Hair Product Find - RUSK Smooth Foam

Hot, humid summers can be rough on blow outs if you have naturally curly/wavy hair (or chemically relaxed hair), but I've discovered a product that will give you a fighting chance!

RUSK Smooth Foam is unique hair styling product that is applied to towel dried hair and contains memory polymer's which act to "remember" your blown out hair style.  RUSK Smooth Foam claims to reduce blow dry time by 50% and allow you to maintain long lasting, frizz-free hair that still has softness and movement (through 5 shampoos).  It's intended to be a chemical- free alternative to a salon smoothing treatment.

After cleansing hair, you shake the RUSK Smooth Foam well and distribute evenly throughout hair.  It comes out of the can like a traditional mousse.  I used an amount about the size of a golf ball, but if you have very thick and/or long hair, you may need more than this. The foam is lightweight and creamy, with a pleasant floral (prominent but not overwhelming) fragrance.

Once I started blow drying, I did notice that my hair dried very quickly and with a very straight, shiny finish. There was not sticky or gummy feel or residue left on my hair. Afterwards, I ran through sections of hair with a flat iron. Note: In order to the results claimed on RUSK Smooth Foam, you MUST use a flat iron after blow drying hair.  The heat from the dryer and then, flat iron, works with the polymer to set the "straight" memory in the hair.

After the combination of blow drying and flat ironing, my hair was straight, soft to the touch, had movement and was frizz-free the first few days after using it. (The instructions do recommend touching up with a flat iron a few days afterwards if you start to see frizz).  

Did RUSK Smooth Foam last through 5 shampoos?  

The first 2 weeks, when I blow dried and flat ironed, I got the same impressive results.  I liked the results the final 3 weeks, but did find I needed to add a bit more of the foam to my damp hair first, to get the same results.  All in all, this really is a genius hair hair product worth picking up. - RLB

Purchase Here: RUSK Smooth Foam, 8 fl. oz.  

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

Beauty Find - Urban Decay Naked Skin One & Done Hybrid Complexion Perfector

Are you a "one and done" type of makeup girl?

Then Urban Decay Naked Skin One + Done Hybrid Complexion Perfector  will be right up your alley - especially for easy summer looks.

With Urban Decay Naked Skin One + Done you get the benefits of a high quality tinted moisturizer or BB Cream, blurring effect and sun protection.

The coverage is medium/full, so it's best for those with a good skin tone and a few imperfections or unevenness.  However, this also has a second great use - as a multi-functional primer.  So if you need a full coverage foundation, this works well as a skin enhancer/primer underneath it.

The texture of Urban Decay Naked Skin One + Done is creamy and very lightweight.  I loved how it made my skin look brighter, with coverage and very natural glow effect (from the light-diffusing spheres).  Although it's oil free and was perfect for my t-zone, it still gave me moisture to drier areas like my cheeks.  Since it enhances the skin, it had a nice effect of blurring tiny imperfections, even without a concealer.  It's fairly concentrated, so I only used about a dime's' work for true medium coverage, and it was easy to apply with fingers, foundation brush or beauty blender.

On most days, I could wear the Urban Decay Naked Skin One + Done and a bit of under eye concealer  and that's all I needed before adding eyeliner, blush, etc..  My shade was Deep, which is the darkest shade out of the 6 currently offered.

Urban Decay Naked Skin One + Done worked well with powder over it for a slightly more matte effect as well.   The wear was also very impressive.  After applying early in the morning, it still looked fresh well into the evening, even on very warm days. With an SPF 20, you can also feel great about using this for outdoor events, weddings and other gatherings this summer. - RLB

Purchase Here: Urban Decay Naked Skin One + Done Hybrid Complexion Perfector Deep 1.3 oz

Beauty Find - Tony Moly Aquaporin Moisture Mist

On a really hot, sweltering day, I love to use hydrating mists to refresh, yet still keep my skin moist.

Tony Moly Aquaporin Moisture Mist is a perfect, true mist.  As a matter of fact, when I first pressed the nozzle to apply, I almost didn't feel anything on my skin. But I learned to hold it much closer than I normally would with a spray and got a fine, refreshing mist on my skin.

I was very impressed with how plump and hydrated my skin felt immediately after applying. This mist contains unique ingredients - spirulina, plankton and chlorella extracts which help lock in skin's moisture. It also has a wonderful light, slightly green tea/fresh scent.

After using, my skin felt soft and hydrated all day long.  I also used it in the morning after cleansing and before a lightweight essence/toner or over my makeup at the end of the day for a quick refresh.  It's a skincare companion you'll reach for often! - RLB

Purchase Here: Tony Moly Aquaporin Moisture Mist available at and

Drugstore Buy of the Week - Summer's Eve Cleansing Cloths, Lavender's the end of a long day and you need to freshen up.  Here's a fantastic, easy way to do that.

are cleansing cloths with botanical extracts, designed for women. The formula helps you stay fresher, longer.  

The wipes are similar to an average tissue size, with medium thickness and not overly wet with product.  1 wipe was all I needed per evening.

You can use these after a shower, (or in place of one if your dead tired at night), and you'll still wake up fresh.  The soft pack is easy to keep on your nightstand or on the bathroom vanity/shelf.  They are ph-balanced so they are safe to use for all areas of the body.

I loved using these in combination with the Summer's Eve Cleansing Wash, Lavender which smelled similar to the wipes, but with a slightly warmer scent that I loved to have linger on my skin and in the bathroom.  

The Summer's Eve Cleansing Wash, Lavender has soothing lavender, as well as chamomile which was so relaxing and soothing.

This pair of products will help you to feel relaxed, fresh, confident and hopefully fall asleep like a baby! - RLB

Purchase Here: Summer's Eve Cleansing Cloths, Lavender, 32 ea
Purchase Here: Summer's Eve Cleansing Wash, Lavender, 12 oz

Summer's Eve Lavender products are also available at most drugstores and mass merchants nationwide.

Beauty Find - Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

Is this mascara "Better Than Sex"?

Well, of course it depends on what your sex life is like!, but I can say that Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara is better than most lengthening mascaras (drugstore & prestige).

Ideally I only have to swipe a mascara brush a few times to get long, lush lashes.  With just two coats of  Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara I achieved exactly the result I wanted.

The brush is fairly long with lots of bristles in a unique fanned out shape (Inspired by the curves of a woman’s body, like an hourglass) .  The mascara formula (in the travel sized version, which I prefer) is slightly dry, non-clumpy and applied easily to my lashes.

With the first, coat my (naturally med-long and med-thick) lashes became very lush and almost twice as long. When I added a second coat, my lashes were fanned, feathery, longer (they reached almost to my brow bone) and separated - just the way I like them!

The mascara dried quickly and I didn't experience any flaking or running.  My lashes stayed soft - never stiff, dry or hard.  Even with the additional length and fullness, I was impressed by how natural the finish looked.

The black color is very glossy and dark and it also worked well on lower lashes. It wore well all day with no fading or loss in lash volume. *Note: If you're planning on swimming or going out on a humid day, I recommend the Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara Black version.

For Summer, Also Try ThisToo Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara Black 

If you love the long, lush, lash look, there's not much out there better than Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara  - RLB

Purchase Here: Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara Black 0.17 oz

Purchase Here: Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara Black 

Beauty Find - BECCA Backlight Priming Filter

I shared with you the amazingness of the BECCA x Jacklyn Hill Champagne Pop Collection a few weeks ago when it launched.

But guess what - BECCA has another product designed for maximum glow and skin perfection you simply must have on hand, called BECCA Backlight Priming Filter.

This liquid primer does exactly what it says- it creates a smooth, soft canvas for skin.  The finish is the perfect amount of soft glow and hydration.  What's the secret? BECCA Backlight Priming Filter is Infused with three unique Filtering Luminescent Pearls, each one adding a different type of diffused light to the skin.  There's no real color left on the skin, so it works with all skin tones as well.

BECCA Backlight Priming Filter is very versatile as well.  I used it as a traditional primer underneath my foundation or tinted moisturizer and marveled at the natural, yet noticeable pretty glow my skin had - with no obvious shimmer or glitter!

I was able to use it with a highlighter brush after my foundation to add it to my cheekbones and brow bones, as well as the tip of my nose.

I also used it as part of my evening eye makeup look but adding it either underneath a shimmery eye shadow or directly on my lids or just my inner corners for the day time to make the area look brighter and refreshed.

The product is very concentrated, so less than a pea-sized amount was needed to either use as a traditional primer or a highlighter.

BECCA Backlight Priming Filter is worth every $$$ and a must have for the professional makeup artist. - RLB

Purchase Here: BECCA Backlight Priming Filter 1 oz

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

Super Cute! - Tony Moly Kiss Kiss Lip Essence Balm SPF 15 PA+

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.

Condition and soften your lips with a conversation piece from Korean brand, Tony Moly..

Their Tony Moly Kiss-Kiss Essence Lip Balm is housed inside a replica of cherry red, glossy lips.  The balm is honey scented with a slight honey flavor.  It has a med-thick texture from the pot but applied smoothly on my lips with no sticky or heavy feel.. Note: The outer red lip packaging is only about 2.5 in long.

It felt very soothing and moist on my lips and I loved that it also contained SPF. My lips were soft and smooth all day.  Tony Moly Kiss-Kiss Essence Lip Balm also proved to be a great lip balm in cold/dry office air and airplanes.

Pulling the Kiss-Kiss Essence Lip Balm out of my bag was always fun for people to notice too!

I loved using Tony Moly Kiss-Kiss Essence Lip Balm as an overnight lip conditioning treatment, and I also got good results using it under my regular lip color products.

Tip: This makes a fun, inexpensive beauty gift or party favor for beauty lovers as well! - RLB

Purchase Here: Tony Moly Kiss-Kiss Essence Lip Balm

Nail Care Find - Sephora Instant Nail Polish Remover for Glitter

You LOVE that nail polish with glitter in it, don't you?

But you probably don't love how much work goes into removing it!

I've found a genius product that solves that problem in seconds.  SEPHORA COLLECTION Instant Nail Polish Remover For Glitter.

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SEPHORA COLLECTION Instant Nail Polish Remover For Glitter was formulated specifically for glitter based nail polish.  I simply inserted my finger in the bottle for a few seconds and when I removed it, the glitter was completely gone.  No more tugging with cotton balls, soaking or using other methods like tin foil.  There is a little scrubber add on inside the bottle that also helps get the last traces off the nail, if you have really large or chunky glitter.

You can fit this easily into your day.  If you have a favorite TV show, you can use it while watching it and before the first commercial you'll be done!

Purchase Here: SEPHORA COLLECTION Instant Nail Polish Remover For Glitter 2.87 oz

You might think that something this effective could also be drying or damaging to the nails, but after removing the polish, my nails were soft and hydrated - not dried out or brittle.

Oh, and if you buy this, you'll also have the benefit of remover all your regular nail polish in seconds too. - RLB

Purchase Here: SEPHORA COLLECTION Instant Nail Polish Remover For Glitter 2.87 oz

Selecting the Right Skin Tightening Treatment

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There are many varieties of skin tightening treatments available to the general public these days and sorting through all of your options can be a daunting task. Instead of choosing the first one that comes along, take a moment to figure out what you need and whether your choice will work for you. After all, your skin is the biggest organ of the human body and you want to treat it right.

First Determine What Treatment Your Skin Needs

Before you can even seek out treatment, you need to first figure out what exactly your skin needs for treatment and why. If the skin is wrinkling or sagging due to environmental damage like overexposure to sun, then you need to look at a procedure that will provide temporary skin tightening and prevention from further damage. If you are like most people and the wrinkles are simply due to aging, then you need to find something providing long-term results.

Also affecting your decision is the size of the area to be treated and the location. Some treatments are most effective on specific areas like the neck while others are not meant for certain locations like around the eyes.

Topical Applications

For temporary results, you might first turn to topical applications in the form of creams or serums. Most creams contain nourishing ingredients like Vitamin C which aids in healing or sunscreen which aids in preventing sun damage. Neither will tighten the skin. Make sure that the lotion has skin tightening agents in it or you are just paying for what is basically a moisturizer. Even then, there is no guarantee it will be effective. Only about 10% of these products actually work as intended. It takes about three months for results and they are not usually visible to the naked eye.

Ultrasound Treatments

Ultherapy uses ultrasound technology to target the collagen producing cells, heating them in order to stimulate them into creating fresh collagen to rejuvenate the skin. Since it is non-invasive, it means no down time for the patient. At this time, Ultherapy is approved by the FDA in the U.S. only for the neck, brows, under chin, and decolletage areas, so if you are seeking treatment for other areas of your body, this isn't the right choice for you.

Laser Skin Tightening

One of the procedures that can yield good results is laser light therapy. It uses medical laser equipment specially designed for infrared light technology to treat the deeper layer of skin without causing damage to the surface layer. Like ultrasound procedures, it heats the cells that repair the skin to encourage the production of fresh collagen. The results are noticeable and there is minimal recovery time. Better yet, you will continue seeing improvements to the skin for the next several weeks. Yes, it may require repeated treatments using this medical laser equipment, depending on how deep your wrinkles are, but the end results make the wait and repeated treatments worth it.

Get Informed Before Deciding

Don't choose based on the few methods listed above. Seek out a dermatologist or your physician to learn which treatment they think will work best on you. Know what side effects and risks are involved before choosing. After all, it's your skin.

Body Care Find - Neutrogena CoolDry Sport Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 70

This summer you can be as active as you want in the water or on the beach.  There will be no stinging sunscreen in your eyes from perspiration, or need to reapply due to evaporation - plus you can stay cool and comfortable.

Neutrogena CoolDry Sport Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 70, is a brilliant solution to many of summer time's issues while outdoors.  Their new Mircomesh technology helps for sweat to pass through and evaporate from skin, while leaving the protection right on your skin.  It also offers a cool, fresh feeling when sprayed on.

Of course, it also has many other great features you want - broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection, it's sweat and water resistant (80 min), and oil free.

The lotion spread very easily on my skin and evaporate in seconds, leaving my skin feeling cool (this was great on very hot days!).  It didn't leave any white or grey residue and my skin was hydrated and soft, without feeling greasy or oily.

Neutrogena CoolDry Sport Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 70, 5 fl oz

If you also have little actives ones, Neutrogena CoolDry Sport Sunscreen Lotion is a must have to pack for the family for a day at the park or beach! - RLB

Neutrogena CoolDry Sport Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 70, 5 fl oz

Purchase Here: Neutrogena CoolDry Sport Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 70, 5 fl oz
Purchase Here: Neutrogena CoolDry Sport Sunscreen Spray, SPF 70, 5.5 oz

Drugstore Buy of the Week - Bed Head Beach Freak Moisturizing Detangler Spray

Here's a new detangler perfect for summer time - that actually smells like summer!

Bead Head Tigi Beach freak - Moisturizing Detangler Spray has a milky, lightweight texture.  It moisturizers hair and provides the perfect amount of oils to allow combs or brushes to glide through hair.

It has a nice, tropical, fruity (mango and tangerine) scent that lingers lightly on the hair, but isn't too strong.  Bead Head Tigi Beach freak  is also versatile - it works well on relaxed and curly hair, as well as wavy and naturally straight hair.

After washing, I applied Bead Head Tigi Beach freak to my damp hair. The spray didn't leave my hair gummy or sticky, and I was able to comb through my hair easily.  I then either let it air dry (it left it soft and smooth) or went on to add heat protectant and blow dry (and it worked well with other products).

Tip: This can also be used as a leave-in conditioner or pre-shampoo conditioner by applying to damp hair before heading into the pool or spending a day on the beach. Simply, rinse, wash and then reapply for detangling as needed.

You May Also Like: Healthy Sexy Hair Soy-Tri-Wheat Leave In Conditioner 

Make sure you pick up a few of these for summer to keep your hair looking its best. - RLB

Purchase Here:  Available at most drugstores and mass merchants nationwide.  Also available online Bead Head Tigi Beach freak - Moisturizing Detangler Spray