Reviva Labs giveaway time 12/6/13 to 12/16/13

It’s December and we are all about giveaways this month. We know you are off spending money on everyone you know from the mail carrier and your kid’s teachers to the loved ones in your life. We want to make your life a little happier with these giveaways.

Our newest is from Reviva Labs so that you can start your skin off in a grand way in 2014. There will be 3 winners but only one grand prize.

The grand prize….

Reviva Labs TGF beta-1 Cream

Reviva Labs TGF beta-1 Cream

We love Reviva Labs for many reasons

- they are cruelty free

- they use all natural ingredients

- the products are terrific for your skin

- the prices are very reasonable

TGF Beta-1 Cream is a cream that stands for “Tissue Growth Factor”. This cream can be used with your current skincare a light moisturizer. The recommendation is to use it for two weeks, then take a two week break from it, continue for two weeks and so on. This cream was recently renamed COLLAGEN REGENERATION CREAM but it’s the same product.

Here’s the information from Reviva Labs: “In the future, you’ll hear more about Growth Factor TGF beta-1. Stimulated by a special new peptide and partnered with our new marine/plant compound (called Homeostatine), it has proven to increase collagen synthesis by 119%, as well as improve skin structure.

But there’s more! We’ve added Coconut Endosperm to help new cells emerge more uniform, plus Soy, CoQ-10 and Squalene’s marine fatty acids.

All this not only means an unprecedented level of wrinkle reduction but a cream that can help repair and restructure aging skin so that it looks smoother, more moist, resilient, healthier…and younger. Use new TGF Cream over serums, gels or glycolic cream or under our Alpha Lipoic or other creams.”

For more information you can read Moxie Reviews review of this cream.

Besides the TGG beta-1 Cream the grand prize winner will receive Reviva Labs wonderful Vitamin E stick.

Reviva Labs Vitamin E Stick

Reviva Labs Vitamin E Stick

The Vitamin E Stick is something you want to own in multiples actually. It’s wonderful for any kind of chapping in my opinion. My hands get very chapped and rough so keeping one in my purse helps me when I notice that starting up again. It’s terrific for chapped lips and as an easy eye balm. It’s all around great. — Marcia

The “grand prize” is open for US subscribers only. But the next two prizes are open internationally. Those winners will each receive 2 of the Vitamin E sticks.
This giveaway is open through 12/16/13 at 11:59 p.m EST.

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disclosure: products were sent by Reviva Labs for giveaway

REVIVA LABS has a Twitter party on Wed., Dec 11th at 8 p.m. ET, 5 p.m. PT. There are always prizes to be won. Use the hashtag #realrevivalabs to be a part of it.

Makeup Wars: Cruelty Free Favorites

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It’s always fun to write a Makeup Wars post like this since it gives me a chance to really think about what I have and what I’d say are favorites. Truthfully I have a lot more products than you have the patience for so I picked 9 items that I’d buy again and again. Several of these were samples (*) but knowing that I will buy them myself led them to be the chosen ones.
1. Too Faced Boudoir Eyes palette – naturally I have all the pictures done and no time to write about this but this is a favorite and will be reviewed soon. Too Faced is known to be cruelty free and their eyeshadow palettes are beautiful. Their palettes are $36 which is great for 9 shadows.
2. Tarina Tarantino Dollskin Cheek Cream Blush* – ooh la la! I have both shades of the blush duos and I can’t stop wearing them. There’s a beautiful bright cool toned pink called Mr. Pink and a fabulous pinky coral called Coral Cameo. I could never pick a favorite since they are both out of this world, long lasting and of course cruelty free.
3. Tarte Smooth Operator Concealer* – I love tarte concealers. I truly love them. I recommend them to people all the time. They have a lot of formulas so it’s easy to find one that fits your needs. Smooth Operator Concealer is my new favorite from tarte. I still use my others but this one sort of pushes them out of the way. It’s creamy, not messy, and like all tarte is cruelty free.
4. Urban Decay Naked Skin Liquid Foundation – the last few months I’ve been using mostly BB and CC creams but the minute the weather cooled down a little this is the foundation I took out. I apply it with their Good Karma Optical Illusion Brush and the finish is wonderful. There are so many shades of this that you really need to go in and get matched for it, once you have it though you won’t want to put it down.
5. Bootie Babe Nail Polish* – I’m c-c-crazy about my Bootie Babe! Not only are the bottles the cutest thing this side of Miley Cyrus but the polishes are beautiful and last. This is not the last time you’ll be hearing about Bootie Babe from me!
6. Beauty Blender Sponge – I’ve been using the Beauty Blender sponge for years and years. It’s affectionately known as the Pink Egg around here. Even my 2 year old grandson is fascinated with the Beauty Blender Sponge and is always taking it off my vanity or asking for it. He may think it’s a fun toy but I think it’s great for blending my foundations.
7. DermOrganic hair care* – I love trying new hair care (though not as much as my blog partner Lisa) but you always need a staple to come back to and DermOrganic has made that cut. This argan infused line leaves my hair shiny and easier to manage.
8. It Cosmetics brushes – I don’t own this set but it was a great way to show you several of the It Cosmetics brushes together plus it’s a great buy on QVC. The It Cosmetic brushes are superior cruelty free brushes and every one I have is a delight. The good news is that you’re able to buy It Cosmetics at Ulta now too so you’ll have several places to find this amazing line.
9. Reviva Labs Hyaluronic Acid Serum* – actually I could have picked one of a dozen Reviva Labs products since they are all wonderful. I’m totally in love with their Makeup Primer, Anti-Irritant Gel, Vitamin E stick and this Hyaluronic Acid Serum. I wanted to include some skincare in this post and Reviva Labs jumped to the forefront. You can’t go wrong with this cruelty free well priced line.
Thanks so much for reading about some of my favorite products. Beauty Info Zone isn’t a cruelty free blog but we appreciate products that are and try to mention that in our reviews. There are wonderful CF brands as you can see. Which of these have you tried? — Marcia
Be sure to click on the rest of the links. You’ll be delighted to find products that you might not have realized were CF.

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Makeup Wars 2013 Beauty Resolutions

Makeup Wars is back for 2013’s first edition which of course is New Year’s Resolutions. While it may sound a tiny bit trite you know darn well that this group of amazing beauty bloggers are all going to have their own spin on things.

I’ve made several resolutions that are all beauty related. I know that the diet and exercise things are beauty resolutions but have you ever compared a Weight Watchers meeting or the gym on January 4th and February 4th? It’s like you are on different planets. Instead I tried to make resolutions that I’ve got a good chance of following through on.

Resolution one is one I began as soon as I started making my list for this post – TAKE CARE OF MY LIPS. I’m terrible about remembering to use all the potions I have to keep my lips looking younger and moister. I start with good intentions but I don’t always remember. So I’ve lined up what I need in my bathrooms.

In my master bathroom I’ve been using Elizabeth Grant Collagen Tinted Lip Restore*. While I’ve only tried the Lip Restore I’m amazed by the fact that you can get 4 glosses and this for $15! Collagen Tinted Lip Restore helps to redefine the lip line and create softer, smoother younger-looking lips, with just a hint of colour and sheen. It contains Torricelumn and Collagen to help diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. This is very lightly tinted – I find it’s like a “my lips but better” flush. I apply it as soon as I start getting ready and later apply lip color. When I go into that bathroom I like to add some more if my lips are color free.

Elizabeth Grant Collagen Tinted Lip Restore

Elizabeth Grant Collagen Tinted Lip Restore

Elizabeth Grant Collagen Tinted Lip Restore

Elizabeth Grant Collagen Tinted Lip Restore

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In my extra bath (where I clean up at night) I’ve been using Lush’s Popcorn Lip Scrub*. This is a very dry lip scrub that I like to use in the evening to exfoliate my lips. It’s a little bit sugar and a little bit salt. I rub it on with my finger, scrub around and lick it off. I try to do this before I wash up though since I end up with some of the scrub on my face. It smells just like freshly popped popcorn. I LOVE popcorn and this is a calorie free treat for me! It doesn’t scratch like some exfoliators do. Plus it’s starting to keep my lips looking better and less chapped.lush popcorn scrub

I follow up with Reviva Labs Vitamin E stick as my nighttime lip moisturizer. This inexpensive stick of delight is only $4 and can be used on eyes and lips, day or night. It even has SPF 15. The reason I chose this to use at night especially is that it’s not fragranced so it won’t keep me up sniffing. Fragrance is fine during the day but not for me at night. Plus I can rub a little on dry spots on my face if I’m tossing and turning and need something to do.

Reviva Labs Vitamin E stick

Reviva Labs Vitamin E stick

Resolution two has to do with that extra bathroom. I need to start getting ready earlier in the evening. For some reason I wait until it’s time to go to bed and then I remove my makeup and put on my skincare. I need to change that. I sometimes get too tired to actually wash even though I have awesome cleansers. Instead I’ll use facial wipes like the Aveeno Ultra Calming Makeup Wipes*.I then follow up with Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Toner. That’s okay once in a while but I’m doing it too often. I’ll still keep using the Kiehl’s Toner but my resolution is to start early and then go on the computer!kiehls toner

Resolution threestop plucking chin hairs!! I’m trying really really hard, honest I am. But it’s so hard to resist. I’m made one step forward though and that’s not to keep my Tweezerman tweezers (pretty as it is) on my computer desk. I’ve paid for laser hair removal and I’ve got sessions left but I can’t go until I stop plucking. This one is really going to be hard to keep.

Cynthia Rowley for Tweezerman

Cynthia Rowley for Tweezerman

 

Resolution four is to stop buying the same color eyeshadows over and over and over again. I’m in a rut but I see those beautiful taupes and browns and I can’t imagine not owning them. I ended 2012 buying a few like this beautiful Edward Bess palette. That needs to be the end. So far I’ve made it a whole week into 2013 without buying any though. I have to stop thinking they’ll change my life since I know the only one who sees the difference is me.

Edward Bess Cosmic Bliss

Edward Bess Cosmic Bliss

I’ve made a little progress, especially on resolution one. Now only 75% left to work on. Are any of these resolutions of yours or even close?? — Marcia

Join my fellow Makeup Wars friends to see what they’ve decided to resolve in 2013. Click on their links to get to their sites.

*starred items are PR samples, rest are personally bought or repurchases.

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Best of the Year 2012: Lisa’s picks

 

2012

It’s the new year, so you know what that means – a bunch of people with hangovers and a ton of ‘Best of 2012′ lists!  Beauty Info Zone is jumping right into the pool with our own lists.  Here are my personal picks for Best of the Year 2012, stay tuned for Marcia’s choices tomorrow. 

Shimmer, color, extensions, scents…it’s all here!  I have much to be grateful for, much to be thankful for, and here is my big virtual hug to all the products and product lines that brought me so much joy in 2012.

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Best new (to me anyway) cosmetics lines

 

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Christina Choi lipgloss

Christina Choi – beautiful lip glosses, gorgeous eye shadows (love the duo with a coordinating cake liner), plus so much more.  I am very, very excited about this line.

in my Z Palette

My gorgeous Makeup Geek eyeshadows in my Z Palette

Makeup Geek – love the lipsticks, and the eyeshadows are truly the bomb.  If you don’t have any yet, they should be first on your list of new purchases for 2013.

Best old (to me anyway) cosmetics lines

 

Le Metier

Le Metier eyes

Le Metier de Beaute - 2012 was a Le Metier year for me, from fantastic makeovers to awesome facials to workhorse products that I can’t do without. 

Bye Bye Pores powder and puff

Bye Bye Pores powder and puff

It Cosmetics - I am constantly amazed by this line.  There hasn’t been ONE thing that I didn’t love.  I think I look forward to new products from It Cosmetics more than from any other line because they never, ever disappoint.

Dan Read Icy Lilac eyeshadow

Dan Read Icy Lilac eyeshadow

Dan Read Cosmetics -  another line that never lets me down.  I always have my Dan Read Silver Screen Series foundation with me – in fact, on Christmas Day I bought myself another one as a Christmas gift to myself.  I also love the eyeshadows, they are fantastic.   Dan Read is on my ‘best of’ list every single year.  He rocks – and so does his cosmetics line.

Make Up For Ever Iconic Red

Make Up For Ever Iconic Red

Make Up For Ever – did you watch Syfy’s Face Off this past season?  I think it was the best ever thanks to Make Up For Ever.  Dany Sanz is brilliant, and I love all of her creations, particularly the Aqua Rouge lip colors.

Best skin care

 

reviva-primerReviva Labs – I have probably tried 15 different things from this line and I love everything. I think that is amazing. My absolute favorites are the Makeup Primer, Hyalauronic Acid Serum, and the Willard Water.

cooling metal tip applicator

Love the StriVectin cooling metal tip applicator – and if you look closely, you can see my camera reflected in it!!

 StriVectin – oh boy do I love the 360 Tightening Eye Serum - it’s a great serum with the best applicator ever.

Jewelweed Topical Mist close upCreation Pharm – this is a terrific organic line with intriguing products. I still use the Jewelweed Topical Mist every day. I am probably on my 20th bottle.  If you look close, I do believe that is my photo of my fingers holding the Jewelweed bottle on their website!!!

Love my Kleraderm

Love my Kleraderm

Kleraderm - one of the very best skin care lines there is.  I have used it for years and will always be a ‘Kleranet’.  I have an appointment for a facial with Joanne Recchia-Kallabat in a few days and I am so geeked.  She gives a $200 facial for just $20, plus I will be finding out about the latest new products – and I will be sure to share!

Best brushes

 

Domed Shadow Brush

Real Techniques Domed Shadow Brush

Real Techniques (Pixie Woo) Domed Shadow Brush – this is by far the very best eyeshadow crease brush I have ever used.  I say thank you for this every day.

212 up close and personal

212 up close and personal

Hakuhodo 212 – the supreme brush for blending eyeshadow.  If you don’t have this — you need it.

Best hair care

 

I will never be without this hairspray

I will never be without this hairspray

Unite – the Go365 Hairspray is the primo hairspray ever. Period.

Cristopher Glossing Shampoo

Cristophe Glossing Shampoo

Cristophe  – the Glossing Shampoo and Conditioner never fail to make my hair super soft, shiny, and bouncy.

Leonor Greyl makes for a good hair day!!

Leonor Greyl makes for a good hair day!!

Leonor Greyl – gorgeous products that smell amazing.  So many of her hair products are cult favorites, and for good reason!

Biggest personal influences in 2012

 

soft waves

Soft waves?  No problem!

Verge One – I would say that two lines dramatically changed my daily appearance in 2012.  The first is Verge One.  Their ‘texture wands’ have completely changed the way I wear my hair.  Now pretty much every day I am curly or wavy, and I love it.  The texture wands are truly fabulous finds for which I am extremely grateful!

More lashes = love!

More lashes = love!

Novalash – the second line that dramatically changed my daily appearance in 2012 is Novalash.  I had what I thought were nicely dramatic eyelashes thanks to Latisse…and then I found Novalash.  WOW.  My lashes are huge and beautiful and easy to care for every single day.  This is a ‘get down on my knees and say THANK YOU‘ find!!

Most fun

 

Everything is better on a stick!

Everything is better on a stick!

Lush – Reflecting back on 2012, I remember so many awesome, entertaining products from Lush.  Seriously, everything they make is not only useful and practical, it’s also a blast. 

blue

Who knew blue hair could be so fun?

HairUWear – another surprising super fun discovery for me this year were hair extensions.  I adore the ones I have tried from HairUWear, whether they are lively and funky bright colors or seriously hair-enhancing extensions.  Absolute enjoyment that reminded me I need to step outside my comfort zone to make new discoveries.

My top product picks

 

OCC Skin:  Conceal Y series

OCC Skin: Conceal Y series

OCC Airbrush Foundation and Conceal Concealer - two of the best finds of 2012.  The foundation is a fantastic water-based foundation that works with every application technique, it looks totally natural and wears like iron.  And the concealer is nothing short of amazing – it’s the perfect concealer times twenty. 

Magic

Tarte Magic blush really is magic!

Tarte Amazonian Clay Blushfirst-rate blushes with lots of different shades and perfect pigment.  This is a blush that will keep you blushing all day long.

Lisa Hoffman bracelet2

Lisa Hoffman Fragrance Jewelry – so gorgeous, clever and unique!  One of my favorite fragrances of all time is Lisa’s Tuscan Fig, and to be able to have that inside beautiful jewelry?  Fantastic.

Eyeko Skinny Brush Mascara

Eyeko Skinny Brush Mascara

Eyeko Skinny Brush Mascara - this is the best mascara I have ever found for my lower lashes.  It’s pretty amazing.

Tarte concealer top

Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Waterproof Concealer – another pick from Tarte.  This concealer is creamy long-lasting goodness that saved my eyes this fall when they were going crazy with allergies.  It’s a total winner.

My perfect tube of 3Lab Perfect BB Cream

My perfect tube of 3Lab Perfect BB Cream

3lab Perfect BB Cream – my very first BB cream and the best one out there.  Yes, it’s expensive – but it’s also worth every single penny.

CV Skinlabs bottle

CV Skinlabs - sunburns, bug bites, hives, rashes, it’s all so much easier to live through with Rescue + Relief Spray.  I have a bottle of this in my refrigerator at all times.

Skin Chemists Wrinkle Killer

Skin Chemists Wrinkle Killer

Skin Chemists Wrinkle Killer – the snake serum is far more than a marketing ploy. This stuff works. If you want less wrinkles in 2013, get yourself some Wrinkle Killer.

If 2013 is even close to as good as 2012 was, then we have a LOT to look forward to.  2012 was chock full of great discoveries, wonderful ‘old faithfuls’, tons of joy and nothing to complain about.  Life is good!  – Lisa

Reviva Labs review and giveaway: Hyaluronic Acid Serum and Collagen Regeneration Cream

September is a great month for your skin, because Reviva Labs is sponsoring a giveaway for two of their best products:   Hyaluronic Acid Serum  and  Collagen Regeneration Cream .

Reviva Labs Hyaluronic Acid Serum

I absolutely love the Hyaluronic Acid Serum ($22), in fact I have gone through three bottles so far.  This is a wonderfully moisturizing product that plumps up the skin and reduces the appearance of fine lines.  Marcia loves it too, you can read her review of the Hyaluronic Acid Serum  HERE.

Reviva Labs Collagen Regeneration Cream

You can also win the Collagen Regeneration Cream ($35), which used to be named the TGF beta-1 Cream.  (Reviva is going through their stock of the product with the previous name first.)

This moisturizing treatment has a very interesting texture, it’s like a mixture between a gel and a cream.  It really feels lovely on.  As the new name suggests, this cream regenerates collagen.  Collagen is what holds onto water in your skin, plumping it up and keeping it firm and smooth.  When collagen is damaged from environmental causes, it doesn’t hold onto water the way it should, giving way to wrinkles.

The Collagen Regeneration Cream does two things: it repairs damaged collagen, and it promotes the growth of new, healthy collagen.  Reviva says, “By blending Palmitoyl Tripeptide-3, a natural growth factor, with other growth factors and wrinkle-smoother ingredients, we created our unique formula. One that can repair environmentally damaged collagen as it helps produce new collagen.”

I use this after applying my serum and before applying my moisturizer.  It leaves my skin plumped and healthy looking.

Collagen Regeneration Cream directions and ingredients

As you can see, it also has CoQ10, a powerful antioxidant that helps your skin stay healthy.  This is a great choice for repairing damage and for ensuring healthier skin.

And now you have a chance to win both of these terrific products so you can get smooth, hydrated skin!  Just follow these simple steps, and good luck!  - Lisa

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION: Happily Reviva Labs is going to send one US reader of Beauty Info Zone both of these products. We have a new policy at Beauty Info Zone concerning giveaways that I want to make you aware of. You must subscribe to the blog to enter. We’ve always had that as part of our giveaways but we are finding that too many people are saying they subscribe when they really don’t. We’ve been announcing winners in two ways. First is through a separate post a few days after the giveaway ends. We also have Rafflecopter post the winner so you can always check back on the giveaway page’s Rafflecopter after it has ended to see if you are the winner. Winners need to email us with their address at beautyinfozone@gmail.com.

This lovely giveaway is open in the US only until Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Please enter through the Rafflecopter. Lots of luck!! Prizes and products for review are courtesy of Reviva Labs.

 
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Reviva Labs August giveaway and review: Antioxidant & Texturizing Day Cream and Cream Hydratante night cream

Reviva Labs August Giveaway prizes

We are getting close to the end of the wonderful giveaways that Reviva Labs has provided for Beauty Info Zone readers which is sad. But when you learn about the two products in the August giveaway you’ll be excited to know that you could possibly win these.

Reviva Labs has a wonderful array of moisturizers but two that stand out are the Organic Antioxidant & Texturizing Day Cream and the hydrating night cream called Cream Hydratante. With these two products your skin is set. With cooler weather on its way you’ll want more protection and Reviva Labs has the answer.

Reviva Labs Organic Antioxidant & Texturizing Day Cream

Reviva Labs Antioxidant ingredients

Antioxidant & Texturizing Day Cream is an organic cream with no animal ingredients and they never do animal testing. One of the main ingredients in this moisturizing cream is Alpha Lipoic Acid plus it contains aloe vera, vitamins C & E plus Green Tea Antioxidant Complex. The cream is a very lightweight one with no fragrance. I find it extremely easy to wear. It never interferes with the foundation or BB Cream of the day. There’s nothing I hate more than to do my prep work and then apply my “face” only to find balling up of the skincare. Sorry skincare, that’s not going to cut it in my world. I’m also quite fussy about fragrance since I don’t understand the need for it in skincare so when I started to test out this Reviva Labs Day Cream I was especially happy.

Reviva Labs Organic Antioxidant & Texturizing Day Cream

Reviva Labs Organic Antioxidant & Texturizing Day Cream

Antioxidant & Texturizing Day Cream swatch for consistency

This is never greasy and it absorbs well. I like using this along with Reviva Labs Hyaluronic Acid Serum and Reviva Labs Makeup Primer. What you’ll find with the Antioxidant & Texturizing Day Cream is a promise of anti-aging skincare at a fabulous price (2 oz for only $23 which is almost unheard of). You’ll be protected and your soft skin will thank you.

Reviva Labs Cream Hydratante

Reviva Labs Cream Hydratante

At night your skin can tolerate a richer cream and the Cream Hydratante is just the ticket. It’s especially good for sensitive and oily skin types in spite of the richness of the cream. What I didn’t realize at first when I was testing this cream is that it’s best when you mix it with a little bit of water. That really surprised me. The cream is so thick that mixing a little with water in the palm of your hands or using wet fingers to apply it makes it apply more easily and efficiently.

Reviva Labs Cream Hydratante consistency

There is a slight soapy fragrance to Cream Hydratante but I find that mixing the water into it makes it much less noticeable to me. This is a great neck cream. I don’t know about you, but I don’t always remember that my neck needs moisturizing as much as my face does.  I also like it for a few dry patches that I have especially at the side of my nose.

Reviva Labs Cream Hydratante ingredients

This contains Camomile Extract which helps with any irritation your skin might have. Cream Hydratante is another amazingly priced item; just $14 (currently) for 1.5 oz. You use such a small amount of this that this jar costs you pennies a day.  — Marcia

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION: Happily Reviva Labs is going to send one US reader of Beauty Info Zone both of these products. We have a new policy at Beauty Info Zone concerning giveaways that I want to make you aware of. You must subscribe to the blog to enter. We’ve always had that as part of our giveaways but we are finding that too many people are saying they subscribe when they really don’t. We’ve been announcing winners in two ways. First is through a separate post a few days after the giveaway ends. We also have Rafflecopter post the winner so you can always check back on the giveaway page’s Rafflecopter after it has ended to see if you are the winner. Winners need to email us with their address at beautyinfozone@gmail.com.

This lovely giveaway is open in the US only until September 8, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Please enter through the Rafflecopter. Lots of luck!!

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Reviva Labs Giveaway reminder

There are still a few days left to win our latest Reviva Labs giveaway. Read Lisa’s review HERE and then use the Rafflecopter to win the Light Skin Peel and Seaweed Soap. This is open in the US through August 4, 2012.