Green your beauty routine with Physicians Formula Organic wear

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Cosmetics are notorious for containing harsh chemicals, synthetic ingredients, and being sold in mountains of unnecessary packaging. Environmentally friendly cosmetics companies are starting to pop up here and there, but few have gone to the lengths that Physicians Formula have with their Organic wear line to ensure that they provide their customers with the best all-natural makeup solution on the market. The ingredients are free of synthetic preservatives, 100% cruelty free, and even the packaging is created with the earth in mind.

For the moment, Physicians Formula Organic wear seems to be focusing on foundation products - powders, bronzers, and brushes, but these are the most important products in terms of ingredients, as you tend to use them all over your face rather than just in a particular area. I particularly love the way the compacts are designed - it's a recycled paper compact (yes, really) with a natural goat hair brush. Beautiful and responsible - a great combination.

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Beauty Find - mark Spring Beauty Collection 2010 I recently shared a fantastic budget beauty find, the mark It Kit Color Trend Compact with you.

Now, mark has a few more new products for Spring/Summer that I know you're going to love as much as I do.

At a recent Spring preview launch event for mark cosmetics, I not only got to play with all the new products for the season, but also watched firsthand mark's celebrity makeup artist create some really pretty looks on various models using the products.

First up is the mark Glowdacious Illuminating Powder in Shimmed Up, (shown above). Not only is the design like that of a beautiful topical setting sun, but the shades work together beautifully to highlight and provide shimmer to cheek bones, brow bones. It also works well as with all the shades swirled together over blush for a pretty night time look.

Another favorite from the collection is the mark Keep It Going Longwear Eyeliner & Shadow. The color selection for spring is beautiful - Exposure and Iconic were two of my favorites that I continue to reach for.

Even better, the product is true to it's name - once applied (I used their flat eyeshadow brush) in the morning, the product did not budge - and the colors stayed looking as fresh and vibrant as they did in the morning.

The shadow and liner are creamy and easy to line the eye, and they dried very quickly. Both the shadow and liner can also be used as a base for powder shadow to intensify and enhance their colors.

I love the packaging as well - the liner and shadow in one pot, and there's an inner cap seal to protect both products, complete with a mirror for touch ups. This is truly one of marks most remarkable products.

A creamy lip stain that actually feels like a lipstick? Wow! mark Gloss Gorgeous Stay On Lip Stain

I fell in love with this product. After getting the product flowing in the pen by clicking the bottom several times (then you will see the product coming through the middle of the brush), the gloss was creamy, smooth and the best way to describe it - soft! It felt like a creamy lipstick with gloss added in. With just a few strokes I had beautiful color, shine and great moisture.

I used the Bella shade, which is a flattering pinky-mauve color. Once this was on my lips - it also held true for hours and hours. It also smells very nice - a pleasant mint scent

As the day went on, I could really tell the tint portion of the product was working - once the gloss faded, the pinkish tint was still on my lips. It also continued to moisturize my lips and give me a healthy, natural look. Since it's a pen, this is super convenient to take for travel, the office or even for a night out for a quick touch up to keep the glossy sheen.

I hadn't expected one of my other favorite mark products to be their mark Lash Splash Hook Up Waterproof Mascara - but indeed it was!

The brush is fairly narrow and long with lots of tight, short bristles. But it was the formula which really took this to the next level for me.

I used two coats and I liked the way it flowed onto the brush smoothly, didn't clump and all, and gave me fantastic length and lushness (while still looking natural) - all while being waterproof, which is pretty impressive. The brush was able to get all my tiny lashes on top and bottom easily.

I tested this in rainy and humid weather, and it didn't move, smudge or drip at all - as a matter of fact, nothing made this come off until I actually put on eye makeup remover.

If you're looking for a new waterproof mascara or already a fan of mark's popular hook up series of products, this is one you must add to your connector! - RLB

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

Beauty Innovation - Hourglass Illume Creme To Powder Bronzer Duo By now, many of you know that I'm completely in love with the Hourglass Cosmetic line, which I was introduced to by Madonna's makeup artist, Gina Brooke several months ago.

Here's a sneak peak at their latest creation, the
Hourglass Illume Creme To Powder Bronzer Duo. This is the perfect set of colors to create a glowy, bronzy look, that can be tailored to your preferences.

Both products are silky, airy and light and creamy to the touch on both the fingers and the skin. I successfully used a variety of tools - from fingers, to their makeup brush to a cosmetic sponge to apply.

The beauty of this formula is that the cream seemed to just melt into my skin and provide color, but also with a beautiful finish that was a combination of dewy and luminous. The bronzer is a light brown with a touch of copper, that can also serve as a highlighter for darker skin. The companion shade is a very nice dusty rose with a golden undertones, which appears fairly light in the compact, but once I blended on my skin, gave me a nice, flattering rosy shade. The cream quickly turned into power and blended easily before setting beautifully on my skin. Throughout the day neither products moved - the color and finish lasted all day, and I loved how healthy and vibrant I looked with them.

The creams are also moisturizing, so if you have drier skin, this will work on you like a dream and not disappear, flake or further dry your skin out.

As always, the packaging is phenomenal, complete with their swiveling top/mirror and two large compartments for the bronzer and blush. - RLB

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

Beauty Innovation - Votre Vu Duette Lip Balm & Hand Creme If you constantly find yourself reapplying hand cream and lip balm, this innovative new product from French skincare company, Votre Vu, is just for you!

Duette Lip Balm & Hand Creme is a 2-in-1 beauty product which contains a creamy, Almond and Coconut scented hand cream, with the companion coconut lip balm placed ingenuously in the top cap! The cap also has a small mirror on top so you've got everything you need to touch up during the day.

This size will fit in most hand bags and of course this is a dream product for traveling and your gym bag.

The products themselves were a pampering treat - The hand cream was creamy, smooth, and thick - while still easily sinking into my skin and hydrating very well. It also contains UVA/UVB sun protection. The scent does linger, but if you love Coconut/Almond in general you won't be dissapointed, as it's true to the actual ingredients and not cloyingly sweet.

The lip balm is white in the cap, but goes on clear. It softened my lips immediately with an equally yummy coconut scent, and just the right amount of shine. It worked well on it's own and as a prep for my lipsticks during the day. Both caps open and close easily
and the convenience of having both products at the ready in my bag just couldn't be beat!

With Mother's Day coming, this is a perfect beauty treat for your Mother as well. - RLB

Go-->Votre Vu Duette Lip Balm & Hand Creme

*This product was provided courtesy of Fournier Communications for reviewing purposes.

Reader Giveaway! Purple Lab Closet Couture

The Body Shop - 30% Off Gifts - 120x90Our friends at Purple Lab have yet another fantastic opportunity for those of you who love beauty AND fashion!

Enter the Purple Lab Beauty Call Styling Contest on Closet Couture and you could win a Purple Swag Bag worth $300!

All you have to do is head over to Closet Couture, register and style outfits using Purple Lab's favorite brands.

Enter starting today, April 27th through May 1, 2010 - Good Luck and make those outfits FAB! :) RLB

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Drugstore Beauty Find - Sally Hansen Overnight Lip Recovery Coming out of a cold winter and a Spring in which the air still feels pretty overnight solution to dry lips sounds pretty nice, doesn't it? It did to me.

Sally Hansen Overnight Lip Recovery has all the makings of a must have beauty product now for me. It's a white cream that's silky smooth, and goes on clear. I loved smoothing this yummy, creamy mint flavored lip treatment on before going to bed in the evenings.

It absorbed quickly and immediately soothed my lips after applying. Any signs of dryness, cracking or flaking disappeared.

In the morning my lips were soft, smooth and hydrated - each and every time. Amazing!

With regular use each day, I also noticed that my lipsticks and glosses applied better and more evenly, and I also didn't have the need to exfoliate my lips very often. This is another drugstore wonder you'll be happy you treated yourself to! - RLB

Go-->Sally Hansen Overnight Lip Recovery

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

Beauty Find - Victoria's Secret Limited Edition Savage Beauty Makeup Line This past weekend I attended a fun launch event for Victoria's Secret's (VS) new Spring and Fall beauty/fashion lines at their enormous Soho, New York location.

I was greeted by a familiar (and fabulous) face from the beauty industry - none other than Beyonce's makeup artist Jackie Gomez. Many of you may remember she gave me a fantastic exclusive interview last year about all things beauty - and Beyonce and sister Solange's favorite beauty products!

Well, I was in for a real treat, because Jackie was doing makeup that day at the event and previewing products from Victoria Secret's new Spring 2010 Makeup Line - Savage Beauty.

Jackie started out with my look working on my eyes, using the Limited-edition Spring 2010 Mineral Eye Shadow Palette pictured above. These four silky smooth shadows (gold, jade, shimmery chocolate brown and a bronzy rose) blended beautifully and I loved how rich, glamorous and exotic they were on me! Note: The shadows in this line contain a high level of shimmer. The shadows can also be worn wet for a stronger, metallic look, or dry for a more shimmery finish.

Next she dusted some of the Limited-edition Spring 2010 Mineral Bronzing Powder which gave me a nice glow (it has a high amount shimmer). It immediately brightened up my complexion an looked great on my skin tone. This is a product that will work for all skin tones, when you want bronzer with a bit more "kick" than usual.

Jackie completed the look with a sexy, shiny nude lip, courtesy of the Limited-edition Spring 2010 Lip Gloss SPF 15 in the shade shown left, which is a pretty champage/brown sugar shade with lots of golden shimmer. It smelled and tasted incredible - like fresh pineapples! It was lightweight, not-sticky or greasy and moisturizing. This is another shade that will work for all skin tones and also over neutral colored lipstick, or on bare lips.

If you're a fan of VS beauty collections, or are looking for some sexy, attention getting makeup for this Spring/Summer that won't break the bank, don't wait to pick some of these up and start playing! - RLB

Go-->Victoria's Secret Limited Edition Spring 2010 Makeup Line

Super Cute! - Tokidoki SANDy Nail File & Cactus Pup Nail Buffers

In this series of beauty & personal care product finds - Super Cute!- I'll be telling you about products which have innovative, artistic, fantasy, child-like, vintage and/or retro themes and an "irresistible" quality to them!

These make perfect little splurges and gifts for yourself or for the girly girl (or someone youthful in spirit!) in your life too. I recently attended a really fun launch party for the Tokidoki Criminally Cute cosmetic line exclusively at Sephora - full of models wearing sexy Tokidoki dresses and decked out in Tokidoki makeup creations, a cool rocker girl performing, girl skateboarders - and even a huge version live version of the Tokidoki character , SANDy - a.k.a. Cactus Girl (in the nail file shown above), walking around the party!

I explored the entire makeup line while I was there, and have been playing with and road testing many of the products since. I must say not only is the packaging fun, genius and collector-worthy, but I'm very impressed with both the color selection and the performance of the products.

I'll be sharing some of the best picks from the line shortly, but I wanted to start with these cute accesssory items that make a usually mundane personal care activitiy - shaping, buffing and filing nails - into something that you can't help but smile while doing with these great Tokidoki friends!

The tokidoki SANDy Nail File is an emery board shaped like one of the Tokidoki creator's Simone Legno's characters, SANDy. It's tiny enough to fit in jeans/small bags or even a little wallet if you're really traveling light. It's only $5 and makes a cute little beauty gift too!

The other nail accessory, the tokidoki Cactus Pup Buffers 3 Nail Buffers also have little key chains attached, so you can add this cute buffer to your bag, cell phone, etc. These are $8 and can a group of friends can even buy together to split and make it even more reasonably priced and something fun to share.- RLB

Go-->tokidoki SANDy Nail File

Go-->tokidoki Cactus Pup Buffers 3 Nail Buffers

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