Beauty Find - Kleenex Exfoliating Cushions



Kleenex has taken another seemingly easy concept - cleanser in a hand-held disposable product,  and made it into something MUCH better. *Also read our review oKleenex Cotton Soft Pads.

Kleenex Exfoliating Cushions are my new favorite way to cleanse and exfoliate gently - all in one step without needing anything other that a splash of water.



Each of the Kleenex Exfoliating Cushions have a blue side and a white side.  I applied a small amount of water to the blue side to activate the cleanser. They had a light, fresh scent when activated. This blue side lathered with a significant amount of creamy, soapy bubbles. There was more than enough cleanser to completely clean my entire face, remove all traces of makeup, etc. My skin felt stimulated and very well cleansed as I moved the Kleenex Exfoliating Cushions around in a circular motion on  my face.  


Purchase Here: Kleenex Exfoliating Cushions Refillable Dispenser + Pads

The white side is more textured for extra exfoliation, and I used it as recommended, on my nose area and my t-zone.  I used these about 3 times a week. My skin was not red, irritated or itchy after exfoliating. The cushions didn't leave any residue or traces of material from the pad on my skin afterwards. They were also remarkably strong - and no amount rinsing,ringing or exfoliating my skin made them rip or tear apart!

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After I was done using both sides,  I rinsed my skin and it looked fresh, smooth and glowing. The cushion itself was also very nice to hold while cleansing because it was like a little mini-pillow.  I plan on taking these with me whenever I travel.  


Purchase Here: Kleenex Exfoliating Cushions Refillable Dispenser + Pads

The packaging is great to house the cushions (you can buy more cushion refills separately). Since they are dry, you can take them out of the container and put them in a small zip lock for travel or the gym.  But for the bathroom vanity, I loved having them in the pretty clear cube (shown above) where they stayed dry and clean.  Stock up on these! - RLB



Purchase Here: Kleenex Exfoliating Cushions Refillable Dispenser + Pads
Also Read Our Review for:  Kleenex Cotton Soft Pads

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

Beauty Find - The Estee Edit by Estee Lauder Beam Team Hydrate + Glow

The Estee Edit by Estee Lauder Beam Team Hydrate + Glow sheer sun-loving bronze


The Estee Edit by Estee Lauder Beam Team Hydrate + Glow is a multi-tasker that's worth adding to your skincare collection - STAT.

It's a lightweight moisturizer that gives a touch of glow (without over the top shimmer).  It just makes skin look great.  The added bonus of a glow/illuminator solid cream in the top cap is perfect to add natural looking highlight to the skin.  



The moisturizer has a med/thick weight out of the tube, but once I applied it to my skin it felt completely weightless and absorbed immediately.  Thanks to a formula made with hyaluronic acid, along with finely milled shimmering pearls, it provided both hydration and subtle shimmer. There are two shades, Sheer Bronze, which worked with my skin tone, (shown, above) and Sheer Golden Beige, perfect for lighter skin tones.  You can even use both for different highlighting/bronzing effects.  

It has a very fresh, slightly tropical scent that evaporates quickly.  It also gave me great hydration, but without my t-zone oily or shiny looking.  The shimmer in the moisturizer as well as the cap illuminator looked nice in both indoor and sunlight as well.  Tip:The Estee Edit by Estee Lauder Beam Team Hydrate + Glow is perfect to use on tanned summer skin to look it's best!


I loved all the different ways I could use The Estee Edit by Estee Lauder Beam Team Hydrate + Glow.  I used it under my foundation as a brightening primer, and then added the cap color on my cheekbones, brow bones, down the center of my nose and cupid's bow. On weekends I just used the The Estee Edit by Estee Lauder Beam Team Hydrate + Glow alone with a bit of concealer, adding the cap color in the same way. 

Purchase Here: The Estee Edit by Estee Lauder Beam Team Hydrate + Glow sheer sun-loving bronze 1.7 oz 

 A third way was to mix a bit of the The Estee Edit by Estee Lauder Beam Team Hydrate + Glow sheer sun-loving bronze with my BB Cream or Foundation if I was in a rush and wanted my skin to have a beautiful healthy glow instantly.  It can also be mixed with a heavier moisturizer if you have very dry skin, to give you a glow as well.  If you just want to "strobe" or highlight your skin, then all you need to do is use the color in the cap.   

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Both the moisturizer and the cap highlighter can be applied with fingers, which is how I liked to use it, but it also worked with a nice foundation/highlighter brush.  Since it's under 3oz, it was perfect to cut down on products when I traveled and brightened up my skin after a flight or other travel in dry air.

The Estee Edit by Estee Lauder Beam Team Hydrate + Glow has everything to need to make your skin look like you "just woke up like this" :)  - RLB

Purchase Here: The Estee Edit by Estee Lauder Beam Team Hydrate + Glow sheer sun-loving bronze 1.7 oz 

P.S. One of my new favorite nude lip colors is also from this line, check out :The Estee Edit by Estee Lauder The Barest Lip Color 05 In the Buff 


*This product was provided courtesy of The Estee Edit PR for reviewing purposes.

Fragrance Find - Gucci Bamboo

Gucci Bamboo Eau de Parfum Spray

Earlier this summer I had the opportunity to preview the memoir of Patricia Gucci, (the daughter of the man who made Gucci into a global fashion brand, Aldo Gucci), In the Name of Gucci: A Memoir.   

It one of the best memoirs I've ever read with its fascinating story of the founding of the Gucci empire, generations of family drama, Italian history, the complicated relationship with her parents and extended family made this a moving and memorable read. In In the Name of Gucci: A Memoir, Patricia also shares the story of how the iconic Gucci Bamboo came to be a part of their luxury bag line many years ago.

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In the Name of Gucci: A Memoir

Just a few weeks after I finished the book. I was able to test Gucci's newest scent, Gucci Bamboo, which was inspired by the iconic Gucci Bamboo detail and patterns on their bags and accessories.  I was thrilled not only with the timing - but with the lovely floral, woody scent as well.  Like a beautiful Gucci Bamboo bag, the bottle is also stunning, luxurious and a beautiful ode to the Gucci house.

The opening of Gucci Bamboo is quite strong, but I loved how it enveloped me with a burst of citrus from the Bergamot notes, along with lots of (soft) floral from the Casablanca Lilly.  The combination was sparkling, energizing and feminine at the same time.




Gucci Bamboo developed nicely on my skin during the day, keeping that dry, woody quality, with light bursts of floral.  It never became overly floral or woody or smoky.  The dry down was slightly spicy, with a consistent dryness and warm sandalwood. The lasting power was fantastic (7+ hours) before any sort of touch up was needed.   I've started using this in the warm summer months but this will work just as well in the Fall and Winter.


This is a sophisticated and elegant scent for the woman who loves Gucci and those of you looking for a long lasting, chic scent made for day or night. - RLB

Purchase Here: Gucci Bamboo Eau de Parfum Spray


Fragrance Notes:
Italian Bergamot, Casablanca Lily, Ylang Ylang, Comoros Sandalwood. 


*This product and the Gucci book were provided courtesy of Gucci PR and Crown PR for reviewing purposes.