Thursday, November 21, 2019

Luxury Central: My Top Clé de Peau Beauté Product Recommendations

Favorites from Clé de Peau Beauté
If you were to do a simple search of "Clé de Peau Beauté" on Beauty Professor, you would be met with an endless array of search results, featuring thoughts and swatches from the line dating back to 2012; in other words, the brand has been a personal favorite and, consequentially, a key content focus here for years! 

The brand is synonymous with luxury but, infinitely more important, the products perform. I often purchase my CdPB at Nordstrom as the retailer carries the full product range online and in-store, and not a week goes by without a reader or follower asking me for suggestions on what CdPB to invest in first. 

Today, I am excited to share my top Clé de Peau Beauté products--ranging from skincare and foundation to eyeshadow and lip color--with thorough thoughts and swatches galore. 

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

Clé de Peau Beauté on heavy rotation. 
Skincare. 
// SKINCARE // I actively pursue hydrated, even skin and a radiant glow and these three hero products fulfill this objective beautifully. 
  • *Clé de Peau Beauté The Serum: A fabulous anti-aging formula that works well on its own in tandem with one's existing skincare routine, The Serum combats fine lines and wrinkles while brightening and firming with every application. It actually heightens the efficacy of subsequent skincare steps, making it a must in my daily routine. 
  • *Clé de Peau Beauté Radiant Multi Repair Oil: Exceptionally hydrating yet lightweight and instant absorbed, this brilliant oil adds radiance to the skin while nourishing and calming; it's a perfect winter skincare staple and the LE Holiday 2019 bottle is a dream addition to one's vanity. 
  • *Clé de Peau Beauté Enhancing Eye Contour Cream Extrême: My eye cream of choice for the last few months, this rich yet weightless formula smooths fine lines, brightens dark circles and firms and lifts the orbital area to help feign a sold 8-hours of sleep when I likely only got 4.  It's simply sublime! 

Foundation. 
// FOUNDATION // My four favorite foundations in the Clé de Peau family...each month, at least one CdPB foundation ranks amongst my top base choices and I hope the below breakdown of the formulas illuminates and clarifies the offerings! 

  • Clé de Peau Beauté Radiant Cushion Foundation O30Lightweight and glowing, this cushion-based formula offers buildable light to medium coverage that wears all day. 
  • Clé de Peau Beauté Radiant Cream-to-Powder Foundation O40: When it comes to foundation, I am often partial to a cream formula...it just smooths out the skin so well, offering a blur effect that is a real-life soft focus filter. This formula offers medium to full coverage without feeing heavy. 
  • The Foundation O40: Gloriously beautiful to look at and even better on the skin, this cream foundation is infused with effective skincare benefits that contribute to a naturally radiant visage...a dime-sized application banishes imperfections while simply making skin look--in short--like really good skin. 
  • Radiant Foundation Stick Ocher: Though some may assume that this stick would offer the most opacity, I would actually deem it sheer to light coverage. The stick has a cooling effect that perfects one's canvas while adding a subtle glow. 
Swatches in direct sunlight. 

Concealer. 
// CONCEALER // Clé de Peau Beauté is famous for its concealer. I have used it for years and buffer between the rich traditional formula and the lightweight radiant formula, depending on my current eye needs. 

  • Clé de Peau Beauté The Concealer in Almond:  Apply this gem conservatively because a little bit goes a very long way. I use a dampened sponge to seamlessly blend it into my lower orbital region and love that it resists creasing while keeping my eyes bright. 
  • Clé de Peau Beauté Radiant Corrector in Almond: In warmer weather, I adore this click brush for adding a luminous wash of concealer action...those who are wary of thicker versions will find great joy in this formula. 
Swatches in direct sunlight. 
Face + Lips. 
// FACE + LIPS //

  • Clé de Peau Beauté Bronzing Powder Duo #2: I am on my third compact of this split shade bronzer...the warm brown tone has little to no shimmer for a natural look that gently sculpts and adds dimension without the slightest intonation of orange. 
  • Clé de Peau Beauté Luminizing Face Enhancer Almond: A stunning fusion of form and function, this breathtakingly beautiful highlighter features a gossamer veil of radiance that makes skin look lit-from-within. I focus application on the high points of my face, down the bridge of my nose and along my Cupid's bow for a subtly illuminated effect. 
  • Clé de Peau Beauté Cream Blush #4 Perfect Peach: I am over the moon for this tender creamy blush that adds the most stunning flush on the cheeks. I use my ring finger to blend a bit on the apples of my cheeks for a fresh and bouncy look and am confident that this shade will look gorgeous on everyone!      
Face and lip swatches in direct sunlight. 

Eyes and powder. 
// EYES + POWDER //

  • *Clé de Peau Beauté LE Draped in Velvet Eye Quad: I am smitten with this limited edition eye color quad, which contains creamy black, pearl white, vibrant pink and soft shimmering nude shades for an opulent eye that commands attention both day and night (worn at the end of this post). 
  • *Clé de Peau Beauté LE Holiday 2019 Refining Pressed PowderThis cult-classic is translucent and ultra finely milled to complement a spectrum of skin tones. It sets makeup, matttifies and is fabulous for mid-day touchups, ultimately refining the skin for a poreless and porcelain countenance. 
Swatches in direct sunlight. 
A closeup of the *Clé de Peau Beauté LE Draped in Velvet Eye Quad
// LIPS SPOTLIGHT // My love of this particular lip color formula knows no bounds; boasting two different finishes and hydrating pigmentation, there are always at least three shades in my purse.  

The *Clé de Peau Beauté Radiant Liquid Rouge Matte has a smooth and velvety texture that dries down to a multi-dimensional suede finish that is never dry or flat. Some of my favorite shade include the pink nude Cream Crush (worn in the images at the end of this post),  the perfect pink Touch of Blossom and the vibrant coral Nectar. I also like to apply this formula as a base and then top it with the *Clé de Peau Beauté Radiant Liquid Rouge Shine for even more impact. 

Clé de Peau Beauté Radiant Liquid Rouge Matte  swatches
 *Clé de Peau Beauté Radiant Liquid Rouge Matte
Applying the *Clé de Peau Beauté Radiant Liquid Rouge Shine 
 in Sugar Jelly. 
The *Clé de Peau Beauté Radiant Liquid Rouge Shine has a glossy and reflective finish that bathes lips in light. As evidenced by the swatches below, each of the shades are opaque and creamy (read: no shimmer whatsoever) and wear flawlessly for hours on end. Some of my favorite shades include the peachy pink Sugar Jelly (worn in this post), the neutral nude Sepia and the rich violet Midnight Dew. 
Clé de Peau Beauté Radiant Liquid Rouge Shine swatches
Swatches of the *Clé de Peau Beauté Radiant Liquid Rouge Shine in direct sunlight. 


The following images reflect all of my favorite Clé de Peau Beauté products in action in afternoon sunlight...




Style notes. 
// STYLE NOTES //
  • Leopard Midi Dress: Classic and timeless, I love good a midi dress and this leopard print version is brilliant...the neutral tone looks sophisticated yet effortless and the dress has pockets! I've also found other similar options HEREHERE and HERE).
  • Mephisto Lissandra Platform Wedge Sandal: Still on heavy rotation, still more comfortable than any sandal I've ever worn, this pair of shoes will transform your thoughts about wedges. Try them and you'll see what I mean. 




Last look. 
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Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this look at my Clé de Peau Beauté favorites from Nordstrom (and found the details and swatches helpful) and would love to know what caught your eye...do tell. 

Good things ahead, including a curated guide to Black Friday sales and a host of new product procurements...cannot wait to share!

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.  © 2012-19 Beauty Professor® All Rights Reserved. Do not copy, reprint or republish content and/or photos without author's written permission.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Quintessential BP: What I Wear on My Face When Speaking in Front of a Live Audience

Makeup go-to's when I'm facing a live audience.  
This past weekend, I hosted a master class at Nordstrom with Skin Inc. and, upon sharing a quick peek at my makeup look for the event, I was met with requests to share a comprehensive makeup breakdown of the products I used.

I would call this look "Quintessential BP" as it embodies all of my favorite beauty aesthetics...even, luminous skin, bronzed cheeks, warm burnished eyes, peachy pink lips and plenty of glow anywhere that the sun hits. Oh, and it is vital to note that this look requires virtually no touchups for 8+ hours!
The spontaneous IG Stories post that inspired this makeup breakdown. 
Kindly scroll on for more details, swatches and images as well as the Bottom Line... 

THE PRODUCTS...
Skincare. 
 // SKINCARE // As I've said countless times, the best makeup is good skin...in turn, I prepared my canvas with an array of hydrating and glow-inducing formulations that take my skin to the next level.

Swatches of the *Vita Liberata Body Blur (reviewed HERE) and
*Tom Ford Soleil Neige Shimmering Body Oil (reviewed HERE
Base. 
// BASE // A tender glow is balanced by a touch of radiance and a skin perfecting foundation that doesn't budge all day while still looking like fresh and multidimensional skin. 

Swatches from bottom to top: Vita Liberata Beauty Blue Skin Tone Optimizer in Latte Light (reviewed HERE)
Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter #4 (reviewed HERE)
Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Foundation 7.5 Neutral (reviewed HERE)

// THE MAKEUP // When it comes to color, I prefer my skin is awash with incandescent warm neutrals and peachy pinks...this menagerie of makeup guarantees this results and wears flawlessly, even in warm and humid environments. 
Swatches from bottom to top:
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer in Luminous Bronze Light (reviewed HERE), *Sisley-Paris L'Orchidee, Highlight Blush in Corail (reviewed HERE), Westman Atelier Superloaded Tinted Highlight in Peau de Peche (reviewed HERE), *Koh Gen Do Gloss Film Foundation Powder in #123 (reviewed HERE), *Hourglass Scattered Light Glitter Eyeshadow in Burnish (reviewed HERE), Pat McGrath Eyeshadow in Rose Venus (reviewed HERE), *SUQQU Tone Touch Eyeshadow #12 (reviewed HERE), *Victoria Beckham Satin Kajal Eyeliner (reviewed HERE), *Tom Ford Fiber Brow Gel in Chestnut (reviewed HERE), BY TERRY Lash-Expert Twist Brush Mascara (reviewed HERE), Pat McGrath Lipliner in Done Undone (reviewed HERE) and *Clé de Peau Beauté Radiant Liquid Rouge Matte and Shine in Cream Crush and Sugar Jelly (reviewed HERE)

The following images reflect all products in action in natural afternoon sunlight...in the spirit of authenticity and continuity, this entire blog post was shot via iPhone 11 Pro...


Class, by the way, was sold out and so much fun...thanks to those of you who came! 
Post-master class. 
With my baby Joey.
Holding my very favorite beauty device...the *Skin Inc. Optimizer Voyage Tri-Light++ (reviewed HERE)
// STYLE NOTES //
  • Ivory Satin Blouse: Lush and silky with a classic mock neck, this blouse is equal parts subtlety and drama. 
  • Black Faux Leather Mini Skirt: I have already worn this skirt 4 times since getting it a week or two ago...it's tastefully relaxed in fit and matches everything. 
  • Mephisto Lissandra Platform Wedge Sandal: If you are seeking an insanely comfortable pair of sandals with neutral stylings and a metallic flair, these Mephisto gems are a must. I wore them for 10+ hours (no break in necessary) and it seriously feels like I'm walking on clouds. Never has a new pair of shoes treated my feet so well...I will have a better view of these shoes in my next blog post so stay tuned! 
Racing out of the car to check in with Skin Inc. before my master class. 
Last look. 
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Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this makeup breakdown and found a glimpse into my beauty arsenal an interesting experience! I would love to know what caught your eye...do tell.

Good things ahead, including a Clé de Peau Beauté spotlight, a holiday gift guide and a host of new product procurements...cannot 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.  © 2012-19 Beauty Professor® All Rights Reserved. Do not copy, reprint or republish content and/or photos without author's written permission.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Video: Get Ready w/ Me: Skincare and Winter Makeup Edition (Skin Inc., Surratt, UBeauty + Natasha Denona)



I hope your November is going so very well! In this video, I am sharing my most recent skincare, hair and makeup routine, featuring some classic favorites and new launches from Skin Inc., UBeauty, Surratt, Natasha Denona, La Prairie and House of Sillage. 

I had so much fun navigating this process and creating this look in real time and can't wait for you to watch it! 

Kindly scroll on for the video, full product breakdown and swatches galore as well as a peek into my current pinky nude lip rotation and the Bottom Line..


// PRODUCTS DISCUSSED //
*La Prairie Crystal Micellar Water*UBeauty Resurfacing Compound and *Augustinus Bader The Rich Cream 
Base and face. 
Swatches of base and face in direct sunlight. 
Eyes via *Surratt Prismatique Eyes in Neutral Eyes (reviewed HERE)
*Natasha Denona Metropolis Palette 
*SUQQU Tone Touch Eyeshadow #12 (reviewed HERE)
*Sisley-Paris Phyto Kohl Star in Sparkling Black
BY TERRY Lash Expert Twist Brush Mascara 
Swatches of eye products in direct sunlight.  
Sunlit swatches of the *Natasha Denona Metropolis Palette 
Sunlit swatches of the *Natasha Denona Metropolis Palette 
Lips: *House of Sillage x Christian Cowan Baroness Lipstick (LE case HERE)
*Aerin x Johanna Ortiz Candelaria Nude Lip Gloss 
The following images reflect the final look...



Style notes with Joey and Jethro. 
// STYLE NOTES // Nothing beats a button down, relaxed jeans and a comfortable pair of booties in my book. 
  • Men's chambray shirt: Easy and timeless, this button down goes with everything...I like to tie it at the waist for a feminine twist. 
  • Black high waist loose jeans: I love pairing a denim shirt with dark jeans and this oversized pair with a slight crop are constant go-to's in my routine. 
  • *Arcopedico Luana Bootie: Handmade and flattering, these lightweight booties have a twin-arch system that cradle the feet in comfort. It seriously feels like I am wearing nothing, margin them akin to walking on air. They must be tried to be believed! 
*Arcopedico Luana Bootie
Lip color currently in my bag. 
// LIP COLOR CURRENTLY IN MY BAG // I couldn't cover every lip color that has been on heavy rotation lately because the video would probably be 30 minutes long (perhaps a lip color only video is in order?). That being said, here is what I've been carrying around the past few weeks! #worththeweight
  • Pat McGrath Done Undone Liner: My lipliner of choice each and everyday...nothing creates a full and defined lip look as well as this perfectly nude lipliner. It's creamy and opaque and virtually waterproof while still remaining very hydrating. 
  • *Lawless Lip Shine in Glazed (reviewed HERE): I adore the lightweight, non-sticky nature of this gloss (brimming with clean ingredients, I might add) and the pearly pinky gold tone that imparts makes lips look plump and healthy and very pretty. 
  • *Dear Dahlia Paradise Dream Velvet Lip Mousse in Teddy: All at once bright yet muted, this weightless mousse dries down to a nourishing powder that feels soft and fresh, perfect for days when your face needs an extra boost of color. 
  • *House of Sillage x Christian Cowan Baroness Lipstick: One look at this multidimensional neutral and I knew it would be an instant favorite. Equal parts peach, pink and beige, it is sophisticated and sublime...like a shade that Audrey Hepburn would wear in the late 1960s. Love it! 
  • *Aerin x Johanna Ortiz Candelaria Nude Lip Gloss: A mauve pink nude with color payoff galore, this gloss looks amazing on its own or atop a lighter nude (as demonstrated in my video). 
  • *Aerin x Johanna Ortiz Lipstick in Nativa Nude: A soft brownie nude with plenty of creamy color payoff, this LE gem is is sure to flatter a spectrum of skin tones. 
  • *Kosas Wet Lip Oil in Jellyfish: It must be stated immediately...this formula is BEYOND! Plush and shiny, the formulation yields so much moisture that I've begun using the clear Jellyfish shade as a night treatment...my lips feel incredible from morning until night. Highly recommended. 
  • *Kosas Wet Lip Oil in Malibu: A richly pigmented neutral pink with plenty of shine, this gloss is stunning over a touch of nude lip liner. 
  • YSL Rouge Pur Couture in #10 Beige Tribute: New to my routine, this Mod-era nude is pure luxury and really sets a mood...especially with a slightly smoky eye. 
  • Pat McGrath BlitzTrance in Skinsane: I have been in love with Lady Stardust in this same formula and recently bought Skinsane, which is a little more neutral than the pinky LS. It has full coverage and a gleaming finish that is flattering and long lasting. 
  • Tom Ford Ultra Shine Lip Color in Bare: Hydrating like a balm with creamy pigmentation, this soft nude with just enough gray to make it interesting. 
  • *Dear Dahlia Lip Paradise Intense Satin Lipstick in Megan (also available on Amazon): Intense color payoff and and lush hydration make this "my lips but better" shade a gem. 
  • Lancôme L'Absolu Rouge in Coquette: I picked this up on a whim while in Miami and love how radiant this pinky peach neutral is. It makes lips look full and flushed in a single coat. 
Lip color swatches in direct sunlight. 
Last look.
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Bottom Line: I truly hope you enjoyed this video and would love to know what may have caught your eye...do tell!

Good things ahead, including a Clé de Peau Beauté spotlight, my first BP gift guide of the season and a host of new product procurements...can't wait to share. 

As a reminder, my Master Class with Skin Inc.--where I'll demonstrating how I like to use the light devices from the brand--is coming up THIS Saturday 11/16 at 1 PM at Nordstrom South Coast Plaza 1PM. Please RSVP HERE (it's free) and I truly hope to see you there! 

xx and much more soon,

--The Beauty Professor 

 **PR samples provided for review denoted by an asterisk (the rest purchased by me), however, as always, all of my opinions are expressly and unequivocally my own.  © 2012-19 Beauty Professor® All Rights Reserved. Do not copy, reprint or republish content and/or photos without author's written permission.