Thursday, January 31, 2013

Le Metier Indelible Inks Eyeliner in Artemis

Above: The Indelible Inks Eyeliner truly is indelible.

I adore the look of liquid liner...when applied with restraint, it is sophisticated, classic and polished.  I usually opt for liner in a deep shade of black, and, as long as I can avoid the what feels like inevitable transfer of product from my lid to my orbital crease, I feel completely polished with minimal eye makeup.

I recently had the chance to try Le Metier de Beaute's Indelible Inks Eyeliner in Artemis, a stunning dark indigo navy blue (originally previewed on my blog HERE).  Retailing for $28, here's what Neiman Marcus has to say about this new release...

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. 

Featuring a liquid gel-based formula, that can be applied in thick or thin strokes with a sleek, chic brush or an ultra-fine tip, the long-wearing, waterproof color glides on and stays put for precise application without smudging or smearing.

Above: Ingredients!

As someone who is realistic about the fact that I have been seduced by the selling points of a myriad of beauty products (Long lasting! Good for the skin! Full coverage! Hydrating!) countless times, only to be disappointed by said products shortcomings, I can honestly say that this liner truly lives up to its bold claims!

Above: Additional "back of the box" matter.

Above: Artemis is a rich indigo blue with a slight sheen.

Above: The writing is tiny,  but it says "Artemis."

Above: The thin brush gives me fantastic control during application.

The liner is small but mighty, and features a whisper thin (yet easily controlled) brush that, in one dip, picks up the perfect amount of product for a single lid.

Above: Thick and think applications of Artemis in indoor lighting. 

The liquid itself is very smooth and easy to glides on the lid without tugging, pulling or smearing; as long as I allow about seven seconds of dry time first, I can completely open my eye without transferring the ink...this, in and of itself, is remarkable!

There is a slight sheen to this is not, however, shimmery or glittery in any way.  Rather, it imparts a lovely satin finish that adds dimension and glow to the eye area.

The lasting power of this liner is literally didn't budge for the entire day and, once I was ready to take it off, I discovered that it can only be effectively removed with oil-based makeup remover.

Above: Thin and thick applications of Artemis in indoor lighting. 
Above: I took these pictures halfway through the day...note that there is no transfer to my upper lid (which normally occurs with any formula that I use) and smudging is nominal.

Above: I took this at the end of the day...I smile because my liner is still on my eyelids. 

Above: A closed-eye view.

Above: When applying, I like to wing this out slightly.

Above: Another angle to reveal "the wing."

Above: I couldn't be happier with this formula...I like how a line on top adds volume and depth to my eyelashes,  even when my eyes are open.

Above: Artemis is pure bliss!

Bottom Line: The Le Metier de Beaute Indelible Inks Eyeliner in Artemis is simply brilliant...its rich inky blueness, facile application and extreme lasting power make this easily one of the best liquid liners on the market!  After years of wearing a classic black line, I am loving venturing into unconventional indigo-navy territory.  This formula cannot be beat...highly recommended!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

IMATS Los Angeles Recap!!

Above: My first, of hopefully many, IMATS!

Above: We started our day at around 11 AM...I made sure to wear flat boots in anticipation of the walking in store for us!

A couple of weekends ago, my mom (who also happens to be my best friend and blog assistant!) and I attended IMATS Los Angeles (International Makeup Artist Trade Show), held at the Pasadena Convention Center.  It was truly a feast for the eyes, filled with niche brands, special effects makeup, demonstrations and more body paint than I ever thought possible.

I will let the follow images speak for themselves...

Above: I ran into the very sweet Courtney ( who was working at the BFTE mineral makeup booth for the weekend. 

Above: I was entranced by the demonstration for Fantabulash, a lash adhesive tape that is designed to take the place of traditional false lash glue.  It is intended to keep your lashes cleaner, longer and is also great for anyone who has a glue allergy (like it's creator, above, had). 

Above: I was drawn into the orb of the Lise Watier line (sold at the Naimie's Beauty Supply booth)...this French-Canadian line boasts impressive pigmentation and reasonable pricing.  Two lipsticks and three eyeliners later...

Above: One example of the special effects makeup demonstrations taking place at every corner.  I'm thinking about trying this look for work.

Above: Melanie Mills, creator of Gleam, and me.  Ms. Mills is known for concocting the body shimmer that is heavily relied upon on the Dancing with the Stars set.  I bought a lovely peachy pink lip gloss which I will review soon!

Above: The folks at the Cailyn Gel Eyeliner booth...I was sold by the demonstration (the woman applied some of the liner and then rubbed her hand budging whatsoever).  I bought the black version and couldn't be happier.  Review soon!

Above: Me with the effervescent Brett Freedman, founder of the Vanitymark line...I picked up a lipbalm for my husband (it is both sweet and minty...he's happy) and a mango gloss for soon1.  

Above: Girl on very tall stilts...this was one of the more "normal" things I saw at the show ; )

Above: Taking a break halfway through the staying in place.

Above: Resting our feet...flat boots can only do so much!

Above: While resting, I happened to run into the charming Talia Joy Castellano, who is a YouTube makeup tutorial sensation! 

Above: Famed Makeup Artist Kevin James Bennett and me.

Above: Another everyday look in the land of IMATS.

Above: Is this outfit considered, "work appropriate?"

Above: Me and the living mannequin at the MAC Pro booth...this trooper had been standing there since 7AM (it was already 3PM at this point) and politely confided to me that his back was beginning to hurt.  

Above: Wizard of Oz, anyone?

Above: My lovely mom and I.

Above: Makeup stayed put for the entire day...Revlon Colorstay Whipped Creme Foundation still never ceases to amaze me.

Above: For dinner, we stopped at El Cholo Cafe, which was serendipitously right across the street...this chicken quesadilla was to die for.

Above: Nothing like some ambrosial fried ice cream to properly conclude an amazing day.

Above:  Thanks for a brilliant experience, IMATS!
How about YOU...have you ever attended an IMATS or something similar? Thoughts?!
Above: A teaser of some of my IMATS purchases and their corresponding swatches.  Close ups and reviews in the very near future!

Monday, January 28, 2013

Mikey Castillo and the New LMdB Palette at Neiman Marcus...a Quick Peek!

Above: Hello Neiman Marcus Beverly Hills...good to see you again!

I spent some quality time at Neiman Marcus Beverly Hills last week and serendipitously ran into the perpetually delightful and ever charming Le Metier de Beaute Director of Color, Mikey Castillo.  As always, our visits are filled with a mutual love of makeup...this time, he had in his possession, the latest LMdB Eyeshadow Palette for Spring 2013!!

Although time did not permit for me to swatch each shade, I can attest to the fact that it is all sorts of lovely...Mikey describes it as a "greatest hits collection" of sorts, since it is comprised of past and currently existing shades, all nestled together in one sleek, remarkably portable compact.

At first glance, I quickly identified the stunning rich black from the Nouvelle Vague Kaleidoscope and the gleaming warm amber from the Bauhaus Kaleidoscope.  There are also plenty of variations on blue and green to "Springify" your eyes looks!

Above: I adore the way in which Mikey is cradling the palette, like a beautifully crafted newborn, ready to be presented to the world ; )

Above: Le Metier de Beaute Director of Color Mikey Castillo and the Beauty Professor.

Above: The Le Metier de Beaute Eye Shadow Palette for Spring 2013 in all of its prismatic glory (picture taken in indoor lighting).

Keep your eyes peeled for the official release of this palette; I'm told it will retail for a very reasonable $95...the color possibilities yielded by this gem are utterly endless!

To check for availability, the LMdB counter at Neiman Marcus Beverly Hills can be reached at: (323) 550-5900.


The Beauty Professor

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Beauty Blog Coalition Weekly Roundup for the Week Ending 1/25/13

The latest and greatest from beauty blogs everywhere...enjoy your reading time!


--The Beauty Professor

  • Confessions of a Sarcastic Mom: Check out Destany's review of Nail Candy of the most inventive things to happen to Confessions of a Sarcastic Mom!
  • Blushing Noir: The Chanel Raffinement Quadra Eye Shadow is anything but boring! This palette will be your new Spring staple!
  • BeautyTidbits: Harshleen swatches and reviews the new Maybelline Color Whisper Lipsticks.
  • Portrait of Mai: Missed out on IMATS LA 2013? Check out this recap of all the booths and some of the brand new releases from Sigma Makeup and Sugarpill Cosmetics
  • Lola's Secret Beauty Blog: Lola's Secret Beauty Blog loves the entire vbeaute skincare line, and therefore wasn't surprised by how effective their Lite Up Intense Brightening Agent proved to be!
  • Emily Hudspeth, hair design and makeup artist: Quick and Easy 2 Ingredient DIY Sugar Scrub. Great for Dry Lips!
  • Beauty by Miss L: Miss L reviewed Lavera Basis Sensitive Organic hand cream.
  • TheFabZilla: Love coffee and tea? they're culprit to teeth stains. Remember, if you're not whitening you're yellowing. Will Crest 3D White Strips be the answer?
  • Beauty Info Zone: Beauty Info Zone puts Revlon Colorstay Suede Lipstick to the test. Was it a pass or fail?
  • Beauty Professor: Forever a foundation fiend, the Beauty Professor swatches and reviews Dolce & Gabbana's Perfect Finish Creamy Foundation!
  • Polarbelle: Sally Beauty has the Fingerpaints Candy Coated Collection nail polishes and caviar nail beads that is perfect for springtime!
  • Endless Summer: Elena reviews Estee Lauder Lash Primer Plus and mascaras, and shows how they look on her lashes.
  • Painted Ladies: Sheila from Painted Ladies works a bold, red lip with purple and silver eyes in 365 Days of Makeup.
  • Lipgloss Break: Angela reviews KISS Nail Dress nail stickers.
  • My Newest Addiction Beauty Blog: Laura from My Newest Addiction Beauty Blog shares her review on the Laura Mercier Creme Eye Liners in Indigo and Espresso.
  • Pammy Blogs Beauty: The MAC Matters "Build a Core Collection with $21 a Month" Continues! Check out what Pammy Blogs Beauty got in January for the challenge!

  • Saturday, January 26, 2013

    Rescue Reparative Baobab Oil Hair Serum Review

    Above: The Rescue Baobab Serum comes in a pearly bottle with an extremely efficient pump.

    Hair oils and serums are tricky...too rich, and hair is weighed down and limp...too light and their efficacy is dubious at best.  In the past, I have used Moroccan Oil but found it to be inconvenient, difficult to dispense (I hated having to pour it into my hand before applying) and extremely heavy.  

    However, there are times, especially in the winter when the air is dry and the moisture is all but absent in my house as our heater incessantly runs, when I need an extra boost of hydration that traditional conditioner cannot provide.  I recently got the chance to try Rescue Reparative Baobab Oil Hair Serum, which has changed my mind about hair serums!  This particular rendition is light yet extremely moisturizing and leaves me with a remarkably silky and manageable mane.

    Above: I love products that have a minimum amount of ingredients.

    The star ingredient of this product, which retails for $50, is the Baobab contains a collection of vitamins (e.g, A, D, and E ) that helps to nourish hair and impart a lovely sheen that is neither oily nor greasy.  In fact, once the serum is distributed in my hair, it absorbs so quickly that I cannot detect where it was applied!

    Like the other products in the Rescue line, this serum has an intoxicating sweet vanilla musk scent that is both comforting and gourmand in nature.  It is akin to the aroma of Moroccan Oil, however, I much prefer the packaging and overall texture of the Rescue; it absorbs more easily and the pump bottle is clean and time-efficient.  A single pump is sufficient to cover the expanse of my thick, long hair!  

    Above: A drop of the the serum on my is clear and light, yet packs a moisturizing punch!

    Here is how I use it: After shampooing, I skip conditioner and towel dry my hair.  Then, I distribute a single pump of the product on the second half of my hair and brush it through so that it covers the ends.  I follow up with a stint under the blow dryer and, voila...smooth, silky, lush hair that is soft to the touch.  Brilliant!

    The next few images reflect my hair after having used the Rescue Reparative Baobab Oil Hair Serum on the second half of my locks...I just brushed it through and blow dried it for 10 minutes!

    Bottom Line: The Rescue Reparative Baobab Oil Hair Serum  is a welcome addition to my hair routine.  I wash everyday and have to switch up my shampoo and conditioning regimen (I typically alternate between the Rescue Baobab shampoo and conditioner or John Frieda Go Blonder) to keep my hair from getting "immune" to a certain product.  This serum gives me even greater variety and I love using it in place of conditioner to detangle, soften, hydrate and enhance shine.  Highly recommended!

    Have you tried a hair serum or oil?  Thoughts?!

    **PR sample provided for review, however, as always, all of my opinions are expressly and unequivocally my own.