Drugstore Buy of the Week - Maybelline Total Temptation Mascara

Maybelline Total Temptation Washable Mascara Blackest Black 

Yes, Maybelline Total Temptation Washable Mascara has super cute packaging and a wallet friendly price under $8.00, but do you need it?

My answer is YES - if you like perfectly separated lashes, a smooth creamy formula, no flaking and a fun, light scent.

Maybelline Total Temptation Washable Mascara is designed to give lashes length and volume, with a formula infused with coconut extract.  This allows the formula to dry softly (no crunchy lashes!) and gave my lashes a natural, bright and healthy effect.  The excellent brush design ensured there was never any clumping (my biggest pet peeve!)

The  Maybelline Total Temptation Washable Mascara brush is very soft with widely spaced tiny bristles that taper at the top.  This design, and a smooth, creamy  lightweight formula instantly and easily separated my upper and lower lashes and gave them a soft volume, as well as added length.  I used Blackest Black, (there are 3 more shades available).

Maybelline Total Temptation Washable Mascara also has a light, slightly sweet scent (enhanced by the coconut extract) and it evaporated quickly, but was a nice touch.

During the day, I didn't experience any fall out, smudging or flaking, and the Maybelline Total Temptation Washable Mascara was easy to remove at the end of the day with my makeup remover or regular cleanser 

I would recommend Maybelline Total Temptation Washable Mascara for when you want a day time/natural look with defined, separated lashes.  It is buildable, so that with 3 coats my lashes were very long, while still clump free, and with one coat I had nice separation and natural volume.  

Go ahead, give Maybelline Total Temptation Washable Mascara a try - you'll be happy you did - RLB

Purchase Here: Maybelline Total Temptation Washable Mascara Blackest Black  3 More colors available

Beauty Find - Clarins Hydra Essential Moisture Replenishing Lip Balm

Many of you may have tried Clarins' previous lip balm, but I'm here to tell you their brand new Clarins Hydra Essential Moisture Replenishing Lip Balm is nothing short of one of the best lip treatments I've ever tried.

Clarins Hydra Essential Moisture Replenishing Lip Balm is made with soothing Blue Lotus Essential Wax.  Clarins Labs discovered the thin, protective layer of wax on the flower's surface is perfectly suited to sooth the fragile skin in the lip area. This formula melted into my lips within seconds and they were immediately soft, smooth and quenched - even in the driest winter weather.

The balm is a pretty, light pink (but clear on the lips) and the texture thick and waxy coming out of the tube. I only needed to press a small amount out of the precision applicator to spread across my lips. Upon contact, the texture became weightless and buttery in feel.

I loved that Clarins Hydra Essential Moisture Replenishing Lip Balm made my lips feel great at night before bed.  I the morning my lips were pillowy soft and smooth.  I also used a light layer in the morning before applying lip color.  It layered well under lipstick, lip crayon, lip stains and even gloss.  

My lips were plump and soft all day long - even when I was in freezing cold weather or extremely dry cold air.  Worn on it's own there's a nice, natural shine finish.

Clarins Hydra Essential Moisture Replenishing Lip Balm is worth every penny and will be a must have part of my beauty collection to keep my lips hydrated year round and on drying air flights. - RLB

Purchase Here: Clarins Hydra Essential Moisture Replenishing Lip Balm

Natural Beauty Find - Burt's Bees Moisturizing Lip Mask

Burt's Bees Moisturizing Lip Mask
Burt's Bees has a new lip treatment unlike any other they've had in their line up. Burt's Bees Moisturizing Lip Mask is a sheet mask made specifically for deep hydration and treatment of chapped lips.  

Burt's Bees Moisturizing Lip Mask is a single use lip mask made with Meadowfoam Seed and Almond Oils.  The mask is 100% natural (it contains no parabens, phthalates, SLS or petrolatum) and easy to use.  I took the Burt's Bees Moisturizing Lip Mask out of the pouch and pressed it onto my lips.  I left it on for 5 minutes as directed and then removed.  

When I used it at night, I woke up with soft, hydrated lips that stayed soft during the day.  Even if I was using it as an on the spot treatment, the Burt's Bees Moisturizing Lip Mask made my lips instantly soft and smooth, prepping them for lip balm or lip colorBurt's Bees Moisturizing Lip Mask also left no sticky or oily residue on my lips.

You May Also Like: Burt's Bees Tinted Lip Oil 

Burt's Bees Moisturizing Lip Mask was perfect to use before bed for a final beauty treatment, or even before going out after work before adding new lip color.  Of course Burt's Bees Moisturizing Lip Mask also makes the perfect in flight or hotel treatment when traveling to keep your lips soft and moisturized with exposed to dry air.  Burt's Bees Moisturizing Lip Mask is one you'll keep in regular rotation once you start using it.  - RLB

Tip:  If your lips are very dry and flaky, for best results, do a gentle lip scrub first, then apply the Burt's Bees Moisturizing Lip Mask.

Purchase Here: Burt's Bees Moisturizing Lip Mask

Drugstore Buy of the Week - NYX Angel Veil Primer

NYX Angel Veil Primer
If you've been on the search for a high quality blurring primer (without a big price tag), I've found it for you.  NYX Angel Veil Primer has a silky, light formula that instantly smooths skin and preps it for any type of foundation or BB/CC Cream.

Purchase Here: NYX Angel Veil Primer

NYX Angel Veil Primer starts out white from the tube and has a velvety/gel texture.  It absorbed instantly and became translucent when I applied it to my face.  The formula strikes that perfect balance between absorbing oil, but still providing hydration to my drier areas like my cheeks.  The blurring is also perfect.  NYX Angel Veil Primer made my skin feel soft, and minimized imperfections and pores while also making my t zone matte.  I only needed to apply a bit more than a pea-sized amount, making NYX Angel Veil Primer even more of a great bargain because of how long it will last, even with daily use.

Purchase Here: NYX Angel Veil Primer

My foundation applied effortlessly over the NYX Angel Veil Primer and held it n place with no patchiness, smudging for balling up.

During the day, my makeup looked fresh, my drier areas were still hydrated and I only had small oily breakthrough towards late afternoon in my t zone, which was easy to touch up. 

Another plus:  You can also wear NYX Angel Veil Primer alone on more casual days, with just some spot concealing, if necessary, to make your skin look it's best without foundation.

So stock up on NYX Angel Veil Primer to make your skin texture will look noticeably better everyday. - RLB

Purchase Here: NYX Angel Veil Primer

Beauty Innovation - Innisfree Tapping Lip Concealer

Innisfree Tapping Lip Concealer 

Do you have uneven lip pigment, lip redness or very pigmented lips?  Then you may have been frustrated with using a normal concealer as a lip color neutralizer before applying lipstick.  It can sometime result in dulling lip color, dry lips, smudging lip color or lip color wearing off unevenly.

Now I've found the perfect solution designed specifically for the delicate lip area.  Innisfree Tapping Lip Concealer is a universal, neutral toned lip base.  It's lightweight, creamy and smooth and when I tapped it lightly onto my lips with my finger, it instantly gave them a smooth, neutralized base for my lip color. Note: If you have darker skin/lips, the concealer will be lighter, but once you add lip color, the color will look vibrant and shade true. If you have very light skin/lips the concealer will also be a good match for a near nude lip effect.

What also impressed me with the Innisfree Tapping Lip Concealer was how hydrating it was (thanks to it's Jeju Camellia Seed Oil and Shea Butter) As a base for my lipsticks and lip stains, my lips remained soft and plump, even in very cold, dry temperatures. There was no flavor or scent.

While not specifically a lip base, I did like how my lipstick stayed on longer during the day, especially after eating and drinking.  Innisfree Tapping Lip Concealer  is very concentrated and has a nice amount of slip, so this little jar will last a long time too! The fact that Innisfree Tapping Lip Concealer acts as a lip neutralizer, base and good lip balm makes this a secret weapon you want in your makeup kit.- RLB

Purchase Here: Innisfree Tapping Lip Concealer 3.5g

Hair Care Find - Living Proof Restore Smooth Blowout Concentrate

 Living Proof Restore Smooth Blowout Concentrate

But when I stumbled upon Living Proof Restore Smooth Blowout Concentrate I hoped this would become a new favorite - and it didn't dissapoint! It's created especially for very thick/long and/or coarse hair.  My little one has very thick and long curly hair, and while it usually takes about 45 minutes to dry thoroughly, with Living Proof Restore Smooth Blowout Concentrate it was just a little over 20 minutes - amazing!

Living Proof Restore Smooth Blowout Concentrate is a serum in a small bottle, with a concentrated and easy to spread texture. Restore Smooth Blowout Concentrate contains a heat-activated formula that smooths the cuticle, helps hair dry faster, and protects against future styling damage. The patented healthy hair molecule (OFPMA) and reparative ingredients add smoothness, softness, shine, and manageability.   Restore Smooth Blowout Concentrate  cuts blowout time in hair and provides heat protection up to 450° F/230° C.

The shine and smoothness began as soon as I smoothed the Living Proof Restore Smooth Blowout Concentrate through freshly washed hair.  I used more than 2 pumps - usually about 4, to get the best results ( you can start with 2 and see if your hair needs more as you go).

Then we began blow drying.  I noticed how easily the blow dryer glided through the hair, and the hair stayed smooth and shiny as it became straighter.  After drying we noticed how silky the hair was, with lots of movement and beautiful shine.  There was no sticky or greasy feel - it felt and looked like it was naturally straight.

Living Proof Restore Smooth Blowout Concentrate also did well as a followup heat protectant when we needed to touch up hair with a flat iron.  It kept hair soft and silky, and brought back the shine. After using Smooth Blowout Concentrate for both blowouts and flat iron touch ups there was less breakage and hair looked healthier.  No question, Living Proof Restore Smooth Blowout Concentrate  is a product to STOCK UP on - RLB

Purchase Here: Living Proof Restore Smooth Blowout Concentrate 1.5 oz/ 45 mL

Budget Beauty Buy - Garnier Naturals Soothing Facial Mist Rose Water

Garnier Naturals Soothing Facial Mist Rose Water 
You may already have a face mist you love - or you don't exactly "get" what facial mists are for-   but trust me, once you try Garnier Naturals Soothing Facial Mist Rose Water you'll always want it nearby.

I loved using the Garnier Naturals Soothing Facial Mist Rose Water after cleaning my face and before adding toner and serum. It not only added immediate moisture, but after it dried it left a weightless layer of moisture on my skin that made it feel fresh and smooth.  The rose scent was light but very authentic and fresh.  I never felt any sticky or oily residue after it absorbed into my skin.

When I used Garnier Naturals Soothing Facial Mist Rose Water  in the morning, my skin was perfectly prepped for primer, then makeup.  In the evening I used it before adding a thin layer of moisturizer.      

Garnier Naturals Soothing Facial Mist Rose Water was very gentle on my skin and did not cause any irritation.  I also loved using it after my makeup to set it when I wanted a slightly dewy finish.  My skin had a beautiful glow and my makeup set well.  Garnier Naturals Soothing Facial Mist Rose Water also kept my drier areas hydrated during cold winter days.  

Garnier Naturals Soothing Facial Mist Rose Water is also great to pack in your gym bag to use after a workout to refresh skin.

Many of you will also be happy to know Garnier Naturals Soothing Facial Mist Rose Water is a vegan product made without silicones, parabens or dyes. - RLB

Purchase Here: Garnier Naturals Soothing Facial Mist Rose Water 

Fragrance Find - Stella McCartney Stella Peony

Stella McCartney Stella Peony Eau de Toilette Spray

Stella McCartney Stella fragrances have been in my fragrance collection for years now.  I love how the amber notes are blended with spicy and floral touches in her first two flankers.  

If you're looking for a fresh floral with spice and a hint of sweetness to start off 2018, Stella McCartney Stella Peony Eau de Toilette Spray is a fantastic choice. (It's also available in 3 bottle sizes and a lovely Eau de Toilette Rollerball perfect for day touch ups and travel).

Peony is my favorite flower, and Stella McCartney Stella Peony embodies it's fragrance beautifully. The opening notes are very fresh with a bust of citrus and floral from mandarin, freesia and lotus flower.  The peony comes in right away and it's slightly dry and "green" to provide a nice balance. The base of the scent, amber, warmed up as the day went on and lingered softly on my skin for hours, into the subtle spicy dry down.  

Purchase Here: Stella McCartney Stella Peony Eau de Toilette Spray

Stella McCartney Stella Peony Rollerball
Eau de Toilette Rollerball
Stella McCartney Stella Peony Eau de Toilette Spray is a scent that stays close to the body and will never announce itself in a room before you enter it.  

Stella McCartney Stella Peony is chic and sexy, yet also understated.  I also love what they did with the Stella Peony bottle design this time around - the beautiful pink/coral bottle is a stunner on a dresser - and will also make a perfectly themed valentine's perfume gift in February.

If you want a fragrance that doesn't quite smell like any other floral right now, Stella McCartney Stella Peony Eau de Toilette Spray should be scenting your world frequently! - RLB

Purchase Here: Stella McCartney Stella Peony 3.3 oz/ 100 mL Eau de Toilette Spray
Purchase Here: Stella McCartney Stella Peony Rollerball Eau de Toilette Rollerball

Fragrance Notes:
Mandarin, Freesia Lotus flower
Peony, Pepper, Amber, Patchouli