Lisa’s Top Twelve Picks for 2013

The older I get, the faster times flies…I just can’t believe another year has gone by already!

goodbye-2013-and-hello-2014-32013 was a great year for fantastic finds that I now use almost every day.  Here, in no particular order, are my favorite products that have brought me constant joy.

1.  Verge Ribbon Wand ($120)


The Ribbon Wand


a Ribbon Wand curl…


and then the Ribbon Wand curl combed through with my fingers…swoon!

The Verge Ribbon Wand is like a curling iron and a flat iron got together and had a baby. It makes extravagant, sort of retro curls.

2.  Wantable Accessories Subscription Box ($40 for one box)


Wantable Ellen Necklace

I adore subscription boxes and none continually delighted me as much in 2013 as my Wantable Accessories Subscription Box. My jewelry wardrobe now has far more depth and interest than ever before.

3.  Bronze Buffer (2 sponges for $10)

Bronze Buffer sponges

Bronze Buffer sponges

Ah, sometimes the smallest things make the biggest difference. These little sponges (they always make me think of Lisa from The Simpsons!) ensure that my every faux tan is perfection.

4.  HTY Gold


HTY Gold

This wonderful line was new to me in 2013 and I adored everything I tested…the Face and Neck Serum is unquestionably worth its weight in gold.

5.  Lanikai Bath and Body

Lanikai Loofah Soap

Lanikai Loofah Soap

Lanikai is such a gorgeous bath and body line, and I am always up for some Hawaiian daydreaming. I adore, adore, adore the Loofah Soap, it is amazing.

6.  Zuca Artist Backpack ($139)

Zuca Artist Backpack filled (

Zuca Artist Backpack filled (

I use this backpack at least six days a week. I love it. Zuca has tons of amazing travel items and organizational things for makeup artists but this is my favorite. I rarely go anywhere without it.

7.  Make Up For Ever 102 Small Foundation Kabuki Brush ($36)

102 Small Foundation Kabuki

102 Small Foundation Kabuki

I use this every single day. It is the best buffing brush for concealer I have ever found.

8.  Bango Hair Cutting Kit ($15.99)


Bango Hair Cutting Kit

If you have bangs…or if your kids have bangs…you need this. I am a total klutz with scissors and I get perfect results every time. It saved me a ton of money in 2013.

9.  Cailyn Gelux Eyebrow ($22)

the top conceals the brush

Cailyn Gelux Eyebrow – the top conceals the brush

I love the ingenious packaging, and I love the eyebrow gel even more. It makes great looking eyebrows a very easy thing to accomplish.

10.  Ellis Faas Hot Lips ($35)


Ellis Faas Hot Lips

Without fail, one of these liquid lip gloss/stains is always in my purse. I dig everything about them – the texture, the shades, the packaging…and especially how great they make my not-so-great lips look.

11.  Savvy Sleeper Satin Pillowcases (from $36)


Savvy Sleeper Satin Pillowcase

Not only does this satin pillowcase prevent those awful morning face creases, it also has a secret pocket for my hubby to slip me a love note. It is awesome.

12.  Senna Voluptulash Mascara ($22)

Senna Voluptulash Mascara

Senna Voluptulash Mascara

This is the best mascara I tried in 2013. The super cool helix-shaped brush gives me great big, soft, long lashes with just one coat.  It’s a winner!

2013 was a great year for beauty items…what fabulous finds made your list??


Giveaway alert! Lanikai Bath and Body Tropical Body Mist, plus an Island Tropical Spa Set

If you missed our previous popular Lanikai Bath and Body giveaway, here’s your chance to win again!
a gift for you from Lanikai

a gift for you from Lanikai

Lanikai is sponsoring a holiday giveaway for Beauty Info Zone readers which includes their new Tropical Body Mist plus an Island Tropical Spa Set. All together this fantastic giveaway is a $103 value!

tons of great gift ideas

tons of great gift ideas

free giftwrap

free gift wrapping!

Lanikai Bath and Body is truly an excellent option for buying gifts for the holidays. It’s easy breezy to shop online for Christmas gifts and there are lots of gift sets available. The Lanikai store is in Hawaii but they not only ship worldwide (at flat rate prices when available)- they also gift wrap… for free!


Lanikai Tropical Body Mist in Beach


getting my Hawaii on

Lanikai sent their new Tropical Body Mist ($10.50) to try and what a treat it is. The Beach scent smells like the ocean and the body mist is so refreshing. It’s a great way to wear a subtle scent for the day and it’s wonderfully hydrating with purified water, aloe vera, witch hazel, black willowbark, and white tea. I spray this on and am immediately transported to the tropics! It comes in four other scents, including Pikake, Tahitian Gardenia, Plumeria, and Orchid Vanilla.

Lucky for us, the wonderful folks at Lanikai are sponsoring a fantastic giveaway. The winner will receive a refreshing Tropical Body Mist, as well as an Island Tropical Spa Set ($92.50), which has everything you need for a perfect spa day.
You want to win this!

You want to win this!

This beautiful gift set includes six full size products including Body Wash, Hand and Body Lotion, Body Butter, Hawaiian Mineral Soaking Salt, Exfoliating Scrub, and a Handmade Soap Bar.  What a wonderful way to put some Hawaii into your holiday!  – Lisa
*product reviewed and giveaway prize courtesy of Lanikai
Open through 12/23/13 @11:59 p.m. EST

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More Lanikai lusciousness: Mango Coconut Body Butter and Hawaiian Healing Salve

Lanikai Bath and Body

Here at the BIZ we are head over heels for the Lanikai Bath and Body line. If you live in Hawaii or plan to visit soon, take advantage of being able to visit their beautiful store in Kailua. If you don’t see a trip to Hawaii in your future, Lanikai will send their fantastic goodies straight to your door. We were sent the Mango Coconut Body Butter and Hawaiian Healing Salve to try and they both are perfect for that indoor heat/cool dry skin that happens this time of year.


Lanikai Mango Coconut Body Butter


thick, creamy hydration!

I’m not sure which part of me loves the Mango Coconut Body Butter ($16.50) more, my nose or my skin. It smells heavenly. The mango note is super fresh and combined with the deep coconut scent it is amazing.

The texture of this body butter is fantastic. It’s a blend of shea and cacao butters plus it has kukui and macadamia nut oil, avocado and pure vitamin E.  While this is decadently thick and creamy, it sinks in extremely quickly and doesn’t leave skin wet or tacky. It is just a tub of buttery goodness for your skin.

For super dry or cracked skin, you’ve got to try the Hawaiian Healing Salve ($18.50).


Lanikai Hawaiian Healing Salve


inside – it melts with your body temperature

This is a large, 3.3 oz. tin of all natural healing balm. Rubbing your fingers on it will melt the salve so you can scoop out as much as you need and it sinks into skin leaving it super hydrated. It’s major moisture with beeswax, shea butter, vitamin E and essential oils. Plus it also has healing organic sunflower oil, kukui oil and macadamia oil.

While I am not going to get a sunburn any time soon here in Michigan this is a great treatment for it. Every night I smooth this on my feet and it has totally cured my dry heels. If you have extremely dry or irritated skin, this is the Lanikai moisturizer for you!

I am so impressed with these laid back, beachy products that are serious healing for dry skin. Do your skin a huge favor and check out Lanikai.  Aloha!  – Lisa

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Get totally tropical with our Lanikai giveaway!


Enter the Lanikai giveaway all this could be yours!

Enter the Lanikai giveaway all this could be yours!

One of the finest bath and body lines out there is the Hawaii-based Lanikai Bath and Body. Lisa is crazy about their loofah soap, sugar body scrub, and body wash which she reviewed HERE. To honor the fantastic readers of the BIZ, the amazing folks at Lanikai are sponsoring a Beauty Info Zone giveaway for a spa package that retails for $84.50! Entering couldn’t be easier and just check out all the goodies the winner will enjoy:

Your spa package will arrive wrapped in a natural lauhala woven box with ribbon and personalized gift card.  Included inside you will find:

Body Wash 8.5 oz. and 2.2 oz travel size
All natural, Lanikai Bath and Body washes make for a magical shower. Blended by hand, our body washes have been created to cleanse your skin without removing its protective oils. Paraben Free

Body Lotion 8.5 oz. and 2.2 oz travel size
Rejuvenate and soften your skin with a rich blend of Aloe Vera, Kukui, Noni, Macadamia and other natural ingredients. Paraben Free.

Sugar Exfoliating Body Scrub 12 oz.
Our body scrubs are hand made with Hawaiian cane sugar. Gently polishes skin without leaving an oily residue. Includes Sweet Almond, Jojoba, Coconut Oil and Kukui Nut Oil. Naturally anti-bacterial cleanser too with glycerin and coconut oil. Blended with vitamin rich plant extracts. Paraben, TEA and phthalate free.

Handmade natural Soap 4.5 oz.
Our floral fragrances are light and lovely just like the flowers the islands are known for.

Solid Perfume .5 oz.
These solid perfumes are great for pocket or purse! Easy to use and carry, take the fragrance of the islands everywhere you go.  Made from a natural base,  they are long lasting, gentle and moisturizing.

Hawaiian Bath Salt 4 oz.
Just the right amount for two baths. Hawaiian mineral salts in tropical fragrances.

The winner even gets to choose their fragrance.  Choices include Orchid Vanilla, Plumeria, Mango Coconut, and Tahitian Gardenia.  This is a truly fantastic prize, so don’t just sit there…enter now!

The Lanikai giveaway is open through Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. There are two required entries when we do a Rafflecopter and the rest are optional to give you extra chances to win. You can retweet daily too. All entries are verified before announcing the winner. Good luck and Aloha!!

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Getting clean Hawaiian style with Lanikai Bath and Body

The gorgeous Lanikai Bath and Body line, located in Kailua, Hawaii, totally feeds my addiction to bath and body products.  I may not make it to Hawaii very often…well, ok, not EVER…but I can always have that Hawaiian experience just by going to Lanikai’s online store and placing an order.


Lanikai feeds my bath and body addiction!

All of the products created by Lanikai come from the great Hawaiian outdoors.  With fresh, beautiful ingredients like papaya, awapuhi, sea kelp, kukui and macadamia nut, every item is a one-way ticket to paradise.  The BIZ received several fabulous items from their line, and here are just a few of my favorite Lanikai ways to get clean.


Lanikai Coconut Loofah Soap

One of the most intriguing items from Lanikai is their Coconut Loofah Soap ($6.50).  Since I am a total coconut fanatic, I was beyond thrilled to get this particular version.  However, there are seven other loofah options available:  Coco Lime Verbena, Gardenia, Lilikoi, Mango, Pikake, Pineapple, and Plumaria.

The Coconut Loofah Soap is one of the coolest soaps I have ever tried.  Check it out, there is a vine-grown loofah sponge inside of the soap:


the loofah looks like modern art


coconut and loofah goodness


and one more view just because it looks so cool!

The loofah soaps are all handmade by Lanikai.  In addition to the loofah, ingredients include vegetable glycerin and Hawaiian macadamia nut oil.  It smells like fabulous natural coconut, and the soap is huge and incredibly long-lasting.  It’s also fantastic exfoliation for your skin.  It lathers up like a regular soap and scrubs away dirt and dead skin.  I adore it, and am eager to try some of the other scents!


Lanikai Tahitian Gardendia Hawaiian Cane Sugar Body Scrub

Another way to scrub yourself clean is with Lanikai Tahitian Gardenia Hawaiian Cane Sugar Body Scrub ($20).  I have to admit, I not normally a big fan of body scrubs – I have sensitive skin and they are typically too rough for me (everyone say, ‘awww, poor baby!’).  However, this is a scrub that works for me, and it will work for you fellow babies out there too.


so pretty!!


the sugar scrub up close and personal

This is a non-oily scrub made with Hawaiian cane sugar.  It also has sweet almond, jojoba, coconut, and kukui nut oils.  It’s fantastically moisturizing, and it very gently exfoliates skin without any irritation.  Afterwards, my skin feels incredibly soft and smooth, but not greasy.  And the scent?  Oh my goodness, what a divine Tahitian gardenia fragrance that truly transports me to a tropical paradise.


Lanikai Tahitian Gardenia Body Wash


layer on that Tahitian Gardenia

And to keep the Tahitian Gardenia experience going, follow your exfoliating sugar scrub with the Lanikai Tahitian Gardenia Body Wash ($16).  This body wash is gentle, made with all natural ingredients, and it cleanses without stripping the skin.  It has white tea, chamomile, sunflower and kukui oils, and also has the same magical Tahitian Gardenia scent.  I stand in my shower and just take a moment to inhale the fresh scent, and am instantly transported to a Hawaiian waterfall.  It’s heavenly.

I have lots more to tell you about, but I didn’t want to overwhelm you with so many fantastic options all at once.  I will be posting more reviews soon, but in the meantime, take a look at Lanikai’s online store and get your Hawaiian retreat started!  – Lisa

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