Friday, November 30, 2018

Baby Steps: Doing My Makeup While Having a 4 Month Old...a Video Tutorial



Happy almost December, dear readers! When Johannah Elle came into our lives, I had many people tell me that I'd probably begin to find no time for makeup...not so! Although there are plenty of at-home no-makeup days (as there always have been in my adult life), I still embrace the process of getting ready as much as is reasonable...this time, with baby in tow! 

Today, I am excited to share an update on Johannah Elle my makeup routine while holding her (featuring a round of luxury beauty favorites) as well as a talk through of my LE lipstick collaboration with Christian Audette. Hope you have as much fun watching this real slice of life as I did making it ; ) 

Kindly scroll on for the video and images of the products in action as well as the Bottom Line...



Products used. 
The final look.


The full breakdown. 
// Products Worn + Discussed //


My filming companion. 
Last look.

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Bottom Line: I truly hope you enjoyed this video tutorial and real life update and would love to know which products caught your eye...do tell!

As a reminder, my LE collaboration with Christian Audette is still available as a bundle but selling out quickly...please visit the site if you're called by these shades as they won't be around for long!

Good things ahead, including a nursery tour, a host of of holiday collection favorites, a curated gift guide for everyone in your life and a serious round of new product procurements...can't wait to share.

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.

Sunday, November 25, 2018

A Cyber Monday Shopping Guide + A Look at Holiday Launches from Natasha Denona and MAC

cyber monday 2018 shopping guide
Cyber Monday inspiration. 
I hope you had a beautiful Thanksgiving! I, for one, indulged in a lovely round of rest (as much as one can have with a 4 month old!) and family time and am grateful for the days away from work. Tomorrow, I head back to the classroom (3 more weeks until semester's end) and, in honor of Cyber Monday, am excited to share a shopping guide featuring specific suggestions for the sales I'm embracing as well as a peek at some holiday launches from Natasha Denona and MAC (on my face in the images above and below).

Kindly scroll on for the shopping guide and swatches as well as the Bottom Line...

cyber monday 2018 shopping guide
My Cyber Monday 2018 shopping guide...hunting for deals so you don't have to.
// CYBER MONDAY SHOPPING GUIDE //
  • Beautylish: Special deals site wide, including 30% off select Jouer (take a peek at the stunning Springtime in Paris Palette...also reviewed HERE) and a free travel Bioderma with every 500ml bottle purchased. I use this every single night...totally lives up to the buzz. 
  • Reformation30% off EVERYTHING, site-wide. I just placed an order and bought the Cynthia jeans in the San Lucas wash...no holes and a perfect medium blue(size up 2 sizes for best fit as they run small), Maine top in a size Medium, Guss Tee in Matcha and Black in a size Medium and Joplin Tee in Sage size Medium (I like a bit of extra room and flow in my tee shirts). 

Natasha denona chroma crystal full metal bronze
*Natasha Denona Chroma Crysta Top Coats in Full Metal Black and Full Metal Bronze.
Since receiving last month, I have been using the gorgeous new *Natasha Denona Chroma Crystal Top Coat in Full Metal Bronze (part of her Holiday 2018 launch) nonstop. This revolutionary formula, is smooth, reflective and pigmented yet weightless; its buildable texture can transform from sheer to full opacity in a couple of swipes and the velvety cream resists creasing for hours. In addition to the lush and neutral Full Metal Bronze is a deeper Full Metal Black, which is the most opulent charcoal hue. Both are brilliant but, if you are a neutral love as I am,  I strongly suggest integrating Full Metal Bronze into your collection...I am confident you won't regret it. 

Natasha denona chroma crystal full metal bronze swatches
Swatches of the *Natasha Denona Chroma Crystal Top Coats for Holiday 2018 in direct sunlight. 
Natasha denona chroma crystal full metal bronze
*Natasha Denona Chroma Crystal Top Coat in Full Metal Bronze with a touch of *MAC Shiny Pretty Things Eyeshadow in Major Win on top. 
Natasha denona chroma crystal full metal bronze

MAC's Shiny Pretty Things Collection
MAC's Shiny Pretty Things Collection is such a fresh take on holiday shades! Rife with a flattering array of neutrals and pinks in LE silver packaging, this launch delivers seasonal spirit in spades. Some of my favorites from this collection include:

Mac shiny pretty things collection swatches
MAC Holiday 2018 Collection swatches in direct sunlight. 
cyber monday 2018 shopping guide
Last look.  
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Bottom Line: I hope you found my Cyber Monday Shopping Guide (along with a glimpse at favorite Holiday 2018 launches from Natasha Denona and MAC) helpful and inspiring and would love to know what's making it into your shopping cart...do tell! 

Good things ahead, including a new video tutorial, a look at more of my Holiday 2018 collection picks, a nursery tour and a host of new product procurements; can't wait to share. 

Finally, your reception to my lip color collaboration with Christian Audette (featured HERE) has been incredible! I am still getting daily questions about where it can be purchased and invite you to visit the Christian Audette site, where it's exclusively being sold. The website team is extremely responsive and the brand ships internationally...so exciting for those of my dear readers who live outside of the US.  The collection is limited edition and I couldn't be more proud of the result...let me know if you have any questions and hope you get a chance to try it! 

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, November 22, 2018

BY TERRY Holiday 2018, Newness from Kjaer Weis + A Guide to the Weekend Sales I'm Shopping Right Now


BY TERRY Holiday 2018 Gem Glow Collection
*BY TERRY Holiday 2018 Gem Glow Collection
The *BY TERRY Holiday 2018 Gem Glow Collection is here! Ever festive and utilitarian, the Holiday 2018 releases from BY TERRY feature new LE releases and bundled favorites that make gift giving for others (and self!) tantalizing and opulent. 

I am happy to be able to share an overview of this launch, along with a peek at the new *Kjaer Weis + Caroline Issa Lipstick and a carefully-curated Cyber Week Shopping Guide because most sales are already in effect! 

Kindly scroll on for more details, swatches and images of the collection in action along with a full look that includes the new *Kjaer Weis + Caroline Issa Lipstick in Amour Rouge and Sucre and my streamlined shopping guide for sales I'm shopping this minute...


BY TERRY Holiday 2018 Gem Glow Collection
*BY TERRY Holiday 2018 Gem Glow Collection
The key components of the *BY TERRY Holiday 2018 Gem Glow Collection include: 
  • *BY TERRY Gem Glow Beauty Favorites Set: Featuring a mini Baume de Rose Gloss, mini Hyaluronic Hydra-Powder, mini Terribly Mascara and mini Ombre Blackstar in Bronze Moon, this adorable quartet reflects the very best of BY TERRY in makeup bag-friendly sizes you'll use daily. 
  • *BY TERRY Gem Glow Trio Compact: A LE release that is well worth the pursuit, this breathtakingly beautiful powder has three rings of radiance...the outer ring adds warmth, the center ring creates a soft pink flush and the center ring is a dazzling pearl highlighter. Apply them separately for precise results and mix them together to perfect the complexion in a single sweep. Get this. 
  • *BY TERRY Gem Glow Brightening CC Serum: This soft rose gold-inspired CC cream (seemingly a blend of shades #2, #3 and #4 in the original formula) imparts skincare benefits and a subtle glow that will compliment a spectrum of skin tones. 
  • *BY TERRY Baume de Rose Lip Care: A cult classic in a diminutive form, this mini Baume de Rose transforms from adorable ornament for the tree or stocking stuffer to the lip formula of your dreams. 
  • *BY TERRY Gem Glow Ombre Blackstar Set: If you haven't yet tried the Ombre Blackstar formula (which, incidentally, I've been writing about since the early days of BP), this is the perfect moment to indulge. The silky, pigmented and extremely (crease-free) long wearing cream shadow blends with ease and looks sensational on eyelids of all ages. This set comes with three best sellers: the divinely neutral Bronze Moon, perfectly effortless Blonde Opal and swoon-worthy mauve Misty Rock. I mixed the three together in the eye look at the end of the post. 
  • *BY TERRY Baume de Rose Set: Consisting of a full sized Baume de Rose Gloss (a nightstand constant for me) and a deluxe mini version of the luxurious Baume de Rose Hand Cream, this is the quintessential gift for rose lovers, balm addicts, hand cream aficionados, tastemakers, those who like nice things...in sum, basically everyone
BY TERRY Holiday 2018 Gem Glow Collection
Swatches in direct sunlight. 
BY TERRY Gem Glow Trio Compact swatches
*BY TERRY Gem Glow Trio Compact
BY TERRY Holiday 2018 Gem Glow Collection

The full look. 
// THE FULL LOOK // Ultra smooth skin, bronzy lids and bright red lips to usher in the season ahead. 
  • Tatcha The Silk Canvas: Inspired by the stellar reviews on this skin refining primer (blurred pores and fine lines...yes please!), I recently ordered it and am so glad I did. The gossamer balm texture glides over skin to create the smoothest canvas possible. So good. 
  • *BY TERRY Gem Glow Brightening CC Serum: One pump distributed all over my face with my fingertips creates a fresh glow that actually extends the life of my foundation. 
  • *Koh Gen Do Maifanshi Aqua Foundation #143 (reviewed HERE): This foundation has been in rotation for years; radiant medium coverage with a HD skin-like finish is fortified with skincare benefits and long lasting wear. I like to apply a pea-sized amount with a dampened Beauty Blender for the most natural looking result. 
  • *Clé de Peau Beauté Radiant Corrector in Almond (reviewed HERE): I swept a touch of this under my eyes to conceal and brighten (without obvious shimmer). This is a must in my makeup bag. 
  • *Givenchy Bronzer #4 (reviewed HERE): I reach for this true brown hue frequently due to its lightweight texture and ability to simultaneously contour and add warmth to the complexion without the slightest trace of texture. It's especially divine for medium, olive, tan and deep skin tones. 
  • *Koh Gen Do Gloss Film Powder #123: No matter the weather, I use a touch of this powder daily to set my T-zone and touch up after a long day. The formula has a slightly dewy finish (read: zero powder look) that provides medium coverage and a flawless outcome. 
  • *BY TERRY Gem Glow Trio Compact: I swept a mix of the three shades along the high points of my face (upper cheek bones, center of forehead, down the bridge of the nose and at the chin) for a subtle radiance that makes skin look lit-from-within. 
  • *BY TERRY Gem Glow Ombre Blackstar Set: As aforementioned, I used all three shades (Bronze Moon all over the lids and along the lower lash line, Blonde Opal up to the brow bone and a touch of Misty Rock at my crease) for a lush, neutral, multi-dimensional effect that doesn't budge. 
  • *Koh Gen Do Maifanshi Eyeliner in Indigo: I am loving this rich denim blue shade and find it makes a perfect companion for the lower waterline...it's an unexpected twist on traditional black. 
  • BY TERRY Lash-Expert Twist Brush Mascara: Two coats for the fullest, fluffiest and longest natural lashes in town. 
  • *Clé de Peau Beauté The Lip Serum: I swept a touch of this nourishing lip serum (which has become a daily habit) along my pout as a hydrating primer. The rave reviews are not an exaggeration...I don't know what I ever did without it. 
  • *Kjaer Weis + Caroline Issa Lipstick in Amour Rouge and Sucre: The latest from green beauty pioneer Kjaer Weis, these two crimson shades are the culmination of a collaboration with magazine publisher and style icon Caroline Issa. 25% of the proceeds of the shades Amour Rouge (a orange-based red also worn at the end of this post) and Sucre (a true just bitten carmine that can be layered for intensity) will be donated to Women for Women International, which helps women in conflict torn countries like Afghanistan and Nigeria. The formula is packed with good-for-you ingredients and the color payoff and lasting power reflect the sublime quality that we've come to expect with the resplendent Kjaer Weis line. 
kjaer weis Caroline issa lipstick swatches
Swatches in direct sunlight.

Tatcha The Silk Canvas
*Kjaer Weis + Caroline Issa Lipstick in Amour Rouge and Sucre
*Kjaer Weis + Caroline Issa Lipstick in Amour Rouge and Sucre
The following images reflect all products in action in afternoon sunlight...top is Reformation Petalo Wrap Crop Top:



The eye look, courtesy of the *BY TERRY Gem Glow Ombre Blackstar Set


With precious baby Johannah...I cannot believe that she is now 4 months old! 
// 5 SALES I'M SHOPPING EARLY // For better or worse, Black Friday and Cyber Monday started this week so there are many sales already in full swing...here are some of my recommendations:
  • Reformation: 30% off EVERYTHING, site-wide. I just placed an order and bought the Cynthia jeans in the San Lucas wash...no holes and a perfect medium blue(size up 2 sizes for best fit as they run small), Maine top in a size Medium, Guss Tee in Matcha and Black in a size Medium and Joplin Tee in Sage size Medium (I like a bit of extra room and flow in my tee shirts). 
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Last look.
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Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this overview of the brilliant *BY TERRY Holiday 2018 Gem Glow Collection and subsequent look featuring the *Kjaer Weis + Caroline Issa Lipstick in Amour Rouge and Sucre. What caught YOUR eye? Do tell! 

Additionally, I hope you found my pre-Black Friday shopping guide a helpful tool for streamlining your online pursuits this weekend...what's in your cart?

Good things ahead, including an updated Cyber Monday shopping guide, a fresh video, a nursery tour and a host of new product procurements.

I am so truly grateful for you dear readers and wish those of you who celebrate an absolutely beautiful Thanksgiving!

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.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

First Look: The Tom Ford Winter Soleil 2018 Collection

Tom Ford Winter Soleil 2018 Collection
The Tom Ford Winter Soleil 2018 Collection has arrived, delivering a timely and requisite dose of sultry sunshine and inimitable glow as the cooler months continue to intensify.  From a multi-tasking palette to an innovative liquid highlighter, prepare to bask in the sunlight of one's own creation. 

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

My picks from the Tom Ford Winter Soleil 2018 Collection
*Tom Ford Soleil Eye & Cheek Palette 2018
Up first, *Tom Ford Soleil Eye & Cheek Palette 2018 is for me, the most wearable palette of this incarnation to date. Each of the peachy neutral tones are one's towards which I gravitate and the cumulative effect is undeniably pretty. 

The mid-toned, slightly warm pink blush looks sensational on the apples of one's cheeks. 

There are four eyeshadows--a pale gold, fresh baby pink, lustrous bronze and regal indigo-meets-charcoal--that are all kinds of beautiful, with plenty of pigmentation and satin finishes that glow without obvious shimmer. 

The highlighter is a pinky champagne with an almost wet (in the best possible way) effect that looks resplendent on cheek bones and other high points of the face. 

All in all, the shades in the *Tom Ford Soleil Eye & Cheek Palette 2018 are wildly wearable, making the palette a stunning yet practical gift both for one's self and a close, luxury beauty-loving friend...it is well worth the pursuit! 

Tom Ford Soleil Eye & Cheek Palette 2018 swatches
Swatches of the *Tom Ford Soleil Eye & Cheek Palette 2018 in direct sunlight. 
Tom Ford Soleil Eye & Cheek Palette 2018 swatches
*Tom Ford Soleil Eye & Cheek Palette 2018
tom ford gilt glow powder
*Tom Ford Radiant Perfecting Powder in Gilt Glow
To enhance glow, I selected the incandescent *Tom Ford Soleil Glow Drops in Liquid Sky and golden *Tom Ford Radiant Perfecting Powder in Gilt Glow

Lightweight and entirely customizable, the *Tom Ford Soleil Glow Drops in Liquid Sky is a soft bronze-meets-champagne liquid that blends under or over foundation (or can even be mixed with base) with ease. The refined and luminous color warms the complexion without overwhelming and is sure to flatter a spectrum of skin tones. 

The neutral golden effect of the *Tom Ford Radiant Perfecting Powder in Gilt Glow perfects one's complexion with minimal effort. Finely milled and effortlessly beautiful, focus application of this powder on the high points of the face (forehead, down the bridge of the nose, upper cheek bones, Cupid's bow and center of the chin) for a believable lit-from-within effect. 

tom ford glit glow liquid sky swatches
*Tom Ford Soleil Glow Drops in Liquid Sky
tom ford glit glow
Swatches in direct sunlight. 
tom ford glit glow
*Tom Ford Radiant Perfecting Powder in Gilt Glow
*Tom Ford Satin Matte Lip Color in Preternatural
In my experience, the Tom Ford Winter Soleil 2018 Collection is complimented by a glossy mauve neutral lip and an ample dose of the *Tom Ford Satin Matte Lip Color in Preternatural topped with a slick of the *Tom Ford Lumiere Lip in Glimmer achieves this look with ease. 

Preternatural is a fascinating greige mauve cream that somehow doesn't make one look dead. There is just enough pink to deliver life to the face while the muted tone (which is still deep enough to be worn with medium and tan skin) doesn't compete with more vibrant colors on the face. It's a refreshingly innovative take on a classic neutral lip. 

The pH-adjusting *Tom Ford Lumiere Lip in Glimmer is a softly radiant light pink that takes on a slightly deeper tone over time while still remaining more restrained than many color adjusting formulas on the market. Hydrating and shiny, it's a brilliant way to add moisture and dimension to one's pout. 
tom ford preternatural swatches
Swatches in direct sunlight. 
tom ford glimmer swatches
*Tom Ford Lumiere Lip in Glimmer
tom ford preternatural swatches

The following images reflect all products in action in afternoon sunlight...keep scrolling for additional product details and style notes...



The eye look, featuring the bronze, pink and gold shades from the *Tom Ford Soleil Eye & Cheek Palette 2018

// OTHER PRODUCTS USED //
  • Tom Ford Traceless Foundation Stick 5.7 Dune (also available at Beautylish): Still one of the best foundation sticks on the market, I applied this creamy formula to medium coverage and find that Dune is a near-perfect match for my NC 27 skin. 
  • Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow in Medium Dark: Even though this particular shade combination is formulated for deeper skin tones, use this almost daily to lightly contour and warm up my complexion. The true brown powder looks extremely natural and the glowing highlighter doubles as a radiant persimmon-toned blush on the apples of my cheeks. 
  • Sisley-Paris Phyto Kohl Star in Mystic Green: My go-to for the lower waterline of my eyes; the deep green adds an unexpected dimension that works well with every eye look imaginable and the formula doesn't budge. 
  • BY TERRY Lash Expert Twist Brush Mascara: I love this mascara so much...for nearly a year, I've used it regularly and I have no plans of stopping. Two coats for exceptionally full and long lashes. 
Style notes. 
// STYLE NOTES // A breezy yet refined floral top, boyfriend jeans of epic proportions and the most comfortable tennis shoes for a casual day out. 
  • Reformation Grove Top (also available at Nordstrom): I am having a love affair with The Reformation as of late and this top is no exception. The flattering lines and interesting materials feel like a fresh infusion in my button down-dominated closet and I cannot get enough! I am typically a small or medium in tops and ordered a size 4. It's a bit snug but still wearable and, if you are my size or so, would suggest a size 6 in this top. 
  • Moussy Boyfriend Jeans: I picked these up in NYC last month and have been wearing them nonstop since then. The Japanese denim feels vintage and pliable yet sturdy and the higher waist works well with close cut tops...highly recommended. I like these extra big and ordered a 27 (I'm usually a 25) to achieve that look.
  • Nike Air Max 270 Tennis Shoes: Still my favorite shoes of the season, the color combinations for this model are chic and progressive and the comfort level is off of the charts! I am a 7-7 1/2 in sneakers and a 7 1/2 fit perfectly in this particular style. 




Last look. 
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Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this overview of the gloriously beautiful Tom Ford Winter Soleil 2018 Collection and would love to know what caught your eye...do tell!

As a reminder, my limited edition lip color collection with Christian Audette has recently launched (extensive swatches HERE and a video introduction to the shades on my YouTube channel HERE) and I am deeply grateful for your initial response to the shades etc. It's currently being sold as a bundle (all 3 hues in the wardrobe for $60) and, in light of the pigmented and luxurious formula (vegan, cruelty-free, paraben-free) and gorgeous packaging, this price point for an independent beauty line is a veritable steal...I hope you take a look

Good things ahead, including the very best of the current holiday 2018 offerings from some of my favorite brands, a nursery tour (can you believe Johannah is nearly 4 months old?!) and a host of new product procurements. Can't wait to share. 

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.