Beauty App Find - Sleep Cycle

 
 
 
 
The term "Beauty Sleep" has never been this exact - or scientific as it is now with the help of your iPhone.
 
We all know sleep is an important component to how you look and feel - especially your skin.
 
So that's why I was really excited to try the new Sleep Cycle app.  This is a genius idea that uses the iPhone's accelerometer to measure your movement during the night - and then wakes you during a light sleep rather than your deep sleep phase.  What does this all mean for you - well, it means that you won't wake up startled, cranky, or hopefully exhausted in the morning.  The Sleep Cycle app finds a good time to wake you up with your choice of music or ambient sounds, in a soft, then slightly raised sound level until you actually click the off button.
 
In order to use the app, you must place your iPhone face down under your sheet (near your pillow is good) near your head, and then lie down.  The first time you use it, remember that you'll need to do a test by turning over a few times to calibrate the app.  After you've done this, it's smooth sailing.  Just set your alarm for the time you'd like to wake up (the app will wake you up within a 30 minute window.  e.g. If you set the alarm for 7:00am, it will wake you up between 6:30-7:00am depending on how deep of a sleep you are in.  The final step is to make sure your iPhone is plugged in and then begin your happy dreaming!
 
One of my favorite things to do each morning after waking was to look at my daily "sleep report" in the form of a graph.  It shows the approximate times I was awake, in light sleep and in deep sleep phases throughout the night.  It also gives a % of the quality of of my sleep, which, improved for me with 8+ hours of sleep, (with more that half of that in the deep sleep phase).
 
After the alarm goes off, you can also "rate" how you feel in the morning by choosing your face that expresses it best (smile, neutral or grumpy!) and it will also take your heart rate and add it into your daily sleep report.
 
I think this app can really help those of you who have problems either waking up in the morning or getting a good night's rest over all. Before you set the alam at night, the app will also ask you about factors which can affect sleep quality like, did you: drink coffee?, eat late?, have a stressful day?, etc. This can help you monitor your lifestyle and make changes which you can see instantly with your sleep reports.
 
What's insteresting is after using Sleep Cylcle now for several weeks and getting my sleep reports, I find that I naturally either wake up a few minutes before the alarm goes off on the "early" end of the timer, or I wake up within the 30 minute window feeling much more relaxed and refreshed. - RLB
 
 Go-->Sleep Cycle available in iTunes .99c
 
.*This app was provided by SleepCycle PR for reviewing purposes.

Beauty Find - Laura Mercier Creme Smooth Lip Colour, Palm Beach

 

 
 
 
 
Are you looking for something to spruce up your lipstick collection during this winter - or are you just a lipstick junkie?
 
Either way, Laura Mercier has you covered with her new Laura Mercier Creme Smooth Lip Colour in this luscious shade, Palm Beach.  It's the perfect blend of tangerine and bright pink.
If you like your lipstick formula luxe, creamy yet moisturizing, this is one you should give a try. 
 
The lipstick is pigmented but slightly sheer, so don't worry that it will be an overwhelming color if you don't usually sport a orange-based lip.  I found this color was very flattering to all skin tones, and can be layered for a more intense look, at night, if you wish.  The finish has a nice shine and it has very good staying power during the day (but I did need to touch up after eating), while keeping my lips soft and moist. There is no discernible scent or taste which is good for all of you who don't like scented lipsticks.
 
If you're looking for deeper shades, a neural or pinks/reds, this collection has plenty of those too - so check them out! - RLB
 
 
*This product was provided courtesy of Laura Mercier PR for reviewing purposes.
 

Body Care Find - LIERAC Sensoriel Hydratation Set With 3 White Flowers

                      
 
 
 
LIERAC Sensoriel Hydratation Set With 3 White Flowers is one of  the most complete skin/body experiences you'll find in just two products.
 
The set contains Lierac's cult product, Sensorielle Oil, which is a true treat.  This oil has a fantastic feel and texture, with a scent that is just divine.  The oil comes in a beautiful, classic glass bottle, but has a pump, which I found so convienent for getting the perfect amount of oil out to apply each time.  The texture of the oil is very unique - it's not exactly dry feeling, but it's not over "oily" in feel at all (there's a bit of a gel texture).  It glided on to my skin and absorbed instantly leaving a beautiful fragrance, shine and no heavy or sticky feel at all.  My skin felt soothed and pampered and the hydration lasted all day (even in FREEZING Winter temps). 
 
The oil contains Hazelnut, Sweet Almond, Grapeseed and Argan Oil, and the beautiful scent is from a blend of Camelia OIl, Jasmine and Gardenia extracts.  It's a scent which is prominent, but not overwhelming and fades nicely throughout the day, still leaving just a trace that I loved gett a whiff of. This is a perfect set of products for travel when you don't want to bring any additional perfume with you, as this is all you'll need.
 
It's is also a multi-purpose product, as the oil can be used on the hair to calm frizzes or quench dry ends, or just to run though hair for a bit of sheen and a fragrance re-fresh.  If you have very dry skin on your face, this also make a lovely nighttime oil to be used after cleansing.  You can use it to give yourself a nice face massage and breath in the lovely floral fragrance as well.  In the morning, your skin will still have a faint trace of the scent, and will be smooth and plump.
 
A few other uses are to add to your bath oil, as well as to give yourself a oil massage-pre shower to lock in moisture even further for very dry skin (amazing used with the accompaying Lierac Sensorielle Bath Gel).  I also liked using it as a cuticle oil before bed, with it giving my nails a nice shine after buffing it in as well.
 
As mentioned above, the Sensoiral Shower Gel that also comes in this set, carries the beautiful floral scent as well.  It lathers nicely and leaves skin soft, not stripped after rinsing.  I loved teaming the two products together for my morning shower - such an amazing scent and hydration experience!  In the shower gel, the floral scent is slightly stonger, and yet relaxing at the same time.  It also made the bathroom smell incredibile long after the shower was over.  The set is a great deal for the two full sized products (you're basically getting the shower gel for FREE since the OIl alone would cost you $40), and also makes a nicely packaged Valentine's gift for the fragrance lover in your life.
 
This is going to be one of my go-to body care sets for years to come. - RLB
 
Go-->LIERAC Sensoriel Hydratation Set With 3 White Flowers  $40

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

Impulse Buy of the Week - Dior Blush Vibrant Colour Powder Blush in Coral Cruise









There's a saying that's used here on the East coast in during the Winter months:  "It's Sunny Somewhere".... meaning that someone is enjoying nice, bright sunshine and warm temps around them - even if we're not.

But I've found a beautiful blush that will give you a pop of color and brighten your outlook as if it's just as sunny and warm right where you are (even if you're in negative degree temps!). Dior DiorBlush Vibrant Colour Powder Blush 676 Coral Cruise is a bright, true coral shade in the pan, but applies much sheerer on the skin. The finish is "natural" matte but with a bit of sheen. And if you really want to brighten up your skin on these grey/winter days, it is a very buildable color for more impact or stronger color for darker skin tones. 

The texture is as smooth as butter and the blush is very pigmented, so a small amount will go a long way. Since it's Dior, you're also treating yourself to the luxe packaging (and a subtle rose scent!). Their small touch up brush inside the compact is actually very soft and dispenses the blush fairly well, (Although for home use I use one of my favorite full sized blush brushes - Hourglass Foundation/Blush Brush No. 2).   Pick this blush up - and brighten up - no matter where you are! - RLB 

Go-->Dior DiorBlush Vibrant Colour Powder Blush 676 Coral Cruise 0.24 oz

Fragrance Find - RickyHome Banker Husband Hair, There, Every-wear Mist


The legendary NY beauty chain, Ricky's NY, has branched out into their very own fragrance line, part of their RickyHome products - and it's super fun!

RickyHome Hair, There, Every-wear Mist in Banker Husband (great name!), is a great little product to pick up for a few reasons: 1.) the fragrance notes of Petit grain, Cardamom, Lemon Drop, Fir Needle, Orange Flower, Violet Leaf, Rosewood, White Vetiver, Oakmoss, Musk and Sandalwood are very much, shall we say - masculine - but in such a nice, crisp refreshing way I found myself misting all day. (Note:  I for one, love men's scents and this perfectly captures smelling that special man in your life's shirt). 2.)The mist works well on body or hair.  It's not drying and the scent never becomes too heavy. 3.) It's also a unique Valentine's Day fragrance gift idea that they'll never forget. - RLB
 
Go-->RickyHome Banker Husband Hair, There, Every-wear Mist $16.



*This product was provided courtesy of RickysNY for reviewing purposes.

 

Drugstore Buy of the Week - Olay Regenerist Luminous Tone Perfecting Cream

 

 
Olay has added a new line of products to their already successful Regenerist line - and it's a winning combination to hydrate, even out and improve skin tone, and diminish fine lines/wrinkles.
 
The cream is thick, creamy and smooth, but goes on the skin with almost a gel-like feel.  There's a great amount of slip to the formula, so it feels amazing as you smooth it into the skin because it just glides on like a dream.  It's peach colored with a lightweight, fresh scent.
 
I loved the instant moisture - and because it also contains small, microscopic luminescent particles, my skin had a beautiful glow immediately after applying it.  After using 2x day for just a few weeks, I could see a lightening of some recent darker spots, and my skin was soft, supple and smooth.  The cream did not cause any burning or irritation. It's also fairly concentrated, so no more than a dime-sized amount is needed for your entire face (with some left over for the neck area as well.).
 
If you've been looking for a gentle, anti-aging/moisturizing product that also gives an instant improvement to the skin (for a reasonable price)  - look no further than Olay Regenerist Luminous Tone Perfecting Cream. RLB
 
*This product was provided courtesy of Olay PR for reviewing purposes.

Beauty Find - NARS Spring 2014 Collection




 

 
 
NARS has a pretty line up for eyes, cheeks and nails you're going to love! The Spring 2014 line up features shades in gold lame, smoky orchid, shimmering rose peach and even a soft, pretty coral. 
There are two standouts in the collection.  The first is the new limited edition nail polish shade, Wind Dancer (shown, above).  This is a beautiful new take on a springtime pastel.  While it's in the Coral family, It's a true cantaloupe shade that has a creamy finish and is the perfect antidote for getting over doing your usual light pink nail this spring. With two coats the color was opaque and the application was smooth and streak free. The new Multiple Na Pali Coast(shown, left), is a beautiful and very flattering shimmery rose peach tone. This works beautifully on it's own for cheeks and lips, or paired with another cream blush and used as more of a highlighter, particularly on darker skin tones.
 
Take a look a the latest NARS video below for more color inspiration from the collection! -RLB


  Go--> NARS 2014 Spring Collection




         


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


 

Beauty Find - Avene XeraCalm AD Line

 
 
 
 
Avene has come to the rescue for those of you who suffer from mild to moderate Eczema.  They have now expanded their fantastic sensitive and solution-oriented skin solutions to 3 new products called Avene XeraCalm A.D.
 
The products include a mild cleansing oil (that can be used on face or body), a moisturizing crème and a moisturizing balm for extra dry skin. 
 
The Avene XeraCalm A.D Lipid-Replenishing Cleansing Oil is fragrance free and silky smooth.  I found it provided a bit of lather when mixed with water, and cleansed well without irritating or stripping skin.  This is especially helpful if you're treating a little one who may experience eczema in the colder, winter months, for example.  It can be poured in to the bath or used in the shower, so it's perfect for multitasking cleansing.  It did not burn or irritate skin while cleansing.
 
After cleansing, the two Avene moisturizers are the perfect pairing to lock in the moisture and continue soothing the skin.  Avene XeraCalm A.D Lipid-Replenishing Cream (shown, left) will hydrate normal/dry and dry skin, while the Avene XeraCalm A.D Lipid-Replenishing Balm (not shown) will provide the extra moisture and soothing that extremely dry or irritated skin needs. The are creamy and absorb quickly into the skin with not heavy or greasy feel. Used together, these products lessen redness and itchiness, provide intense hydration while gently bringing skin back to it's healthy state. - RLB


Go-->Avene XeraCalm AD Line





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


Beauty Find - Tarte Colored Clay CC Primer

 
 
 

You're probably familiar with the CC (color corrector) Cream trend right now, but leave it to one of my favorite brand innovators - tarte Cosmetics, to create a whole new category around it for flawless skin in an instant!
 
Tarte Colored Clay CC Primer  is a great primer for evening out blotchy or sallow skin (especially in the colder Winter months).  While I was slightly skeptical about the pink and green strips within this colored CC stick, I was pleasantly surprised by the results.
 
The green serves to adjust any redness in the skin and the lavender adjusts the darker/yellow undertones.  Although I don't have very uneven skin, I did notice how great this coverage was, and the fresh, natural.  I used the Deep  tone, which is the darkest in the line, with very good results. 
 
After applying and smoothing the product on my skin, I had a semi-matte finish that didn't look or feel overly dry. It was very lightweight so I didn't mind layering over it.  I used this under either a light foundation or a BB Cream for a completely polished look for daytime.  As a matter of fact, when I started with the CC primer, I didn't have to use much of either foundation/BB Cream to complete the coverage.  This also did a great job of controlling oil in my T zone during the day. I only had to blot about 1x, with much less oil, as a result.
 
The stick packaging makes it a breeze to pack in a makeup bag or throw in a overnight night bag too.
 
This is a great new way to start your makeup  - and keep your skin looking fresh all day! - RLB
 
 
 
*This product was provided courtesy of tarte Cosmetics PR for reviewing purposes.

Beauty Find - Becca The One Perfecting Brush






I recently shared with you what I think is one of the very best primers for oily skin, from Becca Cosmetics.

Now I want to share with you the BECCA The One Perfecting Brush.  It's a unique wide, flat brush (it's a 3.5 inch horizontal design), that may just replace every other one you've used for your foundations, liquid highlighters and cream/liquid blushes.

The magic in this brush is not only the shape, but it's non-porous, natural hair bristles which deposit product on to skin by allowing it to sit right on the top of the bristles.  So there's no waste due to the product being absorbed by the bristles. 

I loved using this brush for foundation and cream blushes in particular, but this also did a great job with powder.  Because the long and flexible bristles are packed so tightly, it allows you to smoothly and effortlessly cover larger surfaces - as well as smaller, narrower ones. The bristles are also some of the softest I've ever experienced.

By using the BECCA The One Perfecting Brush with my foundations/BB Creams, tinted moisturizers or cream/liquid blushes, the finish was absolutely flawless.  It made my skin look practically airbrushed.  The brush is very easy to use, because the flat edges distribute product along your face, and since it also has curved corners, I was able to use it to apply highlighters/bronzers in targeted areas like along the bridge of my nose and cheekbones too.

The brush is also very easy to clean with your regular brush cleaner, or even a mild dish washing soap/baby shampoo.  While this brush is more pricey than most - it will also more than pay for itself with all of it's fantastic multi-taking abilities. - RLB

Purchase Here: BECCA The One Perfecting Brush

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

Drugstore Buy of the Week - Oriflame Tender Care Cherry Protecting Balm

 
 
 
 
There's good news and bad news about this week's Drugstore Buy of the Week, Oriflame Tender Care Cherry Protecting Balm.
 
The good news is that this little cherry scented balm is reasonably priced, a moisturizing multi-tasker and very cute!
 
The bad news (for my US readers) is that it's sold in primarily every major drugstore/mass chain OUTSIDE of the US.
 
I discovered this line while in Europe recently, (The Oriflame line is very popular in the UK, most of Western and Eastern Europe). The line can also be found in some parts of Asia, Africa and South America.*
 
FYI: For those that are not familiar, Oriflame is a Swedish beauty brand most comparable to Avon/mark Cosmetics in the United States.  They develop makeup, skin and body care, nail products, hair care, fragrance and men's grooming products as well for sale via catalogue, online for European customers and in most European drugstore chains, like Boots, DM and Spar.  
 
While this may at first just look like a lip balm, it's actually much more that that.  This is a light, yet moisturizing product which is fantastic to use on cuticles, elbows, eye lashes and of course, dry, chapped lips.  Although it's a very small little vial (15ml), it's very concentrated and just the tinniest swipe on your fingers allows it to spread easily on any area.  It absorbs instantly and my lips felt so soft and smooth. The Cherry scent is very soft, sweet and yummy - but not cloying or artificial.  I loved using this before bed at night, especially to continue smelling the scent!  The finish is semi-shinny and it feels very lightweight on the lips.  This wears well as a hydrating layer under lipstick as well.
 
The packaging is also quite adorable, as they all contain a nice message on the inside of the box.  The Cherry says "Treat Yourself" in lovely handwriting.
 
For those of you who have experienced how yummy Blackcurrants are in Europe, their Blackcurrant Tender Care Protecting Balm (shown, left),  is equally as fantastic! - RLB


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Go--> Available online for European delivery and in most drugstores throughout the UK, Western/Eastern Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America.  Check online for your country's Oriflame site for more information.  http://global.oriflame.com/landing.jhtml?landing=/V3
 
*If you're not planning on traveling outside of the country and have friends/family in the areas where Oriflame is sold, have them ship you a few of these!  It's worth it :)

Beauty Find - Stila Stay All Day Foundation & Concealer



If you're a true 2-in1 beauty product lover, then Stila Stay All Day Foundation + Concealer is the perfect combination for a natural, luminous complexion. It's easy to use, easy to match and long lasting - what else could you want?

First, the foundation formula is very good. It's a silky, cream texture and a medium coverage formula which you can use with a beauty blender, or larger foundation brush, to build up to a full coverage. The foundation remained lightweight on my skin, and the finish was perfect for me- not too matte, with a bit of dewiness. 

If you have more serious skin issues like redness and acne, this will also do a nice job of blurring and covering them up. I had a nice color match with the Warm shade, and overall I think this line has a good amount of shades that will fit most women of all skin tones, nicely. This will work best for those with normal/combination skin. I also loved the included concealer in the top cap portion (genius idea!).

The concealer formula is extremely pigmented and just as creamy as it is dense, so a little goes a LONG way. There are a few ways you can use it. Sometimes, on the weekends for a casual look I simply applied it in a spot manner just on my desired areas (without the foundation at all). I also blended it into the foundation itself, particularly for the under eye area (my favorite way). For an on camera finish, I added it more thickly after the foundation for more complete coverage.

Whichever way you choose to use it, this is also a very long lasting foundation. I had no rubbing off, melting or flaking during the day, and had fresh coverage for at least 8+ hours a day. I also found that it photographs very well too!

The included brush head is a bit small for my taste on a daily basis, but I did find it useful on a recent trip to cut down on the amount of beauty products I needed to pack. - RLB

Go-->Stila Stay All Day® Foundation + Concealer Deep 1 oz

Beauty Find - Becca Ever Matte Poreless Priming Perfector

I've just discovered THE best primer for oily skin (and one to beat those summertime meltdowns for combo skins too!)
BECCA Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector does exactly what is says.  I added just a pea sized amount to my more oily T-zone in the mornings. The texture is a bit like a thick gel, but it glided on and absorbed into my skin quickly. 

I can honestly say there was an immediate mattifying effect on my oily areas - with a bit of a "tightening" feel.   This matte effect did not budge at all as I applied the rest of my makeup.  It's like this primer literally vacuums out all the oil, but it still left my skin soft and smooth to allow the rest of my makeup to just glide on.
If you have very oily skin all over, you need this product in your kit and it needs to be used DAILY.  I've never seen such an effective primer for oily skin.  As for it's staying power, where I would normally need 2-3 blots per day (even with oil free or mattifying foundation/BB Cream), when I used this primer, I needed to only blot 1x.  And the amount of oil that came off on my blotting paper was minimal - amazing! 
What is even more impressive is that is didn't leave any powdery or chalky finish on my skin, it was completely translucent.  If you have combination skin like mine and dread the super hot/humid temps that come with summer or tropical vacations, BECCA Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector will be your BEST FRIEND when you want to wear makeup. 

For those of you with extremely oily skin on a regular basis, by using this primer in combination with other oil free products such as foundations and powders, you will have a fresh, matte finish all day long..guaranteed! - RLB
  
Purchase Now: BECCA Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector™ 1.35 oz


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

Hair Care Find - Miss Jessie's Leave In Condish

 
Miss Jessie's has become the lifesaver of MANY a curly girl over the years - no matter what type or length of curls you have.
 
Now they've just put their hat in the ring for an overall amazing conditioner which will be the godsend to girls with ALL hair types that need serious moisture - and added smoothing and shine.
 
Miss Jessie's Leave In Condish, is the latest product in their hair care lineup, and their first ever leave in conditioner.  The bottle, as you can see is not as big as some other conditioner on the shelves these days - but thankfully it doesn't need to be.  This product is very concentrated and has a PERFECT amount of slip.  For most people, about a quarter's sized amount with be enough.  It's meant to be used on freshly washed, damp (not soaking wet!) hair. This product just simply glides on and then absorbs into the hair like a dream - instantly. 
 
I should also mention that this product has another unique, and fairly prominent scent, much like their original Curly Pudding and their Soft Pillow Curls. This time I would say it's a very "soapy", fresh, slightly citrus scent that may remind you a bit of a fabric softener sheet.  I happen to love this sent, as well as it's lingering effects after hair dries, (but if you do not like heavily scented hair products, I would wait until this possible comes in an unscented version).
 
This is a breeze to use with all curly hair types, particularly if you just "wash and go".  Curls are completely moisturized without feeling greasy or heavy, frizz free, soft, shiny and bouncy.  If you don't have curly hair, you'll still get the moisturizing, smoothing and shiny effects, even after blow drying/flat ironing.
 
Another great way to use this product for those of you with curly hair is to just make a "refresher" treatment for when you curls have a bit of frizz, are dry, or just need a boost.  Simply dampen hair, squeeze out about a dime's worth of the conditioner, rub hands together and evenly distribute.  Then let air dry or blow dry hair with a diffuser for a few minutes.  You can also use it daily by combining a bit of the Leave in Condish and water together in a small spray pump bottle.
 
I promise you, after you've tried Miss Jessie's latest, you're going to be hard pressed to use another leave In Conditioner. - RLB
 


*This product was provided courtesy of Miss Jessie's PR for reviewing purposes.

Fragrance Find - CHANEL Chance Eau Fraîche Shimmering Touch, Lim Ed

 
 
 
CHANEL has designed more and more creative ways to wear it's classic, as well as newer scents, over the years.
 
I've just discovered CHANEL Chance Eau Fraîche Shimmering Touch which is a fun product that provides the crisp, fresh and slight spicy scent of CHANEL Chance, with a bonus - sparkle!
 
The product is a gel formula which contains shimmer.  It's very lightweight on the body and just melted into my skin with no stickiness or gummy feel.  This is great for baring your shoulders or legs for a big night out, or for a tropical vacation.  The shimmer catches the light beautifully, but it's not over the top.  The sparkles are in the trademark CHANEL lilac pink shade, and although there was a bit of fall off, for the most part the gel base helped them adhere to my skin.
 
The scent is slightly lighter than in some of the other CHANEL Chance Eau Fraiche body products, but it did last for several hours on me. 
 
If you've never experienced this particular CHANEL scent, this is a great way to introduce yourself.  It's perfect for those of you who like lighter, fresher scents overall, or if you like to keep a lighter scent for the summer months. 
 
CHANEL Chance starts out slightly floral and then briskly citrus-y. It becomes a bit more spicy an hour or so in, with a very pretty soft, musk dry down.  I love it because it's more complex than it first lets on. There's a lot more to this scent than meets the eye! It's also limited edition, so treat yourself  or pick it up for a unique Valentine's gift this year.- RLB
 
 
Fragrance Notes: Lemon Blossom, Citrus, Hyacinth, Jasmine, White Musk
 



Drugstore Buy of the Week - Neutrogena Healthy Volume Mascara



Our first 2014 drugstore buy of the week is a great, everyday mascara that won't break the bank - but WILL give you full, lush, soft lashes!

Neutrogena Healthy Volume Mascara, Carbon Black is ideal for those of you who have a good amount of length to your lashes, but they may be slightly thin, sparse or very straight. I loved this formula, which was smooth and not too thick or too wet. 

The large barrel brush with short, thick bristles, grabbed on to my lashes easily and completely eliminated any clumps and coated my upper lashes completely in one swipe. With about two coats, I had full, lush lashes which were perfect for an everyday look, or even for a more dramatic smoky eye. This is a great, buildable formula, so if you want to really get a fuller impact, you can keep going!

During the day, my lashes didn't smudge, flake or become hard or crunchy. This is a mascara for those of you who don't need a lot of fancy packaging, scent or super-advanced brushes. It's a fantastic mascara that makes lashes full and healthy looking - just what it's supposed to! - RLB


Go-->Neutrogena Healthy Volume Mascara, Carbon Black 01, 1 ea

Beauty Find - Carol's Daughter Almond Cookie Hand Cream








 
If you're a Carol's Daughter fan, over the years, you've probably tried their world famous Almond Cookie scented body products (with delight!).
 
Now the line has expanded with a new hand cream, which I'm loving!  The formula is slightly whipped and creamy and once on the hands, it felt very silky and smooth. 
 
Importantly, while it left my hands very hydrated with a nice sheen, the cream absorbed within a minute, so I was never left with hands that felt greasy or sticky.
 
Of course, the bonus is the super yummy Almond Cookie scent which you can smell faintly throughout the day with a few reapplications e.g. after washing, etc.  And, by the way - if you've never experienced the original Carol's Daughter Almond Cookie body care - now is your chance.
 
This is something nice to treat yourself to for your winter hand care routine - and it's under $10 too! - RLB
 
 
 

Beauty Find - Clinique Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector







 
 
If you've heard a buzz about CLINIQUE Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector, there's good reason for it.
 
With some time and patience, this is one of the very best ways to lighten hyperpigmentation marks, old acne scars and even improve the appearance of under eye circles, I've come across in the last few years.
 
The texture and scent of the product are a pleasure to touch and massage into the skin.  It's a milky-lotion/gel hybrid with a fresh, slightly citrus scent.  It felt silky smooth and very lightweight, yet it was also very hydrating instantly.  I used this primarily on areas where I tend to see hyperpigmentation like my chin, as well as a dab under my eyes to brighten the skin there.
 
I used it faithfully 2x day after cleansing and within the first 2 weeks I saw a significant improvement in the lightening of these areas.  It did not irritate my skin or become dry during the day.  The serum also worked in harmony with any additional products I layered on top such as other moisturizers, BB Creams, etc.  I have continued to use for over a month now and can say that this is the real deal.  On most days when I can have a more natural look, I find that I only have to use the tiniest bit of concealer now - yay!
 
It's important to note that depending on the type and severity of hyperpigmentation, freckles, acne scars, etc. this product may take longer than 2 weeks for you to begin to see significant improvement, but I urge that you be patient and continue using as directly - and you will see results.  Adding a layer of sun protection is also key in order to continue the results while using this product.
 
This is a pricier skin tone evening product option than some others on the market, but one that is well worth the money.  Since it's very concentrated, in most cases, only 1 pump is needed for the face, which should allow you to have a bottle for over 6 months on average. - RLB

 

 

Beauty Find - butter London Scrubbers 2-in-1 Prep and Remover Wipes



Nail polish remover wipes are not new, but 
butter LONDON Scrubbers 2-in-1 Nail Prep & Remover Pads have improved on the idea and created a product I now can't travel without.

Each mini packet (are the packages cute??), contains a very concentrated wipe which is wet, but not drenched in remover liquid.  I was blown away by how quickly and thoroughly the wipe took care of all 10 of my fingers (with deep colors, pale colors and everything in between.)  Note: For glitter polish I did need two however to completely remove the polish.

In addition to the polish removing,butter LONDON Scrubbers 2-in-1 Nail Prep & Remover Pads also prepare your nails for the next manicure.  After using it, my nails were smooth and the cuticles hydrated.

With each packet individually wrapped, these are a breeze to toss into your everyday bag to make a quick polish change at the office, repair a chip during the day, take care of your nails at the gym and of course travel with no spills or mess to worry about! 

So keep a few packs of these on hand and you'll be very happy! - RLB

Go--> butter LONDON Scrubbers 2-in-1 Nail Prep & Remover Pads 10 Wipes


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

Body Care Find - Jergens BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream



First up for 2014 is a great innovation which carries on the benefits of BB Creams to a place you haven't experienced yet - the body.

Since BB Creams provide light coverage, hydration and anti-aging and skin tone evening benefits, this is an amazing way to make your body look even better in those party outfits and on your tropical holiday vacations!

Jergens BB Body Skin Perfecting Cream is available in two shade selections at this time - Light (pictured, above) and Medium Deep (hopefully they will introduce a deeper shade as well!).  It's perfect for the legs in particular, since it has a "blurring" effect on bumps, scars, discolorations, faint stretch marks and varicose veins.  It's not a self-tanner, but the cream does leave a nice bronze/peachy sheen to the skin, depending on the shade you choose. Note: There is a slight amount of DHA, the chemical in self-tanning lotions, which helps to slightly darken/even the skin. 


This formula is light, creamy and very silky going on the skin.  It contains Shea butter, as well as silicones which reflect light and improve the appearance of the skin.  The scent is very nice - a light, slightly tropical, fruity fragrance that's not too overwhelming.

I really liked the results.  It moisturized my skin very well and made it look brighter and offered a nice coverage for little scars and dark marks.  I was also impressed that none of the color rubbed off on my hands or clothes after I had applied it. I did notice that with daily use, the effects on my skin were impressive - very smooth, with a nice glow and more even tone.

I think Jergens BB Body Skin Perfecting Cream is a great product to use before an event where you'll be showing your arms/decolletage/legs in photos, at a big party, the red carpet, or a wedding, etc. - RLB

Purchase Here: Jergens BB Body Skin Perfecting Cream, All Medium Deep Skin Tones, 7.5 fl oz