Needles no more…Dr. Brandt 3-D Filler Mask review and giveaway #plumpupthevolume

Dr. Brandt 3D Filler Mask

 

When you go 3-D, every line and wrinkle has depth, so why not fill that in a bit for smoother skin? Needles and fillers can be daunting (not to mention expensive!) so the BIZ was definitely up for trying the dr. Brandt® Needles No More 3-D Filler Mask ($95). The tag line for this mask is “Don’t let gravity be your destiny” and we are all for fighting gravity!! We were also particularly interested in the terrific dr. Brandt® #plumpupthevolume campaign, which fosters a national dialogue concerning issues of mental health and well-being and provides insight and support to individuals and families affected by mood disorders.

On top of all that, we have a fantastic giveaway for 3 subscribers!

PR Sample

Dr. Brandt 3D Filler Mask

Dr. Brandt 3D Filler Mask

Lisa’s Side:  dr. Brandt® Needles No More 3-D Filler Mask is a lovely leave on mask that has some great ingredients, including hyaluronic acid, peptides and something called Adipofill’in Complex. This creamy mask comes with a really nice synthetic application brush that I now use with all of my masks – it’s really terrific. Some nights I look in the mirror and I think, wow, gravity is definitely taking a toll…so I smooth on this mask and then leave it on overnight. It makes my skin feel a little tighter thanks to the polymethyl methacrylate (which is a film-forming agent) and immediately makes my wrinkles less noticeable. The shea butter is definitely soothing as well. In the morning, my skin is smoother, plumped, and younger looking.

Dr. Brandt 3D Filler Mask brush

Dr. Brandt 3D Filler Mask brush

It does have a very light fragrance due to the lavender extract, but it’s soft and dissipates quickly. I use the dr. Brandt® Needles No More 3-D Filler Mask once a week to make me feel pampered and plumped…and to make living in 3-D a whole lot more pleasant! (Be sure to check out the #FACEFWD Fall Issue for more great dr. Brandt® news).

Dr. Brandt 3D Filler Mask

Marcia’s Side:

While dr. Brandt® Needles No More 3-D Filler Mask is called a mask, it’s nothing like the masks that I normally write about. This is more of a treatment than a mask. I have a sample size of it, the same that 3 people will win, and I use it nightly. This has become an integral part of my nightime routine. The goal of dr. Brandt® Needles No More 3-D Filler Mask is to revolumize, reshape and fill.

dr. brandt 3-D filler mask deluxe sample

dr. brandt 3-D filler mask deluxe sample

The deluxe sample size doesn’t come with the brush or the 3-D glasses but it comes with all the wonderful ingredients that make this treatment a success. I apply it with my fingers, starting at my chin and moving upwards. It’s recommended to then pat more onto areas with fine lines and wrinkles. I leave this on for a minimum of 15 minutes (longer is better) before I apply my moisturizer/night cream.

dr. brandt 3-D filler mask

dr. brandt 3-D filler mask

This creamy mask adds extra moisture to my skin and works while I’m asleep. The fragrance is only noticeable when I first apply it but then within seconds it dissipates. I’ve got a fussy nose and there is nothing to bother it or keep me awake. I’m thrilled to have discovered this tool to help me #plumpupthevolume.

THE DR. BRANDT FOUNDATION

After Dr. Brandt passed away the brand wanted to preserve the legacy he created. There is now The Dr. Brandt Foundation, a nonprofit organization established in partnership with The Miami Foundation. The Foundation’s first campaign, #plumpupthevolume, has been created to foster a national dialogue concerning issues of mental health and well-being, and provide insight and support to individuals affected by mood disorders, and their families.

The sad news is that one person dies by suicide in the U.S. every 13 minutes leading to more than 40,000 deaths a year. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) focuses on promoting awareness, prevention, understanding and hope to reverse this upward trend. To save lives the Dr. Brandt Foundation will aid its efforts in research, education and advocacy. In keeping with the long-held interests of Dr. Brandt, the Foundation will also provide support in the following areas: organizations that work with young artists to enhance their skills and passion for the arts, research of skin diseases, and the Humane Society.

JOIN IN THE FIGHT! Take part in the dr. Brandt® #plumpupthevolume campaign that will began on January 8th, 2016. This nationwide movement is a call-to-action platform that invites Instagrammers everywhere to share their enthusiasm for life and positive thoughts that can motivate others.

IT’S EASY TO JOIN: Take a photo or video of yourself holding a sign that reads “#plumpupthevolume”, tag or follow @drbrandt and post it on Instagram using the same hashtag. Then challenge friends and followers to do the same. For every person that accepts your challenge, dr. brandt skincare® will donate $1 dollar to the Dr. Brandt Foundation. The hashtag #plumpupthevolume calls on all Americans to ‘turn up the volume’ on issues around emotional health and well-being, and sheds new light on their causes, effects and treatments — offering both hope and help to those in need.

Check out full details of the campaign at drbrandtskincare.com/plumpupthevolume.

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION: We were sent extras of the Deluxe Sample size of dr. brandt needles no more 3-D filler mask. Three of our subscribers will each win one. This giveaway is international so no one is left out. While the sample size is .35 oz, you’d be surprised how long it will last you. I’ve been using mine for weeks and haven’t made a dent in it. We have two requirements to enter our giveaways 1) Subscribe to Beauty Info Zone 2) Comment. The other options are extras to give you more opportunities to win. The giveaway ends at 11:59 p.m. EST on 2/22/16. If comments close you can email me at beautyinfozone@gmail.com and label it Dr. Brandt. Give your comment in the email, click enter, and continue on. Good luck!

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Full Ingredients

WATER (AQUA), BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA) BUTTER, POLYMETHYL METHACRYLATE, DIMETHICONE/VINYL DIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER, SODIUM ACRYLATES COPOLYMER, METHYLSILANOL HYDROXYPROLINE ASPARTATE, PHOSPHOLIPIDS, PHENOXYETHANOL, SILICA, DIMETHYLSILANOL HYALURONATE, LECITHIN, SILANETRIOL, TREHALOSE, XANTHAN GUM, CHLORPHENESIN, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, SODIUM HYALURONATE, TOCOPHEROL, PEG-40 STEARATE,HYALURONIC ACID, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, DISODIUM EDTA, DIETHYLHEXYL ADIPATE,HELIANTHUS ANNUUS (SUNFLOWER) SEED OIL, BETAINE, PROPANEDIOL, OLEA EUROPAEA (OLIVE) FRUIT OIL, ORNITHINE, RICINUS COMMUNIS (CASTOR) SEED OIL, ANTHEMIS NOBILIS FLOWER OIL, PALMITOYL OLIGOPEPTIDE, C10-18 TRIGLYCERIDES, GLYCOLIC ACID, CENTELLA ASIATICA EXTRACT, LACTIC ACID, POLYVINYL ALCOHOL, GLYCOLIPIDS, LAVANDULA ANGUSTIFOLIA (LAVENDER) FLOWER EXTRACT, HYDROLYZED WHEAT PROTEIN, PALMITOYL DECAPEPTIDE-21, DECAPEPTIDE-22, OLIGOPEPTIDE-78, ZINC PALMITOYL NONAPEPTIDE-14

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Introducing you to DERMAFLASH – with a giveaway too!

DERMAFLASH Exfoliating Facial Treatment

DERMAFLASH Exfoliating Facial Treatment

DERMAFLASH is an exfoliating tool that does double duty. Not only is it a wonder for exfoliation but at the same time it helps rid your face of those fuzzy hairs so that you can unveil smoother, radiant, and younger looking skin. DERMAFLASH is unlike any of the tools that Beauty Info Zone has tried. It removes the need to go to a dermatologist or Esthetician/Aesthetician. The facial tool is based on dermaplanning which is only available in a medical spa or doctor’s office. Now you can do it in the privacy of your own home on your own time schedule. When DERMAFLASH was sent to us to test out they were also kind enough to send extras for 4 Beauty Info Zone readers. This $189 tool, available at Sephora, is something to put on your wish list. It’s that great.

DERMAFLASH is designed specifically for women’s skin. It works with a subtle sonic vibration. You use DERMAFLASH on dry skin, never on wet skin. There are just 3 steps with this: Cleanse, Edge, Soothe.

• Exfoliates and Polishes to Restore Radiance
• Sweeps Away Dead, Dull Cells from Skin’s Surface
• Temporarily Removes Peach Fuzz
• Enhances Radiance, Texture and Tone
• Skin Care and Makeup Go On More Smoothly and Evenly
• Skin Looks and Feels Healthier Instantly
• Gentle and Safe For All Skin Types
• Safe and Hygienic, Single-Use Blade

MARCIA’S EXPERIENCE

I’m going to talk about the DERMAFLASH Exfoliating Tool and my experiences with using this while Lisa will explain the Essentials and share her experiences.

both boxes that come with your DERMAFLASH

both boxes that come with your DERMAFLASH

When you first buy DERMAFLASH you’ll get a big box with two parts to it. The main box is the actual skin tool along with the holder and direction. The second box contains the Essentials kit which is what will need to be replaced after 6 uses.

DERMAFLASH and exfoliating blades

DERMAFLASH and exfoliating blades

DERMAFLASH’s ergonomically designed exfoliator is a work of art. It doesn’t take up much space and looks good on my vanity. Once charged it will last through 3 sessions of using the treatment before you need to charge it again. It looks much more complicated than it actually is. You slide the blade in and use it just for one session. After using it, slide it back in the empty slot and pick up a new one for your second use.

DERMAFLASH is insistent on four things and I absolutely agree with them. First, don’t go over an area more than once. This very effective tool does its work the first time around. Going back over an area will do more exfoliation but you also have to be careful that you haven’t done too much. Second, don’t use this on your nose. Even if you feel your nose needs exfoliation, the skin on your nose is tighter and thinner. The third is to only use the blade once and then change it. The last is to just use the tool once per week.

DERMAFLASH with blade inserted

DERMAFLASH with blade inserted

I happen to be very hairy and have a lot of peach fuzz (and darker hair) on my face. While I wish this would remove that hair totally it doesn’t do it, at least not all at once. After using this four times I’m seeing less of the peach fuzz but it’s not all gone. I’m interested in reading Lisa’s eval to see how it affects her fuzzies.

What I am seeing a great difference on is that my face looks and feels visibly smoother. This is so much gentler than some of the microdermabrasion items I’ve used. This is a keeper and I’ve already ordered my new set of Essentials to keep the momentum going.

LISA’S EXPERIENCE

I don’t have a lot of peach fuzz, but I do have some upper lip hair, which was the big reason I was more than happy to test the DERMAFLASH.

DermaFlash Essentials

DERMAFLASH Essentials

Marcia is right – the set looks space-age and complicated, but it’s actually very simple to use. The Essentials set includes three things:  a .8 oz tube of DERMAFLASH Prep, which is step one; six Exfoliating Edges, which is step two; and a .8 oz tube of DERMAFLASH Soothe, step three.

Step 1:  DERMAFLASH Prep

Prep, the first step, is cleanser.  Actually, you will want to remove any makeup first with makeup remover.  This foaming cleanser then clears away any remaining dirt or grease, creating the right skin environment for the Exfoliating Edge to do its best work. It works like a typical cleanser – wet face, rub some cleanser in your palms to create a lather, cleanse face and rinse. It’s important after to make sure your face is completely dry.

Using my DermaFlash

Using my DERMAFLASH

Step 2:  DERMAFLASH Exfoliating Edge

I thought these were like razors, but they are different.  They are sharp, so they aren’t something to mess around with – but it’s the sonic vibration that removes dead skin cells, debris and hair. The device is easy to hold, and you use a sweeping motion from the outside of your face in toward the center.  It doesn’t hurt, although it does smell a bit like burning hair. One tip is to be sure to have your hair pulled back unless you want an impromptu hair trim. Stay clear of your nose, eyes, and hairline as well.

Step 3:  DERMAFLASH Soothe

The treatment with the Exfoliating Edge takes about 5 to 10 minutes. After, skin feels very smooth but also dry, and the Soothe cream is extremely hydrating and definitely soothing. You won’t believe how soft your skin is after you smooth it on and you don’t need much.

The entire Essentials kit is good for six weeks – each Exfoliating Edge is only used one time, and for the best results you should only use the system one time per week. I don’t have a lot of issues with excess hair and I find this system works perfectly for me. It removes all the dreaded upper lip hair issues, and any peach fuzz I have is completely gone. In addition to hair removal, the DERMAFLASH makes skin radiant, toned, and smooth.

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION:  We are honored that the only site you’ll find this DERMAFLASH giveaway is on Beauty Info Zone. We have 4 to send to US subscribers. This giveaway is open until February 17, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. If comments close you can email us at beautyinfozone@gmail.com and label it “Dermaflash”, put your entry in the email, click enter and continue. This is one giveaway that you are going to want to come back and tweet daily since it’s one of a kind. Good luck and good skin.

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Side by Side: Osmosis Catalyst AC-11 DNA Repair Serum and Clear Plus Activating Hydration Mist

When a skin care product claims an increase in elasticity of 110% and a 64% reduction in redness/broken capillaries, we pay attention! Osmosis +Pur Medical Skin Care, a line developed by doctors and clinically proven to work, sent us their dynamic duo of Catalyst AC-11 DNA Repair Serum and Clear Plus Activating Hydration Mist to try. With the amazing clinical test results we had high expectations…read on for our report!

Catalyst AC-11 DNA Repair Serum and Clear Plus

Catalyst AC-11 DNA Repair Serum and Clear Plus

LISA’S SIDE:

The Catalyst AC-11 DNA Repair Serum sounds almost like a miracle serum – among other things, it reduces pre-cancerous skin lesions by 15%, increases DNA repair by 33%, and increases elasticity by 110%. Those are some incredible numbers. I use this age-reversing serum every morning and night. The first time I used it I was surprised at the color – unlike most serums, this one is brown.

Catalyst AC-11 DNA Repair Serum

Catalyst AC-11 DNA Repair Serum

I really don’t understand how it repairs DNA…Osmosis says it “activates your natural zinc finger remodeling process, which is a critical part of DNA repair.” I can’t explain it, but I love the ingredients, which include vitamin C, amino acids, and minerals. After applying this serum, I follow it with a few sprays of the Clear Plus Activating Hydration Mist.

Clear Plus Activating Hydration Mist

Clear Plus Activating Hydration Mist

To be honest, I don’t really  understand all the science behind this one either. It has ‘scalar waves’ that help the serum (or any other treatment product) penetrate the skin, so it increases the efficacy. It also stabilizes bacteria levels, firms skin, and gives lots of hydration.

Together they make a great team. The serum goes on a little sticky and the hydrating water takes that away and feels so incredibly soothing. I have to say, my skin has been looking fantastic since I started using this combo. I don’t know if my results match the clinical numbers yet, but I am going to use them until my bottles are completely empty to make sure I give them every chance to perform some miracles for me.

MARCIA’S SIDE:

Osmosis Catalyst DNA Repair Serum and Clear Plus Hydration Mist

Osmosis Catalyst DNA Repair Serum and Clear Plus Hydration Mist

I agree with Lisa that it’s hard to totally understand the science behind this duo but I’ll take them at their word since I’m not a scientist. Unlike Lisa though, I won’t be finishing mine up. My skin has become dry and as much as I like the after effects of the Catalyst AC-11 DNA Repair Serum I don’t think it likes me.

Catalyst AC-11 DNA Repair Serum from the pump

Catalyst AC-11 DNA Repair Serum from the pump

Catalyst AC-11 DNA Repair Serum after

Catalyst AC-11 DNA Repair Serum after

I too was surprised to see the brown Catalyst AC-11 DNA Repair Serum but I know it’s the combination of the ingredients. On the bottle it tells us that the serum may darken over time but that is normal and doesn’t compromise the efficacy of the product. After shaking the bottle I need just 1 pump to cover my entire face (directions say apply 1 – 2). Then I spray on the Clear Plus Activating Hydration Mist and massage my face with these two products.

I find it stays sticky on me so I wait a while before applying moisturizer. The serum has a medium fragrance that I just can’t place. Osmosis says it’s natural black cherry but to me it’s almost woodsy. The Hydration Mist on the other hand has a very light citrusy fragrance that keeps the Repair Serum from becoming overbearing for my very sensitive sniffer.

Osmosis recommends this for all skin types but with my skin so dry from the winter I’m going to put the serum away for warmer weather. My skin looks amazing after using it consistently for a few weeks but it’s become too dry.

 Clear Plus Activating Hydration Mist

Clear Plus Activating Hydration Mist

On the other hand I have continued using the Clear Plus Activating Hydration Mist. This provides slip to products and is great with a mask to reactivate it. Most masks I have are pretty “juicy” but when they aren’t I’ve sprayed the Clear Plus Activating Hydration Mist over and brought it back to life. It’s also a great mist for refreshing your face during the day. While the Hydration Mist is my favorite I am anxious to use the Catalyst Serum again since my face definitely looked more radiant in the morning after cleansing.

Both of these products are part of OSMOSIS SKINCARE’S PROFESSIONAL LINE and can be found on Dermstore and Skincare by Alana as well as other skincare sites.

 

Catalyst AC-11 DNA Repair Serum ingredients:  Aqua (Harmonized Water), Sodium Bicarbonate, Ketoglutaric Acid, Uncaria Tomentosa (Cat’s Claw) Extract (AC-11®), Ascorbic Acid (L), Glycine, Propanediol, Proline (L), Lysine HCI (L), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Alanine (L), Zinc Gluconate, Dimethicone, Hydroxypropyl Starch Phosphate, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Alcohol Denat., Glycerin, Benzyl Alcohol, Copper Gluconate, Tocopheryl Acetate (D-alpha), Phospholipids, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Butylene Glycol, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Polyglyceryl-4 Caprate, Magnesium Chloride, Xanthan Gum, Potassium Sorbate, Fragrance (Natural Black Cherry).

Clear Plus Activating Hydration Mist ingredients:  Aqua (Harmonized Water*), Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Plankton Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Potassium Hydrolyzed Polygamma-Glutamate, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-5, Saccharide Isomerate, Glycerin, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Sodium Carboxymethyl BetaGlucan, Panthenol (Vitamin B-5), Citrus Bergamia (Bergamot) Oil, Oleth-10, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid.

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Get triple hydration with Mally H3 Lip Gloss

Mally Beauty needs no introduction. We all know and love Mally with her bubbly personality and wonderful products. We love it even more when new products are introduced though and today we have Mally H3 Lip Glosses that are unlike any that Mally has ever introduced us to.

Mally H3 Lip Glosses

Mally H3 Lip Glosses

There are 6 total shades: Pink Daisy, Shimmering Nude, Sweet Peach, Tea Rose, Perfect Nude and Orchid Berry. All six can be found at Ulta.com for $20 each plus at QVC there’s a trio for $36. We were lucky enough to be sent 2 of these to do a Side by Side review but we think we are going to be buying more of these ASAP.

H3 stands for the triple hydration these glosses give you. “Get enviable, fierce coverage with this ultra-moisturizing high-shine gloss that is formulated with antioxidants and plenty of moisture, leaving your lips full and sparkling.”

MARCIA and her TEA ROSE H3 GLOSS

Mally H3 Gloss in Tea Rose

Mally H3 Gloss in Tea Rose

Tea Rose is such a Marcia color. I’m crazy about Tea Rose. What makes me even happier though is that Mally’s new H3 glosses feel so different from other glosses. Their triple hydration makes them feel so soft and moisturized. In general I’m not a lip gloss person like my partner Lisa. She looks so fabulous in glosses and loves them to pieces. I prefer a lipstick or liquid lipstick. But Mally has taken that bias away with this gloss.

Tea Rose in artificial light

Tea Rose in artificial light

Tea Rose indirect sunlight

Tea Rose indirect sunlight

Tea Rose is the perfect pinky peach with a small amount of sparkle to it that can’t be felt but that brings my lips to life. This is the shade that I always seek when shopping. This H3 gloss isn’t sticky at all. Even though Tea Rose is a fairly light shade, it imparts plenty of color and I can wear it alone or with a lipliner. I have to thank Mally for bringing out this new formula and ask her to create more “gorgois” shades.

Mally H3 Gloss in Tea Rose

Mally H3 Gloss in Tea Rose

LISA and her BERRY ORCHID H3 GLOSS

I definitely am a lip gloss person…I always need lots of slip on my lips. If my lips feel dry I get very antsy…in fact, I don’t even care if it’s rude, I put my lip gloss any time, anywhere because the alternative drives me batty. Most of my lip glosses are in the berry family so I had a feeling I was going to be happy with the Berry Orchid shade.

Mally Berry Orchid H3 Gloss

Mally Berry Orchid H3 Gloss

Mally Berry Orchid H3 Gloss

Mally Berry Orchid H3 Gloss

Berry Orchid is actually much deeper than I expected from the bottle. It has a slight shimmer that’s very pretty. My only issue with this gloss is the doe foot wand applies too much gloss for my thin lips. If I’m not careful, I find lots of gloss in the corners of my mouth – which is not a good look. So I’m careful to kind of scrape the doe foot along the side of the container as I pull it out, which solves the ‘corner gloss’ problem.

Mally Berry Orchid H3 Gloss

Mally Berry Orchid H3 Gloss

Mally H3 Gloss lives up to the triple hydrating, giving me soft and hydrated lips. The wear time is normal for a non-sticky gloss. While it would be awesome if it lasted longer, I still love this gloss and wear it all the time.  Nicely done Mally!

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Tridecyl Trimellitate, Polybutene, Octyldodecanol, Diisostearyl Malate, Pentaerythrityl, Tetraisostearate, Vp/Hexadecene Copolymer, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Silica, Ceresin, Phenoxyethanol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tin Oxide. May Contain: Mica (C.I. 77019) Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891) Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499) Red 6 Lake (CI 15850) Red 7 Lake (CI 15850).

Learn about Oxygenetix Breathable Foundation

osygenetix logo

Oxygenetix Breathable Foundation is a unique formula of foundation that was created for people who are recovering from surgery as well as for people who have skin issues like rosacea, acne scars, wounds, rashes and other skin conditions. Oxygenetix has assured patients that this breathable foundation is safe to use as it camouflages any evidence of surgery. This is not a product that you’re going to walk into a department store to purchase. Instead where you’ll find this is in medical spas and plastic surgeons offices.

Beauty Info Zone was sent Oxygenetix Breathable Foundation to test out to show you what it’s like on skin without these severe problems.

Here are some things we learned:

1.  Not only does Oxygenetix allow your skin to breathe, it actually drives oxygen into your skin’s cells using a breakthrough oxygen complex known as Ceravitae – which helps to heal, minimize and eliminate procedural scars.  It’s almost like getting an oxygen facial all day long! “Ceravitae”, the super charged oxygen complex in Breathable foundation, proliferates collagen cell and connective tissue growth in aging or wounded skin.

2.  Minimizing downtime and scarring following surgery was the principle of importance when Oxygenetix developed Breathable Foundation.

3.  Oxygenetix’ FDA licensed laboratories, genetics and formulary scientists teamed up with cosmeceutical designer Barry Knapp in formulating and testing this revolutionary foundation. There has never been a makeup developed that gives compromised or aging skin so many benefits.

Oxygenetix shades

Oxygenetix shades

There are 14 shades of this foundation available. The company divided those into blue based and yellow based colors. Both of us chose shades in the blue based family. Marcia’s is Pearl and Lisa’s is Taupe. Let’s see what these two think of Oxygenetix.

MARCIA’S review of Pearl Oxygenetix Breathable Foundation

Oxygenetix - Oxygenating Foundation

Oxygenetix – Oxygenating Foundation

The first thing that comes to mind when thinking about Oxygenetix is how important a product like this is to people with problems, it actually solves two problems not just one: the outer one that the world can see and the inner one that only the wearer can feel. If a foundation can boost your self-esteem that’s a step in the right direction. While I just have sun spots and redness from veins, I still feel I need to cover up those problems with a foundation. I’m not the type of person that walks out without something on my skin to even it out. Oxygenetix does a great job of just that on my skin.

Oxygenetix

Oxygenetix in Pearl

If you notice I have even more splotchiness on my hand than I do on my face since my hands are more exposed to the sun. Pearl, the lightest in the blue family, is still a little dark and yellow when shown on my hand. Once blended in though there’s a seamless finish that does a good job of covering those unwanted spots.

Oxygenetix in Pearl

Oxygenetix in Pearl

From reading about the foundation you’d probably think that this is thick and hard to apply. Surprisingly it’s very lightweight and applies like a breeze. I first started using my fingers but I prefer using a very lightly dampened Beauty Blender sponge. My skin ends up with a light covering of a non-cakey foundation that helps mask all the imperfections that drive me crazy. The icing on the cake for me is that this is fragrance free!

LISA’S review of Taupe

Oxygenetix Oxygenating Foundation

Oxygenetix Oxygenating Foundation

This foundation is the BOMB. All the amazing benefits for skin are listed above, so I am just going to tell you how it works for me. I tend to gravitate towards full coverage foundations anyway – I have hyperpigmentation and red areas, not to mention dark undereye circles that need some major cover up. So I was super excited to try this out, and I wasn’t disappointed.

It covers EVERYTHING, which can be good or bad – no one wants a foundation that looks like a mask. We all want skin that is as close to perfect looking as possible, but still looks like skin. Oxygenetix Oxygenating Foundation delivers! It covers and evens my skin, and I don’t even need concealer. It also lasts and lasts. I went for an hour long bike ride and was totally wrung out, but my skin still looked perfect. What an awesome find!

Oxygenating Foundation in Taupe

Oxygenating Foundation in Taupe

I don’t have a preferred application technique because it looks great applied any way, even in 15 seconds with my fingers because I am late late late. My shade is Taupe which is perfect for my NW23 skin. This is the color for those of you who are between light and medium with neutral tones. If you are looking for a full coverage foundation that looks natural and has great staying power, this is your dream foundation. Now get busy and get some for yourself!!

Where to buy

Online at Beauty Store Depot for $66

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Dr. Brandt skincare – the way to start a new you for a new year

dr brand logoAs the year ends and we start making our resolutions for 2016 the Beauty Info Zone bloggers talked about using only the best skin care for the year. We noticed (when looking at our driver’s licenses, not the mirror) that we are getting older. We don’t want anyone to look at us and realize it so we made a promise to each other to learn about new skincare and use what works best. Dr. Brandt skin care fits smack dab in that category and we’re so happy to have received some products for review. Dr. Brandt Skincare really doesn’t need an introduction since it’s long been used and trusted. He was a pioneer in his field and not only practiced as a dermatologist but developed his skincare line to repair the signs of skin damage, combat the signs of advancing age gracefully, and maintain the most youthful skin possible. We agree with that philosophy are look forward to introducing you to some newer products that you may not know about.

Dr. Brandt Xtend Your Youth Dual Fusion Water

Dr. Brandt Xtend Your Youth Dual Fusion Water

MARCIA’S using XTEND YOUR YOUTH DUAL FUSION WATER

One of the newer skincare lines at Dr. Brandt is XYY otherwise known as Xtend Your Youth. This line is meant for age defense, anti-stress, and as an anti-oxidant. Just the group (XYY) calls to me.

Dr. Brandt Xtend Your Youth Dual Fusion Water

Dr. Brandt Xtend Your Youth Dual Fusion Water

Dr. Brandt Xtend Your Youth Dual Fusion Water is a double duty product. It’s a cleanser as well as a makeup remover. It’s safe for all skin types and has been both dermatology tested and opthamology tested. What makes Dual Fusion Water unique among the micellar waters that you’ve read so much about, is that this is also a toner.

The Dual Fusion Water gently removes all makeup, even your eye makeup, without any stinging. All you need is some cotton squares (like the ones Shiseido or DHC sell) and this bottle of magic.

  • removes oil, impurities & make-up residue
  • gently & effectively removes even waterproof make-up
  • may help support skin’s natural defense system against free radicals & external aggressors
  • leaves skin purified & revitalized
    Dr. Brandt Xtend Your Youth Dual Fusion Water

    Dr. Brandt Xtend Your Youth Dual Fusion Water

    If you know me from reviews, you know I don’t like fragranced products and choose fragrance free when at all possible. I was thrilled to find that XXY Dual Fusion Water has no fragrance. I use it at different times of the day. In the morning if I have cleansed well the night before then I just squeeze some of the Dual Fusion Water on my cotton pad and refresh my face before adding any skincare. I’ve been using this every evening too in one of two ways – 1) to remove my makeup when I’m too tired to wash my face and 2) as a toner on the nights I do my proper cleansing

Dr. Brandt XXY Dual Fusion Water

Dr. Brandt XXY Dual Fusion Water

This micellar water does it all for me – it traps oil, removes impurities and makeup residues. It’s not sticky and it doesn’t interfere with any of the skincare I chose to use. My skin never feels stripped either. I learned that the PH range of this micellar water is between five and six to promote a healthy PH balance. This has been a great find for me and getting a lot of love.

LISA’S using OXYGEN FACIAL FLASH RECOVERY MASK

You know how sometimes you look in the mirror and realize your skin just looks tired? Or perhaps you were out too late the night before, or had one too many cocktails, and your skin is totally telling on you. The Oxygen Facial Flash Recovery Mask ($69) is the perfect antidote to sad looking skin.

Dr. Brandt Oxygen Facial Flash Recovery Mask

Dr. Brandt Oxygen Facial Flash Recovery Mask

Dr. Brandt Oxygen Facial Flash Recovery Mask

Dr. Brandt Oxygen Facial Flash Recovery Mask

The packaging is pretty cool – it looks like a big pill, but the bottom is flat so it stands up fine by itself. The facial mask is a lotion that you spread in a thin layer over cleansed skin. Whatever you do, don’t rub it in! That ruins the effect. Just lightly spread it on and watch in wonder while it bubbles up as the oxygen activates. It’s very cooling and soothing, and after about three minutes the bubbles start to dissipate.

Dr. Brandt Oxygen Facial Flash Recovery Mask

Dr. Brandt Oxygen Facial Flash Recovery Mask

That’s when you know it’s time to wash it off with warm water. After, apply your regular serum and moisturizer. You won’t believe how awesome your skin looks right away – hydrated and refreshed and just plain healthy. Just check out the clinical test results:

Research results:
In a clinical test conducted on 25 volunteers over 2 weeks:
Instant results after the first application:
– 96% reported that skin looks rested and fresh
– 92% reported that skin looks more radiant and luminous

Results after using twice daily for 2 weeks:
– 100% reported that product purifies asphyxiated and fatigued skin
– 100% reported that skin feels supple and smooth
– 96% reported that skin feels more hydrated and clarified

The Oxygen Facial Flash Recovery Mask  is a winner all around. The packaging is super cool, the mask is fascinating to use, and the effect on skin is wonderful. It’s  a great way to start off the new year!!

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Don’t worry, it’s ALL GOOD! Take care of your skin and lips the organic way with All Good by Elemental Herbs

eh_ag_logo_stacked_180x180_1399942030__91020Holidays can be stressful, but don’t worry – it’s All Good!! All Good by Elemental Herbs is a wonderful organic line of all-natural skin care. They have lots of great stuff from chemical-free zinc sunscreens to sore muscle recovery spray, all to help support a healthy lifestyle with organic formulas and products.

Made with organic & sustainably sourced ingredients 
• 100% GMO & petroleum Free 
• Hypo-Allergenic 
• Gluten Free 
• Vegan / Vegetarian  
• Only tested on humans 
• Member of 1% for the Planet 
• Biodegradable packaging 
• Certified B Corporation 
Today we have a Side by Side for keeping your skin and your lips ‘all good’ even through cold winter weather and dry indoor heat.

LISA’S SIDE:  ORGANIC COCONUT OIL SKIN FOOD ($14.99)

All Good Organic Coconut Oil Skin FoodI have such a hard time with dry skin and cuticles in the winter. Hangnails are the bane of my existence and I am a picker so I just can’t stay away from making them even worse. The All Good by Elemental Herbs Organic Coconut Oil Skin Food has absolutely saved my poor cuticles so far this season. Coconut oil skin care products are interesting – the oil actually hardens, but it melts immediately with body temperature, so I just rub my fingertips along the top of the hardened oil to get enough product for rubbing on my cuticles.

All Good Organic Coconut Oil Skin Food

It’s also a great multi-tasker, working as an eye cream, soothing dry patches on my arms, and smoothing fly-away and static-filled hair. This is completely all natural – you can even eat it if you want! It’s also great for babies, so if you have any little ones or grandbabies you will definitely want to consider this. It’s made from organic and sustainably sourced raw pressed, unrefined virgin coconut oil and is cruelty-free. It also comes scented – if you love essential oils you might want to consider the Lemongrass or Lavender scents. I am happy to be on the coconut oil bandwagon and even more happy to have found this great multi-tasking organic product!

MARCIA’S SIDE:  COCONUT CERTIFIED ORGANIC LIP BALM

My morning and night routine

My morning and night routine

There are certain things I do every single morning and evening without fail. Brush, floss, gargle and apply lip balm. With All Good Coconut Certified Organic Lip Balm my day is started and ended perfectly.

All Good Coconut Certified Organic Lip Balm

All Good Coconut Certified Organic Lip Balm

All Good by Elemental Herbs is a great company to turn to for your lip balm needs. Like our intro told you it’s an organic vegan brand that uses all natural ingredients. Beside the delicious Coconut Lip Balm this comes in several varieties. All Good not only has this lip balm in Coconut and Original but they also have balms with SPF 18 and SPF 20. The balms with sunscreen come in more flavors like Chai, Tangerine and Spearmint. All SPF flavors are oxybenzone free. A single lip balm only costs $3.50 plus they have a variety of sets.

All Good Coconut Lip Balm

All Good Coconut Lip Balm

What I love about this balm is it’s just soft enough to do the job without melting away. I prefer a lip balm in a wind up tube like this since it’s so easy to apply. The coconut is a wonderful scent that reminds me of a Mounds Bar. It is a pleasure to apply this. It lasts a good amount of time and it smells so good that I don’t mind reapplying when needed.

All Good Tinted Lip Balms

All Good Tinted Lip Balms

All Good also has Tinted Lip Balms in 6 different shades ($4.99 each). I’d love a little Alpine Pink in my life. The tinted balms are also gluten free, carmine free and use the safest sun production ingredient: pure, non-nano Zinc Oxide.  There’s obviously a lot to like about All Good’s Lip Balms and enough varieties to keep you from getting bored over the long winter.

We’re glad to have discovered this brand think you will be too. Check out the ALL GOOD by ELEMENTAL HERBS website to see what great, well priced items they have created.

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