Thursday, March 26, 2015

5 Ways to Get Your Glow On

Above: Options for the quintessential glow. 
Illuminating products can be tricky...too much radiance and the "glow" can translate as (gasp!) oily and too little luminosity and one is compelled to ask, what's the point?  Consequently, I am excited to share 5 incandescent beauty finds so you can get your glow on!

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Above: The Giorgio Armani Fluid Eye Color in Senso and Rose Ashes. 
First to deliver radiance to the eyes.  I love the gossamer texture of the Giorgio Armani Fluid Eye Color (available at Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom and swatched + reviewed HERE); it feels like a lush cream upon contact, but dries down to a luminous power finish that lasts for hours without creasing.  The shimmer is so fine and complex that it doesn't dance into glitter territory; quite refreshingly, it perfectly embodies the concept of the "satin finish."  Two of my favorite shades from this formula are Senso, a medium warm bronze-meets- brown and Rose Ashes, a rose gold beige.  Worn together (with Senso as a base and Rose Ashes as a blend to the brow shade), they effortlessly convey a luminous neutral vibe. 
Above: Swatches of Rose Ashes and Senso in direct sunlight. 
Above: Wearing Senso and Rose Ashes on the lids...satin finish at its best. 
Above: Armani Senso and Rose Ashes...a perfect pairing. 
Above (from top to bottom): Glow for face and lips...Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Skin Liquid Lighting, Laura Mercier Paint Wash Liquid Lip Color in Golden Peach, Chantecaille Galactic Lipshine in Polaris and Napoleon Perdis Light Switch Palette
Next, are four more befitting options for an ethereal visage.  For the face, I've been loving the *Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Skin Liquid Lighting (available at Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom and reviewed HERE).  Housed in an airless pump this rich fluid blends seamlessly for a "second skin" effect that adds a subtle sheen.  It can be mixed into foundation for increased radiance or tapped on top of makeup to bring light to the face.  The *Napoleon Perdis Light Switch Luminizing Palette (available at Neiman Marcus and reviewed HERE) is a genius way to pinpoint glow on your canvas...with 5 custom cream shades of varying hue and intensity, this gem allows for endless, luminous creativity!

For lips, I the Laura Mercier Paint Wash Liquid Lip Color in Golden Peach (available at Nordstrom, Sephora and Neiman Marcus and reviewed HERE) has had a permanent position in my purse this spring.  The hydrating texture glides on like a gloss but delivers the pigmentation of a lipstick and this pearly peachy nude is simply gorgeous on its own (for a pared down look) or over a darker lip liner (for more multidimensional effect).  Akin to "light in a tube," the *Chantecaille Galactic Gloss in Polaris (available at Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus and Space.NK and reviewed HERE and HERE) is a dreamy iridescent gel that is at once moisturzing and nourishing.  It provides lush shine on contact and, in a pinch, can also be used as a highlighter on the face (trust me, I've tried while on the go!). 

Above: Getting my glow on in direct sunlight...Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Skin Liquid Lighting (mixed into my foundation) and Napoleon Perdis Light Switch Palette (on the high points of the face) in full effect.  
Above: Wearing a dash of Laura Mercier Paint Wash in Golden Peach (over a deeper shade of lip pencil) with a touch of Chantecaille Polaris in the center of the lip. 
Above: Last look. 
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Bottom Line:  I hope you enjoyed this glow breakdown and would love to know what some of YOUR favorite glow-inducing products are?

Good things swatches, new product procurements, a couple of videos and a skincare much to do, so little time!

I will be covering The Makeup Show LA this weekend as well so Sunday will be my day to catch up on comments, emails and the like ; ) 

Happy cusp of the weekend...xx,

--The Beauty Professor

** PR samples provided for review denoted by an asterik (the rest purchased by me),  however, as always, all of my opinions are expressly and unequivocally my own. 
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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Burberry Kisses: What's Not to Love?

Above: Burberry Kisses make their debut. 
I have already preliminarily mentioned the freshly-debuted *Burberry Kisses (HERE and HERE) and now am thrilled to offer an adoring overview of this gorgeous formula.  Available at Nordstrom, Burberry and Saks, Burberry Kisses comes in 28 color saturated shades ranging from the palest nude to the deepest oxblood; lipstick lovers are sure to find one (or 10) exceptional hues to make their own!

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

Above: The gunmetal magnetic cases with iconic plaid design lend to the luxury of this exceptional lipstick.
The Burberry Kisses formula is fascinating...the texture is cushiony yet light and the buildability is unprecedented.  One coat offers silky, sheer coverage while two or three coats builds to full opacity for a pigmented, glowing (albeit, sans shimmer) finish that leaves lips simultaneously natural and perfected.  

Intensely moisturizing, this lipstick performs like a balm while yielding stunning color for a delightful outcome.  I am beyond pleased with the fact that the Burberry Kisses formula does not possess fragrance of any kind; this is a massive improvement on the lovely, yet highly scented original lip color formulas in the Burberry line.  My perennially dry lips seem to love Burberry Kisses as they stay smooth and balanced over the course of wear!

In short, the Burberry Kisses formula is:
  • Buildable for maximum customization
  • Extremely hydrating
  • Color saturated
  • Slightly glossy, but with a smooth, creamy finish
  • Devoid of shimmer
  • Marvelously unscented
  • Kind to sensitive lips
  • An evenly wearing lip patches or setting in lines
  • Expansive...28 shades to be exact
  • A beautiful addition to the iconic Burberry Beauty line...what's not to love?

Official details, courtesy of Nordstrom

Burberry Kisses is effortlessly buildable lip color designed to give you multiple lip looks with just one shade. The weightless, gel-texture formula delivers a customizable makeup result—a single kiss of color gives understated luminosity while two or three give intense depth and vibrancy. A rich blend of satin-finish pigments and shiny polymers gives luminous color brilliance. The lipstick is enriched with the brand's signature blend of tea, lavender and rose hip and it glides on with supreme comfort, offering six hours of continuous hydration.

Above: The full ingredients one can easily ascertain, there is no added fragrance in this formula! 
Above: Bold, iconic and lushly pigmented, Burberry Kisses resplendent in the sunshine. 
Onto the closeup of Nude Beige, Nude Pink, Devon Sunset, Bright Coral, Claret Pink and Garnet...

Above: Kissed by #73 Bright Coral. 
Above: #01 Nude Beige is a pale beige with just enough peach to bring life to the reminds me of something Catherine Deneuve might have worn in the 1960's. 
Above: Nude Beige alone on the lips. 
Above: #05 Nude Pink is a warm rosy beige for a muted, "my lips but better" feel.  This shade pairs well with every makeup look imaginable.
Above: Nude Pink alone on the lips.
Above: #61 Devon Sunset is a creamy pink-tinged peach for a subtle pop of color...I love its ability to be both bright and restrained at the same time. 
Above: Devon Sunset alone on the lips. 
Above: #73 Bright Coral is a classic red-based coral with a vivid energy.
Above: Bright Coral alone on the a trip to Italy in the 1950s.
Above: #45 Claret Pink is a bright, cool-toned fuchsia.  It's at once simple and electric. 
Above: Claret Pink alone on the lips. 
Above: #81 Garnet is a rich burgundy that feels both medieval and modern...a fresh take on the vampy lip. 
Above: Garnet alone on the lips. 
Above: Single swipe swatches of all shades in direct sunlight.
Above: Wearing Garnet (which happens to be my birthstone!) with a smile.  
Above: Burberry Kisses...last look. 
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Bottom Line: The Burberry Kisses formula (available at NordstromBurberry and Saks) is simply divine...hydrating, pigmented, buildable and brilliant, the fact that this lip color is unscented merely adds to the bliss!  As an unapologetic nude lover, my tastes gravitate towards the peachy pink goodness of Nude Pink and Devon Sunset, although I enjoy the adventure of wearing the deep, mysterious, slightly-vampy Garnet as well ; ) 

What Burberry Kisses shade catches YOUR eye?

Good things ahead, including new product procurements, a couple of foundation formula intensives (with swatches galore) and a video tutorial.  This is set to be a crazy week so thanks, in advance, for your patience as I work my way through responding to your lovely comments and emails!


--The Beauty Professor

** PR samples provided for review denoted by an asterik (the rest purchased by me),  however, as always, all of my opinions are expressly and unequivocally my own. 
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Monday, March 23, 2015

The Makeup Show LA: March 28-29, 2015

Attention all LA locals (and those who may be in town next weekend): you are cordially invited to The Makeup Show LA!  

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Above: BP at The Makeup Show LA 2014 (recap HERE).
The Makeup Show LA takes place at the California Market Center in the heart of Los Angeles!  On Saturday 3/28 from 9-6 and Sunday 3/29 from 9-5, the California Market Center will be an epicenter for artistry, networking, community, inspiration and education in the world of beauty.  Large enough to attract over 75 premier brands yet intimate enough to enable personal interaction with brand executives and CEOs, The Makeup Show is a must for beauty lovers on the West Coast!

Expect to see product launches from some of your favorite companies, such as the next generation of skin primers, Step 1 Skin Equalizer from MAKE UP FOR EVER, eclusive shads of the recently-launched Nude Interlude Color Balm Lipstick from Stila Cosmetics and Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre in Edition Gold, an exclusive package for the 65th anniversary. 

New brands making their first appearance at the show also have exciting new products to debut including: A Collection of PRO Brushes and a trio of Colorful Blushes from Sephora Cosmetics, new red carpet influenced nails from Static Nails as well as a working red carpet mani-cam on site, and The Bloom Pouch, created by MustaeV in celebration of their show debut to hold a variety of products you may pick up along the way.  

Additional brands making their The Makeup Show LA debut include: Ardell Lashes, Ashunta Sherriff, Blinc Inc., Brow Gal, Doll Up Beauty, Kat Von D Beauty, Mario Badescu Skin Care, MustaeV, NYX Cosmetics, Pur Minerals, Sephora, Static Nails, and The Makeup Light

For a full list of exhibitors, click HERE

Above: Click to enlarge the image!
In addition to the spectrum of vendors, there are also Keynote Forums, Seminars & Events, Focus Series and Hands-On Workshops to enhance education in the makeup field.  I am most excited for the personal appearance/Q & A with famed makeup artist Ellis Faas (product reviews HERE, HERE and HERE)...her products are cutting edge and utterly brilliant and meeting her in person will be a major highlight of the show! 

For an overview of the education opportunities, click HERE.

Bottom Line: I will be attending The Makeup Show LA and can't wait to thoroughly cover this lush landscape of beauty for the blog.  I wholeheartedly encourage you to attend...please let me know if you plan to go; it would be lovely to see you there!

For tickets to the event, click HERE.

Good things ahead, including new product procurements, a video tutorial on a favorite daily look, my Burberry Kisses review, a skincare update and a host of other musings!

--The Beauty Professor

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Saturday, March 21, 2015

Tom Ford Matte Lip Color in First Time: Now in Stock at Neiman Marcus + Nordstrom

Above: Tom Ford Matte Lip Color in First Time...available again...this time, at Nordstrom!
Today, I received marvelous news; one of my Instagram followers, @missnklove, informed me that Tom Ford Matte Lip Color in First Time (previously reviewed HERE) is now back in stock at Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom! Allow me to explain my elation...this incredibly pigmented peachy pink gem debuted back in October and stole the hearts of nude lovers everywhere.  Not quite as warm as Spanish Pink and much more velvety than any other formula in the Tom Ford line, this shade sold out within a week, leaving those who hadn't placed an order (their in-store presence was quite limited) tragically empty-handed.  Fast forward nearly six months and now this magical unicorn shade makes an unexpected appearance at Neiman's and Nordstrom...utterly marvelous!

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Above: Tom Ford First Time, resplendent in the sunshine. 
Tom Ford First Time is a warm peachy pink with a rich, creamy finish and absolutely no shimmer.  It possesses the ability to create a versatile nude look, apropos for a spectrum of skin tones, that doesn't wash out the face.  The smooth, matte finish covers the lips with opaque color in a single pass and the formula, while not overly moisturizing, is decidedly non-drying, especially for a matte lipstick.  I sincerely hope that First Time's currently availability is an indication that it is now a permanent member of the Tom Ford's positively perfection. 

Above: So glad I purchased a back up of First Time in allowed me to share photos of the bullet in pristine condition give you the best view possible. 
Above: A swatch of First Time in direct sunlight...a single swipe yeilds immense color payoff. 
Above: First Time, alone on the lips. 
Above: Tom Ford First Time and Spanish Pink...sisters, not twins. 
When I initially wrote about First Time, I had many readers and subscribers ask me if it was similar to Tom Ford Spanish Pink (reviewed HERE and HERE).  I concede that the shades look similar in the tube but, in my experience, First Time is much more wearable as Spanish Pink gets very dark (nearly hot coral) on my lips after about an hour of wear.  Conversely, First Time stays color fast...for me, this is essential.

Above: Swatches of First Time and Spanish Pink in direct sunlight.  
Above: First Time, Spanish Pink and NARS Audacious Lip Color in Julie...cousins, not triplets. 
Above: Swatches in direct sunlight...TF First Time is more matte and color fast than TF Spanish Pink and is slightly lighter and less pink than NARS Audacious in Julie

Above: Peachy pink nudes from Tom Ford and NARS...all of them get a lot of consistent wear. 
I was inspired to swatch Tom Ford First Time alongside some other favorite peachy pink nudes: 

Above: The lineup.
Above: Swatches of some of my favorite peachy, pinky nudes in direct sunlight. 
Above: Favorite neutral products for a warm, peachy pink canvas. 
In the images that follow, I decided to combine the lush, color-saturated First Time with neutral products that work in harmony to create a casual, sun-drenched look:

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Bottom Line: In sum, Tom Ford First Time is magnificent and I am so glad that it is finally available again!  If you missed it the first time (no pun intended, I assure you) around, I beseech you to consider pursuing it whilst it is in stock at Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom.  It is a must for peachy pink nude lovers, indeed!

Have YOU tried First Time?  Do you hope to do so?

Good things ahead, including new product procurements, a video tutorial, my Burberry Kisses review and a host of other musings.  I'll also be giving you the rundown on The Makeup Show LA, which takes place next weekend (3/28-3/29).  If you are a Southern CA local, I hope you can attend!


--The Beauty Professor

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