Thursday, June 26, 2014

Look of the Day: Denim, Lace + and a Clean, Bright Face

dreaming in pink boutique
Above: The full look...shirt from Dreaming in Pink Boutique, luxury skincare from Omorovicza, La Prairie and Eve Lom and lips, eyes and cheeks by Mehron. 
Today's look is clean and basic, punctuated by a denim shirt with unexpected details, luxury skincare, earth tone eyes and a bold pop of color on lips and cheeks. 

Kindly scroll on for a cache of images, details, swatches and the Bottom Line...

la prairie skin caviar foundation
Above: Luxurious complexion products from La Prairie and Omorovicza. 
omorovicza gold hydralifting mask
Above: This mask harnesses the power of Hyaluronic Acid to refine and lift the skin.
To begin, I replenished my tired, slightly dehydrated skin with the Gold Hydralifting Mask by Omorovicza.  This decadent formula feels like an ultra-nourishing balm and, after 20 minutes, it all but sinks into the skin, leaving one with the option of gently rinsing it off or simply following with foundation.  My face feels completely transformed after a treatment with this mask; it somehow brightens, smoothes, balances and refines without feeling tight or drying (like a typical clay mask might).  It's an indulgence, indeed, but highly recommended! 


la prairie skin caviar foundation swatches
Above: Swatches of the La Prairie Skin Caviar Concealer + Foundation in Beige in direct sunlight.
I then followed with the La Prairie Skin Caviar Concealer + Foundation SPF 15 (full review with more shades forthcoming).  Available at retailers including Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom, this luxurious formula boasts skincare benefits, gorgeous medium to full coverage and a radiant satin finish that lasts the day.  It also comes with an extremely concentrated corresponding concealer that banishes imperfections with a sweep.  Beige is a befitting shade for my current NC 25-27 skin and I cannot wait to experiment with this opulent formula more this summer. 

mehron
Above: Eye, lip and cheek details from Mehron.
Onto the eyes...I am currently experimenting with the ever-so-capable Mehron E.Y.E Powder Palette #207, a lovely collections of neutrals.  Although Mehron, which traces back to the 1920's, has its roots in theatrical makeup, it's current collection includes a vast array of products for the everyday makeup connoisseur.  I am impressed with the finely-milled texture and rich pigmentation of these shadows, which glide smoothly on and stay creaseless, even without primer.  

mehron eye power palette 207
Above: The Mehron E.Y.E. Powder Palette in #207 offers perfectly basic shades for a host of neutral eye looks. 
For this particular look, I covered my lid with with the neutral taupe, Cocoa, added a bit of the rich Cinnamon in the crease and swept a mixture of the golden camel shade Fawn and Cinnamon under my lower lash line for depth and impact.  I call this a subtlety smoldering effect! 

mehron eye power palette 207 swatches
Above: Swatches of the eyeshadows in direct sunlight...each was one swipe, which is a testament to their velvety pigmentation.
Above: A closeup of my eye look.
Overall, I am very pleased with the soft, neutral eye look that resulted.  I added a touch of pop with the Marc Jacobs Beauty Hi-Liner in Blacquer along my lower waterline and finished my lashes with two coats of the Surratt Beauty Relevee Mascara (of course!).  

mehron cheek cream shell pink
Above: Mehron Glosstone in Pink Crush and Cheek Cream in Shell Pink.
For lips and cheeks, I embraced the Mehron Glosstone Pro and Cheek Cream formulas; both products are pigment rich and add a lovely dose of color to the face.  

mehron glosstone pink crush
Above: Pink Crush is a cool pinky-mauve for an unexpected twist on the rosy lip.
The Glosstone in Pink Crush has a velvet-flocked doe foot applicator and a light formula that feels like a hybrid between lipstick and gloss.  Very hydrating and not the slightest bit sticky, the liquid texture imparts a semi-transparent wash of pinky-mauve color that is lush and bright without being over the top.   

mehron swatches
Above: Swatches of Mehron Glosstone in Pink Crush and Cheek Cream in Pink Shell in direct sunlight.
The Cheek Cream in Pink Shell is a soft, pale peach that enlivens the cheeks without the use of shimmer. It adds a subtle, "lit from within" look that stays pastel, even after hours of wear..it absolutely doesn't oxidize to orange, which I find can be the norm with peach and coral cheek products.  After applying Giorgio Armani Sun Fabric #100 as a contour and bronzer, I used the tip of my ring finger to lightly tap Pink Shell on the apples of my cheeks; it melds into the skin immediately and looks extremely natural. 

Above: Eve Lom Sheer Radiance Powder in Dawn 1.
Finally, I finished the look with the Eve Lom Sheer Radiance Translucent Powder.  Since their debut, I have been a fan of the Eve Lom base products (swatched and reviewed HERE and HERE) and this powder is no exception. The portable brush container is genius, enabling a streamlined powder experience that is exceedingly facile to toss in one's handbag.  Dawn is a light neutral beige that is so finely-milled that it disappears on the skin, yielding a smooth, velvety, matte, poreless visage.  This formula easy joins the ranks of some of my most well-performing powders!

Above: A heavy (so it would show up in the image) swatch of the Eve Lom Sheer Radiance Powder.
Below: Images of the Look of the Day...blouse is from Dreaming in Pink Boutique and Denim Shorts are from Top Shop (similar style here)

Above: The lace and pearl detailing make this classic denim blouse unconventional.
Above: The full face, completely un-retouched.
Above: The blouse also has pearl buttons on the arms to further enhance its uniqueness.
Above: These Top Shop high waisted denim shorts are on the shorter side (love them for summer) but cover all the essentials. 
Above: Long, crazy hair...summer means even lower-maintenance for this mane. 
Above: Denim, Lace, Clean + Bright.




Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this Look of the Day post...are you interested in seeing more posts like this one?  The clothing and products used represent an eclectic variety of stylistic options and I had a marvelous time curating them into a cohesive look.

Hope your week is going well...xx and much more soon!

--The Beauty Professor


**Some PR samples  provided for review (the rest bought by me),  however, as always, all of my opinions are expressly and unequivocally my own.  
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16 comments:

  1. I love these types of posts. This look is absolutely beautiful and suites you very well!

    xx

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    1. Thanks for the kind feedback, Lindsey!

      xoxo and have a beautiful weekend,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  2. New foundation!! can't wait for your review and swatches as always!

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    1. Yes!! The fun of foundation never ends ; )

      Thanks so much...xoxo,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  3. Hi Beauty Professor!
    Have you tried the much acclaimed makeup forever hd foundation? Would love to see a review of it!!

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    1. Hello Lindsay...I have indeed. I have relatively neutral feelings towards it but will definitely work it into a review this summer : ) Thanks for your interest!

      xx,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  4. Beautiful! I love this clean, simple look. The products you've used seem to be outstanding. I will be eagerly awaiting swatches of the la prairie foundation. Such a flawless base, I could definitely see splurging on it. Do you like the accompanying concealer for the under eye area? Thank you for your excellent blog and such great reviews and FOTD's.

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    1. Thank you, Anon!!

      The La Prairie Skin Caviar review is next on my list of posts to complete and so far, I do indeed love the concealer...very creamy with high coverage!

      Thank you for the kind and supportive words...xoxo,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  5. You look stunning! I can't wait to read more about this foundation. xoxo

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    1. Thank you, Blondie!!! So lovely of you to say! A comprehensive review of the Skin Caviar is coming up ; )

      xoxo and have a marvelous week,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  6. Hi Lovely,
    Love this post, you have fantastic style!
    The shorts look amazing on you!
    I really like the look of the colours of the eyeshadow palette as well

    Hope you had marvelous weekend

    Julie xoxo

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    1. Thanks ever so much, Julie...I tend to just go for simple things : )

      The eyeshadow palette is so versatile and definitely worth it!

      I hope your week is going splendidly...xoxo and talk soon,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  7. Enjoying your reviews!!! Happy 4th!

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    1. Many thanks, Judi! Have a beautiful 4th of July as well!

      xx,

      --The Beauty Professsor

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  8. You look gorgeous, from your makeup to hair to clothing, always stunning. As for the La Prairie foundation, I have my eye on it and already have my color picked out, but I struggle greatly with the idea of a $200 foundation. Skin care benefits are great but I already use nice skin care and already have a great stand alone concealer. I spend a great deal of money on makeup but this makes me pause and I have to wonder if we are being taken for a "ride" with this price point.

    I feel I can get a fabulous foundation for under $100, such as Capture Totale by Dior or Parure by Guerlain and wonder how much *different* my face can possibly look by putting on the La Prairie versus the examples of the before mentioned. Will people stop me in the street and say, 'Now THAT is foundation!'?

    I am being silly, I know, but I remember the 90's when there was an article on La Mer proclaiming that celebrities actually pay $100 for their moisturizer and how incredible that was to fathom. Now, that price point is laughable and the companies know the sky is the limit on what we will pay for skin care and makeup.

    Thank you for all of your time and extensive reviews, it is very appreciated!
    Theresa

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    1. Hello Theresa,

      Thank you so much! I completely concede that the La Prairie foundation is considerable investment and I guess it all comes down to what one chooses to spend their money on. $200 is a lot of money, yet, I know I have spent that on certain articles of clothing I never wear or even a collection of beauty products that get limited play. Because foundation is something I generally wear daily, I find myself justifying a more exorbitant expenditure at times, especially over beauty products in other categories. Makeup is such a personal experience and how it makes one feel is often equally as important as how it makes one look...if $200 foundation makes one feel uncomfortable, then I say go splurge in another category (if you can!); however, if that foundation seems to transform the canvas in ways that bring one to terms with their skin in all its imperfections, then perhaps it is a worthy purchase ; )

      Thanks for raising the point...I always, truly, enjoy the discussion!

      xoxo and have a marvelous week,

      --The Beauty Professor

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