Beating the winter dry skin blues with LaVanila The Healthy Body Butter in Vanilla Lavender

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I am addicted to body moisturizers all year-long – in the summer, I love body oils. In the winter, my skin is exceptionally dry, so I love body butters. I’ve used and loved LaVanila’s The Healthy Body Butter ($19) in the past, but this was my first time trying the Vanilla Lavender scent.  Usually I stay away from lavender…it’s just too sharp for me and sometimes it even triggers a migraine. But this soft, sweet scent has won me over!                                                                                                                                                                 sample

There are many reasons why I always have a big tube of The Healthy Body Butter on my bathroom counter. Lots of body butter have things I’m not crazy about, like parabens, silicone and mineral oils. Those kinds of ingredients clog up your pores, actually blocking the absorption of the good ingredients. The Healthy Body Butter is indeed healthy, because it doesn’t have any of the bad stuff but it has plenty of vitamins and antioxidants.
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LaVanila The Healthy Body Butter

The lotion is subtly scented and pairs beautifully with other scents. It has 100% pure shea and cocoa butters to moisturize, along with goji berry and Kakadu Plus for anti-oxidant power. This body butter is sooo thick and creamy, it really does seem almost buttery. It looks like it would take a little work to get it absorbed, but it soaks in beautifully and leaves my skin softly scented and super smooth. The 100% pure shea & cocoa butters make it a great winter protectant. You smell good and you feel soft. The Vanilla Lavender is a blend of Spanish Lavender, rose and vanilla, which makes for a very soft but sexy scent.

If you’re like me and constantly battling dry winter skin, be sure to pick up one of these big huge tubes of goodness from LaVanila!  – Lisa

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Evine + Fashion Flash + Beauty Info Zone = great holiday ideas and a giveaway

evine-logoEach week Fashion Flash shares our emagazine containing posts from 12 international bloggers. As we’re growing we’ve been added by Evine as a partner. In the past both Beauty Info Zone and Prime Beauty offered our readers fabulous giveaways from Evine’s Peace & Love Legacy Jewelry. After the success of those we’ve again been invited to share 4 more giveaways with the wonderful products that Evine sells. Currently Never Say Die Beauty has some beautiful Pamela McCoy Suede Faux Fur lined gloves and next week Notes from My Dressing Table will have our last Evine giveaway. Evine has all the products you’ll want in your life: beauty, electronics, fashion, jewelry, food & kitchen items. There are always sales going on there. It’s a shopping paradise.

I was sent two different categories of products for you to learn about: electronics and beauty. I’m excited about both of these so read on to learn.

UTOPIA 360 VIRTUAL REALITY 3D HEADSET + BLUETOOTH CONTROLLER

Utopia 360 Virtual Reality 3D Headset

Utopia 360 Virtual Reality 3D Headset

Want to put a smile on your techie friend/relative? This is a great way to do so. The Utopia 360 Virtual Reality 3D Headset comes with everything needed for hours of fun.

Utopia 360 Virtual Reality 3D Headset

Utopia 360 Virtual Reality 3D Headset

For only $29.99 you can step into the world of Virtual Reality. The box contains the Headset, Remote Control, Ear Buds, and a lens cleaning cloth. It works with any smartphone and since it’s bluetooth compatible the controller will take you into many worlds. You can use free apps from Google Play and iOS stores as well as ones you might want to purchase.

Utopia 360 Virtual Reality 3D Headset

Utopia 360 Virtual Reality 3D Headset

Utopia 360 Virtual Reality 3D Headset back view

Utopia 360 Virtual Reality 3D Headset back view

What hotter gift could you give the men in your life (women too of course)? utopia-360-back-box

BEEKMAN 1802 SIX-PIECE “BUNDLE UP WITH BEEKMAN” COLLECTION WITH THREE GIFT BOXESbeekman-1802

The Six Piece Bundle from Beekman 1802 will make a terrific gift for you or yours. This is sold out on Evine because it was such a great deal but we have one set aside for this giveaway.

The set contains Pure Goat Milk Bar Soap – 9 oz and Pure Goat Milk Hand Cream – 2 oz
Vanilla Absolute Whipped Body Cream – 8 oz
Vanilla Absolute Lip Balm – 0.15 oz, Heirloom Violet Lip Balm – 0.15 oz , and Pure Goat Milk Lip Balm – 0.15 oz
One Large, One Medium and One Small Gift Box plus a Black Ribbon (for boxes)

Each of these products though are available separately and from my experience are things that anyone would love.

The smallest of the three boxes contain BEEKMAN 1802 LIP BALMS which are terrific because they contain ingredients you want on your lips. In this set you’ll get Vanilla Absolute Lip Balm and Pure Goat Milk Lip Balm which contains organic beeswax and sunflower oil to condition your lips and Vitamin E and coconut oil to moisturize and nourish. The Heirloom Violet Lip Balm uses beeswax to seal in moisture, shea butter, sunflower oil and Vitamin E. The Beekman 1802 Lip Balms come in other flavors for $8 individually or $15.72 for a set of 3 different scents.

Beekman 1802 Lip Balm Trio

Beekman 1802 Lip Balm Trio

The middle size box contains BEEKMAN 1802 PURE GOAT MILK WHIPPED BODY CREAM ($32 for 8 fl oz). This particular one is Vanilla Absolute, scented with warm vanilla with rich undertones of sandalwood. There’s also a fragrance free body cream in Pure Goat Milk as well as  Honeyed Grapefruit which is scented with sweet notes of red grapefruit, guava and lemon blossom.

Beekman 1802 Whipped Body Cream

Beekman 1802 Whipped Body Cream

The benefits of the cream are many

  • Pure goat milk is rich in vitamins and gentle on your skin
  • Cocoa butter is high in fatty acids to help deeply moisturize your skin
  • Mango butter helps soften, soothe and moisturize
  • Shea butter helps lock in moisture

    Beekman 1802 Pure Goat Milk Whipped Body Cream

    Beekman 1802 Pure Goat Milk Whipped Body Cream

The largest box holds two treasures: Pure Goat Milk Soap and Goat Milk Hand Cream both of which are unscented.

Beekman 1802 Pure Goat Milk Soap and Goat Milk Hand Cream

Beekman 1802 Pure Goat Milk Soap and Goat Milk Hand Cream

Beekman 1802 has many lovely fragranced bar soaps as well, for example Honey & Orange Blossom ($15). All their soaps are Sulfate Free and Paraben Free and contain natural ingredients that moisturize and soften your skin.

Beekman 1802 Pure Goat Milk Soap

Beekman 1802 Pure Goat Milk Soap

Goat Milk Hand Cream comes in many delicious sounding scents as well as this unscented one. A 3.4 fl oz tube of this is $20 and is one of the best I’ve tried. The consistency is very creamy and lightweight, it doesn’t leave your hands sticky after applying. It contains goat milk, shea butter, aloe, and Vitamin E. All help nourish.

Beekman 1802 Collection

Beekman 1802 Collection

I’m sad that this is sold out but happy that I could introduce you to this superb line carried on Evine. I’m also happy that one of you will win this set thanks to Evine.  —  Marcia

No one is a loser though with the Evine and Fashion Flash collaboration since Evine has offered our readers a one-time use discount of 15% off using the code FASHIONFLASH15. This offer is good through 12/31/16 so be sure you peruse Evine to find favorites. #evinepartner

*15% off offer valid 7:00am ET, November 14, 2016 until 11:59pm ET, December 31, 2016. May not be applied to previous purchases or combined with any other offer. Discount does not apply to shipping & handling, sales tax. If coupon is used to initiate an AutoDelivery program it will only be applied to the first shipment, additional shipments will be at full AutoDelivery pricing. Not valid on Waterford, Electronics including tablets, computers or cell phones or items offered by Evine’s paid programming partners. Discount will be applied at checkout. No cash value or credit back. Void where prohibited, taxed or restricted, or if sold or transferred. Evine reserves the right to end this promotion at any time and to substitute or cancel orders when unexpected coupon system errors occur or in the case of abuse, misuse or fraud.

GIVEAWAY INFORMATON: Our giveaway is open through 12/12/16 at 11:59 p.m. EST and open to US only. The entry options are all in the Rafflecopter. If your name is chosen as a winner all your entries will be verified before announcing the winner. Be sure you tweet daily for extra entries. You’ll love this wonderful Evine Beekman 1802 six piece collection so you want to enhance your chances to win.

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Farmhouse Fresh and fabulous holiday buys

Welcome back to Makeup Wars. We took a break over the summer which then extended into the fall but we’re excited about being able to come back full force now. Today’s topic is Holiday Beauty Buys. My beauty buys aren’t quite within the norm since I’m taking you into bath and body products specifically from Farmhouse Fresh. I didn’t want to go the typical route with cosmetics since I’m sure the rest of the crew will be sharing theirs. I’m so enamored with Farmhouse Fresh and I think they make great gifts for holidays, hostess gifts, housewarming gifts, and, most important, for you!

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Farmhouse Fresh Sweeping Softness Body Sampler

Farmhouse Fresh Sweeping Softness Body Sampler

I only have one of the many Farmhouse Fresh gifts but I hope that will change. SWEEPING SOFTNESS is a 3 step sampler for your body. What you’ll get is a ready to wrap box with three of Farmhouse Fresh’s top selling body products. For $18 you’ll be able to see what bloggers rave and rave about. The plastic jars each contain 1 fl oz of product. Enough for many uses and enough to tempt you to try these full size or other FHF products.

Farmhouse Fresh Sweet Cream Scrub, Whoopie Cream Shea Butter, Agave Nectar Body Oil

Farmhouse Fresh Sweet Cream Scrub, Whoopie Cream Shea Butter, Agave Nectar Body Oil

Start your day in the shower with Sweet Cream Sea Salt Scrub. This has been on Oprah’s Favorite List so it’s easy to understand why it was chosen for this set. When you open the jar you’ll see the sea salt and silky rice bran oil. I mix them together with a tiny spatula that I have from a previous jar, then scoop it out to exfoliate my body with its goodness.

Farmhouse Fresh Sweet Cream Sea Salt Scrub

Farmhouse Fresh Sweet Cream Sea Salt Scrub

It melts on my skin while hydrating it with the oil. The fragrance is sweet and luscious; it will remind you of baking sugar cookies.

From there you want to apply Whoopie Cream Shea Butter, a fluffy body cream that smells like a vanilla layer cake just out of the oven. It’s really wonderful for dry skin as it contains shea butter, vitamin E packed jojoba and soybean oils. Your skin is going to be so soft after. While this smells good enough to eat, save it for your body. My legs are eating this up.

Farmhouse Fresh Whoopie Cream Shea Butter

Farmhouse Fresh Whoopie Cream Shea Butter

Before dressing give yourself a wonderful experience with the Agave Nectar Body Oil. I’ve previously raved about the FHF Body Oils so having this one is a delight. Since it’s in a jar it’s harder to use though which is why I cut part of the liner off. This is an oil so you don’t want to spill it and waste the delight inside.

Farmhouse Fresh Agave Nectar Body Oil

Farmhouse Fresh Agave Nectar Body Oil

FHF describes the smell as similar to Tiramisu with an oat milk scent. I don’t think I’ve ever tried anything quite like this fragrance wise. I smell vanilla in it too. “Barley, Sandalwood and Amurense bark combine with Agave Nectar and a blend of natural oils to deeply hydrate without a greasy afterfeel.” These oils are heaven scent. They don’t leave my body feeling oily and they don’t cloy with their scent. I notice the fragrance for a while but it never interferes with my day.

Farmhouse Fresh Sweeping Softness

Farmhouse Fresh Sweeping Softness

Sweeping Softness is a perfect gift for any woman you know even if you have no idea of what she likes. It’s the kind of item to have on hand for a last minute gift or to take with you. While I highly recommend it for you too to have the chance to try 3 amazing products from Farmhouse Fresh there are two other gift sets that look pretty amazing too.

Farmhouse Fresh Skin Saviors

Farmhouse Fresh Skin Saviors

Farmhouse Fresh Skin Saviors has 3 shea butter items within: This travel trio of our best-selling shea butters is ready to quench on-the-go. Whoopie! Cream (scented like fresh-baked whoopie pies), Rainbow Road (scented with coconut and Bartlett Pears), and Fluffy Bunny (a light lavender mint julep) bring along decadent scents and the promise to hydrate – wherever you may be!

Farmhouse Fresh Quick Recovery

Farmhouse Fresh Quick Recovery

Farmhouse Fresh Quick Recovery is a face mask kit containing Guac Star Avocado Mask for hydration, Splendid Dirt Organic Pumpkin Mud Mask for radiance, and exfoliate to smooth perfection with Pudding Apeel Tapioca Glycolic Mask. I’ve used both the Guac Star and Pudding Apeel and know that they are outstanding.

No matter which of these is your choice, you can’t go wrong. There aren’t enough superlatives in my vocabulary to describe how I feel about Farmhouse Fresh and these holiday gift sets will make your days and nights a lot brighter.  —  Marcia

Join the Makeup Wars team to see what else stands out for the holidays this year. Enjoy their posts.


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Farmhouse Fresh has altered my life. Citrus Cilantro Body Oil and Honeysuckle Blood Orange Custard are 2 reasons why.

Farmhouse Fresh Honeysuckle Blood Orange Custard and Citrus Cilantro Body Oil

Farmhouse Fresh Honeysuckle Blood Orange Custard and Citrus Cilantro Body Oil

Upon discovering Farmhouse Fresh my sensibilities were altered. I always said I don’t like fragranced products. Anything fragranced that came to Beauty Info Zone via PR was something that my blog partner Lisa received and wrote about. She finally twisted my arm and told me that Farmhouse Fresh was a line that she knew I would love and she was so right. I don’t just love the line, I’m crazy about it. My former beliefs were turned upside down and now I crave Farmhouse Fresh. Happily I was sent two new products to adore and teach you about.

Farmhouse Fresh Honeysuckle Blood Orange Custard and Citrus Cilantro Body Oil

Farmhouse Fresh Honeysuckle Blood Orange Custard and Citrus Cilantro Body Oil

It’s important to know what makes Farmhouse Fresh stand out from the crowded field of bath and body. This is a company that uses farm fresh ingredients that are grown in the U.S. Resorts and spas throughout the states proudly use their products knowing the clients will be clamoring to come back for more. 99% of their products are vegan and gluten free. Each product ranges from 90-99% natural. Finally the scents are exquisite.

Farmhouse Fresh Quinsyberry Body Oil and Citrus Citlantro Body Oil

Farmhouse Fresh Quinsyberry Body Oil and Citrus Citlantro Body Oil

Citrus Cilantro Body Oil is the second Body Oil I’ve been privileged enough to use. When I reviewed Quinsyberry Botanical Body Oil I noticed the other scents and drooled. I knew that more would be in my future. Citrus Cilantro is a totally different experience. While Quinsyberry is sweet and seductive Citrus Cilantro is like a breath of fresh air. It’s an outdoor  fragrance to me. It’s summery in the same way that freshly cut grass is yet it has an edge to it with the citrus. Citrus Cilantro Body Oil is formulated with antioxidant-rich olive fruit & grapeseed oils and contains orange peel, jojoba, sunflower seed & apricot kernel oils.

Farmhouse Fresh Citrus Citlantro Body Oil

Farmhouse Fresh Citrus Citlantro Body Oil

It’s wonderfully hydrating and I like to apply this upon getting out of the shower. If you love to luxuriate in a bath then a Farmhouse Fresh Body Oil is a great companion. Pour some in and it will automatically hydrate your skin without leaving it oily. Since it’s a glass bottle it lives on my counter and not in the shower stall. I’m always amazed at how little I need to moisturize my body and how long lasting this is. Even though an $18 bottle of Farmhouse Fresh Body Oil lasts forever I’ve still ordered Clementine since these are what I like to use for fragrance. Who’d have thought this would ever happen to me?

Farmhouse Fresh Honeysuckle Blood Orange Custard

Farmhouse Fresh Honeysuckle Blood Orange Custard

Newer to my life is the Farmhouse Fresh Honeysuckle Blood Orange Custard. Oh my goodness. You don’t know what delicious smells like until you use this body moisturizer. It’s like getting two for the price of one. Unscrew the glass jar and from your first sniff you’ll be thanking me for introducing this to you. It’s that scrumptious.

Farmhouse Fresh Honeysuckle Blood Orange Custard

Farmhouse Fresh Honeysuckle Blood Orange Custard

Farmhouse Fresh Honeysuckle Blood Orange Custard

Farmhouse Fresh Honeysuckle Blood Orange Custard

This light orange and white body moisturizer comes with a great wooden spoon for mixing. It’s created from a 2-part blend that includes 1/2 whipped shea butter and 1/2 live fruit cells that are suspended in an aloe gel. Imagine yourself wrapped in this blood orange cream with a hint of delicate honeysuckle flower essence! This is a fabulous warm weather body cream. It’s rich enough to make your skin feel soft and moisturized but light enough for summer skin. You’ll not only feel soft and supple but you’ll smell delicious. Both the mason jar and the wooden spoon are reusable too. One of my favorite parts is this bag that it comes in, all ready for gift giving!

Farmhouse Fresh Honeysuckle Blood Orange Custard

Farmhouse Fresh Honeysuckle Blood Orange Custard

These two products have strengthened my admiration for Farmhouse Fresh and I’m eager for a fragranced future with them. —  Marcia

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Throwing elbows: Simon and Tom Elbow Treatment Cream

Simon and Tom Elbow Treatment Cream

Simon and Tom Elbow Treatment Cream

The Moroccan Treatment Oil is good stuff, but my I think most favorite product from Simon & Tom is their Elbow Treatment Cream. This moisturizing cream also has Argan oil, that magical healing and softening ingredient which is nutrient rich in Vitamin E, antioxidants, and fatty acids that skin just loves.

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I am not sure why my elbows get so dry and rough in the winter…does this happen to you too? Maybe I just exfoliate more in the summertime, but whatever the reason once I notice the problem it’s usually at the crisis stage. The Elbow Treatment Cream gives instant gratification with immediate softening of the area, and with regular use – and I mean just once a day – hard, dry, rough skin heals and becomes smooth. Use it after showering because it actually forms a barrier over your skin, keeping the area hydrated and protected.

Simon and Tom Elbow Treatment Cream

Simon & Tom Elbow Treatment Cream

Simon and Tom Elbow Treatment Cream

Simon & Tom Elbow Treatment Cream

I also find that it works wonders on knees and on hands, too. I wash my hands constantly and while I use non-drying hand soap at home, I never know what I am going to get when I’m out on the go. I actually wasn’t using this on my hands on purpose, but hey, I need to use them to apply the moisturizer to my elbows, right?? I saw a difference in my hands very quickly, so now I am a little more generous when I apply the elbow cream and smooth the extra on my knees and into my hands. It’s especially great for those tiny cracks that I get on my fingertips from the cold weather and drying indoor heat.  

I know that you, your elbows, your hands and knees will love the Elbow Treatment Cream from Simon & Tom.  Don’t be shy, throw some elbows and get a tube of this thick creamy goodness for yourself.  – Lisa

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Ingredients:  Water, Dimethicone, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil, Glycerin, Isopropyl Myristate, Glyceryl Stearete SE, Propylene Glycol, Mineral Oil, Cetyl Alcohol, Ceteth-20, Lactic Acid, Fragrance, Tocopheryl Acetate, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone

Baby it’s still cold outside, protect with CeraVe, Eucerin and Jergens from Meijer

Beautiful winter girl outdoor portrait, woman at winter city

No matter where you live, winter is having an effect on you. In Michigan the weather is nuttier this year than ever. We went from temperatures in the high 20’s to low 60’s in one day. Then it dropped back down to the 30’s and the winds started up. We have a big winter storm in the works. What this all means for us is that our skin is in the midst of a crisis. The dry heat in the house, the cold bitter winds outside, the temperatures changing!

Meijer Stores sent along some products that they know will be good to keep us better hydrated and help with our immediate needs as well as long term reactions to the weather. These are some of the best products that they carry and ones you should be considering for your weather woes.

CeraVe

CeraVe

CERAVE is so well known, we hear people recommend it constantly. Their facial cleanser and moisturizer are the first items I see when people I know ask for gentle skincare recommendations. CeraVe is more than just those two products. They have a world of products for your entire family.

CeraVe has a new line of Healing Ointments that you don’t want to miss out on. This comes in 3 sizes: 12 oz. jar, 5 oz tube, and .35 travel size. I’ve been using the Healing Ointment on my feet. I’ve got an upcoming trip in the works and went for a pedicure; my nail tech could not believe the difference in my feet. She was expecting the worst and kept telling me how much better my feet were. I’ve already got the travel size ointment in my travel bag. This has done wonders for the cracked heels I used to have. Plus I know it will come in use for my husband when he does some goofy thing on the trip and needs relief.

CeraVe Healing Ointments

CeraVe Healing Ointments

CeraVe Healing Ointment

CeraVe Healing Ointment

The Healing Ointment is thick but it melts into your skin. It’s easy to maneuver though a little hard to get out of the tube so I may have to squeeze hard but this is head to toe goodness. You know I love fragrance free products and CeraVe is just that plus they contain ceramides and hyaluronic acid.

CeraVe Hydrating Body Wash and SPF Sunscreen stick

CeraVe Hydrating Body Wash and SPF Sunscreen stick

While the CeraVe SPF 50 Sunscreen Stick is also packed for my vacation, I know the real use will come when the sun is out and the kids are running around. Even my little one who fights me putting sunscreen on her face is fine when I rub a stick on her face. Since it’s water resistant it’s going to help to refresh the kids when the sprinklers come out too. The CeraVe Hydrating Body Wash is another fragrance free product that’s also soap & sulfate free as well as paraben free. The ceramides in it help repair the skin barrier and the hyaluronic acid attracts needed moisture to the skin’s surface. Thank you CeraVe for making my life so much better. Here’s a link for $2 off CeraVe products to print and take to Meijer for redemption and great prices.meijer_logo

EUCERIN was also in my box of goodies. This included a very rich lotion and repair cream. Eucerin Intensive Repair Rich Lotion for Very Dry Skin is the one that my husband uses even more than I do. Fragrance free, dermatologist recommended and exfoliating while also intensively hydrating dry skin. This lotion contains Alpha Hydroxy and special moisturizing ingredients to add back the moisture you’ve lost due to the extremities of winter. This is great when you are just getting out of the shower since your skin will absorb it even better when your pores are opened there.

Eucerin Intensive Repair Rich Lotion and Eucerin Original Healing Repair Creme

Eucerin Intensive Repair Rich Lotion and Eucerin Original Healing Repair Creme

Eucerin Original Healing Soothing Repair Creme is richer than rich. It’s very thick and at first doesn’t seem like it’s going to be absorbed but after you rub this onto your skin you’ll notice the softness and realize it’s already started to do its job. The drier your skin is, the more you need this Healing Repair Creme.

Eucerin Original Healing Repair Creme

Eucerin Original Healing Repair Creme

More items are on sale at Meijer for the next week including Jergens Ultra Healing Moisturizer on sale for only $2.95.

Jergens Ultra Healing dry skin moisturizer

Jergens Ultra Healing dry skin moisturizer

As you can see Meijer stores covers you head to toe. I’m there often to buy my groceries and I always make it to the health and beauty section which is much more exciting than yogurt and macaroni. What products do you like to combat dry winter skin? — Marcia

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The 6th day of Christmas giveaway: You can never be too rich with Votre Vu!

Votre VuIt’s chic, it’s stylish, it’s rich…it’s Votre Vu. We love, love, love this line because almost everything we try becomes a favorite, from the skin care to the color cosmetics to the body products. For the 6th day of Christmas giveaway at Beauty Info Zone we share some beautiful Votre Vu products with you because you can never be too rich in blessings or in health, so you need to spoil yourself healthy!

Tarte D'Amande Soufflé

Lisa’s side:  TARTE D’AMANDE Soufflé Riche Pour Le Corps (also known as ALMOND PIE Rich Soufflé Lotion for the Body, $39) The name alone sounds like a fabulous dessert that you know might live on your hips for the rest of your life…but it looks and smells so amazing you just don’t even care.  Starting with the scent, it definitely does smell as delicious as you would expect. It is a warm, sweet scent that is a little more almond than pie. It isn’t overly foody or sickeningly sweet, and the almond smells natural, not artificial.  You will definitely sneak some inhales when no one is looking!

Tarte D'Amande Soufflé

The jar is huge and inviting. It comes with a plastic scoop – be sure to use that even though you will want to dig right in with your fingers.  The thick, creamy lotion is really beautiful. Super thick lotions are so moisturizing but they can go on wet and take a while to dry, or even stay a bit tacky on the skin. This one is a wonder, sinking in immediately and leaving skin ultra soft and lustrous. The lotion is full of great ingredients that dry skin will adore – macademia oil, vital, shea butter, coconut oil, sweet almond oil, D panthenol, and cerasome A and E.  As Votre Vu says, this rich body cream is 0% Guilt. 100% Pleasure.  So go ahead and be delicious.

Marcia’s side:  TRAGIC MAGIC RESCUE CREAM

Besides loving a name that rhymes like Tragic Magic, I love that this rescue cream does rescue dry skin. As a French botanical company their products are fragranced but in a delicate way due to the high quality pure ingredients they use. These aren’t artificial fragrances, they come from the french botanicals that the Votre Vu family harvests.

Votre Vu Tragic Magic

Votre Vu Tragic Magic

Tragic Magic comes to the rescue when your skin is parched since it rebalances your skin. It adds a protective barrier to calm skin when it’s having one of those reactive days (or weeks). This cream is rich and soft and absorbs quickly. Being someone who doesn’t use fragranced skin products often, I tend to use this on my hands and body.

Votre Vu Tragic Magic

Votre Vu Tragic Magic

It softens my hands making them feel like baby skin. It does this with ingredients like jojoba, rose hips, calophyllum, soja and avocado that protects and balances skin. It contains Vitamin E to fight against the evil cell-damaging free radicals. While I don’t use this on my face, I think it would be perfect for those who have sensitive skin.

Votre Vu Tragic Magic ingredients

Votre Vu Tragic Magic ingredients

Votre Vu Tragic Magic

Votre Vu Tragic Magic

Right now on Amazon all Votre Vu products are 40% off. I don’t know how long this lasts but it brings the price of this $40 magic cream down to $28 plus shipping.

Votre Vu Silk Stockings

Votre Vu Silk Stockings

GIVEAWAY For our 6th Day of Christmas Giveaways we have the wonderful Silk Stockings for a US/Canadian subscriber. Lisa reviewed Silk Stockings and felt it was a great giveaway for the holidays where you want some extra glow. Votre Vu calls this their glow-tion since you can use this for a sheen all over your body. You’ll want to shine and one winner will get to do that with Silk Stockings.

Votre Vu swatch

Votre Vu swatch

This giveaway is open through Monday, Dec. 14th at 11:59 p.m. for US and Canada. With all our giveaways we have two requirements before other options in our Rafflecopter. 1) Subscribe to Beauty Info Zone and 2) leave a comment. The rest of the options give you more chances to win and you can tweet daily for even more.  Good luck and we hope you are enjoying the holiday season so far!!

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