Thursday, October 22, 2020

20 Products to Get at the Beautylish Gift Card Event

My Beautylish top 20 list. 

The Beautylish Gift Card Event has arrived! For every $100 spent from now through 10/25/20, you will earn a $20 gift card, making this week the optimal time to stock up on skin, hair and beauty staples as well as indulging in decadent new launches for the holiday season. 

To streamline your shopping process, I have narrowed my suggestions down to 20 carefully tested products...hope you find the recommendations helpful and inspiring! 

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

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

Skin, fragrance + hair.


(1) *Saint Jane C Drops: I have been testing these drops for the past couple of months and love the lightweight texture of this beauty oil formulation. The high concentration of Vitamin C is instantly brightening and the CBD element ensures that inflammation and irritation are kept at bay. Try it as a daily moisturizer before foundation and your skin will be glowing! 

(2) *Tom Ford Bitter Peach EDP: Replete with flourishing notes of peach, blood orange, rum, labdanum and sandalwood, this juice is housed in one of the prettiest vintage inspired glass flacons I've ever encountered. If you like skin scents offset by heady notes of fruit, Bitter Peach is a brilliant option. 

(3) *Oribe Gold Lust All Over Oil: I use this oil...well...all over as the name implies! It's gorgeous on the  body, adds shine and moisture to one's hair and smells like a weekend in the French Rivera. 

(4) *Slip Midi Silk Scrunchie: All scrunchies are not the same. Those made of silk hold hair in place without incurring breakage and the difference is sublime. I buy Slip hair ties for myself, my daughter and my mom...there simply is nothing better. 

(5)*Raincry Brilliant Detangling Spray: For excessively tangled hair, this nutrient-rich formula is a wonderful discovery; it helps to smooth even the most pernicious snarls on contact without weighing hair down.

(6) *Sisley The Radiance Brush: This paddle brush glides through hair while imparting shine. It's one of my new favorite brush discoveries of the year thus far! 

All five *Slip Midi Silk Scrunchies in action. 



(7) *Ilia Super Serum Skin Tint SPF 40 09: A genius blend of skin loving hydration, mineral SPF and a buildable sheer tint, this is lovely for light makeup days and radiant skin.
(8Kjaer Weis Invisible Touch Liquid Foundation in Polished: Once set, this foundation makes good on its moniker by looking positively invisible on the skin while banishing the look of fine lines, visible pores and unevenness. It's a true masterpieces with an impressive shade range. 
(9) *Danessa Myricks Vision Cream Cover in N 2.75  and N 4.5: For masterful coverage that blurs the lines between foundation and concealer, this rich yet lightweight formula is absolutely beyond. 

Swatches in direct sunlight. 

// CHEEKS //

(10) RMS Luminizing Powder in Madeira Bronze: For a deep true tan tone without the slightest hint of orange, this velvety bronzer gently contours while adding multidimensional warmth. 
(11) *Sisley-Paris Photo Touche Illusion d'Ete Bronzer: Freshly updated in a golden compact, this cult favorite creates post-vacation skin in a single swipe. It truly must be tried to be believed (worn in the images at the end of this post)
(12) *Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Superstar Glow Highlighter: A subtle champagne for a sophisticated glow, this ultra flattering powder comes in an oversized compact that makes it gorgeous for the face and body alike. 
(13) *Natasha Denona I Need a Nude Highlighter: Possessing an almost wet luminous look, this finely milled illuminator is like liquid light for the face in a brilliant powder form (worn in the images at the end of this post).
(14) *Wayne Goss Weightless Veil Blush Palette (reviewed HERE): Of the four duos available in this range, I find myself reaching for this pairing most of all. The light-medium pink delivers a natural flush and the iridescent pink highlighter truly enlivens the face. I love swirling both together for a bespoke radiance (worn in the images at the end of this post)

Swatches in direct sunlight. 

Eyes etc.

// EYES ETC. //

(15) *Charlotte Tilbury Bejewelled Eyes to Hypnotise: This palette is brimming with twelve stunning neutral and warm shades that bathe eyes in luminous color that resists creasing all day. I am in love with this particular color story as every shade--in both matte and metallic finishes--is infinitely wearable in my daily routine; it's rare in my experience that in an expanse of twelve hues, all twelve have received ample attention!  
(16) *Tom Ford Cream and Powder Eye Color in Golden Peach: If you've read Beauty Professor for any length of time, then you know my affinity for Golden this point, I'm on my sixth pot of this perfect eyeshadow. If I had to have one product for my eyes for life, this, without question, would be it.
(17) *Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Mini Brush Set: The emerald green velvet clutch is even more beautiful in person the pink lined interior holds four luxe brushes to create a full face in moments. You'll want to pick one up for yourself and your best beauty loving friend! 

Swatches in direct sunlight. 


// LIPS //

(18) *Natasha Denona I Need a Nude Lipstick in Maria: This latest shade extension in Natasha's gorgeous menagerie of creamy nude tones is a 1960s peachy pink with a subtle luminous finish (worn in the images at the end of this post).
(19) *Jill Stewart Beauty Rouge Crystal Carat in Peach Pink and Pink Beige: I am over the moon for this color drenched formula. Housed in a faceted tube reminiscent of a literal jewel, Peach Pink is a vibrant way to instantly brighten the face and the decadently pigmented Pink Beige is a demure and universally flattering rosy nude with plenty of shine.
(20) *Saint Jane Luxury Lip Shine in Nectar and Cloud: A tender gloss formula infused with skincare benefits and calming CBD for a stunning wash of centering color, I love the sheer peachy pink Nectar for minimal makeup moments and the cool opaque lilac pink Cloud, which looks divine over nude lip liner. 

Swatches in direct sunlight. 

The following images reflect many of my product picks in action in afternoon sunlight...

Style notes. 


  • Faux leather jogger (also available at Revolve): After reading a few stellar reviews of these particular pants, I ordered them and am so glad that I did. They are lightweight with a slimmer cut that can be dressed up or down...a medium is perfect for my size 27 frame. High recommended! 
  • Patterned silk blouse: My closet is full of pieces like this as they work for work and play alike. The subtle 1970s pattern adds an unexpected twist that feels surprisingly timeless. 
  • Fendi sandals (reviewed HERE): These gems will be on heavy rotation for months to come...comfortable and versatile, they're functional luxury at their best. 

Last look.

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Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this post and found my top 20 list helpful as you plan your purchases for the Beautylish Gift Card Event (now through 10/25!)...let me know what made it into YOUR cart! 

Good things ahead, including a Halloween look, a fresh video and a beauty office tour as well as a host of new product procurements...cannot wait to share.

Stay strong, seek wisdom, much love and more soon,


--The Beauty Professor 

**Asterisks denote press samples, however, as always, all of my opinions are expressly and unequivocally my own.  © 2012-20 Beauty Professor® All Rights Reserved. Do not copy, reprint or republish content and/or photos without author's written permission.

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

True Blue Luxury Beauty from Nordstrom


True blue luxury finds from Nordstrom.

In the past six months, I've entered a store for something other than food shopping exactly three times. Two of those times were visits to Nordstrom for in-store pick ups...the rest of the time, I've been ordering  online and am so grateful for the option! Time and again, I find the products that I need and the launches that I want on the Nordstrom site and today I am sharing some true blue favorites on heavy rotation as of late. 

From hyper-nourishing body care to the the first lip product that I've finished in forever, this opulent range of carefully vetted beauty and skincare make the cut in my routine, each and every week. 

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

Up close and personal with the *Augustinus Bader The Body Oil

Bader body + face. 

// BADER BODY (and FACE!) // Ever since meeting Professor Bader (pronounced "bah-der") in flesh for the first time back in 2017 and trialing a lab sample of the Rich Cream, I have been an avid supporter of the line. Unmitigatedly effective both on the immediate and the long term, my skin absolutely loves all four of these formulations.  

  • *Augustinus Bader The Body Oil: Lush, lightweight and instantly absorbed, I only need a small amount of this new oil to hydrate my limbs. I suggest applying post-shower when your skin is already a touch damp as it helps to lock in the moisture for hours. 
  • *Augustinus Bader The Body Lotion: Just a couple of pumps of this body cream does a masterful job of moisturizing on contact. I generally like to apply this in the morning before heading out for my daily walk with Johannah as it gives my skin a great protective barrier while imparting a gorgeous sheen. And, like all other Augustinus Bader products, it is completely and gloriously fragrance-free.
  • Augustinus Bader The Rich Cream: My original love from 2017, I have gone through at least 5 bottles of this wondrous elixir. Anti-aging, pore-refining, brightening and soothing, it treats my skin with the utmost of care with each and every pump. 
  • *Augustinus Bader The Face Oil: Since I'm such a devotee to the aforementioned Rich Cream, I wasn't initially sure if I would find a place in my routine for this newer launch. Fast forward two months later and it's a staple, especially as temperatures begin to drop and more moisture is appreciated. Like the Body Oil, it is deceptively simple and endlessly beautiful on the skin. I even like mixing it with foundation for a bespoke glow. 

Which Augustinus Bader formula is your favorite?

Face + base etc..

// FACE + BASE with a TOUCH of HAIRCARE for GOOD MEASURE // A good base (whether it be for face or hair) is hard to find...these high-performance formulas take the guesswork out of the equation. 
  • *Clé de Peau Long Lasting Hydrating Veil: Liquid in texture yet somehow wildly moisturizing, this priming formula smoothes away pores and fine lines to create a porcelain canvas for the makeup to come. 
  • *OUAI Detox Shampoo: My bottle of this clarifying shampoo is all but finished which speaks volumes about its appeal and efficacy. When used once or twice a week, it deeply cleanses without stripping, leaving my hair bouncy, luminous and light. Oh, and it smells to add another bottle to my cart. 
  • Supergoop! Glowscreen SPF 40: My sunscreen of choice for the past year, I love how this formula renders a minimalist glow to the skin for SPF protection with a lit-from-within property. 
  • Supergoop! CC Screen 326 WI've been reaching for this tinted base multiple times a week because it's just so easy. A pea-sized amount yields medium coverage that simply looks like really good skin. The SPF 50 protection is 100% mineral (rare and amazing!) and I easily get 10-12 hours of touch up-free wear, even on very hot and humid days. What's not to love?
  • *Clé de Peau Beauté Radiant Fluid Foundation Matte O40: A single pump of this recently launched base gives me immediate medium coverage with a natural skin finish. In the late summer BF 50 was my perfect match but now that we're mid-fall, the slightly lighter O40 is more befitting of my current complexion. In case you're in search of your match, I have swatches of all 24 shades HERE
  • *La Prairie Essence-in-Foundation Mocha: Worn in the images at the end of this post, this lightweight, skincare-rich, liquid-meets-cream base--housed in a genius pump compact--offers buildable light-to-medium coverage with a soft matte finish that looks multidimensional and fresh for hours.

Swatches in direct sunlight. 


// CHEEKS // I love face products that multitask and these three cover the bases in spades. 

Swatches in direct sunlight. 


// EYES // Tender shimmering tones that instantly add light to the face in a single swipe. 

  • Charlotte Tilbury Jewel Pots Eyeshadow in Pillow Talk: When given the choice, I prefer satin finishes over mattes and this palette auspiciously houses four pinky nude tones that deliver a sparkling result that is more luminescent than glittery for a decidedly grown up glow. 
  • *Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Luxury Palette of Pops: I am all for a single wash of color when in a hurry (of which I somehow always am) and this creamy formula in a tender pinky taupe tone takes care of business in a single swipe. Make it a makeup bag must! 
  • *Clé de Peau Beauté Eyeshadow: Replete with four softly luminescent pastel shades, this limited edition quad is emblazoned with a delicate feather for the quintessential embodiment of form and function 

Swatches in direct sunlight. 

// LIPS // Pink and nude tones are forever flattering and perpetually in my arsenal.

  • La Mer The Rejuvenating Hydration Set: This limited-edition holiday set has arrived at the perfect time! Almost a year ago, I purchased the La Mer Lip Volumizer and have since used it almost nightly with great satisfaction as a powerful night treatment for my perennially dry lips. The formula is plush, hydrating and not the slightest bit sticky yet somehow stays on through an entire night of slumber. The subtle sweet mint (not at all tingly) flavor is a welcome addition to the overall composition of this glorious gloss and now that mine is practically finished (see image below), I am excited to have purchased a back up that is paired with a sublime moisturizing hand cream that has promptly taken up residence on my nightstand. This set is a stunning gift to the luxe beauty lover in your life and trust me when I say that you'll want one for yourself, too. 
  • *Sisley Lip Pencils in Beige Nature, Tea Rose and Rose Passion: As an ardent fan of Sisley, I don't know why it has taken me so long to try the brand's lip pencils but now that I have, I am over the moon to share them with you! Exceptionally smooth with magnificent color payoff, these liners look incredible alone with touch of balm or, of course, when paired with lipstick. They wear evenly and aren't drying (a common issue with lip liners) and come in a lovely range of tones to compliment the most vast of lip wardrobes. My favorite in this trio is pinky nude Beige Nature (massive surprise, I'm sure and worn in the images at the end of  this post) but those who love rosy tones will find great joy in Tea Rose and Rose Passion as well. 
  • *Clé de Peau Beauté Holiday 2020 Lipstick in Enamored: Rich and creamy and in the most flattering shade of medium pink, this satin finish wonder is limited-edition and gorgeously packaged in a luminous ivory and gold case. 
  • Hermes Lipstick in Beige Tadelakt: I am so glad that this lip color--a brilliantly opaque coral nude a la Audrey Hepburn's lips in Breakfast at Tiffany's--is back in stock at Nordstrom! One swipe (worn in the images at the end of this post) offers major coverage and the now iconic Hermes packaging further enhances its allure. 

Swatches in direct sunlight. 

Use in that I've basically finished my first tube of La Mer Lip Volumizer. Ready to start my new one now! 

The following images reflect all products in action in afternoon sunlight...

Applying Hermes Lipstick in Beige Tadelakt over the *Sisley Lip Pencils in Beige Nature.

The eye look via Charlotte Tilbury Jewel Pots Eyeshadow in Pillow Talk and *Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Luxury Palette of Pops.

Style notes. 


  • Sandro Top: Although the top I am wearing is Sandro from last season and no longer available, I found a similar option in an even more versatile HERE. The knit is opaque yet breathable and effortlessly flatters the form. 
  • Rag & Bone Miramar Faux Jeans Joggers: I must admit, I purchased these pants via Nordstrom thanks to a Facebook ad (who else can relate?!). Apparently the Internet knows that I am ever in search of distressed jeans that feel as comfortable as jogging pants because these are everything I dream of and more. The jean design is deceptively realistic--even at close distance my family thought I was wearing actual jeans--and the lightweight jogging pant feel is every bit as good as it sounds. Throw in some roomy slash pockets and I may never want to wear anything else. Get won't regret it. They'll be our secret. 
  • Fendi FF Logo Sandals: A splurge to be sure, these sandals are chic and utilitarian without being overly clunky. I discovered them at the perfect time (a few days before my wedding anniversary) and have worn them multiple times since then. They run true to size (I typically wear a size 7 and the Fendi 37 is spot on) and required ZERO breaking in. They seem to be selling out quickly so if you are on the line, I would act soon.  
Fendi FF Logo Sandals

Feeling casual with my best boy, Jethro.

Joey's dress by Peek Kids.

Last look.

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Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this closeup of some of my favorite luxury beauty from Nordstrom and would to know what caught your tell!

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

Stay strong, seek wisdom, much love and more soon,


--The Beauty Professor 

**Many thanks to Nordstrom for sponsoring this post, however, as always, all of my opinions are expressly and unequivocally my own.  © 2012-20 Beauty Professor® All Rights Reserved. Do not copy, reprint or republish content and/or photos without author's written permission.