Monday, April 30, 2012

Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer...Swatches of SX 06

**Update 7/06/12...I have since swatched every shade in the line HERE!

The Kevyn Aucoin line, currently available at NordstromBarneys NY and Bloomingdales/Space NK boutiques is known for its streamlined collection of professional grade cosmetics, originally designed by famed make up artist Kevyn Aucoin himself.  I remember faithfully reading his column in Allure magazine years ago, well before his untimely passing, and am so happy that his legacy lives on in his products.

Kevyn aucoin sensual skin SX 06 enhancer

One of his premiere items is the Sensual Skin Enhancer (SSE).  Intended to be both a foundation and concealer, this tiny pot of product retails for $45 and provides more coverage than bottle upon bottle of traditional foundation can.  This product can be purchased at NordstromCult BeautyBeauty.comBloomingdalesBarney's NYNeiman Marcus, Space NK,  Bergdorf Goodman and Dermstore.


As a NC 25 with neutral to yellow undertones, I own the Sensual Skin Enhancer in SX 06,  a light golden beige.  This shade is a perfect combination of natural beige and warmth, and, when properly applied, completely melts into my skin for a flawless finish.


The product itself is very dense...I have owned this little jar for years and when I choose to use it, only a minuscule amount of the foundation (about the size of a grain of rice) is necessary to cover my entire face.  There is a great deal of discussion about how to best apply this product; some like to sheer it out with moisturizer, others use a damp sponge to press it into the skin.  Upon moisturizing and priming (the SSE is not inherently dry, but I find a primer helps it to glide on), I prefer to use my fingers to gently pat it onto my face, blending thoroughly along the way so that the coverage appears as natural as possible.  I find that my fingers warm the product and help it to blend more effectively than a brush or sponge is able to achieve.

sensual skin SX 06 enhancer swatches

As previously mentioned, the coverage is unprecedented, however, the biggest caveat for me is the scent. I don't necessarily mind scented products...in fact two out of three of my regular foundation choices are have fragrance (By Terry's Cover Expert reviewed HERE and HERE and Rouge Bunny Rouge's Milk Aquarelle reviewed HERE).  However, this scent is so heavy (it has a very strong perfume odor) that it doesn't ever seem to completely dissipate, which I find bothersome...this is unfortunate because SSE is such a marvelously concentrated product that I really enjoy many of its qualities overall.

sensual skin SX 06 enhancer swatches
KA Sensual Skin Enhancer in SX 06 swatched heavily and lightly blended
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This product can be purchased at Nordstrom, Cult Beauty, Beauty.com, Bloomingdales, Barney's NY, Neiman Marcus, Space NK, Bergdorf Goodman and Dermstore.
Bottom Line: There are times during the year when I rediscover the SSE and apply it with wonder and appreciation, only to be haunted by the overwhelming perfume of its being.  If you don't have a sensitive nose and are in the market for a foundation that covers everything you've ever dreamt of and more, I encourage you to try the SSE (as previously mentioned, currently available at NordstromCult BeautyBeauty.comBloomingdalesBarney's NYNeiman Marcus, Space NK,  Bergdorf Goodman and Dermstore)....it is a wonder product whose intensely potent contents will probably last you a lifetime.

**UPDATE 7/06/12...I have since swatched every shade in the line...it can be found HERE!

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Christian Dior: A Trip to Saint Tropez Without Spending a Small Fortune...



So, a trip to Saint Tropez is not in my immediate future.  However, I can get a little taste of this French Riviera paradise when I use Christian Dior's Dior Addict Extreme with the same moniker.  Available at Sephora and retailing for $30, this formulation is designed to be long-wearing and shiny.


Saint Tropez (#336) is a peach-toned shade with a glossy, semi-opaque finish.   I love this formula...especially in contrast to the original Dior Addict version released last spring.


Dior Addict Extreme is not overwhelmingly long-wearing (I get about three hours with one application), but it is remarkably moisturizing and comfortable in texture.


Dior Addict Extreme in #336 Saint Tropez...two swipes on lips in direct sunlight

In pictures, I've seen it appear more pink/peach but it definitely is more of a light and soft coral shade on my lips with no discernible shimmer.


**Swatched in the shade


As seen in the comparison swatches above, Saint Tropez pulls a touch more coral than the similarly textured but peachier Sephora Crystal Gloss in "Flushed"and is perfect when a subtle pop of color is desired.  I originally bought a backup (I get a little "doomsday preppers" when it comes to colors I think I will run through quickly), but so far have found it to be a great shade for my vast pink/peach/nude rotation rather than an everyday staple.  I can imagine this will be one of my choices when I am sitting by the pool next month...I won't be in Saint Tropez, but Palm Beach, Florida is close enough!


**Swatched in direct sunlight

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Crystal Gloss in "Flushed" from the New Sephora Collection



The obsession with nude, pink and peachy lip color continues with a brief review of "Flushed" one of Sephora's new Crystal Gloss incarnations released with its collaboration with Pantone.  Retailing for a reasonable $14, this tube features 0.12 oz of shiny, non-sticky color that lasts for an impressively long time.  


Flushed is what I would classify as a sophisticated pinky-peach, leaning more towards the peach side of the spectrum once applied.


The extremely smooth texture of the gloss could make this product seem very sheer, but I found that two swipes with the doe-foot applicator yielded fairly opaque coverage.  This has some very fine shimmer to add a bit of dimension, but I would still classify it more like a cream gloss than a shimmery one.


This gloss translates fairly neutral...it is not a bright or loud shade and it does not feature ultra mirror-like shine, but it definitely provides lips with a nicely-balance wash of color that compliments a smoky eye or a subdued everyday look.  The gloss has a slippery feeling that leaves my lips feeling moisturized throughout the duration of my wear time and has a light candy-inspired scent that dissipates quickly.


Below are some swatches for color comparison:

1. LORAC's Lips with Benefits Gloss in Josh (reviewed HERE)

2. Sephora's Crystal Gloss in Flushed

3. Dior Addict Extreme in Saint Tropez (soon to be reviewed!)



Flushed is a lovely everyday gloss for a polished and neutral look...one can never go wrong with a creamy peach lip and that reality is what makes this product a fine one!

**Up next for review in the gloss category...Rouge Bunny Rouge in "Love Tricks" and Butter London Lippies in Teddy Girl and Trout Pout...raves ahead!!

Friday, April 27, 2012

Rouge Bunny Rouge...Nest of Plenty and Plenty of Orders!


While I was certainly far from the first beauty product lover to herald the merit of the Rouge Bunny Rouge line, I know I will definitely not be the last...the products are just a perfect blend of whimsy and true quality.  I was just informed that the Nest of Plenty, which features a lovely smokey eye and pale lip look, as well as refillable "Shadow Keeper" palettes for their lauded eye shadows has been released (and will probably be available stateside in the next few months).  Since this particular cosmetic combination is my personal favorite for everyday use, I have also added links to my reviews of products I happen to own that are included in this look!



ROUGE BUNNY ROUGE




FACE, CHEEKS & LIPS
METAMORPHOSES Mattifiying Primer MILK AQUARELLE Liquid Foundation ‘Chestnut Milk Parfait’ (Reviewed with additional swatches HERE)
SEAS OF ILLUMINATION Highlighting Liquid ‘Sea of Tranquility’ 

CHEEKS IN BLOOM Blush Wand ‘Manet’
HUES OF ENCHANTMENT Colour Burst Lipstick ‘The Plot Thickens’ (Reviewed with additional swatches HERE)




EYES

RBR Duo and Trio Keeper WHEN BIRDS ARE SINGING... Long-lasting Eye Shadow ‘Trumpeter Koel’ & ‘Lilac Reef Curassow’ WHEN BIRDS ARE SINGING... Long-lasting Duo Eye Shadow C Major - a minor
FIRE DROPS Loose Glitter Pigments ‘Wishing for Wings’
FELINE GAZE Eye Khol ‘Vera’ & ‘Salome’ (Review to come shortly!!)

WITCHERY Modelling Mascara





The Shadow Keeper palettes come in two sizes that house either two or three shadows and to complement this innovation in casing, Rouge Bunny Rouge has also released the WHEN BIRDS ARE SINGING... Long-lasting Eye Shadow REFILLS, available in both new and best-selling shades! The color breakdown is as follows...




NEW Shadows:


Golden Rhea - Iridescent pale gold, pure and simple 


Bohemian Waxwing - Iridescent bronzed champagne



 Lilac Reef Curassow - Pale lilac with iridescent effect

Olive Violeteare - If ever there was a smoky olive this is it; with satin finish (Great for smoky eye) 

Trumpeter Koel - Dark lead-grey with lilac-blue iridescence

Umber Firefinch - Iridescent dark umber chocolate



BESTSELLING Shadows:

Unforgettable Oriole - Delicate, metallic white gold

Solstice Halcyon - Semi-matt mauve beige
Abyssinian Catbird - Metallic bronze with golden highlights 



In the states, Rouge Bunny Rouge can be procured at Beautyhabit.com.  Keep your eyes peeled for my upcoming reviews on the RBR lip pencil, Glassy Gloss and bronzer...and beware when ordering...this line is utterly addictive!










Wednesday, April 25, 2012

By Terry Cover Expert...Swatches of ALL Shade Options

Finding a foundation shade that perfectly matches your skin tone is crucial.  I have already heralded the praises of By Terry's Cover Expert; it, along with the Rouge Bunny Rouge Milk Aquarelle foundation (reviewed HERE) and Koh Gen Do Aqua foundation (reviewed HERE) constitutes my foundation rotation trio.  I recently swatched the entire Cover Expert spectrum...it seems that the odd numbers in the line tend to be more yellow-based while the even numbers have more neutral to rosy undertones.  This formula is currently available at Space NK, Barney's NYBloomingdales, B-GlowingBeauty.com and Harrod's.

Kindly scroll on for shade descriptions...I wish you the best in your color match quest!

By Terry Cover Expert foundation swatches

By Terry Cover Expert foundation swatches


By Terry Cover Expert foundation swatches


1. Fair Beige--very pale alabaster ivory
2. Neutral Beige--very pale ivory with neutral undertones
3. Cream Beige--light yellow beige for fair skin
4. Rosy Beige--neutral light beige for fair skin
5. Peach Beige--as the name implies, a light peach beige; in certain lighting it seems darker than #7
6. Flush Beige-a very rosy-based beige...dries to a dark pink-based beige
7. Vanilla Beige--light beige with yellow undertones for light to light-medium skin
8. Intense Beige--a slightly deeper, more golden version of #7 (a closer side by side of #7 and #8 HERE)
9. Honey Beige--yellow-based beige for medium skin tones
10. Golden Sand--a huge jump from #9, this is a neutral dark beige for medium to medium dark skin
11. Amber Brown--dark golden beige for dark skin
12. Warm Copper--darkest golden beige for dark bronzy skin


By Terry Cover Expert foundation swatches

By Terry Cover Expert foundation swatches

By Terry Cover Expert foundation swatches

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Bottom Line: Currently available at Space NKBarney's NYBloomingdalesB-GlowingBeauty.com and Harrod's, there truly may be nothing better for natural full coverage and velvet matte skin than the incredible By Terry Cover Expert Foundation...I hope these swatches are extraordinarily helpful in your foundation quest.  I'd love to hear your thoughts on this formula if you've tried it! 

xx,

--The Beauty Professor

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Rouge Bunny Rouge Foundation Video Review


I was so pleased with my first Rouge Bunny Rouge order from Beautyhabit.com that I promptly submitted a second order just days later.  I exercised restraint and only ordered a few items...this video review and its accompanying details will focus on the RBR Milk Aquarelle Foundation, which retails for $62.  


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**You can also view this video in a larger format with better resolution on my YouTube channel!

I selected Chesnut Milk Parfait (#26) which was serendipitously a perfect match for my skin tone...it is a light-medium yellow-based beige that does not oxidize. I also requested samples of the shades immediately lighter and darker than Chesnut Milk Parfait for reference and have included the swatches below and in the video review as well to help those who share a similar skin tone range.


Above: Swatches of RBR Milk Aquarelle Liquid Foundation in Almond Milk Parfait (#25), Chesnut Milk Parfait (#26) and Hazelnut Milk Parfait (#27) in natural sunlight.


I am extremely pleased with my selection and have been enjoying the experience of wearing this luxurious combination of skincare benefits, smooth texture, medium coverage and airbrushed finish all week!  It will definitely become a permanent member of my foundation rotation.

Reviews to appear in the near future...RBR Gleaming Temptations lip gloss in "Love Tricks" and RBR Feline Gaze Eye Kohl in "Salome!"

Saturday, April 21, 2012

A Glimpse at the Upcoming Seth Wegter Bags BRACELETS...

My brother, Seth Wegter, the creative mind behind the eponymous line, Seth Wegter Bags, has recently forayed into making leather and hardware bracelets...they reflect his signature hand-rendered style and are a worthy addition to his most recent in-demand handbag collection.  

While these little gems are not yet available on his website, they will run between $40-$50 and will debut at his booth at the Sunset Beach Arts Festival (May 12th and 13th, 2012) for those of you who are Southern California locals!  

After the festival, they will be posted on his website and available for order...keep your eyes peeled and find your perfect cuff...



LORAC "Josh"...An Odd Name for an Amazing Gloss!

While picking up a few essentials at Sephora earlier this week, I randomly ran across LORAC's "Lips with Benefits" lipgloss and was instantly drawn to "Josh," a fresh, soft pink that retails for $18. The tube features four complimentary colors (in this case, all varying degrees of pink) that ultimately blend together when the wand applicator has been utilized a few times.  





This particular incarnation features a healthy ingredient list (paraben-free and pumped with antioxidants), a full coverage finish, lustrous shine and an amazing creme brûlée scent that is neither cloying nor overpowering...just pure pleasure to apply and experience.






The gloss lasts at least a few hours, is not overly sticky, keeps my lips moisturized and conditioned and doesn't degrade to a disturbing white ring...in other words, the wear is even and substantial! With this many benefits and a very reasonable $18 price tag, I just may be purchasing a backup...


Above: LORAC's Lips with Benefits in "Josh" 

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Beauty Professor Rouge Bunny Rouge Video Review!

As an avid beauty blog reader, I have repeatedly encountered the buzz surrounding the luxury cosmetics line, Rouge Bunny Rouge.  This Anglo-Russo brand capitalizes on whimsy (the packaging and product names conjure up images of fairytales and dreamlands) while simultaneously offering impeccable color payoff and skincare benefits.  

The following video review details the four products I recently ordered from Beautyhabit.com, which is at this point, the only Rouge Bunny Rouge retailer in America.  

video


The products discussed and swatched are as follows: 

1. Rouge Bunny Rouge Color Burst Lipstick in The Plot Thickens

2. Rouge Bunny Rouge Succulence of Dew Sheer Lipstick in Fluttering Sighs

3. Rouge Bunny Rouge Succulence of Dew Sheer Lipstick in Tongue Tickles

4. Rouge Bunny Rouge Original Skin Blush in Starina

I hope you enjoy my honest musings!

--The Beauty Professor



**You can also view this video in a larger format with better resolution on my YouTube channel

Sunday Riley Dry Touch Creme to Powder Concealer Swaches...



Below are swatches for the Sunday Riley Dry Touch Creme to Powder Concealer

To be clear, I have not personally used this product, but I wanted to post some true-to-life images (absolutely essential for color matching when ordering sight unseen!) for those of you interested in trying it.

I suggest reading this super informative and glowing REVIEW from a fellow beauty blogger and Sunday Riley lover should you desire more information...


Happy Sunday to you...I hope your taxes are finished and your week ahead is wonderful!

--The Beauty Professor

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Daily Skincare Routine...Keeping It Sunday Riley Simple


Determining (and then committing to) a daily skincare routine can be a daunting process...worthwhile skincare is usually a significant financial investment and regular usage is essential to confirm product efficacy.  For the past month, I've been using three products from the Sunday Riley skincare line that have streamlined my skincare experience: Juno, Cashmere SPF 30 and Effortless Breathable Tinted Primer.  Retailing for $105, $125 and $48 respectively, my choice to purchase these items was the result of careful research and deliberation.  At this point, I am beyond pleased with my newest routine and find that these three products are keeping my face balanced, moisturized and protected.  Read on for a detailed explanation of my process and close-up review of each product...


I start my day by cleansing with the Koh Gen Do Spa Cleansing Water (reviewed HERE) on a cotton pad.  I am on my third bottle of this wonder liquid and my loyalty has only increased with use.  Then, I follow with one half of one pump of the Juno Transformative Lipid Serum.  This is a great "entry-level" product in the Sunday Riley line because it can serve so many purposes: moisturizer,  radiance booster and anti-oxidant treatment just to name a few.  It has a delightful scent (a hybrid between extra virgin olive oil and a fragrant herb garden) and a smoothing effect.  Once it is rubbed in, my skin appears moisturized rather than oily and is ready for my next skincare step.  


Above: The back label of the SR Juno Transformative Lipid Serum.


Daily sunscreen is a must in my book.  Whether I am indoors our outdoors, I have built a habit of applying it first thing in the morning to prevent potential sun damage.  Finding a suitable sunscreen, however, is a bit of a challenge.  While physical sunscreen can go on thick and leave a dreaded white cast, chemical sunscreen has its own caveats (lately, I have read a variety of articles on the dangers chemical sunscreen).  I was immediately interested in the SR Cashmere SPF 30 for a host of reasons; reviews I've read on the product hail its ability to provide impeccable physical sunscreen protection (actually closer to SPF 50) while avoiding all signs of heaviness and white cast.  Needless to say, I was curious.  I have found that applying this step of my morning routine is an enjoyable one.  Cashmere smells fresh and decidedly non-sunscreen like and is instantly absorbed into my skin, leaving no trace residue behind!  While it is absolutely the most expensive sunscreen I have ever used (this makes Shiseido, Clarins, Chanel and Laura Mercier sunscreen--all of which I have used--seem like a bargain), its ability to supremely protect and balance my skin makes this a worthwhile investment and the 1.7 ounce bottle will thankfully take me quite awhile to empty.  


Above: The back label of the SR Cashmere SPF 30 Sunscreen


The final product in my routine is a single pump of the SR Effortless Breathable Tinted Primer in Medium.  I have already done a comprehensive review of this primer HERE, so I will make this brief.  This product provides the perfect canvas for foundation application (lately, By Terry's Cover Expert swatched and reviewed HERE and HERE).  Its light, sheer and nourishing properties add a lovely glow and ensure that my foundation will stay put all day.  I do recommend shaking the bottle before application to properly mix the contents...the tint and essential oils can separate, so agitating the container will keep this occurrence to a minimum.  All-in-all, this primer beautifully prepares my skin for foundation, but it can also be worn alone for a very sheer wash of color, even complexion and balanced skin tone.


 Above: The back label of the SR Effortless Breathable Tinted Primer



Above: A single pump of the SR Effortless Breathable Tinted Primer in Medium

Final Thoughts: My experience with these three Sunday Riley products has been a positive one thus far; I love that I am only applying three skincare elements in the morning...this is both time-saving and rational (I hate layering more than a few products before foundation...it just feels like overkill!) and since I only have to use a pump of each, I envision these products lasting me four to six months, which makes the initial financial output a bit more tolerable.  I welcome emails should you have specific questions about these products.  I can be reached at: beautyprofessor@gmail.com



**My evening routine will be covered in a post in the very near future...here's a hint, it involves Sunday Riley Good Genes

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