Drugstore Buy of the Week - Sonia Kashuk Makeup Brush Drying Rack

Sonia Kashuk Makeup Brush Drying Rack

Sonia Kashuk has always been a dependable budget beauty brand with quality products, and innovative makeup tools.  I discovered the Sonia Kashuk Makeup Brush Drying Rack
recently and it's just what every beauty lover (and professional makeup artist!) with lots of makeup brushes needs in their life.

Sonia Kashuk Makeup Brush Drying Rack

The Sonia Kashuk Makeup Brush Drying Rack is a makeup brush drying rack and/or organizer.  It holds up to 14 brushes of different sizes and includes a tray to catch drips from wet brushes.  

The holes have silicone which grab on to the handles and prevents them from sliding out.  

It was easy to assemble the Sonia Kashuk Makeup Brush Drying Rack  and I used it to dry and then organize my brushes.  I loved having them in one easy to reach place and the ability to easily see which brush I needed.

When I just needed to quickly clean a brush, I used Sonia Kashuk Quick-Clean Dry Makeup Brush Spray . I did a quick spritz on the head of my brush, wiped it off with a tissue and it dried within seconds and didn't need to be rinsed off.  Sonia Kashuk Quick-Clean Dry Makeup Brush Spray is a good solution if you only have a few days worth of product on your brush.  My brushes stayed soft and smooth, and the spray gave them a clean, refreshing scent.

After I've cleaned my brushes either the quick way or with a deep soap and water cleanse, I placed them back in the Sonia Kashuk Makeup Brush Drying Rack to organize for my next use. 

I love the sleek black design of the Sonia Kashuk Makeup Brush Drying Rack and the cute little details like the gold SK at the top of the rack.  It's small enough to fit on most bathroom counters or vanities.  Pick this little gem up before it's sold out!  - RLB  

Note: Sonia Kashuk makeup brushes are not included. Sonia Kashuk Makeup Brush Drying Rack is not dishwasher safe.

Purchase Here: Sonia Kashuk Makeup Brush Drying Rack
Purchase Here: Sonia Kashuk Quick-Clean Dry Makeup Brush Spray - 2 fl oz

Beauty Find - Tom Ford Cheek Color

TOM FORD Cheek Color 05 Ravish

 TOM FORD Cheek Color 05 Ravish 

I was recently in a "blush rut" and decided to treat myself to a beautiful blush versatile enough for everyday wear.  TOM FORD Cheek Color 05 Ravish was just what I was looking for.

I've been using TOM FORD Cheek Color 05 Ravish almost every day and it's definitely worth the price (like many of my TOM FORD beauty finds).

The TOM FORD Cheek Color formula is a dream.  It's a powder that has the feel of a cream. It blended into my skin like butter, feels like silk going on and has intense pigmentation, so this will last a long time (as a matter of fact, after 2 months of use, it looks like I haven't even worn the outer layer of the pan down at all!) .  The staying power was fantastic.  After a morning application, my blush was still vibrant at the end of the evening.

TOM FORD Cheek Color 02 Love Lust 
My first shade was Color 05 Ravish , which is a rich, deep pink (it's a little darker in person than the picture above).  The finish has the perfect amount of sheen, with no shimmer or glitter.  The formula is buildable for a more dramatic look, but just a touch of the brush on the pan will give most people more than enough of a healthy glow.

Then I also picked up Love Lust  which is a perfect warm coral shade that looks great on it's own, or along with your favorite bronzer. TOM FORD Cheek Love Lust (shown, left and it's also a little darker in person). gave my skin the perfect pick up it needed during these winter months when I'm a bit more sallow.

You may not need TOM FORD Cheek Color, but you certainly deserve to have this luxe blush in your life! - RLB

Purchase Here: TOM FORD Cheek Color 05 Ravish 

Beauty Find - ALGENIST GENIUS Liquid Collagen

Algenist GENIUS Liquid Collagen 

I've been curious about Algenist GENIUS Liquid Collagen  for a few months now, and I recently started to add it to my skincare routine, with great results.

Algenist GENIUS Liquid Collagen  is a vegan formulation design to help replenish and preserve a healthy, youthful skin with collagen to the skin.  The anti-aging formula contains 13,000 microalgae oil beads naturally sourced and sustainably produced, omegas 3, 6, and 9, and a natural source of vitamin E. 

I used Algenist GENIUS Liquid Collagen  daily after cleansing and toning, in place of my usual serum.  I fell in love with the results immediately.  I used just a few drops and loved how silky and lightweight it felt on my skin.  It absorbed instantly and left my skin with a beautiful glow, but no excess oil or greasy feel. 

Algenist GENIUS Liquid Collagen 
Over the next few days I could see the improvement in my overall skin tone, and I didn't experience any clogged pores or breakouts.  I found that when I applied Algenist GENIUS Liquid Collagen  in the evening, my skin continued to be soft and radiant with perfect balance when I woke in the morning.

Algenist GENIUS Liquid Collagen is a skincare booster that is well worth the money.  If you're looking to treat yourself to a product that will make a real difference in the texture, tone and radiance of your skin,  Algenist GENIUS Liquid Collagen  is what you need in your life. - RLB

Purchase Here: Algenist GENIUS Liquid Collagen 

Beauty Find - Saborino Morning Face Mask

 Saborino Morning Lightening Face Mask, Minty Grapefruit (32 Sheets)
There's nothing I love more than an innovative way to save time with my beauty routine in the morning, and this Japanese Saborino Morning Face Mask is just what I needed.

Saborino Morning Face Mask is a unique 3-in-1 face mask designed to take the place of cleansing, toning and moisturizing in the morning.  The mask also works in just 60 seconds, and preps skin for immediate makeup application. What more can you ask for?

The Saborino Morning Face Mask pack contains 32 thin cotton sheet masks which are soft and stretchable, so they will fit a wide variety of face shapes.  All I needed to do is place a face mask on first thing in the morning, get my coffee brewed and relax for a bit, and then it was time to take it off!  I loved the fresh minty scent and slight tingling effect (from the citrus, which may be irritating if you have very sensitive skin.  If that's the case, no worries, there are three more versions of the Saborino Morning Face Mask, which I mention below).

Each Saborino Morning Face Mask holds a good amount of serum, and are damp, but they are not dripping wet, which I liked.  When I removed the mask, as directed, I patted my skin with the folded sheet mask to allow the rest of the serum absorb into my skin. 

Chart explaining how to use the
Saborino Morning Face Mask
After another minute, my skin was dry, and ready to either apply makeup, or for any additional skincare I might need, like sunscreen.  

After removing the Saborino Morning Face Mask, my skin was slightly dewy, plump and felt as fresh and toned as if I had washed it with water and used a liquid toner.   My skin felt balanced - not too tight and not oily, so this Minty Grapefruit (shown, above). version was good for my combination skin.

Using the Saborino Morning Face Mask in the mornings saved me several minutes in the morning, for sure, and I liked how nicely it prepped my skin for makeup. Note:  If you have very oily skin, or are in a warm weather area, you may want to do a light cleanse upon waking before using.

Now that I've gotten in the routine of using Saborino Morning Face Mask in the mornings, I'm becoming a huge fan of this concept, and plan on trying some of the other versions: their original Fruit and Herb, in the yellow package,  Kiwi Yogurt Brightening in the white package, and Mix Berry Moisturizing in the pink package. Give these a try - you'll thank me later! - RLB 

Drugstore Buy of the Week - NYX #THISISEVERYTHING Lip OIl

NYX #THISISEVERYTHING Lip OIl gives shine like a gloss, but with a lightweight,  hydrating tinted oil that turns the driest, most chapped lips into smooth, soft kissable pillows instantly.

With a name like #THISISEVERYTHING Lip OIl (and the number of times it's been sold out in stores and online) I expected it to deliver real results, and happily, it did.

I used NYX #THISISEVERYTHING Lip OIl on a daily basis, in one of three ways: as a hydrating lip treatment before my lip stains, matte liquid lip colors or lipsticks, after exfoliating my lips or as a hydrating lip gloss over lip color or on bare lips. The magic of  NYX #THISISEVERYTHING Lip OIl is that it's made with a combination of hydrating and pampering oils like jojoba, avocado, and sweet almond.

The #THISISEVERYTHING Lip OIl is mostly clear, with a faint touch of soft pink which looks very natural and enhances the look of  lips.  It also has a yummy, slightly sweet scent that was always nice to smell when I used it.

If you're worried that an oil will be too shiny or greasy, #THISISEVERYTHING Lip OIl has that solved.  It's a silky lightweight oil with a slight gel feel, and it melted right into my lips with no greasy, sticky or oily residue.

Whether wearing #THISISEVERYTHING Lip OIl under or over my lip color, or it's own at home or on the weekends, my lips stayed soft and smooth all day no matter how cold it was, and it worked nicely with every type of lip color product I used.

#THISISEVERYTHING Lip OIl was perfect to use anytime of day, and the cute pink packaging with a kiss print also makes this a great "Galentine" gift for your beauty loving friends or relatives, or little Valentine's beauty treat for yourself.

NYX #THISISEVERYTHING Lip OIl is also only $6!  So stock up before it's sold out again. - RLB


Beauty Find - Innisfree Moisture Volumizing Serum with Lava Water

 Innisfree Moisture Volumizing Serum with Lava Water

I continue to be impressed with Korean skincare brand, InnisfreeThis time, I've discovered one of their top serums, which is weightless, yet extremely hydrating and plumping.

Innisfree Moisture Volumizing Serum with Lava Water is made with actual lava water from the Jeju volcanic region in South Korea.  P.S. This region produces much of the water that is the "secret" to many of Innisfree's moisturizing products.

The serum also contains rare, rich natural minerals from the volcanic rocks, like vanadium and germanium. which give the formula the ability to increase skin’s moisture levels and plump the complexion with increased hydration.

After using this serum for several weeks, I can say I am in love! I used this serum most of the time as part of my longer evening skincare routine, and only needed 2 pea-sized drops to cover my face completely. It has a water/gel consistency out of the bottle, and once on the skin, it absorbed instantly and immediately plumped and hydrated my skin.  

It made my skin look fresh, glowy with a slight dewy finish.  My skin felt smooth and soft and there was no sticky residue or film that got in the way with my makeup or other skincare. Using the Innisfree Moisture Volumizing Serum with Lava Water under my moisturizer, I could feel how much more hydrated my drier areas were, and I loved the healthy, glowing look I had.  If you're in the market for a new hydrating serum, and want to explore Innisfree, this is the one to get.  - RLB

Beauty Find - GlamGlow Waterburst Hydrated Glow Moisturizer

GLAMGLOW Waterburst Hydrated Glow Moisturizer 
If you haven't tried some of the GLAMGLOW face masks the line has launched over the years, you may want to start with their latest skincare wonder, GLAMGLOW Waterburst Hydrated Glow Moisturizer. 

GLAMGLOW Waterburst Hydrated Glow Moisturizer is a lightweight moisturizer that was developed with moisture lock technology and a triple Hyaluronic Acid complex and Blue Nymph Lily Extract that releases bursts of hydrating water drops on contact with the skin.  The product also delivers up to 72 hours of continuous hydration. 

I tested GLAMGLOW Waterburst Hydrated Glow Moisturizer on a several day stretch of very cold weather. 

I applied it in the evening after my full skincare routine as the last step before bedtime. I liked the light, fresh scent and how quickly it absorbed into my skin. In the morning my skin was baby soft, smooth, plump and hydrated with no residue or sticky feeling.  My skin had a healthy glow and was perfectly prepped for makeup application.  I found that the days I used GLAMGLOW Waterburst Hydrated Glow Moisturizer I only had to add a touch of primer before my foundation.

Since GLAMGLOW Waterburst Hydrated Glow Moisturizer promises several-day hydration, I was eager to see what would happen after I removed my makeup and cleansed that evening.  My skin remained very soft and plump, and I didn't add any additional moisturizer after my cleanser and toner.

The next morning, my skin still felt hydrated, soft and smooth.  I was very impressed. This is a game changer - especially for those of you with year-round dry skin issues.

By the third evening, my skin felt drier, but still had a plump feel after cleansing.  I applied the GLAMGLOW Waterburst Hydrated Glow Moisturizer  on the fourth day and got my original level of hydration and glowing finish.

Since I have combination skin, I liked using GLAMGLOW Waterburst Hydrated Glow Moisturizer on my drier areas on warmer days, and on my whole face in a light layer on very cold days.  If you have normal to combination skin  you can get the full 3 days worth of hydration.  If you have very dry skin, and/or are doing a series of long haul flights, you may only get 2 days worth, but it's amazing either way! - RLB

Hair Care Find - Kristin Ess Style Assist Blow Dry Mist

 Kristin Ess Style Assist Blow Dry Mist
I'm back with another winning product from my favorite Target hair care line, Kristin Ess. Kristin Ess Style Assist Blow Dry Mist is for anyone who loves to do an at home blow out - but doesn't love how long it takes to do it.  Especially if you have very thick, long and/or curly hair.

For those of you who usually take over 30 minutes to complete your blow out,  Kristin Ess Style Assist Blow Dry Mist is the product you need in your life - in bulk!

Kristin Ess Style Assist Blow Dry MistI makes blow drying hair less of a chore by not only cutting down drying time, but also detangling hair and adding moisture and shine.  The formula is concentrated, so use a few sprays to begin and add more if needed.  I found that for longer/thicker hair, about 5-7 pumps of the fine mist was worked well, and 3-4 if you have shorter or thinner hair. 

After washing with my favorite Kristin Ess Frizz Management Cleansing Conditioner I sprayed on Kristin Ess Style Assist Blow Dry Mist and then used my go-to, the Revlon Pro Collection One Step Hair Dryer and Styler to blow dry my hair. 

The Kristin Ess Style Assist Blow Dry Mist has the signature Krisin Ess scent - a chic, fresh floral which didn't overwhelm while I was drying my hair, but lingered nicely.  Half way though my blow out, I could tell my hair was completely dry in sections which usually still felt slightly damp. 

From start to finish, using the Kristin Ess Style Assist Blow Dry Mist cut off at least 15 minutes of dry time.  I loved how smooth and soft my hair was and even before adding any shine or gloss serum, my hair had beautiful shine and lots of movement.  I'm hooked on another Kristin Ess product - and happy about it!- RLB