Saturday, February 17, 2018

Perennials: 15 Products to Buy Now and Wear All Year, a Sisley-Paris Beauty Preview + Holiday Weekend Shopping Suggestions

Perennials beauty.
As a beauty writer, it brings me great joy to discuss new launches...the industry is rife with innovation and gorgeous fusions of style and substance, making my job a undeniably satisfying. That being said, sometimes it's just as fulfilling to share products that I reach for frequently during the week to create a quick and reliable beauty look that lasts the day. Perennials, if you will. 

Today's post is dedicated to 15 product perennials that you will wear for the entire year, along with some fresh additions and a peek stunning at recent launches from Sisley-Paris. And, since we're in the midst of a sale-laden holiday weekend, I also created a curated list of shopping suggestions for  five of my most-frequented retailers. 

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

Base + Face. 
// BASE + FACE //
  • *Sisley-Paris Instant Perfect Perfecting Skin Corrector: A newer addition to my routine, this clear multitasker gently blurs the appearance of pores and fine lines while looking like nothing on the skin. I like to apply to my t-zone to keep unwanted shine at bay and, much to its credit, it can be applied invisibly over makeup for a mid-day touch up. 
  • *Suqqu Frame Fix Moisturizing Solid Foundation #203 Warm Bisque (reviewed HERE): I have used this foundation 1-2 times a week every week since getting it eight months ago. Creamy and moisturizing yet incredibly lightweight and long lasting, it is--in my experience--the gold standard for medium to full coverage solid foundation. A little goes a long way (I've hit pan on my first compact but still have a month or two left, as well as a compact on backup) and, when blended out with a dampened beauty blender, the effect is incredibly natural. I am an exact match in #203 Warm Bisque (equivalent to @N/NC 25-27) in all Suqqu foundations (the brand's shade to formula continuity is commendable) and this particular version ranks as my very favorite as a near perfect base option. 
  • *Sisley-Paris Concealer #2 (reviewed HERE) applied with the *Jenny Patinkin Domed Multi-Blender Brush: This apricot-toned concealer (which is also brimming with skincare benefits) always brightens my orbital area without the slightest hint of conspicuousness. Resistant to creasing yet somehow opaque, it's simply marvelous and even works under the surface to lessen the cause of under eye darkness. Years after first trying her eponymous line, I still use the *Jenny Patinkin Domed Multi-Blender brush with every concealer I use as it blends products into beautiful oblivion, turning the most pigmented concealer into a second skin. 
  • *Tom Ford Shade & Illuminate LE Runway Collection (also available at Nordstrom): A quick search on my blog will confirm that I have been talking about the cult-classic Shade & Illuminate since for well over five years. I have gone through two compacts and recently received the limited-edition version, which is housed in a reflective metallic case. I focus application of the creamy and blendable true brown in the hollows of my cheekbones and along the perimeters of my face to gently sculpt and add warmth. The luminous pearl tone imparts a fresh and dewy effect that excels on upper cheekbones, Cupid's bow and down the bridge o the nose. Often imitated, in this case, the original is always the best. 
  • Tom Ford Illuminating Duo in Reflects Gilt (reviewed HERE): I am on my second compact in this particular shade combination and continue adore the way it creates a beautiful rose gold sheen in a single pass. I use it on the high points of my face (to highlight) and also on my cheeks as a soft blush...when in a rush, it even performs well as a wash of color on the upper eye lids. So glad I have one more on backup as I have a dreaded hunch this won't be around forever. 
  • *Surratt Beauty Artistique Cheek Brush (reviewed HERE): This brush touches my face every single day. The super soft, non-shedding bristles (I've used mine daily for over 3 years and it's still in perfect shape) deposit and blend cheek color to a second-skin sheen better than anything I've ever tried and I'm grateful to have one in my bathroom and one in my makeup bag, guaranteeing that it will continue to be the only brush I use each day of the week. Worth it. 
  • *Lancome Custom Glow Drops in Champagne Glow (also available at Neiman Marcus): I deeply appreciate the versatility of these creamy drops; they can be blended into foundation for punctuated luminosity or blended atop foundation for a radiant glow. Keep reading for a closeup on all four shades. 
  • *Aerin Hibiscus Palm Body Cream: An immediate way to channel the warmer months ahead, this nourishing cream captures the senses as brilliantly as a sunny day while masterfully moisturizing one's limbs. 
Swatches in direct sunlight. 
The *Lancome Custom Glow Drops (also available at Neiman Marcus)
Close Up: Slightly thicker and creamier than a traditional liquid highlighter, the *Lancome Custom Glow Drops (also available at Neiman Marcus) possess the capacity to bronze, highlight and strobe with the deftness of an alchemist. Because they are so pigmented, a drop or two is all that is necessary to add depth and dimension to the face and the blendable radiance looks extremely natural, rather than shimmery or glittery. I used the palest Champagne Glow on the high points of my face for a lit-from-within effect and look forward to playing with the deeper shades in the future. 

Swatches in direct sunlight. 
Eyes + Lips. 
// EYES + LIPS //
  • Tom Ford Cream and Powder Eye Shadow Duo in Golden Peach (reviewed HERE): I am on my third jar of this brilliant eyeshadow (with two more on backup in my stash); consistently in my makeup bag, this incandescent peach neutral instantly brightens the eyes and acts as a stand alone wash of color (allowing me to do a full eye in under a minute) that is neutral enough to complement many skin tones. With extremely long lasting, crease-free performance, I cannot recommend Golden Peach enough! 
  • Sisley-Paris Phyto Ombre Glow in Gold (reviewed HERE): Luminous and pigmented, this radiant eyeshadow works well on its own for a classic golden eye and layers beautifully (in the images at the end of the post, over Golden Peach) to enhance other shades. It's a true eyeshadow work horse. 
  • *Hourglass Brow Gel in Soft Brunette (reviewed HERE): A perfect solution for full and feathery brows with excellent definition, all I need is two strokes of this new formula and my brows are good to go. Soft Brunette effortlessly matches my deeper ash brown brows. 
  • *By Terry Lash Expert Twist Brush Mascara (reviewed HERE): I have been lauding this exceptional mascara since last month when I first tried it in Paris and still am indubitably smitten. Two coats are all that is necessary for a false lash effect that must be tried to be believed. In terms of application, I first use the brush set at volumizing and then twist it to lengthening and my lashes are unrecognizably lush. Get won't be sorry. 
  • Sisley-Paris Phyto Lip Twist #10 Sugar (reviewed HERE): I am on tube #3 of this quintessential baby pink...hydrating and pigmented with immense lasting power, I hope to never be without this as it is (when topped with the below CdPB Lingerie) my default go-to lip when I need to create a pretty and glowing look in seconds. 
  • Clé de Peau Beauté Radiant Liquid Rouge #11 Lingerie (reviewed HERE): Fabulous color payoff in a reflective nude peach, this shade is truly special. It's neither too light nor too dark and the gloss/lipstick/stain effect is singular in the beauty world. Start with the lightest #11 Lingerie and I guarantee, you'll want to try more.
Swatches in direct sunlight.

Onto a preview of the Sisley-Paris S/S 2018 beauty launches:

New launches in the Sisley-Paris base family. 
For Spring 2018, the *Sisley-Paris base family has expanded; it, of course, includes the radiant *Instant Eclat (also available at Neiman Marcus and reviewed HERE) as well as two new color correctors--*Instant Correct (also available at Neiman Marcus) in pink and lavender hues. Designed to perfect the canvas, invisibly and weightlessly, the pale pink 01 Just Rosy works to illuminate and brighten dull complexions while the 02 Just Lavender offsets excess yellow undertones, lending to a pristine porcelain canvas. I can't wait to continue to experiment with all three in the coming days. 
Swatches in direct sunlight. 
Introducing the Sisley-Paris Phyto Kohl Star Sparkling Waterproof Stylo Liner
Next, the *Sisley-Paris Phyto Kohl Star Sparkling Waterproof Stylo Liner (also available at Neiman Marcus) offer the most indelible effect in a single swipe. Resplendent in five radiant shades and three velvet cream matte shades, this super smooth formula is housed in a retractable stylo that even has a tiny sharpener (should you desire a precise tip) on the top. Brilliant! In terms of performance, once set, these liners do. not. budge. With a wearable spectrum of colors and formidable lasting power, I predict these liners will be on my eyes frequently this spring and summer. 

Swatches of the Sisley-Paris Phyto Kohl Star Sparkling Waterproof Stylo Liner...from R-L: 01 Sparkling Black, 02 Sparkling Grey, 03 Sparkling Brown, 04 Sparkling Bronze, 05 Sparkling Blue, 06 Mystic Purple, 07 Mystic Blue and 08 Mystic Green. 
New color additions in the *Sisley-Paris Phyto Lip Twist Matte formula.
For lips, there are four new shades of the *Sisley-Paris Phyto Lip Twist Matte lip color (also available at Neiman Marcus), including a resplendent nude pink that has been on my lips nonstop for the past week. This ultra-pigmented formula is creamy, hydrating (especially for a matte) and long lasting, simultaneously performing like a luxe lipstick and lip treatment that's well worth the pursuit.

Shades include:
  • 19 Ballet: A tender peachy pink that will flatter a spectrum of skin logical favorite in the mix.
  • 20 Drama: A bold purple-tinged oxblood...can't wait to put this on my lips.
  • 21 Ruby: A classic neutral cherry red. Bright and radiant. 
  • 22 Burgundy: A warm brick-infused red for a naturally flushed look.

From L-R: 19 Ballet, 20 Drama, 21 Ruby, 22 Burgundy. 
A wonderland, otherwise known as The Beverly Hills Hotel.
The following images (taken by Laura Lynn) reflect all products in action in afternoon sunlight...lush grounds, courtesy of The Beverly Hills Hotel:

The eye look. 

Style notes. 
  • Ragdoll Vintage Mesh Tee: I am thrilled that this twist on a classic black tee is still available. With front mesh detailing and an easy fit, it's wardrobe must have.
  • Ksubi Chlo Jeans: I still wear these high-waisted jeans at least once a week as they have a structured yet relaxed vibe. Refreshingly, there are no holes whatsoever...the edginess comes from the raw cut hems, instead. 
  • Neiman Marcus Cashmere Leopard Cardigan: Draped over my purse (and worn earlier in the day), this super soft sweater works well with neutrals, delivering a dash of energy to any outfit. 
  • Chloe Sandals: Although the ones that I am wearing are sold out (I bought them last spring), I am am linking to this season's version...neutral with a comfortable block heel, they are the shoe of spring.
  • Burberry Giant Tote: I use this large and luxe (and reversible) tote as a work bag/purse's sturdy yet lightweight and holds everything imaginable. 

A strong dose of sunlight and weekend shopping suggestions.
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Last look.
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Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this perennial product overview, Sisley-Paris preview and weekend sale mini shopping guide. It's always my true pleasure to share what's new and in heavy rotation at BP headquarters ; )

What is on your list? Do tell!

Good things ahead, including a LE fragrance from Le Metier de Beaute, elements from the soon-to-launch Tom Ford EXTREME Collection, a beauty story showing the new Sisley-Paris pieces in action, another beauty look tutorial and a host of new product procurements. In addition to a steady stream of unpacking, I've got a lot of beauty writing to do, no?

Have a magnificent holiday weekend and much 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.

Monday, February 12, 2018

A Sisley Hair Ritual Part 2 in Paris + MAC Hyper Real Glow, Wayne Goss Anniversary Vol. 2 and Le Metier de Beaute Hydra Plump X Lipstick

Today's story is dedicated to my Parisian experience with the *Sisley-Paris Hair Rituel (also available at Neiman Marcus and Sisley-Paris) as well as new Spring 2018 launches including the *MAC Hyper Real Glow Palettes, *Wayne Goss The Anniversary Set Volume 2, and *Le Metier de Beaute Hydra-Plump X Lipstick; all of this beauty talk culminates in an easy-to-achieve look that beckons warmer and sunnier weather. 

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

At the Sisley-Paris headquarters. 
My Parisian experience with the Sisley Hair Rituel began at the Sisley-Paris headquarters near the Champs Elysees. After a thorough presentation by Sisley-Paris Hair Rituel Product Manager Caroline Bottigliero (during about which I learned the major tenets of the collection) I was transported to the Salon Seguier, where owner and hairstylist Mathieu Seguier conducted an hour long hair rituel using all of the products in the *Sisley-Paris Hair Rituel collection. 

From start to finish, my scalp and tresses were treated with the utmost of care and the result was a glossy and fortified head of hair that felt softer and bouncier than it, perhaps, ever has! Continue reading for more on my experience as well as a brief interview with the very knowledgable Caroline Bottigliero.
The stunning courtyard of the Salon Seguier. 
Eiffel Tower views from Salon Seguier. 
From L-R: Sol Escudero, BP and Caroline Bottigliero.
Q & A with Caroline Bottigliero, Sisley-Paris:

Beauty Professor: How long have you worked for Sisley-Paris?  What are your chief duties?

Caroline Bottigliero: "I have worked at Sisley-Paris for the past two years and was, most currently,  the product manager for the Sisley Hair Ritual launch. My responsibilities included all steps before the product range hit the market, from development and testing to marketing and the ultimate launch."

BP: What was the inspiration for Sisley-Paris's new product line?

CB: "Sisley-Paris has always been a pioneer in botanical haircare (starting with the launch of the Phyto Hair & Scalp Extract in the late 1970s) and the line--specifically with co-founder Mrs. D'Ornano at the helm (Sisley-Paris is a family-owned business through and through)--was inspired to continue its innovation by harnessing the same technology used for skin and bring it to the hair. 

BP: What are some trends in haircare that you are loving? 

CB: "The movement towards natural haircare products including sulfate-free cleansers, essential oils and potent ingredients that deliver a powerful result while still being gentle on all hair types is a trend that will continue to persist. We should take care of our hair as we do our skin and natural yet effective ingredients is one way to do this successfully. Niche products, like the Hair Rituel Revitalizing Fortifying Serum for Scalp, are the future of the collection as they reflect efficiency and also well being."

BP: What is your favorite product from the new collection? Why? 

CB: "My favorite product is the Hair Rituel Revitalizing Fortifying Serum for Scalp. I love the texture and the fragrance and the fact that it works on damp or dry hair. It's like a medicine that fortifies hair and encourages growth while providing a positive sensory experience." 

BP: Which haircare products do you think every woman should implement in their routine?

CB: "The Hair Rituel Regenerating Hair Mask is important and should be in everyone's routine. It is one of the only masks on the market that--in addition to creating glossy tresses--can also be applied to the scalp; hair vitality, consequently, is promoted as nutrients are transported from the scalp directly to the hair shafts themselves."
My Sisley Hair Rituel began with a soothing scalp massage with the Hair Rituel Revitalizing Fortifying Serum for Scalp.
Then, the darling and very kind Mathieu Seguier washed and conditioned my hair and followed with the mask. I managed to snap this picture before practically drifting off to sleep during the relaxing process. 
The *Sisley-Paris Hair Rituel 
As aforementioned in my previous post (HERE) below is an overview of the *Sisley-Paris Hair Rituel (also available at Neiman Marcus and Sisley-Paris) with which I've been working for the past month. Sulfate-free with no added fragrance (only active essential oils that create a sensory continuity in every product in the lineup), the range is as follows:
Upon applying a bit of the *Hair Rituel Precious Hair Care Oil, Mathieu blow dried my hair until it was entirely smooth and glossy. 
The end result. 
With Salon Siguier owner and Sisley-Paris Hair Rituel Ambassador Mathieu Siguier. 
Back at the hotel and still reeling over my hair results. 
My hair, a full 24 hours following my Sisley Hair Rituel treatment in Paris. 
In case it wasn't abundantly apparent from my words and images, I am a massive proponent of the *Sisley-Paris Hair Rituel (also available at Neiman Marcus and Sisley-Paris) collection. The products are a rare balance of pristine ingredients, luxurious high performance, long-term benefits and immediate results...highly recommended!
The new launch look. 
The New Launch Look: I incorporated a host of new Spring 2018 launches into the hair-centric look that follows. Keep reading for closeups of the launches as well as images of the products in action. 

// SKIN + HAIR //
  • *By Terry Baume de Rose Body Scrub: For velvety smooth limbs, this new body scrub is absolutely transcendent. Softly fragranced with Terry's signature rose, the natural exfoliation yields glowing skin in seconds. 
  • *Ranavat Jasmine Hydrating Tonique: A new brand discovery from the last month's Indie Beauty Expo, this gorgeous formula harnesses the rich history of traditional East Indian beauty preparations while delivering intense moisture to skin. I can't wait to try some other products in this line in the coming days. 
  • *Hair Rituel Revitalizing Volumizing Shampoo: This formula is excellent for daily use to cleanse without buildup, adding shine and bounce along the way. 
  • *Hair Rituel Precious Hair Care Oil (also available at Neiman Marcus): Still one of my favorite hair products to date, this versatile hair oil can help with nourishing dry and damaged locks, detangling, taming frizz, creating softness and imparting immense shine. Every mane should have a bottle within reach! 
Skin + hair. 

*MAC Hyper Real Glow Palettes
I've been working with the *MAC Hyper Real Glow Palettes in Flash + Awe and Get It Glowin'--which officially launch on 2/15/18--for the past couple of weeks and am extremely impressed with the revolutionary texture of these illuminators.

Although they are officially powders, the finely milled texture has a creamy quality that results in an incandescent glow that makes skin look positively lit-from-within. The warm toned Flash + Awe features a trio of golden iterations that work well with medium and deep skin tones while the rosy-leaning Get It Glowin' possesses a stunning range of neutral to pink hues that especially radiant on fair and light skin.

I love using a conflation of the two palettes to create a custom glow that, as the name suggests, is hyper real brilliance.
*MAC Hyper Real Glow in Flash + Awe and Get It Glowin'
Swatches of *MAC Hyper Real Glow palettes in direct sunlight. 
The *Wayne Goss The Anniversary Set Volume 2
To apply much of the makeup look that follows, I used the freshly-released *Wayne Goss The Anniversary Set Volume 2, especially Brushes 02, 03 and 04 and 06! 

Replete with eight handcrafted brushes to create an entire face with ease, the limited edition set embodies super soft and utilitarian tools of the beauty trade. An excellent option both for those seeking to get into the world of luxury brushes or individuals looking to expand the capacity of their current collection. 

Official details, courtesy of Beautylish:

About The Anniversary Set Volume 2
Discover the next chapter of the Wayne Goss story: the best-selling Anniversary Set, updated with refined shapes and undyed goat bristles. Achieve a flawless full face of makeup with eight artisan-crafted brushes that enhance the finish and performance of all types of products—powders, liquids, gels, and creams alike.
What’s Included
  • Brush 01: a dense duo-fiber brush for fast, flawless foundation application
  • Brush 02: a tapered sculpting brush for highlighter, blush, and bronzer
  • Brush 03: a fluffy eye shadow brush that doubles as a precision highlighter brush
  • Brush 04: a silky-soft crease brush that works with any eye shape
  • Brush 05: a finely pointed pencil brush for detail work around eyes and lips
  • Brush 06: an eye shadow blending brush that softens pigment in a single swipe
  • Brush 07: a flat eye shadow brush that packs on pigment and works wonders with concealer
  • Brush 08: a small push liner brush that works color deep into the lashline 
Why It's Special
  • Create flawless, pro-level makeup looks with eight brushes for face and eyes, each meticulously handcrafted by over 20 artisans in Kumano, Japan
  • Experience the featherlight feel of undyed goat hair bristles, which are selected for luxurious softness and bundled uncut for the smoothest, most even application possible
  • Designed to Wayne Goss’s exact specifications, this versatile brush set has everything you need for a lifetime of flawless looks.
*Wayne Goss The Anniversary Set Volume 2
The full face. 
// BASE + FACE //
  • *Sappho New Paradigm Essential Foundation in Jennifer: I started evening my canvas by applying a pump and a half of this foundation--which offers medium coverage and a natural, slightly glowy finish--with a dampened Beauty Blender. The resulting look is long lasting and incredibly natural...I am loving the ease of application and flawless wear of this particular formula. 
  • *Sisley-Paris Concealer #3 (reviewed HERE): Just a touch along my lower orbital region brightens without looking conspicuous and the moisturizing formula stays bouncy and fresh looking for hours without the slightest sign of creasing. Well worth the investment. 
  • *Sisley-Paris Phyto-Touche Sun Glow Bronzing Gel Powder (reviewed HERE): I blended this powder-meets-gel bronzer along the hollows of my cheeks and perimeters of my face to add dimension and warmth to my face. This oft-sold out bronzer is currently back in stock as of publish date!
  • *MAC Hyper Real Glow in Flash + Awe and Get It Glowin' (swatched and discussed earlier in the post): I used a mix of both of these creamy powder palettes on the high points of my face to impart additional radiance. The shades layer well and are infinitely blendable.
  • *Natasha Denona Duo Chrome Top Coat in Brown/Mauve Purple: I am enchanted by this shade shifting gossamer cloak for eyes...the warm brown is offset by a luminous violet purple shift that works well for a single wash of color. I swept it on my upper lid and along my lower lash line for a unified yet understated look.
  • *By Terry Lash Expert Twist Brush Mascara (reviewed HERE): This daily go-to for the most impactful lashes is perhaps the best formula on the market...two coats result in a false lash effect on my average fringe. 
  • *Le Metier de Beaute Hydra-Plump X Lipstick in Voulez Vous: A quintessential peachy nude pink, this rich and radiant lip color gently plumps for next-level lips. Keep reading for a formula overview with swatches of every shade in the lineup. 
  • Sisley-Paris Phyto-Twist Lip Balm in #10 Sugar (reviewed HERE): I am on my third tube of this glorious sugar pink. Glossy and pigmented, it is on my lips multiple times a week. 
Swatches of base + face products in direct sunlight. 

The *Le Metier de Beaute Hydra-Plump X Lipstick lineup.
Finally, I'm excited to report that the *Le Metier de Beaute Hydra-Plump X Lipstick has finally arrived! I've been singing the praises of this opulent formula since I co-created my own shade with the line (Beauty Professor, featured HERE) and am thrilled that the this plumping lipstick is now readily available at Neiman Marcus. I am massive fan of the nourishing ingredients and ultra-creamy finish and believe that the lip color is really special. 

Boasting hydrating texture and immense color payoff that culminates in a comfortable and volumizing effect, the lipstick currently is available in seven flattering hues:
  • Aphrodisiac: A rich aubergine berry 
  • Baby Doll: A rosy strawberry with a dash of coral
  • Bed Head: A light and neutral nude pink
  • Girl Crush: A bold cherry red
  • Hot + Heavy: A classic muted rose pink
  • Tease: A pale nude beige
  • Voulez Vous: A peachy nude pink **worn in the images at the end of this story

Swatches of the *Le Metier de Beaute Hydra-Plump X Lipstick in direct sunlight.  

The following images reflect all products in action...wearing an...&Other Stories Dot Print Silk Blouse and Madewell Bonnie Stripe Tee

Sisley-Paris Phyto-Twist Lip Balm in #10 Sugar on the lips.

The eye look, featuring the *Natasha Denona Duo Chrome Top Coat in Brown/Mauve Purple.

*Le Metier de Beaute Hydra-Plump X Lipstick in Voulez Vous on the lips.
*Le Metier de Beaute Hydra-Plump X Lipstick in Voulez Vous on the lips.
Last look.
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Bottom Line: I truly hope you enjoyed this in-depth, experiential discussion of the *Sisley-Paris Hair Rituel (also available at Neiman Marcus and Sisley-Paris) as well as my thoughts and swatches for on the stunning *MAC Hyper Real Glow palettes, *Wayne Goss The Anniversary Set Volume 2 and *Le Metier de Beaute Hydra-Plump X Lipstick.

These new releases collectively represent luxury beauty at its finest!

Good things ahead, including a Valentine's Day week pink lip color extravaganza and a tropical pre-spring beauty look. What are your Valentine's plans? I, for one, will be lecturing for twelve hours straight ; )

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.

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