Top Ten Tuesdays returns with palettes we love

Top Ten Beauty always brings a bit of anxiety. What if I leave something out? What if I put something in and then change my mind? What if when I read all the other posts I see something that makes me slap my face and wonder why I haven’t use that in so long?
I’ve picked 9 palettes that I use all the the time and rely on plus one major wishlist palette.
1. Marc Jacobs The Starlet – I’m sure this surprises absolutely no one who has read Beauty Info Zone. I’m crazy about The Starlet (and The Vamp) and think this line was a great addition to the makeup world. Marc Jacobs takes me from my typical staid and brings out the makeup artist I used to be.
2. Sephora+Pantone Universal Precious Metals Shadow Palette – this wasn’t a very popular palette but I love it and pull it out all the time. The shadows are a mix of quality but in general they are well pigmented. There are so many shades I can count on when I need a certain “something”. Unfortunately it’s discontinued but things do pop up occasionally.
3. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette – this is new to me and it’s so wonderful. I resisted the individual Ambient Light singles because I just couldn’t decide. Now I have three so I’m glad I waited before purchasing any.
4. Le Metier de Beaute Blush Kaleidoscope – this is the only blush palette that I use. I use blush every day but the only palette. I usually wear one or two shades at a time with it. It’s great for travel since I’ve got enough variety to keep me happy.
5. Kat Von D True Romance palette in Saint – If you notice I didn’t put any of my Urban Decay Naked palettes even though I have them all. When I want those types of shades I pull out the Kat Von D instead. Of the 8 shades, I wear 6 of them often.
6. TheBalm Shady Lady Volume Three – I could just as easily have picked Volume Two or Balm Jovi or Nude ‘tude since I like all of them. Watch out on Hautelook for TheBalm sales since they have outstanding prices on this brand. It’s the green shade in Volume Three that gets me going.
7.  Dior Bonne Etoile – This is almost too pretty to use. I hate that this was a limited edition because it sold out quickly. I bought both Constellation (purples) and Bonne Etoile (green and brown) but never got around to reviewing them, now it’s too late. But if you can get your hands on either, go for it. Beautifully pigmented, great combinations, stellar design and quality.
8. Too Faced Boudoir Eyes – Too Faced is an eyeshadow lover’s dream and nightmare. They keep coming out with beautiful palettes that I think I can’t live without. Boudoir Eyes is a great neutral palette that I reviewed on Blushing Beauty if you care to read about it.
9.  Bare Minerals The Scenic Route – This is technically not a palette since it just has two shadows but oh what shadows they are. This is my favorite green eyeshadow and I really needed to include it in this post. I don’t wear white shadow often but it just works with the green.
10. Serge Lutens Nude Lip Palette – My wishlist item. I labored over buying this during Barney’s last Beauty Event but the $140 price stopped me in my tracks. I’m still lusting over it but I just don’t imagine myself using it enough to justify that kind of money. Now if my husband gets me mad enough some day —- you never know!!
Thank you for reading my Top Ten Palettes. I’d recommend every one of these. I bought all of these (except Serge) and don’t regret these purchases at all. Any you like or own? — Marcia
Please read what my fellow bloggers have chosen.

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Lisa’s Top Ten Self Tanners

Self tanners have come a long way, baby. Years ago they were difficult to apply, smelled horrific, and turned you an unnatural looking orange. There are some truly great options out there today, options so great no one should be afraid to faux tan! I put my self tanners into two categories:  one night stands (these only last until you wash them off) and marriage material (these give you more committment – at least one week). Here are my top ten self tanners. The first five are my favorite one night stands and the next five are my favorite marriages.

1.  Gleam Body Radiance

Gleam Body Radiance

Gleam Body Radiance

Four fantastic color options, this one night stand is also the perfect remedy for any bad ‘marriages’.

2.  Red Carpet Kolour

Red Carpet Kolour

Red Carpet Kolour

Oh my this is a terrific one night stand…it makes any skin flaws disappear with beautiful tint and soft shimmer.

3.  Le Metier Bella Bronzer

Le Metier Bella Bronzer

Le Metier Bella Bronzer

The best liquid bronzer for the face and decolletage, hands down.

4.  Tarte Maracuja Rainforest Glow

Tarte Maracuja Rainforest Glow

Tarte Maracuja Rainforest Glow

A beautiful golden tan that is waterproof (hello swimming!) but not soap proof (hello one night stand!).

5.  Carlene K Shine Bronzer Body Glow

Carlene K Shine Body Glow

Carlene K Shine Body Glow

There’s a reason this is a favorite of Hollywood starlets – it’s gorgeous, easy to use, and I love the beautiful golden shimmer.

6.  Jan Marini Bioglycolic Sunless Self Tanner

Jan Marini

Jan Marini Bioglycolic Sunless Self Tanner

I love this especially as a face tanner.  The color adjusts to your skin so it’s extremely natural looking.

7.  Supergoop Self Tanning Sunscreen Mousse

Supergoop SPF 20 Gradual Self Tanning Sunscreen Mousse

Supergoop SPF 20 Gradual Self Tanning Sunscreen Mousse

This sunscreen is also a gradual self tanner, which is a great way to build up to that commitment.

8.  Tan Towels

Tan Towels take away those tan lines!

Tan Towels take away those tan lines!

See the tan lines? Tan Towels are a super convenient way to make them a thing of the past – even if you have the tan lines of a blogger.

9.  Make Me Smooth You Glow, Girl

Make Me Smooth You Glow, Girl

Make Me Smooth You Glow, Girl

I buy this self tanner over and over because it gives gorgeous color and I can get it in any scent I want. My most frequent pick is Day at the Beach, which is a “Coconut infused scent potion that will take you back to lazy days spent at the beach.”

10.  Beautisol Summer Glow Dark Tan Body Self-Tanning Lotion

Beautisol Summer Glow Dark Tan Body Self Tanning Lotion

Beautisol Summer Glow Dark Tan Body Self Tanning Lotion

This is a marriage, all right – it takes some time but it applies beautifully, gives deep dark color, and is total marriage material.

Happy faux tanning!  - Lisa

Le Metier de Beaute issues a 28 day challenge with Peau Vierge Dark Spot Corrector

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Le Metier de Beaute has a new product available now called Peau Vierge Dark Spot Corrector. I was sent one to test for 28 days to see how it worked. I’ve been using this for longer than 28 days since I like it and I’m seeing some positive differences in my skin.

CoppertoneI was brought up before sunscreen was around. My mom thought protecting her children meant slathering on Coppertone. It wasn’t her fault, the advertisements were so effective that we all thought we’d look like that cute little munchkin with a puppy pulling down our pants. Instead though I burned and then I’d burn again and again. My fair skin never tanned and I grew up thinking it was normal to be bright red in the summer. The result of all of this was freckles. I still have freckles on my face and arms and even on my legs which haven’t seen the sun in twenty years. Plus I have sunspots from aging in general. I used to use a darker foundation to try to cover these up but now I know the answer is in improving my skin, not hiding it.

Le Metier de Beaute Dark Skin Corrector (neimanmarcus.com)

Le Metier de Beaute Dark Skin Corrector (neimanmarcus.com)

When I first received Dark Spot Corrector I was leery about using it. The ingredients contain 1% Retinol and 1% Hexylresorcinol. I’ve found that unfortunately I’m very sensitive to retinol so I waited to make sure that I wasn’t using any other product that contained retinol for about 10 days and then I began my trial.

Dark Skin Corrector is the first product I put on after cleansing. I figure the closer it is to my actual skin, the better it will work. It’s a light yellow cream that applies smoothly and leaves my face feeling lightly moisturized. I then follow through with my other skincare and especially make sure I apply my SPF since retinol makes your skin more sensitive to the sun. I only use it once a day since I was worried about the retinol but I actually could use it twice a day.

Le Metier de Beaute Dark Spot Corrector

Le Metier de Beaute Dark Spot Corrector

Dark Spot Corrector blended in

Dark Spot Corrector blended in

The main ingredients in this are Retinol which is highly recommended for discoloration, if you have any scarring from acne, and for photo-aging from the ravages of the sun. With time Retinol does its job. It’s not fast acting, it’s something that works better and better with time.

Hexylresorcinol is similar to Hydroquinone in the job it does. It’s especially good for hyperpigmentation. Hexylresorcinol is gentler on the skin though than Hydroquinone which is why Le Metier chose this as their ingredient.

One more ingredient is Syntoc Actif which LMdB also uses in the CHEM60 Pro-Peel and GLOW10ai Mask Set. Syntoc Actif helps deliver the other ingredients into your skin and protects it from side effects.

Le Metier de Beaute Dark Spot Corrector

Le Metier de Beaute Dark Spot Corrector

The great news is that I haven’t had one single problem with the ingredients in Le Metier de Beaute’s Dark Spot Corrector. My face accepted it without moaning or peeling or adding redness. As much as I wish all my sunspots were gone, they aren’t but they are lighter and my skin is brighter. I feel like it looks more even toned plus it’s brighter than usual. I’m very happy with the results I’ve seen and expect to see more as time goes on. This is a product that’s sold exclusively at Neiman Marcus. It’s $125 which is nothing to sneeze at but you use such a small amount at one time that at least that’s in its favor. I’ve tried other dark spot correctors and liked them but there’s something about Le Metier’s that’s better for my skin. Don’t you hate when you fall in love with something like this?? — Marcia

*pr sample

Oscar de la Renta does Le Metier de Beaute the right way

Oscar1[7]It’s been a long time since either of us at Beauty Info Zone have been brides but we still sigh over the beauty of it all. Oscar de la Renta just had his fashion show for his Spring 2014 Bridal collection and Mikey Castillo along with a team from Le Metier de Beaute had the opportunity to work with the Bridal Show. Between Oscar’s gorgeous gowns and Mikey’s breathtaking beauty look, we believe you’ll catch a little bit of wedding fever.

Oscar de la Renta 2014 Bridal Show gowns

Oscar de la Renta 2014 Bridal Show gowns

The Inspiration

Fresh-faced, classical and elegant – someone in “the bloom of her beauty,” says Le Métier de Beauté’s Director of Makeup, Mikey Castillo. Mr. Castillo ­– using satiny shadows, fresh flushed pinks and glossy nudes – envisioned the look in the vein of Grace Kelly.

The Face

Mikey prepped his muses with Replenishing Daily Solution followed by Peau Vierge Tinted Luminizer for dewy skin and a subtle glow.

The Eyes

To create the satin lid look, Mikey used Dualistic Eye Pencil in Champagne. “Use as a shadow base from lash line to eye bridge,” says Mikey. Next, True Colour Shadow in Chameleon and Rose Champagne were layered over one another for soft femininity. Pulling it all together, Noir Precision Liquid Liner. “The important thing to remember is that the liner must be razor-fine. It must be tight and discreetly placed straight into the lash-line,” says Mr. Castillo. Finish with a light coat of Noir Anamorphic Lash Mascara over the top lashes.

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The Brows

“The key is for brows to be perfectly defined, but still look soft,” says Mikey. Mr. Castillo used Brow Bound Eyebrow Pencil in Natural Blonde to achieve the look.

The Cheeks

Apply Creme Fresh Tints in Coral Nymph high on the apple of the cheek for a youthful pink flush. Mikey’s tip: “The cheek color should appear pronounced, but still feminine.”

The Lips

Layer on Sweet Crème Lip Crème Lip Gloss for a sheer, nude-pink pout.

The Last Touches

For the final touch, Mikey Castillo says, “Apply Classic Flawless Finish Concealer in chaste amounts, where needed. No other concealer work as flawlessly.”

Key Makeup Artist(s): Lead by Mikey Castillo, Director of Makeup. Assisted by Ivan Castro, Global Lead Artist

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Now for the big news: Le Metier de Beaute has launched a new pairing on our site completed dedicated to the occasion. It has all the products to pull off the look in one Beauty Vault pairing. A limited-time bonus gift: with the code OSCAR at checkout you’ll get an extra 15% (this won’t last long).

Even if you aren’t a bride or even close to a bride, these beautiful products are worth your while and with the bonus, it’s a deal!

Le Metier de Beaute and Oscar de la Renta special

Le Metier de Beaute and Oscar de la Renta special

A few reviews that might help you decide about these great products:

Le Metier de Beaute Chameleon eyeshadow

Le Metier de Beaute Coral Nymph Creme Fresh Tint two reviews

LMdB Concealer

LMdB Noir Liquid Precision eyeliner

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Liquid lining the Le Metier de Beaute way

Love liquid eyeliner but hate the smudging? Then you might want to check out the new Indelible Inks Eyeliners ($28) by Le Metier de Beaute.  Le Metier says, “Drawing long-lasting, intense lines, this highly pigmented, no-budge liquid eyeliner features a waterproof, fast-drying formula that’s made to last.  Smudge no more – water, tears, torrential downpour, or anything else the day brings – Indelible Inks Eyeliner boasts serious staying power.”

Le Metier de Beaute sent the BIZ two different shades to try, so Lisa and Marcia put the gel-based liquid eyeliner to the test and here is what they found:

Lisa’s Side:

The shade Artemis is a beautiful shimmery deep blackened blue. It’s really stunning – the color is vibrant and cool, less harsh than black but it still defines beautifully and gives eyes a real ‘pop’.

Le Metier

Le Metier

The bottle and applicator are small so they are easy to control. The brush itself can supply a super thin line or a thicker one.

My Artemis eyes

My Artemis eyes

For the above eye look, I used Artemis to line my lower lid. I kept the upper lid simple with a thin line of black eyeliner, plus peach and brown eyeshadows.

Drama eyes with nude lips

Drama eyes with nude lips

I kept the rest of my look subtle and neutral so it didn’t compete with the more dramatic eyes. I love the Le Metier de Beaute Indelible Ink Eyeliners because they truly don’t smudge, which is almost always a problem for me under my eyes. The shade Artemis is vibrant and really shows up, and it’s a nice change of pace from the typical black.

colors swatched

Colors swatched – Castalia on top, Artemis on bottom

 

Marcia’s Side:

Liner tip for Artemis

Liner tip for Artemis

I chose to review Castilia since I’m crazy about the color purple. Castilia is the newest color in the Indelible Ink line from Le Metier de Beaute. They teased us before with Artemis so I already knew that I was getting a winner with this liner. As you can see from my picture of the Artemis tip above it’s very thin and therefore easy for me to work with. The original Le Metier liner, Precision Liner, has a felt tip point while Indelible Ink liners have a thinner, more flexible point.

Le Metier de Beaute Castilia Indelible Ink eyeliner

Le Metier de Beaute Castilia Indelible Ink eyeliner

Castilia is a dark eggplant which has a slight sheen to it if you look close. It too is a great change from my typical black or brown eyeliner. The beauty of it, besides the gorgeous color, is how it wears. It not only goes on smoothly but it lasts beautifully. I have watery eyes and even on the days that’s most noticeable, this doesn’t budge. The only caveat I have with this liner is to make sure you don’t have too much on the brush. It’s best to wipe the brush off a little before using it.

le metier purple linerLe Metier has created a no budge liquid liner that’s hard to beat.

*sent by PR for review consideration

Le Metier de Beaute polishes shine year round

 

Le Metier de Beaute' Dream Maker and Christmas Town

Le Metier de Beaute’ Dream Maker and Christmas Town

There is nothing quite as luxurious for me as a rich full bodied nail polish. (You expected me to say wine, didn’t you??) As much as I love all the sparkle and shimmer that is available today, there is something that is quite sophisticated and breathtaking about a deep colored cream polish. Le Métier de Beauté brought out a collection of polishes for the holiday season that contain two such polishes: Dream Maker and Christmas Town. The rich violet-navy and gorgeous emerald green polishes stopped people in their tracks when they saw these shades on my nails. They look expensive on. I don’t know how that happens but it really does happen. I didn’t want to take off Dream Maker the week I wore it. It stayed beautiful the entire week. It was shiny and gorgeous for 7 straight days. Only growth and the desire to wear Christmas Town gave me the incentive to have it removed.

le metier purple polish nailsThese two polishes may have been made for the winter season but they will be beautiful the entire year. I love a blue polish for the 4th of July and Dream Maker will be perfect since it looks more blue on my nails than purple. Christmas Town could just as easily been named St. Patrick’s Town since this color will shine brightly again come March 17th. By now we all know that emerald is the Pantone color of the year and this is going to be gorgeous when spring comes and you really start finding emerald green clothes and accessories in the stores.

Le Metier Christmas Town

Le Metier Christmas Town

Christmas Town from Le Metier de Beaute

Christmas Town from Le Metier de Beaute

Le Metier Christmas Town

Le Metier Christmas Town

Le Métier de Beauté makes polishes that are wonderful. I’ve bought quite a few and have never been anything but thrilled with them. Their polishes aka lacquers are formulated without without formaldehyde, toluene, and dibutyl phthalate (DBP), Proposition 65-compliant, and fortified with strengthening proteins and hydrators. The pigmentation is extremely full making them long wearing.

 

Le Metier de Beaute Moon's Glow and Tinsel Town

Le Metier de Beaute Moon’s Glow and Tinsel Town

In addition to Dream Maker and Christmas Town, Le Métier de Beauté created two trendy transforming or customizing polishes. These can be worn alone or they can be used to transform the two mainstays or other polishes you have. Moon’s Glow appears to be a white with a touch of gold in it when you look at the bottle. If you were to wear it alone you’d find that it gives your nails a light metallic gold appearance. Over another polish though magic will happen and the shade will suddenly be filled with moonlight. Tinsel Town is the other transforming shade. It contains gold, green and silver and becomes holographic over Dream Maker or Christmas Town. I was surprised that I preferred this over Dream Maker. If I had to pick just one of these polishes it would be Tinsel Town since I find it the most unusual.

Le Metier Moon's Glow

Le Metier Moon’s Glow

 

Le Metier Tinsel Town

Le Metier Tinsel Town

Tinsel Town over Dream Maker as an accent

Tinsel Town over Dream Maker as an accent

One of my favorite things to do with polishes like these is to liven up a tired manicure. About the 5th day I start getting antsy and that’s when I’ll pull out a top coat that will change the look of what I’m wearing. These two transforming polishes will be stars in your collection 365 days a year.

While Christmas may be long over, these 4 polishes aren’t. They will brighten up your drab winter days when you look at these shades on your nails. — Marcia

*pr samples

These are available on Nordstrom.com and at Neiman Marcus

p.s. I just found a beautiful green nail polish on the new Le Metier de Beaute site. It’s called Emerald Envy and it looks stunning and so perfect for the Pantone color of the year and St. Patrick’s Day.

Emerald Envy

Emerald Envy

Le Metier de Beaute opens their own site and has a mega giveaway to celebrate

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Le Métier de Beauté has started their own e-commerce site. While we’ve been able to look at their site before, we never could buy from it. But now we can and they are giving us lots of reasons to do so. This is what’s currently available on the website that is different than what I’ve seen elsewhere -

*  A ‘PEEK OF THE WEEK’ product, highlighting a new limited-quantity product every week
*  The Le Métier de Beauté Newsletter and Client Service Center
*  Free Shipping for US Orders of $95 or more
*  They also have some special limited pairings via their Beauty Vault – for example buy their new Ultra Hydration Eye Mask Duo and get a free cream cleanser OR buy the Bauhaus Lip Kaleidoscope and get a free LMdB lip brush.
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To celebrate this Le Métier de Beauté has an amazing giveaway that I want to win desperately. I’m sharing it but I should just keep the news to myself. Through March 15th you can be eligible to win a trunk full of Le Métier de Beauté. The trunk is worth $1,000 and is custom made, the cosmetics are worth $700 and include brushes, nail lacquer and amazing cosmetics. To enter, all you need to do is go to www.lemetierdebeaute.com and sign up for their newsletter. The link is in the upper-left hand corner of their homepage (reads “Sign up to receive special offers”). For additional entries, like LMdB on Facebook (Facebook.com/MetierBeaute), follow them on Twitter (@metierbeaute), and on Instagram (@lemetierdebeaute). The giveaway is not mentioned on the website but trust me, if you do this by March 15th you are entered! I just signed up and they have lots of specials on their own site that you won’t get at the stores. I think I’m changing my name to “One Lucky Winner” after reading this!

One lucky winner will receive:

Custom-made Le Métier de Beauté exclusive Italian leather trunk with a calf skin interior

6 Shades of Colour Core Lipstick in Uma Paro, San Tropez, Captiva, Kona, Nevis, and Summerland

9 Nail Lacquers in Paris, Crème Caramel , Silver Belle, Halo of an Angel , Purple Reign, Made in the Jade, Saucey Plum, Hottie Choco-latte, and Indo-Sheen Red

Kaleidoscope Eye Kit in Nouvelle Vague

3 Shades of Sheer Brilliance Lip Gloss in Maui, Summerland, and Ibiza

2 Shades of Radiance Powder Rouge in Whisper and Echo

3 Brushes:  Eye Crease Brush, Kabuki Brush, and Flat Liner Brush

As readers know I’m a mega fan of Le Metier de Beaute and I can’t wait to win this. LOL. — Marcia