Going global with skin care and NYAKIO

Nyakio. NEH-KAY-OH.


We could write pages about NYAKIO and what we find most important about the brand but we’ll give you just an excerpt and a few reviews. nyakio is the name of the founder, Nyakio Kamoche Grieco, who has partnered with Sundial Brands to bring global secrets of naturally ageless beauty in a new prestige skincare brand. Nyakio gathered family recipes and beauty traditions from 13 countries across the globe. The line is filled with the most effective ingredients found in nature and it’s eco-friendly, cruelty-free and nontoxic. There’s a lot to love and be fascinated about with NYAKIO. It’s sold only at Ulta and Ulta.com.

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The first thing we are fascinated with is their packaging which is built orgami-like and features important information about the main ingredient of the particular product.

interior of nyakio Quinoa Eye Cream box

We are also fascinated with the variety of global ingredients used to create this vegan line.

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nyakio face balm and eye cream


No surprise that the eye cream is the first product I’m reviewing since I can never get enough eye cream. Quinoa may be a trendy grain now but it dates back 3,000 to 4,000 years ago to Peru and is considered a “food of the gods”. Nyakio used this for this eye cream for its high content of vitamins, minerals and protein.

The name says it all for this quinoa based eye cream “depuffing & firming”. It’s a great eye cream day or night but it’s particularly great in the morning. It awakens your eyes by depuffing the eye area. The slanted tip is ceramic and is a cooling touch that helps firm your undereyes. ‘Sourced from Peru, the quinoa is combined with ingredients such as shea butter, coffee extract, and avocado oil to hydrate and refresh for a firmer look.’

nyakio Quinoa Depuffing & Firming Eye Cream

nyakio Quinoa Depuffing & Firming Eye Cream

nyakio Quinoa Depuffing & Firming Eye Cream

At first I was transferring the cream to my finger but then decided to try the tip and WOW. The cool feeling was eye opening and the eye cream melted into my puffiness. It doesn’t interfere with makeup at all and helps keep my undereyes looking smoother over all.

Massage under each eye for maybe 10 seconds and you’ll be smiling throughout the day!

nyakio Tamanu Firming Face Balm

nyakio Tamanu Firming Face Balm

nyakio calls the Tamanu Firming Face Balm their “little miracle balm” and once you use it you’ll understand why. When I first received this I thought it was an ordinary moisturizer but I was wrong since it’s so much more than that.

I had never heard of Tamanu before but nyakio tells us “On a “soul-searching” journey to India, Nyakio’s dear friend noticed that many women appeared to have found the secret for firmer, softer, seemingly ageless skin. One highly coveted oil is tamanu oil, whose skin-renewing properties were discovered generations ago in India and Africa. Colloquially, tamanu oil is known as “Green Gold” for its color and reparative nature.”

nyakio Tamanu Firming Face Balm

Tamanu Firming Face Balm is infused with the pure tamanu oil that is sourced from India to lift and hydrate skin.

nyakio Tamanu Firming Face Balm

The surface of nyakio Tamanu Firming Face Balm is a hard one, not creamy like you’d expect of a moisturizer. I don’t use this as I would a typical moisturizer since the texture is different. Instead I spot treat with this for particularly dry areas on my face and on my body. It makes a great foot balm to soften those hardened areas. I’ve started using it on my left thumb and first finger where I always seem to be dry and lightly calloused (I’m a lefty).

nyakio Tamanu Firming Face Balm

nyakio Tamanu Firming Face Balm

It starts off hard and I use a plastic spatula to remove some, then once I start warming it up it becomes soft and pliable. I don’t wear this during the day since it interferes with blending in my makeup but I like it at night even though it has a slight fragrance.

I think this is going to be awesome in the winter when I really need this deep moisturizing and skin calming.


nyakio Chinese Rice Exfoliating Cleansing Powder

I really like exfoliating cleansing powders in general because they have a long shelf life and they are so versatile.  You can use them by themselves as an exfoliator, or you can mix them with your cleanser to cleanse and exfoliate at the same time.  The Chinese Rice Exfoliating Cleansing Powder is especially nice – it’s different from other ones I have tried because it’s not just the rice for exfoliation.  The rice is coated with some shea butter which helps to keep skin moisturized, as well as some African black soap.  This means skin is wonderfully exfoliated but in a very gentle way.

nyakio Chinese Rice Exfoliating Cleansing Powder

nyakio Chinese Rice Exfoliating Cleansing Powder

nyakio Chinese Rice Exfoliating Cleansing Powder

The other product that I have that is closest to this one is the Tatcha Exfoliating Powder, which I love, but it’s far more expensive.  You know what I have found the Chinese Rice Exfoliating Cleansing Powder is especially wonderful for?  That emergency cleanse the morning after you fell asleep without washing your face the night before.  It gets rid of all that stuff so you don’t break out – saves the day and saves your skin!

You can find nyakio products only at Ulta, so go online or check them out on your next shopping trip.

nyakio™ products are developed for all skin types and ages, and formulated without Sulfates, Phthalates, Parabens, Mineral Oil, Petrolatum, Formaldehyde and Butylene Glycol.

Hard Candy Rose Gold Pro Palette review and swatches

Hard Candy Look Pro Palette in Rose Gold

Looking for something fun that won’t break the bank?  Hard Candy always has great options – quality stuff that is affordable, interesting shades, lots to play with and no guilt!  The Hard Candy Look Pro Palette in Rose Gold ($10) is a perfect example.  It has fifteen eyeshadows, with shades that range from cream to dark brown, and textures from matte to frost.


Hard Candy Look Pro Palette in Rose Gold

All these eyeshadows for just $10?  Talk about frugal!  And fun, too.  There are tons of great colors and textures for experimenting, and this palette is easy to find at Walmart.

Standout shades for me are the beautiful neutrals Charmer, which is a champagne shade with a gorgeous sheen and Sweetheart, which is a fabulous peach that really makes eyes pop.  I also love Double Date, a transfixing complex shade that is amazing for a smoky eye.

There is a lot to love in this wonderfully affordable palette!  Be sure to check it out on your next trip to Walmart.  – Lisa

The Beauty Spotlight Team welcomes a new contributor

The Beauty Spotlight Team is excited to welcome a new member joining the group with her terrific beauty (and more) posts. Meet Kate of Kate Loves Makeup who is a 32 year old makeup lover from Texas. Besides having two dogs she adores Kate works full-time in Finance and Accounting and enjoys wine, photography, trashy reality television, cop shows, and hiking. Let’s show her a big welcome by reading her first post for us.

Kate Loves Makeup

Kate Loves Makeup is sharing her review of the new Charlotte Tilbury Glowing Pretty Skin Palette. Find out what she thinks and see how this palette compares to other best-selling Charlotte Tilbury products!

When the Makeup Wars Team decided to feature our favorite lipsticks, Lola’s Secret Beauty Blog selected the obsession-worthy KJAER WEIS Lipstick in Honor because it is unquestionably the perfect nude pink– plus it’s cruelty-free! Check out the review and swatches! #kjaerweis

Pammy Blogs Beauty gets an amazing paraffin spa treatment at home with Parasilk’s Glove Treat disposable paraffin treatment.

Lisa from Beauty Info Zone may get irritated with Limited Editions but that doesn’t stop her love for these new Zoella Splash Botanics. See what her excitement is all about.

Polarbelle is sharing her experience at The Makeup Show NYC and her picks from the Inglot booth featuring the new JLo collections. There is some talk of Cozzette shadows and a Get Ready With Me as well.

Tired of fighting the frizz? Prime Beauty has a variety of Shea Moisture Hair Care products than can help tame the summer frizzies.

15 Minute Beauty has a look at this year’s Bobbi Brown Deluxe Eye & Cheek Set from the Nordstrom Sale. Have you bought it yet?

Does your skin get dry or dehydrated in the summer? Never Say Die Beauty is very impressed by the brand new memory gel MyChelle Bio-Firm Hydrogel Concentrate, a solid serum with hyaluronic acid and bioactives that’s lightweight, fast absorbing and perfect for summer dry skin!

Summer usually means brightly coloured nails, but what is a girl to do when she needs a softer palette cleanser or just can’t wear such vibrant shades at the office? Jen from Laugh, Love, Contour has the new Londontown summer duo on her blog as a great option for those trying to answer those questions!

Stacie, the Makeup Obsessed Mom, has a review and giveaway for the new Lorac Pro Palette 4 over on her blog.

Christa from Realizing Beauty has struggled with facial redness for years. See how Dermkalm Rosa Cream has helped her tame her problem.

Your eyes will thank you if you win this Lash Teez giveaway

Lash Teez


In 2015 I wrote about Lash Teez Eyelash Growth Serum and remember now how well it worked for me. I’d like to try it again since my lashes aren’t as long or full as I wish they were. When I was using Lash Teez I had great results and was sorry to use it up.

The first thing I noticed is that there was no stinging and no burning. I later noticed that I didn’t have any problems with the skin on or near my eyes. Before I tried Lash Teez I had tried two different eyelash growth serums to no avail. One burned my eyes so badly that I didn’t last with that more than a few painful nights, the other didn’t burn but after about two weeks I had bumps along my upper eyelid that didn’t go away until I discontinued use. I had none of those things happen with Lash Teez.

The goal with Lash Teez Eyelash Growth Serum is to “Stimulate, Treat, Accelerate and Rejuvenate” lashes. This is formulated with a clinically proven peptide, Myristoyl Pentapeptide 17, which is known to increase eyelash growth. There’s also Grape Stem Extract to provide advanced eyelid cell protection and nourishment.

Eyelashes before using Lash Teez Eyelash Growth Serum

Eyelashes 2 months later after using Lash Teez Eyelash Growth Serum


  •  Lengthens, widens and strengthens eyelashes
  •  Promotes healthy eyelid cells
  •  Revolutionary technology without a prescription and no side effects
  •  Makes natural eyelashes stronger to support eyelash extensions (if desired)


Lash Teez

The company that makes Lash Teez Eyelash Growth Serum has offered a giveaway for 3 US Beauty Info Zone subscriber and I gladly accepted since I want to give you the opportunity to enhance your eyelashes. The giveaway is open through 8/3/18 at 11:59 pm EDT. You have two requirements: be a BIZ subscriber and comment. Of course the more entries and tweets the better your chances are to win. I’m excited about this opportunity and think you will be too.  —  Marcia


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Perfect summer hair with Goldwell Kerasilk Style Accentuating Finish Crème 

Goldwell Kerasilk Style Accentuating Finish Crème

In my quest for perfect floaty summer hair, I have come across Goldwell Kerasilk Style Accentuating Finish Crème ($33.99), a lovely styling cream that isn’t too heavy for my fine hair.  Hooray!

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Goldwell Kerasilk Style Accentuating Finish Crème

I am a huge Goodwell Kerasilk fan.  My salon uses their products and I adore them – the Reconstruct Shampoo and Conditioner are big favorites of mine.  I have long hair and lots of it, but it’s very fine, so finding styling products that work and don’t weigh it down can be challenging.  Luckily, the Style Accentuating Finish Crème works great.

Goldwell Kerasilk Style Accentuating Finish Crème

This is a thick cream that is applied to dry hair.  It calms hair down, taming frizz and flyaways, yet it doesn’t leave hair heavy so it still has that nice floaty feel and look.  It also gives hair a wonderful shine.  It’s great on just washed hair, but I find I use it as my secret weapon on third day hair – it makes my hair look totally brand new again.

You can find Goldwell Kerasilk Style Accentuating Finish Crème in lots of salons as well as on Amazon.  I really recommend you try this line – I love it and the products make such a difference!  – Lisa

Going to Ulta? Your must try is Zoella Beauty Limited Edition Splash Botanics!

Zoella Splash Botanics

Adorable!! I am loving this bright botanical inspired collection for summer from Zoella Beauty, and it’s limited edition at Ulta so if you are planning a trip check it out before it’s gone. The Splash Botanics include seven products in total and I have three to review today – the So Soft Lip Oil ($7.00), the Lagoon Love Bath Milk ($4.00), and the Botanic’Eau Body Mist ($12.95).

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Zoella Splash Botanics So Soft Lip Oil

Zoella Splash Botanics So Soft Lip Oil wand

I have nothing but raves for the So Soft Lip Oil! This has a wonderful applicator that smooths on the most fantastically hydrating lip oil ever. The oil is a combination of sweet almond, jojoba and argan oils, and it smells lightly of delicious cherry  It’s the best summer lip quencher ever and the packaging is to die for. Perfection.

Zoella Splash Lagoon Love

The Lagoon Love Bath Milk is a bath lovers dream, especially for traveling. I find lots of bath powders are drying and itchy, but this is highly moisturizing. It’s made with coconut water and lychee and it makes for a positively decadent bath. The bubbles are big and foamy and it smells divine. Grab a few of these for your travels this summer.

Zoella Splash Botanics Botanic’Eau Body Mist

Zoella Splash Botanics Botanic’Eau Body Mist

The Botanic’Eau Body Mist is a truly lovely body mist that is amazing for the season. It’s light and fresh and green, slightly floral with notes of freesia and iris. The bottle is fantastic – I love the lush greenery, and the back of the bottle is even more gorgeous than the front of the bottle!

This collection has impressed the heck out of me. I am planning a trip to Ulta to pick up the rest of the collection – Make a Splash Moisturizing Body Wash ($8.95), Quench Me Body Sorbet ($12.00), Drench Me Bubble Bath Soak ($12.00), and Beautiful Bag Cosmetics Bag (14.00). I hope you do too!  – Lisa

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Fashion Flash

What can you learn from Fashion Flash this week? What about manners? That’s great to learn more about. Do you have arthritis? Learn new ways to handle it with exercise. Are you afraid to take selfies? Learn how to become more confident doing so. That’s just a fraction of what Deb from No Nonsense Beauty Blog is sharing this week. Personally I can’t wait to make the unusual soup recipe!!  —  Marcia