Saturday, December 15, 2018

A Last-Minute Skin, Hair + Makeup-Centric Holiday Gift Guide

Jethro and Johannah...what a duo! 
Amidst all of wonders of the season, mid-December madness has taken hold, reminding us that there is 10 days to Christmas and much to do before it's arrival! I just finished my semester of teaching and, between deadlines galore, getting Johannah's first Christmas tree together and grading like crazy, my progress in the present purchasing category is has been limited at best. That being said, I am relying on ordering online (there's still time for most retailers to ship orders well before the arrival of the holidays, thankfully) and going to the mall with my mom early next week, I'll be done with my list before I know it. 

For those of you who can relate to my timeline (and lack of progress in the gift procurement category), I am excited to share a skin, hair and makeup-centric gift guide, featuring tried and true personal favorites...there's no time like the present to pick up the presents (couldn't resist) for those you love (including yourself!). 

Kindly scroll on for my gift guide and images of my recommendations in action as well as the Bottom Line...

Need to finish your holiday shopping list? Prepare to be inspired! 
Skincare etc. 
// SKINCARE ETC. // Progressive products to keep your face fresh and fit. 
  • *Augustinus Bader The Rich Cream (reviewed HERE): My chief skincare for nearly a year, everyone I recommend this to ends up loving it as I do. It's perfect for a skincare minimalist looking to take their routine to the next level. 
  • *BY TERRY Baume de Rose Set (reviewed HERE): Two cult favorites in a single set, this features my favorite form of the BY TERRY Baume de Rose lip care (gloss!) as well as a decadent hand cream. 
  • *Dermalect Smooth Upper Lip and Perioral Anti Aging Duo: This pair adds volume and hydration to lips while reducing the pesky fine lines that gather around the borders of one's pout. 
  • *Guerlain Abeille Royale Double R Serum: Skincare with luxurious duality, this potent, double chambered anti-aging cocktail repairs and restores with Royal Jelly and Black Honey...so good. 
  • *Kaplan MD The Perfect Pout Duo: I've loved this lip plumping pair for years. The revitalizing scrub buffs away dry skin while increasing circulation and the moisturizing lip treatment instantly increases volume without irritation. 
  • *Mesolyft Lips and Skin: Perfecting the art of micro needling by having targeted skin serum flow through the base of the needles, these two innovations improve skin by painlessly increasing collagen production with every pass over one's canvas. 
  • *Oribe Run-Through Detangler (reviewed HERE): This is my daily, go-to detangler and I cannot recommend it enough! Seriously, nothing works better to banish even the most pernicious tangles. 
  • *Chanel La Creme Main (reviewed HERE): A gorgeous fusion of style and substance, this hand cream is always in my work bag...give it as a gift and prepare yourself for the audible gasps...it's that stunning. 
  • *Kate Somerville +Retinol Vita C Serum: For those that like the skin smoothing powers of Retinol A and the skin brightening and clarifying properties of Vitamin C, this formula is a dream come true! 
  • *Jack Black Balm Set: My husband loves this balm and uses it daily...we also love picking up sets as gifts for our mailman and UPS/FedEx drivers. They need moisturized lips, too! 
  • *828 Leggings: Technically not skincare but still an integral part of keeping fit, these innovative leggings are infused with threads of silver to fight bacteria and wick away moisture. I love the blue and black color block styling (very flattering) and next-level comfort they provide. 


Skin devices. 
// SKIN DEVICES // When it comes to at-home treatments to put your best face forward, the future is now.
  • *ReFa Carat Beauty Roller (reviewed HERE): This tool is invaluable to increase circulation and lymphatic drainage, firm facial contours and massage one's limbs (I use it on my arms regularly). If you're looking to try something from ReFa's extensive line of rollers this model is a great place to start. 
  • *Skin Inc Optimizer Voyage Tri-Light (reviewed HERE): Sold out at most retailers, this is the light device to have at your bedside. Combining LED Chromotherapy and microcurrent, this tool lifts, tones, brightens and firms contours with every use. I am never without it. 
  • *PMD Microderm: A pricy resurfacing spa treatment in the comfort of my own home, yes please! The highly-rated device uses vacuum to gently refine the surface of one's skin, resulting in a bouncy and radiant glow and absolutely no down time for recovery. 
  • *Bella Lip Appliance: Never in my routine, this "facial gym," if you will, is so easy to use. In literally a minute a day, the exercises increase lip volume, sharpen the jawline and improve slackness of skin. It's my new favorite discovery as of late! 

// HAIR CARE ETC. // Unique discoveries that work on all hair types. 
  • *Byredo Triple Gagnat Bois Hair Perfume: A trio of mini hair perfumes in some of the loveliest scents that Byredo has to offer, this set is excellent for the hair enthusiast that has everything. 
  • *SlipSilk Skinny Scrunchies: I am in love with how these scrunchies perform...the elastic is wrapped in pure silk to prevent breakage while still remaining surprisingly secure when in use. They are all that my mom and I use these days. 
  • *Oribe Gold Plated Hair Stick: I am never without this clever hair stick; it holds a bun like a dream and is a beautiful essential for those with medium and long hair. 
  • *SoCal Curls Hair Curling Tie: A very creative way to create heatless waves while sleeping, simply wrap hair into the hair band (it's easier than it sounds) and unravel in the morning. A full mane and no damage! 
  • *Oribe Holiday Gold Lust Collection: I have loved the Gold Lust line for years now and use it daily and this set is a gorgeous gift for those seeking shiny tresses and the most intoxicating Cote d'Azur fragrance synonymous with the Oribe brand. 
  • Longchamp Belt Bag: Kicking off the "etc" part of this category, I have so much love for this belt bag...it's minimalist and just about as sophisticated as a fanny pack can be. It's the perfect gift for someone who has sore shoulders and needs their hands free.
  • *Maison Francis Kurkdjian Travel Case and Baccarat Rouge 540 Travel Edition
  • *Sisley-Paris Orient Candle: For those who love dark and mysterious spicy scents, this candle is entirely apropos. 
  • *Maison Francis Kurkdjian Rue Des Groseilliers Candle: This opulent candle is brimming with the mood-lifting fragrance of juicy berries, perfect for the season and beyond. 

*Oribe Holiday Gold Lust Collection
*Maison Francis Kurkdjian Travel Case and Baccarat Rouge 540 Travel Edition
*Sisley-Paris Orient Candle and *Maison Francis Kurkdjian Rue Des Groseilliers Candle
Brush sets. 
// BRUSH SETS // Two mini sets that pack a punch. 
  • *Jenny Patinkin Vegan Brush Set: Exquisitely vegan with weighty handles and a genius travel case, these four brushes can create a full face in seconds. So good, Ms. Patinkin! 

Foundation. 
 // FOUNDATION // There's a befitting base for everyone...here's a peek at the ones that I am currently loving (my shade matches stated for reference if you're NC 25-27 like I am)


Face + cheeks. 
// FACE + CHEEKS // From bronzer to highlight in a variety of textures, these complexion companions instantly add warmth, flush and glow.
  •  *Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow in Medium Dark (reviewed HERE): The best bronzer/highlighter blush duo for medium and tan skin...I use this daily and get constant inquiries about it! 
  • Westman Atelier Super Loaded Tinted Highlight (reviewed HERE): As I've said before, if you are looking to try the Westman Atelier brand, I suggest starting here. This highlighter makes skin look bouncy and luminous and has just enough color for a flattering peachy flush making it excellent for all skin tones. 
  • *BY TERRY Gem Glow Trio Compact (reviewed HERE): Limited edition for the holidays, this ultra radiant and finely milled powder has three concentric rings of luminosity that can be applied separately or blended together for an ethereal glow. 
  • *Clé de Peau Beauté Bronzing Powder #2 (reviewed HERE): I love the duality of this bronzer; the lighter and darker tones allow for lovely customization and the finish is a multi-dimensional matte that looks sensational. 
  • *Westman Atelier Blush Stick in Petal: This gorgeous pink cream applies sheerly but can be built up for more impact; although it's a blush, it can also be worn on the lips and even the eyes for a brilliant monochromatic look.
  • *Tom Ford Soleil Eye and Cheek Palette 2018 (reviewed HERE): The ultimate gift for the luxury beauty lover in your life (is it you?) this palette features a blush, a highlighter and four satiny shadows in warm neutrals that wear for hours. 
  • Tom Ford Glow Drops in Liquid Sky (reviewed HERE): Liquid light in a bottle, just a couple of drops on the high points of the face impart a refined glow. 
  • *Sisley-Paris Phyto Blush Twist in Passion: A luminous peachy pink cream blush that dries down to a powder finish that stays put, even on oilier skin. 

Eyes. 
// EYES // Palettes and pots and lashes and liners, oh my...with so many on the market, these are the best of the best. 
  • *Lawless The One Palette (launching at Sephora on 12/18 and reviewed HERE): This clean, talc-free palette is designed to give you all the eye looks you'd ever need in life. The range of buttery colors and finishes gives me confidence in this claim. Give this to the vegan makeup lover in your life and they'll be eternally grateful. 
  • *Natasha Denona Gold Palette (reviewed HERE): If you or someone you know likes gold, then this palette must be present. Rife with an astonishingly versatile range of gilded shades as well as a couple peacock blue options, the Gold Palette's color payoff and performance make it an investment worth pursuing. 
  • Hourglass Scattered Light Glitter Shadow (reviewed HERE): Every time I wear this eyeshadow formula (Blaze, Foil and Aura are favorites), someone asks me what I am wearing. The glitter is refined and the formula is thin and resilient, thereby explaining why it's constantly  sold out. 
  • *Jouer Making Magic Ultra Foil Palette: An entire palette of ultra-reflective foils? Yes, please! This super pretty collection of shades will be one you reach for all year long. 
  • *Gressa Eye Tint in Plumm: The latest shade from the illustrious Gressa, this buildable cream-gel tint in a burgundy plum tone has immense dimension and lasting power. 
  • Tom Ford Eye Color Quad in African Violet: I picked this up on a whim and am still intrigued by the captivating blend of colors--the purple shifts rosy (making it very wearable) and the three bronzy brown tones are neutral nirvana. 
  • *Zoeva Cocoa Blend Eyeshadow Palette: Neutrals abound in this palette of ten shades...from warm truffle shades to rosier options this is subtle and sublime. 
  • *Orlane Mascara: I am currently testing a curling version and a primer (both not released yet) but the other two Orlane formulas are simply lovely as well. 
  • *Estee Lauder by Violette Les Dangereuse Blue Dahlia Palette (reviewed HERE): Limited-edition and eternally lovely, this palette is rife with blues and golds for a regal look in seconds. 
  • *Sisley-Paris Phyto Eye Kohl in Sparkling Black (reviewed HERE): This is such a pigmented and long lasting retractable pencil; it wears beautifully on the lower waterline and is perpetually in my makeup bag. 
  • BY TERRY Lash-Expert Mascara: My daily go-to for a year now, everyone I recommend this to (even those who don't really like mascara) adore it as I do. Try it and you'll see exactly what I mean. 

Introducing *Nude Envie Eyeshadow
Also, I wanted to give you a peek at the new *Nude Envie Eyeshadow. This series of ten shades in the neutral family have both matte and satin finishes and the color payoff is insane. Everything that comes from this carefully executed brand is pure quality and the eyeshadows, which are buttery, blendable and fallout-free, are no exception...can't wait to continue to play with these shades and expect them to pop up on BP again soon! 
From bottom to top: Single pass swatches of the *Nude Envie Eyeshadow in Beguile, Bewitch, Daring, Dangerous, Dazzle, Delight Desire, Divine, Dreamy and Risque. 

Lips. 
// LIPS // In a flattering range of nude, peach and pink (with 3 excellent lip treatments, too), this edit is sure to please the most discriminating lip color lover. 
From bottom to top: Gressa Aux Rouge,  Christian Audette x Beauty Professor Golightly, Tom Ford Spanish Pink,  Armani Kimono and Pat McGrath Nude Romantique. 
*Charlotte Tilbury Superstar Lips Glossy Lipsticks
I also wanted to give you a look at the new *Charlotte Tilbury Superstar Lips Glossy Lipsticks. Hydrating and sheer yet buildable to a juicy and color saturated sheen, these shades are universally flattering, making them effortlessly delightful gifts! 
From L-R: *Charlotte Tilbury Superstar Lips Glossy Lipsticks Confident Lips, Happy Lips, Pillow Talk, Sexy Lips and Wild Lips. 
Charlotte tilbury superstar lips swatches
From L-R: Swatches of the *Charlotte Tilbury Superstar Lips Glossy Lipsticks in Confident Lips, Happy Lips, Pillow Talk, Sexy Lips and Wild Lips. 


Ragdoll LA green sweatshirt...I wear this once or twice weekly! 
Eye look, courtesy of the brilliant *Natasha Denona Gold Palette

Freckles in full force. 
Last look. 
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Bottom Line: I hope you found this gift guide helpful as you put the final touches on your present procurement, both for others and yourself ; ) 

Good things ahead, including a nursery tour, a fresh video and a host of new products I cannot wait to share with you!

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.  © 2012-18 Beauty Professor® All Rights Reserved. Do not copy, reprint or republish content and/or photos without author's written permission.

Sunday, December 9, 2018

First Look: The Estee Lauder by Violette La Dangereuse Collection Plus 5 Sales I'm Shopping


Introducing the *Estee Lauder by Violette La Dangereus Collection
I hope your December is going well! I am headed into finals week on campus and between grading and meetings and beauty content creation (not to mention spending tons of time with my beloved Johannah) and preparing for Christmas with plenty of shopping, each day this month seems to be flying by. That being said, I am thrilled to introduce a new launch that I'm confident you'll love.

Ever since catching a fleeting glimpse on social media last month, I've been eagerly awaiting the official release of the *Estee Lauder by Violette La Dangereus Collection (also available at Estee LauderNeiman Marcus and Violet Grey) and am happy to report that it is finally available at some of my favorite retailers. Brimming with sultry and alluring yet incredibly wearable tones, this limited edition edit is simply stunning and well worth the pursuit!

Kindly scroll on for more details, swatches and images of the *Estee Lauder by Violette La Dangereus Collection as well as quick overview of five of the sales I've recently been shopping and the Bottom Line...


*La Dangereuse Pure Color Envy Sculpting Face Trio
Up first is the dreamy *La Dangereuse Pure Color Envy Sculpting Face Trio (also available at Estee Lauder, Neiman Marcus). With a soft pale tan hue, a radiant true pink blush tone and a luminous champagne bronze highlighter, this palette builds warmth, flush and dimension in seconds. 

La Dangereuse Pure Color Envy Sculpting Face Trio swatches
Swatch in direct sunlight. 
*La Dangereuse Eyeshadow Palette in Amour, Amour and Blue Dahlia (also available at Estee Lauder and Neiman Marcus
Perhaps the most breathtaking elements of the collection, the *La Dangereuse Eyeshadow Palette in Amour, Amour and Blue Dahlia (also available at Estee Lauder and Neiman Marcus) are not to be missed. With high color payoff and mix of satin and matte finishes, the shadows are buttery and blendable while wearing like a dream. 

Amour, Amour is rife with warm rosy neutral tones that instantly take eye to the next level (needless to say, I adore this palette, worn at the end of this post) and those that prefer cooler hues will be smitten with Blue Dahlia, which expertly combines blues, greens and golds for a regal result that feels equal parts adventurous and accessible. 

Both palettes are so well-executed and definitely define the collection...you won't regret adding them to your makeup menagerie!   

*La Dangereuse Eyeshadow Palette in Amour, Amour 
Swatches of the in *La Dangereuse Eyeshadow Palette in Amour, Amour  in  direct sunlight. 
 *La Dangereuse Eyeshadow Palette in Blue Dahlia
Swatches of the *La Dangereuse Eyeshadow Palette in Blue Dahlia in direct sunlight. 
Additional La Dangereuse eye gems. 
Also in the eye category are the: 
  • *La Dangereuse Deluxe Eye Crayon in Sly & Sultry: Currently sold out at all but one retailer, this resplendent crayon imparts major pigment in a flattering warm pink nude that lasts all day without creasing or flaking. It can be worn as a single wash of color or as a compliment to powder formulas...get this if you can. It's that good. 
*La Dangereuse Eye Gloss in Sheer Scandal
*La Dangereuse Glitter Pot in Burning Star
*La Dangereuse Deluxe Eye Crayon in Sly & Sultry
Swatches in direct sunlight. 
La Dangereuse Lips. 
Finally, for lips, the collection focuses on wearable yet intense nudes and oxblood hues including: 
Swatches in direct sunlight. 
*Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation in Tawny 3W1
In the images that follow, I am wearing the iconic *Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation in Tawny 3W1. This buildable foundation can be customized from light to full coverage and dries down to a demi-matte skin finish with formidable lasting power. Have you tried this legend? Thoughts? 

A swatch of the *Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation in Tawny 3W1




The eye look, featuring the *La Dangereuse Eyeshadow Palette in Amour, Amour





Style notes. 
// STYLE NOTES // Velvet + denim + 
  • Frame Burnout Velvet Blouse: I bought this blouse on a whim thinking I would wear it once or twice but have worn it much more than that! It can be dressed up or down (as in the images above and below) and feels fresh and unique in a sea of sameness. 
  • Nike Air Max 270 Sneakers:  I wear these trainers constantly...not only are they wildly comfortable, but the neutral-focused color combination cannot be beat. 
  • Longchamp Leather Belt Bag: This is what I've been toting my belongings around in lately...I think it has something to do with always having my hands full with Johannah. It's about as chic and understated as a fanny pack can be! 



// THE SALES // I've been doing my Christmas shopping in bits and pieces lately, focusing on the abundance of online sales that seem to be a constant in November and December. Some that I've been frequenting include:
  1. Nordstrom: For baby and kids clothes and makeup
  2. Neiman Marcus: For wild deals on designer shoes and endless extra 20% off options
  3. Saks: For up to 50% off designer everything
  4. Sephora: Use promo code 2018Hooray for $25 off $75 (Rouge members 11/29-12/12), $20 off $75 (VIB members 11/30-12/12) and $15 off $75 (for Beauty Insiders 11/30-12/11)
  5. Bloomingdales: 25% off everything labeled as such (and there is a lot!) for the Friends and Family event.
Last look. 
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Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this pictorial overview of the gorgeous limited edition *Estee Lauder by Violette La Dangereus Collection (also available at Estee Lauder, Neiman Marcus and Violet Grey) and would love to know what caught your eye!

Good things ahead, including an official holiday gift guide, a nursery tour, a fresh video tutorial and a host of new product procurements...can't wait to share. 

Also, I am currently hosting a Charlotte Tilbury giveaway on Instagram...swing by to easily enter before 12/13/18! 

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.  © 2012-18 Beauty Professor® All Rights Reserved. Do not copy, reprint or republish content and/or photos without author's written permission.

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