Nail Polish Find - Formula X #ColorCurators Ashley Graham Edition

Formula X has a new #ColorCurators Nail Collection!

This time it's with the gorgeous model, Ashley Graham.  Ashley inspires others with the power of body positivity at any size.  Her nail collection is all about the beauty of self-acceptance from the shades - to the shade names themselves.  

The three summer-ready shades for manicures and pedicures are a vibrant magenta,  #beautybeyondsize (pictured, above), a pretty peachy coral 36DDD and a bright pink-red shade, Sexy As Hell (shown, below left).

I've written about Formula X nail products before and they really are some of the best that you can buy right now.   Their Cupcakes and Cashmere #Colorcurators collection was also a big favorite of mine.

All three shades have the smooth, superior formula which is easy to apply, with no clumping or streaking. They are long wearing and can go for at least 5 days with no chipping.  Tip:  If you're looking for an alternative to a traditional long wearing gel manicure, or just want to give your nails a break from them, Formula X polishes are the next best thing!

I loved using #beautybeyondsize for both manicures and pedicures.  It's such a flattering berry pink shade that will of course look great with a tan!

When you're looking for a lighter shade that still has some punch to it for summer, 36DDD is a flattering peachy coral with no shimmer, and lots of shine.

If you want a break from a traditional red for summer, Formula X #ColorCurators: Ashley Graham Edition - Nail Polish Sexy As Hell is the perfect choice. 

It's a red, but one with a lot of pink, so it will also look great on those toes, and it's also good for those of you who might now always be able to find the right red for your skin tone.

Get all three while they last! - RLB

Purchase Here:

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

Beauty Find - BECCA x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Collection

Just in time for the start of summer, here's a shimmery, beautiful BECCA collaboration with You Tuber, Jaclyn Hill that just launched exclusively online at

The BECCA x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Collection has everything a makeup fan who loves to glow and highlight wants.  A universal Face Palette  (shown, above), Eyeshadow Palette and three formulas of the Shimmering Skin Perfector Champagne Pop Highlighters: Pressed, Poured Crème, and Liquid.  

Full Collection Includes:
Champagne Collection  Eye Shadow Palette

You May Also Like: BECCA The One Perfecting Brush

If you can only get 1 item from the collection, I would recommend the BECCA Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Collection Champagne Collection Face Palette with this you're get 5 different highlighter shades which are pigmented and creamy smooth like butter.  Then there's a adaptable blush which is buildable and gives a beautiful pop of color to the skin with fine shimmer.

I love that you can mix and match all the colors in the palette or even combine the highlighters for different looks.

The Eye Palette has five Champagne Pop-inspired shades.  They are neutral, work with all skin tones and are flattering. They provide a beautiful sheen and shimmer.  There are matte and lustre finish shades in the palette which allow you to create multiple looks.

The Eye Shadow Palette Contains:

- 5 x 0.06 oz Eye Shades in Chardonnay (sheer gold with flashes of pink and soft yellow), Champagne Toast (reflective peach with a dash of cinnamon), Cordial (matte rose with warm undertones), Cognac (flattering matte coffee), Bordeaux (rich matte wine with chocolate undertones) 

If you're not looking for eye shadows or blushes, try a highlighter, which is what BECCA is most known for.

Shimmering Skin Perfector Champagne Pop, pressed powder which is one of BECCA's most famous highlighters, will give you the most natural type of glowing finish the skin. 

The Shimmering Skin Perfector Poured Creme allows you to add glow to specific parts of your face, like the cheekbones.  The Shimmering Skin Perfector Liquid version is one of the most versatile products, which gives a more soft focus healthy glow to skin, and can be applied to face or body, as well as mixed with foundation.  

If you love to glow, you simply must dive into this limited edition BECCA x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Collection while it's still available! - RLB

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

Drugstore Buy of the Week - Garnier SkinActive Clean + Purifying Oil Free Cleansing Towelettes

I've got a new favorite wipe for all my oily and combo girls- and for general summer skincare.

Garnier SkinActive Clean+ Purifying Oil-Free Cleansing Towelettes are the perfect cleansing wipe.  They cleanse skin without any oil and remove makeup, all without stripping skin or irritating it further.

The wipes contain charcoal, which cleanse pores (very good for the nose/t zone area!), as well as soften skin.

You Might Also Like: Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water All-in-1 Cleanser and Makeup Remover 

The texture of the Garnier SkinActive Clean+ Purifying Oil-Free Cleansing Towelettes is slightly different to what you might be used to - it's more on the dry side.  But they pulled all the dirt and oil right out of my skin instantly.  They also have a very light, fresh scent which I loved.
I used these on warmer, humid days when my combination skin turns more oily and breakout prone.

By the way, Garnier SkinActive Clean+ Purifying Oil-Free Cleansing Towelettes will also work on drier, sensitive skin as they soften and hydrate without added oil.  I didn't feel any residue or film after cleansing.  My skin just felt clean and fresh. The finish is matte, which was perfect for makeup application. The Cleansing Towelettes even removed waterproof and long wear makeup with ease.  Note: If you're skin is very sensitive, you may want to remove eye makeup with a separate remover first

Make sure you stock up on these to have on hand at home, the office, gym, etc.These also make a great cleanser if you're rushing early in the morning and don't have time for cleansing with water. - RLB

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

Beauty Find - IT Cosmetics Universal Brow Pencil

I've tested a lot of brow pencils over the years I've been writing about beauty - but had never encountered one that could actually work with ANY brow shade - until now.

The IT Cosmetics Universal Brow Pencil is a dual ended pencil which will work for all brow shades.  The brow pencil end is a twist up with an oval shaped tip that doesn't need to be sharpened..  This is ideal for both thin brows as well as thicker brows, like mine.  The spooley end brush grooms and helps to shape the brows quickly and easily.

The brow pencil shade looked a bit brown/grey at first glance from the top of the pencil, but once I applied it to my brows it magically matched my brow color. The It Cosmetics Universal Brow Pencil  is made with an exclusive formula, called Brow PowerTM (which also covers grey BTW), to transform to every hair color.  

I was very impressed how natural the pencil looked with my dark brown hair.  It wasn't too light - or too dark. It just looked like my natural brows. The pencil made it was easy to create light, feathery strokes to fill in the thin areas on my brows. The brush spooley  blended everything together perfectly.

Tip:  If you have blond or silver brows, apply the pencil with lighter, softer strokes.  For medium brown to black brows, simply press harder.

The pencil is the perfect size for travel and small makeup bags

If you have a tough-to-match brow color, or are looking for a natural looking, easy way to groom your brows, IT Cosmetics Universal Brow Pencil  needs to be in your life! - RLB

Purchase Here:  IT Cosmetics Universal Brow Pencil 

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

Travel Beauty Find - Leonor Greyl Luxury Travel Kit for Very Dry Hair

Leonor Greyl is luxury French hair care at it's best.

If you have very dry/dry/curly hair that tends to frizz, this summer, you need to pack Leonor Greyl Luxury Travel Kit for Very Dry Hair for your getaways.

The set contains three of their most iconic and best preforming products for dry hair in a waterproof see through plastic case that's easy to tote to the beach, pool, etc. All three products meet TSA travel size standards.

  • L'Huile de Leonor Greyl (1 fl oz / 30 ml) 
  • Shampooing Creme Moelle de Bambou (1.7 fl oz / 50 ml) 
  • Masque a L'Orchidee (1.7 fl oz / 50 ml)  

Tip: If you've never tried Leonor Greyl products, this set is a great bargain!  Each one of these products in the original sizes are over $50 each, and this set of three is $52.  They are all very concentrated as well, so you will really get your money's worth.

The Shampooing Creme Moelle de Bambou is creamy and cleanses well without stripping hair.  It adds moisture and most of all, shine - to hair all while keeping it lightweight with no sticky, greasy or oily fee.

The Masque a L'Orchidee is hands down one of the most delicious smelling and hydrating hair masks I've ever tried. It moisturizes and used with the shampoo, keeps frizzes at bay and healthy looking.

L'Huile de Leonor Greyl is another amazing smelling hair treatment.  It can be used pre-shampoo on very dry/frizzy/thick hair (it's meant to be applied on dry hair).  But it can also be on wet hair to condition as hair is slicked back or worn in a ponytail during a day out in the sun. After you rinse it out and cleanse hair, it will be soft, smooth and frizz free. It contains natural UVA/B sun protection filters and protects hair against the damaging effects from seawater and chlorine.It's a must have for curly girls as well.

Don't wait to order your Travel Kit - they won't last long among all the Greyl fans out there! - RLB

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

Beauty Find - NARS Limited Edition Orgasm Blush

If you already have a NARS Orgasm Blush, NARS Limited Edition Orgasm Blush is a wonderful gift to yourself. 

And if you've never tried the iconic blush shade - this is the time to start!

There's a reason this is still one of the top blushes that not only beauty junkies love - but one that most makeup artists consistently keep in their makeup kits.  

NARS Orgasm Blush is the perfect peachy-pink shade which gives a beautiful "flush" and glow to the skin.  It works on many different skin tones (with cool and warm undertones).  It silky texture and long wear, and applies with no streaking.

Purchase Here: NARS Orgasm Blush

There's also a little special "extra" to this blush - a very fine, golden shimmer.  The blush is pigmented but applies in a sheer, natural way.  It can be built up to be intense, or applied lightly for an everyday look.

The NARS Limited Edition Orgasm Blush is the same shade and formula in a larger size - 3.04 oz vs. the original 1.92 oz.  The extra special touch for this limited edition? There's a transparent, thin plastic overlay of a glamorous beach-ready woman, (it must be lifted before application). - RLB

Purchase Here: NARS Limited Edition Orgasm Blush

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

Drugstore Buy of the Week - NYX Be Gone Lip Color Remover

When you've found a great long wearing lip color you don't have to worry about it coming off.  But what about at the end of the day when you really WANT it off?

Sometimes that can be a struggle.  Lots of scrubbing, buffing and multiple removers can be needed to completely remove some lip products.

I've discovered NYX Be Gone! Lip Color Remover will remove even the toughest long wear and stain lip colors quickly, with no struggle. 

I used this with all types of long wearing, waterproof and lip stain products (even bright red!). It was very easy to use.  I applied the dense gel like a lip gloss in an even layer, and then used a tissue to wipe off.  It also worked equally well with just placing a small dab on my finger and then applying directly to my lips.  I left it on about 1 minute and that was all it took to completely dissolve my lip products.

Tip: For Dark Purple/Black or Bright Pink and Red shades I recommend applied a thicker layer and leave on about a minute longer for it to completely remove.

I love how quickly and thoroughly NYX Be Gone! Lip Color Remover worked, and after removing, my lips were soft and smooth!

Get a few of these! - RLB

Purchase Here: NYX Be Gone! Lip Color Remover Also available at most drugstores and Target, nationwide.

Fragrance Find - WEN Cucumber Basil Tea Eau de Parfum

When it become sweltering hot, the only fragrances I can stand to wear are light and FRESH.

I've found the perfect combination of both of these in  WEN Cucumber Basil Tea Eau de Parfum, from Chaz Dean's WEN line.  It's at first light, green and tea-based, but develops into an even more complex fresh scent. (It's also unisex).

WEN Cucumber Basil Tea Eau de Parfum is made from all natural ingredients and the opening notes reveal crisp cool cucumber, green earthy basil and tea.  This scent had me from the first spritz.  There was a big burst of crisp, slightly sharp green notes in the first minute or so.  But what impressed me was how much more rounded and developed the scent became on me as the day went on.  As the notes warmed up, I detected a lovely fresh melon scent - but it never became sweet.   

The dry down was also truly surprising.  It remained fresh, but became warmer and slightly spicy.  This was also the point later in the day where I got more of the "Tea" notes (black tea) and neroli.  

The staying power  (also known as an "evaporation arc") on me was very long (9+ hours) and the sillage* was above average.  I loved that it enveloped me with a subtle cloud of fragrance.  I would often take a moment to smell my wrists during the day.  

Tip: This also makes a great linen/sheet spray for the bedroom

All the notes in WEN Cucumber Basil Tea Eau de Parfum develop nicely from the initial application to hours later at the end of the day.  None of the notes became too strong or competed with the rest.  It's crisp and fresh and will smell divine on both men and women, so it's perfect to pick up and let your partner use it too on those hot summer days - and nights! - RLB.

Now I'm hoping for a travel sized version/shower gel Chaz! :) - RLB

Purchase Here: WEN Cucumber Basil Tea Eau de Parfum  Also available on

Fragrance Notes: Aloe, cucumber and basil extracts, with fragrance notes of bergamot, black tea and neroli is a completely unisex fragrance.

*Fragrance terms to know:

Longevity/Evaporation Arc = how long a scent lasts before fading from the skin.

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 WEN PR for reviewing purposes.

Beauty Find - Honest Beauty Eyeshadow Trio in Heather Mauve

Looking for a softer eye for spring and summer?

Honest Beauty Eyeshadow Trio in Heather Mauve is exactly what you need.  The trio of soft, smooth shadows are dusty mauve, deep plum and shimmer shell pink. 

Read our review for: Honesty Beauty Magic Balm

As with all of Honest Beauty's Beauty, these shadows are made without: parabens, paraffins, silicones, sodium lauryl sulfates, petrolatum, mineral oil, talc, or synthetic fragrances.  If you've been previously turned off because of bad experiences with green, organic or natural cosmetics that still deliver a luxe feel and good color payoff and performance, Honest Beauty Eyeshadow Trio will change your mind.

The deep plum shade (shown, above in the center) in particular was perfect for a unique modern take on the smoky eye.  It's such a flattering shade that it will look great on all skin tones - from very pale to very dark.  The light shell pink shade has fine, subtle shimmer, while the other two are a matte finish.

Read our review for: Honest Beauty Concealer Duo

The shadows were very easy to apply and blend.  They are pigmented, and the finish is a bright wash of color, so they're just the right amount for a natural day time or night time look.

Tip: To view how these shades will work with your skin tone, go to the Honest Beauty site and click on the Heather Mauve color to the right. You'll see a nice slide show of 6 different women wearing the Heather Mauve Trio shades. - RLB

Purchase Here: Honest Beauty Eyeshadow Trio in Heather Mauve  Also available at

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

Nail Care Find - Formula X DRY Nail Drying Spray

If you do at home manicures, you're more than likely using faster drying, nail polish formulas.  

But sometimes they're not quite fast enough, are they?

That's when you need Formula X DRY Nail Drying Spray. This spray dries nails FAST. I sprayed a pump on each nail and my nails were completely dry within a few minutes. I loved using it not only after a full manicure, but also after nail touch ups if I had small chips or repairs.  

Even more impressive is that after drying, my nails were completely sealed so there were no smears or dents in my polish.  It also didn't dull the shine of my nail polish or alter the finish.

If you've tried other drops, sprays or even quick dry polishes and still haven't gotten the results you wanted, Formula X DRY Nail Drying Spray needs to be in your beauty stash - permanently. - RLB

Drugstore Buy of the Week - Nuance Salma Hayek Oil-Free Sheer Liquid Veil SPF 50

Salma Hyaek's Nuance line is continuing to launch beauty products that really work - and don't break the bank.

My latest pick is the Nuance Salma Hayek Liquid Veil SPF 50 1.7.  It's a moisturizer, primer and sunscreen in one.  It contains Salma's "magic" ingredient, Tepezchuite a plant from her native Mexico which helps to firm and smooth the skin, and many of her skincare products are made with it.

The Liquid Veil has a very thin, watery texture out of the tube, but once I massaged it into my skin it felt like silk, blended easily and absorbed instantly into my skin with no white or grey cast. The finish was semi-matte, not overly shiny, which made it work well with my makeup.  It's very concentrated so I only had to use about a pea-sized amount for my entire face - a little goes a long way, so less is more with this product. Note: If you have oily skin use this much more sparingly for best results.

My makeup layered well over it and stayed in place nicely throughout the day.  As with all of Nuance Salma Hayek products, Nuance Salma Hayek Liquid Veil one also had an amazing, and totally unique scent.  It's an exotic floral that still fresh and didn't linger very long.    

If you need your sunscreen to really multi-task, Nuance Salma Hayek Liquid Veil SPF 50 1.7 is a great one at a great price. - RLB

Purchase Here:Nuance Salma Hayek Liquid Veil SPF 50 1.7  Also available at CVS stores and

Hair Care Find - Madam C.J. Walker Beauty Culture Curl Refresher Mist

When curls/waves look frizzy, flat or dull/dry, what you need is moisture.

The new Madam C.J. Walker Beauty Culture has a product every curly/wavy girl will love.

But first, a little background: The legendary Madam C.J.Walker brand first launched her haircare brand in the 1890's. Now, the brand has been revived by A'lelia Bundles, the great granddaughter of the one of the first female American self-made Millionaire's, Madam C.J.Walker).  .

Madam C.J. Walker Beauty Culture Curl Refresher Mist is a lightweight, great smelling mist that gives shine and hydration without any heavy or greasy feel.  The mist is made with coconut oil, moringa oil and time-release actives which help to control frizz and provide hydration all day long.

If you get afternoon frizzes, or only wash your hair 1x week this is the perfect mist to use. The scent is incredible.  It's a very clean and fresh Vanilla based scent - not overly sweet at all.  The coconut is not very strong, but makes a very nice, subtle presence in the overall scent.  The scent does linger lightly throughout the day, which I found pleasant (but may not work for those that are fragrance sensitive or have a competing perfume they wear daily). 

Madam C.J. Walker Beauty Culture Curl Refresher Mist is applied to dry hair.  The mist is very fine and absorbed into my hair very quickly, leaving a beautiful shine and lots of moisture.  When hair was dull, Madam C.J. Walker Beauty Culture Curl Refresher Mist instantly made it shiny and healthy looking - without weighing it down or making it feel sticky at all.  It also left my hair very soft and smooth, so it was a great detangler as well. 

I also love how concentrated the mist was - just a few sprays in each section of hair was enough for a entire day of hydration and shine.  The bottle is fairly big at 8oz, so this will also last a long time.

This is a great sign that the new Madam C.J. Walker Beauty  brand is going forward into the future of hair care! - RLB

Purchase Here: Madam C.J. Walker Beauty Culture Curl Refresher Mist

*This product was provided courtesy of Madam CJ Walker Beauty Culture PR for reviewing purposes.