Thursday, November 28, 2013

The Official, First Ever, Beauty Professor Holiday Shopping Guide!




With Black Friday less than 24 hours away and Cyber Monday following mere days after that, I am excited to offer the first ever Beauty Professor holiday shopping guide for every category (color, luxe splurge, men, gadgets, trinkets & treasures and home) on your list, comprised entirely on products that I have vetted, experienced and enjoyed first hand! 


COLOR...For the Makeup Lover

  • Kanebo Sensai Cellular Performance Cream Foundation: I’ve lauded the many merits of this supreme formula and am happy to report that the recently released US version (swatches of every shade soon) is equally effective.  This is a must for all foundation lovers! Reviewed HERE.
Above: Kanebo Sensai Cellular Performance Cream Foundation.
  • By Terry Ombre Blackstar in Bronze Moon #4: Silky full coverage? The most perfect shiny taupe? Creaseless performance for the entire day? If you or someone you know are in the market for these qualities in a single eye product, then this little gem must be procured...for it is truly the best.
Above: Swatches of By Terry Ombre Blackstar Bronze Moon.
  • Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder Palette: This trio of powders adds dimension, refinement and glow to the face...I love that there are an endless supply of options in a single compact and think this is one of the very best offerings from the venerable Hourglass line.


Above: The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder Palette.
  •  Jouer Lipcolor in Sophia: As a perennially nude lip color lover, my receptivity to red lipstick is limited at best.  However, I have found "my red" in Jouer Sophia, a warm nude-toned red that is bright while still being subtle overall.  I may not wear it daily, but this shade never leaves my makeup bag, on reserve for those moments when only red will do! Reviewed HERE.
Above: All things Jouer Sophia.
  • Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Crayon: In my opinion, this eyeliner is the standout formula in the Marc Jacob line, which debuted this summer.  They deposit smooth, rich color, are indelible once they set (in seconds!), and wear extremely well along the waterline.  Taupy-brown Ro(cocoa) and jet black Blacquer are my favorites. Reviewed HERE.
Above: Swatches of Marc Jacobs Blacquer and Ro(Cocoa)
  • Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Lipcolor in Star System: From the luxe gold case, reminiscent of glamorous days gone by to the pigment-saturated, full coverage formula, this decadent lipstick is sure to please.  Star System (reviewed HERE) is a pinky, nude peach that makes the lips look velvety soft and alluring.  I’m ready for my close up Mr. DeMille...
Above: The pristine Lipstick Queen Star System...a true luminary.
  • Rouge Bunny Rouge Nocturnal Ink: Liquid liner is an endless pursuit...European line Rouge Bunny Rouge latest release offers a solution with their satin liners that have an easy to wield felt tip for cat eyes and tight lining in three covetable shades...I’ve been wearing the black-meets-brown-meets-khaki nonstop as of late. Reviewed HERE.
Above: All things Nocturnal Ink.
  • Le Metier de Beaute Kaleidoscope in Carnaby Street: For the lids, I tend to gravitate towards a single wash of color, but when I am feeling creative, this 1960’s London-inspired quartet utilizes rich taupe, warm peach, sophisticated matte purple and a stunning peacock blue, all nestled into a single cylindrical compact.  Together, the shades are brilliantly harmonious....reviewed HERE.  Also, I cannot go without mentioning the genius of my beloved LMdB Peau Vierge (reviewed HERE).  Although the one ounce bottle may be difficult to procure right now as they go through packaging transition, the two ounce tube (which is a great deal, I might add) is available and highly recommended.  It has been a daily skincare staple for two years and running!
Above: LMdB Carnaby Street, resplendent in the sunshine.


  •  Chantecaille Faux Cils Mascara: This rosewater-infused formula sweeps on the darkest black pigment, building lashes to their full potential.  Two coats and mine are long, lush and ready to face the day.  Smudging and flaking are thing of the past and the natural ingredients are great for sensitive eyes.
  • Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate: I bought my first S & I exactly a year ago while shopping in San Francisco...initially, I wasn’t sure how often I’d use it but in twelve months of possession, rarely a day goes by without me employing the use of this creamy, believable contour.  Applied with an angled brush, it’s chisel and cheekbones in a compact! Reviewed HERE.
  • Surratt Lipsliques: Fee Soie’s hyper-moisturizing sugar pink glow (with slight coral leaning) is utterly entrancing.  Those who adore nude lipstick need this in their lives. This entire line is beyond exciting...take a peek and ordering something for the beauty lover who “already has everything”  An overview of the line HERE.
    Above: Wearing Surratt Beauty Fee Soie on the lips.

  • Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation Illuminator: Since receiving this little bottle of liquid light, I simply cannot stop using it.  The delicate rose gold beige tone blends with any foundation, leaving healthy, radiant skin in its wake!  Reviewed HERE.

Above: Swatches of the KGD Illuminator in Sheer Beige.

LUXE SPLURGE...When Money Is No Object

Above: The La Prairie Eye and Lip Compact...luxury embodied.
  • Quasar MD Plus: This anti-aging red light laser offers the most effective at-home treatment possible and the increased collagen production and reduction of fine lines and wrinkles in my face are making this investment entirely worthwhile. Reviewed HERE.

  • Serge Lutens Compact Foundation Powder: Perhaps the most expensive powder I have purchased to date, this finely milled formula is pure finery.  I love the sleek case and exclusivity...for the woman who already owns every other powder on the face of the planet. Swatched and Reviewed HERE.
Above: All things Serge Lutens Powder Foundation-related.



MEN...Guys Need Products, Too

  • Tom Ford Hydrating Lip Balm: Tom Ford’s Mens Skincare line debuted but a couple of months ago (close up and detailed review soon), blending a masculine edge with skincare staples.  My husband, who uses lip balm multiple times a day, loves this. 
Above: The Tom Ford lip balm.
  • Kiehls Facial Fuel: For the man in your life who might only imbibe in high-end skincare if it looks and feels “manly,” the Facial Fuel is a sure bet.  This serum acts as a moisturizer, toner and (gasp!) anti-aging product, streamlining efforts while still remaining effective.  ALL the men in my immediate family use this!
  • Laura Mercier Secret Finish Mattifying: Great for any guy who may not be as in pursuit of the “dewy look” as we women are, a couple of dabs from this low-profile brown tube keeps oil at bay for hours.  I just bought my husband his second!  
Above: Laura Mercier Mattifying Gel.

GADGETS...The Future Is Now: 

  • Clarisonic: What can I say about this award-winning device that hasn’t already been said?  How about that I bought my traditional version nearly five years ago and, aside, from replacing the brush head ($25) every three months or so, it is the “gift to self” that keeps on giving. I keep mine in the shower to “wash off the day” every night and benefit from smoother, healthier, more even skin.
  • Hana Air Hairdryer: My thick long hair makes the hair drying process laborious to say the least.  Enter the Hana Air...this state-of-the-art, Italian designed hair dryer features a tourmaline-line ceramic heater and powerful airflow to dry hair up to 60% faster.  I am loving it in this cold winter weather when air-drying is simply not effective.  In twenty minutes, my hair goes from sopping wet to full, silky and dry...happy girl am I.  Plus ordering from Misikko.com guarantees your gift will come with all sorts of adorable extras.  Full video demonstration/review soon!
Above: The Hana Air dryer is the most powerful hair dryer I have encountered to date...silky, straight hair on the horizon.
  • Clarisonic Pedi: The quintessential Clarisonic for the feet, this smoothing set has the fortitude to reverse my rough soles and callouses (I have a major problem with this thanks to heredity and a penchant for high heels) with a three-minute treatment.  I was skeptical, but my baby-smooth feet have made me a believer. 
Above: The Clarisonic Pedi Set (full review + video soon)
  • Illuminage Pillowcase: A silky pillowcase infused with copper to create an anti-aging effect?  Yes, please!  This space-age wonder fights wrinkles while you sleep...what could be better? I am currently using this nightly and am impressed with the effects thus far.
Above: The luxe Iluminage Pillowcase.  Full review soon!
TRINKETS & TREASURES...Sometimes the Small Things Are the Best:
  • Jouer Sparkle and Shine Holiday Favors: Each delightful party popper houses a mini gloss, hair clip, hair elastic, wish necklace and party blower...what a delightful way to embrace this joyous season! My video review for this favor can be found HERE.
Above: The Jouer Sparkle and Shine Favor.
  • Seth Wegter Bags Makeup Bags: Made of luxe leather and vegan textiles, these durable, stunning,  fully-lined cosmetic pouches embody the notion of style and substance.  I adore my snake (lamb)skin pouch...it never leaves my handbag.
Above: My Seth Wegter Bags lambskin snake makeup bag = LOVE.
  • Beauty Blender: I avoided boarding the Beauty Blender Train for years, dismissing the little pink egg as some sort of frivolous hype.  I have learned, however, that this has revolutionized my foundation application.  Nothing is better for an even, dewy, skin-like seamless finish.
  • Napoleon Perdis Luminous Lip Veil in Overcoat: This transparent yet creamy neutral light beige shade has a pink micro-shimmer to add a pleasantly robust pop of pale color.  I adore wearing it on its own or over my myriad of nude lip options for a shiny, non-sticky, vanilla-scented glow.   Reviewed HERE.
Above: Napoleon Perdis Luminous Lip Veil in Overcoat.
  • Le Metier de Beaute Nail Polishes: Housed in square bottles that remind me of oversized gems, this formula is one of the glossiest indulgences in town.  I adore Cocoa Me Crazy, a creamy grayish beige that lasts for days on end.
Above: LMdB Cocoa Me Crazy.
  • Any jewelry from Loren Stewart and Hitchcock Madrona...I adore these independent lines for the high-end materials (gold, silver, diamonds) and classic yet edgy aesthetic.  The pieces are unique and timeless...it might be time to add to my collection ; ) Below is my HM Shield Necklace (which I never take off) and my Loren Stewart Itsy ID Bracelet (also, permanently on my wrist alongside my beloved Cartier Love bracelet).

         

  • AirRepair Skincare: This clever skincare kit caters to those of us who travel by plane frequently and includes five key items (moisturizer, eye cream, cleansing milk, facial mist and the utilitarian Rescue Balm) that fight environmental stresses and flight fatigue.  I love the fact that this company is independently owned and run by a wonderful woman named Denise Spanek; her products streamline the daily routine and this particular kit is also TSA compliant, making packing a carryon an absolute breeze.
Above: The entire AirRepair Skincare kit...everything you need for good skin on the go.
  • ArteStile Fingernail Scissors: These stainless steel beauties cut the nails in a pristine fashion...smooth edges and maximum control for those of us who may have trouble using our "non-dominant hand" for a trim (like me!).  I love the artistic "hugs and kisses" design, which causes these scissors to stand out amongst a sea of conventional silver options.  High quality and affordable!
Above: ArteStile scissors...the blades make a clean, precise cut every single time.


HOME...There's No Place Like It

  • NEST Holiday Home Spray: If the constraints of this world were lifted allowing the very essence of Christmas could be bottled up, I believe would smell like exactly like this home spray.  A single press of the atomizer evokes everything good about this season!
Above: NEST Holiday Room Spray...intoxicating.
  • NEST Opulence Candle by Ken Downing: As the name would imply, this takes the notion of a holiday candle to another level...orchid, sandalwood, plum and amber work in harmony to create the richest, most luxurious winter months candle ever. I’ll be burning this for months to come.
Above: NEST Opulence Candle.
  • Threshold Faux Fur Throw: I received this plush furry blanket as a gift earlier this year and am delighted that they are still available at Target.  It is large enough to envelop you in instant warmth and comfort...beginning this month, mine will be a permanent fixture again.  Couple this with a crackling fireplace and there may never be a reason to leave home ever again.
  • Nespresso De' Longhi Lattissima System: I didn't get a chance to take a picture of our system before heading out of town, but as extreme espresso lovers, please believe me when I say that my husband and I get giddy when thinking about this new addition to our kitchen.  With a built in milk frother and endless pod options, this is a serious step up from our Tassimo (which finally died after a worthy five years of service).  Easy to clean, streamlined for the counter and perfect for espresso on the go, I have a feeling we will soon be wondering what we ever did without it!
Above: A cup of Nespresso made at home in less than 60 seconds...the fluffy, frothy milk is almost too much to bear! 
Above: In the holiday spirit and ready to brave the Black Friday masses!
Bottom Line: I firmly believe that Thanksgiving is a time for being grateful...family, friends, food and the ability to celebrate our blessings in freedom; the fact that it leads into a massive day of shopping, however, I suppose is inevitable!  I truly hope that this basically beauty-oriented shopping guide is helpful for you as we spend the next few weeks attempting to find the perfect gifts for our loved ones...I cannot wait to hear what you ended up with after Black Friday/Cyber Monday and which gift ideas might have been helpful for you!  

xoxo,

--The Beauty Professor

**Some products mentioned are PR samples provided for review, however, as always, all of my opinions are expressly and unequivocally my own.  This post contains  affiliate links as well unaffiliated links for your convenience; my disclosure policy contains additional details on how these work.

Happy Thanksgiving!

As we come together today with family and friends, let us be thankful for the many blessings we have been given and mindful of their purpose in our lives. I am truly thankful for my husband, mom, dad brother, dear friend Wendy and, of course, Jethro...their endless love and support reflect God's heart and I don't know what I'd do without them.

Above (clockwise from top left): My mom, my brother, Wendy, my parents, my husband and Jethro. 
I am also deeply thankful for the opportunity to maintain this blog...you, dear readers, add so much with your consistent comments, feedback and encouragement and make the time and energy I spend on BP utterly worthwhile. Thank you for your friendship, indeed!  What are you thankful for?  Please share! 

Happy Thanksgiving!

From my heart...xoxo,

--The Beauty Professor

P.S. Good things coming up on the blog including a holiday shopping guide and Black Friday recap! 

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Napoleon Merci Lip Gloss Collection...Luxury Fit for An Emperor!



The impending holidays (is Thanksgiving really only a day away??) have begotten a plethora of lovely collections from some of my favorite lines.  To start, Napoleon Perdis Beauty (my interview with Napoleon can be found HERE) recently released a bevy of Napoleon Bonaparte-inspired products that meld the emperor's luxury of the past with modern textures and colors.  Behold the Merci Lipgloss Collection, which retails for $39 and features five luscious glosses in varying hues of peach, pink and nude (each named after one of Napoleon's senior makeup artists).

Kindly scroll on for product images, swatches and pictures of the glosses on the lips...

Above: The swirly tubes of gloss are a veritable feast for the eyes!
Above: Swatches of all shades in natural indoor lighting.  Note the pigmented jelly-cream finish! 

  • Rebecca is a rich, deeply pigmented bright pink with wine undertones
  • Anna is a medium nude peach.
  • Casey is a pale peachy pink 
  • Kate is a light to medium cool bubblegum pink
  • Yannia is a bright dark peach, borderlining on a rusty orange nude. 
**These shades do not have shimmer...I would classify them as a sheer (but pigmented) jelly cream formula with a delightfully non-sticky texture and invigorating citrus scent.  I envision these looking glossily gorgeous on all skin tones!

Above:  alone on the lips.
Above: Anna alone on the lips.

Above: Casey alone on the lips.
Above: Kate alone on the lips.
Above: Yannia alone on the lips.

Above and below: A combination of Casey and Kate on the lips...this duo yields the perfect juicy peachy pink hue! 


Bottom Line: The Napoleon Perdis Merci Lip Gloss Collection is simply scrumptious and makes the perfect gift for lip product lovers! The gel formula effortlessly moisturizes lips and all five shades are completely wearable, spanning the spectrum from delicately sheer (Casey) to decadently pigmented (Rebecca).  I have been enjoying a Casey/Kate combination for a juicy peachy pink look and, in sum, appreciate the variation that this collection enables...highly recommended! 

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

Monday, November 25, 2013

New Skincare Trials...

Above: Three new skincare acquisitions from Kanebo Sensai, Perricone MD and Orlane Paris.
For the start of what I suspect will be an insanely busy week, I wanted to highlight some gorgeous skincare items I've been trying as of late.  I love that fact that all three products can be seamlessly integrated into my current skincare routine

1. Kanebo Sensai Skin Focus Corrector: This retractable balm, which retails for $38, can be applied to the fine lines of orbital area and anywhere else your skin needs refinement and hydration.  It smoothing texture also softens the look of pores and unevenness with a single swipe.  If you are looking to perfect your visage in a matter of moments, this topical wonder is definitely worth a try! 

2. Perricone MD Blue Plasma Orbital: Harnessing the power of Salmon Egg Extract, Licorice and Bio-Plankton (just to name a few of the most unexpected and venerable skincare ingredients in existence), this eye treatment gently encourages hydration, de-puffing and cell turnover without the slightest bit of irritation.  I have been wearing this day and night and am impressed by how smooth the corners of my eyes have become.  The 0.5 fl. oz. jar retails for $65, which is beyond affordable in the high end eye gel/cream world! 

3. Orlane B21 Extraordinaire Youth Reset: This ultra-luxe serum hasn't officially debuted online, however, I've had the privilege of trying it for the past couple of weeks.  The French line Orlane Paris is known for its cutting-edge approach to anti-aging skincare and this formula, which retails for $250, does not disappoint.  Here's what Orlane says about B21 Extraordinare:

For the first time, an exclusive complex resets cells. It targets all the factors that cause problems within the cell and sets the clock back. Cells regain all their energy and function as they did in youth; the skin can benefit fully from the essential elements provided to construct its collagen and its body.
The action of the 21 essential amino acids extracted from (organic) Pale Iris stem cells, obtained using biotechnology techniques, is optimized. They are the building blocks of every protein, helping to build younger, denser skin. 
I am impressed by its excruciatingly silky texture and ability to refine my skin with every overnight application and the before and after photos provided by Orlane are astounding (will post soon!). I will continue to use it in conjunction with my Kanebo Sensai Cellular Performance Wrinkle Repair Cream (day) and Amore Pacific All Day Balancing Skincare Serum (night) and look forward to charting the results! 
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Skincare is challenging to assess in writing, chiefly because everyone's skin is different and properly testing an item should take four to six weeks.  That being said, I love to keep my readers in the loop regarding what I am dabbling in, even if I am not at a point of giving my final impressions!  I will definitely report back in a few more weeks regarding my culminating thoughts.  

Good things ahead on the blog...Napoleon Perdis glosses, a new shade from Lipstick Queen, an anti-aging pillowcase (!), a video featuring Jouer products and the first ever Beauty Professor Holiday Shopping Guide (this will be BIG!).  Also, if you didn't get the chance on Saturday, please take a peek at my overview post of the gorgeous Surratt Beauty line...a video + copious amount of swatches, just for you! 

xoxo,

--The Beauty Professor

**PR sample provided for review, however, as always, all of my opinions are expressly and unequivocally my own.  This post contains  affiliate links as well unaffiliated links for your convenience; my disclosure policy contains additional details on how these work.


Sunday, November 24, 2013

Beauty Blogger Coalition Weekly Roundup for the Week Ending 11/22/13


The latest and greatest from beauty blogs everywhere!

xoxo and enjoy your reading time,

--The Beauty Professor

  • Mama Fashionista: Find out why the HSN exclusive, Carol's Daughter Gardenia Collection is not your ordinary floral!
  • Painted Ladies: Painted Ladies is celebrating 20,000 Facebook followers with a huge giveaway, open world wide!
  • Lola's Secret Beauty Blog: Looking for a great gel eyeliner? Then get back to basics with the wonderful Bobbi Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Eyeliner!
  • My Newest Addiction Beauty Blog: Laura reviews an i-Rave Mica Eyeshadow and hosts a giveaway for Cosmetic Cosmos!
  • TheFabZilla: What's your go-to concealer? TheFabZilla reviews Cover Fx Cream Concealer with Before/After Photos.
  • Glamorable!: Need Christmas gift ideas? Check out these amazing fragrance value sets!
  • D.G.S.Beauty: In need to give your hair some good treatment? Enter my Arganesse giveaway!
  • daydreaming beauty: Looking for a classic, super shiny navy polish? Check out daydreaming beauty's mani with Gelish "Is it An Illusion?"
  • My Highest Self: Swatch, Review and FOTD: bareMinerals Crystallized Full Face Collection
  • BeautyTidbits : Enter to win a dan exclusive designer watchesigner watch (up to $250 value) from Rakani Fashionably Late collection.
  • Pammy Blogs Beauty : Do your unruly brows need taming? Pammy Blogs Beauty scopes out Benefit's new Gimme Brow...and is impressed!
  • Beauty Professor: Excited about the fall and winter releases, the Beauty Professor shares a video review of some of the product she's been loving lately!
  • Slashed Beauty: Miranda shares some quick tips on how to keep our lips kissable this winter!
  • In Her Makeup Bag: Check out what Stephanie has been loving lately in her monthly beauty favorites for October & November!
  • Peppermint Lips Beauty Blog: MAC Rebel Review and Swatches!
  • Saturday, November 23, 2013

    Surratt Beauty: Video Overview and an Insane Amount of Swatches

    Above: Snapshots of Surratt (L-R)...wearing the Fee Soie Lipslick, the Lip Lustre and swatches of Lipslique shades.      
    A couple of weeks ago during a weekend trip to Las Vegas, I had the distinct privilege of swatching many of the products from the freshly debuted Surratt Beauty line, currently sold exclusively at Barney's NY.  Created by famed makeup artist Troy Surratt, this line features clean lines, stunning colors and a Japanese-infused aesthetic that embraces simplicity, utility and sheer gorgeousness!

    The products that I currently own include:

    1. Surratt Lipslique: An immensely hydrating, pigment rich "lipstick alternative" that applies sheer but is buildable to medium coverage.  I own Fee Soie (a pale, slightly coral sugar pink) and Gamine (a nude, peach, pink hybrid).  Close up swatches of these shades to come soon!

    2. Surratt Artistique Blush: This finely milled powder comes in a delightfully petite sliding case (see video for more on this!) and boasts intense pigmentation, an invisible texture and significant lasting power.  I own Guimauve, a light, bright baby pink that yields a very believable rosy flush. 

    3. Surratt Moderniste Lip Pencil: A luxe retractable lip pencil that glides on with ease and provides an excellent base for the lip color to come.  I own Faire La Bise, a mid-toned nude with beige and neutral pink leanings that is the perfect companion for my cadre of pinky nudes.  

    4. Surratt Lip Lustre: Truly, a lipgloss of epic proportions!  This moisturizing, pigmented formula is endlessly comfortable yet sticky enough to stay put.  It is cushiony, plush, looks beautiful over lip color and fabulous alone. One swipe yields sheer color and a couple of coats creates a super shiny, opaquely tinted lip that lasts for hours.  I currently own Coquette (a creamy nude baby pink),  Soigne (a medium, neutral, slightly shimmery rosy pink) and Teint (a creamy white with no shimmer...designed to lighten any lip color...incredible!) and know that there will be more of these gems in my future!


    Kindly scroll on for my video overview, additional images swatches of the Surratt Beauty Smokey Eye Batons, Surrealiste Skin Concealer, Automatique Lip Crayon, Lip Lustre, Lipslique and Modernist Lip Pencil and the Bottom Line...


    Above: The brand new Surratt Beauty display at Barney's NY in Las Vegas...the counter was still awaiting the arrival of certain products, as one might ascertain ; ) 


    Above: The Surratt Beauty Automatique Lip Crayons and Lip Lustres, just beseeching to be swatched. 
    Above: Swatches of all shades of the Smokey Eye Batons.
    According to the Barney's website, the Surratt Beauty Smokey Eye Baton is:

    Smokey eyes demystified. Creamy liner with matching satiny eyeshadow. Smoldering, edgy, and seductive. 
    Designed in a sleek and slim case, the Smokey Eye Baton fits perfectly into even the smallest evening clutch. Double-sided, this baton includes a retractable creamy eyeliner on one end and a twist-off, blendable, light-reflective shadow pencil on the other end. 

    Vapeur Mauve is a deep, dark purple.
    Nuit d' Orage is a deep navy.
    Cendres is a uniquely opaque, creamy light taupe.
    Fumee Brun is a dark brown.
    Fumme Noir is a stunning black.

    I will be picking up Cendres and Vapeur Mauve next week ; ) 


    Above: Swatches of all shades of the Surrealiste Skin Concealer. 
    According to the Barney's website, the Surrealiste Skin Concealer

    Adheres to skin perfectly and wears beautifully. Flawless correction. Complete coverage. Eight diverse shades.
    During my swatching session, I noted that it felt silky and smooth and melded into my skin with ease!  I think I would likely be shade #3 or #4

    Above: Swatches of all shades of the Automatique Lip Crayon.
    According to the Barney's website, the Automatique Lip Crayon is:

    A collection of perfect reds. Heavy on pigment, light on lips. Non-drying, matte finish; suede-like formula.

    I have my eye on Deep in Vogue...something about its soft, deep purple hue is definitely calling my name!

    Above: All shades of the Lip Lustres.
    According to the Barneys website, the Surratt Beauty Lip Lustre is:

    Gloss grows up. Sheer yet long-wearing. Creamy and moisturizing. Unique flexible applicator provides a painterly finish. Application made easy with a custom-designed silicone flocked spatula.


    As aforementioned both in writing and the video, I adore the three shades I have and will likely pick up Nudite and Amethyste soon ; ) 


    Above: Swatches of all shades of the Lip Lustres.
    Above: Swatches of the Lipsliques Round I.
    The Lipsliques are initially what compelled my foray into this line and, as you may have guessed, I have no regrets! According to the Barney's website, the Surratt Beauty Lipsliques are:

    An alternative to lipstick. Versatile and beautiful. Luscious texture, buildable color. Sheer to medium finish. Applicator is propel-only and does not retract. Be sure to propel accordingly with use as to not crush the lipstick with lid when closing.

    Fee Soie and Gamine are utterly gorgeous and Bon Bon will hopefully be next to join the family! 

    Above: Swatches of the Lipsliques Round II.
    Above: Swatches of all shades of the Moderniste Lip Pencil.
    According to the Barney's website, the Surratt Beauty Moderniste Lip Pencil is: 

    Border-ing on perfection. Lends balance and symmetry. Smooth with no drag. Built-in lip brush and sharpener. Propels and retracts with use. 

    Faire La Bise has the perfect amount of neutral depth and tone for all of pinky nudes and Tendere Baiser would be a marvelous option for those who gravitate towards beiges and browns. 

    Above: Me and Barney's Beauty Specialist George, who was a wonderful companion during my Surratt swatching session.
    Bottom Line: The Surratt Beauty line is such a refreshing addition to the beauty landscape.  I adore its restrained, modern and tasteful aesthetic and am beyond impressed by its ability to compel me covet every single item in the collection.  I hope to meet the mastermind of the line, Troy Surratt, sometime in the near future and highly recommend the sales people that have helped me thus far.  An excursion to Barney's on Black Friday will hopefully enable me to add some Smokey Eye Batons, Brow Pomade, powder and liquid liner to my collection and, as always, swatches and full reviews will follow!  If you are interested in ordering by phone directly from the Beverly Hills Barney's NY, Haley Van Cleave, who is the Surratt Beauty Business Manager, is an utterly excellent resource (310/276-4400 ext. 5598)! Have a ball choosing products from the line and please tell her that the Beauty Professor sent you ; ) 

    **This post contains  affiliate links as well unaffiliated links for your convenience; my disclosure policy contains additional details on how these work.

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