Drugstore Buy of the Week- Dove Pure Care Dry Oil Line



If you've only been using Dove skin care and body care over the years, you need to get on board with their new and expanded hair care offerings too - STAT!

I'm more and more impressed with the advances Dove is making in the mass hair care area, and the new Dove Pure Care Dry Oil  line is just one more example.

Dove Pure Care Dry Oil Non Greasy Shampoo is a fantastic moisturizing shampoo which cleanses well and yet leaves moisture on not just the hair, but the scalp as well. What is so impressive is that is does this and leaves literally no greasy, sticky or filmy feeling on the hair.  Using this shampoo, even on curly hair, it rinses out clean, but leaves hair silky smooth, bouncy and healthy looking.

Used in conjunction with the equally effective Conditioner this is a fantastic hair care line for dry hair of all types.  (Tip: if you have curly/and or dry, relaxed hair and prefer to "Co-Wash", using just the Dove Pure Care Dry Oil Conditioner is a great option).

After shampooing, the Dove Pure Care Dry Oil Conditioner continues to impart hair with more moisture - again without weighing it down at all.  For this reason, it's also a perfect option for those of you with thin, fine hair that is also very dry, chemically processed or colored.

The conditioner does a great job of smoothing hair and taming frizz while giving the hair a beautiful shine which is really apparent after air drying or blow drying.

Both the shampoo and conditioner are beautifully scented with soft, floral notes which linger but are not overwhelming.

If you've been battling dry, brittle hair this winter, or just need a reasonably priced conditioning duo, this is one of the best in your drugstore aisle right now!   -RLB



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

Beauty Find - Lierac Coherence Replumping Creme



This new discovery from Lierac has a host of benefits for the lips - and you'll love all them.
Lierac Coherence Replumping Creme  is first and foremost a "anti-aging lip moisturizer" that contains a form of college n which allows fine lines and wrinkles on lips and around the mouth to be temporarily filled out and plumped up.  This gives a much smoother appearance before applying lipstick, and is ideal for those of you with more mature skin.

Another great use is as a lipstick primer.  The texture feels like a luxe face cream - it's smooth, light and silky.  It left no trace of grease or sticky feeling and allowed me to swipe on even the most mattifying lipsticks with ease.  I also loved how long lasting it kept my lip color during the day.

I also loved this as an overnight treatment, particularly on very cold/dry nights.  Keep in mind, although this product does deliver moisture to the lips, it's not a lip balm, per se.  What I loved to do it fully exfoliate my lips first, then add a light moisture balm and then layer a small pea-sized amount (it's quite concentrated so not much is needed) of the Coherence .  In the morning my lips were soft, smooth and never dry or flaky.

If you want to use it for basic moisture and priming lips, the best way to use it is on exfoliated lips with no other product.  Then apply your lipstick, tint or gloss on top.  Because of it's size and tube design, this is also ideal to keep at the office, or toss in your gym or travel bag.

What a lovely little treat this is for your lips! I fell in love with making it part of my pampering beauty routine. - RLB

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

Budget Beauty Find - Biore Self Heating One Minute Mask With Natural Charcoal


 




A beauty treatment that takes only ONE minute is certainly worth investigating, don't you think?
 
And Biore's new Self Heating One Minute Mask with Natural Charcoal, was the perfect way to spend a minute!
 
The charcoal in the mask works to help draw out excess dirt and oil in the skin, so this is ideal for those of you with combination skin and very oily, acne prone skin as well. The masks are also conveniently designed so that they come in single-use packets.  This makes it easy to toss into your gym bag or for travel.  The pack contains the perfect amount to apply all over the face, but I have to note that, if you have drier portions of your face, you may want to avoid these areas, as the mask does have a "drying" action, and will make skin feel a bit tight after rinsing. 
 
So, for me, since I liked using it primarily just in my t zone, I was able to use just about half of the packet and save the remainder inside in a small zip lock to apply a few days later. The mask is applied to wet skin and then massaged for one minute.  Then all you have to do is rinse off.  The texture is rather different in that it's a bit grainy (from the added charcoal).  The mask also has a very pleasant, slightly citrus scent, that was very refreshing and nice.
 
Now on to that warming action.  This mask does get REALLY warm, I would say on the cusp of being hot (but not burning the skin).  I found this to be a nice feeling (especially on cold mornings!) and the mask remained warm all the way through until I rinsed it off.
 
After rinsing off, my skin was soft and smooth, and felt very refreshed and clean. The pores around my nose were completely cleared out. My skin felt a bit tingly and the more oily parts of my skin were left nice and matte (as I said this is more geared toward oily and acne prone skin rather than dry). 
 
This is a perfect skin care treatment those of you with oily skin who need a little additional help clearing out white heads/clogged pores - and don't want to spend a lot of time getting results. - RLB
 
 
 
*This product was provided courtesy of Biore PR for reviewing purposes.
 

Beauty Find - Tarte Collector's Edition Super Size Maracuja Oil




If you're new to the "facial oil" trend, you should know that all oils are not created equal - and when the formula is right, they can truly be amazing to hydrate, soften and tone skin.
Tart's Maracuja oil is rich in vitamin C and essential fatty acids to hydrate sensitive, dry, and even acne prone skin. It leaves the complexion more even toned and smooth without a greasy feel. 

Combined with their new beautiful and unique Collector's Edition Super Size packaging, and this may just become one of your favorite multi-purpose skin care products.
The oil is only very mildly scented (a bit of a "nutty" fragrance) and it dissipates quickly.  The dropper inside the cap allowed me to control the among of oil I applied (I usually used 4 drops, which means I'll have this bottle for a LONG time).  

I usually used it at night (often in combination with their equally amazing tarte Spring Collector's Edition Maracuja C- Brighter Eye Treatment). After warming the oil up in my hands I would apply to my face and neck in a "pressing/patting" motion.  This oil evaporated almost instantly and yet left my skin amazingly soft and hydrated.  As a matter of fact, no matter how dry/cold it was at night this winter, my skin was soft and glowing in the morning.
More amazingly this oil does not clog pores, or irritate more oily skin.  As a matter of fact, this oil can be used to calm down blemishes.  The oil did not feel heavy or sticky after application and as a matter of fact, it literally felt weightless and smooth.

So other uses for the oil are for healing scars, adding to dry, flaky lips, and red irritated patches of skin like around the nose or on cheeks, and applying to cuticles.  I also liked adding a touch to my lashes at night to make them soft and glossy in the morning. - RLB


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


Beauty Find - Bite Beauty Matte Creme Lip Crayon, Clementine



Bite Beauty is a new line of lip color products that are designed for the woman whose not afraid to have her lips the focus of attention! 

And if you've been reading online or magazine beauty trends, you know it's now all about the ORANGE statement lip this season. So if you're ready to take the plunge with an orange shade, is your shade. Clementine is a rich, straight forward deep orange shade that I loved using. The pigment was plentiful and long lasting. 

The formula was also creamy enough that it did indeed give me a matte finish that still left my lips soft and hydrated all day. Also unique was the scent - a very light, yet noticeable orange/vanilla (similar to a creamcicle), scent that I loved. 

I only needed a light touch-up about 1x day after eating/drinking, but even so, the color did not bleed, feather or flake on me at all. If you love wearing a matte lip is strong statement shades but don't want to sacrifice soft, moisturized lips for it, the Bite Beauty Matte Creme Lip Crayon line is one you should try! - RLB 

Go-->Bite Beauty Matte Creme Lip Crayon Clementine 0.05 oz
*This product was provided courtesy of Bite Beauty PR for reviewing purposes.

Drugstore Buy of the Week - Garnier Skin Renew 5 Second Blur Instant Smoother‎






If you have good skin without too many issues (e.g. acne, dark spots, dark circles, etc.) and want a QUICK beautifying product, Garnier Skin Renew 5 Second Blur Instant Smoother is your new best friend.

First, as you know, there are plenty of tone correcting and coverage building BB, CC and DD creams, but I think 5 Sec Perfect Blur should best be thought of as a "power primer".

I added about a dime's worth of the velvety/mouse textured cream on my skin, and instantly, any noticeable pores and fine lines, were, literally - blurred. The product absorbed rapidly and made my skin feel very smooth and hydrated at the same time.  My skin had a nice, semi-matte, fresh appearance and my t-zone oilies were kept nicely at bay. I also found this did a very good product for diminishing the appearance of pores on the nose.

On the weekends, I wore this alone with eyeliner/mascara, but I also liked pairing this with a foundation or BB cream ( I also happen to really love their Garnier BB cream and they pair well together!) during the week for a more finished look. Garnier 5 Second Blur helped keep everything in place and gave my makeup a more "airbrushed" appearance.

Note: If you have very dry skin , I recommend exfoliating and using a light cream on any dry patches first before using the 5 Sec. Perfect Blur to avoid the product clinging to any dry areas.

So yes, beauty magic CAN happen in 5 seconds! - RLB

Go--> Available at most drugstores nationwide.
*This product was provided courtesy of Garnier PR for reviewing purposes.

Beauty Find - Marc Jacobs Lip Lock Moisture Balm



Last week I talked about a very luxe lip balm and how the price would be right for only some of you - despite how good it is. 

Today I have another designer lip balm that is also luxe, but with a very different form, package and purpose.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Lip Lock Moisture Balm  is perfect for a base layer (after exfoliating lips) before applying matte lip sticks or lip pencil products, in particular. It is very thick, smooth and creamy on the lips, but didn't  feel heavy or greasy. 

The balm comes in only 1 color: a clear shade called "Makeout" (get it?). Lip Lock  gave my lips the perfect amount of moisture, and I also liked knowing I was getting sun protection from the added SPF 18. I would say this formula is best for those of you who need average, every day moisture and don't have any flakes or severe chapping. 

The packaging is lovely to look at and makes reapplication a very "glamorous" affair with it's slightly heavyweight tube and shiny black lacquered case that you twist off to reveal the balm. 

If you like flavored lip balm, this is also a nice choice since it has a subtle mint scent and taste (but non-tingly on the lips). The balm's finish, worn alone, is a subtle, natural shine. Note: Because of the balm's texture it will melt/soften in high temps, so take care not to leave it in warm environments like the car in the summer or in direct heat e.g. a beach bag under the sun. - RLB


 Go--> Marc Jacobs Beauty Lip Lock Moisture Balm 10 Makeout 0.15 oz 

 *This product was provided courtesy of Marc Jacobs Beauty PR for reviewing purposes.

Fragrance Find - CHANEL No. 5 Bain Moussant






If you or a fragrance lover in your life LIVES for anything CHANEL No. 5, this latest product is yet another great way to impart a subtle version of the classic scent.

The CHANEL No. 5 Bain Moussant (Foaming Bath) is perfect for layering the fragrance for all day presence, and can be used either in the bath or as a shower gel.  If you're more a soap person, click here for my feature on the CHANEL No. 5 Soap. Note: If you want a formula meant specifically for the shower, the CHANEL No. 5 Cleansing Cream is another option)

The scent is subtle enough to work perfectly mixed with water, and the bubbles are soft and silky without the soap drying and stripping skin.  This is a perfect option for hot, sweltering
summer days when you want an easy, light way to wear fragrance. I personally loved pairing this with a bit of the CHANEL No 5 Essential Bath Oil afterwards for moisture and a spritz of the CHANEL No 5 Eau Premiere on my out of the door in the morning.  

The CHANEL No. 5 Foaming Bath is also a great way to try - or expand your perfume collection for a fraction of the price of the original CHANEL No. 5 Perfume if you're on a beauty budget! - RLB


Go-->CHANEL No 5 Bain Moussant 

Beauty Find - Dolce + Gabbana The Brow Liner




Like many of my favorite beauty products from Italian luxury brand, Dolce + Gabbana, their newest Dolce & Gabbana The Brow Liner doesn't leave me wanting for much of anything...

The product is designed perfectly.  The tip of the pencil has a triangular shape, which allowed me to draw both thinner and thicker lines.  In both cases, the texture and formula created a very natural powder finish that matched the hair of my brows.  The pencil's texture is another fantastic feature.  It was soft and smooth, and glided on to my skin so easily and effortlessly, I felt like I was finished almost before I started! 

With high quality, attached spooled eye brown brush on the opposite side (under a cap closure), I was able to create the perfect shape and arch.  And then use the pencil to finish it up to create a polished brow look each and every time.  This design is also ideal for travel and for tossing into your purse for touch ups and to create stronger night time looks straight from the office, for example.

The formula is very long lasting, as well as smudge and water-resistant, which will come in handy come summer time/humid temps.  On an average day my pencil stayed in place with perfect color from early morning to late night when I removed my makeup.

I had the best color match for my brows using Mocha 3 (shown, above), and there are three other shades available: Soft Brown, Stromboli, and Chestnut.

This is a worthy investment in beautiful brows! - RLB


*This product was provided courtesy of Dolce & Gabbana PR for reviewing purposes.

Drugstore Buy of the Week - Kiss My Face Natural Active Life Aluminum Free Deodorant Stick







I've been on the hunt for more all-natural, non-aluminum deodorants which ALSO offer superior perspiration protection (not an easy feat). And my latest discovery from Kiss My Face is a winner! 

Kiss My Face Natural Active Life Aluminum Free Deodorant Stick, Sport, is perfect for those of you who do a lot of working out/sports or just lead very busy lives. This formula is slightly "wet" and gel-like going on, but it dried fairly quickly and didn't leave any white marks on my skin or clothing. The scent was fantastic, a bright, fresh citrus with lots of orange and lemon. The formula, while very powerful, was also thankfully very gentle on my skin, so I didn't experience any stinging or itching after applying it.

I would say on an average day, I got well over 8+ hours of scent protection but sweat protection from this deodorant - again, very impressive for a natural formula. Only on occasion did I need to touch it up in the evenings. This also works well to offer protection through a workout and in very hot temperatures. 

If you're searching for a very effective, heavy duty deodorant without chemicals and other potentially harmful additives (this formula is also Vegan), this is the one to stock up on! - RLB 

Go-->Kiss My Face Natural Active Life Aluminum Free Deodorant Stick, Sport, 2.48 oz


*This product was provided courtesy of Kiss My Face PR for reviewing purposes.

Beauty Find - Tatcha Indigo Collection




With the cream's rich, Indigo blue color AND the Japanese brand Tatcha behind it, I knew these products were love at first sight.

And after using all the products in this 3 piece collection, I can say that "Feeling Blue" never felt (or smelled) so great. :)

The Tatcha Indigo Collection is made from the actual indigo plant, which has anti-inflammatory properties and was used by Samurai's in ancient Japan to help heal wounds more quickly. Note: The color of the cream does not turn skin blue. It is only blue until it is rubbed completely into the skin, at which point it is colorless.  In addition, all three creams are very concentrated, so you are getting value for what is a more luxury price point here.

All three of the products are simply divine, and as you can see, the Indigo blue and gold packaging is luxurious and vanity worthy. As a matter of fact, when you are opening the boxes, it's like you are opening a precious gift each time you use it! They come complete with a faux woodgrain box and ribbon to pull the product out.  There are also pretty bright purple and blue designs inside the boxes.  To top it off, each item itself is also wrapped in delicate decorative paper.

Now, let's dive in - shall we?

The Tatcha Soothing Hand Cream was very creamy out of the tube, but once I applied it to my hands, it instantly absorbed into them.  My hands were hydrated and soothed in a way that didn't leave any trace of oil or greasiness (It contains liquid silk and squalene which are potent ingredients to help make skin soft and supple).  It felt as if there was a very soothing, light layer of hydrating gel on my hands while it was on.  After applying, the finish on my skin was somewhat matte, and I was able to touch things without a slippery feel.  

This is the perfect packaging for your purse or travel since it is a squeeze tube with a pointed nozzle, which makes it easy to dispense the cream (and to target cuticles as well as I would sometimes when they were very dry). The fragrance is a light and very unique floral/fresh scent which was perfect for any time of day.

The Tatcha Soothing Silk Body Butter may be the most luxurious indulgence in this line.  It's housed in a large, beautifully lacquered jar.  This texture of the body cream is thicker and more whipped than the hand cream, but equally as silky and smooth.  Again, once on my skin it was non greasy, but my skin felt plump, smooth and hydrated with a beautiful sheen.  There was absolutely no greasy or sticky feel, yet, my normal dry areas like legs, elbows, etc felt completely drenched in moisture.  Even on VERY cold dry winter days, I was amazed by how this cream locked in the moisture on my skin and basically hydrated all day into the night and sometimes even the next day.

And last but not least, the Tatcha Indigo Soothing Renewal Treatment is the ultimate facial treat. It's small, but very concentrated, and provides not only moisture, but powerful anti-aging benefits.  This is the perfect cream to add before bedtime for a overnight treatment and also works on small skin irritations and dry patches. This cream absorbs quickly and will work very well or normal, combination and dry skin. Using this cream and the hand cream as a duo before bedtime was the most glamorous indulgence for me!  

Are these products a bit of a splurge? Yes.  But you will be more than satisfied each and every time you take a few moments to indulge your skin with these treatments and see the wonderful results. RLB


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

Beauty Find - Kiehl's Since 1851 Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Masque










I've often talked here on the blog over the years about how much I love overnight beauty treatments, and Kiehl's Since 1851 Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Masque is now going to join the list of my favorite overnight products. If you're skin is dry, parched or just over tired from late nights or air travel, you need this mask in your life to bring that magic back to your skin. 

Although this is billed as a mask, the texture is more like that of a gel/cream moisturizer. It felt very light, but had a bit of "wetness/stickiness" that I felt for a second or two on my skin at first. But that was the beginning of the moisture trying to work it's way into my skin! Within about a minute, the Masque was absorbed completely into my skin and it felt just like a light layer of moisture as I went to bed. Even before I rose in the morning how much plumper and smoother my skin was, and in the morning, the proof was in the mirror. It really felt like this mask just kept on delivering moisture on and on to my skin. 


My skin was soft and supple and had a beautiful glow and sheen. The masque didn't clog my pores or cause my more oily areas to break out to look more oily during the day. I usually removed it by using a tissue and then adding a hydrating toner, but you can also rinse it off with water if you prefer. 

Another great plus - this Masque is seriously concentrated, so only about a quarter-sized amount is needed (and that's only if your skin is REALLY dry) - and even using it a few times a week, you'll have this jar for well over 6+ months. - RLB

Purchase Here: Kiehl's Since 1851 Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Masque


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

New February Luvocracy Beauty Finds!

February is often the coldest month, but it's also the month we celebrate Valentine's Day! :)

I've added lots of new beauty treats on my Luvocracy collections to get you though the month with great skin, put a smile on someone's face and of course give you something to spoil yourself with  - especially those of you in the US dealing with this year's brutal "Polar Vortex"! 

Simply click on any of the product pictures above to take you to my Luvocracy page to buy and see even more beauty items you'll love. - RLB

Valentine's Day Find - Malin + Goetz Rose Hand and Body Wash



Here's a perfect, fragrant body care pick that works for Men OR Women and it lasts a lot longer than a bouquet of Roses!

Malin + Goetz Rose Hand and Body Wash is infused with their luscious and authentic Rose Petal scent, Absolute Rose eau de toilette.

Like all of Malin + Goetz cleansing products, the texture and feel is amazing on the skin.  It's a gel based cleanser with amino acid-based cleansing agents which are very gentle and yet also very moisturizing.

On both my hands and body, after rinsing my skin felt very refreshed, clean and soft without feeling stripped.  It's extremely concentrated, so just a dime's worth or so makes TONS of silky bubbles! This is a great product to treat yourself to a post-workout shower, a lovely bubble bath, or an everyday hand soap luxury right in your bathroom. 

The Rose fragrance is blended in a way that's obviously floral, yet still unisex enough that a man would feel very comfortable using it as well. - RLB

Go--> Malin + Goetz Rose Hand and Body Wash 



*This product was provided courtesy of Malin + Goetz PR for reviewing purposes.

Nail Polish Find - butterLondon Sprog Nail Lacquer










There's something about a Periwinkle Blue that just brings a smile to my face...and this 
butter LONDON Nail Lacquer Sprog is just what your nails need to provide a fresh new look as we head out of Winter into the Spring season.  

Sprog is right in between a pastel blue and a creamy violet - and it's the perfect combination.  I never fail to get compliments and lots of attention when I'm wearing it - precisely because it's not exactly a pastel - and it's not a super bright shade either.

In addition to this amazing shade, the formula is smooth, creamy with no streaking. Two coats provides that rich opaque Periwinkle with a cream finish which dries super shiny.  If you're looking for something a little different than your normal pastel shades, this is one to try. - RLB

 Go-->butter LONDON Nail Lacquer Sprog 0.4 oz

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

Beauty Find - Chanel Hydra Beauty Nourishing Lip Care



So...I know some of you may say there's NO lip balm worth $50.

But, depending on what you're looking for - the answer is yes, there absolutely is one, and it's Chanel Hydra Beauty Nourishing Lip Care.

First, if you're a lover of all things CHANEL, this is one of the chic-est lip balm pots, complete with the black lacquered finish and double "C's" on the lid.  In addition, there's actually quite a lot of product in this pot.  What I loved most is the feel of the balm.  It's a bit of a cream/gel hybrid which felt slightly oily on my fingers, and then immediately turned into a cushiony soft cream on my lips.  It absorbed very quickly and had a nice, delicate floral/green apple scent. The finish is semi-shiny and hydrated my lips immediately.  The basis of this product is the Camellia plant (CHANEL's signature flower) and it's oil, which has many hydrating properties.

This made a fantastic base for lip sticks/lip sheer products, particularly on very cold, dry days this winter, and I also loved using it before bed for an overnight lip treatment.  My lips were smooth, soft with no chapping or flaking during the day.  Honestly, I found myself reaching for this little beauty every day...

If you'd like to "trade up" your current lip balm, or just treat yourself to a non-fragrance CHANEL product, this is a nice addition! - RLB

  




Drugstore Buy of the Week - Revlon by Marchesa File N Peel




Revlon and Marchesa have teemed up on a brilliant idea - that won't set you back more than $5.00! Revlon by Marchesa File N Peel are standard size nail files with filing board layers so that you can use and then when the file is dull - simply peel off to reveal a new nail file underneath. 

The grain and texture of the file is perfect for doing for heavy duty filing, as well as more gentle shaping. There are six layers for the file. I picked up the black/gold version, and plan on getting the navy/white as well. 

The design is the perfect compliment to the Marchesa brand - they are so pretty and decadent you may find yourself buying all three designs to collect as well. - RLB 

Available at Target in store.

For more info: Go--> Revlon by Marchesa File N Peel   

Beauty Find - tarte Spring Collector's Edition Maracuja C-Brighter Eye Treatment


The latest skin care product from tarte is treat for the eyes - both as in "a feast for" (with the beautiful Spring Collector's edition packaging) - and for it's effective eye brightening and moisturizing effects.

Tarte Maracuja C-BrighterE Eye Treatment  is the perfect eye cream for those of you who need basic moisture, help with some fine lines, and brightening up the under eye area in general. This cream was a pleasure to apply not only at night - but also in the morning and worked equally well under my makeup/concealer.  The product also has many natural ingredients, which is one of tarte's strengths as a brand - meshing science and nature to come up with products that feel good, look good and perform well. 

The cream contains ingredients like Antioxidant rice bran, mango and coconut to fight signs of aging and free radical damage and oat sugars which instantly smooth and visibly tighten skin. It you're not familiar with Maracuja oil, it's the basis for this cream and it's rich in essential fatty acids (EFAs) known to replenish, rebuild, and brighten skin (and it's Hydroquinone free if that's something you're concerned about).
  
The cream's texture is a mid-weight and very smooth.  There's no heavy scent (it's a faint citrus),  and the cream absorbed into my skin very quickly, while leaving it soft and supple with no sticky or tacky feeling.  I used this 2x day for over 3 weeks - and while I don't have very dark circles, I did notice an improvement and an overall brightening up along my under eye area.  It's quite concentrated as well, so just about a pea sized amount is more than enough for both eyes.

Because the cream felt so great going on, it was perfect for a pre-makeup face massage in the morning to help me look more alert and fresh, or at the end of the day before bed.  Treat yourself to this one! - RLB

Go-->Tarte Maracuja C-Brighter™ Eye Treatment 0.35 oz

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

Nail Polish Find - Deborah Lippmann Break 4 Love Nail Polish




Is there a nail shade that can possible make someone dealing with the current "Polar Vortex" winter here in the US at least feel a bit warmer and sunnier?
Yes!  The new Deborah Lippmann Break 4 Love Nail Polish (it's name comes from the Techno/House music song classic of the same name).
As you can see, this luscious, Watermelon pink is a perfect mid-pink shade.  This color looks great on Tan and brown skins, and will also work to brighten up paler and lighter skin tones as well.  I absolutely love this shade for a pedicure and come spring/summer, it will be one of my go-to shades for those open toe shoes!
This shade is the result of a collaboration between Deborah Lippmann and famed fashion photographer Van Lamsweerde.  It's inspiration was a feel of "Uptown Chic" meets the "Palm Spring social set".
This unique color combines bright pink, bright coral and high shine with great, long lasting wear of at least 5 days with a top coat. The finish is a cream with no shimmer and looks like the shade in the bottle with two coats.  I think this is the perfect color for those of you who love pink - or those of you looking for a alternative to the usual red or coral nail shades.- RLB
  

Beauty Find - butterLondon Stiletto Stick Hydrating Heel Balm






 
In the depths of winter or the heat of summer, making sure your footsies are always smooth soft with no dry cracks or callouses can be a challenge. 

With this genius product from butter LONDON, you can give your feet the hydration and pampering they need - anywhere, anytime.

butter LONDON Stiletto Stick Hydrating Heel Balm is in a push-up stick container (similar to a deodorant stick) which makes application super easy and quick.  The balm is creamy and thick, with a bit of a gel/petroleum hybrid feel.  The scent (a beautiful citrus) is also amazing, so it makes it a pleasure to use as much as you need to.

I got the best results using the stick after exfoliation in the shower and/or using a foot file on the heels/underside of my feet.  Then I swiped the balm on and rubbed my feet together (no need to use your hands if you don't want to) and waited a minute or two for it to completely soak in before putting on my socks/or entering the bed at night.  Once it was absorbed, my skin was soft and supple, with no greasy or sticky feel.  I used consistently every night before bed, and had supple, non-dry heels and skin no matter what the weather threw at me, or what shoes I was wearing.  The balm provides a nice sheen finish to the skin as well that makes it look healthy and moisturized.

The is the perfect product to use for an at-home pedicure after soaking your feet, and it's a must have product for your bag during open heel season for quick touch ups .  It will make your feet look as amazing as those shoes you're wearing. RLB
 
Go-->butter LONDON Stiletto Stick Hydrating Heel Balm, 3.2 oz


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

Beauty Find - Weleda Skin Food





Dry skin sufferers - have no fear this Winter!  Whether you're dealing with Artic temps, dry air, cold snowy days or a combination of all of these where you live or travel, I've got a product today that you - and your skin are going to love.

Weleda Skin Food For Dry And Rough Skin  is one of Weleda's legendary products in their line - and there's a good reason for it. The thick, rich cream instantly heals and soothes chapped, ashy or dry/red area, and it's also perfect to protect skin against high winds and very cold air.

This is the perfect product to add to cheeks before setting out on a cold morning if you have very dry or sensitive skin.  The texture of this white cream is slightly "tacky" and once it's on the skin is slightly greasy, so if you're adding makeup, it's best to wait a few minutes before applying.  But I found that once I did that, I had no problems with makeup application., and my skin was smooth and protected all day.  It's quite concentrated, so usually no more than a pea sized amount was needed for the face, and perhaps a quarter sized amount for both feet, etc.

Another great way loved to use this product is at night for a treatment on rough, cracked heels/feet before bedtime, as well as on the face/neck. 

The cream has a very pleasant, fresh, slightly green scent and also makes a perfect hand/cuticle cream in winter as well.  In a pinch, it's also was very effective as a lip balm, so this really is a little green multi-tasking wonder! For those of you who are makeup artists, this is also an essential product to keep in your kits for clients with dry/stressed skin.- RLB


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