A happy blog anniversary giveaway

Happy anniversary to us! Marcia and Lisa have been at this for 8 whole years and we’re celebrating having you as readers with a few giveaways. We absolutely love giveaways as you should know by now and we’ve been sent some MFT ICE 4P Max Eye Gels to help us celebrate.

We reviewed these before and we were lucky enough to have two winners in our original review but now we’ll have 4 winners. That’s the way to party!

MFT ICE 4P Max Eye Gel

Here’s a little recap on this wonderful eye gel:

  • Lightweight & paraben-free. Product reduces the appearance of dark circles, under-eye puffiness, fine lines & wrinkles.
  • Helps reinforce firmness & tone of the eye area. Improves skin texture. Restores skin elasticity around the eye contour.
  • Reduces the appearance of discoloration & dark circles under the eyes. Visibly soothes & reduces under-eye puffiness.
  • Minimizes & fades the appearance of wrinkles fine lines, crow’s feet. Lift look & energizes skin for youthful appearance.

MST ICE 4P Max Eye Gel, more than enough for both eyes

If you read our review you’ll know that this eye gel is a favorite of ours. We are both using this to this day since it helps with puffiness, dark circles and fine lines. Those need to be banished!


Our anniversary giveaway is open to everyone (unless prohibited by your country) for 4 of you. You must be a Beauty Info Zone email subscriber and you must comment. All other entries are extras to give you lots of chances to win. Be sure you tweet daily since that really adds to your opportunity. The giveaway is open through April 2, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. Good luck and good peepers.  —  The BIZ ladies

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The Beauty Spotlight Team is feeling springy!

Lola’s Secret Beauty Blog loves to feature gorgeous nude lipsticks, and Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipsticks in Kim K.W. and Valentine are absolutely covet-worthy nudes. Check out our review and swatches to see why! #CHARLOTTETILBURY

Prime Beauty tried the no!no!PRO hair removal device. She takes you through its use step by step and shows you before and after pics!

Stacie from Makeup Obsessed Mom says she has a blush palette that’s “to die for” gorgeous for spring and summer. Check out her review of the Pur Cosmetics 4-in-1 Blush Book.

Pammy Blogs Beauty dares you to be bold with this super bold and colorful collection from Vanessa Hudgens and SinfulColors.

15 Minute Beauty has finally published her much requested post on Pregnancy Safe Facial Sunscreens, BB & CC Creams! All of the products are full spectrum UV coverage. This post is a must read if you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant!

If you missed out on the NARS Banc de Sable highlighter, Polarbelle just might have a potential dupe for you in her latest YouTube video.

Considering trying glycolic acid to exfoliate? NIP+FAB has an entire line of Glycolic Fix facial skincare products with several that are perfect for starting out with GA. Check out Never Say Die Beauty‘s review of these affordable, cruelty-free products.

Marcia at Beauty Info Zone is really into skin changing science with Dr. Brandt. Take a look at what has her eyes looking fabulous.

Do you think you can ever be too old for unicorns and rainbows? Christa from Realizing Beauty shares the Too Faced Life’s a Festival Collection.

An answer for blackheads and wrinkles: Vie Collection Retinopur

What an interesting skin care product!  Vie Collection RETINOPUR Wrinkles – Imperfections Retinol Fluid ($138) addresses two of my major skin concerns – blackheads and wrinkles.  I can’t think of another product that does that.  Talk about focusing in on exactly what needs to be addressed…and I always love anything that multi-tasks.


Vie Collection Retinopur

The main ingredient in RETINOPUR, which is a light serum, is encapsulated retinol.  This “encourages an anti-wrinkle action as it increases collagen and elastin and a purifying action, exfoliating and unclogging pores to reduce blackheads. The encapsulated delivery of retinol provides a prolonged action of the ingredient over time, limiting the irritation sometimes associated with this cosmeceutical ingredient.” Here are the key ingredients:

Encapsulated Retinolpure retinol is encapsulated, which allows it to be well tolerated by the skin. Provides anti-wrinkle action to promote the synthesis of collagen and elastin, promotes cell renewal and smooths the skin’s micro relief. Provides an anti-imperfection action by promoting exfoliation and the elimination of dead skin cells by unclogging pores and eliminating blackheads.
Lipoaminoacidbi-vectored active ingredient to target skin imbalances, reduce the production of sebum, the number of blackheads, inflammation and bacteria on the skin.

Vie Collection Retinopur

If you have oily skin this is a great product for you.  The lightweight serum is absorbed quickly and easily, and the retinol increases collagen and elastin while also exfoliating and unclogging congested pores.  The serum leaves my skin soft and matte, keeping oily areas under control.  I apply it every morning and night after cleansing as my treatment before moisturizing.

Vie Collection did a study with the RETINOPUR, and here are the results:

– Clearer skin for more than 7 women out of 10
– Fewer spots and pimples: 83%
– Less visible pores: 78%
– Pores: – 30%**
– Blackheads: – 45%**
– Refined skin texture: 100%*
– The skin is more even and imperfections are diminished for more than 9 women out of 10*
– Wrinkles are less numerous
– Skin is smoothed
– Wrinkles are less marked
– The face is more youthful (for more than 9 women out of 10)
*Satisfaction test performed on 23 women after twice daily application for 28 days.

** Clinical scores for 23 women after twice daily application for 28 days.

Vie Collection Retinopur

There is a fragrance – it’s a pleasant floral, citrusy fragrance that isn’t overwhelming, but if you can’t tolerate fragrance this would not be a skin care product for you.  Otherwise, I highly recommend it.  I’ve had excellent results.  My skin is much clearer, extractions are very easy and my pores are less congested.  And I definitely see an improvement in my fine lines and wrinkles.  The packaging is perfect with the airless pump, so the efficacy of the retinol is kept intact.

Vie Collection RETINOPUR Wrinkles – Imperfections Retinol Fluid can be purchased in select spas and online at www.lespausa.com.  – Lisa

I Spy Dr. Brandt eye cream and eye gel

Dr. Brand DNA Triple Peptide Eye Cream and No More Baggage eye gel

Dr. Brandt uses the byline “skin-changing science” and that’s the basis of their line. I’ve used several of their wonderful products and am very happy with the two eye products that I have been testing out: NO MORE BAGGAGE and DoNotAge with drbrandt triple peptide eye cream. These are 2 of the eye products in the Dr. Brandt line and they serve different purposes.

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Think about what you’d like to accomplish with an eye cream or gel. Are you concerned about anti-aging and dehydration around your eyes? Then you should really be interested in Triple Peptide Eye Cream. Or are you more concerned with bags and dark circles? That’s easy with No More Baggage. Your problems can be eased with Dr. Brandt’s help.

Dr. Brand DNA Triple Peptide Eye Cream

DoNotAge TRIPLE PEPTIDE EYE CREAM can be used morning or night. It’s a very rich cream that bears no resemblance to anything wimpy. It’s firm in texture yet glides on with ease and is absorbed within minutes. Your eyes need extra hydration since there are only a limited number of oil glands in that area. Triple Peptide Eye Cream works to reduce the visible signs of aging.

Dr. Brand DNA Triple Peptide Eye Cream

I have found that I have more in the way of crow’s feet in the last few months so it’s a relief that I have Triple Peptide Eye Cream to rely on. It works on dryness and puffiness but its main gig is to help diminish the appearance of lines and wrinkles.

Dr. Brandt DNA Triple Peptide Eye Cream

Dr. Brand DNA Triple Peptide Eye Cream

For some reason there are brands that will have fragrance added to their eye creams but happily Dr. Brand DNA Triple Peptide Eye Cream isn’t one of these. I especially like using it at bedtime knowing that my eyes are being treated to triple peptides, phospholids, ceramide 3, and shea butter. Plus it uses caffeine to help reduce the look of puffiness and dark circles. While I use this every night I’ve also used it in the daytime, it doesn’t interfere with my makeup.

Dr. Brandt No More Baggage eye de-puffing gel can also be used morning or night but it’s really suggested for morning use or before going out on a night on the town. No More Baggage gives a tightening effect almost immediately. It smooths the under eye area without making it tight. It helps with under eye bags and dark circles too so that you look more well rested. And the topper is that the longer you use it, the more results you’ll see over time.

Dr. Brandt No More Baggage eye de-puffing gel

Makeup goes on more smoothly with this de-puffing gel though I find I still need to use concealer some days but not every day. I know this isn’t giving me long term results yet but the short term ones are pretty darn good. According to tests though with 30 volunteers by Dr. Brandt’s team here are some longer term effect.

AFTER 2 MINUTES – Self-assessment test

  • 100% Reported that product applies smoothly over concealer/make-up
  • 100% Saw that product doesn’t cake
  • 97% Saw that product doesn’t crease
  • 94% Saw that product doesn’t cast over make-up
  • 83% Reported that product doesn’t change the color of concealer/foundation

AFTER 4 WEEKS – Self-assessment test

  • 100% Saw that under-eye area look depuffed
  • 100% Saw an immediate smoothing effect on the overall eye area
  • 90% Saw that product provides a fresh, rested look
  • 97% Saw that the intensity of dark circles decreases

    Dr. Brandt No More Baggage eye gel and DNA Triple Peptide Cream

    “The advanced formula is further enriched with a potent cocktail of antioxidant botanical extracts and caffeine to help reduce the look of puffiness and decrease the intensity of dark circles.

    -Fimatrix: Forms an invisible, second skin film to visually smooth eye contour.
    -Botanical Extracts Cocktail: Reduce the appearance of puffiness and intensity of dark circles
    -Peptides: Restore the look of elasticity and reduce the look of bags.”

Whichever is your choice (or better both) you won’t go wrong using these two eye products from Dr. Brandt. These are working great for me and I’m confident that they’d do the same for you.  —  Marcia

Available at both Sephora and Ulta as well as the Dr. Brandt website

Lucky Rhino Anti-Aging Cellulite Treatment Cupping Set

The last summer Olympics was a short two years ago, and remember how flummoxed we all were at those round circles on Michael Phelp’s arms and back?  We had no idea what this was.

Now everyone knows about cupping, the technique for working the skin’s fascia to help relieve muscle soreness and give quick pain relief.   Aggressive treatments can also leave those tell-tale round circles on the skin for a few days.  Did you know that there are cupping sets that are more gentle to use on the face and body for wrinkle reduction and skin tightening?  I recently tested such a set from Lucky Rhino.

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Lucky Rhino Anti-Aging Cellulite Treatment Cupping Set

The Lucky Rhino Anti-Aging Cellulite Treatment Cupping Set ($9.99) does a lot of great things for skin through improving blood circulation and helping muscles recover. This set has four different cup sizes, from very small that can be used around the eye or lip area to much larger for areas such as stubborn cellulite on the thighs.  The cups come in a very, very nice 13-compartment tote – I think this tote is worth the price alone!! – along with a drying rack, a user guide, and a sample of Young Living lavender essential oil.  

Lucky Rhino Anti-Aging Cellulite Treatment Cupping Set large cup

Lucky Rhino Anti-Aging Cellulite Treatment Cupping Set medium/large cup

Lucky Rhino Anti-Aging Cellulite Treatment Cupping Set small cup

Lucky Rhino Anti-Aging Cellulite Treatment Cupping Set smallest cup

The cups are made from silicone and are non-toxic and odorless.  You just squeeze them and they create a suction onto the skin, which makes a vacuum.  This vacuum increases blood circulation which creates all the health benefits and helps promote detoxification.  You only need to do the cupping for a few minutes a day.  Skin looks better immediately – it has a lovely glow thanks to the increased blow flow.  These cups are gentle so you don’t get the Micheal Phelps bruised circles or anything close, but you do see a difference in your skin.

Lucky Rhino Anti-Aging Cellulite Treatment Cupping Set tote

Lucky Rhino Anti-Aging Cellulite Treatment Cupping Set tote

Lucky Rhino Anti-Aging Cellulite Treatment Cupping Set tote

I like that I can do the cupping at home without having to pay high prices at a salon.  I also like that these cups are easy to clean and are high quality.  I absolutely love the tote – it’s one of the best I’ve ever come across, roomy and intelligently made.  Lucky Rhino is a small, family owned U.S. distributor, which is also a plus.  Their employees test the products before they are put on the market and Lucky Rhino is committed to keeping costs low, which is why this set is so affordable.

If you are fascinated with cupping and want to give it a try, this is a great set to check out!!  It’s very affordable and the quality is excellent.  My goodness, purchase it just for that fantastic tote.  You can find the Lucky Rhino Anti-Aging Cellulite Treatment Cupping Set on Amazon.com.  – Lisa

Two great options for skin care pain relief from Desert Harvest and Green Goo

Rashes, bruises, inflammation…it’s so irritating!  Especially when you really don’t want to go with anything medicated.  I’ve got great news for you today – if you suffer from chapped skin, inflamed skin, rashes, swelling, arthritis, bumps, or bruises, I’ve found two terrific options that you can turn to – and they are both all natural and organic.

Desert Harvest Aloe Vera Gelé and Green Goo Pain Relief Arnica Salve


The first one is Desert Harvest Aloe Vera Gelé (8 oz. $17).  This is a wonderful cold-pressed gel that is made with 80% pure aloe vera concentrate.  This is a super high concentration of the good stuff from the aloe vera plant – you know, the stuff that has all the healing properties that soothes inflammation, relieves pain, and helps skin heal.  It’s the highest possible therapeutic level you can get and is 100% natural.  You can use this anywhere on your body:

  • As a soothing topical treatment for vulvodynia (even better when it’s refrigerated).
  • On the external urethra area when it is irritated by frequent trips to the bathroom.
  • On sunburns, wind burns, and minor kitchen burns.
  • On skin rashes, chapped hands, and insect bites.
  • Under makeup to improve the condition of the skin on your face and neck.

    Desert Harvest Aloe Vera Gelé

You only need a small amount.  It’s especially wonderful on angry, irritated skin when you store it in the refrigerator. It’s also great for helping to heal acne, especially the kind that gets crusty as it is healing.  I highly recommend Desert Harvest Aloe Vera GeléDesert Harvest has some other skin care products that feature aloe vera that look interesting although I haven’t tried any of them yet.

Green Goo Pain Relief Arnica Salve

My other recommendation is for Green Goo Pain Relief Arnica Salve (travel tin regularly $8.95, now only $6.97). Green Goo is a woman owned and family operated business. They use homeopathic herbal wisdom and natural ingredients to create fantastic body care products. All ingredients are organic, and Green Goo is a certified B Corporation, committed to donating a percentage of their profits to people who are instrumental in making our world a better place for everyone.

Green Goo has lots of first aid products that don’t increase resistance to antibiotics. They also have some really cool looking products for ‘fur and feathers’, homeopathic pet care items. I previously reviewed their Cinnamon & Aloe Mighty Handscrub Bar ($5.95) and 100% All Natural Deodorant Travel Stick ($5.95) both of which are fabulous.

Green Goo Pain Relief Arnica Salve

I’ve been testing their Pain Relief Arnica Salve.  Arnica is a real miracle ingredient. If you exercise and have sore muscles after, if you have arthritis or suffer from stiff, swollen joints, bruise easily, or even if you get a bug bite, arnica is the answer to your prayers. Here are the benefits are arnica:

  • Help reduce pain related to sore muscles and joints
  • Help heal bruises faster
  • Aid in reducing swelling and inflammation
  • Help speed recovery
  • Help ease joint stiffness and aches
  • Help reduce swelling from insect bites

    Green Goo Pain Relief Arnica Salve

Pain Relief Arnica Salve is a homeopathic salve of arnica infused olive oil.  It contains nothing artificial so there isn’t anything to dilute the effectiveness of the arnica.  I find the salve to be extremely effective – it absorbs very easily and the arnica goes right to work, relieving sore muscles and inflammation.  This particular blend also helps with circulation which is terrific for skin and overall health.

When your skin is hurting, these two products are fabulous natural, organic options that really work.  Give them a try, you (and your skin) will be very happy that you did!  – Lisa

Desert Harvest Aloe Vera Gelé INGREDIENTS: Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Carbomer (Natural Thickener), Sodium Hydroxide (Natural pH Controller), Vegetable Glycerin, Leuconostic/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate (Natural Antimicrobial), Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Extract, Populus Tremuloides (Aspen) Bark Extract, Gluconolactone (Natural Skin Conditioner).

Green Goo Pain Relief Arnica Salve INGREDIENTS:  *Olive Oil, *Arnica Flowers, *Beeswax and *Menthol Crystals.  Essential Oils of Rosemary, Ginger, Peppermint, and Cinnamon. *Organic.

Beauty with a purpose from Serendipity

Serendipity skincare

Do you ever wonder why or how a company got its name? I am testing a line named Serendipity and while I think the name is fabulous I was interested in knowing how it got that moniker. Turns out that the owner was serendipitously walking her dog Boo when she came across an abandoned dog tied to a tree without food or water. She rescued the dog (Bella) and thought about how much life happens by chance. She decided to leave her job in developing skincare products for other lines and create her own. Now she has Serendipity, a line that she takes great pride in while making ethical choices to benefit us all. As a dog lover I loved her story and wanted to know more about the brand.

  1. the occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way.
    “a fortunate stroke of serendipity”
    synonyms: (happy) chance, (happy) accident, fluke;

This is a five product line. Their purpose is to use simple but powerful ingredients like hyaluronic acid and rare botanical stem cells to help turn back the sands of time. Their products are made to repair skin damage and help to prevent problems before they start. Using natural ingredients is the core of Serendipity’s line.

Architect Redefining Face Serum – Containing stems cells from the rare Swiss Apple plant this targeted product reduces wrinkles and fine lines and leaves your skin looking and feeling younger.

Perfection Hyaluronic Face Cream – Restores crucial moisture and encourages growth of new collagen fibers, leaving your skin vibrant and giving you that youthful glow.

Serenade Repairing Night Cream – Fight back against aging with this refreshing, restorative cream containing extract from the Cotton Thistle Plant and oil from the fruit of the Palm Tree.

Gaze Eye Cream – Fights dark circles and puffiness giving your peepers a youthful, rested appearance.

?Sparkle Eye Serum – Specially created for the delicate skin around your eyes. Sparkle Eye Serum boosts collagen production, increases elasticity, firms skin and fights wrinkles.

Beside having some gorgeous packaging, both outer and inner, I was attracted to Perfection Hyaluronic Face Cream instantly. After all it has the word Hyaluronic in the name. This is a morning moisturizer but I’ve used it at night mostly. Now what’s going to surprise readers most is that this is a fragranced skincare line and I always talk about not wanting fragrance. I almost backed away from Serendipity when I used it the first time since there is a floral fragrance but it’s a fresh, not cloying one. I notice it for the first 30 minutes after I apply the moisturizer but then it’s gone. 30 minutes is longer than I’d choose but it’s a non-issue for me in the long run.

Serendipity Perfection Hyaluronic Face Cream

The moisturizer itself is very soft to the touch. It feels good on my face and absorbs quickly without being sticky at all. It plays well under makeup which is vital.

Serendipity Perfection Hyaluronic Face Cream

The website gives 4 reasons to love the line:
  • Improves skins moisture retention abilities
  • Stimulates the production of new collagen
  • Conditions and smooths skin
  • Softens and invigorates skin

Ingredients: Purified Water (Aqua), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Squalane, Hyaluronic Acid, Laureth-7, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Polyacrylamide, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin.

Serendipity Architect Rejuvenating Face Serum



Architect Rejuvenating Face Serum

There are a few reasons I like this face serum. I think the ingredients in it are top notch. It features stem cells cultivated from a rare Swiss apple, (Uttwiler Spatlauber) clinically proven to show extreme preservation qualities. It also uses seaweed extract to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. The serum is said to help collagen proliferation and skin rejuvenation.

Serendipity Architect Rejuvenating Face Serum

Every brand needs to have a pippete like Serendipity uses in their serum. When I push down the end I almost hear a click. It dispenses the perfect amount of serum each and every time. You can see that in my photo. That’s how much is released each time. It’s more than enough to use all over your face and neck.

Serendipity Architect Rejuvenating Face Serum

Serendipity Architect Rejuvenating Face Serum has a stronger fragrance than the moisturizer but seems to be lessened upon application of the Perfection Face Cream. It’s a little sticky but that too is lessened by the moisturizer. There’s a lot of science behind Architect which taught me that this serum helps collagen proliferation and overall rejuvenation.

From the website, 4 reasons to love this serum:

  • Helps reduce wrinkles and fine lines
  • Preserves longevity of skin stem cells
  • Delays senesance of essential cells
  • Preserves the vitality and youthful
    appearance of skin

Ingredients: Chondrus Crispus (Seaweed) Extract, Purified Water (Aqua), Hyaluronic Acid, Malus Domestica Fruit Cell Culture, Xanthan Gum, Glycerin, Lecithin, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin.

Now that you’ve learned about 2 of the 5 Serendipity stars you should investigate yourself to see how great this can be for your skin too.  —  Marcia