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:

FACE
  • 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.
EYES
  • 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.
LIPS
  • 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 favorites...do 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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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Beauty Bits + Bobs Including the Charlotte Tibury Launch + Labor Day Sales


Above: The Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Killer Cheekbones Bronze + Glow...this pair of finely-milled powders gets constant use!
Good day to you, lovely readers!  Before running off for some family time today, I wanted to share a round of beauty news including details surrounding the hotly-anticipated stateside arrival of the gorgeous Charlotte Tilbury Beauty line and some great Labor Day Weekend sale options.

Kindly scroll on for all the details as well as the Bottom Line...

First up, the launch of the stunning Charlotte Tilbury beauty line...ever since procuring the Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Killer Cheekbones Bronze + Glow (reviewed HERE), I have been enchanted and beyond eager to try other products from the collection.  Now that they will be available in the US in the coming weeks, that dream shall become a reality!
  • The line will launch online first on September 2nd at charlottetilbury.com, Nordstrom, Bergdorf Goodman and Net-A-Porter and BeautyLish.com 
  • Then, Charlotte is partnering up with Bergdorf Goodman in New York (10/7) and Nordstrom in Los Angeles at The Grove (10/10-11) for MASSIVE launch events.  More details to follow!
  • Launch events will also be hosted with Nordstrom in other major markets including Dallas, Houston, Chicago, Orange County, Washington D.C. and Las Vegas through Spring 2015.

Charlotte's Beauty Philosophy:

“Beauty is not an exclusive club – there are no unattractive women, just some that don’t know the power of make-up,” says Charlotte Tilbury. “I was shocked to find out that 50% of women do not engage with make-up and the reasons are: they don’t know how to use it, they don’t know what suits them, they don’t have the time. I wanted to revolutionize the retail experience for these women. Even as a professional makeup artist, I walk onto the Beauty Hall floor and want to run in the opposite direction.  There’s so much choice and so little direction, help and problem-solving and I wanted to set my brand apart from this.”

What will YOU be choosing from this magnificent line?

Above: Happy Labor Day Weekend!  By the way, a few new braid tutorials coming your way in the near future...as a preview, this is the 5-strand braid.
Next up, the holiday weekend brings a bevy of sales online...here are a few that I will be checking out:
  • Sephora: Summer Sendoff sale...up to 75% off of beauty...online only.
  • Topshop: 100's of items, deeply discounted for their final clearance sale.
  • Nordstrom: clearance sale...up to 40% off in every major category.
  • Neiman Marcus: Real Deal 40% off of regular prices...a perfect time to stock up for fall looks.
  • Anthropologie: An extra 20% off sale items...100's of new styles just added.

Bottom Line: I hope you are as excited about the Charlotte Tilbury stateside launch as I am!  I will be carefully monitoring the sites where the line will be launched (charlottetilbury.comNordstrom, Bergdorf Goodman and Net-A-Porter and BeautyLish.com) and can't wait to add to my currently modest CT collection.  Also, if you end up taking advantage of the sales this holiday weekend (some of which are listed above), do let me know what you end up procuring!

Have a beautiful day...I will be continuing to respond to all of your wonderful comments and emails over the next few days.  Good things ahead, including an FOTD, my August Favorites video, new fall product releases, some haircare tutorials and a few novel discoveries ; ) 

xx,

--The Beauty Professor

**PR sample  provided for review however, as always, all of my opinions are expressly and unequivocally my own.  

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Friday, August 29, 2014

New Fragrance Alert: Viva La Juicy Gold Couture Debut at the London West Hollywood

Above: Viva La Juicy Gold Couture Black...a delicious cocktail of fresh berries and warm caramel.
Earlier this week, we at Beauty Professor headquarters had the chance to attend an event at the London West Hollywood, celebrating the debut of the Viva La Juicy Gold Couture (currently available at Macy'sSephoraNordstrom and Beauty.com).  Since I already have (and love!) the original Viva La Juicy scent in my collection, I was excited to experience this new incarnation and am thrilled to report that it does not disappoint!  A beautiful balance of fresh, sweet berries and musky warm caramel, Viva La Juicy Gold Couture is like the sophisticated sister everyone is asking about.  

Kindly scroll on for more details, images from the event and the Bottom Line...
Above: Alexandra Daddario from True Detectives celebrating the launch.
Above: A view from the gorgeous rooftop of London West Hollywood...LA in the summertime cannot be beat.
Official details courtesy of Sephora:

Experience a couture overdose. The Viva la Juicy Gold woman is couture all the way, spinning an addictive web of glamour and decadence at the center of her golden world. This opulent rendition of Viva la Juicy indulges the senses with luscious wild berries, a kiss of honeysuckle, and a luxurious elixir of golden amber, melted caramel, and vanilla. All that glitters is gold. 

Notes: 
Berries, Honeysuckle, Golden Amber, Caramel, Vanilla. 
Style: 
Audacious. Decadent. Glamorous.
Above: BP + BP Assistant Laura.
Above: BP enjoying the view.
Above: This Viva La Juicy Gold Couture shrine of sorts was breathtaking.
Above: All pink, gold and black everything.
Above: BP + Viva La Juicy Gold Couture.
Above: The elaborate details on the bottle are glorious.
Above: Coburn PR's Caroline Brayson, BP and Kirsten from Elizabeth Arden.
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Bottom Line: This latest installment of Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy Couture Gold (currently available at Macy'sSephoraNordstrom and Beauty.com) is a decadent indulgence...fresh, sweet, vibrant and warm, it captivates the senses and works perfectly for day and night.  I love the warm, creamy caramel base notes, which appeal to my appreciation for musk and skin scents; the berry top notes add a lush, optimistic effect and the combination is a delight to wear.  

Have YOU tried Viva La Juicy Couture Gold yet?

I hope your holiday weekend is off to lovely start...I look forward to getting a chance to respond to all of your wonderful comments (they have not gone unread...thank you for them in advance!), sharing my Labor Day Weekend sale picks, revealing the winner of the Rouge Bunny Rouge giveaway and sharing a host of new discoveries as well as my August Favorites video.  

So much to do...cannot wait!

xoxo,

--The Beauty Professor


**PR sample  provided for review however, as always, all of my opinions are expressly and unequivocally my own.  

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YSL Fusion Ink Foundation (Swatches of Every Shade!) + NARS Audacious Lipstick in Raquel...In Short, I Adore Both

Above: The YSL Fusion Ink Foundation has arrived! 
After a couple of weeks of trial, I am ready to weigh in on recently-released the YSL Fusion Ink Foundation (currently available at Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Sephora, Bloomingdales, Bergdorf Goodman, Saks and Selfridges).  I initially discussed my first impressions in THIS video, have mentioned in my latest article for the Neiman Marcus publication, the blog, and now am excited to offer my review as well as swatches of EVERY shade offering.

Kindly scroll on for more details, swatches of each shade, shade descriptions, a discussion of my new favorite NARS Audacious Lipstick, Raquel and images of the YSL Fusion Ink + NARS Raquel on the face as well as the Bottom Line...
Above: The YSL Fusion Ink is housed in a square glass bottle with a wand applicator.
To concisely communicate my feelings on this formula, I will focus on some clear characteristics of the foundation in terms of texture/coverage, finish, wear and overall impressions:

TEXTURE/COVERAGE:
  • This formula is incredibly light...it reminds me a lot of the Giorgio Armani Maestro (reviewed HERE) but offers significantly more coverage (medium, buildable to full) and performs more like the Cle de Peau Radiant Fluid.
  • Four strokes of the wand on the top of my hand provides my entire face (I prefer to apply with a damp Beauty Blender) with medium coverage.
FINISH:
  • The finish is truly beautiful...a soft matte finish that adopts a bit of glow over time without defaulting to oiliness.  
  • It blurs imperfections, diffuses light and perfects the canvas without utilizing any obvious light-reflecting properties.  
  • I love the way it truly "fuses" with the skin...if you can find your shade match, you will likely experience flawless results.
WEAR:
  • I get a good 8+ hours of wear time before feeling the need to blot or touch up with a bit of powder.
  • No pooling into pores, no creasing, no migrating...it might transfer to a cell phone screen (but what doesn't?) but I would deem it decently adherent to the skin.
  • The first time I wore this foundation, I attended a wedding on a very hot day; this formula withstood heat, humidity, eating, dancing and late hours like a champ.  I only added a touch of powder about 8 hours into my day and noticed that it photographed beautifully, even after an extended period of wear.
OVERALL IMPRESSIONS:
  • I am very impressed with this formula...it is currently in my top three foundaiton rotation (along with the Tom Ford Traceless Perfecting and Cle de Peau Radiant Fluid) and I will likely move from B-40 Sand (the perfect match for my current N/NC 27-30 skin) to B-30 Almond when my summer tan fades.
  • The shade range is great...three different undertones (BR=Rosy, B=Neutral and BD=Warm) from the fairest ivory to the darkest, richest mocha, I think that most will have success in discovering a befitting shade match.
  • It does have the typical YSL cucumber fragrance, but I find it to be less strong than other YSL base formulas and it dissipates within a couple of minutes.  I am generally opposed to scent in foundation, but my extra sensitive skin hasn't been bothered by this fragrance.
  • This is a marvelous option for one seeking an extremely light texture, medium (buildable to full) coverage, a soft matte finsih and marvelous lasting power.  

Official product details, courtesy of Neiman Marcus

FEELS LIKE A FEATHER. WEARS LIKE AN INK. 


A REVOLUTIONARY FORMULA

NO MORE COMPROMISE. This feather light foundation wears effortlessly for soft-matte finish, all day comfort with broad spectrum SPF 18 protection. Its hybrid stain technology provides a formula that is as thin and lightweight as ink yet covering as a foundation. Exclusive extendable polymers allow for buildable coverage with long wear results without ever feeling heavy on skin. An unmatched revolution in foundation.
  • At the heart of this exceptional formula is a sensorial and volatile dry oil complex which allows for exceptionally fast application in a matter of seconds with flawless finish.
  • Color: this formula is made of pure micro-coated pigments delivering long lasting color and radiance all day long.
  • Actives: special sweat and sebum control agents allow for 24 hours of perfection regardless of humidity, heat, night and day.
  • Soft matte perfection: the extreme absorbing powder filler provide a natural soft matte finish without ever looking or feeling cakey.
  • Formula adapted to every skin type. The exclusive face zoning applicator allows you to perfectly zone the face for precise and effortless application.

Never cakey or heavy, Fusion Ink wears flawlessly for 24 hours.

Feel the difference of all day perfection and freedom.

Available in 21 shades.


ysl fusion ink swatches
Above: Comparison swatches of summer foundations I've been using as of late.
nars audacious lipstick raquel swatches
Above: Behold...NARS Audacious Lipstick in Raquel, a creamy beige-pink-peach.
Since I am wearing this shade in my foundation-focused pictures at the end of this post, I couldn't help but offer a glimpse of the stunning NARS Audacious Lipstick in Raquel (currently available at Barney's NY and NARS.com), a light, extremely creamy and opaque beige-pink-peach.  This is perhaps the most perfect nude I have ever encountered!  I've said everything necessary about this magnificent new formula HERE and HERE so I will let the images of Raquel speak for themselves...
nars audacious lipstick raquel swatches
Above: A swatch of Raquel in direct sunlight.
nars audacious lipstick raquel swatches
Above: Raquel alone on the lips.
Onto the YSL Fusion Ink swatches...shade descriptions per my experience:

ysl fusion ink swatches
Above: The BR shades in direct sunlight.
The BR shades have a rosy undertone, appropriate for cool skin tones:

BR-20 Cool Ivory: For fair, cool skin that is approximately NW 10-15

BR-30 Cool Almond: For light skin that is approximately NW 20-25

BR-40 Cool Sand: For medium skin that is approximately NW 27-30

BR-50 Cool Honey: For medium-dark skin that is approximately NW 35-40

ysl fusion ink swatches
Above: The BR shades in ourdoor shade.
ysl fusion ink swatches
Above: The B shades in outdoor sunlight.
The B shades have neutral (an even mix of pink and yellow) undertones for neutral skin: 

B-10 Porcelain: For fair skin that is approximately N/NC10

B-20 Ivory: For fair-light skin that is approximately N/NC 15-20

B-30 Almond: For light skin that is approximately N/NC 25

B-40 Sand: For light-medium skin that is approximately N/NC 27-30

B-50 Honey: For medium skin that is approximately N/NC 30-35

B-60 Amber: For medium-dark skin that is approximately N/NC 40-45

B-70 Mocha: For dark skin that is approximately N/NC 50+

ysl fusion ink swatches
Above: The B shades in outdoor shade.
ysl fusion ink swatches

The BD shades have warm, golden undertones for skin tones that lean yellow, peachy and olive: 

BD-10  Warm Porcelain: For fair skin that is approximately NC 10-15

BD-15 Warm Buff: For fair-light skin that is approximately NC 15-20

BD-20 Warm Ivory: For fair skin that is approximately NC 15 (oddly, this sample appeared lighter than Warm Porcelain and Warm Buff)

BD-45 Warm Bisque: For light-medium skin that is approximatley NC 30

BD-50 Warm Honey: For medium-dark skin that is approximately NC 40

BD-55 Warm Praline: For medium skin that is approximatley NC 35 (once again, this sample seems  lighter than Warm Honey)

BD-65 Warm Toffee: For dark skin that is approximately NC 50-55

ysl fusion ink swatches

The images below reflect the YSL Fusion Ink Foundation in B40 in various lighting situations...it was not set with powder and had been on the skin for over four hours in extreme heat! 
Above: With a flash.
Above: Natural window lighting...no flash.
Above: Outdoor mixed lighting.
Above: The beautiful cat that was peeking through my gazebo...her eyes are amazing, no?
Above: Outdoor light, sunlight streaming, no flash.
Above: Indoor lighting with a flash.
Above: Outdoor natural lighting.
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Bottom Line: The hype surrounding the YSL Fusion Ink Foundation (currently available at Neiman MarcusNordstromSephoraBloomingdalesBergdorf GoodmanSaks and Selfridges) is completely justified in my experience.  The ultra light texture, soft matte finish and splendid lasting power make this a foundation worth trying.  It is excellent for normal skin seeking medium coverage and a flawless finish that takes on a bit of glow as the day proceeds! Additionally, the NARS Audacious Lipstick in Raquel (currently available at Barney's NY and NARS.com) is fast becoming one of my favorite nudes to date...it has most perfect amount of creamy opacity that achieves a nude effect without washing out the face. Brilliant!  I could't be more pleased with either product and hope you found this swatch-laden review helpful. 

Have YOU tried the YSL Fusion Ink Foundation?  Thoughts?

Good things ahead including the annoucement of the winner of the Rouge Bunny Rouge Palette Giveaway, new fall releases, a couple of event recaps and some exciting product discoveries...oh, and my August (where did the summer go??!) Favorites video ; ) 

xoxo,

The Beauty Professor

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