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Use It: June 2017 Empties

Hello again!
How on earth is June over? I cannot believe that half a year is gone at the blink of an eye. My personal has been really stressful the last several weeks – lots of stuff that I don’t feel like sharing with the world (sorry…). On the flip side, work is great and I’m enjoying daily creative work. My animals are geriatric and hate the heat, but are muddling through with wagging tails and smiles. They are just the best.

I’m trying to focus on using up a few key things – older body products, foundations and a few specific makeup things that need to get used or go in the trash. Given the shameful amount I spent on all of this stuff, the option I prefer is to use it up. I’m going to go alphabetically again this month due to the lower volume. As always, sample reviews can be found on my Instagram (@lvp8779).

Here we go:

Ahava Dead Sea Essentials Refreshing Body Spa Towelettes in Hydrating Hibiscus – these had a really lovely, light scent – not overpowering or too floral. I loved using these after a trip to the gym or after work on a really hot day. Sadly, I think these have been discontinued, hence the Target clearance sticker. So sad… I would repurchase. Target – $2.08 for 28 wipes.

Algenist Splash Hydrating Setting Mist – ok so maybe the packaging does not explicitly say this, my beauty sleuthing skills came in handy for this one. I received this and a couple other products from The Pink Panel a while back, this was rediscovered during my bathroom renovation. I remembered I liked it while I was testing it for the study, but then was quickly reminded how much I love face mists in the summer. I used this as a toner – after washing my face in the morning, I sprayed a few pumps over my face before daily serums. This was really cooling and hydrating. I would consider purchasing if it wasn’t for the price – it’s a bit steep and there are some great mists out there. Available at Sephora for $35 for 4oz.

Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer in Porcelain and Sheer Finish Loose Powder in White – I know I have talked about this before – this is a long-discontinued design from Bobbi Brown. The two products stacked was brilliant, however now they put side by side in a small compact. This makes no sense – you get powder in the concealer and the powder is pressed vs. loose. It is so problematic. I think I have one more old design stashed away… Once that is gone, I will probably not repurchase. As I’m getting older (sigh), I find that the concealer settles in the creases around my eyes throughout the morning. I do love the coverage though… don’t count it out down the road! Side by side kit available at Nordstrom for $37.

Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara – this was so nice to revisit! I used this a couple years back and discovered I had another mini in my stash. As I mentioned in a previous post, this really separated and provided lots of volume to my lashes. I feel like it coated each lash and provided a ton of definition. Farewell, good friend! I would definitely repurchase! Full size available at Nordstrom for $30.

Julep Nail Color in Kelsey – this was an odd peachy shade. I tried to make this work several times and the last time I wore it I just scowled at my nails all day. I really disliked how it looked with my skin color. Will not repurchase. Available at Julep for $14 for 0.27oz.

Le Métier de Beauté Classic Flawless Finish Foundation in Shade 1 – I finally finished a foundation – it has been ages! This is medium to full coverage foundation that hides blemishes and evens out skin tone. This was great during the fall/winter/early spring months. This does not work well for me in warmer weather. This was a good shade match, however as it aged it did oxidize a bit and left my skin a bit sallow. I think there are a lot of great foundations out there… so I probably won’t revisit this one again. Available at Neiman’s for $68 for 1oz.

MAC PowerPoint Eye Pencil in Stubborn Brown – oh man… remember this from my Project Pan  a while back? Well, I lost it at some point during the project and then found it a few months later. Then I lost it again and recovered it during the infamous bathroom renovation. I tried to make it work and it is just done – it was too dry at this point to really use. This is my favorite style of MAC eyeliner, so I would probably purchase again at some point. Stubborn Brown is a rich, chocolaty shade that works well on any skin tone. Available online and MAC counters for $17 for 0.04oz.

MAC Prep+Prime Transparent Finishing Powder – this is the most versatile setting powder I’ve used in a long time. It is incredibly lightweight and keeps my makeup from creasing and helps keep shine at bay for a few hours. I would definitely repurchase. Available online and MAC counters for $27 for 0.32oz.

Mally Volumizing Mascara – this was terrible. The formula was so dry I couldn’t even get it to coat my lashes. I used it on one eye and then tossed it in the Use It bin. Bummer. Available at Ulta for $20 for 0.39oz.

Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Pencil in Sabbath – I love this pencil. It took an hour of swatching to find the perfect navy liner and this was the winner – a rich, heavily pigmented navy blue that doesn’t lean purple or grey. This really does last all day. After the latest round of work-related pink eye, I am retiring this. I know where to find it and will probably repurchase soon. Available at Ulta for $20 for 0.04oz.

Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray – this is great – a few spritzes and makeup does not budge. I feel like this definitely extends the wear time of my makeup, specifically eye makeup, in the summer. However, I do prefer the MAC Fix+. I would probably circle back around to this again though. Available at Ulta for $15 for 1oz.

Short and sweet. Lots of makeup this month – wow!

Total products used 2017:

Skincare: 17

Body: 10

Hair: 12

Makeup/face: 15

other: 6

Nails: 7

Samples: 13

Sheet masks: 1

Month total: $245.08   (approximately)

Year total: $1,011.80

At the end of December 2016, I used up a total value of $1,570.80. If I keep up this pace, I might hit $2,000… I am shaking my head at that… I can’t believe how much I’ve spent over the years. Ugh.

I’m not even going to talk about what I purchased this month… I did some retail therapy. That’s all I’m saying.

I look forward to hopefully getting a few more posts up soon. I realize I’ve really been slacking. There has been a lot going on personally and I hope to step it up in the second half of the year.

Enjoy the rest of July!

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This Week’s Lips #8

Hello again!

Finally getting back to normal and my regularly scheduled post about lipstick. You’re welcome 😉

MondayPerricone MD No Lipgloss Lipgloss – this tends to be my weekend go-to shade and an occasional weekday color. Monday was rough so I kept it pretty simple.

Tuesday – MAC Satin Lipstick in Verve – this is one of those classic great shades that I love to have in my collection. This is a great plummy/mauve-brown shade that wears beautifully. This is very buildable and I like to build up a couple coats, which wears evenly for 4-5 hours.

Wednesday (and Friday night) – Tom Ford Lips and Boys in GuillermoGuillermo is like the ridiculously expensive dupe of Verve. This leans a bit more plum than brown and I loooooove it. I have been holding out using this… I finally broke down and opened up the packaging and have been using it quite a bit over the last couple weeks. While the Lips and Boys lipsticks are much smaller, it is still the same satin formula that wears for about 6 hours.

ThursdayTom Ford Lip Color in Nude Vanille – it just keeps showing up every couple weeks. I love this color. I wore red eyeshadow (seriously… red) and wanted to balance it out – this shade was perfect.

Friday (day)Le Métier de Beauté – VIP shade – originally featured here. This wears comfortably for hours. It can easily be worn over any other lip product, but I do like to wear it on its own most of the time.

I really love transitioning to fall.. darker lip and eye shades, switching to a deeper blush and my clothing changing to cashmere and layers. I feel like this is definitely my season!

What are some of your fall go-to shades? What did you wear this past week?

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This Week’s Lips #7

Happy Sunday!

I took a hiatus last week due to some personal stuff. I usually write down the first few days on Wednesday and finish the post Saturday or Sunday. By Wednesday, I was already swamped and completely overwhelmed so the post never even was drafted. This past week was a bit better so I’m going to try and stay on top of it going forward.

Monday – MAC Lipglass in Seducing Sound – this was released a couple summers ago as part of the Alluring Aquatic collection, which was maybe one of my favorites from the last decade. This is a beautiful, shimmery brown/copper/plum sheer nude shade. That sounds loaded, I know but it is the best way to describe it. This doesn’t have enough shimmer for it to be considered to be a Dazzleglass, but more than a typical Cremesheen. I always snag a spare at a CCO if I find it!

Tuesday – Lancôme Le Rouge Absolu in Crème de Marron – I’m really surprised to see that this is the first time this has been mentioned in this series. This is yet another brown-nude shade in my collection. Are you noticing a trend? I love the formula of the Le Rouge Absolu – very hydrating and lasts for several hours. I want more of these in my life!

Wednesday – Tarte Lippie Lingerie in Revealed and L’Oréal Colour Riche Lipstick in Eva’s Nude – ok I have to start this by saying that Lippie Lingerie is a really terrible name.. however, this color is phenomenal. It’s a beautiful red-hued brown shade that has applies like a dream and stays put for hours. I chickened out a bit as I walked out the door for work and applied a layer of Eva’s Nude over it to mute the shade a bit. The combination of the two worked very well together, the combined shades made it look quite similar to Tuesday’s Lancôme shade.

 

 

ThursdayLe Métier de Beauté Hydra Crème Lipstick in MoroccoI was really dragging by Thursday and decided to punch it up a bit with a great daytime red. This leans a bit pink/blue, but it is very subtle. This is quite different from the Guerlain Rouge G in Gina, which leans more orange. What I love about this shade is that while it is sheer, it can be built up to a full-coverage, bold shade.

Friday – NYX Chunky Dunk in Hibiscus Tea Punch – ok if Lippie Lingerie was terrible, Chunky Dunk is just the worst. Seriously, NYX? WTF. I think they changed the name after the release of this because it was so awful. Names aside, this is a fantastic product. This is a sheer pink-beige shade with decent pigmentation. This is not as long lasting as some of the other NYX formulas, but this feels more like a balm and is easy to reapply. I love how hydrating this is and I should be wearing this much more often!!

 

Saturday – MAC Matte Lip Color in Eugenie and Burberry Lip Mist in No. 206 Blueberry Eugenie on its own is tough… It’s a beautiful shade but really difficult to wear as a matte – it clumps, pulls and settles in every small line. It feels really dry and no amount of exfoliation makes it feel comfortable. When it is layered with Blueberry, it becomes a beautiful, deep cranberry shade that wears perfectly. Blueberry alone is a sheer, hydrating lip color that lasts for hours. The color in the tube is quite deceiving – it truly looks like the shade of smashed blueberries on your lips.

As I was writing this post, I realized that I am becoming less and less loyal to any specific brand. While my color preferences deviate very little, my expectation for performance is still high. I don’t particularly care if a product is $5 or $45, as long as it is a quality product, I’m content.

How have your preferences changed over the years? Do you find yourself becoming more open to different brands or are you becoming more loyal to just a couple of companies?

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This Week’s Lips #6

Happy Fall, y’all!

I’m sooo happy that it has finally cooled down and I can start wearing fall things again. Most of the time I’m trying figure out how to dress for work and my office is hot-cold-hot-cold… and it’s finally been comfortable. I have been alternating between cardigans and suit jackets and am not miserably hot. Weekends are far less complicated!

Along with the cooler weather, I’ve started adjusting my skincare routine and foundation – finally using less cream blush and shadows and moving back to my palates and such. It is definitely been a fun change!

Even with all of these changes, I’ve been in repeat mode with my lipstick. This will be just a quick rundown, as we have definitely seen these before!

MondayTom Ford Lip Color in Nude Vanille – and I didn’t heed my own advice… I should have exfoliated! To smooth it out, I topped it off with a quick swipe of L’Oréal Colour Riche Extraordinaire in Nude Ballet.

TuesdayBenefit Ultraplush Lipgloss in Sugarbomb – such an easy color to wear!

WednesdayGuerlain Rouge G in Gina – something had to make Wednesday tolerable… why not luxury lipstick?

Nude Ballet, Sugarbomb and Gina originally featured here.

Thursday – Le Métier de Beauté – VIP shade – I don’t know the actual name of this color – it was one of two shades received through the VIP Vault program. This is a beautiful, creamy neutral that is somewhat similar to the L’Oréal Colour Riche Extraordinaire in Nude Ballet, only with more pigmentation. This lasts about 6 hours without fading or settling into fine lines, with a slight reapplication needed after eating or drinking.

FridayYSL Rouge Pur in Venetian Rose – originally featured last week. I really love this shade and formula!

 

 

I plan to break out a few more fall shades in the upcoming weeks – browns, purples and darker pinks. Most of my winter wardrobe is black and grey so expect some more dramatic looks.

Have a great week!

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Top Posts of 2015

Hello everyone!

It is time to start wrapping up 2015… can you believe it? I decided to try and get a jump on the calendar a bit and start working on some reviews.

So there have been a few changes over the last couple months – mainly a big job switch. I’ve gone from traveling 2-3 times a month and a lengthy commute, to a no-travel job with a 3 minute commute. There is lots of great transition so hopefully that will start to show in blog productivity in 2016.

In looking at my WordPress analytics, I was really surprised to see some of my 2013-2014 posts taking the top spot… maybe I shouldn’t be? I think my favorite thing is looking at my top countries – 1 US, 2 Germany (wie gehts), 3 Canada, 4 U.K. and 5 France (merci!).

Top read blog posts (eliminating Home/About Me):

#5 – October Le Métier de Beauté VIP Vault posted 10/13/14

#4 – MAC Magnetic Nudes Review posted 12/30/13 – seriously? I love that this is still so popular! This was one of my most favorite MAC launches ever!

#3 – August Le Métier de Beauté VIP Vault posted 8/23/14

#2 – Upcoming Beauty Event with Le Métier de Beauté posted 2/15/15

DRUMROLL….

#1 – MAC Prep + Prime CC Review 2/26/14 – yes, February 2014.. you all must love my explanation of color theory!

I can’t than you all enough for sticking with me the last 2 years. I feel like I have found a great network in the blogging community and can’t wait to see where the next year takes us!

Stay tuned in the next couple weeks for my top picks of 2015!

 

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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 – 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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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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March Le Métier de Beauté VIP Vault

Happy… March?

Hmm… I’m obviously behind on my subscription services these days. I’ve been resisting temptation to use until I could get around to swatching and photos. That is quite a feat for me!

This month’s Le Métier de Beauté VIP Vault featured 2 gorgeous lip gloss in colors exclusive to the VIP program (for now, at least…) one is a beautiful, light sparkling pink, the other is a rich, creamy pink-brown.

Left: indoor lighting; Right: indoor with flash

There wasn’t a full description of the products, the packaging just indicated this was the Glow Your Own Way VIP 2015 set. After a bit of digging on the interwebz, I believe the shade on the left is the Sheer Brilliance Lip Gloss (retail $32) and on the right is the Lip Crème Lip Gloss (retail $36).

The gloss swatches a bit sheer, but has a lovely, light tint with a bit of shimmer. This can be worn on its own or over another shade to brighten it up.

Left: indoor lighting; middle: indoors with flash; right: outdoors, direct sun

The crème formula is much thicker, and feels more like a liquid lipstick. I actually prefer a stickier product, so this is kind of my dream formula. I read several posts about this shade not working for a lot of people, but this is a perfect nude shade for me. If anyone out there dislikes it, feel free to send my way! 😉

I wanted to show a side by side comparison of another shade in my collection, MAC On the Scene (top), a Cremesheen Glass. It isn’t a perfect dupe, but this color family is clearly a favorite!

March was a total win for me. As a lip product junkie, this is a little slice of  heaven!

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

Total VIP program value to date: $808.50

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”

Are you a VIP? Are you considering signing up next year?


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