Beauty Innovation - Kristin Ess Anytime Anywhere Recovery Balm + Cap

Kristin Ess Recovery Balm + Cap

Beauty lovers everywhere became hard core fans of Kristin Ess' Target hair care line last year, and I was one of them.  

Now Kristin is blessing us with more products for 2018 that address a variety of hair care needs and textures.

Kristin Ess Recovery Balm + Cap is my newest obsession for adding shine, deep conditioning or adding moisture to dry, parched hair before shampooing.  This is a must have for anyone with dry, relaxed, curly and textured hair.

The Kristin Ess Recovery Balm product design is genius!  It's a Caster Oil and Coconut Oil - based solid stick.  It can be applied directly to hands warmed up for a few seconds, and then distributed on hair, or swiped on your strands directly for for a targeted treatment.  

The included mini hair cap allows you to apply the Kristin Ess Recovery Balm put hair in a high/low bun or ponytail and then sleep with the treatment overnight for a deep condition - without any mess on your sheets and pillows.

I used Kristin Ess Recovery Balm + Cap  as an overnight treatment before a shampoo the next morning (I used Kristin Ess Frizz Management Cleansing Conditioner).  After my hair was blow dried, I used the Kristin Ess Recovery Balm  to add additional shine, moisture and smooth my ends, which it did, beautifully.  Used post shampoo, it still left my hair with movement and didn't feel or look greasy or sticky.

As with all of Krisin Ess' other products, Kristin Ess Recovery Balm  also has a beautiful scent, which for me, was faintly coconut and a bit floral. The solid stick is perfect for travel, the office or bringing to the gym to touch up hair after a work out

Add Kristin Ess Recovery Balm + Cap to your Krisin Ess collection now! - RLB

Drugstore Buy of the Week - Maybelline Total Temptation Mascara

Maybelline Total Temptation Washable Mascara Blackest Black 

Yes, Maybelline Total Temptation Washable Mascara has super cute packaging and a wallet friendly price under $8.00, but do you need it?

My answer is YES - if you like perfectly separated lashes, a smooth creamy formula, no flaking and a fun, light scent.

Maybelline Total Temptation Washable Mascara is designed to give lashes length and volume, with a formula infused with coconut extract.  This allows the formula to dry softly (no crunchy lashes!) and gave my lashes a natural, bright and healthy effect.  The excellent brush design ensured there was never any clumping (my biggest pet peeve!)

The  Maybelline Total Temptation Washable Mascara brush is very soft with widely spaced tiny bristles that taper at the top.  This design, and a smooth, creamy  lightweight formula instantly and easily separated my upper and lower lashes and gave them a soft volume, as well as added length.  I used Blackest Black, (there are 3 more shades available).

Maybelline Total Temptation Washable Mascara also has a light, slightly sweet scent (enhanced by the coconut extract) and it evaporated quickly, but was a nice touch.

During the day, I didn't experience any fall out, smudging or flaking, and the Maybelline Total Temptation Washable Mascara was easy to remove at the end of the day with my makeup remover or regular cleanser 

I would recommend Maybelline Total Temptation Washable Mascara for when you want a day time/natural look with defined, separated lashes.  It is buildable, so that with 3 coats my lashes were very long, while still clump free, and with one coat I had nice separation and natural volume.  

Go ahead, give Maybelline Total Temptation Washable Mascara a try - you'll be happy you did - RLB

Purchase Here: Maybelline Total Temptation Washable Mascara Blackest Black  3 More colors available

Beauty Find - Clarins Hydra Essential Moisture Replenishing Lip Balm

Many of you may have tried Clarins' previous lip balm, but I'm here to tell you their brand new Clarins Hydra Essential Moisture Replenishing Lip Balm is nothing short of one of the best lip treatments I've ever tried.

Clarins Hydra Essential Moisture Replenishing Lip Balm is made with soothing Blue Lotus Essential Wax.  Clarins Labs discovered the thin, protective layer of wax on the flower's surface is perfectly suited to sooth the fragile skin in the lip area. This formula melted into my lips within seconds and they were immediately soft, smooth and quenched - even in the driest winter weather.

The balm is a pretty, light pink (but clear on the lips) and the texture thick and waxy coming out of the tube. I only needed to press a small amount out of the precision applicator to spread across my lips. Upon contact, the texture became weightless and buttery in feel.

I loved that Clarins Hydra Essential Moisture Replenishing Lip Balm made my lips feel great at night before bed.  I the morning my lips were pillowy soft and smooth.  I also used a light layer in the morning before applying lip color.  It layered well under lipstick, lip crayon, lip stains and even gloss.  

My lips were plump and soft all day long - even when I was in freezing cold weather or extremely dry cold air.  Worn on it's own there's a nice, natural shine finish.

Clarins Hydra Essential Moisture Replenishing Lip Balm is worth every penny and will be a must have part of my beauty collection to keep my lips hydrated year round and on drying air flights. - RLB

Purchase Here: Clarins Hydra Essential Moisture Replenishing Lip Balm