Friday, October 30, 2015

Video: Current Fall Makeup Routine Featuring TEMPTUAir

Above: Beauty + skincare featured in my video.
Happy Friday!  I, for one, cannot believe how quickly October flew by...between travel and an insane work schedule, it was a veritable flash.  That being said, I am excited to be sharing my daily fall beauty routine as of late (which also includes some skincare favorites), featuring, by popular request, how I use the TEMPTU Air...can't wait to hear what you think!  

Kindly scroll on for the video, more details, swatches and images of the products in action as well  as the Bottom Line...

              

Above: Key products in my regular routine.
Products (with links to their respective reviews) Discussed:

(1) *African Botanics Marula Buchu Enzyme Polish
(2) *Omorovicza Miracle Facial Oil (also available at Nordstrom)
(3) *Veil Sunset Light Primer Serum and Mixing Base
(5) *TEMPTU Air 06 Warm Beige (review)
(6) *Clé de Peau Beaute Bronzing Powder in 01 (also available at Clé de Peau Beauté...review)
(7) *Chikuhodo GSN 04 Cheek Brush (review)
(8) *Chantecialle Cheek Gelee in Happy (review)
(9) Clé de Peau Beauté Concealer in Beige (also available at Clé de Peau Beauté...review)
(10) *Jenny Patinkin Multi Blender Brush
(11) *Giorgio Armani Maestro Contouring Powder Brush
(12) Tom Ford Illuminating Duo in Moodlight (review)
(13) Lush Dress
(14) Michael Mercier Detangler Brush
(15) *Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Beige Glass
(16) *RMS Nail Polish in Luminzer
(17) *Jenny Patinkin Angled Brow Brush (review)
(18) *Votre Vu Arch de Triumph in Fair (review)
(19) *Chantecaille Le Chrome Duo in Tibet
(20) *Artis Oval 4 Brush (review)
(21) *Pixi Flatliner Brush
(22) Tom Ford Extreme Mascara in Raven (review)
(23) *Surratt Beauty Relevee Lash Curler (review)
(24) Le Metier de Beaute Waterproof Lip Liner in Nylon (review)
(25) NARS Audacious Lipstick in Raquel (review)
(26) Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss in #22 Ideale (review)
(27) Burberry Fresh Glow Foundation Powder in Ochre (review)
(28) *SK-II Mid-Day Essence
Images + Swatches...

SKINCARE:
Above: African Botanics Marula Buchu Enzyme Polish
Above: Skincare squad.
Above: Omorovicza Miracle Facial Oil
Above: The oil comes with a glass dropper for precise control.
Above: A swatch of the Veil Sunset Light Primer Serum and Mixing Base
COMPLEXION:

Above: Complexion products.
Above: Glowing cheeks a four products away.
Above: Swatches of complexion products in outdoor lighting.
Above: A closeup of Tom Ford Illuminating Duo in Moodlight and the Giorgio Armani Maestro Contouring Powder Brush.

EYES:
Above: Chantecaille Le Chrome Duo in Tibet
Above: Perfect for neutral taupe lovers, this shadow is finely milled and gorgeous for every day.
Above: Swatches of Chantecaille Le Chrome Duo in Tibet.
Above: Swatches of eye products in natural outdoor light.
LIPS + TIPS: 
Above: Pinky nude lips and tips products.
Above: I love the combination of Le Metier de Beaute Waterproof Lip Liner in Nylon + NARS Audacious Lipstick in Raquel + Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss in #22 Ideale for a creamy, opaque, shiny and lasting nude lip.
Above: Swatches of lip color in natural outdoor light.
Above: A perfect nude nail pairing...RMS Nail Polish in Luminzer + Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Beige Glass.
Images of the products in action...





Above: Last look.
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Bottom Line: I truly hope you enjoyed the video tutorial and accompanying images and would love to know which products have been key players in your fall makeup routine...do share!

Good things ahead, including a host of fresh fall and winter beauty releases, an additional skincare update and a travel-centric story, just in time for the holiday trips of the coming months.

Also, as a friendly FYI, Equipment France is having a major sale right now...I will definitely be securing some additional staples for my wardrobe; the silk blouses are classic and timeless and I wear them weekly!

Have a beautiful weekend and thanks for your readership and support...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.
 

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Dolce & Gabbana Sophia Loren Signature N° 1 Lipstick: A Class Act

Above: The Dolce & Gabbana Sophia Loren Signature N° 1 Lipstick.
Designed as a grand tribute to screen goddess Sophia Loren, the Dolce & Gabbana Sophia Loren Signature N° 1 Lipstick is utterly sublime.  Deemed a "natural red," this raspberry-toned crimson has a soft, shiny finish that drenches lips in saturated pigment and hydration.  Given its illustrious inspiration and decidely wearable nature, I am thrilled to present a closeup of this lipstick!

Kindly scroll on for more details, swatches and images of Dolce & Gabbana Sophia Loren Signature N° 1 Lipstick in action...
Above: A class act, indeed.
Ever an unapologetic nude lip lover, I valiantly ventured outside of my comfort zone when trying this shade for the first time; one afternoon with this rosy gem, however, and I became smitten with its flushed tones and dreamy, reflective effect.  In my experience, here are the strongest, most captivating qualities of Dolce & Gabbana Sophia Loren Signature N° 1 Lipstick:
  • The golden square tube is emblazoned with Sophia Loren's signature...so chic.
  • The rose-meets-raspberry shade satisfies one's need for a red lip, without ever officially venturing into red territory.
  • The soft and shiny finish is unexpectedly comely; it allows one to apply without major concern for precision and visually enhances the volume of one's lips.
  • The formula is moisturizing and lasts for 3-4 hours without touch ups.
  • The shade, however pigmented, does not oxidize to a darker, more intense shade of pink/red as the hours wear on.  Instead, it fades to a fetching berry-toned stain.
  • The ease of wear, especially for a darker shade, has compelled me to keep this lip color in my purse all season!  In sum, I am beyond pleased with this lipstick and earnestly recommend it.

The following images reflect Dolce & Gabbana Sophia Loren Signature N° 1 Lipstick in action...

Above: I prefer to apply directly from the bullet; the slightly sheer yet pigmented formula glides on and stays put without being high-maintenance.
Above: No detail was spared with this release.
Above: A swatch of Sophia Loren Signature N° 1 in direct sunlight.
Above: Beauty at the golden hour.
To compliment the lush tones of D&G Signature N° 1, I embraced the following products:
Above: Clé de Peau Beauté Eye Color Quad in #311 Pewter Veil brilliantly executes the teal green trend.
Above: A melange of skincare, complexion perfecters and eye color.
Above: Swatches in direct sunlight.







Above: Last look.
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Bottom Line: The Dolce & Gabbana Sophia Loren Signature N° 1 Lipstick is every bit as timeless and classic as one would expect; the rose-meets-raspberry is endlessly wearable and sure to compliment a spectrum of skin tones.  If you've been in the market for a deeper yet effortless shade, then I implore you to consider procuring Signature N° 1 before it sells out...it's already completely out of stock at Saks!

Good things ahead including a fresh video featuring my current makeup routine, a cheek color intensive and some new skincare in my life!

I hope your week is going well thus far...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.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Jumpstarting My Day with Elizabeth Arden


Above: A new morning ritual.
Kindly allow me to be candid when I confess that I am not a morning person; this reality is unfortunate in light of the fact that my work responsibilities require me to wake up by 6:15 each day.  Two alarms later (perhaps fortified by a "Rach...it's getting close to 6:30" from my husband and a quick perusal of my email to activate my brain), and I heartily stretch and roll out of bed, doing my best to command some coordination as I stumble to the bathroom to get ready for the day.  Can you relate?
Above: Morning elements as of late...mango juice, my trusty iPhone and Elizabeth Arden SUPERSTART Skin Renewal Booster.
After a quick washing of the face, I proceed to my skin care application.  Lately, this process has been complimented by the addition of the Elizabeth Arden SUPERSTART Skin Renewal Booster.  After describing my morning challenges, you can imagine how anything involving the concept of "boost" in the AM is intriguing to me!  

Designed to boost skin's natural defenses, this innovative formula harnesses the power of a probiotic complex to enhance hydration and skin's ability to renew, thereby improving the look of the skin's surface layer.  Additionally, the active ingredients actually proliferate the efficacy of other skin care products with which you choose to apply following the booster.  That is, when the skin's surface layer is in its best condition, then it becomes more receptive to all products in the regimen by delivering stronger results, consequently boosting the potency and performance of serums and moisturizers.   

Research revealed that:
  • 95% of women agree that SUPERSTART boosts the effectiveness of their skincare products.*
  • 92% of women agree that SUPERSTART helps repair the look and feel of damaged or irritated skin.**
  • 82% of women agree that SUPERSTART makes their skin more resilient and resistant to irritation and damage.**
*Based on US home use consumer test on 62 women ages 25-59 after 8 weeks.
**Based on US home use consumer test on 89 women ages 25-59 after 8 weeks.

Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Peg-11 Methyl Ether Dimethicone, Alpha-Glucan Oligosaccharide, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Vp Copolymer, Amodimethicone, Caprylyl Glycol, Carbomer, Ceramide 1, Ceramide 3, Ceramide 6 Ii, Cholesterol, Crithmum Maritimum Extract, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Disodium Edta, Ethylhexylglycerin, Kefiran, Lactobacillus, Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed) Seed Extract, Maltodextrin, Parfum/Fragrance, Phytosphingosine, Polymnia Sonchifolia Root Juice, Saccharide Isomerate, Salicornia Herbacea Extract, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Sodium Polyacrylate Starch, Xanthan Gum, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Benzoate.
Ingredients are subject to change at the manufacturer's discretion. For the most complete and up-to-date list of ingredients, refer to the product packaging.

After cleansing, I smooth one pump of the weightless gel all over my face and give it a couple of seconds to completely absorb.  Then, I follow with my moisturizer and primer of choice and finish my canvas with a dash of foundation.  I've noticed that my sensitive skin feels balanced and looks bright and clear and appreciate knowing that I am giving it a valiant opportunity to function at its optimum level.  

Above: A boost in the morning?  Yes, please!
  

Above: The Elizabeth Arden SUPERSTART Skin Renewal Booster at the exposition of my morning. 
Above: One pump is enough to cover my entire canvas. 
Above: Slowly waking up.
Above: SUPERSTART is gently hydrating but absorbs into the skin instantly, leaving a more perfected canvas in its wake.
Above: Ready to face the day.
Above: Last look.
Bottom Line: As aforementioned, I need all the help that I can get in the morning!  The Elizabeth Arden SUPERSTART Skin Renewal Booster has been a superb addition to my A.M. routine as of late, providing my skin with a much-needed head start.  Now, if only I could find a skin care product that could give me an extra hour of sleep each day...a girl can dream ; ) 

Good things ahead...may this week be kind to us all!

XO,

--The Beauty Professor

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Elizabeth Arden through their partnership with POPSUGAR. While I was compensated by POPSUGAR to write a post about SUPERSTART Skin Renewal Booster, all opinions are my own.

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