Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Special Edition: A Holiday Gift Guide...Beauty + Style Galore

Holiday gift ideas galore. 
By some bizarre twist of time, we have nearly reached the midpoint of December and many of us are frantically rushing to complete our shopping for family and friends. To assist in this hectic season, I am excited to share a comprehensive list of gift suggestions--from skincare and books to lip color and style--to offer ideas and inspiration as you check everyone off of your list (including yourself!).

Kindly scroll on for more details, swatches and images of the suggestions in action as well as the Bottom Line...
Still trying to finish your holiday shopping? I have ideas a plenty! 
Home + haircare. 
// HOME + HAIRCARE  // Gifts that will be deeply appreciated and utilized. 

// FRAGRANCE // Three scents to appeal to every mood.  

// FOUNDATION // Luxury bases with varying degrees of coverage...there's something for everyone in this lineup!
Swatches in outdoor lighting. 

 // FACE // A radiant range of products to bronze, flush and glow. 
Swatches in outdoor lighting.

// EYES //
*MAC Show Ball Smoky Pink Eye Bag

// LIPS // Nude, bold and radiant tones to capture the festivity of the season.
Swatches in outdoor lighting. 

Indie beauty finds. 

// INDIE BEAUTY FINDS // New brands that might yet be on your radar...but should be!
Swatches in direct sunlight. 
Two of my favorite shades from Lawless Beauty...Jake and Brad. 
Swatches in outdoor lighting. 
Makeup bag non-negotiables. 
// NON-NEGOTIABLE NEUTRALS // For this section of the most, I merely spilled my makeup bag for the week and am sharing the warm neutral contents with you! 
Swatches in outdoor lighting. 
Warm neutral wonders. 

// READING MATERIAL // With a focus on fashion, beauty, love and the female experience, here are five books that I consistently recommend. 
  • The Price of Illusion by Joan Juliet Buck: I read this riveting memoir in two days; in other words, I couldn't put it down. Detailing Ms. Buck's illustrious path as a writer for a vast array of publications including Vogue and Vanity Fair, the book is poignant, emotive and inspiring. 
  • Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann: Indulgence on every level, I read this cult-classic every couple of years for a dramatic departure from everyday life. 
  • The Beautiful Fall by Alicia Drake: With a heavy focus on glamour, the 1970s Paris setting transports the reader to a pre-Internet time in history, rife with an insider's look at emerging fashion icons in their element. 
  • Gidget by Frederick Kohner: One of my favorite books of life, this timeless coming-of-age tome was way ahead of its time. One read and you'll know what I mean...pick one up for you and the young daughter or niece in your life! 
  • *Links by Lisa Becker: A breezy love story with an intellectual edge, bring this new release on your winter vacation for escapism with refreshingly real touch.

The beauty of a giving heart...gifts from the World Vision gift catalog
// GIVING TO HELP OTHERS // My husband and I have sponsored a child through World Vision for years and feel so strongly about the important work the organization is doing to assist the impoverished. This year, I am excited to highlight the World Vision gift catalog, which offers a spectrum of incredible handcrafted gifts that help children in need all over the globe. Some of my favorite picks include:
  • *The Hope Bracelet: This adjustable golden cuff is a gorgeous fusion of nature and metal.
  • *The Infinity Scarf: Super soft and billowing, this scarf comes in a color palette that will flatter a spectrum of skin tones. 
  • *The African Soapstone Box: Excellent for animal lovers, it's a perfectly unique place to house one's treasures. 
  • *The Charm Necklace: Featuring tiny charms on a long silver chain, this necklace will please those with the most eclectic taste. 
  • *The Wraparound Ring: Two offset stones catch light in a graceful and sophisticated way (also shown HERE).
  • *The Vietnamese Tote: Hand-embroidered and remarkably roomy, this fabric bag works to carry a variety of day-to-day items. 
*The Hope Bracelet and Infinity Scarf
*The African Soapstone BoxHope BraceletCharm Necklace and  The Wraparound Ring
A closeup of *The Vietnamese Tote
The following images reflect product included in this post (denoted in their description)...keep scrolling for style details and suggestions...

// STYLE NOTES + SHOPPING SUGGESTIONS // Details on my clothes and accessories in this post, plus specific styles worth pursuing this week. 
In terms of marvelous sales on style, I suggest:
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Last look. 
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Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this special edition Holiday Gift Guide and would love to know what may have inspired you as you complete your shopping this season...do tell!

In the midst of the business of this month, may you get the chance to soak in the wonder of family, friends, faith and, of course, beauty! 

xx and much 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 Beauty Professor® All Rights Reserved. Do not copy, reprint or republish content and/or photos without author's written permission.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Magic Box: A Peek at the Glorious Charlotte Tilbury Advent Calendar + a Full Beauty Look

The  *Charlotte Tilbury Naughty & Nice Magic Box Beauty Advent Calendar
I haven't indulged in an advent calendar experience since childhood; enter the *Charlotte Tilbury Naughty & Nice Magic Box Beauty Advent Calendar...this beauty-laden wonder is a fanciful mix of full-sized and deluxe sample-size color and skincare nestled in a keepsake box that I'll be using all year! Additionally, I am excited to share a few new launches from Le Metier de Beaute and Lipstick Queen that, when combined with key pieces from the Magic Box, culminate in a complete beauty look.

Kindly scroll on for more details, swatches and a full beauty look featuring elements from the box as well as a Bottom Line...

Featuring twelve adorable drawers--each that house a treat for the season--the *Charlotte Tilbury Naughty & Nice Magic Box Beauty Advent Calendar balances the element of surprise with sturdy and utilitarian packaging...this well may be the first and only advent box that I can implement into daily life after opening! 

The contents of the the Magic Box strike a perfect harmony between skincare and color and, thankfully for a beauty lover like me, the full-size items are more plentiful in the color category. Keep scrolling for a full breakdown of all twelve drawers; in the meanwhile, I must mention that some of the standouts for me include the sultry platinum Eyes to Mesmerize in Jean (what took me so long to try this?) and the vibrant Matte Revolution Lipstick in Walk of Shame which effortlessly pairs with a shimmering gloss. 

All in all, the *Charlotte Tilbury Naughty & Nice Magic Box Beauty Advent Calendar is a joyous way to celebrate the season while embracing an array of Charlotte Tilbury gems! 

A cozy afternoon at home with the *Charlotte Tilbury Naughty & Nice Magic Box Beauty Advent Calendar
What's inside?
The contents of the box. 
Official details, courtesy of Charlotte Tilbury:

Darlings, what could be better than a surprise treat every day for 12 days? My Naughty and Nice Magic Box is BACK and better than ever, featuring 12 best-selling ICONIC makeup treasures wrapped up in a glamorous, gorgeous box, making it the perfect beauty advent calendar or gift for a loved one, with lots of full-sized and mini best-sellers for everyone! This kit includes:

Swatches in direct sunlight.
The full look.
--The Complete Face--

// SKIN + BASE ETC. //
  • *Le Metier de Beaute Detoxifying Charcoal and Coconut Face Mask: This clarifying formula looks downright ethereal on the skin once it dries down; the glassy texture is intriguing, indeed! That being said, the active charcoal and soothing coconut work to gently cleanse pores without irritation, leaving my skin hydrated, clarified and extra glowy. 
  • *Rahua Amazon Oil (also available at Net-A-Porter): Originating in the rain forest and rich with anti-oxidants, this multipurpose oil can be used on face and body to moisturize and tone...I love the incredible ingredients and long-lasting hydration, especially in the dry winter air.
  • *Decorte Sheer Brilliance in Medium (reviewed HERE): I applied just a few drops of this tinted base to even my complexion; it smells incredible, imparts a subtle glow and possesses impressive SPF...truly a brilliant formula.
  • Tom Ford Traceless Foundation Stick in Sable (reviewed HERE): A long-time foundation favorite, I used a touch of this formula in the center of my face to further even and refine my canvas. 
  • *Jo Malone Wood Sage & Sea Salt Cologne: This new fragrance discovery is utterly divine; reminiscent of a walk along a forested sea cliff, the woodsy notes are offset by a refreshing wave of oceanic presence. I own nothing like it in my current fragrance wardrobe and, consequently, am thrilled to add it to the mix.  
The *Le Metier de Beaute Detoxifying Charcoal and Coconut Face Mask
Swatches in direct sunlight.
// FACE //
Swatches in direct sunlight. 
*Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Topaz
// EYES //
  • *Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerize in Jean: A silky champagne-platinum hue with plenty of luminosity, this cream eyeshadow formula resists creasing and wears flawlessly for hours on end. It's a breezy wash of color that should be in everyone's makeup bag...truly classic.
  • *Le Metier de Beaute Dualistic Eyeliner in Azul and Roxo: The newest additions to the LMdB line, these color-rich eyeliners in peacock green and russet-meets-garnet glide on and stay in place. For the look below, I applied Azul in my lower water line and Roxo along my upper lash line for a creative yet wearable take on color.
  • *Tom Ford Fullscreen Lash Mascara (reviewed HERE): Two coats adds impressive fullness and length...I am loving this new formula!
Swatches in direct sunlight. 
// LIPS //
  • *Blue Lagoon Iceland Lip Balm: Exceptionally hydrating, this new balm discovery--which harnesses the power of  Blue Lagoon Algae--is well worth the pursuit. 
  • *Charlotte Tilbury Walk of Shame: Boasting excellent color payoff, I swept a single coat of this warm berry shade onto my lips.
  • *Lipstick Queen Altered Universe Lip Gloss in Time Warp and Space Cadet (also available at Neiman Marcus): The latest from the venerable Lipstick Queen, both of these glimmering glosses are brimming with light-reflecting particles that bathe lips in an incandescent wash of subtle color. In the images that follow, I applied the pink-tinged Time Warp over Walk of Shame for a tender glow and I can't wait to wear the cooler-toned pearly Space Cadet over nude lip liner. Non-sticky with excellent lasting power, this is tastefully-executed shimmer for grown ups!
Swatches in direct sunlight.

The following images reflect all products in action...

// Style Notes //
  • Velvet Cropped Pants in Moss: I recommended these pants in an earlier post and, upon picking them up last weekend, am over the moon with their fit, color and velvety sheen. So good and currently under $40,
  • Ragdoll Black Ribbed Tee: Clean, classic and deliciously comfortable, this lightweight ribbed number is on heavy rotation. 
  • Grey Cardigan: A staple in my wardrobe, this versatile cardigan is super cozy and long enough to double as an impromptu lightweight coat. 
  • Coiled Pony Holders: I use these nonstop and love the color palette of this particular set...at $12, it's a steal!

The eye look...*Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerize in Jean with *Le Metier de Beaute Dualistic Eyeliner in Roxo  along the upper lash line. 

Last look.
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Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this overview of the charming *Charlotte Tilbury Naughty & Nice Magic Box Beauty Advent Calendar; rife with delectable treasures, it's a gorgeous way to kick off the season. Also, the newness from Le Metier de Beaute and Lipstick Queen is simply sublime, adding an effortless dash of holiday flair to any look.

I would love to know what caught your eye...do tell!

Good things ahead, including a fresh makeup look featuring a new round of discoveries and a comprehensive holiday gift guide for beauty lovers...have a fantastic weekend, friends.


--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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