Monday, May 30, 2016

Last Look: The Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Collection + A Full Style & Beauty Look

The Internet has been positively agog with the arrival of the BECCA x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Collection.  The highlighter compact and eyeshadow palette have been splashed across every imaginable medium of social media (Instagram! Twitter! Snapchat!), accompanied by the glow-centric looks we've come accustomed to expecting from BECCA (Opal, reviewed HERE and HERE is a perennial favorite for me).  

I was thankful to have had an early preview of the products but wanted to adequately swatch and test them before sharing everything on Beauty Professor. While this Champagne Collection story may not be the first you've read, it's my goal that it will be the last one you need to make informed decisions regarding which items from the line you plan to procure! Consequently, the deluge of images that follow reflect my experience with the collection coupled with a dash of style for good measure.

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

The BECCA x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Collection consists of five key products:

The *Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Collection Face Palette features five finely milled shades for the face; designed to add warmth, flush and glow, the powders apply sheerly but are pigmented and buildable enough for a stunning effect:
  • Rose Spritz is a golden peachy pink blush
  • Amaretto is a warm tan bronzer-meets-blush
  • Pamplemousse is a fuchsia pink with little to no shimmer
  • Champagne Pop is a white gold with pinky peach undertones
  • Prosecco Pop is a yellow gold champagne beige shade with more pigmentation, overall, than Champagne Pop
Although the entire palette is wearable, I find myself using Amaretto as a bronzer, Rose Spritz on the Apples of the cheeks and a mixture of Champagne Pop and Prosecco Pop on the high points of my face (upper cheekbones, bridge of nose and Cupid's bow) as demonstrated in the images at the end of this post.  Pamplemousse is lovely, but it is currently too strong for my cheeks...perhaps I'll give it another try when I get a bit more sun this summer.  All in all, the palette is gorgeous and the shades layer nicely...definitely worth obtaining (if you haven't already) when stock is replenished!


Swatches in direct sunlight.
Swatches in direct sunlight.

The *Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Collection Eyeshadow Palette in Champagne Toast comes in a pale gold streamlined case which houses five neutral shades of eyeshadow for a wealth of combinations:
  • Shimmering pale gold
  • Radiant light bronze
  • Matte thistle mauve
  • Matte warm brown
  • Matte deep eggplant purple
Smooth and buttery with significant color payoff (swatches below reflect a single pass on the skin), I was quite impressed with the quality of the shadows and believe this is an excellent option for those seeking a capsule collection of warm naturals in various finishes.  I prefer shimmering/satin finish over matte (more forgiving in hasty application moments) and find myself applying the bronze all over the eye with a touch of the mauve in the crease and a bit of the shimmering pale gold blended up to my brow bone (as demonstrated in the images at the end of this post).  While the matte shades are lovely, they are just not as natural for me but I will continue to experiment with different looks in the coming weeks.

Swatches in direct sunlight. 
Swatches in direct sunlight. 

The collection also features Champagne Pop in two compact formulas:

  • *Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Champagne Pop: This gossamer-light powder glides on skin, imparting immense radiance--a warm golden light, if you will--that is easy to apply and lasts all day.  Although this shade was previously released, I didn't actually try it until the debut of this collection and now I understand the hype!  Even when the most minute amount is used, the shade instantly illuminates the face and the glow looks almost "wet" in all the best possible ways.  It is a different glow than the softer radiance that my beloved Opal creates and the warmer tone of this powder is completely apropos for the warmer months ahead.  I adore it!
  • *Shimmering Skin Perfector Poured in Champagne Pop: A cream version of the above, this more subdued formula translates as a touch more matte than then powder and is marvelous for getting the glow without the gleam.

  • Finally, the *Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop is a liquid version of the ubiquitous warm gold hue which can be mixed into foundation, applied atop base and blended into the décolleté and on arms and legs to deliver immediate light to the surface of the skin.  As the image below demonstrates, the liquid is highly blendable for the most natural radiance possible!

    Swatches in direct sunlight. 

    Other essentials.
    // FACE // In the images below, I also used the following products:
    Swatches in direct sunlight. 

    Lipmix in action. 

    // A Dash of Style// I am wearing:
    • Eileen Fisher Scrunch Neck Turtleneck: I cannot get enough simple black turtlenecks, even when the weather gets warmer, I'll still be wearing them...I'll simply replace my jeans with cutoff shorts.  The timeless classic appeal knows no end for me and Eileen Fisher makes one of the best ones on the market...a plethora of good reviews!
    • Levi's 501 Jeans (also at REVOLVE): These relaxed jeans have a near perfect fit (medium rise, boyfriend cut and slim ankles) and can be dressed up or down, depending on footwear.
    • Miz Mooz Cali Ankle Cuff Sandals (also worn HERE):  I have worn these interesting little sandals countless times since picking them up earlier this past spring.  They are extremely comfortable and have adjustable ankle detailing that will work for a variety of foot types.  Finally, I have an unapologetic penchant for buying shoes that combine black and brown(isn) and this darling pair most definitely fit the bill! 
    Comfortable and unique, the Miz Mooz Cali Ankle Cuff Sandals have been on constant rotation in my life. 

    The following images reflect all face and style products in action in afternoon light: 

    The Champagne Collection Toasted Champagne Palette on the lids + Smith & Cult The Tainted Lip Stain alone on the lips.
    Champagne Pop glow on the upper cheeks.
    For a creamy nude I added a coat of the TEMPTU Color True Lipstick in Buffed Nectar (reflected on the lips in the last two images).

    Last look.
    --Shop the Post--

    Bottom Line:  I hope you found this overview of the BECCA x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Collection helpful and inspiring. The products in the collection are truly sublime and well worth the pursuit. 

    Good things ahead, including a fragrance profile, a glimpse into my vitamin routine and a host of new product procurements...can't wait to share!


    --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.  © 2012-16 Beautyprofessor® All Rights Reserved. Do not copy, reprint or republish content and/or photos without author's written permission.

    Saturday, May 28, 2016

    Weekend Edit: A Memorial Day Sales Shopping Guide, A Foundation Rotation + My Latest Story For the Neiman Marcus Blog

    Happy weekend to you!  What are your plans?  After an insanely busy week, I am looking forward to sticking super close to home, catching up on a host of products and taking advantage of the weekend sales with a bit of online shopping.  Although it's oft-associated with BBQ's and days off, let's also take a moment to consider the true reason for Memorial Day...I, for one, am infinitely grateful for the brave men and women who have lost their lives in the course of duty to protect America.  Thanks will never be enough. 

    Today's story features a brief shopping guide with personal style recommendations, a quick overview of the foundations in my rotation as of late and a link to my latest story for the Neiman Marcus blog, all about my favorite products for the orbital area! 

    Let's start with the SALES:

    Shopbop currently has a vast sea of markdowns that can be worn now and through the summer months.  I like the:
    • Acne Boots: Clean and classic moto boots that work well with shorts, jeans and skirts alike.
    • Victoria Beckham black jeans: Skinny, black and only one knee hole, these are sure to get a lot of weartime. 
    • Splendid Camdyn Sandals: I love the unique twist on a traditional flat sandal and the fact that this style comes in both black and nude is an asset. 
    • Joie Silk Dress: Effortless and immensely pretty, dresses that look chic and can handle the consumption of a big meal are the best. 
    • Linda Farrow Luxe Sunglasses in Tea Rose and Brown: I have been on a bit of a sunglass kick and these pastel gems are next on my list...the Linda Farrow line has been flying off the shelf this season.
    Currently, Equipment is offering an extra 20% off sale items.  Some of my choices include:
    • Lanie Silk Dress: I have no less than 3 dresses in this style and wear them constantly.  Worth the investment. 
    • Boven Silk Parka: Finding the right type of jacket for spring and summer can be a challenge...not too heavy, not too light, this silk number will look stunning over jackets or paired with denim shorts and booties.  
    • Leema Silk Shirt: I have a weakness for all things minty green and this floralish blouse certainly fits the bill. 
    Nordstrom is in the midst of its Half-Yearly Sale, with 40% off items in most departments.  
    If authentic pre-owned luxury goods in excellent condition are your calling, the check out the sale at The Real Real.  I have had consistently good experiences with my orders on the site.  Currently, many products are 20% off, including:
    • Hermes Tote: Iconic Hermes at an unbelievable price, this large tote will match everything.
    • Tom Ford Sunglasses: I love the unique stylings of these sunglasses...I haven't seen anything like them in my recent shopping excursions.
    • Salvatore Ferragamo Satchel: Everything about this bag is sublime...the color, the shape and the fact that it has handles and a long strap.  This is a handbag that would work for every occasion. 
    • 14k Gold Collar Necklaces: I have no shortage of golden collars; easy to wear, comfortable to layer and complimentary to nearly every look, I now have my eye on a few more ; )
    Space.NK is having a major sale on some By Terry Favorites including:
    • By Terry Cover Expert Intense Beige (reviewed HERE): This foundation has been a staple for me for many years; it is deeply marked down because it was recently formulated with a marginial amount of SPF but if you love the full coverage formula as much as I do, I would recommend picking up the original while you can.
    • By Terry Hyaluronic Sheer Rouge (reviewed HERE): Gloriously moisturizing with a colorful glaze, this lip color is excellent for the warmer months.  So many shades are still available...get a few for you and a couple more for gifts!
    Finally, in a state of permanent sale, The Outnet has been a favorite luxury style go-to as of late.  I recently placed a decent-sized order for a host of summer essentials including:
    • Swimwear:  I picked up an iconic two piece--deeply discounted--by Missoni and a gorgeous, minimalist toasted tan bandeau set by Norma Kamali.
    • Equipment France: So much of my favorite brand--a timeless classic--on's almost difficult to narrow down the choices.
    • Frame Denim: The discounts on the fabulous jeans from this line are significant; hope you find  something that catches your eye. 
    • Gucci boyfriend Jeans: Ultra soft, slightly structured and faded to the perfect hue of cloud blue, these jeans are a steal and run true to good.
    --Shop the Sales--

    Foundation rotation! 
    Next, I wanted to share an overview of the FOUNDATIONS I've been reaching for lately.  I have been wildy experimental as my skin seems to change with the weather and here are 8 which have been on heavy rotation:
    • Serge Lutens Spectral Foundation in O40 (swatched and reviewed HERE): Creamy medium coverage with a natural matte finish, O40 is a spot-on match for my current skin tone.  This formula is so special.
    • Bobbi Brown Skin Moisture Compact Foundation in Natural: Noting that the formula was new, I picked it up on a whim and appreciate how moisturizing the formula is.  It provides buildable coverage (from light all the way to full) and I get 6-7 hours of touch up free wear.  
    • Le Metier de Beaute Peau Vierge (swatched and reviewed HERE): A perennial must in my routine, I wear this illuminating base under foundation and also as a lightly-tinted stand alone on low-maintenance days.  I hope to never be without it. 
    • *La Prairie Cellular Swiss Transforming Cream (swatched and reviewed HERE): A fusion of skincare and foundation, this superb cream offers medium coverage that makes skin glow.
    • *PIXI H20 Skin Tint in Nude: I recently began testing this formula and was pleasantly surprised with the medium coverage and fragrance-free weightless texture.  An excellent option!
    • *Surratt Beauty Surreal Real Skin Perfecting Wand in #9 (swatched and reviewed HERE): Easily currently in my top three foundation formulas, this brilliant wand pefects skin with minimal product and the lasting power is outrageously good.  
    • *Chantecaille Future Skin in Cream (swatched and reviewed HERE): A water-based gel formula, I reach for this foundation whenever my skin needs a break.  It consistently improves my skin and looks nearly invisible once applied.  
    • *Erno Laszlo Shake-It Tinted Treatment in Shade #2 Neutral (also available on Amazon): Completely interesting and unlike any base formula I have tried to date, this bi-phase formula is a clarifying and mattifying base that minimizes pores and fine lines while removing all unwanted oil from the canvas.  Great for minimal makeup days or moments when heat and humidity are your foes. 
    --Shop the Foundation--

    Finally, my LATEST STORY for the Neiman Marcus blog went live this past week; it focuses on my favorite products--from skincare to shadow and everything inbetween--for the delicate eye area.  Please leave me a comment if you go on to read it on the NM Blog!

    Products include:

    Last look.
     --Shop the Eye Products--

    Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this special weekend edition and would love to know what has caught your eye!

    Have a beautiful next few days and do share what you're up to should you be so inclined.

    Good things ahead, including a look featuring the new Becca x Jacqueline Hill Champagne Collection and a host of new product procurements...also catching up on comments and emails ; )


    --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.  © 2012-16 Beautyprofessor® All Rights Reserved. Do not copy, reprint or republish content and/or photos without author's written permission.

    Thursday, May 26, 2016

    Beautiful Inside and Out: Newness from By Terry, TATCHA, Edward Bess, Chantecaille and Charlotte Tilbury

    Beautiful inside and out!
    I love it when the packaging and presentation of skincare and beauty products is just as gorgeous as the products themselves.  Such is the case for this round of new discoveries!  Clean, pristine, delicate and feminine, they are stunning fusion of style and substance. 

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

    • *TATCHA Balanced Pore Perfecting Water Gel: Akin to a refreshing dew, this liqui-gel is  nontraditional moisturizer, excellently suited for those who abhor heavy creams.  It absorbs instantly and tightens and refines pores while subtly illuminating skin with real 23k gold.
    • *Antica Farmacista Fig Leaf Candle: Lighting a candle after a long day of lecturing is one of my indulgences but the scent has to be just right...too strong and I'm not relaxed but too light and it doesn't make a difference.  Enter this gem by Antica Farmacista: the sweetness of the lush fig is offset by an earthy element that's both calming and uplifting for the best of both worlds.
    • *Molton Brown Dewy Lily of the Valley & Star Anise EDT: Up front, I must disclose that I am partial to all things anise-related as my middle name is Anise.  That being said, this green floral is divinely fresh with intriguing notes of mandarin, white tea and ylang-ylang and, of course, lily of the valley and star anise...clean and pure, it's a beautiful daily option.
    • *By Terry Cellularose Dual Exfoliation Scrub (also available at Net-A-Porter): Extremely gentle yet effective, this scrub works best when applied to dry skin.  After buffing the formula into my visage in a circular motion, I am left with extremely smooth and radiant skin each and every time I use it!
    One of the most lightweight moisturizers on the market. 
    Lighting this candle puts me in full relaxation mode after a long day...fresh fig and warm earthy tones instantly emanate. 

    // BEAUTY //
    Chantecaille Mermaid Eye Color in Lagoon and Triton.
    Chantecaille Mermaid Eye Color in Lagoon and Triton:  I have had my eye on these for awhile and when I finally had the chance to swatch it, I was surprised that I was drawn to these two shades (cooler! greener!) over the warmer neutrals (my go-to hues) available.  Densely packed into sleek and lightweight pots, the fragrance-free cream formula is pigmented (nearly full opacity in a single layer) and gossamer with a sophisticated satin finish that is luminous without being glittery.

    Designed to be incredibly long-wearing, I get 6-7 hours of flawless, crease-free wear, even on my allergy-ridden (got to love pollen and grasses!) eyes. The creamy texture dries down to a color-fast powder that looks like second skin! 

    Lagoon is a breathtaking deep peacock green with reddish-brown duo chrome and Triton is a neutral pale taupe with a glowing foil effect.  Together (I like to apply Triton all over my lid and work Lagoon into the crease for depth and color), these shades work to create a subtle smoky eye with a sensuous sheen.

    Swatches in direct sunlight.
    Swatches in direct sunlight with a flash. 
    Legendary Lashes for a false fringe effect. 
    Freshly released and housed in a resplendent golden tube, the *Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Lashes Mascara mimics the look false lashes in two coats.  The jet-black formula builds nicely on itself, dramatically extending the length and increasing the volume of lashes from root to tip.  As long as I give it a few extra seconds to dry down (the formula is quite emollient upon application), I am able to get hours of flake-free and smudge-free wear and my fringe looks false in all the right ways.

    Sun Fabric #600. 
    Giorgio Armani Sun Fabric #600: Ever since catching a glimpse of this summertime launch online last month, I have diligently been hunting it down.  Consistently sold out since its release, I was happy to stumble on some untapped stock that had just arrived in-store and swiftly snapped up two, one for me, one for my mom.  It is the neutrality of this bronzer that makes it so alluring; the deep russet brown hue reminds me of the highly lauded yet discontinued Giorgio Armani Bronzer #1 (reviewed HERE), which was the perfect contour shade before the concept of contour aggressively infiltrated the Internet.  This time around, however, the finely milled powder (embossed with mesmerizing striations that call to mind windblown sand in a vast desert) comes in a glossy, streamlined compact with a chamber for a brush applicator.  

    Swept along the hollows of the cheeks and around the perimeters of the face, this bronzer has a transformative power to create depth and dimension without getting too warm; it's buildable while still appearing completely natural and the refreshingly singular shade (which has only the slightest touch of luminosity) will flatter a spectrum of skintones.  If you find it in stock (currently still available online at Nordstrom--at least for the present time), I implore you to pick it up...I'm confident you wont' regret it.

    Close up.
    Swatch in direct sunlight. 
    Passion and Satin.
    *Edward Bess Classic Beauty Lustrous Lip Color: Infinitely glossy and sublimely natural, these new lip colors from the venerable Edward Bess feature a smooth and glossy formula that is hydrating and luxurious.  The shades are "my lips but better" hues that look classically beautiful and the minimalist packaging is iconic and streamlined.  Passion is a warm medium peachy rose and Satin (my favorite...worn in the images at the end of this post) is a unique nude mauve that adds depth without getting too dark.  Absolutely marvelous!

    Official details, courtesy of Neiman Marcus:

    Become a Classic Beauty with a single swipe of this oh-so-creamy lip color specially designed to enhance your pout with timeless elegance. The magic melting formula applies effortlessly like your favorite lipstick and immediately turns into a high-gloss finish that delivers irresistible shine without ever feeling sticky. A rich, buttery texture nourishes and provides lasting hydration for all-day comfort and all-day gorgeous.

    Swatches in direct sunlight. 

    Serge Lutens Spectral Foundation in O40 (also also available at Saks and thoroughly reviewed HERE): I have been using this foundation a great deal lately as O40 is an excellent match for my mid-season transitional skin and the lasting power is impressive.  I deeply appreciate how creamy and even toned this formula makes my skin.  Natural looking and semi-matte for low-maintenance moments, this minimalist dream is an utterly worthy splurge for foundationphiles.

    Swatches of all five shades of the Serge Lutens Spectral Foundation in direct sunlight.
    Two coats of Armani #200 Sepia in direct sunlight. 
    Giorgio Armani Nail Lacquer in #200 Sepia (full Armani Sepia Collection review HERE): A neutral, toasted tan, this creamy polish has opaque coverage and a gorgeous shine for a novel take on a nude nail...and the diminutive bottle is entirely handbag-friendly.

    • Givenchy Oversized Sunglasses in Gold/Copper: I tried these on last month and have thought about them ever since.  Consequently, I picked them up a couple weeks ago and couldn't be happier.  They are unique yet classic with a lightweight frame that feels like nothing on the face.  They are especially great for those of us who struggle with glasses that slide down the nose and the delicate details make them well worth the investment! 
    The following images reflect all product in action in afternoon sunlight (shirt by Topshop)...

    Last look.
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    Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this beauty and skincare products never cease to bring me delight and this particular round up is beautiful both inside and out!

    What has caught YOUR eye?  Do tell ; )

    Good things ahead, including a fresh video, an overview of the latest from Becca (check out my Instagram for an initial peek) and a Sisley Paris beauty intensive as well as a host of new product procurements!  It's a crazy week but I am also in the midst of responding to your latest batch of comments and emails...thanks, as always, for your patience.


    --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.  © 2012-16 Beautyprofessor® All Rights Reserved. Do not copy, reprint or republish content and/or photos without author's written permission.