Beauty Find - PAT McGRATH LABS MatteTrance Lipstick Flesh 3


PAT McGRATH LABS MatteTrance Lipstick Flesh 3 
One of the greatest living makeup artists today, PAT McGRATH, is adding to her ever expanding makeup empire with a new, luxurious matte lipstick called PAT McGRATH LABS MatteTrance Lipstick


Pat has done what some beauty lovers say is impossible - create a smooth, creamy hydrating pigmented matte lipstick that lasts for hours  with no flaking or drying out lips.

There are 9 shades in the PAT McGRATH LABS MatteTrance Lipstick line, which are made up of beautiful neutrals/nudes, deep shades and bright tones.  Some of the shades are named after famous legendary models Pat has worked with for years, like OMI, a pretty dusty rose inspired by none other than Naomi Campbell and ELSON, a true, deep blue-red inspired by model Karen Elson *(Shade swatches shown in photo below). 


Flesh 3  is a true brown rose and was the one I had to have.  It's the perfect nude shade for my skin tone, and works for day or night with the perfect balance of brown and rose pink.  This will be perfect for anyone with a medium to dark skin tone, and even those with pale tones who want a more dramatic brown lip.


MatteTrance Lipstick has a creamy feel, and is also lightweight at the same time.  I was very impressed by how smooth and moisturized my lips felt immediately after applying PAT McGRATH LABS MatteTrance Lipstick Flesh 3   The amount of pigment made it so that only one swipe on my upper and lower lips and I had the full matte opaque color in the tube. The matte finish has a touch of sheen, so my lips didn't look completely flat or dull.


As for the wear, the PAT McGRATH LABS MatteTrance Lipstick wore almost like a stain. When I applied in the morning, my color lasted through the afternoon into the evening. Even more amazing, my lips felt and looked smooth and moisturized all day.

Of course, I have to mention the packaging, which is so beautiful and unquie.  The way the tube swivels up, it is designed so that the golden lips always face outward, so if you're applying PAT McGRATH LABS MatteTrance Lipstick or doing a small touch up in public, it also instantly becomes a conversation piece.





These are only a limited edition item, so I suggest you get a few while you can.  I've already picked up the gorgeous ELSON, for my new Red shade.. - RLB


Purchase Here: PAT McGRATH LABS MatteTrance Lipstick Flesh 3 

Drugstore Buy of the Week - Milani Make IT Last Makeup Setting Spray


Milani Make IT Last Makeup Setting Spray 


I've found a great setting spray from  Milani that works as well - if not better, than some very expensive brands.  Milani Make IT Last Makeup Setting Spray works overtime, as a primer, makeup freshener and of course, a setting spray.

It's advertised to last 16 hours, and I have to say it did what it said.  The Milani Make IT Last Makeup Setting Spray  mist is very fine and light (with no clunky spattering of the liquid), so it didn't saturate my skin.  I liked using it in the morning as a spray primer before my makeup, and then another light layer as a Setting Spray over my finished makeup.   Milani Make IT Last Makeup Setting Spray also has a clean, fresh citrus blend scent that was always nice as a finishing touch.

The Setting Spray dried to a semi matte finish and was completely weightless with no sticky or flaky feel.  I applied  Milani Make IT Last Makeup Setting Spray early in the morning and my makeup did not budge, even on very hot and humid days, all day, into the evening - so the 16 hours on the bottle is pretty accurate!  Since I have combination skin, my T zone did need a few blots during the day. However, my actual makeup did not come off on the blotting sheets. Milani Make IT Last Makeup Setting Spray is not marketed as a mattifying spray, but the sheen on my forehead was reduced. 


Milani Make IT Last Makeup Setting Spray is one of those makeup kit staples that every makeup lover and professional makeup artist should have in their collection. Milani Make IT Last Makeup Setting Spray is also a must have if you're attending summer outdoor events where you'll be photographed all day. Order 1 and a spare too! - RLB

Beauty Find - Peace Out Acne Healing Dots

Peace Out Acne Healing Dots 20 Acne Healing Dots

If you need quick way to heal and reduce occasional pimples, Peace Out Acne Healing Dots are the perfect solution.

Peace Out Acne Healing Dots are completely weightless, transparent adhesive stickers made with salicylic acid to eliminate acne causing bacteria, along with vitamin A, aloe vera and Hydrcolloid technology which protects skin against skin irritants.  Note: They are formulated without latex, cruelty-free, and noncomedogenic. There are 20 Acne Healing Dots included in the pack.


The Acne Healing Dots will work on hormonal acne, inflamed pimples and red blemishes. Since they are invisible, I was able to use them not only at night for an overnight acne treatment, but also during the day.  The Acne Healing Dots reduced a pimple I had by half over night, and also eliminated the redness. The dots adhered tightly to my skin  but with no discomfort and did not fall off or irritate me.  


In the morning when I removed the Acne Healing Dot, almost all of the surface of the pimple was removed with it.  By the next morning after doing the dots for a second night, the pimple was virtually undetectable.


With the flat sticker sheet packaging, these are perfect to keep in my beauty travel bag, as well as my daily bag for unexpected breakouts during the day or night. Peace Out Acne Healing Dots - are ideal for those occasional monthly pimples that you can feel coming.  As soon as you do, just add a Peace Out Acne Healing Dots and by the next day you'll be happy you did! - RLB


Hair Care Find - SEPHORA COLLECTION Hair Sleeping Mask


SEPHORA COLLECTION Hair Sleeping Mask Rose 


If you've ever wanted a fast acting, easy to use overnight hair treatment that won't break the bank, the new SEPHORA COLLECTION Hair Sleeping Mask is just what you need.


SEPHORA COLLECTION Hair Sleeping Mask comes in four versions, to help condition, repair, smooth and retain hair color.  Each pack contains the cream mask  and a cute hair cap to wear overnight.


I tried two of the four versions, the SEPHORA COLLECTION Hair Sleeping Mask Rose  and the SEPHORA COLLECTION Hair Sleeping Mask Shea.   Since these are meant to be rinsed out in the morning, I applied them the night before I washed my hair. Note: If you're on vacation where you'll be swimming/getting your hair wet later in the day, I recommend just rinsing the SEPHORA COLLECTION Hair Sleeping Mask out with water when you wake up in the morning.

Coconut Mask: Nourishes and repairs hair fibers.
Shea Mask: Fortifies and helps to prevent breaking and split ends.


Rose Mask: Smooths and prevents frizzing.
Acai Mask: Protects color and boosts radiance.




SEPHORA COLLECTION Hair Sleeping Mask
I applied the creme conditioner from the SEPHORA COLLECTION Hair Sleeping Mask to my dry hair (there is a large amount of conditioner enclosed, so even if you have very thick/long hair you will be able to cover all your hair). Then I pit on the enclosed hair cap and went to bed.  

I loved that the cap stayed on well (the cap can be reused), and my hair didn't feel wet or greasy during the night.  Also, the cap isn't made with a noisy plastic material, so when I turned and slept I didn't hear any distracting crinkling noises.





In the morning, I was very impressed with how soft and silky smooth my hair felt.  There was no trace of dampness or oil, but my hair was conditioned with no residue or sticky feel.  I love the SEPHORA COLLECTION Hair Sleeping Mask so much that now I used them weekly in combination with my shampoo/conditioning routine.


Of course, if you don't want to wear the SEPHORA COLLECTION Hair Sleeping Mask overnight due to the cap, you'll also get great results by applying the mask with the cap and using it as a deep conditioner for 4-5 hours while you watch TV or do work around the house, for example, and then rinsing out.




SEPHORA COLLECTION Hair Sleeping Mask Shea 

When combined with a good moisturizing, conditioning shampoo and conditioner, SEPHORA COLLECTION Hair Sleeping Mask made my hair look and feel better each and every time.  

With it's individual sheet packaging, these are perfect for travel to keep hair looking great.

SEPHORA COLLECTION Hair Sleeping Mask is one to stock up on girls! - RLB









There are 2 more masks available: 



Purchase Here: SEPHORA COLLECTION Hair Sleeping Mask Rose 1.0 oz/ 30 mL
Purchase Here: SEPHORA COLLECTION Hair Sleeping Mask Shea 1.0 oz/ 30 mL

Beauty Find - Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask


Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask 

I recently shared with you one of my favorite new face cleansers, Blueberry Bounce Gentle Cleanser from a new Korean skincare brand, Glow Recipe.  Now I want to tell you about their Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask that's gained such a following it's sold out multiple times on Sephora.


From the gorgeous glass container, to the authentic, fresh watermelon scent, this mask is the perfect everyday skin treat. Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask has a unique, bouncy, texture and is lightweight and oil free.  It can be used as a traditional mask that you keep on for 15 minutes and rinse off, or an overnight mask, (which doesn't transfer onto your sheets)!

Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask is a soothing, hydrating mask made with real watermelon extract, hyaluronic acid and gentle AHAs that work to clarify, exfoliate and hydrate dry and dull skin.




I loved how silky smooth the Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask  felt when I applied it. I took in the soft, yummy watermelon scent when I opened the cap and scooped a dime-sized amount out with the included miniature spoon. The texture is a liquid/gel hybrid that spreads easily. 

The thin layer I applied sank into my skin within a few seconds.  In the morning my skin was soft, smooth and brighter.  I then either rinsed with water, or a spritz of Evian - Brumisateur Facial Spray  patted with a soft tissue and I was ready to apply my makeup.  After using for several weeks, I was addicted to the feel and look of my skin in the morning.





When traveling, I also liked using Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask  as a daily mask - especially right after a long flight when I got to my hotel, or after a day out at the beach/outdoors to refresh and hydrate.

Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask will work on all skin types, even sensitive. If you have very dry skin, you'll be able to add a thicker layer before going to bed to see even greater results.  

Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask should become a staple in your skincare routine.  Pick it up now before it sells out again! - RLB


Purchase Here: Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask 

Beauty Find - Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette




Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette Naked Heat 12 x 0.05 oz/ 1.3 g
This year, a burnt orange/reddish brown "sunset" eye, and a bronzy-rose gold, smokey eye have become some of the most popular beauty looks.



Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette Naked Heat is a beautiful collection of shades that allow you to easily recreate both these trendier looks, as well as more natural, nude and classic smoky eyes.



The new Naked Heat palette includes 12 shades, along with a dual-sided brush.  The shades are evenly divided between warm, creamy beige and brown shades, golden pink shades and deeper reddish and orange shades.






Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette Naked Heat
What's genius about these shades is that even if you who like to stick to neutral shades,  Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette Naked Heat  still gives you access to those, but with a nice upgrade to warmer and redder shades which are still flattering and easy to wear with all skin tones (see swatches below).

As with all of the Urban Decay Naked eyeshadow palettes I've tried in the past, the pigmentation is excellent, the shadows are smooth, creamy and easily blendable.  Once on, they did not flake or fall out on my lashes/cheeks. I always wear primer, and I got at least 8+ hours with no fading.





All the shades worked together, and some standouts are: Lumbre (shimmer), He Devil, En Fuego and Ashes.  Out of the 12  shades, there are five shimmer/metallic shades, and the rest are matte.

Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette Naked Heat is by far one of the most exciting eyeshadow products to come out this summer!  Worth every penny. - RLB




This palette contains: 
12 x 0.05 oz/ 1.3 g Eyeshadow in Ounce (ivory shimmer), Chaser (light nude matte), Sauced (soft terra-cotta matte), Low Blow (brown matte), Lumbre (copper shimmer with gold pearl shift), He Devil (burnt red matte), Dirty Talk (metallic burnt red), Scorched (deep red metallic with gold micro-shimmer), Cayenne (deep terra-cotta matte), En Fuego (burgundy matte), Ashes (deep reddish-brown matte), Ember (deep metallic copper-burgundy) 
- Full-size mirror 
- Double-ended Brush 

Beauty Find- NARS PowerMatte Lip Pigment


NARS Powermatte Lip Pigment - Slow Ride 

I love that the new NARS new collection of weightless, liquid matte lip colors literally has a shade for everyone - and that they're all named after great songs from every decade.


NARS Powermatte Lip Pigment is the matte lip color that many of you have been searching for. It has a thin, lightweight, non sticky texture and applies like an ink to your lips to instantly lock in color.  It also has a doe-foot applicator which is not too thin or wide, and hugs your lips, which made applying it easy


NARS Powermatte Lip Pigment Swatches 
The NARS Powermatte Lip Pigment formula went on smoothly and evenly with just one coat.  I was even able to line my lips with the end of the applicator tip. It dried instantly to a natural matte finish (it did not look powder dry - but they had just a touch of sheen which made the shades look beautiful and natural).,

The NARS Powermatte Lip Pigment is opaque after 1 layer, but it can also be layered for a more intense effect, without drying out lips either.

During the day the color remained a stain even through drinking and eating. The NARS Powermatte Lip Pigment didn't dry out my lips, flake and most importantly it didn't transfer to clothes, skin etc.  I only needed to touch up once late in the day to refresh the shade.

The NARS Powermatte Lip Pigment collection is made up of four main color categories, Nude, Pink, Red and Berry*.  While I gravitate toward nude shades, I found a lot of pretty, bold reds and pinks that I also loved when I wanted to switch up my look.


Purchase Here: NARS Powermatte Lip Pigment




NARS Powermatte Lip Pigment Don't Stop 
Some of my favorites were the Slow Ride  (pictured, top), a soft, brown pink that works with many different skin tones as a nude shade.  I also loved the NARS online exclusiveJust What I Needed, a pretty, burnished rose. 

As for reds, I fell in love with  Don't Stop  a pretty Geranium red (pictured, left), with a touch of orange. For a deeper brick red, Starwoman was also beautiful. 

If you're into very deep, dark shades, NARS has you covered there too! Done It Again is a dark chocolate brown and Rock With You is deep grape purple.

With is intense pigment, lightweight, non drying wear and the sheer breadth of colors, you can use shade after shade of NARS Powermatte Lip Pigment to your heart's content! - RLB

Purchase Here: NARS Powermatte Lip Pigment



Note: Shake well before use. Product may stain. Please make sure the cap is securely closed when product is not in use. 

*Here are some of the shades available on Sephora.com, grouped in color families, along with a shade guide.

Nude: 
Light skintones: Get It On shade 
Medium skintones: American Woman shade 
Deeper skintones: Slow Ride shade 

Pink: 
Light skintones: Walk This Way shade 
Medium skintones: Get Up Stand Up shade 
Deeper skintones: Give It Up shade 

Red: 
Light skintones: Light My Fire shade 
Medium skintones: Don’t Stop shade 
Deeper skintones: Starwoman shade 

Berry: 
Light skintones: Save The Queen shade 
Medium skintones: Warm Leatherette shade 
Deeper skintones: Under My Thumb shade

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