Sunday, September 16, 2018

A Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk, Sisley Le Phyto-Rouge and Lawless Seal the Deal Pictorial


The Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Collection launched last week to major accolades and has promptly sold out. That being said, I am hoping it will be will be replenished and available at BeautylishNordstrom and Sephora in the very near future. 

In the meanwhile, I am excited to share a look at the collection along with the the stunning new *Sisley-Paris Le Phyto-Rouge Lipstick (also available at Neiman Marcus and Sisley-Paris) and *Lawless Seal the Deal Loose Setting Powder. These recent launches are well worth a perusal! 

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

Up first, the Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Collection (hopefully available at BeautylishNordstrom and Sephora soon) is a neutral lover's dream come true. I have repurchased the lipliner and lip color of the same name multiple times over and to have a coordinating eyeshadow palette and blush is simply magical. 

The eyeshadow palette is one of the first quads I've owned in which I am confident I will use all four shades equally...for me, this never happens. The pearly beige shade is an excellent base, the rose-tinged taupe is a natural hero, the highly reflective rose gold shimmer is stunning wet or dry and the rich mink brown (the darkest shade) works so well in the crease without becoming dramatic. In other words, the shades in this quad play well together (of course!) and cannot be over applied (brilliant!). 

Charlotte tilbury pillowtalk collection swatches
Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Collection. 
The blush is equally beautiful; the outer ring is a luminous burnished rose that can almost simultaneously act as bronzer and blush and the center involves a lovely champagne beige highlighter. I like to mix both the outer and inner ring for a glowy natural cheek and find that it builds effortlessly, even during a mid-day touch up. Divine! 
Swatches of the Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Collection (hopefully available at BeautylishNordstrom and Sephora soon) in  direct sunlight. 
In summation, both items are well worth the pursuit (I loved them so much, I ordered them for my mom as well) and destined to become everyday heroes in one's beauty routine (as has been the case for me). I sincerely anticipate their arrival to all of the Charlotte Tilbury stockists (BeautylishNordstrom and Sephora) in the near future and will update with direct links as soon as soon as they become available.
sisley le phyto rouge swatches
Introducing the *Sisley-Paris Le Phyto-Rouge Lipstick
Next, the *Sisley-Paris Le Phyto-Rouge Lipstick (also available at Neiman Marcus and Sisley-Paris) features a breathtaking range of 20 shades of beiges, roses, oranges and reds in a moisturizing and creamy finish that positively bathes lips in pure color. 

Housed in an opulent golden zebra tube, the cushiony formula feels like velvet and wears for hours, maintaining a comfortable presence that represents sheer innovation in the lip color industry.

Although I am partial to the pristine neutral Beige Tahiti and tender mauve Rose Portifino (worn at the end of this post), I cannot wait to experiment with the other 18 hues as I tend to get more experimental, especially with bolder shades, as the cooler months approach...I am sure this won't be the last time you see the lavish *Sisley-Paris Le Phyto-Rouge Lipstick on Beauty Professor! 

Keep reading for swatches of all shades in the lineup! 

sisley le phyto rouge swatches
The *Sisley-Paris Le Phyto-Rouge Lipstick has a unique sculpted shape for clean lines and precise application. 
Official details, courtesy of Nordstrom:

What it is: A lipstick with comforting skin care properties and an ultra-silky texture that envelops the lips for a smoothing, hydrated feel.
What it does: It's formulated with a Hydrobooster Complex, which provides a hydrating, smoothing and plumping effect while padina pavonica extract moisturizes. Camellia oil nourishes and provides softness, and jojoba oil provides softness and comfort. It delivers buildable coverage and a luminous, satin finish.

sisley le phyto rouge swatches
Lighter shades. 
sisley le phyto rouge swatches
Swatches of the *Sisley-Paris Le Phyto-Rouge Lipstick in direct sunlight. 
sisley le phyto rouge swatches
Deeper shades. 
sisley le phyto rouge swatches
Swatches of the *Sisley-Paris Le Phyto-Rouge Lipstick in direct sunlight. 
lawless seal the deal powder swatches
*Lawless Seal the Deal Loose Setting Powder
Finally, the *Lawless Seal the Deal Loose Setting Powder offers a glorious talc-free option that simultaneously blurs, brightens and sets without a powdery finish. The ultra-finely milled formula blends into skin, adeptly doing its job without settling into fine lines or accentuating imperfections. Couple stellar performance with impeccable clean ingredients and it's no wonder this powder has been flying off of the shelves since its launch! 

I received Seal the Deal in two shades (there is also a third--Golden): Translucent, which should work on all skin tones and Brightening, which is like translucent with a slightly apricot pink leaning for additional impact. With adequate buffing, both become second skin and last all day...will you be trying this exemplary formula? 

Official details, courtesy of Sephora:

What it is:
A talc-free, lightweight, soft-focus translucent setting powder with three universal shades that imparts a flawless, airbrushed finish.

What it does:
Seal the Deal locks in your makeup while absorbing oil and shine throughout the day. This ultrafine, universal, translucent powder perfects every skin tone, imparting a flawless, airbrushed, and pore-less finish without any harmful ingredients. It is perfect for baking or simply dusting all over the face to lightly set your base.

What else you need to know:
Annie wanted to create a completely talc-free translucent setting powder that uses the absence of talc to its advantage. Talc's density can make it heavy and drying, which is one of the biggest reasons powders can tend to accentuate fine lines and cling to texture on the skin. Instead of talc, LAWLESS uses mica as the base of Seal the Deal Loose Translucent Setting Powders. Mica has a very lightweight, translucent finish that sets makeup all day without adding any weight or cakiness, or disturbing the finish of your base.

lawless seal the deal powder swatches
Swatches of the *Lawless Seal the Deal Loose Setting Powder in direct sunlight. 
The rest of the face. 
// THE REST of the FACE // 
  • Charlotte Tilbury Magic Away Concealer #6: I purchased this without swatching in advance and picked the right shade! #6 is a light-medium beige for skin with neutral to olive undertones and the way it glides onto my skin and seems to instantly lessen my under eye dark circles is definitely impressive. Will continue to test and weigh back in again soon. 
  • *Clé de Peau Beauté Radiant Cushion Foundation O30 (also available at Barney's NY and reviewed HERE): Still on extremely heavy rotation, I compliments on my skin each and every time I wear this light-medium coverage formula. It evens everything out, imparts a soft glow and lasts the entire day for me without the need to touch up. 
  • *Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow Medium/Dark (reviewed HERE): I've been using this frequently as the two shades work really well with my skin...a little goes a long way to gently contour and warm up the skin and I deeply appreciate the true brown side as it creates one of the most authentic-looking tans in town. 
  • Shiseido Aura Dew in Solar (reviewed HERE): Still loving this bouncy and inordinately luminous highlighter...just a whisper on the high points of my face and I glow all day. 
  • *Sisley-Paris Phyto-Kohl Waterproof All Day Eyeliner in Mystic Green (reviewed HERE): I recently rediscovered this lush scarab green eyeliner and am addicted to applying it to my lower waterline for extra impact. The formula is as stalwart as its name implies; it truly stays in place until I decide to remove it. 
  • Tom Ford Fiber Brow Gel in Chestnut (reviewed HERE): Always on my brows, the feathery and full effect cannot be beat. 
  • *Hourglass Caution Extreme Mascara (reviewed HERE): Two coats give me nearly false lash-level results that do not budge. So good. 
  • *Sisley-Paris Le Phyto-Rouge Lipstick in Rose Portofino (also available at Neiman Marcus and Sisley-Paris): It was difficult for me to choose just one shade from the collection to wear in the images that follow but Rose Portifino's ability to be classically fresh and neutral yet extremely modern gave it a slight edge! Wildly pigmented and hydrating, the soft mauve nude will be stunning on a spectrum of skin tones. 

The Charlotte Tilbury Magic Away Concealer has a click-activated sponge top applicator for precision and ease of blending. 
Swatches in outdoor sunlight. 

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


The eye look.


Style notes.
// STYLE NOTES //
  • Black V Neck Tee: A wardrobe staple for work and play and this super soft cotton version from Madewell is a minimalist wonder. 
  • Denim cutoffs: Perfectly distressed and versatile for lazy weekends--even in the fall--these are denim perfection. 
  • Golden olive cardigan: An easy color and effortless style, I reach for this constantly.
  • Nike Airmax 270 (similar style HERE and reviewed HERE): Still in love with the cushy comfort and modern lines of these shoes...my color combination is currently tricky to locate but I linked to similar pairs as well! 
  • Gold hoops: An unmitigated everyday staple. 





Last look.
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Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this overview of the stunning Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Collection (hopefully available at BeautylishNordstrom and Sephora soon), *Sisley-Paris Le Phyto-Rouge Lipstick (also available at Neiman Marcus and Sisley-Paris) and *Lawless Seal the Deal Loose Setting Powder and would love to know what caught YOUR eye...do tell!

Good things ahead, including a host of new product procurements, the top things I've learned since having a newborn and a fresh video tutorial.

Also, thanks for the incredible feedback on my latest video...I am heartened by your comments and am working on responding to each and every one in the coming days!

xx and 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.  © 2012-18 Beauty Professor® All Rights Reserved. Do not copy, reprint or republish content and/or photos without author's written permission.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Video: A Major Life Update + A Full Face of Products I've Bought and Repurchased (No PR Samples Whatsoever)

Product purchases and rebuys on my face. 
I am beyond excited to share a video featuring major life update with you...the last two months of summer have been incredible to say the least! 

Also, I'm discussing favorite products (worn on my face in the video) that I've purchased and/or repurchased. In other words, no press samples whatsoever!

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


// Products Discussed (with links to their respective reviews on BP) //
Swatches of base, face and eyes in natural indoor lighting. 
Swatches of the lip products in natural indoor lighting. 

Style notes...Nike Air Max 270s. 

// STYLE NOTES // 
  • Black Top and here's another similar one: Timeless, classic and perfect for the seasonal transition ahead. 
  • Gold hoops: Always and unmitigatedly on my ears. 
  • Nike Air Max 270s: I couldn't get these into the video (one of the downsides of being a one-person video crew) but I was wearing them while filming and am over the moon for the chic color combination and how comfortable they are. Oh, and they're currently on sale at Nordstrom




Last look. 
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Bottom LineThanks so much for watching this video! I hope you enjoyed everything shared and I welcome your questions and comments as well as content requests for upcoming videos! 

Good things ahead, including a host of new product procurements, my most used newborn products and a few upcoming BP beauty event announcements. 

Also, if you happen to be in Southern CA this weekend, please consider swinging by the Seal Beach Arts and Crafts Festival. The event, held at The Pier at the intersection of Ocean and Main is completely free and my brother Seth will have a booth (Space 49--right side of the pier when facing the ocean) showcasing his latest handcrafted leather goods (handbags, wallets, makeup pouches and backpacks...here's a glimpse at my most recent bag from him HERE). The festival runs Saturday 9-6 and Sunday 9-5 and I'll be there helping! Let me know if I should keep an eye out for you and hope to see you there. 

xx and 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.  © 2012-18 Beauty Professor® All Rights Reserved. Do not copy, reprint or republish content and/or photos without author's written permission.

Friday, August 31, 2018

Sunlit Splendor: The New Clé de Peau Beauté Radiant Cushion Foundation, Jouer Rose Gold Collection, MAC Studio Fix Concealer and Tom Ford Satin Matte Lip Color

Sunlit splendor. 
The remaining days of summer (on the calendar, at least, as my fall semester is in full swing) have been rife with sunshine and I took advantage of a particularly resplendent afternoon to capture some recent launches including the *Cle de Peau Beauté Radiant Cushion Foundation, *Jouer Rose Gold Collection, *MAC Studio Fix 24-Hour Concealer and Tom Ford Satin Matte Lip Color. 

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

Cle de Peau Beauté Radiant Cushion Foundation
Introducing the *Cle de Peau Beauté Radiant Cushion Foundation
I've been testing the *Cle de Peau Beauté Radiant Cushion Foundation (also available at Barney's NY) and am positively thrilled with the luxuriously innovative formula. Incredibly lightweight yet moisturizing, this skincare-infused base gives me medium coverage with a HD (read: it's remarkably difficult to see on the face, though the results are perfecting nonetheless) glowy finish that never degrades to "oily." 

In fact, this may be one of the most long wearing formulas in the current CdPB foundation lineup. I have tested it during two fairly hot and humid 12+ hour teaching days this week and haven't needed to touch it up the entire day. It's truly that good.  

My match is O30 (which, in my experience, is a touch darker in this formula than in the CdPB The Foundation) and if you are NC 25-30, then this will likely be your best match as well! 

Cle de Peau Beauté Radiant Cushion Foundation
The *Cle de Peau Beauté Radiant Cushion Foundation in O30.
Official details courtesy of CdPB:

Key Benefits

  • Sheer to medium coverage hydrating foundation with a weightless feel.
  • Natural dewy finish is fresh and glowing.
  • Responsive formula resists dullness, fading and creasing while providing all day coverage and 24 hour moisture.
  • Enhances skin’s radiance and condition with continued use.
  • Perfect and hydrate throughout the day with a sleek refillable makeup compact and custom puff applicator.
  • The specially engineered puff features a wide ribbon for secure, meticulous and seamless foundation application. The unique, multilayer design prevents both excessive pickup of foundation and excessive application to the skin.
  • Our best medium coverage foundation for those looking for on-the-go touchups.
Cle de Peau Beauté Radiant Cushion Foundation
Swatch in direct sunlight.  
Favorite elements from the *Jouer Rose Gold Collection
The *Jouer Rose Gold Collection capitalizes on one of the most beautiful colors in existence. Although there are 8 pieces in my collection, I am particularly smitten with the following three:
  • The *Rose Gold Matte and Shimmer Eyeshadow Palette:  One look at this palette and a seasoned eyeshadow wearer cannot help but immediately see its merit. The carefully curated combination of matte and shimmer shades work so well together to create a host of eye looks--from demure daytime to sultry evening--in mere moments. The formula is buttery smooth and crease resistant while possessing magnificent color payoff...I know I'll reaching for this constantly this season. 
  • The *Creme Eyeshadow Crayon in Rose Gold: A gorgeous peachy pink with immense buildability, this lush cream shadow crayon glides on with ease; give it 10 seconds and it's set for the day--no creasing or fading--just subtly luminous color. 
  • The *Blush Bouquet in Rose Gold: Two coordinating shades of warm toned pink interplay with stunning harmony. The left side features a glowing warm apricot pink hue and the right side balances things out with a demi-matte petal pink tone. Wear them alone or layer them with wild abandon (as done in the images at the end of the post); in either case, your cheeks will look naturally flushed and lit-from-within. 
Swatches of the *Rose Gold Matte and Shimmer Eyeshadow Palette in direct sunlight. 
The *Jouer Blush Bouquet in Rose Gold
Swatches in direct sunlight.  
Face finishers. 
To finish the face, I love the *Charlotte Tilbury Bronze & Glow in Medium/Dark (reviewed HERE) to gently contour and warm up the complexion...the true tan brown is addictively good. Additionally, I strategically added a bit of the soon-to-be-released *MAC Studio Fix 12-Hour Smooth Wear Concealer in NC 40 (more details and swatches below) to banish any residual darkness. 

In terms of highlighter, I've been experimenting with the Shiseido Aura Dew Face, Eyes and Lip in Solar, which provides highly reflective radiance with a cushiony cream-meets-gel-meets-powder (upon dry down) texture. Although I am drowning in illuminators over here at BPHQ, I can confirm that I don't own another formula quite like this one. Solar is a flattering gossamer gold and I like using my ring finger to tap it into the high points of my face for an ethereal effect that stays in place all day. 

Two coats of the marvelous *Hourglass Caution Extreme Mascara (reviewed HERE) and my face (outside of lips, of course) is finished! 
Swatches in direct sunlight. 
MAC Studio Fix 24-Hour Concealer swatches
*MAC Studio Fix 12-Shour Smooth Wear Concealer
Currently available in the UK and launching stateside soon, the new *MAC Studio Fix 12-Hour Smooth Wear Concealer comes in an insane array of shades to match every undertone and complexion and the flexibly, hydrating formula is formidably long lasting without creasing, cracking or migrating...I am excited to share swatches of all available shades below:

MAC Studio Fix 24-Hour Concealer swatches
Swatches in direct sunlight.  
MAC Studio Fix 24-Hour Concealer swatches
Swatches in direct sunlight.  
tom ford satin matte lipstick blow up swatches
Lip color newness. 
In terms of lips, I recently ordered two fresh shades during the Sephora Beauty Insider Appreciation Event (discussed HERE) and am over the moon with their respective pink appeal. 

The Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Color in Baby (also available at Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom) alled my name for a couple of reasons; it's slightly deeper pink hue (don't let the "pale pink" color description mislead you) is a late-summer must with my complexion and its moniker, Baby, signifies a whole new level of meaning for me these days. The lipstick is creamy and hydrating yet applies like a stain...it's initially sheer but can be built up to beautiful medium coverage. 

Next. the new Tom Ford Satin Matte Lipstick in Blow Up (also available at Neiman Marcus) is pinky nude perfection. Velvety smooth and delightfully non-drying (for a matte), this highly-pigmented, full-coverage wonder is reminiscent of the 1960s and looks stunning on its own or layered over a deeper color. I can't wait to try more shades in this formula! 

In the images at the end of this post, I mixed the two shades for a bespoke pink result. 

Finally, I combined my new lip color procurements with my favorite Chanel hand cream...the myriad of stellar reviews tells me I am not alone in its adoration. It's a purse must! 

tom ford satin matte lipstick blow up swatches
Swatches in direct sunlight. 
tom ford satin matte lipstick blow up swatches


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



The eye look featuring a mix of the Jouer Creme Eyeshadow Crayon in Rose Gold and the Rose Gold Matte and Shimmer Eyeshadow Palette,



Style notes. 
// STYLE NOTES //
  • The Upside Leopard Sweatshirt: Currently on sale and super comfy, this lightweight pullover runs large (I'm wearing a size small) and is warm, yet breathable with a French terry lining!
  • Striped Tee Dress: A collision of patterns that somehow works, I am wearing the sweatshirt over a t-shirt dress that I picked up a few seasons ago but I found a very similar option that's currently on sale.  


Last look. 
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Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this sun-drenched new launch overview and would love to know which products caught your eye...do tell!

Good things ahead, including a fresh video, a nursery tour and a host of new products procurements...xx and 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.  © 2012-18 Beauty Professor® All Rights Reserved. Do not copy, reprint or republish content and/or photos without author's written permission

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