I hope this tail end of February finds you well, my friends! After a whirlwind two weeks of teaching and travel, I am finally back home (at least for a bit) and working my way through the process of catching up (laundry, blog posts, email, the usual!). This post, specifically, is dedicated to my streamlined skincare routine while traveling in London last week as well as a neutral-charged look and swatch-heavy overview of the latest Burberry Beauty releases…an inventive lip contour creation that defines and beautifies in mere seconds. I also integrated a few on-location shopping in London shots that illustrate both the look and my style choices for that particular day.
Kindly scroll on for more details, swatches and images of the products in action as well as the Bottom Line…
// SKINCARE ETC. //
*Erasa EXP 30(initially reviewed HERE): I am still enthralled with the efficacy and performance of this anti-aging formula; one pump, applied upon cleansing, noticeably smooths and brightens my face and my skin feels ultra soft and velvety for hours. I am also noting the reduction in fine lines and discoloration and, therefore, will continue to use Erasa for a couple more weeks before weighing back with a final (likely very positive) verdict.
Le Metier de Beaute Peau Vierge #2 (reviewed HERE): This tinted primer, moisturizer, anti-aging and illuminator has been a near-daily part of my routine for almost four years; I can’t imagine my beauty regimen without it.
*Clé de Peau Beauté Concentrated Body Brightening Serum: A brand new product in my life, I am loving how bright and healthy this serum makes my skin, especially my décolleté, which, if I am being honest, has sustained a decent (yet regrettable) dose of sun damage over the years. It instantly smooths on contact and, with continued use, improves the look and feel of skin at a deeper level.
*Sisley-Paris Double Tenseur (reviewed HERE): By this point in my trip, I was severely sleep deprived and my skin needed extra reinforcements. This primer of sorts tightens, lifts and refreshes on contact and I relied upon it heavily to mimic a more rested appearance. It’s a travel must.
*Erborian Glow Creme: A recent discovery, this incandescent formula has a pearly and iridescent quality that moisturizes while establishing a gorgeous glow. Although it can be used as an all-over primer, I used just a touch on the high points of my face for a natural radiance.
Oribe Apres Beach Waves and Shine Spray: Outside of shampoo and conditioner, this was the only hair product I brought on my trip…once my hair is dry, just a few spritzes of this divinely scented styling spray adds weightless texture and shine, which ultimately results in greater volume for my straight and heavy hair.
Base + face.
// BASE + FACE //
*Burberry Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Foundation in Beige: I was reintroduced to this ethereal base while in London and am so happy to reintegrate it into my foundation rotation. With buildable light to medium coverage and a stalwart lasting power (8+ hours on my skin), it truly imparts a restrained luminosity that makes skin look hydrated and healthy without resorting to obvious forms of shimmer. Simply lovely!
*Burberry Cashmere Concealer in Honey: This concealer is not new but it is new to me and am duly intrigued. Creamy and opaque, it covers like a dream while remaining crease-free for hours and Honey is a great match for my NC 25 skin.
*Burberry Face Contour #1: This thin cream stick allows for precision application, ensuring that the hollows and perimeters of the face are aptly defined.
*Sisley-Paris Phyto-Touch Sun Glow Powder in Peach Doree: A brand new release from Sisley, this triad of coordinating powders warm up the face with a stunning matte glow that can be applied sheerly or built up for impact. I adore the functionality of the shades (which work well on fair, light and medium skin tones) and will be doing a swatch-laden closeup of both available versions soon!
*Chikuhodo GSN 04 Brush (reviewed HERE): My constant go-to for bronzer products, I think I should order a new one soon…it’s been a couple years and I use it that much.
MAC Mythology Eyeshadow(reviewed HERE): This radiant and rosy neutral is perennially in my makeup bag; the satin finish is velvety smooth and endlessly flattering and, I daresay, the shade is universally flattering.
*Burberry Lip Color Contour #01 Fair (also available at Burberry): This latest release from Burberry features slim, retractable bullet in a creamy nude shade designed to subtly define the contours of the lips, adding fullness and dimension in seconds. The formula is hydrating and long wearing and extremely utilitarian for instantly creating a perfected pout; it is an innovation, indeed. Close up swatches of both available shades below!
The Burberry Lip Color Contour in Fair and Medium.
Swatches of the Burberry Lip Color Contour in Fair and Medium.
Swatches of the Burberry Lip Color Contours in Fair and Medium.
The following images reflect all products in action in natural sunlight…
The eye look.
// STYLE NOTES // For a day spent shopping (and walking 7+ miles in partial rain, I might add!), I embraced a fitted shirt and relaxed jeans, topped with my favorite reversible coat as of late (also discussed HERE but this time worn on the navy side).
American Apparel Carmen Top…I now have this timelessly flattering top in 4 colors and cannot believe it’s currently $17 with 40% off! For reference, I am wearing a medium.
FRAME Le Original Jeans(also available at Bloomingdales)…I have two pairs of these jeans (in a size 25) and love their higher rise (great with smaller tops), relaxed leg and slightly cropped appeal. Dress them down with sneakers or up with a heel…so versatile!
Kork-Ease Bootie: Although the one’s I am wearing are from last season, I was able to find a current model of these extremely comfortable boots with a wedge heel (linked in the product title) and cannot recommend them enough for their chic wearability.
Vince Reversible Wool Cashmere Coat(also featured HERE): Majorly on sale and still available at Shopbop, this coat is pure genius and I love that I have now worn both the black and the navy sides with ease. Get it whilst you can!
Barbour Waxed Baseball Cap: I purchased this in London to combat the intermittent rain of the day and couldn’t be happier with it; easier than toting an umbrella, the honey toned waxed cotton is completely waterproof and I know I’ll be reaching for it year round.
// TRAVEL NOTES// On day three of my London adventure, we indulged in a bit of shopping…this involved requisite trips to the breathtaking Liberty London, Carnaby Street, Soho and, of course, Selfridges. More on what I purchased forthcoming!
In front of the illustrious Burberry Flagship store.
The expansively charming Liberty London.
Inside Liberty London…I could have spent 10 hours exploring this historical gem.
Carnaby Street in the rain.
Well, hello, Selfridges.
–Shop the Post–
Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this post and would love to know which products caught YOUR eye…do tell!
Good things ahead including a final recap of my London trip, a new video tutorial, a round of QVC beauty discoveries and a interview, featuring the latest releases from Sisley-Paris. I am also in the midst of responding to your latest batch of emails and comments; thank you, as always, for your patience as I endeavor to catch up ; )
First, welcome home, my dear! I'm not even sure where to begin with this fabulous,fun, & superb post! Your ability to comprehensively review (these lovely) products and simultaneously distill them into bite-size treasures warrants a parade. I need to study before commenting further, but had to get that out…. xx