Drugstore Buy of the Week - Pond's Wet Cleansing Towelettes, Evening Soothe with Chamomile & White Tea



drugstore.com Here's great new product in one of my favorite beauty categories - wipes (as many of you know). Pond's Wet Cleansing Towelettes, Evening Soothe with Chamomile & White Tea
are absolutely terrific.

The wipes come in nice soft pack with an extra strong resealable top. The wipes are a little thicker than the average wipe, very soft and they smell amazing. The scent is very true to the Camomille/White Tea blend (although there's quite a bit of relaxing lavender as well). It should be noted however, that the fragrance is quite prominent. This may or may not be a deal breaker for you, but I found that it really did relax me in the evenings, and I looked forward to using them.

For the cleansing end of things, these were quite good - a few swipes and most of my makeup dissolved into the wipe. The towelettes are textured, so they really did a great job of giving me the "cleansing/scrubbing" feeling with just a wipe.

I did find long-wear/waterproof eye makeup took a bit more time to remove with the wipe. However, 1 wipe did do the trick (both sides can be used). I was very impressed with how moisturizing the wipes were. After using them my skin was soft, felt so fresh and never looked or felt stripped. I also didn't detect any oily or sticky film on my skin afterwords.

While these are obviously perfect for travel and the gym, they're so pleasant to use, you may find yourself reaching for them in place of your regular cream, gel or liquid cleanser even when you are home - and especially after a late night when your feeling a little, ahem, lazy, shall we say? - RLB

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Impulse Buy of the Week - Kérastase Huile Céleste Protective Mist



Free Shipping with $25 Order If you want a chic way to protect your hair while at the beach or on your summer get aways, Kérastase Huile Céleste Protective Mist is the perfect choice.

It's a lightweight oil mist that protects the hair with sunscreen filters and leaves a beautiful golden shimmer on the hair. It contains ultra-hydrating macadamia oil, which is perfect for keeping dry, color-treated, and relaxed hair healthy, shiny and damage free.


I loved the beautiful glimmer particles in the oil that reflect in the light and it will also make any blond/golden/brown/auburn highlights you may have look even more amazing! You can leave the oil in wet (or dry) hair and then put either in a twist, long braid or bun.

After your day a the beach, out in the water or other outdoor activities, you can take it out and brush for shiny waves/curls with no frizz or dryness. - RLB


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Celebrity Beauty - Eva Mendes for Angel by Thierry Mugler



Free Shipping with $25 Order Last week I attended a star-studded event to introduce Eva Mendes as the new face of Angel by Thierry Mugler*.

The legendary designer Thierry Mugler himself was there, along with fashion designer Rachel Roy and actress and former face of Angel, Naomi Watts.

Eva Mendes looked absolutely radiant in her custom-made Thierry Mugler seafoam green gown as she entered the party!

After pictures and interviews, she presented her new commercials for the EDP and the Perfume editions of Angel (very glamorous and sexy of course!). P.S. Eva Mendes ALSO sings the song in the commercial (so add that to her list of talents)!


Celebrity Makeup Artist Genevieve Herr shared with me how she created Eva's beautiful look for the evening.

  • First, she primed Eva's skin with Clarins Beauty Flash Balm** and Multi-Active Day Cream.
  • Using Thierry Mugler Beauty, she used 'Cooling Effect Compact Foundation' in Color #50.
  • To contour Eva's features, she brushed on the 'Blush & Light Powder' in Brown & White.
  • To prep the lips, she applied 'Flash Lips Foundation' in Nude and blended with 'Rouge Unique Lipstick' in Heaven.
  • To create the sultry dramatic eye, she lined the whole eye from inner to outer corner on both the upper and lower lash lines in black "Eye Liner Cream".
  • To highlight the lids, she swept on "Eye Shadow & Lights Quartet" in Sublime Nature to contour the eyes with beige and golden hues.
  • Finally, she applied "Flash on Lashes Mascara' in Black to the lashes, but the secret weapon was a final coat of 'Vinyl Gloss' on the lashes to leave them looking wet and glossy.
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*Review coming soon on the blog!

** One of my all time favorite Clarins products.

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Hair Care Find - Rickys Anti-Frizz Jumbo Comb




























Last summer I shared one of my favorite hair care finds, which was the Anti-Frizz comb line from Rickys NY beauty stores. The combs use a patented technology which actually bakes in smoothing oils into the comb.

While combing the hair, these oils are deposited on to the hair and help control frizz, add shine and detangle wet hair.
The comb is made with a special process of baking olive oil within the plastic.

This comb makes hair dry faster, eliminates frizz, and is anti-static. It adds a natural soft shine ti the hair without giving it an oily feeling.
It's a must have for curly girls, or those of you with very thick/long hair prone to frizz.

The Jumbo Comb has teeth that are spaced even farther apart and is twice as big as their other detangler comb. This version is a dream to use on curly, very curly and kinky hair, and perfect for detangling or combing conditioner treatments and masks through hair. Buy a few of these and you'll be set for the summer! - RLB


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Rickys Anti Frizz Jumbo Comb


*This product was provided courtesy of Rickys NY for reviewing purposes.


Clinique's Chubby Sticks Pack Shine, Moisture, & Summer-Rich Color!

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Clinique's latest development in lip color proves that sometimes being chubby is a great thing! This season, a moisturizing lip balm is essential, given the heat, sun, and harsh beach winds. But why should you have to skimp on color and shine for the sake of summer's vital nutrients? Clinique's "Chubby Stick" Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm insists you don't have to, and is rich in color but even richer in nourishing properties like shea and mango seed butter and antioxidants to protect lips and lock in moisture for a lasting sheen.

More lightweight and creamier than your typical lipliner pencil, these lip balm sticks glide on easily for a surge of slick color and shine -- no need to layer balm, color, and gloss separately -- while still looking fresh and effortless. With eight different shades, from soft pinks to deep plums, there's something to flatter every skin tone. It's color-rich yet slightly sheer so it never looks harsh, plus its buildable formula allows for increased drama when the occasion calls for it!


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Beauty Innovation - Talika Smile & Kiss



Sephora.com, Inc. You guys KNOW how much I love 2-in-1 products right?

Well, the new Talika Smile & Kiss is the perfect product for lips and teeth. It's easily portable, perfect for travel and works in just a few swipes of a wand/brush!


For the first step I opened the end with the moisturizing, volume lip treatment gloss and applied with the sponge applicator. It had a shiny finish, and minty flavor and kept my lips moist. This worked well underneath lipsticks as well. It kept my lips soft and refined lines a bit as well.

Then I moved on to the opposite end with it's teeth whitening gel. The gel contains hydrogen peroxide which I applied it with the brush applicator. This also had a nice, minty fresh taste too. I left the gel on for a few minutes, as directed, and then rinsed. It really brightened up my teeth nicely with daily use.
It fits in a pants or jacket pocket and is small enough to carry on for flights too.

This little gem is now always in my bag! - RLB


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

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Beauty Find - Kate Somerville Complexion Correction Line



Free Shipping with $25 Order A new three-step skin care system from Kate Somerville is dedicated to clearing and evening skin tone is one of my favorite new ways to gorgeous skin!

The three products in the Kate Sommerville Complexion Correction line are the Daily Treatment, the spot concentrate and the Overnight treatment.

I absolutely loved how easy and gentle all the products in the line were to use, and even better, how effective they were at fading d
iscolorations and making my skin glow! In the morning after cleansing I used the Daily treatment, just about two pumps of a lotion with a bit of a cream feel.The finish left a bit of a sheen, and it moisturized my skin well. Then I applied the spot concentrate of a few little areas on my face. In the evening, after cleansing, I applied the Overnight treatment, which has the same texture as the daily treatment and then I applied the spot treatment again.

After just about a week I began to see a real difference in not only the texture of my skin, but how the areas with hyper-pigmentation were starting to blend more seamlessly with my skin tone.

The line is made from gentle, exclusive lightening and anti-aging blends which include Alpha Arbutin and Lumiskin, Retinol as well as Aloe Leaf Extract which helps to sooth skin (the spot treatment is the only product in the line which is made with Hydroquinone).
I continued using for several more weeks and I'm just thrilled with the results.

Kate Somerville has long been known those in the entertainment and beauty industry for her amazing skin care products and treatments for amazing, glowing skin - and now I'm proud to say I'm a
lso on the Kate bandwagon with this new line! - RLB

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


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Impulse Buy of the Week - CHANEL Rouge Coco Shine, #63 Rebelle



Free Shipping with $25 Order Be Warned: CHANEL has taken one of their most perfect lipsticks...and made it better - just in time for summer. I recently did one of my regular CHANEL "walk bys" in a department store and found the perfect little impulse buy!

CHANEL Rouge Coco Shine is the sheerer, highly pigmented lipstick/lip balm-hybrid sister to their previous lipstick collection CHANEL Rouge Coco.

The Coco Shine tube is slightly slimmer than Rouge Coco, and it has a lovely, rose-petal scent that is present upon applying, and then fades away. It also has a light berry flavor.
Rebelle is the perfect summer red! It's a bright, sheer red/coral with just a touch of light shimmer.



The finish is shin
y, but with the color payoff that a lipstick brings. Another benefit is that is moisturized my lips like a lip balm. This red is the perfect complexion pick-me-up, and because of the red blend, it will look great on light and dark skin tones.

Rebelle looks great with just a touch of eye makeup such as light black eyeliner and mascara, or with blush, eye shadow/lots of lashes for a more sophisticated/glamorous evening look. - RLB



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CHANEL Rouge Coco Shine, #63 Rebelle


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Beauty Find - NARS Pro-Prim Multi-Protect Primer SPF 30 Sunscreen



Sephora.com, Inc. My new favorite primer is actually so good you'll want to wear it as your daily sunscreen too!

NARS Pro-Prime Multi-Protect Primer SPF 30 Sunscreen is so lightweight and silky smooth, it was hard to believe this also has a full dose of SPF 30 it it. I usually applied only about a dime's worth, and it immediately applying it sank into my skin without a trace. Yes, the primer was moisturizing, but never greasy and it never made my t- zone oily during the day.

No matter if I wore foundation, tinted moisturizer or even powder on top, my makeup stayed on all day, my skin felt so smooth and my makeup looked fresh even at the end of the day.

Even better, with a product like this, you can cut down your morning routine by getting the sun protection, moisture and priming base for your makeup in 1 quick step! I'm a fan and this is going to be a NARS "must have" in my makeup collection. - RLB

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*This product was provided by NARS PR for reviewing purposes.


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