Tuesday, June 30, 2015

FOTD: Chic Beauty + a Fresh Take on the Classic Low Ponytail

Above: Products that hold up incredibly well in summertime humidity.
Happy last day of June!  The summer humidity is in full force, causing me to constantly pursue new ways to get my hair off of my neck.  Consequently, I am excited to share a hairstyle upon which I've been heavily relying...the three-braid ponytail.  Less conventional than the typical pony and exceedingly more unique than a single braid, this incredibly easy style is apropos for medium to long hair of any texture, requires no special styling tools or products and works just as well on freshly-washed hair as it does on a third day mane!

Kindly scroll on for more details, a full accompanying beauty look and the Bottom Line...

Above: A three-braid low ponytail...sleek and unexpected and, best of all, cooling in the summertime heat. My Free People Whitney Bra is marvelous for backless numbers.
Creating this three-braid ponytail is truly as easy as one-two-three (couldn't resist!)...

(1) Part hair (I prefer a middle part for symmetry) and brush it until smooth and managable. 

(2) Gather hair into a secure low ponytail and fasten with an elastic.

(3) Divide ponytail into three sections and braid each section, fastening with elastics.  I opted for a classic braid, but a fishtail etc. will also work!

Above: Chic beauty that performs as stunningly as it looks.
In terms of beauty, I opted for a glowing, full-coverage canvas and warm contour, slightly smoky eyes and a shiny nude pout.  The resulting look reminded me of the aesthetic from one of my favorite books and films, Jacqueline Susann's Valley of the Dolls and so I opted to photograph the products used on original images from the wardrobe department of the production.  Patty Duke's portrayal of the high-strung, intensely-talented Neely is, alone, worth the 2 hour view time!

Products Used:
Above: The Surratt Beauty Relevee Lash Curler + Guerlain MaxiLash So Volume Mascara make for a formidable, lush lash pairing.
Above: The Votre Vu Arch de Triumphe Brow Definer in Fair 
Above: The velvety texture of Burberry Bloom in Purple Tulip melds into the skin for a "flushed from within" look.
Above: Swatches of all products in outdoor lighting.
Above: A delicate nude lip, courtesy of the La Prairie Cellular Luxe Lip Enhancer + Charlotte Tilbury Lip Lustre in Seduction
The following images reflect all products in action in various lighting situations...

Above: Last look.
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Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this FOTD and hairstyle post! My current summertime schedule is allowing me more opportunities to experiment and I have a host of hairstyle posts in the works ; ) 

Good things ahead, including a closeup of my pics from the new Charlotte Tilbury x Norman Parkinson Collection (previewed HERE), a round of new product procurements, a June Favorites video and an obscene amount of Guerlain

What is inspiring YOU as of late?


--The Beauty Professor

** PR sample provided for review denoted by an asterisk (the rest purchased by me),  however, as always, all of my opinions are expressly and unequivocally my own. 
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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Up Close with Kate Somerville + Summertime Style

Above: At the exposition of my adventure at the Kate Somerville Clinic.
Earlier this week, we had the pleasure of attending an intimate afternoon with Kate Somerville at the Kate Somerville Clinic (discussed in depth HERE).  Surrounded by gorgeous environs and a surplus of expertise, the luncheon, presentation and subsequent Q and A session yielded a wealth of skincare knowledge!

Kindly scroll on for more details on the event, as well as style + beauty details and the Bottom Line...
Above: Kate discussing the many merits of her freshly-launched Age Arrest Anti-Wrinkle Serum.
Above: The latest releases from Kate Somerville.
Although she candidly discussed a myraid of current skincare-related topics, from red light facials to dermaplaning, Kate focused most specifically on her line's three latest releases:

(1) Nourish Hydrating Firming Mist: This lush spray offers immediate hydration and is perfect to set makeup, deliver a mid-day refresher or enliven the senses when plagued with fatigue.  The formula is packed with active ingredients that revive the skin from the inside out...great to keep in your handbag, gym bag and car! 

ADDITIONAL DETAILS: Deliver an instant surge of hydration to your skin with Kate’s refreshing Nourish Hydrating Firming Mist.The weightless, alcohol-free formula contains the powerful anti-wrinkle ingredient Matrixyl 3000TM, which is clinically proven to lift and firm skin while reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles. Extracts of Beet Root, Algae, Ginger and Green Tea combine to hydrate, nourish, tone and firm skin, while Montmorillonite Clay helps detoxify and refine pores. Hints of aromatic Lavender and Orange Essential Oils help you relax and de-stress. Gently mist skin before applying serums and moisturizers, or throughout the day to refresh and restore a youthful, dewy glow. 
  • Instantly hydrates the skin for up to 24 hours
  • Supports collagen synthesis to reduce the appearance of wrinkles
  • Improves skin firmness and elasticity Refines the appearance of pores Alcohol-free formula
  • Clinically tested to be safe for sensitive skin

  • MATRIXYLTM 3000 reduces the look of fine lines and helps promote healthy-looking skin
  • Natural BEET ROOT EXTRACT provides immediate and long-lasting hydration for up to 24 hours to visibly improve skin smoothness and suppleness
  • A rare BLUE-GREENALGAE EXTRACT, harvested from the Pacific Northwest,is rich in nutrients,amino acids andVitamins B, C & E to help improve skin elasticity and firmness
  • GINGER and GREEN TEA EXTRACTS contain antioxidants to protect against harmful free radicals
  • MONTMORILLONITE CLAY has detoxifying properties that help refine pores and remove excess sebum 
(2) Prime Protection Dual Action Primer (reviewed HERE): Silky smooth with fine line and pore blurring powers, this primer also offers broad-spectrum SPF 15 without a pesky white cast or heavy feeling (Kate says it's her 13 year old son's favorite product in her line!) and its ability to look matte while simultaneously reflecting light is commendable. 

ADDITIONAL DETAILS: Prime and protect in a single step! Kate’s luxurious skin-perfecting primer creates a flawless canvas for your makeup while protecting against the sun’s harmful rays.The lightweight, non-greasy formula is infused with an Advanced Moisture Complex to glide on gracefully and prep skin for seamless makeup application. Advanced Light Diffusing Technology blurs imperfections, minimizes the appearance of pores and creates a soft-focus effect, while Broad Spectrum SPF 15 protects against the sun’s harmful UVA & UVB rays. It also combines Matrixyl 3000TM with nourishing Shiitake Extract to visibly reduce the appearance of fine lines while stimulating the production of collagen and elastin.This soft, silky primer dries to a flattering matte finish, leaving skin luminous, youthful and glowing. 

  • Smoothes out skin’s surface and blurs imperfections to create a flawless canvas for your makeup
  • Locks in the hydration of your serum and moisturizer 
  • Provides age-defying sun protection
  • Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles


  • LIGHT DIFFUSING TECHNOLOGY helps blur imperfections, minimizes the appearance of pores and creates a flattering soft- focus effect.
  • ADVANCED MOISTURE COMPLEX smoothes skin’s surface and seals the hydration of your serum and moisturizer.
  • BROAD SPECTRUM SPF 15 shields skin against harmful UVA & UVA rays.
  • MATRIXYL 3000TM, an age-defying Peptide, visibly reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
  • SHIITAKE EXTRACT helps combat the degradation of collagen and elastin. 
(3) Age Arrest Anti-Wrinkle Serum: The lastest formula in the massively popular Age Arrest line, this serum uses Telo-5TM technology to transform the way the skin behaves on a cellular level.

ADDITIONAL DETAILS: Rescue skin from the signs of aging and help protect against pollution with this advanced renewing serum. It is powered by revolutionary Telo-5TM Technology, based on Nobel Prize*- winning science designed to combat the comprehensive signs of aging and deliver a firmer, younger-looking complexion.  This luxuriously lightweight serum is made with powerful Tetrapeptides to help boost the production of collagen and elastin. Marine Extracts, such as Sea Mayweed and Laminaria Kelp, help diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, while Sea Whip Extract and Algae Plasma help soothe sensitive skin. It is also formulated with Thiotaine, a powerful pollution solution that helps protect against environmental aggressors. 

  • Dramatically reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles Improves the overall look of skin firmness
  • Helps protect skin against pollution
  • Provides immediate and long-lasting hydration
  • Clinically tested to be safe for sensitive skin


  • POWERFUL TETRAPEPTIDE helps boost the production of collagen and elastin
  • SEA MAYWEED EXTRACT immediately reduces the appearance of expression lines, while fermented LAMINARIA KELP EXTRACT works synergistically with skin’s natural HYALURONIC ACID to help diminish the appearance of wrinkles.
  • THIOTAINE, a potent Antioxidant, helps protect against pollution A proprietary blend of SEA WHIP EXTRACT and ALGAE PLASMA 
Above: Kate Somerville + BP.
Above: BP Assistant Laura + BP, directly following the event.
Above: My lipmix...Edward Bess Lasting Kiss Lipstain in Au Naturel + Tom Ford Nude Vanille.
The blissful summertime weather of the afternoon inspired me to embrace an easy, pared down look...a swingy black shift, flat gladiator sandals, and an effortless fringed bag worked well with a bronzy nude (what else?!) look. 

Products Worn
Style Details:
  • Topshop High Apex Slip Dress (also mentioned HERE): I have this dress in two different fabrics and simply cannot get enough of its classic, streamlined swing.  It's affordable and timeless...a divine combination.
  • Figtree Gladiator Sandals: Leather, laden with laces and ever so au courant, these genius flats have a hidden zipper in the back, impressively increasing their comfort quotient!
  • Seth Wegter Bags Fringe Bag: My latest Seth Wegter bags procurement, this fringe wonder (also more clearly pictured HERE) is roomy and wondrous on every level.
Gucci Magnetic Color Shadow Quad in Crystal Copper
Above: The Gucci Magnetic Color Shadow Quad in Crystal Copper.
Gucci Magnetic Color Shadow Quad Crystal Copper swatches
Above: Swatches of the Gucci Magnetic Color Shadow Quad in Crystal Copper.
Above: Softly bronzed eyes, even, demi-matte skin and rosy nude lips...oh, and an absurd amount of mascara
Above: Warm weather makeup that is virtually touch up free. 
Above: An easy take on summertime style...these gladiator sandals have a hidden zipper in the back, making them much easier to put on and take off than one might imagine ; )  
Above: Black on black on black...
Above: Thanks for another lovely experience, Kate Somerville.
Above: Summertime in LA...one never grows tired of the bountiful palm trees!
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Bottom Line:  I hope you enjoyed this convergence of skincare and style (Topshop, by the way, is having a massive sale this weekend) and would love to know which Kate Somerville products (available at Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Sephora) have a place in YOUR regular routine!  I, for one, use the Nourish Hydrating Firming Mist frequently and can't wait to continue experimenting with the Prime Protection Dual Action Primer as the summer heat continues.

Good things ahead, including a hair-centric piece, a fresh FOTD and a host of new product procurements!  Also, working my way through responding to your lovely comments and emails now that I've finally adjusted to my new schedule; thanks for your patience!  

Finally, in case you missed it, the entire overview of the Charlotte Tilbury x Norman Parkinson Collection can be viewed HERE

xx and have a beautiful Saturday,

--The Beauty Professor

** PR sample provided for review denoted by an asterisk (the rest purchased by me),  however, as always, all of my opinions are expressly and unequivocally my own. 
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Friday, June 26, 2015

Charlotte Tilbury x Norman Parkinson Collection...Available NOW!

charlotte tilbury x norman parkinson collection
A quintessential blend of gorgeous makeup emblazoned with iconic images, the Charlotte Tilbury x Norman Parkinson Collection is now available on charlottetilbury.com.  I have professed my love for this stunning beauty line many times over (HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE) and, completely drawn in by the allure of glowy skin, pinky nude lips and an homage to fashion photography of days gone by, I couldn't help but order a few key pieces this morning!

Kindly scroll on for more images, details on the collection and retailer release dates as well as my personal picks and the Bottom Line...

Before delving into the beauty that is the makeup, here is some contextual information on the collaboration; it's these kinds of details that make this collection that much more intriguing for me:

Capturing the DNA of Norman Parkinson – A collaboration is born...

“I have always been fascinated and inspired by the incredible work of Norman Parkinson. He is a legendary photographer that, in the fashion world, we turn to again and again. As a makeup artist, I share a library of classic visual references with the photographers, creative directors and stylists that I work with on shoots and shows. Norman Parkinson’s work is part of this heritage and is so often featured on the visual moodboards that I create for beauty concepts and behind the scenes. As such, I often post Norman Parkinson images on my Instagram account. His grandson Jake is a close friend of mine and after following my posts, approached me with the opportunity to visit the Parkinson archive. After visiting the gallery of 750,000 negatives and 3,000 original prints, we came up with the idea of creating a limited edition line in homage to his grandfather’s incredible body of work. It is a dream come true to feature his images on this series of compacts and makeup bags. It is something that I never thought would be possible, to feature so many iconic images on my products. I’m so proud of how each piece looks - like covetable vintage compacts that you can be proud to use in public. The makeup bags are like carrying around a mini piece of art in the clutch of your hands. With the collaboration of the archive, we knew that we would honour Parkinson in the best light possible. I’m incredibly proud to be celebrating one of the fashion greats in this way, and bringing his work to life for a new millennial generation.” Charlotte Tilbury

About Norman Parkinson:
Norman Parkinson was active for over 50 years and instrumental in taking portrait and fashion photography beyond the stiff formality of his predecessors, injecting an easy and casual elegance into his images. His impulsive and unstructured style changed forever the static, posed approach to fashion photography, while his enchanting, idiosyncratic persona charmed his sitters and projected an alluring and glamorous public image. He was an eccentric artist, a people person, spontaneous and creative, and has left an indelible mark on the great photographers of today, such as Mario Testino and Tim Walker.  Norman Parkinson worked with every iconic beauty imaginable between the 1930s-80s and on seminal fashion shoots from Pirelli Calendars to Vogue covers, collaborating with visionaries including Grace Coddington and Audrey Withers.  Some of Parkinson’s muses: Jerry Hall, Carmen Dell’Orefice, Audrey Hepburn, Ava Gardner, Sophia Loren, Charlotte Rampling, the British Royal Family (Queen Mother, Princess Anne & Queen Elizabeth all in Royal Blue), Jean Shrimpton, David Bowie, Mick Jagger, Bryan Ferry, Iman, Twiggy, Vanessa Redgrave, Jean Seberg, Joan Collins, Linda Evangelista, Carolina Herrera, Vivien Leigh and Isabella Rossellini.

Bottling the Youth-Enhancing Light Alchemy of his Lens:

“With this collection, I not only wanted to immortalise Norman Parkinson in makeup form, but also capture the DNA of his vision of beauty: he was an alchemist with light, capturing the sun and the differing effects of mood-lighting on the skin in a really unique way. He also had a beautiful sensibility for colour. He knew exactly how to play with different effects of colour and light in order to create the most beautiful images. Makeup artists use the same concept of colour and light to re-work the facial framework and create a beautiful face on a photo shoot. With this product range, you can literally paint your face in Parkinson’s youth-enhancing light every day. I wanted everyone to feel touched by the magic of his lens!” Charlotte Tilbury 
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The limited-edition collection itself consists of:
  • Two Matte Revolution Lipsticks in Miss 1975 Red (a rich, neutral red) and Miss Kensington (a pale, pinky nude cream).  
  • Official details

    MATTE REVOLUTION LIPSTICK: Charlotte Tilbury breaks new ground with Matte Revolution, the matte lipstick of the future. This unique formula is enriched with new-generation 3D glowing pigments for lips that look lit-from- within and an optical ‘matte-trick’ to create the appearance of wider, fuller lips. Enriched with orchid extract for antioxidant, SPF protection and hydration and seed extracts from “The Lipstick Tree,” a plant extract first brought to market by Charlotte Tilbury, Matte Revolution does not dry the lips and stays put, unlike most other matte lipsticks. It has the feel of a nourishing balm but is power-packed with pigments for a high-performance finish that enables you to build up colour from a stain to a full block of pigment.
    Available in:
    • *1975 Red this classic 70s sunset red embodies the fun, naughty, glamourous time of the era. It is inspired by
      Jerry Hall shot on Montego Bay. This was Jerry Hall’s first Vogue cover and this year marks its 40th anniversary. The tone of this Lichtenstein Pop Art shade is made relevant for today with a modern, fresh and chic matte texture. Partner it with bronzed skin and a summer glow.
    • *Miss Kensington – this shade is inspired by the quintessentially English “haughty but naughty” look of swinging 60s Chelsea & Kensington. It’s a pretty English rose pink that works well on fairer skin tones and perfectly encapsulates that era but with the most up-to-date, long-lasting formulas. 
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  • Two makeup bags in vinyl, the perfect "toss in your beach bag" material! 
  • Official details

    (1) ON CALL’ MAKEUP BAG: The perfect makeup bag to house your summer collection, featuring the iconic Jerry Hall image from Jamaica: Love At First Sight...A Holiday Romance.  JERRY HALL, shot on Montego Bay, Jamaica

    “This is a reference that I return to again and again. Jerry has long been a global beauty icon with her pools of crystal blue eyes, luscious lips and flowing golden locks, and I really wanted to celebrate her as a Parkinson muse. Parkinson’s ability to capture light hugely influences how I think about makeup. As an artist, a lot of my tricks start with a play on light and dark to enhance and re-shape the facial framework. This new cream texture contouring palette is inspired by the natural fall of sun light and shade on one’s face and can help you cheat what I call glowing Holiday Skin, every day.” Charlotte Tilbury 

    (2) THE BATHING BEAUTY BAG: The Bathing Beauty bag has two inner pockets and a waterproof vinyl finish. 

    “I have always loved this image – it’s classic 1970s Norman Parkinson glamour. At the time, shooting in the Soviet Union was prohibited, so Parkinson shot Jerry in secret on the edge of the Black Sea, with crowds watching. The shot has an incredible composition which works perfectly on this bathing beauty clutch-come-wash bag. It’s what I call a 24 hour bag perfect to take to the beach in the summer, packed with makeup, skin and suncare, then out to dinner and to party with, and looks just as good in your bathroom the morning after. Your ideal companion to makeup, party, sleep, repeat with! I will wear it out with a dress and killer summer sandals and use it as a clutch – it’s like wearing a work of art on your arm every day.” Charlotte Tilbury 

charlotte tilbury x norman parkinson collection
Above: "On Call" makeup bag.
charlotte tilbury bathing beauty bag
Above: Bathing Beauty bag.
  • The Dreamy Glow Highlighter
  • Official details

    Transition your skin from winter to a golden summer in one easy swipe. Dreamy Glow is a soft, moodlit Youth Highlighter for “peaches and cream,” dreamy skin. It’s the perfect blend of pearl and pigment to enhance your complexion, scattering light and opalescence across your features for a youthful, soft, glow. It’s a softer, more ambient lighting effect compared to Filmstar Bronze & Glow, which has a spot-lit skin look.
    With golden, mother of pearl tones: the highlighting youth powder uses light flex technology to capture light and radiate it out across the skin for a pretty. Dreamy soft-focussed effect.
    Apply to the top of the cheekbones, down the centre of the nose and on the cupid’s bow with my Powder and Sculpt Brush for youthful, peaches and cream, glowing skin.
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  • The Color of Youth Lip and Cheek Glow
  • Official details

    The Colour of Youth blusher is the colour of love, youth and happiness. It emulates that delicate, rosy hue you see in young, innocent and fresh cheeks, but can be lost with age now with this blusher you can paint the youth back in! It looks best when it is expressed through a tint of a tan. This pretty pink hue for lips and cheeks works with all skin tones.
    • *Berry Flux Vita increases Hyaluronic Acid to moisturise the skin, protecting the epidermis from dehydration.
    • *Microfine pigment technology ensures high colour performance and a long-lasting finish.
    • *It’s creamy, blendable, weightless, hydrating glamour on the go. 
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  • Filmstar Bronze & Glow in Sun Tan and Sun Light...a cream version of the cult-classic Filmstar Bronze & Glow (powder version reviewed HERE).
  • Official details

    FILMSTAR BRONZE & GLOW IN SUN TAN & SUN LIGHT: Capture the youthful, soft-focus lens of Parkinson’s camera, giving you “Holiday Skin” – a perfect, golden glow that enhances your facial framework. Cream textures are perfect for summer they are fresher and have a dewy, natural finish.
    Modern, creamy SUN TAN BRONZER melts into the skin for a natural tan.

    • *  The formula has a natural luminous finish and coverage is light to medium.
    • *  Refined pigments give a soft-focus effect, whilst spherical polymers allow perfect blendability and
      glide for easy application.
      The warm, golden SUN LIGHT HIGHLIGHTER is an easily blendable cream, so that you can build up colour from a highlighting veil of pearl to a more dramatic metallic effect.

    • *  Soft focus pigments minimise any skin imperfections.
    • *  Apricot Oil adds moisture
    • *  A high percentage of pearls give a luminous finish for that healthy holiday bronzed glow.
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  • The Charlotte Tilbury website is also currently offering two sets--Miss 1975 and Miss Kensington--which feature a full range of the collection products (as well as permanent members of the line) to create a specific look, centered on either the sultry red Miss 1975 Red lipstick or the innocent 1960's mod pinky nude Miss Kensington shade. 
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Bottom Line: The Charlotte Tilbury x Norman Parkinson collection is currently available at charlottetilbury.com and will be available on July 9, 2015 at Bergdorf Goodman and on July 23, 2015 at NordstromNet-a-Porter and Beautylish.  

As an unapologetic nude lips and highlighter lover, I  have already ordered the Dreamy Glow HighlighterMiss Kensington lipstick and purse-sized "On-Call" Makeup Bag! Will feature closeups on BP once they arrive!

Happy Friday, lovelies...good things ahead, including a skincare-meets-style post, a hair-centric piece and a fresh FOTD...xx,

--The Beauty Professor

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