Beauty tips, beauty hacks, beauty helpers

TOP TEN TUESDAY has an interesting topic this week. Beauty Hacks is the official name this week which I see as beauty helps. I was initially reluctant to do this but as I started coming up with ideas, I realized it was fun!! I hope you have fun reading this and hopefully learning a new tip you weren’t familiar with.  — Marcia

1)  My number one tip is a microfiber cloth. I’ve become addicted to my microfiber cloth so much that I have spares. I use mine to clean brushes. What you want is a nubby cloth that’s not too hard. The yellow one in this picture is perfect. There’s enough texture to it that you can gently rub your brushes onto it and the color is removed. I clean all the brushes I use with powder products on this so I only have to wash my brushes biweekly. Saves me time and I just throw it in the laundry with my clothes, lay it out to dry, and I’m done. They dry quickly too. The ones I have are from Scotch but I think other brands would work well too.

microfiber cloths

microfiber cloths

2) Speaking of washing brushes, this is where Johnson’s Baby Shampoo comes in. I’ve used this for years as an alternative to a brush cleaner. If you run out of your brush cleaner or just don’t want to spend the money, try this gentle shampoo. I pour a small amount in a plastic cup without adding water. I swirl my brush/es around making sure that the product gets out. Next I pour that out, add some water, and swirl until the water runs clean. Don’t put too much shampoo in since it’s not needed. Next dab on a towel to get rid of the excess water, lay to dry, and VOILA – clean and nice smelling brushes.

Johnson's Baby Shampoo

Johnson’s Baby Shampoo

3)  Tip 3 is also using Johnson’s Baby Shampoo and this comes from my ophthalmologist. He recommends washing my eye makeup off with this shampoo. I don’t do that since I find mascara too stubborn. But I do have a small bottle of this in my shower and wash my eyes with it then. What my doctor recommended too is that any time my eyes bother me or I feel something building up that’s the time to use this gentle “no more tears” shampoo. He told me this over 20 years ago and knock-on-wood it’s been a perfect tip.

4) Everyone has tips for Vaseline Jelly. It’s been around longer than any of us have been and is used so many ways. While I haven’t tried it as an eye makeup remover, I’ve read that people do use it this way. One of the ways I use Vaseline Petroleum Jelly is when I color my own hair. I pull my hair back, apply Vaseline around the edges of my face so that my skin doesn’t pick up the color. I also put it on my earlobes. As I’m washing the color out, I’m also washing away the Vaseline. Other uses are to protect skin against chafing and helping with dry skin.

Vaseline Jelly Original

Vaseline Jelly Original

5) A product I like even more than Vaseline is Waxelene which is an alternative to petroleum jelly. This makes a wonderful lip balm especially when your lips are horribly chapped. Waxelene is non-petroleum based, all natural, eco friendly, biodegradable, and has no GMOs. If you cut yourself shaving, apply Waxelene on it to stop the bleeding and help the healing. It really works. I also like to use this on the cracks on my feet. waxelene jar2

6)  Carbonated Water is your friend too. Two beauty related ways to use carbonated water or seltzer are on your hair. If you suffer from frizzy hair, use carbonated water as your final rinse water. It won’t remove the frizz entirely but it will help reduce it. Also if you are in a chlorinated pool, rinse your hair after with carbonated water. It will restore luster to your locks especially if you color treat your hair.

carbonated water

carbonated water

7) Elmer’s Glue can help you when you manicure your nails. To get a clean edge use an old brush and paint around the edge of your nails, let it dry, and then do your manicure. When done just peel off the glue and your nails will look like you had them done. There are more expensive products that are sold for this job but why not use a product that you probably have in your house or can use for lots of other uses?

Elmer's Glue

Elmer’s Glue

8)  No need to buy a fragranced body lotion when you can do double duty with your favorite unscented body lotion. My suggestions are Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion Fragrance Free and Delectable Scent Free Body Lotion. Just add the fragrance of the day to your body lotion and you won’t clash. Perfume companies charge a lot for their fragranced body lotions and a lot of times they are too strong. You can get the strength you want this way and be sure you like wearing it all over.

Delectable Scent Free Body Lotion

Delectable Scent Free Body Lotion

Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Body Wash and Lotion #AveenoDailyChallenge

Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Body Wash and Lotion

9)  What happens when you buy a mascara that you just don’t like? Sometimes it’s not the mascara but it’s the wand. Here’s a way to get double duty out of mascara wands you really like. When time is up for your mascara toss it but keep the wand. Wash it well and put it aside. You’ve got it ready now to repurpose it with a different mascara. You won’t be able to screw it in so keep the original wand but you’ll have a favorite wand to revive a mascara that just wasn’t cutting it.

repurpose your old mascara wands

repurpose your old mascara wands

10) More to do with mascara wands

* use it as an eyebrow spoolie, you really don’t have to buy a separate spoolie since you can repurpose

* spray it with hair spray to hold down those little flyaways that are static prone

* a clean mascara wand can help separate your lashes before applying mascara. Instead of allowing them to clump together naturally, comb through first.

* is your gray showing at your temples? Add color to the wand and cover it up. A matte eyeshadow that matches your hair color would work for a day.

Which is your favorite hack from this list? Is there a tip you can share?

Let’s see what other tips the Top Ten bloggers have created…

*some affiliate links

Favorite skin savers for 2015

HoneyWhen thinking about the year that just finished it’s hard to pick from all the products that I’ve been using but sometimes items just stand out and I can’t help but want to use them over and over again. I know I’ll miss mentioning some great items and regret that but here’s a roundup of things I’m loving and think you will too.

*some pr samples and affiliate links


Chop Saver Lip Balm

Chop Saver Lip Balm *

I’ve been slathering this on day and night lately. My bedroom is dry and I like how this helps keep my lips moisturized at night without disturbing my sleep (yes little things like this can disturb my sleep).


Delectable Scent Free Body Lotion

Delectable Scent Free Body Lotion *

Totally in love with this. My legs aren’t flaky!! That alone is enough to recommend it. As much as I like Delectable in Lemon & Cream, it’s the scent free one that is my savoir. I even bought two of the Delectable Scent Free Hand Cream from Kohl’s before Christmas so I could have one upstairs and one downstairs.


Farmhouse Fresh Watermelon Basil Vodkatini Body Scrub

Farmhouse Fresh Watermelon Basil Vodkatini Body Scrub *

This scrub is so heavenly. I wanted to just stand in the shower and sniff it. But even better than the way it smells is the way it works. It’s a sugar scrub with just a tiny bit of salt in it. It’s definitely exfoliating but without overdoing it. It leaves just enough oil behind on my skin so that I’m moisturized without being greasy. Farmhouse Fresh has made me a convert with their fragranced products – I never envisioned that happening.


Oil Essentials in Sweet Almond & Macadamia

Oil Essentials in Sweet Almond & Macadamia *

Oil Essentials is another favorite. I use this in the morning on my legs and/or hair. It’s a very light oil and doesn’t leave me the least bit greasy. I can apply this on my legs and put on my clothes right away without worry. Oil Essentials created a great combination of Sweet Almond and Macadamia Oil with added benefits from jojoba, it’s rich in essential fatty acids and Vitamins A, B1, B2, B6 & E. This cruelty free product smells so delicious and works so well. Plus at $10.99 the price is very right.


Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare Recapture Day w/SPF 30 and Recapture 360 Night Anti-aging Treatment

Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare Recapture Day w/SPF 30 and Recapture 360 Night Anti-aging Treatment *

Christie Brinkley’s line amazed me. While I continue to test other brands and have found some that I like a lot, right now her line is the one I keep going back to. I recently repurchased the Recapture Day + IR Defense since I’m dangerously low on my original jar and bought the Complete Clarity Facial Cleansing Wash for my next cleanser.


Dr. Brandt Xtend Your Youth Dual Fusion Water

Dr. Brandt Xtend Your Youth Dual Fusion Water *

I need to make my New Year’s resolutions and the first one should be getting ready for bed earlier than I do now. I find that many days I do resort to a Micellar Water at night. But I also love this in the morning on the days I need to cleanse and tone without adding any soap/cleanser to my face. Dr. Brandt has come to the rescue with this Dual Fusion Water many nights and almost every morning.


Simple Micellar  Remover Wipes

Simple Micellar
Remover Wipes

I buy two packages at a time since I don’t want to run out. These are great at night when I’m too tired to cleanse and just want to jump in bed. They are also great after the gym, to just refresh your face during the day, and to add hydration. I use a lot of wipes from a lot of brands but what makes these stand out is that they are refreshing and fragrance free.


Reviva Labs Nourishing Cream

Reviva Labs Nourishing Cream *

It’s hard to pick only one product from Reviva Labs because everything is wonderful. The Nourishing Cream is like wrapping my face in a warm blanket made of cashmere. It’s the most soothing moisturizer I own. When my skin gets wacky from testing so many products this cream is what I revert to. It’s wonderful for face, hands, and body. I am so glad I was introduced to this in 2015.


Lindi Eye Hydrator

Lindi Skin Eye Hydrator *

The hardest product for me to pick just one of is an eye cream. There’s a special reason why I chose Lindi though. Lindi Eye Hydrator is the most moisturizing eye product I’ve tried this year. It’s not the one to pick if you want to focus on dark circles or puffiness. It is the one to chose though if you have sensitive eyes, want to mask your fine lines, and/or need extra moisture under your eyes. This was developed for cancer patients and is a line I love using. Lindi Skin Face Serum is another product that they make that I’d recommend for anyone needing amazing moisture.

9 out of probably 190 is a small number but these 9 are products I’ve either repurchased or will repurchase in 2016 without hesitation. They’ve proven to me that they are the best of the past year. I can’t wait to see what 2016 holds! Have you tried any of these?  — Marcia

*samples sent for consideration, all opinions are 100% mine; some affiliate links used

Kicking off the Twelve Days of Christmas giveaways with Delectable Bath & Body products

12 Days of Christmas stampToday’s post is a little ironic since I don’t celebrate Christmas and I’m not really a fragrance person even though Delectable is known for their delectable fragrances in their products. While I may not celebrate the holiday myself I love what it means to so many people. I love to see everyone happy and families together. I have my whole family over for Christmas Eve dinner since to me a holiday is special when it involves family. I wanted to do something special for our blog family this Christmas so Lisa and I decided that the “12 days of Christmas giveaways” would be a perfect way to thank you for helping make our blog grow.

Delectable Scent Free Body Lotion

Delectable Scent Free Body Lotion

Speaking of loves, I really do love Delectable’s products, especially their Lemon & Cream line. It’s one that I’ve counted on for a few years now and it helped me get over my adverse reaction to fragranced products. Happily though they have also come out with Unscented Triple Moisture Body Lotion ($14)which contains all the wonderful ingredients of their hydrating line but without fragrance.

Delectable Scent Free Triple Moisture Body Lotion

Delectable Scent Free Triple Moisture Body Lotion

What this contains for the Triple Moisture is Cocoa Butter, Coconut Oil and Aloe Vera. What it doesn’t contain are parabens, sodium chloride, phthalates, sodium lauryl sulfate, GMOs, mineral oil , petroleum, gluten and triclosan. Those are all the ingredients you don’t want to see in your products and Delectable knows that.

Delectable Scent Free Triple Moisture Body Lotion

Delectable Scent Free Triple Moisture Body Lotion

My skin really does feel hydrated after using this. I like to use it just when I get out of the shower to nourish my skin. It glides on and absorbs quickly. What I have left is smooth and soft skin making me feel silky.

Delectable Scent Free Triple Moisture Body Lotion

Delectable Scent Free Triple Moisture Body Lotion

This rich lotion isn’t too heavy. I like to use it as a hand cream but I’ve since learned that they have a Scent-Free Hand Cream ($10) made for the scent-sitive!

While we don’t have this body lotion for our giveaway, we do have 3 other Delectable products for a US giveaway. Information about Hair & Body Mist: “Specially formulated for both hair and body, this refreshing mist will leave you sweetly scented with notes of lemon & cream. Perfectly balanced, this sumptuous scent lasts all day without being overwhelming. Use at home and on-the-go. Hair and body will feel & smell fresh, clean and delightfully delectable.” Information about Body Wash: “treat your gorgeous bod to luscious shower bubbles and super-soft ultra sweet skin. Kissed with the delectable scent of vanilla & cream, this supremely rich blend is enriched with coconut oil & aloe vera to nourish, hydrate and soften. Dreamy creamy bubbles, all for you.”

Delectable Lemon & Cream Hair & Body Mist, Vanilla & Cream Hair & Body Mist, Vanilla & Cream Body wash

Delectable Lemon & Cream Hair & Body Mist, Vanilla & Cream Hair & Body Mist, Vanilla & Cream Body wash

There will be 3 winners, one for each of the prizes. This time in the comments I’d like you to list the order of the prizes. This way I don’t have to search for another winner if your favorite has been claimed by the winner prior to you. If there are any you don’t wish to win you can state that too. This is for US only because of weight. The giveaway lasts for 7 days through Tuesday Dec. 8,2015 at 11:59 p.m. EST. If comments close, email me at [email protected] and label it Delectable to leave your comment.

Thank you for being a Beauty Info Zone subscriber and best of luck over the next 12 days. — Marcia

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Delectable products are sold at Kohls and as well as the beDelectable website.

Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau Glycerin Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride Stearic Acid Glyceryl Stearate PEG-100 Stearate Dimethicone Cetyl Alcohol Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter Triethanolamine Tocopheryl Acetate Carbomer Tetrasodium EDTA Panthenol Aloe Badbadensis Leaf Juice BHT Propylene Glycol Diazolidinyl Urea Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate

*products sent for editorial consideration

How to get Delectable this summer!

Delectable Sweet Cream Daily Dry Oil

Delectable Sweet Cream Daily Dry Oil

Indulgent, sassy, and affordable…those are the words that come to mind when I think of Delectable by Cake Beauty. Their body products smell amazing and I can find them so easily at Kohl’s and Target. They have two FANTASTIC newly launched summer products: Daily Dry Oil ($18) and Bronzing Body Lotion ($18).

Delectable Sweet Cream Daily Dry Oil

I am a huge advocate of body oil to begin with and Delectable Daily Dry Oil is terrific. The oil has great ingredients including argan, safflower, and grape seed oils. They leave skin hydrated without wetness or stickiness. It also absorbs immediately and gives a soft sheen to skin. I prefer spraying this onto my palms then smoothing on my legs, arms, etc., but you can certainly spray it on directly. I love the softly delicious Sweet Cream scent. It’s not too foody and it plays well with all my usual summer scents. You will want to pick this up the next time you are at Kohl’s or Target.

Delectable Bronzing Body Lotion

Delectable Bronzing Body Lotion

Delectable Bronzing Body Lotion

The other huge winner in my book is the Bronzing Body Lotion. This comes in the same pretty Sweet Cream scent.  There are so many reasons to love this bronzing lotion!

1.  I can’t seem to mess up the application no matter how hard I try. It always go on evenly and looks fabulous.

2.  It never stains my clothes.

3.  It has fantastic, skin-loving ingredients like argan oil.

4.  One application and my skin looks glowy and perfect. My legs have been described as ‘dead fish white’. Of course, the person who said that was properly maimed afterward. It may be true, but geez…it didn’t need to be  pointed out. He won’t make that mistake again!

5.  It makes my arms and legs look thin. That’s worth the price alone!!

before and after...guess which leg is sans Bronzing Body Lotion??

before and after…guess which leg is sans Bronzing Body Lotion??

This pic shows one thin application on my right leg. For deeper color, just apply more coats. It’s wonderful.

There are some products I absolutely love for summer that I refuse to be without and these two are on that list.  You have to check them out!  – Lisa

*received for editorial consideration

Dry Oil Ingredients: Glycine Soja ( Soybean) Oil Cyclopentasiloxane Dimethicone Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernal Oil Vitis vinifera (grape) seed oil Carthamus tinctorius (safflower) seed oil Parfum/Fragrance

Bronzing Body Lotion Ingredients: Water/Aqua Glycerin Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides Stearic Acid Triethanolamine Isopropyl Myristate Cetyl Alcohol Glyceryl Stearate Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii) Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernal Oil Rosa Rubiginosa (Rosehip) Oil Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Extract Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Extract Fragrance Cetearyl Alcohol Dehydroacetic Acid Sodium Benzoate Potassium Sorbate Trihydroxystearin Xanthan Gum Dicetyl Phosphate Ceteth-10 Phosphate Tocopherol May Contain (+/-) Mica Iron Oxide Iron Oxide Iron Oxide Titanium Dioxide