Saturday, August 26, 2017

Falling for Fall with New Launches from Surratt, Becca and Armani Beauty



The summer's end is imminent; in fact, this weekend is my last before heading back to the classroom next week. In honor of the changing season, I am loving mixing new Fall releases with classic favorites and today's swatch-heavy beauty story is no exception! From the latest shades from Surratt Beauty and an innovative primer to a fresh cheek combination and a just-launched juicy lip, prepare to fall for Fall.

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

Falling for fall makeup. 
*Surratt Smoky Eye Batons
Up first, the *Surratt Smoky Eye Batons (also available at Spring and Net-A-Porter) now come in four new shades for infinite color combinations that yield a smoky eye apropos for both day and night. 

I've been fan of this eye shadow/liner combination (discussed HERE) since the initial launch of the line (which, incidentally, ranks amongst my favorite beauty brands of all time); one one side is a creamy, color-saturated eyeliner that works well around the perimeter of the eye and the other is a coordinating pigmented eyeshadow that blends with the liner to intensify the color scheme for a smoky look that is infinitely flattering. The new shades include warm neutrals and cool metallics that define and brighten the eye in a sophisticate manner. Truly exquisite! Keep reading for my three favorite and how I like to apply them...

No details have been spared...even the end of the baton has a lovely translucent colored disc to showcase the shade inside. 
Official details, courtesy of Sephora:

What it is: 
A double-sided pencil with creamy eyeliner and matching eyeshadow to create an edgy ombré look. 

What it does: 
Create smoky eyes this elegant, all-in-one Eye Baton. One end is a twist-up mechanical eye pencil for defining the lash line, and just untwist the cap on the other end for easy-to-diffuse eyeshadow that smolders—without a mess or fallout. 

What else you need to know: 
Retract the cream liner before replacing the cap to avoid breakage. Surratt Beauty is dedicated to the Japanese tradition of minimal elegance; the space-saving packaging is designed to be lightweight and secure, and is recyclable. 

"The modern smoky eye is how a French girl would wear it—a bit lived in, with pigment tight along the inner rim and perimeter of the upper lash line."—Troy Surratt, Celebrity Makeup Artist and Founder of Surratt Beauty



The *Surratt Smoky Eye Batons (also available at Spring and Net-A-Porter) shades are as follows:
  • Canons de Beaute: Rich burgundy
  • Cendres: Glimmering Taupe
  • Etincelle: Lush copper
  • Fumee Brun: True brown
  • Fumee Noir: Intense black
  • Nuit Dorage: Blue-tinged black
  • Partir En Fumee: Effervescent silver-meets-platinum
  • Vapeur Mauve: Purple mauve

Swatches in direct sunlight. 
Swatches in direct sunlight. 

A perfect pair: The *Becca Velvet Blurring Primer Perfecting Base + *Becca Ultimate Coverage Foundation in Olive,
Next, designed to hydrate, smooth and brighten one's canvas prior to foundation application, the *Becca Velvet Blurring Primer Perfecting Base is a brilliant way to perfect the skin. The delicate apricot tone creates a soft velvet matte finish that reduces unwanted shine while still letting skin reflect true skin finish. It's an intriguing thin and lightweight formula that disappears into skin on contact while, somehow, taking one's face to the next level. In sum, it must be tried to be understood!

I am loving the way *Becca Velvet Blurring Primer Perfecting Base subtly brightens without the usage of obvious shimmer and, when combined with the medium-to-full coverage *Becca Ultimate Coverage Foundation in Olive (an insanely good match for my current skin tone...not new, but new to me), it guarantees that my base lasts the entire day, even in hot and humid end of August weather. I have been embracing this duo all week and am thrilled with the outcome.

Swatches in direct sunlight...names in image below. 
Official details for the *Becca Velvet Blurring Primer Perfecting Base, courtesy of Sephora:

What it is:
A liquid-to-powder blurring primer that instantly diminishes the appearance of pores, fine lines, and imperfections to leave skin porcelain smooth with an airbrushed finish.

Solutions for:
- Pores
- Dullness and uneven texture

If you want to know more…
This is the ultimate primer for a long-lasting, airbrushed complexion. The brightening, feather-light, apricot-hued formula is infused with pore-blurring powders that float over skin to diffuse light for a velvety smooth, soft focus finish. Oil-free yet hydrating, the primer helps absorb the appearance of excess oil and extend the wear of makeup, keeping your look fresh and flawless throughout the day. This formula turns from lightweight liquid to powdered perfection in seconds.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
- Parabens
- Sulfates
- Phthalates

What else you need to know:
This product is infused with sodium hyaluronate to help keep skin hydrated, antioxidant rich vitamin C and E, and soft-focus blurring powders to help absorb the appearance of excess oil. It works on all skin tones and skin types.

Swatches in direct sunlight. 

The *Giorgio Armani Ecstasy Shine Lipstick press mailing. 
I recently received the most gorgeous press mailing featuring the *Giorgio Armani Ecstasy Shine Lipstick (also available at Neiman Marcus). Housed in a vivid red tube with a satisfying magnetic closure, this new formula is a stunning wash of cellophane color boasting the hydration of a balm and the shine of a gloss. Buttery and smooth, the lip color feels sensational on the lips and provides magnificent color payoff (especially for a sheer formula) and significant lasting power. 

This forgivingly fuss-free formula can be applied on the go (sans mirror), resulting in effortlessly juicy lips in Fall's greatest hues. I am most in love with the fresh nude #100, the candy pink #500 and the rich aubergine #602....keep reading for swatches! 

The red case and magnetic closure is a stylistic achievement, resonate with the Armani aesthetic.

*Giorgio Armani Ecstasy Shine Lipstick*Giorgio Armani Ecstasy Shine Lipstick...shade order below.
I received the following shads to try:
  • #100 Androgino: Lush pinky nude beige
  • #101 Skin: Neutral nude beige
  • #300 Tangerine: Perfect peachy orange
  • #400 Four Hundred: Classic cherry red
  • #401 Hotspot: Warm-tinged red
  • #500 Sounds: Bright candy pink **A favorite with nude lip liner and baby pink gloss
  • #506 Maharajah: Pearlescent fuchsia pink
  • #602 Night Viper: A deep aubergine

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

What it is: A lipstick with a high-shine, balm-like texture that gives you intense color with a single swipe.
What it does: This vibrant lipstick moisturizes like a balm while applying weightless, bold, vibrant color with the shine of a gloss. It provides hydration for up to eight hours and is two times as soft as a traditional lipstick.
How to use: Apply directly from the stick, sweeping over your lips to spread. To better define your lip look, apply concealer around your natural lip contour. Line your lip shade with a complementary shade of lip pencil.
  • 0.1 oz.
  • Made in France
Ingredients: Diisostearyl Malate, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Phenyl Trimethicone, Synthetic Wax, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Cetyl Dimethicone, Octyldodecanol, Diisopropyl Dimer Dilinoleate, Phytosteryl Macadamiate, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, Euphorbia Cerifera Cera Extract/Candelilla Wax Extract, Polyethylene, Polyglyceryl-2 Isostearate, Paraffin, Cera Microcristallina/Microcrystalline Wax, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tocopherol, Hydroxycitronellal, Magnesium Silicate, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Silica, Colophonium/Rosin, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Benzyl Alcohol, Tin Oxide, Cinnamyl Alcohol, Isoeugenol, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Alumina, Aluminum Hydroxide, Hexadecene, Parfum/Fragrance.


The Complete Look: A combination of effortless sunlit skin and bolder fall eyes and lips, this look is the embodiment of summer-to-fall seasonal transition. 

Base + Face.
// BASE + FACE //
*Smith & Cult Book of Sun Chapter #2 Golden Rage
Swatches in direct sunlight. 

Eyes.
// EYES //
Swatches in direct sunlight. 
The full eye look.

Lips + Fragrance.

// LIPS & FRAGRANCE //
  • *Giorgio Armani Ecstasy Shine Lipstick (also available at Neiman Marcus ) in #100, #500 and #602. In nude, bright pink and deep aubergine, this trio of shades is an excellent representative of the versatility of this new formula's color range. 
  • Ragdoll LA Perfume Oil Amber: With notes of cotton, musk and amber-infused honey, this skin scent is marvelous for warm days and cooler nights. 
Swatches in direct sunlight. 

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

*Giorgio Armani Ecstasy Shine Lipstick #100 on the lips.
*Giorgio Armani Ecstasy Shine Lipstick #100 on the lips.
// STYLE NOTES //
  • Ragdoll LA Vintage Tee in Bone White: A new favorite in my style routine, this buttery smooth cotton tee is the perfect off white; seriously considering a backup as I've already worn it 3 times since purchasing last week! In my opinion, no one makes cotton crew neck tees better than Ragdoll
  • Frame Denim Le High Skinny Jeans: I generally wear a size 25 in this cut, which has a higher waist without corset-like discomfort. The denim is super soft and can be effortlessly dressed up or down.
  • Ragdoll LA Ribbed Tee in Rose: 100% cotton in a delicate nude blush tone, this ribbed tee works well alone while thin enough to be layered to the hilt. 
  • L'Agence Slim Fit Denim Jacket: An easy way to wear denim on denim, this light wash number has body-conscious lines for an interesting update on a classic cut. 
*Giorgio Armani Ecstasy Shine Lipstick #100 on the lips.
*Giorgio Armani Ecstasy Shine Lipstick #500 on the lips.
*Giorgio Armani Ecstasy Shine Lipstick #500 on the lips.
*Giorgio Armani Ecstasy Shine Lipstick #500 on the lips.
*Giorgio Armani Ecstasy Shine Lipstick #602 on the lips.
*Giorgio Armani Ecstasy Shine Lipstick #602 on the lips.
*Giorgio Armani Ecstasy Shine Lipstick #602 on the lips.
*Giorgio Armani Ecstasy Shine Lipstick #602 on the lips.
Last look.
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Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this melange of new launches and classic components in my beauty routine! The fresh *Surratt Smoky Eye Baton shades are sublime, my skin is thrilled with the  *Becca Velvet Blurring Primer and the *Giorgio Armani Ecstasy Shines are the quickest new way to get plush and color-saturated lips in seconds. 

What has caught YOUR eye? Do tell!

Good things ahead, including an on-location story, a couple of top seven (foundation! lip color!) lists a video tutorial and a host of new product procurements...stay tuned and have a beautiful end of the month.

xx,

--The Beauty Professor

**PR samples provided for 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. 

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