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Weekly Favorites – part 25

Happy Sunday, everyone!

Today is a somewhat productive blog/social media day. After some crazy weeks and work-filled weekends, I finally declared this weekend as mine. I’ve been enjoying a super trashy book, I slept in until 10 and caught up on some cleaning. Its been pretty fantastic.

I’ve been really enjoying products that have a soft glow. I hate looking shiny, so am constantly using blotting papers and powder, but also realize that its impossible to achieve my dream matte look during summer. Adding some shimmer to my routine has helped me to embrace the humidity a bit. The real challenge has been finding products that aren’t just giant chunks of glitter – there is a time and place for that and it is not at work. ;)

Secret Kiss Face Fit Strobe Cream – I received this a while back from Memebox in a K-beauty makeup box. I’ve been setting it aside for the right opportunity to start working it in to my daily routine. It states that you can use it all over as a corrector, but that is a bit much for my pale skin. I’m afraid I would look like a Cullen in the sun. I’ve been applying after my foundation on my cheekbones, orbital bone, nose and cupid’s bow. Even after applying a setting powder on top, it gives just enough glow. Fair warning, a little goes a long way! I will be using this tube FOREVER! Available through Amazon for $11 for 30ml.

Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eyeliner in Mint Julep – ok, so it isn’t shiny, but it is waterproof and just plain fun. I love the formula and lasting power of the Smudge Sticks – they are so creamy and easy to apply. Now I know not everyone agrees with my assessment. The Smudge Sticks come in a huge range of colors (20-30) and are a really easy way to add a bit of unexpected color. I used this yesterday with a couple of the lightest shades in my Naked3 palette and loaded up the top lashes with a couple coats of the Lancome Hypnose Star in Noir Midnight. It lasted allll day – 15 hours later was struggling to remove with my eye makeup remover. You can find these liners at Ulta and Sephora for $20.

Guerlain Terracotta Summer Collection Summer Shadow in White Sandthis was one of my purchases during my recent Guerlain introduction. I’ve been using it pretty regularly and love to build it up and pair with a simple black or navy liner. The formula dries quickly and lasts all day with no creasing. It claims to be waterproof, and I’m not going to disagree. Available at Saks – $32 for .25oz.

Top to bottom: Strobe Cream, Mint Julep and White Sand Left: indoor lighting Right: direct sunlight

That’s it for this week! I’m off to enjoy some sun between the rain!
What were some of your favorites this week?

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Weekly Favorites – part 24

So I’ve had this draft in my head for a week… having the time to sit down and type it all out is a completely different story!

Here we are with another week of favorites. And interesting favorites they are… Until a couple years ago, I was pretty loyal to just a couple brands. If you opened my makeup drawer, you would typically find a lot of MAC, Bobbi Brown and a few odds and ends tucked away also. If you look at the same drawer today, you will see there is either no loyalty, or loyalty to many brands (not sure how much I want to admit my makeup addiction there)… I think the other side of this is that some of the drugstore brands have really stepped up their game and have been responsive to what buyers really want. We want quality pigmentation, the ability to conceal and correct and a wide range of colors. It is not uncommon to see someone use NYX and Dior in the same look and have amazing results from both.

This week’s favorites are just that – a combination of high and low end. There is no rhyme or reason, but man, they are damn good:

Burberry Natural Sheer Lip Mist in Blueberry No. 206 – I’m a sucker for good packaging… and wow, does Burberry have some gorgeous packaging. Sleek lines, magnetic closures and that iconic print. Of course this magpie couldn’t resist. I tried a few shades and realized I was drifting to my standard nude/brown/pink shades and begged the specialist to pull me out of a color rut. She showed me this gorgeous, sheer color that actually was the color of crushed blueberries. After sweeping it on and being intoxicated by the amazing rose scent, I was sold (I also caved and returned later to get an eyeshadow quad – oops). This has been one of my go-to colors the last couple weeks. I love how easy this is to apply and that it is a hydrating lipstick. It easily wears for 3-4 hours before needing touched up. Let me be clear that I am always eating or drinking, so my wear time is probably less than a normal person. Available at select Nordstrom and Saks for $33 (0.12oz).


Maybelline Master Conceal in 10 Fair – I managed to forget to pack any of my concealers for a recent work trip (including the Laura Mercier Face Book I purchased just for travel…) and had to run out and pick up something to hide my awful dark circles. I spent 20 minutes debating on what to get and decided to give this one a shot. This concealer is amazing. I was in and out of the car, sun and humidity all day and this did not budge. Zero creasing and didn’t need touched up. I was so blown away. I’ve also used it a couple times since and am really happy with the performance. Available pretty much anywhere you can buy makeup… $8.99 for about 0.4oz.

What are your current favorites? Have you tried either of these products?

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Use It – May 2015

Happy June everyone!

May was such an interesting month – it was hot, it rained, it was cold, it rained and then got super hot. Oh, and it rained… Isn’t that supposed to happen in April? And flowers in May? Whatever… my flowers are clearly not making an appearance until mid-June.

If you follow me on Instagram (@lvp8779), you know that I’m participating in the #sampledout challenge. While there is no way I will be sample free by 2016, I hope to make a significant dent. This is my declaration before you read through this post and ask “why so many samples?” I’m tracking on Instagram, but reviewing here. I feel like I can give a more thorough review and list the prices and where to find, should you care to track it down.

In keeping with the last several months, everything is broken down into one of the following categories: skincare, makeup, body, hair and lifestyle.

SKINCARE

EcoTools Pure Complexion Facial Sponge – I go through so many of these.. The recommendation is to change every 3 months, but can only go 1-2 before being kind of gross (in my opinion). This can be found at Ulta for $5.99 – keep an eye out for the buy 1, get 50% off deals!

La Fresh Travel-lite Makeup Remover Wipe – this one is a favorite – it removes makeup so well and is incredibly gentle. I snag these at Holiday Inns every time I stay and always try to grab extras. These are available on the Birchbox website for $1.99 for a 3-pack.

Le Métier de Beauté Rejuvenating Anti-Aging Night Crème – this is probably the most luxe moisturizer I have ever used. I was testing out some new products through Influenster and they made me break out terribly. After using this day and night for 2 days, my face completely healed and there was no sign of a break out anywhere. This stuff is magic. It was super emollient, but not greasy and I was able to wear during the day and under makeup without becoming greasy or having a heavy feeling. I would definitely buy the full size if it wasn’t for the fact it cost $350… that is not a typo. It is available at Neiman’s or Barneys for $350 for 1oz.

Murad Acne Clearing Solution – I’ve already reviewed this like 5 times… I love this and have a couple more samples. If I ever run out, I would buy it! Available at Sephora and the Murad website for $39 for 1.7 oz.

Ole Henriksen Truth to Go Wipes – these smelled lovely, but they kind of burned my face. I have mixed feelings on face wipes and these didn’t help win me over. They did a decent job removing makeup but I could not use this on my eyes. I received this particular package forever ago in an ipsy bag and cannot seem to find them on a lot of sites… maybe others weren’t fans either? I would not purchase, but if you wish to, I did find them on Amazon for $34 for the 30-count package.

Yes to Carrots Nourishing Repairing Night Cream – this was perfect for winter. It is thick, incredibly hydrating and helps repair from the harsh, dry air. I did use this through the spring just to use it up and it was just too heavy. it worked incredibly well but I woke up feeling really greasy. I would use this again in a heartbeat – but only in the winter! Available at Ulta, Walgreens, Target and Whole Foods for $12.99 for 1.7oz.

Sheet MasksSimply When Present Perfect – this one burned last time, but wasn’t so bad this time around.. good thing because I have a couple more… $2-4 through Memebox.

MAKEUP

Benefit Roller Lash – I bought into the hype, folks. It took a bit of getting used to, but I ended up really liking this, however would probably not repurchase. I am a huge fan of They’re Real and Bad Gal and would likely reach for one of those first. I probably would have been able to keep this around a bit longer, but am currently recovering from pinkeye. Gross… everything else is salvageable, but you can’t use mascara after that. Available at Ulta and Sephora for $24.

Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara  (affiliate link) – I loved this, as I mentioned in one of my previous weekly favorites. While this was a sample size, the brush was phenomenal – it helped the formula really coat, curl and separate my lashes. I would buy the full size in a heartbeat! This is available at Nordstrom for $29.

BODY

Ban Total Refresh Cooling Body Cloths – oh these are niiiice! They were made from a really heavy duty cloth. I have no idea what the scent was supposed to be, but I didn’t find it overpowering or offensive and it didn’t linger. These were great after a long flight or workout! I would definitely repurchase. Available at Drugstore.com for $3.39 for a pack of 10.

LUSH Lemony Flutter Cuticle Butter – this is the product that just would not die. I’ve been using this FOREVER. it didn’t help that it got lost under my bed I guess.. My cuticles are the worst, this didn’t really help. It did, however, work really well on my cracked, dry winter hands. I would not repurchase. Available at LUSH for $16.95 for 1.5oz. And don’t forget to save your pots – when you return 5 pots you get a free mask!

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Mist Sunblock SPF45 – this is hands-down my favorite sunscreen. I typically use SPF70-100, so the 45 is a bit low… sometimes the higher the SPF, the worse the formula. This is a consistent formula and leaves my skin cool and non-greasy. I buy in bulk. Available at Walgreens, Target, Amazon, etc. for $9-11 for 5oz.

HAIR

Batiste Dry Shampoo in Floral & Fruity Blush – this little guy is adorable! I am typically a fan of the Crisp and Cool, but I might have a new favorite! I would definitely repurchase. Full size is available at Ulta or Drugstore.com for $8-10 for 6.73oz.

John Frieda Frizz-Ease Smooth Start Shampoo – part of a set with a conditioner and serum also, but of course nothing finishes at the same time… This was great – hydrating, minimized frizz and didn’t harm my color treated hair. I really love John Frieda products and I think they are completely underrated. If I was in the market for a new shampoo, I would purchase. Available at Ulta, Target, Walgreens, etc. for about $10.

Nexxus Youth Renewal Rejuvenating Elixir – this was supposed to be repairing, hydrating, etc. Whatever, I have no idea. It did absolutely nothing for my hair. I would never purchase and I’m not going to bother looking up the cost or where you can find it.

LIFESTYLE

Formula X for Sephora Base Coat – I don’t know… it’s a base coat… it was fine. I did not repurchase because it was like $10. there are perfectly good options for less.

That’s it, folks!

I hope you have a wonderful month!

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May Le Métier de Beauté VIP Vault

Hello everyone!

As usual, I’m super behind on posting my LMdB Vault shipment…

If you read last month’s post, you know I was not impressed with the past holiday cast offs. This month was so much better and something I will use over and over again. In fact, I was drooling over it months ago when it was a GWP at the $350 price point. There was a moment of insanity when I contemplated spending that much just to get the GWP… Why? Because I have a serious magpie problem.

This month we received the Galore Six Fashion Palette, an 18-pan palette full of amazing shadows originally featured here. I found a really great review of a previous limited edition pallete that is fantastic – The Ultimate Makeup did some side by side comparisons with kaleidoscopes and singles.

Apologies for the poor lighting this time – its been raining for days and have zero natural light to work with.

This is a great mix of neutrals and pops of color and I can’t wait to put this to use! the little sponge applicators will be useless so I will toss those. But those colors! Gorgeous!

Left: indoor lighting; right: indoors with flash

Left: indoor lighting; right: indoors with flash

There isn’t a value for this month’s shipment.. so I’m going to list as priceless? ;)

Previous months:

– August – After Dark Total Kaleidoscope valued at $95

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

– October – Goldfinger Kaleidoscope Palette valued at $95

– November – Lip liner set valued at $135.50

– December – two limited edition VIP eye shadows valued at $60

– January – blush and kabuki brush valued at $115

– February – The Romeo and Juliet, Blushing Bronzed Duet valued at $65

– March – Glow Your Own Way lip gloss duo valued at $68

– April – VIP eye shadow and old nail polish valued at $60

Total VIP program value to date: $868.50

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”

So I did not renew this subscription. I love it, but I have so much stuff and if I’m going to drop that much I would rather it be on specific things I want. LMdB, I love you, but the subscription isn’t happening this year.

Did you renew or subscribe for 2015-2016?

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An Afternoon with Guerlain

One of the most popular posts on this blog is from well over a year ago. It was a little story about the day I made a fantastic new friend and was introduced to Le Métier de Beauté. I haven’t really fallen that hard for a line that hard since. Well, at least until last week…

On a recent trip to Saks to look for the Tom Ford summer collection (which, for the record, my Saks does not carry…), I met Jessica, one of the reps for Guerlain. This was a line I have admired from afar, but have not tested out. I often drool over Mostly Sunny’s beautiful posts about the products, but have not actually tried anything myself.

Guerlain is so well known for their iconic fragrances (hello, Shalimar) and dates back to the late 1820s. Eventually the company moved into color cosmetics, creating the Météorites and Rouge G collections that have achieved cult status.

Jessica was joined by Anna Maria, the Beachwood Guerlain specialist, and I learned a bit about the Orchidée Impériale skincare line, which is derived from orchids. Real orchids. It smells AMAZING.

From the Guerlain website:

Orchidée Impériale, an ongoing quest for beauty. In the beginning, a rare flower that foils time – the orchid – a wonder of longevity, an incredible source of discoveries for science. Guerlain has been the expert in orchids and skin longevity for over 12 years: three orchids selected from 30,000 and a new one – the Gold Orchid – to regenerate cell life. Orchidée Impériale exceptional complete care has evolved since its creation to always offer global age-defying action with cutting-edge performance.”

We used the Orchidée Impériale Lotion and Eye and Lip Cream – my skin felt amazing. Hydrated, smooth and non-greasy.

From there, Jessica applied the Météorites Perles, a violet scented primer, which in the bottle is liquid and separated pearls. When dispensed, the pearls are crushed and mixed evenly with the clear base. This left my skin with a lovely, soft glow. After letting this set, she applied the new Météorites Baby Glow in Clair (SPF25), the lightest of the three shades. This shade matched my skin perfectly – it is a warm, pink based sheer foundation that replenishes skin, blurs imperfections and evens skin tone. All of this was topped off with the Météorites pressed powder (definitely on my wish list!)

So what exactly are Météorites?

In 1987, for the first time, a loose powder came in the form of multi-coloured pearls: Météorites. One stroke of the brush rolls these pearls to release an incredibly lightweight perfecting halo. The skin is suffused with light and glows with new radiance. A revolution in the art of make-up: finally, a loose powder that no longer flies away! Guerlain, the architect of light, reinterprets Météorites with each collection and season, giving all women access to a perfect complexion. The secret? A multi-coloured constellation that infuses the skin with ideal radiance.”

We then dove into the summer collection and warmed up the look with the Terracotta Summer Collection Limited Edition: My Terracotta Hydrating Powder. However, my favorite item in the summer collection was the Terracotta Summer Collection Summer Shadow in White Sand. Paired with the Terracotta Khol Kajal and Cils d’Enfer Maxi Lash in Noir, you can create a super easy and striking eye look. We finished the look with the Rouge G de Guerlain Lipstick in Gina (20). This is the perfect daytime orange-red. And the packaging… oh, the packaging. This is gorgeous. Can I just get one in every color?

White Sand up close – love the doe-foot applicator

White Sand swatched and blended out

If you read my blog regularly, you know I didn’t leave empty handed… I picked up the Météorites Baby Glow in Clair ($54 for 1oz.), Terracotta Summer Collection Summer Shadow in White Sand ($32 for .25oz.), and the Rouge G de Guerlain Lipstick in Gina. ($53 for 0.12oz.)

Close up of the Rouge G de Guerlain Lipstick in Gina (20)

I was also very excited to find out there was also a ridiculously indulgent GWP including a generous sample of the Orchidée Impériale Cleansing Foam, Toner and eye cream, as well as a mini version of the Cils d’Enfer Maxi Lash in Noir. This is a great way to really test out the skincare and give some thorough feedback.

I wanted to properly test out the new items at home and do some monitoring throughout the day to see how they really held up:

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Products used in this look: Météorites Baby Glow in Clair, MAC Prep + Prime Highlighter in Radiant Rose and Transparent Finishing Powder, Bobbi Brown Blush in Pale Pink, Laura Mercier Shimmer Bloc in Pink Tourmaline Mosaic, Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Sabbath and Benefit Roller Lash. I hadn’t made up my mind on a lip shade at the time of the photo. ;)

I intentionally didn’t use a primer just to see how the Baby Glow wore throughout the day on its own. At the 2 and 4 hour marks, there was no change. My skin still had a fairly matte finish and there was zero creasing on the eyes. At 6 hours, I noticed a bit of shine on my cheeks and forehead deliberately but did not touch up and the eye shadow hadn’t budged. I forgot to look in the mirror at 8 hours.. oops. I checked again before I left work and while I looked a little shiny, I still felt as though the coverage was consistent. I spent the next couple hours at a party outside sweating.. gross. I looked in the mirror in the car on the way home and at the 14 hour mark, the foundation was still holding strong with moderate shine in the T-zone and cheeks. The eye shadow, however had really faded, but had ZERO creasing! I really like this formula.

So back to my visit.. Anna Maria is just amazing and I look forward to visiting her again very soon! If you find yourself in the Cleveland area, please visit her at the Guerlain counter at Saks Beachwood. If you wish to book an appointment, call her directly at 216.292.5500 ext. 260.

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Weekly Favorites – part 23

Once again, the weeks have gotten away from me. What the heck?? Again, I won’t even apologize… it seems to be a chronic problem. I refuse to change this to a monthly favorites because it is a goal to get back on track!

As I mentioned in a previous post, May is a no-buy month for me. Believe it or not, I’ve done very well. I had a slight mishap at the Guerlain counter (stay tuned for more on that…), but in my defense, I did use some gift cards. Does that make it better? Probably not. The other “purchase” was utilizing my credits from a Pink Panel study – I got a $75 credit to use on the Patchology website and I didn’t go above $50. Someone please give me some credit for the self-control!

So what is on my favorites list right now? Here we go!

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Blushed Copper (Limited Edition) – I always feel bad posting things that are limited edition, however there are so many options in the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector line that I don’t feel THAT badly. This particular shade is an absolute beautiful warm, copper hue – it has some dark tones to it, but with the lightest hand, can be used on any skin tone. I was a little scared about using this on my NW10-15 skin and tested along with the Rose Gold, Opal and Topaz in both the Pressed and Poured formulas. Because the Copper does have a bit of the Rose Gold as well, this really warmed up my cheeks and gave a beautiful sun-kissed look. I use this as a blush and start applying from the hairline, just below the cheekbone and blending down the cheekbone and then lightly up the temple. Before making the leap on this particular shade, I would suggest going to Sephora and test out each formula to see what works best for your skin type. And remember, a little bit goes a VERY long way. Available at Sephora for $38 (0.28oz).

I could not capture the right hues in my lighting, so this photo is borrowed from Sephora.com

 – Call Your Girlfriend – if you are my friend IRL, you know that I’m obsessed with this podcast. Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman are long-distance besties and I feel like they have become my personal besties over the last few weeks. I keep trying to stalk them on Instagram and it doesn’t seem to be working… please? Besties? If you like smart, funny women with an edge, go download this from iTunes or listen online at callyourgirlfriend.com

That is it this week. I am seriously trying to get back to real weekly posts – bear with me!

Have a great week!

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April Le Métier de Beauté VIP Vault

Hello everyone!

I won’t get super wordy in my intro.. I already have my May vault shipment and a pile of boxes to sort through..

This month I received a very odd shipment – 2 nail polishes and a spring eye shadow. The lightest shade of polish is called Tinsel Town… a sickly, green holiday shade? Wait, what? The other shade is Made in the Jade, a lovely creamy navy-grey shade, which I will put on the shelf until fall. The shadow is labeled with the ambiguous VIP sticker, but I recalled seeing a similar shade a few months back in some LMdB press photos. In digging through their Instagram, I found a similar shade called Lapis featured around the holidays.

Left: indoor lighting; middle: indoors with flash; right: natural light

WTF?

I did learn that Tinsel Town can be worn over a darker shade.

I think this was a way for the company to unload some old items. What a disappointment. I will use the shadow for summer and dark polish later this year, but I think this month was a bust. Some of the subscribers on Makeup Talk received a duplicate brown polish from year one, a red polish and a taupe shadow.

True Color Eye Shadow: $30

Nail color (0.4oz) $15 x2= $30

Total: $60

Previous months:

– August – After Dark Total Kaleidoscope valued at $95

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

– October – Goldfinger Kaleidoscope Palette valued at $95

– November – Lip liner set valued at $135.50

– December – two limited edition VIP eye shadows valued at $60

– January – blush and kabuki brush valued at $115

– February – The Romeo and Juliet, Blushing Bronzed Duet valued at $65

– March – Glow Your Own Way lip gloss duo valued at $68

Total VIP program value to date: $868.50

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”

I’m glad to finish this review and move on to May. Did you receive this same shipment? What are your thoughts?

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Project Pan Round 1 – May Update

Happy May everyone!

When I started my project pan, I didn’t anticipate immediate gratification. I did think that it would be moving along a bit faster though. I am using the four remaining products fairly regularly and have some decent progress, I guess.. in my efforts to keep myself on track and motivated, I decided to take a look at my starting point and where I am now. Perhaps we can call this my quarterly report?

Benefit The Big Easy in 01-Fair – amount left – 10%

MAC PowerPoint Eye Pencil in Stubborn Brown – amount left – 25%

MAC Lipgelee in Moistly (40% left) and Moon-something (10% left)

Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Shadow in Beach Honey – COMPLETE
I thought about adding in a couple of new things, but wanted to really tackle the remaining products before derailing.. or those of you who have successfully completed a multi-product project pan, how do you stay motivated?

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Use It – April 2015

Happy May, everyone!!

This was a somewhat dismal month as far as using things up – so if you are looking for a long post with lots of products, look through some of the archives. ;)

If you follow me on Instagram (@lvp8779), you know that I’m participating in the #sampledout challenge. While there is no way I will be sample free by 2016, I hope to make a significant dent. This is my declaration before you read through this post and ask “why so many samples?” I’m tracking on Instagram, but reviewing here. I feel like I can give a more thorough review and list the prices and where to find, should you care to track it down.

In keeping with the last several months, everything is broken down into one of the following categories: skincare, makeup, body, hair and lifestyle.

SKINCARE

Giorgio Armani Regenessence Youth Generator – it was okay the first time I used it and the second time, it burned and itched… I just wanted it off of my face. Just no. This received 4.5 stars on the Saks website – interesting. If you are feeling adventurous, you can purchase for $155 (1.01oz).

Julep Luxe Repair Skin Serum – I can’t believe I finished this.. it is a pretty big tube. This was just okay – it felt like it took forever to sink into my skin. I did like using this in the winter, as it added a bit of extra hydration, but I would not repurchase. Available on the Julep website – $28 for 0.6oz.

Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment (affiliate link) – I have always been a bit scared of this… I hate avocado. That doesn’t mean it isn’t good for your skin! This little packet is deceiving – there was about a weeks worth of product (used 2x daily) in this one. A small amount went a very long way. I would definitely purchase. Available at Nordstrom and Kiehl’s stores and website – $28.50 for 0.5oz.

Kiehl’s Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate (affiliate link) – I didn’t find this to be plumping, however thought it was incredibly hydrating. I didn’t notice my skin getting greasy, as it sometimes gets with serums/oils. This foil packet had about a week and half of use (1x daily) and I would like to test it out for about a month before giving it the true pass or fail. Available at Nordstrom and Kiehl’s stores and website – $58 for 1.7oz.

Patchology – I was so excited to finally be selected for one of The Pink Panel for some product feedback! Three of the four items in the study were sheet masks designed to illuminate, exfoliated and hydrate. My favorite of the three was the hydrating mask. After 5 minutes, my skin felt smooth, soft and incredibly hydrated. I hadn’t heard of this brand previously, but a quick Google search informed me that the products were available on HSN and at Neiman’s and run about $50 for eight masks. If you are interested in joining or learning more about testing out products, visit The Pink Panel.

Sheet Masks – oh look… more sheet masks! Missha Pomegranate and Lioele Aloe sheet masks. I know I have talked about them before.. I loooovvvvveee the pomegranate products that Missha puts out and I want them all! These are available through Memebox for $2-4 each.

MAKEUP

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BODY

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HAIR

Biolage Deep Smoothing Leave-in Cream – I’ve been trying to limit my heat-styling right now and have been letting my hair do it’s wavy, natural thing. This did a fantastic job of defining the curls as well as minimizing the frizz. I have a couple packets of this and will be using regularly… I would definitely consider purchasing. I found this on Drugstore.com as the SmoothProof Leave-in Cream and available for $17 for 5.1oz.

Brazilian Tech Keratin De-Frizz Wand – I have talked about this so many times.. like here and here. This thing is magic. Seriously magic. One quick swipe tames all of the little flyaways as well as manages the humidity frizz. When I got to about halfway, I went in search of more and ended up purchasing two. Available at Sally Beauty Supply for $8 (0.5oz).

Garnier Nourishing Avocado, Olive & Shea Oil Conditioner – this truly is the most nourishing combination of oils out there and together have really helped preserve the color on my currently very damaged hair. My hair is not having a good moment, but this really helped smooth and hydrate my brittle strands. I’m using a few other products right now that I do like a bit better, so probably would not purchase. I believe this is actually sold as the Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition Conditioner.  I found the latter on Amazon for $4.97 for 25.4oz.

LIFESTYLE

NONE

TOSS

Saying goodbye to two things that have been in my closet for way too long. Farewell, Botanical Nutrients Yucca Aloe Shampoo. Bath and Body Works sold this line years ago. Years. Why do we still have this aging on a shelf? Also, the True Blue Spa Handy Work Liquid Hand Soap… I don’t know which is older, but I bought them both when I was still working for Bath and Body Works. I left there in 2007. Goodbye.

And so long, St. Tropez Bronzing Mousse. We just weren’t compatible – too dark and appeared streaky. I would much rather use a gradual tanning lotion.

So there you have it, folks. Another month, another review of my trash.

I hope you have a wonderful May!

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Weekly Favorites – part 22

Happy Monday everyone

This post kept getting pushed further and further back… I’m not sure why, but there were a few other things blog-wise and personally that kept me from getting to this…

Without any further BS, here are my current favorites:

MAC Eye Kohl in I Get No Kick – this pencil is part of the MAC is Beauty collection and is running out quickly! This gorgeous champagne shade is described as a “metallic nude” – the ideal pencil for the gal who loves a good neutral. I’ve been using this on my lower waterline – this pencil is super soft and applies like a dream. Get it while you can… in fact, get 2. Available online and all MAC counters for a limited time for $16.

benefit Dallas – why am I so late to the party on this one? This is a warm, plummy-tan blush that works well on so many skin tones. Rumor on the street is that Dallas has been discontinued… can anyone confirm or deny this? It is still available on the benefit website and there are plenty at my local Ulta for $28.

Top: I Get No Kick; bottom: Dallas 

Laura Mercier Flawless Skin Repair Eye Serum – ugh – wrinkles. Maybe I’m smiling more these days or maybe I’m just getting old… these crows feet have been really stressing me out recently, so I started looking for some new solutions. In talking to a Laura Mercier pro, I learned a few things about the skincare line and she swore by this product. She applied it with the corrector and concealer and I noticed an immediate difference – my eye area looked firmer and brighter. After using twice a day for 2 days, the lines were less noticeable and after a month, my lines are significantly less prominent. One of the biggest changes is that my under eye area does not crease throughout the day and my concealer stays put. This little miracle worker is absolutely worth $83 for 0.5oz.

What have you recently discovered in the store or in your stash?

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