Tuesday, January 26, 2016

FOTD Newness: CdPB Cream Shadow, Hourglass Strobing Powder, La Prairie Lotus Glow + a Major Pair of Winter Boots

I hope your week is off to a wonderful start!  I am excited to share a fresh FOTD, rife with new products from Clé de Peau Beauté, Hourglass Cosmetics and La Prairie; I also included an incredible boot discovery, entirely apropos for the current winter weather.

Kindly scroll on for more details, swatches and images of the products in action as well as the Bottom Line...
cle de peau cream color eyeshadow swatches
Clé de Peau Beauté Cream Color Eyeshadow in Pony, Bear and Sequin.
Clé de Peau Beauté just released their Cream Color Eyeshadow and I couldn't help but pick it up in a few shades that are befitting transitions from winter to spring.  Extra silky and delightfully pigmented, the lush formula creates a soft veil of color that stays in place all day without creasing. 
cle de peau cream color eyeshadow swatches
The CdPB Cream Shadow comes with a dual brush/sponge applicator that resides within its own plastic pouch for safekeeping on one's makeup bag...brilliant! 
cle de peau cream color eyeshadow swatches
Clockwise from top left: Bear, Sequin and Pony.
This new formula comes in five sophisticated shades:

  • 301 Bear: A deep maroon with a satin finish--rich and elegant yet still lovely for everyday.
  • 302 Tutu: A creamy pale pink--perfectly cool undertones for rosy toned skin.
  • 303 Balloon: A shimmering silver baby blue--ethereally beautiful and fresh.
  • 304 Pony: A pale, luminous taupe nude--an excellent neutral wash of color.
  • 305 Sequin: A matte apricot beige flesh tone--muted on its own, this shade plays well with others and also works as a lovely base for deeper tones.
I chose Bear (I cannot say not to maroon on the eyes), Pony and Sequin as the warmest neutrals of the quintet and couldn't be more pleased.  Even with the generally satin finish, these are more understated and less shimmery than the Burberry Cream Eye Color.  The color can be applied sheerly or built up to nearly full opacity and looks nearly textureless on the eyes (it's very light for a cream), mitigating the potential for creasing or migrating over the course of wear.  

All in all, this is a gorgeous installment from Clé de Peau Beauté and I highly recommend it to those who have a propensity for cream formulas with a muted satin finish...magnifique!

cle de peau cream color eyeshadow swatches
Bear, Pony and Sequin. 
Official details, courtesy of Nordstrom:

This luxuriously smooth, dewy creamy eyeshadow transforms into a silky powder and melts into your skin for exquisitely defined eyes with captivating color.

How to use: Use a brush or your finger to blend over your eyelids. The product can be applied as an eyeliner or on the lower eyelids by using a narrow applicator.
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Swatches of the CdPB Cream Color Eyeshadow in direct sunlight.
cle de peau cream color eyeshadow swatches
Extreme closeup...the cream shadows instantly blend into the skin, imparting immense color and a soft sheen that is virtually texture-free. 
hourglass ambient strobe powder swatches
Just in time for spring...the Hourglass Ambient Strobe Powder
Next, as soon as the rain of last week cleared for some sunshine, I raced outside to capture additional images of the gorgeous *Hourglass Ambient Strobe Powder (initially discussed HERE).  This powder was born to coexist with sunlight, for their relationship is a symbiotic one!  

I cannot stress the finely-milled nature of this powder enough; it feels entirely weightless one the skin and, instead of creating a shimmery effect, it cloaks one's countenance in a gossamer veil of light that perfects while maintaining the natural essence of bare skin.  

Extremely subtle, I am apt to believe that these powders cannot be overapplied...I have been enjoying wearing Iridescent on my upper cheekbones and over (or even under) cream blush for a lit-from-within look that lasts all day.  I can't wait to continue experimenting with this formula and plan on working them into an upcoming video as well...stay tuned! 
hourglass ambient strobe powder swatches
Heavy swatches of the Hourglass Ambient Strobe Powder in direct sunlight.
Official details, courtesy of Sephora:

What it is:
A collection of illuminating strobing powders designed to sculpt the face with light, creating depth and dimension for a refined, natural-looking highlight.

What it does:
Ambient® Strobe Lighting Powders are formulated in a sheer base that’s infused with concentrated, ultra-fine mico-pearl particles in a number of sizes and refraction levels for natural-looking luminescence—without leaving a heavy metallic finish. Developed with Photoluminescent Technology it captures, diffuses, and softens surrounding light to refine the appearance of the skin. Use it wet or dry for different levels of intensity, taking you from an everyday strobe highlight to a dramatic evening strobe highlight. These universally flattering shades are perfect for all skintones, and they’re designed to be used with the Ambient Strobe Light Sculptor (sold separately) for the most effortless application.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
- Parabens

What else you need to know:
Designed to emulate the way in which strobe lights capture and reflect light on the face, Ambient® Strobe Lighting Powders contain a more concentrated level of micro-pearl particles in varying sizes and refraction levels than the original Ambient Lighting Powders. Combined with a sheerer base, the powders impart a highlight to the face in its purest form without masking the skin beneath it.

"Ambient Strobe Lighting Powders give off the most amazing glow to your skin without being overpowering. I love using it with the Ambient Strobe Light Sculptor when I want a more reflective highlight." —Carisa Janes, Hourglass Founder

hourglass ambient strobe powder swatches
All four shades in direct sunlight.
hourglass ambient strobe powder swatches
Swatches in mixed outdoor lighting.
la prairie lotus glow swatches
La Prairie Lotus Glow...get it while you can. 
Finally, I am over the moon to be able to share my love affair with the freshly-released, limited-edition *La Prairie Cellular Radiance Cream Blush in Lotus Glow (also available at Neiman Marcus, Saks and Bloomingdales).  My affinity for this opulent formula has not been a secret here at BP (Peach Glow and Plum Glow are staples) and this latest shade installment is just as entrancing!  

Best described as a glowing raspberry, this color-saturated shade looks stunningly bright in the pan; just a touch to the apples of the cheeks, however, is all that is necessary to impart the quintessential aprés ski look.  In light of how often I gravitate towards pale pinky peach blushes, I cannot get over how much I adore this shade...it simply brings a healthy life to the face and its neutral undertones ensure that it will work well to compliment a spectrum of skin tones.  If you haven't yet tried this exemplary formula, I implore you to consider starting with the limited-edition wonder

Official details, courtesy of Neiman Marcus:

Nutrient-rich cheek colour infused with La Prairie's cellular anti-aging treatment benefits to improve the texture, look and feel of your perfected skin.
  • Enhances skin with soft, radiant glow.
  • Long wearing, non-drying.
  • 5 glowing shades.
  • 0.26 ounces / 7.4g.

la prairie lotus glow swatches
A swatch of the limited-edition Lotus Glow in direct sunlight...truly, a little of this blush goes a long way! 
Face products, resplendent in the sunshine.
la prairie lotus glow swatches
Swatches of face products in direct sunlight.
Recipe for a flushed glow.
I also recently picked up the Becca Shadow + Light Brow Contour Mousse in Cocoa...the darker side has a creamy texture that works well to fill in and polish brows while the luminous pink highighter accentuates brow bones while still looking natural.  
Swatches of Cocoa in direct sunlight; the light ash brown works well with my darker ash brown brows.
Eyes and lips.
Swatches of eye and lip products in direct sunlight.

In the images that follow, I am wearing:
  • Kjaer Weis Foundation in Just Sheer (reviewed HERE): Buffed on with a damp beauty blender, this creamy, ultra-clean foundation offers medium to full coverage...I've been reaching for this a lot lately.
  • *Edward Bess Undo Time in Medium (coming soon!): Deemed a "skin perfecter," this formula is highly concentrated, making it the perfect way to banish under eye darkness and any unevenness...oh, and it smoooths skin like nothing else. 
  • Tom Ford Moodlight...darker shade worn as bronzer (reviewed HERE): Still getting plenty of use from this summertime investment.  Now that I am a bit more pale, the darker side works perfectly as a light, radiant bronzer.
  • Hourglass Ambient Strobe Powder in Iridescent (also discussed HERE): Applied along the upper cheekbone, this shade creates a subtle glow that doesn't look like "highlighter," just softly luminous skin.
  • La Prairie Cellular Radiance Cream Blush in Lotus Glow: I like to apply this by patting my ring fingertip into the blush and tapping it on the apples of the cheeks.  As aforementioned, the result is sublimely pretty adn little goes a long way...I'll have this blush for ages!
  • Clé de Peau Beauté Cream Color Eyeshadow in Bear and Pony: I first applied Pony across my entire upper lid as a shimmering taupe base and then followed with a generous blending of Bear, focusing on the crease and working upwards.  I also swept a bit of a mixture or the two shades along my lower lashline. 
  • Becca Shadow and Light Brow Contour in Cocoa: I used a small angled brush to apply the light brown shade into my brows to add definition and volume.  I then used my pinky to sweet a touch of the pink shade just along my browbone for subtle accent. 
  • Surratt Beauty Brow Pomade (reviewed HERE): The most magnificent finishing touch for brows, this clear gel keeps everything in place without feeling stiff. It's a staple in my makeup bag.
  • Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Mascara (reviewed HERE): I have been loving the jet-black, instant volume and lengthening abilities of this mascara lately.  Believe the hype on this one!
  • Gucci Lipstick in Whisper (reviewed HERE): One of my favorite Gucci Beauty products ever, this creamy, full coverage, hydrating and long lasting mauvy pink never disappoints.  I have used up half of the bullet and may need to invest in a new one soon. 








Let's conclude with the boots!  Although we haven't been experiencing snowy winter weather in Southern California, I originally purchased these chic Sorel Joan of Arctic boots for my trip to NYC back in November.  The surprisingly temperate climate at the time didn't necessitate me to wear them but the rain of El Nino back home has given me a chance to reach for these waterproof darlings frequently as of late.

Constructed in super soft leather, these boots have a hidden wedge that provides a couple of inches of height while remaining incredibly comfortable.  Prior to ordering, I was stunned by the host of consistently positive reviews and now am happy to confirm that I am amongst those impressed with this pair.  Even after wearing them for hours, my feet feel perfectly comfortable; I daresay that they may be the most comfortable boots of this nature that I've owned to date and the fact that they are excellent companions for inclimate winter weather makes them a wholly worthwhile investment!

sorel joan of arctic boots
Sorel Joan of Arctic boots in black, worn with Frame Skinny Jeans.
Above: Last look.
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Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this new product-laden FOTD and would love to hear your thoughts on the fresh releases!  What has caught YOUR eye?

Good things ahead, including a Natasha Denona feature, a foundation close up and a myriad of new product procurements (including the Spring'16 Tom Ford Eye Color Quads)! Also, it is currently finals week at one of my campuses and the start of the new semester at another...consequently, I am fielding your lovely emails and comments as quickly as humanly possible ; )

Oh, and a major happy birthday to my beloved husband (who, incidentally, took some of the pictures toward the end of this post)...January 26th will forever be a special day in my heart...so glad he was born!

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.

8 comments:

  1. The Marc Jacobs Mascara is my new favorite. Chanel Le Volume is what I always wear. Thank you for this review.

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    1. Hi Judi,

      So glad to hear that you are loving it, too...I am wildly impressed!

      XO,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  2. Hi Rachel,
    Just wondering if your hair is darker?

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    1. Hi Anon,

      No...it is the same! I am guessing that it is the lighting ; )

      xx,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  3. Beautiful products and beautiful look! I just received the Marc jacobs mascara and am very curious if I like it too ;-). Thanks for the lovely review!

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    1. Thank you ever so much, Melanie!

      XO,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  4. Rachel, love the review. You look wonderful in your LOTD.

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    1. Thank you so much, Debi...XO and talk soon,

      --The Beauty Professor

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