Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Get Ready with Me Video: Current Skincare + Makeup Routine

Above: Components with which to get ready...skincare + beauty essentials.
My morning routine has been expedited lately as I try to squeeze every last drop of sleep out of the AM hours before work.  Consequently, I am excited to share an oft-requested, fresh "get ready with me" video, featuring my current preferences for skincare and makeup!

Kindly scroll on for the video, product rundown, additional images and the Bottom Line...

Above My current essentials for eyes, cheeks and lips.
Above: The final look (taken earlier in the day, prior to filming)
Products (with their relevant review links) Discussed:

(1) *Radical Skincare Instant Revitalizing Mask...reviewed HERE
(2) *Omorovicza Blue Diamond Resurfacing Peel...reviewed HERE
(3) *Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask...reviewed HERE
(4) *SK-II Facial Treatment Mask...reviewed HERE
(5) *SK-II Facial Treatment Essence...reviewed HERE
(6) *La Prairie Skin Caviar Luxe Eye Lift Cream...reviewed HERE
(7) Zelens Lip Balm
(8) *By Terry Baume de Rose...reviewed HERE
(9) Le Metier de Beaute Peau Vierge...reviewed HERE
(10) *By Terry Terrybly Densiliss Primer...reviewed HERE
(11) Astalift Foundation Caramel...reviewed HERE
(12) Beauty Blender
(13) Sephora Retractable Lip Brush
(14) Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage SC-3...reviewed HERE
(15) Becca Lowlighting/Hightlighting Perfecting Compact...reviewed HERE
(16) *Jenny Patinkin All Over Face Brush...reviewed HERE
(17) Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic Blush in First Love...reviewed HERE
(18) *Le Metier de Beauty Cheeky Chic Face Kaleidoscope...reviewed HERE
(19) By Terry Densiliss Concealer #3...reviewed HERE
(20) *Surratt Beauty Surrealist Skin Concealer #5...reviewed HERE
(21) Tom Ford Cream Eye Color in Spice...reviewed HERE
(22) NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow in Himilia...reviewed HERE
(23) *Hourglass Modernist Eye Palette in Infinity...pictured and detailed below:

hourglass modernist palette infinity swatches
Above: The Hourglass Modernist Palette in Infinity...the pigmented shadows are very soft and finely milled, glide on like silk and impart a velvet finish that doesn't crease. I get beautiful, all-day wear from this gem! 
hourglass modernist palette infinity swatches
Abvoe: Infinity is a must for lovers of warm neutral shades. 
hourglass modernist palette infinity swatches
Above: The Hourglass Modernist Palette in Infinity is comprised of 5 shades--soft matte cream, pale rosy matte taupe, shimmering plum brown, neutral matte light taupe and dark matte brown. 
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Above: Swatches of Hourglass Infinity in direct sunlight.
Above: Hourglass Modernist Palette in Infinity on the eyes. 
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Above: Swatches of Hourglass Modernist Infinity in direct sunlight.
(24) Hakuhodo Eyeshadow Brush...reviewed HERE
(25) Maybelline Lash Sensational...reviewed HERE
(26) Surratt Relevee Eyelash Curler...reviewed HERE
(27) Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat Lip Pencil in Pillow Talk...reviewed HERE
(28) By Terry Velvet Rouge in Lady Bare...reviewed HERE
(29) Surratt Beauty Lipslique in Fee Soie...reviewed HERE
(30) *Anastasia Liquid Lip Color in Pure Hollywood...reviewed HERE
(31) Laura Mercier Paint Wash Lip Color in Petal Pink and Golden Peach...reviewed HERE
(32) *Scentbird Atomizer of Tom Ford Violet Blonde...25% off with the promo code SCENT25 
(33) *Burberry Sheer Powder Foundation in Trench #6...reviewed HERE

Above: Last look...

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Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this "get ready with me" tutorial and I can't wait to hear which products stand out to you! What are some of your "non-negotiables" in your morning routine?

Good things ahead including new product procurements, a nude lip color spotlight and a FOTD or two. I am also working on responding to your latest round of comments and emails over the next few days...thanks for your patience!


--The Beauty Professor

** Some 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, January 26, 2015

Super Subtle Pinky Nude Look + a New Drugstore Foundation Discovery

Above: Products to create a super subtle nude look. 
This past weekend, I was gifted with the treat of sticking close to home; this relaxed time enabled me to catch up on some work, run a round of errands and preliminarily celebrate my husband's birthday.  I also managed to pick up a new drugstore foundation (on a whim!) that inspired me to create a super subtle nude look, featured in this post.

Kindly scroll on for details on the foundation and images of the subtle look as well the Bottom Line...
Above: My first drugstore foundation in ages...this formula is impressive. 
The L'Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation caught my eye due to its streamlined packaging (I have a penchant for squeeze apropos for the handbag) and boast of 24 hour performance.  A quick perusal of mostly favorable Makeup Alley reviews was just the catalyst I needed to toss shade #105 Natural Beige into my cart of (mostly) household essentials.  I have since tried this foundation three times and each trial has yeilded favorable results!  

The foundation:
  • Offers medium to full coverage; Natural Beige is an extremely suitable match for NC 25-27 skin tones
  • Smooths onto skin without an overly "silicon-y" finish (I apply with a dampened beauty blender 
  • Is completely unscented (magnifique!)
  • Blurs pores and fine lines and doesn't sink into either as the day wears also doesn't exhibit any oxidation
  • Has a satin-matte finish that doesn't look flat; however, it dries down matte enough to not require powder to set 
  • Has remarkable lasting power (8-10 hours with little to no touchups).  I am not in the market to test the purported 24 hour longevity of this formula (I like to sleep at some point) but its wear time, in my experience, is formidable.
  • In terms of texture, finish and wear reminds me most of the Tom Ford Traceless Perfecting Foundation...this is an excellent drugstore alternative.
I am often asked to suggest drugstore options on par with my favorite high-end foundations (Shu Uemura! Sensai! Dolce and Gabbana! Tom Ford!) and I am thrilled to be able to recommend the L'Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation for those seeking an affordable formula that offers medium to full coverage and a satin matte finish!

Above: Shade #105 Natural Beige is a great match for NC 25-27 skin. 
Above: The full ingredients list...remarkably short, no?
Above: A swatch of Natural Beige in outdoor lighting.  
To build the look that follows, I found myself embracing some classic favorites (from Charlotte Tilbury and Surratt Beauty) and new procurements (from Giorgio Armani Beauty and Becca).  

Above: Products used in the images that follow.
Product Rundown:
Above: Swatches of all products in outdoor light.
The following images reflect all products in action in various lighting situations...

Above: Giorgio Armani Rose in Ashes lends a soft rose taupe sheen to the eyes. 
Above: Closeup with a flash.
Above: Outdoor shade, no flash.
Above: Outdoor lighting with a flash.
Above: Outdoor lighting, with a flash.
Above: Outdoor lighting, no flash.

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Bottom Line: I hope your week is off to a marvelous start and that enjoyed this brief venture back into pinky nude territory.  The L'Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation was a delightful discovery for me and I am excited to continue experimenting with it.  

What are some of YOUR drugstore discoveries as of late?  Do share! 

Good things ahead, including some new product profiles (Hourglass!  Bobbi Brown! Mirenesse! , a skincare update and an everyday makeup routine video ; ) 


--The Beauty Professor

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Saturday, January 24, 2015

FOTD: Everyday Glamour with Vintage Cosmetics by Jessica Liebeskind

vintage cosmetics jessica liebeskind swatches
Above: Introducing...Vintage Cosmetics (shown here with Sparkling Lipgloss in Papaya)
I am always thrilled to happen upon a new independent beauty line; the inherent joy of experiencing someone's vision coming to fruition never ceases to fascinate me.  Enter, Vintage Cosmetics by Jessica Liebeskind.  Jessica's background as both a product developer and a makeup artist provided her with the unique capabilities to create a line that harmoniously balances form and function with crafted precision.  From the sleekly pristine white and gold packaging to the richly pigmented, high performing formulas, this line's everyday glamour is easy to embrace.

Kindly scroll on for more details, swatches and FOTD images of the Vintage Cosmetics products in action as well as the Bottom Line...
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Above: Four key Vintage Cosmetics products to create everyday glamour.
vintage cosmetics jessica liebeskind swatches
Above: The Blush and Brighten Face Palette in Pink Coral/Flamingo...bright, yet totally wearable.
(1) The Blush and Brighten Face Palette (in Pink Coral/Flamingo): I was initially stunned by the vivid pans of blush this palette holds, however, when applied sparingly, these powders possess the power to bring a very flattering natural brightness to the face that is neither too intense nor over the top.  The powders are finely milled and apply with ease, melding to an almost invisible texture on the skin; there is no shimmer whatsoever, yet the blushes do not look flat or chalky.  Very impressive!

Official details: This comes in two colors: Blossom/Poppy and Pink Coral/Flamingo. The Pink Coral/Flamingo is not just for “coral girls” but a universal palette that can be enjoyed by every women of every skin tone. Jess really believes that every woman needs two shades of blush, one neutral shade to give a soft glow to the skin and a brighter shade to add a pop of pretty color. And she designed her palettes to be just that. A perfect everyday neutral (Blossom/Pink Coral respectively) and a statement-making bright shade (Poppy/Flamingo respectively), designed to be worn separately or together. 

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Above: Swatches of Pink Coral/Flamingo in natural sunlight.
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(2) Brighten and Define Eye Shadow Palette (in Lace/Caviar): Despite owning an absurd amount of makeup, I can safely say that I have never owned an eyeshadow as seemingly white as Lace.  That being said, once swatched, I was pleasantly surprised by how sheer and brightening this unique shade is...I brushed it liberally along my upper lids and it yielded the most lovely porcelain effect, once again without employing the use of shimmer. I added a bit more in my under eye region and was shocked by how well it unified the area. The Caviar shade is much darker than it appears in the swatch, especially when applied with a tiny brush.  I swept it along my upper and lower lashlines (it glided on with ease) and the intense inky trail it created was both precise and transfer resistant.  This is a genius palette for a simple, classic eye.

Official details: this is an eye-enhancing essential designed to be worn together or with your favorite shadow shares. Each palette features two easy-to-use matte shadows, the light color is a brightening all-over base color and the dark shade is an eye-defining liner. The palette is available in two shades, designed for skin tone — Lace/Caviar for extra light to light skin, and Vanilla/Espresso for medium to tan skin. Jess calls this product the bra and underwear of your beauty routine :)

vintage cosmetics jessica liebeskind swatches
Above: Swatches of Caviar and Lave in natural sunlight.
Above: Wearing nothing more than Lace (all over my upper lids) and Caviar (lined along my upper lashline) with a couple of coats of mascara...simple and classic.
vintage cosmetics candy coral
Above: The Velvet Lip Crayon comes with its own sharpener.
(3) Velvet Lip Crayon (in Candy Coral): Pigmented with a glossy finish, this lush lip pencil acts as an excellent lipstick alternative.  My lips felt hydrated and comfortable over the duration of wear and Candy Coral is a bright, yet totally do-able coral red that I suspect would compliment a spectrum of skin tones. Lovely!

Official details: This is a statement-making way to wear modern, matte color! Creamy, smooth and luxuriously comfortable, this long-lasting, non-drying formula creates a plush, velvety finish on the lips. Available in three easy-to-wear shades.  Each shade features a hint of pink and complements lip tone for natural-looking color and universal wearability. Wear alone or layer with Sparkling Lipgloss for added shine.  Doubles as a cream blush in a pinch.

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Above: A swatch of Candy Coral in natural sunlight.
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Above: A swatch of Papaya in natural sunlight.
(4) Sparkling Lipgloss (shown in Papaya): Plush and moisturizing (and not overly sticky!), this lip gloss has a serious shine factor.  The color payoff is quite significant for a lip gloss formula and the reflective micro-shimmer adds fullness and dimension to the lips in a single coat.  I was initially concerned that Papaya may be too dark for my taste, but found that it pairs perfectly with Candy Coral, thereby creating a juicy, soft reddish coral that is simultaneously modern and timeless.  I can't wait to try this gloss in the lighter shades as well!

Official details: Give lips a beautiful glittery glow with Jessica’s Sparkling Lipgloss. This sheer, reflective formula provides luminous shine and sophisticated shimmer in an easy-to-use wand with brush applicator. Sparkling Lipgloss can be worn alone, over your favorite lipstick or with a lip pencil for a perfectly polished pout. Ultra nourishing, this gloss delivers soft color in mistake-proof shades that look great on every skin tone.

Above: Candy Coral Velvet Lip Crayon + Papaya Sparkling Lipgloss. 
Above: Products used for the look below.
The following images reflect the products in action in various lighting situations...

Products Used:

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vintage cosmetics jessica liebeskind swatches

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vintage cosmetics jessica liebeskind swatches

vintage cosmetics jessica liebeskind swatches

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Bottom Line: As aforementioned, discovering a new independent beauty brand is always a delight; the chic aesthetic and marvelous quality of the Vintage Cosmetics by Jessica Liebeskind line work in tandem to create an undeniable sense of everyday glamour!

Good things ahead, including a fresh makeup routine tutorial, current skincare and beauty procurements and a haircare post.

Have the loveliest of weekends...xoxo,

--The Beauty Professor

** Some 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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Friday, January 23, 2015

Latest Article for the Neiman Marcus Blog...How to Update Your Beauty This Year

Hello, dear readers and happy Friday to you!  I am excited to share my latest piece for the Neiman Marcus publication, theblog; as the title implies, this particular article focuses on updating one's beauty approach in this new year.  The full post can be read HERE.

For reference, the products (with links to their respective reviews) discussed include:

Bottom Line: I truly hope you enjoyed this glimpse into my contributing writer escapades and welcome your comments both here (but of course!) and on the Neiman Marcus theblog.  

Good things ahead including a FOTD featuring products from a fresh beauty line, an everyday look video tutorial and a host of new beauty and skincare gems I've been working with as of late!

Have a beautiful weekend...any exciting plans??  Do tell!


--The Beauty Professor

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

IMATS LA 2015...A Recap of Epic Proportions!

Above: Ready to enter the beauty wonderland otherwise known as IMATS LA 2015. 
Last weekend (1/17-1/18/15), I had the privilege of attending the International Makeup Artist Trade Show (more commonly referenced as IMATS), which was held at the Pasadena Convention Center.  This event, which features a myriad of vendor booths, specialized workshops and expert demonstrations, draws a massive crowd of makeup artists and beauty enthusiasts alike, creating a sea of individuals who revel together in their mutual affinity for all things related to transforming the human image through cosmetic artistry.  I hope you enjoy the recap!

Kindly scroll on for (1) details on the makeup I chose to wear (2) a detailed, image-heavy overview of the event and (3) a preliminary discussion of the products I procured as well as the Bottom Line...

Above: My makeup choices for the day of the event. 
Part I: My Makeup

For a long day of walking and beauty exploration, I embraced one of my favorite looks...even skin, gleaming taupe lids, lots of lashes, a light contour, a soft pink cheek and a nude pink lip.  This particular combination of products were so effective, I didn't need to touch up anything but my lips!  

I used:

Above: The final look. 
Above: In terms of clothes, I embraced a simple, streamlined look including an Alexander Wang Muscle Tee, J Brand Jess High Rise Jeans (reviewed HERE)Neiman Marcus Cashmere Leopard Cape and Freebird by Steven booties along with my trusty, Seth Wegter bag.
Above: IMATS LA had over 120 vendors, specializing in cosmetics, wigs, tools, special effects makeup and supplies and education.
Part II: The Show

The Pasadena Convention Center main floor is expansive, enabling a host of vendors and demonstration stages at every turn.  Some of the highlights included: 

Above: The debut of the Beautylish booth, which featured Bioderma vending machines...genius!
Above: Face Atelier...this gorgeous line is always a favorite stop for me.  The base products (including the brand new Ultra Face...shown later on in this post) are incredible. 
Above: Makeup artist Anthony Gordon, Face Atelier creator Debbie Bondar and BP at the Face Atelier booth.
Above: With Jouer Cosmetic's very own artist extraordinaire Niki Metz...her sweet energy and talent are such a delight. 
Above: The venerable Hakuhodo booth...more on the exquisite brushes I bought later on in the post!
Above: The ever-dashing Veil Cosmetics Founder Sebastien Tardiff
Above: Mesmorizing airbrush makeup demonstration in action.
Above: With Surratt Beauty National Artist (and dear friend) Satya Linak.
Above At the Mehron booth...this line offers makeup for both theatrical performers and everyday purveyors of beauty. 
Above: Famed designer Michael Costello and his sister Stephanie happened to be at the Mehron booth when I arrived. 
Above: With Mehron Marketing Director Stephanie Ferreira Koutikas following our meeting. 
Above: The Mehron Celebre Pro HD Cream Foundation comes in a spectrum of skin-matching shades. More on this foundation later on in the post.

Above: I adore the treasures I find at the French-Canadian line Lise Watier, found at the Naimie's Beauty booth.
Above: With Lise Watier specialist, the beautiful Francoise SaintPierre.
Above: The freshly-relased Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lip pigmented and creamy.

Above: Not just for brows, Anastasia Beverly Hills also has a stunning variety of concealers. 
Above: The gorgeous Anastasia Beverly Hills Marketing and Social Media Director, Sabrina Sinclair (on left) and another lovely associate.
Above: Can't get enough Koh Gen Do (at the Frends Beauty booth)

Above: A breathtaking Egyptian-inspired work of artistry.
Above: I loved running into fellow beauty blogger, the radiant Krystal of Beauty by Krystal
Above: Taking glitter to another level amazing in person.
Above: Artifacts from the special effects wing...this racoon soldier stole my heart. 
Above: Medieval beauty incarnate.
Above: Thanks for another spectacular show, IMATS LA...see you next year!
Above: My assistant Laura and I directly following our day on the convention floor. 
Above: Sustenance, courtesy of El Cholo. 
Above: These churros may deserve their own blog post.  Insane. 
Above: A sampling of what I procured at IMATS.
Part III: What I Procured

I exercised extreme restraint at this show and embraced a carefully curated collection of products including, but not limited to, the following (close up reviews of these products to follow):
Above: A Hakuhodo retractable blush/bronzer brush and domed eyeshadow brush...the harmony of form and function at its best.
Above: Lise Watier Fondant lip color in Jennifer, a creamy, soft nude pink. 
Above: Veil Complexion Fix in 2G; this multi-tasking wonder is skincare, concealer and foundation in a single product...brilliant!
Above: The brand new Face Atelier Ultra Skin in #3...a buildable foundation with the most unique consistency.  The HD finish looks just like really good skin...more on this products (with swatches!) forthcoming. 
Above: The Mehron Celebre Foundation in ME 2...a perfect match for my NC 25 skin.  Full review soon. 
Above: Gloriously nude lips, courtesy of Anastasia Beverly Hills...this is Pure Hollywood. 
Above: The Anastasia Liquid Lip Color in Pure Hollywood...ultra pigmented, very creamy and uber long lasting...the quintessential lip color trifecta, no?
Above: Anastasia Beverly Hills Pure Hollywood in action. 
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Bottom Line: IMATS LA, as always, is a magnificent event for those who have a passion for makeup.  Offered five times a year (the Vancouver, Sydney and Toronto shows occur in late summer/fall...dates to be announced soon), there are two upcoming shows for those on the East Coast and Western Europe.  The New York IMATS takes place on April 10th-12th, 2015 and the London IMATS takes place on July 10th-12th, 2015.  Do mark your calendars if you plan on being anywhere near the vicinity of either! 

Good things ahead, including a link to my latest article for the Neiman Marcus blog, a FOTD featuring a brand new beauty line and a discussion of some of the latest products in my life.

I hope your week is going well...the weekend is almost here!


--The Beauty Professor

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