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

*products and a gift card were sent to facilitate this review

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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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*received for editorial consideration

Beating the polar vortex with Repechage Vita Cura Triple Action Nutri Cream

I never ever use a body cream on my face…but it has been soooo cold here (negative 30 degrees this morning!) that my face has been in need of serious moisture. I’ve been slathering on the Repechage Vita Cura Triple Action Nutri Cream ($36) that we were sent a while back and I was so desperate for mega moisture I used it as a face cream, too. My results?

Repechage Vita Cura Triple Action Nutri Cream

Repechage Vita Cura Triple Action Nutri Cream

Repechage Vita Cura Nutri Cream

Repechage Vita Cura Nutri Cream

Awesome!

The cream is super rich, but it isn’t the least bit greasy. It does wonders for painfully dry hands, cuticles, and elbows. It has fantastic ingredients. Repechage says, “EcoCert seaweed extracts contain 18 amino acids, 12 vitamins and 42 trace elements and minerals that enrich the skin to help smooth the appearance of wrinkles. Glycolic Acid reveals younger looking skin while organic Aloe Vera soothes and calms. Rich, natural fruit oils derived from Karite, Mufura and Coconut trees help restore the skin’s moisture barrier. Rooibos and Vanilla indulge the senses.”

It all adds up to a very thick and effective body cream that is also great for super dry facial skin. Repechage is having a buy four, get two free sale right now, so if you have dry skin – or are experiencing this polar vortex – stock up now!  – Lisa

*sample for editorial consideration

Will you BEE mine? Savannah Bee Mini Body Butter Gift Set

savannah bee mini body buttersSavannah Bee Mini Body Butter Gift Set
I have a soft spot for Royal Jelly…my fascination with this ingredient is what initially led me into becoming a skin care and cosmetics fanatic many years ago. I am a sucker for products that have this ingredient, which means I am bewitched and enthralled with the Savannah Bee line. Their Mini Body Butter Gift Set ($26) was a perfect introduction to the line and it makes for a fantastic gift for anyone you love.

Savannah Bee Body Butter Set 2

The Savannah Bee Royal Jelly Body Butter is one of the best-selling products in the line, and for good reason. The Body Butter has beeswax, propolis, honey, and royal jelly, all ingredients that skin simply loves. Combine that with the fabulously cute packaging of two little boxes holding quaint glass jars, all wrapped up in a burlap style bag and it makes for a perfect present.

Savannah Bee Body Butter Set

Savannah Bee

This super cute set has a mini Royal Jelly Body Butter and a mini Sensitive Skin Royal Jelly Body Butter. The original Royal Jelly Body Butter smells of wild berries, vanilla, rose, and gardenia. One whiff and I am instantly transported to a beautiful southern plantation on a breezy summer afternoon.

Savannah Bee Royal Jelly Body Butter

Savannah Bee Royal Jelly Body Butter 2

Savannah Bee Royal Jelly Body Butter inside

The Sensitive Skin Royal Jelly Body Butter smells of chamomile and myrrh and is wonderfully calming. I can’t decide which one is my favorite. The little glass jars are so darn cute…I also can’t decide whether to leave them in the adorable boxes or set them out on their own! Guess I am just going to do both.

Savannah Bee is on my list as a line that is definitely worth checking out. ‘Bee’ sure to take a look, either online at savannahbee.com or at their retail stores in Georgia and South Carolina.  – Lisa

*sample for editorial consideration

Take a romantic trip with Teadora Rainforest Spa Love Ritual Set

teadora_valentines

A perfect set for Valentine’s Day or any day you want to get close to your sweetie, the Teadora Rainforest Spa Love Ritual Set ($69, an $88 value), is exactly what the love doctor ordered.

Teadora Spa Love Ritual Set

This beautiful set includes a 6 oz Body Polish, a 2 oz Bath & Body Oil, and an 8 oz Body Butter…everything you need for clean, soft, pampered skin. All of the products include ingredients straight from the Amazon for an exotic and powerful experience.

Teadora Spa Love Ritual Set Exfoliant

The Body Polish is a huge tube of exfoliating mud that has Açaí Seeds and Amazonian White Clay. It gently exfoliates skin and has a raw, earthy scent that is very romantic.

Teadora Spa Love Ritual Set Bath and Body Oil

Follow this with the fantastic Bath & Body Oil that is infused with Teadora’s RainforestHydration ElixirTM, a nutritious rainforest serum with rich Amazon Superfruit oils. I have two friends who swear by this body oil and wear it every single day. It not only hydrates and gently scents the skin, it also makes for some killer massages!

Teadora Spa Love Ritual Set Body Butter

Finally, end by slathering one another with the Body Butter infused with Teadora’s exclusive RainforestRestoration ElixirTM + Argan Plant Stem Cells. This thick, beautiful body cream penetrates all the way to the skin’s middle layer, healing from the inside out. It melts into skin like butter and the results are pretty amazing.

Teadora Spa Love Ritual Set soaps

If that isn’t enough, right now this set also comes with three more gifts that have a $45 value. You get a Kayapo makeup bag, plus two travel-sized soaps, the Beauty Bar with Coffee Butter and  Patauá Oil and Exfoliating Bar with Açaí Seeds and Amazonian Clay. I actually have the full size versions of these bars, which I have pictured here.  They are both really fantastic and are the perfect reason to get take a shower for two!

This fabulous Teadora set is only available through today, so hurry and get one now.  You and your sweetie are going to love it!  – Lisa

*sample for editorial consideration

Ten holiday gift ideas for the practical fashionista!

Beauty Info Zones Practical Holiday Gift Guide
Pretty things are great, but sometimes function is more important.  Here are some awesome stocking stuffers, Hanukkah gifts, and holiday gifts that are BIZ tested and recommended!  Any one of these options will look fabulous all wrapped up and are sure to become staples items for your down to earth, practical-minded giftee.

Natracare Makeup Remover Cloths

1.  Natracare Organic Cleansing Makeup Removal Wipes ($7.49):  These are some of the softest, gentlest makeup remover wipes I’ve tried.  They are more on the ‘wet’ side, and while they remove makeup and dirt they don’t irritate the skin.  Available at drugstore.com, Walgreens.com, and Amazon.com.

Coast to Coast Soothing Aqua Serum 2

2.  Coast to Coast Soothing Aqua Serum ($40):  This is a beautiful serum that leaves skin moist, plump, and healthy.  It is a particularly excellent gift for those who do a lot of traveling – awesome for a little lift on the plane while flying from coast to coast!  You can find this at Ulta.com.

The Magic Pads

3.  The Magic Pads ($19.95):  How about some magic under the tree?  These skin treatment pads have wonderful ingredients including glycolic acid, organic willow bark, hyaluronic acid, and vitamin E in an organic aloe vera juice base. The Magic Pads clear up blemishes, shrink the appearance of pores, and exfoliate skin all in one swipe.  You can find these at www.themagicpads.com

Mad Hippie Eye Cream 2

4.  Mad Hippie Eye Cream ($24.99):  Perfect for the non-traditionalist on your list, this eye cream features a slew of peptides and antioxidants in a truly elegant formulation.  The packaging is beyond cute, and this is an eye cream that really delivers.  Available at www.madhippie.com

Strivectin Tightening Neck Cream

5.  Strivectin TL Advanced™ Tightening Neck Cream ($95):  I slather this on every morning and every night and I am loving the results!  The neck and decolletage show age more quickly than any other body part, and this beautiful thick cream is just what is needed to keep that delicate area moisturized and free of crepey skin – plus it rebuilds elastin fibers.  Available at StriVectin.com

Le Beurre Shea Butter Body Cream 2

6.  Le Beurre Shea Butter Body Cream (8 oz. $22):  This shea butter cream feels like luxury, but it’s a major workhorse for dry winter skin.  It melts right in, making skin super happy with grapeseed, jojoba, and vitamin E.  Choose from five beautiful scents, including Lavender, Vanilla, Lemongrass, Sage and Unscented. Available at www.lebeurreshop.com (pick up a Shea Butter Lip Balm while you are there!)

Scala Rain Hat

7.  Scala Collezione Rain Hat ($25):  Talk about fashionable and functional!  This jaunty rain hat is a truly perfect holiday gift that will be hugely appreciated. LW281 is one of Scala’s best-selling rain hats, and is available in black, charcoal, wine and khaki.  Made of nylon, it protects your hairdo while looking pretty darn awesome. Get yourself one while you are at it!

Mally Citychick Smokey Eye Kit 2

8.  Mally City Chick Smokey Eye Kit ($40):  Now here is a perfect eyeshadow palette for any chick, city or rural.  There are ten different color combinations from which to choose.  Every combo of creamy eyeshadows has wonderful neutral shades that are both beautiful and practical.  Available at www.mallybeauty.com

Priti neutrals 5

9.  Priti Nail Polish neutrals ($15 each):  What is a great practical stocking stuffer?  Some fabulous neutral nail polish.  My pick is Priti Nail Polish, particularly the shades Ginger Snap Orchid, opaque light creamy nude, Nodding Lilac, opaque soft lilac, and Moss Campion, opaque creamy light taupe.  Available at www.pritinyc.com

Dove White Beauty Bar

10.  Dove White Beauty Bar ($5.00):  You can’t go wrong with this classic!  What a great stocking stuffer.  People swear by this bar soap that removes makeup without stripping the skin.

Stay tuned for more great holiday gift guides, including a list of fabulous finds for the glam girl on your list!  – Lisa

*items sent for editorial consideration

I gotta love A Girl’s Gotta Spa! Energizing Citrus Body Lotion

A Girl's Gotta Spa Energizing Citrus Body Lotion

A Girl’s Gotta Spa Energizing Citrus Body Lotion

I have a special place in my heart for A Girl’s Gotta Spa’s Energizing Citrus Body Lotion. I’ve donated to exactly two kickstarter type campaigns and this is one of the two. I have to believe in a company very strongly to give away money that I’d rather spend on “surprises” for my grandson or on eyeshadow. I believe in A Girl’s Gotta Spa! products or I’d never have done this. (By the way the other company is Whip Hand Cosmetics out of Detroit, Michigan.) shannon spa logoShannon, the blogger and creator of A Girl’s Gotta Spa!, kindly sent me the Energizing Citrus Body Lotion as a thank you for helping with her campaign and I’m excited to review it. I ‘watched’ Shannon’s growth in creating her brand and learned about all she had to go through on her journey. It was very important to Shannon that her brand be manufactured in a good for the earth method. She not only wanted a vegan product but one that is cruelty free. She even went through the testing by Leaping Bunny to be certified as a CF brand. The Energizing Citrus Body Lotion is made of 94% Natural ingredients. There are no sulfates, petrochemicals, formaldehyde, parabens or synthetic fragrances. Gotta love that.

A Girl's Gotta Spa Energizing Body Lotion

A Girl’s Gotta Spa Energizing Body Lotion

This Body Lotion is simply delicious. It has a tangy citrus fragrance that’s a pleasure to use. I could sniff it all day. Since I don’t wear actual fragrance it’s a pleasure for me to start my day with this wonderful scent.

I love the lightweight feel of this lotion that sinks in quickly. I am always amazed that I don’t have to wait for this to dry in order to put on my slacks yet it makes my skin soft and feeling protected. After I’m done applying my makeup and am ready to face the day I also use this on my hands as a hand cream since it’s so luscious and never makes my hands feel tacky.

A Girl's Gotta Spa Energizing Body Lotion ingredients

A Girl’s Gotta Spa Energizing Body Lotion ingredients

The ingredients are the best that Shannon could find. She used blended olive oil, African shea butter, and unprocessed natural cocoa butter to smooth and hydrate. Essential Oils are used to treat your skin and enlighten your senses. Not only will your nose be delighted but so will your sense of touch when you feel how soft your skin is.

There is a warning that if you’ve used this prior to sun exposure on parts of your body to be sure to use a sunscreen. This isn’t just for this A Girl’s Gotta Spa! Citrus Lotion but for any product that uses citrus. I’ve never read that before (or forgot which is typical) so I love the reminder even though I am very careful about sunscreen.

a girls gotta spa siteI love using this because of its soothing relief and how it makes my skin feel hydrated and healthy. I also love that even though the product originally sold for $40 (and still does at some sites that carry it), it is now $26 at Amazon with free shipping if you are a Prime customer. You gotta love that!!

If all of these positive things can be clicked off on your list then it’s time for you to try A Girl’s Gotta Spa’s Energizing Citrus Body Lotion out. Your body will thank you. — Marcia

*received for review

Ingredients
Purified Water, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Vegetable-based Emulsifying Wax (Cetearyl Alcohol, Polysorbate 60), Citrus Paradisii (Pink Grapefruit) Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Sorbic Acid, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Citrus Sinensis (Orange) Oil

also available at Crueltyfreeconsumer.com, Greencupboards.com, EveryCasa.com, and www.agirlsgottaspa.com/store.