Sunday, March 31, 2013

Beauty Blog Coalition Weekly Roundup for the Week Ending 3/29/13

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


--The Beauty Professor

  • Fabulous Awesomeness: Mina Slater shares how you can win 2 sets of the NAAT Brazilian Keratin Collection by nuNAAT! It's a GOGO (get 1, give 1) giveaway so you could snag a full set for you and a friend!
  • My Newest Addiction Beauty Blog: Laura from My Newest Addiction Beauty Blog shows us her favorite lipsticks from Rimmel London: Kate Moss Collection.
  • Lola's Secret Beauty Blog: Helen from Lola's Secret Beauty Blog is utterly smitten with the Maybelline Color Whispers, and loves them so much that she went back for two more in pink!
  • Mama Fashionista: March Julep It Girl Unboxing!
  • BeautyTidbits: Harshleen is celebrating her 3rd blog anniversary with a giveaway! Enter to win!
  • Confessions of a Sarcastic Mom: Destany tests out FEVERshadow from Wishful Bath & Beauty is the stunning Rue's Wildflowers!
  • TheFabZilla: Giveaway alert: Enter to win Too Faced Better Than False Lashes via TheFabZilla. Ends 4/7/13.
  • D.G.S.Beauty: LA FRESH is refreshing. You will be wanting these items in your purse today.
  • Painted Ladies: City Color Beauty's Elegantly Bold is a budget-friendly palette that packs a punch!
  • The Advice Sisters Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle Website: PONDS has some user-friendly, really affordable and brand new skincare items that smell like roses.
  • In Her Makeup Bag: Stephanie shares an easy eye makeup trick to simplifying your beauty routine (or for days you're just feeling lazy)
  • Beauty by Miss L: This week Miss L showed one of her favorite daily look done using MUA Undressed palette.
  • Beauty Professor: The Beauty Professor discusses her way of using the Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate compact in Intensity 01!
  • The Lacquered Lady: Try your hand at this easy and fun nail art from The Lacquered Lady.
  • Pamm Blogs Beauty: The MAC Matters Challenge Continues!!! See how Pammy Blogs Beauty is continuing to build her MAC Core Collection with (less than) $21 a Month!!!
  • Peppermint Lips Beauty Blog: Nyx Angel Blush Review and Swatches!
  • Endless Summer: Elena opens, applies and closes Vault Lip Gloss with one hand!
  • Portrait of Mai: Mai swatches and reviews some choice eyeshadows, finishing powder, and lip lustres from Fyrinnae's 50s Retro Collection!
  • Saturday, March 30, 2013

    Beauty Blogazons Weekly Roundup for the Week Ending 3/29/13

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


    --The Beauty Professor

    Friday, March 29, 2013

    A Quick and Polished Eye Look...Video Tutorial!

    Happy Friday to you!  This week has flown by...late nights, early mornings and a minimal amount of time to get ready for the day.  In light of this inane cycle, I have found myself resorting to this quick and polished eye look, detailed in my most recent video below; it takes two to three minutes to create and lasts all day!    

    Products used include:

    1. Lise Watier Eye Shine in Fauve (for eyebrows)

    4. By Terry Ombre Blackstar Melting Eyeshadow in #4 Bronze Moon. A review of this eyeshadow (in Misty Rock) can be found HERE!

    7. Rouge Bunny Rouge Fine Spun Light Luminous Skin Wand in Orionis 

    Looking forward to your comments and thoughts!

    xoxo and enjoy this blessed Easter weekend,

    --The Beauty Professor

    Wednesday, March 27, 2013

    By Terry Sheer Rouge: A Close Up of Nudissimo and Baby Bloom

    Above: The By Terry Sheer Rouges are encased in slender silver cylinders, consistent with (but less bullet-like than) the By Terry lip color packaging.

    A week or two ago, I featured a preliminary swatching of all By Terry Sheer Rouge shades (found HERE) with promises of an in-depth review of the shades that I purchased.  I am happy to report that the moment for this elucidation has come!

    I bought two shades: Nudissimo and Baby Bloom and their combination of bright sheer color and extreme hydration make these some of my favorites of the spring season!

    Please scroll on for shade descriptions, swatches and images of them on a human face ; )
    Above: Nudissimo is a semi-opaque peachy nude.

    Nudissimo is a peachy nude with a complex shimmer that lends to a delightfully opaque effect (especially for a lipstick that is marketed as "sheer").  With its signature By Terry candy rose scent, this lip color imparts a beautiful nude peach sheen that is shimmery without being the slightest bit glittery.  

    The application is extremely just glides on...and I get two to three hours of wear time between touch ups.  The hyaluronic acid it contains is designed to "moisturize, fill in wrinkles and fine lines, boost vlume and protect the lips with a glossy colored veil;" there are also UV filters to combat environmental damage.  This formula embodies the perfect fusion of lipgloss and lipstick!

    Above:  Nudissimo...the By Terry Sheer Rouge formula is quite soft (note the uneven wear on the lipstick bullet) but this could be due in part to the intense moisture that it provides.

    Above:  A swatch of Nudissimo in direct sunlight.

    Baby Bloom is a light candy-esque peachy pink with less shimmer than Nudissimo for more of  a sheer pop of color.  Its formula and wear time are like that of its peachy sister (as well as every other shade in the line), so I will spare you the repetitious details.  The only difference (besides the coloring) is that Baby Bloom leaves a gorgeous light pink stain behind!

    Above: Baby Bloom has the same ultra-hydrating and soft texture as all the shades in the By Terry Sheer Rouge line.  

    Above: A swatch of Baby Bloom in direct sunlight.

    Above: Swatch comparisons of Baby Bloom and Nudissimo in the shade.

    Above: Swatch comparisons of Baby Bloom and Nudissimo in direct sunlight...I love how the shine on these is subtle and sparkling.

    Above: Nudissimo alone on the lips.

    Above: Baby Bloom alone on the lips.

    Bottom Line:  To be fair, Nudissimo and Baby Bloom are fairly similar in shade (as exemplified by images above) but both hold a special place in my lip color collection.  It is important to note that over time, Baby Bloom gets a bit darker and leaves a light pink stain, whereas, Nudissimo maintains its lightly shimmery peach perfection without changing.  I love the By Terry Sheer Rouge formula, and with a range of ten stunning colors, there is sure to be a shade to suit every individual's taste.  They are translucent while still having a saturation of pigmented color, making this, in my opinion, the best high-end sheer lip color for the price point ($35)!

    Monday, March 25, 2013

    Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate Video Review and Tutorial + Product Images!

    Happy Monday!  Here is my review and tutorial featuring Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate in Intensity 01...I use this product to create subtle contours and highlighting on the face.  

    Upon viewing the video, kindly scroll on for pristine product images (taken before I started using it regularly, when it still looked fresh and untouched) and swatches of both Intensity 01 (suitable for NC/NW 10-35) and Intensity 02 (suitable for NC/NW 35 and above) in various lighting!

    Also, as promised, my Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Eyeliner Tutorial for DermStore/ (mentioned in this video!) can be found HERE!! 

    Enjoy!  Looking forward to your comments, questions and thoughts ; )

    Products (with their accompanying links) discussed during this video include:

    And now, for some images of the Shade and Illuminate...

    Above: This rather substantial compact retails for $75.

    Above: The remarkably brief ingredient list...although it is a cream product and contains oil, it has not irritated or congested my skin in the slightest bit!

    Above: The compact comes in the signature Tom Ford sleek sueded brown sheath. 

    Above: Intensity 01 in natural lighting.

    Above: A closeup of Intensity 01.

    Above: Swatches on Shade and Illuminate Intensity 01 in natural daylight. 

    Above: Swatches of the "shade" cream in outdoor shade.

    Above: Swatches of the "shade" cream in direct sunlight

    Below:  Shade and Illuminate in Intensity 01 on the face

    Bottom Line:  Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate is one of my favorite daily staples to create contour, dimension and glow on my face.  I love how quickly it can be applied and how natural it looks (when used with restraint!).  Seamless, long lasting and incredibly effective...I highly recommend this!

    Sunday, March 24, 2013

    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

    Beauty Blog Coalition Weekly Roundup for the Week Ending 3/22/13

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


    --The Beauty Professor

  • Money Making Makeup Artist: Q&A of a successful makeup artist and what keeps him inspired and working in the business.
  • Confessions of a Sarcastic Mom: Destany tries on the plums and berries lipsticks from the new Milani COLORstatement line.
  • Lola's Secret Beauty Blog: After having been frustrated by her makeup brush storage, Helen from Lola's Secret Beauty Blog finally found a viable solution that works! Take a peek!
  • BeautyTidbits: Harshleen is giving away the new Too Faced Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush! Enter to win!
  • Midnight Manicures: After this harsh Winter season, get your hand and nails in perfect condition. Find out Jeanie's 6 Favorite Julep Hand and Nail Care Products.
  • datyorkLOVES: Undecided on colors for your mani? Check out datyorkLOVES red and white manicure, its simple and a classic!
  • Beauty Professor: Always seeking to keep it simple, The Beauty Professor shares her current skincare routine!
  • TheFabZilla: After posting rave-views on Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation and Ambient Lighting Powder, will this Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick be a hit to TheFabZilla?
  • Painted Ladies: Sheila from Painted Ladies has 5 ways to freshen up your beauty routine for Spring
  • Beauty Info Zone: If you want a cosmetic subscription box that will know your socks off then try the March Wantable box.
  • My Highest Self: The St. Ives Revitalizing Pear & Soy Body Wash leaves Tina craving a pear martini!
  • Beauty by Miss L: Miss L reviewed one of her favorite hair care products by L´ Oreal.
  • Lipgloss Break: Lipgloss Break makes waves with Sally Hansen Magnetic nail polish. Check out her review.
  • My Newest Addiction Beauty Blog: Laura from My Newest Addiction Beauty Blog shows us the hair products she has been using: Rock Your Hair!
  • The Advice Sisters Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle Website: What you can't see CAN hurt you. CeraVe has a bunch of new physical & chemical sun screens that make protection, a pleasure
  • Pammy Blogs Beauty: Pammy Blog Beauty checks out Beauty Addicts' new PLAY Collection. See what she thinks!
  • Mimi's Mani's and Other Beauty: It Cosmetics Will Have Others Saying Hello Beautiful to you!
  • Blushing Noir: Blushing Noir shows you the jewelry in her March RocksBox! Help her decide what to keep!
  • Friday, March 22, 2013

    Napoleon China Doll Foundation Look 2...Yet Another Foundation Review!

    Above:  The Napoleon China Doll foundation comes in a streamlined 1 ounce squeeze tube that is extremely makeup bag friendly!

    There will likely be no end to my pursuit of foundation...I'm a fairly certain that it is hardwired in to my DNA.  At any rate, I recently picked up the Napoleon Perdis China Doll foundation in Look 2 and was pleasantly surprised by its smooth texture, medium coverage and befitting light beige (with requisite yellow undertones) shade for my winter skin. 

    Above:  This foundation gives a soft velvet finish.

    Retailing for $50, this foundation purports to be lightweight and long wearing, with the ability to "self-set" without powder.  My experience thus far supports these claims!  I wouldn't classify this as a true cream-to-powder product, but it does rapidly dry down to a satin matte velvet finish upon application, making powder an option rather than a requirement.

    Above: The packaging features a squeeze tube with a small tip dispenser for excellent control.

    There are nine shades in this formula and I selected Look 2, which is a light beige with golden yellow undertones (in the NC 23-25 range).  This foundation is highly pigmented, yet it has a "silicone slip" and mousse-like texture that allows the pigment to spread smoothly and evenly.  The texture is so light, that the product almost disappears once applied, but somehow it has left perfected skin its wake.  I prefer to apply it with my fingers, rather than a foundation brush as I notice the heat from my hands enhances an undetectable finish.  It is unscented and, in my experience, does not oxidize.  Up to this point, I have not experienced any breakouts or irritations!  

    Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Isododecane, Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Titanium Dioxide, Butylene Glycol, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Zinc Oxide, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Silica, Nylon-12, Talc, Dimethicone Crosspolymer-3, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Sodium Chloride, Peg/Ppg-18/18 Dimethicone, Cetyl Peg/Ppg-10/1 Dimethicone, Hexyl Laurate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Polydodecanamideaminium Triazadiphenylethenesulfonate, Polyvinylalcohol Crosspolymer, Propylene Carbonate, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan), Xanthan Gum, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Phytantriol, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopherol, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Stearic Acid, Aluminium Hydroxide, Magnesium Chloride, Potassium Chloride, Zinc Chloride, Lysine, Mica (Ci 77019), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891). 

                       Scroll on for swatches, images of the foundation on the face and final thoughts...

    Above and below: Swatches of Napoleon China Doll foundation in direct sunlight and shade...the bottom shade in both images is blended and the top swatch is heavy.  Because this foundation is so light and blendable, I had difficulty precisely capturing the texture and tone of this particular product!

    Above...swatches for comparison from bottom to top: Tom Ford Traceless Foundation Stick in #5 Natural and a blended, then heavy swatch of the Napoleon China Doll foundation in Look #2.  The Napoleon Look #2 is a little more golden yellow than the very neutral TF #5.

    The next three images show Napoleon China Doll Foundation in Look 2 on my face in various the first and third picture, I have finished it off with some Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light.  

    Above: The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light is a perfect finishing touch to this seems to guarantee a flawless finish.

    Above:  This picture was taken after a full day of lecturing...over six hours after application, the foundation was still intact!

    Above: Napoleon China Doll Look #2 on the face.

    Bottom Line:  Although I purchased this China Doll on a whim, I was quite pleased with how much I liked it.  The smooth application, accurate match for my winter skin, medium coverage and decent (5-6 hours without requiring a major touchup) lasting power have made this a lovely option for a skin like finish.  Though it is not as long wearing as my Revlon Colorstay Whipped Cream Foundation, as flawless as my SK-II Facial Treatment Creme Foundation or as glowy-yet-opaque as my By Terry Sheer Expert/Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer chimera, I am pleased to have it as an option in  my formidable foundation arsenal.  

    Have you tried the Napoleon China Doll foundation?  Thoughts? 

    Wednesday, March 20, 2013

    My Current Skincare Routine...Video and Product Breakdown

    Lately, I have had a few requests regarding a detailed overview of my current skincare routine.  In the past few months, I've really pared down my process to target my areas of need (e.g., anti-aging, fading of sun damage, sensitivity) without inundating my skin with a superfluous amount of products!  

    Product Breakdown:

    1. Koh Gen Do Spa Water

    2. SPONGE Ladi Avokanto Oil

    3. Le Metier de Beaute Peau Vierge #2 (can be purchased HERE)

    4. Koh Gen Do UV Care Milk SPF 30

    5. Hello Sunshine Universal Fluid SPF 29

    6. Sunday Riley Good Genes  (can be purchased HERE)

    7. Le Metier de Beaute Peau Vierge Dark Spot Corrector  (can be purchased HERE)

    8. RoC Retinol Night Cream and Eye Cream for Sensitive Skin

    I hope you enjoyed the video...what are some skincare products with which you are currently finding success?


    --The Beauty Professor

    Monday, March 18, 2013

    Burberry Fondant Pink Lip Glow...It Finally Arrived!

    Somehow, I recently justified adding yet another pink gloss to my already extremely robust collection!  Although the Burberry Spring 2013 collection was released in early January, Fondant Pink has been extremely elusive.  It wasn't available on the Nordstrom website until early March and I was beyond thrilled when it arrived on my doorstep last week.  Everything about this gloss is alluring...the iconic packaging, the moisturizing formula and the creamy baby pink that looks divine by itself and equally fresh over an existing lip color.  

    Above: Burberry Lip Glow in Fondant Pink.  This gloss comes in a lucite-esque square tube and has a doe foot applicator. 

    One gorgeously sunny day last week, I conducted a photo shoot of sorts with this delightful gloss and every shot felt like a winning one.  Was it the golden sun of the four o' clock hour?  The chic and streamlined lucite packaging? The tender flush of the gloss itself?  One may never know.  All I can say is that this belongs on a cover of a magazine.

    Above: Fondant Pink #21...a perfect baby pink.

    Retailing for $27, Burberry Lip Glow boasts a brilliant and hydrating formula.  Infused with light oils and spherical powders, the gloss itself is only mildly sticky (just enough to ensure its staying power) and highly restorative.  It is important to note that there is a light floral fragrance, however, that seems to dissipate after a minute or two, thankfully.  Upon application, my lips feel comfortable and full...I get about two hours of wear before needing to reapply and, due to the beauty of the gloss itself, reapplication is a joy!

    Kindly scroll on for images and swatches of the gloss in various lighting situations...

    Above and below: Swatches of Fondant Pink in direct sunlight..this gloss is a semi-opaque baby pink with no perceptible shimmer.  I appreciate that it is a natural pale pink, rather than an overly iridescent or candy pink.  It is this composition which makes the gloss so unique; the only pink glosses that I own that comes close in terms of color and opacity is Edward Bess Deep Shine Lip Gloss (in Endless Love and French Lace).

    Above: Fondant Pink in the shade!

    The next three images reflect the tender pink of Fondant Pink alone on the lips...since receiving this gloss, it has remained safely nestled in the high rent territory of my purse!

    Bottom Line:  Fondant Pink is my favorite Burberry Lip Glow to date.  I go weak at the knees for creamy pale pinks and this rendition has those qualities in spades!  Highly recommended...if you can get your hands on it!

    Sunday, March 17, 2013

    Beauty Blog Coalition Weekly Roundup for the Week Ending 3/15/13

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


    --The Beauty Professor

  • Lola's Secret Beauty Blog: At long last Helen from Lola's Secret Beauty Blog received her Burberry Lip Glow in Fondant Pink No. 21! Was it worth the long wait?!
  • TheFabZilla: Got oily skin? Hop over to TheFabZilla to see her new fave foundy- Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation
  • Emily Hudspeth, hair and makeup: Using Foiling Technique for High Fashion Photoshoots
  • BeautyJudy: BeautyJudy shares swatches and a review of the Wet n' Wild Fergie Perfect Pout lippies - flossy, flossy!
  • Painted Ladies: Pevonia Spa Clinica Skin Perfecting Set has Sheila's skin looking smooth!
  • BeautyTidbits: Curious about the new Aveeno Clear Complexion BB Cream? Check out the review and swatches over at BeautyTidbits!
  • My Highest Self: Just how FAB is the Soap & Glory Fab Pore Hot Cloth Cleanser?
  • Beauty by Miss L: Miss L showed pretty purple nail polish by Maybelline.
  • Curls N Pearls: With spring and summer right around the corner, Christina from Curls N Pearls reviews a new and budget-friendly sunscreen.
  • Pammy Blogs Beauty: Anti-Aging foundation? Yes, please! Pammy Blogs Beauty tries out Paula's Choice new Resist Anti-Aging Foundation and Serum.
  • Beauty Professor: By Terry recently released a bevy of beautiful sheer lipsticks...the Beauty Professor has swatches of every shade!
  • D.G.S.Beauty: Interested in the Covergirl Blastflipstick Blendable Lip Duos? See my swatches for the Minx Duo.
  • Mimi's Mani's: Mimi's Mani's shares some spring holos from Above The Curve
  • The Lacquered Lady: Check out these beautiful new polishes from Hard Candy.
  • Scottish Beauty Blog: Sarah from Scottish Beauty Blog is behind the scenes at Harvey Nichols Fashion Show getting the low down on the hair and beauty looks.
  • Blushing Noir: IT Cosmetics takes QVC by storm on March 18 with the Hello Beautiful Kit!
  • Friday, March 15, 2013

    Ponds Luminous Collection...What Makes You Luminous?

    Above: The Ponds Luminous Line...Luminous Moisture Day Lotion, Luminous Clean Cream Cleanser, Luminous Clean Daily Exfoliating Cleanser and Luminous Clean Wet Cleansing Towelettes.

    Luminous skin can be achieved in many ways...a fantastic glowy foundation, an illuminating highlighter or a sheen-inducing beauty oil can deliver the luminosity that we all crave.  Often, however, luminosity starts at a basic level...with healthy, balanced skin.  I recently had the chance to try some products from the Ponds Luminous line and was impressed by the way in which they helped to transform my dehydrated winter skin into a moisturized wonder!

    Above: Ponds Luminous Clean Exfoliating Cleanser is fast becoming a staple in my shower.
    I especially like the Luminous Clean Daily Exfoliating Cleanser...I have been using this on my arms and legs when I shower and love how smooth and balanced my skin feels afterwards.  It preps my legs for shaving (I'm the type of girl who shaves everyday, no matter what!) and effortlessly exfoliates while somehow leaving me feeling moisturized (even before I apply my post-shower lotion).

    Above:  The Luminous Day Lotion prior to being rubbed into the skin.

    The Luminous Moisture Day Lotion is another standout in the line.  In addition to the SPF 15, which is like "indoor" sunscreen for me ; ), it has an extremely subtle sheen that adds a glow without looking overly shimmery or leaving a white cast...the image below shows how completely absorbs into the skin, leaving a slight gleam behind (rather than a glitter bomb!).  Since it is lightly fragranced, I plan on using this on my neck, decollate and shoulders (my ultra-sensitive face requires me to strive for unscented sunscreen as much as humanly possible) to create a healthy and protected glow.

    Above:  After being rubbed into the skin...the sheen that the Luminous Day Lotion imparts is subtle!
    To celebrate the Luminous Line, Ponds is hosting a photo sweepstakes contest that inviting you to submit a photo depicting what makes you luminous.  The contest is open now and the deadline for entry is 4/2/13...all the details can be found on the Ponds Facebook Page!

    Above: I feel my most luminous when my skin is healthy and clear and I have purpose in my this image, I was just about to go teach public speaking.  I love helping my students find and develop their authentic voice!

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