Friday, January 11, 2019

7 Years of BP + a FOTD Featuring Old and New Products You Need to Know About

On January 6th, 2012, I wrote my first post for Beauty Professor. Little did I know that a short post on a pink lipstick would be the start of an amazing adventure that allowed me to carve out my own distinct space in the beauty industry! 

In honor of both looking back and moving forward, this post features a beauty look involving some older favorites and new discoveries, including a brilliant eye cream and ultra-pigmented lip color formula

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

Skincare, self care etc.
  • *Augustinus Bader The Rich Cream (reviewed HERE): Still my daily skincare of choice, I apply a pump both day and night for a smooth, hydrated and bouncy canvas. I am thrilled that the word is continuing to spread on this impeccable formula...every BP reader who has tried it, has reported back with rave reviews! 
  • *Clé de Peau Beauté Lip Serum (reviewed HERE): I use this day and night to moisturize my lips, which are always on the precipice of being chapped. It soothes and heals with every application and serves as an excellent base under lip color. 
  • The Good Stuff Volumizing Hydration Foam: One of my newest discoveries, I love the fact that this brand has a host of no-rinse formulas, including this one, which adds masterful volumes to my otherwise straight (and oft-flat) hair. 
  • The Good Stuff Intensive Nourishment Cream: Equally effective, this hydrating formula is rife with coconut oil to repair without weighing hair down. 
  • Dyptique Baies Candle: This timeless classic is getting a lot of burn time in my house lately...the mix of currant and rose is cosy and relaxing to the maximum. 
  • *Natura Bisse The Cure Sheer Eye: My only question with this particular formula is why I didn't try it sooner! Lightly tinted with serious smoothing, hydrating and brightening properties, it glides over the orbital region and leaves it looking positively airbrushed. It's opulence that is well worth the pursuit! 
  • *Raincry Pure Boar Smoothing Brush: I am very impressed with the luxurious performance of the Raincry brand and this smaller boar brush smooths and shines my wild mane in seconds...can't wait to try other versions in this range. 
  • Chanel Le Creme Main: From campus to Disneyland to my travel bag, this genius hand cream goes with me everywhere...even my husband loves it. 
  • Vintage Hermes Bangle (other options HERE): Can we please call jewelry self care? If so, then I highly recommend a vintage bracelet from's timeless and goes with everything. 
*Natura Bisse The Cure Sheer Eye
The full face. 
  • Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter #4 (reviewed HERE): This is my go-to glowy primer of choice; it adds radiance and dimension to the skin and perfectly prepares it for the foundation to come. Just purchased a backup! 
  • Koh Gen Do Maifanshi Aqua Foundation #123 (reviewed HERE): I have loved this iconic foundation since the early days of Beauty Professor and my affection has not waned. The HD finish looks like fresh and healthy skin and lasts for hours (some may even say it's waterproof) without budging. I prefer to apply this formula with a damp beauty blender for the most seamless result. The ingredients are exceptional and the color range has expanded to cover all skin tones...if you're looking for a buildable foundation with a natural finish, this is a must. 
  • *Clé de Peau Beauté Bronzing Powder #2 (reviewed HERE): I like to mix both shades and sweep the blend in the hollows of my cheeks and along the perimeters of my face for a warm and defined effect that appears as a true tan. 
  • *Clé de Peau Beauté Cream Blush #4 (reviewed HERE): I applied a tiny bit of this peachy pink blush on the apples of my's been a daily obsession for a illuminated and fresh-faced look. 
  • Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Beauty Light Wand (also available at Beautylish and reviewed HERE): I just purchased my third tube of this creamy light concoction...when worn o on the high points of the face, it imparts the most beautiful lit-from-within glow. To try it is to love it. 
  • *Natasha Denona Camel Palette (also available at Sephora): I am completely smitten with the easy and wearable tones in this palette; the combination of matte and satin finish shades in the camel family feel like a fresh take on a neutral (read: not too warm or cool) eye and I reach for it frequently. It's the perfect combination of hues for a flattering everyday eye. 
  • Sisley-Paris Phyto Kohl Star Waterproof Eyeliner Mystic Green (reviewed HERE): On heavy rotation, I swept this along my lower waterline. It glides smoothly and stays in place all's for these reasons that I just bought one for my mom! 
  • Hourglass Caution Extreme Mascara (reviewed HERE): Two coats creates full, long and fluffy lashes. 
  • *Natasha Denona Mark Your Lips Liquid Lipstick in Giselle and Dahlia (also available at Sephora): I added a single layer of Dahlia and concentrated a bit of the lighter peach Giselle on my lower lip to intensify volume. The weightless formula has major color payoff...keep reading for swatches of many shades in the lineup. 
  • *Koh Gen Do Gloss Film Powder #123 (reviewed HERE): Just a touch on my t-zone to set everything without the slightest trace of a powdery finish. 
Swatches in direct sunlight. 
Swatches of the *Natasha Denona Camel Palette (also available at Sephora) in direct sunlight. 
*Natasha Denona Mark Your Lips Liquid Lipstick (also available at Sephora)
Finally, I am excited to share a look at the *Natasha Denona Mark Your Lips Liquid Lipstick (also available at Sephora). Intensely pigmented and remarkably smooth, this new formula bathes lips in serious color in a single swipe. The texture is equal parts velvety and lightweight and the tiniest bit goes a long way to instantly create a full coverage effect. I find the formula to be impressively hydrating for a matte and, once it sets (within a few seconds), the lasting power is positively formidable. The shade range is vast with a healthy offering of neutral, bold and deep tones and some of my favorite hues include the nude pink Raw, peachy neutral Giselle and lush rose Dahlia (worn later on in this post). 

Official details, courtesy of Beautylish

Matte liquid lipstick gives lOO% pure color pay-off from the first stroke.
The innovative non-drying formula has an exceptional lightweight feel. It is smudge-proof, transfer resistant, and long lasting, with an edgy high fashion matte finish. Packed with pigments, this color won't fade and stays vibrant with an immediate full coverage that feels silky and smooth. The Mark your Lips Matte formula uses the newest most advanced technology to enhance moisture and give added elasticity to the lips. Lightweight ester oils and aloe vera provide optimum hydration leaving the lips comfortable, soft, and conditioned all day.
Single pass swatches of the *Natasha Denona Mark Your Lips Liquid Lipstick (also available at Sephora) in direct sunlight. 

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

Wearing the *Natasha Denona Mark Your Lips Liquid Lipstick in a mix of Dahlia and Giselle. 

The eye look, featuring the *Natasha Denona Camel Palette (also available at Sephora)

  • O'Neill Juls Stripe Jumpsuit: I originally bought this for my upcoming trip to Hawaii but realized that it could be worn in cooler weather when layered over a long sleeve shirt. I love the flowy lines and colorful stripes of this particular's the very best of the 1960s brought to 2019. I am wearing this in a size small (runs a touch on the larger side). 
  • Black turtleneck: An classic favorite that gets a ridiculous amount of wear, I love how thin and breathable this particular version is. 

Last look.
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Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this beauty-laden post and would love to know what caught your tell.

Also, thanks for being a part of this exquisite 7-year journey; I will continue to strive to create honest,  current and aesthetically pleasing content that serves as a resource for all things beauty and deeply appreciate your loyalty and support in the process! 

Good things ahead, including an on-location story from the tropics, a clean beauty video and a host of new product procurements!

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.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Video: The Best Products of 2018

The best of 2018. 
Happy New Year, friends! Today's video is dedicated to the best in beauty, skincare and haircare for 2018. I've also included some foundations and lip treatments on heavy rotation as well as my perennial favorites that extend beyond recent launches. Grab a hot drink and a snack and enjoy the discussion!

Kindly scroll on for the video, a full list of products with links to their respective reviews, swatches and images of my picks in action as well as the Bottom Line...


// THE BEST of 2018 //



Foundation Rotation. 
Swatches in direct sunlight.  

Lip treatments. 

Perennial favorites. 

New horizons for 2019. 
The following images reflect my picks in action...keep scrolling for Style Notes: 

Style notes. 
  • Ballet Velvet Wrap Top in Warm Ash: I bought this top in two colors and love it; it's feminine, can be dressed up or down and is super comfortable. I am wearing a size small. 
  • Maje Paola Distressed Raw Hem Jeans:  I've worn these nonstop since picking them up before Christmas. They are currently on sale...I purchased a size 36 (French sizing) for a slightly oversized fit. 

Last look.
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Bottom Line: Thanks so much for watching this video! I hope you enjoyed everything shared and I welcome your questions and comments...would love to know what your picks for 2018 were. Do tell! 

Good things ahead, including a host of new product procurements...more soon.

xx and happy 2019,

--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.

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Last Post of 2018: An On-Location New Year's Eve Look

Last post of 2018.
As we are on the cusp of New Year's Eve, I am excited to share a fresh on-location look that works perfectly for the last night of 2018. Shot over the past weekend while on a family trip to Lake Las Vegas, this post futures some of my favorite products (including the most ebullient pink lip) and style elements as of late, culminating in an easy-to-acheive result that balances sophistication with extreme comfort (is there anything better?).

Kindly scroll on for more details, swatches and images of the products in action as well as the Bottom Line...
Skin + Hair. 
// SKIN + HAIR // I always make sure these formulas are present in my toiletries bag, even for a two-day trip! 
  • *Augustinus Bader The Rich Cream (reviewed HERE): I just started bottle #3 of this miracle cream; I cannot recommend it enough for its moisturizing and anti-aging properties and attribute my currently bouncy and glowy skin to its transformative capabilities. 
  • *Sisley-Paris Black Rose Cream Mask: Excellent to increase moisture and buoyancy, this mask is a cult-classic for a reason. I never travel without it. 
  • *Sisley-Paris Eye Contour Mask: Equally sublime, I just this eye mask as a restorative post-travel treatment (it tightens, brightens, lifts and firms while fighting under eye darkness) but also let it double as an eye cream (lightweight like a gel) for versatility at its best. 
  • *Oribe Run-Through Detangling Primer (also available at Neiman Marcus and reviewed HERE): Arguably the best detangler on the market, this formula banishes my most pernicious snarls with ease without weighing my hair down. It's genius. I will hope to forever have a bottle on back up. 
  • *Chanel La Creme Main: When traveling, both my husband and I rely on this luxe formula to add instantly absorbed hydration and love that it possesses a subtle fragrance that we both can handle. 
  • *Koh Gen Do Cleansing Spa Water Cloths: These are the best portable wipes that money can buy and I've maintained this position for years. I use them to cleanse on the go (they even remove waterproof eye makeup which is astounding in light of how gentle the are) and am nearing the end of my extra large pack...will be ordering another soon! 
  • *Clé de Peau Beauté The Lip Serum (reviewed HERE): I use this day and night to hydrate and heal my lips. It truly transforms and my only regret is that I didn't try this sooner. 
  • *Guerlain KissKiss Lip Lift: A single coat provides a formidable base for lip extends the lasting power and smoothness of wear for hours on end. 
  • Le Foulonne Belt Bag: Still my hands-free bag of choice, this elevates the fanny pack to an infinitely wearable level while holding everything I need (so I can easily hold Johannah). 
My Le Foulonne Belt Bag flanked by two luxurious lip options by *Clé de Peau Beauté and
Base + Face. 
// BASE + FACE // When the canvas looks good and glowy, everything else subsequently applied performs at its maximum. 
Swatches in natural indoor lighting. 

Cheeks, eyes and lips. 
// CHEEKS, EYES and LIPS // Even skin is punctuated by a wash of bronze, peach and pink for a healthy and timeless look. 
  • *Givenchy Healthy Glow Bronzer #4: I applied this brilliantly brown bronzer with my trusty *Surratt Artistique Cheek Brush, focusing blending along the hollows of my cheeks and perimeters of my face. 
  • *Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Mood Exposure (also available at Beautylish): I ordered this highly-rated blush shade on a whim (also picked one up for my mom) and am so glad I took the chance! The marble-inspired mix of mauve and champagne creates a gorgeously natural looking lavender cheek with subtle luminosity. I predict this particular hue is universally-flattering...highly recommended. 
  • Tom Ford Cream and Powder Eye Color in Golden Peach: I've lost count on how many times I've included this holy grail shadow on BP over the years. It's by far my favorite shade and formula and, per usual, I swept it all over my upper eye lid and along my lower lash line as a luminous wash of color. 
  • Hourglass Scattered Light Glitter Eyeshadow in Blaze (reviewed HERE): I used my ring finger to tap this brilliant copper shade on the center of my upper eye lid for more depth and intensity...if you haven't yet tried this shadow, you really must. All five hues are resplendently high-performance. 
  • *Sisley-Paris Phyto Kohl Liner in Mystic Green and Sparkling Black (reviewed HERE): Both of these pigmented and long lasting shadows have permanent places in my makeup bag and along my lower water line. I am wearing a mix of the two to enhance the eye look. 
  • Tom Ford Fiber Brow Gel in Chestnut (reviewed HERE): Two coats adds depth, hold and a feathery fulness to my brows while still maintaining their hyper-natural look. 
  • Hourglass Caution Extreme Mascara (reviewed HERE): I just purchased my second tube of this mascara, which speaks to its voluming and lengthening qualities. The gentle formula is jet black and stays in place (no transfer or smearing) until I choose to take it off. So good. 
  • Bobbi Brown Crushed Liquid Lip Balm in Peach & Quiet (also available at Sephora): Compelled by the alluring amalgamation of balm and liquid lip color, I recently ordered this this sight unseen and am so glad I did. The buildable formula is pigmented and plush and Peach & Quiet (which leans more pink than peach and has a slightly 1960s vibe) is a complexion-brightening shade that enhances a look without overpowering. I simply adore it. 
Swatches in natural indoor lighting. 

The following images reflect all products in action in indoor lighting...

Applying Bobbi Brown Crushed Liquid Lip Balm in Peach & Quiet (also available at Sephora).
 A close up of my Nike Air Max 270 Sneakers.

Style notes. 
// STYLE NOTES // A neutral color palette is offset by a sublime leopard coat...the result is equal parts timelessly chic and unapologetically comfortable. 
  • Nordstrom Men White Cotton V Neck Tee: I've been touting the versatility of these tees for years; super soft and slightly oversized (I buy them in a size L), they make the perfect travel companion and also look fabulous with skinny jeans. 
  • Spanx Faux Leather Leggings: These are by far my favorite leggings; the leather look is tasteful and the fit is sublime; I can wear these in comfort for 12+ hours and often do. Get won't regret it. 
  • Madewell Kent Cardigan in Golden Harvest: A recent Christmas gift, this is my fifth Madewell cardigan and my first one in this stunning goldenrod shade. This particular style runs big so I am wearing a small. 
  • Nike Air Max 270 Sneaker: I wear this pair of tennis shoes no less than 3 times a week; the color scheme is perfection, exceeded only by the comfort level. My favorite Nikes to date. 
  • Leopard Coat: I love the muted effect of this particular animal print feel like leopard spots are eternally classic, especially as an accent to a bevy of neutrals. In case you're looking for other options in this vein, I've rounded up some potentials HERE.

The eye look, courtesy of Tom Ford Cream and Powder Eye Color in Golden Peach, 
Hourglass Scattered Light Glitter Eyeshadow in Blaze,
*Sisley-Paris Phyto Kohl Liner in Mystic Green and Sparkling Black,
Tom Ford Fiber Brow Gel in Chestnut (reviewed HERE) and 
Hourglass Caution Extreme Mascara (reviewed HERE).
My beloved Jethro. 

Last look. 
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Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this last BP post of 2018 and would love to know what caught your tell! 

Thank you, from my heart, for your loyal readership and support; this beautiful community is the reason that I've written this blog for nearly 7 years and I relish the chance to continue to do so in the future.  

Good things ahead, including my Best of 2018 video and a host of new product procurements...cannot wait to share! 

xx and blessings in 2019,

--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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