Thursday, February 27, 2014

Armour Beauty Glosses...A Close Up

Often times, there is excellence is specialization.  Case in point: Armour Beauty.  This independent, niche beauty line has but a single product...lip gloss.  The creative brainchild of model and rocker Theo Kogan, this lipgloss formula is undeniably well-executed.  More pigmented than any gloss I have encountered (and I've encountered, ahem, a few...hundred, that is, at conservative guess), it comes in a plethora of gorgeous shades and finishes (both opaque and shimmer) and lasts for hours upon hours, all the while keeping the lips moisturized, healthy and juicy.  It's truly a perfect gloss!

Kindly scroll on for additional details, images, swatches and the Bottom Line... 

Cruelty-free and environmentally friendly, Armour Beauty gloss comes in over 25 shades with new releases always in the works.  As a rocker, Theo craved a gloss that would stay on through a spirited performance and Armour Beauty is the culmination of this desire.  Named after some of Theo's favorite songs (e.g., Dreaming and Purple Rain), clubs (e.g., Cat Club) and iconic performers (e.g, Edie and Ann-Margaret), this lip gloss embodies an edgy aesthetic coupled with endlessly wearable colors and one of the most impressive formulas on the market. 

Above: The on image to enlarge. 

 Prior to this review, I have already mentioned my love for Armour Beauty (specifically Hello and Edie) in a blog post and video and am excited to now give you a closeup look at this indubitably lovely lip gloss.  Lightly scented with a soft, sweet, almost lemon fragrance (which I love), be forewarned...this gloss is on the stickier side.  That being said, I actually prefer its slightly tacky nature because I attribute its stupendous lasting power (easily 4-6 hours without a need for touch ups) to this particular texture.  It is completely perennially dry lips actually feel better after a full day's wear with this formula and the pigmentation in the Opaque Collection options is utterly insane.  One coat and my lips are enveloped in full coverage, intense impact color that is glossy and gorgeous.
Above: Swatches of all five shades in natural light.
  • Edie (Opaque): a nude beige with rich, neutral leanings...named after the Factory Girl herself, Edie Sedgewick.  Pale without washing out the face...a lovely nude option. 
  • Hello (Opaque): A creamy, bold bubblegum pink that is an ode to both Hello Kitty (yes!) and 1960's Hello magazine.  It hasn't left my purse since December!
  • Gypsy (Shimmer): Named after the song by Fleetwood Mac, this is a soft sheer peach with gold shimmer...nearly clear on my lips, the complex micro-particles give it a liquid light effect.  
  • Candy (Opaque): A cool lavender that is an ode to icon Candy Darling; this is a must for those who love light purple.
  • Ann-Margaret (Opaque): A bold yet creamy coral named after iconic red head (and one of my favorite actresses!) Ann-Margaret.  Bye Bye Birdie, anyone?

Above: Swatches of all five shades in direct sunlight.
Above: Edie alone on the lips. 
Above: Hello alone on the lips.
Above: Gypsy alone on the lips.
Above: Candy alone on the lips.
Above: Ann-Margaret alone on the lips.
Although they are stunning on their own, I cannot help but practice my own kind of makeup alchemy and mix the shades together to create new ones; the images below exemplify the results...
Above: Wearing a mixture of Edie and Hello.
Above: Wearing Hello with a touch of Gypsy in the center of my lips. 
Above: Wearing a combination of Hello, Candy and Gypsy.
Bottom Line: I am so pleased to have discovered the wonder that is Armour Beauty.  As one who adores lip gloss, this line offers the most delectable options, with one of the most pigmented and stalwart formulas in existence.  It is my personal belief that nude lovers need Edie in their life while pink devotees need to procure Hello immediately!  

Have YOU tried Armour Beauty?  Thoughts?

The Makeup Show LA is this you have plans to attend?  I hope to see my West Coast beauty lovers there!!


--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; my disclosure policy contains additional details on how these work.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Video: Products on Current Rotation...February Edition

Here is my video overview of new products in my current rotation this month.  Some are unequivocal favorites while others are still in the testing phase ; )

Kindly scroll on for the video and a wealth of product images...


Products mentioned include:

1. Kanebo Sensai Cellular Performance Cream Foundation in Warm Beige (all shades swatched HERE and the formula reviewed in its entirety HERE)

2. RoC Multicorrexion 5 in 1 Perfecting Cream

Above: The RoC Multi Correxion 5 in 1 Perfecting Cream is a wonderful tinted primer or light base with anti-aging benefits to boot!
Above: Swatches of the RoC Multi Correxion in direct sunlight.
3. Vaseline Lip Therapy Rosy Lips

Above: Rosy Lips: a tinted twist on classic Vaseline!  
Above: A swatch of Rosy Lips in direct sunlight.
4. Dr. Haworth Heel No Pain Active Analgesic Foot Spray

Above: This purse-sized spray is a life saver for heel lovers!
5. Lancome Visionnaire Blur (to be released next month)

Above: My trial of Lancome Visionnaire Blur...smooth skin in a tube. 
Above: The formula is silky and disappears upon contact with the skin.  
Above: Swatches of Visionnaire Blur in direct sunlight.
6. Cle de Peau Lipgloss in #5 and #12

Above: Cle de Peau Lipgloss #5 is a gleaming bright baby pink.
Above: A swatch of #5 in direct sunlight.
Above: Cle de Peau Lipgloss #12 is a glistening diamond white.
Above: A swatch of #12 in direct sunlight.
7. Jenny Patinkin Brushes

Above: The gorgeousness that is Jenny Patinkin brushes.
8. Beauty Is Life Compact Powder in Light Beige

Above: The Beauty Is Life Compact Powder in Light Beige is a pigmented, medium coverage powder for NC 20-25 skin makes the skin look like porcelain.
9. Ellis Faas Creamy Eyes in #106

Above: Ellis Faas Creamy Eyes #106 is a brown/taupe/plum shade with no shimmer. 
Above: Swatchees of Ellis Faas Creamy eyes in #106 and #108 (another favorite)!
10. Laura Mercier Longwear Creme Eye Pencils

Above: Laura Mercier Longwear Creme Eye Pencils. 
Above: Swatches of the Longwear Creme Eye Pencils in direct sunlight.
11. "A Broken Kind of Beautiful" by Katie Ganshert

Above: A Broken Kind of Beautiful is available for pre-order right now!
12. Diptique Le Sablier Figuier

Above: The Diptique Le Sablier comes in two stunningly-constructed pieces.
Above: The harmony of both elements + the intoxicating scent of fig.  
I hope you enjoyed the video and images and welcome your questions and comments!

What's on YOUR radar as of late?


--The Beauty Professor

**Some products are PR sample provided for review (the rest, purchased by me) , however, as always,  all of my opinions are expressly and unequivocally my own.  This post contains  affiliate links; my disclosure policy contains additional details on how these work.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

The Makeup Show LA Is Almost Here!

This weekend, The Makeup Show LA takes place at the California Market Center in the heart of Los Angeles!  On Saturday 3/1 from 9-6 and Sunday 3/2 from 9-5, the California Market Center will be an epicenter for artistry, networking, community, inspiration and education in the world of beauty.  Large enough to attract over 75 premier brands yet intimate enough to enable personal interaction with brand executives and CEOs, The Makeup Show is a must for beauty lovers on the West Coast!

For tickets to the event, click HERE.

Above: Artwork by Kevyn Aucoin.
Additionally, TMS has teamed up with the legend that is Kevyn Aucoin to showcase never-before-seen pieces at the The Makeup Show Icon Gallery including personal images of Kevyn Aucoin and his clients, Kevyn Aucoin lashes (labeled for each of his clients) and artwork by Aucoin himself.  

Above: Images from the Kevyn Aucoin collection.

Finally, The Makeup Show LA will feature the launch of new beauty products happening exclusively at the show!  Here is a partial list of the products to debut during the weekend:

  • NARS will be launching their new Instant Line and Pore Perfector, Matte Multiple and Artistry Brush Collection.
  • Make Up For Ever will be premiering HD Blush and HD Pressed Powder.
  • Pinnacle Cosmetics will be introducing Sheer Glo Illuminating Lotion.
  • Kett will be launching Creme Correctors at the Muse Beauty booth.
  • Georgeous Cosmetics will be launching their BB and CC Cream line to the USA.
  • Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics will showcase their latest collection of Lip Tars in six new shades that are sure to sell out.
  • TEMPTU Pro will be introducing an innovative new TEMPTU Pro SP-40 Airbrush Gun.
  • Senna Cosmetics will be premiering their new Blush Contour Cream to Powder Kit in addition to Lasting Illusion Satin Matte Foundation.

Exhibitor's List: 
Above: The current floor plan for The Makeup Show to enlarge.
Bottom Line: I will be attending The Makeup Show LA and can't wait to thoroughly cover this lush landscape of beauty for the blog.  I wholeheartedly encourage you to attend...please let me know if you plan to go; it would be lovely to see you there!


--The Beauty Professor

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Napoleon Perdis + Elle Event Recap!

Above: The details of event.

Last week, I had distinct opportunity to attend a master class hosted by Napoleon Perdis (who I interviewed HERE) and Elle magazine Beauty/Fitness Director Emily Dougherty.  Held at the pristine Napoleon Perdis Makeup Academy in Hollywood, the evening was rife with demonstrations, fresh spring trends and mingling with fellow beauty-minded individuals.  

Kindly scroll on for details and images from the event as well as the Bottom Line...

Above: Elle magazine Beauty/Fitness Director Emily Dougherty and Napoleon Perdis discussing the trends for spring. 
Above: The presentation screens strategically placed throughout the room guaranteed that  every audience member could view the demonstrations.
Above: The white eyeliner trend is all about brighter, larger eyes.
Above: The second look Napoleon created, featuring white eyeliner and bold red-orange lips.
Trends Included:
Some tips I learned from Napoleon during the presentation included carefully lifting the eyelid when applying mascara to get right to the root, using a brown eyeliner pencil to add contour to the orbital area and adding a bright white liner to the lower waterline to dramatically open up the eye!

Above: Napoleon, Emily and the lovely models from the demonstrations. 
Above: BP,  Napoleon and Emily.  What a rare treat to visit with both of them at the event!
Above: Laura (my blog assistant and mom!) and BP.
Above: Amidst the crowd of beauty lovers eager to meet Napoleon and Emily.
Above: Senior Vice President of Sales & Operations Luis Santos + BP. 
Above: BP and Napoleon Perdis Digital Marketing Executive Diane Sievert.  We've communicated for months and it was wonderful to finally meet in person. 
Above: A glimpse of the vibrant aesthetics of the Napoleon Makeup Academy.
Above: The Napoleon Perdis flagship store, adjacent to the NPMA.
Above: Attendees exploring the gorgeous offerings at the store.
Above: The line to purchase...watching the products in action during the class was definitely inspiring. 
Above: My favorite product from the demonstrations...the Couture Contour Collection, replete with two specialized brushes and a dual sided powder compact for contour and highlighting.  
Above: A glimpse of the Couture Contour Collection in action...I love how the white side of the contour compact contains absolutely no shimmer; this is both genius and unique! 
Bottom Line:  Napoleon Perdis is a truly kind and generous innovator in the beauty industry.  His acumen for technique, flair for color and sincere motivation to make women look their very best are a winning trifecta, indubitably cementing his revered post in the makeup world.  Additionally, getting the chance to meet Emily Doughtery from Elle was epic; I was both floored and flattered that she is familiar with Beauty Professor!  All in all, it was an evening to remember...I have my eye on the Couture Contour Collection and can't wait to try my newly acquired techniques from the class.


--The Beauty Professor

**This post contains  affiliate links; my disclosure policy contains additional details on how these work.