Drugstore Buy of the Week - CoverGirl Plumpify BlastPro Mascara

Do you want pumped up, thick lashes like CoverGirl Katy Perry in the new campaign for Covergirl Plumpify BlastPro Mascara?

The good new is, you CAN get them with this mascara.

However, I found that the best candidates for this thickening, lifting formula will be those of you who already have some length, and at least average thickness in your lashes.

I loved this large and twisted brush with a spiky brush at the ends.  It got to each and every one of my lashes easily.  There was no clumping or smudging.  The formula was not too wet and glided on my lashes easily.  After 3 coats my lashes were indeed very thick and lush looking.  There was also a lifting/curling effect that was very nice, and is great for those of you who have straighter lashes. My lash length increased (but not as much as the fullness) as well, so for those of you looking for this, you'll also be pleased.

Covergirl Plumpify BlastPro Mascara also did a great job of separating my lashes, much like my beloved CoverGirl LashBlast Clump Crusher Mascara. However, the Clump Crusher Mascara will give you more of length effect, in my opinion.

Covergirl Plumpify BlastPro Mascara Mascara stayed on and left my lashes thick and lifted all day into the night.  I needed a good cream or oil cleanser or makeup remover to fully remove it, but I didn't struggle or need to tug at my lashes when doing so.  If you're looking for full, lush lashes, this is your new mascara that won't break the bank.  - RLB

Purchase Here: Covergirl Plumpify BlastPro Mascara and drugstores nationwide.

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

Beauty Find - Elke Von Freudenberg Brow Glow

Elke Von Freudenberg is building quite a brow empire with her brow shaping services in her salon and her ever expanding brow product offerings.

I've talked about her great Sketch Stick Waterproof Brow Pencil and Brow Serum before, but her Elke Von Freudenberg Brow Glow is one of her insider secrets to truly gorgeous brows.

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This is a product that I never realized I needed until she applied it after a recent brow shaping she gave me.  It's a bit different than the standard highlighter pencil/pen in that it doesn't just provide a lighter/shimmer shade.  It has more of a soft focus/glow-y effect. There are two shades available: Glare, which she used on me (warm sheer gold pictured above) and Whisper (cool sheer pink)

To use it you apply it as a soft line right above the brows and then blend it slightly towards the forehead. (Yes, you can also use this as a standard highlighter on the bridge of the nose, cheekbones, cupids bow, etc.).  It's a very lightweight, creamy and pigmented powder, so just a touch is really all you need for the effect, and it's goof proof.  So even if you've never used a product like this on your brows, you'll easily master it and look great.

The effect can be very soft and subtle, or you can also apply more for a nighttime look perfect for parties and date night.

Of course, this is also a double duty product that can be used as an all over eye shadow as well. - RLB

Purchase Here: Elke Von Freudenberg Brow Glow 

*This product was provided courtesy of Elke Von Freudenberg PR for reviewing purposes.

Hair Care Find - Dove Quench Absolute Leave-In Detangler

Dove Quench is one of my favorite new lines for curly/textured hair. I'm happy to share that they've just added a new product to their line up which is a MUST have.

Dove Quench Absolute Leave-In Detangler works perfectly with the Dove Quench Ultra Nourish Shampoo + Dove Quench Ultra Nourish Conditioner - and it is a very good product on it's own.

After washing and conditioning hair, I applied the leave in detangler, which also smelled as great as the rest of the line.  The spay was lightweight, but did have a bit of a oil feel which is what allowed the wide tooth comb or Tangle Teezer to glide though the hair easily.  

This leave in didn't leave a sticky or gummy feel to the hair.  My hair was very soft and smooth, and it was great to tame frizzies.  The leave it is also great to apply during the day to very thick, curly hair that might be very dry.  Curls are instantly shinier and defined.  Even if you don't have curly hair, this also acts as a leave in conditioner to dry, chemically treated and relaxed hair.  This preps hair for blow drying/flat ironing or allows it to dry much smoother and shinier if it's air dried.  Stock up on this one!  - RLB

Purchase Here: In Target stores nationwide and Target.com

Beauty Find - NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint Broad Spectrum SPF 30

NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Martinique

THIS is the next generation of tinted moisturizers.

NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint Broad Spectrum SPF 30 is my new best friend.  

If the words "Velvet" + "Matte" sound intriguing and desirable, then you'll be very pleased with this product.  When I applied the Tint, in the Martinique shade, my skin instantly looked exactly as the name stated - velvety soft, with a smooth, matte finish.  

The texture of the tint was slightly thicker than a usual tinted moisturizer, but it was so lightweight and silky that it didn't even seem that I had any product on my face.  Add to that, the coverage and touch of color (a great match for my skin tone) was remarkably good for small discolorations, combined with instant hydration without any additional oil - and I was in love. 

I got great results applying with a foundation brush, as well as with fingers, which makes this ideal to apply while traveling, when you are seeking a more natural and easy look.  There are 12 shades in the line, which cover almost all complexions.

NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint Broad Spectrum SPF 30 is one of the few makeup products on the market now that actually improves the look of your skin - and makes even "good" skin look simply amazing.  I also loved that the SPF 30 never resulted in any white or grey film or residue on my skin.  I usually wore this without any additional power, but it also liked using it with with a light dusting of NARS Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder Translucent Crystal on my T zone.

This is a product that will never leave my makeup kit.  It's a must have! - RLB

Purchase Here: NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint Broad Spectrum SPF 30

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

Enter To Win - Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream

Entries for this giveaway are now over.

Our friends at Sol de Janeiro are offering 2 lucky Palacinka readers their Brazilian Bum Bum Cream, (a $50 value).

This fragrant and rich cream is a Brazilian secret now available to you!  It's for your bum bum, legs, tummy arms and all over.   Brazilian Bum Bum Cream is rich in guaraná, a native Amazonian plant whose fruit contains one of the most potent forms of caffeine on the planet. Together with cupuaçu butter, açaí and coconut oil, guaraná caffeine stimulates circulation and helps keep posteriors their smoothest, tightest and positively most pinchable.   

Read our Brazilian Bum Bum Cream Review!

To Enter: Please send an email to palacinkabeauty@gmail.com with "Bum" in the subject line.

Include: Name/Address/email and phone # (for shipping purposes only).


  • Entries accepted until 12pm Midnight EST Friday, January 29th, 2016.
  • This giveaway is ONLY open to U.S. Residents.
  • 1 entry per person please.

Good Luck! - RLB P.S. Read our Brazilian Bum Bum Cream review now to see how much we love it too!

Drugstore Buy of the Week - Nip + Fab Kale Fix Clay Mask

Kale is not just for eating anymore! The supercharged vegetable that's become so popular in our culture is now part of a new Nip + Fab Kale Fix skincare line (Kylie Kardashian is also a brand ambassador), which is available at CVS stores nationwide.

Nip + Fab Kale Fix Clay Mask works to re hydrate and freshen dry and combination skin. The mask is the same pale green shade as it's tube, and has a lightweight fresh, "vegital/herb" scent (it also contains watercress, minerals and witch hazel). The scent did, in fact, remind me slightly of salad/lettuce (which I like!), but it's still very soft and nice to apply. 

The texture is very creamy and slightly thin, so it spread more like a lotion than a traditional mask. I was able to layer it slightly more thickly on my cheeks where I have drier skin. Nip + Fab Kale Fix Clay Mask dries soft to the touch and much of it absorbed into my skin. 

When I rinsed it off I loved how soft and fresh my skin felt, while also being completely moisturized with no excess residue. I had a lovely glow too! I used this about 2 times a week and left it on about 15 min. 

This is a great alternative to hydrating sheet masks if you like more of a cream feel, and of course to experience all the benefits of Kale in just 15 min. - RLB 

Purchase HereNip + Fab Kale Fix Clay Mask You can also find this in CVS stores! 

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

Beauty Find - Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream

When most of us think of Brazil...we certainly think of beaches, sun, and beautiful people with beautiful bodies - including their "bums" (also known as your butt),  in those tiny g-string bikinis. 

That's why I was very intrigued when I heard about this cream for the bum, which was highly moisturizing, fragrant and skin tone enhancing!

What makes Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream so powerful are several Brazilian ingredients like: Guaraná, which stimulates circulation, boosts energy and smooth skin. Cupuaçu Butter, the Amazon’s answer to shea butter, full of fatty-acids, phytosterols and polyphenols to lock in moisture and help restore skin’s elasticity. Açaí, the potent berry and the antioxidant powerhouse, and of course Coconut Oil, which Brazilians have been enjoying for centuries and melts easily into skin to soften, condition and moisturize.

I loved opening up this large cheery yellow jar, with a concentrated cream that was slightly thick, but very creamy and smooth to allow easy application.  I then applied this cream all over the body (it's not just for bums!).  That's also when I noticed the sheer, beautiful, subtle shimmer on my arms, upper chest, legs, etc.  The cream absorbed quickly and completely, so there was no feeling of greasiness or stickiness.

In addition my my skin feeling soft, supple and instantly smooth and glow-y, Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream also happens to have one of the best fragrances I've ever experienced*.  It was slightly sweet, slightly floral - and even a little spicy, all at the same time.  The fragrance lingered on my body for several hours afterwards, making this a nice way to combine fragrance and body care before heading out for the day (Note: this cream does not contain SPF).

I'm addicted!  Treat yourself to this one - especially if you want to feel like you're in sunny Brazil no matter what time of year it is. - RLB

Purchase Here: Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream 2.5 oz

*Fragrance Notes:
Top: pistachio, almond
Mid: heliotrope, jasmine petals
Dry: vanilla, salted caramel, sandalwood

*This product was provided courtesy of Sol de Janeiro PR for reviewing purposes.

Drugstore Buy of the Week - Burt's Bees Lipstick

If you've been using Burt's Bees Lip Balm, Pomegranate Oil, and Burt's Bees Tinted Lip Balm over the years, you'll be very excited with this week's pick.  They've taken all the natural and moisturizing ingredients in their other lip products and transformed them into their very first Burt's Bees Lipstick.

Burt's Bees Lipstick is great when you want something more than a tinted balm, but with a slightly sheer, natural finish, and some buildability.

Burt's Bees Lipstick contains Beeswax, Moringa Oil, Raspberry Seed Oil, and Vitamin E and the case is made from 100% Recycled materials.
My favorite go-to, everyday shade was Blush Basin, which is a pretty, slightly brown pink. It had a smooth, balm-like feel and was lightweight.  My lips felt hydrated, and the color payoff with about two layers was close to the tube.  There's a very slight, herbal/floral scent that's nice and not off putting.

These are not "long wearing" lipsticks however.  I usually had to touch up about 2 times throughout the day after eating or extended drinking, but I didn't mind.

I love the honeycomb packaging (get it Bees - Honeycomb?) and love that there are 14 shades in all, with lots of bright pinks, reds, corals and plums/berries.  Some of the other stand out shades I loved are: Magenta RushJuniper Water,, and Scarlet Soaked, a really pretty classic red. - RLB

Purchase Here: Burt's Bees Lipstick, Blush Basin, .12 oz and most drugstores nationwide.

*These products were provided courtesy of Burt's Bee's PR for reviewing purposes.

Beauty Find - MALIN +GOETZ Facial Cleansing Oil

There are a LOT of facial cleansing oils on the market right now.

But it takes a superior formula to really impress me these days, and MALIN+GOETZ Facial Cleansing Oil has the goods!

This oil is so gentle, smoothing and refreshing, that I almost forgot it was an oil formula at all.  Not only did it remove all my makeup in one fell swoop (including eye makeup and mascara), but the oil was lightweight and non-greasyI also loved the slim, convenient pump packaging.

MALIN+GOETZ Facial Cleansing Oil is made with grapeseed, avocado and olive oils for ultimate hydration.  It also has refreshing eucalyptus and soothing chamomile combined with anti-oxidant vitamins A and E for skin protection

It has just a touch of light, fresh-floral fragrance which I loved. I found it only lingered slightly after rinsing off. 

MALIN+GOETZ Facial Cleansing Oi emulsifies and rinses clean with water.  So , after rinsing the MALIN+GOETZ Facial Cleansing Oil off, my skin felt completely smooth, clean and toned - and had a wonderful glow from the oils, but with no residual oil or greasy feel.

Some of you may be wondering if a Facial Cleansing Oil can work for you even if you have combination/oily skin. The answer is YES - the oil binds to excess oil in the skin and balances it out.

In the dry, winter months, I prefer using cream and oil-based cleansers, so I've happily added MALIN+GOETZ Facial Cleansing Oil to my cleanser rotation. - RLB

Purchase Here: MALIN+GOETZ Facial Cleansing Oil, 4 oz

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

Nail Polish Find - Paul + Joe Nail Polish, Buddleja Spring 2016 Collection

Here's a sight for winter weary eyes!

Paul + Joe Beaute Nail Polish, Buddleja is a beautiful fuchsia cream with just the right amount of brightness and warmth to give you an early taste of spring on your fingers or toes. This is also one of those pinks that also works on both darker and lighter skin tones equally well.

Buddleja, was lightweight, but very creamy and smooth, with no streaking.  Two coats gave me the color in the bottle. The shine and pigment were excellent.  With a good no-chip top coat I got 5+ days of wear and shine before any chipping or fading.

As with all of Paul + Joe's beauty products, the packaging (The outer box as well), is unique and slightly retro.  I love the shape and flower detail of the bottle, which look so pretty on a vanity or your nail polish shelf.  P.S. This will also make a perfect little Valentine's Day beauty gift for the beauty lover in your life. - RLB

Purchase Here: Paul + Joe Beaute Nail Polish, Buddleja

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

Drugstore Buy of the Week - L'Oréal Advanced Haircare Extraordinary Oil Lustrous Oil Serum

If you're dealing with dry or dull hair this winter, L'Oreal Advanced Haircare Total Repair Extraordinary Oil  is a fabulous Oil Serum to hydrate, protect and add shine to all hair types.

This oil has a wonderful texture and feel.  It's lightweight and silky, and glides on to curly, relaxed, straight and coarse hair equally well.  There was no greasy feel or residue, but my hair was instantly shiny and smooth, and very soft, all day long (even when outside in the cold dry air for extended periods of time).  

I loved the scent and how concentrated it is.  I only needed about a quarter-sized amount (about 3 pumps), and that was if I really wanted to add a lot on the ends to protect from breakage.  Otherwise, I only needed a dime -sized amount for general shine/smoothing.

L'Oreal Advanced Haircare Total Repair Extraordinary Oil  also works very well as a leave-in conditioner (pair it with this great detangling brush), and for touching up any end of day frizz or flyaways.

This oil has earned it's "Extraordinaryname in every way - stock up on L'Oreal Advanced Haircare Total Repair Extraordinary Oil during the winter months! - RLB

Purchase Here: L'Oreal Advanced Haircare Total Repair Extraordinary Oil (100 ml) by L'Oreal Paris

Beauty Find - Aerin Rose Hand And Body Cream

I've found another fantastic product for the Rose lovers out there.

AERIN Rose Hand And Body Cream is a deliciously Rose scented cream that is concentrated, yet has the perfect amount of "slip" to glide over skin.

The Rose scent is truly one of the best I've smelled in a cream - ever.  The Rose feels lush, authentic and yet still quite soft and modern, so the scent lingers, but is never overwhelming.

I loved using AERIN Rose Hand And Body Cream in the evening for both hands and body, and during the day for a lovely scent escape for a few seconds.  There was no greasy film, and the cream absorbed very quickly.

If you just want a subtle chic fragrance for the day, all you need to do is add AERIN Rose Hand And Body Cream in the morning and add a little more to your hands throughout the day. 
AERIN Rose Hand And Body Cream is a must have to indulge in, and also makes a great beauty gift for upcoming Valentine's Day.  - RLB

Purchase Here: AERIN Rose Hand And Body Cream 4.2 oz

Beauty Find - Farmacy Hydrating Coconut Gel Mask - Anti-Wrinkle (Rhubarb)

New Year - new skincare line to tell you about!

Farmacy has a series of new sheet masks for a variety of skin concerns. I recently tried their Farmacy Hydrating Coconut Gel Mask - Anti-Wrinkle and was very impressed.  The line contains ingredients made from real vegetables and other nutrient-rich plants and foods, and in this case, it's Coconut and Rhubarb.

Rhubarb.extract supports the skin’s natural repair and defense processes leaving it better nourished, stronger, smoother and younger-looking. The Coconut gel provides intensive hydration and restores the skin’s balance.

Farmacy Hydrating Coconut Gel Mask - Anti-Wrinkle is the perfect treatment to soften fine lines, re hydrate dry skin during the winter months or while on long plane travel, or just to beautify and relax on the weekends or during vacation.

There are 3 sheet masks in a pack, and they have a standard design (but read the instructions to ensure you take off the cover properly before using!).  They are loaded with product and highly concentrated.  

I applied and left on for 30 minutes.  When the time was up, most of the liquid had absorbed into my skin. The layer of product that was left I massaged into my drier areas like my cheeks, as well as my neck and decolletage.  After the treatment my skin didn't feel like there was any film or sticky residue.  The result was very soft, glowing and completely hydrated skin.  When I used the Farmacy Hydrating Coconut Gel Mask in the evening, the effects carried through the very next day, and my makeup applied much more easily and my skin still had a great glow.

I'm going to explore more from the Farmacy line, and I recommend these masks highly for effective skincare made with natural ingredients that's worth the $. - RLB

Purchase Here:  Farmacy Hydrating Coconut Gel Mask - Anti-Wrinkle (Rhubarb) 3 masks