Highlight your lips with HIGHLIGHT Liquid Lipstick

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One of our favorites things about Sunday is the chance to introduce you to brands that are new to us and possibly to you. This week is a special brand because it’s a liquid lipstick that we’ve been introduced to and has made us glow with happiness.                                   #prsample

Highlight Cosmetics Pink Sapphire and Sandstone Cashmere Matte Liquid LipstickHighlight Cosmetics Pink Sapphire and Sandstone Cashmere Matte Liquid Lipstick
Highlight Cosmetics
is a new brand on the market that’s made in California. The brand consists of 10 matte Liquid Lipsticks which are all the craze right now. You can find matte lipsticks at every price point nowadays but it’s rare to find a brand that contains amazing ingredients that are not only good for your lips but also for your insides. HIGHLIGHT COSMETICS’ philosophy is “Highlight your inner beauty“. When we first read that we knew that there had to be more to this than just beautiful colors.

Just look at this list of ingredients. It would make this post too long to list all the pros about them so we’ll narrow it down:

Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Oil
improves lip softness,prevents the appearance of dry and chapped lips, has antibacterial properties

Camellia Sinensis Leaf (Green Tea) Extract
improves the moisture barrier of skin, is an antioxidant, reduces the appearance of lip inflammation

Camellia Oleifera Leaf (White Tea) Extract
Contains carotenoids and vitamins that build the appearance of damaged skin, dimishes the look of dry skin

LAMINARIA Ochroleuca (Kelp) Extract Prevents appearance of skin damage caused by the sun, aids in skin moisturization

Benefit Peptide called Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide reduces the appearance in lip wrinkle depth and volume

Now onto the two Highlight Liquid Lipsticks that we received and our reviews. See all 10 HERE.

MARCIA IS A FAN OF SANDSTONE CASHMERE

Highlight Cosmetics Sandstone Cashmere liquid lipstick

Highlight Cosmetics Sandstone Cashmere liquid lipstick

As someone who doesn’t normally choose dark lips Highlight Sandstone Cashmere is a terrific shade for me. Not everything that’s described as nude is truly nude – we all have different skin tones so that makes sense. Sandstone Cashmere though is the kind of light nude that I picture in my head when I think of nude. Highlight doesn’t describe the shades but their website gives you accurate pictures of what you’ll get.

Highlight Cosmetics Sandstone Cashmere

Highlight Cosmetics Sandstone Cashmere

This lipstick surprised me from the get go. It is the most comfortable matte I’ve ever used. It doesn’t show fine lines easily, it doesn’t crack, and it lasts. I’ve been wearing this often because of the lightweight feel of it on my lips. I don’t feel like I’m wearing lipstick and I’m not afraid to eat or drink wearing it. If I have to reapply it goes on smoothly without disturbing the color left on my lips.

Sandstone Cashmere

Sandstone Cashmere

Highlight Cosmetics Sandstone Cashmere

Highlight Cosmetics Sandstone Cashmere

While there’s a touch of pink in Sandstone Cashmere on my lips it only shows up if I use a pinker liner with it. But this goes on so smoothly and evenly that I prefer it without a liner. If you are looking for a true nude and an on trend matte, Highlight Sandstone Cashmere needs to be on your lips.

 LISA IS A FAN OF PINK SAPPHIRE

Highlight Cosmetics Pink Sapphire Matte Liquid LipstickSo this Liquid Lipstick was certainly a surprise for me too. I had a heck of a time when I first tried to open it because I thought for sure it was actually a  lipstick…it took me more time than I’d like to admit to realize it was lip gloss with a twist off cap! The Pink Sapphire shade surprised me too…it looks fuchsia pink in the tube and swatched, but it is surprisingly more subtle and very pretty on.

Highlight Cosmetics Pink Sapphire Matte Liquid Lipstick

Highlight Cosmetics Pink Sapphire Matte Liquid Lipstick

I love the color and the formula impresses me too. It is extremely pigmented and wears for hours without fading or settling into lip lines. After a few hours I typically add a clear gloss over top just because I like the feel of some slip on my lips, and doing so doesn’t compromise the color or wear at all. Nice! The formula is water-resistant and it doesn’t transfer to my coffee cup or my husband’s lips, which is a huge bonus. Pink just isn’t his shade.

Highlight Cosmetics Pink Sapphire Matte Liquid Lipstick

Highlight Cosmetics Pink Sapphire Matte Liquid Lipstick

What a find – a matte liquid lipstick that has beautiful shades and excellent wear time is awesome, but one that also conditions and keeps lips soft thanks to turmeric and safflower oil is fantastic.

We are big fans of the Highlight Cosmetics Matte Liquid Lipstick.  Be sure to check them out – we just know there is a perfect shade for you!

*sent for editorial consideration, opinions all ours.  Affiliate links.

Take a trip to New Zealand to get anti-aging excellence with Snowberry

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Today we’re taking you to New Zealand to learn about an anti-aging skin care brand that is award-winning. As a matter of fact the product we received for review, Snowberry New Radiance Face Serum with Cu-PEP™, was the only anti-aging serum in the world invited to be presented to the prestigious 23rd World Congress of Dermatology in Vancouver last year.

Here are a few important facts about Snowberry that we want to share before we get into our reviews:

  • Extremely suitable for sensitive skin

  • Formulated specifically to build the skin barrier function to avoid many typical skin conditions that contribute to premature ageing

  • As natural as possible (our serums contain some highly functional peptides that must be synthesised to be stable in a serum) but we use no petrochemicals, silicones, parabens, phenoxyethanol, volatile alcohols or anionic surfactants

  • Carbon neutral to point-of-sale anywhere in the world

  • No ingredients have been tested on animals and no Snowberry product is tested on animals in formulation or production

Snowberry Skincare is the creation of Soraya Hendesi, a cosmetician who was looking for skin care she could trust. She didn’t feel that the skin care that called itself ‘natural’ was in actuality what it said it was. She set out to create products with ingredients that she could trust. Snowberry isn’t tested on animals plus, other than honey and cultured pearl in some products, it doesn’t contain any animal product.

Snowberry New Radiance Face Serum

Snowberry New Radiance Face Serum

MARCIA and SNOWBERRY NEW RADIANCE FACE SERUM WITH Cu-PEP

I’ve mentioned many times that I am a huge fan of serums. Whether they are facial serums or eye serums they fall into the category of love for me. Snowberry has added to this category with its serum that makes me feel like I’m using the purest form of skin care. There’s something about the beautiful packaging and the clear serum that creates a feeling of youthfulness.

Snowberry New Radiance SerumI always mention fragrance in reviews when it’s relevant and the reason it’s relevant here is that this serum has basically no fragrance. I love that! I’ve grown to like some fragrances so I’m not against them but this just smells fresh with a dash of coconut in it. The serum is a thin texture but there’s a nice substance to it. It applies like a breeze, taking about a minute to sink in. I usually apply this as my first skin care product, put on my eye makeup allowing it to absorb fully before continuing on. It’s advised to leave the serum on at least 5 minutes before applying a moisturizer or any other product. This will ensure that the revolutionary peptide technology is able to work without hindrance.snowberry-collageOne last thing before I hand this over to Lisa – Snowberry New Radiance Face Serum ($36, 30mL, 1 fl oz) plays well with everything. That’s the first thing I learned in school at 5 years old and now a “few” years later I want that to apply to my skin care. I get no balling up of product whether it’s moisturizer, foundation, or powder.

Snowberry New Radiance Face SerumLISA and SNOWBERRY NEW RADIANCE FACE SERUM WITH Cu-PEP

What intrigued me most about the Snowberry New Radiance Face Serum was the ingredient list. I had no idea what Cu-PEP™ was but it certainly caught my attention. Basically, Cu-PEP™ stimulates collagen and produces elastin in the skin using Copper Tripeptide-1, an anti-aging peptide that doesn’t irritate even the most sensitive skin. Cu-PEP™ actually delivers this excellent antioxidant into dermal cells, which is quite unique among skin serums.

Snowberry New Radiance Face Serum

Snowberry New Radiance Face Serum

The unique and effective delivery system means greater results that show up quickly, so it doesn’t take long before fine lines and wrinkles begin to disappear. The New Radiance Face Serum also has hyaluronic acid, a fabulous skin care ingredient that soothes skin and replenishes moisture.

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Besides, who can resist packaging this adorable???  Snowberry New Radiance Face Serum is a winner from every angle and your skin will be too after using this for a month.

You can find the Snowberry New Radiance Face Serum online at Snowberryskincare.com.

*samples

Introducing T’zikal hair care products with a great giveaway

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T’ZIKAL BEAUTY is a new company to Beauty Info Zone. They sent us some great products for hair and skin and have offered a giveaway to one of our US readers. You know we love giveaways and we don’t think there are enough beauty ones on the internet, so we let our curiosity for new products take hold.

Today we’re talking about T’ZIKAL hair products. We have 4 different ones to tell you about (3 of which will be in the giveaway). First though we need to learn about T’ZIKAL.

T'Zikal Hair CareT’zikal developed their products using their main ingredient, Ojon oil, from Hondurus. After learning about ancient beauty rituals from Central America they found that what they most admired was their beautiful hair. They used natural, simple and high quality ingredients to develop their hair care. What attracted us to them is that they don’t do animal testing, are free of parabens, artificial colors, fragrances and days.

The name T’zikal (pronounced Tee-Zee-Cal) means sanctified or blessed in the Mayan language. Their remarkable main ingredient, Ojon Oil, comes from the Palm Nut Tree which produces up to 8,000 nuts per tree, yet once refined those 8,000 nuts create just 3 cups of pure oil. Just a small amount of Ojon Oil seals the hair cuticle for optimal radiance and extraordinary shine.

WHAT’S MARCIA USING ON HER HAIR?

T'zikal Deep Hydrating Shampoo, Shine Rich Dry Oil Mist, Deep Moisturizing Conditioner

T’zikal Deep Hydrating Shampoo, Shine Rich Dry Oil Mist, Deep Moisturizing Conditioner

Both Lisa and I are using Deep Hydrating Shampoo ($32 for 10 oz, $10 for 2.5 oz) and Deep Moisturizing Conditioner ($34 for 10 oz, $12 for 2.5 oz). (At the time of this writing they have a BOGO going on to buy one shampoo and get another free.) These are made for dry or damaged hair. While I don’t have damaged hair I do consider it dry which is a big change from my younger days. I used to wash my hair daily but now I do it every 2 – 3 days. I love that the shampoo and moisturizing conditioner hydrate my hair.

T'zikal Deep Hydrating Shampoo, Deep Moisturizing Conditioner

T’zikal Deep Hydrating Shampoo, Deep Moisturizing Conditioner

What I’m finding with T’zikal is that my hair is feeling cleaner than ever after my second day so that I’m going into day three with a fresher head of hair. My hair is a little fuller and shiny. I must address the fragrance of these two products. In the introduction it’s mentioned that there’s no artificial fragrance, which is true. But the products do have a fragrance albeit a natural one. When I first smell this and when I’m in the shower I notice an herbal woodsy fragrance but surprisingly after I style my hair with a leave in conditioner, it’s gone. The first time I used these products I wondered if I’d be able to use them again – that answer is definitely yes. Once I saw how much I liked the shine and effect on my hair, I was sold.

T'zikal Shine Rich Dry Oil Mist

T’zikal Shine Rich Dry Oil Mist

T’zikal Shine Rich Dry Oil Mist ($32 for 2 oz) is where I differ from Lisa. I’m using this unusual dry oil spray on day 2 or 3 to bring my hair extra shine and pizzazz. You don’t spray it directly on your hair because you don’t need that much. Instead I spray it on my palms, rub them together and smooth it through my hair. Actually the directions say to use this on damp hair but I already get an amazing shine from T’zikal so I cheat! If you have areas that are particularly dry and/or damaged then use extra of the Dry Oil Mist there. You don’t need very much of this at all. A little goes a long way.

WHAT’S LISA USING ON HER HAIR?
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Like Marcia, I am using the Deep Hydrating Shampoo and Deep Moisturizing Conditioner. My hair is quite different from hers – she may not brag about it, but Marcia has amazing hair that is pretty close to perfect. Mine always needs a lot of work. It’s long, about mid-back length, and I have tons of it. It’s quite fine, so while it needs moisture it also doesn’t need any extra weight. Also, since it’s color treated, I need hair products that protect my color and keep it vibrant.

T'Zikal Deep Hydrating Shampoo

T'Zikal Deep Moisture Conditioning Cream

I have a bit of wave in my hair but nothing too impressive, so I use tons of heat styling. My hair is also so dry that I can get away with four or even five days between washes with the right products. Considering the level of abuse my hair takes, I need super effective hair care that really takes good care of me. No question, the T’Zikal Deep Hydrating Shampoo and Deep Moisture Conditioning Cream do the job! They leave my hair clean, moisturized, shiny, and full of body.

T'Zikal Curl Defining Serum

T'Zikal Curl Defining Serum

T’Zikal Curl Defining Serum

The Curl Defining Serum ($38) is a light leave-in conditioner that features Ojon oil. It’s applied to damp hair and soothes super dry ends, enhances shine, and makes short work of frizz and flyaway hair, which can be problematic especially with curly hair. To create curls, I typically use hot rollers, a curling iron, or my secret weapon – the Conair Infinity Pro Curl Secret, which makes simply fabulous spiral curls that last for days.

Conair Infinity Pro Curl Secret

 

A lot of styling creams say they can be used on wet or dry hair, but my hair is so fine it typically doesn’t respond well when I try to put product on after it’s dry. However, the T’Zikal Curl Defining Serum is an exception. My hair loves this to smooth out second or third day hair and it gives more life and bounce to my (totally not natural!) curls.

T'Zikal Hair Care curls

T’Zikal Hair Care curls

If your hair is on the dry side, these T’zikal hair products are for you! They bring life to dull hair and are sure to be the source of many excellent hair days in the future.

GIVEAWAY DETAILS: One lucky US subscriber will be winning three T’zikal products – Deep Hydrating Shampoo, Deep Moisturizing Conditioner, and Shine Rich Dry Oil Mist. To enter this giveaway it is mandatory to subscribe by email to Beauty Info Zone and comment. All the other entries are optional to give you more chances of winning. The giveaway goes through 9/19/16 at 11:59 p.m. eastern time. WordPress sometimes acts up at the end of a giveaway and closes the comment section. If that happens please email us at beautyinfozone@gmail.com, label it Hair Giveaway, and comment, press I commented and continue on. That’s it. Your hair will love how it looks if you purchase or win these products.

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*products sent for consideration, shampoo and conditioner prize will be sent by the company while dry mist will be sent by Beauty Info Zone

Shampoo ingredients: Water, Cocomidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Coco-Sulfate, Lauryl, Glucoside, Glycerin, Sodium Levulinate, Sodium Anisate, Polysorbate 20, Babassu Oil Polyglyceryl-4 Esters, Hydrolyzed Corn Protein (and) Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein (and) Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Citric Acid, Citrus Bergamia (Bergamot Oil), Apium Graveolens (Celery Seed Oil), Cinnamomum Camphora (Ho Wood), Lavandula Hydrida Grosso (Lavandin Grosso) Herb Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender), Citrus Sinesis (Orange), Citrus Aurantium (Petigrain Oil) Leaf Oil, Cananga Odorata (Ylang Ylang), Foeniculum Vulgare (Fennel) Extract, Avena Strigosa Seed Extract, Lecithin, Sodium Phytate, Elaeis Oleifera Kernel Oil

Conditioner ingredients: Water, Behentrimonium Chloride, Elaeis Oleifera Kernel Oil, Stearyl, Alcohol, Glycerin, Sodium Levulinate, Sodium Anisate, Sucrose Polystearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil Unsaponifiables, Cetyl Alcohol,  Citrus Bergamia (Bergamot Oil), Apium Graveolens (Celery Seed Oil), Cinnamomum Camphora (Ho Wood), Lavandula Hydrida Grosso (Lavandin Grosso) Herb Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender), Citrus Sinesis (Orange), Citrus Aurantium (Petigrain Oil) Leaf Oil, Cananga Odorata (Ylang Ylang) , Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Hibiscus Sabdariffa Flower Extract, Ribes Grossularia Fruit Extract, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf, Babassu Oil Polyglyceryl-4 Esters, Isoamyl Laurate, Crambe Abyssinica Seed Oil, Lactic Acid

Cleansing with Éclair Naturals bath and body products

Eclair NaturalsIt’s not difficult to convince Lisa to try a new body care line, but Marcia? That’s a different story! Marcia is sooo picky when it comes to body care that it takes something extraordinary to entice her to take a chance.  Éclair Naturals intrigued both Lisa and Marcia with their natural food grade ingredients which include three powerhouses:                                         samples

Jojoba & Almond Oil

  • same molecular structure as human sebum (your skin’s natural oil)
  • penetrates skin and hair follicles to reduce water loss
  • reduces wrinkles/stretch marks, cleans clogged pores and restores skin’s natural PH balance

Pink Himalayan Salt and Dead Sea Salt

  • over 250 million years old
  • high concentration of key minerals such as magnesium, copper, calcium, sodium and potassium
  • critical to our skin’s metabolism

Pure Essential Oils and Natural Plant Extracts

  • contain the essence of the plant and all of its rejuvenation/resiliency characteristics
  • no phthalates like synthetic counterparts

With such great ingredients, testing this line was a no-brainer. The biggest challenge? Deciding which of the seven different scents to try.

LISA CHOSE CREAMY COCONUT:

Well of course I chose coconut! This is a scent for purists. No lime, no vanilla, no pikake…just deep, delicious coconut.  Yum.

Eclair Naturals All Over Lotion in Creamy Coconut

Eclair Naturals All Over Lotion in Creamy Coconut

Eclair Naturals All Over Lotion in Creamy Coconut

Éclair Naturals All Over Lotion in Creamy Coconut ($8.99)

This is a big tube of creamy, rich body lotion that is extremely moisturizing. The ingredients include shea butter and jojoba oil, which make this medium-weight lotion exactly what you want to reach for when skin is feeling super dry. I find that it is excellent for prolonging self tanners because it really locks in moisture and leaves skin ultra hydrated and satiny soft. Eclair Naturals Shower Gel in Creamy Coconut

Éclair Naturals Shower Gel in Creamy Coconut ($8.99)

This is a beautiful shower gel that lathers up beautifully and rinses clean but doesn’t strip skin. It’s also perfect for layering scent. I use it in the shower, then follow with the Creamy Coconut All Over Lotion for an even deeper coconut scent that stays with me all day.

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Éclair Naturals Handcrafted Soap in Creamy Coconut ($4.99)

Such a beautiful, big bar of soap! The coconut scent is a little lighter than the shower gel and body lotion until you actually lather this up. The lather is incredible. I find myself spending a few extra minutes washing my hands just because it feels so good! This big bar lasts a long time and is pretty enough for any powder room.

MARCIA CHOSE VANILLA AND SWEET ORANGE:

Éclair Naturals Vanilla & Sweet Orange

Éclair Naturals Vanilla & Sweet Orange

When accepting Éclair Naturals products to test the first thing I noticed was their policies. Not only are they cruelty free but they made sure they were tested by Leaping Bunny to verify that status. Not every brand is accredited by Leaping Bunny because the tests are strident, but with Éclair Naturals passion for animals they were proud to add the expense of application. Being vegan they leave out ingredients that are less expensive in order to be PETA approved too. Their products are completely free of harmful products found in traditional body care, such as GMOs, parabens, and synthetic colors & fragrances. Plus, they are cruelty-free, soy-free, gluten-free, and vegan.

Éclair Naturals Shower Gel

Éclair Naturals Shower Gel

Éclair Naturals Shower Gel

I love the lather I’m getting from this Shower Gel. I feel like the fragrance is a cocktail where I’d first taste the sweet orange but the lingering sensation would be the vanilla. It’s a great combination for this shower gel. It doesn’t leave any soapy feeling behind, just a fresh clean feeling. The shower gel contains a blend of vegetable glycerin, aloe and Vitamin E. So while it’s gently cleansing the botanical extracts replenish essential nutrients.

Éclair Naturals Handcrafted Soap

Éclair Naturals Handcrafted Soap

Éclair Naturals Handcrafted Soap

Éclair Naturals Handcrafted Soap ingredients

Éclair Naturals Handcrafted Soap ingredients

One of the ingredients in the handcrafted soap is glycerin which forms the basis of the product. But this glycerin is from vegetable oil and not animal fat. Not all manufacturers use this type of glycerin in their bar soaps because it’s a more expensive ingredient and is normally reserved for more profitable products. The soap itself is very emollient so it’s a great hand soap for my guest bathroom. It’s nice to have a product in there that will not only look good but that will leave our hands moisturized and softly smelling like the vanilla and sweet orange fragrance.

Éclair Naturals Liquid Hand Soap

Éclair Naturals Liquid Hand Soap

Éclair Naturals Liquid Hand Soap

This is my most used and favorite product of the three. I am constantly washing my hands and I need something that is gentle because of that. Liquid Hand Soap has a nice rich lather but one that doesn’t strip my hands. Even in summer my hands can look dry but I haven’t really noticed that since I started using this soap. The fragrance is soft and non-lingering yet it makes my bathroom smell much more pleasant.

These products along with others in the Éclair Naturals line are all gently priced and can be found on their website. With 7 different fragrance collections (creamy coconut, grapefruit, french lavender, vanilla & sweet orange, shea butter & oatmeal, sea breeze, and Indonesian patchouli & sandalwood) there’s surely something for every member of your family.

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Jet Set away with ColorProof

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Jet Set travel by ColorProof

Jet Set travel by ColorProof

We’re here to introduce you to these TSA Mini Miracles sets of ColorProof’s top selling products. We were thrilled to receive these for review knowing what a great brand ColorProof is. These are essential for keeping your color stay true during your travels just as ColorProof keeps your color true in your everyday life. As always, ColorProof products are 100% vegan, gluten-free and sulfate and salt-free. If you want the ultimate overperformer for you life, these are perfect for you.

Marcia’s hair needs taming

My choice of the Jet Set travel kits is CRAZY SMOOTH. I was very excited to have a chance to try out ColorProof since Lisa has always raved about the line and I love Lisa’s hair. The CrazySmooth® System  seemed perfect for me and it turned out to be just that.

ColorProof Crazy Smooth

ColorProof Crazy Smooth

The JetSet travel kit ($19.99) is the perfect way to try out ColorProof. With 3 products in the set I got the chance to test the CrazySmooth® Anti-Frizz Shampoo, CrazySmooth® Anti-Frizz Condition, and  PlushLocks® Leave-In Smooth (2 oz each).

CrazySmooth® is 100% vegan and perfect for my keratin treated hair. There are no sulfates, salts or gluten in these three 100% vegan formula products. When you both color treat your hair and have a treatment in it you need to be careful which products you use so that the money you’ve spent isn’t washed down the drain.

ColorProof Crazy Smooth Anti-Frizz Shampoo and Conditioner

ColorProof Crazy Smooth Anti-Frizz Shampoo and Conditioner

ColorProof Crazy Smooth Anti-Frizz Shampoo and Conditioner use a proprietary blend of exclusive oils including Camellia Oil from Japan and Abyssinian Oil from Africa, along with seaweed and shea butter. They have a slight fragrance but not one that’s noticeable after using. The reason I like these includes how they not only make my hair smooth but also incredibly shiny. I love seeing less frizz and so much shine.

ColorProof PlushLocks® Leave-In Smooth

ColorProof PlushLocks® Leave-In Smooth

The follow up product is their PlushLocks® Leave-In Smooth which I’ve used with ColorProof products and with other lines. I smooth a quarter size blob through my shoulder length hair and wet brush it. My hair isn’t snarled and it’s easy to brush through. The beauty is in the aftermath when my hair is dry and has some volume. Even though I have a keratin treatment I don’t want flat hair. I want volume without frizz and that’s what I get. This too has the same ingredients as the shampoo and conditioner so I’m getting heat and color protection. My only (mini) complaint about this is the bottle which I can’t squeeze. It’s made of very sturdy, recyclable plastic and is resistant to my strength so I have to open it, turn it upside down, and bounce some out. Right now it’s not a problem though I do worry about it when I am close to the end. If that’s the only complaint then I can surely live with this.

ColorProof Crazy Smooth

Lisa’s hair needs moisture

My choice of the Jet Set travel kits is SUPER RICH. It’s a little embarrassing to admit how excited I was to try this travel kit…the ColorProof HardCore Epic Hold Hairspray is my favorite hairspray of all time, so I just knew I wouldn’t be disappointed with the SuperRich® set.

SuperRich® JetSet travel kit
The SuperRich® JetSet travel kit ($19.99) has three products that will satisfy really thirsty hair:  SuperRich® Moisture Shampoo 2 oz., SuperRich® Moisture Condition 2 oz., and DeepQuench®  Moisture Masque 1.38  oz.

My hair is fine, although I have a ton of it. It’s also long, about mid-back, and while I typically let it air dry I also often heat style it into curls or else super straight. You know what that means – ends that are dry as a desert.

SuperRich® Moisture Shampoo and ConditionerThe SuperRich® Moisture Shampoo is very gentle and goes easy on my color treated hair. The lather is thick and velvety, and here’s a fun fact – it’s also terrific as a body wash. How perfect is that when you are traveling and space is at a premium? It leaves hair soft, shiny, and full of body, even without a conditioner (yup I am a little crazy, I tried it that way too).  It’s 100% vegan, gluten-free and sulfate and salt free, so you know it keeps hair color looking the best possible.

The SuperRich® Moisture Conditioner is great – it really treats my ends and gives me lots of shine. When I use these two together I get ‘floaty’ hair – it feels amazing and has tons of bounce and body.

Sometimes, though, I need CRAZY moisture – like after a few days of swimming in a pool or the ocean. That’s when I pull out the big guns.

DeepQuench® Moisture MasqueDeepQuench® Moisture MasqueDeepQuench®  Moisture Masque is everything super thirsty hair needs, even if your hair is extremely fine. It injects tons of moisture into hair without coating it and weighing it down. I put this on the bottom half of my hair after shampooing and leave it on as long as possible, two minutes at least. Wow does it do a fantastic job! Soft, swingy, shiny, healthy hair that really holds a curl. Once again, ColorProof impresses the heck out of me.  I’ve got my travel set – now I need all three products in full size.

ColorProof Super Rich

ColorProof Super Rich

Whether you are a JetSetter or a stay at home person, these sets are great ways to try out the ColorProof professional line. ColorProof products are sold mostly at salons though you can find them at Sleek Hair, and in Beauty Brands stores. Use the salon locator to find ColorProof locally.

*sent for editorial consideration

See why Vibriance is such a SUPER C serum

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Vibriance Super-C is a new brand on the market and one that has impressed the Beauty Info Zone team since we received this. Right now Vibriance Super-C Serum is the one and only product on the market from them but we’re certainly hoping it’s not the last. It’s manufactured in a GMP accredited USA laboratory and meets the highest standards in the industry. Sample testing is conducted on site to ensure safety and efficacy.

Vibriance Super C Serum

Vibriance Super C Serum

According to Vibriance the advantage to this serum is that it can replace a large set of anti-aging products or even surgical procedures that are usually aren’t affordable to the average woman. Ingredients include Ethyl Ascorbic Acid which is believed to have superior benefits over standard L-Ascorbic Acid. Their key ingredients are embedded in lemon fruit water as the product base with a pH low enough to ensure potency of the ethyl ascorbic acid. The formula stimulates elastin, collagen, and the production of hyaluronic acid. No wonder we like it so much.

MARCIA’S FEELINGS ABOUT VIBRIANCE:

Vibriance Vitamin C Super Serum

Vibriance Vitamin C Super Serum

The first thing I noticed about the Vibriance Serum is the amazing fragrance. It’s not unusual for me to notice fragrance right off the bat but Super C Serum is a gold medal fragrance. It’s deliciously citrus and smells to me of fresh oranges with a hint of lemon. I have to say that it makes this serum even more pleasant having this.

Vibriance Vitamin Super C Serum

Vibriance Vitamin Super C Serum

The serum is a thin but not watery one that absorbs quickly on my skin. I apply this as the first product when I’m doing my regimen. It’s up to you whether you follow it with moisturizer, some people won’t have to but I always do. In the daytime I follow with Paula’s Choice Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment and in the evening I’m using either Mirakle Cream or Silkriller Moisture Cream.

Vibriance Super C Serum

Vibriance Super C Serum

One of the things you need to make sure about with any Vitamin C products is that the packaging is opaque so that no light can compromise the ingredients. Vibriance has done a great job with that and the method of distribution.

All in all this adds up to gold for me. I find that it hydrates, helps reduce lines, fights and reverses photo-aging (those darn sunspots), and smooths out my skin. The longer I use Vibriance Super C Serum the more I like it. I hope to see more Vibriance in their future and mine.

LISA’S FEELINGS ABOUT VIBRIANCE:

Vibriance Super C Penetrating Serum

Vitamin C is definitely a superhero in the skin care ingredient world. It does so many things that are particularly helpful for mature skin:  keeps skin younger looking by increasing cell turnover; plumps up skin by stimulating collagen synthesis; inhibits melanin production which results in a brighter skin tone; fights free radicals and prevents UV damage; acts as an anti-inflammatory.

At our age, what’s not to like about Vitamin C???

Vibriance Vitamin Super C Serum

Vibriance Vitamin Super C Serum

The packaging for the Vibriance Super C Serum is definitely super. The airless pump keeps the efficacy of the serum intact and also means that the Vitamin C won’t dry out skin. Vitamin C serums in a dropper bottle have a different chemical makeup which is far more likely to result in dry skin, a common complaint about Vitamin C products.

Vibriance Super C Penetrating Serum is moisturizing enough that those with oilier skin types won’t need any sort of moisturizer afterward. I have an oily t-zone with dry cheeks, so I typically follow the serum with a light moisturizer to my dry areas. After several weeks of use, I am particularly impressed with its effect on my skin tone. My uneven patches and freckles are lighter and my skin is much brighter. This is some really good stuff!

Vibriance Super C Penetrating Serum is Alcohol free, Paraben free, and not tested on animals.  ‘See’ what it’s all about at http://vibriance.com.

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Side by Side with Shea Moisture

shea moisture logo

How many brands do you know of that have been around since 1912? Of those brands, which ones have become more relevant in the 2000’s than they were before? There might be a few but the one we think you should notice is SHEA MOISTURE. It was started in 1912 by a woman named Sofi Tucker who started selling Shea Nuts at the village market in Bonthe, Sierra Leone in 1912. By age 19, the widowed mother of four was selling Shea Butter, African Black Soap and her homemade hair and skin preparations all over the countryside. Now her product line has grown but remains true to their origins. This cruelty-free brand that uses certified organic ingredients and recyclable materials has products for men, baby, bath & body, hair, as well as wonderful cosmetics.

SheaMoisture Weightless Shea Serum Foundation and Shea Butter Luscious LipstickBeauty Info Zone was sent some products to test and we’ve become surprised and delighted with what we’ve found. Today we’re sharing with you SheaMoisture Weightless Shea Serum Foundation in three shades along with two different Shea Butter Luscious Lipsticks.

SheaMoisture Weightless Shea Serum Foundation is a light, silky, fluid formula that blends easily with fingertips or a makeup sponge to provide light to medium coverage with a natural finish. Shades stay true. No ashy look. Feels comfortable, almost undetectable on the skin. Formulated with natural ingredients and blended with moisturizing Shea Butter and antioxidant-rich Vitamins C & E to nourish and protect skin.

MARCIA’S FOUNDATION AND LIPSTICK

Shea Moisture Tea Rose Luscious Lipstick and Weightless Shea Serum Foundation in Porcelain

Shea Moisture Nectar Luscious Lipstick and Weightless Shea Serum Foundation in Porcelain

Even though I selected Shea Moisture’s light shade, Porcelain, I was still quite concerned about the color match. Shea Moisture is a wonderful line for Women of Color but I wasn’t so sure how they’d be with someone as pale as I am. To my delight, they hit it out of the ballpark. Upon applying Porcelain on my hand to picture swatch it seemed too dark and a little too yellow for me but the first time I applied it on my face I knew that perception was all wrong. Porcelain is a perfect match for those of us who wear the lightest or second lightest shade in a foundation.

SHEA MOISTURE Weightless Shea Serum Foundation in Porcelain

SHEA MOISTURE Weightless Shea Serum Foundation in Porcelain

Being a serum foundation makes this a great choice for warm weather. The foundation is totally weightless and blends beautifully into a seamless finish. This wears so well on me that I’m often surprised at the end of the day that my face still looks evenly toned yet not like I’m wearing foundation.

I have Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Foundation SPF40 and I’ve not only compared them but I’ve worn them both on the same day. Shea Moisture on one side, Bobbi Brown on the other side. Guess who wins? The $14.99 bottle of Shea Moisture looks better and lasts longer than the $65 Bobbi Brown. The two porcelain shades are almost identical with the Shea Moisture having better coverage and a small amount more tint to it. There’s no SPF in Shea Moisture but the difference is $50!! Ulta often has specials on Shea Moisture too. At the time I’m typing this they are 40% off a second SM product.

Shea Moisture Luscious Lipstick in Tea Rose

Shea Moisture Luscious Lipstick in Nectar

Shea Moisture Luscious Lipstick in Nectar is a perfect shade for me. So perfect in fact that I’m wearing it to my niece’s wedding. I still prefer a creamy lipstick in spite of the latest matte craze and Shea Moisture knows about creamy lipsticks. This contains Shea Butter as well as other emollients to keep lips soft and moisturized. It’s fragrance free (yea) as well as free of all the other bad things that we always mention. Most important is that I love the light to medium tone of this shade and the wear is great. Nectar is one of 10 shades that sell for just $9.99 (and those sales).

Shea Moisture Luscious Lipstick in Tea Rose

Shea Moisture Luscious Lipstick in Nectar

LISA’S FOUNDATION AND LIPSTICK

SheaMoisture Weightless Shea Serum Foundation and Shea Butter Luscious Lipstick

I think it’s a little easier for Marcia to find her color match in foundation – it’s always the lightest shade. For me, it’s a little more complicated  I go anywhere from light/medium to medium/dark, depending on where I am in my self tanning cycle.

SheaMoisture Weightless Shea Serum Foundation in Latte and Nude

SheaMoisture Weightless Shea Serum Foundation in Latte (left) and Nude (right)

The selection of shades is pretty incredible with this line – there are 20 of them, with lots of excellent shades for darker skin tones  I am sure you will be able to find your perfect shade in the range from Porcelain to Cocoa, with options for cool, warm, and neutral undertones. I tried two of the foundation shades, Nude (warm undertones) and Latte (neutral undertones).

I was taken aback at how little foundation is needed for excellent coverage. At first I put waaay too much on, not realizing how pigmented it was. This is a wonderful liquid foundation that can be layered for up to full coverage and lasts all day long. It’s also free of parabens, talc, gluten, sulfates, phthalates, mineral oil, and synthetic fragrance.

SheaMoisture Shea Butter Moisture Lipstick in Tea Rose

SheaMoisture Shea Butter Moisture Lipstick in Tea Rose

SheaMoisture Shea Butter Moisture Lipstick in Tea Rose

SheaMoisture Shea Butter Moisture Lipstick in Tea Rose

I think Marcia’s lipstick shade, Nectar, is very pretty, but I think my shade is even prettier! I have Tea Rose, which is a beautiful cool pink shade. I am in love with the shade and the moisturizing formula. I typically find I have to reapply the more hydrating lipsticks quite often, but this one has surprising lasting power.

Shea Moisture is a refreshingly affordable line that you can easily find at ULTA and at Target. Next time you are out shopping, be sure to take a look at the beautiful lipsticks and the excellent shade selection in the foundations.

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Shea Moisture can be found at both ULTA and TARGET.

Shea Moisture Serum Foundation: Isononyl Isononanoate, Octyldodecanol, Shea Butter Cetyl Esters, Water, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Barium Sulfate, VP / Eicosene Copolymer, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Silica, Glyceryl Caprylate, Glycerin, Propylene Carbonate, Aluminum Hydroxide, Glyceryl Undecylenate, Isononanoic Acid, Tocopheryl Acetate, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter. May Contain (+/-): Mica, (CI 77163), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77492, CI 77491, CI 77499), Ultramarine Blue (CI 77007).

Shea Moisture Luscious Lipstick:

Diisostearyl Malate, Ethylhexyl Hydroxystearate, Triethylhexanoin, Ceresin, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Polyglyceryl-2 Triisostearate, Polybutene, Ozokerite, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Diglyceryl Sebacate/Isopalmitate, Polyethylene, Dicalcium Phosphate, Phytosteryl/Isostearyl/Cetyl/ Stearyl/Behenyl Dimer Dilinoleate, Synthetic Wax, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Alumina, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Vp/Hexadecene Copolymer, Sorbitan Isostearate, Polyglyceryl-2 Diisostearate, Ethylene/Propylene Copolymer, Phytosteryl Macadamiate, Silica, Glyceryl Caprylate, Caprylyl Glycol, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide (CI 77861). May Contain (+/-): Mica (CI 77019), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Red 6 (CI 15850), Red 7 (CI 15850:1), Red 28 Lake (CI 45410), Red 33 Lake (CI 17200), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Yellow 6 Lake (CI 15985).

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*Certified Organic Ingredient.