Le Métier de Beauté Cherry Blossom Kaleidoscope Eye Kit, D.C. Exclusive

December 21st, 2012

Hi all! Apologies for the delay in posts – I had a department retreat and then had a cold. ^^;; Hope you are all well and psyched for the holidays. :)

Today I bring you another Le Métier de Beauté Kaleidoscope, the D.C. exclusive Cherry Blossom! Unfortunately, I don’t think this one is available anymore, but I figured it was a good contribution to the beauty blogosphere in terms of information. I believe Cherry Blossom was my 2nd kaleidoscope from Le Métier. It was launched earlier this year, mid-March before Le Métier de Beauté was really on my radar and was designed by Michael Reinhardt, D.C. manager, artist and brand ambassador. My dear friend Justine and I are avid fans of CharlestonGirl at Best Things in Beauty, and she loves everything cherry blossom (her blog’s name is “Sakura Lovely”), so when she saw CG’s post about a few kits still being available, she texted me and had me call the D.C. Neimans to procure one for her (see her review here). And of course, I had to get one too. :)

Le Métier de Beauté D. C. Exclusive Kaleidoscope Cherry Blossom

Cherry Blossom is a very elegant, understated kaleidoscope, the lightest of the four I currently own. It’s perfect for a subtle, brightening “my eyes but better.” I couldn’t find any information on official shade names or descriptions, but Cherry Blossom features: a light shimmery peachy cream, a light gold-duochrome warm green, a sheer pastel matte pink, and a matte medium barley brown. In the swatches below, I realize my arm looks somewhat diseased but the swatches themselves are fairly true to color. The swatches were done by fingers on bare skin, pictures taken in indirect natural dying afternoon light.

Le Métier de Beauté D. C. Exclusive Kaleidoscope Cherry Blossom swatches top to bottom & layered

The peachy cream is close to my skin tone, and is a beautiful wash. The green is light when layered, but definitely a buildable green if you to start with it first over a base. The pink is quite light and sheer and a little on the dry side as Le Métier mattes can be, but I think it’s meant mostly to give dimension to the eye which it does wonderfully. The brown is medium pigmented and blends wonderfully. When layered according to the “couches de couleur” method, Cherry Blossom gives a very pretty dusty gold.

Unfortunately, I’ve really been struggling to get any decent FOTD pictures to show you, so here are two sets. The first was taken in early September on a very bright, sunny day. Here I layered all shades lightly and I hope you can appreciate the shimmer and dimension. It’s like silky lingerie for the eyes! Like honestly, Cherry Blossom really does have an effect similar to nude pantyhose.

Face: Dr. Brandt Pores No More, Burberry Velvet Foundation No. 204, Burberry Sheer Luminous Concealer No. 2, silica spheres; Cheeks: Chanel Blush Horizon de Chanel; Lips: Le Métier de Beauté Sheer Brilliance Lip Gloss Coral Confection; Eyes: NARS Eye Primer, Le Métier de Beauté Cherry Blossom Kaleidescope Eye Kit, Tamarack Eye Pencil, MUFE Aqua Eyes #23, Kiss Me Heroine Make Long & Curl mascara

Then this next FOTD was taken today, also outside but in sad, grey, drizzly weather. Here I also layered all the shades, but concentrated each color more strongly, especially the green and brown, and ended up with more of a light taupe. Again, Cherry Blossom is very understated, but it’s elegant, super work-friendly, and right for any and every daytime occasion.

Face: Dr. Brandt Pores No More, Burberry Velvet Foundation No. 204, Burberry Sheer Luminous Concealer No. 2, silica spheres, Guerlain Perles du Dragon Meteorites; Cheeks: Burberry Earthy, Blossom; Lips: Burberry Lip Glow No. 3 Sepia; Eyes: NARS Eye Primer, Le Métier de Beauté Cherry Blossom Kaleidescope Eye Kit, Tamarack Eye Pencil, MUFE Aqua Eyes #23, Kiss Me Heroine Make Long & Curl mascara

Overall I’m extremely pleased with Cherry Blossom and very happy I ordered (even if service from Neiman Marcus was less than stellar, charged $12 for shipping despite a $200 order and free shipping on the website, no email notice, no tracking AND no packing slip!!). The other kaleidoscopes I have from Le Métier, and the majority of those I’ve seen online, are much more colorful and bold, but Cherry Blossom really shows that the brand can do delicate beautifully as well.

See other reviews of Le Métier de Beauté Cherry Blossom Kaleidoscope at:

Hope you enjoyed this post! What’s your favorite “my lids but better” or work-friendly eyeshadow palette? I think Bobbi Brown’s Day to Night Warm Eye Palette is still my go-to workhorse for work-friendly, but Cherry Blossom takes the cake for being the prettiest in that category.

Le Métier de Beauté Bauhaus Kaleidoscope Eye Kit for Holiday 2012

December 10th, 2012

Hi everyone. It’s been a while, and a whole lot of crazy stuff has happened since I blogged last. I am hanging on, working towards finishing up grad school with a master’s degree and should be starting work in late February with a fantastic biotech. I’ve been kicking around the idea of starting to blog again for months now, and I think I’ve finally found the inspiration again.

Today, I bring you Le Métier de Beauté’s absolutely stunning Bauhaus Kaleidoscope Eye Kit for Holiday 2012 ($95). Le Métier is a positively beautiful, though fairly exclusive, line of luxury cosmetics and skincare. I believe they started out in 2006 exclusive to Neiman Marcus but they have been slowly expanding into more department stores. After reading about the line for ages and admiring from afar, the Nordstrom in the San Francisco Centre Westfield (and my beauty-go-to) finally got a counter about a year ago, and while I was skeptical at first, I have fallen head over heels for the eyeshadows! I haven’t tried much else because I’m trying very hard not to buy everything. However, to date I’ve collected four of the Kaleidoscope Eye Kits and while the price makes them “nice-to-have,” man are they nice-to-have! All pictures in this post were taken in indirect natural afternoon light.

Le Metier de Beaute Bauhaus Kaleidoscope Holiday 2012

The Kaleidoscope Eye Kits come in a cute-yet-functional round swivel deck with a flip up mirror on top. Bauhaus comes in a shiny silver chrome which … usually denotes a special release though honestly, they are all “special” and a lot of the exclusives come in the regular black matte so it’s very confusing (as far as I know none of the Eye Kits are part of the permanent line). Unfortunately, the distribution seems to be fairly limited and I have not been able to find it online anywhere except at Zuneta (for a $5.47 markup, Zuneta automatically removes the 20% VAT tax that only applies to the UK after you enter your billing/shipping address). Lu Ann at Nordstrom SF Centre (415.283.8500 x 1416) just got her shipment in on Saturday, December 8th but had so many holds and pre-orders that she didn’t even have a tester. However, if you call her she may be able to order one for you. Tell her I sent you. :) According to Charleston Girl at Best Things in Beauty, Neiman Marcus is also supposed to have Bauhaus in-store and online.

Le Métier de Beauté Bauhaus Kaleidescope Eye Kit Holiday 2012 swatches: Axiom, Graphite, Crucible, Genre; blended swatch layered sequentially

Bauhaus was designed by Le Métier Director of Color, Mikey Castillo (I was lucky enough to meet him at a Nordstrom Trend Show!). The inspiration comes from the Staatliches Bauhaus, a school in Germany that combined crafts and fine arts, and whose style has become one of the most influential in Modernist architecture and modern design (or so Wikipedia told me). According to Zuneta, Bauhaus contains:

- Axiom – Sublime bronzed umber
- Graphite – Silver liquid metal
- Crucible – Rich pomegranate
- Genre – Deep gun metal

Sure. Here I’ve swatched Bauhaus with my fingers on bare skin. I would call Axiom bronze. It looks closer to straight-up bronze (#CD7F32) on my computer than umber (#635147) or raw umber (#826644) and looks bronze on the eye too. Graphite is indeed silver. Crucible is a deep brown/red, darker and browner than the actual color of pomegranate. It’s like a deeper, browner version of MAC Cranberry (although TBH I don’t have that anymore to compare in person). I would call Genre a regular gunmetal. All of the shadows are amazingly rich and silky, like most Le Métier shadows though Graphite goes on a bit sheerer than the others.

I also swatched did a layered swatch of Bauhaus using the Le Métier “couches de couleur” (the layering of color) method, inspired by Sabrina at The Beauty Look Book. I did this also with my fingers so the swatches would show up well for the camera, so hopefully it’s a decent representation of the way the colors combine. When you dust Graphite more lightly over Axiom it actually makes a lovely taupe.

Le Métier de Beauté Kaleidoscope Eye Kits Bauhaus Axiom and Crucible v. Silk Road Damask and Ikat Le Métier de Beauté Kaleidoscope Eye Kits Bauhaus Axiom and Crucible v. Chauvet Pont d'Arc Ocher and Madder

Though Bauhaus looks like it has some similar shades to previous Kaleidoscope Eye Kits, I’m happy to report that it has no dupes with the particular kits I own.

Top row: Le Métier de Beauté Damask, Ocher, Ikat, Madder, Burberry Mulberry;
Bottom row: Le Métier de Beauté Bauhaus Axiom, Graphite, Crucible, Genre

Damask is not even close to Axiom and Ocher is a much cooler brown. Ikat and Burberry Mulberry are more purple than Crucible and while Madder is the closest, it’s lighter and less red/more brown. Unfortunately I didn’t have any other shadows in my current collection to compare with Graphite and Genre.

And here I have today’s FOTD wearing Bauhaus. I applied Bauhaus on my lids using the couches de couleur method over the NARS eye primer, and concentrated a little bit more of Genre in the outer corner. I lined the outer bottom corners of my eyes with Le Métier de Beauté Tamarack eye pencil and smudged Genre and Crucible into the pencil, and then layered Axiom and Graphite over MUFE Aqua Eyes #23 in the inner corner.

Face: Dr. Brandt Pores No More, Burberry Velvet Foundation No. 204, Burberry Sheer Luminous Concealer No. 2, silica spheres; Cheeks: Burberry Russet, Shu Uemura x Aya Takano Bowwow Magic Queen palette pink; Lips: Burberry Lip Mist No. 201 Cinnamon, Lip Glow No. 8 Cameo; Eyes: NARS Eye Primer, Le Métier de Beauté Bauhaus Kaleidescope Eye Kit, Tamarack Eye Pencil, MUFE Aqua Eyes #23, Kiss Me Heroine Make Long & Curl mascara

Overall I am extremely happy with Bauhaus. It’s a stunning palette of superb quality like most Le Métier Kaleidescopes. I typically shy away from silvers and greys but I’m glad I decided to give Bauhaus a try and I can definitely see myself creating a range of daytime to nighttime looks with this palette. So far lasting power is excellent. I have been wearing Bauhaus for around 10 hours and while the rest of my makeup is melting off my face, my eye look is pristine with the exception of some migration of my lower lashline (but pretty much everything migrates on my lower lashline if I don’t blot at least once).

For more information, Best Things in Beauty also has swatches and a makeover, and Zuneta has the most press details along with a short video. What do you guys think? Will you be tracking down Bauhaus? Any other Le Métier fans out there?

Hope you enjoyed this post! I should be back soon with the rest of my Le Métier Kaleidoscopes, my new absolute favorite makeup brand (you can probably tell which one it is by looking at my FOTD products haha) and a bit of tea, food and fashion too. :)

Halloween 2011: Yakuza Assassin

November 1st, 2011

Hi everyone! For Halloween this year I decided to be a yakuza assassin. Originally I wasn’t really going to dress up for Halloween, I was just going to do witch-y or Bird of Paradise eye makeup… but I recently got this lovely vintage silk kimono and it seemed like the perfect occasion to break it out! I went for a tough but feminine vibe and accessorized with a fan and my Desert Eagle airsoft gun (it shoots plastic bbs which I no longer own).

vintage silk kimono, black tank top, red obi-style belt and black skinny cargo pants from H&M, shoes from Payless, necklace from Taiwan, earrings, rings, bracelets and watch from Anthropologie, American Eagle, Express, Nordstrom Rack, Aldo, walkonthemoon @ etsy, Skagen, and random vendors at fairs

For the makeup I wanted to keep in line with the tough but feminine idea. I did an asymmetrical, fire-y gold and red smokey eye complete with false lashes, but balanced with strong black brows and bright red lips. I wanted to keep the look pretty, but at the same time I wanted it to make a slightly cartoonish statement and come across obviously as costume makeup.

Face: Dr. Brandt Pores No More, NARS Sheer Matte in Stromboli, MAC Lustre Drops in Pink Rebel, MUFE Full Cover Concealer 6, silica spheres; Cheeks: MAC Merrily, Improvise; Lips: Laura Mercier Cranberry; Eyes: Shu Uemura P Beige, Kat von D Lucifer, MAC Melon, Reflects Gold Glitter, Brash, Cranberry, Shu Uemura gold, UD 24/7 Underground, HIP Gold Charge, K-palette 24 hr eyeliner, Shu Uemura Soft Cross lashes, Kiss Me Heroine Make Long & Curl and Volume & Curl mascaras

I had a lot of fun with this look! It was pretty simple to put together, and not too hard to wear. :) I also had a pretty good photoshoot, I think, considering it was perhaps my 4th or 5th time using self-timer to shoot an outfit. Here are a lot more pictures, including better ones of the makeup (in sunlight and in shade), and a cool pic I got when the self-timer went off while I was still trying to balance my camera on the planter edge.

Hope everyone had a safe and happy Halloween! :D