|Above: New mid-January beauty product procurements!|
Happy weekend, lovely readers! I am excited to share some of my latest beauty procurements--8 to be exact--and, while this won't be a comprehensive review of each, there should be enough details (and swatches!) present to convey a realistic experience with each.
Kindly scroll on for more details, swatches, images of the products in action as well as the Bottom Line...
|Above: Sephora + NARS VIB Rouge|
First up, a brief overview of the latest Sephora birthday gift for VIB Rouge members (a status about which I am simultaneously proud and sheepish). It includes a mini (though still sizable) versions of the following products:
- NARS Larger Than Life Long Wear Eyeliner in Via Veneto, a rich black that is perfect for the waterline.
- NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Rikugien, a shimmering mid-toned rose
- NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella, an opaque and neutral classic red
All in all, I love the gift...all three products are wearable, substantially proportioned minis that exceeded my expectations!
|Above: Swatches of NARS Via Veneto, Rikugien and Cruella in direct sunlight.|
|Above: Products of the post!|
(1) Onto the other products...I had a reader recently ask me on my YouTube channel what my thoughts were regarding the Astalift Foundation. Of course, being the foundation-phile that I am, I was instantly intrigued with a foundation I had yet to encounter, so I tracked it down (via eBay) and promptly ordered it. Created by the beauty division of Fuji Film, this formula is designed to self-adust to different lighting situations, giving the illusion of perfected skin in every context.
|Above: The mystical unicorn of foundation? Astalift Light Analyzing Moisture Foundation...glad I was able to track it down.|
The foundation offers seamless medium to full coverage in a single pump. Additionally, the skin-like finish that gets ever so satiny in a few hours is just breathtaking. I feel like this foundation really "sets" on my face and, after trying it a couple of times, can confirm that the lasting power is stupendous...well over 8 hours of flawless and comfortable wear. What could possibly be the caveat, then? Availability...it appears that the British retailers (namely, Selfridge's) that seemed to carry this line last year have since inexplicably stopped, and I could only order it from a private seller (in the UK) on eBay. I had read that the shades run quite light and that the darkest shade, Caramel, was close to a NC 25-27 (yes, the shades run that light). Lo and behold, Caramel is a perfect match for my skin and I am definitely a light-medium in most foundation formulas. I absolutely adore this foundation and, due to its virtual absence in the Western Hemisphere, am a bit hesitant to even discuss it. That being said, perhaps my international Beauty Professor readers can shed some light on how/where to track this gem down!
|Above: Becca Lowlight/Highlight Perfecting Palette...excellent for light-medium skin tones.|
(2) While reordering some staples at Sephora (I can't get enough cotton pads), I perused the new arrivals and was intrigued by the lastest contouring product by Becca...the Lowlight/Highlight Perfecting Palette. In images, it reminded me of the Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate (due to its cream texture) but the shades looked different enough to justify a purchase.
|Above: The full ingredients list.|
The lowlight cream is a slightly warm tan (lighter in depth than the Tom Ford version)...it doesn't oxidize orange and is sheer enough for maximum blendability. Whereas the Tom Ford illuminate portion is a translucent pearly white glimmer, the pigmented highlighting strip in the Becca palette is definitely a rose-gold-beige-champagne tone. I like how silky both creams feel when applied to the skin and I appreciate the variation in tones, thereby mitigating redundancy in my collection! Simply beautiful.
|Above: Swatches of the Becca Lowlight/Highlight Perfecting Palette.|
|Above: Floral, green and musky while still infinitely clean...Aerin Waterlily Sun.|
(3) In terms of fragrance, I have become utterly smitten by the uplifting elixir otherwise known as *Aerin Waterlily Sun. It is a lush, clean and warm floral that is grounded by a sophisticated air of musk. It is a perfectly befitting scent for the transitional months ahead (Spring!!) and its intoxicating notes have me sniffing my wrist on a regular basis.
|Above: Swatches of all shades of the Giorgio Armani Fluid Eye Color.|
(4) I was at Neiman Marcus earlier this week (the new beauty floor at the Beverly Hills store is on the cusp of opening and, I might add, is INSANELY breathtaking...more on this soon enough) and was beguiled by the freshly released Giorgio Armani Fluid Eye Color (also available at Nordstrom). After a hasty swatching session (illustrated above), I found myself heading home with #10 Senso and #11 Rose Ashes...a glorious pairing of warm neutrals that work well for an everyday eye. The formula boasts 16 hours of blendable, creasesless wear and I am happy to say that, so far, my experience has aligned with such claims. I like to apply with the doe foot applicator and blend out with a little eyeshadow brush. The color is sheer but pigmented and buildable and takes on a nearly texturless gossamer finish once it sets on the eyes. More on this sublime combination soon!
|Above: #10 Senso is a rich bronzy brown and #11 Rose Ashes is a creamy golden beige with a pink shift...stunning!|
|Above: Swatches of Rose Ashes and Senso in direct sunlight...complex and lovely, no?|
|Above: The new Laura Mercier Paint Wash Liquid Lip Color in Petal Pink and Golden Peach...magnifique!|
(5) Fascinated by the pigmented, creamy matte finish of the new Laura Mercier Paint Wash Liquid Lip Color, I promptly ordered the lightest two shades...Golden Peach and Petal Pink. The texture is extremely smooth, and, despite its semi-matte finish, I am wildly pleased with the fact that the non-sticky formula keeps lips moisturized for hours. Golden Peach is soft peachy pink with a shimmery finish and Petal Pink is a rich and creamy light mauve pink...I love them alone and worn together and the unique texture and finish make me glad that I procured them!
|Above: Swatches of both shades in direct sunlight.|
|Above: Golden Peach alone on the lips.|
|Above: Charlotte Tilbury Nude Kate.|
(6) My love affair with Charlotte Tilbury was recently furthered when I picked up the K.I.S.S.I.N.G. Lipstick in Nude Kate, a netural, slightly pale beige. It is lighter than B*Perfect and peachier than Penelope Pink I love wearing this lush formula over a pink lipliner...it is neutral and flattering and ever so easy to wear. Marvelous, indeed.
|Above: A swatch of Charlotte Tilbury Nude Kate in direct sunlight.|
(7) My foray into the Zelens color collection has been a divine enterprise thus far...the Age-Control Foundation and Lip Enhancer are now staples in my routine and I have equal adoration for the Zelens Lip Glaze in Rose. This nourishing formula is heavenly on the lips..long lasting but not overly sticky and the Rose shade is the quintessential, semi-opaque baby pink. A worthy indulgence, to be sure.
|Above: Swatches of all five Zelens Lip Glaze Shades...clockwise from top...Rose, Coral, Rouge, Pink and Nude.|
|Above: Charlotte, Laura and Zelens...I never tire of new lip color!|
|Above: Koh Gen Do Cheek Color in PK 02...subtlety at its best.|
(8) Finally, I have been loving the subtle effect of the *Koh Gen Do Cheek Color in PK 02, a restrained warm pink. Despite its lack of shimmer, it somehow manages to brighten the face and deliver a radiance that belies its muted appearance. Buffed onto the skin, it becomes one with the cheeks and wears evenly for hours...another treasure from the venerable Koh Gen Do line.
|Above: Koh Gen Do Cheek Color in PK 02 swatched in direct sunlight.|
The following images reflect most of the products discussed in action, namely the:
- Astalift Light Analyzing Moisture Foundation in Caramel...wish I could link to this but alas, it is currently MIA on the Internet.
- A touch of Charlotte Tilbury Bronze and Glow (for subtle contour)...reviewed HERE
- The highlight portion of the Becca Highlight/Lowlight Perfecting Palette...along high points of face
- Koh Gen Do Cheek Color in PK 02 on apples of cheeks
- A wash of Giorgio Armani Fluid Eye Color in #11 Rose in Ashes (applied with fingers and blended out for luminosity)...available at Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom
- Laura Mercier Paint Wash Liquid Lip Color in Golden Peach
...for a no makeup makeup look
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Bottom Line: I hope your weekend is off to a marvelous start and that you enjoyed this preliminary overview of some of my most recent beauty procurements! I plan more in-depth reviews of many of these gems in the coming weeks. In the meanwhile, I hope my swatches and brief descriptions have been useful.
Good things ahead, including a close-up of the mod 1960's-inspired Estee Lauder + Lisa Perry gift bag (a Neiman Marcus exclusive), an inevitable IMATS LA haul recap (headed there tomorrow...any BP readers scheduled to attend the same day?) and a FOTD or two!
What new products have YOU procured as of late?
Still working my way through your lovely comments and emails ; )
--The Beauty Professor
** Some PR samples provided for review (denotated by an asterik...the rest purchased by me), however, as always, all of my opinions are expressly and unequivocally my own.
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