Wednesday, March 27, 2019

A 1960's-Inspired Look Featuring Well-Loved Products on Heavy Rotation

On heavy rotation.
My love for sharing new launches with you is endless, but sometimes it's equally fun to discuss products that are well-loved and on heavy rotation; in today's post, I am giving you a glimpse into some of my timeless favorites for the month and using the them to create a 1960s-inspired look. 

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

The products. 
// THE PRODUCTS //
Swatches in direct sunlight. 
Skincare and haircare triad. 

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




Style notes. 
// STYLE NOTES // A black tee, blazer, jeans and d'Orsay pumps...timeless staples at home in every decade. 
  • Reformation Delia Ribbed Top: This black top was love at first sight...it's clingy yet not too tight and has the most flattering scoop neck. Reformation runs very small on me so I bought this in a size large (usually wear smalls and mediums) and it's absolutely perfect. 
  • Boyfriend jeans: Loose yet flattering, one cannot go wrong with a pair of jeans in a classic cut. 
  • Madewell Medium Perfect Leather Belt in Linen: Recently, I realized that I own exactly two belts and they're both black...consequently, I ordered this light beige belt (in a size small) and am thrilled with its ability to pull an outfit together in a fresh and neutral way. Highly recommended! 
  • Vintage Blazer: I love finding designer vintage blazers on The Real Real (they're in excellent condition and 100% authenticated), which is exactly where I located this Burberry number. Additional options HERE.
  • Black d'Orsay pumps: Classic and sophisticated, these low pumps with a sleek front dress up any outfit without compromising comfort. 
  • Velvet hair bow: I found a set of these velvet scrunchies with attached bows (oh so Belle du Jour) on Amazon and couldn't be happier with their quality and function. They're a veritable steal. 
  • MCM Medium Belt Bag (worn below): Still my "purse" of choice, this belt bag matches everything and is roomy enough to hold all the essentials (including 8+ lipsticks) for me and snacks aplenty for Johannah. 
In the same outfit, earlier in the day at beauty meetings in LA. 





Last look. 
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Bottom Line:  I hope you enjoyed this look at some well-loved products and the resulting 1960s-inpsired look and would love to know what caught your eye...do tell!

Good things ahead, including a fresh get-ready-with-me video tutorial 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.  © 2012-19 Beauty Professor® All Rights Reserved. Do not copy, reprint or republish content and/or photos without author's written permission.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

FOTD On-Location...Warm Weather Makeup & Sandals You Need Plus 4 Sales I'm Shopping this Weekend


On location...where are YOU headed for Spring Break?
For most of the country, warm weather is just around the corner and even if the snow is taking its sweet time to thaw, spring break season is rife with opportunities to grab some Vitamin D in more tropic environs. Consequently, this post feature one of my favorite go-to makeup looks for times with sun and salt water abound. I also am sharing a glimpse sales I'm shopping! 

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

The FOTD products.
// THE PRODUCTS // Even skin with a rosy, dewy glow, burnished lids and pinky nude lips...this look can be achieved in under 10 minutes and lasts the day, even in the warmest, most humid weather. 
Swatches in direct sunlight. 

The following images reflect all products in action in an abundance of sunlight...




Vince Westport Sandals
// STYLE NOTES // Underwire bikini, relaxed cotton button-down, cutoffs and really great pair of sandals...what else does one need on the beach?
  • Vince Westport Sandals: I purchase these on a whim and am so glad I did...they are fresh and casual and extremely comfortable and the platform heel gives a bit of height. They run true to size in my experience; I got mine in a size 7. 
  • Underwire Bikini: I love this update on a traditional two piece...the wires offer support and a sophisticated edge. Additional options HERE and HERE 
  • Levi's Cutoffs: Staples in my wardrobe year-round.
  • Striped Cotton Buttondown: Equally essential in my routine for work and play, the timelessness of a button can not be debated.
Vince Westport Sandals



Sales I'm Shopping...and the Vince Westport Sandals in action. 
// 4 Spring Sales I'm Shopping // I love when things I can wear right now are on sale...that's how it should be, right?
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Last look. 
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Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this on-location beauty FOTD and would love to know what caught your eye. Do tell! 

Good things ahead, including a fresh get-ready-with-me video tutorial and a host of new product procurements...cannot wait to share!

In the meanwhile, for daily posts and updates, don't forget to visit me on Instagram!

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.

Sunday, March 17, 2019

A Beachscape Pictorial Featuring the MAC Boom, Boom, Bloom Collection and Easy Spring Style


Introducing the *MAC Boom, Boom, Bloom Collection
With its delicate cherry blossom-inspired packaging and feminine pink-centric color story, the limited edition *MAC Boom, Boom, Bloom Collection softy sings the anthem of springtime. Even better, every single piece in the collection (which is selling out very quickly, I might add) is infinitely wearable, making it  the quintessential way for your makeup routine to usher in the warmer months ahead. 

Consequently, I am excited to give you a swatch-heavy overview of this resplendent collection--shot both at home and in action at the beach (with Johannah!) on the sunniest Southern California day of the year thus far--and hope you find some pieces that call your name before they're gone for good! 

Kindly scroll on for more details, swatches and images of the collection (amongst other things including style notes!) in action as well as the Bottom Line...

Introducing the *MAC Boom, Boom, Bloom Collection
The *MAC Boom, Boom, Bloom Collection consists of two highlighting powders, an eyeshadow palette, lipstick and lip gloss as well as a Prep + Prime Fix+ in LE packaging. I also included the MAC Strobe Cream in Pink Light, which perfectly compliments the collection's color theme.

Product Descriptions


Swatches of the MAC Boom, Boom, Bloom Collection in natural indoor lighting. 
*MAC Boom, Boom, Bloom Eyeshadow x 9 Kabuki Doll Palette
Swatches of the *MAC Boom, Boom, Bloom Eyeshadow x 9 Kabuki Doll Palette in natural indoor lighting. 
The *MAC Boom, Boom, Bloom Highlight Powder in Fleur Real and Spring Bling and *MAC Boom, Boom, Bloom Eyeshadow x 9 Kabuki Doll Palette.

A swatch of the *MAC Strobe Cream in Pink Light 
*MAC Boom, Boom, Bloom Highlight Powder in Fleur Real 
*MAC Boom, Boom, Bloom Highlight Powder in Spring Bling 
From top to bottom: *MAC Boom, Boom, Bloom Lipglass in Pink a Boo, Heartmelter, For the Frill of It and Frambois Moi. 


// ALSO on MY FACE, BODY + HAIR //
  • *Augustinus Bader The Rich Cream: Two pumps for the most nourished and glowing skin imaginable. I am on bottle #4. 
  • *Elysian Continuum Finishing Treatment: I am very impressed with this skin-smoothing primer of sorts; it truly finishes skin, imparting a soft glow that invites makeup to stay in place for hours on end. Try it and you'll see exactly what I mean! 
  • *Oribe Gold Lust Oil: My spring and summer hair must, this intoxicatingly fragrant oil detangles while smoothing and adding shine and control. 
  • *Necessaire The Body Lotion: Rich and hydrating while absorbing into skin instantly, this genius lotion is fragrance-free and brimming with potent yet clean ingredients that bathe skin in moisture. To say that I am taken with the Necessaire line would be an understatement...more thoughts on this brand to come in the very near future. 
  • Giorgio Armani Power Fabric Foundation Balm 6.5 (reviewed HERE): I have used this nonstop since picking it up last month (I actually hit a modicum of pan, if you can believe it) and am still over the moon for its medium coverage and real skin finish. Will be buying a back up soon. 
  • *SUQQU Radiant Cream Concealer 02 (reviewed HERE): Marvelous for concealing and brightening the under eye region, I added just a touch (it's got creamy medium to full coverage)  and blended it out with a sponge for a seamless finish. 
  • *Guerlain Terracotta Original Bronzing Powder 01 Light Brunettes: I am entirely smitten with this subtle bronzer that imparts a true light tan on my light-medium olive skin. Finely milled with a natural finish (read: neither shimmery nor matte), this bronzer is equal parts iconic and effortless...so good. 
  • Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Mood Exposure (reviewed HERE): For a luminous plum effect that looks incredibly natural, I focused application on the apples of my cheeks. 
  • *Surratt Beauty Artistique Cheek Brush (also available at Neiman Marcus): I haven't used another brush on my cheeks in literal years. It's the investment of the century in my book...Troy Surratt knows what he's doing. 
  • Baccarat Rouge 540 Travel Fragrance: Signature fragrance in a travel size...yes, please! 
  • Tom Ford Fiber Brow Gel in Chestnut: My constant brow companion for a full and feathery effect. 
  • Sisley Photo-Kohl Eyeliner in Sparkling Black (reviewed HERE): The only liner that I war on my lower waterline as of late; it applies without tugging and stays in place until I'm ready to remove it. 
  • *Sisley So Volume Mascara (reviewed HERE): Two coats for remarkably full, jet black lashes...and it lasts all day. Divine! 
  • *La Bella Donna Minerals on the Go in Marta: 100% mineral SPF 50 protection with a light tint, this is my new sunscreen/powder touch up go-to.  
  • Vintage Gucci Scarf: Ever a member of my handbag, this comes in handy for everything from belt to hair tie to beachside accessory extraordinaire. 
Swatches in direct sunlight. 

Style notes. 
// STYLE NOTES // Simple and sporty with lots of comfort thrown in for good measure, this outfit resonates with the traditional nature of spring. 
  • Nordstrom Men's V Neck Tee: A staple in my collection, I order a Mens size Large and have them in my rotation constantly...there is no better v neck in my opinion! 
  • Plaid Print Bike Shorts: I am having a bit of a bike short infatuation as of late and have found quite a few pairs on Amazon. This plaid pair is unusual and unexpected...they run true to size and I am wearing a size Small. 
  • YSL Logo Leather Slide: I have had these in my cart for well over a month and finally ordered them a week ago. What took me so long?! Exquisitely chic and comfortable, they look equally good with shorts, jeans and dresses and the luxe minimalist appeal cannot be denied. Plus, they're on major sale. I generally wear a 7 and sized up to a 7 1/2 (it said they ran on the small side) and they fit perfectly. Highly recommended! 
  • Patagonia Puffer Jacket: I bought this late in the season but it's lightweight and classic and perfect for brisk weather moments as well as windy times on the beach...it's the kind of jacket you'll wear for years on end and Patagonia does it best. 
  • Sara Kety Baby Gold and Pearls Bodysuit: As soon as I saw this, I knew it needed to be a part of Johannah's wardrobe.  The jewelry detailing is simply too cute for worsd and the 100% cotton fabric is excellent for the warmer months ahead. 
 YSL Logo Leather Slide
Johannah in her Sara Kety Baby Gold and Pearls Bodysuit


On the cusp of applying *MAC Boom, Boom, Bloom Lipstick in Hi-Fructease (M) 

The eye look, courtesy of the *MAC Boom, Boom, Bloom Eyeshadow x 9 Kabuki Doll Palette 


Last look. 
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Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this overview of the gorgeously spring-oriented limited edition  *MAC Boom, Boom, Bloom Collection and would love to know what caught your eye. Do tell!

Good things ahead, including a fresh get-ready-with-me video and a host of new product procurements...stay tuned!

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.