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

Beauty Find - Clarins SOS Hydra Refreshing Hydration mask

Clarins SOS Hydra Refreshing Hydration Mask
Here in the Northeast U.S. this year, even though it's March, Spring has definitely NOT arrived yet, and between ongoing freezing temps, snow and dry air, I was very happy I was able to try the new Clarins SOS Hydra Refreshing Hydration Mask.

Clarins SOS Hydra Refreshing Hydration Mask is part of the fantastic Clarins Hydra line of products, and it's a soothing, cream-gel mask which gives skin hydration, plumpness and ongoing moisture. Clarins SOS Hydra Refreshing Hydration Mask is made with super-quenching Leaf of Life extract 

I used Clarins SOS Hydra Refreshing Hydration Mask at night after cleansing, leaving it on for 10 minutes as directed. I loved the refreshing scent and how easily the mask spread over my skin.  After rinsing, my skin was soft, plump and moist, without any residue or oily feel.  In the morning, my skin had retained a lot of the moisture and my skin still looked hydrated and glowing.

If you're in very dry air conditions and/or have very dry skin Clarins SOS Hydra Refreshing Hydration Mask is also great to use as a sleeping mask.  I applied it with a thicker layer, like a night cream, and left it on overnight.  The mask absorbed into my skin and did not leave a mess on my sheets. After doing this, in the morning, my skin was very smooth and still had a nice plump feel to it.  

Since Clarins SOS Hydra Refreshing Hydration Mask is TSA-size approved, you can feel great knowing you can toss it into your carry on bag whenever you want to apply an in-flight mask on a long haul flight to keep skin hydrated and plump while flying.  - RLB 

Purchase Here: Clarins SOS Hydra Refreshing Hydration Mask 2.3 oz/ 75 mL

Beauty Find - Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Eyeshadow Palette

Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Eyeshadow Palette

I wasn't looking for a new eye shadow palette, but when I came across the Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Eyeshadow Palette recently I knew I had found  one of the best collections of shadows in soft, beautiful, wearable colors with great pigment and blendablility.

All the colors in the Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Eyeshadow Palette are pretty, but what really won me over was the great mix of finishes.  Most of the 14 eyeshadows are ultra matte, but there are some satin and shimmery ones that take any eye look to the next level.  

The palette has a beautiful color and design, and also includes one of their high quality double ended brushes and a mirror.

Like all of the Anastasia Beverly Hills eyeshadows I've tried, the pigmentation is excellent, and they were ultra smooth and soft, allowing me to blend easily and effortlessly.

Day to day I found myself using Cyprus, Rustic, Umber Mulberry and Sienna and I also loved using Sultry, Noir and Bronze for night time looks.  All the colors are easy to use together or in a monochrome eye look.

If you are looking for a eyeshadow palette that you can actually use everyday and every night for natural, professional or ultra glam looks, Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Eyeshadow Palette is a must have.  Pick this one up while it's still available! - RLB

Purchase Here: Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Eyeshadow Palette

This set contains:
- 14 x 0.02 oz/ 0.74 g Eyeshadows in Tempera (ultra-matte velvety beige), Glistening (iridescent gold with a hint of pink reflect), Orange Soda (ultra-matte pastel peach), Rose Pink (rose gold with a soft pink iridescent hue), Sultry (a hybrid satin metallic finish warm chocolate brown), Bronze (metallic gold bronze), Mulberry (ultra-matte mulberry), Dusty Rose (ultra-matte dusty lilac), Fairy (multi-dimensional light gold), Burnt Orange (ultra-matte deep orange), Sienna (ultra-matte earthy brown), Rustic (ultra-matte deep cinnamon brown), Cypress Umber (ultra-matte dark coffee), Noir (ultra-matte deep carbon black).
- Double-ended shadow brush

Drugstore Buy of the Week - Pacifica Pineapple Underarm Deodorant Wipes

Pacifica Pineapple Underarm Deodorant Wipes
I raved about Pacifica Coconut milk+ Essential Oils Underarm Deodorant Wipes in this article a few months ago, and have been obsessed with them ever since.

Now there's a new version, Pacifica Pineapple Underarm Deodorant Wipes that I love even more.  The Pineapple scent perfectly authentic and combined with the coconut Milk,  gives a nice Pina Colada feel, without being overly sweet or strongThe wipes are semi-damp, not dripping wet, and after applying the wipe to my underarms, the liquid dried almost immediately and the scent lingered lightly.  Pacifica Pineapple Underarm Deodorant Wipes are large enough and have enough liquid to use for both underarms, and they are soft, yet strong enough not to tear while using them.

Pacifica Pineapple Underarm Deodorant Wipes are perfect for those who want an effective natural deodorant, and also those who need on-the-go freshening after working out or during very hot weather.  Pacifica Pineapple Underarm Deodorant Wipes with their soft outer packaging, are also perfect for travel.

As far as protection, like the Pacifica Coconut milk+ Essential Oils Underarm Deodorant Wipes, these are very good at keeping me fresh and dry, and they work well on odor.  Every person's body chemistry is different, so once you switch from a traditional anti-antiperspirant/deodorant, keep in mind that you may find you need to use Pacifica Pineapple Underarm Deodorant Wipes a few times a day for best results.  Stock up, these are going to start selling out! - RLB

Beauty Find - SEPHORA COLLECTION LashCraft Big Volume Mascara

I took a chance and bought SEPHORA COLLECTION LashCraft Big Volume Mascara recently, and I'm glad I did!

SEPHORA COLLECTION LashCraft Big Volume Mascara is a lengthening and volumizing mascara that contains nourishing jojoba oil and a long, curved brush which allowed me to get the most defined and thick lashes possible.

The SEPHORA COLLECTION LashCraft Big Volume Mascara is a wet formula (so I did need to wait about 1 minute to let it dry before adding other eye makeup), but very smooth, so it glided on my lashes easily with absolutely no clumping.  I used 2 coats on my lashes and instantly got great volume, length and separation. 

My lashes dried quickly with no smudging and didn't get stiff. During the day my lashes didn't flake or clump.

If you also love very black pigmented mascara, SEPHORA COLLECTION LashCraft Big Volume Mascara  is perfect for you. The color was a deep, glossy black. The long wand and curved brush allowed me to reach my inner and outer lashes, and was easy to use on my bottom lashes as well.  If you're looking for a new mascara for thick, luscious lashes, give SEPHORA COLLECTION LashCraft Big Volume Mascara  a try! - RLB

Beauty Find - FRESH Sugar Lip Caramel Hydrating Balm

Fresh Sugar Lip Caramel Hydrating Balm 

Ahh...what a treat Fresh Sugar Lip Caramel Hydrating Balm is for lips.  The lip balm is rich, and hydrating, with an yummy authentic caramel scent (Note: it's not flavored) and a soft, cushiony feel on the lips.  The Fresh Sugar Lip Caramel Hydrating Balm locks in moisture without any sticky or oily feel.

Fresh Sugar Lip Caramel Hydrating Balm contains moisture locking sugar along with Apricot kernel oil, black currant seed oil, Grapeseed oil and vitamin E to nourish, hydrate, smooth and soften lips all day.  

I always started my day with a layer of  Fresh Sugar Lip Caramel Hydrating Balm, which was the perfect way to prep for lip color.  I loved the soft feel of the balm on my lips and how it melted into my lips with a satin (not super shiny) finish.

I also applied another thick layer of Fresh Sugar Lip Caramel Hydrating Balm  before bedtime as a lip mask and loved the soft caramel scent while drifting off to sleep. In the morning my lips were soft and never flaky even during very cold, dry nights.

The Fresh Sugar Lip Caramel Hydrating Balm packaging is very pretty and convenient with it's slim round container that fits in any pocket or small bag.

Treat yourself or the beauty lover in your life to a Fresh Sugar Lip Caramel Hydrating Balm  today! - RLB