Drugstore Buy of the Week - Rimmel Brow This Way Gold Shimmer Highlighting Pencil

With just a swipe, Rimmel London Brow This Way Highlighter can make all the difference in your brow look.

If you've been looking for a quick, easy and goof-proof way to finish off your brows after you've defined them, this is one of the best new ways to do it.  The pencil contains a very pigmented and creamy illuminator in a neutral gold tone with fine shimmer. After I defined and filled in my brows I used the Rimmel London Brow This Way Highlighter With just a touch, I was able to apply right under my brow arch for a brighter and more defined brow look.  

Since Rimmel London Brow This Way Highlighter is a solid pencil, this is easy to travel with and toss in your makeup it.  The formula is soft and creamy enough to blend and it can also be used for spot highlighting on the cupid's bow, bridge of the nose and inner corners of the eyes, so it's really a multi-functional product.

The Rimmel London Brow This Way Highlighter's shimmer is subtle enough that it can be worn in the daytime, and has just enough that it's flattering and enhancing.  The gold shade is very neutral - not too cool or warm, so it will work on all skin tones.  Click to order this little brow helper today! - RLB

Purchase Here: Rimmel London Brow This Way Highlighter Gold Shimmer 002 Also available at most drug stores nationwide.

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

Beauty Find - Molton Brown Oudh Accord + Gold Body Wash

This summer I've been stealing something from "the boys".

Molton Brown Oudh Accord + Gold Body Wash For Men .  This is perfect for both men and women who really love very woody, spicy scents (like Molton Brown Body Wash, Black Peppercorn). The Oudh Accord + Gold Body Wash notes remind me of a lush green forest and rich spices.  I happen to like spicy scents even in the summer as long as they're dry like this one, but some will prefer Molton Brown Oudh Accord + Gold Body Wash For Men in the Fall/colder months.

The texture of the body wash is quite different.  It's extremely thick, but I loved the weight and silkiness of it as I mixed it with water (especially with my favorite Salux Nylon Japanese Beauty Skin Bath Wash Cloth/Towel , which makes enormous amounts of lather).  Molton Brown Oudh Accord + Gold Body Wash is also very concentrated, so no more than a dollar sized amount is needed to cleanse the entire body.  When I rinsed, my skin felt smooth and refreshed with no residue, and the lovely scent lingered lightly on my skin for several hours afterwards

Of course the other nice perk is the authentic gold leaf extract contained in the gel. It doesn't stick to or come off on the skin, or leave a shimmer, but it's a nice touch visually in the packaging.  Molton Brown Oudh Accord + Gold Body Wash For Men is one of my favorite Molton Brown scents - it so excotic, sensual and memorable.  Grab one for the man in your life and do a little "borrowing" too! - RLB

Purchase Here: Molton Brown Oudh Accord +Gold Body Wash For Men 300ml/10oz

Fragrance Notes:
Top note: spicy nutmeg oil.
Heart note: elemi oil.
Base note: rich oudh accord.

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

Beauty Find - Clarins Supra Volume Mascara

Clarins Supra Volume Mascara
I've spent this entire summer testing new mascaras and was not really WOWED until I tried 
Clarins Supra Volume Mascara.

From the first swipe with the long Clarins Supra Volume Mascara brush my lashes were long, deep black, thicker and long. With just two coats my lashes were more than twice as thick and long, with a lovely separation and fanning out at the outer corners with ease.  The mascara also has a faintly rose smelling base, which was a nice surprise.

Clarins Supra Volume Mascara was silky smooth going on my lashes, not too wet and dried in under a minute. There was no smudging, flaking or transfer during the day.  At night, I had no problems removing it with cleanser or makeup remover - no tugging or pulling.

The long gold mascara tube is chic and in keeping with Clarins' French elegance.  If you've been a long time fan of Clarins skincare and sun care you need to take the next step into their makeup with Clarins Supra Volume MascaraSimply put, THIS is your next must have mascara for full, lush amazing lashes. -RLB

Purchase Here: Clarins Supra Volume Mascara

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

Drugstore Buy of the Week - Sally Hansen Dries Instantly Top Coat

Sally Hansen Dries Instantly Top Coat
I've found your next "go-to" top coat.

Sally Hansen Dries Instantly Top Coat does exactly what it's name states.  The top coat has a thin/medium weight and is very smooth.  I applied it directly after I finished my first hand's nail polish and by the time I had finished the other hand the first hand was completely dry.  There were no smudges, no streaking and the finish was shiny and as smooth as glass.  

Note: I found it was best to wait about 2 minutes after applying nail color to use Sally Hansen Dries Instantly Top Coat Sometimes, with a very deep or red shade, when I applied it directly after the polish the brush picked up a small amount of color.  But even in this instance, within 1 additional minute the nail was completely dry to the touch.

To prolong my manicure and the shiny finish, I would apply Sally Hansen Dries Instantly Top Coat every 3 days to my nails and it kept them looking as fresh as the first day.  Tip: If you're also in need of a base coat, this works well for that too! Make sure you have this little wonder in your nail product collection. - RLB

Purchase Here: Sally Hansen Dries Instantly Top Coat $3.59  Also available at most drugstores nationwide.

Beauty Find - Kleenex Exfoliating Cushions

Kleenex Exfoliating Cushions
Kleenex Exfoliating Cushions

Kleenex has taken another seemingly easy concept - cleanser in a hand-held disposable product,  and made it into something MUCH better. *Also read our review oKleenex Cotton Soft Pads.

Kleenex Exfoliating Cushions are my new favorite way to cleanse and exfoliate gently - all in one step without needing anything other that a splash of water.

Each of the Kleenex Exfoliating Cushions have a blue side and a white side.  I applied a small amount of water to the blue side to activate the cleanser. They had a light, fresh scent when activated. This blue side lathered with a significant amount of creamy, soapy bubbles. There was more than enough cleanser to completely clean my entire face, remove all traces of makeup, etc. My skin felt stimulated and very well cleansed as I moved the Kleenex Exfoliating Cushions around in a circular motion on  my face.  

Purchase Here: Kleenex Exfoliating Cushions Refillable Dispenser + Pads

The white side is more textured for extra exfoliation, and I used it as recommended, on my nose area and my t-zone.  I used these about 3 times a week. My skin was not red, irritated or itchy after exfoliating. The cushions didn't leave any residue or traces of material from the pad on my skin afterwards. They were also remarkably strong - and no amount rinsing,ringing or exfoliating my skin made them rip or tear apart!

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After I was done using both sides,  I rinsed my skin and it looked fresh, smooth and glowing. The cushion itself was also very nice to hold while cleansing because it was like a little mini-pillow.  I plan on taking these with me whenever I travel.  

Purchase Here: Kleenex Exfoliating Cushions Refillable Dispenser + Pads

The packaging is great to house the cushions (you can buy more cushion refills separately). Since they are dry, you can take them out of the container and put them in a small zip lock for travel or the gym.  But for the bathroom vanity, I loved having them in the pretty clear cube (shown above) where they stayed dry and clean.  Stock up on these! - RLB

Purchase Here: Kleenex Exfoliating Cushions Refillable Dispenser + Pads
Also Read Our Review for:  Kleenex Cotton Soft Pads

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

Beauty Find - The Estee Edit by Estee Lauder Beam Team Hydrate + Glow

The Estee Edit by Estee Lauder Beam Team Hydrate + Glow sheer sun-loving bronze

The Estee Edit by Estee Lauder Beam Team Hydrate + Glow is a multi-tasker that's worth adding to your skincare collection - STAT.

It's a lightweight moisturizer that gives a touch of glow (without over the top shimmer).  It just makes skin look great.  The added bonus of a glow/illuminator solid cream in the top cap is perfect to add natural looking highlight to the skin.  

The moisturizer has a med/thick weight out of the tube, but once I applied it to my skin it felt completely weightless and absorbed immediately.  Thanks to a formula made with hyaluronic acid, along with finely milled shimmering pearls, it provided both hydration and subtle shimmer. There are two shades, Sheer Bronze, which worked with my skin tone, (shown, above) and Sheer Golden Beige, perfect for lighter skin tones.  You can even use both for different highlighting/bronzing effects.  

It has a very fresh, slightly tropical scent that evaporates quickly.  It also gave me great hydration, but without my t-zone oily or shiny looking.  The shimmer in the moisturizer as well as the cap illuminator looked nice in both indoor and sunlight as well.  Tip:The Estee Edit by Estee Lauder Beam Team Hydrate + Glow is perfect to use on tanned summer skin to look it's best!

I loved all the different ways I could use The Estee Edit by Estee Lauder Beam Team Hydrate + Glow.  I used it under my foundation as a brightening primer, and then added the cap color on my cheekbones, brow bones, down the center of my nose and cupid's bow. On weekends I just used the The Estee Edit by Estee Lauder Beam Team Hydrate + Glow alone with a bit of concealer, adding the cap color in the same way. 

Purchase Here: The Estee Edit by Estee Lauder Beam Team Hydrate + Glow sheer sun-loving bronze 1.7 oz 

 A third way was to mix a bit of the The Estee Edit by Estee Lauder Beam Team Hydrate + Glow sheer sun-loving bronze with my BB Cream or Foundation if I was in a rush and wanted my skin to have a beautiful healthy glow instantly.  It can also be mixed with a heavier moisturizer if you have very dry skin, to give you a glow as well.  If you just want to "strobe" or highlight your skin, then all you need to do is use the color in the cap.   

Also Try:The Estee Edit by Estee Lauder White Mud Exfoliating Scrub + Mask 2.5 oz

Both the moisturizer and the cap highlighter can be applied with fingers, which is how I liked to use it, but it also worked with a nice foundation/highlighter brush.  Since it's under 3oz, it was perfect to cut down on products when I traveled and brightened up my skin after a flight or other travel in dry air.

The Estee Edit by Estee Lauder Beam Team Hydrate + Glow has everything to need to make your skin look like you "just woke up like this" :)  - RLB

Purchase Here: The Estee Edit by Estee Lauder Beam Team Hydrate + Glow sheer sun-loving bronze 1.7 oz 

P.S. One of my new favorite nude lip colors is also from this line, check out :The Estee Edit by Estee Lauder The Barest Lip Color 05 In the Buff 

*This product was provided courtesy of The Estee Edit PR for reviewing purposes.

Fragrance Find - Gucci Bamboo

Gucci Bamboo Eau de Parfum Spray

Earlier this summer I had the opportunity to preview the memoir of Patricia Gucci, (the daughter of the man who made Gucci into a global fashion brand, Aldo Gucci), In the Name of Gucci: A Memoir.   

It one of the best memoirs I've ever read with its fascinating story of the founding of the Gucci empire, generations of family drama, Italian history, the complicated relationship with her parents and extended family made this a moving and memorable read. In In the Name of Gucci: A Memoir, Patricia also shares the story of how the iconic Gucci Bamboo came to be a part of their luxury bag line many years ago.

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In the Name of Gucci: A Memoir

Just a few weeks after I finished the book. I was able to test Gucci's newest scent, Gucci Bamboo, which was inspired by the iconic Gucci Bamboo detail and patterns on their bags and accessories.  I was thrilled not only with the timing - but with the lovely floral, woody scent as well.  Like a beautiful Gucci Bamboo bag, the bottle is also stunning, luxurious and a beautiful ode to the Gucci house.

The opening of Gucci Bamboo is quite strong, but I loved how it enveloped me with a burst of citrus from the Bergamot notes, along with lots of (soft) floral from the Casablanca Lilly.  The combination was sparkling, energizing and feminine at the same time.

Gucci Bamboo developed nicely on my skin during the day, keeping that dry, woody quality, with light bursts of floral.  It never became overly floral or woody or smoky.  The dry down was slightly spicy, with a consistent dryness and warm sandalwood. The lasting power was fantastic (7+ hours) before any sort of touch up was needed.   I've started using this in the warm summer months but this will work just as well in the Fall and Winter.

This is a sophisticated and elegant scent for the woman who loves Gucci and those of you looking for a long lasting, chic scent made for day or night. - RLB

Purchase Here: Gucci Bamboo Eau de Parfum Spray

Fragrance Notes:
Italian Bergamot, Casablanca Lily, Ylang Ylang, Comoros Sandalwood. 

*This product and the Gucci book were provided courtesy of Gucci PR and Crown PR for reviewing purposes.

Drugstore Buy of the Week - L'Oréal Paris Advanced Haircare Total Repair 5 Damage-Erasing Balm

After a summer of intense heat, dry air from travel and air conditioning, L'Oréal Paris Advanced Haircare Total Repair 5 Damage-Erasing Balm is just what you need to bring your hair back to life. This deep conditioner contains Ceramide, which helps reverse damage to hair and reconstruct dry, over processed hair.  

L'Oréal Paris Advanced Haircare Total Repair 5 Damage-Erasing Balm is just as think as the name would suggest.  It's also very concentrated, so a little goes a long way. After washing  I only needed a silver dollar sized amount for complete coverage.  It has a silky, creamy texture that never made me feel it was weighing my hair down. I left it on for about 10 minutes (but the directions say on only need to leave it on about 5).  

After my very first treatment my hair was softer than ever, when also smooth and shiny.  All without feeling oily or with any residue.  When I either air dried or blow dried, my ends, in particular, were smooth and all signs of dryness were completely gone.  My hair wasn't flat, but instead had a nice bounce and movement.L'Oréal Paris Advanced Haircare Total Repair 5 Damage-Erasing Balm was perfect for my relaxed hair and will work wonders on any chemically processed, colored and otherwise dry/coarse hair textures.

Purchase Here: L'Oréal Paris Advanced Haircare Total Repair 5 Damage-Erasing Balm

This product is scented, which I loved, a bit of a floral/spice mix, and I liked how it lingered softly the day I would do the treatment.

I continued to use on a weekly basis for over a month now, and I'm determined to never be without this miracle worker. I also used on my little sporty spices long, curly hair and it was super shiny, soft and bouncy afterwards, with no frizz and smooth ends.

Stock up on L'Oréal Paris Advanced Haircare Total Repair 5 Damage-Erasing Balm now - you'll also be happy when the harsh winter and cold temps come  - your hair will still look amazing! - RLB

Budget Beauty Find - E.L.F. Brush Cleanser Wipes

When you need a quick and easy way to spot clean your brushes, especially if your traveling, you need  E.L.F. Brush Cleanser Wipes.  The wipes are individually wrapped (there are 10 in a pack), and they have an slightly oily (not wet) consistency.

To clean, I simply swiped my brush back and forth on the wipe and was amazed to see everything cleaned off.  Even better, when I felt my brush with my fingers afterwards, there was no oily or sticky feel, the brush was completely dry.  These were perfect for when my brushes were in-between deep cleansing (with a heavy duty brush cleanser, like my Cinema Secrets, for example).

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The cleansing oil contained in the wipe also has the prettiest scent! (a soft floral).  This was a very nice surprise, as it softly lingered on my makeup brush as I applied my makeup.  The wipes were gentle on my brush hairs and didn't make them fall or or dry up. For best results, use 1 wipe per brush, but if you have smaller eye shadow or liner brushes, or a few brushes that aren't filled with too much product, you can clean two or more with a single wipe.

Also Try:  e.l.f. Powder Brush

This is a budget-friendly beauty helper that needs to be consistently stocked in your makeup collection! - RLB

*This product was provided courtesy of e.l.f. PR for reviewing purposes.

Beauty Find - Boscia Sake Cleansing Water

Many of you use cleansing waters and have found them to be indispensable for gently cleansing skin, hydrating and toning in one step.

I've just discovered a new version made with Sake, boscia Sake Cleansing Water which elevates this cleansing water to a luxurious ritual you'll look forward to using every day.

You might be wondering what are the benefits to using Sake in skin care.  The Japanese have used Sake in their cleansing ritual to maintain a flawless complexion.  Sake actually contains a rich combination of vitamins and minerals that leave the skin feeling silky smooth. 

With boscia Sake Cleansing Water it was easy to remove all my makeup each evening (including eye makeup).  I loved that I had a fully clean feeling without stripping or irritating my skin.  I used with one of my new Kleenex Soft Cotton Pads and applied with milky, silky textured liquid.  It's a no-rinse formula, and it truly did feel like it was gone with I did my final swipe of my Cotton Soft Pads.

It left my skin soft, fresh feeling and with a nice, cooling sensation.

I used boscia Sake Cleansing Water exclusively for a few weeks and was impressed with the glow my skin took on, and how much brighter it looked.  It didn't leave any residue or sticky feeling, and didn't add any additional oil on my more oily areas.

It would be great in the near future to also see a 3.0oz or smaller travel-sized version with the same packaging. I'd love to be able to take this experience with me on the road in my carry on.. :) RLB

Purchase Here: boscia Sake Cleansing Water 5.07 oz

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