Friday, April 3, 2020

Face Forward: Spring Launches from BY TERRY, SUQQU, Armani, Jouer, and Kevyn Aucoin

Spring beauty launches galore. 
It's finally April (March felt like the longest, no?) and, with hope and optimism in the midst of uncertainty, I am starting off this month off with a cornucopia of new spring beauty...from a glorious foundation formula and glowing eyes and cheeks to a concealer of iconic lineage and more lip color than I swatched in a very long time, this post is positively brimming color that inspires me to cast a hopeful look forward into our future. 

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

Introducing the *SUQQU Nude Wear EX Liquid Foundation
The foundation that has been on my face most in the past two weeks is the brilliant *SUQQU Nude Wear EX Liquid Foundation. This recently reformulated wonder feature a buildable coverage, a lightweight fluid texture and breathtakingly beautiful skin finish that lasts the entire day without the slightest need for touch ups. What kind of alchemy produces such a result?! 

I have found good shade matches in both 035 (@NC 25-27) and 230 (@N 25-27) but have been reaching for the more olive toned 035 regularly as it is positively seamless on my skin. Just a few drops transforms uneven skin into a perfected canvas that simply looks like really good skin, which is always the unequivocal foundation goal. Because of its light liquid texture, it can be blended on to the skin with one's finger tips or a beauty sponge with equal efficacy; on most days, I prefer to do a combination approach (see this video tutorial HERE for a look at my approach) to achieve medium coverage. 

Despite having approximate 4524890 foundations, I am compelled to state that there is something extra special about this formula...it feels like nothing on the skin (as evidenced by the images in direct sunlight at the end of this post) yet produces massive perfecting results and it is fragrance free with exemplary ingredients and SPF 25 to boot! 

It is for these reasons and more that I earnestly and wholeheartedly recommend the *SUQQU Nude Wear EX Liquid Foundation...try it and you'll see exactly what I mean. 

SUQQU Nude Wear EX Liquid Foundation swatches
Sunlight swatches of the *SUQQU Nude Wear EX Liquid Foundation.
Official details, courtesy of Selfridges

SUQQU’s Nude Wear Liquid Ex foundation glides on the skin and gives instant illumination. Yep, it’s packed with the beauty buff’s “Complexion Powder” and gives the illusion of a bare face while leaving it feeling smooth to the touch. Oh, and it’s blended with five Japanese natural extracts, too – we’re talking Olive Leaf, Angelica Keiskei Leaf, Alpina Speciosa Leaf, Phytohyalon and Camellia Sinensis Leaf. A fresh glow that lasts all day is definitely on the cards here.
SUQQU Nude Wear EX Liquid Foundation swatches
*SUQQU Nude Wear EX Liquid Foundation
SUQQU Nude Wear EX Liquid Foundation swatches
*SUQQU Nude Wear EX Liquid Foundation
by Terry summer 2020 collection swatches
Summer newness from BY TERRY
Next, I am beyond excited to show you a glimpse at some key summer launches from BY TERRY. Terry always approaches summer products with genius and aplomb, infusing sunny energy and golden radiance into each and every piece. Let's begin with the inspired *BY TERRY Brightening CC Palette. The ornate rose gold palette houses four delicate rose embossed powders to highlight, blush and bronze one's complexion while effectively blurring pores and fine lines...it's like a customizable filter for the face. Each of the four shades can be applied sheerly for a soft color-infused glow but can also be built up to medium opacity for a more intense effect. 

The pale champagne beige makes a perfect highlight and under eye setting powder, the baby pink is a gorgeous highlight and blush, the raspberry pink instantly brightens cheeks with a glowing and natural flush and the tan brown sculpts while adding warmth for a definition and a sun kissed look. I love that I can do a full face with the entire palette in under a minute...it's so utilitarian and beautiful that I may need to order a back up. 

For eyes, the *BY TERRY Ombre Blackstar formula has been an absolute favorite since the early days of Beauty Professor. Simply type "Bronze Moon" into the search bar and you'll see what I mean. That being said, I could hardly contain my excitement at the launch of three limited edition summer shades in exactly the hues I reach for frequently: a warm champagne called Immaculate Light, a effervescent pink called Rose Elixir and a stunning gold-meets-bronze called Sunny Flash. All three work together in perfect harmony (see the images at the end of the post for an example) and are well worth the pursuit. The formula glides on like silk, reflects light without being glittery, resists creasing and remains essentially waterproof until removed. It is an undisputed modern classic for a reason and these three new shades have made me fall in love with *BY TERRY Ombre Blackstar all over again!
by Terry summer 2020 collection swatches
Swatches of BY TERRY Summer 2020 in direct sunlight. 
by Terry brightening cc powder palette swatches
The resplendent *BY TERRY Brightening CC Palette
by Terry summer 2020 collection swatches
From L-R: *BY TERRY Ombre Blackstars in Immaculate Light, Rose Elixir and Sunny Flash. 
Kevyn Aucoin Unforgettable Lipstick swatches
All 18 shades of the new Kevyn Aucoin Unforgettable Lipstick
Attention lip color lovers, the recently launched *Kevyn Aucoin Unforgettable Lipstick comes in 18 shades and 3 different finishes for a lipstick wardrobe update of epic proportions.  

  • The Shine formula performs like a pigmented and glossy balm
  • The Cream formula offers medium opacity and lush reflective sheen 
  • The Matte formula is velvety full coverage with a brilliant level of hydration. 
The sleek purple tubes feature a slender lip color bullet for precise application and each of the three formulas boast fantastic comfort and lasting power. From pale nudes and pinks and roses to deep neutrals and intense aubergines, this range has a color (or 7!) for everyone

Keep reading for sunlit swatches of each formula...
Kevyn Aucoin Unforgettable Lipstick swatches
From L-R, Kevyn Aucoin Unforgettable Shine Lipsticks in: Suspicious, Roserin, Bell of the Ball, Enigma, Poisonberry and Fatal.
Kevyn Aucoin Unforgettable Lipstick swatches
Swatches of the  Kevyn Aucoin Unforgettable Shine Lipsticks in direct sunlight. 
Kevyn Aucoin Unforgettable Lipstick swatches
From L-R, Kevyn Aucoin Unforgettable Cream Lipsticks in Immaculate, Thelmadora, Modern Love, Legendary, Wild Orchid and Bloodroses.
Swatches of the  Kevyn Aucoin Unforgettable Cream Lipsticks in direct sunlight. 
Kevyn Aucoin Unforgettable Lipstick swatches
From L-R: Kevyn Aucoin Unforgettable Cream Lipsticks in Uninterrupted, Explicit, Infinite, Devastating, Confidential and Bloodroses Noir.
Kevyn Aucoin Unforgettable Lipstick swatches
Swatches of the  Kevyn Aucoin Unforgettable Matte Lipsticks in direct sunlight. 
Kevyn Aucoin Unforgettable lip definer swatches
*Kevyn Aucoin Unforgettable Lip Definer in Undressed and Divine. 
I also had a chance to try two shades of the new *Kevyn Aucoin Unforgettable Lip Definer: the pinky nude Undressed and neutral beige nude Divine. Both are creamy, smooth and long wearing with significant color payoff...Undressed has become a regular member of my makeup bag! 
Kevyn Aucoin Unforgettable lip definer swatches
*Kevyn Aucoin Unforgettable Lip Definer swatches in Undressed and Divine. 
Kevyn Aucoin Unforgettable lipstick swatches

The rest of my face. 
To prepare the look found at the end of this post, I applied *Jouer Blush’s Bouquet in Passion with my Surratt Cheek Brush as a bronzer, mixing both the russet tan and radiant copper tones together and focusing application on the hollows of my cheeks and perimeters of my face. This blush duo has color payoff galore and is invaluable in my collection...it's a shade pairing that--when applied in varying levels of intensity--benefits and flatters all skin tones. 

I then dotted the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Concealer in 6.5 along my orbital region and blended it out with a beauty sponge. This new formula has been on my radar for awhile now and I am glad I finally took the plunge with two shades (both 6.5 and 6 work well with my skin tone). It's lightweight, buildable and blends like a veritable dream, seamlessly melding into the skin to cover imperfections while resisting creasing. I am duly impressed with this long-awaited formula know it will continue to be a key member in my complexion routine. 

For a preternatural highlight, I used my ring finger to gently apply the exquisite *Tower 28 SuperDew Highlight Balm along the high points of my face including my upper cheek bones, center of forehead, bridge of nose and Cupid's bow. This non-sticky, completely shimmer-free formula is rife with clean ingredients that produce a bouncy sheen on the skin that looks equal parts healthy and highly hydrated. This is the first of many Tower 28 products I am testing and subsequently loving...stay tuned for more on BP soon ; ) 

Swatches in direct sunlight. 
The Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Concealer in 6 and 6.5
The lip look. 
For the lip look at the end of this post, I primed my pout with the luxe and cushiony Kosas Wet Lip Oil in Jellyfish (on my lips multiple times a week...it's one of the best treatment's I've encountered to date) and followed with the pinky nude *Kevyn Aucoin Unforgettable Lip Definer in Undressed. I finalized the mix with a healthy dose of the *Kevyn Aucoin Unforgettable Lipstick in Modern Love, which is a my lips but better pinky mauve shade with magnificent opacity, guaranteed to flatter a spectrum of skin tones. 
Lip mix swatches in direct sunlight. 
A skincare trifecta to consider. 
Typically, I open with skincare but to change things up, I'll close with three transformative formulas that have been on my face constantly as of late. The first is the illustrious *Augustinus Bader The Rich Cream and, after 4 bottles used in succession over the past couple of years, I can confidently state that nothing makes my skin look better. For glow that looks fresh and healthy, I love a dropper full of the *111SKIN Rose Gold Radiance Booster, which imparts an incandescence that looks incredible by itself or under foundation for increased illumination. Finally, I am in love with the portable *Sisley-Paris Black Rose Eye Contour Fluid, which features a remarkably cool ceramic tip that dispenses a firming, lifting, line banishing, de-puffing and brightening elixir that yields noticeable results. I keep it on my beside at night and add more in the morning to combat signs of fatigue...it's a gem, indeed. 
Sisley-Paris Black Rose Eye Contour Fluid
The Sisley-Paris Black Rose Eye Contour Fluid

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


Freshly applied *Kevyn Aucoin Unforgettable Lipstick in Modern Love. 
Eye look via the new LE *BY TERRY Ombre Blackstars




Style notes. 
// STYLE NOTES //
  • UO Mila Midi Shirt Dress: I purchased this dress right before we all received the "stay at home" order with intents of wearing it in the classroom. Although that might not be happening this semester, the dress is still getting plenty of wear as it's roomy (I'm wearing a medium), relaxed and a nice change up from sweatpants and leggings. When I wear it, I kind of feel like Elaine Benes from Seinfeld in all the best ways. 
  • Doc Martens Pascal Boot: Still a go-to, these classics are just as comfortable as tennis shoes while serving a host of utilitarian purposes. 


Introducing FORME
// SHOPPING SIDEBAR // Outside of grocery procurement, online shopping seems to be the only way these days and I have been embracing the plethora of sales that abound. Here of some that I recommend:

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Thanks, Forme, for making these shoes wearable! 
Last look. Glasses style is called Eight
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Bottom Line:  I hope you enjoyed this look at spring launches (foundation! cheek palette! concealer! lipstick!) I'm loving and would love to know what caught your eye...do tell!

Good things ahead, including more tutorials, spring releases and a host of new product procurements; I cannot wait to share. 

Please know that I am endlessly grateful for each of you in the Beauty Professor community and, in this heaviest of times, am praying more than ever for our country and our world.  

Stay strong, stay hopeful, stay inside and take good care,

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.  © 2012-20 Beauty Professor® All Rights Reserved. Do not copy, reprint or republish content and/or photos without author's written permission.

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