Beauty Find - beauty.blusher by beautyblender

beauty blender just doesn't stop with their innovations.

And you'll love this one.

beauty blusher by beautyblender is a slightly smaller version of their original beautyblender sponge, made just for applying blush products.

If you've been a fan of their original beautyblender, you might have found it a bit too large to blend blush and contour products on cheeks.  Now with this new size, and light grey color (which allows you to see how much blush product you are using), you've got the best of both worlds.

The texture/material of the beauty blusher by beautyblender is the same as the original beauty blender, and I found it also soft and bouncy when I dampened it before applying either cream, liquid or gel cheek color, using the bottom, "fat", end of the sponge.  It is the perfect size for blending color on the cheeks quickly and easily.

Some other benefits to this new smaller size are I also found it also worked better for adding concealer and highlighter.

Start adding to your beauty blender collection today by getting the beauty blusher by beautyblender  (Note: You might toss your blush brushes you fall in love with these so much!) - RLB

Purchase Herebeauty blusher by beautyblender 

Budget Beauty Buy - Hard Candy Sheer Envy Pore Defense Primer Serum

There's a new Hard Candy primer that's perfect for those of you who like a cute product that works - and doesn't break the bank.

  • Hard Candy Sheer Envy Pore Defense Primer Serum is their newest primer which absorbs oil and helps to minimize the appearance of pores.
This turquoise blue, lightweight primer (yes, it's the same shade as the bottle!), is oil, silicone and alcohol-free.  Those of you who have trouble with silicone based products, in particular, may have better results with the Sheer Envy Pore Defense Primer Serum.

The serum has a gel/cream hybrid texture and two small pumps were enough for my face. The primer felt slightly sticky for just a second or two, and then it smoothed out to a lovely, glass- smooth surface which was the perfect base for my makeup.

Hard Candy claims Hard Candy Sheer Envy Pore Defense Primer Serum keeps makeup fresh for up to 12 hours, and I have to say, it did perform very well for many hours.  My concealer and BB Cream or Foundation stayed fresh from early am to late evening, with very little fading, and no smudging or flaking 

Sheer Envy Pore Defense Primer Serum gave me hydration on my drier areas, but definitely kept mid-afternoon oilies at bay, so that my blotting paper touch up had noticeably less on it. 

This will also make a great warm weather/summer primer when I need to make my makeup last as long as possible!.- RLB

Purchase Here: Hard Candy Sheer Envy Pore Defense Primer Serum Coming soon to Walmart stores nationwide and available online now at Approx $8.

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

Beauty Find - L’Occitane Immortelle Precious Cleansing Foam

It's been a while since I've tried a good cleansing foam, and L'Occitane Immortelle Precious Cleansing Foam has everything you'll want it one.

If you have oily or combination skin, this is a perfect cleanser with a relaxing scent that cleanses gently without over drying skin.  L'Occitane Immortelle Precious Cleansing Foamis enriched with refreshing immortelle floral water and citrus fruit peel to brighten the complexion.. 

I love the thick, creamy foam that comes out in a velvety mousse texture with just one pump.  It was perfect for daily cleansing and after rinsing my skin felt toned, had a nice healthy glow and my oily areas were matter, but my drier areas were not overly stripped.  I generally used L'Occitane Immortelle Precious Cleansing Foam, in the mornings along with my Clarisonic.

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L'Occitane Immortelle Precious Cleansing Foam is a great formula to take to the gym and the
 is so concentrated only pump is needed for average cleansing.  I'll also
keep it on hand for a refreshing cleansing option during during hot, humid summers when my skin
is much more oily and prone to breakouts. - RLB

*This product was provided courtesy of L'Occitane PR for reviewing purposes.

Drugstore Buy of the Week - Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water All-In-1 Makeup Remover and Cleanser

For those of you not from Europe, Micellar cleansing water may be new to you.  Micelle cleansing molecules pull oil and dirt away from the face.  The result is that you can gently cleanse skin and remove makeup without irritating or drying out skin. 

Micellar water is great for all skin types, including sensitive, dry and even acne prone.  The Water also provides a toning effect to the skin.  For years, many of the best waters were found in French pharmacies, on in airport duty free stores.

But now, Garnier has brought the micellar concept to the US in a easy to use, large and reasonably priced versionGarnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water All-in-1 Cleanser and Makeup Remover, 

I loved using this at the end of the day to remove my makeup quickly and thoroughly.  With just a small quirt into my cotton pad, pressed gently on my eye areas and all my makeup lifted off in an instant (no rubbing or tugging at my skin!)  I also loved how soft and smooth my skin felt after finishing.  

For those of you who don't like to do too much in the evenings, but want to cleanse a little more thoroughly than with a wipe, this is ideal, as after you've swiped with the cotton, you're done.  My face was slightly damp for a minute or two, and then it was completely dry.

In the morning, this is also a great choice for those of you who don't need to do a lot of extra cleansing in the morning.  It left my skin very fresh and is a great prep for primer/sunscreen before adding makeup.

Tip: You can also spot clean your makeup brushes with it, in between your more thorough cleanings, every few weeks or so.

Now you know.  Make sure you're treating your skin to the benefits of Micellar water today! - RLB

Purchase Here: Available at CVS Stores and  Also available online: Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water All-in-1 Cleanser and Makeup Remover, 13.5 Fluid Ounce

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

Beauty Find - Pixi Glow Peel Pads

Pixi made me smile when I saw that they had expanded their amazing Glow line. *Read our review of the Pixi Face Glow Mist here. Their newest product are the Pixi Glow Peel Pads.

The Pixi Glow Peel Pads contain 20% Glycolic Acid (which is 15% more than in their Glow Tonic by the way).  This is a peel that makes a real difference in the look and feel of skin.
Since this is a peel, I took care to follow the instructions to the letter.  I swiped the pads, which have a good amount of product, but are not dripping wet,  across my skin and left the product on for no more than 5 minutes (because I can tolerate acids well, but the time given on the product directions is 2-3 minutes, which I recommend you start with).

I felt a prominent tingling sensation, but my skin didn't burning or become irritated.  After I splashed my face with water to remove, all sensations of tingling/warmth disappeared.

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The next step is to wait a few minutes before adding additional skin care products from your regimen.  My skin felt very smooth, and a bit tighter in the drier areas of my face, like my cheeks, but not overly dry or flaky.

I added an essence and moisturizer and was very impressed with how great my skin looked throughout the day.  Plumper, brighter and more toned. I also got great results using on my neck and decolletage as well.

This is a perfect at-home (or on the road because of it's travel friendly packaging), treatment to give your skin that healthily "boost" during the week.  It's recommended for use 1x week, (but again you may want to experiment to find the best frequency for you).

Watch this space for a few more new Pixi skincare product reviews soon! - RLB

Purchase Here: Pixi Glow Peel Pads available at and Target stores nationwide.

Nail Polish Find - Formula X #ColorCurators Cupcakes and Cashmere Edition

I take pleasure in reading just few other beauty/lifestyle blogs in the morning before I start my days of beauty testing, writing and posting all things beauty on our own social media.

Cupcakes and Cashmere, by Emily Schuman is one of them. I've been a big fan over the years, even picking up her two books, Cupcakes and Cashmere at Home and Cupcakes and Cashmere: A Guide for Defining Your Style, along the way.  I was excited when I recently head that she had teamed up with Formula X Nail Polish to create a trio of shades she felt every girl should own as part of an ongoing #ColorCurators collaboration.

And she hit the "nail" right on the head with the collection. (Smile)

The three limited edition shades include a gorgeous bright red-orange, Haute Sauce, a very pretty peach/coral called Peach Tea and a pastel nude that works very well with all skin tones, Latte Run.

I tried Haute Sauce as soon as I opened the package - and it's a stunner. It brightened up my fingers and looked great with my skin tone. I wore this on my fingers and toes and this will make a great summer pedicure color. 

The Formula X polish texture is very easy to apply, with a slightly thin-medium texture.  With 2-3 coats I got the exact shade on the bottle.  I loved the longer brush which made it very easy to apply on the nail beds (This helps too!)

Peach Tea is a very pretty pastel peach shade that's perfect when you want something light and feminine, but not the standard pink.

Latte Run is a lovely neutral that also works well on various skin tones and is perfect for a base for nail art or just a more subdued nail look.

The polishes dry very quickly and have incredible shine, even before adding a top coat (here's one of my favorites)

Don't wait to order these! With the cute, feminine packaging, they're also perfect for a nice beauty gift. They'll be gone before you know it. - RLB

Purchase Here: Formula X #ColorCurators Cupcakes and Cashmere Edition

Beauty Find - Farmacy Clear Bloom Makeup Glideaway Cleansing Oil

Farmacy Clear Bloom Makeup Glideaway Cleansing Oil is a makeup remover made with botanical plants and a unique formulation that is perfect for drier skin.

One of the key ingredients in Clear Bloom is Farmacy's patented Echinacea Purpurea, called, GreenEnnvy, which is a potent natural antioxidant which helps protect and firm the skin.

This oil starts out thick and silky, but when blended with water, as directed, it foams a silky milky emulsion (Note: This is the best way to it use for makeup removal).  I used this in the evenings solely as a makeup remover/cleanser, but if you have very dry skin, this can be used as a general cleanser any time of day.  

Once I had the milky texture, I massaged the Clear Bloom into my skin.  It immediately removed all traces of my makeup (including long wearing makeup and mascara).  After rinsing and patting dry, my skin felt soft, toned and completely fresh, with no traces of oil or residue.  As far as the packaging goes, it's so pretty to look at with the wood/white bottle, modern typography and flower images - perfect for displaying in the bathroom. - RLB

Purchase Here: Farmacy Clear Bloom Makeup Glideaway Cleansing Oil

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

Drugstore Buy of the Week - Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer

You need to get in and out of the shower in record time in the morning - and you also need to moisturize.

How can you make it any faster?

By using Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer, that's how.

Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer is the first ever oil-infused moisturizer designed to work while skin is wet, and most receptive to moisture.  It's a creamy, silky formula with just the right amount of fragrance. I simply applied once I stepped out of the shower, directly on my wet skin, and then toweled it off.

The Monoi Oil fragrance was my favorite and it lingered just long enough.  It reminded me of one of my favorite beauty productsNARS Body Glow, but was never overpowering. I would get a light whiff every now and again, which was very pleasant.

Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer, Monoi Oil was so easy to use, and my skin was soft, hydrated and glowing with a beautiful sheen - but didn't feel greasy or oily. The cream mixed with the water on my skin and I was able to apply it evenly, with no residue or lotion patches.  

If you love a coconut scent with a tropical twist, try my other favorite,  the Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer, Coconut Oil version.  Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer is perfect for those of you who are showering after daily work outs, the "lazy" girls, busy moms and dads and anyone who just wants to get ready faster in the morning!   - RLB

Purchase Here: Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer, Monoi Oil

Beauty Find - The Estee Edit by Estee Lauder The Barest Lip Color

Estee Lauder has created a new brand exclusively for Sephora, made with today's social media-loving, "Selfie" taking generation in mind.  It's called The Estee Edit and they feature beautiful shades, new formulas and products - and great packaging.

One of their standouts is the The Barest Lipcolor Line. The Barest Lipcolor is a hybrid lipstick/lip balm that is cushiony-soft and ultra hydrating, with fantastic pigment. They contain Muru Muru butter and real flower petal waxes from rose, jasmine and lavender (so it they have a lovely, light, rose scent/flavor as well). There are 6 Nude shades available, made for all skin tones and ethnicities.

My favorite color, which felt like it was made just for me  - and will work on many medium-deep brown skin tones, is the 05 In the Buff shade.  In the Buff is a rich, milky-brown tone, with a bit of red and pink, to create a perfect "Your Lips But Better" Nude.  If you are very pale, or want a very light brownish-pink,  Au Naturel is a good choice.  If you are very dark or want a dark brown lip, with just a touch of wine tones, Nude Scene is perfect.

The feel of the lipstick is great.  Very light, with a sheer, semi-matte finish. My lips felt smooth and hydrated throughout the day.

I love this lipstick and the concept behind the new line. I'll be exploring more of the The Estee Edit over the next few weeks as well.  Stay tuned! - RLB

Purchase Here: The Estee Edit by Estee Lauder The Barest Lip Color 05 In the Buff 

Beauty Find - Kiehl's Cilantro + Orange Extract Pollutant Purifying Masque

Looking for a new overnight treat for your skin?
Kiehl's Cilantro + Orange Extract Pollutant Purifying Masque  This masque is part of Kiehl's new line, Nature Powered Masks.

This is the perfect mask to end the day after spending long hours in outdoor environments or dry offices, traveling in planes or trains - or just after a long week.  This mask uses real Cilantro and Orange Extract, for an overnight treatment designed to defend against impurities and city pollution. It will work for all skin types, except very sensitive or acne prone.

Kiehl's Cilantro + Orange Extract Pollutant Purifying Masque has a texture that is simply heaven.  It's thick, creamy with some textured grains and has a slight oil/gel feel to it. It felt lovely when I applied it to my skin at night before bedtime.  I put a very thick layer on, and relaxed about 10-15 minutes.  Then I patted/wiped off some of the residue with a tissue and then went to sleep in it.  Using this method, I never had any product on my pillow cases or sheets. In the morning, I simply rinsed my face with face with water and patted dry. As for the scent, there's a noticeable amount of the cilantro and citrus fragrance that comes through (not overwhelming), and I loved how relaxing it was.

But what was even more amazing was how my skin looked the next morning.It was glowing, soft and smooth, and completely hydrated in all my drier areas.  My skin felt so calm and fresh, no matter how much sleep I got the night before.

If you aren't the type that likes to sleep with product on their faces, this mask also works just as well applied for a shorter amount of time and then rinsed off completely, before bed for instance.

I'm now addicted and reach for it at least 3-4 times a week.  This is a mask that's worth every penny. Treat yourself to it.  - RLB

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