Saturday, April 20, 2019

What I Packed: Featuring Keyvn Aucoin Glass Glow and Sisley Blur Expert + the Travel Bag You NEED!


What I packed for a week away. 
A few days ago, I returned from a beautiful week away at the Hotel Del Coronado where my husband was attending a national meeting in his industry. To avoid amassing a plethora of bags, packing for myself, a 9-month old and a dog requires a wealth of prudence! 

Today, I am excited to share the key products that took me through our travels, including a glimpse at a brilliant toiletries bag discovery, an overview of the *Keyvn Aucoin Glass Glow Collection and a first look at the new *Sisley-Paris Blur Expert Powder.

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

Our balcony view at the Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego, CA. 
In my travel bag.
Skincare etc.
// SKINCARE ETC.//  Four products for me, three for baby Johannah...sometimes streamlining is achievable! 
  • *Clé de Peau Beauté Enhancing Eye Contour Cream Supreme (reviewed HERE): Still my eye cream of choice, this cushiony and ultra hydrating formula absorbs on contact and works to  banish fine lines while brightening and depuffing the orbital area.  
  • *Augustinus Bader The Rich Cream (reviewed HERE): I use two pumps day and night and my skin has never been better...as I've said before, believe the hype. 
  • *La Prairie Platinum Rare Cellular Life Lotion (reviewed HERE): A opulent serum that detoxifies, tightens, brightens and transforms, it's luxury well worth the pursuit. I've been using it nonstop for the past two months!
  • *Necessaire Body Lotion (reviewed HERE): Fragrance-free and deeply nourishing, this gorgeous cream has become a regular part of my routine. It delivers impressive moisture while feeling weightless. 
  • Mustela Gentle Cleansing Gel: Mustela is a key part of Joey's babyhood; the delicate French scent is beautiful on delicate skin and this particular formula is shampoo and body wash in one for a seamless bathing experience. 
  • Bumbo Floor Seat: This baby accessory was such a good investment...it's like a portable high chair (for feeding) and safe place to settle Joey (there are belts that can be fastened) wherever we may be. 
  • Robeez Maggie Moccasins: Joey gets compliments every time she wears these adorable shoes; the leather is super soft and flexible and the moccasin stays put all day. 
Shampoo and body wash for baby in a single formula...Mustela Gentle Cleansing Gel
Joey in her Bumbo Floor Seat...perfect for travel. 
Dagne Dover Large Hunter Neoprene Toiletry Bag 
// THE TRAVEL BAG //

One look at the Dagne Dover Large Hunter Neoprene Toiletry Bag and I was instantly smitten. This neoprene (read: what wetsuits are made of) number is sturdy yet lightweight and holds a wealth of products while remaining remarkably compact. There are two removable pouches that enhance interior organization and additional built ins like brush holders and side pouches...it's abundantly detailed for toiletries bag and I was able to fit in all of the makeup that I needed for the trip with ease. I need to plan another trip so I can use this again soon!

The Dagne Dover Large Hunter Neoprene Toiletry Bag comes with two detachable pouches (held in place with velcro fasteners) 
The significant capacity of the Dagne Dover Large Hunter Neoprene Toiletry Bag

Face. 
// FACE // An even canvas with a touch of sun-kissed radiance and a dash of natural flush.  
  • Vita Liberata Beauty Blur Skin Tone Optimizer in Latte Light: Upon the recommendation of a makeup artist friend of mine, I picked up this glowing face formula that also adds a bit of self-tanning action and am very glad that I did. I like to apply a pump all over my face directly following moisturizer; it yields a touch of color and soft glow that minimizes imperfections and  makes skin look amazing. Additionally, after a few hours, a more pronounced glow develops...it's summer dream skin in a tube! For reference, Latte Light (which is what I chose) is excellent for N/NC/NW 25-N/NC/NW 30 skin tones. 
  • Giorgio Armani Power Fabric Foundation Balm (reviewed HERE): Still one of my favorite foundation launches of the year, this provides glowing medium to full coverage that doesn't require touch ups...it must be tried to be believed. I brought 5-6 foundations on this trip and never ended up deviating form this particular formula. 
  • Giorgio Armani Power Fabric Concealer #6 (reviewed HERE): The creaseless liquid texture is easy to work with and blends out seamlessly, especially in the pernicious under eye region. 
  • Tom Ford Bronzing Powder in Terra (reviewed HERE): I brought but one bronzer on this trip and Terra took care of business! This true tan tone sculpts and contours while adding a natural warmth to the face...it's divine. 
  • *Tom Ford Sheer Cheek Duo in Lissome (reviewed HERE): Two blush tones in one compact? Yes, please! The radiant mauve-meets-beige and lively pure pink look gorgeous separately or together on the apples of one's cheeks. 
  • *Kevyn Aucoin Glass Glow Face Liquid Highlighter in Bronze Spectrum and Crystal Clear : Strategically placed on the high points of the face, this formula truly makes skin look like glass. **Keep scrolling for a comprehensive review and swatches of all available shades.
  • *Westman Atelier Superloaded Tinted Highlight in Peau de Peche (reviewed HERE):
  • *Sisley-Paris Blur Expert Powder: I had the privilege of previewing this powder with the Sisley team a couple of weeks ago in Venice Beach and have been using it ever since. This revolutionary formula--which is translucent and designed for all skin tones--is veritable filter for the face. The velvety power looks like nothing on the skin while somehow blurring the look of pores and making the skin look magnificently even. It can be used to set make up and also serves as an expert touch up formula throughout the day. I can't wait for you to try this!
Official details, courtesy of Sisley-Paris:

DESCRIPTION 
Blur Expert is an exceptionally fine, perfecting smoothing veil of powder that illuminates and beautifies the skin due to ultra-high performance makeup key ingredients. - The “Light matte HD complex” ensures an equally matte and ultra-luminous finish. Enriched with an ultra-pure, flawless mica and an ultra-smoothing high-tech powder, it allows for excellent light reflection for a very natural, perfect skin result. - Cutting-edge key ingredients ensure perfect make-up for optimal wear, perfect adherence, and color match. Its transparent and ultra-light texture melts into the skin and creates an enhancing veil for a second-skin effect with a very natural result. No powdery finish. A transparent, universal shade that complements all skin types.

RESULTS
Beautified skin for a flawless finish. A perfect skin effect. A fresh and even complexion. Illuminates the complexion naturally while remaining invisible. Acts instantly, like an “Instagram” filter: • Visibly smoothes wrinkles and fine lines • Smoothes skin texture • Reduces the appearance of pores • Blurs imperfections • Mattifies

USAGE TIPS
Use with a large brush* to apply all over the face. For more coverage, focus on the areas that need blurring. May be used on bare skin, on its own, or after a primer for a luminous, fresh and natural result. May be applied after foundation to perfect the make-up. May be used during the day for touch-ups to mattify, smooth, and beautify. *Sisley powder brush or retractable Kabuki brush
  • Sisley-Paris Retractable Kabuki Brush: This makeup bag-friendly brush works so well with the new Sisley powder...it's not new but new to me and I don't know why I waited so long to buy it! The dense bristles are soft and deposit the perfect amount of color every single time.  
  • *Surratt Beauty Artistique Cheek Brush: I use this brush multiple times a day...it's really all I use for bronzer and blush and I've had it for years. Troy Surratt created a masterpiece with this gem and I wholly recommend it, especially for those of us who only want to use a modicum of brushes. 
Swatches in direct sunlight. 
*Keyvn Aucoin Glass Glow Collection
The *Keyvn Aucoin Glass Glow Collection (also available at Beautylish) features coordinating face and lip formulas (also available at Beautylish) that impart the most exquisite radiance on the face. The sheer and non-sticky gossamer balms feel fresh and emollient on the skin; they highlight without obvious shimmer, resulting in skin that looks bouncy, healthy and hydrated rather than the slightest bit glittery. 

I love tapping just a touch along the high points of my face for multidimensional skin that looks lit-from-within and the coordinating glosses--which look amazing over lip color and equally fetching on their own--are plush and incandescent. I can't wait to continue to experiment with the trio! The Glass Glow formulas come in three shades:
  • Crystal Clear: Iridescent pearl with muted blue radiance. 
  • Prism Rose: Tender baby pink...this looks incredible on the cheeks.
  • Spectrum Bronze: Warm golden bronze for a subtly burnished effect.

Official details, courtesy of Sephora:

FACE:

What it is: A unique, lightweight face gloss that creates a look of youthful, well-hydrated skin with a glassy complexion. 

Highlighted Ingredients: 
- Passion Fruit Oil: Rich in omega 6, promotes a smooth touch on the skin.
- Marula Oil: Rich in antioxidants and with omega fatty acids 3, 6, and 9; supports skin hydration; and soothes and reduces redness.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens.

What Else You Need to Know: This universal, lightweight, unique formula creates youthful-looking, well-hydrated skin with a glassy look. The multipurpose glow-gel can be used on the face and body, leaving skin appearing clear, radiant, and seemingly transparent.

LIPS:

What it is: A lip gloss with an ultimate, three-dimensional, reflective glaze, comfortable wear, and a non-sticky formula that glides on with ease for a glassy finish.

Highlighted Ingredients: 
- Vitamin E: Protects and conditions lips, and provides antioxidant benefits.
- Mixture of Emollients: Adheres to lips and locks in shine.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens.

What Else You Need to Know: Glass Glow Lip is infused with antioxidants and vitamin E to moisturize, protect, and lock in shine. This comfortable lip color delivers a high-shine, reflective look. The non-tacky formula glides on with ease, leaving a glossy finish.


Swatches of the *Keyvn Aucoin Glass Glow Collection in direct sunlight. 

*Sisley-Paris Blur Expert Powder and Sisley-Paris Retractable Kabuki Brush.

Eyes and Lips. 
// EYES and LIPS ETC.// Warm and gilded rose gold tones and nude tones took me through every day of my trip. 
Swatches in direct sunlight. 

The following images reflect all products in action on location at the Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego, CA...



Style notes. 
// STYLE NOTES // 3 pieces that add exceptional versatility to one's wardrobe. 
  • Reformation green top: A pop of color in my favorite hue...exact wrap top HERE
  • Moussy Boyfriend Jeans: Relaxed and distressed to the perfect level, I cannot get enough of Moussy these days.
  • Vince Westport Platform Sandals (reviewed HERE): I bought these back in January and am still wearing them nonstop with no sign of slowing...especially as the temperatures continue to rise. They match everything and are extremely comfortable!
Vince Westport Platform Sandals
With my beloved Jethro.

Eye look, courtesy of *Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerize in Rose Gold (reviewed HERE), *Nude Envie Eye Shadow in Desire (reviewed HERE) and Hourglass Scattered Light Eye Shadow in Foil (reviewed HERE)




Last look. 
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Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this peek into what I packed for a few days away and would love to know what caught your eye...do tell!

Good things ahead including a get-ready-with-me video, a look at new Tom Ford and BY TERRY launches and a host of fresh product procurements. Can't wait to share!

Have a blessed Easter and Passover, friends...I am grateful for 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.  © 2012-19 Beauty Professor® All Rights Reserved. Do not copy, reprint or republish content and/or photos without author's written permission.

Friday, April 12, 2019

My Choices from the Tom Ford Soleil Collection Summer 2019 + 5 Picks from the Shopbop Sale


Tom Ford Soleil is always the most gorgeous harbinger of the warmer months ahead and the Summer 2019 Collection is no exception to the rule. Currently available at Nordstrom, Beautylish and Neiman Marcus, this array of effortless products, housed in iconic white and gold packaging, deliver a fresh wash of warm and bronzy color that is sure to flatter a spectrum of skin tones. 

I am excited to share my picks from the collection...from a lush bronzed cheeks and warmly illuminated eyes to a rich dose of color for lips, there is something for simply everyone! 

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


The Tom Ford Soleil Summer 2019 Collection
Face. 
For the face, there are two Soleil Glow bronzers (also available at Beautylish and Nordstrom) that have been reformulated...they feel buttery and glide on in the silkiest fashion. Terra (also reviewed HERE and worn at the end of this post) is a true tan that will work well for medium and tan skin tones and *Gold Dust is a slightly lighter tan that will compliment light and medium skin tones. Both are delightfully neutral and contour and add warmth in just a few strokes. 

In terms of the cheeks, *Lissome (also available at Neiman Marcus and Beautylish) is a duo with peachy tan highlight and true medium pink blush with a satin finish...they can be worn together or applied separately for a customized finish that is exceptionally fresh. This just might be my favorite of all of the previous releases in this format. 
Swatches in direct sunlight. 
A closeup of the stunning *Lissome
*Tom Ford Aqua Metal Eyeshadow
For eyes, I am completely smitten with the *Tom Ford Aqua Metal Eyeshadow. This creamy liquid formula--which applies with a doe foot applicator and can be blended out with a brush--is intensely luminous with sheer, buildable color payoff that stays in place all day once set. *Reflect Gilt is a pure gold, *Violet Argente is a gilded bronze with a touch of mauve for good measure and Venus Rising is an incandescent pinky peach. In the images at the end of this post, I layered all three to my brow bone for a sunlit, multi-dimensional look that resists creasing and stays glowy all day. 

Swatches of the *Tom Ford Aqua Metal Eyeshadow in direct sunlight. 
*Tom Ford Aqua Metal Eyeshadow
 Tom Ford Soleil Glow Up Foundation SPF 45 Hydrating Cushion
Although there are two shades of the Tom Ford Soleil Glow Up Foundation SPF 45 Hydrating Cushion, I opted to pick up only one hue...7.8 Warm Bronze. Depending on one's skin tone, this sheer formula can add an all-over warmth to the face or be applied with precision for an innovative take on contouring and bronzing. I envision myself using this more in the dead of summer (as a foundation) when my skin is at its tannest but also hope that this launch is a glimpse into a more robust Tom Ford cushion foundation launch in the future! 

A swatch of Tom Ford 7.8 Warm Bronze.
Tom Ford Soleil Lip picks. 
For lips, I purchased one shade and received four others for review and am extremely pleased with the pentad. 

The Lip Sheers in Carriacou and *Aphrodite (both worn at the end of this post and also available at Beautylish) have magnificent pigmentation for a product with the word "sheer" in it. Carriacou is a creamy warm peachy pink (yes, please!) and Aphrodite is a luxe plum with plenty of punch. 

An insanely lovely fusion of form and function, the *Tom Ford Lip Blush (also available at Beautylish) features a clear jelly texture with suspended real 24k gold flakes. The formula adapts to one's pH upon application, creating an ultra-flattering rosy pink tone that instantly delivers moisture to the lips and life to one's face. I have been using this daily...it's a brilliant convergence of opulence and ease! 

Finally, I've been playing with the genius limited-edition *Tom Ford Lip Gelees (also available at Neiman Marcus and Beautylish) in the papaya-toned Scorching and cherry red Lustrous. Easily the least pigmented of the lip color options in collection, the hydrating clear outer ring is offset by a jolt of bright cellophane color at the core, making it one of the most beautiful balms on the market. 

From L-R: Tom Ford Lip Blush, Carriacou and Aphrodite. 
Lip swatches in direct sunlight. 
A close up of the *Tom Ford Lip Blush
The *Tom Ford Lip Gelees in Scorching and Lustrous. 

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


The eye look, via *Tom Ford Aqua Metal Eyeshadow
Applying the Tom Ford Lip Sheer in Carriacou

Style notes. 
//STYLE NOTES // A black bodysuit, oversized jeans, a neutral cardigan and shoes with a pop of color...basically my daily uniform! 

Wearing Applying the Tom Ford Lip Sheer in *Aphrodite



Finally, there's just a few hours left on the Shopbop Sale; just use code EVENT19 for 20% off orders of $500 and below and 25% off orders over $500. The sale ends tonight at midnight PST...5 items in my shopping cart are:







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Last look. 
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Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this overview of the resplendent Tom Ford Soleil Summer 2019 Collection (available at NordstromBeautylish and Neiman Marcus) as well as a peek at my shopping bag for the Shopbop Sale.

Let me know what caught your eye! 

Good things ahead, including a fresh get-ready-with-me video tutorial, an on-location travel feature and a host of new launches...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.

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