Side by side: lessons Marcia and Lisa learn from each other (and check out this Farmhouse Fresh Giveaway)

heart for beauty infoThere are lots of amazing beauty blogs out there and we learn a ton from our blogging friends every single day. What you may not know, however, is that we also learn so much from each other! We have both been reviewing products and writing beauty articles for over ten years and we have been working together on Beauty Info Zone for five of those years. Sometimes Marcia gives an essential tip that Lisa finds she can’t live without; sometimes Lisa challenges Marcia to try something out of her comfort zone with surprising results. Today we are writing about one of best gifts we’ve found through the years from each other.

Lisa’s Side:

Long ago, Marcia and I met online through ‘swapping’ on MakeUpAlley. Marcia then told me about another website she ran where there was a great beauty community with reviews and wonderful chat boards. Sadly, that website eventually went out of business, but I made some lifelong friends from all over the world. I also learned one of my favorite beauty tips ever from my future blogging partner, Marcia!

part of Lisa's gel eyeliner collection
part of Lisa’s gel eyeliner collection

Ok, so you know how gel eyeliners are wonderful…they are easy to apply, they are fun to work with because you can go super defined or you can smudge out the line, they are way easier to work with than liquid liners, and they have even better lasting power than pencil eyeliners. What isn’t so wonderful is how quickly those little pots of amazingness dry out. I could never use up an entire pot of gel liner before it became hard and totally useless.

Old way of using gel eyeliners
Old way of using gel eyeliners

I still remember the joy I felt when I read this tip from Marcia: to get the most out of your gel eyeliner, use the outer side of the pot first. Take your brush and grab liner around the rim. This helps keep the integrity of the product and makes it last and last and last. Some of my favorite gel liners are Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliners. I lost quite a few before I started using this simple trick Marcia taught me. I actually have gel liner pots that are seven years old and they are still as fresh as the day I bought them!!

the best way to use a gel eyeliner
the best way to use a gel eyeliner

Marcia has steered me toward many ‘perfect’ Lisa products, but her gel eyeliner tip stands out for me since it has saved me tons of money over the years. I think of her every time I use a gel liner!

Marcia’s Side:

What Lisa has taught me (besides the fact that I have to loosen up) is not to be so afraid of products. She’ll often convince me to try something that’s out of my comfort zone. Most times she’s right but today’s review is all about hitting the bullseye with FARMHOUSE FRESH. Every time a product from Farmhouse Fresh was offered I’d send the email to Lisa and tell her that it was perfect for her. But recently I did that and she insisted that it was something I was going to love and that I had to do it. Thank you Lisa!!

Farmhouse Fresh Watermelon Basil Vodkatini Body Scrub
Farmhouse Fresh Watermelon Basil Vodkatini Body Scrub

Farmhouse Fresh Watermelon Basil Vodkatini Body Scrub is amazing. When I use this in the shower I don’t want to get out. The smell is to die for. I wish we had Smell-O-Blog for you to sniff what I sniff. It’s a combination of real watermelon seed oil, sweet basil oil and organic vodka mixed with sugar and rice bran oil. This isn’t a wimpy scrub, the sugar (with some salt in it) gives you a lot to work with to help exfoliate your skin. It washes cleanly off leaving behind a little bit of nourishing oil. It also dissolves in the shower so you don’t go slip sliding away.

Farmhouse Fresh Watermelon Basil Vodkatini Body Scrub
Farmhouse Fresh Watermelon Basil Vodkatini Body Scrub
Farmhouse Fresh Watermelon Basil Vodkatini Body Scrub
Farmhouse Fresh Watermelon Basil Vodkatini Body Scrub

I keep a plastic spoon in my shower to mix the oil into the scrub to evenly disperse it. This Farmhouse Fresh Body Scrub not only makes me smell delicious but it leaves my skin wonderfully soft. I hate to use a body lotion after it so I wait as long as I can before applying anything else. I just want to smell myself. That fragrant aroma does fade away so you can continue with a fragrance of your choice – but I wish it didn’t.

Watermelon Basil Vodkatini Body Scrub
Watermelon Basil Vodkatini Body Scrub
Farmhouse Fresh Watermelon Basil Vodkatini Body Scrub
Farmhouse Fresh Watermelon Basil Vodkatini Body Scrub

Farmhouse Fresh Watermelon Basil Vodkatini Body Scrub is 97% natural and vegan and has no parabens or sulfates. My skin feels soft and refreshed. I want to call Lisa after my showers to thank her but instead I’ll just let her smell me next time we meet.farmhouse fresh giveawy

Update – we’ve just realized that Farmhouse Fresh has a Facebook giveaway for 10 of the amazing Watermelon Vodkatini Body Scrubs. It’s easy to enter by following on Instagram. This is open through August 2nd and then announced on Watermelon Day, August 3rd.

Thanks for reading a little about us. What have you learned from the Beauty Info Zone team?

*Farmhouse Fresh sent for editorial consideration, affiliate link



  1. Wanda Tracey | 26th Jul 15

    That Watermelon Vodkatini has me dying to find it and try it.It sounds so wonderful!I imagine it smells heavenly.Thanks for the great post!

  2. Linda M | 26th Jul 15

    I love your tip about the gel eyeliner. I’ll definitely start using from the rim first. Thanks!

  3. Christy Peeples DuBois | 27th Jul 15

    I did not know that gel eyeliners dried out so quickly. Not to long ago I had two different ones that I opened and they were hard as a rock and I thought I must have not put the lid on very well therefore it dried out. Thank you for this amazing tip and it doesn’t seem that using the outside of the gel first would make any difference but I believe you and can’t wait to test it myself. Also this scrub sounds wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Melissa S | 27th Jul 15

    The body scrub sounds awesome. Thanks for posting about the giveaway, off to enter.

  5. Anastasia | 29th Jul 15

    Haha, wow that vodkatini body scrub sounds fantastic! I’d give it a try 🙂

  6. [email protected] | 29th Jul 15

    I absolutely positively must try this brand. It’s been on my list. The Vodkatini scrub sounds incredible!

  7. Lola Seicento | 29th Jul 15

    The Vodkatini Scrub sounds absolutely scrumptious! That is a really great tip about how to use gel eyeliners!

  8. Nidia - Lit From Within | 29th Jul 15

    Your friendship and partnership is inspiring! It’s created a really great blog. 🙂 I’ll have to try that eyeliner trick! I love gel eyeliners. I don’t know how Lisa could give up that scrub… I haven’t tried this brand, but everything I’ve heard about it sounds so decadent.

  9. Leelo R | 29th Jul 15

    I have to remember that eyeliner tip!

  10. Destany | 29th Jul 15

    That Vodkatini Body Scrub sounds to die for!

  11. Renu | 29th Jul 15

    It was great to read about how you both met. I’ve always presumed you were related, or friends, or something! That tip about gel eyeliners made my day – thank you! I’ll definitely try this out from now on.

  12. Jen Mathews | 29th Jul 15

    Love the eyeliner tip! And I want a Vodka-tini! 😀

  13. beautyin | 29th Jul 15

    Jen Mathews, enter that giveaway. It’s cruelty free.

  14. beautyin | 29th Jul 15

    Renu, Lisa and I did a swap at a mall and instantly hit it off. We always say we were the perfect blind date.

  15. BeautyJudy | 29th Jul 15

    Love the gel liner tip and I am dying to smell that scrub!!!

  16. Heather | 29th Jul 15

    That body scrub sounds amazing!

  17. Kim | 29th Jul 15

    The scrub sounds like it smells amazing. I’m like you, I don’t like using lotions after using scrubs. Plus, I find I don’t need them after anyway.

  18. Aleya Bamdad | 29th Jul 15

    I love the story of how you met. You know I’m a scrub fanatic so I really want to try this one.

  19. Julie | 29th Jul 15

    I definitely need to use that gel liner tip when I open my new jar soon! Also, that scrub sounds heavenly, thanks for the heads up about the giveaway!

  20. Cindy (Prime Beauty) | 29th Jul 15

    Wow I need that scrub! I’ve learned a ton from Marcia–mostly product recommendations but she also serves up great advice!

  21. Phyrra | 30th Jul 15

    The body scrub sounds great!

  22. Kath TheFabZilla | 30th Jul 15

    Great to know that w/ gel eyeliner. I admire your friendship. It’s fun to have a BFF who knows you well esp. when it comes to beauty stuff!

  23. Bailey | 30th Jul 15

    I try to avoid having more than 2-3 gel liners because they just don’t last, so I will most definitely be putting that tip to good use.

  24. Carleen | 30th Jul 15

    I’m going to try that gel liner trick!

  25. Kristina | The Feminine Files | 30th Jul 15

    I have heard a lot of great stuff about Farmhouse Fresh scrubs! That gel eyeliner tip is genius, I will definitely start doing that!

  26. Mercedes | 30th Jul 15

    I have been wanting to get that farmhouse fresh scrub. Great gel liner tip!

  27. Lisa Heath | 31st Jul 15

    That eyeliner tip is one I’ll be using now! It makes SO much sense!

  28. Shipra | 3rd Aug 15

    Mmm, I want to try this scrub!! Sounds like it smells delish! <3

  29. beautyin | 3rd Aug 15

    Shipra I’m amazed by the deliciousness of this scrub. I will definitely purchase when done.

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