Travel Beauty Find - Tatcha The Ritual Discovery Kit

Sometimes I try a beauty product that I love so much I can LITERALLY not wait to write and tell you all about it....
Tatcha The Ritual Discovery Kit is what is making me feel that way right now.
Whether you’re familiar with the Tatcha line and want to try more of their products, or you’re a new customer looking for a good travel skincare regimen, Tatcha Beauty Discovery Kit it one you should pick up.
As always with Tatcha, their packaging is so chic and beautiful, so much so, this also makes a perfect beauty gift as well.  The white clutch case features a matte gold piping encasing it, made from beautiful, heavy weight paper-blend material which stores the 4 products.
Since this time of year my skin is more on the normal/combination side, I used the Normal kit, which includes:
  • PURE One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil—25mL
  • POLISHED Classic Rice Enzyme Powder—14 x 1g packets
  • RADIANT Deep Brightening Serum—10mL
  • SUPPLE Moisture Rich Silk Cream—10mL
This is the perfect way to pamper yourself while you’re traveling.  I'd say there is enough products in the kit for a 5-7 day trip.      
Each and every product not only performed very well, but also had amazing textures/fragrance.
Camellia Cleansing Oil - This cleansing oil wasn't overly greasy and allowed me to easily remove all my makeup.  After rinsing, my skin was baby soft, felt clean and toned without being stripped,
Rice Enzyme Power - This was a very different product for me  The powder seemed as if it was not have much granularity to it.  You simply mix the powder with water, and while it was very soft and gentle it was much more powerful than I originally thought. I could feel the exfoliation and see very nice smooth, brighter skin when I rinsed it off. 

Deep Brightening Serum - This serum is one of their most amazing products.  It's lightweight silky smooth and feels so nice while applying and massaging into the skin.  It hydrated and made my skin glow, all while being absorbed quickly into my skin.
Moisture Rich Silk Cream - This is perfect for normal/combination skin because it has just the right texture and weight to it.  It's a gel/cream hybrid that is very light and silky and aborbs quickly.  It hydrated my skin while feeling like I had nothing on, and made my skin feel soft and supple all day.  This was also a perfect base before adding primer/BB Cream or Foundation.
If you are the beauty lover in your life like your mother or sister, want to feel completely pampered by your skin care regimen, I would highly recommend this kit.  TATCHA has some of the most luxurious (and high performing) skincare on the market right now, and this is the best way to get some of their very best products at an incredible price.
There are four versions of the kit: Dry, Sensitive, Oily and Normal 

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

Beauty Find - Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask Champagne Pearl

There's nothing better than a intense, moisturizing lip treatment that also happens to be a pretty, flattering, easy to wear color.

Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask Champagne Pearl is a golden-peachy, shimmery shade that is subtle but made my lips look very pretty.  This also makes a great base for light, neutral lip colors to give them a bit more dimension, all the while caring for your lips.  Like  Bite Beauty's original, non-tinted version, this lip mask has a blend of antioxidants, including organic agave nectar, jojoba, and 15 mg of antioxidant resveratrol.

If you want to keep your look very neutral with just that touch of shimmer, this also works well alone with a nude colored lip liner.

The container is a sturdy squeeze tube which travels and packs well in bags because it does not get dented or punctured.

The formula itself has a petroleum jelly weight to it, but is still light and only slightly oily when applying from the tube, But by the time I had layered it on my lips, they felt soft, with a nice shine and were only minimally sticky.  I also have to mention how YUMMY this smells/tastes - like sugar - but not in an artificial way (a nod to the agave nectar it's made with I'm sure).  The scent also disappeared after a few minutes. During the day I found it lasted through several drinks/meals, and I only needed to reapply sparingly.

To use Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask  as an overnight healing treatment for very chapped, dry and flaky lips, you can try doing a mild exfoliation first and then apply a thick layer.  When I did this routine, in the morning my lips were pillowy soft and still had a trace of that pretty peach shade! - RLB

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

Beauty Find - REN Flash Rinse 1 Minute Mask

Can you really visibly improve your skin in ONE minute?


Do you doubt me?

Well, it's OK if you do. Believe me I was intrigued but skeptical when I read the claims.

But, it is true.  REN Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial 2.5 oz does work - and it works in one minute.

Just read on for my experience.

This mask uses technology which locks in 10 percent vitamin C along with magnesium in combination formula of silica/glyceride. Stabilized vitamin C has been found to support natural collagen synthesis, improve skin elasticity, and even out skin tone.  It also contains boswellic acid  which relaxes muscles and fights facial fatigue, diminishing appearance of lines and wrinkles.

The texture is a combination of a grainy face scrub and gel/cream mask, and it couldn't have been easier to use. I simply applied about a dime-sized amount to my cleansed skin, added a bit of water, massaged for 1 minute (the grains became softer and smoother with the massage) and then rinsed it off.

My skin absolutely glowed afterwards.  My t zone was smooth and baby soft - and my skin was perfectly primed for my makeup products immediately afterwards.  My skin was hydrated and there was no residue or film left after rinsing.  Despite the exfoliation grains, it didn't irritate my skin, and this is recommended even for sensitive skin types.

This is the perfect pick me up after a late night, long flight, before having pictures taken on being on camera, after a gym workout or right before heading out for a big night on the town.  The 2.5 oz size also works for adding to your carry on travel bag so you can always have great skin on the road too!. This is going to be a permanent part of my skincare collection from now on. - RLB

NOTE: This mask should not be used more than every 3 days, as directed.

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

Nail Polish Find - SEPHORA Collection Formula X The System

It sounds more like a hair regimen to be sure, but the latest way to get healthy, shiny, chip-free color is by using "The System" - Cleanse-Prime-Shine.

SEPHORA Collection's nail polish line, Formula X The System, is dollar for dollar one of the best buys and highly effective sets of nail products I've ever tried - and I've tried a LOT of them.

If you thought that the only way to get shiny, chip free color these days was by getting a gel manicure from a salon, forget all of that now.

By simply following the steps in the system, using the 3 included products (you also get to pick your nail color to go with the set) I went for nearly 2 weeks with just minor chipping - and that was only towards the end of the 2 weeks.

The Cleanse product is a alcohol based formula which gently removes any last remaining color or nail products from your previous manicure.  I was very impressed that my nails didn't feel dry or damaged after this step.  Next, I added the Base coat which was a bit thicker than the average base coat and had more of a sticky feel, but once dry it felt fine and was the perfect base for the SEPHORA Formula X nail color. 

The Formula X nail color was creamy, very smooth and while the first coat went on a little streaky, by the second, the color and formula settled and was smooth.  With two coats the color was true to the bottle shade. I love a nice coral in the summer, so I used Incandescent (shown, left).

The Top coat was what really brought everything together.  The texture was very smooth and the finish extremely shiny - the glossy effect lasted for at least 5 days before even dulling just a bit. Once the top coat was on it only took a few minutes for my nails to dry completely. By the second week I just added a new layer of the top coat and my nails looked like I had just had them done all over again!

This is a perfect set for those of you looking to save money from having weekly nail salon manicures, those who are trying to perfect their nail painting skills like teens or college girls, or just nail polish lovers who always want their nails to look great, without putting a lot of effort - or time into it.  - RLB

This set contains:
- 0.4 oz Nail Cleanser
- 0.4 oz Base Coat
- 0.4 oz Top Coat
- 0.4 oz Nail Color of your choice 

Go--> SEPHORA Collection Formula X The System

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

Drugstore Buy of the Week - Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream

Well, it's taken a WHILE, but I've finally tried the beauty staple and classic from Neutrogena - Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream. 

Since I test and use hand creams every day, I have pretty high standard for a hand cream - no matter what the price point. And I have to say that the Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream is a classic for a reason - it's really good - and available in the drugstore, which makes it even better

The texture of this cream is much different from most of the hand creams just entering the market today - it's more of a balm - not a gel or cream, with a thicker, petroleum jelly weight and feel to it. It did feel slightly greasy to the touch out of the tube, but once I massaged it on my hands that feeling went away. 

While it's not water-resistant, I found that I didn't have to reapply every time I washed my hands. I could get away with about 2-3 washes before I needed it again. It's very concentrated, so I only needed about a dime's worth for both hands and to double back and massage into my cuticles. The cream has a very slight, slightly floral scent which dissipated quickly. There is also Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream, Fragrance Free version).  

I was recently in a very dry air climate and this cream immediately soothed and smoothed my skin and protected my nails so well. It took a few minutes for it to feel completely absorbed, so for many of you this is going to be ideal as a night hand cream or just before boarding a long flight to protect against the dry air. 

Another great feature is its TSA-friendly 2oz size, so you can have it in your carry on. 

Tip: This is a great, budget friendly product to use as part of an at-home manicure. After soaking nails/hands, dab gently with a towel and then apply a thick layer. Let it soak in and then begin applying your nail color. This also works wonders on feet by the way, and can be used the same way for a pedicure, or before going to bed along with a pair of socks, especially to keep feel moisturized in the Winter months. 

Pick up a few of these for home, the office, as well as your travel bag. - RLB 

Also available in  Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream, Fragrance Free 

Go-->;Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream, Scented, 2 oz

Beauty Find - L'Occitane Angelica Hydra Vital Gel

Over the years reviewing hundreds of moisturizers, I every so often come across one where the scent is JUST as impressive as the results.
And L'Occitane's newest, Angelica Hydra Vital Gel, is absolutely in this category.
Actually, the very fact that the gel uses the Angelica plant in and of itself is very interesting.  

Why?  Because the plant, native to France, can grow to a height of up to two meters in just a few days, because of it's exceptional self-hydration properties.  L'Occitane was able to patent its preservation of hydration and, in turn, revitalizing efficacy for the skin. 

For someone like me with a combination skin, this gel formula was a dream!  It was smooth, light and cooling (also perfect to layer on as a face mask after a long day out in the sun or at the beach!).  This gave me the perfect amount of moisture and my skin was hydrated and plump all day long.  This is not the formula for someone who really needs help with fine lines and more pronounced wrinkles, but if you have oily/normal/combination skin and need a great summer moisturizer which will work with makeup and summer heat - this is a great little luxury to have!
The finish is matte and it absorbed within about a minute, while leaving my skin slightly dewy to the touch (but not sticky or oily!).  It worked well under my primer and other makeup, and did not clog my pores or irritate my skin. 
But wait!  What about the scent?, you ask...
It's a gorgeous floral with touches of gentle green notes - perfect to help you feel refreshed in the summer/hot weather. The scent is prominent upon application, and dissipates softly over a few minutes. It's truly one of the most refreshing skin care scents I've experienced in some time. 
The gel is very concentrated, and I only needed about a dime's worth for my face, and even neck.  On super hot days I recommend storing in the refrigerator, especially in the evening after cleansing, for a nice, cooling facial massage before bedtime.  - RLB

Go-->  L'Occitane Angelica Hydra Vital Gel 

*This product was provided courtesy of L'Occitane PR for reviewing purposes.

Beauty Find - Ole Henriksen Pure Truth Melting Cleanser


I was recently introduced to one of Ole Henriksen's latest products - and it's a winner!
Ole Henriksen Pure Truth(TM) Melting Cleanser is similar to other "cleansing balms" you may have tried, but the formula and texture changes while washing make this one unique. The cleanser starts our as a lightweight but very concentrated gel, (which also happens to have the most delectable (yet soft!) citrus/orange scent, thanks to its' lemon peel oil, rose hip oil, and virgin cherry oils.
After the initial application I began massaging my face in a circular motion, which is when I noticed that it became a lightweight, smooth and soothing oil.  To begin the process of removing the cleanser I then added water to my fingers for the last few seconds and the cleanser then became a slightly milky emulsion that cleansed my face completely but without stripping it or adding excess oil/residue.  After rinsing, I was really pleased how soft, supple and toned my skin looked.  

Whether it was my more oily t zone or my drier cheeks, my skin felt completely balanced post-cleansing.  This cleanser also took off all my makeup - including waterproof and long wearing, as well as eye makeup like heavy duty mascara.
The pleasant fragrance lingered a bit, but was very subtle and didn't irritate my skin.  I also used this cleanser successfully starting off with adding it to dry skin and then using a slightly damp Clarisonic, which I loved doing in the AM, especially.
Ole Henriksen is still one of Hollywood's most sought facialists still for a reason - he really knows skincare and how to make effective products.  This is a real treat! - RLB
*This product was provided courtesy of Ole Henriksen PR for reviewing purposes.

Beauty Find - Hourglass 1.5MM Mechanical Gel Eye Liner Obsidian

Are you a "black eyeliner wearing - everyday" kind of gal?

If so, don't worry about your lack of "creativity" in the eye makeup department.

Just embrace a new type of gel eyeliner that is not only waterproof, but DOES NOT MOVE during the day.

This is a smooth, gel formula in a pencil format with an ultra skinny pin point tip that made drawing either a thin or thick line, and even winging it out easy.  I never had any mess, or had to deal with any pulling on my lids.  The lines I made were perfect and the wear during the day was excellent. The slim narrow shape (1.5MM) made it so easy to use it between the lashes for a tight line, or double over the line to make a thicker one.

There was no fading, smudging or flaking, and the beautiful deep black shade stayed true all day, into the night. And yes, the only way to get this off at night was to use a good eye makeup remover it was so long wearing.

For those of you who like the gel liner formula, as well as a very rich black liner shade, but want a much easier way to apply it, THIS is the eyeliner set you need.
I also love you get three liners in this pack (great packaging too!), and they are so easy to travel with a even leave on at the office to create a night time look right from work. - RLB

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

Drugstore Buy of the Week - Dial Acne Control Line

For many of us, summertime equals acne breakouts (your body produces more oil in the summer time and you sweat more, so when you combine oil and sweat, that = acne), Dial has just launched a great (affordable!) solution to help your keep skin clear.

The new Dial Acne Control line was developed by dermatologists and uses an oil free, salicylic acid formula to help fight acne on both face. The 3 piece collection consists of a Face Wash, Body Wash and Body and Face Bar for those who want to do double duty in the shower in the AM or after a gym workout.

The face wash is very gentle and provided a great cleanse while not stripping my skin completely.  The salicylic acid works to unclog pores by slowing down bacteria growth. the gel is smooth, lightweight and fairly concentrated.  It lathered nicely and rinsed very cleanly.  After drying off, my skin felt fresh and had a matte, but not dry appearance. I noticed that in my T-Zone, when I can get several warm weather breakouts, after using the cleansing 2x day for just two weeks my current pimples diminished, and I didn't get new ones in those areas.

If you also get acne on your upper chest/back in the summer time, the body wash is a great companion product.  The gel is also smooth and silky and lathers nicely.  The scent is a very light fresh citrus that is non-drying or irritating.  I would recommend using this product as an all-around body wash, and then doing a second cleanse just in your trouble areas, like back or upper chest, for example. 

If you (or the man/kids in your life) are very active outdoors during the summer and have this reoccurring summer acne problem, this are great products to add into a daily grooming routine. - RLB
Go-->Available at most drugstores nationwide.

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

Beauty Find - NARS 2014 Fall Night Series Eyeliner Collection

If you can only buy a few new items to update your Fall look this year, the NARS Night Series Eyeliner Collection is one of the items you need.

The latest NARS eyeliners are just as smooth as his previous eyeliners, with tons of rich pigment.  But this collection of four shades has an amazing new effect, which is saturated micro-pearl color suspended in a jet black base.  That means each liner may appear at first to be black, but you then seen the beautiful color inside of the black shade when you apply it to the eye.
The liners were lightweight and super easy to apply.  This was a great way to add a pop of color to my eyes, while still having a "dark" base. You can have color on your eye without it being "too" vibrant if that's not your comfort zone.

These will shades all work beautifully for party and big event looks, and smudge beautifully if you want to create a smokey eye as well.  The effect is color with just a hint of glimmer (not glitter or shimmer), and more of a "wash" of color effect around the eye - truly unique for an eyeliner finish!

My two favorite shades were ones I don't have anything like in my current makeup collection: NARS Night Series Eyeliner Night Flight (shown at the top), which is black with cobalt blue pearl and NARS Night Series Eyeliner Night Bird (shown, left), black with purple pearl.

There are two other shades in the collection as well, NARS Night Series Eyeliner Night Porter a green suspended in black and NARS Night Series Eyeliner Night Clubbing (another favorite of mine) a black with gold pearl.

Once you use one, you'll be back for more - I guarantee it. - RLB

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

Beauty Innovation - Lierac Demaq Dermo-Yeux Double Soin Eye Makeup Remover

2-in-1 products are absolutely my favorite category - and now I've discovered one that you'll get a lot of use out of.

Lierac Demaq Dermo-Yeux Double Soin Eye Makeup Remover is a gentle eye makeup remover in a spray bottle format - and it also activates eyelash growth!

So that means each evening when you're removing your makeup, you can also help your eyelashes grow thicker and fuller.

Let's start with the makeup removal performance.  The formula is a light, water-like liquid that sprays easily and with about 2-3-pumps per cotton pad I had enough to take off heavy duty waterproof mascara, long wear eyeliner as well as eye shadow. The way I remove my makeup is by gently pressing a dampened cotton pad on my eye area (as opposed to rubbing the cotton pad on my eye).

The remover was very gentle on my eye area and did not cause any stinging or irritation.  Note: This is also suitable for those of you who wear contact lenses.

After completing my makeup removal, I liked how soft, toned and refreshed the skin around my eyes looked and felt. There was no oily or greasy residue and the formula added moisture to the skin around my eyes as well. As for my lashes, I would say that the formula did enhance them.

After about 2 weeks of using Demaq Dermo-Yeux each evening, I noticed my lashes were even softer than usual, and I could see increased thickness (but this does not mean I didn't need any mascara!).  I'm now on week 3 and I'm impressed enough to want to continue using this as a daily eye makeup remover. While my lashes are fairly long naturally, if my lashes actually do get longer was will be a nice little icing on the cake.

Since this is a spray bottle, I love it for travel and the gym as well.  If you're in the market for a new remover (and happen to have thin, sparse lashes), why not try one that does double duty? - RLB

Go-->Lierac Demaq Dermo-Yeux Double Soin Eye Makeup Remover   Also available at CVS stores nationwide.

Beauty Find - Clarins Super Restorative Day Cream

Clarins is nothing if not comprehensive in its vast moisturizer options for every skin type and concern. This is just one of the things I love so much about Clarins skincare.

I have a perfect choice for those of you who have more mature and/or dry skin and want a luxury cream experience that produces real results. More hydrated, even toned skin with lines diminished and all day moisture for glowing healthy looking skin.

First, the Clarins Super Restorative Day cream has a very rich, silky smooth texture, but still feels lightweight on the skin. Since only my cheeks are dry, I only needed about a pea-sized amount and patted/pressed it into my skin and a massaging motion.  It has a lovely, light fresh scent and absorbed very quickly.

This worked well under my primer/BB or foundation and didn't call my makeup to slip off or "ball up".  My skin stayed hydrated nicely throughout the day - even when I was in very cold/dry office environments.  I loved how healthy and glowing my skin looked, and this was definitely a step in my morning routine I looked forward to.

Note: There is also a version of this day cream with SPF 20 for those who want an all in one moisturizer/sun protection.

For night time, the companion product, Super Restorative Night is the perfect way to hydrate and relax skin.  Again, it's also creamy and silky, with a slightly heavier texture.  This was defiantly a more intense version of the cream, and those of you with very dry/mature skin will just love it!  In the morning my skin had a lovely glow and I look forward to using a slightly larger amount in the evenings come late Fall/Winter to keep my skin hydrated over night in the colder air. - RLB

Go-->Clarins Super Restorative Day Cream

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

Drugstore Buy of the Week - EOS Travel Shave Cream, Pomegranate Raspberry

EOS now has a fantastic summer-travel worthy ready version of it's amazing original EOS Shave Cream.

And it contains the very same, silky, buttery soft shaving cream with not only protects skin, but also hydrates and conditioners at the same time with vitamins and moisturizers like aloe, oat and Shea butter.  Even in the mini version the formula is so concentrated  and dense you only need about a quarter's worth for most of your general shaving needs.

And all of this goodness is just $1.

The Pomegranate Raspberry is a fun twist and great for summer. It's sweet scent with a bit of a citrus mix and it's really refreshing.  This cream can also be used for a wet or dry shave,and either way, you won't experience any irritation or dryness. Because it's a TSA-approved size (1.75 fl oz), you can pack it in your carry on bag for the rest of your summer and Labor Day adventures too! - RLB

P.S. I loved pairing this with my mini razor for the ultimate in packing "light" this summer.
Go-->Available on and Target stores nationwide. 

Health + Wellness Find - Neal’s Yard Remedies’s Organic Greens Complex

Have you gotten into the green juicing craze?

Or perhaps green smoothies are more your thing.

Both have lots of active green veggies that can give your skin a beautiful glow, help curb acne breakouts and help give you tons of (caffeine free) natural energy.

But in many major U.S. cities green smoothies/juices are NOT cheap.
But I've just discovered a easy and much more economical way to look beautiful from the inside out!  

Neal's Yard Organic Greens Complex is a new powder blend which contains active greens and sea vegetables like Spirulina Powder, Wheat Grass, Barley Grass, Spinach as well as antioxidants like Green Tea Powder, Chlorella Powder, Cherry Powder complex and many more nutrients.

Together this blend gives you a daily dose of minerals that help cleanse and detoxify your body as well.  This blend is suited for those of you who eat Organic, are vegetarian or vegan, and also provides a natural source of soluble fiber and non-animal protein.

How easy is it to use?  Well, you simply add a heaping scoop (included in the bag) of the green powder to a smoothie base (I used Almond Milk/Banana/Stevia powder), hot water for a tea beverage, or stirred into hot water and then poured over ice with a touch of almond milk (or the milk of you choice) and some sweetener for a healthy tea latte on a hot summer day!  

Keep in mind this powder will turn your beverage REALLY dark green, so if that turns you off visually, but you still want all the nutritional benefits, I suggest adding it to a daily smoothie where you use
ice/milk/yogurt/berry fruit to alter the color and make it more appealing.  This can be mixed with a spoon into a beverage, or added to a blender.

I used this powder at least once a day in a beverage and immediately noticed how much less I craved a morning coffee - I had a nice steady amount of energy, and personally, loved the taste when blended into a smoothie or tea latte. 

After about 3 steady weeks of using it, I can say my skin looked very healthy, clear and glowing. Also, because this is in a strong sealed soft pack, this is the perfect solution to "on the so juicing" while you are traveling or at the office.  As long as you have a liquid to combine with it, and perhaps a sweetener, you're good to go.- RLB

*This product was provided courtesy of Neal's Yard for reviewing purposes.

Nail Polish Find - Crabtree & Evelyn Nud-est Nail Lacquer Collection

Last week I shared with you the latest nude lipstick line I love (Click here to read it if you haven't seen it!).
Today I want to introduce you to a lovely nude nail polish line, Crabtree & Evelyn Nud-est Nail Lacquer Collection.  These shades are not only perfect taking a break from bold brights for summer, but will all transitional easily into Fall.
From L to R: Alabaster, Peaches and Cream, Almond, Mocha
There are four shades in the collection, with Almond (shown, at the top) being the one I loved the most.  For me, Almond is the perfect nude for nails where you want the shade to most closely resemble your actual nail bed - enhancing them, yet still looking natural.  

All the shades look great on a wide variety of skin tones as well - they either compliment skin or the natural nail bed shade very well.
Almond is an opaque beige with the perfect blend of cream/light brown/pink in the base.  There is no shimmer, glitter or metallic finish.  With two coats I got the exact shade in the bottle, with full shine. With an application of top coat every few days, I got 5+ days of wear before chipping.
Another beautiful shade in the collection is Peaches and Cream (shown, above).  This is a great color for when you want a peachy-pink with a bit more dimension, given its light shimmer 
(seen mostly in sunlight).  The other two shades are Mocha, a cool mocha brown with platinum shimmer and Alabaster, a classic creamy opaque ivory.

Since these are such a great buy, try mixing/matching them.  For example, adding a coat of Peaches and Cream atop Alabaster for a neutral shimmer effect - or just mix and match between fingers and toes for a refreshing, neutral summer look.  I liked Almond on my nails and Peaches and Cream or Mocha on my toes. - RLB

Go-->Crabtree & Evelyn Nud-est Nail Lacquer Collection 

 *These products were provided courtesy of Crabtree & Evelyn for reviewing purposes.

Fragrance Find - Dolce+Gabbana Light Blue Escape to Panarea Pour Femme

Do you know where Panarea is?

(It's a beautiful, glamorous island off the coast of southern tip of Italy, frequented by European jettsetters  - and yes I had to look it up on a map).

But with this exquisite new Dolce + Gabbana Light Blue flanker, Dolce + Gabbana Light Blue Escape to Panarea Pour Femme , limited edition for summer 2014, all you'll need is to breath it in and you'll have your own escape.

Whether or not you are a fan of the original Dolce + Gabbana Light Blue, I think you'll be in for a pleasant surprise.  Escape to Panarea still has a few of the original Light Blue elements, but, in my opinion, is much more lively, complex, and has better staying power (and look at that box packaging!).

From the first opening notes I fell in love with this scent.  I loved the slightly sweeter and spicier opening with pear/bergamot, mixing nicely with the orange blossoms.  It also still had a touch of the classic Light Blue bracing citrus feel to it.  The scent quickly got more spicy on my skin, but retained a lightness during the day.  There was a fantastic element of "warmth" to it, which never became to overwhelming, even in the hot summer temps.  

The dry down was magnificent.  It was very soft and dry with touches of the citrus remaining.  It also had the perfect amount of Patchouli (it was not heavy handed at all if you're usually Patchouli averse), to compliment the musk and tonka bean .  The finish was so soft, soothing and beautiful at the end of a long summer night.

With a morning application I rarely had to reapply at all during the day and it had very good silage.  But, I loved this one so much, I sometimes spritzed myself, along with my sheets, just before bed to continue the fragrance experience.

This is one of Dolce + Gabbana's best flankers and I hope it becomes a permanent part of the Light Blue line,.  I would love to see Escape to Panarea product extensions like a body wash/deodorant and more body care products as well.

This is one to treat yourself to this summer - get it while you can. - RLB

Go-->Dolce + Gabbana Light Blue Escape to Panarea Pour Femme 0.80 oz Eau de Toilette Spray 

Fragrance Notes: Calabrian Bergamot, Pear, Nocturnal Jasmine, Orange Blossoms, Ambergris, Patchouli, Tonka Beans, Musky notes. 

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