Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Video: Get Ready w/ Me: Skincare and Winter Makeup Edition (Skin Inc., Surratt, UBeauty + Natasha Denona)



I hope your November is going so very well! In this video, I am sharing my most recent skincare, hair and makeup routine, featuring some classic favorites and new launches from Skin Inc., UBeauty, Surratt, Natasha Denona, La Prairie and House of Sillage. 

I had so much fun navigating this process and creating this look in real time and can't wait for you to watch it! 

Kindly scroll on for the video, full product breakdown and swatches galore as well as a peek into my current pinky nude lip rotation and the Bottom Line..


// PRODUCTS DISCUSSED //
*La Prairie Crystal Micellar Water*UBeauty Resurfacing Compound and *Augustinus Bader The Rich Cream 
Base and face. 
Swatches of base and face in direct sunlight. 
Eyes via *Surratt Prismatique Eyes in Neutral Eyes (reviewed HERE)
*Natasha Denona Metropolis Palette 
*SUQQU Tone Touch Eyeshadow #12 (reviewed HERE)
*Sisley-Paris Phyto Kohl Star in Sparkling Black
BY TERRY Lash Expert Twist Brush Mascara 
Swatches of eye products in direct sunlight.  
Sunlit swatches of the *Natasha Denona Metropolis Palette 
Sunlit swatches of the *Natasha Denona Metropolis Palette 
Lips: *House of Sillage x Christian Cowan Baroness Lipstick (LE case HERE)
*Aerin x Johanna Ortiz Candelaria Nude Lip Gloss 
The following images reflect the final look...



Style notes with Joey and Jethro. 
// STYLE NOTES // Nothing beats a button down, relaxed jeans and a comfortable pair of booties in my book. 
  • Men's chambray shirt: Easy and timeless, this button down goes with everything...I like to tie it at the waist for a feminine twist. 
  • Black high waist loose jeans: I love pairing a denim shirt with dark jeans and this oversized pair with a slight crop are constant go-to's in my routine. 
  • *Arcopedico Luana Bootie: Handmade and flattering, these lightweight booties have a twin-arch system that cradle the feet in comfort. It seriously feels like I am wearing nothing, margin them akin to walking on air. They must be tried to be believed! 
*Arcopedico Luana Bootie
Lip color currently in my bag. 
// LIP COLOR CURRENTLY IN MY BAG // I couldn't cover every lip color that has been on heavy rotation lately because the video would probably be 30 minutes long (perhaps a lip color only video is in order?). That being said, here is what I've been carrying around the past few weeks! #worththeweight
  • Pat McGrath Done Undone Liner: My lipliner of choice each and everyday...nothing creates a full and defined lip look as well as this perfectly nude lipliner. It's creamy and opaque and virtually waterproof while still remaining very hydrating. 
  • *Lawless Lip Shine in Glazed (reviewed HERE): I adore the lightweight, non-sticky nature of this gloss (brimming with clean ingredients, I might add) and the pearly pinky gold tone that imparts makes lips look plump and healthy and very pretty. 
  • *Dear Dahlia Paradise Dream Velvet Lip Mousse in Teddy: All at once bright yet muted, this weightless mousse dries down to a nourishing powder that feels soft and fresh, perfect for days when your face needs an extra boost of color. 
  • *House of Sillage x Christian Cowan Baroness Lipstick: One look at this multidimensional neutral and I knew it would be an instant favorite. Equal parts peach, pink and beige, it is sophisticated and sublime...like a shade that Audrey Hepburn would wear in the late 1960s. Love it! 
  • *Aerin x Johanna Ortiz Candelaria Nude Lip Gloss: A mauve pink nude with color payoff galore, this gloss looks amazing on its own or atop a lighter nude (as demonstrated in my video). 
  • *Aerin x Johanna Ortiz Lipstick in Nativa Nude: A soft brownie nude with plenty of creamy color payoff, this LE gem is is sure to flatter a spectrum of skin tones. 
  • *Kosas Wet Lip Oil in Jellyfish: It must be stated immediately...this formula is BEYOND! Plush and shiny, the formulation yields so much moisture that I've begun using the clear Jellyfish shade as a night treatment...my lips feel incredible from morning until night. Highly recommended. 
  • *Kosas Wet Lip Oil in Malibu: A richly pigmented neutral pink with plenty of shine, this gloss is stunning over a touch of nude lip liner. 
  • YSL Rouge Pur Couture in #10 Beige Tribute: New to my routine, this Mod-era nude is pure luxury and really sets a mood...especially with a slightly smoky eye. 
  • Pat McGrath BlitzTrance in Skinsane: I have been in love with Lady Stardust in this same formula and recently bought Skinsane, which is a little more neutral than the pinky LS. It has full coverage and a gleaming finish that is flattering and long lasting. 
  • Tom Ford Ultra Shine Lip Color in Bare: Hydrating like a balm with creamy pigmentation, this soft nude with just enough gray to make it interesting. 
  • *Dear Dahlia Lip Paradise Intense Satin Lipstick in Megan (also available on Amazon): Intense color payoff and and lush hydration make this "my lips but better" shade a gem. 
  • Lancôme L'Absolu Rouge in Coquette: I picked this up on a whim while in Miami and love how radiant this pinky peach neutral is. It makes lips look full and flushed in a single coat. 
Lip color swatches in direct sunlight. 
Last look.
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Bottom Line: I truly hope you enjoyed this video and would love to know what may have caught your eye...do tell!

Good things ahead, including a Clé de Peau Beauté spotlight, my first BP gift guide of the season and a host of new product procurements...can't wait to share. 

As a reminder, my Master Class with Skin Inc.--where I'll demonstrating how I like to use the light devices from the brand--is coming up THIS Saturday 11/16 at 1 PM at Nordstrom South Coast Plaza 1PM. Please RSVP HERE (it's free) and I truly hope to see you there! 

xx and much 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.  © 2012-19 Beauty Professor® All Rights Reserved. Do not copy, reprint or republish content and/or photos without author's written permission.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

My Sephora VIB Sale Suggestions and the Exact Products I Brought and Used in Miami

South Beach stroll. 
Earlier this week, I spent a few days in Miami to host one of the largest aesthetics shows in America. It was a joy to commiserate with thousands of skincare enthusiasts and, when I wasn't on stage speaking, I had the chance to explore some of my favorite places in the city. 

At the International Congress of Esthetics and Spa in Miami, Florida. 
With the Sephora VIB Rouge Sale in full effect (now through 11/11 with code HOLIDAYSAVE), I have been receiving a host of requests to share my suggestions and, consequently, I managed to shoot a quick, real-life, on-location story featuring exactly what I packed, including some of my favorite picks, both from Sephora and, in some instances, elsewhere on the web. 

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

The products.
Although we had a beautiful view in our hotel room, the lighting at the time that I shot the products with which I traveled was less than optimal...I suppose this just adds to the unmitigated authenticity of this post. 

The products. 
// THE PRODUCTS //
  • Koh Gen Do Cleansing Spa Water Cloths: These are on my list for every single Sephora sale...I've used them for years and find nothing in this category as gentle and effective. I always have a pack in my purse for everything under the sun and love that they are even safe for baby. 
  • Beauty Blender Nude: A daily foundation application essential,  I love how this use version doesn't yield any color run off (like the pink one) when I deep clean it each week. 
  • Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter #4 (also available at Nordstrom): I am on bottle #3 of this magical elixir; used as a primer (as I do daily) or a flattering, all-over wash of glowy sheer color (as my mom does), it simply gives the skin an extra something that no other product can replicate. Try it and you'll see what I mean. 
  • Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Foundation in 7.5 Neutral: I am now halfway through this bottle of foundation (with as much base testing as goes on over here, this is a rare occurrence!) and still use it multiple times a week. It makes skin look perfect (while still incredibly natural) and lasts through long flights, humidity and interminable work days alike!
  • *Laura Mercier Blush Color Infusion in Fresco (also available at Nordstrom): A slightly burnished nude with less intensity than a traditional bronzer, this silky shade looks gorgeous on the apples of the cheeks. As my skin continues to get a bit lighter, this will be my winter cheek go-to. 
  • Tom Ford Sheer Highlighting Duo in Reflects Gilt (also available at Nordstrom): A long-standing highlight favorite, this gossamer light powder pair features warm gold and luminous peach shades for a stunning lit-from-within look. I am on palette #3...highly recommended for universally flattering luminosity. 
  • Tom Ford Cream Eye Color in Golden Peach: On my eyes in the images that follow, this is perhaps my most favorite eye shadow of life. Subtle yet possessing brilliant impact, this is peachy rose duo applies like a dream and wears all day without creasing or migrating. 
  • *Hourglass Scattered Light Eyeshadow in Burnish: Quite possibly my favorite shade in the Scattered Light lineup (truly adore this incandescent formula), this deep golden bronze looks gorgeous as a single wash of color or as a deeper accent when combined with lighter tones. Consequently, it is always in my makeup bag. 
  • Tom Ford Fiber Brow Gel in Chestnut: Forever on my brows, I recommend this to everyone I meet as it tames while adding depth, color and dimension for an unparalleled full and feathery effecy.  
  • *Tom Ford Emotionproof Eyeliner in Dominateur: Waterproof and jet-black, this performs as if it was made for the waterline...one swipe and it stays put all day. 
  • *Givenchy Liner Disturbia: One of the most intense liquid liners I've tried to date, once applied, it resists creasing and flaking, even with allergy-ridden eyes like mine. So good. 
  • *LAWLESS The Little One Palette: This diminutive, travel-sized version of the original The One Palette features a streamlined edit of 8 shades (in matte and satin finishes) to create a myriad of neutral looks that easily transition from day to night. It's compatible with a handbag and and the hues look  incredible on the eyes...get one for everyone you know. 
  • Pat McGrath Eye Ecstasy Mini Eyeshadow Palette: An absurdly affordable way to experience the buttery goodness that are the Pat McGrath eyeshadows, this five-shade palette in a range of luminous warm neutrals pares down the nonessentials (e.g., a mirror in the compact) without compromising the good stuff (e.g., the shades and crease-free color payoff). 
  • *Surratt Dark Matter, Light Matter and Halogram Eyeshadows: Technically not yet available at Sephora (hopefully soon), this recent launch involves two creamy shades in a pale peach and deep black that can serve as both shadows and primers. The slightly adherent texture also acts as an excellent base for the resplendent new Halogram Eyeshadows, which employ the use of Japanese technology (evident in most of Troy Surratt's genius product creations) cloak eyes in a glowing iridescent vibrance. Each of them may look like a frosty ivory in the pan, but, once swatched, their unique undertones (everything from green and violet to gold and blue) bloom to life...the customization potential is refreshingly endless! 
  • Pat McGrath Lip Pencil in Done Undone: On my lips all day, everyday, I simply cannot get enough of this pinky nude pencil; it's creamy and versatile while lasting all day. I, of course, just bought a backup during the sale. 
  • Surratt Lipslique in Fee Soie: I will forever adore this first ever purchase from Surratt so many years ago and have since run through multiple tubes. A glimmering peach meets pink with Mod-era appeal, it looks sublime on its own or over a nude lip liner. 
  • Givenchy Le Rose Perfecto Balm in Glazed Beige: Hydrating with a plumping effect, this 1960s baby peachy nude pink is excessively flattering and feels incredible on the lips. 
  • *LAWLESS Lip Shine Lip Gloss Glazed: I am very impressed with the cushiony texture and reflective properties of this lip gloss formula and glaze is a stunning radiant pinky beige champagne tone that adds extra dimension and volume to one's pout. So pretty. I will have swatches of more shades for you soon! 
  • Charlotte Tilbury Lip Lustre in Pillow Talk: A shiny pinky nude with a dose of opacity? Yes, please! Neutral lovers, you unequivocally need this in your life. 
  • *Kosas Wet Lip Gloss in Malibu: I am abundantly smitten with the formula of these new glosses; brimming with hyaluronic acid and a cellophane wash of color (much more opaque than I anticipated), the non-sticky formula bathes lips in moisture while leaving them flushed and shiny for hours. I use the clear toned Jellyfish at night as a lip treatment and love the natural MLBB shade Dip as well as the cool pink Malibu (shown and swatched below). 
  • Pat McGrath BlitzTrance Lipstick in Lady Stardust: A pinky mauve with a healthy dose of multi-dimension radiance, this hydrating lipstick has a permanent place in my handbag as of late. I also recently picked up Skinsanity in the same formula and love its creamy, neutral impact...just lovely. 
  • *Au Naturale Lip Gloss in Magnolia: A soft and radiant baby pink with excellent color payoff, this clean gloss formula ranks amongst my absolute favorites. 
Face and base swatches. 
Swatches of eye products worn in the images at the end of the post. 
The *LAWLESS The Little One Palette
Swatches of the *LAWLESS The Little One Palette
The Pat McGrath Eye Ecstasy Mini Eyeshadow Palette
Single pass swatches of the Pat McGrath Eye Ecstasy Mini Eyeshadow Palette
*Surratt Dark MatterLight Matter and Halogram Eyeshadows
*Surratt Halogram Eyeshadows
A close up of *Surratt Dark Matter and Light Matter 
surratt halogram swatches
Swatches of the *Surratt Dark MatterLight Matter and Halogram Eyeshadows
Lip lineup.  
Swatches of my lip products on heavy rotation in indoor lighting. 

The following images reflect the majority of the products in action during an afternoon in South Beach...



The eye look featuring lots of Tom Ford Cream Eye Color in Golden Peach
Style notes...on Collins Ave. 
// STYLE NOTES //
  • Reformation Gaia Bodysuit: I bought this last year and am so glad it is still available. The way that it showcases the collar bones while still being totally daytime appropriate is divine and the ribbed material is breathable yet completely opaque. I am wearing a medium.
  • AGOLDE Dee Shorts: Are you tired of seeing these shorts on BP yet? I recognize that I wear them a lot in stories that I share but I think that consistency speaks to their value in one's wardrobe. High-waisted and not too short, they effortlessly pair with both flats and heels. 
  • Jeffrey Campbell Angora Genuine Calf Hair Sandals: Still on heavy rotation, I wore these neutral gems for 8+ hours of walking in the heat without incident. Oh, and they generate compliments every single time I wear them. 





Last look. 
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Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this real life look at the products that traveled across the country with me. Most are available at Sephora (at 15-20% off, depending on your Beauty Insider status) and are well worth the investment due to their utilitarian nature and beautiful results. 

I would love to know what caught your eye...do tell!

Also, you are cordially invited to my Master Class with Skin Inc. where I'll demonstrating how I like to use the light devices from the brand. The 30-minute class--which is completely free--will take place at Nordstrom South Coast Plaza on Saturday 11/16 at 1PM (all details below). Please RSVP HERE and I truly hope to see you there! 


Good things ahead, including a fresh video tutorial, my first holiday gift guide 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.  © 2012-19 Beauty Professor® All Rights Reserved. Do not copy, reprint or republish content and/or photos without author's written permission.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

A Beachside Story with Charlotte Tilbury Holiday 2019 + New Skincare and Pinky Nude Lips Galore


Once upon a time...
Allow me to tell you a story...

Once upon a time, a girl went to a beach with her family on one of the warmest days of late fall and was inspired to shoot an array of new beauty and style launches, including pieces from Charlotte Tilbury,  Dior and Reformation, while frolicking by the seaside. 

Enjoy the true life tale.

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

Storybook perfection...Victoria Beach, Laguna, CA.
Skincare etc. 
// SKINCARE // Before she headed to the sea, she used this skincare...a few new formulas mixed with classic routine perennials.
For hydrated, bronzy and glowing limbs. 
*Clé de Peau Beauté Synactif Décolleté Cream
Sunlit tide pools. 
The complete look. 

// THE COMPLETE LOOK // Even, glowing skin, burnished features and a pinky nude pout to align with the timeless and resplendent nature of the ocean. 
  • Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter #4: I use this as a primer before makeup and love the perfecting, lit-from-within look it imparts. 
  • Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Filter #7.5 Neutral (reviewed HERE): Still one of my top three foundations this year, I strategically chose to wear this formula for a long and windy day at the beach as it wears flawlessly for 10+ hours without even the slightest need for a touch up. One pump and my entire canvas is refined while my skin continues to look like skin (rather than foundation!). 
  • *Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look in a Palette Gorgeous Glow: I have many of these palettes in my possession but can confirm that this is my favorite amongst them. The shades are rich and saturated, the formula is exceptionally smooth and the overall composition makes this the most apropos for my normal slightly burnished day to day look. The palette includes a medium tan bronzer (delightfully deeper than bronzers in past Instant Look palettes), a fresh rose blush, a radiant pearl pink blush topper, a champagne highlight and eyeshadows that span the neutral pearl, deep bronze and lush burgundy color families. It's a quintessential combination of hues that will prove invaluable for every season of the year. 
  • Dior Backstage Face and Body Glow: Intrigued by its description as well as the pure beauty of it in its bottle, I purchased this highlighter without even swatching in advance. Upon testing it for a week, I can confirm that I made a wise choice with this one...the lightweight formula blends easily and wears like radiant second skin, even atop foundation. It dries down in a few seconds but still imparts a dewy wet effect that looks entirely flattering. I love using a dampened beauty sponge to apply it to the high points of my face (as I did in the images that follow).
  • *Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Pillow Talk Palette of Pops: Already an avid fan of the original Pillow Talk Palette (reviewed HERE), I couldn't wait to get my hands on this all-shimmer version. The four shades harmoniously combine to create the most delicately lovely nude peachy pink eye awash with illumination. The sheer yet buildable shadows look stunning on their own or on top of more opaque shades (as worn in the images that follow) and, should you seek additional intensity, I suggest applying them with a damp. The potency of the effect is breathtaking! 
  • MAC Eyeliner in Devotion (reviewed HERE): This stalwart sea green liner on the waterline is so effective at making eyes pop without overwhelming an otherwise very natural look. 
  • Hourglass Caution Extreme Mascara (reviewed HERE): Two coats for full and fluffy lashes, I recently rediscovered this mascara and forgot how much I appreciate its volumizing properties and lasting power. 
  • Dior Stellair 59mm Square Sunglasses: Reminiscent of the style of the early 1970s (like something Julie Christie would have worn in Shampoo), these mood-lifting peachy pink nude sunglasses are oversized yet incredibly lightweight. They instantly elevate a look and, incidentally, match literally every lip color in my menagerie. 
Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look in a Palette Gorgeous Glow swatches
*Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look in a Palette Gorgeous Glow
Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look in a Palette Gorgeous Glow swatches
Swatches of the *Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look in a Palette Gorgeous Glow
Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Pillow Talk Palette of Pops swatches
The *Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Pillow Talk Palette of Pops
Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Pillow Talk Palette of Pops swatches
Swatches of the *Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Pillow Talk Palette of Pops in sunlight. 
Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Pillow Talk Palette of Pops swatches
The eye look via the *Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look in a Palette Gorgeous Glow with plenty of *Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Pillow Talk Palette of Pops on top.  
Swatches in natural light. 
Lips. 
// LIPS // Pinky nudes to take one through the day, month and year. 
Swatches in natural lighting. 
Lip color lineup. 
Thanks for welcoming us to your abode, Mr. Bird. 
Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Pillow Talk Palette of Pops + the sea. 
The following images reflect all products in action beachside...

With baby Johannah Elle. 
Dior Stellair 59mm Square Sunglasses



Tide pool sea life. 

Style notes. 
// STYLE NOTES // Pared down basics with plenty of subtle flair. 
  • Reformation Indie Bodysuit: I ordered this in a size Medium and love its close fit and scoop neck...it will be on heavy repeat this season. 
  • AGOLDE Dee Shorts: It may nearly November but these shorts are still in full force over here. High waisted and not too short, I suggest picking up a pair of these flattering cutoffs for the next warm day you encounter...you won't regret it! 
  • Birkenstock Arizona Icy Metallic Stone Gold: These are the kind of shoes that one wears for 15 years and each year they get just a little bit better...I'll be on year two before I know it. 
  • Topshop Raw Edge Boyfriend Jacket: I am so glad that this super soft oversized blazer is still available. The clean lines and lovely drape make it perfect for work and play. 
Birkenstock Arizona Icy Metallic Stone Gold




Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look in a Palette Gorgeous Glow swatches
*Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look in a Palette Gorgeous Glow
Last look. 
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Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this look at my picks from the Charlotte Tilbury Holiday Collection 2019--the face palette and Pillow Talk Pops are utter must-haves 

Also, if you're a Southern California local, don't forget to save 11/16 as I'll be hosting special event at the Nordstrom South Coast Plaza Trend Show. Exact time and sign up details to follow ASAP!

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.  © 2012-19 Beauty Professor® All Rights Reserved. Do not copy, reprint or republish content and/or photos without author's written permission.