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 beautyinfozone@gmail.com 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

 

Soap and Paper Neroli Hand Cream and Krigler Juicy Jasmine 30

NeroliIt’s a little late for celebrating National Orange Blossom Day (June 27th), but I’m known for my penchant for being a little late to almost every party. It doesn’t even matter if the official day is over, I think every day is a good day to celebrate the soft honey sweetness that is neroli, also known as orange blossom. The perfect product for doing so?  Soap & Paper Factory Shea Butter Hand Cream in Neroli ($18).

Soap and Paper Neroli Hand Cream

Soap and Paper Neroli Hand Cream

Soap and Paper Neroli Hand Cream

I am a big fan of the Soap and Paper Factory (soapandpaperfactory.com) and absolutely love their Neroli Hand Cream. The gorgeous, artistic packaging is fabulous and the cool retro squeeze tube is a work of art.

The hand cream itself is thick and rich, with an elegant shea-based formula that totally soothes dry skin. The neroli scent is amazing – sweet and slightly green. It smells clean and pure, and is just perfect for this velvety hand cream.

Krigler Juicy Jasmine 30

Krigler Juicy Jasmine 30

A wonderful partner for the Neroli Hand Cream is the Krigler Juicy Jasmine 30 (1.7 oz $220). This is an expensive fragrance, but oh so worth it. It is a heavenly combination of jasmine and orange blossom and is the quintessential scent partner for my beloved Soap & Paper Factory Shea Butter Hand Cream in Neroli.

Orange blossom lovers have some truly great options with Soap and Paper Factory Neroli Hand Cream and Krigler Juicy Jasmine 30. They make a perfect pair!  – Lisa

*Soap & Paper Neroli Hand Cream received for editorial consideration

InfiniteAloe® Skin Care review and giveaway

infinite aloeNo fancy title this time because InfiniteAloe® Skin Care isn’t a fancy line, it’s just a simply wonderful line of aloe based skincare that you may never want to stop using.

InfiniteAloe® has three formulas of their cream: Original, Fragrance Free and Anti-Aging. We were sent samples of all three to test and some extras to give to our readers in an anniversary giveaway. I’m sure long time readers know that I chose the Fragrance Free InfiniteAloe® to use. That’s how I roll and I’ve rolled into a cream that I love and am using daily.

InfiniteAloe® Advanced Formula fragrance Free

InfiniteAloe® Advanced Formula fragrance Free

InfiniteAloe Skin Care is loaded with good for your skin ingredients like

* Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice which is an oil soluble extract of the Aloe Vera leaves

* Glycerin which acts as an humectant and emollient

* anti-oxidants like Rose Hips Fruit Oil, CoEnzyme Q10, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Green Tea Leaf Extract, Hyaluronic Acid

* moisturizing ingredients such as Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Calendula Extract, Grape Seed Oil

* anti-inflammatory ingredients: Fennel Fruit Extract, Comfrey Root Extract

Add these up and you have a cream that is moisturizing, emollient, helps with inflammation, and is loaded with antioxidants. But the star of the show is the Organic Aloe Vera which heals and soothes.

InfiniteAloe Advanced Formula Fragrance Free

InfiniteAloe Advanced Formula Fragrance Free

My experience with this has been mostly on my hands and neck. I’m ashamed to admit that I totally forget to moisturize my neck on a regular basis so when this arrived I made a promise to myself to start taking care of that area. I’ve kept to that promise by using this every night after the rest of my skincare is applied. Even on nights I’m exhausted and can’t wait to get into bed, I take the time to apply this to my neck and then to my hands.

InfiniteAloe logo

InfiniteAloe logo

The biggest difference and why I love this cream so much is on my hands. I do use hand creams all the time. But I also wash my hands over and over during the day and night. I practically live in my bathroom some days and my hands showed it. They were rough, chapped, and looked dry as the desert. InfiniteAloe has been the first product that did more than moisturize my hands – it healed them too. It’s not just that the weather is changing though because I’ve been using this since late winter through the winds and freezing rain. After all these weeks I only have one small area on my left forefinger that feels rough. As a leftie, that’s understandable.

InfiniteAloe products

InfiniteAloe products

This is a great all around moisturizer and it’s just as great on my face as on other parts of my body. I’ve used this as a night cream and there’s no greasy feel to it. It absorbs nicely and my skin looks fresh in the a.m.

InfiniteAloe® also has a Gold Anti-Aging formula that is new and improved and is especially great for facial use. It’s great for under eye use as well as a moisturizer and can be used in the same way that the original creams are used.

I’m super excited that they have sent product for a giveaway. I think this is top-notch and something I want to have on hand. But I’m being generous and not saving it all for myself even though I want to. We will have 3 winners. The first place winner is US or Canada, but the other two prizes will also be international.

InfiniteAloe giveaway

InfiniteAloe giveaway

First place will win 3 creams – original, fragrance free and Gold Anti-Aging formula. These are all travel sizes

First place InfiniteAloe prize

First place InfiniteAloe prize

Second and third place will win two travel sizes each, 1 with both original and fragrance free, the other with 2 original. You can’t lose with any of these prizes. If you are a winner you’ll be writing me soon to thank me!! In the meantime get yourself over to the website for InfiniteAloe® Skin Care to see the special pricing and their other products that are good for your entire family. — Marcia

This giveaway will end on May 4th at 11:59 p.m. EST. If comments happen to close you need to email me at beautyinfozone@gmail.com and label your email INFINITE ALOE. Comment in your email and that will count as your entry so that you can click on that and continue on. Please remember that we check entries. I had to eliminate 2 people the other day even though Rafflecopter had chosen them, one hadn’t made a comment and the other put in a Twitter link that didn’t exist. Honesty counts. As does quality which you’ll find when you try InfiniteAloe Skin Care.

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*sent for an honest review and giveaway

Nothing says spring like jasmine! The Soap and Paper Factory Jasmine Hand Cream and Krigler Juicy Jasmine 30 Fragrance

photo from wikihow.com

photo from wikihow.com

Nothing smells like spring as much as jasmine. Jasmine is a beautiful floral that permeates the air on warm spring evenings…it is the scent of peaceful happiness. I love it.

sp_jasmine_hand_creamRecently I have found two jasmine scented products that absolutely transport me to those calm, wonderful spring evenings: The Soap and Paper Factory  Hand Cream in Jasmine and Krigler Juicy Jasmine 30 Fragrance.

The Soap and Paper Factory Jasmine Hand Cream

The Soap and Paper Factory Jasmine Hand Cream

The Soap and Paper Factory was created by three women who wanted a company that combined earth friendly products with an artistic flair. The packaging of the Jasmine Hand Cream ($18) is definitely artistic and beautiful. The box is a retro mosaic of purple designs and butterflies, and the hand cream is in a cool squeeze tube. The hand cream itself is thick and rich, with an elegant shea-based formula that totally soothes dry skin. And the jasmine scent?  Swoon worthy. If you love jasmine, this velvety hand cream is exactly what you need.

Krigler Juicy Jasmine 30

Krigler Juicy Jasmine 30

Looking for even more jasmine? Check out Krigler Juicy Jasmine 30 (1.7 oz $220).  This is an expensive fragrance, but oh so worth it. It is a heavenly combination of jasmine and orange blossom…now that just screams spring. The dry down has some ylang ylang for warmth. I can’t get over how perfect this fragrance is…it really is the quintessential spring scent.

Jasmine lovers have some truly great options with Soap and Paper Factory Jasmine Hand Cream and Krigler Juicy Jasmine 30. Try these two fabulous products out and bring on some spring!  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

My secret weapon for winter skin: Lady Soma Skin and Nail Treatment

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I don’t know what the weather is like for you right this moment, but it is FREEZING here in Michigan!  Not just cold, either – it is that biting, painful cold that actually makes my car squeal in the mornings for the first ten minutes.  Last night I ran twenty feet into my local yoga studio and my hands and feet didn’t warm up until we were 45 minutes into Ashtanga.  That is some bone chilling cold.

To help deal with the nasty cracking, peeling skin I get from this super cold weather I have been reaching for the Lady Soma Skin and Nail Treatment ($16.99) that was sent to us a few months ago.  I just can’t rave enough about how great this thick and creamy skin moisturizer is.

Lady Soma Skin and Nail Treatment

The Skin and Nail Treatment is meant for extremely dry and cracked cuticles and hands.  It really makes a difference.  I tend to get hangnails anyway, and winters are just brutal for me.  Since I have been slathering this on every morning and night my cuticles have been perfect and my hands are wonderfully soft.  I also use this on my feet, and Lady Soma says it is great for scars and stretch marks too.

The main moisturizing ingredients are cocoa, shea, and kokum butter.  I have never tried kokum butter before so I think that is what makes this hand moisturizer really stand out for me.  It has no fragrance, is 100% natural, paraben and chemical free. If you want some relief from painfully dry winter hands and skin, I highly recommend Lady Soma Skin and Nail Treatment – it is an awesome moisturizer!  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

October Beauty that gives back: La Mer the Hand Treatment, Aveda Hand Relief, and Bumble and Bumble Pret a Powder

BCA 2014
A few days ago I posted an article called We are stronger together. Fight breast cancer all year round!  If you haven’t seen it, be sure to take a moment and check it out for all the information on Estee Lauder’s BCA Campaign, including the video now on YouTube.  Throughout October I will be reviewing some of the really terrific limited edition BCA products sent to us that are now available for purchase.  Don’t forget, Estee Lauder donates $1 for every product sold!

La Mer Limited Edition BCA the hand treatment

La Mer Limited Edition BCA the hand treatment

La Mer the hand treatment swatch...melting in after 10 seconds!

La Mer the hand treatment swatch…melting in after 10 seconds!

Today is all about hands and hair.  La Mer Limited Edition BCA the Hand Treatment ($45 for 1.7 fl.oz.) is a totally luxurious hand creme.  I love how it melts into the skin like butter – check it out, I only had the swatch on my hand for 10 seconds before it started slipping around.  It leaves my hands utterly soft and hydrated without any greasiness.  It’s especially good after using hand sanitizer, which dries my skin out like crazy.  This has the classic La Mer scent…to me it smells like money, ha!  This is one of those products that people swear by and hide so other people won’t ask for some.  Get one for yourself and one for a friend, then you won’t have to share!  La Mer is donating a whopping $10 for every tube sold to breast cancer research.

Aveda Limited Edition BCA hand relief

Aveda Limited Edition BCA hand relief

Aveda Limited Edition BCA hand relief

Aveda Limited Edition BCA hand relief

swatch of Aveda Limited Edition BCA hand relief

swatch of Aveda Limited Edition BCA hand relief

I can’t walk past an Aveda store without going in just to breathe in that awesome scent.  The Limited Edition Hand Relief Moisturizing Creme ($26) is scented with that fabulous Shampure aroma, made with 25 pure flower and plant essences.  Aveda is donating $4 per tube sold to research by the National Breast Cancer Foundation.  Not only that, but the tube is actually 19% larger than the normal size.  I have purchased and repurchased this hand creme because it is serious relief for dry skin…and it lasts through three hand washings.

Give breast cancer research a hand and buy one of these hand treatments for yourself or for a friend.

Bumble and Bumble Limited Edition BCA Pret-a-Powder

Bumble and Bumble Limited Edition BCA Pret-a-Powder

Bumble and Bumble Limited Edition BCA Pret-a-Porter powder

Bumble and Bumble Limited Edition BCA Pret-a-Porter powder

I absolutely love the adorable packaging for the Bumble & Bumble Pret-a-Powder ($26 for a 2 oz. bottle), a dry shampoo in powder form.  The BCA Limited Edition bottle has a pink cap in place of the regular black one.  It is super cute, and one bottle will last forever.  Inside is a super fine white powder that soaks up oil and gives hair great texture.  Yes, the powder is white, but it works for any hair color.  You need very little powder, just pour a small amount into your palm and rub into the scalp and hair, adding only a tiny bit at a time until you get the desired effect.  This is particularly good for giving fine hair some oomph that lasts all day.  The really great news is that Bumble & Bumble is donating $5 from every sale to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

In addition to the amounts donated by each specific company, the Estee Lauder company is donating another $1 to breast cancer research.  Plus, for every uplifting message or photo shared on Instagram or Twitter that includes #BCAstrength, the Estée Lauder Companies will donate another $1 toward education and medical research, up to a maximum donation of $22,000, to BCRF.   And check out their new website www.BCAcampaign.com where they encourage people to join with them and  “Hear our stories.  Share yours.”  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

BCA LE products hands and hair

Just delicious…be Delectable Coconut & Cream body products

Me when I wear those pancake-scented body products.  liveplayfully.gogosqueez.com

Me when I wear those pancake-scented body products.  Plus a blueberry perm.  liveplayfully.gogosqueez.com

I would rather smell good enough to eat than smell…perfumey.  I’ve had my missteps with foody scents…I will never forget the time I was in a meeting and a colleague said, ‘Who smells like pancakes??’  While I was too chicken to identify myself as the refugee from IHOP, I’ve been far more careful about my ‘foody’ choices since then.  Lately, my favorite food scented products that don’t go overboard are some be Delectable Coconut & Cream body products that were sent to us.

be Delectable Coconut & Cream body products

be Delectable Coconut & Cream body products

I previously reviewed the be Delectable Coconut & Cream Decadent Hair and Body Mist HERE, which has become a staple for me.  I love body sprays because they don’t hit you over the head like regular perfume can.  So I was pretty stoked when be Delectable sent the accompanying body products in the same scent – it is all about layering.  Coconut & Cream is a creamy coconut fragrance that is deep and heavenly, and isn’t too sweet.

be Delectable Coconut & Cream Body Scrub

be Delectable Coconut & Cream Super Smoothing Body Polish

Start off your coconutty scent fest with the Coconut & Cream Super Smoothing Body Polish ($14).   This body scrub has coconut oil and aloe vera to moisturize while finely ground apricot shells exfoliate and leave skin smooth and glowy.

be Delectable Coconut & Cream Body Wash

be Delectable Coconut & Cream Body Wash

After exfoliating, the Supremely Rich Body Wash ($10) is a wonderful shower gel.  The coconut scent in this seems even more delicious.  The body wash cleanses and hydrates with coconut oil (of course!) and aloe vera.

be Delectable Coconut & Cream Hand Cream

be Delectable Coconut & Cream Hand Cream

The Ultra Nourishing Hand Cream ($10) is a thick, supremely moisturizing lotion that really softens hands without leaving them wet or greasy.  Ingredients include mango butter, shea butter and aloe vera so it easily takes care of rough skin and cuticles.  Plus, it leaves hands delicately scented with soft coconut…just lovely.

be Delectable Vanilla and Cream Hand Cream

be Delectable Vanilla and Cream Hand Cream

what a delicous combination!

what a delicous combination!

For a truly fabulous gourmand experience, combine the Coconut & Cream and Vanilla & Cream Hand Creams…truly delicious!!

All of the be Delectable products are made by Cake Beauty and are available at Kohls.  Be sweet without smelling like breakfast…or dessert…with these super affordable and easy to find body products.  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration