Beauty Find - Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Lip Saver Treatment Primer

We've got primer's for the face, the hair and now for the lips.

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Lip Saver Treatment Primer is a great idea from the innovative Tarte.  It's one of those products that, once you use it, you'll wonder what you did before.

The primer does all the good things you'd want for your lips - smoothing and hydration, but it also has a very unique texture and finish.  It's coconut infused, with a gel-like texture, but once on the lips it's transparent and dries immediately to a matte finish.

I tried this with all types of lip products from traditional lipsticks, to lip stains to even more sheer lip products, and Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Lip Saver Treatment Primer helped extend the life of of throughout the day.  My lip colors stayed more vibrant and true, and there was no flaking or transfer after using it.   For products that were long wear or stains, the primer gave it a lot more staying power (in some cases the entire day even after eating).  In other cases, like with more sheer or shiny lip products, I had fewer touch ups.

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Lip Saver Treatment Primer is also multi purpose, so I used it overnight as a lip conditioning mask/treatment and woke up with plump, smooth and hydrated lips.

This is the ideal product to keep on hand at all times in your makeup bag and, if you're a makeup artist, part of your on the go makeup kit for your clients. - RLB

Purchase Here: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Lip Saver Treatment Primer

Drugstore Buy of the Week - L'Oreal Paris Advanced Haircare Extraordinary Oil Curls Nourishing Line

The proof that curls are bigger than ever are the multiple beauty companies dedicating entire new hair care lines to curly hair.

It's great to have lots of options and to be able to shop different price points as well.  

L'Oreal Paris Advanced Haircare Extraordinary Oil Curls is now one of those great options.

I initially tested this on my little one with long, medium-fine curly hair. The Extraordinary Oil Curls Nourishing Shampoo  is thick and creamy, with a very nice floral/spicy fragrance. With water, it lathered well and cleansed the hair gently, yet thoroughly When my little one used this I was amazed by how much hydration and shine her hair had after just the shampoo. 
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When she rinsed the Extraordinary Oil Curls Nourishing Shampoo out, there was barely any hair that needed to be untangled, due to the balance of oil to cleansing sulfates in the formula.  The L'Oreal Paris Advanced Haircare Extraordinary Oil Curls Nourishing Conditioner is also thick and creamy, with a similar fragrance to the shampoo.  

The Extraordinary Oil Curls Nourishing Conditioner served to lock in moisture and coat the hair in a smoothing, lightweight layer that allowed the curls to have shine, movement and separation.  Not very much Extraordinary Oil Curls Nourishing Conditioner was needed (about a silver dollars worth for long curls, for example), which was also impressive.

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There is also a deep conditioning mask in the line called the  L'Oreal Paris Advanced Haircare Extraordinary Oil Curls Re-Nourish Mask which is perfect for those of you with curls in need of some extra TLC or those of you with extremely coarse/thick curly hair.

While this is branded a curly hair product, those of you with dry hair in a variety of textures- from wavy to tightly coiled/natural to relaxed hair will also love the effects. If you or other family members have curls the Extraordinary Oil Curls line is a must have duo to keep on hand. - RLB 

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Beauty Find - Boscia Sake Brightening Hydrogel Eye Masks

I've found another skin care miracle for those "tough" mornings.

Boscia Sake Brightening Hydrogel Eye Masks are impressive in making a real difference in reducing puffiness and dark circles.

They are crescent shaped and fit perfectly in my under eye area.  Boscia Sake Brightening Hydrogel Eye Masks are made of a gel material which adhered very firmly to my skin, yet without any discomfort.

Boscia Sake Brightening Hydrogel Eye Masks.are Infused with sake, antioxidants, and plant extracts,which work to brighten, firm, hydrate, and reduce the look of fine lines.

They gels made my skin soft and smooth, and much brighter.  I would leave them on while getting ready in the morning and take them off just before applying my makeup. There's a lot of product in each mask, so I felt like I was really getting a good treatment.

Boscia Sake Brightening Hydrogel Eye Masks are ideal for travel (yes if you don't mind the occasional stare, you can easily do a treatment right on the plane or train, and to keep in your gym bag.  Of course, these are a nice skin treat for the man in your life as well.

My skin was completely hydrated and my concealer went on like a dream after using the Boscia Sake Brightening Hydrogel Eye Masks.

The only complaint I have is that I wish there were more in each pack!   Try these - you're going to love them. - RLB 

Purchase Here: Boscia Sake Brightening Hydrogel Eye Masks 

Beauty Find - Nip + Fab Kale Fix Moisturiser

A few weeks ago I shared one of my favorite new masks for 2016, the Nip + Fab Kale Fix Clay Mask

There's another product from the line that I'm equally impressed with.  The Nip + Fab Kale Fix Moisturiser

Nip + Fab Kale Fix Moisturiser is just what dry, parched skin needs.  It's a very creamy, thick, texture that absorbed into my skin within seconds, and left a nice layer of moisture and sheen on my skin.

It also has that great fresh "kale/green/cucumber" scent that the Nip + Fab Kale Fix Clay Mask features.

Read our review: Nip + Fab Kale Fix Clay Mask

I love that once on the skin, the Nip + Fab Kale Fix Moisturiser has a bit of a gel feel that makes my skin lock in the moisture.  For just a few seconds there's a bit of a sticky feeling while it's drying, but it was very quick.  After that I had a nice layer of moisture, with a beautiful glowy finish on my dry areas like my cheeks.

After the moisturizer was fully absorbed my skin was so soft and supple.  I loved using it first thing in the morning on very cold dry days, and I also started using it as a night hand cream before bed I loved it so much.

You May Also Like: Nip + Fab Kale Fix Clay Mask

There's no SPF in this version, but if you need a multi-purpose moisturizer (yes it's also great for the body) for dry or very dry skin made with natural ingredients, Nip + Fab Kale Fix is one of the best new lines. - RLB

Purchase Here: Nip + Fab Kale Fix Moisturiser  Also available at CVS stores nationwide.

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

Beauty Innovation - SEPHORA Color Switch By Vera Mona Brush Cleaner

Here's one of those beauty products that's a: "How have I not had this in my life before?"

Color Switch By Vera Mona Brush Cleaner really does what it claims - which is to clean your brushes between colors so that you can keep using one brush instead of switching.

The creator was inspired by a common dilemma  of how to remove powder product from brushes quickly, without the drying time of a liquid brush cleaner.

This sponge offers a genius dry alternative. The special material allows you to remove pigment from your brushes without brush cleaner formula. All I had to do between eye shadow application, for example, was to swipe the brush (back and forth, gently) over the sponge until product was removed. Then I could immediately move on to the next color. Note: The tin the sponge is inside of is not weighted, so you will need to hold it in place as you swipe the brush to clean it.

 Color Switch By Vera Mona Brush Cleaner is completely reusable and can be cleaned by washing it with warm water and soap or it can be sprayed with disinfecting brush cleaner for a quick cleanse.

One other thing to note is that this is not a replacement for eventually deep cleansing your makeup brushes in soap and water, for example, but you will not have to do it as often.

If you're a big eye shadow user, makeup artist or have that favorite set of brushes you want to maintain, you NEED the Color Switch By Vera Mona Brush Cleaner- RLB

Purchase Here: Color Switch By Vera Mona Brush Cleaner

Drugstore Buy of the Week - CoverGirl Colorlicious Oh Sugar! Vitamin Infused Lip Balm, Caramel

From the packaging and cute name to the yummy flavor and scent CoverGirl Colorlicious Oh Sugar! Vitamin Infused Lip Balm, needs to be on your beauty shopping list. As a matter of fact, the Caramel shade (shown, above), I'm reviewing, has become so beloved, that even the newest CoverGirl Zendaya used ii as part of her 2016 Grammy Awards beauty look.

I fell in love with CoverGirl Oh Sugar! Vitamin Infused Lip Balm, Caramel after attending a recent P + G Beauty Digital event, where we previewed lots of new beauty goodies coming this spring.

These new lip balms are packed with vitamins and loads of moisture.  They are made with grape see oil and avocado.  They offer hydration without a greasy, sticky or  waxy feel.  I loved how smooth and cushiony the balm felt on my lips.  They are meant for a light wash of color, so there is a light-to-medium amount of pigment in them.

The finish is a natural shine with light color.  They are not long lasting, so I did have to reapply after eating, but they can also be layered with a complimentary lipstick or lip stain for a longer effect.  When I reapplied, I did get an extra dose of moisture each time and it made my lips also feel very soothed on super cold, dry days.

The Caramel shade is one of those "your lips but better" universal shades that the CoverGirl makeup artists used on 3 women with completely different skin tones (very dark, fair with red hair and medium toned blonde) at the P+ G Digital beauty event and it looked great (and completely different) on them.  Caramel is a brown based shade with a touch of orange/apricot which gives it a warmth that makes it work so well for a natural lip shade.  

The flavor is a yummy vanilla/sugar and I loved it.  It's not strong or artificial smelling, but it still may not be your thing.  However, I think that this shade in particular is worth having the scent even if it's not your favorite.

CoverGirl Colorlicious OhSugar! Lip Balm has a great shade selection with plenty of pinks, berries, reds, plums and peaches that offer something for everyone. - RLB

Purchase Here: CoverGirl Colorlicious OhSugar! Lip Balm, Caramel 

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

Nail Care Find - tweexy - The Original Wearable Nail Polish Holder

Looking for an easier way to do those at home manicures?

I've found just what you needtweexy - The Original Wearable Nail Polish Holder 

It's a genius idea that's also cute as a button.  The tweexy is a soft, flexible polish holder that is designed to that it can not only hold ANY nail polish bottle (and yes I tested that!), but can also fit all finger sizes.  

tweexy is made from soft, smooth silicone and easily and securely fits on two fingers on your hand (or thumb).  You can even wear two tweexy's on your hands for doing nail art or using base and top coats, etc.  The tweexy system is so secure that it even holds any nail polish bottle when your hand is upside down.

It's very easy to insert a nail polish bottle in the tweexy, as well as remove it, as it glides in and out of the smooth material.

Purchase Here: tweexy - The Original Wearable Nail Polish Holder in Spa Green

I loved using the tweexy and found that it made doing my own nails just that much easier. I found that sliding the ring over my middle and ring finger worked best.  I was able to easily alternate hands and the bottles.  No matter the shape or size, none of them spilled, leaked or dripped.  

The one thing that took a little getting used to was having a noticeable amount of weight on my fingers (when the nail polish bottle is inserted), but it was easy to get used to.

For those of you who live in your cars - yes., you can easily use this in the car (passenger side or sitting in a long traffic jam only please!), as well as the pool, beach side or even in your bed.

tweexy - The Original Wearable Nail Polish Holder in Spa Green is my favorite color (shown, above), and there are two other colors available: Saphire Blue and Bonbon Pink. Order a few of these for friends/family and your beauty-obsessed kids too to prevent messes around the house! - RLB

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

Beauty Find - Paul + Joe Beaute Limited Edition Face + Eye Color, 100 Papillons de Printemps

A few weeks ago, I shared with you one of my new favorite nail polish shades for 2016, from French brand, Paul + Joe, Buddleja Nail Polish.

Here's another product from their Spring 2016 collection that's as pretty to look at as it is on the skin:  Paul + Joe Beaute Limited Edition Face + Eye Color, 100 Papillons de Printemps (100 Spring Butterflies)

When was the last time you had a compact with beautiful shades that also included stunning butterfly artwork in the form of pop-up paper art? The palette was inspired by the brightly colored wings of the butterfly. 

The palette comes with 2 eye shadow shades (a beautiful shimmery bronze with copper accents) and a medium, warm pink, and 1 powder cheek color in a orange/red shade.  The eye shadow is so pretty and very versatile. The shadows are smooth and blend easily, with no fall out or flaking.  They last quite well on their own, and really having staying power with a touch of primer.

I loved using the colors together, but each one works on it's own for a pretty look - both day and night.  The blush may look too bright in the pan, for some, but the finish is a warm wash of color that's buildable and looks great on pale and very dark skin tones.

If you're looking to treat yourself to some new vibrant shades to shake up your winter looks, or need a beauty gift idea, this is the one to get.   The collector-worthy packaging made me smile every time I opened the unique pop out display of butterflies.- RLB

Purchase Here:  Paul + Joe Beaute Limited Edition Face + Eye Color, 100 Papillons de Printemps

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

Beauty Find - Clarisonic Mia Fit

So, some of you might be thinking "The Clarisonic Mia has gotten SMALLER (but the price hasn't)".

And I get that.  This is a luxury purchase, no question.

But the benefits outweigh the cost in every way.

Purchase Here: Clarisonic Mia Fit 

As someone who uses the Clarisonic Mia faithfully every day for several years now, I also had my doubts as to how much of an improvement the Clarisonic Mia Fit  would be, but after my first use I was converted.

This new adorable design is perfect for anyone whose "on the go".   It's the perfect size to hold in the palm of your hand.  Out of the box it had a charge, so I tried it right away, along with the Radiance cleanser, included.  The Fit has two settings, the first is a 60 second delicate cleanse and the second is a 80 second power cleanse, perfect for taking off heavy duty makeup and post workouts.  In the mornings, I usually used the power cleanse (helps me wake up!).  There's a convenient buzz reminder sound which is meant to move on to the next area of your face e.g. forehead to nose, etc.

Purchase Here: Clarisonic Mia Fit
After cleansing and rinsing my skin was so clear, smooth and soft.  I don't regret making the upgrade at all.  If you need one of their specialty brushes, the fit also works with their Deep Pore, Acne and Sensitive brush options.

More benefits to the new Fit design are that it stands upright, so it's easier to place on your bathroom vanity or even pack along with your beauty products without taking up additional space.  It also has a USB charger, so you can plug it into your laptop to charge before adding it to your travel or gym bag.

The Fit also comes in 4 other colors.  Clarisonic Mia Fit  is an investment in your skin that you won't regret and will make your life easier - what could be better than that? - RLB

Purchase Here: Clarisonic Mia Fit 

This set contains:
- Mia Fit Cleansing Device 
- USB Enable Universal Voltage Charger 
- Radiance Brush Head 
- 1 oz Skin Illuminating Cleanser sample 

Drugstore Buy of the Week - Biore Baking Soda Pore Cleanser

Biore Baking Soda Pore Cleanser is the latest in a new line of Biore products designed to clear pores and gently cleanse skin.

This is a perfect cleanser for those of you looking for a more natural alternative or those who need a gentle exfoliating cleanser that won't break the bank.

Biore Baking Soda Pore Cleanser is a very concentrated gel (1 pump was all I needed). Once I added water there was lots of lather to cover my face. Once I lathered it up, the feel was almost creamy.  The scent was slightly sweet and very light and pleasant. There are tiny little exfoliating beads that gave me a nice scrub while I cleanser and they didn't make my skin irritated or overly stripped when I rinsed.

My skin was soft and smooth with no left over residue, but I was still left with a nice amount of moisture in my drier areas.  My t-zone and pores around my nose were very clear.   I'll make sure to have this on hand in the hot, summer months when I need a good scrub after lots of perspiration, to feel refreshed. Biore Baking Soda Pore Cleanser did a great job of removing makeup in the evenings as well. This cleanser is oil free and did dry up a bit of the oil on my oily areas, so it's best for oily, normal and combination skin.  - RLB

Purchase Here: Biore Baking Soda Pore Cleanser Also available at CVS Stores nationwide and

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

Beauty Find - Dolce & Gabbana Beauty Voyage Makeup Essential Palette

Dolce + Gabbana have just created their very first makeup palette, Dolce + Gabbana Beauty Voyage Makeup Essential Palette, and it's a stunner.

The limited edition Beauty Voyage includes: - 4 Eye shadows featuring two shades from the Desert Quad, one from the Delicate Duo and one from the Femme Fatale Quad, all in very easy to use beige, tan, taupe and grey shades.  It also includes a blush in Peach 20 and an Illuminator in Eva 3.  Last, but not least, it also has two lipsticks, a bright red, Devil 620 and a very light pink/nude, Honey 130.   

All the shadows were very silky and pigmented, just as they are in their traditional eye shadow quads.  The shadows also worked both on the lid and as eyeliners (wet or dry). The illuminator was very sheer providing just a touch of glow.  I liked that you can have your "day" lip color and "night" lip color - or just switch from day to day as your mood desires.

Note: This palette overall is best suited to light to medium skin tones.  However, the eye shadows, illuminator and the red lip shade will work for everyone.

The palette has some heft to it, from the gold plated outer and inner casing, but it's not too heavy for a bag or purse. When the palette is open,  there's a full mirror and a double-sided, leopard print brush with a sponge tip applicator for eye shadow and lip color brush on the other end.

There's more to the packaging for the Beauty Voyage Palette as well.  The outer box is also matching leopard print (gift ready!) and the palette is housed in a soft, velvet carrying case with a small outer pocket where there's a small gold handled blush brush (not shown, above).  

This makes a perfect luxe treat before your next adventure, or a beauty gift for Valentine's Day. -RLB

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

Valentine's Day Beauty Find - Stella McCartney STELLA Eau de Toilette

This Valentine's Day gift pick is for any fragrance lover, but especially the rose fragrance lover in your life.

If you weren't able to give someone the Stella McCartney Stella- The Print Collection 1 oz Eau de Parfum Spray during the holidays, I suggest you order the lighter (and baby pink dotted glass!) version, Stella McCartney Stella Eau de Toilette.  

This is a perfect gift with a scent that celebrates the rose, just as the Eau de Parfum Spray does, but with a beautiful blend of citrus and peony that is light, sweet, as well as sensual.

Stella McCartney Stella Eau de Toilette is fresh, clean and had amazing longevity* on me. It's a scent that starts out with a blend of citrus and floral, and then the rose gradually comes to the forefront as it warms up. The rose notes remained with me throughout the day, but never became to strong or sweet. The dry down continues the rose along with a perfect amount of warm amber. 

You can wear this for practically any occasion or time of day, making this a sure hit for Valentine's Day. With such sweet and pretty packaging, this is also great for the packaging lover as well.  - RLB

Fragrance Notes:

Mandarin, Frozen Lemon, Freesia, Bulgarian Rose, Violet Leaves, Peony Petals, Amber. 

*Fragrance terms to know:

Longevity = how long it lasts.

Projectiondistance the fragrance travels from a stationary location/the body.

Sillagedistance and strength scent trail can be smelled during movement.

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