The latest from Kleraderm!

Last weekend I was what we call in Michigan a ‘hunting widow’ – the hubby went to Ohio, and he even took the kids with him.  That meant I was finally home alone.  So of course I spent my weekend searching for someone to hang out with since I was so lonely…I need to be careful what I wish for!  

The best part of my weekend was taking my mom to Nordstrom for a facial from Joanne Recchia, the owner of Kleraderm.  

My mom with Joanne

My mom with Joanne

Kleraderm, the Italian skin care line, is sold at Nordstrom’s in the Somerset Mall and the Partridge Creek Mall. I have been using this line for about seven years now…it is fantastic.  My mom and I each had a $150 facial that Joanne only charges $32 for – if you live in the area, you absolutely need to make an appointment to get one.  Here is a quick breakdown of the amazing facials we each got in Kleraderm’s private spa room at Nordies:

  • First, Joanne cleansed my face with Collagen Cleansing Milk topped with a Salmon Egg Mask, which she left on for 10 minutes then wiped off with hot towel.  The Salmon Egg Mask is not offered retail, it’s something special she brought from Italy and it is only used in the spa. This mask is rich in vitamins and repairs the hydro-lipid layer, boosting skin with vital energy while busting up formations of free radicals. When used with the Collagen Cleansing Milk it boosts the cleansing process, giving deep pore cleansing with no scrub, no brush, no glycolic acid.
  • Next, she applied Collagen + Elastin (Collastin) Serum all over the face and neck, paying special attention to the eye area. Collagen + Elastin Serum is a very powerful serum that can only be applied three times a week. It is one of Kleraderm’s top shelf products and is not offered at Nordstrom, although it can be purchased directly from Joanne or at any of the private salons that carry Kleraderm.  Collastin Serum is made from Kleraderm’s own native bio-identical collagen and elastin fibers.  The fibers actually wrap around the body’s own collagen, giving strength back to the skin’s collagen fibers and adding suspension to the elastin fibers.  Skin becomes smooth and lifted, fine lines disappear and wrinkles lose depth.
  • Next, Joanne applied the Anti-Age Mask. This mask is in a delicate tissue-type form made of compressed collagen fibers and compressed cholesterol fibers (the same fibers that suspend skin), it looks like a thin fabric. She adhered the mask to my face with the Collastin Serum. Once the tissue mask was in place she activated it with small amounts of warm water, which turned the mask from tissue to transparent, then into a gel-like substance. (What was so cool is I could watch the entire facial process as Joanne gave my mom her facial – I’d never seen all this stuff in action before because I keep my eyes closed and relax during my own facial!)  Joanne massaged the collagen gel gently into my skin until it was completely absorbed.
  • Then Joanne applied yet another mask, the truly amazing Kleraderm Vitamin C Peel-Off Mask. Yet another top shelf product, this mask is only offered in spa and it is the first Vitamin C product where the C is stable. Vitamin C is fantastic for skin, but it is very unstable so products that contain it can lose efficacy quickly.  The Vitamin C is treated so that it becomes a powder, and when mixed with water Joanne has about two minutes to get it applied properly.  Then my skin got 100% Vitamin C along with many other vitamins and cell nourishment, and even better the nourishment from this mask kept working on my skin for 72 hours – that’s three days of vitamin therapy and cell nourishment.  When the mask had depleted itself of all the active ingredients right into my skin, it turned into rubber…it was beyond cool.  Joanne then pulled the mask off in one sweeping motion, just like a huge Biore strip.  The mask pulled everything that had loosened up right out of my pores, but without any harshness or irritation to my skin.
  •  After the mask, Joanne applied more Collastin Serum all over my face and neck, then put eye gel around my eye area and topped it with eye cream.  She also moistened my lips with eye cream. Next she applied Ysaline Filler Cream all over my face.  She loves to use this during all of her facials because Ysaline is loaded with OMEGA 3-6-9 fatty acids and she says all skin types do very good with OMEGA.
  • Finally, she moisturized me with Collagen Moisturizer.  My skin loved the product and I think I will do very well with it this winter.

Not only did my mom and I walk out with fantastically glowing skin, we also scooped up two Kleraderm Butter Scrubs.  I hate to tell you this, but there were a limited number of these available and I think they may be gone…but they are SO GOOD I have to share.

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Kleraderm Butter Scrubs

Kleraderm Caramel Butter Scrub

Kleraderm Caramel Butter Scrub

Inside the caramel goodness

Inside the caramel goodness

This is one of those reviews where I seriously wish we had ‘Smell-O-Vision’, because the scent of these babies is just to die for.  The Caramel Butter Scrub is indeed buttery smelling carameliciousness, and the Blackcurrent is tart smelling and makes my mouth water.  They both come in reusable glass Weck jars.

Kleraderm Blackcurrent Butter Scrub

Kleraderm Blackcurrent Butter Scrub

Inside...so good I want to eat it with a spoon

Inside…so good I want to eat it with a spoon

The Butter Scrubs are powerful exfoliators and total hydrators. The exfoliating action is blended in a body butter of cocoa butter, sweet almond oil, and grapeseed oil. This smooth butter quickly sinks deep into the skin and is activated by the body’s natural temperature. The natural exfoliant in the Caramel Butter Scrub is spun sugar, while the Blackcurrent Butter Scrub has powdered blackcurrent seed.  They ever so gently remove impurities and dead cells from the outer layer of the skin.  You immerse yourself in a hot bath after applying the Butter Scrub, and you can feel the dead skin cells coming off your body while the butter leaves you baby soft and totally hydrated. The bath water becomes a cocoon of warm butter wrapped all over your body and you never want to get out of the tub.  If I am in a hurry, I rub some all over right before my shower and then spend the rest of the day marveling at how soft my skin is.

Joanne actually GAVE THESE AWAY with a previous special…I just can’t believe it.  They are so good it’s criminal.

This upcoming weekend, Nordstrom at Partridge Creek Mall is having their annual BOL/Beauty on Location event, although this year Nordstrom changed the name to “Pretty Party”.  Kleraderm is hosting skin care classes and they have outstanding gifts with purchase.  Whatever you purchase will come in this bag:

The shopping bag - it comes with a zippered makeup bag!

The shopping bag – it comes with a zippered makeup bag!

It’s always so fun to get a free gift (or several!) with a purchase, and here’s the perfect opportunity.  See below for all the details on what you will get from Kleraderm, just email Joanne to pre-order at Joannerecchia@comcast.net !   Also check them out on Facebook or Instagram and Twitter @Kleraderm.   Happy shopping! – Lisa

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Michael Todd True Organics – cleanser, scrub and giveaway

Michael Todd True Organics is a new brand to us on Beauty Info Zone and one that we’ve been testing out to tell you about. They’ve been very generous with us in sending products so that we can learn about them and share that information with you. Plus their generosity extends to our readers since they’ve offered a giveaway that I’ll write about at the end of this review.

Michael Todd Honey and Oat Cleanser and Jojoba Charcoal Scrub

Michael Todd Honey and Oat Cleanser and Jojoba Charcoal Scrub

Michael Todd True Organics is an excellent organic skincare company that interestingly enough was created by the owner of Scunci hair products. Scunci is the number one selling brand for hair accessories; I know I’ve got a drawer filled with items from them. The owner, Lewis Hendler, saw a lack of truly natural/organic products on the market. He saw products that called themselves that but they contained ingredients like mineral oil which suffocate skin. After much research his line was created to nourish your skin the same way you’d nourish your body with food. All products are Made in the U.S. with certified organic ingredients, without added water and free of parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrance or artificial dyes.”

Michael Todd Honey and Oat Cleanser

Michael Todd Honey and Oat Cleanser

There are 4 different cleansers in the Michael Todd True Organic product line and the one I have is Honey and Oat, Gentle Deep-Pore Cleanser ($24). I was actually a little leery to start using this cleanser. My mind pictured it as thick, maybe difficult to remove and possibly sticky. Boy was I wrong. This has quickly become my cleanser of choice. I absolutely love it. I’m always complaining about fragrance in products but this time I’m going to rave. It has a very pleasant aroma of sweet lemon with a touch of honey added to it.

Michael Todd Honey and Oat Cleanser

Michael Todd Honey and Oat Cleanser

The important thing though is that this cleans my face gently and efficiently. If I use a toner or exfoliating pad after cleansing, nothing seems to be remaining. This has gently removed my makeup without stripping it of the natural oils it needs. It’s a gel cleanser that foams up slightly. I’ve been using it a lot with my Foreo Luna and they are a great combination. But I’ve also used it with just a washcloth and have been equally impressed with its cleansing ability.

Michael Todd Honey and Oat Cleanser

Michael Todd Honey and Oat Cleanser

To be honest I’m not so sure about the deep pore cleansing though. I guess I expected it to be more exfoliating in order to do that. It gets my pores clean but I don’t think it’s exfoliating just a terrific cleanser. I don’t need to worry about that though because Michael Todd True Organics has a slew of great scrubs that do that job well.

Michael Todd Jojoba Charcoal Scrub

Michael Todd Jojoba Charcoal Scrub

There are 3 scrubs that Michael Todd makes and I’ve got two of them. Today I’m going to tell you about the Jojoba Charcoal Scrub ($18). This is their gentle exfoliating facial scrub. It contains Jojoba Wax Beads and Activated Charcoal. The scrub’s goal is to remove dead skin and impurities from your skin. The jojoba wax beads are what provides the gentle exfoliation which the charcoal penetrates into your pores to draw out the impurities.

Michael Todd Jojoba Charcoal Facial Scrub

Michael Todd Jojoba Charcoal Facial Scrub

Michael Todd Jojoba Charcoal Facial Scrub

Michael Todd Jojoba Charcoal Facial Scrub

What I learned with Jojoba Charcoal Scrub is that I need to use this in the shower. It’s a little too messy to use at the sink and I have a difficult time removing all of the product if I do it there. Instead I’ve been using it in my shower where I can get my face super wet and rinse it off more thoroughly. I then follow it with the Honey and Oat Cleanser and a washcloth. This removes the beads and charcoal and at the same time gives my skin back the hydration.  It’s gentle enough to use as often as you wish though I use it about twice a week.

Now I promised you a giveaway and here’s what it’s all about. Their PR company is going to send 3 full size products to one lucky US winner. They will pick which three out of this list: Knu Anti Aging Face Lift Serum, Jojoba Charcoal Scrub, Avocado Mango Mask, Charcoal Detox Cleanser, Pink Grapefruit Lotion, Liposome Antioxidant Moisturizer, Eye-O-Sonic Ultrasonic Ionic Serum Infuser, Peppermint Wake Up Wash, Pumpkin Mask Nutrient-Rich Facial Mask. We don’t know which ones they’ll choose so it will be a surprise. In the Rafflecopter I’ve asked which would be your favorite to win and we’ll pass that information on to them just in case they would like to make that wish come true. But even if you don’t get that one,  it’s still a win-win situation since if you do win you’ll get three terrific Michael Todd True Organic skincare products. The giveaway lasts through 9/26/13 at 11:59 p.m. eastern time and is for US subscribers only.

Here’s the motto of Michael Todd: “You’ll love what’s in it. You’ll love even more what’s not.” We love it! — Marcia

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Have you tried the awesomeness of Artisan Naturals? Now might be your chance.

Artisan Naturals

Artisan Naturals – fabulous organic skin care!

Artisan Naturals is a fabulous organic line with skin care, body care, and candles.  I have used this line for years and it’s really terrific, I recommend it to people all the time. There are some products that I just won’t be without like the Lemon Cypress Toning and Exfoliating Mask (reviewed HERE). Lucky for us and for you, Stephanie Barron, the lovely owner of Artisan Naturals, is offering a wonderful giveaway for Beauty Info Zone readers. Keep reading, this could be the giveaway you win - and believe me, you want some of this!

AN Classic

AN Classic Rose Hydrating Mist

The Classic Rose Hydrating Mist ($25) is something I have used for years. The roses used in this toner come from the “Valley of Roses” in Bulgaria. It has organic Rose Hyrdosol in it to soothe and refresh your skin. I like to spray some onto a cotton pad to smooth on after cleansing or sometimes I spritz it on to freshen up and hydrate my skin. I use it before I put on my makeup and any time I want a little pick-me-up. It’s a beautiful product.

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Verbena Blossom Hydrating Body Scrub

Verbena Blossom Hydrating Body Scrub ($28) is exfoliating deliciousness, a non-separating sugar scrub that feels like heaven as it softens and polishes your skin. It’s not the least bit greasy, it’s light and whipped into a state of perfection.

inside

sugar scrub awesomeness

It has essential oils like Litsea Cubeba, Lemon Verbena, and Ylang Ylang that are so good for your skin, and the scent? Fantastic!! I love this scrub, it puts a smile on my face and a glow on my skin. Follow this with the Verbena Blossom Anti-Oxidant Body Lotion and your body will thank you.

Verbena Blossom Anti-Oxidant Body Lotion

Verbena Blossom Anti-Oxidant Body Lotion

The Verbena Blossom Anti-Oxidant Body Lotion ($26) is a light but creamy lotion that moisturizes and nourishes the skin. It’s just perfect to use after the Verbena Blossom Hydrating Body Scrub. The elegant combination of anti-oxidants protect the skin from pollution and other environmental stressors, and the scent is gorgeous. It’s a fresh, citrusy, uplifting scent that I absolutely adore. Artisan Naturals is available at local boutiques so take a look at the website to find a store near you or you can also buy products online.

Enter our giveaway for a chance to win the Verbena Blossom Anti-Oxidant Body Lotion and the Verbena Blossom Hydrating Body Scrub. This giveaway is open in the US only (originally we said international but that was an error and we apologize). The giveaway runs through 1/10/13. If the Rafflecopter doesn’t appear please don’t enter until you see it appear, it seems to be a little fussy sometimes. You’ll be able to tweet daily to give yourself more opportunities to win too.  Good luck! – Lisa

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Super summer scents from Shannon’s Soaps

One of my favorite stores for handmade body products is Shannon’s Soaps.  Her products are the highest quality, they work great and they smell even better.  Here are three of my must-haves for summer.

Shannon’s Soaps Jasmine Balm

Shannon recommended the Jasmine Balm ($5.00) to me and I am so glad she did!  If you have itchy skin, dry cuticles, chapped lips…you need this, stat!

Jasmine Balm on the inside

Not only is this balm fantastic at healing your skin, it also smells flipping amazing.  I am not kidding.  It is the best jasmine scent out there.  I put this in my purse and find myself taking it out just to take a big whiff every so often.  It also works as a great hair pomade/wax, and a tiny bit smoothed over fly aways makes them disappear.

Shannon’s Soaps Salt Bar in Sex on the Beach

If you want to make sure you are beautifully exfoliated for your summer faux tan, you need Sex on the Beach ($3.00).  No, not the drink…or the act…both are great, but not for exfoliating.  Shannon’s Sex of the Beach Salt Bar is a terrific way to get exfoliated and clean at the same time.

See the super fine salt?

I think this bar looks good enough to eat.  The salt in it is just perfect, it’s actually a fine dendritic salt instead of fine sea salt.  So while you do feel the scrubbiness, it’s nowhere near being harsh on your skin.  Plus each salt bar is superfatted 20% for conditioning with 60% salt for exfoliating.

This is a just a gorgeous bar – and it smells gorgeous too!

I used to order Sex on the Beach at the bar just so I could say that to the bartender.  Now I ask my hubby if he wants to join me for some Sex on the Beach, and then I make him scrub my back with this!!

Yummy – Tropical Coconut Soap!!

And my final must-have summer item from Shannon’s Soaps is the Tropical Coconut Soap (3.8 – 4.2 oz bar is $4.00).  Her soaps are terrific – they foam up perfectly, moisturize the skin, and have just enough scent to be heavenly.  This one is a six oil soap with macadamia nut oil, palm, coconut, olive, castor, and sunflower oils.  It’s the perfect summer scent and my go-to summer soap.

If you haven’t checked out Shannon’s Soaps yet, now is a great time with all the perfect summer products!  – Lisa

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A fantastic $280 giveaway: The Biobliss System

Remember this?  That’s my forehead before using the Biobliss Forehead Patch ($24.99).  And here’s my forehead after:

Pretty amazing results!  I loved the Biobliss Forehead Patch, and I gave it total thumbs in my review that you can read here.  Today I am going to tell you all about the two other patches available from Biobliss as well as their skin care system, plus we are giving away a brand new, full size set of the entire system – a $280 value!!  So read on and then enter!!!!

This is an extremely innovative and elegant set of products.  There’s tons and tons of science behind it all and the explanations of why it works can be pretty technical.  I will try to explain it as simply as possible – but the short version is, THIS WORKS.

The Biobliss patches work thanks to Ion Technology, which pushes the product into the skin for immediate results.  The main ingredients include Hyaluronin, Peptides, Moroccan Argan Fruit Extract, and Vitamin B5.  Wear the patches for one hour and you won’t believe it – when you remove the patches, your wrinkles will be gone.  And the patches even have a blinking green light that stops blinking when time is up.  There are three different patches available:  the Forehead Patch I previously reviewed, plus an Under Eye Patch ($24.99):

Biobliss Under Eye Patch

and a Crow’s Feet Patch ($24.99):

Biobliss Crow's Feet Patch

The Under Eye Patch lightens dark circles, diminishes wrinkles, hydrates, and de-puffs.  The Crow’s Feet Patch hydrates and dramatically reduces the appearance of wrinkles.  These are fantastic for before a big night out – one hour with the Forehead, Under Eye, and Crow’s Feet patches and you will be wrinkle-free without the expense and pain of needles or Botox.  The results last for three to five days, and while each patch is for a single use, you can use the system once or twice a week if you’d like.

Biobliss has a beautiful skin care line that supports and enhances your patch results.  It includes a cleanser, scrub, serum, and moisturizer.  Here’s how the entire system works:

Biobliss Clean

First, use the Biobliss Clean($34.99) cleanser.  This is a white, lotion-like cleanser that has a great pump bottle.  It’s extremely hydrating, so it softens the skin while removing dirt and makeup.  It smells lightly of cucumbers, and in fact has cucumber extract in it, plus Aloe Vera and Vitamin E.  You can use this every morning and night, and it’s a great idea to use it prior to applying the patches.

Biobliss Scrub

Next is the Biobliss Scrub ($29.99)  Definitely use this exfoliator to help prepare the skin for the patches.  Besides prepping for the patches, you can use this once or twice a week to clear away dull, dry skin and give yourself a great glow.  It also helps to unclog pores and soften fine lines.  What’s inside?  Coconut, olive, macadamia nut, sunflower, what germ, and avocado, so it’s very moisturizing.

Biobliss Scrub swatch

It’s a fine scrub that doesn’t hurt or tear the skin at all.  If you use this twice a week, the bottle will last about two months.  After you use the scrub and dry your skin, you apply the patches.  You can use one, or if you want use all three for a full face treatment.

With just the Forehead patch on...

The patches stick right to the skin, and you can go about your business for an hour while the magic happens.  Once the green indicator light shuts off, you peel the patches off and marvel at your newly wrinkle-free skin.

Biobliss Lock It In Serum

To help seal in the wrinkle-fighting ingredients, follow the patches with the Lock It In Serum ($69.99).  The serum is made specifically to support and enhance the ingredients in the patches, containing Hyaluronan to keep in moisture and Matrixyl 3000 peptides to increase collagen.

Lock It In Serum swatch

The serum is a very light lotion that sinks in quickly.  It has ingredients like elixir of prickly pear to soothe any irritation, plus tons of antioxidants like vitamins A, C, E, K2 and Ferulic Acid.  It’s a beautiful serum that’s worth buying even if you aren’t interested in the patches.  You use this right after removing the patches, as well as every morning and night.

Biobliss Hydrate

The final step is to moisturize with Biobliss Hydrate ($69.99)  Oh my goodness, this is a complex, innovative moisturizer that really helps prolong the effects of the patches.  Use daily to ensure maximum hydration and elongate the effect of the Biobliss Patch. Like the serum, it has Hyaluronan and Matrixyl 3000 peptides.

Hydrate swatch

It has a silky, lightweight texture and provides an elegant finish.  Inside you’ll find Hibiscus Esculentes which helps to muscle cells, plus tons of antioxidants to fight free radicals and nourish the skin.  Moisturizing ingredients include oils of Flaxseed, Evening Primrose, Pumpkin Seed, Borage Seed,  and Sasha Inchi.  Use this after the serum twice a day, and of course also after using the patches.

Here’s your chance to win the entire system, which includes:  1 Forehead Patch, 1 Under Eye Patch, 1 Crow’s Feet Patch, 1 Clean Cleanser, 1 Scrub exfoliator, 1 Lock It In Serum, and 1 Hydrate Moisturizer.  Together all these products are worth $280!  Entering is easy.  Here’s what you need to do:

Products were sent by Biobliss and will be mailed by Beauty Info Zone. This giveaway ends on Wednesday, May 16th at 11:59 p.m. EST and is open to subscribers in the US and Canada only. Wait for the Rafflecopter to load. We have two mandatory requirements (subscribe and comment) plus several optional ones that can be done daily. Good luck!!


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October is Vegetarian Awareness Month – celebrate with Lush!

Did you know that October is Vegetarian Awareness MonthLush has tons of 100% vegetarian and 81% vegan products, and they are very active and vocal in their passion for vegetarian/vegan products and anti-animal cruelty stance.  Here are some favorite vegetarian and animal-friendly Lush products:

Lush Angels on Bare Skin

I love Lush Angels on Bare Skin Facial Cleanser (sold by weight, $12.95 for 1/4 lb).  It’s a very unique cleanser – the slab comes in a tub, and it has a slightly wet texture to it.  You break a piece off, then kind of smush it between your palms.  Then, rub it over your face, and your skin is gently exfoliated with ingredients including rose, lavender, ground almonds, and glycerine.  Very different and definitely divine!  And, of course, it’s vegan.

Lush Ocean Salt Face and Body Scrub

I am more of a sugar scrub person, but one salt scrub I adore is Lush Ocean Salt Face and Body Scrub ($19.95 for 4.2 oz/$34.95 for 8.8 oz).  It is SO gorgeous, have you ever seen such a beautiful looking scrub??

Inside Lush Ocean Salt Face and Body Scrub

I love it as a body scrub, the salt isn’t too harsh like some body scrubs can be.  I was reluctant to try it as a face scrub at first, thinking the salt would be too drying.  But I tried it, and liked it!!  You don’t need a ton of product for your face, and for me I find that once a week really works to keep blemishes and blackheads at bay.  I like to keep the jar in the shower to use as a body scrub, and when I am going to use it as a face scrub I put it on at the beginning of my shower and rinse off at the end.

Lush Ocean Salt Face and Body Scrub - up close and personal!

Lush says it ‘contains fresh lime crushed in vodka to wash away excess oils, and fresh grapefruit infusion, which has a stimulating, tonic action on the skin.’  Great stuff, and I marvel a the beauty of this scrub every time I open the jar.

Those are my two favorite vegetarian/vegan products.  Here are a few other great ideas for honoring and bringing awareness to animal friendly products:

Lush Rehab Shampoo

Rehab Shampoo ($13.95 3.3 oz./ $24.95 8.4 oz/ $39.95 16.9 oz)

This vegan, vitamin and enzyme rich wonder of a shampoo is made with LUSH’s unique and wonderfully potent blend of fresh organic juices like pineapple and kiwi to digest dirt, while a careful balance of jojoba, olive and almond oils restore hair’s strength and flexibility. (Vegan)

 

Lush Veganese Conditioner

Veganese Conditioner ($9.95 3.3 oz / $19.95 8.4 oz / $29.95 16.9 oz)

Vegans rejoice! This light conditioner has a softening agar seaweed gel base (instead of sheep’s wool derived Lanolin) and fresh organic lemon juice for shine, shine and more shine. (Vegan)

Why not head to your local Lush store, or go online and veg out your beauty routine this month?? – Lisa

Side by Side – Annmarie Gianni part 2 (plus giveaway)

Annmarie Gianni’s skincare has made a previous appearance on Beauty Info Zone. The line has so many wonderful products though that we needed to divide our review into two parts. What you’ll find when you use Annmarie Gianni are products that are pure enough to eat. Her philosophy is that if you can’t eat the ingredients then they aren’t good enough to put on your face. We’re here with another Side by Side as well as a chance for you to win some of this skincare line for yourself.

Marcia’s Side:

Neroli Toning Mist

On our first review I went a little gaga over the Coconut Honey Mask. So gaga in fact that I used the code we had at that time and bought a full size mask so that I could continue enjoying this delicious mask on a more regular basis. Besides the Aloe-Herb Facial Cleanser I was able to test out the following 3 products.

Neroli Toning Mist ($27.95/50 ml):  While I used this in the evening after cleansing with the Aloe-Herb Facial Cleanser, it is just as nice any time of the day. It was a soothing toner that I sprayed on my face and then spread with my clean hands to rebalance my skin. Neroli hydrosol is made from orange blossoms (a favorite scent of mine). It’s known to calm your soul and also as an aphrodisiac (don’t tell my husband please).

Annmarie Gianni Anti-aging Serum

Anti-aging serum ($49.95/15 ml): This was actually my 2nd step in my nighttime routine. This serum will increase skin moisture by inhibiting hyalurondase, which is destructive to skin’s natural moisturizer – hyaluronic acid. It boosts Collagen III, a type of collagen abundant in young skin that diminishes with age. It helps soothe irritated skin. While I hate to admit I am aging I know it’s important that I use products like this serum. It’s especially good for all those fine lines. If you use it in the daytime it acts as a mattifying primer for your makeup.  I followed it with the Neroli Toning Mist and then Herbal Facial Oil.

Annmarie Gianni Herbal Facial Oil

Herbal Facial Oil for Normal/Combination Skin ($34.95/ 15 ml):  I used this oil as a nighttime moisturizer.  The ingredient list is sort of like reading a menu at an incredible salad restaurant. I’m always talking about scent in products since that’s important to me. This smells as good as it works. The purpose of the oil is to soothe sensitive skin, balance combination skin and restore a youthful glow. It’s lightweight and did a great job of moisturizing this past summer.

All in all this was a great routine for my summer skin.

LISA’S SIDEIn our first review, I wrote about two great products, the Coconut Body Oil and the Purifying Mud Mask.  Today I have two more terrific products to tell you about.

Ayurvedic Facial Scrub

Ayurvedic Facial Scrub ($24.95)  Similar to the Purifying Mud Mask, the  Ayurvedic Facial Scrub is a tub of dry ingredients that you mix with liquid.  Inside the finely ground powder is a mix of Indian herbs, Moroccan Rhassoul Clay and traditional herbal treatments. The combination makes a very gentle exfoliant that effectively cleanses and clears yoru skin.

The Rhassoul clay has lots of minerals in it to help nourish the skin.  It’s also great for exfoliating, cleansing, and absorbing oil and dirt.  Another powerful ingredient is Fenugreek seeds, which works as an anti-inflammatory.

I used this several times a week, combining the powder with liquid cleanser and a little water.  It does have a distinct herbal scent, so it may not be the best fit for those of you who are very sensitive to fragrance.   Once the powder is combined with cleanser and water, it forms a paste which is massaged into the skin.  After rinsing, skin feels clean, looks clear, and is very soft.

Ingredients:  Love, organic lavender flowers; organic fenugreek seed; rhassoul clay; organic rosemary leaves; organic lemon balm leaves; organic shavegrass (horsetail herb); organic neem leaves; organic comfrey root; organic lemon peel; honey powder.

Neroli Toning Mist

Neroli Toning Mist ($19.95/30ml)  Like Marcia, I tried the Neroli Toning Mist.  I love this toner.  Spray some on a cotton pad and apply after cleansing, and it helps to balance out the natural oil in your skin, soothe any irritation, and minimize large pores.

It has a beautifully refreshing scent, and it just makes my skin feel great.  It’s made of pure organic Neroli Distillate, which is derived from orange blossoms.  I think toners are essential to a good skin care regime, and this one is a real winner.

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION:

Annmarie Gianni has sent us a set of deluxe sample size products for one of our readers. For those of you who love organic, cruelty free skincare this will be a perfect way to learn about the line.

The prize contains Aloe Herb Cleanser (previously reviewed), Herbal Facial Oil (see Marcia’s side above), Neroli Toning Mist (both Marcia and Lisa reviewed this today) and Ayurvedic Facial Mask (see Lisa’s side above).

To enter:

1. Be a Beauty Info Zone subscriber in the US please

2. Comment on which Annmarie Gianni skincare product sounds the best for your skintype

3. Email us at beautyinfozone@gmail.com to identify your comment.

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) Retweet this giveaway on Twitter (and let us know via email and ditto on the daily part).

This is open in the US until Saturday, Sept. 17th, 11:59 p.m. EST