So long cellulite? Orlane Aqua Svelte Slimming Scrub

I’ve always thought that the ultimate high-end beauty line was Orlane. Every time I am in Saks or Neiman’s, I stop at the counter and marvel at the cool minimalist packaging and the fabulously chic products.  Orlane sent their Aqua Svelte Slimming Scrub ($65) to try, and I couldn’t wait to see if it would magically turn me into a gorgeous French model with perfect legs.

Why yes, that is me!!  (photo from styleite.com)

Why yes, that is me!! (photo from styleite.com)

Aqua Svelte Slimming Scrub is a shower gel that does three things:  detoxifies, exfoliates, and reduces the appearance of cellulite. Marine algae is an emollient as well as an antioxidant. The sea salt is an exfoliant and it’s small enough grains to not irritate my skin. The caffeine and ginger are anti-inflammatory ingredients that actually constrict the skin, which help to reduce the appearance of cellulite.

Orlane Aqua Svelte

Orlane Aqua Svelte

Orlane Aqua Svelte

Orlane Aqua Svelte Slimming Scrub with Algae and Sea Salt

The texture of the scrub is described as an “iron fist in a velvet glove”, which I have officially adopted as my ‘mom’ motto. Warm water releases the exfoliants and other ingredients, and the scent is wonderful – just like you would imagine a Parisian spa would smell. To get the best results, don’t be afraid to really pummel yourself while scrubbing. Vigorous massage and hot water followed by a quick blast of cold water gets the best results.

Orlane Aqua Svelte

Orlane Aqua Svelte

see the magic scrubbies?

see the magic scrubbies?

I guess it’s easy to figure out how this story ends – no I have not magically become a gorgeous French model with perfect legs. Nevertheless, my short, somewhat dimply and definitely not perfect legs look better when I use my Aqua Svelte Slimming Scrub…and I certainly feel pampered. It is as close as I can come to relaxing in a spa in Paris.  So if it’s in your budget to go Parisian in your shower, this is a great little indulgence.   – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Resolve to eliminate cellulite for 2014! Bioelixia Cellulite Contour Creme Giveaway

It’s the new year, so why not resolve to be rid of cellulite for 2014? Sounds good to me! Bioelixia, an Australian company that specializes in body skin issues like cellulite and stretch marks, has a fantastic body cream that reduces cellulite…and you can win a 2 month supply for yourself!

The Cellulite Contour Creme smooths away lumps and bumps with proven ingredients like caffeine and retinol. What makes it really special is how the cream penetrates the skin via something called TPM®Dermal Delivery Technology – it  improves skin absorption by five times.

Bioelixia Cellulite Contour Cream

Bioelixia Cellulite Contour Creme

According to Bioelixia, the Cellulite Contour Creme is scientifically proven to reduce the appearance of cellulite by an average of 38%* after 4 weeks of use, and 57%* after 8 weeks of use. To get results like these, you need to be consistent and apply the cream every morning and every night.

Before and after

Before and after

So how does it work? Here are all the ingredients and their purpose:

Forskolin – Belongs to the mint and lavender family, helps optimise the appearance of skin tone.
Caffeine – Provides a firming and tightening effect to the appearance of the skin.
Sodium Hyaluronate – Locks in moisture providing a visible plumping effect to the appearance of the skin.
Beta Carotene – An anti-oxidant also known for its skin conditioning properties.
Vitamin C (Ascorbyl Palmitate) – Has moisturising and anti-oxidant properties to improve the appearance of skin complexion.
Retinol – A form of Vitamin A that promotes the reduction in the visible signs of ageing.
Reseveratrol – A powerful anti-oxidant that helps fight the visible signs of ageing.
Green Tea Extract – Provides a visible skin smoothing effect to the appearance of the skin.
Aloe Vera – Provides a soothing, calming and hydrating feeling to the skin.
Rice Bran Oil – A natural emollient that helps to hydrate the appearance of the skin.

Bioelixia Cellulite Contour Creme

Bioelixia Cellulite Contour Creme

reduce the appearance of those lumps and bumps!

reduce the appearance of those lumps and bumps!

One tube of Bioelixia Cellulite Contour Creme lasts a month. Does it make cellulite completely disappear? Nope. Does it reduce the appearance of cellulite? Absolutely. I tried it on my thighs and it definitely worked. You can also use it on your arms or stomach. Another quick tip – use it right after you shower. The cream absorbs wonderfully when skin is slightly warm.  Once you try it, you will be hooked.

Today is your lucky day – two people can win two tubes of Bioelixia Cellulite Contour Creme. Start that battle with cellulite and enter now!  – Lisa

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*Independent 2012 Consumer Study, USA: statistically significant results from scientifically validated photogrammetric analysis of 5 women at 28 days and 56 days

Lisa’s top favorites of 2010

Inevitably, the looming new year sparks reflection upon the one passing…and in the world of Beauty Info Zone, that means only one thing – what were my favorite cosmetic discoveries of 2010??

I had a great year in terms of holy grails.  Normally I might find one or two, but this was a banner year – I found so many things I can’t live without that I couldn’t even limit it to my ‘top ten for 2010’.  After some heavy duty soul searching and major editing, I came up with my most favorites.

My vote for coolest cosmetics lines new to me this year:


Vanitymark – super high quality products with a really neat variety of items.

Darac Beauty – all together, lovely products that form a complete system so it’s almost one stop shopping.

Julie Hewett – gorgeous colors, wonderful items…I find myself stalking the website just to drool over the possibilities.

Covermark – amazing full coverage products, plus a whole lot more.  This is a line with surprising depth.

My vote for best overall lines I was already familiar with, and  from which I discovered more great new things this year:


Senna – love the brows, the lips, the bronzers…my list of ‘loves’ goes on and on.

Tarte Cosmetics – fabulous line with truly amazing palettes and holiday sets.

Trish McEvoy – this line is especially perfect for someone just starting their makeup collection.

Jane Iredale – this line is constantly coming out with great new products, and has some real must-haves in many categories.

Favorite skin care discoveries for this year:


Beautisol – really terrific products that work.

Simply Divine Botanicals – my favorite organic line.

Lisa Hoffman – best products for travel, in my book.

Juara Skincare – ok, a bit of a cheat, as this is one of my favorite discoveries in both skin care and body products.  My favorite loves?  The Avocado Banana Moisture Mask ($37), a fabulous hydrating mask that somehow also brightens the complexion.  Also the candlenut fragranced products, in particular the Candlenut Hydrating Shower Gel ($28), a beautiful shower gel that foams up wonderfully and smells divine, and the Candlenut Body Polish ($35), a perfect exfoliator that doesn’t scratch but still gets rid of dead skin and leave you smelling amazing.

Best hair product discoveries:


nTrance – my first encounter with argan oil, I will never be without this hair serum.

Sedu Anti-Frizz Polishing Treatment- another amazing hair serum, it’s really terrific.

Best hair tools discoveries:


Sedu hair dryer and flat irons – how did I ever live without these??

Curl-Ease hair towel – I love how it gives me frizz-free hair every single time, regardless of the weather conditions.

Coolest new electronic products:


Luminess Air Brush system – so much fun!!!  I feel like an artist when I use this.

Honeybelle Body Buffer ($325) – this is a little pricey, but take my word for it – it WORKS.  It really does reduce the appearance of cellulite.  And the Apre Contouring Creme that comes with the set is FABULOUS.

Best body product lines:


Hampton Sun – amazing sunscreen and I adore the fragrances in this line’s products.

Whish – everything is super retro cool, I want one of each!  I am especially digging the Lavender Three Whishes Body Wash ($22) – super scent, just the right amount of suds, and it leaves your skin so soft and hydrated.

Hand Perfection – hands down, best hand products of the year.  No contest.

Best beauty tools of the year:


Hollywood Fashion Tape – love, love, love every single thing.  Just check out the Hollywood Hangover Kit pictured above!!  Every item is hilarious, retro, and unbelievably useful.

Crown Brushes – amazing brushes at a super affordable price.

Best brow discovery:


Senna– sick of me talking about this yet?  I just cannot live with out my Form-A-Brow Kit.

Best eyeshadows of the year:


Tarte Cosmetics – fabulous pigmentation and the sets are amazing.

Le Metier – gorgeous, unusual colors that you can actually layer without creating a muddy mess.  See a demonstration here.

Best foundation discovery:


FACE atelier Ultra Foundation – simply amazing foundation.  True love at first wear.

Best concealer discoveries:


It Cosmetics – Marcia introduced me to this amazing concealer that really covers imperfections with the tiniest bit of product.

Covermark – particularly the Under Eye Cover Kit, which covers anything that might be wrong, and has a great loose powder for setting the concealer.

Best self-tanner:


Pur Minerals Get a Little – such a wonderful creamy self-tanner that leaves you looking thin, tan, and happy.

Tan Towels – amazing little towels that give you a super natural, streak-free tan.  I will be expounding on these gems more in my upcoming review.

Best blush discovery:


Mai Couture – I still can’t believe that fabulous blush – and bronzer, too – can be so portable.  Blush in little papers?  Ingenious!

Best mascara discovery:


Revitalash – thick, long, super black lashes that don’t fade, flake, or smear.  What else could a girl ask for?

Best lip discoveries:


Le Metier Creme de la Creme lip gloss – a fabulous neutral that makes any kind of ugly lip color look gorgeous, it’s one of my secret weapons.

Beaute Cosmetics – every single lip product is unique and genius.

FACE atelier lip glaze – I am never without Lip Glaze in Ice…and now I will never be without Lip Glaze in Dianthus, the perfect shimmery pink.

Besame Sweetheart Balm lip gloss pots – gorgeous colors, amazing slip and texture, and a red that looks terrific even on me!

Best mineral makeup line:


Purely Cosmetics – fabulous, high quality, affordable minerals.

Favorite makeup up artist:


Victoria Stiles – she is amazing, just love her work and her website!!

A variety of items I simply cannot live without:

Jane Iredale Botanical Brush Cleaner

Vanitymark Duo Brush and Ultra-Tweeze Tweezers

Urban Decay Grind House Pencil Sharpener

Hard Candy Moon Glow Pressed Powder

Z Palette palettes

The year 2010 was simply amazing for me in terms of finding new loves and favorites.  I cannot wait for what 2011 is going to bring!

Happy New Year everyone!!  Warmly, Lisa

Let’s get Nude: Nude Skincare

Bet that title got your attention. My DH was all excited until he realized it was about a cellulite reducer!

Nude Skincare sent the Biz their Smoothing Body Refiner ($70).  This is a cellulite fighting treatment.  What it does is increase your circulation in areas with cellulite, which helps to detox the area, so your skin is smoother and tighter.

It also breaks down fat cells through the mountain ash, ginger, and ginkgo that it contains.  You just apply it to problems every morning and every night, and wait for it work.

I used this product for two months on my thighs.  In that time, I did not lose any weight – but I did lose an inch on each thigh!!  No kidding.  I was very skeptical, but that was my result.

The lotion is very thin and has a slight, not unpleasant scent that dissipates quickly.  I don’t know if it was just my bottle but I found it somewhat difficult to get the lotion out, I needed to use a little muscle each time.  I smoothed it on morning and night, and then put my regular lotion over it with no adverse results.

Ultimately, did I like it?  Yes.  I had some very nice results.  I think it’s an interesting option for those who don’t want to pursue more invasive measures.  It’s a huge bottle and it lasts a long time, so I do not think the price is prohibitive.  If you have jiggly thighs – or anything else jiggly – you might want to check this out.  – Lisa

INGREDIENTS: water (aqua), glycerin (plant sources), ethyl macadamiate (macadamia), alcohol (organic wheat), hexyldecanol (coconut and palm kernel), hexyldecyl laurate (coconut and palm kernel), butyrospermum parkii (shea butter)*, dipalmitoyl hydroxyproline (amino acid and palmitic acid), ficus carica (fig) bud extract*, pyrus sorbus bud extract (mountain ash)*, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil*, coffea arabica (coffee) leaf/seed extract, sodium hyaluronate (lactic acid and wheat), bifida ferment lysate (milk), milk protein (lactis proteinum), theobroma grandiflorum seed butter (cupuacu)*, whey protein (lactis proteinum), ginkgo biloba leaf extract, zingiber officinale (ginger) root extract, arginine (plant sources), hydroxypropyl starch phosphate (corn), xanthan gum (fermented sugar), sclerotium gum (fermented sugar), lactose (milk), oryza sativa (rice) hull powder, caramel, limonene (essential oil), galactaric acid (apple pectin), helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, natural fragrance (parfum), citral (essential oil), benzyl benzoate (essential oil), linalool (essential oil), phenoxyethanol, dehydroacetic acid, ethylhexylglycerin. *certified organic ingredient
Disclosure:  Item was sent to us as a PR sample.