Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Like a Warm Hug: Soothing Skincare, New SUQQU and Lip Color Galore (Including VBB Posh Lipstick)!

Cashmere throw from Ben Soleimani.

We could all use a hug...especially now! With that in mind, today's post features products that deliver a sunlit and soothing, comforting embrace in the realm of skincare, fragrance and foundation as well as newness from SUQQU, Victoria Beckham BeautyIT Cosmetics and more, all nestled on a lush cashmere throw that I curl up in almost every single evening. 

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

Skincare and more. 

// SKINCARE // One powerful device, one luxurious fragrance and an array of skin pampering formula that effortlessly and purposefully fit into one's regimen.

  • *ZIIP: After experimenting with it earlier this year with very positive results, I am back to using the ZIIP as a part of my regular routine. This innovative micro current and nanocurrent device offers nine different skincare treatments (including programs for fine lines and wrinkles, lymphatic drainage, acne, pigmentation and all over firming and toning) and that are easy to follow via video on the ZIIP app. Each time I use it, my skin feels more relaxed, refreshed and rejuvenated. The ZIIP OX also comes with an unprecedented clean and organic Crystal conductive gel so even sensitive skin can reap the benefits without irritation. As a special gift to my Beauty Professor readers, use the code BP10 for 10% off your ZIIP! 
  • *Parfums de Marly Herod: When I am in the mood for a warm and comforting fragrance, I reach for this blissful juice. It is exotic yet familiar, alluring yet reassuring. With notes of tobacco leaf, Oud, musk, vanilla and cinnamon, it's the quintessential autumn and winter skin scent. Currently, use code BeautyProfessor for two hand picked samples (by me!) with any fragrance order. 
  • *Ranavat Luminous Ceremony Cream Cleanser  (reviewed HERE): I use this cleanser in my shower for the most decadent cleansing process; it removes every last trace of dirt and makeup while leaving my skin feeling super smooth and balanced. The *Ranavat Ritual Key adds a special twist--literally--as it skillfully and securely dispenses the cream.
  • *Ubatuba Tan After Sun Lotion: So restorative after a post-sun session, this lotion also contains natural mosquito repellent which we desperately need when spending time in the backyard as mosquitos are plentiful this time of year. I put it on Joey and myself for moments outside and am so impressed by the protection. 
  • *Givenchy L’Intemporel Blossom Glow Boosting Mask: Luminescence in a gorgeous pink tube, this mask reveals glowy and bright skin with each application. It is especially effective to enliven a tired complexion, reversing dullness in mere minutes! 
*ZIIP...use code BP10 for 10% off a device.

The SUQQU Pre-Holiday 2020 Collection. 

// SUQQU // Replete with warm rosy tones and muted neutrals, the Pre-Holiday 2020 Collection is a stunning way to embrace the festive months ahead. 

*SUQQU Blush Palette 102

*SUQQU Blush Palette 102 swatches in direct sunlight.

*SUQQU Designing Color Eyes 135 Hikaretsutsumi and*SUQQU Designing Color Eyes 136 Koiami 

*SUQQU Designing Color Eyes 135 Hikaretsutsumi and*SUQQU Designing Color Eyes 136 Koiami swatches in direct sunlight. 
SUQQU Lip Fog swatches in direct sunlight. 

The *EM Cosmetics Lip Cushion Tinted Luminizer in Angele (bottom) and Mystic (top) in direct sunlight. 

// LIPS // As the temperatures drop (it's a slow process over here), I am gravitating towards glossy and translucent cloaks of color that nourish my lips while delivering life to the face. 

  • *EM Cosmetics Lip Cushion Tinted Luminizer in Angele and Mystic: Pictured above, there are two new shades in this glorious formula; the neutral medium pink Angele and the intense berry Mystic. Both are buttery smooth and buildable from a soft glaze all the way to a semi-opaque coat.
  • *Victoria Beckham Posh Lipstick: The eagerly anticipated Posh Lipstick has arrived and it is every bit as good as we hoped. Preternaturally hydrating and plush with a sophisticated color payoff, the range of nine ultra wearable shades (see swatches and shades descriptions below) is sure to secure a massive fan base. From the weighty tortoise case to the embossed bullet within, this lip color is a dream launch. Some of my favorite hues include the pinky peach Pout and soft pink Girl. 
  • *House of Sillage Diamond Balm in Lucent: This opulent diamond powder-infused balm comes in four shades but the peachy neutral pink Lucent is my absolute favorite. It imparts a perfect wash of healthy color and the hydration is sublime. Get this one. 
*Victoria Beckham Posh Lipstick
  • Fringe-a deep copper brown
  • Spice-a mid-tone ginger
  • Pixi-a pale peach nude
  • Play-a rich plum berry
  • Pop-a cherry red
  • Pose-a mid-tone mauve
  • Pout-a pale coral pink
  • Girl-a light neutral pink
  • Sway-a mid-tone berry pink
Swatches of the *Victoria Beckham Posh Lipstick in direct sunlight

Swatches of the *Victoria Beckham Posh Lipstick in outdoor shade

*House of Sillage Diamond Balm in Lucent

Base + eyes.
// BASE + EYES // From a lush skincare infused foundation to clean cream eyeshadow and a mascara that actually fortifies lashes with each use, this trio of formulas takes good care of your canvas and windows to your soul. 
  • *IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better Foundation + Skincare in Medium Warm and Tan Neutral: Lightweight with a gorgeous natural finish, this buildable base is brimming with skincare benefits for skin that looks polished yet real. I have found a match in Tan Neutral (worn in the images at the end of this post) but will likely transition to the slightly lighter Medium Warm in the next few weeks as the last of my late-summer tan fades. 
  • *Kosas The Big Clean Mascara: For fluffy lashes that reflect a beautiful balance of length and volume, this 100% clean formula is a brilliant option. Jet black with great lasting power, this mascara is packed with lash loving ingredients including Castor Oil and Pro-Vitamin B5, for fringe that looks its best, even when the mascara has been removed. 
  • *Ilia Liquid Powder Chromatic Eye Tint in Mythic: Ahh, this super creamy clean eyeshadow formula is beyond resplendent. I am in love with the soft glowing finish and this shade in particular--Mythic--is a quintessential rose gold peach that resists creasing, even after a full day of wear. 
Swatches of the *IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better Foundation + Skincare in Medium Warm and Tan Neutral in direct sunlight. 


Swatches in direct sunlight. 

The following images reflect everything in action in afternoon sunlight...

Like a warm hug.

Style notes. 

// STYLE NOTES // There's nothing more comforting than an oversized hoodie! I paired mine with some classic cutoffs and sandals (hey, it's Southern California) for a relaxed look that still gets the job done.

  • Gray Sweatshirt: I love a hoodie with a zipper as you can get a bit of air while still staying warm. Size up for a cocoon like fit that is sporty yet flirty. 
  • Black denim shorts: I wear these pretty much year round and highly recommend them as a versatile wardrobe option. They run true to size and I'm wearing a 27 here.
  • Fendi Slides: So, after nearly a year and a half of consistent wear (and subsequent linking on BP), it appears that these slides are not readily available anymore. That being said, I've found (and purchased!) an updated version with a backstrap that will make their official debut next week on BP. Stay tuned but click HERE for a preview...they seem to be selling quickly. I picked up a 37 (anniversary present!) and they're a perfect fit for my size 7 feet. 

Up close and personal with the *SUQQU Blush Palette 102

Last look.

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Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this post and felt the warmth coming through...let me know what caught your eye!

Good things ahead, including a fresh video tutorial, a Nordstrom beauty feature, a Halloween look and a host of new product procurements...cannot wait, per usual, to share.

Also, I've been in the midst of redesigning this blog and will be debuting its new look in the next few days. I'm equal parts nervous and excited! 

Finally, in case you're in need of a few classic pieces to refresh your wardrobe for the litany of Zoom meetings you may be facing, I wanted to let you know that Equipment France is currently having a 30% off promotion, site-wide with the code EQFRIENDS...I'll be picking up a couple of timeless blouses (I have some from 8 years back that I still wear!) to add to my robust collection this week. 

Stay strong, seek wisdom, much love and more soon,


--The Beauty Professor

**Asterisks denote press samples, however, as always, all of my opinions are expressly and unequivocally my own.  © 2012-20 Beauty Professor® All Rights Reserved. Do not copy, reprint or republish content and/or photos without author's written permission.

Thursday, October 8, 2020

Neutrals, Plaid and Pink: The Preppy Beauty Look of My Dreams

Preppy dreams...just in time for fall.

Growing up, I was all about the preppy look. While my friends were embracing bold patterns and wildly low cut jeans of the 2000s, I was--oft with a book in my hand--ever on the search for vintage blazers, straight leg denim and the perfect shade of pale pink lipstick that reflected the glossy beauty of the 1980s reruns (Facts of Life! Square Pegs!) on which I was raised. To this day, I still seek the classics; I've found that when it comes to fashion and makeup, there are timeless pieces and products that feel utterly at home in any decade.

Fulfilling my preppy dreams, I am excited to share some beauty and style find from Walmart for which I'll be reaching for years to come. 

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

The full look. 

For me, the preppy look possesses a few key elements: even skin, a glowing pink flush, a light wash of rosy eyeshadow, full and feathery brows and, of course, the aforementioned glossy baby pink pout; I've found some beautiful options in the drugstore, prestige and luxury categories--all from Walmart--that create this look in mere minutes. 

Base + face. 

// BASE + FACE // Balanced skin with a touch of bronze and a softly flushed cheek is apropos for the preppy look...it's polished without being overdone.  

  • Max Factor Pan Stik 60 Deep Olive: I started my look by applying a bit of this iconic foundation in the center of my face to even everything out. Concentrated and creamy, a little goes a long way to create fresh canvas. 
  • L’Oreal Paris Infallible Pro-Glow 26 Sun Beige: I used the included sponge applicator to press this glowing finishing powder (the ratings on this are stellar!) all over my face to further even my canvas. It creates a seamless base that doesn't look the slightest bit powdery. 
  • Jecca Blac Sculpt & Soften Palette Medium: For touch of dimension, I lightly blended this creamy contour duo into the hollows of my cheeks and perimeters of my face and used the lighter side as an under eye concealer. I am very impressed with the lightweight and crease-free coverage of this pairing. 
  • Laura Gellar Montauk Escape Face Palette: Featuring a bronzer, blush and four neutral shades, this palette is excellent for creating a refined face in seconds. I used the powder bronzer along my cheek bones and focused blush application on the apples of my cheeks.  
  • Rimmel Jelly Blush in Peach Punch: For subtle impact, I dotted a modicum of this glowy cream on my cheeks...this bouncy blush imparts a lit-from-within look that is ethereally pretty. 

Swatches of base and face in direct sunlight. 

Eyes and lips. 

// EYES, LIPS ETC. // Rosy eyes with a nude glimmer are complimented by an array of pure pink lip options in varying finishes and levels of depth, collectively contributing to my perfect preppy beauty world. 

Eye swatches in direct sunlight. 

Lip swatches in direct sunlight. 

New nail neutrals: O.P.I. Natural Nail Base Coat and  

O.P.I. Infinite Shine 2 Fall-ing for Milan.

The following images reflect all products in action + keep reading for Style Notes...

Applying the Revlon Super Lustrous Glass Shine Beaming Strawberry

Forever reading...

Makeup-meets-books...two of my favorites in harmony.

Believe the buzz on the Maybelline Lifter Gloss...it's color-drenched, bouncy, reflective light in a tube. 

Eye look via the L’Oreal Color Riche Pocket Palette in 102 Avenue des Roses


Style notes. 

// STYLE NOTES // This outfit and its variations bring me great joy as they check all the preppy boxes...cotton button down (bonus points for the demure ruffle neck), high waist straight leg denim, an oversized blazer and a sleek bodysuit  Also would you believe I bought this quartet for under $150?  

  • Cream Ruffled Blouse: Crisp and breathable cotton with the most delicate jabot at the collar, this blouse looks very Endless Love when buttoned up but can easily be modernized (as done above and below) with a few buttons left open. I also picked this up in the blue striped version
  • Straight Leg Jeans: There's a touch of stretch to these mid-high rise jeans that make them extremely comfortable while holding everything in. On me at 5'9", they hit at the ankle (love it) and work well with flats, loafers and heels alike.
  • Free Assembly Women's Boyfriend Blazer: Ahh...this blazer is perfection! I love an oversized look so I ordered it in a large and am thrilled with the roomy fit and soft plaid fabric. It's a quality piece that I will reach for time and again. 
  • High Neck Black Bodysuit: I am a bodysuit lover--they simultaneously harken the 1960s, 70s 80s and 90s and this pure black one with a higher neckline looks classic and sophisticated. The material is lightweight yet opaque and the suit also has snaps (a must!) and a full bottom for maximum comfort. 
  • Camila Paris French Side Combs: Combs feel very preppy, no? In some of the images, I used a single comb (love how this particular pair hold my thick hair in place without slipping) to sweep one side up and off of my face and then attempted a more advanced half up coiffure (below). 

The Camila Paris French Side Combs in action...this  hairstyle took me exactly 20 seconds to achieve. Let me know if you want a tutorial! 

Last look.

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Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this homage to the preppy beauty and style of the 1980s and am grateful that I was able to procure every element at Walmart

I would love to know what caught your eye...do tell!

Good things ahead, including a foundation feature, a home tour and host of new product launches for Holiday 2020. Cannot wait to share. 

Stay strong, seek wisdom, much love and more soon,


--The Beauty Professor 

**Many thanks to Walmart for sponsoring this post, however, as always, all of my opinions are expressly and unequivocally my own.  © 2012-20 Beauty Professor® All Rights Reserved. Do not copy, reprint or republish content and/or photos without author's written permission.