LATHER teaches a lesson in good salesmanship and products

LATHER Skincare has done something that I wish all skincare companies would follow. Lather has full lines of skincare with wonderful products but one thing they do that makes them stand out from the rest is that they sell skincare kits. These kits are perfect for traveling and for testing out products to see what works best for you.

Lather About Face Combination Skin Kit

Lather About Face Combination Skin Kit

For $29.00 each LATHER sells 3 kits containing 5 products for different skintypes  – oily, combination and dry. I was sent ABOUT FACE COMBINATION SKIN KIT to test and it made me realize that they are on the ball. This kit contains 5 products all packed and ready for travel. Stick this whole set in a ziploc bag and you are ready to face the airport ‘police’. Products range from 0.5 fl oz to 2 fl oz which fit regulations.

Now I don’t happen to travel all that much so this is a great way for me to test out new products to see if my skin likes them.

Lather kit products

Lather kit products

ULTRA MILD FACE WASH 2 oz. is a clear gel-like cleanser with a mild fresh fragrance. It’s foaming but not overly so. My face feels properly cleansed and refreshed with this. The kit size is 2 oz. and full size is 6 oz ($19). Since I wasn’t sure if the fragrance would be overwhelming in this or other products, this is the perfect way for me to try.

ULTRA MILD FACE WASH

LATHER ULTRA MILD FACE WASH

CITRUS BALANCING TONER smells delightful. I love the smell of citrus and will always choose it when available. It’s not an overwhelming fragrance but it’s so refreshing. This toner is alcohol free and is made to keep the balance in normal to oily skin. It’s to be used after cleansing to remove any excess dirt or oils plus it helps keep the pH balance of your skin. While it’s not a step that everyone takes, the ingredients in this are ones you want to use. For example linoleic acid and lemon bioflavanoids help keep your skin clean and irritation free. It contains Vitamin E for antioxidant protection. Like all Lather products, it’s paraben free. (2 oz kit size, $16 for 6 fl oz)

LATHER CITRUS BALANCING TONER

LATHER CITRUS BALANCING TONER

ULTRA LIGHT FACE LOTION is a very lightweight moisturizer which works for me in warmer weather since that’s when my skin isn’t quite as dry. It’s a botanical lotion that contains special ingredients like borage oil and grapeseed oil which are great for damaged or problem skin. It absorbs quickly and wears well under foundation. I’ve never had balling up using this. My face feels moisturized without any oily finish. Unfortunately it doesn’t have SPF so I have to recommend using a separate sun protection. There’s a tiny bit of botanical fragrance but really nothing to speak of. (full size $21)

LATHER ULTRA LIGHT FACE LOTION

LATHER ULTRA LIGHT FACE LOTION

WHITE CLAY DEEP PORE CLEANSING MASK is a bonus to me in this kind of kit. I get to try it and have it around if I’m traveling. I’ve never owned a travel size mask other than packets that I never use up so I have to toss them. White clay is known for its purification and stimulation. It’s a great mask to exfoliate pores (of which I have many). It’s a gentle mask no matter what type of skin you have. Besides the white clay they use bentonite clay to draw out the oils and impurities even more. I love how my skin looks after using the mask since my pores aren’t as noticeable. (0.5 oz in kit, 4.0 oz full size $22)

LATHER WHITE CLAY DEEP PORE CLEANSING MASK

LATHER WHITE CLAY DEEP PORE CLEANSING MASK

BAMBOO SILK FOAMING FACE SCRUB WITH LEMONGRASS is a clear gel containing bamboo silk and small jojoba beads that are mild, natural exfoliants. I thought that the fragrance of this would bother me but it’s very mild and has an almost sweet citrus fragrance. The exfoliating powder in this makes it another good cleanser to have in your arsenal. It gently foams and washes away well if I use a wash cloth or bamboo cloth. It is both sulfate and paraben free.

LATHER BAMBOO SILK FOAMING FACE SCRUB

LATHER BAMBOO SILK FOAMING FACE SCRUB

All I need to add is SPF and an eye cream and I’m set to go. After trying these I’d be interested in trying out the About Face Dry Skin Kit next winter. My favorite product in the combination kit is the Citrus Balancing Toner but I also like the Bamboo Silk Foaming Face Scrub and White Clay Pore Cleansing Mask.

LATHER About Face Combination Skin Kit

LATHER About Face Combination Skin Kit

A great way to try an excellent cruelty-free line! Nourish, cleanse, exfoliate your way to better skin with Lather. — Marcia

*sent for editorial consideration

 

 

Revive your skin with these 4 Reviva Lab products (and enter the giveaway)

Reviva Labs

Reviva Labs

Reviva Labs has been a favorite of Beauty Info Zone for a very long time and with these newer products it not only remains a favorite but is climbing the ladder higher and higher into sainthood. We received these from the company for review and we’ve both been enjoying the difference these have made in our skin. You’ll hear about the Skin Energizing Gel and 5% Glycolic Acid Cream from Lisa while Marcia will give her side about the Nasolabial Fold Multi-peptide Cream and Elastin Serum. Then at the end you’ll be able to win one of the products reviewed.

MARCIA’S PRODUCTS:

I’ve been using the High Potency Elastin Serum ($27) for months and months. My run dried up for the months I was laid up but when I got back upstairs and into my skincare regimen again I couldn’t wait to use Elastin Serum again.

High Potency Elastin Serum from Reviva Labs

High Potency Elastin Serum from Reviva Labs

Our bodies contain a supply of Elastin but sadly we start to use up that supply when we’re about 25. To replenish it and the firmness of your skin, Elastin Serum comes to the rescue. You can test the elasticity of your skin with a pinch, the looser your skin is the more you need this!

High Potency Elastin Serum from Reviva Labs

High Potency Elastin Serum from Reviva Labs

As with all Reviva Labs products the ingredients are great. I use this all over my face and throat but it can also be used as a spot treatment on just the areas you want to see less sagging (crow’s feet, sides of lips, and under eye bags are examples). It’s recommended that you alternate this with DMAE Serum. When I pinch, I notice that my skin is firmer and more resilient than prior to use.

NASOLABIAL FOLD+ MULTI-PEPTIDE CREAM ($49.99)is a new formula and name for a prior Reviva Labs product.

Reviva Labs Nasolabial Fold Multi-Peptide Cream

Reviva Labs Nasolabial Fold Multi-Peptide Cream

I have to tell you that I was thrilled to get this product. As I age (yikes) the folds from the side of my nose to my mouth lines are rebelling. They tell me all the time “you aren’t as young as you think and we’re going to prove it”. It’s a horrible conversation but one I’ve calmed down from a roar to a whisper now that I have Nasolablial Fold Cream in my arsenal. I love having this thick luxurious cream to apply exactly where I need it.

Reviva Labs Nasolabial Fold Multi-Peptide Cream

Reviva Labs Nasolabial Fold Multi-Peptide Cream

The Nasolabial Folds are caused not only by using a lot of expression when we talk, smile, etc. but also by aging and loss of cheek fat. This cream is loaded with an advanced combination of peptides that will help soften and plump up the folds. Have they disappeared? Not yet but I’m planning on continuing with Nasolabial Fold+ Multi-Peptide Cream for as long as it takes. I want to keep those darn lines and my conversation with them at whisper level.

Reviva Labs Nasolabial Fold Multi-Peptide Cream

Reviva Labs Nasolabial Fold Multi-Peptide Cream

LISA’S PRODUCTS:

Reviva Skin Energizing Gel

Reviva Skin Energizing Gel

 Skin Energizing Gel ($10):  Reviva Labs calls this ‘the gel that makes creams come true.’  Oh come on – you want this just because of the amazing tag line, don’t you?? I know I did! It has a very short ingredient list – basically algae extract and purified water – which help your regular night cream absorb more fully into the skin, improving the efficacy. This means it makes all of your skin care actually work better. So, it’s like a Wonderbra. It takes what you’ve got and makes it a little more impressive.

Reviva Skin Energizing Gel 2

At night, after cleansing and toning I smooth a little of this on before my serum and night cream. It feels good, and my products are working great. This is a pretty inexpensive way to ensure you get the most of your skin treatments.

Reviva Labs 5% Glycolic Acid Cream

Reviva Labs 5% Glycolic Acid Cream

A beautiful treatment cream that makes for beautifully clear skin

A beautiful treatment cream that makes for beautifully clear skin

5% Glycolic Acid Cream ($25) This is an awesome AHA product that exfoliates and keeps skin clear of blemishes and blackheads. It’s a great way to get your skin used to AHAs. Once this jar is gone, move up to the 10% version for even more dramatic results. What makes this treatment cream great is Reviva Labs uses full strength glycolic crystals, so it is an extremely effective AHA product. For beautifully clear skin, after cleansing and toning use the Skin Energizing Gel, then the 5% Glycolic Acid Cream, then a night moisturizer (I like their Elastin & DMAE Night Cream for Firming).

Now for the GIVEAWAY, we have an extra SKIN ENERGIZING GEL for a US or Canadian subscriber. Use the Rafflecopter to enter (be honest). This is open through Sunday January 25th at 11:59 pm EST. If WordPress gets nasty and refuses to allow comments then email us at beautyinfozone@gmail.com and continue on. Good luck and Good Skin.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

*products sent for editorial consideration

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 www.onsensecret.com

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 www.esqido.com

Nudestix 2

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 www.urbanoutfitters.com and in Urban Outfitters stores

Guess Seductive 2

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
Wash

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

InvigoratingCoffeeScrub (4)

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 www.nofreshmanfifteen.org

The stunning Ann-Catherin from www.nofreshmanfifteen.org

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

Ingredients:

  • 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 (http://nofreshmanfifteen.org/inside-scoop-peanut-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…

Directions:

  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 (http://nofreshmanfifteen.org/buying-breads/) 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

Ingredients:

  • 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

Directions:

  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