Natural Beauty Find - Sibu Sea Berry Purifying Clay Mask




Several years ago I discovered the health benefits of Sea Berry (also known as Seabuckthorn ), via the Sibu brand.  Seabuckthorn is native to the Himalayan Highlands.  It's a tiny fruit that contains extremely large amounts of multiple types of Omega acids, which are vital to collagen production and healthy skin, hair and nails.


Sibu has expanded their range of products and the Sibu Seabuckthorn Purifying Mask is one of my new favorites from the Luminate skincare line.  Sibu Seabuckthorn Purifying Mask is a toxin-absorbing bentonite clay based mask with a unique feature.  



Sibu Seabuckthorn Purifying Mask is creamy with a lightweight texture out of the tube and going on the the skin. But after the mask dries, it doesn't become hard, remaining slightly moist.  It becomes grainy and works to slough off dead skin cells by exfoliating when you rinse it off.


I loved using Sibu Seabuckthorn Purifying Mask in the morning to get a great start on the day, adding a thin layer to my skin. 

When I rinsed it off my skin felt fresh and firm, yet soft and hydrated with no excess
residue. My skin felt clean, but not overly stripped and it had a freshly scrubbed glow. I applied about 2-3 times a week.


Sibu Seabuckthorn Purifying Mask is perfect for oily, normal and combination skin.It's concentrated with a nice amount of "slip" so it spread easily over my skin and will last a long time too!  Explore the Sibu supplement line and skincare products for a natural approach to health and beautiful skin.  - RLB


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

2016 Holiday Gift Pick - It's Skin Mini Bebe Hand Cream Fresh Lime


Under $10 Gift Pick! It's Skin Mini Bebe Hand Cream Fresh Lime 

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It's Skin is a new skincare line I've recently discovered, and It's Skin Mini Bebe Hand Cream Fresh Lime is the perfect little beauty treat to give a friend or co-worker.




Fresh Lime was my favorite of all the fragrances.  It's a fresh, juicy cituris smell that doens't smell plastic or artificial.  The texture of the cream is perfect.  It's milky and creamy at the same time, and absorbed into my skin immediately.


My hands were baby soft and smooth with the pefect sheen (not oily) finish. It also did a nice job of moisutirizing my nails cuiticles in very dry/cold weather  The tube is perfect to leave on your office desk (look how cute it is!) and to keep handy while flying and traveling.  I love reaching for it everyday.


I did have to reapply a bit after hand washing, but didn't mind adding more.
It's Skin Mini Bebe Hand Cream Fresh Lime is small is enough and the right price to buy a few and give out as stocking stuffers as well. - RLB


Purchase Here: It's Skin Mini Bebe Hand Cream Fresh Lime 1 oz

2016 Holiday Gift Pick - Formula X City Chic CLIX! - Travel-Friendly Nail Polish Set


UNDER $15 GIFT PICK! Formula X City Chic CLIX! - Travel-Friendly Nail Polish Set


Formula X City Chic CLIX! - Travel-Friendly Nail Polish Set is the PERFECT gift for the nail obsessed person in your life, 

You May Also Like: Formula X The System - The Original Nail Polish Essentials Set


There are 6 pigment-rich shades perfect for holiday parties, nail art, natural looks and more. These Formula X City Chic CLIX! - Travel-Friendly Nail Polish Set shades transition easily into the fall/winter season and even more impressive is the packing.  All the polishes simply snap into the top, which they call their CLIX smart lid, so it's portable and perfect for storing them on your vanity.


The Formula X City Chic CLIX! - Travel-Friendly Nail Polish Set polish quality is excellent - rich, creamy and with just one coat I achieved the shade in the bottle.  My favorites in the collection were Thrilling (a slightly grey/pink), Ignite (a true deep red) and Dark Matter (a shiny black).


There's something for everyone in this Formula X City Chic CLIX! - Travel-Friendly Nail Polish Set since the colors were chosen so well.  If you're a glitter gal, then the Fine Like Einstein, which is a pink, iridescent glitter, can be used alone or over any of these shades.  I loved it with Thrilling for a light glittery nail, and with Dark Matter, for a dark take on a glittery nail.

Also look out for #CyberMonday deals today and get even more savings. - RLB



Purchase Here: Formula X City Chic CLIX! - Travel-Friendly Nail Polish Set

This set contains: 
- 6 x 0.1 fl oz/ 3 mL Nail Polishes in Thrilling, Elite, Fine Like Einstein, Ignite, Blazing , Dark Matter 


2016 Holiday Gift Pick - Estee Edit Guest Editor Picks Go Glow

Estee Edit Guest Editor Picks Go Glow 
This is a skincare gift that you may just want to keep for yourself.

Estee Edit Guest Editor Picks Go Glow includes a mix of deluxe and full size Estee Edit and Estee Lauder products.  The products include some of my personal favorites from the brand I've been raving about this year, including the The Estee Edit Beam Team Hydrate + Glow sheer sun-loving bronze and The Estee Edit Pink Peony Overnight Water Pack 

Also included is a single use The Estee Edit Stress Relief Eye Mask  and a mini Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex.  


All 4 products are housed inside of a heavy duty, water resistant plastic pouch with a flexible rubber strap you can use to carry or to hang in the bathroom for storage (there's also more room for additional makeup products and a hair brush, clips, etc. making it perfect for travel, the beach or the gym).


The four products work together to hydrate and give skin a beautiful tone and glow.  I started off with the relaxing and moisturizing The Estee Edit Stress Relief Eye Mask  after cleansing my skin.  Next, I applied layer of the The Estee Edit Beam Team Hydrate + Glow sheer sun-loving bronze for day before makeup.  

At night, I first applied the or the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex serum and then a layer of the The Estee Edit Pink Peony Overnight Water Pack.  My skin was soft, supple, plump and yes - glowing in the morning when I woke up and during the day.




As an extra bonus, the top of the The Estee Edit Beam Team Hydrate + Glow sheer sun-loving bronze has a solid/cream highlighter contained inside the cap, which I added quickly in the morning to the bridge of my nose, cheekbones and brow bones, and I instantly looked more refreshed and healthy.




Treat the beauty lover in your life to the gift of glowing, beautiful skin this holiday season! - RLB







Purchase Here: Estee Edit Guest Editor Picks Go Glow 

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

Beauty Find - Too Faced Replenishing Hangover Primer



Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer 



Too Faced is known for their clever and cheeky product names, and Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer  is another great one - and just happens to be a great primer too.


Purchase Here: Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer 1.35 oz

Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer is  infused with coconut water, a probiotic-based ingredient, and skin revivers which work together to boost skin’s radiance.

This is a rich, non greasy primer that's perfect for dry and very dry skin, but surprisingly, also combination skin.  When I applied Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer my drier areas like my cheeks were instantly soothed and hydrated, but my more oily areas did not appear or feel more oily or greasy.

The finish of this primer is slightly dewy, which makes it ideal for drier skin (but not if you want a matte appearance!)  The scent is a really pretty (fresh) coconut and it's concentrated, so I only needed a pea-sized amount for my entire face.


And yes, if you really are waking up to a hangover after a late night, this primer also makes skin look plumper, fresher and keeps makeup in place all day without a lot of blotting needed.


I was impressed with how hydrating 
Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer  was while feeling almost completely weightless on my skin, and without it clogging my pores.

Purchase Here: Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer 1.35 oz

If you have drier skin, (need some skin TLC after a late night) or just looking for an hydrating primer that keeps makeup in place, look no further than Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer . - RLB


Drugstore Buy of the Week - CARMEX Comfort Care Lip Balm, Sugar Plum Stick


Holiday Stocking Stuffer Idea! Carmex Comfort Care Colloidal Oatmeal Lip Balm - Sugar Plum
What a clever twist on a classic lip product!

Carmex Comfort Care Colloidal Oatmeal Lip Balm - Sugar Plum blends the classic Carmex moisturizing blend for lips with colloidal oatmeal for enhanced hydration - and adds the delightful scent of Sugar Plum, just in time for the holidays.


This new Carmex version is in a twist up tube, not their classic pot.  The scent is exactly as you would expect, plums with a touch of sugary sweetness.  It smelled very authentic and not overwhelming at all.

For those of you who are long time Carmex fans, the Carmex Comfort Care Colloidal Oatmeal Lip Balm is just as hydrating and soothing for dry, flaking or chapped lips.  I loved how smoothly it applied to my lips and it was completely lightweight and non greasy.  It also gave my lips the perfect layer of moisture.  Carmex Comfort Care Colloidal Oatmeal Lip Balm wore well under my lipsticks and other lip color products.


A few times a week I would do a lip exfoliation and then add a thick layer of Carmex Comfort Care Colloidal Oatmeal Lip Balm before going to bed, as a lip mask.  In the morning my lips had a faint scent of sugar plums and they were soft, plump and hydrated, even in the cold mornings.

I did reapply a few times a day if I was doing extensive drinking, eating, etc., but loved getting a whiff of that yummy Sugar Plum.

If you're searching for a great winter lip care product, or a small inexpensive holiday stocking stuffer with the perfect holiday treat theme for the beauty lovers in your life, stock up on these Carmex Comfort Care Colloidal Oatmeal Lip Balms - Sugar Plum  - RLB


Purchase Here: Available at most drugstores nationwide.  Also available online - Carmex Comfort Care Colloidal Oatmeal Lip Balm - Sugar Plum

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

2016 Holiday Gift Pick - Sonia Kashuk Air-Brushed Skin 5-piece Brush Set







Sonia Kashuk can always be counted on for budget-friendly makeup bags, tools and brush sets at Target.  This holiday season she's created one with a twist many of you will love.



Sonia Kashuk Air-Brushed Skin 5-piece Brush Set features 5 brushes completed dedicated to creating a flawless complexion.  The brushes are specially make and shaped for foundation, concealer, blush/bronzer/contouring and powder products.



The modern and bold floral pattern of the Sonia Kashuk Air-Brushed Skin 5-piece Brush Set is unique and these will stand out on any vanity.  The brushes are soft, yet very flexible, with no shedding.  I loved the concealer and powder brush in particular, which are able to pick up enough product but then dispense it evenly and smoothly on my skin.  

The Smudge brush is also quite unique and perfect for blending in contouring/highlighting products tso that they meld right into my skin for a natural look.

The concealer brush is also cut on an curved angle, so it was easy to get into both the inner and outer corners of my eyes, as well as other areas like around my nose. 

The brushes are easy to clean and are labeled for their use.  At this price you may also want to order another for yourself! - RLB


Number of Pieces: 5

Hair Care Find - Madam C.J. Walker Beauty Culture Scent + Shine Brassica Seed Oil





Madam C.J. Walker Beauty Culture Scent + Shine Brassica Seed Oil 
The makers of hands down one of the best blow out out creamsMadam C.J. Walker Beauty Culture Brassica Seed + Shea Oils Silkening Blow Out Creme  have another product in their Softening + Silkening line that you'll love.  




Madam C.J. Walker Beauty Culture Scent + Shine Brassica Seed Oil  is the perfect hair oil for curly, natural, relaxed and very dry hair.  Unlike some hair oils I've tried over the year, Brassica Seed Oil is a natural alternative to silicone.  So it hydrates, smooths and softens hair without any greasy or oily residue.  It does not weigh hair down or create product buildup.  Like their Madam C.J. Walker Beauty Culture Brassica Seed + Shea Oils Silkening Blow Out Creme  it also has an amazing scent, with notes of sugar and red velvet cream (yum!).

Purchase Here: Madam C.J. Walker Beauty Culture Scent + Shine Brassica Seed Oil 

I liked using this on both my relaxed hair, my little sporty spice's hair in her curly state - as well as after blowing it out, adding it to all her hair post blow dry.  Madam C.J. Walker Beauty Culture Scent + Shine Brassica Seed Oil  does have a prominent scent which we loved, and it lingers, but was not overbearing.  



We used about 2-3 pumps and applied to both hands and ran through the length of the hair after a blow out for shine and hydration, and on a daily bases used a pump for shine and protection on the ends of the hair.

If you're looking for a natural alternative to shine/treatment products with silicones or sulfates and love a scent to your hair,  Madam C.J. Walker Beauty Culture Scent + Shine Brassica Seed Oil  is perfect to add to your hair routine.

Purchase Here: Madam C.J. Walker Beauty Culture Scent + Shine Brassica Seed Oil

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


2016 Holiday Gift Pick - L'Occitane Holiday 2016 Advent Calendar



L'Occitane never disappoints when it comes to holiday beauty gifts, and this year, their L'Occitane Holiday 2016 Advent Calendar is no exception.

This beautiful keepsake advent calendar is filled with 24 exclusive beauty treats, all hidden behind little "cadeau" (gift) doors. 



The 24 products include some of L'Occitane's best sellers, sized perfectly for either travel, stocking stuffers or just to explore during one month or all year.  This is a great gift to give to the beauty lover in your life who's already a big fan of L'Occitane products, for yourself to try new products or as a cost effective way to give many stocking stuffers out to a large family, lots of friends or co-workers.

I love that there truly is something for everyone here.  There are products from one of my personal favorite L'Occitane lines: the Cherry Blossom, Almond and Shea Butter, as well as Aromachologie, Verbena and Jasmine Bergamot. 



There are a collection of body creams, hand creams, shower gels and even foot cream. L'Occitane products are perfect for the winter season with their extremely rich, moisturizing textures and formulas.


For those that are buying the L'Occitane Holiday 2016 Advent Calendar for themselves (and want to know what they're opening each time), there is a handy map of each product on the back of the box (but don't look if you truly want a surprise each time!)

I love that I can start your morning with a different scent experience whenever I wish. The product sizes, although small enough for travel, are concentrated, so they will still be quite generous for those that are trying out a product for the first time.





Order 1 for a gift (and another for yourself - you deserve it!) -RLB


Set Includes:
- Aromachologie Relaxing Shower Gel  1.18 fl. oz.
- Aromachologie Repairing Shampoo 1.18. fl. oz.
- Shea Butter Body Lotion 1 oz.
- Shea Ultra Rich Face Cream 0.33 oz.
- Almond Delicious Hand Cream 0.33 oz.
- Peony Hand Cream 0.33 oz.
- Shea Butter Shower Gel 1 oz.
- Cherry Blossom Shimmering Lotion 1.18 oz.
- Verbena Shower Gel 1 oz.
- Rose et Reines Hand Cream 0.33 oz.
- Almond Shower Oil 1.18 fl. oz.
- The Vert & Bigarade Shower Gel 1 oz.
- Verbena Fresh Toilette
- Jasmin & Bergamote Shower Gel 1 oz.
- Cherry Blossom Shower Gel 1.18 fl. oz.
- Shea Butter Hand Cream 0.33 oz.
- Verbena Leaf Soap .88 oz.
- Cherry Blossom Mini EDT 0.25 fl. oz.
- Verbena Hand Cream 0.33 oz.
- Immortelle Essential Water 1 fl. oz.
- Shea Butter Cleansing Water 1 fl. oz.
- Almond Delicious Soap 1.76 oz.
- Almond Milk Concentrate 0.67 oz.
- Shea Butter Foot Cream 0.33 oz.
- Advent Calendar Box 

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