Saturday, December 19, 2015

Luxe Last-Minute Gifts: Jewelry, Lip Color and Style Edition

Hello lovelies!  Last week, I shared my 2015 Holiday Gift Guide with the promise of a final installment, focused on jewelry, lip color and a dash of style on sale, just in time for last-minute gift procurement.  The products featured are some of my favorite daily essentials, plucked from my collection to be highlight in this story!

Kindly scroll on for jewelry, lip color and style suggestions aplenty as well as the Bottom Line...
My jewelry taste is fairly specific...I prefer a combination of gold and silver pieces that can be worn everyday.  Classic, effortless and unique, these choices embody a relaxed elegance that works year round.
Above: The Loren Stewart Ball Choker.
The Loren Stewart Ball Choker is one of my latest acquisitions.  This 14K gold wire necklace fits close yet comfortably to the neck, making it a piece to never take off...I sleep and shower in mine as it and the fact that it isn't a chain allows one to layer necklaces with it without fear of tangling.

Also pictured, the divine *Norell fragrance, a floral-meets-musk that first launched in 1968.  This updated version is gorgeous for daily wear.
Next up is the Victorinox Square Watch, which I've had for years.  The gold and chrome metal, classic shape and easy to read face seamlessly blend to any style and it pairs well with bracelets.
Above: The Victorinox watch in action.
Above: A larger face and colorful band make this Daniel Wellington watch unique.
Another watch I've been loving as of late is this  *Daniel Wellington rose gold watch.  Featuring a clean, bright face with Roman numerals and a striped, cloth and leather band, this preppy gem adds a dash of understated color to my generally monochromatic outfits.
Above: My custom talisman from Sequin NYC.
Long necklaces are difficult to come by; fortunately, this latest style by *Sequin NYC allows one to customize their creation, offering choice of metal (gold or silver), length of long chain and up to three talisman charms, tailored to one's personality.  I chose the longest size link chain in gold, along with a gold feather, pave key and mini gold evil eye for a unique layering piece. 
Above: Layering pieces like a mad woman!
Above: The Monica Vinader Fiji Friendship Bracelet in rose gold and black.
In terms of bracelets, may I suggest the *Monica Vinader Fiji Friendship Bracelet, which allows for color and metal customization to suit one's specific taste; the rounded metal section fits like a glove on most wrists and the woven half is comfortable and easy to adjust. So chic!
Above: Jewelry loving!
Above: Accessories.
To round out the category, here are a few accessories that have been on constant replay in my routine:
  • Vintage Cartier scarf...I love all things silk scarf and Cartier-related so this gem from The Real Real, which guarantees authenticity of its barely used designer items, hits all the marks.  Timeless and useful (hair accessory! belt! fix for a too-low top!), this holiday season is a great time to start collection.  
  • *Maison Margiela Replica Lipstick On...brand new from the Margiela line, this dreamy fragrance is reminiscent of all the best moments of getting ready in front of mirror.  Softly sweet and subtly floral, this is a MUST for makeup lovers.
  • Gigi New York iPhone Wallet Case...available for monogram, this genius wallet features a detachable iPhone case for flexibility and convenience on the go.  I've used my green version nonstop for nearly a year!
Above: Maison Margiela Lipstick On...blush and powder at its best.
Above: My latest scarf.
--Shop Jewelry + Accessories--

Above: Transitioning from jewelry to lip color now...

Above: Candy Lipz.
Onto lip color!  First, I'd like to mention a product with which I've been experimenting for the past month or so.  *Candy Lipz is a lip plumping device which safely utilizes suction to bring fullness to one's pout. I love the fact that it has an optional divider so one can concentrate the plumping on the upper (in my case) or lower lip rather affecting both equally.  If you've tried every topical lip plumper and are ready for a new way of increasing volume in a matter of two minutes (results last 2-6 hours and are supposed to be longer lasting with frequent and consistent use), then consider giving Candy Lipz a spin.
Above: The MAKE UP FOR EVER Artist Plexi-Glass Kit.
Before moving on to here are two holiday lip kits exclusives from Make Up Forever that will make lip gloss lovers swoon:

First, meet the MAKE UP FOR EVER Artist Plexi-Gloss Kit (currently on sale, it's a veritable steal).  This charming quartet comes in a orange zipper pouch for luscious lips on the go.  The formula is moisturizing, extremely long lasting and impressively pigmented and, although the ultra shiny finish is slightly sticky, I believe that is what contributes to the gloss' longevity overall.  The kit contains:
  • Nude Beige: My absolute new favorite, this insanely pigmented shade alone makes this kit worthwhile.  It creates the perfect plush nude lip alone or atop lip liner or a pink or nude lip color...AMAZING.
  • Pearly Nude
  • Red Coral
  • Candy Pink
Above: The flat paddle doe foot applicator of the MUFE Plexi-Gloss  is unique and effective.
For those who have an insatiable thirst for lip gloss, consider the MAKE UP FOR EVER Plexi-Gloss Collection.  Brimming over with 12 glosses of varying shades and finishes ranging from a pale pearly beige all the way to a deep and lush burgundy, this color-saturated collection contains:
  • Pearly Light Beige
  • Brown Beige
  • Sweet Pink
  • Pop Pink
  • Fuchsia Pink
  • Pearly Golden Pink
  • Orange Coral
  • Orange
  • Red
  • Pearly Plum
  • Burgundy
  • Violet

Here are some of my absolute favorite lip color formulas in three color families: Classic Nudes, Jewel Tones and Darker Neutrals...scroll on for images, details, links to reviews and, of course, swatches:

Classic Nudes // Beautiful light beiges, peaches and pinks for a muted lip that makes an impact

Above: Wearing NARS gloss in Chelsea Girls.
Classic Nude Lip Bases and Lip Pencils // Great to smooth and even out the lips as well as to add definition and shape for a lasting effect.

Jewel-Toned Pinks, Reds and Corals // For a creamy, bright pop of color that doesn't overwhelm.

Above: Koh Gen Do Cheek Tint...swatched in sunlight, this creamy formula is a beautiful pale peach for a naturally just pinched look that can be applied to lips or cheeks.
Above: Wearing Christian Louboutin Silky Satin Lip Color in Bikini.
Above: Bikini for the win.

Mid-Toned Neutrals // For a deeper nude that looks ever so "my lips but better."

Liquid Lip Color in the Darker Neutral Family // Saturated with pigment and extremely long lasting.
Above: Wearing the Giorgio Armani Ecstasy Lacquer in #503.

Above: Last look.
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Style Sale Suggestions // It seems like every website is offering holiday promotions right are some of my favorite retailers, with a curated style recommendation for each:
--Shop the Style--

Bottom Line: I hope you found this last-minute gift guide helpful and inspiring and would love to hear what has caught your eye! 

Good things ahead, including a fresh video, a fresh FOTD and a host of new product procurements...with the next two weeks off, I look forward to creating more content and catching up on comments and emails ; )

XOXO and have a lovely remainder of the weekend,

--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. hi rachel!! ok....everything caught my eye!! i'm still taking notes from your other fabulous holiday post. years, and i do mean years ago, makeup forever was sold at my local saks in downtown, cincinnati. they really had beautiful makeup. i need to check this line out again when i go into sephora. right now, i'm looking for a red lipstick (like looking for a great pair of jeans). i'm searching for an understated red lipstick (if that makes sense). i heard estee lauder has new glosses for spring and 1 is called red extrovert. i need red introvert!! anyway, with all the "craze" of the 80's brown lip, it also made me look at the 80's red lip. ever since that joan collins video...sigh! on brooke shields, kim alexis and others they wore this light red lipstick. i don't know if i'm explaining it correctly. i still have the vogue issue, may 1981 that shows brooke and a few others wearing that lovely color. did you know ralph lauren had a makeup line? that's the brand that was listed. the only 1 i have considered so far is chanel's sonate glossimer from spring 2014. it's still available but, a tad too pink. if you're familiar with woolrich's red buffalo plaid that's the color i want to coordinate with. if you have any suggestions, i'd greatly appreciate it. i hope you enjoy your time off, it will go by quickly. i'm not sure of my schedule but, i have tons of documentation as our 5 star-rating visit is coming up after jan.15. i have lots of work to do! now, back to reading your posts as everything is just so gorgeous!! yes, i want it all!! love, wendy. xoxoxo

    1. Hello dear Wendy,

      Thanks for your lovely comment! I always enjoy reading your musings! With regards to the red lip you are on the hunt for, I suggest taking a peek at the By Terry Jewel Lip Kit (also swatched and reviewed on my blog). It offers 5 reds with different undertones and 5 glosses for mixing up the perfect shade. Very 1980s Joan Collins if you know what I mean.

      Hope your post-Christmas weekend is marvelous...XOXO and talk soon,

      --The Beauty Professor

  2. ....p.s. that lipgloss named after gilda radner is a must have! who didn't adore gilda?! and, all of the jewelry and, that cartier scarf is gorgeous....back to your incredible posts!! xoxoxo

    1. Yes, was created in honor of Gilda and even donates a portion of proceeds to breast cancer research!

      Thanks again for all of your support...XO,

      --The Beauty Professor

  3. Wow Rachel, great post. I want it all. Love the necklaces and the talismans. Would be a great gift any time. Thanks!

    1. Hi Debi,

      Thanks so much!! Indeed, these gifts were great for Christmas but aren't so seasonally-specific as to be relegated to just December...definitely good for anytime!


      --The Beauty Professor

  4. Wow!!! Great products again. Now I know what to include in my gift list and wishlist as well.

    1. Thanks so much, Emily! I hope you got what you wished for!


      --The Beauty Professor


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