Tuesday, June 25, 2019

The New Clé de Peau Beauté Radiant Liquid Rouge Shine and Matte Lip Color + a Comprehensive Camping Look on Location in Big Sur, CA

Introducing the Clé de Peau Beauté Radiant Liquid Rouge Shine and Matte lip color. 
A couple of weeks ago, I attended an event for Clé de Peau Beauté--one of my absolute favorite beauty brands--focused on the launch of the new Radiant Liquid Rouge lip color (currently available at Clé de Peau Beauté and soon to be available at Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus). 

If you've been a Beauty Professor reader (or follow me on Instagram) for any period of time, you may be familiar with my ardent love of the CdPB Radiant Liquid Rouge (especially shade #11) as I have run through many tubes since the formulas release in 2016. That being said, the lip color has been reformulated and now features both shine and matte finishes for endless possibilities. I am excited to share more details as well as swatches of all 16 shades in the images that follow and can't wait to watch this launch roll out to CdPB counters everywhere in the coming days! 

Kindly scroll on for more details, swatches and images of the new CdPB Radiant Liquid Rouge Shine and Matte in action as well as a comprehensive on-location camping look and the Bottom Line...

With makeup artist Monika Blunder at the Clé de Peau Beauté event earlier this month at the Sunset Tower Hotel.
clé de peau radiant liquid rouge shine swatches
Clé de Peau Beauté Radiant Liquid Rouge Shine
The Clé de Peau Beauté Radiant Liquid Rouge Shine (currently available at Clé de Peau Beauté and soon to be available at Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus) comes in an opulent square glass tube with a doe-foot applicator; it is some of the most pigmented lip color available--especially for a formula with a gorgeous cellophane finish. 

The best way to describe this hybrid is to imagine a liquid lip color mixed with a gloss mixed with a stain; it's long lasting yet not terribly sticky and feels plush and hydrating for hours on end...there is truly nothing like it on the market! 

Shade Descriptions (per my experience):
  • 1 Sepia: Neutral pinky beige **worn in the images at the end of this post. 
  • 2 Sugar Jelly: Warm light peachy pink 
  • 3 Delicious Dream: Rose blush pink
  • 4 Tulip Fever: True bright pink
  • 5 Bird of Paradise: Papaya orange 
  • 6 Tangy: Vibrant coral pink 
  • 7 Red Current: Classic red
  • 8 Midnight Dew: Deep aubergine-meets-fuchsia **worn in the images at the end of this post. 

clé de peau radiant liquid rouge shine swatches
Swatches of the Clé de Peau Beauté Radiant Liquid Rouge Shine in direct sunlight. 
Official details for the Clé de Peau Beauté Radiant Liquid Rouge Shine, courtesy of CdPB:

Key Benefits
  • Infuses lips with creamy, matte color and creates soft contours for a seamless, saturated look.
  • Paints youthful contours and creates lush dimension to accentuate lips.
  • Expertly calibrated with lip care ingredients for optimal, lasting moisture.
  • Cloaks lips without smudging for up to 8 hours of luxurious color.
  • Glides on evenly and precisely with a newly re-designed applicator for expert control.
  • Smooth-whip Formula and Pure Chromatic Pigment deliver a seamless finish and creamy texture that spreads uniformly for a subtle, matte appearance.
  • Contouring Powder and Inner Lighting Powder add dimension and clarity to accentuate the youthful contours of the lips.
  • Illuminating Hydro-wrap Complex, Premium Argan Tree Oil, Safflower Oil, and Hydroxyproline hydrate lips for up to 8 hours.
clé de peau radiant liquid rouge shine swatches

clé de peau radiant liquid rouge matte swatches
The Clé de Peau Beauté Radiant Liquid Rouge Matte
The Clé de Peau Beauté Radiant Liquid Rouge Matte (currently available at Clé de Peau Beauté and soon to be available at Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus) has the same rich color payoff of the shine formula with a sueded matte finish that still offers a stunning sense of luminosity. 

Buttery smooth and nourishing, this matte is the antithesis of dry and flat. Instead, it adds volume and dimension to lips while covering them with a comfortable and weightless non-shimmery cream finish that wears evenly and persists all day! 

Shade Descriptions (per my experience):
  • 101 Cream Crush: Nude pink cream 
  • 102 Touch of Blossom: Neutral light pink 
  • 103 Nectar: Warm pinky coral **worn in the images at the end of this post. 
  • 104 Gentle Dream: True light-medium pink 
  • 105 Midnight Magic: Warm brick red
  • 106 Quiet Storm: Intense mauve
  • 107 Silk Kimono: Timeless neutral red
  • 108 Evening Flame: Cool cherry red

clé de peau radiant liquid rouge matte swatches
Swatches of the Clé de Peau Beauté Radiant Liquid Rouge Matte in direct sunlight. 
Official details for the Clé de Peau Beauté Radiant Liquid Rouge Matte, courtesy of CdPB:

Key Benefits
  • Infuses lips with creamy, matte color and creates soft contours for a seamless, saturated look.
  • Paints youthful contours and creates lush dimension to accentuate lips.
  • Expertly calibrated with lip care ingredients for optimal, lasting moisture.
  • Cloaks lips without smudging for up to 8 hours of luxurious color.
  • Glides on evenly and precisely with a newly re-designed applicator for expert control.
  • Smooth-whip Formula and Pure Chromatic Pigment deliver a seamless finish and creamy texture that spreads uniformly for a subtle, matte appearance.
  • Contouring Powder and Inner Lighting Powder add dimension and clarity to accentuate the youthful contours of the lips.
  • Illuminating Hydro-wrap Complex, Premium Argan Tree Oil, Safflower Oil, and Hydroxyproline hydrate lips for up to 8 hours.
clé de peau radiant liquid rouge matte swatches

The complete look. 
// THE COMPLETE LOOK // I was camping with my family last week up near Big Sur, CA  and, when the sun came out, couldn't resist shooting a full look at our campground. There's something very intriguing about juxtaposing outdoor gear with makeup, no?

Base and face. 
// BASE + FACE // When 
  • Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter #4 (reviewed HERE): Still my base/primer of choice, this gives my skin an "extra something," each and every time I use it. 
  • Giorgio Armani Power Fabric Foundation Balm #6 (reviewed HERE): I have hit pan (just a glint of silver at the bottom of the compact) with this favorite foundation formula and will be purchasing a backup soon; it's natural yet glowy coverage and lasting finish are deeply appreciated and I wish not to be without this. 
  • Sisley-Paris Eye Concealer #3: Skincare benefits and significant crease-free coverage in a single tube, this creamy concealer covers everything (dark circles, be gone!) while looking like nothing on the skin and, correct me if I'm wrong but that's precisely what we want a concealer to do, right?
  • *Sisley-Paris Photo Touche Sun Glow Bronzing Gel Powder (reviewed HERE): Upon first glance, this may seem like a traditional (albeit breathtakingly beautiful) powder but once the silky texture hits the skin, it morphs into a smooth gel-like veil of extremely flattering warmth. I use it so much that I am on my second compact...highly lauded across the Internet and oft-sold out, this bronzer is brilliant along the hollows of cheeks and the perimeters of the face. 
  • *Sisley-Paris L'Orchidee Highlighter Blush in Coral (reviewed HERE): I recently rediscovered this stunning blush and am ultra pleased with the natural peach glow it lends to the apples of my cheeks. The tri-layered powder features a melange of coordinating shades for a believable flush that makes skin look lit-from-within. 
  • *Westman Atelier Superloaded Tinted Higlighter in Peau de Peche (reviewed HERE): I patted a touch of this gorgeous and unique highlighter on the high points of my face and I always make sure to blend a touch in the center of my forehead for extra dimension. 
  • *Koh Gen Do Gloss Film Powder #123 (reviewed HERE): Just a touch in my t-zone to set everything for the entire day, this powder is a daily staple for me. 
Base and face swatches in direct sunlight. 
Eyes and lips. 
// EYES + LIPS // Warm rose tones, intense black accents and lips in three color families. 
  • *Nude Envie Eyeshadow in Desire (reviewed HERE): This rosy neutral is always in my arsenal and served as an easy base for the shadow to come. Seriously...get this and you'll wonder what you ever did without it. 
  • *SUQQU Designing Eye Palette #125: Brand new for summer, this LE quad features four silky shades reminiscent of a pink-toned tropical sunset. I like to use the apricot pink and candy pink shades all over my lids and blend the luminous quartz tone up to my brows (it's so incandescent that it almost has a wet look) The deep black shade takes everything to the next level and also doubles as a liner should you wish. As of post date, this palette is still in stock but I would act quickly if you love these hues as much as I do. 
  • *Givenchy Liner Disturbia (also available at Sephora): I am stunned by the formidable longevity of this liner; it purports 24-hour wear and I am apt to believe the claims. It glides on with precision and leaves behind a lush jet black line that doesn't smear, flake or migrate, even when eyes water (which mine were doing like crazy while camping). Very impressed! 
  • *SUQQU Eyelash Mascara 01 Black: Two coats of this fresh formula coats lashes in volume and length and the tubing effect ensures it will stay in place yet come off easily with remover. So good. 
  • *Clé de Peau Beauté Radiant Liquid Rouge lip color in 103 Nectar, 108 Midnight Dew and 01 Sepia (currently available at Clé de Peau Beauté and soon to be available at Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus). I wanted to be able to show you a bright matte, a deep shine and a universal neutral in the images at the end of this post and chose these shades accordingly. 
Eye and lip swatches in direct sunlight. 
The endless wonder of a tackle box. 
The following images reflect all products in action on campground #10, Limekiln, CA...

Clé de Peau Radiant Liquid Rouge Matte 103 Nectar swatch
Wearing *Clé de Peau Radiant Liquid Rouge Shine #103 Nectar. 
Clé de Peau Radiant Liquid Rouge Matte 103 Nectar swatch
Johnannah's outfit by Baby Boden.  
Clé de Peau Radiant Liquid Rouge Matte 103 Nectar swatch
Wearing *Clé de Peau Radiant Liquid Rouge Shine #103 Nectar.
Clé de Peau Radiant Liquid Rouge Matte 103 Nectar swatch
Wearing *Clé de Peau Radiant Liquid Rouge Shine #103 Nectar.
Clé de Peau Radiant Liquid Rouge Shine #8 Midnight Dew swatch
Applying *Clé de Peau Radiant Liquid Rouge Shine #8 Midnight Dew.  
Clé de Peau Radiant Liquid Rouge Shine #8 Midnight Dew swatch
Wearing *Clé de Peau Radiant Liquid Rouge Shine #8 Midnight Dew. 
Clé de Peau Radiant Liquid Rouge Shine #8 Midnight Dew swatch
Wearing *Clé de Peau Radiant Liquid Rouge Shine #8 Midnight Dew. 
Clé de Peau Radiant Liquid Rouge Shine #8 Midnight Dew swatch
Wearing *Clé de Peau Radiant Liquid Rouge Shine #8 Midnight Dew. 
Style notes. 
// STYLE NOTES // A dress while camping? It's 100% possible, especially when paired with easy sandals and a sweatshirt. 
  • Madewell Mens Crewneck Sweatshirt: I ordered this in a size medium earlier this month and have worn it no less than 8 times since then; it's soft and warm and undeniably classic. 
  • Floral slip dress: I love a good dress and sweatshirt situation in the summer as it's equal parts effortless and versatile. HERE
  • Brown flat sandals: As neutral as one can get, these comfortable flats work well with dresses and shorts alike and will be on my feet constantly over the next few months. 
  • Pearl barrette: This accessory instantly adds a bit of flair to one's hair...Somewhere Haute has an impressive array of options in this realm. 
Clé de Peau Radiant Liquid Rouge Shine #1 Sepia swatch
Wearing *Clé de Peau Radiant Liquid Rouge Shine #1 Sepia.  
Clé de Peau Radiant Liquid Rouge Shine #1 Sepia swatch
Wearing *Clé de Peau Radiant Liquid Rouge Shine #1 Sepia.  
Clé de Peau Radiant Liquid Rouge Shine #1 Sepia swatch
Wearing *Clé de Peau Radiant Liquid Rouge Shine #1 Sepia.   
Last look. 
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Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this first look at the glorious new *Clé de Peau Beauté Radiant Liquid Rouge lip color in Shine and Matte finishes (currently available at Clé de Peau Beauté and soon to be available at Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus). The luxurious color payoff, hydrating texture and innovative finishes make this launch well worth the pursuit...this, my friends, a lip for all seasons. 

Which color and finish stood out to you? Do tell!  

Good things ahead, including a skincare-intensive, a look at some summertime makeup staples and a major life update. There is lots going on in late June and early July over here...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.

Monday, June 24, 2019

Smoothing, Firming and Taking Care of Business with NuBODY

The *NuBODY Skin Toning Device
Despite exercise and a healthy diet, trouble areas of the body often persist. From less-than-toned zones to bumpy areas bearing the dreaded signs of cellulite, we could all use some extra reinforcements at times. Enter the *NuBODY Skin Toning Device...this genius tool harnesses the power of microcurrent technology to smooth and firm with every single treatment. 

Kindly scroll on for more details, a quick video tutorial for how I like to use the device, a summary of my results so far and the Bottom Line...

Smooth skin to go, courtesy of the NuBODY Skin Toning Device carrying case. 

Excellent for home use and travel alike, the *NuBODY Skin Toning Device comes in a sleek yet protective carrying case that houses the device itself, along with a 10-oz bottle of the NuFace Hydrating Leave-on Gel Primer and a power adapter. I love it when every necessary element of a treatment regimen are housed in a portable and packable (the case is in my luggage as I type this!) state. 

Three times stronger than the traditional NuFACE Trinity and NuFACE Mini, the *NuBODY Skin Toning Device uses an elevated level of micro current designed to help tone and firm the dense areas of the body (arms, stomach, thighs and buttocks) without pain or discomfort. With prolonged use, the signs of cellulite (which result from a breakdown of connective tissue...virtually inevitable as we age) are diminished and skin appears smoother and more even. 
Four potent treatment spheres for increased results on challenging body . 
The skin on my thigh (note the slight texture and unevenness of tone) in the early stages of testing the  *NuBODY Skin Toning Device.
When embarking on a targeted plan with the *NuBODY Skin Toning Device, it is recommend that you focus on a single area of treatment (e.g., arms, abs, thighs--inner or outer--or buttocks) for the greatest result. In other words, channeling your energy into improving your greatest area of need will help to deliver calibrated results!

Personally, I have begun to notice slackness and slight texture (early stages of cellulite?) on my upper and inner thighs so treating this particular area first was an easy decision. 

// MINI TUTORIAL //

Using the *NuBODY Skin Toning Device is exceptionally easy, even for this perpetually tired mama with two full time jobs! 

Typically following my daily shower, I:

(1) Apply the Leave-on Gel Primer on my upper and inner thighs...this process is great post-shower because there are no clothes with which to contend. During a call with NuFACE Co-Founder Tera Valdez, I learned that applying the primer liberally will reduce any potential sensations of the micro current which, consequently, enhances overall results. Currently, you can get 2 free 10oz Gel Primers (a $96 value) with any NuBODY purchase (through 6/30/19). 

(2) Turn on the device and begin sweeping the spheres in an upward direction, applying moderate pressure so that the microcurrent and transmit into the dermis; this motion produces zero discomfort and actually feels like a light massage. The NuBODY will automatically turn off after five minutes. I then repeat the process with the other thigh. 

(3) Rub any of the remaining primer into the skin for extra hydration and additional skincare benefits. 

I am six days into my 10-day trial with the *NuBODY Skin Toning Device and am already noticing results. The skin on my upper inner thighs appears smoother and more taut; this observation is making me excited to continue to calibrate results over the course of an entire month of usage and, thus far, cinches the device as a perfect companion to exercise (for me, squats galore) and a sensible diet. 

Upon applying the primer on your target area, turn the NuBODY device on and place the treatment spheres on the skin. 
Glide the NuBODY spheres along the skin with moderate pressure. 
Move the spheres in an upward motion. 
Embracing the NuBODY 10-day testing period with anticipation and excitement and will be keeping my eye out for smoother and firmer skin in the process!
Last look. 
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Bottom Line: In my experience, the *NuBODY Skin Toning Device is an excellent and befitting option for those seeking to "fine tune" areas that appear to be immune to efforts in the diet and exercise realms. 

There is absolutely nothing wrong with cellulite--for many of us, it's simply gender based and even genetic--but having a device that can help to mitigate its appearance is a welcome addition to my routine! 

I hope you found this review helpful and would love to know which area the body gives you the most vexation and what you do to combat it...do tell.

Good things ahead, including a fresh everyday summer makeup look, a new video tutorial and host of recent beauty launches. Cannot wait to share!

xx and more soon,

--The Beauty Professor 

 **Thank you to NuBODY 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.  © 2012-19 Beauty Professor® All Rights Reserved. Do not copy, reprint or republish content and/or photos without author's written permission.

Monday, June 17, 2019

An Early Summer Glow: My Picks from the MAC Electric Wonder Collection


The *MAC Electric Wonder Collection (also available at MAC
Harmonizing nature-inspired marble packaging with some of most wearable neutrals ever, the limited-edition *MAC Electric Wonder Collection (also available at MAC) is the perfect foray into the summer months. Focusing on bronzed skin and nude lips, this sublime collection--which is brimming with shades to compliment a spectrum of skin tones--is selling out fast. Consequently, I am excited to show you closeups and swatches from the range as well as a culminating beauty look. 

 Kindly scroll on for more details, swatches and images of the collection in action as well as Style Notes and the Bottom Line...
Neutrals galore...the *MAC Electric Wonder Collection (also available at MAC 
The *MAC Ignite Wonder Face Palette
Up first is the lush *Ignite Wonder Face Palette (also available at MAC), which contains six insanely smooth highlighting powders that impart a gossamer veil of color while delivering an ethereal glow to face. There are three pale shades with golden, champagne and pink undertones, respectively, and three hues with more color intensity in the bronze, rose gold and berry families. 

I love mixing and layering the powders to achieve a lit from within glow with an unexpected flush of color and did so in the images at the end of this post. 
Swatches of the *MAC Ignite Wonder Face Palette in direct sunlight. 
*MAC Natural Vice
Next, there are two eye palettes in the collection: the warm neutral *Natural Vice and the cool toned *Desert Lightning.

Rife with a series of muted mattes and radiant satin finishes in shades reminiscent of a southwestern landscape, *Natural Vice is the obvious choice for those who appreciate an devastatingly beautiful understated eye. 
Sunlit swatches of MAC *Natural Vice.
*MAC Desert Lightning and the *234SES Split Fibre Eye Blending Brush
Despite being drawn to all things warm and natural, I actually opted to wear the second eyeshadow palette--*Desert Lightning--in the images at the end of this post. 

Applied with the *234SES Split Fibre Eye Blending Brush (this, by the way, is now a permanent member of my makeup bag), the shades in this palette are a lovely mix of pearly tans and blues along with some rosy taupes for a sophisticated eye that looks unexpectedly fresh and feminine. 

Sunlit swatches of *MAC Desert Lightning  
From L-R: Into Eternity, Serenity Seeker, Canyon Dreamin and Sun-Soaked Strip. 
Perhaps my favorite pieces from the *MAC Electric Wonder Collection (also available at MAC) are the Next-to-Nothing Bronzing Powders and Iridescent Powders. Coupled with the *126SES Split Fibre Large Face Brush these four powder compacts skillfully sculpt, warm, highlight and blush the skin with a weightless touch that looks ultra-natural:
  • Into Eternity: A multifaceted golden highlight with a swirl of baby pink.
  • Serenity Seeker: A luminous rosegold-meets-bronze that can double as a stunning blush. **Worn at the end of this post
  • Canyon Dreamin: A yellow (read: no orange or red) toned bronze that looks so good on olive skin. As its name implies, this formula is extremely lightweight and smooth with a light-diffusing sueded finish that I am completely smitten with. I am seriously contemplating a backup as this is the bronzer color and texture of my wildest hopes and dreams. **Worn at the end of this post
  • Sun-Soaked Strip: The same brilliant texture as Canyon Dreamin with a more traditional reddish-brown undertone that will work well for tan and deep skin.
Sunlit swatches from L-R: Into Eternity, Serenity Seeker, Canyon  Dreamin and Sun-Soaked Strip. 

MAC Electric Wonder lips options. 
For lips, there are five lipsticks and five lip glosses (I received two) in the *MAC Electric Wonder Collection (also available at MAC). 

All seven shades--which vary in opacity and finish--are a neutral lover's dream and wear beautifully on their own or layered (as I did in the images at the end of this post...I mixed Feeling Sedimental with a touch of Life in Sepia and Natural Born Leader for a quintessential pinky nude rose lip):
Sunlit swatches from bottom to top: Feeling Sedimental, The Naturalist, Let's Mesa Around, Life in Sepia, Natural Born Leader, Marble Fawn and Coral of the Wild. 



My trusty photography companions...Johannah Elle and Jethro. 
Skincare, haircare and other beauty essentials. 
// HAIRCARE, SKINCARE + OTHER BEAUTY ESSENTIALS //
Sunlit swatches from bottom to top: Westman Atelier Vital Skin Foundation Stick VII (reviewed HERE), Giorgio Armani Power Fabric Concealer #6 (also available at Neiman Marcus), *La Prairie Skin Caviar Powder Foundation in Honey Beige (reviewed HERE) and the BY TERRY Lash-Expert Twist Brush Mascara


The eye look, featuring *MAC Natural Vice
Style notes. 
// STYLE NOTES //
  • Reformation Delia Ribbed Top: This clean and classic scoop neck tee can be dressed up or down with ease; Reformation runs small on me so I sized up to a large as this is very fitted and I like a bit of room in my tops. 
  • Agolde Dee Shorts: I have three pairs of these (in three sizes...27, 28 and 29 for different fits) and wear them multiple times a week. The high waist is flattering and comfortable and the shorts hit at the perfect place on the thigh...ardently recommended. 
  • Lennie Niemeyer bikini: I found this green and neutral number new with tags on The Real Real for a killer deal...I am a big fan of the fit (size small) and quality of this particular brand and love saving money in the process. 



Last look. 
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Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this overview of the gorgeous and limited edition *MAC Electric Wonder Collection (also available at MAC) and would love to know what caught your eye...do tell! 

Good things ahead, including a peek at some summertime newness from Guerlain, an easy everyday makeup look, a Beautylish haul and a host of new product procurements...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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