Sunday, February 26, 2017

Travel Skincare, a New Neutral Look + Fresh Burberry Beauty

I hope this tail end of February finds you well, my friends! After a whirlwind two weeks of teaching and travel, I am finally back home (at least for a bit) and working my way through the process of catching up (laundry, blog posts, email, the usual!).  This post, specifically, is dedicated to my streamlined skincare routine while traveling in London last week as well as a neutral-charged look and swatch-heavy overview of the latest Burberry Beauty inventive lip contour creation that defines and beautifies in mere seconds. I also integrated a few on-location shopping in London shots that illustrate both the look and my style choices for that particular day.

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

Skincare etc.
  • *Erasa EXP 30 (initially reviewed HERE): I am still enthralled with the efficacy and performance of this anti-aging formula; one pump, applied upon cleansing, noticeably smooths and brightens my face and my skin feels ultra soft and velvety for hours. I am also noting the reduction in fine lines and discoloration and, therefore, will continue to use Erasa for a couple more weeks before weighing back with a final (likely very positive) verdict.
  • Le Metier de Beaute Peau Vierge #2 (reviewed HERE): This tinted primer, moisturizer, anti-aging and illuminator has been a near-daily part of my routine for almost four years; I can't imagine my beauty regimen without it. 
  • *Clé de Peau Beauté Concentrated Body Brightening Serum: A brand new product in my life, I am loving how bright and healthy this serum makes my skin, especially my décolleté, which, if I am being honest, has sustained a decent (yet regrettable) dose of sun damage over the years. It instantly smooths on contact and, with continued use, improves the look and feel of skin at a deeper level. 
  • *Sisley-Paris Double Tenseur (reviewed HERE): By this point in my trip, I was severely sleep deprived and my skin needed extra reinforcements.  This primer of sorts tightens, lifts and refreshes on contact and I relied upon it heavily to mimic a more rested appearance. It's a travel must. 
  • *Erborian Glow Creme: A recent discovery, this incandescent formula has a pearly and iridescent quality that moisturizes while establishing a gorgeous glow.  Although it can be used as an all-over primer, I used just a touch on the high points of my face for a natural radiance.
  • Oribe Apres Beach Waves and Shine Spray: Outside of shampoo and conditioner, this was the only hair product I brought on my trip...once my hair is dry, just a few spritzes of this divinely scented styling spray adds weightless texture and shine, which ultimately results in greater volume for my straight and heavy hair. 

Base + face. 
// BASE + FACE //
  • *Burberry Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Foundation in Beige: I was reintroduced to this ethereal base while in London and am so happy to reintegrate it into my foundation rotation. With buildable light to medium coverage and a stalwart lasting power (8+ hours on my skin), it truly imparts a restrained luminosity that makes skin look hydrated and healthy without resorting to obvious forms of shimmer. Simply lovely!
  • *Burberry Cashmere Concealer in Honey: This concealer is not new but it is new to me and am duly intrigued. Creamy and opaque, it covers like a dream while remaining crease-free for hours and Honey is a great match for my NC 25 skin.
  • *Jenny Patinkin Domed Multi Blender Brush (reviewed HERE): I use this brush to clean up and buff all cream products applied; nothing blends products as seamlessly.  
  • *Burberry Face Contour #1: This thin cream stick allows for precision application, ensuring that the hollows and perimeters of the face are aptly defined.  
  • *Sisley-Paris Phyto-Touch Sun Glow Powder in Peach Doree: A brand new release from Sisley, this triad of coordinating powders warm up the face with a stunning matte glow that can be applied sheerly or built up for impact.  I adore the functionality of the shades (which work well on fair, light and medium skin tones) and will be doing a swatch-laden closeup of both available versions soon!
  • *Chikuhodo GSN 04 Brush (reviewed HERE): My constant go-to for bronzer products, I think I should order a new one's been a couple years and I use it that much.
  • *Surratt Beauty Artistique Highlight Brush (reviewed HERE): Extremely soft yet masterfully effective, I used the tapered tip to pick up and apply the blush strip in the Sun Glow Powder. 
Swatches in natural light. 

Eyes and lips. 
// EYES + LIPS //
  • MAC Mythology Eyeshadow (reviewed HERE): This radiant and rosy neutral is perennially in my makeup bag; the satin finish is velvety smooth and endlessly flattering and, I daresay, the shade is universally flattering. 
  • *Sisley-Paris Phyto Eye Twist in Copper (reviewed HERE): Applied at the crease, this warm bronzy burgundy stays put for hours. 
  • *Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner in Marigold (reviewed HERE): A luminous golden peach tone with an indelible finish, this eyeliner really brightens up the orbital area, especially when swept along the lower lash line.
  • Tom Ford Fiber Brow Gel in Taupe (reviewed HERE): I use this daily to polish my brows and am now on my second tube.  Enough said.
  • Sisley-Paris So Intense Mascara: Jet black and wildly long lasting, this formula significantly enhances length and volume. 
  • *Burberry Lip Color Contour #01 Fair (also available at Burberry): This latest release from Burberry features slim, retractable bullet in a creamy nude shade designed to subtly define the contours of the lips, adding fullness and dimension in seconds.  The formula is hydrating and long wearing and extremely utilitarian for instantly creating a perfected pout; it is an innovation, indeed. Close up swatches of both available shades below!
  • *Clé de Peau Beauté Radiant Liquid Rouge in #11 Lingerie (reviewed HERE): A forever favorite, this peachy nude (with just enough pink to work in every situation) added shine and radiance to the Lip Contour.  It's simply a beauty essential in my book. 
Swatches in natural light.  

The Burberry Lip Color Contour in Fair and Medium. 
Swatches of the Burberry Lip Color Contour in Fair and Medium. 
Swatches of the Burberry Lip Color Contours in Fair and Medium.
The following images reflect all products in action in natural sunlight...

The eye look. 
// STYLE NOTES // For a day spent shopping (and walking 7+ miles in partial rain, I might add!), I embraced a fitted shirt and relaxed jeans, topped with my favorite reversible coat as of late (also discussed HERE but this time worn on the navy side).
  • American Apparel Carmen Top...I now have this timelessly flattering top in 4 colors and cannot believe it's currently $17 with 40% off! For reference, I am wearing a medium.
  • FRAME Le Original Jeans (also available at Bloomingdales)...I have two pairs of these jeans (in a size 25) and love their higher rise (great with smaller tops), relaxed leg and slightly cropped appeal.  Dress them down with sneakers or up with a versatile!
  • Kork-Ease Bootie: Although the one's I am wearing are from last season, I was able to find a current model of these extremely comfortable boots with a wedge heel (linked in the product title) and cannot recommend them enough for their chic wearability. 
  • Vince Reversible Wool Cashmere Coat (also featured HERE): Majorly on sale and still available at Shopbop, this coat is pure genius and I love that I have now worn both the black and the navy sides with ease. Get it whilst you can!
  • Barbour Waxed Baseball Cap: I purchased this in London to combat the intermittent rain of the day and couldn't be happier with it; easier than toting an umbrella, the honey toned waxed cotton is completely waterproof and I know I'll be reaching for it year round. 

// TRAVEL NOTES// On day three of my London adventure, we indulged in a bit of shopping...this involved requisite trips to the breathtaking Liberty London, Carnaby Street, Soho and, of course, Selfridges. More on what I purchased forthcoming! 
In front of the illustrious Burberry Flagship store.
The expansively charming Liberty London. 
Inside Liberty London...I could have spent 10 hours exploring this historical gem. 
Carnaby Street in the rain.
Well, hello, Selfridges.
Last look.
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Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this post and would love to know which products caught YOUR tell!

Good things ahead including a final recap of my London trip, a new video tutorial, a round of QVC beauty discoveries and a interview, featuring the latest releases from Sisley-Paris. I am also in the midst of responding to your latest batch of emails and comments; thank you, as always, for your patience as I endeavor to catch up ; ) 

Have a marvelous week,


--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.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

FOTD on Location: A Look for London + What I Wore

Greetings from London!  I am honored to have been included in a string of Burberry Beauty events during London Fashion Week (more on this forthcoming) and am having a ball exploring a city that is rife with history, incredible architecture and brilliant style.  After a full day with Burberry, we now still have two more days to pack in as much sightseeing as humanly possible! 

In the meanwhile, I wanted to share the beauty look I've been embracing while abroad...pared down, long lasting and oh so easy to create (in less than 7 minutes I might add), it utilizes some favorite beauty products as well as a couple new key discoveries; I also include a glimpse at key style elements I'm wearing as we run all over town.

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

Ingredients for the look.
//  Product Breakdown // As always, I am opting for an effortless, neutrals-drenched look that lasts the ENTIRE day.
Window-lit swatches.  
A swatch of Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Prismatic Amethyst. 

The following images reflect all products in action in indoor window lighting...

Capturing Buckingham Palace.
As we traverse the breathtaking city of London, you can basically be guaranteed to find me in the pose above...there is simply too much to capture so my phone is essentially glued to my hand!

With my travel partner and photographer for this excursion (Big Ben in the background) husband! 
At a building adjacent to Westminster Abbey.

// STYLE // During this entire week in town, I am opting for a casual yet polished uniform of denim, silk, booties and a classic coat.

Last look.
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Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this FOTD on location and would love to hear which products caught your eye!  What are your must-haves when traveling? Do tell!

Good things ahead, including the second installment of my London travel diary (including some major newness from Burberry the meanwhile, keep abreast on my Instagram where I am posting multiple times a day!), an up close look at the latest from Sisley-Paris and a fresh video (that I am currently in the midst of editing). 

I hope your week is going well thus far...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 Beautyprofessor® All Rights Reserved. Do not copy, reprint or republish content and/or photos without author's written permission.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

The Clé de Peau Beauté Spring/Summer 2017 Collection + A Beauty Event Breakdown and Holiday Weekend Shopping Guide

The Clé de Peau Beauté Spring/Summer 2017 Collection (also available at CdPB, Neiman Marcus and Barney's NY) has arrived, delivering a brilliant wash of radiant color in carefree shades that will flatter a spectrum of skin tones. I am excited to share a swatch-saturated overview of the new releases as well as a pictorial summary of my most recent beauty event at Neiman Marcus Scottsdale and a quick breakdown of some holiday weekend sales! 

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

*Clé de Peau Beauté Enriched Lip Luminizers.
Up first is the *Clé de Peau Beauté Enriched Lip Luminizer (also available at Clé de Peau Beauté, Neiman Marcus and Barney's NY) in three new shades: 
  • #237: A glowing gilded peach
  • #238: A creamy warm apricot pink **worn in the images at the end of this post
  • #239: A bold pomegranate pink
Boasting intense moisture and a color-drenched shiny finish, these buttery lip treatments have an opulent feel on the lips and gorgeous vibrant opacity for a luminous lip that is effortless to create.  

Official details, courtesy of Nordstrom

Enriched Lip Luminizer by Clé de Peau Beauté is a suberbly soft and silky formula that melts onto your lips, giving them a wash of pure, elegant, sheer color.
  • Refill only. Holder sold separately.

Ingredients: Squalane, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Bis-Behenyl/Phytosteryl Dimer Dilinoleate, Triisostearin, Diphenylsiloxy Phenyl Trimethicone, Polyethylene, Microcrystalline Wax (Cera Microcristallina), Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Diisostearyl Malate, Trimethylolpropane Triethylhexanoate, Hydroxyapatite, Glyceryl Diisostearate, Sodium Magnesium Silicate, Peg/Ppg-36/41 Dimethyl Ether, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Red 7 (Ci 15850), Tocopherol, Glycerin, Aluminum Hydroxide, Fragrance (Parfum), Simethicone, Polysilicone-2, Methicone, Tetradecene, Mortierella Oil, Iron Oxides (Ci 77499), Red 27 (Ci 45410), Citronellol, Linalool, Bht, Geraniol, Silica, Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate, Sodium Hyaluronate; May Contain: Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Iron Oxides (Ci 77492), Red 6 (Ci 15850), Yellow 5 (Ci 19140), Blue 1 (Ci 42090).

Swatches in direct sunlight. 
*Clé de Peau Beauté Cream Blush.
The *Clé de Peau Beauté Cream Blush (also available at Clé de Peau Beauté, Neiman Marcus and Barney's NY) features a revolutionary texture that simultaneously imparts glow and flush in a single swipe. The blush, which comes in four shades, is deliciously buildable, creamy and shimmer free; significantly, it lasts all day on my normal to combination skin.  Subtle and sophisticated, this is a stunning cream blush execution!
  • #01 Cranberry: A "just pinched" rosy berry.
  • #02 Pale Fig: A soft natural pink.
  • #03 Persimmon: A bright coral glow.
  • #04 Perfect Peach: A lush and dusky neutral that even doubles as a light contour.
From L-R: Cranberry, Pale Fig, Persimmon and Perfect Peach.
Swatches in direct sunlight. 
Swatches in direct sunlight. 
Official details, courtesy of Nordstrom:

What it is: A luxuriously moisturizing cream blush formulated with argan oil that leaves your cheeks beautifully flush with the perfect touch of sheer luminous color.
What it does: Its unique and comfortable texture feels sublimely smooth while spreading easily to create a soft contour, fitting smoothly and firmly against your skin. It's formulated with a blend of three oils—low viscosity oil, medium viscosity oil and volatile oil—to deliver a smooth look to your cheeks for beautifully translucent color. An Illuminating Hydro-Wrap Complex delivers moisture to your skin for a soft, supple look and feel while light diffusing powder and pure chromatic pigment create a natural-looking finish with vivid color. It has a signature rose scent, too.
How to use: Apply with your fingers or a brush.

Ingredients: Dimethicone, Cyclomethicone, Mica, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Paraffin, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Jojoba Esters, Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Sorbitan Sesquiisostearate, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Red 30 (Ci 73360), Peg-10 Dimethicone, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Microcrystalline Wax(Cera Microcristallina/Cire Microcristalline), Ultramarines (Ci 77007), Sodium Magnesium Silicate, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Peg/Ppg-36/41 Dimethyl Ether, Talc, Hydrogen Dimethicone, Glycerin, Fragrance (Parfum), Polysilicone-2, Tocopherol, Mortierella Oil(Huile De Mortierella), Zinc Oxide, Citronellol, Geraniol, Barium Sulfate, Linalool, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Iron Oxides (Ci 77492), Iron Oxides (Ci 77499), Bht, Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Silica, Alumina, Methicone, Tetradecene.

*Clé de Peau Beauté Eyeshadow Duos.
Finally, the *Clé de Peau Beauté Eyeshadow Duos (also available at Clé de Peau Beauté, Neiman Marcus and Barney's NY) combine two coordinating eye color shades in modern tones that resonate with the warmer months. Silky, blendable and resistant to creasing, these eyeshadow pairings are pigmented yet entirely wearable, creating a perfectly polished eye in seconds. 
  • #101 Grounded: Rich bronzy brown and champagne beige.
  • #102 Calm: Soft neutral salmon pink and tender pearl beige.
  • #103 Harmony: Lush forest green and pale luminous green.
  • #104 Purity: Satiny thistle mauve and radiant grey.
  • #105 Serenity: Deep indigo blue and glowing translucent taupe.
Swatches in outdoor lighting. 
Swatches in direct sunlight. 
Official details, courtesy of Nordstrom

What it is: A pair of silky powder eyeshadows in captivating shades for dazzling eyes.
What it does: Formulated with luxurious argan oil, these semi-matte and soft shimmer hues are sized to fit into your Eye Color Quad (sold separately). Each contains an Illuminating Hydro-Wrap Complex to give skin a soft feel, while light diffusing powder creates a beautiful gradation of color to give your eyes an exquisite look. Each shade even features the brand's signature rose scent.
  • Refill only. Eye Color Quad sold separately.

Ingredients: Talc, Mica, Diisostearyl Malate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77499), Polyethylene, Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Triethylhexanoin, Petrolatum, Iron Oxides (Ci 77492), Silica, Ultramarines (Ci 77007), Zinc Myristate, Zinc Oxide, Sorbitan Sesquiisostearate, Riethoxysilylethyl Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Hexyl Dimethicone, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hydrogen Dimethicone, Sodium Magnesium Silicate, Polysilicone-2, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Peg/Ppg-36/41 Dimethyl Ether, Chlorphenesin, Glycerin, Fragrance (Parfum), Aluminum Hydroxide, Tocopherol, Alumina, Mortierella Oil(Huile De Mortierella), Citronellol, Utylene Glycol, Geraniol, Water(Aqua/Eau), Linalool, Tin Oxide, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Hydroxypropylcellulose, Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Lilium Candidum Bulb Extract.

Clockwise from top left: 

*CdPB Radiance Stick Foundation in Ivory, Beige, Ocher and Mocha.
The final component of the Clé de Peau Beauté Spring/Summer Collection is the *Radiance Stick Foundation (also available at CdPB).  Although I extensively swatched and reviewed the formula HERE, I wanted to include reference to it once again in this story. Excellent for weightless, buildable coverage (sheer to medium), it is a marvelous formula for "no makeup makeup" days and also works well as a mid-day touch up component atop other CdPB liquid foundation formulas. 
Swatches of all four shades in outdoor sunlight. 
Skincare finds. 
Skincare Break...I recently have been experimenting with these three skincare innovations: 
  • *Lancer Radiance Awakening Mask Intense: This overnight mask revitalizes skin while one sleeps; it's perfect for moments when your canvas needs a boost and I am consistently impressed by how fresh and bright my skin is upon waking. 
  • *Erasa EXP 30: I have been testing this anti-aging serum for nearly three weeks now and am fundamentally pleased with the way my skin has responded.  Endorsed by supermodel Linda Evangelista (who claims she was compelled to stop using Botox once she tried Erasa), I will admit that I was skeptical that this peptide rich formula would visibly transform my skin.  That being said, there is something very unique about Erasa; just two pumps both morning and night has made my skin smoother, softer, clearer, brighter and firmer, diminishing fine lines along the way.  I will continue to test this and weigh back after six weeks!
  • *Cane + Austin Glycolic Treatment Eye Cream: Harnessing the power of glycolic acid, this gentle yet effective eye cream targets fine line and slack skin to lift and illuminate the delicate orbital area...and the clean ingredients are top notch.

The following images reflect the *Clé de Peau Beaute Spring/Summer Collection in action...specifically:

The event brochure. 
As aforementioned, I participated on a panel of beauty experts for the Beauty Buzz event at Neiman Marcus Scottsdale yesterday and had such a lovely time talking all things beauty with Neiman Marcus VP of Beauty Kelly St. John, President of Kiehls Chris Salgardo, Clé de Peau Beauté Celebrity Makeup Artist Matthew Arbogast, Le Metier de Beaute Vice President of Sales Monica Gallegos and Neiman Marcus Beauty Buyer Sarah McCallum. Here are a few snapshots from the event...
A view from the Mid-Century Modern gem Hotel Valley Ho where we stayed. 
Make sure to swing by the new Neiman Marcus beauty department the next time you're in Scottsdale.  
The panel in action. 
With the entire panel. 
With Neiman Marcus VP of Beauty Kelly St. John...her warmth,  grace and knowledge are undeniable. 
He said his 16 year old daughter reads Beauty Professor regularly! 
With a lovely BP reader, who, incidentally won a bottle of the coveted *Maison Francis Kurkdjian Baccarat Rouge 540 (reviewed HERE).
Talking with an attendee about blogging. 
With Clé de Peau Beauté VP of Sales Christine Franklin. 
With the winner of my favorite products bag. 
The contents of my favorite products bag included:

(2)     Le Metier de Beaute Peau Vierge (reviewed HERE)
(3)     Christian Dior Lip Maximizer (reviewed HERE)
(4)     *La Prairie Skin Caviar Foundation (reviewed HERE)
(6)     Tom Ford Fiber Brow Gel (reviewed HERE)
(8)     *Lancome Grandiose Extreme Mascara (reviewed HERE)
(10)   Clé de Peau Beauté Radiant Liquid Rouge #11 Lingerie (reviewed HERE)
(12)   Byredo Mojave Ghost (reviewed HERE)

At the end of the day. 
With Presidents Day on Monday, the Internet is rife with sales and to streamline the process, here are my curated Holiday Weekend Shopping Suggestions:

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Last look.
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Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this Clé de Peau Beauté Spring/Summer 2017 Collection (also available at CdPBNeiman Marcus and Barney's NY) overview as well as my holiday weekend shopping suggestions.  What caught YOUR eye?  Do tell!

I am headed off to London tomorrow with Burberry Beauty and cannot wait to share my week via Instagram and, later, on BP.  Any suggestions for what we must do while in the city?  Please share! 

xx and good things on the horizon,

--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.