Friday, August 26, 2016

Chantecaille Fall 2016: How a Nude Lip and a Warm Smoky Eye Can Protect the Lions

Elements from the Chantecaille Protect the Lions Collection. 
The limited-edition *Chantecaille Protect the Lions Collection for Fall 2016 (also available at Nordstrom) recently arrived at counters, bringing the beauty of the majestic lions of Kenya into our hands and hearts.  As with many seasonal releases from Chantecaille, this particular collection focuses on a worthy cause that enhances the lives of the animals that roam our earth.  

A percentage of the proceeds from the gorgeous Protect the Lions Palette will benefit the Lion Guardians, an organziation dedicated to fostering harmony and co-existence between the Maasai tribes and the lions in their area so the lions can thrive, rather than being hunted.  The warm smoky eye and creamy nude lip that this collection imparts is alluring and the reality that a lion may be saved in the process is wildly inspiring.  

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


The *Chantecaille Protect the Lions Palette (also available at Nordstrom) contains four delicately embossed eyeshadows:
  • Sand: A glistening pearl beige
  • African Topaz: A incandescent copper
  • Amboseli: A rich, universally flattering burgundy. 
  • Rock: A matte neutral gray-meets-taupe.
Finely-milled and possessing excellent color-payoff, this quad is extremely versatile and wearable.  The neutral shades harmoniously blend together  and the resulting warm, smoky eye is equally appropriate for both day and night. In summation, get this gem if you can

Protect the Lions. 
Close up of the Protect the Lions Palette. 
Swatches in direct sunlight. 
Swatches in direct sunlight. 
Pride. 
Next, the *Chantecaille Lion Pride Cheek Color (also available at Nordstrom) creates a glowing, tender pink cheek that simply cannot be overdone.  The powder acts as a veil of color, draping cheeks in a rosy nude hue that, once experienced, will likely become your go-to. Its ease of application and subtle luminous nature make this blush a beautiful investment.

Behold...a close up of Pride. 
A swatch of Pride in direct sunlight. 
Mirage. 
Finally, the *Chantecaille Lipstick in Mirage (also available at Nordstrom) is a nude lip lover's dream.  The pinky beige hue boasts a creamy and hydrating formula that has immense pigmentation and a slightly shiny finish that catches the light while wearing comfortably for hours. It is for these reasons that I am glad that this Mirage is not a mirage...it truly exists and can be ordered HERE

A swatch of Mirage in direct sunlight. 
Mirage alone on the lips. 

To create a complete look, I used the following products: 
  • *La Prairie Skin Caviar Concealer and Foundation in Caramel Beige (also available at Neiman Marcus and reviewed HERE): I cannot stress enough how much I love this foundation. It offers luminous medium coverage while completely nourishing and caring for my skin. I use it multiple times a week, which, in my vast collection of foundation, is saying something profound! 
  • Bobbi Brown Instant Confidence Stick (reviewed HERE): Just a touch of this "magic wand" over fine lines and obvious pores perfects the skin in seconds and its ability to also mattify makes it a mighty multitasker. 
  • *Armani Sun Fabric #600 (reviewed HERE): I adore this bronzer for a warm tan effect; the brown is rich without being overpowering and the finely milled formula blends with ease. 
  • *Chantecaille Lion Pride Cheek Color (also available at Nordstrom): Applied to the apples of my cheeks. 
  • *Chikuhodo GSN 04 Cheek Brush (also reviewed HERE): One of my favorite cheek brushes, I used it to blend the blush on the apples of my cheeks. 
  • *Chantecaille Protect the Lions Palette (also available at Nordstrom): I focused the darker brown shade on the center of my lid and blended the lighter bronze shade around it for a dual wash of color. A touch of the matte taupe grey in the crease and a sweep of the luminous pearl along my brow bone and inner corners of my eyes completed the look. 
  • *By Terry Ombre Blackstar in Beyond Gold: I don't know why it took me so long to try this particular shade but now that I have, I cannot imagine life without it. The pale gossamer gold shade works well on its own, or in the case below, as a transitional blending shade up to the brow bone and along my lower lash line. Simply sublime. 
  • *Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Bold Defining 24 Hour Liquid Liner in Gilded Brown: Recently launched and utterly gorgeous, this liquid liner features a super fine brush for precise application and a luminous yet indelible formula that glides on and stays put for hours on end.  I haven't yet given it the 24 hour test but I am sure I'll have the chance in the coming days once I head back to lecturing next week ; ) Gilded Brown is a golden medium brown that I applied close to the upper lash line and gently winged out for a bit of neutral drama. 
  • *Edward Bess Fully Defined Brow Duo in Neutral (also reviewed HERE): This two-side retractable pencil shapes up and polishes brows in seconds; I use the brown side to add depth and dimension and I run the genius pink highlighter along the base of my brows to "make them pop." 
  • *Chantecaille Lipstick in Mirage (also available at Nordstrom): The opacity of this shade enabled me to create a full lip with two coats; no primer or liner necessary!
  • *lilah b. Aglow Facial Mist: This sophisticated new mist from the minimalist beauty brand lilah b. infuses mineral water with unique essences including knot grass, fig extract and brown algae to firm, balance and brighten skin for a dewy glow that positively revitalizes the complexion. I used it as a final step in my makeup application process to set everything while adding a natural radiance to my visage. 
Swatches in direct sunlight. 
Eye accents.  
Swatches in direct sunlight. 

The following images reflect all products in action...






// STYLE NOTES // This particular outfit is an ultra-casual one.  Worn with the right pair of shoes and accessorized with a denim jacket perhaps and the culminating look is entirely apropos to run errands or lounge at your favorite coffee shop:
  • Ragdoll LA Vintage Tee in Dark Army:  On seriously heavy rotation, this tee has the pefect fit--not too loose, not too tight--and the rich army tone is extremely versatile 
  • Ragdoll LA Lace Up Shorts: Constructed of cotton and wildly comfortable, these shorts feature braided leather laceup detailing and pockets (!!) for chic lounging...oh, and they are currently on sale. 
  • Elizabeth and James Neri Kira Choker (also reviewed HERE): Stil fused to my neck, I love that this choker works just as well with casual separates (above and below) as it does with dresses and workwear. 


Last look.
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Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this overview of the stunning *Chantecaille Protect the Lions Collection for Fall 2016 (also available at Nordstrom).  The lush textures and wearable shades, coupled with the undeniably noteworthy cause, make this limited-edition trio (which has been selling out left and right since its launch) one to pursue. 

Will YOU be picking anything up from the Protect the Lion Collection? Do tell! 

Good things ahead, including a travel feature, a fresh FOTD and a host of new product procurements...cannot wait to share.

xx and have a beautiful weekend,

--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.

Monday, August 22, 2016

A Lip in a Click: My By Terry Rouge-Expert Click Stick Selections

Meet the By Terry Rouge-Expert Click Stick.
The *By Terry Rouge-Expert Click Sticks have arrived at Beautylish and they are all sorts of gorgeous! From pearly pale beige to vibrant orchid, the 25 shades are weightless, pigmented perfection.  I had the opportunity to try a few and, of course, I embraced the vast bounty of pinky nudes as well as a few pops of color in the orange and fuchsia families to keep things interesting.

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


All at once moisturizing and color saturated with a velvety matte finish, this lip color is destined to become a By Terry classic.  The unprecedented weightlessness--coupled with immense coverage--is what sets this formula apart from its contemporaries. When I am assessing lip color, I tend to divide my thoughts into four categories...packaging, formula, shade range and lasting power:

I. Packaging: Housed in a sleek and elongated tube, the product is dispensed by clicking the top button.  This action is easy to do with one hand and the result is a perfectly proportioned amount of lip color being pushed through the top in a clever tear drop shade.  Simultaneously intriguing and waste-minimizing, the unique applicator site allows for a precise sweep of lip color straight from the bullet.  I am continually impressed by how well this lip color glides onto my lips...I have never been one to spend an inordinate amount of time on lipstick application but this applicator makes it look like I have.  

II. Formula: Highly pigmented with a floral scent, the formula is nearly weightless; it feels like a light wash of color but applies with total opacity which is utterly genius.  The finish is a velvet matte.  Not to be confused with matte, this velvety texture has a slightly light-catching quality that makes lips look glowing without being shiny.  The color payoff and finish are undeniably remarkable and the fact that my lips feel moisturized over the duration of wear further adds to the formula's appeal.

III. Shade Range: As aforementioned, this lip color comes in a stunning 25 shades in the nude, pink, orange, berry, red and wine and orchid families; this is both wildly impressive and potentially overwhelming for those who want to choose just one.  At $32, this slightly more accessible price point offers a opportunity to collect a few and I implore you to consider doing so!

IV. Lasting Power: Upon application, I get 4-5 hours of very comfortable wear time.  While not overly emollient, this formula still manages to make my lips (which tend to battle dryness) feel balanced and plush and, when it wears off, it does so evenly (no patchiness or dreaded ring of white), making reapplication a breeze. 

Overall: I am completely smitten by the *By Terry Rouge-Expert Click Sticks!  They are velvety, vibrant and excellent for long work (or school) days due to their portability, precision and lasting power.  Emphatically recommended!

Official details, courtesy of Beautylish

About Rouge-Expert Click Stick
No more compromises: one click and you can have it all! The 3-in-1 hybrid Rouge-Expert Click Stick delivers the velvety comfort of a balm, the precision of a pencil, and the bold color impact of a high-pigment lipstick. Choose from 25 sumptuous shades to add a touch of bespoke style to your lips—anytime, anywhere.
Why It's Special
  • Apply crisp, precise lip color quickly and easily with the breakthrough droplet-shaped tip. No brush or pencil needed!
  • Premium pigments meet nourishing vitamin E for a smooth, comfortable feel and full-coverage color that lasts all day
  • Ultra-portable tube design delivers the perfect dose of velvet-matte color with every click
How to Use
Click the base of the tube to release lip color. Apply to lips directly from the tube, using the teardrop shape to achieve a crisp, precise line. Because the tube is non-retractable, we recommend releasing only as much lip color as you need.
Other Details
  • Size: 1.5 g
Ingredients: C12-15 Alkyl Ethylhexanoate, Silica, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Phenyl Trimethicone, Ci 77891 / Titanium Dioxide, Ceresin, Polyglyceryl-2 Triisostearate, Triethylhexanoin, Mica, Caprylic/capric Triglyceride, Ozokerite, Euphorbia Cerifera Cera / Euphorbia Cerifera Wax, Ci77491 / Iron Oxides, Ci 77492 / Iron Oxides, Parfum / Fragrance, Ci 15850 / Red 7 Lake, Tocopheryl Acetate, Vp/hexadecene Copolymer, Dimethicone, Ci 77499 / Iron Oxides, Aluminum Hydroxide, Alpha-isomethyl Ionone, Ci 17200 / Red 33 Lake, Methicone, Citronellol, Geraniol, Tin Oxide. (T3239a1)

My shade selections...#1, #2, #3, #4, #6, #12, #13 and #24. 

Shades:

*#1 Mimetic Beige: Taupe beige with a velvet matte finish.
*#2 Bloom Nude: Pink beige with a velvet matte finish.
*#3 Bare Me: Rosy beige with a velvet matte finish.
*#4 Rose Ease: Rosy pink with a velvet matte finish.
#5 Flamingo Kiss: Bright pink with a velvet-matte finish.
*#6 Rosy Flush: Peachy rose with a velvet-matte finish.**My favorite! 
#7 Flirt Affair: Fuchsia pink with a velvet-matte finish.
#8 Flower Attitude: Muted pink with a velvet matte finish.
#9 Flesh Award: Berry rose with a velvet matte finish.
#10 Garnet Glow: Pinky garnet with a velvet matte finish. 
#11 Baby Brick: Brick rose with a velvet matte finish. 
*#12 Naked Nectarine: Muted peach with a velvet matte finish. 
*#13 Chilly Cream: Muted orange with a velvet matte finish.
#14 Orange Vogue: True orange with a velvet matte finish. 
#15 Fire Engine: Red orange with a velvet matte finish. 
#16 Rouge Initiation: Warm red with a velvet matte finish. 
#17 My Red: Classic red with a velvet matte finish. 
#18 Be Mine: Muted red with a velvet matte finish.
#19 Crimson Click: Crimson red with a velvet matte finish. 
#20 Mystic Red: Deep red with a velvet matte finish. 
#21 Palace Wine: Deep red wine with a velvet matte finish. 
#22 Play Plum: Bright plum with a velvet matte finish. 
#23 Pink Pong: Magenta purple with a velvet matte finish. 
*#24 Orchid Alert: Fuchsia purple with a velvet matte finish. 
#25 Dark Purple: Deep berry with a velvet matte finish. 

From top to bottom: Swatches in direct sunlight, outdoor daylight and outdoor shade. 
Closeup...the lip-hugging tear shape allows for effortlessly precise application on the go.
Simply click and apply. 
Swatches of all eight of my shade selections in direct sunlight. Each lip swatch is indicative of a single coat on the lips with no liner. 

// THE COMPLETE LOOK //

To create a complete look, I combined the By Terry Rouge-Expert Click Sticks with the following products:

Monica Vinader Linear Stone Bracelet in turquoise and rose gold.
Mason Pearson...so worth it. 
For the face.
Swatches in direct sunlight. 

For the eyes (and lips).
From L-R: L'Oreal Lash Primer, Sisley So Curl Mascara, By Terry Ombre Blackstar Bubble Glow, Surratt Autographique Eyeliner, Suqqu 
The eye look.
Primer!

#1 Mimetic Beige. 
#2 Bloom Nude.
#3 Bare Me. 
#4 Rose Ease.
#6 Rosy Flush. 
#12 Naked Nectarine.
#13 Chilly Cream.
#24 Orchid Alert. 
 

// STYLE DETAILS //
  • Black Ribbed Tee (similar options HERE and HERE): There is something so classic about a high necked tee and the ribbed material makes it that much more unique.  I'll be wearing this one with jeans and skirts once the temperatures drop. 
  • Vintage Levi's Cutoffs: My last bastion of summer right now and at-home lounging perfection, these vintage 501s are cut higher on the waist with a looser thigh for a fresh silhouette. 
  • Elizabeth & James Neri Kira Choker (also reviewed HERE): One of my favorite recent purchases, this structured 24k gold plated choker is all sorts of magnificent and will probably never leave my neck. 
  • Monica Vinader Linear Stone Bracelet in Turquoise and Rose Gold (other styles reviewed HERE): I love it when turquoise is paired with gold and the union is that much sweeter when it is rose gold!  This bracelet truly stands out while also playing well with others. 
  • Loren Stewart Itsy ID Bracelet: Dainty details and solid craftsmanship make Loren Stewart one of my favorite jewelry lines...their use of gold and silver guarantee that you won't ever need to take it off. 
  • Vintage Cartier Love Bracelet: On my wrist for 8 years and counting, this bracelet feels like it's a part of me. 




Last look. 
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Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this *By Terry Rouge-Expert Click Stick feature and would love to know which shades catch YOUR eye.  With 25 weightless and velvety options, there is sure to be a hue for everyone!

Good things ahead, including a travel skincare and beauty intensive, a round of fresh fall releases and a host of new product procurements...have a beautiful week,

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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