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.

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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

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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).

LEGEND
*Certified Organic Ingredient.

Pack your tiniest bags for a trip with Stowaway Cosmetics

Stowaway CosmeticsSTOWAWAY Cosmetics call themselves the Right Size Makeup Company for a good reason. All their products are small enough to stow away in a purse, pocket, or cosmetic bag. They are small yet powerful and a great size for those of us with commitment issues, overnights, quick trips, workout trips, and more.

Our product formulas are simple, refined, and hardworking, eliminating any guesswork and offering just beautiful solutions. They are packaged in a thoughtful, minimalist, and portable way—because you are busy and are doing big things. Stowaway knows that if you’re on-the-move, your beauty products are too. Stowaway is a cosmetics brand built on the philosophy that makeup should be designed to go wherever women go. Finally, the makeup you love in the sizes you can carry.

We were sent some of their products which we are happily using. We love the concept of having products that we can actually use up before trying something else. As makeup bloggers and makeup junkies STOWAWAY COSMETICS is just right for us too.

Marcia loves eyeshadow – STOWAWAY ESSENTIAL EYE PALETTE

Stowaway Essential Eye Palette

Stowaway Essential Eye Palette

No surprise to any Beauty Info Zone readers but when we received a box (tiny box) from Stowaway I wanted the eyeshadow palette instantly. Lisa allowed me to have my wish since she ended up with a very nice collection of products that you’ll soon see.

The eyeshadow palette is the size of a credit card. A long time ago Trish McEvoy used to sell palettes this size for double the price of the Stowaway Essential Eye Palette. At $25 this might seem high because of the size but when you see how useful this is, you won’t think twice about the cost.

Stowaway Essential Eye Palette

Stowaway Essential Eye Palette

Inside the palette are 4 shimmer shadows on the top row and 4 matte shadows on the bottom. At first I was a bit dismayed when 0pening since the shimmers looked like glitters. My dismay turned to pleasure once I applied these and saw that they not only glided on with ease but they were shimmery without being glittery.

Stowaway Essential Eye Palette shimmer shadow swatches

Stowaway Essential Eye Palette shimmer shadow swatches

Stowaway Essential Eye Palette

Stowaway Essential Eye Palette

S1 is a light creamy linen shade. I had trouble showing it on my arm which is fine with me since I like the subtlety of it. S2 is a very pretty rose gold that I love on my lid. S3 is more of a golden brown which can be intensified or worn as is. This is a great crease shade for me. S4 is the darkest of the shimmers and harder to categorize color wise. The swatch looks brown but there’s a lot of purple in this shade.

Stowaway Essential Eye Palette all swatches

Stowaway Essential Eye Palette all swatches

The bottom row are the mattes but they apply and look more like satins except for the black shade. They all have a silkiness to them that make them easy to wear and easy to work with. M1 is a milk chocolate with a touch of cream added to it. M2 is a darker milk chocolate so they left out the cream! M3 is the darkest of the browns. On my eyes it looks warm as I see some burnished undertones. M4 is a matte black. The pigment is great and works well as an eyeliner but the texture is harder than the other shadows.

Wearing S1, S2, and S4

Wearing S1, S2, and S4

In spite of the blazing heat we’ve been having, these last very well and don’t need touch up. But rest assured, when we need touch up we can easily find it in this pint size palette.

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Stowaway Cosmetics

Lisa loves the Pretty in Pink Set STOWAWAY CREAM LIPSTICK, EFFORTLESS EYELINERMASCARA, CHEEK & LIP ROUGE

Spain

I recently had a wonderful reason to fully appreciate the size and quality of Stowaway Cosmetics products, because I took a trip to Spain with my mom. There we are, inside the Palacio Real de Madrid. Getting to Spain was interesting as I had never traveled to Europe before and I was determined to bring only one bag that I didn’t have to check. Have you tried packing for a nine-day trip with just one carry on bag?? It was a challenge but oh so freeing once I achieved it! Stowaway Cosmetics constituted my only lipstick, blush, eyeliner and mascara (ok I lied…I also brought one other eyeliner!). But the size of these gems is incredible and the quality is definitely impressive.

SpainI walked, on average, 10 miles each day through the streets of Madrid, Segovia, and Toledo in stultifying heat, and Stowaway never let me down! The Cream Lipstick ($15) has wonderful pigmentation and is hydrating, so even those 100 degree days didn’t dry out my lips. The size is small but the lipstick is mighty and I love the pinky/peach Peony shade.Stowaway Cosmetics Cream Lipstick in Peony

I love a multi-tasker, so the creamy Cheek and Lip Rouge ($15) is a favorite. Again, small but mighty – the pot is about 1/3 the size of a typical blush. My shade is the pretty pinky/peach Peony, and it looks lovely on cheeks and as a lip stain.Stowaway Cosmetics Cheek and Lip Rouge and Mascara

 I tested two products for eyes – the Extreme Lash Mascara ($12) and the Effortless Eyeliner ($10). The mascara is terrific! It has thickening fibers so it makes lashes lush and long, and the brush has a thick and a thin side, making application easy. The mascara lasts all day without smudging or smearing.

Stowaway Cosmetics Effortless EyelinerStowaway Cosmetics Effortless EyelinerStowaway Cosmetics Effortless Eyeliner

You will be shocked at the size of the Effortless Eyeliner ($10) – it’s literally the size of a q-tip! No need to sharpen this gel-textured pencil and it glides on beautifully. The Spice shade is a gorgeous shimmery copper that doesn’t smudge once it sets, which takes less than a minute.
Spain
I can’t imagine taking another trip without my Stowaway Cosmetics. No matter how tiny your bags are, you never have to be without great color products so you can rock any country you choose to explore!!
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Truth Vitality helps our aging heads and maybe yours with a giveaway

truth in aging logoThe website Truth in Aging carries an amazing amount of products that will help us as we go through the aging process. You can count on them for over 20 brands and one of their newest is Truth Vitality which is a line of products especially designed for women with fine hair or women with thinning hair, those who’d simply like more voluminous hair on their head or eyebrows. We were sent a few products to see if it helped our aging heads.

LISA’S PRODUCTS:

What does your shower drain look like? It is a messy tangle of hair?? I shudder when I see mine…I can’t believe I am losing that much hair every time I shampoo and condition. Truth Vitality Shampoo and Conditioner promised me less shedding, so I was more than happy to give them a whirl.

Truth Vitality True Volume Shampoo and Conditioner

Truth Vitality True Volume Shampoo and Conditioner

It’s funny, for hair products that promise volume the formulas are certainly on the thin side…but they do deliver every promise.

Their nourishing formulas are infused with a unique copper peptide complex to encourage hair growth, as well as powerful antioxidants, vitamins, and extracts to rebuild struggling strands from the inside out.

The True Volume Shampoo’s formula is loaded with beneficial ingredients to fight thinning hair, increase volume and strength, and stimulate new hair growth, including copper peptides, caffeine, ferulic acid, vitamin A, and beta carotene.

Our conditioner offers a unique combination of emu oil and copper peptides to stimulate the hair follicles, increasing their size and encouraging hair growth. There’s also caffeine, beta-sitosterol, Aspen bark extract, and macadamia nut oil to add strength, volume, and shine.

Truth Vitality True Volume Shampoo and Conditioner

I do see less hair in my drain so I know I am shedding less as I use the True Volume Shampoo and Conditioner. My hair feels very soft, floaty, and full. It’s shiny too! Volume hair products often leave my hair feeling coated, but these don’t – my fine hair loves them.

These two hair products retail for $64, but right now I see them on the Truth in Aging website as a duo for $54.40.

If you have fine or thinning hair, you will love this sulfate/silicone/paraben-free duo. If you want to address hair loss, I think this is an excellent option.

MARCIA’S PRODUCT:

Truth Vitality Brow Empower

Truth Vitality Brow Empower

BROW EMPOWER from Truth Vitality was created for people just like me. I never had to worry about my brows and gave them little thought. I’d pluck to keep strays away but they were full and I basically ignored them. Along came age and illness and my eyebrows are no longer what they were.

Truth Vitality Brow Empower

Truth Vitality Brow Empower

Brow Empower ($39) is a lightweight gel that you can apply day or night. It’s a light brown serum that will dry down so that you can apply eyebrow makeup over it. This stimulates healthy growth using a blend of copper peptides, vitamin B5, and emu oil. Copper peptides increase the size of hair follicles and stimulate new hair growth while the vitamin B5 and emu oil gently condition and smooth the hair strands.

Truth Vitality Brow Empower

Truth Vitality Brow Empower

The applicator of Brow Empower is a new technology and can break easily so you need to use some TLC with it. I admit that I dropped mine and it doesn’t work properly but I’m still using the product. I use a cotton swab to get the product and apply it to my brows that way. I’ll often then use the applicator to smooth it onto my brows.

Truth Vitality Brow Empower

Truth Vitality Brow Empower

Truth Vitality added a unique touch to this product. There is a small pin like tool that helps you keep the applicator top free from product. If it starts to clog up just wipe the metallic tip and orifice with a soft cloth or tissues and insert the pin. It clears it easily. I wish other products had thought to include something like this.

applicator for Brow Empower

applicator for Brow Empower

Something I found very interesting is that Truth in Aging has a community of testers so this and the other products in the Truth Vitality line have been tested and reviewed by them. I’ve started to see some brow growth and am finding new hairs. It’s so easy to use that I’ll continue this and hope that I can eventually see a fuller brow.

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION: Truth in Aging has kindly offered to send two winners products. You must be a US subscriber of Beauty Info Zone to enter. One subscriber will win the Truth Vitality Shampoo and Conditioner while another subscriber will win Truth Vitality Brow Empower. Your hardest job is to decide which of these would be best for your needs. The giveaway is open through 8/1/16 at 11:59 p.m. ET. If comments get cranky and close please email us at beautyinfozone@gmail.com with the subject Truth in Aging and make your comment there. Please remember that we verify all entries so keep it on the straight and narrow.

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Aquis Essentials Lisse Luxe hair turban and towel – you’re going to love these

Aquis

When AQUIS Towels came calling the Beauty Info Zone ladies came running. This is the premier brand of hair towels and we were excited to be able to use their newest towels. There are so many types of towels from AQUIS including body towels that this is only the tip of the iceberg. Today we are all about their hair towels.

 

  • Choose the best for your hair

    AQUIS comes in formats to suit different hairstyles and lifestyles. There are basically three choices.
    Length: Long towels are for long hair, otherwise choose regular.
    Fabric: Lisse Luxe is best for delicate hair and curls, Waffle Luxe is best for thick hair and lots of it.
    Format: Turbans are super convenient and stay on better. Plus there is no temptation to rub your hair (old habits die hard).
    Our towels are also light and easy to tie, usually dry hair slightly faster.

No one asks for frizz but everyone should ask for AQUIS!

AQUIS Lisse Luxe Hair Turban

AQUIS Lisse Luxe Hair Turban

Lisa and her Lisse Luxe Hair Turban:  I use a hair turban every single time I shampoo. My hair is long, but a regular towel is just TOO MUCH to wrap my hair in…it falls off my head within minutes. Hair turbans keep my wet hair safely in place and good ones do double duty by also reducing my dry time.

AQUIS Lisse Luxe Hair Turban

AQUIS Lisse Luxe Hair Turban

AQUIS Lisse Luxe Hair TurbanAQUIS Lisse Luxe Hair Turban

I love, love, love the AQUIS Lisse Luxe Hair Turban ($30). First, it comes in a super cute plastic pouch that is perfect for travel. I am so addicted to hair turbans that I can’t go without on vacation! It has a button and fastening loop to keep the turban in place and hair out of my face. I even use this when I am doing a facial mask or applying my makeup.

AQUIS Lisse Luxe Hair Turban made with Aquitex

AQUIS Lisse Luxe Hair Turban made with Aquitex

The best part, though, is how well it absorbs water. The turban is made with Aquitex, which is soft and comfy and incredibly absorbent. This saves my hair from heat styling time, resulting in wonderful side effects like better hair health, less frizz, and less split ends. I love my AQUIS Lisse Luxe Hair Turban so much that I only have one complaint – I need more because my daughters keep stealing it!!

Hey....give me back my AQUIS Lisse Luxe Hair Turban!!

Hey….give me back my AQUIS Lisse Luxe Hair Turban!!

Marcia and her Lisse Luxe Towel:

Aquis Towel Lisse Luxe in Chevron

Aquis Towel Lisse Luxe in Chevron

I introduced my Aquis Lisse Luxe Towel on my Frizz Busters post the other day. I too use mine every time I wash my shoulder length hair. I fold it turban style and it wicks out the wet. I save so much time drying my hair because of the efficiency of this Aquis Towel.

The one I have is the full size Lisse Luxe towel which comes in several colors. Mine is a chevron weave and if that doesn’t suit you just pick from Desert Rose, Ivory White, or Cloudberry. The Chevron is perfect for my gray and white bathroom!

Aquis Lisse Luxe Towel in Chevron

Aquis Lisse Luxe Towel in Chevron

This particular towel is 19 X 42 in (50 X 107 CM) which gives it plenty of room to wrap my hair and stay wrapped. I leave it on for 5-10 minutes while I’m brushing teeth, taking vitamins, prepping my skin with moisturizer. When I remove it my hair isn’t wet wet anymore, it’s damp but not damaged. Rubbing a towel on your head is not good for your hair so it’s important that the water gets wicked away without pressure.

AQUIS Lisse Luxe on a double bed

AQUIS Lisse Luxe on a double bed

I’ve owned Aquis towels for years and years. As soon as I first learned about the brand I went to Bed, Bath, and Beyond to purchase one. My previous one has gone on many vacations with me so it’s seen a lot of good times but when I look at the new one I know it’s time to put my previous one away.

AQUIS Lisse Luxe vs my original AQUIS

AQUIS Lisse Luxe vs my original AQUIS

The size and feel of the Lisse Luxe is superb. I know this is going to sound silly but I have a phobia about hair clinging to towels and items (this is coming from the mother of a shedding dog). Lisse Luxe doesn’t hold onto those hairs so I don’t have to get the shivers picking them off. A small thing but important to me.

Aquis Lisse Luxe Chevon packaging

Aquis Lisse Luxe Chevon packaging

Whether you are a fan of the Turban or the Hair Towel, you are in for a treat. At $30 each they may seem expensive at first but you’ll get so many years of use from these that they’ll practically paying you to use them. The Aquis website has free shipping at $30 which is a bonus. Aquis Hair Turban is also newly available at Sephora.com to make your shopping even easier.

*provided for editorial consideration but used with total love, affliate link used

Osmosis +Color Long Wear Liquid Foundation and Age Defying Treatment Concealer

Osmosis Colour Long Wear Foundation

Osmosis Colour Long Wear Foundation

Beauty Info Zone has been lucky enough to have tried several Osmosis +Colour cosmetics and each time we become more obsessed with the brand. The latest product that has been sent to us is their Long Wear Liquid Foundation. After wearing this for several weeks we have grown to admire Osmosis +Colour even more. There’s a big difference between Lisa and Marcia when it comes to skin tone. Lisa has a more golden skin tone plus she faux tans; Marcia is a pale person and she embraces that paleness. Lisa’s skin is on the oily sign with an active tee zone while Marcia has dry skin. That means you’ll get two views in our latest Side by Side.

Osmosis Colour Long Wear Liquid Foundation in Natural Medium

Osmosis Colour Long Wear Liquid Foundation in Natural Medium

LISA WEARS NATURAL MEDIUM

Osmosis Colour Long Wear Liquid Foundation is a great liquid foundation that comes in 8 shades on Osmosis’ site and 5 at Dermstore. This is a medium coverage foundation that is definitely buildable. It covers everything I want covered but it has a terrific finish and doesn’t look fake.

Osmosis Colour Long Wear Liquid Foundation in Natural Medium

Osmosis Colour Long Wear Liquid Foundation in Natural Medium

Osmosis Colour Long Wear Liquid Foundation in Natural Medium

Osmosis Colour Long Wear Liquid Foundation in Natural Medium

I tend toward shiny/oily in my t-zone, so I prefer matte foundations even though they can aging, especially around the eye area. The Osmosis Colour Long Wear Liquid Foundation is different because it’s almost matte, yet it’s still a little glowy so it doesn’t look dry. The effect is natural, which goes along with their tag line:  Be You. Be Beautiful.  

Wearing Osmosis Colour Long Wear Liquid Foundation in Natural Medium

Wearing Osmosis Colour Long Wear Liquid Foundation in Natural Medium

Natural Medium is the shade for me – I am typically MAC NW25, although I have some faux tan so I am probably at about an NW30 right now. I am loving the foundation and I hope you try it for yourself!

MARCIA WEARS FAIR

While Lisa has done the main review of Osmosis Colour Long Wear Liquid Foundation I have to put my two cents in of course. And speaking of cents – this foundation has no scent. I love that it’s fragrance free. But that’s not all I love about it. Since I wear this in Fair, the lightest shade, I want it to be very fair but not ghostly pale. The foundation fits that bill. It gives me life while blending in with my neck and forehead.

Osmosis Colour Long Wear Liquid Foundation in Fair

Osmosis Colour Long Wear Liquid Foundation in Fair

Osmosis Colour Long Wear Liquid Foundation in Fair

Osmosis Colour Long Wear Liquid Foundation in Fair

The weather has been extremely hot and usually sunny and I’m finding that this really is a long wear foundation. It’s not slipping away and it’s not melting off. It’s a winner for me.

The main product I want to talk about though is Osmosis Colour Age Defying Treatment Concealer.  One of my very favorite blushes is the Osmosis Colour Pink Pearl blush. I find I can wear it with just about any eye/lip combo I choose. Well, being a klutz, I dropped it and most of it shattered. I really missed it so within a few days I ordered it from Dermstore. To my delight the concealer was a gift with purchase with any $25 Osmosis order.

Osmosis Colour Age Defying Treatment Concealer

Osmosis Colour Age Defying Treatment Concealer

I don’t think I could have picked a better gwp. While the Age Defying Treatment Concealer comes in 4 shades (Fair, Silk, Light, Medium) the full size gift comes in Silk only. This is slightly darker and more yellow than the foundation but once it’s blended in, it still works well for me.

Osmosis Colour Age Defying Treatment Concealer in Silk

Osmosis Colour Age Defying Treatment Concealer in Silk

What’s unusual about this concealer is that it’s two-sided. One side is the concealer with a wand for application while the opposite side is a balm. I wasn’t quite sure what the balm would do but I’ve worked it into my routine some days now that I’m used to it. It’s a hydrating balm that plumps skin to ensure subsequent makeup doesn’t settle into any lines or wrinkles.

Osmosis Colour Age Defying Treatment Concealer - balm side

Osmosis Colour Age Defying Treatment Concealer – balm side

The balm is the reason this is called a Treatment Concealer. “Formulated with a cocktail of antioxidants and argan, apricot and coconut oils, this twist-up stick softens signs of age while preventing new ones from forming.”

After the balm has settled into your skin then follow through with the liquid concealer. It does a great job on dark circles for me plus it’s not just an undereye concealer like so many others. It’s great for your face and for any blemishes you might have. The way I use the balm is mostly in the evening before going out. My eyes often look like it’s the end of the day so I sweep the balm under them and pat it on. Then I’ll use the concealer wand to dab just a little product and blend that in. My face looks refreshed and I’m ready to roll. Ingredients are Shea Butter, Beeswax, Coconut Oil, Vitamin E, Titanium Dioxide, Dimethicone, Antioxidants, Vitamin C.

Purchasing the wonderful Osmosis Long Wear Liquid Foundation will also bring you the Age Defying Treatment Concealer in Silk. You can’t get better than that. While we don’t know how long the GWP is in effect, we do recommend that you take advantage of the savings while you can.

*foundations were provided for editorial consideration, concealer was a gwp with another Osmosis purchase