Happy Earth Day with Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is always an interesting post for me to do. I’m especially excited about this week’s because it’s all about products that I feel are good for you and for the earth. Earth Day has been celebrated since 1970 to celebrate support of environmental protection. What was originally unique to the United States is now celebrated world wide and not just for a day. I’ve seen many mentions of Earth Week and Earth Month. It’s terrific to remind people about this on April 22nd and beyond but it’s also important to remember to conserve and support efforts for the environment year round.

When it came to picking out products as my Top Ten I had a lot to choose from. I think this is going to be one of the most diverse Top Ten lists that our group has done. There are several brands that are known for being environmentally friendly year round like tarte and IT Cosmetics, but I’m choosing to celebrate some smaller brands that I’ve been using and loving. Reviews for most are forthcoming.

PRETTY LITTLE ELIXIR is a hair mask to be used about once a week. My hair is so incredibly soft when I use this that all I want to do is run my hands through it. What makes this particularly wonderful is that this is a creation by Phyrra and Future Derm. I bought mine from Gloss48 but I understand that there’s an upcoming sale at Future Derm for a lot less. This thick cream does a wonderful job keeping my hair in great condition. It’s 100% Vegan and Cruelty Free.

Pretty Little Elixir

Pretty Little Elixir

Pretty Little Elixir

Pretty Little Elixir

 

EPIC BLEND PREMIUM LIP BALM – these Canadian born lip balms are the epitome of eco. They were created to be all natural and completely healthy. There are different formulas including a vegan one. The lip balms themselves are outstanding and are cruelty free, gluten free, and all natural. A full review and giveaway will be coming up soon.

the full line of Epic Blend Lip Balms

the full line of Epic Blend Lip Balms

Epic Blend Premium Lip Balms

Epic Blend Premium Lip Balms

Epic Blend

Epic Blend

 KEEP BUZZIN’ HAND CREAM – I just reviewed this line HERE and I’m so in love that even though I received some from the company, I also bought some. Not only are these Hand and Foot Creams 100% natural but they give back. From now until May 15th they are donating $3.78 out of each $10 jar to Food For The Poor. One jar alone will help feed one child 60 meals. I don’t think I can rave enough about these hand creams but what they are doing blows me away. (Check out our giveaway)

Keep Buzzin' Hand Creams

Keep Buzzin’ Hand Creams

Keep Buzzin' ecologically correct

Keep Buzzin’ ecologically correct

DERM ORGANIC SKINCARE – you’ve heard us rave about the DermOrganic hair care before and now I’m testing out the new line of DermOrganic Skincare. DermOrganic is perfect for this Top Ten list. It’s vegan, there’s no artificial preservatives, there’s no artificial fragrance, and there’s no animal testing.

DermOrganic Skincare products

DermOrganic Skincare products

DermOrganic Skincare

DermOrganic Skincare

ECO-ARMOUR – This is one of our favorite brands and you can see by the name that it an eco-friendly brand and one that should be considered for Earth Day (week/month too). My favorite product is their Bergamot & Pink Grapefruit Shave with Benefits but all of their products use botanicals that are 100% sustainable. Besides their original Shave with Benefits and Outdoor Insect Repellant they now have an Advanced Botanical Serum for your face, neck and nails as well as a Mango Butter Lip Balm.

Eco-Armour Shave with Benefits

Eco-Armour Shave with Benefits

My Top Ten Tuesday: 1. Pretty Little Elixir; 2 – 4. Epic Blend Vegan Lip Balm, Hemp Lip Balm and Moisturizing Lip Balm; 5-6. Keep Buzzin’ Hand Cream and Foot Cream; 7-9. DermOrganic Soapless Facial Cleanser, Hand & Body Moisture Lotion, Pure Argan Oil; 10. Eco-Armour Shave with Benefits. (plus all these others!!).

Join my fellow bloggers to see what products we should all be aware of. — Marcia

Healthy, happy hair with DermOrganic

It’s not often that we review the same products twice here at the BIZ, but some things bear repeating. Marcia has already raved about DermOrganic Argan-infused hair products, and I am here to remind everyone just how fantastic they are.

DermOrganic

DermOrganic Shampoo, Treatment and Masque

I was super jealous when I read Marcia’s rave for this line and couldn’t wait to try out the products they sent for myself. My hair is extremely happy and looks and feels so healthy with these products! It’s no wonder since all DermOrganic hair products are vegan, pH balanced 4.5 – 5.5, and there are lots of good NO’s – no animal testing, no artificial preservatives, no sulfate or gluten, no sodium chloride, salt, MEA, DEA or dyes.

DermOrganic

DermOrganic Daily Conditioning Shampoo

The DermOrganic Daily Conditioning Shampoo ($16 for 12 oz.) is a super gentle shampoo that really hydrates hair and makes it stronger. While this is sulfate-free, it still lathers up nicely and rinses out clean. I am fascinated at how this is made with facial cleansers, Essential Fatty Acids and Amino Acids.  I would never have thought skin cleansers would be so terrific for hair. I get my hair colored about every three weeks because it grows so fast and it loves the Argan Oil with Omega-6 and Linoleic Acid, Vitamin E, Panthenol, Rice Amino Acids, and anti-oxidant plant extracts that are also in this shampoo.

DermOrganic

DermOrganic Intensive Hair Repair Masque

Because my hair is long, my ends tend to get quite dry. The DermOrganic Intensive Hair Repair Masque ($16 for 8 fl. oz.) seals up those hair cuticles, making them smooth and strong and shiny. There is no silicone, propylene glycol or glycerin in this conditioner which means I can use it after every shampoo without worry that it will build up and weigh down my fine hair strands.

DermOrganic

DermOrganic Leave-In Treatment

My hair definitely loves the DermOrganic Leave-In Treatment ($25 for 4 fl. oz). This treatment has tons of Certified Argan Oil of Morocco that makes hair shiny and smooth. It also reduces the time it takes to blow dry my hair and protects it from the heat of the hair dryer and other styling tools. A little goes a long way, so don’t use too much of this. I use about a dime-size amount for my mid-back length hair, rubbing it between my hands then running it through my damp hair right before blow drying.

my DermOrganic hair

my DermOrganic hair

DermOrganic is a fabulous organic line that makes my hair happy and healthy.  Check it out so your hair can be happy and healthy too.  – Lisa

*pr samples

Makeup Wars: Cruelty Free Favorites

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It’s always fun to write a Makeup Wars post like this since it gives me a chance to really think about what I have and what I’d say are favorites. Truthfully I have a lot more products than you have the patience for so I picked 9 items that I’d buy again and again. Several of these were samples (*) but knowing that I will buy them myself led them to be the chosen ones.
1. Too Faced Boudoir Eyes palette – naturally I have all the pictures done and no time to write about this but this is a favorite and will be reviewed soon. Too Faced is known to be cruelty free and their eyeshadow palettes are beautiful. Their palettes are $36 which is great for 9 shadows.
2. Tarina Tarantino Dollskin Cheek Cream Blush* – ooh la la! I have both shades of the blush duos and I can’t stop wearing them. There’s a beautiful bright cool toned pink called Mr. Pink and a fabulous pinky coral called Coral Cameo. I could never pick a favorite since they are both out of this world, long lasting and of course cruelty free.
3. Tarte Smooth Operator Concealer* – I love tarte concealers. I truly love them. I recommend them to people all the time. They have a lot of formulas so it’s easy to find one that fits your needs. Smooth Operator Concealer is my new favorite from tarte. I still use my others but this one sort of pushes them out of the way. It’s creamy, not messy, and like all tarte is cruelty free.
4. Urban Decay Naked Skin Liquid Foundation – the last few months I’ve been using mostly BB and CC creams but the minute the weather cooled down a little this is the foundation I took out. I apply it with their Good Karma Optical Illusion Brush and the finish is wonderful. There are so many shades of this that you really need to go in and get matched for it, once you have it though you won’t want to put it down.
5. Bootie Babe Nail Polish* – I’m c-c-crazy about my Bootie Babe! Not only are the bottles the cutest thing this side of Miley Cyrus but the polishes are beautiful and last. This is not the last time you’ll be hearing about Bootie Babe from me!
6. Beauty Blender Sponge – I’ve been using the Beauty Blender sponge for years and years. It’s affectionately known as the Pink Egg around here. Even my 2 year old grandson is fascinated with the Beauty Blender Sponge and is always taking it off my vanity or asking for it. He may think it’s a fun toy but I think it’s great for blending my foundations.
7. DermOrganic hair care* – I love trying new hair care (though not as much as my blog partner Lisa) but you always need a staple to come back to and DermOrganic has made that cut. This argan infused line leaves my hair shiny and easier to manage.
8. It Cosmetics brushes – I don’t own this set but it was a great way to show you several of the It Cosmetics brushes together plus it’s a great buy on QVC. The It Cosmetic brushes are superior cruelty free brushes and every one I have is a delight. The good news is that you’re able to buy It Cosmetics at Ulta now too so you’ll have several places to find this amazing line.
9. Reviva Labs Hyaluronic Acid Serum* – actually I could have picked one of a dozen Reviva Labs products since they are all wonderful. I’m totally in love with their Makeup Primer, Anti-Irritant Gel, Vitamin E stick and this Hyaluronic Acid Serum. I wanted to include some skincare in this post and Reviva Labs jumped to the forefront. You can’t go wrong with this cruelty free well priced line.
Thanks so much for reading about some of my favorite products. Beauty Info Zone isn’t a cruelty free blog but we appreciate products that are and try to mention that in our reviews. There are wonderful CF brands as you can see. Which of these have you tried? — Marcia
Be sure to click on the rest of the links. You’ll be delighted to find products that you might not have realized were CF.

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Makeup Wars goes to the SPA


This is going to be an especially interesting Makeup Wars for me since I’ve never been to a spa. I’ve seen them in movies and on TV but I’ve never had the experience. Therefore I’m explaining what I like to do on days I consider “spa” days. Ones that relax me and help me do some beauty treatments I wouldn’t normally do. Some of these products were sent for review purposes* and each are used with love.

First off I’d start with a shower. My hot water doesn’t last especially long so this is going to be a two step shower. I’ll wash my hair with DermOrganic Argan Hydrating Shampoo* and follow that with DermOrganic Intense Hair Masque*. I love how DermOrganic’s products leave my hair so shiny and silky. The Hair Masque adds in much needed moisture. I’ll then put on my trusty polka-dot shower cap to let it all soak in.

DermOrganic line

DermOrganic line

Next is my body and I’d use Argan Magic’s Zesty Orange Body Scrub*. I’m amazed I still have some of this left but I have been savoring it. I love the smell and feel of this since it’s not gritty plus it has Argan Oil in it and my winter skin needs this added moisture.

Argan Magic Zesty Orange Body Scrub

Argan Magic Zesty Orange Body Scrub

I wish I still had the Argan Magic Bloomin’ Body Wash but that’s long gone. I’ll use a muslin cloth to get off all of the scrub and then I’ll hop out of the shower to work on my face and let my hot water refresh itself. I’m going to put on my BrokeDown Bath Wrap that was in my February PopSugar Must Have Box.

Broke Down body towel

Broke Down body towel

I’m going to do a facial mask next and the one I’m picking is from Somme Institute* and it’s called Boost. This is one of my favorite masks. It’s a self-warming mask and works wonders in under 10 minutes. It doesn’t harden and make my face tight so it’s great using prior to makeup.

Somme Institute BOOST

Somme Institute BOOST

I’d also do an eye mask like the one by Biobliss*. A full review of this is coming up soon so you can see how great this is. I did it last week along with several other things already in this review to prepare to write. My eyes were thanking me for days.

Biobliss Anti-Wrinkle Patch for Eyes

Biobliss Anti-Wrinkle Patch for Eyes

I'm in bliss with Biobliss

I’m in bliss with Biobliss

After removal of the Biobliss I’m back in the shower and will finally shave my legs. I’m lucky that I don’t have to shave my legs often but when I do I almost always reach for Shave With Benefits*. This gentle shaving foam protects my legs from cuts and in addition acts as a body wash. It’s gentle enough for face and body as well as shaving. Off comes the shower cap and my hair gets totally rinsed out.

Three steps left that are all moisturizing. First I’m slathering up my body with Aveeno Positively Nourishing Energizing Body Lotion*. My favorite scent in this is Pomegranate+Grapefruit. I was sent my first one as an Aveeno Ambassador but have since bought this as it’s a scent I enjoy and that doesn’t overpower me.

Aveeno Energizing Pomegranate + Grapefruit

Aveeno Energizing Pomegranate + Grapefruit

Next I’m using Miracle Foot Repair. I share this with my husband actually since we both have very dry feet and find this to take care of the cracks and discomfort we often feel. For spa time I’m going to definitely put socks on so it will sink in.

Miracle Foot Repair

Miracle Foot Repair

For my final act I’ll use Hand Perfection’s Anti-Aging Hand Care System*, specifically the Nourishing Day Cream SPF 15. This is another upcoming review. Not only does this system have the Nourishing Day Cream but it also contains Rejuvenating Night Cream and a Nail and Cuticle Treatment Pen. It’s a wonderful system plus there’s no fragrance to the creams so I love it all the more.

Hand Perfection Day Cream

Hand Perfection Day Cream

Well for someone who said it would be difficult to write about this, I am my typically wordy self. All of these products, whether sent for a possible review or purchased myself, are keepers and belong in my Spa day and just about any day. Please use the links to read what the other Makeup Wars bloggers have done for their spa day. I’m eager to find out about new products and exactly what I missed. Any special spa items you love? — Marcia

*starred items are pr samples sent for review consideration


Happily introducing DermOrganic Argan Infused hair products

Raise your hand if you are slightly neurotic about how your hair looks. C’mon, I know more of you feel this way. Raise your hand. Yes, I see them now. You don’t operate well if you are having a bad hair day. I know I don’t. I’m not going to hide indoors but I sure don’t feel my best. Nothing looks quite right unless my hair looks good. With DermOrganic‘s products my hair days are good ones. I can go three days and still have a good hair day.

Recently I introduced you to DermOrganic just as I was starting to use the line myself. At the time I was able to do a giveaway for the line. (At the bottom of this review there’s another instant giveaway but hold on and read about my experience please.)

DermOrganics Daily Conditioning Shampoo and Conditioner

DermOrganics Daily Conditioning Shampoo and Daily Hydrating Conditioner

I received quite a few products to test out and have been using 4 of them lately. It’s a wonderful system for a lot of reasons that I believe in strongly. When you are looking for haircare what you need to check on first is if the product has sulfates. Sulfates are a big no-no. You do not want them in your haircare. Trust me on this! You also don’t want sodium chloride in your hair products – it sucks the life out of your color and any treatments you have on your hair. You also don’t want parabens, glycols, dyes etc.

DermOrganic promises

DermOrganic promises

So what do you want? How about a line that isn’t tested on animals? One that is vegan? One that contains certified Argan Oil, sunflower seed extract and grape seed extract? One that is ph balanced? If you said yes to any of these then the answer is DermOrganic ®. This Argan Oil infused product line contains only the purest Argan Oil from Morocco and is certified 100% organic.

DermOrganic Daily Conditioning Shampoo

DermOrganic Daily Conditioning Shampoo

DermOrganic Daily Conditioning Shampoo information

DermOrganic Daily Conditioning Shampoo information

I have a keratin treatment on my color treated hair so a line like DermOrganic® is perfect for me. Any sign of salt drains the treatment therefore reducing the time it’s active. With the amount I pay for a Brazilian Blowout treatment I need to extend the longevity of it and DermOrganic Daily Conditioning Shampoo® is the perfect answer. It’s a thick shampoo that has a rich foam. It’s unusual for a sulfate free shampoo to be so lush. I use leave-in treatments when styling and often a spray for frizz so I like DermOrganic’s Shampoo since it washes out cleanly without stripping my hair. It contains Omega-6, Panthenol B5, Rice Keratin and Anti-oxidants.

DermOrganic Daily Hydrating Conditioner

DermOrganic Daily Hydrating Conditioner

After washing I follow up with DermOrganic Daily Hydrating Conditioner®. (Another choice is the Intensive Hydrating Masque® which I’ll test out next.) I chose to use the conditioner since I wanted to compare the line with my previous haircare and that’s what I used in that line. I love the Hydrating Conditioner. It is truly hydrating. It’s very thick and feels so luxurious on my hair. It does all these wonderful things like detangle, keep static at bay, makes my hair easy to brush and style. It contains no sulfates or sodium chloride so it meets my criteria. My hair has been easy to comb and style after washing and conditioning with these two products.

DermOrganic Leave-In Treatment

DermOrganic Leave-In Treatment

For my leave-in treatment I’ve been going back and forth between two: DermOrganic Leave-In Treatment® and DermOrganic Leave In Spray Therapy®. The feel of these two products is almost identical so I’m discussing them together even though the ingredients are slightly different. The Leave-In Treatment is a thin almost watery consistency but don’t be fooled by how it looks. It’s loaded with argan oil and the ingredients to protect your hair against heat styling. The amazing thing about this is that when I use it my hair dries so fast. I’m always in shock. It’s so lightweight that it doesn’t weigh my hair down ever yet leaves it easy to manage.

DermOrganic Leave-in Spray Shine Therapy

DermOrganic Leave-in Spray Shine Therapy

The Leave In Spray Therapy® has that same consistency and does the same wonderful things for my hair. I like to spray it lightly all over my head and then comb through. I think what shocks me is that in the past I’ve always used balms or creams that were on the thick side so I didn’t expect to be able to comb through my hair with ease like I can with this Leave In Spray Therapy. It also helps dry my hair quickly and leaves it so shiny.

I don’t need to wash my hair daily anymore but I purposely washed my hair a few days in a row to see if it would affect managing it. The result was even better hair days.

I’m very impressed with the DermOrganic line. There’s so much I could repeat from the manufacturer but I’m going to end by telling you that this is definitely a line you should consider and that you won’t be sorry. Oh and you can put your hand down too if you haven’t already, it must be tired by now. — Marcia

Oops, I promised a giveaway I learned about. This is not being run on Beauty Info Zone. It’s a giveaway I found on Facebook for a sample set of the wonderful DermOrganic products so go there to enter soon.

*pr samples

 Sold at both Ulta and Drugstore.com

Ingredients for shampoo: Ingredients: Aqua/Eau/D.Water, Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate(1), Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate(2), Decyl Glucoside, Cetearyl Glucoside, Methyl Gluceth-20, Infusion of Argan Oil & Sunflower Seed Extract & Grape Seed Extract & Rice Amino Acid & Sodium PCA & Panthenol & Tocopheral Acetate (Vitamin E), Glycereth-2 Cocoate/Benzoic Acid (natural preservative), Fragrance.

Ingredients for conditioner: Ingredients: Aqua/Eau/Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Stearalkonium Chloride, Stearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Panthenol B5, Rice Amino Acids, Methyl Gluceth-20, Organic Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Organic Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Extract, Organic Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, PCA, Glycereth-2 Cocoate & Benzoic Acid, Parfum/Fragrance.

Ingredients for Leave-In Treatment: Ingredients: Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Argan Oil, Grapeseed Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E) Glycereth-2 Cocoate/Benzoic Acid (Natural Preservative), Fragrance.

Ingredients for Leave In Spray Therapy: Ingredients: Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, PPG-3 Benzyl Ether Myristate, Organic Argania spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil, Panthenol B5, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Organic Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Organic Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Extract, Glycereth-2 Cocoate/Benzoic Acid, Parfum/Fragrance.