2013 Holiday Beauty Gift Pick - Crabtree and Evelyn Lavender Vanity Set


I've chosen several Crabtree & Evelyn fragrance and skin care products over the last few years for Holiday Gift picks.  The products are high quality, in beautiful, ready-to-gift packaging with very memorable fragrances.
Lavender is one of my favorite scent collections from the line, and this year, you can give the give of skin care and fragrance combined with a stunning gold vanity train case to carry it all in. While the name indicates the Lavender flower, this is not a "single note" scent.  It is actually quite complex and sophisticated , combining soft spice, citrus and carefully blended soft white floral notes such as jasmine, tonka bean and musk, along with a dash of lemon, which helps keep it light and engergizing. This is perfect for someone who may be going away for the holidays, or getting married during the holiday season.
The case includes their award winning hand cream, shower gel, body lotion as well as the eau de toilet.  There are also two other fragrance vanity collections available, Rosewater and their Nantucket Briar fragrance, which may suit your gift recipient (or you if you're treating yourself with this one!) which also smell incredible. - RLB
This vanity collection includes:
  • Lavender Bath & Shower Gel (100g)
  • Lavender Body Lotion (245mL)
  • Lavender Ultra-Moisturising Hand Therapy (100g)
  • Lavender Eau de Toilette (30mL)
  • Cosmetic Train Case lined in satin, with a mini cosmetic pouch inside.
*This product was provided courtesy of Crabtree & Evelyn PR for reviewing purposes.

2013 Holiday Beauty Gift Pick - LUSH Fun Tin, Holiday Edition

Here's a gift pick that will bring the FUN big time to the bath lover in your life - whether it's a child or just someone young at heart!

LUSH Fun Tin, Christmas Edition comes with 6 of their best selling (and amazingly scented) FUN soft shape soaps (think play-doh that actually cleanses and hydrates your body!).  They smell like zesty lemon, orange, honey-toffee, vanilla and more. It also has a set of 4 cookie cutters to actually make fun soap shapes before bath time. All you have to do is roll out the FUN like dough and press the cookie cutter in it to make the shapes. The set also includes a limited edition Gold FUN soap.

The soaps can be molded into a shape and then submerged under the water to create a lather, or you can just pinch of a piece of the roll and hold it under the water to create big, fun bubbles in the bathtub.  Note: Although each FUN is a different color, the bubbles/lather they produce are white, so there's no staining the bathtub.

All the products come in a hard tin "lunch box" - like case with bright, colorful, graffiti-inspired designs that just make you smile every time you see it.  These soaps are meant to be used on both body and hair, so don't worry about the kids putting them all over themselves :)  If you have a hard time getting your own little ones in the bath, or your have little extended family members that drag their feet come bath time - THIS set will do the trick and make their parents happy too.
You can also feel great about the ingredients in FUN, which are all Vegan. 

Hurry!  This one's a limited edition. -RLB

FUN Fact:
2.5% of the sales from this gift will be donated to FUNd, which supports charities in Fukushima, Japan that create safe places for children to play.

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

2013 Holiday Beauty Gift Pick - Marc Jacobs Beauty The Showstopper 7-Piece Holiday Set

Marc Jacobs has certainly made a splash this year with his new cosmetics line.  

And if you were wondering if there was a way you could try multiple products in a budget-friendly way - here it is with a rubberized-leather look that has a expensive feel to it .

Marc Jacobs Beauty The Showstopper 7-Piece Holiday Set contains 4 full sized products from his beauty line, and 1 mini roller-ball fragrance, Honey - along with a travel mirror in a very roomy, modern black travel case.

The products picked for this gift set are a perfect introduction to Marc Jacobs line.  Let's start with the Style Eye-Con No. 3 in The Star:  This eye shadow trio contains a matte beige, shimmery deep steel grey and shimmery gold shadow.  They are all smooth, creamy and easy to blend.  The gold is perfect for holiday/party looks and can be layered for more intensity.  All three colors work beautifully together, or alone.

The Lash Lifter Gel Mascara is deep black is great for basic length and gives a enhanced "natural" look with about 2 coats. It separates well and there's no clumping or flaking.

The Lust for Lacquer Lip Vinyl in Kiss This lip gloss is a pretty cherry red, perfect for lots of different skin tones. It has a good amount of pigment, so it's not super sheer, but not as opaque as a full lipstick or stain.  It's lightweight and moisturizing without being sticky.

The Magic Marc’er Precision Pen eyeliner is great for drawing that perfect cat eye.  It's necessary to work fairly quickly, as the ink does set within about a minute or so.  It does last all day without budging or smudging.

The Mini Rollerball in Honey Eau de Parfum starts off quite sweet, but settles into a nice blend of florals and warmer sweet notes later on.  It's a nice change of pace for a fragrance and different from his other scents.

There's also a travel mirror, which is not attached, but instead is stored in a pocket on the side of the bag.

This is one set the beauty lover in your life (or you if you're in need of a holiday beauty fix) will LOVE. - RLB

This set contains:
- 0.13 oz Mini Rollerball in Honey Eau de Parfum
- 0.12 oz Style Eye-Con No. 3 in The Star
- 0.16 oz Lust for Lacquer Lip Vinyl in Kiss This
- 0.016 oz Magic Marc’er Precision Pen
- 0.24 oz Lash Lifter Gel Mascara
- Showstopper Makeup Bag and Mirror

Beauty Find - Paul & Joe Beaute 2013 Holiday Collection Glossy Lip Color

Paul + Joe Beaute, famous in recent years for their cat shaped lip and cheek color products, is back this 2013 holiday season with their first liquid lip color.

2013 Holiday Collection Glossy Lip Color is an ultra moisturizing formula which gives the payoff of a lipstick, with the feel of a lip gloss.  My favorite neutral is their Dulce de Leche shade (shown above), a true, slightly sheer, caramel brown.

The finish is very glossy and shiny, but the pigments allow for beautiful color to shine through   I also love the applicator which is a two sized "spatula" shape.  the back side allows you to apply a heavier amount for more impact, or the curved side, for a lighter look.

If you're in the mood for a beautiful red lip this season, also try their Cabaret shade, (shown, left), which is a rich, slightly pink, red.  Of course, as always, the Paul + Joe packaging is feminine with intricate details, such as the cap top decoration.  Beautiful! - RLB

Go--> Paul + Joe Beaute 2013 Holiday Collection Glossy Lipcolor 

*This product was provided courtesy of Paul + Joe Beaute

2013 Holiday Beauty Gift Pick - Calgon Fresh Start Gift Set

Here's a great idea for the teen/tween in your life (or just someone young at heart!).
Calgon has a new line with fresh, fruity and light scents called Fresh Start from the Heart Calgon line. This scent and packaging is perfect for gift giving.  It includes an exfoliating body wash with tiny, but effective beads, body lotion and a body spray in the Fresh Start fragrance.  
The fragrance is a perfectly easy and pretty one - a little citrus blended with soft floral notes that's never too heavy.  If you want to prolong the scent, layering all three products is recommended! - RLB
Go--> Available at Walgreens and most drugstores nationwide. 
*This product was provided courtesy of Calgon PR for reviewing purposes.

2013 Holiday Beauty Gift Pick - Paul Mitchell Stay Calm and Curl On Gift Set

Have a curly girl (or boy) in your life?
Then this Paul Mitchell Stay Calm and Curl On Gift Set is the perfect pick!
Note: This set will work best on the following curl/wave types: 2B, 2C, 3A, 3B  See all curl types here from our friends at NaturallyCurly.com: http://www.naturallycurly.com/hair-types
The set includes three of Paul Mitchell's most popular products in his curly hair line: Spring Loaded frizz fighting shampoo, Spring Loaded frizz fighting conditioner and Ultimate Wave styling cream. All three come housed in the cute carry-zip around bag with the Stay Calm saying on the front.  The set includes full sizes of all three products and the see-through carrying case is perfect for the gym or travel.
The frizz fighting shampoo and conditioner both smell amazing and leave hair smooth and soft, and yes - frizz free.  These products do hydrate curls, but this particular line is not necessarily for very dry hair.  The Wave styling product is very good for "stretching out" curls and creating a beachy, smooth, piece-y wave look, with light hold and frizz tamers.  The key to using this product is to apply to damp hair and to start with a SMALL amount first, distributing well though hair to the ends.  
This Paul Mitchell set is an easy gift solution for those on your list with curls!- RLB
Go--> Available at Paul Mitchell Salons. Paul Mitchell Stay Calm and Curl On Gift Set
*This product was provided courtesy of Paul Mitchell PR for reviewing purposes.

Body Care Find - LUSH Ro's Argan Oil Body Conditioner

Conditioner...for your body?
Yes.  And it's been done by a few beauty companies in the past, but I have to say, LUSH's Ro's Argan Oil Body Conditioner is one of my all time favorite body moisturizers now!
To use the product first apply your body wash, rinse and then add the body conditioner.  The texture is similar to that of a hair conditioner - a cream/lotion hybrid that is silky smooth and glides on to skin in an instant.  After applying the conditioner, you have a few options - you can then let it settle in with the heat from the water steam and shave/shampoo hair, etc.
I found it still worked very effectively if I simply rinsed after applying all over as well (leaving it on for just about 1 min). But if you have time to luxuriate a bit with it, I recommend you do!  It's also fairly concentrated, so about a two quarter sized dollops should do for the entire body.
Afterwards I rinsed off and boy oh boy - was my skin super smooth and supple.  What I loved is how soft my skin was after drying off - with a beautiful sheen and no residual oily or sticky feeling. There was usually no need at all for any additional lotion, which is a big time saver in the morning! 
One of the other great features of this product is the scent - it's a beautiful, unique rose/honey scent that's neither too floral or too sweet.  It's perfect for when you may be rushing in the morning and don't have time to add any additional fragrance. The scent will envelope you softly for several hours after drying off.
With it's blend of multiple oils and hydrating ingredients, including almond and Argan oil, this body softener is the real deal for all of you who battle either chronically dry skin or dry skin specifically in the winter months.
So, with this one product, you can feel great about all the natural ingredients, deeply moisturize skin, save time - and make skin look, feel and smell fantastic - who could ask for anything more? - RLB
*This product was provided courtesy of LUSH PR for reviewing purposes.

Win Your Entire Beauty Wishlist with Pretty In My Pocket!

Our friends at Pretty In My Pocket (PRIMP) are offering you a chance to win your beauty wish list this holiday season! Go now and create a wish list on Pretty in My Pocket (PRIMP) and you could win it (up to $250)! Use hashtag #grantmywish. - RLB

1. Login or register on the Pretty in my Pocket app. Available on iPhone & Android!
2. Search for products by tapping the “P” or browse
all-time favorites by tapping “Popular” on the bottom navigation.
3. Add up to $250 worth of products to your Wishlist.* Tip: Tap “ADD TO PRIMP BAG” then click “Add to Wishlist.”

*Product selection subject to availability. No cash value. 

Not sure where to find your PRIMP Wishlist or how to add products to it?
Click here for a step by step guide!

Body Care Find - Lisa Hoffman Japanese Agarwood Body Wash

Lisa Hoffman has become known over the last few years for crafting beautiful, unique scents that also take on unique forms - like jewelry and beautiful home fragrance items.
But she's also expanded one of her most popular fragrances into body care, and the Lisa Hoffman Japanese Agarwood Body Wash is simply a treat you want in your life.
The Japanese Agarwood fragrance itself, is a very complex and alluring scent.  The notes include Italian Bergamot, Spiced Ginger, and Warm Amber.  It's a fragrance that is citrus-based and clean and fresh - and yet also slightly warm at the same time. It's light, but sill leaves a nice layer of scent on the skin post-shower.  I promise you, you will not smell yourself "coming and going" by other people when you use this one. 
The body wash formula is the perfect compliment to the fragrance.  It's lightweight and silky, smooth in texture and  very concentrated.  It formed a fragrant, lush lather once I added water.  It was also surprisingly hydrating, so much so, I could feel the silky, smooth layer left behind immediately after rinsing, and had to use very little additional body moisturizer post-shower.  Note: If you have normal to slightly dry skin, you may not have to use any additional hydrating products after this body wash.
By the way, if you fall in love with the Japanese Agarwood scent (and I think you probably will) you can also purchase the complimentary body lotion, eau de perfume, roller ball, fragrance beads/fragrance jewelry as well! - RLB
*This product was provided courtesy of Lisa Hoffman Beauty PR for reviewing purposes.

2013 Holiday Beauty Gift Pick - CHANEL Coco Mademoiselle Fresh Moisture Mist

Here's a unique and luxurious way to give a fragrance gift to the one you love this holiday season.

CHANEL Coco Mademoiselle Fresh Moisture Mist is, as it's name suggests, a lighter version of the classic CHANEL Coco Mademoiselle fragrance.  This is perfect for someone who you know loves this scent in particular, and want to give them another, every day/ summer time option - or someone who is crazy about CHANEL fragrances.

The mist is very fine and soft, and it provides a nice amount of moisture to the skin, especially just out of the shower/bath when skin is slightly damp. The staying power is also very impressive for a mist (at least 5+ hours).  P.S. This also works as a fragrant hair mist since it has hydrating ingredients in it! - RLB

2013 Holiday Beauty Gift Pick - Mark Cosmetics Nailed It Trend Mini Nail Lacquers

Mark Cosmetics has had a lot of Nailed It Mini Nail Lacquers duos I loved over the years, but for 2013 they've put together two great Mark Cosmetics Nailed It Trend Mini Nail Lacquers pairings that are perfect for the beauty lover in your life.

My favorite set is the Snowberry and Tinseltown, (shown, above).  The silver is a pretty, classic shimmery silver that is shiny and opaque with just 1 coat.  Paired with the shimmery red with flecks of silver glitter, it's the perfect way to bring in the holiday spirit.  There are a lot of ways you can get creative with this duo on either nails or toes. 

For those of you who are more golden-tone lovers, the Tuxedo and Gleam Scene duo is perfect for art deco inspired looks, creating a chic, modern French manicure or just mixing up the shades on nails and toes.  The formulas are very creamy and smooth and wear at least 5 days with a good base/top coat.

The sizes are also perfect to toss in your travel bag if you're setting off on a holiday adventure yourself! Also, they come packaged in a gift-ready box to stick under a tree, stocking or gift basket. - RLB

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

Beauty Innovation - Hot Tools Turbo Ionic Convertible Dryer

Love your Ionic hair dryer from home that gives you perfect blow outs every time - but don't want to lug it in your suitcase for your next trip?

Hot Tools has a genius hair dryer that solves that problem! 

Hot Tools Turbo Ionic Salon Dryer is like having two dryers in one.  The detachable nozzle converts the dryer from a full-sized unit to a travel dryer (1875 watts) in the blink of an eye. With it's ION Technology, hair dries faster (at least 2x as fast vs. a regular hair dryer) and with much less frizz.  

I also love that this dryer is fairly QUIET and the separate switches on the dryer ensure you won't accidently get a surge of heat when you don't want or need it on your hair. - RLB

Some of the Dryer's Additional Features:
  • Converts into 2 dryers – 1875 watt
  • Multiple speed / heat options
  • Cool shot for setting the style
  • Removable lint filter for easy cleaning, longer motor life
  • Concentrator with extra narrow opening (fits both nozzles)
  • Detachable extended nozzle
  • 8-ft. cord with hanging ring /cord guard
Go--> Hot Tools Turbo Ionic Convertible Dryer

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

Natural Beauty Find - Jurlique Herbal Recovery Advanced Serum

Jurlique has created an effective serum that combines the latest effective skin care technology with natural ingredients.  If you've been searching for something gentle, natural - but will give you real results, their new Jurlique Herbal Recovery Advanced Serum is one you should try.  The serum is a lovely, light silky texture and has a natural rose scent (which I loved). 

Note: This fragrance is fairly prominent, so liking rose will be necessary for this to work for you.  My overall impressions after were that it gave me smoother, more even toned skin that is also hydrated and fine lines reduced. 

The serum also contains an exclusive blend of botanical extracts, Persian Silk and Peach Leaf Extract, all of which promote skin regeneration, hydration and skin protection. 
I used AM and PM after cleansing and loved how smooth and fresh my skin felt - and looked. 

Within about 2 weeks my skin looked significantly brighter and my hydration levels - even in dropping temps and cold office air were great - even without a lot of added moisturizer.  If you have very dry skin, or need added products for help deeper lines, then this also works well with a moisturizer layered on top.

This is a lovely skincare treat for those of you who want an effective, natural product to use on your skin - and still want to see real results. - RLB

Go-->Jurlique Herbal Recovery Advanced Serum

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

Super Cute! - SEPHORA COLLECTION Lollipop Lipgloss

In this series of beauty and personal care product finds - Super Cute! - I share with you 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.

Looking for a little gift for the beauty lover in your life - that won't break the bank (but doesn't look it?). 

Enter SEPHORA COLLECTION Lollipop Lipgloss.  The little bow-tied wand applies a light pink lip gloss with light shimmer.  It's perfect for topping off bare lips or just adding a touch of shimmer to a deeper pink lipstick shade at night or for holiday events.  It has a light strawberry flavor and is not sticky or oily.

The lip gloss is housed in the lollipop "ball" at the top, which you twist open to apply.  There's also a stand at the bottom of the see through container, so you can display it as well! - RLB

Go-->SEPHORA COLLECTION Lollipop Lipgloss 0.30 oz ($7)

Impulse Buy of the Week - Tom Ford Nail Lacquer, Black Sugar

With November here, I'm sure all of you are not only looking at beauty goodies for your family and friends - but also a few little treats for yourself.

Well, Tom Ford Nail Lacquer in Black Sugar should be at the top of your list.

Black Sugar is one of the most unique shades I've ever used - a taupey-plum with a hint of RED shimmer - it's absolutely stunning.  The formula is smooth and creamy, but it did take at least two coats to get a full opaque finish that was true to the bottle.  With a good base and top coat, I got about 5 days of chip free wear, and the shine lasted all the way through.

Purchase Here: Tom Ford Nail Lacquer in Black Sugar

If you're worried about the concept of a red shimmer being in an otherwise neutral polish - don't the red is very fine and very subtle.  Just enough that you will notice more it in certain lights and in the sun, for example, and just a hint in dimmer light and indoors.  The red serves to heighten the plum aspect of the shade and give it that complexity which makes Black Sugar now 1 of my top new shades of the year.

Black Sugar is perfect for those of you who prefer to have more neutral color on your nails - but want something just a touch different that all the rest in your collection.  Since it's a Tom Ford product, you'll also have the beautiful, luxe packaging which makes this an all around worth it splurge or beauty gift pick! - RLB

Purchase Here:Tom Ford Nail Lacquer in Black Sugar

Beauty Find - Tarte Off The Cuff Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush Palette & Bracelet

It's a gift...it's a set of blushes...it's an accessory...and it's a treat you (or one you love) should have - pronto! I stumbled upon this little treat over the weekend....

Tarte Off The Cuff Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush Palette + Bracelet has 5 deliciously shaded full-sized blushes, (3 of them are from the permanent range: Dazzled, Dollface, and Park Ave. Princess), housed in a folded clutch palette with mirror. It's topped off with a cute detachable faux leather cuff with gold tone bow detail.

I've raved about Tarte's Amazonian blushes before, and with this set you're sure to find your perfect mix of peaches/pinks/browns that are long wearing (at least 9+ hours). The blush shades are (l to r) Crave (warm pink coral), Dazzled (warm rose/berry), Darling (medium peachy-rose), Dollface (blue-based light pink), Park Ave. Princess (warm, golden brown). As you can imagine, this limited-edition set is selling out fast, and I came across mine in Sephora.

If you would like to snag one online, please follow the link below while they are still available! - RLB

Go-->Tarte Off The Cuff Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush Palette + Bracelet

Beauty Find - Clarins Instant Concealer

Like an amazing foundation, lip stick or perfume that can make you feel pretty and put together NO MATTER WHAT, having a go-to concealer is a very important part of a makeup collection.

Clarins newest product, Instant Concealer has now become that for me - bar none.

This highly pigmented, creamy concealer feels so soothing and just as the name implies - instantly evens out skin tone and covers up imperfections. It also has the added benefit of aloe vera to help calm eyes as well as some caffeine which stimulates circulation and de-puffs in the morning or after a long flight. When using, I found that as little as a pin-prick sized amount was all I needed to add to my concealer brush to even out my slight under eye circles and any small hyperpigmentation marks I had. It's creamy enough that it is hydrating, without being greasy, sticky or oily. It did not cake up, ball up or flake off during the day - in various types of weather too , I might add.

I used the darkest shade in the range, Shade 4 which was a perfect match, and had the right amount of yellow/orange/brown in it to just melt into my skin. It lasted all day and the color stayed true and did not fade or smudge. I usually applied it either on top of a tinted moisturizer or BB Cream that only offered light to medium coverage, or on the weekends, sometimes, just alone. Either way, my eye area and skin looked instantly better - brighter, more even and flawless.

There are 3 other shades in the range, which are lighter and cover lighter brown/yellow and fair undertones. This is a must have for many of you because it has that unique ability to both effectively cover both under eye circles as well as blemishes effectively - while making skin looking amazing to boot!

Pick this one up - ASAP. - RLB

Go--> Clarins Instant Concealer

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

Drugstore Buy of the Week - Boots No7 Protect and Perfect Intense Serum

Here's another award-winning, classic beauty product from Boots No7- that's classic for a very good reason. 

If you've moved out of your 20's (or have long since left that area code) and you see some fine/lines wrinkles and uneven skin tone, you probably want to get a handle on it now - and at a reasonable price.  Enter Boots No7 Protect and Perfect Intense Serum, which is one of your best options to keep skin looking hydrated, more even, glowing - and hopefully younger!

The serum was quite silky and lightweight and just a pea-sized amount was enough for my entire face. The product is very moisturizing - with a gel/oil feel to it at first, but sank into my skin within a few minutes (If you have very dry skin this is a godsend!). It did leave a nice, smooth surface - so I often used this in lieu of a primer, and found it great at helping my makeup apply better and stay true during the day. Tip: Wait about 5 minutes before applying makeup for best results.

While the immediate effects were tiny fine lines being reduced and soft, smooth hydrated skin, it was after using consistently every day for a few weeks that I could really see the improvement.  My skin was much brighter, consistently hydrated and my pores were significantly reduced in my T-zone. In addition, overall, I had a nice glow to my skin - particularly after using over night. This version's tube packaging made it super easy to toss in my travel or gym bag.

For continued results, you all know the drill - you have to keep using it, but this is a product you'll be happy to always have on hand. - RLB

Go-->Boots No7 Protect and Perfect Intense Serum, 1 fl oz

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

Beauty Find - Laura Mercier Luxe Colour Wardrobe Dual Decker Colour for Eyes & Cheeks


Laura Mercier has created the Laura Mercier Luxe Colour Wardrobe Dual Decker Colour for Eyes & Cheeks that will keep you pretty and pulled together all year long.

The design is a chic brown envelope clutch with pebbled leather detail with a beautiful animal print button closure.  It fits conveniently in the palm of your hand too! (Size: approx. 5'"in x 4"in wide , 1.5"in deep). Inside, you will find one of the most comprehensive sets of products - ready for your purse, office or travel bag - that I've seen in a long time.

Let's start with the first tray of products, (which swivels out from the corner of the palette), so there's no pulling or removing trays needed to access the products.  There's a light peachy/pink blush, a deeper warm pink blush, three silky, creamy classic cake eyeliners in black, navy blue and deep steel grey. All these products have a matte finish. 

There's a medium-brown bronzer and two more eye products - a deep espresso long wear eye cream pencil and a Travel Flat Eye Liner Brush. With just this first tray of products alone I was able to do quick, classic and pretty looks for every day in under 5 minutes flat.  Note: Although the cheek shades may not be dark enough for those of you with very deep skin tones, these do work just as well as pretty highlighters and/or mixed with your deeper shimmer or matte blushes for a twist on your everyday look.

The second tray is where you can play a bit more with color.  There are 6 eyeshadow in several brown/taupe/beige shades, with two shimmers for evening, as well as a very pretty purple and blue.  This tray also houses her silky, high quality Travel Pony Tail Eye shadow Brush and Double-Ended Crease/Smudge Eye Shadow Brush. If you're getting ready to travel for the holidays, all you need is this palette, perhaps a BB cream or foundation, mascara and your favorite lipstick - and you're all set! 

I highly recommend treating yourself to this beautiful and functional dual clutch palette which you'll find yourself using EVERY day.  By the way, If you're starting to look for beauty gift ideas for your friends and family - this is one to put on the list! - RLB
Complete contents: 8 eye shadows, 3 Tightline Cake Eye Liners, 2 Second Skin Cheek Colours, 1 exclusive Face Highlighter, Longwear Crème Eye Pencil. Double-Ended Crease/Smudge Brush, Travel Pony Tail Brush and Travel Flat Eye Liner Brush.

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

Beauty Find - Yves Saint Laurent Top Secrets All-In-One BB Cream Skintone Corrector

Here's another take on the ubiquitous BB Cream product - done only as Yves Saint Laurent can. Yves Saint Laurent Top Secrets All-In-One BB Cream Skintone Corrector  can multitask - depending on your skin's condition and the type of look you want on any given day.

On the average day, I loved using this as a version of a BB cream/foundation for light coverage and added moisture. The dark shade, shown above, was a good match (although it looked darker than my skin out of the tube). It seemed that this did a bit of "color adjustment" on my skin after applying it. It was creamy and silky, but very lightweight. It provided great moisture for my drier areas like cheeks, and I loved that sun protection was taken care of in one step as well (SPF 25).  

This also did provide some skin tone evening when used daily (via Vitamin C, not Hydroquinone), but if you have significant dark circles or hyperpigmentation, you will still need a heavier foundation/concealer as well. The feel on the skin is one of the best qualities of this product - it felt like it was literally melting into my skin. I didn't experience any clogged pores or irritation while using the product. It should also be noted I found this to be a better product for those with drier skin overall.  

This is also a very good product for those of you who need more coverage, but want a multi-taking primer. Used as a primer, this was fantastic for holding my foundation in place, providing a beautiful smooth canvas and providing just a bit of added radiance to the skin which made the foundation look even better. While not an oil control product per se, I did notice that when using this as a primer over an oil free/matte foundation, I had much less oil in my T-Zone at the end of the day.

As far as shades, there are only 3 in the range so far (one of them is "clear"), which may be a downside for some of you who fall in between some of the shades, but overall, this is a luxe BB Cream which is certainly worth the $ and will also last a good amount of time, as it's also quite concentrated. - RLB

Go-->Yves Saint Laurent Top Secrets All-In-One BB Cream Skintone Corrector 

Super Cute! - Deborah Lippmann Best of Both Worlds Pop Rock Mini Duet


In this series of beauty and personal care product finds - Super Cute! - I share with you 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.

Pink + Glitter = spectacular for me.

And this Deborah Lippmann Best of Both Worlds Pop Rock Mini Duet nail polish duo with coordinating glitter bag (covered in the Happy Birthday nail polish) is the perfect little treat for yourself, or to stock up on for holiday beauty gifts!

The set includes two full sized Deborah Lippmann nail polishes: Happy Birthday, one of Lippmann's most popular polishes, a sparkly shade come in a clear base with tons and tons of multicolor glitter, and She Bop, a pretty, looks great on everyone, warm bubble gum pink with a crème finish.

With this set I could create lots of different looks - layering the glitter over the pink, adding glitter to just one or two fingers, starting out with the pink and then adding the glitter just to the tips a 'la a modern "French Manicure", and combined it was just so much fun on the toes!

The polishes are creamy and streak free, and after two coats it leaves a perfect shiny finish.  They dry fast and of course fit inside the bag if you wish. Note: The Happy Birthday glitter bag measurements are 4”(W) x 1 3/4"(D) x 3”(H).

If you plan on using the bag as an evening clutch, or a makeup bag for travel where it may be moving around inside a larger bag, it's important to note that the glitter on the bag does fall off a bit if you're not gentle with it

You'll smile every time you pull this set out. -RLB
Go--> Deborah Lippmann Best of Both Worlds Pop Rock Mini Duet

Drugstore Buy of the Week - Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Overnight Treatment


If there was a way to wake up with skin looking just a bit better than when you went to sleep the night before, you'd try it, wouldn't you? Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Moisturizer, Night, 1 fl oz Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Overnight Treatment works on skin with a powerful "1-2-3 punch" with it's combination of Retinol, Glucose Complex, Hyaluronic Acid to smooth skin and effectively diminish fine lines and surface wrinkles.
The texture of the treatment is a very silky, lightweight lotion and smoothed on to my skin easily and absorbed quickly. It should be noted this is a scented product, and I didn't mind the slightly sweet/floral fragrance, but it lingered a bit (could definitely be seen as relaxing however!). I found it also very effective at minimizing the size of pores around my nose in particular. 

If you have sensitive skin, I would recommend starting off with just a few times a week to make sure your skin does not get irritated or over dry *Note: some people's skin does react this way with retinol products at first. Just a pump or two at about a pea sized amount was all that was needed, so this also comes in at a very good bargain since even used nightly it will last over 3 months at least.
Only on very cold/dry nights did I need to apply any other moisturizer over this, so overall it also gave me a nice layer of moisture before going to bed as well. For me, using it nightly did not irritate my skin and I enjoyed overall better skin tone, smoother, softer skin and my pores were much less noticeable. 

This is a nightly ritual that I'll be sticking with! - RLB
Go-->Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Moisturizer, Night, 1 fl oz

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