Farmhouse Fresh Quinsyberry Botanical Body Oil is perfection in a bottle

Farmhouse Fresh Quinsyberry Body Oil

Farmhouse Fresh Quinsyberry Body Oil

I want to be one of those women who can walk by a bath/body section or store and admire the yummy sounding confections. But I’m not. I need to be seduced into trying a fragrance item. FARMHOUSE FRESH knows how to seduce me. Their seduction factor runs high. Everything I’ve gotten from Farmhouse Fresh has been amazing and made me went to dive head first into their manufacturing facility.

Farmhouse Fresh Quinsyberry Body Oil

Farmhouse Fresh Quinsyberry Body Oil

When I was offered the chance to try Farmhouse Fresh Quinsyberry Body Oil I didn’t hesitate for a minute. I absolutely knew that I’d want to try this out and now happiness abounds. How could I say no to this? “96%-Natural, Vegan  & Gluten-Free Body Oil Features Vitamin A- & C-Enriched Black Currant Which Helps Prevent Premature Aging While Restoring Skin’s Natural Glow”

Farmhouse Fresh Quinsyberry Body Oil contains a blend of blackberry extract and light botanicals oils. The fragrance has a soft apple blossom aroma mixed with the blackberry. I’m not one to be able to describe scents well but I know what I like and I really like this. Besides being rich with vitamins this body oil makes my skin feel soft and warm. I love the feel of this on my body.

Farmhouse Fresh Quinsyberry Body Oil

Farmhouse Fresh Quinsyberry Body Oil

I started slowly since that’s how I roll with a fragranced item so my legs were first. I noticed just a soft whisper of fragrance but that my skin felt so moisturized. So I moved up and used it on my body. As I became more enthusiastic about the aroma I moved to my arms. Even my husband asked why I smelled so good.

Ingredients that make this so wonderful:

  • blackcurrent extract – which is rich in antioxidants that help repair and nourish damaged skin while restoring your skin’s natural glow
  • Vitamins A and C to help prevent premature aging
  • Soybean, jojoba, sunflower and apricot kernel oils – these all have high natural moisturizing factors that will reduce dryness and retain moisture
  • Grape seed and olive fruit oils – powerful antioxidants that diminish the damaging effects of sun and enhance healthy collagen and elastin
  • Shea butter – a terrific skin hydrating ingredient
  • Cocoa Seed Butter and Vitamin E
  • This is a vegan formula and is free of gluten, parabens, sulfates, and mineral oil
Farmhouse Fresh Quinsyberry Body Oil ingredients

Farmhouse Fresh Quinsyberry Body Oil ingredients

This botanical oil is very light and doesn’t make my skin feel oily or greasy. It absorbs quickly so I don’t have to wait to put on clothes. I can still use my Aveeno unscented body lotion right after my shower and then layer this oil over it. The combination keeps me moisturized for 2 days before I have to apply more.

I highly recommend Farmhouse Fresh Quinsyberry Body Oil as a gift for anyone – grad, mom, sister, friend. At $18 it’s a beautiful bottle and will make someone’s eyes light up with delight. While you may never find me at a bath and body store, you will find me stocking up on Farmhouse Fresh in general and Quinsyberry Body Oil in particular.

Farmhouse Fresh Quinsyberry Body Oil

Farmhouse Fresh Quinsyberry Body Oil

What tempts you from Farmhouse Fresh?  — Marcia

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Stock up your shower with drugstore finds from Aveeno

AveenoOne of the coolest things about blogging is discovering awesome finds at terrific prices. I have a few favorite drugstore lines and AVEENO® is one of them.

I am sad for all the years I didn’t know about this great brand, but Marcia and I have been AVEENO® brand ambassadors for years now and we are very proud of this. Over the years I have found many must-have products from this sensitive skin-friendly brand, and today I want to tell you about three staples to stock up on for a super shower.

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Aveeno Pure Renewal Shampoo and Conditioner, Daily Moisturizing Body Wash

Aveeno Pure Renewal Shampoo and Conditioner, Daily Moisturizing Body Wash

The AVEENO® PURE RENEWAL® hair products have an ingredient called ACTIVE NATURALS® SEAWEED EXTRACT.  It’s full of vitamins, proteins, and minerals that clean hair without leaving it dried out, conditioning and balancing it to perfection. The AVEENO® PURE RENEWAL® SHAMPOO (10.5 fl.oz., $6.49) is a great shampoo that indeed leaves hair super clean but still soft and shiny. It is sulfate free, so while it doesn’t have a ton of foam it still does a wonderful job even on color treated hair.

Aveeno Pure Renewal Shampoo and Conditioner

The sister conditioner, AVEENO® PURE RENEWAL® CONDITIONER (10.5 fl.oz., $6.49) is a conditioner for those who don’t need tons of moisture weighing down hair. It’s especially good for oily or fine hair, since it’s light but still hydrates and gives hair shine. If you have very dry ends or lots of frizz, you will probably want something heavier. Otherwise, this is a terrific every day, workhorse conditioner.

Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Body Wash

 A shower isn’t complete with shampoo and conditioner – you also need a perfect body wash. I love AVEENO® body washes because they have ACTIVE NATURALS® COLLOIDAL OATMEAL, which is fantastic for all kinds of skin, even the most sensitive. Colloidal oatmeal protects and soothes skin and it has tons of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. I think the body wash to get – especially for guest bathrooms to accommodate any skin care needs – is the AVEENO® DAILY MOISTURIZING BODY WASH (12 fl.oz., $6.99). No kidding, this is a stand out drugstore product. It has a very light fragrance and the ingredients include the colloidal oatmeal plus a blend of natural oils and emollients that clean skin beautifully while also soothing and refreshing. All skin types will love this soap free, dye free and hypoallergenic body wash. It rinses clean and is truly one of the best body washes I have ever tried.
I recently visited a friend who is beyond wealthy and while she has all sorts of products from very expensive lines, every shower in her house had nothing but AVEENO® products — for very good reason!  Next time you are at the drugstore, stock up on AVEENO® PURE RENEWAL® SHAMPOOCONDITIONER, and DAILY MOISTURIZING BODY WASH. They are perfect for your guests and perfect for you, too.  – Lisa
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Get ‘blurred lines’ with Vita Liberata Body Blur Instant Skin Finish #BodyBlur

Vita Liberata Body Blur

Vita Liberata Body Blur

At my age, my body needs all the blurring it can get. The best way to get there is with a little ‘optical illusion’ courtesy of a great body tint and the Vita Liberata Body Blur Instant HD Skin Finish ($45) is just what I need.

Sofia Vergara wearing Body Blur

Sofia Vergara wearing Body Blur

Sarah Hyland wearing Body Blur

Sarah Hyland wearing Body Blur

If you watched the Oscars, you were watching Body Blur in action. Just a few examples of the celebrity fans include Sophia Vergara and Sarah Hyland. Body Blur is an instant glowy tint that washes off. It gives immediate gratification with a beautiful tint that reflects light, so it’s especially terrific looking in photos.

Vita Liberata Body Blur

Vita Liberata Body Blur

What makes this different from other body tints is it can also be used as a makeup primer! It totally covers blemishes, red spots, and hyperpigmentation, and because it’s water-resistant it holds up great even under hot lights, hot sun, or hot dancing. The ingredients are great:

Phenyl Trimethicone – Gives a velvet soft skin finish
Panthenol – The provitamin of B5 that moisturises
Shea Butter – Repairs, hydrates and soothes skin
Tocopheryl Acetate – Protects against free radical damage, fighting signs of aging                 Glyceryl Stearate – Smooths skin, locking water at the skin surface improving hydration

Vita Liberata Body Blur

You don’t need much for beautiful color. Just dot small amounts on your body then smooth in – be sure to use gloves or a body mitt so your palms don’t get tanned as well. For my face, neck, and décolleté I use my fingers then just wash my hands. The result is beautiful, glowing, happy skin that is blurred just enough to really look fantastic.

Vita Liberata is one of my favorite lines for self tanning and body products and Body Blur is truly excellent. You can pick this up online or at Sephora, Ulta, and QVC.  – Lisa

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#BodyBlur

Mission Grove by Soap & Paper Factory will delight your senses

Cardamom and CoffeeAnything sold at Anthropologie is always on Beauty Info Zone’s radar because they do such a wonderful job of curating. They sell interesting, hip products that are wonderful treats for yourself or fabulous gifts. Their latest find is Mission Grove, a bath and body collection from one of our perennial favorites, the Soap & Paper Factory. This line is made in the US in small batches, and ingredients are top of the line oils and extracts including meadowfoam, borage seed, and jojoba and aromatherapy oils. Everything from Mission Grove has no sulfates, parabens, petrochemicals, or phthalates. And of course, it wouldn’t be sold at Anthropologie unless the packaging had a cool, retro feel.

The new Mission Grove Collection comes in four fragrances:

Sakura: This relaxing and restorative fragrance balances apple and citrus with sweet heliotrope for a perfectly calming combination.

Madagascar Vanilla: Deep, sultry notes of bourbon add an intoxicating richness to this soothing vanilla scent.

Fig & Honey: Refresh the body and clear the mind with this heady fragrance that combines earthy figs with sweet honey.

Cardamom & Coffee: Spicy and stimulating, this complex fragrance combines cardamom and coffee with geranium and sandalwood to detoxify the spirit.

The products include Shea Butter Bar Soap ($8), Sea Salt Body Scrub ($12), Travel Sized Body Lotion ($12), Travel Sized Body Wash ($12), Treatment Facial Mask ($16), Scented Drawer Liner Papers ($18), and a Big Rollerball Botanical Oil ($24).

Marcia and Lisa tried several of the products in two different scents, Sakura and Madagascar Vanilla. Is Mission Grove worthy of a permanent place in their boudoirs?  Read on and find out!

madagascar Vanilla

Lisa’s Side:  Madagascar Vanilla  Ok, to be honest they had me at ‘Vanilla’. I love love love vanilla scents, so I was super excited to try these beautifully packaged goodies. The vanilla scent is deep and rich, a little boozy thanks to the bourbon fragrance. It’s a beautiful sniff and just look at how lovely the packaging is:

Mission Grove Madagascar Vanilla

Mission Grove Madagascar Vanilla

Mission Grove Madagascar Vanilla Seasalt Scrub

Mission Grove Madagascar Vanilla Sea Salt Scrub

Mission Grove Madagascar Vanilla wax seal on paper and bar soap

Mission Grove Madagascar Vanilla wax seal on paper and bar soap

Every product comes in this delightful and thoughtful packaging. I adore the wax stamps on the bar soap and the scented paper, it really brings home the care and quality of the products.  Marcia is going to tell you more about the Sea Salt Scrub and the Scented Paper, and I have the 411 on the soaps and lotion.

Mission Grove Madagascar Vanilla

I almost couldn’t bear to open the bar of soap!  Look that packaging….wow. This is a great gift because it’s just gorgeous. Luckily, the soap is wonderful too, with a thick full lather that doesn’t dry out hands. It’s a great bar for sinks and for tubs.

Mission Grove Madagascar Vanilla Body Lotion and Body Wash

Mission Grove Madagascar Vanilla Body Lotion and Body Wash

The travel sized Body Wash and Body Lotion are TSA friendly and perfect for travel bags. The wash gives a creamy foam and the fragrance really sticks around, especially if you layer the Body Lotion over top. They both leave skin smooth, silky, and sweet smelling. I really enjoy this set and am interested in how Marcia likes the Sakura scent. The Fig and Honey scent sounds delicious too…I think I am going to plan a trip to Anthropologie soon to take a sniff!

Sakura

Marcia’s Side:  Sakura

Like Lisa I quickly knew which scent was perfect for me. As the picky one on BIZ I gravitate to fruity scents that aren’t overwhelming. Sakura Blossom is perfect for that. With a mixture of apple and citrus I was thrilled to try this. To be honest I don’t know what heliotrope smells like, all I know is that its flowers are in a variety of violet shades. That doesn’t matter since this combination is refreshing and not overwhelming at all.

Mission Grove Sakura Blossom Salt Scrub

Mission Grove Sakura Blossom Salt Scrub

The packaging of these Mission Grove products is enough to get me to buy them. A collection of these beautifully packaged goods would make an awesome housewarming or hostess gift. Even better is what’s inside since the fragrance isn’t artificial and the products are excellent.

The Mission Grove Sakura Blossom Salt Scrub surprised me since I normally choose a sugar scrub, but this wasn’t harsh at all and left my skin feeling exfoliated and lightly scented. I was surprised at the touch of oil that’s in it to protect my skin. I never have the flakies on the the days I’m able to shower with this Salt Scrub.

Mission Grove Sakura Blossom Salt Scrub

Mission Grove Sakura Blossom Salt Scrub

Mission Grove Sakura Blossom Salt Scrub

Mission Grove Sakura Blossom Salt Scrub

This contains sea salt, jojoba seed oil, coconut oil, and vitamin E which all combine for a hydrating scrub.

Mission Grove Scented Papers

Mission Grove Scented Papers

The Mission Grove Scented Papers in Sakura Blossom totally blew me away. My first reaction to was honestly “why would I use scented papers??”. That was then, this is now: “Wow I love all the things I can do with these scented papers from Mission Grove.”

Mission Grove Sakura Blossom Scented Papers

Mission Grove Sakura Blossom Scented Papers

My husband likes to go to Las Vegas. While he doesn’t smoke everything is covered in smoke in Vegas. You come home from there and (for non-smokers) you want to undress in the garage and get your clothes into the wash instantly. Now I can tuck one of the half sheets into the mesh section of the suitcase. It helps so much to keep items, the ones that can’t be washed, refreshed. Other uses are to put these in a drawer, your car, boots when you are storing them, and your gym bag. I have one in my laundry room and it’s so amazing to walk in there now – even for someone that isn’t a fragrance person.

Mission Grove Drawer Papers

Mission Grove Drawer Papers

These are beautiful and sturdy. There are 6 sheets that are perforated in the middle so you can break them apart to have 12 sheets. They are made out of a thin cardboard so there’s nothing flimsy about them. They are unlike any drawer papers I’ve ever seen.

Mission Grove Restorative Botanical Perfume Oil (Sakura Blossom)

Mission Grove Restorative Botanical Perfume Oil (Sakura Blossom)

One last product to mention is the Mission Grove Restorative Botanical Perfume Oil. This is available in all 4 of the fragrances and sounds terrific. Here’s what Mission Grove has to say: “Crafted in small batches, Mission Grove Rollerball Perfume Oils stimulate your mind, body and spirit. Great for personal fragrance, and for maximum benefits, use the rollerbals on temples and pressure points such as your crown chakra, bottoms of your feet and solar plexus. Perfect for On-the-go!”

While these are available at Anthropologie, only the soaps are carried online. That means a trip is due to an Anthropologie store so you can see the line in person and do a little indulging for yourself and someone you want to impress.

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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

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

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Color me GUILTY – of tanning, glowing, and sparkling!

My self tanner addiction...

My self tanner addiction…

 

Well. Now I feel a little ashamed…I mean, this amount of completely unneccessary products is basically obscene. Guess my self tanner/bronzer/shimmer addiction is now officially out of the closet!

*PR samples/purchase by me/affiliate links

I honestly had no idea how many of these types of products I had going until I gathered them all for their family pictures. These are the ones I have open…I decided to leave the second cousins (those awaiting to be christened) for another time. I think I am addicted to self tanners because they hide uneven skin tone and give the illusion of looking slightly thinner. Here are all (well, most…I found some more after the pics were done!) the self tanners I have open right now:

Self tanning lotions

Self tanning lotions

Self tanning mousse

Self tanning mousse

Self tanning sprays

Self tanning sprays

I have three different types:  lotions, sprays, and foam/mousse. I use the lotions in the winter when my skin is at its driest. The foam/mousse are great when I am in a hurry because they need a little less work to get them applied correctly. I use the sprays mainly in the summer. I have a thing about not putting on any heavy body products when it’s hot out – it makes me feel funny. Anyone else weird like that??  I especially love Xen-Tan and Vita Liberata (the latter isn’t pictured because it was shy and said no photos today, please).

My addiction doesn’t stop at self tanners…I am also addicted to body bronzers. I have sprays, lotions, mousse…I love them all.

Body bronzers

Body bronzers

No one does shimmery bronzed skin like Scott Barnes and I adore Guerlain and Red Carpet Kolour (RCK).

Also addicted to spray on shimmering bronzers…if it has a coconut scent, I can’t do without it!!

Spray on shimmer and sparkle

Spray on shimmer and sparkle

I am sad that tarte doesn’t have the Celebutant Dry Oil Spray anymore. I highly recommend the Lucy B Frangipani Bronzing Oil Spray and the Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Spray. Hampton Sun makes amazing shimmer sprays too.

Oh, and how could I forget — every day I put two drops of this Paula’s Choice Sun 365 Self-Tanning Concentrate in my moisturizer to keep a consistent color. It’s subtle but awesome.

Paula's Choice Sun 365 Self-Tanning Concentrate

Paula’s Choice Sun 365 Self-Tanning Concentrate

So there you have it. I have no more secrets. And if you really want to know why I need so much self tanner, just take a look at the classic blogger tan lines (courtesy of Tan Towels)!  – Lisa

tan-lines-and-tan-towels

*some products PR samples, some purchased by me.  Affiliate links.