Three must-have products to exfoliate and moisturize from Phytomer

Three must-haves from Phytomer

Three must-haves from Phytomer

We all want radiant, glowy skin and in order to get it there are two basic steps:

  1.  Exfoliate!
  2. Moisturize!

Today I have three must-have products that exfoliate and moisturize and are perfect for those with very sensitive skin. They come from Phytomer, a fantastic high end line that is a favorite of mine. The products truly deliver, all while also making me feel spoiled and pampered. They are on the spendy side, but they are all worth every penny.                                                            samples

Phytomer Purifying Gommage Exfoliant

  1.  Purifying Gommage Exfoliant  ($41.50)  ‘Gommage’ means ‘eraser’ in French, and this awesome exfoliant erases dead skin and anything that might be blogging your pores and preventing your skin care from operating at full force. The tiny particles that scrub away the bad stuff include micro algae and kaolin that attach to dead skin so it can be washed away. It’s applied to clean, dry skin in a thin layer. After about five minutes, rub it in circular motions, moving those particles around and lifting off the dead skin. It sort of rolls up into little balls that fall into the sink. Once most of the exfoliator is gone, use your regular cleanser or even just warm water to wash off.  Do this a few times a week and you will be astounded at how great skin looks and feels. This really is an amazing decongestant for skin and is super gentle. Everyone raves about it for a reason – it’s incredible.  Phytomer Youth Contour Smoothing Eye and Lip Cream
  2. Youth Contour Smoothing Eye and Lip Cream ($81.50) I adore multi-tasking products, and this beautiful light cream works wonders on the delicate skin under eyes and around lips. It addresses three major skin issues: wrinkles, puffiness, and dark circles. It has really cool ingredients that are a superhero trio for the eyes and lips. Dilsea Carnosa red algae extract actually reinforces the skin’s support tissue from within, reducing the depth of wrinkles and fine lines. Chlorella Vulgaris green algae extract soothes skin and reduces puffiness, and Delesseria Sanguinea red algae extract increases circulation and reduces dark circles.Phytomer Decollete Parfait Neck and Decollete Renewing Care
  3. Decollete Parfait ($95.50)  The best skin care advice ever: don’t forget your neck!! I love, love, love the Phytomer Decollete Parfait. This beautiful soft cream sort of ‘irons out’ skin on the neck and chest, immediately making it smoother and softer. It has a bit of illumination in it, which evens out tone and gives a beautiful appearance. Over time, the Brightening Marine Complex lightens dark spots so this is immediate gratification with long term results.

I can’t recommend these three favorites from Phytomer highly enough. If you want to get a beautiful glow, try these for perfect exfoliation and moisturization. You won’t be disappointed.  – Lisa

*samples, opinions all mine!

Balm Voyage is leaving home without me

Balm Voyage from theBalm

Balm Voyage from theBalm

Whenever theBalm comes out with something new you know it’s going to be cutesy. They specialize in cutesy themes. Luckily, for the most part, they get it right. When Balm Voyage was introduced I was interested in it for a few reasons. 1) I like their eyeshadows a lot. 2) I’d wanted to try their lip & cheek stains and 3) it was new and a good price. Yet I waited until it showed up on Hautelook before buying since most theBalm items eventually end up there. I’m glad I waited since I’m really not crazy about this palette at all. It’s my first disappointment in this line.

Balm Voyage top 8 eyeshadows

Balm Voyage top 8 eyeshadows

Balm Voyage bottom 8 eyeshadows

Balm Voyage bottom 8 eyeshadows

I don’t have the time to physically go shopping very often and even if I did I haven’t see theBalm locally in a long time. I wonder though if seeing it in person would have stopped me from buying. Balm Voyage sells for $42.50 which is reasonable compared to so many of the palettes you’ll find especially because you not only get 16 eyeshadows but also 3 lip & cheek stains. That works out to $2.21 per square. Since I bought it on Hautelook it was about half price plus shipping so that really made it a bargain. One of the nicest things about this palette is the wide variety of colors and textures. Everyone (and their mother) has come out with neutral palettes so it’s a little redundant even though we find ourselves buying them. Balm Voyage breaks that mold by adding a sea green, a matte dark teal, a hunters green, and a purple. There are quite a few light shades too which can be a rarity in a palette.

Balm Voyage passport

Balm Voyage passport

The cuteness of the palette is that it’s supposed to be your passport. It has vital statistics (for example the Passport is owned by “Anita Vacation”. The airplane aka palette is labelled by seat number (A4, B4, A3 etc.), the blush/lip are the people piloting the plane. Cute idea but….

Things I like:

  • There are two compartments to keep the cream products separate from the powder. Major plus.
  • Some of the eyeshadows are fabulous – B4, D4, D3, A2, A1 are my tops with the three base shades B1, C1, and D1 also great to have.
  • The variety of texture is nice to have and most important nothing is truly glittery.
  • You can roll over the colors on the website to see better images of them.
    D3 (glittery gold) and D4 (dark green with brown undertones)

    D3 (glittery gold) and D4 (dark green with brown undertones)

    A2 (frosty purple) and A1 (pinky mauve)

    A2 (frosty purple) and A1 (pinky mauve)

    A4 (charcoal) and A3 (bright silver)

    A4 (charcoal) and A3 (bright silver)

    B2 (sea foam) and C2 (dark teal)

    B2 (sea foam) and C2 (dark teal)

    Things I’m not so crazy about:

  • I wouldn’t take this to travel because I don’t think it’s sturdy enough. The palette is heavy duty cardboard but I don’t know if it’s airplane friendly in spite of the Passport they show. If you do travel with it, don’t throw out the cardboard wrapper since without it the top of the palette splays open. As a matter of fact, keep the cardboard wrapper with it all the time since it seems to have warped more as time has gone on.
  • Several eyeshadows are very powdery which makes application tricky on those.
  • With some shadows I liked the texture but not the color. With some I like the color and not the texture. (What’s a girl to do??)
  • Swatches on my fingers are better than those same shades on my eyes.
  • The lip stains don’t really work on my lips since they are drying.
  • The palette doesn’t stay closed. It’s like flying with the window partly open.

According to theBalm you should “Take your look in whichever direction you desire with this season’s passport to instant glamour. Balm Voyage is a travel-friendly palette that contains 16 jet-setting shadows paired with 3 lip and cheek creams that stow away conveniently in your carry on. These luxuriously pigmented shadows have high visibility and can be used wet for an extended stay.” Ideally taking this along with a great neutral palette like Nude Attitude would be great for a vacation. You’d have color, you’d have neutrals, you’d have cheek creams that can be worn on the lips too.

But in reality this palette failed me. I rarely wore this that I thought I looked good. There was just something off about it for me. Of course your mileage may vary, after all it is a destination palette, but I have trouble wanting to use it at home so I know that I’d be sorry if I traveled with it.

Balm Voyage cheek and lip colors

Balm Voyage cheek and lip colors

Second Officer, First Officer, Captain - lip/cheek

Second Officer, First Officer, Captain – lip/cheek

The 3 creams that can be used on lips and cheeks are safely nestled in a separate compartment that’s magnetized so that’s good. It’s the textures though that I don’t care for. Second Officer is a cool red that has a blue undertone to it. First Officer looks pretty in the palette with its red orange satiny finish but it wasn’t flattering on my skin. Captain is the one that’s the most flattering on me; it’s a very dark pink with some cool red to it. The problem is that they don’t spread easily on my cheeks. I feel like I’m putting lipstick on my cheeks. And when I go to put them on my lips, they just feel drying. All the colors are darker than I prefer but what turns me off to them is the texture, not the colors.

The palette isn’t a waste and I’m sure on the right person it would be great. I just don’t happen to be the right person and Balm Voyage isn’t going anywhere but in my bottom drawer or maybe in my giveaway pile. It’s a shame that what looks so pretty in the palette didn’t work for me but, like I said, your mileage may vary.

Have you bought this or other theBalm palettes? Any opinions you can share about them?? — Marcia

 

Be in the know with Le Metier de Beaute’s newest lip creams

If all red lip products looked like Le Metier de Beaute IN THE KNOW BORDEAUX, I’d surely become a red convert. I’ve honestly never been so swayed by a deep red as I am with this lip shade. In the Know Bordeaux is Le Metier’s newest Lip Cream Lip Gloss, it’s a limited edition shade created for them by the incredible Ken Downing of Neiman Marcus. Along with this amazing red he also created Purple Haze described as a luminous berry with light creamy tones.  Just as beautiful but in its own special way.

Le Metier de Beaute In The Know Bordeaux Lip Cream Lip Gloss

Le Metier de Beaute In The Know Bordeaux Lip Cream Lip Gloss

In the Know Bordeaux is one of the most sumptuous lip products I’ve ever tried.  It goes on with full pigment in one swipe with just the right amount of shine. This is not for the faint of heart (or faint of lips) since it’s such a powerful shade. The formula is not like any lip gloss that I normally use, it’s definitely more of a liquid lipstick. The amazing thing is that it hides all flaws. It’s so full that none of those pesky lip lines show. It’s the kind of lip color you want to wear when you are making a statement! As it fades down, if you don’t have time to reapply, it leaves a subtle stain so you aren’t without lip color. I’d describe the shade as a burgundy with some pale shimmer that doesn’t necessarily show on your lips but gives the gloss depth. Lip Creams contain emollients so they just glide on plus the antioxidants that Le Metier use are wonderful for nourishing your lips.

In the Know Bordeaux wand

Le Meiter de Beaute In The Know Bordeaux Lip Cream Lip Gloss swatches

In the Know Bordeaux

Now for those of us who don’t live in intense colors Le Metier de Beaute has another new shade  in the Lip Cream line: Purple Haze. No, it’s not purple but it has purple undertones. It does have a lilac tone to it though which gives it its name.  While it’s described as a berry, it’s more like what’s left after you eat a berry. Purple Haze is a shade I can easily wear any day of the week. I find it compliments many of my eyeshadows (like Silk Road Kaleidoscope) and cream blushes (Mystique Fresh Crème Tint as an example).

Le Metier de Beaute Purple Haze Lip Cream Lip Gloss

Le Metier de Beaute Purple Haze Lip Cream Lip Gloss wand

Purple Haze swatches, dark then blended down

I love too that I can layer these two shades in the Couches de Coleur fashion. If I want more intensity I start with Bordeaux, if I want just a touch of the burgundy I start with Purple Haze. Either way I get more variety and shades out of these two Le Metier Lip Crème Lip Glosses.

In the Know Bordeaux and Purple Haze

Layering of In the Know Bordeaux and Purple Haze

While these are on the expensive side ($36), Le Metier de Beaute glosses are worth a splurge. These two beauties are only available at Neiman Marcus and since they are limited edition my advice is rush to their website!! There is a light fruity fragrance that dissipates almost immediately. All that remains is beautiful glossy colors and luscious looking lips. – Marcia