Tuesday, October 30, 2012

LMdB Peau Vierge Swatches and Review

The LMdB Peau Vierge come in an airtight 1 ounce bottle with a pump.  

My love for the Le Metier de Beaute line is certainly not a secret...from the lustre of the lip products to the glow of the creme blushes, from the natural coverage of the foundation to the revitalizing properties of the peel and mask set, this brand ranks in the top five of my favorite cosmetic companies ever. 

In terms of skin care, this line does not disappoint!  I have been steadily using the Peau Vierge Anti-Aging Complexe for the past six months as a part of my daily regimen and, now on my second bottle, couldn't be more pleased with my results thus far.  

Shade 2 is perfect for light to medium skin tones.
I love that one press of the pump dispenses the ideal amount of product for a single use  on the face...no mess or waste!

Here is what the Le Metier de Beaute has to say about Peau Vierge...

This tinted treatment formula is the first and most effective of its kind, combining the known anti-aging benefits of Retinol with cutting edge Syntoc Actif® technology clinically proven to be 20 times more effective at delivering active ingredients into the dermis layer of the skin than traditional topical applications. Light-diffusing pigments help fade away lines and instantly impart a renewed radiance and healthy glow to the skin, with SPF 20 to guard against the damaging effects of the sun. Applies as a sheer gossamer wash for a flawless, luminous finish.


If you are anything like I was before purchasing Peau Vierge, you may be be wondering what exactly, pray tell, this means and how it could fit into your daily routine!

Here is how I typically use it: After cleansing with Koh Gen Do Spa Water, I put one pump of SPONGE Ladi Avokanto Oil on my face, followed by a pump of Peau Vierge #2 and, if I am going to be outside for any length of time, top off with some Koh Gen Do UV Care Milk (SPF 30) Sunscreen (love that it is physical rather than chemical in composition).  

The Peau Vierge adds this amazing balance (I attribute this to the very sheer tint), moisture and luminosity (there is a bit of sheen to this product) to my skin and perfectly primes it for the foundation to come.  Over time, my skin has become smoother (likely the result of the retinol) and my makeup lasts longer...I cannot imagine skipping this step, ever.

**For the past week, I have been trying the Somme Institute five step regimen (review in a couple more weeks!) and have kept Peau Vierge as an unmitigated component in my skincare routine because I like it that much...I just add it after step four and I am good to go!


Above from bottom to top: Swatches of Peau Vierge in #1, #2 and #3 and swatches of Peau Vierge Concealer in #1, #2 and #3. 

Peau Vierge comes in three shades: Shade 1 (suitable for fair to light skin), Shade 2 (suitable for light to medium skin) and Shade 3 (suitable for medium to dark skin).  Since all three shades are sheer, they are very forgiving...I wear Shade 2, which matches me perfectly, all year long, despite the fact that I change to a darker foundation shade when the summer arrives. 

There is also a Peau Vierge Concealer that coordinates with the Peau Vierge itself and, while I am devoting a separate post to this little gem (currently enjoying wearing it in #2), I have included images that show both products for reference!  Scroll on for swatches...

Above from bottom to top: Swatches of Peau Vierge in #1, #2 and #3 and swatches of Peau Vierge Concealer in #1, #2 and #3 in slightly different indoor lighting.
Above from L-R: A close up of Peau Vierge #1, #2 and #3.
Above: all I am wearing in this image is Peau Vierge.  That is it.  I jest...however, I am indeed wearing Peau Vierge as a base under my normal makeup...the natural glow that it provides is remarkable!

Bottom Line:  Peau Vierge is an integral part of my daily skincare.  I love the evenness, luminosity and smoothness that this formula imparts and appreciate the fact that it is instantly effective as well as having long-term benefits with daily use.  Paired with my Peau Vierge concealer, my skin has never looked better! Highly recommended.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Marie Natie Loose Mineral Eye Shadow in Emerald and Rose


Above: Marie Natie loose eyeshadow in Rose and Emerald.

I recently had the opportunity to try two Loose Mineral Eyeshadows by the Canadian natural cosmetics brand, Marie Natie.  The line, which is free of parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances, synthetic dyes, petro-chemicals and phthalates, embraces the notion that beautiful makeup can also be good for the skin.  Although I tend to be a more neutral eyeshadow lover, the shades that I received challenge my comfort zone in a good way.  The texture of the shadows, which retail for $15 Canadian Dollars, is silky and smooth...they are easy to work with, finely-milled and easily blendable (even without a primer), thereby reducing the potential for fall out and adding to their lasting power.  

Above: Housed in a plastic jar with a built-in sifter and screw on lid, Emerald is a vibrant jungle green.

Above: Rose is a frosty, iridescent pale pink that can be used as shadow or highlighter,  depending on the area of the face in which it is applied.
Above: The loose shadows in their respective lids, pre-blending, to show their finely-milled texture and saturated color.  The ingredients of these gems are simple: Titanium dioxide, magnesium stearate, ultra silk mica, sericite mica, kaolin clay, mica.

Above from bottom to top: Swatches of Marie Natie Rose and Emerald in direct sunlight.  The light-generating qualities of these shadows is remarkable!

Above: Swatches of Rose and Emerald in the shade...even when out of the path of direct sunlight, these shadows are brilliant and rich. 

Above from bottom to top: swatches of Rose, Emerald and a combination of both Rose and Emerald layered together in direct sunlight = a radiant iridescent shade of rosy-tinged gray-green.

Above from bottom to top: swatches of Rose, Emerald and a combination of both Rose and Emerald layered together in the shade = a radiant iridescent shade of rosy-tinged gray-green.

Bottom Line:  I really appreciate what the Marie Natie line is trying to achieve.  The products are all-natural and free of harmful ingredients, color saturated and long wearing.  The shadows that I tried are simply brilliant (as exemplified by the images above)...while I may not wear Emerald on a daily basis, it is a wonderful color for more dramatic moments and the Rose shade is perfect for highlighting and adding a sheen to eyes, as well as to other areas where the face may catch light.  Marie Natie offers other shades of this luminous product as well...visit www.marienatie.com to explore all of the options!


**PR sample provided for review, however, as always, all of my opinions are expressly and unequivocally my own.


Sunday, October 28, 2012

Le Metier de Beaute Lip Creme in Bloom...Worth a Visit to Beverly Hills!


Le Metier de Beaute Lip Creme in Bloom is a creamy and opaque pink beige nude (leaning more  towards the beige).


During my recent visit to the Neiman Marcus Beverly Hills Le Metier de Beaute counter, I picked up a lip creme exclusive to this NM location only....it is called Bloom, and was inspired by the store's most famous Personal Shopper, Catherine Bloom!  I love the LMdB lip creme formula...Two Lips is one of my favorite peachy pinks and Bloom just adds to the magic of my growing LMdB collection.

Upon viewing its creamy nude luxuriousness, I knew it had to be mine...scroll on for images and shade comparisons.  If you are interested in procuring your own Bloom, I suggest calling the extremely kind and knowledgable Scott Reyes at the Neiman Marcus LMdB counter...he can be reached at (310) 550-5900.


The LMdB Lip Creme Glosses retail for $36.

The LMdB Lip Cremes have a doe foot applicator, are extremely moisturizing, last for around four hours per application and have a  pleasant vanilla scent that dissipates after a few minutes.


Above and below: Swatches of Bloom in various lighting...note that the shade of the swatches is exactly the shade of the product in the tube!



Above and below: Comparison swatches in various lighting from bottom top...Tom Ford Nude Vanille, Tom Ford Naked and Le Metier de Beaute Bloom.  In terms of consistency, Bloom is less shiny and plush than Naked, while also being a hint more opaque, making it more like a smooth and sophisticated liquid lipstick than a gloss.    




Above and below: Me wearing LMdB Lip Creme in Bloom alone in various lighting.


Above from L-R: Swatches of Tom Ford Nude Vanille and Le Metier de Beaute Bloom...Bloom is a touch more peach/beige/nude than Nude Vanille (which has a discernible pink tinge).
Bloom alone on the lips (in shade).

Bottom Line: Le Metier de Beaute Lip Creme in Bloom is just lovely...despite my vast nude lip color collection, I do not have a dupe for this opaque creamy beige luxury that is fetching on its own and perfect to add some creamy opacity and lightness to an otherwise darker lip color. The fact that thi formula does not dry out my lips and lasts a great deal of time is just icing on this beautiful pale nude cake!  Highly recommended!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

FOTD...Featuring Kat Von D, Dior and Kevyn Aucoin...

Something about the change in the weather (it is finally getting cooler in Southern California) propelled me to change up my current makeup routine today...none of the products I used are new, but some have not yet been reviewed, in turn, inspiring me to post on them in a specific way in the very near future!

Happy Fall!  XOXO, The Beauty Professor


FACE:

2. Le Metier de Beaute Peau Vierge Correcteur Concealer in #2 (dotted under eyes...this stuff is my new obsession...post forthcoming!)


4. Trish MacEvoy Blush in Perfect 1 (a lovely matte, peachy pink, on apples of cheeks)

5. Kevyn Aucoin Celestial Powder in Candelight (on brow bones, down the center of my nose and on my cupid's bow)

6. NARS Foundation Powder in Santa Fe (lightly dusted with my Hourglass Retractable Foundation Brush to set the whole look)

EYES:
1. Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Eyeshadow in #15 (applied over entire lid)

2. NARS Larger Than Life Eyeliner in Via Appia (applied along the lower lashes)


LIPS:
1. La Prairie Cellular Luxe Lip Enhancer (applied as a neutralizing and creamy base)

Monday, October 22, 2012

Tom Ford Scarlet Rouge...A Walk on the Red Side

Tom Ford Scarlet Rouge is a quintessential red.

Every year as the weather cools down, my interest in embracing a true red lip color increases.  As one who constantly gravitates towards nudes, pinks and peaches, applying anything out of my pale comfort zone is a serious move for me!  To quell this seasonal desire, I recently procured Tom Ford lip color in Scarlet Rouge, a beautiful, bold, warm red.  Consistent amongst all lipsticks in the Tom Ford line, the formula is extremely creamy, long lasting and opaque (a veritable lip color trifecta!)...all I need is the courage to wear it when the feeling strikes.  

To understand the true nature of this lip color, kindly scroll through the following images...

Housed in a brown and gold square case, Scarlet Rouge is the ultimate red.

I consider Scarlet Rouge to be a "true" red; it is neither orangish nor blue-based and achieves full opacity with a single swipe.

I love how this particular shade of red adds to the whiteness of one's teeth...definitely a perk!


I have blotted this particular application to reflect the stain effect that comes with a bit of wear. 

Above: A radiant Beauty Professor reader, Suzanne L., who shows us how well Scarlet Rouge wears on different skin tones.  Notice how it appears a touch warmer on her than on me...this shade is simply stunning on her.
In this image, I am wearing GA Maestro makeup in 6.5, Rouge Bunny Rouge blush in Delicata and GA Eyes to Kill eyeshadow in #28...I find that red best compliments a fairly simple and clean canvas.


Bottom Line: There is no denying that the Tom Ford Scarlet Rouge lip color is a stunning shade of neutral-to-warm red.  The formula is ultra creamy, lasts at least 4 hours and leaves a lovely red stain behind as it fades evenly.    Although I don't envision myself wearing this everyday, I love knowing that I have it in my arsenal for those dramatic moments when nothing short of a red lip will do!

Sunday, October 21, 2012


The lastest and greatest from beauty blogs everywhere...enjoy your reading!

xo,

--The Beauty Professor


Thursday, October 18, 2012

The Rouge Bunny Rouge Web Boutique Is Here!

Above: a screenshot from the new Rouge Bunny Rouge Web Boutique.




I am pleased to herald that one of my favorite brands, Rouge Bunny Rouge, has recently launched their new WEB BOUTIQUE!  This line is one of my most prized cosmetics discoveries this year (though it has been on the top of many beauty bloggers' lists since its inception) and my endless love for the RBR Bronzing Powder in Netherway Cove, Milk Aquarelle Foundation in Almond Milk Parfait, Color Burst Lipstick in The Plot Thickens, Glassy Gloss in Fleur Parfait and Feline Gaze Eyeliner in Salome has been expressed countless times on this blog!


Read on for official details...

Rouge Bunny Rouge is thrilled to announce the opening of the web boutique. We look
forward to bestowing a warm welcome as you arrive through this elegant portal to the
Enchanted Garden. Discover an exquisitely animated emporium of luxurious make-up and
skin care where natural beauty is enhanced and celebrated.

In the playfully sophisticated style that’s synonymous with RBR, more than 40 product groups and
150 different colours are revealed in a clear manner with a touch of whimsy. Seekers of elegant,
unique shades and exceptional textures rejoice! Carefully compiled colour descriptions and
swatches, clear beauty advice and lists of ingredients, all laid out in a straightforward way, make it
easy to choose products perfect for you. Curious tales alive with the spirit of the Enchanted Garden
abound, every product is the protagonist in its own adventure. Beauty sweetmeats, new features
and titbits await in this otherworldly sphere shining with polished splendour. If you have only the
time for a fleeting browse, like the pages of a book you can’t stop turning, you might feel compelled
to stay a while longer.

We invite you to indulge the senses at our new web boutique. To commemorate the launch, 20% off
everything is our treat.

Bedazzling Previews. The web boutique heralds exciting revelations as new products and stories
wait breathlessly in the wings. Anticipate the inauguration of alluring scents that dress the skin.
Reformulated make-up collection classics are imbued with the latest ingredients and technologies.
The introduction of a Time Defying Foundation and Dramatic Lash Mascara offers new inspiration
for exciting beauty looks. Moreover, we continue to look at ways to treat you, not just how to make
the pennies go further, but through the unveiling of compelling concepts such as the professional
make-up artist programme.

Take a peek at www.rougebunnyrouge.com...the colors and quality of this line are simply exquisite!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Giorgio Armani Maestro Eraser Concealer Swatches!

Giorgio Armani Maestro Eraser Concealer swatches from bottom to top (in indoor lighting): #2.5, #2, #3,  #4,  #4.5 and #5.

I have a proper review of Giorgio Armani Maestro Eraser Concealer waiting in the wings (it really is  exquisite), but in the interim, I have received many questions about the exact shades of this product.  In turn, I am posting a quick round of images that I managed to take today while at Neiman Marcus! The Maestro Eraser Concealer, which retails for $40, certainly requires a detailed post, but the following images will have to suffice until I am able to finish it later on this week.

I hope that these swatches are helpful to those ordering this product sight unseen...

xo,

--The Beauty Professor


Shade Descriptions (in order of appearance in the photos):

1. #2.5: A very warm golden/peachy beige for light to medium skin tones...note that it appears darker than #4!

2. #2: An ultra pale beige for skin with very rosy/pink undertones.

3. #3: A light beige suitable for light skin with neutral to rosy undertones.

4. #4: A light beige with yellow undertones (the one I wear, and I also wear Maestro makeup in 5.5 and 6.5)

5. #4.5: A true medium beige with neutral undertones.

6. #5: A medium to medium-dark beige with very warm yellow undertones.



Giorgio Armani Maestro Eraser Concealer swatches from bottom to top (in indoor lighting): #2.5, #2, #3,  #4,  #4.5 and #5...the top row is applied heavy, and the bottom row reflects the same shades blended. 


Giorgio Armani Maestro Eraser Concealer swatches from bottom to top (in indoor lighting with a flash): #2.5, #2, #3,  #4,  #4.5 and #5...the top row is applied heavy, and the bottom row reflects the same shades blended. 

**For swatches and a review of the Maestro Foundation, click HERE and HERE!


Sunday, October 14, 2012

The Beauty Blog Coalition Weekly Roundup for the Week Ending on 10/12/12


The latest and greatest from beauty blogs everywhere...enjoy your reading time!

xo,

--The Beauty Professor


Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Le Metier de Beaute CHEM60 Pro-Peel and GLOW10ai Mask Set...Video Review!





From L-R: Scott Reyes of the Neiman Marcus Beverly Hills LMdB counter,  the Beauty Professor and LMdB Director of Color, Mikey Castillo.

I recently paid a special visit to the Le Metier de Beaute counter at my local Neiman Marcus in Beverly Hills.  During my time, I was fortunate to meet with Scott Reyes, who heads the counter and LMdB Director of Color, Mikey Castillo.  While we, of course, candidly discussed the beauty and merits of the LMdB line...a special posting of current product images and swatches to come in the very near future...I was also formally introduced to the Le Metier de Beaute CHEM60 Pro-Peel and GLOW10ai Mask Set, to be released early next month and sold exclusively at Neiman Marcus!

Designed as a 15-minute at-home spa experience, this set includes a peel, which penetrates the skin's surface to eradicate dead skin cells and a mask, which renews and rebuilds the skin, improving overall appearance.  This two step process, which retails for $265, works below the surface to enhance and improve skin, revealing younger-looking skin in as little as 60 seconds.  

I am thankful to have received a sample set of this very promising product from Delbert Faires of the LMdB counter in Palm Beach, Florida; this post, including a brief video of my application (scroll to bottom of post!), is dedicated to my initial experience with the peel and mask set.


Above L-R: The exquisite and knowledgable Delbert Faires of the Neiman Marcus LMdB counter in Palm Beach, FL with the Beauty Professor and Ami Scrittorale.

As the name might imply, the CHEM 60 Pro-Peel and GLOW10ai Mask set comes with two products,  the peel and the mask.

The CHEM60 Pro-Peel comes with a brush applicator to gently spread the clear formula on the face with ease.

According to LMdB, the CHEM60 Pro-Peel "gently penetrates the skin's surface and desquamates dead skin cells to reveal younger looking skin"  Additional details, directions and outcomes as follows:
  • Diminish the look of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Increase hydration and reveal smoother-looking skin
  • Apply for 60 seconds and up to 5 minutes
  • Appropriate for all skin tones and most skin types 
  • Use up to three times a week
**I applied this to clean skin and left it on for 60 seconds...the warming sensation was pleasant and, upon removal (with a damp washcloth), my skin felt remarkably smooth and velvety. 


The mask comes in a sturdy lucite jar with a secure all-encompassing top.

The mask itself is very easy to apply and a bit gummy in texture, making it feel secure when applied to the face (no dripping or migrating) and as it dries.

The GLOW10ai Mask "infuses skin with an unprecedented concentration of antioxidants, vitamins and hydrators and helps skin renew and rebuild, while strengthening skin's overall appearance"  Additional details and benefits as follows:

  • A sophisticated blend of moisturizers helps revive appearance of damaged, dull-looking skin
  • The look of hyperpigmentation is noticeably lessened and improved
  • Irritation and redness caused by chemical peels, microdermabrasion and laser treatments are visibly diminished
  • Suppleness and smoothness are greatly restored, resulting in a fresh, hydrated surface

**I applied the thick yet pliable mask with my fingers and spread it all over my face, avoiding my hairline and the orbital area around my eyes.  The mask lacked an obvious scent (a bonus in my book!) and felt very comfortable as it dried.  I left the mask on for about 10 minutes before beginning the peeling process.



The mask was an enjoyable experience...
**To remove the mask, I started at my forehead and began to peel downwards...this was an extremely easy process and the mask removed evenly and cleanly.  Upon complete removal, I was left with undeniably smooth, refined and, dare I say, poreless (!) skin.  I couldn't believe how rapid the results appeared to be!

The video below chronicles my first experience with the LMdB Peel and Mask set...I was beyond glad to go through the steps, from application to removal, in the comfort of my own bathroom and I used my new iPhone 5 to record the entire process. It's not glamorous, but it is indeed authentic and hopefully very helpful for those of you interested in trying this set out next month...enjoy!


video

A healthy and glowing visage thanks to Le Metier de Beaute!

Bottom Line: The Le Metier de Beaute CHEM60 Pro-Peel and GLOW10ai Mask Set is very special...the results I got from a single twelve minute process were remarkable.  The smoothness and refinement that my skin experienced as a result of the set lasted well into the next couple of days that followed.  Additionally, my sensitive skin did not react in any adverse manner to the peel and mask.  If anything, my skin appeared calmer and more supple while enduring a highly stressful week, no less!  I am so excited to integrate this set into my skincare routine because of its simplicity and efficacy and look forward to witnessing the diminishment of more significant issues like hyperpigmentation and fine lines with my continued use, long term use...highly recommended!

**PR sample provided for review, however, as always, all of my opinions are expressly and unequivocally my own.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Tom Ford Nude Vanille...What Was I Waiting For?


The Tom Ford Lip Color comes in a luxe dark brown case with gold accents; it is weighty without being inordinately heavy.

My pursuit of quintessential pale lip color continues with my latest acquisition...Tom Ford lipstick in Nude Vanille.  I have been eyeing this shade for awhile and repeatedly talked myself out of it, believing that it was too similar to some of my other nude favorites, including Rouge Bunny Rouge "The Plot Thickens" and Beauty Is Life "Cosmopolitan" amongst a myriad of others.  One of my dear Beauty Professor readers, Kate, mentioned that it is one of her favorites, and in light of her endorsement and the fact that we both seem to go wild for nude lip color, I finally bit the $48 bullet and ordered it!  

Nude Vanille is a one of the lightest shades in the Tom Ford Lip Color line...Blush Nude, its closest sibling, is equally light, but a bit chalky in comparison to the lush creaminess of this shade.

Thanks to the classic and scrumptious Tom Ford Lip Color formula, Nude Vanille is a creamy pale pink nude that offers completely opaque coverage with just one swipe.  It is amazing...moisturizing, pigmented and long lasting, all the while avoiding the dreaded "ring" that can develop with even the most premium of pale shades.  I will let the following images speak for themselves...

Nude Vanille is a brilliant and balanced mixture of light nude, peach and pink...it is pale, yet pigmented, contains absolutely no shimmer and reaches full opacity with a single swipe!

Above: a swatch of Nude Vanille in the shade.

Above: a swatch of Nude Vanille in direct sunlight.

Nude Vanille adds a glow to the face without being "too white."

Tom Ford Nude Vanille alone on the lips...it is moisturizing and smoothing and the color does not bleed, fade or pool with extended wear.

Nude Vanille has a permanent home in my purse...I love this color.



Bottom Line:  The Tom Ford lip color formula is undisputedly rich and hydrating.  The pigment is intense and the staying power, remarkable.  His shade offerings tend to run on the dark side; in turn, I am so pleased that he has created a few wearable yet unique nudes for those of us who crave a pale lip.  Nude Vanille is a lovely investment and I highly recommend it for those on the hunt for creamy peachy pink lips!



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