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Le Metier de Beaute Holiday 2012 Collection

Le Metier de Beaute Holiday 2012 Collection

Regal and rich in jewel and earthy tones, Le Métier de Beauté unveils a ravishing, new limited edition Kaleidoscope Eye Kit: Bauhaus. Drawing inspiration from the Bauhaus movement that influenced famed runways of Caroline Herrera and Cynthia Rowley alike, the latest eye kaleidoscope combines chic metallics with vibrant chocolate and scarlet hues for a bold, wearable lid look. “Modernization is as feverishly popular as ever, and a little touch of Bauhaus never hurt anyone,” says Mikey Castillo, Director of Color for Le Métier de Beauté.

Bauhaus Eye Kaleidoscope ($95.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Axiom Sublime bronzed umber
  • Graphic Silver liquid metal
  • Crucible Rich pomegranate
  • Genre Deep gun metal

Customized nail color at your fingertips, this Holiday Le Métier de Beauté is unveiling two NEW nail polish transformers: Moon’s Glow and Tinsel Town. Adding a twist to every nail shade, paint these lacquered overlays* over any color to add a stunning twist on tips. Worn alone, the iridescent shades mix glimmering tones of gold, green and silver for an attention-grabbing, holographic effect. Infuse a shimmering, “play” on color and coat tips in the most versatile lacquers of the season!

A bold, new coat of perfection. The latest nail lacquers from Le Métier de Beauté shed light on the naughtiest neutrals of the holidays. Introducing Christmas Town and Dream Maker, two NEW vibrant polishes ringing in the brightest and best. Eye-catching shades of emerald, violet-navy make this color packed duo a must for the Winter-season.

Nail Lacquer ($18.00)

  • Moon’s Glow Golden gleam lacquered overlay
  • Tinsel Town Subtle shimmer lacquered overlay with crisp celadon undertones
  • Christmas Town Rich emerald
  • Dream Maker Vibrant violet with navy blue undertones

Availability: December 2012 at Neiman Marcus and select Saks and Nordstrom Stores

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China Glaze Pure Joy Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Pure Joy Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Pure Joy Nail Lacquer

Does This Polish Contain Pure Joy?

China Glaze Pure Joy Nail Lacquer ($7.50 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “fiery red glitter with gold particles.” It has small, orange-toned red glitter and then larger champagne gold glitter particles, both suspended in a clear base. I don’t have a dupe for you, but hopefully, I’ll be able to ramp up the glitter nail polish swatch gallery sooner rather than later, so we’ll be able to find dupes going forward! Until then, I welcome any suggestions from you, dear reader!

I layered one coat over China Glaze Cranberry Splash for the majority of swatches, and then I also included a photo of two swatches of Pure Joy (on my thumb nail; it’s the last photo in the set) so you could also see it on its own. I always love a glitter that works for layering but also stands on its own–I think that’s really the holy grail of glitters.  There’s enough glitter in a single coat to work for layering, but it’s a polish best for layering as after two coats, there’s still a lot of visible nail coming through.  I liked that the consistency of this shade wasn’t too thick, almost thin by glitter polish standards, so it dried down quickly and didn’t pool along the sides.

Pure Joy
Pure Joy

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Rant & Rave: Shimmery White Eyeshadow

This Week’s Topic: Shimmery White Eyeshadow

Share: Tell us what you love, hate, or are otherwise indifferent to about shimmering white eyeshadow. Do you use it? How so?

my answer: I can only use it as a lid color, as it is too stark on my brow bone. I like using shimmering white eyeshadows against blues, teals, and purples.

Thanks to Amy for today’s question!

Chantecaille Rose Petals (Les Petales de Rose) Illuminating Face Powder

Chantecaille Rose Petals (Les Petales de Rose) Illuminating Face Powder
Chantecaille Rose Petals (Les Petales de Rose) Illuminating Face Powder

A Delicate Highlighter for the Holidays

Chantecaille Rose Petals (Les Petales de Rose) Illuminating Face Powder ($74.00 for 0.42 oz.) is described as a “sheer, flattering glow [for] all skin tones” with “light-perfecting powders [that] provide a veil of subtle radiance, while [being] long-lasting, comfortable.” It’s a pale pink with a golden shimmer-sheen; when it’s layered on heavily, it looks mostly pink, but when sheered out, you’ll see all of the shimmer, sheen, and luminosity come through. NARS Albatross has a similar sheen, but it has more of a creamy white base, rather than a pink-tinged one. MAC Lightscapade has more shimmer, less sheen.
Guerlain Cruel Gardenia is darker, less cool-toned.  The general way it looked on the skin reminded me of the majesty of Guerlain’s Parure de Nuit.

There was something about it that caught my eye when I was browsing Nordstrom, and I impulsively purchased it (which is rarer than you’d expect).  The beauty of this highlighter is in its finish; it’s soft as silk, extremely finely-milled, and melts against the skin to give a natural, luminous highlight that doesn’t accentuate pores but actually softens the overall texture of the skin.  It wore for a full nine hours and hadn’t faded one bit.  It came as no surprise that it was easy to blend on the skin, and it’s the kind of powder that gives off a glow, a sheen, but not shimmer or sparkle.  Unfortunately, all that magic comes at a rather steep price tag!

One bright spot is that the powder contains 0.42 oz., which is twice the size of most blushes, though it’s only 25% or so larger than many highlighters on the market. For all its hefty price tag, the compact is made out of lightweight plastic. Typically, at this price point, you’ll see a packaging upgrade to metal or the like, but not with this product. If you’re familiar with Guerlain’s Meteorites (Pressed) Powders that retail for $56, it’s a similar feel (in regards to packaging) and resulting disappointment. Both are fantastic products and look beautiful on the skin, but for the price, the lack of heft was something I noticed immediately.

Chantecaille Rose Petals (Les Petales de Rose) Illuminating Face Powder


Win It! $250 from Ebates!

Win It! $250 from Ebates!

We have an awesome prize for one lucky winner — a $250 in cash, courtesy of Ebates — to celebrate Cyber Monday 2, where over 500 stores are offering double cash back.

If you’re not familiar with Ebates, it’s a program that allows you to earn cash back on your online purchases whenever you shop through Ebates. For example, if you sign-up, click-through their Bobbi Brown link, then you would get 15% cash back on any purchase you make. Every three months, Ebates pays you (via check or PayPal) any cash back you’ve earned. To sign-up, head on over to Ebates.

Right now, Ebates is offering DOUBLE cash back on the following beauty retailers:

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