Friday, January 29, 2016

Friday Face Featuring Tom Ford, Vintage by Jessica Liebeskind + By Terry


Happy Friday, lovelies.  As so many that have preceded it, this week was a flash! In the haste of the past few days (ending one semester, beginning another), I have found myself reaching for products that can easily create a full face in a matter of minutes...the rush out the door each morning is real.  From freshly-released Tom Ford to trusty By Terry, here are some of my favorites of the week:

Kindly scroll on for more details, 


Products Used:




Tom Ford Disco Dust...a warm neutral lover's dream come true.
Swatches of Disco Dust in direct sunlight.
Vintage by Jessica Liebeskind Rose Gold is a soft, gold-flecked pink that effortlessly illuminates the face.
The powder is finely-milled, lending to a complex radiance.
A swatch of Rose Gold (in inner wrist) in direct sunlight.
Cheek essentials.
Swatches of face products in direct sunlight.
Eyes under control.
Swatches of eye and lip products in direct sunlight.
The following images (taken after a long teaching day) reflect all products in action (applied nearly 7 hours earlier); their lasting power is impressive...









Last look.
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Bottom Line:  I hope you enjoyed this overview of some of my beauty favorites of the week!  If you love warm taupy neutrals as much as I do, then Tom Ford Disco Dust is a must.  Additionally, the Rose Gold highlighter from Vintage by Jessica Liebeskind is an excellent foray into this gorgeously edited beauty line.  I implore you to check both out if you are so inclined.

If you haven't yet had the chance, don't forget to enter my Omorovicza Gold Collection giveaway...a winner will be chosen at random on February 1st!

Good things ahead, including a glowy foundation-focused video, a Natasha Denona feature and a cleansing process closeup.

Have a beautiful weekend...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.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Skincare Spotlight: Omorovicza Gold Collection + Giveaway!


I was first introduced to the Omorovicza line (also available at Beautylish and Nordstrom and Omorovicza) a few years ago; since then, I've tried the many releases from this exquisite Hungarian brand and have integrated a variety of key products into my skincare routine (previous reviews HERE, HERE and HERE).  Today, I am thrilled to offer a closer look at some strategic selections in the Gold Collection...with solutions that target dehydrated skin that yearns for a refreshed glow, this range of products perfectly balences luxury with efficacy!

Kindly scroll on for more details as well as a chance--exclusive for Beauty Professor readers-- to win all four products; specifics on the giveway are discussed in the Bottom Line...


I am certainly a gold lover; from radiant necklaces to tri-color vintage rings, to say nothing of the Cartier Love Bracelet which has been on my wrist--nonstop--for nearly eight years, if there is a way to find gold, I'll find it.  Consequently, imagine my wonder when I discovered that Omorovicza has found a way to harness the anti-inflammatory properties of gold and infuse it into its premiere skincare!
My recent daily indulgence for luminosity and radiance. 

Although there are seven products in the Omorovicza Gold Collection, this post will focus specifically on four; from masking excellence to treatment for the delicate orbital area, this quartet has your face covered, literally and figuratively ; )


The *Gold Hydralifting Mask (also reviewed HERE) is a brilliant option for when skin needs an extra infusion of hydration and .  I have been reaching for this frequently, especially in light of the excessively cool and dry winter weather we've been experiencing as of late.  Upon cleansing, I like to apply a generous layer of this silky mask and let it penetrate deep into my thirsty skin. Rich and decadent, this maks feels more like an opulent moisturizer than a traditional mask; consequently, after 10 minutes, the excess can simply be wiped away, leaving no need to rinse.  My skin is left firmer, smoother, more balanced and visibly hydrated!

Official details, courtesy of Omorovicza:

Cooling and velvety, this rose scented flash day mask provides an instant lift and prolonged hydration. Also it ingeniously blurs the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

  • Tighten the skin’s surface to visibly reduce the appearance of wrinkles with natural polysaccharide.
  • Blur imperfections leaving skin smooth and silky with bio-polymers.
  • Hydrate, plump the skin and resurface fine lines and wrinkles with three types of hyaluronic acid which release hyaluronic acid sequentially over time for enduring results.
  • Repair accumulated micro-damage to strengthen the skin with a powerful anti-inflammatory, gold ferment.
  • With a sublime scent, the finest rose essence, Rose Absolute, calms and nourishes the skin
  • Leave skin firmer, more supple and younger-looking as Hydro Mineral Transference™ delivers minerals deep into the skin.

Awarded "Omorovicza’s newest addition to its skincare range, the Gold Hydralifting Mask. Tried and tested by the Vogue team, it offers a spring-like glow in just ten minutes." - Vogue

Free from synthetic fragrance, colours and parabens, Omorovicza products are powered by a potent blend of Hungary’s mineral-rich healing waters and our patented Hydro Mineral Transference™ delivery system. This is combined with the finest vitamins, essential oils and natural ingredients sourced from across the globe.

Aqua (Hungarian Thermal Water), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Glycerin, Adipic Acid/Neopentyl Glycol Crosspolymer, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Sucrose Palmitate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Candelilla/Jojoba/Rice Bran Polyglyceryl-3 Esters, Saccharomyces (Hungarian Thermal Water) Ferment Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Glyceryl Stearate, Pullulan, Carbomer, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Cellulose Gum, Glyceryl Linoleate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Tocopherol, Disodium EDTA, Ethylhexylglycerin, Mica, Colloidal Gold, Phospholipids, Potassium Sorbate, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 75470 (Carmine), Citronellol, Geraniol, Citral, Farnesol, Linalool, Eugenol.




The *Omorovicza Gold Night Drops are new to my routine.  Upon cleansing and toning, I have been buffing a few drops of this gleaming elixir into my skin right before bed.  Even if I don't get as much sleep as I'd prefer (when do I ever?), I am impressed by the fact that I wake up with firmer, brighter, more rested looking skin that I should.  I appreciate the fact that the technology behind this serum takes advantage of the skin's heightened ability to repair itself while in slumber and I am a walking testament to the fact that this indeed is possible!

Official details, courtesy of Omorovicza:

This rich and powerful anti-aging treatment harnesses the anti-inflammatory properties of gold to repair, contour and lift skin overnight.

A transformative anti-aging night serum, it works in three stages to resurface wrinkles, repair & strengthen, and hydrate & nourish the skin at night when skin is most receptive to healing.

  • Correct and reverse sun damage with vitamin A, reducing the depth of wrinkles and fine lines.
  • Reduce free radical damage, protect collagen and elastic fibres within the skin and revitalize cell-growth with vitamin C. The result is improved skin tone, increased radiance, reduced age spots and restored elasticity.
  • Restore the integrity of the skin’s barrier function, replenish dehydrated skin and restores suppleness with omega 6 ceramide.
  • Repair and prevent photo-aging and chronic photo-damage in the skin while stimulating the skin’s natural defence mechanisms and protecting the skin’s immune system with bifida.
  • Heal accumulated micro damage and strengthen the skin with powerful anti-inflammatory gold ferment.
  • Retexture the lipid matrix to restore suppleness and hydrate dry, dehydrated skin with ceramide.
  • Promote long lasting hydration by increasing moisture retention in the skin with Sodium Hyaluronate.
  • Leave skin firmer, more supple and younger-looking as Hydro Mineral Transference™ delivers minerals deep into the skin.
Aqua (Hungarian Thermal Water), Ethylhexyldodecanol, Glycerin, Saccharomyces (Hungarian Thermal Water) Ferment Extract, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Squalane, Stearyl Olivate, Sucrose Stearate, Bifida Ferment Lysate, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, Stearic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycine, Soja (Soybean) Oil, Polysorbate 80, Phospholipids, Safflower Oil/Palm Oil Aminopropanediol Esters, Sodium Hyaluronate, Lecithin, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil, Tocopherol, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Hydroxide, Colloidal Gold, Retinol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Citronellol, Geraniol, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Soy Isoflavones, Sodium Benzoate, Eugenol, Linalool, Citral, Farnesol, Glyceryl Caprylate, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Oil, Beta-Carotene, Ascorbyl Palmitate.


The *Gold Flash Firming Serum is a resplendent delight; although it gleams like Midas in the bottle, don't let the flecks of light mislead you.  This is not a shimmer serum!  In fact, the light-reflecting particles disappear completely upon contact with the skin, imparting a subtle radiance that looks healthy and glowing, not glittery.  On a cellular level, the serum works to moisturize, balance and strengthen skin, fortifying for the demands of the day.  I love how nourished and dewy (not oily) my skin looks and feels upon application and am equally impressed by how these qualities are sustained over the course of wear.  This is a stunning option for daily wear and a marvelous place to start when deciding on a foray into the Omorovicza Gold Collection. 

Official details, courtesy of Omorovicza:

This silky anti-ageing serum instantly soothes and firms the skin. 

An oil free formulation, it absorbs instantly whilst potent ingredients, led by anti-inflammatory gold, help to repair and re-texture the skin, revealing a radiant, healthy and youthful-looking complexion. 

“The list of top notch ingredients in Omorovicza's firming serum reads like a who's who of anti-ageing essentials" – Marie Claire Online.

  • Heal micro-damage and strengthen skin with a powerful anti-inflammatory, colloidal Gold.
  • Enhance skin tone and help reduce the appearance of age spots with Vitamin C. It also boosts the synthesis of collagen and elastin to help restore elasticity.
  • Brighten and even skin tone by inhibiting the production of melanin with watercress extract and zinc.
  • For renewed elasticity and vitality, strengthen dermo-proteins such as elastin and collagen with polypeptides (palmitoyl tripeptide and caprooyl tetrapeptide).
  • Provide long lasting hydration to skin with sodium hyaluronate.
  • Leave skin firmer, more supple and younger-looking as Hydro Mineral Transference™ delivers minerals deep into the skin.
Aqua (Hungarian Thermal Water), Rosa Damascena Flower Water, Saccharomyces (Hungarian Thermal Water) Ferment Extract, Glycerin, Corundum (Pro Ruby Crystal), Phospholipids, Alcohol Denat., Phenoxyethanol, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, Niacinamide, Pullulan, Carbomer, Benzyl Alcohol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Hydroxide, Mica, Zinc PCA, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, Ethylhexylglycerin, Chlorella Vulgaris/Lupinus Albus Protein Ferment, Nasturtium Officinale Flower/Leaf Extract, Colloidal Gold, Silica, Parfum (Fragrance), Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Dehydroacetic Acid, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Caprooyl Tetrapeptide-3, Dextran, Linalool, Limonene, Eugenol, Geraniol, Citronellol, Benzyl Benzoate, CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide).





In my experience, the efficacy of eye cream is the most difficult to calibrate.  Lauded with impressive reviews, however, I was optimistic about trying the *Gold Eye Lift.  As with any good oribital product, a little of this lush cream goes a long way; I prefer to pat it into the corners of my eyes with my ring finger, directing the product upwards for additional lift.  Remarkably (and I can only say this about a few eye products in my experience), it does not irritate my highly sensitive eyes (I wear contacts for severe myopia), absorbs instantly and plays well with makeup (no smearing or smudging as the day wears on).  Although I need to continue to use this for a few more weeks before weighing in on my complete experience, I am happy to report that I am loving it thus far.

Official details, courtesy of Omorovicza:

This nourishing, anti-aging, gold eye cream reduces the appearance and depth of fine lines and wrinkles and renews elasticity. It also brightens tone and helps to reduce sun damage in the delicate eye contour.

“For softer skin and fewer lines, switch to a richer, more potent and hydrating skin regimen during the winter months. We tried many and recommend Omorovicza Gold Eye Lift.” – Harper’s Bazaar

  • Tense the skin in the delicate eye contour throughout the day with the sequential release of chicory root fructo-oligosaccharide.
  • Heal micro-damage and strengthen skin with a powerful anti-inflammatory, colloidal Gold.
  • Diminish dark circles with anti-coagulant vitamin K.
  • Resurface fine lines and wrinkles, and reverse sun damage with vitamin A (retinol).
  • Reduce puffiness with arnica.
  • Enhance skin tone and help reduce the appearance of age spots with Vitamin C. It also boosts the synthesis of collagen and elastin to help restore elasticity.
  • For renewed elasticity and vitality, strengthen dermo-proteins such as elastin and collagen with polypeptides (palmitoyl tripeptide and caprooyl tetrapeptide).
  • Retexture the lipid matrix to restore suppleness with ceramide.
  • Leave skin firmer, more supple and younger-looking Hydro Mineral Transference™ delivers minerals deep into the skin.
Aqua (Hungarian Thermal Water), Rosa Damascena Flower Water, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Flower Water, Glycerin, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Squalane, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Cetearyl Olivate, Stearyl Heptanoate, Cichorium Intybus (Chicory) Root Oligosaccharides, Cetearyl Alcohol, Sorbitan Olivate, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Saccharomyces (Hungarian Thermal Water) Ferment Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Mannitol, Sodium Lactate, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Laminaria Digitata Extract, Safflower Glyceride/Palm Oil Aminopropanediol Esters, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Prunus Domestica Seed Extract, Tocopherol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phospholipids, Colloidal Gold, Retinol, Gluconolactone, Chlorella Vulgaris/Lupinus Albus Protein Ferment, Pectin, Caesalpinia Spinosa Gum, Yeast Extract, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Medicago Sativa (Alfalfa) Extract, Sodium Benzoate, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Glyceryl Caprylate, Caprooyl Tetrapeptide-3, Dextran, Citronellol, Geraniol, Linalool.



Gold Flash Firming Serum under makeup with a touch on the high points of my face (over makeup) for an ethereal glow.
Last look.
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Bottom Line: The Omorovicza line (also available at Beautylish and Nordstrom and Omorovicza) is most definitely a worthy splurge.  From the exemplary ingredients to the potent actives that truly deliver results, I am consistently impressed with the Omorovicza products that I try.  

I am over the moon to be able to offer Beauty Professor readers a chance to try all four products discussed in this post!

Simply make sure to:

(1) SUBSCRIBE to Beauty Professor via email (box on right column of blog)

(2) LIKE both Beauty Professor on Facebook and Omorovicza on Facebook

(3) LEAVE a comment that shares a fun beauty tip and a bit about why you'd like to try the Omorovicza Gold Collection, along with an email address, Instagram name or Twitter handle (your choice) so you can be directly contacted should you win.  

A winner will be chosen at random and informed of their win on Monday, February 1st, 2016 by 12PM PST.  Once notified, they will have 24 hours to provide their mailing address ( a new winner will be chosen at random if the initial winner does not respond within 24 hours) so that the collection can be sent directly from Omorovicza.

I wish you the best in this exciting giveaway and look forward to reading your comments!

Good things, as always, ahead ; )

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.

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.
cle de peau cream color eyeshadow swatches
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.

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