Entries from November 30th, 2012

Today’s Manicure with Le Metier De Beaute


Please excuse my dry cuticles in the freezing weather, but I just had to show you all my current manicure! I recently tried (and am now obsessed with!) The Cocoa Crazed line from Le Metier De Beaute. I used Cocoa Me Crazy (the lighter- nude color) and Hottie Choco-Latte (the darker- brown color). The Cocoa Crazed collection as well as many other Le Metier De Beaute products are available at Neiman Marcus, www.NeimanMarcus.com, Saks, www.saks.com, select Nordstrom stores and www.nordstrom.com. The polishes are $18 each.

I applied two coats of Cocoa Me Crazy and then carefully drew on a half moon shape with the Hottie Choco-Latte and filled in the rest of the lower part of my nail. I followed with another layer of the Hottie Choco-Latte in the same area.


C’est Magnifique!!

DIY Gel Mani: Sally Hansen Salon Gel Polish



While I love the look of polished and manicured nails, they rarely have the endurance I’m looking for. Salon gel manicures are great, but costly, coming in at around $30 per manicure. So I jumped at the chance to try out a DIY alternative from Sally Hansen. The starter kit alone gives you 10 manicures at a fraction of the professional price.

The application method was simple.

  1. The Sally Hansen Salon Gel Polish Starter Kit comes with everything you need in your color of choice. I chose Wine Not, the perfect red for the holiday season.
  2. After cleaning the nail of oils and dirt with the included nail cleansing pad, I pushed back my cuticles and filed my nails a bit, just as I would while doing a regular manicure.
  3. The kit includes 3 polishes–a base coat, color, and a top coat. I applied a thin clear base coat, placed hands under LED lamp for 30 seconds, applied the color Wine Not and set color with the LED lamp for 30 seconds again.
  4. Finally I applied the clear top coat and sealed it with the LED lamp and repeated the whole process with the other hand, finishing the entire process in 20 minutes! A quick swipe of the finished nail with the cleanser pads perfected the manicure.

The results were a beautiful glossy manicure that has yet to chip and can rival a salon gel manicure. Makes for a great holiday present for any woman that loves a manicured nail (or for yourself)!

Sally Hansen’s Salon Gel Polish™ is a professional at-home gel system that delivers the salon experience at a great value. Compared to regular nail polish, this gel polish gives you high-gloss, mirror shine color that lasts for up to 2 weeks without dry time, chipping and smudging. It’s never been so easy to get a salon manicure at home – saving you time and money! Get up to 10 gel manicures in a starter kit!

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Sally Hansen via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Sally Hansen

The Amazing “Amazing Cosmetics”


I am  on a constant  quest  for new products to use on my clients and had heard about Amazing Cosmetics through some fellow makeup artists. When I tried it for the first time it was like I hit the jack pot.  Amazing Cosmetics  is a must have in your makeup bag ladies!!

Here are  the fabulous products I tested :

  • Anti-Age Face Primer
  • Amazing Concealer
  • Velvet Mineral Liquid Foundation
  • Velvet Mineral Pressed Powder

Anti- Aging Face Primer

This is a clear light weight moisturizer and face primer in one. A primer in general is a must have in your makeup kit. It  acts as a barrier between your skin and your makeup  allowing the makeup to sit on your face throughout the day.

  • Fills in pores and fine lines
  • Glides on softly and feels refreshing on the the face
  • Oil, paraben, and fragrance free
  • Works with any skin type

{Retail  $34}


Amazing Concealer

Can you say Waterproof!!??

I like to call this the skin erase because “now you see it now you don’t”.  Your blemishes will be concealed perfectly with a dab of this product. Try using a concealer brush not your finger. I even used it on a tattoo to cover it up (first I used a pink concealer to cancel out the blue in the tattoo, then apply the amazing concealer in your skin tone then powder it with a translucent powder )

  • Highly pigmented
  • Creates a smooth even complexion
  • Nourishes  the  skin with cucumber extract
  • Creamy texture
  • Comes in 10 shades, works for any skin tone

This concealer comes in a squeeze tube and very clever that it comes in two sizes,  the smaller one is a convenient size  for traveling . {Retail  $28 for small size and $42 for larger.}




Velvet Mineral Liquid Foundation

What I really love about this product is that it feels just like velvet exactly what the name says it is!

  • Buildable coverage, which means you can layer it to get a full coverage
  • Glides on the skin effortlessly
  • Lightweight Consistency
  • Ingredient : Casia Angustifolia acts as a moisture magnet for the complexion  which leaves your skin feeling hydrated not dry
  • Comes in 10 gorgeous shades to choose from
  • SPF 15

{Retail $36}


Velvet Mineral Pressed Powder

This pressed powder is delightful to use. You can set your makeup with it or use it alone.

  • Super fine not a heavy powder
  • Feels very soft
  • Comes in a mirrored compact with a puff
  • Comes in 9  pretty shades

{Retail $36}


Just to show you, here are before and afters on two different clients using Amazing Cosmetics!

(protecting clients anonymity bottom half of face shown only)

Amazing Cosmetics products listed above retail at www.Ulta.com, www.Sephora.com, www.amazingcosmetics.com


The products in this post were provided by the manufacturer for consideration. For more information on my disclosure policy, please see my disclaimer page.

Product photos courtesy of www.amazingcosmetics.com




Author: Danielle Minnella www.danielleminnella.com

Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show Backstage Beauty Secrets


The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, the world’s sexiest fashion will debut Dec. 4th, 2012 and we’ve got the scoop on the backstage beauty secrets!



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