Sunday, May 1, 2016

Sunset Splendor: SUQQU Summer 2016 + A Full Beauty Look

Selections from the SUQQU Summer 2016 Collection.
Happy May, lovelies!  The SUQQU Summer 2016 Collection has just launched and today I am over the moon to share a close up of two of launches.  Exclusive to Selfridges in the UK, the streamlined offerings reflect a lushly warm and sunset-esque color palette that feels decidely fresh and appropriate for the rising temperatures that lie ahead.  

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


I received an eyeshadow palette (one of two) and lip color (one of two), both of which resonate for my preference for warm neutrals.  As to be expected from the venerable SUQQU line, the formulas are marked by intense pigmentation, smooth application and significant lasting power. 


The *Eyeshadow Palette in EX-31 Gyoukou is unlike anything currently inhabiting my collection.  Comprised of four distinct shades, this palette takes the notion of a sunset and infuses a delightfully modern element.  There is a pale and shimmering yellow gold (luminous), a creamy white (matte), a rich and vibrant orange (matte) and an earthy chocolate brown (matte). 

Velvety and color-saturated, the shadows feel like butter and for hours on the lids without fallout or creasing.  Although I was initially intimidated by the stark vibrancy of the shades, I am now completely smitten with their singular beauty. 


The *lip color in EX-20 Hyaku Daidai is a resplendent persimmon coral with gleaming luminosity.  Richly pigmented, the formulation features a marvelously moisturizing feel and stunning shine that lasts for hours.  

Generally not attracted to shades this deep (I would deem this a "medium coral red"), I have already found myself wearing this particular hue on more than one occasion in the past couple of weeks.  You truly cannot go wrong with this radiant lip color from SUQQU! 

Swatches of EX-31 Gyoukou in direct sunlight.
Swatch in direct sunlight.
Swatches of EX-20 Hyaku Daidai in direct sunlight...one pass imparts immense color payoff. 
Swatch in direct sunlight.
The full look.
For the look that follows, I combined the featured SUQQU Summer 2016 products with the following skincare and beauty gems:

Sunlit details. 
The RMS Nail Luminizer makes for a clean and polished nail in seconds. 
Cheek action.
Swatches in direct sunlight. 


The following images reflect all products in action in afternoon sunshine...Blouse by Equipment:




I used the orange shade as a base, applied the brown in the crease, blended the cream shade to my brown bones and tapped the gold tone into the center of my upper eye lid.  I also swept a mix of gold and orange along my lower lash line for continuity. 






Last look.
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Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this glimpse of the glorious SUQQU Summer 2016 Collection!  As aforementioned, I find the shades to be blissfully wearable yet entirely unique...a duality that makes the pursuit well worth it. 

Good things ahead, including a Mother's Day Gift Guide a skincare feature and a host of new product procurements!  I am also working on responding to your latest round of emails and comments ; ) 

I wish you joy, productivity and a host of gorgeous makeup in May...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.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Today's To Do List: Buy Beauty Products and Help a Woman in Need


For those seeking to couple a love for beauty with the ability to help women in need, QVC's Beauty with Benefits will be broadcasting today, Thursday, April 28th from 7-9pm EST!  

Each year, an impressive 80 percent of the purchase price of donated beauty products benefits Cancer and Careers, a program established by CEW that is dedicated to empowering, educating and supporting people with cancer so that they can thrive in the workplace.

If you aren't able to catch the airing, rest assured that the stunning spectrum of beauty and skin care  is also currently available on QVC.com (with direct links to some favorites below)! 

Kindly scroll on for more details and a closeup of a few key products in the line up as well as the Bottom Line...



Some key products featured in the broadcast include:

9.     Laura Geller Laura’s Master Class Three-Piece Eye Collection (QVC.com - $20.00)

More about the causes that benefit from your purchase...

Cosmetic Executive Women, Inc. (CEW) was founded in 1954 as a social organization. In 1975, CEW became a nonprofit professional organization with a mission to promote the contributions of women in the cosmetics industry. It expanded its mission in 1985 to include education, philanthropy, and industry development. Today, it has over 5,000 members, both women and men, in the beauty, cosmetics, fragrance, and related industries.
CEW's philanthropic arm, the CEW Foundation, was established in 1991 to help women better their lives. In 2001, the Foundation developed the Cancer and Careers program. This online and offline resource is dedicated to empowering and educating people with cancer to help them thrive in their workplace.
Work doesn't stop after being diagnosed with cancer. In fact, over 80% of cancer survivors return to work after treatment and, once diagnosed, work becomes even more important. That's where Cancer and Careers comes in.
Cancer and Careers is a program dedicated to empowering and educating people with cancer to help them thrive in their workplace. Through the expert advice, interactive tools, and educational events they provide, they've become the go-to resource for cancer patients and survivors nationwide. 

Their vision is to eliminate fear and uncertainty for working people with cancer. They strive to do so by offering a comprehensive website that educates more than 250,000 visitors per year, free publications, career coaching, and a series of support groups and educational seminars for employees with cancer, their healthcare providers, and their coworkers. The Cancer and Careers program was established by the Cosmetic Executive Women Foundation, the charitable arm of Cosmetic Executive Women, Inc., a nonprofit trade organization of executives in the beauty, cosmetics, fragrance, and related industries.


I had the chance to preview some of the offerings, including the Clinique Custom Repair Serum, the IT Cosmetics CC Radiance Palette with Airbrush Powder Brush and the Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge for Lips and Cheeks.  All three are extremely versatile and I can't wait to integrate them into my beauty routine! 


Skin-telligence. The Clinique Smart Custom-Repair Serum is designed to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and help even and brighten the appearance of skin for a look that's simply brilliant! 

Includes:
  • 1-fl oz Clinique Smart Custom-Repair Serum

The IT Cosmetics CC Radiance Palette with Airbrush Powder Brush is a bronzer, blush and highlighter aficionado's dream! Finely milled and lushly pigmented, this foolproof trio creates a perfected face in seconds and the brush is a whisper-soft companion for effortless application. It's a truly pretty pairing! 

Official details below:

What is it: Your perfect lighting and complexion perfection in a palette! Color correcting with antiaging ingredients, this is one palette with three different complexion-enhancing, hydrating powders formulated to help give the appearance of even, bright skin and add a youthful-looking warmth to your skin without creasing, cracking, or settling into fine lines and wrinkles.

CC+ Brightening All Over Finishing Powder helps to blur the appearance of skin imperfections. CC+ Matte Brightening Blush adds the look of light and vitality into your skin with an easy-to-blend powder blush stain. CC+ Matte Bronzer adds sun-kissed warmth and glow to your skin without shimmer or glitter. Paired with the CC+ Double Airbrush Ball Powder Brush for optical blurring, this palette gives you complexion perfection in a single easy-to-use palette.

Who is it for: Everyone who wants one palette set to help brighten and add warmth to your beauty routine while color correcting the appearance of skin imperfections; wants to help hydrate and address skin concerns while wearing natural-looking makeup; and wants the look of perfect lighting.

Why is it different: It's infused with antiaging peptides; niacin; hyaluronic acid; hydrolyzed collagen; algae; vitamins A, B, C, and E; and Drops of Light technology, without becoming cakey or creasing throughout the day. The CC+ Color Correcting pigments are infused into each powder, evening the appearance of all skin tones and applying color that not only brightens and warms the skin but also helps to blur the appearance of skin imperfections.

How do I use it: Using the powder brush, dust the finishing powder all over for an instant brightening to your skin, plus color correction for the look of even tone. Next, sweep the bronzer across your forehead, under the cheekbones, along the jawline, and down your neck, for the perfect touch of warmth and color correction. Finish with the blush by smiling then gently blending onto the apples of your cheeks.

Includes:
  • 0.66-oz CC+ Radiance Palette with CC+ Brightening Powder in Radiant Light; CC+ Matte Bronzer in Warmth; and CC+ Matte Brightening Blush in Love
  • CC+ Double Airbrush Ball Powder Brush

IngredientsMica, Magnesium Stearate, Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Water (Aqua), Cholesteryl, Oleyl Carbonate, Cholesteryl Nonanoate, Cholesteryl Chloride, Retinyl Palmitate, 

Tocopherol, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Hydrolyzed Silk, Collagen Amino Acids, Glycerin, Euterpe 
Oleracea Fruit Extract, Butylene Glycol, Camellia Sinesis (Leaf) Extract, Carbomer, Polysorbate 20, 
Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Vitis Vinifera/Grapeseed Extract, Aloe Barbadensis 
Leaf Juice, Hyaluronic Acid, Niacinamide, Olive Leaf Extract, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Chamomilla 
Recuitta (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Perfluorodecalin, Methicone. 

May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77499, CI 77492, CI 77491), Manganese Violet 
(CI 77492), Ultramarines (CI 77007). 

Swatches in direct sunlight. 
Swatches in direct sunlight. 


Finally, the Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge for Lips and Cheeks in Pale Pink is a multi-tasking gem.  The creamy formula is wildly pigmented and smoothly and adeptly applies on both cheeks and lips. I appreciate the subtle medium neutral pink tone of this rouge and adore tossing it in my handbag for whenever I need to instantly revive my face with a cloak of color.  The Pot Rouge in Pale Pink is a must for pink lovers and blush and lip color devotees alike! 

Official details: 

What is it: Bobbi's bestselling, multitasking cream color just got even better! It's now in a mirrored flip-top compact for on-the-spot application.

Who is it for: All skin types.

Why is it different: You get two products in one. Blend it on the apples of your cheeks for a just-pinched look, or blot it on your lips for a soft, stained finish. For drier skin types, be sure to moisturize skin first.

How do I use it: Press onto apples of cheeks, blending out and down toward hairline. Can be applied with fingertips. Press onto lips instead of lipstick. Apply with fingertips or lip brush (not included). Can be worn alone or with lip liner and lip gloss.

Bobbi Brown Pale Pink.
This formula is hydrating enough to be a brilliant lip color. 
A swatch of Bobbi Brown Pale Pink in direct sunlight. 
The following images reflect the IT Cosmetics CC + Radiance Palette and Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge for Lips and Cheeks in action in afternoon sunlight... 




Last look.
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Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this glimpse into the lovely QVC Beauty with Benefits offerings and are inspired to help a woman in need...indulging in a new beauty product has never felt so right!

Good things ahead, including a fresh release from SUQQU and a host of new product procurements...

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, April 26, 2016

Spotlight On: Decorte Beauty + Swatches of Every Product in the Line!

Introducing DECORTE Skincare + Beauty.
I possess a profound appreciation for Japanese skincare and beauty; the cutting-edge technology and beautiful formulations consistently call my name.  Earlier this spring, I was able to preview a new addition to the US beauty and skincare landscape with the arrival of DECORTE Skincare.  From stellar skincare to gorgeous base and lip products, this line is streamlined elegance incarnate.  

Consequently, I am excited to share a comprehensive, swatch-heavy overview of the DECORTE; once only available in Asia, this lauded Japanese brand recently debuted stateside at Saks and earlier this spring!

Kindly scroll on for more details, swatches and images of the DECORTE products in action as well as the Bottom Line...
DECORTE Soft Creme Foundation.
The DECORTE Soft Creme Foundation (discussed HERE) is a resplendent formula; incredibly silky and nourishing, this glides onto the skin with ease.  The weightless texture allows my skin to feel like it's able to breathe, even after hours of wear. 

The coverage is an immediate medium that is easily buildable to full and the finish is a flattering satin matte for a hyper natural effect. I find that I get a comfortable 7-8 hours of wear before needing to touch up in my t-zone and love how even and creamy this makes my sensitive skin...this formula is a gem, indeed!

Official details, courtesy of Saks:

EXCLUSIVELY AT SAKS. Experience the unexpected. Soft to the touch, this crème foundation instantly perfects the complexion while vastly improving skin's health and vitality with time. Uber-antioxidant Shirakaba Tonic infuses skin with clarity and renewal. Washi Paper Optics create a low-definition look for a luxe new luminosity. Custom medium - full coverage. Long-wearing. 1 oz. Made in Japan.

Warm Beige and Warm Ivory.
The *DECORTE Soft Creme Foundation comes in 12 shades that are suitable for fair to medium-tan skin tones:
  • #202 Golden Ochre: Very warm light yellow beige
  • #300 Warm Pearl: Fair warm-neutral alabaster beige
  • #301 Warm Ivory: Fair neutral alabaster beige
  • #302 Warm Ochre: Light peachy-yellow beige
  • #303 Warm Beige: Warm light-medium beige **My perfect match for NC 25 skin
  • #304 Natural Tan: Warm medium beige
  • #350 Cool Pearl: Fairest alabaster rosy beige
  • #351 Cool Ivory: Light rosy beige
  • #353 Cool Beige: Light-medium rosy beige
  • #354 Natural: Neutral medium beige
  • #355 Honey: Rich warm tan for medium-tan skin tones
  • #401 Rose Ivory: Fair rosy alabaster beige
Ingredients (click to enlarge).
Swatches in direct sunlight.
Swatches in direct sunlight (with a flash).
Swatches in outdoor shade.
Swatches in direct sunlight.
Swatches in direct sunlight (with a flash).
Swatches in outdoor shade.
DECORTE Soft Powder Foundation.

Ever since having the opportunity to try it last month, I have been heavily relying upon the wonders of the *DECORTE Soft Powder Foundation (reviewed HERE).  The Foundation Case (sold separately) is crafted of a light yet stalwart metal and the refillable pans ensure that waste is avoided. 

Finely milled with lush color payoff, the formula offers light to medium coverage, banishes shine and keeps skin looking fresh and healthy for hours on end.  I use it to set my t-zone in the morning and touch up in the late afternoon; and although it instantly perfects the skin, the texture is virtually invisible.  An absolutely exemplary formula, this powder has been a permanent fixture in my handbag as of late!

I appreciate the sturdy plastic shield that protects the powder and keeps the mirror clean...genius!
 Official details, courtesy of Saks:

EXCLUSIVELY AT SAKS. Experience the unexpected. Velvety to the touch, this compact foundation combines a soft-crystal texture with a cascade of hydrating and conditioning benefits. Uber-antioxidant Shirakaba Tonic infuses skin with calm and renewal. Washi Paper Optics create a low-definition look for a luxe new luminosity. Layers weightlessly for individual, medium coverage. Long-wearing. Made in Japan.

All 12 shades.

The Decorte Soft Powder Foundation comes in 12 shades that are suitable for fair to medium-tan skin tones:
  • #202 Golden Ochre: Very warm light yellow beige
  • #300 Warm Pearl: Fair warm-neutral alabaster beige
  • #301 Warm Ivory: Fair neutral alabaster beige
  • #302 Warm Ochre: Light peachy-yellow beige
  • #303 Warm Beige: Warm light-medium beige **My perfect match for NC 25 skin
  • #304 Natural Tan: Warm medium beige
  • #350 Cool Pearl: Fairest alabaster rosy beige
  • #351 Cool Ivory: Light rosy beige
  • #353 Cool Beige: Light-medium rosy beige
  • #354 Natural: Neutral medium beige
  • #355 Honey: Rich warm tan for medium-tan skin tones
  • #401 Rose Ivory: Fair rosy alabaster beige
Swatches in direct sunlight.
Swatches in direct sunlight (with a flash).
Swatches in direct sunlight.
Swatches in direct sunlight (with a flash).
The New Nudes.

Finally, the *DECORTE V Fusion Lip Palette is utterly divine! In two color families (Nude and Red), this lip color formula is unlike anything I've ever tried.  The lip color is thin yet pigmented, semi-matte, yet hydrating and impressively long lasting. 

The New Nudes has every nude--from pinky beige to light russet brown--for endless color combinations and personalized customization. This palette is truly a must for nude lovers and for those who prefer more vibrant hues, The New Reds is also swatched below!

The New Nudes.

The New Reds and The New Nudes.

Official details, courtesy of Saks:

EXCLUSIVELY AT SAKS. It's a paradox: Hyper-color and condition in one. Double-pigment technology provides extreme tonal color while helping soften delicate skin with botanicals for a most comfortable, just-matte finish. Long-wearing. Non-drying. Made in Japan.

Swatches of both palettes in direct sunlight.
To remain in neutral territory, I applied the four shades in my custom made quad by Anastasia Beverly Hills.  This eye shadow formula is buttery, pigmented and long lasting. 
The following images reflect all products in action (DECORTE Soft Creme Foundation #303 and The New Nudes on the lips) in afternoon sunlight...




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Last look.
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Bottom Line: I truly hope you enjoyed this overview of the magnificent DECORTE line and found the swatches helpful.  I am sincerely impressed by the quality ingredients and formidable performance the products I've tried and look forward to further experimenting with the line.

Will YOU be trying DECORTE?  If so, which products do you have your eye on?  Do share!

Good things ahead, including a host of new product procurements...I am also working on responding to your latest batch of lovely comments, both for the blog and my most recent video ; )

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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