Summertime Musings and Must Haves Involving Edward Bess + Dolce & Gabbana

Above: Kate and me outside of Neiman Marcus Beverly Hills.
Greetings…this post is a bit of this and that!  First up, I had the privilege to meet up with a long-time Beauty Professor reader and friend, Kate, while she was in LA for work.  We have bonded over a mutual affinity of nude lipstick and the perfect foundation and it was so marvelous to finally meet in person!  We started our shopping excursion at Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills and proceeded to traverse Wilshire (via Saks and Barney’s NY) to Rodeo Drive, where we had a lovely coffee shake at the Nespresso Cafe.  The afternoon could not have been more perfect!

Above: A view of the famed Rodeo Drive.
Above: My coffee banana shake.
Above: The Edward Bess Quad Royale in South of France is a beauty powder that creates incredible results.
Next, the Edward Bess Quad Royale in South of France is exquisite and I wonder why it took me so long to try it!  The soft, luminescent tones of this finely-milled powder bring a certain dimension to the face that is simultaneously (and paradoxically, I might add) undetectable and undeniable.  It banishes shine, refines the pores, is only slightly radiant (this is so NOT a shimmer-fest!) and adds a “certain something” that, as a last step in one’s makeup routine, wholly improves the canvas.  I use the enclosed brush (which is quite good) to sweep this all over my face as a final part of my cosmetic process and the results are divine.  The slender case effortlessly slips into the smallest of handbags, making touchups a breeze…loving this.

Above: Swatches of all four shades in the South of France Quad Royale.
Above: The Dolce & Gabbana Passion Duo formula comes in a chic and slender gold tube.
Finally, while in Beverly Hills with Kate, I couldn’t help but succumb to the siren song of the new Dolce & Gabbana summer collection, namely, the Passion Duo Lipstick in Orchid, available at Saks.  This stunning, creamy, light lilac pink has equal parts opacity and moisture, leaving a beautiful swath of color on the lips.  Orchid is a truly unique shade in the collection and I have equal adoration for many of the permanent shades in the Passion Duo formula, which can be purchased at Sephora as well.

Above: Orchid is a light, creamy, lilac pink.
Above: Orchid swatched in direct sunlight.
Above: Wearing both the Edward Bess Quad Royale and the Dolce and Gabbana Passion Duo Lipstick in Orchid.   I am also wearing La Prairie Skin Caviar Foundation, Nars Duo Intensity Eye Shadow in Himalia and Le Volume de Chanel Mascara in Prune (see ‘Shop the Post’ at the end for links).
Above: To close, it’s my beloved brother’s birthday today! We’ve been best friends since birth and I love him to the moon and back!
–Shop the Post–

Bottom Line: Up next…a summertime look video tutorial featuring accessible and affordable products from Walgreens Beauty and my comprehensive review of the gorgeous La Prairie Skin Caviar Foundation and Concealer (previewed HERE). I’ll also be responding to as many of your lovely comments and emails as possible tomorrow as I should hopefully have some unmitigated work time ; ) 
I hope your week is going well…xx,
–The Beauty Professor

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  • Shireen L. Platt Reply

    Your brother and you is super adorable as children and definitely grew up to be good looking adults. Happy birthday to him!

    July 16, 2014 at 8:01 am
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Thank you so much, Shireen!! That is so sweet of you to say!

      We're off to the fair to continue celebrating his birthday ; )

      xoxo and hope your week is going well,

      –The Beauty Professor

      July 17, 2014 at 9:24 pm
  • Kate Reply

    Awww…….this is so sweet! I had such a wonderful time with you, and again, thank you for allowing me to take up so much of your day!

    I absolutely adore all the makeup I bought when we were shopping. I have worn the Napoleon Perdis bronzer and the other items from the Slim Aarons collection daily. The Dolce & Gabbana perfume is heavenly, and I have also worn that every day. Finally, the Surrat beauty items we chose are excellent – Fee Soie is perfect, and I love the setting powder as well (whose name is too long to type!) Perfect choices. My only regret? Not getting that D&G lipstick you bought – it looked phenomenal on you!!

    Hope all is well, friend. Talk soon!


    July 16, 2014 at 3:02 pm
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Hello Kate!

      I am so glad you liked the post…we had such a marvelous, beauty-related day that I though it shouldn't go without mention ; )

      I am thrilled to hear that you are loving your new procurements and I am sure that the Slim Aarons bronzer and Surratt Fee Soie look incredible on you! Glad that you adore the new D & G fragrance as well…I've been using my samples often this week. Thanks for your sweet words about the D & G lipstick…I must say, I was impressed with your willpower not to buy it and definitely think you may need it in your life now ; )

      I hope your week has been magnificent…xoxo, friend, and talk soon,

      –The Beauty Professor

      July 17, 2014 at 9:23 pm
  • Kisti Belle Reply

    Are you also wearing orchid in the first picture?
    I love the the shade in the first picture! If it's not orchid, let me know which one please 🙂

    July 16, 2014 at 4:58 pm
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Hi Kisti,

      Thanks for the question…I am actually wearing Surratt Beauty Fee Soie and a bit of Lime Crime in Babette on top!

      Hope that helps…xx,

      –The Beauty Professor

      July 17, 2014 at 9:25 pm
  • Unknown Reply

    Gorgeous post, your skin looks AMAZING in the photo in the car!!
    The Dolce & Gabbana lipstick is perfect I am surprised that Edward Bess powder imparts no colour just perfect looking skin.

    Happy birthday to your brother . it is one of my wee girls 5th birthday on Sunday so needless to say she is beyond excited!
    I hope you have a fantastic weekend.
    Talk soon

    Julie xoxo

    July 19, 2014 at 10:10 am
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Hello Julie!

      Thank you so much…I am glad you enjoyed it and so appreciate your kind words about my skin! Good lighting, good foundation ; ) Yes, the Edward Bess powder is incredible as it is nearly invisible yet completely improves the look of the skin…wild!

      Thanks for your sweet birthday wishes to my brother…we had a fun week of celebration. Birthday love to your darling 5-year old as well!

      xoxo, talk soon and have a beautiful week,

      –The Beauty Professor

      July 22, 2014 at 8:07 pm

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