The Vintage Cosmetic Company: 1950’s glamour that you’ll love (mini giveaway too)!

What makes you stop and look at a display when you are shopping? Is it color? Is it creativity? Is it something unique? If so you’ll be thrilled to learn about The Vintage Cosmetic Company since they embody all of these attributes and more. This range of cosmetic accessories has been inspired by the glamour and charm of the 1950’s. You don’t have to have lived back then to enjoy the adorableness and practicality of their products. We’re excited to show you these and have a mini giveaway with them too.

This UK company has products that you are going to want to own and use because even as cute as they are, they are practical and fabulous. Ulta has the U.S. exclusive on the products available currently that want to make you feel like a glamour puss.

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MARCIA IS USING THE VINTAGE COSMETIC COLLECTION HAIR TURBAN AND SHOWER CAP

The Vintage Cosmetic Company Peach Shower Cap and Hair Turban

These two products are making shower time even more fun. Whether I decide to wash my hair or give it another day of rest The Vintage Cosmetic Company has the right tool for me and at the right price.

The Vintage Cosmetic Company Peach Shower Cap and Hair Turban

Since I no longer wash my hair daily I need something to keep it from getting wet and a shower cap is the right solution. Not only is The Vintage Company Shower Cap ($6.99) cute as can be but it’s super comfortable.

The Vintage Cosmetic Company Peach Shower Cap

(I tuck my hair in and don’t wear my glasses, I promise!) The outer material is 100% polyester and silky soft while the inside has a PEVA lining that keeps your hair dry as can be. My favorite part of this cute peach cap is how it’s not tight and doesn’t leave marks around my face. I can take a quick shower and not have to worry about it leaving telltale signs behind. There’s also a flowered version for more 50’s glamour.

The Vintage Cosmetic Company Peach Shower Cap

I’m really happy with the Vintage Company Hair Turban ($7.99). I needed one so badly and this exceeds my expectations. This machine washable towel looks like terry but it’s made of absorbent microfibers so it soaks up moisture quickly.

The Vintage Cosmetic Company Hair Turban

What makes this different from all others I have is the closure. If you look above you’ll see a loop on the left and buttons on the right. Once you’ve twisted it closed you then secure the towel with those two. I can do anything around my house without it falling off. I just made a dish that takes an hour to bake. I had my turban on while combining the ingredients and sticking it in the oven. It stayed on perfectly. Other days I’ve left it on for a few minutes while I get ready to blow dry. Either way it’s fabulous. I already have this on my list to take on my winter cruise.

The Vintage Cosmetic Company Hair Turban

Since my hair is shoulder length I use the second button while those with shorter or finer hair would use the first. One size fits all. One head of hair dried more quickly. This doesn’t pull at all and is amazingly comfortable. You need this in your life!!

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LISA IS USING THE VINTAGE COSMETIC COLLECTION MAKEUP MELTS, MAKEUP HEADBAND AND MANICURE PURSE

The Vintage Cosmetic Company

Makeup Melts ($14.95) are wash cloths that remove makeup without any cleanser. Just get it wet, then gently scrub face in a circular motion. It really does remove all traces of makeup! The washcloth is definitely full of makeup after, so you pop it into the washing machine and it comes out looking fabulous and ready for another go.

The Vintage Cosmetic Company Makeup Melts

The Vintage Cosmetic Company Makeup Melts

There are three Makeup Melts in a pack, so it’s great for a long weekend away. As an extra bonus, the washcloths have a side that is perfect for exfoliation too!

The Vintage Cosmetic Company Blue Bell Makeup Headband

The Vintage Cosmetic Company Blue Bell Makeup Headband

While you are removing that makeup with the Makeup Melts, keep your hair off your face with the super fabulous and always stylish Blue Belle Makeup Headband ($4.99).  This comes in different colors, mine is a blue polka dot design with an adorable large bow.

The bow is elastic so it keeps everything securely in place, but it’s nice and soft so it doesn’t hurt your head or pull your hair.  I absolutely love this.

The Vintage Cosmetic Company Manicure Purse

My final adorable product is the Manicure Purse ($10.95), a compact manicure purse that comes in four different patterns. I have the pink striped one with pink lining. Isn’t it the bees knees??  The Vintage Cosmetic Company Manicure Purse

The Vintage Cosmetic Company Manicure Purse

No wonder this is one of The Vintage Cosmetics Company’s best sellers! Inside are Nail Scissors, stainless steel Nail Clippers, Cuticle Pusher, and Floral Emory Board. This is a fabulous gift for teachers, bridal showers, stockings….the possibilities are endless!

The Vintage Cosmetic Company Blue Bell Makeup Headband

GIVEAWAY:  We have a small giveaway for two readers to introduce you to The Vintage Company. The cute Makeup Bows are the prize, pink for one and blue for the other. The giveaway is open through October 12, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. EDT for US and Canadian subscribers. This may be a small prize but we can promise you’ll enjoy winning!

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Lisa’s Top Five Favorites from Paula’s Choice Cosmetics

Top Five Paula's Choice Cosmetics Favorites

There are many, many reasons why I am such a huge fan of the Paula’s Choice line, but really what it comes down to is this:  Paula’s Choice is full of no BS, workhorse products that are the foundation of an excellent skin care and color cosmetics arsenal. Is every single product my favorite? No, there are some products (hello foundations and concealer!) that have never worked for me. Is this a perfect line? No, there are too many skin care products with similar functions and the names are way too complicated and confusing. That said, this is the line I recommend for anyone new to beauty products, for anyone looking for effective yet gentle skin care, and especially for any teenagers who want the perfect products to treat their crazy skin care needs.

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Love her or hate her, Paula Begoun has had a huge impact on the cosmetics industry. Me? I love her.  Way back in the day I bought her books, read them over and over, underlined, highlighted, tabbed…I subscribed to her newsletter and saved every single one, pouring over them and making my wish lists of the best things to purchase. When she started her own cosmetics and skin care line I wondered if she could keep her objectivity. Much to my delight, I think Paula is still the same sort of prickly but totally no-nonsense expert that I can always count on for fantastic advice.

I have way more than five favorites from Paula’s Choice, but here are my top five products that I purchase over and over (and always have several backups waiting the wings just in case!). I have chosen only skin care items so I didn’t even have to wrestle with my favorite color items.

  1. Gentle Makeup Remover ($16)
  2. Professional Blemish Extracting Tool ($14)
  3. Clear Extra Strength Daily Skin Clearing Treatment with 5% Benzoyl Peroxide ($19)
  4. Clinical 1% Retinol Treatment ($56)
  5. 10% Niacinamide Booster($42)
Paula's Choice Gentle Makeup Remover

Paula’s Choice Gentle Makeup Remover

My first favorite is the Gentle Touch Makeup Remover. This is the very best makeup remover I have ever tried and I buy this four bottles at a time whenever there is a sale. I usually wear full coverage foundation and my skin tends to break out especially in my t-zone. So I take cleansing very seriously, and the first step is always makeup remover. This dual-phase liquid makeup remover needs to be shaken first and after squirting some onto a cleansing pad you wipe off makeup prior to cleansing. It removes everything, even waterproof mascara and the most tenacious lipstick. It’s completely safe to use on eyes, and it leaves skin feeling moist and hydrated but not oily or greasy.

One end of the Professional Blemish Extracting Tool

One end of the Professional Blemish Extracting Tool

The other end of the Professional Blemish Extracting Tool

The other end of the Professional Blemish Extracting Tool

My second favorite is the dual-ended Professional Blemish Extracting Tool. Extraction is necessary and correct extraction is essential!! PC has this fantastic stainless steel extractor that safely removes blackheads and whiteheads without tearing the skin and making a bad situation even worse.  You’ve got to get those blackheads out – if you don’t, you risk enlarged pores and serious infection.  Plus, congestion of the pores is painful to have and painful for other people to look at. This baby puts pressure around the congested pore without digging in like your fingernails do, providing even pressure that gently pushes the blackhead or whitehead out of the pore. It is the BOMB.

Clear Extra Strength Daily Skin Clearing Treatment with 5% Benzoyl PeroxideMy third favorite is the Clear Extra Strength Daily Skin Clearing Treatment with 5% Benzoyl Peroxide. This is a fantastic spot treatment that works quickly without stressing already stressed skin. It’s not just triage – it also prevents future breakouts and controls very oily areas. I use it around my nose and on my chin every morning and night, and sometimes I use it as an all-over mask in the evening. This 5% benzoyl peroxide acne treatment is fantastic for teens and it works on every skin type. I find that most benzoyl peroxide treatments have other ingredients that irritate and dry out skin, but this light lotion is super gentle and has nothing irritating in it at all.

Paulas Choice Retinol Treatment 2

My fourth favorite is the Clinical 1% Retinol Treatment. This is an exfoliating skin treatment that is applied after cleansing.  Here are all the skin ailments it treats:

  • Acne Breakouts, Anti-Aging, Brown Spots, Wrinkles
  • Firms skin, smoothing deep wrinkles and fine lines
  • Reduces dark spots and uneven skin tone, refines pore size

This is a retinol product and I know that some people have problems tolerating retinol. However, even if you have a history of difficulty with retinols, I urge you to give this a try. It has licorice, oat extract and other anti-irritants that make it great for sensitive skin. My skin has always reacted well to retinols, and this product in particular gives me beautiful and immediate results. My skin is much smoother, pores smaller, fine lines less noticeable. Retinol actually stimulates collagen production, so the results over time are fantastic.

Paula's Choice 10% Niacinamide BoosterPaula's Choice 10% Niacinamide Booster

My fifth favorite is the 10% Niacinamide Booster, one of Paula’s newest products for reducing pore size. My first bottle was sent as a press sample, but I used that all up and have already bought another. This is great stuff that makes the rest of my skin care even better. Here’s why your pores get larger as you age: skin naturally sheds built up oil and dirt. When we are young, this process happens pretty quickly, so our skin looks almost as if it doesn’t even have pores. As we get older, especially after age 30, this process slows down so dirt and oil stays inside our pores longer. The increased collection of dirt and oil causes pores to stretch out and become enlarged. Exfoliating on a regular basis helps your skin’s shedding process, but even with the most diligent skin care maintenance pores become enlarged.  The 10% Naicinamide Booster does four main things: improves uneven skin tone, reduces the appearance of pore size, improves skin texture, and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Niacinamide is a form of Vitamin B3. It’s a very exciting ingredient that has been scientifically proven to seriously shrink enlarged pores as well as wrinkles. What is really cool about this product is that it’s a super lightweight serum that can be used alone or added to another serum or moisturizer. I put a few drops in my treatment serum every morning and every night and I am truly impressed with my results!

If you are a long time Paula’s Choice fan, I hope that my picks give you incentive to try them. If you haven’t tried this line out, I can’t recommend it highly enough.  I know that you will quickly find your five favorites that will become staples of your skin care regimen.

Click on this link for $10 off your first order if you are new to Paula’s Choice  This is part of the Refer-a-Friend program and will give me credit towards a future Paula’s Choice order. Paula always has specials going – right now the special is free shipping and a free full size Clinical Body Butter for all orders over $50.  – Lisa

Five essential tips for transitioning into fall – with a little help from Meijer

Everything you need to transition into fall from Meijer!

Everything you need to transition into fall from Meijer!

I guess it is officially fall…I saw my first Christmas display at the store today!! I also saw my first red and orange leaves on the trees in my yard. I’m breaking out my heavy jeans, sweaters, and jackets – so much fun to rediscover a whole new season’s wardrobe. Meijer sent me a fabulous box of goodies with everything needed to also change my skin care and cosmetics wardrobe and it reminded me of the five essential tips for transitioning into fall.

Rethink your skin care

Rethink your skin care

1.  Rethink your skin care.  With the weather turning cooler, the air inside gets drier which changes your skin care needs.

Simple Cleansing Micellar Water

Simple Cleansing Micellar Water

A terrific option for makeup removal and toner is Simple Cleansing Micellar Water ($6.29). It’s all the rage right now and for good reason. This is gentle and easy to use, and most importantly it doesn’t dry out skin. In fact, the micellar water boosts skin hydration 90%. The price is right too, making it a no-brainer for fall.

Switch your hair products

Switch your hair products

2.  Switch your hair products to compensate for dry indoor air.  Just like skin, hair changes with the seasons, and fall brings dry, frizzy, static-filled hair. Go for moisturizing hair products, like Pantene Expert Collection Dry Defy Shampoo and Conditioner ($8.39). This ultra-moisturizing duo tackles even the most parched hair, taking care of frizz, split ends, and static.

Try going natural for toothpaste and deodorant

Try going natural for toothpaste and deodorant

3.  Try going natural for toothpaste and deodorant. My daughters have completely switched to Tom’s of Maine products and swear by the AntiPlaque and Whitening Toothpaste ($4.49) and Natural Deodorant ($4.49). The toothpaste is flouride-free and fights both cavities and plaque, and the deodorant is aluminum-free with 24 hour odor protection that really works. Not only do these natural products truly perform, Tom’s of Maine walks the talk as a planet friendly line that is truly natural, sustainable, and responsible.

Update and invest in new fall colors

Update and invest in new fall colors

4.  Update old products and invest in some fun fall colors.  It’s a great time to invest in some new makeup brushes, and definitely time to throw out your old mascara, lip gloss, and foundation and get some fresh new shades.

Fun fall shades and products to update

Fun fall shades and products to update

I am so happy to see that the Real Techniques Travel Essentials Makeup Brush Collection ($12.59) is available at Meijer. Marcia first introduced me to these brushes several years ago and they are absolutely fantastic. This set comes with a cool travel case and it includes my favorite brush of all time – the Domed Shadow Brush.

Mascara needs to be replaced every 2 months or so, and there are great sales at Meijer for the fall season so take advantage! Two picks for long and lush lashes include Covergirl The Super Sizer ($6.99) and Maybelline Volum’ Express the Colossal Chaotic Lash ($6.99). Why not go big this fall?  The Super Sizer makes lashes as long as they can get.  Don’t give up on the Colossal Chaotic Lash…once I figured out how to use the brush both vertically and horizontally my lashes went from ok to incredible.

Lippies need to be updated too…throw out those gross old lip glosses and sticky lipsticks and try something a little different. I can’t stop raving about the Covergirl Outlast Lipstick in Into the Fuchsia  This is a bright, bold shade with a hint of shimmer and the opaque coverage really lasts. It’s a cross between a lipstick and a gel-based balm and it feels divine on the lips.

And how perfect is that Revlon Colorstay 16 Hour Eyeshadow Palette in Surreal ($6.59)? Interestingly, this was part of the Summer 2015 Collection, but I think the gold and green shades are truly perfect for fall.

New season, new scents!

New season, new scents!

5.  Switch to new scents for the new season.  It’s time to say goodbye to soft summer scents and go a bit bolder. For women, I love Versace Bright Crystal ($73). The top notes are pomegranate, Yuzu and frosted accord. Mid-notes include peony and magnolia, and base notes include amber extracted from plants, musk and red woods. I think of this as a ‘frozen flower’ scent…great for transitioning into colder months!

For the man in your life, I am totally gaga for Hugo Man by Hugo Boss ($19.99). The top note is green apple, with aromatic notes and a base of fir balsam. Makes me picture a buff guy in flannel, riding a horse, stopping to pick me an apple as we ride through an orchard…ah, you get the idea. It’s fabulous and you want your guy to smell like this.

If you need an excuse to go shopping, you’ve got two here – you need new things for the new season and Meijer has great sales going on right now. So what are you waiting for? Let’s get ready for fall!  – Lisa

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Ten holiday gift ideas for the practical fashionista!

Beauty Info Zones Practical Holiday Gift Guide
Pretty things are great, but sometimes function is more important.  Here are some awesome stocking stuffers, Hanukkah gifts, and holiday gifts that are BIZ tested and recommended!  Any one of these options will look fabulous all wrapped up and are sure to become staples items for your down to earth, practical-minded giftee.

Natracare Makeup Remover Cloths

1.  Natracare Organic Cleansing Makeup Removal Wipes ($7.49):  These are some of the softest, gentlest makeup remover wipes I’ve tried.  They are more on the ‘wet’ side, and while they remove makeup and dirt they don’t irritate the skin.  Available at drugstore.com, Walgreens.com, and Amazon.com.

Coast to Coast Soothing Aqua Serum 2

2.  Coast to Coast Soothing Aqua Serum ($40):  This is a beautiful serum that leaves skin moist, plump, and healthy.  It is a particularly excellent gift for those who do a lot of traveling – awesome for a little lift on the plane while flying from coast to coast!  You can find this at Ulta.com.

The Magic Pads

3.  The Magic Pads ($19.95):  How about some magic under the tree?  These skin treatment pads have wonderful ingredients including glycolic acid, organic willow bark, hyaluronic acid, and vitamin E in an organic aloe vera juice base. The Magic Pads clear up blemishes, shrink the appearance of pores, and exfoliate skin all in one swipe.  You can find these at www.themagicpads.com

Mad Hippie Eye Cream 2

4.  Mad Hippie Eye Cream ($24.99):  Perfect for the non-traditionalist on your list, this eye cream features a slew of peptides and antioxidants in a truly elegant formulation.  The packaging is beyond cute, and this is an eye cream that really delivers.  Available at www.madhippie.com

Strivectin Tightening Neck Cream

5.  Strivectin TL Advanced™ Tightening Neck Cream ($95):  I slather this on every morning and every night and I am loving the results!  The neck and decolletage show age more quickly than any other body part, and this beautiful thick cream is just what is needed to keep that delicate area moisturized and free of crepey skin – plus it rebuilds elastin fibers.  Available at StriVectin.com

Le Beurre Shea Butter Body Cream 2

6.  Le Beurre Shea Butter Body Cream (8 oz. $22):  This shea butter cream feels like luxury, but it’s a major workhorse for dry winter skin.  It melts right in, making skin super happy with grapeseed, jojoba, and vitamin E.  Choose from five beautiful scents, including Lavender, Vanilla, Lemongrass, Sage and Unscented. Available at www.lebeurreshop.com (pick up a Shea Butter Lip Balm while you are there!)

Scala Rain Hat

7.  Scala Collezione Rain Hat ($25):  Talk about fashionable and functional!  This jaunty rain hat is a truly perfect holiday gift that will be hugely appreciated. LW281 is one of Scala’s best-selling rain hats, and is available in black, charcoal, wine and khaki.  Made of nylon, it protects your hairdo while looking pretty darn awesome. Get yourself one while you are at it!

Mally Citychick Smokey Eye Kit 2

8.  Mally City Chick Smokey Eye Kit ($40):  Now here is a perfect eyeshadow palette for any chick, city or rural.  There are ten different color combinations from which to choose.  Every combo of creamy eyeshadows has wonderful neutral shades that are both beautiful and practical.  Available at www.mallybeauty.com

Priti neutrals 5

9.  Priti Nail Polish neutrals ($15 each):  What is a great practical stocking stuffer?  Some fabulous neutral nail polish.  My pick is Priti Nail Polish, particularly the shades Ginger Snap Orchid, opaque light creamy nude, Nodding Lilac, opaque soft lilac, and Moss Campion, opaque creamy light taupe.  Available at www.pritinyc.com

Dove White Beauty Bar

10.  Dove White Beauty Bar ($5.00):  You can’t go wrong with this classic!  What a great stocking stuffer.  People swear by this bar soap that removes makeup without stripping the skin.

Stay tuned for more great holiday gift guides, including a list of fabulous finds for the glam girl on your list!  – Lisa

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LA FRESH – Eco Beauty Wipes at your fingertips

la fresh logoLa Fresh is a company for those of us who are on the go and don’t want to stop. Or for those of us who need convenience in their everyday life.  Or for those of us who travel often. Or for those of us who are homebodies but want some pampering.  Or for those of us who want to use a smaller water footprint. Actually there’s a reason for all of us to find things we need and like with La Fresh.

For me when I think of La Fresh I think of individually wrapped products that I can carry with me in my purse. I also like this kind of product when I’m traveling since they’ll take up so little room (and I can bring back more goodies in my suitcase). They also have home packs for a more economical price. La Fresh sent a variety of packets to try out and share what I learned with you.la fresh home instant bodyLet me talk about the water footprint since I find that to be so interesting. Because water is a more scarce commodity than you think it is, La Fresh packets use as little water as possible in them. They are conscious of creating products too that need very little water after use. Plus they are proud to be introducing new products made of biodegradable materials so they give back to the earth responsibly.

LA FRESH individual packets

La Fresh individual packets

I’ve tried 6 of the items that would be considered in their beauty line. I’m giving you individual prices but they have some great sets with a variety of products too. All of the products I’ve got are 100% biodegradable and paraban free.

Oil Free Face Cleanser – I’ve used these as my nighttime cleanser on those lazy nights and right now I have 2 in my beach bag. These come in both fragrance free and what they call refreshing scent. They are great for getting off all my face makeup but weren’t strong enough to remove eye makeup. The Oil-Free Face Cleanser is a gentle product that does its job. (pack of 10 is $4.99)

LA FRESH Oil-Free Face Cleansers

La Fresh Oil-Free Face Cleansers

LA FRESH Oil-Free Face Cleansers

La Fresh Oil-Free Face Cleansers

Waterproof Makeup Remover is the answer for eye makeup and also for long lasting lip products. These help dissolve my mascara and gel liners. I hold it over my eye for about 10 seconds without rubbing and then start wiping away my makeup. These are perfect for travel since they take up no room. Plus (shh) you can cut them in half and seal the unused half in the packet for the next time. These contain a 6-oil blend of Olive, Jojoba, Sesame, Grapeseed, Vitamin E and Lavender.  Since they are not oil free I do rinse my eyes after using them. (8 for $4.99)

LA FRESH Waterproof Makeup Remover

La Fresh Waterproof Makeup Remover

LA FRESH Waterproof Makeup Remover

La Fresh Waterproof Makeup Remove

Anti-Aging Face Cleanser has a maqui berry fragrance to it so I’ve just used this during the morning or daytime.  In spite of the fragrance it has so many great ingredients that I’m willing to “sacrifice”: Maqui Berry Antioxidants, Mineral Polypeptides, Hyaluronic Acid, Ginkgo Biloba and Licorice. The Anti-Aging Face Cleanser is one of the newest products and what it doesn’t contain is just as important: no parabens, sulfates, triclosa, dyes, PEGS, artificial fragrance or animal by products. (8 for $4.99)

LA FRESH Anti-Aging Face Cleanser

LA FRESH Anti-Aging Face Cleanser

LA FRESH Anti-Aging Face Cleanser Wipe

La Fresh Anti-Aging Face Cleanser Wipe

Instant Body Smoother also has a fragrance but this is one I always enjoy – a natural peppermint. This is a great product to stick in your gym bag especially since it’s very refreshing after you’ve done any sort of exercise. It feels cool and refreshing. It contains a natural 6-oil blend of Olive, Jojoba, Sesame, Grapeseed, Vitamin E and Peppermint. (8 for $4.99)

LA FRESH Instant Body Smoother

La Fresh Instant Body Smoother

LA FRESH Instant Body Smoother

La Fresh Instant Body Smoother

Nail Polish Remover, Acetone Free –  this is the first product I’d heard of from La Fresh. It’s the perfect item to bring with you on your travels. Even if you go with a nice fresh manicure, accidents happen. You don’t want to be searching for a drugstore to buy cotton balls and polish remover and you sure don’t want to take a chance that those could spill. These pads do the job easily. At the same time they are adding in healthy ingredients to make your nails stronger and not dry. Even if you aren’t a nail polish person these help to strengthen nails since they aren’t harsh at all. They contain Aloe, Glycerin and Vitamin E; they strengthen nails with Rosemary and Horsetail Extract. And they smell like oranges!! (10 for $4.99)

LA FRESH Nail Polish Remover Acetone-Free

La Fresh Nail Polish Remover Acetone-Free

LA FRESH Nail Polish Remover Acetone-Free

La Fresh Nail Polish Remover Acetone-Free

You always see La Fresh mentioned in magazines because they do the job in such a compact way. They make some other interesting products like Antiperspirant Wipes ($1.99 for 3), baby wipes, feminine hygiene wipes in their Travel-Lite section. I’d love to give this as a gift or put it in my guest bathroom.

la fresh womens set Travel Lite™ Carry-on Friendlies for Women Set
Travel Lite™ Antiperspirant Wipes for Women x 1 Pouch
Travel Lite™ Feminine Hygiene Wipes x 1 Pouch
Travel Lite™ Makeup Remover Wipes x 1 Pouch
Travel Lite™ Facial Cleansing Wipes x 1 Pouch
Travel Lite™ Lens & Screen Cleaning Wipe x 3 Packets
Travel Lite™ Nail Polish Pad x 3 Packets
Travel Lite™ zippered case x 1

So many interesting items, so small, so fresh! It makes me want to travel. Where should we go?– Marcia

*packets sent for review

 

Lisa from Beauty Info Zone visits her fantasy Desert Island

My fellow Beauty Spotlight bloggers have banished me to a desert island, and I can only bring 12 products (with sunscreen and lip balm already generously provided).  Ok, it’s my fantasy so I am going to let you know up front I am NOT going alone. Nope, on my trip to a deserted island I am accompanied by JOE.

One sniff of Lavanila Vanilla Coconut and I am here.  With Joe.

Here’s my deserted island. And here is Joe.

Joe and I are going to be spending a LOT of time together so I kept that in mind when selecting my twelve items.  Here’s what I am packing for my romantic retreat… I mean desert island experience.

1. Beautisol Dark Self Tanner ($39):  I’m not going to tan in the sun, but a tan makes you look thinner, healthier, and it covers so many flaws!!  Before hanging out with Joe, I am first going to slather myself from head to toe with self tanner. Beautisol Dark Self Tanner is my go-to for a full body tan.

Beautisol Summer Glow Dark Tan

2. MAC Blot Powder ($24):  I live in fear of walking around with a shiny nose so I always have this with me.  It’s the perfect pressed powder.

MAC Blot Powder

MAC Blot Powder

3. It Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye Concealer  ($24):  It’s full coverage, it’s waterproof, and it covers my dark undereye circles beautifully.  Joe and I may be staying up REALLY late at night, but it won’t show under my eyes!

Bye Bye Under Eye

Bye Bye Under Eye

4. MAC Paint Pot in Painterly ($18.50):  I am quite sure I’m not going to be doing full eye makeup on a desert island, but MAC’s Paint Pot in Painterly is my go-to for a clean, finished eye look in seconds.  This creamy eyeshadow dries down quickly and stays all day, and it never creases or cakes on me.

MAC Paint Pot in Painterly

MAC Paint Pot in Painterly

5. Paula’s Choice Gentle Touch Makeup Remover ($12.95):  I need a cleanser, cause there is no way I am going to get stuck with a blemish on this trip! This is the very best makeup remover I have ever found. It’s super gentle so it doesn’t irritate the eyes, but at the same time it removes even the most stubborn makeup. Another plus – it has anti-irritants that help reduce puffiness.

Paula's Choice Gentle Makeup Remover

Paula’s Choice Gentle Makeup Remover

6. VENNeffect Anti-Aging Lip Treatment ($85):  I have issues with hereditary vertical wrinkle lines around my lips – and this stuff truly reduces their appearance. I’m not going anywhere without it.

VENNeffect Anti-Aging Lip Treatment

VENNeffect Anti-Aging Lip Treatment

7. Besame Sweetheart Balm in Cherry ($18):  I can’t believe I am picking a lip gloss that’s in a pot – sticking sandy fingers into lip gloss doesn’t sound good at all. But I just adore the unbelievable slip and texture of this gloss and the color is simply perfect with tanned skin.

Besame Sweetheart Balm

Besame Sweetheart Balm – Cherry is second from the left

8. Sugar Works Body Gloss in Tybee Island Beach Cottage ($12.95):  I love their body oil, it leaves skin super moist but not wet, and the scent really becomes one with your body so it seems like you just naturally smell that way. This scent is described as “Sun, the ocean, warm sand, beach grass, wild beach flowers, a touch of suntan oil.” For sure Joe won’t be able to keep his hands off me.

Sugar Works Body Gloss

Sugar Works Body Gloss

9. Beach Day Spray by Unite ($29.95):  This is the best spray for that wavy, beachy look because it smells amazing and doesn’t leave your air-dried hair crunchy.

Life's a Beach Day

Life’s a Beach Day

10. Whatever Lola Wants from the Lippmann Collection ($17):  This is my most favorite summer nail color of all time. It’s a beautiful shimmery lilac/lavender/pink and it looks especially amazing in the sun. This color makes me feel cute and sexy all at the same time.

Whatever Lola Wants

Whatever Lola Wants

11.  Body Glide from Athleta ($8):  This is a terrific way to prevent blisters on your feet and chafing around sports bras, plus it does extra duty moisturizing dry, cracked skin. You can insert your own joke about how with Body Glide I won’t have to worry about chafed thighs.

Body Glide

Body Glide

12.  My Poipu hat from Athleta:  I LOVE this sun hat. It has a nice foldable brim that is perfect for shading your eyes, but isn’t so big you bump into things as you walk. Squish it into your beach bag, and it pops right back into shape when you put it on.  It’s on sale now too for only $29.99 – sheesh, I paid $54 for mine!! You can find the hat HERE.

Poipu Hat

Poipu Hat

There’s my list! I’d invite you along, but Joe and I are in some serious need of ‘alone time’.  Aloha!  – Lisa

What do you say, Joe...are you ready to go to that deserted island with me??

What do you say, Joe…are you ready to go to that deserted island with me?

*several items were PR samples, others were personally purchased