Mad Hippie Antioxidant Facial Oil – I’m mad about this!

Mad Hippie Antioxidant Facial Oil

Mad Hippie Antioxidant Facial Oil

I know exactly what attracted me to MAD HIPPIE ANTIOXIDANT FACIAL OIL. It’s the name. I love the name of this line. My dad was a “Mad Man” and we lived and breathed advertisements, commercials and PR in our house. We didn’t watch the TV shows as much as we watched and discussed the commercials on TV. I know my dad would be as impressed with Mad Hippie as I am.

When Mad Hippie offered to send one of their products I had a hard time deciding which to try but I’m in my oil phase of life and enjoying what they are doing for my skin. I’m so glad that this is what I chose because it’s a wonderful facial oil.

What makes this line unique, aside from its creative name and packaging, is that everything about the line is all-natural yet it has active ingredients that are fabulous for treating signs of aging (meaning what I live with), sun damage and environmental damage.

I’ve been using Mad Hippie Antioxidant Facial Oil as my night time moisturizer and my skin is lapping it up and thanking me. I’m probably using more than I need but I love the ingredients and want my skin to enjoy them too. I’m sure I could use this in the daytime with a lighter touch but at night I don’t have to worry about SPF or how something works with my foundation.

Mad Hippie Antioxidant Facial Oil has the best ingredients. (information from MadHippie.com)

Mad Hippie Antioxidant Facial Oil ingredients

Mad Hippie Antioxidant Facial Oil ingredients

“Argan Oil – Providing instant, non-comedogenic hydration to the skin while naturally occurring triterpenoids work to heal scar tissue, reduce inflammation & protect the skin.  Containing over 80% essential fatty acids, as well as naturally occurring vitamin E, this exotic oil works to moisturize & revitalize the skin.

Sea Buckthorn Berry – This berry native to the Tibetan Himalayas, is rich in vitamins A, B, C, D, E, K, P, carotenoids, flavonoids, phenols, folic acid & fatty acids. In fact, the buckthorn berry is the only plant in the world to contain omega 3, 6, 7 & 9 all together.

Blueberry Extract – This superfruit is rich in antioxidants including vitamins A & C that protect the skin by neutralizing aging free radicals.  Blueberries have been shown to reduce the rigidity of capillary walls underneath the skin, promoting circulation & aiding in the reduction of redness & flushing.

Pomegranate Oil – Potent antioxidant that is a high source of ellagic acid, a polyphenol that has been shown to inhibit the growth of skin cancer.  Believed to also mediate the effects of ultraviolet rays & skin discoloration.

Camu Camu Berry – Amazonian berry with 30x the vitamin C of an orange.

Broccoli Extract – A recent study at John Hopkins found that broccoli extract applied topically reduced UV induced redness & inflammation by an average of 37%.  This is thought to be a result of the sulforaphane found in broccoli.

Raspberry Seed Extract – High in antioxidants such as vitamin E, vitamin A, and omega fatty acids 3 & 6, raspberry seed extract is also know for its anti-inflammatory and anti-septic qualities.  High in ellagic acid, a natural polyphenol, raspberry seed extract provides UV protective benefits, while protecting the skin from damaging free radicals.

Strawberry Extract – Another antioxidant-rich berry, Strawberry extract has been shown to have UV protective effects on the skin.

Goji Berry – Containing 18 vital amino acids, zinc, selenium, phosphorus and vitamins B1, B2, B6, C & E, goji berries provide the skin with essential nutrients and antioxidants. In fact, the superfruit contains more beta carotene than carrots, and even more iron than spinach.

Hemp Seed Extract -  Rich in omegas 3, 6 & 9, as well as antioxidants, hemp seed oil provides the skin with instant moisturizing and protective benefits.

Grape Seed Extract – One of nature’s most potent antioxidants, shown to inhibit UV generated skin damage and protect skin from free radicals.

Sunflower Seed Oil -  Rich in vitamins A, D & E, as well as essential fatty acids, sunflower seed oil has natural moisturizing and anti-inflammatory effects on the skin.”

Mad Hippie Antioxidant Facial Oil

Mad Hippie Antioxidant Facial Oil

The Antioxidant Facial Oil comes in a glass jar with a dropper. Now I’m the biggest klutz in the world and when I use this I pray I don’t drop it. I’ve broken way too many items lately. I’m sure though that it’s the freshest and most sanitary way to keep this oil so I’ll forgive them for the packaging. Or maybe they should forgive me for being a klutz.

Mad Hippie

Mad Hippie

This is preservative free and a very natural way to moisturize. The facial oil has a very mellow light citrus scent that’s a pleasure to smell as I’m applying it. I love the feel of this on my face at night and I love what it’s working at doing for my skin while I sleep. At $24.99 for the bottle I think the price is right on (as the mad hippies would say). You can find this for sale at the Mad Hippie website as well as on Amazon, VitaCost (20% off). some Whole Food markets, iHerb.com and more.

In the cold months I think I’ll add some into my moisturizer or use it under my moisturizer but for now it’s just me and the Mad Hippie and we’re a happy couple.

What Mad Hippie items have you used? I’d love to explore more of the line. — Marcia

Follow Mad Hippie at https://twitter.com/mad___hippie #mad__hippie and Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mad-Hippie-Skin-Care-Products/235316174370?fref=ts

Mad Hippie is a natural, cruelty free line that is also vegan.

*received for editorial consideration

Tammy Fender Antioxidant Crème Neroli & Orange

Tammy Fender

Tammy Fender

I love the Tammy Fender Holistic Skin Care line for many reasons. This organic line is based on holistic medicine, and every product is meant to energically heal your well-being physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Her products are all housed in amber glass, which preserves freshness and the efficacy of the products. She also uses a food grade preservation system, which means you want to use the products within 90 days of opening.

Just take a look at all the goodness inside every product:

  • 100% Botanical – living formulations created from the energy of the Earth
  • Certified Organic herbal infusions
  • Certified Organic plant oils, beneficial vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids
  • Natural food supplements – offering complete support & nourishment to the skin
  • Therapeutic grade pure essential oils – the life force of the plant or flower
  • Energetically balanced formulations to assist optimal health and vitality of the skin
  • High concentrations of naturally active ingredients
  • Synergistically blended formulations to promote health & healing of the skin
  • Products that are cruelty-free and never tested on animals
  • Glass packaging that is 100% recyclable
  • Ingredients that are sustainably harvested from the wild or grown in ways that yield the best crop with the least environmental harmTammy Fender Neroli and Orange Antioxidant Creme

Tammy Fender sent the Antioxidant Crème Neroli & Orange ($95) to test. It’s a thick, creamy unscented moisturizer. I love this at night on my face and neck. It moisturizes beautifully and heals stressed skin. Neroli is particularly good for healing scar tissue, while the sweet orange has vitamin C that keeps skin healthy, prevents blemishes, and assists collagen production.Tammy Fender Antioxidant Creme Orange and NeroliTammy Fender Orange and Neroli Moisturizer

There are other ingredients that make this such a wonderful skin healing moisturizer, including lavender flowers and carrot seed. Since this is in a jar, just be sure to use a small spatula to scoop out the moisturizer and not your fingers.

Antioxidant Crème Neroli & Orange is a terrific option for even the most sensitive skin. I love this moisturizer and I know you will too.  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Ingredients

Aqueous Extracts Of Lavender (Lavendula Angustifloria),*Hibiscus Sabdariffa, FoTi (Polygonum Multiflorum), Algae (Laminaria Digitata), Grape (Vitis Vinefira) Seed Extract, *Avocado (Persea gratissima) Oil, *Rose (Rosa Canina) Hip Seed Oil, Ben Alkpoly Glucoside (and) Polyglyceryl (Plant Souce), *Grape (Vitis Vinifera) Seed Oil, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, *Calendula Officinalis Flower Oil, Shea Butter, *Orange Peel Wax Complex, *Sunflower Seed Seed Oil, Carrot Sativa Seed Extract, Lecithin, Tocopherol, Essential Oils of Neroli Bigarde, Sweet Orange, Dehydroacetic Acid and Benzyl Alcohol (Natural Preservative System), Oleoresin (Rosemary)
*Certified Organic

Makeup Wars Favorite New Product – my pick Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield

Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield

Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield

Makeup Wars has decided to feature a favorite new product. I actually have three but I’m narrowing it down to just one very special one: Murad Invisblur Perfecting Shield. This primer is everything to me and I’m thrilled to use it daily and choose this as my special feature. Mine came from Beauty Brands* which is a wonderful website that I discovered when a blogger mentioned a sale they were having. I love sales and specials and I find that Beauty Brands always has something going on. They carry lines that are both established like MURAD and independent ones.

Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield

Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield

My blog partner Lisa is all about primers and I’m all about serums but I’d heard so many wonderful things about Murad Invisblur Perfecting Shield that I just couldn’t wait to use it. Once I got it I realized it’s much more than a primer. It’s a moisturizer, sunscreen, anti-aging treatment and blurring product wrapped up into one fabulous product.

Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield

Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield

The texture of Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 30/PA+++ is what makes this unique for me. It’s gel like and feels soothing on my skin. I find I need the smallest amount of it to cover my entire face. I can use this over a serum or without one, I can use this under moisturizer or use it as my moisturizing product. It’s designed to promote total skin perfection. It’s even wonderful for those days we are running around without foundation because it provides so many benefits as well as protective ingredients (see below).

Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield

Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield

One of the reasons I didn’t use primers that much previously is that I found too many of them balled up when I’d put on BB/CC Cream or foundation. There’s never a problem with that with Murad Invisiblur. Plus it makes my foundation last so much longer. Since I’ve been using this (just under 1 month) I don’t have to touch up foundation ever. I can put on my makeup in the morning and other than touching up blush, lips or eyeliner I’m done.

Invisiblur is gluten free and non-comedogenic. For me one of the main benefits is that it helps blur the large pores on my face. I work hard to keep those to a minimum and Invisiblur works hard to make them look like they aren’t there. There’s never a greasy feeling plus I don’t have to wait for it to set before applying anything else. murad invisiblur box backIf you want a touch of luxury that takes the place of at least 3 products in your morning routine, then Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 30/PA+++ is the answer to your dreams, just like it is to mine. — Marcia

Now let’s see what products rock the world for my friends

Ingredient information

-Mushroom Peptides: Fight visible signs of aging to help restore youthful-looking firmness, elasticity, and skin resilience.
-Soft-focus Complex: Smooths skin and blurs imperfections for improved tone and texture to create an ideal canvas for makeup application.
-Barley, Sunflower, and Cucumber Extracts: Enhance skin’s ability to retain moisture.

Isododecane, Dimethicone/Bis-Isobutyl PPG-20 Crosspolymer, Caprylyl Methicone, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Phenyl Trimethicone, Homosalate, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Octocrylene, Diethylhexyl 2, 6- Naphthalate, Propylene Glycol Dicaprate, Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Hydrogenated Soybean Polyglycerides, C15-23 Alkane, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Cake, Ribes Nigrum (Black Currant) Seed Extract, Octyldodecanol, Octyldodecyl Oleate, PEG -8 Dimethicone, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Alcohol, Hordeum Vulgare (Barley) Extract*, Butylene Glycol, Lentinus Edodes (Shiitake Mushroom) Extract, Mucor Miehei Extract, Paeonia Suffruticosa Root Extract, Ascorbic Acid, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Silica, Sodium Propoxyhydroxypropyl Thiosulfate Silica, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Solidago Virgaurea (Goldenrod) Extract, Benzyl Benzoate, Citral,Hexyl Cinnamal, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldhyde, Limonene, Linalool, Fragrance

*provided by Beauty Brands for review consideration 

Five fantastic Mother’s Day gift ideas!

Five Mothers Day Gift Ideas
Mother’s Day is only eight days away…are you going to go traditional with some flowers or venture out of the box with something that really makes her happy? Here are five great products sent to us recently that your mom will love.

Onsen Smoothing Eye Serum

1.  Onsen Smoothing Eye Serum ($170)

What mom wouldn’t love an eye serum?? This is a spendy one, but it is pretty darn fabulous. If price is no object, this retinol-based serum is perfect. It gives major hydration while lifting and firming the under eye area. You don’t need much, so this bottle lasts a very long time.

Nailtini Frappe Nail Polish

2.  nailtini nail polish in Frappe ($13)

Simply the perfect neutral nail polish. Every mom needs great looking nails and this sheer, glossy polish will work for almost everyone. Frappe is a creamy nude with just a hint of shell pink. It’s understated and classy. Love it.

Clean Home Fragrance in Fresh Laundry

3.  Clean Home Fragrance in Fresh Laundry ($34)

Nothing makes me think of my mom more than the smell of Fresh Laundry…I’ll never forget my husband telling her that when she stays with us, he ends up wearing the same clothes every day because his laundry is always done so promptly. Needless to say he has the opposite problem when I am in charge. I love this delightful room spray and I’ll bet your mom will too.

RoC Multi Correxion 5 in 1 Restoring Night Cream

4.  RoC Multi Correxion 5 in 1 Restoring Night Cream ($28.99)

Marcia originally reviewed this almost two years ago (check out her review HERE) and it has been a favorite of mine ever since. This awesome night moisturizer is the result of 7 years of research and it is a dream date for dry skin. Not only does it moisturize, it also firms skin and evens out skin tone. It is a wonderful treatment for mature skin.

Cool It Caddy collage

5.  Cool-It Caddy ($24.95)

This really is the coolest gift you can get your mom. Every beauty nut brings a few cosmetics to the beach or on a picnic, and finding a favorite lipstick all melted is just the worst. The Cool-It Caddy is a cosmetics bag that keeps your makeup (and snacks!) cool and fresh. Keep it in the freezer and it’s always ready to travel to the golf course, the pool, or the tennis court. Cool-It Caddy is a perfect size bag for your lipstick, sunscreen, medicine, and a nutrition bar or two. The outside of the bag is sleek and easy to clean, and the coolant stays cool for up to 8 hours. It is great to carry by itself or slip into a purse or backpack. There are different sizes and styles available – pictured above is the ‘Bella’ in pink.

Show your mom how much you love her this Mother’s Day with something as unique and special as she is.  Moms really are the best kind of superhero!  – Lisa

*items reviewed sent for editorial consideration

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InfiniteAloe® Skin Care review and giveaway

infinite aloeNo fancy title this time because InfiniteAloe® Skin Care isn’t a fancy line, it’s just a simply wonderful line of aloe based skincare that you may never want to stop using.

InfiniteAloe® has three formulas of their cream: Original, Fragrance Free and Anti-Aging. We were sent samples of all three to test and some extras to give to our readers in an anniversary giveaway. I’m sure long time readers know that I chose the Fragrance Free InfiniteAloe® to use. That’s how I roll and I’ve rolled into a cream that I love and am using daily.

InfiniteAloe® Advanced Formula fragrance Free

InfiniteAloe® Advanced Formula fragrance Free

InfiniteAloe Skin Care is loaded with good for your skin ingredients like

* Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice which is an oil soluble extract of the Aloe Vera leaves

* Glycerin which acts as an humectant and emollient

* anti-oxidants like Rose Hips Fruit Oil, CoEnzyme Q10, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Green Tea Leaf Extract, Hyaluronic Acid

* moisturizing ingredients such as Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Calendula Extract, Grape Seed Oil

* anti-inflammatory ingredients: Fennel Fruit Extract, Comfrey Root Extract

Add these up and you have a cream that is moisturizing, emollient, helps with inflammation, and is loaded with antioxidants. But the star of the show is the Organic Aloe Vera which heals and soothes.

InfiniteAloe Advanced Formula Fragrance Free

InfiniteAloe Advanced Formula Fragrance Free

My experience with this has been mostly on my hands and neck. I’m ashamed to admit that I totally forget to moisturize my neck on a regular basis so when this arrived I made a promise to myself to start taking care of that area. I’ve kept to that promise by using this every night after the rest of my skincare is applied. Even on nights I’m exhausted and can’t wait to get into bed, I take the time to apply this to my neck and then to my hands.

InfiniteAloe logo

InfiniteAloe logo

The biggest difference and why I love this cream so much is on my hands. I do use hand creams all the time. But I also wash my hands over and over during the day and night. I practically live in my bathroom some days and my hands showed it. They were rough, chapped, and looked dry as the desert. InfiniteAloe has been the first product that did more than moisturize my hands – it healed them too. It’s not just that the weather is changing though because I’ve been using this since late winter through the winds and freezing rain. After all these weeks I only have one small area on my left forefinger that feels rough. As a leftie, that’s understandable.

InfiniteAloe products

InfiniteAloe products

This is a great all around moisturizer and it’s just as great on my face as on other parts of my body. I’ve used this as a night cream and there’s no greasy feel to it. It absorbs nicely and my skin looks fresh in the a.m.

InfiniteAloe® also has a Gold Anti-Aging formula that is new and improved and is especially great for facial use. It’s great for under eye use as well as a moisturizer and can be used in the same way that the original creams are used.

I’m super excited that they have sent product for a giveaway. I think this is top-notch and something I want to have on hand. But I’m being generous and not saving it all for myself even though I want to. We will have 3 winners. The first place winner is US or Canada, but the other two prizes will also be international.

InfiniteAloe giveaway

InfiniteAloe giveaway

First place will win 3 creams – original, fragrance free and Gold Anti-Aging formula. These are all travel sizes

First place InfiniteAloe prize

First place InfiniteAloe prize

Second and third place will win two travel sizes each, 1 with both original and fragrance free, the other with 2 original. You can’t lose with any of these prizes. If you are a winner you’ll be writing me soon to thank me!! In the meantime get yourself over to the website for InfiniteAloe® Skin Care to see the special pricing and their other products that are good for your entire family. — Marcia

This giveaway will end on May 4th at 11:59 p.m. EST. If comments happen to close you need to email me at beautyinfozone@gmail.com and label your email INFINITE ALOE. Comment in your email and that will count as your entry so that you can click on that and continue on. Please remember that we check entries. I had to eliminate 2 people the other day even though Rafflecopter had chosen them, one hadn’t made a comment and the other put in a Twitter link that didn’t exist. Honesty counts. As does quality which you’ll find when you try InfiniteAloe Skin Care.

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*sent for an honest review and giveaway

Side by Side and a GIVEAWAY with NR Skin

The only thing we love more than great skin care is a GIVEAWAY for great skin care and we have it all for you today!  NR Skin is a terrific line with medical grade skin care products. Not only did they send us three products to test, including the Citrus Stem Cell Fusion Cream, Super Antioxidant Cream, and Lash Teez Eyelash Growth Serum…they are also hosting a giveaway for 3 lucky BIZ readers!

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NR Skin promises to ‘deliver visible results with purity’. Their products are formulated to:

  • diminish fine lines, wrinkles and pore size
  • brighten skin tone and texture
  • fade hyperpigmentation (brown spots)
  • reduce the appearance of acne

Their products have excellent ingredients including:

  • antioxidants
  • peptides
  • botanical stem cells
  • sea vegetables
  • essential oils
  • plant lipids
  • vitamins
  • minerals

NR Skin products are also notable for things they DON’T have!

  • NO parabens
  • NO propylene glycol
  • NO sodium lauryl sulfates
  • NO pesticides
  • NO phthalates
  • NO artificial dyes
  • NO synthetic fragrances

Plus, they don’t believe in animal testing of any kind. This is a line we can get behind.

Lisa went for the skin creams and Marcia went for the eyelash serum in this round of testing.  Read on for our opinions and your chance to win these products for yourself!

LISA’S SIDE:
NR Skin Citrus Fusion Cream and Super Antioxidant Cream

Citrus Stem Cell Fusion Cream ($89) is an anti-aging cream that uses botanical stem cells to fight wrinkles. The citrus part is from orange stem cells, which are combined with hyaluronic acid for less wrinkles and more elasticity. This is a beautiful, light cream that has a very faint scent of citrus. It sinks in quickly and leaves my skin feeling and looking great.

NR Skin Citrus Stem Cell Fusion Cream

NR Skin Citrus Stem Cell Fusion Cream

This medical grade treatment cream is best for those with normal to oily skin. If your skin runs more on the dry side, then you will really like the Super Antioxidant Cream ($89). This is a very rich medical grade cream that has all sorts of awesome ingredients including vitamin E, DMAE, alpha lipoic acid, copper peptides, plus avocado and soybean oil. They work together to improve skin’s brightness, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and improve skin’s texture. It also provides lots of hydration for dry, thirsty skin. The fragrance is stronger in the Super Antioxidant Cream, more of a floral than a citrus, but it dissipates fairly quickly.

NR Skin Super Antioxidant Cream

NR Skin Super Antioxidant Cream

MARCIA’S SIDE:  Lash Teez Eyelash Growth Serum
Eyelash Growth Serums are tricky to review since they are most likely going to work differently for each of us. Lash Teez Eyelash Growth Serum ($59) is the one that has come to my rescue and that I’m using religiously.
You’ve probably read my sad story (at least it’s sad to me) that when I fell this past summer my life went awry. My body did a lot of weird things like plunge me into a true depression that I attribute to some of the drugs I was taking. Because of the stress I was going through along with not being home for almost 3 months I started losing hair everywhere (except my upper lip!!). My hair thinned, my eyebrows practically disappeared and my already scrawny lashes became almost invisible. I’ve been working on regaining my hair (and losing it on my upper lip) and I’m gradually getting there.

NR Skincare Lash Teez™ Eyelash Growth Serum

NR Skincare Lash Teez™ Eyelash Growth Serum

NR Skin Lash Teez Eyelash Growth Serum came into my life in early February. I started using it within a week but I didn’t follow directions exactly. For this to help the best you really should use this twice a day. I only used it at night though but I used it every single night for the last two months and will continue to do so.
The first thing I noticed is that there was no stinging and no burning. I later noticed that I didn’t have any problems with the skin on or near my eyes. Before Humpty Dumpty’s fall I had tried two different eyelash growth serums to no avail. One burned my eyes so badly that I didn’t last with that more than a few painful nights, the other didn’t burn but after about two weeks I had bumps along my upper eyelid that didn’t go away until I discontinued use.
This long story is to tell you why I recommend NR Skin Lash Teez Eyelash Growth Serum.
My lashes have grown though the growth has been slowed down by how far my lashes needed to come and because I only used it once a day. But I finally have eyelashes that look okay and that make me excited to wear mascara and eyeshadow again.

Eyelashes after NR Skin Lash Teez Eyelash Growth Serum

Eyelashes after NR Skin Lash Teez Eyelash Growth Serum

This before picture was taken on January 15th.

Eyelashes after NR Skin Lash Teez Eyelash Growth Serum

Eyelashes after NR Skin Lash Teez Eyelash Growth Serum

The after picture was taken on March 29th. Same eye. The difference shows how much Lash Teez Eyelash Growth Serum has improved my lashes.

 This is what I’ve learned from NR Skin. Their goal with the Lash Teez Eyelash Growth Serum is to Stimulate, Treat, Accelerate and Rejuvenate. This is formulated with a clinically proven peptide, Myristoyl Pentapeptide 17, which is known to increase eyelash growth. “This conditioning formula does not contain Prostaglandin, so you will not experience darkening of the eyelid or change of eye color.”
Benefits

  • Clinically shown to increase eyelash growth and density by 25% in as little as two weeks
  • Contains bioavailable lipo-oligopeptides shown to stimulate keratin genes and eyelash follicle hair growth
  • Revolutionary technology available without a prescription and with no side affects
  • Can also be used to increase eyebrow hair density

Ingredients

Who wouldn’t want to win one of these great products? NR Skin wants you to choose the one you’d be most anxious to win. Our US only giveaway ends on April 28, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. EST. If comments close at the end of the giveaway then email us at beautyinfozone@gmail.com and label it NR SKIN GIVEAWAY, comment in that email. Then you are ready to click “I commented” and continue with other options. We’re excited to share this during our anniversary week and thank NR Skin for allowing this post and the prizes to happen.

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LATHER teaches a lesson in good salesmanship and products

LATHER Skincare has done something that I wish all skincare companies would follow. Lather has full lines of skincare with wonderful products but one thing they do that makes them stand out from the rest is that they sell skincare kits. These kits are perfect for traveling and for testing out products to see what works best for you.

Lather About Face Combination Skin Kit

Lather About Face Combination Skin Kit

For $29.00 each LATHER sells 3 kits containing 5 products for different skintypes  – oily, combination and dry. I was sent ABOUT FACE COMBINATION SKIN KIT to test and it made me realize that they are on the ball. This kit contains 5 products all packed and ready for travel. Stick this whole set in a ziploc bag and you are ready to face the airport ‘police’. Products range from 0.5 fl oz to 2 fl oz which fit regulations.

Now I don’t happen to travel all that much so this is a great way for me to test out new products to see if my skin likes them.

Lather kit products

Lather kit products

ULTRA MILD FACE WASH 2 oz. is a clear gel-like cleanser with a mild fresh fragrance. It’s foaming but not overly so. My face feels properly cleansed and refreshed with this. The kit size is 2 oz. and full size is 6 oz ($19). Since I wasn’t sure if the fragrance would be overwhelming in this or other products, this is the perfect way for me to try.

ULTRA MILD FACE WASH

LATHER ULTRA MILD FACE WASH

CITRUS BALANCING TONER smells delightful. I love the smell of citrus and will always choose it when available. It’s not an overwhelming fragrance but it’s so refreshing. This toner is alcohol free and is made to keep the balance in normal to oily skin. It’s to be used after cleansing to remove any excess dirt or oils plus it helps keep the pH balance of your skin. While it’s not a step that everyone takes, the ingredients in this are ones you want to use. For example linoleic acid and lemon bioflavanoids help keep your skin clean and irritation free. It contains Vitamin E for antioxidant protection. Like all Lather products, it’s paraben free. (2 oz kit size, $16 for 6 fl oz)

LATHER CITRUS BALANCING TONER

LATHER CITRUS BALANCING TONER

ULTRA LIGHT FACE LOTION is a very lightweight moisturizer which works for me in warmer weather since that’s when my skin isn’t quite as dry. It’s a botanical lotion that contains special ingredients like borage oil and grapeseed oil which are great for damaged or problem skin. It absorbs quickly and wears well under foundation. I’ve never had balling up using this. My face feels moisturized without any oily finish. Unfortunately it doesn’t have SPF so I have to recommend using a separate sun protection. There’s a tiny bit of botanical fragrance but really nothing to speak of. (full size $21)

LATHER ULTRA LIGHT FACE LOTION

LATHER ULTRA LIGHT FACE LOTION

WHITE CLAY DEEP PORE CLEANSING MASK is a bonus to me in this kind of kit. I get to try it and have it around if I’m traveling. I’ve never owned a travel size mask other than packets that I never use up so I have to toss them. White clay is known for its purification and stimulation. It’s a great mask to exfoliate pores (of which I have many). It’s a gentle mask no matter what type of skin you have. Besides the white clay they use bentonite clay to draw out the oils and impurities even more. I love how my skin looks after using the mask since my pores aren’t as noticeable. (0.5 oz in kit, 4.0 oz full size $22)

LATHER WHITE CLAY DEEP PORE CLEANSING MASK

LATHER WHITE CLAY DEEP PORE CLEANSING MASK

BAMBOO SILK FOAMING FACE SCRUB WITH LEMONGRASS is a clear gel containing bamboo silk and small jojoba beads that are mild, natural exfoliants. I thought that the fragrance of this would bother me but it’s very mild and has an almost sweet citrus fragrance. The exfoliating powder in this makes it another good cleanser to have in your arsenal. It gently foams and washes away well if I use a wash cloth or bamboo cloth. It is both sulfate and paraben free.

LATHER BAMBOO SILK FOAMING FACE SCRUB

LATHER BAMBOO SILK FOAMING FACE SCRUB

All I need to add is SPF and an eye cream and I’m set to go. After trying these I’d be interested in trying out the About Face Dry Skin Kit next winter. My favorite product in the combination kit is the Citrus Balancing Toner but I also like the Bamboo Silk Foaming Face Scrub and White Clay Pore Cleansing Mask.

LATHER About Face Combination Skin Kit

LATHER About Face Combination Skin Kit

A great way to try an excellent cruelty-free line! Nourish, cleanse, exfoliate your way to better skin with Lather. — Marcia

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