Holiday gift guide for the Glam Girl!

Beauty Info Zones Glam Holiday Gift GuideShe loves pretty packaging, big lashes, the latest trends, and large price tags.  So what to buy her for the holidays??  Go big or go home with these glamorous gift options, all BIZ tested and approved!

Onsen Tenseless Cream

1.  Onsen Tenseless Cream ($400):  When only the best will do, go for this amazing moisturizing cream.  It’s perfect for nighttime, giving 8 full hours of relaxation to facial muscles – which means that beauty sleep really results in beauty!  I am happy with my skin every morning when I use this awesome night moisturizing cream.  Available at

Chella Lash FullFillment Kit

2.  Chella Full-Fillment Lashes Kit ($95)  The perfect kit for building beautiful eyes.  It has everything needed for luscious lashes:  a 6 mL tube of Chella Lash Full-Fillment Eyelash Treatment, Chella Anti-Fatigue Eye Mask Kit, and a sample of Chella Eye Cream packaged neatly in a  custom tri-fold Chella Eyebrow Organizer. The Organizer has 8 individual pockets, plenty of room for the Chella items plus more.

Esqido Little Black Lash and Voila Lash

3.  Esqido Mink Lashes ($34-$42):  These gorgeous mink lashes not only look amazing, they also last through up to 25 uses!  For subtle glam, go with Little Black Lashes.  For lots of oomph, go with Voila Lash.  I have zero talent when it comes to applying falsies, but these are so easy to use I reach for them whenever I want instant lash gratification.  Available on

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4.  Nudestix:  Innovative packaging and on-trend colors make this line a winner for any glam-loving girl.  The effortless nude shades perfectly compliment those dramatic lashes with the Concealer Pencil ($24), Mascara ($24), and Magnetic Eye Color in Twilight ($24).  Available at and in Urban Outfitters stores

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5.  Guess Seductive ($22):  Besides the wonderful packaging with the heart charm, this sweetly seductive scent features bergamot, pear, jasmine, african orange flower and vanilla.  It’s a creamy, fruity/floral scent that works for everyone from teens to cougars.  Your giftee can raise some temperatures (and who knows what else?) with this sexy scent.

Rituals Happy Mist and Good Luck Scrub

6.   Good Luck Scrub ($29) and Rituals Happy Mist ($25):  The perfect duo for any glam girl’s great night’s sleep!  Rituals Good Luck Scrub is certainly lucky, with a winning combination of organic sugar, safflower, avocado, sweet almond, macadamia, jojoba, and sunflower seed oils.  The scent is gorgeous – sweet orange and cedar.  It leaves skin super soft and smooth, ready to climb into soft linens gently scented with Rituals Happy Mist.  Oh, this bed and body mist will make even the most discriminating gal extremely happy.  Orange and yuzu beautifully refresh linens, and because it’s cosmetic grade it can be used as a body mist as well.  It’s a great way to get happy between the sheets!

Black Friday is approaching, and the holidays will be here before you know it.  Get your shopping done early with these pretty, sexy, and trendy options for the glam-loving girl on your list.  Shopping for someone who loves practical beauty options?  Check out my Ten holiday gift ideas for the practical fashionista right HERE!  – Lisa

*items reviewed sent for editorial consideration

Make your shower Be Delectable with these luscious items

beDelectable Lemon & Cream Shower delights

be Delectable Lemon & Cream Shower delights

Whatever you do, don’t take a shower for granted. I know I never will again. When I was away from home recovering from my accident and then learning to walk without pain, I dreamt about taking a hot shower and in my dreams were these three products from be Delectable. They were sent for review before I fell and I put them aside to photograph before moving them into my shower.  I was miserable when I was in rehabilitation and one of the reasons was not being able to easily take a shower. I’d lay in my hospital bed dreaming of the unbelievable aroma of Lemon & Cream items from be Delectable. Even worse once I got home I couldn’t get upstairs for over a month to jump into my shower with be Delectable.

Now the situation has changed and I live for my daily showers. I sit there with my Lemon & Cream Supremely Rich Body Wash ($10) and the Lemon & Cream Super Smoothing Body Polish ($14) by my side. It’s wonderful!

be Delectable Supremely Rich Body Wash

be Delectable Supremely Rich Body Wash

be Delectable Body  Wash

be Delectable Body

I soap up with the rich and bubbly Body Wash and get myself clean. The scent is divine, it’s a little bit lemon and a little bit sweet cream. It’s not the least bit overpowering. My skin feels extremely refreshed and yet still moisturized with this body wash. It’s not drying like some products in this category can be. It’s enriched with both aloe vera and coconut oil to hydrate your body.

be Delectable Super Smoothing Body Polish

be Delectable Super Smoothing Body Polish

I’ve become devoted to exfoliation after my ordeal. I couldn’t believe how dry my skin became from all I had gone through. My skin was flaking to the extreme. I’d wake up in the morning and see another set of skin on my sheets. I’m not going without exfoliation these days and the Body Polish is perfect for daily use. It’s gentle yet effective. It contains very finely ground apricot shells to do the exfoliation. Since that’s a product of nature, you aren’t jamming up the waterways with microbeads. I use a washcloth after to make sure that I’ve gotten it all off and usually follow up with the Body Wash.

be Delectable Triple Moisture Body Lotion

be Delectable Triple Moisture Body Lotion

be Delectable Triple Moisture Body Lotion

be Delectable Triple Moisture Body Lotion

Once out of the shower I add to this with the Triple Moisture Body Lotion. My trifecta! This lotion is perfect for me since it’s rich but not sticky. I can put on a pair of slacks quickly without feeling I’m mucking up the inside. The lotion is moisturizing and keeping that extra skin from flaking all over. It contains aloe vera, coconut oil and shea butter to keep your skin soft. Plus the fragrance is perfect with the Body Wash and Body Polish. I love it when I catch a soft whiff of lemon during the day.

Be Delectable is a division of Cake Beauty so you know just from the names of these two companies that you are in for something to delight your senses. Their products come in 4 different scents: Strawberry & Cream, Vanilla & Cream, Coconut & Cream, and my wonderful choice of Lemon & Cream. (Lisa has reviewed some other products and scents that you can read with this link.)

Look at this cute trio! It would not only make a great gift but it’s a perfect way to try out the products and see what scent you like. ($14)

be Delectable trio

be Delectable trio

  • Be Delectable Lemon & Cream Body Wash (60 mL)
  • Be Delectable Lemon & Cream Hair & Body Wash (60 mL)
  • Be Delectable Lemon & Cream Body Lotion (60 mL)

What’s wonderful about be Delectable products is that they are sold at Kohl’s (as well as online). If you are a Kohl’s shopper then you know about their coupons and rewards which are wonderful. You can indulge in some wonderful products for yourself and use your rewards for gifts (or vice versa). No guilt involved with these three delicious items or the be Delectable line.

Which of the available scents would be your favorite? You know I’m all about this lemon! — Marcia

*sent for editorial consideration

Waking up to Juara Invigorating Coffee Scrub

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Are you one  of those people who doesn’t quite wake up until a cup of java is under your nose?  That’s me for sure. So I absolutely love this great body exfoliator that Juara Skin Care sent us, the Invigorating Coffee Scrub ($37), because one whiff is like taking an instant trip to Starbucks.

Juara Invigorating Coffee Scrub

Juara Invigorating Coffee Scrub

Inside the jar - Juara Invigorating Coffee Scrub

Inside the jar – Juara Invigorating Coffee Scrub

It’s not surprising this scrub – made with Indonesian coffee beans – is one of Juara’s top-selling products.  It has three big pluses going for it.  One, the scent – it really does smell like a fresh hot cuppa joe, perfect for a morning shower.  Two, it cleanses and exfoliates, so there’s no need to soap up before or after using it.  And three, coffee is a great skin treatment.  The finely ground beans scrub away dry, scaly skin, and coffee arabica has been proven to stimulate collagen, improve skin elasticity, and fight free radicals as a terrific antioxidant ingredient.

Juara Invigorating Coffee Scrub is a great product.  It’s fun – Starbucks in a jar! – and it is seriously good for your skin.  If you are looking for a gift for your best friend, this is a terrific option.  Pair this with a small gift card to a coffee shop and you will never lose your BFF status.  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Ingredients:  Peg-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Walnut Shell (Juglans reglia) Powder, Rice (Oryza sativa) Starch, Fresh Roasted Indonesian Coffee (Coffee arabica), Rice Bran (Oryza sativa) Oil, Fragrance, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol.

Brown sugar and oatmeal: at home beauty treatments and yummy treats, too!

Today’s post comes from the amazing Ann-Catherin, author of the blog No Freshman Fifteen.  Ann-Catherin is young, gorgeous, and talented, and she specializes in turning healthy ingredients into easy to make, delicious food.  Today, she shares how to use brown sugar and oatmeal both as at-home beauty treatments and as wonderful treats to enjoy while getting beautiful.

The stunning Ann-Catherin from

The stunning Ann-Catherin from

The beginning of the new school year also marks the beginning of many commitments. Whether it be clubs, sports, or jobs, students are busy this time of year. I can speak from experience – I usually don’t get home until eight o’clock every evening. That’s when I start my homework.

Amid all that hustle and bustle, however, I think it’s important to find some family time. And for all you mothers or grandmothers with daughters or granddaughters, you need some special time bonding with your girl. It’s so easy to lose sight of things while rushing from ballet to swimming to the supermarket.

Chewy Snickerdoodles

Chewy Snickerdoodles

I’d like to propose something: an evening spent with your girl (if possible, no guys allowed) to get some much-needed “us” time. In honor of Beauty Info Zone, try a special beauty routine to pamper yourself. In honor of No Freshman Fifteen, make some treats to accompany the relaxation. Each beauty recipe/treat recipe share an easy to find ingredient.

I have two different beauty-recipe combinations, and you and your daughter or granddaughter can choose which one you like best. Try one or try both! The important thing is that you take time with each other and have a little fun.

Chewy Snickerdoodles dough

Chewy Snickerdoodles dough

Option 1: Brown Sugar Honey Scrub & Chewy Snickerdoodles

*Brown Sugar Facial Scrub

1 Tablespoon Raw Honey

1 Tablespoon Brown Sugar

  1. Place the honey and brown sugar in a bowl and mix together well.
  2. When applying, wash your face thoroughly. Then apply a small amount of scrub (roughly ½ teaspoon) to your skin and massage gently in a circular motion. Try to avoid your eyes. Rinse your face and pat dry, and enjoy your newly exfoliated, glowy skin!
Chewy Snickerdoodles

Chewy Snickerdoodles

Chewy Snickerdoodles


  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 4 Tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 cup nonfat, plain greek yogurt
  • 1/3 cup (about 3 ounces) 1/3-less-fat cream cheese, softened
  • 6 Tablespoons smooth almond butter (
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large egg yolks, lightly beaten
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 Tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 Tablespoon granulated sugar
Chewy Snickerdoodles ready to bake...

Chewy Snickerdoodles ready to bake…


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Place the 1/3 Cup brown sugar, 4 Tablespoons of honey, ¼ Cup greek yogurt, 3 ounces cream cheese, 6 Tablespoons of almond butter, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, and 2 egg yolks into a large bowl.
  4. Beat with a mixer at high speed until well-blended. Make sure that there are no brown sugar or cream cheese clumps.
  5. Slowly add in 2/3 of a Cup all-purpose flour, continuing to mix.
  6. Add 2/3 of a Cup whole-wheat flour, 1 teaspoon of baking soda, and 2 Tablespoons of cinnamon. Beat with a mixer until well-combined.
  7. Combine 1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon with 1 Tablespoon granulated sugar in a small bowl.
  8. Drop the dough with a rounded tablespoon onto the parchment paper, leaving roughly an inch between cookies. Sprinkle a little of the cinnamon sugar mixture over the dough.
  9. Bake for 6 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  10. Remove the cookies from the oven and flatten them with the back of a spatula or fork. Sprinkle the remaining cinnamon sugar mixture evenly over them.
  11. Bake for an additional 8 minutes.
  12. Let cool and enjoy :) (They’re also great while still warm!)  Makes 2 dozen cookies.
Oatmeal...not just for cookies!

Oatmeal…not just for cookies

Option 2: Oatmeal Face Mask & Whole Grain ( Quick Bread

*Oatmeal Face Mask

2 Tablespoons rolled oats

1 teaspoon baking soda

water (enough to make a paste)

  1. Grind the oats in a food processor.
  2. Add 1 teaspoon of baking soda and enough water to make a paste.
  3. Apply the mask to a clean, dry face for 10 minutes. Rinse to remove.
Whole Grain Quick Bread

Whole Grain Quick Bread

Whole Grain Quick Bread


  • 3 cups whole-wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup steel-cut or slow-cooking rolled oats, uncooked
  • ½ Cup roasted and salted sunflower seeds (shell off)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • dash of pepper & dash of salt
  • 2 cups low-fat buttermilk
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup steel-cut or slow-cooking rolled oats, uncooked
  • ¼ cup roasted and salted sunflower seeds (shell off)
Whole Grain Quick Bread

Whole Grain Quick Bread


  1.  Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Spray a 9×5 inch bread loaf pan with olive oil.
  3. Combine the 3 cups whole-wheat flour, ½ cup oats, ½ cup sunflower seeds, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon baking powder, a dash of pepper, and a dash of salt in a large bowl.
  4. In a separate bowl, lightly beat the egg. Add the 2 cups buttermilk to the egg.
  5. Add the egg and buttermilk to the flour mixture. Stir until combined.
  6. Spoon the mixture into the prepared bread loaf pan.
  7. Sprinkle ½ cup of oats and ¼ cup sunflower seeds over the top of the dough. Push it down with a spatula so that the oats and seeds won’t fall off when the bread is finished. Bake for 60 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.
  8. After making this bread, I spread some of the leftover cream cheese from the Snickerdoodles onto it. It was the best thing ever – warm bread with smooth cream cheese. Just a tip.
put on a little spread...yum!

put on a little spread…yum!

* All the recipes are from my blog No Freshman Fifteen.  The Brown Sugar Scrub is from The Kitchen McCabe and the Oatmeal Face Mask is from About Style.

GrandCentralBeauty serves up some S.M.A.R.T. skin care

Most ‘grand centrals’ around the world are examples of classic architecture and modern efficiency. The New York skin care line GrandCentralBeauty is based on those concepts. In fact, their motto is “Classic Treatment, Modern Results.” They have three products that are meant to be layered for skin perfection. GrandCentralBeauty sent us their Express Facial Kit ($32, a $40 value) which is a great way to try out the line.

This cute wristband comes with the Express Kit

This cute wristband comes with the Express Facial Kit

All of GrandCentralBeauty’s products are S.M.A.R.T.  So what does S.M.A.R.T. stand for? Smooths, Moisturizes, Anti-aging, Redness-reduction, Tones. All products are meant to compliment whatever routine you are currently using, which is definitely smart in my opinion.

The Express Facial Kit includes a deluxe S.M.A.R.T. Skin Perfecting MASK, a deluxe S.M.A.R.T. Skin Perfecting POLISHER, and a deluxe S.M.A.R.T. Skin Perfecting SERUM+PRIMER, all packaged in a cute pink travel tote.

Grand Central Beauty

GrandCentralBeauty Active Mask Powder (held together with the wrist band!)

the mask

the mask and booster

The S.M.A.R.T. SKIN PERFECTING® MASK is a powder mask that is mixed with the accompanying liquid Intensive Booster.  I love powder masks because they keep a whole lot longer than masks that are already liquid. One jar of powder makes a single very thick mask that ultimately peels off and looks like a Halloween mask.

the mask

the powder mask – mix it up right in this container

The mask does all the S.M.A.R.T. things, plus it brightens skin and reduces oiliness. It really is a whole lot of fun to use, too. The powder is pre-measured, and the mask is left on for fifteen minutes. It cleans out pores like crazy – you just might faint when you see all the gunk in the mask that used to be on and in your face.

the polisher and serum

the Perfecting Polisher and Perfecting Serum

The S.M.A.R.T. Skin Perfecting SERUM+PRIMER has a slew of cool ingredients, including squalane from brazilian sugar cane, apple, watermelon, lentil, rice and soybean protein. I think it works better as a serum than a primer – I need a little more spackle than this provides – but if you prefer a lighter primer this is a great option.

full size Skin Perfecting Polisher

full size Skin Perfecting Polisher

Skin Perfecting Polisher swatch

Skin Perfecting Polisher swatch

The S.M.A.R.T. Skin Perfecting POLISHER is a seriously cool product. It’s a 30-Second Multi-Tasking Toning Peel. Looks like a serum, doesn’t it? But it is a peel with ingredients like multi-fruit acids including apple, lemon, sugarcane and orange, botanical extracts like peony, and caviar-like beads that exfoliate and polish.

This is applied to a clean, dry face, then massaged until these little spongy beads show up (about 30 seconds or so). Those beads are actually dirt and dead skin cells…ewwww…but fascinating! Just buff them off into the sink, and no need to even rinse. Do this before the mask and follow with the serum and it’s a complete pampering facial.

Of the three products, the Skin Polisher and Perfecting Mask are the standouts. If you are interested in GrandCentralBeauty, the Express Facial is a great way to try everything and see what works best for your skin.  In fact, I would say that it is a S.M.A.R.T. buy!  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Rituals Wai Wang Organic Exfoliating Body Scrub

Sometimes a beauty product just bowls me over with amazing, gorgeous packaging. Rituals sent us their Wai Wang (Royal Glow) Organic White Lotus & Yi Yi Ren Exfoliating Body Scrub ($22) and the beauty of the packaging is exceptional.



On the side of the simple, chic box, there is a Chinese proverb:  If there is light in the soul, there will be beauty in the person.

so beautiful!

so beautiful!

Ok, I’m sold even before I get the box open.

The product itself doesn’t disappoint. The base is a thick, rich cream that has teeny-tiny bits of organic bamboo for exfoliation. It has a wonderful fresh, clean scent. Massaging this on knees, elbows, and feet in the shower perfectly preps them for self-tanner application. I also like to grab this during the day for a quick hand scrub – it’s the perfect antidote to hangnails and dry skin.

The box is awesome, but so is what's inside

The box is awesome, but so is what’s inside

see the tiny bamboo scrubbies?

see the tiny bamboo scrubbies?

Last May, Marcia did an awesome review of the Fortune Scrub and Touch of Happiness Body Cream, be sure to check it out HERE.

You can find this gorgeous body exfoliator and other wonderful Rituals products at their online store, as well as at Barneys and  – Lisa

* sent for editorial consideration

The Skin Perfecter: three minutes, three times a week for perfect skin

Every so often, a cosmetic device comes along that really and truly changes my life. The Beauty Blender changed the way I wear my foundation.

beauty blenderThe Verge Bubble and Ribbon Wands changed the way I wear my hair.

Verge Bubble Wand

Verge Bubble Wand

And now the Skin Perfecter, sent to us to test by Le Mieux, has changed the way I cleanse my face.

Le Mieux Skin Perfecter

The Skin Perfecter ($225) is a facial wand that cleanses the face, exfoliates dead skin cells, extracts clogged pores, and infuses the skin with serums and creams. Plus, it also give a great facial massage! This little wand is a total powerhouse that delivers real results.  It is being launched on July 22nd on QVC, so take a look and decide if you want to budget for it – it really is worth the investment.

The Skin Perfecter is unlike any cleansing device I have ever used. It is described as, ““An ultrasonic, handheld device that goes beyond ordinary cleansing by deeply flushing pores of excess oil, makeup residue, and cellular impurities using high frequency vibrations. Deep exfoliation decongests pores to combat acne and blemishes and allows better absorption of products for heightened results.”

The Skin Perfecter

The Skin Perfecter

The Skin Perfecter has a thin blade called a spatula that cleanses, infuses, or massages, depending on how you use it. It is completely different from the other brush-head sonic devices that I’ve used. Three uses a week is all that is needed for major results. Here are the steps:

1.  Dampen face and neck with water.

2.  Turn the Skin Perfecter on and hit the Mode button until the word ‘HI’ is green. With the spatula angled downward, glide it out and up over the face, nose, and neck.

That’s all you need to do to cleanse, exfoliate, and extract. It feels sort of odd…the 28,000 ultrasonic vibrations per second create a definite sensation that is difficult to describe. It’s not unpleasant, and it doesn’t hurt in the least…but it feels strange. These vibrations strengthen the skin tissue, and at the same time the spatula actually helps extract dirt, dead skin cells, blackheads and whiteheads. It is really, really cool.

the blade #1

the spatula #1

the blade #2

the spatula #2

the blade #3

the spatula #3

After cleansing and extracting, just flip the spatula over and use the other side – the flat side – to apply serum or skin cream.

1.  Apply serum/cream with fingertips.

2.  Turn the Skin Perfecter on and hit the Mode button 3x until both ‘HI’ and ‘Pulse’ are green. With the spatula flat against the skin, glide the Skin Perfecter out and up over the face, nose, and neck.

This perfectly applies skin care and greatly increases the efficacy of the products. It allows skin care to work at the highest level possible. All those fantastic ingredients can really penetrate perfectly cleansed skin and the ultrasonic vibrations truly infuse skin with all the good stuff.

To relax and help strengthen the skin even more, use the same technique without serum for a facial massage.

easy to operate!

easy to operate!

There is a GREAT video that shows exactly how to use the Skin Perfecter right HERE.

The Skin Perfecter really couldn’t be easier to use. It’s the perfect size and design to fit right into your hand. It really only takes a few minutes to treat your entire face and neck. And it has a rechargeable battery plus a low battery signal.

The Skin Perfecter delivers big results. Here are some findings from a clinical study:

1.     In a clinical study 100% of participants saw an improvement in skin exfoliation in two weeks.

2.     In a clinical study 85% of participants saw an improvement in overall skin appearance in two weeks.

3.     In a clinical study 80% of participants saw immediate improvement in brightness in two weeks.

4.     In a clinical study 69% of participants saw immediate improvement in radiance & luminosity in two weeks.

5.     In a clinical study 69% of participants saw immediate radiance and healthier look to their skin due to micro massage that encourages microcirculation

6.     In a clinical study 65% of participants saw an improvement of the appearance of pores in two weeks.

7.     In a clinical study 62% of participants saw immediate improvement in the appearance of skin texture & smoothness in two weeks.

8.     In a clinical study 50% of participants saw an improvement in fine lines & wrinkles in two weeks.

9.     In a clinical study the use of the Skin Perfecter improves absorption of serum compared to using ones hands.

Those are great results…and I would say that my own personal results from two months of use have been even more impressive.

The Skin Perfecter goes on sale on QVC on July 22nd. I hope you will consider buying one of these.  I haven’t been this excited about a skin care tool in a very long time and I just can’t recommend it highly enough. Be sure to check out the video about how to use the Skin Perfecter here:

You can find out even more information about the Skin Perfecter here:

The price tag may seem steep, but it quickly pays for itself with fantastic, clear skin, as well as increasing the value of your skin care products by allowing them to work as effectively as possible. Try out the Skin Perfecter, it is worth every penny!  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration, opinions are completely my own!

skin perfecter