A Sun-drenched Farewell to the BP Backyard, Featuring Dior Forever Undercover Foundation and Laura Mercier Velour Extreme Lips

The full look. 
I hope your February is off to a wonderful start, dear readers! This story is the last time you’ll see the only backyard ever to be featured in Beauty Professor…after six years of tropical foliage, we have moved, leaving behind fond memories and countless beauty features. That being said, our new home is rife with places to take pictures and I look forward to revealing our new set up as we settle in. 
In the meanwhile, this beauty look–which includes radiant new launches from Dior and Laura Mercier–is an homage to my backyard…so grateful for all the ways in which it lent itself to this blog!
Kindly scroll on for more details, swatches and images of the products in action as well as the Bottom Line…
Base + Face. 
// BASE + FACE // Even yet glowing, the canvas is perfected by light. 
  • I started with a pea-sized amount of the *Sisley Instant Eclat (reviewed HERE) onto my face; it evens my skin and blurs pores and imperfections while imparting a healthy glow. 
  • Then, I buffed a few drops of the Dior Forever Undercover Foundation in #35 Desert Beige onto my skin with a damp Beauty Blender. This liquid formula Although I also purchased it in #31 Sand (my perfect match in the Dior Air Flash), I found Sand to be too dark and warm for my dead-of-winter skin. Thankfully, the neutrality of Desert Beige blends into my canvas seamlessly and lasts the day without creasing or migrating. The lightweight yet full coverage formula looks surprisingly natural on the skin and I got 8+ hours of flawless wear time without the need to touch up. If you’ve been on the line about trying this foundation, I would recommend giving it a spin!
  • I followed foundation with a touch of contouring courtesy of the *Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Contour Wand (reviewed HERE) and used the *Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Beauty Light Wand (reviewed HERE) on the high points of my face (e.g., upper cheekbones, and down the bridge of the nose) for a lit-from-within look.
  • A sweep of the gorgeous *By Terry Preciosity Flash Light Dual Compact (reviewed HERE) added even more glow…I used my *Wayne Goss Holiday 2017 Brush (reviewed HERE) to focus application on my cheek bones, center of forehead and middle of the chin. 
  • To set the look, I blended a bit of the radiant-meets-matte *By Terry Compact Expert Powder in #4 (reviewed HERE) on my t-zone. 
  • Resonating with the sunny afternoon, I spritzed on the complex floral *Ralph Lauren Woman; the lilting tuberose notes are anchored by woodsy elements, culminating in a sparkling result that captivates the senses.  
Swatches in direct sunlight. 
A closer look at the Dior Forever Undercover Foundation in Sand (top) and Desert Beige (bottom).

The *Laura Mercier Velour Extreme Matte Lip Color comes in 24 brilliant shades.
Many shades of the *Laura Mercier Velour Extreme Matte Lip Color  (also available at Sephora) have been bouncing around in my makeup bag for the last couple of months; these streamlined wonders feature a slim, retractable bullet that possesses immense color payoff in a single swipe. The hydrating, velvety formula hugs lips and wears evenly, making it one of the most comfortable demi-matte options on the market. 
After testing the impressive range of 24 hues, I am partial to the nude pink Ruthless (excellent for fair and light skin tones), strawberry red Clique (instantly face brightening), peachy Cool (1960s sophistication…used later in this post) and tropical tangerine On Point (which will be killer on tan and deep complexions). 
Swatches direct sunlight.  

Swatches in direct sunlight. 
Eyes + Lips.  
// EYES + LIPS // Golden luminosity is punctuated by a pale peach lip. 
Swatches in direct sunlight. 
The *GUNNAR Optics Computer Glasses in Cypher
Finally, I must introduce you to the *GUNNAR Optics computer glasses, which I’ve been wearing during long bouts of typing. Designed to block harmful blue light and 100% of UV light, these ultra comfortable glasses seem to reduce my eye strain (it seems I’m always looking at a screen) and look chic at the same time! 
The following images reflect all products in action in afternoon sunlight…it’s the last time you’ll see this backyard on BP:

The eye look. 
Style notes. 
// STYLE NOTES // Denim on denim with a dash of cream for an easy look.
  • *STS Blue Denim Jacket (also available with custom embroidery option at STS Blue): A true boyfriend fit with plenty of character, this timeless jacket is a wardrobe staple.
  • Ivory cashmere sweater: Currently on sale, this lightweight and luxe sweater is in a perfect shade for winter to spring transitional dressing. 
  • Frame Denim stagger jeans: A perfect balance of slim cut yet relaxed, these jeans feature an intriguing staggered hem line.
  • Charles David black slides: Crafted in super soft leather, these classic slides can be dressed up or down and feel sublime. 
  • Gucci silk scarf (additional options HERE): Just as at home in the hair as around the waist as an impromptu belt or on a handbag as a dash of flair, this vintage scarf is my current favorite. 

Last look.
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Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this beauty-laden farewell two my lush backyard of nearly six years (the expanse of Beauty Professor’s existence thus far); all of the products mentioned have consistently been in my rotation and perform beautifully.
What may have caught your eye? Do tell! 
Good things ahead this week, including brand new, extremely exciting launches from Sisley-Paris, MAC and Le Metier de Beaute…can’t wait to share!
–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.  © 2012-18 Beauty Professor® All Rights Reserved. Do not copy, reprint or republish content and/or photos without author’s written permission.

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    Thank you for this blog. You look beautiful as always. Love that photo with your doggie peeking around the corner.
    Thank you Rachel ❤️��❤️

    February 6, 2018 at 4:05 pm

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