Thursday, January 18, 2018

Views from a Parisian Balcony: Warm Neutrals and New By Terry Launches Including the Mascara You Need in Your Life

Parisian views. 
The views in Paris are beyond breathtaking. Last week's excursion in the city had me constantly looking up, down and all around, doing my best to absorb the wondrous architecture at every turn. My affinity for historic buildings knows no bounds! 

In the spirit of said views, today's post features a round of neutral beauty choices and culminating look--including two new By Terry launches (behold, mascara!) you must meet--shot from my hotel room balcony in the First Arrondissement. 

Kindly scroll on for more details, swatches and images of the products in action as well as the Bottom Line...
The complete look. 
New By Terry formulas that effortlessly integrate into one's routine. 
// SKIN //
  • *By Terry Baume de Rose Hand Cream: Plush yet lightweight with a delicate rose aroma, this hand cream masterfully moisturizes while stimulating one's senses. In sum, it's quintessential By Terry in a pale pink tube.  
  • *By Terry Baume de Rose Le Stick Levres: I am thrilled that Terry decided to release a solid stick version of her iconic Baume de Rose, which is holy grail favorite in my routine. The retractable bullet imparts the same luxe and nourishing formula without having to dig into a pot with one's finger.  The soft rose fragrance, tender shine, luscious hydration and noteworthy portability guarantee it's cult status in the Baume de Rose family. 
The *By Terry Baume de Rose Hand Cream and *By Terry Baume de Rose Le Stick Levres
Face + fragrance. 
// FACE + FRAGRANCE //
Swatches in natural lighting.
Eye + lips. 
// EYES + LIPS //
  •  Tom Ford Private Shadow in Loveshade and Body Double (reviewed HERE): I started by blending the peachy pink Loveshade all over my lids as a base and then worked the shimmering champagne Body Double up towards my brow bone. 
  • *Touch In Sol Metallist Eyeshadow Duo in Eldora (reviewed HERE): Then, I applied this liquid gold shadow on the center of my upper eye lids for a bit of brilliance...I deeply appreciate how this lush formula wears without creasing or flaking; this behavior is oft-rare for liquid eyeshadows. 
  • *Hourglass Vanish Flash Stick in Champagne Flash (reviewed HERE): I concentrated application of this platinum-meets-champagne shade directly under my brow bones and then buffed a bit on my upper cheek bones and down the bridge of my nose for a dash of dewiness. 
  • *GrandeBROW Fill in Dark: I've been using GrandBROW for the past couple of months and am thrilled with how naturally full it has made my brows...for the images below, I also used the tinted Fill formula in Dark to define and hold my look. 
  • *By Terry Expert Lash Expert Twist Mascara: I am over the moon to introduce this transcendent mascara, which possesses the ability to both volumize and lengthen with a transforming brush. The intense black formula builds lashes from root to tip and is completely resistant to smudging, flaking or migrating; between seasonal allergies and the need to wear contact lens--hello, watery eyes--I tend to give mascara formulas a challenging trial and only a few, including the *By Terry Expert Lash Expert Twist pass the test. As if the formidable formula wasn't enough, the bottom of the tube holds additional magic; an easy twist transforms the brush from long and thin (for lengthening) to shorter and fluffier (for volumizing) to craft lashes that can be customized from feathery to downright dramatic in under a minute. The first time I applied it last week, I was astonished by the impact this mascara had on my lashes...they were so long and thick that they were touching my brows and they stayed looking as such from morning though evening. During a meeting I had with Terry later on in the week, she confirmed  that a month's supply of the new mascara intended for her boutique alone was sold out in less than an hour and they are still waiting for replenishments. Talk about flying of of the shelves! I managed to track down the last three tubes at Le Bon Marche (and perhaps the last three left in Paris) and cannot wait for the mascara to makes its stateside debut next month as both my mom and I are already now massive fans. In the meanwhile, I can be purchased at Cult Beauty...I implore you to consider it if you love mascara and By Terry as I do. It's simply that good
  • Chanel Le Crayon Levres in Natural: I don't know why it took me so long to buy this cult-favorite but, goodness, I am elated that I finally did. Crafted in the perfect shade of nude beige, this stunning neutral defines one's lips without looking obvious and it's subtle enough to work with most lip colors. Every makeup bag needs this lip liner! 
  • Sensai The Lipstick in #18 Koubai: Instantly taken with its neutral appeal, I purchased this hydrating pinky peach (of course) hue while in Paris and am duly smitten. With medium coverage and a slightly shiny finish, this shade would look good on a spectrum of skin tones. 
  • Tom Ford Ultra Gloss in Tawny Pink (reviewed HERE): I finished my lips with a slick of this creamy, shimmer-free nude pink gloss that never disappoints...it's a purse staple in my life. 
*By Terry Expert Lash Expert Twist Mascara....the slender lengthening brush can be adjusted with a twist, transforming to a fluffier brush that creates a volumizing effect. In addition to the genius brush innovation, the jet black formula makes lashes look positively next-level. 
Swatches in natural lighting. 

The following images reflect all products in action...




// STYLE NOTES //
  • Madewell Whisper Cotton Turtleneck: Thin yet warm and excellent for layering, this is a winter and early spring staple for me. 
  • Nordstrom Signature Stretch Pants: I received these pants (which run true to size...I'm in an XS) for my birthday and love their classic lines and comfortable yet streamlined fit. 
  • Ray-Ban Clubmaster Sunglasses: I picked these timeless sunglasses up in Paris and, to my delight, they are readily available in the US as well. They are lightweight and polarized and the black and gold mix is really chic, no? 
  • Nike Air Huarache: Still my tennis shoe go-to due to their neutral hue and extreme bounce when walking miles (we realized that we walked 40+ over the course of a single week in Paris), these are now on sale!  




The eye look. 






Last look.
Finally, I am excited to be a panel speaker for the BeautyX  Conference next week, which occurs in advance of (and in partnership with) the Indie Beauty Expo 1/23-24 in Los Angeles. For my recent interview with Beauty Independent (the publication for IBE), visit HERE
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Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this on-location story and, as aforementioned, cannot recommend the new *By Terry Baume de Rose Le Stick Levres and  *By Terry Expert Lash Expert Twist Mascara enough...both truly must be tried to be believed. 

Good things ahead, including brow newness from Hourglass, a Clé de Peau Beauté lipgloss launch and a host of new product procurements. 

Also, I am moving starting this weekend (same neighborhood, different house) so any tips or advice on the process would be greatly appreciated! 

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

Sunday, January 14, 2018

A Paris Look Featuring Red Lips and New Sensai Foundation


After an incredibly full week in Paris (visit Paris Week on my Instagram profile for a comprehensive breakdown of the last seven days), I am now home and excited to share a few key looks from my adventures in the city. From walking nearly forty miles to some very exciting beauty meetings (more on these, soon!), we definitely made the most of our time in the city of lights. 

This first composition is punctuated a bold red lip and a new base from Sensai, along with favorites from By Terry, Charlotte TilburyNatasha Denona and Hourglass Cosmetics

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

Skincare etc.
// SKINCARE ETC. //
  • *Bioderma Crealine H20 Sensitive (reviewed HERE): I kept my cleansing process super simple with this effective micellar water...it removes everything, including waterproof eye makeup. 
  • *Le Metier de Beaute Longevity Creme (reviewed HERE): I started with a generous application of this skin smoothing wonder cream, which always give my face a boost and a glow...used day and night, it truly transforms one's canvas. 
  • *Sisley-Paris Eye Contour Mask (reviewed HERE): I was sleep deprived for most of the trip and heavily relied on this lightweight yet super potent eye cream to brighten while depuffing my orbital region. 
  • *Supergoop Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40 (reviewed HERE): I blended a pea-sized amount all over my face to protect against UV and blue light while blurring pores a bit (love how this new formula multi-tasks!)
  • *Sisley-Paris White Ginger Contouring Oil for Legs (reviewed HERE): This oil is invaluable for fighting fatigue in one's limbs, reducing swelling (in my case, associated with travel) and masterfully hydrating one's skin. I used it on my arms, legs and décolleté daily and cannot get enough of it in the drier winter months.
  • *Miriam Quevedo Sublime Gold Brilliant Spray (reviewed HERE): Just a few sprays following washing my hair detangles and conditions while adding a cloak of radiance and shine that doesn't weigh down my tresses...it's always within reach. 

The makeup. 
// MAKEUP //
  • Sensai Luminous Sheer Foundation in LS 204.5: I evened my visage with this brand new foundation formula; housed in a genius, small and rectangular bottle (that is infinitely purse-friendly), the fluid base possesses light coverage and, as its moniker implies, a luminous finish that simply looks like very healthy, light-kissed skin. I found that I could build this to nearly medium coverage without it caking (its texture-free nature makes it look almost invisible on the skin) and, so far, am impressed with its strong lasting power and incandescent performance. Keep reading for more details and swatches of all eight shades! 
  • *Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer in Luminous Bronze Light (reviewed HERE): I swept this medium bronze hue along the hollows of my cheeks and perimeters of my face to softly contour and warm up my face. 
  • *Le Metier de Beaute Creme Fresh Tint in Poppy (reviewed HERE): I used the tip of my ring finger to blend this neutral pink on the apples of my cheeks for a cheerfully flushed radiance. 
  • *Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Glow Wand (reviewed HERE): I applied this creamy highlighter on my upper cheekbones, in the center of my forehead, down the bridge of my nose and in the middle of my chin for a lit-from-within look that lasts for hours. I have been using this resplendent illuminator nonstop as of late and highly recommend it for all skin types!
  • *By Terry Ombre Blackstar in Bronze Moon and Blonde Opal (reviewed HERE): I blended the stunningly natural Bronze Moon on my upper eye lid and swept a bit more along my lower lash line. Then, I blended the gold-meets-platinum Blonde Opal up to my brow bone as a subtle transitional color. 
  • *Natasha Denona Chroma Crystal Top Coat in Peach (reviewed HERE): I swept a touch of this glimmering peach tone to enhance the reflective nature of the eye look...I use Peach 2-3 times a week and love the way it catches light. 
  • *Oribe Lip Lust Lip Color in Tropic Flame (reviewed HERE): I finished the look with a generous dose of this intense orange-meets-red lipstick that is always in my purse. With extreme color payoff and sublimely comfortable wear, this lipstick ranks amongst my top five...it must be tried to be believed!
Swatches of all products on my face in window-lit lighting. 
New foundation release from Sensai. 
In anticipation of the fact that I would be wearing the Sensai Luminous Sheer Foundation in a blog post, I made sure to swatch all eight shades...in summation, there seems to be a befitting match for fair-medium dark skin and the weightless formula offers a beautiful light to light-medium veil of skin-perfecting coverage that imparts glow while looking entirely natural. I got 6-7 hours of flawless wear in Paris and can't wait to try it in Southern California weather next...will weigh in again soon! 

Official details, courtesy of Harrod's:

The ultra-light Luminous Sheer Foundation from Sensai glides over skin for a fresh, hydrated glow. Formulated with light-enhancing powers and Sensai's core ingredient Koishimaru Silk EX, it sheathes the skin in a veil of moisture to provide all-day hydration while imparting a naturally gentle glow to the surface for a radiant finish. Flawless coverage ensures that skin looks and feels itself, only perfected.

Swatches of the Sensai Luminous Sheer Foundation in indoor lighting. 
Swatches of the Sensai Luminous Sheer Foundation in indoor lighting. 
Swatches of the Sensai Flawless Satin Foundation in indoor lighting. 

I also was able to swatch the Sensai Flawless Satin Foundation while in Paris. This new release features medium to full coverage and a satin finish that develops into a radiant glow. Although I was intrigued by additional coverage of this formula, I couldn't find a befitting shade match (FS 204 was too light and FS 204.5 was too dark) but hope you find the swatches--above and below--helpful nonetheless! 

Official details, courtesy of Harrod's:

The Flawless Satin Foundation from Sensai glides over skin for a fresh, hydrated glow. Formulated with light-enhancing powers and Sensai's core ingredient Koishimaru Silk EX, it sheathes the skin in a veil of moisture to provide all-day hydration while imparting a naturally gentle glow to the surface for a radiant finish. Flawless coverage ensures that skin looks and feels itself, only perfected.
Swatches of the Sensai Flawless Satin Foundation in indoor lighting. 
The following images reflect all products in action in late (and rare!) afternoon Parisian sunlight...


The eye look. 



// SYTLE NOTES // 
  • Thin striped turtleneck (additional options HERE and HERE): I love a lightweight turtle neck in cooler temperatures...it never goes out of style!
  • Light wash boyfriend jeans: The pale tone of this particular pair can be dressed up or down and break up the sea of medium blue in my closet.
  • Black Gucci belt: One of my most versatile outfit investments of the past year...it takes every combination to the next level.
  • Tan booties: This particular pair is from last season and currently unavailable but I am linking to a similar, gorgeous pair from Kork-Ease that I have in three colors...I am thrilled that it is back in stock at Nordstrom right now! 
  • Vince Camel Coat (also available at Vince): I am getting so much wear from this roomy and minimalist camel coat...it is not too heavy yet extremely warm and matches nearly everything in my wardrobe. Oh, and it is on major sale right now...I'll be wearing it from winter through spring with ease. 








Last look.

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Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this on-location story and found the Sensai Foundation swatches to be helpful as you continue in the quest for the perfect base. 

Please let me know what caught YOUR eye...do tell!

As is often the case following a long(ish) trip, I am devoting the first part of this week to on unpacking, laundry, opening press samples, shooting products and catching up on emails and comments; the second half of the week is rife with beauty-oriented events and I can't wait to share ; ) What are your plans for the middle of January? 

Good things ahead, including a new video tutorial and a host of new product procurements...have a fantastic Monday!

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

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