Sunday, January 15, 2017

16 Exquisite Beauty Discoveries

The beauty world is rife with constant releases; that being said sometimes, you come across a gem or two that feel wildly fresh and exquisitely unique.  Such is the case for the 16 discoveries--in the hair, skin, face, eye and lip categories--that follow!

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16 exquisite beauty discoveries 
// HAIR + SKIN //

(1) *Silke London Hair Wrap: This clever creation is designed to keep hair smooth and healthy while sleeping; the luxurious silk is known to reduce split ends, naturally condition hair, promote growth and volume and even allow you to wash your hair less (count me in, please!).  I am so impressed with the quality of this silken wonder that I am excited to try the hair ties next.

(2) *Krigler London Lovely Patchouli 55: First released in 1955 and distinguished by notes of amber, musk, red fruits, vanilla and patchouli this opulent fragrance was known to be the amongst the favorites of Jackie Kennedy.  The warm and classic energy that this juice emanates is unmistakably beautiful...timeless sophistication in a bottle.
(3) *Eve Lom Kiss Mix (reviewed HERE): This diminutive pot of balm has been saving my lips this winter; the rich and plush formula has a cooling effect that delivers new life to my oft-parched pout and the glossy hydration brings out the natural luster of one's lips, for a beauteous effect both inside and out.
(4) Vince Camuto Silk Scarf: I love the refined appeal of a silk scarf; I always keep one in my handbag and regularly find myself converting it to an impromptu belt, headband or neck accessory.  The 100% silk versions always fall better and their inherent quality guarantees that, with proper care, they will last for years on end.  This breathtaking style (worn at the end of this post) by Vince Camuto is both affordable and fetching...I am completely taken by the warm neutral color palette.

A swatch of the Eve Lom Kiss Mix. 
The Silk London Hair Wrap in is roomy enough to fit over my massive bun while still feeling entirely comfortable. 

 // FACE //

(5) *Suqqu Extra Rich Cream Foundation #203 (reviewed HERE): This exceptional foundation offers marvelous coverage and a skin soothing finish that looks incredibly natural; boasting intense hydration and strong lasting power, I am particularly loving this formula for the cold winter months. #203 is a perfect match for my NC 25 skin.

(6) *Surratt Beauty Artistique Blush in Grisaille + Aureole (reviewed HERE): A modern and dynamic contouring duo, there is a reason why the true neutral brown Grisaille is often sold out; combined with the radiant soft golden highlight of Aureole, this is a full face of dimension and incandescence in two shades. 

(7) *Surratt Beauty Artistique Highlight Brush (reviewed HERE): I consistently reach for this brush to add highlight and flush to my face...ultra soft and stunningly high performance, it's a daily beauty treasure.

(8) Laura Mercier Windflush Cheek Color: I ordered this new release on a whim and am truly glad I did.  The peachy nude matte peach blush provides an authentic flush that looks like skin has been touched (gently) by the elements of nature.  Brighter and more apricot in nature than a bronzer and more natural than a traditional blush, the finely milled formula has absolutely no shimmer while avoiding a powdery finish on the skin.  It can also be worn on the eyes for a understated and monochromatic effect. 

A swatch of Laura Mercier Windflush.
Swatches in direct sunlight. 

// EYES //

(9) *Touch in Sol Metallist Shadow in Eldora (reviewed HERE): This radiant duo is comprised of a gilded foil cream on one side and a glitter flake formula on the other; I am consistently impressed with how smooth and luminous this formula is and highly recommend Eldora for the quintessential  golden eye.

(10) *Natasha Denona Star Liner in Dark Violet (reviewed HERE): The deep purple liner applies smoothly and, once dried, does not budge; paired with its glittering violet sister, this eyeliner team brings new meaning to a "twinkle" in one's eye.

(11) *Gucci Impact Long Wearing Eyeliner in Sunstone (reviewed HERE): I am loving how a sweep of the this soft cream eyeliner along the lower waterline brightens up and widens the eye in an instant.  Well worth the pursuit!

(12) *Tom Ford Fiber Brow Gel in Chestnut (reviewed HERE): I simply cannot get enough of the masterful Fiber Brow Gel; just a few sweeps of the brush through my low-maintenance brows and they look fuller, darker, more defined and clearly more polished with marvelous hold and shape that lasts the day.  I don't want to be without it.

(13) *By Terry Terrybly Mascara in Black Parti-Pris (reviewed HERE): This rich jet black formula has lash nourishing ingredients that create full and fluttery fringe in two coats.

Swatches in direct sunlight. 
The full eye look.

// LIPS //

(14) *Le Metier de Beaute Lip Creme in Riche (reviewed HERE): This luscious beige cream gloss looks lovely alone or over lip color, creating a delicate, non-sticky shine that enhances every lip look.

(15) *Giorgio Armani Maestro Lip Stain in #202 Dolci (also available at Armani Beauty): Not new, but new to me, this classic nude has immense color payoff and a neutral lip effect that flatters a spectrum of skin tones.  As far as I am concerned, this is a modern classic.

(16) Sensai Silky Design Rouge in Koubainioli: This new lip crayon features a retractable bullet with a color-drenched, silky formula that bathes lips in moisture and shine.  I love the "my lips but better" appeal of the rose nude Koubainioli; it's easy to swipe on (even without a mirror) and imparts a fresh faced look that works with a myriad of color schemes.

The following images reflect all products in action in afternoon sunlight...cardigan sweater by Madewell

Last look.
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Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed the overview of these exquisite beauty discoveries and would love to know what caught YOUR eye. Do tell! 

Good things ahead, including fresh video and a breakdown of the latest from By Terry.


--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.  © 2012-17 Beautyprofessor® All Rights Reserved. Do not copy, reprint or republish content and/or photos without author's written permission.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Hourglass GIRL Lip Stylo Review + Swatches of Every Shade

Introducing the Hourglass GIRL Lip Stylo.
The *Hourglass GIRL Lip Stylo (also available at SephoraHourglass) has launched, delivering 20 gloriously creamy, moisturizing and pigmented shades that possess monikers intended to inspire by reflecting unique characteristics that encourage us to be catalysts for good. I am over the moon to share swatches of all 20 shades as well as a full beauty look with five of my favorites.

Kindly scroll on for more details, swatches and images of the Hourglass GIRL Lip Stylo in action as well as the Bottom Line...

From tender nude to bold and vibrant plum, there is a *GIRL Lip Stylo for every lip color lover...

Featuring sleek and modern brown and gold packaging, the luxurious cylinders hold brilliant, retractable bullets of rich and moisturizing lip color that offers build able coverage and extremely comfortable wear.  

Here are my initial impressions:
  • The formula is smooth and silky with marvelous color payoff.
  • The color can be applied sheerly or built to nearly full opacity with a few passes; the formula is light enough to feel weightless, even when intense coverage has been achieved.
  • The scent is very light--slightly vanilla in nature--and there is no discernible taste. 
  • My perennially dry lips felt extremely hydrated and comfortable over the course of wear. Additionally, I get 3-4 hours of lasting power before feeling the need to touch up.
  • All shades have a creamy, subtly shiny finish; none of the shades appear to have any shimmer or pearl, yet the overall effect has beautiful dimension.
  • All in all, I am extremely pleased with the *Hourglass GIRL Lip Stylos and can't wait to incorporate them into my beauty routine. 

All 20 shades. 
Official details, courtesy of Sephora:

What it is: 
A lip color with the intensity of a lipstick that’s infused with a blend of hydration for the appearance of softer, fuller lips. 

What it does: 
The silky, weightless formula blends modern color with luxurious hydration for a lustrous finish. It features a hydrating blend of shea butter, jojoba, mimosa, and sunflower seed to nourish dry lips and give a silky, soft finish. The precision tip allows for easy and precise application throughout the day without the need for sharpening. 

What it is formulated WITHOUT: 
- Parabens 
- Sulfates 
- Phthalates 

What else you need to know: 
"This all-in-one hybrid formula is my go-to, everyday lip color. I can build as much—or as little—color as I like while leaving my lips soft, hydrated and perfectly polished."—Carisa Janes, Hourglass Founder

For swatching purposes, I divided the *Hourglass GIRL Lip Stylos into two groups of 10: the NEUTRALS and the BOLDS.

The neutrals.

  • Believer: Peachy beige
  • Creator: Soft pink nude **worn at the end of this post
  • Explorer: Soft pink coral **worn at the end of this post
  • Seeker: Pinky rose
  • Peacemaker: Peachy nude
  • Achiever: Deep mauve
  • Influencer: Deep rose beige
  • Dreamer: Peachy pink
  • Idealist: Honey nude
  • Futurist: Mauve nude
The Neutrals in natural sunlight. 
Swatches of the neutrals in direct sunlight and shade.
The bolds.

  • Activist: Neutral rose
  • Inventor: Soft rose
  • Lover: Vibrant red orange **worn at the end of this post
  • Innovator: Neutral red
  • Visionary: Brick red
  • Icon: Blue red
  • Leader: Vivid fuchsia **worn at the end of this post
  • Liberator: Deep berry 
  • Protector: Rich berry (leans slightly purple on my lips) **worn at the end of this post
  • Warrior: Deep plum
The Bolds in natural sunlight.
Swatches of the bolds in direct sunlight and shade. 
All 20 shades. 
The complete look.
In the images at the end of this post, I combined five of my favorite *Hourglass GIRL Lip Stylos with the following products: 
For the skin. 
For the face. 
Swatches in direct sunlight.
For the eyes. 
The full eye look.
Swatches in direct sunlight. 

The following images reflect all products in action in afternoon sunlight...shirt by Seven for All Mankind

**Photos by Laura Lynn.

Wearing Creator.  
Wearing Explorer. 
Wearing Leader. 
Wearing Lover.
Wearing Protector.
Last look.
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Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this swatch heavy overview of the stunning *Hourglass GIRL Lip Stylos (also available at Sephora + Hourglass) With hues the beguile and names that inspire, this collection takes lipstick to the next level. 

Which shade(s) caught YOUR eye? Do tell!

Good things ahead, including a By Terry Techno Aura Collection feature, some fresh product discoveries and a new video...truly hope your week is going well thus far.


--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.  © 2012-17 Beautyprofessor® All Rights Reserved. Do not copy, reprint or republish content and/or photos without author's written permission.

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