Budget Beauty Buy - e.l.f Studio BB Cream SPF 20

Well, BB Cream is NOT over and it's not dead in 2014 guys. 

e.l.f. has a new BB Cream with SPF 20 that shows that there's still a lot of great innovation in the BB space. 

e.l.f Studio BB Cream SPF 20 has a formula which actually gives you a primer, moisturizer, coverage and sun protection all in one product - for just $6.00. 

This is a great BB Cream option for those of you with drier/very dry skin (naturally or just during the Winter months) - or who are going for a dewy look. 

I was extremely impressed with the texture and coverage of this BB Cream. The texture felt slightly thick but still very smooth and silky when I applied it.  Once on my skin, it instantly melted and absorbed, but with a dewy finish  The coverage is almost that of a foundation - but it still felt very lightweight. I used the Dark shade (shown, above), which was a good match for me, and had the right mix of yellow and orange undertones. 

The hydration lasted all day, which makes this ideal to wear in the cold, winter temps. If you have great skin tone, this will give enough coverage that you probably won't need concealer, but if you have more prominent discoloration, like dark under eye circles, you will need some concealer along with this BB Cream.  Another great feature is the SPF 20, (which is important even in the Winter months).  I also road tested this with a primer and without, (since it states it has a primer in it), and I have to say I was pleased with both.  I'd say if you're really pressed for time in the AM, it's certainly going to still work for you without a primer.

If you're on the search for a reasonably priced all-in-one BB Cream, or need one with more coverage and hydration than you've had in the past - this is the one! - RLB

Go--> e.l.f Studio BB Cream SPF 20   

*This product was provided courtesy of e.l.f. PR for reviewing purposes.

Drugstore Buy of the Week - Nivea Creme

Your Mother, (and maybe even Grandmother!) may have used Nivea Creme faithfully for decades.

And here's why.  Even after all these years, Nivea Creme is one of the best inexpensive all-purpose cremes - and it's now in a convenient Travel Sized tin.

The creme is very thick and doesn't have a lot of "slip" like some modern formulas, but don't let that deter you.  When I applied it, I simply added to the palm of my hand and warmed it up before spreading over the top side of my hands.

Once it warmed up and spread more easily.  Then I was able to use this creme in a lot of ways. I applied in every night as an overnight cuticle treatment, as well as adding to my feet and toes to keep them moisturized and soft as well during cold winter nights!

The creme is very concentrated and even this small 1 oz tin will last you several months with daily use.  Some other ways it can be used are to sooth mild eczema flare ups, to add to dry elbows and other dry patches on the body, as a makeup remover, and on the face/lips on extremely cold days.

Like the classic formula from years ago, this does have a fairly strong scent upon application which is their original, slightly sweet/floral mix.  I like it and find it soothing.  

Pick up a few of these and add to to your office stash, daily bag and gym/travel bag too! - RLB

Go-->Nivea Creme Travel Sized Tin, 1 oz

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

2014 Holiday Beauty Find - Burt's Bees A Bit of Burt's Bees

This beauty gift is the perfect pairing for that beauty lover in your office, your teenager niece or anyone who's a big fan of Burt's Bees.

Burt's Bees A Bit of Burt's Bees comes gift ready in a cute holiday package which has a golden bow and a cut out top just ready for that tree!

The duo contains two of Burt's Bees most famous and "buzz"-worthy products Beeswax Lip Balm, in Replenishing Pomegranate Oil with a travel-friendly Mini Hand Salve Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream.

Not only is Pomegranate one of Burt's Bees best tasting lip balms in my opinion (there are 3 other lip balm flavor gift duos available as well), but it's also fantastic to instantly moisturize and sooth dry/cracked lips, with an all natural formula. 

The Lemon Butter cuticle cream is a must have for at home manicures and those who love the scent of real, authentic lemon.  The can be used on hands, of course, and is also great on the toes.  It makes cuticles instantly soft and with daily use nasty hang nails and split nails are a thing of the past.

With their small sizes, both products can easily be part of your daily bag to use when ever you need them.

At just $4.99 you can make several people happy with this one for this holiday season :) - RLB

Go-->Burt's Bees A Bit of Burt's Bees