Happy Birthday to Beauty Professor Squared

Beauty professor bag and makeup
Makeup to celebrate two birthdays.
January 4th marks a dual celebration in my household. Today, Beauty Professor is 8-years old and it’s my birthday, too! In honor of this pairing, I am excited to share some heartfelt reflection as well as a beauty look featuring an array of staples in my routine.
Kindly scroll on for more details, swatches and images of everything in action as well as the Bottom Line…
Beauty professor blogger with her child
Life today.

Happy Birthday to Beauty Professor Squared

I was a very different person when I started Beauty Professor (peruse my first post from 2012 HERE). Newly married and just having moved from a very small apartment into a 3-bedroom house, I was fresh off of co-authoring a public speaking textbook and I had an excess of writing energy. This love of words, coupled with a enthusiasm for luxury beauty inspired me to start the blog one day during a winter break from teaching. I knew absolutely nothing about taking pictures or HTML coding, PR mailings or beauty events…goodness, the polarizing word “influencer” hadn’t even been created yet! Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined that a simple post about a single pink lipstick would catalyze such a significant part of my day-to-day experience on this planet.

Eight Years After

Fast-forward 8 years and I’ve moved three more times (most recently, into a house we’ve bought so I suspect we’ll be here a very long time), accepted a full-time college teaching position (will receive tenure this spring!) and welcomed a beloved baby girl into our lives. I’ve learned how to use natural light to capture the essence of every product I share, started a YouTube channel, hosted an expanse of beauty events coast-to-coast, traveled throughout Paris and London for dream press trips and published a monthly beauty column for Neiman Marcus for over 6 years.
In all of this, my mom Laura (who is my bona fide BP assistant…she takes nearly every picture of me), husband, dad and brother (and now, baby Johannah!) have collectively supported me on every level, helping me to keep BP growing and thriving each and every day.
In short, this blog–which has me frantically chasing the light, constantly covered in makeup swatches, testing out approximately 342758 foundations and consistently writing into the early morning hours (what’s sleep?) to finish a post and/or meet a project deadline after a long teaching day on campus–is an unmitigated blessing.
Grateful doesn’t even begin to describe the amount of appreciation and thankfulness I have for all of the opportunities that Beauty Professor has unexpectedly provided and my love for you as supporters of this blog is immense. Thank you, from my heart.


Beauty professor bag and makeup to review
The products.


Vintage Chanel handbag:

This authenticated bag–which I found at The Real Real–was my Christmas gift and I’m loving it. Large enough to hold everything (including diapers and snacks) while lightweight enough to wear all day, it’s a classic  Brouse a myriad of similar options HERE.

NuFace Mini:

For the new year, I am embracing a regular routine that involves this highly-lauded micro-current device. I love that it is non-invasive, painless and a single session is only 5-minutes long. Firmer skin as well as a more defined jawline and cheek bones, here I come!

*BYREDO Bibliothèque (reviewed HERE):

Warm and sensual with notes of leather and oud, this slightly sweet fragrance feels so right in the winter.

*Vita Liberata Body Blur in Latte (reviewed HERE):

I often use a quarter-sized amount of this tinted cream on my legs when I wear shorts or skirts. It evens the skin and makes it glow and is completely transfer-proof to boot!

*Victoria Beckham by Augustinus Bader Cell Rejuvenating Priming Moisturizer (also available at Violet Grey and reviewed HERE):

I embraced a single pump of this multitasking formula to add hydration and a tender glow that masterfully preps my skin for the makeup to come.

Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Foundation in 7.5 Neutral (reviewed HERE):

Less than one pump yields pure medium coverage with a natural skin finish…the streakiness of the bottle shows you that this one is almost finished, which says a lot about how much I reach for it.

*Clé de Peau Beauté Bronzing Powder #2 (reviewed HERE):

I used my Surratt Artistique Cheek Brush to sweep this dual-toned bronzer along the hollows of my cheeks and perimeters of my face for warm definition and dimension.

*Westman Atelier Superloaded Tinted Highlight in Peau de Soleil (reviewed HERE):

Lusciously bronzy and luminous, I tapped a bit atop the powder bronzer for additional impact…this shade truly creates skin of sun.

*Clé de Peau Beauté Cream Blush in #4 Perfect Peach (reviewed HERE):

Just a touch on the apples of my cheeks adds a velvety flush that mimics the natural hue freshly pinched cheeks.

Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Light Wand (reviewed HERE):

Ridiculously radiant for skin that looks bouncy and healthy, I applied this lightweight cream highlight (just purchased a backup as this tube is almost finished) along my upper cheek bones and down the bridge of my nose for tender illumination.

*Hourglass Scattered Light Eyeshadow in Burnish (reviewed HERE):

This is my absolute favorite shade in this formula…a warm gilded bronze with plenty of glassy shine (vs. overt shimmer) for a wet look that stays in place all day. I used a small eye brush to blend it on my upper eye lid and along my lower lash line.

Victoria Beckham Lid Lustre in Blonde (reviewed HERE):

I swept this gleaming gold up to my brow bones for intense incandescence. This shade is often sold out, compelling me to search for other options…a fabulous alternative with a similar effect is Sisley Glow Gold.

*Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Lashes Mascara Volume 2:

A coat and a half yields significantly longer and fuller lashes in seconds and the formula does. not. budge.

Tom Ford Fiber Brow Gel in Chestnut (reviewed HERE):

I swept this favorite through my brows for hold and feathery definition.

*Christian Audette x BP Johannah Lipstick (reviewed HERE):

I applied this creamy pink nude (my pride and joy!) along the perimeter of my lips as an impromptu liner (this lipstick is versatile, let me tell you!) and filled it in with the shiny pink formula below.

Sisley-Paris Phyto-Lip Twist in #10 Sugar (also available at Beautylish and Neiman Marcus and reviewed HERE):

I have run through at least four of these over the years and it’s always in my handbag. The cool baby pink tone is universally flattering and the formula is seriously hydrating and the soft shine is demure…so very good.

Beauty professor swatch makeup on her arm
Swatches in indoor lighting.
Beauty professor Nuface review
My NuFace Mini
Beauty professor holding lipstick
Lipmix featuring *Christian Audette Johannah Lipstick (reviewed HERE) and Sisley-Paris Phyto-Lip Twist in #10 Sugar.
full makeup products
The following images reflect all products in action in afternoon sunlight…
beauty professor showing her face with makeup she reviewed


The eye look via *Hourglass Scattered Light Eyeshadow in Burnish (reviewed HERE), Victoria Beckham Lid Lustre in Blonde (reviewed HERE), *Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Lashes Mascara Volume 2 and Tom Ford Fiber Brow Gel in Chestnut (reviewed HERE).



Style notes.


Madewell Crewneck Sweatshirt:

I wear this men’s sweatshirt (I ordered in a size medium) multiple times a week…it’s wildly comfortable and feels like a casual piece from the 1960’s. Try it and you’ll see exactly what I mean.

Ivory tee shirt:

I layered the sweatshirt over this perfectly worn-in ivory tee.

Croc Embossed Faux Leather Miniskirt:

I am in love with the rich green hue of this skirt; slightly shiny and completely versatile. It is fun to dress up or down and isn’t to short for a full day out and about.

Doc Marten Pascal Boot in Black Virginia:

I realized that after five moves in 10 years (no more!), my original combat boots have disappeared so I ordered this timeless pair and am so glad that I did! The leather is soft (read: absolutely no breaking in necessary), the toe area is roomy and, even after along day, my feet feel like they’re walking on air. I am enjoying pairing these boots with jeans, skirts and even dresses…they add a dash of edginess while still being entirely appropriate.

Minnie Mouse Jumper:

When I saw this delicate striped jumper, it was love at first sight. The cotton poplin fabric is cool and comfortable and works well in a variety of seasons.

Gray baby cardigan:

100% cotton with a soft weave, these cardigan sets get plenty of wear each week.

Baby animal socks:

Johannah has been wearing these since her early baby days and they still work with her outfits. They instantly brighten up basics and are a steal on Amazon.

Baby Doc Martens:

Breathable leather and a timeless cut make for study soles and steps for baby.

Johannah Elle’s outfit details are above.



Last look.

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Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this celebratory post and would love to know what caught your eye…do tell!
Beauty Professor would be absolutely nothing without the warm and loyal community that supported it to life 8 years ago. Thank you for helping me turn my passion for luxury beauty into such a vital and interactive entity. I look forward to continuing to create content. Content that will serve as a creative inspiration. Also, as an authentic resource for those seeking the best products in the industry.
Good things ahead, including fresh videos, a new home tour and a host of new product procurements. I always welcome your suggestions for stories. So, please feel free to share any specific angles you’d like me to cover.
I am completely grateful for all of you…sending much love 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.  © 2012-20 Beauty Professor® All Rights Reserved. Do not copy, reprint or republish content and/or photos without author’s written permission.

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Comments (2)

  • Caroline Alexa Reply

    Happy Birthday and congratulations on your 8 year anniversary! It was such fun to read your first blog post and compare it to your current entries. Very cool for you to grade products.
    I recently ordered the Christian Audette / Beauty Professor Set and I can't wait to try your lipsticks.
    Also interesting to see that Docs are popular for adults. In high school I had a pair of 12 hole (I believe) maroon color Docs that I wore during my grunge faze. It set me apart from most of the kids, but I'm seeing them everywhere lately, including my niece's university in Oregon. Docs seem to be timeless!
    Your blog touches upon many different topics while always keeping beauty products in the spotlight. I enjoy the way you are inclusive but also focused. Keep up the good work and I'm looking forward to 8 more years!

    January 4, 2020 at 2:55 pm
  • Christina T. Reply

    Happy birthday! I have been following you for so, so long, around when you first started, and have loved every single post. I hope you continue to doing everything you enjoy and sharing with us your thoughts and tidbits of you life. Here's to wishing you many more years of success!

    January 4, 2020 at 10:48 pm

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