Super Cute! - Model's Own Celestial Collection



Model's own Celestial Enhanced Palette for Eyes


We may be nearing the end of summer, but there are still lots of music festivals, outdoor parties and concerts that require a little extra special beauty touch.

Just in time, Model's Own has launched their new Celestial Collection.  Inspired by festivals, unicorns and fairies, the shades and finishes mimic fairy dust and iridescent glittery, holographic effects.  



If you love sparkle, soft pastel shades and creating fun, unique looks, this collection is for you, (or the teen/tween in your life).

One of the stand out products in the collection is the Celestial Enhanced Eyeshadow Palette.  There are ten shades, which range from a soft gold, bronze, copper and silver to a dreamy, feminine pink, peach, blue and green.


(Shades in the Celestial Enhanced palette from left to right): Purity, Magical, Graceful, Entice, Allure, Charming, With Love, Doves, Angelic, Divine 


The shadows were soft and creamy and blended well.  They all had a shimmer finish and I didn't get any fallout. They worked well wet or dry, and I also used them as liners. I used primer, and got 8+ hour wear from them, with the color staying true and very little creasing.  Model's Own also has face glitter kits as part of the Celestial Collection, and these can be mixed with the glitter for even more fun looks (see model, above for inspiration).










Celestial Chrome Lip Topper
I also love the Model's Own Lip Toppers, and the Rose Quartz (shown, left) was surprisingly versatile.   

The texture was similar to a lip gloss - lightweight and creamy with a cool, multidimensional chrome finish. The lip topper worked well over my nude/brown-pink lip shades and really gave them a nice dimension with bronze, deep pink, gold and even green effects depending on the light.  There was no gritty glitter in the topper, but again, if you want to go further with glitter, you can use their new glitter kits to add on top.

Click here to view the entire Celestial Collection, which includes nail polishes, lip and face glitter kits and pick out something fun for yourself or a unique beauty gift!  - RLB

Purchase Here: Model's Own Celestial Collection.  The Celestial collection will be available in the US exclusively at Ulta and Ulta.com.





















*These products were provided courtesy of Model's Own PR for reviewing purposes.

Beauty Innovation - Too Cool For School Fizzy Body Sculpting Mousse


Too Cool For School Fizzy Body Sculpting Mousse 
By now, we all know there are no topical miracles when it comes to body toning/cellulite, but every now and then I find something that does help with making skin on the body smoother, tighter and hydrated - which of course helps you feel better during bathing suit season.


Too Cool For School Fizzy Body Sculpting Mousse  is like no other I've ever tried over the years.  It contains Mate Tea Extract, which works to deduces the look of cellulite with caffeine, along with Amaranthus Caudatus Seed Extract: to supports natural blood circulation.

I loved the fresh, grapefruit scent of Too Cool For School Fizzy Body Sculpting Mousse . After shaking (10 times as directed) and pressing the foam at first it seemed like a standard creamy mousse.  But within seconds after massaging it into my body, I began to feel little "popping" sensations and then heard the pop rock like sounds as it absorbed into my skin and the mousse disappeared.

Too Cool For School Fizzy Body Sculpting Mousse  didn't feel like a grainy exfoliant and didn't cause any pain or irritation.  The sensation was really nice and cooling for me.  Once I waited a few minutes, my skin did feel tighter, and was soft and smooth.


I used Too Cool For School Fizzy Body Sculpting Mousse  every day for a few weeks and I did like the results.  Keep in mind however, the tightening effect is temporary, but it hydrates nicely without any sticky or oily feel.. Since it also has a cooling effect, this is perfect a summer party or hanging out by the pool on a sweltering day. Give it a go for a nice skin pick me up that also makes skin look and feel moisturized and cool.  - RLB

Purchase Here:Too Cool For School Fizzy Body Sculpting Mousse 


Beauty Find - Clarins Double Serum Complete Age Control Concentrate



Clarins Double Serum Complete Age Control Concentrate 
Clarins is always one of my favorite go-to brands for skincare, and in particular serums.  Their new Clarins Double Serum Complete Age Control Concentrate did not dissapoint.

Clarins Double Serum Complete Age Control Concentrate  is made with an innovative dual technology that combines over 20  anti-aging plant extracts—both water- and oil-soluble—as well as anti-aging turmeric to effectively target lines and wrinkles and even out skin tone


The cap turns to allow for two different amounts of serum, based on your skin's needs that day. I picked a point on the dial, then pressed down gently for a dime sized amount to be released into my hand.   Clarins Double Serum Complete Age Control Concentrate has a slightly floral/herbal scent which is very mild and relaxing. It appeared like an oily mixture coming out of the bottle, but once I mixed it between my hands and pressed on my skin, it felt weightless and smooth.  Clarins Double Serum Complete Age Control Concentrate absorbed into my skin instantly and gave me a beautiful glow.  It hydrated my skin without any stickiness or oily feel.  




Clarins Double Serum Complete Age Control
Concentrate 1 oz/ 30 mL
Clarins Double Serum Complete Age Control Concentrate worked well layered under my moisturizers, sunscreens and/or makeup.  I used this after my cleansing and exfoliating every night and within just a week I could see how much better my skin tone was. My skin felt plump, soft and looked brighter and radiant.
This Serum will work best for those with very dry, dry and combination skin. With my combination skin, the Clarins Double Serum Complete Age Control Concentrate didn't make my oily t zone more oily or clog my pores.  It gave me so many benefits for just a small amount each day, so it will last at least 6+ months, if not more.  Worth every penny!  Note: There's also a smaller, 1 oz/ 30 mL size which is perfect for travel or gift giving- RLB


Purchase Here: Clarins Double Serum Complete Age Control Concentrate 1 oz/ 30 mL

Purchase Here: Clarins Double Serum Complete Age Control Concentrate 1.6 oz/ 50 mL

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

Drugstore Buy of the Week - Kristin Ess Weightless Shine Working Serum




Kristin Ess Weightless Shine Working Serum

I've been very impressed with Target's Kristin Ess line over the past year.  Everything I've tried smells wonderful, is lightweight but concentrated and effective - and the packaging makes it feel like a very expensive brand.

Kristin Ess Weightless Shine Working Serum is another must have from the line.  It's a serum that can be used on wet or dry hair.  It works well to add shine, smooth frizz, and it can be mixed with water for a wet hair look or slicked back hair.  It can also be applied to freshly washed hair to air dry smoothly with shine.  

It also contains Kristin EssZip-Up Technology™, a proprietary strengthening complex designed to "zip-up", or close split ends.  Weightless Shine Working Serum smooths the appearance of damaged cuticles and helps to protect hair from damage and color fade.  The serum is perfect to add shine and protect hair that's been blown out and/or flat ironed.  It works on all hair types from naturally curly, and coily curls to straight, wavy or relaxed.


I usually used the Kristin Ess Weightless Shine Working Serum after my hair had air dried or after blow drying, for shine.  I only needed 2 drops because it was so silky, concentrated and glided through my hair (If your hair is very thick, curly or long, you may need 6-8, but no more than that).  It was also great for light detangling on my little one with her long curls. My hair never felt sticky, oily or greasy, and the light, slightly floral smell was wonderful!


Kristin Ess Weightless Shine Working Serum is also perfect for putting on the ends of your hair when when wearing a ponytail, for example, to keep them looking sleek and healthy. 

There are certainly lots of drugstore serums on the market, but Kristin Ess Weightless Shine Working Serum has that "extra something" in it's light texture, scent, effectiveness and shiny finish to make this one stand out in a crowd.  And that's really saying something.  Pick this one up today! - RLB

Purchase Here: Kristin Ess Weightless Shine Working Serum  Also available at Target stores nationwide.

Hair Care Find - Bumble + Bumble Save The Day Protective Daytime Fluid



Bumble and bumble Bb. Save The Day Daytime Protective Repair Fluid

Bumble and bumble Bb. Save The Day Daytime Protective Repair Fluid was just what I was looking for - a lightweight hair product that gives shine, conditioning, smells great and works with various hair types.


Save The Day Daytime Protective Repair Fluid is made with antioxidants, lightweight camelia oil and advanced hair repair technology work together to smooth flyaways, damage, and split ends—softening and hydrating   It's used after washing and conditioning hair, while it's still damp.


Save The Day Daytime Protective Repair Fluid is a non-greasy serum formula.  It felt weightless even though it has oil in it.  The shine was instant and brilliant, with just 4 drops, even before drying my hair completely.  (If you have very thick/long hair, you might need 6 drops, but no more than that).  I applied it to my damp hair after shampooing and let it my hair either air dry, or as blow dry afterwards.  My hair was soft, had movement and lot of shine.  The smell was incredible, a touch of floral and soft, powdery notes.



I loved how smooth and soft my hair felt afterwards, and the effects lasted several days after.  Bumble and bumble Bb. Save The Day Daytime Protective Repair Fluid is perfect for all hair types, including curly, natural, colored and relaxed. I used this weekly, but since it doesn't cause build up, you can easily use this several times a week if you wash more often. It's a little product that packs a real punch.  You won't want to be without it. 






Bumble and bumble Bb. Save The Day Daytime
Protective Repair Fluid 1.5 oz/ 45 mL





Bumble and bumble Bb also thought of all us travelers who want to keep our hair looking great! There's a travel-sized version as well Bumble and bumble Bb. Save The Day Daytime Protective Repair Fluid 1.5 oz/ 45 mL - RLB












Purchase Here: Bumble and bumble Bb. Save The Day Daytime Protective Repair Fluid 3.2 oz/ 95 mL

Purchase Here: Bumble and bumble Bb. Save The Day Daytime Protective Repair Fluid 1.5 oz/ 45 mL

Beauty Find - Josie Maran Argan Moonstone Drops Makeup Priming and Highlighting Oil


Josie Maran Argan Moonstone Drops Makeup Priming and Highlighting Oil 

Josie Maran has created another Argan-oil based product that will give you a luminous glow, and intense hydration.

Josie Maran Argan Moonstone Drops Makeup Priming and Highlighting Oil are highlighting drops which can be either mixed with foundation, added to lips for a glowy sheen or added to points on the face for highlights.

The Moonstone Drops are made with 100% pure Argan Oil and PhytoVie Defense which helps fight against free radical damage and extends makeup wear.



I loved how lightweight and silky the Josie Maran Argan Moonstone Drops felt on my skin.  I usually used this as a primer after cleansing or mixed in my foundation to give me skin a beautiful glow without shimmer or too much shine.   I applied using the dropper after shaking well (Note:  If you don't shake it well, the mica will settle at the bottom of the jar). The Moonstone Drops smelled amazing, with the blend of lavender and lemongrass, and lingered just a few minutes. 


The highlighting sheen had a touch of warm pink, which will work with most skin tones, especially during the summer with tanned skin.  It had a holographic glowing effect - no over the top shimmer or glitter.  It just gave my skin a natural,yet noticeable noticeable glow.  


My skin felt soft and smooth and was hydrated on my drier areas, while not making my t zone overly oily.  I loved also using the Moonstone Drops on my bare lips when I wanted just a touch of glow or over a light tinted balm.



I also loved how the Moonstone Drops worked well mixed with matte or satin finish foundations to give them a boost of glowy effect.  It also did a great job as a primer, keeping my makeup fresh throughout the day, along with nice, smooth skin.


If you're a big highlighting fan, Moonstone Drops can also be using on key points like cheekbones, the bridge of the nose, and brow bones over makeup, or on bare skin for a natural- but-better casual beauty look for the weekends.   I only needed a pea sized amount for highlighting or mixing, so this will also last a long time, making it a must have makeup secret weapon for your kit - RLB

Purchase Here: Josie Maran Argan Moonstone Drops Makeup Priming and Highlighting Oil 

Beauty Find - IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Breakout Full Coverage Treatment Concealer



IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Breakout Full Coverage Treatment Concealer

Sometimes the heavens align for us beauty writers.  At the exact moment we have a beauty "issue", there's a new beauty product on our doorstep to treat it!



In my case it was the new IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Breakout Full Coverage Treatment Concealer.  I had just starting treating an "out-of-the-blue blemish" on my cheek and was in need of some additional cover up.

Bye Bye Breakout Full Coverage Treatment Concealer was truly impressive.  It is weightless and at the same time, very concentrated and pigmented.  This concealer not only covers up blemishes and pimples, but it also includes ingredients to treat the acne and help shrink the size of active pimples.



How is it able to do this?  It's made with proven acne fighters: salicylic acid, kaolin, sulfur, retinyl palmitate (a retinol derivative), and glycolic acid to smooth skin. These ingredients are combined with soothing ones, like zinc oxide (a skin protectant), hyaluronic acid (which keeps moisture in the skin), as well as vitamin E, ceramides, and aloe.

My color match was perfect for summer, Deep, and the texture was creamy and smooth.  I loved the tiny sponge applicator included in the cap, which made dotting  a pin-drop sized amount it on my blemish simple and quick (it also works well with a concealer brush if you prefer).  The formula dried down within seconds and my blemish was completely covered.  It worked well both over my foundation, as well as on bare skin when I had a natural look on the weekends.



After two days of using it, my blemish was almost completely gone, but during those two days, the concealer covered it so well, I almost forgot I had one until I washed my face at night! During the day, the foundation didn't smudge or rub off, and it didn't make the area dry or flaky.  Bye Bye Breakout Full Coverage Treatment Concealer. is on it's way to becoming a beauty classic you must have in your makeup collection. - RLB

Note: While this can be used as an under eye concealer (and it did a good job covering under eye circles too), it is primarily meant for the most common areas where pimples form, cheeks, nose, chin and forehead.

Purchase Here: IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Breakout Full Coverage Treatment Concealer


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

Beauty Find - BECCA Velvet Blurring Primer - Perfecting Base



BECCA Velvet Blurring Primer - Perfecting Base 

BECCA has launched some of my favorite products over the last year, and their new BECCA Velvet Blurring Primer - Perfecting Base is proof that great primer innovations can make all the difference in a makeup routine.


BECCA Velvet Blurring Primer - Perfecting Base is perfect for oily and combination skin, which also needs some enhancement.  The formula is perfect - featherlight and silky with lots of slip to it, so it glides and absorbs into skin effortlessly.  It provides blurring and skin enhancing soft focus with a velvet matte finish.  This is perfect to wear under your matte foundations and BB Creams, and in the summer, also helps absorb excess oil and extend the wear of your makeup.


BECCA Velvet Blurring Primer - Perfecting Base starts out a peach colored liquid and becomes clear when in contact with skin.  Within seconds after applying it to my skin with my fingers or a Perfecting Brush, it became a thin, transparent powdered layer.  It was invisible, and instantly gave my skin an airbrushed look even before I added my foundation.




I loved how easily my makeup applied over the BECCA Velvet Blurring Primer - Perfecting Base and my oil breakthrough in my t zone were noticeably reduced.  The velvet matte finish meant that my skin still had a healthy look and not a flat chalky matte appearance.  



For those of you concerned with your pores, BECCA Velvet Blurring Primer - Perfecting Base also minimizes the look of pores without clogging them or leaving a noticeable film on the skin.  There is no fragrance and the product is concentrated - so don't be put off by it's size, a pea-sized amount is all that's needed!  BECCA Velvet Blurring Primer - Perfecting Base is another must have for your makeup kit. - RLB 



Purchase Here: BECCA Velvet Blurring Primer - Perfecting Base 1 oz/ 30 mL

Fragrance Find - Elizabeth and James Nirvana Amethyst

Elizabeth and James Nirvana Amethyst  Eau de Parfum Spray

I've been in love with the Elizabeth and James Nirvana collection of fragrances ever since they launched a few years ago.


Their newest addition to the collection, Elizabeth and James Nirvana Amethyst  Eau de Parfum Spray is another winner for me.  The bottle is still the iconic, Nirvana textured slim rectangular gold trimmed glass bottles with a jewel tone, this time colored purple to match the Amethyst in the name.


Elizabeth and James Nirvana Amethyst  Eau de Parfum Spray takes on the tobacco note that was in another recent launch, Elizabeth and James Nirvana Bourbon  (which I also really like), but softens it with a slightly sweet honeysuckle and crisp, warm cedar.

The initial Nirvana Amethyst notes with my first spray were a sweet smokiness with just a touch of floral from the honeysuckle.  It felt soft, creamy and velvety, and the sweetness stayed balanced throught the day.  The longevity on me was very good - at least 6+ hours after applying int he morning.  The dry down stayed velvety, but became slightly crisper with the cedar, and a touch of the smoky tobacco to give it a sexy, intoxicating blend.


I find Elizabeth and James Nirvana Amethyst to be perfect for day or night when you want a sophisticated scent that still has some sensuality to it, and a scent which can be worn in the summer, but also the cooler Fall weather.

 
While less intense than Elizabeth and James Nirvana Bourbon I would describe Nirvana Amethyst as it's lighter, slightly powdery "cousin". If you love Elizabeth and James Nirvana Bourbon Elizabeth and James Nirvana Amethyst  is perfect to combine with it create a truly exotic, long wearing, warm spicy scent.  

It's also available for travel or day time touch ups in the Nirvana Amethyst Rollerball - RLB



Fragrance Notes:

Tobacco, Honeysuckle, Cedar