Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Beauty Staples to Last the Year: A New Foundation from La Bella Donna, Sisley Les Phyto-Ombre Eyeshadow and Other Products Constantly on My Face (and Hair!)

Beauty staples that transcend the season. 
Today's post is dedicated to a key round of new beauty staples in my life--from a fresh foundation update and gorgeous eyeshadow formula in a flattering range of finishes, to a multitasking face palette and lip color in lush nudes and just-bitten deep roses, these pieces are transcend the season, making them timeless choices that work throughout the entire year. 

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

The *La Bella Donna New Ultimate Pure Perfection Liquid Treatment Foundation SPF 15
Up first, there's a new foundation launch (as a devoted foundationphile, the excitement is not lost on me!) from La Bella Donna. I have loved this clean mineral beauty line since being introduced to it at the beginning of this year (past reviews HERE and HERE) and am consistently impressed with the minimal ingredients and maximum performance of the products. 

For those that appreciate a medium coverage liquid foundation like I do, allow me to introduce you to the freshly-reformulated *La Bella Donna New Ultimate Pure Perfection Liquid Treatment Foundation SPF 15

This foundation boasts a stellar list of skincare-based ingredients including skin-plumping Hyaluronic Acid and Dragon's Blood, which is a potent antioxidant that increases collagen production. In other words, the foundation feels like a luxurious moisturizer but imparts the coverage of a buildable, medium coverage foundation with natural to dewy finish. It contains physical (non-chemical) SPF 15, works well on all skin types (including sensitive, acne-prone, dry and mature skin) and doesn't settle into fine lines and wrinkles. 

I get 6-8 hours of touch-up free wear and love how comfortable, healthy and balanced my skin feels in this foundation...if you're interested in trying it, make sure to use one of my links in this review as you'll receive an automatic 10% off your order or you can visit LaBellaDonna.com and enter BEAUTYPROFESSOR at checkout for the same discount! 

Keep reading for swatches and shade descriptions...

La Bella Donna New Ultimate Pure Perfection Liquid Treatment Foundation swatches
Swatches of the La Bella Donna New Ultimate Pure Perfection Liquid Treatment Foundation SPF 15 in direct sunlight.

Shades include:
  • Nicoletta: @N/NC/NW 10-15 for the fairest ivory skin
  • Umbria: @N/NC 20-25 for light skin with neutral to yellow undergoes 
  • Caterina: @N/NW/NC 23-25 for light and light-medium skin with neutral undertones
  • Marta: @N/NC 25-27 for medium skin with olive and yellow undertones **currently, my best match and worn in the images at the end of this post
  • Amber: @N/NC/NW 30-35 for medium skin with neutral to golden undertone 
  • Sophia: @N/NC/NW 37-45 for tan to rich skin with neutral undertones 

La Bella Donna New Ultimate Pure Perfection Liquid Treatment Foundation swatches
More sunlit swatches of the La Bella Donna New Ultimate Pure Perfection Liquid Treatment Foundation SPF 15
La Bella Donna New Ultimate Pure Perfection Liquid Treatment Foundation swatches

La Bella Donna New Ultimate Pure Perfection Liquid Treatment Foundation swatches
Swatches of the La Bella Donna New Ultimate Pure Perfection Liquid Treatment Foundation SPF 15 in outdoor shade. 

The rest of the face...
Skincare + haircare. 
// SKINCARE + HAIRCARE // All seven of these products are daily staples for me. 
  • *Augustinus Bader The Rich Cream (Review): I have run through countless bottles of this all-in-one moisturizer and anti-aging wonder since being introduced to it nearly two years ago. The lush cream adds a major dose of hydration while imparting a soft glow that works for my skin year round.
  • *Maison Francis Kurkdjian Baccarat Rouge 540 (Review): I am on bottle #3 of this favorite fragrance of life that I wear all year, independent of the season...nothing compares. Nothing. 
  • *Byredo Rose Rinse Free Hand Wash (Review): This genius and luxurious antibacterial hand wash smells amazing and cleans hands on the spot...it has a permanent place in my purse. 
  • *Clé de Peau Beauté Le Serum (Review): Lightweight and immensely transformative, this timeless serum is my anti-aging secret weapon; one pump by itself or under moisturizer and my skin is smoother, brighter and more buoyant. 
  • Lift Lab Purify + Clarify Daily Cleanser, Detox Mask and Gentle Exfoliant (Review): I have used this cleanser since the early days of Beauty Professor...it cleans away every trace of makeup and, if left on, the frothy formula transforms into a deep cleaning mask and gentle exfoliator that I can use daily without incident. I buy mine on Amazon...one tube (with daily use) lasts me about 4 months.
  • *PMD Clean Pro Blush Rose Quartz: I couple the above cleanser with this brilliant device...the antibacterial surface never needs replacing, is completely waterproof and the vibrations are customizable to align with your desired experience. Additionally, the other side has a rose quartz panel that warms up for a decadent spa treatment (I focus application on my TMJ-ridden jaw area) in the comfort of my own shower. It's beyond effective...use the code Beautyprofessor20 through 10/7 for 20% off HERE.
  • Grow Gorgeous Intense Range: Consisting of a shampoo, conditioner, a restorative mask and a hair growth serum, this collection nourishes my hair on the next-level. Watch my full review--including some personal life discussion and musings--as well as how I specifically like to use each product HERE
Grow Gorgeous Intense Range

Base + face. 
// BASE + FACE //
  • *La Bella Donna New Ultimate Pure Perfection Liquid Treatment Foundation SPF 15: I used a single pump of this skin-friendly for medium coverage and slightly luminous natural finish. Marta is my perfect match...buffed out with a beauty sponge and my face stays flawless for hours on end.
  • *Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Ghost Palette (also available at Beautylish with Review HERE): I am still very smitten by this LE palette (thankfully, still available) as it contains all the shades necessary to do my entire face (bronzer, blush, highlight, finishing). The powders are bendable with excellent color intensity, making this particular launch my favorite Ambient Edit Palette to date! 
  • *Surratt Beauty Cheek Brush: I use this brush for everything. It has lasted me well over five years; invest in one...you won't regret it. 
  • Tom Ford Soleil Sheer Highlighting Duo in Reflects Gilt: I recently rediscovered this luminous highlighter in my stash and remembered why I am on my third compact...the gossamer light formula has a warm energy that looks amazing on the high points of the face (where I applied it in the images that follow). I am hitting pan on this one and will need to pick up a new one soon...fortunately, it seems to be a part of the permanent TF collection. 
  • *Clé de Peau Beauté Concealer in Almond: A classic for a reason, this concentrated formula works well in my under eye region to erase signs of tired eyes while lasting all day. 
  • *Koh Gen Do Gloss Film Powder #123: Still my pressed powder go-to of choice this hydrating option evens skin, adds a touch of coverage and banishes unwanted oiliness without the slightest trace of a powdery finish. 
Swatches of base and face in direct sunlight. 

Sisley-Paris Les Phyto-Ombre Eyeshadow swatches
Introducing the *Sisley-Paris Les Phyto-Ombre Eyeshadow (also available at Saks
We've all been eagerly awaking the release of this brand new eyeshadow formula from Sisley and I'm happy to report that it now appears to be available nationwide. The *Sisley-Paris Les Phyto-Ombre Eyeshadow (also available at Saks) comes in 20 shades and an impressive 5 finishes (matte, silky, metallic, glow and sparkling) for endless possibilities. Ultra finely milled and suitable for the even the most sensitive of eyes (like mine...contact wearer, seasonal allergies galore), these buttery and beautiful shadows resist creasing and wear all day, making them the potential MVPs of your makeup bag.  

I received 10 shades which are swatched below for reference and I am wearing #20 Sparkling Topaze (all over and along my lower lash line), #34 Sparkling Purple (blended in the crease and towards the outer perimeters of my eye), #40 Glow Pearl (worn to the brow down) and #41 Glow Gold (the absolute versatile workhorse of the group...worn atop Sparkling Topaze). 

Normally, I would include shade descriptions but, in this case, the shadows are so aptly named (what a novel idea!) that I have little to add to the discussion ; ) 
  • 10 Silky Cream
  • 12 Silky Rose
  • 14 Sparkling Topaze
  • 20 Silky Chestnut
  • 24 Silky Steel
  • 25 Metallic Khaki
  • 30 Silky Sky
  • 34 Sparkling Purple
  • 40 Glow Pearl
  • 41 Glow Gold
Sisley-Paris Les Phyto-Ombre Eyeshadow swatches
Swatches of the *Sisley-Paris Les Phyto-Ombre Eyeshadow (also available at Saks) in direct sunlight. 
Sisley-Paris Les Phyto-Ombre Eyeshadow swatches
Which *Sisley-Paris Les Phyto-Ombre Eyeshadow (also available at Saks) is your favorite?
Sisley-Paris Les Phyto-Ombre Eyeshadow swatches
The culminating eye look via The *Sisley-Paris Les Phyto-Ombre Eyeshadow (also available at Saks
Lips + Eyes. 
// LIPS + EYES // Anchored by the resplendent *Sisley-Paris Les Phyto-Ombre Eyeshadow (also available at Saks), the eye and lip look is punctuated by smoky neutral gold tones and nude and rose washes of color that have a perennial appeal. 
*Givenchy Le Rouge Deep Velvet Lipstick #14 Rose Boise


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

Wearing *Hourglass Confession Lipstick Set in I Cherish Charlotte Tilbury Lip Lustre in Pillow Talk 

Style notes. 
// STYLE NOTES // There are no better wardrobe staples than a tee shirt and jeans. Throw in a pair of neutral booties for good measure and you are set! 
  • Nordstrom Mens V Neck Tee: I have championed these cotton tees so many times on BP and many of you have shared my enthusiasm. The fabric is lightweight yet opaque, super soft and looks great with an oversized vibe. I am wearing a size mens' large in these images and tied it at the waist for a playful angle. 
  • Mother Denim Hustler Fray Ankle Bootcut Jeans: Blue jeans with a flattering ankle fray and no holes? Yes, please! These are super soft yet hold their shape all day...I am wearing a sizes 26. 
  • Jeffrey Campbell Angora Calf Hair Sandal: Before purchasing these, I had seen them a Nordstrom a few times but was always in a rush so I didn't have the time to try them on. Last week, I finally did and I am in love. The neutral color matches everything and the pointed toe and comfortable heel allow you to dress them up or down with ease. I have worn them 5 times in a single week...they are that good. 
A close up of the glorious Jeffrey Campbell Angora Calf Hair Sandal

Another look at the eye look. 
Wearing the *La Bella Donna New Ultimate Pure Perfection Liquid Treatment Foundation SPF 15 in Marta. 
Wearing the *Givenchy Le Rouge Deep Velvet Lipstick #14 Rose Boise
*Givenchy Le Rouge Deep Velvet Lipstick #14 Rose Boise in afternoon light. 

Last look.
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Bottom Line: I truly hope you enjoyed this look at some of my current beauty staples and would love to know what caught your eye! 

If you're looking to add some pieces to your routine that will truly take you through the year, consider the *La Bella Donna New Ultimate Pure Perfection Liquid Treatment, *Sisley-Paris Les Phyto-Ombre Eyeshadow (also available at Saks), Grow Gorgeous Intense Range (video review HEREand modern classic lip color shades from Hourglass, Charlotte Tilbury and Givenchy

Also, for all of my Southern California Beauty Professor readers, I am excited to invite you to the Nordstrom Trend Show at South Coast Plaza on 11/16/19...I'll be speaking and also hosting a master class directly following the show. More details to follow but please save the date in the meanwhile! 

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.

Friday, October 11, 2019

Video: 16 Questions with the Beauty Professor

You asked...I answered! 
Hello and happy Friday! After many recent requests, I am excited to share my very first ever Q&A segment! You submitted the questions on Instagram and via email and I am answering 16 of them in this video; I'll cover everything from my work and family life to favorite beauty products and what's coming up next for BP. Grab a snack and a drink and I truly hope you enjoy the discussion! 

Kindly scroll on for the video as well as details on every product worn in the video and included in the conversation...



Filmed with my iPhone 11 Pro and Movo VGC3 + VXR10

// Worn in the Video //

  // Products Discussed in the Video //
// Favorite Style Brands to Shop //

// Top Lip Color // 

// Skincare //

My Personal Indie Beauty Expo Boutique...use the code Beautyprofessor20 for 20% off your entire order (now through 10/17). 

Last look with Johannah Elle and me.
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Bottom LineThank you so much for watching this video! I hope you found it an interesting departure from my usual content and welcome your questions, comments and requests for upcoming videos! 

Good things ahead, including a glimpse into my current hair care routine and a host of new products 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.

Friday, October 4, 2019

Video: An Easy Fall Face Featuring BY TERRY, Decorte, LORAC, Charlotte Tilbury and More

Products for an easy fall face.
Happy October to you! From a fresh semester on campus to (slightly) dropping temperatures, fall is here and I am excited to embrace some fresh product launches and a rich color palette to create an easy autumnal look.

Keep an eye out for 3 shades of the genius *BY TERRY Hyaluronic Tinted Hydra Powder in action as well as new bronzer, eyeshadow and lipstick in the darkest color I've worn in a while!

Kindly scroll on for the video, product breakdown, swatches and images of everything in action as well as the Bottom Line...

// THE VIDEO //



Products discussed. 
// PRODUCTS DISCUSSED + APPLIED //
The *BY TERRY Hyaluronic Tinted Hydra-Powder
Swatches of the *BY TERRY Hyaluronic Tinted Hydra-Powder in natural indoor lighting. 
*LAWLESS Summer Skin Velvet Matte Bronzer in Golden Hour and Blazed
Swatches of the
*LAWLESS Summer Skin Velvet Matte Bronzer in Golden Hour and Blazed
 in direct sunlight. 
*LORAC Lux Diamond Cream Eyeshadow
Swatches of the *LORAC Lux Diamond Cream Eyeshadow 
 in direct sunlight.
The full line up of the *Decorte The Rouge Velvet Lipstick
Swatches of all shades of the stunning *Decorte The Rouge Velvet Lipstick in natural indoor lighting. 

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

Under control with the *BY TERRY Hyaluronic Tinted Hydra-Powder
Joey using the *BY TERRY Dual Sided Brush
 to fine tune my look. 

Style notes. 
// STYLE NOTES // Gray, blue and black for a relaxed look that works in 
  • Gray Bodysuit: I bought this bodysuit on Amazon and couldn't be happier with it...under $20, comes in a host of colors, breathable yet opaque material, fits true to size (I'm wearing a medium) and the slight ruching is so flattering in one's midsection. I now own it in 3 different colors! 
  • Trave Constance High Waist Straight Leg Jeans: Trave is a new brand of jeans for me and I'm glad I discovered them at Nordstrom. The Japanese denim feels lush and broken in yet weighty enough to be something special and the straight leg cut is 100% timeless. 
  • Black Sock Booties: I wear these with everything from denim to skirts and even cutoffs...the way they hug the angle is flattering and comfortable and perfect for the fall. 
Last look. 
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Bottom Line: Thank you so much for watching the video and reading this post! I hope you saw something that piqued your interest and I welcome your questions and comments as well as content requests for upcoming videos.

Good things ahead, including an on-location story, a Southern California BP event announcement and a host of new product procurements...also don't forget to browse my carefully-curated Indie Beauty Expo boutique before it closes later on this month (use code Beautyprofessor20 for 20% off your order!).

Much love 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.