Natura Bisse Diamond Ice-Lift Face Mask – you are worth it!

I believe that if skin care works, it’s worth it – and Natura Bisse Diamond Ice-Lift Face Mask ($155) is definitely worth the hefty price tag. Natura Bisse sent us this gel mask to try and I am absolutely in love with it. Many skin products take time to show results, but this mask gives me the immediate gratification that I crave.

Natura Bisse

Natura Bisse Diamond Ice-Lift Facial Mask and Diamond Cream

Ingredients include Marine DNA Concentrate to hydrate and firm skin. It also has something called Neuro-aromatherapy, which is a combination of lavender oil and sensorphine. This duo helps you relax and feel happy…which always sounds good to me!

Natura Bisse

the Ice-Lift mask has a cooling, icy feel on the skin

Natura Bisse

it’s a gel mask

The Diamond Ice-Lift Mask plumps and smooths, plus it seems to make pores disappear. This is a gel mask that is applied to face and neck and after 20 minutes it hardens and is peeled off. The gel is initially very sticky, so be sure to put your hair up out of your face before using it. It has a cooling sensation when applied that is very pleasant. Once it dries it does sort of look like ‘ice’ on your face. When the mask is peeled off, skin is moist, dewy, and fabulous. A quick tip – make the outer edges thicker, which gives you something to grip when peeling so the mask comes off in bigger chunks. I also sometimes use this just around my eye area for a quick ‘lift’ and the difference it makes is astounding. It instantly transforms dull looking skin into glowy, vibrant, youthful looking skin.

keep calm you are worth it

Yes, the effect is temporary…but I use this prior to every big event, which for me is about as exciting as going out to dinner at the local Thai restaurant. Hey, I want to look good wherever I go!

If it’s in your budget, the Natura Bisse Diamond Ice-Lift Mask is a fantastic facial mask that gives immediate gratification. And I say go ahead, you are worth it!  - Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Ingredients:  Water (Aqua), Polyvinyl Alcohol, Propylene Glycol, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Sodium DNA, Acetyl Dipeptide-1 Cetyl Ester, Caprylyl Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Menthyl Lactate, Hydroxyethylcellulose, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Laureth-7, Laureth-3, Polyacrylamide, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Fragrance (Parfum), Lavandula Hybrida Oil, Linalool, Coumarin, Amyl Cinnamal, Red 4 (CI 14700), Blue 1 (CI 42090).

The Skin Perfecter: three minutes, three times a week for perfect skin

Every so often, a cosmetic device comes along that really and truly changes my life. The Beauty Blender changed the way I wear my foundation.

beauty blenderThe Verge Bubble and Ribbon Wands changed the way I wear my hair.

Verge Bubble Wand

Verge Bubble Wand

And now the Skin Perfecter, sent to us to test by Le Mieux, has changed the way I cleanse my face.

Le Mieux Skin Perfecter

The Skin Perfecter ($225) is a facial wand that cleanses the face, exfoliates dead skin cells, extracts clogged pores, and infuses the skin with serums and creams. Plus, it also give a great facial massage! This little wand is a total powerhouse that delivers real results.  It is being launched on July 22nd on QVC, so take a look and decide if you want to budget for it – it really is worth the investment.

The Skin Perfecter is unlike any cleansing device I have ever used. It is described as, ““An ultrasonic, handheld device that goes beyond ordinary cleansing by deeply flushing pores of excess oil, makeup residue, and cellular impurities using high frequency vibrations. Deep exfoliation decongests pores to combat acne and blemishes and allows better absorption of products for heightened results.”

The Skin Perfecter

The Skin Perfecter

The Skin Perfecter has a thin blade called a spatula that cleanses, infuses, or massages, depending on how you use it. It is completely different from the other brush-head sonic devices that I’ve used. Three uses a week is all that is needed for major results. Here are the steps:

1.  Dampen face and neck with water.

2.  Turn the Skin Perfecter on and hit the Mode button until the word ‘HI’ is green. With the spatula angled downward, glide it out and up over the face, nose, and neck.

That’s all you need to do to cleanse, exfoliate, and extract. It feels sort of odd…the 28,000 ultrasonic vibrations per second create a definite sensation that is difficult to describe. It’s not unpleasant, and it doesn’t hurt in the least…but it feels strange. These vibrations strengthen the skin tissue, and at the same time the spatula actually helps extract dirt, dead skin cells, blackheads and whiteheads. It is really, really cool.

the blade #1

the spatula #1

the blade #2

the spatula #2

the blade #3

the spatula #3

After cleansing and extracting, just flip the spatula over and use the other side – the flat side – to apply serum or skin cream.

1.  Apply serum/cream with fingertips.

2.  Turn the Skin Perfecter on and hit the Mode button 3x until both ‘HI’ and ‘Pulse’ are green. With the spatula flat against the skin, glide the Skin Perfecter out and up over the face, nose, and neck.

This perfectly applies skin care and greatly increases the efficacy of the products. It allows skin care to work at the highest level possible. All those fantastic ingredients can really penetrate perfectly cleansed skin and the ultrasonic vibrations truly infuse skin with all the good stuff.

To relax and help strengthen the skin even more, use the same technique without serum for a facial massage.

easy to operate!

easy to operate!

There is a GREAT video that shows exactly how to use the Skin Perfecter right HERE.

The Skin Perfecter really couldn’t be easier to use. It’s the perfect size and design to fit right into your hand. It really only takes a few minutes to treat your entire face and neck. And it has a rechargeable battery plus a low battery signal.

The Skin Perfecter delivers big results. Here are some findings from a clinical study:

1.     In a clinical study 100% of participants saw an improvement in skin exfoliation in two weeks.

2.     In a clinical study 85% of participants saw an improvement in overall skin appearance in two weeks.

3.     In a clinical study 80% of participants saw immediate improvement in brightness in two weeks.

4.     In a clinical study 69% of participants saw immediate improvement in radiance & luminosity in two weeks.

5.     In a clinical study 69% of participants saw immediate radiance and healthier look to their skin due to micro massage that encourages microcirculation

6.     In a clinical study 65% of participants saw an improvement of the appearance of pores in two weeks.

7.     In a clinical study 62% of participants saw immediate improvement in the appearance of skin texture & smoothness in two weeks.

8.     In a clinical study 50% of participants saw an improvement in fine lines & wrinkles in two weeks.

9.     In a clinical study the use of the Skin Perfecter improves absorption of serum compared to using ones hands.

Those are great results…and I would say that my own personal results from two months of use have been even more impressive.

The Skin Perfecter goes on sale on QVC on July 22nd. I hope you will consider buying one of these.  I haven’t been this excited about a skin care tool in a very long time and I just can’t recommend it highly enough. Be sure to check out the video about how to use the Skin Perfecter here:

http://www.skinperfecter.com/get-started/video

You can find out even more information about the Skin Perfecter here:

http://www.skinperfecter.com/skin-perfecter

The price tag may seem steep, but it quickly pays for itself with fantastic, clear skin, as well as increasing the value of your skin care products by allowing them to work as effectively as possible. Try out the Skin Perfecter, it is worth every penny!  - Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration, opinions are completely my own!

skin perfecter

Got deep wrinkles? RoC has your back.

roc logoHere at the BIZ, we are very, very picky about lines we choose to be ambassadors for – and RoC is one of those lines that has passed our strict guidelines. We love this line because they not only have effective products, they are also highly committed to consumer education. Add to that excellent pricing and easy availability and we are proud to be representatives of this line.

Take a few moments to visit the RoC Academy, an e-learning program that is all about a comprehensive view of anti-aging skin care.  At RoC Academy, skin care experts debunk myths and provide the latest in skin care education.

Now let’s talk wrinkles. Not just wrinkles, but DEEP wrinkles.  RoC has several effective products that tackle these issues.

RoC Deep Wrinkle Serum

RoC Deep Wrinkle Serum

RoC Deep Wrinkle Serum swatch

RoC Deep Wrinkle Serum swatch

The Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Serum ($22.99) is a wonderfully silky, milky serum that makes skin feel ultra smooth. Effective ingredients include both Vitamin E, the rock star of antioxidants, as well as retinol for anti-aging. It does have a fragrance, but if that isn’t an issue for you this is a truly terrific serum that will take your skin back several years.

RoC Deep Wrinkle Day and Night Creams

RoC Deep Wrinkle Day and Night Creams

RoC Deep Wrinkle Day Cream swatch

RoC Deep Wrinkle Day Cream swatch

RoC has both a day cream and a night cream designed to tackle deep wrinkles:  Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Day Cream ($22.99) and Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Night Cream ($22.99). The Day Cream is perfect for those with normal to dry skin. Not only is this a retinol product, it also has an in-part azobenzene sunscreen for daytime sun protection. The cream is smooth and sinks in quickly, leaving a satin finish.

RoC Deep Wrinkle Night Cream swatch

RoC Deep Wrinkle Night Cream swatch

The Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Night Cream is a lightweight moisturizer with both retinol and Vitamin C. I love this for steamy summer nights because it has such a soft, creamy texture that isn’t wet and heavy. Paired with the Serum and the Day Cream, wrinkles don’t stand a chance!  RoC is also known for using packaging that ensures the stability and efficacy of the active ingredients, a major plus when it comes to serious skin care.

The next time you are in the drugstore, be sure to check out RoC Skincare. I know you will be just as impressed as we are!  - Lisa

*These products were provided as a courtesy by RoC Skincare.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Deep Wrinkle Serum ingredients:  Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Dimethyl MEA, Citric Acid, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Tocopherol, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Dimethicone, Nylon-12, PEG-12 Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Sclerotium Gum, Laureth-23, Hydrolyzed Wheat Gluten, Fragrance, Bisabolol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Laureth-4, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil Sunflower, Ethylparaben, Polyacrylamide, Allantoin, BHT, Disodiium EDTA, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Polysorbate 20, Magnesium Aspartate, Zinc Gluconate, Retinol, Ascorbic Acid, Laureth-7, Copper Gluconate, Yellow 5

Deep Wrinkle Day Cream ingredients:  Active: Avobenzone (3%), Homosalate (10%), Octocrylene (3%), Oxybenzone (5%), Other: Allantoin, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Butylene Glycol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Extract, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Ceteth-20, Cetearyl Alcohol, Copper Gluconate, Cyclohexasiloxane, Cyclopentasiloxane, Diethylhexyl 2,6-Naphthalate, Dimethicone, Disodium EDTA, Ethylparaben, Fragrance, Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate, Glycolic Acid, Hydrolyzed Soy Flour, Laureth-7, Magnesium Aspartate, Methylmethacrylate Crosspolymer, Methylparaben, P-Anisic Acid, PEG-75 Stearate, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, Phenoxyethanol, Polyacrylamide, Polysorbate 20, PPG-2 Myristyl Ether Propionate, Propylparaben, Sodium Hydroxide, Retinol, Sodium Hydroxide, Squalane, Steareth-20, Stearyl Caprylate, Stearyl Heptanoate, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Tetrahydroxypropyl Ethylenediamine, Tocopheryl Acetate, Water, Zinc Gluconate

Deep Wrinkle Night Cream ingredients:  Water, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Ethylhexyl Hydroxystearate, Isodecyl Neopentanoate, Tetrahydroxypropyl Ethylenediamine, Stearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Gylceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Ceteareth-20, Steareth-10, Phenoxyethanol, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Caprylyl Glycol, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Squalane, Glycolic Acid, Fragrance, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Methylparaben, Citric Acid, Xanthan Gum, Propylparaben, Retinol, Polysorbate 20, BHT, Disodium EDTA, Polysorbate 60, Ascorbic Acid, Magnesium Aspartate, Zinc Gluconate, Copper Gluconate.

May’s BIZness

The month of May has just flown by, hasn’t it??  With all the parties, wedding and baby showers, and spring cleaning the month has melted away. We know that it’s not always possible to read each post every day so we thought a summary post of the month’s reviews would be helpful. Here is everything we reviewed and reported on this month. Happy reading and hello June!!

May

COSMETICS:

Make Up For Ever HD Pressed Powder

Vapour Organic Beauty, eco beauty done right

Butter London Lolly Bright lipglosses

Top 10 Tuesday gift time

My Beauty Diary

Senna HD Concealer

Susan Posnick ColorEssential Lipsticks

Face Stockholm Pastel Eyeshadows

Face Stockholm BB Cream

Ellis Faas Mascara

Beauty Addicts GlimmerSheers

Bella Mari natural foundations

Makeup Wars takes on Nude lips

Epic Blend Lip Balms

Tarina Tarantino’s Emerald Pretty Eyeshadow Palette

Makeup Geek Eyeshadows and Eyeshadow Brushes

SUBSCRIPTION BOXES:

May Wantable Accessories Box

May Wantable Cosmetics Box

May IPSY bag

FabFitFun VIP Summer Box preview

NAIL POLISH:

Butter London Lolly Brights

Butter London Kerfuffle

3 perfect bold nail polishes for spring

Dior Front Row gel formula polish

Top Ten polishes for spring and summer

Trind polish – Mint Julep

Butter London Sweet Somethings Set

BATH AND BODY:

Beautifully Clean with Faith Aromatherapy

Ole Henriksen Nurture Me Cleansing Cloths

See what MST Miracle Balm can do for you

Farmhouse Fresh Honey Magnolia Sparkling Soak

Lush Mum Gift Set

4 tips for brushing wet hair and a Knotty Girl Coolway Brush review

RITUALS Laughing Buddha line

SKIN CARE:

Kate Somerville Deep Tissue Repair with Peptide K8

Introduction to Derma MD

Clayspray Masks:  The most hygenic mask you’ll ever try

Livad A&D Cream

Lily Farm Fresh Skin Care Seven Facial Rejuvenating Oil Treatment

Neova Illuminating Eye Therapy 4.0 and Cu3 Intensive Lip Repair

Derma MD Enzyme Cleanser

YBF Define and Quench lip treatments

HAIR CARE:

Cristophe Volumizing Spray, Argan Oil Treatment, and Shaping Spray

Argan Oil 7 5-in-1 Moisture Healing Shampoo by NelsonJ

FRAGRANCE:

Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Eau Fraiche Skinscent and Shimmering Body Oil

EXERCISE/HEALTH PRODUCTS:

Malory Band

FlipBelt

POISE MicroLiners

SUNDAY SCOOP -

Giveaways from Beauty Info Zone and beyond

ACCESSORIES:

3 graduation gift ideas from Mont Bleu

June

Beauty bonanza time with Meijer Beauty Perks

meijer logoLucky me, I have a Meijer just a few miles down the road from where I live. Talk about perfect one stop shopping – groceries, pharmacy, clothes, homegoods, and beauty supplies? It’s like a shopping paradise, especially with my mPerks. I have been to Meijer three times in the last week because right now it’s Meijer Beauty Perks time (April 20 – May 17). I don’t even have to cut coupons, they are digital so all I need is my smart phone and I can digitally ‘clip’ them right there. Or I can do it ahead of time and just give my mPerks number at the checkout. Here are some coupons that I found for a few ‘must haves’ at Meijer:

I found $4 off two Essie Nail Polishes - my picks?  She’s Pampered and Jazzy Jubilant.

Essie She's Pampered

Essie She’s Pampered

Essie She's Pampered

Essie She’s Pampered

Essie Jazzy Jubilant

Essie Jazzy Jubilant

Essie Jazzy Jubilant

Essie Jazzy Jubilant

Essie Jazzy Jubilant

Essie Jazzy Jubilant

I found buy one, get one 50% off Maybelline mascara.  My pick?  Volum’Express The Falsies Big Eyes Mascara.

Maybelline Volum'Express The Falsies Big Eyes

Maybelline Volum’Express The Falsies Big Eyes

two brushes, one for lower lashes and one for upper lashes

two brushes, one for lower lashes and one for upper lashes

I found buy one, get one free for Garnier Skin Care. My picks? Nourishing Cleansing Oil and Blackhead Eliminating Scrub.

Garnier Blackhead Eliminating Scrub and Nourishing Cleansing Oil

Garnier Blackhead Eliminating Scrub and Nourishing Cleansing Oil

I found $3 off one Colgate Optic White Toothbrush + Built In Whitening Pen, and $1.50 off Colgate Optic White Toothpaste and Mouth Wash.

Colgate Optic White products

Colgate Optic White products

New coupons are added all the time, and many of them are good through the end of June once you clip them. If you live in Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio or Kentucky, sign up at the mPerks website and get some big savings during Meijer Beauty Perks!  – Lisa

Now for some good news if you live in Meijer states or not – we have a giveaway for products that are typical of the great buys from  Meijer. This is a US only giveaway that’s open through 5/19 @11:59 p.m. EST. Here’s the list:

– Essie nail polishes in both For the twill of it AND Sparkle on Top

– Maybelline Show Off nail polish in Gilded Rose

– Mascaras: Maybelline Volum’ Express in Pumped Up Colossal AND L’Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes

– Maybelline Dream Wonder Powder in Classic Ivory

– L’Oreal Color Sensations Lipstick in Blushing Beige

a Rafflecopter giveaway

*sent for editorial consideration

derma e Soothing Cleanser and Hydrating Serum review

derma e is a wonderful line for effective and affordable vegan and cruelty-free skin care products. I’ve been very impressed with the products they sent the BIZ to test and two of my favorites are the Soothing Cleanser and the Hydrating Serum.

derma e Soothing Cleanser

derma e Soothing Cleanser

derma e Soothing Cleanser

derma e Soothing Cleanser

The Soothing Cleanser ($15.50) is a very gentle way to remove makeup. There are no sulfates to dry out the skin, and it is pH balanced and great for sensitive skin. While this is billed as fragrance-free, I need to note that it does have a scent to it because of the Lemongrass and Chamomile extracts. However, it is a soft fragrance that shouldn’t bother most people. It leaves my skin cleansed, calm, and happy. It also helps to eliminate redness and irritation. derma e’s studies found these results:

• 85% of subjects reported reduced redness

• 92% of subjects reported less irritation

• 97% reported effective removal of makeup

• 95% reported soothed skin

• 95% reported soft skin

And as an added bonus, this cleanser is 100% vegan, cruelty-free, paraben-free, sulfate-free, mineral oil-free, lanolin-free, gluten-free, and GMO-free.

derma e Hydrating Serum

derma e Hydrating Serum

derma e Hydrating Serum

derma e Hydrating Serum

The Hydrating Serum ($29.50) is a wonderful creamy liquid that reduces the look of fine lines and wrinkles by plumping them right up. The Hyaluronic Acid in it attracts moisture and keeps it in the skin, and the antioxidant vitamin C fights free radicals and keeps skin looking healthy.I have been using one pump of this every morning and night for the past two months and I am really liking the results. Just like the Soothing Cleanser, the Hydrating Serum is 100% vegan, cruelty-free, paraben-free, sulfate-free, mineral oil-free, lanolin-free, gluten-free, and GMO-free.

There are several products from derma e that are big favorites of mine, like the Soothing Toner and the Overnight Peel. Now I have added the Soothing Cleanser and Hydrating Serum to my list of ‘must haves’ from derma e!  - Lisa

 *sent for editorial consideration

Healthy skin with Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cleanser and Toner

The Kiehl’s line has always fascinated me. The packaging is old-school pharmacy and the prices are extremely reasonable, especially for a line found in high-end department stores. The BIZ was sent two Kiehl’s products to test:  the Ultra Facial Cleanser (5 oz. tube is $19.50) and the Ultra Facial Toner (8.4 oz. bottle is $16). Both are terrific skin care products.

Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cleanser and Toner

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cleanser and Toner

The Ultra Facial Cleanser is a no-frills, no messing around water-soluble cleanser that does exactly what a great cleanser should do. It dissolves even the heaviest makeup without stripping the skin thanks to emollient ingredients like Squalane, Apricot Kernel Oil, Vitamin E, and Avocado Oil. This cleanser will work for even very sensitive skin and another great plus is that it’s fragrance-free.

Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cleanser and Toner

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cleanser and Toner

The Ultra Facial Cleanser foams up slightly as you use it and it’s a terrific cleanser to use with face cleansers like the Clarisonic and the Luna. This is one of Kiehl’s most popular products and it comes by its terrific reputation honestly!

Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cleanser

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cleanser

The Ultra Facial Toner surprised me a bit, because it’s a little more creamy and thick than the typical toner. It’s very emollient and does a great job of hydrating the skin and preparing it for other skin care products like serums, treatments, and moisturizers. Moisturizing ingredients include Squalane, Apricot Kernel Oil, and Avocado Oil. It also has the excellent antioxidant Vitamin E to help fight off free radicals.

Kiehl's Ultra Facial Toner

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Toner

The Ultra Facial Cleanser and Toner are my very first Kiehl’s products ever and I’m glad they were my introduction to the line! I recommend them both, but I definitely think the Ultra Facial Cleanser is a must have.  - Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Ultra Facial Cleanser Ingredients:  Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Decyl Glucoside, Glycerin, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Acrylate Copolymer, PEG-200 Hydrogenated Glyceryl Palmate, Lauryl Glucoside, Sodium Chloride, Pentylene Glycol, Triethanolamine, Phenoxyethanol, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Distearyl Ether, Behenyl Alcohol, Methylparaben, Laureth-2, Citric Acid, Disodium EDTA, Propylparaben, Polyaminopropyl Biguanide, Sodium Methylparaben, Squalane, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil

Ultra Facial Toner Ingredients:  Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Squalane, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, PEG-100 Stearate, Sorbitan Oleate, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Triethanolamine, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Sodium Hyaluronate, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Tocopherol, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil