Lisa’s Top Twelve Picks for 2013

The older I get, the faster times flies…I just can’t believe another year has gone by already!

goodbye-2013-and-hello-2014-32013 was a great year for fantastic finds that I now use almost every day.  Here, in no particular order, are my favorite products that have brought me constant joy.

1.  Verge Ribbon Wand ($120)


The Ribbon Wand


a Ribbon Wand curl…


and then the Ribbon Wand curl combed through with my fingers…swoon!

The Verge Ribbon Wand is like a curling iron and a flat iron got together and had a baby. It makes extravagant, sort of retro curls.

2.  Wantable Accessories Subscription Box ($40 for one box)


Wantable Ellen Necklace

I adore subscription boxes and none continually delighted me as much in 2013 as my Wantable Accessories Subscription Box. My jewelry wardrobe now has far more depth and interest than ever before.

3.  Bronze Buffer (2 sponges for $10)

Bronze Buffer sponges

Bronze Buffer sponges

Ah, sometimes the smallest things make the biggest difference. These little sponges (they always make me think of Lisa from The Simpsons!) ensure that my every faux tan is perfection.

4.  HTY Gold


HTY Gold

This wonderful line was new to me in 2013 and I adored everything I tested…the Face and Neck Serum is unquestionably worth its weight in gold.

5.  Lanikai Bath and Body

Lanikai Loofah Soap

Lanikai Loofah Soap

Lanikai is such a gorgeous bath and body line, and I am always up for some Hawaiian daydreaming. I adore, adore, adore the Loofah Soap, it is amazing.

6.  Zuca Artist Backpack ($139)

Zuca Artist Backpack filled (

Zuca Artist Backpack filled (

I use this backpack at least six days a week. I love it. Zuca has tons of amazing travel items and organizational things for makeup artists but this is my favorite. I rarely go anywhere without it.

7.  Make Up For Ever 102 Small Foundation Kabuki Brush ($36)

102 Small Foundation Kabuki

102 Small Foundation Kabuki

I use this every single day. It is the best buffing brush for concealer I have ever found.

8.  Bango Hair Cutting Kit ($15.99)


Bango Hair Cutting Kit

If you have bangs…or if your kids have bangs…you need this. I am a total klutz with scissors and I get perfect results every time. It saved me a ton of money in 2013.

9.  Cailyn Gelux Eyebrow ($22)

the top conceals the brush

Cailyn Gelux Eyebrow – the top conceals the brush

I love the ingenious packaging, and I love the eyebrow gel even more. It makes great looking eyebrows a very easy thing to accomplish.

10.  Ellis Faas Hot Lips ($35)


Ellis Faas Hot Lips

Without fail, one of these liquid lip gloss/stains is always in my purse. I dig everything about them – the texture, the shades, the packaging…and especially how great they make my not-so-great lips look.

11.  Savvy Sleeper Satin Pillowcases (from $36)


Savvy Sleeper Satin Pillowcase

Not only does this satin pillowcase prevent those awful morning face creases, it also has a secret pocket for my hubby to slip me a love note. It is awesome.

12.  Senna Voluptulash Mascara ($22)

Senna Voluptulash Mascara

Senna Voluptulash Mascara

This is the best mascara I tried in 2013. The super cool helix-shaped brush gives me great big, soft, long lashes with just one coat.  It’s a winner!

2013 was a great year for beauty items…what fabulous finds made your list??


Take the faux pas out of faux tans with Bronze Buffer

I know many people…my blogging partner included!…are hesitant to faux tan because it’s so easy to end up with unattractive streaks and blotchiness. Recently, the BIZ was sent the Bronze Buffer (2 sponges for $10), and I am beyond happy to tell you that this is a self tan remover that really, truly works.


Bronze Buffer

Even if a self tanner has a color guide, it’s possible to end up with streaks or dark spots – I usually have trouble with my feet in particular. After the color develops, it’s almost impossible to correct. You pretty much just have to wait until it fades on its own. As a result, many people won’t even venture into the self tan arena. A bad self tan is its own horrendous little hell that no one wants to experience.


Bronze Buffer sponges

Bronze Buffer was created by Paige Herman-Axel, a former beauty editor who is now a freelance beauty writer and blogger. She wanted something that would fix self tanner goofs quickly and easily – and she came up with the Bronze Buffer sponges.

I was skeptical that the Bronze Buffer would really work – these little star-shaped sponges will correct streaks and splotches?? It’s just a sponge, nothing more. Ah, but these are magic sponges!!  I am definitely amazed and impressed. Add a little water, wipe gently – no scrubbing needed – and the sponge instantly exfoliates away the self tan ‘oops’. I find I use these most for my feet, elbows, knees and even palms.

Why does this make me think of Lisa Simpson's head??

Why does this make me think of Lisa Simpson’s head??

The star shape is excellent for reaching places like between fingers and toes. If you are a self-tanner, you NEED these magic sponges! And if you are hesitant to enter into the self tanning world, you have no more excuses. The Bronze Buffer will magically vanish any faux pas from your faux tan.  – Lisa

*pr sample