Create your own Dove Beauty Chain!

Who hasn’t used the Dove Beauty Bar?  It’s been a staple of skin care since 1957, and this classic combo of moisturizing cream and mild cleansers is still going strong.

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Dove has a new promotion right now that is all about celebrating memories, family bonds, and friendship.  Go to DoveBeautyBar.com to create your very own Dove Beauty Chain, a video that melds photos together into a seamless chain.  It’s a great idea for showing how your daughter has grown through the years, or bringing together the faces of everyone in your BFF group.

Celebrate the beauty of the bar @Dove and make your own unique Dove Beauty Chain!  – Lisa

Dove Beauty Chain

A line for healthy, active, balanced women: Lady Soma Skin Care

There’s a whole lot more to great skin than slapping on some moisturizer now and then.  I am always excited when I discover a skin care line that take a more holistic approach to skin care, and Lady Soma is a great example.  Lady Soma says their line is a comprehensive collection for healthy, active and balanced women.  They are all about truth is labeling and ingredient safety, and the care and pride put into their products is impossible to miss.

Lady Soma Skin Care

Lady Soma Skin Care

Lady Soma (the word ‘soma’ is Greek for ‘body’) sent us a few products to test, and today I have reviews of the Somaluxe Face Cleanser and the Antioxidant Berry Masque.

Somaluxe Face Cleanser

Somaluxe Face Cleanser

Somaluxe Face Cleanser

Somaluxe Face Cleanser

The Somaluxe Face Cleanser (8 oz, normally $24 on sale for $16) is a gel cleanser that not only melts away dirt and makeup, it also treats the skin with antioxidants.  Great ingredients include vitamin C, tea tree oil, and aloe vera.  This is a terrific gentle cleanser that keeps on treating skin even after it is rinsed off.  Skin is kept moist with aloe vera, and hyaluronic acid and amino acids help to ensure a great complexion.

Lady Soma Antioxidant Berry Masque

Lady Soma Antioxidant Berry Masque

Antioxidant Berry Masque

Antioxidant Berry Masque

If you are looking for a super effective facial mask, the Antioxidant Berry Masque ($32.99) is one you want on your list.  As soon as it’s applied, skin starts to warm up and tingle from the major antioxidants including blueberries, cranberries, and vitamins A, C, and E.  This mask also has glycolic (a leave-on exfoliant) and alpha lipoic acids (a topical enzyme that is a terrific antioxidant).

This is a very powerful and effective mask that eliminates dead skin cells in about 8 minutes.  It is definitely a winner.

For a holistic approach to skin care, take a look at Lady Soma.  In addition to great skin care products, they also have some of the best supplements on the market.  – Lisa

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Somaluxe Face Cleanser ingredients:  Organic Herbs, Organic Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, Decyl Glucoside, Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, Cocamidopropyl Betaine (from coconuts), Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), MSM, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Disodium Lauryl Sulfosuccinate, Carbomer, Amino Acids, Hyaluronic Acid, Wildcrafted Wild Cherry, Wildcrafted Dandelion, Wildcrafted Euphrasia Officinalis (Eyebright), Olive Oil, Organic Rose Hip Oil, Borage Oil, Orange Peel Tincture, Oregano Oil, Tea Tree Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Ethyl Hexyl Glycerin.

Antioxidant Berry Masque Ingredients:

Happy birthday Glossybox! August 2014 Glossybox review

Happy birthday and happy third anniversary, Glossybox!  I can’t believe it’s been that long.  Glossybox has mastered the art of delivering full and sample-sized surprise collections of goodies from unique and interesting lines.  $21 a month is a wonderfully affordable way to treat yourself, especially when the value is always well over that – the retail value of the Glossybox they sent us for August is $64.

Happy birthday or happy anniversary?  I guess it's both!  August 2014 Glossybox

Happy birthday or happy anniversary? I guess it’s both! August 2014 Glossybox

a peek inside August 2014 Glossybox

a peek inside August 2014 Glossybox

The August box has four sample sized products and two full-sized products.

deluxe sample of Eslor Firming Collagen Day Cream

deluxe sample of Eslor Firming Collagen Day Cream

Eslor Firming Collagen Day Cream (deluxe sample, retail value $17)  This is the first I’ve heard of this line, and this moisturizer sounds intriguing.  Ginseng has wound healing properties, collagen supports elasticity, avocado is an emollient and a terrific antioxidant, and wheat germ and sesame oils are great emollients.

deluxe samples of Uberliss Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner

deluxe samples of Uberliss Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner

Uberliss Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner (deluxe samples, combined retail value $8) These two hair care products should be extremely hydrating for hair with ingredients like royal jelly and keratin – plus these are sulfate-free.  I am excited to try them out, and they are the perfect size for my upcoming trip out of town.

Eyeko Skinny Mini Liquid Eyeliner

Eyeko Skinny Mini Liquid Eyeliner

Eyeko Skinny Mini Liquid Eyeliner

Eyeko Skinny Mini Liquid Eyeliner

Eyeko Skinny Mini Liquid Eyeliner (mini size, retail value $8)  I absolutely adore my Eyeko Eye Do Liquid Eyeliner, so I literally squealed when I saw this cute mini liquid liner.  I find Skinny Mini is a softer black than the Eye Do Liner, so it’s great to have the choice of dark black or charcoal black.  The applicator is the same, though, and this is and incredibly easy liquid liner to apply.

SpaRitual Nail Polish

SpaRitual Nail Polish

SpaRitual Nail Polish

SpaRitual Nail Polish

SpaRitual Nail Polish (full size, retails for $12)  Each box has a different shade, and I got Uncharted, a fuchsia shimmer.  This is a pretty, perky pink that is total fun.  I love pink shades so it’s perfect for me.

Kryolan Highlighter in Cashmere

Kryolan Highlighter in Cashmere

Kryolan Highlighter in Cashmere swatched

Kryolan Highlighter in Cashmere swatched

Kryolan Highlighter in Cashmere (full size, retail value $18.95)  What a gorgeous, glowy cream highlighter – I love this!  It’s a small jar, but it’s so concentrated it will last forever.  The jar was created specially for Glossybox’s third anniversary, and it’s worth the price of the box all by itself.  A little Cashmere tapped onto cheekbones gives a perfect amount of glow.

For me, the stand out items are the Eyeko Skinny Mini Liquid Eyeliner and the Kryolan Highlighter in Cashmere.  However, everything in the August box is going to get play from me!  If you are considering subscribing, I have some codes for extra goodies for you.  Happy birthday and happy anniversary, Glossybox!  – Lisa

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GLOSSYBDAY will get you 20% off a monthly beauty box (through 10/21).  MAGIC will get you a full size Eyeko Black Magic Mascara with your first Glossybox (through 9/26).  HIPGLOSSY will get you a free Boscia BB Cream with any new subscription (through 9/30).

$940 of skin care up for grabs! Onsen Secret Tenseless Heat Mask review and giveaway

Onsen Secret GiveawayIt’s getting hot, hot, hot!  Today we have two Onsen Secret Tenseless Heat Masks ($470) to give away, so read on for a review and the chance to win one of the best Beauty Info Zone giveaways ever.

Onsen Secret Tenseless Heat Mask...just love the space-age packaging!

Onsen Secret Tenseless Heat Mask…just love the space-age packaging!

Onsen Secret is a high-end Japanese skin care line based on the micro water molecules from the Onsen Hot Springs of Japan.  This active water helps the powerful ingredients penetrate deeper into the skin for real results.  Onsen’s Powder TechnologyTM is a concentration of nutrients that saturate skin with vitamins and minerals to fight free radicals and combat wrinkles.  It also has a Thalassine, a natural ingredient that works to relax muscles in a similar way that Botox does.

Onsen Secret sent the BIZ their Tenseless Heat Mask to test (and 2 more to give away!).  Clenching and tension furrow your expression, and over time these furrows become wrinkles.  The warmth of this mask relaxes away the tension, and the effective ingredients then fight wrinkles, even skin tone, and clarify the complexion.

Onsen Secret Tenseless Heat Mask

Onsen Secret Tenseless Heat Mask

Onsen Secret Tenseless Heat Mask

Onsen Secret Tenseless Heat Mask

Isn’t the packaging awesome?  I absolutely love the sort of ‘Jetsons’ feel.  Along with the spaceship jar, a clear spatula is provided to stir up the beige colored gel-cream mask before application.  Spoon some out and apply to clean skin, and the heat is evident immediately.  It feels warm and relaxing, not uncomfortably hot.  Either splash or mist on some water, and that really activates the warmth.  The mask doesn’t harden, it stays soft and moist and rinses off easily.

Onsen Secret recommends using the mask for 30 consecutive days for the best results.  After the first use, my skin felt wonderfully soft and was super smooth.  I definitely noticed a more glowy complexion, and over time I see clearer skin with smaller pores, no blackheads or blemishes, and a more even skin tone.  If you really want to indulge, use the mask in conjunction with the Tenseless Serum in the morning and the Tenseless Cream at night – reviews are coming up soon for those two products!

It feels positively sinful to use a facial mask that is this expensive…it’s no secret that there are more of us who can’t afford a $470 skin care product than there are who can.  So why not take a chance and enter our amazing giveaway today?  Onsen Secret has very generously offered to give TWO Beauty Info Zone readers one of these fantastic masks, so your odds of winning are even better.  This giveaway is U.S. only and end September 30th.  Please follow the rules…we will be checking!

This is one hot giveaway, so enter now…and good luck!  – Lisa

*product reviewed and giveaway prizes courtesy of Onsen Secret

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Ingredients:  Micro Water Complex™, (proprietary complex of Calcium Carbonate Ore, Tourmaline Ceramics, Coral Fossil, Binchotan-Charcoal, Maifanshi-Stone, Dechlorine Ceramics, Aomori Hiba-Tree in an aqueous solution), Zeolite, PEG-8, Kaolin, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Propylene Carbonate, Silica, Bentonite, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Ethylhexylglycerine, Phenoxyethanol, Iron Oxide (CI 77492)

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Give your skin a daily dose with Painted Earth Vitamin C Serum

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Have you hopped onto the Vitamin C skin care train yet?  There are so many reasons why a good Vitamin C product should be part of your routine.  When packaged properly, topically applied Vitamin C increases collagen production, reduces skin discolorations, strengthens and repairs skin, reduces inflammation, and protects the skin from sun exposure.   I love what Vitamin C does for my skin so I was happy to test the Vitamin C Serum ($95) from Painted Earth.  I was even more intrigued when I saw the Vitamin C in this serum is in a concentrated base of pure vegan hyaluronic acid.

Painted Earth Vitamin C Serum

Painted Earth Vitamin C Serum

Actually, the entire ingredient list is quite impressive.  The vegan hyaluronic acid boosts skins moisture content and reduces inflammation.  Ferulic Acid is a potent antioxidant that also protects the skin from sun damage, and Vitamin E is an excellent antioxidant.  The combination of Vitamin C, Ferulic Acid, and Vitamin E is pretty amazing.  According to Painted Earth, the Vitamin C Serum provides “50 times the free radical neutralizing power of prior generations and up to eight- fold antioxidant protection, ninety-six percent reduction of sunburn cells, and prevention of the formation of free radicals in sun exposed skin.”  This is a very elegant formula that definitely produces results.

Painted Earth Vitamin C Serum

Painted Earth Vitamin C Serum

Just take a look at all the things this serum can do for you:

*Improves skin radiance and clarity.
*Stimulates collagen production.
*Jump starts cellular defenses.
*Helps extend cellular vitality.
*Promotes new cell growth.
*For Photo-aged or Photo-damaged skin.
*Repairs Hyper-pigmentation.
*Reduces fine lines and wrinkles.
*Protects against UV-induced erythema, free radical formation, and cellular damage.
***With 11% Hyaluronic Acid

I can’t come up with a single skin care woe the Vitamin C Serum doesn’t address!

Painted Earth Vitamin C Serum

Painted Earth Vitamin C Serum

The Vitamin C Serum is quite thin for a serum – it comes out in drops that are very liquid, and three or four drops cover the face, neck, and chest.  The serum is in an amber glass jar that protects it from excess light with a dropper applicator. The packaging is good…it would be excellent if it were an airless pump to also protect the active ingredients from exposure to air, which can reduce the effectiveness of the ingredients.

Other than a slight improvement in packaging, I have nothing but raves for Painted Earth Vitamin C Serum.  If you are looking to add some Vitamin C to your skin care routine, this is a great option.  The triple threat of Vitamin C, Ferulic Acid, and Vitamin E in a hyaluronic acid base is about as advanced as skin care gets.  Go ahead, visit the Painted Earth website and hop on the Vitamin C train.  – Lisa

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Ingredients: Organic Herbal Infusion, Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf (Aloe), Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), Cassia Angustifolia Seed Polysaccharide (botanical hyaluronic acid), Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel), d-Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), (2s)-2-Amino-5-guanidinopentanoic Acid, Ferulic Acid, Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba Oil), Ethyl Hexyl Glycerin.
**20% Vitamin C
**11% Hyaluronic Acid content

Be good to your skin with Eco Beauty Be Good Skin Care

I’ve adored the La Fresh line (they feature different types of portable beauty wipes for travel) for years.  The Sunscreen Wipes, Makeup Remover Wipes, and Lens & Screen Cleaning Wipes have saved me more times that I can begin to count.  So when La Fresh contacted the BIZ offering samples of their new anti-aging skin care line called Eco Beauty Be Good, I was very interested.  The concept behind this skin care line is “to make chic, effective products that are good for your skin while being conscientious about the environment.”

Eco Beauty good day. day moisturizer and good night. night cream

Eco Beauty good day. day moisturizer and good night. night cream

Hello Lip Treat

Hello Lip Treat

The Eco-Beauty Be Good packaging definitely had me at ‘Hello’.  Inside each box is an inspirational saying:

Eco Beauty:  The best is yet to come.

Eco Beauty: The best is yet to come.

Eco Beauty:  Good things are going to happen.

Eco Beauty: Good things are going to happen.

I just love this!  And since I tested a daytime moisturizer and a night moisturizer, it was a wonderfully positive way to begin and end every day.

love the messaging on the boxes and jars!

love the messaging on the boxes and jars!

Good Day. Day Moisturizer ($40) has a whole slew of ingredients that moisturize and repair skin, including peptides, hyaluronic acid, natural cucumber, aloe, antioxidant panthenol (vitamin B), and vitamins C and E.

Eco Beauty good day Day Moisturizer

Eco Beauty good day Day Moisturizer

This is what a good day looks like

This is what a good day looks like

This creamy moisturizer comes in a jar, so resist sticking fingers in to get product.  Even hands you think are squeaky clean can have lingering bacteria, and that last thing you want is to contaminate your moisturizer.  Use a little spatula of some sort to scoop out what you need.  I have been known to break the nails off a nail wheel to use as a makeshift spatula.  Good Day, Day Cream is a thick, fragrance-free moisturizer that hydrates and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.  It does not have sunscreen, so you’ll want a separate product for that.  This moisturizer improves collagen production, so skin looks fresh and younger.

Good Night. Night Cream ($40) is an evening moisturizer that has great anti-aging ingredients like peptides and hyaluronic acid, along with the mega-hydration of natural shea butter and skin healing aloe.

Eco Beauty good night. Night Cream

Eco Beauty good night. Night Cream

this is what a good night looks like

this is what a good night looks like

Again, this is a jar, so don’t give into temptation and keep those fingers outta there!  Good Night, Night Cream is thicker than Good Day, Day Moisturizer.  It has no discernible fragrance.  While it has some similar ingredients as the day cream for fighting wrinkles, this provides powerful hydration that is best for combination or dry skin.  I have combination skin, so I pat this on my dry areas (cheeks and forehead) at night for powerful plumping action.

Hello. Lips Treat ($10) is a lip balm that moisturizes and plumps lips with oligopeptides, shea butter, and cocoa butter.  It also has an oil blend of sweet almond, jojoba, peppermint and cinnamon oils.  Most lips will love this, but the peppermint and cinnamon can be a skin irritant for some.

hello soft, smooth lips!

hello soft, smooth lips!

The ogliopeptides are awesome for supporting collagen production, so regular use of this lip balm can make lips more full and lush.

I love the message from La Fresh – besides using Eco-Beauty products, they recommend that you ‘exercise modestly, drink plenty of water, eat healthy meals, sleep enough hours, hug often & smile more.’  It just doesn’t get any better than that.

Other products available in the Eco-Beauty Be Good line include Good Start. Face Serum, Good Bye. Face Cleansing Wipes, and Good Times. Facial Treatment Cloth Masks. All Eco-Beauty Be Good products are free of parabens, sulfates, triclosan, dyes, PEGs, artificial fragrances and animal byproducts. Be good to your skin and the environment and take a look at Eco-Beauty Be Good!  – Lisa

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Getting intense with Kate Somerville Quench Hydrating Face Serum

You know how the motto for real estate is ‘location, location, location’?  I think the motto for awesome skin is ‘hydration, hydration, hydration’!  The fabulous Kate Somerville sent us her best-selling Quench Hydrating Face Serum (1 fl.oz $75), and intense hydration quickly ensued.

Kate Somerville Quench Hydrating Serum

Kate Somerville Quench Hydrating Serum

Every time I use this serum (which is twice a day, morning and night) I sing that Cher song in my head…If I could turn back time...  I really do feel like I am turning back the clock and finding younger looking skin.  Quench Hydrating Serum is retinol based, and it does amazing things:

  • HSC Complex is designed to deliver intense hydration, while counteracting environmental stressors.
  • An intense form of Vitamin A helps to promote healthier-looking skin and return skin to its youthful appearance by boosting the skin renewal process.
  • Lipids—the key to younger-looking skin—are included to help improve elasticity and firmness.
Quench Hydrating Face Serum

Quench Hydrating Face Serum

The silicone-based serum sinks in quickly and leaves my skin so soft and moisturized, it’s positively luxurious.  It is fantastic on the neck and decolletage for a silky, satiny appearance that looks terrific.  The packaging couldn’t be better.  An airless pump keeps all those antioxidants and cell-communicating ingredients stable and effective, plus it has a see-through strip on the side so you can see how much product is left.  To top off the awesomeness, the serum is fragrance-free.

great packagin includes a way to see how much product is left

great packaging includes a way to see how much product is left

Quench Hydrating Serum swatch

Quench Hydrating Serum swatch

Kate Somerville Quench Hydrating Serum is one of the best serums I have ever tested.  This is intense stuff that really works.  Add this to your skin care routine and start living large with hydration, hydration, hydration!  – Lisa

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Ingredients:  Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Dimethiconol, Ethylhexyl Stearate, Cyclomethicone, Phenyl Trimethicone, Ethylhexyl Cocoate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Water/Aqua/Eau, Retinol, Sodium Ascorbate, Tocopherol, Lecithin, Glycolipids, Sodium Hyaluronate, Caprylyl Glycol