4 for Fall: four small but mighty products!


The change in seasons brings all sorts of skin care challenges and I have four small but mighty products that will help you power through any surprise curve balls thrown your way. Dry lips? No problem. Greasy locks? Gone in an instant. Bad breath? Got you covered. Dry skin? Don’t make me laugh. Not only will you have the tools, but these are also  portable and easy to conceal and carry anywhere. Ready? Let’s go!!

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  1.  Annmarie Skin Care Antioxidant Lip Balm

Annmarie Skin Care Antioxidant Lip Balm

Lip balm is a must have for fall. Dry lips are terrible to suffer through, especially when they peel and get really sore. I am loving my Annmarie Skin Care Antioxidant Lip Balm so much I can’t rave enough about it. The slip is fantastic and it lasts forever. It conditions lips and takes away all flakes and dryness so quickly it’s incredible.


Antioxidant-rich, omega-heavy fruit oils of buriti and sea buckthorn fight free radicals.

– Organic cocoa butter softens lips.

– Rich cocoa extract leaves kisses luminous and luscious—with a hint of chocolate.

The ingredient list is fabulous, and everything is organically grown or wildcrafted: Olive oil, cocoa butter, beeswax, sea buckthorn fruit oil, buriti fruit oil, cocoa extract, rosehip fruit oil, and rosemary extract.

The price is good and even better if you buy more: 1 for $8; 3 for $24 (save on shipping); 5 for $40 and get 1 free; 10 for $80, and get 2 free. Why not buy a bunch and stock up for the cold months? The dry indoor heat is really rough on delicate lip tissue. You won’t be sorry –  Annmarie Skin Care Antioxidant Lip Balm is some of the best lip balm I have tried in forever.

2.  Tish and Snooky Manic Panic Dry Shampoo

Tish and Snooky Manic Panic Dry Shampoo

Tish and Snooky Manic Panic Dry Shampoo

Tish and Snooky Manic Panic Dry Shampoo

Who would know more about hair freshening dry shampoo than punk rock sisters? Um, NO ONE. Tish and Snooky are those sisters and they have the iconic Manic Panic hair color and cosmetics line. One of my fav products is the super cool and wonderfully portable Hair Freshener Powder Dry Shampoo ($9.99). This lightweight powder soaks up dirt and grease, gives hair a nice fresh scent, and adds lots of volume and texture between washes. Sometimes hair looks good in the morning but by midday it starts looking droopy, especially with chilly fall showers. Just sneak a little Manic Panic Hair Freshener Powder Dry Shampoo and your hair will be happy and looking fantastic in no time!

3.  Dr. Plotka Toothbrush

Dr. Plotka Toothbrush

Dr. Plotka Toothbrush

Dr. Plotka Toothbrush

Dr. Plotka Toothbrush

Here’s a great memory trick – change your toothbrush with every season. This season, why not upgrade with a really cool new toothbrush – Doctor Plotka’s™ Mouthwatchers toothbrush. This toothbrush has naturally antimicrobial bristles that are infused with silver that naturally eliminate 99.9% of bacteria that grow on bristles in between uses – pretty awesome! The bristles are also super thin at the top so they act as floss, reaching food in between teeth. I sure do love a multi-tasker. You need one of these at home, one in your car, and one at work.

Be sure to keep reading the BIZ because we have a giveaway coming up for some Doctor Plotka’s™ Mouthwatcher toothbrushes so you can floss like a boss this fall!

4.  LDC Anti-Aging Moisturizer Travel Size ($60)


The final item in my fab four are the travel size LDC Anti-Aging Moisurizer. There is a lot going on in such a small bottle – this plumps skin, evens skin tone, tightens skin and makes it look younger.

  • Look Instantly Younger! Erase wrinkles and hydrate your skin, all at the same time!
  • Our Resveratrol Peptide Complex is a revolutionary new formula that will not only make you look younger, but will also hydrate and moisturize your skin.
  • See a noticeable improvement in skin tone, as well as a skin lightening benefit.
  • 6 Peptides and Resveratrol work in synergy to provide you with a relaxed and softer appearance.
  • Instant Results! Painless skin tightening and hydrating results! On the go!

The Travel Size Kit comes with two airless pumps – one for your purse and one for your desk at work, perfect for instant skin hydration any time you start feeling a little dry.

There you go, four heavy hitters in small packages to get you through the fall season. Big doesn’t necessarily mean mighty, and these four favorites are mighty awesome!! – Lisa

It’s giveaway time again! Win gorgeous hair with Salon Grafix

Salon Grafix GiveawayIt’s not just the weekend, it’s a holiday weekend, so here at the BIZ we think it’s time for another giveaway! How about two great products that will give you a perfect hair day? Sounds good to us!

Salon Grafix Dry Spray Shampoo

Salon Grafix Dry Spray Shampoo

Salon Grafix is a great, affordable line that can be found in lots of stores including Ulta. They sent me the two giveaway products to test – Salon Grafix Invisible Dry Spray Shampoo ($6.99) and Salon Grafix Freezing Hair Spray ($6.99). I am a dry shampoo addict…I only wash my hair every four days, but I always need a little help in between. Just around my hairline and at my part mostly because I work out as often as I can and that means wet, limp hair. This dry shampoo freshens my hair right up, giving it body, texture, and a lovely boost. It soaks up any dirt and oil, and it doesn’t leave any sort of white residue afterward.

Salon Grafix Freezing Hair SprayI also use hairspray every day…if I don’t, I lose my curls and my hair just goes flat (well, unless you count frizz). There is everyday hairspray and there is heavy duty hairspray and the Salon Grafix Freezing Hair Spray is definitely heavy duty hairspray that doesn’t have a heavy scent – in fact, it’s fragrance-free. It’s full of antioxidants that are great for hair and it really does have mega hold! If you have a dramatic hair style, or you just want to make darn sure you are going to keep those curls, this is the spray for you.

Enter to win this giveaway and two subscribers can win 1 Salon Grafix Invisible Dry Spray Shampoo and 2 Salon Grafix Freezing Hair Spray. This giveaway is US only and ends 11:59 p.m. EST June 12. Good luck and good hair!!  – Lisa

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*samples and giveaway courtesy of Salon Grafix

Running late? You can still get great hair with ColorProof!

This morning I woke up late. I don’t mean 10 minutes late. I don’t mean one too many taps on the snooze button late. I mean an entire 45 minutes LATE. You know how it goes – getting sleepy kids up and ready, then stepping in who knows what…something that one of the pets threw up (you hope it’s vomit because any alternative you can conjure up is waaay worse), forgetting your phone and having to run back inside, all while knowing there is a meeting starting without you and YOUR BOSS IS THERE WONDERING WHERE YOU ARE. I am almost breaking into a rash just thinking about it.                                                                                                                            samples

ColorProof DrySpell and PowderFix So unfortunately, since my alarm clock is about 20 years old, this hectic morning thing happens more often than I want to admit. I have actually developed a routine for this just in case. I have an ’emergency’ outfit in the event I have no time to root around in my closet. I have a makeup bag filled with what I need to either A) apply a reasonable look in about three minutes and/or B) take it to work so I can put my makeup on there. I always have a supply of awesome body wipes in case there is truly no time to shower, and I am never, ever, ever without dry shampoo.
ColorProof Epic Hold HairsprayA line that never lets me down is ColorProof.  They carry my most favorite hairspray of all time, the HardCore Epic Hold Color Protect Hairspray (I buy them five cans at a time from Amazon).  Two other products that I always have on hand, especially for those ‘running so late I’m out of breath’ days, are The ColorProof DrySpell Color Protect Dry Shampoo and PowderFix Texturing Powder.
ColorProof DrySpellI try to get four days out of a good shampoo.  However, because I am also committed to breaking a sweat every day (hopefully from working out and not from running late), I need a dry shampoo and I need a styling product that puts some texture and volume back into my hair.
ColorProof DrySpellColorProof DrySpell Color Protect Dry Shampoo is a godsend. The superfine powder shampoo is a mixture of cornstarch, rice and clay that absorbs oil and gives hair a light clean scent. The mist is so fine it doesn’t ever build up and look chalky or flaky. An added bonus: it provides color and heat protection. Here’s how I use it: I quickly section my hair into about six sections, then spray the dry shampoo a good 5 inches away from my scalp. Any closer doesn’t give me as great of a result. After spraying, I put all my hair up in a big clip and run around doing whatever else needs to be done. Finally, I unclip my now completely dry hair and quickly run my fingers through, fluffing it up and fully distributing the dry shampoo.
ColorProof PowderFixColorProof PowderFixAfter that, I will add in some of the PowderFix Texturing Powder on my crown, part and bangs. This extremely fine and wonderfully silky powder gives my hair tremendous lift, volume, and texture. It feels almost wet in my hands. I just pour a bit into my palm, rub it together, then flip my hair over and apply along my part and crown. I like this method better than sprinkling it on, although you may prefer that application technique. The powder goes matte and sinks right in, giving my hair the most wonderful boost of body and texture. It’s fantastic.
I usually get my ColorProof products from Amazon, but you can find this extraordinary line at many salons throughout the country. When you put together your emergency beauty kit, be sure to include these items for an awesome hair day no matter how stressful it started that morning.  – Lisa
*sent for editorial consideration then purchased and repurchased time and time again by me…because that’s how often I am running late.

Put this on your ESSENTIALS list: Marc Anthony Clear Dry Shampoo

marc-anthony-clear-dry-shampoo-2For someone who is rather lazy by nature, making a commitment to my health by working out 6 days a week has been challenging to say the least. I swear, I can justify NOT working out so many ways I even impress myself with my insane creativity. One justification that just doesn’t work anymore is how awful working out makes my hair look, thanks to Marc Anthony Clear Dry Shampoo ($9).                                                                                             sample

Marc Anthony Clear Dry ShampooI have long, color-treated hair that is a pain in the butt to wash, dry, then style, so I try to go as long as possible in between shampoos. I can easily get four days from a good shampoo and blow out…unless I exercise. After an hour of cardio and strength training, my hair goes totally limp and smells like sweat.   I shower every day, but there is no way I am going to wash and dry my hair every day – so my absolutely essential hair care product is Marc Anthony Clear Dry Shampoo.

There are lots of great dry shampoos on the market, but I like this one in particular for several reasons. First, it does a great job at absorbing sweat and oil. It also gives my limp, yucky hair lots of volume and texture. Marc Anthony says it was developed with Nanotechnology and Zeolite, a micro-porous mineral, to cleanse hair without a chalky residue or gritty texture. Some dry shampoos are white, which makes using them a little tricky for those of us with darker hair. The Clear Dry Shampoo is (as the name suggests) clear, so it works for any hair color and doesn’t flake or build up, even when used several days in a row.

Marc Anthony Clear Dry Shampoo

Here are my dry shampoo tips: trust me, it’s an absolute necessity to spray dry shampoo at least 6 inches away from your scalp. Any closer and it doesn’t diffuse properly, which gives less impressive results. I typically work out at night and I use my dry shampoo the next morning. I brush my hair, then spray Clear Dry Shampoo all along my hair line. After that, I section my hair and spray just at the roots. Then I clip my hair up and go about my business for at least ten minutes. It’s probably not necessary to wait that long – the point is you’ve got to let the spray completely dry before brushing or combing.  Once it’s dry, I unclip my hair and rub my roots with my fingers. Since my hair is already brushed, the finger trick gives another boost of volume and the effect is like a miracle.

After a recent Orange Theory class. I am the one in the blue shirt in the front row, trying very hard to look skinny and failing miserably.

After a recent Orange Theory class. I am the one in the blue shirt in the front row, trying very hard to look skinny and failing miserably.

Since my hair is no longer a great excuse not to work out, I have been making my goal of 6 days a week no problem. My hair looks terrific, and I still don’t have to spend an hour every day washing, drying, and styling. Instead, Marc Anthony Clear Dry Shampoo gives me instant gratification while I wait for the not-so-instant gratification of exercising. If you don’t have this yet, go get it!!  You can find it at Ulta and other large drugstores.  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration then became a hair care essential because it is AWESOME.

6 beauty essentials for a summer getaway!

6 Beauty Essentials for a Summer Getaway!In my book summer isn’t over until after Labor Day Weekend, so there is still plenty of time to go on summer weekend getaway! Whether it’s to the city, a cabin, or the beach, there are six beauty products that I always have in my bag.

Red Oxx Gator Carry On BagSpeaking of bags, I truly believe I have found the perfect one:  the Red Oxx Gator Carry On Bag ($125). I bought this in red for a recent trip to Spain and it was PERFECT. I could not believe how many things I could stuff into this rugged little baby and still have room. It’s exactly what you need for a weekend getaway – room for all your clothes and your products, and it is the size of a large purse.

Six summer getaway beauty essentialsAlong with the perfect bag, here are six products I was sent to test that you will want to always have packed so you can just grab and go on any last-minute adventure:Design.Me Puff.Me Volumizing Cloud Mist

  1.  Design.Me Puff.Me ($20): This is a tiny but mighty bottle of hair rescue. The spray powder not only soaks up oil and dirt, it also volumizes and gives hair wonderful texture. Bring this instead of bottles of shampoo and conditioner. Puff.Me is available in Cosmoprof stores nationally. I hear that Design.Me is launching other new professional products soon and I can’t wait.Me Clear Spot Treatment DeviceMe Clear Spot Treatment DeviceMe Clear Spot Treatment Device
  2. Me Clear Spot Treatment Device ($60):  An absolute must for any trip! This small device is exactly what you need when you get that one big zit brewing under your skin. You know how that goes…everything is great until you feel a little pressure, a little soreness, and you realize there is a mega-blemish brewing that is going to totally ruin your weekend. The Me Clear Spot Treatment Device is your savior.  Me Clear Spot Treatment DeviceJust press it against the area and the blue light goes to work, painlessly and quickly – the blue LED light makes eruptions vanish overnight through a combination of blue light, sonic vibration, and gentle warming. Standing there for the full two minutes can seem a little tedious, but I am astounded by the results and will never be without this gem.Saje Pocket PharmacySaje Pocket Pharmacy
  3. Saje Pocket Pharmacy ($59.95):  Despite every effort, getting sick on a vacation happens. This awesome little pharmacy has therapeutic remedy roll-ons:
    Peppermint Halo – headache relief
    Stress Release – promotes relaxation 
    Pain Release – reduce inflammation and muscle pain 
    Immune – helps alleviate cold symptoms 
    Eater’s Digest – helps soothe upset stomachs 

    So go ahead and eat too much, drink too much, stay up too long…there’s a remedy for every symptom of partying too much and having more fun that a person probably should.Soap & Paper Factory Jasmine Perfume Oil

  4. Soap & Paper Factory Jasmine Perfume Oil ($16):  It is impossible to describe how amazing this jasmine scent is. It really is a little bottle of summer and tucks so nicely away in a bag or pocket. One discreet roll onto wrists and behind the ears is all you need to smell beyond amazing.Rimmel Kate Sculpting and Highlighting Kit in Coral GlowRimmel Kate Sculpting and Highlighting Kit
  5. Rimmel Kate Sculpting and Highlighting Kit in Coral Glow ($7):  This beautiful Kate Moss palette has three shades for highlighting, contouring, and defining cheeks. You won’t need a separate eyeshadow palette – just use your fingers and pat onto eyelids for a beautiful glowy look.Rimmel Super Curler Mascara
  6. Rimmel Super Curler Mascara ($6): Even on the most low maintenance vacations I always make sure to put on some mascara. This mascara lifts so I don’t even bring an eyelash curler, and it really lasts in the heat.

Now keep that bag packed with these essentials and you’ll just need to throw in some shorts, a bathing suit, and a cover up (my picks below!!) for an awesome summer getaway.  – Lisa

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True Religion Joey ShortsMisa Dali Cover Up DressStella McCartney Wrap Swimsuit

A girl’s best friend – Revivogen Pro Dry Shampoo

Revivogen Pro Dry ShampooThere are three things I am never, ever without:

  1.  Dental floss – not much worse than an errant piece of spinach stuck between your teeth. My favorite is Oral B Glide Floss Picks.Oral B Glide Floss Picks
  2. A great nail file.  A snaggly nail can ruin a wonderful mood in an instant. I recommend a 180 grit file which is the best grit for shaping nails. I adore the For Pro 180/240 Grit Foam Board called My Love – you can find it on Amazon and it’s less than $3!ForPro Nail File
  3. Dry shampoo.  There are many reasons why dry shampoo is your best friend – and my favorite these days is Revivogen Pro Dry Shampoo ($22).
    Revivogen Dry Shampoo

    Revivogen Dry Shampoo

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I use dry shampoo the same day I shampoo, condition, and style. It gives my hair lift and texture. I also use it the next few days in the mornings for more volume and to get rid of any dirt and oil. Revivogen Dry Shampoo is a standout dry shampoo because while it gives my hair volume, it doesn’t make it tacky, and it makes hair smell clean and fresh. It’s especially helpful if you have very fine or thinning hair.

Natural botanicals and oil absorbing ingredients effortlessly cleanse the hair and scalp without leaving behind residue. This easy-to-use spray absorbs odor, sebum and oil. Use as often as needed to add volume and to achieve a fresh, build-up free feeling without washing.

Revivogen Dry Shampoo

Revivogen Dry Shampoo

The secret to using dry shampoo is to lift up hair by sections and spray only the roots. Use it sparingly, then let it dry for about two minutes BEFORE brushing. Then brush through to evenly distribute and get that fabulous and fresh volume.

Fourth day hair and still tons of volume thanks to Revivogen Pro Dry Shampoo

Fourth day hair and still tons of volume thanks to Revivogen Pro Dry Shampoo

Never be without the big three:  dental floss, a nail file, and dry shampoo…and give Revivogen Dry Shampoo a whirl for extra days between shampoos of volumized, fresh smelling hair.  – Lisa

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Two drugstore hair saviors you need now: The Conair Dry Shampoo Brush and the Scunci

Conair Dry Hair Brush and Scunci Hair Emergency Kit

Conair Dry Hair Brush and Scunci Hair Emergency Kit

Got a hair emergency?  There are two awesome drugstore products that will never let you down!    PR samples

Scunci Hair Emergency Kit

Scunci Hair Emergency Kit

Scunci Hair Emergency Kit

Scunci Hair Emergency Kit

1.  The Scunci Hair Emergency Kit ($7) has saved me many times over.  The cute little zippered gray bag holds so much it’s almost like a magic trick.  The kit includes bobby pins, elastics, headwraps, a jaw clip and polybands.  Pretty much everything you need for any hair emergency you might encounter, including oversleeping, a sudden rainstorm, and that horrible moment when you discover the back of your hair (which you forgot to check before you left that morning) is an embarrassing disaster.

Conair Dry Hair Brush

Conair Dry Hair Brush

2.  Let’s put this one into the ‘I never knew I needed this, but now I will never be without it’ file – the Conair Dry Shampoo Brush ($7).

I use dry shampoo all the time.  I have long, color-treated hair that can’t take being washed every day…but second and third day hair is not kind to my bangs.  They go all limp and look greasy.  So I use dry shampoo to spruce them up – I spray along my hair-line all the way around as well as on my part.  Sometimes I will use dry shampoo on first day hair for a little more texture and volume.  And sometimes I use it because I am, as usual, running late and I just don’t have time for anything but hair triage.

Conair Dry Shampoo Brush

Dry shampoo is awesome, but it has drawbacks if it’s not applied properly.  Most dry shampoos have a white cast, which is not good for someone with dark hair who is always trying to hide those tell-tale grey roots as it is.  That’s where the magic of the Conair Dry Shampoo Brush comes into play.

This brush has a combo of boar bristles and nylon bristles.  The boar bristles are on the inside of the brush, and they distribute the dry shampoo into the hair while brushing out the dirt and oil.  The nylon bristles on the outer portion lift up the hair and give it lots of volume.  So hair is lifted while the dry shampoo is evenly distributed, making those tell-tale white patches a thing of the past.

The Conair Dry Shampoo Brush is a nifty invention that is absolutely worth the extremely affordable price tag.  Pick up one of these babies for the best dry shampoo results possible.

Hair emergencies are going to happen, so you might as well remember the Girl Scout motto and be prepared – and these two drugstore finds are just what you need. – Lisa

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