Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Tutorial: Two Lip Colors, Two Vastly Different Looks

Lipstick makes all the difference.  I have mentally acknowledged this reality on an innumerable amount of occasions...from a swipe of baby pink to add a casual glow to a meticulously applied classic red for a timeless effect (see HERE), there is simply something so transformative about veiling one's lips in color.  Today, I am excited to share two diverse looks--created by a pair of lipsticks on either side of the shade spectrum--featuring an array of new favorites from Le Metier de Beaute.

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


LOOK #1: Beige for Days

The first look is a natural one for me; nude lips are my habitual go-to and the Moisture Matte Lip Color in La Vie en Rose (all shades swatched and reviewed HERE) takes neutral to another level!  I combined this 1960's-inspired pale lip with some complexion basics for a warm, pared down take on polished minimalism...just because the pout is understated doesn't mean that everything else must be accentuated!
1. I prepped and evened my canvas with Le Metier de Beaute Peau Vierge #02 (reviewed HERE).  This illuminator, primer, tinted moisturizer and anti-aging serum has been my first step (following skincare) for the past three years and my face would be lost without it. 

2. For additional coverage, I applied the *By Terry Light Expert Click Brush Foundation in 05 Peach Beige (not pictured, but reviewed HERE) for a natural, smooth and velvety effect. 

3. To subtly contour, I swept a bit of the darker side of the Tom Ford Illuminating Duo in Moodlight (not pictured, but reviewed HERE) along the hollows of my cheeks.

4. In this look, I wanted the apples of the cheeks to look "just pinched" so I lightly buffed the brand new *Le Metier de Beaute Creme Fresh Tint in Zinnia, a glistening medium pink, into the cheek area with my ring finger.  Long time a favorite, this formula is the perfect balance of pigmentation and radiance.  

5. For a touch of highlight, I added a bit of the *Le Metier de Beaute Eye Prism in Angora (also reviewed HERE) along my upper cheekbones and brow bone.  Once set, this gossamer-light, multitasking formula stays in place all day and I love that it can be used on the eyes, lips and face alike!


Above: A swatch of Le Metier de Beaute Creme Fresh Tint in Zinnia in direct sunlight.

6. To complete the eyes, I blended the *Le Metier de Beaute Eye Prism in Lurex--a warm, shimmering nude--all over the upper lid and ran a bit along the lower lash line for definition.

7. I then took the indigo-meets-navy *Le Metier de Beaute Dualistic Gel Eyeliner in Midnight and applied it along my lower waterline; the aqua tint feels modern and fresh. This eyeliner is smooth as silk and stays in place, even in a challenging area such as the waterline!

8. As aforementioned, lips are all about a soft pinky beige effect.  I first prepped them with the moisturizing Le Metier de Beaute Lip Creme in Creme Caramel (a muted rosegold nude) and then lined them with the rosy *Le Metier de Beaute Waterproof Lip Liner in Saffron and then applied the *Le Metier de Beaute Moisture Matte Lipstick in La Vie en Rose for a muted result.



Above: Saffron + La Vie en Rose  on the lips.
 
 


Look #2: Coral Forest

Sometimes, one must venture outside of one's comfort zone and such is the case with this classic coral look.  Combined with a modest brown winged eye and a vibrant Ferragamo silk scarf, the result is positively metamorphic!

To achieve this look, I followed steps 1-6  from above.  Then, I:

7. Drew a medium-width line along the upper lash line with the *Le Metier de Beaute Dualistic Gel Eyeliner in Sequoia, a rich matte brown, and brought it to a slight wing at the corners of the eye. Before it sets, his formula is smudgeable for a delightfully diffused finish. 

8. I then used the *Le Metier de Beaute Waterproof Lip Liner in Echo to define the perimeters of the lips and followed with the *Le Metier de Beaute Moisture Matte Lipstick in Cinema, a bold yet soft coral, to complete the look.



Above: Echo and Cinema on the lips.
Above: I've been wearing this beige crewneck sweater from Topshop constantly.
Before this post concludes, I wanted to share a quick preview of my latest bootie acquisition; while undoubtedly a splurge, this pair from Gucci are perfectWith a decent, though entirely comfortable heel, a higher shaft (so chic to wear with this season's cropped denim) and an embossed back, I am absolutely smitten! Expect them to make a more refined appearance on BP in the very near future ; ) 


Above: These Gucci booties were love at first sight.

Above: Last look.
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Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this Le Metier de Beaute lip color-centric tutorial and wish you a bounty of blessings in the New Year!

What are YOUR plans for the rest of this week?

Good things ahead in the imminent future, including a Best of 2015 video (!!) a host of new product discoveries and couple super exciting foundation features ;  )

Looking forward to spending 2016 with you here at Beauty Professor!

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, December 28, 2015

A Classic New Year's Eve Look with Clé de Peau Beauté Bal Masque Coffret

With New Year's Eve just days away, now is the time to contemplate which beauty look you will embrace to ring in 2016.  Although I am generally apt to resort to bronzy skin, taupe lids and nude lips--my unequivocal go-to combination--I've decided to test the boundaries of my comfort zone and pursue a classic red lip and slightly smoky eye.  Fortunately, this combination could not be easier to achieve thanks to the holiday-inspired Clé de Peau Beauté Bal Masque Coffret.

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

The *Clé de Peau Beauté Bal Masque Coffret (also available at CdPB and Barney's NY) is a gorgeous, limited-edition 3 piece set; reminiscent of a Venetian masquerade, the packaging takes opulence to another level.  The coffret features a breathtakingly beautiful eye shadow quad in the greens of the season, a natural red lipstick and a bordeaux version of the Perfect Lash Mascara (reviewed HERE).  

It's no secret that I adore the Clé de Peau Beauté eye shadow formula (extensively reviewed HERE).  Buttery, pigmented and virtually creaseless, the blendable quads are of the highest quality.  At first glance, the shades in the Bal Masque compact could prove intimidating.  The bold gold and army green tones, while indisputably lovely, might cause one to question their wearability.  I am happy to confirm, however, that they are entirely easy to work with!

Embossed with a masquerade imprint, the shades are deemed "metallic," although I would classify them as more of a satin finish.  The luminosity is refined and translates well from day to night.  Each shade could be worn alone as an all over wash of color, but I prefer to blend the green and gold with a dash of the lighter grey near the brown bone for good measure; this amalgamation results in a softly smoky eye that feels just right with a pop of red on the lips.

The quad contains:
  • A deep, smoky, slightly purple-leaning grey
  • A  vibrant yellow gold
  • A lush army green
  • A soft and light taupe grey
Above: Swatches in direct sunlight.
Above: Swatches in mixed outdoor lighting.
 
The lip color, housed in the usual gold and black tube, this timed topped with a special red cover, is all sorts of resplendent beauty.  Richly pigmented and intensely hydrating, this crimson wonder has a timeless quality that strikes the balance between bold and demure.  

I love that all Clé de Peau Beauté lipsticks come in refillable containers; that is, the bullets can be removed and replaced thereby making each case a utilitarian purchase.  The formula feels like velvet, has a marginally shiny cream finish and lasts for hours without feathering or fading.  In the images that follow, I applied straight from the bullet and used a small concealer brush to enhance precision in the lip line area. 

Due to its classic neutrality, I envision that Intense Crimson will flatter a spectrum of skin tones!
The Perfect Lash Mascara (also reviewed HERE) is the only product of the trio to come in a smaller size.  The volumizing and lengthening formula is consistently one that I reach for when I seek longevity as it does not budge once applied.  In all frankness, this mascara is more waterproof (although it doesn't make such claims) than some waterproof mascaras! 

The glossy black bordeaux shade imparts just a touch of rich burgundy for a unique twist on dark lashes with an aubergine undertone.  I actually prefer the size of this tube (bigger than a sample, smaller than the traditional option) as it fits into my makeup bag with ease. This shade is not currently available in the full size so the Bal Masque Coffret is the only way to bathe your lashes in such an indulgent veil of color.

Above: A swatch of the
In the images below, I combined the trifecta of the Bal Masque Coffret with a few key products for an initial pass at my New Year's Eve look:
The following images reflect the CdPB Bal Masque Coffret in action... 



Above: Last look.
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Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this in-depth overview of the Clé de Peau Beauté Bal Masque Coffret (also available at CdPB and Barney's NY).  Due to its limited-edition status, it's perfect for dedicated makeup collectors and the fact that every product is entirely wearable will guarantee that your investment is worthwhile.  

I may only be at home on New Year's Eve, eating good food, playing games and watching the Twilight Zone with family and a few close friends, but I am excited to put the Bal Masque Coffret to the test as we bang pots and pans at the stroke of midnight!

What are YOUR New Year's Eve plans?  

Good things ahead, including a Le Metier de Beaute-centric story, a fresh foundation feature and my beauty and skincare favorites of 2015 video!

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.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Close Up: A Neutral Palette for All Seasons + Boxing Day Sale Suggestions

Hello lovelies...I hope you had a magnificent Christmas! Spent close to home with family, mine was joyous, indeed.

Today, I am excited to share a close up of the gloriously wearable, double-layered palette for neutral eye lovers.  If this description has piqued your interest, do read on. I've also included some Boxing Day/weekend sale suggestions for those of you who have some newfound holiday gift cards burning a hole in your pocket...no time like the present for the best deals of the year!

Kindly scroll on for more details, swatches, images of the products in action and my Boxing Day sale suggestions as well as the Bottom Line...
Above: The Giorgio Armani Luxe Is More Palette, Maestro Brushes and Maestro Lip Stain #500.
The Giorgio Armani Luxe is More Palette (also available at Neiman Marcus, Barney's NY, and  Saks Fifth Avenue) is a two-layered wonder; the first layer houses 10 bewitching satin-finish, color rich powder eye shadows and the second layer contains a trio of complexion perfectors--two concealers and a translucent powder to be exact--to brighten up the oft-shadowed under eye region.  Housed in a comely soft gold compact, the shades work in concert to create a pared-down, minimalist yet exceedingly beautiful effect that will flatter a range of skin tones.  This limited-edition palette is every bit as luxurious as the name implies!

To compliment the neutral-eyed look that follows, I integrated the Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro #500 (also reviewed HERE), a creamy, pigment-saturated lip stain best described as a medium rosy nude.  Every time I reach for this shade, someone asks me what I'm wearing and though my menagerie of nude lip color is extensive, I am hard-pressed to identify duplicates in my collection.



To apply the shadows and concealers from the Luxe is More Palette, I have been employing the use of three brushes from the new Giorgio Armani Maestro Brush Collection
  • The Maestro Angled Eye Brush: Whimsically fluffy and white, this brush features angled bristles that harmonize with the contour of the eye for luxuriously accurate application of powder and cream shades.
  • The Maestro Blending Eye Brush: Marvelous for blending in the crease, the tapered tip is extremely effective for diffusing color.
  • The Maestro Concealer Brush: This flat brush adeptly applies concealer, even in the small and sensitive orbital area. 
Above (from L-R): The Angled Eye Brush, the Blending Eye Brush and the Concealer Brush.

Official details, courtesy of Nordstrom:

Giorgio Armani introduces the Luxe is More Palette, an oversized collection of colors for your eyes, cheeks and face. The top pan is filled with 10 harmonious eye shadows in a blend of colors that allow you to create a perfect nude eye on the go, while a second pan features a silky compact powder for a flawless, glowing look and two shades of compact cream foundation to sculpt and contour the face. The palette is tucked inside an exclusive velvet pouch and comes with two eye shadow applicators.

As aforementioned, the top layer consists of 10 subtly chic neutral eye shadows, most of which have a luminous satin finish.  These shadows blend like a dream and play well together, enabling infinite possibilities. I prefer to apply directly to the lid (this formula is essentially crease-free which means no need for primer unless your lids are extra dewy to begin with) and let creativity take care of the rest; because every shade is neutral, there is a quiet confidence in experimenting, especially in light of the fact that this color collection is basically foolproof.

The shadows themselves are finely-milled with very little fallout and even though most shades possess a satin finish, there is no need to fear a "glitter effect."  The luminosity is so effortlessly subtle that even the most shimmer-phobic individual would have grave difficulty finding fault in the finish. Simply exquisite!

Shade Descriptions (per my experience):
1. Pale shell beige (satin)
2. Warm light rose gold (satin)
3. Shimmering pale copper (satin)
4. Light neutral champagne (satin)
5. Rich black (matte)
6. Luminous ice blue (satin)
7. Radiant pearl white (satin)
8. Neutral light taupe (satin)
9. Warm rosy light taupe (satin)
10. Deep aubergine (satin)
Above: Swatches in outdoor lighting.
Above: A closeup of the top layer of the palette.
Above: Swatches in direct sunlight.
Above: Layer two...three components for a perfected visage.
The second layer consists of two creamy concealers and a translucent setting powder.  Both of the concealers are the same formula as the Armani Maestro Fusion Makeup Compact (swatched and reviewed HERE) and I find that a mixture of shades 1 and 2 banish all under eye darkness in seconds; the creamy formula is also excellent for mid-day touch ups, especially around the nose and mouth.  

From a shade perspective, these two options will work best for fair to medium skin (@N/NW/NC 15-@N/NW/NC 30) but the translucent setting powder can be used on all skin types with great success.
Above: Swatches of the concealers (1 + 2) and powder (3) in direct sunlight.
Above: The Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro in #500 is a soft yet rich rosy nude.

The following images reflect all products in action; for reference, I applied shades 1, 3, 6 and 10 for a subtly smoky eye...





Just in case you are inclined to get the absolute most out of your holiday gift cards, take a peek at these Boxing Day Sales:
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Above: Last look.

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Bottom Line:  I hope you enjoyed this beauty closeup of the brilliant Giorgio Armani Luxe is More Palette (also available at Neiman Marcus, Barney's NY, and  Saks Fifth Avenue) and would love to hear your thoughts on this stunningly neutral, limited-edition collection of shades. 

What are some of YOUR favorite Giorgio Armani Beauty products?

Good things ahead, including a Favorites of 2015 video, a New Year's Eve look and a host of product procurements.  I am also in the midst of working my way through BP comments and emails...thanks for your patience in this busy time of year!

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.

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