Detox and get fresh skin with our Citrus Clear Giveaway!

Citrus Clear Giveaway!Have you got oily skin that is prone to blackheads? I know it’s not fun dealing with the problems that come with this skin type, but today is your lucky day because we have a giveaway just for you!

Citrus Clear has offered a giveaway for two products that are heavy hitters when it comes to decongesting skin:  the Citrus Clear Pore & Blackhead Extracting Mask ($35) and the Citrus Clear Sensitive Moisturizer ($25).  (samples)

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Citrus Clear Pore & Blackhead Extracting Mask

The Pore & Blackhead Extracting Mask is a clay mask that is not for wimps. This is gold for those with very oily skin and lots of clogged pores. It has plants, herbs, and two kinds of clay that really go deep into pores to pull out blackheads and dirt.

Citrus Clear Pore & Blackhead Extracting Mask

Citrus Clear Pore & Blackhead Extracting Mask

Just apply a thin layer to clean dry skin and leave it on for about five minutes. While the mask dries, it grabs whatever is blocking your pores and absorbs it into the clay, which you then wash off. This process definitely makes skin tingle and I found the mask continues to work for the next day or two. If you don’t have super oily skin to begin with, don’t be surprised if you have some peeling for a day or two! Pores look smaller immediately…the effect is pretty impressive.

Some of the key ingredients:  KAOLIN CLAY, a highly absorbent clay; PURIFIED SMECTITE CLAY, great for detoxing skin; LEMON ESSENTIAL OIL, an antibacterial that helps decongest skin; ORANGE PEEL EXTRACT, another ingredient for dissolving dirt and blackheads; SEA KELP, an exfoliant; and GRAPESEED OIL, another antibacterial that kills infections.

After such a thorough cleansing, skin needs some TLC which the Citrus Clear Sensitive Moisturizer provides.

Citrus Clear Sensitive Moisturizer

The Sensitive Moisturizer can be used every day, but it’s especially soothing after the mask treatment. This moisturizer rehydrates skin, helps to balance out oil production, and has wonderful ingredients like Amino Acids and Vitamin B5.

Take some time to detox your skin and get rid of those nasty blackheads! Our Citrus Clear Giveaway has one winner and the prize is a Pore & Blackhead Extracting Mask and a Sensitive Moisturizer. This giveaway is US only and ends 10/5/16 at 11:59 pm EST. If the Rafflecopter gets cranky and won’t let you leave a comment, just email your comment to us at beautyinfozone@gmail.com and label it CITRUS CLEAR.  Good luck for some good skin!!  – Lisa
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Mask Ingredients: Organic Citrus Infusion, Organic Aloe Vera, Kaolin clay, Sodium Magnesium Silicate, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Cellulose Gum, Purified Smectite Clay, Vanilla, Sweet Orange Essential Oil, Wildcrafted Lemon Balm Extract, Orange Hydrosol, Lemon Essential Oil, Citrus Lime Essential Oil, Mandarin Essential Oil, Orange Peel Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Ethyl Hexyl Glycerin, Spirulina, Sea Kelp, Grapeseed Oil.

Moisturizer Ingredients: Organic Aloe Vera, Palm Oil, Silk Protein Amino Acid Blend, Glycine, L-Alanine, L-Serine, L-Valine, L-Proline, L-threonine, L-Isoleucine, L-Histidine, L-Phenylalanine), Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, Organic Safflower Oil, MSM, Pink Grapefruit Essential Oil, Vitamin C, Botanical Hyaluronic Acid, Wildcrafted Lemon Balm, Grapefruit Seed Extract, Orange Hydrosol, Lemon Oil, Citrus Lime Essential Oil, Mandarin Essential Oil, Orange Peel Extract, Peppermint Essential Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Shea Butter, Vitamin B5, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexyl Glycerin, Xanthan Gum, Wildcrafted Green Tea, Citric Acid.

Best skin care trends for back to school

Best skin care trends for back to school

I can’t believe all the terrific beauty products on sale at Meijer next week for their Fall Beauty Week – everything needed to take care of yourself from tips to toes. Here are some of my skin care picks, including an awesome tote bag set to carry all those goodies!                                                                 samples

Modella 9 Piece Tote Set

Modella 9 Piece Tote Set

I am loving this tote bag set! The Modella 9 Piece Tote Set is a great bargain to begin with, and an even better bargain during Fall Beauty Week. The bags are waterproof and easy to clean, and there’s a size for every possible need you might have.

Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water

If you haven’t tried Garnier’s Micellar Cleansing Water yet, now is your chance. It’s an excellent cleanser especially for those nights when all you want to do is fall into bed. You won’t skip washing your face when all it takes is a cotton pad – the Micellar Cleansing Water attracts dirt and oil, so no water or scrubbing is necessary.

derma e Anti-Wrinkle Vitamin A Retinyl Palmitate Creme

If you have very dry skin and want something that moisturizes and treats wrinkles, definitely try the derma e Anti-Wrinkle Vitamin A Retinyl Palmitate Creme. Retinyl Palmitate is pure Vitamin A, one of the best antioxidants available. Be sure to use a spatula so you don’t accidentally contaminate the moisturizer, and pick up some of awesome derma e products in the sample packs if you can. They are perfect for travel or to keep at your desk – just use a pin to prick a hole in the sample pack which helps the product last and keeps it from spilling out.

Olay Eye Cream and Aveeno Absolutely Ageless moisturizers A few more skin care recommendations that you can find on sale next week at the Meijer Fall Beauty Week:  for eyes, check out the Olay Eye Lifting Serum. It has cutting edge ingredients including fantastic antioxidants and peptides and I think it’s one of the best drugstore eye serums available. Two other favorites are from Aveeno’s Absolutely Ageless line. The Daily Moisturizer has excellent broad spectrum sun protection, improves skin texture and tone, and is a great moisturizer for those with combination to oily skin. The Restorative Night Cream is another winner, reducing the look of fine lines and wrinkles while also firming and toning skin. Great stuff!

Get your shopping list ready – Meijer’s Fall Beauty Week starts September 11th.  – Lisa

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Calm skin with Arbonne: Calm Gentle Daily Moisturizer and Soothing Eye Gel

Arbonne Calm Gentle Daily Moisturizer and Eye GelThere are just a few direct sales cosmetics lines that fascinate me, and Arbonne has always been one of them.  A good friend of mine is a 20+ year representative of Arbonne, and she swears her amazing skin is a direct result of this line.  I have some favorites that are simply incredible (if you haven’t tried the Unwind Massage Oil yet you have NO idea what you are missing!!) so I was super happy to test samples of two skin care products:  Calm Gentle Daily Moisturizer and Soothing Eye Gel.        samples

Arbonne Calm Gentle Daily Moisturizer

Arbonne Calm Gentle Daily Moisturizer

Arbonne Calm Gentle Daily Moisturizer

The Calm Gentle Daily Moisturizer ($40) is a total winner.  Granted, it doesn’t have any SPF in it, so if you use it for your daytime moisturizer you also need sun protection – but my foundation typically covers the need.  This beautifully lightweight moisturizer is certainly worth that extra step for some SPF because it’s chock full of antioxidants to fight free radicals and emollients to hydrate thirsty skin.

I recommend this for anyone who has dry skin, especially those with sensitive skin since it is fragrance-free.  It does a great job of repairing skin, improving texture, and plumping fine lines.  Yay for Arbonne on this one!

Arbonne Calm Soothing Eye Gel

The Arbonne Calm Soothing Eye Gel ($31) is really nice, although it’s not quite as impressive as the Calm Gentle Daily Moisturizer.  I like that the Soothing Eye Gel is water-based, which means no chance of milia for me.  It’s also fragrance-free, which is essential for anything that comes near my eyes.  And I think the rollerball applicator is pretty cool – literally, since it feels nice and cool going on, plus it gives an undereye massage that feels wonderful.

Arbonne Calm Soothing Eye Gel

Arbonne Calm Soothing Eye Gel

The massage provides instant gratification for undereye puffiness.  You can get the same instant de-puffing with a manual massage, but the rollerball is a neat shortcut.  What I worry about is this – I never put my fingers into my products because I don’t want to potentially contaminate them with bacteria.  The rollerball is applied directly, so that means whatever is on my skin goes into the jar no matter what.  Maybe this isn’t an issue, but the older I get the more paranoid I get about this sort of thing.

Beyond that, the ingredients – including cucumber and aloe – are very soothing and calming.  If you are looking for something easy to use with an immediate calming effect for puffy eyes, it’s something you will want to check out.  You can find Arbonne online at www.arbonne.com, as well as locally through direct sales representatives.  – Lisa

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Discover the secret of silk in your skincare with Silkriller

Silkriller Silver Revitalization Set

Silkriller Silver Revitalization Set

I’ve been holding out on you. I was sent a set of the most luxurious Japanese skincare products and have been loving using them but I haven’t shared. I should know better than that but now that I’m ready you are going to need to make your holiday wishlist because Silkriller is a brand you will love using.

Silkriller Revitalization Skincare Set, Silver

Silkriller Revitalization Skincare Set, Silver

Silkriller is the only brand that contains a raw material “Silk Fibroin” which is made up of 18 kinds of amino acid. Silk is a treasured component in Japan as it is used to fight off bacteria, infectious skin disease, and reduce dark spots. I was thrilled from my first use especially since most Asian skincare is fragranced but Skillriller is non-fragranced and luxurious.

The Revitalization Set – Silver ($308) that I use contains 4 products. Each of Skillriller’s products are sold separately plus there’s a Revitalizaton Set – Gold.

Silkriller Facial Foam

Silkriller Facial Foam

Silkriller Facial Foam ($54) is especially good for combination skin but all skin types will enjoy this. Even though it’s called a foam it’s actually a creamy cleanser that barely foams up. It’s infused with natural honey, grapefruit and silk fibroin. It gives a slight firming sensation and it never feels like it’s drying out my skin. I feel like it’s made my skin a little more radiant too.

Silkriller Lotion

Silkriller Lotion

Silkriller Lotion ($76) is essentially an essence. It’s a water based beauty tonic that helps greatly if you have sensitive, weakened, or dry skin. I was surprised when I used it the first time to find that it was a clear product because of the name lotion. This absorbs so quickly so you don’t even realize that its rejuvenating and nourishing your skin. The amino acids will help those of you with acne scars. I pat this on with my hands until it’s fully absorbed. Silkriller calls this their Rejuvenating Beauty Tonic and I agree with that description.

Silkriller 3D Silver Pure Rich Gel

Silkriller 3D Silver Pure Rich Gel

Silkriller 3D Silver Pure Rich Gel ($86) is the premier product of this set. This anti-aging serum is in a pump glass bottle that I’m able to control so that I’m not getting too much out. I massage this onto my face and try very hard to remember to do that in an upward motion. I use this 2 – 3 times per week since it’s so concentrated. On those nights I’ll skip the Lotion. The gel is a fusion of their ancient recipe and modern technology. It’s a blend of silk fibroin and beauty essences. 3D Silver Pure Rich Gel isn’t heavy at all, it’s absorbed quickly and continues to strengthen collagen formation. While it’s not an eye cream or gel, it’s safe to use around your eyes especially wherever you have fine lines. It’s a gel meant to guard your skin from the environment and aging problems.

Silkriller Moisture Cream

Silkriller Moisture Cream

Silkriller Moisture Cream ($108) is a silky soft moisturizer that is a pleasure to use. It’s very lightweight and yet it’s so hydrating. It absorbs quickly and never interferes with my makeup. It’s very highly concentrated so even though it’s lightweight you’d never know you are getting so many benefits from it.

Silkriller Moisture Cream

Silkriller Moisture Cream

While it’s busy working to improve skin elasticity and refine skin radiance, it’s also regenerating skin cells. “Our exclusive and FDA registered moisturizer deeply hydrates your skin and does not contain any surfactants.” They are the only brand that doesn’t have any surfactants in their product. I love the feel and I love that fact that there is no scent whatsoever.

Silkriller is an investment but one of the best kinds since it’s protecting your face and helping to keep you looking more youthful. No matter how beautiful your makeup is, it all starts with your skin.  — Marcia

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Skin Again Youth could be your secret weapon – giveaway included

When I see pictures like the following it makes me so glad that I have the opportunity to try skincare brands like Skin Again. I just don’t want to get to this point:

before Skin Again Youth

before Skin Again Youth

Using the right products can bring you noticeable results like this second picture from Skin Again:

after 30 days of using Skin Again Youth (photos from skinagain.com)

after 30 days of using Skin Again Youth (photos from skinagain.com)

When Skin Again asked me to pick a product to test out these are the two photos that swung my choice to their Youth Moisturizer.

Skin Again Youth

Skin Again Youth

I’ve long passed my personal youth but that was a good reason to choose Youth to test. I was delighted when this lightweight moisturizer arrived and it was fragrance free. I can use it morning or night without worrying about an artificial scent. But I was even more delighted when using for the past several months.

Skin Again Youth

Skin Again Youth

The Skin Again company is fascinating on so many levels. I hope I can convey these to you.

There’s free shipping on all orders. While that’s not that unusual what is unique is that they also have a money back guarantee. If you buy their products and find they don’t work, just contact them and you’ll be able to return them for a refund.

YOUTH is a vegan product that is also free of gluten, sulfates, and parabens. Plus it’s cruelty free.

They believe in Positive Energy and infuse each bottle with what they call “The Power of Dermavibe”. SkinAgain uses advanced technology to infuse positive, life affirming energy onto a holographic conductor called Dermavibe. Dermavibe is affixed to every bottle of Youth to support our belief that positive energy promotes youthful radiance. 

Skin Again Dermavibe

Skin Again Dermavibe

YOUTH is the secret weapon for both wrinkles and dark spots. It contains 5 powerful peptides that boost collagen and restore your skin’s elasticity. Your wrinkles and fine lines can be reduced by these peptides. Youth is also working on dark spots you have with the use of the ingredient Rumex Occidentalis. “This potent ingredient reduces skin pigmentation by limiting both melanin production and skin reddening. Combined with other powerful ingredients in Youth it has been shown to effectively reduce the appearance of age spots and hyperpigmentation within 14-30 days!”

Skin Again Youth

Skin Again Youth

What did I find with this moisturizer? My skin is looking brighter and more lively. I don’t notice my fine lines as much. It hasn’t completely ridden my cheek of the sunspots I’ve had for eons but it is easier to cover them up with a light foundation. I’m sure it’s helped with my sun damage too but you know I’m adamant about using sunscreen and this doesn’t contain any so I have to add that separately.

Youth is $64 and available on the Skin Again website. There is a discount code LPYOUTH which will bring your cost down to $57.60. For me this is a mid-range price product with high-price results. They believe in positive energy and positive results. I’ve gotten both from Youth.  — Marcia

GIVEAWAY: I was sent one extra Skin Again Youth to offer as a giveaway to a US or Canadian subscriber. I’m quite sure that this will be loved by any reader of the BIZ. Our giveaway is open until Friday, 7/22/16 at 11:59 p.m. eastern time. We have had a problem with our comment section closing before the end of the giveaway. If you can’t find a place to comment then email me at beautyinfozone@gmail.com and label it YOUTH. Put your comment in the email so you can click enter and continue. If I can’t find your email subscription your entries become invalid so I hope you’ll follow the rules.  Good luck!

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Ingredients:

Water, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Powder, Squalane (Vegetable Derived), Glycerin (Vegetable Derived), Candelilla/Jojoba/Rice Bran Polyglyceryl-3 Esters, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Butylene Glycol, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Oligopeptide-68, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E Acetate), Cyathea Cumingil Leaf Extract, Rumex Occidentalis Extract, Vibro Alginolyticus Ferment Filtrate, Artocarpus Heterophyllus Seed Extract, Allantoin, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Articum Lappa (Burdock) Root Extract, Gingko Biloba Leaf Extract, Symphytum Officinale (Comfrey) Leaf Extract, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Sodium Oleate, Xanthan Gum.
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Auspect Skin Care launches in the U.S. this month!

Auspect Skin CareI love discovering a new skin care line and Auspect Skin Care from Australia is about as new as it gets in the states. It just launched this month in the US, although it’s a favorite luxury line in the UK and Australia. In fact, up until now it was only available through dermatologists, so we are lucky we can get it directly from the get go.                                                                  pr sample

Auspect Skin Care features natural cleansers, serums, exfoliators, and moisturizers that focus on restoring and healing skin while also protecting it. The clinical grade products are the result of 20 years of research.

Auspect Starter Kit

A great way to try out this line is with the Auspect’s Starter Kit ($110). This kit includes Auspect’s Total Clean cleanser, Exfol + night serum, Vita C serum, and Hydrate Plus moisturizer.

  • Total Clean purifies by removing imbedded dirt, makeup, excess oil and damaging pollutants.

    Auspect Skin Care Total Clean

    Auspect Skin Care Total Clean

  • Exfol + works to give you a smoother skin texture, smaller looking pores and fewer visible imperfections.

    Auspect Skin Care Exfol+

    Auspect Skin Care Exfol+

  • Vita C is a potent, non-irritating, highly stable and non-greasy serum that, even to the last drop, gives you a softer, brighter looking complexion.

    Auspect Skin Care Vita C

    Auspect Skin Care Vita C

  • Hydrate Plus is a nutrient rich moisturizer that quickly replenishes skin’s vital moisture reserve

    Auspect Skin Care Hydrate+

    Auspect Skin Care Hydrate+

Auspect Skin Care Starter KitThis is almost the total skin care package with everything you need for your morning and night-time routine – the only item you’ll want to add is some sunscreen.

I think the products are perfect for summer – at .5 and 1.0 ounces, the bottles are travel ready and FTC compliant. They even come in a nice see-through travel bag. One small note – these products do have a light fragrance.

Head on over to the Auspect Skin Care web site to check out full size products and the rest of the range, which includes some great treatment serums, eye cream, and sunscreen. Take a trip ‘down under’ for some beautiful skin!  – Lisa

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An introduction to Aveeno Absolutely Ageless with a giveaway

It’s always fun to receive a delivery from Aveeno and their new Absolutely Ageless products are a perfect addition to their already great line.

photo credit: www.kineticsnj.com

photo credit: www.kineticsnj.com

Yes, it’s their new blackberry fragranced Absolutely Ageless™ products that are a delicious mix Aveeno concentration of ACTIVE NATURALS® Blackberry Complex infused with vitamins, antioxidants, and anti-aging ingredients. If I have to have fragrance in my products then let them be yummy.

Blackberry Jam - amazingly good from Mrs. Millers

Blackberry Jam – amazingly good from Mrs. Millers

The AVEENO® Absolutely Ageless™ Collection was created to help reduce the visible effects of elastin and collagen loss, but to also nourish skin, to keep it looking younger, longer. Who wouldn’t want that?

all 5 of the new Aveeno Absolutely Ageless™ products

all 5 of the new Aveeno Absolutely Ageless™ products

Let’s start with cleansing our skin with the Nourishing Cleanser. This is gentle enough for both morning and night. I keep it in my shower because of the plastic pump. I don’t have to worry about breakage and it’s sealed well so water doesn’t seep in. This removes dirt and makeup and totally refreshes my skin making it ready for my day. It’s hydrating without being too rich so it doesn’t clog pores at all. The MSRP is $7.99 so it’s an affordable option in your life.

AVEENO® Absolutely Ageless™ Intensive Renewal Serum is a wonderful serum as it contains everything that Aveeno is known for including this new Active Naturals Blackberry Complex. It’s a thin serum that absorbs pretty quickly without leaving any stickiness behind. The top is a pump so you aren’t compromising the inside. While the MSRP is $19.99 which is a good price for this top notch serum, Amazon has it for $12.86 making it a steal.

AVEENO® Absolutely Ageless™ Intensive Renewal Serum

AVEENO® Absolutely Ageless™ Intensive Renewal Serum

The next step for me is to apply eye cream since I want everything absorbed before it’s time to put on any cosmetics. Aveeno didn’t forget my favorite product when they came out with AVEENO® Absolutely Ageless™ Eye Cream. This 0.5 oz eye cream is the perfect size for home and travel. The slant tip makes it easy to apply without using your fingers if you want. If you want to lose your dark circles and that pesky puffiness this is a great way to go. You know I’m a nut about eye cream and it’s wonderful to find one so well priced. And I don’t notice a fragrance!!!!

Aveeno Absolutely Ageless Nourishing Cleanser, Eye cream, Intensive Renewal Serum

Aveeno Absolutely Ageless Daily Moisturizer, Eye cream, Intensive Renewal Serum

Moving on we need moisturizer and Aveeno Absolutely Ageless has both a daily moisturizer and a night cream. I’m always delighted when there’s sunscreen in my moisturizer since it saves me an extra step. AVEENO® Absolutely Ageless™ Daily Moisturizer with Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30 fits that bill. The moisturizer has the strongest fragrance of the 5 products but you won’t notice it after a while. It comes with a pump applicator. As with all of these products it’s dermatologist test and won’t clog pores. We need both moisturizer and sunscreen daily to keep our skin looking youthful. Whenever I’d take my 90 year old+ mother to the dermatologist Aveeno is what they’d recommend for her.

AVEENO® Absolutely Ageless™ Daily Moisturizer with Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30

AVEENO® Absolutely Ageless™ Daily Moisturizer with Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30

AVEENO® Absolutely Ageless™ Daily Moisturizer with Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30

AVEENO® Absolutely Ageless™ Daily Moisturizer with Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30

For night we have AVEENO® Absolutely Ageless™ Restorative Night Cream. This is the only product that’s in a jar. This night cream is thick and creamy having the most delicious fragrance of all these. This is much more intense than the Daily Moisturizer so you need to scoop it out and cover your entire face and neck area with it. Do NOT forget your neck. You are doing everything you can to keep your face hydrated and more youthful but it’s your neck that is a tell tale giveaway of age (example Meg Ryan at the Tony’s!). This is great for dry skin especially.

Now for the very good news, AVEENO® has kindly offered to send 3 Beauty Info Zone this entire skincare line. The US only winners will win all 5 of the products to see for themselves what a difference AVEENO® can make in their skin.  — Marcia

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION: This is a US only giveaway for 3 Beauty Info Zone subscribers. When filling out the Rafflecopter make sure you actually do both requirements before going forward. Entries are verified. The giveaway ends on Monday July 4th at 11:59 pm eastern. If Since comments closed please email me at beautyinfozone@gmail.com with your comment so you can continue on in the Rafflecopter. Prizes will be distributed by Aveeno or their PR. We thank them for the continued generosity with Beauty Info Zone and our readers.

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