Manuka Secrets full line review and giveaway

Manuka Secrets products

Manuka Secrets products

MANUKA SECRETS has a secret all right and that’s the New Zealand Manuka Honey that is a product they exclusively farm themselves for their spa scented line. “For millennia honey has proven to enhance health and well-being. Manuka Lab™ is rooted on the technology and uniqueness held within New Zealand’s globally renowned Manuka/Tea tree bush and the UMF honey and oils produced from its nectar and leaves.”
Your skin will be moisturized with this powerful ingredient along with the many other ingredients that are liberally used in their lineup of 8 products. In honor of Manuka Secrets bringing their line to Ulta.com and Ulta stores they have sent a set for review and two sets for a giveaway. You’ll want to read about this line and what it can do for you.

Manuka Secrets Honey

Manuka Secrets Honey

Dr. Fernanda Da Silva Tatley is one of the founders and is the company’s molecular medical microbiologist. She chose Manuka Honey since it’s indigenous to New Zealand and provides an antidote for skin’s aging process and aids in moisture replenishment. The line is targets to those above 30 which means it’s great for all of us actually. UMF stands for Unique Manuka Honey Factor.  “SUSTAINABILITY: Dr. Fernanda da Silva Tatley has uniquely crafted Manuka Secrets with sustainably sourced ingredients, ensuring a balance with nature and in harmony with its inhabitants. Manuka Secrets Manuka Honey is gathered from the purest most remote regions of New Zealand where this precious resource is managed and protected for future generations.”

Manuka Secrets Cleanse

Manuka Secrets Cleanse

MANUKA SECRETS CLEANSE – BALANCE & REFRESH MANUKA HONEY UMF 18+ ($19.95) is a good cleanser for makeup removal. It leaves skin feeling refreshed without any tautness. It contains wonderful ingredients like almond oil, aloe vera and cucumber assist to cleanse, refresh and soothe. Shea butter supports a deep moisturising nourishment. Frankincense, ylang ylang and patchouli essential oils finish with a silky touch and an alluring spa scent.

Manuka Secrets Exfoliant

Manuka Secrets Exfoliant

MANUKA SECRETS EXFOLIANT UMF 18+ ($24.99) contains 2 sizes of bamboo plus jojoba pearl and white clay to purify and exfoliate your skin. This exfoliant is suitable for all skin types and isn’t too harsh. To stimulate your circulation it’s recommended to use this for 2-3 minutes. Exfoliating with this helps assist with your skin regeneration. Great ingredients include Cacao, Shea butter, Flaxseed, Rice bran and coconut oils support a deep moisturising nourishment. Cucumber assists to soothe and soften.

Manuka Secrets Mask

Manuka Secrets Mask

MANUKA SECRETS MASK UMF 18+ ($24.99) is what’s considered a wet mask. This doesn’t dry down and get crunchy. It stays damp the entire time you have it on your face so it feels much more moisturizing than most masks. This contains high levels of Hyaluronic Acid which are great helpers to hydrate and soften your skin. It also contains white clay which helps lift dry flaking skin and impurities. To moisturize it uses shea butter, almond, rice brand and flaxseed oil. It’s a very comfortable mask to use. It’s recommended to use it for 10 minutes or less.

Manuka Secrets Day Creme

Manuka Secrets Day Creme

MANUKA SECRETS DAY CREAM UMF 18+ ($29.99) is a lightweight moisturizer that has no sticky feeling to it. It doesn’t have sunscreen in it though so you’d need to add that yourself. As with all of the Manuka Secrets products the ingredients are the best. Advanced CoQ10 supports skin’s natural CoQ10 regeneration. High levels of hyaluronic acid assist to hydrate and soften skin. Jojoba, Rosehip seed, almond oil and cacao and Shea butter support a deep moisturising nourishment. Advanced narcissus tazetta bulb, and liquorice assist in soothing dry-irritated skin.

Manuka Secrets Serum

Manuka Secrets Serum

MANUKA SECRETS SERUM UMF 18+ ($49.95) is their most expensive item but a little goes a long way. It’s a thin serum that’s liquidy and contains no silicone. It absorbs quickly and doesn’t interfere with foundation application. The serum is meant to brighten and even your skintone.

Manuka Secrets Night Creme

Manuka Secrets Night Creme

MANUKA SECRETS NIGHT CREAM UMF +18 ($29.99) is also a lightweight moisturizer but seems a little richer than the day creme. I apply it over the serum for that double dose of protection. The ingredients include advanced CoQ10 supporting skins natural CoQ10 regeneration. High levels of advanced narcissus tazetta bulb, algae, aloe vera, and calendula soothe and soften. Hyaluronic acid assists to hydrate and soften tired skin. Jojoba, Rosehip seed, and macadamia oil, cacao and shea butter support a deep moisturising nourishment.

Manuka Secrets Hand Creme and Lip Lustre

Manuka Secrets Hand Creme and Lip Lustre

MANUKA SECRETS HAND CREME ($14.99) contains a rich but light formula. It absorbs quickly without leaving any residue behind. You can use it and continue doing any work you were doing without fear.

MANUKA LIP LUSTRE PACIFIC PARADISE ($9.99) is something they call a Purse Pal since it’s small enough to be on the go with you. It’s a rich feeling lip balm that will moisturize your lips with ease.

all 8 Manuka Secret products

all 8 Manuka Secret products

This total group of products retail for $205 although today it’s on sale for approximately 30% off on Ulta’s website. I’m not sure how long these are on sale so it’s a great time to purchase them now. It’s also a great time to enter our giveaway. Two US readers will win the entire line of Manuka Secrets products, all 8 of these. Manuka Secrets is a spa scented line due to the use of frankincense, ylang ylang and patchouli essential oils in each of the products. I find that the fragrance lingers although it becomes less dominant during the day.

Our giveaway will be open through Thursday, 8/13/15 at 11:59 p.m. EDT. If comments close early please email your comment to me at beautyinfozone@gmail.com and label it SECRETS. This is US only. Entries will be checked so please be careful with what you’ve checked in the Rafflecopter. Good luck!! — Marcia

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Sustainable Youth brings science and comfort to your skin

Sustainable Youth

Sustainable Youth

If you were offered products from Sustainable Youth®, wouldn’t you be curious about them? I certainly was since at my age I’d like to sustain whatever youthfulness I still have. What I received is SUSTAINABLE YOUTH ULTRA CREAMY CLEANSING LOTION and SUSTAINABLE YOUTH ANYTIME LIFT EYE TREATMENT.

When you open those white boxes you’ll see this, which gives you a clue as to their philosophy and ingredients:

Sustainable Youth Anytime Life Eye and Creamy Cleaning Lotion

Sustainable Youth Anytime Life Eye and Creamy Cleaning Lotion

SUSTAINABLE YOUTH® uses an ingredient called ALASTA® in all of their products. Alasta® is a patented scientific discovery of the most potent immunostimulatory and concentrated ingredient derived from the rind of the Aloe Vera leaf. Alastra’s job is to improve skin elasticity and firmness through its ability to boost the body’s overall immune system performance. Sounds to me like they are calling my name!!

alastra®

alasta®

Sustainable Youth Ultra Creamy Cleansing Lotion with alastra

Sustainable Youth Ultra Creamy Cleansing Lotion with alasta

Sustainable Youth Ultra Creamy Cleansing Lotion with alasta® is just a terrific cleanser. I’m loving this gentle cleanser that rehydrates my skin. It is incredibly creamy and my face just sighs when I apply it. It’s a pH balanced cleanser that doesn’t strip skin of moisture. My skin feels soft and hydrated after using it.

Ultra Creamy Cleansing Lotion with alastra

Ultra Creamy Cleansing Lotion with alasta

There’s no foaming at all with this cleanser, it’s like cleansing with the finest moisture product. But it gets my skin very clean. I often use it with my new Michael Todd Soniclear or if I’m rushing I’ll just wash and wipe off with a soft cloth (I like the one from The Body Shop). Either way my face is ready for the next step without ever feeling tight.

Sustainable YouthUltra Creamy Cleansing Lotion with alastra

Sustainable YouthUltra Creamy Cleansing Lotion with alasta

This also contains Cocoa Seed Butter which is rich in vitamins and antioxidants. Pro-vitamin B-5, otherwise known as panthenol, penetrates into the skin’s lower layers, reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Also a proprietary blend of organically grown natural extracts including extracts of cucumber, white mulberry, green tea, licorice root and fig. Even with this wonderful cocktail of ingredients, there’s no fragrance to it.

Sustainable Youth Anytime Eye Treatment with alasta

Sustainable Youth Anytime Eye Treatment with alasta

SUSTAINABLE YOUTH® LIFT EYE TREATMENT with alasta® is a treatment serum that was created to help lessen the appearance of crow’s feet, fine lines and wrinkles. I’m unfortunately stuck with all three of those but mostly crow’s feet and fine lines. Since this helps to minimize dark circles and under eye puffiness I am only using it during the day. As soon as my face is cleansed, I’ll apply this gently under my eyes and smooth it until it’s absorbed. I found it did more for me during the day than at night. You can also take this with you to reapply during the day.

Sustainable Youth Anytime Eye Treatment with alasta

Sustainable Youth Anytime Eye Treatment with alasta

Anytime Lift Eye Treatment uses ingredients that work synergistically with alasta®. It contains a potent blend of natural gums and polymers to mechanically smooth your skin. It also contains vegetable proteins to repair tissue damage and promote regeneration. In addition it uses potent natural plant herb blends to neutralize free radicals and prevent further damage.

As we age the skin around our eyes becomes less plump making our eye area look more sunken and looser. What I like about this is that it can be used over makeup. What I don’t like so much is the $60 cost. While all the products in the lineup for Sustainable Youth® are costly, this one seems a little out of line at least for me. I highly recommend the Ultra Creamy Cleansing Lotion though for a luxury feel to your face and a wonderful way to start your skincare regimen. — Marcia

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 Ingredients for Ultra Creamy Cleansing Lotion

Purified Water (Aqua), Caprylic/CapricTriglyceride, Cetyl Esters, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Propanediol (Corn), SD Alcohol 38-B*, Stearic Acid, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract*, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract (Chamomile)*, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract*, Morus Alba Fruit Extract*, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract*, Ficus Carica (Fig) Fruit Extract*, Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B-5), Aniba Rosaeodora (Rosewood) Wood Oil, Cananga Odorata Flower Oil (Ylang Ylang)*, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil*, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil*, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Flower Oil*, Foeniculum Vulgare (Bitter Fennel) Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Bulgarian Lavender) Oil*, Mentha Piperita (Indian Peppermint) Oil*, Ocimum Basilicum (Egyptian Basil) Oil*, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil*,Peucedanum Graveolens (Dill Leaf) Oil, Picea Mariana (Black Spruce) Leaf Oil, Piper Nigrum (Pepper) Fruit Oil*, Pogostemon Cablin Oil (Patchouli)*, Vetiveria Zizanoides Root Oil (Vetivert)*, Canola (Unsaponifiables) Oil *, Sodium Levulinate, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Anisate, Citric Acid, Sodium Phytate.

*Certified Organic

Ingredients for Anytime Lift Treatment

Purified Water (Aqua), Glycerin, SD Alcohol 38-B*, Acacia Senegal Gum, Hydrolyzed Corn Protein, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract*, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Hydrolyzed Oat Protein, Albizia Julibrissin Bark Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract*, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract*, Ficus Carica (Fig) Fruit Extract*, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract*, Morus Alba Fruit Extract*, Hydrolyzed Rhizobian Gum, Aniba Rosaeodora (Rosewood) Wood Oil , Cananga Odorata Flower Oil (Ylang Ylang)*, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil*, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil*, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Flower Oil*, Foeniculum Vulgare (Bitter Fennel) Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Bulgarian Lavender) Oil*, Mentha Piperita (Indian Peppermint) Oil*, Ocimum Basilicum (Egyptian Basil) Oil*, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil*,Peucedanum Graveolens (Dill Leaf) Oil, Picea Mariana (Black Spruce) Leaf Oil, Piper Nigrum (Pepper) Fruit Oil*, Pogostemon Cablin Oil (Patchouli)*, Vetiveria Zizanoides Root Oil (Vetivert)*, Canola (Unsaponifiables) Oil*, Darutoside, Sodium Hydroxide, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Linalool*, Citric Acid, Xanthan Gum, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Sodium Phytate.

*Certified Organic

Smell good and look good with CITRUS CLEAR facial products – and enter the giveaway

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I’ve learned a lot by blogging and one of the things I’ve learned is not to be so wary of products that are fragranced. I have my preferences of course but I think we all do. When Citrus Clear offered to send some products our way and included a giveaway I was game for it. Citrus smells are just fine with me. Give me lemon, grapefruit, lime, orange, or tangerine and I’m a happy tester.

Citrus Clear moisturizer, cleanser, tingle mask, acne spot treatment, and pore & blackhead extracting mask

Citrus Clear moisturizer, cleanser, tingle mask, acne spot treatment, and pore & blackhead extracting mask

There are many enticing things I learned about Citrus Clear before I even got to testing the products.

– Our Oregon production facility is powered using 100% renewable wind energy.

– We are an evolving company that will continue to focus on ensuring our products are naturally based, eco-friendly, and, sustainable.

– Our products are the perfect mix of modern science and holistic treatments – organic and chemical free products that work.

– We use the most natural form of extraction, called cold pressed.

– FDA Registered
Good Manufacturing Process (GMP) certified
No Animal Testing
Quality Control Checkpoints
Shelf Life Testing
Antimicrobial Testing
Sustainable Practices & Materials

Citrus Clear Sensitive Wash in Natural Tahitian Lime

Citrus Clear Sensitive Wash in Natural Tahitian Lime

Now onto the products and what they are like. SENSITIVE FACE WASH ($28.99)  in Natural Tahitian Lime: This has been formulated for sensitive skin and is hypoallergenic. It contains amino acids and vitamin C. It has the most luscious and true lime scent to it which makes sense because it’s formulated with only natural and chemical free ingredients. The 8 oz. pump will last for a long time with its gentle lather. This removes excess oil so it’s especially good for those with oily to normal skin.

Citrus Clear Sensitive Moisturizer in Pink Grapefruit

Citrus Clear Sensitive Moisturizer in Pink Grapefruit

The Sensitive Moisturizer in Pink Grapefruit makes me want to just open it and smell. It has a slight tartness to its yummy grapefruit fragrance. It isn’t overwhelming at all, I notice the fragrance when I first apply it but it doesn’t linger. The Sensitive Moisturizer (on sale now from $24.99 to $14.99) is very gentle and feels quite comfortable on my skin. It doesn’t have sunscreen but it’s a great base for your spf product. It doesn’t ball up under makeup which is important especially in the summer.  If I had a teen daughter I’d be letting her borrow it for sure.

Citrus Clear Tangerine Tingle

Citrus Clear Tangerine Tingle

Citrus Clear Tangerine Tingle

Citrus Clear Tangerine Tingle

TANGERINE TINGLE FACE SCRUB ($18.99) is probably my favorite of the products. You open it to a jiggly mixture that has this tantalizing tangerine fragrance. The reason it’s called a ‘tingle’ is that it really does tingle when you apply it. It’s the product working to clean out your pores and exfoliate your skin. Using it as a cleanser means you just apply it over damp skin and massage it on to exfoliate then rinse off. Using it as a mask you leave it on for about 2-4 minutes before rinsing. So depending on the amount of time you have, you can decide how to use it.

Tangerine Tingle

Tangerine Tingle

Tangerine Tingle contains glycolic acid to exfoliate and help keep pores clean; it also contains lemon oil which helps brighten your complexion. The website says that your face can get slightly red for a few minutes after, while I didn’t find that I think you should start with it as a wash and make sure you don’t have a reaction before working up to a mask.

Citrus Clear Pore & Blackhead Extracting Mask

Citrus Clear Pore & Blackhead Extracting Mask

The PORE & BLACKHEAD EXTRACTING MASK ($24.99) has the opposite texture of the Tangerine Tingle. This is very firm and truly mask like. This mask contains citrus but the natural clay and herbs seem to overtake and the mask smells sweet but not citrusy to me. You can apply it to either dry or damp skin and then leave it on for 4-8 minutes. It dries hard but doesn’t crack on my face. What I like about this is the ability to deep clean my pores. I don’t have breakouts but I think this would be great if you did since it’s such a deep cleansing tool. I like to wash it off with a washcloth and then follow up with the Sensitive Wash.

Citrus Clear Acne Spot Treatment

Citrus Clear Acne Spot Treatment

CITRUS CLEAR GRAPEFRUIT ACNE SPOT TREATMENT ($12.99) is what you can win. This treatment can be used up to 5 times a day if you have a breakout. It contains salicylic acid which helps treat your existing spot but it can also be used to control oily skin and prevent future breakouts. According to Citrus Clear it helps prevent the formation of blackheads. The ingredients are wonderful containing naturally derived grapefruit extract and vitamin C. The size of the tube makes it convenient to carry with you if you need it during the day.

Even after all this information there is more! Citrus Clear is paraben free, doesn’t contain pthalates, petrochemicals, sulfates, mineral oils, synthetic fragrance or dyes. They are a cruelty free company and contain no animal by-products. I think you can tell that this line was a lot going for it. — Marcia

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION:  Citrus Clear and Beauty Info Zone are giving away two Grapefruit Acne Spot Treatments. It is open to US and Canada through 8/4/17 at 11:59 p.m. EDT. If comments close please email your comment to  beautyinfozone@gmail.com and label it Citrus Clear. Then you can continue on with the other options.

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INGREDIENT LISTS

SENSITIVE WASH (TAHITIAN LIME) Ingredients: Organic Citrus Herbals, Organic Aloe Vera Juice, MSM, Lavender Hydrosol, Decyl Glucoside, Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, Cocamidopropyl Betaine (from coconuts), Cocamide MIPA, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Disodium Lauryl Sulfosuccinate, Hydroxyethyl Cellulose, Carrageenan Gum, Olive Oil, Vitamin C, Tahitian Lime Fragrance, Wildcrafted Willow Bark, Wildcrafted Lemon Balm, Orange Hydrosol, Citrus Lemon Essential Oil, Citrus Lime Essential Oil, Mandarin Essential Oil, Orange Peel Extract, Peppermint Essential Oil, Grapefruit Seed, Organic Rosehip Oil, Borage Oil, Oregano Oil, Tea Tree Oil, Calendula, Burdock Root, Red Clover, Rosemary, Vitamin E, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Ethyl Hexyl Glycerin.

SENSITIVE MOISTURIZER (PINK GRAPEFRUIT)  Ingredients: Organic Aloe Vera, Palm Oil, Silk Protein Amino Acid Blend, Glycine, L-Alanine, L-Serine, L-Valine, L-Proline, L-threonine, L-Isoleucine, L-Histidine, L-Phenylalanine), Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, Organic Safflower Oil, MSM, Pink Grapefruit Essential Oil, Vitamin C, Botanical Hyaluronic Acid, Wildcrafted Lemon Balm, Grapefruit Seed Extract, Orange Hydrosol, Lemon Oil, Citrus Lime Essential Oil, Mandarin Essential Oil, Orange Peel Extract, Peppermint Essential Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Shea Butter, Vitamin B5, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexyl Glycerin, Xanthan Gum, Wildcrafted Green Tea, Citric Acid.

TANGERINE TINGLE Ingredients: Organic Citrus Herbals, Organic Aloe Vera Juice, Olive Seed, Tangerine Essential Oil, Pink Grapefruit Essential Oil, MSM, Jojoba Beads, Hydroxyethyl Cellulose, Carrageenan Gum, Vitamin C, Organic Rhubarb, Organic Blueberry, Wildcrafted Lemon Balm, Grapefruit Seed Extract, Orange Hydrosol, Lemon Essential Oil, Citrus Lime Essential Oil, Mandarin Essential Oil, Orange Peel Extract, Peppermint Essential Oil, Vitamin E, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Ethyl Hexyl Glycerin.

PORE & BLACKHEAD EXTRACTING MASK  Ingredients: Organic Citrus Infusion, Organic Aloe Vera, Kaolin clay, Sodium Magnesium Silicate, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Cellulose Gum, Purified Smectite Clay, Vanilla, Sweet Orange Essential Oil, Wildcrafted Lemon Balm Extract, Orange Hydrosol, Lemon Essential Oil, Citrus Lime Essential Oil, Mandarin Essential Oil, Orange Peel Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Ethyl Hexyl Glycerin, Spirulina, Sea Kelp, Grapeseed Oil.

GRAPEFRUIT ACNE SPOT TREATMENT Ingredients: Organic Herbs, Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Aloe Vera), Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel), Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), Green Tea & Lime, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Hydroxyethyl Cellulose, Carrageenan Gum, Wildcrafted Melissa Officinalis (Lemon Balm), Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit Seed Extract), Citrus Aurantium (Orange Hydrosol), Citrus Limon (Lemon Essential Oil), Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime Essential Oil), Citrus Reticulata (Mandarin Essential Oil), Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange Peel Extract), Wildcrafted Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea Extract), Wildcrafted Salix Lucida (Salicylic Acid), Colloidal Silver, Eugenia Caryophyllata (Clove Essential Oil), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Ethyl Hexyl Glycerin.

Reviva Labs Nourishing Cream and DMAE Firming Fluid

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It’s no secret that the Beauty Info Zone ladies love Reviva Labs products. We are always thrilled to receive these for review and to buy more on our own. This reasonably priced skin care line hits all the right buttons. The company was started over 40 years ago and sold in skin care salons and health food stores worldwide. They are proud (as they should be) that their products are not only effective but also cruelty free. With two products that we’ve been testing, here’s our Side by Side Review.

Reviva Labs DMAE Firming Fluid and Nourishing Cream

Reviva Labs DMAE Firming Fluid and Nourishing Cream

MARCIA AND REVIVA LABS DMAE FIRMING FLUID

I’ve been using both of the products we’re reviewing today since they work so well together. DMAE is a thin serum so I start with this over my entire face and neck. It contains a higher potency of DMAE Concentrate which helps to firm and tone skin. I’m sure almost everyone reading this would love to help firm skin.

Reviva Labs DMAE Firming Fluid

Reviva Labs DMAE Firming Fluid

DMAE FIRMING FLUID ($19) contains 5% DMAE compared to the normal 1/2%- 1% in most creams and serums. Rather than try to paraphrase perfection, here’s what Reviva Labs tells us about DMAE: Dimethylaminoethanol (DMAE) is often called “facelift in a jar” by skin care specialists, because it helps firm and tighten the skin. With regular use DMAE will give skin a more defined, youthful appearance.
DMAE, a component of cell membranes, is also one of the substances used by the body to make the neurotransmitter molecule acetylcholine. DMAE’s firming effects are believed to involve the signaling of acetylcholine in the skin.

Reviva Labs DMAE Firming Fluid

Reviva Labs DMAE Firming Fluid

This Firming Fluid is a great first step before the Nourishing Cream. It isn’t sticky, it sinks into my skin within a minute and then I apply Nourishing Cream over it. If you want firming and more youthful skin along with the compliments that you’ll receive on your skin tone, then here’s where you should start.

LISA AND REVIVA LABS NOURISHING CREAM

Do you want plump, smooth skin with less wrinkles? Then you want the Reviva Labs Nourishing Cream ($25). I love many Reviva products, but this is my all time favorite. The ingredient list is simply outstanding with 10 EFA (Essential Fatty Acid) oils. Here are the ten reasons you want this amazing moisturizer for your face, neck, and hands.

Reviva Labs Nourishing Cream

Reviva Labs Nourishing Cream

1.  Sunflower Oil is one of the best cosmetic ingredients out there since it has no fragrance and is a fantastic emollient and inflammation reducer.

2.  Flaxseed Oil is another star ingredient – it’s an antioxidant, emollient, and it has linoleic acid, which is excellent for skin repair.

3.  Borage Oil is another non-fragrant ingredient with linoleic acid, and is a fabulous antioxidant, emollient, and inflammation reducer.

4.  Rosehip Oil is a very emollient oil with antioxidant properties.

5.  Hemp Seed Oil is a fatty acid known for excellent emollient properties.

6.  Avocado Oil is a non-fragrant plant oil that is, you guessed it, a terrific emollient and antioxidant. Are you sensing a trend here??

7.  Wheat Germ Oil is a non-fragrant emollient oil that skin loves.

8.  Black Currant Seed Oil is one of the best antioxidant anti-inflammatories. It’s an awesome emollient for skin.

9.  Olive Oil is an emollient that contains squalene, which you may have also heard of. It also has linoleic acid and is a great antioxidant.

10.  Sesame Oil is yet another excellent emollient.

Inside Reviva Labs Nourishing Cream

Inside Reviva Labs Nourishing Cream

With ten different oils, an understandable assumption is that this must be one heavy, pore-clogging cream. Much to my delight, all of these oils are combined into a truly elegant formula – a light cream so beautiful I could almost eat it with a spoon.

EFA’s (also known as Omega-3 and Omega-6) come from plants and they restore the skin to a youthful appearance. What does youthful skin look like? Full, plump, and smooth. If I could fill a bathtub with Reviva Labs Nourishing Cream and soak my whole body in it, I would. However, I am settling for smoothing it onto my face, neck and hands. You should too!!

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Emtage Argan Oil Rollerballs help you on the go

Emtage Beauty is a company that wasn’t on my radar at all until they reached out to see if I’d like to try their products. I found some things about them that I instantly liked: they are an organic company that uses all natural ingredients, the were developed by a woman entrepeneur named Robin Emtage, and they are fair traded and sustainably produced by women co-operatives of the Argan forest. I was intrigued and decided to try these out. That was a great decision on my part.

Emtage Beauty Argan Oil Rollerballs

Emtage Beauty Argan Oil Rollerballs

There are two different rollerballs made by Emtage Beauty. ARGAN OIL ROLLERBALL is made of 100% Pure Argan Oil with the goal to Target & Revjuvenate Skin, Hair & Nails. ARGAN OIL ROSE HIP ROLLERBALL also is to Target & Rejuvenate but this one is aimed towards eyes, wrinkles, and dry skin.

Emtage Beauty Argan Oil Rollerballs

Emtage Beauty Argan Oil Rollerballs

The two rollerballs are purse and travel friendly since they fit in the palm of my hand with ease. I was all set to have Lisa review them if they had a fragrance but they are fragrance free so they are mine, mine, mine!! The prices are reasonable ($12 and $15) and they can be found at Whole Foods as well as bought online.

Emtage Beauty Rollerball

Emtage Beauty Rollerball

Emtage Beauty Argan Oil Rollerball is a clear not greasy oil that I especially love for my hands. Being in a rollerball form allows you to target exactly where you want this to be used. I’ll roll it over my cuticles and then massage in. It can be used on split ends to tame them from the Split End Monster. And it excels at protecting scars from hardening and skin from becoming too dry.

Target and Rejuvenate Skin, Hair, Nails

• Nourish and hydrate dry spots on face and body
• Brighten skin’s appearance
• Soften eyebrows and dry lashes
• Improve scars, stretch marks and sun spots
• Smooth split ends and rough edges
• Perfect for dry itchy scalp!
• Soothe damaged cuticles
• Moisturize dry nails
• Metal rollerball to increase circulation
• No spilling, no wasting
• Perfect for travel!
• Rejuvenate On The GO!
• Great for all skin types!

Emtage 100% Argan Oil

Emtage 100% Argan Oil

EMTAGE BEAUTY ARGAN OIL ROSE HIP OIL adds to the Argan Oil with Rose Hip Oil that’s also infused with Geranium essential oil “to provide instant hydration and age defying benefits to dehydrated, dry skin, wrinkles, fine lines and discoloration.” This oil starts with a light golden color that disappears as you roll it on. I like it because it helps with both dark circles and under eye puffiness. It’s also good for dry skin and to soften fine lines.

Emtage Beauty Argan Oil Rose Hip Oil Rollerball

Emtage Beauty Argan Oil Rose Hip Oil Rollerball

Emtage Beauty: Argan Oil Rose Hip Oil top, 100% Pure Argan Oil bottom

Emtage Beauty: Argan Oil Rose Hip Oil top, 100% Pure Argan Oil bottom

Not only are these two Argan Oil Rollerballs good for your skin but they are helpful to the earth and to women. As Ermtage Beauty told me “Emtage’s Argan oil is organic, virgin, cold pressed, expeller pressed, hexane free, NON GMO, fair traded and sustainably produced by women co-operatives of the Argan forest. Emtage Beauty is committed to women’s empowerment causes through out the world. They support fair trade women’s co-ops and charities that provide women’s advancement opportunities.”  Everything about this company and these products are what I want when looking for items I’m happy to review and recommend.

Have you heard of Emtage Beauty? They have a great line for hair, skin and nails so maybe it’s time to look. — Marcia

*sent for editorial consideration

 

Phytomer skin care giveaway and review!

Phytomer review and giveaway!

Phytomer review and giveaway!

Phytomer and their sister brand Phytoceane are French-based professional skin and body care lines found in high-end spas all over the world. They recently sent me some really terrific products. I fully expected them to be awesome since Phytomer is one of the few spa brands with their very own laboratory and team of scientists.

We think Phytomer is so fantastic we wanted to share it with you!  The products Phytomer sent to test include Remodele Tonic Body Gel ($73), Douceur Intemporelle Restorative Shield Cream ($125.50), and Phytoceane Youth Smoothing Cream ($76.50). They also sent us a cosmetics bag and a travel size skin care set that you can WIN!

Phytomer Remodele Tonic Body Gel

Phytomer Remodele Tonic Body Gel

I am obsessed with my Phytomer Remodele Tonic Body Gel. It has a sparkling pearly blue color that give skin a subtle sheen. When applied, it soothes and cools the skin like a dip in the ocean. This firming gel gives you noticeably firmer skin in one month. I am reminded of this every time I put it on because it feels like a ‘swim in the sea’ and firms me up so I can hit the beach! I have been slathering this on my legs, tummy, and arms and I am to the point of addiction. I can’t believe how smooth and soft it makes my skin, which shouldn’t surprise me since Phytomer says this gel hydrates skin +91% in just 15 minutes! It does have a light fragrance that is a spicy/floral with tea rose, jasmine, and white musk. The firming happens thanks to Eco-Chlorella, an extract of green algae that has tons of peptides and amino acids.  This is a real winner.

Phytomer Restorative Shield Cream

Phytomer Restorative Shield Cream

The Phytomer Douceur Intemporelle Restorative Shield Cream is a terrific product to use, especially after swimming in lakes or oceans. The active ingredient is Glyocosea, a combination of marine sugars, minerals and trace elements that neutralizes inflammation and relieves itchiness and red patches. Living in Michigan, we are surrounded by lakes which means lots of fun, but also irritated skin from that water. You won’t believe the texture and feel of this elegant cream…if I could, I would eat it with a spoon. This beautiful, lightweight moisturizer relieves inflammation and makes me feel fantastic.

Phytomer Youth Smoothing Cream

Phytomer Youth Smoothing Cream

I am also loving Phytoceane’s Youth Smoothing Cream.  Youth Smoothing Cream is a part of a new anti-aging collection and what interested me were the five key ingredients for softening and smoothing skin:

Pistacia Resin Oil: boosts the collagen production, the firmness is improved

Marine Samphire Oil: smoothing, regenerating, redensifying

Gorse Oil: stimulates cellular renewal, anti-slackening

Phormidium: protective and restorative against free radicals

Marine Spring Water: antioxidant, regenerating and skin anti-slackening

This does have a fragrance, it’s a floral scent with violet, rose, jasmine and lily of the valley. If you like fragrance in skin care, you will love this because it is a super pretty scent. You will also love what it does to your skin, because it leaves you smooth and glowing. It’s great stuff.

All of these products can be purchased at select spas and www.lespausa.com.

Now you can win some of beautiful Phytomer products for yourself, along with this gorgeous cosmetics bag!

Phytomer cosmetic bag open

Phytomer cosmetic bag

Phytomer cosmetic bag closed with set of skincare

You can win this Phytomer cosmetic bag with this travel set of skincare!

Phytomer has sustainable products that truly deliver results. I can guarantee you will be extremely happy if you win this giveaway! In fact, I am anxiously awaiting your gushing thank you email right now.  :^)  Giveaway is US only and open though July 20th at 11:59 PM EST.  If the comments close early just email me at beautyinfozone@gmail.com with your comment and continue.  Good luck!!  – Lisa

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*Items reviewed and giveaway courtesy of the fine folks at @PhytomerUSA

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

Ingredients:

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)