Up Close with Kate Somerville + Summertime Style

Above: At the exposition of my adventure at the Kate Somerville Clinic.
Earlier this week, we had the pleasure of attending an intimate afternoon with Kate Somerville at the Kate Somerville Clinic (discussed in depth HERE).  Surrounded by gorgeous environs and a surplus of expertise, the luncheon, presentation and subsequent Q and A session yielded a wealth of skincare knowledge!

Kindly scroll on for more details on the event, as well as style + beauty details and the Bottom Line…
Above: Kate discussing the many merits of her freshly-launched Age Arrest Anti-Wrinkle Serum.
Above: The latest releases from Kate Somerville.
Although she candidly discussed a myraid of current skincare-related topics, from red light facials to dermaplaning, Kate focused most specifically on her line’s three latest releases:

(1) Nourish Hydrating Firming Mist: This lush spray offers immediate hydration and is perfect to set makeup, deliver a mid-day refresher or enliven the senses when plagued with fatigue.  The formula is packed with active ingredients that revive the skin from the inside out…great to keep in your handbag, gym bag and car! 

ADDITIONAL DETAILS: Deliver an instant surge of hydration to your skin with Kate’s
refreshing Nourish Hydrating Firming Mist.The weightless,
alcohol-free formula contains the powerful anti-wrinkle
ingredient Matrixyl 3000TM, which is clinically proven to lift and
firm skin while reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles.
Extracts of Beet Root, Algae, Ginger and Green Tea combine to
hydrate, nourish, tone and firm skin, while Montmorillonite Clay
helps detoxify and refine pores. Hints of aromatic Lavender and
Orange Essential Oils help you relax and de-stress. Gently mist
skin before applying serums and moisturizers, or throughout the
day to refresh and restore a youthful, dewy glow. 

  • Instantly hydrates the skin for up to 24 hours
  • Supports collagen synthesis to reduce the appearance
    of wrinkles
  • Improves skin firmness and elasticity
    Refines the appearance of pores
    Alcohol-free formula
  • Clinically tested to be safe for sensitive skin


  • MATRIXYLTM 3000 reduces the look of fine lines and helps
    promote healthy-looking skin
  • Natural BEET ROOT EXTRACT provides immediate and
    long-lasting hydration for up to 24 hours to visibly improve skin
    smoothness and suppleness
  • A rare BLUE-GREENALGAE EXTRACT, harvested from the
    Pacific Northwest,is rich in nutrients,amino acids andVitamins B,
    C & E to help improve skin elasticity and firmness
  • GINGER and GREEN TEA EXTRACTS contain antioxidants to
    protect against harmful free radicals
  • MONTMORILLONITE CLAY has detoxifying properties that
    help refine pores and remove excess sebum 

(2) Prime Protection Dual Action Primer (reviewed HERE): Silky smooth with fine line and pore blurring powers, this primer also offers broad-spectrum SPF 15 without a pesky white cast or heavy feeling (Kate says it’s her 13 year old son’s favorite product in her line!) and its ability to look matte while simultaneously reflecting light is commendable. 

ADDITIONAL DETAILS: Prime and protect in a single step! Kate’s luxurious skin-perfecting
primer creates a flawless canvas for your makeup while protecting
against the sun’s harmful rays.The lightweight, non-greasy formula is
infused with an Advanced Moisture Complex to glide on gracefully
and prep skin for seamless makeup application. Advanced Light
Diffusing Technology blurs imperfections, minimizes the appearance
of pores and creates a soft-focus effect, while Broad Spectrum 
SPF 15 protects against the sun’s harmful UVA & UVB rays. It also combines Matrixyl 3000TM with nourishing Shiitake Extract to
visibly reduce the appearance of fine lines while stimulating the
production of collagen and elastin.This soft, silky primer dries to a
flattering matte finish, leaving skin luminous, youthful and glowing. 

  • Smoothes out skin’s surface and blurs imperfections to create
    a flawless canvas for your makeup
  • Locks in the hydration of your serum and moisturizer 
  • Provides age-defying sun protection
  • Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles


  • LIGHT DIFFUSING TECHNOLOGY helps blur imperfections,
    minimizes the appearance of pores and creates a flattering soft-
    focus effect.
  • ADVANCED MOISTURE COMPLEX smoothes skin’s surface and
    seals the hydration of your serum and moisturizer.
  • BROAD SPECTRUM SPF 15 shields skin against harmful UVA
    & UVA rays.
  • MATRIXYL 3000TM, an age-defying Peptide, visibly reduces the
    appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
  • SHIITAKE EXTRACT helps combat the degradation of collagen
    and elastin.

(3) Age Arrest Anti-Wrinkle Serum: The lastest formula in the massively popular Age Arrest line, this serum uses Telo-5TM technology to transform the way the skin behaves on a cellular level.

ADDITIONAL DETAILS: Rescue skin from the signs of aging and help protect against
pollution with this advanced renewing serum. It is powered by revolutionary Telo-5TM Technology, based on Nobel Prize
winning science designed to combat the comprehensive signs
of aging and deliver a firmer, younger-looking complexion.  This luxuriously lightweight serum is made with powerful
Tetrapeptides to help boost the production of collagen and
elastin. Marine Extracts, such as Sea Mayweed and Laminaria
Kelp, help diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles,
while Sea Whip Extract and Algae Plasma help soothe sensitive
skin. It is also formulated with Thiotaine, a powerful pollution
solution that helps protect against environmental aggressors. 

  • Dramatically reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles Improves the overall look of skin firmness
  • Helps protect skin against pollution
  • Provides immediate and long-lasting hydration
  • Clinically tested to be safe for sensitive skin


  • POWERFUL TETRAPEPTIDE helps boost the production of collagen and elastin
  • SEA MAYWEED EXTRACT immediately reduces the appearance of expression lines, while fermented LAMINARIA KELP EXTRACT works synergistically with skin’s natural HYALURONIC ACID to help diminish the appearance of wrinkles.
  • THIOTAINE, a potent Antioxidant, helps protect against pollution A proprietary blend of SEA WHIP EXTRACT and ALGAE PLASMA 
Above: Kate Somerville + BP.
Above: BP Assistant Laura + BP, directly following the event.
Above: My lipmix…Edward Bess Lasting Kiss Lipstain in Au Naturel + Tom Ford Nude Vanille.
The blissful summertime weather of the afternoon inspired me to embrace an easy, pared down look…a swingy black shift, flat gladiator sandals, and an effortless fringed bag worked well with a bronzy nude (what else?!) look. 
Products Worn
Style Details:
  • Topshop High Apex Slip Dress (also mentioned HERE): I have this dress in two different fabrics and simply cannot get enough of its classic, streamlined swing.  It’s affordable and timeless…a divine combination.
  • Figtree Gladiator Sandals: Leather, laden with laces and ever so au courant, these genius flats have a hidden zipper in the back, impressively increasing their comfort quotient!
  • Seth Wegter Bags Fringe Bag: My latest Seth Wegter bags procurement, this fringe wonder (also more clearly pictured HERE) is roomy and wondrous on every level.
Gucci Magnetic Color Shadow Quad in Crystal Copper
Above: The Gucci Magnetic Color Shadow Quad in Crystal Copper.
Gucci Magnetic Color Shadow Quad Crystal Copper swatches
Above: Swatches of the Gucci Magnetic Color Shadow Quad in Crystal Copper.
Above: Softly bronzed eyes, even, demi-matte skin and rosy nude lips…oh, and an absurd amount of mascara
Above: Warm weather makeup that is virtually touch up free. 
Above: An easy take on summertime style…these gladiator sandals have a hidden zipper in the back, making them much easier to put on and take off than one might imagine ; )  
Above: Black on black on black…
Above: Thanks for another lovely experience, Kate Somerville.
Above: Summertime in LA…one never grows tired of the bountiful palm trees!
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Bottom Line:  I hope you enjoyed this convergence of skincare and style (Topshop, by the way, is having a massive sale this weekend) and would love to know which Kate Somerville products (available at Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Sephora) have a place in YOUR regular routine!  I, for one, use the Nourish Hydrating Firming Mist frequently and can’t wait to continue experimenting with the Prime Protection Dual Action Primer as the summer heat continues.
Good things ahead, including a hair-centric piece, a fresh FOTD and a host of new product procurements!  Also, working my way through responding to your lovely comments and emails now that I’ve finally adjusted to my new schedule; thanks for your patience!  
Finally, in case you missed it, the entire overview of the Charlotte Tilbury x Norman Parkinson Collection can be viewed HERE
xx and have a beautiful Saturday,
–The Beauty Professor

** PR sample 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. 
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Comments (6)

  • wendy Reply

    hi rachel! you look absolutely stunning! well, you always do! you need to be a spokesmodel for a cosmetic line! i can just see yourself on a "tester unit" of a color collection and, i would purchase immediately. seriously, have you ever thought about having your own cosmetic line? i loved reading about kate somerville, unfortunately i really never had good results with her lovely products. her lightest shade of CCcream is too dark for me. i love that gucci quad, it's very pretty. and, i want to try the guerlain mascara. i just got my nordstrom anniversary sale "lookbook" so, i'm going to wait for any new purchases. i'm hoping you'll make some recommendations. xoxo.

    June 27, 2015 at 1:23 pm
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Hi Wendy…oh my gosh, thank you so much for the kind compliments. Having my own cosmetics line has been a wild and lofty dream since college; but, as a beauty writer, I have seen how hard it is to excecute and am quite happy sharing products I love on BP ; )

      The Gucci quad is incredible…so easy to use and I highly recommend the Guerlain mascara! Yes, definitely working on preparing my Nordstrom Anniversary Sale recommendations…can't believe it's almost here.

      Have a lovely rest of the weekend…xx,

      –The Beauty Professor

      June 28, 2015 at 5:18 am
  • Unknown Reply

    Hey Rachel I've been going crazy with Kate Somerville lately. I bought the nourish mist, age arrest serum, Exfolikate, dermal quench serum and her clinic to go pads are amazing. Her mega c dual serum is next on my list and nourish moisturizer. Have you tried those?

    June 28, 2015 at 7:11 pm
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Hi Melissa,

      That is wonderful news! She talked about the Mega C Dual Serum at the event but I haven't yet tried it…want to, though ; )

      Hope your week is going well…xx,

      –The Beauty Professor

      July 7, 2015 at 7:25 pm
  • Jessica Reply

    You look stunning! Love your summer look and makeup. I have heard so many things about this brand and upon reading this post of yours, it made me sooo much curious. I will check on this…

    June 29, 2015 at 7:32 am
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Hi Jessica,

      Oh my gosh…thank you! Let me know if you have any questions about the KS line!


      –The Beauty Professor

      July 7, 2015 at 7:26 pm

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