Fragrance Find - Tom Ford Velvet Orchid


It's been a little while since I've shared a new fragrance pick with you.

And that's because, quite frankly, outside of a few new scents that I shared with you over the summer  I haven't smelled anything that has REALLY wowed me (and something that I think will wow you too).

But then I tried TOM FORD Velvet Orchid Eau de Parfum Spray - and literally said, "WOW".
This is a decadent, sexy and perfect-for-Fall fragrance that is worth the splurge (like Tom's Violet Blonde).

The opening of this scent is deep, and feels like it's seeping with luscious plums.  It's a forceful opening, but quickly begins to soften and meld with the floral notes and the citrus. 
This is a perfect example of a scent which is NOT light...but not dark either.  It's a very unique mid-way point between the two.

On my skin TOM FORD Velvet Orchid lasted for HOURS with significant silage.  It is the scent you wear when you want someone (or your sweetheart) to say "What are you wearing?" when you walk past them or into a room - I got TONS of compliments when wearing this one!
The beauty of this scent is even though it's deep with floral notes , there's still a softness and sweetness to it that completes and rounds it out.

The dry down is simply scrumptious - and seems to also go on for hours and hours with touches of honey and sweet rum.  While this is the perfect evening and "big night out" scent for Fall, used with a slightly lighter touch, this can absolutely work for day time or more casual situations in the colder months.

This is a scent that is complex, rich and NEEDS to be in your scent collection. Not to mention, the classic Tom Ford bottle design/color is also a masterpiece for the Fragrance collector.

P.S. If you already own and are a fan of TOM FORD Black Orchid, you will also love this, and many of the same notes are there, but Velvet Orchid will feel lighter and more transparent. - RLB

Go-->TOM FORD Velvet Orchid 1.7 oz Eau de Parfum Spray

Beauty Find - Shiseido ULTIMUNE Power Infusing Concentrate





The first thing that caught my eye when I saw Shiseido ULTIMUNE Power Infusing Concentrate was the red metallic futuristic "bullet" packaging.

But as soon as I tried this once, I was hooked on the fluid inside the bottle.

The concentrate is a product that is meant for a "layering" skin care regimen.  After you cleanse and before either serum or serum/moisturizer, depending on your skin type.

The product is a serum/lotion hybrid with an amazing, fresh scent.  It is in fact, very concentrated, so about a dime's worth was enough for not only my face but my neck as well.  The concentrate felt silky smooth and absorbed into my skin instantly.  It hydrated my skin, but the finish was a "natural sheen" with no oily or sticky residue.

After using in combination with my regular routine, after just a few weeks, I could see that my skin tone was more even, my t zone more regulated and my pores were smooth.  I used this 2x day after cleansing and while it was an additional "step" I didn't mind it at all.  If I had some time in the evening, I would also use it while I gave myself a facial massage, which was really nice to do with the scent and consistency.

If you have normal/slightly dry skin, after using the concentrate, you may not have a need for anything more than a hydrating primer before adding your makeup.  If you have dry/very dry skin, you will need a moisturizing layer after using the concentrate.  And the beauty of the concentrate is that is actually strengthens the performance of the products you layer over it, like moisturizer.

This is a great product to give your skin that little "boost" that takes skin from being good to having "The Glow".  - RLB

Drugstore Buy of the Week - L'Oreal Paris EverSleek Precious Oil Treatment with Argan Oil


Hair oils have exploded on the market over the last few years, and there are a few I really like. 

However, I've found it's a really tricky balance to create one that moisturizes, protects hair, and provides shine and does NOT leave a heavy film or weigh it down/making it look/feel greasy.

Having had success with other Argan Oil - based beauty products, but never trying one for hair, I was very intrigued when I stumbled upon the new L'Oreal Paris EverSleek Precious Oil Treatment with Argan Oil,

This Oil is a winner - and one that will truly work with all types of hair.  Yes that means those of you with curly/kinky/coiled hair - as well as those with naturally straight, and thick or fine hair.

The beauty of this oil is that there are so many different ways to use it, depending on your hair type and what you are doing with your hair.  It's very versatile.  I used it after washing/conditioning by combing though my relaxed hair with a wide tooth comb, concentrating especially the ends before either air drying or blow drying.

I was very impressed with how soft and smooth my hair felt, the amazing scent (softly sweet/spicy, and does linger on the hair for a few minutes, which I liked).  The oil absorbed immediately into my hair - never just "sitting" on my hair, but still leaving it non-greasy with movement.  It also gave me incredible, lightweight shine, so I liked using a bit on a daily basis just for extra conditioning/frizz control.

The  Argan Oil is also wonderful for moisture.  It added a lot of hydration to my hair, whether it was damp or dry.  It's silky smooth, but also quite concentrated, so about 2-4 pumps is about all you'll need (depending on the length and thickness of your hair).

Other ways this oil can be used: On curly/kinky hair apply a few pumps after your leave in conditioner,  Then you can either allow hair to air dry, use a diffuser or even make twists/braids.  This oil helps tremendously with frizzies, so it's great to use a bit on any trouble areas daily, especially in humid weather.

For straight/naturally wavy hair that's color treated or dry, this can be used throughout the hair after washing for glossing/conditioning treatment and then rinsing out.  You can also try brushing a pump of oil through hair after blow drying for shine and frizz control. Note:You can start with just the ends if your hair is on the more oily side and use more if you desire.

This is another one of those little hair taskmasters that is truly made for everyone.  Stock up on this! - RLB


Beauty Find - CLINIQUE Clinique Smart Custom-Repair Serum



I love the idea that a serum can work for someone like me, with combination skin as well as someone more mature with very dry skin and fine line - as well as a very oily skin
  

This, lightweight, silky smooth concentrated serum actually gave my skin what it needed when it needed it.  Normally combination, it helped even out small discolorations over several seeks, and with it's exfoliating ingredients, made my skin smoother and gave it a great glow.  It also gave my drier areas the perfect amount of hydration.

For my more oily areas, I didn't experience any greasy feel or appearance, and in fact is kept my t zone very smooth and pores clear.

Since CLINIQUE Clinique Smart Custom-Repair Serum adjusts to skin, if you have very dry/mature skin and fine lines, this serum will deliver more moisture. The serum is also great for reducing fine lines and even better, acts as a great primer.  I loved using this before adding one of my favorite Clinique foundations as well.

On most days I needed about 2 pumps, and only added additional moisturizer when using it at night on colder/drier evenings.  I was very impressed that this serum really did give my skin what it needed - depending on the weather and my skin's condition.  

This is one of those little skin care products you need to have in your collection - you're going to love it! - RLB 




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

Budget Beauty Buy - Sonia Kashuk Limited Edition Celebrating a Powerful Pout - The Fall Lip Palette





If you love red lip colors but can never commit to just one, the new limited edition Sonia Kashuk Powerful Pout LIp Palette is just what you've been looking for.

This gold palette contains 5 different red shades.  They all have a very versatile satin matte finish and range from a more poppy orange red, two different pink-reds, and a blue based red to a very deep Bordeaux red.

The palette also comes with a full sized mirror and a long handle lip brush with quality bristles and a nice tapered point which makes applying these a breeze.  These colors are so silky and smooth they can also be applied with fingers.  

All the colors are very lightweight with lots of pigment and can be layered together for even more options if you like.  I found them very moisturizing with pretty good staying power (they do need to be reapplied after eating/drinking however.

I loved all the reds, and this palette was perfect for a day when I wanted to start out with a lighter red and then switch to a darker, vamp-ier shade for going out at night. All I needed to do was swipe off my first color and then dive right back into the palette.

The palette is as thin as an average business card holder and very light, making it ideal for travel or keeping at your office desk for touch ups.

Hurry and get yours!  I have a feeling these won't stay around for very long. - RLB

Go--> Available only in Target stores.

Beauty Find - Marc Jacobs Beauty O!Mega Lash Volumizing Mascara





Marc Jacobs Beauty O!Mega Lash Volumizing Mascara is the latest treat for your lashes.

Marc's line is for those of you who love your luxury and beautiful, chic packaging - but also want great performance, and this latest mascara delivers just that.

The formula went on my lashes so smoothly it was almost like a gel - the liquid was the perfect balance between wetness and thickness.   The brush also allowed me to cover from the inner to the outer lashes easily with a simple stroke of the wand.  The little bristles held the perfect amount of mascara and also caught my bottom lashes for a great, lengthening look.

With two coats, my fairly long (but not thick) lashes looked so much fuller, with great separation and a beauty, glossy black finish. O!Mega Lash Volumizing Mascara dried and set within about a minute.  This is a look that gives you what I would call a "dramatic natural look" perfect for anytime.

During the day my lashes didn't flake or smudge and the formula lasted all day long - but without making my lashes hard or stiff.  The mascara was easy to remove with a makeup remover.

If you want to trade up to a luxury mascara, or want to try out a product from the Marc Jacobs Beauty line, this is the one! - RLB

Go-->Marc Jacobs Beauty O!Mega Lash Volumizing Mascara Blacquer 30 0.25 oz


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

Drugstore Buy of the Week - Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Tri-Wheat Leave In Conditioner



This week's drugstore buy of the week has a pretty interesting - and long name.

But let me tell you, after you use it, you'll be able to rattle it off your tongue like 1-2-3.

Healthy Sexy Hair Soy-Tri-Wheat Leave In Conditioner,  is one of those hair care finds that I always dream of. That's because not only is this an amazing leave in conditioner that works on many hair types - but it's also a multi tasker.


To start off, the spray has an amazing smell - it's a bit sweet (it contains Cocoa extract) and fruity like a Pina Colada, but with a nice fresh base to it so, it never gets overwhelming and dissipates after a few minutes.  The product is very lightweight - even when I spray a significant amount in my hair after shampooing,  I noticed that it smoothed and softened my hair instantly, but without any trace of stickiness or greasiness.

Even more impressive, Healthy Sexy Hair Soy-Tri-Wheat Leave In Conditioner is one of the best hair detanglers I've ever tried.  It allows textured, relaxed and even curly hair to glide right though a wide tooth comb, detangler comb or brush (Tangle Teezer The Original Detangling Brush)  without struggling!  But most of all it really gives hair lots of moisture and tames frizzes as well, as a good leave in conditioner should.


As my hair dried I loved that it stayed shiny and smooth.  Note: For naturally curly girls, this works well with a diffuser for blow drying.

And there's yet another great feature of this Leave In Conditioner.  It's also a great heat protectant.  So if you like to blow dry and then flat iron your hair on a regular basis, this spray protects hair (especially ends) and gives hair great shine while keeping movement in the hair.
This can also be used on dry/damp hair as well to freshen up and/or hydrate dry, frizzy curls/waves and bring them back to life, or to moisturize dry ends for relaxed/dry or color-treated hair.


Because this doesn't weigh down hair or produce build up, this is also a wonder worker for those of you with fine, thin hair as well.

Click over and pick yours up NOW - RLB


Beauty Find - Kiehl's Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate


This is another one of those wonder beauty products that you don't quite realize you needed - until you try it (and worth every penny).

Kiehl's Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate is for hydration, skin protection, and diminishing fine lines.  It contains 15% plant-based Glycerin which enhances the water holding capacity of skin, as well as an ingredient that was new to me - Shiso Leaf Extract, which aids in keeping deep moisture within the skin.  This will work best on normal, combination and slightly dry skin types.

The serum texture is very silky and light and it's very concentrated, so I only needed one pump for my entire face.  It felt like a creme-gel hybrid and gilded easily on to my skin.  Once it hit my skin, however, something interesting happened with the texture - it seemed as if it had turned into water!   Then it absorbed into my skin in seconds.  My skin not only felt hydrated, plump, and smoother - but there was no residue, or feeling of serum on my skin.  

This was the perfect weight for my more oily areas like my t zone as well as my drier ones, like my cheeks.   The finish is completely matte, so this can be used on it's own or with makeup. Note: There's no SPF, so you'll have to add that via a sunscreen lotion, or via your Primer/BB Cream or Foundation, for example.

For me, I found this the perfect layer before adding one of my all time favorite new products, the Kiehl's Mirco Blur Skin Perfector. With these two products, I usually only needed just a light layer of foundation because my skin looked so great.

I can't wait to take this on my next trip.  This will be perfect to layer on before a long flight and again before landing and then adding a touch of makeup to look refreshed upon arrival!   - RLB

Go-->Kiehl's Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate


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

Beauty Find - em Cosmetics Lash Gallery Waterproof Dramatic Volume Mascara




YouTube beauty dynamo, Michelle Phan, has certainly showcased many mascaras in her years on YouTube beauty tutorials, but em Lash Gallery Waterproof Dramatic Volume Mascara from her em Cosmetics line shows that she's really paid attention to what works in a mascara.

em Cosmetics Lash Gallery Waterproof Dramatic Volume Mascara is perfect for summertime, of course, but also for those of you who want a budge-proof, all day wear mascara product for busy work day, a day of interviews, photos or a big event for example.

For reference, my lashes are fairly long and of normal thickness. I found the brush and mascara both worked well to glide effortlessly on to my lashes, without clumping or running.  The texture of the mascara is not too thick - or too thin, and the black shade is a true, deep glossy black color.

The shape of the brush allowed me to get inner corners, focus on the outer edges and also apply to the lower lashes easily with no clumping.  The formula was not too wet, and it set fairly quickly.  My result?  With about 3 coats my lashes had perfect volume, noticeably more length and just as importantly, separation.

During the day my lashes didn't flake, smudge, or run.  This mascara also never made my lashes feel hard or stiff (I hate that!).  Only at the end of the day, with a makeup remover + cleanser did this mascara completely come off (which is a good thing) - but I didn't have to tug or struggle to remove it either.

If you're in the market for a new mascara, or are just curious about what product you should start with in the em cosmetics line, this is the mascara for you. - RLB

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

Natural Beauty Find - Weleda Wild Rose Smoothing Facial Capsules



A few months back I shared a wonderful Weleda Wild Rose Body Oil which is still one of my go-to body care products.

The Weleda Wild Rose Smoothing Facial Capsules are the perfect skin care compliment to the body oil.

When the weather becomes cooler and the air drier, I found that these capsules not only break open to a wonderful, lush rose fragrance, but actually hydrate and pamper skin at the same time.

The Weleda Wild Rose oil is also good for many different skin types - it doesn't clog pores, aggravate skin or simply "sit" on the skin.

To use, I took one capsule, twisted the end to release the oil and added into my hands and rubbed together.  I loved using this post-cleansing (on slightly damp skin is best), in the evening as a moisturizing facial massage. The oil was immediately absorbed into my skin, but there was a lovely sheen which made it look healthy and glowing.  In the mornings, my skin was soft, supple and of course had just a faint, soothing scent of rose, which was really nice.

One capsule is the perfect amount for the face, and if you want to also add to neck and decolletage, you will need to use an additional capsule.  I usually used about 3 times a week as a night time treatment on colder days.

If you're traveling on a long flight, for example, a nice hydrating experience is to first mist your skin with a facial mist and then break open a Weleda Wild Rose Smoothing Facial Capsule and apply to skin in a massaging motion.

Other great ways to use these capsules while traveling or even at the office: applying to your fingers or a q-tip and then applying to dry lips or fine lines around the mouth.  You can also open a capsule to massage the oil into dry,cracked cuticles and nail beds. - RLB

Go-->Weleda Wild Rose Smoothing Facial Capsules, 30 ea

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

Drugstore Buy of the Week - Neutrogena Triple Repair Fortifying Leave-in Treatment



September here on the East coast in the U.S. (and perhaps where you live as well) always brings about subtle but marked changes in weather.  It can still be warm, but the humidity levels go WAY down, and the mornings can be very crisp, cool and dry.

This means that hair can begin that "in between seasons" dryness.  Especially if you also color and/or relax your hair, or have very curly hair that is dry naturally.

Neutrogena Triple Repair Fortifying Leave-in Treatment  is a great way to moisturize and bring back life to hair - and without breaking the bank.

Since this is a leave - treatment I recommend using a very moisturizing shampoo/conditioner (You can also try Neutrogena's) before hand.  The treatment is very thick and creamy, but
instantly was absorbed by my hair without is feeling or looking to greasy or oily.

If you usually air dry, you'll get good results, particularly if you have curly hair.  If you blow dry/flat iron, I still recommend using some additional heat protection spray/serum on your ends or other weaker areas of your hair (like the temples, etc.).  After a blow out, I was very impressed by how smooth, shiny and yet bouncy my hair looked.   On my little sporty spice, her curls were nicely defined with no frizz, but still had a lot of movement and looked moisturized and shiny.  I used about 2 times a week and loved how much less breakage I saw as well.

Another way I like to use this is as a hair mask before my shampoo/conditioner.  Once I've rinsed out my regular conditioner,  and then add some Neutrogena Triple Repair Fortifying Leave-in Treatment on the ends only before blow drying.  I also like to apply to clean hair and then sit under a hair dry/heat cap for a few minutes. 

If you usually wash your hair after a long work out at the gym, this is perfect for applying and then making a bun or low ponytail to air dry and create a sleek, frizz free look when dry.

This is a great hair "secret weapon" just waiting for you to pick up! - RLB

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

Beauty Find - Paul & Joe Beaute Illuminating Touch Pen


 
 
This is one of those products that may not be a MUST have on your beauty shopping list, but it will make your skin look very pretty - and that, (to me) is worth a little indulgence.
 
I love using  highlighting products and am always amazed at how very different they all are. Paul & Joe Beaute Illuminating Touch Pen is in a very convenient click pen format, which makes it ideal for quick touches in the morning, adding while at work and of course for travel.
 
There are three shades in this collection and I tried Miel (shown, left) which was the warmest of the three, with light orange/gold undertones.  

Each shade in the collection however, combines a champagne gold and pink pearl effect.  The formula was creamy and spread easily with the pen brush (see below for more on how to use the pen for best results!).  The brush was easy to maneuver  around my cheekbones, brow bones and the bridge of my nose.  The cream set and dried very quickly with no transfer or smudging.
 
I liked that the effect was a slightly dewy, glowy one - but with very little noticeable shimmer, which was very finely milled.  I got good results using over my foundation/bb cream as well as on bare skin on more casual makeup look days like the weekends. This highlighter didn't ball up, become sticky or stiff or change colors on my skin.  Although not billed as a longwear product per say, it had all day staying power for me, even in very warm, humid weather.
 
This is just the little makeup item (with pretty packaging too) to keep in your kit for when you want to illuminate and glow without too much extra work! - RLB
 
*Pen Usage Tips:
  • When using for the first time, press the dispensing button several times while checking to see if the liquid is soaking into the tip of the brush. Note, you may need to press around 20 times before the liquid fully soaks into the brush.
  • For the second time and on, 1 or 2 presses will supply an appropriate amount of liquid to the brush. 
  
This pen also comes in two other shades, Dragee and Neige.
 

 
*This product was provided courtesy of Paul & Joe PR for reviewing purposes.

Beauty Find - Ole Henriksen Apricot Cleansing Lotion


It all started with an issue of Allure Magazine.

Years ago when I first started reading the magazine, there was an article about the now legendary Linda Evangelista and all the other original supermodels at the time (Naomi, Cindy, et all) using a special skin cleanser - and never leaving home without it.  

It was a cleanser that removed all makeup, moisturized, kept skin soft and supple and helped sooth dry/sensitive and travel-weary skin. It (used to) come in a baby soft pink bottle/label and I loved it so much!

That miracle product was Ole Henriksen's Apricot Cleansing Lotion.

Of course, now writing and reviewing beauty products, I try a lot of cleansers, and love a lot of them too!  But I was recently reminded about this cleanser at an Ole Henriksen event over the summer and decided to become reacquainted with it.

It was just as lovely as I had remembered.

The texture and feel of this cleanser is so soft, silky and creamy - without it feeling heavy or too oily.  I got great results using it both with or without my Clarisonic. It was hydrating and easily removed all my makeup (waterproof and longwear).  Once I was done cleansing, my skin had the perfect balance of hydration, softness and great tone.

I loved using this on days when my skin felt dry, or after a long airplane trip.  This is also ideal for those of you with sensitive skin.  It soothes skin, especially if you have a bout of dermatitis or mild eczema. Because of the gentle hydration, this is also perfect for those of you with more mature skin as well. What's amazing about this formula is that as hydrating and creamy as it is, it never clogged my pores, or make me break out.

The cleansing I get from this product is so good, that quite frankly, if I don't have time, I can completely skip a toner, and in the colder, drier months I just leave it on for a few minutes before rinsing to give myself a touch more moisture before adding any additional lotions or creams.
There's a reason this product was a must have for the original supermodels - now treat your skin and feel the difference. - RLB

*This product was provided courtesy of Ole Henriksen for reviewing purposes.

Beauty Find - CLINIQUE Acne Solutions Clinical Clearing Gel





If you get the occasional pimple or breakout there's only one thing you want to do as soon as you discover it.

Make it disappear.

I've discovered a great solution for zapping the occasional "pimple that shows at exactly wrong time".

CLINIQUE Acne Solutions Clinical Clearing Gel is a skincare treatment which contains salicylic acid to start clearing blemishes instantly and help prevent new ones from forming. 

When I noticed a pimple right in the middle of my cheek during a particularly hot, humid stretch of a week recently this summer (usually when I get a breakout), I used this Clinique product as a spot treatment and a bit like a mask as well.

My first step was in the morning. The gel is lightweight and very concentrated, so I only added a small squeeze of the gel (less than a small pea-sized amount), on a Q-Tip and applied to the area.  It has a slightly sticky and drying feel initially, but since this was just on the area it was not bothersome.  It absorbed and dried completely after about 5 minutes (For best results you do need to wait before applying serum, moisturizer, makeup, etc.). 

In the late afternoon (after washing my face again), I applied a slightly larger amount on the pimple and left it on about 15 min as a treatment mask.  Then I rinsed the CLINIQUE Acne Solutions Clinical Clearing Gel off and applied it again as I had in the morning.  

In the evening after cleansing my face before bed I applied it again without rinsing and by the very next morning the pimple was about reduced 90% in size and the surface has completely dried up.  

Adding another application in the morning was all I needed for it to completely disappear by the end of the day.  I was very impressed with this little blue tube and highly recommend keeping it in your "emergency skincare stash" for those pesky occasional pimples! - RLB

Go-->CLINIQUE Acne Solutions Clinical Clearing Gel 1 oz

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

Drugstore Buy of the Week - Scaraway Silicone Scar Sheets



Now that it's September and Fall is right around the corner, it's time to tell you that for the last 4 months of summer, I've been getting rid of something...

A scar on my foot that just annoyed me.  I wanted to see if I could reduce the size/appearance in time for summer sandals, flip flops etc.

I was introduced to ScarAway Silicone Scar Sheets in Spring and wanted to give them a good test run. Now I going to give you my take on them.

My scar was about a year old, but fairly flat, so figured I could get at least some improvement from these sheets.  And I was right - every night before bed I applied the sheet on my foot which had a self adhesive material. This gave me a good 6-8 hours of application time each day.Sometimes on the weekends I would leave them on for a few more hours before leaving for the day.

ScarAway Silicone Scar Sheets are 1.5 x 3 (they can also be cut if you need it for a smaller area), very thin, lightweight and completely flexible, so they can be applied to areas like fingers/knees, etc. Since they look like a bandaid, these are great for also concealing a scar in a very visible area while it's healing as well.

Within about a week, while the size and color of my scar had not changed, I did notice that the texture was much smoother and closer to the skin on the rest of my foot, and it was noticeably flatter.
Encouraged by this, I continued to used them for the remainder of the summer.  My skin was not irritated or dried out by the product, and what I loved was that about 2 months in, the color had lightened and the size was shrinking as well. These sheets have a unique technology which allows you to wash them, which kept them not only hygienic, but also a great cost saver.

All I had to do was wash them with a mild hand soap and then put it into the case supplied for them to dry.  It's important to note that won't stick to skin if they are still damp.  TIP: If you're in a rush and want to apply them right away, you can blot out the moisture with a thick, absorbent towel.  However, the area on your skin where you are applying the strips must be clean and dry as well (no moisturizer or oil either!)

I would highly recommend these sheets for those of you who have recent/older scars as a result of surgeries, accidents, problematic shoes, etc.  These are a must have for your medicine cabinet and also for any mishaps with little ones as well. - RLB

Note: It is very important to read the instructions completely for this product to be most effective.  These can be used on anyone 3 years or older.


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

Beauty Find - Bite Beauty Lush Lip Wipes



Bite Beauty has found yet again another unique twist on "lip care" with their Bite Beauty Bite Lush Lip Wipes. If you've ever decided to switch up your lip color from the office to something a little bolder for night, or just simply changed your mind about a lip color after you've applied it, these little wipes are genius! 

They have a flavor that's on the sweet side (but not too overpowering and dissipated after a few seconds) and I loved how, with just a few swipes, they easily cleaned off my lip color (I tried them with balm/gloss/lipstick/lip stain), and kept my lips soft and hydrated. 

They are about 4" by 1.6" , which is the perfect size to remove product from both top and bottom lips. There's a gentle exfoliating texture to the wipe, so my lips were perfectly primed for the next lip color I used. The wipe is very sturdy so it didn't tear/rip and it was moist but not overly saturated, After using the wipe my lips dried quickly and I felt just a slight bit of stickiness, but they were not overly oily or slick. 

I always keep a few of these in my day-to-day bag, and have added them to my go-to travel beauty carry on kit. Bite Beauty Bite Lush Lip Wipes 10 Pack also come in a cute zip top plastic pouch with a little mirror so you can easily cleanse and reapply while on the go. The bag is also big enough for you to add lip balm, or an extra lip color as well - so everything is organized in one place. 

I know some of you may wonder, Why not just use regular cleansing wipes to do the job? And of course you can also use them (as a matter of fact, Lush Lip Wipes price out at more per wipe than an average pack of wipes, so may not be economical for everyone's budget). But for travel and touch ups, I personally prefer to use Bite Beauty Bite Lush Lip Wipes. - RLB 


 Go-->Bite Beauty Bite Lush Lip Wipes 10 Pack

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

Beauty Find - CLINIQUE Chubby Stick Moisturizing Cheek Colour Balm




CLINIQUE  REALLY knows how to make a great makeup in crayon/stick form, and their newest, CLINIQUE Chubby Stick Moisturizing Cheek Colour Balm was another winner for me.

The formula is smooth, oil free and while pigment rich, the finish can be used just for a subtle wash of color or completely buildable for more intensity.

My favorite, face brightening shade was Rosy Poly Rosy (shown, above), a medium toned, warm pink with no shimmer.  The stick is a twist up tube, so no sharpening is needed and the blush texture is creamy, soft and featherweight.  It could not have been easier to apply - I simply patted a few dots on my cheeks, blended quickly with my fingers (or a Beauty Blender sponge) and ta da!  - instant color, glow with a slightly dewy effect. Since this is a moisturizing formula, this will work best and have the most staying power on normal to dry skins.

I found that over a good primer, these sticks had very good staying power and my color lasted well over 7+ hours.  If I wanted a little more intensity, I would touch up a bit in the late evening to go out at night, but only needed a quick pat.

I loved the luminosity from the blush and Rosy Poly Rosy will work on many skin tones, especially with warm undertones.  It's also perfect for travel and for keeping in your desk at work. If you're a teen/college student that is just starting out with makeup, these are also a great way to add natural, healthy color in a "goof-proof" format.

Grab a few of these! There are 3 more shades in the collection, which are: peach, nude and plum.   You'll be glad you did. - RLB

Go-->CLINIQUE Chubby Stick Moisturizing Cheek Colour Balm 03 Rosy Poly Rosy 0.21 oz

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