Wednesday, April 25, 2018

A Spotlight on the Brilliant SUQQU Summer 2018 and Hourglass Veil Powder Launches


SUQQU UK 2018 Summer 2018 Gradation Couture Collection
Introducing the SUQQU UK 2018 Summer 2018 Gradation Couture Collection 
Greetings from London, dear readers! I've been here since last week and am enjoying combining beauty meetings with family time and plenty of sightseeing...for the latest, follow along on the Beauty Professor Instagram account. Today, I am excited to bring you sublime launches from two of my favorite brands: SUQQU and Hourglass. Brimming with sun-kissed shades and complexion-perfecting innovation, prepare to embrace summer time skin with radiant gusto.

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

SUQQU Designing Color Eyes in 116 Shakuyousa and 117 Natsukasumi. 
Officially launching on 4/26/18 at Selfridges, the SUQQU UK 2018 Summer 2018 Gradation Couture Collection consists of eyeshadow, blush and two glowing lipstick in resplendent warm weather tones. 

Covering both warm and cool color spectrums, the Designing Color Eyes comes in the rosy neutral 116 Shakuyousa and lavender inspired 117 Natsukasumi (worn in the images at the end of this post). The shades are gossamer in texture and layer effortlessly, moving from sheer to dramatic opacity in mere moments. New for the brand, each palette contains a fascinating gradient hue that allows for freedom in application and creative customization. 
SUQQU 116 Shakuyousa
The *SUQQU Designing Color Eyes in #116 Shakuyousa is a warm neutral lover's dream. The hot tones positively sizzle with allure: 
  • Gradient peach (which moves from vibrant coral to golden papaya)
  • Incandescent warm beige (designed as a top-layering shade for enhanced luminosity)
  • Rosy nude with a satin finish (love it as a lustrous wash of color)
  • Intense aubergine wine (marvelous as a crease shade)

Swatches of *SUQQU Color Design Eyes in 116 Shakuyousa in direct sunlight. 
*SUQQU Designing Color Eyes in #117 Natsukasumi
Rife with cooler tones that present an unexpected harmony, the *SUQQU Designing Color Eyes in #117 Natsukasumi features gilded lilac hues that layer with ease:
  • Gradient Pink (which moves from lustrous rose to pale ballet pink)
  • Luminous neutral gold shimmer (designed to layer over matte shades for a radiant effect)
  • Regal lilac with a satin finish (I like to wear this as an overall wash of color)
  • Deep mulberry purple (super pigmented and fantastic as a crease tone)

Swatches of the *SUQQU Designing Color Eyes in #117 Natsukasumi in direct sunlight. 
*SUQQU Pure Color Blush in the shade 107 Hoteribeni
For cheeks, the cherry blossom-inspired *Pure Color Blush in the shade 107 Hoteribeni offers a gradient of neutral pink that moves from vibrant rose to pale peony, allowing for a gentle building of intensity that compliments all complexions. On my medium olive skin, I focus the finely-milled bright pink on the apples of my cheeks for a natural flush and blend the pale pink on my upper cheekbones for a soft highlighting effect. 
Swatches of the *Pure Color Blush in the shade 107 Hoteribeni in direct sunlight. 
*SUQQU Extra Glow Lipstick in Kouhanabi and Kouki. 
For a radiant pout, the *SUQQU Extra Glow Lipstick envelopes lips in glimmering cellophane color and intense hydration. #110 Kouki (which is designed to be worn with the *SUQQU Color Design Eyes in 116 Shakuyousa) is a peachy confection with plenty of pigmentation and little to no  obvious shimmer. #111 Kouhanabi (which is designed to be paired with 117 Natsukasum and is  worn in the images at the end of this post) is a brilliant medium hot pink glaze that brightens the face instantly. Both are gorgeous and forgiving (apply them effortlessly on the go without a mirror) and will flatter a spectrum of skin tones. 
From L-R: Swatches of #110 Kouki and #111 Koihanabi.
*SUQQU Nude Wear Liquid Foundation
I also recently received the *SUQQU Nude Wear Liquid Foundation in 004 (formula review HERE) as I find it is a much better match for my NC 27 skin than #123, which is consistently my shade match in all SUQQU bases. This weightless fluid formula creates the prettiest cloak of nearly invisible coverage on the skin but I've noticed that the foundation applies lighter on the skin than it looks in the bottle...while this is a rare occurrence in base formulas (oxidation generally guarantees that foundations shades will deepen with time), it required me to adjust my shade choice and I couldn't be happier with the neutral olive tones of #004. See below for comparison swatches~
From bottom to top: Swatches of the in #123 and #004 in direct sunlight.  
The new *Hourglass Veil Collection
Next, the Hourglass Veil Collection (also to be available at Hourglass) takes one's complexion to the next level, masterfully blurring fine lines, visible pores and unevenness while remaining virtually undetectable on the skin. The collection consists of four revolutionary products:
  • *Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer (also available at Nordstrom and reviewed HERE): Technically not new, this highly-lauded powerhouse of the Hourglass brand serves as a potent primer and SPF, smoothing over skin and preparing it for the products to come. Fragrance-free and friendly to complexions with sensitivity (which is rare in the realm of primers), this original formula is a modern classic. 
  • *Hourglass Veil Translucent Setting Powder: Riffing off of the immense popularity of the Hourglass Ambient Lighting powders, this loose powder offers unparalleled skin refinement; a light dusting using the *Hourglass Veil Translucent Setting Powder Brush to blend bathes skin in diamond particles for a luminous effect that resists flashback. Excellent for baking, subtly highlighting and setting makeup, this powder is a perfect match for every skin tone in the spectrum, creating traceless and seamless poreless perfection.
  • *Hourglass Veil Translucent Setting Powder Brush: Dual-sided and ultra-soft, this vegan and cruelty brush allows for maximum precision while diffusing loose powder on the complexion. 
  • *Hourglass Veil Retouching Fluid in Natural: I am over the moon for this diminutive wonder that will be your makeup bag's best friend. Sheer tinted coverage can be implemented as a light base for "no-makeup makeup" days and also works well as a mid-day foundation touch up, reviving skin (including the oft-tricky under eye region) with crease-free soft color and illumination in seconds. 
The entire collection--which is rich with skincare-level ingredients--is a minimalist foundation-phile's landscape, allowing one to craft a pristine complexion that is healthy, even and radiant.
The genius H design of the sifter for the *Hourglass Veil Translucent Setting Powder
Swatches from L-R: *Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer*Hourglass Veil Retouching Fluid in Natural and *Hourglass Veil Translucent Setting Powder.
hourglass veil collection

The following images reflect the newness from Suqqu and Hourglass in action...tee shirt by Ragdoll Los Angeles (and currently on sale, I might add) and shorts are modified mens' Levi's 501's...

The eye look. 




Last look.
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Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this overview of the breathtakingly beautiful new launches from Suqqu and Hourglass (also to be available at Hourglass); both lines consistently release products that seamlessly fuse style and substance and these collections are no exception! 

Good things ahead, including on location beauty features from London and Paris and a host of new product procurements...much to share!

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.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

A Tried, Tested + True Sephora Spring Bonus Shopping Guide for ALL Tiers (BI, VIB and Rouge)!


The Sephora Spring Bonus Event is nigh (running from 4/20-4/23), giving Beauty Insider members of all tiers the chance to enjoy 10% off (for BI) and 15% off (for VIB and Rouge) online and in-store. Last week, I gave you a glimpse at 11 products I purchased as a VIB and today (before hopping on a plane to cross the pond) I am excited to share tried, tested and true product recommendations in every beauty category: Skincare etc., base + face, eyes and lips

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


Skincare, haircare and fragrance. 
// SKINCARE, HAIRECARE + FRAGRANCE // Fresh formulas with cutting edge technology and beautifying properties. 
  • Olaplex No.3 (reviewed HERE): I've tried this a couple of times since ordering last week and am impressed by how soft and luminous it makes my hair. The positive reviews definitely make sense now. 
  • *Skin INC Pure Revival Peel: This genius peel is my first foray into the Skin INC. brand and I am hooked; use it 2-3 times a week to gently exfoliate without the slightest hint of irritation...I can't wait to try other formulas from this line. 
  • Dior Capture Youth Glow Booster (reviewed HERE): Fantastic as a daily serum to boost the effects of all subsequent skincare, this makes my skin radiant and luminous with regular usage. 
  • *Givenchy Live Irresistible: Infused with intoxicating hints of berry and juniper, this juice is the scent of springtime...if you like sweet and fruity fragrances, you will adore this blend. 
  • *SK-II Facial Treatment Oil (reviewed HERE): Although the Facial Treatment Essence receives more attention, this oil is just as highly rated, drenching skin in healthy moisture (that's great for sensitive complexions) while fighting signs of aging. 
  • Cicapair Tiger Grass Camo Drops (reviewed HERE): I purchased this last week and am still enjoying the way this serum banishes redness (it morphs to a flattering beige) while imparting a  glow. Those who battle an annoyingly rosy complexion will definitely benefit from this new formula. 
  • *Kate Somerville EradiKate Daily Cleanser (reviewed HERE): Fabulous for days when skin needs a bit of extra blemish control, this cleanser resets my canvas with active sulphur, guaranteeing that breakouts won't get the chance to start. 

Face + base. 
// FACE + BASE // Lightweight multi-tackers for skin that looks like a perfect version of itself. 
Swatches in direct sunlight. 

Eyes. 
// EYES // Warm neutrals with plenty of shine...it's all about being effortless. 
Swatches in direct sunlight. 

Lips. 
// LIPS // A bevy of pinky tones for a juicy, full and flushed pout.  
Swatches in direct sunlight. 


The following images reflect many of my choices in action with a special appearance by Jethro ; ) 
Striped top by Ragdoll (on sale! and also available at Nordstrom)...




Wearing the Dior Mono Eyeshadow in Mineral (reviewed HERE) and Dior Addict Lacquer Plump in Sweet-D




Last look.
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Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this post and found the shopping guide element to be an inspiring resource as you navigate the event!

What do you plan to pick up from the Sephora Spring Bonus (running 4/20 through 4/23)? Do tell! 

Good things ahead, including plenty of on-location features as I'm headed back to London today...stay tuned and follow along on my Instagram for in-the-moment updates and footage. 

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, April 16, 2018

Golden Hour with BY TERRY: Hippy Chic + Happy Sun Sun Designer Palettes and All Shades of Twist-On Lipstick

The resplendent BY TERRY Summer 2018 Collection (also available at Barney's NYSaks and Revolve) has arrived, delivering a healthy dose of sunshine and creative wash of color. From versatile palettes to two-toned lip color confections, these brilliant launches are quintessential companions to the warmer months ahead. 

Shot in plenty of mid-day and golden hour sunlight, kindly scroll on for more details, swatches and images of the collection in action as well as the Bottom Line...

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Introducing the *Sun Designer Palettes in 05 Hippy Chic and 06 Happy Sun
The heart of the collection are the hotly anticipated *Sun Designer Palettes in 05 Hippy Chic and 06 Happy Sun (also available at Barney's NY, Saks and Revolve).  Housed in streamlined chevron emblazoned compacts with a generous mirror, these finely milled powders possess the capability to create a full face--from contour and bronzer to blush and highlighter--in seconds, making them well worth the investment. I've run through three of these palettes in the past few years (02 and 04 are favorites) and am just as delighted with the versatility and wearability of the new color offerings for this season. 

05 Hippy Chic is a blush range of epic proportions...it contains:
  • A pearly pink highlight
  • A soft and radiant peachy pink blush
  • A matte pale pink shade
  • A glowing coral blush
  • A sunlit beige with a touch of shimmer
  • A mostly matte fuchsia
The shades can be subtle or layered for intensity, creating a gorgeous lit-from-within flush that wears flawlessly for hours...if you prefer peachy pink blush options as I do, then this palette will bring you great joy!

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By Terry Sun Designer Palette in 05 Hippy Chic
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Close up.
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Swatches of By Terry Sun Designer Palette in 05 Hippy Chic in natural outdoor lighting. 
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Swatches of By Terry Sun Designer Palette in 05 Hippy Chic in direct sunlight. 
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The BY TERRY Sun Designer Palette in 06 Happy Sun
06 Happy Sun is a bronzer lover's dream come true. It contains:
  • A champagne beige highlighter
  • A luminous neutral tan highlighter
  • A glowing apricot beige highlighter
  • A matte true brown contour/bronzer
  • A matte cafe au lait shade
  • A matte peachy coral tan tone 
The radiant and matte shades work together to deliver the most flattering sense of warmth and depth to the face...you can sculpt and highlight effortlessly and can even use the peachy coral tan tone as a blush. It would be my earnest and unsolicited advise that you pick this one up while you still can...I, for one, will be buying a backup!

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A close up of 06 Happy Sun
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Swatches of the BY TERRY Sun Designer Palette in 06 Happy Sun in natural outdoor lighting. 
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Swatches of the BY TERRY Sun Designer Palette in 06 Happy Sun in direct sunlight. 

Also in the summertime mix...the *BY TERRY Twist-On Lipstick
The lip color dimension of the collection--*BY TERRY Twist-On Lipstick (also available at Barney's NY, Saks and Space NK)-- is unusually lovely, boasting dualistic shades that can be applied in tandem for a defined, practically ombre look or blended together for color harmony in action. The formula is opaque, creamy and hydrating, boasting volumizing properties that make lips look lush and full. 

Shade Descriptions:  
  • 01 Peach Tangerine: A peachy orange and cool pink mix
  • 02 Rose Fuchsia: A magenta and baby pink mix
  • 03 Pink Plum: A rich wine-meets-plum and medium warm pink mix
  • 04 Candy Poppy: A true red and hot pink mix
  • 05 Red Wine: A deep vampy wine and bold red mix
  • 06 Nude Burgundy: A lush burgundy and dark nude mix
  • 07 Latte Toffee: A russet-toned red-brown and pale nude mix
  • 08 Cream Espresso: A true brown and medium nude beige mix

The entire lineup of the *BY TERRY Twist-On Lipstick is undeniably stunning but my favorite shade (worn in the images at the end of the post) is the lively Peach Tangerine, which indubitably embodies the best of peach and pink.
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The *BY TERRY Twist-On Lipsticks
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Swatches of the *BY TERRY Twist-On Lipstick in natural outdoor lighting. 
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Swatches of the *BY TERRY Twist-On Lipstick in direct sunlight. 

The following images reflect the *By Terry Sun Designer Palettes in Hippy Chic and Happy Sun in action along with the Twist-On Lipstick in Peach Tangerine. I am also wearing:


Style notes with Jethro on 3rd Street, LA.
// STYLE NOTES //
  • Equipment France Silk Blouse: Although this neon green number is sold out, I've linked to a gorgeous sage green version in a similar cut. Try tying it at the waist for a fresh twist on a classic.
  • Frame Le Original Jeans: My absolute favorite jeans in my vast collection, these have a higher rise and relaxed straight leg fit that look good with basically everything. 
  • Black Slide Sandals (or splurge on this dreamy Saint Laurent pair): Clean and minimalist, my feet love this lazy option, which a definitely a step up from flip flops. 
  • Vintage Gucci Bamboo Bag: My latest procurement, I am in love with the bamboo handles and convertible long-strap combination and it holds just enough for a day out on the town. 





by terry hippy chic happy sun swatches
Last look.
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Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this swatch-heavy look at the gorgeous BY TERRY Summer 2018 Collection (also available at Barney's NYSaks and Revolve). If you missed out on the terrific Sun Designer Palettes of previous seasons, I urge you to consider picking up these limited-edition wonders as they're all your cheeks would ever really need!

Good things ahead, including a fresh video, a skincare and makeup packing feature (headed back to London this week!) and my suggestions for the Beauty Insider segment of the Sephora event (running 4/20-4/23).

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

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