Saturday, April 25, 2015

Rainy Day in Dallas: Beauty + Style Details

Above: The bulk of my beauty products the past few days.
Happy weekend, lovelies! Between work and travel, this week has been an utter blur.  Consequently, I have pared down my beauty routine the past couple of days, which has been a great time saver while I've been exploring Dallas. This brief post is dedicated to the key products I've been using, with a splash of style towards the end!  The rainy day conditions yesterday were an amusing change, but I concede that I miss the glory of direct, natural sunlight, especially when capturing swatches ; 0 

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

Above: I picked up the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal at the Sephora VIB sale (discussed HERE)...no regrets whatsoever!
Products Used:
Above: The Chikuhodo GSN 04 brush is divine.
Above: The Gucci Luxe Finishing Powder in 040 (not 060 as it says in the swatches...oops!) is marvelous for NC 25 skin.  Splendid packaging, effective brush...absolutely perfect in every way!
Above: Swatches in indoor lighting (please note, it was a rainy day!)
Above: Swatches by a window.
The following images reflect the products in action in various lighting situations...

Above: The By Terry Ombre Blackstar in Bronze Moon + Brown Perfection on the lids...once applied, this duo does not budge!
Above: With a flash.
Above: In front of a window.
Above: No flash.
Above: With a flash.
Above: The front face of the Joule Hotel in Dallas...the classic architecture is gorgeous.
Above: At the Neiman Marcus Flagship Store...but, of course!

Outfit Details:




Above: 8 PM rainbow...dreamy, no?
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Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this glimpse into my routine this week and would love to know what products you've been embracing as of late. 

Good things ahead, including a beauty + skincare travel packing list, some new product procurements and even more foundation! As aforementioned, due to my current travels, I am working on responding to email and comments as quickly as my schedule allows ; ) 

Hope your weekend is off to a lovely start! 
xx,

--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. 
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Thursday, April 23, 2015

La Mer Reparative Skintint...Swatches, Review + a Full FOTD

la mer reparative skintint swatches
Above: The freshly-released La Mer Reparative Skintint. 
Just when I thought I couldn't fathom another foundation release, the La Mer Reparative Skintint surfaced.  This lightweight base offers the skincare benefits of the La Mer Miracle Broth, coupled with buildable, ultra-flattering coverage that wears beautifully throughout the day.  I am excited to share swatches of each shade as well as a some fresh products from Omorovicza, Tata Harper, Napoleon Perdis, Sania's Brow Bar, Kevyn Aucoin, ReVive and Show Beauty.  

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

la mer reparative skintint swatches
Above: Behold...the La Mer Reparative Skintint!
The La Mer Reparative Skintint (also available at Bergdorf Goodman and Barney's NY) is utterly lovely.  In my initial experiences, the SPF 30 formula is:
  • Buildable for customizable light to medium, nearly full coverage
  • Very creamy, yet easily absorbed
  • Able to minimize the appearance of pores and fine lines for nearly an airbrushed (yet natural) finish
  • Good for most skin tones in the light to medium-deep range...the undertones are neutral enough to blend well
  • Long lasting...I get nearly 8 hours of flawless wear
  • My most favorite La Mer product yet!
Shade Descriptions:
  • Very Fair: @N/NC/NW 10-15
  • Light: @N/NC/NW 20-23
  • Light-Medium: @N/NC/NW 25-27
  • Medium: @N/NC/NW 30-35
  • Tan: @N/NC/NW 37-42
Official details, courtesy of Neiman Marcus:

This reparative treatment with a healthy wash of color works to perfect the complexion instantly and over time. Skin is immersed in the healing energies of our legendary Miracle Broth™, while potent marine ferments help even, smooth and repair the look of lines and wrinkles. SPF30 and antioxidants help protect from environmental stressors such as pollution that can age the look of the skin. Day by day, skin looks healthier, more glowing and luminous

**If you are looking to pick this formula up by phone, I highly recommend calling La Mer Specialist Scott Reyes at Neiman Marcus Beverly Hills (310) 550-5900...he is a brilliant resource for the line!
la mer reparative skintint swatches
Above: Swatches of the La Mer Reparative Skintint in direct sunlight.
Above: Products used for the look that follows
To adequately showcase the resplendent performance of the La Mer Reparative Skintint, I created a bright yet casual look that features some of my latest product procurements on heavy rotation!

Products Used
  • *Le Metier de Beaute Peau Vierge #2 (reviewed HERE)...as an initial, non-negotiable, moisturizer/priming base.
  • *ReVive Fermatif Hand Renewal Cream SPF 15....a wildly hydrating formula, my typing and handwriting-fatigued hands feel truly transformed after a single application.  
  • La Mer Restorative Skintint in Light-Medium...buffed on with a Beauty Blender, I am loving the medium coverage that sets within a minute and wears like a dream.
  • *Omorovicza Mineral Touch in Beige (swatched below)...this latest debut from the venerable Hungarian skincare line is simply stunning.  The silky formula can be used as a concealer or even a light base and the pigmented cream covers imperfections while still looking entirely natural.  I adore this.
  • *Tata Harper Volumizing Lip and Cheek Tint in Very Charming (swatched below)...this all natural formula is light and buildable for softly flushed cheeks that look lit from within.  I'm impressed with its ingredients and versatility!
  • Napoleon Perdis Closeup Powder...coming soon, this completely invisible powder banishes shine while blurring pores and fine lines for confidence in extreme closeup situations.
  • *Napoleon Perdis Nude U Palette (reviewed HERE)...this set of neutrals offers limiteless possibilities and I embraced the first and forth shades on the top row for a light taupe lid with gleaming accents.  
  • *Sania's Brow Bar Brow Pencil in Medium (swatched below)...this retractable brow pencil yields creamy pigment that looks ever so natural and features a spooly on the other side...a wonderful pairing for brows on the go.
  • *Clé de Peau Beauté Perfect Lash Mascara (reviewed HERE)...two coats and this formula does not budge until I remove it.
  • *Kevyn Aucoin Matte Lip Color in Eternal (swatched below)...this bright, classic cherry shade can be blotted for a casual twist on the bold red pout.  The pigmentation is insane!
  • *Show Beauty Pure Treatment Oil...luxuriously scented and ultra hydrating, I apply this oil both on wet hair (to lend to managability) and dry hair (to add immediate shine).
Above: Swatches of all products used in direct sunlight. 
omorovicza mineral touch swatches
Above: The Omorovicza Mineral Touch concealers are creamy and high performing.
omorovicza mineral touch swatches
Above: Swatches of both shades in direct sunlight. 
Above: The full ingredients list. 
Above: The Tata Harper Volumizing Lip and Cheek Tint in Very Charming is a fresh pop of color for the face. 
Above: Light and heavy swatches of Very Charming in direct sunlight. 
Above: Impressive ingredients list, no?
Above: The Napoleon Perdis Closeup Powder...so invisible, the swatch couldn't be captured!
Above: Magnificent packaging, marvelous hair oil, courtesy of Show Beauty.
 The images below reflect all products discussed in action in various lighting situations...I'll be sharing my waterfall fishtail tutorial soon! 








Above: Last look.

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Bottom Line: The La Mer Reparative Skintint is an incredible base option for those seeking buildable medium coverage with skincare benefits and a lasting finish.  I, for one, am delighted with the formula and anticipate it joining the ranks of my rotation in the months to come!

Good things ahead, including a beauty + skincare travel packing list, some new product procurements and even more foundation!  I am in Dallas this week for a digital publishers conference (more on that forthcoming) and am working on responding to email and comments as quickly as my schedule allows ; ) 

Hope your week is going well...the weekend is almost here!

xx,

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

Monday, April 20, 2015

Spellbound: My First Facial at the Kate Somerville Clinic

Above: The famed Kate Somerville Clinic on Melrose Place.
Earlier this month, I had the privilege of experiencing my first facial (ever, I might add!) at the Kate Somerville Clinic.  Although I met the delightful Kate last month when hosting Project Beauty at Neiman Marcus (more on that soon!) and have discussed her products many times over (HERE, HERE and HERE), I had never had the chance to partake in the professional skincare process that have built her brand over the past decade.  Consequently, I am excited to share my adventure with the LightStim Red Facial!

Kindly scroll on for more details, an overview of my experience and products used as well as the Bottom Line...

Above: With Kate Somerville at Neiman Marcus Beverly Hills. 
Above: At the entry of the clinic.
Aesthetically speaking, the Kate Somerville Clinic is stunning; the classic decor is reminiscent of a more civilized time...lush drapes, textured wall dressings and fresh flowers at every turn, this veritable wonderland of creams and greys emanates a relaxed energy.  The reception area was welcoming and my aesthestician, Rachel, kindly ushered me to my room. 
Aboe: The anteroom that leads to the treatment rooms...each space is unique and handsomely equipped with cutting edge devices and signature Kate Somerville products.
Above: Luxuriously quiet and endlessly comfortable, my treatment room was divine.
I was given time to change into a terry cloth garment and couldn't help but snap a few cell phone pictures of my environs.  The plush bed and linens, gorgeous white accents and perfectly prepared countertops were another indication of the excellent standards of the Kate Somerville Clinic.

Above: The goggles for the LightStim portion of the facial...the last time I wore something similar, I may or may not have been, very regrettably, in a tanning bed. 
Above: Ready for my facial!
Above: A cache of Kate Somerville, beckoning to be used.
Because I opted to fully absorb the facial experience, I chose not to take notes or pictures during the actual experience.  In turn, my recapitulation is rather truncated but wholly earnest!  Rachel cleansed my skin with the Gentle Daily Wash and a Clarisonic.  She then used the ExfoliKate Gentle (since my skin is sensitive) to remove dead skin cells and followed with a steam-enhanced, completely painless extraction session.  I was heartened when she told me that my pores looked quite clear and extractions were, consequently, minimal!  We then proceeded to the LightStim portion of the facial. I was given goggles to wear and Rachel very clearly explained how the lights would feel on my face (warm not hot).  

Here are the major tenets of the treatment, courtesy of the Kate Somerville Clinic:

A targeted combination of enzymatic exfoliation, extractions and advanced LED technology leaves skin revived, healthy and soothed. The LightStim® Red Facial combines advanced red and infrared lights to increase circulation, reduce inflammation, and encourage deeper product absorption. It also stimulates collagen and elastin to prevent the early signs of aging and restore an overall radiant, healthy glow.

During the 20 minutes of LightStim treatment, I received a gloriously relaxing arm and neck massage...truly the minutes just flew by.  Rachel was a brilliant conversationalist and I enjoyed our exchange of favorite beauty products and other musings. 

Following the LightStim, Rachel applied the world-famous Dermal Quench--I adore the cooling sensation--and finished the process by applying a trifecta of serum, moisturizer and sunscreen (detailed later in this post) to seal in the benefits of the treatment.  

Upon completion of the Kate Somerville LightStim Red Facial, I felt entirely peaceful and relaxed and my skin looked and felt smooth and glowing, clearly nourished from the process! 

Above: Kate Somerville Director of Public Relations and me upon completion of my facial; she kindly gave me a tour of the entire clinic and the images that follow reflect our exploration of the premises.
Above: A large conference room used for special events and consultations.  The marvelous building itself dates back to the 1920s and originally was occupied by silent film start Janet Gaynor and her husband, famed costume designer Adrian.  If these walls could talk... 
Above: Luxe simplicity.
Above: Mirrors, orchids and Kate Somerville products, meticulously positioned on the wall...taste and serenity on another level.
Above: I was enchanted by the impeccable crown moulding and countless number of chandeliers in the clinic...truly beautiful.
Above: My skin, directly following the Kate Somerville Clinic LightStim Red Facial.
Above: Key products employed in my Kate Somerville LightStim facial.
I headed home with six of the key products utilized in my LightStim facial...from a smooth facial wash to a potent, purely physical SPF, my skin was prepared to face the day:

  • *Gentle Daily Wash (available at Neiman MarcusNordstrom + Kate Somerville)
  • *ExfoliKate Gentle (available at Neiman MarcusNordstrom + Kate Somerville)
  • *Nourish Body Perfection Body Rescue Cream (available at Neiman MarcusNordstrom Kate Somerville)
  • *HydraKate Line Release Serum (available at Neiman MarcusNordstrom + Kate Somerville)
  • *Nourish Daily Moisturizer (available at Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom + Kate Somerville)
  • *Daily Deflector Waterlight Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Anti-Aging Sunscreen (available at Neiman MarcusNordstrom + Kate Somerville)

  • Above: Rachel sent me home with a guide to both my LightStim treatment and a product breakdown for my facial...so helpful! 
    Above: Swatches of each of the Kate Somerville products used in my facial.

    Above: Kate Somerville Director of Public Relations Meg Young + BP following a lovely lunch.
    Above: Last look.

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    Bottom Line:  I am thrilled to report that my first LightStim Red Facial was utterly divine and I am spellbound by how instantly one's skin can be transformed by such an experience.  My sensitive skin did not display the slightest bit of irritation and all day long (over the course of three separate meetings!) people continued to comment on how glowing and healthy my skin looked!  I wholeheartedly recommend Kate Somerville's Clinic as a destination for serious skincare treatments and cannot wait to return again in the near future.

    What are some of YOUR favorite Kate Somerville products? 

    Good things ahead, including a fresh FOTD, a host of new foundation profiles and a round of product procurements...I hope your week is off to a lovely start!

    xx,

    --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. 

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