Get ready for an amazing TSV you can’t miss! First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream Home and Away Kit

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream

I found First Aid Beauty…or I guess it found me…in 2010.  I was taken in by the idea of first aid for my skin care woes, and I loved the gentle yet extremely effective products.  I’ve been a huge fan of the line ever since, and am simply delighted First Aid Beauty is on QVC, and even more delighted with the insanely great Today’s Special Value that is debuting on November 17th!

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The First Aid Beauty TSV features the jar and tube versions of the Ultra Repair Cream.  This lovely shea-based cream features soothing colloidal oatmeal, a wonderful skin soother.  Here are the key ingredients:

  • Colloidal Oatmeal to relieve and protect skin (only FDA-approved OTC ingredient to relieve symptoms of eczema)
  • Allantoin and Eucalyptus Oil to heal/soothe skin
  • FAB Antioxidant Booster to combat free radicals
  • Ceramides and Shea Butter to moisturize and protect the skin’s barrier

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream

It smooths on so easily and absorbs into skin in no time.  It softens dry skin quickly, and is great for winter dryness and chapped skin, as well as those with eczema or sensitive skin.  I find that when I put this on it lasts a long time, and I really appreciate that it isn’t greasy so I can go about my business and do anything – type, use my phone or IPAD, eat, whatever without leaving grease marks everywhere.   I like having a tube of this at my desk for my hands during the day, and a jar by my bed to smooth on my legs and feet at bedtime, plus another jar in the bathroom for right after I shower – plus it makes a truly fabulous neck and decolletage cream!

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream swatch

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream in the jar

Ultra Repair Cream Benefits:

  • Provides immediate relief and visible improvement to distressed skin
  • Deeply hydrates, calms, protects and restores the skin
  • Helps relieve minor skin irritation and itching due to eczema and other skin conditions
  • Can be applied ANYWHERE on the body – elbows, feet, hands and even the face
  • Beautiful whipped formula absorbs quickly and doesn’t leave skin greasy
  • Allergy-tested; No harsh chemicals or artificial fragrances (scents derived from steamed, distilled essential oils)
  • For all skin types, even sensitive skin and skin with eczema

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream

Great news – tomorrow is the BEST day to stock up on the Ultra Repair Cream because QVC is having a swoon-worthy TSV for the Ultra Repair Cream Home & Away Kit.  This kit is exclusive to QVC and includes two 14 oz jars plus two 2 oz tubes of Ultra Repair Cream, and it’s available in 5 combinations of scents:  all Original unscented OR one set of Original + one set of scented (your choice: Vanilla, Honeysuckle, Rosemary Mint or NEW Green Tea Lemon).  I have the Original, which is perfect for those with very sensitive skin; the Vanilla, which is a very subtle yet delicious vanilla; and the Rosemary Mint, which is a cool, festive fresh mint with just a hint of rosemary.

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream Vanilla

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream Unscented

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream Rosemary Mint

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream Vanilla

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream Unscented

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream Rosemary Mint

All this – four big jars and two 2 oz tubes for just $39.96 – that’s a $140 value.  I say buy one for yourself, and buy another one to give as holiday gifts.  That’s six gifts for under $40 – shoot, buy an extra two of them and you’ll have all your kid’s teachers taken care of, as well as lots of relatives, your manicurist, your hair stylist, etc.  These make incredibly practical gifts that will make the recipients incredibly happy.

Remember, the TSV debuts November 17th as a QVC Today’s Special Value!  

Each kit includes:
14 oz & 2 oz Original Ultra Repair Cream
14 oz & 2 oz Ultra Repair Cream Original or Scented

TSV Price: $39.96 (11/17/17 only)
Value: $140

Just click THIS LINK to be taken to the sale which starts at 12:02 a.m. EST on 11/17/17.   Happy shopping!!  – Lisa

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First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream

What are Miracle Water and Secret Sauce? They’re IT Cosmetics newest recipe for wonderful skin

IT Cosmetics has had a stellar 2017 and we’re so excited to be a part of it. This is a brand that is universally loved by customers and you can count me as one of their biggest fans. I’m thrilled to introduce you to their two newest skincare products but more thrilled that I have incorporated them into my daily routine.

Their recipe for success includes the new Miracle Water and Secret Sauce. So let’s learn about them and why I’m thrilled.

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IT Cosmetics Miracle Water

MIRACLE WATER is a 3-in-1 Glow Tonic that you are going to want AND need.

  • Skin brightening Radiance Booster
  • Skin softening Micellar Cleanser
  • Anti-aging Treatment Essence

IT Cosmetics Miracle Water

I’m a huge fan of Micellar Water and having this improved version is amazing. It’s like having 3 products yet I’m only using one. Miracle Water is used in the typical way by applying it to a cotton pad and then swiping it on your face to remove cosmetics, skincare, and the day’s pollution.

But it’s not just for cleansing since it also brightens and hydrates your skin. It contains Drops of Light Technology Concentrate used in other IT Cosmetics products, as well as diamond powder, vitamin C and licorice root for youthful-looking lit from within skin.

It Cosmetics Miracle Water

It’s aptly named since this does seem to be magical. The Secret Sauce Fermented Complex deeply absorbs so that you’ll start seeing anti-aging results with this. To top it off, it’s unscented so I love it even more. The bottle is a hard plastic that looks beautiful on my vanity. It’s not squeezable so I’m not wasting product by squeezing out too much. I’m using it 1 to 2 times a day and seeing more hydration and clearer brighter skin.

IT Cosmetics Secret Sauce

The next step in the recipe is IT Cosmetics Secret Sauce, a moisturizer that is fabulous for dry skin. It’s rich and feels heavenly on skin. But it’s not so rich that it clogs pore. It absorbs beautifully.

IT Cosmetics Secret Sauce

Here’s what IT Cosmetics wants us to know:

  • Secret Sauce is a luxurious, clinically advanced moisturizer that instantly hydrates to transform your skin.
  • It contains Secret Sauce Fermented Complex which deeply absorbs.
  • There’s also Drops of Light Technology Concentrate, vitamin C and licorice root to deliver that youthful glow.
  • Secret Sauce contains collagen, peptides and hyaluronic acid.

Are you at all surprised that I love this fragrance free moisturizer??

IT Cosmetics Secret Sauce

I know it’s easy to dismiss products that bloggers receive to review but this isn’t a product that gets the hype because of that. These products get hyped because they are THAT good! The combination of Miracle Water and Secret Sauce makes them even better. It’s not necessary to use them both but it sure makes the recipe rich and delicious.  —  Marcia

Available at Sephora and Sephora.com. These are the perfect way to use your 15-20% off coupons!

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Nyakio is telling me the answers to all these global beauty secrets…

Nyakio is telling me the answers to all these global beauty secrets… And they are juicy!!  Wow, nyakio™ is a beautiful skin care line. You can find it at Ulta so be sure to check it out – it has everything you need to restore tired, stressed out skin, cleanse and exfoliate congested skin, and treat and moisturize for beautiful, soft, glowing skin.

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nyakio™ was founded by the gorgeous Nyakio Kamoche Grieco, a first-generation American of Kenyan descent, who has based her line on her family recipes and beauty recipes from 13 different countries from around the world. Everything is ethically and sustainable sourced with indigenous ingredients and is formulated without Sulfates, Phthalates, Parabens, Mineral Oil, Petrolatum, Formaldehyde and Butylene Glycol.

Companies that make it their mission to not only help make our skin look amazing but also help empower women are always a favorite at the BIZ. nyakio™ partners with Girls Inc., which helps girls through mentorships, internships, and events that give them amazing learning experiences, as well as providing monetary support. It’s all good stuff!

I tested four products, one that restores, one that moisturizes, and two that treat.

nyakio™ Marula & Neroli Brightening Oil

  • Marula & Neroli Brightening Oil ($42) (South Africa for Marula Oil and Morocco for Neroli Oil) is a light skin brightening oil that evens out skin tone that luminizes the complexion. Ingredients include marula and neroli oils, which have vitamin C, an excellent antioxidant that is great for evening out skin tone and brightening dull complexions. I am really enjoying this oil and it’s definitely helping my hyperpigmentation areas. It has a light, yummy scent and it isn’t heavy or greasy.  I have combination skin and it just loves this – the oil soaks right in and actually seems to leave my skin more balanced.

    nyakio™ Baobab Youth-Infused Daily Defense Creme

    nyakio™ Baobab Youth-Infused Daily Defense Creme

     

  • Baobab Youth Infused Daily Defense Crème (Mali) ($35) Oh my, this is a fabulous moisturizer! Super rich and just lovely. It doesn’t take much to make skin buttery soft and supple. No greasy kids stuff here – just satiny smooth and amazing! Ingredients include baobab oil which is chock full of antioxidants.

    nyakio™ African Black Soap

    nyakio™ African Black Soap

     

  • African Black Soap  ($35) Purifying Mud Mask (Ghana)  It only takes about ten minutes for this mud mask to draw out all the dirt and nastiness hiding in your pores, leaving incredibly soft, clean, completely detoxed skin. African black soap has vitamins A and E and is actually quite gentle while still being kick-ass effective. This is fabulous for very oily skin as well as sensitive skin.

    nyakio™ Chamomile Soothing Sleeping Mask

     

  • Chamomile Soothing Sleep Mask (Egypt) ($35) This is an overnight treatment cream that works wonderfully for very dry skin. It’s not sticky or thick, it sinks in and is easy to sleep in without getting all over your sheets or pillowcase. I put this on my dry areas, like my forehead and my cheeks, while avoiding my oily areas. It really works wonders on dry, scaly skin! It leaves skin soft, supple, calmed and happy. Ingredients include chamomile, calendula and aloe vera.

Overall, nyakio™ is truly lovely line of interesting products that represent beauty rituals from all over the world.  Be sure to take a look the next time you are at Ulta – you won’t be disappointed!  – Lisa

Kerstin Florian – Scentsational skin care

Kerstin Florian

I love trying new skin care so I jumped at the chance to try Kerstin Florian for Beauty Info Zone. I was sent the Rehydrating Neroli Cleansing Milk, Rehydrating Neroli Water, the Rejuvenating Moisture Balm, and the Correcting Rescue Creme in full sizes which was very generous.  (guest post)

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Kerstin Florian Rehydrating Neroli Cleansing Milk

Kerstin Florian Rehydrating Neroli Milk is rich in phytonutrients and botanicals and is very delicately scented. It is so thick and creamy that after a few pumps I couldn’t get it out of the bottle. In fact, I had to have my husband open the bottle and get as much of the product out as he could and put it into a tupperware container. I continued to use the product this way which was not ideal as I had to scoop it out with my fingers.

Kerstin Florian Rehydrating Neroli Cleansing Milk

However, I loved the way it cleansed my skin and left it feeling soft and moisturized. Its ingredient highlights are:

• Neroli Oil – extracted from the bitter orange blossom, hydrates, soothes and oxygenates skin
• Apricot Kernel Oil – moisturizes, softens and protects skin
• Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice – hydrates and soothes as it promotes healing and cell renewal

Kerstin Florian Rehydrating Neroli Water

The Rehydrating Neroli Water is my favorite of these products. The sprayer is top-notch and you can spray your whole face and neck evenly.

Kerstin Florian Rehydrating Neroli Water

The bitter orange blossom scent is not long lasting but it is delightful. I love the way it makes my skin feel very refreshed. Its ingredient highlights is Bitter Orange Flower Water – “this aromatic essence eases stress response, calms the mind and uplifts the spirit.”

Kerstin Florian Rejuvenating Moisture Balm

The Rejuvenating Moisture Balm can be used as a once or twice weekly mask or as an overnight treatment. It, too, smells delicious. I use it as an overnight treatment and wake up with deeply hydrated skin.

Kerstin Florian Rejuvenating Moisture Balm

Its ingredient highlights are:

  • Horse Chestnut – softens and calms skin as it helps strengthen fragile capillary walls
  • Arnica Montana – floral extract reduces inflammation and promotes healing
  • St. John’s Wort – soothes irritation as it promotes clarity and even tone

Kerstin Florian Rescue Creme

Their Correcting Rescue Creme I used as a night cream. It corrects redness and promotes healing as well as moisturizing your skin. I don’t have redness nor am I in need of healing my skin but I can attest to its moisturizing properties and calming scent.

Kerstin Florian Rescue Creme

Its ingredient highlights are :

• Linolenic/Oleic Polyglycerides – complex of glycoproteins promotes tissue regeneration, faster healing, and production of collagen and elastin as it visibly reduces wrinkle depth
• Butyrospermum Parkii – rich in fatty acids, Shea Butter provides instant lasting moisture and suppleness
• Haberlea Rhodopensis Leaf, Boerhavia Diffusa Root & Beta Vulgaris Root Extracts – natural botanicals protect, revitalize, regulate sensitivity and protect against oxidative stress
• Tocopherol Acetate – one of the most powerful and protective antioxidants, Vitamin E also improves elasticity and smoothness”

From what I can tell, most of the line is either made in France or Switzerland and if you love exotic skincare with deliciously fragrant scents, you will love this line.  –  Guest post from Phyllis

Help for mature skin: Phytomer RESUBSTANCE Skin Resilience Rich Cream

Phytomer RESUBSTANCE Skin Resilience Rich Cream

Every day is a new adventure.  The older we get, the stranger our skin behaves, and once menopause hits even those of us who always had very oily and congested skin suddenly find ourselves at the opposite end of the spectrum.  Menopause causes a sudden decrease in lipids, which results in very dry, tight, and uncomfortable skin.  Phytomer has an incredible jar of loveliness that addresses this particular issue – RESUBSTANCE Skin Resilience Rich Cream ($145.50), the perfect antidote to dehydrated skin due to aging skin.

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Phytomer RESUBSTANCE Skin Resilience Rich Cream

Phytomer RESUBSTANCE Skin Resilience Rich Cream

There are two main ingredients that plump up the skin from both the inside and the outside:

• Brown Algae Concentrate – restores substance to skin tissues thanks to essential molecules: collagen
and elastin fibers and hyaluronic acid.
• Marine-Origin Corneogel – restores substance to the stratum corneum to fill surface wrinkles with cells
from marine origin: seawater enriched with mineral NMF boosters, mico-algae concentrated in amino acid NMF
boosters, lactic acid and lipids.

Anyone who has super dry skin will love this fantastic moisturizer because it really saturates the skin with hydration without any hint of greasiness or anything that clogs pores.  Those who are going through menopause will be thrilled with the relief it gives to that suddenly parched skin and the major wrinkles that seem to appear overnight because of the lack of lipids.  There is a very slight scent – it’s clean, like oranges and ozone, but it’s barely noticeable.  I found I got immediate relief from dry, parched skin and over time the results just keep getting better and better.   Here are the results from Phytomer’s tests:
More substance deep down
Synthesis of collagen 1: +46%*
Skin is plumped up: 88%**
Skin is springier: 87%**
More comfort
Skin is immediately more comfortable: 92%**
Skin is less dry: 96%**
* In vitro tests on human dermal fiberblasts. **Satisfaction test on 24 women. Twice-daily application for 28 days.

I am beyond impressed with this elegant moisturizing cream.  If you have dry skin or are going through menopause, RESUBSTANCE Skin Resilience Rich Cream is exactly what your skin needs!!  You can find this and other Phytomer products in select spas and at www.phytomerusa.com.  – Lisa

@PhytomerUSA.com.

Phytomer RESUBSTANCE Skin Resilience Rich Cream

4 for Fall: four small but mighty products!

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The change in seasons brings all sorts of skin care challenges and I have four small but mighty products that will help you power through any surprise curve balls thrown your way. Dry lips? No problem. Greasy locks? Gone in an instant. Bad breath? Got you covered. Dry skin? Don’t make me laugh. Not only will you have the tools, but these are also  portable and easy to conceal and carry anywhere. Ready? Let’s go!!

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  1.  Annmarie Skin Care Antioxidant Lip Balm

Annmarie Skin Care Antioxidant Lip Balm

Lip balm is a must have for fall. Dry lips are terrible to suffer through, especially when they peel and get really sore. I am loving my Annmarie Skin Care Antioxidant Lip Balm so much I can’t rave enough about it. The slip is fantastic and it lasts forever. It conditions lips and takes away all flakes and dryness so quickly it’s incredible.

Benefits:

Antioxidant-rich, omega-heavy fruit oils of buriti and sea buckthorn fight free radicals.

– Organic cocoa butter softens lips.

– Rich cocoa extract leaves kisses luminous and luscious—with a hint of chocolate.

The ingredient list is fabulous, and everything is organically grown or wildcrafted: Olive oil, cocoa butter, beeswax, sea buckthorn fruit oil, buriti fruit oil, cocoa extract, rosehip fruit oil, and rosemary extract.

The price is good and even better if you buy more: 1 for $8; 3 for $24 (save on shipping); 5 for $40 and get 1 free; 10 for $80, and get 2 free. Why not buy a bunch and stock up for the cold months? The dry indoor heat is really rough on delicate lip tissue. You won’t be sorry –  Annmarie Skin Care Antioxidant Lip Balm is some of the best lip balm I have tried in forever.

2.  Tish and Snooky Manic Panic Dry Shampoo

Tish and Snooky Manic Panic Dry Shampoo

Tish and Snooky Manic Panic Dry Shampoo

Tish and Snooky Manic Panic Dry Shampoo

Who would know more about hair freshening dry shampoo than punk rock sisters? Um, NO ONE. Tish and Snooky are those sisters and they have the iconic Manic Panic hair color and cosmetics line. One of my fav products is the super cool and wonderfully portable Hair Freshener Powder Dry Shampoo ($9.99). This lightweight powder soaks up dirt and grease, gives hair a nice fresh scent, and adds lots of volume and texture between washes. Sometimes hair looks good in the morning but by midday it starts looking droopy, especially with chilly fall showers. Just sneak a little Manic Panic Hair Freshener Powder Dry Shampoo and your hair will be happy and looking fantastic in no time!

3.  Dr. Plotka Toothbrush

Dr. Plotka Toothbrush

Dr. Plotka Toothbrush

Dr. Plotka Toothbrush

Dr. Plotka Toothbrush

Here’s a great memory trick – change your toothbrush with every season. This season, why not upgrade with a really cool new toothbrush – Doctor Plotka’s™ Mouthwatchers toothbrush. This toothbrush has naturally antimicrobial bristles that are infused with silver that naturally eliminate 99.9% of bacteria that grow on bristles in between uses – pretty awesome! The bristles are also super thin at the top so they act as floss, reaching food in between teeth. I sure do love a multi-tasker. You need one of these at home, one in your car, and one at work.

Be sure to keep reading the BIZ because we have a giveaway coming up for some Doctor Plotka’s™ Mouthwatcher toothbrushes so you can floss like a boss this fall!

4.  LDC Anti-Aging Moisturizer Travel Size ($60)

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The final item in my fab four are the travel size LDC Anti-Aging Moisurizer. There is a lot going on in such a small bottle – this plumps skin, evens skin tone, tightens skin and makes it look younger.

  • Look Instantly Younger! Erase wrinkles and hydrate your skin, all at the same time!
  • Our Resveratrol Peptide Complex is a revolutionary new formula that will not only make you look younger, but will also hydrate and moisturize your skin.
  • See a noticeable improvement in skin tone, as well as a skin lightening benefit.
  • 6 Peptides and Resveratrol work in synergy to provide you with a relaxed and softer appearance.
  • Instant Results! Painless skin tightening and hydrating results! On the go!

The Travel Size Kit comes with two airless pumps – one for your purse and one for your desk at work, perfect for instant skin hydration any time you start feeling a little dry.

There you go, four heavy hitters in small packages to get you through the fall season. Big doesn’t necessarily mean mighty, and these four favorites are mighty awesome!! – Lisa

Vintage charm with Le Couvent des Minimes

Le Couvent des Minimes

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I adore anything vintage and the Le Couvent des Minimes line is a wonderful botanical based line with throwback packaging and classic products that take you back in time. Even better, Le Couvent des Minimes supports child and health care projects by giving back 1% of all of their annual sales to their Franciscan Missionaries. I have been testing two skin care products that get high marks from me and if you love summery scents you will really love these.

Le Couvent des Minimes Cloister Body Gel Cream

Le Couvent des Minimes Cloister Body Gel Cream

The Cloister Body Gel Cream ($18, 7 oz.) is a very rich body cream that has a super cool gel-like texture. The base is shea butter, and it’s combined with rose oil to lock in hydration while the other essentials oils exfoliate the skin.
Key Ingredients:

  • Shea Butter: softens skin and retains moisture
  • Essential Oils: detoxifies and exfoliates skin
  • Vitamin E: boosts the skins natural repair processes

This has a very pronounced rose scent, so if you love roses you will be in heaven. Rose makes for a great antibacterial and this gel body cream is a truly incredible hydrator. It leaves skin unbelievably soft and smelling feminine and well, yes – like a rose!

Le Couvent des Minimes Loving Care the Face Cream for Sensitive Skin

Le Couvent des Minimes Loving Care the Face Cream for Sensitive Skin

The Loving Care for the Face Cream for Sensitive Skin ($18) was actually inspired by Franciscan Missionaries of Mary. They protected and soothed those in need, and so does this face cream – it soothes skin, protects it, and keeps it hydrated. It gives immediate relief, and can even be used on children under the age of 3. It does have fragrance, although it’s light and a very soft floral. Ingredients include:

•Grape-seed Oil: nourishes and prevents dry skin
•Mallow Extract: moisturizes and softens
•Calendula Extract: helps to reinforce the natural skin barrier
•Rose Flower Water: soothes

If you love vintage inspired products as well as lines that support great causes, then be sure to check out Le Couvent des Minimes! You can find them online at Dermstore.com.  – Lisa