Friday, May 26, 2017

The Jouer Skinny Dip Collection, New Beauty Discoveries + A Weekend Sale Shopping Guide

The lavish *Jouer Skinny Dip Collection (also available at Cult Beauty) is now available! Emanating major summertime vibes, the eyeshadow palette, highlighters and lip topper in a brand new shade--the chic pale pink St. Tropez--take a healthy, warm weather glow to the absolute next level.

Kindly scroll on for more details, swatches and images of the collection as well as some new beauty discoveries and my suggestions for the plethora of sales occurring this weekend...

The Jouer Skinny Dip Collection. 
*Jouer Skinny Dip Ultra Foil Shimmer Shadows
For me, the stars of the collection are the *Jouer Skinny Dip Ultra Foil Shimmer Shadows (also available at Cult Beauty); housed in a sleek golden palette, these shadows are intensely radiant and marvelously pigmented for noteworthy color payoff in a single swipe. Each of the hues is a perfect balance of rich color and foil incandescence and the velvety texture stays smooth and crease-free for hours on end. 

Shade descriptions (per my experience) are as follows:
  • Star Light: Lush silvery grey
  • Bikini: Gossamer pale pink with warm undertones 
  • Skinny Dip: Light gold with slightly green undertones 
  • Tan Lines: Plush medium bronze
  • Magic Hour: Glowing deep taupe
  • Midnight Swim: Darkest golden army green-meets-charcoal brown.

Swatches in direct sunlight. 
Swatches in direct sunlight. 
Wearing a mixture of Skinny Dip, Tan Lines and Star Light. 

*Jouer Skinny Dip Collection Highlighters in Skinny Dip and Tan Lines 
Next, the *Jouer Skinny Dip Collection Highlighters in Skinny Dip and Tan Lines (also available at Cult Beauty) deliver a warmth and radiance that bathes skin in flattering light. Finely milled and ravishingly pigmented, these illuminators look incredible on the high points of the face (e.g., upper cheek bones, brow bones and down the bridge of the nose). Skinny Dip is a golden peach shade and Tan Line is a gilded honey bronze tone that can double as an incandescent bronzer on light and medium skin tones.
From L-R: Skinny Dip and Tan Lines. 
Swatches in direct sunlight. 
Swatches in direct sunlight. 
The lip colors of the *Jouer Skinny Dip Collection
Finally, the Jouer Skinny Dip Collection would not be complete without lip products! This launch includes favorite repromotes like the Lip Toppers in *Skinny Dip (reviewed HERE), *Tan Lines (reviewed HERE) and Long Wear Lip Creme in *Papaye (reviewed HERE) as well as the ethereally beautiful new Lip Topper, *St. Tropez (also available at Cult Beauty), a pink-tinged shimmer reminiscent of the effortless and iconic resplendence of the South of France. All three Lip Toppers look stunning alone, over nude lip liner or as a transformational glaze atop existing lip color and my rediscovery of Papaye has ignited a new found love for this pearly, opaque pale peachy pink.
Pictured with the Jeffrey Campbell Fling 2 Sandal (discussed later in this post)
Swatches in direct sunlight. 
Swatches in direct sunlight. 

I combined the *Jouer Skinny Dip Collection (also available at Cult Beauty) with a few new beauty discoveries that I am thrilled to discuss below. 

// HAIR + SKIN //
  • *IGK Prenup Instant Spray Hair Mask: Designed to be used once or twice a week in-shower, this fascinating spray mask restores moisture and shine to hair for a full and bouncy mane.
  • *Eve Lom Time Retreat Radiance Boost Treatment: Mild levels of hydroxy acids and Vitamin A work in harmony to gently exfoliate skin for a brighter and more clarified complexion without irritation. 
  • *Sisley-Paris White Ginger Contouring Oil for Legs (reviewed HERE): As the temperatures have risen, this opulent oil has been on heavy rotation on my arms and legs; the decadent texture balances and smooths tired limbs while the aromatic scent of white ginger lifts  my's an invaluable combination.
  • *Kate Somerville UncompliKated SPF 50 Soft Focus Makeup Setting Spray: Formidable SPF and line-blurring capabilities? Yes, please! As its moniker suggests, this new release mists on to set makeup, protect with SPF 50 and, as if by magic, impart a soft-focus veil that makes skin look its best. 
  • *Kjaer Weis The Beautiful Oil: This multi-purpose oil is brimming with Dioscorea Batatas, otherwise known as--the root of light--along with wild rose, sweet almond seed and olive oil for a hydrating and illuminating effect. The oil can be used as a moisturizer, primer and even as a hyper-natural glow inducer atop's a beautifully versatile splurge. 

The Wayne Goss Eye Set. 
I used the *Wayne Goss The Eye Set to apply the *Jouer Skinny Dip Ultra Foil Shimmer Shadows and am so impressed by the utilitarian nature of this pentad.  With extremely soft bristles of varying density and length, the brushes buff and blend like a dream. I am particularly partial to brush #18 as it applies a wash of color all over the lid in one or two strokes...time saving, indeed. 

Official details, courtesy of Beautylish:

About The Eye Set
Create virtually any eye look with The Eye Set, a collection of five handcrafted brushes designed by makeup artist Wayne Goss. Featuring silky-soft natural bristles, this set comes with everything you need to master a smoky eye, cut crease, winged liner, and so much more.
Why It's Special
  • Ultra-soft natural hairs lay down pigment without scratching or pulling the delicate skin near the eyes
  • Each brush is carefully handmade in Kumano, Japan by more than 20 artisans using traditional brush making techniques
  • The Eye Set includes the new Brushes 16, 17, 18, 19, and 20
From L-R: Brushes 16, 17, 18, 19 and 20.
Face + Nails. 
// FACE + NAILS //
Swatches in direct sunlight. 

The following images reflect all products in action in afternoon sunlight...I'm wearing a mix of *Jouer Papaye and St. Tropez on the lips:

  • Free People Cutoffs: These shorts have been a staple for the past few years and I love that they are still available.  They are super soft, run true to size and the bleached pale blue shade make legs look more tan than they actually are ; ) 
  • Topshop Distressed Edge Tee: I bought this tee on a whim--I mean, do I really need another black tee?--but am so glad I did. At $20, it is a veritable steal and the generous cut can be dressed up or dressed down with ease. 
  • Jeffrey Campbell Fling 2 Sandal: It was love at first sight with these matte gilded sandals; with a cushiony jelly texture (the sole has a hidden honeycomb interior for maximum comfort) and sleek slide-in styling, they are summertime in a slip $39, I'm inspired to pick up one in every available color!
Jeffrey Campbell Fling 2 Sandal in Gold.

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Last look.
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Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this overview of the gorgeous *Jouer Skinny Dip Collection (also available at Cult Beauty) and new product discoveries and would love to know what caught YOUR eye! Additionally, what holiday weekend sales will you be indulging in? Do tell! 

I just finished the school year (!) and am working on catching up on a myriad of BP-related elements (including emails and comments...thanks for your patience) as well as a fresh batch of stories...good things ahead, including a new video, some travel-centric/on-location stories (Paris, here I come!) and a host of new product procurements.

xx and happy weekend, my 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.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Super Illumination: Featuring Burberry Foundation, Le Metier de Beaute After Glow Blush and New Launches from Chantecaille

The sun is making a major appearance on a consistent basis as of late; consequently, the warm rays of near-summertime are imploring me to share an expanse illuminating products--both classic and brand new--that make skin look bright, glowy and fresh. From a lightweight Burberry base and decadent LE Armani bronzer to incandescent Le Metier de Beaute blushes and radiant Chantecaille options for lips, this post is a countdown to summertime, indeed. 

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

Base + Face. 
// BASE + FACE // Innovative and high-performance, these products contribute to indisputably radiant skin. 
  • In the images at the end of this post, I am wearing a pump of the *Burberry Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Base in 01(also available at Burberry) as a primer (swatches later in the story) and am always please with how well it prepares my skin--which looks kissed with a soft-focus light upon application--for the foundation to come. 
  • *Burberry Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Foundation (also available at Burberry): Light-to medium coverage with a dewy finish that impressively lasts a full day, this foundation is a fantastic summertime option for skin that looks bouncy and healthy. For reference, #32 Honey is the best match for my currently NC 25-27 skin. More on this formula--including a host of swatches--below. 
  • *Hampton Sun Lip Gelee SPF 30 (also to be available at Neiman Marcus): Glossy and nourishing, this brand new balm boasts significant SPF protection and a sweet flavor that makes wearing this formula--which performs well as a rich lip color base--a delight. 
  • The *Urban Decay Naked Perfume Oil (available at Sephora for VIB Rouge Members on 6/3 and at Urban Decay on 6/7) is reminiscent of everything one might love about the warmer months...a true skin scent, this alluring little rollerball houses notes of sea, sun and salty air, mixed with coconut, musk and lush florals. The sillage is noteworthy and the lasting power is equally formidable...keep an eye out for the LE release as it is not to be missed. 
  • *Plume Science Lash and Brow Enhancing Serum (also available at Revolve): An orbital area conditioner with an impeccably clean ingredients list, this formula can be applied to both lashes and brows to fortify their oft-delicate condition.  Regular usage (the directions mention 6-8 weeks for best results) can encourage growth help follicles to resist breakage. Think of it like daily maintenance akin to applying an anti-aging serum to the face; your lashes and brows will thank you! 

*Burberry Fresh Glow Foundation
*Burberry Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Foundation (also available at Burberry) Spotlight: Not a new foundation but relatively new to me, this luxe formula possesses a lightweight, buildable texture that minimizes imperfections and discoloration without hampering skin's natural radiance. 

The moisturizing, medium-coverage formula plays well with sensitive skin and, despite its marginally dewy (and lovely, I might add) finish, I get 7-8 hours of touch-up free wear. In sum, *Burberry Fresh Glow is a is a modern classic that wholly deserves the praise it regularly receives. 

The foundation comes in a wide range of fourteen shades and I have swatches of eight of the most popular hues for you below:

Swatches in direct sunlight. 
Swatches in outdoor shade. 
Official details, courtesy of Nordstrom:

What it is: A foundation that gives your skin a flawless, dewy glow.
Who it's for: Anyone who wants buildable medium coverage.
What it does: Harnessing mirror-flat reflection pearls, it instantly enhances luminosity while true-color pigments create a radiant, natural-looking finish without hiding the skin. Lightweight and moisturizing, it leaves skin feeling hydrated and soft. It also contains broad-spectrum SPF 12 to protect against UVA/UVB rays and contains the brand's signature blend of lavender, rosehip and tea.
  • 1 oz.
  • Winner of InStyle magazine's 'Best Beauty Buy' award for Best Foundation for Medium to Dark Skin Tones, shade Dark Sable No. 36, 2016.
  • Made in France

The *Burberry Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Base in 01 and 02.
Also, for reference, here are swatches of both shades of the *Burberry Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Base (also available at Burberry); I wear 01 Nude Radiance for most of the year but will be bumping to 02 Golden Radiance my mid-summer...the reviews on this formula are consistently exceptional and I concur. It's a terrific primer for all skin types! 

Swatches in direct sunlight. 

Cheeks + Face. 
// CHEEKS + FACE // Enhance your canvas with a veil of flushing color and inimitable illumination.  
  • Diminutive yet potent, the new *Chantecaille Poudre Lumière Powder Highlighter (also available at Neiman Marcus) is embossed with a breathtakingly beautiful sun shape. The formula is silky and lightweight and imparts a champagne glow that is ethereal on the high points of the face. I've been using this non stop since procuring it earlier this month. 
  • As beautiful on the face as it is in the compact, the *Giorgio Armani Life's a Cruise Sunrise Bronzing Face Palette (also available at Giorgio Armani Beauty and previously reviewed HERE) offers a true brown matte tan experience; the three gradient shades--pale beige, rich brown and light tan--can be customized for intensity and wear like a veritable dream.  The palette is truly unlike any bronzer I currently own! 
  • *Le Metier de Beaute Afterglow Blush: A split pan gem; this fresh formula brings blush and highlighter together in a sophisticated manner that allows for individual application or a carefree mixing moment for cheeks that radiate. Keep reading for in-depths thoughts and a closeup of all four available shades. 

The *Chantecaille Poudre Lumiere. 
Swatches in direct sunlight. 
*Le Metier de Beaute Afterglow Blush.
*Le Metier de Beaute Afterglow Blush Closeup: Finely milled with a weightless finish, these lustrous blush duos feature a face-flattering matte blush on one side and a glowing, coordinating  highlighter on the other. The versatile powders can be applied separately for a blush and illuminate effect or swirled together for one of most naturally lit-from-within results ever. 

The shades are beautifully edited for a spectrum of skin tones and the pigment, which applies sheerly, can be built up for maximum intensity. Keep scrolling for shade descriptions and, of course, swatches. 

Clockwise from top left: Enchante, Amore, Passionne and Risque. 
Official details, courtesy of Neiman Marcus:

After Glow Blush gives a touch of rouge and an ultra-creamy highlighter powder, packaged in one convenient compact for on-the-go application. The quadruple-milling process of both the blush and highlighter ensures unparalleled powder quality for a silky texture and flawless application. These beautiful and balanced combinations create summer's quintessential glow with ease and grace all year long. 
  • Features blush and highlighter infused with superfine pigments that reflect radiance and light.
  • Four universal duets to enhance skin in any type of light, including flash photography.
  • Applies smoothly to skin for brilliant, long-wearing color payoff.

  • Enchante: Matte peach blush and glimmering pale gold highlighter
  • Amore: True medium pink blush and gold-laced platinum highlighter
  • Passionne: Berry rose blush and golden foiled highlighter
  • Risque: Cool fuchsia pink blush and rose gold champagne highlighter

Swatches in direct sunlight. 
Swatches in direct sunlight. 

// EYES // Reflect luminosity from windows of your soul with four customizable shades that stand alone or blend together for next-level loveliness. 
  • I have been a devotee of *Tom Ford Cream and Powder Eye Color's brilliant dual-textured formula (also available at Neiman Marcus and previously reviewed HERE + HERE) since its initial release over two years ago. Golden Peach  (gleaming peachy pink) is forever in my handbag and Naked Bronze (rich neutral bronze) is a consistent go-to; consequently, the recent launch of  Young Adonis (neutral light taupe) and Sun Worshipper (delicate pale gold) has further sustained my affinity for this genius pot of radiant pigmentation. The creamy shadow has a foiled finish that resists creasing and the gossamer light powder shadow quickly sets everything while simultaneously increasing the incandescence. At this point in my life, if I had to wear just one eyeshadow formula for the rest of my days, it would, without question, be this one. 
  • Dior Pump n' Volume Mascara (also available at Spring and reviewed HERE): In the images below, I added two coats for full and fluffy jet black lashes with respectable length...loving this formula!

Swatches in direct sunlight. 
A mix of *Tom Ford Sun Worshipper and Young Adonis on the eyes. 

// LIPS // Peach, pink and gleaming rose gold pearl for lips that catch light. 
  • Housed in a clever clicking tube for precise application on the go, the buttery smooth *Chantecaille Lip Sleek in Tango and Flamingo (also available at Neiman Marcus) features a lush and hydrating formula with a pop of color that initial applies sheer but becomes buildable to an effortless medium coverage. Tango is a light coral peach and Flamingo is a neutral baby pink...both are simply gorgeous and the ease of wear ensures I'll be reaching for them all summer. 
  • Christian Louboutin Metalinude Loubilaque in Preciosa: I recently picked up this dreamy rose gold shade for my mom and I and couldn't be happier with its stunning pearl-infused radiance. Preciosa is a pale pinky nude metallic that looks incredible alone or combined with nude lip liner; the shade makes lips look full and healthy and the lasting power of this particular formula is immense. The pale hue reminds me of something that Allie McGraw  would have worn in her Love Story good and well worth the investment. 

Applying Flamingo.
Swatches of the *Chantecaille Lip Sleek in direct sunlight. 
A swatch of Christian Louboutin Preciosa in direct sunlight. 

The following images reflect all products in action in afternoon sunlight...(similar tees by James Perse and Helmut Lang)

*Chantecaille Tango on the lips and *Le Metier de Beaute Enchante on the cheeks. 
*Chantecaille Flamingo on the lips and *Le Metier de Beaute Passionne on the cheeks. 

Christian Louboutin Preciosa on the lips and *Giorgio Armani Sunrise on the cheeks. 

Last look.
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Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this illumination-centric story and would love to know what caught YOUR eye! Do tell. 

I am finishing up my semester next week and then am headed out to a serious round of travel (more on this soon). I, of course, will be writing, shooting and publishing while on location and also sharing regularly on Instagram. What are your plans for the summer?

Good things ahead, including a fresh video tutorial, a travel spotlight and a host of new product procurements! 


--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.