Friday, August 23, 2019

An Easy Soft Pink Look Featuring the New Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Foundation + Bits & Bobs from My Sephora Haul



I can't believe I'm typing this, but I am about show you a first look at yet another new foundation launch--this time, this hotly anticipated Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Foundation--coupled with a soft pink look stemming from my recent and rather diminutive Sephora VIB Sale haul.

Kindly scroll on for more details, swatches and images of everything in actin as well as the Bottom Line...
The look. 
Products used. 
// PRODUCTS USED //
  • Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter #4 (also available at Nordstrom): I started by applying this as a priming base all over my face and buffing out with a damp beauty sponge. This product is beyond exquisite for giving one's skin an "extra something" each and every time. 
  • Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Foundation 7.5 Neutral: I have only used this foundation for two days so I am not yet prepared to offer a comprehensive review. This, however, is in the works and will be accompanied by additional shade swatches. In the meanwhile, I am happy to offer my initial impressions of this new formula. It features full coverage (seriously, one pump is more than enough to cover my face) and a soft-focus finish that doesn't budge (nor settle into fine lines) once set; the result is airbrushed looking skin that still looks natural. The foundation comes in an impressive 44 shades and I took a guess when I chose 7.5 Neutral. That being said, it is a perfect match (hey, it's my job) for my NC 25-27 olive skin. The foundation feels potent (via the color payoff) but surprisingly lightweight and it wears flawlessly for 8+ hours (I don't feel the need to set it with powder). I am very pleased with it for full coverage moments but temper said coverage by rubbing it off of my nose so my freckles show through. I feel this strategy yields and softer and more natural effect that resonates with my "real skin" pursuits. Overall, my experience with it has been positive thus far but, after more testing, I will weigh back in soon with a more thorough assessment! 
  • *Natasha Denona Tan Bronze and Glow Palette: I used the bronze shade to gently contour my face and add a wash of warmth and then strategically applied both of the radiant  powders to the high points of my face for a brilliant glow. 
  • *Cle de Peau Beauté Concealer in Almond: I swept this under my orbital region to conceal the lack of sleep I've had this week. It's so effective at covering without creasing...there's a reason it's a cult classic. 
  • Roen Warm Eyeshadow Palette: I immediately added this to my cart last week at the exposition of the Sephora VIB Sale and am so glad that I did for exactly two reasons: (1) this brand has been on my radar for many months and I am happy to finally have it in my clutches and (2) the creamy texture is unlike anything I have ever tried. It all at once feels velvety and silky and glides on the eyes with lush fluidity. The shadows themselves offer sheer but buildable color payoff and plenty of luminosity for an almost wet eye effect. The warm tones in this particular palette and extremely flattering and that might explain why it is now currently sold out at Sephora! That being said, I've found it in stock at Saks.
  • Tom Ford Eye Cream and Powder Eye Color in Golden Peach: I added a touch of my holy grail Golden Peach (also purchased a reserve during the sale) to enhance this soft pink look...this shadow forever and always will be my favorite. 
  • Tom Ford Fiber Brow Gel in Chestnut: Two passes and my brows are full, defined and feathery...I definitely stocked up on a backup during the Sephora sale! 
  • *Sisley So Intense Mascara: I have run through multiple tubes of this jet-black formula; the thin brush allows for close-to-the-lashline application, resulting in extremely impactful lashes in two coats.  
  • Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Lip Liner: After running through 4 of these over the years, I guess it's safe to say that I am a Pillow Talk devotee...the pinky nude tone has enough depth to look good on a spectrum of skin tones and its lasting power is formidable. 
  • Jouer Lip Creme in Citronade Rose: I have worn a lot of this particular hue for many years and only recently realized that it must have been lost in the move. I used the Sephora VIB Sale  as a catalyst for repurchasing and am once again united with this plush liquid lipstick. The metallic baby pink hue is unusually multi-dimensional and it wears for hours on end. It fulfills all of my 1960s beauty dreams and pairs perfectly with the above lip liner. Highly recommended! 
Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Foundation swatches
The Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Foundation 7.5 Neutral comes in 44 shades!
Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Foundation swatches
Swatches of the Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter #4 (also available at Nordstrom) and 
Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Foundation 7.5 Neutral.
Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Foundation swatches
Power pair for flawless and glowing skin. 
Two key pieces from my Sephora VIB sale haul. 
Roen 75 Degrees Warm Eyeshadow Palette swatches
The Roen Beauty 75 Degrees Warm Eyeshadow Palette 
Roen 75 Degrees Warm Eyeshadow Palette swatches
Swatches of the Roen 75 Degrees Warm Eyeshadow Palette in direct sunlight. 
Roen 75 Degrees Warm Eyeshadow Palette swatches
Roen 75 Degrees Warm Eyeshadow Palette (also available at Saks)
jouer citronade rose
Jouer Lip Creme in Citronade Rose
Swatches of everything in direct sunlight. 

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


Eye look, courtesy of Roen Warm Eyeshadow Palette (also available at Saks), 
Style notes. 
// STYLE NOTES // Minimalist basics with maximum versatility. 
A pop of color via the Eileen Fisher Asha-Su Flat in Spice Suede


Next, I am doing a bit of online back to school shopping (my semester begins next week) and here's what's in my cart:
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Finally, check out my curated shop, in partnership with Indie Beauty Expo, featuring some fresh beauty and skincare discoveries I've tested and love. My shop can be found HERE. Use the code Beautyprofessor20 for 20% off of your entire order! 


Last look. 
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Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this look at the Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Foundation as well as my mini Sephora haul (VIB sale through 8/27!) and would love to know what caught your eye. Do tell. 

Good things ahead, including a fresh video tutorial, yet another recent foundation formula launch and a host of new product procurements...cannot wait to share!

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

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Serious About Shaving with Joy

Shaving is serious business over here. 
Today's post is dedicated to something I do daily, yet have never officially written about: shaving! It's true, I shave my legs etc. every single day as I really appreciate the virtue of smooth skin and, despite my serious dedication, consider myself relatively low-maintenance in this category. All I need is a capable razor--in this case, the Joy Razor--and 60 seconds in the shower. 

Kindly scroll on for more details on my process as well as the Bottom Line...
Shaving with the Joy Razor
I'll never forget the day I began shaving my legs. Growing up in a small beach town in Southern California meant swimming and surfing galore as well as shorts for most of the year and by age 12, I--like most of my friends--embraced the razor with eager anticipation. 

My mom was there to instruct in that first session, teaching me to use an ample amount of soap and sweep the razor upwards with gentle precision. 
Reminiscing on the first time I shaved my legs. 
Looking back, shaving my legs was a right of passage that felt completely grown up; equally exciting, it resulted in immediate gratification...silky smooth legs for an instant air of sophistication. 

Joy Razor the Teal One and Glee Cucumber Aloe Shave Gel
Fast forward many years to the present and, after trying seemingly every razor under the sun--from fancy $20 models to disposable .99 versions--I think I may have finally found my razor. I purchased the Joy Razor (available at Walmart) before moving in early July and have used it with great success since then. 

The razors are sleek and minimalist wonders that are surprisingly affordable ($8.97!) and the five-blade configuration ensures an intensely smooth experience with no irritation aftermath. Aesthetically pleasing and effective? Yes, please! 

Official details, courtesy of Walmart:

  • Five blades, which according to shaving science can help give you a comfortable shave
  • Non-slip grip handle, so you avoid dropping joy on any questionable locker room shower floors
  • Two five-blade refills included. That's ten blades if you use math
  • Lubrastrip, which sounds pretty sci-fi, but actually it just helps avoid irritation while shaving
  • This joy razor comes in pink, which is universally bathroom flattering

// MY PROCESS //

(1) I start by applying a healthy dose of the Glee Cucumber Aloe Shave Gel. This formula is extremely plush and foamy, providing an ideal landscape for the shaving to come. 


(2) I glide my Joy Razor in an upwards motion, working in sections to guarantee that no area is accidentally overlooked. 


(3) Daily Shaver's Tip: The five blades are extremely adept at smoothing the surface but I always like to run my hand over each section of shaved skin to check for continuity and make sure that I didn't miss a spot! 


(4) Revel in smooth legs, via the Joy Razor!

Pink or teal...which Joy Razor is your favorite? 
Shaving...serious business with a smile with Joy
Last look. 
 --Shop the Post--



Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this glimpse into my effortless yet effective shaving routine with Joy and welcome your questions and comments as well as your shaving tips! 

Good things ahead including the my spoils from the Sephora VIB sale, even more foundation launch reviews and a host of new product procurements...cannot wait to share.

xx and more soon,

--The Beauty Professor 

 **Many thanks to Walmart 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.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

The SUQQU A/W 2019 Collection, Sisley-Paris Ultra Eclat Foundation and my Sephora Summer Sale Recommendations

SUQQU Tone Touch Eyes Eyeshadow swatches
Elements of the SUQQU AW 2019 Collection
Today's post is dedicated to newness involving three beauty brands that are near and dear to my heart that all, incidentally, begin with the letter S.  SUQQU has just released its A/W 2019 Collection (limited edition and selling out fast), Sisley-Paris has launched an updated version of a classic with its  new *Phyto-Teint Ultra Eclat Oil-Free Long Lasting Foundation (oh my, it's good, my friendsand Sephora is having a Summer Sale for Rouge and VIB members that begins today and runs through 8/27. 

Consequently, I am excited to share thoughts and swatches on the above, plus a streamlined list of 12 recommendations for the Sephora sale

Kindly scroll on for more details, swatches and images of everything in action as well as the Bottom Line...
SUQQU Tone Touch Eyes Eyeshadow swatches
The *SUQQU Tone Touch Eyes Eyeshadow
When it comes to eyeshadow, SUQQU is a veritable expert so my expectations for the new *SUQQU Tone Touch Eyes Eyeshadow (also to be available at Harrods) were quite pronounced. I am happy to state that they do not disappoint

The singles--housed in a mirrored compact--come in both matte and satin finishes and possess the same finely-milled and intense color payoff that every SUQQU enthusiast has come to expect. 

Buildable, bendable and crease-resistant, they are adeptly executed individual washes of color and I am beyond taken by their beauty and performance. Ever a satin-finish devotee, I have placed asterisks by my favorite hues below:
  • 01 Kageiro: Matte warm brown
  • 02 Amaitoge: Matte deep rose-meets-cranberry
  • 03 Hiyatsuki: Matte cloud gray 
  • 04 Sukesumi: Matte army green
  • 05 Yawatsumugi: Glowing medium flesh beige tan **
  • 06 Suzukinu: Medium dove gray with a satin finish
  • 07 Sakiiroka: Pinky nude beige with a satin finish **
  • 08 Suzuaoi: Rich indigo blue with a satin finish
  • 09 Kifuu: Glowing light emerald green (capturing the beauty of a Japanese beetle) **
  • 10 Ryouka: Vibrant pinky red with a satin finish **
  • 11 Touyou: Coral orange with a stain finish
  • 12 Akihotaru: Intensely sparkling platinum with a wet look **
  • 13 Koushi: Lilac pink with a satin finish **
  • 14 Enka: Radiant gilded persimmon **
  • 15 Aboreboshi: Glimmring smoky blue

SUQQU Tone Touch Eyes Eyeshadow swatches

SUQQU Tone Touch Eyes Eyeshadow swatches
I am wearing a mix of #5, #12 and #14 on my eyes. 
SUQQU Tone Touch Eyes Eyeshadow swatches

More from the SUQQU A/W 2019 Collection.
Additionally, the SUQQU A/W 2019 Collection includes:
  • *SUQQU Designing Color Eyes Eyeshadow 126 Aoryuusei: This breathtakingly beautiful quad features an array of cooler toned hues that are refreshingly novel on eyes while still being wearable on a day-to-day basis. It includes a creamy ivory beige, a lush charcoal gray, a vibrant peacock blue and an alluring eggplant purple, all of which flattering brown, blue, green. and gray eyes alike! I can't wait to continue to play with this in the coming days. 
  • *SUQQU Colour Ink Liquid Eyeliner #104: I am already very fond of this new SUQQU eyeliner formula (reviewed in detail HERE) and find this new shade--a luminous rusty copper--to be innovative and lovely. I prefer to sweep it along my upper lash line (as done HERE) for a warm impact that doesn't budge. 
  • *SUQQU Moisture Rich Lipstick in 11 Rinku and 111 Fusubeiro: I received two of the five new lipsticks in this collection--the mauve pink Rinku is a "my-lips-but-better" wonder with a shiny and creamy finish and the sophisticated Fusubeiro is a luminous sheer chocolate that beckons the fall with attitude. 
  • *SUQQU Water Colour Lip Ink Lip Tint 102 Jyumitsu: A friendly suggestion for my fellow gloss lovers...run, don't walk, to pick up this gorgeous formula! Sheer, plush, hydrating and long lasting, this translucent gem has a refreshing cooling effect upon contact and imparts just enough color to masterfully brighten the face. I've been wearing this peachy tone daily since receiving!

Swatches in direct sunlight. 
*SUQQU Designing Color Eyes Eyeshadow 126 Aoryuusei
*SUQQU Moisture Rich Lipstick in 111 Fusubeiro 11 Rinku

SUQQU Pure Colour Blush Blusher #11 Hanasusu swatches
*SUQQU Pure Colour Blush Blusher #11 Hanasusu
Rounding out the latest in A/W 2019 Collection is the *SUQQU Pure Colour Blush Blusher #11 Hanasusu. This is by far my most favorite bronze-toned blush from SUQQU yet as the gradient is extremely flattering and easy to wear

Housed in an extremely svelte compact, the brown side is a true tan with olive undertones that allows one to gently sculpt the face while simultaneously adding warmth and dimension and the coral peach-meets rose on the far right delivers a fresh pop of color for the apples of one's cheeks. The powder is velvety soft and blends like a dream, adding depth to one's complexion without overpowering.

 It's seriously one of the best bronzers I've tried this year and I am earnestly contemplating purchasing a back up.

SUQQU Pure Colour Blush Blusher #11 Hanasusu swatches
Swatches in direct sunlight. 
Sisley-Paris Phyto-Teint Ultra Eclat Oil-Free Long Lasting Foundation swatches
The new *Sisley-Paris Phyto-Teint Ultra Eclat Oil-Free Long Lasting Foundation
Next, I am over the moon to show you a first look at the glorious *Sisley-Paris Phyto-Teint Ultra Eclat Oil-Free Long Lasting Foundation (soon to be available at Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus). I was able to preview this formula last month in Los Angeles and am thrilled to now have three shades to share with you in this post. 

Boasting buildable light to medium coverage brimming with pronounced skincare benefits and significant lasting power, this foundation works well on all skin types and ages. It's a formula that has devotees in every decade because it looks incredibly natural and doesn't settle into fine lines or wrinkles, even after a long day out and about. Hydrating and comfortable, skin looks radiant and healthy for hours on end. 

To apply, I  prime my skin with my beloved *Sisley-Paris Double Tenseur (I am on my second bottle!) and then distribute two pumps of the #2 Sand (a perfect match) in the center of my face and blend out with a damp Beauty Blender. The foundation neither oxidizes nor budges and, though lightly fragrance (it dissipates in a few minutes), seems to play very well with sensitive skin. I love how bouncy and fresh my skin looks over the course of wear...it truly remains radiant yet touch up-free for 8+ hours, even in humidity! 

When compared with the beloved original version (same moniker minus the word "ultra"), I find the the *Sisley-Paris Phyto-Teint Ultra Eclat Oil-Free Long Lasting Foundation has subtle but worthy improvements. The coverage is a touch more robust (while still looking completely natural), the shades range has increased to include even more skin tones, the lasting power (if this is even possible as the original was quite long lasting) is better and the price is now $95 (vs. the $122 of the previous formula). 

After nearly a week of consistent testing, I can confirm that I am completely smitten with this new formula and know it will be a regular part of my foundation rotation...if you seek buildable and extremely natural looking coverage with stellar wear time, I cannot recommend it enough! 

Shade include:
  • 0 Porcelaine
  • 0+ Vanilla
  • 1 Ivory
  • 2 Soft Beige
  • 2+ Sand: **My absolute spot-on match (worn at the end of this post) 
  • 3 Natural
  • 3+ Apricot
  • 4 Honey
  • 4+ Cinnamon
  • 5 Golden 
  • 5+ Toffee
  • 6 Amber
  • 6+ Chestnut
  • 7 Moka
Sisley-Paris Phyto-Teint Ultra Eclat Oil-Free Long Lasting Foundation swatches
*Sisley-Paris Phyto-Teint Ultra Eclat Oil-Free Long Lasting Foundation swatches in direct sunlight. 
Sisley-Paris Phyto-Teint Ultra Eclat Oil-Free Long Lasting Foundation swatches
From L-R: *Sisley-Paris Phyto-Teint Ultra Eclat Oil-Free Long Lasting Foundation in Soft Beige, Sand and Natural. 
Additional details, courtesy of Sisley-Paris:

Phyto-Teint Ultra Éclat, light diffusing oil-free fluid foundation. Reveal skin that looks instantly radiant and flawless, with imperfections minimized and a blurred effect on the skin texture. 

Day after day, a mineral complex acts to enhance the complexion’s natural radiance. Buckwheat seed extract acts as an anti-pollution shield.* Extracts of Mallow and Gardenia flower provide hydration and comfort for fresh-feeling skin. 

The long-lasting, lightweight and blendable texture offers a very natural velvety finish and a medium buildable coverage. Oil-free. 

A range of 14 natural and ultra-luminous shades fit multiple skin tones and undertones. 

*ex vivo test

RESULTS
Immediately the complexion looks more even, illuminated and smoothed, for a perfect skin effect. Day after day, the complexion’s natural radiance is visibly improved, the skin is better protected against pollution and moisturized all day long.

USAGE TIPS
Shake the bottle. Apply the foundation with light strokes using the fingertips or a foundation brush. Start applying from the center of the face, moving outwards.

The rest of the face. 
// THE REST of the FACE // For a warm day out (as shown in the images at the end of this post), I added these gems into the mix. 
  • *Rodin Olio Lusso Aurora Luxury Illuminating Powder (also available at Neiman Marcus): I received this highlighter right before we moved and didn't get a proper chance to try it until recently...I am so glad that I did! The opulent powder is finely milled and imparts the most flattering golden champagne tone that lights up the high points of the face without obvious texture. Try this LE wonder while it's still available...you won't regret it. 
  • *Clé de Peau Beauté Concealer in Almond (also available at CdPB with swatches of all shades HERE): This cult-classic is such a potent multitasker. Just a touch in my under eye region and my dark circles are banished without any later-in-the-day creasing. 
  • *Clé de Peau Beauté Radiant Liquid Rouge Matte Liquid Lipstick in Nectar and Cream Crush (all shades swatched and reviewed HERE): I am currently in love with this combination...Nectar is a soft coral pink with plenty of color payoff. When I add a touch of the rosy nude Cream Crush, I get the perfect not too nude neutral and the comfort and lasting power are beyond. 

Swatches in direct sunlight. 
*Rodin Olio Lusso Aurora Luxury Illuminating Powder
The following images reflect all products in action on location at the Beverly Hills Hotel...


Style notes 
// STYLE NOTES // Jeans and a tee with a twist.






Excited to shop the SEPHORA SUMMER SALE!
// SEPHORA SUMMER SALE RECOMMENDATIONS // Here are the details on the shopping event as well as a list of my top 12 product picks:
  • The Sephora Summer Sale for VIB Rouge members runs from August 19th-August 27th...get 20% off your order with code SUMMERSAVE 
  • VIB members will also enjoy savings from August 20th-August 27th! Get 15% off with code SUMMERSAVE 
(1) Laura Mercier Natural Skin Perfector Tinted Moisturizer (swatches of every shade and a full review HERE)
(4) Tom Ford Cream and Powder Eye Color in Golden Peach (reviewed HERE). While you're at it, I implore you to try the Tom Ford Fiber Brow Gel...it is a daily staple in my life. 
(7) Roen Beauty Eyeshadow Palette in Warm: I don't yet have this so I cannot provide a review, but it's en route to my house this week...details soon! 
(10) Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips 2 Lipsticks in In Love with Olivia etc. (review featuring my neutral favorites in this formula HERE
(11) Kosas 10-Second Liquid Eyeshadow (swatched and reviewed HERE


--Shop the Sale--


Last look. 
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Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this overview of the resplendent *SUQQU AW 2019 Collection and first look at the absolutely sublime *Sisley-Paris Phyto-Teint Ultra Eclat Oil-Free Long Lasting Foundation as well as my recommendations for the Sephora Summer Sale for Rouge and VIB members and would love to know what caught your eye...do tell!

Good things ahead, including a fresh video tutorial, a house tour and a host of new product procurements including foundations from Flesh, RMS and Surratt. Stay tuned! 

xx and cannot wait to share 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.