Drugstore Buy of the Week - St. Ives Exfoliating Pads

Here's a great exfoliating product that is not only a great buy, but produces real results.

St. Ives Scrub Free Exfoliating Pads,which are small (about the size of an Oreo cookie), thin pads provide gentle, yet effective exfoliation. 

The pads are very wet and contain a lot of product - so I could often use both sides on my face and still have some left over for other areas. I also used these on my body - neck, chest, elbows and knees to help keep smooth and even toned. After daily use of just 1 week I could see and feel a difference in my skin. 

They left my skin soft, smooth (and helped with ingrown hair after shaving). They were also great for clearing out pores in my t zone and provided a beautiful glow with no irritation, dryness or red patches. These are also good for those of you looking to clear out light acne/acne scarring. 

For travel or post work out, try placing these in a tiny zip lock bag. These is a must have product to always have on hand! - RLB 


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

Hair Care Find - Kerastase Huile Celeste Spray




A bit of golden sunshine for your hair! 

Kerastase Huile Celeste Spray is perfect for those long days at the beach or pool during the summer or a tropical vacation. 

The spay protects hair from the sun with moisturizers and UV protection (perfect for color- treated hair) - and also has a bit of tiny, golden shimmer in it. It makes the hair sparkle in a very healthy, beautiful (realistic) way - meaning, it's not big gold glitter. It also smells incredible, slightly citrus/coconut.

It is an oil, so I recommend just a few light sprays for fine, short hair, and even for longer, thicker hair, try combing just a few pumps of the spray though on damp hair and just add more as needed in order to not have very oily or sticky hair. 

This spray is perfect for slicked back looks, ponytails, buns/topknots and works with chemically treated, relaxed, naturally straight and curly hair. 

When you want a little hair care "glamour" that also protects - this is the product!- RLB 


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

Beauty Find - Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist




Here's a moisturizer from Japanese brand, Tatcha, that has been formulated in a mist spray. 

No better way to transport and apply your moisturizer while on a plane, in a locker room or even at the office. 

Tatcha Luminous dewy skin mist also happens to be in what is probably one of the most beautiful product bottles I've seen in a while. 


But it's the actual product that really impressed me. After cleansing, I sprayed a few pumps of the mist and was amazed with how easy it was to direct to fine spray to all the areas of my face, and how instantly my skin was hydrated - and glowing. 

The texture of the mist is also quite unique - it's a bit of a "milky" one, but penetrated my skin very quickly. There's no additional fragrance, and the mist when dry, it is very lightweight with no sticky feeling. I used this cooler days and days when I was also back and forth from heat to very cold, dry office environment and my skin remained dewy, soft and smooth all day. 


Just a few pumps of the spray were all that was needed, which make this a very reasonable purchase and will last you several months. This spray can also be added on top of make up throughout the day if needed - with no residue, disturbing of makeup or oily finish. Just beautiful, dewy healthy-looking skin. 

If you're thinking this is another "water spray" think again - this is the future of skin care. - RLB 


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

Beauty Find - Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup


A foundation that melts effortlessly into your skin? Check. 

A foundation that goes on smooth and STAYS on? Check. 

A foundation that creates a finish that actually looks like your skin - but even toned and glowing? Check!

Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup is a new extension of their very popular Naked series of products (eye shadow sets), and boy does it deliver on it's claims. Used with their amazing Urban Decay Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush this lightweight, liquid-y smooth foundation provided a perfect canvas. I used shade 11 (I am 10 in the winter without tan), and the color match was fantastic. 

With just one pump (it's important to shake the bottle well first!) of the foundation and applying rapidly with the brush, within about 1 minute I had completely even, smooth and glowing skin - with no oily finish in the t-zone. During the day my skin was perfectly balanced, and there was no dryness, flakiness, or color change. 

I used daily and found It did not clog my pores and even better, by just using this product alone, I didn't even have to use concealer or powder afterwards. The coverage is buildable, so while one layer is medium coverage, two or more completely offers full coverage. I loved the finish - it's soft (sort of like a diffused light effect) and dewy. 

And yes, the product is so lightweight that it really does feel like your "naked" skin (but better of course)! - RLB 


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

Anthropologie Debuts Albeit, Its First In-House Lipstick Line!

This guest post is courtesy of Thefind 




Anthropologie has made considerable progress developing their beauty department with imported makeup offerings from the likes of Lipstick Queen and Tata Harper, as well as a bevy of unique fragrances, making it quite the hotspot for harder-to-find beauty loot. Now the the kitschy-chic store is upgrading their beauty stash with their very own in-house lipstick, Albeit! 

Albeit offers up six lipstick shades (at $18 a pop), ranging from a soft flattering pinky-beige (Bisque) to a deep, on-trend bordeaux (Mulberry), all housed in very Anthro-esque retro-fabulous gold casing. Sure, it looks like something you'd find at the bottom of your old Aunt Millie's purse... but for that very reason, it looks perfectly Anthropologie-chic. With a creamy, argan oil-infused finish, this certainly won't wear like an old rejected lipstick, and chances are, you'll be dying to collect them all! 

Look out for Albeit when it arrives in stores at the end of August, and here's to hoping that this is just the beginning of Anthro-created beauty exclusives! - Alexandra Gambardella

Drugstore Buy of the Week - John Frieda Frizz Ease Smooth Start Line

John Frieda has made a name for himself over the years with styling products you can find in the drugstore to fight hair frizz. Now he has a new collection which goes straight to the source of the frizzing problem - when hair is wet - with his new Smooth Start line. 

We tested these products on a user with a naturally curly, shoulder length, fine/medium hair with a tendency to frizz. 

The John Frieda Frizz-Ease Smooth Start Shampoo  was thick, creamy and coated the hair well, with a nice fresh scent. It rinsed out easily and provided a nice, smooth finish to the hair without any residue. The John Frieda Frizz-Ease Smooth Start Conditioner was also thick and creamy and made the hair very soft, smooth and provided a nice "Slip" to comb through any tangles. It seemed to provide a very light "sealant" to the hair which didn't weigh it down or make it sticky. 

As a test, we dried the hair with a blow dryer lightly (not using any additional styling products) and the hair was smooth, bouncy with a nice, loose curl. Throughout the day the hair maintained that look with little to no frizz on the ends. The combination of products provided nice heat protection against the blow dryer as well. (Note: For those of you with thicker, coarser hair or a tighter curl, you may still need a bit of anti-frizz serum on the ends and the back of hair to ensure a frizz free look). 

We also let the hair air dry (with no additional products), and again, I was very impressed with the slightly relaxed, yet still bouncy and very moisturized look and feel of the curls. Hair was very easy to comb through wet (which also makes this line a nice detangler for those of you using it on your curly haired little ones!) and it also provided additional shine to the hair. This is a truly effective hair regimen for those of you with curly or curly/wavy hair battling through humid summers at a perfect price. - RLB 



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

Beauty Innovation - Physicians Formula Happy Booster Glow & Mood Boosting Blush, Warm

It just so happens that this cute little compact Physicians Formula Happy Booster Glow + Mood Boosting Blush with hearts in various shades of pink, red and brown shimmery tones is  made with a unique technology - (also known as their "Happy Blend"). 

It features Euphoryl, which mimics the effect of Endorphins, which give you that natural rosy "glow". 

Technology aside, this blush is very soft, finely milled and blended easily. While some of the little heart blush shades look like they were very bright in the compact, when I swirled the shades together they appeared much lighter on the skin.  It really did give me a beautiful, natural healthy glow and the perfect amount of day time color on my cheeks, with a lovely sheen. The blush  is "buildable" however, so if you want more color for night, for example, it's very easy and still looks natural.

This is perfect when you want color with a sheen effect - as opposed to sparkles or glitter. It has a faint scent of violet candy which dissipates quickly and is pleasant. The packaging includes a bottom compartment with a small brush and mirror. 

Note: There's also a more cool-toned Rose and neutral-toned Natural version which are very flattering for fair skin tones, but the warm will look best on brown and black skin tones. 

Hair Care Find - Philip Kingsley Smooth Cream

Philip Kingsley is a hair care brand that I've often heard about but didn't really have much hands on experience with. 

Little did I know that the brand, which makes the infamous Philip Kingsley Swimcap Conditioner (a beauty industry insider must have), also makes a host of products for curly, textured and chemically relaxed hair, as well as dry hair of all textures. 

I'll be sharing several of my discoveries with you over the next few weeks, but the first one I fell in love with is the Smooth Cream from Philip Kingsley . 

The medium-thick cream does everything it says it does: Meaning it provided my hair with beautiful shine, served as a great daily conditioner, and also protected hair from heat damage with blow dryers. My relaxed hair never felt greasy or weighed down - just soft and smooth with nice movement. 

When trying it on a tester with curly hair, I noticed it was fantastic for taming frizz, shine, hydrating the hair - yet not weighing down the curls. It even aided in combing through curls more easily and with fewer tangles. 

The scent is very chic and feminine - slightly floral and not too strong. It can be used on just washed damp hair before styling or dry hair as a daily conditioner, particularly on the ends. 

It's also ideal to take out for a day in the sun as it also contains sunscreen for UV protection, and provides additional protection for those of you who may also have color-treated hair or highlights.This is a multi-tasking hair wonder that I'll never be without now! - RLB 




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

Beauty Find - Make Up For Ever Aqua Rouge Lipstick

MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Rouge line continues Make Up For Ever's domination in the long-wear/waterproof cosmetics category. 

Their latest addition, Aqua Rouge , manages to provide budge-proof all day wear while also keeping lips moist. 

Even better, it provided a gloss for a more high shine look, or I had the option to leave my lips more semi-matte by day, for example, and then just add a bit of gloss in the evening for going out. 

The liquid color sets within about 60 seconds and while it does dry, it never dried my lips out or became flaky. The colors are also extremely pigmented and the texture is light, creamy and easy to apply. 

My favorite day to day color was number 7, and number 9 and number 10 are also very pretty for a red, and raspberry shade, respectively. I have to say that the staying power of these lip colors is SO strong that I needed a makeup remover to actually take them off at the end of the day. The bonus of course is that anything you eat, drink, bump into, anyone you kiss (smile) it will NOT come off. This is perfect for travel, long work days or a busy day with the kids when you're out and about and don't have time to reapply makeup!

For a test, I applied one morning and added gloss in the evening. I decided to not remove the color and in the morning it was all STILL THERE (except the gloss). Even better, the color was still creamy and smooth and my lips were soft. This is an indispensable lip product for your collection and absolutely worth every penny. - RLB 



*This product was provided courtesy of Make Up For Ever for reviewing purposes. 

3 Drugstore BB Creams Worth Giving a Whirl

This guest post is courtesy of Thefind 





By now you must be at least somewhat familiar with the imported beauty craze that has taken the states by storm, BB creams. Also known as beauty balms, these handy little multitaskers help moisturize, brighten and even skin tone, and provide subtle coverage (and sometimes even SPF) that looks and feels light and fresh. I'll admit it – when the US-based beauty world first started buzzing about BB creams, I went a little overboard and decided to try them all (well, almost). Since that crazy splurge of an experiment hit my wallet pretty hard, I've decided to save you the trouble and the money by rounding up three budget-friendly drugstore BB creams worth giving a try, so you can take them for a test-drive without going overboard on your spending! 

For one, Maybelline's 8-in-1 Skin Perfector might be stretching it a bit with the name (0% oils doesn't really sound like an accomplishment), but the fact that it's lightweight, buildable, and even contains SPF 30 makes it a good starter cream for the beauty balm virgin! Try it for yourself for about $8.99.  

Garnier's Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector is one of the first drugstore brands to grace us with a BB Cream, and is one of the best when it comes to moisturizing. Ladies with dry or ashy skin will love the way this BB hydrates and smoothes, but if you already battle with oil control, chances are this one will make you a bit on the shiny side. It's also a bit pricier at about $12.99. 

And last but not least, L'Oreal's Magic Skin Beautifier is perfect for the girl who has trouble finding the perfect foundation shade. This BB cream goes on white but then oxidizes to suit your skin tone. The selling factor on this particular balm is that it's lightweight enough to wear under powder if you're hoping for more coverage, but if you're looking for a foundation replacement, you might be disappointed. Test it for yourself for around $10.95. 

 Have you found other affordable BB creams worth testing out? Let us know your favorites! - Alexandra Gambardella

Drugstore Buy of the Week - Dove Summer Care Body Wash

I love the idea behind this new Dove body wash, Dove Summer Care

Summertime can leave your skin dry in a totally different way from winter time. In summer it's not cold, dry air but rather sun and chlorine exposed skin that's often  the culprit. 

This body wash is a great way to help put back moisture your skin needs and cleanse at the same time. 

I loved how creamy and whipped the texture was - yet it still felt lightweight and it has an amazing, fresh, energizing scent (water fruits and lemon grass). 

It's also a "low sudsing" formula which adds moisture as it cleanses and keeps the moisture locked in the skin after rinsing, with what they call their NutriumMoisture technology. 

After rinsing, my skin indeed not only felt fresh and clean - but also very soft and moisturized without feeling greasy or like there was any residue. Best of all I really didn't have to bother with body lotion in the AM afterwards = time-saver!

It gave me just the perfect amount of hydration for the summer months - especially on these very muggy/humid days that were also accompanied by a lot of sun. 

Right now this is a limited edition product, but hopefully they'll extend it year round as its a wonderful moisturizing body wash for anytime at a great price! - RLB


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

 

Beauty Find - Biologique Recherche Body Oxygenant

Biologique Recherche Body Oxygenant is an advanced treatment and very effective body moisturizer - perfect for when you want to spend a bit more time luxuriating in your body care.

This product needs to be shaken first to combine the corn oil (top) and Oxygenating Complex (bottom).  Once mixed together it felt like a slightly thicker and milky version of baby oil when applied.  


The Oxygenant sank into my skin instantly but left a noticeable (not greasy) sheen on my skin which I loved. After exfoliating the results were even better - my skin glowed and was as soft and smooth as silk.
It also kept my skin hydrated all day.


I also used it post all-day sun/water exposure to sooth my skin.  It's concentrated, so just a few drop are needed per body area.  This can also be used for a massage treatment post shower or bath. - RLB

Go-->Biologique Recherche Body Oxygenant
 

This product was provided courtesy of Biologique Researche PR for reviewing purposes.

Beauty Find - Mary Kay lash Love Mascara

This summer, we can't seem to beat the heat - but there are some great beauty products that will give you a fighting chance.

Mary Kay's
Lash Love Mascara in BLACK is one of them.

This mascara has a long, relatively skinny flexible rubber brush. While it may not look like it can pack a punch, I immediately loved how it beautifully separated my lashes and gave me instant volume and length (with just the 1st coat).  


The mascara applied very smoothly and was neither a terribly wet nor a very dry formula - right in the middle. Two coats really gave me a perfect "va-vaoom" lash. The brush also allowed me to get all the tiny little lashes on the top and the bottom for a really pretty look.

During the day this mascara stood up to the heat and perspiration with no smudging or flaking.   

This is a great all-around mascara that does everything you need a mascara to do - create a naturally enhanced look for day time to really lush, long lashes and everything in between - and it will stay put until you take it off (easily with makeup remover) at the end of the day. 

This little wonder is a must have for your makeup kit. - RLB


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

Reader Giveaway! - TRESemme Split Remedy Kit
























This giveaway has ended.

 
Our friends at TRESemmé have an amazing giveaway just for you Palacinka Beauty Blog readers! 

One lucky reader will win a TRESemmé Split Remedy Kit, a new haircare line to repair split ends, the number one sign of damaged hair. The kit includes 5 products:
Split Remedy Shampoo and Conditioner, Leave In Conditioning Spray, Leave In Conditioning Treatment and Split End Sealing Serum.

To Enter: 1. Simply send an e-mail to: palacinkabeauty@gmail.com with "Tresemme" in the subject line. 2. Include your: Name, Address, Telephone That's It! 

Entries will be accepted until the deadline, Friday August 17, 2012 at 12Midnight EST. 

Rules: One entry per person please. Open only to US residents. Good Luck! - RLB

Bumble and Bumble's Hairdresser's Invisible Oil For Lush Locks!

This guest post is courtesy of Thefind


 


There's a reason we spend ridiculous amounts to get our hair professionally done. It's not only to achieve the perfect rarely-found-in-nature color, to emulate Jennifer Aniston's exact cut, or to have unruly locks coaxed into straight, smooth submission with the help of plenty of chemicals – it's because hairdressers just have that magic touch. I mean, think about it – even when you're not totally satisfied with your paid-for 'do, you have to admit that your locks always come home from the salon looking like a million bucks... whether or not your desired style was executed correctly. 

Thankfully, you can now get that salon-fresh feeling without spending half your paycheck on an expensive styling. Bumble and bumble's Hairdresser's Invisible Oil seeks to bottle up that unique blend of mystery products that goes into professionally pampering your hair into one fool-proof serum. Simply use sparingly on just-styled hair to tame fly-aways and add shine and movement, giving it that "just-got-my-hurr-did" look – except from the comfort of your own home! Hair is bouncier, silkier, protected from environmental damage, and never oily or weighed down... as long as you use it sparingly, like I said! - Alexandra Gambardella

Drugstore Buy of the Week - Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Moss Lipstick





Kate Moss has parlayed her immensely successful modeling career into many business collaborations, most notably the British retailer, Top Shop, as well as her own line of fragrances. 

With her latest venture into cosmetics, Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Moss Lipstick, 12, she's got another hit on her hands - and one that can be all yours for under $5! 

The Kate Moss  collection features a very noteworthy formula (especially for the price point) which is smooth, creamy and moisturizing, while also providing immense pigmentation and long wearing ability. 

Some of my favorite shades are: 01, 10, 12(shown above) and 08. It had excellent wear during the day. It never dried out my lips, and stayed on all day into the night (drinking and eating included) with NO touch ups. This is one of the longest lasting lipsticks I've tried recently as a matter of fact. The packaging is perfect for all the fans with it's sleek back case, tiny British crown on the cap and "Kate" signature with a tiny red heart on the side. 



Another plus! - The lipsticks also had a yummy warm vanilla/cherry - like scent and flavor - not over the top, just right. All the Kate fans, the budget beauty lovers and those of you who just want quality, long-wear lipstick - pick up several of these and start your collection ASAP! 

Here's a quick run down of the other shades:

Shade 01: This is the red shade Kate is seen wearing in the Kate Collection ads. Its a very true orange/yellow based red that is a truly universal shade that will give a pop of color to both fair and very dark skin tones. Note: While creamy in texture, I found this shade was a bit more matte in finish than some of the others. 

Shade 08: A very pretty cool rose shade.

Shade 10: A bright pink-based red.

Shade 11: A cranberry red. - RLB 



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

Beauty Find - NARSskin


NARSskin has just launched a 10-product collection designed to deliver optimal anti-aging and illuminating results with high-tech, yet luxurious feeling formulas. 

Two of my picks from the line are the NARSskin Optimal Brightening Concentrate and the Luminous Moisture Cream. The NARSskin Optimal Brightening Concentrate creates increased radiance, reduces the appearance of hyperpigmentation and gives skin an overall more even appearance. 

It contains a exclusive Light Reflecting Complex, made with Noni Fruit Extract as well as multi-action vitamin C to further brighten and clarify skin. The texture is a serum/lotion hybrid, incredibly silky and very lightweight. I used a few pumps after cleansing and loved massaging it into my skin, with its quick absorption. I immediately saw the luminizing effects - my skin had a beautiful glow, while also feeling nice and hydrated.


After using the complex I used the Luminous Moisture Cream. 

This is the perfect moisturizer for warmer months - it has an incredibly lightweight gel texture that felt almost "whipped" on my skin. It's enriched with Dynamic Aqua Technology to improve water retention, and boy did I notice! Immediately afterwards and throughout the day my skin was soft and supple. 

I loved using this as a night cream, but also as a post- sun skin treatment by layering it like a mask all over my skin. This was heaven! The packaging is chic, modern and bathroom - vanity friendly.  

NARS has created divine products for you to use on your skin before applying his amazing cosmetics...and they're worth every penny. - RLB 

For all skin types. Dermatologist tested. Non-comedogenic. Synthetic fragrance free. Paraben free. Alcohol free. 

Go--> Available at Saksfifthavenue now and other retailers beginning August 15, 2012. 

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

Beauty Find - Tarte Glamazon Pure Performance 12-Hour Lipstick

Tarte's newest lipstick line, Tarte Glamazon Pure Performance 12-Hour Lipstick  is one of my favorites this summer.

Velvety smooth, instantly sets into the semi-matte finish and moisturizes lips all day. 

I loved that it was never flaky, cakey or feathered around the edges, and the color, Fierce (shown, left) is a super hot red with a touch of orange.

I applied 1 coat of the lipstick only (it's so pigmented more is not needed). And about that 12 Hour hold? Well, after applying it in the morning, even through drinking (there is some transfer), and eating the majority of the color and finish stayed in tact. 

As for the packaging, Tarte, as usual, makes a beautiful and unique play with both the wood-effect material, print on the outside of the tube AND the actual length of it. It is by far one of the tallest lipstick tubes I've ever seen (about a 1/2''in longer than the average tube) - so it's a conversation piece as well. - RLB 

Drugstore Buy of the Week - John Frieda Frizz Ease Smooth Start Line

John Frieda has made a name for himself over the years with styling products you can find in the drugstore to fight hair frizz. 

Now he has a new collection which goes straight to the source of the frizzing problem - when hair is wet - with his new Smooth Start line. 

We tested these products on a user with a naturally curly, shoulder length, fine/medium hair with a tendency to frizz. The John Frieda Frizz-Ease Smooth Start Shampoo was thick, creamy and coated the hair well, with a nice fresh scent. It rinsed out easily and provided a nice, smooth finish to the hair without any residue. 

The John Frieda Frizz-Ease Smooth Start Conditioner was also thick and creamy and made the hair very soft, smooth and provided a nice "Slip" to comb through any tangles. It seemed to provide a very light "sealant" to the hair which didn't weigh it down or make it sticky. As a test, we dried the hair with a blow dryer lightly (not using any additional styling products) and the hair was smooth, bouncy with a nice, loose curl. 

Throughout the day the hair maintained that look with little to no frizz on the ends. The combination of products provided nice heat protection against the blow dryer as well. (Note: For those of you with thicker, coarser hair or a tighter curl, you may still need a bit of anti-frizz serum on the ends and the back of hair to ensure a frizz free look). 

We also let the hair air dry (with no additional products), and again, I was very impressed with the slightly relaxed, yet still bouncy and very moisturized look and feel of the curls. Hair was very easy to comb through wet (which also makes this line a nice detangler for those of you using it on your curly haired little ones!) and it also provided additional shine to the hair. 

This is a truly effective hair regimen for those of you with curly or curly/wavy hair battling through humid summers at a perfect price. - RLB 



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

Budget Beauty Find - Garnier Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector B.B. Cream


UPDATED: This BB Cream now comes in a third shade, Deep.

During this hot and brutal summer, the less makeup steps you need to take to still look put together, the better - right? 

Garnier Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector B.B. Cream has the SPF, the moisturizer and color for coverage as well. I loved the finish, which mattified my skin slightly, while still leaving it looking a bit luminescent. The shade Medium/Deep provided just a touch of color and blended into my skin tone perfectly (and I currently have a tan). The texture is slightly mousse-like and creamy and it was easy to blend with either my fingers, a foundation brush or a makeup sponge. It's so easy to use, precision is not important, which makes it ideal for getting out of the door in the morning. 

It also has a very nice, light, fresh sent which dissipates quickly. I also found that it was concentrated, so I generally used about a dime-sized worth of the BB Cream each day. During the day I found that it kept the oilies down in my T-zone for the most part, while not drying out my drier areas, like my cheeks. It felt completely light-weight and looked natural on my skin. After using on a consistent basis, I found that It also didn't clog my pores. 

As for coverage, while not intended for it, I did find that it could serve to somewhat diminish the appearance of light blemishes and discolorations. It even worked in the under eye area for a subtle concealer-like effect. Paired with a lightweight loose powder, this cream can take you through the day into the night looking fresh and fabulous year-round. - RLB 

Give Your Locks Some Summer TLC With a Restorative Hair Mask

This guest post is courtesy of Thefind




Given the summer's endless beach days, barbecues, and all the styling and extreme weather that goes with them, your hair may look fabulous, but chances are it isn't having nearly as much fun as you are. Show your coif how much you care by taking the time to treat tresses with a restorative hair mask! Designed to infuse a healthy dose of moisture to sun-abused locks, masks nourish distressed hair by providing it with essential nutrients without making it feel weighed down or oily. 

Hair will look and feel silkier and shinier, making it more manageable, vibrant, stronger, and less prone to future damage while you continue to live it up under the sun! Whether you're especially prone to split ends, hope to extend the life of your color, or just need a little more moisture, there's a hair mask out there that you and your locks with love! Pictured above: Kiehl's Sunflower Oil Color-Preserving Masque, Frederic Fekkai Essential Shea Ultra Rich Mask, Macadamia Natural Oil Deep Repair Masque, Rene Furterer Karite Intense Nourishing Mask, and Living Proof 'Restore' Mask Treatment for Dry or Damaged Hair. - Alexandra Gambardella

Fragrance Find - DKNY Be Delicious Heart Rio

Yes, DKNY Fragrance is back with more "Be Delicious" apples - and this time they've gone international with the DKNY Be Delicious World Tour Collection. 

The new Be Delicious Heart line of 4 scents are inspired by some of the world's chicest cities. 

DKNY loves Rio, South America’s leading city, for its natural beauty and sexy carnival celebrations. 

DKNY Be Delicious Heart Rio is one of my favorites in a lineup that also includes: Heart New York, Heart London and Heart Paris. 

The first word that comes to mind for me with this scent is "Fun!". It's starts off with a strong burst of orange and of course the apple on me - it got slightly sweeter with the Marajuca fruit within the first 30 min or so and could definitely be described as "tropical". What I loved about it was that the sweetness and even the initial zesty citrus dies down a bit. The it's actually is light fragrance that still retains a sexy allure, especially with the dry down that keeps the apple base and adds some nice warm amber to the mix. 

Be Delicious fans will really appreciate DKNY Be Delicious Heart Rio, as I think this one retains more of the core apple Be Delicious notes that the others, but even for those of you who've never tried a Be Delicious scent this is one you'll love to wear for an evening out with friends, a date night or a summertime outdoor event! - RLB 


Fragrance Notes: 

Top: Maracuja Fruit, Pink Lady Apple, Clementine
Middle: Orange Flower, Orris, Gardenia, Myrhh
Base: Amber, Sandalwood, Benzoin.

Beauty Find - Mary Kay Fragrance-Free Satin Hands Set

Mary Kay Fragrance Free Satin Hands Set comes in pretty bag perfect for toting around to keep your hands in tip top shape this summer - and all year long. 

The set includes three products: The Fragrance-Free Satin Hands Hand Softener, Fragrance-Free Satin Hands Satin Smoothie Hand Scrub and the Fragrance-Free Satin Hands Hand Cream.

This is perfect when you have 15 min to treat yourself either before an at-home manicure, a relaxing weekend, or whenever your hands need to look their best. 

The treatment starts with the Hand Softener, which is a creamy, light gel that provides a nice cushion for the next step, which is the hand scrub. The particles were fine and smooth. All I needed to do was add a bit of water and rub my hands together for the exfoliating action. After rinsing, my hands were soft and smooth and ready for the final step in the treatment, the Hand cream. 

The hand cream had a very unique texture - it was extremely light, but did seem to add a slight layer of film on my hands (hence the product's claim of 24 hour moisturization, even through a few hand washings). My hands were soft and silky smooth. It absorbed very quickly and was very handy to use about the cuticles and nail beds to hydrate and soften.

I also loved using just the hand cream during the day for additional hydration in very dry environments like planes and offices. This fragrance-free version is also perfect for those with sensitive skin. It's also a handy beauty gift for moms, and even for the man in your life! - RLB 

EXCLUSIVE - Vanessa Williams Talks About Her New ReVitalistic Skincare Line

Vanessa Williams, internationally known, pop-R&B recording artist, producer, dancer, model and actress, is introducing her first skincare and beauty collection – Vanessa Williams ReVitalistic Skincare.

Vanessa recently shared some of her favorite skin care tips and products from the new collection with me in this exclusive interview...

RLB: What is your top tip for keeping makeup fresh during hot/humid weather?
VW: I've noticed that in the hot weather, my skin can get dried out easily, and especially when I'm in the makeup chair on a daily basis. My Re-Quench Anti Age Defense Intensive Moisture Treatment offers deep hydration with triple action anti-aging benefits that shield the skin against damaging free-radical attack. It really helps me out when I need it most.

RLB: What is your daily skincare routine?
VW: I start my day with a glass of lemon water and an application of a skin repair serum, which helps restart the skin to its youthful radiance. After years of traveling, crazy work hours, and never getting enough sleep, I've learned how important it is to keep my skin moisturized, and now I always carry a travel-sized bottle of my moisturizing lotion in my purse. Works every time!

RLB: Do you have a favorite way to perk up skin in the AM after a late night?
VW: My Re-Start Skin Repair Serum is a multi-purpose formulation that helps treat and protect skin against aging, stress, and harmful environmental elements. It leaves my skin feeling smooth and even and has exceptional ingredients to which I was introduced by specialists around the world. It's a must have in the morning for skin refreshment.

RLB: If there's a breakout (pimples, red spots, etc.) right before a big event or shoot, what do you do?
VW: My secret is my Perfexture Triple Enzyme Skin Perfecting Peel. Since I don't like to use harsh complexes on my skin, I created an effective skin peel, gentle enough to be used on my face while traveling or at home days and/or hours before a big event. The peel was made from natural, lactic acid and micro-grains, and my U.S. skin and beauty team added natural pear and papaya fruit extract. This is the secret weapon needed to help us women out, and is one of my favorite products in the collection.

RLB: How has your skincare routine changed over the years?
VW: Over the past ten years, trying to age gracefully in front of the camera, I began to notice how my skin was changing. I've suffered from skin problems for a significant amount of my adult life, and I tried everything from attention to lighting to precise makeup, but despite all of the tricks, I still needed products that were effective in reversing the signs of aging, sun-damage, and years of travel and makeup. I couldn't find anything that worked for me, so I decided to create my own skin care solutions for women everywhere looking for that "perfect product."

RLB: What makes the ReVitalistic skincare line different from the others you've used in the past?
VW: I've edited the skin care process to find the most effective methods for treating all kinds of skin problems that women typically experience. And it is important to me to make it easy and not time intensive. I integrated specific elements from my own professional skin care regimen to achieve and maintain healthy, glowing skin effortlessly. My products contain ingredients which have been formulated especially for me by the world's best skin care experts. - RLB

Vanessa Williams ReVitalistic Skincare will launch on QVC this Friday, August 3, 2012. Her appearance is scheduled from 8-10 PM on The Lisa Robertson Show.

Vanessa Williams Photo Credit: Rod Spicer