MinxNY has added clean fun to my life – and this giveaway could add it to your life

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Have you heard of MinxNY? They have a new Spa Collection that makes getting clean fun! Not only are these products fun but they are so reasonably priced that having them will make you one thrilled lady. And it keeps getting better because MinxNY Spa Collection is currently on sale for 20% off.

There are 3 items that they sent – one for me and one for our giveaway winner.

MinxNY Spa Collection

MinxNY Spa Collection

The SPA SHOWER CAP is the cutest and most substantial shower cap I’ve ever had the pleasure of using. I only wash my hair a few times a week so a shower cap is a necessity for me when taking a shower. How great is it to get out of your shower and see yourself saying HELLO GORGEOUS! Ain’t that the truth.

Minx Spa Shower Cap

Minx Spa Shower Cap

Minx Spa Shower Cap

Minx Spa Shower Cap

Outside you have a waterproof protective covering while inside you’ll find a soft cotton-polyester terry lining. The terry cloth helps wick away any moisture so you come out dry and gorgeous!

MinxNY Spa Shower Cap

MinxNY Spa Shower Cap

It even comes with a sturdy travel bag so you have no excuse not to take it on a vacation.

WIPE OUT! MAKE-UP REMOVER CLOTH is a Kissable product! Everyone will want to kiss your soft skin after you’ve used this. And you’ll want to feel how soft your face is after the gentle exfoliation.

MinxNY Kissable Make-Up Remover Cloth

MinxNY Kissable Make-Up Remover Cloth

This 2-in-1 cleansing cloth is available in pink or blue and does double duty. Use it to remove makeup without cleanser and/or you can use this as an exfoliator cloth. The steps are easy.

MinxNY Kissable Make-Up Remover Cloth

MinxNY Kissable Make-Up Remover Cloth

Wet the cloth and rub it outwardly across your face and neck. Rewet the cloth, squeeze and let the cosmetics go down the drain. Keep doing that until the water runs clear.

MinxNY Kissable Make-Up Remover Cloth

MinxNY Kissable Make-Up Remover Cloth

Now to exfoliate turn it to the other side and repeat but this time add your facial cleanser onto the Wipeout Cleansing Cloth. Now use it going INWARDS on your face. So you’re going in the opposite direction to very gently exfoliate. There’s nothing harsh about it. When you’ve squeezed out the water just hang it to air dry.

MinxNY Kissables Exfoliating Mitt

MinxNY Kissables Exfoliating Mitt

Let’s not forget your body and for that there’s the KISSABLES EXFOLIATING MITT. While this can be used on your face too it’s your body that’s going to love this gentle but efficient exfoliation mitt.

MinxNY Kissables Exfoliating Mitt

MinxNY Kissables Exfoliating Mitt

I love this and love that I can use this over and over again. The mitt fits securely but not tightly over your hand. You have the option of using a cleanser or just lukewarm water. Rub it over your skin and you’ve quickly exfoliated. You’ll be surprised how many layers of dead skin will be removed without you feeling uncomfortable.

MinxNY Kissables Exfoliating Mitt

MinxNY Kissables Exfoliating Mitt

The mitt itself is 100% Viscose and feels gentle against your skin but don’t worry since it has a job and it does that job well. If you have ingrown hairs expect them to be long gone after this Exfoliating Mitt.

MinxNY Spa Collection

MinxNY Spa Collection

I’m excited that I’ve been introduced to MinxNY and their Spa Collection. There’s nothing like a beauty day at home and they’ve contributed to mine for sure.  —  Marcia

Now for the good news! MinxNY has sent me a second set just for one of our subscribers. The winner will receive all three of these products to have their own Spa Days at home. US only. You m.u.s.t. be a Beauty Info Zone email subscriber and you must comment. I seem to say that every other day but some people don’t follow those simple rules and they always get disqualified! Don’t let that be you. This giveaway is open through 5/25/17 at 11:59 p.m. EDT. All directions are in the Rafflecopter.

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*products sent for consideration and to facilitate review

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!

Bouncing my way to beauty with Beauty Junkees

I’ve been a devoted bouncer ever since the first pink makeup sponge became available. At the time I was the editor of a beauty forum and we’d talk at length about this sponge and wonder who would spend $20 on a sponge. I wasn’t the first to take the plunge but I was the second and it converted me to a believer. I bounce my foundation on for a perfectly smooth and blended application.

I no longer have to spend $20 for one sponge though because Beauty Junkees Pro Makeup Blending Sponge set was sent my way and I’m in bouncing heaven. Beauty Junkees sponge set gives me 4 uniquely shaped sponges to use for … hold onto your seat … $14.97. I was amazed by the price but what amazes me more is the quality of these sponges.

Beauty Junkees Pro Makeup Blending Sponge Set

Beauty Junkees Pro Makeup Blending Sponge Set

There are 4 sponges so there’s even enough for the person that “borrows” your beauty items (and doesn’t return). But you might just fight for the right to use them all.

Starting with the basics, this is the best way to use these blending sponges:

  1. Get the sponge wet by holding it under water while softly squeezing the sponge so it absorbs the water. You’ll notice that it doubles in size and becomes soft.
  2. Now gently squeeze out the excess water since you don’t want this drenched. It’s recommended to dry it with a soft towel too so that the sponge feels damp.
  3. It’s application time – apply the product onto the dampened sponge and bounce, aka stipple, the product onto your skin. Do NOT rub back and forth or you take away to specialness of using the sponge.
  4. There are so many products you can use with a sponge so having a variety is an ace in the hole. Try skincare, concealers, blush, and foundation.

Let’s start with the Pink Teardrop since that’s the standard one that everyone wants. To me this is the perfect sponge. I use the bottom for foundation on my entire face. The curve allows it to blend well along my jawline while the point is great for the area around my nose and eyes.

Beauty Junkees Pink Teardrop

Beauty Junkees Pink Teardrop

The Purple Pear can be used for all of the above areas but because it has an ergonomically designed shape it helps with grip. It’s great for the wider areas of your face.

Beauty Junkees Purple Pear

Beauty Junkees Purple Pear

The Green Oval is the slimmest one and helps with more exact application. I like to blend cream blush with it since I can erase errors when I go too wide and I can blend the edges so that there’s no harsh lines.

Beauty Junkees Green Oval

Beauty Junkees Green Oval

The Blue Sculptor is the most versatile of the 4 brushes and the one I like to use dry at times. The flat bottom works well to dip into a loose transparent powder and bounce on my skin. It doesn’t pick up too much powder and once I’m done I can go over it to soften the look even more.  It’s also a great one for applying moisturizers, SPF, neck creams, and night creams.

Beauty Junkees Blue Sculptor

Beauty Junkees Blue Sculptor

When I was reading the directions I learned how to clean these the best way. I never thought to do this but it works and you can do this with brushes too. Use olive oil along with soap and water. The rationale is that oil will clean oil. The first time I did this I was amazed at how clean my sponge came out. Use warm water to moisten the sponge, use a dime size amount of olive oil along with a gentle soap. Massage the sponge under running water until there’s no makeup residue coming out. Then squeeze out the excess water and let it air dry. I love this method.

4 sponges, 4 + uses and 4 beautifully bright colors can now make up your sponge wardrobe from now on. Beauty Junkees is sold on Amazon with free shipping if you have Prime or have the minimum Amazon order to receive free shipping. At $14.97 currently it’s a total steal ($3.74 per sponge!). The quality is excellent and the uses many.

Are you a bouncer? Beauty Junkees can make you one!! — Marcia

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My New Year’s Resolution is less wrinkles! Will the Conture Kinetic Skin Enhancement System help me reach this goal??

Conture Kinetic Skin Enhancement System

Conture Kinetic Skin Enhancement System

One of my goals for 2016 is to end it with LESS wrinkles. First on my game plan for tackling this resolution is the Conture Kinetic Skin Enhancement System ($249).

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Conture Kinetic Skin Enhancement System topicals

Conture Kinetic Skin Enhancement System topicals

This system tones skin through Kinetic technology using a skin toning device along with specific topicals, including a treatment serum plus a morning moisturizer and a night moisturizer. The device is sort of like a hand vacuum for skin – it lifts skin, stimulating blood flow. It helps treatment products absorb better, increasing the efficacy of the active ingredients. I am excited to try the device and also excited to try the topicals – who wouldn’t be with reported clinical results of 63% reduction in crows feet wrinkles??

Conture Kinetic Skin Enhancement System

I think what I am most excited about is that this device is not only for the face, but also for the jaw line, neck, and decollete. My face looks pretty good, but I feel like I am really starting to show my age on my neck. I am taking my before pics tonight and will update with after pics in two weeks…while the clinical results from Conture’s testing were after 12 weeks of twice daily use, I plan to update every 2 weeks to really evaluate my progress. Take a look at the Conture website to see the device in action, as well as some before and afters.

For me, 2016 is going to be the year of LESS – less stress, less worry, and less wrinkles!!  How about you?? – Lisa

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Make-Up-Matte review and giveaway!

I love pretty, I love practical, I love convenient. Make-Up-Matte ($22.95) is all three and you can win one of your own with our giveaway!

The Make-Up-Matte

The Make-Up-Matte

The Make-Up-Matte is like your own portable vanity. I was totally charmed when this came for review. It’s absolutely darling and it makes taking your beauty routine with you incredibly easy. Think of all the times when you wished you had your ‘stuff’ – at the gym, at work, at the airport, even in your car. This soft, washable Matte keeps everything you need at your fingertips, perfectly organized.

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Here it is!

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and here is the Make-Up-Matte full of good stuff

It’s a mat so your stuff stays clean while providing a work space for all your beauty needs. The Matte is made from microfiber so it absorbs any mess. After you are finished, just roll it back up and once again it becomes a portable carryall. I’ve used it with skin care, cosmetics, and nail products and it never lets me down.

The Make-Up-Matte is a terrific holiday gift idea that will make anyone extremely happy.  There are quite a few different pattern choices so you can find the perfect fit for that special someone, or for yourself.

how to use the Make-Up-Matte

how to use the Make-Up-Matte

Now is your chance to win one of these pretty and practical Mattes. Winning is easy, so enter now!  Giveaway open to US subscribers through 12/27/13. – Lisa

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*product reviewed and giveaway prize courtesty of Make-Up-Matte

Getting to the bottom of the barrel with Spatty Daddy

Reality TV comes to the BIZ via the Spatty and the Spatty Daddy! This neat product was first pitched by creator Cheryl Rigdon on the reality television show Shark Tank. After the show, the Spatty took off. It’s a very small investment that quickly pays for itself.

The Spatty

The Spatty Combo Set

The Combo Set pictured above is $10.99. It includes both a 6 inch Spatty and a 12 inch Spatty Daddy. Both have strong but flexible handles, a pliable foam/sponge-like tip, and are dishwasher safe. The larger one is amazing for things like jars of peanut butter and the smaller one is a miracle for cosmetic and skin care products.

Spatty

Spatty and Spatty Daddy

Spatty

the foam tip is hard but flexible

Spatty

Spatty from the side

I was shocked when I realized how much money I wasted by throwing away bottles and jars that still had ‘stuff” inside. The flexible handle makes it easy to manuever around difficult to reach areas, and the tip is like a magnet the way it scoops up whatever you are digging for.

Spatty

I love anything I don’t have to wash by hand

The one that is truly swoon-worthy for a cosmetics lover is the regular Spatty. I’ve tried and loved other ‘product scoopers’ before, but alas the tip was either too inflexible or too big to fit into my beloved Reviva Makeup Primer jar.  I still kept the jar, just in case I could find something that would help me savor every drop…and I actually yelped when the Spatty slid right in!!

I was SO happy to see this...

I was SO happy to see this…

...which resulted in this!

…which resulted in this!

Think of all those little jars you have with a pump top that quit working when there is still so much good stuff inside.  You can also repurpose these as pastry decorating tools!  This is a great little gift for anyone, but you absolutely want to get one for yourself.

What really impressed me is how a portion of the profits are donated toward providing safe water to third world countries. Save yourself some money and help a really great cause with the Spatty and Spatty Daddy. You can find them at www.thespatty.com .   – Lisa

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I love innovations like Beauty Spoon (and so will 5 winners)

If you haven’t heard of Beauty Spoon then it’s time to pay attention. I love tools of all kinds and this is one I’ve added to my love list. My kitchen is filled with gadgets and I don’t even love to cook anymore so of course my beauty area needs to be filled with this kind of fun gadget.

Beauty Spoon

Beauty Spoon

Beauty Spoon is a special spoon designed to get all the product out of your jars and bottles. No more waste for you! It’s not that I use up products that often but when I love them enough to finish them, then I want every last drop! I was really happy when Beauty Spoon sent this along for review (and offered a giveaway).

The “spoon” part has a lip on it that was specially designed to scoop up the product and hold it on the spoon.

Beauty Spoon - check out the lip

Beauty Spoon – check out the lip

This comes in two sizes (the giveaway is for the original single) so that no matter how tall your bottles are, you can scoop out what you need. I’m using the taller one for one of my favorite conditioners since it’s so thick that it’s hard to get the product out of the bottle. I just grab my beauty spoon, open it up, scoop out the amount I need and there’s no waste. Plus when I get to the bottom of the jar I can get every bit out.

Beauty Spoon

Beauty Spoon

The Beauty Spoon is bendable as you can see above. Because it’s flexible it gets the job done better than any other tool. Beauty Spoon designed this with an ergonomic handle and flexible stem to help you get the most out of it. After I’m done with it I just wash it off with a little soap and water and I’m ready to go.

Beauty Spoon with a flexible handle

Beauty Spoon with a flexible handle

Beauty Spoon was created by this lovely lady, Claudia A. Hoexter. I follow the brand on Facebook and came across the best article about how she developed it. It’s worth the time to read this. It might even inspire you to be an inventor. The best part about this product is the cost – it’s available at Walmart for $5.98 for the original or you can buy the 2 pack set for just $9.99 with free shipping from the site.

The creator of Beauty Spoon, Claudia Hoexter

The creator of Beauty Spoon, Claudia Hoexter

Beauty Spoon set

Beauty Spoon set

Now that you’ve learned all about this great asset you can try to win one. There will be 5 winners, US only. The giveaway is open through July 6th. It might be just a little giveaway to win but once you have this in your “toolbox” you’ll be impressed and want more! — Marcia

*product sent for review and provided by company for this giveaway

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