Saturday, November 17, 2018

First Look: The Tom Ford Winter Soleil 2018 Collection

Tom Ford Winter Soleil 2018 Collection
The Tom Ford Winter Soleil 2018 Collection has arrived, delivering a timely and requisite dose of sultry sunshine and inimitable glow as the cooler months continue to intensify.  From a multi-tasking palette to an innovative liquid highlighter, prepare to bask in the sunlight of one's own creation. 

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

My picks from the Tom Ford Winter Soleil 2018 Collection
*Tom Ford Soleil Eye & Cheek Palette 2018
Up first, *Tom Ford Soleil Eye & Cheek Palette 2018 is for me, the most wearable palette of this incarnation to date. Each of the peachy neutral tones are one's towards which I gravitate and the cumulative effect is undeniably pretty. 

The mid-toned, slightly warm pink blush looks sensational on the apples of one's cheeks. 

There are four eyeshadows--a pale gold, fresh baby pink, lustrous bronze and regal indigo-meets-charcoal--that are all kinds of beautiful, with plenty of pigmentation and satin finishes that glow without obvious shimmer. 

The highlighter is a pinky champagne with an almost wet (in the best possible way) effect that looks resplendent on cheek bones and other high points of the face. 

All in all, the shades in the *Tom Ford Soleil Eye & Cheek Palette 2018 are wildly wearable, making the palette a stunning yet practical gift both for one's self and a close, luxury beauty-loving friend...it is well worth the pursuit! 

Tom Ford Soleil Eye & Cheek Palette 2018 swatches
Swatches of the *Tom Ford Soleil Eye & Cheek Palette 2018 in direct sunlight. 
Tom Ford Soleil Eye & Cheek Palette 2018 swatches
*Tom Ford Soleil Eye & Cheek Palette 2018
tom ford gilt glow powder
*Tom Ford Radiant Perfecting Powder in Gilt Glow
To enhance glow, I selected the incandescent *Tom Ford Soleil Glow Drops in Liquid Sky and golden *Tom Ford Radiant Perfecting Powder in Gilt Glow

Lightweight and entirely customizable, the *Tom Ford Soleil Glow Drops in Liquid Sky is a soft bronze-meets-champagne liquid that blends under or over foundation (or can even be mixed with base) with ease. The refined and luminous color warms the complexion without overwhelming and is sure to flatter a spectrum of skin tones. 

The neutral golden effect of the *Tom Ford Radiant Perfecting Powder in Gilt Glow perfects one's complexion with minimal effort. Finely milled and effortlessly beautiful, focus application of this powder on the high points of the face (forehead, down the bridge of the nose, upper cheek bones, Cupid's bow and center of the chin) for a believable lit-from-within effect. 

tom ford glit glow liquid sky swatches
*Tom Ford Soleil Glow Drops in Liquid Sky
tom ford glit glow
Swatches in direct sunlight. 
tom ford glit glow
*Tom Ford Radiant Perfecting Powder in Gilt Glow
*Tom Ford Satin Matte Lip Color in Preternatural
In my experience, the Tom Ford Winter Soleil 2018 Collection is complimented by a glossy mauve neutral lip and an ample dose of the *Tom Ford Satin Matte Lip Color in Preternatural topped with a slick of the *Tom Ford Lumiere Lip in Glimmer achieves this look with ease. 

Preternatural is a fascinating greige mauve cream that somehow doesn't make one look dead. There is just enough pink to deliver life to the face while the muted tone (which is still deep enough to be worn with medium and tan skin) doesn't compete with more vibrant colors on the face. It's a refreshingly innovative take on a classic neutral lip. 

The pH-adjusting *Tom Ford Lumiere Lip in Glimmer is a softly radiant light pink that takes on a slightly deeper tone over time while still remaining more restrained than many color adjusting formulas on the market. Hydrating and shiny, it's a brilliant way to add moisture and dimension to one's pout. 
tom ford preternatural swatches
Swatches in direct sunlight. 
tom ford glimmer swatches
*Tom Ford Lumiere Lip in Glimmer
tom ford preternatural swatches

The following images reflect all products in action in afternoon sunlight...keep scrolling for additional product details and style notes...



The eye look, featuring the bronze, pink and gold shades from the *Tom Ford Soleil Eye & Cheek Palette 2018

// OTHER PRODUCTS USED //
  • Tom Ford Traceless Foundation Stick 5.7 Dune (also available at Beautylish): Still one of the best foundation sticks on the market, I applied this creamy formula to medium coverage and find that Dune is a near-perfect match for my NC 27 skin. 
  • Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow in Medium Dark: Even though this particular shade combination is formulated for deeper skin tones, use this almost daily to lightly contour and warm up my complexion. The true brown powder looks extremely natural and the glowing highlighter doubles as a radiant persimmon-toned blush on the apples of my cheeks. 
  • Sisley-Paris Phyto Kohl Star in Mystic Green: My go-to for the lower waterline of my eyes; the deep green adds an unexpected dimension that works well with every eye look imaginable and the formula doesn't budge. 
  • BY TERRY Lash Expert Twist Brush Mascara: I love this mascara so much...for nearly a year, I've used it regularly and I have no plans of stopping. Two coats for exceptionally full and long lashes. 
Style notes. 
// STYLE NOTES // A breezy yet refined floral top, boyfriend jeans of epic proportions and the most comfortable tennis shoes for a casual day out. 
  • Reformation Grove Top (also available at Nordstrom): I am having a love affair with The Reformation as of late and this top is no exception. The flattering lines and interesting materials feel like a fresh infusion in my button down-dominated closet and I cannot get enough! I am typically a small or medium in tops and ordered a size 4. It's a bit snug but still wearable and, if you are my size or so, would suggest a size 6 in this top. 
  • Moussy Boyfriend Jeans: I picked these up in NYC last month and have been wearing them nonstop since then. The Japanese denim feels vintage and pliable yet sturdy and the higher waist works well with close cut tops...highly recommended. I like these extra big and ordered a 27 (I'm usually a 25) to achieve that look.
  • Nike Air Max 270 Tennis Shoes: Still my favorite shoes of the season, the color combinations for this model are chic and progressive and the comfort level is off of the charts! I am a 7-7 1/2 in sneakers and a 7 1/2 fit perfectly in this particular style. 




Last look. 
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Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this overview of the gloriously beautiful Tom Ford Winter Soleil 2018 Collection and would love to know what caught your eye...do tell!

As a reminder, my limited edition lip color collection with Christian Audette has recently launched (extensive swatches HERE and a video introduction to the shades on my YouTube channel HERE) and I am deeply grateful for your initial response to the shades etc. It's currently being sold as a bundle (all 3 hues in the wardrobe for $60) and, in light of the pigmented and luxurious formula (vegan, cruelty-free, paraben-free) and gorgeous packaging, this price point for an independent beauty line is a veritable steal...I hope you take a look

Good things ahead, including the very best of the current holiday 2018 offerings from some of my favorite brands, a nursery tour (can you believe Johannah is nearly 4 months old?!) and a host of new product procurements. Can't wait to share. 

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.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

The Lipstick of My Dreams: Introducing the Christian Audette x Beauty Professor Collection

christian audette x beauty professor swatches
Introducing Christian Audette x Beauty Professor.
The moment is finally here...I am over the moon to announce that my lipstick collaboration with Christian Audette is launching this week on 11/15/18! In three colors that I created first-hand with the brand over the course of nearly six months, this limited-edition collection reflects the lip color of my dreams. 

From a perfect pinky nude and fresh coral beige to a universally-flattering and gorgeous glowing pink, this triad of hues can each be worn on their own or mixed together to craft brilliant custom shades to complement a spectrum of skin tones. 

Kindly scroll on for more details, swatches and images of my Christian Audette x Beauty Professor Collection in action as well as the Bottom Line...


I first fell in love with the Christian Audette formula earlier this year; this independent lip color brand is the epitome of specialization, perfecting the concept of luxury lipstick by combining immense color payoff with intense hydration and flawless wear (think: Tom Ford with less fragrance, no taste and even better lasting power). 

Consequently, when the brand owner approached me about collaborating on a few shades, I embraced the partnership without hesitation because I believe in the formula. I have poured my heart and soul into these colors, painstakingly mixing pigments until the exact hues envisioned were achieved and the result is something about which I am terribly proud. Named after my daughter, a cinematic icon and my mom, they are exquisite on every level.

The quality ingredients (antioxidant rich, vegan, cruelty-free and paraben-free) and weighty (yet not heavy) packaging collectively work together to comprise an opulent lipstick with serious performance and I hope you love the wearable shades I created as much as I do!

christian audette x beauty professor swatches
The shades...from L-R: Johannah, Golightly and Elle. 
// THE SHADES //
  • Johannah: A quintessential pinky nude cream with major color payoff…named after my baby daughter, it, like she, is an integral part of my daily routine. It's neither too light nor too dark and strikes the perfect balance of a nude look that still brightens the face. This shade is pure love and my fellow nude devotees will see how special it is the instant they apply it. 
  • Golightly: The exact shade of opaque peachy beige with a fresh satin finish that Audrey Hepburn (as Holly Golightly) wears in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.  I’ve searched high and low for this light coral hue for years…what a joy to finally be able to carefully recreate it. One coat and you'll understand why this has been an ardent pursuit!
  • Elle: A universally flattering cool baby pink with a touch of radiant luminosity. Easily applied without a mirror, sweep on one coat for a veil of color and add a second layer for resplendent medium coverage. This feminine pink has enough depth to sublimely walk the mid-pink 
    line...it, like its name, is a classic tone for all women and also plays homage to both my mom (her name starts with "L") and daughter (middle name: Elle). 
christian audette x beauty professor swatches
Swatches in outdoor shade. 
christian audette x beauty professor swatches
Swatches in outdoor light. 
christian audette x beauty professor swatches
Swatches in direct sunlight. 
christian audette x beauty professor swatches


Christian Audette x Beauty Professor JOHANNAH.
Christian Audette x Beauty Professor JOHANNAH.
Christian Audette x Beauty Professor JOHANNAH.
// OTHER DETAILS for the LOOK // Full video tutorial can be found HERE.
Christian Audette x Beauty Professor JOHANNAH.
Christian Audette x Beauty Professor GOLIGHTLY.
Christian Audette x Beauty Professor GOLIGHTLY.
Christian Audette x Beauty Professor GOLIGHTLY.
Christian Audette x Beauty Professor GOLIGHTLY.
Christian Audette x Beauty Professor ELLE.
Christian Audette x Beauty Professor ELLE.
Christian Audette x Beauty Professor ELLE.
Christian Audette x Beauty Professor ELLE..
Last look. 

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Bottom Line: I sincerely hope you enjoyed this overview of my Christian Audette x Beauty Professor Collection! Working with the brand to create these three shades has been a dream come true and I am deeply proud of the culmination of our collective efforts. 

Equal parts wearable, sophisticated, flattering and fresh, they are permanent fixtures in my handbag and I hope you give them the opportunity to play a similar role in your beauty routine. 

The limited-edition trio--which will be available beginning 11/15/18--can be purchased as a bundle on the Christian Audette website for $60 (there's a bit of a savings as singles normally retail for $21). 

Can't wait to hear your thoughts and looking forward to your feedback when you try them!

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, November 9, 2018

My Top Ten Picks for the Sephora Holiday Bonus Beauty Insider Event


My top 10 picks for the Sephora Holiday Bonus Beauty Insider Event for VIB Members. 
Get your carts ready...the *Sephora Holiday Bonus Beauty Insider Event for VIB Member access has arrived and runs from 11/9-11/12, offering VIB Members 20% off their purchases (with code VIBBONUS)! This is a apropos time to kick off your holiday shopping, both for others and yourself, while scoring incredible values both online and in-store. 

To help you to navigate the event, I have carefully curated exactly 10 products that I'm loving and, consequently, am thrilled to recommend as you take advantage of this brimming-with-beauty event. 

Kindly scroll on for a my top 10 recommendations--in all the major categories--for the Sephora Holiday Bonus Beauty Insider Event as well as the products in action and the Bottom Line...
What's on your Sephora Holiday Bonus Beauty Insider Event list? 
Skin and complexion. 
// SKIN and COMPLEXION //

1. Skin Inc. Optimizer Voyage Tri-Light: I have mentioned this brilliant light device countless times in both blog posts and videos and wholly suggest it for those seeking a truly effective micro-current device with the anti-aging, clarifying and brightening capabilities of infrared light. It's portable (battery-powered...no cord!) and each time that I use it (it's always on my nightstand) I can calibrate the results. Factor in a 20% off savings and this the right time to give the Trio-Light a try. 

2. La Mer The Luminous Lifting Cushion Foundation SPF 20: I picked this foundation up on a whim in NYC last month and still find myself reaching for it constantly (wearing it again as I type this sentence!). The medium coverage has a stunning dewy quality that makes skin look nourished and youthful. Couple that with immense lasting power and the fact that it comes with a refill and this foundationphile is completely smitten. Warm Bisque is my perfect fall-to-winter match. 

3. Go-To Exceptionoil: This brand new skincare line features resplendent minimalist packaging that houses formulas with maximum impact. The multi-tasking, cleverly-monikered Exeptionoil can be used on skin, nails, heels and hair with equal efficacy. Lightweight and rife with 100% natural oils and butters, I love slathering my skin in it post-shower while keeping the portable tube in my work bag for on-campus dry skin emergencies. 

A swatch of the La Mer The Luminous Lifting Cushion Foundation SPF 20 in Warm Bisque...my perfect match. 

Face. 
 // FACE //

4. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Volume 4: I have all three previous Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palettes and, like favorite foods or pairs of jeans, love them all in different yet distinct ways. Volume 4 is a beautiful blend bronzer, blush, highlighter and finishing power in shades that are sure to complement fair-medium skin tones. The generous pink compact is breathtakingly beautiful and the seemingly endless custom creations this palette yields is commendable. 

5. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Unlocked Palette: This 100% vegan palette features six brand new shades of gossamer powder to define features while softening imperfections with the whisper of a brush. The slightly deeper shades extend its reach to a variety of complexions and since it's recent launch, it's been in and out of stock frequently. In turn, I suggest snapping it up should it be available when you're in the midst of shopping! Continue scrolling for side-by-side comparison swatches of both new Hourglass palettes. 

6. NARS Orgasm Infatuation Palette: I am always on the hunt for an all-inclusive way to bronze, blush and glow and this holiday release from NARS checks all the boxes. The Laguna bronzer (a consistent best-seller) warms the complexion without overwhelming soon-to-be winter skin, the Orgasm blush is luminous peachy pink perfection that always looks right on the cheeks and the radiant Orgasm Highlighting Blush delivers major light to the face while avoiding an overly shimmery effect. The culminating look is every bit as pretty as it sounds. 

7. Lawless Seal the Deal Setting Powder: The Internet is ablaze with positive reviews of this clean, talc-free loose powder formula. It comes in three finishes--Translucent, Brightening and Golden--each with the capacity to blur fine lines and imperfections while setting one's face without looking white or flat. 

The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Volume 4
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Unlocked Palette
Swatches in direct sunlight. 
Power pairing. 
The NARS Orgasm Infatuation Palette
Swatches of the NARS Orgasm Infatuation Palette in direct sunlight. 
The case for the NARS Orgasm Infatuation Palette is next-level, no?
The Lawless Seal the Deal Setting Powder:
Swatches of the Lawless Seal the Deal Setting Powder in Brightening. 
In this case, definitely judge a palette by its cover...this baby is full of gold. 
// EYES //

8. Natasha Denona Gold Eyeshadow Palette: Do you really need another eyeshadow palette? In short, yes. This gilded wonder is replete with 15 matte, satin and glitter finish formulas in exquisite neutral, gold and peacock blue shades. If Cleopatra could transport to the modern age, I sincerely believe this would be at the top of her eye makeup list. As is the case with all of Natasha Denona's shadows, the formula is buttery, blendable, crease-free and long lasting...to reiterate, if you love gold tones as I do, you unequivocally need this palette. 

The Natasha Denona Gold Eyeshadow Palette
Swatches of the Natasha Denona Gold Eyeshadow Palette in sunlight. 
Lips. 
// LIPS //

9. Hourglass Confession Refillable Lipstick Set: As a longtime fan of this particular lip formula, I eagerly await the holiday shade releases and this trio does not disappoint. The two metallic pink cases (equal parts chic accessory and impromptu self-defense accoutrement) come with three interchangeable refills that resonate with the festivity of the months ahead. I Woke Up (worn in the images at the end of this post) is a lovely light rosy neutral, If Only is an easy medium rose (consider it a "my lips but better" shade) and I Can't Live Without is a red current with plenty of pizzaz. 

10. Fenty Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer in Diamond Milk: Believe it or not, this opalescent gloss is my first Fenty purchase and I am glad it's become my foray into the brand. Non-sticky and intensely incandescent, Diamond Milk is a gorgeous pearly wash of shine with enough opacity to add interest and dimension on its own or over lip color. So very pretty. 

A gorgeous fusion of style and substance: the Hourglass Confession Refillable Lipstick Set




The following images reflect all 10 of my picks in action I afternoon sunlight. Top from Reformation and denim by Moussy...


The eye look, via the Natasha Denona Gold Eyeshadow Palette





Last look. 
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Bottom Line: I hope you found my succinct top 10 list for the Sephora Holiday Bonus Beauty Insider Event for VIB Members helpful and would love to know what caught your eye...do tell! 

As a reminder, Rouge and VIB members will receive 20% off their purchases through 11/12 (with codes ROUGEBONUS and VIBBONUS, respectively) and All Beauty Insider Access (which offers 15% off purchases with code BIBONUS) will run 11/16-11/19. As is always the case with this exciting event, shop early and often for the best selection of all the products on your list!

Good things ahead, including a fresh video tutorial and a host of new product procurements...cannot wait to share. 

xx and more soon,

--The Beauty Professor 

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

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