Drugstore Buy of the Week - Secret Freshie Chill Ocean Invisible Solid Antiperspirant and Deodorant

Secret Freshie Chill Ocean Invisible Solid Antiperspirant and Deodorant 

Yes, the Secret Freshie Chill Ocean Invisible Solid Antiperspirant and Deodorant will surely remind you of another, cute, sphere-shaped beauty product in the drugstore, but this is very different.

The Secret Freshie Chill Ocean Invisible Solid Antiperspirant and Deodorant is a small, discreet, portable antiperspirant and deodorant designed specifically for an on-the-go lifestyle. It gives you odor and wetness protection any time you need it because it can be quickly and easily reapplied throughout the the day for instant freshness. 

I loved how Secret Freshie Chill Ocean Invisible Solid Antiperspirant and Deodorant  fit right in the palm of my hand and was easy to apply.  It's also small enough for almost any bag or purse, and of course jacket pockets and side pockets in your gym bag or backpack.  Since it's so small it's not awkward to apply even if you're in your car, a public bathroom, etc.  And yes, if others see you pull it out, they may ask if its that "other" small sphere for lips and wonder why you're putting it on your underarms. (lol)

Secret Freshie Chill Ocean Invisible Solid Antiperspirant and Deodorant
The Secret Freshie comes in several fragrance varieties, but Chill Ocean was my favorite.  It's a fresh, slightly floral/sweet scent that was wonderful to smell each time I applied it.

Most importantly, Secret Freshie Chill Ocean Invisible Solid Antiperspirant and Deodorant is just as effective as all Secret deodorants, so it went on smooth with no irritation and kept me dry each time I used it.  The only times during the day you may need to use again are after a workout and shower, after gym class, or on very hot, humid days.

Stock up on these in the various scents for the upcoming summer months!  - RLB

Purchase Here: Secret Freshie Chill Ocean Invisible Solid Antiperspirant and Deodorant

Vegan Beauty Find - Pacifica Dream Big Mascara Black

Pacifica Dream Big Mascara Black
For mascara lovers Pacifica Dream Big Mascara Black really is a dream.  If you've become interested in using Vegan beauty products, or if you just want a multi-purpose mascara that really delivers, this is the one.  Formulated with all-natural plant fibers that promote growth, this 7-in-1 mascara will create longer lashes instantly with its peptides, which have been shown to help improve natural lash length and volume.

Pacifica Dream Big Mascara Black has a unique brush which allows you to shorten it to make lashes fuller and lengthen it to lengthen lashes. All I had had to do is twist it one way and the wand got longer for applying the first lengthening coat of mascara. Then turn I turned the knob the other direction to shorten it for more volume When I applied a few coats with both the shorter and longer brush lengths, I was able to achieve a almost "false eyelash" look.  I got perfect lash separation, a fanned out effect and dark glossy black color, without any smudging or flaking.

 Pacifica Dream Big Mascara Black
The Pacifica Dream Big Mascara Black formula went on smoothly and the brush got to the base of my lashes to really lengthen quickly.  It's not too wet or too dry and allowed me time to build up my lashes without drying and setting too fast. Another plus: Pacifica Dream Big Mascara Black stayed put all day long no matter the weather conditions.  

With the adjustable brush, you can tailor Pacifica Dream Big Mascara Black to give you a very natural look, or a glam, fully lush eyelash effect.

I also love the Pacifica Dream Big Mascara Black packaging which is pretty and cheerful.  It removes easily with any makeup remover or their own lovely scented makeup removing wipes.  Vegan or not, once you try Pacifica Dream Big Mascara Black you'll be hooked. - RLB

Purchase Here: Pacifica Dream Big Mascara Black

Beauty Find - Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40

Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 40 
Did you know it's just as important to protect your skin from blue light and infrared radiation (found in computer screens and phones) as it is from the sun? *Note: Studies have found that infrared has been associated with premature aging, skin pigmentation and increased melasma in skin.

Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 40 has come to the rescue with a innovative invisible, scentless sunscreen that also doubles as an infrared protectant. The formula uses clean ingredients and preps skin for makeup.  Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 40 glides on to skin and also provides oil and shine control with a velvet matte finish.  The Red algae in the formula helps protect against the harmful effects of blue light from computers and phones. 

I loved the feel of Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 40 It was lightweight and had a hybrid gel/oil feel when I first applied it to my skin, but within seconds it dried down to an almost powder matte finish with no white or grey cast.  There's also no sunscreen smell, so it made applying my makeup afterwards pleasant.  It's fairly concentrated, so a little more than a dime's-size worth amount was enough for my face.

Supergoop! But First, Sunscreen Kit
My makeup applied beautifully over Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 40 , making my skin smooth and hydrated while still looking matte.  My makeup wore very well during a full day and looked fresh and the colors true with no fading.

I liked using Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 40  as a primer under makeup, as well as on it's own on the weekends when I had a more natural look with just concealer and eye/lip makeup.

If you're heading out of town for the upcoming Easter/Spring break or summer travel, I also highly recommend the travel set with two of my other favorite Supergoop! products, the Sunscreen Mousse SPF 50 for body and the Setting Mist SPF 50, which is perfect for on the go touch ups to continue your sunscreen's effectiveness throughout the day.

Once you start using  Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 40  you'll be stocking up for the entire summer season (and beyond!).  - RLB

Purchase Here: Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 40 

Beauty Find - Urban Decay Naked Petite Heat

Urban Decay Naked Petite Heat 
Urban Decay created a sensation among beauty lovers when it launched their blockbuster 12 shadow Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette, Now they have a new 6 shadow Urban Decay Naked Petite Heat  palette which is just as flattering and versatile - and perfect for travel.

Urban Decay Naked Petite Heat 

Urban Decay Naked Petite Heat  contains five matte shades and one demi-matte highlighting shade. Urban Decay Naked Petite Heat has everything you need for everyday looks while you're on the road or when you need to keep your choices to a minimum on busy mornings - but still have a bit of sultry heat to your eye look.

The six shades in  Urban Decay Naked Petite Heat are perfect for soft, natural looks and more more dramatic, bold smoky eyes.  The packaging is also perfect.  It's small, thin, light and fits into pockets and small purses.  Note: The pans contain full- sized eye shadow pans and a mirror.

All of the shades are just as soft, silky, blendable and pigmented as in the original Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette .  I fell in love with Hot Spell, a terra-cotta matte, and Strike, a rich reddish brown. The other shades are: Wild Thing, a burnt orange shade, Heist, a rich cayenne, and Inhale, a creamwhich is the one slightly shimmery shade.  

All of the shadows work together, as liners, or alone, and if you already have the Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette  you're in luck because you can use the Urban Decay Naked Petite Heat  matte shades as a base with it's shimmers and satin shades The matte finish and warm tones make all the shadows easy to wear everyday and they look great on tan and brown girls too!

Urban Decay Naked Petite Heat 

By the way, these 6 Naked Petite Heat shades are not just copies of the eye shadows in the  Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette palette.  They are all different, so it's perfect for mixing up your eye looks, if you do already have it.

Since Naked Petite Heat  is so small I also used it to touch up my shadows and add an extra layer of the darker shades for an evening look when I was going out and didn't have much time to redo my makeup.

Every eye shadow lover needs a Urban Decay Naked Petite Heat palette. RLB

Purchase Here: Urban Decay Naked Petite Heat  6 x 0.04 oz/ 1.3 g

This set contains:
- 6 x Eyeshadows in Inhale (cream demi-matte), Vibrate (soft nude matte), Hot Spell (terra-cotta matte), Wild Thing (scorched-orange matte), Heist (rich cayenne matte), Strike (rich reddish-brown matte)

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

Drugstore Buy of the Week - Crest 3D Whitestrips + Therapy

Crest 3D Whitestrips + Therapy

I've been a big fan of Crest 3D Whitestrips for years, and love how quick and effective they are at whitening my teeth and maintaining that whitening.  If you have a bit more time to devote to at home teeth whitening and want even more impressive results, Crest 3D Whitestrips + Therapy is the product for you.   

Crest 3D Whitestrips + Therapy is a two step whitening kit, which includes 14 Crest 3D Whitestrips and a serum toothpaste which strengthens teeth.  These Whitestrips have the ability to remove 6 years of stains on teeth and use the same enamel safe teeth whitening ingredient dentists do.

Crest 3D Whitestrips + Therapy
I love that the Crest 3D Whitestrips now have slip grip technology, so once I put the upper and lower strips on my teeth they did not move at all, and felt very comfortable.  I was able to drink and talk while whitening.  

Crest 3D Whitestrips + Therapy was perfect to do in the evenings, while watching one of my favorite shows for 30 min (as directed).

After removing the Crest 3D Whitestrips brushed my teeth with the the Therapy serum, which was lightweight and smooth with a great, brisk mint flavor.  

I actually loved the Therapy serum so much, I looked forward to brushing my teeth with it for the feel on my teeth and the refreshing flavor and feeling after rinsing.

After using Crest 3D Whitestrips + Therapy a few times a week, I could see a difference in the whiteness of my teeth, and there was no gum or tooth irritation.  This kit is worth every penny to keep my teeth as white as they can be. - RLB

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

Beauty Find - Juara Radiance Enzyme Scrub

JUARA - Radiance Enzyme Scrub
It's been a while since I've used a physical exfoliator, but I recently got the urge to "scrub"my skin after such a harsh and cold winter.  So I was even happier when I was able to try JUARA - Radiance Enzyme Scrub, which is a 2-in-1 product.   JUARA - Radiance Enzyme Scrub, is a gentle, yet powerful scrub which exfoliates and refines skin, as well as a enzyme mask which gives skin an extra boost of radiance.  

JUARA - Radiance Enzyme Scrub contains a skin brightening complex along with Jojoba and Bamboo Beads, Clove Flower to help and even out skin tone by inhibiting melanin creation, nourishing Candlenut Oil, skin softening Apple Enzyme and pore purifying Cinnamon.

JUARA - Radiance Enzyme Scrub  is perfect to use at the beginning or end of the day or before going out at night for extra glow.  I cleansed, scrubbed and then left it on my face for about 3-5 minutes.  JUARA - Radiance Enzyme Scrub was also great to use while I was in the shower.  I applied it before I start my shower, and by the time I finished all my body care, it was time to rinse off before you got out of the shower.

My skin really felt like all the dead skin cells were removed (gently!) and it was smooth and soft after rinsing.  I had a beautiful glow and my skin looked healthy and toned.  I was also happy my skin didn't feel or look irritated or dry.  JUARA - Radiance Enzyme Scrub is my go-to skin treatment about 2x week.
The scrub has a light, slightly herbal scent that fades away quickly.  JUARA - Radiance Enzyme Scrub is a great treatment with natural ingredients that makes a noticeable difference in skin, while still being gentle. 

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

Beauty Find - Urban Decay Backtalk Eye and Face Palette

Urban Decay Backtalk Eye and  Face Palette
Urban Decay Backtalk Eye and  Face Palette 

There's no shortage of great makeup palettes this spring, but if you're looking for gorgeous, warm shades that offer more bang for your buck, the Urban Decay Backtalk Eye and Face Palette is a must have for your makeup collection.

Urban Decay Backtalk Eye and  Face Palette is inspired by Urban Decay’s top-selling creamy Vice Lipstick, Backtalk.  The Backtalk Palette is two palettes in one.  It has eight eye shadows and four blush/highlighters. 

The berry, ballet pink, and wine shades are flattering on a wide range of skin tones (especially those with warm undertones) and comes in a travel-ready case with a double-sided pop-out mirror in the middle. 

All you makeup artists, beauty lovers and Urban Decay fans know that Urban Decay has a track record of creating iconic palettes that sell out quick - so keep reading to find out why you need to pick one up right away.

I fell in love with the Urban Decay Backtalk Eye and  Face Palette as soon as I saw all of the pretty rose-toned eye shadows.  The blushes and highlighters were creamy and velvety smooth to the touch, pigmented and easy to blend.  Having a removable mirror and two sides of makeup in one palette make this makeup I will reach for whenever I travel.

Urban Decay Backtalk Eye and  Face Palette 

Depending on these shades you choose, you can create a lighter, more pastel pink beauty look, or the darker shades for a rose/burgundy look. 

Some of my favorite stand out shades in the Urban Decay Backtalk Eye and  Face Palette for the eyes areShade (deep fuchsia satin), Attitude (metallic red-copper), WTF (reddish brown matte), 180 (metallic brown-red) and for the face: Cheap Shot (medium pink-nude), and Double Take (rich mauve with slight shimmer) which I used for blush, and Low Key (pink-peach) for a highlighter or blended with the blushes.

If you don't get the Urban Decay Backtalk Eye and  Face Palette  you may get a serious case of "FOMO"! - RLB

Note: Urban Decay Backtalk Eye and  Face Palette  is exclusive to Sephora until the end of March. 

Purchase Here: Urban Decay Backtalk Eye and  Face Palett

Urban Decay Backtalk Eye and Face Palett set contains:
- 8 x Eyeshadows in 3 Sheets (pale pink-nude matte), Bare (light pinky-peach satin), Curve (metallic rose shimmer with silver micro-glitter), Backtalk (soft rosy mauve matte), Shade (deep fuchsia satin), Attitude (metallic red-copper), WTF (reddish brown matte), 180 (metallic brown-red)
- 4 x Blush/Hightlighter in Cheap Shot (medium pink-nude), Double Take (rich mauve with slight shimmer), Low Key (pink-peach), Party Foul (light pink-nude shimmer)

Drugstore Buy of the Week - Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Cream - Extra Dry Skin

If you're dealing with dry or dehydrated skin, it still doesn't mean you don't also occasionally break out if a product is too heavy or clogs pores.  That's why Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Cream - Extra Dry Skin is such a great product.

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Cream is designed to provide long lasting hydration for extra dry skin.  The unique water gel formula absorbs quickly like a gel, but has the intense moisturizing power of a cream.  It's also formulated with one of the hottest skincare ingredients right now - hyaluronic acid, which is naturally found in the skin. Hyaluronic acid acts as a sponge for dry skin cells moisturizing with up to 1,000 times its weight in water, giving you more supple, plump and glowing skin. 

I loved using Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Cream before bed after a very cold or dry day outside and/or in office air.  I patted/pressed a thin layer on my skin after cleansing.  It was feather light and had a good amount of "slip" in the formula, so a little went a long way.  Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Cream absorbed intanstly and didn't leave any film or residue.  It just left my skin incredibly smooth, plump and soft.  In the morning when I woke up, my skin looked and felt just as great.

Even on my more oily and acne prone areas, the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Cream did not make it look or feel more oily, or cause me to break outThis is a high quality moisturizer with some of the best, skin friendly ingredients coming in at under $15 - everything I love!

If you're traveling on a long flight, adding a layer of Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Cream will have you looking fantastic when you land too! - RLB

Purchase Here: Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Cream - Extra Dry Skin