Saturday, April 22, 2017

On Location: Dallas Beauty and Style + Fresh Dior Launches


If you've been following me on Instagram, you may have ascertained that I am currently in Dallas and enjoying the beauty of the Crescent Court Hotel. The people of Dallas are warm and friendly and the city is a delight! 

I brought an insane amount of makeup to shoot and, so far, also managed to pick up a few new pieces which I am excited to share with you in this on-location beauty and style story. I also have swatches of the brand new Dior Lip Tattoos...hope you find them helpful! 

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


With an emphasis on even skin, neutral cheeks and glowing bronze eyes, this makeup look took me less than 10 minutes to create.

Face + Base. 
// BASE + FACE //
  • *Surratt Surreal Real Skin Foundation #6 (swatched and reviewed HERE): Applied with the built in brush with a final buff of a Beauty Blender, this foundation ranks amongst my top three for its buildable coverage, natural skin finish and immense lasting power. 
  • By Terry Sun Designer #2 (swatched and reviewed HERE): At this point, I've just started my second palette...soft matte bronzing options and glowing pink blush, this is one of the most versatile face options on the planet. 
  • *Sisley-Paris Concealer #2 (swatched and reviewed HERE): A touch under my eyes hides all of the signs of my travel sleep deprivation. 
  • Gucci Satin Matte Powder Foundation #080 (swatched and reviewed HERE): This has been my touch up powder go-to for awhile now; smooth and nearly invisible, it perfects the skin instantly. 
Eyes. 
// EYES //
  • Dior Five Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette in Attract: This stunning palette features three warm bronze shades, a glowing pale pink and a rich bright pink for the warm and rosy eye I love to create. The shadows are finely milled and pigmented and perform well without creasing.  Although it's currently LE, I believe it will be launching at Nordstrom and Sephora soon. Also, you can also pick up the eyeshadow at the Christian Dior Flagship store in Dallas at 214/520-6494 and ask for Christian Iles...he's an incredible resource and the store ships for free in the US!)
  • Dior Diorfusion Mono Eyeshadow in Meteore: A resplendent champagne brown, this long lasting cream eyeshadow builds beautifully and imparts the most delicate glow. Beautiful worn alone or with other products, it's truly a gem worth adding to one's neutral eye product collection. 
  • Gucci Impact Long Wear Eye Pencil in Black (reviewed HERE): My favorite for the waterline, I simply cannot get enough. 
  • Dior Diorshow Pump'N'Volume Mascara: Intriguing on every level, this new mascara boasts a squeezable tube that allows one to dispense the perfect amount of mascara on the brush with a simple pinch, thereby reducing the mascara's chance of drying out from too many pumps.  Genius! I've loved the Diorshow formula for years and this installment is no exception; in two coats, my lashes are massively volumized and lengthened. 
Attract. 
With Christian Iles at the Dior Flagship Store in Highland Park Village, Dallas TX.
Attract. 
Swatches in direct sunlight. 
The full eye look.
Dior Attract swatches. 

Lips. 
// LIPS //
  • *Nurse Jamie NuLips: Emollient and nourishing, this luxe lip treatment gently adds moisture, volume and a delicate glow to one's pout; I've been using it day and night and love how it volumizes and hydrates with each application.
Official details, courtesy of Neiman Marcus:

The NuLips RX™ system by Nurse Jamie helps to soften and plump your lips for that perfect pout. This system includes an anti-microbial silicone lip brush that gently exfoliates your lips, helping to remove dry skin and dead skin cells for smooth, baby soft lips. The all-natural lip balm is petroleum free and contains hyaluronic acid that helps plump your lips along with some of nature's most beneficial oils to hydrate, protect and moisturize.
  • Dior Addict Lacquer Stick in #550 Tease: This new launch features an ultra shiny formula and sublime color payoff for a creamy and lush lip. Tease is a neutral pink with plenty of pop...I am confident it would flatter a spectrum of skin tones. 
Dior Tease. 
Dior Lip Tattoo.
While at the Dior Flagship Store, I also had the chance to swatch the freshly-released Dior Lip Tattoo (also available at Neiman Marcus and Selfridges).  With vibrant pigmentation and a weightless yet indelible natural finish that performs like a creamy stain, this liquid lip color currently comes in five shades (swatched below).  Although they all were too dark for my personal taste, those who prefer depth and lasting power (10+ hours) in their lip color will be wise to pursue these marvelous hues. 
Swatches of the Dior Lip Tattoo.
Swatches of the Dior Lip Tattoo.
Official details, courtesy of Nordstrom:

What it is: The first bare skin sensation natural color lip tint by Dior that will change your makeup habits forever with its 10-hour, tattoo-tint kiss-proof stain.
What it does: The long-wear tint with an extreme weightless feel features Dior color technology, which blends stains and pigments to create no-transfer shades with a weightless, comfortable, bare-skin sensation. The water-balanced emulsion includes the perfect balance of stains, pigments and emollients. A few seconds after application, it fuses with lips like a tattoo. Its foam applicator is beveled to follow the contour of your lips, covering them in color that won't transfer and leaving behind an ultra-natural finish that's neither matte nor shiny.
How to use: Application is fast, easy and intuitive. Place the applicator in the center of the lips, under the cupid's bow, and sweep left and right. Wait a few seconds to set the color. Use alone for natural color and a bare-lip sensation, or use as a primer with any Dior lipstick to boost both color and water.



The following images reflect all products in action in afternoon light...photos by Laura Lynn:

The kind Ronald Brown...a security guard at the Crescent; happy to include him in this pic!  

// STYLE NOTES //
  • Equipment France Striped Blouse: Clean and classic, this is the epitome of easy dressing.
  • Rag & Bone O Ring Dive Capri Jean: I found these jeans (on sale!) at the Rag & Bone store in Highland Park Village. With a comfortable and flattering high waist and unique zipper details at the ankles, this particular pair has me excited about skinny jeans again!
  • Paul Green Peep Toe Sandal: One of my go-to's for years, this neutral pair of heels is infinitely wearable and well worth the investment. 
  • Vintage Cartier scarf: This utilitarian accessory works well as a belt, a hair accent...in black and gold, it match absolutely everything. 






Last look.
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Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this on-location story...I am over the moon for my new Dior Beauty procurements and implore you to pick up the Rag & Bone zipper jeans if you love this classic high-waisted skinny jean style as much as I do! 

Good things ahead, including what I ordered from the Sephora sale ; )

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. © 2012-17 Beautyprofessor® All Rights Reserved. Do not copy, reprint or republish content and/or photos without author's written permission.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

A New Look with Le Metier de Beaute + An Upcoming Beauty Professor Event


Happy Friday! Today, I am excited to share an overview of some new springtime launches from Le Metier de Beaute--an exquisite independent beauty brand that has been near and dear to my heart for many years--as well as a full look with the products in action.  Ever innovative and sophisticated, the fresh releases do not disappoint! 

Additionally, I am hosting a beauty event at Neiman Marcus, Topanga on 5/4 and you are invited...all of the details at the end of this post. 

Kindly scroll on for a breakdown of the new releases and an on-location look as well as the Bottom Line...

The new Le Metier de Beaute launches. 
// THE NEW LAUNCHES // From cutting-edge skincare and versatile cream base to two stunning eyeshadow palettes in the shades of the season, the current launches are perfectly resplendent. 

The Le Metier de Beaute Perfector and Longevity Cream.
My skin has had the privilege of testing out the new *Le Metier de Beaute Perfector (reviewed HERE), which harnesses the power of encapsulated 1% Retinol to combat hyperpigmentation, smooth skin and brighten one's visage. After three weeks of use, my skin is more refined with a fresh and glowing outcome. I can't wait to keep using this!

Complete details, courtesy of Neiman Marcus:

Developed with retinol, an anti-aging powerhouse, know for its ability to eliminate tonality and texture issues. The Perfector dramatically reduces dark spots, hyperpigmentation, and scarring. In just 28 days, uneven skin tones will disappear through the benefits of this powerful trio: 1% Retinol, 1% Hexylresorcinol, and TPM®. The Perfector also illuminates the skin while dramatically reduces dark spots, post-acne marks and sun damage. This luxe formulation stimulates collagen synthesis, brings elasticity back to skin and diminishes the appearance of pores.

The Technology that powers the product:
  • TPM® — Increases the absorption of key cosmeceutical ingredients into the skin, increasing therapeutic benefit, while reducing the redness, inflammation, and irritation.
  • Retinol — An anti-aging powerhouse known to smooth and plump wrinkles, encourage collagen revitalization and bring elasticity back to skin. Retinol is proven to improve mottled pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles, skin texture, skin tone and color, and your skin's hydration levels.
  • Hexylresorcinol — Effectively treats hyper-pigmented skin, creating a more even toned texture and appearance.
  • Shea Butter — Moisturizes dry skin without the greasy feel. It soothes and relaxes irritated sunburned and itchy skin. It restores skin's elasticity, prevents blemishes and reduces fine lines and wrinkles.
Designed to be an excellent complement to the *Le Metier de Beaute Perfector, the *Le Metier de Beaute Rejuvenating Anti-Aging Night Creme heals skin while you sleep, plumping and tightening skin while encouraging collagen production and radiance.  My friends, this is a transcendent and sublime formula and my skin has never looked better; the unprecedented combination of ingredients truly contributes to observable changes in texture and clarity and, as with the Perfector, I look forward to continuing to integrate this into my skincare routine.

Official details, courtesy of Neiman Marcus:

Sleep tight: This emollient and potent treatment is designed to restore the skin while the body is most receptive—at rest. Through a groundbreaking, proprietary delivery system, key actives are quickly transported to their designated locations to provide visible and dramatic results: an improved appearance in fine lines, wrinkles and pore size; increased hydration; enhanced radiance; and an overall more even tone. The formation of expression lines is also slowed. This is beauty sleep at its best. 

  • Retinol (.05%): an anti-aging powerhouse known to smooth and plump wrinkles, encourage collagen rejuvenation, and bring elasticity back to skin. 
  • Coenzyme Q10 (.05%): proven anti-aging active reduces depth of age-related wrinkles and protects against photo-aging. 
  • SNAP 8 (.005%): an anti-aging, power-peptide that reduces the depth of wrinkles on the face caused by expression muscles, specifically in forehead and eye-areas.
  • L-Carnosine (.1%): aids in the loss of keratin degradation, which causes rough, dry skin.
Haute Metals Palettes. 
The *Le Metier de Beaute Limited Edition Haute Metals Palettes (comprehensively reviewed HERE) round out the recent springtime releases; in two sets of shade ranges (the neutral Warm and wearable green Cool) that capture the carefree beauty of the season, these buttery shadows have excellent color payoff and substantial, crease-free lasting power. Absolutely brilliant! 

Official details, courtesy of Neiman Marcus:


Le Métier de Beauté introduces two extraordinary eye shadow palettes designed with spring trends in mind – Haute Metals Limited Eye Colour Collection in Cool and Haute Metals Limited Eye Colour Collection in Warm. Sold individually, each palette features five superbly pigmented, ultra-refined shadows that are completely blendable and can be layered effortlessly to achieve a prismatic effect. Shades are magnetized to enhance the versatility of both collections when purchased together.
  • Pigment rich & superior texture 
  • Magnetized shades help create custom color wardrobe
  • Unique layerable quality
  • Fragrance free
Swatches of the Cool Palette in direct sunlight. 
Swatches of the Warm Palette in direct sunlight. 
The complete look.
// THE COMPLETE LOOK // For an effortless springtime approach, I used warm bronzes and light pinks to highlight the complexion while still looking completely natural. 

Swatches of the entire look in direct sunlight. 
The following images reflect all products in action...blouse (currently on sale) by Equipment France (it also comes in an off-white stripe combo), jeans by Frame and belt by Gucci...







Last look.
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Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this glimpse at Le Metier de Beaute newness and would love to hear what has caught YOUR eye! 

Also, if you are in the LA area (or plan to be in the area on 5/4/17), you are cordially invited to Project Beauty at Neiman Marcus Topanga.  I am excited to be hosting this always incredible event and would be over the moon to see you there...details are below:



Good things ahead, including an on-location story (loving Dallas) and a beauty innovations feature...in the meanwhile, have a marvelous weekend. 

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. © 2012-17 Beautyprofessor® All Rights Reserved. Do not copy, reprint or republish content and/or photos without author's written permission.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Sephora VIB Sale Recommendations: A Comprehensive Shopping Guide

Suggestions for the Sephora VIB Sale.
The Sephora Beauty Insider Sale is right around the corner; to help you adequately prepare for the incredible 15% off promotion, I have recommendations of my favorites in each of the key beauty categories! 

The dates of the sale are as follows:


  • VIB Rouge from 4/18-4/24 (use code ROUGESPRING)
  • VIB from  4/19-4/24 (use code VIBSPRING)
  • Beauty Insider (BI) from 4/20-4/23 (use code BISPRING)
Kindly scroll on for more details, swatches and images of the recommendations in action as well as the Bottom Line...


Foundation ideas. 
// FOUNDATION + CONCEALER //

Swatches in direct sunlight.  
Swatches in direct sunlight.  

Bronzer, blush and highlighter. 
// BRONZER, BLUSH + HIGHLIGHTER //

Swatches in direct sunlight. 
Swatches in direct sunlight. 

Brushes. 
// BRUSHES //

All about eyes. 
// EYES //

Swatches in direct sunlight. 
Swatches of the Natasha Denona Star Palette.  
Surratt Artistique Eye Shadow Swatches. 
Brows and lashes.  

Lips.
// LIPS //
  • *Tom Ford Shade & Illuminate Lips in Impulse (all shades swatched and reviewed HERE): I wear Impulse multiple times a week...a perfect nude with enough depth for all skin tones. So good.
  • *Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro (formula reviewed HERE): This velvety, ultra-pigmented formula is hydrating and long lasting while making lips look full and plush. 
  • *GrandeLIPS Lip Plumper (reviewed HERE): I appreciate the immediate and long-term effects of this plumper and the glossy pigmentation is an additional bonus!
  • *Stellar Dark Matter: A beautiful dusky nude with marvelous opacity and a hydrating texture...unique amongst my vast collection of neutrals. 
  • *Tom Ford Soleil Lip Balm in Neotropic (reviewed HERE): My absolute favorite shade from this range of clutch-sized balms, Neotropic is a mood-lifting coral orange that effortlessly esonates with the warmer months. 
  • Dior Rouge Rose Caprice (reviewed HERE): A cool lilac pink, this shade creates an impact in a single coat. 
  • Guerlain Kiss Kiss in Lady Pink (reviewed HERE): Pearly and pigmented, this peachy pink is forever in my purse...every time I wear it (which is frequently), someone asks me what is on my lips!


Swatches in direct sunlight.

The following images reflect many of my product suggestions in action....


Makeup Breakdown:

The eye look, courtesy of the Natasha Denona Star Palette.  

// Style Notes //





Last look. 
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Bottom Line: I hope you found this set of Sephora Sale recommendations helpful and would love to know what is on YOUR shopping list! To recap, the sale is available for:
Can't wait to hear what you pick up at the sale!

Good things ahead, including a fresh video, a beauty innovations feature, some on-location spotlights and a host of new product procurements...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. © 2012-17 Beautyprofessor® All Rights Reserved. Do not copy, reprint or republish content and/or photos without author's written permission.

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