Tune in to QVC at midnight eastern time for a great Lavanila set and enter our giveaway

I look at QVC every day to see their TSV. I’ve gotten some amazing buys on products that I need for myself or my home. I’ve also kicked myself when I’ve let something go that I should have bought. An example is that I bought a set of sheets for one bed and totally forgot at the time that I needed a set for another bedroom. It went back to full price and now I have to wait.

Don’t wait to get your hands (or pits) on this Lavanila Deodorant Set that’s a $44 dollar value but will cost just $26.50 on 6/7/16 at QVC on TV or on QVC.com.

Lavanilla deodorant set - a TSV on QVC

Lavanilla deodorant set – a TSV on QVC

The founder of Lavanila is Danielle Raynor and she’ll be speaking live at midnight when the TSV starts. I’ve seen her in magazines where she’s explained how she got started and about the purity and goodness of her brand. She’ll be fun to see and learn from.

This special is $26.50 and will contain 2 full size and 2 travel sizes of the deodorant in both Vanilla Coconut and Vanilla Grapefruit. These 2 are perfect for summer especially. Lavanila Deodorant is formulated with antioxidants and essential oils.

Here’s what you need to know about this vegan, cruelty-free brand’s deodorant:

This All-Natural, freshly scented deodorant provides superior, long-lasting odor protection. Soothing essential oils blend with powerful anti-oxidants and beta glucan technology for daily defense and nourishment. Clinically Tested. Dermatologist Recommended. No Aluminum. No Paraben. No Propylene Glycol. No Harsh Chemicals.

– Superior odor protection with our Beta glucan technology
– No Aluminum. No Paraben. No Propylene Glycol
– High quality essential oils deliver a burst of freshness
– Nourishes with antioxidants—great for sensitive skin
– Velvet soft solid infused with aloe goes on sheer and doesn’t stain

Lavanila Vanilla Coconut deodorant

Lavanila Vanilla Coconut deodorant

Do you love coconut? If so Lavanila Vanilla Coconut is going to be amazing: “Paradise Found. This exotic blend of young coconut, Tahitian tiare flower, and warm Madagascar vanilla is created by master natural perfumers who use only the finest pure essential oils. Carefree and tropical, escape to the island of healthy delights.”

LaVanila Vanilla Grapefruit

LaVanila Vanilla Grapefruit

Do you love grapefruit? LaVanila Vanilla Grapefruit will delight you:  “This invigorating blend of sparkling grapefruit, crisp cedarwood, lime and Madagascar vanilla is created by master natural perfumers who use only the finest pure essential oils. Kissed by sunshine, this unique scent lifts the spirits.”

REMEMBER to tune in at midnight or during the day on 6/7 for this great set. — Marcia

While we do have a giveaway that LaVanila is kindly going to send to one winner, that’s only 1 of you so enter but buy too. Giveaway rules: Open to US only. We have two requirements: subscribe to Beauty Info Zone and comment on the giveaway. The rest of the entries are extra options to help you win. This is open through 6/21/16 at 11:59 p.m. ET. If comments close please email me with your comment to beautyinfozone@gmail.com so you can continue on.

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Swipe your way to a sweat-free giveaway

SWIPE single use deodorant wipes

SWIPE single use deodorant wipes

Here’s a totally refreshing product: Swipe® by Forever Fresh Inc. These single use deodorant wipes will be part of your life once you’ve tried them out. When Swipe offered some to test out and packages for a giveaway I said yes. I always love to try new products and with our blog anniversary I’m always looking for things for a giveaway. This provides both!

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Swipe packets

Swipe packets

What makes Swipe® different is that these are for travel. Throw a few single packages in your gym bag, makeup case, beach bag, backpack, or even your back pocket and you will be sweat and stink free. These biodegradable wipes are made with a tea tree extract that helps provide protection against odor and perspiration. You can use them anywhere on your body to refresh yourself from working out or too much fun. If you are a music festival lover Swipe® is for you.

Coachella (idigitaltimes.com)

Coachella (idigitaltimes.com)

These have been reformulated and are now eco-friendly and paraben-free while being “infused with natural tea tree extract and new active ingredient, Saccharomyces Ferment, a natural bacterial enzyme that combats and eliminates odor.”

Swipe individual wipe

Swipe individual wipe

Swipe unfolded

Swipe unfolded

I found that they have a fragrance that reminds me of baby powder. Each sheet is pretty big so you can wipe yourself off without worrying about it not being enough. Swipes are sold in packages of 10 at urbanoutfitters.com for $8.

Swipe ingredients

Swipe ingredients

If you are a mover and shaker you will want to add these to your lifestyle. — Marcia

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION:  We have 3 boxes of 10 to give to US/Canada subscribers. It’s a great opportunity for you to see how well they fit into your life. The giveaway will be open through 4/11/16 at 11:59 p.m. eastern time. If comments close early you can email me at beautyinfozone@gmail.com and label it Swipe, leave me your comment and continue on in your entry choices. Here’s to smelling good!

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Dove Dry Spray #TryDry

Dove Dry Spray Men+Care and Women's

Dove Dry Spray Men+Care and Women’s

I received these two Dove Dry Spray items through #Influenster. I’d read about the women’s Dry Spray but honestly wouldn’t have tried them prior to receiving them. Anyone who knows me knows I’m overly sensitive to fragrance so I avoid it. Surprisingly the cucumber scent of Cool Essentials isn’t noticeable throughout the day. I notice it when I first apply and then it’s magically gone.

Dove Dry Spray Men+Care and Women's

Dove Dry Spray Men+Care and Women’s

What’s interesting about Dry Spray is that it goes on cool and dry. I’ve never been a proponent of spray antiperspirants but my husband will only use them. Even he, Mr. Stubborn, was noticeably impressed when he used this and I no longer have to ask him if he’ll try it. This protects for 48 hours against both odor and wetness.

Let's #TryDry at #Target!

Let’s #TryDry at #Target!

Dove Dry Spray can be found at drugstores nationwide and at #Target for $5.49.

I’m glad I received this for free from Influenster since I’d never had known to #TryDry otherwise.  — Marcia

 

The five items you need to survive any holiday party! #UltaTrendAlert #StyleHunters4Ulta

The five items you need to survive any holiday party!

Holiday parties. They can be so much fun…or they can be so embarrassing thanks to unforeseen fashion emergencies. Help is here with 5 essentials to save you from potentially embarrassing situations…who wants to be the subject of the water cooler gossip on Monday? Not us, and we won’t be with these awesome situational saviors that are all available at Ulta Beauty.

Breath Treatment Crystals1.  What is worse than making small talk with someone who has nasty breath? Finding out later that YOU were the source of the nastiness. The perfect antidote to bad breath (and exactly what you need to prevent it from happening in the first place) are the EV32 Breath Treatment Crystals. My favorite flavor is Peppermint, and an 18 pack is only $15 – a small price to pay for minty-fresh, inoffensive breath you can count on. A hip alternative to gum or mints, they ‘pop’ in your mouth – sort of like Pop Rocks (those of you who grew up in the 1980’s remember those!) and they fit perfectly in your purse.

Pacifica Underarm Deodorant Wipes

 2.  Ok, bad breath is awful…but how about looking down and realizing you have a big old wet ring under your arms? I love the Pacifica Underarm Deodorant Wipes ($9). A single swipe keeps sweat at a minimum and does double duty as a deodorant as well. These are must-haves at a party, especially when you know that super cute guy from accounting is going to be there too.

 Poo-Pourrie

3.  Look, we all know – everybody poops. However, a holiday party is the WORST place to suddenly have an emergency digestion issue, but it’s all the more likely thanks to that rich food you aren’t used to eating. What is a girl to do??? Always carry a bottle of Poo-Pourri Before You Go Toilet Spray ($10). This stuff works. Just spray it on the top of the toilet water and regardless of the intensity or duration of your toilet emergency, there will be NO lingering scent. Everyone should have one of these. I have a friend whose mother puts one in everyone’s stocking each Christmas. No joke – get this!

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye Concealer

4.  So you are at a party and happen to look into a mirror. You suddenly realize that it looks like you’ve been up for an entire week binge-watching Homeland. Oh, and you also have a big old zit that definitely wasn’t there an hour ago. Duck into the bathroom and take care of both instantly with IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Anti-Aging Concealer ($24, the travel size is only $10!). The tube is a perfect size for your purse and the concealer looks totally natural but covers even the darkest circles, the biggest zits, and the most glaring red spots.

AG Travel Size Brunette Dry Shampoo

5.  As careful as you might be getting ready, it’s inevitable – you get to the party and see gray roots that weren’t showing before. Or, your hair has gotten as oily as a 13-year-old boy who hasn’t showered in 48 hours. Or, your hairdo has fainted and become a flat, sad hair don’t. No worries if you have your travel size can of AG HAIR Travel Size Brunette Dry Shampoo (10.95)!  This handy-dandy stuff makes oily roots, flat hair, and grey roots disappear like magic.

Don’t be afraid of those holiday parties…with these 5 miracles from Ulta Beauty you can party with total confidence!!  – Lisa #UltaTrendAlert #StyleHunters4Ulta @UltaBeauty

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Five essential tips for transitioning into fall – with a little help from Meijer

Everything you need to transition into fall from Meijer!

Everything you need to transition into fall from Meijer!

I guess it is officially fall…I saw my first Christmas display at the store today!! I also saw my first red and orange leaves on the trees in my yard. I’m breaking out my heavy jeans, sweaters, and jackets – so much fun to rediscover a whole new season’s wardrobe. Meijer sent me a fabulous box of goodies with everything needed to also change my skin care and cosmetics wardrobe and it reminded me of the five essential tips for transitioning into fall.

Rethink your skin care

Rethink your skin care

1.  Rethink your skin care.  With the weather turning cooler, the air inside gets drier which changes your skin care needs.

Simple Cleansing Micellar Water

Simple Cleansing Micellar Water

A terrific option for makeup removal and toner is Simple Cleansing Micellar Water ($6.29). It’s all the rage right now and for good reason. This is gentle and easy to use, and most importantly it doesn’t dry out skin. In fact, the micellar water boosts skin hydration 90%. The price is right too, making it a no-brainer for fall.

Switch your hair products

Switch your hair products

2.  Switch your hair products to compensate for dry indoor air.  Just like skin, hair changes with the seasons, and fall brings dry, frizzy, static-filled hair. Go for moisturizing hair products, like Pantene Expert Collection Dry Defy Shampoo and Conditioner ($8.39). This ultra-moisturizing duo tackles even the most parched hair, taking care of frizz, split ends, and static.

Try going natural for toothpaste and deodorant

Try going natural for toothpaste and deodorant

3.  Try going natural for toothpaste and deodorant. My daughters have completely switched to Tom’s of Maine products and swear by the AntiPlaque and Whitening Toothpaste ($4.49) and Natural Deodorant ($4.49). The toothpaste is flouride-free and fights both cavities and plaque, and the deodorant is aluminum-free with 24 hour odor protection that really works. Not only do these natural products truly perform, Tom’s of Maine walks the talk as a planet friendly line that is truly natural, sustainable, and responsible.

Update and invest in new fall colors

Update and invest in new fall colors

4.  Update old products and invest in some fun fall colors.  It’s a great time to invest in some new makeup brushes, and definitely time to throw out your old mascara, lip gloss, and foundation and get some fresh new shades.

Fun fall shades and products to update

Fun fall shades and products to update

I am so happy to see that the Real Techniques Travel Essentials Makeup Brush Collection ($12.59) is available at Meijer. Marcia first introduced me to these brushes several years ago and they are absolutely fantastic. This set comes with a cool travel case and it includes my favorite brush of all time – the Domed Shadow Brush.

Mascara needs to be replaced every 2 months or so, and there are great sales at Meijer for the fall season so take advantage! Two picks for long and lush lashes include Covergirl The Super Sizer ($6.99) and Maybelline Volum’ Express the Colossal Chaotic Lash ($6.99). Why not go big this fall?  The Super Sizer makes lashes as long as they can get.  Don’t give up on the Colossal Chaotic Lash…once I figured out how to use the brush both vertically and horizontally my lashes went from ok to incredible.

Lippies need to be updated too…throw out those gross old lip glosses and sticky lipsticks and try something a little different. I can’t stop raving about the Covergirl Outlast Lipstick in Into the Fuchsia  This is a bright, bold shade with a hint of shimmer and the opaque coverage really lasts. It’s a cross between a lipstick and a gel-based balm and it feels divine on the lips.

And how perfect is that Revlon Colorstay 16 Hour Eyeshadow Palette in Surreal ($6.59)? Interestingly, this was part of the Summer 2015 Collection, but I think the gold and green shades are truly perfect for fall.

New season, new scents!

New season, new scents!

5.  Switch to new scents for the new season.  It’s time to say goodbye to soft summer scents and go a bit bolder. For women, I love Versace Bright Crystal ($73). The top notes are pomegranate, Yuzu and frosted accord. Mid-notes include peony and magnolia, and base notes include amber extracted from plants, musk and red woods. I think of this as a ‘frozen flower’ scent…great for transitioning into colder months!

For the man in your life, I am totally gaga for Hugo Man by Hugo Boss ($19.99). The top note is green apple, with aromatic notes and a base of fir balsam. Makes me picture a buff guy in flannel, riding a horse, stopping to pick me an apple as we ride through an orchard…ah, you get the idea. It’s fabulous and you want your guy to smell like this.

If you need an excuse to go shopping, you’ve got two here – you need new things for the new season and Meijer has great sales going on right now. So what are you waiting for? Let’s get ready for fall!  – Lisa

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Native Deodorant review and 5 winner giveaway

Native Deodorant

Native Deodorant

So why did I decide to review a deodorant? It’s typically something that we don’t talk much about and that most of us take for granted. Here are just a few reasons why:

1. Most deodorants that are around aren’t unscented. That may not matter to a lot of you but it does to me. I had cut out all fragrance from my life due to migraines. My sense of smell is heightened because of that. To me most drugstore products have a sweet artificial smell. NATIVE DEODORANT comes in 3 scents with Unscented being the first they developed. The company worked hard to add in some fragrances though because they know that most people like a scent but they wanted only the most pleasant and natural fragrances to be added. Recommended for women is their Lavender & Rose while for men the recommendation is Fresh & Clean.

2. When I learned about this deodorant I realized it was something I really wanted to try. The first thing I learned is that deodorant works by eliminating and absorbing the moisture and odors associated with sweat.

3. It’s made in the USA.

4. To sweeten the pot the company offered a giveaway for 5 US readers. Now how could I resist after all of this? Obviously I didn’t because I’m here to tell you more about NATIVE DEODORANT and to share this giveaway.

Native Deodorant

Native Deodorant

What makes Native unique is that this is a deodorant that is made without the use of aluminum or parabens. While no scientists are saying for sure that the use of aluminum will cause disease, it has been linked to both Alzheimers and Breast Cancer. Native is made from simple and natural ingredients like beeswax, baking soda, coconut oil and shea butter.

Native Deodorant Ingredients

Native Deodorant Ingredients

Before Native brought their product to the marketplace they tested hundreds of ingredients and formulas for over 18 months. Their goal was to make sure that their deodorant could be applied easily, would feel great under your arms and protect you against odors all day long.  Does it do that? In my experience I’ve got to say yes.

Native Deodorant

Native Deodorant

I’ve been using this every single day for over 6 weeks and the weather has been the typical summer with high humidity, soaring temperatures, rain, sunshine, and clouds. When I started using this it was in the 90’s every day for a week. And it passed the hot weather test. They say that it takes up to two weeks to detox from your old deodorant that contains aluminum but I didn’t notice that at all.

One thing to note is that a little goes a long way. This isn’t wet because it’s solid, so I can put my clothes on instantly and not worry about it drying. It also feels like I haven’t made a dent in this. I’ve turned it up just twice in the time I’ve been using it. Once to start it, once because I felt like it. I’m sure it will take me months more to finish this up.

The way that Native sells on their website is 2 sticks for $20. There’s free shipping (gotta love that) and you pick the frequency of delivery. With two sticks I’d personally only need to order it once every six months but if you were getting one for you and one for someone else then you’d need it more often. Plus you can always stop a scheduled delivery so no problem.

To learn more about this natural deodorant please read The Unknown Beauty Blog’s review of it. Not only does she explain things beautifully but she has a coupon code to share with you.

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION:  This is open to US Subscribers only through Wednesday September 23, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. EST. If comments close you can email me with your comment at beautyinfozone@gmail.com and label it Native, then press that entry button and continue on. 5 people will win one Native Deodorant in their choice of scent: Unscented, Lavender & Rose, or Fresh & Clean. The formula is the same on all of these, it’s just the fragrance that’s different. That’s it! Easy peasy. It may seem like a simple prize but it’s useful and effective and that’s what counts. — Marcia

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8 beauty items you need to toss now! Spring Clean Refresh with Meijer Beauty

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Spring CleaningTime to toss! I am gearing up for some spring cleaning and first on my list is my vanity. Clearing out feels so good…I love it when things are organized and sparkling clean. Besides, extra space means room for new things!
Does your cosmetics stash look like this??

Does your cosmetics stash look like this??

Spring cleaning isn’t just for closets and pantries – it is so important to also tackle that beauty stash. Time goes by fast and before your know it you have beauty items that are years old. Anything you use with your hands or put on your face eventually gathers bacteria and can cause breakouts and other skin issues. Items with active ingredients become inactive over time, becoming an exercise in futility. Besides, it’s fun to go through and edit your cosmetics and skin care, plus what a great opportunity to go shopping to replenish!
If you are like me, the memory fades, so when you purchase a new item mark the date on the bottom of the jar with a black sharpie. It makes spring cleaning much easier. Also, most skin care items have an open jar symbol followed by a number and the letter ‘M’.  This tells you how many months you can use the product after opening it – so 6M means six months after opening, 9M means nine months after opening, etcetera. Don’t forget, when using products packaged in jars NEVER stick your fingers in the jar. Use a small cosmetics spatula to spoon out the product so you aren’t introducing bacteria into the jar.
Here are the top 8 items that you need to toss, along with some suggestions for replacements. Meijer just announced an exciting lineup of new beauty items, so it’s a great place to shop to renew that beauty routine and you can find all of my suggestions there.
L'Oreal Revitalift Volume Filler Serum

L’Oreal Revitalift Volume Filler Serum

1.  Serum:  I am sure this is no surprise. Typically serum is in air tight packaging, which keeps ingredient integrity, but once you start using a serum it’s only good for about six months. Toss it even earlier if the texture changes or it starts to smell weird. If you need to replenish, check out L’Oreal Revitalift Volume Filler.  It is wonderfully affordable and has hyaluronic acid to plump skin and smooth out fine lines and wrinkles.

L'Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Powder Foundation

L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Powder Foundation

2.  Foundation:  obviously, liquid foundation is a bacteria collector, especially jar-based foundation that is exposed to the air. But did you know that powder foundation also goes bad? Think about it…you dip your brush into the foundation, the brush goes on your skin, then you dip that brush back onto the foundation…all those skin oils are transferred into the powder, which means after a while it becomes pretty dirty. Toss that old stuff and try something new, like L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Powder Foundation.  This is opaque enough to use as foundation, and it also works great as a pressed powder to cancel out a shiny nose.

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara and Cover Girl Full Lash Bloom

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara and Cover Girl Full Lash Bloom

3.  Mascara:  this is a must-toss every season! After a while, mascara dries out and loses its lash lengthening and thickening power. Plus, any product that isn’t a solid is in danger of collecting bacteria. Glam out with your mascara and then replace it as soon as it shows any sign of dryness or starts to smell ‘off’, typically at about three months. By the way, resist ‘pumping’ your mascara – it makes it dry out even more quickly, and always toss your mascaras if you have an eye infection. Two mascaras to try for long, lush lashes are Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara and Cover Girl Full Lash Bloom.

L'Oreal Revitalift Volume Filler Moisturizer

L’Oreal Revitalift Volume Filler Moisturizer

4.  Moisturizer:  jar moisturizer lasts at the most 6 months. Go through all those open jars you know you have sitting on your shelves and toss anything you opened last fall. Not only do they become a potential hazard for your skin because of bacteria, but the active ingredients stop working so why bother? Try something new, like L’Oreal Revitalift Volume Filler Moisturizer to smooth out those lines and wrinkles.

Degree Dryspray Deodorant

Degree Dry Spray Deodorant

5.  Deodorant:  yes, deodorant does have a shelf life! While most have expiration dates, a good rule of thumb is two years. It’s a great idea to stock up on deodorant when it is on sale, but be sure to write your purchase date on the extras if they don’t have an expiration date. A great replacement is Degree Dry Spray. It sprays on dry and protects for up to 48 hours, so no worries on those hectic late mornings!

Neutrogena Cooldry Sport Sunscreen

Neutrogena Cooldry Sport Sunscreen

6.  Sunscreen:  sunscreen loses its effectiveness over time and you sure don’t want to get a sunburn thanks to an outdated bottle. Most have an expiration date, but the longest any sunscreen will last is three years. My absolute favorite and a great one for restocking is Neutrogena Cooldry Sport.  I can even get my kids to put this on without a fight.

Cover Girl Lip Lava

Cover Girl Lip Lava

7.  Lip gloss:  a liquid product you apply to your lips?  Of course lip gloss is one of the biggest offenders when it comes to beauty items that go bad and need to be replaced regularly. Replace your old lip glosses with Cover Girl Lip Lava. I adore this lip gloss!  My favorite shade is Lava-Rider. I put it on then blot and I have a beautiful shimmery stain that lasts and lasts.

Neutrogena Healthy Skin Boosters Facial Cleanser

Neutrogena Healthy Skin Boosters Facial Cleanser

8.  Face cleanser:  these only last a year, so often a big bottle will expire before it’s gone. If your face cleanser isn’t working well, the consequences will definitely be evident to everyone! A great option for replacing your old stuff is Neutrogena Healthy Skin Boosters Facial Cleanser. White tea and vitamin E ensure clean skin without any dryness.

Embrace spring cleaning and refresh that beauty stash! Be sure to go to Meijer Beauty to check out their new lineup of cosmetic and skin care items and restock for a beautiful YOU.  – Lisa

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