Drugstore Buy of the Week - Pantene Daily Moisture Renewal Foam Conditioner

Pantene Daily Moisture Renewal Foam Conditioner 
I've been a big fan of the Pantene Daily Moisture Renewal line for about a year now.  It's perfect for dry, curly or relaxed  hair that needs more frequent washing.  

Now they've added a new product to the line upPantene Daily Moisture Renewal Foam Conditioner  which is their lightest conditioner yet.  It's a Pantene Pro V Daily Moisture formula in a 0% weight mousse formula.  It's designed to use in the shower to replenish dry hair easily and weightlessly.

After washing, I pressed the nozzle to release a palm-sized amount as directed.  To make sure I spead it evenly, I combed through to the ends with a wide toothed comb.  Pantene Daily Moisture Renewal Foam Conditioner was creamy and, as it states, completely weightless. It made my hair instantly soft and smooth, but without any stickiness or residue.  When I rinsed my hair It was moisturized and soft, with even more movement than with the original Daily Moisture Renewal Conditioner.  The light scent is very fresh with a touch of floral, which lingers in the hair nicely after it dries.

If you work out or swim frequently, for example, this is a perfect way to get your daily dose of moisture without worrying about weighing down hair.  If you like to wash your hair at least 3-4 times a week, you won't have to worry if you're drying out your hair.  

I towel dried my hair and was able to get nice smooth results with blow drying or air drying. If you're looking for a conditioner to deliver real moisture, but with a new light formula, Pantene Daily Moisture Renewal Foam Conditioner  should be your next conditioner. - RLB

Purchase Here: Pantene Daily Moisture Renewal Foam Conditioner 

Budget Beauty Buy - Clean and Clear Jelly Eye Sheet Mask

Clean and Clear Jelly Eye Sheet Mask
You may only know Clean and Clear for their iconic blue oil absorbing sheets and acne treatments, but now they've expanded further into skincare, with the single use Clean and Clear Jelly Eye Sheet Mask.

 Clean and Clear Jelly Eye Sheet Mask is made for relaxing and hydrating the eye area, where stress or lack of sleep can show the most.    Clean and Clear Jelly Eye Sheet Mask is made of a cooling jelly hydro gel which easily fits to the contours of your face.  The mask is made with Seaweed extract and other moisturizing ingredients.

After cleansing my face at night, I put the Clean and Clear Jelly Eye Sheet Mask on for 15 min.  While I relaxed, the mask felt cool but not too cold and the soft gel felt gentle on my face.The mask had a damp, but not dripping wet texture.

When I removed the  Clean and Clear Jelly Eye Sheet Mask, my skin felt fresh, hydrated and yes, I felt more relaxed!  As directed, I used some of the remaining gel/cream from the mask and massaged it into my face and neck for additional moisture. This was the perfect beauty treat to do before going to bed.

Clean and Clear Jelly Eye Sheet Mask can also be put in the freezer for a few minutes for more eye depuffing power in the morning.

If you're going on a long haul overnight or red eye flight, Clean and Clear Jelly Eye Sheet Mask is the perfect way to relax and pamper while flying too - RLB 

Beauty Find - Clarins SOS Primer Universal Light

Clarins SOS Primer Universal Light
I was instantly attracted to the new Clarins SOS Primer, Universal Light.  This primer is one of 6 new Clarins primers which enhance and correct  skin no matter what issues you're facing that day.  Clarins SOS Primer Universal Light is white as is the cream out of the tube.  

Clarins SOS Primer Universal Light  is designed to reproduce light beaming on the skin. It instantly brightens all skin tones (so no need to worry about color matching or grey/white cast) and well as providing 24 hour moisture and keeping makeup looking fresher, longer. Clarins SOS Primer Universal Light also contains High Lumitech Complex, which helps to blur darker areas and imperfections on the skin.

I loved the texture of Clarins SOS Primer.  It was silky and creamy at the same time. I only needed a few pumps to cover my face.  The white color of the primer turned translucent and immediately absorbed into my skin only leaving a beautiful glow (no shimmer or glitter!) on my skin.  My skin looked hydrated, healthy, plumper and fresh.  My makeup applied easily over the primer and Clarins SOS Primer did a great job of keeping my makeup looking fresh with no smudging or fading during the day. Note: Clarins SOS Primer Universal Light has a prominent floral fragrance, but it does fade a few minutes after application.

Clarins SOS Primer Universal Light
On days when I wanted a quick, natural look, I applied Clarins SOS Primer Universal Light and then a touch of concealer where I needed it, and my skin looked fantastic since there was also a nice blurring effect.

The other 5  Clarins SOS Primers come in shades such as pink, green and peach and work to color correct specific skin concerns and provide blurring 

Clarins SOS Primer Universal Light is perfect for anyone who needs a quick burst of brightness and moisture after a long night, flight or to enhance a radiant foundation formula. Clarins SOS Primer Universal Light can also be used in combination with one of the other 5 colored primers, or mixed into a rich moisturizer, if you have very dry skin, as makeup prep.  You'll fall in love with this one! - RLB

Purchase Here: Clarins SOS Primer Universal Light 

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

Drugstore Buy of the Week - Garnier Fructis Wonder Mask Coconut Oil

Garnier Fructis Wonder Mask Coconut Oil
Garnier Fructis has created a hair mask that works and feels as indulgent as a great face mask (and it's under $3!).

The Garnier Fructis Wonder Mask Coconut Oil is a two step mask with Coconut oil to nourish, hydrate and soften hair, and a "sealing" product made with Polyquat-6 which works to continue conditioning hair for several more washes.

Working with the two steps was easy and even though it took another few seconds to apply, I loved feeling like I was locking in the conditioning effects of the first hair mask.  After applying the second step, waiting the recommended 3 minutes (and did all my other beauty steps in the shower) and then rinsing, I could immediately tell that it had penetrated my hair.  It was soft and smooth with no tangles right out of the shower.

When I blow dried my hair, it the brush glided through my hair much easier and there was very little breakage. My hair continued to feel soft and smooth throughout the week.  when I did my next shampoo, I decided to use a cleansing conditioner only to test out their lasts up to 4 washes claim. I dd continue to feel the soft, smooth finish on my hair, and my hair didn't feel as dry or parched, not following up with an additional conditioner.  For me, I felt like by the 3rd wash, I did need an additional deep conditioner, and used another Garnier Fructis Wonder Mask Coconut Oil treatment post shampoo.

Garnier Fructis Wonder Mask Coconut Oil will be a lifesaver for those of you with very dry hair, colored or relaxed hair and especially curly hair prone to frizz and dehydration.  The single use packaging is perfect for travel or taking to the gym to pamper after a workout.   Stock up on this one! - RLB

Purchase Here: Garnier Fructis Wonder Mask Coconut Oil

Travel Beauty Find - Stowaway Cosmetics

Stowaway Cheek + Lip Rouge in Burnt Rose
Stowaway is a line of cosmetics made with women on the go in mind!

All the products are now only TSA size friendly, they are also compact and light enough to slide into your jacket pocket, lap top case or day clutch.  Another benefit to the compact sizes is you actually get to finish your products - making your hard earned beauty dollars work for you and producing less waste. Stowaway products are cruelty free, mostly vegan, and gluten free.

My favorite product in the line is the multi-purpose Cheek + Lip Rouge.  It's almost deceptive in it's appearance.  It's small but the pigments are concentrated and the shades are flattering on a wide variety of skin tones.  I used Burnt Rose (shown above), a flattering rose-brown that worked perfectly on my cheeks and my lips. 

The formula is smooth and lightweight, and once I rubbed it between my fingers and warmed it, it became a soft creamy consistency.  The rouge is buildable from a barely there, natural finish, to a full intense matte.  The rouge also works on the lips under gloss for a softer, shinier finish if you want.

If you like your makeup to look "like you but better" Stowaway Cheek + Lip Rouge  is the perfect product.  On the cheeks it remained throughout the day with no smudging or fading.  On my lips, it created a nice matte stain that didn't look overly dry.  I only had to touch up later in the day when I wanted a bolder lip. The rouge kept my lips soft and it didn't dry out or flake during the day.  

Stowaway Cheek + Lip Rouge is perfect to pack on a trip when you want to keep your bag light and your look natural, like a beach vacation.  All you need to add to your makeup bag is concealer or tinted moisturizer with SPF, mascara and you're good to go.  - RLB

Purchase Here: Stowaway Cheek + Lip Rouge Comes in 3 shades.

Beauty Innovation - Kristin Ess Anytime Anywhere Recovery Balm + Cap

Kristin Ess Recovery Balm + Cap

Beauty lovers everywhere became hard core fans of Kristin Ess' Target hair care line last year, and I was one of them.  

Now Kristin is blessing us with more products for 2018 that address a variety of hair care needs and textures.

Kristin Ess Recovery Balm + Cap is my newest obsession for adding shine, deep conditioning or adding moisture to dry, parched hair before shampooing.  This is a must have for anyone with dry, relaxed, curly and textured hair.

The Kristin Ess Recovery Balm product design is genius!  It's a Caster Oil and Coconut Oil - based solid stick.  It can be applied directly to hands warmed up for a few seconds, and then distributed on hair, or swiped on your strands directly for for a targeted treatment.  

The included mini hair cap allows you to apply the Kristin Ess Recovery Balm put hair in a high/low bun or ponytail and then sleep with the treatment overnight for a deep condition - without any mess on your sheets and pillows.

I used Kristin Ess Recovery Balm + Cap  as an overnight treatment before a shampoo the next morning (I used Kristin Ess Frizz Management Cleansing Conditioner).  After my hair was blow dried, I used the Kristin Ess Recovery Balm  to add additional shine, moisture and smooth my ends, which it did, beautifully.  Used post shampoo, it still left my hair with movement and didn't feel or look greasy or sticky.

As with all of Krisin Ess' other products, Kristin Ess Recovery Balm  also has a beautiful scent, which for me, was faintly coconut and a bit floral. The solid stick is perfect for travel, the office or bringing to the gym to touch up hair after a work out

Add Kristin Ess Recovery Balm + Cap to your Krisin Ess collection now! - RLB

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