Thursday, December 17, 2015

Dolce & Gabbana Holiday 2015 FOTD -- Glow On!

Prepare to bathe yourself in light, lovelies!  Today, I present to you a glimpse at a part of the Dolce & Gabbana The Essence of Holidays Collection.  This trio of products illuminates the visage in a glow that looks equal parts ethereal and entirely natural!

Kindly scroll on for more details, swatches and images of the products in action...
Consisting of a limited-edition shimmer powder, a nail lacquer and a sheer lip gloss, my selections from the Dolce & Gabbana Essence of Holidays collection are understated yet stunning.  Harnessing the delicate beauty of pale pearls, golds and beiges, this trio works well alone while also possessing the power to transform the look of other products...versatile, indeed.
*The Glow Light Illuminating Shimmer Powder is a fascinating incarnation.  Although its moniker implies a "powder," the texture is much bouncier and creamier, similar to a very thin cream eye shadow.  Once swept on to the skin, it imparts a golden light that melds with the complexion instantly.  I am impressed by the stunning impact of this ultra-light formula; it is finely milled so the shimmer is radiant rather than glittery and the lasting power is significant.  Combine those stellar attributes with the fact that it's limited edition and this is a run, don't walk situation!

Official details, courtesy of Nordstrom:

Create memorable moments with The Essence of Holiday collection by Dolce&Gabbana Beauty. Glow Light Illuminating Shimmer Powder dusts your face in radiance, brightening it through an exquisite blend of pearlescent tones. Its smooth, velvety texture and lightweight feel cloak your skin in rare, shimmering perfection.

Above: A swatch of the Glow Light Shimmer Powder in direct golden and gossamer.
Above: My D&G Holiday trio of choice.
Above: Two coats of Glow Light on the nails.
*The Nail Lacquer in #104 Glow Light is a luminous golden beige that allows the natural beauty of one's nails to shine through.  The formula is still a touch sheer after two coats, but I appreciate the low-maintenance sheen that this shade creates.  The color is fool proof and I quite like the precise brush inherent with the D&G nail allows me to apply the polish quickly while mitigating the risk of crossing over to cuticles. Glow Light is every neutral lover's dream!

Official details, courtesy of Nordstrom:

Dolce&Gabbana Beauty The Nail Lacquer is inspired by the unique and vibrant colors coming down the brand's runways. It features a brush that has been expertly redesigned to ensure great synergy with the high-performance nail formulation. The new brush features a rounded cut and 470 bristles to offer a smooth, effortless application with minimal streaking.

Above: The Sheer Shine Gloss in #40 Pearl Shine.
*Sheer Shine Gloss in #40 Pearl Shine...if one combined the essence of platinum, gold and silver with a touch of crushed pearls, they would find themselves with the ingredients neecessary to create Pearl Shine. This dazzling gloss somehow manages to be excessively shiny without the usual bells and whistles of obvious glitter. The soft pearl sheen really sets it apart, offering a blurring effect that makes lips look their fullest and healthiest. When used in tandem with a neutral lip liner (like Chanel Lipliner in Nude/Modore), this gloss takes on a "my lips but better" persona and the hydrating, non-sticky formula further enhances is value in lip color land...bellissima!

Official details, courtesy of Nordstrom: 

Sheer Shine Gloss by Dolce&Gabbana Beauty gives your lips a dewy look that’s perfect for any occasion. The high-shine formula boasts a fluid texture that glides on, resulting in a high-beam glow with a gorgeous touch of shimmer.
Pro tips: For quick on-the-go use, the lip gloss can be used day or night by itself or layered over a lip liner or lipstick for full, showstopping glamour.
  • 0.17 oz.
  • By Dolce&Gabbana Beauty; made in Italy.
Above: A swatch of Pearl Shine in direct sunlight.

Above: A mixture of Chanel lip liner in Nude + D&G Pearl Shine gloss.

To complement the understated yet incandescent effects of the Dolce & Gabbana products, I combined them with some current favorites in my beauty is the full breakdown of the glowing look that follows:
Above: The new Edward Bess Contour Stick (will share link as soon as it's available) is retractable and the natural sheer bronze sculpts the face while adding a flattering warmth. 
Above (from L-R): Swatches of D&G Sheer Gloss in Pearl Shine, Chanel Lipliner in Nude, Tom Ford Extreme Mascara in Raven, D&G Shimmer Powder, La Prairie Cellular Radiance Cream Blush in Peach Glow, Becca Shimmering Skin Perfecter in Opal, Edward Bess Contour Stick (coming soon) and Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation in #123. 

The following images reflect all products in action...

Above: Last look.
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Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this glow-centric FOTD and would love to know which Dolce & Gabbana products you've been loving as of late.  The shimmer powder, nail lacquer and sheer lip gloss in this story are an utter delight and absolute perfection for the holidays that lie ahead...what are you waiting for? Get glowing!

Good things ahead, including a jewelry and lip color feature (an apropos addition to my current holiday gift guide suggestions) a fresh video (!) and a host of new product procurements...cannot wait to share ; )


--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. Love the products but, I must say I am sad about their recent comments regarding gay rights. However, that said, you look lovely, happy and healthy!

    1. Thanks for your thoughts and compliment, Debi!


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