Nuture your inner hippie with hip E chick Organic products

Sometimes I think I was born in the wrong era. I always seem to want to go back in time and hip E chick organic bath and body products lets me time travel to the groovy ’70′s! This is a very cool, ‘hip’ line that is all about eco-friendly living. Everything is hand crafted with organic, non-toxic ingredients. hip E chick recently sent the BIZ a few things to try and I am happy to report they are as practical as they are stylish.

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hip E chick Maui Wowie Soy Candle

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totally gift ready!

The Maui Wowie Soy Candle ($24 for an 8 oz. candle) arrives gift-ready with a cheery lime ribbon bow. The scent is totally addictive, a mix of coconut, pineapple, and cilantro. It’s yummy and sultry and clean smelling all at the same time.

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Maui Wowie in the box

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100% hand poured pure soy wax

This beautiful, fun, and practical candle is 100% hand poured pure soy wax. It has a cotton wick so there’s none of that nasty candle smoke and it is free of synthetic dyes and additives. This is a great candle for you or for any hippie chick you know.

The Wellness Shot Organic Hand Soap ($16 for 8 oz.) is a wonderful way to get a little boho into your day.

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hip E chick Wellness Shot Organic Hand Soap

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super cute packaging!

I wash my hands many times each day, so I want a soap that not only sanitizes but also moisturizes. Add in totally cute packaging and I am sold! Wellness Shot Organic Hand Soap has ingredients like Kangen Living Water, Strong Acid Water, and certified pure therapeutic grade oil blends of wild orange, clove, cinnamon, eucalyptus, and rosemary essential oils. It leaves a very light, clean scent on hands and skin is wonderfully  cleansed and hydrated. If you love liquid hand soap, put this on your list because it’s a real winner.

hip E chick offers lots of other products, such as a sugar body scrub that sounds delicious, body wash, body oil, and even products for pets.

hip E chick’s do not only cultivate exciting and peaceful lives for themselves; but they always reflect upon how their choices are affecting the rest of the world.”  So what do you think – are you a hip E chick?  - Lisa

*pr samples

Pangea Organics Hand Soap

I am obsessed with hand soaps. I love bar soaps, liquid soaps, foaming soaps…anything that smells good and doesn’t dry out my hands from my (slightly OCD) hand washing habit. One I have been using constantly that was sent for review is Pangea Organics Hand Soap ($14) in possibly the longest scent name in the universe – Italian White Sage with Geranium and Yarrow.

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Pangea Organics Hand Soap

Not only does this soap clean your hands, it also uplifts your mind and balances your body thanks to the geranium and yarrow essential oils.

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So much more than a hand soap!

Hey every little bit helps. I can always use more rejuvenation and I definitely needs some calming down most of the time.

lovely, fluffy foaminess!

lovely, fluffy foaminess!

It does smell divine, fresh and herbally with a hint of floral from the geranium. And the fluffy foamy goodness is fantastic. The lather is a delight to wash with, and it leaves my hands feeling soft and smelling terrific. Ingredients include organic saponified vegetable oils, organic botanical extracts, and of course those amazing essential oils.

Other scents available include Canadian Pine with White Sage and Pyrenees Lavender with Cardamom. Whatever your scent preference, I can tell you this is one terrific hand soap that you will thoroughly enjoy until the last lather.   – Lisa

*pr sample

Makeup Wars – my repeat purchases aka the holy grail


It’s that time again. Makeup Wars!  If you haven’t been keeping up with us, Makeup Wars is a series with over a dozen amazing bloggers on a variety of topics. Today we have decided it show you the items we buy over and over. I’ve chosen to call them Holy Grails since I prefer these to similar products. These are products I consistently purchase and assume I’ll continue to do so for years to come.
So what has Marcia chosen and why?

Mary Kay Oil-free Eye Makeup Remover has been a constant for at least 10 years when I unwittingly ended up at an MK party. Actually I enjoyed the experience especially because I bought my first eye makeup remover there. Now I try to buy two or three at a time. The two items that I find the hardest to remove are gel eyeliner and mascara. No matter how stubborn those two are the Mary Kay works. I shake, squeeze it on my cotton square, hold it to my eye for a few seconds and wipe gently. I rarely need to add more since it’s so effective. Plus it’s not oily so if I’m redoing makeup I only have to pat on a little water and I’m set. The MK leads to the next item…makeup war repeat marykay

DHC Silky Cotton squares. I’ve used other brands of pads but this is what I stockpile. Since I hate paying shipping I always buy enough to avoid that charge and I’m set for a year. I like these because they are soft yet sturdy and they never shed fibers. I also buy Shiseido’s version because  those are super soft. But DHC stands up to eye makeup remover better. I usually only need one square for both eyes. I also use these for toner and other light liquids. These cost $5.50 for 80 pads and I now see that DermStore carries them.makeup war repeat dhc

Another type of cleanser I love having on hand all the time is J.R. Watkins Hand Soap aka Natural Home Care Liquid Hand Soap. This comes in about 5 fragrances and is my favorite item to wash my hands with. I keep these in all my bathrooms. It’s  natural earth-friendly formula that is moisturizing without being sticky. It washes off cleanly without a residue. It’s only $4.99 at drugstore.com or Rite Aid and lasts me about 6 weeks. I buy the yummy citrus scents of lemon, orange and grapefruit.

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YSL Touché Éclat   Another product I buy again and again. I buy this kind of concealer/highlighter from other brands all the time. I  probably have half a dozen similar products in my stash. But when it’s all said and done, this is my favorite. It’s not the best concealer but it brightens under my eyes making me feel more alive. I’ve got a few new brands of this type of concealer/highlighter I will be using to review, but they’ll always be compared to YSL TE.makeup war repeat ysl

Last in this list is the BeautyBlender sponge aka Beautyblender Makeup Sponge- accept no substitutes. I’ve got this type of sponge from Sonia Kashuk and MAC and they don’t compare. Other brands will tell you that they are as soft but they aren’t. I love my “Pink Egg” and have gone through quite a few. Mine almost always stains but it’s not entered in a beauty pageant – its job is to make my foundation look perfect and it succeeds. They now produce this in black and in white so if you choose those colors just make sure they are genuine. I’m a bouncer ladies but only with my Beautyblender.makeup war repeat sponges

Now that you’ve read my 5 choices let me know what you’ve been buying over and over again. Then when you are done do some clicking (bouncing) yourself to see what my fellow warriors have selected. — Marcia

Introducing Make Me Smooth

I want to introduce you to what I consider the best bath and body care products around. The line is called Make Me Smooth and it’s the creation of a wonderful woman named Nancy. I’m a little prejudiced about Nancy and Make Me Smooth which I’ll admit right off the bat. Nancy is most likely the reason I’ve got a blog even though she wouldn’t think so. In 1998 Nancy owned a new website called Emakemeup. It was a beauty forum which also had a review board attached. I started reading the reviews and slowly but surely became a part of Emakemeup. I applied to be a reviewer and happily remember the day I was accepted. My first review was for products from Calvin Klein. Looking back I realize my attempt was a little crude but it was my start and I’ll never forget that. When I met Lisa I invited her to join us and she became part of the history too.

Nancy had a fledgling line back then which was called Make Me Up. She sold cosmetics at first and then created her own line of bath and body products. Not being a fan of fragranced items due to migraines, it took me a while before I heeded the raves of others at Emakemeup and started adding a few products onto my orders. As cosmetics were phased out, the site was renamed Make Me Smooth. Soon it was all I ordered.

Here’s why I love the products
1. Every item is made by scratch just for you. Nothing is pre-made.
2. Make Me Smooth is made with the finest ingredients
3. It’s a labor of love for Nancy and her family
4. Everything Make Me Smooth sells has been created by Nancy, they are products she’s designed and cooked up through her own experimentation.
5. Her scent library is phenomenal. She has over 320 scents that you can choose from and she is always creating new ones.
6.  You are the boss. When you order from Make Me Smooth you pick the product, the fragrance and the intensity of the fragrance. For someone like me who is gun-shy about how items smell I can order my items to be made in Light yet my best friend (who I met thru Emakemeup) orders everything in heavy. We are equally thrilled because we’ve got exactly what we want.
7. The products that Make Me Smooth carries are varied; you can buy hand washes, body creams, shower gels, fragrances and so much more. And like I said, you’re the boss. You pick the exact scent and strength that you desire.

 

What do I get out of writing this article? Absolutely nothing but the pleasure of sharing this brand with you. If there’s a discount or a special, it’s the same for everyone. We all get the same individualized service and freshly created products. Orders are made in the order received so no one gets preferential treatment. Being a small company you will have to wait for your order and the wait can be excruciating because once you make up your mind you’ll be dying to get that package in the mail. Once it comes you’ll realize why it was worth any wait. Nancy keeps people infomed through Facebook and on a sidebar on the site on the timing of products as well as announcing her special sales. All Make Me Smooth products are Paraben-Free, Sulfate-Free, Artificial Colour-Free, Not Tested On Animals, Vegan-Friendly!

Here’s a little about my favorite items but this is a drop in the bucket compared to how many items they create -

1)      Handy Wash: Personally I’m addicted to Handy Wash. It’s a creamy handwash that keeps my hands well moisturized.  I was without this product for a long time and I see a difference when I don’t use it.  Here’s the description: “Gentle, sls-free cleansers lather up all creamy-good to get the nitty gritty cleansing job done, while skin loving Vitamin E, Aloe Vera, Vegetable Glycerine, and Avocado Oil delete stripping, attract moisture and refresh the hands.” $12.95 8 oz

Handy Wash

2)      Foaming Shower Meringue: This makes taking a shower fun! It’s so creamy and gentle on my skin. You put on this lovely cream and it foams up making shower time fun! “Cleansing Skins Lavishly, Everywhere! Give your body beautiful a fabulous treat every time you shower! Rich, creamy lather completely cleanses skin without strip, while skin-soothing Babassu Butter, and emollient Cherry Kernel and Sunflower oils lightly moisturize and protect the skin.” This is available in 4 sizes from $3.50 to $14.95.

Foaming Shower Meringue

3)      Babe Cakes: A super rich body cream. If you have dry arms and legs you need this. It goes on so smoothly and after a few minutes sinks in to moisturize you all day long. “Body Butter. Indulging Skins, Everywhere! Sinfully rich, this super-smoother brings skin back to its ultimate place of comfort. At your skin’s service to soothe and protect. Indulge with Babe Cakes Body Butter, often! Key Ingredients: Rice Bran Oil, Sunflower Oil, and Shea Butter.“  This is also available in 4 sizes from $3.50 to $18.95

Make Me Smooth Bake Cakes

As much as I like and respect the owner of Make Me Smooth, I wouldn’t be buying if I didn’t love the products. Like my mom always used to say to me, the world’s pickiest eater, “try it Marcia, you might like it”. Well I tried it and I not only like it, I love it! I’m sure you will too. — Marcia

Here’s another wonderful update! A coupon code of “beautyiz15” is being set up for readers of this blog for 15% off your order. This will be available through the end of March. Thanks so much to Make Me Smooth for offering that to us all.

More information that I forgot

1) The information about the intensity of scents is at checkout. You can order it in UNSCENTED as well as light, medium, heavy.

2) If you have special requests, like totally vegan friendly, you can email Nancy through Make Me Smooth to ask if products can be made that way.

images from Makemesmooth.com

Hands down, the best contest ever – by Hand Perfection

This is a true story: I was getting my nails done the other day by this cute man at a local nail spa.  He was telling me that in China, a woman’s desirability greatly increases with the softness of her hands.  He said that the softer a woman’s hands, the more money and luck a man will have if he marries her.  And then….he proposed!!!!  He was going on and on about how soft my hands were, and how much luck and money I would bring him.  He was TOTALLY serious.  I was thinking, are you kidding?   I just spent the weekend up to my eyeballs in cleaning solution!!!  But then I realized, my hands WERE super soft.  Amazingly soft, even with all the cleaning I had done sans gloves.  You know why?  Hand Perfection.  I have Ellen Sirot to thank for my recent marriage proposal!!!


If you haven’t tried the Hand Perfection products yet, now is the time.  They were created by Ellen Sirot, whose face you may not recognize, but I’ll bet you’ve seen her hands before!  As a hand model, she needed products that would keep her hands in perfect shape, so she created her own line.  Marcia has reviewed several products, the Complete Day Cream and the Cuticle Treatment here and the Moisturizing Cleanser and Night Solution here.  This is my take on the products offered in this line:

I love the Nail and Cuticle treatment ($22).


It’s different from other pen-style treatments in that instead of a brush, it has a great spongy tip that you can use to push back the cuticles, as well as applying the treatment.  I keep one at my computer, and I apply it every time I sit down to type.  I keep the other at work, and I apply it while I’m on the phone.  I haven’t had a single hangnail since I started doing this – which is a minor miracle.


After I put on the Nail and Cuticle Treatment, I slather on the Complete Day Cream ($50). This is the best hand cream I have ever used.  It is moisturizing without being too wet, it softens hands like you wouldn’t believe, and it doesn’t have a nasty scent.  It is perfect.


I work in a school with high school students, so I am constantly washing my hands.  Normally this gives me dry, peeling hands all school year long that I have to fight with a bunch of other products.  Then I started using the Moisturizing Cleanser ($30), and could not believe the difference.  My hands were clean, but not stripped in any way.  I could wash and wash, and my hands never got chapped or dry or peely.  This is lovely cleanser, and the bottle lasts and lasts – I am at the end of the second month of using it, and it isn’t even half gone.


Finally, at night I use the Night Solution ($75). This is heavenly stuff.  I thought it would be thick and heavy, but it’s not – it’s light, and sinks right in, and it just leaves your hands feeling and looking amazing.

My hand routine has become second nature, and it has made a huge difference for me.  Now, not only do my hands look amazing – they will apparently bring my husband great wealth and luck!!

And it’s definitely your lucky day, because for the holidays, Hand Perfection is giving away a Cleanse and Hydrate Hand Kit – a full size Moisturizing Cleanser and a full size Complete Day Cream!  These products are worth $80.  Entering is easy – just do the following:

1.  ‘Like’ Hand Perfection on Facebook or subscribe to their Twitter feed

2.  Leave a comment on this post about how you feel these products might help your hands.  Splitting cuticles?  Dry wrinkly hands?  Uneven skin tone?  What’s your hand issue??

3.  Shoot us an email at beautyinfozone@gmail.com with your name and email address. Sorry but this is a contest open only to those in the U.S.

And that’s it!  Enter by midnight on Monday, November 22nd. We will pick a winner using random.org, and then let you know if you are the lucky one this time!!

Plus, there is a discount code for Beauty Info Zone readers.  Just enter the code BeautyIZ and get 20% off any order.  Marcia and I both feel any of the products make a wonderful holiday gift – or a fabulous stocking stuffer for yourself.  Hurry, though – this code expires November 30, 2010.  Good luck everyone!!  – Lisa

Disclosure: products and prize provided by PR.


Want perfect, model worthy hands? Enter our Ellen Sirot Contest Today!

HAND PERFECTION Complete Day Cream (100ml pump) – This award-winning ultra-rich hand cream is packed with ingredients that help soften, smooth and shield skin from environmental assaults while promoting radiance. In clinical trials, 93% of subjects showed significant improvement in the appearance of lines and wrinkles in just two weeks.

HAND PERFECTION Nail & Cuticle Treatment – This award-winning fast-absorbing, restorative treatment helps repair dry, jagged cuticles while keeping nails strong and healthy looking. In clinical trials, 100% of subjects showed significant improvement in nail and cuticle condition in just two weeks.

HAND PERFECTION Night Solution – Working with the body’s circadian rhythms, this luxurious serum helps jumpstart the skin’s renewal process overnight to help hasten cell turnover while firming, toning and brightening. REDBOOK calls Night Solution ” the ultimate anti-ager”.

HAND PERFECTION Moisturizing Cleanser This gently foaming, sulfate-free cleanser helps maintain skin’s delicate moisture barrier while washing away germs and grime, leaving hands refreshingly hydrated and soft – never stripped. Use in place of soap.

Now that you’ve read all about Ellen Sirot in our two reviews and interview we know you’ll want some for yourself. Of course there’s that 20% discount using BEAUTYIZ at checkout but there’s also a contest for all 4 of these amazing products. Yes, all 4. That’s $157 worth of prizes in our favorite contest of all. We’re so excited that Ellen Sirot donated these for one lucky winner.

To enter this contest we’d like you to leave your name only in the comments and then email us at beautyinfozone@gmail.com and tell us the most interesting thing you learned about Ellen Sirot from this link on her website. The contest is only open to people in the U.S. because of the weight of the package (sorry to leave anyone out). You have one week to enter so get your name in on the comments and send us your email by midnight of Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2010.

Hand Perfection is true – Ellen Sirot part two

One small pump of Ellen Sirot Moisturizing Cleanser for Hands and you know you’ve missed out on something up until that moment. This cleanser is what my overly washed hands have been crying out for. I happen to use the ‘facilities’ more often than most because of a prior illness therefore I’m constantly washing my hands. I knew they got dried out at times but I didn’t realize just how much difference using a specialized moisturizing cleanser would make for me. I love Ellen Sirot’s products and I love her website since she gives me so much information.

KEY BENEFITS of Moisturizing Cleanser:

  • Preserves skin’s delicate balance of water and oil by locking in moisture
  • Leaves hands hydrated and soft
  • No residue is left on the skin
  • Especially formulated for sensitive skin
  • Sulfate Free

The ingredients used in Moisturizing Cleanser for Hands ($30) are gentle and soothing. After washing my hands with this and then putting on a tiny drop of the terrific Hand Perfection Complete Day Cream for Hands, I feel such a difference in my skin. The feeling lasts too. This contains

  • Decyl Glucoside which is a gentle cleanser derived from sugar
  • Cocamidopropyl Betaine, a cleanser and foaming ingredient derived from Coconut
  • Disodium Cocamphodiacetate, a mild cleanser derived from coconut
  • Borage Oil which is an essential omega-3 fatty acid that restores moisture and smoothes dry, dehydrated skin
  • Glycerin, a moisturizer to keep your skin soft, supple and hydrated while cleansing

Not only is the bottle clean and modern looking but the product inside is ideal. It has a slight fragrance that is barely noticeable even by the most “nosy” person on Beauty Info Zone.

I’ve already raved about Hand Perfection Complete Day Cream for Hands but now I must go on and on about Hand Perfection Night Solution for Hands ($75). This is rightly named – perfection for hands! The first thing you notice is the delivery system which is ideal for night time use. Lift off the top of this sleek looking jar and press down. The serum pumps UP keeping everything clean and sanitary. It’s perfect for your nightstand since there’s no fuss or muss. It’s very lightweight because it’s a serum, not a cream. Hand Perfection Night Solution keeps my hands beautifully moisturized without the slight bit of greasy feeling. I lay in bed reading a book or an e-book and I don’t want to have oils spread onto what I’m reading. This is so quickly absorbed that I don’t need to wait at all to pick up my reading materials. Plus I’m doing such good things for my skin with this serum.

This too has all these remarkable benefits:

  • Deeply moisturizes, plumps, and gently exfoliates speeding up cell turnover and renewal
  • Brightens and lightens age and dark spots
  • Diminishes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Fights inflammation, irritation and dryness to calm, soothe and repair overnight
  • Firms the skin and evens skin tone
  • Fast absorbing, non-greasy formula

And it has all these amazing beneficial ingredients like grapeseed oil, hyaluronic acid, licorice root extract, lactobionic acid, vitamin E and sea algae extract. All of these play a specific role in creating a serum that you won’t believe.

Admittedly the price of Ellen Sirot is high (although we’ve got a 20% discount for you), but the products themselves last so long because they are so concentrated that you won’t have to replace them often. Plus the old adage “you get what you pay for” applies here. These are quality all the way. I believe you’ll see a difference in your hands from the start.

As I said before we do have a 20% discount for all BIZ readers at Ellen Sirot. Just enter the code BEAUTYIZ at checkout. This is good through October 30, 2010. Your winter hands will be thanking you. — Marcia

Disclosure: items were provided for PR consideration, this doesn’t effect the outcome of the review