Saturday, October 13, 2018

Skincare Spotlight + Video: Skin Inc., Featuring Creative Masking and the Best Light Device I've Ever Tried

Skin Inc. brand spotlight.
I have been lauding the many virtues of the Skin Inc. line for nearly a year; from the magnificently effective and convenient *Optimizer Voyage Tri-Light (reviewed HERE and HERE) to the instantly smoothing and refreshing *Pure Revival Peel (reviewed HERE), this fragrance-free and paraben-free Japanese brand is on the forefront of innovation. 

I am excited to announce that Skin Inc. is now available at Beautylish and, in honor of this fresh launch, am sharing some of my favorite products in the line for your perusal. 

Kindly scroll on for more details and swatches as well as the Bottom Line which includes my brand new, chatty, demonstration-centric Skin Inc. video from my YouTube channel...

Favorites from Skin Inc.
Taking the Skin Identity quiz 
One of the many benefits of the Skin Inc. line is its customizable serum options, which guarantee that you are giving your skin everything that it needs and nothing that it does not.  Simply visit the Skin Inc. site and take the 5-minute Skin Identity Quiz to quickly and specifically identify your major skin concerns and subsequently have a custom serum blend recommended and prepared. 

Beauty alchemy in action via Skin Inc.
Directly following the quiz, I was able to mix my own serum at home (I had access to each of the 10 available serum options) for a next-level experience with beauty alchemy and, per the recommendations of my quiz result, ended up combining three different formulas into my bespoke mix: 
  • Vitamin A (for uneven skin tone and anti-aging benefits)
  • Chlorella(for brightening)
  • French Pine Bark (for anti-oxidant environmental protection)  
The proprietary encapsulated active ingredients, which look like colorful suspended bubbles, burst upon contact with the skin, ensuring maximum potency and efficacy with each and every dose. 
The final result. 
Three drops--both day and night--and my skin is nourished, protected and perfected and I love that I can further customize the My Daily Dose formulation as the weather and my skin concerns continue to change!

Endless skincare possibilities. 
Dynamic Duo: The Skin Inc. Optimizer Voyager Duo + Deep Sea Hydration Mask 
Next, the *Skin Inc. Optimizer Voyage Tri-Light is my unequivocal beauty device go-to. This portable, battery-operated wonder is perpetually on my nightstand for end-of-the day treatments and also accompanies me on my travels! Harnessing the dual powers of LED NASA Chromotherapy and Low-Frequency Stimulation, this wildly portable and skin-transforming tool delivers instant and long-term results with every session, while maximizing the penetration of the skincare that follows.


The three light settings target a myriad of skin concerns including fine lines, slack tone, unevenness, dark circles and even blemishes. 
  • The Red Light = Revive: Excellent for reducing the look of fine lines and wrinkles while improving the elasticity and "bounce" of the skin. Work the Tri-Light in upward motions along the jawline (this personally reduces some of the discomfort of my TMJ) while focusing additional applications on lines and wrinkles. 
  • The Yellow Light = Glow: Gentle enough to be used in the orbital region, this light helps to target shadows and target dark circles. Consequently, gently sweep this particular light along the upper  cheek bones and underneath the eyes. 
  • The Blue Light = Sooth: Marvelous for sensitive and stressed skin (I use this light for rogue blemishes), run it along the T-zone to help reduce excess oil production and pernicious spots. 
Once you begin to use the *Skin Inc. Optimizer Voyage Tri-Light, you'll wonder what you ever did without it. Mine is a permanent fixture on my nightstand and each nightly treatment is a relaxing experience to which I look forward. 
Crystal clear with serious moisturizing properties...a swatch of the *Skin Inc. Pure Deepsea Hydrating Mask
Because the device works best with water-based products, I like to pair my *Skin Inc. Optimizer Voyage Tri-Light with a generous dose of the *Skin Inc. Pure Deepsea Hydrating Mask, which includes deepsea water from Japan as well as Hyaluronic Acid for intense moisturizing benefits. 

This completely clear gel feels lightweight and buoyant and it's important to note that it can also be worn overnight for richly hydrated skin upon waking. 

Always within reach...the *Skin Inc. Optimizer Voyage Tri-Light 
The *Skin Inc. Mask-Have Matte & Glow Duo.
One of the latest addition to the Skin Inc. family is the *Mask-Have Matte & Glow Duo, which brilliantly combines the refining Pores Be-Gone Mattifying Mask (brimming with kaolin clay and volcanic ash) with the illumination-inducing Get Glowin' Brightening Mask (boasting vitamin C and licorice extract). Two masking options in a single jar is not only creative and aesthetically pleasing...its also unmitigatedly utilitarian. 

Two mask formulas in a single jar...
I like to strategically apply the Pores Be-Gone Mattifying Mask along my T-zone where excess oil product is more prone to occur while concentrating application of the Get Glowing' Brightening Mask on the high points of my face (you know I adore a glow), much like if I were applying highlighter. 

Ten minutes later and the effect is simply glorious...upon rinsing with warm water, my skin is detoxified, rebalanced, revived and radiant! 
Swatches of the the Skin Inc. Mask-Have Matte & Glow Duo.

A customized application = customized skin results. 

Power Pair: The Skin Inc. 
Two other favorite Skin Inc. formulas include the *Pure Revival Peel (reviewed HERE) and the *Pure Serum-Mist. Designed to reveal new skin with each use, the *Pure Revival Peel  removes dry, dead skin without irritation. I like to use it every other day in the morning for an ultra smooth canvas that is more than ready for for the makeup to come. 

The *Pure Serum-Mist is a marvelous mid-day refresher; the bouncy texture of the hyaluronic acid-rich liquid (part serum, part mist as the name implies) is calming, lush and hydrating, bathing skin in a radiant glow that lasts for hours. It's skincare with pronounced beauty benefits, indeed. 

Applying the *Pure Serum-Mist 
Clear and glowing skin in just a few Skin Inc. steps. 



Last look. 
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Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this brand spotlight featuring the glorious Japanese skincare line, Skin Inc. I have been impressed with each of the products I've tried in the range and cannot recommend the *Optimizer Voyage Tri-Light and *Mask-Have Matte & Glow Duo enough as excellent forays into the entire brand experience. 

As aforementioned, the entire Skin Inc. line is now available at Beautylish...for more details, check out my most recent video, which showcases my Skin Inc. favorites in action: 



Have you tried anything from Skin Inc.? Do tell. 

Good things ahead, including a host of new product procurements! 

Finally, if you live in or near NYC, I'd love to meet you at my Clé de Peau Beauté masterclass at Bloomingdales Soho on Thursday 10/18 from 6PM-8PM...it will be a gorgeous evening of my personal beauty favorites. RSVP by calling Kiko or Baron at (212) 729-5153 and hope to see you there. 

xx and more soon,

--The Beauty Professor 

**Many thanks to Skin Inc. 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.  © 2012-18 Beauty Professor® All Rights Reserved. Do not copy, reprint or republish content and/or photos without author's written permission.

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Clé de Peau Beauté Holiday 2018 + Two Upcoming BP Events in LA and NYC!

A glimpse at the *Clé de Peau Beauté Holiday 2018 Collection (also available at Neiman Marcus 
Without any further adieu, I am excited to share a swatch-heavy experience with the gorgeous *Clé de Peau Beauté Holiday 2018 Collection (also available at Neiman Marcus), along with invitations to two upcoming Beauty Professor events on both the East (10/18) and West Coasts (10/11)!

Kindly scroll on for more details, swatches and all the details of the events as well as the Bottom Line...
Happy Birthday, Oribe...LA locals, come celebrate with me at Cos Bar Brentwood next week!
Most imminently, I will be helping Oribe to celebrate its 10th anniversary next Thursday 10/11 at Cos Bar in Brentwood (13050 San Vicente Blvd #101, Los Angeles, CA 90049) from 12-2 PM

I will be on hand to mix and mingle and there will be an Oribe educator doing dry styling as well as product giveaways. It will be lovely soiree and I sincerely hope you able to make it. 

You can absolutely just swing on by but if you RSVP (rsvp@cosbar.com), you will receive a special Oribe gift upon arrival! 
The *Oribe Year if the 10th Anniversary Dry Texturizing Spray

Next, I will be in NYC on 10/18 to host a masterclass at Bloomingdales Soho (504 Broadway, New York, NY 10012) with Clé de Peau Beauté from 6-8PM.  

I will be engaging in an in-depth discussion on my favorite CdPB products, answering questions, offering personalized recommendations and, of course, relishing the opportunity to meet my East Coast BP readers and followers in person!  

The masterclass is free, but to help with the planning process, please RSVP by calling Kiko or Baron at (212) 729-5153.

Can't wait to see you! xx
Pieces from the *Clé de Peau Beauté Holiday 2018 Collection
Finally, the *Clé de Peau Beauté Holiday 2018 Collection (also available at Neiman Marcus) is a stunning melange of sophistication and whimsy, coupled with extreme wearability. The cream pink packaging is emblazoned with artwork that rivals the beauty of the products held within and the homage to iconic elements from Alice and Wonderland make it a beauty collector's dream come true. 
*Clé de Peau Beauté Eye Color Quad Eyeshadow (also available at Neiman Marcus)
The *Clé de Peau Beauté Eye Color Quad Eyeshadow (also available at Neiman Marcus) features four silky and buildable shades of eyeshadow (pale pink, soft cloud gray, lush silver and intense charcoal) with tender luminosity and a crease-free finish. In a world of rosy neutrals, this is a refreshingly cool-toned departure from the norm that still embodies ease of wear. 

Swatches in direct sunlight. 
Excellent as a finishing step in one's routine, the *Clé de Peau Beauté Refining Pressed Powder (also available at Neiman Marcus) is a slightly incandescent refining powder with a minute pink shift that instantly brightens the complexion while blurring pores and fine lines. It's just as charming in the compact as it is lovely on the skin! 

*Clé de Peau Beauté Luminizing Face Enhancer #17
For reference, I included the *Clé de Peau Beauté Luminizing Face Enhancer #17, which, compared to the Refining Pressed Powder is glowier and leans a bit cooler and more violet. 

CdPB *Lipstick Cashmere and *Stick Highlighter
The remainder of the *Clé de Peau Beauté Holiday 2018 Collection (also available at Neiman Marcus) is all about lips and skin. The *Lipstick Cashmere comes in two shades: 
Additionally, this collection delivers the first-ever *Stick Highlighter, a pearlescent and gossamer veil of luminosity, housed in the portability of a twist up stick. The cream is buildable yet extremely natural looking on the skin and, due to its subtly, I predict it will be a favorite (even amongst those who may be highlighter-phobic).
Swatches in direct sunlight. 

The following images reflect the *Clé de Peau Beauté Holiday 2018 Collection (also available at Neiman Marcus) in action in afternoon sunlight...

Applying #504 Follow Me

Style notes. 
// STYLE NOTES // Minimal details, maximum impact. 

The eye look, featuring the *Clé de Peau Beauté Eye Color Quad Eyeshadow (also available at Neiman Marcus)
Applying #505 Paint Me 



Last look. 
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Bottom Line: I hope you were inspired by this overview of the *Clé de Peau Beauté Holiday 2018 Collection (also available at Neiman Marcus) and would love to know what caught your eye...do tell!

Additionally, if you are on the West Coast, please considering coming to the Oribe event I will be hosting on Thursday 10/11 from 12-2 PM at Cos Bar Brentwood (13050 San Vicente Blvd #101, Los Angeles, CA 90049). RSVP at: rsvp@cosbar.com

and...

If you are on the East Coast, I'd love to see you at the Clé de Peau Beauté masterclass at Bloomingdales Soho on Thursday 10/18 from 6PM-8PM...it will be a gorgeous evening of my personal beauty favorites. RSVP by calling Kiko or Baron at (212) 729-5153.

Hope to see you there!

Good things ahead, including a fresh video and a host of new product procurements...xx and more soon,

--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.  © 2012-18 Beauty Professor® All Rights Reserved. Do not copy, reprint or republish content and/or photos without author's written permission.

Monday, October 1, 2018

Fall Fragrance Files Pictorial: Givenchy L'Interdit EDP

Givenchy L'Interdit EDP
Introducing Givenchy L'Interdit Eau de Parfum
Happy first of October, friends! Today's post possesses a distant fragrance focus with some reflective thoughts about the human experience along the way.

It's particularly compelling to me when a new fragrance has a strong backstory and such is the case Givenchy L'Interdit Eau de Parfum, exclusively available at Bloomingdale's. The opulent scent, which is an homage to the original 1957 L'Interdit, is a tribute to bold femininity, self-discovery and the freedom that oft results from audaciously taking risks in one's own life.

Kindly scroll on for more on the notes of Givenchy L'Interdit Eau de Parfum, along with a pictorial that personally captures the spirit of the fragrance and the Bottom Line...

Givenchy L'Interdit EDP
Givenchy L'Interdit Eau de Parfum
// THE MESSAGE // 

The poignant messaging behind Givenchy L'Interdit Eau de Parfum resonates with me on so many fronts...from combining an academic professional life with one in the beauty industry (this, at the start, was inexplicable in the eyes of many) to balancing a copious amount of deadlines with the profound honor of being a mother to a newborn, my life currently feels like the culmination of daily choices that individually posed risk but ultimately collectively lead to greater fulfillment.

I am thankful for having a family that always encouraged me to healthily push the limits and follow my intuition, even when it seemed like I was swimming upstream. From challenge and adversity comes growth and strength, indeed!
Style notes. 
// BLOOMINGDALE'S STYLE NOTES //
  • FRAME Party Velvet Burnout Cropped Top: With slightly padded shoulders-meets-puffed sleeves and a sleek velvet appeal, I'll be dressing this up and down all season. Since it is slightly cropped, I am wearing a size medium. 
  • MOTHER The Looker Ankle Fray Skinny Jeans: Ultra-slimming yet seriously comfortable (can a pair of jeans actually flex with you?), these jeans have me believing in skinny jeans again! I am wearing a size 25. 

// THE FRAGRANCE NOTES //

Classified as a woody floral, Givenchy L'Interdit Eau de Parfum has top notes of orange blossom, middle notes of jasmine and tuberose and base notes of vetiver and patchouli. 

The amalgamation results in a lush and creamy floral effect that's offset by the coolness of a dark and verdant woods. Paradoxically, Givenchy L'Interdit EDP is all at once alluringly romantic and fiercely independent, making it a blissfully lovely juice to wear both day and night alike. 

Givenchy L'Interdit EDP
Timeless yet modern, Givenchy L'Interdit Eau de Parfum 
Givenchy L'Interdit EDP

Givenchy L'Interdit EDP
Givenchy L'Interdit Eau de Parfum
Givenchy L'Interdit EDP
Taking risks and learning along the way. 
Givenchy L'Interdit EDP
Last look. 
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Bottom Line: I truly hope you enjoyed this profile of the Givenchy L'Interdit Eau de Parfum, exclusively available at Bloomingdale's. From its rich legacy and inspiring backstory to its intoxicating notes and fresh wearability, this, unquestionably will be a part of my fall fragrance rotation. 

What kinds of risks have you taken in life that have paid off? Do please share!

xx and more (including a couple of BP beauty event announcements, a fresh video and a host of new product procurements) soon,

--The Beauty Professor

**Many thanks to Bloomingdale's 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.  © 2012-18 Beauty Professor® All Rights Reserved. Do not copy, reprint or republish content and/or photos without author's written permission.

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