Friday, July 1, 2016

Weekend Sales, Coastal Road Trip Mini Recap + Summer Foundation Rundown on the Neiman Marcus Blog!


Happy cusp of the weekend to you! What are your plans?  After an intense month of traveling, I am so excited to settle in for the month of July.  In honor of the holiday, this post is dedicated to the abundance of weekend sales (with my suggestions!), a quick recap of my latest roadtrip and an overview of my latest story--all about summertime foundations--for the Neiman Marcus Blog.

Kindly scroll on for more details, images and links to reviews as well as the Bottom Line...

Running with Jasper and Jethro (metaphorically, that is) to the sales that abound online this weekend.
// The SALES //

The holiday weekend is rife with sales on clothes that you can wear immediately...here are some of the deals in which I will be indulging this weekend:





  • Beauty Bits: I'll also be picking up a couple of new Marc Jacobs Beauty Air Blushes and the Tom Ford Orchid Soleil...also, if you haven't yet taken a peek, I implore you to consider procuring the recently-released Wayne Goss Air-Brush (reviewed HERE).  At $35, it is luxuriously affordable and its buffing capabilities are insane...I am truly enjoying how well this seamlessly blends bronzer and highlighter.  It's simply exquisite. 
Leaving our hotel in San Simeon to meet the guys at their campsite. **Makeup details below.
// The ROADTRIP //

**Makeup details in the above image as follows: Surratt Beauty Surreal Skin Foundation #9 (reviewed HERE), By Terry Sun Designer Palette in #02 (reviewed HERE), Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop (reviewed HERE) applied with the Wayne Goss Air-Brush (reviewed HERE), Gucci Magnetic eye Duo in Primrose (reviewed HERE) and Sisley Phyto Lip Twist in #10 Sugar (a perfectly opaque, shiny cool baby pink that is always in my purse).  This combination lasted for 10+ hours and effortlessly took me (and my mom!) through the trip.

This past week, my mom and I took the pups up the coast of CA to meet my husband, dad and brother at their campsite near Big Sur where they had been kayak fishing for a few days prior.  

We had such a fun round of family time, disconnecting from technology (no cell signal or WiFi for miles on end) and enjoying the bounty of nature, nestled on the Pacific Ocean.  Here are a few snapshots from the trip...

At Limekiln beach...unspoiled nature at its best. 
Our tent...that's my new golden sleeping bag on the right...super warm yet light. 
video

On a rock with Jethro as the tide began to rise...my brother captured this moment! 
// The FOUNDATIONS //


Finally, for my most recent article for the Neiman Marcus blog (which can be read in its entirety HERE), I highlighted 10 foundation formulas that hold up incredibly well in summertime weather.  They are:
  1. Chantecaille Future Skin Foundation (reviewed HERE)
  2. Tom Ford Traceless Perfecting Foundation (reviewed HERE)
  3. Le Metier de Beaute Afterglow Foundation (reviewed HERE)
  4. Estee Lauder Double Wear Nude Radiant Cushion Stick (review forthcoming)
  5. Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow Foundation (reviewed HERE)
  6. La Prairie Skin Caviar Concealer + Foundation (reviewed HERE)
  7. Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous Foundation (reviewed HERE)
  8. Sisley-Paris Tinted Sunscreen Cream SPF 30 (reviewed HERE)
  9. La Mer The Reparative Skintint SPF 30 (reviewed HERE)
  10. Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion SPF 50+ (reviewed HERE)


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Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this triad of focuses...sometimes diversifying is the best way to communicate what's on one's mind ; )

In summary, I have 3 questions for you:

(1) Which weekend sales are catching your eye?

(2) What trips have you or will you be taking this summer?

(3) Are you wearing foundation this summer?  If so, which formula are you currently loving?

Do tell!

Good things ahead, including a preview of the coveted Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips, the Marc Jacobs Airblush and a host of new product procurements...cannot wait to share.

Have a beautiful weekend...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.  © 2012-16 Beautyprofessor® All Rights Reserved. Do not copy, reprint or republish content and/or photos without author's written permission.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Amore Pacific Newness: Age Correcting Cushion Foundation + Stellar Skincare

amore pacific age correcting foundation swatches

I've been intrigued by the Amore Pacific line since the early days of Beauty Professor.  In fact, the Amore Pacfic Color Control Cushion (reviewed HERE) was the first cushion I ever encountered!  Recently, I had the opportunity to try some new (to me) products from the line and this story is dedicated to my experience. 

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

amore pacific age correcting foundation swatches

In order to refamiliarize myself with the Amore Pacific line, I tried a combination of intense daily skincare, a formula for on the go revitalization and, of course, foundation...

Skincare pair. 
In terms of skincare, the *Time Response Skin Renewal Creme can be used day and night to hydrate, tone and smooth the skin.  Green tea is one of the star ingredients, fighting free radicals and infusing skin with anti-oxidants for powerful anti-aging benefits.  

The creme feels silky and rich; that being said, I was surprised by how quickly it absorbed into the skin!  A single pea-sized application leaves my canvas balanced and slightly dewy for the healthiest possible outcome as one heads into makeup application. 

I will continue to test this product for the next few weeks and weigh back in following that period but in the meanwhile, the reviews I've found for this opulent formula are absolutely stellar, thereby further supporting its inherent efficacy.  

Official details, courtesy of Amore Pacific




  • This luxurious creme utilizes Advanced TIME REPSONSE Complex™ consisting of Green Tea Stem Cell, Green Tea Polysaccharide EGCG, and Green Tea Saponin to improve the appearance of radiant, firm and smooth skin.
  • To help achieve optimum anti-aging benefits, all powerful botanical ingredients in TIME RESPONSE Skin Renewal Creme are delivered to the skin through Microfluidics technology developed by AMOREPACIFIC Technology & Research Institute.
  • The product contains 100% first-harvested green tea water for enhanced moisturizing effects


  • Lush and hydrating...the Time Response Skin Renewal Creme. 
    Time Response Skin Renewal Creme IngredientsCAMELLIA SINENSIS LEAF WATER, WATER, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, PHYLLOSTACHIS BAMBUSOIDES JUICE, GLYCERIN, HYDROGENATED OLIVE OIL LAURYL ESTERS, JOJOBA ESTERS, BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA BUTTER), DIMETHICONE, DIPROPYLENE GLYCOL, HYDROGENATED POLY(C6-14 OLEFIN), BIOSACCHARIDE GUM-1, CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, BETAINE, PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRAETHYLHEXANOATE, DIISOSTEARYL MALATE, HYDROGENATED POLYISOBUTENE, ALCOHOL, HELIANTHUS ANNUUS (SUNFLOWER) SEED OIL, HYDROGENATED LECITHIN, EPIGALLOCATECHIN GALLATE, CAMELLIA SINENSIS CALLUS CULTURE EXTRACT, CAMELLIA SINENSIS CALLUS CULTURE CONDITIONED MEDIA, HYDROLYZED CAMELLIA SINENSIS SEED EXTRACT, CAMELLIA SINENSIS SEED OIL, CAMELLIA SINENSIS LEAF EXTRACT, CAMELLIA SINENSIS FLOWER EXTRACT, HYDROLYZED CAMELLIA SINENSIS LEAF, CAMELLIA SINENSIS SEED OIL/PALM OIL AMINOPROPANEDIOL ESTERS, THEANINE, TREHALOSE, PANAX GINSENG ROOT EXTRACT, NIACINAMIDE, CAFFEINE, ROSA DAVURICA BUD EXTRACT, ZIZYPHUS JUJUBA FRUIT EXTRACT, OLEA EUROPAEA (OLIVE) FRUIT OIL, DIPOTASSIUM GLYCYRRHIZATE, MANGIFERA INDICA (MANGO) SEED OIL, ZINGIBER OFFICINALE (GINGER) ROOT EXTRACT, SIMMONDSIA CHINENSIS (JOJOBA) SEED OIL, HAMAMELIS VIRGINIANA (WITCH HAZEL) LEAF EXTRACT, AVENA SATIVA (OAT) KERNEL EXTRACT, OPUNTIA COCCINELLIFERA FRUIT EXTRACT, BETULA PLATYPHYLLA JAPONICA JUICE, GLYCINE SOJA (SOYBEAN) SEED EXTRACT, ARACHIDYL GLUCOSIDE, RHODIOLA ROSEA ROOT EXTRACT, LONICERA JAPONICA (HONEYSUCKLE) FLOWER EXTRACT, TRICHOLOMA MATSUTAKE EXTRACT, GOSSYPIUM HERBACEUM (COTTON) EXTRACT, LIMNANTHES ALBA (MEADOWFOAM) SEED OIL, GINKGO BILOBA LEAF EXTRACT, COCOS NUCIFERA (COCONUT) OIL, ARNICA MONTANA FLOWER EXTRACT, ACHILLEA MILLEFOLIUM EXTRACT, ARTEMISIA ABSINTHIUM EXTRACT, GENTIANA LUTEA ROOT EXTRACT, GLYCYRRHIZA GLABRA (LICORICE) ROOT EXTRACT, VITIS VINIFERA (GRAPE) LEAF EXTRACT, FOENICULUM VULGARE (FENNEL) SEED EXTRACT, SILYBUM MARIANUM FRUIT EXTRACT, HYDROLYZED PHYLLOSTACHIS BAMBUSOIDES, EUGENIA CARYOPHYLLUS (CLOVE) FLOWER EXTRACT, MAGNOLIA OBOVATA BARK EXTRACT, PAPAIN, VACCINIUM ANGUSTIFOLIUM (BLUEBERRY) FRUIT EXTRACT, BETA-GLUCAN, NATTO GUM, SODIUM HYALURONATE, ACETYL GLUCOSAMINE, HESPERIDIN, CENTELLA ASIATICA EXTRACT, CITRUS UNSHIU PEEL EXTRACT, HYDROLYZED VIOLA TRICOLOR EXTRACT, CARICA PAPAYA (PAPAYA) FRUIT EXTRACT, SECALE CEREALE (RYE) SEED EXTRACT, HIBISCUS ABELMOSCHUS SEED EXTRACT, NELUMBO NUCIFERA FLOWER EXTRACT, DEXTRIN, PEG-75, POLOXAMER 235, PEG-5 RAPESEED STEROL, HYDROGENATED POLYDECENE, ACRYLATES/C10-30 ALKYL ACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER, TROMETHAMINE, PENTYLENE GLYCOL, PPG-5-LAURETH-5, HYDROXYETHYL ACRYLATE/SODIUM ACRYLOYLDIMETHYL TAURATE COPOLYMER, ETHOXYDIGLYCOL, SACCHARIDE ISOMERATE, TOCOPHERSOLAN, POLOXAMER 338, POLYGLYCERYL-10 STEARATE, PEG-40 STEARATE, POLYMETHYL METHACRYLATE, C12-16 ALCOHOLS, POLYSILICONE-11, CETEARYL ALCOHOL, PROPANEDIOL, CYCLOHEXASILOXANE, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, BIS-PEG-18 METHYL ETHER DIMETHYL SILANE, ARACHIDYL ALCOHOL, PALMITIC ACID, BEHENYL ALCOHOL, GLYCERYL STEARATE, PEG-100 STEARATE, SODIUM POLYACRYLATE, 1,2-HEXANEDIOL, STEARYL BEHENATE, THEOBROMA CACAO (COCOA) SEED EXTRACT, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, POLYGLYCERYL-3 METHYLGLUCOSE DISTEARATE, POLYGLYCERYL-8 STEARATE, POLYGLYCERYL-10 PENTASTEARATE, KAEMPFEROL, SOY STEROL ACETATE, XANTHAN GUM, CERAMIDE 3, PHYTANTRIOL, SODIUM STEAROYL LACTYLATE, POLYSORBATE 20, PHYTOSPHINGOSINE, CETEARYL GLUCOSIDE, POLOXAMER 407, HYDROXYPROPYL BISPALMITAMIDE MEA, METHOXY PEG-114/POLYEPSILON CAPROLACTONE, INULIN LAURYL CARBAMATE, AMMONIUM ACRYLOYLDIMETHYLTAURATE/VP COPOLYMER, HYDROLYZED COLLAGEN, GLYCERYL CAPRYLATE, HYALURONIC ACID, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, DISODIUM EDTA, PHENOXYETHANOL, FRAGRANCE, RED 33 (CI 17200), YELLOW 5 (CI 19140)

    Next-level refreshment...the Time Response Skin Renewal Mist. 
    To give skin a revitalizing boost throughout the day, I am smitten with the *Time Reponse Skin Renewal Mist.  Fortified with a host of skin-soothing ingredients (see below) this refreshing formula can be misted on before and after makeup and anytime your canvas requires a pick-me-up.  I will be throwing this in my travel bag this weekend while beach camping and also envision the mist fitting into my work week, especially during long lecturing days! 

    Official details, courtesy of Amore Pacific

    • Advanced TIME RESPONSE Complex™ consisting of Green Tea Stem Cells, Green Tea Polyphenol EGCG, and Green Tea Saponin, helps improve the appearance of radiant, firm and smooth skin.
    • Microfluidics technology, developed by AMOREPACIFIC Technology & Research Institute, delivers powerful Asian botanical ingredients into the skin to help obtain optimum anti-aging benefits.
    Time Response Skin Renewal Mist IngredientsCAMELLIA SINENSIS LEAF WATER, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, ALCOHOL, GLYCERIN, TRIETHYLHEXANOIN, CAMELLIA SINENSIS SEED OIL, EPIGALLOCATECHIN GALLATE, CAMELLIA SINENSIS CALLUS CULTURE CONDITIONED MEDIA, CAMELLIA SINENSIS CALLUS CULTURE EXTRACT, HYDROLYZED CAMELLIA SINENSIS SEED EXTRACT, SQUALANE, DIMETHICONE, PEG-60 GLYCERYL ISOSTEARATE, GLYCERYL STEARATE, CETEARYL ALCOHOL, PEG-20 GLYCERYL ISOSTEARATE, STEARIC ACID, PALMITIC ACID, HYDROXYETHYL ACRYLATE/SODIUM ACRYLOYLDIMETHYL TAURATE COPOLYMER, METHOXY PEG-114/POLYEPSILON CAPROLACTONE, WATER, 1,2-HEXANEDIOL, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, POTASSIUM HYDROXIDE, DISODIUM EDTA, PHENOXYETHANOL, FRAGRANCE
    amore pacific age correcting foundation swatches

    Finally, let's take a closer look at the *Age Correcting Foundation Cushion Broad Spectrum SPF 25, which I tried in both:
    •  #204: Light-Medium for skin with golden undertones...apropos for N/NC 23-27 skin tones
    •  #208: Medium for skin with golden undertones...apropos for N/NC 30-40 skin tones 
    In my experiece, this more recent release offers the convenience of a cushion compact with significantly better coverage (medium to full) than the original Amore Pacific Color Control Cushion (great for very dewy light-medium coverage).

    The sleek beige compact is reflective of the minimalist Korean beauty aesthetic and I love the fact that the applicator sponge is nestled on its own level, securely apart from the cushion to avoid cross-contamination.  

    With a light scent--synonomous with the Amore Pacific line--and a creamy yet weightless ultra smooth texture, this formula glides onto skin with ease; I get nearly full coverage with a single application and am impressed by the natural matte second skin appearance and tremendous lasting power (8+ hours).

    All in all, I have a major affinity for this foundation formula and know I'll be reaching for it frequently this summer! 

    Official details, courtesy of Amore Pacific

      This essential element in your routine instantly primes and perfects with full, long-lasting coverage for skin that is flawlessly smooth and soft to the touch. The luxurious formula combines potent anti-aging ingredients and cushion technology for a tightened, polished appearance and a light, effortless application. 

      The anti-aging formula contains a powerful combination of potent botanicals and proprietary technology that improves skin visibly and over time:
    • Even-Layer Protective Technology ™ conceals pores and visibly evens out skin tone to prime skin. 
    • Long-Lasting™ Complex maintains coverage even through hot and humid conditions. 
    • Green Miracle T™ , AMOREPACIFIC’s patented ingredient, helps to restore skin and boosts natural suppleness and density for a youthful appearance. 
    • Green Tea Polysaccharides, a powerful antioxidant, protects skin's surface from environmental aggressors. 
    • Broad Spectrum SPF 25 protects skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays that cause skin aging.
    amore pacific age correcting foundation swatches

    Age Correcting Foundation Cushion IngredientsCAMELLIA SINENSIS LEAF WATER, TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), BUTYLENE GLYCOL, CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, METHYL TRIMETHICONE, ETHYLHEXYL METHOXYCINNAMATE, PHENYL TRIMETHICONE, TRIMETHYLSILOXYSILICATE, LAURYL PEG-9 POLYDIMETHYLSILOXYETHYL DIMETHICONE, CYCLOHEXASILOXANE, HYDROGENATED POLYDECENE, CETYL ETHYLHEXANOATE, ARBUTIN, PEG-10 DIMETHICONE, POLYMETHYL METHACRYLATE, ALCOHOL, VINYL DIMETHICONE/METHICONE SILSESQUIOXANE CROSSPOLYMER, DISTEARDIMONIUM HECTORITE, 1,2-HEXANEDIOL, GLYCERIN, CAMELLIA SINENSIS LEAF EXTRACT, DIMETHICONE, DIMETHICONE/VINYL DIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER, DISODIUM EDTA, METHYL METHACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER, CYCLOMETHICONE, SODIUM CHLORIDE, ADENOSINE, ACRYLATES/STEARYL ACRYLATE/DIMETHICONE METHACRYLATE COPOLYMER, ALUMINUM HYDROXIDE, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, WATER, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, TOCOPHEROL, TRIETHOXYCAPRYLYLSILANE, PHENYL METHICONE, PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRA-DI-T-BUTYL HYDROXYHYDROCINNAMATE, POLYETHYLENE, POLYPROPYLSILSESQUIOXANE, PEG/PPG-20/15 DIMETHICONE, HYDROGENATED LECITHIN, PHENOXYETHANOL, IRON OXIDES (CI 77492), IRON OXIDES (CI 77491), IRON OXIDES (CI 77499), FRAGRANCE

    amore pacific age correcting foundation swatches
    The proper way to hold the cushion to apply the formula.
    amore pacific age correcting foundation swatches
    Swatches in direct sunlight. 
    amore pacific age correcting foundation swatches
    Swatches in direct sunlight with a flash. 



    I opted to combine the Amore Pacific products with a round of beauty selections in the dusty rose nude category for a subtle look that's clean and glowing...full product breakdown:
    Style Notes:
    Complexion perfectors.
    amore pacific age correcting foundation swatches
    Swatches in direct sunlight. 
    The Wayne Goss Buffing Brush is one of the softest brushes I've ever encountered...
    burberry eye palette blush nude swatches
    Eye pair. 
    burberry eye palette blush nude swatches
    Swatches of the Burberry Complete Eye Palette in natural sunlight.
    burberry eye palette blush nude swatches

    burberry eye palette blush nude swatches

    Lip trio. 
    gucci sensuous deep matte lipstick swatches
    Lip swatches in direct sunlight. 
    gucci sensuous deep matte lipstick swatches
    Gucci Spring Rose...so good. 
    gucci sensuous deep matte lipstick swatches
    Swatches of the Gucci Sensuous Deep Matte Lipstick in indoor lighting. 


    The following images reflect all products in action in natural light...










    Last look.
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    Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this Amore Pacific-centric story and would love hear what products from the line have caught your eye. 

    Do you currently use anything from Amore Pacific?  Do tell!

    Good things ahead including a travel diary, a fresh video and a host of new product procurements...xx,

    --The Beauty Professor


     ** Thanks to AmorePacific 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.  © 2012-16 Beautyprofessor® All Rights Reserved. Do not copy, reprint or republish content and/or photos without author's written permission.

    Monday, June 27, 2016

    Summer Simplicity: A 5-Minute Look + a Black Slip Dress for Days & Nights Alike



    Happy end of June, lovelies!  If you've been following me on Instagram, than you may have learned that last week, I was honored to be in Dallas to present at the Neiman Marcus Beauty Conclave; my discussion focused on the relationship between social media (namely, Instagram) and the beauty industry and I had such a marvelous time exploring Texas with Laura and commisserating with like-minded beauty lovers. As to be expected in the summer, the weather warm and steamy.  This climate inspired me to opt for a simple and streamlined makeup look that would hold up for hours without melting away! I also embraced a newfound love for the classic black slip dress, which translates from day to night with ease.  

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

    Presenting at the Neiman Marcus 2016 Beauty Conclave...photo credit: Laura Lynn.

    // FOUNDATION //  A subtle glow and strong wear time are major attributes of this particular combination.
    • I started by prepping my skin with a pea-sized amount of the Le Metier de Beaute Peau Vierge #2 (reviewed HERE...always a part of my base routine) for moisture, radiance and primer qualities as well as SPF 18.  The intense humidity of the day meant that I could go light on moisture and still look dewy! 
    • Two pumps of the new *Le Metier de Beaute Afterglow Foundation in #8 (swatched and reviewed HERE) added luminous medium coverage that looks like a second skin.  As aforementioned, the lasting power is immense (10+ hours on me) and shade #8 is perfect for my light olive NC 27 skin. 
    • I cannot go without my trusty *SK-II Mid-Day Essence (reviewed HERE) to revitalize skin.  I like to give a spritz right after applying my entire makeup routine to remove any powdery finish and then use it throughout the day to refresh, especially in the heat. 
    Swatches in direct sunlight. 


    // CHEEKS // A trio of three products is all that is necessary to gently sculpt, bronze, flush and illuminate skin in mere seconds. 
    • I used the bronze side of the By Terry Sun Designer in 02 Light and Tan Vibes (reviewed HERE) to softly contour and add warmth to my cheeks.  Then, I mixed the rosy shade with the luminous bronze and peachy pearl shades and applied to the apples of my cheeks for a glowing blush effect, using the sublime Surratt Beauty Artistique Sculpting Brush (always in my makeup bag) to adeptly chisel and blend. I have gotten so much use from the By Terry palette since picking it up in March; the shades are flattering and so easy to work with...I love that I can get full and complete face look with a single product! 
    • In my experience, the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop Pressed (initially reviewed HERE) truly lives up to the hype.  This gleaming peachy gold is gorgeously blendable and delivers such light to the face. Everytime I put it on the high points (browbones, cheekbones and Cupid's bow), someone asks me what highlighter I'm wearing. 
    Swatches in direct sunlight. 


    // EYES // A wash of warm brown, a clearly-defined line and luscious lashes ensure a simple yet captivating effect. 
    • I am over the moon by how well-loved the *Surratt Beauty Prismatique Eyes in Neutral Eyes (reviewed HERE) looks in the image above as hitting pan is rare around BP headquarters.  This genius pairing of  rich chocolate cream shadow and glimmering rose gold powder shadow creates the most brilliant nude eye and the powder sets the cream for creaseless wear that lasts the day. Need to pick up another Neutral Eyes ASAP! 
    • The *By Terry Line Designer in Black Ink (reviewed HERE) is a waterproof wonder.  Lately, I've enjoyed applying it just along my lash line and avoiding the cat eye "flick" oft associated with liquid liner.  This process makes lashes look darker and more voluminous while still being clean and simple (and easy!). The formla is jet black and slightly glossy and stays true to its waterproof claims...no smudging or flaking in sight.
    • Two coats of the *Sisley So Curl Mascara (reviewed HERE) creates long and lifted lashes that are deliciously jet black.  I wore this during a 10 hour travel day (good times) with nary a smudge in sight. 


    Swatches in direct sunlight. 


    // LIPS // Prepped and primed for a single wash of coral lip color, lips can be luxurious and low-maintenance.
    • I buffed a bit of the *Giorgio Armani Prima Lip & Eye Contour Perfector (reviewed HERE) onto my lips to hydrate, plump and prime my lips for the lipstick to come.  I love that this formula can be used on both lips and eyes and it's become a permanent part of my makeup bag as of late. 
    • While in Dallas, I picked up the Tom Ford Lip Color in Misbehaved after being transfixed by its creamy coral goodness. In terms of tone, it's like Naked Coral (reviewed HERE) with the creamy (rather than pearlescent) finish of Spanish Pink (reviewed HERE).  This shade has incredible color-payoff, absolutely no shimmer and a marvelous bright energy that doesn't overpower so it's great for day and night alike. I have a feeling this will be on heavy rotation this summer. 

    The following images reflect all products in action in morning light...







    The black silk slip dress has infiltrated my life...this timeless apparel option is chic and streamlined and, depending on footwear, can be effortlessly dressed up or down.  I am wearing: 
    • Eddie Borgo Rose Gold Peaked Collar Necklace: Rose gold and minimalist, this collar is sleek, fitted and rests at the quintessential place on the neck; the clasp is such that it doesn't tangle in my hair (rare with a collar!) and the shiny finish layers well with other pieces. 
    • Gucci Liza Boots:  I purchased these back in December and--in the past 6 months--have probably worn them more than all other shoes that I own.  The soft yet sturdy leather features signature "double G" embossment on the back half, a higher zippered shaft which flatters the leg and a 1 inch heel that can be walked on for hours without fatigue.  I appreciate the fact that they work well with jeans (skinny and boyfriend), dresses, skirts and even cutoffs so I am truly getting my money's worth.  One of my favorite investment splurges to date.
    Some other midi black slip dresses include options by:



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    Last look.
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    Bottom Line:  I hope you enjoyed this summer look overview and would love to know which products and style pieces you've been gravitating towards as of late!

    Things are finally winding down for me and I look forward to catching up on your most recent batch of comments and emails...thank you, truly, for your patience and understanding. 

    What are your plans for the summer?  Do share!

    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.  © 2012-16 Beautyprofessor® All Rights Reserved. Do not copy, reprint or republish content and/or photos without author's written permission.

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