Thursday, January 31, 2019

First Look: The Clé de Peau Beauté Spring/Summer 2019 Collection + 5 Weekend Sales I'm Shopping

cle de peau spring summer 2019 collection swatches
Introducing the *Clé de Peau Beauté Spring/Summer 2019 Collection
The *Clé de Peau Beauté Spring/Summer 2019 Collection (also available at Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus) has arrived, delivering a brilliant range of elevated textures and shades that are equal parts modern and wearable. In the past few weeks, I have been asked by multiple readers and followers for a swatch-heavy review of the new launches and I am happy to deliver such content in this post! 

From a breathtaking hybrid lip color (feels like a balm, yields color like a lipstick) to one of the most-lauded eye creams on the market, prepare to fall in love with Clé de Peau Beauté all over again.

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

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The new *Clé de Peau Beauté Refined Lip Luminizers
First up, the *Clé de Peau Beauté Refined Lip Luminizer (also available at Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus) is a new and improved version of their original Enriched Lip Luminizers; instead of purchasing the case and lip color bullets separately, they now come together and the bullets are easily retractable to minimize waste. Hydrating and plush, the formula truly feels like a buttery treatment that just happens to impart major color payoff. 

The shade lineup is simply resplendent with an ample range of nudes, pinks, corals, berries and reds to suit every taste and complexion and I deeply appreciate the fact that the end cap of the tube displays the tone housed within. Some of my favorite colors in the spectrum include the demure Old Rose, face-brightening Perfect Peach and creamy baby rose Porcelain Pink (worn HERE) but I'm fairly certain I could integrate every shade into the mix at some point in my makeup process! 

If you seek moisture, an effortless application (no mirror needed!) and an infusion of cellophane color, then the *Clé de Peau Beauté Refined Lip Luminizer (also available at Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus) is unequivocally for you. 

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The *Clé de Peau Beauté Refined Lip Luminizers and their direct swatches below. 
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Swatches of the *Clé de Peau Beauté Refined Lip Luminizer in direct sunlight. 
 *Clé de Peau Beauté Refined Lip Luminizer Shade Descriptions (per my experience):
  • 1 Old Rose: Soft nude pink with a slightly taupe edge
  • 2 Lavender: Sophisticated light lavender 
  • 3 Sweet Satin: Lively peachy pink
  • 4 Dahlia: True rose
  • 5 Perfect Peach: Luminous peach with a touch of pink *Worn at the end of this post
  • 6 Rose Dragee: Cool pale pink 
  • 7 Candy Pink: Carefree coral pink with a red touch
  • 8 Sweetie Darling: Gorgeous papaya-meets-persimmon
  • 9 Cute Kiss: Soft medium pink 
  • 10 Sweet as Candy: Radiant cherry red
  • 11 Damson Jelly: Rich dark berry *Worn at the end of this post 
  • 12 Grenadine: Deep wine-meets-oxblood
  • 506 Porcelain Pink: Neutral baby pink with plenty of opacity
  • 507 Glace: Intense bright aubergine 

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The *Clé de Peau Beauté Refined Lip Luminizers
cle de peau refined lip luminizer swatches
Which shade(s) will you choose? 
cle de peau petal delight rosewater cherry berry lipstick swatches
Three new shades of the Clé de Peau Beauté *The Lipstick
Additionally, there are three new shades of the *The Lipstick (also available at Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus). Rich and opulent with incredible color payoff, this lipstick formula drenches lips moisture while wearing flawlessly. For swatches of all other shades in the lineup, visit HERE...the news shades include:

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Swatches of the *The Lipstick in direct sunlight. 
cle de peau petal delight rosewater cherry berry lipstick swatches

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Two new *Clé de Peau Beauté Cream Eye Color Solos
For eyes, there are two new shades (other shades swatched HERE) of the *Clé de Peau Beauté Cream Eye Color Solo (also available at Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus) in #308 and #308. The buildable texture of the formula is so easy to work with; lightweight and blendable, it can be applied with fingers or brushes and wears flawlessly, resisting creasing for hours. #308 is a gilded cream tone that looks lovely as a transition hue and highlight by the brow bone and #309 is a perfect radiant bronzy light brown...the shade in this formula for which I have been waiting. It is pigmented and neutral and so effortless as an overall wash of color. I cannot recommend it enough...keep scrolling to see both shades in action on my eyes! 

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Swatches of the *Clé de Peau Beauté Cream Eye Color Solos in #308 and #309 in direct sunlight. 
cle de peau cream eye color solo 308 309 swatches

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The *Clé de Peau Beauté Luminizing Face Enhancer in #18 Orange-Pink
Always exquisite *Clé de Peau Beauté Luminizing Face Enhancer in #18 Orange-Pink (also available at Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus) rounds out the Spring/Summer 2019 color releases with a gossamer veil of slightly warm luminescence. The multifaceted angles of the powder can be swirled together for a harmonious and subtle incandescence that looks stunning on the high points of the face. 
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A light swatch of the *Clé de Peau Beauté Luminizing Face Enhancer in #18 Orange-Pink in direct sunlight. 
cle de peau luminizing face enhancer #18 swatches
Style and substance. 
The *Clé de Peau Beauté Intensive Eye Contour Cream
Finally, the cult-favorite *Clé de Peau Beauté Intensive Eye Contour Cream (also available at Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus) has recently updated its formula for even more orbital area transformation results. The cream--which comes with a clever cool-tip metal applicator wand--is lightweight yet nourishing and absorbs instantly (thereby playing well with subsequent eye makeup application). I have been testing this for the past week and am very impressed by the way it delivers firmness, moisture and new life to my oft-sleep deprived eyes. Additionally, the review on this formula (which I hadn't read until recently) are stellar, thereby making me excited to continue including this in my current routine. 


Official details, courtesy of Nordstrom:


What it is: A luxurious, multi-benefit eye cream that provides the ultimate experience in age defiance by tightening contours, smoothing texture and brightening skin for visibly radiant, beautifully defined eyes.
What it does: It dramatically transforms visible sagging, loss of firmness, dark circles, dullness and wrinkles while delivering powerful moisture for phenomenal youthful resilience. It also helps prevent the decomposition of collagen while firming skin around the eyes. Star fruit leaf extract and intensive brightening ingredient 4MSK improve the appearance of darkness, dullness and discoloration. It's rich, ultra-creamy and melts into skin, and it comes with a specially designed beauty massage tool coated in pure platinum that helps increase surface circulation during massage and improve overall tone for more well-defined eye contour areas.
How to use: Use in the morning use before UV-related products. In the evening, apply as last step in your skin care regimen. With your fingertip or beauty massage tool, thoroughly massage an appropriate amount of cream around the eye.
  • 0.5 oz.
  • Alcohol-free

The following images reflect the *Clé de Peau Beauté Spring/Summer 2019 Collection in action in natural outdoor light (rainstorm on the precipice of arrival!)...

cle de peau refined lip luminizer swatches perfect peach

cle de peau refined lip luminizer swatches perfect peach
Wearing the *Clé de Peau Beauté Refined Lip Luminizer in Perfect Peach. 

Eye look courtesy of the *Clé de Peau Beauté Cream Eye Color Solos in #308 and #309.



// STYLE NOTES // When it comes to business casual, this is my comfort zone...tee, blazer, loafers and denim with a fresh cut. 
  • Beige Tee: Clean and basic, the warm beige tone matches everything. 
  • Blush Blazer: This one is linen with a double breasted effect...here are similar corduroy and classic versions as well. 
  • GRLFRND Addison Split Hem Boot Cut Jean: I have been hearing lots of good things about  the GRLFRND Jeans line and consequently was excited to pick up this pair with a gift card recently. Long and lean, they lengthen the body and the split hem is an unexpected feature that feels fresh and unique. Note: This particular pair has no stretch and runs a bit small...I generally wear a 25 or 26 and picked up a 27 for a very slim fit. 
  • Vintage Gucci Silk scarf in neutral tones (worn as a belt): Forever a part of my style arsenal, this multitasks in my hair, on my waist and even as a purse accent. 
  • Gucci Horsebit Loafers: Ever a classic, I wear this particular pair 1-2 times a week. 
Details by GRLFRND and Gucci
Wearing the *Clé de Peau Beauté Refined Lip Luminizer in Damson Jelly. 

I have my eye on weekend sales. 
// 5 WEEKEND SALES I'M SHOPPING // Now that I am back on campus to lecture, I am yearning for a fresh injection of "grown up clothes" (it's been a lot of sweatshirts and cutoffs over here as of late) that work in the classroom and beyond. Here are some of my finds... 

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cle de peau spring summer 2019 collection swatches
Last look.
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Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this swatch-heavy overview of the *Clé de Peau Beauté Spring/Summer 2019 Collection (also available at Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus); all of the textures and shades are sublimely wearable and flattering for a spectrum of skin tones, making this the collection to pursue!

Good things ahead, including the *Suqqu S/S 2019 Collection, a brief Valentine's Day Gift Guide and my thoughts on the new *Hourglass Vanish Liquid Foundation (spoiler alert...Beige is my perfect match I'm loving it!). 

Sending love and warmth your way! 

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

Friday, January 25, 2019

Video Tutorial: Easy Ways to a Clean + Green Beauty Routine

A clean + green beauty tutorial...on location in Hawaii. 
Many of you have asked me what my favorite clean and green skincare and beauty products are. While I am a fan of beauty in every categorization, I have found a lovely array of clean and green products that, due to their efficacy and performance, make for easy substitutions in one's routine. Today's tutorial--featuring some of my go-to clean product choices--was filmed at the Kahala Resort during my trip to Hawaii last week and, as always, comes from the heart. From natural deodorant to ethereally glowing highlighters, I hope you see something that intrigues you! 

Be forewarned...the filming was truly an on-location situation and I did my absolute best to mitigate the background noise of the ocean, a waterfall and the wind during the editing process. Thanks for your understanding ;  )


Skincare. 
// PRODUCTS DISCUSSED //
Makeup. 
The following images reflect all products in action..




Style notes. 
// STYLE NOTES //
  • Billabong Play All Day Romper: Lush linen in a flattering striped pattern, this romper has pockets (!!) and a flattering fit (I'm wearing a size Medium).
  • VINCE Westport Platform Sandals: I picked these up on a whim right before my trip and am thrilled that I went with my gut; these sandals are minimalist yet interesting and abundantly comfortable. Every time I wore them in an Instagram post, I received multiple questions about who makes them and I am confident that I will be wearing these straight through summer! 
Last look.

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Bottom Line: Thanks so much for watching this video! I hope you enjoyed everything shared and I welcome your questions and comments as well as content requests for upcoming videos. 

What clean and green products are YOU currently loving? Do tell! 

Also, if you're interested in picking up some Kopari products, use the code: Beautyprofessor15 for 15% off your online order. 

So many good things ahead, including a bevy of Spring/Summer 2019 collections, a fresh FOTD and a host of new product procurements...stay tuned and more soon!

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

Brand Spotlight: Kopari on the Beach, Featuring the First Natural Deodorant I've Actually Loved.

Kopari in paradise. 
If you follow me on Instagram, then you may know that I spent last week in Hawaii with my husband and baby daughter. Although we tried to use most of our time to relax (as much as one can with a 6-month old) and adventure throughout the island, the stunning weather and environment, of course, inspired me to shoot some products on location. Where better to showcase some of my latest discoveries from Kopari, including the first natural deodorant that I actually love! 

Kindly scroll on for a glimpse of the beach, additional product details and the Bottom Line...
The beach at the Kahala Resort. 

Let's face it, deodorant is a necessity for most of us. I marvel at the few women in my life who say that they simply do not need it (if that is you, more power to you!) but do not identify with this superpower personally. That being said, deodorant is also a tricky entity; we know that traditional antiperspirant contains potentially harmful ingredients (research shows that aluminum on the skin has been known to pose health risks) but using a deodorant that's natural (and free of aluminum) but not effective poses its own social risks, no? 

Enter: the *Kopari Coconut Oil Deodorant. Aluminum-free and actually effective, this formula is the natural deodorant chimera for which I've been searching. This clear solid (which is also silicone-free and smells like a coconut dream, I might add) glides on and feels hydrating while drying down to nothing. I get all day protection from odor without the fear of a surprise musk coming on by evening. Please note, because it's not an antiperspirant, you still will experience natural sweating but that is one of the ways our bodies rid themselves of toxins; as long as there's no untoward order along with it, I support the sweat. 

If you're thinking, "Rachel, that's great for you but I've had no luck with natural deodorant in the past and this formula is probably no exception," please know that I experienced my own sense of skepticism when reading the plethora of glowing, five-star reviews on this deodorant earlier this month. I've tried at least 10 natural deodorant formulas and this is the only one that masterfully displayed efficacy over the course of a long day. It must be tried to be believed!

*Kopari Coconut Oil Deodorant
The *Kopari Coconut Oil Deodorant was my bag this entire trip. 


Kopari has also introduced some new innovations in oral care. I am not a toothpaste loyalist and often have a few in my testing queue; when I can find versions with the least amount of chemicals, it's a bonus in my book! I am very impressed by the *Kopari Coconut Toothpaste as it has just the right blend of mild coconut and mint flavor and contains no fluoride (thank you very much) while still leaving my teeth looking and feeling exceptionally clean. For those that want an extra dose of natural potency, the *Kopari Coconut Charcoal Toothpaste includes addition whitening power while still capitalizing on the antimicrobial properties of the coconut oil. Couple either of these toothpastes with the sustainably crafted *Kopari bamboo toothbrush (completely biodegradable and BPA-free) your teeth will have the best that nature can offer. 

I am also fascinated by the *Kopari Coconut Oil Pullers to refresh and whiten with every use. This age-old process of swishing oil in one's mouth for 5 minutes gently detoxify and remove stains without disturbing enamel while simultaneously contributing to healthier gums and fresher breath. The convenient vegan, sulfate-free, fluoride-free and paraben-free travel packs come in three flavors--coco mint, coco colada and coco vanilla--that taste better than any pulling oil I've tried to date. 


*Kopari Oil for Pulling


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Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this Kopari brand overview and are inspired by the strides the line is making in natural deodorant and oral care formulas. As aforementioned, if you've been disappointed (as I have) in natural deodorant in the past, I implore you to summon the courage to give one more formula a chance. 

Also, if you're interested in picking up some Kopari products, use the code: Beautyprofessor15 for 15% off your online order! 

Good things ahead, including a clean and green video tutorial (going live on Beauty Professor and my YouTube channel later on today!) and a host of new product launches. 

xx and more soon,

--The Beauty Professor 

**Many thanks to Kopari 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.