Beat the winter skin blues with our Mario Badescu giveaway

Win this terrific Mario Badescu Skin Care Set and beat those winter skin blues!

Win this terrific Mario Badescu Skin Care Set and beat those winter skin blues!

So it’s -25 degrees here in Michigan…I just read on Facebook that one of my friends injured herself after she passed out from the shock of inhaling the freezing air. It’s dangerously cold, the school are all closed, and my skin is crying from all this dry indoor heat, not to mention wind burn from just running out to get the mail!

Mario Badescu has fantastic products to help beat this winter cold and they are giving a set to one lucky BIZ reader. Read on for more about the Seaweed Cleansing Soap, Super Collagen Mask,and Lip Wax – plus your chance to make this set your own.

Mario Badescu Seaweed Cleansing Soap

Mario Badescu Seaweed Cleansing Soap

thick, creamy green goodness

thick, creamy green goodness

The Seaweed Cleansing Soap (8 0z $12, 16 oz $20) is a very thick, green cleanser with tiny bits of seaweed that help with exfoliation. It’s perfect for normal to oily skin and it is fragrance-free. It cleanses beautifully without drying out skin. The seaweed nourishes the skin with minerals while also acting as an anti-inflammatory, which is great for my irritated winter skin.

Mario Badescu Super Collagen Mask

Mario Badescu Super Collagen Mask

more green goodness for your face!

more green goodness for your face!

The Super Collagen Mask ($18) is a clay mask for normal to oily skin.It is a thick, pudding-like mint green mask that doesn’t have a discernible scent. The Super Collagen Mask helps firm and purify skin but what I really love is that it’s full of wonderful soothing agents like Azulene and oatmeal that make my skin happy.

Mario Badescu Lip Wax

Mario Badescu Lip Wax

my latest addiction...

my latest addiction…

The Lip Wax ($5) is available in two forms – jar and stick. I like the stick version because then I don’t need to be concerned with dipping my fingers into anything. This is an excellent lanolin-based lip balm that soothes and heals dry lips. It sort of ‘melts’ onto my lips, and I love the wonderful slip it gives them. The Vitamin E helps makes my lips smooth and hydrated. Lip Wax is my latest lip addiction!

Now is your chance to win a  Seaweed Cleansing SoapSuper Collagen Mask,and Lip Wax to help you beat the winter skin blues!  This giveaway is for US and Canada only and open through February 10, 2014.  Good luck!  - Lisa

*products reviewed and giveaway items provided by Mario Badescu

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Looking great with derma e Hydrating Mask

derma e® Hydrating Mask

derma e® Hydrating Mask

The perfect face starts with perfect skin and that’s where derma e® Hydrating Mask with Hyaluronic Acid comes in.  Whether it’s for a holiday face or for everyday, you want your skin looking refreshed, smooth, and moisturized. I’ve used a lot of different types of masks but I couldn’t resist when derma e® offered to send this. Two things popped out at me: hydrating and hyaluronic acid. My skin was never dry so it’s a change for me to have to moisturize quite as much as I do now. In the dead of winter I’ve always had dry patches, but now I have them as soon as cold weather starts.

derma e® Hydrating Mask

derma e® Hydrating Mask

To combat that I’ve been taking advantage of this derma e® Hydrating Mask. It’s like a mini facial in a tube. It’s a very gentle mask whose purpose is to replenish the moisture in your skin. It does that with Hyaluronic Acid which they call “nature’s moisture magnet” because it can hold up to 1000 times its weight in water.

derma e® Hydrating Mask

derma e® Hydrating Mask

derma e® Hydrating Mask

derma e® Hydrating Mask

The mask is pure white so it looks as good as it feels. You apply it evenly over your whole face and let it sit for about 10 minutes. It dries down but never feels like it’s pulling on your skin. If you forget you have it on, which is really easy to do, it won’t make a difference since it doesn’t dry your skin out, only moisturizes it. After I’m done with the mask my face loses those dry patches and seems to appreciate the moisturizer I use even more. You can use this twice a week and your skin will appreciate it. I like to use it on my neck every once in a while too.

ingredients

ingredients

The derma e® Hydrating Mask also contains antioxidant-rich Olive and Green Tea, skin softening Avocado, Cupuacu Butter and Jojoba Oil, soothing Aloe and nourishing Vitamin E. It has all the wonderful qualities that other Derma E skincare products have like being 100% vegan, cruelty-free, paraben-free, sulfate-free, mineral oil-free, lanolin-free, gluten free, GMO-free.

derma e® Hydrating Mask

derma e® Hydrating Mask

I could spend this entire review telling you why you should buy Derma E skincare products and still have more to say. This is a company that has some truly wonderful qualities as well as products that are great for your skin as well as gentle on your wallet. This mask is $29.50 for a 4 oz mask that will last the entire winter, a little goes a long way.

Have you been masking lately? What have you used? — Marcia

*sent for possible review

derma e® products can be found at dermstore.com (free shipping!!), the derma e® website as well as other online sites (not affiliate links)

Giveaway alert! Make your 2014 resolution perfect skin with YBF Skin Care – plus an awesome coupon code

ybf shop_logo400wFor 2014, why not make it your goal to get perfect skin?  The BIZ and YBF Skin Care are here to help with a fantastic coupon code for YBF as well as an unbelievable giveaway.  YBF Skin Care has some of the most amazing skin products around, truly innovative products that are not only made with love, they are also highly effective.  What better way to celebrate 2014??  We have FOUR chances to win – two BIZ readers will win one Clarity 5 pack ($40 value each), and two winners will win one full size Advanced CE Concentrate each ($50 value each).

Win one of these great products!

Win one of these great products!

In the meantime, here’s a killer deal for any other YBF Skin Care products you’ d like to order!  Your coupon code: BeautyInfoZone.  This code is limited to one per customer, and it runs through 2/14/14.  With the purchase of a full size Advanced CE Concentrate OR a Clarity Matcha Mask 5 pack, receive free shipping, two Prep Microdermabrasion Cream/Mask samples and two Clarity Matcha Mask sachets (retail value is $38.)

I tested both the Advanced CE Concentrate and Clarity Matcha Masks, and here is the scoop on these great products.

Advanced

Advanced CE Concentrate

Advanced ingredients

Advanced ingredients in Advanced CE Concentrate

Advanced CE Concentrate ($50)  This is, no question, one of the very best vitamin C products on the market today.  The packaging is perfect, an airless pump tube that doesn’t expose the product to light so it keeps it completely stable and effective.  It’s a light lotion that works great on its own, and it also plays well with other moisturizing products.

swatch of Advanced

swatch of Advanced CE Concentrate

Vitamin C, when packaged correctly, is a bit of a skin care miracle because it does these things:  it’s an amazing antioxidant and it’s extremely effective for diminishing fine lines and wrinkles.  It increases collagen production, evens skin tone, reduces inflammation, and overall is the bomb in the anti-aging ingredient arena.  YBF co-creator Darrell says, “I threw out the idea of using the usual irritating and unstable Cs commonly used: ascorbic acid, ascorbyl palmitate and used to a lesser extent, ascorbyl phosphate. I also knew I wanted to use at least one stable oil soluble and one water soluble form of C. Eventually I landed on three Cs I loved and we developed this wonderful, potent and yet still gentle formula using some of the more novel and costly new Cs available. The addition of a specialized form of vitamin E and the skin calmer, alpha bisabolol was icing on the cake.”  This is a fantastically elegant formula that should be a staple in your skin care routine.

Clarity

Clarity Matcha Green Tea Facial Mask 5 pack

one packet of Clarity

one packet of Clarity Matcha Green Tea Facial Mask

Clarity Matcha Green Tea Facial Mask ($9 to $40) comes as a powder in a single use sachet, and you have the choice of purchasing individual single use packets or sets of five.  I love powdered masks because they stay fresh and keep their efficacy for a long time, unlike masks in an open jar which have a limited shelf life.

Green tea is one heck of an anti-aging ingredient as it’s both an anti-ager and an anti-carcinogenic.  French green clay absorbs impurities that clog pores and create blemishes.  It also tightens skin and gives it a more youthful appearance.  Other terrific ingredients in this mask include spin trap, Lipochorman-6, vitamin E succinate, vitamin B%, vitamin C, alpha bisabolol and thyme.

all you need

all you need to make a fantastic mask for gorgeous skin

1 teaspoon of honey

1 teaspoon of honey

adding the powder mask to the water and honey

adding the Clarity powder mask to the water and honey

Clarity all mixed up and ready to apply

Clarity all mixed up and ready to apply

To prepare this mask, I mixed 2 teaspoons of water with 1 teaspoon of honey then mixed well with a fork.  I let it sit for about 15 minutes, then I applied with a synthetic brush.  My daughter Annie and I decided to have a ‘girls night’, which consisted of getting great skin and lots of goofing around!!  We let our masks soak in for about 25 minutes, then used a hot towel to soften the mask then remove it.  Our skin felt unbelievable after – even Annie, who already has baby soft skin, has even softer and smoother skin afterwards.  This is a TOTAL winner.

Goofing around on our girl's night

Goofing around on our girl’s night

Two thumbs up for this terrific mask!

Two thumbs up for this terrific mask!

Take advantage of our wonderful promo code BEAUTYINFOZONE while you are also entering for a chance to win one of four great prizes.

Entering is easy, so enter now and enter often!  Lucky for us, this contest is open to all of our readers worldwide.  Happy New Year everyone!!  - Lisa

*Products tested and giveaway items courtesy of YBF Skin Care

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Advanced CE Concentrate Ingredients:  (total vitamin C, 8.7%) reverse osmosis water, olivem (cetearyl olivate, sorbitan olivate), vitamin C (tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate/ascorbyl tetraisopalmitate), meadowfoam seed oil, vitamin C (magnesium ascorbyl phosphate/MAP), vitamin C (aminopropyl ascorbyl phosphate/AAP), ethylhexyl palmitate, vitamin e succinate (d-alpha tocopherol succinate), Leucidal (leuconostoc/radish root ferment filtrate), alpha bisabolol

ClarityMatcha Green Tea Facial Mask Ingredients:  French green clay, matcha (japanese ceremonial grade green tea), dl-panthenol (vitamin B5), meadowfoam seed oil, epigallocatechin gallate(EGCG), sodium alginate, vitamin C (magnesium ascorbyl phosphate/MAP), spin trap (phenyl butyl nitrone), lipochroman-6 (dimethylmethoxy chromanol), vitamin e succinate (d-alpha tocopherol succinate), alpha bisabolol, thyme ct. linalool

EmerginC Phytocell Detox Mask to the rescue

EmerginC Phytocell Detox Mask

EmerginC Phytocell Detox Mask

This is the baby that saved my face after what I call baby week. You’d think that I was the pregnant one instead of my daughter-in-law the way I was stressed out. I was (am) beyond excited; my stomach was twisting and turning, I wasn’t sleeping, I couldn’t think straight. I needed detox so I turned once again to EmerginC Phytocell Detox Mask by Scientific Organics. This mask has been in my rotation for several months now since receiving it for review. I’ve used it quite a few times but never needed it like I did this past weekend.

EmerginC phytocell detox mask

EmerginC phytocell detox mask

EmerginC Phytocell Detox Mask is meant to draw out the impurities leaving your skin radiant and glowing. It does that with an amazing group of natural ingredients: French green clay, kombucha, grape stem cells, algae extract, glycerin, brightening complex with xylose and galactose from palmaria palmata, food grade seaweed.

Let’s talk about a few of these. KOMBUCHA (according to the ever wise Wikipedia) is a lightly effervescent fermented drink of sweet tea. It’s full of helpful enzymes, amino acids and polyphenols. Applied topically, kombucha has been said to assist with signs of aging by lessening the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

FRENCH GREEN CLAY is used in spas all the time. Clay is known for drawing out impurities.

GRAPE STEM CELLS – grapes are being used more and more often in skincare since it’s similar to our own skin cells. It’s very high in anti-oxidants. Proanthocyanidins—a group of polyphenolic bioflavonoids found in grape seeds and their stem cells—are responsible for its powerful antioxidant effect and its anti-tumor activity. They have also demonstrated the ability to protect the skin’s own endogenous antioxidant mechanism, providing superior radical-quenching.*

emerginC phytocell detox mask

emerginC phytocell detox mask

I apply this mask and let it work its magic for 15 minutes. The fragrance at first is very clay like but there’s also a bit of a citrus smell to it. It doesn’t leave behind any fragrance once washed off. It sets and hardens but it’s not so much that you can’t talk or laugh. You might look a little funny with a lightly tinted green face but you can still go about your life without worrying that it’s going to slide off.  It washes off easily so it’s easy to use.emerginC mask finger

The result is that my skin looks more radiant for the next few days. The flakies are gone and my pores don’t look as big.  While this isn’t inexpensive at $50 for a 1.76 oz/ml jar, it’s going to last a long time since you just don’t need that much. Normally I’d say that my face feels as smooth as a baby’s butt but have you touched a baby’s butt lately? There’s nothing quite that smooth. In the meantime, this is a great alternative especially with the stress of the holidays. What have you been using to detox?? — Marcia

disclosure: received for possible review

*information from Skin.inc

emerginC mask ingredients

emerginC mask ingredients

Review and giveaway: Michael Todd Kaolin Clay Facial Mask and Pumpkin Nutrient Rich Facial Mask

I love facial masks. They are wonderful for preventative care but lately I reach for them more often for triage. As I get older, my skin gets more unpredicable and there’s no telling when a breakout can unexpectedly occur. Luckily, Michael Todd sent the BIZ two fabulously fast fixes for skin woes and you can win a facial mask for yourself!

Kaolin

Kaolin Clay Detoxifying Facial Mask

Kaolin

Kaolin Clay Detoxifying Facial Mask

The Kaolin Clay Mask ($34) has French green, white, and pink Kaolin clays that detox troubled skin without making it excessively dry or irritated. This mask takes care of overly oily skin and it does a terrific job of banishing blemishes. In fact, I use this as an overnight spot treatment with great success.

This is a wonderful mask for blemish-prone, oily skin. You can use it several times a week, although it’s pretty strong so even with my combination skin I find that once a week is perfect.

A fabulous mask that is just perfect for the season is the Pumpkin Nutrient Rich Facial Mask ($34) which smells so good you will want to eat it!

Michael

Michael Todd Pumpkin Nutrient Rich Facial Mask

Michael

yummy pumpkin goodness for great skin

This is another very powerful mask that has pumpkin enzymes and glycolic acid to exfoliate skin. The ingredients include high concentrations of proteolytic enzymes and 5% glycolic acid, as well as anti-oxidant beta carotene and over 100 other essential vitamins, minerals, phytosterols and fatty acids. It really makes skin bright and glowy and it does a great job of unclogging pores. This mask is so strong it even has its own product advisory: This product is for all skin types except sensitive. The powerful exfoliating properties of this mask may be irritating for certain skin types. Use caution when applying especially if you regularly use other exfoliating products such as Vitamin A, Alpha/Beta Hydroxy acids.

I use this mask once a week and don’t have any issues with irritation from the glycolic acid at all. It’s a wonderfully effective mask that will give you even more to be thankful for on Thanksgiving!

The good people at Michael Todd True Organics sent an extra Pumpkin mask for a giveaway. There are two prizes which means two winners:  the first will win a full size Pumpkin Nutrient Rich Facial Mask, the second will win a deluxe size (1 oz.) Pumpkin Nutrient Rich Facial Mask.  The giveaway ends Dec. 11th at 11:59 p.m. so enter today!  - Lisa

*full size masks were sent for review, smaller size for giveaway is from the BIZ

Michael Todd pumpkin masks for giveaway

Michael Todd pumpkin masks for giveaway

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It’s mask time with Pangea Organics Japanese Matcha Tea with Acai & Goji Berry

Pangea Organics Japanese Matcha Tea with Acai & Goji Berry Facial Mask

Pangea Organics Japanese Matcha Tea with Acai & Goji Berry Facial Mask

Lately I’ve accumulated several masks for review. It’s so interesting to see how different they are. Most do a great job of improving the quality of skintone so I’ve been lucky that way. The Pangea Organics Japanese Matcha Tea with Acai & Goji Berry Facial Mask is very different than the other masks I’ll be reviewing. There are a few very interesting things about the mask and the company. This is my first venture using something from Pangea Organics and I’ve enjoyed both the product and the learning experience. Pangea is a company that believes in sustainability. Buying Pangea products does more than make your body feel good. It means you’re supporting sustainable agriculture and culture. Everything from fair trade sourcing and organic farming to living wages and the use of renewable, recycled and recyclable resources. In other words, good for you. Good for everybody.

Pangea products are (and always will be):

  • Crafted in small batches, using pure, organic ingredients that replenish the skin and soothe or stimulate your senses
  • Preserved using the gentlest of methods to retain the nurturing properties of the botanicals in each customized blend
  • Intentionally sourced from organic farmers through fair trade practices whenever possible
  • Honest above all else: if it’s in our products, it’s on our labels

    Pangea Organics Japanese Matcha Tea with Acai & Goji Berry Facial Mask

    Pangea Organics Japanese Matcha Tea with Acai & Goji Berry Facial Mask

Pangea Organics Japanese Matcha Tea with Acai and Gojo Berry Facial Mask abounds with great ingredients:

Organic Matcha Tea Power contains more than 10 times the nutrients of any other tea. The tea powder contains antioxidant polyphenols which are environmental protection for your skin. The natural caffeine in it also offers anti-inflammatory benefits.

Organic Goji Berry Extract is considered a “super food” and makes this even more of an antioxidant mask. Goji Berry can help reduce irritation, problems from the effects of the sun, and is great for dull and lifeless skin.

Acai, a dark purple berry from the Amazon Rainforest, is one of the most powerful super fruits on the planet. Packed with anti-oxidants and healthy omega fats, acai’s been shown to hinder the development of certain cancers.

Wildcrafted seaweed helps with circulation and purification of you skin. It’s job is to help nourish, hydate, soften and tone skin.

Pangea Organics Japanese Matcha Tea with Acai & Goji Berry Facial Mask

Pangea Organics Japanese Matcha Tea with Acai & Goji Berry Facial Mask

Now on to the mask – why I said it was different is that it doesn’t dry down on me and when it’s on my face it looks like I have coffee grounds covering my face. I start with damp skin, apply and let it sit about 5-8 minutes. Then I add some water to my hands and massage it into my skin. It’s very gentle and I don’t feel any graininess or irritation. I use a washcloth to remove it and it’s not a bad removal. Sometimes particles cling to my skin so I have to use the scrub or mask at shower time, but this one washes off pretty cleanly with a washcloth.

Afterwards my skin looks visibly brightened though it’s temporary of course. I feel like my pores aren’t quite as visible either. This is on the expensive side at $40 but honestly you don’t need a lot at all so it would last a long time. Here’s a little more from Pangea about the benefits:

ACAI: antioxidant, revitalizing, protective

GOJI BERRY: anti-aging, nutrient-rich, rejuvenating

Certified to NSF/ANSI 305 by QAI      Gluten-Free       Vegan  Award Winning Product

The Pangea Organics Japanese Matcha Tea with Acai & Goji Berry Facial Mask is a great way to start or end the day. In the morning apply it 8 minutes before your shower and walk around with a brighter clearer face that day. In the evening while doing your relaxing, do something good for your skin by using this mask and you’ll wake up looking more refreshed.

Pangea Organics has some interesting Discovery Kits for $40 that would give you a great taste of what they have to offer. Have you tried anything from Pangea Organics? — Marcia

*sample sent for review

Time to play in the mud with Miracle Skin Transformer Mud Mask

Miracle Skin Transformer is providing more miracles for your skin – this time with their Miracle Revival Mud Skin Restoring Treatment Mask  ($38).

MST

Is this mud mask a miracle for your skin?

Who doesn’t love playing in the mud? It’s always fun to get dirty in the name of getting clean. I adore mud masks so I was thrilled when Miracle Skin Transformer sent the BIZ their new mud mask. This mask promises some real miracles for your skin – hydrated skin, improved firmness, redness reduction, wrinkle reduction, detoxification and protection from free-radicals. It even takes on uneven pigmentation and dark spots.

MST

Miracle Skin Transformer – a HUGE jar of mud

Inside the huge jar is what MST calls the M3 Complex, which is a combination of antioxidants and vitamins like green tea and mushroom extract, oat beta glucans, and extracts of the Resurrection Plant (boy that sure sounds like something that makes miracles happen!). It’s got bioactive silt from European lakes to invigorate the skin and Kaolin clay to help keep skin clear by drawing out impurities.

MST

mud never looked so good

The mask is applied to clean, dry skin.  It’s left on for 15 minutes, then rinsed off with warm water. I find it makes my skin tingle a bit, in a pleasant way. It smells sort of like mint. Afterwards, my skin is extremely soft and hydrated. I’ve been using this twice a week for a month, and my skin looks great.  I have definitely noticed an improvement in skin tone with less redness and an overall brighter complexion. If I have the beginnings of a hormonal outbreak, I use this mask and blemishes run away.

If you like mud masks, this is one to check out. I think it’s a total winner, it does everything it says and doesn’t dry out my skin at all.  Hooray for miracles and mud!  - Lisa

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