Friday, July 27, 2018

Our Adoption Story + A Summer Look Featuring the Hourglass Scattered Light and Caution Extreme Mascara

Welcome home, Johannah Elle. 
On July 19th, 2018, we welcomed our adopted baby girl, Johannah Elle into the world. Looking into your baby's eyes for the first time is unlike anything I could ever imagine and I can't believe I'm at the point in my life to detail this experience freely and with much excitement! 

Today's post is dedicated to our adoption process (I will do my best to encapsulate a year and a half into a few highly descriptive paragraphs) with a dash of new beauty thrown in for good measure. 

Kindly scroll on for the full story and the beauty products I've been reaching for over the past week, including the Hourglass Scattered Light Glitter Eyeshadow and *Hourglass Caution Extreme Mascara, swatches galore and the Bottom Line...
Holding Johannah for the first time, mere moments after her birth. 
January 2017: Our adoption story started early last year. We were eager to build a family and felt, after much prayer, like we were being led to adopt. Simply put, my husband and I had so much love to give and wanted to share that with a baby who needed a home. Quite frankly, figuring out where to begin was one of the most daunting aspects of this entire endeavor. After much research, we decided to work with an adoption attorney in our area and had a 2+ hour consultation that allowed us to ask questions about the process and what we could expect to encounter. 

The only thing we knew is that we really knew nothing about how adoption works in California and our attorneys were so patient and attentive in explaining everything. Since our relationship is so close, I had my parents attend the meeting as well; I knew they'd be walking side-by-side with us in all the steps along the way and loved that they could start that journey with us from the very beginning. 

Johannah Elle was born at 6:06 PM on 7/19/18. This was probably taken at 6:10 PM. 
First feeding with Johannah.
February 2017-December 2017: Shortly after our initial meeting, my husband and I created a profile that included a letter to prospective a birth mother, detailing our lives and why we wanted to adopt. This profile would be used by our attorney to give a birth mother a better sense of who we were. Because we were trusting God to lead us to the baby that was meant for us, our preferences for who that baby was (e.g, ethnic background, gender etc.) were completely open. 

We then embarked on the home study journey. Every prospective adoptive parent needs to work with a social worker to complete an extensive home study which is like a very comprehensive background check. It's the precursor to adoption and must be completed before a child can be placed in one's home. Everything from finger prints and medical physicals to family and relational history are addressed, along with a need to have letters of reference, thorough CPR training and baby proofing of one's home. This entire process, which resulted in a 100+ paper packet, took us a little over 8 months to complete and when we finished, we felt a major sense of relief, satisfaction and meant we were one step closer to the baby that was meant to be ours! 

The morning after Johannah's birth...we stayed a local hotel so we could return to the nursery right way the next morning and be with her for the day. 
January 2018-February 2018: Once our home study was complete, we went on a blissful trip to London and Paris while staying in constant contact with our attorneys regarding potential situations. In all honesty, sometimes the waiting became really tough but, at our core, we were resolute that God already had the baby for us picked out and we needed to trust His timing (which is nearly always different than our timing) above all things. It was that trust and the encouragement of my family that got us through those moments of questioning and uncertainty. Upon our return from Europe, we unexpectedly found out that we had to move (a family member of our landlord needed to move into the house) and we found a larger house...little did we know at that time that it would be the ideal dwelling for the baby that would shortly come into our lives. It was a whirlwind of a time but, looking back, God was preparing us even then for her arrival. 
All of my family together with Johannah 24 hours after her birth. 
March 2018: After returning home from another trip to London and Paris, this time with my family, we found out that we were official matched with a birth mother, who picked our profile through our attorney! So many feelings converge in a moment like that...excitement, hopefulness, anticipation and, to be fair, nervousness regarding how the process will proceed. We had two dinners with our attorneys and the birth parents (rare!) which enabled us to get to know each other better in good faith for the adoption to come. Out of respect for the birth parents, I will leave the details of their lives and situations out of this post...just know that the brave and selfless decision they made to place their child into adoption was motivated by pure love and care for their baby...and we're forever grateful to be the recipients and beneficiaries of that choice. 
With Jan, one of the nursery RN's who I spent a full shift with as I  took care of Johannah the day after her birth. 
April 2018-July 2018: This time period was marked by more preparation; we were linked with another social worker who would act as a liaison between the birth parents and my husband and me, clearly detailing everyone's rights during the adoption process and making sure everything was being done to the letter of the law. We also had the opportunity to attend the birth mother's was incredible to be able to see our baby in that way and the connection with her, even at that point was undeniable; the birth mother did everything she could to support that, encouraging us to name her early on and even introducing us as "mommy and daddy" to the medical personnel on duty for the appointments. What amazing and unprecedented moments those were. 

We continued to gather the things we would need for Johannah and family and friends were so sweet and generous in helping us to prepare for her homecoming. She was originally due on August 9th, so we knew that the month of July would be our time to get everything ready and we did little projects around the house each day in anticipation for the due date. On 7/18, my mom offered to come over to help me set up the last of the nursery. Feeling very ahead of the game, we cheerfully put clothes away and nestled the toys on the crib. Little did we know...
With Courtney, the last nurse Johannah was with before she was discharged. 
July 19th, 2018: We got a call from our attorney at 3AM, letting us know that the birth mother's water broke and she was going to the hospital (she had told us she wanted us at the birth). Half asleep and entirely caught off guard, we hurriedly packed a bag and rushed to the hospital, slowly as the sun rose realizing that it could be the day that we meet our daughter. Dialating to 10cm took much of the day and, after some visiting time with the birth mother and her family, my husband and I proceeded to catch up on work in the waiting room and try to keep our nerves and anticipation at bay! 

At around 5PM, the birth mother went into labor and I, along with her sister-in-law helped her to count her way through contractions and pushing...I remember my heart skipping a beat, saying a quick prayer and realizing that our lives would change forever as Johannah entered into the world through natural child birth. It was breathtaking. She was instantly taken to a warming table at the back of the delivery room where she was cleaned and than immediately handed to us. There we stood, holding our baby girl for the first time...I get tears typing the sentence. My family was able to join us and ultimately, we went to the nursery where Johannah was given her first bath and we spent the rest of the time holding her, feeding her and marveling at her existence. Around midnight, we grabbed some In & Out and stayed at a nearby hotel so we could get right back to her the next morning. That night of sleep was particularly deep.

On Friday, we found out that the birth mother and Johannah wouldn't be discharged until Saturday per hospital policy so we spent the day in the nursery, bonding as much as humanly was a beautiful day with our new little girl. We slept at our home that night, knowing that the next time we'd be there, she'd be with us...what a feeling. 

That Saturday, we returned to the hospital to wait for Johannah's discharge. We also met with the social worker and birth mother and birth father and all said our goodbyes in one of the most poignant life moments I will probably ever experience. 

We returned to the nursery and when the doctor discharged Johannah we, once again, cried tears of joy...we put her in her stroller (full disclosure: there is definitely a learning curve with that process!) and drove home...very slowly. I sat in the back with her as I just didn't want her out of my sight, even during a half hour trip down the freeway. My parents and brother were waiting for us at our house with dinner and happy hearts and I will never forget that sweet, sweet evening together. It's imprinted on my heart. 

As we reflect on those precious, complicated and important days following Johannah's birth, we see so many manifestations of God's precise timing. He coordinated complex dynamics in ways that benefited everyone involved, further affirming our faith in His perfect plan. 

Beyond excited to be headed home! Stroller by Doona
Learning how to feed Johannah...every two 
The Present: Due to the waiver signed, the adoption became irrevocable at the start of the week (Monday at 5:01, to be exact...that time will forever be special to me) and the amount of sheer emotion--namely a melange of intense happiness and relief--that she was officially and unequivocally ours couldn't be contained. Let's just say that there were a lot of happy tears at the house that afternoon.  

Abundantly loved, Johannah Elle is now 8 days old and growing leaps and bounds. Her appetite is steady and were getting used to the way in which she communicates her needs. The baby routine (which, of course, stands the test of time) involves feeding, burping, changing, cuddling, comforting and sleeping and, though cracking the code about which one she needs in a particular moment is challenging, we are learning to read the signs and use our intuition. During her first check-up earlier this week, her pediatrician noted how wide-eyed and thriving she is and we are so grateful that she is healthy and happy. 

Most adoptions are finalized in the court system between 8-12 months of placements and our attorneys are filing all necessary paperwork to complete that process within the timeline. At the point, of finalization, Johannah will get a new birth certificate that names us as her legal parents...what a precious and momentous day that will be! 
Her napping skills are enviable. 
Taken by Laura Lynn, on Johannah's first full day at home. 
First bath...she wasn't particularly fond of the water but really likes her robe. 

To close: My husband and I are learning how to best take care of Johannah day-by-day, moment-by-moment and relish the opportunity to provide her with the most optimal, love-rich life that we possibly can.  She is such a sweet and mellow baby and we are ever thankful to God for blessing us with this tiny wonder. The pure and selfless love of all parties involved in this adoption allowed us to become a family and we will be forever grateful for this process. 

I hope our story has raised awareness, intrinsically answered some questions and maybe even inspired some of you to consider how adoption may be right for you as it was for us. 

Stronger, even closer, filled with gratitude and definitely more resilient, we are forever changed for the better because of adoption and loving Johannah Elle is a gift beyond measure. 

Edit 7/30/18: Many of you have asked me about the meaning behind Johannah's name. We picked "Johannah" because it means "God's grace" and that's exactly what she embodies to us. 

Her middle name, "Elle," is in honor of my mom Laura. Unfortunately, giving her the middle name of "Laura" would have resulted in a super long name (Johannah's last name is hyphenated) so then we though of simply giving her "L." as a middle initial. It dawned on me that "L" could be spelled out as "Elle" and thus her name became complete. 

Please don't hesitate to reach out via email ( should you have any specific questions that I can answer! 

Family portrait by Laura Lynn
The complete look. 
// THE COMPLETE LOOK // Because of the extra-hectic nature of the past week, I've been reaching for the same products each day for nearly 7 days straight and they've performed beautifully...keep reading for details and swatches. 

The Hourglass Scattered Light Glitter Eyeshadow and *Hourglass Caution Extreme Mascara.
At the center of my look is the new Hourglass Scattered Light Glitter Eyeshadow (also available at Beautylish, Sephora, Neiman Marcus and Hourglass). Ever since catching glimpses of this new release on social media, I knew the glimmering formula was destined for my eyes. 

Weightless and exceptionally luminous, this eyeshadow packs serious color payoff without settling into fine lines and creases. The shades can be layered and blended to create a custom hue and the nearly liquid-looking shine is more incandescent than anything in this category that I have tried to date. I am so impressed with the texture (smooth as silk), wear time (10-12 hours, no fall out, no touch ups) and optical effect (pure lustrous illumination) and am beyond glad that I ordered these sight unseen. Keep reading to see swatches of the the shades I selected! 

To complete my eye look, I applied a couple of coats of the freshly launched *Hourglass Caution Extreme Mascara. This voluming and lengthening formula boasts lash-transforming powers and I am happy to corroborate this claim. The brush's bristles are designed to dispense the jet-black, fiber-free formula over each lash, creating dense volume and intense length with minimal effort. The mascara is fragrance-free and smudge resistant...I've been testing it in some of the hottest, most humid weather we've had in months and cannot believe how stalwart it is while still being friendly to sensitive, allergy-ridden eyes and easily removed with soap and water. The *Caution Extreme Mascara is indubitably my favorite mascara offering from Hourglass and I implore you to consider giving it a try...curious to hear your thoughts when you do! 
*Hourglass Caution Extreme Mascara
Swatches of the *Hourglass Caution Extreme Mascara and Hourglass Scattered Light Glitter Eyeshadow in direct sunlight. 
When ordering, I chose four of the five shades of the Hourglass Scattered Light Glitter Eyeshadow
  • Reflect: A neutral champagne beige with plenty of pigmentation.
  • Aura: A cool baby pink that is incredibly wearable and, like Aura, makes for a lovely transition color.
  • Foil: A lavish true gold with warm depth. 
  • Blaze: A bronzy copper that's bright without being over the divine! 
hourglass scattered light glitter eyeshadow swatches
Swatches of the Hourglass Scattered Light Glitter Eyeshadow in direct sunlight. 
hourglass scattered light glitter eyeshadow swatches
Swatches of the Hourglass Scattered Light Glitter Eyeshadow in outdoor shade. 
hourglass scattered light glitter eyeshadow swatches

Eyes and brows under control with the *Hourglass Caution Extreme Mascara and Tom Ford Fiber Brow Gel in Chestnut (reviewed HERE).
Base + face. 
 // BASE + FACE // Even skin and a soft glow for an effortless, real-skin look that persists even through a hot day. 
Swatches in direct sunlight. 

// LIPS // A melange of pinky peach in varying textures for continuity and maximum lasting power. 
  • Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat in Pillow Talk: I have run through multiple pencils in this shade and am consistently impressed with the perfect nude tone, creamy opacity and strong lasting power. It's truly a must for lip color lovers. Quick tip: Apply it all over the lips (rather than just the perimeters) for color that stays in place all day. 
  • Dior Addict Lacquer Stick in Bel Air (reviewed HERE): This lushly moisturizing peachy tone offers plenty of color payoff and a creamy shine. It's a staple in my purse and I wear this so much, I think I'll need to buy a backup soon! 
  • Laura Mercier Lip Glace in Bare Baby: I completed the lip look with a coat of this glorious 1960's-esque pearly nude peach gloss...not too white and delightfully un-sticky with a gorgeous shine, this particular shade looks lovely on a spectrum of skin tones.  
Swatches in direct sunlight. 

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

hourglass scattered light glitter eyeshadow swatches
Hourglass Scattered Light Glitter Eyeshadow in Blaze, Reflect and Foil. 
hourglass scattered light glitter eyeshadow swatches
Hourglass Scattered Light Glitter Eyeshadow in Blaze, Reflect and Foil. 

Style notes. 
// STYLE NOTES // Daily summertime staples for me include a neutral men's button down, cutoffs and an ultra comfortable pair of blush slides. 
  • John Varvatos Star USA Button Down: Whenever I buy men's button downs (which is often), I look for a soft and lightweight cotton material in a neutral color that matches everything and this John Varvatos fits the bill perfectly. Worn loose or tied at the waist, it's a modern classic (and currently on sale).  
  • Levi's Wedgie High Waist Cutoff Denim Shorts: It's my personal belief that Levi's makes the best cutoffs available...slightly high waisted with an easy fit, I reach for them multiple times a week. 
  • Melissa Cosmic Python Baja Slide Sandal in Light Pink Mixed: I am completely smitten with this breezy pair of blush slides...they're wildly comfortable and a fresh and sophisticated update on sandals. 
  • Gold hoops: This particular pair--a timeless classic--is the perfect size for daily wear. 
Melissa Cosmic Python Baja Slide Sandal in Light Pink Mixed
The Melissa Cosmic Python Baja Slide Sandal in Light Pink Mixed
Melissa Cosmic Python Baja Slide Sandal in Light Pink Mixed
The Melissa Cosmic Python Baja Slide Sandal has a 1 1/2 platform for a touch of height with a molded foot bed for comfort. 

Love of a lifetime. 
Last look. 
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Bottom Line: I truly hope you enjoyed this very special BP was my sincere joy to share elements of our journey with you (I know that it is only the preface to a long and beautiful story yet to unfold) and I welcome you to extend your questions about and experiences with adoption in the comments section. So looking forward to reading! 

Additionally, the Hourglass Scattered Light Glitter Eyeshadow (also available at BeautylishSephoraNeiman Marcus and Hourglass) and *Caution Extreme Mascara have become incredible parts of my eye routine and, if you are even the slightest bit interested, I highly recommend giving them a try as they do not disappoint. 

Also, there are less than 10 days left for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale (ends August 5th)...I've been wearing/using my purchases nonstop since the middle of the month and if you are looking for some specific inspiration, swing by my shopping guides HERE and HERE

Good things ahead, including a host of new product procurements, the BY TERRY Nude Expert Duo Stick Foundation and my picks from the new Westman Atelier Collection

More than ever, thank you for your loyal readership and support of Beauty Professor...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.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

A Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2018 Updated Shopping Guide for General Access Dates!

Nordstrom anniversary sale shopping guide
New beauty picks for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2018 General Access
Last week, I shared my shopping guide for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale for early access for card members and today--since General Access to the sale begins on 7/20 and runs through 8/5--I am excited to offer an updated look at my picks, along with a fresh round of beauty products to consider! 

On a semi-related note, I am currently typing this post from an undisclosed location that you will never guess, but I can't wait to share the news soon ; )

Kindly scroll on for more details, swatches and recommendations galore! 

Fresh finds. 
  • *Skin Inc. Rose Gold Optimizer Voyager Tri-Light Set: LED light therapy has been an experimental go-to for me for years and, after reading so many positive reviews of the Tri-Light, I am thrilled to begin integrating it into my routine. Endowed with three different lights wave--red for firming, lifting and anti-aging, yellow for increasing glow and banishing dark spots and blue for combatting extra oil production and acne--this battery operated (read: no need for bulky chargers) device possesses the ability to deliver serious results. Currently it is on sale for the Anniversary event for $175 (and also comes with two best-selling masks) while it's retailing for $265 everywhere else (if you can find it as it's oft-sold out). If you've been looking to invest in a light treatment, this is a genius place to start. 
  • *ReFa CARAT Beauty Roller Tool (reviewed HERE): If you're skincare goal involves boosting circulation (which, of course, ultimately leads to heightened collagen production), then a beauty roller should be on your radar. This particular version is sized to be used on face and body alike, making it a wise and utilitarian investment. 
  • *Lunata One-Inch Wireless & Rechargeable Styler: A gorgeous, high-performance rose gold and white straightener that is cordless? Yes, please! I'm quite enchanted with this recent launch from Lunata, which smoothes, straightens and--with the flip of the wrist--creates beachy waves in seconds while valiantly mitigating typical damage associated with heat styling. It's a gem! 
  • *Koh Gen Do Herbal Spa Mist: I am an avid fan of the Koh Gen Do Spa Water and this new mist--infused with skin soothing herbs--is a brilliant setting spray, mid-day pick-me-up or evening refresher. 
  • *La Prairie Skin Caviar Essence-in-Foundation in Golden Beige (reviewed HERE): A harmonies fusion of skincare and makeup, this foundation works well on all skin types, ensuring that the proprietary La Prairie caviar benefits grace one's skin all day in the form of a medium coverage base. 
  • *Laura Mercier Matte Bronzing Powder Soleil: This exquisite bronzer is matte yet slightly luminous, gently sculpting the face without shimmer or a powdery finish. 
  • *Laura Geller Supersize Gilded Honey Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator:  A timeless classic, this tender gold-meets-champagne effortlessly highlights while being suitable for a spectrum of skin tones and the extra large version is currently a part of the sale! 
  • *Chanel Hand Cream (reviewed HERE): As luxurious as one would imagine, I use mine daily. Even though it's not on sale, I'm adding one to my current cart because I'm almost out! 
  • *Urban Decay Born to Run Eyeshadow Palette: Brimming with wearable shades with magnificent color payoff, this 
  • *Clé de Peau Beauté Lip Glorifier (reviewed HERE): A beautiful balm-meets-wash of customized color, this baby rose is just as pretty on the inside as it is outside. It tints lips without turning "hot pink," which is rare in the land of pH-influenced lip color. So worth it. 
  • *Sisley-Paris Lip Delight in Sweet (swatches of all three shades + review HERE): The peachy goodness of the shade sweet is amplified by a cushiony oil texture that is treatment- focused for smooth shine and a translucent wash of color. 
  • *Clé de Peau Beauté Lipstick Cashmere (reviewed HERE): I am still smitten with this new sueded velvet lip color and have enjoyed wearing the neutrals (like Pouty) and pinks (like Flower Power) and now I've moved onto the reddish hues in the lineup. Intensely moisturizing with excellent color payoff and lasting power, this is the lipstick of the season.  **Worn at the end of this post...Coquelicot is a sublime coral red to consider...keep scrolling for swatches of all eight shades. 
  • *Clé de Peau Beauté Radiant Corrector for Eyes (reviewed HERE): My new addiction, I don't know how my eyes ever survived without this. Somehow, a few sweeps of the click brush banish orbital shadows of exhaustion while remaining completely smooth and flawless for hours. **Worn at the end of this post...Almond is my perfect match. 
Swatches in outdoor lighting (we had a rare rainstorm in Southern California yesterday, hence the cloudy sky)
cle de peau radiant corrector for eyes swatches
The *Clé de Peau Beauté Radiant Corrector for Eyes (reviewed HERE)
cle de peau radiant corrector for eyes swatches
Swatches of the *Clé de Peau Beauté Radiant Corrector for Eyes.
A close up of the *Urban Decay Born to Run Eyeshadow Palette
Swatches (a single pass per color) of the *Urban Decay Born to Run Eyeshadow Palette in outdoor lighting .
Beauty gadget closeup. 
The *Skin Inc. Rose Gold Optimizer Voyager Tri-Light Set
 is an incredible deal during the sale...I am using it every day for 10 minutes and can't wait to calibrate the results. 
The *ReFa CARAT Beauty Roller Tool (reviewed HERE):
can be used on both face and body, lending to its versatility. 
Style + substance...the rose gold and white color scheme of the *Lunata One-Inch Wireless & Rechargeable Styler is just as captivating as its performance. 

// ADDITIONAL BEAUTY // I have used all four of these purchases frequently in the last regrets, no returns! 
  • Tom Ford Iris Bronze Eye and Lip Set: Costing less than a single eyeshadow quad, this stunning set includes an exclusive eyeshadow quad in some of the most neutral and wearable shades I've encountered in ages as well as two mini lipsticks in the brilliantly nude beige Spiced Honey and my-lips-but-better Casablanca. **Palette is worn in the images at the end of the post
  • Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette: The three shades in this palette--Surreal Glow, Luminous Flush and Mood Exposure--adeptly sculpt and flush the complexion while looking entirely natural. The diffused and lit-from-within effect is simply beautiful. **Worn in the images at the end of the post
  • Charlotte Tilbury Pretty Pink Lipstick Set: This trio was love at first sight; I run through the iconic Pillow Talk lip liner regularly so it's inclusion in a set with two exclusive-to-the-sale lipstick colors (the glorious peachy pink Blushing Dream and medium neutral pink Rose Kiss) made this a must for me. Both lip colors are welcome additions to my collection and I have a feeling Blushing Dream (worn in the images at the end of the post) will have a permanent place in my purse. 
  • Dior Addict Pink Glow Lip Set: Begin with a glossy pink Dior emblazoned pouch, add the cult classic Lip Glow, toss in an ultra pigmented, hydrating peachy pink lipstick (Lacquer Stick in Palm Beach) and include a mini lip plumping gloss and you have a near perfect lip offering. I bought one for myself and one as a gift...this does not disappoint! 
Some other exclusives to look at include: 
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Burberry Heritage 54mm Square Sunglasses Nordstrom
Burberry Heritage 54mm Square Sunglasses

 // ACCESSORIES // One of my favorite purchases of the sale, hands down, is this glorious pair of   Burberry Heritage 54mm Square Sunglasses. I have worn them almost daily since buying them last week as they are incredibly comfortable and the lenses, though highly protective, somehow brighten up the world while blocking UV rays. The biggest test for them was a sweltering 15-hour day at Disneyland and they performed like a champ...not sliding down the nose even though the sweat was plentiful!

I also recommend taking a peek at the
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The complete look.
cle de peau lipstick cashmere swatches
The *Clé de Peau Beauté Lipstick Cashmere (reviewed HERE):
cle de peau lipstick cashmere swatches
From L-R: The *Clé de Peau Beauté Lipstick Cashmere in Pouty,  Sweet Song, Legend, Decadent, Flower Power, Wild Geranium, Coquelicot and Entrapment. 
//ADDITIONAL STYLE PICKS...Images of each piece in action can be found HERE//
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The eye look, featuring the warm neutrals from the *Urban Decay Born to Run Eyeshadow Palette.

Applying the *Clé de Peau Beauté Lipstick Cashmere in Coquelicot

Last look.
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Bottom Line: I hope you found this updated Nordstrom Anniversary Sale shopping guide enlightening and helpful and would love to hear about what you picked up from the tell! As aforementioned, general access (for non-Nordstrom card holders) for the sale runs from 7/20-8/5; I suggest shopping early and often for best availability.  

Good things ahead, including a host of new product procurements and a very special announcement--with a major clue into my current whereabouts--coming soon! 

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.