Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Beauty Professor Style...Booties, Jumpsuits and Separates for Fall

Above: Kork-Ease Natalya Booties...form and function incarnate...more on these later on in the post! 
There is (finally!) a touch of coolness in the air...perhaps a harbinger of the fall weather to come?  In turn, I've been embracing a few key wardrobe pieces, perfect for the transitional months of October and November.  Booties, jumpsuits and separates have punctuated my daily uniform! 

Kindly scroll on for more details, images and the Bottom Line...

Above: The Dacey Jumpsuit, paired with Prada sandals (discussed HERE).
First up, I am adoring the Dacey Jumpsuit from Anthropologie.  The unique pattern, lush, billowing fabric and ease of wear make this the perfect choice for work (I recently wore this to a business dinner with my husband and just may wear it tomorrow for my long teaching day) and play.  There is nothing I do not love about this jumpsuit!
Above: Separates from Topshop and Tildon for edgy versatility.
Next, separates have been dominating my closet as of late.  I especially love this scuba skirt from Topshop, paired with a floral long sleeved crop top by Tildon make for an edgy outfit (donned, most recently, during a night on the town) that can also be worn apart.  The skirt has been a key element in a few outfits lately and the top looks casual and relaxed with jeans.  I am also wearing my favorite Rag and Bone Noelle Booties (reviewed HERE)...such a magnificent investment.

Above: Kork-Ease...as comfortable as the name implies.
Back to the Kork-Ease Natalya Booties...I originally picked these up (on sale, no less!) in the luggage color above.  I was STUNNED by how comfortable they were...no "break in" period, no foot pain or toe pinching, even after a 10 hour day of teaching...truly astounding!  They are constructed of soft yet durable leather with a side zipper and a beautiful wedge heel that provides height while simultaneously feeling very grounded.  Not only are they endlessly comfortable, they are also visually interesting.  The fact that they are still on sale at Nordstrom is insane to me.  

Above: My tan pair of Natalya booties...so chic, no?
I originally purchased a tan pair and was so taken with their wonder, that I promptly ordered a black pair as well.  They are equally delightful! I highly recommend these booties for those looking for comfort, style and a bit of height...I know I will be wearing them non-stop this fall and winter. 

Above: Black and tan together. 
Above: Side zipper and perfectly sturdy wedge...my feet are ebullient when I wear these!
Above: Wearing my tan pair with a striped crop and cut-offs...my casual weekend attire, this time at the Parker Hotel in Palm Springs (more on this little excursion soon!).
Above: Sporting by newly procured black pair of booties with one of my favorite simple gray pencil skirts (also a steal!) and a denim shirt
Above: The contrasting shade of the wedge is an unexpected twist of genius.
Above: I am absurdly happy with these purchases...wearing Laura Mercier Creme Smooth Lipstick in Red Amour...I couldn't go an entire post without mentioning a touch of makeup!
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Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this brief departure from my normally beauty-centric posts and I beseech you to take a peek at the Kork-Ease Natalya Booties...as one who spends every day on her feet, I am floored by the level of comfort these shoes embody.  The fact that they are a brilliant buy (still on sale!) further enhances their virtue.  

What are some of your favorite pieces for fall?

Still in the midst of responding to comments and emails this week...I hope your week has been fantastic thus far!

Good things ahead...a video, some new beauty discoveries, a touch of foundation and a dash of skincare thrown in for good measure.

xx,

--The Beauty Professor

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Chantecaille 15 Year Anniversary Palette + Lipstick in Fairy Moss...A Pictorial

chantecaille 15 year anniversary palette
Above: The Chantecaille 15 Year Anniversary Palette.
Occasionally, very few words are necessary to properly convey the beauty and utility of a seasonal release.  Such is the case for the Chantecaille Fall 2014 Collection.  The breathtaking 15 Year Anniversary Palette (available at NordstromBloomingdale's and Saks) and Hydra Chic Lipstick in Fairy Moss are amongst the lovliest of the latest releases and the following images thoroughly authenticate this assertion! 

Kindly scroll on for more details and images as well as the Bottom Line...

chantecaille 15 year anniversary palette
Above: Beauty with a purpose...proceeds from the sale of this palette go towards the protection of endangered elephants, butterflies and sea turtles.
Here are the official details, courtesy of Nordstrom:

Chantecaille celebrates its 15th anniversary this year, and to mark the event the brand has created a striking eyeshadow trio inspired by animals from the land, sea and air. Embodying Chantecaille's commitment to the environment, the limited-edition palette revisits the causes that have remained close to Chantecaille's heart throughout the years.
Trio includes:
- Elephant: a deep, earthy aubergine that can be applied wet or dry to the crease or lash line.
- Butterfly: a warm buttery vanilla that can be used to smooth and highlight the eyelid or brow bone.
- Sea Turtle: a delicate copper infused with light-reflecting rose-gold pearl.
  • 0.25 oz.
  • By Chantecaille; made in Italy.
  • Proceeds from each 15 Year Anniversary Trio sold will be proudly donated to The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, Monarch Butterfly Fund and WIDECAST to help protect our endangered elephants, butterflies and sea turtles respectively.

Ingredients

Elephant: Talc, Dimethicone, Phenyl Trimethicone, Polyethylene, Silica, Nylon -12, Cetyl Peg/Ppg-10/1 Dimethicone, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Chlorphenesin, Potassium Sorbate, Ptfe, Zea Mays (Corn) Oil, Polyperfluoroethoxymethoxy Difluoroethyl Peg Phosphate, Zinc Stearate, Lauroyl Lysine, Tetrasodium Edta, Tin Oxide, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Acrylates/Octylacrylamide Copolymer, Bht, Isotearyl Alcohol, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Carmine. Butterfly: Talc, Zinc Stearate, Isononyl Isononanoate, Silica, Nylon-12, Dimethicone, Octyldodecyl Lactate, Pca Dimethicone, Chlorphenesin, Potassium Sorbate, Soy Bean Gycerides, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Unsaponifiables, Tetrasodium Edta, Tin Oxide, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Acrylates/Octylacrylamide Copolymer, Citric Acid, Mica Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides. Sea Turtle: Talc, Mica, Titanium Dioxide Ci 77891, Dimethicone, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, 77499, 77492) Zinc Stearate, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Silica, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Potassium Sorbate, Chlorphenesin, Tetrasodium Edta, Acrylates/Octylacrylamide Copolymer, Isotearyl Alcohol.

chantecaille 15 year anniversary palette
Above: This palette is a must for neutral lovers.
I found these shadows to be utterly gorgeous...smooth, buttery and pigmented, they glide on with ease and stay in place without creasing:
  • The deep brown is neutral with a satin finish for a smoky eye or crease accent.
  • The soft creamy beige has a gossamar touch, perfect for highlighting the brow bone.
  • The warm taupy mink works well over the entire lid and lower lashline...ultra flattering!


chantecaille 15 year anniversary palette swatches
Above: Swatches in outdoor shade.
chantecaille 15 year anniversary palette swatches
Above: Swatches in direct sunlight.
Above: All three shades on my lids.
chantecaille hydra chic lipstick fairy moss
Above: Chantecaille Hydra Chic Lipstick in Fairy Moss, a delicate pinky beige.
Next up is the Chantecaille Hydra Chic Lipstick in Fairy Moss.  This ultra moisturizing formula provides slightly glossy, pigmented coverage in a single swipe.  Fairy Moss is a pinky beige that leans neutral, enabling it to be flattering to a spectrum of skin tones; it also effortlessly pairs well with the 15th Anniversary Palette.  I find it dark enough to keep the complexion from appearing washed out but light enough to create a proper "nude lip." With a slightly herbal scent and buttery texture, the Hydra Chic Lipstick embodies the sophisticated quality one expects from the Chantecaille line.  

chantecaille hydra chic lipstick fairy moss
Above: Due to its neutral undertones, Fairy Moss is a wonderful nude lip shade for a host of skin tones.
Here are the official details, courtesy of Nordstrom

A modern full-impact lipstick that is hydrating and luminous with six hours of great color. Packaged in a slim stylo, this formula delivers sophisticated matte color with a natural satin finish. The texture melts onto lips with a comforting and hydrating sensorial application. Natural extracts of papaya and orchid help to soften lips and provide antioxidant, anti-aging protection. A natural sugar derivative provides superior hydration.

Ingredients

Triisostearin, Sorbitan Triisostearate, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Caprylic / Capric Triglyceride, Microcrystalline Wax (Cera Microcristallina), Ethylene/Propylene Copolymer, Vp/Hexadecene Copolymer, Mica, DicalCIum, Phosphate, Raffinose Isostearate, Stearalkonium Bentonite, Propylene Carbonate, Flavor (Aroma), Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Zea Mays (Corn) Oil, Carica Papaya Fruit Extract, Orchis Mascula Flower Extract, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate; May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491/CI 77499/CI 77492), Carmine (CI 75470), Red 6/Red 7/Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Red 28 Lake (CI 45410), Red 30 Lake (CI 73360), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Yellow 6 Lake (CI 15985), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090).
Ingredients are subject to change at the manufacturer's discretion. For the most complete and up-to-date list of ingredients, refer to the product packaging.

chantecaille hydra chic lipstick fairy moss
Above: A swatch of Fairy Moss in outdoor shade.
chantecaille hydra chic lipstick fairy moss
Above: A swatch of Fairy Moss in direct sunlight.
chantecaille hydra chic lipstick fairy moss
Above: Chantecaille Hydra Chic Lipstick in Fairy Moss alone on the lips...it is a perfect pinky beige, no?
Below: Wearing the Chantecaille 15 Year Anniversary Palette and Hydra Chic Lipstick in Fairy Moss in various lighting situations...

chantecaille 15 year anniversary palette
Above: Mixed outdoor lighting, with a flash.
chantecaille 15 year anniversary palette
Above: Mixed outdoor lighting with a flash.
chantecaille 15 year anniversary palette
Above: In direct sunlight.
chantecaille 15 year anniversary palette
Above: In direct sunlight.
chantecaille 15 year anniversary palette
Above: Mixed outdoor lighting with a flash.
chantecaille 15 year anniversary palette
Above: Direct sunlight with a flash.

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Bottom Line: The Chantecaille 15 Year Anniversary Palette (available at Nordstrom, Bloomingdale's and Saks) and Hydra Chic Lipstick in Fairy Moss are lusciously wearable Fall 2014 additions that eminate a subtle, glowing, timeless effect that translates from day to night with ease.  Both may be new for fall, however, the classic look they--in tandem--create is befitting for every season.  I implore you to track them down and add them to your beauty rotation...you won't regret the indulgence when you find yourself reaching for them time and time again!

Much more soon including more foundation (!), new lip color, my October Favorites video and some style posts...I am also in the midst of responding to your lovely emails and comments on both my most recent video as well as current blog posts.  Thank you for your patience ; )

xx,

--The  Beauty Professor

** PR samples provided for review (the majority purchased by me),  however, as always, all of my opinions are expressly and unequivocally my own.  
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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Filming in Paradise...My Current Fall Makeup (and Skincare!) Routine Video Tutorial

Above: My filming situation earlier this week! 
Here is a tutorial featuring my current makeup routine with a decent discussion of skincare thrown in for good measure.  I filmed this while traveling so please bear in mind that the lighting, sound and background were unpredictable elements out of my control ; )  Hope you enjoy this nonetheless!


Products (with links to their respective reviews etc.) Discussed:

1. Sisley Soapless Gentle Foaming Cleanser
2. Mirenesse PebbleSonic
3. SK-II Ultimate Revival Essence LXP
4. SK-II Facial Treatment Repair C
5. Omorovicza Blue Diamond Resurfacing Peel...review HERE
6. Eve Lom Rescue Mask
7. La Prairie Skin Caviar Luxe Eye Lift Cream...review HERE
8. Byredo Gypsy Water...review HERE
9. Le Metier de Beaute Peau Vierge #2...review HERE
10. Skindinavia Makeup Primer Spray Oil Control...review HERE
11. Tom Ford Traceless Perfecting Foundation in 05 Natural...review HERE
12. Kanebo Sensai Cellular Performance Cream Foundation #22 Natural Beige...review HERE
13. Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation Illuminator in Sheer Beige...review HERE
14. Beauty Blender
15. By Terry Terrybly Densiliss Concealer in 04 Medium Beige...review HERE
16. Jenny Patinkin Domed Multi-Blender Brush...review HERE
17. Surratt Beauty Expressioniste Eye Brow Pencil...review HERE
18. Surratt Beauty Surrealiste Skin Concealer #5...review HERE
19. Charlotte Tilbury Bronze and Glow...review HERE
20. Jenny Patinkin Cheek Brush...review HERE 
21. Charlotte Tilbury Swish and Pop Blusher in First Love...review HERE
22. Koh Gen Do Orange O2 Cheek Powder
23. Cozette Brush in S130
24. Ramy Beauty Therapy Face Gloss in Hint of a Cure
25. Gucci Mono Eyeshadow in 050 Oxydus...review HERE
26. Cozzette S175 Brush
27. Cle de Peau Beaute Eye Color Quad in Stellar Gaze...review HERE
28. Surratt Beauty Relevee Mascara...review HERE
29. ReVive Intensite Volumizing Lip Serum...review HERE
30. Laura Mercier 60’s Pink...review HERE
31. Nude Stix Lip Pen in Lolly
32. Gorgeous Cosmetics Prism Powder in Summer
33. Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Powder in Medium...review HERE
34. Wildfox Sweatshirt

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Bottom Line: I didn't realize how many products go into my daily routine until I filmed this video!  Granted, some of them are only integrated when time permits; overall, however, I am pleased with how quickly I can implement them in the rush of the early morning.  Do you spy any favorites?

Good things ahead, including more foundation, some style posts and, in light of the sheer amount of products explored in this video, a fairly restrained October Favorites (aiming to keep it at 10 products!).

Hope you're having a lovely weekend...xx,

--The Beauty Professor


**Soem PR samples provided for review (the majority 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.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Dolce & Gabbana Perfect Reveal Lift Foundation...My Review + Swatches of Every Shade

dolce and gabbana perfect reveal lift foundation swatches
Above: The Dolce & Gabbana Perfect Reveal Foundation in 110 Caramel.
Never one to ignore a new luxury foundation release, I recently tracked down the Dolce & Gabbana Perfect Reveal Lift Foundation (available at Saks Fifth Avenue and Sephora).  I planned to simply swatch the shades since I had received many questions regarding this formula, but once I experienced it on my skin, I was compelled to pick up a bottle in my shade (which, for reference, is 110 Caramel).  Boasting medium to full coverage, anti-aging skincare benefits and a natural, slightly glowy finish, this foundation is utterly marvelous! 

Kindly scroll on for more details, swatches of every shade, images of the foundation in action as well as the Bottom Line...
dolce and gabbana perfect reveal lift foundation swatches
Above: The formula contains a mixture of chemical + physical sunscreen.
Here are the oficial details, courtesy of Sephora:

What it is:
A high-performance foundation formula enriched with special skincare moisturizing properties to create the appearance of naturally younger-looking skin. 

What it does:
Perfect Reveal Lifting Foundation enhances your complexion’s natural youthfulness, reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and achieves medium to full foundation coverage. Specially formulated with the exclusive Gold Flavo-Silk Tricomplex™, this foundation is infused with extracts of gold silk sericin, Italian olive oil, and vitamin B3. This unique blend of ingredients work together to restore the skin’s natural moisture, smooth the skin’s texture, and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in four weeks.

-Gold Flavo-Silk Tricomplex™: Reduces fine lines and wrinkles in four weeks. 

Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Diphenylsiloxy Phenyl Trimethicone, Talc, Butylene Glycol, Niacinamide, Peg-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Triethylhexanoin, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Titanium Dioxide (Nano), Glycerin, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Cetyl Peg/Ppg-10/1 Dimethicone, Panthenol, Sodium Chloride, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Tocopherol, Bht, Phytosteryl/Octyldodecyl Lauroyl Glutamate, Tribehenin, Phytosteryl/Behenyl/Octyldodecyl Lauroyl Glutamate, Aluminum Hydroxide, Hydrated Silica, Dimethicone, Hydrogen Dimethicone, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Olea Europaea Fruit Oil, Hydrolyzed Silk, Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Sodium Benzoate, Propylparaben, Ci 77891, Ci 77492, Ci 77491, Ci 77499.

dolce and gabbana perfect reveal lift foundation swatches
Above: This comes in a sleek glass bottle with a pump dispenser for precise product release.
My Thoughts:

This foundation is intriguing.  The liquid texture could initially give off the impression that it yields sheer coverage; however, the formula is pigment rich and a little goes a long way in achieving a medium to full coverage effect.  Applied with a dampened Beauty Blender, it glides on with ease and I do not need more than two or three small pumps to cover my entire face.

Texturally, this is smooth and hydrating, imparting a natural matte finish that makes my skin look healthy, even and slightly creamy.  I don't find that it settles into fine lines and, even after hours of wear, it remains intact, somehow avoiding all signs of oxidation.  Although the coverage is magnificent, I feel like my skin can still breathe! I get 5-6 hours of comfortable wear (on a hot day) before needing to touch up with powder and can't wait to test its longevity when the weather gets cooler and more fall-like around here...I suspect it will be quite good.  A bit of dewiness and glow develops after about an hour of wear, but it is nominal, does not compromise the performance of the foundation and personally, I think it actually enhances the beauty of the finish.  

There is no fragrance to potentially irritate my sensitive skin and I haven't experienced any adverse effects with any of the ingredients in this formula.  All in all, this is a lovely release and I find that I am reaching for it frequently, along with my beloved Tom Ford Traceless Perfecting Foundation.  

dolce and gabbana perfect reveal lift foundation swatches
Above: Swatches (thick and blended) of 110 Caramel in direct sunlight.
dolce and gabbana perfect reveal lift foundation swatches
Above: All shades of the Dolce & Gabbana Perfect Reveal Lift Foundation.
Above: Outside of Saks Beverly Hills...pursuing the natural lighting.
dolce and gabbana perfect reveal lift foundation swatches
Above: Swatching in session.
  • 60 Classic: Pale alabaster beige for very fair skin with neutral undertones (@N/NC/NW 10)
  • 75 Bisque: Very light beige for fair to light skin with neutral to yellow undertones (@N/NC 15)
  • 78 Beige: Very light beige for fair to light skin with neutral undertones (@N 15-20)
  • 80 Creamy: Very light beige for fair to light skin with neutral to rosy undertones (@N/NW 15-20)
  • 100 Natural Glow: Light beige for light skin with neutral to yellow undertones (@N/NC 20-23)
  • 110 Caramel: Light beige for light-medium skin with neutral to olive undertones (@N/NC 23-25)  **My current match
  • 120 Natural Beige: Light beige for light-medium skin with neutral to yellow-peach undertones (@N/NC 23-25)
  • 130 Warm Rose: Light beige for light-medium skin with neutral to rosy undertones (@N/NW 23-25)
  • 140 Rose Beige: Medium beige for medium skin with rosy-peach undertones (@N/NW 25-30)
  • 144 Bronze: Medium beige for medium-dark skin with neutral to rosy olive undertones (@N/NW/NC 30)
  • 148 Amber: Medium-dark beige for medium-dark skin with warm tan undertones (@N/NC 35)
  • 150 Almond: Rich dark brown for darker skin with neutral undertones (@N 40-42)
  • 160 Soft Tan: Peachy brown for dark tan skin with peach to rosy undertones (@N/NW 40-42)
  • 170 Golden Honey: Rich dark brown for dark skin with deep honey undertones (@N/NC/NW 45)
  • 180 Soft Sable: Deepest brown for deep dark skin with neutral undertones (@N/NC/NW 50+)

dolce and gabbana perfect reveal lift foundation swatches
Above: Indoor lighting.
dolce and gabbana perfect reveal lift foundation swatches
Above: Indoor lighting witha a flash.
dolce and gabbana perfect reveal lift foundation swatches

Below: Wearing Dolce and Gabbana Perfect Reveal Lift Foundation in #110 Caramel (these images were taken after 7 hours of wear!) in various lighting situations...
Above: In outdoor sunlight...also wearing Lipstick Queen Silver Screen lipstick in Come Up (available at Barney's NY and Space.NK).
Above: In direct sunlight.
Above: In natural sunlight...note the slight glow.
Above: Outdoor lighting without a flash.
Above: Outdoor shade with a flash.
Above: Outdoor shade with a flash...experimental hairdo in action.
Above: Outdoor shade, no flash.
Above: Outdoor shade with a flash. 
Above: Outdoor shade with a flash.

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Bottom Line:  I am really glad that I took the time to pursue the Dolce & Gabbana Perfect Reveal Lift Foundation (available at Saks Fifth Avenue and Sephora).  Although it is not readily available at a spectrum of retailers, there is something about the thrill of the hunt that is inherently satisfying! This formula's creamy, medium coverage finish, coupled with purported anti-aging benefits makes for a formidable release, expecially when one considers the very respectable lasting power.  Although I haven't used it regularly enough (this girl has been testing a massive amount of foundations lately!) to calibrate any long term skincare benefits, I am consistenly pleased with how smooth and soft my skin feels during and after wear.  This will continue to be a part of my foundation rotation and I recommend it for those seeking slightly glowy, medium to full coverage and skincare benefits...it's marvelous!

Have YOU tried this formula yet?  Thoughts?

Much more soon, including some style posts, a current makeup routine video and some new eye shadow!

xx and happy Friday,

--The Beauty Professor

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