Monday, April 29, 2019

Video: Get Ready with Me...Springtime 2019 Edition




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



// Products Discussed //

Skincare. 
// SKINCARE //
Wearing the *Sand & Sky Australian Pink Clay Mask
The *Sand & Sky Australian Pink Clay Mask comes with its own brush. 
Foundation + cheeks. 
// FOUNDATION + CHEEKS //
Swatches in direct sunlight. 


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


Style notes. 
// STYLE NOTES //




Last look. 
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Bottom Line:

Good things ahead, including my comprehensive review of *Clé de Peau Beauté Radiant Cream to Powder Foundation (I've been testing it for months and have swatches of every shade for you!), an overview of the technology behind the iRestore System and a seriously extensive array of new product procurements...cannot wait to share!

xx and more soon,

--The Beauty Professor 


 **Many thanks to Sand & Sky 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.

Friday, April 26, 2019

Sunlit and Swatched: My Recommendations for the Sephora Beauty Insider Spring Beauty Event!

Sephora spring beauty event shopping list
My picks for the Sephora Spring Beauty Event. 
The Sephora Beauty Insider Spring Bonus Event is almost here! Beginning on 4/26/19 (and running through 5/1/19), Rouge members will have first access to shop, getting 20% off purchases, both online and in-store with code HEYROUGE

If your not a Rouge, fret not as All Beauty Insider Access for the event begins on 5/2! To clarify, here's a breakdown for each of the tiers:
  • 4/26-5/1 and 5/2-5/6Rouge members receive 20% off with code HEYROUGE
  • 5/2/19-5/6/19VIBS will receive 15% off with code HEYVIB
  • 5/2/19-5/6/19: Insiders will receive 10% off with code HEYINSIDER
To help streamline your shopping experience, I am excited to share my recommendations with swatches a plenty!

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


A Sephora bag in and and a spring in my step.

Base and face.
// BASE and FACE //
  • *Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation #7: A timeless and iconic classic for a reason, this buildable liquid formula works with all skin types and comes in an impressive range of shades to compliment every hue and undertone. Luminous Silk has been a part of my foundation rotation for years and I consistently recommend it for its skin perfecting properties and immense versatility. 
  • BareMinerals Complexion Rescue Hydrating Foundation Stick: After reading a plethora of rave reviews, I purchased this foundation stick and am very pleased with my experience thus far! The texture is lightweight and a touch cooling upon application and the coverage is buildable, from sheer all the way to full without looking cakey or conspicuous. Ginger is excellent for N/NC 27 skin and I can't wait to continue to play with this formula. 
  • *IT Cosmetics Confidence in a Foundation: For those seeking matte full coverage that lasts all day, this formula from IT is a must. It's fabulous for those seeking to keep oil at bay and plays well with sensitive skin. Keep reading for swatches of 10 shades. 
  • *Lawless Morning After Concealer: This brand new launch is making its debut just in time for the Spring Beauty Event! Possessing brilliantly clean ingredients and intense pigmentation, this ultra smooth concealer covers a multitude of sins and can also be used for highlighting and contouring as well as touch ups throughout the day. Another win for Lawless! 
  • Marc Jacobs Accomplice Concealer and Touch Up Stick: Speaking of touch up's this creative concealer from Marc Jacobs is a multipurpose complexion product designed to clarify the canvas whilst on the go. The formula is opaque yet blendable and I adore the packaging, which will fit into the tiniest of clutches.
  • Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter #4: After using every last drop in my first bottle, I am now on bottle #2 of this magical elixir. Somehow, it completely refines the canvas while adding evenness and glow that looks positively lit from within. It's truly dream skin housed in a glass container. 
  • In a class of its own, the Tatcha Silk Canvas Primer: In a class of its own, this balm-like primer glides on like silk, simultaneously blurring pores and reducing the look of imperfections while establishing a formidable canvas for the makeup to come. I loved it so much that I purchased one for my mom and she--who is a complexion minimalist--adores it as I do. 

Swatches in direct sunlight. 
Swatches of the *IT Cosmetics Confidence in a Foundation in direct sunlight. 
Tatcha Silk Canvas Primer
Cheeks and highlight. 
// CHEEKS and HIGHLIGHT //
  • Tom Ford Soleil Glow Bronzer in Terra: I've been wearing this daily since picking it up earlier this month; silky and refined, Terra is a true tan brown that double duties as contour and bronzer for light and medium skin tones. 
  • *Tom Ford Sheer Cheek Duo in Lissome: Perhaps my most favorite blush duo from a Soleil collection to date, this pairing features a peachy nude shade with plenty of luminosity and a true medium pink blush that instantly brightens the face. Sometimes I apply them separately, sometimes I swirl both onto my brush...in all cases, the result is brilliant. 
  • *Natasha Denona Blush, Bloom and Glow Palette: Ahh, the beauty that is this blush palette knows no bounds and the Spring Beauty Event is the opportune time to bring the resplendance home (if you don't already have it, of course). The rich rose cream blush is flanked by a creamy creamy highlight and two ultra luminous powders that really come to life when layered. I haven't met a single person yet who doesn't love this as I do. 
  • *Kevyn Aucoin Glass Glow Face Liquid Highlighter: This incandescent new range of highlighters have a super smooth and weightless texture that gives skin a healthy, bouncy and extra hydrated look (like you've definitely been drinking your daily allotment of water!) with a gossamer veil of sheer color that subtly enhances the high point of one's face. They're truly beautiful! 
Swatches in direct sunlight. 
Swatches in direct sunlight. 

Eyes. 
// EYES //
*Natasha Denona Biba Palette
  • *Natasha Denona Biba Palette: The ratings for this palette are overwhelmingly positive and all it takes is one peek within the pale nude packaging (stunning, by the way) to understand exactly why everyone seems to love Biba. Rife with tones reminiscent of the swinging 1960s, this palace of neutrals is breathtaking, indeed. I predict this one will sell out fast during the Spring Beauty Event so get that add-to-cart finger ready! 
Swatches of the *Natasha Denona Biba Palette in direct sunlight. 
*Stila After Hours Eye Shadow Palette
  • *Stila After Hours Eye Shadow Palette: A delightful melange of satin finish gem tones and velvety mattes, this opulent palette is an incredible option for a sultry evening out while still possessing enough neutral daytime colors to make it a doubly worthy pursuit. The formula of the shadows is extremely pigmented and wears flawlessly for hours on end. 
*Stila After Hours Eye Shadow Palette
  • Charlotte Tilbury Icon Eyeshadow Palette: Despite the bevy of palette on the market, one that consists of nothing but shimmery tones is rare and Charlotte create a gem, indeed. The lightweight textures effortlessly layer and blend and, I daresay, the colors are neutral enough to look good on absolutely everyone! 
Charlotte Tilbury Icon Eyeshadow Palette
  • Natasha Denona Cranberry Eyeshadow Palette: My only regret is not purchasing this divine pentad of shades sooner. The buttery, crease-free shades that Natasha Denona has become know for are harmoniously stunning in this rosy-toned palette. I can wear all hues with relative ease and feel like, if I were given the chance to create my own palette, the result would be very  close to Cranberry...it's simply sublime. 
Swatches of the Natasha Denona Cranberry Eyeshadow Palette  in direct sunlight. 

  • *Supergoop Shimmershade Illuminating Cream Eyeshadow: SPF 30 protection for one's eyelids? How utterly genius! This innovative formula may have launched this month but is already receiving lots high praise for its flattering neutral shades and bulletproof (read: does not budge) formula with plenty of skincare benefits. 
// LIPS //

  • Tom Ford Lip Lacquer Luxe in Intimate and Softcore: Intensely pigmented and impressively long lasting, the plush formula ranks amongst my favorite. Intimate is a medium rosy nude and Soft Core is a true 1960s beige...I mixed them together for the look at the end of this post. 
  • Laneige Lip Glowy Balm in Peach: I've been a fan of the original lip mask for a few years and am thrilled that a similar formula has launched in a squeeze tube. This particular version has a soft peach fragrance and a touch of milky color for full and juicy lips that are dramatically hydrated. 
  • *Laura Mercier Rouge Essentiel Lipstick in Coral Clair and L'Orange: This is the lipstick I've been waiting for Laura Mercier to release! The 30 shades--ranging on an exceptionally wide spectrum--possess a cream finish and plenty of moisturizing color payoff. Although the pinky peachy Coral Clair and vibrant coral pink L'Orange are currently personal preferences  keep scrolling for swatches of ALL 30! 
Swatches in direct sunlight. 
Laura mercier rouge essentiel lipstick swatches
Swatches of the *Laura Mercier Rouge Essentiel Lipstick in direct sunlight. 
Laura mercier rouge essentiel lipstick swatches
Swatches of the *Laura Mercier Rouge Essentiel Lipstick in direct sunlight. 
Skin and fragrance. 
// SKIN and FRAGRANCE //
  • *Kate Somerville Liquid Exfolikate: Boasting a 10% concentration of acids and enzymes, this liquid exfoliant glides onto skin and leaves a renewed canvas in its wake. Safe for sensitive skin, I prefer to use this once or twice a month for the glowiest results imaginable. 
  • *Dolce & Gabbana The Only One EDP: I smelled this last month and was completely taken by the sweet collision of citrus, violet and coffee; alluring and romantic, it's fast becoming a go-to. 
  • *Narciso Rodriguez Pure Musc for Her: Feminine and sophisticated floral minimalism is grounded by a heady dose of musk, making it my favorite Narciso fragrance to date! 

The following images reflect my picks in action in afternoon sunlight...

Wearing Tom Ford Lip Lacquer Luxe in Intimate and Softcore
Eye look via the Natasha Denona Cranberry Eyeshadow Palette 






Last look. 

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Bottom Line: I hope you found this sunlit shopping list for the Sephora Beauty Insider Spring Bonus Event abundantly helpful and would love to hear what caught your eye and what will be in your cart. Do tell! 

Don't forget to mark your calendar with the following dates in mind:
  • 4/26-5/1 and 5/2-5/6Rouge members receive 20% off with code HEYROUGE
  • 5/2/19-5/6/19VIBS will receive 15% off with code HEYVIB
  • 5/2/19-5/6/19: Insiders will receive 10% off with code HEYINSIDER
  • And if you're not a Beauty Insider, this is the perfect time to sign up! Visit Sephora for more details on exactly how to confirm your status!
Good things ahead including a get-ready-with-me video and a look at my next foundation obsession...cannot wait to to share. 

xx and more soon,

--The Beauty Professor 

 **Many thanks to Sephora 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.

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