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100th post!

It’s a major milestone, folks!

This marks my 100th post! I was hoping to line up my 100th post and 1 year blogaversary, but no go…

I just wanted to thank everyone for joining me on this adventure and I sincerely appreciate all of the support and kind words through unemployment to re-employment and onward.

Stay tuned for the next year and beyond!

Thank you again!



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Weekly Favorites – part 7

Happy Sunday everyone!

I’m sitting here nursing a cold or allergies or something of the like… very cranky and have spent most of the day curled up on the couch. Between crazy seasonal changes and finally coming to the end of a rough 2 week stretch of travel, I think my immune system has caved.

On the positive, I have weekly favorites! This week was all about color:

 IMG_2724.JPGLeft to right: Deborah Lippmann in Lady is a Tramp, Le Métier de Beauté Hydra-Crème Lipstick in Morocco and Tom Ford Beauty Lip Color in Nude Vanille

 – Deborah Lippmann in Lady is a Tramp (affiliate link)- this lovely polish was a gift from my friend Nicki. She recently fell in love with the brand and wanted to make sure I could share in her love. This color is so rich and vibrant… I’m also now in love. I used 2 coats and a topcoat and went 3 days before noticing any chips. I think the only reason it chipped that quickly was due to throwing my luggage around… Lady is a Tramp and many other amazing colors can be purchased at Nordstrom for $18 each.


- Le Métier de Beauté Hydra-Crème Lipstick in Morocco – I think my adoration for this brand is pretty clear – the colors and formulas are just phenomenal. This is a somewhat sheer red that applies evenly and can be built up to have a deeper shade. This might be my new favorite red! As always, LMdB can be found at Neiman Marcus, the Hydra-Crème lipstick can be found for $25.

- Tom Ford Beauty Lip Color in Nude Vanillaoh dear. Yep. That happened. I had a gift card burning a hole in my pocket, so off to Saks I went. I’ve been looking for the perfect nude shade and here it is! This lipstick formula is so rich and beautifully pigmented. I tend to go really pink when I buy nudes and I think this is more peach than I’m accustomed to and I’m really happy about that! You too can add this to your collection for $50 (ouch!) and is available at Saks Fifth Avenue.


And if you follow me on Instagram (lvp8779), you might have noticed the TF and chip-free Lady is a Tramp:



I hope you had a fantastic week!

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October Le Métier de Beauté VIP Vault

Happy October everyone!

This month’s Le Métier de Beauté VIP Vault shipment arrived super early – I think it was within the first couple days of the month. And this month… oh my gosh!


What could it be??


AH! Another kaleidoscope!!

“The October LMdB Vault features the Goldfinger kaleidoscope: IMG_2658.JPG

Inspired by the themes of the 20th Century architect and visionary, Erno Goldfinger.

Top tier to bottom tier:

Golden Function – a shimmering gold

Violet File – an opalescent grey-violet

Peacock – a deep satin cyan

Gun Metal – a smoldering gun-metal

Le Métier de Beauté’s Kaleidoscope Palettes are designed around our signature application, “Couches de Couleur,” (the layering of color).

Each shade is hand selected to evoke one of each element in a sequence of crescendo:





Each layer of application then increases the intensity of contrast, while always being flattering because of the initial blanket of warmth; worn alone or in combination, Le Métier de Beauté Kaleidoscope Palettes have it all.”

This kaleidoscope is just amazing. I loved swatching each of these colors. The colors are incredibly vibrant and they go on smooth and build like a dream!



Left to right: indoor lighting, outdoors, outdoors in direct sunlight

Using LMdB Director of Color, Mikey Castillo’s tutorial, I tried my hand at the couches de couleur technique…



Step 1 – pack the lid with the warm color, Golden Function

Step 2 – layer Violet File on top, applying at the lash line and soften towards the brow and then brush color along the lower lash line

Step 3 – use the same exact layering technique with the Peacock

Step 4 – repeat the step with Gun Metal


Add a couple coats of mascara…


Other products used in this look: Le Métier de Beauté Peau Vierge Anti-Aging Complexe in Shade 2 (September VIP), Bobbi Brown Tinted Moisturizer in Alabaster Tint, MAC Prep+Prime Highlighter in Radiant Rose, LMdB Liquid Liner in Noir, Benefit They’re Real! Beyond Mascara, MUFE HD translucent setting powder – apologies for the excessive shine… I was testing out a new lighting situation but I don’t know what was going on with the crazy shine that day…

Overall, I loved this kaleidoscope. I think I have some work to do on perfecting the technique, but I didn’t totally botch it… hope I did Mikey proud. There were some doubts that these colors would work well together, but wow.. I was so wrong!


What is the LMdB VIP Vault?

“It is Here the 2014 VIP Program! Consider yourself a VIP.

Become a member of the LMdB Beauty Vault VIP Program. Gift it to yourself or gift it to a friend. We promise: you won’t be disappointed. Liberate your inner Beauté and share the discovery of something beautiful every month.

How it works:

For a one-time fee of $348 ($29 dollars a month, for 12 months), become a Beauty Vault VIP. At the beginning of each month, our Le Métier de Beauté experts will send you a carefully curated full-sized product or assortment of products shipped right to your door. As an added bonus, Vault VIP Subscription shipping is free. All you have to do is sign up and anticipate 12 exciting months of LMdB surprises. Savor the perks of insider access, and start discovering beauty with us.

  • One full-sized item or an assortment of items shipped to you at the beginning of every month
  • Curated mix of our favorite Color, Skincare, Pre-release Sneak Peaks, Lab Previews, and Vault Exclusives
  • Shipping is free
  • Share your feedback, we want to get to know you better”

Program value to date – $365

- August – After Dark Total Kaleidoscope valued at $95

- September – Peau Vierge Anti-Aging Complexe valued at $175

- October – Goldfinger Kaleidoscope Palette valued at $95

Okay – three months in and the retail product value already exceeds the upfront cost. Unreal. This was such a great investment. I can’t wait to see what November brings!

Did you subscribe to this program? If not, would you consider if it is continued in 2015?

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Weekly Favorites – part 6

Happy Sunday everyone!
I’m writing this in a somewhat zombie-like state after a very long overnight flight home from San Francisco. Both my flights out and back had a brief layover, giving me a chance to stretch and grab something to drink. Unfortunately my stop on the way back was around 5:30 am… not pleasant.

Outside of work meetings and events, I caught up with one of my friends who moved to the Bay area in the spring. I also met up randomly with my friend Yvette who happened to be in town overlapping my trip by a day. It helped to see a couple familiar faces being so far away from home!

All of my favorites from this week were really just my travel comforts:


Left to right: Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty, Bath and Body Works Eucalyptus Spearmint lotion and linen spray (top), A;T FOX Gyoolpy Tea Fresh Water (bottom), SLCosmetic Sheet Mask, Happy Fam Deo Fresh

 – Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty – this was a gift from my friends at Birchbox as part of the September Birchbox Book Club through a contest on Twitter. I started it in September, but didn’t have the time to finish until my long flight. This made the time pass very quickly. I wrote a brief review on Goodreads,but will share with you that it was well written, mysterious, dark, tragic and all round fun. Four stars. This is available on Amazon for $16 (hardback).

-  Bath and Body Works Eucalyptus Spearmint body lotion and linen spray - I don’t know about you, but I have a really difficult time falling asleep in strange places. Three different hotels in four nights makes it really hard to assure that I’m well rested. The eucalyptus spearmint line is the one thing that I know will help me relax and get a sort of restful nights sleep. I’m usually out within 10 minutes after using this. $10-$13 full size; $5 for 2 oz. Travel sizes are currently 3 for $12 online and in-store!

-  A;T FOX Gyoolpy Tea Fresh Water – this is a really wonderful, fine mineral water facial mist. I’ve never used a facial spray before and am definitely converted. This was a great mid-flight pick me up. This can be found on the Memebox website for $10. Current affiliate discount: $5 off on any order and use the code A36P

- SLCosmetic Sheet Mask – this was another first – I’ve used lots of masks, but never a sheet mask. I also really liked using these masks the evening after my flight and again the next day. You can read more in my previous Memebox Mask Box post.

- Happy Fam Deo Fresh Grapefruit - this was a product from my first Memebox - Scentbox #3. There isn’t much to say.. seriously. Cooling wipes. They’re nice and refreshing!

I didn’t realize how heavy this was on the Memebox… sorry about that. I’ve acquired so many amazing products recently that I can’t help but rave about them!

Below are some of my favorite moments from my trip:


 An afternoon tour of the capital building in Sacramento.


The lovely Painted Ladies – just a few blocks from my friend Jenna’s house!


And I just happened to be in town during Fleet Week! Caught the Blue Angels practice session between meetings.

I hope you had a wonderful week!

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Weekly Favorites – part 5

Happy Sunday everyone!

I’m taking a quick packing break to share my weekly update with you. I’m getting ready for back to back trips for work and I’ll be gone for almost 2 weeks…. so a little panicky!

You’ll notice that my weekly favorites is slim. This past week was very intense – there was a death in my husband’s family and there was a lot going on surrounding the funeral. One of the things that was not going on was sleeping, so I was trying to keep my routines quick and simple, as we were always on the go. Much of the week was a blur, but I know there were 2 distinct products that definitely made my week easier.


- MAC eye shadow in Naked Lunch – this has been my go-to shade for years. It can be worn alone or with other shades, but my preference is a strong black liner topped with a couple brush loads of Naked Lunch. It is a multi-dimensional neutral that never lets me down. I have gone through several of these over the years and am about to hit pan on this one. You can get this in a single pan for $16 or in a single for a multi-color pan for $10.

- Matrix Biolage Exquisite Oil - this is the Replenishing Treatment (I think there are 3-4 versions). I’ve been using this on my very dry hair that is in desperate need of a trim. It helps to smooth and brighten and does eliminate some of the flyaways on top. What I love the most is that it helps freshen up the hair and leaves behind that wonderful Biolage scent. You can find this, as well as the other versions at Ulta for $22.

I hope you have a wonderful week ahead. I will try to post some touristy type photos on my Instagram: lvp9779 over the next couple weeks. Feel free to join me on my journeys!

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Use It – September

Another month, another pile of empties. Where did September go? I swear it was just Labor Day!


Here we go:

- Aveeno Positively Nourishing Pomegranate and Rice Smoothing Body Wash - you might remember this from one of my very first posts about some of my favorite things. This wash is so gentle but still really tough on dry skin. I would definitely repurchase this! I used to be able to get this at Ulta (and collect points, of course), but they stopped carrying it… you can now find this at Target, Amazon or drugstore.com for about $5.99 for 16 oz.

- Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer in Porcelain – and another one bites the dust… I’ve purchased and repurchased this concealer many times over the last decade. However, when I ran into Sephora to grab one in a pinch, and they were out. I guarantee no one else uses this light of a shade in the summer… how are you out? So I broke my pattern and picked up the NARS stick concealer. Sorry, Bobbi, we’re taking a break. This can be found at Sephora and Nordstrom for $25.

- CARGO TexasLash Mascara in Black - I had really high hopes for this mascara and it totally let me down. The formula is really dry and doesn’t coat the lashes, doesn’t thicken, etc. The brush is big and full and should ideally separate and dispense a lot of product. This is the one mascara I purchased this year… back to my stash of free mascaras… Ulta was unloading all of their CARGO products at 50% off and Sephora doesn’t carry it anymore either, so I can’t even tell you where to find the brand or what to expect to pay.

 - dr. brandt® microdermabrasion – this was briefly reviewed in my April Ipsy post. Its just way too harsh for my skin. I used it all, but maybe every other week? There is no way I could use this as recommended. The full size (2 oz) can be found at Sephora for a whopping $78.

- Henri Bendel Fig Scented Candle – Oh my favorite candle… so sad! These candles have an oil-based scent and a 60-hour burn time. This one didn’t burn as evenly, but still smells amazing… You can find these at Henri Bendel or on Amazon for $45-49.95, however they are often on sale. I’ve never paid full price!

- Julep Satin Finish Nail Color in Mae – there is something incredibly exciting about finishing off a vial of nail polish. It seems like such an accomplishment! This color was originally discussed in my January Julep Maven post. It is a lilac/grey color that I actually passed off as a neutral this Summer. After trying many of the Julep formulas, I have to say that the Satin Finish is probably my favorite. It dries fairly matte, but a good topcoat will brighten it up and help it stay put for about 5 days – the longest wearing and most durable of any of the polishes I’ve tried. This is available on the Julep website for $14 ($11.20 for Mavens). If you are interested in joining the Julep monthly subscription program, click here for my referral link.

- La Fresh Vitamin E Makeup Remover Wipe – oh hey, look what I found at Marriott now! They were a perk for staying at the Holiday Inn Express, but it looks like the big M jumped on the bandwagon. These are my favorite face wipes ever. If I didn’t have 3 packages of face wipes already, I would splurge on these. Rumor has it that they are on Hautelook this weekend!

- Lush Stimulating Ginger and Fennel Sugar Scrub - I featured this in my Summer Favorites post a while back and yeah, I killed one off. But no worries, there’s more – I had 2 tucked away in my bathroom. They are a regular product (not seasonal) and available online or in the Lush store for $6.25.

- NYX Matte Blotting Paper – I recently started using blotting papers again – probably the first time in more than 10 years.. what I like about these in particular is that there is no powder or residue, just an oil absorbing sheet. I already started another pack and might go get some more since all of the NYX products are 40% off at Ulta right now… a pack of 50 sheets is currently $2.39.

 – Purederm Vitamin C Facial Pads - these cute little orange slices appeared in the box o’masks from Memebox. I read a while back that Vitamin C is supposed to help shrink the appearance of pores. I don’t know if it really did that, however these sheets did soften and freshen my skin. I would probably not repurchase this. I believe you can still find this on the Memebox website – $12 for 24 sheets. Save $5 on any purchase with the code: BMI0ML during the month of October.

 – Sun Smile Hydro Gel Choosy Fruit – this appeared in my first Memebox that was chock full of grapefruit goodness. This is an interesting product and I don’t think it plumped my lips.. it definitely hydrated though. It was a very odd sensation and I probably wouldn’t purchase. Available on the Memebox website for $2 each (1 per packet).

Time to recycle! Thanks for reading yet another post about my trash. I hope you enjoyed it and are looking forward to next month!

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Weekly Favorites – part 4

Hello everyone!

I hope you had a wonderful week! My week consisted of a little bit of work travel and a broken rental car. Let me state that my absolute favorite thing of the past week is Uber and my Uber driver, Mark who got me to the airport in record time.

Other things that made me happy include:


Left to right: benefit Majorette blush, MAC Fluidline in Chilled, Le Métier de Beauté Peau Vierge Tinted Luminizer, Aveda Color Conditioner

- benefit Majorette - this is the most recent benefit product launch and it is soooo nice! Part of me fell for the sweet old school packaging, the practical side of me bought it for the excellent color and ease to use. This is a pinky-peach cream to powder blush that blends (and smells) like a dream! You can find this at Sephora or Ulta now for $28.

- MAC Fluidline in Chilled – another limited edition product from the amazing Magnetic Nudes collection from the end of 2013. This might seriously be my most favorite MAC collection ever. I use this as a cream eye shadow – with the help of a good black liner, it can create a really great smudgy ’90s grunge look.

- Le Métier de Beauté Peau Vierge Anti-Aging Complexe Tinted Treatment Shade 1 – it is a tinted, SPF18, hydrating, lightweight serum-packed, anti-aging product (WHEW!). I’ve been using this as a base to even out my skin tone before applying foundation recently and my skin looks fantastic! This can be found at Neiman Marcus for the price of $125 (ouch).

- Aveda Madder Root Color Conditioner – I used to use this in Clove (for brown shades) and since I’ve been using a more auburn color, have forgotten about it tucked away on a shelf. On a trip to Aveda a couple months ago, I was reminded that there was a shade for red hues. It has really helped keep my color fresh and vibrant between trips to the salon. Oh and it has that amazing Aveda scent! This comes in an 8.5 oz tube for $19.

Sorry this is a bit late this week – we had a very full family weekend and am a bit behind on a few posts. I hope you have a wonderful week!

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Memebox Anti-Aging #3 – Superbox #50

Okay Memebox, either you love my reviews or you just really, really like me. I have to be honest, I’m pretty likeable. :) The kind folks over in Korea sent me yet another box to review. I can’t say thank you enough to everyone at Memebox!

My last box, Dermocosmetics #2, was gifted to my fabulous friend Laura to try. She’s been curious about some of the products and I thought it would be nice to give the snail cream to a more adventurous person than myself.

So for those of you who are not familiar with Memebox, here’s my usual rundown: 20140707-184811-67691771.jpg

Memebox (pronounced Mi-Mi box) is currently the #1 beauty box provider in Korea, and arrived here in the US and other countries just recently! We strive to bring you only the most trusted, best-loved Korean beauty products at everyday prices. Korean cosmetics are renowned for their high quality and efficacy, and we’re really excited to bring this to you! Memebox carries 4 main types of beauty boxes: Memebox, Memebox Special Editions, Superbox and Luckybox. In addition to the box series, we also carry full-size, Korean beauty products in our Memeshop

The original Memebox comes packed with 4 – 8 full-size products and deluxe samples. Boxes in each Memebox series always contain the same products, and contents vary from hair and body products, to skin-care and makeup products.

The Superbox is specially designed to cater to beauty box fanatics looking for full-sized products that will target their specific beauty needs. Each Superbox is designed with its own theme and purpose, and contents in the box are carefully selected to fit the box’s theme. Our Superboxes are loved by daring beauty enthusiasts and beautyholics that are open to trying new products and have a specific beauty need in mind. Also, we UNBOX our Superboxes on the product page one week after the scheduled shipping date so that you can find out which goodies are in your box!”

While Memebox is not necessarily a typical subscription service like that of Birchbox or Glossybox, its suggested that people sign up on the website to receive updates when new boxes are available. You can buy the boxes at anytime, but they sell out VERY quickly.

This box was much lighter than the last box, but I was so surprised to see it was filled to the brim with amazing full-size products! Here is the scoop on the Memebox Anti-Aging #3, part of the Superbox collection:


Far gone are the days when women start to worry about aging in their 40s. The onset of aging woes come earlier in a woman’s life these days (try 20s!) due to stress, pollution, prolonged exposure and etc, resulting in the premature onset of dreaded wrinkles, fine lines and age spots.

So now, meet the power players of anti-aging skin care and counteract all the visible signs of aging, including lines, wrinkles, loss of firmness, dullness and dehydration! Upgrade your beauty loot and stop time so that you can have beautiful skin longer!”

Products included:

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1 - Pro You S Wrinkle SC Renewal Cream (full size included – $96 for 100g)
Free of parabens, imidazolidinyl urea, triethanolamide, alcohol, and artificial coloring, Pro You’s S Wrinkle SC Renewal Cream is extremely gentle for skin and works to enhance skin elasticity and firmness. It also replenishes skin’s moisture and stimulates skin regeneration. 


Apply generously over your face at the last stage of skincare.


2 – Pro You Lip & Eye Wrinkle Spot Cream (full size included – $30 for 15g)
Made from peptide, Actiflow and adenosine, this Lip & Eye Wrinkle Spot Cream works to firm up sagging skin near lip and eye areas by maintaining the healthy moisture/oil balance. Again it contains no parben, mineral oil, artificial coloring alcohol and imidazolidinyl urea (what?).


Squeeze out a small amount of the cream and gently massage it onto dry, sagging spots near your eyes and lips.

3 – Pro You Multi White & Wrinkle Ampoule Dual Set (full size included – $48 for 2ml x 2)

This is a day and night ampoule set made for addressing different skin care issues – controlling sebum and enlarged pores during the day and maintaining skin, clean, deeply moisturizer and enhancing the overall skin elasticity overnight. Both ampoule, however, work to fight signs of aging with its adenosine-based formula for treating fine lines and wrinkles and offering lifting effect to the skin.


Generously apply each ampoule day and night and pat it in for full absorbance.

4 – Tosowoong Super BB Cream (full size included – $12 for 50ml) IMG_2602.JPG

Tosowoong’s Super BB Cream contains a UV protection level of SPF15 and glides onto skin nice and smooth for a perfect no makeup look. It works to cover up skin imperfections and enhance firmness all at once.


Apply an adequate amount evenly over your face.

5 – Simply When Present Perfect Mask  (full size included – $11 for 20mg mask x3)

Simply When Present Perfect Masks are just the thing you need when your skin feels dry, rough and aging! It’ll deliver intense skin revitalization and firmness in one easy go.


Place the mask over your face and rest for 10-20 minutes. Remove and pat in the remaining mask essence for full absorbance.


6 – Seatree Tibet Mushroom Neck Cream (full size included – $12 for 45ml)

Infuse young vitality and suppleness to your sagging neck area with this adenosine-rich Neck Cream containing various organic ferments such as Tibet mushroom (kefir), pharbitis, paeonia japonica, and lactic acids. Firm up those lines and wrinkles be delivering deep nutrition and brightening up dull, roughened skin!


Take an adequate amount and massage it into your neck in an upward direction. Gently pat it in for full absorbance.

This Superbox is valued at more than $200, and currently SOLD OUT on the Memebox website! Thanks, Memebox! It was available for only $39.

If you want to find out more about similar products and other types of boxes, visit the Memebox website. Superbox prices range from $19-59, with an additional $6.99 in shipping. Because the products are shipped directly from Korea, it can take 15-21 days to arrive on your doorstep.

Memebox ships to 45 countries: Austria, Australia, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Israel, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, USA.

If you want to purchase a Memebox for yourself, take advantage of $5 off on any order and use the code A36P. Valid only during the month of October, limit to one per customer. There are so many amazing things on the website right now including products by Etude House, Banila Co., and 2 Princess Edition boxes!

October Promotion Codes:

New! Memebox collaboration: CutiePieMarzia Box#2 is now available – $23 and includes a free gift!

Get $5 off on orders when you buy 3 or more Memeboxes: MEMEBUNDLE3
Get $8 off on orders when you buy 4 or more Memeboxes: MEMEBUNDLE4


All products were received complimentary for testing purposes from Memebox and does not guarantee a favorable review by the blogger. 

 No compensation was received in exchange for product reviews.


September Le Métier de Beauté Vault

Oh dear – this should be a terrible indicator of how far behind I am… the September Le Métier de Beauté VIP Vault shipment arrived the first or second week of the month. And I just tested it out last week…



Oh hello, September!



This month’s product is the Peau Vierge Anti-Aging Complexe valued at $175!

IMG_2576.JPGThe Peau Vierge Anti-Aging Tinted Complexe provides sheer, natural-looking coverage for instant smoothing and perfecting, as it works to improve the skin long term.

The lightweight fluid has a sheer texture that applies like second skin and features a potent blend of restorative ingredients to help smooth, tighten and soften the skin’s overall appearance.

Broad-spectrum SPF protects the skin from damaging UVA/UVB rays.

 1. Foundation: a silky smooth, sheer wash of color for a clean lightweight glow all day.

2. Anti-Aging Treatment: delivering retinol deeper into the skin to encourage collagen production, smooth fine lines, blur blemishes, reduce redness and tighten pores.

3. Sun Protection: broad-spectrum SPF protects the skin from damaging UVA/UVB rays.

4. Luminous Finish: immediately notice a brighter, smoother more radiant complexion.”

Color Swatches:


Top left: indoor no flash; top right: outdoors, natural light

Bottom left: direct sunlight; bottom right: blended in direct sunlight (I sparkle like a Cullen!)

First impressions are overall very good. This arrived in Shade 2 and I was a bit nervous about how dark it might look on my very Shade 1 skin. This ended up blending so well and evening out my skin tone. Because is it is quite luminous (read: sparkly), it works best under a tinted moisturizer or foundation. This paired very well with my Bobbi Brown Tinted Moisturizer in Alabaster Tint. My skin felt smooth and hydrated all day and looked flawless!

Since I already use (and love) the Peau Vierge Anti-Aging Complexe Tinted Treatment in Shade 1 (not sparkly), it is unlikely that this is an item I would purchase outside of the Vault program. This will make a great illuminizer for when my skin is looking a bit dull this winter.

Again, another amazing product from the VIP program! I can’t wait until next month!

What is the LMdB VIP Vault?

“It is Here the 2014 VIP Program! Consider yourself a VIP.

Become a member of the LMdB Beauty Vault VIP Program. Gift it to yourself or gift it to a friend. We promise: you won’t be disappointed. Liberate your inner Beauté and share the discovery of something beautiful every month.

How it works:

For a one-time fee of $348 ($29 dollars a month, for 12 months), become a Beauty Vault VIP. At the beginning of each month, our Le Métier de Beauté experts will send you a carefully curated full-sized product or assortment of products shipped right to your door. As an added bonus, Vault VIP Subscription shipping is free. All you have to do is sign up and anticipate 12 exciting months of LMdB surprises. Savor the perks of insider access, and start discovering beauty with us.

  • One full-sized item or an assortment of items shipped to you at the beginning of every month
  • Curated mix of our favorite Color, Skincare, Pre-release Sneak Peaks, Lab Previews, and Vault Exclusives
  • Shipping is free
  • Share your feedback, we want to get to know you better”

Program value to date – $270

- August – After Dark Total Kaleidoscope valued at $95

- September – Peau Vierge Anti-Aging Complexe valued at $175

There is no question as to whether or not this program is worth the hefty cost up front!

Did you make the year-long commitment? What are your thoughts?

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Weekly Favorites – part 3

Hello again!

Welcome back to my new weekly glance of current rotation/most used/obsessions of the week. And yes, it really could be any or all of those things. Depends on which day you ask me! ;)

Its been very strange this week – cold but so humid. Like 80% and above humidity… makes it really tough to transition seasons well.


Left to right: Benefit They’re Real!, Brazilian Tech Keratin De-Frizz Wand, Laura Mercier Shimmer Mosaic,
Kiehl’s Superbly Effective Antiperspirant, Bath and Body Works Peach and Honey Almond Body Cream and Body Scrub

 – Benefit They’re Real! Beyond Mascara – I recently dug this sample out of my stash and I fell in love all over again. This mascara never lets me down. The wand is great and the formula thickens and really sticks (sometimes a little too much…). It comes off fairly easy with eye makeup remover. This can be found at Ulta, Sephora, etc. for $23.

- Brazilian Tech Keratin De-Frizz Wand – this is a repeat from Week 1, but has come in so handy.. again, 80% humidity! Again, $8 at Sally Beauty Supply.

- Laura Mercier Pink Tourmaline Mosaic Shimmer Bloc (affiliate link) – I’ve been having a lot of fun with this again. Yes, it can be used for cheekbones, but it looks amazing on the brow bone. A little goes a long way – I’ve had this for over a year and I swear I haven’t even made a dent… At first glace, this could be mistaken for a borderline glittery product, but it actually reflects the light and brightens skin. The colors when blended are just gorgeous! You can find this and 3 other shades at Nordstrom for $42.

- Kiehl’s Superbly Effective Antiperspirant & Deodorant Cream – I think its weird to post about deodorant sometimes, but this is AMAZING! Someone told me about this a while back and I was a bit skeptical. It is a cream (obviously) and dries clear, no residue. While it has a light, citrus scent, there is no lingering scent once it dries. This protects easily for 12 hours. It comes in 2 sizes – 1.7 oz ($16) and 2.5 oz ($19.50).

- Bath and Body Works Peach and Honey Almond Body Cream and Shea Body Scrub – this smells yummy. I can’t get enough of this – the body scrub is made with crushed walnut shells, but is so gentle and the body cream, in typical BBW fashion is super hydrating. The scent is long lasting and is a mix of vanilla, peaches and citrus. There are tons of other notes, but its not overwhelming. This is limited edition, but still available in store and online – $12.50 each and currently buy 3, get 2 free.

I hope you had a great week and are looking forward to officially welcoming FALL this week!

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