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!!
*sent for editorial consideration, affiliate links

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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*products provided for review, prizes will be sent by Truth in Aging

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

RubisTweezers from Switzerland helps us take on the world

Rubis TweezersThe Olympics is almost here and everyone is chasing those medals – bronze, silver, or gold, they all mean excellence. Rubis Switzerland (www.rubistweezers.com) sent the BIZ two pair of high quality cosmetics tweezers made of surgical steel, and how could we resist, especially after we saw our names engraved on them?

The right tweezers make life so much easier, so Lisa and Marcia went for the silver and the gold.

Rubis Tweezers

Rubis Tweezers

Lisa goes for the silver tweezers:

Rubis silver tweezers

Tweezers can be hard to come by in my house…they constantly go missing, which drives me crazy. With my new stainless steel Rubis Tweezers I can at least claim them as mine, especially since they have my name on them!

Rubis Tweezers

Rubis Tweezers

I prefer tweezers with a classic slanted tip because they do such great precision tweezing. Rubis Classic Steel Tweezers give me the precision I want for eyebrows, and they are particularly awesome for removing ingrown hairs. These tweezers have this amazing ability to not only grab very short, small hairs, they won’t let go. They really make eyebrow maintenance so easy.

Rubis is famous for tweezers that last and last. These won’t lose their grip and they won’t lose their tension – in fact, Rubis has been honored internationally with many awards for their outstanding design.  There are all kinds of different designs available, from Pink Cross to Swarovski, and I love how you can search based on the use, characteristics, material…so many options! Be sure to check out the website and I know you will find the tweezers of your dreams.

Marcia goes for gold tweezers:

Rubis gold tweezers

To say I was thrilled when Rubis sent this tweezers is an understatement. The one tool that I absolutely need in my life is a precision tweezer like my Rubis Slanted Tweezers. These are worth more than their weight in gold.

Rubis slant tip tweezers

Rubis slant tip tweezers

Years ago I wrote a post about what I’d take on a desert island. My number one item was a tweezers and all these years later it’s still my number one item. I can not be without one. A Rubis Tweezer is more expensive than other brands. That’s because of the history of the brands (over 60 years old, made in Switzerland) and the mechanics of the tweezers. These are not only made by hand, involving a 45 step process, they are tested individually under a magnifying glass in order to gain the seal of quality: “Rubis. Made in Switzerland.”

Rubis

Rubis

Considering how many tweezer brands I’ve bought over the years, I consider myself pretty well versed in this tool. What I find with Rubis is that they have perfect balance. It picks up the tiniest hairs even the ones I can feel but not see. I’m a fanatic when it comes to facial hair and if I feel a hair on my chinny chin chin I must remove it. This Rubis tweezer has a sharp and tight closure so it can pick up every hair put to the test. Be sure you tweeze in the direction that the hair grows so that you don’t open an oil gland.

Beauty tools I need in my life

Beauty tools I need in my life

When you are looking for the top of the line beauty tools look to Rubis. With their tweezers you’ll get top-quality stainless steel, precision, quality, and balance. The tension of the “arms” gives these outstanding functionality. I’m all set for my desert island once I grab a lot of sunscreen.

*sent for editorial consideration, used and reviewed with admiration

 

Reviva Labs improved Alpha Lipoic Acid, Vitamin C Ester & DMAE Cream review and giveaway

Reviva Labs #366 Alpha Lipoic Acid, Vitamin C Ester & DMAE Cream

Reviva Labs #366 Alpha Lipoic Acid, Vitamin C Ester & DMAE Cream

Reviva Labs is always striving for perfection. When they realize something is not right in their labs they work to hastily fix it. When they realize that one of their products could use something extra to make it even better, they improve it. That’s the case with Reviva Labs #366  Alpha Lipoic Acid, Vitamin C Ester & DMAE Cream. They’ve currently improved this already great product by adding Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5 to it. Now to you and I that’s just a chemical sounding word but, to  Reviva Labs, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5 is a small peptide which mimics the human body’s own mechanism to produce collagen. It’s used in anti-aging products as well as in before & after sun lotions plus more.

pr sample

MARCIA’S EXPERIENCE:

There are 3 words I use to describe this improved cream from Reviva Labs: soft, versatile, and effective.

Reviva Labs #366 Alpha Lipoic Acid, Vitamin C Ester & DMAE Cream

Reviva Labs #366 Alpha Lipoic Acid, Vitamin C Ester & DMAE Cream

Soft: this is a very lightweight night cream that feels like I’m applying a whisper weight cream that won’t ever smother my skin. It’s a whipped cream texture that glides on. It surprises me how little I need to apply.

Reviva Labs #366 Alpha Lipoic Acid, Vitamin C Ester & DMAE Cream

Reviva Labs #366 Alpha Lipoic Acid, Vitamin C Ester & DMAE Cream

Versatile:  I use this with a variety of other skin products both before and after application. I can apply serums (including Reviva Labs Vitamin C+ with Emblica) or any that I’m testing prior to using #366. I can leave this as my nighttime moisturizer. Or I can top it with any other moisturizer I’m using like Reviva Lab’s Nourishing Cream. It plays well with everything!

Reviva Labs #366 Alpha Lipoic Acid, Vitamin C Ester & DMAE Cream ingredients

Reviva Labs #366 Alpha Lipoic Acid, Vitamin C Ester & DMAE Cream ingredients

Effective: The ingredients in this are wonderful.

“Alpha Lipoic Acid, a super anti-free radical agent, is supplemented by Vitamin C Ester to battle past skin damage as it defends against future damage, while DMAE provides unique firming benefits.
Advanced peptide Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5 has been added to help visibly reduce the appearance of wrinkles while improving the look of skin firmness and elasticity.”

For me this is another winner from Reviva, a brand that uses no animal ingredients or testing.

LISA’S EXPERIENCE

#366 Alpha Lipoic Acid, Vitamin C Ester & DMAE Cream

#366 Alpha Lipoic Acid, Vitamin C Ester & DMAE Cream

I definitely agree with Marcia’s review and would add that this beautiful cream is also affordable! It’s only $23 for the jar, and considering the ingredients I would say it’s a bonafide bargain. I love this as a night moisturizer and it also really shines as a neck cream. I can’t overstate how lusciously light the #366  Alpha Lipoic Acid, Vitamin C Ester & DMAE Cream is…it’s soft and airy and wonderful. I am completely guilty of scooping out too much just so I can also put some on my hands and arms.

#366 Alpha Lipoic Acid, Vitamin C Ester & DMAE Cream

#366 Alpha Lipoic Acid, Vitamin C Ester & DMAE Cream

It feels positively luxurious when I smooth this on at night, like I am really spoiling myself – which is always a wonderful feeling! I have found many favorites from Reviva Labs, including their Makeup Primer and the Nourishing Cream, and now the Alpha Lipoic Acid, Vitamin C Ester & DMAE Cream is added to my list of continual repurchases.

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION: Reviva Labs is graciously going to send two US Beauty Info Zone subscribers this wonderful cream so they can see for themselves why Lisa and Marcia love this so much. To enter you must do the first two options in the Rafflecopter, the rest are extras to help you win. The giveaway is open through June 14, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. If comments close (we hate when this happens) you can email us at beautyinfozone@gmail.com with your comment and continue on in the Rafflecopter. All entries will be verified so please keep it on the up and up.
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  *item reviewed and giveaway prizes courtesy of Reviva Labs

D. Benoit leads the way to liquid matte lips

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Matte lips are here to stay. At first we thought it was a trend that would be gone with the wind but we were obviously wrong. It’s stronger than ever and we expect it to keep on coming. Now that we’re resigned to it Beauty Info Zone is going with the flow and we’re starting that flow with D. Benoit Matte Lip Colour, Lux Collection.

D. Benoit Liquid Matte Lipstick

D. Benoit Liquid Matte Lipstick

D. Benoit Cosmetics Inc is a company based in California, a product of the dreams, cosmetic creativity, and passion of its founder, C. Marie Danzy. D. Benoit Cosmetics. High-end custom-made cosmetics with a not so high-end price tag was the vision C. Marie had when she began planning D. Benoit Cosmetics. With 9 years as an Investment Banker, our founder used what she knew about finance and business structure to figure out a way to do just that.

“I truly believe every woman is entitled to some amount of luxury. D Benoit’s vision is to be affordable for all, without compromising quality” says CEO C. Marie Danzy.

The name D. Benoit is derived from Danzy’s French background and inspired by her profound love of her grandfather who passed away from cancer. He was of French heritage.

“I remember my grandfather teaching me the importance of doing what you loved and being good…no being the best at it. It was that passion that encouraged me to resign from my cushy job and devote my life to my dream. Cosmetics. I hope to give you a product you will love as much as I do. D. Benoit’s products are sourced, manufactured, and made in the US” continues Ms. Danzy.

Customers can support PETAs crusade for a cruelty free world through our Beauty without cruelty program. Clients can choose from a full line of bold pigments and shades while supporting animal rights. Some of our products are vegan friendly and 100% of products are cruelty-free. In purchasing D. Benoit, you are also supporting job development in the US.

Danzy states, “We believe in quality and want our customers to fall in love with each new product we develop and then fall head over heels when they find out it is all cruelty free! D. Benoit Cosmetics was created by a woman, designed by woman, and operated by women.”

We were sent all 6 of the current Liquid Matte Lipsticks to share with you. These lipsticks don’t test on animals; they use high end avocado, jojoba oil and other essential oils in their formula and they are gluten free. There are no parabens in any of their products.  The most important thing to know about wearing these lipsticks is that you should be applying in thin even layers. If you apply these too thickly they will crack which is the opposite of the beautiful lips that D. Benoit can provide for you. It’s also crucial with a matte liquid lip to be sure you’ve exfoliated your lips so you end up with smooth lips before applying.

D. Benoit Matte Liquid Lipstick swatches

D. Benoit Matte Liquid Lipstick swatches

MARCIA’S D. BENOIT SHADES:

I have 3 of the Matte Liquid Lipsticks from D. Benoit that I’m wearing for my trendy “Kylie” lip. Two of the shades are shades I’d pick out in a minute, the third is beautiful but not exactly for me.

D. Benoit

D. Benoit

Chocolate Tsunami is the shade that’s not a Marcia shade yet it’s a beautiful chocolate with a warm chocolate. My skin is way too fair and cool for this to work for me but I appreciate its beauty.

D. Benoit Chocolate Tsunami

D. Benoit Chocolate Tsunami

Perfection II is the chameleon of the bunch. In some of my photos it appears to be a mauved brown while in others it’s a lighter warm mauve. I’m very careful when I apply Perfection II since it’s darker than I usually wear; I make sure my lips are well exfoliated and take my time applying this in a thin coat so that it looks more mauve. I think Perfection II is the most universal of all 6 shades and one that most people can wear. I also think this is the shade that is the most popular for the KJ look.

D. Benoit clockwise from box: Chocolate Tsunami, Perfection II, In the Bare II

D. Benoit clockwise from box: Chocolate Tsunami, Perfection II, In the Bare II

My favorite of these is In the Bare II, a cool toned light pink. I regularly choose colors in this tone since I feel it’s the most flattering on my skintone. In the Bare II is the one that I’d repurchase.

D. Benoit In the Bare II

D. Benoit In the Bare II

I was surprised that these were so comfortable to wear. I also liked the feeling of not thinking about my lip color and having to reapply it. Once it dries to its matte finish it lasts for at least 5 hours. But I don’t have to reapply since it fades down to a stain.

 

D. Benoit Matte Lipsticks in Chocolate Temptation, Perfection II, swatches, In the Bare II

D. Benoit Matte Lipsticks in Chocolate Temptation, Perfection II, swatches, In the Bare II

LISA’S D. BENOIT SHADES:

D. Benoit Matte Liquid Lip Color

My three shades were French Merlot II, Mon Cherie, and Temptation. Honestly, matte lips are a challenge for me – my lips are thin and matte lips aren’t usually flattering for me. While all three of my shades are beautiful, two of them are standout colors that even I can wear.

D. Benoit Temptation

D. Benoit Temptation

Temptation is a deep true red that some people can absolutely rock. It makes me think Gwen Stefani. This is the kind of shade that makes teeth look whiter and lips look so sexy…unless they are as thin as mine. This shade is too dark for me, but I know lots of you lucky ladies will love this.

D. Benoit French Merlot II

D. Benoit French Merlot II

French Merlot II is a softer shade of red, actually more of a coral shade. I love this; it’s easily my favorite shade of the three. I don’t have anything quite like it, and it’s so pretty for spring. The doe foot wand, by the way, is soft yet quite firm and rather narrow, so it makes for extremely accurate application. These matte liquid lip glosses dry down completely so you can’t exactly apply them without a mirror or a care in the world. With the wand it’s easy to get a precise application that doesn’t need any sort of liner.

D. Benoit Mon Cherie

D. Benoit Mon Cherie

I also love the Mon Cherie shade, which is a beautiful pink that leans purple when it’s dry. In the tube it looks like a Barbie pink, but it’s actually more of a berry pink.  It’s an elegant, grown up shade that is definitely flattering.

D. Benoit Mon Cherie and French Merlot II

D. Benoit Mon Cherie and French Merlot II

If you want a terrific matte lip look, don’t forget to check out the Matte Liquid Lip Colors by D. Benoit. These liquid mattes have a terrific, easy to apply formula and come in gorgeous shades that are right on trend.

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