Saturday, April 19, 2014

FOTD: Easter Weekend


Above: My Easter  FOTD.
It's been a hectic month thus far and with the days moving at light speed, it is difficult to comprehend that Easter is here!  Consequently, I am excited to share a Easter weekend FOTD featuring both new and vetted products; focused on even skin, warm contour, glowing flushed cheeks, shimmering bronzed lids and subtle pink lips, this is but a new variation on my perennially favorite look.  

Kindly scroll on for details, images, swatches galore and the Bottom Line...

Above: The menagerie of products used for this particular FOTD.
Above: Products for the face.
FACE: 
Above: Swatches of all face products in direct sunlight.
Above: Products for the eyes.
EYES: 
  • After this long week, my eyes needed an extra dose of the Chantecaille Nano-Gold Energizing Eye Serum...this cooling formula dramatically reduces fine lines and puffiness and its portable rollerball packaging means its always in my purse. 
  • I buffed the Ellis Faas Light (dispensed in streamlined silver click pens) in #303 (a shimmering bronze) across my eyelids and swept a bit more under my lower lash line.  I then added a bit of the Ellis Faas Light in #301 (a sparkling silvery platinum) for dimension.  This particular EF formula is fantastic...it is very liquid in texture upon application but once it dries in a few seconds, it sets completely and stays radiant (nearly foil-like!) for hours. 
  • I used the Jenny Patinkin Kitten-Paw Multi Brush to sweep a bit of the silky Kevyn Aucoin Eyeshadow Duo #202 in Shimmering Wheat (a champagne) along my brow bones and used the tip of the brush to apply a whisper of the Shimmering Vellum (a luminous white) in the corners of my eyes for an added brightening effect.
  • I used my ring finger to dab a touch of the Jouer Creme Eye Shadow in Chiffon to my upper cheek bones as a highlighter (it's a permanent fixture in my makeup bag...love how portable and effective it is!)
  • I applied the Marc Jacobs Hi-Liner in Blacquer (reviewed HERE) along my lower waterline...this jet black does not budge, even on the most sensitive of eyes (like mine).
  • I finished my eyes with two coats of the glorious Surratt Beauty Relevee Mascara (reviewed HERE) for lush black lashes with length and volume.  

Above: Swatches of all eye products in direct sunlight.
Above: A closeup of the complete eye look.
Above: Subtle shimmering bronze + lush, dark lashes. 
Above: Products for the lips etc.
Lips + Extras:
  • I first used my pinkie to apply some By Terry Baume de Rose (my current lip balm of choice).  This semi-glossy formula is nourishing and wears so well under lip products.  Oh, and it is also a part of my bedtime routine...a luxe splurge that I know I will use up completely! 
  • I then applied the Dior Addict Fluid Stick in #389 Kiss Me, a gorgeous, creamy, cool-toned light pink (available at Nordstrom, Bloomingdales and Macy's).  I have been stalking this shade for the last week and every counter that sold this new formula was sold out of this particular color; apparently it is already a best seller from the line (likely because all the other shade offerings are bright fuchsias, reds and corals that somehow all look very similar to one another).  I was finally able to find Kiss Me yesterday and am happy to report that my persistence was not in vain...it is a hydrating (much more so than the YSL Glossy Stains), delightfully opaque, long wearing formula (the watery texture dries down to a semi-glossy finish) and this pink is utterly incredible.  Highly recommended if you can track down! 
  • For my nails, I embraced an undying favorite...Marc Jacobs Beauty Fluorescent Beige (reviewed HERE)...a creamy pinky nude with pink micro-shimmer.  This shade never disappoints! 
  • My fragrance of the weekend is Giorgio Armani Prive Figuier Eden...it's fresh, sweet, figgy and long wearing...a unique springtime scent that intoxicates the senses. Questions about the Armani Prive line?  Contact Angel at the Neiman Marcus Fashion Island Armani Fragrance Counter (949) 759-1900.

Above: Dior Addict Fluid Stick is a hydrating, ultra-pigmented lip formula...less sticky than traditional gloss and extremely long lasting.  #389 Kiss Me is a cool, light pink with no shimmer...just stunning!
Above: Swatches of the By Terry Baume de Rose and Dior Addict Fluid Stick in direct sunlight.
Above: Dior Addict Fluid Stick in Kiss Me is the perfect light pink...so glad I finally located it! 
Above: I am majorly excited about the Dior Addict Fluid Stick Formula...Kiss Me is a gem. 
Above: Marc Jacobs Beauty nail polish in Fluorescent Beige is a unique nude...sophisticated and chic with the slightest pink leaning, it is entirely wearable. 
Above: I am loving the Armani Prive scents...so opulent, complex and unique and Figuier Eden is no exception.  I'll be experimenting with Pierre de Lune next week : ) 

Below: Images of all products collectively working on my face in various lighting situations...






Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this classic, clean and simple look and wish you a marvelous + blessed remainder of your Easter weekend!  What products did YOU use this weekend? 

I welcome your questions and comments...so many good things ahead on Beauty Professor : ) 

xoxo,

--The Beauty Professor

**Some PR samples provided for review (most products mentioned bought by me), however, as always, all of my opinions are expressly and unequivocally my own.  This post contains affiliate links; my disclosure policy contains additional details on how these work.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Jenny Patinkin Lazy Perfection Brushes...Video Demonstration and Review


Above: Jenny Patinkin's Lazy Perfection brush line is both visually stunning and entirely pragmatic.
I have never been one to go crazy for makeup brushes...ever on a quest to save time during my morning makeup ritual, I have pared down my efforts and supplies, thereby determining that I can create a full face (suitable for my professional teaching job) in less than seven minutes with two or three brushes maximum.  If I may be so honest, I've resigned myself to the reality that my desire to get every last minute of sleep in the AM supersedes my will to meticulously apply makeup!    
Above: Lazy Perfection brushes and their accompanying brush cases.
That being said, I am sure I have taken some less-than-preferable shortcuts (e.g., applying and smudging eye shadow with my ring fingers and using the same--gasp--makeup brush for bronzer and blush) that, upon a fleeting glance in the mirror, demand some form of emergency attention later on in the morning. Consequently, when I was given the opportunity to try the immensely talented Chicago-based makeup artist Jenny Patinkin's signature line of brushes, I felt both excited and bemused (how will I use them all?!) by the prospect.
Above: In the foreground, the amazing All-Over Face Brush.
Jenny Patinkin's Lazy Perfection perspective (also espoused at her Dollface Beauty School) postulates that beauty doesn't need to be complicated in order to be flattering; this minimum effort, maximum results mentality completely resonates with my personal aesthetic and I was immediately intrigued by the notion of finely-crafted tools (namely, makeup brushes) that could skillfully help me to continue to create the easy, natural looks towards which Jenny and I both gravitate.  After a few months of use, I am astounded by the way in which I have effortlessly integrated the ultra-luxe Lazy Perfection brushes into my routine; each of the tools in her 12 Brush Complete Collection have received regular usage, transforming my process into one of relaxed precision and beautiful results!  
Above: Ahh...this is what Lazy Perfection looks like.
In order to best exemplify their efficacy, my video (below) demonstrates a few of my favorites brushes and how I use them with specific products to achieve a glowing, everyday look.  


Products mentioned include: 
  1. Jenny Patinkin brush holders in TAUPE and PINK 
  2. Jenny Patinkin Domed Multi-Blender Brush...also mentioned on the blog HERE
  3. Cle de Peau Concealer in Beige...also mentioned on the blog HERE 
  4. Jenny Patinkin All-Over Face Brush...also mentioned on the blog HERE 
  5. Giorgio Armani Sheer Bronzer #1...also mentioned on the blog HERE
  6. Jenny Patinkin Brow Brush
  7. By Terry Eyebrow Mascara in #4 Dark Brown...also mentioned on the blog HERE
  8. Surratt Beauty Large Compact...also featured on the blog HERE 
  9. Ellis Faas Lights
  10. Jenny Patinkin Eye Shadow Basics Brush
  11. Surratt Beauty Artistique Eyeshadow in Haute Chocolat...also mentioned on the blog HERE
  12. Surratt Beauty Artistique Eyeshadow in Dore...also mentioned on the blog HERE 
  13. Jenny Patinkin Flat/Fluffy Cheek Brush
  14. Surratt Beauty Artistique Blush in Duchesse...also reviewed on the blog HERE 
  15. Jenny Patinkin Kitten-Paw Multi Brush
  16. Surratt Beauty Artistique Blush in Aureole (as a highlighter)...also mentioned on the blog HERE 
  17. Jenny Patinkin Large Domed Powder Brush
  18. Le Metier de Beaute Peau Vierge Anti-Aging Powder in #2...also comprehensively reviewed on the blog HERE
  19. On the lips...Youngblood Hydrating Lip Tint in Peony and Surratt Beauty Lip Lustre in Coquette...also reviewed on the blog HERE 
Kindly scroll on for closeup images of each of the Jenny Patinkin Brushes from the 12 Brush Complete Collection as well as the Bottom Line...

Above: The Pin-Point Liner Brush is great for eyeliner, tightlining, spot concealing and applying lip color.
Above: The super soft Eye Liner Smudge Brush works well with pencils, gels and powders.
Above: The Eyebrow Brush is angled to fill in brows, imparting a natural result rather than harsh lines.
Above: The Eye Shadow Basic Brush has dense yet flexible bristles that can apply shadow sheerly or with remarkable opacity.
Above: The Flat/Fluffy Eye Definer Brush is excellent for building a smoky eye.
Above: The Domed Eye Contour Brush establishes perfect shading and blending and is the ideal companion for powder shadows.
Above: The Concealer Brush features flexible synthetic fibers that cover dark circle and blemishes effectively.
Above: The soft and dense domed head of the Domed Multi-Blender Brush is my favorite for seamlessly applying cream concealer to my under eye region!
Above: The All-Over Face Brush can be used to apply cream and powder foundation, bronzer, blush, contour (my preference!) and highlighter...it's truly incredible.
Above: I love the diminutive Kitten-Paw Multi Brush for precise application of highlighter and/or contour to my cheek and brow bones.  Meow! 
Above: The Flat/Fluffy Cheek Brush delivers blush and bronzer in a light as air fashion.
Above: The Large Domed Powder Brush (made of Blue Squirrel and Goat hairs) is decadently soft and well-suited to applying powder.
Bottom Line: As one who was admittedly makeup brush-phobic, I am happy to report that the stunning Jenny Patinkin Lazy Perfection line has forever changed my mind about the role of tools in my routine.  My morning makeup application is still as expeditious as ever, but instead of being occasionally cavalier and haphazard, it is refreshingly precise while still reflecting the natural, laid-back beauty look that I prefer.  Highly recommended!

Hope your week is going well...the weekend is almost here ; ) 

xoxo and more soon,

--The Beauty Professor

**PR sample  provided for review, however,  as always,  all of my opinions are expressly and unequivocally my own.  This post contains  affiliate links; my disclosure policy contains additional details on how these work.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Guerlain Le Rouge G in Grenade

Above: Guerlain Le Rouge G: is it art? No...it's a lipstick!
Lately, I've been attempting to explore bolder lip options; although I will always be a pinky nude girl at heart, I am finding that, upon occasion, deeper, brighter shades are not as daunting as I originally thought.  Enter: Guerlain Le Rouge G in Grenade...a radiant, rose-based pink.  Although I've had a less than stellar experience with certain shades of the Rouge G (namely, the gorgeous, yet texturally disappointing Gabrielle), I am pleased to report that this particular incarnation from the formula is astoundingly smooth, long wearing and quite hydrating (all qualities where Gabrielle sadly fell short).   

Did Guerlain revamp the Rouge G formula?  Could it be that some shades are more hydrating and stalwart than others?  One can only ponder...all I know for certain is that I applied Grenade at 10 AM and the creamy, rosy hue stayed intact until nearly 3 PM without a need for touchups; during this time frame, my lips remained balanced, moisturized and comfortable.

Kindly scroll on for additional details, swatches, images of Grendade on the lips and the Bottom Line...

Guerlain Le Rouge G
Above: Engraving one's name on the metal case adds an element of personalization unattainable by traditional plastic lipstick tubes.
Here's the official word from Neiman Marcus:
A shimmering, ruby-powder lipstick tucked inside a chic, Parisian case.

Guerlain Rouge G de Guerlain Jewel Lipstick Compact contains a ruby-powder formula that interacts with the light and creates a jaw-dropping pout of perfection. At first glaze, lips will be left defined, smoothed, plumped, and hydrated.

Tucked in a compact that marries beauty with high design, with one click, you will have a luminous lipstick and mirror at your fingertips.

Designed by Lorenz Baumer, the most talented jeweler from the Place Vendome in Paris, it is the ultimate accessory of mystery and seduction.

Guerlain Le Rouge G Grenade
Above: The rosy-pink luxury of Grenade.
There is no doubt, Le Rouge G is pure luxury.  Featuring a weighty silver case, a sleek pop out mirror and rich, decadent pigmentation, this formula, like all Guerlain lip products, is lightly scented (but not at all bothersome).  The case that I happened to receive also had my name engraved on it (I understand that this is an option at many Neiman Marcus locations as well as when ordering directly from Guerlain)...talk about a personalization!

As aforementioned, Grendade is a bright, cool, rose-tinged pink.  It drenched with enough crimson pigment as to suffice for a classic carmine lipstick, however, I would deem this shade a bit more instantly casual and wearable than traditional red. The finish is satin, with the most delicate wash of micro-shimmer lending to its luminous quality; despite being fairly shiny, it is also incredibly opaque, even in one coat.  

The lasting power is respectable...from the point of initial application, I experienced nearly five hours of touch-up free wear from this particular shade and all the while, my lips felt hydrated and smooth...divine! 

Below: Grenade both in the bullet and on the lips in various lighting situations...

Guerlain Le Rouge G Grenade
Above: Grenade in mixed outdoor lighting.
Guerlain Le Rouge G Grenade
Above: Grenade alone on the lips in the shade.
Guerlain Le Rouge G Grenade
Above: Grenade on the lips in direct sunlight.
Above: Grenade in direct sunlight.
Below: Images of Guerlain Le Rouge G in Grenade on the lips...it was a minimal makeup day for me...just some Cle de Peau Cream Foundation, Armani Sheer Bronzer #1 (the original version) and Napoleon Matte Eye Ink.  Grenade was the bold finishing touch! 




Bottom Line: The Guerlain Le Rouge G in Grenade is lusciously bright and cheery.  The rose-tinged pink is reminiscent of the cherry pop-stained lips of childhood, albeit decidedly more chic and sophisticated.  I love the delicate satin finish, marvelous lasting power and nourishing formula and am glad that I found redemption (in the form of Grenade!) with the aesthetically wondrous Le Rouge G.  

What is YOUR experience with the Guerlain Le Rouge G formula?  Can't wait to hear your thoughts!

xx,

--The Beauty Professor

**PR sample  provided for review, however,  as always,  all of my opinions are expressly and unequivocally my own.  This post contains  affiliate links; my disclosure policy contains additional details on how these work.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Beauty Professor Bits + Pieces...

Above: Jethro and me in the backyard this weekend during a swatching session...a full spectrum of foundation swatches coming soon! 
Hello Dear BP Readers,

I hope your Sunday is lovely thus far!

I have a few bits and pieces to share and thought I would compile them into a single Sunday post ;  )

News is as follows:

(1) Nordstrom is having a beauty and fragrance SALE...at this very moment, thousands of products are 10% off!  For those of us who have spent a small fortune there, we know how truly rare these moments are!  From the wealth of offerings, I highly suggest...

  • The YSL Rouge Volupte #001 Nude Beige (reviewed HERE)...I am on tube #3!
  • The NARS Contour Blush (reviewed HERE)...this makes contouring a breeze, even for beginners.
  • Kiehl's Original Musk...I've used this classic fragrance on and off for years.  It is a warm, creamy scent that is delightfully unisex and entirely timeless.
  • Clarins Beauty Flash Balm...I'm hard-pressed to fit this multi-tasker into a specific skincare category.  All I know is that it is always in my work bag...it can be used as a primer, a skin-reviver (over makeup to add glow) and even as a hydrating, brightening, tightening mask on bare skin.  Have loved this for nearly a decade!

(2) The wildly popular limited-edition Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette (video review standalone HERE) is making a return.  Housed with three skin-flattering shades that contour and highlight and perfect with ease, this palette sold out quickly upon its release late last year...if you are still entertaining the idea of adding this to your collection, I suggest striking while the iron is hot!  It can be procured at Space NK, Sephora, Barney's NY and directly from Hourglass.

(3) I am happy to announce that lovely BP reader MOLLY is the Air Repair Skin Care Giveaway Winner.  She mentioned that she is excited to take her new Air Repair Skin Care Travel Kit on an upcoming international trip...perfect timing, indeed.  Congratulations, Molly!

(4) I have been swatching...a lot.  Consequently, I am thrilled to be sharing a full spectrum of foundation swatches from formulas including Ardency Inn, Cle De Peau and Le Metier de Beaute in the very near future.  Stay tuned!

(5) I am currently in the midst of working on a plethroa of videos for the Beauty Professor channel (please subscribe if you haven't already!)...any specific requests?

(6) A couple products I can't stop using this month so far include:

  • Napoleon Matte Eye Ink Liner...insanely good: super black, matte, easy to apply and long lasting...it's been my eye look every day this week.  Full review with images SOON!
  • Surratt Beauty Relevee Mascara (reviewed HERE)...it's my mascara "go to" for its ability to add volume and length without smudging or budging all day.  The fibers are super effective for making lashes better than they really are ; ) 
  • Lime Crime Babette (reviewed HERE) and Coquette (reviewed HERE) lipsticks.  These pigment-rich lippies satisfy my craving for full, creamy, pinky, peachy, nude lips in a second.  Both are always in my purse!
  • Cle de Peau Cream Foundation....bought this on a whim and am immensely impressed...great coverage, long lasting and an extremely respectable shade match.  Will be doing a full review (with swatches of every shade in the formula) very soon.
  • Le Metier de Beaute Cream Fresh Tint in Mystique (just bought my second one, also initially reviewed HERE) and Peau Vierge Pressed Powder (reviewed HERE)...the glowy pale goodness of Mystique is bringing springtime life to my cheeks and the new PV Powder is crazy good for setting and touchups.

(7) I did a little online springtime dress and bootie shopping with Anthropologie...lots of trips coming up and I'm confident that these basics will be staples:


(8) On a final note...phew...that was a tremendous amount of "Bits + Pieces,"Beauty Professor reached 2 MILLION page views on Friday!  A heartfelt thanks for all of your loyalty and support!

Can't wait to hear what is going on in your life...please leave me a comment...xoxo,

--The Beauty Professor

**This post contains  affiliate links; my disclosure policy contains additional details on how these work.

Tom Ford Summer 2014 Update: How I Use the Lip Shimmers

Above: The Tom Ford Summer 2014 Lip Shimmers resplendent in their ivory and gold cases.
After posting my spoils from the Tom Ford Summer 2014 collection earlier this week, I was met with a barrage of questions regarding swatches on the lips and how I might use the Lip Shimmers as highlighters.  Consequently, I took a round of pictures at the end of this crazy past week and am happy to share the additional details on the utility of the  both as a standalone lip color as well as an illuminator!

Kindly scroll on for details and images as well as the Bottom Line...

Above: Here is Solar Gold alone on the lips...it has a faintly rosy depth that makes my lips look slightly darker than their natural color.
Above: It's moisturizing and lush!
Above: Solar Gold alone on the lips.
Above: Moonlight alone on the lips...it is a pearly white that also appears to be a faint pink when combined with pigmented lips...very 1960's Mod.
Above: I'll be using Moonlight all spring and summer!
Above: Moonlight alone on the lips.
Above: I have also been using Moonlight as a highlighter...I sweep it along my brow bone for subtle illumination.  It is not as reflective as a traditional highlighter but adds just the right amount of gleam for more restrained moments.
Above: A bit more along the upper cheekbones and a touch down the bridge of the nose...this lip shimmer is a truly utilitarian!
Above: The full effect!...subtly glowy.
Bottom Line: I have no regrets about purchasing these Tom Ford Lip Shimmers (available at Neiman MarcusNordstromSaks Fifth Avenue and Selfridges).  They are delightfully moisturizing and just pigmented enough to be worn alone for an ethereal look.  As a lover of pale lips, I know they will be endlessly utilized.  As demonstrated, I also adore the fact that they can be used as impromptu highlighters when the moment requires...I hope this pictorial was useful for those of you who currently own these gems or who might be contemplating adding them to your collection!

Have a beautiful Sunday...xx,

--The Beauty Professor

**This post contains  affiliate links; my disclosure policy contains additional details on how these work.