Monday, July 31, 2017

Kicking Summer Into High Gear with Kopari

Kopari, for next-level skin. 
Ever since I can remember, I have embraced full body moisturizer; yes, even as a gangly eight year old, I was prompted to make sure to put cream on my limbs upon showering. Between the salty environs of the beach where I grew up and the toll that the ever-present Southern California sun can take on one's skin, making sure that one's body was well-hydrated, both inside and out, was paramount in my household. 
I learned the importance of moisturizing in my formative years....jumpsuits--then as they do now--call for hydrated limbs! 
Last year, I tried a gilded and glistening oil from the coconut-based line, Kopari Beauty (initially reviewed HERE); smitten with its lush, high quality ingredients and ability to instantly moisturize my skin, my curiosity was piqued and I've since been eager to try additional formulas from the brand. Consequently, this post is dedicated to four of my favorite Kopari Beauty products for the summer season; after all, August is the peak time for last minute travels to warm and tropical places. From an all natural exfoliator to, perhaps, the most skincare utilitarian product on the market, this four will quickly kick your skin into high gear! 

Kindly scroll on for more details on my current Kopari routine and images of Kopari in action as well as the Bottom Line...

Four favorites from Kopari. 
(1) An oft-overlooked step in the quest for smooth and glowing limbs, exfoliation can ensure that dead skin has been sloughed off, making one's canvas more receptive to the hydration that follows. In turn, I've been initiating my routine with the *Kopari Coconut Crush Scrub.  A creative combination of brown sugar and tiny pieces of Tahitian coconut shell, this formula gently removes dry skin and banishes dullness without causing irritation. Every application--which I prefer to execute in the shower prior to shaving--results in silkier skin and the sensory experience is beyond!

(2) Once my skin has been throughly exfoliated, I apply a generous amount--post-shower, of course--of the *Kopari Coconut Body Milk. As decadent as its moniker implies, this luxurious lotion covers skin in a veil of hydration while absorbing instantly, for moisture that extends beyond the surface. The creamy texture, which is accented by lilt of softly sweet coconut feels exceptionally nourishing and when I apply it before bed (I generally shower in the evenings), my skin still feels freshly moisturized in the morning. 
A one-two combination for smooth skin: *Kopari Coconut Crush Scrub and *Kopari Coconut Body Milk
(3) For moments when I want to take my moisturizing routine up a notch, I embrace the*Kopari Coconut Body Oil. With opulent notes of gardenia and coconut, this incandescent dry oil can be sprayed all over the body for a cloak of illuminating moisture. I concentrate application on my collarbone and décolleté, on the top of my arms and down the face of my shins for limbs that glow with good health. It's also fantastic for total-body hydration when in a rush...simply spray and go!
Always within reach...the *Kopari Coconut Body Oil.

(4) Finally, the *Kopari Organic Coconut Melt is a utilitarian product for all seasons. Comprised entirely of unadulterated, 100% unrefined coconut oil presented in a beguiling texture that appears solid but melts on contact, this 100% organic, vegan, phthalate-free, cruelty-free and GMO-free formula can be used to moisturize the skin (including the face and lips), remove makeup, fortify bathwater, act as a dry-shave oil for the smoothest legs in town, deep-condition hair, smooth the delicate skin of a baby and revive the under-eye region. I love that it comes in a. 7 oz. glass jar (pictured) for countertop convenience but it also is available in a 2.5 oz mini version for travel and purse portability. If your experience with the Coconut Melt is anything like mine, once you try this multitasking wonder, you'll likely deeply question how you ever lived without it. 
The texture of the *Kopari Organic Coconut Melt *Kopari Organic Coconut Melt is wildly intriguing...and addicting. 
Three ingredients for beach-ready skin: *Kopari Coconut Crush Scrub*Kopari Coconut Body Oil and tan-through (yes, that's a thing!) bikini top by Kiniki...August, here we come!

The following images reflect Kopari in action...I am also wearing a Bikini top by Kiniki, Frame Le High Jeans, *Hourglass Vanish Foundation in Beige (reviewed HERE), By Terry Sun Designer Palette #2 (reviewed HERE), Dior Fusion Mono Eyeshadow in Meteore (reviewed HERE) and *Hourglass Confession Ultra Slim Lipstick in a mix of No One Knows and The First Time (reviewed HERE): 

Last look.
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Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this overview of the glorious world of Kopari Beauty; brimming with pristine ingredients and high-performance results, these favorites--which enable me to uphold my lifelong tradition of daily moisturizing--will be taking my sensitive, sea-salted and sun-drenched skin from summer to fall with glowing ease. 

Good things ahead, including my recommendations for the upcoming Space NK beauty promotion and a host of new product procurements. Also, don't forget to swing by my YouTube channel should you have missed my latest video ; ) 

xx and have a radiant Monday and last day of July,

--The Beauty Professor

**Many thanks to Kopari for sponsoring this post. 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, July 28, 2017

2 Major Things: A Glimpse at the Beauty Professor x LMdB Lip Color Process + A First Look at the YSL All Hours Foundation

The stuff that dreams are made of. 
Happy weekend, lovelies! Last month, I announced that I would be collaborating with Le Metier de Beaute to create a custom and exclusive lipstick for the Le Metier de Beaute VIP Subscription Box (sign up through August 1st!) and I couldn't wait another day to give you a peek at the process. I am beyond honored at the partnership and am working with lab samples to craft a perfect nude pink--not too beige, not too peach, not too cool--that will be universally flattering on a spectrum of skin tones. 

Additionally, ever a foundationphile, I have been testing the freshly launched *Yves Saint Laurent All Hours Full Coverage Matte Foundation for the past few weeks and am completely taken with its coverage, finish and performance. Just in time for its arrival at Sephora, I am happy to share a short, yet detailed, review and swatches of all 22 shades.

Kindly scroll on for more details, swatches and images of these 2 major things in action as well as the Bottom Line...
The best lip colors are a prime mix...synergy in action. 
My Le Metier de Beaute x Beauty Professor lipstick will be in a brand new formula; ultra-hydrating and plumping, this lip color will boast significant color payoff and a lush cream finish that will last for hours while making lips look their best. 

Because my love of nude lips has been a driving and ubiquitous presence on Beauty Professor, it made perfect sense to develop a color that will embody a harmonious blend of beige, pink and peach, giving one's pout a nude lips look without washing out one's face. I am happy to report that I believe I have captured the essence of this exact shade and am over the moon to reveal it this fall. Stay tuned! 

The following are a few images from my creation process...
Lab sample swatches. 
This collaboration with Le Metier de Beaute has been a joyous endeavor!
To create the color, I blended six lab samples of varying hues, depths, textures and finishes to yield the quintessential BP pinky nude. 
Swatching like crazy.
An experiment version of my custom lip color on my lips. 
Can't wait to show you the final product. 
YSL All hours foundation swatches
Introducing the *Yves Saint Laurent All Hours Full Coverage Matte Foundation 
Since the *Yves Saint Laurent All Hours Full Coverage Matte Foundation just launched on the Sephora site this week, I am beyond excited to share swatches of every single shade of this magnificent matte and long-wearing formula. 

I had the chance to test it in advance and have been incredibly impressed with its velvety yet lightweight full coverage with a sueded matte finish that truly perfects the look of skin. Despite its "matte" moniker, it actually offers moisture to the skin, leaving it bouncy and balanced all day.  Resistant to sweat and humidity and wildly transfer-proof, this foundation boasts insane longevity while still looking (and feeling) exceptionally natural. 

The foundation comes in an impressive range of 22 hues--from the fairest alabaster to the deepest ebony and everything in between--and I found my best match in BD 45 Warm Bisque, which is seamless with my NC 27-30 skin. 

This does have a light fragrance (I have lots of positive memories associated with the quintessential YSL base fragrance so I don't mind it a bit) that dissipates quickly and I've determined that the formula plays well with my sensitive skin. 

All in all, the *Yves Saint Laurent All Hours Full Coverage Matte Foundation is an absolutely resplendent formula! Ever pursuing a dewy glow, I tend to approach matte foundations with caution but I am pleased to report that the *YSL All Hours is a matte base for those who may not typically embrace matte formulas. It doesn't feel dry, nor does it crease or crack on the skin and it even develops a tender glow over time. I will continue to experiment with it and plan to have it make a future appearance in an upcoming BP August beauty story at which point I will share even more swatches. In the meanwhile, here are swatches of all 22 shades along with shade descriptions that coincide with classic MAC numbering. For reference, the BR shades have a pink/rosy undertone, the B shades are neutral (equal parts rosy and yellow) and the BD shades have a yellow/golden undertone. 

Shade Descriptions (per my experience):

  • BR 10 Cool Porcelain: @NW 10
  • B 10 Porcelain: @N 10
  • BR 20 Cool Ivory: @NW 15
  • B 20 Ivory: @N 15
  • BD 20 Warm Ivory: @NC 15
  • BD 25 Warm Beige: @NC 20
  • BR 30 Cool Almond: @NW 20-23
  • B 30 Almond: @N 20-23
  • BD 30 Warm Almond: @NC 23-25
  • BD 35 Warm Caramel: @NC 25
  • BR 40 Cool Sand:@N 25-27
  • B 40 Sand: @N 25-27
  • BD 40 Warm Sand: @NC 25-27
  • B 45 Bisque: @N 27-30
  • BD 45 Warm Bisque:@NC 27-30
  • BR 50 Cool Honey: @NW 35-37
  • B 50 Honey: @N 35-37
  • BD 50 Warm Honey: @NC 35-37
  • B 60 Amber: @N/NW/NC 40-42
  • B 70 Mocha: @N/NW/NC 43-45
  • B 80 Chocolate: @N/NW/NC 50
  • B 90 Ebony: @N/NW/NC 55+
Swatches in direct sunlight. 
YSL All hours foundation swatches
Swatches in direct sunlight. 
YSL All hours foundation swatches
Swatches in direct sunlight. 
Official details, courtesy of Sephora:

✔ Full 

Skin type: 
✔ Normal 
✔ Combination 
✔ Oily 

✔ Matte 

What it is: 
A new 24-Hour, full-coverage foundation that instantly blurs pores and fines lines and provides uninterrupted flawless wear that looks and feels just applied, all-day. 

What does: 
All Hours 24-Hour advanced formula won’t cake, dry, flake, or fade. Transfer-proof, oil-free and non-pore clogging, this foundation stands up to makeup meltdowns by combining move-with-you flexible pigments and skin-loving ingredients for better flawless coverage and skin that feels fresh and comfortable from day to night. 

The blurring formula instantly conceals and erases imperfections, pores, dullness, and unevenness. Skin looks flawless for up to 24 hours thanks to the highest concentration of ultra-fine, oil absorbing pigments that cover and smooth perfectly yet resist fading, heat, humidity, dryness, and touch. The formula is also infused with a black tea antioxidant complex for additional skincare that combats the signs of dullness and fatigue while protecting skin from pollution. 

What else you need to know: 
All Hours Foundation is made in France with the finest pigments and ingredients that respect and care for the skin. All Hours is oil free, noncomedogenic, and dermatologist tested.

The following images reflect *Yves Saint Laurent All Hours Full Coverage Matte Foundation in BD 45 in action along with the By Terry Sun Designer Palette #2, *Clé de Peau Beauté Intensifying Eyeliner, Tom Ford Illuminating Duo in Reflects Gilt and in-process version of my upcoming Le Metier de Beaute lip color collaboration (Equipment France blouse in Mint Julep): 

Last look. 
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Bottom Line:  I hope you enjoyed a glimpse at my lipstick creation process for the Le Metier de Beaute VIP Subscription Box; for the time being, this lipstick will be an exclusive for subscription members during the month of September and I can't wait to share it with you! Visit here to learn more about signing up should you be interested...the deadline to do so is August 1st!  

Additionally, the *Yves Saint Laurent All Hours Full Coverage Matte Foundation is every bit as good as it sounds, especially for normal, combination and oily skin! With sweltering August ahead of us, this foundation couldn't have launched at a more opportune time and must be tried to be believed. I truly hope you found the swatches to be helpful.

Good things ahead, including a fresh brand 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.

Video by Request: A Glowy Summer Look Tutorial Featuring the New Clé de Peau Beauté The Foundation

Rife with new makeup releases, it's been all I can do to keep with the month of July! Today I am excited to share a fresh video tutorial that integrates not only the transcendent *Clé de Peau Beauté The Foundation SPF 21 (also available at CdPB) but also a host of products for which I've been reaching frequently this month. The tutorial is 20 minutes of product talk and application, so grab a tea and a snack...I'm excited to share my discoveries with you! 

Kindly scroll on for the video, a full product breakdown, images and swatches of every product mentioned and stills of the final look as well as the Bottom Line...

The products. 
Full Product Breakdown + Swatches:

*Skin Clinical Anti-Aging Red Light Therapy Device

Face + Base:
  • *Clé de Peau Beauté the Foundation SPF 21 O40 (also available at CdPB): I discuss this at length in the video but since foundation is my second language, here are my thoughts after testing this formula for nearly a month...The Foundation:
    • Offers buildable light to medium-full coverage
    • Has a natural skin finish with a touch of non-shimmery dewy-ness that only gets better with every passing hour; discoloration is evened out, pores appear minimized and the canvas looks exceptionally smooth and healthy; it's truly one of the most flattering finishes I've encountered to date!
    • Can be applied with one's fingers with great success, although I prefer to buff out the look with a dampened Beauty Blender
    • Possesses a light fragrance that dissipates quickly and, the formula as a whole, has not caused an irritation to my sensitive skin
    • Feels moisturizing, lightweight and comfortable on the skin and provides immense longevity in terms of wear time (I get 7-9 hours, even on a hot day)
    • All in all, this is a luxurious foundation option for those seeking potent skincare benefits, buildable coverage and a gorgeous semi-dewy cream finish!
*Clé de Peau Beauté The Foundation SPF 21
Swatches in indoor lighting.  
Swatches in direct sunlight. 
Official details, courtesy of Nordstrom:

What it is: An ultra-luxurious, medium-coverage foundation developed from unprecedented skin care science.
What it does: It leaves skin perfectly even-toned, luminous and cashmere to the touch. The lightweight formula contains the radiance-boosting exclusive Illuminating Complex EX, which moisturizes, rejuvenates, retexturizes and visibly repairs environmental skin damage for smoothing, radiant coverage.
How to use: Apply following your skin care or the application of your primer.
  • 1 oz.
  • Made in the USA

Ingredients: Water (Aqua/Eau), Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Isohexadecane, Glycerin, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Titanium Dioxide (Nano), Cetyl Peg/Ppg-10/1 Dimethicone, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Iron Oxides (Ci 77492), Diphenylsiloxy Phenyl Trimethicone, Dextrin Palmitate, Phenoxyethanol, Peg-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Aluminum Hydroxide, Stearic Acid, Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Trisodium Edta, Methylparaben, Iron Oxides (Ci 77499), Cellulose Gum, Palmitic Acid, Trehalose, Tocopheryl Acetate, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Fragrance (Parfum), Distearyldimonium Chloride, Mica, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Citronellol, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Geraniol, Linalool, Isopropyl Alcohol, Bht, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Bupleurum Falcatum Root Extract, Theanine, Peg/Ppg-14/7 Dimethyl Ether, Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate, Rosa Roxburghii Fruit Extract, Polyquaternium-51, Polysilicone-2, Hydrolyzed Silk, Hydrolyzed Conchiolin Protein.

From L-R: The *Clé de Peau Beauté Concealer Broad Spectrum SPF 25 in Ivory, Almond, Ocher and Mocha. 
Swatches in direct sunlight. 
Side-by-side comparisons of the original and new SPF 25 CdPB difference whatsoever!
Official details, courtesy of Nordstrom:

What it is: A concealer that delivers long-lasting, full coverage while correcting the appearance of dark circles, spots, imperfections and uneven tone without a heavy finish.
What it does: Ideal for those looking to conceal imperfections or brighten and smooth skin for a more even-toned look, this concealer leaves skin refined with a seamless finish while protecting against UV rays.
Research results:
In a study of 110 women aged 20-50 years immediately after use, 96% said the area covered with concealer naturally blends with the skin.
How to use: Apply after your skin care products or after your pre-makeup base. Extend the product one centimeter out and apply directly to desired areas. Blend gently with your fingertips. The use of a concealer brush is recommended to enhance the application of concealer and achieve a more beautiful finish. You can even use it to prime your lips and eyes to keep lipstick and eyeshadow looking fresh and vibrant throughout the day. Use it to contour with one shade darker than your natural skin tone, sweeping underneath the cheekbone from your hairline to mid-cheek and under your chin, blending the edges to diffuse. Use it as a highlighter, choosing one shade lighter than your natural skin tone and sweeping under the eyes, down the nose, on the cupid's bow and at the high points of the face, blending the edges to soften. (1.7 oz.)
Swatches in direct sunlight. 
*Burberry Warm Glow Bronzer in Nude Glow #3
Sisley-Paris Mango and Gold. 
Swatches in direct sunlight. 
The eye look.
*Clé de Peau Beauté Intensifying Liquid Eyeliner
*Burberry Full Brows Effortless All in One Brow Builder
Lip mix.
Swatches in direct sunlight. 
The following images reflect all products in place on the face...

Last of the light.
Last look.
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Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this video tutorial and would love to hear about what may have caught your tell!

Good things ahead, including a preview of the creation process for my exclusive Le Metier de Beaute VIP Beauty Subscription Box lip color (initially discussed HERE)--a glorious pinky nude, of course--and swatches of every shade of the freshly launched YSL All Hours don't want to miss this!

Have a lovely end of July and thanks, as always, for your encouragement and support,


--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.