Friday, July 29, 2016

Happy National Lipstick Day...30+ Lip Color Favorites Swatched + in Action!

Today is National Lipstick Day and what better way to celebrate than a thorough round of swatching of some of my favorite color formulas? Glosses, stains, creams and serums...this post has it all! 

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

Swatches in direct sunlight. 

Swatches in direct sunlight. 

// Balms, Bases, Serums + Liners //
  • *Le Metier de Beaute Hydra Plump Lip Serum (reviewed HERE): Instantly hydrating, this revolutionary formula works under the surface to plump lips for the long term without irritation.  Brilliant!
  • *Supergoop! Lip Screen (reviewed HERE): Extra shiny and nonsticky, this gloss offers SPF 50 protection and a waterproof finish that makes it a beach bag necessity. 
  • *La Prairie Luxe Lip Enhancer (reviewed HERE): The beige bullet is like "lingerie for the lips," filling in fine lines and evening out skin tone so lips can get the most from the lip color to come.  I also love that extends the wear of my lipstick...a worthy splurge!
  • *Lancome Juicy Shaker in Mint to Be: In a mood-lifting minty blue hue (that applies clearly), this charming lip oil offers tremendous hydration and a minty taste that instantly freshens a moment. 
  • By Terry Baume de Rose Gloss (reviewed HERE): One of my perennial favorites (I'm on tube #3), this decadent rose scented gloss feels buttery smooth, bathing lips in nourishing ingredients that contribute to a softer, fuller pout. I always have this at my bedside. 
  • Kaplan MD Lip Definer in Nude (reviewed HERE): Retractable (read: no need for a sharpener) and compact, this lip liner is a unique nude beige that completely blends into most lip tones, allowing one to redefine the lip line without being conspicuous.  The formula is creamy and long lasting and, needless to say, I am completely smitten. 
Intense tones. 
// The INTENSE Tones // Bold and color saturated for color that makes a profound impact 

The complete look. 
In the images that follow, I combined six different lip color choices with these product to create a complete look:
  • *La Prairie Skin Caviar Concealer and Foundation in Amber Beige (reviewed HERE): Always in my rotation, this foundation creates a skin finish that also delivers skincare benefits. 
  • Gucci Bronzing Powder in Indian Sand (reviewed HERE): A neutral tan with minimal shimmer, this bronzer is well worth tracking down.
  • *Tom Ford Nightbloom Powder in Velvet Bloom (full review soon): I can say with certaintly that I do not have a blush this shade in my collection.  This cool lilac pink with a tender satin finish is utterly breathtaking and launching counter-wide soon. 
  • *DECORTE Foundation Powder in Warm Beige (reviewed HERE): My go-to powder for months, I appreciate how this pigmented formula banishes shine and evens skin while still looking nearly invisible. 
  • *Vintage Cosmetics Brighten and Define (reviewed HERE): A blissfully simple eye color palette, it features a brightening ivory shade (which I brushed all over lids for an even effect) and a deep black powder (which I ran across my lash line to define before adding liquid liner).  Perfect for beauty minimalists, this compact creates a lovely eye in seconds. 
  • *Surratt Beauty Autographique Eye Liner (reviewed HERE): Arguably the gold standard of liquid liners, this creates a rich black, indelible line that lasts the day, even in extreme humidity.  I used it to create a conservative winged eye in the images that follow.
  • *Sisley So Curl Mascara (reviewed HERE): Two coats for dark, voluminous and lengthened lashes that still feel good. 
Face essentials. 
Swatches in direct sunlight. 
For the eyes. 
Swatches in direct sunlight.
Le Lip Picks. 
Same Face, Six Different Lip Colors...

Jouer Long Wear Lip Creme in Citronade Rose.
Citronade Rose. 
Marc Jacobs Beauty Le Marc Creme in Sonic Truth.
Sonic Truth.
Clé de Peau Beauté Radiant Liquid Lip Rouge in Sequin.
CdPB Sequin.
Chanel Rouge Double Intensite in Tender Beige. 
Chanel Tender Beige. 
Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro in Shocking Pink.
Armani Shocking Pink.
Rodin Luxury Lipstick in Winks. 
Last look.
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Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this lipstick extravaganza and would love to know what lip color you have chosen to wear for National Lipstick Day!  Do please share in the comments!

Good things ahead, including a serious round of new product procurements and Fall 2016 makeup collection overviews aplenty...stay tuned.

xx and happy Friday,

--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, July 28, 2016

Video Tutorial: Quick Summertime Face with only 7 Products!

Products Discussed:

(1) *Le Metier de Beaute Peau Vierge #2 (reviewed HERE) and *GrandeLIPS (reviewed HERE

(3) By Terry Sun Designer Palette #2 Light and Tan Vibes (also available at Beautylish and reviewed HERE)...also, currently (through August 2nd) Space.NK is having its EXPLORE promotion, offering $20 off of orders of $100 or more (with the code: EXPLORE60), making it an excellent time to embrace the beauty that is Sun Designer. In the video, I applied Sun Designer with the *Chikuhodo GSN 04 Brush (reviewed HERE).

(5) *Clé de Peau Beauté Eye Color Quad #316 Golden Age (also available at CdPB...extensive swatching and formula reviewed HERE and HERE

(11) Byredo Mojave Ghost (reviewed HERE)

Bases covered.
Cheeks in check.
Swatches in direct sunlight. 
CdPB Golden Age for Fall 2016.

Swatches in direct sunlight. 
Lips etc.
The following images reflect all products from the tutorial in action in afternoon sunlight...

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Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and would love to know what you've been reaching for this summer when you need to get ready in a tell!

Good things ahead, including a lip color extravaganza and a host of new Fall 2016 collection features...

xx and thanks for watching, reading and commenting...your support is deeply valued and appreciated!

--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.

Monday, July 25, 2016

15 Revitalizing Summertime Skincare + Beauty Discoveries

We are officially in the middle of summertime: from sun-exposure and record-breaking heat to travel and all that process entails in the modern world, it is easy to feel fatigued, even if you're facing some much-needed downtime. That being said, I am excited to share 15 skincare and beauty discoveries that revitalize one's visage while still embodying an essence of effortlessness.

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

The Sisley-Paris July 2016 Beauty Subscription.
(1) The *Sisley-Paris Beauty Subscription: Perhaps the most luxurious subscription box option on the market, this extremely reasonable ($60 for 6 months, $100 for 12 months) program offers subscribers the opportunity to experience a diverse range of hero products from the venerable French brand (also recently reviewed HERE). Perfect for those who seek to test out a formula before investing in the full size, this opulently curated collection of products features sample and deluxe sample offerings (excellent for travel) nestled in a chic silk pouch.  

The July 2016 Beauty Subscription includes:
  • Express Flower Gel: A gorgeous mask that leaves skin hydrated, plump and glowing.  The deluxe-sized tube guarantees that you'll get multiple uses!
  • Eye Contour Mask: Designed to combat puffiness, dryness and fine lines, this mask breathes new life into the orbital area.  Toss this handy foil pack into your carry on luggage, the next time you travel!
  • Global Perfect: A makeup-extending formula that also expertly mattifies and minimizes pores, this primer makes skin look its best.  Try the generous deluxe size tube each day for a week to see visible results. 
  • Hydra-Global Intense Anti-Aging Hydration: Lightweight and long lasting, this gel-cream moisturizer is marvelous for all skin types and works well to keep skin hydrated (yet fresh!) in the sweltering summer months.
  • Phyto-Cernes Eclat #2: This concealer (in a versatile light-medium beige shade) works well to brighten dark circles while simultaneously delivering skincare benefits that fight undereye concerns from the inside out. 
The July 2016 Beauty Subscription box is available for the entire month of July so if you are intrigued by the above descriptions, sign up before the 31st to have your own experience with the contents! 

Skincare discoveries. 
(2) *By Terry Cellularose Dual Exfoliation Scrub (also reviewed HERE): Fast becoming one of my favorite exfoliants, this rich gel is gentle enough to be used daily; it keeps my skin smooth and glowing and has the most decadent rose aroma. 

(3)*Mila Moursi pH Balancing Toner (also reviewed HERE): I am on my second bottle of this wonderous toner; the light and uplifting formula never fails to reset and balance my skin, even when it is behaving deplorably.  I spray it onto my skin day and night and am continually impressed about how well it keeps oilyness at bay while preparing my face for the skincare to come. Try it and you'll see what I mean!

(4) *NERD Acne Treatment Lotion: Although I am deeply grateful to not deal with regular breakouts anymore, I still get a pernicious spot from time to time (thank you monthly hormones and summertime humidity).  Thankfully, this potent little bottle possesses the capability to banish a pimple without drying and irritating already moody skin.  The active ingredient is Sulpher (rather than Benzoyl Peroxide) which works to effectively calm and diminish a spot in a day or two.

(5) *Omorovicza Blue Diamond Resurfacing Peel (also reviewed HERE): This lush, translucent mask soothes skin while increasing cell turnover for an unmistakably noticeable glow in less than 20 minutes.  I have used this for years and continue to be astonished by the tangible results. 

(6) *Le Metier de Beaute Rejuvenating Anti-Aging Night Cream (also reviewed HERE): I am thoroughly addicted to this powerful night cream; with a high concentration of time-released retinol (read: no peeling) and impressive hydration capabilities, it makes my skin smoother, bouncier and more alive upon waking. 

(7) *Hampton Sun SPF 15 Gel: This spray SPF features a weightless texture and moisturizing formula for radiant skin that is protected during sun exposure...yet another win for Hampton Sun!


Haircare trio.
(8) *Christophe Robin Delicate Volumizing Rose Shampoo & Conditioner: Scented like a rose garden and free of all harmful ingredients (no parabens, sulfates or the like), this all-natural duo infuses bouncy volume into my long and heavy locks.  Simply divine. 

(9) *Leonor Greyl Lait Lavant A La Banane Gentle Shampoo: For times when traditional shampoo feels excessive, consider this incredibly light option from Leonor Greyl.  With a soft banana fragrance (glorious), hair-friendly ingredients and a texture that foams without lathering (experience it is the only way to truly understand), this shampoo is one of the most unique haircare items I have tried to date.
Note the way the shampoo dispenses into a delicate foam.
// BEAUTY //

Beauty finds. 
(10) *Edward Bess Black Sea Pearl Perfector: A streamlined way to illuminate the skin, this pearly formula blurs pores and smoothes skin for a subtle glow that looks gorgeous both under makeup as a perfecting base and atop makeup for additional enhancement. 

(11) *Clé de Peau Beauté Eye Color Quad #316 Golden Age (also available at CdPB...extensive swatching and formula reviewed HERE): New for Fall 2016, this eyeshadow quad is warm neutral lover's dream.  Velvety smooth with exceptional color payoff, the satin finish is long wearing and crease free for hours on end and the warm bronzy brown, golden champagne, vivid persimmon copper and rich chocolate bronze tones are breathtakingly blendable and easy to wear.  I will be reviewing the entire CdPB Fall 2016 soon but couldn't resist sharing this quad; in the meanwhile...scroll on for swatches a plenty!

(12) *Surratt Beauty Expressioniste Brow Pomade (also reviewed HERE): For groomed and polished brows in seconds, look no further than this genius wand.  The comb masterfully brushes the flexible formula (which dries clear) through brows for a feathered look that stays in place all day.

(13) *Grande Lips Collagen Boosting Plumper: I have been experimenting with this lip plumping formula for about a week and am very impressed with the instant volume and fullness it creates.  The tingle factor is minimal but the plumping factor is visibly noticable.  It also claims that daily usage will contribute to long term results...can't wait to find out. 

(14) *Santhilea London Real Rebel Lip Balm: Don't let the whimsical green hue fool you; this hydrating balm applies clear but adapts to the perfect "my lips but better" rosy tone for one's complexion. 

(15) *Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Deliciously Shiny Lip Color in 001 My First Lipstick and 011 Beige Lingerie: I was instantly captivated by the fascinating packaging of this latest lipstick release from Guerlain.  Ever attracted to pale pinks and nudes, I settled on My First Lipstick--which is a shiny baby pink designed to instantly lighten any lipstick--and Beige Lingerie, which is a delightfully cream mid-toned pinky nude. The formula is moisturizing and ultra-reflective for effortless summertime lips. 

Swatches in direct sunlight. 
Eye pair.

Grande Lips alone on the lips. 
Santhilea Real Rebel Lip Balm. 
Swatch in direct sunlight. 

Swatches in direct sunlight. 

The rest of the look.
The images that follow reflect the usage of many of the products discussed.  I am also wearing:
  • *Surratt Beauty Surreal Real Skin Foundation #9 (reviewed HERE): This foundation offers buildable medium coverage and a nearly waterproof finish that holds up so well in warm weather.  The nearly invisible skin finish is unprecedentedly fantastic and #9 is a perfect match for my NC 27 summer skin. 
  • By Terry Sun Designer Palette #2 Light and Tan Vibes (also available at Beautylish and reviewed HERE): I have gotten so much use from this brilliant palette; from contour and bronzing to blushing and highlighting, this palette does it all!  Currently (through August 2nd) Space.NK is having its EXPLORE promotion, offering $20 off of orders of $100 or more (with the code: EXPLORE60), making it an excellent time to embrace the beauty that is Sun Designer. 
  • Tom Ford Cream and Powder Eye Color Duo in Golden Peach (also available at Bloomingdales and reviewed HERE):  Long a proponent of this incandescent eyeshadow, I find myself reaching for it multiple times a week; often out of stock, it appears readily available at Sephora as of publish date.  Get it while you can!
  • *Maybelline NY The Spider Effect Mascara (reviewed HERE): I am still loving this lengthening and volumizing formula...two coats create fluttery lashes, indeed.
  • Loose overall romper: Super casual and completely aligned with the ease of summer, this romper works well as a bikini coverup or playful outfit.  Although I picked mine up at a little boutique last year, I found similar options HERE, HEREHERE and HERE).
  • Halter Wrap Bikini Top: I've been wearing this bikini top for two summers in a row now (previously reviewed HERE); it is comfortable and crafted in the prettiest shade of green.  So glad it is still available!
  • Vintage Hermes Orange Scarf: There is just something about the warm orange tones of this scarf that looks so right in the summer I worn as a neck accessory, to camouflage a "too-low" top or as a hair band, its versatility is indisputable. Though mine is probably one of a kind at this point, The Real Real has a host of authentic, vintage and viable options in the same color palette. 
  • Mint green-blue choker: I made mine with some random string but Etsy has a host of better crafted options to brighten up a relaxed summertime look. 

Tom Ford Golden Peach + CdPB Eye Color Quad #316.  Guerlain Beige Lingerie on the lips. 

Last look. 
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Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed perusing this summertime product round up as much as I did creating it! What caught YOUR eye and what are YOU loving this month? Do tell!

Good things ahead, including a fresh video tutorial (already filmed, in the editing process) and a tribute to National Lipstick Day (7/29)...xx and stay cool,

--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.