Don’t go on Spring Break without these

Top Ten Tuesday is going on Spring Break. We had to decide what we’d take along and I decided a beach vacation would be in order just about now. No temperatures fluctuating between snow, rain and warmth. Nothing to think about but relaxation. First things I’d take are my iPad and iPhone. After that I’d chose some favorites like the items shown.
1428281330__9322062SUNGLASSES – Do not leave home without sunglasses. This pair is Kate Spade New York Cat Eye in Translucent Blush and I’d love to own them. I have more limited choices because I have to have my RX but this would be the pair I’d pick if I didn’t.
1428280712_1115290SUNSCREEN – I think sunglasses are important but I think that sunscreen is totally vital. You need sunscreen no matter where you are even if it’s Antarctica! I like this AVEENO® Natural Protection Lotion Sunscreen with Broad Spectrum SPF 50 because it’s fragrance free and can be used on face and body. “Formulated with ACTIVE NATURALS® Oat Extract and mineral ingredients (Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide), this sunscreen forms a protective barrier on top of the skin that scatters UVA/UVB rays for superior sun protection. It soothes sensitive skin and is oil free, fragrance free, hypoallergenic, and water resistant for 80 minutes.”*
1428280615_6079_reg_1LIP COLOR AND PROTECTION – Your lips can get sunburned too so you need to protect them. I have a lot of lip balms but the one going on my vacation this time is by LATHER. Their tinted lip balms have everything I need including a light enough color to feel comfortable wearing day and/or night.*
1428280526_cc_cream_32ml_cap_medium_1IT COSMETICS YOUR SKIN BUT BETTER CC+ CREAM WITH SPF 50 – No surprise that I chose this I’m sure. I can’t stop raving about it and I wouldn’t travel without it.
1428280451_palette-bronzette_swatch-03jan15-webPIXI PALETTE BRONZE – This is everything you need in one fabulous palette. Bronzer, highlighter, blush and 12 choices of shadows. You can look different every day of your trip, you can go from day to night, you’ve got it all. (And you can try to win one through 4/17 in the BIZ giveaway).*
1428280391_2274527__detail_?1428280391TRAVEL BRUSHES – I have a lot of travel brush sets but I’d still love to own this exclusive to Ulta set from IT COSMETICS. For $50 look at what you’d getYour Superheroes Full-Size Travel Brush Set

  • Unstoppable Powder: Plush, large domed brush head for even powder application
  • Seamless Foundation: Dense, tapered brush head in flat paddle shape
  • Effortless Crease: Narrow, tapered head designed to fit into the crease of the eye
  • Smoothing Concealer: Small thin, tapered flat brush head great for getting into small hard to reach areas of the face
  • Absolute Shadow: Small, soft rounded head designed for the delicate eye
  • Flawless Liner & Brow: Firm, flat angled brush

1428280267_fligh3000611456_q1_1-2._ql90_ux336_EMPTY CONTAINERS FOR YOUR OWN PRODUCTS – This kit is sold on Shopbop and it’s by Flight 001. There are 8 containers so you can put in your hair products and skincare if you don’t have those in small sizes. The plastic bag that holds it all will save your clothes from spills.
1428280128_madew4143330443_q1_1-0._ql90_ux336_SUN HAT – Now I look pretty bad in a hat but that doesn’t mean I don’t think they are fabulous and that I’d love one. This particular one is made by Madewell and it’s a pieced straw hat. It’s $52 but starting today Shopbop has a Friends + Family Event and you can get 25% off most products.
1428280057_spuns2003611411_q1_1-0._ql90_ux336_SCARF OR SHAWL – A large enough scarf or shawl will be so useful on spring break or any time. This Shopbop beauty by Subtle Luxury is a light gauze in pink leopard. How perfect would this be with my blush sunglasses? There are a lot of great scarfs including a $195 Tory Burch one that I’d love. This one is just $55 and with that 25% off it’s a steal.
1428279994_adler2039720988_q1_1-0._ql90_ux336_THE PERFECT BEACH TOTE – How can you travel without a tote to hold it all? This Jonathon Adler one caught my eye and it’s one I’d love to carry all summer. $98 at Shopbop which would make it $74.50 hmmm!

I’m ready for my trip – at least in my head – and can’t wait to see what the other Top Ten bloggers will have for me to buy!! — Marcia

items with * were sent for review

Happy anniversary to Beauty Info Zone with an Aveeno Giveaway

BEAUTY INFO ZONE is happy to celebrate 5 full years of blogging and ready to start on our 6th. We are so excited about this milestone that we’ve pulled together giveaways galore for our readers to thank you for being loyal to us. Over the next month and a half there will be at least 2 giveaways a week and maybe more. Most of the giveaways will have at least 2 winners. We don’t have many international ones unfortunately but we’ll try to include everyone in at least one.

Our first giveaway is from AVEENO. We’ve been Aveeno ambassadors for three years now because we not only love the products but we think everyone should. Even Jennifer Aniston started listening to us (ok, maybe I’m exaggerating). They’ve offered three giveaways for US readers and we love all the products that we’ll be giving away.

HAIRCARE PACKAGE

AVEENO HAIR PRODUCTS TO WIN #beautyinfozone

AVEENO HAIR PRODUCTS TO WIN #beautyinfozone

If you win this prize you’ll be receiving Nourish+ Dandruff ® Control Shampoo and Nourish+ Dandruff ® Control Conditioner. Both of these are wonderful because they are moisturizing as well as having dandruff control. They soothe your dry and itchy scalp and they help make your hair look shiny and healthy at the same time. These contain an anti-dandruff ingredient along with Aveeno’s ACTIVE NATURALS® Oat Complex.

Aveeno Nourish+® Dandruff

Aveeno Nourish+® Dandruff

You’ll also receive Pure Renewal® Shampoo and Pure Renewal® Conditioner. Both of these sulfate-free products are great for all hair types and safe for color-treated hair. They are infused with ACTIVE NATURALS® Seaweed Extract to balance the state of your hair. The goal is to rebalance your hair’s optimal moisture levels so you can have shiny, healthy hair.

Aveeno Pure Renewal®

Aveeno Pure Renewal®

In addition the winner will also get Pure Renewal® Dry Shampoo. When you can’t wash your hair you don’t want to look like you didn’t wash it. Instead if you use this exclusive formula that is infused with balancing ACTIVE NATURALS® Seaweed Extract you’ll end up with instantly revived hair. This is sulfate-free and will help remove excess oil and impurities.

Aveeno Pure Renewal®  Dry Shampoo

Aveeno Pure Renewal® Dry Shampoo

SKINCARE PACKAGE #1

AVEENP SKINCARE PACKAGE 1 TO WIN #beautyinfozone

AVEENP SKINCARE PACKAGE 1 TO WIN #beautyinfozone

If you are the winner of this giveaway you’ll receive 4 of the best Aveeno skincare products. PROTECT + HYDRATE® LOTION SUNSCREEN - We believe in wearing sunscreen every day of the year. Aveeno’s Lotion Sunscreen has Broad Spectrum SPF in either 30, 50 or 70. They mean business. Aveeno combines ENVIROGUARD™ Technology and ACTIVE NATURALS® Colloidal Oatmeal to deliver superior broad spectrum UVA/UVB sun protection while hydrating skin to keep it soft, smooth and feeling healthier than before you went in the sun. You can use their sunscreen on both your face and body since it is oil free and noncomedogenic.

AVEENO® POSITIVELY RADIANT®  INTENSIVE NIGHT CREAM will give you protection during the night so it’s a great adjunct to the sunscreen. This is an oil-free cream that is formulated with ACTIVE NATURALS® Total Soy Complex and vitamin B3. You’ll awake refreshed with smooth skin.

Aveeno

Aveeno

The third prize in this package is POSITIVELY RADIANT® TARGET TONE CORRECTOR to help you with dark spots, discoloration, and uneven tone. It has a concentrated formula that combines Vitamin A and ACTIVE NATURALS® Total Soy Complex. This too is oil-free and noncomedogenic.

To top this prize off you’ll receive the AVEENO® ULTRA-CALMING® Makeup Removing Wipes. These gentle wipes will remove dirt, oil and makeup. You can use them as you would any wipes but not all will remove makeup. They contain ACTIVE NATURALS® CALMING FEVERFEW® , an ingredient related to chamomile, these wipes leave sensitive skin feeling soothed and balanced.

SKINCARE PACKAGE #2

AVEENO SKINCARE PACKAGE 3 TO WIN #beautyinfozone

AVEENO SKINCARE PACKAGE 3 TO WIN #beautyinfozone

There are 4 products in this package. POSITIVELY RADIANT® TARGET TONE CORRECTOR will also be in this prize package since it’s a favorite of ours.

SKIN RELIEF HEALING LOTION is great for the entire family. It’s a multipurpose ointment that contains ACTIVE NATURALS® Triple Oat Complex and is especially great for dry, chafed or cracked areas. It’s soothing and safe enough to put on minor burns, scrapes and gets. This gentle formula is fragrance free, has no lanolin or dyes.

Aveeno Skin Relief products

Aveeno Skin Relief products

SKIN RELIEF MOISTURIZING LOTION is a great body lotion. It too is formulated with ACTIVE NATURALS® Triple Oat Complex. This will restore the moisture your skin needs. It’s especially great for those with dry skin since it will moisturize for 24 hours. It’s not only fragrance free but it’s steroid free and great for sensitive skin.

The winner will also receive POSITIVELY RADIANT® MAKEUP REMOVER WIPES. These are slightly different than the other wipe prize and equally as good. These are targeted for removal of makeup and to help with dull skin. The ACTIVE NATURALS® Total Soy Complex will help with your skin’s radiance and won’t dry out your skin. It’s oil free and noncomedogenic.

WOW! 3 amazing prizes and now you get to choose which one you’d prefer winning. Use the Rafflecopter to enter. This giveaway will be open to US only through March 30th at 11:59 p.m. Towards the end of our giveaways the comments will sometimes close so if that happens to you please email me your comment at beautyinfozone@gmail.com and label it Aveeno comment. Then you can click “I commented” and keep on going. All entries will be verified so make sure you enter honestly. Thank you for reading all this and good luck. – Marcia 

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*prizes will be provided and sent by Aveeno with our thanks

Top Ten Winter Helpers

1419727169_waxelene_lip_balm_tube_0WAXELENE Lip Balm, the Petroleum Jelly Alternative – I not only have a review of this scheduled for later today (12/30/14) but I also have a giveaway for this. I have a ton of lip balms that I can recommend to you but Waxelene is different since it’s soothing and healing plus it has so many uses. It’s more than a lip balm, it’s for dry skin, diapers, chapped lips, makeup removal etc. It comes in many sizes including this lip tube. A winner at only $3.99.*
1419727088_lip-rx-kit-800x800GABRIEL RX LIP KIT containing a lip balm and a lip scrub - a review is coming up for this kit soon. It contains a lip scrub to help banish the flakies and make your lips soft and smooth to prepare for lipsticks. It also contains a great lip balm that is great under lipstick.*
1419727038_31axlo1yjel._sy300_MIRACLE OF ALOE, MIRACLE FOOT REPAIR – I have a lot of foot creams that I use for softer feet but this is my miracle foot cream. My feet were such a wreck after the harsh water of the hospital and a month without showering that I thought I’d never get them back to normal. I slathered this on twice a day and my feet are so smooth now that it’s hard to believe. I’ve bought it several times and it’s something that’s shared by my family.
1419726913_1195078AVEENO SKIN RELIEF MOISTURE REPAIR – This is a winter savior and it’s fragrance free!! It’s for the dryest of skin which is what happens to mine in the winter. Last winter’s Polar Vortex made me rush out to purchase this.
1419726840_rocgoldday30_fulRoC RETINOL CORREXION DEEP WRINKLE DAILY MOISTURIZIER WITH SPF 30 – A long name for an excellent product. It’s not a heavy moisturizer so your skin can breathe easily. The SPF30 is great because it’s broad spectrum.*
1419726783_fvlbodybutterLAVANILA BODY BUTTER in Fresh Vanilla Lemon – La Vanila makes this in several fragrances so you can pick the one you like best. It contains 100% pure shea & cocoa butters so it’s a great winter protectant. You’ll smell good and you’ll feel soft. Full review (and a giveaway) will be coming up.*
1419726698_lemon_hc_largeBE DELECTABLE HAND CREAM in Lemon + Cream – I love the be Delectable line and can recommend all their products. I chose the Hand Cream today because while I need a hand cream all year, I’m desperate for it in winter. It contains mango butter, shea butter and aloe vera to nourish your hands and cuticles. The smell of the lemon is divine.*
1419726602_large_dnabarrierNEOVA DNA BARRIER – This is one of my favorite moisturizers for night. I love how this feels on my skin and how my skin looks when I wake up the next morning. It’s rich but doesn’t clog pores, it has no fragrance, it’s soothing and it’s wonderful. I just finished one and I’m ordering another for sure. *
1419726516_serum_510x600SUPERGOOP ANTI-AGING CITY SUNSCREEN SERUM – This turned into my favorite sunscreen. If the product that I’m using for daytime moisturizing doesn’t have sunscreen then it’s Supergoop to the rescue. No fragrance which is important to me. Gentle and non-greasy. It works great with or without makeup. I wrote about it in July and I am writing about it again at the end of December so it’s a love all year round.*
1419726422_aaa_oil_30ALGENIST ADVANCED ANTI-AGING REPAIRING OIL – I’ve grown to love oil on my face but they aren’t all created equal. This past summer I was testing one by Yes to Blueberries and while the price was right, I finally gave up on it since it was too heavy. An oil needs to be gently absorbed and not sit on top of your skin. Algenist does just that. You can use a few drops or mix it with a serum. Either way it’s protecting my skin this winter and helping with the dehydration that I see.
There are a lot more products that I could have included in this Top Ten list but these are the ones in my current rotation. They are all products I’m thrilled to count as winter saviors. — Marcia
See what the other Top Ten ladies want to share so you can get through this winter.


*some items sent for editorial consideration, some purchased by me and some sent have been repurchased.

Join the #WinterSkin conversation on Twitter 12/11 from 12-1 EST

Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion, fragrance free

Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion, fragrance free

Aveeno Skincare and Lubriderm are joining together to bring you a #WinterSkin conversation with Dr. Jacob on December 11th from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. EST on Twitter. You can get all the tips on keeping your skin smoother and better moisturized. You can ask Dr. Jacob questions during this tweet session and make it personal to you.

To join in tweet @Crowdtappers and use the tag #WinterSkin.

Aveeno + National Oatmeal Day = a great giveaway

http://theoatmeal.com/blog/national_oatmeal_day

http://theoatmeal.com/blog/national_oatmeal_day

Yes you’ve seen this sign before because I recently reviewed Aveeno’s wonderful Soothing Bath Treatment that contains 100% Natural Collodial Oatmeal, a signature ingredient of Aveeno. I’ve relied on Aveeno Collodial Oatmeal for years and years so writing about it has been a pleasure.

Aveeno Bath Treatment

Aveeno Bath Treatment

In honor of National Oatmeal Day Aveeno has graciously offered a giveaway for 2 Beauty Info Zone readers. If you win you’ll receive a box of the 8 packet Soothing Bath Treatment as well as the Daily Moisturizing Lotion (also fragrance free) that I wrote about. These are products that are wonderful for the whole family.

Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion, fragrance free

Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion, fragrance free

This giveaway is open to US subscribers only through November 11th. The prize will be sent by Aveeno. If comments close early, comment on our FB page or to beautyinfozone@gmail.com. Lots of luck! — Marcia

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Aveeno reminds us that Oct. 29th is National Oatmeal Day

http://theoatmeal.com/blog/national_oatmeal_day

http://theoatmeal.com/blog/national_oatmeal_day

Now if it’s up to me, this is how I’m going to celebrate the day: Oatmeal Raisin Cookies. It’s National Oatmeal Day! Oatmeal is an extremely healthy, versatile food that can be eaten any time of day. It is both filling and low in calories, which makes it the perfect breakfast or snack. Oatmeal is also delicious baked in cookies. (from punchbowl.com)

http://www.food.com/recipe/oatmeal-raisin-cookies-302163

http://www.food.com/recipe/oatmeal-raisin-cookies-302163

What I’d love to do after eating those cookies is go upstairs to take a bath using the AVEENO BATH TREATMENT. Right now my skin is super dry because I’m unable to get to my bathroom for proper bathing. Aveeno sent a box of 8 fragrance free bath packets and I’ve been eyeing them since they came.

AVEENO SOOTHING BATH TREATMENT is a colloidal oatmeal skin protectant that is dermatologist recommended. I’ve used this in the past with my own kids since one of them had a lot of allergies that included itchy skin. If it was good enough for him, it’s great for me.

Aveeno Bath Treatment

Aveeno Bath Treatment

This soothing bath treatment for itchy, irritated skin is made of finely milled 100% pure ACTIVE NATURALS® Colloidal Oatmeal—an ingredient long recognized for its ability to relieve itching. When dispersed in water, this powder forms a soothing milky bath that works as a natural cleanser, provides temporary skin protection, and relieves irritation and itching.

1 of 8 packets in the Aveeno Bath Treatment

1 of 8 packets in the Aveeno Bath Treatment

Aveeno Bath information

Aveeno Bath information

All the ingredients in this are derived from nature and uniquely formulated. The Colloidal Oatmeal used in this is for skin protection.  No matter what day or season it is, this soothing bath product can help. In warmer weather use it for insects bites, prickly heat, sunburn, and reactions to poison ivy/oak/sumac. All year round use this for rashes, eczema, hives and diseases like chicken pox. When your skin is overly dry use the Soothing Bath Treatment to get rid of the dry skin and then follow up with one of the many Aveeno Moisturizing Lotions. I’ve been using the fragrance free version of Daily Moisturizing Lotion with success.

Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion, fragrance free

Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion, fragrance free

Some people have a Bucket List, I have a bathroom list and the Aveeno Soothing Bath Treatment is way up on there. — Marcia

*Beauty Info Zone is an Aveeno Ambassador and as such we occasionally receive products to use and for editorial consideration. All opinions are my own.

 

Top 10 Tuesday Sun Protection Favorites

TOP TEN TUESDAY picked an important topic this week – sunscreen. I can’t believe the number of years I didn’t use sunscreen or used it sporadically. I’m paying the consequences now with too many sunspots. As an oldie, but goodie, sunscreen wasn’t in our family vocabulary. Coppertone was put on us to protect us from the sun but it really just made me burn. Now I know better and I’m an avid fan of SPF products. Here are some of my favorites in no particular order.
1. SUPERGOOP CITY SUNSCREEN SERUM* – Unfortunately I’m out of this but I want to repurchase it. The serum is SPF 30+, has no fragrance and is very lightweight. I used this as my SPF and moisturizer and primer – a triple threat!

2. SUPERGOOP DAILY CORRECT CC CREAM* – This is what I’m using now from Supergoop. It’s actually a lightly tinted SPF cream that provides SPF 35 coverage. It comes in three shades; I have Light to Medium which is a little dark for me (see swatch below). This can also be used as a primer and sunscreen that helps even out skintone. If the color is right for you then it will give you the corrective cream coverage that is so popular with CC Creams.

Supergoop CC Cream SPF 35

Supergoop CC Cream SPF 35

Supergoop CC Cream SPF 35

Supergoop CC Cream SPF 35

Supergoop CC Cream light to medium

Supergoop CC Cream light to medium

3. SUPERGOOP ADVANCED AGING EYE CREAM* – How many of you forget about your eye area when thinking about sunscreen? I just assumed my regular sunscreen would be enough but it’s absolutely not. I don’t get that close to my eyes with sunscreen plus that area is so tender and prone to showing aging. This SPF 37 eye cream is a big favorite of mine and not just because it has the best applicator in town.

Supergoop Anti-Aging eyecream with SPF37

Supergoop Anti-Aging eyecream with SPF37

4. MELANSOL 100% NATURAL SUNSCREEN SPF 30 *- This particular SPF 30 sunscreen is not for everyone but it’s perfect for those of us with very fair skin that never tans and always burns. MelanSol makes a variety of sunscreens for those of you who have a different risk level from the sun. This SPF 30 version is great for midday application when the sun is at its peak or for high activity levels when you’ll be out in the sun for longer periods. It contains active ingredients of zinc oxide and titanium dioxide in its natural, cruelty free, vegan formula. I’ve found it to be hydrating and non-greasy. I love having a product that I know will have extra protection when I’m out on the water or in my yard with the little ones.

MelanSol Sunscreen spf 30

MelanSol Sunscreen spf 30

5. NEOVA DNA DAMAGE CONTROL *- A broad spectrum SPF 40 makes this a great choice if you want to be without foundation yet have some coverage when outside. They could call this a CC Cream since it’s described as a Color Correction cream that illuminates and brightens with a tinted, pearl finish. It comes in just one shade though with a very light tint. My skin isn’t good enough to go out in public with just this but I’ll wear it for days I’m at home alone or with a light foundation over it if I do go out. I’ve been very impressed with the Neova line and this is no exception.

Neova DNA Damage Control SPF 40

Neova DNA Damage Control SPF 40

swatches of Neova DNA spf and Supergoop CC Cream

swatches of Neova DNA SPF and Supergoop CC Cream (light to medium)

6. ALGENIST ULTRA LIGHTWEIGHT UV DEFENSE FLUID SPF 50* – This is another of my old favorite sunscreens which I’ve used up. I’ve talked about it several times in posts. It contains Titanium Dioxide (2%), Zinc Oxide (17.1%) and Octinoxate (7.5%) along with the other fabulous Algenist ingredients that make this brand unique. I won’t go on about it since you can read my previous linked review other than to say, it’s great!

7. and 8. AVEENO PROTECT + HYDRATE LOTION SUNSCREEN* – Aveeno makes two different Protect+Hydrate Lotion Sunscreens. For your face you’ll want Broad Spectrum SPF 50 which is oil free and non-comedogenic. For your body (and face) you want Broad Spectrum SPF 30 which is very hydrating while being protective. These are both new products for 2014 along with an SPF 70 formula. Aveeno is priced right at $9.95 for a 3 oz tube and it delivers sunscreen in an advanced formula that uses their patented Colloidal Oatmeal.

Aveeno Protect+Hydrate sunscreens

Aveeno Protect+Hydrate sunscreens

9. and 10. B. KAMINS LIP BALM SPF 20 and VAULT RETRACTABLE LIP BALMS SPF 30 – We absolutely can’t forget our lips and here are two brands that I love using. Lisa reviewed the B Kamins so I picked it up at a local boutique, it’s actually more of a lip protectant than what we think of with a lip balm. It comes in a tube and squeezes out in an emollient balm. Vault Retractable Lip Balms are a twist on the typical balm because it was originally created for use during sports as well as other times. It takes three easy steps: PUSH the plunger (the bottom half) until the tip locks in place; TWIST the plunger to deliver the lip balm; CLICK the trigger to release the tip which closes it back up. Stick it in your pocket and it’s done. Nothing to fall off or lose. While they have a clear lip balm, it’s the tinted ones that are my favorites. There are 8 lightly tinted balms and they’ve lowered the price to $6.99 (from $9) and have free shipping.

Vault Retractable Lip Balm in Bikini

Vault Retractable Lip Balm in Bikini

Now that you’ve seen my long list of 2014 favorites tell me what your favorite is. Then go visit the other lovely sunscreen buffs in the Top 10 Tuesday group. — Marcia


*products received for consideration