Drugstore Buy of the Week - L'Oreal Paris Revitalift Triple Power Intensive Overnight Mask

Do you love the idea of improving skin while you do nothing but SLEEP?

Then the new L'Oreal Paris Revitalift Triple Power Intensive Overnight Mask is going to make you as happy as me, since discovering it recently.

L'Oreal Paris Revitalift Triple Power Intensive Overnight Mask helps dry skin, skin with fine lines/as well as skin experiencing a loss of firmness.  The only thing you need to do is apply a layer of this creamy mask before going to bed.

This genius product contains what L'Oreal calls Pro-Xylane, made from botanical extract Centella asiatica, to help improve skin's firmness and elasticity.

After cleansing and applying a light serum or treatment essence, I applied a generous layer of the Revitalift Triple Power Intensive Overnight Mask.  It has a very creamy, thick texture, but sank directly into my skin and felt rich and luxurious to use. The scent was not strong, but it did have a subtle, slightly floral fragrance. I would say I needed a good 3 minutes before it was completely dry enough to lay down without getting any excess on my sheets/pillows.  

The first morning after applying the mask, I was amazed how soft, smooth and glowing my skin looked! I continued using about 3 - 4 nights a week, depending on how dry or dull I felt my skin was. I could continue to see and feel the difference in my skin after 1 week, and never experienced any burning or irritation. 

While I cannot speak to it's line reduction abilities, because I don't have wrinkles, I will say that for moisturization, turning over skin cells to provide a brighter complexion, and a light lifting feel, this does all three brilliantly. - RLB

*This product was provided via an association with CVS Beauty Club PR.

Body Care Find - Skinfix Hand Repair Cream

If you have chronically dry hands and/or eczema, Skinfix Hand Repair Cream is going to be a god send for you this Winter.

This cream is by new skincare brand Skinfix, created with very dry skin and eczema in mind. But I was pleasantly surprised to find that the formula is quite lightweight and creamy - not too thick, greasy or oily.  It's very concentrated, so I rarely needed more than a dime-sized amount for both hands. Immediately upon application, the cream had a bit of a cream/gel-like texture, and then sank into my skin and nails.

The finish on my skin had a light sheen and there was just a touch of a oily feel to my hands afterwards, but that also gave way to baby soft, smooth hydrated hands after about another minute or so.

The Hand Repair Cream has no artificial or added fragrance. Any scent you may notice when applying it comes from its natural ingredients. For me, a slight bit of a eucalyptus scednt is what I detected, but this dissipated quite quickly as well.

This does need to be reapplied during the day after washing, but I found I didn't need as much after my initial application in the morning.  I also used this as a night hand cream treatment before going to bed, and my hands and cuticles were much smoother and softer in the mornings. - RLB

 Go-->Skinfix Hand Repair Cream 

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

Beauty Innovation - Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber De-Tox De-Puffing Eye-Cubes

I mentioned at the start of 2015 that there were going to be a LOT of skincare product innovations this year.

Here's another I know you're going to be just as excited about as I am.

Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber De-Tox™ De-Puffing Eye-Cubes may just become my new beauty "best friend" after a late night, or an early morning wake up before traveling!

While most of you know what intense cold works to constrict blood vessels to help reduce puffiness and swelling in the under eye area, this treatment takes that concept to the next level

The pack contains 6 of the Eye-Cubes, which each come in their own pouch.  They come in the pack in liquid form, and then all I had to do is put them into my freezer.  Within a few hours they freeze into the soothing ice cubes.

All I had to do was take the cube out of ti's pouch and then gently glide it back and forth under my eye area.  I switched between eyes about every 10-15 seconds, as they were very cold.

Each cube is not just filled with Cucumber extract and Aloe Vera, but also Arnica, which has skin healing properties and helps fade dark circles, as well as caffeine, which increases blood circulation and also helps reduce dark circles.

After a few minutes with the Eye-Cubes on my eyes, I could actually feel a firming, tight feeling, but it was also very soft and hydrated.  These are perfect for revving up your face in the morning after a late night, prepping for a night out, or while you travel if you have access to a freezer. - RLB

Beauty Find - BITE Beauty 5 Night Fix for Lips

Did you think that Bite Beauty was just about innovative color for lips?

If so, you would be wrong.  Now Bite Beauty is pushing the envelope even further with what kind of treatments can be created to improve the look and feel of lips.

The Bite Beauty 5 Night Fix for Lips packaging is super cute, and with two deluxe mini sized products, I found this was perfect for travel or to bring to the office to apply before adding new lip color for a night out, for example.

The scrub is in a tube format, which makes it very easy to swipe a few times over the lips and exfoliate off any dry, flaky skin.  The flavor is a yummy Whipped Cherry that I loved!  The exfoliating grains in the tube are gentle, but strong enough that I did see smoother, softer lips after wiping off.  The scrub contains castor oil, as well as fruit extracts to help brighten and restore lips, so I didn't experience any pair or irritation after using.  

Then I added the mini Agave Mask, with a yummy Vanilla flavor.  (I've also featured the Bite Beauty lip mask here and here).  The mask felt soothing after the scrub, and hydrated my lips through the night, so I woke up with much softer, plumper lips.

I began my testing of this product by using it 5 Nights  in a row, and yes, I could definitely see and feel a difference in my lips and how my lipsticks went on the next morning.  After this 5 Night period, I have continued to use it a few nights a week as needed.

Another plus: The small glass jar obviously is reusable (try storing your Bite Beauty mini lip duos or Smashed Agave Lip Mask in it)! - RLB

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

Drugstore Buy of the Week - Alberto VO5 Silky Experiences Moisturizing Shampoo + Conditioner, Pure Sunshine

If you're currently in the depths of Winter temps and dreaming of summer,(or already in a warm weather climate - lucky you :), and love hair care products with lingering fragrance, Alberto VO5 Silky Experiences Moisturizing Shampoo, Pure Sunshine and Conditioner are going to make you very happy.

For the first time ever, Alberto VO5 let the fans across America vote on their favorite fragrance, and Pure Sunshine was the winner.  And boy, once you smell this one you'll see why.  It's so clean and fresh, with slightly fruity notes of rose apple, balanced with a very sophisticated floral/musk blend for white peony and cashmere wood.

Now on to the performance. This collection is called Moisturizing , and I'm happy to report that the quality and formula are top notch (and under $2 each!).  This silky, creamy texture of both the shampoo and conditioner was not too heavy or oily, and after rinsing out, my hair really was very soft, and tangle free without feeling sticky or gummy.

When both the Shampoo, and
Conditioner were used together, I found the scent lasted at least 6+ hours, as a nice, subtle cloud of fragrance around me.  

This is really a great interpretation of a summery, happy fragrance for a hair product.  Pick up some today and keep that sunny feel all year round.  Perfect for dry, curly/wavy or even relaxed/color treated hair. - RLB

*These products were provided courtesy of Alberto V05 PR for reviewing purposes.

Body Care Find - Soap + Glory The Righteous Butter Body Lotion

Soap + The Righteous Butter Body Lotion is the perfect body lotion for those of you who don't like "the feel" of body standard body lotion.

Why?  Because Soap + Glory The Righteous Butter Body Lotion is one of the lightest, silkiest and fastest absorbing lotions.  

The texture and weight of this lotion is perfect - it's the perfect medium between thick and creamy and thinner and more liquid.  With a formula that contains shea and cocoa seed butters, sweet almond oil, aloe vera, vitamin E, and seaweed extract, the moisturization is very good - leaving my skin soft and hydrated all day. 

This formula also packs powerful punch with it's added fruit acids that also work to gently exfoliate skin. So this was perfect for dry areas like my feet, elbows and lower legs.The scent is so soft and feminine - citrus with a touch of soft florals that  didn't linger too long.

The best part is this is a lotion that will work for both colder and warmer weather, since it's such a fast absorbing formula. Soap + Glory has long been a favorite of mine for their product innovations (as well as their product names!) and this is another winner in my book. - RLB

Beauty Find - Yves Saint Laurent Volupte Tint-In-Oil

Yves Saint Laurent Beaute is always built around glamorous, irresistible packaging, and with their new Yves Saint Laurent Volupte Tint-In-Oil they've also created a clever, winning lip color formula too.

Yves Saint Laurent Volupte Tint-In-Oil is slightly deceptive at first glance - it may look like a high end lip gloss, but it's actually a lip tint with a brilliant, glossy finish.

I was looking for a nice pop of color, so I picked up Cherry My Cherie, which is a beautiful Fuchsia tint.  It has a delicious, light, strawberry scent that dissipated quickly.  The glossy finish 
is lightweight and moisturizing, and when it wore down, I was still left with the pretty pink color, which adjusted nicely to my natural lip color, so it looked great even without the high shine.  

I was impressed that there was very little color transfer on to cups, glasses etc., even though this is glossy.  I would say I reapplied only 2x more during the day after my initial application in the morning.

The Volupte Tint-In-Oil kept my lips very soft and moisturized during the day, with no flaking.

I also loved the applicator because it deposited the perfect amount of product on my lips each and every time!  There are seven more shades in the pink and brown/orange tones which are also great. This little treat deserves to be on your lips. - RLB

Beauty Find - Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette

Contour and Highlighting are probably two of the most significant ways to enhance your face and features.  And many of my favorite makeup artists are masters at it.

But in everyday life, for the average woman, the idea of contouring and highlighting can often be intimidating or downright perplexing to pull off in a way that flatters - but still looks natural.

If this describes you, then you'll love my latest beauty find, the Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette.

This palette is simply one of the BEST contour and highlighting palettes I've come across in a long time.

Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette. features 3 different highlighter powders and 3 contouring powders that will work on all skin tones.  The texture of the powders is very finely milled, smooth (very creamy) and silky, which allowed me to apply these easily and blend without very much effort at all.  All the powders are matte and are a blend of cool/warm tones, so they effortless work on their own, or if needed, blended together.

The powders have a lot of pigment, so just 1 light touch into the pan with the Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Face Brush is all I needed to add highlighting or contouring. If you're looking for a more dramatic effect, these also layer well and are easily buildable. 

This is a fantastic buy as well, as you can use the 6 different shades for various effects, or switch them as needed by season (when your complexion is lighter or darker).  If you're a makeup artist - either just starting out or established, you would do well to also invest in this palette - your clients will not be disappointed.

I also highly recommend using the Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Face Brush (sold separately), with this palette. The double ended brush has an angled end that makes it very easy to apply the powder along the hollows of your cheeks and temples.  The other rounded end is perfect for applying highlighting powder with precision and little fall out or mess.  The brush hairs are super soft, white-tipped synthetic bristles on both ends, its gradient brush hairs expertly pick up and diffuse high-pigment powders for seamless blending. 

The brush hairs didn't shed and picked up a lot of product from the pan.The brush handle has a nice weight (not too heavy or light) and fit easily in my hand. Tip: The case will not close unless you put the brush in the right way shade/light way first. If you try to put it in the opposite way it will not close because the" light" end of the brush sticks up. Also,make sure the lines on the brush handle line up and sit right on top of the cradle (the areas cut out to hold the brush in place) or the case will not close either.

Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Face Brush also comes in a quite "unique" bush holder packaging, in the shape of a coffin (it's lightweight and plastic so it's easy to travel with and don't have to worry about damaging, getting wet, etc.).  I love having a case like this, and it's a memorable beauty packaging - that's for sure!

Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette and Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Face Brush are two fantastic investments for your beauty collection you'll keep reaching for over and over again.- RLB

*This product was provided courtesy of Kat Von D PR for reviewing purposes.

Drugstore Buy of the Week - Dove Dry Spray Antiperspirant Nourished Beauty

I mentioned at the beginning of this new year that there are a lot of new skin care innovations I would be telling you about in 2015.

Well, beauty brands area also looking at the skin under your arm as an area to innovate as well!

Dove Dry Spray Antiperspirant, Nourished Beauty, is the latest deodorant product that is designed with a all-new completely dry spray delivery system and formula.

If you've tried spray deodorants in the past and didn't like how wet feeling they were, how much spray mist surrounded you when applying that causes you to cough or gag, this is the sleek, effective deodorant you've been searching for.

The streamlined bottle and nozzle opening delivered a perfect, direct stream of the product to my underarm (so there wasn't a huge could of spray all around my face, eyes, etc).  The spray felt immediately dry, soft with no lingering wetness, stickiness or white residue (on my skin or clothing). 

My skin felt very soft and completely dry to the touch after applying. During the day I stayed very dry and fresh, and the spray didn't become dry or flake on my clothing. 

The Dove Dry Spray Antiperspirant, Nourished Beauty (shown, above), (which is the standard version that fight odor/wetness for 48 hours)scent is also really, really pretty!  It's slightly powdery with fresh, clean notes of jasmine and rose and lingers just the right amount of time to not be overbearing.

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

Beauty Find - PIXI by Petra Glow Mist

Pixi has taken her skincare product line to a NEW level with the amazing Pixi - Glow MistThis is now my go-to facial mist to rehydrate or refresh my makeup at the end of the day, to add moisture while on planes, as well as to add as the finishing touch to set makeup and give me that "glow".

Purchase Here: Pixi - Glow Mist

The formula is perfect for drier as well as combination skin, with the very moisturizing and soothing Argan Oil, of which I'm a big fan!

After misting my face, the  Glow Mist dried quickly and didn't leave a sticky finish - it made my skin feel baby soft to the touch!  The glow gave the drier areas of my skin that special touch, without making other areas look or feel greasy.  The mist also smells so clean and fresh with a light citrus/floral blend, it's definitely easy to spray on several times a day just to enjoy it.

Purchase Here: Pixi - Glow Mist

 Glow Mist did a nice job of both setting my makeup, as well as refreshing it, without making my makeup fade, smudge or change texture.  This is also very good for soothing minor redness or skin irritations like dry patches on the face.

If you need hydration, or just like a dewy finish to your skin Pixi - Glow Mist will become your little beauty secret weapon!  

Stock up on this one girls... - RLB

Purchase Here: Pixi - Glow Mist

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

Body Care Find - Garnier Body Repair Repairing Cream with Maple Sap-Nourishes and Repairs Skin Intensively-Extra Dry Skin

It may have been the bright red packaging of Garnier BodyRepair Repairing Cream with Maple Sap-Nourishes and Repairs Skin Intensively-Extra Dry Skin, 50 ml that caught my eye as a strolled down the aisle of the DM drugstore while I was recently in the Austria area for the holidays.  

Or it may have been these two words that caught my attention : "MAPLE SAP"

In the U.S. Maple is most often referenced in terms of the syrup that goes on our pancakes, and of course the famous Canadian version :).

But it turns out that the Maple tree produces a sap whose properties are actually very beneficial to dry skin.  Combined with a non-greasy, fast absorbing blend of Shea butter, this has become one of my new body care favorites for 2015!

This product did wonders for areas like my feet, elbows, lower legs and neck/hands as well.   The texture of the product in the tub is creamy and thick, but very lightweight.  

There is a slightly sweet scent, which I found pleasant and fresh, and absorbed rather quickly, so it didn't interfere with any other fragrances, etc.  It's quite concentrated, and has it's nice amount of slip, so a little went a long way.  If you have dry or very dry chronic skin, this is the perfect product for you. This is also recommended for dry patches and mild eczema as well.

I loved the soft, supple finish of my skin after applying.  And I got all day moisture even in very cold/dry temps.  This is a also a great cream to add to feet and heels after an at home pedicure.

Note: The 50 ml tub packaging seen above only seems to be currently available in most Central and Eastern European countries.  

There is slightly different Body Repair lotion formula in a bottle, available at big drugstores in Italy, as well as in the UK at Boots drugstore. I've also found it online in the US here.  It's about 6 pounds, 4 Euros or $10 dollars.

If you're able to pick this one up, you're skin will thank you this winter! - RLB

Go-->Garnier Body Repair Repairing Cream with Maple Sap-Nourishes and Repairs Skin Intensively-Extra Dry Skin

Budget Beauty Buy - e.l.f. Studio Blush Palette

Whenever I can have 4 flattering blushes that not only have incredible color payoff, blend well and work well with each other - for under $5 - this is something to be happy about!

I recently shared with you how much I love the e.l.f BB Cream, and their e.l.f. Studio Blush Palette, in Dark (shown, above) is another winner. Note: There is a Light version of this palette with shades in the lighter pink, peach and coral families as well.

All four shades are flattering and work well with warm and brown skin tones alike.  Their textures are buttery smooth with fantastic pigmentation.  With just one layer (and a lightly loaded blush brush) I got full color that brightened up my complexion.  

By the way, the pans in this palette are interchangeable, so it allows you to customize with different e.l.f shades to reflect changing seasons, or day/night looks.  The colors applied just as smoothly with no streaking or color change.  All four have a sheen to them, but no glitter or shimmer finish.

I loved all the shades, but was most often drawn to the fuchsia shades in the upper right and the rich coral in lower left corner, which I often used together.  When used with a primer and/or BB cream, I had no problem with these blushes lasting all day, looking just as fresh as when I applied them in the morning. 

This is a blush product that needs to be in your makeup collection  - STAT. - RLB

*This product was provided courtesy of e.l.f PR for reviewing purposes.

Beauty Find - Lancome Creme Radiance Clarifying Cream to Foam Cleanser

For 2015, skincare is going to get even more exciting!  Watch this space each week as I feature new, advanced formulas and innovative products you're going to love.  

For my first skincare pick for this year. Lancome CREME RADIANCE Clarifying Cream-to-Foam Cleanser is an ideal, luxurious and effective solution for combination or oily skin that tends to break out and needs a exfoliating boost or sensitive skin.

CREME RADIANCE Clarifying Cream-to-Foam Cleanser has a very thick, rich and creamy texture - and is so concentrated that literally no more than a pea-sized amount is enough to cleanse you face and get maximum foam action (if you love this like it do!).  The cleanser is perfect for day or night, and with gentle ingredients like White Lotus and soothing Rose de France it can also be used to gently remove makeup without drying or irritating skin. 

I loved pairing CREME RADIANCE  with my Clarisonic, especially in the AM, where the cream gradually turned into a silky, smooth foam on my skin with the addition of a bit of water.  The effect was immediately calming and moisturizing, and after rinsing, while I didn't feel like there was a lot of residue or film left on my skin, it did feel cushiony soft with a noticeable layer of moisture.  So that means If you like the "squeaky clean" effect after rinsing, this does not give that type of result.

After rinsing the CREME RADIANCE Clarifying Cream-to-Foam Cleanser off, my skin felt very balanced between my more oily and drier areas.  My skin had a beautiful glow and I loved the subtle, gentle slightly floral scent, which didn't irritate my skin or become too overwhelming.

Start off the new year with a treat for your oily or combination skin that you'll look forward to using each and every day. - RLB

This product was provided courtesy of Lancome PR for reviewing purposes.

Beauty Find - Bite Beauty Smashed Agave Lip Mask

For my first 2015 beauty find, Bite Beauty has once again found it's way into my makeup bag!

I've talked about their amazing (and yummy!) original Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask , which is perfect for using overnight during the winter months to ensure soft, supply lips the next day.

Now they've added a bright, cherry true cherry red tint that's the perfect balance between a red you can SEE and a natural "just had a red Popsicle" tone for the lips.  It's not overpowering, but definitely lit up my complexion. 

The trick to really get the most out of this tinted version is to press the tube a much harder than you normally would, as this version is quite dense.  Once out of the tube, the lip mask went on my lips smoothly and didn't feel heavy or greasy.  The lip mask can be worn during the day and is perfect if you're going to be out for cold weather sports or just a busy winter day.  

If you're looking for a stronger red shade, this can be done by layering Bite Beauty Smashed Agave Lip Mask with a lip brush and not rubbing in too strongly.  You can also layer this under a red lipstick or lip stain for a an all-day red lip that will continuously condition and soften your lips. - RLB

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