Sunday, August 31, 2014

Last Day of August FOTD + Armani Brow Maestro...Swatches of Every Shade!

Above: The full look.
I am spending this last weekend of summer at a classic film festival in Hollywood.  Inspired by timeless images of the past, I opted for a clean look that balances the sophistication of my environment with wearability suited for an everyday girl like me. I also have included a close up feature of the freshly-released Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro...a brilliant multi-tasker that can be used as a brow definer, eye shadow, eye liner, contour and root touch up...yes, please!

Kindly scroll on for a product breakdown, details on the new Armani Eye and Brow Maestro (+ swatches of every shade!) as well as the Bottom Line...

Above: High-rise hotel window lighting.
Product Breakdown:

  • Dr. Macrene 37 Extreme Actives Anti-Aging Cream...mentioned HERE.  Available at Neiman Marcus.
  • Miracle Face Transformer in Medium...full review soon.  Available at Nordstrom.
  • Le Metier de Beaute Peau Vierge #2...swatched and reviewed HERE.  Available at Neiman Marcus.
  • YSL Fusion Ink Foundation in B40 Sand...applied with a Beauty Blender and reviewed HERE. Available at Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Sephora.
  • Surratt Surrealist Concealer in #5...reviewed HERE and HERE.  Available at Barney's NY.
  • Bobbi Brown Shimmerbrick in Sandstone...reviewed HERE.  Available at Neiman Marcus.
  • Koh Gen Do Cheek Color Nadeshiko...a pale pink applied to the apples of the cheeks...full review soon.  Available at Barney's NY.
  • Surratt Diaphane Loose Powder Compact...reviewed HERE.  Available at Barney's NY.
  • Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro in #4 Ambre blended on upper and lower lids as well as a definer for the brows...details + swatches below.  Available at Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus and Barney's NY.
  • Hourglass 1.5MM Gel Eyeliner (on lower waterline)...reviewed HERE.  Available at Sephora and Barney's NY.
  • Chanel Le Volume de Chanel Mascara in 030 Prune...reviewed HERE. Available at Nordstrom.
  • Surratt Relevee Eyelash Curler...for a perfect curl everytime.  Reviewed HERE and available at Barney's NY.
  • Lipstick Queen Silver Screen Lipstick in "Come Up"...a pigmented, glossy, light, cool pink with lush hydration and marvelous lasting power.  Full review of this brand new formula soon! Currently available at Space NK.

Above (photo credit: Laura Lynn): Indoor lighting with a flash.
Above: The Giorgio Armani Eye + Brow Maestro display...hastily captured with my iPhone.
Additionally, while I was out at some meetings earlier this week, I stumbled upon this display for the endlessly versatile Giorgio Armani Eye + Brow Maestro; these highly-pigmented cream pigments are water-resistant and correspond with most hair colors, making them incredible partners for the brows and roots as well as adding color and depth to the eyes and cheeks.  This product is truly a miracle formula and I have swatches of every shade!  #4 Ambre is a gorgeous brown khaki that works on my brows and lids...I haven't tried it as a contour yet, but it is neutral enough to work so I will be experimeting with it soon.  

Official details courtesy of Neiman Marcus:

Born backstage, Giorgio Armani's new 4-in-1 eye perfector; Stunning runway ready eyes.
  • Available 9 Waterproof shades.
  • Brow Shaper.
  • Contour.
  • Eye Liner.
  • Eye Shadow.
  • Root Touchup.

Above: The coordinating brush.
armani eye and brow maestro swatches
Above: Swatches in direct sunlight.
  • 02 Wenge Wood is a deep brown with plum undertones, great for those with dark brown hair.
  • 04 Ambre is a medium yellow khaki brown, appropriate for those with medium golden brown hair.
  • 05 Auburn is a light taupe, appropriate for those with light ash brown hair.
  • 06 Copal is a medium taupe brown, appropriate for those with medium neutral to ash brown hair.
  • 01 Black is a pure black, appropriate for those with the darkest brown and black hair.
  • 07 Almond is green-tinged brown, appropriate for those with ash brown hair.
  • 08 Greige is a silver gray, appropriate for those with silver, gray and white hair.
  • 03 Acajou is a bold reddish orange, appropriate for those with red hair.
  • 09 Gold is a shimmering yellow gold, appropriate for those with light blond and platinum hair.

armani eye and brow maestro swatches
Above: A close up of Auburn (cooler) and Ambre (more golden).
armani eye and brow maestro swatches
Above: Swatches in indoor lighting.
armani eye and brow maestro swatches
Above: Swatche in outdoor shade.
armani eye and brow maestro swatches
Above: Natural indoor lighting at a window.
armani eye and brow maestro swatches
Above: Swatches in outdoor shade.
Above: Wearing #04 Ambre on the lid and brows.
Above: Wearing #04 Ambre on the lower lash line and brows.
lipstick queen silver screen lipstick come up
Above: Lipstick Queen Silver Screen Lipstick in Come Up...a cool, light pink with excellent shine and pigmentation.
Above: With outdoor window lighting.
Above (photo credit: Laura Lynn): Contemplating the fall months ahead.
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Bottom Line: I hope your summer has been as restful and wonderful as mine has...truly, the simplicity of a bit more rest, time to reflect, opportunities to organize and moments to enjoy the sun and a great cappucino have made the last three months a blessing and I aim to start my fall responsibilities with a new sense of refreshed focus!  Today's FOTD celebrates some brand new products as well as some trusted you spy any that you know and love?

I'll be doing a bit of online shopping later on tonight...what about you?

Great things ahead including the winner of the RBR Palette, my August Favorites video, a host of new product discoveries, haircare tutorials and a natural makeup feature.  In the midst of responding to comments and emails...should be able to catch up on everything over the next few days ; ) In the meanwhile, I'll try to keep the posts coming!

Have a beautiful rest of the weekend...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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  1. Omg -I needed your swatches last week -but now I am excited to get my picks -these are so pretty! As a shadow -any application tips?

    1. Indeed!

      I just use a small tapered eyeshadow brush and blend this across my eyelid, diffusing up to the browbone. It is so easy and lasts so long without creasing or fading! A little goes a long way...this formula is concentrated!

      Have fun with it and let me know your thoughts!


      --The Beauty Professor

  2. This is a really beautiful lip on you. BP, is the Tom Ford foundation a real must have? Would you consider it a better buy than the YSL or your other faves? Also, have you seen or tried the Chanel VL Aqua powder foundation yet?

    1. Hello Amanda,

      Thank you so much! I do love the new TF is very hot today and, of course, it was my foundation of choice due to its ability to stay in place while still looking natural. I have been alternating between it, the YSL and the CdP...all are wonderful for their own reasons1

      I haven't tried the new Chanel powder yet but will be keeping an eye out for it ; ) Let me know when you see it!


      --The Beauty Professor

  3. You swatched No. 6 but didn't include it in your comments about the colors. Did you have a recommendation for it?

    1. I fixed that now ; )

      Thanks for catching that...xx,

      --The Beauty Professor

    2. Thank you so much, you swatches and reviews are so helpful:)

    3. My pleasure, Plum!


      --The Beauty Professor


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