New Lips, Shoes + a Preview of the Le Metier De Beaute Ken Downing Kaleidoscopes!

Above: Lancome Shine Lover in Effortless Pink…a gloriously glossy and pigmented wonder.  Also pictured…Alor Stack Bracelet
Happy Sunday!  This post is devoted to three new products in my life: lip color, shoes and eyeshadow…I ask you (with only the slightest hint of cavalier humor), what else does a girl need? 
Kindly scroll on for more details, swatches and images as well as the Bottom Line…
Above: Wearing Shine Lover in Effortless Pink.
(1) First up is the deliciously radiant *Lancome Shine Lover Lipstick in Effortless Pink; drenched with pigment and a cellophane shine, this ultra moisturizing formula feels like the most luxurious balm while bathing lips in gorgeously buildable color.  Effortless Pink, which could be described as a cool medium pink with slightly lilac leanings, has just enough saturated tone to instantly brighten the face without being over the top.  Although it initially applies sheer, the color payoff, especially after a layer or two, is significant. As one who often battles dry lips, I am completely delighted with how hydrated my lips feel when wearing this lip color; they stay smooth and comfortable for hours.   All in all, this is a stunning formula and a must-have shade for pink lovers!
Above: Effortless Pink is glowing without the inclusion of shimmer. 
Official details, courtesy of Neiman Marcus:

Shine Lover is a vibrant shine lipstick that reveals the attitude of a smile with its remarkable expression of pulsating colors. Shine Lover is much more than a lipstick, it’s a state of mind. Includes Rose de Muscat Oil which infuses the balmy texture with moisture that hydrates, rejuvenates, and smoothes lips.
Above: Two swipes of Effortless Pink in direct sunlight.
Above: Applying Effortless Pink.
Above: Two layers of Effortless Pink alone on the lips.
Above: Effortless Pink pairs beautifully with neutral eyes and cheeks.
Makeup Details:
The images that follow reflect Lancome Shine Lover in Effortless Pink in action…

Above: I am loving Lancome Shine Lover Effortless Pink.
Above: Freebird by Steven shoes (in the style Grind).
(2) Next,  I recently picked up a new pair of Freebird by Steven shoes (in the style Grind) that add a unique and utilitarian element to my wardrobe.  These booties feature strappy detailing and a side zipper that makes them easy to put on.  The two-inch heel provides just enough lift to be flattering and the high-quality leather allows for virtually no break-in time…brilliant!
Above: The straps make them interesting. 
Above: Grind features a leather sole. 
Above: These shoes are ultra-comfortable…no break-in period necessary! 
Above: I wear these with shorts, skirts and jeans…so versatile.
le metier de beaute ken downing kaleidoscope paris london swatches
Above: The Le Metier de Beaute X Ken Downing Kaleidoscopes in Paris and London.
(3) Finally, I had the opportunity to swatch the freshly-debuted Le Metier de Beaute Limited Edition Ken Downing Kaleidoscopes last week and am thrilled to share my initial impressions.  
These rare gems feature iconic images from both Paris and London and a treasure trove of silky, pigmented eyeshadows for endless possibilities.  Although I have an affinity for both, I am slighly more partial to the unabashedly neutral London.  I am told that these were produced in very limited quantities so I would act sooner rather than later if you are as eager as I am to add these to your collection!
Official details, courtesy of Neiman Marcus (shade descriptions, courtesy of me):

Exclusively ours. The enduring Le Métier de Beauté and Ken Downing relationship has yet again created an exquisite kaleidoscope collection. Distilled from the trends, tones and textures presented at the Fall 15 fashion week shows in London and Paris, each collection includes four limited-edition and specially curated eye shadows, with whimsical illustrations depicting iconic images of each city on each kaleidoscope. Shades can be worn alone or blended together for an incomparable result.

London Shades:

Faded Foxglove…a matte beige cream
Naughty Nottingham…a luminous neutral medium taupe
Penny Lane…a burnished bronzy brown with a satin finish
Burnt Orchid…a rich eggplant with a satin finish

Paris Shades:

Violet Femme…a lilac-tinged pink with a creamy finish
Champagne Elysees…a glowing bronze
Eiffel Power…a silvery gray-blue 
Cunning Carine…an opulent dark brown 

le metier de beaute ken downing kaleidoscope paris london swatches
Above: Swatches of the Le Metier de Beaute X Ken Downing Kaleidoscopes in Paris and London.
le metier de beaute ken downing kaleidoscope paris london swatches
Above: Swatches of the Le Metier de Beaute X Ken Downing Kaleidoscopes in Paris and London (with a flash).
le metier de beaute ken downing kaleidoscope paris london swatches
Above: The LMdB Ken Downing Kaleidoscope in Paris. 
le metier de beaute ken downing kaleidoscope paris london swatches
Above: The LMdB Ken Downing Kaleidoscope in London.
**If you want to place a phone order for these stunning kaleidoscopes, I encourage you to call LMdB Specialist Extraordinare Mishel Brown (310/550-5900 Ext. 2036) at the Le Metier de Beaute counter at Neiman Marcus Beverly Hills.
Above: Last look.
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Bottom Line:  I hope you enjoyed this collision of beauty and style procurements in the lipcolor, shoes and eyeshadow categories…I love sharing my finds! 
What new beauty and style have YOU indulged in lately?
Good things ahead, including a skincare routine update, a video tutorial and an array of new discoveries…I am also in the midst of responding to comments and emails ; )
–The Beauty Professor

** PR sample provided for review denoted by an asterisk (the rest purchased by me),  however, as always, all of my opinions are expressly and unequivocally my own. 
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Comments (6)

  • Lynn127 Reply

    Hi B.P. i haven't left a comment in forever but i check in daily and read every post. That lancome pink looks delicious and juicy! It adds the best pop of color perfect for spring. Those shoes! Omg!!! Absolutely gorgeous and cool. Xo

    May 17, 2015 at 5:09 pm
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Hello, my friend! So good to hear from you! I completely understand how crazy it can be to get to comments but I am so glad to hear that you are still reading BP ; )

      The Lancome pink would look gorgeous on you and yes…aren't the shoes a crazy find?! Such a perfect blend of unexpected and comfortable!

      I hope you had a delightfully restful weekend…XO and talk soon,

      –The Beauty Professor

      May 18, 2015 at 3:25 am
  • Anonymous Reply

    Hi BP:) I always look forward to your posts. They are always such a delight to read. I am noticing your frequent use of Napoleon and Mustae V, which look dreamey, how it compares to Tom Ford. I've tried a lot of the recent foundations releases, but keep coming back. Also a video of how you use the two products would be wonderful. Thank you again for your amazing work. Truely delightful.

    May 21, 2015 at 1:26 pm
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Hi Shelly,

      That is wonderful to hear! Thank you. I am hoping to do a MustaeV-Napoleon base video soon…alas, time and lighting haven't been on my side as of late ; ) Both together create a dewier finish (that still lasts) than the TF Tracelss Perfecting but I still use the TF for super long and humid days!

      Thanks again for your support…XOXO,

      –The Beauty Professor

      May 26, 2015 at 3:53 am
  • Petunia Reply

    Those boots! Heavenly!
    You're looking cute as always 🙂

    I really don't know LMdB very well. I really enjoy your posts as I know so little about the brand. Charleston Girl used to write about LMdB, but sadly she is on hiatus. One of these days, I'll get to Neiman Marcus and have fun at the counter.
    Another brand that I have never really explored is Lancome. I supposed with you and Lisa Eldridge reviewing and using the products that Lancome just might be making their way into my makeup wardrobe.

    May 24, 2015 at 8:38 pm
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Hello Petunia!

      Thank you…I knew I had to have the booties when I saw them! So comfortable. With regards to LMdB, it has become more difficult to find in recent days…only at Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman. That being said, it is truly worth tracking down…excellent texture, color and performance across the board! I hope that Charleston Girl is OK!

      Lancome is newer in my life as well…I have my eye on the new cushion compact next ; )


      –The Beauty Professor

      May 26, 2015 at 3:59 am

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