Hitting a grand slam with Erborian, EB5, and ESPA

Baseball on the field. New white ball on green grass

The day I’m writing this the weather turned into spring – 75 degrees with blue skies and sun all day. The perfect day to watch baseball, whether it’s the Detroit Tigers or Little League games. I’ve got 4 products that are also perfect for this kind of day that you’ll want to add to your warm weather routine.

*sent for consideration

eb5 Age Spot Treatment, eb5 Foot Treatment, ESPA Lip Balm, Erborian Bamboo Creme Frappee

eb5 Age Spot Treatment, eb5 Foot Treatment, ESPA Lip Balm, Erborian Bamboo Creme Frappee

ERBORIAN BAMBOO CREME FRAPPEE

This is a very fluffy gel that has the most unique texture. It’s almost like a slush and it’s wonderfully soft. It melts into skin almost immediately in order to moisturize and rehydrate. Sitting outside, even with great sunscreen on, dehydrates your skin. Bamboo Creme Frappee adds that moisture back so you feel comfortable.

Erborian Bamboo Creme Frappee

Erborian Bamboo Creme Frappee

Korean skincare is having its moment and Erborian is one of the most highly rated lines. They’ve taken the fiber of bamboo stalks and blended it with bamboo sap to create a waterlock complex, this offers your skin extra moisture. The sap contains amino acid for hydration while the fibers contain proteins and lipids to help maintain your skin’s own moisture.

Erborian Bamboo Creme Frappee

Erborian Bamboo Creme Frappee

This light green gel is a wonderful picker-upper after a day outside. While it’s meant to be used on your face, it can be used on your body for that refreshing feeling. Like all Korean skincare that I’ve tried, it is fragranced with a sweetness to it. This is sold exclusively at Sephora (and Sephora.com) for $43.

eb5 AGE SPOT TREATMENT and FOOT TREATMENT

eb5 is a new company introduced to me and I’m loving their products as well as their site which is women owned. It’s a pleasure to support a brand run by women that is also free of paraben, fragrance, and gluten, is allergy tested, cruelty free, non-GMO, and vegan. As great as those attributes are it’s the products themselves that will sell you.

eb5 Age Spot Treatment Skin-Discoloration Fade Cream

eb5 Age Spot Treatment Skin-Discoloration Fade Cream

eb5 Age Spot Treatment

eb5 Age Spot Treatment

eb5 Age Spot Treatment Skin-Discoloration Fade Cream is a product you can use day or night on any part of your body that you want to fade sunspots and discoloration. This contains 2% Hydroquinone to help lighten skin and fade the spots. It also contains Argan Oil for hydration and nourishment. 2% Hydroquinone is the highest percentage allowed without a prescription. It’s $24.99 for a big 6 oz tube at Target. I’ve been using this on my arms because I’m really tired of the spots and I’m hoping to see an improvement. Since hands show signs of aging quickly I’m fighting that with this fade cream. I’ve started using it on my upper lip since that always seems darker than the rest of my face and it’s working! I will be using this on the rest of my face once my derm appointments stop.

eb5 Foot Treatment

eb5 Foot Treatment

eb5 Foot Treatment

eb5 Foot Treatment

eb5 Foot Treatment is my foot savior now. This wonderful, slightly minty smelling, cream gently exfoliates, refreshes and soothes my aching feet. I no longer have cracked feet after using this during February and March. I like taking it into the shower with me and applying it while I’m drying off, I also like using it once I get into bed. It contains anti-fungal eucalyptus, tea tree oil, vitamins, and a blend of ingredients (sugar cane, chamomile, and sandalwood). All of those work together to improve the texture of your feet and rejuvenate the monsters they became during the winter. Let me tell you my secret about eb5 Foot Treatment – I use it on my hands too! Oh yes I do. Sometimes my hands become scaly and rough since I wash them constantly. When that happens I reach for this and I find that it works almost instantly. Later I’ll use a hand cream for more softening but eb5 comes first. The Foot Treatment is only $9.99 at Target and well worth every penny.

ESPA MANDARIN LIP BALM

ESPA Mandarin Lip Balm

ESPA Mandarin Lip Balm

For some of us lip balm is a necessity – that includes me. I’m always slathering on lip balm for my dry and aging lips. I love all varieties of it but especially a piece of luxury like the ESPA Mandarin Lip Balm provides ($28). This beautiful small compact contains a balm that is lightly fragranced with a variety of oils and butters (Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil Expressed, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Irvingia Gabonensis Kernel Butter, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil,  Salvia Sclarea (Clary) Oil, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil).

The formula is 100% natural and delightful to have on my lips. I don’t love that it’s a in a pot but the balm makes up for that inconvenience.

Enriched with a 100% natural formulation, derived from the finest ingredients including Mandarin Essential oil for a sweet citrus flavour and aroma, Wild Mango Butter to condition, soften and smooth, Pomegranate to increase hydration and Rosemary to protect against environmental damage which can lead to premature ageing. Our Mandarin Lip Balm is presented in a beautiful compact complete with integral mirror.

These 4 products have been my Grand Slam delights and I’m glad I finally got around to sharing these with you. Summer, fall, winter, or spring they’ll help you get the ball moving and your skin and lips in their best shape yet. What a way to start the season! — Marcia

*items sent for editorial consideration, some affiliate links used

Treat your feet with Simply Saidah’s – review and giveaway

simply saidah logoIt’s hard to know about all the amazing brands that are available now that we can buy anything we want online. One of the brands you should know about is SIMPLY SAIDAH’S NATURAL SKIN CARE. I was sent their original product, Happy Hands & Feet Moisturizer, to try out and I have to tell you I have some happy hands and feet. Especially feet.

Sadiah, the owner, created this to help her daughter Lisa with her skin since as a gymnast she was having problems with rough and tough hands and feet. She used natural ingredients like unrefined shea butter along with essential oils and moisturizers until she had something that changed Lisa’s skin. Once she developed that, everyone wanted to try it, and now she has chosen to share this with us.

Simply Saidah's Happy Hands & Feet Moisturizer

Simply Saidah’s Happy Hands & Feet Moisturizer

Look at this simple list of ingredients – Ingredients: Natural Unrefined Raw Shea Butter, Organic Coconut oil, Avocado oil, Essential oil, Jojoba oil, Sweet Almond oil and Castor oil. There is nothing to be afraid of with this. It’s good for everyone in your family including people with diabetes who need to be especially careful with how they take care of their feet.

Simp[ly Saidah's

Simply Saidah’s

This very rich cream is what I’ve been using mostly on my feet. I like to keep it on my nightstand, warm a small amount on my palms and rub it in letting my dry skin soak up all the goodness inside. What’s left is for my hands with sometimes a little extra. Happy Hands & Feet Moisturizer ($12.95) is available in 4 fragrances plus unscented: Orange (my favorite), Lavender, Pettigrain, and Sweet Lavender.

Happy Hands & Feet Moisturizer by Simply Sadiahs

Happy Hands & Feet Moisturizer by Simply Sadiahs

I love the richness of this moisturizer and feel it’s made a great difference in how my feet look and feel. It is sandal season after all.  — Marcia

About Simply Saidah’s: We only use Grade A 100% Natural Raw Unrefined Shea Butter in our skin products because it is the purest form of Shea Butter. It has the highest concentration of Vitamins A & E and has the best healing and beautifying effects on the skin. It also enables skin to absorb moisture from the air which helps skin to become softer and moisturized for long periods of time. Natural Unrefined Raw Shea Butter has been known to help with skin issues such as extreme dryness, psoriasis, eczema, dermatitis, blemishes, wrinkles, stretch marks, scars and scrapes. We also purchase Fair Trade Shea Butter which means that the people who are producing the Shea Butter are being paid reasonable wages to sustain themselves and their families.

All jars used by Simply Saidah’s Natural Skin Care are recyclable, so please recycle or simply reuse.  Simply Saidah’s Natural Skin Care products are free of Glycerin, Petroleum, Perfumes, Dyes, Mineral oil, Parabens and animal testing.

SIMPLY SADIAH’S NATURAL SKIN CARE was kind enough to send enough for two people to win products. The first winner chosen by Rafflecopter will receive a set with two 1 oz jars that contains Unscented and Orange. The second chosen will receive two smaller jars in Pettigrain and Lavender. This giveaway is open for US and Canada through 7/31/15 at 11:59 p.m. EST. If comments close toward the end just email me at [email protected] and label it Simply Sadiah with your comment.

Simply Saidahs first prize

Simply Saidahs first prize

Simply Saidahs second place prize

Simply Saidahs second place prize

a Rafflecopter giveaway

*products sent for editorial consideration and giveaway

 

A peek inside the July Glossybox

Did you get your July Glossybox?  There was lots of fun inside.  I love Glossybox, it’s always awesome to be surprised, and *spoiler alert* this one came with a full-sized Senna eyeshadow trio!

Here is everything that came in mine:

I love surprises!

Before I get into the specific items, I can’t forget the Glossybox magazine.

Glossybox Mag

It has summer must-haves, travel tips, and a gorgeous star look with Olivia Palermo.

And then there’s the super fun beauty items.  The July box was all about ‘Summer Nights’, essentials for sun-kissed skin and summery eyes.  Every month you get five travel sized items, although this time there were four travel size, one full size, plus a sample sized extra.

The smallest item was a fragrance packet, ‘Blushed’ by Ruddy Water.

This is a very pretty, summery scent.  “Bright red currant and rich vanilla, wrapped around subtle sweet lemon, slightly spicy ginger, and kissed with a hint of sugar.”  Yummy!

To help protect your hair from the summer sun, there is a deluxe size shampoo and conditioner from Sebastian.

Sebastian Color Ignite Multi Tone Shampoo and Conditioner

The conditioner is especially cool, it’s a foam which makes it that much more fun!

To soothe your heels from all that beach volleyball, there’s Alessandro Pedix Feet Heel Rescue Balm.

This is a creamy, minty smelling balm that makes your feet baby soft and is very soothing.

For soft lips (plus face and body!), there’s the simply gorgeously packaged Sweet Geranium Figs & Rouge Balm.

Sweet Geranim Figs & Rouge Balm

I am a total sucker for vintage packaging, and my heart literally skipped a beat when I saw this.  And I was even more thrilled to see that it doesn’t have petroleum in it.  Total love!!

But the real icing on the cake was the Senna Mineral Eyes Shadow Trio in Medallion.

Senna Mineral Eyes Shadow Trio in Medallion

What perfect shades for a beautiful, sexy summer eye!  This goes for $24, so it’s worth more than the cost of the Glossybox (which is $21 for one month, you can save more by subscribing for 6 months or a year).

I love the themes of these boxes, the products are interesting and always perfect for travel.  Don’t forget, Beauty Info Zone has a Glossybox giveaway going on right now.  Click HERE to enter for a chance to win the June Glossybox!  – Lisa

*pr sample

Lush is making feet happy with Happy Feet

Lush Happy Feet

I believe that the best gift you can give yourself is a long, luxurious pedicure.  Lush has a wonderful set that makes it easy for you to gift yourself with some relaxation time, plus you get beautiful sandal-ready feet in the process.  Their latest set is called Happy Feet ($24.95).

all the goodies inside…

The kit comes wrapped in a super cute reusable Knot Wrap.  And inside are four great products that definitely make your feet happy.

the first peek inside

Here’s a first peek inside:  Geo Phyzz Bath Bomb, Volcano Foot Mask, Stepping Stone Foot Scrub, and Fair Trade Foot Lotion.

all the goodies inside opened

What a great collection of happiness for your feet!

Geo Phyzz Bath Bomb

The Geo Phyzz Bath Bomb is definitely big enough for several uses – I cut mine in half and then in half again.  This bomb is specifically made to relax sore muscles with Hawaiian Sea Salt and volcanic clay.  The scent is wonderful, it smells of pine and sandalwood and takes you right to the beach.

Volcano Foot Mask

You follow your relaxing Geo Phyzz foot bath with a fantastic Volcano Foot Mask.  Smooth on this mixture of kaolin, pumice, papaya, lemon juice, and tomato, and then wrap your feet in plastic (I use those plastic grocery bags, or else Saran Wrap).  Sit for ten minutes with your feet up, which helps your circulation, and read something naughty like Fifty Shades of Grey.  Then follow with this little guy:

Stepping Stone Foot Scrub

The Stepping Stone Foot Scrub, my vote for one of Lush’s cutest products ever.  Made of pumice, sea salt, lemon and lime, this little guy scrubs away the Volcanic Foot Mask and leaves your feet amazingly soft and smelling fantastic.  I find the best way to use it is to break off small pieces then scrub them onto your foot.

Fair Trade Foot Lotion

Then after you rinse and dry your feet, finish the experience by smoothing on some Fair Trade Foot Lotion.  It’s full of super moisturizing cocoa butter, plus both spearmint and peppermint oils to soothe achey tootsies.  It smells fantastic and is the perfect way to finish the job of making your feet extremely happy.  (Here’s a hint – use this lotion anywhere on your body that aches, like your shoulders or your back.)  And now that your feet are happy, it’s time to get to back to that book…

– Lisa

*pr sample

Mother’s Day gift ideas part one: Votre Vu

Here at the BIZ we try tons of products with upcoming holidays in mind, and one of my personal favorites (second only to my birthday, lol!) is Mother’s Day.  Being a mom is a 24 hour a day job, and even when the kids are grown and gone you don’t ever stop worrying or helping.  Show your appreciation and do something truly special for your mom or your mom-in-law this year.  Let the BIZ be your guide in finding a great gift that is off the beaten-to-death path of flowers or chocolate.

Votre Vu Tres Magni-Feet Set

I found two great Mother’s Day options by Votre Vu.  If your mom is a busy bee who is constantly on the go, help her get some R and R with the Sweep Her Off Her Feet package ($42).  Included are two awesome foot products, Très Magni-feet Exfoliant and  Très Magni-feet Crème. 

Exfoliant swatch

The Magni-Feet Exfoliant is made with tiny bamboo particles.  It can be used on wet or dry feet to scrub away callouses and rough areas.  It smells wonderful, like fresh peppermint.  An exfoliant scrub is really great for the feet to help improve circulation.

Magni-Feet Creme swatch

The Magni-Feet Creme is a beautiful, thick, hydrating cream that smells of verbena and chamomile.  It has shea butter to moisturize and menthol for a cooling sensation.  Nothing beats a foot rub after the exfoliant, and boy does it make your feet super soft.  A great idea is to give this set to your mom, then do the treatment for her.  Just rub her feet with the exofoliant and rinse in a big bowl of water.  Towel dry, then slather on the cream with a relaxing foot rub.  Put some super soft, thick socks on her and let her relax for the rest of the day.  Wonderful!!

Some people don’t like foot rubs, so for foot-phobics, try this great combination:  the Royal Treatment Gentle Pearls Face Scrub ($34) and the Self Preservation Self Tanning Milk for Face ($39).  It’s a great combo because the scrub perfectly preps the face for a beautiful, realistic looking faux tan.

Royal Treatment Gentle Pearls Scrub

 The Royal Treatment Gentle Pearls Face Scrub was a mystery to me at first.  It’s very watery, and when I used it on my damp face after cleansing I was confused, it didn’t seem to do anything.  Then I wised up and actually read the directions.  It needs to be applied to DRY clean skin.  You massage it in, the scrubby part is extremely gentle so even those with very sensitive skin will be happy.  Then, you emulsify with water, massage again, and rinse off.  It does a great job of gently exfoliating the skin and leaving it perfectly prepped for the Self Tanning Milk.

Self Tanning Milk

The Self Tanning Milk is a light lotion that has a fresh fragrance.  It spreads easily and soaks in quickly, and by the next morning your skin has the prettiest, most natural golden glow.  Those who want a kiss of color will love this once a week.  If you want more, use it two or three times per week and you will have a believable, streak-free faux tan that makes you look younger.  The two products together make a wonderful gift of radiant skin.

Do something different for your mom(s) this Mother’s Day…or let your family know you want something different for yourself!  Votre Vu is a great line with some wonderful, unique products, be sure to give them a look.  – Lisa

 *pr samples

Doing the happy feet dance: Aromafloria

Here’s a picture of me:

I’m doing the Happy Feet dance. I’ve been using Aromafloria’s Double Action Spa Foot Scrub and Intense Repair Spa Butter for the last few weeks and my feet are ready for dancing. I have the world’s worst feet. My brother is a podiatrist and even he is amazed at how bad my feet are. I walk a little like a penguin and I can only wear very sturdy shoes. I’m certainly no Carrie Bradshaw but I really don’t want to be a penguin either. So when these two products were sent to me I was eager to give them a go.



I am lucky enough to have a bench in my shower so I sit on the bench and squirt out about a quarter’s worth of the Double Action Spa Foot Scrub onto my DRY feet. I then massage this yummy smelling (spearmint and tea trea oil) scrub onto the top and bottom of my feet with emphasis on my stubborn calluses. I take my time and massage the gentle sugar scrub in since it’s so relaxing. I switch feet and repeat the process. I wash this off in the shower and I can instantly feel how much softer my tootsies are.

But I’ve got to keep them that soft so that’s when the Intense Repair Spa Butter comes in. A little goes a long way with this. As I’m drying off I massage a little onto each foot and I’m ready to take on the world.

I am known for being extremely sensitive to fragrance so when I get a new product the first thing I do is smell. The organic spearmint oil in this is very pleasant and refreshing. The organic tea tree oil is a little more pungent but it’s well balanced. It’s a wake up scent in the shower, then later it’s gone and I don’t notice it at all.

The scrub is also terrific for elbows, legs and knees. If you like to use self tanner then it would be an excellent and inexpensive way to prepare yourself for it. I like that it’s an organic sugar scrub and I like the container it comes in. I don’t enjoy having jars in my shower. I prefer a squeeze tube so I’m not worried about dropping it. Whenever you use something with oil your hands obviously are going to become slippery. I’ve had jars drop from my hand and lost product. With this tube I’m perfectly fine. These retail for $10.50 but are currently $8.40 on the Aromafloria website. They are also available at Ulta.

The company has a green ‘gredient policy which you can (and should) read about here.

I’ll be adding this to my shopping list when I run out. I’ll grab my Ulta coupon and head on out. While my happy feet are there I’ll be sniffing away at other Aromafloria products. If these two can make me happy then I know I’m going to find more winners in this brand. — Marcia

Disclosure: Items in this review were provided for our consideration. Please see our Disclosure for more information.
Picture of “Happy Feet” video is from Warner Bros.’ website.

Simply Scentsational: Simply Divine Botanicals

Today I’m pleased to turn this post over to a good friend of ours, Ammie. Ammie is Marcia’s go to person when she needs opinions on scents. She’s a scentsational writer too as you’ll see.

I am so thrilled that Marcia is very scentsitive.  Why?  Because that allowed me to receive, use and review deliciously scented products from Simply Divine Botanicals.    I’ll break this down into two parts since they sent Marcia (who sent me) quite a lot for free. Part One will be about body products and Part Two will contain info on their skin care line.

First, a little bit about the company itself right from their website:

“Simply Divine Botanicals is the heartchild of Master Herbalist and Natural Healer Barbara Rogers. The name of the line comes from the happenstance that made a dream of creating pure potions into a reality beyond scientific imagination. Dedicated to health and healing, (Barbara opened the first Raw Food restaurant in Las Vegas) when she realized the effects of harmful chemicals applied to the skin, her quest began.

One night in an act of Divine Intervention the answer was given to Barbara and the first product, Creme de Rose was born, and the formulas continue to come. Since that day her handcrafted, Reiki-energized skincare has drawn people from all over the world, not just for the healing qualities of these potent, heart-centered products, but for the generosity of spirit of this inspired woman.

Our health and beauty products are free from synthetic additives and are 100% chemical free. If this is your first time using Simply Divine Botanicals, may we suggest you purchase our sample packs and kits to get better acquainted with our products.”

I adore body products and love those that are scented with fresh clean botanicals.  Sometimes the artificial scents used in other lines, smell just like that- artificial.  So I was very happy to try products that are free of synthetic additives and formulated with unconditional love.

The first product I used was the Feet Treat cream.  Up to now I was using another type of foot product but I am going to switch to this.  It’s just wonderful stuff.  A sample sized amount lasted a week for me. I’m a walker- I do a few miles a day for exercise and this preparation soothed and moisturized my- oh- so- tired and sometimes achy feet.


It is pleasantly scented with just enough mint to give a refreshing sniff and not too much to be overwhelming.  $19.95 USD buys you a 4 ounce jar and $1.25 gets you the ¼ ounce sample.

I’ve also used Butter Me Up body cream in Sandlewood.  This is luscious.  The scent is truly sandlewood and not at all overwhelming.  In fact, I would say it dissipates after a few minutes. The texture is divine- it looks like a cream in the jar but once on, it takes on an oily (not in a bad way, in a rich moisturizing way) consistency.  I love the gleam it leaves on my skin after I use this.  Butter Me Up comes in a variety of scents and $24.95 brings home a 12 ounce jar and $1.50 will get you the 1/2 ounce sample.


Next up is the You Glow Girl glitter butter that is fragranced with a blend of lemongrass, lavender and clary sage that combine into a very mild yet entrancing fragrance.  I was a little worried about the glitter- I was imagining if I took a walk with it on, that aliens on another planet may have thought I was a super nova.  The texture of the cream is buttery and left the same type of gleam on my skin as the body cream.  But I did have lots of glitter on.  Be sure to wash your hands thoroughly after applying to get the glitter off your palms.  I wouldn’t wear this everyday; if I had something special to attend (at my age, something special is my husband and me in the same room watching the same tv show at the same time) then I would consider it.  I did notice the arm rests of my chair twinkling back at me after I got up from sitting there so be careful, as the glitter does transfer.  It costs $29.95 for 8 ounces. $9.95 for two ounces $1.50 for ¼ ounce.

Another interesting product is the Outer Body Experienced foaming cleanser for Face, Hair and Body.  This comes in a variety of scents and I have Peppermint/Grapefruit that is an intriguing yet refreshing fragrance.  I didn’t use it on my hair but did use it on my face and body.  It doesn’t foam but I still felt very clean and fresh after using it. $24.95 for 16 ounces and $2.00 for a ¼ ounce.

Altogether is this a very pleasing body collection.  I’m looking forward to trying some of the other scents like Rose, Tangerine, Pink Grapefruit and maybe even Lavender.

Disclosure: Items in this review were sent for review consideration. Please see the disclosure for more information.