Friday, August 31, 2012

By Terry Cover Expert in #9...I love it just as much as #7!

I have not concealed my feelings about By Terry's Cover-Expert Foundation...previous reviews I written can be found HERE and HERE and even HERE!  In short, it is a brilliant formula that provides superb lasting coverage, skin care benefits and a natural finish.

Honey Beige is a warm medium beige.

I realized however, that my tube of #7 Vanilla Beige, while perfect for my winter NC 20-25 skin, was much too light for my tanned summer NC 30+ countenance.  In turn, I picked up a tube of #9 Honey Beige and headed off into the By Terry sunset.  Read on for swatch comparisons and face pictures!

This medium golden beige shade does oxidize a bit once blended...this is not bothersome because I am prepared for it and pleased with the shade that develops!

Some of my favorite summer foundations (all about NC 30 or so) side-by-side for comparison and contrast.  Cover Expert 39 is definitely darker than the Kat Von D and probably closet to the Ellis Fass L104 in terms of shade and tone. 

By Terry Cover Expert in #9 and L'Oreal Colouriche Colour Caresse Lipstick in Merino Mauve.

By Terry Cover Expert #9 is an excellent match for my summer tan skin.

I love the flawless coverage and natural finish of By Terry Cover never disappoints!
 Bottom Line:  My adoration for By Terry Cover Expert is no secret...this formula has it all...fabulous coverage, kindness to sensitive skin, good lasting power and a believable finish.  I am glad that I found a shade for summer and will be back to using #7 when winter rolls around and my skin forgets what the sun looks like ; )

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Beauty Is Life Ultra Cream Powder Nose-Chin Repair

The beautiful glossy compact.
My recent delight with the quality and innovation of the Beauty Is Life line is clear.  From the Cosmopolitan lipstick (which by the way, someone asks me what shade it is, every time I wear it) to lip gloss to eye shadow, this artist's line offers intensely pigmented products with premium ingredients.  

I selected Beige Caramel (04w) which is a medium beige with golden undertones.

I had been intrigued with the concept of the Ultra Cream Powder Nose-Chin Repair, which is designed to be a touch up product (much like a fusion of powder and concealer) rather than a true foundation.  As the day wears on, it seems like the two areas that lose foundation coverage first are the nose and chin, thereby necessitating the creation of this product!

The Nose-Chin Repair comes in a well-crafted black plastic compact with a generous mirror and a separate lower level for sponge storage.

Retailing for $50, I selected the color 04w Beige Caramel, which is a warm toned beige in the NC 30 range, allowing it to blend with most of my summer foundations.  I will allow the next few images and accompanying captions to speak for themselves...

The texture of the nose-chin repair is like that of a firm creme foundation...not as opaque as a concealer but definitely yielding coverage. 

The compact come with a sponge, housed in a lower separate compartment.

Beige Caramel is a true NC 30 color, similar in shade to most of my summer foundations, with fabulous opacity.

The nose-chin repair provides a satin matte finish and corrects any foundation issues caused by length of wear or "melting."
I use this product as a midday touch up for vanishing foundation.  In the images above and below, I added a bit to my nose and chin (and T zone in general) before heading out.  I had originally applied my foundation 6 hours earlier!  This compact just freshens things up without appearing heavy or is a very natural effect.

I have a bit of nose-chin repair on my, well, nose and chin...big surprise.  Note how flawless and even the coverage is in conjunction with my foundation (in this case, Le Metier de Beaute Classic Flawless Foundation in #7 and #9)

Bottom Line: The Beauty Is Life Nose-Chin Repair is a truly unique product.  The fact that it is designed to be used for touch ups, rather than all over the face is fascinating.  Just  a couple of pats of this rich cream mattifies, perfects and refines effortlessly.  I have had no adverse reactions with my sensitive skin and, since purchase, have carried this compact in my purse nonstop.  It has actually reduced my use of powder throughout the day and leaves my skin with a natural coverage and finish that I love.  Highly recommended!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

L'Oreal Colour Caresse by Color Riche Lipstick in All the Usual Colors...

A little stopover at Walmart when on vacation two weeks ago (I forgot my exfoliating gloves!) yielded a triplet addition to my lip color collection...I just couldn't resist the pastel colors and creamy shine of this formula!

From L-R: Cotton Pink, Sheer Linen and Merino Mauve.
Retailing for $9.99, the Colour Caresse lipstick line is ultra-light, smooth and glossy.  The texture feels moisturizing (and not the lightest bit sticky) when applied, but I don't get the same hydration effect as if I was wearing a lip balm or moisturizing plumper like RBR Devlish Nectar (which I sometime use as a base for this lip color).

Cotton Pink is a light cool bubblegum pink with some shimmer...excellent color payoff with just one swipe.

Sheer Linen is a medium nude with no shimmer...definitely the darkest of the three (similar to By Terry Terrybly Nude) but also the sheerest.

Merino Mauve is a milky pale pink with subtle shimmer...can be applied easily without a mirror to add an instantly lovely glow.

These lipsticks are sheer but quite pigmented. 
The lasting power is medium...I found it needed to be reapplied every few hours which is no problem for me since I enjoy the act of adding more lipstick throughout the day.  The shine is pronounced but not overly-glossy and the color seems to wear evenly.  Overall, a beautiful drugstore option.

A combination of Merino Mauve and Pink Cotton.

Bottom Line: At $7.49 each (I got mine on sale), these little gems are a steal...I don't find them to be the most moisturizing lipsticks in the world, but the color payoff, smoothness and sheen are brilliant.  Definitely worth a try!

Monday, August 27, 2012

Givenchy Eclat Matissime Airy-Light Mat Radiance Fluid Foundation

Being the foundation fanatic that I am, I ordered Givenchy's latest base product, Eclat Matissime, from Sephora a few weeks ago.  I was transfixed by its description as a long lasting,  mattifying foundation that is also incredibly light and radiant (with SPF 20 for good measure).  This combines the best of everything and, if indeed accurate, makes this fluid Holy Grail material!


Retailing for $51, this foundation comes in a one ounce bottle, similar in size and shape to Chanel's Vitalumiere Aqua foundation.  Instead of having a typical nozzle, however, this boasts a unique flip to and pump that neatly and cleanly dispenses a perfect amount of product with every push.  I love this feature and appreciate the whole unit's security when being transported in my makeup bag.

The flip top and pump on this foundation are two of my favorite features!

I ordered #05, Mat Honey, which is described as a being for medium olive complexions with neutral undertones.  I expected this would be a close match to my summer tan skin, but was surprised once I pumped out the first drop; it definitely appeared lighter than I expected!  Once, however, it was blended  into my skin with my Sephora Air Brush (cannot begin to say enough good things about this daily accouterment), the foundation shade deepened to a warm medium beige (about NC 30) that is consistent in tone with other foundations I am currently wearing.

I included a heavy swatch so that a comparison between what the product looks like straight out of the pump versus what takes place after blending.  Note that the foundation gets much deeper and more difficult to detect once it has become fully blended.

Givenchy Eclat Matissime Airy-Light Mat Radiance Foundation (Mat Honey/05) in the shade.

The initial finish on this foundation is just does really does live up to its dichotomous claim  of being simultaneously matte and radiant!  After applying it for the first time my husband said, "you look glowing!" which was a bit surprising, not because he lacks the propensity to be complimentary but because he is so used to me trying different foundations that I kind of thought he was immune to my constant experimenting in this area. 

The Eclat Mattissime, freshly applied after a shower...the only other makeup involved is some bronzer and a bit of black eyeliner and the new Hourglass Femme Rouge Velvet Creme Lipstick in Canvas.

The coverage is medium-to-full and buildable...two pumps covers my entire face evenly and thoroughly.   My two concerns are the heavy fragrance, which is typical of most Givenchy cosmetic products (but can also irritate my very sensitive skin) and the lasting power, which I discovered waned after 3-4 hours.  These two elements have caused me to withhold final judgement on this foundation until I try it a few more times and determine any negative reactions (if any) to the scent. 

The natural and subtly dewy finish of this foundation looks great for 3-4 hours...I wish it lasted a bit longer.

Bottom Line: This is an exceedingly light, matte yet glowing foundation---these are its palpable strong points.  However, the strong scent (that take at least 20 minutes to dissipate) and lack of staying power make mean the jury is still out on this foundation!

This image is just to show how well the foundation in #05 matches the rest of my summer tan body.  Since it is mattifying, I added my newly procured matte black Chanel sunglasses to the mix ; )

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Beauty Blog Coalition Roundup for the Week Ending 8/24/12

The latest and greatest from fabulous beauty blog everywhere.  Enjoy the weekend!

--The Beauty Professor

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Koh Gen Do UV Care Milk Sunscreen...I Love This Stuff!

I have been on a hunt to find a sunscreen that I can integrate into my rotation...don't get me wrong, I adore Sunday Riley Cashmere SPF 30, but since it is quite an investment, I thought that having an equally effective physical sunscreen alternative for less sun-intensive days of the week would be prudent.  I couldn't wait to get my hands on the Koh Gen Do UV Care Milk SPF.  Retailing for $42 for .85 ounces, this opaque sunscreen has been a delight to use for the past seven days.

In light of the fact that I apply sunscreen everyday without fail, regardless of whether or not I actually make it outside, I prefer to use a physical sunscreen instead of a chemical one.  I know that the research on the negative effects of chemical sunscreens is largely inconclusive, however, if there is even a perceived risk (as opposed to "no risk" with the physical versions), it is not a chance I want to take for the long term.
Koh Gen Do UV Care Milk comes in a small, shakable plastic bottle with a nozzle tip that neatly and effortlessly dispenses the product.
According to the Koh Gen Do website, the UV Care Milk contains ingredients that...

Prevents skin aging and repairs damage with anti-aging botanical ingredients:
  • Inflammation - Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate and Aloe Barbadensis Leaf
  • Dullness - Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Leaf Extract and Prunus Lannesiana Flower Extract
  • Dryness - Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Squalane, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) and Perilla Ocymoides Seed Oil
  • Discoloration – Angelica Acutiloba Root Extract and Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Flower
  • Slackness – Lactobacillus/Soybean Extract Ferment Filtrate and Citrus Junos Fruit Extract
Wrinkles - Saxifraga Sarmentosa Extract, Vaccinium Myrtillus Leaf Extract, and Hydrolyzed Prunus Domestica
Soft focus function creates a makeup effect
Three types of sphere-shaped powder particles* diffuse light for a soft focus while covering uneven surfaces and pores.
Sweat- and oil-proof for long-lasting protection
A unique polymer forms a barrier on the skin's surface to prevent makeup from coming off from sweat and excess oil.
No artificial colors, fragrance, petroleum-based mineral oil or paraben.
Despite the fact that this sunscreen's active ingredients are titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, there is no white cast once applied!  I use it over my moisturizer (currently, either Sponge Ladi Avokanto Oil or Sunday Riley Bionic, depending on my mood) and primer (Le Metier de Beaute Peau Vierge in #2) and follow with my foundation.  It leaves my extremely sensitive skin smooth and balanced and ready for any other cosmetics I choose to use.

A single swatch of the Koh Gen Do UV Care Milk.  
After a week of daily use, I can attest to the fact that this sunscreen has not caused any breakouts, keeps oil at bay (no more or no less than Cashmere SPF 30) and looks great in pictures (no flashback!).  While I prefer to test drive skincare products for at least three weeks before weighing in with an informed opinion, sunscreen is the exception.  Within a week, I know whether or not a product will interfere with my sensitive skin and since it is sunscreen, as long as my facial skin is protected (e.g., not getting darker when in the sun), I know it is doing its job!

The section of my hand directly to the left of the opaque sunscreen swatch reflects UV Care Milk that has been completely rubbed in...this is a very white product but, when well-blended, it becomes completely transparent, rather than leaving behind an obvious white cast. 
Bottom Line: I am so pleased that this sunscreen, which also boasts skincare benefits, was released this is difficult to find a sunscreen that doesn't leave a white cast (in person or in photos!) while still being purely physical and high in SPF.  I have been beyond pleased with the majority of the Koh Gen Do line and this is no exception...highly recommended!

Friday, August 24, 2012

Guerlain Parure Extreme Foundation Swatches

Guerlian's Parure Extreme Foundation SPF 25 is touted as a very long wearing skin base, able to withstand extreme weather conditions (both hot and cold) while maintaining flawless coverage.  While I have used this foundation in the past, especially when outdoors (in the winter, I wear Beige Clair 02), it is not in my current rotation since I am generally indoors and don't need foundation for extreme conditions.  I am happy, however, to share these swatches with my readers...enjoy and do not hesitate to contact me should you have any questions!


--The Beauty Professor

Guerlain Parure Extreme Foundation swatches
Parure Extreme in the shade.

Above and below: I was able to swatch eight shades of the Guerlain Parure Extreme Foundation SPF 25.  Shade descriptions are as follows...

1. Rose Natural (13): Very light rosy beige for light skin with pink (cool) undertones.
2. Beige Clair (02): Very light beige with neutral undertones, suitable for fair to light skin tones (my winter shade).
3. Beige Natural (03): Neutral beige for light to medium (NC 25-NC30) skin tones (my spring and summer shade).
4. Beige Moyen (04): Neutral beige for medium (NC 30-40) skin tones.
5. Tres Fonce (06): Darkest shade in the spectrum for women of color with neutral undertones.
6. Dore Natural (23): Warm toned beige for medium (NC 30-40) skin tones.
7. Dore Moyen (24): Neutral toned beige for dark (NC 45-55) skin tones.
8. Dore Fonce (25): Warm toned beige for very dark (NC 55+) skin tones.

Guerlain Parure Extreme Foundation swatches
Parure Extreme in direct sunlight.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Kat Von D Lock-It Tattoo Foundation

Kat Von D Lock-It Tattoo Foundation

I recently did a FOTD featuring the Kat Von D Lock-It Tattoo Foundation in Medium 52.  I must admit, up to this point in time, I haven't used a single product from the Kat Von D and have never even been compelled to peruse the aisle at Sephora...the whole aesthetic of the line just wasn't calling to me.  However, upon receiving a sample of this newly released foundation in the mail, I was driven to find my perfect match (because my sample was definitely too light!).

**UPDATE...all shades of this foundation are swatched HERE!

Retailing for a very reasonable $32, the Lock-It Tattoo Foundation is oil, fragrance and SPF-free and boasts opaque coverage, a long lasting matte finish and transfer resistance.

I selected Medium 52, which is suitable for light to medium skin with warm (yellow) undertones.  I could probably have worn Medium 54, which is a hair darker, but am happy with my choice overall (especially since summer is almost over).

Kat Von D Lock-It Tattoo Foundation swatches
In direct sunlight...I don't recommend ever wearing it as thickly as the heavy swatch...blending it provides just as much coverage and it is more natural-looking to the naked eye!

The key to this foundation is a light pump is sufficient to cover the entire face...any more and the coverage could run the risk of becoming cakey.  I prefer to apply this foundation over primer (Le Metier de Beaute Peau Vierge) and sunscreen (Sunday Riley Cashmere or Koh Gen Do UV Milk) with my Sephora Air Brush.  It does require a strong hand for blending, but once it has been fully blended, the finish is velvety matte perfection!

Kat Von D Lock-It Tattoo Foundation swatches
Above: Some other foundations in my rotation for shade comparison...the Lock-It Tattoo foundation is a hair lighter than its Ellis Faas and Givenchy contemporaries.

Kat Von D Lock-It Tattoo Foundation swatches
Kat Von D Lock-It Tattoo Foundation in Medium 52 in the shade.

The next five images reflect me wearing the foundation on vacation...different lighting, different levels of humidity, different states!  This formula truly does last all day...up to 12 hours in my personal experience!

Bottom Line: If you are looking for a fragrance-free foundation with extremely full coverage and a long wearing finish, look no further!  Despite the fact that its opacity is unprecedented, I was very pleased with how natural it looked as long as it was applied sparingly and blended carefully.  It is a bit on the dryer side, and, after a few days of continuous wear, my I felt like I wanted to give my skin a different formula (By Terry and Le Metier de Beaute were ready on deck) just to change things up.  Overall, I am pleasantly surprised with the quality and finish of the Kat Von D Lock-It Tattoo Foundation and am thrilled to add it to my collection.