Hair Care Find - L'Oreal Paris Advanced Hairstyle Blow Dry It Quick Dry Primer Spray

Even after all these years blogging, there's still nothing that makes me more excited than a beauty innovation that actually WORKS.

L'Oreal Paris Advanced Hairstyle Blow Dry It Quick Dry Primer Spray protects hair from heat styling, create a nice, silky texture and actually has technology which reacts with the heat to reduce blow-dry time.  

Now for those of you with LOTS of hair and/or long hair, you know that cutting down blow drying time is a major benefit for any hair treatment product.   I was a little skeptical if this could actually do it, and I'm happy to report, it does.

After washing hair and putting in a leave-in conditioner, I added a generous amount of L'Oreal Paris Advanced Hairstyle Blow Dry It Quick Dry Primer Spray to damp hair.  The spray had a water feel out of the bottle, but once on the hair, it looked and felt more like a lightweight oil. Even with this texture change, I didn't find it overly greasy, gummy or tangle producing.  I combed the Blow Dry It Quick Dry Primer Spray through and began blow drying.

I was very impressed with how silky and smooth each hair section became while drying it.  There was also a nice shiny finish.  While my hair felt like it had a bit of a coating, but it was not heavy or sticky and the final finish was weightless and glossy.  The best part was this product really did cut down drying time - I would say by at least 15 min, while still protecting my hair.

After my hair was completely dry, my hair was silky smooth.  Blow Dry It Quick Dry Primer Spray has a lovely scent which is such a nice, fresh floral, that lingers softly for a few hours after drying.

L'Oreal Paris Advanced Hairstyle Blow Dry It Quick Dry Primer Spray is a little miracle in a bottle and a must have for all the blow drying/flatiron fans out there who want to keep their hair as healthy as possible. - RLB

Beauty Find - Physican's Formula Eye Booster Eyelash Extension Kit

Physicians Formula Eye Booster Instant Lash Extension Kit

Length, Volume, Drama...

Physicians Formula Eye Booster Instant Lash Extension Kit has it all.  And if you have a little more patience with using two products instead of're in store for a VERY nice result.

This Physicians Formula Eye Booster Instant Lash Extension Kit comes with a mascara and a smaller tube of "extensions" - the texture is quite similar to mascara, with it having a thicker, cotton like texture which grabs on to the eyelash after your mascara layer.

Both the mascara and the extensions are very deep and rich black.  The mascara is thick and silky and the shape of the brush is curved, which allowed me to get to both the inner and outer corners of my lashes.  After the first coat of mascara, I had nice separation, a bit more length and additional volume.

The next step was to add the extensions, which I applied the same way as the mascara. The wand of the Extension tube is more a traditional straight brush, which was slightly thicker than the mascara brush.  I added one coat of the extensions and then I literally said - "Wow!".  The extension formula added even MORE length to my lashes and made them look instantly twice as thick.  I had serious volume and length.  The last step is to add a final layer of the mascara, which really did make my lashes look like they were "false eye lashes".  I was truly impressed - (and as you know, I try a LOT of mascaras).

There are a few things I found that will add to success using the Physicians Formula Eye Booster Instant Lash Extension Kit system.  First, don't try to rush it!  I found by taking my time with each step, I avoided any clumping, stickiness or smudging.  Once the two products set on the lash, I had no problems with flaking, or smudging, and my lashes also remained very soft and lush throughout the day, which I loved.  I also recommend if you have very straight lashes to curl your lashes before using the system.  

The great thing about Physicians Formula Eye Booster Instant Lash Extension Kit is they both products work so well together and you can keep building your lashes by adding the mascara and then extensions over and over.  On most days I would just do the 3 steps - mascara, extension, mascara, as directed on the box, but for a really dramatic look, I would often add one more round of the mascara and then extensions.  If you're like me and don't have the ability or patience to apply false lashes, this is the first product I've found that will give you the closest results.

While not a waterproof formula, this gave me a full day's worth of lashes (The product promises 24 hours of wear), and I was still very easily able to remove it with my standard eye makeup remover, or oil- based cleanser in the evenings.

What are you waiting for?  Your new mascara solution for a false eyelash effect is HERE. - RLB

Get Longer, Thicker Lashes Now: Physicians Formula Eye Booster Instant Lash Extension Kit

*This product was provided courtesy of CVS Beauty 360 for reviewing purposes.

Drugstore Buy of the Week - Aussie Total Miracle Collection 7 N 1 Dry Shampoo

I'm always on the hunt for great dry shampoos for us girls get a little busy - or a little "lazy" :) and still want fresh, pulled together hair.

A great new choice is Aussie Total Miracle Collection 7 N 1 Dry Shampoo, part of their newest Total Miracle collection.

The product will work for a wide variety of hair types because while it does cut down on oily hair, even drier or chemically processed hair will still be able to use it.  The product is designed to give a nice burst of freshness as well as some added fullness, so it's also perfect for those of you with more fine/thin hair.

The trick to making this dry shampoo work best is to REALLY shake it well.  (I would say I shook it about 3x for a few seconds each before spraying it either directly on my brush (I like using it this way), as well as directly into my roots and then brushing or combing through.  Tip: If you have Wavy/Curly hair use the spray with a wide tooth comb or a Tangle Teezer Tangle Teezer Compact Styler  

The spray is very fine and light, and doesn't leave any white or grey residue or finish on the hair.  I loved the scent, which is a fruity tropical that 's still very fresh. It lingered more strongly for about 30 min or so, and then very faintly for the remainder of the day for me.   
I loved how fresh and bouncy it made my hair.  If you have very oily/straight hair, this will also give you a noticeable lift and added volume as well. During the day I didn't get any flaking  or residue and it didn't dry out or tangle my hair while brushing.

Many of you will love this just for the scent alone - and it's very easy to use daily if you just want a light touch of scent on your hair before leaving the house as well.  Of course, if you're just a little lazy this week with washing your hair, Aussie Total Miracle Collection 7 N 1 Dry Shampoo will come in very handy and a temporary solution until you can get to it!

Note: This product has a matte finish, so if you need shine/protection or need to keep your ends moisturized, you'll need to add another product, like this one

This product was provided courtesy of Aussie Total Miracle PR for reviewing purposes.

Super Cute! - SOHO Disney Aurora Fairy Sponges (3-Piece)

In this series of beauty and personal care product finds - Super Cute! - I share with you products which have innovative, artistic, fantasy, child-like, vintage and/or retro themes and an "irresistible" quality to them!

These make perfect little splurges and gifts for yourself or for the girly girl (or someone youthful in spirit!) in your life too.

Just in time for the Easter Baskets of the beauty lovers in your life, the SOHO Disney Aurora Fairy Sponges (3-Piece) is here.  

These three makeup sponges are a fun beauty accessory for teens, Disney fans or beauty lovers & makeup artist who don't want to break the bank.

Use each sponge for your choice of foundation, concealer, BB Creams and cream blushes/highlighters.  The 3 sponges have different shapes - made with different application techniques in mind:

Blue Fairy Sponge:  Brings you the gift of a smooth blended finish.  Use the egg shaped dome to gradually build coverage where needed by gently pressing product onto the skin. 
Pink Fairy Sponge:  Brings you the gift of perfect detailing and blending.  Using the detailing tip of the sponge gently blend liquid or cream concealer under eyes and in corners.  
Green Fairy Sponge:  Brings you the gift of sheer flawless blending.  Use to effortless blend liquid or cream makeup over large areas such as the cheekbone, forehead, neck and decollete.  - RLB

Go--> Available at Walgreens stores and online. 
*This product was provided courtesy of Soho PR for reviewing purposes.

Health + Wellness Find - Body Lab Tastyshake Complete Whey Protein Complex

Jennifer Lopez recently launched a partnership with a new line of nutritional products from BodyLab, a company that makes unique protein blends formulated by women, specifically for women

You have to admit, Jennifer is fit and looks better than ever - even 20-something years after she launched her career in entertainment. So I thought it would be great to try some of the new products she uses to help her look great and maintain the high energy levels needed to be a mom, television personality, singer, dancer and of course businesswoman! 

According to Jennifer, “I joined the BodyLab family not only because of their commitment to creating great health and fitness products for women, by women, but also because of their approach to the holistic lifestyle. It's not a solution-in-a-bottle. It's not a fad diet. It’s part of a health regimen that makes your metabolism work as hard as you do. It’s a way to love your body.”

One of the best products in the line up is the Body Lab Tastyshake Complete Whey Protein Complex, Classic Vanilla.  If you're getting/keep fit and are interested in keeping lean/dropping body weight, this can help.  Adequate protein is critical for women in order to prevent muscle loss during weight loss, promote recovery after training, and to get toned. This shake delivers the right amount of protein for a woman - all without excess calories. 8 oz of the power contains 15g Protein and only 80 Calories.  It has added flax seed and is sweetened with natural Stevia.

The Vanilla actually TASTES like rich, natural Vanilla, and I would usually add 1 heaping scoop to almond milk and/or various juices and fruit, along with ice in the blender, I felt full within a few minutes and it made the perfect after work break to counter various snacking around the kitchen!  The smoothie would usually fill me up for at least 3 hours or so and also helped ward off the late afternoon/early evening energy slump.

It's perfect for a quick breakfast smoothie (various yogurts, berries, bananas, carrots, avocado and even green veggies like spinach and Kale work very well with the  Protein Complex, Classic Vanilla).  Another bonus is the container is HUGE, so you'll have quite a bit to work with! - RLB

For more great smoothie ideas using the  Protein Complex and healthy, low calorie recipes, along with the entire BodyLab line of products, head here.  

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

Beauty Find - Olay ProX Anti-Aging Nightly Purifying Micro-Peel

There's nothing like a great skincare product that basically does ALL the work for you as you sleep...

Olay ProX Anti-Aging Nightly Purifying Micro-Peel is a surprisingly mild, yet very effective exfoliator.  If you're looking to brighten and improve the tone of you skin without a harsh solution, this is a great option.

The peel works to promote more rapid skin exfoliation and improve the look of fine lines/wrinkles. The application was very easy.  I simply twisted the cap open and the interior dropped automatically filled with the product.  Then I squeezed a small amount into my palm (about a dime-sized amount) and applied it to my face an neck after cleansing (avoiding my eye area).

I didn't add any additional products before going to bed at night (unless my drier areas felt very dry, in which case I did add a bit of a night cream or sleeping mask.  I used every night for a week, and really loved the results.  My skin had a brighter look and was very soft and a bit more even.  There were a few hyper-pigmentation spots left over from a break out that were significantly lightened after 7 days.
The Olay ProX Anti-Aging Nightly Purifying Micro-Peel is clear and the texture is very lightweight, thin and soft. It sank right in without leaving any residue on my skin.  There was also very little fragrance to speak of.  While my skin tone improved, I didn't see a lot of flaking of my skin during the exfoliation process.

Now that I've done the peel for over a week straight, I will go back to using it a few times a week to maintain my results. Note: Remember, using a peel product like this exposes skin to more burning and sensitivity to the sun, so in the morning after cleansing, you must apply a minimum of SPF15 sunscreen or lotion/makeup product that contains it.

As with many of the Olay ProX  products I've used over the years, this is another winner that costs more than their general Olay product line, but is worth every penny for the enhanced formula and results. - RLB

*This product was provided courtesy of Olay PR to reviewing purposes.

Drugstore Buy of the Week - Burt's Bees Facial Cleansing Towelettes - Cucumber & Sage

Burt's Bees has added to their already great cleansing towelette collection with Burt's Bees Facial Cleansing Towelettes, Cucumber & Sage.

Sidenote: Cucumber and Sage... is not only a soothing cleanser, but sounds like a great pairing for a summertime cocktail I must try!

I found the scent of the cucumber refreshing and reviving, The sage was a very nice and unique touch which made this a winner for me.  The wipes are a nice size (about that of a facial tissue) and not dripping wet (I prefer this).

The towelette was very gentle and the scent was not irritating or overwhelming.  This was perfect to use to wind down at the end of the day or even after a gym session or long day outdoors.  It also allowed me to remove my makeup thoroughly and quickly.  If you've been out late and don't want to be "bad" and sleep in your makeup, just a quick once-over with this wipe before hitting the sack and you'll know you cleansed and did something great for your skin - in just a few seconds.

After using the  Cleansing Towelettes, my skin was soft, cool and toned, and I didn't have any sticky or gummy residue on my skin.  They also gave me a nice dose of hydration for my drier areas. These are also going to be a go to when the temperature starts to rise and it gets humid and sticky.

Burt's Bees Facial Cleansing Towelettes, Cucumber & Sage, are a product you're going to want to stock up on - trust me! - RLB

Beauty Find - Lancer 'The Method - Cleanse' Cleanser

Lancer skincare has come to my attention via celebs like Jennifer Lopez and Kim Kardashian who often rave about Dermatologist, Harold Lancer in interviews, as well as his treatments and line of skincare.

I decided to give some of the core products a test drive, and today's review is for the 'The Method - Cleanse' Cleanser.

This is not an inexpensive cleanser, but if you're looking for an effective upgrade from your everyday cleanser, this is a great option.

The Method - Cleanse' Cleanser is perfect for normal, combination and oily skin (not dry), and/or cleansing skin in very hot/humid climates.  I loved how clean - but not stripped my skin felt after using it.

You'll be happy to know this gentle cleanser can get the job done with just a pea-sized amount. It's a creamy, lightweight formula that produces, soft, fine suds. I also found it works really well with my Clarisonic.  The scent is divine - a really fresh and authentic citrus blend that was not too overpowering or irritating to my skin.

My skin was clear and toned after rinsing, especially in my t zone.  It also felt soft with no trace of residue.  This also worked well for me in the evening for removing makeup - even waterproof.

The packaging is befitting a luxe price point - the cap is a heavy, shiny silver that's sturdy (but the tube itself not TSA travel-friendly size).

I loved exploring the line that touches the face of some of the most beautiful women in the world!  Stay tuned for another great product from this line. - RLB

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

Budget Beauty Buy - ChapStick Hydration Lock Day + Night

Do you think there's nothing really new in lip care?

ChapStick Hydration Lock Day + Night will definitively change your mind about that.

After a very cold and dry winter this year, you may be suffering from chronically dry, flaky and chapped lips.  ChapStick has been around forever and has one of the most famous and recognizable names in lip care, but with this formula they have officially grown up.

The clever features of this new lip treatment area a double ended stick with a moisturizing and protecting formula for day (along with SPF 12), which is the yellow cap and an even more hydrating formula for night time (the blue cap).

I loved how both of these formulas felt on my lips, smooth, creamy and instantly hydrating, with no greasiness or thick, cakey feeling.  I found myself reaching for this daily because of how convenient is was to have 1 product for both times of day.  After using daily, my lips have never been softer or smoother.  

The night time treatment in particular is so cushiony-soft and creamy, and kept my lips soft and moisturized all night, so when I woke up, they were noticeably smoother and softer. Neither formula felt or looked waxy and they both sank into my lips quickly.  They both have a very faint smell (each one a little different, and the night time has a chamomile-scent) which I also liked a lot.

The daytime formula worked very well under all my lip products, like lipstick, lipstain and tinted products, and I loved knowing I had an extra layer of sun protection.  Used alone, the finish of both sides is semi-matte, giving a nice natural shine. 

This will become an instant lip care go-to - and even better it won't break the bank! - RLB

Purchase Here: ChapStick Hydration Lock Day+ Night, .15 oz

Disclosure: “The ChapStick® product and information have been provided by Pfizer Consumer Healthcare.”

Body Care Find - Vaseline Intensive Care Healing Serum, Deep Repair

For many of us throughout the U.S., 2014/15 has been a brutal winter, and dry skin/eczema have been running rampant.

Vaseline has always had great products for moisturizing and protecting skin, but with their latest product Vaseline Intensive Care Healing Serum, Deep Repair, they've upgraded and IMPROVED on the basic body lotion experience.

First, the texture of the product is truly unique.  It has a bit of a serum feel, but it's heavier with a silky creamy body butter effect.  The serum sank into my skin immediately and gave it a beautiful sheen with no stickiness or greasy feeling.

Now, the next feature of the product is a love or hate one, I think.  It's heavily fragranced, but in my opinion, it's very elegant and a statement maker.  The scent is a bold floral with a touch of spice (the scent notes are amber, jasmine, and sandalwood) - and the faintest trace of cocoa butter.  It's unlike anything Vaseline  has ever done, and I loved it. It made the whole experience of applying it a bit more luxurious for me.  While the fragrance is prominent upon application, I would not say it lingered very heavily over the course of the day, and it didn't really interfere with any additional fragrance I applied later after my morning shower.

The Healing Serum works wonders on dry legs, cracked. flakey feet, elbows and even dry hands (because it doesn't leave any greasiness that would get on papers, the phone, etc during your daily activities).  I also found it was gentle enough for dry patches caused by mild eczema and itchy skin (despite the added fragrance).  The effects of the moisturizing latest all day for me, and into the next one, for some areas of my body like my arms and upper body, too.

If you really need to repair and treat your body skin after this winter, or just have chronically dry body skin - and want a nice fragrance to go along with it, I can't recommend Vaseline Intensive Care Healing Serum, Deep Repair, highly enough!  You might want to stock up on this one.  (It's under $8) :) - RLB

Purchase Here: Vaseline Intensive Care Healing Serum, Deep Repair, 6.8 fl oz

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

Beauty Find - e.l.f. Skincare

Eyes Lips Face (e.l.f) has created many amazing cosmetics products over the years at equally inexpensive prices, and you should be rejoicing about their decision to get into the skincare game.

The new e.l.f Skincare line is a 4 piece collection includes a daily moisturizing cream, soothing serum, illuminating eye cream and nourishing night cream.

For those of you who just need basic cleansing, moisturizing and some additional exfoliation and brightening, this is one of the best new lines I've seen recently that can do all of that for a very reasonable price.

The items is this skincare line I found will work best for those with drier skin types.  

I started by applying the soothing serum, after washing.  The texture is like that of a thin, lightweight lotion-serum hybrid.  I found it was quite concentrated, so I only needed two pumps.  I loved how smooth and cushiony soft it felt, and it absorbed into my skin fairly quickly.  I concentrated it on my drier areas of my face, and It left my skin feeling moisturized and smoother with a nice dewy/healthy glow.

The illuminating eye cream also had a nice lightweight and soft texture.  Just a pea-sized amount was all I needed for both eyes, and it was very nice to do a mini- massage in the mornings.  The illuminating effect was subtle, but it did make my eyes look fresher and more awake.  I had no problems with using concealer or other makeup over it.

The daily moisturizing cream (no SPF) had a similar, if slightly thicker consistency to the soothing serum, and again will be fantastic for those of you with very dry skin.  It also absorbed quickly and had a slightly dewy finish as well.

The night cream was also very moisturizing and great for doing a nice night time massage before bed time.  It's creamier and heavier than the day cream, but also very concentrated with a nice amount of slip to it.  I woke up in the morning with very soft and hydrated skin.

All of the products have a very light, slightly citrus scent which dissipated quickly and didn't irritate my skin or clog pores in my oily areas. I also loved the sky blue packaging which is simple, modern and chic and looks much more expensive than the prices.

If you need effective and reasonably priced skin care and don't have major skin issues outside of dryness, this is definitely a line to pick up! - RLB

Go--> e.l.f. skincare 

*These products were provided courtesy of e.l.f. PR for reviewing purposes.

Drugstore Buy of the Week - Schwarzkopf Essence ULTIME Omega Repair & Moisture

You may not know the name Schwarzkopf if your're in the U.S., but they are the makers of many hair product lines in Europe.

Now they are launching a multiple hair care products for care, styling and color products here, available at Walmart,  and the ULTIME Omega Repair & Moisture line will be perfect for those of you with dry, damaged and relaxed hair. 

The new line is the first hair care brand exclusively developed with legendary model, Claudia Schiffer.  

All the products in the line feature a unique combination of pearl essence, panthenol, refined protein and keratin, to help replenish moisture, elasticity, repair the hair surface and provide shine.

The three products I was very impressed with were the Essence ULTIME Omega Repair & Moisture ShampooEssence ULTIME Omega Repair & Moisture Conditioner and Essence ULTIME Omega Repair & Moisture 11-in-1 Hair Beautifier.

The shampoo is very thick, rich and had a pearly texture.  It felt much more expensive that it actual cost by the way.  The fragrance was also very chic, slightly floral with a nice touch of spice.  The shampoo provided moisture without weighing hair down or making it gummy/greasy.  When rinsed out, my hair felt very clean - but not stripped.  This was also very good at helping to keep tangles at bay as well.

Used with the Essence ULTIME Omega Repair & Moisture Conditioner, my hair was very smooth, soft and again very hydrated.  Once dried, my hair had a nice amount of shine, with no frizzes and felt very healthy.

The Essence ULTIME Omega Repair & Moisture, 11-in-1 Hair Beautifier is one of their best products.  It can be used on damp or dry hair to tame flyaways and add shine, provide additional conditioning to the ends of hair, refresh curly/wavy hair and it also makes a great conditioning pomade to slick back hair.  

It's creamy but very light weight.  All it took was just a few pumps to instantly add shine to hair with no weight.  This can also be used before blow drying/heat styling for added protection.  The scent is very similar to the rest of the Repair/Moisture line, which I also loved.  It's noticeable, and does linger on the hair lightly during the day, but I didn't find it overwhelming
Best of all, you can get each one of these great products for just under $7.  The Shampoo and Conditioner are huge and the Beautifier is very concentrated,making this line a steal! - RLB

Go-->Schwarzkopf essence ULTIME Omega Repair & Moisture Available at Walmart and

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

Beauty Find - Kiko Cosmetics Black Impulse Collection

Over the recent 2014 holidays I picked up a very glam and ultimately, very versatile "Black Impulse Holiday Pochette at a newly opened Kiko Cosmetics in New Jersey.

Now, the thing that makes this so special is that I originally discovered Kiko cosmetics in Italy a few years ago, and was AMAZED by how fun, varied and high quality the products were - at prices that were much closer to drugstore than department store.

But, what I found out when I stumbled upon that New Jersey Kiko was that the Italian brand, rather quietly, has begun opening up stores in the US*. Kiko has it all - from makeup and nail color to skincare and fragrance.  

You really have to spend some time in a Kiko to just see the clean, bright and fun space and their sheer breadth and depth of their offerings and color ranges - with amazingly inexpensive prices.  *Note: Kiko stores are now in Miami, Florida, Woodbridge, NJ, Jersey City, NJ, Brooklyn, NY and several other locations on the East coast.  There is no US online shopping at this time, however.

I want to share with you three of the products that were included in this limited edition clutch shown above (not currently available).  As of this writing, they do have close product dupes that are currently in their stores.

The clutch contained a Impulse Black eyeliner which is very creamy but still allowed me to draw a fine line for a cat eye, or smudge it out easily (with fingers or a brush) for a smoky eye.  I find myself reaching for this pencil frequently now.  The black finish is  rich and slightly glossy.Once this pencil is on - it very long lasting.  I got all day wear with no fading or smudging what so ever. Note: Vibrant Eyeliner is the closest to this product currently in stores.

Also included was the glam Gold Maxi Mascara, which features a huge, conical brush and a rich, slightly dry mascara formula.  It gave me great separation and volume with a glossy black finish, but this is not for major length in my opinion.  I love the packaging and think this is great for when you just want to have a more fanned out lash look. Note: This exact mascara was also limited edition, but there are similar formulas in stores.

The third item in the clutch is their newly formulated nail lacquer in a rich, true cherry red which would flatter all skin tones. It's called Black Impulse Nail Lacquer.The formula is creamy and medium weight. I got the rich, glossy color with two coats and used with a good base/top coat, I got about 5 days of wear with minimal chipping. Note: While this exact shade is limited edition, there are similar ones in stores. 

The faux black leather clutch with gold studs and a wrist strap (perfect for storing makeup/extra accessories, or to use as a evening clutch) was part of the limited edition holiday set. But be on the look out for more of their makeup accessories in store - they have new items coming in for Spring now! - RLB 

Note: If you live in or are traveling to Europe, Kiko cosmetics is in most major cities or can be purchased online, e.g. London, Milan, Paris, Vienna, Brussels, Stockholm etc. Please visit the Kiko Cosmetics site for more information. 

Go--> Scroll down the page on the Kiko Cosmetics site to view the Kiko Cosmetics US location map