Makeup Wars is in Valentine’s Day mode


Makeup Wars is tackling Valentine’s Day. Makeup Wars is such a special post for me because it’s a shared post between some bloggers I deeply admire. Today 11 of the “warriors” are showing you their favorites for a Valentine’s Day look. I debated and debated about what to wear for this post and then again on Valentine’s Day and decided to go with my latest Le Metier de Beaute kaleidoscope. (It’s not the newest one available, that’s Bauhaus.) Nouvelle Vague spoke to me for a very long time but I kept resisting buying it until one day when Josie (aka Joey Bunny) called me from Bergdorf Goodman about a special gift with purchase – my 3 favorite words!! Once she put that into my mind I couldn’t get it out of it so with many discussions between us I decided to give into the Nouvelle Vague lemming and added in a gloss in Cannes to get closer to my gift. Thus began my Valentine’s face of the day.

Valentine's Day products from Le Metier de Beaute and Stila

Valentine’s Day products from Le Metier de Beaute and Stila

Nouveau Vague is housed in a beautiful silver kaleidoscope and has 4 shades that work together delightfully as well as apart. For years I barely wore anything other than the shades in it so it’s nice to go back and revisit some favorite types of color. If you notice cinema words in the descriptions it’s because when it was put together it was considered to be a Film Noir look by its creator, Mickey Castillo.

Le Metier de Beaute Nouvelle Vague kaleidoscope

Le Metier de Beaute Nouvelle Vague kaleidoscope

The top shade is Nouvelle described as a sheer mink negative. I’m not so sure what’s negative about it because I can only come up with positives. To me it’s a peachy pink that absolutely glows. It’s gorgeous not just for this quartet but as a highlight or lid shade.

Nouvelle from Le Metier de Beaute

Nouvelle from Le Metier de Beaute

The second shade is Gamine “satin pink celluloid”.  Gamine is a true pink with a satin finish. The pigmentation on Gamine is the best in this set.

Gamine from Nouvelle Vague

Gamine from Nouvelle Vague

Third shade is named Icon and is considered a silky matte Parisian Mauve. When I first swatched it I saw a lot of the lilac that makes up this mauve. It’s unlike most mattes in its wonderful texture.

Icon from Nouvelle Vague

Icon from Nouvelle Vague

On the bottom is Fin, a smoldering black carbon. I’ve tried a lot of black shadows but nothing beats the blackness of Fin. It’s pretty amazing. I have to use a softer brush like the MAC 217 or it obliterates my eye. It’s a fabulous deep dark black but watch for fallout. I love this shade but I make sure I have nothing else on my face and lots of eye makeup remover nearby when I first use it.

Fin from LMdB

Fin from LMdB

Nouvelle, Gamine, Icon and Fin (left to right)

Nouvelle, Gamine, Icon and Fin (left to right)

I used the palette from bottom to top for this look. As black as Fin was at first it became this gorgeous shade with the three others layered on top.

Nouvelle Vague used from bottom to top

Nouvelle Vague used from bottom to top

Once I had my eye picked out I chose my lip since I had bought the Sheer Brilliance Lip Gloss in Cannes at the same time. I wanted a soft lip since I knew I was going to be wearing a well defined eye. Cannes is a very soft pink with subtle shimmer. I also have Cannes Colour Core Moisture Stain lipstick so I can couple them if I want for a more in-depth lip look.

Cannes Sheer Brilliance Lip Gloss

Cannes Sheer Brilliance Lip Gloss

Cannes gloss, Le Metier de Beaute

Cannes gloss, Le Metier de Beaute

Next was blush. I wanted to stay with LMdB but I absolutely can’t find my pink Crème Fresh tints but I’ll be looking for Mystique for V Day. Instead I pulled out the beautiful Stila Love at First Blush since it has HEARTS on it. I still love this even a whole year later!! This has great pinks for my Valentine’s look.

Stila Love at First Blush 2012

Stila Love at First Blush 2012

Now I’d love to carry out the pink theme even more but I always wear red nails on Valentine’s Day and this year won’t be an exception. I’m wearing Ozotic 621 which is a red that will stop traffic. Llarowe, where I bought it, describes it as “red sparkle high impact holographic nail polish”.  While I thought it was shimmery at first I’ve since realized that it reminds me of sparkle being suspended between two sheer jelly-like layers. The polish isn’t sheer, as a matter of fact I could have gotten away with 1 coat, it’s that rich. Red polish on Valentine’s Day is a look that I’ve worn for the last 25 years and hope to continue forever more.

Ozotic 621

Ozotic 621

Ozotic 621

Ozotic 621

So there you have it – soft colors with a definite edge and a hopefully happy Valentine’s Day for all. Please join my fellow Makeup War bloggers by clicking on their links to see how they’ve interpreted the Valentine’s Day mission. You don’t want to miss the fun, nor do I!! — Marcia

(You can reach Josie at Josie Plumey at 212-872-8612, josiealycia.p@gmail.com to purchase Le Metier de Beaute and other needs from Bergdorf Goodman. Ozotics 621 is available at llarowe.com)

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Comments

  1. I’ve been wondering what the Nouvelle Vague would look like layered. Very pretty. Love your nails.

  2. LOVE! That kaleidoscope is a great one, for sure! What was the GWP?!

  3. Your nails are amazing! How do you get them so strong so they can grow so long?

  4. That Kaleidoscope looks beautiful! I need more LMDB in my life.

  5. Thanks @Kelly. I have my nails done with a silk wrap. Polish lasts longer and the way my nail tech does my nails they each last about 6 weeks.

  6. @Teri, now that you’ve tried that eye mask you definitely need more LMdB in your life. I can’t wait to get their new e/s palette that’s coming out.

  7. @Brooke – the gwp had a new e/s duo that I haven’t worn yet and a mini mascara.

  8. @Nancy, the black is a little been scary in the Kaleidoscope but once blended down and layered with the others it’s stunning. Thanks about my nails. I love this color.

  9. Ack! I need this kaleidoscope now! And the lippie! I need to branch into black shadow as more than just a liner.

  10. @Cindy – I was in shock when I applied the black eyeshadow. It was so intense. The first time I buffed and buffed it, the second time I learned to use a less dense brush. The colors layered over it made it stunning!

  11. That Le Metier Kaleidoscope looks amazing!!! The lipgloss does too. Great choices!

  12. Thanks @Pammy. I’m nuts about LMdB. I become quite weak about the brand.

  13. What gorgeous choices! I always get excited to read LMdB reviews from you and Lisa. I’ve never tried the brand before, and I love seeing what gorgeous looks you put together. :)

  14. I love LMdB. So pretty!!!!

  15. UGH! Why didn’t I get that LMdB palette when I had the chance! Love your choices!

  16. Thanks Amber. Le Metier is a great brand. I fight with myself about spending the money but I’m never sorry.

  17. @Carleen thanks so much. I wish I had put up as pretty a picture as you did though.

  18. @Perilously Pale – it’s still available but I know you can’t get it easily in Canada. BUT you do need to get the new one that’s coming out since it’s going to be the “best” of the kaleidoscope shades.

  19. I looooove the colors you picked! So pretty!

  20. Thank you @Christine. At first I thought I’d go soft but the Kaleidoscope looked so much better smokey.

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