Friday, April 12, 2019

My Choices from the Tom Ford Soleil Collection Summer 2019 + 5 Picks from the Shopbop Sale


Tom Ford Soleil is always the most gorgeous harbinger of the warmer months ahead and the Summer 2019 Collection is no exception to the rule. Currently available at Nordstrom, Beautylish and Neiman Marcus, this array of effortless products, housed in iconic white and gold packaging, deliver a fresh wash of warm and bronzy color that is sure to flatter a spectrum of skin tones. 

I am excited to share my picks from the collection...from a lush bronzed cheeks and warmly illuminated eyes to a rich dose of color for lips, there is something for simply everyone! 

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


The Tom Ford Soleil Summer 2019 Collection
Face. 
For the face, there are two Soleil Glow bronzers (also available at Beautylish and Nordstrom) that have been reformulated...they feel buttery and glide on in the silkiest fashion. Terra (also reviewed HERE and worn at the end of this post) is a true tan that will work well for medium and tan skin tones and *Gold Dust is a slightly lighter tan that will compliment light and medium skin tones. Both are delightfully neutral and contour and add warmth in just a few strokes. 

In terms of the cheeks, *Lissome (also available at Neiman Marcus and Beautylish) is a duo with peachy tan highlight and true medium pink blush with a satin finish...they can be worn together or applied separately for a customized finish that is exceptionally fresh. This just might be my favorite of all of the previous releases in this format. 
Swatches in direct sunlight. 
A closeup of the stunning *Lissome
*Tom Ford Aqua Metal Eyeshadow
For eyes, I am completely smitten with the *Tom Ford Aqua Metal Eyeshadow. This creamy liquid formula--which applies with a doe foot applicator and can be blended out with a brush--is intensely luminous with sheer, buildable color payoff that stays in place all day once set. *Reflect Gilt is a pure gold, *Violet Argente is a gilded bronze with a touch of mauve for good measure and Venus Rising is an incandescent pinky peach. In the images at the end of this post, I layered all three to my brow bone for a sunlit, multi-dimensional look that resists creasing and stays glowy all day. 

Swatches of the *Tom Ford Aqua Metal Eyeshadow in direct sunlight. 
*Tom Ford Aqua Metal Eyeshadow
 Tom Ford Soleil Glow Up Foundation SPF 45 Hydrating Cushion
Although there are two shades of the Tom Ford Soleil Glow Up Foundation SPF 45 Hydrating Cushion, I opted to pick up only one hue...7.8 Warm Bronze. Depending on one's skin tone, this sheer formula can add an all-over warmth to the face or be applied with precision for an innovative take on contouring and bronzing. I envision myself using this more in the dead of summer (as a foundation) when my skin is at its tannest but also hope that this launch is a glimpse into a more robust Tom Ford cushion foundation launch in the future! 

A swatch of Tom Ford 7.8 Warm Bronze.
Tom Ford Soleil Lip picks. 
For lips, I purchased one shade and received four others for review and am extremely pleased with the pentad. 

The Lip Sheers in Carriacou and *Aphrodite (both worn at the end of this post and also available at Beautylish) have magnificent pigmentation for a product with the word "sheer" in it. Carriacou is a creamy warm peachy pink (yes, please!) and Aphrodite is a luxe plum with plenty of punch. 

An insanely lovely fusion of form and function, the *Tom Ford Lip Blush (also available at Beautylish) features a clear jelly texture with suspended real 24k gold flakes. The formula adapts to one's pH upon application, creating an ultra-flattering rosy pink tone that instantly delivers moisture to the lips and life to one's face. I have been using this daily...it's a brilliant convergence of opulence and ease! 

Finally, I've been playing with the genius limited-edition *Tom Ford Lip Gelees (also available at Neiman Marcus and Beautylish) in the papaya-toned Scorching and cherry red Lustrous. Easily the least pigmented of the lip color options in collection, the hydrating clear outer ring is offset by a jolt of bright cellophane color at the core, making it one of the most beautiful balms on the market. 

From L-R: Tom Ford Lip Blush, Carriacou and Aphrodite. 
Lip swatches in direct sunlight. 
A close up of the *Tom Ford Lip Blush
The *Tom Ford Lip Gelees in Scorching and Lustrous. 

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


The eye look, via *Tom Ford Aqua Metal Eyeshadow
Applying the Tom Ford Lip Sheer in Carriacou

Style notes. 
//STYLE NOTES // A black bodysuit, oversized jeans, a neutral cardigan and shoes with a pop of color...basically my daily uniform! 

Wearing Applying the Tom Ford Lip Sheer in *Aphrodite



Finally, there's just a few hours left on the Shopbop Sale; just use code EVENT19 for 20% off orders of $500 and below and 25% off orders over $500. The sale ends tonight at midnight PST...5 items in my shopping cart are:







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Last look. 
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Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this overview of the resplendent Tom Ford Soleil Summer 2019 Collection (available at NordstromBeautylish and Neiman Marcus) as well as a peek at my shopping bag for the Shopbop Sale.

Let me know what caught your eye! 

Good things ahead, including a fresh get-ready-with-me video tutorial, an on-location travel feature and a host of new launches...cannot 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.  © 2012-19 Beauty Professor® All Rights Reserved. Do not copy, reprint or republish content and/or photos without author's written permission.

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Springtime Splendor: New Launches from Sisley-Paris, Kosas, Aerin, Tom Ford and Armani Beauty


New launches galore. 
Happy Friday! Today's post is a pictorial devoted to the latest skincare, haircare, beauty and fragrance launches of for Spring 2019...from a protective hair veil and luxury lip balm to a lush bronzer and perhaps the most gorgeous blush currently on the market, prepare to bask in the sunlight and the newness of the season.

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

The products. 
Next-level skincare. 
// THE PRODUCTS // A combination of new launches and tested favorites work together to create the quintessential spring look found at the end of this post.
  • *Sente Exfoliating Cleanser: This AHA rich cleanser gently encourages cell turnover without irritation for smoother, brighter skin with each wash. I've been using this twice a week and my skin seems to really love the fragrance-free formula. 
  • *Sand & Sky Australian Pink Clay Flash Perfection Exfoliating Treatment: This Australian brand has been on my radar for awhile and I am very impressed with both of the products (a mask and a treatment...discussed here) in the lineup. Designed to refine pores and softly mattify, it virtually resets skin ravaged by the stresses of a long week. 
  • *Guerlain Abeille Royale Youth Watery Oil: Equal parts oil, serum and toner, this cutting-edge formula employs the regenerating properties of black bee honey and myrrh to hydrate and balance while delivering a stunning smoothness and bounce to the skin. 
  • *Lancer Dani Skin Perfector (reviewed HERE): Two pumps of this skincare-infused primer add moisture and an ethereal glow that plays so well with foundation.  
  • *Sisley-Paris Hair Ritual Protective Hair Fluid: In light of the sunny summer months ahead, this lightweight hair treatment (which smells amazing, I might add) launched at the perfect time! The UVA and UVB filters protect hair from the damaging effects of sun, sea and chlorine without weighing it down. Consequently, this will be my mane's main companion this season and the next. 
  • *Kosasport Lip Fuel in Baseline: Brimming with hyaluronic acid, this plush lip balm--which moisturizes mightily with a soft matte finish--comes in an innovative sleek case that is apropos for absolutely everyones' pockets. 
  • *Sol de Janeiro Glowmotions in Rio Sunset Glow Oil: Indulgently fragranced, surprisingly weightless and subtly pigmented, this shimmering champagne-toned oil illuminates the body and face and, once set, does not transfer. When I apply it to my décolleté, arms and legs,  I feel like I've just returned from a tropical vacation. 
  • *Aerin Aegea Blossom (also available at Neiman Marcus): I was honored to be able to attend a dinner last week for the launch of this resplendent new fragrance with Aerin Lauder herself. She vividly described the vision behind the juice--inspired by the coast of Italy and its profusion of blue water, sunlight and flowers, this fragrance successfully transports the wearer to this particular locale in a single spritz. The notes of bergamot, orange flower and sandalwood are collectively reflective of the unbridled elegance we've come to expect from the exquisite Aerin line. 
  • Giorgio Armani Power Fabric Foundation #6 (reviewed HERE): I have raved about this foundation formula for the past month and a half and recently picked up shade #6, which I find is slightly more neutral to olive than the peachy-toned 6.5 I've had on heavy rotation. Buildable medium to full coverage with a genius skin finish, I cannot recommend this foundation enough. 
  • Tom Ford Terra Bronzer: Recently reformulated and notably silkier than its predecessor, this true brown tan shade gently sculpts the face while adding a beautiful warmth. More on this new collection forthcoming! 
  • *Sisley-Paris L’Orichidee Corail: Form and function breathtakingly collide in this iconic  highlighting blush with a radiant coral effect. The three layers of complimentary tones--glowing peach, delicate apricot and rich coral--harmonize to create the prettiest flushed cheek. It's seriously like a technicolor Doris Day movie brought to life! I have a major affinity for all three color offerings in the L'Orchidee family but Corail is, without question, my favorite and should be at the top of Mother's Day wishlists far and wide. 
  • Surratt Beauty Artistique Cheek Brush: This makes an appearance in nearly every single blog post...I think you know how much I adore it it's utility and performance. 
  • *Koh Gen Do Brightening Moisture Powder: This decadent swirl of brightening beige and luminous pearl powders is translucent (thereby excellent for all skin tones) can be used to set makeup, touch up mid-day and illuminate the complexion, all the while achieving such objectives without the slightest hint of a powdery finish. How does Koh Gen Do do it?! 
  • Tom Ford Eye Color Quad in African Violet (reviewed HERE): Not new but still a fresh addition to my routine, this opulent palette features radiant violet pink, shimmering beige sand, rich bronze and creamy papaya shadows for vibrant eyes that can be easily customized for day or night. One of my most beloved Tom Ford palettes to date.
  • Tom Ford Fiber Brow Gel in Chestnut (reviewed HERE): My favorite brow gel ever, I get full, feathery and defined arches in mere seconds...it's simply the best! 
  • BY TERRY Lash-Expert Mascara (reviewed HERE): I reach for this brilliant mascara formula multiple times a week; two coats add instant volume and length that masterfully stays in place until I wash it off. Have you yet tried it? 
  • Giorgio Armani Maestro Freeze in #204 Nuda: I bought this newer shade after catching a glimpse of it online and am so glad I tracked it down! The Freeze formula has a higher dose of white pigment that creates an ultra flattering pastel effect on the lips; Nuda is a creamy, rosy peach hue with excellent color payoff while maintaining a unique softness. So good. 
  • Clé de Peau Beauté Radiant Rouge #11: Ever a favorite, this peachy nude gloss-meets-liquid lip color-meets stain requires a regular revisit...it wears flawlessly and compliments a spectrum of skin tones. Try it and you'll see exactly what I mean. 
Swatches in direct sunlight.  
Sunlit style and substance.
*Aerin Aegea Blossom (also available at Neiman Marcus)
The resplendent *Sisley-Paris L’Orichidee Corail
*Sisley-Paris L’Orichidee Corail
Pure brown tan (read: no orange tones whatsoever)...the Tom Ford Terra Bronzer
Complexion wonderland. 
Giorgio Armani Maestro Freeze in #204 Nuda and Clé de Peau Beauté Radiant Rouge #11
Eye essentials...I have gone through more tubes of Tom Ford Fiber Brow Gel in Chestnut (reviewed HERE) and BY TERRY Lash-Expert Mascara (reviewed HERE) that I can count! 
The beauty that is Tom Ford Eye Color Quad in African Violet (reviewed HERE). 
My photography companion...always smiling in her Baby Zen Yoyo. 

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



A rosy peach lip via Giorgio Armani Maestro Freeze in #204 Nuda and Clé de Peau Beauté Radiant Rouge #11.
The eye look, featuring Tom Ford Eye Color Quad in African Violet (reviewed HERE)
Style notes. 
// STYLE NOTES //
  • Cream sweatshirt: There's something so effortless about a cream-toned pull over. I found similar additional options HERE and HERE.
  • Long denim shorts: I am excited this silhouette has finally become available on a more mainstream scale...don't get me wrong, I love short(ish) shorts, but the longer lines of this bermuda-esque version is next-level comfort. Additional options HERE and HERE.
  • Shell earrings: Integrate the seaside into your aesthetic with whimsical shell accents...additional options HERE and HERE.
  • *Wooden bag: Intriguing form meets impressive function.




Last look.

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Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed an overview of these gorgeous new spring launches and would love to hear what caught your eye...do tell.

Also, I was excited to be re-featured in the venerable Beauty Independent publication...the full article--which takes a deep dive into my writing process and perspective on the beauty industry--can be found HERE and don't forget to follow me on Instagram for new content every single day.

Good things ahead, including a fresh get-ready-with-me video tutorial,  my picks from the Tom Ford Soleil 2019 Collection, an on-location beauty story and a brand new luxury foundation launch that you are going to LOVE...cannot 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.  © 2012-19 Beauty Professor® All Rights Reserved. Do not copy, reprint or republish content and/or photos without author's written permission.

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