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Like a Multi-Tool for Makeup Lovers, the Cheeky Chic Kaleidoscope Blush Palette by Le Metier de Beaute Will Save You From Falling Into the Too-Much-Rouge Trap

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The Cheeky Chic Kaleidoscope by Le Metier de Beaute

The Cheeky Chic Kaleidoscope by Le Metier de Beaute, $95

In classic Karen fashion, I brought three blush palettes with me when I went out of town to visit family over the holidays but ended up using just one of them the entire time, the new Cheeky Chic Kaleidoscope by Le Metier de Beaute.

I love the way it looks on my cheeks, but I do NOT love the redonkulous price.

It’s $95.

Yeah…

I could totally wear this palette every single day, and I did over a period of about two weeks.

It’s like a Swiss Army knife. It contains three matte blushes and a golden highlighter that swivel in and out. Nifty idea and awesome for travel.

All three of the blushes look delicate and natural on the skin, and when I top them with the golden highlighter, I feel like a glowing angel in a shampoo commercial… :)

The whole effect reminds me of the Ambient Blush Palette by Hourglass.

The Cheeky Chic Kaleidoscope by Le Metier de Beaute ($95)

  • Comes with three matte blushes (a matte salmon-pink, a neutral pink and a beige nude) and a sheer golden highlighter, which Le Metier refers to as a luminizer.
  • I like to wear the matte salmon pink or matte neutral pink on the apples of my cheeks (sometimes, I even mix them together) and the golden highlighter, which has a finish that’s more of a sheen than a shimmer, on the tops of my cheekbones.

    I don’t mind the nude beige blush, but I think it’ll be better for lighter skin tones than mine. Sometimes I’ll mix it with one or more of the other blushes because, by itself, I can’t even see it until I’ve applied three or four layers.

  • The blushes and highlighter feel fantastically soft (like the Calvin Klein blanket I got at Costco for $16, yo!). They’re easy to blend, and when I wear them, I never feel like I’m drowning in rouge.
  • As beautiful as these workhorse colors are, the palette is terribly expensive. You could definitely find similar shades for less, but consider this: the powders work out to about $24 each, which is “cheaper” than a Chanel blush.
  • Available now at Le Metier de Beaute counters, Neiman Marcus stores and online.

Before blush/highlighter

Before applying the Le Metier Cheeky Chic Kaleidoscope on my cheeks

Before blush/highlighter


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A Brief MAC Rainbow Intermission to Brighten Your Day

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A MAC Rainbow with makeup from the new Lightness of Being collection

A few pretty pieces from the new MAC Lightness of Being collection

Like a double rainbow…only much cooler because you can put this one all over yo’ face!

A MAC Rainbow with makeup from the new Lightness of Being collection

I got a distinctly rainbow-y vibe from this handful of pieces in the new MAC Lightness of Being collection. From the left, that’s Mineralize Rich Lipstick in Style Surge, Mineralize Rich Lipstick in Luxe Naturale, Mineralize Eye Shadow in Spiritual Life, Lipglass in Beautiful Moves, Mineralize Lipstick in Dreaminess, and Mineralize Lipstick in Be Fabulous on the far right.

They’re all $22 each and available now with the rest of the Lightness of Being collection at MAC counters and online.

* Leprechaun legal disclaimer: pot o’ gold not included.

A MAC Rainbow with makeup from the new Lightness of Being collection

Swatches from the left: Mineralize Rich Lipstick in Style Surge, Mineralize Rich Lipstick in Luxe Naturale, Mineralize Eye Shadow in Spiritual Life, Lipglass in Beautiful Moves, Mineralize Lipstick in Dreaminess and Mineralize Lipstick in Be Fabulous

The Tarte Park Ave Princess Contour Palette: Tiara, Prince Charming, Ball Gown, Glass Carriage and Ponies Not Included

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Tarte Park Ave Princess Contour Palette

I feel that if the Park Ave Princess Contour Palette by Tarte ($34) came with a tiara, it would be that much more legit, because what’s a princess without a tiara?! A frickin’ travesty, that’s what it is.

Even though I like this palette, which comes with three powder products — a bronzer, blush and highlighter — I think it would be even more awesome if it came in a few different versions, like one for light skin tones, another for medium skin tones, and a third one for darker skin tones.

This would be the one for lighter lasses. The bronzer has a matte finish, which is what I usually use for doing deep cheek contouring, but this one doesn’t do squat for me as a contour color. It’s just not quite dark enough for an effective chisel. As a true contour color, it would prolly work better for pale princesses.

For medium mavens and darker divas, I do think it’s OK for a subtle overall bronzing effect, though.

Tarte Park Ave Princess Contour Palette

From the left: the Bronzer, Blush and Highlighter

Tarte Park Ave Princess Contour Palette Swatches

From the left: Bronzer, Blush and Highlighter


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Marsala Madness Strikes Sephora! Have You Seen the Sephora + Pantone Universe Makeup Collection?

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Sephora + Pantone Universe Marsala (2)

Flashback! Marsala sooooo reminds me of the deep, dark reddish browns of the ’90s, like MAC Paramount. Take me back, homie…

I do like the shimmery twists and sheens Sephora incorporated to modernize marsala in their Sephora + Pantone Universe makeup collection, because back in the day, the shade probably would have been reserved for flat mattes, which were nearly impossible to blend.

Sephora + Pantone Universe Marsala (3)

Sephora + Pantone Universe Marsala (4)

From the left: Shimmering Marsala Cheek Trio, Pure Marsala Matte Lip Creme, Bold Marsala Mascara & Brow Highlighter and Marsala Metalshine Liquid Liner

The Sephora + Pantone Universe Makeup Collection

  • A limited edition eight-piece release
  • Available now at Sephora stores and sephora.com
  • I’m really liking the $28 Shimmering Marsala Cheek Trio. Very easy to blend.
  • The $18 Pure Marsala Matte Lip Creme is smooth and creamy and super pretty. Very ’90s, too.
  • The Marsala Metalshine Liquid Liner, also $18, is quite shimmery and pigmented.
  • While also pigmented, $20 Bold Marsala Mascara & Brow Highlighter is totally NOT wearable at all.
  • Overall, I can get behind the cheek trio, the lipstick and the liner…but the mascara and brow highlighter just make my brows and lashes look hella red. But not runway red in a fashion-forward way. More like red as in demon spawn. Think hard before going there… I’m just sayin’.

P.S. I’m on the way out the door to go to that restaurant/nightclub with the Prince cover band in San Rafael. If I don’t see you again tonight, please have a safe and happy New Year’s. See you in 2015! :)

On Shelves Now: Beauty Books That Caught My Eye

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I’m always on the market for new beauty books. I have a few of them at home now (’cause reading is fundamental!). These are currently on my radar screen as new contenders…

Eye Candy: 55 Easy Makeup Looks for Glam Lids and Luscious Lashes, by Linda Mason ($14.95)

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Sometimes I get stuck in eye makeup ruts, and this book’s loaded with inspiration. There’s 55 eye looks. DUDE! That’s a lot.

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Makeup Makeovers Beauty Bible: Expert Secrets for Stunning Transformations, by Robert Jones ($19.99)

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This one is packed with lots of good, in-depth beauty information. Check out the section with makeup for different eye shapes.

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Love, Lashes, and Lipstick: My Secrets for a Gorgeous, Happy Life, by Mally Roncal ($25)

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Mally’s bubbly personality really comes across in the writing in this book, and I dig the cute illustrations.

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Hello Kitty Nail Art, by Masako Kojima ($17.95)

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Granted, I probably don’t have the skill to pull off most of these nail looks, but I want to! Because it’s Hello Kitty!

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Beauty: The New Basics, by Rona Berg ($19.95)

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I really like that the models in this book look like normal women of all ages and ethnicities.

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Everything Eyes: Professional Techniques, Essential Tools, Gorgeous Makeup Looks, by Bobbi Brown ($14.95)

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A whole chapter devoted to makeup for girls with glasses. Yes.

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Do you have any beauty books at home? Which are your favorites (mine’s Makeup Makeovers in 5, 10, 15, and 20 Minutes: Expert Secrets for Stunning Transformations, by Robert Jones)?

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