Tuesday, February 12, 2019

The SUQQU Spring/Summer 2019 Collection: A Sun-Drenched Pictorial

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Introducing the *SUQQU Spring/Summer 2019 Collection
Brimming with modern yet wearable color that instantly flatter the complexion, the *SUQQU Spring/Summer 2019 Collection (also available at Harrod's) has arrived, allowing us to preemptively prepare for the sunny days that lie ahead. 

Inspired by the fresh hues and innovative textures, I am excited to share an image-laden overview of this gloriously covetable collection! 

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

*SUQQU Designing Colour Eyes Palettes in 12 and 124.
Ever at the heart of each new SUQQU launch are the *Designing Colour Eyes Palettes (also available at Harrod's); velvety smooth and beautifully buildable, the eye shadow formula is refined and sophisticated and features a range of matte, satin and shimmer finishes. The latest two color combinations strike the balance between ethereal and earthy, with options in both the cool and warm families:
  • 12 Genkouakane: A mix of pale green shimmer, delicate fairy pink, lush coral pink and rich sueded brown. 
  • 124 Toukiyou: A mix of icy blue, shimmering sand, glistening gold with a mustard undertone (so chic!) and warm burgundy brown. 

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Swatches in direct sunlight. 

*SUQQU Glow Touch Eyes for S/S 2019
Also for eyes, there are three new shades of the weightlessly whipped *SUQQU Glow Touch Eyes (also available at Harrod's with additional shades swatched and reviewed HERE). I love that the creamy formula can be applied sheer and built up to medium-full opacity in a couple of crease-resistant coat. The color payoff is simply gorgeous and the luminosity is sublime. 
  • 06 Kiramomo: A coral peach shade with golden undertones 
  • 104 Kibudou: A shiny grape tone...exquisitely pretty and wearable (also worn at the end of this post)
  • 105 Altou: A rich nearly peacock blue with silver elements

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*SUQQU Shimmer Liquid Blush
The next component of the *SUQQU Spring/Summer 2019 Collection (also available at Harrod's) is blissfully creative with an effortless result. The *SUQQU Shimmer Liquid Blush (also available at Harrod's) is a liquid formula (with a pump top for precision and control) that harmoniously blends color with radiance for flush that also possesses a lit-from-within glow. The blush is lightweight and buildable for incredible customization...even though the colors seem quite vivid in the heavy swatches below, I assure you that they are very easy to work with and look remarkably natural on skin. I prefer less than a single pump to prep my cheeks with a rosy incandescence. 

I received the *SUQQU Shimmer Liquid Blush in four shades (also available at Harrod's and subsequently swatched below):
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*SUQQU Shimmer Liquid Blush 
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Swatches of the *SUQQU Shimmer Liquid Blush in direct sunlight.  

*SUQQU Stain Lip Lacquer
For lips, the new *SUQQU Stain Lip Lacquer (also available at Harrod's) is a genius hybrid of a moisturizing liquid lipstick with the formidable lasting power of a subtle stain. Lightweight and volumizing, the lacquer also bathes lips in enviable, decidedly non-sticky shine. There are five shade options in this formula and I received three (incidentally my top 3 choices):
  • 101 Kiniji: A pearlescent, iridescent snow white that makes lips glow on its own and also looks gorgeous over existing color
  • 102 Urushiame: A warm cinnamon beige with plenty of color payoff 
  • 103 Himeichigo: A creamy and cool icy mauve pink....my absolute favorite of the trio as this specific tone is unusual and flattering (also worn at the end of this post)

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Swatches of the *SUQQU Stain Lip Lacquer in direct sunlight. 
*SUQQU Colour Ink Liquid Eyeliner 
Finally, for eyes I am intensely impressed with the *SUQQU Colour Ink Liquid Eyeliner (also available at Harrod's). I have tried a lot of eyeliners in my day and rarely does a formula grab my attention the way this ultra-pigmented liquid version did! The precision applicator yields major color payoff that, once it dries down (in a matter of mere seconds), stays in place until you decide to remove it. Watery, allergy-ridden eyes are no match for this potent, smudge-free and flake-free formula...I am beyond smitten with its performance!

I received the liner in four shades:

  • 01 Black: A bold matte black...I've been wearing this daily with great aplomb (also worn at the end of this post)
  • 02 Brown: A slightly shimmering rich warm brown 
  • 04 Navy Blue: A deep indigo blue 
  • 102 Shine Gold: A pale and luminous gold that brightens eyes on its own while adding a creatively radiant touch to a deeper existing shade

The *SUQQU Colour Ink Liquid Eyeliner has a fine felt tip applicator for extreme precision. 
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Swatches of the *SUQQU Colour Ink Liquid Eyeliner in direct sunlight. 

The following images reflect the *SUQQU Spring/Summer 2019 Collection in action...I am also wearing the *SUQQU Extra Rich Glow Foundation in #203 Warm Bisque (a lifetime favorite...reviewed HERE):

The eye look...I applied a light wash of the *SUQQU Glow Touch Eyes in #104 (Shine Grape) and finished this classic look with a generous application of the *SUQQU Colour Ink Liquid Eyeliner in black. This formula must be tried to be believed! 

Style notes. 
// STYLE NOTES // Cool weather is tempered by a mock neck, boyfriend jeans, sneakers and a quintessential leather jacket. 
  • Reformation Mock Neck Top (also available in dress form): I have this top in two colors and am seriously considering picking up a third. The mock neck is comfortable and the material is slightly stretchy and perfect for a brisk day. Tip: I find that this style runs small, so I am wearing this in a size large. 
  • Moussy Vintage Jeans: This timeless oversized boyfriend cut is further enhanced by super soft denim that feels like its been worn for twenty years (so good, no?). 
  • Vintage Gucci Silk Scarf (worn as belt): Due to its utilitarian nature, a silk scarf is always within an arm's reach for me. This particular one experiences near daily wear! 
  • Black Leather Moto Jacket: What is better than a buttery leather jacket with motorcycle-inspired details? Once you find your ideal fit and cut, you'll realize that it can be worn year round with a myriad of outfits--from a frothy midi dress to jeans and a tee--making it the MVP of your wardrobe. Here are similar options at different price points HERE and HERE.
  • Nike Air Max 270 Sneakers: This pair of tennis shoes has already made multiple appearances on BP and show no signs of slowing down; they are insanely comfortable and look fresh and fascinating while matching everything. 

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Applying *SUQQU Stain Lip Lacquer in the icy pink shade #103.

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Last Look.
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Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this over view of the *SUQQU Spring/Summer 2019 Collection (also available at Harrod's) and I highly recommend acting in haste to pick up whatever may have caught your eye (do tell!) as everything is expected to sell in the next few days.  

Good things ahead, including an on-location beauty story, a fresh video tutorial and a host of new product procurements (SO much has been launched recently)...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, February 8, 2019

A Valentine's Day Look + Gift-Giving Inspiration Galore

Valentine's Day beauty inspiration. 
Valentine's Day is just around the corner and, despite my appreciation for the resplendence of flowers and chocolate, I much prefer gifts that can be utilized for more than fleeting span of time. Consequently, I am excited to share some new beauty discoveries that simultaneously serve as timely Valentine's Day gifting inspiration. 

For yourself, for a friend, there's truly something for everyone in this image and swatch-heavy breakdown...make sure to read to the end for specifics on my Valentine's Day look! 

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

// FRAGRANCE, SKINCARE and LIT // A collection of the most extraordinary options in each of these essential categories. 
  • *BY TERRY Be Mine: A harmony of rose, leather and violet notes, this ebullient and romantic fragrance comes with a portable travel size for on the go moments. 
  • *Tom Ford White Suede and Musk Pure EDP: Flying off the shelves in a rapid frenzy, both of these newer releases capture the heady-meets-earthy notes of leather, musk and deep florals for a mysterious and sensual allure that appeals to men and women alike. 
  • *Molton Brown Jasmine and Sun Rose EDT: Every time I breathe it in, the notes of this fragrance makes me extremely happy...it's truly like sunshine in a bottle. 
  • *Maison Francis Kurkdjian Baccarat Rouge 540 (reviewed HERE): My signature fragrance (I'm on bottle #3)...I just cannot get enough. 
  • *Augustinus Bader The Rich Cream (reviewed HERE): I am also on bottle #3 of this multitasking skincare...two pumps day and night and my skin has never looked better. 
  • *Lancer Dani Glowing Skin Perfector (reviewed HERE): I've been on the hunt for a new illuminator since the unfortunate discontinuation of LMdB Peau Vierge and am pleased to have found a worthy option in Dani. Lightweight and rife with skincare benefits, it imparts a soft candlelit glow that, when worn as a base, takes foundation to new levels. 
  • *Kate Somerville Liquid ExfoliKate: A rapid way to refine and resurface one's skin, this effective formula is potent yet gentle for noticeable acceleration of cell turnover. 
  • *37 Actives High Performance Anti-Aging and Filler Lip Treatment (reviewed HERE): Incredible ingredients serve as a catalyst for a pout-volumizing effect that increases with consistent usage. The genius formula adds hydration and shine while taking lips to the next level. 
  • *Emilie Cordon Miracle Lip Balm in Manhattan Flair: A nourishing balm in a tender pink tone reminiscent of marshmallows, roses and peonies...divine! 
  • *Beachwaver Velvet Bows: Feminine and timeless, these velvet bows easily fasten into hair for a sweet touch. 
  • *Oribe Handwash: Is there anything more chic found sink-side for your hands? I daresay, no! The unmistakable Cote d'Azur fragrance is mood-lifting energy in a bottle. 
  • *Wildchilds by Eugenia Melian (also available at Barnes & Noble) An insider's take on the modeling industry in the 1990's and 2000's, this spellbinding fictional account is rife with timely references and struggling relationships that are heart-wrenchingly at odds with the fast-paced chaos and ambition of the profession. Once I started reading it, I couldn't put it down...Melian writes characters that are easy to become invested in and the brilliantly in-tune homage to the time period is equally poignant and addictive. 

Complexion + Eyes. 
// COMPLEXION and EYES // This menagerie of products enhances one's features with a fresh glow and an injection of color. 
  • *Hourglass Vanish Seamless Liquid Foundation in Beige: Full coverage with a emi-matte finish that takes on a lovely glow over the course of wear, this new foundation formula is rich with premium ingredients and stunning lasting power. After trying four shades, I've determined Beige to be my perfect match for my late-winter skin. More swatches to come in the very near future!
  • *La Bella Donna Loose Mineral Foundation Powder in Caterina: This is my first foray into the La Bella Donna Line and I am very pleased thus far. The clean foundation contains exactly four ingredients and comes in a range of colors for a spectrum of skin tones. I generally am not a fan of loose foundation powder but have been wearing this particular discovery nonstop...can't wait to share more from the brand in the coming days. 
  • *Givenchy Prisme Libre in 1 Mousseline Pastel: A classic complexion perfecting formula aptly packaged to celebrate the Lunar New Year, this blend of four subtle shades color corrects while brightening on contact. 
  • *SUQQU Shimmer Liquid Blush Raspberry Red in 101: A refreshingly buildable liquid blush with the slightest hint of shimmer, it brings life to the face without overpowering. The soft purple tone is simply gorgeous! 
  • *Clé de Peau Beauté Luminizing Face Enhancer #18 (reviewed HERE): The peachy gold powder is finely milled and completely texture free on the skin, imparting a luxurious radiance that's infinitely incandescent. 
  • *Flesh Beauty Fleshpot: A fascinating gilded gelee that can be used on eyes and cheeks for a dewy look, it's unlike anything I've every tried.
  • *Zoeva Heritage Highlighting Powder in Metallurgy: This rose gold powder feels buttery to the touch and glides on skin for a natural result that's endlessly pretty. 
  • *Stila Heaven's Hue Palette: Three shades of bouncy cream highlighter with a gossamer finish, use your fingertips to apply to the high points of the face for an ethereal glow. 
  • *Tom Ford Eye White Suede Eye Quad: Be forewarned, this rare and wondrous release is currently difficult to track down but well worth the pursuit should you find it available. The pink, peach, bronze-brown and blue grey tones are fresh and flattering while expertly executing a sophisticated allure. 
  • *Kevyn Aucoin Emphasize Eyeshadow Design Palette in Focused: Although I received all four color options for this new palette launch, I was instantly drawn to the copper-rich Focused, which includes five matte, satin and metallic shades for infinite looks. Recently, I applied it in under 20 seconds with my finger tips and it looked like I had spent at least 10 minutes...this speaks to the quality of the formula, no?
  • *SUQQU Glow Touch Eyes in 06, 104 and 105: These three latest shades from one of my favorite Japanese beauty brands on earth can be applied sheerly or built up to full opacity; they are weightless and crease-resistant and on the brink of selling out. 06 is a LE pinky coral tone, 104 is a rich grape color and 105 is a fresh silvery blue hue.  
  • *Flesh Beauty Fleshcolor Eyeshadow Palette: I am very impressed with this palette; the shadows are buttery and buildable and the color range--carefully curated by the iconic Linda Wells--is all at once wearable and unique. 
  • *Sisley-Paris So Volume Mascara: This latest launch from Sisley features jet black pigment and a fluffy brush for extreme feathery fullness in a single coat. 
Highlighter swatches in direct sunlight. 
Foundation swatches in direct sunlight. 
Eye shadow swatches in direct sunlight. 
Swatches of the *Flesh Beauty Fleshcolor Eyeshadow Palette in direct sunlight. 
*SUQQU Shimmer Liquid Blush Raspberry Red in 101 + *Sisley-Paris So Volume Mascara.
Mascara and blush swatches in direct sunlight. 

// LIPS // Shades of nude, pink, coral and red in a wide range of textures and finishes...there's definitely something for everyone in this lineup! 
Swatches in direct sunlight. 
*Hourglass Valentine's Day Lip Color Set in All of Me and Loves All of You
The Christian Audette x Beauty Professor Lipsticks in Elle, Johannah and Golightly (reviewed HERE)

In the images that follow, I am wearing:

Style notes. 
// STYLE NOTES // Simple single-step dressing in collision of patterns... 
  • Topshop Zebra Mesh Midi Dress: This dress was love at first sight...lightweight and comfortable in a perfect neutral color combination, I sized up to an 8 (I am usually a 4...Topshop dresses run small on me) and it fits like a glove.  
  • Bonds WONDERSUIT: Johannah has a couple of these genius baby suits...the top and bottom zippers makes dressing her and mid-day changes a breeze and they're super soft and warm, too! 
Sometimes we accidentally make the exact same expression. 
Don't mess with us. 

Pure love. 
Last look.
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Bottom Line: I truly hope you enjoyed this Valentine's Day-inspired story (what are your plans, by the way?) and found the product recommendations and swatches helpful! 

Although decidedly different from one another, each selection could ostensibly serve as an especially memorable gift for friend or self and each product possesses a lifespan that far exceeds that of flowers and chocolate, no?

What caught your eye? Do tell! 

Good things ahead, including an overview of SUQQU S/S 2019, an on-location story, a video tutorial and a host of new product procurements...per usual, I cannot wait to share. 

xx and more soon,

--The Beauty Professor 

**PR samples provided for review denoted by an asterisk (the rest purchased by me), however, as always, all of my opinions are expressly and unequivocally my own.  © 2012-19 Beauty Professor® All Rights Reserved. Do not copy, reprint or republish content and/or photos without author's written permission

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