Comparison: Le Metier de Beaute Nutmeg and Damask from the Silk Road Kaleidoscope

The difference is more evident in the pan than how the arm swatches depicted. These shades are very close but they are different. They are both very richly pigmented. I find Damask has a bit more of an apricot tone to it. I would say if you end up getting the Silk Road Kaleidoscope when it is released there would be no need to invest in Nutmeg in the future. If though you already have Nutmeg in your collection I don’t think it should hold you back from getting the beautiful Silk Road Kaleidoscope from the upcoming Fall/Winter 2011 collection.

Le Metier de Beaute Nutmeg compared to Damask
Le Metier de Beaute Nutmeg compared to Damask
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July 2011 LUXE BOX by Loose Button – Will There be an August for Me?

From the Loose Button website:


Luxe Box is a monthly subscription service that delivers 3-5 deluxe-sized beauty samples to your doorstep in a chic box. The samples range from skincare and makeup to fragrance, body, and haircare. What’s more? These samples have been hand-picked by our beauty experts, so we are confident you will enjoy them!

When I heard all the talk of Birchbox in the US and GlossyBox in the UK I set out to find a Canadian alternative. Turns out there are a few. I decided to go with LUXE BOX by Loose Button. I signed up for the 3 month subscription to start.
Included in my first (July) LUXE BOX was:

Essie Nail Polish in 738 Silken Cord (full size)
Proclaim Hair Oil Treatment (0.5 fl.oz/15ml)
Stella McCartney Stella in Two Peony (sample)
Trucco Pro Eye Liner in Ivy (full size)

I’m not sure whether I want to continue my subscription or not. I think this is a FABULOUS concept and product for the RIGHT person. I just don’t think it is right for me. I have very finicky and particular tastes when it comes to these kinds of products so it would take a lot for me to get excited about one of these boxes. I should have reviewed this when I first got it but it took me almost two weeks to even open it fully after I peeked inside and saw what was there. I haven’t tried anything yet as I may pass these items along to someone else. I do love Essie polishes and Silken Cord is a beautiful deep, bright pink. I’m not an eye liner kinda gal so I likely won’t try out the Ivy liner although I may look further into the Trucco brand as I’m unfamiliar with it. I’m very interested in trying out the hair oil and fragrance sample. Overall for the price of $12/mth I think it may be too big of a risk for me to assume there will be products offered each month to tickle my fancy. For the right consumer though I believe this is an excellent product and a great way to try new things.
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  • D.Sadie

    Those are some great goodies. I did the birchbox but stopped after a month. Don’t get me wrong, I loved getting multiple items for just $10 but idk… Figured I’d just save that $10 for stuff I really really wanted.

  • DSK Steph

    I love that you got an Essie polish!!

  • Makeup Chic, Literary Geek

    No birchbox? That stinks, I didn’t realize that :( I’ve looked into a lot of the other sample subscriptions available in the US and all the other ones are either super pricey (one was up to $50 quarterly from what I remember) or they don’t list products I’d even consider. I subscribe to birchbox and while I don’t love everything, I like enough to make it worthwhile so far. Maybe you should start a high-end sample subscription service with some Canadian brands ;)

  • MarciaF (Beauty Info Zone)

    I get Birchbox and even though I don’t use all the products in it I still enjoy the surprises for only $10 a month. Some boxes are better than others. Plus you can always make up a box of goodies and offer it as a giveaway on your site.

  • Daly Beauty

    Why are they sending you samples of a discontinued perfume that you can only buy from online discounters? That Stella Peony sample has been sitting around gathering dust somewhere- weird. I like the *concept* but I am waaayyy to choosy to get random samples. I find I know what I’d like to try so please give me a sample of what I might actually buy. Russian roulette sampling doesn’t really appeal to me.

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