Monday, August 29, 2016

A Non-Mainstream Autumn Glow: Discoveries from Suqqu, Kevyn Aucoin + Rouge Bunny Rouge

When I first started Beauty Professor almost five years ago (!), I was inspired to share product discoveries from lines that were particularly difficult to procure.  The thrill of the hunt, coupled with the commiseration with those also enjoyed searching high and low for something beautifully obscure made all of the swatching entirely worthwhile. Times have changed since those early days; the Internet has become more powerful--it's reach seemingly infinite--and seamless, speedy international shipping is an expectation rather than a novelty.  That being said, I still enjoy sharing products that, at least in the US, are a touch elusive and today's story is dedicated to this neverending pursuit! From SUQQU to Rouge Bunny Rouge with a healthy dash of skin and haircare for good measure, I hope you enjoy the discoveries which collectively create a glowing autumn look. 

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

// SUQQU // This venerable Japanese line is lauded for sleek design, gorgeous colors and high performance are some key pieces from current and upcoming launches: 

Proportionately speaking, the largest segment of this story is devoted to SUQQU; although not readily available in America, the line can be effortlessly ordered from Selfridge's and, consequently, I have amassed a fair collection of products in the last couple of years.   

Up first is the *SUQQU Blend Color Eyeshadow EX-32.  Although it is a part of the Autumn collection, this quad seems to be difficult to currently locate online.  Finely-milled and divinely pigmented, the compact features sparkling gold, velvety red, rich matte brown and luminous platinum shades that blend together in harmony.  The quad is exceptional on the eyes (lovely color payoff, no creasing) and, if this particular shade combination is out of reach, here are some others for your perusal. 
Swatches in direct sunlight. 

Also for the eyes, the *SUQQU Deep Nuance Eyes in 02 Glowing Beige (formula also reviewed HERE and is recently back in stock!) is a wondrous option.  This cream formula bathes the eyes in a rich cloak of color and Glowing Beige is a neutral taupe with a glorious satin finish.  I combined it with the Eyeliner Liquid Pen Duo, which will be released later on this fall! 

Swatches in direct sunlight.  

For cheeks, I am embracing the resplendent *SUQQU Pure Color Blush in EX-1 and EX-3...these pink and coral (respectively) ombre options offer a fusion of color that ranges in intensity depending on where you place your brush.  The pop of color that this formula imparts is a veil that creates a flush without any obvious texture.  As of press time, both shades appeared out of stock but the very wearable nude and tea rose EX-02 Hanachaori is still available and (in light of my penchant for pale cheeks) I just may pick this one up as well.  Unique and beautiful on the skin!

Swatches in direct sunlight.  
Swatches in direct sunlight.

In the images at the end of the post, I used the SUQQU Extra Rich Cream Foundation in #203 (a lovely medium beige for N/NC 25-27 skin tones...other SUQQU foundations currently available HERE).  Slated for release (along with the genius dual-sided foundation brush/sponge pictured above and below) on September 22nd, this medium to full coverage formula is innovative in its philosophy, composition and behavior on the skin.  All in all, it's become a favorite in August and I will do a more comprehensive review once the formula is officially available. 

For lips, I am smitten for two shades that are arguably out of my comfort zone but sublimely wearable nonetheless:
  • *SUQQU Extra Glow Lipstick in 04 Ayasengo: This buttery formula drenches lips in moisture and shine while being marvelously pigmented.  The texture is plush, thereby contributing to a delightfully volumizing effect on the lips.  Ayasengo is a bright and creamy coral with absolutely no shimmer and remarkable lasting power. 
  • *SUQQU Extra Glow Lipstick in 08 Fukabeni:  Unlike any red I have tried to date, this neutral carmine tone imparts immediate opacit in a single swipe and looks bright without being over the top.  Truly special. I love it so much that I want to try the orange shade next! 

// KEVYN AUCOIN // For bronzing and glow, these two sleek compacts are all I've been reaching for as of late.

// ROUGE BUNNY ROUGE // The latest release is all about the brows. Naturally defined and poshly polished, two products take care of business with expertise.
  • *Rouge Bunny Rouge Long Lasting Brow Liner in Antimony and Trona: These retractable pencils feature an ultra-fine tip that allows one to create strokes small enough to mimic fine brow hairs.  The stalwart formula resists smudging and the two shades are neutral enough to match a spectrum of brow tones. 
  • *Rouge Bunny Rouge Brow Expert Gel: Featuring a tiny spooled wand, this clear gel brushes brows to perfection, adding shape, polish and definition for hours on end. 

// SKINCARE + HAIRCARE DISCOVERIES // The end of summer has allowed me a lot of testing time and here are a few recent standouts...

Skincare etc. finds.
  • *Kiehls Turmeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Mask: The seasonal transition has left my skin a bit tempermental and this mask consistently helps to calm and clear it.  Don't let the yellow hue throw you off...its turmeric-rich ingredients brighten skin while the cranberry seeds provide gentle exfoliation.  It's 20 minutes well spent. 
  • *La Prairie Skin Caviar Essence-in-Lotion (also available at Nordstrom): The latest from La Prairie, this water-meets-gel heightens the performance of all subsequent skin care products; I apply it with my hands directly after cleansing and sometimes am so impressed with how balanced and glowing my skin is, that I don't even feel the need to follow with additional skincare.  It's pure magic and, in terms of texture, I have nothing like it in my collection!
  • *Sisley-Paris Double Tenseur (also soon to be available at Nordstrom and Beautylish): I have had the good fortune of working with this serum for the past month and am wildly captivated by its efficacy.  Designed to lift, tighten and add radiance, this multitasking serum can be applied as a primer directly before makeup and also used atop makeup to refresh the face over the course of the day.  I have been using it nonstop. 
  • *Benir Beauty BV-9 Platinum Anti-Aging Bee Venom Cream: This utilitarian cream harnesses the power of bee venom to combat signs of aging, including uneven skin tone, wrinkles and slack skin.  Super light and instantly absorbed, this cream is gentle enough to even be used on the sensitive eye area and powerful enough to deliver results. I can't wait to continue giving this formula a try in the coming weeks and will weigh back in soon. 
  • *Lina Hanson Global Treasures Eye/Neck Treatment Balm: Possessing one of the most divine scents on the market, this opulent balm (infused with real gold flecks) masterfully works on both the delicate eye and neck areas to hydrate and repair stressed skin; dryness and fine lines diminish with use and the intoxicating scent furthers the sensory experience. 
  • *SiO Decollete Serum: After too many summers with not enough sunscreen (prior to my product-enlightened Beauty Professor years), I have been on a quest to treat my decollete with greater care.  This journey includes the SiO line (which also features cleansing pads and a sleep-in mask for the chest...more on this later), especially the Decollete Serum.  Lavishly moisturizing, a single pump plumps up the thin skin of my chest upon contact, making it look more youthful and glowing.  So good. 
  • *lilah b. b.kissed Lip Balm: Packaged in a chic and weighty white clamshell this minimalist wonder is deeply hydrating with a host of nourishing ingredients; smooth and silky (my lips feel great for hours), it's a perfect entry point into the line! 
  • *dpHue Color Brightening Gloss+ in Golden Blonde: This intensely rich conditioner infuses hair with moisture while also brightening up color (without peroxide or ammonia).  I find that a 3-4 minute treatment brightens my natural highlights and adds a silky gloss effect that makes my hair bouncier and more voluminous.  Highly recommended. 

Natural beauty: lilah b.  

The following images reflect all products in action in late afternoon light...plaid shirt from Nordstrom (similar option HERE) and choker by Elizabeth and James (reviewed HERE):

Wearing the Extra Glow Lipstick 04. 
Wearing the Extra Glow Lipstick 04,
Wearing the Extra Glow Lipstick 04.
Wearing the Extra Glow Lipstick 04. 
Wearing the Extra Glow Lipstick 04. 
Wearing the Extra Glow Lipstick 08.
Wearing the Extra Glow Lipstick 08.
Wearing the Extra Glow Lipstick 08.
Wearing the Extra Glow Lipstick 08. 
Wearing the Extra Glow Lipstick 08.
Last look.
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Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this glimpse into my latest non-mainstream beauty, skincare and haircare discoveries and would love to hear what has caught your eye! 

I start my fall semester of lecturing today (new job...more details soon) so this post officially marks the end of my summer...I will continue, however, to create beauty content and thank you for being such loyal and supportive readers.  Have a beautiful week! 

Good things ahead, including a travel feature, a fresh FOTD and a skincare spotlight...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.  © 2012-16 Beautyprofessor® All Rights Reserved. Do not copy, reprint or republish content and/or photos without author's written permission.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Chantecaille Fall 2016: How a Nude Lip and a Warm Smoky Eye Can Protect the Lions

Elements from the Chantecaille Protect the Lions Collection. 
The limited-edition *Chantecaille Protect the Lions Collection for Fall 2016 (also available at Nordstrom) recently arrived at counters, bringing the beauty of the majestic lions of Kenya into our hands and hearts.  As with many seasonal releases from Chantecaille, this particular collection focuses on a worthy cause that enhances the lives of the animals that roam our earth.  

A percentage of the proceeds from the gorgeous Protect the Lions Palette will benefit the Lion Guardians, an organziation dedicated to fostering harmony and co-existence between the Maasai tribes and the lions in their area so the lions can thrive, rather than being hunted.  The warm smoky eye and creamy nude lip that this collection imparts is alluring and the reality that a lion may be saved in the process is wildly inspiring.  

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

The *Chantecaille Protect the Lions Palette (also available at Nordstrom) contains four delicately embossed eyeshadows:
  • Sand: A glistening pearl beige
  • African Topaz: A incandescent copper
  • Amboseli: A rich, universally flattering burgundy. 
  • Rock: A matte neutral gray-meets-taupe.
Finely-milled and possessing excellent color-payoff, this quad is extremely versatile and wearable.  The neutral shades harmoniously blend together  and the resulting warm, smoky eye is equally appropriate for both day and night. In summation, get this gem if you can

Protect the Lions. 
Close up of the Protect the Lions Palette. 
Swatches in direct sunlight. 
Swatches in direct sunlight. 
Next, the *Chantecaille Lion Pride Cheek Color (also available at Nordstrom) creates a glowing, tender pink cheek that simply cannot be overdone.  The powder acts as a veil of color, draping cheeks in a rosy nude hue that, once experienced, will likely become your go-to. Its ease of application and subtle luminous nature make this blush a beautiful investment.

Behold...a close up of Pride. 
A swatch of Pride in direct sunlight. 
Finally, the *Chantecaille Lipstick in Mirage (also available at Nordstrom) is a nude lip lover's dream.  The pinky beige hue boasts a creamy and hydrating formula that has immense pigmentation and a slightly shiny finish that catches the light while wearing comfortably for hours. It is for these reasons that I am glad that this Mirage is not a truly exists and can be ordered HERE

A swatch of Mirage in direct sunlight. 
Mirage alone on the lips. 

To create a complete look, I used the following products: 
  • *La Prairie Skin Caviar Concealer and Foundation in Caramel Beige (also available at Neiman Marcus and reviewed HERE): I cannot stress enough how much I love this foundation. It offers luminous medium coverage while completely nourishing and caring for my skin. I use it multiple times a week, which, in my vast collection of foundation, is saying something profound! 
  • Bobbi Brown Instant Confidence Stick (reviewed HERE): Just a touch of this "magic wand" over fine lines and obvious pores perfects the skin in seconds and its ability to also mattify makes it a mighty multitasker. 
  • *Armani Sun Fabric #600 (reviewed HERE): I adore this bronzer for a warm tan effect; the brown is rich without being overpowering and the finely milled formula blends with ease. 
  • *Chantecaille Lion Pride Cheek Color (also available at Nordstrom): Applied to the apples of my cheeks. 
  • *Chikuhodo GSN 04 Cheek Brush (also reviewed HERE): One of my favorite cheek brushes, I used it to blend the blush on the apples of my cheeks. 
  • *Chantecaille Protect the Lions Palette (also available at Nordstrom): I focused the darker brown shade on the center of my lid and blended the lighter bronze shade around it for a dual wash of color. A touch of the matte taupe grey in the crease and a sweep of the luminous pearl along my brow bone and inner corners of my eyes completed the look. 
  • *By Terry Ombre Blackstar in Beyond Gold: I don't know why it took me so long to try this particular shade but now that I have, I cannot imagine life without it. The pale gossamer gold shade works well on its own, or in the case below, as a transitional blending shade up to the brow bone and along my lower lash line. Simply sublime. 
  • *Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Bold Defining 24 Hour Liquid Liner in Gilded Brown: Recently launched and utterly gorgeous, this liquid liner features a super fine brush for precise application and a luminous yet indelible formula that glides on and stays put for hours on end.  I haven't yet given it the 24 hour test but I am sure I'll have the chance in the coming days once I head back to lecturing next week ; ) Gilded Brown is a golden medium brown that I applied close to the upper lash line and gently winged out for a bit of neutral drama. 
  • *Edward Bess Fully Defined Brow Duo in Neutral (also reviewed HERE): This two-side retractable pencil shapes up and polishes brows in seconds; I use the brown side to add depth and dimension and I run the genius pink highlighter along the base of my brows to "make them pop." 
  • *Chantecaille Lipstick in Mirage (also available at Nordstrom): The opacity of this shade enabled me to create a full lip with two coats; no primer or liner necessary!
  • *lilah b. Aglow Facial Mist: This sophisticated new mist from the minimalist beauty brand lilah b. infuses mineral water with unique essences including knot grass, fig extract and brown algae to firm, balance and brighten skin for a dewy glow that positively revitalizes the complexion. I used it as a final step in my makeup application process to set everything while adding a natural radiance to my visage. 
Swatches in direct sunlight. 
Eye accents.  
Swatches in direct sunlight. 

The following images reflect all products in action...

// STYLE NOTES // This particular outfit is an ultra-casual one.  Worn with the right pair of shoes and accessorized with a denim jacket perhaps and the culminating look is entirely apropos to run errands or lounge at your favorite coffee shop:
  • Ragdoll LA Vintage Tee in Dark Army:  On seriously heavy rotation, this tee has the pefect fit--not too loose, not too tight--and the rich army tone is extremely versatile 
  • Ragdoll LA Lace Up Shorts: Constructed of cotton and wildly comfortable, these shorts feature braided leather laceup detailing and pockets (!!) for chic lounging...oh, and they are currently on sale. 
  • Elizabeth and James Neri Kira Choker (also reviewed HERE): Stil fused to my neck, I love that this choker works just as well with casual separates (above and below) as it does with dresses and workwear. 

Last look.
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Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this overview of the stunning *Chantecaille Protect the Lions Collection for Fall 2016 (also available at Nordstrom).  The lush textures and wearable shades, coupled with the undeniably noteworthy cause, make this limited-edition trio (which has been selling out left and right since its launch) one to pursue. 

Will YOU be picking anything up from the Protect the Lion Collection? Do tell! 

Good things ahead, including a travel feature, a fresh FOTD and a host of new product procurements...cannot wait to share.

xx and have a beautiful weekend,

--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.