I’ve joined the coconut revolution with Palmer’s (giveaway time)

 

Walk into any drugstore or superstore like Target and Walmart and you’ll be sure to see this logo. Palmer’s has been around helping us out for years. But they aren’t the same old Palmer’s of your youth. They are new and improved and keeping up with the times.

My blog partner Lisa is a coco-NUT. Anything that has the scent of coconut is something she’ll try so I had to sneak today’s products by her so that I could see what the fuss was all about. And now I do. Palmer’s has created two great Coconut Oil Formula products that I’m the one getting nutty about.

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PALMER’S COCONUT OIL CLEANSING BALM

Palmer’s Coconut Oil Cleansing Balm

Cleansing Balms are a great alternative to regular cleansers since they are so gentle on your skin. This one by Palmer’s uses their Coconut Oil Formula which uses only ethically and sustainably sourced Coconut Oil and Tahitian Monoi Oil that’s been infused with Tiare flower petals. Sounds fancy doesn’t it? But this is just $8 and will last for so long.

Palmer’s Coconut Oil Cleansing Balm

Upon opening you’ll find a slightly solid texture that you use on dry skin. Work it onto your face with just a small amount of warm water and it will transform into a rich and creamy texture to gently remove everything from the day from dirt and impurities to  makeup. It feels wonderful while on and you’ll enjoy massaging this in. I use warm water and a wash cloth (usually a flannel cloth from The Body Shop) to remove this.

Palmer’s Coconut Oil Cleansing Balm

So why this cleansing balm as compared to some of the more expensive ones?

  • No Phthalates
  • No Parabens
  • No Mineral Oil
  • No Gluten
  • No Sulfates
  • No Dyes
  • Natural Coconut Oil & Monoi

Not only is this effective but the smell is intoxicating! My skin doesn’t feel stripped and this adds just the right touch of hydration especially as the weather is flip flopping around.

PALMER’S COCONUT OIL HYDRATING FACIAL MASK

Palmer’s Coconut Oil Hydrating Facial Mask

As a certified (or is it certifiable?) mask lover I am totally impressed with the Hydrating Facial Mask from Palmer’s. The first time I used it I was bowled over by it. This is one of the gentlest masks I’ve ever used and it’s definitely the least messy mask I’ve used. I can’t rave about this enough and for sure I’ll stop at Walmart to pick this up when I’m done with this tube.

Palmer’s Coconut Oil Hydrating Facial Mask

It shows up as a pure white on my skin so my pictures wouldn’t show you anything. This Coconut Oil Hydrating Facial Mask feels so light on yet when I wash it off my face my skin is totally replenished and feels soft for days. It only takes 10 minutes to use and then I massage it onto my skin before rinsing. While it makes no promises to reduce pores and make me look 10 years younger, it does tighten up my pores and makes my skin look its best. I can use this as many times a week as I want because it’s as gentle as a lamb.

Palmer’s Coconut Oil Hydrating Facial Mask

It’s made with pure coconut water along with a rich blend of natural oils (Coconut Oil, Monoi Oil, and Sweet Almond Oil).

  • No parabens, phthalates, mineral oil, sulfates and dyes
  • No gluten
  • Made with natural coconut oil and monoi
  • Formulated with ethically and sustainably sourced ingredients
  • With raw coconut sugar
  • Made with natural vitamin E

Not only am I happy that I’m now part of the coconut family but two of you will be able to win these products thanks to Palmer’s.  —  Marcia

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION

Two US Beauty Info Zone subscribers will win both the Coconut Oil Hydrating Facial Mask and the Coconut Oil Cleansing Balm from Palmer’s. The giveaway is open through October 5th at 11:59 p.m. EDT. Remember I need to be able to find your email subscription to Beauty Info Zone so if you aren’t receiving emails then sign up again!
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Masks of the month and a giveaway: Freeman Beauty Infusion

Freeman Beauty Infusion sheet masks

Sheet masks are always a fun treat and Freeman Beauty has created a new line, Freeman Beauty Infusion. The masks in this line cover everything including dehydrated, dry, and uneven skin with their serum infused sheet masks. Their masks contain naturally derived botanicals boosted with scientific ingredients to quickly deliver top skincare benefits!

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I was sent 5 different masks ($3.29, $3.19 with Sally Beauty beauty club) to test along with some extras for a giveaway. You can find these masks at Sally Beauty and some at Ulta. All Freeman Beauty Infusion masks —

  • Instantly boost purity, restores balance and clears pores
  • Free of parabens, sulfates, phthalates, and mineral oil
  • NOT tested on animals
  • Dermatologist-Tested

FREEMAN BEAUTY INFUSION Revitalizing Sheet Mask with Pomegranate & Peptides

Revitalizing Sheet Mask with Pomegranate & Peptides is the first of the 5 different types of sheet masks I used from Freeman Beauty. With the promise of instantly boosting radiance and increasing resiliency it totally intrigued me. I applied it shortly after getting out of the shower and left it on for 15 minutes. As suggested I patted the serum onto my face to let it become absorbed and add the benefits to my skin. My email buddy can testify that I wrote her mid day and told her that my face felt so soft that I didn’t want to put on makeup after. I just wanted to feel how soft it was. I caved and applied my face before going out for dinner and did notice the radiance.

Hydrating Sheet Mask with Manuka Honey + Collagen

FREEMAN BEAUTY INFUSION Hydrating Sheet Mask Manuka Honey + Collagen

Manuka Honey is being used more and more in skincare and it’s always a welcome addition. This Freeman Beauty Sheet Mask is another softening mask with the use of the manuka honey. The skin-plumping collagen helps to improve elasticity and restore smoothness.This mask is great for normal to dry skin. Like the other masks recommendations are to leave it on for 15-20 minutes and then allow your skin to benefit from the extra serum infused into the mask. I used this prior to bed one night and woke up to skin that was so hydrated and plump.

Brightening Sheet Mask with Hibiscus and Vitamin C

FREEMAN BEAUTY INFUSION Brightening Sheet Mask Hibiscus + Vitamin C

This masque is recommended for night time use. Here’s what Freeman Beauty Infusion has to say: “Become a modern day sleeping beauty with this concentrated, serum-infused Freeman Beauty Infusion Brightening Hibiscus & Vitamin C Sheet Mask. Boosted with concentrated Vitamin C to help minimize dark spots and correct discoloration. Hibiscus instantly brightens, quenches thirsty skin and improves skin tone. Perfect for all skin types.”

Cleansing Sheet Mask with Charcoal + Probiotics  is the only one of these 5 that isn’t a cotton sheet mask except it really is since it’s a bamboo sheet mask (I wouldn’t have noticed the difference if I wasn’t examining the package). It’s just like the others in the way it applies and the usage.

FREEMAN BEAUTY INFUSION Cleansing Sheet Mask Charcoal + Probiotics

This concentrated serum-infused sheet mask instantly clears pores with activated Charcoal that gently draws out oils and toxins without over-drying. Boosted with powerful skin-balancing Probiotics to reveal a fresh, clear complexion. Perfect for all skin types.

Purifying Sheet Mask with Sea Kelp + Probiotics is similar to the Charcoal mask except that it uses Sea Kelp to renew, hydrate, and clarify skin. This mask is particularly good since the probiotics help to prevent breakouts as it balances the skin’s ecosystem.

FREEMAN BEAUTY INFUSION Purifying Sheet Mask Sea Kelp + Probiotics

While sheet masks aren’t everyone’s favorite because they can seem messy, they really are a great way to try out a mask without spending a lot of money. When I look at an array of masks in a store I like having the option of spending about $3 to test out a mask to see how my skin reacts. I’m happy to have discovered Freeman Beauty Infusion and I’m sure you would be also.  —  Marcia

FREEMAN BEAUTY INFUSION Sheet Masks

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION: Two Beauty Info Zone subscribers will each win 3 masks. Mask package 1 contains Revitalizing Sheet Mask Pomegranate + Peptides, Hydrating Sheet Mask Manuka Honey + Collagen, and Cleansing Sheet Mask Charcoal + Probiotics.

FREEMAN BEAUTY INFUSION Prize package 1

Mask package 2 contains Brightening Sheet Mask Hibiscus + Vitamin C, Hydrating Sheet Mask Manuka Honey + Collagen, and Purifying Sheet Mask Sea Kelp + Probiotics.

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You can savor them all for yourself or share with friends. Either way your skin is going to love you! Open for US and Canada through 9/16/17 at 11:59 p.m. EDT.

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Cleaning up from head to toe with Murad and Kneipp

Murad Pore Extractor Pomegranate Mask and Kneipp Sugar Body Scrub

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I’ve never been to a real spa, have you? I make my own spa days though at home with all the wonderful products that are available. As a matter of fact over the weekend I cleansed from head to toe and included Murad Pore Extractor Pomegrante Mask and Kneipp Sugar Body Scrub. I felt like a million with clean hair from Keune (review upcoming) and my soft face and body.

Murad Pore Extractor Pomegranate Mask

I love when I have extra time in the mornings so that I can apply the Murad Pore Extractor Pomegranate Mask. It takes just 10 minutes and feels so comfortable once on. Once in the shower after the 10 minutes I massage it onto my skin so that I’m exfoliating with the mask too.

Murad Pore Extractor Pomegranate Mask

I’ve always said that my pores are my nemesis. As a teen I had terrible blackheads and very oily skin. As an adult I have neither but I have remnants of those days with my enlarged pores. This Murad clay mask has really helped with making my pores appear smaller.

Murad Pore Extractor Pomegranate Mask

Murad Pore Extractor Pomegranate Mask

The mask features intensive ingredients that work together to give you visible results in just one use:

  • Volcanic Clay acts as a magnet to help extract impurities and excess oil
  • Pomegranate Extract promotes glowing skin for visibly refined pores, while strengthening and rejuvenating the top layer of skin.
  • Lactic Acid polishing beads serve as an exfoliate, lifting away dirt, debris and dead skin cells that have clogged pores throughout the day.

My skin feels smoother for a few days after using this and then it’s time for me to hop in the shower and use it again! There is the teeniest fragrance. I have to stick my nose into the jar to smell anything. Being so sensitive to fragrance I can assure you if it doesn’t bother me, your’re not going to notice it at all. This is available at both Ulta and Sephora. There’s a reason it’s subtitled Pore Rescue – you’ll love it but your pores won’t.

Kneipp Sugar Body Scrub

While the jar just says Sugar Body Scrub this Kneipp delight is in actuality Almond Milk & Almond Oil Sugar Body Scrub. And it is a delight. This is a scrub I’ve been reaching for again and again. The scent of almond is one of my favorites and this has just a whiff of it. The fragrance isn’t strong or overwhelming at all.

Kneipp Almond Milk & Almond Oil Sugar Body Scrub

Kneipp calls this “Soft Skin Indulgence” as you’ll end up with the softest skin that’s conveniently moisturized at the same time. I don’t need a body lotion after using this scrub since it leaves my skin with a hint of oil to keep it soft. This body scrub even contains true ingredients of almond blossom.

Kneipp Almond Milk & Almond Oil Sugar Body Scrub

I absolutely can’t wait until my new shower is installed so that I’ll have a bench to sit on and be able to massage this onto my entire body more easily. Kneipp’s Almond Milk & Almond Oil Sugar Scrub is a very affordable luxury that is great for all 4 seasons.

Make your own spa day with Murad and Kneipp. Any products you get from them are wonderful and of course I think these two are tops.  —  Marcia

 

Murad ingredient list: Water/Aqua/Eau, Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Bentonite, Butylene Glycol, Jojoba Esters, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Polylactic Acid, Sodium Palmamphoacetate, Hydrolyzed Jojoba Esters, Kaolin, Methyl Gluceth-20, Lithium Magnesium Sodium Silicate, Polysorbate 20, Punica Granatum Extract, Schinus Molle Extract, Acacia Concinna Fruit Extract, Balanites Aegyptiaca Fruit Extract, Gypsophila Paniculata Root Extract, Urea, Yeast Amino Acids, Trehalose, Inositol, Taurine, Betaine, Xanthan Gum, Propanediol, Disodium Carboxyethyl Siliconate, Citric Acid, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Caprylyl Glycol, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance (Parfum), Benzyl Salicylate, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Hexyl Cinnamal, Amyl Cinnamal, Red Lake 40 (CI 16035).

Kneipp Ingredients: SUCROSE, HELIANTHUS ANNUUS HYBRID OIL, PRUNUS AMYGDALUS DULCIS (SWEET ALMOND) OIL, PRUNUS AMYGDALUS DULCIS (SWEET ALMOND) FRUIT EXTRACT, SINE ADIPE LAC, CITRUS AURANTIUM DULCIS (ORANGE) PEEL OIL, CITRUS AURANTIUM BERGAMIA (BERGAMOT) FRUIT OIL, GUAIACUM OFFICINALE WOOD OIL, LAVANDULA HYBRIDA OIL, POGOSTEMON CABLIN OIL, LIMONENE, LINALOOL, COUMARIN, PARFUM (FRAGRANCE), CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, PHENYLPROPANOL, GLYCERIN, AQUA (WATER), TOCOPHEROL. Note: this product is cruelty free but not vegan. It’s made without animal testing, parabens, silicone oils and preservatives.

What better way to start the weekend than with a Mask giveaway?

You all know that I love masks and collect them. But sometimes I get overwhelmed in the amount that I have and that’s when it’s time to share. One of my favorite brands is 7th Heaven. These are affordable masks that are totally efficient. Use them once a week for 15 minutes and wash off leaving skin that’s exfoliated and fresh.

In today’s giveaway there will be 4 winners and each winner will receive a 7th Heaven Red Hot Earth Sauna Masque and a Hot Spring Sauna Masque.

7th Heaven Red Hot Earth Sauna Masque

7th Heaven Hot Springs Sauna Masque

In total each winner will receive 5 masks. Here are some ideas of what you’ll find in a winning package:

Masque*ology

Two people will get a Masque*ology Mask (Vita Clarifying Cream Mask and Special Care Cream Mask).

Antrodia Radiance + Repair Mask: Intense Moisture Replenishment

Two will receive masks from Antrodia like the Intense Moisture Replenishment or the Detoxification + Calming Mask.

Eyedews eye mask

Two will receive a set of 3 Eyedews Under Eye Masks.

And there’s a smattering of others including some of these:

Florapy Floral Therapy Facial Masks

Meltology Self-Heating Spa Facial Mask

Perfective Ceuticals Divine Brightening Mask

MaskerAide Pre Party Prep

So what do you say? Do you want to win a set of 5 different facial masks? Of course you do. To enter you must be a Beauty Info Zone email subscriber living in the US or Canada (Quebec doesn’t allow these giveaways though). The giveaway continues through 7/12/17 at 11:59 p.m. EDT. Four winners! I hope you are one of them. —  Marcia

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Mask of the Month: Osmosis Gel Mask

Osmosis Hydralift Firming Gel Mask

Osmosis Hydralift Firming Gel Mask is one of the most refreshing products I’ve tried in a long time. It was what I turned to often during the stress of moving which made me love it even more than I already did. If you have dehydrated skin even in the heat this is a mask you need in your life.

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You can tell a lot about it just from the name

  1. hydralift  –  it gives your skin and mood a lift!
  2. firming  – the mask not only tightens and firms but it adds hydration
  3. gel mask  – the gel consistency is soothing and calming

Osmosis Hydralift Firming Gel Mask

This Osmosis mask is the easiest product to use. You apply it for 5 to 15 minutes on a clean face and wash it off. That’s it. It can be done morning or night. Any time you want an extra dose of cooling or moisturizing this is perfectamundo. (from Urban Dictionary: 2)psuedo-street slang signifying that something is exceptional or that it is perfect. Popularised by the t.v. character Arthur Fonzirelli.)

Osmosis Hydralift Firming Gel Mask

Just look at that gel! It’s so inviting. Just a thin layer is all it takes. You can use this daily if you want or treat yourself once or twice a week. It feels deliciously cooling once on. It contains Cucumber Extract which provides a cooling and healing effect if your skin is irritated. Then Aloe Vera helps speed up cell renewal and quickly penetrates for immediate hydration. With Hyaluronic Acid as an ingredient I knew that this was a mask that would fit into my life well. Don’t tell me you can resist that?

Osmosis Hydralift Firming Gel Mask

I like using this before bed so that I wake up with softer skin. My friend Cindy from Prime Beauty told me she used this after a peel at a medispa and that it helped vanish the flakies after just one use.

While this is expensive at $52 it lasts for a long time since you need so little of it. A biggie for me is that this isn’t messy and I can spend that 15 minutes doing whatever I want since it’s not dripping down my face.

Osmosis Hydralift Firming Gel Mask was a no brainer for me for a mask of the month! Make it a mask of your month too.  —  Marcia

 

Aqua, Glyceryl Polymethacrylate, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera Gel), Sodium Hyaluronate, Oleth-10, Glycerin, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Potassium Hydrolyzed Polygamma-Glutamate, Cucumis Sativa (Cucumber) Extract, Chamomile Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract , Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Saccharide Isomerate, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Panthenol (Vitamin B-5), Allantoin, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Rosaceae (Rose Absolute Moroccan) Oil, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Carbomer, Potassium Sorbate, Tromethamine

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Unmask prettier skin with Earth Therapeutic K-Aesthetics Facial Masks

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Each of these masks is available in a 5 pack for $11.99 on the Earth Therapeutics website as well as at Amazon but for slightly more money.

Mask of the month: Better Skin Lava Magik

lava magik

When you think of lava what’s in your mind? Black or ash colored gritty yet moist ooze came to my mind when Better Skin offered Lava Magik for me to use and review. At first I wasn’t so sure but then I remembered that one of my very favorite moisturizers ever is Better Skin Mirakle Cream so I gladly agreed.

Remember my fear about the color? Gone the instant I opened the jar of Lava Magik. No black, no ash, no grit, no slime. Just a beautiful orange colored and fragranced exfoliating mask for me to enjoy.

Better Skin Lava Magik

Better Skin Lava Magik

Lava Magik is a triple duty product that I’m enjoying incorporating into my skincare routine. Not only is it a mask but it’s also a cleanser and a scrub. Three for the price of one. Also one jar taking up residence on my vanity instead of three products so it’s space saving too.

Better Skin Lava Magik

Better Skin Lava Magik

But the beauty of Lava Magik is how it performs. Cleansing and exfoliating are two of the benefits of this jar. I either do a quick cleanse with it to refresh my skin at the end of the day by adding water in the palm of my hand, washing, and then removal with a wash cloth. For exfoliation use this one or two times a week on damp skin. Massage it in with circular motions and after about 60 seconds you are done. Since there is some scrubiness to Lava Magik I recommend a wash cloth to remove it fully.

Better Skin Lava Magik

Better Skin Lava Magik

But it’s the mask that intrigues me and makes me want to use this. First it has an extremely pleasant orange fragrance that is sweet and true. It’s not artificial, it smells like the real thing.

Dampen your skin and apply this, letting it sit for 5 to 10 minutes. It slightly hardens but it doesn’t prevent you from doing anything else. You can go on the computer or read since it doesn’t slide off. You can even talk. And it doesn’t scare anyone that walks in on you.

After 10 minutes I wet my fingers and massage it in so I’m getting the exfoliation part. Then I remove with lots of warm water and a washcloth.

Better Skin Lava Magik

Better Skin Lava Magik

But you know all that from other exfoliators and masks. What you don’t know is that Better Skin created this with skin cleansing volcanic lava from France enriched with nourishing calendula, sweet orange and grapeseed oils, cucumber, parsley, and chamomile for healthy radiant, more youthful looking skin.

Now for the many benefits (from betterskin.com):

  • A cleanser, scrub & mask
  • Excellent antibacterial, anti-viral, anti-yeast fighting skin cleanser
  • Buffs away dull surface cells creating a youthful glow
  • Retexturizes skin, leaving it soft, smooth and younger-looking
  • Helps diminish the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and acne scars
  • Absorb excess skin oils
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Helps prevent acne outbreaks
  • Stimulates collagen production
  • Helps calm rosacea, psoriasis and eczema
  • Rich in minerals
  • Minimizes pores
  • Minimizes blemishes

Better Skin Lava Magik leaves my skin so soft and prepped for makeup. I can use this mask morning or evening and since it’s so fast and not messy it doesn’t interfere with my routines. Using Better Skin Mirakle Cream is a delightful way to complete this treat but it works well with any moisturizer I’ve used it with.

Better Skin Mirakle Cream and Lava Magik

Better Skin Mirakle Cream and Lava Magik

Lava Magik is happily my mask of the month and will continue to be used for many months since it’s got a lot of magik/magic to it.  —  Marcia

 

Paraben-free, Surfactant-free, Gluten-free and Vegan

INGREDIENTS:
Water/Aqua/Eau, Pumice, Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Stearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Xanthan Gum, Potassium Sorbate, Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Carum Petroselinum (Parsley) Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract

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