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.

I’m beginning a new ritual with RITUALS bath and body products

RITUALS Fortune Scrub & Touch of Happiness body cream

RITUALS Fortune Scrub & Touch of Happiness body cream

Typically I’m not a bath and body type person but when a brand like RITUALS comes into my life I take another look and decide that I need to make some changes. RITUALS is a European brand that is now in the United States in stores like Barneys NYC. It was started in 2000 by Raymond Cloosterman because of his beliefs that life could be a little more meaningful if we just looked at the smallest things and found happiness in those. He created a brand that is luxurious and enriching to our bodies and our souls.

The RITUALS collections are created based on Eastern customs and traditions. The ingredients they use are chosen to be distinctive for the category they use them. The company is socially responsible and creates products that are never tested on animals, are vegan, dermatologist tested and use sustainable sources for packaging. One of the things that totally warms my heart is their philanthropic ideals – they have committed resources to Tiny Miracles Foundation which aims to break the cycle of proverty in Mumbai, India. Seeing the video on this page will help you understand why this foundation is so important.rituals tiny miracles

While it’s obvious I’m impressed with the company and their manifesto, this is a review of products. I was sent two items from the Laughing Buddha line. The Laughing Buddha was a famous monk from 1100 years ago whose smile was so infectious that it brought happiness everywhere he went. Rubbing his belly is a symbol of good luck and prosperity.

Since I only have the representation of the Laughing Buddha on the beautiful bright orange packaging I’ll just do my rubbing on my body with Fortune Scrub ($17/5 fl oz) and Touch of Happiness Body Cream ($25/6.7 fl oz). There are other great sounding products in the Laughing Buddha line including Fortune Oil (a shower oil) and Happy Mist.

RITUALS Fortune Scrub

RITUALS Fortune Scrub

Fortune Scrub started slowly with me in the shower. Even though I did sniff tests, sometimes you just can’t tell how strong a fragrance is going to be. I started with my legs and noticed just how smooth they felt after using this scrub. There are small scrubbies in it to exfoliate without scratching.

RITUALS Fortune Scrub

RITUALS Fortune Scrub

RITUALS Fortune Scrub

RITUALS Fortune Scrub

Fortune Scrub contains Sweet Orange extract and Cedar Wood oil. The combination of the orange with the cedar wood is invigorating without being sweet. Since Fortune Scrub passed the leg test, it’s now moved on to my entire body. This isn’t too strong for me to use 3x a week and it adds in some needed moisture. Plus it’s easy to wash off without leaving anything behind.

RITUALS Fortune Scrub

RITUALS Fortune Scrub

I did the same leg test with Touch of Happiness Body Cream.

RITUALS Touch of Happiness Body Cream

RITUALS Touch of Happiness Body Cream

I can be especially picky with body creams and lotions since they linger but happily the combination of Sweet Orange and Cedar Wood has made my skin sweet smelling and soft as can be. Touch of Happiness is a very rich and thick body cream, it’s got a whipped cream formula. You’d think with a cream this lush that it would be hard for it to dry down so you could get dressed but that’s not the case. Sure I have to give it several minutes but after it’s a pleasure to toss on a pair of slacks and notice legs that are soft as silk. I’ve even allowed this to move up my body since the warm scent is pleasant and not too noticeable. It also contains a unique blend of antioxidants, Vitamin E and the strengthening ingredient Centella Asiatica.

RITUALS Touch of Happiness Body Cream

RITUALS Touch of Happiness Body Cream

For me to love a bath and body line like the RITUALS Laughing Buddha line is indeed incredible for me. I love the natural fragrances, I think the line is very reasonably priced, and I’m thrilled with how the skin on my body has lapped this up. RITUALS might just be the line that converts me from being a fragrance-phobe.

Have you tried anything from Rituals that you love? — Marcia

*sent for editorial consideration

Fortune scrub

INGREDIENTS: AQUA/ WATER, GLYCERIN, SILICA, GLYCERYL STEARATE SE, DISODIUM COCOAMPHODIACETATE, PARFUM/ FRAGRANCE, PEG-100 STEARATE, CETYL ALCOHOL, HYDROXYPROPYL METHYLCELLULOSE, SODIUM LAURETH SULFATE, PHENOXYETHANOL, CITRUS AURANTIUM DULCIS (SWEET ORANGE) PEEL EXTRACT, JUNIPERUS VIRGINIANA (CEDARWOOD) OIL, COCO-GLUCOSIDE, STEARIC ACID, PALMITIC ACID, LINALOOL, LIMONENE, HEXYL CINNAMAL, CITRONELLOL, METHYLISOTHIAZOLINONE, CITRIC ACID.

Touch of Happiness:

INGREDIENTS:  AQUA / WATER, CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, CETEARYL ALCOHOL, GLYCERIN, CAPRYLIC/ CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, PARFUM / FRAGRANCE, CETEARETH-20, PHENOXYETHANOL, HELIANTHUS ANNUUS (SUNFLOWER) SEED OIL, DIMETHICONE, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, GLYCERYL STEARATE, ISOHEXADECANE, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, CETEARETH- 12, ALLANTOIN, CARBOMER, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, TOCOPHEROL, POTASSIUM SORBATE, LINALOOL, CETYL PALMITATE, ALCOHOL, OLUS (VEGETABLE) OIL, LIMONENE, SODIUM HYDROXIDE, HEXYL CINNAMAL, CITRUS AURANTIUM DULCIS (ORANGE) FRUIT EXTRACT, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, CITRONELLOL, CENTELLA ASIATICA (GOTU COLA) HERB EXTRACT, JUNIPERUS VIRGINIANA (CEDER) WOOD EXTRACT, BAMBUSA VULGARIS LEAF EXTRACT, RIBOFLAVIN, SORBIC ACID.