Tuesday, December 30, 2014

FOTD and Style Post Featuring Tom Ford Lips & Boys in Luca

Above: Utterly smitten with Tom Ford Lips & Boys Luca.
My Tom Ford Lips & Boys (reviewed HERE, HERE and HERE) love affair with Luca (reviewed HERE) is is no passing dalliance...this soft, pale coral packs just enough pigmentation to set it apart from my bevy of pinky nudes and the pearly finish makes lips look lush and full.  In the images that follow, I pair the exquiste Luca with the warm bronze brown goodness of the Gucci Oxydus eyeshadow for a new take on neutral.  

Kindly scroll on for more style details, images, a full product breakdown and the Bottom Line...

Above: A closeup of my "arm candy" du jour...a Swiss Army watch, vintage Cartier Love Bracelet and antique druzy bracelet (received from my parents at Christmas).
Above: A full view of Gucci Oxydus, blended to the browbone.   
Above: Luca alone on the lips.
Above: Wearing an über-comfortable pair of Burnout Jogging Pants with my Ash Vangeliz Hightops (reviewed HERE) for a dressed-down vibe.
Products Used:
Above: Cannot get enough chambray in my life. 
Above: With a flash.
Above: Direct sunlight with a flash.
Above: Outdoor lighting, no flash.
Above: Outdoor shade, with a flash.
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Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this Luca inspired FOTD and style post!  I am finally feeling better (thanks for your well wishes!) and having just selected my best of 2014 products, am excited to film my cumulative favorites for the year.  I also have a eyeshadow tutorial in the works as well as some new product procurements from Rouge Bunny Rouge and Zelens!

Which Tom Ford Lips & Boys (available at Neiman Marcus and Nordstromare YOU in love with?

xx and much more soon,

--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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Sunday, December 28, 2014

Video: December 2014 Favorites



I am thrilled to present my December 2014 Favorites Video...a collection of carefully selected skincare, makeup and other lovely gems.  I hope you enjoy the show ; ) 

Kindly scroll on for the video, product breakdown and Bottom Line...


Above: All of my favorites for December! 
Products Discussed:

(1) SK-II Facial Treatment Essence Red Flower...review HERE 








(10) Zelens Age Control...review HERE 










(20) Aerin Rose Lip Balm...review HERE 

(21) Tom Ford Lips and Boys--Luca, Flynn and Julian...available at Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus and reviewed HERE and HERE





Bottom Line: Thanks so much for watching this video...I welcome your questions and comments! What are some of your favorites for December?

A fresh eye look tutorial and Favorites of 2014 videos are in the works and I am also in the midst of  responding to all of your lovely comments and emails...thanks for your patience ; ) 

xoxo,

--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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Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas + Boxing Day Recommendations

Above: Our official Christmas "card."  I am wearing the Surratt Lipslique in Eglantine (reviewed HERE).
Dearest Beauty Professor Readers:

I hope your Christmas Day was all sorts of lovely, brimming over with friends and family and the joy of the season!  We celebrated with my family both on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and closed the evening with a screening of Into the Woods.  Steven Sondheim's command of the English language never ceases to amaze me. What did you do?!  Now that we're facing the plethora of sales that take us through the New Year, I am excited to share a modest collection of shopping suggestions, based on products by which I am currently enchanted. 

Kindly scroll on for more details, images and major sale rundown as well as the Bottom Line...

Above: My first two "Lips & Boys"--the baby pink Flynn and soft coral Luca.
First up, after a nearly month long hiatus, the Tom Ford Lips & Boys limited edition lipsticks are now available at NordstromNeiman Marcus, Bloomindale's and Bergdorf Goodman.  I am loving the four shades currently in my collection: Flynn (thoroughly reviewed HERE), Luca (reviewed HERE), Julian (reviewed HERE) and Collin.  Sabrina at The Beauty Look Book has a gorgeous array of swatches and, for those of you interested in closeups of the aformentioned four, I hope the subsequent swatches are helpful for those of you seeking to order these dainty gems! 
Above: Luca and Flynn have a soft pearl shimmer and plenty of pigmentation...a combination that leaves the lip positively glowing! 
Above: Applying Flynn...I must admit, I ordered a back up of this gorgeous light pink.
Above: The purple-meets-mauve Julian and the soft, warm rose Collin.
Above: Swatches of Collin and Julian in direct sunlight.
Above: Wearing Julian on Christmas Eve day (nothing like some last minute gift procurement) with my brother, Seth...PCH was utterly stunning.
Above: My lastest favorite physical sunscreen by Radical Skincare.
Next, if you are in the market for sunscreen, I must quickly recommend Radical Skincare Skin Perfecting Screen SPF 30 (available at Barney's NY and Sephora).  This completely PHYSICAL sunscreen is ultra light with a glowing finish that evens and protects skin without creating flashback.  I am always in pursuit of non-chemical sunscreen options and am delighted to have discovered this treasure...full review soon!
Above: The full ingredients list. 
Above: A swatch of the luminescent--yet highly effective--Radical Skin Perfecting Screen.
Above: The delicate pink + opal powders of the Clé de Peau Beauté Cheek Color Duo in #3. 
If you are in the mood for a fresh take on blush, may I recommend the Clé de Peau Beauté Cheek Color Duo in #3, a soft peachy pink and luminous white highlighter combination for a completely ethereal visage.   I am smitten by the natural flush of the tender pink blush and the pearly white illuminator is invaluable for the high points of the face. This pairing is both chic and utilitarian and I look forward to featuring it in a future FOTD. 

Above: A swatch of the Clé de Peau Beauté Cheek Color Duo in #3...Loren Stewart Itsy ID Bracelet + Cartier Love Bracelet ever in the background.
Above: The marvelous Sulwhasoo Luminature Essential Finisher...a last step to solidify all previous layers. 
In terms of skincare, I have been experimenting with the Sulwhasoo Luminature Essential Finisher for the last couple of weeks.  This formula is intended to be the "last step" to seal in all previous layers of skincare while simultaneously increasing clarity and luminosity.  I have been using it right after my beloved Peau Vierge (swatched HERE) and am impressed by its ability to keep my skin balanced and comfortable while extending the wear of my makeup...intriguing, indeed. 
Above: I cannot get over how much these Amaryllis flowers (gifted to us by our dear next door neighbor) resemble those of the Red Flower Limited Edition. 
Above: The SK-II Red Flower Pitera Essence Set...a perfect foray into the wonders of the SK-II line. 
Just in time for the winter season, SK-II has released a limited edition Red Flower Pitera Essence Set (also reviewed HERE).  This compact kit features the legendary Facial Treatment Essence (I use this daily and am so pleased with its effects on my skin...further reviewed HERE) as well as the refining Clear Lotion and a magical Facial Treatment Mask.  This set is an excellent option for those looking to try the very best from the wildly effective SK-II line. 
Above: The Facial Treatment Essence also comes in a 7.3 oz bottle that features the LE floral design...gorgeous inside and out. 
Above: The Chanel Rouge Double Intensite Ultra Wear Lip Colour in #57 Darling Pink (swatched HERE)...finally a light shade in this formula! 
If you haven't yet explored the beauty of the Chanel Revarie Parissienne Spring 2015 Collection, I implore you, at minimum to take a peek at the limited edition lip color (also fully swatched and discussed HERE).  Currently available at Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Saks and Bloomindale's, this lush collection features some of the prettiest pinks ever...standouts for me include the nude pink Rouge Double Intensite Ultra Wear Lip Colour in #57 Darling Pink and candy pink Rouge Allure in #154 Badine.  I highly suggest tracking these down before they sell out! 

Above: New shades from Chanel, Girlactik and Tom Ford...oh my.
Above: Happy Shopping!  In this image, I am wearing the new Zelens Age Control Foundation in Beige (swatched and reviewed HERE) and cannot say enough good things about this gorgeous formula! I also have my eye on the Zelens Lip Enhancer and Lip Glaze.
Other magnificent deals I'll be perusing online include:
**Also, my Cyber Monday guide from last month is packed with curated clothing choices that are still in stock (at time of publishing) should you be looking for specific garment inspiration ; ) 

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Bottom Line: I hope you found this Boxing Day overview useful...what do you have YOUR eye on during the sales?  Any new Hanukkah/Christmas presents that you are thrilled about?

I am working on responding to all of your lovely comments and emails over the next couple of days...thank you for being so supportive and communicative.

Good things ahead including a video tutorial of the illustrious Le Metier de Beaute Obsidian Odyssey Eye Kaleidoscope (reviewed HERE...I simply cannot stop wearing this!), December Favorites and Favorites of 2014!

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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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Zelens Age Control Foundation Review + Swatches of Every Shade

Above: Zelens Age Control Foundation...marvelous on every level imaginable. 
As we are on the cusp of Christmas Eve, I couldn't let another day go by without detailing my experience with the Zelens Age Control Foundation (intially mentioned HERE).  Those of you who read Beauty Professor on a regular basis know that I have an insatiable appetite for foundation and, although I have procured many incredible formulas over the past few months (discussed HERE,  HERE and HERE), am always on the hunt for the next great formula.  Enter Zelens...predominantly known for its impeccable skincare, the color collection (which also includes blush, concealer and lip products) was recently released and is exclusively available at Barney's NY.  After receiving many questions about the Age Control formula from readers who know I am constantly in pursuit of the latest foundations, I finally ordered shade Beige from Barney's NY and couldn't be happier with my decision.  

Kindly scroll on for more details, swatches of every shade and images of the Zelens Age Control Foundation in action...

Above: Package "back matter."
With buildable medium to full coverage, the Zelens Age Control Foundation is brimming with skincare-grade ingredients to actively fight the visible signs of aging (e.g., slack skin and fine lines) and even skin to the point of perfection.  A single pump is all that is necessary to cover my entire visage (I prefer application with a damp Beauty Blender); the pigmentation is utterly astounding.

The finish is difficult to describe in a single word...intially, it appears fairly matte, but after a minute or two, it melds to the skin in the most natural manner; it looks multidimensional rather than flat yet I don't need to set it with powder.  Although it lacks any obvious shimmer, my skin takes on a healthy glow that increases in radiance (but not oil) as the hours pass.  My face feels comfortable, balanced and healthy over the course of wear.

That being said, this foundation also boasts insane longevity.  In the five or six times I've worn it thus far, I have experienced 8-9 hours of flawless, touch up-free wear.  Truly, the lasting power is exceptional and, in my opinion, rivaled only by the Tom Ford Traceless Perfecting foundation.

Those with sensitive skin can wear this formula with confidence...it has a light fragrance that dissipates quickly and the cruelty-free, paraben-free line ensures that the highest quality components are included for maximum efficacy.  My extremely sensitive skin hasn't had a single adverse reaction during my trial with this formula! 
Above: The full ingredients list. 
Above: The Zelens Age Control Foundation comes in a glass 
The Zelens Age Control Foundation comes in five shades; although I belive that many in the light to medium-dark range (@N 15-N 40) will find a match, I hope that additional shades on both sides of the spectrum will be released in the future to accomodate a greater span of skin tones.  I found my best match in Beige, which may be a touch dark for me by late January.  That being said, I don't think I will reach a light enough state to make Cream work so I might mitigate the potential darkness of Beige with a drop of a paler shade. All in all, Beige brings a healthy radiance to the face!

I was delighted to see that the shades in both the Age Control formula and its lighter, sheerer sister, the Zelens Youth Glow Foundation are consistent; in other words, if you are a "Beige" in Age Control, you most certainly will be "Beige" in Youth Glow...accolades for continuity! 

Shade Descriptions (per my experience only):
  • Cameo: Very light beige for fair skin with neutral undertones (@N/NC/NW 10-15)
  • Cream: Light beige for fair to light skin with neutral to yellow undertones (@N/NC 20)
  • Porcelain: Light beige for fair to light skin with neutral to rosy undertones (@N/NW 20)
  • Beige: Light-medium beige for medium skin with neutral undertones (@N/NC/NW 25-30) **There is a large jump from Porcelain to Beige and another substantial leap from Beige to Tan
  • Tan: Medium-dark beige for darker skin with neutral to warm undertones (@N/NC/NW 35-40)

zelens age control foundation swatches
Above: Swatches in direct sunlight.
zelens age control foundation swatches
Above: Swatches with a flash.
zelens age control foundation swatches
Above: Swatches in outdoor shade.
zelens youth glow foundation swatches
Above: Zelens Youth Glow Foundation in direct sunlight.
zelens youth glow foundation swatches
Above: Youth Glow Foundation swatches with a flash.
zelens youth glow foundation swatches
Above: Youth Glow Swatches in outdoor shade.
The images below reflect the Zelens Age Control Foundation in Beige in various lighting situations...

Above: In outdoor lighting without a flash.
Products Used:
Above: In outdoor lighting with a flash. 
Above: In outdoor shade with a flash...the flashback is minimal, no?
Above: In direct sunlight without a flash.
Above: Much closer than I prefer...but it best depicts the virtually invisible texture on skin! 
Above: Outdoor lighting without a flash.
Above: Outdoor lighting with a flash.

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Bottom Line: If you are an unapologetic foundation-phile (as I am), then the Zelens Age Control Foundation is an absolute must.  From its incredible, skin-friendly ingredients and gorgeous medium to full (yet entirely natural) coverage to its protective barrier against enviornmental assaults and wildly impressive lasting power, this formula has quickly catapulted into a prominent position in my foundation rotation.  Perhaps it will be the gift that you have yet to receive this week ; ) 

Consequently, I highly recommend it! If you are looking to order by phone, I suggest calling Barney's Beverly Hills (310) 276-4400 and asking for Bryce at the Zelens counter...he is excellent!

Good things ahead including my Favorites of 2014, a video tutorial and some new additions to my collection!

Have a very Merry Christmas + blessings to you and your loved ones...xx,

--The Beauty Professor

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