Friday, September 29, 2017

Video: My Shining Moment + A Current Makeup Bag Spill

Happy Friday, lovelies! If asked to distill my professional life into three key words, I would choose  writing, public speaking and, of course, makeup; although these three elements are not inherently connected, they comprise my day-to-day pursuits and I couldn't be more grateful for the diversity of the combination. 

When the team behind Clear Eyes (I've been an avid user for years) approached me earlier this year to create a video focused on "my shining moment," I was both honored and excited to find a way to share the fusion of my academic pursuits and quality time here with the Beauty Professor community! The video--crafted with footage filmed by my mom, brother and dad (it's a family affair around here)--was adeptly edited by the Clear Eyes team and can currently be seen on Clear Eyes website.

To commemorate the launch of the final product, it felt right to share a current makeup bag spill with swatches aplenty, because, as said in my video, I want Beauty Professor to consistently serve as a resource its loyal readers.
Kindly scroll on for the video, details on how to enter the #MyShiningMoment contest, makeup bag spill and images of the products in action as well as the Bottom Line... 


As an integral part of the Clear Eyes #MyShiningMoment campaign, you are invited to share your own shining moment for a chance to win a trip to Miami (deadline is 10/15/17).

To enter, simply:

1. Take a photo or video and write your story, or just write a story about your shining moment.

2. Upload your photo, video and/or story to your Instagram or Twitter or upload directly to the Clear Eyes Facebook Page.

3. Tag @ClearEyes in your photo, video or story and use the hashtags #MyShiningMoment and #Contest

Official Rules

#MyShiningMoment Sweepstakes powered by Clear Eyes®
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER THE SWEEPSTAKES. Void where prohibited by law. The Sweepstakes is offered only in the United States of America to persons 18 years of age or older (19 years of age or older in AL and NE). Entries from non-residents of the United States of America are ineligible. All entries must be received by Prestige Brands, Inc. between 12:05 a.m. Eastern Time on July 10th, 2017 and 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on October 15th, 2017. The odds of winning any prize depend on the number of valid entries received. For a copy of the Official Rules, please use the link provided below or mail a stamped, self-addressed envelope to: Prestige Brands, Inc., 660 White Plains Road, Tarrytown, NY 10491, Attention: Valerie Janos.
Makeup bag spill.
// MAKEUP BAG SPILL // A  few classic favorites and a plethora of new beauty discoveries for your viewing pleasure!
  • *Burberry Large Zip-Top Technical Nylon Pouch in Burgundy Red: Top-of-the-line construction and a spacious interior make this a luxurious yet utilitarian makeup bag option. 
  • *Maya Chia The Eye Achiever: Launching soon, this soothing formula minimizes the look of fine lines and wrinkles around the orbital area with completely clean ingredients...excellent for portability, the roller ball applicator is pure genius.
  • *Koh Gen Do Macro Vintage T3 Premium Oil: Boasting an elixir of high performance, essential oils this small but mighty bottle creates bright, heathy and luminous skin on contact. 
  • *Sisley-Paris Instant Eclat Instant Glow Primer: I am loving the illumining effect of this sheer and incandescent formula.  Just a dime-sized amount smoothed over my skin creates a primed and subtly glowy canvas; foundation smooths over with ease and locks in place for hours on end while skin continues to look radiantly natural. 
  • *Antonym Skin Esteem Foundation in Nude: With 100% clean ingredients, this new foundation formula features buildable medium to full coverage, anti-aging skincare benefits and a long-lasting satin matte finish that--as should be the case for all worthy foundation formulas--simply looks like really good skin. Nude is a highly befitting match for my NC25-27 skin.  
  • *NudeStix Concealer Pencil in Light 2: Ultra creamy yet lightweight, this concealer brightens up the under eye region without the slightest trace of creasing...tres magnifique!
  • *Kevyn Aucoin Matte Bronzer in Desert Nights (reviewed HERE): A swipe of this true brown along the hollows of my cheek bones and perimeters of my face adds warmth and definition in seconds.
  • Burberry My Burberry LE Blush Palette: I ordered this sight unseen and am so glad I followed my heart with this blush; aside from being visually opulent in the compact, the powder itself is it is a dusty rose pink with an overspray of illumination for a glowy pink cheek. Due to the depth and buildabilty of this particular shade, I suspect it would perform well (e.g., show up) on a spectrum of skin tones, certifying this LE gem an entirely worthy pursuit. 
  • *Surratt Beauty Artistique Cheek Brush: Always within reach, nothing applies cheek color better. 
  • Victoria Beckham x Estee Lauder Aura Gloss in Honey: I picked this up in London on a whim and fully smitten by its bouncy gel texture and flattering sheen...the pale gold formula can be tapped onto the high points of the face (e.g., cheek bones, brow bones, bridge of nose and Cupid's Bow) for ultra-believable radiance that simply looks like inherently dewy skin. The formula is quite moisturizing and therefore can also double as a's truly my favorite pick from this year's VB x EL collection. 
  • *By Terry Compact Expert #4 (reviewed HERE): Light beige with a radiant core, this  formula can be used to set makeup and strategically brighten up the face while also serving as a marvelous touch up powder. 
  • *Chantecaille Save the Forest Eye Palette: This stunning release for Fall 2017 features four finely milled and luminous shades of eyeshadow in a decadent range of earth tones. As its moniker implies, percentage of the proceeds of this palette go towards saving the forest and the quartet of hues (keep scrolling for swatches!) are versatile and universally flattering, making philanthropy a truly beautiful thing. 
  • *Sisley So Curl Mascara (reviewed HERE): Two coats for full and flippy lashes that do not flake or curl, so good.
  • *Chantecaille Full Brow Perfecting Gel in Dark: Equal parts brow tint and thickener, this new gel features a spool applicator for precision and a luxe formula that adds depth, dimension, polish and hold for brows that look groomed yet naturally beautiful.
  • *Tom Ford Lips & Boys in Hiro: Much brighter than my usual lip color selections, I am intrigued by the satin-metallic finish of this persimmon brightens the face and punctuates a look without being overbearing...effortless!
  • *Tom Ford Boys and Girls in Joan: A perfect "90s nude brown," this new shade has creamy opacity and a rich cream finish that wears evenly while ushering in the fall months with neutral allure.
  • *Oribe Gold Lust Pre-Shampoo Intensive Treatment: Designed to condition hair before washing, this fresh launch restores my stressed tresses in 20 minutes or less, leaving hair silky, shiny and bouncy to boot!
Skincare on the go.
Swatches in direct sunlight. 
Burberry wonderland...more on my recent trip to London with the Burberry team coming up  soon!
Burberry My Burberry LE Blush Palette
Swatches in direct sunlight. 
*Chantecaille Save the Forest Eye Palette
Swatches in direct sunlight. 
The eye look. 
Swatches in direct sunlight. 
Tom Ford Lips & Boys in Hiro and Boys and Girls in Joan
Swatches in direct sunlight.

For the fringe...this new brow gel from Chantecaille is divine.  
Swatches in direct sunlight. 
The latest way to nourish hair before washing...*Oribe Gold Lust Pre-Shampoo Intensive Treatment.

The following images reflect all products in action in afternoon sunlight...
Wearing Tom Ford Hiro

// Style Notes //
(P.S. It's Shopbop's Event of the Season...use code: EOTS17 to get 20% off orders under $500 and 25% off orders of $500 or through 9/29 at 11:59 PM) 

Wearing *Tom Ford Boys and Girls in Joan

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Bottom Line: I truly hope you enjoyed this special Beauty Professor post and encourage you to share your own shining moment while entering the Clear Eyes #MyShiningMoment contest. As aforementioned, the deadline is 10/15/17 and your entry can be submitted via Instagram, Twitter or the Clear Eyes Facebook Page. Don't forget to tag @ClearEyes and use the hashtags #MyShiningMoment and #Contest to complete your entry.

Additionally, since it was rife with so many new product discoveries this particular makeup bag spill was extra fun for me to share and I'd love to know which products caught your tell!

Thank you, as always, for your support, encouragement and contribution to the Beauty Professor community...good things ahead ; )


--The Beauty Professor

**Many thanks to Clear Eyes 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 Beautyprofessor® All Rights Reserved. Do not copy, reprint or republish content and/or photos without author's written permission.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Three Things: Hourglass Ambient Edit Volume 3, New Shades of Confession Lipstick and the Burberry Cashmere Foundation

Newness from Hourglass. 
I just returned from an indescribably wonderful trip to London and Miami (a complete recapitulation, coming up the meanwhile, take a peek at my Instagram for a glimpse) and am working on catching up on absolutely everything--new releases, swatches, writing, filming, to say nothing of my full-time teaching schedule--now that I am back. 

Consequently, my first order of business is to share thoughts and swatches of three beautiful releases from Hourglass and Burberry (two new, one permanent) as well as a round of marvelous recent product discoveries--including an utter gems from Edward Bess and Girlactik--that lavish hair, skin, face and eyes with nourishment and radiance. 

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

Replete with six utilitarian shades (3 new, 3 existing) for the face and eyes, the *Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Volume 3 (also available at Sephora) is must for those who embrace products that multitask. Housed in a streamlined metallic rose gold case, this luxurious collection of hues bathes skin in warmth, flush and light while two finishing powders ensure that skin looks its smoothest and most pristine. 

As with all Hourglass Ambient powder shades, I find the powders to be finely-milled, silky on the skin and entirely buildable--from a sheer gossamer effect, all the way to medium opacity for a myriad of looks. For me, the standout of the six shades is the incandescent Pure Effect blush; this baby pink is the quintessential fusion of glow and flush and I suspect it would look stunning on a spectrum of complexions. 

I am deeply satisfied with the *Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Volume 3 as it creates a full and balanced face that looks naturally ethereal in mere seconds. The powders layer, blend and play well together, enabling a infinite range of possible looks--from get-ready-in-2-minutes-in-the-car to full-faced-holiday-night-out-glam--making this latest addition to the Hourglass family a wise investment, indeed!
Up close and personal.
Official details, courtesy of Nordstrom:

What it is: A limited-edition Ambient Lighting Edit featuring three best-selling and three new exclusive shades for a flawlessly lit complexion.

What it does: This travel-friendly palette of lighting essentials takes you from day to night so you can create your perfect light anytime, anywhere. This collectible palette is available exclusively this season. From a fresh, youthful look for day to a sophisticated, vibrant look for night, this edit is everything you need to finish, brighten, contour and highlight your skin. Each shade is formulated with the brand's Photoluminescent Technology to capture, diffuse and soften surrounding light for skin that appears softer, younger and lit-from-within.

Shades include:
- Dim Light (neutral peach beige that blurs imperfections and highlights the complexion)
- Diffused Light (soft, warm, pale yellow that conceals redness and gives skin clarity)
- Luminous Bronzed Light (medium tan fused with Luminous Light for a softer, candlelit warmth)
- New Surreal Halo (deep berry blush fused with Surreal Light for a vibrant flush of color)
- New Pure Effect (bright petal pink fused with glimmering rose for a youthful glow)
- New Hypnotic Strobe Light (champagne powder infused with multidimensional pearl for sublime highlight)

How to use: Apply Dim Light or Diffused Light all over your face as a finishing powder. Contour the hollows of your cheeks with Luminous Bronze Light. Apply Pure Effect to your cheeks for a youthful glow or Surreal Halo for a vibrant flush. Apply Hypnotic Strobe Light to the high points of your face, such as the tops of your cheeks, bridge of your nose, brow bone and cupid's bow. It can be used wet for a more intense highlight.

Sunlit wonderment.
Swatches in direct sunlight. 
Swatches in direct sunlight. 
*Hourglass Confession Refillable Lipstick Set
New for the holiday season ahead, the *Hourglass Confession Refillable Lipstick Set (also available at Sephora with all shades swatched + extensively reviewed HERE) features three fresh shades, cleverly packaged in a golden case. Possessing major color payoff, moisturizing wear and a creamy finish in a trio of universally-flattering hues, this is the lip color set to get and give. 

I have an affinity for the perfectly nude pink True Love Means and those seeking a "my lips but better" shade will adore My One Desire. For neutrality with a dash of 1990's drama, You Are My is a brilliant option. I am so enthralled with this particular trio that I recently recommended it to a fellow beauty lover that I met in a restaurant is for the aforementioned reasons that I will continue to sing this triad's praises to anyone seeking a ! 
Swatches in direct sunlight. 
Official details, courtesy of Nordstrom:

What it is: A limited-edition featuring three new exclusive shades of the refillable Confession Ultra Slim Lipstick paired with a sleek gold applicator.
What it does: The full-coverage lipstick won't smudge or feather, and it comes encapsulated in a sleek gold applicator to provide the ultimate control to precisely accentuate, contour and define the lips. The gold applicator can be used interchangeably with the full collection of Confession Ultra Slim High Intensity Lipstick refills (sold separately).
Shades include:
- My One Desire (dusty mauve)
- True Love Means (pink nude)
- You Are My (medium rose brown)
How to use: Turn the mechanism to dispense the product. Twist the product down before recapping and click the lid tightly to ensure closure. It does not require sharpening. To refill, remove the gold applicator cap and pull the existing lipstick barrel out from the pointed end of the gold applicator. If the lipstick is still usable, the lipstick barrel can be set aside for future use. Take your new shade and remove the black cap, then firmly pull the lipstick barrel out from the black base. Store the cap and base for future use, or attach them to the lipstick you just removed if it's still usable. Holding the pointed end of the sleek gold applicator, insert your new shade of lipstick into the opening until it clicks into place. Secure the gold applicator cap after each use.
Pro tips: The refills are meant to be collected and used interchangeably with the gold applicator.

The *Burberry Cashmere Foundation
I've been using the *Burberry Cashmere Foundation (also available at Sephora) for the past six months and am delight to be able to share swatches of 12 of the 13 available shades. This medium to full coverage foundation features a natural soft matte finish and immense lasting power, ideal for long days when your skin needs to look its best. 

Hydrating yet lightweight, the formula works well with most skin types and ages and the fact that its fragrance-free is an additional benefit for those with sensitivities.  Because a little goes a long way, I use a single pump and blend it into my skin with a dampened beauty blender sponge.  The result is an fresh and even canvas that will withstand the stresses of the day with grace and aplomb. 

Swatches in direct sunlight. 
Shades Descriptions (per my experience): 
  • #11 Porcelain: @N/NW/NC 10
  • #12 Warm Nude: @N/NC 15
  • #31 Rosy Nude: @N/NW 20
  • #32 Honey: @N/NC 25 **My current match
  • #34 Warm Nude: @N/NW 25
  • #36 Dark Sable: @N/NW 30-35
  • #38 Warm Honey: @N/NW 30-35
  • #42 Camel: N/NW 35-40
  • #43 Almond: N/NW/NC 40-45
  • #60 Chestnut: N/NW/NC 45-50
  • #64 Mocha: N/NW/NC 50
  • #66 Deep Brown: N/NW/NC 55+
Official details, courtesy of Nordstrom:

Inspired by Burberry fabric heritage and the brand's soft Scottish cashmere collection, this liquid foundation delivers a long-lasting, flawless complexion wrapped in cashmere-like comfort. Effortlessly buildable and blendable, its creamy texture melts onto the skin for a soft-matte finish and lightweight, waterproof result.

The Full Face:

Skin + Hair. 
// SKIN + HAIR //
  • *Playa Haircare (also available at Playa): I was recently introduced to this independent hair care line and am wildly impressed thus far. Boasting marvelous ingredients and minimalist formulas that can be used daily, the shampoo and conditioner have been a part of my regular routine for the past couple of weeks. The fragrance is unlike anything I've encountered in's complex yet subtle and very pleasing. Highly recommended! 
  • *Omorovicza Nourishing Hand Treatment: My husband and I both use this exemplary hand cream every single night (it's rare we find something we both like in this category). The scent is divine and the rich formula instantly absorbs for soft and hydrated hands. So good. 
  • *Tory Burch Jolie Fleur Vert:  This lively green fragrance capitalizes on the opulence of jasmine and neroli, translating as the perfect balance between mood-lifting and sensual.  

Eyes .
// EYES //
  • *Edward Bess Harmonious Hues Light Stick Trio: I am utterly entranced by this recent release from the venerable Mr. Bess. The versatile triad of creamy sticks impart sheer yet buildable color that can be used to illuminate the face, or in the case of the images below, enhance the eyes. Candlelight is a light champagne, Ambience is a stunning rose gold and Aura is a rich golden bronze. The formula is velvety smooth, blendable, nonsticky and has formidable lasting power...simply gorgeous through and through. 
  • *Givenchy Mascara Perfecto Primer: This pale pink primer dries clear but coats lashes in fortifying fibers that stay put while contributing to longer, thicker fringe. 
  • *Lancome Monsieur Big Mascara (reviewed HERE): Two coats for full and fluffy lashes. 
  • *Girlactik Soft Powder Eyebrow Pencil in Light Brow: A durable pencil with a super soft texture that melts into brows while defining and adding dimension, this product is truly special. I am continually impressed with the innovations coming from Girlactik! 
Swatches in direct sunlight. 

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

True Love Means on the lips. 

  • Heather V Neck: Clean,versatile and super soft, this tee can be dressed up or down with ease. 
  • Knit Mini Skirt: Although I bought this particular skirt at Free People last season (check out the site's vast array of options HERE), I also found a similar, more high-end version at Nordstrom.
  • Moto Leather Jacket: I've had this particular jacket for years and it continues to get consistent wear in my wardrobe...with fall officially here, now is the perfect time to 
  • Platform Adidas Stan Smith Tennies: These tennis shoes are on heavy rotation...comfortable, classic and able to match any outfit--from dresses to jeans--they are well worth the pursuit. 
  • Vintage Cartier Jewelry: I often get asked where my gold jewelry from (it's comprised of vintage and estate pieces) and frequently direct people to The Real Real (which I've ordered from countless times).  Everything is authenticated and the deals are sublime. 

My One Desire on the lips. 

Last look.
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Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this Hourglass and Burberry-centric feature and would love to know which products caught YOUR eye. Do tell!

Good things ahead, including a fresh video that has been in the works for months (!!), my favorites from L'Occitane and Shu Uemura, an on-location beauty look and a breakdown of my recent trip abroad with Burberry Beauty, including an interview with Wendy Rowe.  Positively cannot wait to share!


--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.