Saturday, February 28, 2015

FOTD Featuring the New Dior Nude Air Foundation, Chanel Rouge Coco and Moon Cats


Above: Products for a Springtime FOTD, featuring the freshly-released Dior Nude Air foundation. 
I hope your weekend is off to a lovely start...while you are reading this, there is a good chance that I am in the midst of hosting the Neiman Marcus Beverly Hills Project Beauty event (discussed HERE). More on that experience soon! A couple of days ago, I shared a preview of the Dior Nude Air Serum de Teint (now available at NordstormNeiman MarcusSephora and Saks), and now am thrilled to offer more details as well as a comprehensive FOTD that also features the stunning new Chanel Rouge Coco lipstick (available at NordstromNeiman Marcus and Chanel) in Jean and a gorgeous scarf from Moon Cats.

Kindly scroll on for more details, swatches, images of the foundation, scarf and lip color in action as well as the Bottom Line...

Above: The freshly-debuted Dior Nude Air foundation in 021 Linen, resplendent in the sunshine. 
The Dior Nude Air Serum de Teint foundation (available at NordstormNeiman MarcusSephora and Saks), comes in eight shades (021 Linen is a perfect match for my NC 25 skin) and is distinguished by a seriously fluid texture, similar to that of the Giorgio Armani Maestro formula (reviewed HERE).  Unlike the Maestro, however, the Nude Air offers immediate light-medium coverage that can be built up to full coverage with a second go around.  Erstwhile, the foundation remains nearly undetectable on the skin for hours on end.  

In my experience, the fluid is lighter and smoother than the new NARS foundation (swatched and reviewed HERE) and also does not get as glowy as the day grows long; in turn, my skin looks and feels fresher and more comfortable than when I wear the NARS.  The Dior Nude Air blurs pores and fine lines without settling into them later in the course of wear and, while not completely budge proof, offers a respectable 6-7 hours of wear before a touch up is required.  Because the foundation seems to dry down to a satin matte finish, I don't feel the need to set it with powder, but have been experimenting with various mid-day touch up options to mitigate the unwanted shine that seems to only become apparent on days when more humidity in the air. 

Although my sensitive skin thankfully hasn't experienced any irritation from my week of experimenting with the formula, the largest caveat of this foundation is its scent.  It isn't obnoxious and dissipates rather quickly but it must be noted that it is undeniably present upon application.  I can handle it becuase the formula wears so beautifully, but those with little to no fragrance tolerance might want to sample first!

All in all, this is yet another impressive formula in what I would deem to be a very strong 24 months of foundation releases.  I like the soft focus, nearly undetectable coverage and decent lasting power...plus, the shade Linen is so spot on for my skin right now (and it doesn't oxidize in the slightest bit).  That being said, it is not as full coverage and long wearing as the Zelens Age Control and Tom Ford Traceless Perfecting and there is a rather prominent intial scent.  In sum, I would recommend it if you desire light-as-air medium coverage and can handle the fragrance.

Additional official details, courtesy of Nordstrom



A precursor in the art of natural, Dior innovates and broadens its nude makeup expertise with Diorskin Nude Air, a weightless, ultra-fluid serum foundation as light and beneficial as a breath of fresh air that gives you an enhanced complexion with sheer correction. It features an incredibly fine, exceptional texture and is made with oils that evaporate instantly, depositing an undetectable film of makeup on your skin. Its high-precision dropper easily delivers the exact amount you need for convenience and ease. Enriched with soft-focus agents and glazed pigments, your complexion glows with natural beauty. The foundation features Oxygen Activ technology, an innovative combination of hyper-oxygenated oil, cranberry oil, vitamins and minerals.

Above: The foundation has an extremely fluid texture and easy to control dropper applicator.  Just a few drops are all that is necessary to achieve light-medium coverage.  
Above: Swatches of Linen 021 in direct sunlight.  Linen is absolutely apropos for NC 25 skin. 
Above: The foundation line up...some of my favorite fluid formulas in my rotation. 
I decided to do some comparison swatches of the Dior Nude Air along side some other favorite liquid foundations in my rotation.  Consequently, I have determined that the Dior Nude Air in 021 Linen:

Above: Swatches in direct sunlight. 
Above: Chanel Rouge Coco in Jean. 
The Chanel Rouge Coco lipstick (available at NordstromNeiman Marcus and Chanel) in Jean is fast becoming a constant bold in my rotation.  The new Rouge Coco formula is extremely hydrating and shiny while still yielding an impressive amount of color-saturated pigment.  Jean is a medium-dark pink with cool violet leanings for a fresh spin on a classic fuchsia lip. 

Above: A swatch of Jean in direct sunlight. 
Above: Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat Lipliner in Pillow Talk + Chanel Rouge Coco in Jean. 
Above: Swatches of all products used in direct sunlight. 
Products Used:

The images below reflect the products in action in various lighting situations...
Above: Direct sunlight...to showcase the inherent luster of the Gucci Magnetic Mono Eyeshadow in Oxydus, a favorite product from the line. 
Above: Outdoor shade...loving Chanel Rouge Coco Jean. 
Above: Direct sunlight, with a flash. 
Above: Natural lighting, no flash. 
Above: Outdoor sunlight, with a flash.
Above: Outdoor sunlight, with a flash.
Above: Direct sunlight. 
Above: Outdoor mixed lighting. 
Above: Outdoor sunlight, with a flash. 
Above: Outdoor sun, no flash. 
Above: My Moon Cats Checked Square scarf...gossamer softness and extra large for an effortless look.  
The scarf prominently featured throughout this post is from online accessories retailer, Moon Cats.  Simply entitled the "Checked Square," this extra large wonder is ultra soft and the classic plaid's soft tones make it a quintessential option for the seasonal transition.  Just as wearable with a coat as it is  draped over a bikini, I love its subtle versatility.  

I am excited to extend a special coupon code for Beauty Professor readers offering 30% off ALL products on the Moon Cats site!  Simply enter: RACHELANISE30OFF when prompted at checkout. With most scarves under $40 and free US shipping, this is a brilliant opportunity.

Above: My Moon Cats scarf...I draped it along our garden leaves and still couldn't capture its massive size! 
Above: Last look. 
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Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this FOTD and foundation review and would love to hear what YOU think of this latest formula from Dior.  

As aforementioned in my last post, I have some exciting new products to share including newness from Estee Lauder's collaboration with Courreges, fresh Tom Ford, some Marc Jacobs lip color (Honeybun is a must!) and Burberry Spring/Summer releases!

xx and have a beautiful weekend,

--The Beauty Professor

** PR samples provided for review denoted by an asterik (the rest purchased by me),  however, as always, all of my opinions are expressly and unequivocally my own. 


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Friday, February 27, 2015

Glow Getters...My Latest Piece for the Neiman Marcus Blog

Above: My latest piece for the NM blog. 
Happy Friday!  With spring in our midst, I was excited to be able to be able to wax poetic on some of the best ways to acheive a glow for my latest article for the Neiman Marcus blog.  Should you wish, you can read the entire piece HERE!

Kindly scroll on for more details, links to product reviews and the Bottom Line (which offers a preview of things to come on BP!)...

Above: Glow getters in action. 
Products (and their respective reviews on BP) Discussed

For the Hair...

5. GLOSS Moderne High-Gloss Serum
For the Lips...


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Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed the overview...what are some of YOUR favorite products for achieving a natural glow? 

I have some exciting new products to share including newness from Estee Lauder's collaboration with Courreges, fresh Tom Ford, some Marc Jacobs lip color (Honeybun is a must!) and Burberry Spring/Summer releases!

As mentioned earlier this week, if you are in the LA area, please consider joining me at the Neiman Marcus Beverly Hills Project Beauty event (where I'll be serving as MC!), this Saturday from 11-2...read more about it HERE.  The Eddie Borgo-designed beauty bag GWP (reviewed HERE) is charmingly unique and the barrage of spring makeup collection releases make shopping this weekend more alluring than ever!

Also, the exclusive Omorovicza 20% off code for BP readers (discussed HERE) is active until Saturday night in case you are thinking about delving into this lush, Hungarian skincare realm.

Finally, a Februrary Favorites video is in the works...hope to film it later on today!


xx,

--The Beauty Professor

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

FOTD Preview...Featuring Dior Nude Air Foundation + Chanel Rouge Coco in Jean

Above: Dior Nude Air Serum de Teint in 021 Linen, an apropos match for NC 25 skintones. 
Another week, another foundation!  Here is a quick preview of the new Dior Nude Air Serum de Teint (now available at Nordstorm, Neiman MarcusSephora and Saks), which I picked up over the weekend.  Although I am still formulating my opinions on this fresh release, I wanted to extend some preliminary images before I head off to bed after a grueling (yet, wholly fulfilling!) 13 hour teaching day ; ) 
Kindly scroll on for a bit more as well as the Bottom Line...

Above: A preview of the full look. 
Above: Dior Nude Air has an extremely liquid texture that melds to the skin...a little goes a long way for a natural, medium coverage effect. 
Above: A swatch of Chanel Rouge Coco in Jean. 
I am also having a massive affinity for the violet-tinged mid-tone pink Chanel Rouge Coco in Jean (available at Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus and Chanel).  Kindly gifted to me by my friend (the lovely stylist and blogger Christie Moeller) this newly reformulated lip color is wildly hydrating, creamy and luminious and this particular shade, albeit darker than my normal proclivities, feels fresh, modern and ever so wearable right now. 

Above: The weekend is almost here!
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Bottom Line: I hope this post has piqued your interest in tomorrow's official FOTD, which will, I assure you, feature all relevant product details.  

As mentioned earlier this week, if you are in the LA area, please consider joining me at the Neiman Marcus Beverly Hills Project Beauty event (where I'll be serving as MC!), this Saturday from 11-2...read more about it HERE.  The Eddie Borgo-designed beauty bag GWP (reviewed HERE) is charmingly unique and the barrage of spring makeup collection releases make shopping this weekend more alluring than ever!

Also, the exclusive Omorovicza 20% off code for BP readers (discussed HERE) is active until Saturday night in case you are thinking about delving into this lush, Hungarian skincare realm.

Finally, a Februrary Favorites video is in the works!

What new products are YOU trying and loving this week?

xx,

--The Beauty Professor

P.S. Jethro update images soon ; ) 

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

You Are Invited: Beauty Professor to MC Project Beauty Neiman Marcus Beverly Hills 2/28/15!


Above: Classic and perennially chic, Neiman Marcus Beverly Hills. 
Attention LA locals...you are cordially invited to the Neiman Marcus Beverly Hills Project Beauty,  this Saturday 2/28/15 from 11:00-2:PM.  

I am beyond thrilled to announce that I will be serving as the MC for the event, which previews spring's hottest beauty trends.  This beauty lover is profoundly honored by the opportunity! 
Above: BP + Neiman Marcus Beverly Hills Cosmetics Director Mark Tomlin.  
Reserving a spot at Project Beauty (which I attended in the fall...full overview HERE) costs $25 dollars but, upon checking in the day of, you will receive a $25 Neiman Marcus gift card which is perfectly apropos timing for the shopping that is sure to ensure following the show.  In sum, it's free if you plan on buying anything that day! 

The event is brimming over with sweet treats and sips while you hear the latest tips and tricks from leading industry professionals...plus, if you haven't seen it yet, the brand new beauty floor--a veritable wonderland of cosmetics, skincare, fragrance and accessories--will take your breath away.  

Above: Getting a touch up from the imitable Edward Bess during the debut of the new beauty floor earlier this month...full recap of this unforgettable extravaganza soon.  Hope to see you on Saturday! 
Bottom Line: I truly hope you are able to attend Project Beauty at Neiman Marcus Beverly Hills this Saturday; it would be an incredible treat to meet in person in such a quintessential environment for those that love beauty!  To reserve a spot at the event, call 310.550.5900 ext 4417 or 2261.

Please let me know in the comments section if you plan on attending so I can keep an eye out for you...XOXO and hope your week is going well thus far! 

Good things ahead including a fresh foundation and lipstick profile (Dior! Chanel!), a creative FOTD and some brand new spring beauty and skincare releases currently in my rotation. 

--The Beauty Professor


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Monday, February 23, 2015

Meet Stilazzi...at Frends Beauty


Above: Stilazzi...resplendent in the sunshine.
Happy Monday, lovelies!  After last week's episode with Jethro (discussed HERE), I would like to close the book on the last 7 days forever ; )  To briefly update, Jethro continues to get better with each passing day; I am most certain he would like to banish the cone he is wearing for the next 10 days, but all in all, he is healing with remarkable speed. 

Today, I am excited to discuss a new (to me) beauty retailer called Frends Beauty.  Located in Los Angeles, this emporium features an impressive collection of professional makeup artist supplies (from Kevyn Aucoin to Koh Gen Do), including its own in-house brand, Stilazzi.  After becoming familiarized with both Frends Beauty and Stilazzi at IMATS LA last month, I had the opportunity to try some key items from the line, which I shall share with you in this post. 

Kindly scroll on for more details, swatches and images of the products in action...

Above: Stilazzi synthetic brushes in Dual Fiber DF105,  S124 and S123
The Stilazzi Matte Eyeshadows, Matte Blushes and Pearl Eyeshadows are all intensely pigmented and cruelty free.  Additionally, they come in a vast spectrum of shades that make creating a customized look entirely easy.  I love how finely-milled the formulas are; they apply smoothly and have little to no fallout. 

Additionally, they wear without creasing and cost $3 each.  I assure you, that wasn't a typographical error...they are truly and unequivocally $3 each...this makes experimenting with textures and shades an extremely viable enterprise, no?

Above: Stilazzi Matte and Pearl Eyeshadows and Matte Blushes in direct sunlight. 
Shade Descriptions
  • Matte Blush 05: A soft, pale peachy pink...I applied this to the apples of my cheeks. 
  • Matte Shadow 38: A mid-toned taupe...I applied this to the crease on my upper lids. 
  • Pearl Shadow 37: A deep sable brown with complex shimmer...I applied this to the crease on my upper lids. 
  • Matte Blush 19: A tan-meets-rosewood with a neutral undertone, this matte blush shade is perfect to create subtle contour (as I did in the images that follow).
  • Matte Shadow 17: This matte, slightly gold-leaning cream tone is excellent to highlight the brown bone and upper cheek bones without adding shimmer to the face (as I did below).  In my opinion, there are times when a matte highlighter feels wildly fresh and modern.
  • Pearl Shadow 43: A warm, shimmering mustard-meets-rust shade that I blended up to my brows.  I love the glimmer on this particular hue. 
  • Pearl Shadow 27: A shimmering peachy rust that makes for a beautiful, all-over shade (as demonstrated in the images below).

Above: Swatches in direct sunlight  (with a flash)...each swatch is but one swipe of the product, thereby demonstrating the saturated pigment of these formulas. 
Above: Swatches in direct sunlight (without a flash).
The following images reflect the Stilazzi products in action in various lighting situations...

Other products worn include

Above: I started with a base of PS 27 on upper lids and lower lashline and blended a bit of PS 37 and MS 38 at the crease for depth, following with a touch of PS 43 up to the brow bone. 



Above: Last look. 
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Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this new brand profile...do trust that I am constantly on the hunt for new and interesting beauty lines and Stilazzi is no exception!  I am quite enamored with the selection at Frends Beauty and cannot wait to leave this computer screen to visit the store in person sometime in the near future.  In the meanwhile, one can order directly at www.frendsbeauty.com!

Good things ahead including a special Beauty Professor event announcement for LA locals, new product procurements and a, dare I say it, February Favorites video.  Where does the time go?

xx and may the start of your week be a lovely one,

--The Beauty Professor

** PR samples provided for review denoted by an asterik (the rest purchased by me),  however, as always, all of my opinions are expressly and unequivocally my own. 

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

My Current 3 Step Omorovicza Routine + Special February Discount Code!

Above: Omorovicza...3 steps to lovely skin. 
Harnessing the powers of Hungarian thermal water, the Omorovicza line is ever so intriguing.  Over the last year or two, I have been completely enamored with the marvelous Blue Diamond Resurfacing Peel (discussed HERE and HERE) and BB Complexion Perfector in Medium (discussed HERE) and my success with said products has encouraged me to try other options from the line.  Lately, I have been loving three powerful products from the Moor Mud Collection...cleansing, exfoliating and deep cleaning/masking has never been so streamlined and easy!

Kindly scroll on for more details, images and the Bottom Line with an exclusive 20% Omorovicza promo code for Beauty Professor readers...

Above: One of the most uniquely satisfying ways of cleansing, the Therma Cleansing Blam feels lush and silky while thoroughly doing its job.
The *Thermal Cleansing Balm is a fascinating way of cleansing...the silky texture feels like a smooth gel-cream and somehow, it miraculously removes makeup and dirt effortlessly.  At the end of a long day (what days aren't long, I ask?), this experience is becoming somewhat of a cleansing ritual for me...I appreciate how balanced my skin feels afterwards.  It's as if I've applied skincare, except I haven't even officially reached that step in my process.  Brilliant! 

Key details, courtesy of Omorovicza:

This award-winning black balm cleanses without stripping, removes all impurities and make-up including waterproof mascara, to leave the skin soft and hydrated.

Calcium- and Magnesium-rich Hungarian Moor mud detoxifies and purifies, while sweet almond oil nourishes skin to leave it soft and silky.

  • Swiftly remove impurities and make-up with Hungarian Moor Mud, rich in calcium and magnesium.
  • Replenish skin to leave it soft and silky with sweet almond oil.
  • Lift spirits and senses with the scent of orange blossom.
  • Leave skin firmer, more supple and younger-looking as Hydro Mineral Transference™ delivers minerals deep into the skin.

Ingredients: Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, Stearyl Heptanoate, Silt (Hungarian Mud), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Squalane, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Polysorbate 20, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Prunus Domestica (Plum) Seed Extract, Cetearyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Benzyl Alcohol, Limonene, Parfum (Fragrance), Saccharomyces (Hungarian Thermal Water) Ferment Extract, Tocopherol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Aqua (Hungarian Thermal Water), Linalool, Malpighia Punicifolia (Acerola) Fruit Extract, Phospholipids.

Above: A swatch of the Thermal Cleansing Balm on the skin. 
Above: This trusty tube is always in my shower. 
The *Refining Facial Polisher is divine.  The exfoliating granules gently and expertly remove dead skin and dryness without irritating my sensitive skin.  I keep the tube in my shower and use it 2-3 times a week for extra skincare reinforcement...the resulting glow is undeniable.

Key details, courtesy of Omorovicza:

Enriched with marine micro-algae, this Refining Facial Polisher refines texture, and brightens tone, while natural pumice exfoliates dead skin cells, smoothing the epidermis and helping regenerate the skin.

  • Cleanse and purify with Hungarian Moor Mud, rich in calcium and magnesium.
  • Lactobionic and Exotic Fruit acids refine the complexion without irritating the skin.
  • Exotic Fruit Extracts plump while reinforcing the skin barrier to improve firmness and tone.
  • Pumice (or lava stone) slough off dead skin cells and accelerate cell turnover.
  • Micro-algae improve fibroblasts health by eliminating oxidised proteins and improve radiance.
  • Purifies the skin with Cooper Gluconate, which acts as an astringent and regulator of sebum production.
  • Leave skin firmer, more supple and younger-looking as Hydro Mineral Transference™ delivers minerals deep into the skin.

SKIN TYPES: Dry, Oily, Combination/Normal
IngredientsGlycerin, Silt (Hungarian Mud), Copper Gluconate, Cetearyl Olivate, Lava Powder, Sorbitan Olivate, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Silica, Aqua (Water), Phenoxyethanol, Lactobionic Acid, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Pulp Extract, Spondias Mombin Pulp Extract, Musa Sapientum (Banana) Pulp Extract, Saccharomyces (Hungarian Thermal Water) Ferment Extract, Parfum (Fragrance), Xanthan Gum, Ethylhexylglycerin, Aqua (Hungarian Thermal Water), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Phaeodactylum Tricornutum Extract, Phospholipids, Benzyl Alcohol, Potassium Sorbate, Tocopherol, Linalool, Limonene, Citronellol.

Above: A swatch of the Refining Facial Polisher on the skin...isn't the green hue dreamy?
Above: Masking with Omorovicza can be a glamorous experience. 
Above: Like a "skin reset," this mask rights the wrongdoings of my pores. 
The *Deep Cleansing Mask is a weekly indulgence for me.  The mud is plush and cooling on the skin and it dries down to a comfortable glaze, with little to no flaking or fallout.  After 20 minutes, I rinse with warm water and am consistently stunned by how soft, bright and smooth my skin is...it truly contributes to a healthy complexion!

Key details, courtesy of Omorovicza

Much more than a deep-cleansing treatment, this calcium and magnesium-rich mask clears congested pores and brightens tone as it draws out impurities.  Moor mud purifies the skin without leaving it taut.

  • Deeply cleanse and nourish the skin with Hungarian Moor mud, rich in calcium and magnesium carbonate.
  • Draw out toxins and impurities while naturally absorbing pore-clogging oil with white clay.
  • Leave skin firmer, more supple and younger-looking as Hydro Mineral Transference™ delivers minerals deep into the skin.


Dry, Oily, Combination/Normal
Ingredients: Aqua (Hungarian Thermal Water), Kaolin, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Silt (Hungarian Mud), Stearic Acid, Cetearyl Olivate, Zinc Oxide, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbitan Olivate, Mannitol, Malpighia Punicifolia (Acerola) Fruit Extract, Saccharomyces (Hungarian Thermal Water) Ferment Extract, Tocopherol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Hydroxide, Parfum (Fragrance), Yeast Extract, Phospholipids, Linalool, Limonene, Citronellol, Geraniol.

Above: A swatch of the Deep Cleansing Mask on the skin (and in the face images above and below).
Above: Dreaming of the fresh, clean skin to be revealed after this mask is removed. 
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Bottom Line: The Omorovicza line is truly special and I am thankful that my beauty blogging pursuits have allowed me to experience the effectiveness that the products deliver!  As an exclusive offer to Beauty Professor readers, Omorovicza is offering 20% your order, now through midnight 2/28/15.  

Simply type the promo code BP20% when prompted.  Please note that this promo code only applies to orders place on the Omorovicza website

What Omorovicza products do YOU have your eye on?  If you've tried the line, what are some of your favorite products? Do please share! 

Good things ahead including an exciting Beauty Professor announcement, some new product procurements and another style + beauty hybrid post.  In mere days, it will be time for a February Favorites video...where did this month go?

As an update, Jethro is definitely on the mend...his pain seems to be subsiding and, although he is still in recovery, we are feeling positive about the direction in which he is heading.  Thanks again for all of your supportive words; in light of the inherent craziness of this week, I  am still working my way through comments and emails ; ) 

xx...I hope the rest of your weekend is marvelous!

--The Beauty Professor

** PR samples provided for review denoted by an asterik (the rest purchased by me),  however, as always, all of my opinions are expressly and unequivocally my own. 
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