Drugstore Buy of the Week - Hard Candy Cream Nail Color

Hard Candy has been know for their nail polishes with cool and unique special finishes that involve Chrome, Confetti, Micro-Glitter, even "Sprinkle" effects.

Now, they've come out with a new line of nail polishes, Hard Candy Cream Nail Color  that is just a simple creme finish - but they're anything but boring.

This new formulation is amazing for the price ($4!) - not only are they rich, beautiful colors but no base or top coat is needed. 

They also have a super shiny finish - the next best thing to a salon gel manicure!

There are 15 creme shades in all, and among them some pretty blue, red and purple shades perfect for Fall and into the holiday season as well. 

They can also be layered with the other Hard Candy special effect polishes if you really want to create a unique manicure or do some nail art.

Three of my personal favorites were: Beach Babe, a coral based pink (pictured, top); Girls Night Out and Schoolhouse Rock, a unique "greige"/violet, (pictured, left) shade that's a nice new twist on the pale pink manicure.  The formula was creamy, non-streaky and the brush was the perfect length and width to get to easily get to all sides of my nails.  With two coats I got the exact shade in the bottle with tons of shine.  With no additional top coat, I got about 4 days chip free, but with an added top coat added after the 2nd day, I got about 6 days before noticing any major chipping on the tips.

By the way, if you looking for a darker, trendy shade and don't want to spend a ton of money, Blue Lagoon is also a STUNNING bright cobalt blue that looks like it's a lot more expensive that it is :).  - RLB

Go-->Hard Candy Cream Nail Color  Also available at Walmart stores.

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

Beauty Find - Votre Vu Cafe Creme Face Masque

You probably drank a cup this morning...

You may have even had a second cup (or more) today. :)

But now you can also add the stimulating qualities of coffee beans to your skin - and look amazing!

Votre Vu Cafe Creme Face Masque works to minimize pores, brighten skin and diminish under-eye circles. Among it's amazing list of natural ingredients is Cocos Nucifera Shell Powder, Coffee Seed Extract and Vitamin E

Not only does your skin get all the benefits of the coffee, but it smells amazing when you open the cap!  It's a very sweet caramel-type scent - actually not very heavy on the "Coffee" you might imagine this would smell like.

The texture of the masque was a little unusual for me, since it is billed as a "Creme" mask.  It's actually a thin texture and a bit watery going on the skin.  However, it was very silky, lightweight and smooth and spread very easily on my face.as I applied it.  Because it smelled so yummy, I often extended the application to the neck/decolletage to continue the scent experience and get the skin benefits at the same time!

The mask stays on for 15 min, and dries to a semi-hard finish.  During that time it became slightly cooling - particularly in my t zone area.  After rinsing, my skin was very toned, yet still soft and I had a nice rosy glow.

This was perfect to use in the AM before hopping in the shower, as well as on the weekends before heading out at night.  I loved using this about 2-3 times a week.  While this can work with all skin types, I think it's best for oily, combination and normal skin types. - RLB

Go-->Votre Vu Cafe Creme Face Masque
*This product was provided courtesy of Votre Vu PR for reviewing purposes.

Beauty Find - Dolce + Gabbana Aurealux Eye Gel

Some of you may have heard that Dolce + Gabbana was coming out with luxe skin care to add on to their fragrance and color cosmetics lines - and now it's here!

This first review is for the Dolce + Gabbana Aurealux Eye Gel, but I had to opportunity to try several more products in the line up  (both from the Aurealux and Essential Lines) and will be adding those reviews soon, so watch this space!

Eye care products can do a lot now - from hydrate to tone the under eye area, but it's rare that the actual texture of an eye treatment is also a surprise, and this one is.

That's because not only is this a lightweight gel, it's also been formulated to actually have a "bouncy" effect when you touch it in the jar. The fancy term they use for it is, "bounce-back

The Aurealux Eye Gel is also made with the Gold Flavo-silk Tricomplex, which contains, gold silk sericin, italian olive oil extract and vitamin B3. As a matter of fact, the name of this skincare line is Inspired from the latin term “Gold” and “Light” = Aurealux.

While the top of the jar is brilliant gold, the gel inside is clear.  I easily spread a small amount on my fingers, which changed to a more liquified textured.  Once I applied it to my skin, the gel instantly melted into the skin under my eyes and made them look smooth and toned.  On contact and throughout the day the gel did a fantastic job of providing lots of hydration while not feeling or looking the least bit greasy or sticky.

After using daily 2x day my eye area looks more toned and slightly brighter.  I liked chilling my gel in the refrigerator to also work on any morning puffiness I might have as well.  I had no issues with applying makeup afterwards or it making my foundation/concealer pill or flake.

I loved how luxurious the gel felt (it's really not like any other gel you've ever experienced) and it's so concentrated, that this will last you over 6+ months on average, which makes this a good buy if you're in the market for upscale skincare.

Dolce + Gabbana have created effective skin care with innovative textures/ingredients, along with beautiful, vanity worthy packaging. Bottom line, if you want to treat yourself and your skin, this is a new line to consider. - RLB

 Go--> Available at Saks.com and in Saks stores.

*This product was provided courtesy of Dolce + Gabbana PR for reviewing purposes.