Friday, August 31, 2018

Sunlit Splendor: The New Clé de Peau Beauté Radiant Cushion Foundation, Jouer Rose Gold Collection, MAC Studio Fix Concealer and Tom Ford Satin Matte Lip Color

Sunlit splendor. 
The remaining days of summer (on the calendar, at least, as my fall semester is in full swing) have been rife with sunshine and I took advantage of a particularly resplendent afternoon to capture some recent launches including the *Cle de Peau Beauté Radiant Cushion Foundation, *Jouer Rose Gold Collection, *MAC Studio Fix 24-Hour Concealer and Tom Ford Satin Matte Lip Color. 

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

Cle de Peau Beauté Radiant Cushion Foundation
Introducing the *Cle de Peau Beauté Radiant Cushion Foundation
I've been testing the *Cle de Peau Beauté Radiant Cushion Foundation (also available at Barney's NY) and am positively thrilled with the luxuriously innovative formula. Incredibly lightweight yet moisturizing, this skincare-infused base gives me medium coverage with a HD (read: it's remarkably difficult to see on the face, though the results are perfecting nonetheless) glowy finish that never degrades to "oily." 

In fact, this may be one of the most long wearing formulas in the current CdPB foundation lineup. I have tested it during two fairly hot and humid 12+ hour teaching days this week and haven't needed to touch it up the entire day. It's truly that good.  

My match is O30 (which, in my experience, is a touch darker in this formula than in the CdPB The Foundation) and if you are NC 25-30, then this will likely be your best match as well! 

Cle de Peau Beauté Radiant Cushion Foundation
The *Cle de Peau Beauté Radiant Cushion Foundation in O30.
Official details courtesy of CdPB:

Key Benefits

  • Sheer to medium coverage hydrating foundation with a weightless feel.
  • Natural dewy finish is fresh and glowing.
  • Responsive formula resists dullness, fading and creasing while providing all day coverage and 24 hour moisture.
  • Enhances skin’s radiance and condition with continued use.
  • Perfect and hydrate throughout the day with a sleek refillable makeup compact and custom puff applicator.
  • The specially engineered puff features a wide ribbon for secure, meticulous and seamless foundation application. The unique, multilayer design prevents both excessive pickup of foundation and excessive application to the skin.
  • Our best medium coverage foundation for those looking for on-the-go touchups.
Cle de Peau Beauté Radiant Cushion Foundation
Swatch in direct sunlight.  
Favorite elements from the *Jouer Rose Gold Collection
The *Jouer Rose Gold Collection capitalizes on one of the most beautiful colors in existence. Although there are 8 pieces in my collection, I am particularly smitten with the following three:
  • The *Rose Gold Matte and Shimmer Eyeshadow Palette:  One look at this palette and a seasoned eyeshadow wearer cannot help but immediately see its merit. The carefully curated combination of matte and shimmer shades work so well together to create a host of eye looks--from demure daytime to sultry evening--in mere moments. The formula is buttery smooth and crease resistant while possessing magnificent color payoff...I know I'll reaching for this constantly this season. 
  • The *Creme Eyeshadow Crayon in Rose Gold: A gorgeous peachy pink with immense buildability, this lush cream shadow crayon glides on with ease; give it 10 seconds and it's set for the day--no creasing or fading--just subtly luminous color. 
  • The *Blush Bouquet in Rose Gold: Two coordinating shades of warm toned pink interplay with stunning harmony. The left side features a glowing warm apricot pink hue and the right side balances things out with a demi-matte petal pink tone. Wear them alone or layer them with wild abandon (as done in the images at the end of the post); in either case, your cheeks will look naturally flushed and lit-from-within. 
Swatches of the *Rose Gold Matte and Shimmer Eyeshadow Palette in direct sunlight. 
The *Jouer Blush Bouquet in Rose Gold
Swatches in direct sunlight.  
Face finishers. 
To finish the face, I love the *Charlotte Tilbury Bronze & Glow in Medium/Dark (reviewed HERE) to gently contour and warm up the complexion...the true tan brown is addictively good. Additionally, I strategically added a bit of the soon-to-be-released *MAC Studio Fix 12-Hour Smooth Wear Concealer in NC 40 (more details and swatches below) to banish any residual darkness. 

In terms of highlighter, I've been experimenting with the Shiseido Aura Dew Face, Eyes and Lip in Solar, which provides highly reflective radiance with a cushiony cream-meets-gel-meets-powder (upon dry down) texture. Although I am drowning in illuminators over here at BPHQ, I can confirm that I don't own another formula quite like this one. Solar is a flattering gossamer gold and I like using my ring finger to tap it into the high points of my face for an ethereal effect that stays in place all day. 

Two coats of the marvelous *Hourglass Caution Extreme Mascara (reviewed HERE) and my face (outside of lips, of course) is finished! 
Swatches in direct sunlight. 
MAC Studio Fix 24-Hour Concealer swatches
*MAC Studio Fix 12-Shour Smooth Wear Concealer
Currently available in the UK and launching stateside soon, the new *MAC Studio Fix 12-Hour Smooth Wear Concealer comes in an insane array of shades to match every undertone and complexion and the flexibly, hydrating formula is formidably long lasting without creasing, cracking or migrating...I am excited to share swatches of all available shades below:

MAC Studio Fix 24-Hour Concealer swatches
Swatches in direct sunlight.  
MAC Studio Fix 24-Hour Concealer swatches
Swatches in direct sunlight.  
tom ford satin matte lipstick blow up swatches
Lip color newness. 
In terms of lips, I recently ordered two fresh shades during the Sephora Beauty Insider Appreciation Event (discussed HERE) and am over the moon with their respective pink appeal. 

The Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Color in Baby (also available at Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom) alled my name for a couple of reasons; it's slightly deeper pink hue (don't let the "pale pink" color description mislead you) is a late-summer must with my complexion and its moniker, Baby, signifies a whole new level of meaning for me these days. The lipstick is creamy and hydrating yet applies like a stain...it's initially sheer but can be built up to beautiful medium coverage. 

Next. the new Tom Ford Satin Matte Lipstick in Blow Up (also available at Neiman Marcus) is pinky nude perfection. Velvety smooth and delightfully non-drying (for a matte), this highly-pigmented, full-coverage wonder is reminiscent of the 1960s and looks stunning on its own or layered over a deeper color. I can't wait to try more shades in this formula! 

In the images at the end of this post, I mixed the two shades for a bespoke pink result. 

Finally, I combined my new lip color procurements with my favorite Chanel hand cream...the myriad of stellar reviews tells me I am not alone in its adoration. It's a purse must! 

tom ford satin matte lipstick blow up swatches
Swatches in direct sunlight. 
tom ford satin matte lipstick blow up swatches


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



The eye look featuring a mix of the Jouer Creme Eyeshadow Crayon in Rose Gold and the Rose Gold Matte and Shimmer Eyeshadow Palette,



Style notes. 
// STYLE NOTES //
  • The Upside Leopard Sweatshirt: Currently on sale and super comfy, this lightweight pullover runs large (I'm wearing a size small) and is warm, yet breathable with a French terry lining!
  • Striped Tee Dress: A collision of patterns that somehow works, I am wearing the sweatshirt over a t-shirt dress that I picked up a few seasons ago but I found a very similar option that's currently on sale.  


Last look. 
--Shop the Post--


Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this sun-drenched new launch overview and would love to know which products caught your eye...do tell!

Good things ahead, including a fresh video, a nursery tour and a host of new products 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

Thursday, August 30, 2018

My Sephora Fall 2018 Recommendations, Just in Time for the Beauty Insider Appreciation Event!


Sephora vib appreciation recommendations
Fall is in the air! 
The tail end of August brings many things...the end of summer, the start of a new semester (I'm back on campus this week) and a peek at the promise of fall.  Additionally, the Sephora Beauty Insider Appreciation Event (which is celebrating changes to the Sephora Beauty Insider Program) is in full swing, offering those with:
  • Rouge status get 20% off their purchases from 8/24-9/3 with code YESROUGE
  • VIB status get 15% off from 8/30-9/3 with code YESVIB
  • Beauty Insider status get 10% off from 8/30-9/3 with code YESINSIDER 
In turn, I am excited to share a curated round of fall recommendations in every major category--from skincare to lips (and everything in between), I've got you covered! 

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

Sephora vib appreciation recommendations
My Sephora Beauty Insider Appreciation Event Fall 2018 recommendations. 
Skincare etc.
 // SKINCARE ETC. // Simple yet potent, these selections help skin to be its best, 24 hours a day. 
Foundation etc. 
// FOUNDATION ETC. // Four formulas perfectly tailored to a variety of diverse skin needs. 
  • *Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup: A modern classic with 40+ shades in the lineup, this foundation is perfect for those seeking full coverage, a demi-matte finish and the most extreme (yet comfortable) lasting power on the market. 3W1 Tawny is my current match and I'll be reaching for it on particularly long days. 
  • *Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation: This foundation has a revered cult-following for a reason...the SPF-free buildable coverage (sheer all the way to medium-full) and natural finish make it a favorite for red carpets and daily carpools alike. I wear shade #7 for most of the year. **worn at the end of this post
  • *LAWLESS Beauty Woke Up Like This Flawless Finish Foundation: The newest kid on the block, this uber-clean fragrance-free formula is excellent for one who wants impeccable ingredients without compromising an iota of performance. Sahara is my current match!
  • *Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Ultra Longwear Concealer: This flexible liquid-meets-cream banishes dark circles and imperfections immediately...the coverage is insanely good (yet somehow still very natural looking on the face) so little goes a long way. If you are having a low-maintenance skin day, you may even be able to strategically apply on areas of concern (start from the center of the face and blend outward) and get away with this as foundation! 3W is my best match for most of the year. **worn at the end of this post
Swatches in direct sunlight. 
Cheeks and face. 
// CHEEKS + FACE //
  • *Givenchy Healthy Glow Bronzer #4 Extreme Saison: The visible dent in this bronzer shows you how much I use this bronzer...it's a perfect true brown tan that contours as well as it adds warmth. **worn at the end of this post
  • *Laura Mercier Blush Color Infusion in Peach: Velvety smooth and delightfully radiant, this peachy coral confection looks incredible on the apples of one's cheeks and wears like a dream. **worn at the end of this post
  • *Natasha Denona Super Glow Highlighters: I am in love with this new trio of highlighting powders from the exquisite Ms. Denona. The finely milled formula imparts a creamy, nearly glossy sheen that makes skin look positively lit-from-within. **worn at the end of this post
Natasha denona super glow swatches
Swatches in direct sunlight. 
Natasha denona super glow swatches
Swatches of the *Natasha Denona Super Glow Highlighters in direct sunlight. 
Natasha denona super glow swatches
*Natasha Denona Super Glow Highlighters in Fair, Light-Medium and Bronze. 
natasha denona camel palette swatches
Eyes. 
// EYES // A minimalist pentad of products with maximum results. 
  • GrandeLASH and GrandeBROW (reviewed HERE): I have been using this duo for well over a year and am so pleased with the results...my lashes and brows continue to grow and thrive and I cannot recommend both formulas enough. 
  • *Natasha Denona Camel Eyeshadow Palette: This is perhaps my most favorite Natasha Denona 5-palette to date; the lush matte tones and warm radiant shades work together to create a classic neutral eye. Much like the utilitarian of a camel coat, this harmony of hues will have you reaching for it time and again. **worn at the end of this post
  • Tom Ford Cream and Powder Eye Color in Golden Peach: Ever in rotation (I am on my 4th or 5th pot of this), I implore you to take advantage of the current savings and add this to your repertoire...you won't regret it. 
  • *Hourglass Caution Extreme Lash Mascara: One of the best mascara formulas released this year, it's vegan and cruelty-free yet entirely high-performance. **worn at the end of this post
Swatches in direct sunlight. 
natasha denona camel palette swatches
Swatches of the *Natasha Denona Camel Eyeshadow Palette in direct sunlight. 
natasha denona camel palette swatches
The *Natasha Denona Camel Eyeshadow Palette
Lips. 
 // LIPS // I opted for a color palette of neutral-meets-pink...the soft and universal shades work well with the changing seasons. 
Swatches in direct sunlight. 

The following images reflect many of my VIB suggestions in action in afternoon sunlight...
The complete look. 
// MAKEUP BREAKDOWN // Saying goodbye to summer and hello to fall. 
Applying the ever-so-fall Pat McGrath MatteTrance Lipstick in 1995.
The eye look, featuring the *Natasha Denona Camel Eyeshadow Palette and *Hourglass Caution Extreme Lash Mascara.




Finally, I placed my own Sephora BI Event online order yesterday which included:
--Shop My Order--



Last look. 
--Shop the Post--


Bottom Line: I hope you found this set of recommendations for the Sephora Beauty Insider Appreciation Event helpful and enlightening. As a reminder, 
  • Rouge status get 20% off their purchases from 8/24-9/3 with code YESROUGE
  • VIB status get 15% off from 8/30-9/3 with code YESVIB
  • Beauty Insider status get 10% off from 8/30-9/3 with code YESINSIDER 
What will you be picking up during the event? Do tell!

Good things ahead, including a video tutorial with an appearance by Johannah and Jethro and a host of new product procurements...can't wait to share. 

xx and 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.

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