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Weekly Favorites – part 27

Wow – long time, no weekly favorites. Yikes! Sorry everyone!

I’ve been sort of away from the blog for a bit – not really posting or reading any other blogs either. There has been a lot of work travel and well, just life taking over. My apologies for being a bit off the grid!

I only have a couple favorites, but they are definitely good ones:

Aveda Hand Relief Night Renewal Serum – you might recognize this from my Birthday Haulin’ post last month. I’ve been using this pretty religiously and using it totally opposite of the directions. It is supposed to be used at night (hence the name), however I use 2-3 times per day with hand cream. I use one pump on the back of my hands and rub them together and let dry. After it has a few minutes to really sink in, I use a nourishing hand cream. I am really bad about using SPF on my hands and I feel like it is really starting to show. After 3 weeks of using this daily, I have noticed a definite difference. My skin looks brighter, more hydrated and overall less damaged. I can’t say I love the scent, but it is very short lived once I apply another lotion. This has been a life saver! Available at all Aveda stores for $35 (1oz).

Guerlain Meteorites Baby Glow in Clair – I picked this up a while back at my first visit to the Guerlain counter and fall more in love with every use. First of all, I cannot even explain how intoxicating the scent it. It’s a heavily violet scent that slowly fades out throughout the day. I typically do not like such heavily scented foundation, but I can’t help myself. This gives such a beautiful, warm, even skin tone that I almost don’t need anything else. I am trying to use up another foundation but I just keep sneaking this in every couple days. Available at Saks for $54 (1oz).

L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Collection Exclusive Lip Color – 610 Eva’s Nude – I bought this a while back on a whim and have had it tucked away in a drawer. I started a September challenge on Instagram (user @lvp8779) to review a set of products over 30 days. The second day was lipstick, so I decided to test this out. This was the first L’Oreal lipstick I have purchased or used in years. The scent took me back about 20 years and was so nostalgic. The color, pigmentation and appearance is so luxe – this does not look or act like a drugstore lipstick. This gorgeous pink-brown lasted easily for 3-4 hours, through my morning coffee and beyond. I reapplied after lunch and added a light pink gloss and it looked even better. I now want to check out all of this collection! Available pretty much everywhere for $8-9.

There you have it, folks! What were some of your favorites this week?

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Use It – July and August 2015

Hello everyone!

Long time, no empties! At the end of July, my bin only had a couple products and I was in the middle of a crazy travel schedule and decided just to wait. August only yielded a few empties also, so it worked out well.

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. After several months of posting the reviews of samples on here, that unless they are a deluxe sample, the review will exist on Instagram. So be sure to check it out!

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 – another one bites the dust… and I don’t have any backups! I will repurchase when they go on sale at Ulta.

GlamGlow BrightMud  Eye Treatment – I love, love, love this. I’m a huge fan of the brand as a whole. I’ve discussed the BrightMud a number of times now, so I won’t be redundant. I already repurchased this. Available at Sephora and Neiman’s for $69 for 12 ChromeCells.

Pro You Lip & Eye Wrinkle Spot Cream – this was a gift from Memebox last fall. It lasted forever! I used this twice a day for several months on my upper lip and outer eyes where there is some definite signs of aging. There was a noticeable difference at first, but it seemed to sort of stall out after a few months. I probably would not repurchase. This used to be available through Memebox, but I can’t find it there… or anywhere else… soo..

MAKEUP

Benefit The Big Easy in 01-Fair – yes, the foundation from round one of my Project Pan. I don’t need to talk about this anymore.. I will probably not repurchase. Available at all Benefit counters for about $36 (1.18oz), and comes in 6 shades.

NYX Matte Blotting Papers – I have just plowed through these this summer… they are also a staple in my Use It reviews.

BODY

Crabtree and Evelyn Shower Gel and Hand and Body Lotion in  Rosewater – I devoted an entire post to this last spring and used it all through the summer. It was shelved in the fall, as I’m very particular about my seasonal scents. It made a reappearance this spring and I ended up finishing it towards the beginning of July. I was very sad to see this go – the gel was very cleansing and did not leave any sort of residue. The lotion was incredibly lightweight, but still very hydrating. This ended up being a perfect weight as we started moving into hotter and more humid weather. I’m very sad to see this go and would repurchase in the spring if I didn’t have a ton of products hoarded away. Available at all Crabtree and Evelyn shops $22-24 (for 8.5oz).

Gilchrist and Soames London Collection Body Lotion – I received a sample in a Birchbox forever ago. I loved this clean, fresh scent so much that I immediately went and bought the full size bottle. I’ve refilled the mini so many times and have finally run out. I will not repurchase this – the formula is not great. It’s rather thin and not all that hydrating. My skin does crave hydration later in the day. If it came in a different formula, I might consider. Available through Birchbox for $16 (8oz).

Kiehl’s Superbly Efficient Antiperspirant Deodorant Cream – I discussed this a while back in my weekly favorites. It’s an odd thing to post about, I guess… I have the worst time finding a deodorants/antiperspirant that actually works. After years of searching and trial and error, I discovered this one. It might actually be the holy grail of deodorant! I have already repurchased another tube. Available at all Kiehl’s stores and counters for $19.50 (2.5oz).

Kiehl’s Ultimate Strength Hand Salve – just the best hand cream ever. I go through a couple of tubes a year. This is a very thick, hydrating cream with a light eucalyptus scent. It doesn’t leave your hands greasy and is just as effective in summer as it is winter. I will definitely repurchase. Available at all Kiehl’s stores and counters for $15 (2.5oz).

LIFESTYLE

Julep Nail Color in Paulette – I loved this shade! Sigh. I’m sad to see it go! This was a beautiful lavender with a gold hue. I hope this comes back around. Julep polish is $14 ($11.20 for Mavens).

TOSS

Arbonne Eye Definer in Slate – this dried out! Boo – I really liked this color!

Buxom lip gloss in Chloe – I’ve had this wayyyy too long. It’s this crazy deep rust shade that I’ve had for years. I was going through my lip products the other day and realized it had separated and no longer smelled of mint. It is a very sticky, pigmented product. I actually prefer a heavy gloss, and while I would not buy this shade again, I would, however would buy another gloss.

There you have it, folks! Another month in the books. What did you use or toss?

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Project Pan Round 2 – August launch

Hello again, everyone! As I mentioned in the last Project Pan Round 1 post, I am ready to start a new round of products with the goal of completing by December 31. In order to achieve this, I selected 3 (not 5!) items. This is probably much more realistic and I’m crossing my fingers that I am able to get it done!

So here we go:

BareMinerals Touch Up Veil SPF15 in Translucent – I am not a huge fan of BareMinerals. This is one of the very few items I have from the brand. Yes, this is a deluxe sample. This is a perfectly fine powder and I tend to use it only on the weekends with a tinted moisturizer. It covers well and provides a nice matte finish, but it has a funny scent. That is probably the biggest complaint I have. I don’t mind a product with a scent, but not one with a funky scent.

LORAC Multidimensional Eye Shadow in 3D-Luxe – this little shadow was dropped a while back and completely shattered. While I could tempt the hands of fate and repress it, I would rather not screw up and ruin a perfectly good product. This is a lovely sheer cream that can be used all over the eye and up to the brow bone. It has a bit of shimmer, but not overwhelming. I tend to use this for a base color and in the inner corners of my eye.

MAC PowerPoint Eye Pencil in Stubborn Brown – oh, hey… look what is back! You might recall that I actually lost this back in June and therefore could not track my progress. I found it last weekend and am looking forward to bringing it back into the rotation. The Powerpoint line is fairly smudge-proof and is great for the waterline. Cross your fingers that I don’t lose this again.

There you have it, folks. These are the 3 items I will be attempting to use up over the next few months. I will likely be posting my progress on Instagram rather than the monthly blog updates… unless a product is complete. Follow me on this project pan @lvp8779

Have a great week!

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Birthday Haulin’

Hi there!

So I recently had a birthday and I’ve decided that this is the last year that I grow older. I will continue to celebrate my birthday (because I love cake and champagne), but I’m just going to remain in my “mid-30’s.” It seems reasonable right?

I don’t often discuss my shopping habits on here, however I’m sure that you get that I clearly have a makeup shopping/hoarding problem. One of my favorite things about my birthday is getting all of the birthday freebies! So thank you to the nice folks at Aveda, Sephora and Ulta which all dangled the carrot which enabled these purchases. I don’t typically buy this many things at once, but I try to take advantage of birthday discounts and double or triple points. It ultimately allows me to make some other purchases that I typically might not later in the year. I also use gift cards, Ebates* rewards and Shopkick** points as often as possible.

This year Sephora offered 2 different birthday gifts – the Nars lip duo and Peter Thomas Roth skincare set. When I went to place the order, there was not an option for the PTR set. Very sad. As if I needed more lip products, I went ahead and selected the Nars duo. In my morning skincare routine post a few weeks back I lamented the fact that I was using a day moisturizer that left me oily and did not provide SPF. I opted to test out the Algenist Ultra Lightweight UV Defense Fluid in SPF 50. Out of 179 reviews, it received 130, 5-star reviews. You just can’t get enough SPF! After receiving it though, I realized it is not a moisturizer, just a sunscreen. Back you go. And It’s that time of the year again… the Sephora Gimme Lip set is back! This is one of my favorite annual purchases and again, I really do NOT need another lipstick, but this is a must-have in my book. This year’s selection includes Make Up For Ever, Kat Von D (LOLITA), Marc Jacobs, Tarte, Sephora Collection and Fresh. The freebies included an 8-piece VIB sample set, Josie Maran Argan Daily Moisturizer in SPF 47 and Boscia Makeup-Breakup Cool Cleansing Oil. Oh, and did I mention it was triple points for VIB?

Last year, Ulta offered the worst gift ever – the ckOne mascara. It was probably one of the worst mascaras I have ever tried. I gave up after 2-3 uses and tossed it. This year however, we got a full-size Urban Decay Perversion. Hallelujah! Thanks to some gift cards and a $10 off Platinum Perk, I visited Meredith at the Benefit Brow Bar and then took advantage of the IT Cosmetics event and picked up the CC+ Airbrush Perfecting Powder and the new CC+ Radiance Ombre Blush in a plum shade (and a Bye Bye Undereye freebie).  My other purchase was the Murad Rapid Collagen Infusion for Lips, which I have been trying to get my hands on for a while. Ulta offers double points in your birthday month, but Platinum users currently get triple points.

Aveda offers a gift every year to their Pure Privilege members. Last year, I picked up the perfume in Chakra 6, which I use somewhat infrequently. I love the scent, but it is not for every day. This year, I picked up the massage oil in Chakra 6, this can be used as an all-over body oil and I will be using this so much this winter! I’ve been wanting to try the Hand Relief Night Renewal Serum, so after a quick hand massage with this and hand cream, I decided my parched hands needed this. Also, Aveda recently extended the Smooth Infusion line to include the Nourishing Styling Cream designed to reduce frizz when air drying or heat styling your hair. I have been really struggling to find something to minimize frizz when I let my hair air dry wavy. I have only used it once, but noticed an immediate difference. It is a lightweight product that really helped get my broken strands in line and left my hair soft and manageable. Pure Privilege rewards holders receive double points during the birthday month, so it is a great way to build towards great rewards! Aveda will be changing the point structure starting in September, so stay tuned.

So there you have it. How do you maximize your birthday freebies and points?

*Ebates: get cash back for shopping online! Click for referral code

**ShopKick: earn points for weakling into stores and being active on the app – convert to gift cards. Click for referral code.

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Project Pan Round 1 – August Update

Hello everyone!

Long time, no blog… it has been a very strange few weeks in my life and I hope you all understand that I am probably just going to keep it out of blog-land. Not that I am looking to keep you in the dark, friends, just working through a lot of things.

On a more positive note, I’ve wrapped up my seventh month of this Project Pan. I just couldn’t get my stuff together to post last month, but I feel like that would have been a pretty boring read. This month, however, is very exciting! There is one more completely used up item – say farewell to The Big Easy! This has been hanging on dearly for the last couple months and it FINALLY dispensed the last few drops in the middle of July. As I mentioned previously, this foundation was great in the late winter and spring. Unfortunately, it really did not work for me in the hot, humid weather so I was not sad for it to go in July.

Here is the full list of everything in the Project Pan:

Benefit The Big Easy in 01-Fair 

Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Shadow in Beach Honey

MAC PowerPoint Eye Pencil in Stubborn Brown

MAC Lipgelee in Moistly and Moon-something

 

An update on the remaining 3 items:

Moistly and Moon-something – these are both still hanging on for dear life. I made some progress but then really wanted to change it up and play with some other colors. I will continue to use these two, but probably not track my use as I have been over the last several months.

Stubborn Brown – I don’t quite know how to say this, but I think I lost it. I had it in my hand and then it disappeared. I think it fell into the back of my makeup drawer, but I honestly can’t find it….

The overall goal was to finish off these 5 items. After seven months, 2 of the 5 were complete and 3 showed significant use (with one being misplaced towards the end). I didn’t really know what to expect going into this, but felt as though I established some pretty reasonable goals. What I learned is that I tend to buy really well pigmented products that don’t need used in excess!

With that being said, it is time to bring on the next round of items with a goal of completion by December 31. This is probably even more ambitious than the last project! I will focus on 3 items which will be listed in detail in my next post.

Have you attempted a Project Pan? What worked/didn’t work?

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Current Daytime Skincare Routine

Hello again everyone!

I had a couple people a while back inquire about my daily routines. In the conversation, it occurred to me that this would be a great discussion for the blog. I love reading other posts about daily routines and thought I would throw mine into the mix as well. Are these my favorite products? Not necessarily… but it also allows me to maybe explain why they aren’t, right?

Step 1 – Cleanse

I tend to drift towards a gentle morning cleanser. There is no need to use a heavy duty product, since I am diligent about removing all of my makeup at the end of the day. I’ve been using the Avène Cleansing Foam Mousse for the last several months. It is incredibly gentle and really balances my skin. This leaves my skin feeling clean, but also very soft and prepped for the day. This bottle is starting to run low and I’m going to have to repurchase soon!

I also recently started using my mini Erno Lazlo Sea Mud Deep Cleansing Bar on my T-zone in the morning. This came in an Allure box a while back and I really doubted what this little bar could do. I’ve been using daily for a couple months and have barely made a dent. It is very heavy duty and helps unclog pores and minimize oil. While it is great for the T-zone, it is too drying for the other areas of my face.

If I’m feeling super oily, breaking out or just need a deeper cleanse, I bypass all of the above and reach for the Murad Clarifying Cleanser. I only buy the travel size bottle of this because a little goes a really long way. I use about a half of a pea sized drop in the morning or night and it is really tough on the problem without drying out my skin.

The other key piece of the cleansing routine is the EcoTools Pure Complexion Facial Sponge – it gives a light exfoliation and gives the cleansers an extra boost. I do replace this every 2-3 months, as it is a natural product. They recommend every 3, but it gets a tough to use by the end of the second month.

Once a week, I do bust out a serious exfoliator and use the Aveeno Daily Brightening Scrub. Occasionally, I will increase to twice a week, but I don’t really need to use more often. While this is one of my favorite products, I recently realized it contains synthetic microbeads. Sigh. Really, Aveeno? I don’t think that is an “active natural.” I am working to eliminate all of my products with microbeads… I refuse to just throw perfectly good products in the trash, but I will not be repurchasing.

Step 1.5 – Problem solve

I don’t know what else to call it… but this is my middle step that fixes the “you haven’t slept in a month” look. My favorite product to battle this look is the GlamGlow Bright Mud Eye Treatment. They suggest you use one pod per eye, but that is way too much mud. I actually cut the pods in half and use one pod for both eyes and that is plenty! You are supposed to tap the mud around the lower orbital bone and swipe off after 3 minutes. It does start to tingle a bit after a minute or so. I’m not sure what is in those magic little tea leaf chunks, but this stuff does wonders. I have woken up with completely black circles and after using this product, they are gone.

Step 2 – Tone

After more than 10 years of use, I still swear by the Clinique Clarifying Lotion #2. I use this in the morning and night. Yes, I’ve read the pros and cons to using a toner, but I still want that extra cleansing step to eliminate excess oil on my T-zone.

Step 3 – Prep

I am currently using two different serums. It sounds ridiculous even as I’m typing it… First, I apply the Laura Mercier Flawless Skin Repair Eye Serum under my eyes and to the outer edges to combat the crow’s feet. You only need a half a pump to produce enough product for both eyes – just a thin layer will work!

Next, I apply the other serum all over. At the moment, I’m using a VERY generous sample of the Ole Henriksen Pure Truth Youth Activating Oil. When it comes out of the bottle, it seems very oily (hence the name). However, if you apply evenly and wait 5-10 minutes to soak in, there is no oil residue. This is packed full of vitamin C and really does brighten the skin. I like this serum quite a bit!

Step 3.5 – Problem solve

Again… I don’t know what else to say. This is where I address the ridiculous hormonal acne issues when they pop up. If you read my Use It posts, you know that I went through a ton of samples of the Murad Acne Clearing Solution. It promises results in 72 hours and that is no joke. This is probably the best treatment out there. If it is a minor problem, I will use a dab of the Murad Spot Treatment.

Step 4 – Moisturize

The next step is probably the most critical – eye cream. After some searching (and failed product testing), I discovered the Philosophy Miracle Worker. I’ve been using this for over a year now (see original post) and have been very happy with the results. This high retinol cream hydrates tired, dry eyes and tightens fine lines. Depending on how bad they are, this does even battle and brighten my dark circles.

My final step is the Avène Light Hydrating Cream. I have to admit… I’m not in love with this. I’ve been using this for a few months and really liked it at first, but now is a bit frustrating. My thought is that I’m using this in the wrong season. While it is a lightweight moisturizer that absorbs quickly, it seems to be a bit heavy for the humid weather. I think I’m going to swap this out and test out something else in my collection. Also, it does not contain an SPF, which is so critical right now!

So there you have it. Let me know if you have any suggestions for an oil-free, lightweight moisturizer with SPF!

Products mentioned in this post:

Avène Cleansing Foam Mousse ($20 for 5.29oz)

Erno Lazlo Sea Mud Deep Cleansing Bar ($45 for 5.3oz)

Murad Clarifying Cleanser ($28 for 6.7oz)

EcoTools Pure Complexion Facial Sponge ($5.99-$7)

Aveeno Daily Brightening Scrub ($6 for 5oz)

GlamGlow Bright Mud Eye Treatment ($69 for 12 cells – total 24 individual pods)

Clinique Clarifying Lotion #2 ($23 for 13.5oz)

Laura Mercier Flawless Skin Repair Eye Serum ($83 for 0.5oz)

Ole Henriksen Pure Truth Youth Activating Oil ($45 for 1oz)

Murad Acne Clearing Solution ($42 for 1.7oz)

Murad Spot Treatment ($18 for 0.5oz)

Philosophy Miracle Worker ($68 for 0.5oz)

Avène Light Hydrating Cream ($30 for 1.35oz)

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Weekly favorites – part 26

It seems as though we are going on day 45 straight of rain. I’m contemplating building an ark. My dogs just give me sad eyes when I tell them it is time to go out… they’re so miserable and expect me to somehow stop the rain. Sorry guys…

My remedy for trying to battle the grey, dreary skies is color. Lots and lots of COLOR! I have been trying to incorporate something fun every day either on my eyes, lips or cheeks.

My absolute favorite discovery is the Becca Beach Tint Shimmer Souffle in Watermelon/Moonstone. I picked this up at Ulta as part of the summer color kit (or something like that). I tried this out a while back and was not impressed… it turns out the sample on display had dried out and did not apply evenly. The product in this jar, however, is so soft and creamy and goes on like a dream. The texture is so soft that I actually have to hold myself back from applying too much! This shade is a blend of coral red and pale gold – it is marbled in the pan, but blends very easy and does not streak. And it smells like.. papaya? Whatever it is, I want to eat it. This is not limited edition, however is really hard to find in stock. This is the smaller version, but the full size is available at Ulta or Sephora for $27 (0.20oz).

Top: indoors no flash; bottom: outdoor indirect sunlight

My next favorite pops of color have been peach and coral – who isn’t in love with these shades right now? I have been playing around with a couple cheek colors, including the Benefit Majorette cream blush ($28 for 0.24oz) and the MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish in Fairly Precious, a limited edition shade from the Magnetic Nudes collection. I’ve talked about Majorette a couple of times before, so I will try not to repeat myself, but this is just a wonderfully subtle, peachy-coral shade. It is buildable so looks great on any skin tone, including my NW10 coloring. Since the MAC color is no longer available, I won’t go into too much detail… it is a beautiful, sheer peach that can be worn alone or as a highlighter. Visit Temptalia’s site for a few dupes!

In addition to the cheek shades, I’ve been enjoying a few gorgeous lip shades:

  • Benefit Ultra Plush Lip Gloss in Coralista  ($16 for 0.5oz) – it looks pretty vibrant in the tube but applies very sheer and gives a subtle coral tint
  • Stila Lip Glaze in Mango Berry ($22 for 0.08oz) – I love this color, but I despise this packaging. When I opened this, I was so excited… but then immediately realized why I haven’t purchased a Stila gloss in years. This twist up tube is ridiculous. Thank goodness for what is inside! This is a bit more pink than some of the other shades and it is a semi-sheer gloss. It has a very long wear time and is probably my favorite formula of the bunch!
  • Laura Mercier Lip Glace in Nectar ($25 for 0.15oz) is a more peachy shade with a very thick consistency. This is more of a liquid lipstick than a gloss. This is heavily pigmented gloss – while the other two could be worn over another shade, this can easily stand alone.
  • and when I’m feeling a bit bold, the Tom Ford Lip Color in True Coral (full size $50). This is definitely more of a pink-coral and what I really picture when someone mentions coral. Hmmm.. hence the name…

You might notice that most of these are the smaller versions. I’ve been hoarding these shades for a while because I wasn’t sure if they were colors I could really pull off. So I decided to pull them all out of the bottomless lipstick drawer and give them a chance. I’m so glad that I did. Most of my makeup is fairly neutral, with a bit of fun eye color. This was an easy way to give my usual look a bit of an on-trend change and shrug off the cloudy days.

Left: indoors no flash; right: outdoors indirect light. Top to bottom: Benefit Coralista, Stila Mango Berry, Laura Mercier Nectar, Tom Ford True Coral.

What has been brightening up your cloudy days? Share below!

 

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June Le Métier de Beauté VIP Vault

Here we are, friends. The next to last month of the Le Métier de Beauté VIP Vault. I’m really sad to be so close to the end.

As usual, I am behind in getting this post up… so this lovely box has been sitting on my dining room table for a month. That also might say something about the amount of products I have lying around…

The June shipment had one, very fantastic item – the new Instant Line Perfecting Serum, a exclusive preview for VIP members. Oh my goodness. Folks, LMdB skincare is ridiculously good. The downside? It’s ridiculously expensive.

Here’s the scoop:

Upon applying the Instant Line Perfecting Serum, you will feel the heat activated serum begin to tighten and firm the skin, visibly smoothing the skin right in front of your eyes.

HOW TO USE

Apply prior to moisturizer, morning and/or evening.

Use gentle massage motions, working under and around the eyes and eyelids to start.

Great to use for filling fine lines and wrinkles to smooth the lip and perioral area.”

The lovely ladies at Makeup Talk suggested linking to the Dermstore website for the full details:

What it is:
A heat-activated serum that fights new and existing lines and wrinkles.

What it’s used for:
Within seconds of applying Le Metier de Beaute Instant Line Perfecting Serum, you’ll feel a warming sensation and feel your skin lifting and tightening. Here’s how it works: darutoside heals damaged, dry and irritated cells to keep your skin healthy and glowing. Rhizobian gum tightens and tones to minimize the depth of lines and wrinkles while caffeine evens your skin tone by stimulating circulation to reduce puffiness and redness.

Hyaluronic acid ensures proper moisture retention to keep your skin plump, supple and soft while antioxidants and vitamin E repel free radicals and environmental pollutants. Citric acid sheds dead cells and naturally adjusts your pH level to keep your complexion perfectly balanced throughout the day.

Ingredients:

Tocopheryl Phosphate, Caffeine, Darutoside, Hydrolyzed Rhizobian Gum, Butylene Glycol, Hyaluronic Acid, Silanetriol, Sodium Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA, Citric Acid, Sorbic Acid, Capryly Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol.

Suggested use:

Ideal for these Concerns: Aging Skin

Ideal for these Skin Types: Mature Skin, All Skin Types, Aging Skin, Loss of Firmness, Fine Lines and Wrinkles
Ingredient: Vitamin E, Antioxidants, Alpha Hydroxy Acids, Hyaluronic Acid
Skin Care: Treatments Serums
Application Area: Face
Treatments & Serums: Face Serum
Preferences: Fragrance-Free, Paraben-Free
Gender: Unisex
Dermstore states that this item will be coming soon and a listed price of $150 (1.7oz). We received a 1oz product that would probably be priced around $90-100.
This is definitely one of the higher valued items received in the last year. Wow! I’m currently finishing up a couple serums and will add this to the rotation very soon!

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

– May – Galore Six Fashion Palette value unknown

Total VIP program value to date: $958.50

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”

Have you tried this VIP item yet? What are your thoughts?

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Use It – June 2015

Happy July, everyone!

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday weekend! I celebrated our independence by eating for 3 days straight. It was amazing. I’m treating myself to an extra couple days off since I haven’t taken vacation time in 6 months. I think I’m overdue. You may notice an unusually high number of posts the next couple days as I spend a few hours catching up!

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. After several months of posting the reviews of samples on here, that unless they are a deluxe sample, the review will exist on Instagram. So be sure to check it out! Also you can see all of the photos of my wonderful dogs… you know you want to.

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

SKINCARE

Algenist Renewing Eye Balm – Algenist is an intriguing brand – one of the leading “biotech’ brands out there. Their products are derived from a specific type of algae and then something, something science… The company is very ethically responsible with regard to production and sustainability. I’ve only tried a couple Algenist products and would like to explore the brand a bit more. This was a nice eye cream – I used it primarily at night and woke looking refreshed and never puffy. This did not do anything specifically for my awful dark circles, so I probably would not purchase. However, I would definitely be open to trying another eye product from this brand. Available at Ulta for $65 (0.5oz).

Dr. Brandt Pores No More Pore Refiner – this was the sample that would never die. Just when I thought there just couldn’t be any left, there would be 2 more days… This is a mattifying primer that could be used under or over makeup. I tried it both ways and really only found this to be effective for about 3-4 hours. After that, I was very shiny and my pores were very visible. I would definitely not purchase. Available at Ulta and Sephora for $15 for travel size (0.5oz).

Omorovicza Thermal Cleansing Balm – this is so ridiculously good, but painfully expensive. I started using this a few months ago when it was freezing and a regular evening cleanser was stripping some of the moisture from my skin. A small amount lifted and removed makeup and dirt. I would follow with my regular cleanser and instead of feeling dry, my skin felt soft and incredibly clean. I will definitely repurchase in the fall/winter, as this is a bit much for the summer months. Available at Sephora and Neiman Marcus for $32 for 0.5oz or $110 for 1.7oz.

Peter Thomas Roth Rose Stem Cell Bio-Repair Cream – if you have read my blog for a while, you know I love the Rose Stem Cell Gel Mask. So when I spotted this at Sephora, I had to test it out. And friends, I was definitely not disappointed! This is incredibly moisturizing without being oily and has that amazing rose scent. Once I get through a few products in my stash, I will consider purchasing. Available at Sephora for $75 (1.7oz).

MAKEUP

MAC Dazzleglass in Moth to Flame – this particular tube was part of a holiday set a couple years back. I was so happy to discover that this was part of the permanent collection. This is a great neutral gloss with a hint of shimmer. Many of the Dazzleglass shades have an odd, chunky glitter formula that is a bit of a turn off, but this is the outlier. I often wear this with the Bite BB for Lips in Tawny, which gets lots of compliments. I have already repurchased this and it’s Back 2 MAC for this gal! Available at all MAC counters and stand alone stores for $20 (0.06oz).

BODY

Olay Quench Ultra Moisture Body Lotion – I have gone through so many of these. This is such a great lotion for any season and it is a staple in my routine. I will repurchase this as long as Olay makes it! Available at Target, drugstores, Amazon, etc. for $7-10 (11.8oz)

TOSS

Aloxxi Dry Shampoo with Color Protection – I tried and tried to use this. Ugh. The performance was consistent in that it would only ever work for a few hours before my hair would look greasier than before I used it. I could shake the can for 5 min and have it mix perfectly or not at all. I could spray on my hair and it could take one minute or 10 minutes to try. Sometimes it wouldn’t be visible and other times I couldn’t get it to blend in. There was no logic behind this and I give up.

Julep Nail Color in Mariska – this was fine when I opened it and then became oddly clumpy. I tossed it in a drawer last season and forgot about that little detail. I was less than pleased to realize I did that when I went to apply it the other day. I have never had a nail polish clump quite like this… weird.

Oscar Blandi Pronto Invisible – originally discussed here. I also give up on this.. it just doesn’t work for me. Unlike the Aloxxi, it consistently applies poorly and underperforms throughout the day.

 

That’s it, everyone! What did you use up or toss out this month? Any favorites? Share below!

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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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