Thursday, July 30, 2015

End of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Style + Beauty Recommendations...4 Days Left to Save!

Above: Nothing screams the impending fall season like a fresh pair of booties.
Now that these booties have hopefully caught your attention, I feel it necessary to mention that the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale (discussed HERE and HERE) is on the cusp of completion with prices going up on August 3rd.  That being said, there are still plenty of brilliant finds currently in stock--both in the style and beauty realm--and this post is devoted to highlighting some of my favorites!

Kindly scroll on for style and beauty recommendations as well as the Bottom Line...

Above: The Nordstrom sale may be ending soon, but there is still a host of incredible finds in stock online!

Above: These booties are among some of my current favorites in my vast collection...I love it when you buy fall fashion that can be worn immediately.
Above: A perfectly casual pairing...Leith Trapeze Dress + Donald Pliner booties
Style Suggestions (as of publish date, most sizes still in stock):
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Beauty Steals (hover over each product image for direct links...list below collage as well): 



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Bottom Line:  I hope you found this Nordstrom Anniversary Sale discussion helpful; as aforementioned, the sale merchandise goes back to full price on August 3rd so secure your final steals before then.

What have been some of YOUR favorite Anniversary Sale discoveries thus far?  Do tell!

Good things ahead, including a hair-centric post, more foundation swatches and a host of new product procurements!

xx,

--The Beauty Professor

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Surratt Beauty Automatique Lip Crayon: Swatches of Every Shade

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Above: Surratt Beauty Automatique Lip Crayon in Scantilly Clad, a divine peachy pink nude.
In honor of National Lipstick Day, I am beyond thrilled to offer a close up of the brilliant Surratt Beauty Automatique Lip Crayon (available at Barney's NY, Sephora and Liberty London) in one of my favorite quintessentially nude shade--Scantilly Clad--as well as swatches of every shade in the formula! 

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

Above: The Surratt Automatique Lip Crayon comes in 19 stunning shades.
The Automatique Lip Crayon is simply sublime; the lush pigmentation, comfortably smooth texture and long-lasting matte finish make it a triple threat in Lipstick-Land.  I am utterly smitten with both the formula and the vast range of shade offerings:
  • In the Flesh--pale, fleshy nude
  • Stark Naked--ochre nude
  • Celestine--deep rose beige
  • In the Buff--Warm nude
  • Savoir-Faire--mid-toned rose
  • Gentillesse--tender rose pink
  • Birthday Suit--pinky nude (a hair lighter than Scantilly Clad)
  • Valentine--cool bright baby pink
  • Megalomane--blue-toned red
  • Clementine--bright citrus
  • Scantilly Clad--peachy nude pink
  • Fuchsine--sheer fuchsia 
  • A La Mode--bright coral
  • Alluring--perfect, classic red
  • P.O.C--bold orange red
  • Shocking--audacious pink
  • Deep in Vogue--royal purple
  • Seductrice--deep blue red
  • Mahogany--oxblood 

surratt automatique lip crayon swatches
Above: Swatches of all shades in outdoor shade. 
surratt automatique lip crayon swatches
Above: Swatches of all shades in direct sunlight.
Above: Closeup swatches in direct sunlight.
Above: Closeup swatches in direct sunlight, round 2

Official details, courtesy of Sephora:

What it is:
A high-pigment lip crayon with a lightweight, non-drying matte finish. 

What it does:
Saturate lips with this suede-like formula’s moisturizing matte color. This nourishing, feather-light lip crayon is long-lasting so you can confidently wear your go-to lip shade. 

What else you need to know:
This product is fragrance-free.

INGREDIENTSPolyglyceryl-2 Tiisostearate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Phytosteryl/Isostearyl/Cetyl/Stearyl/Behenyl Dimer Dilinoleate, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Microcrystalline Wax, Phytosteryl/Octyldodecyl Lauroyl Glutamate, Paraffin, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Diphenylsiloxy Phenyl Trimethicone, Synthetic Wax, Tocopherol, Propylparaben, Dimethicone, Petrolatum, (+/-) Mica, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Cellulose, Red 6 (Ci 15850), Red 7 (Ci 15850), Red 28 Lake (Ci 45410), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140), Yellow 6 Lake (Ci 15985), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090).


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Above: Scantilly Clad.
When I swatched the entire shade range late last week, choosing a shade to take home was an effortless endeavor...Scantilly Clad was calling my name from the instant I approached the Surratt Beauty counter. 

This flattering peachy nude pink has just enough pigment to avoid washing out the face while still being light enough to create an authentic nude lip.  It is creamy, opaque and kind to sensitive lips; I get 4-5 hours of blissful, touch up free wear with a single application.  If you were at all unsure about this elusive formula, I hope that my swatches and discussion of the Surratt Automatique Lip Crayon have compelled you to give it a try; I am confident you won't regret it! 

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Above: A swatch of the insanely beautiful Scantilly Clad.


In the look that follows, key products worn include:

surratt automatique lip crayon scantilly clad
Above: Swatches of all products worn in direct sunlight.

The following images reflect all products in action in various lighting situations...








Above: Last look.
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Bottom Line: I hope your week is going well thus far and that you found the swatches of the glorious Surratt Beauty Automatique Lip Crayons (available at Barney's NYSephora and Liberty London) inspiring and useful; the formula is pigmented, long lasting and feels like velvet and Scantilly Clad is a MUST HAVE pale shade for my fellow nude lip lovers! 

By the way, the Nordstorm Anniversary Sale (discussed in detail HERE and HERE) ends on August 2nd and, as of last check today, there are quite a few incredible deals still in stock; will have a refreshed final shopping guide live ASAP ; ) 

Good things ahead, including a hair-centric post, more foundation swatches and a host of new product procurements...xx,

--The Beauty Professor

** PR sample 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. 

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Monday, July 27, 2015

Charlotte Tilbury Bronze & Glow...An Overview with Swatches of All Three Versions

Above: 3 versions of the brilliant Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow.
Earlier this month, the Charlotte Tilbury x Norman Parkinson Collection debuted (review HERE and HERE), delivering a stunning cream formula of the modern classic Filmstar Bronze & Glow as well as a simultaneously released Medium to Dark Bronze & Glow version.  

Kindly scroll on more details, swatches and images of the products in action as well as the Bottom Line...
Above: A shade and formula for every individual.
Filmstar Bronze & Glow has been an integral part of my routine for the past year (original review HERE) and I was thrilled to be able to try the latest installments from the venerable Charlotte Tilbury line.  Enthusiasts of the formula have been eager for a Bronze & Glow option for deeper skin tones and the cream version takes this gorgeous product to another level!  

  • Features a darker-toned sculpting powder--a beautiful deep brown--that also seems to have a bit more luminosity than the light-medium shade. 
  • The highlight shade is much warmer--almost a light bronze--than the neutral champagned toned highlight in the light-medium shade.
  • This option will work well on N/NW/NC 35+ skin tones
Official details, courtesy of Beautylish:

This is a secret that silver screen sirens have kept to themselves for years – and once shared with you – so will you! With Filmstar Bronze & Glow you can slim, sculpt, shorten, trim and highlight your features. It’s amazing what clever shading and highlighting tricks can do to your facial framework - it’s an illusion that used all the time, particularly for red carpet scrutiny. Take what you were born with and maximize your assets with Filmstar Bronze & Glow!

•The bronzer is the perfect universal blend of pearl and pigment to contour features and mimic a sun-kissed complexion.
• The highlighter is built up from a golden base that flatters any skin tone, and uses Light Flex Technology to capture light and radiate it out for a luminous complexion.
• Colour-rich pigments are rolled into elastomer pearls that smooth & buff the skin for excellent blendability & perfect colour uniformity
• Paraben-free
0.56 oz.


Ingredients: Talc, Mica, Isononyl Isononanoate, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Starch, Dimethicone, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Zinc Stearate, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Dimethiconol, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Hexylene Glycol, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Silica, Tin Oxide, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499)

  • Has a creamy, true brown sculpting shade with no apparent shimmer.  It swatches with remarkable opacity but looks entirely natural once blended into the skin.  I used my Jenny Patinkin All Over Face Brush in the contours of my cheeks and along the perimeters of my face to apply. 
  • The highlighting shade is a radiant gold...not as warm or deep as the Bronze & Glow powder in Medium-Dark but definitely a touch more pigmented than the pale champagne of the Bronze & Glow powder in Light-Medium.  I love the ethereal light it imparts on the face.
  • This formula will work well for light, medium and perhaps medium-deep skin tones...absolutely beguiling!
Official details, courtesy of Beautylish:

Charlotte created this Limited Edition Filmstar Bronze & Glow as part of the Charlotte Tilbury x Norman Parkinson collection. This cream texture, contouring palette duo is inspired by the natural fall of sunlight and shade on the face and is designed to slim, sculpt and highlight your features, creating a naturally glowing complexion. Parkinson’s ability to capture light hugely influences how Charlotte thinks about makeup and Filmstar Bronze & Glow (Sun Tan & Sun Light) captures the youthful, soft-focus lens of his camera, giving you perfect summer skin – a golden glow that enhances your facial framework. The cream textures have a fresh, dewy finish that is perfect for summer. 

The compact features a Norman Parkinson photograph of Jerry Hall on the beach in Jamaica in 1975. It is an iconic Vogue cover and a reference Charlotte returns to again and again. Jerry has long been a global beauty icon with her pools of crystal blue eyes, luscious lips and flowing golden locks, and I really wanted to celebrate her as a Parkinson muse. 

Ingredients
GlowCetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Mica, C12-13 Alkyl Ethylhexanoate, Ozokerite, Caprylic/Capric/Myristic/Stearic Triglyceride, Silica, Microcrystalline Wax (Cera Microcristallina), Polymethyl Methacrylate, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-t-butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Tocopheryl Linoleate, [May Contain (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77499), Carmine (CI 75470), Tin Oxide (CI 77861)] 
Bronzer :Dimethicone, Isononyl Isononanoate, Titanuim Dioxide (Nano), Cetearyl Isononanoate, Trimethylsiolxyphenyl Dimethicone, Ehtylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Mica, Polyethylene, Nylon-12, Silica, Dimethicone/Divinyldimethicone/Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, [May Contain (+/-): Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, Ci 77499)]

Scroll on for comparision swatches aplenty...

Above: CT x NP Bronze & Glow and the Bronze & Glow Medium-Dark edition.
Above: Two cases of unique and unparalleled beauty.
charlotte tilbury x norman parkinson bronze and glow swatches
Above: The Bronze & Glow cream version in direct sunlight. 
charlotte tilbury bronze and glow medium to dark
Above: The Bronze & Glow in medium-dark in direct sunlight.
charlotte tilbury bronze and glow swatches
Above: Swatches of all three Bronze & Glow formulas in direct sunlight.
Above: Which formula will you choose?
Above: Three cream formulas in my rotation.
Cream Formula Comparison Swatches:
charlotte tilbury bronze and glow swatches
Above: Swatches in direct sunlight.
Above: Five formula juxtaposition.
charlotte tilbury bronze and glow swatches
Above: Swatches of all five formulas in direct sunlight; I intentionally placed the light-medium "bronze" and "glow" shades (labeled B&G 1) side by side with their medium-dark counterparts (labeled B&G 2) for extra contrast.
Above: All products used the look below.
For the look that follows, I used the following products:
charlotte tilbury bronze and glow swatches
Above: Swatches in direct sunlight.
Above: Makeup for a warm and glowing look.
The following images reflect all products in action in various lighting situations...


Abve: Simply cannot get enough chambray.





Above: Last look.
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Bottom Line: I sincerely hope you found this swatch-heavy overview enlightening and helpful!  Available at Beautylish, the Charlotte Tilbury Bronze & Glow formula--in both the cream and powder versions--is an impeccable option for those seeking easily-achievable contouring and highlighting for a spectrum of skin tones.  

Have YOU tried Charlotte Tilbury Bronze & Glow?  Thoughts?  What are some of your favorite Charlotte Tilbury products? 

Good things ahead, including a hair-centric post, more foundation-focused discussions and a host of new product procurements...may your week be off to a beautiful start!

xx,

--The Beauty Professor

** PR sample 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. 
© 2012-15 Beautyprofessor® All Rights Reserved. Do not copy, reprint or republish content and/or photos without author's written permission.