Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Fall Reset + Beauty Chat: September New Launches, Purchases and Rebuys


Fall reset.
Hello, dear readers! I hope you are hanging in there this week. It feels good to be back with a fall reset video of sorts and I am excited to be sharing some new launches, recent purchases and items I buy time and again. Enjoy the beauty chat (procure a drink and a snack and unwind!) and I've included sunlit swatches of everything discussed (including all shades of the new *Koh Gen Do Moisture Foundation) in this post.

Keep scrolling for the video, product breakdown, swatches and details for my 9/17/20 Instagram Live with Retrouvé as well as the Bottom Line...




Products in action on an unfiltered face. 
// PRODUCTS DISCUSSED //
Complexion swatches in direct sunlight. 
COMPLEXION
new Koh Gen do moisture foundation swatches
*Koh Gen Do Moisture Foundation swatches in direct sunlight. 
new Koh Gen do moisture foundation swatches
*Koh Gen Do Moisture Foundation swatches in outdoor shade.
*Jouer Blush and Bloom Cheek and Lip Duo swatches.
EYES +HAIR
The eye look. 
Swatches of lip products in direct sunlight. 
LIPS

Last look.
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Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this video and the subsequent swatches and would love to know what caught your eye...do tell. 

Excited for my IG Live with Retrouvé! 
Also, my Instagram Live with Retrouvé is this Thursday 9/17/20 at 1PM PST on the Retrouvé Instagram handle; it would be lovely to see you if you're able to make it! 

Finally, check out my interview with Serucell where I talk life, aging and everything in between; it's a sincere honor to be featured.

Good things ahead, including an updated foundation guide, a host of new launches and home tour...cannot wait to share.

Stay strong, seek wisdom and much love,

xx

--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.

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Beauty Rarities for Rare Times Featuring Beboe Therapies and New SUQQU Base + Lips

Beauty rarities from Beboe Therapies, SUQQU and more.
To say that we are living in uncommon times would be an understatement; with the constant changes and new adjustments presented by 2020, I've been finding myself seeking skincare and beauty products that are equal parts effective and soul soothing, which is a rare combination, indeed. 

Today, I am excited to take a deep dive into one of my favorite skincare discoveries of the year--Beboe Therapies--as well as to share a swatch-heavy look at the newness (including lush foundation and a wildly comfortable lip formula) from SUQQU that just launched. 

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

My Beboe Therapies duo.
I started testing the Beboe Therapies line back in late July and wanted to spend a minimum of six weeks of proper skincare trial before weighing in on my experience. The brand, which is impeccably packaged, features a range of four products that adeptly integrate premium active botanical ingredients with the healing properties of CBD for a unparalleled balance of efficacy and skin restoration. Paraben-free, silicone-free, gluten-free, mineral oil-free, synthetic fragrance-free and THC-free (read: won't get you high), the formulas play well with sensitive skin while delivering a dose of hydration for healthy skin that glows. 

I have concluded that Beboe Therapies isn't CBD with some skincare ingredients tossed in, but, rather, bonafide skincare that is further fortified with the beneficial properties of CBD...that unique dynamic is evident in every single drop! 
*Beboe Therapies High Potency CBD Serum (also available at Revolve and Neiman Marcus reviewed HERE)
The first formula I tried was the *Beboe Therapies High Potency CBD Serum (also available at Revolve and Neiman Marcus reviewed HERE). I brought it with me on a desert trip and was immediately stunned by the way it calmed and nourished my overheated and dry skin. 

Just a few drops after cleansing--the lightweight oil absorbs immediately, by the way--and my canvas was prepared for the sunscreen and makeup to come. I was so impressed by its effortless performance (bouncy, even skin with a soft radiance!) that I had my mom try it one evening. Her redness and inflammation from a day spent in 105 degree weather were diminished by morning and she promptly asked if she could "borrow" a few more drops for the day ahead. 

I love using the *Beboe Therapies High Potency CBD Serum as a standalone moisturizer and anti-aging treatment and, to this day, my mom does as well. The serum is rich yet melds into my skin in mere moments, providing hydration while combatting any signs of redness. It contains potent natural ingredients including Rosehip Oil, Squalene and Pomegranate Seed Oil to encourage collagen production, fight fine lines and quell blemishes while adding a subtle golden illumination that is preternaturally pretty.  There is also something unmistakably calming about the application process...my skin looks better while I get to indulge in a peaceful and sensorial experience. It truly is the best of both worlds.
*Beboe Therapies High Potency CBD Serum
*Beboe Therapies High Potency CBD Serum and *Beboe Therapies Body Balm
From a scientific standpoint, CBD is fascinating. Over the last few weeks of research, I've learned that our skin naturally has receptors for cannabinoids (the chief components in CBD) that work to accept and apply the benefits of CBD-based products when our skin is in need. The ingredient is especially effective to reduce inflammation, which is often the root of much of the discomfort and imbalance that our skin can sustain. 

Additionally, CBD can help to maximize our skin's own ability to respond and repair itself when faced with stressors including dryness, heat, irritation and cellular damage. Consider it a "booster" for our skin's optimal function rather than a singular remedy; this is exactly why, when at the proper purity level and concentration, it is an excellent addition to other skincare ingredients. 
Forever reaching for the *Beboe Therapies High Potency CBD Serum
*Beboe Therapies Body Balm (also available at Revolve and Neiman Marcus)
Like many individuals I know, I battle with sore muscles and joints regularly. I can't blame these aches and pains on being a college athlete (I wasn't) or excessively working out (I consider 50 daily crunches a major physical accomplishment) but I did take a pretty intense fall down a flight of stairs last year and am still recovering from intermittent shoulder and knee pain. Couple that with carrying a 30 lb. two-year old baby girl all over the place and I can fairly confidently identify the source of my soreness. 

Enter, the *Beboe Therapies Body Balm (also available at Revolve and Neiman Marcus). Since I try not to take ibuprofen or the like unless nothing else will do, I am always on the search for more natural ways of ameliorating body aches. This velvety balm--rife with Sea Buckthorn Oil, Shea Butter and Vitamin E--melts into skin, providing moisture and, with time, a soothing relief from discomfort. I love to focus application on my knees, shoulders and neck, taking time to gently massage it into my skin; when time permits, I even integrate a roller (like the ReFa 4 Carat) for deeper delivery. My husband, who suffers from chronic back pain but deals with it via epidurals (yes, men can have them, too!) and homeopathic remedies also uses the balm with great success. 

Not to be conflated with a traditional analgesic, the *Beboe Therapies Body Balm doesn't promise to cancel the sensation of all pain, however, in my experience, it definitely takes the edge off, helping aches to fade into the background naturally and making it a must for anyone who finds themself sustaining physical discomfort from workouts, injuries, strain and the like. 

Integral to my routine: The *Beboe Therapies High Potency CBD Serum
SUQQU newness for Fall 2020.
Next,  SUQQU has three exciting new launches for fall that I am over the moon to be able to show you in action. 

The *SUQQU The Cream Foundation has received a reformulation with a beautiful array of shade extensions for deeper skin tones. This plush and moisturizing formula was the very first SUQQU product that I ordered sight unseen early on in BP history and I have been a devotee to SUQQU bases since then. This cream formula offers buildable medium to full coverage (a little goes a long way) with a natural skin finish that lasts all day...it's good skin in a jar and I've found great matches for my NC 27-30 skin in both 035 (my match for most of the year) and 040 (at my post-summer darkest). A pea-sized amount is all I need for super even skin and I use either a beauty sponge or the *SUQQU Foundation Brush for smooth and seamless application. 

Additionally, the *SUQQU Intense Cover Concealer has arrived, offering extra thin yet formidable full coverage correction that blithely blends into a second skin effect while resisting creasing. I have tried it on both my under eye darkness and a blemish and it's one of those formulas that performs superbly for both objectives...this, my friends, is rare as most concealers I use work well only for one or the other. My matches are 15 and 16 (both wonderful for N/NC 25-30 skin) and I've even tried wearing just the concealer in place of foundation with great success. Tutorial to come! 

Finally, for lips, the *SUQQU Comfort Lip Fluid Fog Liquid Lipstick and *SUQQU Comfort Lip Fluid Glow Liquid Lipstick are glorious options. The liquid color payoff is stunningly potent while feeling wildly lightweight on the lips. 

The Fog formula features a demi-matte finish that somehow still imparts a soft glow that makes lips look velvety and voluminous. I received the universally flattering muted red tone 01 and peachy rose 04 and both instantly brighten the complexion while moisturizing the lips for hours on end. 

The Glow formula possess equally vibrant color with a shine finish that also has a touch of luminosity. I received the true yet muted red 01 (demonstrated on my Instagram Reels HERE) and coral pink 03 (hands down my favorite and worn in the images at the end of this post) and am thrilled with the hydration, comfort, intensity and lasting power. Simply brilliant! 

I've been testing these for the past week and every time I wear them either on social media or in person, someone asks what's on my lips...this, my friends, is the sign of an excellent lip color formula. Try them and you'll see exactly what I mean. 

suqqu new cream foundation swatches
The *SUQQU The Cream Foundation in 040 (also worn in the images at the end of this post along with the *SUQQU Intense Cover Concealer in #15).
suqqu new cream foundation swatches
SUQQU swatches in direct sunlight.
suqqu comfort lip fluid swatches
Applying the *SUQQU Comfort Lip Fluid Glow Liquid Lipstick 03.

The complete face. 
// THE COMPLETE FACE ETC.// Rare and Luxurious Selections to Complement the Look.
  • *Kosas The Sun Show Bronzer in Medium (reviewed HERE): For the look below, I blended this semi-luminous bronzer along the hollows of my cheeks and perimeters of my face for a burnished and multidimensional effect. 
  • *Veronique Gabai The Goldie Highlighter (also available at Liberty London): This cream highlight stick is such a find! Equal parts gilded glow and a cellophane "wet" look, just a touch on the high points of my face makes me look lit from within...even though it's from a fragrance house (can't wait to experiment with my samples!), it is refreshingly fragrance-free and ever so resplendent in the sunlight. 
  • *Aether Beauty Rose Quartz Crystal Gemstone Palette: Clean ingredients including coconut oil, rose hip oil and actual rose quartz powder harmonize to create buttery smooth shadows in the loveliest rosy neutral tones. The palette of 12 hues features matte, shimmer, satin and metallic finishes that blend with ease while resisting creasing. I focused on the rose gold and amethyst shades for a radiantly modern take on a nude eye. 
  • *SUQQU Brown Brow Mascara: Just a bit of this brunette tone swept through my brows adds feathery fullness and hold...it's a daily go-to. 
  • *Jouer Lip Liner in Pink Champagne (reviewed HERE): I love this waterproof liner to gently shape. That is probably why I have one on my vanity, one in my makeup bag and one on back-up...it's that good. 
  • *Victoria Beckham Beauty Satin Kajal Liner in Black: Always on my water line, this ultra-black pencil glides on with ease and doesn't budge. 
  • *EM Cosmetics Pick Me Up Mascara (reviewed HERE): Two coats on my lashes leave them long and voluminous while resisting creasing. The fact that it's tubing makes smudging a non-issue and removal a breeze.
  • *BY TERRY Hyaluronic Pressed Powder (reviewed HERE): I love this completely translucent powder in my t-zone to blur pores and fine lines while keeping everything in place. It's a modern classic for a reason! 
  • *Parfums de Marly Delina (reviewed HERE): Fresh and intriguing, this fragrance has simply "felt right" this week, lifting my mood and spirts in a single spritz. 
  • *Augustinus Bader The Body Lotion: More fluid and lightweight than the previously released body cream, this formula masterfully hydrates skin while increasing bounce and elasticity. I focus application on my arms, legs and décolleté post-shower to lock moisture in. 
  • *Masami Mekabu Shine Serum: I added a drop of this opulent serum into my second day, freshly brushed hair and couldn't believe how glassy and shiny it made it! Beyond its nourishing ingredients, it also smells divine...this is my first foray into this luxe haircare line and I cannot wait to try more products in the coming days. 
Swatches in direct sunlight. 

The following images reflect everything in action in hazy afternoon sunlight...


Eye look via the *Aether Beauty Solstice Palette
Style notes. 
// STYLE NOTES //
  • Ditsy Floral Corset Top: Captivated by the classic corset styling of this blouse, I promptly ordered it and am in love with the floral pattern, full sleeves and cloth-covered button detailing. The top is currently on sale for under $30 and is well worth it...wish it came in other colors! 
  • Frame Le Original Jeans: Frame makes my favorite jeans and the Le Original has always been my preferred cut. These are extra high waisted (to hold everything in) and feature a relaxed straight leg that is slightly cropped to showcase footwear. They are truly timeless...this particular pair runs a touch small so size up 1-2 sizes for an optimum fit. 
  • *Millie Mule (also available HERE): Lightweight leather with just the right amount of neutral sheen, these ultra-comfortable mules feel so apropos for the summer-fall transition. They run true to size (I'm wearing a size 7/ 37 1/2) and require zero need to break in. 
Summer-to-fall transition footwear perfection...the Millie Mule (also available HERE)


Wearing the Applying the *SUQQU Comfort Lip Fluid Glow Liquid Lipstick 03.


Last look. 
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Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this deep dive into Beboe Therapies (also available at Revolve and Neiman Marcus reviewed HERE) and the found the exploration on the science behind the brand enlightening and reflective of why I think it is a truly special brand in the skincare space well worth the pursuit. 

I also hope you found the the overview of timeless new launches from SUQQU helpful and the resulting look inspiring and would love to know what caught your eye...do tell! 

Good things ahead, including a fresh video, newness from Hourglass and Clé de Peau Beauté and a host of fresh product procurements. Cannot wait to share. 

Stay strong, seek wisdom and much love,

xx

--The Beauty Professor 

**Many thanks to Beboe Therapies for sponsoring this post. 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.

Thursday, September 3, 2020

A Sunlit Labor Day Weekend Look Feat. Fresh Skincare, Lip Liner, Lip Gloss and the Best Sale Suggestions


Labor Day Weekend has arrived, bringing sun drenched temperatures, a little down time and sales galore. This last hurrah of summertime and passage into fall always gets me excited about autumnal makeup and I am happy to share a crisp and neutral look that effortlessly aligns with this seasonal transition. 

Additionally, I'm offering a glimpse into some skin and haircare finds, some fresh lip launches and a breakdown of some of the sales I'm shopping, with curated recommendations throughout. 

Kindly scroll on for more details, including a full product breakdown, swatches, weekend sale suggestions and images of everything in action as well as the Bottom Line...

Skincare + haircare etc.
// SKINCARE, HAIRCARE ETC. //
  • *Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Cleanser Daily Foaming Wash (reviewed HERE): I reach for this plush cleanser daily in the shower as it removes every last trace of dirt and makeup, gently exfoliating without stripping. That's why I'm on my third tube! Use the code RACHEL20 for 20% off of your entire order, site-wide.
  • *Retrouvé Luminous Cleanser (reviewed HERE): This opulent cleanser feels like a silky moisturizer that makes washing one's face feel like a veritable ritual. Each and every time I use it, my skin is left radiant, balanced and inordinately clean.
  • *Serucell KFS Serum (reviewed HERE): I am on my second bottle of this revolutionary formula, which, in sum has helped my skin to behave in a more youthful fashion. From smoothing fine lines and refining texture to firming slack skin and sculpting more definition into my features, it is a skincare must that works harmoniously with every other step in my routine. This weekend, use the code AtelierLD20 for 20% off! 
  • *Fillerina Eye and Lip Contour Cream: I love this multipurpose cream for plumping fine lines and wrinkles in the orbital and perioral areas. Packed with hyaluronic acid, it hydrates on contact, leaving bouncy, nourished skin in its wake.
  • *Beboe Therapies Face Serum (reviewed HERE): Lightweight and instantly absorbed, this CBD-infused oil based elixir brilliantly moisturizes while soothing redness and inflammation and imparting a gorgeous glow. 
  • *Supergoop! Defense Refresh Setting Mist: Recently a follower asked me how I apply sunscreen over makeup without disrupting my application and this SPF 40 setting mist is my answer! It keeps my makeup intact while masterfully providing a micro mist of UV protection.
  • *Gisou Honey Infused Hair Wash: I love all things honey and this shampoo from Gisou (along with the entire Gisou line in general) is a delightful discovery! This skillfully cleanses my hair in a single wash, leaving it bouncy and voluminous with the most marvelous honey sillage. I also recommend the highly rated Hair Mask and Hair Oil as options for deep hydration, repair and reflective shine.
  • *Ouai x Byredo Super Dry Shampoo: Ultra fine dry shampoo blessed with the now iconic Byredo Mojave Ghost fragrance? Yes, please! This makes my "second day hair" look "first day" and smells like an intriguing dream.
  • *ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment (reviewed HERE): A powerful combination of AHA, BHA and fruit enzymes work together to exfoliate for the smoothest canvas imaginable. I use this 2-3 times a week in the shower and my skin always thanks me with a fresh and illuminated visage. Don't forget to use RACHEL20 at checkout for 20% off on the Kate Somerville site


Kilian Paris Love, Don't Be Shy
For fragrance, I've been loving the intoxicatingly complex fruit-meets-marshmallow-meets-musk of *Kilian Paris Love, Don't Be Shy. This sultry juice resonates with warmer weather and falling temperatures alike; orange blossom and amber interplay in a fresh way and the sugar rich marshmallow element is warm and decadent. I cannot get enough as of late! 
Kilian Paris Love, Don't Be Shy
Base + face. 
// BASE + FACE //
Swatches in direct sunlight. 
Eyes + lips. 
// EYES + LIPS //
  • *Tower 28 ShineOnMilky Lip Jelly: Semi-opaque and blissfully neutral, these clean glosses (excellent for sensitive skin) come in four shades for endlessly pretty results. Coconut is a rosy pink, Cashew is a nude brown, Oat is a pale peachy pink and Almond is a rich chocolate brown. I blended Oat over lipliner in the look at the end of this post...if you like nude lips with impeccable shine, then these glosses are a must. 
  • Roen 11:11 Eyeshadow Palette (reviewed HERE): This lavish rose gold-centric quad bathes skin in creamy tones with plenty of luminosity...I use my fingers for the most effortless application.
  • *Roen Beauty CAKE Lash Mascara: Clean ingredients and a jet black formula make this mascara a lovely option for those looking for lush lashes and nontoxic ingredients.
  • *Roen Beauty Kiss My...Liquid Lip Balm in Charlie: I love this balm-meets-liquid lip color for hydration and shine and the rosy nude shade Charlie is one of those universally flattering my lips but better hues that instantly polishes one's canvas.
  • *EM Cosmetics Micro-Fluff Sculpting Brow Cream in Dark Espresso: I swept this creamy and volumizing formula through my brows for full and fluffy results. In the past, the shade Taupe has been my match but my brows are actually very naturally dark and the deep Espresso tone seamlessly blends with a proper ash brown undertone that looks extremely natural. 
  • *EM Cosmetics Soft Blur Lip Liner: These five lip liners are my favorite discovery of late summer! Velvety smooth and magnificently moisturizing, these liners come in a range of nude hues that work with all lip colors and complexions. I am personally partial to the pinky peach Fawn but equally appreciate the true pink nude Bunny, rosy nude Kitten, cool nude brown Mink and warm tan nude Teddy. They are long lasting and wear evenly, blurring fine lines while contributing to a more volumized looking pout. Plus, they are retractable...no sharpener needed! Highly recommended. 
Swatches of the Tower 28 ShineOnMilky Lip Jelly in direct sunlight. 
Roen swatches in direct sunlight. 
A close up of the Roen 11:11 Eyeshadow Palette
The EM Cosmetics Soft Blur Lip Liner. Bowl from Ben Soleimani.
Swatches of the EM Cosmetics Soft Blur Lip Liner in natural lighting. 

The following images reflect everything in action in late afternoon sunlight...

Lip combo is *EM Cosmetics liner in Fawn + *Tower 28 Milky Lip Jelly in Oat.  

The Roen 11:11 Eyeshadow Palette in action on the eyes.


Labor Day Weekend sales I'm shopping....
// Sales I'm Shopping //
  • Serucell: Currently, in partnership with their Atelier collective (a gorgeous curation of luxury skincare, haircare and jewelry lines...just visit Serucell and select the "Atelier" tab), the code AtelierLD20 will give 20% off the Serucell KFS Serum (a perfect time to try this gem!) as well as the other brands in the group including Veronique Gabai Fragrance, Masami Haircare, Debra Navarro Jewelry and Beboe Therapies
  • Beboe Therapies: Use the code 20LABORDAY for 20% off, site wide. As aforementioned earlier in the post, clearly, I am in love with the Face Serum and I highly recommend the Body Balm for a soothing relief of aches and pains, too. 
  • City Lips: The Clear Lip Plumper (my favorite for years) is "buy one, get one free" and "buy two, get two free + one Pink Nude." Now is the perfect time to try this ultra hydrating formula and share one with a friend!
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Style notes. 
// STYLE NOTES //
  • White cotton button-down: I am on a white button-down spree as of late...clean, crisp and classic, a shirt like this always matches my mood. Finding versions that are lightweight but not sheer and slightly oversized key! 
  • AGOLDE shorts: I have three pairs of these shorts...they're not too short and hold everything in while being effortless with everything. 
  • Black bralette: After the last six months of relaxed brassieres, I don't think I can ever go back to regular bras...this one is generously cut so showing a peek of it isn't a big deal.
  • Mephisto wedges: I bought these last fall and still wear these like crazy! Absurdly lightweight and comfortable, they match absolutely anything I choose to wear, making them an investment to be worn all year. 
AGOLDE shorts in action.
Mephisto wedges
Last look.
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 Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this Labor Day Weekend-Inspired post and would love to know what caught your eye...do tell!

Good things ahead, including a detailed deep dive into some products on heavy rotation since the summer, a fresh video tutorial and a host of new fall product launches...cannot wait to share.

Stay strong, seek wisdom and much love,

xx

--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.