Sunday, November 23, 2014

Thirteen Products I'm Currently Testing + Loving

Above: Shooting products in my backyard...always an adventure and a race against the setting of the sun.
With Thanksgiving less than a week away, I am looking forward to some days off to catch up on some rest, some blogging and some lovely family time!  In the rush of this month, however, I've had the chance to integrate a swath of new skincare and beauty products into my current routine and, while it's too soon to weigh in decisively, I wanted to share the details of my positive experiences thus far.
Kindly scroll on for more details and the Bottom Line...

Above: The latest releases from NUDE Skincare.
(1) NUDE Perfect Cleanse Omega Cleansing Jelly: I have sung the praises of the NUDE Skincare line (HERE and HERE) and am equally pleased with its latest releases.  The cleansing jelly is silky and plush; when applied dry skin and rinsed with water, it removes every last trace of dirt and makeup.  The NUDE Skincare ingredients are impeccable and this Omega 6 and 9 infused formula leaves my skin feeling balanced and nourished! 

Above: NUDE Perfect Cleanse has a silky, jelly-like consistency.
(2) NUDE Detox: This Vitamin C-infused powder is a delightful way to exfoliate, even for sensitive skin.  When mixed with a touch of water, the formula becomes frothy and effervescent and buffing it into one's visage is a sensory delight.  Once rinsed off, my skin is smoother, softer and brighter; I've been using this three times a week for visible results. 
Above: NUDE Detox...powder + a bit of water = gentle exfoliation.
(3) SK-II Cellumination Aurabright: I have already detailed my initial thoughts on this radiance serum HERE but couldn't create this post without mentioning it again.  I'm nearly two weeks into trial and my face hasn't exhibited a single negative reaction...just soft, glowing skin.  Love this!

sk-ii cellumination aurabright
Above: SK-II Cellumination Aurabright...luminous packaging, radiant skin.
(4) Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream Treat + Transform Moisturizer:  I ordered this back in August but it took me a few months to actually begin trying it.  Although I don't use it everyday, the cooler weather has been a perfect time to integrate it into my routine.  The cream is simply lovely...nourishing and instantly absorbed with a subtle rose scent, this imparts a unique glow that doesn't rely on shimmer.  I have tried it as a makeup base and also have mixed it with Le Metier de Beaute Peau Vierge for extra hydration and love it in both roles.  Can't wait to continue experimenting with this oft-buzzed about formula...

charlotte tilbury magic cream
Above: Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream...subtle and luxurious.
charlotte tilbury magic cream
Above: A heavy swatch of the Magic Cream...slightly white and just a touch glowy.
(5) PMD Personal Microderm: This little device does it all...the spinning disc is effective for smoothing fine lines, exfoliating dead skin, unclogging pores and brightening the visage.  I love that this model comes with a variety of disc options for targeted concerns and am looking forward to using this more frequently in the coming week since I'll have more time to pamper myself!

pmd personal microderm

(6) Oribe Gold Lust Shampoo and Conditioner:  This haircare pair (also discussed HERE) has been a staple for me this month...the shampoo cleans my long locks without drying them out and the ultra rich conditioner is to die for.  All in all, my hair is left smooth, soft, healthy and bouncy...what else could a girl hope for?

oribe gold lust conditioner
Above: Oribe Gold Lust Shampoo and Conditioner...entirely worth the splurge.
Above: My hair after a dose of Oribe.
(7) Sensai Cellular Performance Cream Foundation in Natural Beige #22:  My Harrod's order arrived and I am as smitten with this version of the Sensai Cellular Performance Cream Foundation as I was with the original (initially swatched HERE).  Natural Beige #22 is still a perfect match for my NC 25 skin and the creamy, emollient formula creates a medium to full coverage look that looks refined and radiant.  Full closeup (with swatches!) forthcoming.

sensai cellular performance cream foundation
Above: Old and New...Sensai Cellular Performance Cream Foundation...so glad it's still available.
(8) Chantecaille Le Camouflage Stylo No. 3: This brand new click pen features a powerful formula to combat signs of fatigue above and below the surface.  The concealer blends away darkness and imperfections (without creasing!) while simultaneously reducing puffiness and clinical trials showed that the regular usage (over 28 days) actually lessened the look of eye bags.  My sleep deprived eyes will continue to use this and weigh back in soon...#3 is a perfect match to seamlessly blend with my NC 25 skin.

chantecaille le camouflage stylo 3 swatch
Above: Chantecaille Le Camouflage Stylo in #3 for efficacy above and below the surface.
chantecaille le camouflage stylo 3 swatch
Above: #3 is a perfect match for NC 25 skin.
(9) Burberry Sheer Luminous Compact Foundation in Trench No. 6: I don't know why it took me so long to try this powder but I am certainly glad to have it in my arsenal now.  The texture is light and silky while still yielding magnificent creamy coverage.  Trench #6 is a great match for my NC 25 skin and I love using this to set my makeup and touch up when necessary.  It melds with the skin instantly, gives a poreless effect and keeps oil at bay for hours.  I haven't yet worn this on its own as a powder foundation but plan on trying that soon and will report back on my experience.  Adore this..more on Burberry soon!

Burberry sheer luminous compact foundation trench 6 swatch
Above: The iconic plaid pattern is just the beginning of the beauty.
Burberry sheer luminous compact foundation trench 6 swatch
Above: The Burberry Sheer Luminous Compact Foundation has a generous mirror and separate compartment for the sponge applicator.
Burberry sheer luminous compact foundation trench 6 swatch
Above: Swatches of Trench #6 in direct sunlight.
(10) By Terry Terrybly Densiliss Blush in No. 01 Platonic Blonde (available at Barney's NY and Space.NK): One of By Terry's most recent debuts, this ethereal wonder has magnificent pigmentation and an opulent satin finish that brings skin to life.  Platonic Blonde may be the lightest shade offering, but the peachy pink shade is saturated with color and is sure to compliment a spectrum of skin tones from fair to medium-dark.  I plan on doing a By Terry-centric post (to include this Platonic Blonde) very soon but in the meanwhile, I can confirm that this in an undeniably luxurious addition to my blush cache...highly recommended.

By terry terrybly densiliss blush platonic blonde swatch
Above: The By Terry Terrybly Densiliss Blush features a luxe metal compact and an insanely gorgeous quilted pattern...oh, and the blush is simply brilliant.
By terry terrybly densiliss blush platonic blonde swatch
Above: A swatch of Platonic Blonde in direct sunlight...a divine peachy pink, no?
(11) Bottega Veneta Knot Fragrance: The stunning golden bottle and gilded knotted top are only exclipsed by the delicious woodsy floral juice they contain.  This fresh release came at the perfect time as it resonates so well with cooler weather.  It is clean and warm, with bright citrus and rose bouncing off of the decadent musky vanilla undertones.  This, along with Byredo Black Saffon, will be coming with me on my Thanksgiving travels.

bottega veneta knot
Above: Bottega Veneta Knot...golden sophistication for woodsy floral lovers.
Above: Spicy and warm, NEST Pumpkin Chai is the quintessential Winter fragrance for the home.
(12) NEST Fragrances Pumpkin Chai Candle:  When it cools down, I simply cannot burn candles quickly enough; they add a cozy warmth that makes my house feel homey in 10 seconds flat.  The NEST candle in Pumpkin Chai is winter incarnate...aromas of pumpkin, spice and ginger are jubilantly set free by a single wick...I'll be stocking up! 
guerlain kiss kiss lipstick golden girl swatch
Above: Golden Girl is a soft peachy nude with creamy opacity.
(13) Guerlain Kiss Kiss Lipstick in No. 300 Golden Girl: I've had my eye on this delicate peachy nude since Guerlain released this stunning formula in late August.  Now that it has entered my life, I couldn't be more pleased.  The Kiss Kiss formula is marvelous...creamy, hydrating and buildable to nearly full opacity and Golden Girl is the lightest shade option (excellent for us nude lip lovers).  Future FOTD with this shade soon!

guerlain kiss kiss lipstick golden girl swatch
Above: The Kiss Kiss embossed bullet.
guerlain kiss kiss lipstick golden girl swatch
Above: A swatch of Guerlain Golden Girl in direct sunlight.
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Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this overview and welcome your questions! 

Have YOU tried any of the products discussed?  Thoughts?

Good things head including more Burberry + By Terry,  a FOTD,  a fresh video and my Holiday Gift Guide, just in time for Black Friday ; ) 

Hope your weekend is marvelous...xx,

--The Beauty Professor

** Some PR samples provided for review (the rest purchased by me),  however, as always, all of my opinions are expressly and unequivocally my own.  
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Friday, November 21, 2014

Giorgio Armani Friends and Family Event...Live Now!

Above: The Giorgio Armani Friends + Family Event runs now through December 7th.
The Giorgio Armani Friends + Family Event (20% off orders over $75!!) has just begun and, in honor of this marvelous promotion, I've curated a list of my favorite Giorgio Armani products, with links to detailed reviews (most of which possess a full spectrum of swatches).  From base to brows, there are a myriad of reasons why the Armani line ranks amongst my favorites!

Above: Wearing the Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Excess Mascara + Lip Maestro in #500 Blush.
A list of my favorite Armani products:
In addition to the above staples, I also have my eyes on the:
Above: The Purse Clutch features a compact containing a radiant face powder and three neutral shadows, all nestled in a  gorgeous midnight blue clutch.
Above: I cannot get over the textured beauty of this multi-shade gradient eyeshadow...the perfect marraige of form and function.
Above: I adore the Eyes to Kill and Eyes to Kill Excess formulas and am intrigued by the latest installment's lovely, fanned brush!

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Bottom Line: The Giorgio Armani Friends + Family Event is an excellent opportunity to try new products from the line or stock up on stellar staples.  I hope you found my curated list to helpful and cannot wait to hear what YOU will be procuring from the sale! 

Happy weekend...good things ahead including an overview of new products I'm experimenting with, some fresh Burberry and By Terry and (!) my Holiday Gift Guide (just in time for Black Friday).

xoxo,

--The Beauty Professor

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Glowing Skincare Addition...SK-II Cellumination Aurabright


Above: SK-II Cellumination Aurabright...for skin as luminous as the stunning packaging itself!
When in the testing phase for new skincare, I generally allow a minimum of four weeks before discussing my experience on Beauty Professor.  That being said, sometimes a product is so instantly remarkable that I cannot help but share my initial thoughts sooner, rather than later!  Such is the case for SK-II Cellumination Aurabright (available at Neiman MarcusNordstrom and Bloomingdale's)  My affinity for SK-II products (discussed HERE, HERE and HERE) has been apparent over the past few months; in fact, I cannot imagine my current skincare routine without these Pitera-infused gems.
Designed to bring clarity, brightness and radiance to the skin, SK-II Cellumination Aurabright also provides an instant glow upon application, due to the subtle iridescence of the formula.  

I have been applying this directly following a few drops of the SK-II Ultimate Revival Essence LXP (discussed HERE) and am taken aback by how smooth, silky, and slightly radiant my skin is.  Even more delightful, the slight glow lasts the entire day...all the while avoiding an undesirable detour into "oily" territory.  It yields an almost impossible-to-pinpoint quality that is ultra-flattering on the skin, with or without makeup.  If I am feeling this ardent after a week's usage, I cannot wait to revisit my feelings after a month of consistent wear!

Kindly scroll on for more details and images as well as the Bottom Line...

Above: Radiance encapsulated.
Here are the official details, courtesy of Neiman Marcus:

The best just got better with the NEW Cellumination AuraBright beauty essence.

A beauty essence for the woman who wants translucent skin that radiates from within. Stop relying on foundation to cover dullness and tone unevenness. Cellumination AuraBright has a completely new formulation unique brightening complex AuraBright Cocktail with Pitera™. Leaves skin glowing from within as if draped in a veil of light.

Texture:
This light serum penetrates quickly into your skin's surface layers for a smooth velvety finish.

At A Glance:
This extraordinary brightening serum brightens and evens out your skin tone to give it an aura-like glow, as if skin is illuminated from within.
  • Using the dropper, apply a pearl-sized amount onto the palm.
  • Quickly smooth the essence gently over the entire face with fingertips until completely absorbed.
  • Next, concentrate a small amount of Cellumination Essence onto the dark spots that are visible. Use knuckles to gently massage the skin.
  • Follow with Cellumination Cream as directed.
  • For best results, apply morning and evening. It can also be used on the back of hands and on the décolletage.

Above: The full ingredients list.
Above: A swatch of Cellumination Aurabright in direct sunlight...note the slight iridescence of the formula! 
Above: After a few days with SK-II Cellumination Aurabright...for a "lit from within" look.
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Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this quick overview of the SK-II Cellumination Aurabright (available at Neiman MarcusNordstrom and Bloomingdale's).  I cannot stop touching my face because it feels so smooth and the subtle glow (even when wearing a more matte foundation like the Tom Ford Traceless Perfecting) is utterly enchanting.  It is such a lovely fusion of efficacy on and under the surface of the skin; consequently, I will continue to monitor results over the long term and weigh back in a few weeks' time! 

Have YOU tried the SK-II Cellumination Aurabright?  Thoughts?

Good things ahead, including new discoveries from Burberry and By Terry as well as my new foundations from Harrod's (initially discussed HERE).

Hope your week is going well...xx,

--The Beauty Professor

** PR sample provided for review,  however, as always, all of my opinions are expressly and unequivocally my own.  

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Spotlight on Laura Mercier: Bold Lips + Swatches of EVERY Shade of the Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide


Above: Steps to a flawless face, including Laura Mercier Radiance Foundation Primer, Tinted Moisturizer in Natural and Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide in Macadamia.
As the seasons change, so does my skin tone and, consequently, my foundation shade needs.  In order to accommodate this transitional time, I have once again focused my attentions on the gorgeous Laura Mercier line.  From the wealth of high-performance base products to the spectrum of shades in which they come, Laura Mercier enables the most flawless of faces!

Kindly scroll on for swatches of my favorite Laura Mercier concealer (the Secret Camouflage), swatches of ALL shades of the Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide Foundation and two bold Laura Mercier lip looks that resonate with the cooler months as well as the Bottom Line...

Above: Laura Mercier Makeup Artist Adam Mantell + Beauty Professor
My swatching session began with a wonderful meeting with Laura Mercier Makeup Artist Adam Mantell, who expertly guided me through some of the base options.  First up was the Secret Camouflage (available at retailers including Lauramercier.comMacy's, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Sephora and Space.NK); I have used this incredible cover up since my early college years and, to date, haven't found a concealer that covers an errant blemish better.  With two shades (a cooler and warmer option) for customizable blending and an opaque, drier texture for immediate adhesion and coverage of the spot, this concealer cannot be beat.  Secret Camouflage #3 (SC-03) is a spot on shade match for me and I have gone through nearly five compacts over the years.  If you haven't yet tried it, I highly recommend giving this formula a spin! 

laura mercier secret camouflage swatches
Above: Swatches of the first four shades of Secret Camouflage.
Shade Descriptions (per my experience):
  • SC-1: Very fair neutral beige for @N10-15 skin
  • SC-2: Very light neutral beige for N20 skin
  • SC-3: Light neutral beige for N23-25 skin
  • SC-4: Light-medium beige for N25-30 skin
  • SC-5: Medium beige for N30-35 skin
  • SC-6: Medium dark beige for N35-40 skin
  • SC-7: Dark beige for N40-45 skin
  • SC-8: Darkest beige for N45+ skin
laura mercier secret camouflage swatches
Above: Swatches of the darker half of the Secret Camouflage shades.
Above: The copious amount of base products in the Laura Mercier line.
Onto the foundation!  Now that my post-summer tan has all but faded, I have had to change shades to match my lighter complexion.  Although I can wear the gorgeous gleaming Radiance Foundation Primer year round, I am now shade Natural (suitable for NC 23-25 skin), rather than Bisque (my summer shade) in the Tinted Moisturizer and Macadamia (suitable for NC 23-25 skin), rather than Dusk (my NC 30 summer shade) in the Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide Foundation.

The Tinted Moisturizer (all shades swatched HERE) is apropos for casual days when just a bit of coverage is desired but, as one who adores medium+ coverage, the Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide Foundation (available at retailers including Lauramercier.com, Macy's, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Sephora) is my formula of choice on a regular basis.  With an ultra-light texture and a demi-matte, invisible finish, this liquid foundation covers imperfections and lasts for hours.  The fact that it comes in 24 shades of varying undertones guarantees that one is sure to find a befitting match!

I had the opportunity to swatch EVERY shade of the Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide Foundation in various lighting situations...kindly scroll on for shade desriptions and images...

Above: Ingredients for a flawless face.
Shade Descriptions (per my experience):
  • Shell: Ultra light beige for fair skin with rosy undertones (@N/NW 10)
  • Cream: Ultra light beige for alabaster skin with neutral undertones (@N/NC 10)
  • Vanille: Very light beige for fair skin with neutral undertones (@N/NC 15)
  • Ivory: Very light beige for fair skin with warm undertones (@NC 10-15)
  • Ecru: Light beige for light skin with rosy undertones (@NW 20)
  • Cashew: Light beige for light skin with yellow undertones (@NC 20-23)
  • Linen: Light beige for light skin with netural to rosy undertones (@N/NW 23)
  • Macadamia: Light beige for light-medium skin with yellow undertones (@NC 23-25)
  • Butterscotch: Medium beige for medium skin with very warm yellow undertones (@NC 27-30)
  • Buff: Light beige for light-medium skin with neutral to rosy undertones (@N/NW 25-27)
  • Dune: Medium beige for light-medium skin with neutral undertones (@N 27)
  • Honey: Light beige for light-medium skin with neutral to peachy undertones (@N 25)
  • Dusk: Medium beige for medium skin with neutral to warm undertones (@NC 27) **My summer match! 
  • Golden: Light beige for light-medium skin with warm undertones (@NC 25)
  • Suntan: Medium beige for medium skin with warm, tan undertones (@NC 30)
  • Praline: Medium/medium-dark beige for medium skin with neutral undertones (@N 35-37)
  • Maple: Medium beige for medium-dark beige skin with neutral to warm undertones (@N/NC 30)
  • Chai: Medium-deep beige for medium-deep skin with warm undertones (@NC 35)
  • Nutmeg: Medium-deep beige for deep skin with neutral to rosy undertones (@N/NW 40-45)
  • Pecan: Medium-deep beige for deep skin with neutral to warm undertones (@N/NW 40-45)
  • Amber: Medium-dark beige for medium-dark skin with warm undertones (@NC 35-37)
  • Chestnut: Deep beige for rich ebony skin with cool, rosy undertones (@NW 50+)
  • Truffle: Deep beige for rich ebony skin with netural to warm undertones (@N/NC 50+)
  • Espresso: Deepest beige for rich ebony skin with neutral undertones (N 55+)
laura mericer smooth finish flawless fluide swatches
Above: Swatches of the first 8 shades (fair to light-medium) in direct sunlight.
laura mericer smooth finish flawless fluide swatches
Above: Swatches of the first 8 shades (fair to light-medium) in outdoor shade.
laura mericer smooth finish flawless fluide swatches
Above: Swatches of the next 8 shades (light-medium to medium-dark) in direct sunlight.
laura mericer smooth finish flawless fluide swatches
Above: Swatches of the next 8 shades (light-medium to medium-dark) in outdoor shade.
laura mericer smooth finish flawless fluide swatches
Above: Swatches of the next 8 shades (medium-dark to richest ebony) in direct sunlight.
laura mericer smooth finish flawless fluide swatches
Above: Swatches of the next 8 shades (medium-dark to richest ebony) in outdoor shade.
Above: Laura Mercier Lip Glace in Orchid and Creme Smooth Lipstick in Red Amour.
To further reflect the cooling trend outside, I decided to temporarily bypass my normal pinky-nudes in favor of bold purples and reds that capture the soon-to-be festive season perfectly.  The Laura Mercier Lip Glace in Orchid (available at retailers including Lauramercier.com, Macy's, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Space.NK) goes on like a semi-sheer, ultra-reflective stain and packs just enough pigment to totally transform the lips.  

The Creme Smooth Lipstick in Red Amour (available at retailers including Lauramercier.com, Macy's, Nordstrom, Sephora and Space.NK) takes lips to the maximum, drenching them in velvety soft crimson for a classic take on the red lip. 

Kindly scroll on for images of both of these stellar lip products (I am also wearing the Smooth Finish Flawless Finish Fluide in Macadamia!) in action...

Above: Laura Mercier Creme Smooth Lipstick in Red Amour...the quintessential red.
Above: Laura Mercier Lip Glace in Orchid is a lovely hybrid of pink and purple, for a very wearable grape-tinged fuchsia.
Above: Swatches of Red Amour and Orchid in direct sunlight...such bright and vibrant colors! 
Above: Bold lip color in varying textures = endless possibilities.
Above: Laura Mercier Lip Glace in Orchid, alone on the lips.
Above: Orchid in outdoor shade.
Above: Orchid in direct sunlight.
Above: Orchid with a flash.
Above: Laura Mercier Creme Smooth Lipstick in Red Amour alone on the lips.
Above: Red Amour in mixed outdoor lighting.
Above: In direct sunlight.
Above: In direct sunlight.
Above: With a flash.
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Bottom Line: The classic nature of the Laura Mercier line guarantees easy to wear, timeless shades with a flawless finish.  I hope you enjoyed this brand spotlight and welcome your questions and comments!  

What are some of YOUR favorite Laura Mercier products?

Good things ahead...xx,

--The Beauty Professor


*Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Laura Mercier through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post focused on the Laura Mercier line, all opinions are my own.
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