Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Video: By Terry Sheer Expert + Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer Foundation Routine...

For the past few days, I've been experimenting with creating a new foundation concoction that combines the luminous lightless of By Terry Sheer Expert (#7 Vanilla Beige) with the unprecedented opacity and coverage of Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer (#06).  This duality yields one of the most refining and flawless formulas yet!  

For reference, I have swatches of nearly every shade of the Sensual Skin Enhancer HERE and the By Terry Cover Expert swatches directly align with the Sheer Expert shades.  

Please view the video below for all of the details...hope your week is going well...xoxo!

--The Beauty Professor

Monday, February 25, 2013

FOTD Springtime in February...

Above: Jane Iredale Circle/Delete, Hourglass Ambient Light Powder, Billion Dollar Brows Hint of Tint, By Terry Sheer Expert, Sisley blush Pinky Coral,  Rouge Bunny Rouge Megaplumes Mascara, Rouge Bunny Rouge Bronzing, Powder, Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Liner and Makeup Geek lipstick.

The burgeoning springtime (and inordinately sunny day yesterday) has inspired my latest FOTD.  Even skin, flushed cheeks and a pure pink pout were achieved with ten products (pictured above)!  

Kindly scroll on for more details and images...

Above: Product swatches in direct sunlight.

Products Used:

1. By Terry Sheer Expert in #7 Vanilla Beige
3. and 4. Jane Iredale Circle/Delete Concealer in #1 (two shades)
9. Stila Stay All Day Liquid Liner in Intense Black
10. Makeup Geek lip color in Innocent

Above: Product swatches in the shade.
The next four images picture the products in action...springtime is almost here!

Above:  I am really enjoying the light, yet flawless coverage of  By Terry Sheer Expert in #7 (review soon!)

Above: Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Liner is dries instantly and doesn't transfer or budge until removed.

Above: Makeup Geek lipstick in Innocent is a creamy peachy pink that isn't matte or shiny, just naturally flushed.

Above: The warmth of yesterday's sunlight is a harbinger of the weather to come.

Bottom Line: The ten products I used for this FOTD are a joy to work with...clean, simple, glowing and flushed, this is the efflorescence of springtime makeup!

What are some of your favorite products right now?

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Beauty Blog Coalition Weekly Roundup for the Week Ending 2/22/13

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


--The Beauty Professor

  • Confessions of a Sarcastic Mom: Destany tries out the Milani COLORstatement lipsticks in pinks and corals!
  • Blushing Noir: Are you a Betty or a Veronica? Check out the Caramel Sundae EOTD from MAC Archie's Girls and see!
  • TheFabZilla: Win a set of posture-correcting lingerie ($89 value) from Braologie. 2 Winners. Open international. Ends 3/5/13.
  • Emily Hudspeth, hair design and makeup artist d: Aqua & Red Stylized Bridal Shoot. Portfolio Image Building for Stylists
  • Endless Summer: Elena reviews and swatches new Guerlain Maxi Lash Mascara.
  • Sweet Tart Beauty : Emmy over at Sweet Tart Beauty reviews Prescriptives new innovative online custom blend video chat
  • Beauty Professor: How many lipsticks can should one girl carry? Find out what's in the Beauty Professor's purse!
  • Painted Ladies: Painted Ladies has an exclusive Tarina Tarantino Beauty giveaway! Enter to win an Emerald Pretty Eyeshadow Palette.
  • Lola's Secret Beauty Blog: Winter parched skin need an extra boost? If so, Lola's Secret Beauty Blog recommends Dermaquest Advanced B5 Serum for your cold weather skincare blues!
  • Mama Fashionista: Get Red Ruby Groovy with gud!
  • The Lacquered Lady: Accidentally put on too much blush? The Lacquered Lady shares some quick tips to fix the problem!
  • Polarbelle: Polarbelle finds a non-irritating retinol 4 piece system from Pevonia Spa Clinica. Check it out!!
  • D.G.S.Beauty: Barry M's Dazzle Dust will have you wanting some in your makeup collection.
  • Beauty Info Zone: Do you like being outside but worry about your beauty? Vault lip products solves that problem in a beautiful way.
  • Pammy Blogs Beauty: Emani Mineral Makeup review and Starter Kit Giveaway!!!
  • BeautyTidbits: Check out the review of Nuvosa Anti-Aging Skin Care Treatment Collection over at BeautyTidbits
  • Project Swatch: Emi from Project Swatch goes on a weekend trip - take a look inside her travel makeup bag!
  • Midnight Manicures: Swatches and Review of the new Milani Ultrafine Liquid Eye Liners. One vinyl and four sparkly long-lasting colors!
  • Peppermint Lips Beauty Blog: ELF Studio Baked Blush in Peachy Cheeky Review & Swatches!
  • Scottish Beauty Blog: Where did you have your best ever spa treatment? Sarah from Scottish Beauty Blog's was at the Lush Spa in Edinburgh. It was called the Good Hour but it ought to be called the Best Hour.
  • Saturday, February 23, 2013

    A Tale of Three Pink Blushes...

    Above: Rouge Bunny Rouge Original Skin Blush in Gracilis, Tom Ford Cheek Color in Frantic Pink and Sisley Phyto-Blush Eclat in Pinky Coral #05.

    I was recently asked by a lovely reader if I could swatch some of my favorite pink blushes side by side for reference...this post, featuring Gracilis, Frantic Pink and Pinky Coral is simply the culmination of that effort.  Happy to oblige...enjoy ; 

    Above: Gracilis is a cool light mauve rose with a satin finish.

    Above: Frantic Pink is a neutral pale pink with an elegant,  glowing shimmer (NOT to be confused with glitter!).

    Above: Pinky Coral is a matte(ish) nearly apricot shade by the time the shades are mixed.  

    Bottom Line: I love all three of these pink blushes in different ways...Gracilis is extremely concentrated for a cool natural flush, Frantic Pink adds a lovely rosy glow to bronzer and cannot be over applied (trust me, I've tried!) and Sisley Pinky Coral gives a bright matte pale apricot pop of color that is blithe without being over the top.

    What are some of your favorite pink blushes?

    Beauty Blogazons Weekly Roundup for the Week Ending 2/22/13

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


    --The Beauty Professor

    Friday, February 22, 2013

    Billion Dollar Brows...Subtle, Yet Spectacular

    Above: Billion Dollar Brows Hint of Tint, a convenient gel and Universal Brow Pencil, a retractable definer with a built in spool brush.

    I recently got the chance to try a few items from Billion Dollar Brows, a line that expressly specializes in brow products.  To be frank, my brows are fairly low maintenance; I prefer a natural brow and, with the exception of some light grooming twice a month to eradicate the "strays," I don't spend an inordinate amount of time on them.  Although I consider my brows relatively full, I do enjoy enhancing them slightly to increase their definition and shape.  Two products that effortlessly fit into my relaxed brow lifestyle are Hint of Tint and the Universal Brow Pencil.  

    Retailing for a very reasonable $18, Hint of Tint comes in a very convenient squeeze tube with a built in spool wand applicator (much like mascara).  The gel itself is thin and manageable and has a natural color (I selected "Taupe" for medium to dark brown hair) that is neither too warm nor too cool.  One of my personal pet peeves is using a "brown" brow product that pulls just looks so garish and obviously incongruent.  I love how ash brown this truly is!  Using this product is obscenely simple...all I do is brush the wand in an upward direction on my brows and, viola...instantly defined and well-groomed brows without the use of separate powder and gel products.

    Above: A swatch of Hint of Tint in Taupe...this is a medium neutral ash brown that looks very inconspicuous. 

    I also tried the Universal Brow Pencil, which retails for $15 and comes in, you guessed it, a singular, universal shade. This retractable pencil reminds me of the Dior Show Brow Styler Pencil (which I have bought at least four of over the also comes in a mono-shade) in terms of color and performance, although the BDB is almost half the cost!  I use it to fill in a marginally sparse area near the arch of my right brow and appreciate how smoothly and uniformly this applies.  It provides a natural tone to my dark brown brows and, aside from the improvement in shape, is completely undetectable.

    INGREDIENTS: Simmendsia Chinesis (Jojoba Oil) Seed Oil,oleyl Alcohol,Ricinums Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Oleyl Stearate, Glyceryl, Monoriciroleate, Beeswax (Cera Alba)ozokerite, Euphoria Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Microcry Stalline Wax, Lanalin Oil, Propyl (Butyl, Metyl) – Paraben, Citric Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, Glyceryl Oleate, Lecithin, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tocopherol, Iron Oxide (Ci77499, Ci 77491, Ci 77492) ,Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891),

    Above: A swatch of the Universal Brow Pencil...this pencil goes on lightly, but I executed a couple of strokes to reveal its saturated color. 

    Above: Swatches of Hint of Tint and the Universal Brow Pencil in natural daylight.  Note the natural ash brown tone of both!

    Below: The next three images illustrate how Hint of Tint and a touch of the Universal Brow Pencil look on my eyebrows...

    Bottom Line: The Billion Dollar Brows line is wonderful.  The company truly does have a profound and professional understanding of what it takes to achieve a beautifully natural eyebrow.  The products are high quality, embrace a believable (yet, relatively difficult to locate!)  ash brown tone and are sensibly priced.  I have a couple of other BDB products that I've yet to try (namely, an eyebrow serum and brow powder), and will weigh in on them once I've reached a verdict.  In the meanwhile, the Hint of Tint and Universal Eyebrow Pencil have become valuable staples in my daily routine!

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

    Wednesday, February 20, 2013

    What's in My Purse?

    Above: The Princepessa bag, made by own brother, Seth Wegter.

    Last month, I received a sublime birthday purse from my brother, who handcrafts handbags when he is not teaching high school and college English or coaching a wrestling team...indeed, he is a true Renaissance Man.  Deemed "The Princepessa," this bag is a slight departure from my other purses (made by him as well, of course) that are roomy enough to double as small pieces of luggage (I exaggerate only slightly).   

    This 10" by 8" wonder, however, holds much more than one might imagine at first glance.  Being one who is infinitely nosy about what items people deem important to tote around on a regular basis, I thought I would use this post as a way to, (a) showcase my brother's immense talent as it is manifested in this bag (my BP readers frequently ask which designer makes my bags) and (b) share what I carry in my own bag...hopefully I have some readers who are as hopelessly curious as I am ; )

    Above: The Princepessa in action; meanwhile Jethro is in the foreground looking like a dignified sentinel!

    Above: The Princepessa  features two handles for easy hand/forearm holding as well as a generous cross body strap for those who like options.   Caramel colored pony was a gift from my mom ; )

    Above: The Princepessa is made of lambskin and cowhide and all of the intricate lacing work is done with a high quality goatskin lace.  I guess this bag won't be attracting vegans for obvious reasons, but he does work with non-animal products as well, for someone who likes his aesthetic but doesn't want to carry animal hide.  The long cross body strap is brandished with beautiful brass hardware that makes the strap detachable.

    Above: It's all in the details...hand stamped leather zipper pulls and quality hardware make all the difference.  Nail polish is  Power Grey (new for Spring 2013) by Lise Watier.

    Onto the items...can you fathom that all of these accouterments comfortably fit in this bag with room to spare?  As I've previously mentioned...this bag is deceptively roomy!

    1. Salvatore Ferragamo scarf...over the years, I have been fortunate enough to amass a few of these (I believe that Ferragamo makes the best in terms of design, quality and durability) and I always have one in my purse.  It serves so many can add modesty to an accidentally low shirt, integrate a chic look to a basic outfit, cover up Jethro's dog tote (so he can go to sleep), make me warmer (that silk is thick and retains heat!) when a cold front unexpectedly arrives and can help achieve an impromptu hairdo. I've even used it to cover my forehead/shield my face when the sun is too much to bear!

    2. Metal notepad with pen...a gift from my mom.  I love that it is so streamlined and compact as it is housed in its own little case. There is nothing, in my mind, that can take the place of paper.  Must.  Have.  Paper.

    3. Hourglass Ambient Light Powders and Hourglass Retractable Foundation Brush (I've been carrying around two compacts, as intense as that is).  Diffused Light and Dim Light take me through the day and the brush makes it a dream to apply.

    4. A copious amount of lipstick and lip any given point in time, I have a least nine lip products in my purse. Is this unhealthy? Perhaps.  I adore options.  Lip color includes: D&G Mandorla, Tom Ford Nude Vanille, Tom Ford Spanish Pink, LMdB Pink-e Promise, Tom Ford Naked and Youngblood Debalicious.

    5. A leather makeup bag, crafted by my brother, naturally.  The contents of this bag are featured at the end of this post.

    6. A wallet, crafted by my brother, naturally.  Once again, a close up near the end of this post!

    7. A pen...made from a very durable material, this pen is utilitarian to say the least.

    8. Some form of snack that won't degrade in my purse, just in this case, almonds, which I didn't begin liking until I reached adulthood.  Some days, I teach such long hours, that it's consoling to know I have an unbridled access to food at all times.

    9. Beauty Professor business cards...simple, informative, ceaselessly handy.

    10. Lambskin sunglasses case, made by my brother. This is thin and light, yet valiantly protects my giant sunglasses.

    11. Chanel matte black sunglasses...I love that these are gigantic (it's like sunscreen made of plastic), feather light, classic and matte.

    12. Tic Tacs...I am not a big candy lover, but having mints at one's disposal, just in case, puts the mind at ease.

    13. More lip this case, Sensai Sakura Kasane, NARS Albatross gloss and Beauty Is Life Sacara gloss.

    14. An empty foundation sample love for foundation knows no bounds and I never know when this might come in handy.

    15. iPhone 5...not pictured, merely for the fact that I was using it to take my pictures.  This device allows me to keep in contact with everyone under the sun, document my life (and makeup) instantly, upload said pictures to my blog and wile away the hours with a myriad of apps.  I wish I didn't love it like I do.

    Above: A close up of some staples...Ferragamo, Tom Ford and've been good to me.

    Above: The Princepessa with its cohorts...sunglass case, makeup bag and wallet.  

    Above: This wallet is has an outer pocket for cards and an inner pocket for cash.

    Above: It also has a back pocket for more cards, which somehow, I've managed to over utilize.

    Above: A closeup of the lambskin sunglass case.  So thin and light, yet perfectly protective.

    Above: My Chanel sunglasses...fairly certain the quilted part is leather, which fits nicely into this burgeoning theme.

    Above: The sunglasses, yet again.  They literally cover half of my face, which I prefer.

    Above: This makeup bag is small but mighty.  The fact that it has a straight, rectangular base that allows it to stand on its own is brilliantly convenient.

    Above: The contents of my makeup bag in no particular order (this will likely be a more substantial, better fleshed-out future post!)...OCC pigment in Miriam, LMdB Eye Brightening Powder, a retractable concealer brush drenched in Laura Mercier SC-3, By Terry Ombre Blackstar in Bronze Moon, SK-II foundation pot #420, NYX lip color in Nude Peach Fuzz, Rouge Bunny Rouge Fine Spun Light, LMdB Indelible Ink liners in Artemis and Castella, a Swiss Army pocketknife, Koh Gen Do blotting papers, some emergency Sunday Riley sunscreen, Lise Watier Fawn liner, NARS Via Appia liner, LMdB Champagne liner, an extra contact lens, Rouge Bunny Rouge lip balm, organic hand sanitizer, allergy eye drops, dental floss, Rouge Bunny Rouge bronzing powder, Tom Ford blush, Guerlain mascara, LMdB Peau Vierge concealer and "foundation of the week," Napoleon Perdis China Doll in L-2.  

    Bottom Line: I hope you've enjoyed this glimpse into my handbag...I cannot believe how much I carry around on a regular basis.  In all reality, I use most of this at one time or another during the week, so at least it's not superfluous.  Kindly visit if you desire to see more of what my brother so adeptly does! 

    What are some "must haves" in your purse?


    --The Beauty Professor

    Monday, February 18, 2013

    Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder...A Glowing Review

    Above: A sampling of the powders I've accrued recently...clockwise from top left...Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light, Chanel Mattifying Compact Powder Foundation in 22 Beige Rose, Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light and Makeup Forever Pro Finish Powder Foundation in #117 Golden Ivory.

    I have been on a bit of a powder binge as of late.  As my skin goes through the inevitable transition from NC 27-30 to NC23-25 (it takes eons for my summer tan to fade...good grief, it's almost summer again!), my quest for the perfect shade of base has yielded countless foundation and powder purchases.  
    I prefer to use a powder to refine the look of my foundation, rather than serve as a foundation on its turn, I've been looking for lighter powders with undetectable finishes and the ability to simultaneously mattify and enhance radiance.  

    Above: Comparison swatches of some recent powder acquisitions...all are fairly sheer, but have been swatched heavily to reveal their true undertones.  Dim Light is a pale mixture of peach and beige, Chanel Beige Rose 22 is a pale peach/yellow hybrid (very little, if any, pink), Diffused Light is a sheer very pale yellow and Golden Ivory #117 is fair warm beige (it also has the most natural opacity).

    Above: The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder comes in the classic Hourglass rose-tinged brown plastic compact.  It has a generous mirror and 

    I ordered the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder, sight unseen, from Sephora a couple weeks back.  The Internet buzz about these powders had been palpable...especially because they didn't hit stores until last week.  After a bit of research, I settled on Diffused Light, a "soft, warm pale yellow" and Dim Light, a neutral peach beige.  As beautiful as they look, I wasn't interested in Ethereal, Luminous and Radiant Light powders because they appear to serve an illuminating purpose and between the highlighters I love from Tom Ford, Edward Bess, RMS, Kevyn Aucoin and Chanel, I couldn't justify another shimmery face product.  

    Here's the official word from Sephora:

    Create your perfect light. Ambient Lighting Powder is a groundbreaking collection of finishing powders that capture, diffuse, and soften the way light reflects on your skin. Ambient’s illuminating particles are one of the first ever to exhibit both photoluminescence and color-correcting capabilities. The transparent micron-sized spheres with an entrapped diamond core—called photoluminescent technology—do not simply cloak imperfections like traditional powder, but rather, alter and refine the perceived appearance of the complexion by manipulating and filtering out harsh light. Delivering a multidimensional luminescence to every skintone, skin appears softer, younger, and lit-from-within. With six universal shades available, you can choose to create your desired lighting effect—not unlike having a personal lighting technician. Ambient is free of talc, gluten, fragrance, and nanoparticles. 

    This all may sound like a smidge of chicanery, but I can attest to the fact that the magical description is actually quite accurate!

    Above: Diffused Light is a pale yellow powder with no perceptible shimmer, though somehow it imparts a brightening glow!

    At first glance, Diffused Light doesn't seem like much.  If not for the barely yellow sheen in the pan, one could initially mistake this for translucent powder.  Even the swatches don't adequately reveal its transformative powers...they may only look like a very light powder, but on the face, Diffused Light's gossamer splendor is remarkable.  

    The powder itself is very finely is weightless and silky and instantly disappears upon application.  I don't detect any fragrance (and couldn't identify the addition of scent in the ingredients below) and my sensitive skin hasn't experienced any negative reactions during my week of use.

    Ingredients: Mica, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Boron Nitride, Hdi/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Octyldodecanol, Silica, Benzimidazole Diamond Amidoethyl Urea Carbamoyl Propyl Olymethylsilsesquioxane, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Phenoxyethanol, Dimethicone, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Sorbic Acid, Olyacrylamide, Benzoic Acid, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Potassium Sorbate, Dehydroacetic Acid, Laureth-7, Ethylhexylglycerin, Trimethylsiloxysilicate. May Contain : Ci 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Ci 77163 (Bismuth Oxychloride),Ci 77491 (Iron Oxide),Ci 77492 (Iron Oxide), Ci 77499 (Iron Oxide),Ci 75470 (Carmine).

    Above and below: Heavy (to reflect texture and tone) swatches of Diffused Light in indirect and direct natural lighting.  

    The best way to illustrate Diffused Light's wonder is to see it on the face...the following images show Diffused Light over three different foundations.  In all cases, this powder brightens and illuminates without obvious reduces redness and discoloration and evens out the skin while remaining impossible to detect with the naked eye.  It also manages to keep shine at bay and lasts the whole day without caking or settling!

    Above: Diffused Light over Napoleon Perdis China Doll Foundation in Look 2.  

    Above: Diffused Light over SK-II Creme Foundation in #420.

    Above: Diffused Light Powder over Revlon Colorstay Whipped Creme Foundation in #200 Sand Beige.

    Onto Dim Light...this delicate matte beige peach powder is designed to brighten and even out the skin.  Obviously, it is darker than Diffused Light, so I apply it with a slightly lighter hand and tend to use it over foundations that lean a bit lighter.  

    When I apply it, it feels like nothing is happening...however, the final effect is stunning.  My skin is more even.  My complexion looks healthier and more radiant without the use, once again, of shimmer!

    The brightening effect is palpable, while somehow avoiding looking like I've over applied bronzer or blush.  This powder is fantastic for anyone seeking to look more awake and even.  I do think that it might be a tad too dark (as an over the entire face powder) for very fair skin tones (e.g., NC10-20), however, it could then easily be used as a pale blush or contour to bring life to the cheek bones.  

    Above: Dim Light in natural is a peach-toned beige that effortlessly brightens and evens the skin.

    Above: Dim Light over Tom Ford Traceless Foundation Stick #5.

    Above: A mixture of Diffused Light and Dim Light on the face.

    Bottom Line:  The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders are superb.  The dreamy glow that Diffused Light provides (miraculously, without a hint of shimmer!) and the overall evening out effect of Dim Light fulfill a previously vacant role in my vast powder arsenal.  Perhaps my favorite way of using these powders is in tandem over foundation...first a light dusting of Dim Light, followed by a medium application of Diffused Light evens, seamlessly brightens and adds radiance.  I cannot get over how completely invisible these powders are on the skin...once applied, they absolutely vanish, while somehow managing to make whatever they touch look more perfected.  Highly recommended!