Beauty Find - PETER THOMAS ROTH Skin to Die For No- Filter Mattifying Primer + Complexion Perfector

Peter Thomas Roth Skin to Die For No- Filter Mattifying Primer + Complexion Perfector 

Skin to Die For is a great name for a skin care product - and it turns out it's a quick way to make skin look instantly better, mattify skin at bay and keep makeup fresh all day.

Peter Thomas Roth Skin to Die For No- Filter Mattifying Primer + Complexion Perfector  is made with AuraSpheres and Gransil EP-9 to instantly blur, fill, and reduce the look of pores, fine lines, and imperfections. A mattifying complex absorbs excess oil with AberMat and their Disa-Pore 20 and Evermat help reduce the appearance of pore size 

Peter Thomas Roth Skin to Die For No- Filter Mattifying Primer + Complexion Perfector  also has a light, universal tint (a sheer pink-gold) that works alone or under any foundation.

The texture had a lightweight,  gel feel when I first applied it to my skin.  Then it dried in seconds to a featherweight powder-y consistency.  The finish was matte but with a slight glow and a noticeable brightness. My foundation went on effortlessly and stayed fresh during the day.

After applying early in the morning, my t zone had much less oil during the day (I only blotted once, towards the late afternoon) and my makeup didn't pill, dry or flake.

Peter Thomas Roth Skin to Die For No- Filter Mattifying Primer + Complexion Perfector  is what the next generation of power primers is all about! This is perfect for oily and combination skin, but also works well for normal and dry. Make sure you add this multi-use primer to your makeup kit. - RLB 

Purchase Here: Peter Thomas Roth Skin to Die For No- Filter Mattifying Primer + Complexion Perfector 

Beauty Find - FENTY BEAUTY by Rihanna Invisimatte Blotting Powder + Portable Touchup Brush 130

FENTY BEAUTY by Rihanna Invisimatte Blotting Powder 

FENTY BEAUTY by Rihanna Invisimatte Blotting Powder is proof that Rihanna definitely knows what she is doing with her new FENTY BEAUTY line.

This Blotting Powder is not only one of the best I've tried over the years for controlling oily skin, but the formula is truly universal - there is absolutely NO white, grey or other layer of powder that shows on the skin, no matter how dark - or pale you are.

I used a layer of the FENTY BEAUTY by Rihanna Invisimatte Blotting Powder after my foundation or BB Cream.  The texture is airy and light, but with a slightly creamy-powdery hybrid texture that melted into my skin transparently.

Immediately upon application my skin was mattified, but still had a soft glow finish that looked natural.  During the day, I was very impressed with how matte my normally oily T-zone looked, and how fresh my makeup continued to look as the day went on.  I also tested FENTY BEAUTY by Rihanna Invisimatte Blotting Powder by taking photos and there was no flashback.  My skin never had any patchiness and the FENTY BEAUTY by Rihanna Invisimatte Blotting Powder never highlighted my pores.  

I also loved using  FENTY BEAUTY by Rihanna Invisimatte Blotting Powder on the weekends without any makeup.  As a base layer, I would use FENTY BEAUTY by Rihanna Pro Filt'r Instant Retouch Primer and these two products together kept my skin looking fresh, matte and natural with no oily breakthroughs.

FENTY BEAUTY by Rihanna Portable Touchup Brush 130
The Invisimatte Blotting Powder packaging is perfect for travel and keeping in your bag. For on the go use, I loved using thFENTY BEAUTY by Rihanna Portable Touchup Brush 130.  

The Portable Touchup Brush is very small (about the size of the average lipstick) and the brush head is soft and angled perfectly so that I could dab the FENTY BEAUTY by Rihanna Invisimatte Blotting Powder under my eyes, forehead and nose quickly and get the perfect touch up.  

Note: I got the best resulting using the FENTY BEAUTY by Rihanna Portable Touchup Brush in a dabbing motion to apply the Invisimatte Blotting Powder. 

Another nice touch: the FENTY BEAUTY by Rihanna Portable Touchup Brush  has a retractable design and magnetic panel, so it snaps right in to the bottom of the Invisimatte Blotting Powder.  This is genius! Note: If you have a lot and/or heavy items in your bag, they might bang against the brush and the magnet may separate from the powder, so I recommend keeping these two items in a different compartment/pocket in your bag, or in a makeup bag within your bag.

FENTY BEAUTY by Rihanna is already launching new Holiday 2017 makeup, but the FENTY BEAUTY by Rihanna Invisimatte Blotting Powder and FENTY BEAUTY by Rihanna Portable Touchup Brush  will always be the holy grail products for me in her lineup.  Make sure you pick these up to have in your daily makeup kit. - RLB

Drugstore Buy of the Week - Make P:rem Blending Oil Mask

Make P:rem's Nourishing Oil Sheet Mask
If you've got dry or dehydrated skin, I've found the perfect k-beauty sheet mask for you.  Make P:rem's Nourishing Oil Sheet Mask is made with an innovative oil+mask technology to deliver the maximum amount of skin-plumping hydration in one treatment.

Make P:rem's Nourishing Oil Sheet Mask is made with a tailored blend of TEN oils: Coconut, Jojoba, Meadowfoam, Argan, Olive, Rosehip, Grapeseed, Macadamia, Avocado, and Evening Primrose, which are designed to calm and revive skin without a heavy greasy feel.

After cleansing I applied the Make P:rem's Nourishing Oil Sheet Mask to my face and left it on for 10 minutes, as directed.  It is a damp, but not dripping wet mask, and I loved the scent of the blended oils.  

The Make P:rem's Nourishing Oil Sheet Mask wasn't any more difficult to apply with the added oils, and it didn't feel like I had a tons of oil just sitting on top of my skin.  My skin felt soothed and pampered while I had the mask on.

When I removed the mask, there was some excess of the oil/serum that I massaged into my neck and decolletage   My skin looked and felt soft, smooth and very hydrated, with no oily or greasy feel.  

For those of you who love using facial oils as part of your skincare routine, this is the perfect shortcut for travel, or to treat yourself after a workout at the gym.  This is my third product from Make P:rem that has impressed me.  It's a Korean beauty brand with products that don't break the bank either.  Keep an eye out for more discoveries from Make P:rem here on the blog. - RLB

Purchase Here: Make P:rem's Nourishing Oil Sheet Mask

Beauty Find - IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream with SPF 50+

IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+Illumination Cream with SPF 50+ Deep 

A few years ago CC creams were very big with lots of beauty brands...until they weren't.  It had been a while since I'd tested one until I discovered IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+Illumination Cream with SPF 50+.  This product completely changed my mind about CC Creams and their usefulness in a daily makeup routine.

 IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+Illumination Cream with SPF 50+ offers coverage, color correction, hydration, illuminating finish (without glitter or shimmer),  AND SPF 50+ UVA/UVB broad-spectrum physical sunscreen.  It offers enough coverage to double as an under eye and spot concealer and is formulated with an antiaging serum made of hydrolyzed collagen, peptides, vitamins, and antioxidants. It's pretty much the whole package!

The texture of  IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+Illumination Cream was very smooth, lightweight and slightly thick when I first applied to my skin.  It also was quite "wet" for about 5 seconds on my skin until it dried down completely.  That feature provided an incredible amount of hydration and a beautiful glowing finish, making this ideal for those with mature, dry or very dry skin.  IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+Illumination Cream offers light to medium coverage and can be built up, while never looking cakey or unnatural.

IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+Illumination Cream is very pigmented - I only needed a pea-sized amount for daily use. I used their IT Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Complexion Perfection Brush #7  for applying to my skin and then for under eye and spot concealing.  My skin looked healthy, even, radiant, but still very natural. My color match was Deep .  I also liked the scent, which was a very fresh, slightly citrus fragrance that dissipated quickly.

During the day, the IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+Illumination Cream with SPF 50+ color stayed true and it did not smudge, fade or flake.  I did use some of my Murad MattEffect Blotting Perfector  on my t zone in the afternoon,since this is a much oilier area for me. If you want hydrating, color-correcting coverage with an overall natural dewy glow that's still not to shiny (or shimmery),  IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+Illumination Cream is perfect. - RLB

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

Beauty Find - SEPHORA COLLECTION Avocado Hand Mask

SEPHORA COLLECTION Avocado Hand Mask 1 Pair

I've found my first 2017 holiday beauty stocking stuffer for you!  SEPHORA COLLECTION Avocado Hand Mask is a new limited edition version of hand mask with a Christmas mitten-like design.

The gloves are lightweight and filled with a intense gel/cream hydrating formula made with avocado extract.  SEPHORA COLLECTION Avocado Hand Mask is the perfect product to add to your winter skincare routine.   SEPHORA COLLECTION Avocado Hand Mask is meant for those of you with chronic dry hands or if you have dehydrated and rough skin from harsh cold weather, or constant hand washing.

Avocado Hand Mask 1 Pair
The SEPHORA COLLECTION Avocado Hand Mask glove material was flexible and comfortable to pull on to my hands.  I felt all the hydrating mask cream inside, but it didn't feel overly full or make my hands uncomfortable.  I was able to put them on during the evening and do light activities around the house and watch TV/work on the computer or ipad. 

Note: There is a tab on the side of the  SEPHORA COLLECTION Avocado Hand Mask gloves that you can adjust to make them tighter around the wrist so that none of the formula escapes, as well. The gloves stayed on well for the approximate 30 min I left them on.

When I removed SEPHORA COLLECTION Avocado Hand Mask , my hands were baby soft and  all of the gel/cream had absorbed into my skin, leaving no greasy or oily residue.  My hands were hydrated and my nails/cuticles were also soft and moisturized.

SEPHORA COLLECTION Avocado Hand Mask  is also perfect to begin an at home manicure or to include in an all around masking day for yourself on the weekend.

If you want to give yourself a skin treatment on a flight that won't bring any stares, SEPHORA COLLECTION Avocado Hand Mask  is also perfect!  You'll arrive at your destination with soft, hydrated hands no matter how long your flight. - RLB

Purchase Here:  SEPHORA COLLECTION Avocado Hand Mask 1 Pair

Health + Wellness Find - Olly Vitamins

Olly Women's Super Foods Multivitamins 

If you've been in your local Target lately, you may have noticed the white capped, brightly colored, square shaped bottles with every type of vitamin and supplement imaginable.  Olly vitamins are also unique for their gummy bear or sour patch-like texture and yummy candy inspired flavors made with natural fruit extracts.

Over the past few months I've tried several of the Olly vitamins and I was not only impressed with how easy they were to take, but the effects were noticeable.

Olly Energy
Daily Gummies
The Olly Women's Super Foods Multivitamins have lots of great and proven super food extracts, and a great flavor (Note: All Olly supplements contain some form of sugar, approximately 2grams, but the coloring and flavors are naturally sourced).  They are soft and were easy to pop in my mouth and chew.  This alone is a great feature for those of you who have a hard time swallowing pills, especially larger ones.  I felt like these gave me a bit of an energy boost, and I also felt great knowing on days when I might not have eaten as many greens/veggies as I could have, these were actually supplementing me.  

The Olly Energy Daily Gummies are formulated to get at the root of energy production with vitamin B-12 and CoQ10, plus a boost of the super food goji berry.  These gave me energy early in the morning, without any shaky, over caffeinated feeling, and the effects lasted throughout the day.  With one cup of coffee in the late afternoon, the Olly Energy Daily Gummies were the perfect way to really make a difference in my energy and focus level.

Olly Restful Sleep
Blackberry Zen Vitamin Gummies
The Olly Restful Sleep Blackberry Zen Vitamin Gummies were also a game changer.  I've taken Melatonin on it's own, so I know that it works well for me when I'm traveling through time zones or really need to get a longer, quality sleep.  

This formula takes it a bit further,  with not only Melatonin, but a blend of L-Theanine, Chamomile, Passionflower  and Lemon Balm extracts.  The Blackberry flavor is also delicious!  Within about 15 min my body and mind began to relax and within 30 I was fully ready to sleep.  

Not only was my sleep was peaceful and undisturbed, yet I never woke up groggy.  I will always have a constant supply of Olly Restful Sleep Blackberry Zen Vitamin Gummies on hand!

Olly also makes specialized supplements for men and several different options for kids (they will love these!), as well as healthy, vegan moothie mixes which I'm also testing and will review soon. If you love living a healthy lifestyle, you need some Olly in your life. - RLB

Beauty Find - GLAMGLOW VOLCASMIC Matte Glow Moisturizer

GLAMGLOW VOLCASMIC Matte Glow Moisturizer 

I’m fascinated by recent advances in skincare that allow for results which in the past would have seemed impossible - and contradictory.

GLAMGLOW VOLCASMIC Matte Glow Moisturizer is the perfect example of this.  The formula hydrates intensely, yet it also provides a matte finish and that special “lit from within” effect.

This luxurious moisturizer is made with volcanic minerals which act like microscopic sponges to help soak up oil—making skin instantly smooth, but never shiny. The water balm formula delivers hydration and, if used in the morning, provides a hydrating primer effect.

I liked using GLAMGLOW VOLCASMIC Matte Glow Moisturizer after my evening double cleanse. The texture is creamy and smooth, and the scent is like an orange creamsicle, (which was a pleasant surprise).  The scent disappeared after a few seconds and didn’t irritate my skin. 

GLAMGLOW VOLCASMIC Matte Glow Moisturizer gave me a beautiful glow – without leaving any oily or shiny finish, even on my more oily t-zone.  My skin was soft and hydrated throughout the night.  In the morning my skin looked plump, moisturized but with a velvet matte appearance.  I also liked the subtle firming effect GLAMGLOW VOLCASMIC Matte Glow Moisturizer had on my skin.  It felt tighter, and firmer but not uncomfortable

I loved how well GLAMGLOW VOLCASMIC Matte Glow Moisturizer doubled for a primer under my makeup.  In the mornings, I used a micellar water and then added another thin layer of GLAMGLOW VOLCASMIC Matte Glow Moisturizer as a primer, and applied my makeup.  My foundation glided on like a dream, and I had a velvet matte finish that lasted for hours during the day.  I usually had to blot in the late afternoon on my forehead, but that was it.

If you have combination or dry skin and like a velvet matte finish, GLAMGLOW VOLCASMIC Matte Glow Moisturizer is the perfect moisturizer for you this fall and winter.  - RLB