Impulse Buy of the Week - Tarina Tarintino Pearl Glow Primer + Doll Skin Cheek - new customer offerThere are very few products which I've found that actually deliver on that "lit from within" effect on the skin, but TARINA TARANTINO Pearl Glow Primer Pearl is one of them!

I have to say that just a few pumps of this primer instantly absorbed into my skin and left a beautiful radiant finish to my skin - even before adding any makeup. On days when I wanted a more casual look I simply added the primer with no additional face color. It was very lightweight, creamy and airy in feel.

But under foundation or tinted moisturizer, this creates an especially beautiful glow - just as it's name suggests - but without any greasy or oily build up - and never appeared "shimmery". The color of the primer is beige when first pumped from the bottle, but went on completely sheer and dried clear, so this can be used with all skin tones as well. For added luminizing effect, I also added a bit more on my cheekbones, brow bones and even with my cream eye shadow.

Another great way you can use this is to actually mix a bit directly into your foundation/tinted moisturizer for an equally beautiful effect. This is one of those little beauty products that once you try it - you're going to be hooked!

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Speaking of glo
w...another fantastic product from Tarina Tarantino's line is her Doll Skin Cheek blush. It's very pigmented, and yet has a sheer, buildable coverage that I loved. There is an amazing sheen finish with the perfect amount of shimmer which, paired with the TARINA TARANTINO Pearl Glow Primer Pearl
creates a beautiful look.

I loved the shade Feather, which is a medium coral-pink that actually looked like it might be too light for my skin tone, but ended up working perfectly, to give me a perfect flush of color and a reflective quality that was quite pretty (thanks to the micronized (High Definition) powders). The texture was smooth, finely milled and blended effortlessly.

For those of you who like a little girly "bling" to your cosmetics, and/or are fans of Tarina Tarantino's jewelry and accessories, the packaging with it's pretty crystal accents embedded in the pink and silver casing is yet another quality that will have you loving this every time you pick it up. -RLB

*These products were provided courtesy of Tarina Tarantino PR for reviewing purposes. - new customer offer

Missoni x MINX for Milan Fashion Week = FABULOUS - new customer offer Coming off their massive recent hit of a fashion collection for Target, Missoni is again on people's lips with raves about their recent Missoni Spring/Summer 2012 collection runway show.

For the first time the runway models for Missoni wore Minx on their nails. The results were beautiful and really accented the collection well.

Marian Newman, a veteran of runway shows, worked with Minx co-founder Janice Jordan to create “impressions” of the fabric Missoni would be using in the new collection.

The effect was never to "matchy matchy" because the designer Angela Missoni and the stylist Vanessa Reid made the final selections, choosing Minx coatings that did not replicate the swatches too closely, but instead accented the overall look of each ensemble.

This was quite a nice departure for Missoni, which normally uses natural-looking nails for the runway. I predict more designer collaborations like this with Minx for next season's shows! - RLB

2 more Minx designs below...

*Photos by Becky Maynes. Courtesy of Minx.

Fall Beauty - Time to update your nail shade "wardrobe" - new customer offer Just like many people swap out and update their clothing for the Fall season, I also update my nail polish "wardrobe" in the Fall.

This Fall I'm loving
pretty, multi-dimensional dark metallics in green, purple, dark grey, navy and black.

I've brought back a few of my favorites from Ginger and Liz, Dolce and Gabbana, Deborah Lippmann, Butter London and Rescue Lounge, as well as added some fabulous new ones from CHANEL!

I also love to add pretty
putty -like, brown-based neutrals and a few glitters for the upcoming holidays. Take a look at some of my shades in my Fall nail "wardrobe" and see if there are a few you'd like to incorporate into yours as well! - RLB

CHANEL Peridot, pictured, above.

CHANEL Paradoxal

Deborah Lippmann Waking up in Vegas

Butter London No More Waity Katy

Dolce and Gabbana Stromboli

Ginger + Liz Tough Luxe

Rescue Beau
ty Lounge Look Rich Be Cheap - new customer offer

Beauty Find - Philosophy Miracle Worker Dark Spot Corrector Philosophy has expanded their amazing Miracle Worker skincare line with a product that many of you will love.

Philosophy Miracle Worker® Dark Spot Corrector is for those of you who have light-to-medium in deepness, hyper pigmentation or age spots. The corrector is a medium weight serum texture and after using 2x day for just under 2 weeks I could see significant brightening overall with my skin, and small dark spots lightened up to the point of just barely being perceptible.

I loved the easy to use pump dispenser, and just a few pumps were needed for treatment. The scent is a very distinctive wine-like one to me, but it dissipates after a minute or so. I've continued to rotate this treatment in my skincare routine at least 3x week and I'm very pleased with the fact that it doesn't irritate my skin, cause burning or peeling. This product can also be used with other products in the Philosophy Miracle Worker line, depending on your skin type and needs.

As part of an overall skin evening program, please remember to always add a layer of sunscreen via moisturizer or primer, over the serum. This will ensure that you continue to see successful results. -RLB

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

Refresh Your Skin With a Cleansing Water: Because Soap is Overrated!

This guest post is courtesy of Thefind

The States and Europe may not share the same thoughts on government, currency, spelling, or which side of the road is best for driving... but when it comes to beauty and fashion, we somehow manage to speak the same language. After all, who are we to turn up our noses at style inspiration and beauty know-how from our friends across the pond? One thing that's been blowing up in the realm of European skincare, and has been starting to gradually gain traction stateside, is the concept of cleansing waters.

Based on the fact that many soaps on the market can be stripping and overly-drying -- a couple skincare woes that lead to premature aging-- these extra-gentle, moisture-infusing cleansers do the trick without depriving your skin of its natural essential oils that keep it fresh, youthful, and beautiful! No water or rinsing needed -- just dab these part-toner, part-makeup-remover, part-moisturizer cleansing fluids onto a cotton pad and remove makeup, impurities, and build-up for a cleanse that's never abrasive!

From left to right: Dior Instant Cleansing Water, Shiseido Pureness Refreshing Cleansing Water, Clarins Water Comfort One-Step Cleanser, and Lancome Micellar Cleansing Water.

- Alex Gambardella

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Drugstore Buy of the Week - Alberto VO5 Hot Oil Shower Works Weekly Deep Conditioning Treatment Alberto VO5 Hot Oil Shower Works Weekly Deep Conditioning Treatment is one of those drugstore finds that will be a staple in your hair routine.

If you have very dry and/or coarse hair (be it relaxed, naturally curly, wavy or straight), this treatment does exactly what it says - making hair soft and smooth, and for a great price too!

I will start out by saying that in order to get good results from this product, you MUST follow the directions. After applying approximately 1/4 or the bottle, massage into the hair and leave on for exactly 1MINUTE - not 2, 3, or 5....Then you rinse out and apply your shampoo.

The ingredients are formulated to work with the heat of the shower and give your hair the softening and hydrating treatment within the 1 minute. It's a great product to keep on hand for very harsh/dry/cold climates can also help stop hair breakage, especially in relaxed and curly hair. You do not need to follow up with another conditioner, (unless you need a heat protecting product or leave in conditioner for your styling). It's very lightweight, distributes very easily in the hair (a wide tooth comb is a perfect tool for this) and has a prominent (but pleasant) floral scent.

If you have very long/very dry hair, a weekly treatment will be great, however, if you have fine or shorter hair, you may only need to apply every other week or so.

Go-->Alberto VO5 Hot Oil Shower Works Weekly Deep Conditioning Treatment $5.99 4 uses, inc.

Beauty Find - Immunocologie Veno Max Cream

Cruise into Fall! Shop the 2011 Handbag Collection at and Save $15 USD on all orders of $145 USD or more. Enter Promo Code: 15OFF145FZ - 125x125 If you're wondering why the name of the skin care cream -"Immunocologie" sounds a bit more like a medicine than traditional skin care, it's because the creators of the product combined ingredients which actually help with your own immune system.

The ingredients in their new Immunocologie VenoMax Treatment Creme have gone through a bio fermentation process that acts as a "kick starter" if you will, to regenerate cells. In addition, this cream contains an exclusive plant-based complex that mimics Viper Venom (a sort of "botox" that relaxes wrinkles), while increasing hydration, and brightening the skin tone.

The cream's texture and appearance are quite unique as well. It is a very glossy, shiny looking cream in the jar and the texture when touching it with the fingers is almost like a semi-dry gel/lotion. It is white from the jar, but once applied on the skin disappears and, it absorbs almost instantly to a completely matte finish.

While I don't have wrinkles, I did find this cream fantastic for overall hydration, minimizing fine lines and a brightening of skin tone. I loved that since it dried so easily and quickly, it was perfect to apply as a treatment in the morning pre-makeup application. This is a luxury cream, but about a pea-sized amount is all that's needed for your face, so this makes it a wonderful skin care investment. - RLB

*This product was provided courtesy to Immunocolgie PR for reviewing purposes.

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