Drugstore Buy of the Week - Rimmel Stay Matte Primer

Rimmel Stay Matte Primer

I've discovered a few great mattifying products over the years, but Rimmel Stay Matte Primer  is one of the most impressive - and it's a drugstore brand that won't break the bank.

Rimmel Stay Matte Primer is so good, you'll want to have a second (or third) for back up and travel.

When you want to create a matte base for makeup in sweltering summer months, as well as prolonging the color and texture of your makeup during the dayRimmel Stay Matte Primer is a must have.

The texture was slightly surprising.  Rimmel Stay Matte Primer felt think and almost like a glue coming out of the tube, but as soon as I applied it to my skin, it had a perfect amount of "slip" and glided across my face.  It was actually lightweight and absorbed into my skin immediately, leaving a soft, healthy finish that was matte, but not chalky or dull looking.
Since I'm primarily oily on my t zone, but almost every where in humid weather, I really put Rimmel Stay Matte Primer  to the test.  I used it under matte finish foundations as well, like Maybelline Fit Me Matte and Poreless or NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint Broad Spectrum SPF 30

Rimmel Stay Matte Primer  claims to control shine for up to 8 hours, and it did exactly that. It worked well with my makeup and I could tell by late morning (when I would normally either have faded foundation or lots of oil breakthrough), my shine was reduced by more than half, meaning I only needed to lightly blot (I liked using Murad MattEffect Blotting Perfector for on the go touch ups).  By the end of the day, I would only need to blot once more, and that was usually on extremely hot (over 30c / 90F) and humid days.

Bottom line: Rimmel Stay Matte Primer will keep your makeup ON and your skin from SHINING during these hot summers - and beyond for those who deal with very oily skin.  I'll never be without at least one tube of it.  It's a TSA approved size, so it's perfect for summer travel as well  P.S. This is also a great inexpensive primer for makeup artists starting out and building their kits. - RLB

Purchase Here: Rimmel Stay Matte Primer, 1 Fluid Ounce Also available at drugstores nationwide.

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

Beauty Find - Kneipp Herbal Body Wash

Kneipp has launched the perfect collection of summer inspired body washes that not only smell amazing, but cleanse very well without stripping and drying skin.  I've used Kneipp for years while in France and throughout Europe and happy this new collection is available stateside.

The new collection includes: Lime and Mint Endless Summer (shown, above), Mango and Starfruit Tropical Dream and Watermelon and Mint Summer Mood.  

The body wash is silky and lightweight and lathered well.  All the body washes are Vegan, (which means they contain no paraffin, silicone or mineral oils).

I loved how concentrated the formula was, and it cleansed thoroughly.  When I rinsed, I was happy my skin was soft and hydrated, with a faint trace of each of the scents.  All of the body washes are great, but if you lean toward citrus scents, the Endless Summer and is a winner.  

I wasn't sure I'd like the Summer Mood, but I was pleasantly surprised with the fresh, authentic watermelon notes and the mint just made my mornings complete (plus it smelled like Watermelon Mint salad, which is one of my go-to summer staples)!

They also work well with exfoliating towels and exfoliating mitts.  All three body washes are currently on sale, so it's easy to stock up for the summer. - RLB 
Purchase Here: All NEW Kneipp Herbal Body Wash  

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

Beauty Find - tarte Tight & Bright Clay Multi-Mask

tarte Tight & Bright Clay Multi-Mask

2 masking products in 1 package is not  a new concept, but  tarte has found a way to really make at home masking customized and even fun!

The  tarte Tight & Bright Clay Multi-Mask is a set of two vegan face masks in one jar.  One cleanses  pores and polishes skin, while the other is hydrating and brightening. tarte Tight & Bright Clay Multi-Mask duo works for all skin types, especially those of you who are combination like I am.  

The Purple side of the tarte Tight & Bright Clay Multi-Mask is the Detoxifying + Purifying Exfoliating Mask.  It's perfect for the T-zone, controls shine and  helps tighten pores and detox skin.  Amazonian clay works as a natural purifier to treat blemishes and blackheads. Gentle micro-exfoliants polish away dead skin cells to treat flakes and uneven skin tone without over drying. 

The Gold side of the tarte Tight & Bright Clay Multi-Mask is the Hydrating + Firming Gel Mask,  for dry or delicate areas like the cheeks and under the eyes. This mask helps calm redness and inflammation. Amazonian clay boosts clarity and circulation, while hyaluronic acid restores skin’s natural moisture balance.

tarte Tight & Bright Clay Multi-Mask
I used the purple mask for my T-zone and the gold for my cheeks and under eye area. The Clay Multi-Mask texture is smooth and creamy and applied easily (l liked using Erborian Precision Mask Applicator) to apply.

I loved that when the gold side started to dry, it became a true shiny gold finish (shown, left)!  After about 15 minutes I rinsed off both Masks and was very impressed with how balanced, toned and most of all - glowing my skin looked.  My T-zone looked great and clear, and my skin felt soft and fresh.

tarte Tight & Bright Clay Multi-Mask is a genius idea that eliminates the need to buy two separate masks.  I also appreciate that both masks are vegan formulas with lots of natural ingredients.  

If your skin changes with the seasons, all it takes is just adding more of one or the other mask to balance out, or repair the skin.   tarte Tight & Bright Clay Multi-Mask also works for travel and eliminates having to tear open paper masks or throw anything away.  Make  tarte Tight & Bright Clay Multi-Mask one of your go to summer masks. - RLB

Drugstore Buy of the Week - Palmer's Cocoa Butter Foot Magic

Palmer's Cocoa Butter Foot Magic
I recently stumbled onto an affordable foot cream which will treat your skin as well as luxe brands. 

Purchase Here: Palmer's Cocoa Butter Foot Magic

Palmer's Cocoa Butter Foot Magic is a concentrated thick, oil/cream "ointment" that not only leaves skin hydrated and glossy in an instant, it also smells great and refreshes feet. Palmer's Cocoa Butter Foot Magic is made with pure Cocoa Butter, Vitamin E, Mango Butter, Shea Butter and Peppermint Oil

I only needed a dime sized amount of  Palmer's Cocoa Butter Foot Magic to use on both feet.  It felt a bit oily at first (wait a few seconds before walking in bare feet if you're using it on the bottom of your feet!).  Within a minute, it melted into my skin and it absorbed into my dry heels and feet. I loved the subtle, fresh peppermint scent and how soft, smooth and glowing my skin looked.

Purchase Here: Palmer's Cocoa Butter Foot Magic

If you want the effects overnight,  Palmer's Cocoa Butter Foot Magic is perfect to apply to your feet with a pair of socks before bed.  In the morning, your feet will look as good and feel as soft as a baby's.  Sometimes, when I was in a rush in the morning, I would then add a touch just on my heels right after a shower, and my feet were moisturized and soft the rest of the day.

Purchase Here: Palmer's Cocoa Butter Foot Magic

Palmer's Cocoa Butter Foot Magic is the perfect foot treatment for giving yourself an at home pedicure, or giving yourself or your significant other a pampering foot/leg massage, since the peppermint works to relax the muscles as well.

Palmer's Cocoa Butter Foot Magic is a travel-friendly size that is perfect for adding to your travel bag or gym bag.  If you find yourself with dry feet in a pair of sandals you can add a quick touch and your feet will look like new! Stock up on this one for summer. - RLB

Beauty Find - Supergoop Defense Setting Mist SPF 50

Supergoop! Defense Refresh Setting Mist Broad Spectrum SPF 50 
I'm always attracted to new and innovative sun protection products, and one of my favorite suncare lines, Supergoop! has one I love. 

Supergoop! Defense Refresh Setting Mist Broad Spectrum SPF 50 has everything I look for - it multi-tasks as a sun protection spray, makeup primer and setting spray.  Best of all, it's so lightweight that I'm able to add additional spray during the day if needed without disturbing my makeup or making my bare skin feel sticky or greasy.

To begin using, as directed, I gave Supergoop! Defense Refresh Setting Mist a good shake before using.  The mist is very fine and lightweight, and I needed about 3 sprays to cover my face   I love the light, fresh scent, which is made with rosemary and mint.  On bare skin, the finish is a natural matte, which didn't irritate my t zone or make me appear more oily, thanks to their optical diffusing silica silylate further helps to control oil and reduce shine—leaving skin feeling soft and smooth with a matte finish.  

Supergoop! Defense Refresh Setting Mist Broad 
Spectrum SPF 50 1 oz/ 30 mL

I used  Supergoop! Defense Refresh Setting Mist both over makeup and on bare skin.  To use with makeup during the week, I applied after cleansing and a light serum. 

Then I applied my makeup, which worked well with the spray.  Afterwards, I did one last spray to set my makeup and leave a natural matte finish.  

During the day, my makeup stayed fresh, with very little wear off or melting/running.  
While I did have to blot about 1-2 times during the day, especially on very hot/humid days, the amount of oil was reduced by at least half and with a quick spritz my skin was back to matte.

On bare skin or just using minimal eye/lip makeup, my skin remained fresh and naturally matte throughout the day, with no oily or greasy feel.

Since Supergoop! Defense Refresh Setting Mist is so convenient, it's also ideal to keep in my day bag to apply to my little one when we're in sunny areas or stop by the park/beach. Because it feels completely weightless on skin, kids won't complain about having it on either!

I love having such a easy way to add SPF 50  to my daily routine.  Now there's also a travel version which I keep in my beauty bag at all times, which is a 1 oz/ 30 mL size. - RLB

Beauty Find - Tatcha Balanced Pore Perfecting Water Gel Moisturizer

Tatcha Balanced Pore Perfecting Water Gel Moisturizer
I discovered a lightweight moisturizer perfect for oily and combination skin in the summer.  Not only does it have GOLD in it, but a stunning bottle to boot - and you're going to love it. 

Tatcha Balanced Pore Perfecting Water Gel Moisturizer is the luxury moisturizer you may have not even realized you needed.

This ultralight moisturizer feels like a refreshing splash of water, and not only hydrates, but also refreshes, clarifies, and balances skin. Tatcha Balanced Pore Perfecting Water Gel Moisturizer is designed especially for those with oily skin.  It absorbs quickly with a natural matte finish. The Tatcha Balanced Pore Perfecting Water Gel Moisturizer formula is made with Japanese wild rose to tighten pores and also contains Japanese dokudami and leopard lilly, to diminish shine and the appearance of blemishes. The touch of 23-karat gold dust gives skin instant radiance with a shine-free glow

Tatcha Balanced Pore Perfecting Water Gel Moisturizer

During these increasingly hot and humid days and nights, I used Tatcha Balanced Pore Perfecting Water Gel Moisturizer after cleansing, primarily on my drier areas (I have combination skin with an oily t-zone).  

Upon applying, Tatcha Balanced Pore Perfecting Water Gel Moisturizer my skin had a hydrated feel, but a matte appearance. With continued use over the following days, my skin had a beautiful tone, and a natural radiance from the very fine gold dust.

I loved how concentrated Tatcha Balanced Pore Perfecting Water Gel Moisturizer was.  One pump was enough for my entire face and I loved the clean, light fresh scent.  I did a mini massage, pressing it into my skin and then massaging in circular strokes on my face and neck, since I always a bit of product left over from my face.  Tatcha Balanced Pore Perfecting Water Gel Moisturizer felt completely weightless with no sticky or oily feel, and it also served as a nice primer in the mornings for my makeup.  It kept my skin matte with a healthy glow.
Tatcha Balanced Pore Perfecting Water Gel Moisturizer is perfect for those of you with oily/combination skin or if you are in an area or traveling on planes a great deal, where you might be experiencing dry patches/flakes as well as oily skin. It's also the perfect size for travel.

The Tatcha Balanced Pore Perfecting Water Gel Moisturizer bottle is truly beautiful and a treasure for your vanity or bathroom shelf. You'll love looking at it as much as you will using it. - RLB

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

Drugstore Buy of the Week - L'Oreal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise

L'Oreal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise 200 Blackest Black
It's been roughly a YEAR since I've come across a mascara that's wowed me.  

L'Oreal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise was worth the wait.  This mascara lengthens, thickens, separates perfectly and gives a pretty, feathery lash finish.

I used 200 Blackest Black and from my first few swipes of the mascara wand, I was in love. The brush has a unique design which is slightly curved in the middle and fattens out a bit at the bottom.  The bristles are densely packed and soft, so it was easy to move the brush around to each end of my upper lashes, and lower as well.

The L'Oreal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise formula is slightly wet, and felt silky smooth going on my lashes.  It didn't smudge on my eyelids, and dried quickly, still leaving my lashes soft.  During the day my lashes didn't flake or transfer.  My lashes are med/long and of medium thickness.  My first coat of L'Oreal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise made them look thicker and separated my lashes perfectly. My second coat is really where I saw the magic.  My lashes were longer and even thicker.  I then added a touch on the bottom row and that's all I needed to knock out lashes.

L'Oreal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise  

This is by far one of L'Oreal Paris' best mascaras (although I am also a big fan of their original L'Oreal Paris Voluminous mascara) and for a drugstore brand, you'll be hard pressed to find such pretty packaging, plush brush (there's over 200+ bristles) and great formula for this price.

 L'Oreal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise   also works well with eyelash extensions when you really want to amp up your eye look, as well as individual false lashes.

L'Oreal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise  

Since it's summer, you'll be happy to know there are waterproof versions of all three shades available - Blackest Black, Black and Black Brown as well.

If there's one drugstore mascara to be obsessed with right now L'Oreal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise  is the one! - RLB

Purchase HereL'Oreal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise   Also comes in Blackest Black Black Brown, and Black Waterproof Versions.