Eliminating ingrown hair with My Skin & Co

My Skin and CoThere isn’t much I hate more than ingrown hairs.  Well, there’s also razor bumps, irritation, red bumps…it’s all awful.  There is a really cool line called My Skin & Co. which has nothing but products to help create skin that doesn’t get irritated by waxing, shaving, or threading.  The line was actually created for actors and models to help create perfect skin for photo shoots.  They recently sent me a few products to try, and I am very impressed.

My Skin and Co Exfoliation ScrubMy Skin and Co Exfoliating Scrub 2My Skin and Co Exfoliating Scrub 3First, there is the Exfoliating Scrub.  This is a creamy lotion with little scrubbies that remove dead skin and anything that blocks hair growth, which could cause congestion, irritation, and infection. It is great for sensitive skin and I have no problem using it over areas that are already inflamed and irritated – oh that dreaded razor burn! – and it works on all areas from the face to the underarms to the bikini line.  Oh, and did I mention that this is just as awesome for men as it is for women?  You are going to end up arm wrestling your guy for this, believe me.

My Skin and Co Roll On 2My Skin and Co Roll OnFollow the Exfoliating Scrub with the super convenient Roll-on Clinical Strength Liquid Treatment.  This liquid continues to fight and get rid of dead skin cells, as well as reducing redness and soothing irritation.  You roll this on twice a day until skin is all back to normal.

My Skin and Co AFter the Wax After the Razor CreamMy Skin and Co After the Wax After the Razor Cream 2I am also impressed with the After the Wax/After the Razor Women’s Cream.  This is a deliciously soothing cream that you put on immediately following shaving or waxing, and it makes skin incredibly happy.  It has wonderful ingredients like certified organic tea tree oil and Moroccan Oil, and it’s truly a skin savior.

If you have any issues at all with ingrown hair, razor bumps, or skin irritation, here’s your answer!!  You can find all My Skin & Co. products online at gomyskin.com and at Amazon.com.  – Lisa

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Double the control with Lash Control

Are your eyes lost without mascara? Do you depend on your mascara to make you more visible to the world? Do you love learning about the best mascaras available? If you answered yes to any of these questions then you are in for a treat learning about Lash Control. What makes Lash Control unique is that it just as easily could be called Squeeze Control. This mascara and the accompanying brow fix have unusual packaging with a center squeeze area that changes that amount of mascara that releases when you apply. You are in control of your destiny with these mascaras. The more you squeeze, the less mascara is deposited on the brush. Interesting!! There are two formulas that we’ll talk about as we each tested a different one.

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Lash Control

Lisa’s experience:

I tested the ClearCoat Mascara and Brow-Fix and the Volumizing and Conditioning Mascara 2xBLACK. I know that the fascination with these is the squeezable middle portion that gives you far more control over how much product is dispensed. However, I actually think that innovative feature isn’t the major reason to purchase these two products.

Lash ControlLash ControlLash ControlWhile it seems a little strange, the best look for eyebrows is to brush them right straight up. It really opens the eye area and is very flattering. I do this every morning, but without a good brow gel they fall right back into that complacent resting position. I need a firm brow gel to tame and hold my brows in place – but without the crunchy stiffness, thank you very much. The Lash Control ClearCoat Mascara and Brow-Fix absolutely does the job for me! It has the squeeze-y center but again, it’s really secondary to the fact that this is a great brow gel. It does exactly what it needs to – holds my brows in place all day without looking or feeling weirdly stiff.  It’s a winner!

Lash ControlLash ControlLash ControlI guess the control center for the Volumizing and Conditioning Mascara matters a little more to me – it’s pretty cool to be able to vary the amount of product and it definitely takes care of any potential clumps. But besides that, this is just a truly terrific mascara. Lashes are very soft and flexible, but thick, long, and super black…and no smearing. None. Hooray!! Love this mascara and I have no doubt that you will too.

Wearing Lash Control Volumizing and Conditioning Mascara and ClearCoat Mascara and Brow-Fix

Wearing Lash Control Volumizing and Conditioning Mascara and ClearCoat Mascara and Brow-Fix

Marcia’s experience:

Lash Control ClearCoat Mascara and Brow-Fix and Lash Control  Lengthening and Conditioning Mascara and Brow

Lash Control ClearCoat Mascara and Brow-Fix and Lash Control Lengthening and Conditioning Mascara

My test was for Lash Control’s Lengthening and Conditioning Mascara which is different from my usual pick of a volumizing mascara. I haven’t used a mascara known for length in a long time so it was a good choice for me. I’ll tell you what I love best about it — it never ever flakes on me. No matter how long my day is, no matter if I take a nap, I have no flakes from early morning to late at night.

Lash Control  Lengthening and Conditioning Mascara

Lash Control Lengthening and Conditioning Mascara

When I first started to use it I wasn’t paying attention so each time I’d squeeze the pink middle section and wondered why it was such a dry mascara. Then I read the website and realized I was doing the exact opposite of what I should be doing! I know now that the trick for my first coats is to use the mascara straight from the tube. But I still squeeze but that’s for applying another coat. I like to go back over the tips of my lashes to add some volume to the length and that’s when I want a clearer brush. I love how long this mascara lasts on me and that I never have to think about it if I’m going out at night.

Lash Control length

Lash Control length

Lash Control  Lengthening and Conditioning Mascara

Lash Control Lengthening and Conditioning Mascara

Conditioning mascara formulas are non-irritating*. With loads of botanicals in a hydrating beeswax base, ingredients include Gingko Biloba, Chamomile Flower Extract, Ginseng Root Extract and many more. Our formulas accentuate length with the ability add volume with layers as desired. Lashes stay flexible to the touch. No smearing or flaking.

Lash Control Clear Coat Mascara and Brow Fix

Lash Control Clear Coat Mascara and Brow Fix

I’ve also used the Clear Coat Mascara and Brow Fix both on my lashes and my brows but I’m sticking with it on my brows. My lashes are thin so they get weighed down easily and since Lash Control never flakes on me I don’t need the extra protection of a clear coat. But I like to use this on my brows to keep the powder staying fresh all day. Even when I got my hair tinted and water got on them, they stayed color true with the addition of Lash Control Clear Coat Brow Fix.

These three products from LASH CONTROL are winners in our books and we think they’d be the same in your books. Whether you want length, volume, or control you’ll find it with these.

*sent for consideration

 

Spring hair trends at Meijer! L’Oreal, Pantene, and John Frieda drugstore finds

Meijer spring hair

*This is a sponsored post, all opinions my own*

Spring is so close I can almost smell it!!  I can’t wait for soft warm breezes blowing my hair, smelling the lilacs and the jasmine…oh I just can’t wait.  Both Marcia and I have been thinking a lot about replenishing and refreshing our stashes for the change of the seasons, and Meijer is the place to do it.  I am super lucky because I have a Meijer just about two miles from my house.  I prefer going there because I can get my groceries plus any other sundries all in one place.

Meijer recently sent some samples of some of their hair care they have featured for spring.  I have a few favorites that are worth considering on your next shopping trip.

L'Oreal Extraordinary Clay Hair Products

If you have teenagers in the houes, you need the L’Oreal Clay Extraordinary Clay hair products.  The clay does a great job of absorbing excess oil and dirt, rinsing clean so hair is soft and smells great.  What is unique is these products also treat dry ends at the same time.  The Extraordinary Clay Clay Mask is a pre-shampoo treatment for roots that works extra deep, giving very oily hair a fantastic lift.  And the Dry Shampoo is incredible for turning dirty, oily hair into fresh looking and fresh smelling locks.

Pantene Pro-V Daily Moisture Renewal Shampoo and Conditioner

We have a lot of guests at my house, so I keep my guest bathroom well stocked.  I always have bottles of Pantene Pro-V Daily Moisture Renewal Shampoo and Conditioner in my shower because everyone loves this stuff.  You can’t go wrong with good, basic hair care with a beautiful lather that detangles hair, leaving it soft and shiny.  Yup, everyone is happy.

L'Oreal Color Vibrancy Intensive Shampoo and Conditioner

For those of you with dry and damaged color treated hair, the L’Oreal Color Vibrancy Intensive Shampoo and Conditioner are your answer to those hair care woes.  My daughter recently got her hair tips dyed a bright red (and I instantly became the coolest mom to ever live), and this shampoo and conditioner has really helped keep the color super vibrant.  Just check this out:Red tipsred tips

They promise 60 days of color vibrancy, and my daughter is totally put the shampoo and conditioner to the test!

L'Oreal Ever Pure Hair Care

For super gentle care that colored hair loves, the L’Oreal Ever Pure Hair Care features products with no sulfates.  This is an especially good line for very dry, porous hair.  The Repair Remedy Balm rivals any deep moisturizing treatment I have ever tried, including some extremely expensive boutique brands.

L'Oreal Air Dry It hair styling products

I use a lot of heat styling tools all fall and winter, so I start taking a break from them and letting my hair air dry come spring.  In fact, in the summer I never let a curling iron or a blow dryer get close to my hair.  I think that’s how I’ve been able to keep my hair long and healthy for so many years.  I am impressed with the L’Oreal Air Dry It hair styling products that are excellent companions for those low maintenance hair days.  The Un-done Style Cream gives hair shape and body without buildup.  Add in a dollop of the Air Dry It Ruffled Body Mousse for extra curl and wave support, plus a spritz of the Air Dry It Wave Swept Spray to fight frizz, and you’ve got beautiful beachy locks with basically no effort.

John Frieda Frizz Ease Moisture Barrier Firm Hold Hairspray

As beautiful as they are, spring days can also be extremely humid, especially where I live in Michigan.  I can’t tell you how many days I spent forever either curling or straightening my hair, only to run from the house to my car and find it’s morphed into a head of frizz that looks like an old dandelion.  A favorite hairspray of mine is John Frieda Frizz Ease Moisture Barrier Firm Hold Hairspray, which not only hold my hair in place, it also locks out frizz for 24 hours.  All I need is 8, and it delivers!

The selection and variety of hair care products in Meijer is fantastic, and they have awesome prices for the spring season.  Be sure to stop by and stock up!  – Lisa

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Spring for makeup with Meijer (and a giveaway)

cosmetics and skincare from Meijer #MeijerBeauty

cosmetics and skincare from Meijer #MeijerBeauty

The other day Lisa wrote about many of the products that you can happily purchase at Meijer. She included things like haircare, vitamins, deodorant, and items to care for your teeth. Meijer is an amazing store and one that my family spends a lot of time and money at. Their prices are great so we stock up on staples all the time. Best prices in town on pop (or soda depending on where you live), cereal and canned goods. But when I go to Meijer I have a secret mission – the beauty department! I love browsing their beauty department, especially the end caps where the newest collections are often hanging out.                                         press samples

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As the season is changing so are the cosmetics that I’m eager to use. Here’s an idea of what’s available now and later you’ll see what you can win.

Yes to facial wipes

Yes to facial wipes

YES TO is a favorite brand in all its fruits and veggies! Yes To Carrots, Yes To Coconut, Yes To Blueberries, Yes To Cucumbers, and the list goes on. Facial wipes are wonderful products that have changed our cleansing especially on the nights we’re in a hurry. Two of the many types are Yes to Cucumbers Soothing Wipes and Yes to Tomatoes Clear Skin Wipes. Yes to Cucumbers Soothing Wipes are hypoallergenic ones that contain aloe. I’ve gone through several packages of these over the years and always found them refreshing and practical. New to me is Yes To Tomatoes Clear Skin Wipes which are detoxifying charcoal facial wipes. This one is meant for oily skin with charcoal being able to deep clean and detoxify.

Biore Deep Cleansing Pore Strips

Biore Deep Cleansing Pore Strips

Biore Deep Cleansing Pore Strips absolutely fascinate me. I’ve been using these for as long as I can remember. These are the original version and Meijer has these and some of the newest ones. I love a weekly ritual of using the strips on my nose and then studying it when it comes off (c’mon, you do that too!).

L'Oreal Pure Clay Masks

L’Oreal Pure Clay Masks

L’Oreal has finally come out with masks. I’ve read a lot about these but haven’t had the chance before to try them. The two newest masks are the Pure-Clay Masks which you can find easily at Meijer in their beauty aisles. There are 3 types of Pure-Clay Masks: Detox & Brighten, Exfoliate & Refine Pores, and Purify & Mattify. I’m anxious to use these more and write about them for a Masks of the Month article.

L'Oreal Infallible Pro-Glow

L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Glow

Also new for March is their Infallible Pro-Glow foundation with Broad Spectrum SPF15. It’s available in 11 shades and Meijer carries them all. It’s a medium coverage with a glowy finish. Infallible Pro-Glow foundation is recommended for normal and dry skin. I have shade 202 which is called Creamy Natural, a good match for my fair skin. There’s not a scent so this is going to get a lot of use. I’m wearing it as I type and it wears beautifully throughout the day. It’s a keeper.

Revlon Ultra HD Gel, L'Oreal Infallible Lip Paints, CoverGirl Outlast

Revlon Ultra HD Gel, L’Oreal Infallible Lip Paints, CoverGirl Outlast

If it’s new then you’ll find it at Meijer. Three brands that they carry (out of dozens) are Revlon, L’Oreal, and CoverGirl. This spring the trend is vibrant colors and these brands have just that. The newest product from Revlon is their Ultra HD Gel Lipcolor. There are 15 shades of this hydrating lip color that contains hyaluronic acid. L’Oreal Infallible Lip Paints are drugstore versions of the many vibrant liquid lipsticks available. These get rave reviews. CoverGirl Outlast All Day Color & Gloss is another new for spring lip product. This two sided tube has a lipstick base and a matching gloss.

Covergirl TruNaked palette in Jewels

Covergirl TruNaked palette in Jewels

Covergirl’s newest TruNaked palette is Jewels and it’s a jewel of a palette. I wear my neutral TruNaked palette all the time because of the amazing quality. This one is bright and vibrant, perfect for the season.

Physician's Formula Highlight & Contour Palette

Physician’s Formula Highlight & Contour Palette

If you are keeping up with what’s hot in the cosmetic world then you know that Physican’s Formula’s newest products are getting raves from everyone. With highlighting and contouring buzz words it makes a lot of sense that PF has this Bronze Booster palette. Glowy shades of highlighters and bronzers.

L'Oreal Infallible Mechanical Eyeliner and Cover Girl So Lashy BlastPRO mascara

L’Oreal Infallible Mechanical Eyeliner and Cover Girl So Lashy BlastPRO mascara

Your look wouldn’t be complete without mascara and eyeliner and Meijer has those for you including L’Oreal Infallible Mechanical Eyeliner and Covergirl So Lashy BlastPRO mascara. This is Covergirl’s newest mascara and it has a lash finder at the end to give you some bold sexy lashes.

Now that you’ve seen some of the goodies you can find at Meijer let’s talk about the giveaway. These are all products that were sent to showcase spring beauty at Meijer. This is open to US and Canada subscribers and includes 5 lip colors (Revlon Ultra HD Gel in Vineyard, Covergirl Outlast All Day Color & Gloss in Rich Chestnut, L’Oreal Infallible paints in Nude Star, Spicy Blush and Sultry Sangria), the L’oreal black eyeliner, Covergirl’s BlastPRO mascara, Covergirl Jewel eyeshadow palette, and the Physican’s Formula highlighter/contour palette. How can you become the winner? Use our Rafflecopter to gain entries. If any of your entries are shown to be dishonest then all entries you’ve made will be deleted. The giveaway closes on 3/20/17 at 11:59 p.m. EST. If our comment section closes please email me at beautyinfozone@gmail.com and label your email MEIJER. Be sure to click I Commented on the Rafflecopter if that happens. You’ll then be able to continue on. Lisa and I wish you luck since these are amazing cosmetics you’ll love for your own spring fling.  —  Marcia

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Getting a glow with Pixi Glow-y Powder

Pixi Glowy PowderThe days have been dreary but my skin hasn’t!  Pixi has a wonderful powder highlighter created by the gorgeous lifestyle blogger, Aspyn Ovard, called Glow-y ($18). Pixi recently sent all three shades to test – two are all over highlighters, and one is specifically for cheeks. Here they are!Pixi Glowy Highlighter and Cheek PowderPixi Glowy Powder Cheek Powder

London Lustre:  This one is best for lighter skin tones. It’s a luminous soft champagne that gives a beautifully soft glow to cheeks, forehead, and chin. I also like to thin out my nose by using a darker contour shade on the sides, then smoothing this highlighter down the center of the bridge. Pixi London Lustre

Santorini Sunset:  Ahhhh….this one makes me long for a strappy little dress and long summer days! I can’t wait to brush this all over my arms and chest for a soft shimmery glow. The gold champagne is perfect for medium skin tones. Pixi Santorini Sunset

Rome Rose: Don’t be fooled by this one…it looks very bright, but it actually applies quite sheer then can be built up. It’s perfect for those days that you want a hint of glowy color, not full on blush. I know I will definitely use this all the time in the summer when I have a slightly deeper skin tone. It’s a really fabulous golden pink that should work for all skin tones.Pixi Rome Rose 2

The glow they give is actually quite soft – I swatched them pretty thick so you could fully see them. But actually they blend in beautifully and give a luminous, glow from within effect. The texture is like butter…so smooth and soft. It’s not the least bit powdery, so it actually seems to hydrate skin as it provides that pretty glow.

Left to right: London Lustre, Santorini Sunset, Rome Rose

Left to right: London Lustre, Santorini Sunset, Rome Rose

Overall, I really like these soft, beautiful, glowy powder highlighters. The pans are huge so I can’t imagine ever running out! You can find the Glow-y Powders and Pixi Beauty online and at Target stores.  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Ingredients:  Talc, Mica, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Polybutene, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Red 40 Lake (CI 16035), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891)

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IT Cosmetics makes me happy AND confident. Confidence in a Cream, Confidence in a Compact, and Skin Soothing Complexion Brush

It CosmeticsLately I have been using a great combination of products that have made my skin super happy…which then helps my confidence in general.  My trio includes IT Cosmetics Confidence in a Cream, Confidence in a Compact, and the Skin Smoothing Complexion Brush.

IT Cosmetics 2IT Cosmetics sent me a whole slew of shades of the Confidence in a Compact, as well as the cream and brush, which is what got me onto my quest for confidence.  Here’s some general info and what I find works so well for me.

IT Cosmetics Confidence in a CreamIT Cosmetics Confidence in a CreamConfidence in a Cream™ is a day and night moisturizer that seems to do everything. It moisturizes thirsty skin, giving it a nice glow; it tackles skin texture and leaves it feeling smooth; it evens out skin tone; it reduces the look of pores.

What’s inside to help create all of these skin miracles is a little something IT Cosmetics calls their Anti-Aging Armour Regenerative Concentrate.Anti-Aging Armour Regenerative Concentrate, which includes collagen, hyaluronic acid, peptides, ceramides, antioxidants and colloidal oatmeal. I love the texture of this incredible mix of ingredients. It’s thick and fluffy and it feels decadent when applied. It does have a scent that I can’t quite put my finger on…I don’t particularly like it, but it’s light and it dissipates quickly.

I find that when I use this in the morning (and I never forget to also apply this liberally to my décolleté) I don’t need a primer, especially when I use the Confidence in a Compact as my foundation.

Confidence in a Compact™ with SPF 50+

Confidence in a Compact™ with SPF 50+ in Fair

Confidence in a Compact™ with SPF 50+ in Fair

Confidence in a Compact™ with SPF 50+ in Medium

Confidence in a Compact™ with SPF 50+ in Medium

Confidence in a Compact™ with SPF 50+ in Medium

Confidence in a Compact™ with SPF 50+ in Medium

Confidence in a Compact™ with SPF 50+ is a solid serum foundation that provides all the benefits of the Confidence in a Cream Moisturizer with a full coverage foundation. Plus, it has full sun protections with SPF 50+ UVA/UVB physical sunscreen.

This serum/foundation comes in seven different shades:
  • Fair: porcelain skin; fairest of the fair
  • Light: if you have a bit more warmth to your skin
  • Medium: light to medium skintones
  • Medium Tan: if you have a warm or golden-medium skintone
  • Tan: tan skintones
  • Rich: tan to rich skin with golden tones
  • Deep: rich to deep skin with a warmer tones

There is a learning curve with this foundation.  At first I was using way too much, and it settled into my fine lines and wrinkles.  This is such a rich foundation that you only need a small amount.  Start with a tiny bit and then build from there.  The right amount buffed in properly gives me incredibly glowy skin with an even skin tone.  To buff it in, I use my third find from IT Cosmetics – the Skin-Smoothing Complexion Brush.

IT Cosmetics Heavenly Skin Skin-Smoothing Complexion Brush

IT Cosmetics Heavenly Skin Skin-Smoothing Complexion Brush

IT Cosmetics Skin Smoothing Complexion Brush

This brush is wonderfully soft, but it has enough density to keep it firm.  The cut is excellent – it buffs the foundation into every nook and cranny, hugging the contours of your face so the end result is darn close to an airbrushed look.  The foundation compact comes with a sponge, but I recommend using the Skin-Smoothing Complexion Brush for the absolute best results.

I am loving these three complexion confidence boosters from IT Cosmetics — what are some of your favorites?  – Lisa

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What do you purchase over and over again?

perilous paleThe Beauty Spotlight Team is starting a new series biweekly series to share what we items we can’t be without. Christa from Perilously Pale shares with us the 12 Beauty Products She Repurchases Again and Again. See what products make the cut and have been part of her daily beauty routine for years.