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Weekly Favorites – part 20

Hello everyone!

I hope you all had a great week! I started traveling again for work last week and am off by a good week again…. Please bear with me!

This week’s favorites take me back to the most wonderful decade ever – the 1990s. Listen, if I had been around to experience the 60s and 70s, I’m sure that would win. However, I started really experimenting with makeup back when Marsala was a staple in everyone’s closet.

– Tom Ford Lip Color in Blake – this is part of the Lips and Boys collection that launched at the end of the year. This is a gorgeous burgundy-brown shade with a bit of gold shimmer. This reminds me of MAC “O” that I owned years ago. Temptalia gave this a B-, but I have to disagree. I find the pigmentation to be solid and it applied very evenly. As far as I can tell, this collection is still available. Check out all of the shades on the Neiman Marcus or Saks website – $32 for 0.7oz.

Benefit Smokin Liner – this liner was meant to be smudged. Channel your inner Courtney Love and go to town. For a pencil liner, this is incredibly soft. I love making a thick line on top and then smudging it out on the lower lash line. As you can see, this is a very well-loved product! Available at any Benefit counter to freestanding store as part of the Smokin’ Eyes kit. I originally purchased in the Gimme Brow kit.

Hopefully the sun comes out soon and I will feel inclined to look a bit more Spring-y!

Have a great week!

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February Le Métier de Beauté VIP Vault

 

 

Happy March!

I really, really had the best intentions of getting this post up in February, but obviously the month got away from me. Work travel picked back up and due to some crazy weather, I spent a total of 4 days in travel limbo as well as a 4-day trip. Ah, winter!

The February Le Métier de Beauté VIP Vault shipment arrived on a really cold, single digit snowy day. Seeing something bright and sunny definitely brought a smile to my face!

This The Romeo and Juliet, Blushing Bronzed Duet:

“See how she leans her cheek upon her hand! O, that I were a glove upon that hand, that I might touch that cheek! – Romeo”

From the Neiman’s website:

Sublime blush meets the perfect bronze. The Blushing Bronzed Duet embraces the incomparable pairing of Le Métier de Beauté’s Echo Radiance Rouge (delicate coral-pink blush) and Sun Kissed Bronzer (sheer, light bronze powder), which have been individually heralded for their universally flattering and natural-looking tones. This beautiful and balanced combination creates summer’s quintessential glow with ease and grace.”

Indoor lighting, without flash

Indoor lighting, with flash

This is listed on the NM website for $65. You may notice this is not swatched – I am likely going to swap this on one of the subscription box sites. The pink is just too bright and I would probably just let this item sit in a drawer. I really liked this month, but it just isn’t for me.

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

Total VIP program value to date: $740.50

 

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 really looking forward this month’s shipment!

Have a wonderful March!

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Use It – February 2015

Happy March!

Wow – that sounds so frightening! On the first day of the month, we are expecting up to 10 inches of snow… again. Since the weather is horrible and I’m nursing a really gross cold, it seemed like a good idea to stay in and wrap this up and get it posted.

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. That’s not to say I’m not trying to cut back on using full-size items.

So here we go:

SKINCARE

Absolute Make-Up Cleansing Tissues (not pictured) – meh. Am I the only one who doesn’t really use these regularly? I found these to be a bit dry and were fairly unsuccessful at removing stubborn eye makeup. These came in an Ipsy bag at some point. Would not purchase.

Bite Lush Lip Wipes – reviewed previously here. They do a great job removing heavily pigmented shades, but I could accomplish the same thing with my eye makeup remover. I wouldn’t purchase just because of the price. Available at Sephora in packs of 10 ($12) or 30 ($22).

dr. brandt pores no more vacuum cleaner – this was a decent cleanser. After cleansing, put this on for about 3-5 min to clean pores. It was very refreshing and tingly. This sample also lasted for what seemed like months… I used it twice a week and it did a fair job of helping improve pore appearance. My preference, however is still the GLAMGLOW. I think this came in an ipsy bag a while back, but you can find at Sephora for $45 (1oz).

Dr. Hauschka Revitalising Mask – oh I liked this – very hydrating and smelled lovely. After leaving on for 10-15 minutes, my skin was incredibly soft and had a lovely glow. I would consider purchasing this. Available on Amazon for $42 (1oz).

Mario Badescu Kiwi Face Scrub – I had really high expectations for this and it ended up being kind of weird. I thought that the seeds might be crushed, but they were whole and either did nothing but slid around or stabbed me in the cheek. The formula was also a little too creamy for my liking – I never really felt like my face got clean when using this. Would not purchase. Available on the Mario Badescu website for $15 (4oz).

Omorovicza Thermal Cleansing Balm – the first time I used this, I cursed every YouTuber and blogger out there… I just didn’t get it – my face felt greasy and I don’t know.. slimy? The second use was totally different, as in angels sang from heaven. Folks, I get the hype. I massaged this on my face, added some water and rinsed… followed it with my regular night cleanser and WOW. My skin felt amazing – so clean and hydrated at the same time. Would I purchase? I already did – and yes, broke my February No Buy. This is available at Sephora and Neiman Marcus for $32 (0.5oz) or $110 (1.7oz).

StriVectin Intensive Illuminating Serum – I was really excited when Allure sent this in the January and February box. One tube lasted about 3 weeks, but I don’t think I really noticed a difference until around week 4. There was a noticeable difference in my skin overall. While it doesn’t claim to firm, I feel like it eliminated some fine lines around my eyes, as well as the claimed benefits of brightening skin and evening skin tone. I had someone tell me they were shocked that I was over 30 this week – coincidence? On the fence about whether or not I would purchase this… Available on the StriVectin website for $89.

Sheet masks – Lioele Aloe and Missha Pearl – both are perfectly fine… cost about $1-3 each. Sure, I would buy again.

 

MAKEUP

Josie Maran Argan Infinity Lip and Cheek Creamy Oil in Limitless Pink – this was probably one of the most generous samples I’ve ever used… it just wouldn’t end! But that isn’t a bad thing… with the air being so dry and temperatures hovering around zero, a little extra hydration is definitely welcome. After foundation, I applied with my fingers and then finished with translucent powder. The color can be built up in intensity and lasts 12 hours. I would definitely consider purchasing and feel like a tube of this would last forever! Available at Sephora for $18 (0.5oz).

Koh Gen Do Makeup Color Base – this little guy only offered up 2 uses but it was enough to impress me! I used only under my eyes on the first day and it minimized dark circles and had no visible creasing or fading throughout the day. On day 2, I used under my eyes and then all over to help even out my skin ton. It lasted all day and also helped minimize oil. I found it to be very similar to, but more lightweight than the MAC Prep + Prime CC Neutralize (yellow) base. This would fall into the maybe purchase category. I bought the sample kit on Hautelook and might go for the full size next time it is on sale. I had to dig a bit, but found it on Amazon, Dermstore and Sephora (online only) for $48 (0.88oz).

MAC Powder Blush in Breath of Plum – my go-to blush shade for years! I’m very sad to see it go, but no worries, I have another stored away. This is a lovely sheer shade. The website depicts the shade to be very mauve, but I don’t find it to be that deep. Back2MAC we go! Available at all MAC counters and online for $22 (0.21oz).

 

BODY

AHAVA Mineral Body Lotion (affiliate link) – and another one bites the dust… I’ve gone through so many of these, so I’m sure I don’t need to go into more detail. Its the most perfect moisturizer – clean, fresh, quick absorbing. I already repurchased! Available on the AHAVA site for $26 (8.5oz)

Jo Malone Wood Sage and Sea Salt (affiliate link) – oh, Jo Malone… you make some amazing scents! I just wish some of them lasted longer. I did some reading up on this particular scent and read a lot of ‘if you mix it with… it lasts longer.” I don’t want to mix it – I like THIS scent… clean, salty and fresh. Unfortunately it only lasted about 2-3 hours before needing to reapply. So sad! Would not purchase unless it is reformulated. Available at Nordstrom for $60 (1oz.).

Korres Extra Moisturising Cream in Fig – one of my dear friends bought this and the body wash for me forever ago and while the body wash ran out long ago, I’ve been trying to make the lotion last forever. Fig is probably my favorite scent – rich and fruity. This one in particular is a bit spicy – peppery, maybe? I would definitely consider purchasing this or the Japanese Rose. The smaller size doesn’t appear to be on the Sephora website, but the larger 7.95oz size is available for $29.

LUSH Lotion in Celebrate – a limited edition holiday scent unfortunately! This was incredibly hydrating and very thick, but not greasy. This was a lovely citrus scent and I couldn’t quite place it… I will purchase next year if it returns!

LUSH Shower Gel in So White – featured here a couple weeks ago in my weekly favorites. I just love LUSH holiday items and this was such a nice treat and I hope it comes back again next year!

Pure Silk Shave Cream in Raspberry Mist - this was sent for review from the fine folks at Influenster a few months ago. As I mentioned in my post about this VoxBox, this really took me back to my favorite scent in high school, Bath and Body Works Sun Ripened Raspberry. Oh, 1995… Fortunately the scent did not linger like my heavily layered body splash and was not able to be detected after showering. The shave cream itself was great – really moisturizing and I never experienced razor burn (which I often do) while using this. I probably would not purchase though just because of the scent. Available at most drug stores and big box stores – $1.49 5 oz.; $2.19 8 oz.

 

HAIR

Biologe Deep Smoothing Conditioner – this wasn’t really anything special. It smelled lovely, but I didn’t notice any smoothing qualities – my hair has been a static nightmare recently. Probably wouldn’t purchase. Available at most salons, Target, etc. – full size (8.5oz) around $20.

Bumble and bumble Brilliantine – this is designed to be an edgier styling cream, but I never found it to really create that “slept-in, sexy look” that it claims. I started using this when I had a really short haircut and it didn’t perform that well then either. Since then, I have used it mostly in the summer when I let my hair air dry and be naturally wavy. I really just was intent on finishing it and getting it out of my closet. Would not repurchase. Available at select salons or on the Bb website for $24 (2oz).

Goldwell Color Enhancing Conditioner for Warm Reds - I initially discussed this in the post about my favorite things. I can’t remember the last time I actually finished a bottle of conditioner… this really helps protect and enhance my red shade. Sadly, I believe this has been discontinued. No worries, I have another bottle hoarded away.

John Frieda Radiant Red Color Magnifying Daily Shampoo – I can’t believe I finished a shampoo and conditioner in the same month! I usually double wash my hair, so have to be really careful about selecting shampoo that doesn’t strip the color. Reds are so finicky that way. This is deep cleansing, but really gentle. I would definitely repurchase. Available at Target and Ulta for $5-6 (8.45oz).

Kerastase Chroma Riche Hair Mask – mentioned here last January and then again recently here in my weekly favorites. Darn you, Kerastase.. so expensive! This packet held about 4 uses – and does just amazing things to my hair. It really works well as a deep condition before a color treatment as well as a smoothing treatment when my ends start to get really scraggly between salon appointments. As great as this is, I probably would not make the splurge… I think there are a lot of comparable, less expensive treatments out there. Available on Amazon for $54 (6.8oz)

 

LIFESTYLE

 

Bath and Body Works Candles – while these are 2 different sizes, both are consistent with leftover wax. I feel like the wicks are placed too high. These are both limited edition, so I won’t go into a lot of detail, but if the Spiced Apple Toddy makes a comeback this year, I’m stocking up. The 3-wick candles are $22.50, but are often on sale (2 for $24) and the votive size was free for joining their insider program.

Julep Oxygen Nail Treatment – this does your nails a great service – every few days, I would use alone to help my nails recover from the constant abuse from nail polish and acetone. I’m pretty sad to see this go! I would certainly repurchase. Available on the Julep website for $18, but can’t seem to find the Maven price… maybe $14-15?

Ulta Strengthening Nail Polish Remover – its nail polish remover… does the job. I always have some handy. Its $2.99.

 

TOSS

Be a Bombshell The One Stick in Sunset – this was just too dark for me and the wrong coloring for my skin tone. I tried to make it work, but no luck.

Marc Anthony Beach Spray – I didn’t like the way this smelled. It also left my hair frizzy – which is a fairly accurate beach look for me. Maybe it was more on point than I give it credit?

pixi Shea Butter Lip Balm in Pixi Pink – no. There is just no way I can make this color work. Bye.

I think it is interesting to note that all 3 items in the toss pile this month were from Ipsy, which is a fairly strong indication as to why I cancelled my subscription.

So there it is… another month, another post about my trash. What did you finish up this month?

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Weekly Favorites – part 19

Hello again! Welcome back to another weekly favorites!

This post could also be titled “my current favorite eye products.” While it certainly was not intentional, this weeks favorites is all about eyes. I decided to go all out with my 20% off Ulta coupon before going into my no buy February – I was debating between the new Tartelette palette or the LORAC Pro Palette.. well the Tartlette was sold out and I was able to score the last Pro palette in the store (what the heck, Ulta?!?).

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LORAC Pro Palette – I don’t know why I put buying this off for so long. It was mentioned on every blog and YouTube channel and couldn’t possibly live up to the hype, right? Wrong. Its actually pretty great. I have a couple LORAC singles that I really like and so I should love a whole bunch of them, yes? Of course I do. The colors blend easily and are really highly pigmented. With a primer, these colors stay put for a good 12 hours. The LORAC Pro Palette is available at Ultra, Sephora, etc. for $42.

Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara  (affiliate link) – I feel like I’ve been using a lot of dud mascaras recently. However, I feel like I finally found one that works.. its not to heavy, not too dry, etc. This mascara lengthens, thickens and curls so well – this is kind of a dream formula. I don’t typically use mascara on my lower lashes, but the brush on this wand allows the lightest layer to be applied without clumping or smudging. This formula also stays put all day. It’s a keeper, folks! This is available at Nordstrom for $29.

I hope you have a wonderful week and are staying warm wherever you are!

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Upcoming Beauty Event with Le Métier de Beauté

Good evening everyone!

If you didn’t get what you hoped for Valentine’s Day, have no fear. Neiman Marcus has you covered this week! The Spring beauty event starts Wednesday, February 18, and has some amazing things to offer. Of course I’m looking forward to the limited edition gifts from Le Métier de Beauté.

If you spend $125 at any counter, you get the NM beauty bag – a great bag designed by Eddie Borgo and full of fabulous high end samples including Oribe, AmorePacific, YSL, and many more.

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With a purchase of $250 of Le Métier de Beauté products, you get an anti-aging travel trio. It includes 15ml samples of the Rejuvenating Anti-Aging Night Crème (full-size $350), Revitalizing Anti-Aging Day Crème (full-size $285) and the Revive Eye Concentrate (full-size $175).

But the biggest spending perk is at the $350 mark – the Galore Six Fashion Palette, an 18-pan palette full of amazing shadows. 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.

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If you want to get your hands on some of these gifts, call or visit a NM location February 18-March 1.

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Weekly Favorites – part 18

Happy Sunday!

While it has warmed slightly, it is still a typical Midwestern winter (read: dreary). I’m battling dry winter skin, static-crazed hair and the desire not to get out of bed.

This week’s favorites are fairly simple, and one has made a repeat appearance, which I will totally not apologize for. ;)

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Aveda Smooth Infusion Glossing Straightener – Aveda claims that this little miracle worker can kill the frizz with 5 uses. It is recommended to be the final product added during the drying process, when your hair is at least 70% dry. I noticed a difference with the first use this past summer – it absolutely minimized the frizz and made it almost bearable to wear my hair down. Throughout the winter, it has really helped cut down the flyaways and static. I’m so glad I purchased the smaller travel size because this is really a less is more situation. My hair is past my shoulders right now and a pea-sized amount is too much. You can find this online or in Aveda stores for $11.50 for 1.4oz or $24 for the 4.2oz size.

Laura Mercier Pink Tourmaline Mosaic Shimmer Bloc (affiliate link) – originally discussed in the Weekly Favorites – part 3 post. Both Laura Mercier and Bobbi Brown have this amazing ability to create a finely milled, light enhancing powder. I just feel like my skin is a little dull in addition to being super pale right now. This shimmer bloc just adds a bit of warmth and brightness that I feel is lacking right now. I’ve been using this regularly for a year (maybe 2?) and feel like I have barely made a dent. Nordstrom carries this and 3 other shades for $42 each.

That’s it, folks. And only a week behind… stay tuned for this past week soon!

Have a great week!

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Project Pan Round 1 – February update

Happy February everyone!

I just wanted to share a quick update on the progress of a couple items included in Project Pan. While I’m trying to focus on using these key items, it is soooo tempting to use a matte lipstick or black eye shadow. On the other hand, I have been using a couple things regularly, but because of the packaging, can’t tell how much progress has actually been made.

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The two that I have made the most progress with are the MAC Lipgelee in Moistly and MAC PowerPoint Eye Pencil in Stubborn Brown. I made marks on the tube at the start point in January and then again today – this feels like an accomplishment for a lip gloss. It has been in fairly heavy rotation the last few weeks and I feel like using this up is an attainable goal! The eyeliner budged a tiiiny little bit. This has been in moderate rotation and… well, you can see how far it has shrunk over the last month.

So what is all included in this Project Pan? Scroll down to read how this all got started and more about the products included in Round 1.

Have a great week!

 

 

Posted January 5, 2015:

Hello everyone!

I discovered a The Project Pan Gal  last week, a great blog devoted to de-stashing. Over the last several months, she has focused on a bunch of key projects she wanted to use up and get out of her makeup drawer. I feel like a do a decent job of tracking what I use through my monthly Use It posts, but want to be held a bit more accountable for some of the things that have been hanging on for too long and maybe need to be in a Use It post. My good friend Laura has a nice mix of makeup and body products in her Project Pan posts, so maybe that is how I will approach round 2.

So what is on deck for round 1?

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Benefit The Big Easy in 01-Fair - I really liked the concept of this foundation – an SPF35, liquid to powder, oil-free foundation. I’ve been keeping this in my travel makeup bag as an easy to use foundation while on the road.

Pros: easy to apply, blends well and was a great match for my skin tone

Cons: sheer coverage, does not hide redness, need to always have blotting papers on hand

Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Shadow in Beach Honey – this is a sheer, shimmery cream shadow that comes in a variety of versatile shades.

Pros: easy to use, small packaging, good eye shadow base

Cons: not buildable- gets clumpy, doesn’t work well with brushes so have to dig out with fingers, does not last all day as a stand alone shadow

MAC PowerPoint Eye Pencil in Stubborn Brown – a waterproof, long wearing eye pencil that is part of the permanent collection.

Pros: lives up to MAC’s declaration of long wearing, glides easily over the skin, rich pigmentation

Cons: difficult to smudge for a messy or smoky look

MAC Lipgelee in Moistly and Moon-something (name is long gone) – no description.. too old!

Pros: hydrating, sheer gloss, can be worn with a liner or lipstick for more pigmentation

Cons: kind of sticky, too sheer and I said they were old, right?

Overall goal – use these before purchasing anything new. I don’t NEED anything… there is so much stuff I need to use. I’m going to work hard to stick to the plan!

What are some of your goals to de-stash, low buy or no buy this year? Are you doing a project pan of your own?

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Use It – January 2015

Happy February, everyone!

I hope it is warm and sunny wherever you are! It is quite the opposite here, however is to be expected in the Midwest. Sigh.

This was a great Use It month, as I once again finished off a good number of full-size products and made way for some new things in my daily rotation. So lets get to it.

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SKINCARE

– Benefit Instant Comeback Facial Serum – Benefit’s skin care can be a little hit or miss for me. However, I kind of liked this serum… I don’t know if I would purchase the full-size. It performed well, was hydrating and smelled amazing, but it was missing something. I want to try this again in the summer – I think this is the wrong season for this one. Stay tuned… The full-size serum is available on the Benefit website for $46.

Clinique Clarifying Lotion #2if you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know this is a staple in my daily routine and I go through a bottle of Clarifying Lotion every 6-7 months. Previously mentioned here and here, this product helps my skin get the feeling of squeaky clean after a few layers of makeup. I typically go for the 13.5oz bottle from Sephora for $23.

nügg Beauty Revitalizing Face Mask – OUCH. This little container caused some serious damage. First of all the peppermint scent is strong.. I should have realized that it was because there was so much peppermint oil in the mask. Instead of moisturizing, it left my face dry, flaky and really sensitive for a couple days. It took some serious work to undo the damage. There are a number of other options by this brand, but I probably wouldn’t give it a second chance.  You can purchase a 5-pack on the Birchbox website for $14.99.

Origins GinZing Energy-boosting Moisturizer – this little packet contained the most amazing smelling moisturizer! This foil offered 4 days of testing and I feel like I got a really good sense of the product – and it was fantastic, just a little under-hydrating (is that a word?). This would probably make a better summer moisturizer and I would definitely be willing to give it a chance. You can find this at Sephora and Origins for $26.50.

Peter Thomas Roth 24K Gold Mask Pure – I love, love, loved this, however could not bite the bullet on the $80 price tag for another mask when I already have so many. I talked about this here in my weekly favorites a while back. I think you can only find this on the PTR website, as it was only at Sephora in a limited edition holiday set.

Shiseido Pure Retinol Express Smoothing Eye Mask – this worked very well, I just wish there was more than one use. This brightened and depuffed very well during the 15-minute application. Based on the one use, I don’t know if I can determine whether or not I would purchase. These eye masks come in packs of 12 for the price of $63 at Nordstrom (affiliate link).

MAKEUP

Estee Lauder Sumptuous Infinite Daring Length + Volume Mascara in 01 Black – this was a very wet formula. It took a long time to dry and left my lashes looking… weird. I ended up using in combination with the Hourglass mascara (see why below) and it helped finish off the look. Part of the problem might be that the formula and brush weren’t a good fit. I think if the brush was more dense, the overall result would have been much more polished. This was a sample from the Hautelook fall bag – so glad I didn’t purchase this. Full size is $26 and available at Sephora, Macy’s and Amazon.

Hourglass Film Noir Full Spectrum Mascara in Onyx – now this brush was excellent – it separated and the formula coated each lash. Unfortunately, I found it to be really dry, but I don’t know if this is normal or if I had a dud. I would definitely give this another chance, as I really like Hourglass products. This can be found at Sephora for $28 for a full-size.

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BODY

Arbonne Intelligence Herbal Foot Cream – another item from the Intelligence line bites the dust. I finished off the body lotion last month and had lukewarm feelings about it. This was definitely better – a much thicker consistency and better overall moisturizer. I wasn’t a fan of this scent though. This too has been discontinued, so I will obviously not repurchase.

C.O. Bigelow Superb Body Cleanser in Rosemary Mint – I’m pretty embarrassed to admit how long I’ve had this shower gel… I bought it for my husband initially and after a while realized he was never going to use it. So I’ve been using it off and on for uh, a while. I originally purchased at Bath and Body Works for $13.00 for 10oz. I think the only place you can find this now is at the Bigelow Apothecary in New York or online. I would consider repurchasing if it were more convenient.

Tree Hut Shea Sugar Scrub in Pomegranate Acai – gosh, it SOUNDS so nice, right? Oh and then it smells GREAT! Unfortunately, it felt like it was ripping off my flesh. This was one of the harshest scrubs I have ever used. I would never purchase anything from this line again. However, if you wish to do so, it’s like $6-8 at Ulta and Target.

This month I didn’t have any hair or lifestyle products, however I’m sticking to my guns and going to toss a couple things that either don’t work or are past their prime:

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The Body Shop Cranberry Bliss Lip Balm – I found this in a purse I haven’t used in a couple years. I love pretty much anything Cranberry Bliss, but that is where I draw the line.

- Mary Kay Satin Lips Lip Mask – this is a gritty lip exfoliant that has been in my cabinet for ages. I stopped using it because it was a bit too harsh. It worked really well, but I wanted something a bit less harsh.

Oscar Brandi Pronto Dry Shampoo – so you’re probably thinking, Laura you love this dry shampoo… well… typically yes. I bought this one at TJMaxx and I used it for a while but it really did not perform well – it left my hair greasy and weighed down. I read an article recently about buying salon products not at the salon and this is probably why… it didn’t smell or feel right. It was probably pretty old. Oops.

 

So there you have it, folks. This month included a conscious number of sample products. I am going to loosely participate in the #sampledout challenge on Instagram and while I know I won’t be “sample free by 2016″, I do hope to make some significant dents in my product hoard. My full product reviews will be in my monthly Use It post, but will be sharing some quick feedback in Instagram – follow along: @lvp8779

What did you use up this month? Have you tried any of the products above?

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Weekly Favorites – part 17

Happy Super Bowl Sunday!

Somehow this past week completely got away from me… again! I took a photo of my favorites, but didn’t have a chance to do the write up. This week will have 2 separate weekly favorites posts. Oops.

Let’s dive right in!

My skin and hair have been soooo dry. I found a couple great cures within my stash to help fight off these problems:

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Julep Organic Moroccan Argan Oil – I exfoliated, used hydrating masks, moisturized and still had flaky patches. I dug through my drawers until I found this bottle of argan oil and added a couple drops to my night moisturizer. Within a couple days, there was definite improvement. I tried adding it to my day routine and disliked the effect it had on my foundation.

Kerastase Masque Chroma Riche – as it turns out, I used this last January also… and I definitely feel differently about it this time around. This was deeply hydrating and really helped fight off my static issues – my hair was smooth and soft after 5 min. Let’s also talk about how amazing this smells! The main drawback to making the decision to purchase the full-size is how crazy expensive Kerastase is… ouch. It probably won’t be happening anytime soon.

GLAMGLOW Brightmud Eye Treatment – I originally discussed this here. I stumbled on this at TJMaxx for $30 the other day – SOLD. Last week, I woke up with the worst dark circles ever. After this 3-minute treatment they were almost nonexistent. This might be magic!

Stay warm and hydrated, folks. We will get through this weather together!

Have a great week!

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January Le Métier de Beauté VIP Vault

Happy January, beauty lovers!

It has been a chilly, snowy start to the year. But do you know what? I got a sizzling’ hot package from the Le Métier de Beauté VIP Vault! I was so excited to get this month’s shipment – last year the product was the LMdB makeup remover that is not sold in stores and I was kind of hoping that we would get it again. No luck. But it was something even better!

 2015/01/img_3051.jpgOoh, what are you??

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A kabuki brush and blush!

The kabuki brush is so soft, yet dense and tightly packed. This brush is made of 100% goat hair and can be used for blush, bronze, blending, whatever. I’ve wanted this brush for months, but cringed at the $85 price tag. I’m learning how to use this – that probably sounds strange… but I’ve been using brushes with handles for so long that I’m having to work on some new techniques… or crafting my art, if you will.

Take a closer look at this blush… so gorgeous!

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Wow. What a beautiful shade – I really think this is a great shade for a wide range of skin tones in any season. It is buildable and blends like a dream. I love LMdB pigments for their versatility. You can build color and it lasts for hours. I don’t know if this shade (it doesn’t have a name..) will become part of the permanent collection or if it was distributed only to Vault members.

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Left: indoor light; middle: indoors with flash; right: natural light (we haven’t had sun in a while)

I’ve been wearing this quite a bit the last few weeks and am really pleased with the wear time (8+ hours) and the warm shade it gives my super pale winter skin.

This month:

– kabuki brush – $85

– blush – $30

Total: $115

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

Total VIP program value to date: $675.50

 

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”

The kabuki brush and individual LMdB blushes are available at Neiman Marcus, Bergdorfs and select Saks Fifth Avenue stores.

Have a beautiful month!

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