Monday, November 30, 2015

Cyber Monday Shopping Guide + Beauty & Style Notes from NYC

Above: A slightly off the shoulder top feels fresh this season.
Happy Cyber Monday!  I am finally home from my travels to NYC and while I have a full recapitulation in the works, I wanted to share a couple of my favorite outfits from the trip as well an exact breakdown of the skincare and beauty that I used while away for eight days.  Couple that with some curated Cyber Monday shopping recommendations and you have a single post, brimming with musings! 

Kindly scroll on for more details, a complete travel skincare and beauty breakdown and my Cyber Monday Shopping Guide as well as the Bottom Line...
Above: These boyfriend jeans were a staple in my NYC clothing routine and the Tan booties that are high enough to reach the cuff of one's jeans for a seamless transition.
Traversing a city where walking miles is the norm is a unique wants to embrace their own style while remaining comfortable for 10-12 hours on their feet.  I stuck a workable balance with  these Astor Boyfriend Jeans by Ralph Lauren (also available on sale at Macy's and Dillards) which I wore 3 times on the trip...they have the perfect cut.  They do, however, run a touch small; I am generally a size 24 but sized up to a 26 and couldn't be happier.  I also love the Carmen Top from American Apparel (currently 50% off with code: TKITOFF).   The neckline grazes shoulders but stays in place for a refreshing sihouette.  I also picked one up in black! Finally, my Topshop belted coat and tan booties (another similar pair HERE) were constant go-to's as their neutral hues seamlessly matched most of my black and blue attire! 
Above: A long belted coat for warmth and versatility.
Above: I tied this shirt dress to make it a blouse for an afternoon at the Central Park zoo.
I also found myself getting great use from this striped shirt dress from Glamorous (tied at the waist in this case), Helmut Lang Skinny Jeans (so versatile, I wear them weekly), a black leather jacket (currently on sale!) and the Everybody Jenna Boot, which is my favorite boot purchase of fall; I adore the slightly higher shaft and the combination of muted brown and rich black is so unique...also, the ultra-soft leather and low stacked heel make them immensely comfortable.

--Shop the Style--

Above: Even skin, bronzy eyes and matte pink lips for most of the trip.
In terms of skincare and beauty, I brought an insane amount of product (of course) but found myself using only a portion of my choices; for the sake of pragmatism, I photographed everything in the heavy rotation category before packing it up and am excited to share exactly what those selections were! 
Above: The cooler, drier weather meant I could embrace a foundation with a touch of glow. 
Above: Skincare. 

Above: Haircare etc.
  • L'Oreal OleoTherapy Shampoo + Conditioner: Sulfate and Paraben-free, this haircare duo replenishes moisture without weighing hair down...I used the it daily for 9 days! 
  • *Rusk Elixir Mist: An ultra-light shine mist that also detangles and protects hair from heat styling (which was inevitable in the cold weather).  Oh, and it smells absolutely divine.
  • Gilette Fusion ProGlide Power Razor: I borrowed this from my husband last month and loved it so much, he bought me my own ; ) I'm not sure why razors targeted towards males are better than those for females...all I can say for sure is that they are.
  • Beauty Blender: Works so well with the new By Terry Foundation (more on that below).
  • *Doctor's Remedy Nail Polish in Purity Pink: A "good for you" nail lacquer in a barely there color that held up beautifully for 9 nails were subtle, classy and polished.
  • Michael Mercier Detangling Brush (reviewed HERE): The only brush I used the entire trip; it really does remove tangles.

Above: It's all in the details.
Above: Complexion under control. 

Above: Eyes.

--Shop Lips--

--Shop the Total Skincare + Beauty Routine--


Nordstrom: DOUBLE POINTS and up to 40% off in all departments...I have my eye on the:
Neiman Marcus...up to 40% off sale items for the lowest price ever on in-season items! 

Also, with CODE GC4YOU: Spend $200 and get a $50 gift certificate, $500 and get a $125 gift certificate, $1000 and get a $250 gift certificate and $2000 and get a $500 gift certificate. 

I recommend/have my eye on:
Bloomingdale's...take 25% off of a vast array of sale and regular-priced products in every category and take 10% off of almost all BEAUTY purchases with CODE: BEAUTY10

I love: 
  • Nespresso Lattissima Touch Espresso Maker...if you are a coffee lover, this is incredible, if you are one who cannot get enough frothy milk on your coffee, this is a MUST.  We bought ours from Bloomies last year and use it daily...the fact that is it $100 off simply cannot be ignored.  Ours makes us ridiculously happy. 

Barney's NY: 40% off a vast array of merchandise

Above: Last look.
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Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this beauty and style-oriented feature + Cyber Monday hybrid post and wish you an excellent start to your December.  I am still in the midst of responding to comments and emails and look forward to being caught up by early next week ; )  

Much more soon including my official Holiday Gift Guide, a beauty tutorial and a host of new product highlights! 


--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.


  1. Rachel, you looked relaxed and very chic for your NY NY (it's so nice, you say it twice) from my friends there! Love all the great tips!

    1. Thank you!! We packed so much into our week-long stay and had an incredible time!

      Hope your week is going well, my friend...XO,

      --The Beauty Professor


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