Workout favorites with Makeup Wars

When Makeup Wars decided that they would do a post about workout favorites I was sort of stumped. I’m not a gym rat. As a matter of fact I scurry away from the gym. But since August I am in a gym at least 3 times a week though it’s for physical therapy. It’s the most workout I’ve gotten since writing those checks for my gym memberships that I never actually used.

At first I had nothing on my face other than sunscreen but now that I’m out and about I’m usually coming from somewhere or going somewhere so I do some makeup after all. This list is what I usually chose from when going to do my exercises.
LAVANILA HEALTHY DEODORANT in Lemon Vanilla – Lavanila’s deodorant comes in 7 different fragrances and two sizes. It’s a solid stick deodorant and never sticky. I find it gets me through my therapy sessions no matter how long they last and I still feel fresh as the day goes on. A full size is $14 (mini’s are $8) and I’ve barely made a dent in the months I’ve used it.
WAXELENE LIP TUBE is the product I’ve been using since the weather changed. There’s no color but I don’t usually want much color when I’m working out. This is a great protectant. I have a giveaway going on for a tube if you want to enter.
PIXI BEAUTY SHEA BUTTER LIP BALM comes in 5 sheer shades plus clear. If I want just that touch of color then I like to wear it in Natural Rose. I get the comforting lip balm with Vitamin E and color in one little tube.
IT COSMETICS CC CREAM is one of several CC Creams that I reach for. I also like Pur Minerals CC Cream and the pick of 2014 CoverFX. I’m on my second tube of the one from IT Cosmetics and I’ve completely transformed my sister into being a fan of this CC Cream and the brand. This gives me plenty of coverage, SPF50, anti-aging benefits and hydration. Plus when I’m done working out my skin isn’t dripping color.
PURELY COSMETICS DIAMOND PERFECT FINISH POWDER is what I use to set the CC Cream. This silky soft powder gets raves from me every day. It works wonders setting any foundation or CC/BB Cream and it makes my skin look finished. I rave about this all the time and I’m doing it again!
MAYBELLINE COLOR TATTOO – I have several shades of Color Tattoo eyeshadows though I tend to wear the base shades like Nude Compliment or Barely Beige on workout days. These wear like iron on me so they are perfect for any time I want color that isn’t going to budge.
MAKEUP GEEK GEL EYELINER is one of my favorite brands of gel eyeliner. I think a gel is perfect for the days you want to wear some makeup yet need your exercise. They never budge on the top lashline though sometimes they’ll wear off a little on the bottom lashline. Makeup Geek makes this in 8 shades, I wear Mobster (brown) all the time.
EDDIE FUNKHOUSER QUATRO VARIABLE LASH MASCARA is my OMG mascara. I am in love with this mascara and always have one open. I usually buy mine from Dermstore. This dark black mascara has an innovative tube that allows you to go from “nice lashes” to “va va voom”. Eddie always notices when I’m wearing it.
MILANI TOTAL LASH COVER MASCARA is my favorite mascara that I can pick up at the drugstore. It sells out quickly so when I see it I’ll usually pick one up just in case. It’s not va va voom like Eddie’s is but it doesn’t smudge and gives me well defined eyelashes.
PERRICONE MD NO BLUSH BLUSH was supposed to be reviewed way back in the summer. My best makeup friend raved about this line so much that I had to buy it and see what the fuss was about. Since then I’ve used it constantly. I prefer this liquid blush on the days I’m going to be getting ‘moist’ because it’s more like a stain. It doesn’t ever wipe off. It stays where it belongs. It will fade during the day so I sometimes have to refresh it but in general it lasts really well.
PIXI BEAUTY SHEER CHEEK GEL makes me look like I already have that workout glow before I even get in the gym. I have it in Rosy which was on one of my wishlists a long time ago. I love the stain and I love the ease of it. It’s easy to pop into my bag in case I feel the need to touch up but I rarely have to.
Considering that this is all new to me, this post made me realize what has become important on the days I want to remain fresh and need to do my therapy. I’m sure my fellow Makeup War warriors have some great suggestions including what clothes to wear and I can’t wait to read them. What would you recommend that I add to this list? — Marcia

*some products sent for editorial consideration while others are purchases

PerriconeMD Photo Plasma review and giveaway

Perricone MD Photo Plasma

Perricone MD Photo Plasma

I can almost guarantee that when someone mentions Perricone MD skincare that you think of Cold Plasma. Dr. Perricone has many great products but the one that he is the most famous for is definitely Cold Plasma. There’s a lot of love and a lot of not-so-love for that product and the main reason is that it can have a smell that people think is fishy. I’ve gone through two jars of Cold Plasma and I haven’t had that problem but I know of people who have. But now there’s the wonders of that product in an entirely new moisturizer called Photo Plasma. When this was sent I was thrilled to NOT smell it.

Perricone MD Photo Plasma

Perricone MD Photo Plasma

I’ve found so many benefits with Photo Plasma

1)      There’s no fragrance at all. Not a drop.

2)      It’s half the price of Cold Plasma ($69 for 2 oz). You can also buy a deluxe sample size of 0.5 oz for $20 at Sephora.

3)      Photo Plasma contains broad spectrum SPF 30. This was a problem for me when I used CP since it didn’t contain SPF and Dr. Perricone didn’t make one that I liked.

4)      Photo Plasma has a wonderful, lush texture yet it’s oil free.

Perricone MD Photo Plasma open

Perricone MD Photo Plasma open

5)      It contains non-chemical UVA and UVB mineral Titanium Dioxide sunscreen.

6)      It’s formulated with Vitamin C Ester and Alpha Lipoic Acid to help brighten my skin.

7)      There are no parabens in the formula.

8)      It protects against skin aggressors like dehydration, pollution, wind, cold, smoke, stress and chemical irritants.

9)      I can use one product to take care of my daytime moisturizing and sunscreen.

10)   It doesn’t interfere with foundation so no rolling or pilling.

There are a few things I’m not crazy about with Photo Plasma. This light pink moisturizer is a little tacky when you first apply it on so you’ll have to be sure you give yourself time to let it dry down before applying any foundation. Also because it’s in a glass jar you’ll need a separate applicator that you can clean in between uses. I keep a few plastic beauty spatulas near that I can quickly wash before and after use.

Photo Plasma

Photo Plasma

I’ve been happy though with the moisturizer and how my skin looks while using it. On my normal to dry winter skin it’s working well.

Now it’s your turn to see if Photo Plasma works for you. We were sent a jar for one of our US subscribers to win. Just use the easy Rafflecopter to enter. The giveaway is open through 3/28/14 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Remember that we check to make sure entries are valid. Good luck. — Marcia

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-Titanium Dioxide: Non-chemical UVA and UVB mineral sunscreen.
-Astaxanthin: Rich antioxidant known for its photo protective powers.
-Vitamin C Ester and Alpha Lipoic Acid: Brighten the skin and smooth surface imperfections.

Water, Glycerin, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Pentylene Glycol, Titanium Dioxide, Ethylhexyl Methoxycrylene, Polyester-8, Polyglyceryl-3 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Benzyl Alcohol, Aluminum Hydroxide, Stearic Acid, Diethylhexyl Syringylidenemalonate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Isohexadecane, Bisabolol, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Polysilicone-11, Polysorbate 60, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Sodium Benzoate. Potassium Sorbate, Xanthan Gum, Hydrogenated Phosphatidylcholine, Thioctic Acid, Astaxanthin.

*prize and product sent for review

Perricone MD Cold Plasma Eye – an eye cream to love and hopefully win

perricone md cold plasma eye

Long before Beauty Info Zone was in existence I was a big follower of Perricone MD products. I would stalk QVC when the brand was on and take in every word. My whole bathroom counter was filled with Perricone MD. I never got around to reviewing those products which is a shame because I really should have. One of the products that I used up several times was Cold Plasma. At the time Perricone didn’t have Cold Plasma Eye but they’ve remedied that situation.

perricone eye box frontI’ve been using Perricone MD Cold Plasma Eye for the last 6 weeks and I’m ready to recommend this great eye cream. First thing you need to know is that it’s very moisturizing, second thing you need to know is that a tiny bit goes a long way but the most important thing you need to know is that the Cold Plasma Eye has barely any fragrance. The one complaint of people with Cold Plasma facial moisturizer is the fragrance. Luckily I had no problem with it and I’m unbelievably sensitive to fragrance. Cold Plasma Eye has such a slight marine fragrance that I really don’t notice it.perricone eye box back

Here’s what Cold Plasma Eye will do for you –

–          Reduce fine lines

–          Help with puffiness especially in the mornings

–          Address the problem of dark circles

–          Work on the loss of elasticity that we all have

–          Add hydration and brightness to your eye area

It doesn’t have parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrance or dyes, or pthlates. What it does have are similar ingredients to the original Cold Plasma that treat the signs of aging especially DHA, the optimal Omega-3 nutrient, which helps to smooth the appearance of wrinkles while soothing and increasing luminosity.

Cold Plasma Eye is in-between a cream and a serum. It’s creamy but it’s not thick. I find it works just as well on my lids as it does under my eyes. I can use it night or day. I like it in the morning to help with my pesky dark circles and the morning puffiness. I like it in the evenings to hydrate and protect.

perricone eye box sideWhile it does cost $98 for 15 mL/0.5 fl oz, at the Perricone site you can save 10% by selecting their auto-ship. That’s what I did with the moisturizer and when I wanted to cancel, I had no problem at all.

Here’s some really good news though – Perricone MD not only sent one for review but they sent one for a Beauty Info Zone subscriber to win. This is a US/Canada giveaway. It’s easy to enter by using the Rafflecopter. You’ll have until February 5, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. EST to enter. Remember you must be a subscriber. You can tweet every day to increase your chances. Lots of luck. — Marcia

Ingredient list:

Aqua (Water), Cetearyl Alcohol, Phosphatidylcholine, Isopropyl Palmitate, Glycerin, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Docosahexaenoic Acid, Squalane, Butylene Glycol, Benzyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-20, Magnesium Aspartate, Zinc Gluconate, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Disodium EDTA, Farnesol, Oligopeptide-17, Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Oil, Carbomer, Copper Gluconate, Tocotrienols, Polysorbate 20, Tocopherol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Parfum (Fragrance), Hydroxycitronellal, Linalool, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7

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Congratulations to our Super Perricone winner

Beauty Info Zone has used to pick the winner of our latest giveaway. The winner will get to chose a Perricone MD product of their choice to be sent directly from Perricone MD. We had a lot of entries for this amazing giveaway and chances were increased by many because they shared on Twitter and/or Facebook. We hope that dropastitch won’t drop anything when she reads this and finds out that she is the winner! We’ll be contacting you to find out your choice and get your information to send on to Perricone.

We thank Perricone MD for allowing a Beauty Info Zone subscriber to find out what an amazing brand they are.

SUPER Perricone MD Giveaway

Hey lucky Beauty Info Zone readers,  Perricone MD is sponsoring a giveaway just for you!  You can chose any Perricone MD product valued at $150 or less for your prize.Which product would be a great choice?  Marcia and I have a few suggestions:

Advanced Eye Area Therapy ($95):  We hear great things about this serum that reduces puffiness and under eye darkness with Alpha Lipoic Acid and DMAE.

Advanced Face Firming Activator ($120):  Similar to the Advanced Eye Area Therapy, this serum is formulated specifically to smooth facial skin and give you a beautiful ‘glow’.

Cold Plasma ($150):  Highly recommended by Marcia, this product corrects ten visible sings of aging.

Perricone MD Cold Plasma

In addition, check out Perricone’s new Super Perricone line, which focuses on the synergy of super foods and beauty, such as yogurt and skin.

This contest is for U.S. subscribers only. 

It’s easy to enter. Here’s all you need to do:

1. Be a Beauty Info Zone subscriber. 

2.  Comment and share on this post which Perricone product valued at $150 or less you need and why.
3. Email us at [email protected] to identify your comment.
Label the email ‘SUPER Perricone’.

4. For extra entries:

a) Follow Beauty Info Zone on Facebook and comment that you entered.
You can do this daily if you’d like more entries.

b)  Post this contest on your own Facebook page for an additional entry.

c)  Follow Beauty Info Zone on Twitter.

d) Retweet this giveaway on your Twitter page.

Please post any extra entries you have made on this post.

The giveaway ends Sunday, November 13, 2011 at 11:59 p.m. EST. 

Best of luck to everyone!!  – Lisa and Marcia

Disclosure:  This giveaway is sponsored directly by Perricone MD, who has asked us to post a link to consumer data collection . Beauty Info Zone received no monetary compensation for this giveaway. You must be at least 18 years of age to enter and live in the US.