Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Video: September 2015 Skincare + Beauty Favorites

Above: September 2015 Favorites.
I am beyond thrilled to be sharing my September 2015 skincare and beauty favorites; my current lecturing schedule has definitely taken a toll on my ability to film regularly.  This week, however, I was determined to make this video and managed to successfully do so before the sun set.  I hope you enjoy watching it as much as I enjoyed creating it!

Kindly scroll on for the video, more details, additional images and swatches as well as the Bottom Line...

September Favorites:

  1. *UNITE 7 Seconds Conditioner
  2. *LiftLab Purify and Cleanse (reviewed HERE)
  3. *Mila Moursi Dual Action Serum (reviewed HERE)
  4. J Crew Mens Shirt
  5. Isabel Marant Necklace (reviewed HERE)
  6. *TEMPTUAir (reviewed HERE)
  7. Charlotte Tilbury Conceal and Treat Stick #3
  8. *Le Metier de Beaute Full Stream Kaleidoscope (reviewed HERE)
  9. *By Terry Terrybly Densiliss Contouring Compact #100 Fresh Contrast (reviewed HERE)
  10. *La Prairie Cellular Radiance Cream Blush in Plum Glow (reviewed HERE)
  11. By Terry Nail Lacquer in Goutte de Mercure
  12. *Artis Elite Linear Brush (reviewed HERE)
  13. *MustaeV Easy Kowonhye Brush Set
  14. Tom Ford AW15 Runway Color (reviewed HERE)
  15. Burberry Glow Shadow in Nude (reviewed HERE)
  16. *Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpt in Ash (reviewed HERE)
  17. *Clé de Peau Beauté Perfect Lash Mascara (reviewed HERE)
  18. Surratt Beauty Automatique Lip Crayon in Valentine (reviewed HERE)
  19. Clé de Peau Beauté Enriched Lip Luminizer in #227
  20. Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lip Color in Very Victoria (reviewed HERE)
  21. Bliss Liquified Lipstick in Mauving On Up
  22. Giorgio Armani Ecstasy Lacquer Lip Color in 503 (reviewed HERE)
  23. Christian Louboutin Silky Satin Lipstick in Tutulle (reviewed HERE)
  24. Christian Louboutin Silky Satin Lipstick in Bikini (reviewed HERE)

Above: Skincare + haircare favorites. 
Above: Complexion pefection.
Above: All about the canvas.
Above: Eyes, brows and nails. 
Above: Brushes!
Above: Lip color menagerie. 
Above (from L-R): (1) Charlotte Tilbury Very Victoria, (2) Clé de Peau Beauté #227, (3) Bliss Liquified Lip Color in Mauving On Up, (4) Christian Louboutin Tutulle, (5) Surratt Beauty Automatique Lip Crayon in Valentine, (6) Giorgio Armani Ecstasy Lacquer #503 and (7) Christian Louboutin Bikini.

Above: Last look.
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Bottom Line:  What did you think of my September Favorites?  Do we share any mutual affinity for the products discussed?  I would love to know what has been intriguing you in the past please share!

Good things ahead, including a skincare update, an Anthropologie beauty feature and a host of new product procurements...have a beautiful mid-week...xx,

--The Beauty Professor

** PR samples 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.  © 2012-15 Beautyprofessor® All Rights Reserved. Do not copy, reprint or republish content and/or photos without author's written permission.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Lipstick Queen Hello Sailor Lip Gloss + Belle Epoque Lip Balm: A Review

Above: Lipstick Queen Belle Epoque Lip Balm + Hello Sailor Lip Gloss.
Meet the latest editions to the Lipstick Queen Family: Belle Epoque Lip Balm and Hello Sailor Lip Gloss!  Ever a delight, the Lipstick Queen line (most recently reviewed HERE and HERE) always strikes the quintessential balance between whimsy and gorgeous color payoff for utterly luxe lips. 

Kindly scroll on for more details, swatches and images of the lip color in action as well as the Bottom Line...
Above: Belle Nude.
The Belle Epoque Lip Balm (also available at Space.NK, NordstromBarney's NY and Net-A-Porter) is a lovely incarnation...emollient and lush, Belle Nude doesn't impart a great deal of color (think, sheer apricot pink with no shimmer) but it makes lips look healthy with a slightly shiny, buttery finish.  I can't wait to try it with a nude lipliner like Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk for a deeper effect.  All in all, this formula is fantastic and I love that Lipstick Queen incorporated a balm into its lineup.

Official details, courtesy of Space.NK:

Belle Époque is a range of three hydrating and tinted balms that bathe the lips in nourishment and comfort, whilst adding a hint of color. Rich, non-sticky and instantly soothing, these balms are fortified with an algae extract rich in Omega 3, 6 and 9 as well as moisturizing Shea Butter and anti-oxidant Vitamin E.

With regular use, they improve moisture levels in the lips and minimize water loss thanks to Rice Lipids. A subtle hint of flattering and wearable color is the final Lipstick Queen touch for a beautifully natural lip look.

Above: The sheer pinky apricot tint of Belle Nude in direct sunlight.
Above: Hello Sailor Lip Gloss.
Sporting the same gorgeous mauve-blue tint as the original Hello Sailor Lipstick (also available at Space.NK, NordstromBarney's NY and Net-A-Porter and reviewed HERE) this distinctly non-sticky gloss is a standalone beauty.  Moisturizing and plush, I love sweeping this over bare lips for a customized cool pink wash of color.  A moment after application, it could almost appear clear, but after a few minutes, it deepens into a lovely shade that looks slightly different with each wearer's unique chemistry.  Truly stunning!

Official details, courtesy of Space.NK:

Following the phenomenal success of Hello Sailor lipstick, which first made waves back in May 2013, Poppy King introduces a new way to wear this ‘naughty-cool’ shade. New for spring 2015, Hello Sailor Lip Gloss is a sheer, shimmering and lip plumping gloss in the same head-turning and long-lasting navy sapphire shade.

Enriched with Vitamin E and natural oils to keep lips smooth, soft and hydrated, this remarkable, conditioning lip gloss has absolutely no hint of stickiness or gloop. Its texture is more akin to that of a serum, with nourishing Meadow Seed Oil, moisturizing Shea Butter, Omega 3, 6 and 9 and anti-oxidant Vitamin E for lips that feel soft and pampered. The plumping action comes from Maxi-lip, a natural peptide that stimulates collagen synthesis. As for its extraordinary topaz blue color, this morphs on the lips into a flattering pinky mauve and the additional blue pearl shimmer will make your teeth and the whites of your eyes appear whiter and brighter.
Above: A swatch of Hello Sailor in direct sunlight.
Above: The color morphs within minutes of application. 
Above: Hello Sailor Lip Gloss alone on the lips.

For the look that follows, I used:

Above: Last look.
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Bottom Line: The Lipstick Queen Belle Epoque Lip Balm and Hello Sailor Lip Gloss are comely additions to my lip color menagerie.  I've been keeping Belle Nude on my nightstand for marvelously hydrated lips while I sleep and the Hello Sailor Lip Gloss is a peerless shade of purple-meets-pink that can be hastily applied without a mirror and still look fetching.  It's had a solid place in my purse as of late! 

Good things ahead, including an Anthropologie beauty feature (use XTRAXTRA for 30% off all sale merchandise right now), a September Favorites video (!) and a skincare update, not to mention a host of new product procurements...I hope your week is off to a terrific start.


--The Beauty Professor

** PR samples 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.  © 2012-15 Beautyprofessor® All Rights Reserved. Do not copy, reprint or republish content and/or photos without author's written permission.

Monday, September 28, 2015

My Take on NYFW: An Easy and Accessible Look

Above: Products to achieve my take on NYFW.
Now that New York Fashion Week is over, it's time to ruminate on the looks that debuted.  From intense hairstyles to color-saturated canvases, the runways were a landscape for inspiration.  

Some key elements that personally resonated with me included the strategic usage of braids, a unique spin on eyeliner, fresh glowing skin, a powerful pop of color and a "my lips but better" matte rose pout.  Consequently, I decided to craft a look--suitable for everyday wear at home, school and work--that collectively reflected all of these trends! 

Kindly scroll on for more details, swatches and my NYFW-inspired look in action...

Above: The look.
Revisiting some of my accessible and affordable Walgreens recommendations from last month (discussed HERE), I embraced products from CircaBoots Botanics and No7 to assemble my NYFW-inspired look:
  • I started by painting my nails with Essie nail polish in Como Here.  This bright coral-meets-red added just the right pop of color to my otherwise neutral look.
  • Then, I tapped a bit of the Boots Botanics All Bright Radiance Balm along my upper cheekbones and down the center of my nose for a subtle glow.
  • To brighten the eyes and conceal darkness, I blended a touch of the Boots Botanics Radiance Highlighter Pen along my orbital area.
  • To sculpt the face, I swept the Boots No7 Perfectly Bronzed Mosaic Bronzer along my cheekbones and around the perimeters of my face.
  • I applied the Circa Color Saturated Eye Crayon in Sparking Citrine on my upper eyelids and along my lower lash line for a radiant champagne-toned base.
  • I carefully swept the Circa Vivid Vinyl Eye Lining Fluid in Vibrant Emerald along my upper lash line (closest to the lashes) and created not one but two tails for a unique twist on liquid liner. The precise tip of this liner makes this a reasonable feat, even for those who find liquid liner to be a challenge!
  • I finished the eye area by adding two coats of the Boots No7 Lash Impact Mascara for full and lengthened lashes.
  • To create a customized satin-matte rosy nude lip, I mixed the Boots Botanics All Bright Radiance Balm with some shavings from the No7 Perfectly Bronzed Mosaic Bronzer and tapped the combination onto my lips like a true backstage makeup artist might do.  The result couldn't have been more divine!
Above: A brilliant pop of color for the nails.
Above: The components for my custom satin-matte rosy lip color.  I love beauty alchemy!
Above: The deep emerald green of this liquid liner adds an unexpected dimension of intrigue.
Above: All about eyes and a luminescent glow.
Above: Add a dash of color to the look with the Colour Prevails Eye Shimmer Powder in Emerald (at top right corner), featured in action HERE.
Above (from L-R): Swatches of my custom matte lip color (using a mix of Botanics All Bright Radiance Balm + No7 Perfect Bronzed Mosaic Bronzer), No7 Lash Impact Mascara, No7 Perfect Bronzed Mosaic Bronzer, Circa Vivid Vinyl Eye Lining Fluid, Botanics Highlighter Pen in Fair and Botanics All Bright Radiance Balm.
The following images reflect all products in action in various lighting situations...

Above: Last look.
Bottom Line:  I hope you enjoyed my interpretation of a modern yet wearable look from NYFW; the fact that it can be created with accessible and affordable products from Walgreens further enhances its allure in my book, making it an excellent example of runway to real-way! 

What NYFW looks inspired YOU

Good things ahead! 


--The Beauty Professor

“Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Walgreens through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Walgreens Beauty, all opinions are my own.”