7 Creams Luxury Starter Set from Karin Herzog

One of the hottest gifts this holiday is the 7 Creams Luxury Starter Set from Karin Herzog.  It’s a great concept – seven skin care deluxe tubes, one for each day of the week, the whole set lasting for about five weeks.  What a perfect gift for a beauty buff.  It’s also an excellent way to try all the signature skin care creams from Karin Herzog, and the packaging is truly luxurious.

Karin Herzog 7 Creams of the Week Set

Karin Herzog 7 Creams of the Week Set

This isn’t your typical sampler set.  The tubes are generously sized, and the sleek black case with gold hardware is very chic.  Each tube even has the day on the label so you know which one to use on Monday, which one on Tuesday, etc.  There is also a very nice brush – you will use this long after the initial set is gone – that is used to apply several of the face creams.

Karin Herzog 7 Creams of the Week Set

Karin Herzog 7 Creams of the Week Set

Karin Herzog 7 Creams of the Week Set

Monday is day to hydrate skin with Rose Gentle Face Cream.  It has the 1% active oxygen that the Karin Herzog line is known for and is applied in the morning.  Tuesday is for exfoliation with the AHA Remedy Face Cream.  The AHA’s get rid of any dead, dull skin and prep the face for the remaining five creams you’ll use the rest of the week.  Wednesday is time for a mid-week boost so you will energize, moisturize, and firm up skin with the Vita-A-Kombi 1 Anti-Aging Face Cream.  This is applied in the morning and again at night after cleansing.  Thursday is for comforting the skin with the Additional Sweet Nourishing Face Cream, which is a great hydrator and can also be used as a makeup primer.  Friday is the day to normalize with 2% oxygen to make sure skin is blemish-free for the weekend using the Oxygen Face Normalizing Cream.  For the weekend, you have the Essential Mask Hydrating Face Mask for Saturday and then the Vitamin H Extra Nourishing Face Cream for Sunday.

Karin Herzog 7 Creams of the Week Set

Each tube indicates the day of the week

Each tube indicates the day of the week

The 7 Creams of the Week Set has a lot going for it.  The generous size tubes are better than samples, giving you five full weeks to try out seven different products.  The packaging is truly lovely, and this set is perfect for gifting to someone for the holidays.  It’s also a perfect set for traveling since everything is TSA size.  All the creams are for normal skin, and I think anyone would love this except for those very sensitive to fragrance since all the creams are scented.

This set is a $140 value but sells for $100, and I am seeing it on sale for even less at some etailer sites.  Put this set on your list of gifts to give…or on your list of gifts for you!  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration, affiliate links


Rose Cream: Aqua; Petrolatum, Glyceryl stearate, Paraffinum liquidum, Polysorbate 80, 1,15% Hydrogen peroxide, Stearyl alcohol, Cetyl alcohol, Rosa centifolia flower water, Salicylic acid, Cinnamomum camphora, Parfum.

AHA Cream: Aqua, Alcohol denat., Petrolatum, Glyceryl stearate, Paraffinum liquidum, Tocopheryl acetate, Stearyl alcohol, Cetyl alcohol, Polysorbate 80, Isopropyl myristate, Citrus aurantium dulcis peel oil, Citrus reticulata peel oil, Salicylic acid, Parfum, Cinnamomum camphora, Citric acid, Retinol, Formic acid, Beta-carotene.

Vita-A-Kombi 1: Aqua, Petrolatum, Glyceryl stearate, Paraffinum liquidum, Tocopheryl acetate, Polysorbate 80, Stearyl alcohol, Cetyl alcohol, 1% Hydrogen peroxide, Cetearyl ethylhexanoate, Isopropyl myristate, Salicylic acid, Fructose, Retinol, Parfum.

Additional Sweet: Aqua, Alcohol denat., Petrolatum, Glyceryl stearate, Paraffinum liquidum, Tocopheryl acetate, Stearyl alcohol, Cetyl alcohol, Copernica cerifera cera, Polysorbate 80, Isopropyl myristate, Salicylic acid, Parfum, Retinol, Formic acid.

Oxygen Face: Aqua, Petrolatum, Glyceryl stearate, Paraffinum liquidum, 2% Hydrogen peroxide, Stearyl alcohol, Cetyl alcohol, Polysorbate 80, Salicylic acid.

Essential Mask: Aqua, Petrolatum, Glyceryl stearate, Paraffinum liquidum, 2% Hydrogen peroxide, Polysorbate 80, Stearyl alcohol, Cetyl alcohol, Tocopheryl acetate, Citrus paradisi peel oil, Citrus aurantium dulcis peel oil, Citrus reticulata peel oil, Salicylic acid, Fructose, Retinol.

Vitamin H: Aqua; Alcohol denat.; Petrolatum; Paraffinum liquidum; Glyceryl stearate; Isopropyl myristate; Tocopheryl acetate; Stearyl alcohol; Cetyl alcohol; Polysorbate 80; Cinnamomum camphora; Cetearyl ethylhexanoate; Salicylic acid; Cyanocobalamin; Helianthus annuus seed oil, beta-carotene, daucus carota sativa root extract; Riboflavin; Pyridoxine HCl; Biotin; Formic acid; Thiamine nitrate; Parfum.

Zim’s Crack Creme Herbal Skin Care review and giveaway

Zim's Crack Creme Herbal Skin Care

Zim’s Crack Creme Herbal Skin Care

The people at Zim’s who kindly sent me their Crack Creme Herbal Skin Care are going to hate me when they read this but you won’t. Whenever I use this I can’t help but think of “Jimmy cracks corn and I don’t care”. The song that was a part of was published in 1846 which was wayyyyyyyyyyy before my time and yours and I never knew what it meant but for some reason it pops in my head. From what I read the song seems pretty derogatory but when you are a little kid you just copy what you’ve heard.

Well Zim’s isn’t cracking corn but they do tackle dry, cracked skin. They’ve been doing this for over 60 years after they developed their product to treat cement workers you had extremely cracked, dry hand and feet. They are a naturally based herbal company that uses a formula that was developed to soften and moisturize your rough skin.

Zim’s Crack Creme can be used on elbows, knees, feet, ankles, and hands. Anywhere you need extra cracking help, Zim’s Crack Creme wants to be there for you. With winter approaching this is an essential for your family.

Zim's Crack Creme Herbal Skin Care Liquid Formula

Zim’s Crack Creme Herbal Skin Care Liquid Formula

Zim’s has a large variety of products that are 100% natural. I’ve used Zim’s Max-Freeze in the past (actually one year ago) but that’s different than the Liquid Formula that I’m using now. The one I’m reviewing today, and that 3 people will be able to win, is a liquid that you apply with your hands or a cotton pad. It’s definitely an herbal formula, it contains Arnica & Myrcia Oil. I can’t help but think of my father when I use this since he usually had one in his bathroom because of his diabetic skin problems.

Zim's Crack Creme

Zim’s Crack Creme

Zim's Crack Creme

Zim’s Crack Creme

Simply massage a small amount of Zim’s Crack Creme where needed a few times a day to help achieve smoother, softer skin. At first it might seem greasy but it soon absorbs. I only use this on my feet at night but I’m sure it’s great any time of day. — Marcia
GIVEAWAY INFORMATION –  Zim’s is going to send 3 US readers a bottle of this Crack Creme Herbal Skin Care Original Liquid Formula to Beauty Info Zone subscribers. The value of a bottle is $6.99. It may not be a glamorous prize but it’s extremely useful! The giveaway is open through 11/18 at 11:59 p.m. EST. If comments close please email me at beautyinfozone@gmail.com and label it ZIM’S. Comment in the email and continue on.

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My skin story with L’Oréal Revitalift™ #AskSkinExpert

*This is a sponsored post for L’Oréal/Conde Nast, all opinions mine

What’s your skin story?

Everyone has a unique skin story. In fact, as a blogger it is challenging to review skin care since we all have very different needs…and our personal needs can change from day to day. L’Oréal recognizes that there are countless skin stories out there, so they have created their Revitalift™ Program that helps you create a customized skin care regimen unique to your story and your skin care concerns.

A little over four weeks ago, I completed a skin care consultation through L’Oreal’s new site, www.lorealskinexpert.com and received a customized recommendation for my unique needs. So what’s my story? I grew up in the 70’s, when sun protection consisted of the bright white zinc oxide that my mom smeared across my nose…when she remembered. Every other part of my body that was exposed was left to burn or tan…and I would burn and peel until my skin finally gave in and became a dark tan. That also meant lots of freckles, which were cute back then; in fact, my dad would tell me each freckle was where the sun gave me a kiss.

L'Oreal RevitaLift

L’Oreal RevitaLift #AskSkinExpert

What happens during childhood doesn’t just shape your personality and determine the issues you will eventually need to work through in therapy…it also creates the skin care issues you face as an adult. For me, that wanton sun bathing has resulted in wrinkles, uneven skin tone, and loss of elasticity. After taking the survey at www.lorealskinexpert.com, I was sent three products to test for 4 weeks then write about: Revitalift Anti-Wrinkle + Firming Day Cream SPF 18, Revitalift Anti-Wrinkle + Firming Night Cream, and Revitalift Anti-Wrinkle + Firming Eye Cream.

Less wrinkles and firmer skin? It sounds like exactly what I need. LOreal Paris, the skin experts say that with the Revitalift™ Anti-Wrinkle + Firming skin care I will experience advanced action against the signs of aging. Fortified with Pro-Retinol A and Stimuplex, Revitalift™ Anti-Wrinkle + Firming works to increase cell turnover, reduce wrinkles, firm skin, and provide 24-hour hydration.

There should be a noticeable difference within 4 weeks.

L'Oreal RevitaLift Day Cream

L’Oreal RevitaLift Day Cream

The Revitalift Anti-Wrinkle + Firming Day Cream SPF 18 ($17.99) is a thick, creamy moisturizer that keeps skin protected during the day with a broad spectrum UVA/UVB SPF 18 sunscreen protection. It has a light fragrance that I don’t love, but it does dissipate quickly. For a cream moisturizer it doesn’t go on wet and it sinks it quickly. My skin varies, sometimes it’s dry and sometimes it’s oily, and I found that this moisturizer kept my skin hydrated and didn’t break me out. The big ingredients including Pro-Retinol A and Stimuplex reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles and improve skin tone and firmness.

L'Oreal RevitaLift Anti-Wrinkle + Firming Night Cream

L’Oreal RevitaLift Anti-Wrinkle + Firming Night Cream

The Revitalift™ Anti-Wrinkle + Firming Night Cream (with Pro-Retinol® A and Stimuplex) ($17.99) is a cream moisturizer in a jar. Minus the sunscreen, it has the same big ingredients as the day cream, although this is a slightly thicker formula and goes on a little more wet. It also has more of  noticeable fragrance, which made it difficult for me to use. I found that my skin really didn’t need the extra hydration at night, but those with very dry skin will appreciate the mega moisturization this provides.

L'Oreal RevitaLift Anti-Wrinkle + Firming Eye Cream

L’Oreal RevitaLift Anti-Wrinkle + Firming Eye Cream

The Revitalift™ Anti-Wrinkle + Firming Eye Cream (with Pro-Retinol A and Stimuplex) ($17.99) is a fragrance-free moisturizing eye cream that can also be used on the lids.  This is my favorite product of the three – it’s light but very moisturizing and I definitely noticed an improvement in my fine lines.

Here is my before and after photo – what do you think?

L'Oreal Revitalift before and afterI see a pretty noticeable difference. I’m glad I had my skin care consultation. While I understand that back in the day we didn’t have the information we do now regarding sun exposure, it’s imperative to get educated regarding your skin and invest in excellent skin care.

Take a few minutes and visit www.lorealskinexpert.com to get your own customized skin care recommendation by taking the consultation.  You will not only get a customized Revitalift skin care regimen, you will also get great information on decoding ingredients, using skin care products, and skin care lifestyle tips.  – Lisa




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I took a 30 Day Challenge with Z Skin Systems Skincare

ZSS Skin Care Radiant Skin

ZSS Skin Care Radiant Skin

I am fascinated with the concept of ‘beauty from the inside out’. I am not talking about how being a good, kind, loving person makes you beautiful…there is no doubt that is true. I am talking about the connection between inner physical health and outer appearance. So while I am typically reluctant to take on any sort of skin care challenge that lasts very long, I decided to try a ZSS Skincare 30 Day Challenge, complete with before and after pictures.

ZSS Skin Care Method No. 1 Radiant Skin

ZSS Skin Care Method No. 1 Radiant Skin

ZSS Skincare sent me their 2-part skin detox system that features Zeaxanthin, a ‘skin food’ that is derived from orange paprika peppers. So what exactly is Zeaxanthin?
Zeaxanthin is a carotenoid found in leafy green vegetables, yellow and orange peppers, corn and eggs that is scarce in the typical daily diet. Zeaxanthin is a strong antioxidant, clinically evaluated to lessen the inflammatory response of skin exposed to environmental stressors such as the sun and promote even skin tone – resulting in improved radiance and glow.* ZSS contain all-natural Zeaxanthin, derived from paprika peppers, in levels that have been clinically evaluated to promote healthy skin, inside and out.
There are two kits available: Radiant, which is an anti-aging kit for wrinkles, and Clear, which is for adult acne. I tried the Radiant Skin Method. It includes a topical serum called Nutri-Serum™ and a daily natural supplement. ZSS ran clinical trials and they found users had a 60% reduction in the appearance of deep wrinkles after three months. I tried it for one month and I definitely had some improvement.
ZSS Skin Care Radiant Skin supplements

ZSS Skin Care Radiant Skin supplements

The dietary supplements come in individual packs with two supplements in each. I like the packaging because I can easily throw a pack into my lunch bag or purse to take when I have lunch. I tend to eat breakfast on the run, so I wait until midday when I can take the pills with some food. These supplements work from the inside, tackling skin issues like hydration, photo-protection, healthy skin aging and skin inflammation caused by various environmental exposures – all root causes of skin care aging issues.
ZSS Skin Serum

ZSS Nutri-Serum

Along with the supplements, the 30-Day supply includes the Nutri-Serum, which is a beautiful serum that delivers hydration and topical skin support. Key ingredients include the Zeaxanthin, Alpha Lipoic Acid as an antioxidant, Seabuckthorn Fruit Oil for improving skin tone and texture, and Gotu Kola Seed for collagen support. This serum does include silicones, which my skin loves but I know some people have problems with it. The thought is that because topical products only penetrate so deep into the body, the supplements work from the inside to create the most healthy skin possible.
ZSS Skin Care Radiant Skin before and after

ZSS Skin Care Radiant Skin before and after

So what do you think of my results? This is after 30 days. I imagine the results would be far more dramatic with a full 90 days like ZSS had in their clinical study.

The Radiant Skin System is $160.00 for a 30 day supply. Each monthly package has a 30-day supply of 0.5 oz Nutri-Serum and dietary supplements. Are my results enough to make you want to give this system a shot?  – Lisa

*received for editorial consideration


Stop concealing and start healing rosacea #BreakUpWYourMakeup #CleverGirls

      Gal_Breakupwithyourmakeup_R02 Breaking up is hard to do, especially when it comes to breaking up with your makeup. Women in their forties and fifties deal with all sorts of skin care issues like acne, hyperpigmentation, rosacea, wrinkles…sometimes all at the same time. Who needs that insanity? I used to believe in covering up my newly developed skin care issues, but once I started having bouts of rosacea I learned that I needed to stop concealing and start healing.

Before using Soolantra Cream...

Before using Soolantra Cream…

Rosacea is a common skin condition that causes redness and acne-like bumps. Anyone can develop rosacea, but it is more common in middle aged women with a fair skin tone. Most people develop rosacea on their faces, but mine started on my neck. Every day it got worse until I couldn’t ignore it any longer. Here are a few healthy skin care tips I learned on my journey toward breaking up with my makeup.

    1. The importance of double cleansing. Not only is less makeup better for your skin, proper cleansing is vital. Every night I first use makeup remover, and then I use a gentle cleanser with water and a facial cleansing brush.
    2. Unhealthy food = unhealthy skin. Sugar and highly processed food lead to dull, bloated, unhealthy skin. What you put into your body shows on the outside, probably more than you even realize. I started keeping food diary and quickly saw the relationship between my food choices and my complexion.
    3. Use the right sunscreen! Of course we all know that sunscreen is a must…but did you know your sunscreen could be the cause of your skin issues? Stay away from fragrance and ingredients like menthol and alcohol. My skin is happiest when I use mineral sunscreen with titanium dioxide.
    4. Go see your doctor. I brought my doctor photos of my flare-ups and found relief using the treatment she prescribed. There are different options for rosacea, and I had great results with Galderma’s Soolantra® (ivermectin) Cream, 1%. Soolantra Cream is an FDA approved treatment for the inflammatory lesions, or bumps and pimples, of rosacea. The FDA approval of Soolantra Cream addresses an important need of patients with bumps and pimples, which can be so embarrassing.
After using Soolantra Cream

After using Soolantra Cream

Paying attention and making healthy choices leads to great skin! It is so worth it to stop concealing and start healing. Learn more about rosacea and treatments on the Break Up With Your Makeup page . While you’re there, be sure to vote for your favorite no makeup selfie and story and you could win one of three $500 gift cards!  – Lisa

Important Safety Information – Soolantra® Cream

Indication: SOOLANTRA® (ivermectin) Cream, 1%, is indicated for the treatment of inflammatory lesions of rosacea. Adverse Events: In clinical trials with SOOLANTRA Cream, the most common adverse reactions (incidence ?1%) included skin burning sensation and skin irritation. Warnings / Precautions: Not for oral, ophthalmic or intravaginal use.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit WWW.FDA.GOV/MEDWATCH or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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I was selected, as a member of Clever Girls, to post on behalf of the Break Up with Your Makeup program sponsored by Galderma Laboratories, L.P. The content and opinions expressed here are my own. You should discuss any medication with your doctor.

Christie Brinkley Complete Clarity for refreshed skin

In my new quest to look like Christie Brinkley I think it’s best that I use her skincare products. I’m not ever going to be tall. I’m not ever going to make a 6 – 7 figure income. But I do have skin and I want my skin to look its best. I’ve used Christie Brinkley Close Up Instant Wrinkle Reducer and Treatment and like how that works on my fine lines so when I was offered another product from the line I was happy to continue on the quest.

Christie Brinkley Complete Clarity

Christie Brinkley Complete Clarity

COMPLETE CLARITY is a daily facial exfoliating polish. It’s double duty since it cleanses and exfoliates with one product. You can precleanse if you are wearing heavy makeup but in general I’ve used it when I’ve got on either light facial makeup or a bare face.

Christie Brinkley Complete Clarity

Christie Brinkley Complete Clarity

It’s easy to use since you apply a small amount to your damp face and massage in a circular motion. I always have a washcloth to remove this from my face when I’m done. This contains Lactic Acid Beads for the polishing; these won’t ruin our waterways since they dissolve. It also contains Aloe Powder to soothe your skin, Glycerin to moisturize and Salicylic Acid to help as an anti-inflammatory.

Christie Brinkley Complete Clarity

Christie Brinkley Complete Clarity

Christie Brinkley Complete Clarity

Christie Brinkley Complete Clarity

There’s basically no fragrance in this which makes me very happy. Complete Clarity is creamy and has a very fine scrubby texture to it. I make sure my face is quite damp when I start and add more water to keep it gentle. Complete Clarity is really helping the area around my nose from getting clogged with product. I have to admit that sometimes I don’t get it all off with my washcloth and have to use a toner or Bioderma Micellar Water to remove anything that’s sticking around. But when I’m done my face is thoroughly cleansed and ready for skincare.

Christie Brinkley Complete Clarity

Christie Brinkley Complete Clarity

Now that I’m getting closer to my Christie Brinkley perfection, what color blonde do you think would work best on me? — Marciachristie brinkley from hola dot com

*sent for consideration to further my quest


Water/ Aqua/ Eau, Cetearyl Alcohol, Polylactic Acid, Stearic Acid, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Polysorbate 60, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Salicylic Acid, Rose Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Fruit Extract, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Flower/Leaf Extract, Coffea Arabica (Coffee) Leaf/Seed Extract, Cinnamomum Cassia Bark Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Flower Extract, Cucumis Melo Cantalupensis Fruit Extract, Orchis Mascula Flower Extract, Cananga Odorata Flower Extract, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Carbomer, Aminomethyl Propanol, Sodium Polyacrylate, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Ethylhexylglycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Trideceth-6, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891)

It’s never too late – four steps to improving sun damaged skin

#gotitfree These products were provided as a courtesy of RoC Skincare. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


The sun…it feels so good, how could it be bad??  Unfortunately, that warmth also means uneven skin tone, dark spots, wrinkles, and sagging skin.  If you were an irresponsible youngster like me you had a misspent youth, baking yourself all summer long with nothing but baby oil between your skin and the sun.  In fact, unless you never ever venture outside, you probably have sun damage.  The good news is that it is never too late to improve sun damaged skin.

As a RoC Ambassador, I have access to some excellent products and I particularly love their sun protection products.

RoC Holiday Gift Basket

RoC Holiday Gift Basket

1.  The first step to repairing sun damaged skin is proper cleansing and exfoliation.  Dead skin cells inhibit the health of skin, and dead skin holds onto the pigmentation that causes uneven skin tone.  Two products I recommend include RoC Max Resurfacing Facial Cleanser, with micro-spheres that smooth skin and exfoliate dirt, oil and dead skin, and RoC Daily Resurfacing Discs.  These are soap free, oil free, hypoallergenic disks that are great for reducing fine lines and wrinkles while cleansing.

RoC Multi Correxion 5 in 1 Restoring Night Cream

2.  Treat skin with tons of antioxidants.  Antioxidants fight the free radicals that cause skin damage, including skin cancer. RoC’s Hexinol products, such as the Multi Correxion 5 in 1 Restoring Night Cream, are exactly what skin needs to look, feel and act younger.This awesome night moisturizer is the result of 7 years of research and it is a dream date for dry skin. Not only does it moisturize, it also firms skin and evens out skin tone. It is a wonderful treatment for mature skin and skin that has been damaged by the sun.

RoC Multi Correxion 5 in 1 Moisturizer and Deep Wrinkle Moisturizer

3.  Use retinol to reduce discoloration and fine lines and wrinkles.  Retinol is the best anti-aging ingredient around for repairing collagen, reducing pore size, evening out skin tone, and reducing fine lines and wrinkles.  Retinol is the answer to turning back time for sun damaged skin.

RoC Multi Correxion 5 in 1 Moisturizer

4.  Be hyper vigilant about sun protection!  You want broad spectrum protection from both UVA and UVB rays, and an SPF of 15 at the very least.  RoC has two awesome products that I highly recommend.  Roc Multi Correxion 5 in 1 Daily Moisturizer contains both Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 30 and anti-aging ingredients.  This covers both your skin treatment and your moisturizing for the day, along with the much needed SPF protection your skin needs.

RoC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Daily MoisturizerRoC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Daily Moisturizer is perfect for those with normal to dry skin. Not only is this a retinol product, it also has an in-part avobenzone sunscreen for daytime sun protection. The cream is smooth and sinks in quickly, leaving a satin finish. It reduces the look of expression lines and also provides you with your sunscreen needs at the same time.

So don’t despair…even if you already have sun damaged skin, you can start the recovery process right now and still enjoy those lazy summer days.  – Lisa

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