Friday, December 19, 2014

Le Metier de Beaute Obisdian Odyssey Kaleidoscope...A Different Kind of Neutral

Above: The Le Metier de Beaute Eye Shadow Kaleidoscope in Obsidian Odyssey.
I adore the concept of the Le Metier de Beaute Kaleidoscope (previously reviewed HERE and HERE).  Impressively compact yet brimming with color options, this genius gadget houses four layers of rich pigments that can be worn alone or blended together or endless options.  Allow me to introduce the lastest LE LMdB Kaleidscope...Obsidian Odyssey.  

Kindly scroll on for more details, swatches and images of Obsidian Odyssey in action...

Above: A look that I created with Obsidian Odyssey.
The Obsidian Odyssey Eye Shadow Kaleidoscope has three shadows and a split pan cake liner.  The shadows are silky smooth, with excellent color payoff and a luminescent satin finish that lasts all day without the slightest sign of creasing.  I am completely smitten by the overall effect of these gems!  

There is a:
  • Bronzy camel-meets-dijon mustard shade...my absolute favorite of the three
  • Peach-meets-papaya shade with golden undertones
  • Pale opal pink shade with nearly lilac undertones
  • Split pan cake liner in both an onyx black and soft, slightly pearlized navy
Although I wouldn't normally gravitate towards these seemingly bold shades, once applied, they have a synergistic effect that is utterly alluring. I start by blending a layer of the bronze shade over my upper lid.  I follow with a bit of the peach tone, blending within the crease, towards the brow line.  I add a bit of the bronze and peach to my brush yet again and sweep it across my lower lash line for a touch of depth.  I then sweep some of the opal pink at the base of my brow (for a highlight), making sure that all three shades are seamlessly blended.  The effect is bold yet earthy and entirely wearable!

Official details, courtesy of Neiman Marcus

A Neiman Marcus exclusive.


The Obsidian Odyssey Eye Shadow Kaleidoscope Palette:
Le Métier de Beauté's kaleidoscopes achieve their beauty not through its singular colors, but through the interactions between all the colors, it's how the shades interact and play upon each other that yield an incomparable result. Each shade is handpicked by our Director of Color to communicate an inspired vision that allows for infinite looks through blending and layering of the palette.

Add luster to your life this season with the new jewel-toned eye shadow silhouettes from Le Métier de Beauté. A chrysalis break from the dull-drums of dreary neutrals, there is nothing more universally flattering than gem color. Jewel tones make everyone look instantly more radiant! Introducing The Obsidian Odyssey Eye Shadow Kaleidoscope Collection...take the voyage!

Obsidian Odyssey Eyes
  • Double Cake-Liner in Onyx & Sapphire.
  • Smokey Quartz.
  • Carnelian Opal.
  • Dark Citrine.

Above: The bronzy camel-meets-dijon mustard shade.
Above: The peach-meets-papaya shade.
Above: The pale opal pink shade.
Above: The split pan cake liners in deep onyx and soft navy.
Above: Swatches in outdoor sunlight...each swatch is a single pass, thereby exhibiting the immense pigmentation and lush texture of the formula.
Above: Swatches in outdoor shade.

Above: The full effect...blended outward toward the brow.
Above: I found the pinky nude NARS Audacious Lipstick in Raquel to be a perfect compliment to the vivid tones found in Obsidian Odyssey.
The images below reflect Obsidian Odyssey in action in various lighting situations...






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Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this overview of the LE Le Metier de Beaute Obisidan Odyssey Kaleidoscope...with a bit of blending, the rich jewel tones behave as unexpected neutrals, making this a delightful staple and worthy investment.  I've been wearing this kaleidoscope nonstop this month! 

Happy Friday to you...good things ahead including a new foundation procurement (!), a video tutorial and some last minute gift ideas.

Also, kindly don't forget to enter my RoC giveaway...the deadline for entry is Monday night!

xx,

--The Beauty Professor

** PR sample provided for review (the rest purchased by me),  however, as always, all of my opinions are expressly and unequivocally my own.  
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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Mid-Week Office Hours...a RoC Giveaway, a New Neiman Marcus Article and a Rouge Bunny Rouge Event!

Above: This is the face of someone who is always teaching + perpetually in transit! 
As this wild week continues, I am excited to reprise what is likely to be the last installment of Office Hours of 2014!  In a few more days, I, like many educators, will have a blissful two weeks off...no waking up to an alarm, no pile of papers beckoning to be graded and no racing home to catch the fleeting light so I can take new product pictures for Beauty Professor.  In the meanwhile, here are three points of interest that MUST be discussed immediately:

Kindly scroll on for all the details as well as the Bottom Line...

Above: RoC Skincare...powerful and effective for smooth, even and glowing skin.
(1) As a RoC Skincare Ambassador, I am excited to offer an incredible giveaway.  On Monday 12/22 (at 9PM PST), one fortunate winner will be chosen at random to receive a basket brimming with RoC skincare as well as a $200 Visa card!  

All you have to do to be eligible is to leave a comment mentioning your biggest skincare concern as well as one New Year's resolution...please also include your email address so you can be informed should your name be chosen.  The prizes will be sent directly from RoC and the winner must respond to my email with their mailing address within 24 hours of my email being sent, otherwise, a new winner may be chosen.  Can't wait to read your comments! 

Above: A $200 Visa gift card...what perfect way to end the year!


Above: A glimpse of my post on the Neiman Marcus blog.
(2) Next up, my latest article for the Neiman Marcus publication, theblog, went live yesterday.  It offers twelve curated skincare and beauty-oriented gift suggestions, just in time for Hanukkah and Christmas.  The full article can be read HERE!

Products discussed include:

Above: Rouge Bunny Rouge National Makeup Artist Jo Levy.
(3) Finally, Rouge Bunny Rouge fans in the Los Angeles area MUST do whatever they can to swing by Ron Robinson at Fred Segal on Melrose on Thursday 12/18 from 1 PM-7 PM!  The line is marvelous and I have reviewed it many times over (take a peek HERE, HERE and HERE for some posts from the archives!).  Read on for the Who, What, When, Where and Why...

Who: Nationally acclaimed makeup artist, Jo LevyDirector of Artistry & Education for Rouge Bunny Rouge will be on site for personal color consultations. Jo believes that “makeup should enhance one’s natural beauty and instill a sense of confidence and creativity. Every woman deserves to be her own artist.” 

What: To celebrate the upcoming Holiday season, Rouge Bunny Rouge will present the looks from the cosmetic range in addition to fragrance. Makeup artist, Jo Levy will make a personal appearance to offer one-on-one color consultations. Clients may call directly to pre-book an appointment with Jo. The event is a part of a trunk show that will also feature jewelry designers such as K/ller Collection. Guests will have a chance to experience the exquisite product line, while gaining exclusive access to the industry’s top beauty expert. 

When:
Thursday, December 18th,. 2014
From: 1-7pm

Where: Ron Robinson | Fred Segal | APOTHIA 
8118 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 651-1800 or (310) 815-0606

Why: Jo Levy will offer tutorials using the latest color collection from Rouge Bunny Rouge. Inspired by Enchanted Garden, the collection includes radiance & beauty enhancing natural color shades as well as a wide range of elegant fragrances will be on site for testing.  


Bottom Line: I sincerely hope you enjoyed this installment of Office Hours...it was a pleasure chatting with you.  Good things ahead!  

Have a beautiful Wednesday,

--The Beauty Professor

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Venice Calling: Chantecaille Le Chrome Luxe Eye Duos in Grand Canal + Piazza San Marco


Above: The Chantecaille Le Chrome Luxe Eye Duos in Grand Canal and Piazza San Marcos for a luminous look.
The latest addditions to my growing eyeshadow collection are the gleaming and gossamer Chantecaille Luxe Eye Duos in Grand Canal and Piazza San Marcos (initially reviewed HERE).  Inspired by the iconic green-blue waterways and polished marble of Venice, these powder eyeshadows impart magnificent luminosity, absolutely apropos for the myriad of holiday celebrations ahead.

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

Above: The chic metallic gray compacts are emblazoned with a glittery C for Chantecaille. 
Housed in a metallic gray compact, these domes of light are finely milled and apply so very smoothly.  The airy texture feels like silk on the skin and, despite its weightless feel, imparts an impressive amount of pigmented color upon application.  The formula is extremely luminous, without being overtly glittery, and I was delighted (upon wearing it for nearly 8 hours) to discover that there is minimal creasing!
  • Grand Canal has a green and cream schema, with Rialto creating a smoky green veil and Rialto being perhaps one of the most lovely cream-tinged highlighters ever to grace an eyeshadow compact.
  • Piazza San Marco has a purple and gray vibe, thereby appealing to those that seek "cooler" shades overall.  Pigeon is a stunning deep and cindered purple and the soft dove gray that is Marble is an excellent compliment to Pigeon's depth.  
These eyeshadow duos are a wonderful option for those that prefer eyeshadow with luminosity, are looking for fresh ways to create a smoky eye and have a penchant for greens and purples.  I particularly adore the unique tones housed with the Grand Canal compact and couldn't wait to feature it in a look (found towards the end of this post)!


Above: Grand Canal features Laguna, a complex smoky green with iridescence and Rialto, a luminous pearl.
Above: Piazza San Marco features Pigeon, a deep smoky purple and Marble, a creamy gray.
Above: Swatches of all four shades in direct sunlight.
Above: A perennial go-to as of late, the ultra-pigmented, massively creamy By Terry Velvet Rouge in Lady Bare, a perfectly delightful nude beige.
In the following images, I am wearing:
Above: The full look.
Above: Chantecaille Grand Canal...I took this image after a 9 hour work day...the light, gossamar texture held up exceedingly well! 
Above: The gleam, even on a gloomy day, is undeniable with this formula! 
Above: With my partner in crime, Jethro!
Above: Smiling because Monday is over!

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Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this overview of the Chantecaille Le Chrome Luxe Eye Duos; their  weightless texture and immense glow make these gems a unique eye option and I love that both the Laguna and Pigeon shades can "smoke up" the eye while still remaining acceptable for daytime wear.  That being said, building up the intensity of the deeper shades is marvelously aligned with the spirit of a holiday night out, making these duos an utterly timely release.

I hope your week is off to a wonderful start...good things head including some new product discoveries, a fresh FOTD and a video tutorial!

To close, Beauty Professor reached 10K followers on Instagram today...a heartfelt thank you to those of you who follow...your support means a great deal to me.

xx,

--The Beauty Professor

** Some PR samples provided for review (the rest purchased by me),  however, as always, all of my opinions are expressly and unequivocally my own.  
© 2012-14 Beautyprofessor® All Rights Reserved. Do not copy, reprint or republish content and/or photos without author's written permission.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

The Beauty Professor Holiday Gift Guide...Curated Suggestions Galore!


Above: The Beauty Professor Holiday Gift Guide is here!
With only four days until Hanukkah and twelve before Christmas, I am beyond thrilled to present my Holiday Gift Guide!  With curated gift suggestions in every category known to man, this image-laden post is sure to offer you a host of inspiration for the skincare and beauty lovers in your life...oh, and you just may see a product (or 10!) to add to your own wishlist.

Kindly scroll on for images, descriptions and links galore as well as the Bottom Line...

CATEGORY 1: The Burgeoning Beauty Connoisseur...this lovely teen adores all things beauty, but as we all know, moderation is key for their developing tastes! 
Above: Gift ideas worthy of a teenage dream.
  • Amazon Burning by Victoria Griffith: This young adult mystery novel has it all...a mystery inspired plot line, an exotic locale, a riveting journalism angle and, dare I say, a bit of tasteful romance. 
  • Hair Ties by MaddyLoo: Glittery and gorgeous, these hair-friendly elastics come in their own clear ornament for festive fun.
  • Formula X Nail Polish in Standout: Perhaps the most perfect nude, this baby pink beige makes nails look clean, groomed and polished.
  • Napoleon Perdis Megamix Lip Gloss Collection: With 10 glosses--from the sheerest beige to the richest red--nestled in their very own LE zipper pouch, this collection is sure to enchant. 
  • Lavanila Fragrance Rollerballs in Vanilla Lavender and Vanilla Blackberry: Soft, subtle scent with a base of vanilla and portable packaging make these a sophisticated choice for a first foray into fragrance.
  • Bath and Body Works A Thousand Wishes Crystal Confetti Spray: Fresh, fruity, musky and shimmery, this glowing body spray offers just the right gleam for the holiday celebrations ahead.
  • Pixi Beauty Ultimate Beauty Kit 2nd Edition: With an impressive 52 shades of finely milled eyeshadow and cheek color in age-appropriate, wearable shades, this tri-fold palette yields endless look options.
  • NudeStix Lip and Cheek Pencil in Whisper: Created by two teenage girls who embrace minimalist beauty, the NudeStix line has a wonderful range for beauty beginners.  The soft, nude pink flush of Whisper is excellent for lips and cheeks alike!
  • TopShop Lips Lipstick in Whimsical (reviewed HERE): A light, creamy coral lipstick with just the right amount of pigmentation, Whimsical adds a touch of glamour without being over the top.
  • Dauphines of New York Headband: Like jewelry for the hair, this iridescent rhinestone and chain headband has an adjustable elastic back for a seamless fit, fit for a princess.
Above: The beauty that is the Napoleon Perdis Megamix Lipgloss Collection.
Above: A spectrum of shades for all coloring and tastes.
Above: Swatches of all 10 shades in direct sunlight.
Above: A closeup of the delicious Lavanila fragrances.
Above: MaddyLoo glitter hair ties are stylish AND useful.
Above: With sweet, fruity fragrance and gorgeous, shimmering finish, this is sure to bring holiday cheer to every moment.
Above: The impressive PIXI by Petra kit...endless options in a streamlined tri-fold.
Above: Dauphines of New York crystal headband...it's like jewelry for the hair.

CATEGORY 2: Options for the hair enthusiast...for healthy, flowing locks that are strong and manageable, here are a range of options at every price point.

Above: Haircare options.
  • Oribe Gold Lust Shampoo and Conditioner (reviewed HERE): Marvelous for all hairtypes, this ultra-nourishing formula makes locks smooth and silky in a single washing. 
  • EVO Day of Grace Leave-in-Conditioner: For times when in-shower conditioning is not an option, this lush spray-in version is divine.  Brushed into wet hair, and tangled locks become a thing of the past.
  • Suave Natural Infusion Moisturizing Light Oil Spray (reviewed HERE): I love this gleaming formula for shiny hair in a single spritz...the light oil doesn't weigh hair down and it smells magnificent.
  • Tangle Teezer Compact and Aqua Splash versions (reviewed HERE): With its ability to painlessly rid even the most snarled hair of tangles, these plastic brushes are genius.  The compact is great for everyday use and the Aqua version makes brushing in (or just out of) the shower a breeze. 
  • Alterna Caviar CC Cream 10-in-1 Complete Correction (reviewed HERE): This leave-in mask conditions hair on contact, making it appear fuller, fluffier and more youthful in a single pump.  This goes with me on every. single. trip.
  • Christophe Robin Nourishing Balm: This 99% natural balm (from France) eliminates frizz, dryness and split end but also is pure enough to be used on parched lips, hands, cuticles and feet...magnifique!
Above: Christophe Robin Nourishing Balm...so utilitarian.
CATEGORY 3: Skincare for all skin types...tried and true, here is an array of my favorite skincare for the year.   Potent ingredients and a friendliness to sensitive skin make these choices unadulterated standouts for me.

Above: Skincare for every skin type.
  • Radical Skincare Instant Revitalizing Mask (reviewed HERE): This oxygen-infused formula is a sensory experience for the skin, erstwhile leaving it extra smooth and glowing.
  • Tatcha Ritual Discovery Set: An excellent trial set for the full Tatcha experience, this lovely box contains some of this exquisite line's best sellers.
  • LiftLab Lift + Perfect: Fast becoming a multi-tasking favorite, this one step serum contains powerful ingredients to fight signs of aging and crate ultra clear skin.  Loving this.
  • SK-II Facial Treatment Essence (reviewed HERE and HERE): A classic formula that increases skin clarity with regular use, don't let its light, watery texture fool you.  There is a reason this has been a best seller in the line for over 30 years.
  • RoC Deep Wrinkle Night Cream (reviewed HERE):  A potent concentration of retinol makes this night cream a very reasonable procurement.
  • La Prairie Skin Caviar Luxe Eye Lift Cream (reviewed HERE):  My favorite eye cream to date, the tinest dab moisturizes, lifts, tightens and brightens the delicate eye area.  For even more La Prairie indulgence, I recommend the Classic Caviar set for a full face experience.
  • Nude Skincare Detox Fizzy Powder Wash (reviewed HERE):  I adore this soft, fragrant, foaming scrub for its ability to smooth skin in seconds. 
  • Omorovicza Blue Diamond Resurfacing Peel (reviewed HERE): This may be a luxe splurge, but its immediate benefits to the skin cannot be disputed; the plush formula works to gently increase cell turn over for an uprecedented glow in 20 minutes...perennially in my arsenal.
  • La Prairie Ice Crystal Oil (reviewed HERE): Rare ingredients make this nourishing dry oil a welcome addition to any skincare routine.
  • Natural Bisse Diamond White Instant Makeup Remover: Especially powerful for lips and eyes, this lush cleanser wipes of the most stalwart makeup in a single step.
  • Koh Gen Do Spa Water Cleansing Cloths (reviewed HERE):  I adore the Spa Water formula (have used it for 3 years nonstop) and these cloths make it endlessly portable.  Always in my bga.
  • Le Metier de Beaute Peau Vierge (reviewed HERE): Another non-negotiable in my routine, I have written about this dozens of times...an anti-aging moisturizer, primer, SPF, illuminator and tint in one tube, both my mom and I never go a day without it. 
  • Sisley Black Rose Oil (reviewed HERE): Infused with an intoxicating rose scent, this light oil hydrates upon contact...truly decadent.
  • Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream (reviewed HERE):  This cream has a cult following and a single experience with the plush, radiant formula will have you knowing why its release earlier this year was hotly anticipated.
  • By Terry Densiliss Primer (reviewed HERE):  For skin that looks like porcelain, this luxe primer is a must...my mom and I use it daily.
Above: Skin saviors for specific skin issues.
CATEGORY 4: Skin soothing saviors...specialized skin care to suit a spectrum of needs.
  • Belli All Day Moisture Body Lotion: Uber gentle ingredients make this hydrating formula suitable for even the most sensitive of skin.
  • Kate Somerville Eczema Therapy Cream (reviewed HERE):  I have already finished my first tube of this unscented wonder...so good for skin that needs a wash of moisture.
  • Hydraluron (reviewed HERE): Infused with the highest concentration of hyaluronic acid on the market, this cushiony salve can be used on the face and lips for instant hydration.
  • Colleen Rothschild Sheer Renewal Cream: For a glowing visage in moments, this light refining lotion encourages gentle cell turnover for results that are more than skin deep.
  • Biotin Bursts: They may taste like candy, but the impressive amount of biotin infused into each chew will have your hair, skin and nails thanking you for indulging.
Above: Favorite foundations for the foundation-phile...is that YOU?
CATEGORY 5: Foundations for the foundation-phile in all of us...there is no shortage of foundation reviews on Beauty Professor and, whenever possible, a full range of swatches are posted to help readers find their ideal match.  Here are some of the best formulas in my massive rotation...
Above: Gadgets to effectively streamline your beauty routine.
CATEGORY 6: Beauty Gadgetry...science meets innovation...some of the most clever and progressive releases for tech and design buffs.
  • Personal Microderm (discussed HERE): Sanding disks, gentle enough for personal use bring this classic spa treatment to the comfort of your own home.
  • Mirenesse Pebble Sonic (reviewed HERE): A permanent fixture in my shower, the silicon tips vibrate to remove every trace of dirt and makeup without stripping the skin.  
  • Beauty Blender Micro Mini: Diminutive egg-shaped sponges for the tiny contours of the face...absolutely perfect for concealer.
  • Surratt Beauty Relevee Eyelash Curler (reviewed HERE): The perfect marriage of form and function, this dramatically curls lashes with minimal pressure. 
  • NuFace Mini (reviewed HERE): Micro currents stimulate skin to increase collagen production and lift and tighten the contours of the face...an at-home spa treatment with serious results. 
  • Cenoire Eluo Toothbrush: Cheerful design + travel packaging make this electronic toothbrush a welcome addition to any routine.
Above: I cannot get over how adorable this mini Beauty Blender is.
Above: Skincare and electronics for the guy in your life.
CATEGORY 7: Men need presents, too...here's a skincare and electronics that the manliest, most product resistant male will warm to.  Since I don't use them, I am hesitant to give a description...hopefully the fact that all of these products are currently in my husband's possession is testament of their efficacy!
Above: Three fragrances for those with eclectic taste.
CATEGORY 8: Fragrance for those with eclectic taste...sometime a unique scent makes all the difference.
  • Byredo Gypsy Water (reviewed HERE): Fresh, light and sweet, this classic has a hard-to-place quality that delivers levity and wanderlust on the spot.
  • Ramon Monegal Cuirelle (reviewed HERE): This leather-inspired scent is dark, mysterious and sophisticated...perfect for the cooler months.
  • Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille (reviewed HERE): I just finished my bottle of this intoxicating elixir...the vanilla tempers the deeper tobacco elements, making this suitable for daily wear.
Above: Lip color options galore.
CATEGORY 9: Lavish a loved one with lip color...die hard makeup devotees will never turn down another bullet of lipstick.
Above: Applying By Terry Velvet Rouge Lady Bare,  a quintessential nude shade.
Above: The Lipstick Queen Red Carpet Collection...proves there is a red for every occasion.
Above: Swatches of the Lipstick Queen Red Carpet Collection.

CATEGORY 10: Luxe cosmetics options for the beauty lover who already seems to have everything...I cannot imagine my makeup collection without these luminaries.

Above: Chantecaille Luxe Eye Duos swatched in direct sunlight.
Above: Napoleon Perdis Greatest Hits Blush Palette, swatched in direct sunlight.
Above: Highlighters and powders and brushes...oh my.
CATEGORY 11: Highlighters, powders and brushes for the most seamless finish ever...I adore these finely-milled beauties for an even and radiant complexion.
Above: Sumptuous final touches.
CATEGORY 12: Stocking Stuffers...bits and bobs that make gift giving exeptional. 
  • Geluxury Slippers...lined with a botanical-enriched gel, these chic slippers smooth and nourish dry, cracked heels with 20 minutes of wear.  A briliant idea!
  • Mia Bling String...this whisper fine, super luminous tinsel fastens to tiny barettes for invisible attachment and a sparkling gleam that is festive for all ages.  A perfect addition to any new year's celebration, too. 
  • Mia Tony Pony Metal Hair Ring...this golden accessory has both an elastic band and metal outer ring for a secure, minimalist ponytail.  
  • Le Metier de Beaute Kaleidoscope in Cheeky Chic...with four layers of cheek enhancing shades, this beauty gem is all sorts of pretty.  I love using the nude shade for gentle sculpting, the pink or peach shade on the apples of my cheeks for a tender flush and the highlighting shade on the high points of my face.  Full review soon! 
  • Jouer French Kiss Lip Gloss Trio...three shades of delicate nude and pink lip gloss, nestled in a golden pouch makes for a tres chic suprise. 

Above: The gel lining is incredibly smooth and cushiony feeling...a welcome respite for the feet. 
Above: Geluxury slippers to the rescue! 
Above: Le Metier de Beaute in Cheeky Chic features a soft nude powder, a pale pink blush, a tender peach hue and a golden beige highligting shade for quintessentially pretty cheeks. 
Above: The Jouer Cosmetics French Kiss Lip Trio...delicately gorgeous, no?
Bottom Line: I hope this gift guide serves as inspiration for thoughtful, personalized, last minute presents for both others and, dare I say it, yourself ; )

I am looking forward to continuing to respond to your lovely emails and comments in the coming days...my work schedule, thankfully, is slated to slow down a touch, even in this busy season.

Have a beautiful weekend...xx,

--The Beauty Professor

** Some PR samples provided for review (the rest purchased by me),  however, as always, all of my opinions are expressly and unequivocally my own.  
© 2012-14 Beautyprofessor® All Rights Reserved. Do not copy, reprint or republish content and/or photos without author's written permission.