Sunday, November 23, 2014

Thirteen Products I'm Currently Testing + Loving

Above: Shooting products in my backyard...always an adventure and a race against the setting of the sun.
With Thanksgiving less than a week away, I am looking forward to some days off to catch up on some rest, some blogging and some lovely family time!  In the rush of this month, however, I've had the chance to integrate a swath of new skincare and beauty products into my current routine and, while it's too soon to weigh in decisively, I wanted to share the details of my positive experiences thus far.
Kindly scroll on for more details and the Bottom Line...

Above: The latest releases from NUDE Skincare.
(1) NUDE Perfect Cleanse Omega Cleansing Jelly: I have sung the praises of the NUDE Skincare line (HERE and HERE) and am equally pleased with its latest releases.  The cleansing jelly is silky and plush; when applied dry skin and rinsed with water, it removes every last trace of dirt and makeup.  The NUDE Skincare ingredients are impeccable and this Omega 6 and 9 infused formula leaves my skin feeling balanced and nourished! 

Above: NUDE Perfect Cleanse has a silky, jelly-like consistency.
(2) NUDE Detox: This Vitamin C-infused powder is a delightful way to exfoliate, even for sensitive skin.  When mixed with a touch of water, the formula becomes frothy and effervescent and buffing it into one's visage is a sensory delight.  Once rinsed off, my skin is smoother, softer and brighter; I've been using this three times a week for visible results. 
Above: NUDE Detox...powder + a bit of water = gentle exfoliation.
(3) SK-II Cellumination Aurabright: I have already detailed my initial thoughts on this radiance serum HERE but couldn't create this post without mentioning it again.  I'm nearly two weeks into trial and my face hasn't exhibited a single negative reaction...just soft, glowing skin.  Love this!

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Above: SK-II Cellumination Aurabright...luminous packaging, radiant skin.
(4) Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream Treat + Transform Moisturizer:  I ordered this back in August but it took me a few months to actually begin trying it.  Although I don't use it everyday, the cooler weather has been a perfect time to integrate it into my routine.  The cream is simply lovely...nourishing and instantly absorbed with a subtle rose scent, this imparts a unique glow that doesn't rely on shimmer.  I have tried it as a makeup base and also have mixed it with Le Metier de Beaute Peau Vierge for extra hydration and love it in both roles.  Can't wait to continue experimenting with this oft-buzzed about formula...

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Above: Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream...subtle and luxurious.
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Above: A heavy swatch of the Magic Cream...slightly white and just a touch glowy.
(5) PMD Personal Microderm: This little device does it all...the spinning disc is effective for smoothing fine lines, exfoliating dead skin, unclogging pores and brightening the visage.  I love that this model comes with a variety of disc options for targeted concerns and am looking forward to using this more frequently in the coming week since I'll have more time to pamper myself!

pmd personal microderm

(6) Oribe Gold Lust Shampoo and Conditioner:  This haircare pair (also discussed HERE) has been a staple for me this month...the shampoo cleans my long locks without drying them out and the ultra rich conditioner is to die for.  All in all, my hair is left smooth, soft, healthy and bouncy...what else could a girl hope for?

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Above: Oribe Gold Lust Shampoo and Conditioner...entirely worth the splurge.
Above: My hair after a dose of Oribe.
(7) Sensai Cellular Performance Cream Foundation in Natural Beige #22:  My Harrod's order arrived and I am as smitten with this version of the Sensai Cellular Performance Cream Foundation as I was with the original (initially swatched HERE).  Natural Beige #22 is still a perfect match for my NC 25 skin and the creamy, emollient formula creates a medium to full coverage look that looks refined and radiant.  Full closeup (with swatches!) forthcoming.

sensai cellular performance cream foundation
Above: Old and New...Sensai Cellular Performance Cream Foundation...so glad it's still available.
(8) Chantecaille Le Camouflage Stylo No. 3: This brand new click pen features a powerful formula to combat signs of fatigue above and below the surface.  The concealer blends away darkness and imperfections (without creasing!) while simultaneously reducing puffiness and clinical trials showed that the regular usage (over 28 days) actually lessened the look of eye bags.  My sleep deprived eyes will continue to use this and weigh back in soon...#3 is a perfect match to seamlessly blend with my NC 25 skin.

chantecaille le camouflage stylo 3 swatch
Above: Chantecaille Le Camouflage Stylo in #3 for efficacy above and below the surface.
chantecaille le camouflage stylo 3 swatch
Above: #3 is a perfect match for NC 25 skin.
(9) Burberry Sheer Luminous Compact Foundation in Trench No. 6: I don't know why it took me so long to try this powder but I am certainly glad to have it in my arsenal now.  The texture is light and silky while still yielding magnificent creamy coverage.  Trench #6 is a great match for my NC 25 skin and I love using this to set my makeup and touch up when necessary.  It melds with the skin instantly, gives a poreless effect and keeps oil at bay for hours.  I haven't yet worn this on its own as a powder foundation but plan on trying that soon and will report back on my experience.  Adore this..more on Burberry soon!

Burberry sheer luminous compact foundation trench 6 swatch
Above: The iconic plaid pattern is just the beginning of the beauty.
Burberry sheer luminous compact foundation trench 6 swatch
Above: The Burberry Sheer Luminous Compact Foundation has a generous mirror and separate compartment for the sponge applicator.
Burberry sheer luminous compact foundation trench 6 swatch
Above: Swatches of Trench #6 in direct sunlight.
(10) By Terry Terrybly Densiliss Blush in No. 01 Platonic Blonde (available at Barney's NY and Space.NK): One of By Terry's most recent debuts, this ethereal wonder has magnificent pigmentation and an opulent satin finish that brings skin to life.  Platonic Blonde may be the lightest shade offering, but the peachy pink shade is saturated with color and is sure to compliment a spectrum of skin tones from fair to medium-dark.  I plan on doing a By Terry-centric post (to include this Platonic Blonde) very soon but in the meanwhile, I can confirm that this in an undeniably luxurious addition to my blush cache...highly recommended.

By terry terrybly densiliss blush platonic blonde swatch
Above: The By Terry Terrybly Densiliss Blush features a luxe metal compact and an insanely gorgeous quilted pattern...oh, and the blush is simply brilliant.
By terry terrybly densiliss blush platonic blonde swatch
Above: A swatch of Platonic Blonde in direct sunlight...a divine peachy pink, no?
(11) Bottega Veneta Knot Fragrance: The stunning golden bottle and gilded knotted top are only exclipsed by the delicious woodsy floral juice they contain.  This fresh release came at the perfect time as it resonates so well with cooler weather.  It is clean and warm, with bright citrus and rose bouncing off of the decadent musky vanilla undertones.  This, along with Byredo Black Saffon, will be coming with me on my Thanksgiving travels.

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Above: Bottega Veneta Knot...golden sophistication for woodsy floral lovers.
Above: Spicy and warm, NEST Pumpkin Chai is the quintessential Winter fragrance for the home.
(12) NEST Fragrances Pumpkin Chai Candle:  When it cools down, I simply cannot burn candles quickly enough; they add a cozy warmth that makes my house feel homey in 10 seconds flat.  The NEST candle in Pumpkin Chai is winter incarnate...aromas of pumpkin, spice and ginger are jubilantly set free by a single wick...I'll be stocking up! 
guerlain kiss kiss lipstick golden girl swatch
Above: Golden Girl is a soft peachy nude with creamy opacity.
(13) Guerlain Kiss Kiss Lipstick in No. 300 Golden Girl: I've had my eye on this delicate peachy nude since Guerlain released this stunning formula in late August.  Now that it has entered my life, I couldn't be more pleased.  The Kiss Kiss formula is marvelous...creamy, hydrating and buildable to nearly full opacity and Golden Girl is the lightest shade option (excellent for us nude lip lovers).  Future FOTD with this shade soon!

guerlain kiss kiss lipstick golden girl swatch
Above: The Kiss Kiss embossed bullet.
guerlain kiss kiss lipstick golden girl swatch
Above: A swatch of Guerlain Golden Girl in direct sunlight.
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Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this overview and welcome your questions! 

Have YOU tried any of the products discussed?  Thoughts?

Good things head including more Burberry + By Terry,  a FOTD,  a fresh video and my Holiday Gift Guide, just in time for Black Friday ; ) 

Hope your weekend is marvelous...xx,

--The Beauty Professor

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

  1. Hi Rachel, I am a subscriber to your YouTube channel & have just found you on Bloglovin ! I am really enjoying your fabulous reviews. I love your natural look. I am just curious as to your age. I am in my 40's and have been testing out many anti-aging serums & creams. Haven't found any that work yet. Are you in your 20's? Would you know of any sound eye creams to diminish fine lines? Thanks so much! Rose

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    1. Hi Rose, I am faithful follower of Rachel and I hope you don't mind me putting my two cents worth. I am currently loving Chanel's Sublimage La Creme Yeux. It is extremely pricey, at $225.00, but I believe it is well worth the price. I use a very little bit, probably less than a small pea, for both eyes. I find that it gives lift to my 46 year upper eyelids and helps with those tiny lines that are wanting to make a bigger appearance these days.
      I believe it will last at least a year for I purchased La Mer eye concentrate and that lasted me a year. I, by the way, prefer the Chanel to the La Mer by a mile. The Chanel is truly magical in my opinion.
      It is very rich and I have read that some have had some reaction due to that. Which is why I use so little and even sometimes give myself a day off. I also only use it at night.
      If you do not want to spend that much I would also recommend Perricone MD Acyl-Glutathione Serum as an addition to what ever your favorite eye creme is. It is as close to the lift Chanel gives that I have found.
      I hope that helps!

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    2. Thanks so much Charli. I'm going to give the Chanel one a try as it is well worth the investment.

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    3. Awesome weigh in, Charli...thanks for sharing! The eye cream that I adore, Rose, is the La Prairie Skin Caviar Eye Lift Cream...it is truly my favorite of the last 8 or 9 I've tried this year and my mom loves it as well. Smoothing, brightening and dark-circle banishing, it is also effective on getting rid of fine lines. Love it!

      Hope that helps...xx,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  2. Hi bp!

    Thanks for your blog and love of all things makeup and skincare! Your posts are always spot on and very Intuitive. I have tried many new products because of your amazing suggestions and swatches. I always look forward to reading your in depth descriptions of products.

    I would love to hear your other fav stylos ( there are just so many now) for under eyes. How does this one compare to others in your arsenal? Also, I have personally never used foundation powders to set makeup. With so may new additions to the landscape, what makes it to the top of your list? do you recommend for setting makeup, enhancing evenness, and keeping foundation wear time throughout a day this way? I just fear it changes the color of your foundation of choice and adds weight, as it is truly a foundation.

    Again thanks for your work! I appreciate it!

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    1. My pleasure, Randi...thank you for the kind words!! My top three concealers for eyes these days are the Chantecaille (mentioned above), the Surratt Surrealiste Skin concealer and the By Terry Densiliss concealer. All three are stellar! The Burberry Foundation Powder, when used sparingly, sets makeup beautifully and doesn't alter the tone of my foundation...it is just super powerful at keeping things in place!

      xoxo and have a lovely weekend,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  3. I'm excited to hear good things about the Nude offerings and I love the By Terry blush!

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    1. Thanks, Clever Girl!

      xx,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  4. Hi BP. Missed chatting but always check in to read what u got!! I have to have that blush by Terry! Beautiful. We both adore the peachy/pink in both our blushes and glosses. What are your thoughts in the new kanebo? Fortunately I've still got 1 un-opened because I'm still alternating Cle'de peau and that. I bit the bullet and bought the Peter Thomas Roth unwrinkle night. I had got it in a try me jar & loved it along with the retinol fusion night. Because macys onine had a bonus, I received his unwrinkle turbo serum in gold pckge. It is amazing as well. At my age, & pretty good dkin, I appreciate the 18 peptides and quality ingredients. I can pare down my routine to 3 things. Was wondering if u think I shld try the gucci glow or d&g lift? I hear gucci is a bit sheer. Thanks as always dear friend. Xo Happy thanksgiving!

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    1. Hello dear Lynn...such a treat to hear from you! You absolutely need the By Terry blush and it will be stunning on you, I know! The new Kanebo is quite good...feels like the original and thanks for your tips on the PTR...you definitely have me tempted. Between the Gucci and the D & G, I would recommend the D & G...skincare benefits and a lovely glow!

      xoxo, dear friend of mine and Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

      --The Beauty Professor

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  5. This is wonderful. I love everything. As usual I want everything and will have to place yet another order to follow on your footsteps because your skin is looking amazing. I love Nude as well but have not tried the Vit. C fizzy powder. I'll add it to my list right now. I am very tempted by the Chantecaille concealer. will you say number 2 will be fine for my nc 20 skin?
    ps: siren hair on the picture!

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    1. Thank you ever so much! I think #2 in the Chantecaille will be perfect! Wow...siren hair...I am indeed honored ; )

      XOXO,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  6. Tequila MockingbirdNovember 23, 2014 at 6:10 PM

    How does the coverage of Chantecaille Le Camouflage Stylo compare with YSL's Touche Eclat?

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    1. It provides more coverage than the YSL, Tequila!

      xx,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  7. hi BP! verrrrry intriguing post :-) several items have piqued my curiosity! can't wait to hear more esp. Nude Vit C fizzy and byTerry blush.
    also YAY that the Kanebo is still amazing! this is my absolute favorite foundation!!!! xo sj

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    1. Thank you so much, SJ!! It is indeed good news about the Kanebo, no?!

      Used the Nude Fizzy again last night and adore it along with the By Terry blush!

      xo and Happy Thanksgiving,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  8. Among these great products, I am eyeing on that Guerlain Golden Girl lippie. I super like the color. It looks natural on lips. Will check on this one.....

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    1. Golden Girl is amazing, Jessica...I think you will love the formula, too! Thank you for your comment!

      xx,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  9. I just got the Nude Jelly Cleanser! Can't wait to use it tonight.

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    1. Awesome, Petunia...you'll love it!

      xx,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  10. This is quite the list and I'd been wondering about the Magic Cream and the Chantecaille pen. As usual, your roster contains products about which I knew next to nothing and now want to try. I live at least 100 miles from any store that would carry some of these products, but your skin is a match to mine so your swatches and color choices are something I've relied on for quite some time now with great accuracy. Thanks!

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    1. Thank you so much for the feedback, Suzanna! I am thrilled to hear that my recommendations have been working for you...xoxo,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  11. Hi BP! I've been dying to hear your thoughts on the Sensai CP Cream since you mentioned a few posts ago that you were ordering it. Can't wait for the details - thanks for the first impressions in the meantime!

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    1. My pleasure, Suzy...so far, it feels just like the original!!!

      Full review soon ; )

      xx,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  12. In need of some desperate help and need a complete overhaul, BP! In NY it's getting COLD! Can you share a foundation for acne prones that have dryish/combo skin? I like the 'skin'/glowy finish.
    In addition, I have never countered and HL and am ready to take that plunge! Please tell me your favorite combo for an NW20? ALSO can you rec a concealer for dark circles that won't accentuate fine lines?

    TIA!

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    1. Hello Anon...if you email me (beautyprofessor@gmail.com) with your specific skin concerns and also let me know what "HL" stands for, I can see if I can offer you some suggestions!

      Take care...xx,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  13. I got the gold lust shampoo and conditioner two weeks ago, and I'm OBSESSED with them!! I really hope oribe releases a fragrance based on its smell, because it's the best-smelling haircare products I've ever owned. Totally worth the price

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    1. Hi Alice,

      That is such great news!! Isn't the Gold Lust line amazing? I, too, am utterly addicted to the scent!

      xoxo,

      --The Beauty Professor

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