Wednesday, October 30, 2019

A Beachside Story with Charlotte Tilbury Holiday 2019 + New Skincare and Pinky Nude Lips Galore


Once upon a time...
Allow me to tell you a story...

Once upon a time, a girl went to a beach with her family on one of the warmest days of late fall and was inspired to shoot an array of new beauty and style launches, including pieces from Charlotte Tilbury,  Dior and Reformation, while frolicking by the seaside. 

Enjoy the true life tale.

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

Storybook perfection...Victoria Beach, Laguna, CA.
Skincare etc. 
// SKINCARE // Before she headed to the sea, she used this skincare...a few new formulas mixed with classic routine perennials.
For hydrated, bronzy and glowing limbs. 
*Clé de Peau Beauté Synactif Décolleté Cream
Sunlit tide pools. 
The complete look. 

// THE COMPLETE LOOK // Even, glowing skin, burnished features and a pinky nude pout to align with the timeless and resplendent nature of the ocean. 
  • Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter #4: I use this as a primer before makeup and love the perfecting, lit-from-within look it imparts. 
  • Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Filter #7.5 Neutral (reviewed HERE): Still one of my top three foundations this year, I strategically chose to wear this formula for a long and windy day at the beach as it wears flawlessly for 10+ hours without even the slightest need for a touch up. One pump and my entire canvas is refined while my skin continues to look like skin (rather than foundation!). 
  • *Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look in a Palette Gorgeous Glow: I have many of these palettes in my possession but can confirm that this is my favorite amongst them. The shades are rich and saturated, the formula is exceptionally smooth and the overall composition makes this the most apropos for my normal slightly burnished day to day look. The palette includes a medium tan bronzer (delightfully deeper than bronzers in past Instant Look palettes), a fresh rose blush, a radiant pearl pink blush topper, a champagne highlight and eyeshadows that span the neutral pearl, deep bronze and lush burgundy color families. It's a quintessential combination of hues that will prove invaluable for every season of the year. 
  • Dior Backstage Face and Body Glow: Intrigued by its description as well as the pure beauty of it in its bottle, I purchased this highlighter without even swatching in advance. Upon testing it for a week, I can confirm that I made a wise choice with this one...the lightweight formula blends easily and wears like radiant second skin, even atop foundation. It dries down in a few seconds but still imparts a dewy wet effect that looks entirely flattering. I love using a dampened beauty sponge to apply it to the high points of my face (as I did in the images that follow).
  • *Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Pillow Talk Palette of Pops: Already an avid fan of the original Pillow Talk Palette (reviewed HERE), I couldn't wait to get my hands on this all-shimmer version. The four shades harmoniously combine to create the most delicately lovely nude peachy pink eye awash with illumination. The sheer yet buildable shadows look stunning on their own or on top of more opaque shades (as worn in the images that follow) and, should you seek additional intensity, I suggest applying them with a damp. The potency of the effect is breathtaking! 
  • MAC Eyeliner in Devotion (reviewed HERE): This stalwart sea green liner on the waterline is so effective at making eyes pop without overwhelming an otherwise very natural look. 
  • Hourglass Caution Extreme Mascara (reviewed HERE): Two coats for full and fluffy lashes, I recently rediscovered this mascara and forgot how much I appreciate its volumizing properties and lasting power. 
  • Dior Stellair 59mm Square Sunglasses: Reminiscent of the style of the early 1970s (like something Julie Christie would have worn in Shampoo), these mood-lifting peachy pink nude sunglasses are oversized yet incredibly lightweight. They instantly elevate a look and, incidentally, match literally every lip color in my menagerie. 
Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look in a Palette Gorgeous Glow swatches
*Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look in a Palette Gorgeous Glow
Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look in a Palette Gorgeous Glow swatches
Swatches of the *Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look in a Palette Gorgeous Glow
Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Pillow Talk Palette of Pops swatches
The *Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Pillow Talk Palette of Pops
Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Pillow Talk Palette of Pops swatches
Swatches of the *Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Pillow Talk Palette of Pops in sunlight. 
Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Pillow Talk Palette of Pops swatches
The eye look via the *Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look in a Palette Gorgeous Glow with plenty of *Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Pillow Talk Palette of Pops on top.  
Swatches in natural light. 
Lips. 
// LIPS // Pinky nudes to take one through the day, month and year. 
Swatches in natural lighting. 
Lip color lineup. 
Thanks for welcoming us to your abode, Mr. Bird. 
Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Pillow Talk Palette of Pops + the sea. 
The following images reflect all products in action beachside...

With baby Johannah Elle. 
Dior Stellair 59mm Square Sunglasses



Tide pool sea life. 

Style notes. 
// STYLE NOTES // Pared down basics with plenty of subtle flair. 
  • Reformation Indie Bodysuit: I ordered this in a size Medium and love its close fit and scoop neck...it will be on heavy repeat this season. 
  • AGOLDE Dee Shorts: It may nearly November but these shorts are still in full force over here. High waisted and not too short, I suggest picking up a pair of these flattering cutoffs for the next warm day you encounter...you won't regret it! 
  • Birkenstock Arizona Icy Metallic Stone Gold: These are the kind of shoes that one wears for 15 years and each year they get just a little bit better...I'll be on year two before I know it. 
  • Topshop Raw Edge Boyfriend Jacket: I am so glad that this super soft oversized blazer is still available. The clean lines and lovely drape make it perfect for work and play. 
Birkenstock Arizona Icy Metallic Stone Gold




Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look in a Palette Gorgeous Glow swatches
*Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look in a Palette Gorgeous Glow
Last look. 
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Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this look at my picks from the Charlotte Tilbury Holiday Collection 2019--the face palette and Pillow Talk Pops are utter must-haves 

Also, if you're a Southern California local, don't forget to save 11/16 as I'll be hosting special event at the Nordstrom South Coast Plaza Trend Show. Exact time and sign up details to follow ASAP!

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, October 24, 2019

SUQQU Holiday 2019 Collection + New Cream Foundation Shades and a Fresh Style Look

suqqu holiday collection 2019 swatches
Introducing the  SUQQU Holiday 2019 Collection (also available at Harrods) as well as some other key launches from the brand. 
The  SUQQU Holiday 2019 Collection (also available at Harrods) has arrived, delivering a gorgeous array of color that is equal parts refreshingly innovative and entirely wearable. I am excited to give you a look at some key pieces from the collection as well as some shade extensions in the venerable *SUQQU Extra Rich Glow Cream Foundation (spoiler alert: I've finally found my perfect match in this formula). 

Kindly scroll on for all more details and swatches as well as some Style Notes (could these be the booties for which I've been searching?) and the Bottom Line...

suqqu extra rich glow cream foundation swatches
*SUQQU Extra Rich Glow Cream Foundation
Technically not a part of the SUQQU Holiday 2019 Collection but launched recently, the *SUQQU Extra Rich Glow Cream Foundation now comes in two additional shades that will make those with medium olive and tan-to-deep skin very happy. The lush, moisturizing and buildable medium-to-full coverage formula blurs imperfections and fine lines instantly while imparting a natural and glowing finish that looks fresh and flawless for hours. Until now, my closest match has been #203 which is doable but a little too rosy/peachy for my skin. Enter 035 (initially reviewed HERE), a light-medium olive beige that works well for N/NC 27-30 skin...it's truly my perfect match. Those with tan-to-deep skin (@N/NC/NW 42-45) will love the depth of shade 140, a rich amber tone with plenty of dimension. 

When applied over the silky smooth *SUQQU Treatment Serum Primer, which provides intense moisture, a tender, skin-brightening glow and SPF 15 protection, the foundation becomes second skin and lasts the entire day. If you haven't yet tried it, I implore you to consider doing so.

Also, not specifically holiday-related but still new and in the process of being tested is the *SUQQU Solid Eyebrow Pencil Refill in Khaki 01. This long wearing formula works on all skin types to add depth, shape and realistic color to brows for moments that call for extra impact. Khaki is a universal taupe tone that has just enough ashiness to seamlessly blend with most brow shades. Because the pencil is sold as a refill, don't forget to procure the*SUQQU Eyebrow Holder at the same time! 
suqqu extra rich glow cream foundation 035  swatches
Swatches in direct sunlight. 
suqqu extra rich glow cream foundation 140 swatches
The decadently rich and viscose texture of the *SUQQU Extra Rich Glow Cream Foundation in 140.
suqqu holiday collection 2019 swatches
The  SUQQU Holiday 2019 Collection (also available at Harrods).

// THE SUQQU HOLIDAY 2019 COLLECTION // Infusions of intense color are offset by luminous neutral elements that work from day to night. 

*SUQQU Designing Color Eyeshadow Palette in 127 Fukakazari
For cheeks, I am beyond taken by the *SUQQU Pure Color Blush in #117 Kagayakizoe. This finely-milled, radiant powder formula features a gradient of tones--from peachy pink, to luminous pale peach to glowing champagne--which enables one to fully customize the depth and intensity of the blush with remarkable accuracy. I love focusing application of the left side of the pan on the apples of my cheeks (as reflected in the images at the end of this post) and then use a slightly smaller brush to sweep the shimmering champagne side along the high points of my face for wash of incandescence. This just may be my most favorite SUQQU blush yet.
suqqu holiday collection 2019 swatches
Swatches of the *SUQQU Designing Color Eyeshadow Palette in 127 Fukakazari in direct sunlight. 
suqqu holiday collection 2019 swatches
*SUQQU Designing Color Eyeshadow Palette in 127 Fukakazari
The *SUQQU Designing Color Eyeshadow Palette in 127 Fukakazari confirms that cool jewel tones with a touch of pastel energy do exist. Replete with a pale peach pearl, velvety medium rose, lush purple and radiant denim blue, this palette takes buttery hues to the next level.

After procuring so many warm and bronzey palettes, this quad feels so refreshing and a touch reminiscent of all the good things about the beauty aesthetic of the 1980s.

I love blending a mix of the rose and purple all over my upper eye lid, sweeping the peach pearl to the brow bone and focusing a touch of the denim blue in the crease for a pink smoke effect.

suqqu holiday collection 2019 swatches
Swatches of the *SUQQU Designing Color Eyeshadow Palette in 127 Fukakazari in direct sunlight. 
suqqu holiday collection 2019 swatches
*SUQQU Velvet Lipstick in 101 Kagedaidai
Finally, the *SUQQU Velvet Lipstick in 101 Kagedaidai is the most breathtaking spin on a red lipstick that I've experienced in a long while; perhaps this is because it basically a vibrant and creamy orange, rather than true red. The significant color payoff yields a creamy veil of persimmon-meets-crimson for a carnelian result that feels modern yet timeless. The formula itself is exceptionally hydrating and wears comfortably and gracefully...color me smitten.

suqqu holiday collection 2019 swatches
Swatches of *SUQQU Velvet Lipstick in 101 Kagedaidai in direct sunlight. 
The following images reflect everything in action in afternoon sunlight; keep reading for Style Notes...
The SUQQU Holiday 2019 Collection in full effect. 


The eye look, featuring the *SUQQU Designing Color Eyeshadow Palette in 127 Fukakazari


The has *SUQQU Velvet Lipstick in 101 Kagedaidai slightly shiny finish when the sunlight hits. 





// STYLE NOTES // I am a simple dresser and these pieces fulfill my style objectives on every level.
  • Reformation Petalo Wrap Crop Top: I already own (and nonstop wear) the green version of this classic wrap top and was thrilled to discover that a cream tone exists as well. Because it is slightly cropped, I suggest sizing up (I'm wearing a medium) and pairing it with high waisted jeans unless you're looking for a midriff moment. 
  • Reformation Baldwin Pleated Jeans: Pleats + jeans = a very content Beauty Professor. These pants have a high rise, relaxed fit and cropped, tapered ankle all the better to showcase one's booties. I usually wear a size 25 or 26 in designer jeans but typically size up to a 27 in Reformation pants and the fit is spot on. 
  • Corso Como Freen Pointy Toe Bootie: The neutral cream, gray and black snake print is so versatile and the soft leather requires very little breaking in (they seem to run TTS, I got mine in a size 7). I appreciate the edginess of the pointed to and block heel that measures in at well under 2 inches. They are a dream bootie and I can't wait to wear them with everything under the sun! 
  • Tissot Lovely Bracelet Watch 19.5mm: Still on my wrist each and everyday, I'm beginning to appreciate the old-fashioned feel of determining the time without looking at my phone (I already do that enough). 


suqqu holiday collection 2019 swatches
Last look. 
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Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this look at the stunning SUQQU Holiday 2019 Collection (also available at Harrods) and additional shades of the glorious Extra Rich Glow Cream Foundation and would love to know what caught your eye...do tell!

Good things ahead, including new Charlotte Tilbury, Clé de Peau Beauté and a host of fresh product procurements...cannot wait to share.

Also, if you're a Southern California local, don't forget to save 11/16 as I'll be hosting special event at the Nordstrom South Coast Plaza Trend Show. Sign up details to follow shortly! 

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.