4 for Fall: four small but mighty products!


The change in seasons brings all sorts of skin care challenges and I have four small but mighty products that will help you power through any surprise curve balls thrown your way. Dry lips? No problem. Greasy locks? Gone in an instant. Bad breath? Got you covered. Dry skin? Don’t make me laugh. Not only will you have the tools, but these are also  portable and easy to conceal and carry anywhere. Ready? Let’s go!!

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  1.  Annmarie Skin Care Antioxidant Lip Balm

Annmarie Skin Care Antioxidant Lip Balm

Lip balm is a must have for fall. Dry lips are terrible to suffer through, especially when they peel and get really sore. I am loving my Annmarie Skin Care Antioxidant Lip Balm so much I can’t rave enough about it. The slip is fantastic and it lasts forever. It conditions lips and takes away all flakes and dryness so quickly it’s incredible.


Antioxidant-rich, omega-heavy fruit oils of buriti and sea buckthorn fight free radicals.

– Organic cocoa butter softens lips.

– Rich cocoa extract leaves kisses luminous and luscious—with a hint of chocolate.

The ingredient list is fabulous, and everything is organically grown or wildcrafted: Olive oil, cocoa butter, beeswax, sea buckthorn fruit oil, buriti fruit oil, cocoa extract, rosehip fruit oil, and rosemary extract.

The price is good and even better if you buy more: 1 for $8; 3 for $24 (save on shipping); 5 for $40 and get 1 free; 10 for $80, and get 2 free. Why not buy a bunch and stock up for the cold months? The dry indoor heat is really rough on delicate lip tissue. You won’t be sorry –  Annmarie Skin Care Antioxidant Lip Balm is some of the best lip balm I have tried in forever.

2.  Tish and Snooky Manic Panic Dry Shampoo

Tish and Snooky Manic Panic Dry Shampoo

Tish and Snooky Manic Panic Dry Shampoo

Tish and Snooky Manic Panic Dry Shampoo

Who would know more about hair freshening dry shampoo than punk rock sisters? Um, NO ONE. Tish and Snooky are those sisters and they have the iconic Manic Panic hair color and cosmetics line. One of my fav products is the super cool and wonderfully portable Hair Freshener Powder Dry Shampoo ($9.99). This lightweight powder soaks up dirt and grease, gives hair a nice fresh scent, and adds lots of volume and texture between washes. Sometimes hair looks good in the morning but by midday it starts looking droopy, especially with chilly fall showers. Just sneak a little Manic Panic Hair Freshener Powder Dry Shampoo and your hair will be happy and looking fantastic in no time!

3.  Dr. Plotka Toothbrush

Dr. Plotka Toothbrush

Dr. Plotka Toothbrush

Dr. Plotka Toothbrush

Dr. Plotka Toothbrush

Here’s a great memory trick – change your toothbrush with every season. This season, why not upgrade with a really cool new toothbrush – Doctor Plotka’s™ Mouthwatchers toothbrush. This toothbrush has naturally antimicrobial bristles that are infused with silver that naturally eliminate 99.9% of bacteria that grow on bristles in between uses – pretty awesome! The bristles are also super thin at the top so they act as floss, reaching food in between teeth. I sure do love a multi-tasker. You need one of these at home, one in your car, and one at work.

Be sure to keep reading the BIZ because we have a giveaway coming up for some Doctor Plotka’s™ Mouthwatcher toothbrushes so you can floss like a boss this fall!

4.  LDC Anti-Aging Moisturizer Travel Size ($60)


The final item in my fab four are the travel size LDC Anti-Aging Moisurizer. There is a lot going on in such a small bottle – this plumps skin, evens skin tone, tightens skin and makes it look younger.

  • Look Instantly Younger! Erase wrinkles and hydrate your skin, all at the same time!
  • Our Resveratrol Peptide Complex is a revolutionary new formula that will not only make you look younger, but will also hydrate and moisturize your skin.
  • See a noticeable improvement in skin tone, as well as a skin lightening benefit.
  • 6 Peptides and Resveratrol work in synergy to provide you with a relaxed and softer appearance.
  • Instant Results! Painless skin tightening and hydrating results! On the go!

The Travel Size Kit comes with two airless pumps – one for your purse and one for your desk at work, perfect for instant skin hydration any time you start feeling a little dry.

There you go, four heavy hitters in small packages to get you through the fall season. Big doesn’t necessarily mean mighty, and these four favorites are mighty awesome!! – Lisa

Get Calm, Grounded, Vibrance, Passion and Love with Annmarie Skin Care Essential Oils

eoblends_samplekit (1)My latest obsession is essential oils. They are very healing to soul and the body. Some can be used as a fragrance right from the bottle, others need a carrier oil of some sort. My most favorite way to use them, though, is in a diffuser.  As usual I’ve probably gone a little overboard – I have a diffuser in my bedroom, my daughter’s bedroom, the living room (gotta keep those cats happy and calm!), and my office at work. Recently I was sent an Annmarie Skin Care Essential Oil Blend sampler ($20) to test, and oh wow…it’s fantastic!

Annmarie Skin Care Essential Oil Sampler

Annmarie Skin Care Essential Oil Sampler

Essential oils can be expensive, so this is a perfect way to try out all five of Annmarie’s Essential Oil Parfum Blends, including Vibrance, Passion, Love, Calm, and Grounded. This is aromatherapy at its best. Like I said, I use my diffusers every single day, but you can also mix them with water in a spray bottle for instant room freshening or even dab directly onto your wrists.

Here are the scents:


Vibrance –  Uplift, energize, and be happy.  This light and feminine oil blend will lift your senses with classic, romantic florals and notes of mood-boosting citrus.  Made With:  Essential oils of ruby red grapefruit, Italian lemon, bergamot, lemon verbena, lavender, clementine, jasmine sambac absolute, rose-geranium.


Passion Indulge, electrify, and be sensual.  A warm and sweet essential oil blend to help you relax and awaken your sensuality. Earthy, grounding notes of vetiver and buddha wood provide a base for the passion-igniting aromas of rose and sandalwood.  Made With:  Essential oils of sandalwood, vetiver, frankincense, rose moroc absolute, sweet myrrh, amyris, buddha wood.


LoveAdore, embrace, and be tender.  A heart-opening blend of natural aphrodisiac oils to inspire you to be your most loving self. Sweet jasmine and classic rose are balanced by sandalwood and frankincense, for a scent that’s nothing short of irresistible.  Made With:  Essential oils of sandalwood, rose moroc absolute, jasmine sambac absolute, frankincense.


CalmRelax, meditate, and be peaceful.  Create a sacred space for yourself where you can breathe deeply and release negativity. Spruce oil lends freshness to this blend of florals, tied together with comforting frankincense for a clean and crisp scent.  Made With: Essential oils of spruce, frankincense, rosewood, lavender.


GroundedSecure, strengthen, and be centered.  Find peace and clarity in this balanced blend. Woody and earthy base notes with a touch of sweetness give you a beautifully understated, quietly confident scent.  Made With: Essential oils of sandalwood, amyris, peru balsam, cedarwood, vetiver, amber (fossilized), copaiba balsam, galangal root, patchouli, ginger root, buddha wood, turmeric root.

Right now it looks like this set is sold out online – not surprising – but I’ll bet they get it back in stock soon. You can also buy the full size. Calm, Grounded, and Vibrance are all $39.95 and Love and Passion are $49.95. They are all terrific but my most favorite is Love. Which one do you think will become your favorite?  – Lisa

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Beauty detoxified: Minerals by Annmarie Multi-Purpose Foundation

Annmarie Skin Care is a great natural skin care line that we have reviewed many times, so when they sent a ‘sneak peek’ of the foundation in their new makeup line I was intrigued. Minerals by Annmarie Multi-Purpose Foundation is a very different foundation that is made from mineral powders and has only four ingredients. The focus is on beautiful makeup that is free of any ingredients that could potentially be harmful.

Annemarie Skin Care Earth Minerals sample kit

The Sample Kit ($20) comes with four small vials of mineral foundation powder in varying shades, along with a vial of Herbal Facial Oil.  The mineral foundation can be mixed with water or facial oil, either the ones Annemarie Skin Care offers or really any that you might already own. Water makes for more of a tint, while serums and oils give a thicker, creamier consistency with greater coverage.

I like having the varying shades since my skin color really changes throughout the seasons. Mid-winter I am almost fair, and mid-summer I am definitely medium. I found that by adding more powder I could easily make a concealer, and with less I could make a great tinted moisturizer.

Annemarie Skin Care Earth Minerals in Sand and Pearl

Annemarie Skin Care Earth Minerals in Sand and Pearl

Annemarie Skin Care Earth Minerals in Honey and Olive

Annemarie Skin Care Earth Minerals in Honey and Olive

I am very, very impressed with how this foundation wears. It looks natural, even when I went for maximum coverage. It lasts all day and has a bit of a glow. The only thing I didn’t like was the Herbal Facial Oil. This is STRONGLY scented…so much so that I had to take off my foundation because it was giving me a headache. Luckily, the powder foundation plays well with everything else I tried.

The Minerals by Annmarie Foundation Sample Kit is Annemarie Skin Care’s launch into the color cosmetics arena, and it’s a good one…I definitely recommend trying this out! Also, take a moment to view the video below regarding potential health hazards in cosmetics.   – Lisa

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Annmarie Sun Love Natural Sun Protection

annmarieLooking for natural, effective, organic sun protection? Definitely consider Annmarie Gianni Sun Love, Natural Sun Protection ($40), a natural tint that also protects the skin from harmful UV rays.

Annmarie Sun Love

Annmarie Sun Love travel sample

swatch of Sun Love

swatch of Sun Love

Annmarie sent a large travel-size sample size to try, sad for me because I have already used it all! This lightly tinted moisturizer has zinc oxide for sun blocking, as well as antioxidant herbs and oils to fight free radicals caused by UV rays. Take a look at these fantastic ingredients (the ones with an asterisk are organic and wildcrafted):

Aloe-Herb Infusion (*Aloe vera juice, *Sencha Green tea, *Helichrysum fl, *Rosemary lvs, *Olive lvs, *Lavender fl); Zinc oxide; *Sunflower oil; Water, non-GMO xanthan gum, chondrus crispus, glucose; Fractionated Coconut oil; *Rice bran oil, *Urucum seed; *Glycerin (soy); *Green tea extract; *Avocado oil; Vegetable wax; Citric acid; Aspen bark extract; Iron oxide; *Buriti fruit oil; *Seabuckthorn berry oil; Vitamin E (soy); Cocoa abs; *Lavender oil; non-GMO Xanthan gum; Hyaluronic acid

There simply aren’t any unnatural ingredients in this sunblock. The lotion is creamy and has a slight scent of something yummy…maybe chocolate?  It leaves the skin with a matte, even tone and protects it from those harmful rays. I put this on after moisturizing and then pat on a little foundation – it does a nice job as a primer. And it is perfect for days when I don’t want to wear makeup because it moisturizes and brightens without feeling heavy.

Annmarie has some of my best-loved organic products like the Coconut Body Oil, and now I have added Sun Love to my list of favorites. Check out this line for wonderfully effective organic skin care.  – Lisa

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Annmarie Gianni Radiant Skin Silk

Have you tried any Annmarie Gianni products yet?  Some of my favorite things are from this gorgeous, love-infused organic line, like the Ayurvedic Facial Scrub, Coconut Body Oil, and Purifying Mud Mask.

Annmarie’s latest product is the Radiant Skin Silk Lotion ($49.95).  I got a small sample of it, so I wasn’t able to use it for many days, but what I did try was terrific.

It’s a moisturizer without any chemical preservatives.  It has herbal infused water in it, and it smells very lightly of Peru balsam which reminds me of a woody vanilla.   I loved using this right after a shower.   I found it paired beautifully with the Coconut Oil, I would actually mix them together for a truly fantastic effect.  It left my skin super moist and extremely smooth.

What makes it so beautifully moisturizing is the Sunflower Oil.  Sunflower Oil is full of the good fats that you actually want on your skin.  It also has tons of Vitamin E.  I remember in the 1970’s Vitamin E was highly touted for making you look ‘sexy’.  I took my mom’s Vitamin E pills and downed one a day faithfully for a month.  I looked in the mirror every day, just waiting for the sexiness to kick in.  Unfortunately – or, I guess fortunately, since I was only in 6th grade – my reflection didn’t get ‘sexy’ after a month.  Now we know that Vitamin E is a great anti-oxident that is terrific for fighting free radicals, and it also protects against UV rays.

If you love organic lines, and you love lines that are truly made with love, check out Annmarie Gianni and consider getting yourself some Radiant Skin Silk while you are at it.  – Lisa

Ingredients:  Love, *Herb Infusion (Spring Water, Plantain, Rosemary, Gingko, Sencha Green Tea,Calendula, Thyme); Sunflower Oil; Herb infused Oil (Grapeseed Oil, Lavender, Calendula, Chamomile, Helichrysum, Jasmine, Malva, Lemon Balm, Comfrey lvs, Plantain, Rosemary, Gotu Kola, Sencha Green Tea, Rhodiola rt); Rice Bran Oil; Veg Glycerin; Sunflower Seed Extract; Plantago Extract;  Aspen Bark Extract; Coconut-Palm Wax; Peru Balsam resin; Vitamin E Tocopherols  *organic or wildcrafted

A Simply Smooth giveaway and an update from Annmarie Gianni Skin Care

A few days ago, Lisa reviewed and raved about Simply Smooth hair products (you can read her review here).  She especially loves the Magic Potion, which is a definite ‘must have’ from this line.  We are happy to say they are currently giving away free 2 oz. bottles of Magic Potion just for signing up on their website.  Be sure to write “I want my magic potion” in the comments section.  Click HERE to enter!

And we have some of the latest news from Annmarie Gianni Skin Care, a real favorite here at the BIZ.   Here’s the scoop:

We Are Now Offering Sample Kits Again!

We’re thrilled that we’re finally able to offer you our great sample kits again so you can try before you buy.  Each sample kit contains three selected products for your skin type and needs:

For Oily Skin: Citrus Mint Cleanser, Dead Sea Scrub, and our fabulous Herbal Oil designed for Oily Skin.

For Normal Skin: best-selling Aloe Herb Cleanser, Neroli Toning Mist, and our Herbal Oil for Normal Skin.

For Mature Skin (or dry skin): Aloe Herb Cleanser, the Anti-Aging Serum and the Anti-Aging Herbal Facial Oil.

For Anti-Aging: Dead Sea Scrub, Anti-Aging Serum and Anti-Aging Herbal Facial Oil.

The most exciting thing is that you can try the products without taking a big risk.  Each kit is only $10, we’re pay for your shipping anywhere, and we’re also going to send you a $10.00 off coupon, which can be used the next time you purchase — if you like the products (which I’m sure you will.)

So essentially, if you like what you received, your sample kit is free!

Check out the Sample Kits — Click Here

A Special Mother’s Day Gift Set

Mother’s Day is around the corner so we thought we would help you with a gift idea.  We put together a great gift set just for her (or you :-)!

This set contains our-best-selling Aloe Herb Cleanser, oh-so-yummy Neroli Toning Mist, all-time-favorite Anti-Aging Facial Oil, our Anti-Aging Eye Cream, and our Coconut Honey Mask!

These all come in a beautiful re-usable gift box (while supplies last) and come with a Signature Hemp Travel Bag.

The savings on this deal is big, so even if you don’t want to get it as a gift, you might want to treat yourself!

Click Here to Read More About This Special Mother’s Day Kit

Beautiful Voices: Annmarie Gianni Skin Care

Lisa and Marcia have raved about Annmarie Gianni Skin Care many times in the past (check out our reviews here, here, and here!), and now Lisa has been chosen by Annmarie as a ‘Beautiful Voice’, a series that represents inspiring, empowering women.  Check out the article, and if you like it, repost or tweet it for Lisa!