Wednesday, August 16, 2017

4 Things I'm Excited About for Thursday: Fresh Decorte, My Travel Mirror, HG Complexion Swatches and A Return to QVC Beauty IQ Tonight!

In this story...
I just returned from a family trip to the mountains (catch a glimpse HERE and HERE) and, after devoting one day to unpacking, laundry and re-packing, I am back on the road for a couple of days (more on this later in the post!). 

As aforementioned in my past Instagram Stories however, I was able to shoot a host of new content while away and today I am sharing no less than four beauty-oriented things about which I am excited! 

Kindly scroll on for more details, swatches and images of my discoveries in action as well as the Bottom Line...
Introducing the  *Decorte Kate Moss Favorites Set.
(1) The *Decorte Kate Moss Favorites Set: Launched but a few days ago, this genius set--which is reflective of Kate Moss' (Decorte's spokesperson) favorite beauty musts--is replete with a streamlined palette (which effortlessly fits into a handbag) containing four lip colors, four eyeshadow and two illuminating powders for a healthy glow. 

Additionally contained within the chic and utilitarian travel pouch are three brushes (for eye shadow and powder), a "my lips but better" retractable lip pencil in a neutral rose that effortlessly compliments all four lip shades, a universal brow pencil (in a gloriously neutral dark ash taupe) and a highly pigmented black liquid eyeliner with a superbly resilient finish.

I am quite taken with the nearly "full face" this richly appropriated creates; the lip colors are infinitely wearable and the eyeshadow hues have a dimensional, sophisticated appeal--"Moss Green," yes, please--that comes with ease of application and their ability to flatter every eye color.

The beauty of this set lies not only in the classic shade choices and high-performance formulas; to me, it's particularly exciting because it possesses the potential of being reached for daily. In my book, exemplary beauty products need to be able to do more than just look pretty...true and consistent usage is the sign of inherent value! Do you agree?

More than a palette...this set also includes three brushes, a liquid eyeliner and retractable brow and lip pencils for the ultimate in application on the go. 
Swatches in direct sunlight.  
Swatches in direct sunlight. 

EXCLUSIVELY AT SAKS FIFTH AVENUE. An iconic collection of everything you need for lips, cheeks and eyes to create Kate's fresh-faced, Brit-rock glamour. Hand-picked by Kate, with love.

LIPS: Kate chose 4 shades to create her iconic lip-look — be it a neutral nude or a radical red - with custom variations in between. Incredibly moisturizing with that perfect "just-matte" texture. A single Lip Pencil in a universal brick shade completes any lip look. It's fuss-free (no sharpening required) with a lip brush built into the opposite end. Sweat and humidity-proof, it's ideal if you work under serious lighting like Kate, live in or frequent humid climates. 
EYES:
 There's something about black eyeliner, whether worn smoky or smudged. Kate's versatile version creates everything from a precise line to a perfect cat, even a full Cleopatra if the mood strikes. Four warm shadows offer endless possibilities from soft to bold. "Moss Green" (of course) was a personal favorite of Kate's. Inspired by the beauty of her eyes, it will set yours off, too. 
BROWS: Brows have made a big comeback in the past year. Whether you prefer a boy-brow or a cool sliver, you'll find a one-shade-fits-all neutral pencil that comes with a special blending tool to frame your new look. Plus it's smudge-proof.
CHEEKS + COMPLEXION: Kate loves the glistening look of sun-kissed skin, so she made sure the palette includes all the essentials to create a bronze shimmer. An allover dusting powder finishes any look.

Collection includes: Lip Palette: (4 Shades) Net Wt. .09oz/2.8g, Lip Pencil: Net Wt. .007oz/0.2g, Eye & Cheek Palette Net Wt. .3oz/8.5g, Brow Pencil: New Wt. .005oz/0.15g, Liquid Eyeliner: Net Wt. .01oz/0.5ml, 2 Eye Shadow Brushes, 1 Powder Brush, 1 Cosmetic Bag.

Closeup...all ten shades have excellent color payoff and lasting power.  
From bottom to top: swatches of the Decorte Kate Moss Favorites Brow Pencil, Liquid Eyeliner and Lip Pencil in direct sunlight.   
The complete look.
In the look that follows, I combined the *Decorte Kate Moss Favorites Set with the these keylproducts to create two different looks:
  • *Luzern La Defense Urban Protect Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30: This sunscreen features antioxidants, an ultra-lightweight texture and 100% mineral protection (my composition of choice when it comes to SPF) for skin that is balanced and shielded from the harmful rays of the sun. Additionally, it wears very well under makeup (no pilling, pulling or obvious flashback)! 
  • *La Prairie Skin Caviar Foundation in Caramel Beige (reviewed HERE): Still in my top three foundation formulas, this particular base has gorgeous coverage, efficacious skincare benefits and a natural finish that lasts all day; the creamy, coordinating concealer further enhances Skin Caviar's covet-worthy status.
  • *Kevyn Aucoin Matte Bronzing Veil in Desert Nights (reviewed HERE): This matte bronzer is a true deep tan, making it excellent for subtle contouring and an all-over wash of warmth. 
  • *Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow: Just a drop of this on the high points of my face (e.g., upper cheek bones, brow bones and down the bridge of the nose) offers a dewy sheen that makes skin look lit from within without the slightest trace of shimmer...brilliant. 
  • *Oribe Swept Up Volume Powder Spray: This lightweight texturizing spray yields instant volume and is marvelous for breathing new life into second day hair.
Swatches in direct sunlight. 
*Jerdon Folding Travel Mirror
(2) The *Jerdon Folding Travel Mirror: Having tested it while it accompanied me on a few of my recent travels, I am now completely impressed with this portable mirror; one side is 1X while the other is 10X so even the most minute skin concerns (or victories!) can be viewed with ease. The base is sturdy and adjustable so the mirror can be set to the exact angle desired (no slipping or sliding) and the entire unit neatly folds up into a velveteen pouch for secure transport. 

The *Jerdon Folding Travel Mirror is the perfect travel companion for flawless makeup application while away from home. 
Bodie, CA...a ghost town with timeless beauty. 
The following images reflect all products in action...photography on location in Bodie, CA by Laura Lynn:
Wearing a mix of both reds in the *Decorte Kate Moss Favorites Set on my lips.
Style Notes. 
// Style Notes //
  • Equipment Lenox Shirtdress: Currently on sale, this swingy silk number has already received a lot of play in my wardrobe. It has a roomy yet classic cut that can be dressed up or down with ease and 
  • Off-white booties: I got this particular pair a few years ago but found very similar options HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE. The color works well with my entire wardrobe and is an unexpected yet effortless option.


The eye look...I mixed the gold and "Moss Green" hues for a soft and glimmering neutral finish.  


For a quick switch, I removed the red lip color and combined the lip liner with both nude shades in the  *Decorte Kate Moss Favorites Set.







The The *Le Metier de Beaute Complexion Perfection Set comes in six shades. 
(3) The *Le Metier de Beaute Complexion Perfection Set: Peau Vierge has been a holy grail for my skin for years; just type the words into the search bar on this site to find page after page of unsponsored coverage! A moisturizer, sheer tinted veil, illuminator and SPF that boasts major skincare benefits, it's an unmitigated part of my daily routine. Recently, LMdB launched the Complexion Perfection Set, which includes Peau Vierge shade extensions as well as six new coordinating high-pigment concentrates that can be applied in tandem with Peau Vierge anywhere your skin needs additional refinement and coverage. 

Designed to create a glowing and even canvas in seconds, this brilliant set is currently a QVC exclusive. Since it's launch, many of you have asked when the set would make an official appearance on BP and I am over the moon to now be able to share sunlight swatches of all six shades along with descriptions to help you find your best match!


  • Porcelain: N/NC/NW 5-10 skin tones
  • Fair: N/NC/NW 10-15 skin tones
  • Light: N/NC/NW 20-25 skin tones
  • Medium: N/NC/NW 25-30 skin tones **My match for most of the year
  • Tan: N/NC/NW 30-42 skin tones **My current match with an olive summer tan
  • Deep: N/NC/NW 45-50+ skin tones

Swatches of the Peau Vierge shades in direct sunlight. 
Swatches of the Complete Coverage in direct sunlight. 
Swatches of both formulas in direct sunlight. 
Official details, courtesy of QVC:

Reveal your best skin yet with this luxurious, three-piece Complexion Perfection Set by Le Metier de Beaute.

The ultra-enhancing formulation of Peau Vierge Anti-Aging Complexe contains a blend of retinol and hyaluronic acid. Light-diffusing pigments help to instantly blur imperfections for a natural-looking finish. The silky-soft Concealer Brush is resilient, yet durable, carefully crafted for the most precise application and phenomenal performance. A gentle glide of Precision Compete Coverage over any imperfections will leave your skin looking flawless as the high pigment creme sets to a velvety finish. Let the transformation begin!

How do I use it: Apply Peau Vierge Anti-Aging Complexe once daily to face, neck, and decolletage areas. For the finishing touch, and the look of perfected radiance, use the brush to apply Precision Complete Coverage over any imperfections.

From Le Metier de Beaute.

Includes:
  • 1.7-fl oz Peau Vierge Anti-Aging Complexe
  • 0.5-fl oz Precision Complete Coverage
  • Concealer Brush
  • Brush imported


During my QVC Beauty IQ appearance in June. 
(4) Finally, I will be back on QVC Beauty IQ TONIGHT (8/17) at 6PM PST/9 PM EST to discuss the latest launches from Le Metier de Beaute with the inimitable Hylton Lea! I have had a sincere affinity for this brand for years and am honored to be able to spread the words on this exquisite line in such a manner. 

Currently, the QVC Beauty IQ channel streams live online only so please hop on your computer or handheld device at 6PM PST/9 PM EST, head HERE, and join me on the web for some serious makeup talk...I truly hope to see you there!  
Last look...hope you're able to catch the show
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Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this run down of four things that are currently exciting me and would love to know what caught your eye...do tell. 

Good things ahead, including a swatch-heavy overview of the Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Collection (launching at Beautylish on 8/23), the new Marc Jacobs Eye-Conic Eyeshadow Palettes, another on-location story, an update of my favorites in the foundation and lip color categories (by your popular request) and a host of new product procurements! 

Thanks, as always, for your encouragement and support...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.  © 2012-17 Beauty Professor® All Rights Reserved. Do not copy, reprint or republish content and/or photos without author's written permission.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Beauty on a Boat: A Lakeside Look + the New Becca Lush Lip Color Balm

Beauty on a boat. 
I've just spent a blissful week with my family on vacation in Mammoth, CA (follow me on Instagram for daily recaps!) and while the trip has been rife with adventure and relaxation, I also designated some time to shoot for Beauty Professor. 

Consequently, today's story focuses on a beauty look during the first of two boat trips and introduces the recently-launched *Becca Lush Lip Color Balm. Sunny skies, clear water and lipstick? Yes, please! 
Kindly scroll on for more details, swatches and images of the products in action as well as the Bottom Line...

Lake Mary. 
Base + Face. 
// BASE + FACE //

  • *Sisley-Paris Tinted Sunscreen Cream in Golden (reviewed HERE): This physical SPF 50 wonder protects my skin like nothing else; boasting full coverage and a waterproof finish that looks like fresh and natural skin, it is well worth the investment. I've had my tube for over a year and still have half left!
  • *Clé de Peau Beauté Concealer in Almond (reviewed HERE): Just a touch in my under eye region to banish darkness and shadows.  
  • By Terry Sun Designer Palette #2 (reviewed HERE): I have earnestly recommended this limited-edition palette for over a year and a half and am now finding it increasingly difficult to find online as quantities diminish. I recently ordered two backups and am happy to report that #2 Light and Tan Vibes is still available at Saks...get it while you can. I used the bronze side of the palette to gently contour and warm up my face in the look that follows and prefer to never be without this palette!
  • *Orlane Cream Blush Sun Glow Stick: I applied this creamy watermelon shade on the apples of my cheeks for a natural flush of color...this new formula is simply beautiful and I know I'll be reaching for it long after summer has transitioned to fall. 
  • *Orlane All Over Highlighter Stick: Just a slick along my upper cheek bones and down the bridge of my nose imparts a believable glow...can't wait to continue to experiment with this resplendent highlighter. 
Swatches in direct sunlight. 

Eyes. 
// EYES // Warm tones 

  • *Gucci Magnetic Color Shadow Quad in Crystal Copper (reviewed HERE): I swept the copper and pale bronze shades along my eye lids and lower lash lines and used the pale champagne shade to blend to my brow bones for extra glow. With finely milled texture, excellent color payoff and crease-free lasting power, this quad is a minimalist, warm neutral lover's dream come true. 
  • *Clé de Peau Beauté Eye Intensifier (reviewed HERE): I applied this along my upper lash line to punctuate my eyes...the inky onyx formula simply doesn't budge!
  • *IT Cosmetics Superhero Mascara (reviewed HERE): Two coats for long, dark and voluminous lashes, this affordable gem is easily in my top three mascara formulas.
Swatches in direct sunlight. 
The full eye look.
*Gucci Magnetic Color Shadow Quad in Crystal Copper
Lips. 
// LIPS // Plush, face-flattering colors that effortlessly brighten the face.

  • *Becca Lush Lip Color Balm: There are eight shades available and I have six swatched for you below; I am wearing my three favorite shades--Ginger VanilleCafe Au Lait and Black Violet--in the images towards the latter half of this post.
  • *Orlane Shining Lip Gloss in #6 Nude Mat: This soft nude gloss has stunning opacity for a creamy finish that enhances existing lip color...it's non-sticky versatility is perhaps why it has taken up permanent residence in my purse as of late.  
*Becca Lush Lip Color Balm
An ULTA exclusive, the *Becca Lush Lip Color Balm is intensely hydrating like a balm while offering the buildable coverage of a rich, yet weightless, lipstick. Ranging from a demure pale peach nude to a passionate deep violet, the shades are universally flattering and their translucent texture ensures a customizable finish that can start soft sheer and finish with a luxurious opaque shine, depending one's mood. 

The buttery texture feels opulent on the lips and the fuss-free bullets can easily be applied on the go, resonating with the effortless beauty of the Becca line. I am particularly impressed with this release and know that Ginger Vanille (my absolute favorite) will join the ranks of my favorite peachy pinks on heavy rotation.   


Swatches in direct sunlight. 
Swatch in direct sunlight. 

Lake Mary.
The following images reflect all products in action...lip colors denoted in captions and style details at the end of post:

Ginger Vanille.
Ginger Vanille.
Ginger Vanille.
Ginger Vanille.
Cafe Au Lait.
Cafe Au Lait.
Cafe Au Lait.
Cafe Au Lait.
Black Violet. 
Black Violet. 
Black Violet...sunglasses by Burberry.
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Black Violet. 
Ginger Vanille.
// STYLE NOTES // Basic black bikini bottoms and a classic striped top offset by timeless accessories. 
Ginger Vanille.
Last look. 
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Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this on-location story featuring the gorgeous new *Becca Lush Lip  Color BalmAlthough I love the casual ease of nature, I still enjoy integrating my beauty selections wherever I go. 

What beauty products do you like to wear during a boating adventure in nature? Do tell! 

Good things ahead including a few more travel-inspired stories, a fresh video and host of new product procurements. I'll also be back on QVC Beauty IQ  with Le Metier de Beaute on 8/17...more details (including the exact time) coming up soon! 

Enjoy every last drop of summer...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.  © 2012-17 Beauty Professor® All Rights Reserved. Do not copy, reprint or republish content and/or photos without author's written permission.

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