Monday, January 23, 2017

Earth Tones Deluxe: A Fresh Face of the Day


I hope your week is off to a marvelous start! Featuring a new foundation launch (!) and some nude lip goodness, today's FOTD is dedicated to rich, lush, deluxe earth tones for a neutral look that is wildly easy to achieve.

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


Face, Base + Fragrance. 
// FACE, BASE + FRAGRANCE //
  • I started by blending a single pump of the *Chanel La Solution 10 de Chanel (reviewed HERE) all over my freshly washed face.  This fragrance-free cream offers excellent moisture to my winter-dry skin without clogging pores or causing irritation.  I am extremely impressed with how skin calming this formula is and consider it one of my favorite discoveries of the last few months...simply sublime. 
  • Next, I buffed a pump of the *Burberry Festive Fresh Glow in Nude Radiance (reviewed HERE).  This weightless primer offers a gossamer veil of luminosity that make skin look dewy and ethereal (rather than shimmery) and serves as an excellent precursor to foundation.  I also added touch more to the high points of my face post-foundation application for additional highlight. 
  • A spritz of the warm and earthy Byredo Oliver Peoples (reviewed HERE) put me in the mood to apply the rest of my makeup...my mom and I adore this fragrance.  We've both gone through two bottles each in the last couple of years!

Swatches of my skincare step in direct sunlight. 

Base. 
  • For foundation, I applied the brand new *Shiseido Synchro Skin Glow Luminizing Fluid Foundation SPF30 in G3.  This stunning formula has a weightless texture, buildable medium coverage and an incandescent finish that keeps skin looking fresh all day.  The foundation comes in 13 shade suitable for fair to tan skin and I found a befitting match in Golden #3, which blends seamlessly with my NC25 skin.  I can also get away with Neutral #3 if I want a touch more depth in my canvas. I used a dampened Beauty Blender to buff a pump and a half into my skin and love how even yet entirely natural the result is.  I can't wait to continue to experiment with this resplendent formula!

Comparison swatches of Golden #3 and Neutral #3 in direct sunlight. 
Official details, courtesy of Nordstrom:

What it is: A smart, hydrating foundation that works with your skin's condition throughout the day for a dewy glow without any shine.
Who it's for: Anyone who wants buildable coverage with a luminous finish.
What it does: Advanced Sensing Technology synchronizes with skin's tone and moisture levels throughout the day for a perfected complexion, and your skin is left looking fresh and beautiful with visible fine lines and pores reduced. Its lightweight, serum-like texture feels as if you're wearing nothing at all. Its formula includes argan oil, cranberry seed oil and yuzu seed extract, which create a moisturizing effect and help retain skin moisture for youthful suppleness; a super bio-moisture network, which prevents an uneven finish caused by dryness for a lustrous look; and wild thyme extract, which helps provide antioxidant benefits. Skin is left with a luminous, long-lasting finish plus eight-hour hydration, and is protected with broad-spectrum SPF 20.
How to use: Shake well. Apply after your skin care, smoothing on evenly from the center of your face outward. Build your desired coverage level with additional layers.
  • 1 oz.
  • Dermatologist tested
  • Noncomedogenic
  • Made in the USA
Active Ingredients: Purpose Octinoxate 4.9% Sunscreen. Titanium Dioxide 2.0% Sunscreen; Inactive Ingredients: Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Cyclomethicone, Diphenylsiloxy Phenyl Trimethicone, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Sd Alcohol 40-B, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Sodium Glutamate, Lauryl Peg-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Peg-10 Dimethicone, Sorbitan Sesquiisostearate, Isopropyl Myristate, Barium Sulfate, Bis-Butyldimethicone Polyglyceryl-3, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Polyquaternium-51, Nylon-12, Thymus Serpyllum Extract, Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil, Citrus Junos Seed Extract, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Aluminum Hydroxide, Stearic Acid, Alumina, Triethoxysilylethyl Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Sodium Citrate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Polysilicone-2, Trisodium Edta, Alcohol, Dimethicone, Tocopherol, Citric Acid, Hydrogen Dimethicone(Only In:Golden 5?Neutral 4, 5?Rose 4, 5), Bht, Sodium Metabisulfite, Hydrated Silica, Dimethicone/Peg-10/15 Crosspolymer,Tin Oxide, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Dipropylene Glycol, Diisostearyl Malate, Glyceryl Diisostearate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Mica, Red 27.



Cheeks, courtesy of Sisley-Paris. 
I used a healthy dose of the *Sisley-Paris Photo Touche Ilusion d'Ete Bronzer (reviewed HERE) on my cheeks.  This finely milled powder (which is so blendable that it mimics the malleability of a cream) creates the most natural looking warmth on the skin; in the look below, I blended it along the hollows of my cheeks and around the perimeters of my face for depth and dimension.  I also noticed that it appears to be out of stock or unavailable at two of my usual stockists (e.g., Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus) but Beautylish still has 4 in stock, so you may want to act quickly if this cult favorite has been on your wish list!

Eyes. 

// EYES //
  • The look on my lids consists of a single shade of MAC Powder Eyeshadow: Mythology.  This warm rosy bronze has insane pigmentation and a satiny sheen that makes eyes glow. I am loving it so much for its effortless application and creaseless wear that it just might earn a permanent place in my makeup bag...good thing the MAC singles are small! 
  • I finished my fringe with two coats of the recently-released *Shiseido Full Lash Dimension Mascara. This luscious volumizing mascara features a jet black formula that envelops lashes for a major curl and lengthening.
Official details, courtesy of Nordstrom:

What it is: Reveal amplified lash curl, lift, volume and length from corner to corner with this mascara by Shiseido.
What it does: Featuring an easy-to-use peanut-shaped brush that exclusively bends 30 degrees and rotates 360 degrees to work with the natural curve of your eye to lift and fan from the root, this mascara dramatically lifts your lashes and perfects panoramic curl, length and weightless volume for eyes. Its smudge-resistant formula lasts eight hours, while luminous black pigment ingredients help add luster and depth and airlight lift and volume powder ingredients create ultra-dramatic volume without the weight. Form-keep wax coats every lash evenly for beautiful curl, and its gentle formula removes easily with warm water.
How to use: Use the mouth of the container to bend the brush, with care, to adjust to your desired angle. Put the curved part to the eyelash roots. Apply mascara up to the eyelash tips with upward motion.
0.29 oz.
Fragrance-free
Dermatologist tested; ophthalmologist tested

Ingredients: Water (Aqua/Eau), Sucrose Tetrastearate Triacetate, Acrylates Copolymer, Microcrystalline Wax (Cera Microcristallina/Cire Microcristalline), Iron Oxides (Ci 77499), Butylene Glycol, Alcohol, Alumina, Sucrose Stearate, Polyvinyl Alcohol, Sorbitan Stearate, Polysorbate 60, Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Batyl Alcohol, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax (Cire De Carnauba), Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Dipropylene Glycol, Oleth-50, Bentonite, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Sodium Polyacrylate, Silica, Ppg-2-Deceth-30, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Simethicone, Isobutylene/Sodium Maleate Copolymer, Methylparaben, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Disodium Edta, Calcium Carbonate, Methyl Methacrylate/Acrylonitrile Copolymer, Tocopherol [+/-(May Contain/Peut Contenir) Iron Oxides (Ci 77492)].


The complete eye look with nothing but MAC Mythology and *Shiseido Full Lash Dimension Mascara

Swatches in direct sunlight. 
The center of the look,
As one might easily ascertain, the center of this look involves my key neutral discoveries from MAC.   The paragraph above indisputably demonstrates my affinity for Mythology and I am also completely smitten with the MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour in Lady Be Good and Mango Mango.  The creamy, full coverage formula feels incredible on the lips, smoothing over fine lines while imparting immense opacity.  Once it dries down, it sets to a comfortable matte finish that wears beautifully for 4-5 hours.  Lady Be Good is a warm medium beige that creates a nude lip look without washing out the face and Mango Mango is a vibrant apricot peach (that's a lot of talk about fruit).  I love mixing the two shades (as done in the images that follow) and when I am in the mood for a smidge of shine, a single sweep of the translucent nude Patentpolish in It's Really Me is divine. The quality and performance of all three of these shade is exemplary and I love that they are accessible for natural lovers across the nation (and the globe, for that matter)!




Swatches in direct sunlight. 

The following images reflect all products in action in afternoon sunlight...shirt by Equipment France + photos by Laura Lynn:









Last look.
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Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed the breakdown of this earth tones-driven look...what are some of YOUR favorite earth tone products as of late?  Do tell! 

Good things ahead, including new LE Charlotte Tilbury lippies, a style + beauty feature (up front...these leggings are to die for), a host of fresh spring releases and an overview of the last few beauty events I've attended.

xx,

--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.

Friday, January 20, 2017

The By Terry Techno Aura Collection: Swatches Et Al. + a Weekend Sale Shopping Guide


As promised, I am excited to finally share a swatch-heavy overview of the By Terry Techno Aura Collection.  Exclusive to Space NK, this demure assemblage of releases features multi-tasking products that create a subtle yet radiant look in seconds. 

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


Official details on the By Terry Techno Aura Collection, courtesy of Space NK:

The Techno Aura Collection is inspired by lights and its playful reflection with colour. Using light reflection technology, it appeals to the modern woman who likes to look fresh and radiant, and naturally sophisticated at the same time.


I ordered five of the six offerings and couldn't be happier with how effortless the textures and shades interface with each other.  From flushed cheeks and bright eyes to some of the glossiest lips in town, the By Terry Techno Aura Collection reflects immense versatility. 
The By Terry Eye Designer in Parti-Pris in Techno Aura. 
The By Terry Eye Designer in Parti-Pris in Techno Aura features six finely-milled hues of powder eyeshadow in delicate gossamer matte and satin finish shades that impart light and dimension in the orbital area. Shade descriptions are as follows:
  • Matte cream
  • Radiant pearl peach
  • Radiant oyster beige
  • Glowing pale pink
  • Matte buff tawny peach
  • Sparkling warm bronze
The first four shades are indisputably light in tone but the color payoff is significant, with minimal fallout.  I envision using the first four shades to create the quintessential pastel eye and if a darker effect is desired, then the pale shades can be used as transitional shades and also as a highlight for the brow bone.  

The true hero tones of the palette for me are the final two hues...the matte tawny peach is peerless in nature. Despite owning an absurd about of eyeshadow, I don't think I have a single shade that is similar to its brightening skin finish.  The bronze tone is transcendently beautiful as well...it works marvelously as a single wash of color but also seamlessly pairs with the peach and pale tones (as demonstrated in the look below) for neutral impact. 

Although more subtle than previous By Terry palettes (reviewed HERE and HERE), the simplicity and ease of wear makes this a brilliant potential staple for one's makeup bag. 



Swatches in direct sunlight. 
Official details, courtesy of Space NK:

Terry de Gunzburg brings even more color with this palette of six eyeshadows capturing the latest trends. Rich in micronized premium pigments and extra-fine powders, the easily blendable soft texture offers supreme comfort, even more coverage and durable colour. The adjustable shades can be used together, mixed or layered, to create a customized look. It’s the make-up touch of the season that everyone can wear.

Ingredients: SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE, TALC, POLYETHYLENE, BORON NITRIDE, ALUMINUM STARCH OCTENYLSUCCINATE, OCTYLDODECYL STEAROYL STEARATE, PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRAISOSTEARATE, SILICA, ZINC STEARATE, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, PTFE, DIISOSTEARYL MALATE, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, DIMETHICONE, ISODODECANE, AQUA / WATER / EAU, SYNTHETIC WAX, DEHYDROACETIC ACID, 1,2-HEXANEDIOL, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, SALICYLIC ACID, TRIOLEIN, TIN OXIDE, MALTODEXTRIN, HEXYL LAURATE, CETYL PEG/PPG-10/1 DIMETHICONE, POLYGLYCERYL-4 ISOSTEARATE, TROPOLONE, LECITHIN, TOCOPHEROL, ASCORBYL PALMITATE, CITRIC ACID, PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRA-DI-T-BUTYL HYDROXYHYDROCINNAMATE, +/- [CI 77491 / IRON OXIDES, MICA, CI 77499 / IRON OXIDES, CI 77891 / TITANIUM DIOXIDE, CI 77288 / CHROMIUM OXIDE GREENS, CI 77492 / IRON OXIDES, CI 75470 / CARMINES, CI 77510 / FERRIC FERROCYANIDE, CI 77266 / BLACK 2 [NANO] ]. (T3803A)

The full eye look with Parti-Pris. 
Swatches in direct sunlight. 
The Glow-Expert Duo Stick in Amber Lights and Terra Rosa. 
The Glow-Expert Duo Stick is a genius creation; the marriage of cheek color and radiant highlight, this creamy pairing is split into a single retractable stick.  The formula is velvety smooth and infinitely blendable for a tender flush and incandescent radiance that makes skin look lit-from-within. 

In so many ways, these sticks are the anti-thesis of heavy-handed "Instagram makeup." They apply sheerly but can be built up to desired intensity while completely avoiding a conspicuous, overdone result. 

I picked up the tawny Amber Lights, which is an excellent stand in for bronzer and the petal pink Terra Rosa, which is beguiling blush option.  Although Amber Lights is lovely, I can achieve the same general effect with bronzer.  Consequently, I prefer the flushed ease of Terra Rosa, especially when concentrated on the apples of the cheeks...it creates an entrancing glow that still looks wholly natural and nearly texture-free on the skin.  Get this whilst you can!

The other side of the stick has a small brush for application and blending on the go.
Official details, courtesy of Space NK:

Blush - Bronzer- Highlighter, two-tone 3-in-1 hybrid stick inspired by the latest contouring and strobing techniques, with integrated blending brush. Enriched with glow-reflecting prisms and light-corrective micro-spheres, it enhances facial features for a natural, healthy result. All 3 Glow-Expert Sticks can be mixed and matched to build a customised radiance on the skin.

The shades:
Shade 1, Amber Light: Brings a warm glow to skin, especially after a long winter. Suits all skin types.
Shade 2, Terra Rosa: Brings a flush of colour to cheeks. The secret for a fresh complexion. 
Shade 3, Peachy Petal: A universally flattering tone, peach tones are subtle but bring a glow to the skin. A secret weapon to boost the skin's radiance.

How to Apply:

Apply in a single or duo shades on cheeks, chin, nose, forehead, eyebrow arch or even décolleté. Blend it effortlessly with the soft brush or fingertips. Ideal for all complexions.

Ingredients: MYRISTYL LACTATE, METHYL METHACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER, C12-15 ALKYL ETHYLHEXANOATE, HEXYL LAURATE, PHENYL TRIMETHICONE, MICA, POLYGLYCERYL-2 TRIISOSTEARATE, DIMETHICONE, CI 77891 / TITANIUM DIOXIDE, MYRISTYL ALCOHOL, CERESIN, EUPHORBIA CERIFERA CERA / EUPHORBIA CERIFERA WAX, OZOKERITE, POLYETHYLENE, SILICA, CI 77491 / IRON OXIDES, SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE, TITANIUM DIOXIDE, DIMETHICONE/VINYL DIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, STEARYL DIMETHICONE, VP/HEXADECENE COPOLYMER, LAURYL PEG/PPG-18/18 METHICONE, PHENOXYETHANOL, OCTADECENE, PARFUM / FRAGRANCE, SORBITAN OLIVATE, SORBITAN SESQUIOLEATE, CI 75470 / CARMINE, ISOSTEARYL ALCOHOL, TIN OXIDE, HEXYL CINNAMAL, LINALOOL, LIMONENE, BENZYL SALICYLATE, HYDROXYCITRONELLAL, ALPHA-ISOMETHYL IONONE, GERANIOL, EUGENOL, COUMARIN

Swatches in direct sunlight. 

Midnight Star and Spicy Crush. 
As the swatches below can attest, the By Terry Gloss Terrybly Shine in Midnight Star and Spicy Crush are devastating beautiful.  I have long been a fan of this particular formula as it is hydrating, pigmented and extremely long lasting and the rich Bordeaux Midnight Star and golden russet Spicy Crush do not disappoint.  

While both are resplendent, I prefer Spicy Crush as it is a perfect "my lips but better" shade, adding depth and dimension to my moderately pigmented lips.  The gilded duo chrome is breathtaking and I can envision wearing this marvelous everyday shade with a variety of makeup looks. 
Swatches in direct sunlight. 
Official details, courtesy of  Space NK:

GLOSS TERRYBLY SHINE is the first anti-aging, firming and volumizing gloss, enriched with the exclusive Lumilip® Technology, to rejuvenate and sculpt the lips in ultra-shiny colors. Its 5 extremely feminine shades and its delicate fragrance with a floral trail of violet, rose and iris, with a hint of mimosa, raspberry, vanilla and musk makes the mouth even more sensual.

Swatches in direct sunlight. 

The following images reflect all products in action (with Spicy Crush on the lips).  I am also wearing:





FYI, there are currently a TON of weekend sales going on...I have already indulged in a few and am excited to receive my wares next week.  Here is a rundown of some of the best deals:

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Last look.

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Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this breakdown of the By Terry Techno Aura Collection. The sophisticated restraint and glowing finishes of the products makes this collection a must for the beauty minimalist who appreciates understated luxury. I particularly am smitten with the Glow-Expert Duo Stick in Terra Rosa and gloss in Spicy Crush.  Both are stunning in the winter but will perform just as well in the warmer months to come!

Good things ahead, including a fresh video tutorial, a host of new product procurements and recaps of my visits to both IMATS LA and the Indie Beauty Expo (it's been a busy week!).

Have a marvelous weekend and thanks, as always, for reading...xx,

--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.

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