summer Skin and Haircare Gems

Introducing the SUQQU A/W 2020 Collection. 
The ever stunning SUQQU A/W 2020 Collection has arrived (8/6 at Selfridges and 8/20 at Harrods) and the shades and textures are every bit as resplendent as one has come to expect from this exquisite Japanese brand. 

Consequently, I am excited to show you five pieces from the collection (you are going to want to see the blush palette!) as well as some skin and hair care products I'm using a lot of this month, all set against the mid-century modern background of our desert vacation home this week.  

Kindly scroll on for more details, swatches, skincare on heavy rotation and images of everything in action as well as the Bottom Line...

Poolside pause. 
The SUQQU A/W 2020 Collection
The *SUQQU A/W 2020 Collection (available on 8/20 at Harrods) features an array of pigment rich products for face, eyes and lips in hues that deliver autumnal energy to flatter a spectrum of skin tones. Every single piece I received is infinitely wearable and well worth the pursuit! 

  • *Powder Blush Compact 101: True story...I actually gasped when I opened this sleek compact! Rife with four blushes and two highlighters, this melange of color is apropos for both the professional makeup artist and luxury makeup enthusiast alike. Each pan of blush is smooth and buttery with excellent color payoff and the compact comes replete with a dusty rose, warm pinky nude, vibrant medium pink and tender coral blushes along with pearly pink and luminous taupe toned highlighters. The bespoke combinations present in this compact are endless and I know I will be reaching for this daily for a great long while. Get it if you can! 
  • *Designing Color Eyes 133 Tonbodama: The four hues in this genius eye quad include a pale gold, brilliant deep peach, luscious pinky violet and intense khaki green, all in satin finishes (which I love). I mixed all four tones for an unexpected pop of color that defines without overwhelming...this may be my favorite SUQQU quad yet. 
  • *Multi Glow Stick 102: This cream highlight truly delivers a brilliant "wet effect that looks insanely lovely on the high points of one's face. The balmy texture hydrates while drying down to a glowing finishing that resists creasing or migrating. SUQQU has created a gold standard in stick highlighters with this one and I truly hope it ends up being a permanent part of the product lineup. 
  • *Moisture Rich Lipstick 119: Although there are three shades in the collection in this cream-meets-shine formula, I am so happy to have received the one that is closet to a nude. 119 is a complex caramel shade that savvily transitions the wearer from summer to autumn and winter with ease. It's a 90s neutral in the best sense of the term. 
  • *Tone Touch Eyes 16: This russet orange tone has a buttery application and sueded cream finish that bathes eyes in multidimensional warmth. 
Keep scrolling for close ups and swatches of each of the products mentioned above...
The SUQQU *Powder Blush Compact 101
Swatches of the SUQQU *Powder Blush Compact 101 in direct sunlight. 
The SUQQU *Designing Color Eyes 133 Tonbodama
Swatches of the SUQQU *Designing Color Eyes 133 Tonbodama in direct sunlight. 
The SUQQU *Moisture Rich Lipstick 119 and *Multi Glow Stick 102
Swatches from top to bottom: SUQQU *Moisture Rich Lipstick 119*Multi Glow Stick 102 and  *Tone Touch Eyes 16
SUQQU *Tone Touch Eyes 16

Skincare + haircare on heavy rotation. 
  • *Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Daily Cleanser (reviewed HERE): This cleanser is a daily softly foams without stripping and gently exfoliates without irritation. I never want to be without this! Use code RACHEL20 for 20% off your entire Kate Somerville order. 
  • *Dr. Janine Mahon Rejuvenating Breast Oil (reviewed HERE): Brimming with active essential oils and Chinese medicine secrets, this oil is a lifesaver for moments of hormonal imbalance...just a touch on my décolletage and lower abdomen and monthly pain is drastically diminished.
  • *Raincry Travel Detangling Brush: This smaller version of the original still brushes the tangles out of my hair with ease while providing a wonderful scalp massage in the process. 
  • *Oribe Cote d'Azur Luminous Hair and Body Oil (reviewed HERE): Moisturizing with the most intoxicating fragrance, this utilitarian formula is the perfect poolside companion for limbs and tresses alike. 
  • *Beboe Therapies High Potency CBD Serum: This opulent oil hydrates, reduces inflammation, clarifies and smooths with every drop. I am particularly impressed with how well it performs in hot and dry skin seems to love it!   
  • *Serucell KFS Serum (also available at Verishop and reviewed HERE): This anti-aging elixir  is a staple in my routine so of course I brought it with me on my short travels. I continue to enjoy my best skin (brighter, firmer, more lifted and refined) with each application. 
  • *Sisley-Paris Restorative Body Cream: Dense and rich yet immediately absorbed, this has been the most wonderful post-sun treat for my arms, legs and décolletage. 
  • *Retrouve Revitalizing Eye Concentrate (reviewed HERE): Just a touch of this potent formula in my orbital region and my eyes appear smooth, refreshed and unexpectedly glowy. Believe the hype on this one! 
  • *Kosas Chemistry Deodorant (reviewed HERE): I am on month two of my natural deodorant odyssey and this formula from Kosas continues to give me confidence without succumbing to the dreaded antiperspirant. In my experience, it really works, my friends. 
  • *Supergoop! Glow Screen (reviewed HERE): Masterful protection and a beautiful champagne glow make this my daily gives skin an "extra something" while playing well with sensitive canvases. 
  • *Skin Inc Gold Bar (reviewed HERE): I love the gentle massage this tool imparts and the sculpting capabilities are endless...keep it on your nightstand and enjoy the relaxing treatment. 
  • *Parfums de Marly Pegasus: I recently had time to explore the Parfums de Marly Discovery Set and fell in love with the unique beauty that is Pegasus. Vanilla, almond, bergamot and amber harmonize in the most sophisticated's beyond. 
  • *Ranavat Luminous Ceremony Cleanser (reviewed HERE): Plush and powerful, this decadent cream cleanser removes every last trace of makeup (even waterproof) while making my skin feel buttery smooth. 
  • *LAWLESS Set the Stage Hydrating Primer Serum (reviewed HERE): This primer feels more like a luxurious gel-based moisturizer, drenching my skin in moisture while creating smooth, glowing and balanced finished that locks my makeup in place. I cannot recommend it enough as a multitasking gem in my routine. 
  • *Raincry Brilliance Detangling Spray: Hot arid air always equals tangles for me and this lush detangling formula helps me to brush my hair with absolute ease. The nourishing ingredients add moisture and shine without weighing down my tresses and it's also worth mentioning that the creamy musk fragrance smells divine.  

The rest of the face. 
// THE REST of the FACE //
Swatches from bottom to top: Dior Forever Skin Correct Concealer #4 Warm Olive,

Desert views never get old. 
The following images reflect all products in action in natural indoor lighting...

Wearing the August Hat Grosgrain Ribbon Straw Hat

Eye look via the *SUQQU Designing Color Eyes 133 Tonbodama
With the SUQQU Powder Blush Compact 101
Style notes. 
  • Topshop Cotton Button-Up Shirt: Lightweight and billowing, something about this blouse fondly reminds of Lawrence of Arabia...I super sized up for a relaxed bathing suit coverup. 
  • Vitamin A Bikini in White Ginger (top HERE): I purchased this bikini on sale and couldn't be happier...I've been on a bit of a Vitamin A kick as of late and the mix and match style option guarantees a custom pairing. 
  • Birkenstock Arizona Sandal: I love that this classic sandal comes in an array of colors...this golden green is from last year but the metallic copper hue I linked to is now on my "to get" list. 
  • August Hat Grosgrain Ribbon Straw Hat: I purchased this hat on sale and now it's even more on sale (under $20)'s the perfect way to effortlessly embrace millenary while mitigating sun exposure.

Last look. 
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Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this look at the gorgeous *SUQQU A/W 2020 Collection as well as some of the skincare on heavy rotation for me this month and would love to know what caught your tell.

Good things ahead, including a look at my Nordstrom Anniversary Sale purchases in action (full list of recommendations and what was in my cart HERE) and a host of new fall launches. Cannot wait to share!

Take good care, stay strong and much love,


--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.  © 2012-20 Beauty Professor® All Rights Reserved. Do not copy, reprint or republish content and/or photos without author's written permission.