Self-Gifting Inspiration: Favorite Foundations, Lip Color, Eye Color + Palettes

In a holiday state of mind with my brother Seth’s dog, Jasper. 
The older the get, the less I want in terms of gifts from others…don’t get me wrong, I genuinely appreciate receiving gifts on holidays and birthday; it’s just that when someone asks me what I want, I rarely have an answer, thereby generally yielding a healthy round of gift cards rather than a tangible object. 
More often then not, self-gifting makes the most sense at this point in my life; that is, when I receive a gift card, I love the freedom of being able to choose exactly what I am in the mood for and, in turn, guarantee that the product is a perfect match for my skin tone, style and sensibilities. 
Consequently, this post is dedicated to some of my favorite foundation formulas, lip color options, eye color choices and face palettes…hopefully this swatch-heavy breakdown will serve as self-gifting inspiration for those of you who feel the same as I do!
Kindly scroll on for more details and swatches as well as the Bottom Line…
// FOUNDATION // 20 formulas for every skin type.
Swatches in direct sunlight.
Swatches in direct sunlight.
–Shop the Foundation–

Dreaming about some time off…

Products used in the above include:

  • *Surratt Beauty Surreal Real Skin Foundation (reviewed HERE)
  • *Natasha Denona Star Palette (reviewed HERE)
  • By Terry Sun Designer Palette #02  (reviewed HERE)
  • *Clé de Peau Beauté Luminizer #16 Almond (reviewed HERE)
  • *Tom Ford Fiber Brow (reviewed HERE)
  • *Lancome Grandiose Extreme Mascara (reviewed HERE)
  • *Kaplan MD Perfect Pout (reviewed HERE)
  • *Christian Louboutin Loubilaque in Bikini (reviewed HERE)
  • // LIP COLOR // I separated my recommendations into lip treatments, nudes, pinks and bolds.

    Swatches of three of my favorite Tom Ford Lips & Boys shades…Anderson, Jared and Cristiano. Full review HERE.
    // TREATMENTS //
    // NUDES //
    Swatches in direct sunlight. 
    // PINKS //
    Swatches in direct sunlight. 
    // BOLDS //
    Swatches in direct sunlight.
    –Shop the Lip Color–

    // EYES // I have a penchant for warm neutrals…these shades are just the ticket.
    –Shop the Eyes–

    // PALETTES for the FACE // Divided by highlighters, blush hybrids and multi-use wonders, these compact gems are consistently on heavy rotation.

    Blush hybrids.
    Multi-use wonders.

    –Shop the Face Palettes–

    Last look.
    –Shop the Post–

    Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this product-laden overview and would love to know what you plan on gifting yourself this holiday season…do tell!
    Good things ahead, including a round of new product procurements, a fresh FOTD and (!) a video.
    xx, thanks for reading and Merry Christmas week,
    –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.  © 2012-16 Beautyprofessor® All Rights Reserved. Do not copy, reprint or republish content and/or photos without author’s written permission.

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    Comments (2)

    • Unknown Reply

      Merry Christmas to you! Thank you for a year of excellent reviews, swatch photos and recommendations (Burberry is my favorite brand). I especially appreciate your fashion suggestions – an area in which I'm pretty weak. Good luck getting through final's week 🙂

      December 21, 2016 at 2:53 pm
    • Unknown Reply

      Which foundation would you describe as suitable for oily skin and the most long lasting one?
      Thank you:) love you!

      December 23, 2016 at 6:09 am

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