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The 10 Best in Beauty for 2012

1. Somme Institute Skin Care  * Transport Pads, pictured above.  More coming on this line in 2013 

2. Vera Wang Skin Brightening Primer 

3. CoverGirl Clump Crusher Mascara 

4. Talika Skin Retouch

5. Dark and Lovely 6 Week Anti-Revision Serum Cream

6. Garnier Sleek and Shine Moroccan Oil Treatment + Sleek and Shine Hair Collection 

7. Pantene Pro-V Restore Beautiful Lengths Smoothing Balm

8. Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream 

9. CoverGirl Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss 

10. Dolce & Gabbana Pour Femme 

Tell me, what were some of your favorite beauty products this year? Any others that you found out about on this very blog that you're loving? 

EXTRA: A look back at 2012 Highlights for Palacinka Blog! 

This year I was incredibly honored to receive several fantastic mentions, accolades and be included in some wonderful beauty projects. 

I also expanded my reach outside of this blog, the subscriber newsletter and twitter to reach even more of you with additional beauty content. 

I invite you to take a look at any of the following recaps if you haven't yet seen them. 

Top Finalist in the 2012 Allure Magazine Beauty Blogger of the Year Awards 

CoverGirl Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss How-To Video 

CoverGirl Ambassador for BET Black Girls Rock Awards 

Named as a Makeup Maven for the iPhone app PRIMP 

Named a Beauty Expert for the IPad shopping app Pickie 

Named a 2012 Top Global Beauty Blogger 

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Thank you to all my wonderful Palacinka Beauty readers for your kind, encouraging words. As always I'm very happy to have been able to share another year's worth of beauty products, reviews, features and interviews with all of you. 

I thank you very much for all of your support over the years....stay tuned to more exciting projects and announcements to come in 2013 that I can't wait to share with all of you. 

I wish you all a very happy and prosperous New Year!

COVERGIRL x Palacinka How-To Video for Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss

Hey guys!  I've got exciting news...

I recently was chosen to be part of a series of How-To videos with top beauty bloggers for COVERGIRL's latest amazing product - CoverGirl Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss.

The talented celebrity manicurist, Elle, was on set to do my nails in a very cool design, called the "Double French Dazzle", inspired by none other that the newest celebrity COVERGIRL face, Janelle Monae!

As for the polish, it contains a base and top coat, dries super shiny and doesn't chip.  The line has launched with 15 shades, and there will be more coming in January.

You'll also love the fact that, the manicure Elle gave me in the commercial lasted for 1 week with NO additional top coat or nail polish - amazing! The polished retail for just under $5.00 each.

Take a look at this clever and easy to replicate design, using three shades, including a classic red, Lasting Love, black, Black Diamond and a white shade, Snow Storm for the base.

Scroll below for a few more outtakes from the video shoot as well! - RLB

Go-->CoverGirl Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss, Lasting Love 180, .37 fl oz

Go-->CoverGirl Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss, Black Diamond 325, .37 fl oz

Dislosure: This was a paid for promotion and products were provided courtesy of CoverGirl PR for reviewing purposes.

5 Tried and True Beauty Apps - Tools that Won't Make you Look Like a Hot Mess

This guest post is courtesy of Anna Cook 

Don’t get me wrong, I love all things beauty—doing my nails to match my outfit and using a bold shade of eye shadow to pop a black outfit. However, on some days (those lazy days), I wish there was an easier way to look hot without putting in so much effort!

It turns out there are some handy tools out there to help you choose a new hair color, get creative with your nails, and even fix a nasty makeup faux pas? With the following five tried and true beauty apps in your smart phone, you can be confident that you will never look like a hot mess…

1. PRIMP (Pretty In My Pocket)
Pretty In My Pocket (or PRIMP) is a free beauty app that provides stunning beauty recommendations for female shoppers. Although this app is still in Beta, it’s just like having a trusted girlfriend (who always looks put together) shop alongside you.  The app provides honest to goodness cosmetic product reviews from real women, so you know you can trust them and narrow down a mascara from the overwhelming array of products to find the one that truly works for you and your unique style. PRIMP offers an impressive database of thousands of beauty product reviews across a range of cosmetics—from local pharmacy beauty counters to exclusive beauty boutiques you can be confident of making a smart purchase. Simply launch the app and scan the product barcode to get professional advice from makeup artists, beauty bloggers like Risi-Leanne Baranja author of this very blog, Palacinka, and real women who have already given the product a trial run. If the product isn’t a fit, use the app to find an alternative product that you know will look lovely on you!

2. Pickie (shown, above)
The Pickie creates a personalized shopping magazine—especially for you! Just share products referred by your friends, the brands you love, and even what beauty categories you are most drawn to. Pickie will literally shop for you, scouring the web for the hottest and most popular beauty products based on your personalized tastes and preferences!

3. OPI Nail Studio (Free – for iPhone and iPad)
The OPI Nail Studio app is a real time saver! Just download this app, choose the skin tone of the hand that best matches your own, and try out different polish shades so you can choose your favorite at the make-up counter or before a mani pedi at the salon. The app features the classic favorites, plus all the newest and seasonal shades from the OPI Nail Studio.

4. GoodGuide (Free – for Android and iPhone)
If you lean to the natural side of the beauty spectrum then the GoodGuide app is the one for you! This tool will help you steer clear of harsh ingredients—things like phthalates, parabens, and sodium lauryl sulfate as you shop. I use it on my trusty T-Mobile AndroidSamsung phone to scan product bar codes. The app will tell you exactly how green the product is, plus inform you if the product contains harsh chemicals that don’t suit your health or environmental beliefs. 

5. Color Me Stila (Free – for iPhone)
The Color Me Stila app, created by Stila Cosmetics, lets users upload a personal picture so they can sample different shades and beauty looks with the Stila cosmetics line. You literally use the app to "paint" your shade of choice on in 3 easy steps: choose a color, touch a part of the face you want to apply it to, and start shading. Once you find your perfect look, the app will provide a final image and a cosmetic checklist that you can bring shopping.

Author bio:
Anna Cook is a freelance writer who takes a hands-on approach to her print and online articles. The "DIY maven" has learned to tackle almost every do-it-yourself home renovation and beauty recipe…known to man or woman. Anna is known for sharing her personal and often humorous DIY stories, good and bad, in the various print and online articles she writes for sources like DIY Mother. When she's not writing, Anna can be found swinging a hammer, doing watercolor, or taking well deserved respite in the latest home she's renovated and decorated with her husband.

Pickie x Palacinka Beauty Blog


I recently partnered with the new iPad shopping app, Pickie to create an exclusive page filled with AMAZING gift picks for the Makeup Maven in your life!

Check out my picks, (which you can also easily click to purchase online), as well as more gift ideas from other beauty/style experts like Susan Cernak of Glamour magazine.  - RLB

Go-->To download the Pickie app for your iPad, click here

2012 Allure Beauty Blogger of the Year Contest

Vote for me in the Allure Magazine Beauty Blogger of the Year Contest!
The contest is now closed....

I have great news to share with all of you!

I was just named one of 15 finalists in the Allure Magazine Beauty Blogger Contest for the Allure Beauty Blogger of the Year Award.

As someone who absolutely loves and has read Allure magazine for years for the latest in beauty, it is an AMAZING an honor to be chosen.

Now I need your help.

The winner will be chosen based on the Allure editorial staff's votes AND online voting.

Each week Allure will post a beauty "challenge" which we compete in (think American Idol/America's Next Top Model, etc.), and you will have the opportunity to vote (you can vote 1x day every weekday!) for me.

The person with the lowest score will be eliminated each week. There will be 5 challenges total.

Here's the GREAT news - just for voting, you will also be entered into Allure's weekly product giveaways - including a trip to Miami.

So don't forget to vote for me starting TODAY!

Thank you again for your support, feedback and great beauty conversation over the years...I love sharing beauty with you and this is truly a dream come true. - RLB

*Image courtesy of

Featured in November Shape Magazine!

Save up to 50% in seasonal savings at! Ever wonder what that ONE product that a beauty blogger uses that pretty much "life changing"?

Well, I was asked that very question for the Shape Magazine feature this month,
Bloggers Reveal: The Beauty Product That Changed My Life.

LinkTake a look at the product that did it for me, along with my other fellow beauty bloggers!

Click here or the graphic below for the story (Slide show format). - RLB

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My Latest Project - WBLS 107.5 Beauty and the Beat Blog!

Sonicare Essence for $29.99 at! Hi! I'm excited to let you know that I've just launched a new beauty project with top New York radio station, WBLS 107.5!

My blog is called "Beauty and the Beat" (that's my little face illustration on the left), and I'll be doing exclusive makeup artist interviews and celebrity beauty profiles, including today's hottest R & B personalities!

I'll also be covering makeup picks and doing lots "get the look" features as well, so don't forget to also visit me over at
Beauty and the Beat on

Of course, to continue to get your daily fix of beauty product reviews and beauty giveaways keep coming to Palacinka Beauty Blog :)! - RLB

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Featured in Tyra Banks - The Best Drugstore Shampoo I was recently interviewed for Tyra Banks' new fashion & beauty site, on an article about the best drugstore shampoo for your hair type.

Check out this great article and see which line I recommend for curly hair - no matter how you like to style it. Your curls - and your wallet will love it! - RLB

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Featured in Mint Life Blog! - Frugal Beauty: 11 Household Items You Can Use As Beauty Products I was recently interviewed for *Mint's fantastic financial management lifestyle blog on everyday household items that could be used as beauty products - when you're on a tight budget, or just want to save a little more money.

Read the article and find out the baking ingredient that I shared with Mint that will take a bite out of dry skin (but not your wallet!).

There are also some great tips from other top pros in the beauty industry featured in the piece, like
Scott-Vincent Borba of Borba Skincare and Joanna Vargas, of Joanna Vargas Salon. - RLB

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* Go to to sign up for your free account . Their site and software will allow you to organize your finances better than ever before!

Featured in Los Angeles Times! - 10 Men's Scents That Women Love - For Themselves

Shop SpaceNK Makeup Must Haves I was recently interviewed for a fun article on women who love men's fragrances for none other than the Los Angeles Times!

The story originally appeared in the Sunday Jan 9th paper edition, and now is available online.

Click here to find out why I'm crazy about
Colonia, by Acqua Di Parma - and why I find it so different from women's scents. -RLB

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My Beauty Segment for National TV Show, Better TV

Free Samples, Sales & More. Check out the latest beauty deals at! Last week I appeared on the national television show, Better TV.
I did a beauty segment in which I shared some unusual beauty tricks and tips for solving beauty issues in ways you might not have though of before - all with products that many of you already have.
I had a great time on the show with the host, Audra Lowe, and they even invited me on for a second segment discussing that day's hot news topics.

Check out the video here to find out what to do when you have a broken nail but no nail file, a great way to dry up a pimple over night - and why you'll never want to be without a little tube of Diaper Rash Cream! - RLB

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I'm Featured in AOL News! - Perfume Company Bets Consumers Want to Smell Like Gaga

Up to 75% OFF I was recently interviewed by AOL News about Lady Gaga's recent announcement that she was releasing a fragrance. She has partnered with the huge fragrance house Coty, and the fragrance will launch in Spring 2012.

There are those who feel celebrity scents have had their day, but there's really no end in sight to the number to celebrities who are planning - or currently launching new fragrances.

Here's a taste of what I had to say...
"Even when J. Lo doesn't have an album or a movie, she puts out two fragrances a year -- the industry term is 'flankers' -- because they support the original brand," Baranja said. "People look to her for style and she looks like she'd actually wear them."

Let me know what you think...will you be buying Lady Gaga's fragrance when it launches? - RLB

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