Feb 212013
 

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Le Métier de Beauté Indelible Inks Eyeliners ($28 each) are a remarkably beautiful and long-lasting pair of liners that live up to their name. I’ve been wearing these continuously for about two weeks. When I say “continuously,” I mean that in both senses of the word–I can wear these overnight without crumbling, fading or irritation, and the colors are so beautiful that I’ve had a hard time emotionally choosing any other liner in my collection as a substitute.

Le Metier liners come in two shades, including Artemis–a shimmering deep blue.

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The color is rich and saturated enough to use instead of a black. Sometimes colored liners are so light or anemic that I really do need to pair them with a richer color to get proper definition. Not so with Le Metier’s Artemis. This is richly pigmented deep blue that shows the color beautifully without any other color. It looks amazing with a nude eye, for example Nars All about Eve duo eyeshadow or other soft beige. This gives a well-defined, but subtly brightened color.

Do not fear the brush, gentle readers.  It’s quite easy peasy. After experimenting (although I stopped short of cutting the brush short with scissors), I found the best method of application for me is to lay the brush lengthwise along my lashline and to pull it horizontally across my upper lid. This gives me a rich swath of even color (once is enough for both of these Le Metier colors). I might use the tip of the brush for under eye definition, except I don’t wear liner there. My point is, it’s a perfectly workable brush.

Le Metier de Beauté Indelible Inks Eyeliners is also available in Casatalia, a rich purple with far less shimmer compared to Artemis. The formula is otherwise identical–all-day (and all-night) wear, great coverage in a single swipe, awesome rich color.

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 Here are swatches of Le Metier shimmery Artemis and not-shimmery Castalia:

Le Metier Indelible Ink Eyeliners

I don’t have any liquid liners comparable to Artemis. However, I can offer comparisons of Le Metier’s Castalia with Chanel Ligne Extreme in Purple #30 and Lancome Artliner in Aubergine:

Le Metier Indelible Ink Castalia

 Overall: These Le Metier Indelible Inks are winners. Slightly addictive, they stay on through everything and remove nicely with a good oil or dual-phase cleanser.

The Le Metier Indelible Ink eyeliners are available at Nordstrom.com (w/free ship).

Le Metier sent Cafe Makeup these Indelible Ink Liners without charge for consideration for review. This post contains some affiliate links (for more information, see about Cafe Makeup)

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Feb 122013
 

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Le Metier de Beaute is releasing the Ultra Hydration Eye Mask Duo ($150/pack of 8). For northern California buyers, Jennifer at Neiman Marcus can help you with these (415-362-3900).

Le Metier’s Ultra Hydration Masks include eight envelopes, each of which contain two patches applied to the eye area to provide an instant moisture infusion into the skin. These are wet to the touch with a seaweed-based patch, and are intended to hydrate, soothe, and provide these other skin benefits:

- Reduce undereye redness and soothe

- Diminish puffiness

- Provide a smoother undereye area

These jelly-like mask are housed in a foil envelope to keep them fresh. When you open the pouch, you can see these two bean-shaped patches are ready to go:

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One of the features that makes the Le Metier Ultra Hydration Duo unique is the translucent aspect of the mask. On Liz:

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I think we’ve all surprised our friends and families with our all-white paper masks, or green concoctions that we’ve worn during our at-home spa days. Le Metier’s eye mask has a high-techie coolness that will far less startling for those who share our home because these little masks are transparent.  They would be awesome for a spa party, of course. For the brave, they would be nice for all-night flight (once the cabin lights are down), or maybe even a late-night commute alone in a car.  I used to have to drive two hours, these masks certainly would have made the ride more enjoyable. They feel like a luxurious treat, and something that will undoubtedly make the toll-booth operator look twice.

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I’ve used a similar product from Chanel, the Ultra Correction Total Eye Revitalizer ($125/10 pieces). The Chanel is a two-piece system, with a separate tube of product that is applied to the eye prior to placing the mask on the eye. The Chanel system, which uses a separate applicator for the hydrating serum, has a metal ball that must be run over the eye area. In contrast, the Le Metier system is a single-use all-in-one solution. For Le Metier, one simply opens the pouch, place these on the eye area, and leave on for a cooling, calming, hydrating 15 minutes.

Chanel eye mask

Of course, with the Chanel system one is wearing a white paper under the eye with “Chanel Chanel Chanel” printed all over it. It’s not a bad look (Chanel never is, in my book), but it’s certainly extremely noticeable if one is answering the door.

Overall, Chanel has a less expensive system, as it sells for a lower price for more applications (never thought I’d say that). Note that the Chanel system’s separate serum can continue to be used after all of the eye masks are gone (in my experience, there is more than ten applications in the serum tube, so you can whisk it over your eye before applying your makeup for the day even if you aren’t wearing the masks anymore).However, the Chanel lacks the  convenience compared to Le Metier (never thought I’d say that either). If one is crashing at home for some quality time with an at-home mani/pedi, there’s something quite luxurious about opening up the Le Metier system and being ready to go. If you enlarge this image, you can see the ingredients for Le Metier Ultra Hydration Mask at the bottom of the pouch:

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I have to give Le Metier points for innovation on this one. Overall, Le Metier’s Ultra Hydration Eye Mask Duo is a luxurious at-home spa treat. I wish the price were a bit lower for these as single-use products, but we are discussing the high end of the ranges for skincare. According to Le Metier, these are gentle enough to use everyday and should be left on for 15 minutes.

For northern California buyers, Jennifer at Neiman Marcus can help you with these (415-362-3900). Tell her Cafe Makeup sent you!

Cafe Makeup was provided with with one foil pouch without charge for consideration for review.

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Dec 312012
 

It’s been quite a year here at Cafe Makeup! We’ve had a huge year–we passed our 3rd blog birthday and we’re very thankful for our amazing readers.

As you might now, we’ve both had a very busy year off the blog as well. Between Amy’s travel schedule (she was on the road almost continuously from June through November), and Liz’s busy work schedule, we’re so pleased that we’ve been able to keep our love of beauty alive on the blog now that we’re reached December 31st. We’ve had a lot of help along the way. Cafe Makeup would like to do a special “thank you” to Sabrina at The Beauty Look Book (her Best of 2012 is here). She’s been so wonderful and and encouraging throughout the entire year. I’d also like to thank all of the lovely readers and other beauty bloggers who’ve kept us alive by linking, retweeting and continuing our beauty conversations. You might also wish to explore The Non Blonde’s Top Products of 2012–I really respect her taste.

To celebrate the year’s end, we’d like to raise a glass of champagne to our readers! As we sip, we’re going to go through our Top Ten Products of 2012.  As you know, we’ve seen many things throughout the year. Here’s a feature which tells you which ones won our hearts, which ones we still depend on, and are truly the very Top Shelf Products of the Year 2012.

1. Tom Ford Blushes: Although released in 2011, I’ve come to love the high quality, beautiful glow of these blushes. As an aside, the brush is incredible as well. The original review is here.

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2.  Giorgio Armani Maestro Concealer: I can’t believed that a concealer made my top 10 list, but there it is. This is truly an androgynous product–appropriate regardless of gender. I originally bought this on a whim. Over time, I’ve become dependent on the extremely high quality, great coverage, incredibly natural look, and skin care benefits (it contains ingredients to breaks up sun damage and dark spots). The application is incredibly natural–sometimes I cover few spots and under eyes, and skip foundation entirely. This makes this a truly travel-friendly product, as you can leave your liquid foundation at home. The original review is here, I’ve since switched to buying shade #3.

GA concealer

3. Perricone MD Skin Care: I’ve been working on my skin with intensity since February. Last week, I got a few random compliments from strangers–“your skin looks beautiful–what are you using?” As a beauty blogger, I’ve been using several different things, but I’ve added a healthy dose of Perricone MD. My favorites so far are the Perricone MD Vitamin C Ester 15, the Blue Plasma Peel and the Formula 15 serum. Although I haven’t reviewed it yet, the Perricone Face Finishing Moisturizer appears to have some magical ingredients in it as well.

Perricone

4. 2012 was the year of the BB Cream:  Over the past several months, the term “BB Cream” has entered the beauty vernacular with a vengeance. Although originating overseas with formulas that combine anti-aging, skincare benefits, and sunscreen, in the U.S. some formulas are said to be nothing more than glorified tinted moisturizers. However, there are some that stand above the crowd. Cafe Makeup’s former favorite was Dior DiorSnow BB Cream, a remarkably stable version with serious sun protection(SPF 50) and all-day tenacity (even in the Florida summer humidity).

omorovicza bb cream

The Dior would still be my favorite, except that I was recently sent the Omorovicza Complexion Perfector BB Cream (SPF 20) by the company. I’ll be doing a review soon, but this creamy, light foundation is absolutely perfect is so many ways.

The most startling effect is that my skin looks improved after I remove it at the end of the day. To my eye, it’s noticeable. In 2013, we can expect to see “CC Creams,” which are next-generation products (including one from Chanel). A few have started to land at drugstores, according to Nouveau Cheap. Those new products will have some very stiff competition from Omorovicza’s Complexion Perfector.

5. Tom Ford Enchanted Eye Quad. This one makes me hear angels sing. The original review is here.

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6. Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lipsticks.  Why should the MAC lovers have all the fun? These are intensely pigmented lipsticks that provide gorgeous coverage with a very thin layer of product. The colors are outstanding–complex, intense, original, sophisticated, and very beautiful. I’ve purchased several, and am eyeing several colors from the Spring 2013 collection (I’ve caved on one already). Swatches of all colors are here (except for the Spring 2013, which were just released).

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7. Nars Andy Warhol Collection. This highly original collection melded fine art and beauty. This included an incredibly rich and thoughtful array of choices, with something for everyone. I certainly found some favorites among them, including the Flowers palettes with the incredible taupe. At the same time, the collection helped us relive just a touch of the 1960’s makeup era just as Marc Jacobs made it fashionable for clothing. I’ve read that Francois Nars plans to do another artists collaboration next year, and I’m certainly hopeful that he will. Regardless of whether you purchased anything from the collection, this one warrants serious recognition for its attention to detail and creativity, as well as its sweeping scope.

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8. Le Metier de Beaute CHEM60 Pro-Peel and GLOW10ai Mask Set. Applause for giving busy women truly ingenious results at home. I love this set. The original post is here.

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9. Dior Nail Polish. There is something about Dior that has been excelling in the nail polish realm lately. Yes, I loved OPI’s Skyfall collection–the colors are fast, fun, and highly affordable. I got a 4-5 of them, and still wear them. Can you think of a Fall on-trend color that wasn’t part of Skyfall? I sure can’t.

Skyfall

Still, Dior’s formula spreads like butter, levels off beautifully, and has a helpful, manageable brush. Unlike OPI’s Skyfall, Dior has been truly cutting edge in its color development this year. Rather than capturing trends, Dior is setting them. I have to love an imaginative industry leader.

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10. Guerlain This traditional French company has done so many things right this year. From its beautiful summer Terracotta Pucci collection, the new Petit Robe Noir perfume, and the development of new formulas of lipsticks. Liz and I both love the new Guerlain Rouge G L’Extrait Lip Color (the review for Paresse is here). I’d love to include more Guerlain in this list, if I could.

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Thank you for another wonderful year in beauty, Gorgeous!  And cheers!

What were your favorite products for 2012? We’d love to know!

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Dec 062012
 

Le Metier de Beaute Breathless Kaleidoscope Lip Kit ($95) (available at Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus) is a beautiful jewel of primarily red lip colors with an outstanding formula. Although I’ve never been a big fan of lip palettes, the secure construction of Breathless, coupled with the high-quality, layerable forumala, made Breathless a big winner for me.

As a testament to the versatility of Le Metier’s Breathless palette, Liz and I had our “who’s going to own this?” back-and-forth. Although Liz won this round (it’s going into her holiday and New Year’s Eve looks), I suspect I’ll end up ordering another for my own use.

Le Metier de Beaute’s Breathless includes four layers of gorgeous colors that seem to meld to the lips in a very flattering way. I think that the difference between a typical versus a superior lip product is whether it makes your lips (and your appearance) actually look better. That’s a high standard to meet–it’s not just color charts and copying the latest trend. It’s all about making you more beautiful, and Le Metier’s formula has a magical way of accomplishing that.  Lips look moisturized, healthy, and with a gorgeous splash of color that is very flattering.

Breathless has four beautiful colors:

  • 1st layer (top) A rich cool red with lipstick-level pigmentation (that can be worn sheered out for a more subtle look)
  • 2nd layer A sheer shimmery mauve-peach, to be worn alone or to top another color
  • 3rd layer A rich warm red (that can be worn sheerly for a more subtle look)
  • 4th layer A light-to-medium strawberry pink-red with subtle shimmer
Swatches:
On Liz, the top 1st layer, which is a cool red. Here, Liz applied this strong shade sheerly (the swatch photo, above, is full pigmentation):
The 2nd layer, which gives a shimmery sheer gloss effect:
The 3rd layer, which is a warmer red than the 1st layer:
The 4th layer, which is a sheer-to-medium strawberry with shimmer:
So pretty!! Le Metier de Beaute’s Breathless offers a beautiful and versatile shade range in an excellent, flattering formula.
Le Metier de Beaute provided this Breathless palette to Cafe Makeup without charge for consideration for review.

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Oct 052012
 

Le Metier de Beaute has just introduced the CHEM60 Pro-Peel & GLOW10ai Mask Set ($265 for both products, sold as a set). This set is designed to provide professional, spa-like results in the privacy of your own home. Le Metier asked the company’s artist Richard to meet us at Neiman Marcus San Francisco to walk us through a demonstration of these two new gorgeous products.

First, Richard cleansed Liz’s skin with the Le Metier de Beaute Daily Renew Cleanser ($50) to remove her makeup. Then, he applied the Le Metier de Beaute Daily Refresh ($50) to balance, condition and prepare her skin for the treatments to follow. Liz really enjoyed the luxurious feeling of both, plus Richard’s professional care gave her a relaxing moment in our otherwise busy day.

Richard showed us the Le Metier de Beaute’s CHEM60 Pro-Peel, a brush-on product that includes a blend of salicylic and glycolic acids.  The nozzle can be turned “off” and “on” to preserve the product and guard against leaking.

This is designed to gently penetrate the skin. The dead skin cells are exfoliated to reveal the underlying younger skin in as little as 60 seconds. As you can see, it’s clear and actually feels nice when applied–there is no burning or harshness. One applies a light layer to the face, and leave on for about one minute. Avoid the eye area and hairline.

Particularly if you have sensitive skin, you will want to use a timer. Those with more resilient skin might go up to five minutes. You’ll want to start with less time, to test your own reaction. Then, remove with a damp cloth, or splashing with water. Next, Le Metier de Beaute’s GLOW10ai Mask, which has a soup-like consistency.

According to Le Metier, the GLOW10ai Mask contains an “unprecedented concentration of antioxidants, vitamins and hydrators to help skin renew and rebuild, while strengthening skin’s overall appearance.” Here are some additional benefits described by the company:

  • A sophisticated blend of moisturizers helps renew the appearance of damaged, dull-looking skin
  • The appearance of hyperpigmentation is noticeably lessened and improved
  • Irritation and redness caused by chemical peels, microdermabrasion and laser treatments are visibly diminished.
  • Suppleness and smoothness are greatly restored, resulting in a fresh, hydrated surface.

Although this can be applied with fingers, Richard used Le Metier’s foundation brush:

This part is left on for 5-15 minutes, until it is completely dry. Then Richard (literally) peeled the mask from Liz, leaving her skin feeling like absolutely glowing velvet.

Although I didn’t have the opportunity to try this myself, I was able to see a highly moisturized, plumped appearance on Liz. Even the next day, her skin had a baby-like entirely smooth texture. Le Metier’s system CHEM60 Pro-Peel & GLOW10ai Mask Set really delivered visible, gorgeous results.

The results certainly mirrored or exceeded the in-spa facials that I’ve gotten in the past. I’m seriously considering ordering a set so I can try it out. Liz, who is no stranger to facials, really loved this as perhaps the best treatment she’s had yet. Here’s Liz with her newly glowing skin (no makeup):

Lovely work, Richard (and Le Metier de Beaute)! Presently, the CHEM60 Pro-Peel & GLOW10ai Mask Set is sold exclusively at Neiman Marcus.

 

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