Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Glow Guide: My Current Summertime Glow-Getters from Sephora

Current glow-getter favorites from Sephora. 
My affinity for a glowy canvas is not a secret here at Beauty Professor and, while I prefer a respectable dose of incandescence year-round, I tend to heighten the light in the summertime months. Today, I am excited to share some of my favorite glow-getters for face, eyes and lips--all available at Sephora--which collectively create a lit-from-within look that will have your canvas looking its radiant best. Consider this image and swatch-laden story your official Summer 2018 Guide to Glow! 

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

Glow-getting in action. 

Base + foundation. 
// BASE + FOUNDATION //
  • *Tom Ford Radiant Moisture Souffle (reviewed HERE): This utilitarian cream adds hydration and a tender glow to skin for a bouncy complexion that subtly catches the light. 
  • *Givenchy Mister Light Glow Highlighter: Just a touch of this click pen combats the shadowed areas of my face with a sophisticated barely-there glow. Try it in the inner and outer corners of your eyes for a lifted and rested effect. 
  • Dior BACKSTAGE Face and Body Foundation in 3WO: I am including this new foundation launch in my glow guide due to its ultra-real looking skin finish. The thin and buildable waterproof (!) formula is virtually textureless, allowing your skin to look natural and fresh (yet perfected). 3WO is perfect for my NC27 medium olive skin. 
  • *LAWLESS Woke Up Like This Flawless Finish Foundation in Sahara (reviewed HERE): Medium-full coverage and a natural satin finish, this foundation has truly clean ingredients and formidable lasting power, even in heat and humidity, ensuring that skin looks glowy rather than oily...so good. 
  • Dior Airflash Foundation #321 Amber Beige (reviewed HERE): I finally have found my best match in this iconic formula...Amber Beige is marvelous for NC 25-30 skin with olive (rather than yellow or peachy) undertones and even though it dries down to a semi-matte finish, the immense longevity of the foundation ensures that a flattering (and budge-proof) radiance will develop over the hours of wear.
  • *Koh Gen Do Maifanshi Aqua Foundation #123 (reviewed HERE): Recently reformulated to have a touch more coverage, this original glow-getter foundation has a hydrating texture and soft skin finish that reflects light with ease. 
  • Sunday Riley The Influencer Foundation #170 (reviewed HERE): This foundation features an authentic skin finish that looks youthful and slightly dewy as the day wears on...I get medium coverage and beautiful lasting power in a single pump of product. Highly recommend for a daily face! 
  • Giorgio Armani Neo Nude Powder 5.5 (reviewed HERE): I am halfway through my second compact of this powder and am still over the moon for its distinctive luminescent finish that evens skin with pigment while adding an insanely pretty cloak of glow that is unlike any other powders in my collection. 
  • *Hourglass Veil Translucent Setting Powder and brush (reviewed HERE): This formula adeptly defies the expectation that powder will look powdery on the skin; gossamer and weightless, it's excellent for baking, setting and instantly blurring pores while remaining completely inconspicuous. 
dior backstage 3wo swatch
Swatches of base and foundation in direct sunlight. 

Face + cheeks. 
// FACE + CHEEKS //
  • Dior BACKSTAGE Glow Face Palette: Just as pretty on the face as it is in the compact, this quad of finely-milled luminous powders deliver light to the face while looking like second skin.  Shades include an icy pearl, soft gold, baby pink and rich bronze for a full face in mere moments. 
  • Stila Heaven's Hue Highlighter in Kitten: The iconic eyeshadow shade now comes in a bouncy cream highlighter formula that blesses skin with a demure champagne pink veil. 
  • *Kevyn Aucoin Neo-Blush in Pink Sand (reviewed HERE): One of the easiest blushes I've worn to date, this ombre-inspired powder moves from pearly pink to satin rose to matte apricot with a single swish of a brush. 
  • Becca Be a Light Palette in Light-Medium: Entranced by the substantial pans of powder housed in a resplendent oversized rose gold compact, this ambitious palette possesses the ability to impart light, warmth, flush and finishing. The powders are generously portioned and easy to isolate with one's brush and the canvas-perfecting result is like a real-life filter. 
  • *Givenchy Healthy Glow Bronzer #4 (reviewed HERE): My recent bronzer of choice each day for the past several weeks, this formula is brilliant blend of pigment and radiance, adding warmth and structure to the face while looking like a true, just-back-from-the-tropics tan. 
  • *Laura Mercier Face Illuminator Powder in Addiction: Focus application of this luminous champagne on the high points of the face (upper cheekbones, center of forehead, down the bridge of the nose and along the Cupid's bow) for a complex and lustrous look. 
  • *Natasha Denona Diamond & Blush Palette in Citrus (reviewed HERE): Rife with rosy and golden shades in different textures (creamy, metallic, powder, sheer) for a multi-dimensional flush and glow that is equal parts editorial and wearable on the daily.
dior backstage glow face palette swatches
The Dior BACKSTAGE Glow Face Palette
dior backstage glow face palette swatches
Swatches of the Dior BACKSTAGE Glow Face Palette in direct sunlight.

Swatches in direct sunlight. 
becca be a light palette swatches
The Becca Be a Light Palette in Light-Medium
becca be a light palette swatches
Swatches of the Becca Be a Light Palette in Light-Medium in direct sunlight. 
Natasha denona blush and glow darya swatches
The *Natasha Denona Diamond & Blush Palette in Darya 
Natasha denona blush and glow darya swatches
Swatches of the *Natasha Denona Diamond & Blush Palette in Darya (reviewed HERE) in direct sunlight. 

Eyes. 
// EYES //
  • Marc Jacobs Eye-Conic Eyeshadow Palette in Fantascene: This brand new palette release screams summertime, no? The first three shades are matte neutrals (bone, taupe and peach) followed by an illuminating pink and gorgeous gold, a velvety brown comes next and the palette concludes with a vibrant satin coral. All in all, the color payoff is stellar, the shade range is fresh yet wearable and the crease-free lasting power is significant. I have a feeling I will be wearing this a lot this summer...keep reading to see it on my eyes towards the end of this post. 
  • Tom Ford Cream and Powder Eye Color in Golden Peach (reviewed HERE): It wouldn't be  a day at BP HQ without me lauding this divine peachy veil of color; I wear it no less than 3 times a week and cannot recommend it enough to achieve a soft and glowy eye that stays in place all day. 
  • *Touch in Sol Metallist in Eldora (reviewed HERE): For a quintessential golden eye in seconds, sweep the gilded cream along the lid and top it with the coordinating glittering powder. Once set, it does. not. budge. 
  • *Surratt Beauty Lid Lacquer in Satou Ume, Kira Kira and Hadaka (reviewed HERE): This latest launch from Surratt is simply brilliant; the non-sticky, glossy cream is designed to impart a lacquered effect on lids and the shades--which run from the diamond-inspired Kira Kira to smoldering plum Satuou Ume--are versatile for both and night. 
The Marc Jacobs Eye-Conic Eyeshadow Palette in Fantascene
Swatches of the Marc Jacobs Eye-Conic Eyeshadow Palette in Fantascene in direct sunlight. 
Swatches of all eye products in direct sunlight. 

Lips. 
 // LIPS //
Gloss galore. 
Swatches of the glosses in direct sunlight. 
dior backstage Lip palette swatches
The Dior BACKSTAGE Lip Palette
dior backstage Lip palette swatches
Swatches of the Dior BACKSTAGE Lip Palette:
 in direct sunlight. 
becca lip glow swatches
All shades of the *Becca Glow Lip Gloss
becca lip glow swatches
Swatches of the *Becca Glow Lip Gloss in direct sunlight. 
becca lip glow swatches



The following images reflect many for the glow-getters in action...keep reading for specifics:

Makeup breakdown. 
// MAKEUP BREAKDOWN //

The eye look.
Style notes. 
// STYLE NOTES //


Last look.
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Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this Glow Guide featuring my current Sephora favorites for a serious summertime radiance and would love to know what caught your eye...do tell! 

Good things ahead, including a fresh on-location look (headed up the coast of CA this week!),  a host of new beauty procurements and a very special Beauty Professor announcement. 

xx and much more soon,

--The Beauty Professor

**Many thanks to Sephora 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, June 23, 2018

Swept Up in Sunlight: The Chantecaille Summer 2018 Collection

Chantecaille summer 2018 collection
Elements of the Chantecaille Summer 2018 Collection
Although I spotted it in very limited release last month, and, after a barrage of reader and follower questions about the launch, I am happy to report that the breathtakingly beautiful Chantecaille Summer 2018 Collection is now readily available! With a heavy emphasis on a sunlit joie de vivre suited for the South of France and the beaches of Italy alike, each element in the lineup is utterly exquisite. 

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

Chantecaille summer 2018 collection

*Chantecaille Lip Sleek in Acai, Papaya and Lychee
I generally end my posts with lip color (at times, I am a creature of habit to the maximum degree...can anyone else relate?) but feel that the brilliant *Chantecaille Lip Sleek in Papaya, Acai and Lychee warrant an expository position in this particular piece. The genius click stick reveals a significantly hydrating and buttery formula that bathes lips in translucent color that is buildable to medium-full coverage. The three new shades are extremely apropos for the summertime as they instantly brighten the face and compliment a tan: 
  • Papaya: A orange-tinged coral red.
  • Acai: A berry-meets-aubergine.
  • Lychee: A creamy brown nude 
Keep reading for a look at all three shades on the lips!


I also had the chance to try the*Chantecaille Les Perles Metallic Eyeliner in Bleu; perhaps what is most remarkable about this indigo liquid liner is not its color but rather its mesmerizing pearlescent sheen. Somehow the formula eschews traditional shimmer and replaces it with a modern incandescence that is more oyster than glitter. Long-wearing and ultra pigmented, its a fresh twist on a classic black cat eye. 
Swatches of the *Chantecaille Lip Sleek in Papaya, Acai and Lychee and *Chantecaille Les Perles Metallic Eyeliner in Bleu in direct sunlight.
The *Chantecaille Sirena Bronzer and Highlighter Duo and  *Chantecaille Luminescent Eye Shade in Mare 

Arguably the centerpiece of the Summer 2018 Collection, the *Chantecaille Sirena Bronzer and Highlighter Duo has already graced dozens (if not hundreds) of Instagram accounts. Housed in a lust-worthy compact (the image alone will have you mentally traveling abroad), this pairing features  a true tan bronzer with a slightly incandescent finish and a radiant pearl-meets-champagne highlighter for a sculpting experience in mere seconds. 

The bronzer has lovely color payoff and a weightless finish that is neither too matte nor too glowy. It blends onto skin without creating obvious texture (this powder is gossamer) and looks incredibly natural. I suspect the highlighter will also be a hit with consumers as it illuminates without imparting obvious color, making it versatile for a spectrum of skin tones and makeup looks. 

Equally eye-catching, the *Chantecaille Luminescent Eye Shade in Mare is a finely milled eyeshadow that works well as a topper due to its relatively sheer nature. Mare is a gorgeous seafoam green with a golden shift that is infinitely pretty. The soft foil effect is fresh and interesting as it immediately creates a sophisticated and radiant eye.

Chantecaille sirena bronzer swatches
Swathes of the *Chantecaille Sirena Bronzer and Highlighter Duo and *Chantecaille Luminescent Eye Shade in Mare in direct sunlight. 
Chantecaille sirena bronzer swatches
A close up of the *Chantecaille Sirena Bronzer and Highlighter Duo
Chantecaille Luminescent Eye Shade Mare swatches
A close up of the *Chantecaille Luminescent Eye Shade in Mare

The *Chantecaille Mermaid Eye Matte Eyeshadow in Olivia and Sylvie
Finally,  *Chantecaille Mermaid Eye Matte Eyeshadow in Olivia and Sylvie are a lush homage to neutrals with a velvety texture that swatches true to its matte moniker while still imparting a flattering and complex light to the eyes. Olivia is a neutral cloud grey that works well on its own or as a transition color and Sylvie is a light tan of unparalleled beauty that I love to apply as an all over wash of color. The lightweight cream formula is buildable and, due to its waterproof nature, resists creasing and migrating. I am generally not a fan of mattes but these two hues have changed my mind as they are so smooth and even while adding a fresh element of dimension to the eye. So good. 

Swatches of the *Chantecaille Mermaid Eye Matte Eyeshadow in Olivia and Sylvie in direct sunlight. 
Packaging aspirations. 
Oribe Nail Lacquer in The Nude
The following images reflect the Chantecaille Summer 2018 Collection in action in late afternoon sunlight...
*Chantecaille Lip Sleek in Papaya on the lips
*Chantecaille Lip Sleek in Acai on the lips
The eye look...a mix of Sylvia, Oliva and Mare. 
*Chantecaille Lip Sleek in Acai on the lips
*Chantecaille Lip Sleek in Lychee on the lips
Style notes. 
// STYLE NOTES //
  • *Speechless white crochet dress (additional options HERE, HERE and HERE): This classic number so resonates with the sun-drenched attitude of summer. The longer sleeves offset the shorter hemline and creamy crochet lace over a nude lining is the perfect balance of demure and adventurous. 
  • Gold hoops: On heavy rotation as of late...I deeply appreciate the timeless simplicity of this gilded pair. 
  • Vintage Gucci silk scarf: I am a proponent of the silk scarf due to its utility...although I often use it as an impromptu belt, in this case it makes for a brilliant 1960s-esque hair accessory. All I need now is a ride along the Almafi Coast (with a jazzy soundtrack), please. 
  • Oribe Nail Lacquer in The Nude: 95% of the year, this sublime neutral shade is on my toes...it's simply the best for an opaque, flattering and long-lasting nude hue. 

*Chantecaille Lip Sleek in Lychee on the lips
*Chantecaille Lip Sleek in Acai on the lips
Last look.
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Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this overview of the resplendent Chantecaille Summer 2018 Collection and would love to know what caught your eye...do tell! 

Although I am captivated by the expanse of the collection, I would strongly recommend the *Chantecaille Lip Sleek in Papaya, Acai and LycheeSirena Bronzer and Highlighter Duo and Mermaid Eye Matte Eyeshadow in Sylvie as they are wonderfully wearable and I predict they will sell out first. 

Good things ahead, including some of my current Sephora favorites, a fresh on-location look and my picks for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale (yes, we're almost there). 

xx and much 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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