Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy Fourth of July Weekend...Red, White and Blue and Mini-Road Trip Recap

Above: Red, White and Blue beauty and skincare for this Independence Day weekend. 
Happy Fourth of July weekend!  I hope the first few days of July have been magnificent for you.  Late last night, I returned from a whirlwind 40-hour camping trip (more on that later on in this post!) and am getting back into the swing of things before celebrating Independence Day with my family.  Indubitably, for me the holiday at its core is all about freedom and a profoundly patriotic sense of thanks for America, but I couldn't help but also be inspired by the red, white and blue of some of my favorite beauty and skincare products!

Kindly scroll on for a full product breakdown as well as a mini-recap of my recent roadtrip up the coast of California as well as the Bottom Line...

Above: Who knew this nude and neutral-toned lover had so many red, white and blue products that I love?! 
Beauty and Skincare...Red, White and Blue Edition:
Above: Pup-wrangling at the rest stop...my mom and I are always amused by how delightfully exhausting 
Onto the road trip recap...earlier this week, my dad, brother and husband departed for their annual kayak fishing trip near Big Sur, CA.  They spend their days on the boats, enjoying God's beauty and living off the land (or should I say, sea) and their evenings camping at Limekiln, a historic plot of land off of Highway 101, surrounded by forest, streams and the Pacific Ocean.  Feeling adventurous, my mom and I decided to meet them up there for their last night and day and proceeded to embrace streamlined packing (an entirely different future post!) and a sense of spirit as we traveled six hours with two lively dogs!

Above: The view from the beach...the bridge is a stretch of Highway 101...it makes one feel so small. 
Above: Jethro feeling at home in the back of our car...he is such a great traveler. 
Above: My brother's dog, Jasper...he is only one and has the most gorgeous hair I've ever seen!
Above: The beach at dusk...the rocks and skyline were stunning.  
Above: Natural travel-friendly makeup, including MAC Faux lipstick (discussed HERE).
Above: With my husband and brother at the beach...love these guys to no end!
Above: Last look.
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Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this dual-purposed post and look forward to hearing how your July is going thus far...travels?  Work?  Other adventures?  Please share!  

As aforementioned, I had absolutely no cell signal or Internet access for the past two days (totally unplugging is equal parts refreshing and overwhelming!) and now in the midst of preparing to respond to your lovely emails and comments...thanks for your patience.  

Good things ahead, including a closeup of my Charlotte Tilbury x Norman Parkinson order, a fresh FOTD, a peek at some new neutral MAC products and an overview of the chic Guerlain Summer 2015 collection (was waiting on the sun to make an appearance to finish photography).  

xx,

--The Beauty Professor 

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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Video: June 2015 Beauty and Skincare Favorites


Above: A snapshot of my June 2015 Favorites.
Now that we're already two days deep into July, I am beyond excited to share my June Favorites video, comprised of style, skincare, haircare and beauty products on heavy rotation.  The past two months have been crazy busy and, much to my chagrin, I had to skip May Favorites entirely.  That being said, this video is a bit lengthy, so grab a matcha green tea latte (my favorite!) and some buttered bread (does a more perfect meal exist?) and enjoy ; ) 

Kindly scroll on for the video, a full product breakdown (with links to their respective reviews) and additional images as well as the Bottom Line...

Above: Marc Jacobs Enamored Gloss in Moonglow and By Terry Ombre Blackstar in Bronze Moon...aways in my purse.


Products (with links to their respective reviews) Discussed:


  • *Hampton Sun Tanning Mist
  • *Lubin Grisette
  • *Mila Moursi pH Balancing Toner...reviewed HERE
  • SK-II Facial Treatment Repair C...reviewed HERE
  • *Sisleya Global Anti Aging Cream...reviewed HERE
  • *Radical Skincare Skin Perfecting Screen SPF 30...reviewed HERE
  • Le Metier de Beaute Peau Vierge #2...reviewed HERE
  • *Patchology Flash Patch Eye Gels...reviewed HERE
  • *Viseart HD TIQ Cream...discussed HERE 
  • *MustaeV Lustrous Cream Base...reviewed HERE
  • Charlotte Tilbury x Norman Parkinson Dreamy Glow Highlighter...previewed HERE
  • Charlotte Tilbury x Norman Parkinson Matte Revolution Miss Kensington...previewed HERE
  • Topshop Wedge Gladiator Sandal...featured HERE
  • Topshop Flannel
  • *Guerlain Terracotta Tan Enhancing Bronzer for Face and Decollete
  • Clé de Peau Beaute Concealer in Beige...all shades swatched and reviewed HERE
  • *Koh Gen Do Silky Moist Powder Compact #123...reviewed HERE
  • *Chikuhodo GSN 04 Brush...reviewed HERE
  • *Viseart Sultry Muse Palette (full swatch fest on this gem soon)...reviewed HERE
  • By Terry Ombre Blackstar Bronze Moon...reviewed HERE
  • Burberry Glow Eyeshadow in 002 Nude...reviewed HERE
  • *Guerlain Maxilash So Volume...reviewed HERE
  • Surratt Beauty Relevee Eyelash Curler...reviewed HERE
  • *Orlane Magnificent Lip Balm...reviewed HERE and HERE
  • La Prairie Cellular Luxe Lip Enhancer...reviewed HERE
  • Estee Lauder Pure Color Shine Envy Mischievous Rose...reviewed HERE
  • *Edward Bess Lasting Kiss Lip Stain Au Naturale...reviewed HERE
  • MAC Faux Lipstick
  • Marc Jacobs Enamored Lipgloss in Moonglow...reviewed HERE

  • Above: The drops of water are not for effect...it was actually raining while I was trying to capture these last shots! 
    Above: Last look.
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    Bottom Line: I truly hope you enjoyed this video and thank you for watching.  Looking forward to your questions, comments and video requests...please share!  One more favorite that didn't make it into the video, but did make it on the blog are the Rag and Bone Dre jeans...most recently featured HERE...do take a peek if you happened to miss this post from yesterday.

    What are some of YOUR favorites for June? 

    Good things ahead, including an Independence Day FOTD, new product procurements, a hair care post and many more musings...xx,

    --The Beauty Professor

    ** PR sample 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. 
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    Wednesday, July 1, 2015

    Jean Update: Still Loving Rag and Bone Dre

    Above: Rag and Bone Dre Jeans, an old tunic from Nordstrom (similar ones HERE and HERE) and Eric Michael Izzy Sandal in Slate.
    Happy July, lovelies!  Last month, I discussed my new found love for the Rag and Bone Dre Boyfriend jeans (also available at Shopbop, Nordstrom, Revolve and Neiman Marcus).  Since then, I have been wearing this style nonstop as it is equal parts current and comfortable.  I have this particular cut in size 24 and 25 and wear them interchangeably for a fitted yet relaxed vibe that works just as well with sandals (as pictured above) as heels. 
    Above: A closer look at the Eric Michael Izzy Sandal in Slate...all the benefits of a Birkenstock with a couple extra inches of height = brilliant!  Also pictured, my favorite By Terry Velvet Rouge in Lady Bare (also reviewed HERE) and a Ferragamo "Funny" scarf that is always in my handbag!
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    Bottom Line: I simply adore the Rag and Bone Dre Boyfriend jeans (also available at ShopbopNordstrom, Revolve and Neiman Marcus) and highly recommend them as the perfect, casual companion to summertime heat.  

    Good things ahead...I am currently just putting the final touches on my June 2015 Favorits video...should be live later on tonight or first thing in the morning!!  

    xx,

    --The Beauty Professor

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    Tuesday, June 30, 2015

    FOTD: Chic Beauty + a Fresh Take on the Classic Low Ponytail

    Above: Products that hold up incredibly well in summertime humidity.
    Happy last day of June!  The summer humidity is in full force, causing me to constantly pursue new ways to get my hair off of my neck.  Consequently, I am excited to share a hairstyle upon which I've been heavily relying...the three-braid ponytail.  Less conventional than the typical pony and exceedingly more unique than a single braid, this incredibly easy style is apropos for medium to long hair of any texture, requires no special styling tools or products and works just as well on freshly-washed hair as it does on a third day mane!

    Kindly scroll on for more details, a full accompanying beauty look and the Bottom Line...

    Above: A three-braid low ponytail...sleek and unexpected and, best of all, cooling in the summertime heat. My Free People Whitney Bra is marvelous for backless numbers.
    Creating this three-braid ponytail is truly as easy as one-two-three (couldn't resist!)...

    (1) Part hair (I prefer a middle part for symmetry) and brush it until smooth and managable. 

    (2) Gather hair into a secure low ponytail and fasten with an elastic.

    (3) Divide ponytail into three sections and braid each section, fastening with elastics.  I opted for a classic braid, but a fishtail etc. will also work!

    Above: Chic beauty that performs as stunningly as it looks.
    In terms of beauty, I opted for a glowing, full-coverage canvas and warm contour, slightly smoky eyes and a shiny nude pout.  The resulting look reminded me of the aesthetic from one of my favorite books and films, Jacqueline Susann's Valley of the Dolls and so I opted to photograph the products used on original images from the wardrobe department of the production.  Patty Duke's portrayal of the high-strung, intensely-talented Neely is, alone, worth the 2 hour view time!

    Products Used:
    Above: The Surratt Beauty Relevee Lash Curler + Guerlain MaxiLash So Volume Mascara make for a formidable, lush lash pairing.
    Above: The Votre Vu Arch de Triumphe Brow Definer in Fair 
    Above: The velvety texture of Burberry Bloom in Purple Tulip melds into the skin for a "flushed from within" look.
    Above: Swatches of all products in outdoor lighting.
    Above: A delicate nude lip, courtesy of the La Prairie Cellular Luxe Lip Enhancer + Charlotte Tilbury Lip Lustre in Seduction
    The following images reflect all products in action in various lighting situations...











    Above: Last look.
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    Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this FOTD and hairstyle post! My current summertime schedule is allowing me more opportunities to experiment and I have a host of hairstyle posts in the works ; ) 

    Good things ahead, including a closeup of my pics from the new Charlotte Tilbury x Norman Parkinson Collection (previewed HERE), a round of new product procurements, a June Favorites video and an obscene amount of Guerlain

    What is inspiring YOU as of late?

    xx,

    --The Beauty Professor

    ** PR sample 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. 
    © 2012-15 Beautyprofessor® All Rights Reserved. Do not copy, reprint or republish contenth and/or photos without author's written permission.

    Saturday, June 27, 2015

    Up Close with Kate Somerville + Summertime Style

    Above: At the exposition of my adventure at the Kate Somerville Clinic.
    Earlier this week, we had the pleasure of attending an intimate afternoon with Kate Somerville at the Kate Somerville Clinic (discussed in depth HERE).  Surrounded by gorgeous environs and a surplus of expertise, the luncheon, presentation and subsequent Q and A session yielded a wealth of skincare knowledge!

    Kindly scroll on for more details on the event, as well as style + beauty details and the Bottom Line...
    Above: Kate discussing the many merits of her freshly-launched Age Arrest Anti-Wrinkle Serum.
    Above: The latest releases from Kate Somerville.
    Although she candidly discussed a myraid of current skincare-related topics, from red light facials to dermaplaning, Kate focused most specifically on her line's three latest releases:

    (1) Nourish Hydrating Firming Mist: This lush spray offers immediate hydration and is perfect to set makeup, deliver a mid-day refresher or enliven the senses when plagued with fatigue.  The formula is packed with active ingredients that revive the skin from the inside out...great to keep in your handbag, gym bag and car! 

    ADDITIONAL DETAILS: Deliver an instant surge of hydration to your skin with Kate’s refreshing Nourish Hydrating Firming Mist.The weightless, alcohol-free formula contains the powerful anti-wrinkle ingredient Matrixyl 3000TM, which is clinically proven to lift and firm skin while reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles. Extracts of Beet Root, Algae, Ginger and Green Tea combine to hydrate, nourish, tone and firm skin, while Montmorillonite Clay helps detoxify and refine pores. Hints of aromatic Lavender and Orange Essential Oils help you relax and de-stress. Gently mist skin before applying serums and moisturizers, or throughout the day to refresh and restore a youthful, dewy glow. 
    • Instantly hydrates the skin for up to 24 hours
    • Supports collagen synthesis to reduce the appearance of wrinkles
    • Improves skin firmness and elasticity Refines the appearance of pores Alcohol-free formula
    • Clinically tested to be safe for sensitive skin

    KEY INGREDIENTS:
    • MATRIXYLTM 3000 reduces the look of fine lines and helps promote healthy-looking skin
    • Natural BEET ROOT EXTRACT provides immediate and long-lasting hydration for up to 24 hours to visibly improve skin smoothness and suppleness
    • A rare BLUE-GREENALGAE EXTRACT, harvested from the Pacific Northwest,is rich in nutrients,amino acids andVitamins B, C & E to help improve skin elasticity and firmness
    • GINGER and GREEN TEA EXTRACTS contain antioxidants to protect against harmful free radicals
    • MONTMORILLONITE CLAY has detoxifying properties that help refine pores and remove excess sebum 
    (2) Prime Protection Dual Action Primer (reviewed HERE): Silky smooth with fine line and pore blurring powers, this primer also offers broad-spectrum SPF 15 without a pesky white cast or heavy feeling (Kate says it's her 13 year old son's favorite product in her line!) and its ability to look matte while simultaneously reflecting light is commendable. 

    ADDITIONAL DETAILS: Prime and protect in a single step! Kate’s luxurious skin-perfecting primer creates a flawless canvas for your makeup while protecting against the sun’s harmful rays.The lightweight, non-greasy formula is infused with an Advanced Moisture Complex to glide on gracefully and prep skin for seamless makeup application. Advanced Light Diffusing Technology blurs imperfections, minimizes the appearance of pores and creates a soft-focus effect, while Broad Spectrum SPF 15 protects against the sun’s harmful UVA & UVB rays. It also combines Matrixyl 3000TM with nourishing Shiitake Extract to visibly reduce the appearance of fine lines while stimulating the production of collagen and elastin.This soft, silky primer dries to a flattering matte finish, leaving skin luminous, youthful and glowing. 

    • Smoothes out skin’s surface and blurs imperfections to create a flawless canvas for your makeup
    • Locks in the hydration of your serum and moisturizer 
    • Provides age-defying sun protection
    • Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles

    KEY INGREDIENTS:

    • LIGHT DIFFUSING TECHNOLOGY helps blur imperfections, minimizes the appearance of pores and creates a flattering soft- focus effect.
    • ADVANCED MOISTURE COMPLEX smoothes skin’s surface and seals the hydration of your serum and moisturizer.
    • BROAD SPECTRUM SPF 15 shields skin against harmful UVA & UVA rays.
    • MATRIXYL 3000TM, an age-defying Peptide, visibly reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
    • SHIITAKE EXTRACT helps combat the degradation of collagen and elastin. 
    (3) Age Arrest Anti-Wrinkle Serum: The lastest formula in the massively popular Age Arrest line, this serum uses Telo-5TM technology to transform the way the skin behaves on a cellular level.

    ADDITIONAL DETAILS: Rescue skin from the signs of aging and help protect against pollution with this advanced renewing serum. It is powered by revolutionary Telo-5TM Technology, based on Nobel Prize*- winning science designed to combat the comprehensive signs of aging and deliver a firmer, younger-looking complexion.  This luxuriously lightweight serum is made with powerful Tetrapeptides to help boost the production of collagen and elastin. Marine Extracts, such as Sea Mayweed and Laminaria Kelp, help diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, while Sea Whip Extract and Algae Plasma help soothe sensitive skin. It is also formulated with Thiotaine, a powerful pollution solution that helps protect against environmental aggressors. 

    • Dramatically reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles Improves the overall look of skin firmness
    • Helps protect skin against pollution
    • Provides immediate and long-lasting hydration
    • Clinically tested to be safe for sensitive skin

    KEY INGREDIENTS:

    • POWERFUL TETRAPEPTIDE helps boost the production of collagen and elastin
    • SEA MAYWEED EXTRACT immediately reduces the appearance of expression lines, while fermented LAMINARIA KELP EXTRACT works synergistically with skin’s natural HYALURONIC ACID to help diminish the appearance of wrinkles.
    • THIOTAINE, a potent Antioxidant, helps protect against pollution A proprietary blend of SEA WHIP EXTRACT and ALGAE PLASMA 
    Above: Kate Somerville + BP.
    Above: BP Assistant Laura + BP, directly following the event.
    Above: My lipmix...Edward Bess Lasting Kiss Lipstain in Au Naturel + Tom Ford Nude Vanille.
    The blissful summertime weather of the afternoon inspired me to embrace an easy, pared down look...a swingy black shift, flat gladiator sandals, and an effortless fringed bag worked well with a bronzy nude (what else?!) look. 

    Products Worn
    Style Details:
    • Topshop High Apex Slip Dress (also mentioned HERE): I have this dress in two different fabrics and simply cannot get enough of its classic, streamlined swing.  It's affordable and timeless...a divine combination.
    • Figtree Gladiator Sandals: Leather, laden with laces and ever so au courant, these genius flats have a hidden zipper in the back, impressively increasing their comfort quotient!
    • Seth Wegter Bags Fringe Bag: My latest Seth Wegter bags procurement, this fringe wonder (also more clearly pictured HERE) is roomy and wondrous on every level.
    Gucci Magnetic Color Shadow Quad in Crystal Copper
    Above: The Gucci Magnetic Color Shadow Quad in Crystal Copper.
    Gucci Magnetic Color Shadow Quad Crystal Copper swatches
    Above: Swatches of the Gucci Magnetic Color Shadow Quad in Crystal Copper.
    Above: Softly bronzed eyes, even, demi-matte skin and rosy nude lips...oh, and an absurd amount of mascara
    Above: Warm weather makeup that is virtually touch up free. 
    Above: An easy take on summertime style...these gladiator sandals have a hidden zipper in the back, making them much easier to put on and take off than one might imagine ; )  
    Above: Black on black on black...
    Above: Thanks for another lovely experience, Kate Somerville.
    Above: Summertime in LA...one never grows tired of the bountiful palm trees!
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    Bottom Line:  I hope you enjoyed this convergence of skincare and style (Topshop, by the way, is having a massive sale this weekend) and would love to know which Kate Somerville products (available at Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Sephora) have a place in YOUR regular routine!  I, for one, use the Nourish Hydrating Firming Mist frequently and can't wait to continue experimenting with the Prime Protection Dual Action Primer as the summer heat continues.

    Good things ahead, including a hair-centric piece, a fresh FOTD and a host of new product procurements!  Also, working my way through responding to your lovely comments and emails now that I've finally adjusted to my new schedule; thanks for your patience!  

    Finally, in case you missed it, the entire overview of the Charlotte Tilbury x Norman Parkinson Collection can be viewed HERE

    xx and have a beautiful Saturday,

    --The Beauty Professor

    ** PR sample 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. 
    © 2012-15 Beautyprofessor® All Rights Reserved. Do not copy, reprint or republish contenth and/or photos without author's written permission.