Phytomer TRÉSOR DES MERS Beautifying Oil for Face, Body, Hair

Aaaahhhhh………….can you say total luxury?? That’s a little shorter than saying Phytomer TRÉSOR DES MERS Beautifying Oil Face, Body, Hair, but I can assure you it’s saying the exact same thing. This lovely golden oil is to die for. What a find!


Phytomer TRÉSOR DES MERS Beautifying Oil Face, Body, Hair

Inside this golden dry oil are five marine and plant oils that quench, nourish, repair and protect skin and hair. It leaves my skin super soft with a lovely satin finish. And when I say soft, I mean REALLY soft. A friend brushed against my arm and said ‘Whoa – you have the SOFTEST skin!!’ when I was wearing this. It’s really that noticeable. Here are the ingredients:

• Marine Duo Oils: Mekabu Oil + Glasswort Oil
• Mekabu Oil – extracted from Weaving Algae, a laminaria algae with exceptional moisturizing
properties. Reinforces cell cohesion and epidermal-dermal connection to limit water loss in the skin.
• Glasswort Oil – improves moisture circulation and storage of water and urea in the epidermis while
strengthening the lipidic barrier.
• Sesame and Macadamia Oil – intensely infuses the skin with essential unsaturated fatty acids to replenish lipids
in the skin.
• Buriti Oil – high in antioxidant carotenoids, which gives it its red-orange color. Traps free radicals and protects
cells against free radical attacks.

Phytomer TRÉSOR DES MERS Beautifying Oil Face, Body, Hair

Phytomer TRÉSOR DES MERS Beautifying Oil Face, Body, Hair

No wonder it leaves skin so crazy soft. It’s also fantastic on dry hair. I spritz a little into my hands and rub together, then smooth onto my ends or run over fly-away hair and all is well.

Oh my gosh, I haven’t even mentions the scent!! It smells AMAZING. The kind of amazing that keeps you sneaking sniffs of yourself all day long – a combo of jasmine, bergamot, white flowers, vanilla and coconut. It’s lovely, warm and sophisticated and yummy.

Phytomer TRÉSOR DES MERS Beautifying Oil for Face, Body, Hair retails for $61.50 and is available in select spas in the United States and at  – Lisa

Phytomer TRÉSOR DES MERS Beautifying Oil Face, Body, Hair

A blast from my past: Queen Helene face masques and a giveaway

Once upon a time, way before the internet, Queen Helene was the queen of the mask and skincare world. This affordable 75 year old line was sold at mass marketers and became a staple for many including our mothers (and grandmothers). Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque was my introduction to doing something to my face that wasn’t just typical soap and water cleansing followed by a moisturizer. I had oily skin back in the day and the Mint Julep Scrub became a savior when I was breaking out. It’s still around and doing its job.

Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque

“Our original, all-time favorite green masque instantly absorbs excess oil, extracts impurities and helps minimize the appearance of pores. After use, skin is deeply clean with a fresh oil-free feel and healthy looking complexion.” It’s recommended for oily and acne prone skin so I don’t need it anymore but it’s a product I still recommend if asked.

Queen Helene Masques

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Jump to 2017-18 and Queen Helene is still around. Their packaging is more up to date and they’ve added so many new products that they are proud of. They use natural ingredients that don’t contain harsh chemicals or preservatives. As a masque lover I was happy to receive 3 of their masks to test out and compare to the ones I’ve been using for the last few years. These babies measure up to the task while lasting a long time and saving you money. Sure I love my expensive face masks, who wouldn’t? But bringing an affordable product to the blog means that everyone can afford one or more of these.


Queen Helene Mud Pack Masque

The Mud Pack Mask is an Anti-Aging product that helps with toxin relief. It’s meant to revitalize and detoxify. A good mud mask contains Kaolin, aka English Clay, to draw the impurities out of your skin. “This classic facial masque is enriched with Kaolin, a natural English Clay known to immediately lift away impurities and revitalize tired looking skin. After use, skin feels firmer while fine lines and wrinkles appear diminished.”

Queen Helene Mud Pack Masque

Queen Helene Mud Pack Masque

Not everyone enjoys a Mud Mask but I find that even with drier skin it’s great to use about twice a month to draw out the gunk in my pores. I leave it on for up to 10 minutes and wash off to find clearer skin. Sometimes I’ll see tiny little white heads starting to form but using this Mud Pack Mask clears them up.


Queen Helene Olive Oil Masque

The Olive Oil Masque is unique to my collection since it’s meant for very dry skin. I have many hydrating masks but none seem quite as moisturizing as this Queen Helene one. There’s a sweet fragrance to this very creamy mask. I don’t find that it dries down completely so my face doesn’t get tight with it. “This creamy, deeply relaxing masque bathes moisture-starved skin in the healthy, hydrating richness of Olive Oil, while gently removes impurities from skin. After use, skin is soft and smooth with a supple appearance.”

Queen Helene Olive Oil Masque

Queen Helene Olive Oil Masque

For these cruel winter days this is a drink of happiness. It contains both chamomile and sage extracts to help soothe irritability. My face does feel soothed when using this so it’s a big help after coming in from the harsh winds.


Queen Helene Volcanic Ash Masque

The Volcanic Ash Masque is the newest one that Queen Helene has created. I don’t know if you remember when MAC Cosmetics came out with a volcanic ash mask but it was a hot seller and people were upset to find it was a limited edition. Now we have an improvement that is cruelty free on top of everything else. The Volcanic Ash Masque is an anti-pollution mask. “This skin-detoxifying facial masque harnesses the purifying power of Volcanic Ash (also known as Bentonite) to deeply clean skin. Known for its ability to draw out pollutants, Volcanic Ash acts like a magnet for pollutants, bringing them to the surface so they can be washed away. The result is refreshed, renewed skin.”

Queen Helene Volcanic Ash Masque

Queen Helene Volcanic Ash Masque

The Volcanic Ash Masque is black and looks exactly like volcanic ash. I always wash this off in the shower since it can get a little messy when removing it. My shower doesn’t care though and I end up with a refreshed face. I think this one is going to be even better for me in the summer since that’s when the weather affects my skin with pollution, sweat, and perspiration. It’s a good way to be sure that your sunscreen is completely removed too.

Queen Helene Masques

While sheet masks are fun to use they can slip down on your face but you won’t find that with these Queen Helene Masques. You apply, leave them on for 5 to 10 minutes while you do other things, wash them off with warm water and you are on the way to clearer more refreshed skin. —  Marcia

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION: Three US subscribers will win both the original Queen Helene Mint Julep masque and a Queen Helene Mud Pack masque. Our giveaway ends on 2/1/18 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Be sure you are subscribed and that you comment, all the other entries are there for extra chances. The masks will be sent by Queen Helene’s representative. Good luck and good skin!

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Queen Helene® brand strives to not only create products that work great, but are also great for the world we live in. We are dedicated to preserving our environment by using recyclable packaging and continuing to look for new ways to further our commitment to protecting the planet. The earth supplies many effective, environmentally-safe, natural ingredients and we use them in our products whenever possible.

Animal Friendly
In our efforts to bring you highly-effective products, we never test on animals and have been certified by the Coalition of Consumer Information on Cosmetics (CCIC). They ensure cosmetic, personal care and household product companies who have been certified remain cruelty-free through all stages of product development and testing. We are proud to display the CCIC’s leaping bunny logo on our products.

Queen Helene can be found at Sally Beauty as well as Amazon and many mass market stores.

Mindful beauty with Yuni Winter Wonderland

Baby, it’s cold outside! However if you are a workout junkie your temperature is rising as you work it and sweat, whether it’s interval training, yoga, core barre workouts or Crossfit. Yuni has fantastic travel kits that are perfect for any workout bag – they have everything you need for a shower without any water at all. You can design your own or go with ones they have designed. Today I have the WinterWonderland– Reset & Rejuvenate Kit ($39) to tell you about and it’s a fantastic little set that has everything to clean you up and cool you down.

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This awesome set has some of Yuni’s top sellers, including Shower Sheets (Body Wipes), Chillax (Muscle Recovery Gel), Flash Bath (No-Rinse Body Cleanser), and Rise and Chill (Cooling Body Gel). This handy set comes in a beautiful ocean blue zippered bag that says YUNI Mindful Beauty for an Active Life. The bag is made from a very sturdy canvas that will withstand any sort of shenanigans.

Here are four products included that will take you from your workout to your workday without the benefit a real shower, no problem.

Shower Sheets:  There are three Shower Sheets included. These are large body wipes that clean your body, leaving it feeling fresh and smelling good. I love these especially when traveling. The body wipe is truly large enough to clean your whole ‘bad self’ – it’s like a shower without the water. This is what you want after a particularly grueling workout, or after swimming to get rid of that chlorine smell when you don’t have time or access to a shower.

Flash Bath:  This is a foamy no-bath body cleanser. Just squirt some foam into your hands, rub over skin, and it instantly takes away odor and leaves skin super soft thanks to a blend of antibacterial Neem extract and aloe vera. It has a clean, outdoorsy scent that is pleasant and sticks around for a while. It’s amazing when you are in a big hurry because it dries almost instantly and really cleans the skin.

Chillax Muscle Recovery Gel:  The roller ball gently massages sore muscles while the gel cools and soothes sore, inflamed muscles almost immediately. Fair Trade Green Tea Extract and arnica calm down inflammation, and peppermint eases pain. It smells amazing and really helps the post-workout muscle blues. It’s fantastic on my neck and shoulders after arm day, and essential for my thighs and calves after leg day.

Rise and Chill also soothes tired muscles and helps you get going again right away. It’s a gel that absorbs quickly, cooling your body down and giving it tons of hydration, energizing tired muscles and making them feel terrific.

I continue to be extremely impressed with YUNI Beauty.  All the items are portable multi-taskers that are not only sustainable, they are also wonderfully affordable. You can purchase everything separately and build your own kit, including the travel bags at

YUNI Beauty is currently available at, select YogaWorks, Credo and  – Lisa

January’s Free Beauty Events Giveaway

For January the prize basket includes products from Eva NYC Haircare, Milani Cosmetics, Revlon, NYX, L’Oreal Cosmetics, SheaMoisture and more! The Contest runs from now through 1/31/18, winners will be chosen on 2/10/2018 and notified by 2/15/2018.
Takes but a minute to enter and you can win all these great prizes!
Two ways to enter: go to the Free Beauty Events Facebook page  and like them, then enter to win on the page. You can also enter on at their website at http://www.freebeautyevents .com/contest

Ailihen Audio Headphones – a great gift for kids

Ailihen HD850 Kids Headphones

I admit that I’m the grandmother that spoils her grandchildren rotten. I wouldn’t be surprised if my son and daughter-in-law hate it but I just can’t resist. Even though we don’t write about kids often on Beauty Info Zone I just couldn’t say no when Ailihen offered me a set of HD850 Kids Headphones. They came just before Christmas which was too late for me to write them up but it’s not too late to think about Valentine’s Day – another day I’m sure to spoil them!

Ailihen HD850 Kids Headphones – first look

I will brag first about my two little ones. Nate is 6.5 and the cutest, brightest kid I know. His smile twists me in half and he knows how to use it to get his way. Talia is newly 4 and a sweet, shy half girly girl/half tomboy who has me wrapped around her little finger. She tells me what to do and I do it. Can’t help it!

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Ailihen HD850 Kids Headphones – how cool!

When I gave Nate these great Ailihen Kids Headphones to try out that smile came out strongly. Luckily it wasn’t something from Shopkins or I’d have had to give his sister a pair too.

Ailihen HD850 Kids Headphones – he likes it

Ailihen HD850 Kids Headphones

The headphones come in so many colors that one is sure to please everyone who can use one. What makes these perfect for children is found on Amazon:

  • CHILD SAFE HEADPHONES – Volume is limited to a kid safe level of 93 dB that will well protect young children hearing. Custom designed for toddlers and youth teens ages 3 and up.
  • SHARE PORT DESIGN – The HD850 headphones has a standard 3.5 AUX output on the right side where can connect another headsets and share the video/music with your friends when you are watching/listening.
  • DURABLE, BENDABLE AND STRETCHABLE FUN – Made of twistable soft touch material and tangle-free nylon cable, perfect gifts to your boys and girls. One less thing parents have to replace!
  • COMFORT AND PORTABLE – Adjustable headband fits growing kids, with super soft ear pads swivel 90°folding for maximum comfort and easy storage.
  • LONG WARRANTY – 30 days money back guaranteeing and 365 days warranty with friendly customer service support.

    Ailihen HD850 Kids Headphones

    Ailihen HD850 Kids Headphones


The Ailihen HD850 Kids Headphones (only $19.95) are great to use with computers, laptops, and kid appropriate Kindles, and can be connected to other headphones for sharing. Just think of the quiet times when your kids are on the computer with parent approved games. They are excellent since they are soft and flexible. The ear cups are comfortable – they fit me fine too so they are good for all ages. Since it controls the volume your child can hear through them they are much safer than you allowing them to use any others. My granddaughter hates loud noises but she wore these watching a movie and it blocked out the noise that would normally scare her.

Ailihen HD850 Kids Headphones – seal of approval!

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If you have birthday, Valentine’s, Easter or other occasions coming up that you give gifts you’ll want to consider this safe set of Ailihen HD850 Kids Headphones sold at Amazon. They’ll be unique and not just another Hot Wheels car or Barbie doll to get lost in the pile.  — Marcia


Fashion Flash for January reading delight


Erica from Notes From My Dressing Table has the winter blues as you can see by her picture but she’s still a wonderful hostess for the newest Fashion Flash article. She’s sharing 9 blog posts that cover the gamut of beauty and lifestyle for us all to read and delight in. These should perk her and us up!

Prepare to be wonderfully cleansed with Ao Skincare Prepare Cleanser

Is there something you do that is taking the lazy way out? Do you neglect to take off your makeup? Do you forget about finishing your face by adding in a polished brow? What about leaving off sunscreen since you’ve already put on your moisturizer? All of these are things you know you should change and now is the perfect time to do that.

Ao Skincare’s #1 Prepare Cleanser

I have to admit that I’m guilty of to often using Micellar Water to cleanse at night yet I realize that I’m not getting my skin as clean as I should. In my quest for better skin I’ve turned over a new leaf and am now using Step #1 from Ao Skincare, their Prepare Cleanser ($39.95 with free shipping).

Ao Skincare Prepare Cleanser


This is a cleanser unlike the others in my routine and that’s what makes me like it so much. It’s actually a Dry Cleanser – but that needs to be explained. You apply Ao Skincare Prepare Cleanser to your face as a first stop. Apply it before you use water. Then massage it gently in before you activate it with warm water. That transforms Prepare into a moisturizing cleansing milk.

Ao Skincare Prepare Cleanser

I find that it’s great on the days I’m wearing makeup and that I’m reaching for it every time I have on foundation because it really cleans my skin yet doesn’t strip it at all. There’s a very gentle fragrance that is so mild that no one would really notice it unless they were looking for it and the fragrance doesn’t linger in any way.

The outer packaging is a fun triangular shape but it’s the pump container inside that does the work.

Ao Skincare Prepare Cleanser

Ao Skincare is a company from New Zealand that uses rare botanical ingredients and includes Artesian water rich in trace elements. They use a cold process technology to combine the ingredients so that they remain as pristine and effective as possible.

Prepare Cleanser doesn’t dry out my skin since it contains a low level of surfactant (soap) in its formulation. It doesn’t strip skin of its natural oils.

Ao Skincare Prepare Cleanser

Directions say to apply two pumps of the cleansing gel to your face and use your fingertips to spread in a circular motion. I then apply warm water with my hands to create the milkiness and wash it off with a washcloth or muslin cloth. My skin feels well moisturized after and I’m comfortable even if I wait to put on further moisturizers and serums.

The key ingredients of this cruelty free cleanser are

  • Pure New Zealand Artesian Water  – this is sourced from one of the purest places on earth, an aquifer beneath the ancient Kauri forests in the lush far north of New Zealand.
  • Totarol  – an extract from the New Zealand Totara tree which contains powerful naturally sourced antioxidants which actively clanse the skin.
  • Phormium Tenax (Harakeke) Seed Oil  – this contains omega-6 lineolic acid.

and Actinidia Chinensis (Kiwi) Seed Oil  – containing omega-3, alpha linolenic acid, which helps to maintain moisture in the skin and prevent drying and scaling.

What it doesn’t contain are sulfates, parabens, PEGS, TEA, Dea, mineral oils, petrochemicals or artificial fragrance.

I may never get to New Zealand but I trust that the country has some of the purest, untainted areas. The products in the Ao Skincare line all look wonderful and ones that would take 2018 into a new level of skincare for us. Taking care of ourselves is the perfect kind of goal and a resolution you won’t be tempted to break.  —  Marcia