Drugstore Buy of the Week - Maybelline Volum' Express One by One Mascara

Beauty.com Are you looking for fluttery, light lashes (but with some pumped up volume)?

Then the new Maybelline Volum'Express One By One Mascara is the one for you.

I was very impressed with the formula and the brush. With two coats, this mascara made my lashes fluttery, long and defined with absolutely no clumping. It's such a pretty, feminine lash look!

Because of the shape of this brush, which is big, rubber with longer spikes in the center of the brush it was able to really grab on to the lashes nicely. It fanned out my lashes and really did define each one of them individually. The effect is not "VaVOOM", it's a bit more on the natural side, but definitely makes your natural lashes look more defined, and longer.

The formula itself is very lightweight, not too wet and didn't flake or run during the day, and also worked well with an eyelash curler.

The performance and quality of this mascara make it a fantastic drugstore find! Try it soon... - RLB

Go-->Maybelline Volum'Express One By One Mascara


Mother's Day Find - Claus Porto Guest Pastilles Soaps

Under $20 Gift Pick!

I've found a beautiful, chic gift that any Mother will love for herself (or her house guests)!

Claus Porto Guest Pastilles Soaps are a set of 15 lightly scented soaps (they wafer thin and about the circumference of a French Macaroon), in various scents. My favorite color combination is the blue set (shown above) with the following scents: Cerina (Brise Marine), Lilane (Lavender), Deco (Lime Basil), Aguia (Vetyver) and Condessa (Wild Pansy).

I love the Ombre effect of all the colors in the box, which is so pretty and glossy and comes with a nice color-coordinated ribbon, so it's completely ready for gift giving.

Claus Porto is known not only for their beautiful soaps, but for their rich and luxurious scents. All the soaps smell so great they also serve as a bathroom fragrance.

The guest pastilles also come in three other color combinations, including the white/pastel ombre collection (shown, left) as well. - RLB

Go-->Claus Porto Guest Pastilles Soaps $19

This product was provided courtesy of Lafco PR for reviewing purposes.

Health + Wellness Find - Borba Skin Balance Crystalline Antioxidant Drink Mix

A powdered drink that helps skin regulate oil, reduce breakouts, provide a beautiful glow and improve the appearance of pores?

No, you're not just reading things, this is the real deal. Borba Skin Balance Crystalline Antioxidant Drink Mix is now 1 of my (not so secret any more) weapons to great skin!

Borba Skin Balance Crystalline Antioxidant Drink contains a special vitamin complex and a scientifically designed blend of nutrients to help skin improve clarity. It contains pomegranate, goji berry and cranberry, and is high in Antioxidants Vitamin C & E and 4 essential B vitamins.

Not only does this drink taste fantastic (not too sweet or with a sugar substitute aftertaste), but it also has 0 calories and 0 carbs! The packets are fantastic to travel with or toss in a bag for a afternoon pick me up drink or an after gym replenishment.

After just a week of drinking each day I noticed less oil in my t-zone, and an overall improved tone in my skin. With continued use, I very rarely got my occasional break outs on my forehead area and could really see a beautiful glow, brighter skin and improved texture overall each day.

The difference was significant enough that on several locations I went without any foundation/tinted moisturizer and a few people commented on what great "makeup" I was wearing!

The packs are on the pricey side, but I for one am sold and will always have these on hand. I think it's a great companion to your skincare routine to really give your skin the winning edge. - RLB

Borba Skin Balance Crystalline Antioxidant

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


Natural Beauty Find - Josie Maran Blemishes R Gone Acne Clearing Pads

Free Samples, Sales & More. Check out the latest beauty deals at Sephora.com! I recently met Josie Maran, of her namesake cosmetics and skincare line, and got a sneak preview of several new skincare and makeup products for spring and summer. One of the first I want to share with you is one that many of you will love to see. It's Josie Maran Blemishes R Gone Argan Acne Clearing Pads 60 Pads.

Like all of her core products, the Acne Clearing Pads are infused with pure, Moroccan Argan Oil, the ingredient which is a skin care healer, toner and well as moisturizer. What's great about these pads are they provide a gentle (non-stinging) solution for mild to moderate acne. The pads are damp and smell so nice! A bit of a apricot sweet scent which is unique for an acne product and very pleasant. The pads also contain natural salicylic acid, willow bark, and organic aloe vera and they felt very gentle.

After applying on a small area of blemishes for just two days (2x day), not only were they gone, but the entire area looked much more toned and glowing.
There was no redness or irritation after usage, and it never dried out the area, creating flaking or dry patches. These pads are also a great skin care product for just sweeping over your t-zone to control oil during the day. One pad is big enough for your entire face if needed, and if you just have a few small blemishes, you can even cut it in half using one half for morning and one for night time.

I'm very pleased with this latest product from Josie Maran! I'll have more to tell you about very soon, so don't miss it. These are going to be must have products you'll be using this summer. - RLB

Josie Maran Blemishes R Gone Argan Acne Clearing Pads 60 Pads

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

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Natural Beauty Find - EOS Hand Lotion

drugstore.com, inc. EOS has impressed me with both their lip balms and their shaving creams, so the moment I saw the modern, sleek convenient little packages for their new hand lotions I knew I was in for a treat!

I found the slightly curved, lightweight orb (about 2.5 by 3"in), with a flip top cap, adorable and easy to put into any bag (or back pocket). The lotion itself was very moisturizing and lightweight, with a silky texture. The cucumber scent is very fresh and light - a lovely one!

I liked using this before a quick at home manicure or while on the go during the day. The formula was never greasy and absorbed instantly. It was great for my cuticles and nails as well, thanks to the natural aloe and Shea butter which the lotion is infused with.

It's also a 97% all natural formula like their other products - yay! - Pick up a few of these pronto... - RLB

Go--> Everyday Hand Lotion - Cucumber Scent

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Get Weather-Defying Hair With These Humidity-Proof Products!

This guest post is courtesy of Thefind

When you have high-maintenance hair like mine (you know, a frizzy, bushy mess in its natural state), the last thing you need is the weather to get in the way of your slaved-over perfected style. And even when you don't have the pesky snow or the danger of a sudden downpour to get in your way of impeccably styled hair, there's still the possibility of humidity, which is bound to take your smooth, sleek style back to its original frizzy state in mere minutes! 

Luckily, despite your inevitable discomfort (unless you've got an air-conditioned shelter to retreat to), your hair doesn't have to suffer through the unbearable heat along with you! You can keep your fancy 'do and not have to worry about the moisture sabotaging your style with humidity-fighting products! Swap your normal smoothing mousse for one that'll block moisture while volumizing at your roots, or glossify while you humidity-proof your hair with a strategic styling serum. Or put your defenses up with a setting spray that seals your coif with frizz-fighting "shield" that'll keep your style sleek all day long!

From left to right: KMS California Flatout Anti-Humidity Seal, Bed Head "Some Like It Hot" Heat & Humidity Resistant Serum, Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Anti-Humidity Hairspray, Frederic Fekkai Marine Summer Hair Zero Humidity Frizz Control, and Big Sexy Hair Root Pump Plus Humidity Resistant Spray Mousse.

- Alex Gambardella

Online Beauty Tool - IMAN Find Your Shade Guide

drugstore.com, inc. If you've ever had trouble finding just the right shade of red, orange, yellow, olive/green or even blue/purple tones in your foundation for a perfect match - the answer is here!

IMAN Cosmetics has created a new Find Your Shade guide to IMAN Foundations and Powders. IMAN has taken all the guess work out of matching your exact shade. This selection guide is geared toward all women of color and features relateable, real women.

Now with the click of a button, you have your very own virtual beauty adviser. Simply select the skin tone closest to your complexion and find all the IMAN face products that compliment your unique skin tone.

No complexion is ever too hard to match within these three easy shade ranges: SAND if you are a light golden tone. CLAY if you are medium olive to light brown. EARTH if you are medium to deep brown.

I'm an EARTH 1 and it's always a perfect match! P.S. IMAN Luxury Radiance Liquid Makeup is my go to foundation when doing my own makeup for photo shoots and television:) - RLB


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Drugstore Buy of the Week - Dove Nutrium with Shea Butter Sugar and Vanilla Body Wash

drugstore.com, inc. There's nothing I love more than a rich, creamy moisturizing body wash - and if it (practically) eliminates the need for applying lotion post shower, then I'm even more excited!

Dove Nutrium Moisture Shea Butter Cream Oil Body Wash, Warm Vanilla & Brown Sugar Scent
is super creamy, whipped and not only moisturizing - but smells incredible.

The Vanilla brown sugar scent is the perfect combination of sweet and fresh - it even lingered a bit in the bathroom to make for a nice room fragrance effect.

Their special Nutrium moisture technology locks in the Shea butter and oils into the skin without leaving an oily or greasy residue. My skin felt clean, but still moisturized. If you're short on time in the morning or after working out, this is the perfect product to give you the cleansing and moisture you need in just one product. If you have very dry skin, you may still need to follow up with some light lotion on areas like lower legs, feet and elbows, but otherwise, this product really does provide fantastic moisture throughout the day.

The larger size is HUGE, and because it's so concentrated, even with daily use you'll have this for several months. Great deal and fantastic body care from Dove! - RLB

Go--> Dove Nutrium Moisture Shea Butter Cream Oil Body Wash, Warm Vanilla & Brown Sugar Scent

This product was provided courtesy of Dove for reviewing purposes.


Nail Polish Find - Sally Hansen Salon Effects, Real Nail Polish Strips

drugstore.com, inc. I've shared with you over the last year or so some nice nail sticker products, but these have definitely taken the category to a whole new level.

Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips are exactly what they sound like - real nail polish (in awesome and fun designs!) that has been applied to a thin, flexible nail-shaped strip with a sticky back to press on to the real nail bed.

The box comes with 16 nail polish strips, orange stick and a small nail file. There are 24 different colors/designs (some glitter based, some solid colors, and some nail designs) so there's definitely something for everyone. The strips come in several different sizes, to accommodate all nail bed sizes, which is great.

The steps are clearly illustrated on the included instructions. You simply pick the strips that best fit your nails, peel off the sticky strips on the back and apply to the nail. The last step is to peel of the clear top coat and then the nail file to smooth off the excess strip. The orange stick comes in handy to press down the sides of the strip to secure it to the nail.

I did like how easy the steps were, but it should be noted that this process does take significantly longer than to apply traditional nail polish, especially the first time you do it. I would say it took me about 15 min or so the first time to get it just right.

However, what you may spend in time applying on the front end, you will certainly makeup for in maintenance, as my strips definitely lasted over a 7 days with no chipping at all, and then I went on to my second week, and only then did I start to see the strips wearing down slightly on the sides and top of my nails - amazing! The strips come off with nail polish remover (don't try to peel them off!).

If you've been curious about trying out some nail art, are going to be traveling and want a no-maintenance manicure while on the road, or are just up for a new nail experience (that won't break the bank) - give these a try! - RLB

No DPB, Toluene or Formaldehyde

Go--> Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips, Cut it Out 220 (shown above) $9.99

*This product was provided by Sally Hansen PR for reviewing purposes.

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