Farmhouse Fresh and fabulous holiday buys

Welcome back to Makeup Wars. We took a break over the summer which then extended into the fall but we’re excited about being able to come back full force now. Today’s topic is Holiday Beauty Buys. My beauty buys aren’t quite within the norm since I’m taking you into bath and body products specifically from Farmhouse Fresh. I didn’t want to go the typical route with cosmetics since I’m sure the rest of the crew will be sharing theirs. I’m so enamored with Farmhouse Fresh and I think they make great gifts for holidays, hostess gifts, housewarming gifts, and, most important, for you!

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Farmhouse Fresh Sweeping Softness Body Sampler

Farmhouse Fresh Sweeping Softness Body Sampler

I only have one of the many Farmhouse Fresh gifts but I hope that will change. SWEEPING SOFTNESS is a 3 step sampler for your body. What you’ll get is a ready to wrap box with three of Farmhouse Fresh’s top selling body products. For $18 you’ll be able to see what bloggers rave and rave about. The plastic jars each contain 1 fl oz of product. Enough for many uses and enough to tempt you to try these full size or other FHF products.

Farmhouse Fresh Sweet Cream Scrub, Whoopie Cream Shea Butter, Agave Nectar Body Oil

Farmhouse Fresh Sweet Cream Scrub, Whoopie Cream Shea Butter, Agave Nectar Body Oil

Start your day in the shower with Sweet Cream Sea Salt Scrub. This has been on Oprah’s Favorite List so it’s easy to understand why it was chosen for this set. When you open the jar you’ll see the sea salt and silky rice bran oil. I mix them together with a tiny spatula that I have from a previous jar, then scoop it out to exfoliate my body with its goodness.

Farmhouse Fresh Sweet Cream Sea Salt Scrub

Farmhouse Fresh Sweet Cream Sea Salt Scrub

It melts on my skin while hydrating it with the oil. The fragrance is sweet and luscious; it will remind you of baking sugar cookies.

From there you want to apply Whoopie Cream Shea Butter, a fluffy body cream that smells like a vanilla layer cake just out of the oven. It’s really wonderful for dry skin as it contains shea butter, vitamin E packed jojoba and soybean oils. Your skin is going to be so soft after. While this smells good enough to eat, save it for your body. My legs are eating this up.

Farmhouse Fresh Whoopie Cream Shea Butter

Farmhouse Fresh Whoopie Cream Shea Butter

Before dressing give yourself a wonderful experience with the Agave Nectar Body Oil. I’ve previously raved about the FHF Body Oils so having this one is a delight. Since it’s in a jar it’s harder to use though which is why I cut part of the liner off. This is an oil so you don’t want to spill it and waste the delight inside.

Farmhouse Fresh Agave Nectar Body Oil

Farmhouse Fresh Agave Nectar Body Oil

FHF describes the smell as similar to Tiramisu with an oat milk scent. I don’t think I’ve ever tried anything quite like this fragrance wise. I smell vanilla in it too. “Barley, Sandalwood and Amurense bark combine with Agave Nectar and a blend of natural oils to deeply hydrate without a greasy afterfeel.” These oils are heaven scent. They don’t leave my body feeling oily and they don’t cloy with their scent. I notice the fragrance for a while but it never interferes with my day.

Farmhouse Fresh Sweeping Softness

Farmhouse Fresh Sweeping Softness

Sweeping Softness is a perfect gift for any woman you know even if you have no idea of what she likes. It’s the kind of item to have on hand for a last minute gift or to take with you. While I highly recommend it for you too to have the chance to try 3 amazing products from Farmhouse Fresh there are two other gift sets that look pretty amazing too.

Farmhouse Fresh Skin Saviors

Farmhouse Fresh Skin Saviors

Farmhouse Fresh Skin Saviors has 3 shea butter items within: This travel trio of our best-selling shea butters is ready to quench on-the-go. Whoopie! Cream (scented like fresh-baked whoopie pies), Rainbow Road (scented with coconut and Bartlett Pears), and Fluffy Bunny (a light lavender mint julep) bring along decadent scents and the promise to hydrate – wherever you may be!

Farmhouse Fresh Quick Recovery

Farmhouse Fresh Quick Recovery

Farmhouse Fresh Quick Recovery is a face mask kit containing Guac Star Avocado Mask for hydration, Splendid Dirt Organic Pumpkin Mud Mask for radiance, and exfoliate to smooth perfection with Pudding Apeel Tapioca Glycolic Mask. I’ve used both the Guac Star and Pudding Apeel and know that they are outstanding.

No matter which of these is your choice, you can’t go wrong. There aren’t enough superlatives in my vocabulary to describe how I feel about Farmhouse Fresh and these holiday gift sets will make your days and nights a lot brighter.  —  Marcia

Join the Makeup Wars team to see what else stands out for the holidays this year. Enjoy their posts.


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Learn about the new derma e® Purifying Line in this review and giveaway

derma e® has created a new line of products – their Purifying Line. There are 6 products in this new cruelty-free organic line and we were sent 4 of them to experience plus there’s a giveaway for this set of 4 too. The products in the Purifying Line have these key ingredients:

  • Kimarine® is a potassium-rich, magnesium-rich seaweed clinically proven to protect skin against environmental pollutants (exhaust fumes, cigarette smoke, and heavy metals).
  • Bladderwrack is an antioxidant-rich, mineral-rich seaweed known for its water-binding properties, supporting healthy skin hydration, elasticity and nourishment.
  • Activated Charcoal is a naturally powerful, absorptive ingredient (known for absorbing 100 to 200 times its weight in impurities) that deeply detoxifies and purifies skin.
  • Green Tea is a potent antioxidant that helps fight free radicals, prevent oxidative stress and protect skin from UVA and UVB radiation damage.
  • Aloe Leaf is an herbal remedy renowned for its ability to moisturize, soften, soothe and detoxify skin.

The 6 items in the line are Purifying 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask, Purifying Daily Detox Scrub, Purifying Youth Serum, Purifying Toner Mist, Purifying Oil-Free Moisturizer, and Purifying Gel Cleanser. Read about our four and then enter our giveaway. Meant to detox and reboost your skin, these do what they say. This line is 100% vegan, cruelty-free, paraben-free, sulfate-free, mineral oil-free, lanolin-free, gluten-free, GMO-free. Gotta love that.

LISA’S SIDE:

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I love the derma e® line and I’ve used their Soothing Cleanser and Hydrating Serum with Hyaluronic Acid for years. Today I am happy to you about two new products that have been added to my list of favorites from derma e® – the Purifying Daily Detox Scrub and the Purifying Oil-Free Moisturizer.

derma e Purifying Daily Detox Scrub

derma e Purifying Daily Detox Scrub

The Purifying Daily Detox Scrub ($15.50) is a facial exfoliant paste that is gentle but very effective. It has a great ingredient list, starting with the charcoal that absorbs impurities so they can be washed away. The scrubbing power comes from Apricot Seed Powder that sloughs off any dead cells, dirt, and oil. The aloe keeps skin super soft and moist.  Like all the Purifying products, it also has the Kimarine® and bladderwrack mentioned earlier.  Because the Purifying Daily Detox Scrub doesn’t have a whole slew of complicated ingredients, this gentle scrub should be safe for even very sensitive skin. I think it’s a fantastic way to keep skin glowing and ready for serum and moisturizer.

derma e Purifying Daily Detox Scrub

derma e Purifying Oil-Free Moisturizer

I was so surprised the first time I used the derma e® Purifying Oil-Free Moisturizer ($29.50) – it’s not often I find a moisturizer that is gray with silver opalescence! I’m not surprised by the performance of this moisturizer, however. It’s the workhorse I thought I would be based on the ingredient list, which includes some terrific antioxidants thanks to the Green Tea. The lightness of the lotion makes it perfect for anyone with oily skin…it might be too light for those with very dry skin. Otherwise, this is a terrific choice for a daily moisturizer that keeps skin healthy and looking fabulous.

MARCIA’S SIDE:

derma e Purifying 2-in1 Charcoal Mask and Purifying Toner Mist

derma e Purifying 2-in1 Charcoal Mask and Purifying Toner Mist

My two products are the Purifying 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask and Purifying Toner Mist which work beautifully together or alone. I have become a mask junkie so it came as no surprise to Lisa when I told her that this was my first choice to try. I’ve run out of toner so this was a given.

DERMA E® PURIFYING TONER MIST ($15.50) contains Marine Algae and Green Tea to refresh and fortify your skin against the environment. It’s PH balanced with Kimarine® Wakame, Bladderwrack, Green Tea antioxidants, and Aloe Leaf Juice. With these great ingredients you are adding antioxidants that will help support your skin hydration and nourishment.

derma e® Purifying Toner Mist

derma e® Purifying Toner Mist

I use this Toner Mist several times a week, mostly during cleansing at night. The spray itself isn’t that fine, it comes out a little heavy unfortunately. Since I like it after I use the Purifying Charcoal Mask I always apply it after I’ve washed the mask away. I also like it when I’ve chosen to use a wipe or Bioderma instead of washing my face since I know this is going to remove any vestiges of makeup. Instead of spraying it on my face though I’ll mist it onto a cotton pad and use that to do the job.

DERMA E® PURIFYING 2-IN-1 CHARCOAL MASK ($19.50) is terrific for those of you who really don’t like to take the time to mask. This takes such a short time and leaves your skin in great condition. Apply it for 5 minutes, then wet your hands and massage for a minute or so. During the 5 minutes you’ll see it go from dark charcoal to a light ashy color. It hardens but it doesn’t crack. I use a washcloth to remove it and follow with the Purifying Mist Spray.

derma e® Purifying 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask

derma e® Purifying 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask

This is a dual action mask as the name implies. It detoxifies in two ways to purge pores of deeply rooted toxins while exfoliating away micropollutants for purely glowing skin.  Since I have large pores I find this to be a terrific way to clean them. My nose and cheeks are always a source of concern for me and when I use the Purifying 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask I find that they stay clear for several days at a time. It decongests my pores as it dries because of the Kimarine® Wakame, Bladderwrack and Activated Charcoal. Then it exfoliates away dead cells with Apricot Seed Powder. This is a mask that I’m very happy to use.

derma e purifying 2-in-1 charcoal mask

derma e purifying 2-in-1 charcoal mask

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION:  You can win all 4 of the products we’ve written about. The prize will be provided by derma e® so it’s a US only giveaway. Enter and tweet through 9/13 at 11:59 p.m. If comments close please email us at beautyinfozone@gmail.com and label it DERMA E to send your comment so that you can continue. This skin care is great for sensitive skin as well as oily and blemish prone skin.
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Smell good and look good with CITRUS CLEAR facial products – and enter the giveaway

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I’ve learned a lot by blogging and one of the things I’ve learned is not to be so wary of products that are fragranced. I have my preferences of course but I think we all do. When Citrus Clear offered to send some products our way and included a giveaway I was game for it. Citrus smells are just fine with me. Give me lemon, grapefruit, lime, orange, or tangerine and I’m a happy tester.

Citrus Clear moisturizer, cleanser, tingle mask, acne spot treatment, and pore & blackhead extracting mask

Citrus Clear moisturizer, cleanser, tingle mask, acne spot treatment, and pore & blackhead extracting mask

There are many enticing things I learned about Citrus Clear before I even got to testing the products.

– Our Oregon production facility is powered using 100% renewable wind energy.

– We are an evolving company that will continue to focus on ensuring our products are naturally based, eco-friendly, and, sustainable.

– Our products are the perfect mix of modern science and holistic treatments – organic and chemical free products that work.

– We use the most natural form of extraction, called cold pressed.

– FDA Registered
Good Manufacturing Process (GMP) certified
No Animal Testing
Quality Control Checkpoints
Shelf Life Testing
Antimicrobial Testing
Sustainable Practices & Materials

Citrus Clear Sensitive Wash in Natural Tahitian Lime

Citrus Clear Sensitive Wash in Natural Tahitian Lime

Now onto the products and what they are like. SENSITIVE FACE WASH ($28.99)  in Natural Tahitian Lime: This has been formulated for sensitive skin and is hypoallergenic. It contains amino acids and vitamin C. It has the most luscious and true lime scent to it which makes sense because it’s formulated with only natural and chemical free ingredients. The 8 oz. pump will last for a long time with its gentle lather. This removes excess oil so it’s especially good for those with oily to normal skin.

Citrus Clear Sensitive Moisturizer in Pink Grapefruit

Citrus Clear Sensitive Moisturizer in Pink Grapefruit

The Sensitive Moisturizer in Pink Grapefruit makes me want to just open it and smell. It has a slight tartness to its yummy grapefruit fragrance. It isn’t overwhelming at all, I notice the fragrance when I first apply it but it doesn’t linger. The Sensitive Moisturizer (on sale now from $24.99 to $14.99) is very gentle and feels quite comfortable on my skin. It doesn’t have sunscreen but it’s a great base for your spf product. It doesn’t ball up under makeup which is important especially in the summer.  If I had a teen daughter I’d be letting her borrow it for sure.

Citrus Clear Tangerine Tingle

Citrus Clear Tangerine Tingle

Citrus Clear Tangerine Tingle

Citrus Clear Tangerine Tingle

TANGERINE TINGLE FACE SCRUB ($18.99) is probably my favorite of the products. You open it to a jiggly mixture that has this tantalizing tangerine fragrance. The reason it’s called a ‘tingle’ is that it really does tingle when you apply it. It’s the product working to clean out your pores and exfoliate your skin. Using it as a cleanser means you just apply it over damp skin and massage it on to exfoliate then rinse off. Using it as a mask you leave it on for about 2-4 minutes before rinsing. So depending on the amount of time you have, you can decide how to use it.

Tangerine Tingle

Tangerine Tingle

Tangerine Tingle contains glycolic acid to exfoliate and help keep pores clean; it also contains lemon oil which helps brighten your complexion. The website says that your face can get slightly red for a few minutes after, while I didn’t find that I think you should start with it as a wash and make sure you don’t have a reaction before working up to a mask.

Citrus Clear Pore & Blackhead Extracting Mask

Citrus Clear Pore & Blackhead Extracting Mask

The PORE & BLACKHEAD EXTRACTING MASK ($24.99) has the opposite texture of the Tangerine Tingle. This is very firm and truly mask like. This mask contains citrus but the natural clay and herbs seem to overtake and the mask smells sweet but not citrusy to me. You can apply it to either dry or damp skin and then leave it on for 4-8 minutes. It dries hard but doesn’t crack on my face. What I like about this is the ability to deep clean my pores. I don’t have breakouts but I think this would be great if you did since it’s such a deep cleansing tool. I like to wash it off with a washcloth and then follow up with the Sensitive Wash.

Citrus Clear Acne Spot Treatment

Citrus Clear Acne Spot Treatment

CITRUS CLEAR GRAPEFRUIT ACNE SPOT TREATMENT ($12.99) is what you can win. This treatment can be used up to 5 times a day if you have a breakout. It contains salicylic acid which helps treat your existing spot but it can also be used to control oily skin and prevent future breakouts. According to Citrus Clear it helps prevent the formation of blackheads. The ingredients are wonderful containing naturally derived grapefruit extract and vitamin C. The size of the tube makes it convenient to carry with you if you need it during the day.

Even after all this information there is more! Citrus Clear is paraben free, doesn’t contain pthalates, petrochemicals, sulfates, mineral oils, synthetic fragrance or dyes. They are a cruelty free company and contain no animal by-products. I think you can tell that this line was a lot going for it. — Marcia

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION:  Citrus Clear and Beauty Info Zone are giving away two Grapefruit Acne Spot Treatments. It is open to US and Canada through 8/4/17 at 11:59 p.m. EDT. If comments close please email your comment to  beautyinfozone@gmail.com and label it Citrus Clear. Then you can continue on with the other options.

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INGREDIENT LISTS

SENSITIVE WASH (TAHITIAN LIME) Ingredients: Organic Citrus Herbals, Organic Aloe Vera Juice, MSM, Lavender Hydrosol, Decyl Glucoside, Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, Cocamidopropyl Betaine (from coconuts), Cocamide MIPA, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Disodium Lauryl Sulfosuccinate, Hydroxyethyl Cellulose, Carrageenan Gum, Olive Oil, Vitamin C, Tahitian Lime Fragrance, Wildcrafted Willow Bark, Wildcrafted Lemon Balm, Orange Hydrosol, Citrus Lemon Essential Oil, Citrus Lime Essential Oil, Mandarin Essential Oil, Orange Peel Extract, Peppermint Essential Oil, Grapefruit Seed, Organic Rosehip Oil, Borage Oil, Oregano Oil, Tea Tree Oil, Calendula, Burdock Root, Red Clover, Rosemary, Vitamin E, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Ethyl Hexyl Glycerin.

SENSITIVE MOISTURIZER (PINK GRAPEFRUIT)  Ingredients: Organic Aloe Vera, Palm Oil, Silk Protein Amino Acid Blend, Glycine, L-Alanine, L-Serine, L-Valine, L-Proline, L-threonine, L-Isoleucine, L-Histidine, L-Phenylalanine), Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, Organic Safflower Oil, MSM, Pink Grapefruit Essential Oil, Vitamin C, Botanical Hyaluronic Acid, Wildcrafted Lemon Balm, Grapefruit Seed Extract, Orange Hydrosol, Lemon Oil, Citrus Lime Essential Oil, Mandarin Essential Oil, Orange Peel Extract, Peppermint Essential Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Shea Butter, Vitamin B5, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexyl Glycerin, Xanthan Gum, Wildcrafted Green Tea, Citric Acid.

TANGERINE TINGLE Ingredients: Organic Citrus Herbals, Organic Aloe Vera Juice, Olive Seed, Tangerine Essential Oil, Pink Grapefruit Essential Oil, MSM, Jojoba Beads, Hydroxyethyl Cellulose, Carrageenan Gum, Vitamin C, Organic Rhubarb, Organic Blueberry, Wildcrafted Lemon Balm, Grapefruit Seed Extract, Orange Hydrosol, Lemon Essential Oil, Citrus Lime Essential Oil, Mandarin Essential Oil, Orange Peel Extract, Peppermint Essential Oil, Vitamin E, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Ethyl Hexyl Glycerin.

PORE & BLACKHEAD EXTRACTING MASK  Ingredients: Organic Citrus Infusion, Organic Aloe Vera, Kaolin clay, Sodium Magnesium Silicate, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Cellulose Gum, Purified Smectite Clay, Vanilla, Sweet Orange Essential Oil, Wildcrafted Lemon Balm Extract, Orange Hydrosol, Lemon Essential Oil, Citrus Lime Essential Oil, Mandarin Essential Oil, Orange Peel Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Ethyl Hexyl Glycerin, Spirulina, Sea Kelp, Grapeseed Oil.

GRAPEFRUIT ACNE SPOT TREATMENT Ingredients: Organic Herbs, Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Aloe Vera), Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel), Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), Green Tea & Lime, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Hydroxyethyl Cellulose, Carrageenan Gum, Wildcrafted Melissa Officinalis (Lemon Balm), Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit Seed Extract), Citrus Aurantium (Orange Hydrosol), Citrus Limon (Lemon Essential Oil), Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime Essential Oil), Citrus Reticulata (Mandarin Essential Oil), Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange Peel Extract), Wildcrafted Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea Extract), Wildcrafted Salix Lucida (Salicylic Acid), Colloidal Silver, Eugenia Caryophyllata (Clove Essential Oil), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Ethyl Hexyl Glycerin.

Belli Anti-Blemish Basics

If you’ve heard of the brand Belli then you know that it’s a brand that began its life as a safe brand for pregnant women. Considering I’m in menopause it sure doesn’t seem like it would be an appropriate brand for me but guess what – it’s very fitting for me and for you. When Belli offered to send a few products the timing was perfect because I was going through my summer breakout time. I said yes and learned a lot about these products. I have two products from Belli, Anti-Blemish Facial Wash and Fresh Start Pre-Treatment Scrub.

Belli Anti-Blemish Facial Wash and Fresh Start Pre/Treatment Scrub

Belli Anti-Blemish Facial Wash and Fresh Start Pre-Treatment Scrub

Belli wants women to start with them when they are planning pregnancy, are pregnant and to keep with them beyond pregnancy. No matter what age women are, our hormones can go wacky. Even my elderly mother has an occasional breakout.

picky for a purpose
check Allergy Tested
check No Artificial Dyes or Fragrances
check No Phthalates
check No Paraben Preservatives
check Cruelty-Free; Not Tested on Animals
check Safety-Screened Ingredients
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Their motto tells it all: Picky for a Purpose. We want to take care of ourselves all the time but during your pregnancy or if you are nursing you need to watch what you use so much more.belli slogan
The Anti-Blemish Facial Wash ($22/6.5 oz) is what I really needed the most for the breakouts I was having. My skin doesn’t love hot humid weather. It seemed like every few days there was another little bump that wanted to skew the results of other skincare I was using. I have used this in the evenings when I had a flare up and it helped calm any redness I was having. It’s a clear wash without fragrance. My skin is drier now than it used to be so I need to be careful that a cleanser isn’t going to strip it. The Belli is doing a nice job of keeping my skin clean but not dry. I follow with a Reviva Lab Serum and later moisturizer and my breakouts are basically gone. (I need to keep my hands off the one that I’ve irritated though!!)
Here’s some information from Belli:
• Features lactic acid to cleanse and gently exfoliate acne prone skin
• FREE OF salicylic acid, glycolic acid, and benzoyl peroxide– common acne fighting ingredients that should be avoided during pregnancy
• Contains lemon peel oil, a natural anti-bacterial and skin brightener
• With green tea extract and cucumber, both are rich in antioxidants
Belli Anti-Blemish Facial Wash

Belli Anti-Blemish Facial Wash

The Anti-Blemish Facial Wash won’t be my personal daily cleanser but it will live on my bathroom counter so that when the zits decide to come out and party, I’ll be ready for them.
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The other product I’ve used from Belli is actually a Prep product so I should have mentioned it first. Oops. Fresh Start Pre-Treatment Scrub ($24, 6.5 oz) is a scrub like a dermabrasion scrub that can be used on your face and body. It surprises me how many women don’t know about a scrub like this. I was telling a friend about a scrub I had reviewed and she didn’t know one thing about them. A scrub like this keeps your pores cleansed, gets rid of dead skin and helps prepare your skin for other treatments. Here’s what Belli has to tell us about their Fresh Start Pre-Treatment Scrub:
• Features green tea extract and ginseng, both are rich in antioxidants
• Helps prepare skin for the application of other Belli products
• Includes the refreshing aromatherapy of peppermint oil
Belli Fresh Start Pre-Treatment Scrub

Belli Fresh Start Pre-Treatment Scrub

This is a great scrub to use 2 to 3 times a week. I have quite a few scrubs so I interchange but I did use this one exclusively for a few weeks while testing Belli for review. I used it twice a week and found it gentle on my skin. It’s nice to take it in the shower, get the refreshment of the peppermint oil and at the same time work on my face and body. The Anti-Blemish Facial Wash is a great follow up.

Belli wash and scrub

Belli wash and scrub

You can find these products at many retailers and etailers. It’s carried at the BuyBuy Baby that’s right near my house so I can even use one of the $5 coupons they send me all the time. It’s also available at drugstore.com, Ulta.com, and many maternity sites.

As you can see, this is an ageless company. I’m happy to have what helps me rather than care that it’s a brand created for a woman in her child bearing years. These are products I’ll continue to use and recommend to my loved ones. — Marcia

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Ingredients for Anti-Blemish Facial Wash: Deionized Water, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Sodium Lactate, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Sodium PEG-7 Olive Oil Carboxylate, Glycerine, PEG-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate, Sodium PCA, Lactic Acid, Olive Oil PEG-7 Esters, Phenoxyethanol, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate (and) Glycereth-2 Cocoate

Ingredients for Fresh Start Pre-Treatment Scrub: Deionized Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Polyethylene, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Glyceryl Stearate (and) PEG-100 Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Sodium PEG-7 Olive Oil Carboxylate, Sodium PCA, Glycerine, Olive Oil PEG-7 Esters, Phenoxyethanol, Lactic Acid, Mentha Arvensis (Peppermint) Leaf Oil, Acanthopanax Senticosus Root Extract (Eleutherol Ginseng Root Extract), Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract (Green Tea Extract), Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate (and) Glycereth-2 Cocoate

derma e Microdermabrasion Scrub – a pore relief review

derma e Microdermabrasion Scrub

derma e Microdermabrasion Scrub

There are a lot of things to like about derma e products since they are all paraben free, gluten free, dye free, petrolatum free, phthalate free, GMO free, 100% vegan, eco-friendly and cruelty free. The only thing that could improve this list is if they were totally free. Actually they are close to free since derma e keeps their products reasonably priced and affordable.

We were sent the Microdermabrasion Scrub with Dead Sea Salt to test and it’s a winner. It’s a huge jar at 2 oz and $32 and it’s going to last forever because I just need the tiniest amount for my entire face. Don’t tell anyone but you can find this for a lot less; for example I just saw it on amazon.com for half price. Shhh!

derma e microdermabrasion scrub

derma e microdermabrasion scrub

Derma e’s Microdermabrasion Scrub uses a blend of Dead Sea Salt and Volcanic Sand in an exclusive crystalized blend. It has a light, tart citrus fragrance because it’s enriched with natural astringents like lime and lemon peel. I love the smell of it and I’m glad it’s noticeable for a few minutes after I’m done. Ingredients like antioxidant Grapeseed and Vitamin E make sure this treatment not only helps to retexturize your skin but it leaves it softer and smoother looking.

derma e microdermabrasion scrub ingredients

derma e microdermabrasion scrub ingredients

Here’s how I use this scrub – I wash my face but I don’t dry it. You can use it on wet or dry skin but I prefer wet since it’s not abrasive that way. I usually scrub in a circular motion and try to remember to go upwards since that’s better for sagging skin. Without timing it, I figure I’m using this about 2 minutes. Then I wash it off with warm water and a clean washcloth. I prefer using a muslin cloth since they are so gentle on my skin. That’s it. I’m done and just follow with my serums, moisturizers etc.  A few minutes twice a week is good for keeping my pores clean. I do concentrate on my nose since those are the pores that drive me totally bonkers.

derma e microdermabrasion scrub

derma e microdermabrasion scrub

While I’ve only used this on my face, I know I could use it anywhere on my body that I want this retexturing to occur. I often find that my hands look dry so I’m going to start using it on my hands while I’m doing my face now too.

There is no absorption into the skin with derma e Microdermabrasion Scrub. The crystal blend is a large molecular structure, according to the company, and is not bio-available to the body. Plus the ingredients are natural so they aren’t going to clog up our drains and water system.

derma e microdermabrasion scrub

derma e microdermabrasion scrub

You won’t believe how smooth your skin feels after using this scrub. I have several other derma e products that I enjoy like the Hydrating Mask and Evenly Radiant Dark Circle Eye Cream so it’s often derma e week at my house. How about yours? Have you been introduced to this line yet? — Marcia

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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.

Kleraderm

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

Kleraderm

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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*products for review and giveaway provided to Beauty Info Zone