FarmHouse Fresh This Bunny Loves You wins my Makeup Wars battle

This week Makeup Wars chose the topic of favorite scrubs and exfoliators. I thought and thought about what to share and had several choices but FarmHouse Fresh won my heart with THIS BUNNY LOVES YOU Soft Skin Gift Set. When this set was sent everything else flew from my mind and I couldn’t think of anything else that I wanted to share besides this.

FarmHouse Fresh This Bunny Loves You Gift Set

FarmHouse Fresh This Bunny Loves You Gift Set

If you’ve read Beauty Info Zone then you know that FarmHouse Fresh is the brand that changed my mind about fragranced products. Once Lisa talked me into trying their Watermelon Basil Body Scrub I was sold. I’m pretty sure she’s sorry about that because we now have to fight over who is the one who can keep this as part of their bath and body routine.

This Bunny Loves You is a gift set for you or for someone you do love. It would make a great Mother’s Day gift as well. It contains 2 full size products ($36). Inside you’ll find Sweet Cream Fine Body Scrub and Fluffy Bunny Shea Butter Hand Cream plus on the outside you’ll find a great wooden spoon meant to mix the scrub.

FarmHouse Fresh This Bunny Loves You Gift Set

FarmHouse Fresh This Bunny Loves You Gift Set

It’s the Sweet Cream body scrub that is the most loved product in this box for me. While FarmHouse Fresh has many products in this fragrance this is the first time I’ve had the pleasure to use it.

FarmHouse Fresh Sweet Cream Fine Body Scrub

FarmHouse Fresh Sweet Cream Fine Body Scrub

Let’s talk about the wonderful scent. It’s reminds me of sugar and cream and everything nice. It’s a sweet fragrance even though it’s a sea salt exfoliator. FarmHouse Fresh scrubs separate in the jar so you need to mix them up which is where the great wooden spoon comes in.

FarmHouse Fresh Sweet Cream Fine Body Scrub

FarmHouse Fresh Sweet Cream Fine Body Scrub

FarmHouse Fresh Sweet Cream Fine Body Scrub

FarmHouse Fresh Sweet Cream Fine Body Scrub

Mix up the fine grain fresh sea salt and rice bran oil and you’re on your way to a lightweight, non-greasy soft feeling. I love this all over my body and it leaves me with a fragrance that lasts throughout the day. You can even use this at your sink to exfoliate your hands and/or feet to keep them soft and smooth.fhf this bunny loves you box info

While Fluffy Bunny Shea Butter Hand Cream doesn’t officially fit in this week’s Makeup Wars it’s worth knowing about. FHF makes several hand creams and Fluffy Bunny fits in perfectly for spring. The scent is described as a Lavender-Mint Julep (Kentucky Derby anyone??).

FarrmHouse Fresh Fluffy Bunny Hand Cream

FarrmHouse Fresh Fluffy Bunny Hand Cream

FarmHouse Fresh Hand Creams are loaded with supple shea and cocoa butter and Vitamin E packed jojoba and soybean oils along with Aloe to help with skin irritation. They are created to help with even super dry skin yet they aren’t greasy. Within minutes of massaging this in you can go about your business.

FarrmHouse Fresh Fluffy Bunny Hand Cream

FarrmHouse Fresh Fluffy Bunny Hand Cream

FarrmHouse Fresh Fluffy Bunny Hand Cream is 96% natural and like all their products are paraben free, sulfate free, and of course cruelty free.

FarrmHouse Fresh Fluffy Bunny Hand Cream

FarrmHouse Fresh Fluffy Bunny Hand Cream

While you can buy these products separately if you are in need of a gift then This Bunny Loves You will win you extra points! If you are like me and love a body scrub then Sweet Cream is going to thrill your body and senses. Can you see why I couldn’t get this out of my mind for Makeup Wars?  —  Marcia

Join us and get scrubbed and exfoliated!!


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Any season is perfect for FarmHouse Fresh Butter Rum Body Scrub

Yo ho ho and a jar of FHF Butter Rum

Farmhouse Fresh Butter Rum Scrub

FarmHouse Fresh Butter Rum Scrub

Who doesn’t love Farmhouse Fresh? Only those who haven’t tried the line. So what are you waiting for? If you love body scrubs and the delicious scent of butterscotch, you will adore FarmHouse Fresh Butter Rum body scrub made with premium rum liquor. As the jar says:  This buttery body exfoliator combines sugar and premium aged rum with vitamin E and a smooth butterscotch scent for a scrumptious cleansing experience that stimulates your skin’s renewal-leaving you soft and touchable. Apply in circular motions to wet skin while in the shower or bath.
Farmhouse Fresh Butter Rum Scrub

Farmhouse Fresh Butter Rum Scrub

FarmHouse Fresh says : Each product is crafted around delicious food and drinks, using up to 99.6% natural and naturally derived ingredients, and chock full of fruits, vegetables, milks, and more from U.S. farms, including our own. Butter Rum Scrub is 95% natural, and like all FarmHouse Fresh products, is Paraben & Sulfate free!  The scrub contains Sucrose, Soybean Oil, Sodium chloride, rum, laureth 4, peg-40, castor oil, rice bran oil, parfum, and tocopherol.

Farmhouse Fresh Butter Rum Scrub

Farmhouse Fresh Butter Rum Scrub

The scrub is a little different from others I’ve tried in that the sugar is on the bottom of the jar while the oil is on the top. You can use your hand or a spoon to blend the contents together. You may wind up, as I did, with quite a bit of oil left over when the sugar part is used up. Unless of course, you do a better job of mixing than I did, which is entirely possible. But I don’t care. The scent is absolutely delicious and the scrub makes my skin feel soft and smooth. It also disappears easily down the drain. I hope they make other products using this scent as it does linger a bit after you wash it off. And it makes your bathroom smell delicious.
Farmhouse Fresh Butter Rum Body Scrub

Farmhouse Fresh Butter Rum Body Scrub

ReRUMber RUM’s the word.  –  guest post by Phyllis
Available at Amazon and FHF’s website.

Changing the World with Skinny & Co. Coconut Oil

Skinny and CoWhen I look at new brands to try, one ingredient that always captures my attention is coconut oil. I honestly think it’s the best overall skin care ingredient out there. It heals from the inside out. No one does coconut oil like the skin care line Skinny & Co. They have a unique system called the Nutralock System that keeps raw nutrients intact, so the coconut oil is more fully absorbed by the body inside and out.

samples

Skinny & Co.Skinny and Co. says, “Skinny is the only coconut oil on the market that is wild harvested, hand pressed, small batched, never heated, 100% raw, 100% virgin, and 100% without chemicals and solvents. You can actually smell, feel, taste and see the difference. At Skinny we believe in the power of a tight knit community centered on only the highest quality, chemical free products made with a higher purpose at heart. Each one of our nurturing products contains 5 edible ingredients or less and is made with our patented coconut oil process that ensures nutrients stay intact which enhances effectiveness both inside and out.

Skinny & Co.I have been testing five 2 oz. samples of their products, and all I can say is yum and wow!  This really is coconut oil at its finest.

Skinny & Co. Coconut Oil

Skinny & Co. Coconut Oil

Skinny & Co. Coconut Oil

Skinny & Co. Coconut Oil

Skinny & Co. Coconut Oil

Skinny & Co. Coconut Oil

First up is the pure Coconut Oil. This is 100% pure, raw coconut oil. You can use this for so many things: as a face and skin moisturizer, a hair conditioner or in food – it takes the place of butter or oil and tastes fantastic in coffee and smoothies.

  • The only raw 100% alkaline coconut oil in the world
  • Wild-Harvested, not plantation grown
  • Handpicked
  • No chemicals, fillers, or preservatives
  • Cold-Processed; Not Just Cold Pressed
  • Skinny and Co. is a brand that owns and manufactures our coconut oil (they do not buy from contract manufacturers). They are Tree To Table

Skinny & Co.

Skinny & Co. Oil Pulling Mouthwash

Skinny & Co. Oil Pulling Mouthwash

Skinny & Co. Oil Pulling Mouthwash

Skinny & Co. Oil Pulling Mouthwash

Another very interesting product is the Skinny & Co. Oil Pulling Mouth Wash. I have tried oil pulling before but boy, it tastes so weird I just couldn’t stick with it. This, however, is oil pulling mouth wash and the addition of organic peppermint essential oil makes all the difference. If you are new to oil pulling, here is how Skinny & Co. describe it:  Oil Pulling is an ancient practice that is receiving recent interest due to it becoming an adjunct in people’s oral hygiene routine. Coconut oil has been found to be an ideal choice due to the lauric acid binding with the bacteria in the mouth during the “pulling” process. We recommend starting pulling for five minutes, then increase the time gradually. Move the oil around your mouth as if it were mouthwash, but do not gargle or swallow.

I am loving it and I definitely plan to purchase a full size bottle. It’s totally safe for teeth and all dental work and with only two ingredients – the peppermint essential oil and the 100% Raw Coconut Oil, it’s a fantastic organic, natural find.

Skinny & Co. Body Butter

Skinny & Co. Body Butter

Skinny & Co. Body Butter

Skinny & Co. Body Butter

The Whipped Body Butter is a true coconut oil delight. This has a light, airy texture and it soothes and hydrates skin like crazy. I’ve used it as a body moisturizer, hair conditioner, and shaving cream with terrific results. I also tried it as a pre-treatment for my hair, applying it to dry hair and letting it sit for a half hour before showering and washing my hair as usual. It gave me incredibly soft floaty hair…amazing! I am sure it would be fantastic for expecting moms to help prevent stretch marks. The ingredients include 100% Raw Coconut Oil, Organic Almond Oil to promote collagen renewal, Vitamin E to protect skin from free radicals, and blend of essential oils. Protects against free radical damage

Skinny & Co. Sugar Scrub

Skinny & Co. Sugar Scrub

Skinny & Co. Sugar Scrub

Skinny & Co. Sugar Scrub

I’m not usually a big fan of body scrubs but the Exfoliating Vanilla Sugar Body Scrub is excellent. The scrub is a combination of coconut sugar, coconut oil, and vanilla. The scrub is gentle but effective, exfoliating skin while also hydrating at the same time. It’s a perfect way to prep skin for self tanner and it also works as a terrific lip scrub. It smells divine as well…like a combination of a bonfire and vanilla.

Skinny & Co. Facial Oil

Skinny & Co. Facial Oil

Skinny & Co. Facial Oil

Skinny & Co. Facial Oil

The last product I tested is the Calming Lavendar and Coconut Facial Oil. I love multi-taskers, and this does triple duty as a makeup remover, cleanser and moisturizer all in one. This is one of Skinny and Co.’s top sellers and I can see why. The coconut oil base gives it a perfect pH balance, and it soothes skin while cleansing it. You apply this to a dry face and wipe it off with a warm damp washcloth. I also use it with my Luna and love it. You can apply a little extra after cleansing for more hydration, and it also works as an overnight mask. The ingredients include 100% Raw Coconut Oil, Lavender, Roman Chamomile, and Holy Basil. Now, I have to admit, with those ingredients I was hesitant to use this on my eyes…but it dissolved even waterproof mascara with no problem! No stinging at all. Great stuff!!

I am very impressed with Skinny and Co.’s coconut oil-based products.  They certainly changed my world, and I think they will change yours too. You can find them online at skinnyandcompany.com.  – Lisa
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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.

*sent for consideration

“Under the radar” goodness: ACEQUIA Body Care

Nothing cheers me up like a big huge basket of body care goodness, especially when it’s from a line I haven’t tried yet. This beautiful basket of ACEQUIA Body Care  was sent to me to test and I couldn’t stop smiling.

ACEQUIA Body Care

ACEQUIA Body Care

ACEQUIA Body Care, a new kid on the beauty scene block, features products that are paleo-friendly, made with pure plant extracts and essential nutrients. The focus is ‘luxury as nature intended’ and you can choose from four fragrances for women –  Clasico (lavender, eucalyptus, Mediterranean fig), Esencia (gardenia, tuberose, white pear, jasmine), Fresco (sweet almond, bergamot, freshly ground ginger), Jardin (basil leaves, summer sage, peppermint sprigs, citrus zest), and two for men – Patrón (black pepper, coriander, patchouli and basil) and Granada (tobacco flower).

ACEQUIA Body Care

ACEQUIA Body Care

The goal is to moisturize and vitalize skin without the use of chemicals or harmful additives. All ACEQUIA products are made in small batches in America. They have no sulfates (SLS), parabens, surficants, mineral oil or petroleum byproducts, harsh chemicals or detergents. ACEQUIA products are never tested on animals. This environmentally responsible line also packages everything in recyclable materials.

Here is what I found inside the basket:

ACEQUIA Body Care Luxe Body Wash

ACEQUIA Body Care Luxe Body Wash

  • Luxe Body Wash ($20), a swoon-worthy indulgence of hydrating Coconut and Sweet Almond oils, Shea Butter and Silk protein to soothe, smooth and nurture soft, radiant skin

This is a very interesting body wash…it pours out like water, so be careful not to use too much! The cleanser is gentle and very hydrating, and the Esencia fragrance is soft and feminine.

ACEQUIA Body Care Skin Nourishment Lotion

ACEQUIA Body Care Skin Nourishment Lotion

  • Skin Nourishment Lotion($18), a emollient-rich antidote to parched skin, loaded with Jojoba, Meadowfoam and Sunflower Oils, enhanced with Vitamins C and E, Goat Milk and Aloe Vera to moisturize, nourish and delicately scent skin with no greasy residue

What a beautiful body lotion! It’s creamy and light, but it packs a moisturizing punch. The Granada scent is pleasantly spicy and is definitely unisex.

ACEQUIA Body Care Mineral Salt Scrub

ACEQUIA Body Care Mineral Salt Scrub

ACEQUIA Body Care Sugarcream Scrub

ACEQUIA Body Care Sugarcream Scrub

 

  • Buff Body Scrubs($18), our newest additions to the ACEQUIA family come in two bespoke formulas to perfectly buff away dry, dull skin and promote anti-aging collagen production. These exfoliating must-haves banish surface imperfections like blocked pores, fine lines, wrinkles and hyperpigmentation.

I can’t decide which one I like more – the sea salt and aloe vera Mineral Salt Scrub or the brown sugar/sunflower and grapeseed oil Sugarcream Scrub. They both leave skin ultra soft and ultra moisturized. They are great for prepping skin for self tanner or for softening hands after lots of gardening.

ACEQUIA Body Care Natural Castile Hand Soap

ACEQUIA Body Care Natural Castile Hand Soap

  • Natural Castile Soap($14), a blend of Olive and Coconut oils creates a gentle cleanser that prevents the loss of skin’s natural moisture

This is a terrific hand soap that is great for the kitchen or the bathroom. I especially love the fresh Jardin fragrance, which is a combination of basil, sage, peppermint and citrus.

ACEQUIA Body Care Travel Tote

ACEQUIA Body Care Travel Tote

A really great buy is the ACEQUIA Body Care Travel Tote ($12), which has TSA-friendly sizes of the Castile Hand Soap, Skin Nourishment Lotion, and Luxe Body Wash in a clear vinyl snap tote. You can choose from any of the six fragrances.

ACEQUIA is a beautiful and affordable line with great values and integrity.  I love the products and I love what this company stands for.  If you are looking for an animal and planet friendly body care line, I hope you will take a look at ASEQUIA!
You can find them online at www.acequiabodycare.com. – Lisa
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Keep your faux tan looking perfect with Norvell

There isn’t much left of summer so I am just clinging to these beautiful warm days. Self tanner always keeps me in the ‘sunshine and beaches’ mood. Recently I found a pretty amazing system for prepping my skin for self tanner and keeping the faux tan I already have looking perfect.
Keep your faux tan looking perfect with Norvell
Norvell is a spa line that specializes in body products that make the most of a self-tan. They have interesting products that prime the skin, bronze to perfection, optimize a self tan, and enhance the final color. Every product is paraben free, gluten-free, and 100% vegan. Each product also has Norvell’s Natural Actives Sunless Complex™, which Norvell says is “a proprietary blend of natural ingredients combined together to optimize, build, and extend sunless tanning results like never before.”
They sent me some products to test, and I am loving the  Renewing Sunless Exfoliator™ ($15),  pH Balancing Shower Cleanser ($15), and Daily Replenishing 24 hr MOISTURIZER™ ($25).
Norvell Renewing Sunless Exfoliator

Norvell Renewing Sunless Exfoliator

 The Renewing Sunless Exfoliator™ is a gentle body polish that Norvell calls a “Mr. Clean Eraser” for the body. This minty smelling polish is the first step to prepping skin for a great self tan.
  • Time Release Micro Capsules bind moisture within the skin, for 24 hr hydration.
  • Unique Dermal Barrier locks moisture within the top layer of skin, priming it for longer lasting and deeper sunless results.
  • Sulfate Free/Soap Free formula gently cleanses without stripping the skin’s amino acids, which work directly with the active sunless ingredient, DHA, to produce self-tanning results.

Sulfates can strip the skin so this sulfate-free exfoliator is a terrific prep for sunless tanning. I use this first in the shower, concentrating on my elbows, knees, and feet.

Norvell pH Balancing Shower cleanser

Norvell pH Balancing Shower cleanser

After exfoliating, I follow with the pH Balancing Shower Cleanser. This shower gel smells of delicious vanilla and leaves my skin cleansed and moisturized.

  • Time Release Micro Capsules bind moisture within the skin, for 24-hr hydration.
  • Natural Enzymes repair dehydrated skin.
  • Unique Dermal Barrier locks moisture within the top layer of skin, while optimizing skin pH for longer lasting deeper sunless results.
  • Sulfate Free/Soap Free formula gently cleanses without stripping the skin’s amino acids, which work directly with the active sunless ingredient, DHA, to produce self-tanning results

The enzymes help to dissolve any leftover dead skin and the extra skin hydration helps any type of sunless tanner apply evenly and last longer.

Norvell Daily Replenishing 24 Hour Moisturizer

Norvell Daily Replenishing 24 Hour Moisturizer

The Daily Replenishing 24 hr MOISTURIZER™ is like “Old English” wood polish for your body! It’s a beautiful body lotion that smells fresh and a little fruity. I love how soft it makes my skin, plus it also does all this:
  • Time Release Micro Capsules hold and bind moisture within the skin, providing 24hr hydration.
  • Natural Enzymes repair weak, dehydrated skin and promote the efficiency of the body’s own natural moisture levels.
  • Natural Botanicals and Antioxidants combat skin aging caused by environmental exposure and free radicals.
  • Sunless Safe Formula will not pre-maturely fade sunless color.
  • Vitamin Blend replenishes the skins natural moisturization factor.
Perfect skin makes for a perfect self tan, and the exoliation and hydration I get from these products makes all my self tanning efforts really pay off. Now that I’ve tried the products for priming and optimizing, I can’t wait to try Norvell’s self tanners! In the meantime I can hang on to my summer memories with perfectly primed and moisturized skin.
Norvell is available at specialty beauty salons, spas, and tanning salons, or visit www.NorvellSunless.com.  – Lisa
*received for editorial consideration

Side by side: lessons Marcia and Lisa learn from each other (and check out this Farmhouse Fresh Giveaway)

heart for beauty infoThere are lots of amazing beauty blogs out there and we learn a ton from our blogging friends every single day. What you may not know, however, is that we also learn so much from each other! We have both been reviewing products and writing beauty articles for over ten years and we have been working together on Beauty Info Zone for five of those years. Sometimes Marcia gives an essential tip that Lisa finds she can’t live without; sometimes Lisa challenges Marcia to try something out of her comfort zone with surprising results. Today we are writing about one of best gifts we’ve found through the years from each other.

Lisa’s Side:

Long ago, Marcia and I met online through ‘swapping’ on MakeUpAlley. Marcia then told me about another website she ran where there was a great beauty community with reviews and wonderful chat boards. Sadly, that website eventually went out of business, but I made some lifelong friends from all over the world. I also learned one of my favorite beauty tips ever from my future blogging partner, Marcia!

part of Lisa's gel eyeliner collection

part of Lisa’s gel eyeliner collection

Ok, so you know how gel eyeliners are wonderful…they are easy to apply, they are fun to work with because you can go super defined or you can smudge out the line, they are way easier to work with than liquid liners, and they have even better lasting power than pencil eyeliners. What isn’t so wonderful is how quickly those little pots of amazingness dry out. I could never use up an entire pot of gel liner before it became hard and totally useless.

Old way of using gel eyeliners

Old way of using gel eyeliners

I still remember the joy I felt when I read this tip from Marcia: to get the most out of your gel eyeliner, use the outer side of the pot first. Take your brush and grab liner around the rim. This helps keep the integrity of the product and makes it last and last and last. Some of my favorite gel liners are Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliners. I lost quite a few before I started using this simple trick Marcia taught me. I actually have gel liner pots that are seven years old and they are still as fresh as the day I bought them!!

the best way to use a gel eyeliner

the best way to use a gel eyeliner

Marcia has steered me toward many ‘perfect’ Lisa products, but her gel eyeliner tip stands out for me since it has saved me tons of money over the years. I think of her every time I use a gel liner!

Marcia’s Side:

What Lisa has taught me (besides the fact that I have to loosen up) is not to be so afraid of products. She’ll often convince me to try something that’s out of my comfort zone. Most times she’s right but today’s review is all about hitting the bullseye with FARMHOUSE FRESH. Every time a product from Farmhouse Fresh was offered I’d send the email to Lisa and tell her that it was perfect for her. But recently I did that and she insisted that it was something I was going to love and that I had to do it. Thank you Lisa!!

Farmhouse Fresh Watermelon Basil Vodkatini Body Scrub

Farmhouse Fresh Watermelon Basil Vodkatini Body Scrub

Farmhouse Fresh Watermelon Basil Vodkatini Body Scrub is amazing. When I use this in the shower I don’t want to get out. The smell is to die for. I wish we had Smell-O-Blog for you to sniff what I sniff. It’s a combination of real watermelon seed oil, sweet basil oil and organic vodka mixed with sugar and rice bran oil. This isn’t a wimpy scrub, the sugar (with some salt in it) gives you a lot to work with to help exfoliate your skin. It washes cleanly off leaving behind a little bit of nourishing oil. It also dissolves in the shower so you don’t go slip sliding away.

Farmhouse Fresh Watermelon Basil Vodkatini Body Scrub

Farmhouse Fresh Watermelon Basil Vodkatini Body Scrub

Farmhouse Fresh Watermelon Basil Vodkatini Body Scrub

Farmhouse Fresh Watermelon Basil Vodkatini Body Scrub

I keep a plastic spoon in my shower to mix the oil into the scrub to evenly disperse it. This Farmhouse Fresh Body Scrub not only makes me smell delicious but it leaves my skin wonderfully soft. I hate to use a body lotion after it so I wait as long as I can before applying anything else. I just want to smell myself. That fragrant aroma does fade away so you can continue with a fragrance of your choice – but I wish it didn’t.

Watermelon Basil Vodkatini Body Scrub

Watermelon Basil Vodkatini Body Scrub

Farmhouse Fresh Watermelon Basil Vodkatini Body Scrub

Farmhouse Fresh Watermelon Basil Vodkatini Body Scrub

Farmhouse Fresh Watermelon Basil Vodkatini Body Scrub is 97% natural and vegan and has no parabens or sulfates. My skin feels soft and refreshed. I want to call Lisa after my showers to thank her but instead I’ll just let her smell me next time we meet.farmhouse fresh giveawy

Update – we’ve just realized that Farmhouse Fresh has a Facebook giveaway for 10 of the amazing Watermelon Vodkatini Body Scrubs. It’s easy to enter by following on Instagram. This is open through August 2nd and then announced on Watermelon Day, August 3rd.

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