Sunday, April 30, 2017

Video by Request: My Current Hair Care Routine with Beauty + Style to Boot!

The culmination of countless requests, I am beyond excited to share a fresh video focused on my current hair care routine. With a healthy dose of makeup talk at the start (skip to 6.41 to jump straight to the hair care routine), this video is brimming with discussion on supplements, shampoo, conditioner and shine treatments! 

Kindly scroll on for the video, product breakdown, swatches, some new Kevyn Aucoin launches and images of the products in action as well as the Bottom Line...

Beauty in the video. 
Products Discussed:

// BEAUTY //

Swatches in direct sunlight. 
Gucci Satin Matte Power Foundation #080 (review)
*CdPB Luminizing Face Enhancer #16 (review)
Swatches in direct sunlight. 
Swatches in direct sunlight. 
Lip Mix. 
New launches from Kevyn Aucoin.
Whilst on the subject of the *Kevyn Aucoin The Molten Metal Lip Color (also available at Sephora and Neiman Marcus), I am over the moon to share swatches of all eight shades; pigmented, non-sticky and deliciously reflective these glosses boast a metallic finish that is refreshingly wearable.
*Kevyn Aucoin The Molten Metal Lip Color
Shade Descriptions:
  • Cyber Opal: Iridescent pink cream
  • Cyber Sky: Iridescent pale blue
  • Rose Gold: Light pink with golden undertones
  • Gold: Pure gilded glow
  • Titanium: Neutral taupe gray
  • Copper: Soft warm beige
  • Bronze: Rich lava
  • Carbon: Deep blackberry

Swatches in direct sunlight. 

Official details, courtesy of Beautylish:

About The Molten Lip Color
Lips go bold with this high impact, metallic liquid lip color. Multi-dimensional pearls illuminate lips with the most intense pigments for a voluminous metallic reflection. The soft, moisture-rich formula melts onto lips to form a comfortable, long-wearing layer of intense color.
Create customized lip art using the wide side of the applicator to deposit color in broad, even strokes, while the pointed tip allows for a more precise application and accentuated look.
How To Use
Use alone for an intense molten metallic look, layer shades with each other or place over lipstick to create an ombre lip look.
Use Kevyn Aucoin The Lip Brush and apply two liquid lipsticks together. Apply the darkest shade to the outside of the lip. Apply a medium or lighter shade to the middle of the lip. Press lips together to create an intensified, one of a kind, ombre lip color.
Swatches in direct sunlight .
Swatches in direct sunlight. 
*Kevyn Aucoin Neo Setting Powder
Also recently launched, the *Kevyn Aucoin Neo Setting Powder (also available at Sephora and b-glowing) offers customizable setting power--from delicate matte to glowing satin finish--in a sophisticated ombre palette context. 

Official details, courtesy of Beautylish:

About The Neo-Setting Powder
Dial your makeup up or down with this innovative, three-in-one setting powder. The exclusive neo-gradient technology takes any look from matte to satin to radiant with just one swipe.
Why It's Special
  • Set your makeup with a matte, satin, or radiant finish—all in one sleek palette
  • The silky, triple-milled powder formula glides on to even skin tone and blur imperfections without looking powdery or cakey.
Swatches of the Neo Setting Powder in direct sunlight. 

*Gloss Moderne High Gloss Shampoo and Conditioner (review)
Dyson Supersonic Hairdryer (review)

Free People Sonnet Slide Sandal (review)

Anthropologie Juliet Open Shoulder Dress
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Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this hair care-centric video and story and would love to know what is a part of YOUR hair care tell!

Good things ahead, including a beauty gadgets feature and a host of new product procurements...

Also, as a final reminder, I will be hosting Project Beauty at Neiman Marcus Topanga this Thursday, 5/4, at 11:30 AM. To RSVP, call (818) 963-3695.  Additional details HERE.  Will you be attending?

I truly hope to meet you there!!


--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.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

My Sephora Sale Order, Natasha Denona Foundation X + Some Beauty in Heavy Rotation

Strategic Sephora sale choices. 
I have returned from traveling for a bit and am excited to share my Sephora sale order; I exercised remarkable restraint during the 15% off promotion, but definitely still splurged with a few products in my favorite beauty categories, including foundation and lip color. Additionally, after many requests, I am thrilled to be sharing a profile of the new *Natasha Denona Foundation X and have also included some style notes and products currently on heavy rotation...grab a coffee or tea and jump on in!

Kindly scroll on for details on my purchases, a Natasha Denona Foundation X spotlight, images of the products in action, some procurements on heavy rotation as well as the Bottom Line...

Dyson Supersonic. 
(1) Nearly a year after its official launch, I am elated to have added the Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer (also available at Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus) to my collection. This space-age beauty tool boasts a quicker, quieter and healthier hair drying experience and, even though I don't dry my hair often, I was finally ready to indulge in the cutting-edge technology. Coupled with a LE powder pink travel case this dryer is everything I imagined it to be; it is markedly quiet, easy to maneuver and my long and thick hair dried in nearly half the time I am used to spending on such a procedure. Brilliant!
The LE Travel Case. 
The Dyson Supesonic. 
For the face and eyes. 
(2) RMS Un-Cover Up #33 (also available at Nordstrom): I tried this RMS foundation years ago and embraced the sale as the chance to give it another spin; I am so glad that I did! #33 is an excellent match for my NC 25-27 skin tone and the coconut-based formula offers light to medium coverage that can be built up without looking the slightest bit conspicuous. The lasting power is remarkably stalwart (earlier this week, I got 9+ hours without feeling the need to touch up) and the natural ingredients treat skin with the utmost of respect. Believe the RMS hype...I can confirm it!
(3) RMS Living Luminzer Champagne Rose (also available at Nordstrom): A fresh take on the original Living Luminzer (previously reviewed HERE) this version has an ethereal, slightly rosy undertone that brightens the face in a chic and understated manner. It is absolutely killer on the upper cheek bones...a veritable dose of youthful dewiness in a pot. 
(4) Tom Ford Eye Shadow Duo in Golden Peach (also available at Beautylish and reviewed HERE): This is my fifth purchase of this holy grail eyeshadow duo; everyone I recommend it to seems to be equally enchanted with its glowing ease of wear and strong wear time...Mr. Tom Ford, please never, ever discontinue this! 
Swatches in direct sunlight. 
Lip party. 
(5) Givenchy Gelee D'Interdit Gloss in Frozen Rose (also available at Neiman Marcus): I picked this up at the last Sephora sale and forgot to mention it so it felt apropos to include it in this post. That being said, this gloss is extremely light reflecting and delightfully un-sticky; Frozen Rose is sheer pink with electric pink flecks for a stellar effect, especially over a touch of nude lip liner. 
(6) Sephora Outrageous Effect Volume Lip Gloss in Universal and XXL Nude: After reading the swath of positive reviews on this new lip plumper, I swiftly ordered a couple for both my mom and myself. The quilted lucite packaging is luxe and adorable and the formula itself is hydrating, slightly tingly and indisputably volumizing. The Universal shade is essentially clear but the XXL Nude hue is seriously pigmented with a beige tone that has enough depth to look fantastic on a variety of skin tones. 
(7) Laura Mercier Lacquer Up Acrylick Lip Varnish in Seduction and Soleil (also available at Nordstrom): This recent Laura Mercier launch features a glossy and translucent wash of color that is buildable to nearly full opacity in a couple of very comfortable coats. Seduction is a very pale nude beige and Soleil is a cheery, almost retro peach (that will look breathtaking with a bit of a tan); of course, I love to mix them together to achieve the quintessential nude-peachy-pink lip!

Swatches in direct sunlight. 

No regrets on these purchases! 
Natasha Denona Foundation X. 

I was over the moon to receive a few shades of the brand new *Natasha Denona Foundation X (also available at Sephora).  With medium to full coverage in a single pump, this creamy, lightweight formula banishes imperfections while blurring pores and fine lines. The skin-friendly ingredients have anti-aging properties, ensuring that your skin is receiving benefits over the course of wear. 

On my skin, the demi-matte finish adopts a flattering glow after a couple of hours but the foundation itself stays in place for 8+ touch up-free hours, thereby looking like real, albeit flawless, skin! The foundation comes in an impressive range of eleven diverse shades and I have found my best match in #30, which works well for light-medium skin with warm golden undertones. I might need to bump up to #40 or #42 later in the summer, but for the time being, #30 is sublime.

All in all, I am very impressed with this latest masterpiece by Natasha Denona; full coverage foundation enthusiasts will adore the weightless texture and skin perfecting properties; I, for one, can't wait to test its water resistant claims and will report back soon!

Official details, courtesy of Beautylish:

About Foundation X Full Coverage Fruit Complex
A dream come true - a long lasting and full coverage radiant foundation that doesn’t look thick, dry or cakey on the skin. Due to its high levels of elasticity, this foundation doesn’t set into fine lines and gives the skin a naturally radiant and flawless look. 
Created with real fruit extracts
  • Grapefruit extract: contains natural detoxification properties that promote skin longevity
  • Pomegranate extract: rich in antioxidants and Vitamin C Plus, this fruit extract helps protect the skin and regenerate skin cells. It also acts as a natural and strong anti-aging ingredient due to its antioxidant properties.
  • Formulated with special ingredients that help balance the T-zone area and absorb excess oils on the skin
  • Anti-aging formula which strengthens the collagen and elastin fibers in the skin that hinder the aging process
  • Purification properties that defend against skin pollution
  • Contains light reflecting particles that minimize the appearance of fine lines and deep pores
  • Super comfortable, lightweight with no tacky feel
  • Sets on the skin quickly without drying it out due to its nourishing moisturizing properties
  • Silky smooth application that’s super buildable and blendable
  • Prevents age spots
  • Promotes skin restoration
  • Doesn’t clog pores and allows skin to breathe naturally
  • Long lasting, water and sweat resistant
Other details
  • Cruelty Free
  • Paraben Free
  • Suitable for all skin types
  • 30 ml
Swatches in direct sunlight. 
The look.
// THE LOOK // For the look below, I combined Sephora sale purchase above with products on heavy rotation (discussed later in this post). 

Swatches in direct sunlight. 

The following images reflect all products above in afternoon sunlight...

  • ...& Other Stories Silk Shirt: Anytime black and beige are combined, I am smitten. This silk blouse does exactly that, albeit in a a charmingly subtle's for this reason that the button down  gets a lot of wear time in my routine. 
  • Levi's Cutoffs: Ever a staple in my wardrobe this pair has a classic cut and flattering lines. 
  • Gucci Liza Booties: A full year and a half later, I am still beyond grateful I purchased these boots; they are timeless and seasonless!

On heavy rotation. 
// Products on Heavy Rotation // In textures, formulas and colors that resonate with the warmer months, this menagerie of finds is simply resplendent. 

Body and Face. 
// BODY + FACE //
  • *Vita Liberata 10 Minute Tan: I cannot get over how relatively instantaneously this self tanner creates an exceptionally natural warm glow; the formula does not have the typical, telltale "self-tanner" fragrance and the ingredients are top notch, too.
  • *Too Cool For School Egg Mousse Pack: This clever Korean beauty import contains real egg whites and egg yolk extracts to deliver brightness and hydration to dull skin. It's a charming masking process, indeed. 
  • *Erborian Glow Creme (reviewed HERE): I have been intrigued with this radiant cream for months now; the iridescent formula can be used as a priming base or over makeup for a dewy outcome. 
  • *Natasha Denona Foundation X: Discussed at length earlier in this post, this full coverage demi-matte foundation makes skin look near perfect and lasts for hours on end. 
  • Tatcha Dewy Skin Mist: I use this with my more matte foundation formulas (liquid and powder) to add a veil of's utilitarian nature confirms why it is often sold out.
  • *Tom Ford Sheer Highlighting Duo in Reflects Gilt (reviewed HERE): My absolute favorite from the 2017 Soleil Collection, this pair imparts a tender lit-from-within glow that is sure to flatter a spectrum of skin tones.  Get it whilst you can!
  • *Burberry Light Glow Blush in Earthy (reviewed HERE): I still have sincere appreciation for this Burberry cult favorite; the taupe nude blush works well as a subtle contour and even warms up the face in a unique way that traditional bronzer could only dream of achieving. 
  • *Surratt Beauty Artistique Blush in Peau de Peche, Tu Me Fais Rougir and Coupe de Genie (reviewed HERE): This custom made trio is summertime in a palette...juicy peach, fresh pink and golden champagne exist in harmony for a cheek that looks blessed by the season. 
  • *Surratt Beauty Artistique Cheek Brush: I recently rediscovered this brush and wonder how I ever lived without applies blush like a dream.
  • *Surratt Beauty Artistique Highlight Brush: Ever in my makeup bag, this tapered highlighting brush plays well with the high points of the face, blending powder highlighter to oblivion in seconds. 
Swatches in direct sunlight. 
Burberry Earthy.
Lips, Tips + Eyes. 
  • Christian Dior Loubilaque Lip Gloss in Bikini (reviewed HERE): Never far from reach, this  decadent pink gloss is super pigmented and ultra shiny without the slightest bit of shimmer. So worth it!
  • *Burberry Lip Color Contour #2 (reviewed HERE): Genius on every level, this weightless lip product defines the parameters of the lips while looking entirely natural...pair it with a gloss for a posh pout.
  • MILK Makeup Lip Color in C.R.E.A.M. (reviewed HERE): With intense opacity and a mauve nude result, this matte lip color makes lips look their fullest. 
  • *Burberry First Kiss Fresh Gloss Lip Balm in Soft Peach: A barely-there peachy shine and significant hydration, this balm feels ever so silky. 
  • *Hourglass GIRL Lip Stylo in Lover (reviewed HERE): This orange-toned red is my current go-to for a classic, jewel-toned pout. 
  • *Stila Color Balm Lipstick in Olivia (also available at Sephora): I am loving this update on the classic tinted balm; the formula is wildly hydrating and bathes lips in a veil of color that softly shines. Effortlessly gorgeous, I will be reaching for these all summer...swatches of ALL shades below. 
  • Burberry Liquid Lip Velvet in Fawn Rose (reviewed HERE): Cool toned with major opacity, this unique take on a pinky nude feels, as its moniker implies, like pure velvet on the lips. 
  • YSL Vinyl Stain Lip Cream in Nude Impulse (reviewed HERE): Still a favorite after nearly a year, this buildable stain has a creamy finish that makes lips look lush and lovely. The peachy pink tone instantly brightens the face and I love it so much that I recently purchased a backup. 
  • *Nails Inc. Unicorn Nail Polish Duo: I am enchanted by iridescent blue and glittery rose gold (worn in the images with the Dyson Supersonic) pairing of these polishes as they fulfill all of my childhood Lisa Frank dreams. I hope they come back in stock soon!
  • *Natasha Denona Work + Set Cream Eyeliner: Possessing extreme color payoff and a smooth and blendable finish that stays put all day, these three shades--black, rich brown and luminous charcoal--are versatile basics in a stunning formula. 
Swatches in direct sunlight. 
All shades of the *Stila Color Balm Lipstick
Swatches of the Stila Color Balm Lipstick in direct sunlight. 

The *Natasha Denona Work + Set Eyeliner. 
Swatches of the Natasha Denona Work +Set Cream Eyeliner. 

Last look.
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Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this multi-faceted story and would love to know what you procured during the Sephora sale! Do tell!

Good things ahead, including a beauty innovations story, a fresh video and a host of new product procurements.  Also, if you are in the LA area next Thursday 5/4 at 11:30 AM, please consider attending the Neiman Marcus Project Beauty at Topanga; I will be hosting this always fun beauty event and it would be beyond lovely to see you there!  Details on how to RSVP can be found HERE.

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