Friday, October 13, 2017

London Fashion Week A/W 2017 with Burberry: A Photo Diary


The Old Sessions House where the Burberry A/W17 runway show took place. 
Late last month, I had the distinct honor and pleasure of attending a Burberry Beauty blogger press trip to London for Fashion Week. I've been a longtime enthusiast of the brand (simply type "Burberry" into the BP search bar to see a host of product reviews) so this comprehensive experience was a veritable dream come true! Classic and timeless yet relevant and modern, Burberry possesses an exceptionally special pedigree and I was deeply grateful to learn even more about the brand while exploring London with an incredible group of individuals. 

Although you may have caught glimpses of my time in the UK prior to the start of the Burberry activities (HERE and HERE), this photo diary features snapshots dedicated to my time with the kind and generous Burberry Beauty team as well as as my afternoon spent with the venerable and ever so talented Wendy Rowe. She did my makeup using key products from the A/W17 collection and we were able to film a fun makeup moment as well! 

Kindly scroll on for images galore, the full video with Wendy Rowe and a close up of Burberry Beauty with swatches galore as well as the Bottom Line...

While in London, we stayed at The Ned, a stunning hotel in the financial district. This converted bank building had a host of fascinating features, including this seemingly interminable spiral staircase. 
The front of the Old Sessions House, where the Burberry A/W17 show took place during London Fashion Week. A former court house with a long and illustrious past, the building's interior was in total disrepair before Burberry worked for months to transform it for the LFW fashion presentation. 
Soaking in the Old Sessions House. Photo by Dan Medhurst
Winding stairs and mood lighting. Photo by Dan Medhurst
Outfits from the show...so chic, no?
This seafoam green number is my idea of a dream coat. 
The beauty bloggers on the press trip: @dalalid, @tarmarz, our tour guide Dimitrio, @Tamirajarrel and @thataylaa
The Garden Room at the Old Sessions House. 
Classic. 
Favorite room in the Old Sessions House. Photo by Dan Medhurst
Coat by Burberry, Dress and Tee from Ragdoll LA.
After the Old Sessions House, we visited the Burberry Flagship Store on Oxford Street.
View from the upper level of the Burberry flagship location.
Gift for others...gift for self!
Experiencing bespoke Burberry fragrance creations.
After our store tour, we had a resplendent lunch at a private room Thomas' Cafe.
Out and about with Burberry.
The next day, we were treated to a spa experience like no other..manicure, pedicure and 90 minute massage, this girl has never felt so pampered. This, incidentally,  is my relaxed face. 
A *personalized Burberry makeup bag side-by-side with my favorite Burberry nail lacquer...*#106 Dark Trench (also available at Nordstrom). 
Later in the afternoon, I had a one-on-one session with Burberry Beauty's Artistic Consultant Wendy Rowe, who was fresh from having created the signature looks for the Burberry runway show. I first met Wendy in London (with Burberry!) earlier this year and was taken by her disarming wit and massive talent. 
Part of Wendy's makeup set up...I asked her a million questions about everything, indeed!
Bare faced and having fun.
Aligned with the minimalist aesthetic of the Burberry runway show, Wendy created a "no makeup  makeup" look that focused on fresh skin and subtle contour. Photo credit: Jamie Stoker 
The final look. Photo credit: Jamie Stoker 
Perfected skin that looks like skin, complements of the Burberry Cashmere Foundation (all shades swatched and reviewed HERE). Photo credit: Jamie Stoker 
Following our makeup session. Photo credit: Jamie Stoker 
My respect for Wendy's talent is immense. Photo credit: Jamie Stoker 
Where we end up (insert lots of laughing). Photo credit: Jamie Stoker 
Key Burberry Beauty products used in the final look.
Preceding our short makeup moment filming (below). Thanks to 

Our final night in London concluded with an intimate dinner in the penthouse level of the Henrietta Hotel. 
On either side of me, the Burberry Beauty team responsible for planning the week (Marianne Hahn, Emily Jones and Mimi Beastall) every detail was considered and the experience could not have been more exceptional. These women are truly beautiful inside and out. Photo Credit: My husband
A Burberry Beauty closeup. 
// The Products //
Face and eyes. 
Swatches from L-R: Fresh Glow Nude Radiance, Kohl in Stone, Face Contour in Medium, Eye Contour in Smoky Green and Complete Eye Palette in Slate Blue.

Lips. 
*Burberry Kisses in Poppy Red
Swatches from bottom to top: Lip Velvet in Bright Plum,  Lip contours in #4 and #3, Kisses in Poppy Red and Kisses in Peach Delight.
*Runway Nails Iconic Trio

Last look...here's to returning to London (and picking up an authentic, vintage Burberry trench) someday!
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Bottom Line: I truly hope you enjoyed this photo diary of my time in London with Burberry Beauty; as a committed beauty writer, this experience was enthralling and enriching and I am over the moon to be able to share it with you, dear readers!

What are some of your favorite Burberry Beauty products? Do tell!

Good things ahead, including more videos and a host of new product procurements...in the meanwhile, follow me on Instagram for the latest ; ) I am also in the midst of catching up on relying to your latest batch of comments...thank your for your patience. 

xx and have a beautiful weekend,

--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.  © 2012-17 Beautyprofessor® All Rights Reserved. Do not copy, reprint or republish content and/or photos without author's written permission. 

4 Brilliant Gift Ideas for the Different Beauty Lovers in Your Life




Even though it's only mid-October, the holidays will be here before we know it; in order to get a preemptive leg up on the gift giving process, I am excited to share gift ideas apropos for four types of beauty lovers in your life: the Minimalist, the Beachy California Girl, the Glow Getter and the Brow Enthusiast.

Possessing stunning packaging (no need to toil over wrapping!) and extremely wearable formulas, these limited edition sets from Benefit (currently available at ULTA) reflect mindfully edited product combinations, are at a marvelous price point and will make gift giving the joy that it should be!
Kindly scroll on for more details and swatches and well as the Bottom Line...


Cable Car Cutie or Galifornia...which one is more you?
*Benefit Cable Car Cuties
(1) For the Beauty Minimalist: The *Benefit Cable Car Cuties Limited Edition Holiday Value Set features three streamlined best-sellers to subtly enhance the face. Housed in a darling metal hot air balloon, this trio includes the ever popular POREfessional, which matches all skin tones, minimizes shine and the look pores and primes skin for any foundation to come. The set also comes with the resplendent rose gold Rockateur blush; this universally flattering hue instantly brightens up the complexion, making it positively effortless on the cheeks. Finally, there's a mini Gimme Brow, which works to add depth, dimension, fullness and hold to brows. A flawless canvas, tender flush and polished brows...what else does a minimalist need?

Swatches in direct sunlight. 
Official details, courtesy of ULTA:

Next stop: gorgeous! This limited-edition holiday gift set contains portable sizes of Benefit's #1 face primer POREfessional, award-winning volumizing eyebrow gel, Gimme Brow, and Rockateur Rose-Gold Blush...all in an adorable, reusable tin! 2 minis and 1 fun-size. Pick up a few for last minute gifting "emergencies."

Benefits:
Benefit bestsellers at a GREAT value!
Benefit's #1 face primer
Rose-gold blush
Volumizing eyebrow gel
Limited Edition

A $33 value!

Includes:
The POREfessional Face Primer Mini (0.25 oz)
Rockateur Rose Gold Blush Mini (0.8 oz)
Fun size Gimme Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel in Shade 3 (0.03 oz)

Up close and personal with the rose gold Rockateur. 
*GALifornia Love Limited Edition Holiday Value Set
(2) For the Beachy California Girl: The *GALifornia Love Limited Edition Holiday Value Set delivers a serious dose of sunshine. Also nestled in a mood-lifting metal hot air balloon, this trio includes the gorgeous peachy pink GALifornia blush, an absolute star in its own right. The quintessential balance of warm peach and neutral pink, the formula has soft radiance for a post-beach effect that makes cheeks that look lit from within. Additionally, lashes get a boost with the Roller Lash Super Curling and Lifting Mascara and Gimme Brow ensures that brows are exactly as the should be: full, natural and lush.
The peachy pink GALifornia is velvety smooth and marvelous for a fresh pop of color. 
Official details, courtesy of ULTA:

Peace, love & GALifornia!

Look your "West Coast best" with 2 full-size and 1 mini included in this limited edition set for brows, cheeks & a dash of lash. Volumize, tame & tint brows with Gimme Brow, super-curl & lift lashes with Roller Lash Mascara and sweep on a golden-pink flush with GALifornia...it all comes in a collectible, reusable tin! Everyone loves a GALifornia girl!

Benefits:
Benefit bestsellers at a GREAT value!
Volumizing eyebrow gel
Super-curling mascara
Golden-pink blush
Limited edition

A $63 value!

Includes:
Full size Roller Lash Super Curling and Lifting Mascara in Black (0.3 oz)
Full size Gimme Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel in Shade 3 (0.1 oz)
GALifornia Sunny Golden Pink Blush Mini (0.08 oz)

Swatches in direct sunlight. 
Applying GALifornia.
*Beauty and the Bay Limited Edition Holiday Value Set
(3) For the Glow Getter: The *Beauty and the Bay Limited Edition Holiday Value Set focuses on gently sculpted and radiant skin, courtesy of the iconic Hoola Bronzer (a neutral tan that works to bring out the best in all skin tones) and the classic High Beam, a pearlescent liquid illuminator that excels when applied to the high points of one's face (e.g., upper cheekbones, down the bridge of the nose and above the Cupid's bow). To complete the glowy look, the High Brow pencil accentuates the natural arch of one's brows with a single sweep of the pale pink pencil and two coats of the jet black They're Real Mascara provides a punctuated contrast to all that incandescence.

The set features the cult-favorite bronzer, Hoola, which performs well on a spectrum of skin tones. 
Official details, courtesy of ULTA:

Highlighter, bronzer & a dash of lash will have you looking beautiful this holiday season with 3 full-size products and 1 mini! Guaranteed to top every gal's holiday wish list...pick one up before they're gone!

Benefits:
Benefit bestsellers at a GREAT value!
3 full size + 1 mini
Benefit's #1 lengthening mascara
Eyebrow highlighter
Matte powder bronzer
Limited edition

An $87 value!

Includes:
Full size High Brow Highlight & Lift Pencil (0.1 oz)
Full size They're Real! Mascara in Jet Black (0.3 oz)
Full size Hoola Matte Bronzer (0.28 oz)
  •      High Beam Liquid Face Highlighter Mini (0.13 oz) 
Swatches of the *Beauty and the Bay Limited Edition Holiday Value Set in direct sunlight. 
*The Great BROWnanza Blockbuster Brow Set
(4) For the Brow Enthusiast: *The Great BROWnanza Blockbuster Brow Set is an excellent indulgence for those who enjoy devoting the optimal amount of attention to their brows; with formulas for every need, mood and situation, this set is the gold standard in brow diversification. The rich Ka-Brow cream comes replete with a convenient brush applicator, High Brow creates a precise highlight right below the brow line, the Goof-Proof pencil features a slightly angled tip for exact shape with every application and the dual-sided Brow Zings compact houses a powder and a tinted wax side-by side for beautifully defined and set brows. The set also includes a brow mapping tool a full sized Gimme Brow and angled eyebrow brush and spoolie; arch perfection is but a gift away!

Swatches in direct sunlight. 
Official details, courtesy of ULTA:

This limited edition, blockbuster eyebrow kit contains 5 full size Benefit brow bestsellers and 2 PRO tools at a BIG value! This set includes everything you need to instantly transform skimpy, patchy, & barely-there brows into GREAT brows! Define, fill, tame & shape...this must-have eyebrow set is the fun & foolproof way to becoming "your own brow expert."

Benefits:
Best eyebrow kit...AMAZING VALUE!
Benefit's bestselling eyebrow products
Limited edition
Includes signature Tips & Tricks

A $151 value!

Includes:
Full size Gimme Brow-Volumizing Fiber Gel (0.1 oz)
Full size Brow Zings Total Taming & Shaping Kit For Brows (0.15 oz)
Full size Goof Proof Brow Pencil Easy Shape & Fill (0.1 oz)
Full size Ka-BROW! Cream-Gel Brow Color with Brush (0.1 oz)
Full size High Brow Highlighting & Lift Pencil (0.1 oz)
Angled Eyebrow Brush & Spoolie
Brow Mapping Tool

*The Great BROWnanza Blockbuster Brow Set


Last look.
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Bottom Line
: I hope you found this first foray into holiday gift giving for 2017 inspiring and would love to hear which Benefit sets may have caught YOUR eye...do tell!

Good things ahead including a London wrap up, a fresh video and a host of new holiday 2017 product procurements!

Also, I'll be in Orlando, FL for a few days...any suggestions on things to see and do?

xx and happy weekend to you,

--The Beauty Professor **Thanks to ULTA for sponsoring this post. 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.  © 2012-17 Beautyprofessor® All Rights Reserved. Do not copy, reprint or republish content and/or photos without author's written permission.

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