Wednesday, October 18, 2017

A FOTD Featuring the New Le Metier de Beaute BCA Kaleidoscope and Sublime Fall Launches from Jouer

*Le Metier de Beaute Limited Edition Breast Cancer Kaleidoscope
October has been a month of resplendent new launches...from the worthy-cause altruism of the *Le Metier de Beaute Limited Edition Breast Cancer Kaleidoscope to fresh foundation and lip liner formulas from Jouer, this story is rife with relevant specifics and full-spectrum swatches.

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

The *Le Metier de Beaute Limited Edition Breast Cancer Kaleidoscope possesses four neutral hues which lend themselves to creativity and customization. 
It must be noted off the top that during the month of October, 30% off the proceeds from the limited-edition *Le Metier de Beaute Limited Edition Breast Cancer Kaleidoscope will be donated to local non-profit breast cancer organizations. Replete with four satin finish neutral hues to complement  a spectrum of skin tones, this kaleidoscope is a gorgeous way to raise awareness while supporting a worthy cause. 

Each of the four hues--which range from pale pink to rich bronze smoke--are finely milled and boast incredible color payoff; the blendable and crease-free formula wears beautifully for hours (even without primer) and  the effortless nature of the shades guarantees that this kaleidoscope will receive plenty of usage, both day and night. It's a gem, indeed,  and I daresay that the swatches below speak for themselves.

As a long-time fan of Le Metier de Beaute, I am incredibly heartened by the generosity behind this year's *Breast Cancer Kaleidoscope and invite you to consider ushering this object and act of beauty into your life...there's only 12 more days of October!
Swatches in direct sunlight. 
  • Pearl Shimmer  (top tier)  
  • Pinky Peach Shimmer (2nd tier)  
  • Duo Chrome Peachy Taupe (3rd tier)  
  • Rich Bronze Shimmer (bottom tier) 
The *Le Metier de Beaute Limited Edition Breast Cancer Kaleidoscope in action...details on exact shade application and technique later in the post. 
Official details, courtesy of Neiman Marcus:

Le Métier de Beauté introduces the second anniversary of the limited edition Faces of Beauty Kaleidoscope for the month of October in support of Breast Cancer Awareness. Founded on the basis of providing the best products available, Le Métier de Beauté wanted to create something that every woman could cherish and enjoy with shades to brighten and illuminate every complexion. The Face of Beauty Kaleidoscope contributes to the cause with not only love from Le Métier de Beauté but with a donation of 30% of kaleidoscope sales to local nonprofit breast cancer organizations during the month of October.

Le Métier de Beauté's cult favorite Kaleidoscope kits and features a unique stacking system to house four shades that can be worn alone or blended together for an incomparable result. Each Kaleidoscope Eye Kit contains four complementary shades to create a prism of color for the eye in an easy to carry design that includes a mirror on the top for on-the-go touch-ups. Rich and blendable, the formula is silky and quadruple-milled for true, saturated pigment. 

Shades can be worn individually, but work best when worn together, layered from top to bottom using Le Métier de Beauté's signature Couches de Couleur (or layers of color) application technique for beautiful, multidimensional lids. With each shade, apply pigment at the base of the lash and feather upward for a blended look. 
Swatches in direct sunlight. 
*Jouer Essential High Coverage Creme Foundation and *Essential Precision Foundation Brush.
I've been eagerly anticipating the launch of the *Jouer Essential High Coverage Creme Foundation ever since I caught a glimpse of lab samples on Instagram months ago! With instant, fragrance-free full coverage and a natural matte finish, this long-lasting base withstands heat and humidity while feeling lightweight and breathable.   

Since I just received it, I look forward to continuing to test this formula in a variety of climates and contexts (including my formidable 12-hour lecture day next week) and will follow up with a final assessment. In the meanwhile, I hope you find the shade descriptions and swatches helpful!

  • Alabaster: Very fair with peachy pink undertones
  • Petal: Very fair with beige to peach undertones
  • Shell: Light with cool pink undertones 
  • Porcelain: Light with neutral to peach undertones 
  • Sand: Light with warm peach undertones 
  • Almond: Medium with cool peach undertones 
  • Fawn: Medium with neutral to golden undertones 
  • Latte: Medium to tan with golden peach undertones **My best match
  • Caramel: Medium to tan with caramel to golden undertones 
  • Macchiato: Tan with golden beige undertones 
  • Bronzed: Medium to tan with neutral undertones
  • Nutmeg: Tan with warm golden undertones 
  • Cafe: Dark with golden red undertones
  • Walnut: Dark with neutral yellow to olive undertones
  • Cocoa: Dark with warm yellow undertones 
  • Carob: Deep with golden to auburn undertones 
  • Espresso: Deep with rich brown to golden undertones

Fair to Light shades. 
Medium to Tan shades. 
Dark to Deep shades. 
Official details, courtesy of Beautylish

About Essential High Coverage Crème Foundation
Complete coverage with a lightweight feel and all-day wear. Essential High Coverage Crème Foundation—the debut foundation from Jouer Cosmetics—buffs into skin like silk, leaving behind an airbrushed finish. Hyaluronic acid and botanical extracts maintain a healthy moisture balance while the natural-matte formula keeps unwanted shine at bay.
Why It’s Special
  • Reveal a flawless, even-toned complexion thanks to a full-coverage cream formula that instantly conceals blemishes and redness
  • Experience comfortable, breathable foundation that maintains a healthy matte finish throughout the day
  • Hydrating ingredients—like hyaluronic acid, tripeptides, and chamomile and cucumber extracts—soothe and condition skin
Ingredients: Isododecane, Dimethicone, Phenyl Trimethicone, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Aqua/Water/Eau, Cyclopentasiloxane, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, SD Alcohol 40-B (Alcohol Denat.), Phenoxyethanol, Glycerin, Mica, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Allantoin, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5. May Contain/Peut Contenir (±): CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 (Iron Oxides).

Other Details
  • Size: 0.68 oz / 20 ml
  • Oil-free
  • Paraben-free

The *Jouer Long-Wear Creme Lip Liner comes in 14 shades in shimmer and matte finishes. 
Finally, the slender and retractable *Jouer Long-Wear Creme Lip Liner offers 14 shades of rich and creamy liners in both matte and shimmer finishes. The formula has magnificent color payoff and a moisturizing texture that glides onto lips and stays in place for hours without feeling dry or looking flakey. 

Some personal shade favorites from the range include the inimitable Pink Champagne Shimmer (worn in the images at the end of this post), which adds an incandescent dimension to most nude and pink lip color options and the lush mauve-brown Sienna, which is ever so apropos for fall. 

Swatches in direct sunlight. 
  • Pink Champagne Shimmer: Warm metallic pink champagne
  • Bronze Shimmer: Warm metallic bronze
  • Rose Shimmer: Cool metallic rose pink
  • Clover Shimmer: Cool metallic deep burgundy brown
  • Sienna: Warm matte sienna brow
  • Fawn: Warm medium fawn
  • Espresso: Cool matte espresso brown
  • Aubergine: Cool matte deep eggplant
  • Rosewood: Cool metallic rosy brown
  • Tawny Rose: Cool matte dusty mauve
  • Nude: Warm matte medium beige
  • Sable: Warm matte cinnamon
  • Rouge: Cool matte true red
  • Petal: Cool matte rose pink

Swatches in outdoor shade. 
Official details, courtesy of Beautylish

Thin, ultra-pigmented cream lip liner crayon delivers high pigment color with a fast-drying formula designated to prevent feathering and fading.  Use as a lip liner or as a base for your favorite lip color. Built-In sharpener included.
  • Long-Wear
  • Vitamin E
  • Water-Resistant 
  • Dermatologist Tested 
Ingredients: MATTE Shades: Aubergine (XD-900-114), Espresso (XD-900-110), Fawn (TC-108- 101B), Nude (HM-209-085B), Petal (XD-900-105), Rouge (TC-108- 103), Tawny Rose(TC-108-102) Sienna (HM-209-084B), Sable (AT-400-072) INGREDIENT LIST: Cyclopentasiloxane Trimethylsiloxysilicate Ozokerite Polyethylene Silica Octyldodecanol Phenoxyethanol Caprylyl Glycol Ethylhexylglycerin Hexylene Glycol Cera Alba (beeswax) Tocopherol MAY CONTAIN: +/- Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891) Iron Oxides (CI 77489, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499) Blue 1 lake (CI 42090) Manganese Violet (CI 77742) Yellow 5 lake (CI 19140) Red 6 lake (CI 15850) Red 7 lake (CI 15850) METALLIC Shades: Clove Shimmer (XD-900-107), Rose Shimmer (HM-209-081), Pink Champagne (HM-209-082B), Bronze Shimmer (HM-209-083), Rosewood (TC-109-059) INGREDIENT LIST: Cyclopentasiloxane Trimethylsiloxysilicate Mica Polyethylene Ozokerite Octyldodecanol Silica Phenoxyethanol Caprylyl Glycol Ethylhexylglycerin Hexylene Glycol Cera Alba (beeswax) Tocopherol MAY CONTAIN: +/- Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891) Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499) Carmine (CI 75470) Red 7 lake (CI 15850)"

Elements of the full face. 
// THE FULL FACE // In the complete look that follows, I applied:
*Tom Ford Boys and Girls in LouLou
The following images reflect all products in action in indoor lighting...

Style notes. 
  • Privacy Please Prentiss Tie Dress: This classic black dress has interesting tie deals and a button down vibe that can be dressed up or down. Although the small and medium fit fine, I sized up to a large for a roomier, more relaxed fit! 
  • Chloe Kingsly Sandals: I wear these sandals at least twice a week and am so glad I invested in them. They are ultra-comfortable, extremely versatile and currently on major sale. Another similar option HERE.

Last look.
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Bottom Line:  I hope you enjoyed this overview of three exceptional launches and found the swatches to be helpful! Benefitting an incredibly worthy cause, the *Le Metier de Beaute Limited Edition Breast Cancer Kaleidoscope (appearing on the Neiman Marcus site any day now) is equal parts stunning and versatile. 

Additionally, the sublime *Jouer Essential High Coverage Creme Foundation and *Jouer Long-Wear Creme Lip Liner are marvelous formulations that target key criteria for every makeup wearer. 

Will you be picking any of these new launches up? Do tell!

Good things ahead, including some on-location features, my picks from the Victoria Beckham x Estee Lauder Collection and a host of new product procurements...xx and more soon,

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

Friday, October 13, 2017

London Fashion Week A/W 2017 with Burberry: A Photo Diary

The Old Sessions House where the Burberry A/W17 runway show took place. 
Late last month, I had the distinct honor and pleasure of attending a Burberry Beauty blogger press trip to London for Fashion Week. I've been a longtime enthusiast of the brand (simply type "Burberry" into the BP search bar to see a host of product reviews) so this comprehensive experience was a veritable dream come true! Classic and timeless yet relevant and modern, Burberry possesses an exceptionally special pedigree and I was deeply grateful to learn even more about the brand while exploring London with an incredible group of individuals. 

Although you may have caught glimpses of my time in the UK prior to the start of the Burberry activities (HERE and HERE), this photo diary features snapshots dedicated to my time with the kind and generous Burberry Beauty team as well as as my afternoon spent with the venerable and ever so talented Wendy Rowe. She did my makeup using key products from the A/W17 collection and we were able to film a fun makeup moment as well! 

Kindly scroll on for images galore, the full video with Wendy Rowe and a close up of Burberry Beauty with swatches galore as well as the Bottom Line...

While in London, we stayed at The Ned, a stunning hotel in the financial district. This converted bank building had a host of fascinating features, including this seemingly interminable spiral staircase. 
The front of the Old Sessions House, where the Burberry A/W17 show took place during London Fashion Week. A former court house with a long and illustrious past, the building's interior was in total disrepair before Burberry worked for months to transform it for the LFW fashion presentation. 
Soaking in the Old Sessions House. Photo by Dan Medhurst
Winding stairs and mood lighting. Photo by Dan Medhurst
Outfits from the chic, no?
This seafoam green number is my idea of a dream coat. 
The beauty bloggers on the press trip: @dalalid, @tarmarz, our tour guide Dimitrio, @Tamirajarrel and @thataylaa
The Garden Room at the Old Sessions House. 
Favorite room in the Old Sessions House. Photo by Dan Medhurst
Coat by Burberry, Dress and Tee from Ragdoll LA.
After the Old Sessions House, we visited the Burberry Flagship Store on Oxford Street.
View from the upper level of the Burberry flagship location.
Gift for for self!
Experiencing bespoke Burberry fragrance creations.
After our store tour, we had a resplendent lunch at a private room Thomas' Cafe.
Out and about with Burberry.
The next day, we were treated to a spa experience like no other..manicure, pedicure and 90 minute massage, this girl has never felt so pampered. This, incidentally,  is my relaxed face. 
A *personalized Burberry makeup bag side-by-side with my favorite Burberry nail lacquer...*#106 Dark Trench (also available at Nordstrom). 
Later in the afternoon, I had a one-on-one session with Burberry Beauty's Artistic Consultant Wendy Rowe, who was fresh from having created the signature looks for the Burberry runway show. I first met Wendy in London (with Burberry!) earlier this year and was taken by her disarming wit and massive talent. 
Part of Wendy's makeup set up...I asked her a million questions about everything, indeed!
Bare faced and having fun.
Aligned with the minimalist aesthetic of the Burberry runway show, Wendy created a "no makeup  makeup" look that focused on fresh skin and subtle contour. Photo credit: Jamie Stoker 
The final look. Photo credit: Jamie Stoker 
Perfected skin that looks like skin, complements of the Burberry Cashmere Foundation (all shades swatched and reviewed HERE). Photo credit: Jamie Stoker 
Following our makeup session. Photo credit: Jamie Stoker 
My respect for Wendy's talent is immense. Photo credit: Jamie Stoker 
Where we end up (insert lots of laughing). Photo credit: Jamie Stoker 
Key Burberry Beauty products used in the final look.
Preceding our short makeup moment filming (below). Thanks to 

Our final night in London concluded with an intimate dinner in the penthouse level of the Henrietta Hotel. 
On either side of me, the Burberry Beauty team responsible for planning the week (Marianne Hahn, Emily Jones and Mimi Beastall) every detail was considered and the experience could not have been more exceptional. These women are truly beautiful inside and out. Photo Credit: My husband
A Burberry Beauty closeup. 
// The Products //
Face and eyes. 
Swatches from L-R: Fresh Glow Nude Radiance, Kohl in Stone, Face Contour in Medium, Eye Contour in Smoky Green and Complete Eye Palette in Slate Blue.

*Burberry Kisses in Poppy Red
Swatches from bottom to top: Lip Velvet in Bright Plum,  Lip contours in #4 and #3, Kisses in Poppy Red and Kisses in Peach Delight.
*Runway Nails Iconic Trio

Last's to returning to London (and picking up an authentic, vintage Burberry trench) someday!
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Bottom Line: I truly hope you enjoyed this photo diary of my time in London with Burberry Beauty; as a committed beauty writer, this experience was enthralling and enriching and I am over the moon to be able to share it with you, dear readers!

What are some of your favorite Burberry Beauty products? Do tell!

Good things ahead, including more videos and a host of new product the meanwhile, follow me on Instagram for the latest ; ) I am also in the midst of catching up on relying to your latest batch of comments...thank your for your patience. 

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.  © 2012-17 Beautyprofessor® All Rights Reserved. Do not copy, reprint or republish content and/or photos without author's written permission. 

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