I have been mulling this term over for a while and am happy to finally be able to incorporate it into the blog on a regular basis. Perhaps you remember your own office hours with a favorite professor? I recall that while I might have initially arranged an appointment to discuss a project or paper, the conversation often segued to the here and now, making for much more riveting communication! Since becoming a professor and began maintaining my own office hours, I always make sure to try to bring a human element to the experience...yes, the "business" must be discussed, but I never want my students to leave without feeling like they had a meaningful exchange and made a personal connection.
I hope you enjoy the first installment of Office Hours and look forward to your feedback!
|Above: PopSugar sweatshirt and pen.|
Upon being invited to join the PopSugar Select bloggers, I received this unexpected sweatshirt and pen as a welcome gift...it's just my size and completely warm. I feel like I'm finally on a sports team, except we play with makeup and skincare instead of the usual athletic equipment!
|Above: Glam Glow Supermud Mask...I love the sparkling and pristine packaging...so chic.|
Speaking of which, I am in the midst of testing the Glam Glow Supermud Mask, compliments of Neiman Marcus. This product is packed with skin-friendly ingredients and truly looks just like mud (pictures with a full review soon!). I have noticed the Internet is abuzz with excitement regarding this mask and would love to know your thoughts if you've tried it. Initial impressions: it is amusing to apply (totally caught my husband off guard when I came into the kitchen with this on...good times), enjoyable to wear (there is a pleasant tingling sensation) and, once washed off, my skin felt incredibly smooth and balanced. So far so good!
|Above: One might be compelled to ask, how many bloggers can you fit into a single cabana?!|
Late last week, my mom and I attended a little roof top blogger gathering at the sleek London Hotel in West Hollywood, hosted by my friend and fellow blogger, Dawn McCoy of Beauty Frosting. The weather was warm, the food and drink plentiful and the sunset, gorgeous. It was a fun evening of mingling and conversation, all the while enjoying a beautiful summer night!
|Above: Dawn McCoy and the Beauty Professor.|
|Above: That's me on the left, fully engrossed in my interview with Napoleon Perdis.|
The following day, I had the privilege of interviewing Napoleon Perdis, the genius behind the Napoleon cosmetics line. He was at Neiman Marcus Beverly Hills to introduce his new collection (which focuses on nudes tones...full review soon!) and I was honored to be a part of his schedule during his visit to LA. His energy and warmth were palpable and I am so excited to feature our interview (as well as a myriad of pictures from our time together...so happy my mom was there to thoroughly document the event) in the very near future. I then caught up with the kind and knowledgeable Le Metier de Beaute Global Artist Ivan Castro at the LMdB counter and he mentioned there are many new releases on the horizon (including 15 new lipsticks!!). Thrilling indeed.
|Above: BP with LMdB Global Artist Ivan Castro.|
|Above: Four new lippies, resplendent in a dish.|
|Above: They may look similar in the tube, but once swatched, their unique and individual beauty comes to life!|
A high tech beauty gadget with which I've been experimenting lately is the Quasar MD Plus (Neiman Marcus has been keeping me busy in this department!). This medical grade tool emits beneficial red light, scientifically proven to combat lines, wrinkles and discoloration and also stimulates collagen production with regular use. I have been using it nightly (the warmth is utterly relaxing) and I'm fairly certain Jethro finds it only slightly troubling..."why is mommy's face glowing?" All joking aside, I love how soft and smooth my face feels in the morning, even after only a few nights of use. These results have me extremely excited for the future; I will weigh in with a full review after proper month of usage has transpired! Have YOU tried a Quasar product? Thoughts?
|Above: I haven't been this thrilled to wear a backpack since my first day of high school...back then it was Quiksilver and made of magenta plaid fabric. The above is definitely an upgrade.|
My brother Seth (www.sethwegter.com) just made me a leather backpack and I kid you not, it is pure luxury on two back straps. This photo is simply a teaser of my upcoming installment of "What's in My Bag?" which will include a serious round of interior and exterior images as well as a close up of the products I've been toting around as of late!
I just posted a video on my YouTube channel...inspired by the request of one of my subscribers, it covers some of my tips for looking your best on camera. Whether you're Vlogging, Skyping or iChatting, being on camera can be daunting and I was happy to share what I've learned regarding the process...oh yes, and there is mention of favorite beauty products as well ; )
The video can be viewed HERE.
|Above: My pinky nude lipsticks threw a little party to cordially welcome the MacBook Air.|
Finally, it brings me great joy to report that there is a new addition in the Beauty Professor household...an 11 inch MacBook Air! While the bulk of the blog is maintained with the use of my trusty MacBook Pro, this featherlight wonder will help me to better maintain the blog on the go.
And that concludes this first installment of Office Hours...I look forward to your questions and comments (how is life for you right now?) and hope you found our session engaging!
--The Beauty Professor
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