Monday, June 18, 2018

New Summer Beauty from Omorovicza, Charlotte Tilbury and Amore Pacific: Little Black Dress Edition


There are an abundance of new beauty launches in which I've been reveling as of late; from fresh base and a sculpted face to glowing cheeks to and eyes that pop, summer's makeup releases have been gloriously wearable thus far. Today, I combine them with a fresh take on the little black dress...in this case, a longer number with pockets, of course. Together, they embody the effortless nature of early summer. 

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

omorovicza complexion perfector swatches light medium dark
Omorovicza Complexion Perfector in LightMedium and Dark
First, I am excited to inform you that Omorovicza has just launched its famed *Complexion Perfector in three neutral shades: LightMedium and Dark, thereby adding to the versatility of this exemplary formula. Postured as a tinted moisturizer, this cream is rife with the wealth of skincare benefits we've come to expect from Omorovicza. 

A single pump provides light-medium coverage (buildable to nearly full) that blends away signs of discoloration and unevenness while leaving a smooth, bouncy and healthy looking canvas in its wake.  This particular version contains no SPF (I faintly remember that the original formula did), which I appreciate since it guarantees no flashback and allows me to apply whatever level of protection I want prior to my color base. Additionally, the light herbal scent dissipates quickly and, so far, my skin hasn't experienced an ounce of irritation with 10+ hour use (this cream possesses massive longevity). 

I was an ardent fan of the original formula but am deeply pleased with this updated version as the tube (vs. glass bottle) packaging is much more purse and travel friendly and I finally have a singular shade match (Medium--@N/NC/NW 27-35) rather than having to mix two shades. 

If you're in search of a luxury SPF-free tinted moisturizer with immense skincare benefits and strong lasting power and you fall between N/NC/NW 15 and N/NC/NW 45, then the *Omorovicza Complexion Perfector is an excellent option...it's effortless summertime skin in a tube!

Swatches of the Omorovicza Complexion Perfector in direct sunlight. 
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Swatches of the Omorovicza Complexion Perfector in outdoor shade.
Official details, courtesy of Omorovicza:
Deeply hydrating, our Complexion Perfectors condition the skin to give a natural glow, whilst delivering sheer, even and natural coverage. Enhanced with pollution fighting ingredients, they provide the perfect all-in-one solution for a flawless, fresh base and healthy skin. 
MORE INFORMATION
  • Plump the skin and resurface fine lines and wrinkles with hyaluronic acid microspheres which release hyaluronic acid sequentially over time for enduring results.
  • Boost the production of collagen and elastin, reduce free radical damage and boost cell turnover with a potent form of vitamin C.
  • Energize and revitalize the skin with white lupin.
  • Minimize the appearance of fine lines and imperfections with ruby crystal.
  • Leave skin firmer, more supple and younger-looking as HYDRO MINERAL TRANSFERENCE™delivers minerals deep into the skin.
The *Complexion Perfector comes in a portable squeeze tube with a pump dispenser. 
simple human compact mirror
Skin. 
// SKIN //
  • *Chanel La Creme Main Hand Cream (reviewed HERE): Consistently the egg-shaped packaging and it's nourishing contents are the perfect fusion of style and substance.
  • *Augustinus Bader The Rich Cream (reviewed HERE): The more that I use this cream, the more I adore it; fragrance-free and innovative in every sense of the word, this has been my one-step skincare for the last couple weeks of hectic travel and incredibly late nights. It adds significant hydration while encouraging skin to revel the most youthful version of itself. 
  • *simplehuman 4 Sensor Mirror Compact: I am smitten with this highly portable light up mirror; it's easy to charge (and the charge lasts nearly a week with regular use) and the ring enables even the least dexterous person (e.g., me) to hold it confidently while applying makeup on the go. I can't wait to play with this more in the coming days...so far, it's everything one would expect from the brilliant simplehuman brand. 
  • *DECORTE 3-D Line Control (reviewed HERE): Just a touch over fine lines works to immediately reduce their visual presence while working under the surface to truly soften them with constant usage. 
  • *Sisley Instant Perfect Perfecting Skin Corrector (reviewed HERE): This genius formula banishes the look of pores and unwanted shine with just the tiniest touch...it's a makeup bag perennial for me but is especially handy in the warmer summer months. 

simple human compact mirror
The finger ring for the compact (4 inch) *simplehuman 4 Sensor Mirror Compact is wildlly handy. 
Charlotte tilbury pretty youth glow filter swatches
Base + face. 
// BASE + FACE //
  • Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter #4 (reviewed HERE): Still one of my most beloved product launches of the year, this tinted and glowing concoction is a brilliant primer under foundation and I also find utility in adding it over foundation should you seek that extra glossiness on your canvas. I've been using it nonstop since late February and still have half a bottle left...it's a complexion must-have in my book. 
  • *Omorovicza Complexion Perfector in Medium I distributed one pump of the Medium shade (my perfect match) all over my face--first with my fingers, them with a dampened Beauty Blender--to get natural and dewy medium coverage that lasts all day. So good.
  • *Koh Gen Do Gloss Film Foundation #123 (reviewed HERE): I love applying this pigmented powder in my under eye region with my ring finger to brighten up any shadows and keep my mascara from transferring...finely milled and loaded with natural looking coverage that, miraculously, doesn't look the slightest bit powdery; it's utterly sublime as a touch up powder, too. 
  • BY TERRY Sun Designer Palette #6 Happy Sun (reviewed HERE): I used my *Surratt Beauty Artistique Cheek Brush to apply this marvelous bronzing palette to the contours of my skin to create warmth and depth in seconds. If you're looking to try a Sun Designer palette, I implore you to start here...I don't think you'll regret it. 
  • Charlotte Tilbury Pretty Youth Glow Filter in Pretty Fresh: This brand new creamy cheek duo features a luminous illuminator and coral pink blush that can be applied separately or mixed together (as I did in the images at the end of this post) for a flushed, lit-from-within look. It's fresh-faced resplendence in a compact! 
  • Amore Pacific Color Illuminating Compact: To further define my cheeks, I used my *Surratt Beauty Artistique Highlight Brush to apply this new launch from Amore Pacific; the striated shades range from true brown bronzer to delicate gold-infused highlighter for a skin-perfecting wash of color that delivers a veil of summer in seconds. 

Charlotte tilbury pretty youth glow filter swatches
Swatches in direct sunlight. 
amore pacific color illuminating compact
The Amore Pacific Color Illuminating Compact

Charlotte tilbury transform eyes
New to my collection, the Charlotte Tilbury Pretty Youth Glow Filter in Pretty Fresh and Charlotte Tilbury Bigger Brighter Eyes in Transform Eyes 
Charlotte tilbury transform eyes swatches
Eyes.
// EYES // A three-product eye with plenty of neutral punch, this triad is the key to potent simplicity. 
  • Charlotte Tilbury Bigger Brighter Eyes in Transform Eyes: Ever since launching this past spring, I have received countless review requests from BP readers wanting to see it in action and I am happy to oblige. Consisting of four highly pigmented and blendable hues--tender champagne, vibrant bronze, rich matte russet and matte aubergine brown--this quad is designed to make eyes look their largest. The buttery color payoff is superb and the wearability of each shade makes this a neutral eye lover's dream come true...try it and you'll see what I mean. 
  • *Karl Lagerfeld + ModelCo Liquid Liner (reviewed HERE): I am still loving this inky black liner that truly doesn't budge once applied. The formula ranks amongst the best I've tried in all my years of beauty writing and I especially enjoy sweeping it along my upper lash line for the look of extra volume and dimension. 
  • BY TERRY Lash-Expert Twist Mascara (reviewed HERE): This formula reflects a six-month love affair that shows no sign of slowing...two coats and my lashes are at their best. 

Charlotte tilbury transform eyes swatches
Swatches in direct sunlight. 
Charlotte tilbury transform eyes swatches

Charlotte tilbury sunset lover swatches
Lips. 
// LIPS // My weakness for peachy pinks knows know bounds, though this particular array definitely leans more towards the peach. Worn alone or in layers for a custom color (can't stop, won't stop), these five hues are on heavy rotation.
  • Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hydrating Lip Gloss Stick in P(R)each (also available at Sephora): This gorgeous glimmering peach has the pigment of a creamy lipstick and the shine of a gloss; moisturizing and luscious, it's the formula of the summer. I'll be covering four of my favorite shades in this range in a more in-depth fashion in the next week or so! 
  • Dior Lip Glow 010 Holo Pink (reviewed HERE): Incandescent pink with a serious amount of radiance, this is my favorite shade in the Lip Glow lineup. 
  • Dior LE Lip Tattoo Juice in Litchi: Allured by tender peach tone of the packaging, I picked this stain up in London and couldn't be happier; it is the lightest option in the Lip Tattoo range thus far and it adds just enough long lasting mango pigment to brighten up the whole face without overpowering. 
  • Clé de Peau Beauté Radiant Liquid Rouge #11 Lingerie (reviewed HERE): A lifetime lip color love, this nude peach is always in my purse and simply must be tried to be believed. 
  • *Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Sunset Lover: A few months ago, you may remember that Charlotte hosted a naming contest on Instagram for this dreamy peach hue and I am excited to be one of the first in the US to try it! The soft matte finish makes lips look full and healthy and the lush rush of color is infinitely flattering. It is launching any day now so keep an eye out...you saw it here first! 

Charlotte tilbury sunset lover swatches
Swatches in direct sunlight. 
Charlotte tilbury sunset lover swatches
*Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Sunset Lover
Charlotte tilbury sunset lover swatches
*Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Sunset Lover
Charlotte tilbury sunset lover swatches
A swatch of the *Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Sunset Lover in direct sunlight. 
Charlotte tilbury sunset lover swatches


The following images reflect all products in action, along with my summertime LBD discovery...



The eye look, featuring the Charlotte Tilbury Bigger Brighter Eyes in Transform Eyes

Style notes. 
// STYLE NOTES // This dress is well worth the pursuit due to its timeless lines and versatile nature...oh and the full skirt and pockets are pretty major as well. 
  • Reformation Rou Dress: (addition options HEREHERE, and HERE): Lightweight jersey and a circle skirt (made for twirling) are offset by relaxed pockets and a scoop neckline...dress it up with heels and down with tennis shoes or booties. 
  • Bleached denim jacket: The pale shade of denim is a fresh spin on classic jean and it looks especially good with a 
    summertime glow. 
  • Gold hoops: On my ears daily the last few months...they're a minimalistic staple. 
  • Bone booties (a myriad options HERE): I love to think about washed-out white as a new neutral and these boots match absolutely everything. 


This dress was made for twirling. 







Last look.
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Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this summer beauty extravaganza, including newness from Omorovicza, Charlotte Tilbury and Amore Pacific as well as an introduction to a little black dress discovery. Also, *Charlotte Tilbury Sunset Lover lipstick is NOW available...get 

What may have caught YOUR eye? Do tell!

Good things ahead, including a host of fresh product procurements, some of my current Sephora favorites, a video tutorial and a special BP announcement...stay tuned!

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.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

The Surratt Beauty Lid Lacquers + My Beachside Beauty Essentials


The beachside shores of Lake Couer d'Alene. 
If you follow me on Instagram, then you may know that I've spent the last few days in Couer d'Alene,  Idaho with my husband. From stunning nature and wild weather to a touch of down time and business dinners aplenty, it's been a fun departure from the ordinary thus far. 

Our hotel is surrounded by Lake Couer d'Alene, which inspired me to carefully consider what my beachside essentials are...each piece of clothing and makeup that gets tossed into my tote possesses a tried and true purpose for being there and I can't wait to show you what and why. 

But before I get to exactly what's in my beach bag, I am excited to share the resplendence that is the new *Surratt Beauty Lid Lacquer (also available at Barney's NY and Space NK). I have received a host of messages and emails asking when I would be reviewing this launch and the time is now! 

Kindly scroll on for more details, swatches and images of the products in action as well as the Bottom Line...
surratt beauty lid lacquer swatches
The *Surratt Beauty Lid Lacquer
Inspired by the exquisite art of lacquer in Japanese culture, the *Surratt Beauty Lid Lacquer (also available at Barney's NY and Space NK) features a lightweight and glowing cream formula that glides over eyes for a wash of color and subtly glossy finish that is as editorial as it is wearable.  Housed in black lacquered mini compacts emblazoned with red writing the Lid Lacquer takes the eye to the next level while still remaining remarkably effortless to apply and execute. 

Non-sticky and impressively hydrating, the eight shades can be worn individually or blended together for a custom hue that delivers a precise dose of impact to the windows of the soul. Although the thought of an eye gloss could be daunting, think of the *Surratt Beauty Lid Lacquer as a reflective cream shadow (a more accessible conceptualization, no?) and then apply with carefree creativity. 

As should not be a surprise, I am most drawn to the lighter and more neutral shades (the top row in the image below) in the lineup and love how easy it is to apply with one's fingers, favorite eye brush or the new Surratt Beauty eye sponges (designed specifically for the Lid Lacquers). My suggestion is to start with the tiniest amount of the lacquer and blend outward for an initial base. Then, continue to add more until the desired opacity is reached. The result is a luminous orbital region that glistens with  intriguing (and flattering) color. 

Due to its texture, shades and finish, the *Surratt Beauty Lid Lacquer (also available at Barney's NY and Space NK) are completely unique in my collection and I highly recommend it as a refreshing departure from conventional eyeshadow...tutorial forthcoming! 

surratt beauty lid lacquer swatches

Official details, courtesy of Sephora:

What it is:
A unique eye gloss which creates a lustrous glow for eyelids and beyond.

What it does:
Inspired by a Japanese lacquer technique called urushi, this non-sticky formula features rich pigments suspended in a moisturizing, dewy base. The finish can be either sheer or vinyl-like, and can have either a wash of color or a deep opacity. The high-gloss effect provides a modern alternative to traditional shadow.

surratt beauty lid lacquer swatches

As aforementioned, the *Surratt Beauty Lid Lacquer (also available at Barney's NY and Space NK) comes in eight shades that range from a twinkling gossamer veil to dramatic onyx opacity:
  • Kira Kira: An incandescent diamond-meets-pearl...this particular shade also works well as a highlighter on the high points of the face. 
  • Hadaka: The star shade in the lineup for this neutral-loving girl, Hadaka (worn later in this post) is a peachy beige with  a satin finish. 
  • Komuji: A translucent yet buildable taupe with no obvious shimmer. 
  • Kogecha: A gilded chocolate-meets-bronze with a radiant finish. 
  • Iro: Pure red cream with absolutely no shimmer. 
  • Satou Ume: A deep purple plum with lots of radiance. 
  • Pika Pika: A charcoal black cream with with extra luminosity. 
  • Skikoku: Intense and deepest black cream. 
surratt beauty lid lacquer swatches
Swatches of the *Surratt Beauty Lid Lacquer (also available at Barney's NY and Space NK) in outdoor sunlight. 
surratt beauty lid lacquer swatches

surratt beauty lid lacquer swatches
Swatches of the *Surratt Beauty Lid Lacquer (also available at Barney's NY and Space NK) in direct sunlight.
surratt beauty lid lacquer swatches

surratt beauty lid lacquer swatches

Beachside beauty. 
// BEACHSIDE BEAUTY // Packing for an afternoon by the water requires just enough products to put one's best face forward while still looking fresh and uncomplicated.
  • Sensai Highlighting Concealer (reviewed HERE): This opaque yet radiant complexion perfector brightens and evens the skin while looking nearly invisible and lasting all day. Just a few strokes blended out from the center of my face provide me with enough initial coverage for a day outdoors.   
  • *Givenchy Les Saisons Healthy Glow Bronzing Powder #4 (also available at Sephora): I use my *Surratt Beauty Artistique Cheek Brush to adeptly swept this stunning brown bronzer along the hollows of my cheeks and perimeters of my face for a believable tan that looks multi-dimensional and entirely natural. This formula has crazy good reviews and now I know why...if it isn't already, it needs to be on your radar now. 
  • Giorgio Armani Neo-Nude Foundation Powder #5.5 (reviewed HERE): I am on my second compact of this weightless powder...the glowing pigment evens out the skin without the slightest bit of texture or "made up-ness" and it adds just enough illumination to replace my usual highlighter for a super low maintenance face. 
  • Sisley-Paris Phyto Lip Twist in #10 Sugar (reviewed HERE): Moisturizing like a balm with a cellophane dose of baby pink color, I never want to be without this particular lip stick and the sheer number of times I've included it in past blog posts should further validate this claim. 
  • Chanel Le Rouge Crayon in A La Rosee (reviewed HERE): So good in every way--color, hydration, portability and lasting power--this peachy rose tone is a recent non-negotiable in my routine. 
  • Clé de Peau Beauté Radiant Liquid Rouge #11 Lingerie (reviewed HERE): My makeup bag is never without this peachy nude shine...it's beautiful on its own or over a darker color for that quintessential 1960s beige look without washing out one's complexion. 
  • Dior Addict Lacquer Stick in Bel Air (reviewed HERE): Fast becoming one of my favorite lipsticks of life, this vivid peachy pink cream instantly gives life to the face. 
  • BY TERRY Lash Expert Twist Mascara (not pictured but reviewed HERE): Even though it doesn't purport to be waterproof, I get stalwart performance from this particular mascara...two coats and my lashes are good to go. 
Swatches direct sunlight. 

Beach bag and company, including the Coclico Clidro Slide Sandal in Brandy.
// BEACH BAG //
  • *Burberry Medium Giant Reversible Tote (reviewed HERE): On heavy rotation since last fall, I toss items into this multiple times a week. It's a worthy splurge that will be useful for a lifetime. 
  • Vintage Gucci Scarf (reviewed HERE): I use this particular scarf to protect my hair (when windy or damp), as an accessory around my neck or waist or even as an impromptu covering for my forehead (if the sun is feeling extra intense. Get yourself a vintage silk scarf...you won't regret it!
  • Cutoff denim shorts: Once you find the pair, you'll find yourself wanting to wear them any time the temperature rises. Levi's makes some of the best on the planet, by the way. 
  • Mint blue mens button down shirt: In my experience, a mens button down (in lightweight cotton) is the perfect coverup over a bathing suit. It's, truly, all I ever wear. 
  • Bandeau bikini top: The absolute best for avoiding unwanted tan lines, I am super smitten with this version from Abercrombie. It's well-constructed and fits true to size. 
  • Coclico Clidro Slide Sandal in Brandy (reviewed HERE): I bought these exactly a year ago and still wear them frequently...the super soft suede upper requires no breaking in and the leather bottom holds up like a champ on city streets and beach sand alike. I am seriously considering purchasing them in the reddish "Natural" shade next. 
  • *Oribe the Geometric Gold Plated Hair Stick (reviewed HERE): As soon as the temperatures rise, my hair goes into a high (or low) bun and this hair pin guarantees that it will be held in place without obvious denting. So good. 
  • Ray-Ban Round Metal Sunglasses: Clean and classic with a polarized lens finish, this lightweight pair is always in my purse. 
  • Mason Pearson Pocket Boar Bristle Brush (reviewed HERE): This has been my purse brush for a couple of years...it detangles, smooths and fights static, making it a haircare must, especially on a windy beach. 
  • *Oribe The Nude Nail Lacquer (reviewed HERE): On my toes nearly 100% of the year, this creamy pale nude looks good on all skin tones. 
  • Seth Wegter Bags Black clutch (to hold small items): The latest handmade creation of my brother, this clever clutch folds over to become more compact and holds everything one might need for a day or night out. 
Beach clothing must-haves. 
*Oribe The Nude Nail Lacquer (reviewed HEREthrough a water lens.

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

The eye look, featuring and *Surratt Beauty Lid Lacquer in Hadaka (also available at Barney's NY and Space NK). 









With the Giorgio Armani Neo-Nude Foundation Powder #5.5 (reviewed HERE)
Last Look...clean, simple and serene. 
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Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this overview of the magnificently singular *Surratt Beauty Lid Lacquer (also available at Barney's NY and Space NK) as well as a breakdown of my beachside essentials and would love to know what may have caught your eye. Do tell!

Good things ahead, including a video tutorial with the *Surratt Beauty Lid Lacquer, a look at some of my current favorites from Sephora 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.

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