Friday, May 22, 2015

FOTD: Poolside Casual + Rag & Bone Booties

Above: Poolside at the Mondrian Hotel.
Happy Friday, lovelies...I hope your week has been kind.  I've, for one, been entrenched in meetings, long lectures and finals, all while battling a hideous cold that has severely compromised my sleep (e.g., 1 hour here, 2 hours there...).  That being said, yesterday took a turn for the better with a gorgeous poolside beauty event (more on this soon!) at the stunning Mondrian Hotel.  In turn, I am happy to share both a casual FOTD that employed all my favorite products for feigning a rested (and well, for that matter) look and a closeup of my latest pair of Rag & Bone booties (initially discussed HERE).
Kindly scroll on for more details, images and the Bottom Line...

Above: The pristine pool deck, unencumbered by humanity, at the Mondrian Hotel. 
Above: The fusion of foliage, wood decks and white accents conveys a utopian energy.
Above: Key components for feigning a rested look.
Beauty Details:

  • *Bioderma Sensibio H2O to cleanse (reviewed HERE)...with a cotton pad, this has become a daily staple as of late.
  • *Mila Moursi pH Balancing Toner (also available at SpaceNK...full review soon) to effectively prep the skin after cleansing. 
  • *Mila Moursi Rejuvenating Serum (also available at SpaceNK...full review of this lifesaver soon!) as an all-over skincare first base.
  • Le Metier de Beaute Peau Vierge #2 (reviewed HERE)...a non-negotiable.
  • *Viseart T.I.Q. HD Cream Foundation in Pur 02W...oh my goodness, I love this formula; it's available only at Frends Beauty (full review soon!) buffed on with a damp Beauty Blender
  • *Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer in Luminous Bronze (reviewed HERE)...across my cheekbones to sculpt and warm the face;  I applied it with my ultra-soft Chikuhodo GSN 04 Brush (reviewed HERE).
  • Becca Cosmetics Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal (reviewed HERE)...perhaps the most perfect, skin-wakening glow I've ever encountered; I will never be without this.
  • Tom Ford Cream Blush in Pink Sand on the apples of my cheeks (reviewed HERE) for a soft pink flush.
  • Tom Ford Eyeshadow in Naked Bronze (reviewed HERE) on upper lids and lower lash line.
  • Burberry Wet/Dry Glow Eyeshadow in 002 Nude (reviewed HERE) on top, focused on the center of the upper eyelid for extra dimension.
  • Chanel Le Volume de Chanel Mascara in Prune (reviewed HERE)...two coats for full lashes.
  • Marc Jacobs Poutliner in Honeybun (reviewed HERE)...this has been my go-to liner for months.  One simply cannot beat the long lasting light peachy pink tone of this creamy, retractable pencil-meets-crayon.
  • *Napoleon Perdis Mattetastic Lipstick in Audrey (reviewed HERE)...a gorgeous cool pink for a velvety pop of color.
  • Marc Jacobs Enamored Hi-Shine Lipgloss in Moonglow (review soon)...this pinky beige gloss is ultra shiny and opaque enough to make lips look full and plush.  I absolutely prefer the new MJ gloss formula to the original!

  • Above: The combination of Tom Ford Naked Bronze and Burberry Nude makes for a glowing taupe eye. 
    Above: Soft contouring and a tender pink cheek.
    Above: Actively pretending to feel better than I do ; ) 
    Onto the booties...

    Above: Paired with a leather skirt or denim, these Rag & Bone booties are incredibly versatile.
    I simply adore the Rag & Bone Newbury Ankle Boots.  The super soft (yet sturdy) leather molds to the foot, making the 3-inch heeled beauty a break-in free enterprise.  I must admit, the color initally threw me for a loop (to streamline things, I tend to go for black or tan in brown or gray) but I decided to treat this taupe as a "neutral" and find it works very well with my black, tan and denim wardobe.  Although I originally mentioned these boots in my most recent Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale top ten list, I have discovered that they have since sold out in the last 24 hours.  They are, however, still available (on sale, no less!) at Neiman Marcus and Rag & Bone.  

    Above: The toe cap is almond shaped...sleek enough to look chic but still spacious enough for sensitive toes (like mine) and those on their feet all day!
    Above: The slightly luminous leather is not metallic but the sheen adds a special dimension that makes these boots truly neutral.
    Above: They run bascially true to size...I can get away with a 7 or 7 1/2 but settled on the 7 /12 for extra comfort since the heel height is substantial enough to require such a precaution. 
    Above: The black stacked heel further lends to its neutral capabilities. 
    Above: The zipper pull on the back of the shoe make them easy to put on and take off...brilliant.
    Above: Last look.
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    Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this causal FOTD...the products utilized definitely possess the capability to make one look more well-rested than they actually are!  Also, if you are even thinking about the Rag & Bone booties (currently still in stock at Neiman Marcus and Rag & Bone), I highly suggest pursuing them sooner, rather than later...I was beyond surprised how quickly they sold out overnight at Nordstrom

    What are some of YOUR favorite products for feigning a rested look?

    Good things ahead, including a new lip color intensive and skincare routine, I'm working on a video or two this weekend ; ) 


    --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 content and/or photos without author's written permission.

    Wednesday, May 20, 2015

    The Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale: My Top 10 Things to Peruse

    Above: 10 things to think about for the Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale (running now, through 5/31).
    The Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale is currently running now through May 31st and, for the sake of being succinct, I am happy to share my top ten items to peruse list!  Focused on clean, classic and timeless style, these picks will take you through the warmer months with ease:

    1. Burberry Beauty...specifically the new Lip & Cheek Blooms (reviewed HERE), the Wet/Dry Glow Eyeshadow in Nude (reviewed HERE) and the Burberry Kisses (reviewed HERE)

    2. Tory Burch Trapeze Cosmetics Case...the perfect size for tossing in one's purse and I love the fact that it sturdy enough to stand up on a counter without tipping over!

    3. Marc by Marc Jacobs Sophisticato Lil Bliz' Cosmetics Case...smaller but still mighty enough for the essentials.

    4. Rag & Bone Newbury Booties in Metallic Taupe...I recently bought these and absolutely adore them; they are super chic, feel marvelous on the feet and transcend the seasons, making them an extremely worthy investment.  Full review soon! 

    5. Dolce Vita Nakita Woven Sandal...I have a penchant for this particular style of shoes and can justify the procurement of yet another pair due to the woven texture, which makes this particular incarnation different enough to be necessary.  Plus, all my Dolce Vitas are wildly comfortable.

    6. Stewart Weitzman Slip On Sneaker...just when I thought I had seen every type of sneaker on the market, this slip on pair comes along (on sale, nonetheless!) and sings its siren song.  These will be mine.  

    7. 7 For All Mankind Boyfriend Jeans...I have been on a bit of a boyfriend jeans kick lately; although I am probably late to the party, I am over the moon at how comfortable they are.  Throw in a pair of wedges or heels and it even looks like you've given it an earnest try ; )

    8. AG Cropped Overalls...this bleached, pale blue pair will be perfect with a bikini, a tee shirt or a button down and heels...cannot wait to style them per my mood.

    9. Equipment France Slim Signature Shirt in Spearmint (reviewed HERE) affinity for Equipment blouses knows no end and I am thrilled to see that one of my favorites is on sale.  This creamy mint blue is brilliant for spring and summer.

    10. Eileen Fisher Racerback Dress...flowy and comfortable with just enough edginess to make it unique staple, the reviews for this frock are stellar and so is the fact that it comes in a myriad of colors.

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    Bottom Line:  I hope this brief list proves to be shopping inspiration for you...what do YOU have your eye on for this particular installment of the Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale?

    Good things ahead...a skincare routine update, new beauty to land a BP headquarters and a fresh video, all in the works ; ) 


    --The Beauty Professor

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

    Tuesday, May 19, 2015

    Frog Prince in a Bronze Lagoon: Enchanting New Products from Lipstick Queen and Sisley

    Above: Lipstick Queen Frog Prince magically transforms to a customized pink.
    I must admit, I haven't given green lip color a proper spin since high school; in those tender and formative years, I had a mood lipstick that transformed to a blaringly hot pink and a pale mint number from MAC that was more shimmer than pigment.  That being said, I may have had a reservation (or ten) when I gingerly swiped the latest release from the venerable Lipstick Queen line--Frog Prince--onto my lips.  Imagine my delight when I witnessed the sheer formula slowly morph into the most beautiful, glimmering medium pink hue.  Couple this wonder with the latest long- lasting eye shadow from Sisley and a fresh and whimsical post is necessitated! 

    Kindly scroll on for more details, swatches and images of both Frog Prince and the Sisley Phyto-Eye Twists in action as well as the Bottom Line...
    Above: Frog Prince applies sheer but deepens in a few minutes.
    *Frog Prince (available at Space.NK, Barney's NY and Lipstick Queen)  is a bold green bullet that amusingly reminds me of one of my favorite beverages...matcha tea.  Although the formula applies sheerly (making swatching a bit of a challenge) it deepens to a "my lips but better" shade (read: decidedly NOT hot pink) over the course of a few minutes.  The buttery smooth texture adds plush luminosity and hydration to the lips and the pigmentation takes on the lasting power of a stain...brilliant!

    Official details, courtesy of Space.NK

    Get ready for an intensely romantic fairy tale rose with a softly glossy finish.

    Frog Prince is a remarkable emerald green lipstick that transforms into a magical rosebud pink as soon as it touches your lips. By reacting and adapting to the natural pH of your lips, Frog Prince becomes your own custom shade of rosebud pink, working perfectly in harmony with your complexion.

    The luscious, semi-sheer texture is enriched with Vitamin E and Shea Butter, which keeps lips soft, hydrated and deliciously kissable.

    Petal-soft, semi-sheer, and moisturizing with a softly glossy sheen.

    The ultimate, flattering rosebud pink that adapts to each and every skin tone.

    Nourishing formula for maximum comfort thanks to Vitamin E and Shea Butter.

    Long-lasting color.

    Above: An initial swatch of Frog Prince in direct sunlight.
    Above: A perfect pairing...Sisley Phyto-Eye Twists in Bronze and Lagoon.
    I've also been experimenting with the gorgeously versatile *Sisley Phyto-Eye Twists.  The retractable liner-meets-shadow formula glides on with precision to create color, depth and a satin finish that formidably doesn't budge until removed.  

    I adore sweeping Bronze shade (which is more of a glimmering khaki-taupe than a warm bronze) onto my upper lid and smudging it along my lower lash line and adding a bit of the bold, deep peacock blue Lagoon shade to my lower waterline for a classic effect (as demonstrated in the images that follow).  

    I am floored by the crease-free lasting power of these shadow sticks...they are reminiscent of the By Terry Ombre Blackstars (reviewed HERE and HERE) but come in shades that aren't a part of the By Terry regular collection, thereby eliminating redundancy in my eyeshadow collection. 

    Official details, courtesy of Neiman Marcus:

    Phyto-Eye Twist is an all-in-one eye make-up solution: eye shadow + pencil + eyeliner. The "jumbo" tip blends and glides to color the eyelids, easily applying graphic make-up or drawing an XXL line. The skincare formula is enriched with plant-based active ingredients (Green Tea, White Lily, Camellia) and protects the delicate skin of the eyelids.

    The gliding, ultra-sensory, waterproof texture allows an ultra-easy application and a flawless hold all day long.

    Its magnetic shades enhance your look in a single twist and offer a multitude of finishes.

    Fun and practical, there is no need to sharpen this new zebra-look jumbo pencil.

    Apply directly to the eyelids:
    • For a veil of color: apply to eyelid then blend color with fingertip.
    • For an intense look: directly apply color to eyelid with the pencil.
    • For a graphic look: use the XXL eyeliner to accentuate the lash line.
    All make-up styles are possible, simply vary how you apply the product to suit your mood.

    Above: Swatches of the Sisley Phyto-Eye Twists in Bronze and Lagoon in direct sunlight.
    The following images reflect Lipstick Queen Frog Prince + Sisley Phyto-Eye Twist in Bronze and Lagoon in action...

    Above: Last look...the whimsy is simply too much.
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    Bottom Line: If you love pink lipsticks with a twist, then Frog Prince (available at Space.NKBarney's NY and Lipstick Queen) is for you; additionally, for one of most utilitarian and long lasting eye shadows on the market, I implore you to consider the Sisley Phyto-Eye Twists

    What's new in YOUR corner of the world?

    Good things ahead, including a skincare update, even more lip color and a fresh FOTD. 

    Hope your week is off to a superb start!


    --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 content and/or photos without author's written permission.

    Sunday, May 17, 2015

    New Lips, Shoes + a Preview of the Le Metier De Beaute Ken Downing Kaleidoscopes!

    Above: Lancome Shine Lover in Effortless Pink...a gloriously glossy and pigmented wonder.  Also pictured...Alor Stack Bracelet
    Happy Sunday!  This post is devoted to three new products in my life: lip color, shoes and eyeshadow...I ask you (with only the slightest hint of cavalier humor), what else does a girl need? 

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

    Above: Wearing Shine Lover in Effortless Pink.
    (1) First up is the deliciously radiant *Lancome Shine Lover Lipstick in Effortless Pink; drenched with pigment and a cellophane shine, this ultra moisturizing formula feels like the most luxurious balm while bathing lips in gorgeously buildable color.  Effortless Pink, which could be described as a cool medium pink with slightly lilac leanings, has just enough saturated tone to instantly brighten the face without being over the top.  Although it initially applies sheer, the color payoff, especially after a layer or two, is significant. As one who often battles dry lips, I am completely delighted with how hydrated my lips feel when wearing this lip color; they stay smooth and comfortable for hours.   All in all, this is a stunning formula and a must-have shade for pink lovers!
    Above: Effortless Pink is glowing without the inclusion of shimmer. 
    Official details, courtesy of Neiman Marcus:

    Shine Lover is a vibrant shine lipstick that reveals the attitude of a smile with its remarkable expression of pulsating colors. Shine Lover is much more than a lipstick, it's a state of mind. Includes Rose de Muscat Oil which infuses the balmy texture with moisture that hydrates, rejuvenates, and smoothes lips.

    Above: Two swipes of Effortless Pink in direct sunlight.
    Above: Applying Effortless Pink.
    Above: Two layers of Effortless Pink alone on the lips.
    Above: Effortless Pink pairs beautifully with neutral eyes and cheeks.
    Makeup Details:
    The images that follow reflect Lancome Shine Lover in Effortless Pink in action...

    Above: I am loving Lancome Shine Lover Effortless Pink.
    Above: Freebird by Steven shoes (in the style Grind).
    (2) Next,  I recently picked up a new pair of Freebird by Steven shoes (in the style Grind) that add a unique and utilitarian element to my wardrobe.  These booties feature strappy detailing and a side zipper that makes them easy to put on.  The two-inch heel provides just enough lift to be flattering and the high-quality leather allows for virtually no break-in time...brilliant!

    Above: The straps make them interesting. 
    Above: Grind features a leather sole. 
    Above: These shoes are break-in period necessary! 
    Above: I wear these with shorts, skirts and versatile.
    le metier de beaute ken downing kaleidoscope paris london swatches
    Above: The Le Metier de Beaute X Ken Downing Kaleidoscopes in Paris and London.
    (3) Finally, I had the opportunity to swatch the freshly-debuted Le Metier de Beaute Limited Edition Ken Downing Kaleidoscopes last week and am thrilled to share my initial impressions.  

    These rare gems feature iconic images from both Paris and London and a treasure trove of silky, pigmented eyeshadows for endless possibilities.  Although I have an affinity for both, I am slighly more partial to the unabashedly neutral London.  I am told that these were produced in very limited quantities so I would act sooner rather than later if you are as eager as I am to add these to your collection!

    Official details, courtesy of Neiman Marcus (shade descriptions, courtesy of me):

    Exclusively ours. The enduring Le Métier de Beauté and Ken Downing relationship has yet again created an exquisite kaleidoscope collection. Distilled from the trends, tones and textures presented at the Fall 15 fashion week shows in London and Paris, each collection includes four limited-edition and specially curated eye shadows, with whimsical illustrations depicting iconic images of each city on each kaleidoscope. Shades can be worn alone or blended together for an incomparable result.

    London Shades:

    Faded Foxglove...a matte beige cream
    Naughty Nottingham...a luminous neutral medium taupe
    Penny Lane...a burnished bronzy brown with a satin finish
    Burnt Orchid...a rich eggplant with a satin finish

    Paris Shades:

    Violet Femme...a lilac-tinged pink with a creamy finish
    Champagne Elysees...a glowing bronze
    Eiffel Power...a silvery gray-blue 
    Cunning opulent dark brown 

    le metier de beaute ken downing kaleidoscope paris london swatches
    Above: Swatches of the Le Metier de Beaute X Ken Downing Kaleidoscopes in Paris and London.
    le metier de beaute ken downing kaleidoscope paris london swatches
    Above: Swatches of the Le Metier de Beaute X Ken Downing Kaleidoscopes in Paris and London (with a flash).
    le metier de beaute ken downing kaleidoscope paris london swatches
    Above: The LMdB Ken Downing Kaleidoscope in Paris. 
    le metier de beaute ken downing kaleidoscope paris london swatches
    Above: The LMdB Ken Downing Kaleidoscope in London.
    **If you want to place a phone order for these stunning kaleidoscopes, I encourage you to call LMdB Specialist Extraordinare Mishel Brown (310/550-5900 Ext. 2036) at the Le Metier de Beaute counter at Neiman Marcus Beverly Hills.
    Above: Last look.
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    Bottom Line:  I hope you enjoyed this collision of beauty and style procurements in the lipcolor, shoes and eyeshadow categories...I love sharing my finds! 

    What new beauty and style have YOU indulged in lately?

    Good things ahead, including a skincare routine update, a video tutorial and an array of new discoveries...I am also in the midst of responding to comments and emails ; )


    --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 content and/or photos without author's written permission.