Saturday, September 29, 2018

A Streamlined Shopping List: New Beauty Must-Haves from Nordstrom

New beauty I'm loving from Nordstrom. 
A visit to the Nordstrom beauty floor yields a myriad of exciting feelings...for me, it's equal parts the promise of the discovery and the thrill of the hunt. This product packed wonderland can, however, be overwhelming without a proper game plan. 

Consequently, I hereby extend a fresh and streamlined shopping list for fall, featuring new launches I've been loving as of late! 
Making memories...Johannah's first visit to the beauty floor at Nordstrom South Coast Plaza.
Kindly scroll on for more details, swatches and images of the products in action as well as the Bottom Line...

Skincare etc.
  • Chanel Hand Cream: Not entirely new, unless you don't yet own this (at which point, you must!), this chic cream is a perfect purse companion and the formula delivers fabulous hydration. 
  • Koh Gen Do Pure Cotton Pads: Perhaps the best luxury cotton pads on the market, these are super soft and highly-rated online. I use mine to apply toner and remove makeup with ease. 
  • Odacite Green Ceremony Cleanser (reviewed HERE): One of the best ways to experience a calming ritual while cleansing one's skin, this matcha-packed formula leaves skin fresh, bright and super smooth. 
  • *Skin Inc. Optimizer Voyage Tri-Light (reviewed HERE): Ever on my nightstand, this device has been the easiest way for me to consistently deliver red, blue and yellow light treatment to my skin for targeted needs and major results. 
  • *ReFa CARAT Beauty Roller (reviewed HERE): Designed to mimic the deep kneading of a facialist's fingers, this roller increases circulation while instantly firming and lifting the face. I use it on my sensitive TMJ-ridden jaw area nightly! 
  • *Creme de La Mer Moisturizing Creme LE: The original packaging from its initial launch years ago simply makes me happy and the cream itself is a cult favorite for a reason.
  • *Sisley-Paris Black Rose Precious Oil (reviewed HERE): I have run through multiple bottles of this multitasking oil. Lightweight and instantly absorbed it immediately tends to my skin and even adds a beautiful glow atop foundation. Super addictive! 
  • *Ranavat Botanics Jasmine Hydrating Toner (reviewed HERE): I love the beauty and simplicity of the this luxurious can be combined with powder masks for an extra sensory experience and makes for an ultra-refreshing mid-day touch up. 
  • *Hair Ritual by Sisley Volumizing Spray (reviewed HERE): Flip your dry hair upside down, spray this formula liberally, add a touch of air, flip back up and revel in your newfound volume. This spray is divine. 

Base + face.
// BASE + FACE // Five products to a perfected and sculpted face that still looks entirely natural. **Collectively worn in the images at the end of this post. 
  • Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter #4: This radiant primer evens skin and imparts an "it factor" that is unparalleled. I've been using it daily for almost six months under and over makeup and cannot recommend it enough! 
  • *Becca Skin Love Weightless Blur Foundation in Olive (all shades swatched HERE): Glowing medium coverage with skin-nourishing ingredients and a lightweight, long-lasting formula, the shade range for this particular formula is just as stellar as its performance. 
  • *Clé de Peau Beauté Radiant Corrector for Eyes in Beige (all shades swatched and reviewed HERE): I am constantly asked for recommendations for under eye concealer that covers without creasing (a Herculean task at times) but this latest formula from CdPB is an easy endorsement. It combines the potent coverage of the original CdPB concealer with an updated weightless texture that wears flawlessly in the orbital must be tried to be believed! 
  • Giorgio Armani Neo-Nude Powder 5.5: I've lauded this powder countless times in videos and blog posts and continue to use it regularly. It imperceptibly evens skin while adding a super subtle incandescence that's wildly pretty.
  • Dior Rouge Blush in Charnelle: A quintessential blend of tan and rose, this blush can be used to gently sculpt the face...focus a bit more on the apples of the cheeks for an authentic, fresh-faced flush. 
Swatches in direct sunlight. 

// EYES // Two new palettes that are as utilitarian as they are beautiful. 

The *Becca Volcano Goddess Palette
If you're attracted to bright yet natural tones, consider the brand new*Becca Volcano Goddess Palette. Amply equipped with a round of pale matte neutrals, deeper satin finish earth tones and glimmering jewel tones, this versatile palette creates a host of eye looks with a crease-free, lasting finish. **Worn at the end of this post. 

Swatches of the *Becca Volcano Goddess Palette in direct sunlight. 
The *BY TERRY Terrybly Paris Eyeshadow Palette
The *BY TERRY Terrybly Paris Eyeshadow Palette is nothing short of wearable art. The ten breathtakingly beautiful shades are embossed with various architectural icons of Paris (note: opening the gilded palette is like taking a mini trip to the city of lights) and the finely milled formula glides on and blends with ease. The first four shades are pale for ample color correcting base options and the subsequent six intriguing hues increase in color payoff and intensity for endless day and night options. This palette is limited edition and I highly recommend securing's the best of Paris without the jet lag! 

Swatches of the *BY TERRY Terrybly Paris Eyeshadow Palette in direct sunlight.  
// LIPS // Peaches, pinks, nudes and reds in array of innovative formulas and finishes. 
Swatches in direct sunlight.  

The following images reflect my recommendations in action in afternoon sunlight...
Skin closeup featuring the Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter #4*Becca Skin Love Weightless Blur Foundation in Olive*Clé de Peau Beauté Radiant Corrector for Eyes in BeigeGiorgio Armani Neo-Nude Powder 5.5Dior Rouge Blush in Charnelle and Estee Lauder Pure Color Desire Rouge Excess Creme Lipstick in Seduce  on the lips. 
The eye look featuring the *Becca Volcano Goddess Palette
Style notes. 
// STYLE NOTES // An effortless outfit for day out or an evening of shopping alike. 
Later that evening at Nordstrom with Johannah...stroller by Doona

Last look. 
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Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this overview my new beauty must-haves from Nordstrom! The beauty department will always be a wonderland to me and these particular products continue to be integral parts of my skincare and beauty routine. 

What caught your eye? Do tell!

Good things ahead, including a fresh fragrance obsession, a nursery tour, a video tutorial and a host of new product procurements. 

xx and more soon,

--The Beauty Professor 

**Many thanks to Nordstrom 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.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Finally Fall & Back to Basics: An 11 Product Face + 5 Things Currently in My Shopping Cart

It's finally fall and I have been reaching for a myriad of beautiful basics--11 to be exact--to create a full face that is equal parts classic and modern. From the brand new *Kevyn Aucoin The Contour Book Volume III to a revolutionary lip liner formula from Dior, this post celebrates the effortless side of the cooler months ahead. 

Kindly scroll on for more details, swatches and images of the products in action as well as a peek in my current shopping cart and the Bottom Line...

// SKIN // For rushed moments when only a cleanser and a moisturizer can be arranged, make sure both are wildly effective. 
  • *Odacite Green Ceremony Cleanser: This clean formula starts as a nourishing and verdant powder...once combined with water, the gentle exfoliating and skin refreshing powers are activated, leaving a smooth and bright canvas for all subsequent products. So dreamy.
  • *Augustinus Bader The Rich Cream (reviewed HERE): I have been singing the praises of this moisturizer since late last year (when I originally received a preview of the brand) and am still smitten with its ability to create hydrated, bouncy and glowing skin each and every day. It's as sublime as the buzz purports! 
Base + face. 
// BASE + FACE // Four products for a full face? Yes, please! 
  • *Kosas Tinted Face Oil (reviewed HERE): I am sincerely shocked by how much I reach for this foundation formula. Just a few drops provides me with smooth medium coverage (that still lets my freckles shine through) and it lasts the entire day without a need for touch ups. Don't let the word "oil" daunt moisturizes without being the slightest bit "oily" and it imparts a soft and subtle glow that by no means is shimmery. Pure perfection. 
  • Charlotte Tilbury Magic Away Concealer #6 (reviewed HERE): Just a swipe under each eye feigns a couple extra hours of sleep (which I desperately need right now). It's potent without being conspicuous. 
  • *Kevyn Aucoin The Contour Book Volume III: I am completely impressed with this new release from Kevyn Aucoin. To be fair, I haven't tried the previous versions (Volumes I and II) so I cannot draw any comparisons between the three. That being said, this particular installment features three neutral toned sculpting shades for contouring and warming up the canvas, two highlighting shades (with gold and peachy champagne undertones) and an ombre-inspired Neo-Blush (Venice) which is a clever amalgamation of pale pink, medium rose and rich bronze, for custom cheeks that pop. Every shade in the palette is essential and useful and the streamlined packaging will make this a purse and travel favorite. 
  • *Surratt Beauty Artistique Cheek Brush: Ever my cheek companion, if you haven't yet tried it, you must. It's beyond. 
Swatches in direct sunlight. 
The *Kevyn Aucoin The Contour Book Volume III
Swatches in direct sunlight. 
// EYES // A luminous neutral eye will always win in my book; combined with full brows and lush lashes, its a truly timeless endeavor. 
  • *Estee Lauder Goddess Glow Palette (also available at Estee Lauder): One look at this palette and I knew that I would be using it regularly going forward. Comprised of six demure and radiant shades in a host of natural tones, plus two rich mattes in brown and black, this palette offers endless variations of the glowy neutral eye. The eyeshadow formula is buttery and smooth, blends harmoniously and resists creasing (even after a long work day). If you like incandescent neutrals as I do, I highly recommend pursuing won't regret it. 
  • *Sisley-Paris Phyto Kohl Star Waterproof Eyeliner in Mystic Green (reviewed HERE): About a month ago, I put this on my waterline on a whim and now I cannot stop! This intensely pigmented formula is a gorgeous mix of green and black and the waterproof formula stays on all day, even on my allergy ridden eyes. It's a fun twist on basic black, indeed!
  • Tom Ford Fiber Brow Gel in Chestnut (reviewed HERE): One my brows, every single day. I hope it's never discontinued. 
  • *Hourglass Caution Extreme Mascara (reviewed HERE): Two coats for thick, full and long lashes that last the day. 
Estee Lauder Goddess Glow Palette

Estee Lauder Goddess Glow Palette swatches
Swatches in direct sunlight. 
// LIPS // What is more fundamentally basic than a rouge-toned lip? This new power pairing from Dior blends red and coral for bold yet wearable impact. 
  • *Dior Rouge Dior Ink Lip Liner in #434 Promenade: Like an opulent, fine-tipped marker pen, this texture-free and waterproof formula, this lip liner (in a brilliant and universal shade of rosewood) redefines the contours of the lips without competing with the lipstick to come. I can't wait to try this in other shades as well. 
  • *Rouge Dior Ultra Rouge Pigmented Hydra Lipstick in #555 Ultra Kiss: As its name implies, this new lip launch has insanely good color payoff and a moisturizing finish that feels plush and comforting. Ultra Kiss is a gorgeous coral-tinted red-meets-pink that will flatter a spectrum of skin tones. 
dior promenade dior ultra kiss swatches
Swatches in direct sunlight. 

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

Style notes. 
// STYLE NOTES // Some things never go out of style. 
  • Vintage Los Angeles Tee: Faded black accented with just enough color to be interesting, this tee is on heavy rotation. 
  • Gold Hoops: Always on my ears, I typically suggest a pierced version for my readers but since my ears aren't pierce, my clip on version can be found HERE
  • Vintage gold lariat necklace: I get questions about my vintage Cartier lariat constantly and while it's not commonly available, I found a similar Gucci version...hope one of you pick it up because I just may have to otherwise ; ) 

// MY CART // Now that it is finally fall, I am feeling ready to pick up some key pieces that resonate with the season. 

(1) Rag & Bone 55mm Aviator Sunglasses: The color combination and chic lines make these extremely appealing to me. 
(2) Chunky Thermal Cowl Neck Sweater: In the most beautiful shade of tan-meets-caramel, I cannot say no to a classic cowl if only the temperature would drop every so slightly! 
(3) Topshop Velvet Satin Minidress: I was instantly smitten with the ease of wear of this and flare with comfy sleeves and pockets, it's time for a LBD upgrade. 
(4) Eileen Fisher Purl Stretch-Knit Fabric Booties: These booties are the perfect height and capture the sock trend without being over the top. They will be mine. 
(5) Frame Le High Straight-Leg Frayed -Hem Jeans: I am loving all things high waisted and straight leg so this particular combination (which is a NM exclusive) is definitely calling my name. 

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Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this post and would love to hear about about some of your favorite current basics!  I, for one, cannot get enough of the *Augustinus Bader The Rich Cream*Kosas Tinted Face Oil and *Estee Lauder Goddess Glow Palette and highly recommend them as daily staples for the fall. 

Also, I am hosting a couple of beauty events next month...10/11 in Brentwood and 10/18 in NYC...please save the date and additional details will follow soon.  

Good things ahead, including a host of new fall launches and some of my most-used baby products as of late...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.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

A Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk, Sisley Le Phyto-Rouge and Lawless Seal the Deal Pictorial

The Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Collection launched last week to major accolades and has promptly sold out. That being said, I am hoping it will be will be replenished and available at BeautylishNordstrom and Sephora in the very near future. 

In the meanwhile, I am excited to share a look at the collection along with the the stunning new *Sisley-Paris Le Phyto-Rouge Lipstick (also available at Neiman Marcus and Sisley-Paris) and *Lawless Seal the Deal Loose Setting Powder. These recent launches are well worth a perusal! 

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

Up first, the Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Collection (hopefully available at BeautylishNordstrom and Sephora soon) is a neutral lover's dream come true. I have repurchased the lipliner and lip color of the same name multiple times over and to have a coordinating eyeshadow palette and blush is simply magical. 

The eyeshadow palette is one of the first quads I've owned in which I am confident I will use all four shades equally...for me, this never happens. The pearly beige shade is an excellent base, the rose-tinged taupe is a natural hero, the highly reflective rose gold shimmer is stunning wet or dry and the rich mink brown (the darkest shade) works so well in the crease without becoming dramatic. In other words, the shades in this quad play well together (of course!) and cannot be over applied (brilliant!). 

Charlotte tilbury pillowtalk collection swatches
Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Collection. 
The blush is equally beautiful; the outer ring is a luminous burnished rose that can almost simultaneously act as bronzer and blush and the center involves a lovely champagne beige highlighter. I like to mix both the outer and inner ring for a glowy natural cheek and find that it builds effortlessly, even during a mid-day touch up. Divine! 
Swatches of the Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Collection (hopefully available at BeautylishNordstrom and Sephora soon) in  direct sunlight. 
In summation, both items are well worth the pursuit (I loved them so much, I ordered them for my mom as well) and destined to become everyday heroes in one's beauty routine (as has been the case for me). I sincerely anticipate their arrival to all of the Charlotte Tilbury stockists (BeautylishNordstrom and Sephora) in the near future and will update with direct links as soon as soon as they become available.
sisley le phyto rouge swatches
Introducing the *Sisley-Paris Le Phyto-Rouge Lipstick
Next, the *Sisley-Paris Le Phyto-Rouge Lipstick (also available at Neiman Marcus and Sisley-Paris) features a breathtaking range of 20 shades of beiges, roses, oranges and reds in a moisturizing and creamy finish that positively bathes lips in pure color. 

Housed in an opulent golden zebra tube, the cushiony formula feels like velvet and wears for hours, maintaining a comfortable presence that represents sheer innovation in the lip color industry.

Although I am partial to the pristine neutral Beige Tahiti and tender mauve Rose Portifino (worn at the end of this post), I cannot wait to experiment with the other 18 hues as I tend to get more experimental, especially with bolder shades, as the cooler months approach...I am sure this won't be the last time you see the lavish *Sisley-Paris Le Phyto-Rouge Lipstick on Beauty Professor! 

Keep reading for swatches of all shades in the lineup! 

sisley le phyto rouge swatches
The *Sisley-Paris Le Phyto-Rouge Lipstick has a unique sculpted shape for clean lines and precise application. 
Official details, courtesy of Nordstrom:

What it is: A lipstick with comforting skin care properties and an ultra-silky texture that envelops the lips for a smoothing, hydrated feel.
What it does: It's formulated with a Hydrobooster Complex, which provides a hydrating, smoothing and plumping effect while padina pavonica extract moisturizes. Camellia oil nourishes and provides softness, and jojoba oil provides softness and comfort. It delivers buildable coverage and a luminous, satin finish.

sisley le phyto rouge swatches
Lighter shades. 
sisley le phyto rouge swatches
Swatches of the *Sisley-Paris Le Phyto-Rouge Lipstick in direct sunlight. 
sisley le phyto rouge swatches
Deeper shades. 
sisley le phyto rouge swatches
Swatches of the *Sisley-Paris Le Phyto-Rouge Lipstick in direct sunlight. 
lawless seal the deal powder swatches
*Lawless Seal the Deal Loose Setting Powder
Finally, the *Lawless Seal the Deal Loose Setting Powder offers a glorious talc-free option that simultaneously blurs, brightens and sets without a powdery finish. The ultra-finely milled formula blends into skin, adeptly doing its job without settling into fine lines or accentuating imperfections. Couple stellar performance with impeccable clean ingredients and it's no wonder this powder has been flying off of the shelves since its launch! 

I received Seal the Deal in two shades (there is also a third--Golden): Translucent, which should work on all skin tones and Brightening, which is like translucent with a slightly apricot pink leaning for additional impact. With adequate buffing, both become second skin and last all day...will you be trying this exemplary formula? 

Official details, courtesy of Sephora:

What it is:
A talc-free, lightweight, soft-focus translucent setting powder with three universal shades that imparts a flawless, airbrushed finish.

What it does:
Seal the Deal locks in your makeup while absorbing oil and shine throughout the day. This ultrafine, universal, translucent powder perfects every skin tone, imparting a flawless, airbrushed, and pore-less finish without any harmful ingredients. It is perfect for baking or simply dusting all over the face to lightly set your base.

What else you need to know:
Annie wanted to create a completely talc-free translucent setting powder that uses the absence of talc to its advantage. Talc's density can make it heavy and drying, which is one of the biggest reasons powders can tend to accentuate fine lines and cling to texture on the skin. Instead of talc, LAWLESS uses mica as the base of Seal the Deal Loose Translucent Setting Powders. Mica has a very lightweight, translucent finish that sets makeup all day without adding any weight or cakiness, or disturbing the finish of your base.

lawless seal the deal powder swatches
Swatches of the *Lawless Seal the Deal Loose Setting Powder in direct sunlight. 
The rest of the face. 
// THE REST of the FACE // 
  • Charlotte Tilbury Magic Away Concealer #6: I purchased this without swatching in advance and picked the right shade! #6 is a light-medium beige for skin with neutral to olive undertones and the way it glides onto my skin and seems to instantly lessen my under eye dark circles is definitely impressive. Will continue to test and weigh back in again soon. 
  • *Clé de Peau Beauté Radiant Cushion Foundation O30 (also available at Barney's NY and reviewed HERE): Still on extremely heavy rotation, I compliments on my skin each and every time I wear this light-medium coverage formula. It evens everything out, imparts a soft glow and lasts the entire day for me without the need to touch up. 
  • *Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow Medium/Dark (reviewed HERE): I've been using this frequently as the two shades work really well with my skin...a little goes a long way to gently contour and warm up the skin and I deeply appreciate the true brown side as it creates one of the most authentic-looking tans in town. 
  • Shiseido Aura Dew in Solar (reviewed HERE): Still loving this bouncy and inordinately luminous highlighter...just a whisper on the high points of my face and I glow all day. 
  • *Sisley-Paris Phyto-Kohl Waterproof All Day Eyeliner in Mystic Green (reviewed HERE): I recently rediscovered this lush scarab green eyeliner and am addicted to applying it to my lower waterline for extra impact. The formula is as stalwart as its name implies; it truly stays in place until I decide to remove it. 
  • Tom Ford Fiber Brow Gel in Chestnut (reviewed HERE): Always on my brows, the feathery and full effect cannot be beat. 
  • *Hourglass Caution Extreme Mascara (reviewed HERE): Two coats give me nearly false lash-level results that do not budge. So good. 
  • *Sisley-Paris Le Phyto-Rouge Lipstick in Rose Portofino (also available at Neiman Marcus and Sisley-Paris): It was difficult for me to choose just one shade from the collection to wear in the images that follow but Rose Portifino's ability to be classically fresh and neutral yet extremely modern gave it a slight edge! Wildly pigmented and hydrating, the soft mauve nude will be stunning on a spectrum of skin tones. 

The Charlotte Tilbury Magic Away Concealer has a click-activated sponge top applicator for precision and ease of blending. 
Swatches in outdoor sunlight. 

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

The eye look.

Style notes.
  • Black V Neck Tee: A wardrobe staple for work and play and this super soft cotton version from Madewell is a minimalist wonder. 
  • Denim cutoffs: Perfectly distressed and versatile for lazy weekends--even in the fall--these are denim perfection. 
  • Golden olive cardigan: An easy color and effortless style, I reach for this constantly.
  • Nike Airmax 270 (similar style HERE and reviewed HERE): Still in love with the cushy comfort and modern lines of these color combination is currently tricky to locate but I linked to similar pairs as well! 
  • Gold hoops: An unmitigated everyday staple. 

Last look.
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Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this overview of the stunning Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Collection (hopefully available at BeautylishNordstrom and Sephora soon), *Sisley-Paris Le Phyto-Rouge Lipstick (also available at Neiman Marcus and Sisley-Paris) and *Lawless Seal the Deal Loose Setting Powder and would love to know what caught YOUR tell!

Good things ahead, including a host of new product procurements, the top things I've learned since having a newborn and a fresh video tutorial.

Also, thanks for the incredible feedback on my latest video...I am heartened by your comments and am working on responding to each and every one in the coming days!

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.