Thursday, February 27, 2020

Spring and Summer in Winter...A Beauty Book, SUQQU Look, a Chantecaille Eye and New BY TERRY Foundation


A Spring/Summer 2020 Pictorial. 
Inspired by the brilliantly gorgeous and recently released illustrations of the The Beauty Sketchbook: Illustrate Your Own Modern Makeup Looks by Robin Black and Regina Yazdi, I am excited to share a pictorial look at three resplendent new launches from SUQQU, Chantecaille and BY TERRY that effortlessly prepare skin for the spring and summer months ahead. From rich lip colors and luminous eye options to radiant skin and a perfected canvas, this post is packed with all the goodness of the warmer seasons...all we need now is a dash of sunshine and a long vacation, no?

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

suqqu s/s2020 collection swatches
The SUQQU S/S20 Collection 
Rife with vibrant tones and lush textures, I always eagerly anticipate the SUQQU Spring/Summer collections and the limited edition launches for 2020, as expected, do not disappoint!  

I received a few key pieces from the collection detailed below:

  • *SUQQU Designing Colour Eyes Eyeshadow in Daidaimusubi: This stunning quad features four finely milled, velvety smooth powders with crease-resistant longevity of wear and plenty of pigmentation which are consistently delightfully standard characteristics of the formula. I use the luminous pink-tinged white at my brow bone, love the yellow gold and intense russet for warm pops of color and adore the regal purple to accentuate everything with smoky appeal. 
  • *SUQQU Shimmer Liquid Highlighter: I am over the moon for this incandescent gold highlighting cream. Dense and pigment packed (a little goes a very long way), it feels remarkably lightweight on the skin while delivering an ethereal, lit-from-within glow. I apply less than a pump in total to the high points of my face--it's been a daily indulgence as of late--and highly suggest getting it while you can! 
  • *SUQQU Pure Color Blush Mikangasane #119: This geometric duo toned blush is an undeniable blend of form and function, creating a golden peach effect with one blended swipe. 
  • *SUQQU Vibrant Rich Lipstick: Perhaps my favorite SUQQU lip color formula to date, this demi-matte lipstick is intensely moisturizing and boasts a velvety finish that delicately catches the light for a soft, multi-dimensional glow. The color payoff yielded by a single swipe is insane (in the best possible way) and I am completely smitten with the peachy pink nude (of course) shade 02 Nakakurenai which is still available as of publish date. It instantly brightens one's canvas without overwhelming, thereby becoming a handbag staple in my life.  Additionally, 04 Fukakuchinashi us a lively coral-meets-persimmon tone, 08 Saekasshoku is a deep warm nude and 09 Ayahibiki is an intense and creamy rosewood nude. 
suqqu s/s2020 collection swatches
Swatches of the SUQQU Spring/Summer2020 collection.  
suqqu s/s2020 collection swatches

A closeup of the *SUQQU Pure Color Blush Mikangasane #119
The Chantecaille Spring 2020 Hummingbird Collection 
From its breathtakingly beautiful packaging to the formidable formulas within, the limited-edition Chantecaille Hummingbird Collection for Spring 2020 transports one to a tropical garden, replete with rainbow-toned birds and a sunburst of warmth. The pieces I selected include:

  • *Chantecaille Hummingbird Perfect Blur Finishing Powder: This buttery smooth translucent powder is designed to set makeup while adeptly blurring away pores, fine lines and other imperfections. It banishes the look of unwanted shine while somehow leaving the skin slightly luminous, brilliantly deeming itself the paradox that we all want when it comes to finishing powder. 
  • *Chantecaille Hummingbird Eye Quartet in Warm: Don't let the "warm" distinction in its moniker belie the true neutrality of this marvelous palette. The luminous rosy bronze, velvety tan brown, shimmering periwinkle and pinky peach shades harmonize so well together to create an illuminated eye that looks polished yet effortless. I cannot recommend it enough as it is sure to flatter a spectrum of eye colors! 
  • *Chantecaille Hummingbird Lip Chic Lip Gloss in Coral Bell and Lupine: Glossy and color-saturated with a hydrating finish, these lipsticks come in the prettiest mirrored pink and turquoise packaging.  I am wearing the stunning Coral Bell (it feels like a shade Grace Kelly might have worn in Rear Window...so good) in the images at the end of this post and love the cool pink Lupine just as much. 



Swatches of the Chantecaille Hummingbird Collection for Spring 2020 in natural indoor lighting. 
A close up of the *Chantecaille Hummingbird Eye Quartet in Warm
BY TERRY Hyaluronic Hydra-Foundation swatches
BY TERRY Hyaluronic Hydra-Foundation in 300W Medium Fair and 400N Medium
The second that the new BY TERRY Hyaluronic Hydra-Foundation in 300W Medium Fair and 400N Medium made an appearance on the BY TERRY site, I was met with an onslaught of requests to test and review the foundation and share my findings here. I promptly ordered two shades and am so glad that I've had the last week and a half to properly trial the formula. 

If you do a quick search of BY TERRY foundations on Beauty Professor, you will find that I have faithfully covered every formula in the lineup for the past eight years and most are met with glowing reviews as I love the way Terry approaches complexion. She consistently finds ways to perfect one's canvas without covering it and the BY TERRY Hyaluronic Hydra-Foundation masterfully maintains this trend. 

Lightweight and buildable with SFP 30 protection and moisturizing properties via hyaluronic acid (a hero ingredient in many of Terry's formulas), this foundation is a genius fusion of skincare and makeup for skin that looks healthy, bouncy and fresh for hours. The liquid formula plays well with a variety of skin types and ages and, once blended, looks nearly invisible on the skin while providing customizable coverage.

I prefer to apply 4-5 drops all over my face (blended with a damp beauty sponge) for the smoothest, most seamless medium coverage and while both 300W Medium Fair and 400N Medium match my skin, I think I prefer the neutral undertones of 400N Medium (worn in the images at the end of this post) most of all...it's a truly spot-on match for my NC 27 skin. That being said, I believe I will need to bump up to 500N Medium Dark as my skin develops some inevitable depth during the warmer months. 

Overall, if you are seeking a weightless foundation with SPF protection and custom coverage that ranges from sheer to full depending on  the amount of drops applied, you will likely find great joy in the new BY TERRY Hyaluronic Hydra-Foundation

BY TERRY Hyaluronic Hydra-Foundation swatches
Swatches of the BY TERRY Hyaluronic Hydra-Foundation in 300W Medium Fair and 400N Medium
BY TERRY Hyaluronic Hydra-Foundation swatches

Official details courtesy of BY TERRY:

Hydrating foundation. Perfects and hydrates skin. Buildable coverage. Infused with hyaluronic acid. Protects with SPF 30. Long-wear. Vegan formula.

Hardworking, luminous and weightless, Hyaluronic Hydra-Foundation floods skin with moisture, delivering seamless coverage with an ultra-fine texture. It suits all skin types and is a particularly good foundation for dry skin, working to plump out wrinkles and fine lines and create a matte luminous finish. With light-reflecting pigments to create a lit-from-within allure.

UNIQUE FORMULA
Hyaluronic acid traps moisture like a magnet, locking it into the skin, while SPF30 protects against UV rays. Special ‘Skin-Fit’ technology controls shine and makes the formula lightweight and longwear, while delivering the comfort of a second skin. Vegan formula with no animal-derived ingredients.

THE RESULTS
Skin looks healthier and more radiant; the complexion is smoother, more even, wrinkles and fine lines are reduced. The buildable formula allows transformation from a sheer to a full coverage foundation.


Skincare.
// SKINCARE // Three luxe splurges that deliver results...

  • *U Beauty Resurfacing Compound (reviewed HERE): One of the best acid-based formulas in my cabinet, I love this serum for smoothing and brightening without the slightest hint of irritation. Believe the buzz...it's remarkably effective!
  • Augustinus Bader The Rich Cream: I am on my fourth bottle of this magical potion and continue to confidently sing its praises. Hydrating, firming and anti-aging while delivering an unmistakable glow, my skin loves this formula and so do I. In sum, it's well worth the pursuit. 
  • *La Prairie White Caviar Eye Extraordinaire: This brand new, entirely opulent launch from La Prairie focuses on the sensitive eye area with the intent to brighten, firm, lift and smooth with each application. The pearl applicator is equal parts innovative and enchanting and the formula itself is nothing less than a miracle worker for my extremely fatigued eyes. Looking forward to sharing a more extensive rundown of experience with this cream in a future story...in the meanwhile, I assure you I am beyond pleased with the results thus far. 
*La Prairie White Caviar Eye Extraordinaire
Introducing the new *La Prairie White Caviar Eye Extraordinaire
Everything else. 
// EVERYTHING ELSE // Warm cheeks and well-defined eyes...

  • *Nude Envie Solace Bronzer: I love this true tan bronzer to gently sculpt my cheeks and add dimension to the perimeters of my face; it's silky and blendable and looks incredibly natural while adding a soft glow. 
  • Luna Nectar Moon Boost Lash & Brow Enhancing Serum (use code Beautyprofessor20 for 20% off): As an Indie Beauty Expo shop curator, I get the chance to try a vast array of new lines and this impressively clean formula from Luna Nectar which I've tested for the last month fortifies lashes and brows alike, increasing volume, length and shine with every single application. 
  • Victoria Beckham Beauty Satin Kajal Liner in Black: This oft-sold out eyeliner has been a veritable fixture on my lower waterline...it's a clean formula with immense lasting power and the most jet black effect I've encountered to date. Get it if/when you can!  
  • *EM Cosmetics Micro-Fluff Sculpting Brow Cream in Universal Taupe: I love this brow product's ability to add a full and feathery effect that stays in place...the diminutive brush is invaluable to the process. 
  • Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Lashes Volume 2 Mascara: Two coats for lush and long lashes that don't budge. 
  • RMS Lipliner in Daytime Nude: I purchased this retractable lipliner (read: no sharpener needed!) on a whim and am so glad I did. It's a fresh and creamy pinky nude tone that wears beautifully and complements nearly every lip color in my weekly rotation. 
Swatches in natural indoor lighting. 
luna nectar moon boost
Longer lashes and fuller brows delivered via a completely clean formula...Luna Nectar Moon Boost Lash & Brow Enhancing Serum (use Beautyprofessor20 for 20% off)
 

The following images reflect everything in action in natural lighting...

Applying the *SUQQU Vibrant Rich Lipstick in
02 Nakakurenai while wearing the *Chantecaille Hummingbird Eye Quartet in Warm 
The *Chantecaille Hummingbird Eye Quartet in Warm in action
Baby Joey sending smiles. 
Applying the *Chantecaille Hummingbird Lip Chic Lip Gloss in Coral Bell. 
Wearing the *SUQQU Designing Colour Eyes Eyeshadow in Daidaimusubi on my eyes.  

Style notes. 
// STYLE NOTES //

  • Mustard Long Sleeve Top: Slightly cropped with full sleeves, this top is a fresh spin on a casual long sleeve tee.
  • Frame Le Original High Waist Jeans and HERE: I have at least four pairs of Frame Le Originals in my closet...with their high waist and slightly tapered straight leg, they are simply the best for a classic, flattering fit. 
  • Oyster Wool Coat: I love a chic ivory coat for all seasons and this thin wool version can be dressed up or down with ease. 
  • Doc Marten Pascal Boot Comfort and versatility abound with this timeless pair of boots...no breaking in necessary! 

Last look. 

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Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this look at The Beauty Sketchbook as it is a must for beauty, art and makeup lovers alike. The interactive pages allow you to color your own makeup charts while being inspired by iconic makeup looks and modern photography and I personally adore its author Robin Black (of BeautyIsBoring fame) and illustrator Regina Yazdi (she drew the eyes for the Charlotte Tilbury mascara discussed in this very post!) and am grateful to call these two talented LA-based luminaries dear beauty industry friends. 

Additionally, as an ardent fan and longtime supporter of all three brands, it was my absolute joy to share the spring and summer launches from SUQQU, Chantecaille and BY TERRY and would love to hear what caught your eye...do tell!

Good things ahead, including a fresh video tutorial, an office tour, a look at the new Sisley Tinted Moisturizer and a host of recent product procurements. Cannot wait to share.

xx 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.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Video First Look: The Concealer I Can Finally Tell You About + a Full Kosas Makeup Look

Kosas Revealer Concealer is here! 
In my last video, I mentioned that I share the concealer I've been using constantly as of late. The brilliant Kosas Revealer Concealer has officially launched and I'll be sharing a detailed overview of my experience with it as well as a tutorial for a comprehensive Kosas look. Hope you enjoy! 

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


Product Breakdown. 
// Product Breakdown //

kosas revealer concealer swatches
Swatches of everything in direct sunlight. 
kosas revealer concealer swatches
*Kosas Revealer Concealer 5.5 (also available at Sephora)
kosas revealer concealer swatches
Swatches of the *Kosas Revealer Concealer 5.5 (also available at Sephora)
in direct sunlight.  

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




Style notes. 
// STYLE NOTES //

  • Lee Modern Unionall Jumpsuit: I purchased this no-nonsense jumpsuit in a size medium and love its relaxed fit and timeless appeal. Dress it down with sneakers or up (as I've done in the images above and below) with a pair of pointy pumps. 
  • CC Corso Como Denice Pump: These leather heels have received a ton of attention on Beauty Professor over the past few months as I own them in two colors and wear them like crazy. They are ridiculously comfortable and elevate an outfit instantly...it is for these reasons that I am picking up a third color soon. 



Last look. 

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Bottom Line: I truly hope you enjoyed this first look at the *Kosas Revealer Concealer 5.5 (also available at Sephoraas well as the full tutorial for my look and would love to know what caught your eye...do tell!
Good things ahead, including an office tour, a fresh tutorial, some recently launched foundations in my rotation (Tom Ford! BY TERRY!) and a host of new product procurements...cannot wait to share.

xx 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, February 12, 2020

Video: Beauty Chat Featuring Winter Musts from Victoria Beckham Beauty, Westman Atelier, CdPB and More!



On heavy rotation this winter. 
Hello dear readers...today I have a fresh video for you. I'm back with a new camera and filming space and am excited to share what has been on heavy rotation for me this winter. Grab a drink and a snack and get comfortable because this beauty chat covers a lot of ground!

Kindly scroll on for the video, a breakdown of the products discussed, images and swatches and the Bottom Line...
Elements of the new office.  

 SKINCARE Etc. + BASE
// SKINCARE Etc. + BASE //
Base swatches from bottom to top: Waso Shiseido Color-Smart Day Moisturizer SPF 30 (review
*SUQQU Extra Rich Glow Cream Foundation 203,
Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Foundation 7.5 Neutral
Estee Lauder Futurist Hydra Rescue Moisturizing Makeup SPF 40 3W1 Tawny (review)
Bronzer, blush + highlight. 
// BRONZER, BLUSH + HIGHLIGHT //
Swatches from bottom to top:
*MAC Glow Play Blush 
*MAC Glow Play Blush swatches from bottom to top: So Natural, Totally Synced,  Cheeky Devil, Cheer Up, Grand, Blush Please, That's Peachy, Groovy, No Shame!, Rosy Does It and Heat Index. 
*MAC Glow Play Blush
Sunlit swatches of the *Viseart Paris Edit Palette
// EYES //
Swatches from bottom to top:
Lips. 
//LIPS //
Swatches from bottom to top: *Westman Atelier Lip Suede (also available at CosBar
Chanel Lipliner Beige Naturel
*LAWLESS Satin Luxe Classic Cream Lipstick in Fawn (review
*Clé de Peau Beauté Lip Glorifiers in Coral, Red and Pink
YSL Rouge Pur Couture in Nu Fatale
*SB by Sarah Loves Makeup Lip Gloss in Peach Pie
*Au Naturale Lip Gloss in Magnolia (also available on Amazon and reviewed HERE)
*Charlotte Tilbury Collagen Lip Bath in Pillow Talk (review
*Clé de Peau Beauté Lip Glorifiers in Pink, Red and Coral
Swatches from top to bottom: *Clé de Peau Beauté Lip Glorifiers in Coral, Red and Pink
The new *Clé de Peau Beauté Lip Glorifiers 
The following images reflect many of the products in action in afternoon light...



Joey enjoying our new Mid-Century office chair. 
Wearing: Reformation Petalo Wrap Top and AGOLDE Jeans

*Westman Atelier Lip Suede (also available at CosBar) and 
Soft and shiny hair via *Sisley-Paris Color Perfecting Shampoo

Last look. 
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Bottom Line: I truly hope you enjoyed this beauty chat and would love to know what caught your eye...do tell!
Good things ahead, including an office tour, a fresh tutorial (featuring single brand that I adore) and a host of new product procurements...please leave your questions, comments and requests for future content below! 

Have a beautiful Valentine's Day in the meanwhile...xx 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.