Thursday, July 24, 2014

Simple Beauty Saviors: Hello Sailor + Alterna Caviar CC Cream Leave-In Hair Perfector

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Above: Blue lipstick?  Lipstick Queen's Hello Sailor is brimming with blackberry goodness.
I have been intrigued by the notion of Lipstick Queen's cult classic, Hello Sailor, for quite awhile now.  Available at Space NK, Nordstrom, Barney's NY and B-Glowing, this translucent, indigo blue lipstick may seem daunting on the tube, but instead of creating an intense, gothic look, Hello Sailor goes on essentially clear, and then morphs into a naturally gorgeous, shiny blackberry shade. Couple this beauty alchemy with intense hydration and a lovely, lasting finish and this lip color is the perfect option for immediately moisturized, aubergine-tinted lips! 

Kindly scroll on for more details, swatches and images of both Hello Sailor and my new haircare discovery, Alterna Caviar CC Cream Leave-In Hair Perfector as well as the Bottom Line...

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Above: The Hello Sailor formula is so hydrating that it can be worn as a balm!
Here are the official details, courtesy of Lipstick Queen: 

"We’ve seen the trend for blackberry lips but I have a whole new take on this - a super sheer, silky-feeling navy that gives lips a deep berry tint. Turn nautical into ‘naughty cool’ with this new lip phenomenon!" Poppy
Turn the blackberry lip trend on its head with this ultra-modern, navy blue sheer lipstick. In a nod to the nautical, Hello Sailor tints lips in a cool, berry tone with a hint of deep sapphire. The sheer blue pigment is suspended in a super-moisturising Vitamin E treatment. Can be worn alone as a nourishing lip stain or teamed with its Berry sisters in Saint or Sinner, adding a topaz glint to your berry lips.
**Turns a sheer plum on the lips
**Pure Vitamin E keeps lips ultra-moisturized
**Teeth appear whiter due to blue tones
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Above: A closeup of Hello Sailor...this is truly a unique product in my extensive lip collection.
Above: In this initial swatch, the color hasn't yet developed to its final blackberry tone.
In my experience, Hello Sailor turns the most quintessential shade of blackberry mere seconds upon application.  Feeling more like a treatment than a lipstick, the silky formula adds instant moisture to my lips and watching the color develop is a boatload (pun intended) of fun!  Two coats and my beauty look appears low-maintenance yet utterly complete; as an unapologetic nude lip color lover, I never thought I would enjoy a deeper shade of plummy berry so much.  

Above: Loving Hello Sailor.
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Above: An early swatch of Hello Sailor in direct sunlight.
Unlike other "self-adapting" lip colors, Hello Sailor never degrades to a bright pink (this has happened to me countless times with similar formulas)...it truly maintains its stunning aubergine hue over the duration of wear.  Speaking of wear time, I get 3-4 hours of subtle color and shine before feeling the need to touch it up.  Even then, the reapplication process is devilishly amusing as onlookers marvel at this seemingly bold blue lip color choice ; )  All in all, Hello Sailor will be a summer staple due to its ease of application (no mirror required!), lush hydration and brilliantly flattering shade!

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Above: Two coats of Hello Sailor alone on the lips, after the color has developed! 
Onto the hair...

Above: My last step...Alternal Caviar CC Cream Leave-In Hair Perfector instantly detangles, smooths and protects my hair until my next washing. 
As an avid hair-washer, my mane is exposed to a variety of haircare options...from lather-free shampoos to deep conditioning masks, my shower shelves are overflowing with options.  One product that is entirely unique in my menagerie, however, is the Alterna Caviar CC Cream 10-in-1 Complete Correction Leave-In Hair Perfector.  Although one may immediately associate "CC" solely with complexion products that are lightweight and effective, this miracle potion expertly smooths, tames and beautifies the hair with equal finesse.  

Above: An impressive list of the 10 different ways Alterna Caviar CC Cream Leave-In Hair Perfector improves the hair.
I love that this leave-in formula is applied after washing one's hair...this allows me to use my shampoo and conditioner of choice without having to spend extra time in the shower for an additional treatment.  Two pumps on my wet hair makes it easier to brush out, which ultimately expedites drying time, yielding soft, shiny, manageable hair that also is infused with UV protection.  The texture of the serum is extremely light and easily absorbed into the hair shaft; I am so impressed with how well this formula performs and know this will be in my toiletries bag for all future trips...it's one product that truly has it all! 
Above: This serum comes with a secure pump dispenser top for maximum control.
Below:  The following images showcase the noteworthy abilities of the Alterna CC Cream Leave-In Hair Protector...prior to application, I let my hair air dry, so the smoothness is due to the product, not any form of heat treatment (e.g., blowdrying or a straightener)! 




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Bottom Line: Sometimes, a couple of simple products can make a massive difference!  The sheer yet transformative powers of Hello Sailor and the protective and restorative properties of the Alterna Caviar CC Cream Leave-In Hair Perfector ensure both smooth lips and hair for hours on end.  Both are key components in my easy summertime routine.

What are some of YOUR current beauty saviors?

More on the blog soon, including a full review of the Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Killer Cheekbones compact (currently discussed HERE) including contour comparison swatches and a skincare update!

Hope your weekend is off to a lovely start...xx,

--The Beauty Professor

** PR sample  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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3 comments:

  1. Sorry to not be on subject... But how do you feel about the CdP Radiant Fluid Foundation?? Would love to have your opinion!!

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    1. No worries...I have only been trying it for the past week but am very impressed thus far. For being a light, liquid formula, it has marvelous medium coverage and the finish is a satin matte that only gets slightly glowier as the day wears on. My full review (with comparison swatches) is currently in the works!

      Hope that helps...xx,

      --The Beauty Professor

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    2. Thanks so much for taking the time to reply! xox

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