Drugstore Buy of the Week - John Frieda Frizz Ease Secret Weapon Touch Up Creme

John Frieda Frizz Ease Secret Weapon Touch Up Creme


John Frieda is the master of anti-frizz hair products for a reason.

And if you have any doubts or had forgotten that, trying his John Frieda Frizz Ease Secret Weapon Touch Up Creme certainly will reminded you why.


John Frieda Frizz Ease Secret Weapon Touch Up Creme  is amazing and is such a needed product for those of you who experience frizz, have curly hair and/or live in very humid environments. 

The Touch Up Creme is thick and creamy, but still lightweight.  It's also very concentrated, so no more than a quarter sized amount (for thick.long hair) or nickle-sized amount was needed.  It has a nice, light fresh scent which disappears quickly after application.


John Frieda Frizz Ease Secret Weapon Touch Up Creme can be used in a variety of ways.  I loved running this through my little one's curly hair, concentrating on the ends.  It immediately smooths hair and leaves a beautiful shine with no heavy or sticky feel.  It also moisturizes hair very well.  This can also be used after a blow out to seal in the straightened hair and give it extra shine and moisture. 


If you've forgotten to apply Secret Weapon Touch Up Creme before leaving the house and have to brave a misty/rainy/humid day, no worries.  When you get inside to your office/school, etc. just apply to ends and run through dry or dampened hair.  Your hair is immediately smoothed, fly always disappear, curls are redefined, frizz is calmed and hair has shine.

Even after a morning application, hair was just as moist, defined and soft as it was in the late evening.  There was no flaking or build up, even after using Secret Weapon Touch Up Creme several days in a row during a particularly humid stretch.

Make sure you have the Secret Weapon in your hair care arsenal - one for home and one for the road! - RLB

Nail Polish Find - essie Gel Couture Nail Polish First View


essie Gel Couture Nail Polish First View

I recently shared with you a lovely, bright blue nail polish, perfect for adding to a Fall look. 

Now I've found a blue which is actually so soft, with the perfect amount of cool tones, that it also works as a modern neutral shade on all skin tones.

essie Gel Couture Nail Polish is essie's latest nail polish line, which is a no-gel lamp needed, long lasting, shiny nail formula. First View, (shown, above), a baby cashmere blue shade is part of their recent Summer 2016 collection, which includes 11 more soft, neutral shades perfect for year round wear.(See all the shades below).



essie Gel Couture Nail Polish is smooth and creamy, and feature a new brush which allows the color to easily cover the nail bed with no mess or mistakes.  There was no clumping, streaking and two coats produced the color in the bottle.

After applying essie Gel Couture Nail Polish I then added a coat of the essie Gel Couture Top Coat which seals the color formula in, adds incredible shine and provides days and days worth of a chip free, glossy look.

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I had no chips after 3 days, then added one coat of the  essie Gel Couture Top Coat to refresh.  I then had at least another 5 days before I started to see any real chipping or fading.  

The essie Gel Couture Nail Polish was easy to remove with any of my favorite nail polish removers, and my nails felt strong and healthy.  

Purchase Here: Formula X Delete All - 5 Finger Nail Polish Remover 5 oz

I encourage you to buy as many of these beautiful shades as you can while they last. 

Some other standouts in the Atelier collection are:
Pinned up, a brownish rose, Pearls of Wisdom, a berry with a pearlize finish and Sew Me, a creamy caramel rose.

Your at home manicures/pedicures will be a breeze now! - RLB







Budget Beauty Buy - Sonia Kashuk Yellow Alluriana Hand Creme


Sonia Kashuk Yellow Alluriana Hand Creme 

Sonia Kashuk Yellow Alluriana Hand Creme is not only a treat for the hands, but for the nose as well!


The Yellow Alluriana scent is heavenly.  The notes are citrus and a very crisp verbena.  As the lotion lingers on the skin, there's a warmer, musk that comes through, but from start to finish, it a vibrant, pick-me-up scent I loved using daily.


The formula is perfect - non greasy, non sticky but instantly hydrating.  It contains Shea butter, Vitamin E, Aloe Vera and botanical oils.  The cream has a medium weight and it very silky and easy to rub into the skin.  With a thick layer in the morning, I noted it lasted through about 2 hand washes before I had to touch up again.



I also loved using Sonia Kashuk Yellow Alluriana Hand Creme on days when I may have forgotten or didn't have a chance to apply fragrance. The hand cream scent trailed on my skin lightly all day, so it's prominent, but not overwhelming.

If you're looking for a reasonably priced hand cream with a beautiful fresh scent, you can't do much better than Sonia Kashuk Yellow Alluriana Hand Creme  - RLB

Note: Sonia Kashuk Yellow Alluriana Hand Creme is also a TSA regulated size at 2 oz, so it's perfect for travel.

Purchase Here: Sonia Kashuk Yellow Alluriana Hand Creme 

2016 Holiday Gift Pick - CHANEL No. 5 L'Eau





Who is CHANEL N-5 L'EAU meant for?

If you are an ardent fan of the classic CHANEL No. 5 (and like to layer scents) the answer is it's for you.  

If you're looking for a light, elegant scent based on a classic - the answer is it's also for you



This newest variation of CHANEL N-5 was developed by CHANEL house perfumer, Olivier Polge (Son of the former Chanel house perfumer, Jacques Polgewho also created one of my other favorites, CHANEL N-5 EAU PREMIRE).

N-5 L'EAU’s notes include Rose de Mai, lemon, mandarin, bergamot, orange, aldehydes, jasmine, ylang ylang, sandalwood, cedar and soft musk notes.

CHANEL N-5 L'EAU delivers as it's promised: a lighter and fresher variation on the original. From the very first spritz I recognized the original No. 5, but it was softer and smoother. It's so refreshing in fact, you might fight yourself spraying it on a lot (not necessarily a bad thing!), because it never becomes to heavy or overwhelming.


Form the opening spray CHANEL N-5 L'EAU was beautiful - lots of neroli and orange/citrus notes combined with the famous aldehydes.  As it settled on my skin, I began to smell the rose developing, along with the white flowers.  The dry down is also much sheerer than the original, but keeps the classic woody musks on top.  It's deceptively simple and fresh, but at the same time, uncomplicated.


If you're a die hard fan of the original CHANEL N-5 Eau de Parfum you will see the respect and care that went into this new, modern approach, and perhaps add it as a layering element with CHANEL N-5 Eau de Parfum. Or If you're looking for a beautiful new scent that will stay in your fragrance rotation for many years, CHANEL N-5 L'EAU will also deliver for you. - RLB

Purchase Here:  CHANEL N-5 L'EAU 3.4 oz/ 100 mL Eau de Toilette Spray
Fragrance Notes: Rose de Mai, lemon, mandarin, bergamot, orange, aldehydes, jasmine, ylang ylang, sandalwood, cedar and musk.

Budget Beauty Find - Katy Kat Matte Lipstick, Tame Tiger








Earlier this summer I shared with you how much I loved the new CoverGirl Katy Kat Matte Lipsticks. The mattes have a beautiful, creamy finish and there are lots of great pinks, purples, reds - and even a cool black color.



Swatches below on two different skin tones.

Now there's a NEW shade that's more in the nude zone, - but with a twist.  Katy Kat Matte Tame Tiger (love this name!). This is a brown shade blended with bronze.  Like the other Katy Kat Matte Lipstick's, it has a demi matte finish and shea butter formula, so my lips were smooth, hydrated and comfortable all day.


I loved this shade when I wanted a nude lip with a bit more dimension.  As you can see from the Cover Girl swatches, it also is warm enough to work on different skin tones.  For darker ones like mine, it really looks very close to my actual lip color, so it's a perfect "my lips but better" shade.



Swatches below on two different skin tones.
So if you've tried some of the other shades and want to add a neutral to your collection , or are just looking for a reasonably priced, hydrating matte nude, pick this one up while it lasts! - RLB

This Katy Kat Matte Tame Tiger shade is exclusively sold online, so head over here to buy


Purchase Here: Katy Kat Matte Lipstick, Tame Tiger 

Beauty Find - MAC Taraji Glow Mineralize Skinfinish Natural


Are you a fan of Cookie Lyon?

Even if you're not familiar with Taraji P. Henson's ultra glam, makeup-loving character on the blockbuster TV hit, Empire, you will appreciate this beautiful, red-copper bronzer created with MAC Cosmetics for the new MAC Taraji P. Henson Collection. It's a multi-dimensional shade that will work with very dark skin tones and lighter ones as well.


MAC x Taraji Glow Mineralize Skinfinish Natural, (pictured, above), is the star product in the line up, (which also includes mascara, lipstick liquid eyeliner and highlighter powder).  It has a rich, warm red tone with copper highlights.  The finish is a satin, with medium/full coverage.  This is so rich and pigmented that is multitasks as both a bronzer and a blush. There is no shimmer or glitter.





Taraji P. Henson for MAC
The Skinfinish is extremely pigmented and the texture was smooth and silky, which allowed me to blend it on my skin easily. Just a small tap of the brush was all I needed to get full, beautiful color.  





It was very long wearing - over 8 hours before I noticed any fading. I know this is selling very quickly, since it's launch in early Sept. so order yours ASAP. - RLB


Purchase Here: MAC x Taraji Glow Mineralize Skinfinish Natural

Beauty Find - IT Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi Hydrating Color Awakening Lip Treatment



I LOVE products which work beautifully and make me realize there's still so much more in beauty fixes to be discovered.

IT Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi(TM) Hydrating Color Awakening Lip Treatment is not just a lip balm. It's a color infused lip treatment which gives lips intense hydration without any greasy, oily, sticky or heavy feel.  IT Cosmetics Vitality Lip Flush Technology reacts with the warmth of your own lips to create a subtle, natural pink flush.


The feel and cushiony-softness of the balm on my lips was heaven.  The perfect pink on my lips was a great bonus.  The pink shade looked completely natural, with a matte finish.  It was almost same pink tone as my natural lip color, slightly brighter.  The color lasted throughout a few drinks, and the hydration lasted for hours before needing a touch up. On weekends, if I was busy running around I would simply reach foJe Ne Sais Quoi(TM) Hydrating Color Awakening Lip Treatment  and I was out of the door knowing I still looked polished even in a rush.

My lips felt soft, smooth, naturally plump and hydrated. The pink shade that is produced by the technology doesn't get very deep, and it doesn't intensify with additional layers.  This is really when you just want a hint of color, and/or need all day lip moisture and plan on layering with another lip color product anyway.  When I wore this under other lipsticks, lipstains and lip crayons it worked well and continued to hydrate my lips.

Purchase Here: IT Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi(TM) Hydrating Color Awakening Lip Treatment Je Ne Sais Quoi 0.11 oz


For all you packaging junkies this is a beautiful design you'll love keeping with you and pulling out of your bag, or leaving on your vanity at home.  The cap also has a magnetic core, so the top with never fall off in your bag or drawer. Yay! - RLB

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

Nail Polish Find - Lauren b. Beauty Nail Polish, Catalina Cruise



Well here's a nail color to perk up your early Fall looks!

If you're want to move on from nudes, reds, pinks and corals from summer, Lauren b. Beauty Nail Polish, Catalina Cruise is a nice change of pace.


This was my first time trying Lauren b. Nail Polish and I was very impressed with the creamy, smooth texture, mirror like shine and non streaking formula.

This vibrant  Catalina Cruise  is inspired by the Pacific Ocean.  It has the perfect amount of blue/green and warm yellow tones to look great on every one.  The brush is a long one with which easily covered my nail beds. Two coats and my nails were fully opaque, smooth and shiny. 

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The polish also was very quick to dry.  Within about 3 minutes both hands were dry and set.  With a layer of top coat, I got 3-4 days with no chipping or wear at all, and then no major chipping until day 7 - even with lots of wear and tear on my nails/hands.




The bottle is designed with a special over-cap so you can use a square of cylindrical handle for polishing.  Also worth noting is the eco-and vegan friendly formula (no formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, DBP, toluene or camphor).  Order this one today to liven up your polish collection.  - RLB





Purchase Here:Lauren b. Beauty Nail Polish, Catalina Cruise 

*This product was provided courtesy of Lauren b for reviewing purposes.

Beauty Find - Clarins Booster Energy




Clarins has created a "cocktail" of sorts for your skin and I'm loving it.

Clarins Booster Energy are lightweight drops designed to be mixed with your moisturizer to revitalize fatigued skin from lack of sleep, long work hours. or travelling.  It contains Ginseng Extract, legendary in China for it's energizing and revitalizing effects.  

I was able to use the drops in several ways.  Some mornings I mixed a 3 drops of Clarins Booster Energy  with my moisturizer or primer.  Clarins Booster Energy mixed effortlessly and instantly and didn't effect the weight, texture or the application of my skincare. The Booster helped give my skin a beautiful glow and tone, while also soothing it.  I also used it overnight with my night cream or sleeping mask and loved the texture, tone and brightness of my skin in the morning.  This was a great technique for nights when I knew I was going to bed late and had to wake up early looking my best.

Even better, Clarins Booster Energy is a versatile powerhouse that can also be mixed with heavier serums if you have very dry skin, cream masks and foundation as well.  I especially liked using it with light foundation on days when I wanted a natural look with radiant skin.  My skin looked even and polished as well as fresh and bright.  With it's perfect size, this is a natural for adding to your purse or makeup bag when you travel or after a gym work out.


Clarins Booster Energy is a little skin miracle you should always have stocked when you need a complexion pick me up! - RLB

Purchase Here: Clarins Booster Energy 0.5 oz/ 15 mL

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

Drugstore Buy of the Week - Yes To Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Paper Mask




I've had very good results with many charcoal-based skin care products in recent months, and was pleased again with Yes To Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Paper Mask.  This was a perfect mask for me coming off an extremely hot and humid summer in several areas where I was traveling and living. I had a few breakouts because of it, and this was just what I needed to clean my pores and help clear/calm my skin.

This mask is unique in that it's actually Black paper, so it does look similar to putting on a charcoal cream based product on your skin.  It has a very fresh, light scent as well which I also really enjoyed. The mask was easy to apply to my face and I felt a bit of a tingling sensation the first few minutes, but nothing too strong. After about 10 minutes I removed the mask and massaged the remaining serum into my face.  

Note: Yes To Brands has expanded their paper (sheet) masks to also include: Yes To Cucumbers Calming Paper Mask,  Yes To Coconuts Ultra Hydrating Paper Mask and for serious acne, try Yes To Tomatoes Acne Fighting Paper Mask   

After a few minutes, the remaining serum absorbed into my skin without leaving any residue or oily/sticky feel to my skin.  My skin looked fresh, less oily in my t zone area and felt very soft.  I used this 1x week and saw real improvement in my skin and the amount of lingering breakouts.  


Yes To Tomatoes DetoxifyingCharcoal Paper Mask is now going in my travel beauty bag for emergencies and additional skin clearing as needed when I'm on the road.  It's also perfect to toss into your gym bag for post work out skin care.  - RLB



Purchase Here: Yes To Tomatoes DetoxifyingCharcoal Paper Mask  Also available at drugstores nationwide.

This product was provided courtesy of Yes To Brands PR for reviewing purposes.