Masks of the month – Hada Labo Tokyo and ToGo Spa

I am a masker that’s all there is to it. Somewhere along the line I became enamored with masks of all kinds. Give me a sheet mask and I’m happy. Give me a mask in a tube or jar and I’m going to have a ball. I love what they do to my face and my spirits. They are a quick way for a pick-me-up and they have wonderful benefits. This month I’m featuring two mask companies that sent me masks that you need.

Eyes by ToGoSpa and Lips by ToGoSpa

Eyes by ToGoSpa and Lips by ToGoSpa

ToGoSpa masks aka Treatments have been favorites of mine for years. I have a collection of the Under Eye Treatments to use whenever I need some plumping and help with fine lines. There are now 4 versions of Eyes ToGoSpa but this was my first experience with the coconut ones.

Eyes by ToGoSpa

Eyes by ToGoSpa

These masks have so many benefits:

  • Improves circulation and stimulates production of new, youthful skin cells.
  • Relaxes, calms, and pumps up moisture-retention levels to new heights.
  • De-puffs and reduces dark circles with skin-brightening ingredients.
  • Relieves irritation and redness calming compounds.
  • Minimizes pores with clarifying, cleansing oils.
  • Hydrates crepe-like skin and resurfaces fine lines.
Coconut EYES

Coconut EYES

Eyes by ToGoSpa in Coconut Eyes are probably the most hydrating of their eye collection. There are 3 masks in a package ($12.50 but $10 on Amazon) and are worth every cent. Using a pair before a night out is a delight. My wedding anniversary is coming up and I’ve saved one set to use that day to make my husband appreciate his “bride”. They call these their staycation masks since they’ve added Coconut Extract which gives this a tropical gentle aroma. Adding Allantoin helps with the moisturizing. I love how my under eye lines are softened and look rejuvenated for at least two days.

 

Eyes by ToGoSpa

Eyes by ToGoSpa

Not only did I save one of the eye treatments but I’ve also saved one  Lips by ToGoSpa to help make my lips look more kissable. So far ToGoSpa just has these in Coconut but I’m sure they’ll expand the line once everyone finds out how wonderful these are and the benefits of them.

Lips by ToGoSpa

Lips by ToGoSpa

Lips by ToGoSpa are perfect for date night or everyday use. They help with dry lips or chapped lips as well as making your lips look fuller and more moisturized. I’ve used them prior to wearing a matte lipstick and noticed a nice difference since my liplines weren’t as prominent and my lips looked plumper. Give yourself 20 minutes and you’ll appreciate the combination of natural high-density marine collagen, enzymes, amino acids, natural marine minerals, trace elements, proteins and vitamins.

COCONUT LIPS – Purified Water, Chitosan, Sea Algae Extract, Collagen, Coconut Extract, Cellulose, Hyaluronic Acid, Magnesium Phosphate (Vitamin C), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Vegetable Glycerin, Allantoin, Lavender Oil

These are activated by your body temperature and shortly after application you’ll feel them getting softer and more pliable. The nutrients are stored in the lip mask and release as you are lying comfortably savoring your spa experience.

Lips by ToGoSpa

Lips by ToGoSpa

Lips by ToGoSpa contain hyaluronic acid, vitamins C & E, are cruelty free, and contain no dyes or parabens. You really will love what these can do for your lips. In the warmer weather I’m going to put them in the refrigerator before using.

I can’t forget about a sheet mask and like to do one on a weekend morning. Hada Labo Tokyo Ultimate Anti-Aging Facial Mask is making my special time a great ME time. I have long used several products from Hada Labo Tokyo and think it’s a great line. I often recommend their hydrators and moisturizer. Well now I can recommend their Ultimate Anti-Aging Facial Mask too.

Hada Labo Tokyo Ultimate Anti-Aging Facial Mask

Hada Labo Tokyo Ultimate Anti-Aging Facial Mask

There are 4 masks in the box so you’ve got weeks of pleasure using them. When I’m looking at anti-aging products I’m always thrilled to see Hyaluronic Acid as a main ingredient. These have “super” hyaluronic acid so I’m especially thrilled about that. “Proprietary combination of 3 types of Hyaluronic Acid.  Powerful hydrator and skin plumper that provides multi-layer, long-lasting moisture to restore and strengthen skin’s natural hydrating levels.”

Hada Labo Tokyo Ultimate Anti-Aging Facial Mask

Hada Labo Tokyo Ultimate Anti-Aging Facial Mask

This is a cotton fiber mask that is absolutely loaded with serum. They say they use a full bottle (0.7 oz) to help with hydration and firmness. Each mask is very wet so I wear a nightgown or old tee shirt when I’m going to use one. They don’t drip down my face but I like to lie down to keep all that goodness on my face. Keep it on for 10 – 15 minutes and don’t rinse after. You may want moisturizer and sunscreen but you’ve got your dose of serum to spread around your face already.

Hada Labo Tokyo Ultimate Anti-Aging Facial Mask

Hada Labo Tokyo Ultimate Anti-Aging Facial Mask

I think this set of 4 masks is very reasonably priced at $14.99 but even better is that Target and Amazon have them for $7.39 which is the best price ever. Recommended use is 1 to 3 times per week, my use has been once a week. I’m very happy that these are fragrance free.

As a mask aficionado I’ve just shared with you 3 of my favorites. If you haven’t used these yet, I’m not sure what you are waiting for!!  —  Marcia

*sent for editorial consideration which my face is thankful for

*affiliate links used

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top Ten Stocking Stuffers – fun and femme versions

You’ll have to put up with two Top Ten Tuesdays lists today. I just couldn’t resist the FUN one since that’s what I’d love to put into stockings (all of these items are from the amusing website Archie McPhee). Then I went with FEMME since those are the things I’d love. Enjoy — Marcia

1417380495_macho_tissuesMACHO TISSUES – Perfect for the guy that you makes you carry the tissues even though he’d need them.
1417380447_cleansing_kisses_soap_leavesCLEANSING KISSES SOAP LEAVES – so pretty for a powder room or even to carry this cute tin with you for those restrooms you aren’t so sure about using. These will bring a smile to her face.
1417380371_bacon_soapBACON SOAP – You know who needs this. All your bacon crazed friends will get a kick out of this.
1417380296_anime_eyes_sleep_maskANIME SLEEP EYES MASK – For the friend who complains they never get enough sleep or for the traveler who wants to be fashionable while ignoring everyone.
1417380247_rainbow_monkey_bandagesRAINBOW MONKEY BANDAGESArchie McPhee has the cutest bandages. They were so many I fell for but I know this will bring a laugh to almost everyone on your stocking stuffer list. But check out their other ones too.
1417380195_uh_oh_emergency_underwearUH OH EMERGENCY UNDERPANTS – What else to get the girl who has everything or the girl who never makes it home at night!!
1417380148_sigmund_freud_toothpasteSIGMUND FREUD TOOTHPASTE – Take care of the psyche while taking care of your teeth. I’m sure some smarty pants could enjoy this.
1417380038_sugar_skull_air_freshenerSUGAR SKULL AIR FRESHENER – Why not be fashionable? Who needs another pine tree hanging?
1417379988_shakespearean_lip_balm_setSHAKESPEAREAN LIP BALM SET – What’s more typical than putting lip balm in a stocking? But who else will give them Shakespeare at the same time?
1417379917_grump-notebooks_1_1GRUMPY GUY NOTEBOOKS – I can see your mind going over someone who needs these since they describe his life perfectly. Maybe he’ll even smile.
1417383520_fw1406_mediumLOVE ME KNOT HAIR TIES – This site has hair ties and headbands in a lot of styles and colors. Hair ties are sold in a lot of places and always need replacing since they do stretch out. I have them all over my house.
1417383386_2014-11-19-04.32.47-360x480MINERAL FUSION SHEER MOISTURE LIP TINTS – This 3 piece set for $19.99 is a great buy and will be something any woman would enjoy. (Full review to come)*
1417382917_1-pack-op-408x408EYES by TO GO SPA MASKS – Lisa and I love these. They have a new one in this set ($12.50) so now there’s Coconut, Ice Water and Green Tea. You could split up the packages to give 3 people treats. You can get these on Amazon or the EYES by ToGoSpa site. *
1417382362_51qb2znxt6l._sl190_cr0_0_190_246_ANDRE LORENT BRUSH SET – 5 great vegan brushes in a great case. This would especially be a teen’s dream but anyone you know who appreciates beauty’s finest at a great price ($19.95 at Amazon) would be smiling when they see this. *
1417382282_51m2gaktddl._sl246_sx190_cr0_0_190_246_BRUSH EGG – This is a fabulous gift but one you’ll have to explain. For $8 (Amazon) you can give this brush egg that cleans brushes with or without cleanser. I love this tool and may even buy a second since now they have purple!! I’ve barely touched my brush cleanser since I bought mine.
1417382028_celebrationpalette_over_pair_0001IT COSMETICS NATURALLY PRETTY CELEBRATION MATTE LUXE EYESHADOW PALETTE – This is my most coveted of all the items on this list. I don’t know why I haven’t bought it. I really need to. All these pretty matte shadows plus a transforming one that gives them more brightness and sheen.
1417381958_the_it_girl_box_group_straigntIT COSMETICS, THE IT GIRL CC+ LIP SERUM COLLECTION – As a die hard IT Cosmetics fan I’d love to own this LE set.

  • Snowbunny (a pale sheer pink shade)
  • Joy to the World (a rich red berry shade)
  • Under the Mistletoe (a sheer red flush shade)

1417381884_s1636216-main-hero-300BEAUTY BLENDER AND BENEFIT KIT – I adore my Beauty Blender sponges. I can’t be without. Now there’s this cute set at Sephora that also includes

– Mini beautyblender blendercleanser solid sponge applicator cleaner
– 0.25 oz Benefit “that gal” brightening face primer
– 0.25 oz Benefit “girl meets pearl” liquid highlighter
– The air.port pro bag
1417381826_s1640481-main-hero-300JOSIE MARAN WINTER DREAMS -A six-piece collection of Josie’s argan skincare beautifiers to hydrate and nourish skin with powerful antioxidants and essential fatty acids. A great intro to this cruelty free line. ($39 at Sephora)
– 1.9 oz Argan Cleansing Oil
– Pure Argan Milk Intensive Hydrating Treatment
– 0.5 100% Pure Argan Oil
– 0.5 oz Argan Infinity Intensive Creamy Oil
– 0.5 oz Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 47
– 1 oz Whipped Argan Oil Intensive Hand Cream
1417381772_s1643204-main-hero-300SMASHBOX LEGENDARY LIP KIT – A set of nine deluxe lip colors in reds, nudes, and pinks for getting any lip look for the season. A lot of bang for the buck ($39 at Sephora)
– 3 x 0.13 oz Be Legendary Lip Gloss in Legendary, Cognac, Promise
– 3 x 0.04 oz Be Legendary Lipstick in Legendary, Cognac, Pout
– 3 x 0.10 Be Legendary Long-Wear Lip Lacquer in Firecracker, Off-Duty, Flamingo

I hope I didn’t bore you with two lists but once I got the Archie McPhee catalog I had so much fun going through their site that I thought you might enjoy something different. And I’ll always love cosmetics and I’d happily gift any of the ones from that list.  Visit my fellow bloggers to get more ideas. –Marcia

*some items received for consideration, most are just wishlist


Top 10 Tuesday picks favorite eye creams

Give me eye cream now! Give me eye balm immediately! Give me eye serums ASAP. If it’s for the delicate eye area I want it. I’ve reviewed a lot of eye creams so picking just 10 (or 9 as you’ll see) was extremely difficult. Some came to mind instantly because I’m either using them or I’ve bought them again. Others are ones I really enjoyed but picking between them was a difficult choice. My Top Ten are ones I would recommend without a doubt so let’s see what they are:

1. ALGENIST EYE RENEWAL BALM –  I’m on my second jar of the Algenist plus I’ve used up some sample sizes. This is the first eye cream I thought of when we picked this topic. I chose this for my desert island Beauty Spotlight Team and I’d chose it again.

Algenist Eye Renewal Balm

Algenist Eye Renewal Balm

2. KATE SOMERVILLE KateCeuticals MULTI-ACTIVE EYE CREAM – Kate Somerville makes more than one eye cream. I’m sure they are all wonderful but this one is the most wonderful. My eyes drank this up and begged for more. If you are looking for true anti-aging properties, splurge on this.

Kate Somerville Multi-Active Repair Eye Cream

Kate Somerville Multi-Active Repair Eye Cream

3. SOMME INSTITUTE EYE – I’ve repurchased every product from Somme Institute. At first I didn’t repurchase EYE but as soon as I was done with it, I missed it. Even though it doesn’t contain SPF it’s one of my favorite daytime eye creams. It’s lightweight and concealer doesn’t crease when I mix it with Somme Eye. Watch for this on Hautelook.

Somme Institute Eye

Somme Institute Eye

4. SENNA LIFT AND LIGHTEN EYE CREAM – It’s been four years since I reviewed this Senna Eye Cream but I haven’t forgotten it. I bought a second jar at IMATS because I love how it lightens my dark circles and hydrates under my eyes. Plus it’s still only $28 even after all this time.

Senna Lift & Lighten Eye Cream

Senna Lift & Lighten Eye Cream

5. YBF CORRECT – Simple name, not so simple protect. Your Best Face (YBF) tells you succinctly what their products will do and then they prove it by doing research and using the best ingredients to make sure their products work. Correct works!

YBF Correct

YBF Correct

6. YES TO BLUEBERRIES EYE FIRMING TREATMENT – This is my latest eye cream. I’ve been using it daily for about 6 weeks and I can’t bring myself to move on. It totally surprised me since I’m not a mass market skincare person in general but this has kept my eyes looking less lined, my dark circles at bay and has rid me of morning puffiness. For $15-20 (depending on where you buy it) this is a must to try.

Yes to Blueberries Eye Firming Treatment

Yes to Blueberries Eye Firming Treatment

7. LIFT LAB LIFT & FIRM EYE CREAM – The gel like texture of Lift Lab’s Eye Cream is very soothing. It’s lightweight and you don’t even realize you have it on during the daytime. What you will realize is how soft the skin around your eyes feels and how your puffiness isn’t really noticeable.

Lift Lab Lift & Firm Eye Cream

Lift Lab Lift & Firm Eye Cream

8. EXUVIANCE AGE REVERSE EYE CONTOUR – The name tells you one of the reasons I like this. I won this in a giveaway almost 4 years ago and wish I had it again. My memory is short when it comes to “why did I come into this room” but not on eye creams. It helps firm the collagen around eyes. I need this again.

Exuviance Age Reverse Eye Contour

Exuviance Age Reverse Eye Contour

9. DERMAdoctor WRINKLE REVENGE RESCUE & PROTECT EYE BALM – This does it all. It moisturizes, firms, reduces puffiness, helps eliminate dark circles, helps with fine lines and bakes cookies. Ok, I’m kidding about the cookies but it would if it could. It’s thicker than most of the others I’ve mentioned but sometimes you need that.

DERMAdoctor rescue & protect eye balm

DERMAdoctor rescue & protect eye balm

10. EYES by TO GO SPA EYE MASKS – I’m cheating. I can’t help it. When you need a way to make your eyes look less lined and more relaxed you want something like an eye mask. I’ve tried and loved quite a few but I always go back to EYES by ToGoSpa. They now have 3 varieties and it’s hard to pick which you want but you won’t go wrong with any of them. These are collagen eye masks that you want any time you want to look your best.

EYES by ToGoSpa in Green Tea and Pomegranate

EYES by ToGoSpa in Green Tea and Pomegranate

Now it’s your turn. What are your favorite eye creams (balms, serums, masks, etc.)? I’m sure you have some to recommend and I know my fellow Top 10 bloggers will tempt us with more. — Marcia


*some products were sent for editorial consideration, disclosures in original review, many of these were purchased.

 

 

EYES by ToGoSpa – new varieties and a giveaway

Eyedews eye masks have been part of our lives at Beauty Info Zone since April, 2013 when Marcia read about them and had to learn about these. An order was instantly placed and she fell in love. We now find that Eyedews has expanded and they are now called EYES by ToGoSpa. Not only do they make the original ICE WATER masks featured in Makeup Wars but they’ve added in “flavors”.  They were kind enough to send us the new flavors to review and offer a giveaway for 2 of you.

EYES by ToGoSpa in Green Tea and Pomegranate

EYES by ToGoSpa in Green Tea and Pomegranate

EYES by ToGoSpa will take you 15 minutes to use. You can be a Pomegranate type or a Green Tea type or maybe you just want the refreshment of Ice Water. All of these are available to you from ToGoSpa. Each package contains 3 refreshing masks and are sold in packs of 2 for $25, so they are about $4 each. There are no dyes used in EYES products nor are there any parabens. Here’s what EYES by ToGoSpa tells us about

  • Improves circulation and stimulates production of new, youthful skin cells.
  • Relaxes, calms, and pumps up moisture-retention levels to new heights.
  • De-puffs and reduces dark circles with skin-brightening ingredients.
  • Relieves irritation and redness calming compounds.
  • Minimizes pores with clarifying, cleansing oils.
  • Hydrates crepe-like skin and resurfaces fine lines.
EYES by ToGoSpa

EYES by ToGoSpa

MARCIA’S EYES:

I was so excited to find that the old Eyedews had changed and improved. When they offered to send some of the new ones for testing and a giveaway I was even more excited.

To be honest, I can’t pick a favorite. I think all three are going to be what you are looking for when you need to look refreshed. My review is for Green Tea EYES but I recommend all three styles.

EYES by ToGoSpa: green tea and pomegranate

EYES by ToGoSpa: green tea and pomegranate

Eyes by ToGoSpa in Ice Water

Eyes by ToGoSpa in Ice Water

When you look at EYES the only thing you’ll notice is a slight color difference. Green Tea has a green tinge, Pomegranate a reddish tinge and Ice Water is clear.

Green Tea EYES Collagen Eye Pads

Green Tea EYES Collagen Eye Pads

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The Green Tea with Taurine gel pads are great when you need a lift. Green Tea is known to be a super anti-oxidant that helps to combat the damage from free radicals. Those free radicals are all over the place causing aging. I, for one, don’t need anyone else to cause me aging, I do quite well on my own. Taurine enhances the green tea since it also provides provides the protection of antioxidents as well as being anti-inflammatory.

Eyes by ToGoSpa and Marcia

Eyes by ToGoSpa and Marcia

You can go about life wearing these. After a few minutes they don’t slip down and they don’t pull on your face. They are not only comfortable but they are totally refreshing. I don’t know about you but I’m happy to find that these soothe, lift, brighten, de-puff and hydrate my under eye area.

I recommended these too as a stocking stuffer. You can buy a two pack and split the packs up (or keep them all for yourself).

LISA’S EYES:

Marcia is right, these collagen gel pads are perfect stocking stuffers. One pack has three treatments and it’s a great way to get gorgeous before a night on the town. I am reviewing the Pomegranate EYES, which soothe, de-puff, and hydrate in just 15 minutes.

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Pomegranate EYES

The good stuff inside includes aloe, vitamins C and E, and amino acids. Together they give a cooling effect to the pads (and if you have super puffy eyes, put these in the fridge for mega results). After 15 minutes my eyes are no longer puffy. Instead, they are super hydrated and those fine lines are much harder to find.

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there are three foils like this in one pack

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just pull off the backing for a wonderful treat

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these collagen eye pads stay in place!

My biggest beef with similar products is the ‘slippage’ problem. It’s a pain to have to keep pushing the gel pad back into place. It definitely isn’t fun to have one fall into my plate of bon bons as I am relaxing. However, I am happy to report the EYES by ToGoSpa stay put. I love these collagen gel eye pads and hope to find a bunch in my stocking…Santa are you listening???

 

GIVEAWAY: EYES by ToGoSpa totally rocks. They are very kindly offering 2 US readers a sample pack containing 3 of each variety so winners will get 9 Collagen Eye Gel pads. The giveaway is open through 12/20/13.

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*sent for review

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