The fountain of youth? Nutriganics Drops of Youth Serum and Eye Concentrate from The Body Shop

Do you remember when you actually wanted to be older? When I was in my teens, there was no bigger compliment than someone thinking I was even one year older than my actual age. And if someone assumed I was in my twenties…now that was the ultimate! It’s certainly a different story now. I cringe at the thought of someone ‘guessing’ my age. Well, I suppose someone guessing my weight would be worse…but the age thing is definitely a bummer too.

It actually does exist!!

It actually does exist!!

The Body Shop has come a long way from its initial incarnation as a specialty body product store. Now it has a cadre of skin care items that promise a more youthful appearance. They recently sent two products from the Nutriganics line with names that would be right at home in Ponce de Leon’s shopping cart:  Drops of Youth Serum ($36) and Drops of Youth Eye Concentrate ($30).

The Body Shop Drops of Youth Serum

Drops of Youth is a serum housed in a glass jar with dropper applicator. It smooths the surface of skin, making fine lines look less noticeable.  In addition, the serum:

  • Helps enhance surface skin condition
  • Smooths skin
  • Instantly moisturizing
  • 99% of ingredients are of natural origin

There are some great ingredients that skin just loves, like aloe leaf juice plus lots of emollients and skin conditioning ingredients. However, it does contain alcohol as the second ingredient, which can be irritating to the skin, as well as fragrance. If you have sensitive skin, this may not be the fountain of youth for you.

The Body Shop Drops of Youth Eye Concentrate

The Body Shop’s answer to those pesky eye wrinkles is their Drops of Youth™ Eye Concentrate ($30), a eye serum with Edelweiss plant stem cells that smooths out wrinkles and reduces puffiness. I love the applicator, a ‘cooling’ roller ball pump that is easy to use and so soothing. This is a great eye serum that does three main things:

  • Smooths the appearance of lines around the eyes*
  • Appearance of eye bags seems reduced*
  • Eyes appear less tired*

It may not make wrinkles disappear, but it certainly feels great and makes me look younger. At my age, taking even one year off my appearance is a bonus!

You can find The Body Shop at most malls as well as online at or  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Sublime Beauty Advanced Eye Gel, the Aging Younger one

Sublime Beauty®


I love this tagline for Sublime Beauty. Yes I’d love to age younger and I’m sure that most of you above a certain number (ahem 40, 45, 50??) must be loving on that tagline too.

Sublime Beauty Advanced Eye Gel (site)

Sublime Beauty Advanced Eye Gel (site)

I also love the name of the Sublime Beauty eye gel that was sent for review: Face Whisperer® Advanced Eye Gel. This is just one product in their Face Whisperer line and is their newest product. The others are a Day Cream, Night Cream and Neck & Decollete Cream. All products that are Face Whisperer are meant to

1) Reduce Wrinkles
2) Boost Collagen
3) Moisturize & Hydrate
4) Soothe & Heal (including dark circles & bags under eyes)

Face Whisperer® Advanced Eye Gel

Face Whisperer® Advanced Eye Gel

The Face Whisperer® Advanced Eye Gel contains select ingredients like Matrixyl®, Eyeliss® and Haloxyl®. According to Sublime Beauty these wonder ingredients were created in France and are clinically tested.

The eye gel is recommended to be used twice a day to help with dark circles, bags and wrinkles. Here’s one of their before and after pictures:



What I like best about Sublime Beauty’s Advanced Eye Gel is the soothing coolness I get from this gel. When you first pump it out it looks watery. Don’t be fooled by that, it’s just that it’s lightweight. It uses these high powered ingredients to take away the negative and emphasize the positive. We all want younger looking eyes, we all want any discoloration under our eyes GONE, and we all want to reduce bags and wrinkles. Since Sublime Beauty’s Face Whisperer Advanced Eye Gel does all that then we all want this eye gel. Read more about it on Sublime Beauty’s website, then go to Amazon where they sell this for $42.99.

You too can Age Younger – I sure want that and this eye gel helps! — Marcia

*sent for review consideration


Matrixyl® and Matrixyl 3000®, peptides that boost collagen production Haloyxl® developed in France to reduce dark circles and inflammation under eyes. Eyeliss® also developed in France, has four ingredients to reduce bags and puffiness under eyes.

Key ingredients: Matrixyl, Haloxyl and Eyeliss. Aqua, dimethicone, palmitoyl pentapetide-4 (Matrixyl), palmitoyl oligopeptide and palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7 (Haloxyl), hesperidin methyl chalcone and dipeptide-2 and palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7 (Eyeliss), acrylates copolymer, iodoproprynl butylcarbmate, phenoxy-ethanol, caprylyl glycol.

Catch EYES the Under Eye Treat and try to win

I’ve previously reviewed a product called Eyedews and it’s remained in my life for those days that I need help. Eyedews has now changed their name to EYES by ToGoSpa and come out with new products. The BIZ is going to be reviewing these this weekend but when this came across our desks and we found out that our readers would have another opportunity to win, well here we are with the news. Friday night there’s a special Twitter party and you can use the hashtag to be a winner. Put this on your calendar now!!

Tweet! Tweet! Beauty Treat!

The Under Eye Treat
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  As seen on the Today Show
  Tweet!  Tweet!  Hashtag #jensomnia!

Dear Beauty Insomniac,

Are you staying up late, getting no rest, sleep walking over the latest beauty and lifestyle trends and a fan of social media?  Join us for Jenny McCarthy’s #jensomnia, a sleepless social media Twitter party where Jenny stays up late night and gets social with her favorite peeps via Twitter!

It’s outrageous!  Jenny asks her Twitter followers to do some pretty ridiculous stuff and gives out great prizes, including the brand new celebrity-favorite @eyedews – a great new collagen-infused beauty treatment to ward off those tired puffy eyes and dark circles and keep you WIDE-EYED!

“I’m addicted to EYES by ToGoSpa. I’m not being paid to say it. They rock for under-eye bags and wrinkles,” Jenny McCarthy tweeted. 

The next #Jensomnia takes place on Friday, December 6th, 2013 at 11pmEST/8pmPST.  Winners will receive two sets of ToGoSpa’s EYES (that’s six treatments)!

So, get your beauty sleep now and be sure to stay up late to join us at the next  #Jensomnia party!  And please follow EYES by ToGoSpa at

Biobliss Anti-Wrinkle Patch for Eyes – a vacation in a package

You’ve read about Biobliss on Beauty Info Zone before but not much about the Biobliss Under Eye Patch, officially called BIOBLISS Anti-Wrinkle Patch for Eyes. The original Biobliss was a patch for your forehead that was compared to acting like topical botox. They’ve since added more products like this Under Eye Patch. I received a sample package of this for review and gave you a hint in my last Makeup Wars (Spa) article.

Biobliss Anti-Wrinkle Patch for Eyes

Biobliss Anti-Wrinkle Patch for Eyes

Biobliss Anti-Wrinkle Patch for Eyes

Biobliss Anti-Wrinkle Patch for Eyes

What’s so interesting to me about this Biobliss Anti-Wrinkle Patch is that it is a transdermal system that works in a similar way to a nicotine or estrogen patch. You activate the system by pressing on the circular button within the patch and it safely releases a micro-current with anti-aging ingredients deeper into the skin.

Biobliss Under Eye Patch

Biobliss Under Eye Patch

Biobliss Anti-Wrinkle Under Eye patch

Biobliss Anti-Wrinkle Under Eye patch


the back of the patches

the back of the patches

It’s not a wet system like many I’ve tried and it doesn’t dry down at all. The patch itself is sort of thick and at first I was sure it would be uncomfortable but I was quickly proven wrong. You place it under your eyes and press hard to seal the edges. I don’t know if I was supposed to press the circular button first but I didn’t. Once it was comfortable on my eyes I just pressed on the circle and went off to do my thing. I could comfortably wear my glasses and do just about anything I wanted around my house. You know they are on, they aren’t invisible and you can feel them. But they aren’t uncomfortable.

biobliss ingredients

Biobliss patches contain proven ingredients that are safe and effective. Without boring you here’s a little about each of these:

-Hyaluronan promotes collagen and enhances tissue repair. We naturally produce less of this as we age and our skin isn’t able to hold the same moisture. Being rich in hyaluronan the patch gently infuses it to enhance hydration.

-Peptides stimulate the layers in our skin to increase collagen synthesis. It helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

-Moroccan Argan fruit extract is the oil from the kernel of the Argan fruit tree. This too has wrinkle reducing effects and has demonstrated its skin tightening results.

-Vitamin B5 is a valuable antioxidant for your body. It’s naturally contained in many food items like eggs, nuts, whole grains, legumes and fish. But it can also be applied topically for absorption by the skin to promote moisture uptake and hydration.

biobliss on bothNow for my results!! If you read my Makeup Wars Spa Day review then you know this was part of my relaxing and wonderful day. The directions say that you can leave the Biobliss Anti-Wrinkle Patch on for 30 minutes but I was so relaxed that I left it on for almost an hour. Since they are one time use only I wanted to get the most out of this as possible. Plus my eyes had been puffy and I was eager to see how they’d help with that problem.

Here’s the before:



Here’s the after:

Right eye after


I noticed a big difference when looking in the mirror that entire day and the results lasted me for 3 days. Biobliss recommends using their serum after but I just put on my Fiafini eye cream and it felt wonderful. A set of 4 sells for $72 on the Biobliss website and ships for free. I did see a single sold for $22 on if you wanted to try it out. The minute I start fretting about forehead wrinkles I’m going to get the Anti-Wrinkle Patch for Forehead. Have your own spa day and remember to use an eye mask like this Biobliss one. You’ll love how you look and feel! — Marcia

*pr sample sent for review consideration


Le Metier’s new Ultra Hydration Eye Mask Duo had us at first blink

le metier eye maskBeauty Info Zone is no stranger to Le Metier de Beaute. We’ve been in love with the brand since our first shopping foray at Neiman Marcus in Troy, Michigan. We were at the counter that day for absolutely hours and then we came back the following week to get our makeup done. When we learned about their newest product, ULTRA HYDRATION EYE MASK DUO, our hearts were racing. Happily, just before Beauty Week at Neiman, we were each sent a mask to try out.

These masks can be used just about anywhere. They stay in place so that you can go about your daily business. You can even exercise in them as you’ll soon see. You can wear them with or without makeup. They don’t disturb your makeup but boy do they make your eyes look fabulous after use. The sad news is that these are a one time use product, the happy news is that they really work.

Le Metier

Le Metier Ultra Hydration Eye Mask Duo

First, here’s what Neiman Marcus and Le Metier de Beaute have to tell us about these masks. Then Marcia and Lisa will tell you about their experiences.

Perfectly shaped translucent treatment patches help restore the delicate under eye area with an infusion of moisturizing actives. Featuring patented technology, the seaweed-based mask immediately cools, delivering tuned hydration to deeply quench and refresh tired skin. The perfect amount of moisture packed into one package, ideal for keeping under eyes refreshed and revived at home or on-the-go.

  • Translucent masks seal in one-way hydration to energize and brighten eyes.
  • Seaweed-base immediately delivers a cool, calming sensation with actives to soothe the delicate under eye area.
  • Individual sachets ideal for extended air travel, hotel stays, or boosting moisture after exercise.
  • Translucent patches deliver moisture discretely and effectively.

Marcia’s side:

I used my eye mask after a particularly sleepless night, one of tossing and turning. If the Le Metier de Beaute eye mask could work on refreshing me after a night like that I’d know they were a winner.  I was given some advice by a friend that works for Le Metier so even though it wasn’t in the directions she told me to put them in the refrigerator before using. From reading other people’s experiences with this mask duo I know it’s not necessary to do this but boy was it amazingly revitalizing.



These are so easy to apply, unlike many masks where I’ve had to fight to get them on properly. They felt cool (obviously) and surprisingly lightweight. You can go about your business without even realizing they are on. They are designed to be worn absolutely anywhere, I can picture using them on an airplane before landing so that you would look refreshed.

le metier eye mask ingredients

After my 15 minutes were up I removed the patches and patted the product that was left into my skin (also on the advice of the LMdB employee). My eyes looked refreshed and no one other than my husband (who I woke up half a dozen times during the night) had a clue that I had had a sleepless night.  — Marcia





 Lisa’s side:

I love eye masks because I very often wake up with puffy eyes. I don’t know if it’s because of the way I sleep, or maybe I don’t drink enough water, but it’s definitely more of a problem as I get older.


before with my very puffy eyes

I found these little eye masks to be pretty awesome. I didn’t put them in the refrigerator like Marcia did (Marcia, why didn’t you share that fabulous tip with me???) but they still felt extremely cool to the skin. They stick on very nicely.

whilst wearing!

whilst wearing!

I actually put these on, cleaned out my car, then then did some rebounding. A rebounder is a little trampoline that I have in my house – if I watch TV, I make myself jump on the rebounder during the commercials. This way I feel extremely virtuous as I watch RuPaul’s Drag Race or The Soup.

doing my eye mask didn't keep me from rebounding

doing my eye mask didn’t keep me from rebounding

I figured the eye masks would migrate down during my mini- exercise sessions, but they didn’t.  I had a small issue with some hairs sort of sticking, but I just put my hair up in a clip and that problem was solved.


after, much less puffy!

I wore my eye masks for about a half hour because I forgot they were on! Afterward, there was a truly noticeable difference. These eye masks work. – Lisa

Ultra Hydration Eye Masks are $150 for a box of 8 sets and would be the perfect item to buy during the upcoming Neiman Marcus Beauty week. Le Metier is doing a competition between bloggers and we’d really appreciate it if you’d tell the Neiman Marcus counter that Marcia or Lisa or Beauty Info Zone sent you. We hope to be able to do a giveaway too for our readers with Le Metier products. Please call or visit the Troy, MI store (248-643-3300 X2104 or X2106) and tell Venus we sent you. No matter where you look into these masks you’ll be doing yourself a favor by doing so, they are wonderful.


Algenist Eye Renewal Balm – desert island worthy

Algenist Eye Renewal Balm

Slowly but surely Algenist is creeping into my heart and pushing other skincare loves aside. This brand has become a favorite with its patented ingredient Alguronic Acid  ” Alguronic Acid®is the tradename for a never-before-seen biotechnology discovery from a team of scientists in San Francisco. Alguronic Acid is a powerful regenerative compound produced by a specific and unique strain of microalgae that functions to protect and regenerate the single-celled organism in the harshest environments and conditions on the planet.”

Algenist Eye Renewal Balm

I’m currently using the Algenist Eye Renewal Balm and finding it meets all my eye care needs. This fragrance-free balm is moisturizing yet never greasy. It sinks into my skin pretty quickly allowing me to apply concealer over it without a problem. I prefer to use this at night to give it time to work its magic. It makes my undereye area feel soft and I notice the lessening of fine lines and crow’s feet. I use it in the morning on the days that I really haven’t gotten much sleep since I need the extra benefit then of getting rid of the puffiness and dark circles that I wake up to.

Algenist Eye Renewal Balm jar


The Algenist Eye Renewal Balm has all sorts of wonderful goodies in it like advanced skin bioactives that include caffeine, vitamin C, cucumber extract as well as alguronic acid.


It comes in a .5 oz jar for $65 and it’s worth every penny. Even using this for 2 months I’ve barely made a dent in it. I expect the jar to last me 6-8 months of nightly use.  I’ve purchased much more expensive eye creams/balms from LaMer, Chanel and Estee Lauder and they haven’t come close to the results I see using this Algenist Eye Renewal. I know that there is a lot of controversy about using products in jars but I don’t see how this could be packaged any other way. The balm is so thick and rich that you’d lose half of it squeezing it out of a tube. I either use a small plastic spatula or break off the fuzzy part of a q-tip to get the product out. I can clean the spatula off or just toss the q-tip when done so it isn’t contaminating the product.

Do yourself a favor and start to experience Algenist’s skincare line. I’m obviously not the only person to love this line. This year, Algenist was chosen as the recipient of the Rising Star Award during the QVC Customer Choice Beauty Awards. The Rising Star award honors a new vendor that has launched on QVC and had quickly gathered customer loyalty and support. I’ve got 4 products that I’m using all the time (Targeted Deep Wrinkle Minimizer, Ultra Lightweight UV Defense Fluid SPF 50, Overnight Restorative Cream and Eye Renewal Balm). Plus I even took this Eye Balm as one of my desert island products, it can get more HG than that!

I’d love to hear about other Algenist products you think I should try. I know there’s more room in my heart for them. — Marcia


Ingredients: Water/Eau (Aqua), Stearic Acid, Isopropyl Isostearate, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Pentylene Glycol, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Cetearyl Alcohol, Undaria Pinnatifida Extract, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Algae Exopolysacharides, Alaria Esculenta Extract, Bambusa Vulgaris (Bamboo) Leaf/Stem Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Caffeine, Tetrapeptide-21, Dipeptide-2, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Malus Domestica Fruit (Apple) Cell Culture Extract, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Leaf Extract, Glucosamine HCL, Pisum Sativum (Pea) Extract, Inula Crithmoide Extract, Phospholipids, N-Hydroxysuccinimide, Chrysin, Hesperidin Methyl Chalcone, Lecithin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Steareth-20, Ceteareth-20, Butylene Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, Aminomethyl Propanol, Potassium Sorbate, Chlorhexidine Digluconate, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol.

*pr sample

Bella Semplice masks make you look so “bella”

Take a guess – which Beauty Info Zone beauty is pictured below?  Is it Marcia?  Or is it Lisa?

Ok, so it was a trick question.  Of course it’s Shirley Eaton from the movie Goldfinger.  But both Marcia and Lisa get covered in gold for this review thanks to Bella Semplice – read on for their ‘golden’ experiences!

Bella Semplice 24k Gold Eye Mask

Bella Semplice 24k Gold Facial Mask

Bella Semplice is a company that specializes in masks. They have created several types of eye masks and facial masks as well as some accompanying skin care. There are 5 types of facial masks: 24k Gold Facial Mask for all skin types; Rose Moisture Mineral Facial Mask for normal to dry skin; Chamomile Soothing Mineral Facial Mask for Sensitive Skin; After Sun Rose Mineral Facial Mask for all skin types and Tea Tree Oil Control Mineral Facial Mask for oily/acne prone skin. Each of those masks is $19.99. The two types of eye masks retail for $6.99. Those are the 24k Gold Under Eye Mask and the Lotus Collagen Under Eye Mask; both of these are for all skin types.

Lisa and Marcia went for the gold when they were offered a mask to try. And we both wanted our favorite type of product: Lisa loves her skin care and Marcia loves anything to do with eyes. At the end of our review you’ll see the ingredients and benefit.

Marcia’s side:

Like the intro said I love anything to do with the eyes. My eyes are my favorite facial feature and the way I can bring out what little artistic ability I have. Therefore given a choice I chose to test the 24k Gold Under Eye Mask from Bella Semplice.

24k Gold Eye Mask in the packet

Bella Semplice 24k Gold Eye Mask label

This is probably the easiest and most soothing of all the eye masks I’ve tried. It went on so easily and fit perfectly under my eyes. I didn’t get too close to my lash line since there’s a fragrance and I was worried about that affecting my eye. When you look at the individually wrapped package for the eye mask you can see it’s surrounded by fluids. These are what keeps it moist and ready to use any time you want.

These applied so easily and felt so good once on. They are extremely soothing because they are moist with skin care ingredients that help stimulate collagen and cell regeneration. The purpose is two-fold: reduce those fine lines and crow’s feet as well as moisturize the skin around your eyes.

I kept them on for the full 30 minutes suggested and they felt comfortable the entire time. I did things like brush my teeth, take my vitamins and had a piece of toast. They never dried down which would make them pull the sensitive skin around the eyes. Instead they stayed moist making me feel as if they were helping reverse the fine lines.

Wearing 24k Gold Eye Mask

Afterwards my eye area was fuller and looked so much more relaxed. I ‘almost’ didn’t feel the need for concealer under my eyes since the dark circles didn’t seem as prominent. I checked periodically during the day and was very pleased with the rested look. The suggested use is 2-3 times a week but this is something I’d save for weekends when I want to look my best.

pre mask left eye

post mask left eye – WOW

Lisa’s side:

I do love skin care, and I want anything that promises to reduce my wrinkles and reverse the signs of aging.  When I opened this up and saw the instructions, I showed it to my husband and said, “Honey, I am wearing this to bed tonight.”

Bella Semplice

He said, “As long as that’s ALL that you are wearing I am fine with it.”

My husband is very, very predictable.

This is a pretty interesting mask because you can use it more than once.  After my first use, I put back in the packaging.  It soaked up more of the liquid product and was ready to go again the next time I wanted to use it.

This mask stimulates collagen production, which plumps your face in a good way.  The collagen reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and gives you a nice glow.  It also helps to even out skin tone and stimulates cell regeneration.

At night after your face is cleansed you just place the mask on, lining it up correctly with your eyes, nose, and mouth.  It sticks to your skin pretty well.  It doesn’t feel tight or uncomfortable, but it definitely stays on and doesn’t fall off easily.  I did laundry, cleaned the kitchen, and even jumped on my rebounder for a while and this mask stayed on well.  My only problem was that the mask is bigger than my face.  I get it – there are lots of people who have larger faces than me.  All I had to do was trim the excess off the chin and side areas and it held even better for me.  Also, hair will stick to it so it’s better if you wear a headband to keep those strands from sticking to the mask.  The mask itself is weirdly rubbery and feels very cool on – after people get over the shock of seeing you looking like this, all they want to do is touch the mask because it feels so neat.

Bond girl? Or scary Halloween costume?? (Check out how cross-eyed I look!)

Bella Semplice recommends that you keep the mask on for at least 30 minutes, longer than that is even better.  They recommend 2 to 5 hours for the best results, and you can sleep in this mask if you want.  I just couldn’t do it – I am a side sleeper and I knew that I would end up smushing it into my pillow.  So instead I put it on in the evening and wore it though my chores, my blogging, my TV watching, then as I read a bit before bed.  When I took it off, my skin looked and felt GREAT.  And the benefits lasted all through the next day.

The recommended usage is two to three times per week for the most benefit.  You may not look so ‘bella’ whilst wearing the mask, but afterwards it’s totally worth it.


Ingredients for ALL

1.2- PROPANEDIOL & GLYCERIN – These two ingredients are excellent carriers that help the other ingredients penetrate the skin. ALLANTOIN – A plant extract with powerful anti-aging properties. This extract helps to soothe irritated skin, stimulate cell regeneration, & is an excellent moisturizer. PHENOXYETHANOL – Preservative HYDROLYZED SOY PROTEIN – Helps stimulate collagen giving skin a more supple and younger look & feel. SODIUM HYALURONATE – A hydrophilic (water-loving) molecule that moisturizes skin from the inside out. HA is found in every tissue in the human body and helps to retain water. By doing this, HA moves waste out and carries nutrients in. An excellent detoxifier and a natural way to smooth wrinkles.

additional for 24K GOLD

FLUOROPHLOGOPITE – Part of the Mica family (a mineral), this ingredient adds a soft glow to the skin giving a vibrant and youthful look. GOLD LEAF – Gold has anti-inflammatory properties, reduces dark spots, improves circulation, and reduces fine lines & wrinkles due to its ability to increase collagen production. ROSA CENTIFOLIA ( ROSE OIL ) – Promotes an even skin tone, builds elasticity, & provides an even colored complexion. (Gold, Rose Moist, Rose After Sun)