Best skin care trends for back to school

Best skin care trends for back to school

I can’t believe all the terrific beauty products on sale at Meijer next week for their Fall Beauty Week – everything needed to take care of yourself from tips to toes. Here are some of my skin care picks, including an awesome tote bag set to carry all those goodies!                                                                 samples

Modella 9 Piece Tote Set

Modella 9 Piece Tote Set

I am loving this tote bag set! The Modella 9 Piece Tote Set is a great bargain to begin with, and an even better bargain during Fall Beauty Week. The bags are waterproof and easy to clean, and there’s a size for every possible need you might have.

Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water

If you haven’t tried Garnier’s Micellar Cleansing Water yet, now is your chance. It’s an excellent cleanser especially for those nights when all you want to do is fall into bed. You won’t skip washing your face when all it takes is a cotton pad – the Micellar Cleansing Water attracts dirt and oil, so no water or scrubbing is necessary.

derma e Anti-Wrinkle Vitamin A Retinyl Palmitate Creme

If you have very dry skin and want something that moisturizes and treats wrinkles, definitely try the derma e Anti-Wrinkle Vitamin A Retinyl Palmitate Creme. Retinyl Palmitate is pure Vitamin A, one of the best antioxidants available. Be sure to use a spatula so you don’t accidentally contaminate the moisturizer, and pick up some of awesome derma e products in the sample packs if you can. They are perfect for travel or to keep at your desk – just use a pin to prick a hole in the sample pack which helps the product last and keeps it from spilling out.

Olay Eye Cream and Aveeno Absolutely Ageless moisturizers A few more skin care recommendations that you can find on sale next week at the Meijer Fall Beauty Week:  for eyes, check out the Olay Eye Lifting Serum. It has cutting edge ingredients including fantastic antioxidants and peptides and I think it’s one of the best drugstore eye serums available. Two other favorites are from Aveeno’s Absolutely Ageless line. The Daily Moisturizer has excellent broad spectrum sun protection, improves skin texture and tone, and is a great moisturizer for those with combination to oily skin. The Restorative Night Cream is another winner, reducing the look of fine lines and wrinkles while also firming and toning skin. Great stuff!

Get your shopping list ready – Meijer’s Fall Beauty Week starts September 11th.  – Lisa

*sponsored post, opinions all my own!

What would summer be without Aveeno?

aveeno summer

Thanks to Aveeno for providing all these products to help my family and me enjoy the summer.

Check my house for sunscreen and you’ll find plenty. Thanks to AVEENO® not only are my husband and I protected but so are my sweet grandchildren. I’d be inside most of the time if not for them, but the sun and fun beckon when you are 2 and 5. Splashpads are the hit of the day, going for a boat ride is the hit of the month, and running through the sprinklers while squirting the dog and grandparents i always the best. That means we all have to be protected and AVEENO® saves the day.

Aveeno sun protection and relief

Aveeno sun protection and relief

AVEENO® Protect + Hydrate is available in different strengths of sun protection (SPF 30 and 50). I have the 30 which is perfect for me since I am comfortable using it on both my face and body.

AVEENO® PROTECT + HYDRATE® Lotion Sunscreen with Broad Spectrum SPF 30

AVEENO® PROTECT + HYDRATE® Lotion Sunscreen with Broad Spectrum SPF 30

AVEENO® PROTECT + HYDRATE® Lotion Sunscreen with Broad Spectrum SPF 30 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. For use on face and body, this exclusive formula is fast absorbing, oil free, noncomedogenic, and sweat and water-resistant for 80 minutes.

My grandchildren have been brought up right and never fight us when we have to put on sunscreen. I wish I could have said the same for my own kids when growing up. AVEENO® has a large variety of children’s sunscreen under their baby category. Just because it says Baby though doesn’t mean it’s relegated to infants and toddlers. Young children have much more sensitive skin and need the extra protection of products formulated for them. There are 3 AVEENO® baby sunscreens. We have two in our beach bag and one in the car at all times.

AVEENO® Baby Natural Protection Lotion Sunscreen with Broad Spectrum SPF 50 contains MINERALGUARD® Technology and 100% naturally sourced sunscreen ingredients, a more natural alternative.

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.

AVEENO® Baby Natural Protection Lotion Sunscreen with Broad Spectrum SPF 50

AVEENO® Baby Natural Protection Lotion Sunscreen with Broad Spectrum SPF 50

AVEENO® Baby CONTINUOUS PROTECTION Lotion Sunscreen with Broad Spectrum SPF 55 is similar but with longer lasting protection. It’s not greasy, is fragrance free and contains skin-soothing ACTIVE NATURALS® Colloidal Oatmeal. After 80 minutes in the sun, don’t forget to reapply.

AVEENO® Baby CONTINUOUS PROTECTION Lotion Sunscreen with Broad Spectrum SPF 55

AVEENO® Baby CONTINUOUS PROTECTION Lotion Sunscreen with Broad Spectrum SPF 55

The absolute handiest product to have is the AVEENO® Baby Natural Protection Face Stick Sunscreen with Broad Spectrum SPF 50. This stick can be a life saver. We often picnic on our deck or at the park and I can run this over their faces with ease. My 2 year old loves doing it herself so even if she uses up more product than I do, that’s okay with me.

AVEENO® Baby Natural Protection Face Stick Sunscreen with Broad Spectrum SPF 50

AVEENO® Baby Natural Protection Face Stick Sunscreen with Broad Spectrum SPF 50

Packing up for summer fun means juice, snacks, a blanket, and sunscreen galore. Make it Aveeno.  — Marcia

Aveeno and summer fun

Aveeno and summer fun

aveeno summer and my girl

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An introduction to Aveeno Absolutely Ageless with a giveaway

It’s always fun to receive a delivery from Aveeno and their new Absolutely Ageless products are a perfect addition to their already great line.

photo credit: www.kineticsnj.com

photo credit: www.kineticsnj.com

Yes, it’s their new blackberry fragranced Absolutely Ageless™ products that are a delicious mix Aveeno concentration of ACTIVE NATURALS® Blackberry Complex infused with vitamins, antioxidants, and anti-aging ingredients. If I have to have fragrance in my products then let them be yummy.

Blackberry Jam - amazingly good from Mrs. Millers

Blackberry Jam – amazingly good from Mrs. Millers

The AVEENO® Absolutely Ageless™ Collection was created to help reduce the visible effects of elastin and collagen loss, but to also nourish skin, to keep it looking younger, longer. Who wouldn’t want that?

all 5 of the new Aveeno Absolutely Ageless™ products

all 5 of the new Aveeno Absolutely Ageless™ products

Let’s start with cleansing our skin with the Nourishing Cleanser. This is gentle enough for both morning and night. I keep it in my shower because of the plastic pump. I don’t have to worry about breakage and it’s sealed well so water doesn’t seep in. This removes dirt and makeup and totally refreshes my skin making it ready for my day. It’s hydrating without being too rich so it doesn’t clog pores at all. The MSRP is $7.99 so it’s an affordable option in your life.

AVEENO® Absolutely Ageless™ Intensive Renewal Serum is a wonderful serum as it contains everything that Aveeno is known for including this new Active Naturals Blackberry Complex. It’s a thin serum that absorbs pretty quickly without leaving any stickiness behind. The top is a pump so you aren’t compromising the inside. While the MSRP is $19.99 which is a good price for this top notch serum, Amazon has it for $12.86 making it a steal.

AVEENO® Absolutely Ageless™ Intensive Renewal Serum

AVEENO® Absolutely Ageless™ Intensive Renewal Serum

The next step for me is to apply eye cream since I want everything absorbed before it’s time to put on any cosmetics. Aveeno didn’t forget my favorite product when they came out with AVEENO® Absolutely Ageless™ Eye Cream. This 0.5 oz eye cream is the perfect size for home and travel. The slant tip makes it easy to apply without using your fingers if you want. If you want to lose your dark circles and that pesky puffiness this is a great way to go. You know I’m a nut about eye cream and it’s wonderful to find one so well priced. And I don’t notice a fragrance!!!!

Aveeno Absolutely Ageless Nourishing Cleanser, Eye cream, Intensive Renewal Serum

Aveeno Absolutely Ageless Daily Moisturizer, Eye cream, Intensive Renewal Serum

Moving on we need moisturizer and Aveeno Absolutely Ageless has both a daily moisturizer and a night cream. I’m always delighted when there’s sunscreen in my moisturizer since it saves me an extra step. AVEENO® Absolutely Ageless™ Daily Moisturizer with Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30 fits that bill. The moisturizer has the strongest fragrance of the 5 products but you won’t notice it after a while. It comes with a pump applicator. As with all of these products it’s dermatologist test and won’t clog pores. We need both moisturizer and sunscreen daily to keep our skin looking youthful. Whenever I’d take my 90 year old+ mother to the dermatologist Aveeno is what they’d recommend for her.

AVEENO® Absolutely Ageless™ Daily Moisturizer with Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30

AVEENO® Absolutely Ageless™ Daily Moisturizer with Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30

AVEENO® Absolutely Ageless™ Daily Moisturizer with Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30

AVEENO® Absolutely Ageless™ Daily Moisturizer with Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30

For night we have AVEENO® Absolutely Ageless™ Restorative Night Cream. This is the only product that’s in a jar. This night cream is thick and creamy having the most delicious fragrance of all these. This is much more intense than the Daily Moisturizer so you need to scoop it out and cover your entire face and neck area with it. Do NOT forget your neck. You are doing everything you can to keep your face hydrated and more youthful but it’s your neck that is a tell tale giveaway of age (example Meg Ryan at the Tony’s!). This is great for dry skin especially.

Now for the very good news, AVEENO® has kindly offered to send 3 Beauty Info Zone this entire skincare line. The US only winners will win all 5 of the products to see for themselves what a difference AVEENO® can make in their skin.  — Marcia

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION: This is a US only giveaway for 3 Beauty Info Zone subscribers. When filling out the Rafflecopter make sure you actually do both requirements before going forward. Entries are verified. The giveaway ends on Monday July 4th at 11:59 pm eastern. If Since comments closed please email me at beautyinfozone@gmail.com with your comment so you can continue on in the Rafflecopter. Prizes will be distributed by Aveeno or their PR. We thank them for the continued generosity with Beauty Info Zone and our readers.

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Join the #AveenoDailyChallenge and unlock your best skin

Each year Aveeno® reminds us to take the #AveenoDailyChallenge to make our skin softer and smoother before summer rolls around. It’s a 28 day challenge but one I’ve been doing for a lot longer than 28 days.

#AveenoDailyChallenge

#AveenoDailyChallenge

As an Aveeno® ambassador I feel fortunate when I receive a package from them with their wonderful products. The products I received this time to remind me to take part in the #AveenoDailyChallenge were much welcomed because they play a big part in my daily life.

I use Aveeno’s® Fragrance Free Moisturizing Body Lotion every day so my daily challenge is really a 365 one. Even if I use another body product like a wonderful body oil or a different lotion, Aveeno® Fragrance Free Daily Moisturizing Lotion is somewhere on my body.

Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion

Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion

The combination of Aveeno® Daily Moisturizing Body Wash and Lotion provides 2x the nourishment for beautiful, healthy-looking skin every day. Formulated with Active Naturals® Colloidal Oatmeal, this daily ritual locks in moisture for soft, smooth skin.

#AveenoDailyChallenge

#AveenoDailyChallenge

Why wouldn’t I want to feel like this? I hope you’ll take the challenge and post using the hashtag #AveenoDailyChallenge!  —  Marcia

*received from Aveeno

Stock up your shower with drugstore finds from Aveeno

AveenoOne of the coolest things about blogging is discovering awesome finds at terrific prices. I have a few favorite drugstore lines and AVEENO® is one of them.

I am sad for all the years I didn’t know about this great brand, but Marcia and I have been AVEENO® brand ambassadors for years now and we are very proud of this. Over the years I have found many must-have products from this sensitive skin-friendly brand, and today I want to tell you about three staples to stock up on for a super shower.

*pr samples     

Aveeno Pure Renewal Shampoo and Conditioner, Daily Moisturizing Body Wash

Aveeno Pure Renewal Shampoo and Conditioner, Daily Moisturizing Body Wash

The AVEENO® PURE RENEWAL® hair products have an ingredient called ACTIVE NATURALS® SEAWEED EXTRACT.  It’s full of vitamins, proteins, and minerals that clean hair without leaving it dried out, conditioning and balancing it to perfection. The AVEENO® PURE RENEWAL® SHAMPOO (10.5 fl.oz., $6.49) is a great shampoo that indeed leaves hair super clean but still soft and shiny. It is sulfate free, so while it doesn’t have a ton of foam it still does a wonderful job even on color treated hair.

Aveeno Pure Renewal Shampoo and Conditioner

The sister conditioner, AVEENO® PURE RENEWAL® CONDITIONER (10.5 fl.oz., $6.49) is a conditioner for those who don’t need tons of moisture weighing down hair. It’s especially good for oily or fine hair, since it’s light but still hydrates and gives hair shine. If you have very dry ends or lots of frizz, you will probably want something heavier. Otherwise, this is a terrific every day, workhorse conditioner.

Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Body Wash

 A shower isn’t complete with shampoo and conditioner – you also need a perfect body wash. I love AVEENO® body washes because they have ACTIVE NATURALS® COLLOIDAL OATMEAL, which is fantastic for all kinds of skin, even the most sensitive. Colloidal oatmeal protects and soothes skin and it has tons of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. I think the body wash to get – especially for guest bathrooms to accommodate any skin care needs – is the AVEENO® DAILY MOISTURIZING BODY WASH (12 fl.oz., $6.99). No kidding, this is a stand out drugstore product. It has a very light fragrance and the ingredients include the colloidal oatmeal plus a blend of natural oils and emollients that clean skin beautifully while also soothing and refreshing. All skin types will love this soap free, dye free and hypoallergenic body wash. It rinses clean and is truly one of the best body washes I have ever tried.
I recently visited a friend who is beyond wealthy and while she has all sorts of products from very expensive lines, every shower in her house had nothing but AVEENO® products — for very good reason!  Next time you are at the drugstore, stock up on AVEENO® PURE RENEWAL® SHAMPOOCONDITIONER, and DAILY MOISTURIZING BODY WASH. They are perfect for your guests and perfect for you, too.  – Lisa
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Beauty tips, beauty hacks, beauty helpers

TOP TEN TUESDAY has an interesting topic this week. Beauty Hacks is the official name this week which I see as beauty helps. I was initially reluctant to do this but as I started coming up with ideas, I realized it was fun!! I hope you have fun reading this and hopefully learning a new tip you weren’t familiar with.  — Marcia

1)  My number one tip is a microfiber cloth. I’ve become addicted to my microfiber cloth so much that I have spares. I use mine to clean brushes. What you want is a nubby cloth that’s not too hard. The yellow one in this picture is perfect. There’s enough texture to it that you can gently rub your brushes onto it and the color is removed. I clean all the brushes I use with powder products on this so I only have to wash my brushes biweekly. Saves me time and I just throw it in the laundry with my clothes, lay it out to dry, and I’m done. They dry quickly too. The ones I have are from Scotch but I think other brands would work well too.

microfiber cloths

microfiber cloths

2) Speaking of washing brushes, this is where Johnson’s Baby Shampoo comes in. I’ve used this for years as an alternative to a brush cleaner. If you run out of your brush cleaner or just don’t want to spend the money, try this gentle shampoo. I pour a small amount in a plastic cup without adding water. I swirl my brush/es around making sure that the product gets out. Next I pour that out, add some water, and swirl until the water runs clean. Don’t put too much shampoo in since it’s not needed. Next dab on a towel to get rid of the excess water, lay to dry, and VOILA – clean and nice smelling brushes.

Johnson's Baby Shampoo

Johnson’s Baby Shampoo

3)  Tip 3 is also using Johnson’s Baby Shampoo and this comes from my ophthalmologist. He recommends washing my eye makeup off with this shampoo. I don’t do that since I find mascara too stubborn. But I do have a small bottle of this in my shower and wash my eyes with it then. What my doctor recommended too is that any time my eyes bother me or I feel something building up that’s the time to use this gentle “no more tears” shampoo. He told me this over 20 years ago and knock-on-wood it’s been a perfect tip.

4) Everyone has tips for Vaseline Jelly. It’s been around longer than any of us have been and is used so many ways. While I haven’t tried it as an eye makeup remover, I’ve read that people do use it this way. One of the ways I use Vaseline Petroleum Jelly is when I color my own hair. I pull my hair back, apply Vaseline around the edges of my face so that my skin doesn’t pick up the color. I also put it on my earlobes. As I’m washing the color out, I’m also washing away the Vaseline. Other uses are to protect skin against chafing and helping with dry skin.

Vaseline Jelly Original

Vaseline Jelly Original

5) A product I like even more than Vaseline is Waxelene which is an alternative to petroleum jelly. This makes a wonderful lip balm especially when your lips are horribly chapped. Waxelene is non-petroleum based, all natural, eco friendly, biodegradable, and has no GMOs. If you cut yourself shaving, apply Waxelene on it to stop the bleeding and help the healing. It really works. I also like to use this on the cracks on my feet. waxelene jar2

6)  Carbonated Water is your friend too. Two beauty related ways to use carbonated water or seltzer are on your hair. If you suffer from frizzy hair, use carbonated water as your final rinse water. It won’t remove the frizz entirely but it will help reduce it. Also if you are in a chlorinated pool, rinse your hair after with carbonated water. It will restore luster to your locks especially if you color treat your hair.

carbonated water

carbonated water

7) Elmer’s Glue can help you when you manicure your nails. To get a clean edge use an old brush and paint around the edge of your nails, let it dry, and then do your manicure. When done just peel off the glue and your nails will look like you had them done. There are more expensive products that are sold for this job but why not use a product that you probably have in your house or can use for lots of other uses?

Elmer's Glue

Elmer’s Glue

8)  No need to buy a fragranced body lotion when you can do double duty with your favorite unscented body lotion. My suggestions are Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion Fragrance Free and Delectable Scent Free Body Lotion. Just add the fragrance of the day to your body lotion and you won’t clash. Perfume companies charge a lot for their fragranced body lotions and a lot of times they are too strong. You can get the strength you want this way and be sure you like wearing it all over.

Delectable Scent Free Body Lotion

Delectable Scent Free Body Lotion

Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Body Wash and Lotion #AveenoDailyChallenge

Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Body Wash and Lotion

9)  What happens when you buy a mascara that you just don’t like? Sometimes it’s not the mascara but it’s the wand. Here’s a way to get double duty out of mascara wands you really like. When time is up for your mascara toss it but keep the wand. Wash it well and put it aside. You’ve got it ready now to repurpose it with a different mascara. You won’t be able to screw it in so keep the original wand but you’ll have a favorite wand to revive a mascara that just wasn’t cutting it.

repurpose your old mascara wands

repurpose your old mascara wands

10) More to do with mascara wands

* use it as an eyebrow spoolie, you really don’t have to buy a separate spoolie since you can repurpose

* spray it with hair spray to hold down those little flyaways that are static prone

* a clean mascara wand can help separate your lashes before applying mascara. Instead of allowing them to clump together naturally, comb through first.

* is your gray showing at your temples? Add color to the wand and cover it up. A matte eyeshadow that matches your hair color would work for a day.

Which is your favorite hack from this list? Is there a tip you can share?

Let’s see what other tips the Top Ten bloggers have created…


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Mmmm, coconut…Aveeno Skin Relief Gentle Scent™ Nourishing Coconut Body Wash and Lotion

Aveeno Skin Relief Gentle Scent™ Nourishing Coconut Body Wash and Lotion

Aveeno Skin Relief Gentle Scent™ Nourishing Coconut Body Wash and Lotion

I look out my window and it’s all white. Snow, ice, sleet….every day, day after day. I walk outside and can’t even catch my breath because of the subzero temperatures. Inside, it’s warm but so dry my skin gets itchy and uncomfortable. I long for the sweet coconut scent of a tropical beach and soft, hydrated skin….and Aveeno comes to rescue!

I’ve loved Aveeno body products for a very long time because I find the oatmeal-based products extremely gentle and soothing. As an Aveeno Ambassador I was recently sent two coconut-scented Aveeno products to test and I was hoping they would help me satisfy my craving for coconut and for soft skin.

Aveeno Skin Relief Gentle Scent™ Nourishing Coconut Body Wash

Aveeno Skin Relief Gentle Scent™ Nourishing Coconut Body Wash

AVEENO® SKIN RELIEF GENTLE SCENT™BODY WASH NOURISHING COCONUT ($7.49)  Typically any product that is gentle for skin should probably not include fragrance, but the Skin Relief Gentle Scents products are an exception. In fact, this scented body wash has been clinically tested and is as gentle as the fragrance-free version, which is great news.

The Skin Relief Gentle Scent Body Wash is soap-free, dye-free, and allergy tested. It cleans skin beautifully with a soft lather that rinses clean but doesn’t leave my skin feeling dry and tight. And the coconut fragrance….YUM! It’s a beautiful scent that isn’t overly sweet, it’s more like fresh coconuts. Oh so good!! After my shower, the perfect winter combo is following this body wash with….

Aveeno Skin Relief Gentle Scent™ Nourishing Coconut Body  Lotion

Aveeno Skin Relief Gentle Scent™ Nourishing Coconut Body Lotion

AVEENO SKIN RELIEF GENTLE SCENT™LOTION NOURISHING COCONUT ($9.99).  This is a light lotion with the same coconut scent, also tested and found to be as gentle as the fragrance-free version. The lotion has the ACTIVE NATURALS® Triple Oat Complex, which soothes irritated, dry skin and leaves skin wonderfully hydrated. Anyone with sensitive dry skin will love this non-greasy body lotion. It makes my skin super soft all day long even in dry winter heat. Like the body wash, the scent is a deep, yummy coconut that doesn’t have that slightly chemical scent that many lotions have. The scent is faint but still there 12 hours later.
I love these affordable and effective body products.  They bring me the scent and the skin of summer!  – Lisa
*sent for editorial consideration
Aveeno is available at Walmart, CVS, Kroger, and other drugstores.
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