Purifying inside and out with DermaE

DermaEI was recently sent a beautiful gift box full of all sorts of ‘good for you’ goodies. derma e’s National Educator, Jaime cane, did a wonderful job curating this box for ‘beauty gurus’.
DermaE

There are lots of things we can do to feel great and look even better. This beauty box listed some important points: be sure to exfoliate so your skin care fully absorbs and works most effectively. Love your greens to stay  healthy on the inside. Stay hydrated by drinking lots of water – it helps keep the wrinkles away. And get 7 or 8 hours of sleep at night to prevent puffiness, acne breakouts, and premature aging.

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Included in the box was an awesome derma e water bottle, some delicious Vita Coco Lemonade (soooo good!!) and some Green Superfood, which is a terrific way to get every bit of nutrition you need to stay looking and feeling healthy.

DermaE Purifying Gel Cleanser

Exfoliation is the best way to make sure all of your products are working as hard as possible. I really like derma e’s Purifying Gel Cleanser ($15.50) because it exfoliates so gently. I use my Luna cleansing brush with it no problem, and I think it would be perfect to use with a Clarisonic.  I have been working out like crazy this summer and I always wash my face with this when I get home because it is perfect for removing sweat, toxins, and bacteria.

This cleanser is pH balanced and has no fragrance or sulfates. Ingredients include these minerals and natural toxin fighters:

Kimarine® Wakame is a potassium-rich, magnesium-rich seaweed that is clinically proven to protect skin against environmental pollutants (exhaust fumes, cigarette smoke, heavy metals).

Bladderwrack is an antioxidant-rich, mineral-rich seaweed known for its water-binding properties, supporting healthy skin hydration and nourishment.

Activated Charcoal, known for absorbing 100 to 200 times its weight in impurities, helps thoroughly remove toxins from the skin’s surface.

Green Tea delivers potent antioxidant defense, and a base of Aloe Leaf Juice revives skin with fresh, healthy hydration. 

DermaE Purifying 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask

Once a week, I use the Purifying 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask ($19.50) for an even deeper clean. It detoxes skin in two ways:

(1) Natural clays infused with Kimarine® Wakame, Bladderwrack and Activated Charcoal lift out dirt, oil and bacteria to decongest pores as the mask dries

(2) Apricot Seed Powder exfoliates away dead skin cells and captured debris upon removal. Kaolin and Bentonite Clays absorb excess oils and impurities, relieving skin congestion.

With many of the same powerful ingredients as the Purifying Gel Cleanser, this treatment mask is the perfect complimentary deep clean.

DermaE Purifying Youth SerumWith skin clean and ready to make the most of any treatment, a great option is the Purifying Youth Serum ($29.50). Holy smokes is this good stuff! Awesome ingredients like Kimarine® Wakame,  Bladderwrack, and Green Tea together in an Aloe Leaf Juice Base makes for super healthy, glowy skin. It makes a great primer for foundation, too. And like all derma e products, it’s 100% vegan, cruelty-free, paraben-free, sulfate-free, mineral oil-free, lanolin-free, gluten-free, and GMO-free.

You can find these great products at Ulta and Whole Foods.  Pick them up and get healthy inside and out this summer!  – Lisa

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7th Heaven Dead Sea Mud Pac – what have you done to me?

7th Heaven Dead Sea Mud Pac

7th Heaven Dead Sea Mud Pac

I’ve reviewed a lot of masks from 7th Heaven and each has their own unique differences. The latest one to grace my face is the DEAD SEA MUD PAC. This is actually for combination and oily skin while I have combination/dry skin. But I’m not fussy about things like that since I already know how 7th Heaven masks work for me.

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7th Heaven Dead Sea Mud Pac

7th Heaven Dead Sea Mud Pac

This is a once a week mask that is meant to draw out impurities and open blocked pores. Even though I’m no longer considered to be oily I still get blocked pores. Using this for the last month has helped with my pores, even my dermatologist noticed.

7th Heaven Dead Sea Mud Pac

7th Heaven Dead Sea Mud Pac

This mask has aromatherapy benefits too. The key ingredients are Lavender which is well known to be soothing and relaxing; Seaweed and Sea Salt. The mask is made with nutrient rich minerals that were harvested from the Dead Seas.

7th Heaven Dead Sea Mud Pac

7th Heaven Dead Sea Mud Pac

While the mask looks blue on the package it’s a very light shade of blue so you won’t look like a Smurf. The mask hardens but never feels uncomfortable. It doesn’t crack off but it does crack when dry. I have no trouble removing this with just a washcloth after my 15 minutes are up but I always wash my face after anyway. I have gotten two uses out of each package, I just seal my package in a sandwich size zip bag and it’s good for one more time.

7th Heaven Dead Sea Mud Pac (right after application)

7th Heaven Dead Sea Mud Pac (right after application)

You can find this and other 7th Heaven masks at Walmart, Bed Bath & Beyond, Kroger, Harmon Discount and KMart. Go from blue to beautiful with this $1.99 mask.  — Marcia

*sent for consideration

Add a little green to your life with Guac Star

Icon of Shamrock Clover Leaf, Vector Illustration to St. Patrick's Day

How green are you willing to go for St. Patrick’s Day? Do you dress green even if you aren’t Irish? Do you seek out green treats? Do you imbibe in all the green beer that your body can tolerate? How about a change of pace with a green mask, specifically Farmhouse Fresh GUAC Star? For me it’s a perfect way to celebrate this green holiday or any day of the year.

Farmhouse Fresh GUAC Star

Farmhouse Fresh GUAC Star

GUAC Star is a revitalizing avocado hydration mask that is good enough to eat. I’m amazed at how Farmhouse Fresh has changed my taste. After using half a dozen Farmhouse Fresh products I’m more than willing to use everything in their line. Everything they make is pure, smells fresh and authentic, and does its job exactly as stated.

Farmhouse Fresh GUAC Star

Farmhouse Fresh GUAC Star

GUAC Star made me love it instantly. The green pudding like potion applies with a refreshing coolness. It contains fresh avocado butter, oil and extract. All Farmhouse Fresh that I’ve used has been loaded with antioxidants and GUAC Star is no exception. It contains green tea, allantoin, and sodium PCA which all work towards making your skin become hydrated. The fragrance is hypnotizing. It is sweet but not cloying. I am not known for a love of fragrance but I love this one. I was using it while emailing a friend and I kept telling her how much I loved it. Her reaction was total shock.

Farmhouse Fresh GUAC Star

Farmhouse Fresh GUAC Star

Applying this is a delight and you don’t look like Shrek while it’s on. It feels so cool when you are applying it. Storing it in the refrigerator will certainly be a summer treat. Leave it on for 15-30 minutes, wash it off with a warm dampened cloth, and your skin will glow. It hardens while on but not stiffly. It doesn’t prevent you from doing anything since it stays partially damp. When you are finished your skin will be incredibly soft. Avocado is a wonderful ingredient since it’s loaded with vitamins B5, B6, K, E, and C, copper, folate, and potassium. Its naturally high moisturization factor completely comforts and nurtures skin according to the Farmhouse Fresh website.

Farmhouse Fresh GUAC Star

Farmhouse Fresh GUAC Star

My favorite time to use this is before my shower. I apply, sit at the computer and 25 minutes later jump in the shower. My skin looks plumper and glowier all day. I can picture doing this after work too to refresh from a hard day. Each jar will give you 14-16 uses. I’ve got another mask from Farmhouse Fresh that I thought was the IT mask but GUAC Star beats it.

What’s your green for March 17th? Mine is from Farmhouse Fresh. — Marcia

Farmhouse Fresh GUAC Star ingredients

Farmhouse Fresh GUAC Star ingredients

*sent for consideration

 

Are you ready to be wowed with some WOW Facial Masks?

WOW Masks

WOW Masks

While I haven’t had a chance to write about facial masks for the last few months, that doesn’t mean I haven’t used them. I love all varieties of masks and am always eager to make room for more when I’m offered them. WOW MASKS came into my life in December and helped get me through the hectic holidays and family birthdays the last two months.

WOW is named for the feeling that the creators felt after perfecting their luxurious facial masks. I feel pretty wowed after I use one.

WOW mask

WOW mask

WOW MASKS come in a box of 5. They contain RCMP-complex which is the essence of some of nature’s most effective skin-loving plants. The RCMP-complex is combined with Argireline which is known for skin firming and rejuvenation qualities. The masks are considered to be aqua gel masks. They are totally saturated with their ingredients and stay very damp the entire time you use them.

WOW Masks

WOW Masks

What makes these masks unique compared to all the others that I’ve tried is that these facial masks are easier to use because they are in two pieces. If you’ve ever struggled with getting a sheet mask on evenly you’ll truly appreciate that aspect of it.

WOW Mask two pieces

WOW Mask two pieces

It’s easier to apply the mesh mask (the picture is the backing) since you can move it around easily. There are slits at the nose so you can fit it better. Once on you can move them around to get them perfect. At first it’s going to be very wet and slippery but you have time to adjust. After a few minutes they’ll settle in and you can go about your business until you’re ready to remove. The WOW mask people suggest you leave it on for 20-40 minutes to soak in all the goodness.

WOW Mask directions

WOW Mask directions

I notice the effects of this mask for days. The goal is to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, help with reducing the look of your pores, and revitalize your skin. I feel like my skin is brighter after using this mask.

There are 8 effects that WOW has found with their masks:

DEEPLY MOISTURIZES

SMOOTHES SKIN TEXTURE

IMPROVES SKIN ELASTICITY AND TONE

PROTECTS CELLS FROM UV DAMAGE

BRIGHTENS THE SKIN

REDUCES DYNAMIC AND DEEP WRINKLES

MIMIZES VISISBLE PORES

CURES SKIN BLEMISHES

PROVIDES A LIFTING EFFECT

Are you ready to be WOWed too? I’m loving what I’m finding when I’m using these. You will be too.  —  Marcia

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Main Ingredients

PEPTIDE ARGIRELINE

A sophisticated peptide that inhibits muscle contraction to give you that much desired firming effect so your skin may return to its youthful self. It also reduces dynamic and deep wrinkles as well as prevents new ones from forming.

COLLAGEN MATRIX

Enriched with peptides and vegetable cell extract, our age-defying firming collagen matrix delivers intense hydration, visibly reduces pore sizes, wrinkles and skin imperfections so you may feel and look refreshed and beautiful.

RMPC COMPLEX

A cocktail of nature’s finest skin loving plants – Rhododendron Ferrugineum Leaf Cell Culture Extract, Malus Domestica Fruit Cell Culture Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricarina) Flower Extract and of Portulaca Oleracea Extract.

 

Masks, masks and more masks in the 9th day of Xmas giveaway

Miss Spa, Antrodia, 7th Heaven, BioRepublic

Miss Spa, Antrodia, 7th Heaven, BioRepublic

Masks, especially face masks, are part relaxation and part restoration. There are so many masks that can do so many things. If you are like me you love them all and look forward to the times you can use them. Today I have a lot of masks provided by Antrodia, Miss Spa, 7th Heaven, BioRepublic and Look Beauty for the 9th Day of Christmas Giveaway. These are all masks I’ve used and enjoy so I’m very excited to share with 3 of our Beauty Info Zone winners.

Mask giveaway time

Mask giveaway time

ANTRODIA MASKS –  This is actually a second chance for you if you weren’t one of the 4 winners from my previous review. One person will be able to win both of their Radiance + Repair Face Masks: Detoxification + Calming and Intense Moisture Replenishment. This way you’ll get to see why I liked these masks so much. They are full face masks that are very hydrating and great for those of us with anti-aging needs. In addition to these two that winner will also receive the fun MaskerAide “I Don’t Wanna Grow Up” sheet mask that helps to lift, firm & soften fine lines. You’ll have fun with this package since you’ll hydrate, detox and help with fine lines.

Antrodia masks and MaskerAide I Don't Wanna Grow Up

Antrodia masks and MaskerAide I Don’t Wanna Grow Up

BIOREPUBLIC is a wonderful company if you love to mask. These US made masks come in a variety of “flavors” and I have 3 for one winner. These are cruelty-free and made with the highest quality natural ingredients. All contain Vitamin E and are recommended for all skin types. CUCUMBER BREEZE is a soothing fiber mask that works best on stressed skin. It help tighten pores and reduce the appearance of fine lines. I love this mask! GREEN TEA DETOX is a purifying fiber mask  that is especially good if you want to help with blemishes and imperfections. It leaves you with clean, supple and refined skin while it helps remove excess sebum. ALOE RESCUE is the Revitalizing Fiber Mask. This mask has natural aloe vera juice in it which helps soothe dry skin. It’s really good for after sun use in case you get to go somewhere warm soon. Aloe Rescue provides immediate hydration so you end up with healthy, revitalized and lush skin.

BioRepublic Cucumber Breeze, Green Tea Detox and Aloe Rescue Masks

BioRepublic Cucumber Breeze, Green Tea Detox and Aloe Rescue Masks

MISS SPA is one of my favorite companies for masks since they have created so many. If you have any kind of need just check out Ulta or one of the stores that carries Miss Spa. I promise it will be hard for you to pick out the ones you want. One of the many reasons to love Miss Spa masks is that this is a woman owned company so we get to support women entrepreneurs. The winner of this group will receive the ILLUMINATE HYDROGEL FACIAL MASK which is a two piece mask that’s infused with pearl extract and collagen. The purpose of this mask is to help refine the skin’s surface so you get a lustrous look, clarity and a glow. TONE HYDROGEL CHIN MASK fits onto your chin by slipping the loop hole over your ears to secure the mask around you chin and jawline. This mask has been designed to help with the fines lines and crepiness in that area to give you a more lifted and youthful appearance. Now that your face and chin area are covered you’ll need your eyes and for that you’ll receive one packet of  Eye Repair Patch from Look Beauty. This is to help reduce eye puffiness which we all need. And there’s more!! Two packages of VII Code O2M Oxygen Eye Masks will be in this package too (not pictured).

Miss Spa Illuminating Facial Mask, Tone Hydrogel Chin Mask, Look Beauty Eye Repair

Miss Spa Illuminating Facial Mask, Tone Hydrogel Chin Mask, Look Beauty Eye Repair

In addition all three of our winners will receive a 7th HEAVEN BLACK SEAWEED PEEL-OFF mask for purifying. This is great for oily and combination skin. Don’t be scared by this black peel off mask when you apply it. It contains Pressed Sea Buckthorn, Harvest Laver Seaweed from the Welsh seaside and crushed sea salt. You’ll be deeply cleansed using this mask.

7th Heaven Black Seaweed Peel-Off Mask

7th Heaven Black Seaweed Peel-Off Mask

So what is your choice? Door number 1, 2, or 3?  — Marcia

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION: The 9th Day of Christmas giveaway has 3 winners – US and Canada only. It will end Dec. 17th at 11:59 p.m. EST. Please remember we check to see that the options have really happened and that you must subscribe to Beauty Info Zone (and stay a subscriber).
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7 Creams Luxury Starter Set from Karin Herzog

One of the hottest gifts this holiday is the 7 Creams Luxury Starter Set from Karin Herzog. It’s a great concept – seven skin care deluxe tubes, one for each day of the week, the whole set lasting for about five weeks. What a perfect gift for a beauty buff. It’s also an excellent way to try all the signature skin care creams from Karin Herzog and the packaging is truly luxurious.

Karin Herzog 7 Creams of the Week Set

Karin Herzog 7 Creams of the Week Set

This isn’t your typical sampler set. The tubes are generously sized, and the sleek black case with gold hardware is very chic. Each tube even has the day on the label so you know which one to use on Monday, which one on Tuesday, etc. There is also a very nice brush – you will use this long after the initial set is gone – that is used to apply several of the face creams.

Karin Herzog 7 Creams of the Week Set

Karin Herzog 7 Creams of the Week Set

Karin Herzog 7 Creams of the Week Set

Monday is to hydrate skin with Rose Gentle Face Cream. It has the 1% active oxygen that the Karin Herzog line is known for and is applied in the morning. Tuesday is for exfoliation with the AHA Remedy Face Cream. The AHA’s get rid of any dead, dull skin and prep the face for the remaining five creams you’ll use the rest of the week. Wednesday is time for a mid-week boost so you will energize, moisturize, and firm up skin with the Vita-A-Kombi 1 Anti-Aging Face Cream. This is applied in the morning and again at night after cleansing.  Thursday is for comforting the skin with the Additional Sweet Nourishing Face Cream, which is a great hydrator and can also be used as a makeup primer. Friday is the day to normalize with 2% oxygen to make sure skin is blemish-free for the weekend using the Oxygen Face Normalizing Cream. For the weekend, you have the Essential Mask Hydrating Face Mask for Saturday and then the Vitamin H Extra Nourishing Face Cream for Sunday.

Karin Herzog 7 Creams of the Week Set

Each tube indicates the day of the week

Each tube indicates the day of the week

The 7 Creams of the Week Set has a lot going for it. The generous size tubes are better than samples, giving you five full weeks to try out seven different products. The packaging is truly lovely, and this set is perfect for gifting to someone for the holidays. It’s also a perfect set for traveling since everything is TSA size. All the creams are for normal skin, and I think anyone would love this except for those very sensitive to fragrance since all the creams are scented.

This set is a $140 value but sells for $100 and I am seeing it on sale for even less at some etailer sites. Put this set on your list of gifts to give…or on your list of gifts for you!  – Lisa

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Ingredients:

Rose Cream: Aqua; Petrolatum, Glyceryl stearate, Paraffinum liquidum, Polysorbate 80, 1,15% Hydrogen peroxide, Stearyl alcohol, Cetyl alcohol, Rosa centifolia flower water, Salicylic acid, Cinnamomum camphora, Parfum.

AHA Cream: Aqua, Alcohol denat., Petrolatum, Glyceryl stearate, Paraffinum liquidum, Tocopheryl acetate, Stearyl alcohol, Cetyl alcohol, Polysorbate 80, Isopropyl myristate, Citrus aurantium dulcis peel oil, Citrus reticulata peel oil, Salicylic acid, Parfum, Cinnamomum camphora, Citric acid, Retinol, Formic acid, Beta-carotene.

Vita-A-Kombi 1: Aqua, Petrolatum, Glyceryl stearate, Paraffinum liquidum, Tocopheryl acetate, Polysorbate 80, Stearyl alcohol, Cetyl alcohol, 1% Hydrogen peroxide, Cetearyl ethylhexanoate, Isopropyl myristate, Salicylic acid, Fructose, Retinol, Parfum.

Additional Sweet: Aqua, Alcohol denat., Petrolatum, Glyceryl stearate, Paraffinum liquidum, Tocopheryl acetate, Stearyl alcohol, Cetyl alcohol, Copernica cerifera cera, Polysorbate 80, Isopropyl myristate, Salicylic acid, Parfum, Retinol, Formic acid.

Oxygen Face: Aqua, Petrolatum, Glyceryl stearate, Paraffinum liquidum, 2% Hydrogen peroxide, Stearyl alcohol, Cetyl alcohol, Polysorbate 80, Salicylic acid.

Essential Mask: Aqua, Petrolatum, Glyceryl stearate, Paraffinum liquidum, 2% Hydrogen peroxide, Polysorbate 80, Stearyl alcohol, Cetyl alcohol, Tocopheryl acetate, Citrus paradisi peel oil, Citrus aurantium dulcis peel oil, Citrus reticulata peel oil, Salicylic acid, Fructose, Retinol.

Vitamin H: Aqua; Alcohol denat.; Petrolatum; Paraffinum liquidum; Glyceryl stearate; Isopropyl myristate; Tocopheryl acetate; Stearyl alcohol; Cetyl alcohol; Polysorbate 80; Cinnamomum camphora; Cetearyl ethylhexanoate; Salicylic acid; Cyanocobalamin; Helianthus annuus seed oil, beta-carotene, daucus carota sativa root extract; Riboflavin; Pyridoxine HCl; Biotin; Formic acid; Thiamine nitrate; Parfum.

Farmhouse Fresh has Pudding Apeel to renew your skin

I’m beginning to feel like Farmhouse Fresh can do no wrong. This is only my second product from them but both are amazing plus Lisa has reviewed many before she steered me to try the brand. I hate to say she was right (I’m stubborn) but she was right. Farmhouse Fresh rules.

My new item fits in perfectly with my love of masks. PUDDING APEEL is a facial mask in a jar.

Farmhouse Fresh Pudding Apeel

Farmhouse Fresh Pudding Apeel

press sample

Similar to other products from Farmhouse Fresh PUDDING APEEL has the most delicious fragrance and this is coming from someone who never uses fragrances. This is a Tapioca + Rice Active Fruit Glycolic Mask that smells and looks like a creamy, delicious pudding.

Pudding Apeel ingredients

Pudding Apeel ingredients

Farmhouse Fresh Pudding Apeel is a mask that helps resurface you skin. It’s a gentle exfoliator that uses glycolic acid and alpha hydroxy acids that are provided by fruit extracts. This is a wonderful hydration mask that moisturizes with honey and coconut milk, soothing green tea and honeysuckle extracts.

We’ve all heard about using AHA (alpha hydroxy acid) and how it helps to renew skin but finding a product that is both gentle and effective isn’t quite as easy as it sounds. We want the cell turnover without using anything that’s harsh. This mask is so gentle that it can be used every day without a problem. I purposely used it for 7 straight days to test that out without using any other masks and I loved how smooth my face looked and felt.

Farmhouse Fresh Pudding Apeel

Farmhouse Fresh Pudding Apeel

When you apply this you can feel a tiny bit of grittiness which is just the brown rice micro grains that are used in the formula to help exfoliate. I don’t seem to need too much to do the job. You can leave it on for 20-30 minutes, I seem to go closer to the 30 minutes because it’s so comfortable on.

It dries down and hardens but it’s not a “can’t move my face” hardening. I can still talk and I can put my glasses back on after about 5 minutes.

Farmhouse Fresh Pudding Apeel

Farmhouse Fresh Pudding Apeel

What’s so alluring about this is the fragrance. You’ll swear you’re in the kitchen or a bakery. It’s not overwhelming at all but it definitely is fragrant. Once washed off it just makes your skin feel soft.

Pudding Apeel ingredients

Pudding Apeel ingredients

Pudding Apeel is made with 97% natural and naturally derived ingredients. The fragrance of it is natural and comes from the ingredients used, not artificial fragrance. Ingredients include allantoin (an extract from comfrey root) and that helps reduce inflamation. The tapioca assists in the silky finish your skin will feel after using this mask. Honey is a natural humectant that will condition skin while coconut milk provides moisturizing properties. While it sounds good enough to eat, it’s much better just to use this on your skin since that’s what everyone is going to see.

Power to the pudding!  — Marcia

*sent for consideration