Gorgeous Picks from Le Métier de Beauté

Remember that time I had that crazy awesome Le Métier de Beauté Cosmetics makeover? I am still head over heels in love with this higher end brand and as promised, I’ve got some of their newest goodies to show off. Now. Keep in mind, that Le Métier de Beauté is higher-end so their product prices aren’t for everyone. But for my girls who love luxe cosmetics, you’ll love everything about this brand. And y’all know…I don’t discriminate. I love drugstore and higher-end cosmetics equally. 😎 Word.

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Let’s rap on nail polishes first because that’s what most newcomers to the brand love the most. And it’s no surprise because everything from the color selection to the formula is just superb.

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I do have 2 complaints about the polishes though. Their bottles are just so so as far as appearance and the brushes seem to be a bit on the small side. Or maybe I just have huge hands. Could be the latter. But still – I love everything about these 2 shades.

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Made in the Jade is a wonderful dark green that is opaque with only 2 coats. It’s a smooth cream and has a gorgeous shine without a topcoat.

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Cloisin-Navy is just that…a richly pigmented navy nail polish that will have any blue nail polish lover going nutty. And for good reason. It’s just dynamic. And I love that it’s a navy blue that doesn’t look black. These polishes retail for $18 a pop.

On the eyeshadow front, check out how beautiful Fire Lily is…

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Gorgeous, right? This shade reminds me so much of MAC’s Cranberry except it has a tiny bit more shimmer to it. It is fantastic on the lid but I really like shades like this applied to my outer-V. Le Métier de Beauté’s eyeshadows are pretty pricey at $30 but man, this one makes the price tag seem okay.

Aaaaand in the lipstick world, I couldn’t stop bragging about Le Métier de Beauté’s glosses and this Orange Juiced ($32) is just niiiice.

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For one, it doesn’t feel like a typical gloss. It is insanely moisturizing (thanks to the Vitamin E) and doesn’t feel tacky on the lips. At the same time, you get a nice dose of shine and while the gloss is orange in color, it actually looks pretty clear on my lips with just a small bit of orange shimmer. Of course, if I were to wear an orange (or maybe red) lipstick, the orange in the gloss would really pop. It isn’t the glossiest lipgloss that I’ve come across but I would trade added moisture for glossiness any day. Can I get an Amen?

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And I saved the best for last because the packaging of Le Métier de Beauté’s Kaleidoscopes are just goooorgeous.

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Priced at $95, these are definitely the kind of product that you have to LOOOOOOVE to even consider buying. Admittedly so, I’ve never been a fan of lip color palettes and kits. I think they are best suited for makeup artsits and traveling but for everyday use, I much prefer using lipsticks and glosses. There is something insanely wonderful about the lip colors in this Lip Kit though. Each shade is nice and pigmented and all have nice wear time. They end up being about $25 each so yeah, I do think the price point is a bit hefty – even for a luxe brand.

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The shades:

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Cinema: a velvety, ultra-rich true red.
Existential: sparkling mauve with rose effervescence.
Beau: deep berry crimson with matte finish.
Celluloid: a glimmering, creamy flushed red.

Celluloid is stunning. I’m not into having to use a lip brush every time I want to apply a lip color (I know…I’m lazy) but I loooove this one.

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So yeah, I am loving me some Le Métier de Beauté. If you’re going to spend a good amount of money on a brand, you should want to be woo-ed and Le Métier de Beauté does that. You can scoop up their products at select Nordstrom counters and Nordstrom.com.

 

Any Le Métier de Beauté lovers in the house? How beautiful is that Kaleidoscope?

China Glaze Tranzitions nail polish collection

Well noooooow, this is quite the surprise. Good ole’ China Glaze is always on the up and up when it comes to knowing the latest and greatest in the nail polish world. They know that many of us have fallen victim to the nail art addiction and so they’ve released some polishes that can help make nail art…well, easier.

According to China Glaze, it goes like this: “This revolutionary new color-changing nail lacquer reacts when a clear top coat is applied”. Reacts in what way, you ask? With a stroke of clear top coat, the original polish color transforms into another nail polish groovy. Pretty groovy concept, uh? It’s easy to identify what color you’ll start with and what color a top coat will transform that color to because China Glaze have given us little labels on each of the Tranzitions bottles.

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China Glaze isn’t the first to do this but a mainstream brand hasn’t done this in a while so they do get some props in my book. I’ll show off the swatches first and then go into detail about how these polishes work and if they are worth your pennies.

Duplicityy is a mint green that shifts to vibrant teal. I actually really like this color without the top coat. Duplicityy seemed to dry better than most of the other polishes. The teal that arrives after the top coat is gorgeous too and almost has a bit of watercolor effect.

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Duplicityy with a bit of top coat…

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Duplicityy with top coat all over…

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Shape Shifter is a smokey violet that shifts to dark purple. That dark violet is very very subtle and actually looks more like a chrome-y navy blue on the nails. It’s a shade I’d wear solo but I love its transformed color (that vibrant purple) a lot more.

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Shape Shifter with a bit of top coat…

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Shape Shifter with top coat all over…

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Modify Me is a periwinkle blue that shifts to indigo blue. That perwinkle is some kind of awesome and don’t laugh at me, but I got a bit ambitious with my wanna-be nail art when it came to using the top coat. It is insanely tricky but you can use a dotting tool to make the other color pop up. I’m just not that good at it…yet.

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Modify Me with a bit of top coat…

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Modify Me with top coat all over…

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Metallic Metamorphosis is a silvery grey that shifts to bluish-charcoal grey and the truth about this shade is that it doesn’t LOOK all that differently when you apply a top coat over it. I’m not even kidding.

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Metallic Metamorphosis with a bit of top coat…

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Metallic Metamorphosis with top coat all over…

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Split Perso-NAIL-ity is a dusty pink that shifts to fuchsia and it’s a good shade to have in the bunch considering all of the other polishes don’t have any pink/red  variations to them. The cotton candy pink is nice and girly and I dig the fuchsia it turns into – although it does have application problems a la Modify Me.

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Split Perso-NAIL-ity with a bit of top coat…

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Split Perso-NAIL-ity with top coat all over…

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Altered Reality is a teal blue that shifts to turquoise and ohmiiiiigoodness, my camera sucked at trying to capture this color. While it looks gray, it really is more of a chrome-y teal. It’s not my favorite of the bunch though.

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Altered Reality with a bit of top coat…

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Pro’s

-Interesting concept to those who like nail art.
-I managed to get an opaque finish with each polish after only applying 1 coat.
-You really do get 2 polishes in 1 but for the price of 1 polish.
-Fun way to quickly change nail polish colors on a whim.
-All brands of top coat work effectively.

Con’s

-It’s hard to tell when the polish is “ready” for the top coat because even when they feel dry, applying a top coat can result in a streaky finish.
-The nail polish formula, while opaque, has such a weird consistency. It’s streaky and it’s tough to get it to apply evenly.
-Some of the polishes didn’t have much of a noticeable shift in color.

OVERALL:

Are these gimmicky? Well…yes. But nail polish fans may like them for the fun factor alone. Using them will take some trial and error but they aren’t impossible. Plus, I’m all for something “new” in the nail polish world so even though these aren’t perfect, I’m not exactly hating on them.

 

Purchase Information

Cost: 3.99/ea
Availability: Available in January 2013.
Where To Buy: Sally Beauty Supply, Ulta and on e-tailers like TransDesign.com.

Whatcha think, nail polish lovers? Are these the coolest polishes you’ve ever seen or a bit…strange?

Top Beauty Finds of 2012

You knew it was comin’. I’ll save my whole spiel about “OMG, I can’t believe it’s already almost 2013″ and whatnot and just get right down to the nitty gritty.

Okay, wait. I lied. Seriously though – can y’all believe how quickly 2012 flew by? I mean, dang! Okay okay…here are some of my top  beauty finds of 2012. Keep in mind that these aren’t ALL of them. I’m far too lazy to list them all. Hey! I’m bein’ honest. Something you can continue to expect in 2013. 😎 Hollerrrrrrr.

Hereeeee we goooo….

Top Mascaras

 

So in this post I listed 6 of my favorite mascaras. Not included in that list are the following…

  • CoverGirl LashBlast Clump Crusher mascara – Because how many mascaras don’t kill your lashes after you’ve applied a good 3 coats to them? Not many. We’ve seen a lot of Lash Blast mascaras but I’m happy to say that this one really doesn’t clump.

 

Top Nail Polish Brands/Collections

 

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  • butter LONDON – I was head over heels in love with this nail polish brand this year. Why? They were always releasing beautiful nail polishes that didn’t look like other polishes that I owned. At $14 a bottle, they are a bit on the higher-end side of nail polishes but who cares. We all need a hobby and one of mine is collection bL polishes until I die. Yep.
  • Cult Nails Coco’s Untamed collection – Oooh boy, I couldn’t get enough of this collection either. Even more impressive is that a 13-year old came up with all of these gorgeous shades. Yuuuup.

 

Top Lippies

 

 

  • I listed 4 of my favorite lippies here. Included in that list is the ever so awesome Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter.

 

 Top Skincare Products

 

 

  • Check out this list of 7 skincare products that rocked my world.
  • Eucerin Skin Calming Dry Skin Body Wash – It’s far from paraben-free and contains more ingredients than I like my skincare products to have but this has been the only body wash that not only soothes but keeps my eczema at bay.
  • Josie Maran skincare products – Okay, I’m cheating here because I haven’t really done a post for her products yet but I’ve been using them for weeks now and I am obsessed. Ob.sessed. Josie Maran drops argan oil in all of her products and I’ve been slathering everything from her hair oil, sunscreen and whipped argan butter allllll over.
  • Clarisonic Aria – This is another product that I haven’t reviewed (or tried) but I plan on getting my hands on it in 2013. I’m just so in love with this version of the awesome Clarisonic face brush that I just HAVE to have it.

Best in Foundations

 

 

  • Urban Decay Naked Skin Liquid Foundation – Oh geez, I love this stuff. I am actually at the bottom of my first bottle and I am thisclose to buying another. This foundation actually turned me into liking foundation. Which says a lot.

I totally didn’t even try to do a “Best in Eyes”. There were just too many products to choose from. Yeah, I know. I suck.

 

 

What were some of your favorite products in 2012?

Amor de Lacquer: Diosa nail polishes

A few months ago, I was asked to be a be a featured Diosa. What’s a Diosa? She’s a woman in her 20’s or 30’s who inspires her peers and the girls in their lives who are in need of positive role models. The vision comes from Diana, a New York City native who wanted to create a brand of nail polishes that could also tell a story. You can learn more about Diana here. She’s pretty awesome. I wanted to show off some of the pretty Diosa polishes. If you love supporting indie nail polish brands, I think you’ll love this one.

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Puff Pastry is a super sheer jelly that would probably work best on an American manicure. I like it by itself though. Because it’s so sheer, it’ll take a good 3 coats to achieve some kind of opaque finish.

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Dawn Over Provence is a pale lavender. It’s got a dusty finish and while it looks great on solo, it’ll really shine with some kind of sparkle or glitter on top.

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Dime Piece is a grey. Can’t go wrong with grey nail polishes!

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Bali Blaze is a super bright red that leans more on the orange side. It’s goooorgeous.

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Somethin’ Extra is a holographic glitter. It’s a stunner!

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Fuchsia Plans photographs funky but this is a gorgeous fuchsia. It dries down to a semi-matte finish. Of course a top coat will make it glossy but I actually really like the semi-matte finish.

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I Sea You is a bright blue that reminds me a lot of Nubar’s Blueberry nail polish. Which happens to be my favorite blue nail polish evahhhh! I Sea You is a close second. And as beautiful as it is, I love that it doesn’t stain the nails. Woot!

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Purple Reign is a dark purple polish that actually LOOKS purple on the nails instead of black. I love when this happens!

Diosa nail polishes apply beautifully. Some of the shades were a bit on the watery side (namely Puff Pastry and Dime Piece) so thin and even coats are the best way to apply these polishes. I’m lovin’ these inaugural shades. Diosa nails officially launched in July 2012 and I think this is a great intro to the nail polish world. You can buy these babies for $8 online.

Oh! And check out my Diosa feature here.

Sephora Houndstooth Mani Kit

‘Tis the season to start scooping up gifts and as a beauty gal, I can confidently say I know what other beauty girls want. Okay yeah, so not everyone is into nail polish. Fine. But nobody wants to walk around with raggedy and jagged nails. Which is why this Sephora Houndstooth Mani Kit is such an adorable stocking stuffer.

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Oh, and how lame is it that my current home doesn’t have a mantle? I move just about every year (one day I’ll settle in one place…one day) and most of my places have had mantles but not this one. *tears* Ahhh yes, but where was I? Oh yeah…this darling kit as a stocking stuffer.

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Who doesn’t love the classic houndstooth design? I mean, honestly…the packaging is everything. And what’s inside ain’t too shabby either.

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Ideal for tossing in a cosmetic bag or in some luggage for travel, this is just a nifty and uesful little kit. And uh, if you’re like me some of those tools can also be seen as multi-purpose. Like the little scissors? I would totally use those for grooming the brows. Or clipping my ‘stache. Yeah, I said it. I know I’m not the only one with a bit of fuzz on the upper lip. Such a sweet little kit. And it’s only $20 so there’s no bank breakin’ here. I scooped one up for a friend. You know…that friend that is also wanting something super useful and fancy and awesome just because you happen to be a beauty editor.

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Way to go, Sephora! Scoop this up at Sephora stores and at Sephora.com.

Pretty Polishes: nails inc. The After Party trio

Soooo, once again I suck. I’ve been eyeing the brand Nails Inc. for many moons now and this my first time actually featuring some of their products on Clumps of Mascara. See how much I suck? Yeah. Badly. But hopefully you’ll forgive me when you see how awesome this After Party collection is.

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See what I mean? Look at all of that glittery, shimmery and holographic wonderness.

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I just sneezed glitter. I mean yasssss. This is what I’m talking about. And this little trio is only $25 which ain’t shabby for 3 gorgeous nail polishes. Let’s get a closer look at them, shall we?

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Disco Lane is a black holographic shimmer and I can’t say much else because the description is right on. I love everything about this polish. I applied 3 coats of it to the nails and it looks a bit gritty solo but it shines beautifully with a top coat. I didn’t apply one here as I wanted to show the polish in its true form. I don’t have many black holographic polishes and it’s rare to find them THIS holographic-y. So yeah. I love Disco Lane. I love discos too. They should really bring ’em back.

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Soho Street is a chunky rainbow glitter and it’s not terribly unique as it looks like many glitter polishes on the market now. The good thing about this one though? It works beautifully for layering and it reaches an opaque finish at 3 coats. Not too shabby, uh?

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Covent Garden Market is a red full coverage glitter and I fell in love with it at first glance. But applying this baby wasn’t easy. You can get away with 2 coats but I pushed it to 3 and when I did that, it started to drag on me a bit. But at the same time I felt like 2 coats weren’t enough. I’ve gotta tweak this one a bit because it’s such a beautiful red. I’ve GOT to make it work.

What a beautiful trio. And yeah. Only $25. You can grab it Sephora and Sephora.com. It’ll make the perfeeeect stocking stuffer for your favorite nail polish lovin’ lady or lad.

 

 

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Pretty Polishes: Jesse’s Girl nails for the holidays

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Now y’all know I’m not one to do a bunch of crazy designs on my nails. I neither have the patience, time or uh…patience. Yeah. But simple looks like dots? Well, even I can do that. A dotting tool costs just a few bucks and as long as you’ve got some nice and opaque polishes, practically anyone (even the clumsy folx like me) can get do nice little Christmas-y polka dot nails. For this look, I used 2 of the polishes from the JulieG Holiday Collection by Jesse’s Girl Cosmetics. Remember when I reviewed some of those polishes? Yeah well, I’m still in love with them. Even if I can only get ’em online. They are totally worth the shipping costs and all that jazz though.

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Big Red Bow is a cherry red with subtle shimmer and it’s such a sweet and shimmery red. It is definitely the ideal red for Christmas. I love it lots because I reached an opaque finish after only 2 coats. Hollaaaa!

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And then there’s Under Mistletoe, a pine green with subtle gold shimmer. It’s an interesting green because it isn’t super rich but still provide enough shimmer to where it looks pretty awesome on the nails. I didn’t think it would be opaque enough to show up well as dots over red polish but it worked beautifully!

There is also a gold, magenta and super awesome glitter polish in this collection and they can be scooped up at Rite Aid stores (if you’re lucky to live by one) or online for only $3.99 a bottle.

Any other Jesse’s Girl fans in the house? And have you ever done polka dots on your nails?

Amor de Lacquer: China Glaze Holiday Joy collection, part II

‘ellllooooo. We’re back with part II of the gorgeous China Glaze Holiday Joy collection. If you missed it, check out part I here. This half of the collection has quite a few surprises. And you know what the means…glittahhhhh!!!

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Champagne Kisses is a bubbly rose gold glitter with a teeny bit of holographic shimmer. I didn’t expect this to be so glitterific, but it is. At the same time, it wasn’t too bad to remove which is great!

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With Love is a classic red crème with a hint of orange undertones. It’s squishy and pretty red. Nothing too strikingly unique though.

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Glitter All The Way is a multi-color glitter. It’s like Mardi Gras on the nails!

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Glistening Snow is the perfect name for this fine diamond-like silver glitter. It’s like the silver-y version of champagne kisses. It’s opaque and looks stunning on the nails. It’s a bit of a top coat hog so I had to apply a good 2 coats of top coat just to get some serious shine.

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Cranberry Splash is a ruby red shimmer and while thats’s China Glaze’s fancy definition of it, really it’s just more of a regular ole’ burgundy to me.

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Pizazz is a twinkling multi-dimensional glitter blend and it’s beautiiiiful. I mean, yeah…we’ve see beautiful glitters like this one but there’s something special about Pizazz.

The collection altogether:

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Shouts out to China Glaze for giving us plenty of sparkle, glitter and shimmer in this collection! I think these are beautiful shades that are definitely holiday-appropriate.

This collection is currently in stores like Sally Beauty Supply and online at e-tailers like TransDesign.com.