Drugstore Buy of the Week - Caress Fine Fragrance Body Wash with 12 HR Fragrance Release





Caress has just changed the body wash game (in an admittedly very crowded product category that just keeps growing).

Their latest Caress Fine Fragrance Body WashesAdore Forever, and Love Forever, are made with new technology which releases their fragrances upon touching the skin for up to 12 hours. They are the world's first body wash with what they call, "Fragrance Release Pearls."

Both versions have a thick and silky texture, and they are floral based scents. Adore Forever was the one I kept reaching for because it's also layered with beautiful spicy and slightly warm, musky notes which lingered beautifully after rinsing it off.

While using the body wash in the shower, it left my skin soft and hydrated, with no residue or film when I rinsed.  

About an hour after my morning shower, I was adjusting my bracelets touching my wrist, when, it a quick flash, the Adore Forever scent came softly wafting up to my nose.  Not a big gust or cloud of scent, but a very nice, direct stream of the fragrance.  

By the evening, touching my skin continued to release more subtle streams of the fragrance.  As a matter of fact, the effects lasted for me until the very next morning.  

I think this also makes a great fragrance product for those who are busy in the AM and don't have time to add a perfume, and for those really hot, summer days when you don't feel like layering additional products that may smell to heavy in the heat.

Give these a try to mix up your morning shower or after gym routine.  I think it would also be fun for Caress to launch a summer fragrance version in a few months too! - RLB




*These products were provided courtesy of Caress PR for reviewing purposes.

Beauty Find - L'Oreal Paris Brow Stylist Plumper Brow Gel Mascara





L'Oreal has been killing it lately with new products that take a common beauty item and tweak it so that it's something all together more brilliant - and useful.

L'Oreal Paris Brow Stylist Plumper Brow Gel Mascara, is a brow gel made for grooming and shaping eyebrows.  But this new version contains tiny fibers, similar to fiber mascaras, which thicken and plump up the hairs of the brows. 

The wand has a cone shaped brush on the end that looks like a tiny mascara applicator.  The formula is thin and lightweight without being drippy or messy. 

I used just a few swipes on the inner and outer edges of my brows, which are the only areas that are thinner for me, and was very pleased at the control I had when applying it. 

The gel dried quickly to hold my brows in place and within seconds I could see more visible hairs.  Note: I used the Transparent  version (shown, left), for a more natural, day-to-day look, and the Medium to Dark (shown, top) for a slightly more dramatic finish.

Once the gel dried, it did not flake, gum up (it can also be used in conjunction with your favorite brow pencil if you desire), or cause my brows to be overly stiff.  Both the Transparent and the Medium to Dark version did not smudge, melt  or fade during the day (this is going to be my go-to eye grooming product when it's scorching hot and humid in summer time!).  I found a little went a long way, and for best results, I recommend going in with a very thin layer and then building gradually only in the areas of your brows that need it.

The gel is easy to remove at the end of the day with any regular eye makeup remover or your general cleansing product.

L'Oreal Paris Brow Stylist Plumper Brow Gel Mascara  is perfect for those of you who want groomed natural looking brows, and just need to amp up your current brow shape with more thickness, fullness and texture. It's so easy to use it will become another "I can't live without it" product in your beauty bag! - RLB

Note: There is also a Light to Medium version for those with blond or light brown brows.

Beauty Find - Laura Mercier Paint Wash Liquid Lip Colour




I LOVE hybrid products.

So, it's perfect that Laura Mercier  has just created one of the prettiest kinds - a long wear (hydrating) lip stain - with a glossy finish.

I wanted a nice red, and Laura Mercier Paint Wash Liquid Lip Colour Vermillion Red was perfect.  The gloss is very lightweight yet still creamy - and highly concentrated.

Just a few dabs with the applicator and my lips had the full, rich red in the tube.  It lasted through the morning and several drinks and meals (there was a little transfer on to cups, etc.)

But 5-6 hours in, the rich red was still there as a stain on my lips.  While the initial shine wore down, the finish still looked fresh and dewy (or a demi-matte), with no additional touch ups.

The formula is also very hydrating and the color is buildable if you want just a touch of red for the day, for example, and a really "knock 'em dead" red lip at night.  

Another favorite shade of mine for a natural, every day look is Laura Mercier Paint Wash Liquid Lip Colour Rosewood (shown, above left).  It's the perfect blend of a medium pink with a touch of brown.  

If you've had issues with long wear or lip stain products drying out your lips or looking too matte, Laura Mercier Paint Wash Liquid Lip Colour  solves that problem beautifully! - RLB


*This product was provided courtesy of Laura Mercier PR for reviewing purposes.