LATHER teaches a lesson in good salesmanship and products

LATHER Skincare has done something that I wish all skincare companies would follow. Lather has full lines of skincare with wonderful products but one thing they do that makes them stand out from the rest is that they sell skincare kits. These kits are perfect for traveling and for testing out products to see what works best for you.

Lather About Face Combination Skin Kit

Lather About Face Combination Skin Kit

For $29.00 each LATHER sells 3 kits containing 5 products for different skintypes  – oily, combination and dry. I was sent ABOUT FACE COMBINATION SKIN KIT to test and it made me realize that they are on the ball. This kit contains 5 products all packed and ready for travel. Stick this whole set in a ziploc bag and you are ready to face the airport ‘police’. Products range from 0.5 fl oz to 2 fl oz which fit regulations.

Now I don’t happen to travel all that much so this is a great way for me to test out new products to see if my skin likes them.

Lather kit products

Lather kit products

ULTRA MILD FACE WASH 2 oz. is a clear gel-like cleanser with a mild fresh fragrance. It’s foaming but not overly so. My face feels properly cleansed and refreshed with this. The kit size is 2 oz. and full size is 6 oz ($19). Since I wasn’t sure if the fragrance would be overwhelming in this or other products, this is the perfect way for me to try.

ULTRA MILD FACE WASH

LATHER ULTRA MILD FACE WASH

CITRUS BALANCING TONER smells delightful. I love the smell of citrus and will always choose it when available. It’s not an overwhelming fragrance but it’s so refreshing. This toner is alcohol free and is made to keep the balance in normal to oily skin. It’s to be used after cleansing to remove any excess dirt or oils plus it helps keep the pH balance of your skin. While it’s not a step that everyone takes, the ingredients in this are ones you want to use. For example linoleic acid and lemon bioflavanoids help keep your skin clean and irritation free. It contains Vitamin E for antioxidant protection. Like all Lather products, it’s paraben free. (2 oz kit size, $16 for 6 fl oz)

LATHER CITRUS BALANCING TONER

LATHER CITRUS BALANCING TONER

ULTRA LIGHT FACE LOTION is a very lightweight moisturizer which works for me in warmer weather since that’s when my skin isn’t quite as dry. It’s a botanical lotion that contains special ingredients like borage oil and grapeseed oil which are great for damaged or problem skin. It absorbs quickly and wears well under foundation. I’ve never had balling up using this. My face feels moisturized without any oily finish. Unfortunately it doesn’t have SPF so I have to recommend using a separate sun protection. There’s a tiny bit of botanical fragrance but really nothing to speak of. (full size $21)

LATHER ULTRA LIGHT FACE LOTION

LATHER ULTRA LIGHT FACE LOTION

WHITE CLAY DEEP PORE CLEANSING MASK is a bonus to me in this kind of kit. I get to try it and have it around if I’m traveling. I’ve never owned a travel size mask other than packets that I never use up so I have to toss them. White clay is known for its purification and stimulation. It’s a great mask to exfoliate pores (of which I have many). It’s a gentle mask no matter what type of skin you have. Besides the white clay they use bentonite clay to draw out the oils and impurities even more. I love how my skin looks after using the mask since my pores aren’t as noticeable. (0.5 oz in kit, 4.0 oz full size $22)

LATHER WHITE CLAY DEEP PORE CLEANSING MASK

LATHER WHITE CLAY DEEP PORE CLEANSING MASK

BAMBOO SILK FOAMING FACE SCRUB WITH LEMONGRASS is a clear gel containing bamboo silk and small jojoba beads that are mild, natural exfoliants. I thought that the fragrance of this would bother me but it’s very mild and has an almost sweet citrus fragrance. The exfoliating powder in this makes it another good cleanser to have in your arsenal. It gently foams and washes away well if I use a wash cloth or bamboo cloth. It is both sulfate and paraben free.

LATHER BAMBOO SILK FOAMING FACE SCRUB

LATHER BAMBOO SILK FOAMING FACE SCRUB

All I need to add is SPF and an eye cream and I’m set to go. After trying these I’d be interested in trying out the About Face Dry Skin Kit next winter. My favorite product in the combination kit is the Citrus Balancing Toner but I also like the Bamboo Silk Foaming Face Scrub and White Clay Pore Cleansing Mask.

LATHER About Face Combination Skin Kit

LATHER About Face Combination Skin Kit

A great way to try an excellent cruelty-free line! Nourish, cleanse, exfoliate your way to better skin with Lather. — Marcia

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Anniversary Kleraderm giveaway #2: baskets for skin lightening and sensitive skin

Marcia and I are still having a party to celebrate our five-year anniversary, and today we have another giveaway to help cement our reputations as the Giveaway Queens!  First – did you enter our Kleraderm giveaway for a Purrisima basket (worth $140) for oily skin or an Idroderm basket (worth $175) for dry skin?  No?  Well do that right now!  Click HERE to enter because today is the last day!!

We have two more incredible Kleraderm Skin Care Baskets for today’s anniversary giveaway. Joanne Recchia, the beautiful owner of our favorite Italian skin care line, has designed several giveaway baskets that feature the basics you need for your skin care routine.  The two baskets featured today include an Omorfies basket for those with hyperpigmentation/uneven skin tone, and a Neaderma basket for those with sensitive skin.  Take a look:

Kleraderm Omorfies Giveaway Basket

Kleraderm Omorfies Giveaway Basket

Omorfies Basket (Total Value $176!)  This basket features the Omorfies line, which is a daily clarifying and smoothing treatment regimen that corrects dark spots and uneven skin pigmentation on face, neck, and décolleté.  The origin of the dark spots is a process of overproduction and irregular distribution of pigmented cells and the accumulation of these cells on surface of the skin.

The Kleraderm Omorfies line is a cosmetic solution with fruit acids, vitamins and natural extracts to slow down the production of pigmented cells.  The Omorfies cleanser, toner, and moisturizing cream promote hydration and nourishment while restoring skin’s even complexion.

Kleraderm Omorfies Cleanser

Kleraderm Omorfies Cleanser

Cleansing Milk is a light emulsion with selected cleansing agents to help cleanse and lighten skin without the disruption of skin’s own natural balance.

 

Kleraderm Omorfies Tonic

Kleraderm Omorfies Tonic

Omorfies Tonic Lotion is an alcohol-free toner rich in active properties to soothe, lighten, and refresh skin.

Kleraderm Omorfies Etenia Cream

Kleraderm Omorfies Etenia Cream

Etenia Cream is an elegant daily treatment moisturizer that progressively lightens discolored skin due to aging, acne, and sun exposure. It replenishes hydration and nourishes skin back to its natural balance.  I have terrific success when I use these products, which I turn to when I’ve been out in the sun too much.

Kleraderm Neaderma Giveaway Basket

Kleraderm Neaderma Giveaway Basket

The Neaderma Basket (Total value $ 230!!) includes a selection of products for sensitive skin that help reduce redness and inflammation.

Kleraderm’s Neaderma line is rich in soothing properties that rebuild the skin’s natural barrier and promote microcirculation, relieving skin of irritation and dryness. The water and oil in skin become balanced and broken capillaries become less noticeable. The Neaderma cleanser, toner, and moisturizer soothe, hydrate and nourish skin back to balance.

Kleraderm Neaderma Chamomile Cleansing Milk

Kleraderm Neaderma Chamomile Cleansing Milk

Chamomile Cleansing Milk delicately cleanses skin while replacing its natural balance to help lock in water. This cleanser eliminates impurities, soothes, softens and refreshes skin.  It is also excellent as makeup remover.

Kleraderm Neaderma Chamomile Toner

Kleraderm Neaderma Chamomile Tonic Lotion

 Chamomile Tonic Lotion is an alcohol-free toner rich in active properties to soothe and refresh skin.

Kleraderm Neaderma Vitalize Cream

Kleraderm Neaderma Vitalize Cream

 Vitalize Cream is a beautiful daily treatment moisturizer enriched with vitamins and reformulated Alpha Lipoid Acids to combat redness and inflammation.  Vitalize Cream reduces fine lines and wrinkles while hydrating and nourishing skin back to health. Skin becomes even in color, as well as bright and youthful in appearance.  If you have any issues with redness or sensitivity, these are the basics you need for your skin care routine!

Which basket is right for you, Omorfies for uneven skin tone or Neaderma for sensitive skin?  Both baskets are wonderful collections with the basics needed for proper skin care health.  You even get to choose which one you’d prefer winning. Use the Rafflecopter to enter. This giveaway is open to US only through April 15th at 11:59 p.m.

Towards the end of our giveaways the comments sometimes close early.  If that happens to you just email me your comment at beautyinfozone@gmail.com and label it Kleraderm Giveaway #2 comment. Then you can click “I commented” on the Rafflecopter and keep on going.  Thank you for reading Beauty Info Zone, we really appreciate you!!  – Lisa

Future Kleraderm baskets for our anniversary giveaways will focus on mature skin and advanced skin treatments – over $1500 worth of products all together, so stay tuned and enter often!!!

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*giveaway products thanks to the one and only Joanne Recchia and Kleraderm.  My opinion of Kleraderm based on over five years of amazing results!

Rodan + Fields Redefine Skin System and Acute Care #ExpressYourself

Rodan + Fields Redefine System

Rodan + Fields Redefine System

Welcome to the world of Rodan + Fields Redefine System and Redefine Acute Care. It’s been rocking my world lately along with a lot of bloggers. This was provided by the iFabbo shop and we are all raving about it.

Rodan + Fields Redefine Acute Care

Rodan + Fields Redefine Acute Care

My experience with Rodan + Fields goes back at least 5 years. Just before I began blogging on Beauty Info Zone I became a seller of Rodan + Fields skincare. I used it religiously for a year but decided to bow out of selling since that wasn’t part of my passion. I did have passion for the skincare and using it again reminded me why.

Rodan + Fields has several different regimens but I originally Acute Care was only available with Redefine. As much as I’m enjoying the Redefine System again, it’s the new Acute Care for Expression Lines that has won me over.

REDEFINE is the regimen for women with lines, pores and loss of firmness and comes with 4 products:

Rodan + Fields Redefine products

Rodan + Fields Redefine products

Refine Daily Cleansing Mask is your first step. This is both a cleanser and a mask. It’s truly gentle enough to use daily. Apply it to your face and let it sit for a few minutes. I like to use this just before my shower so that it’s easier to wash off. It never hardens completely so you don’t feel like your face is about to crack. It has gentle dimethicone microbeads that create the exfoliation along with kaolin clay. It gets my face sparkling clean and leaves no residue.

R + F Daily Cleansing Mask

R + F Daily Cleansing Mask

Next step is the Pore Minimizing Toner. This toner is what got me restarted using toner after skipping it for several years. I felt then and now that this helped to restore the pH balance to my face and got me ready for more skincare.

R + F Pore Minimizing Toner

R + F Pore Minimizing Toner

There are two moisturizers in the kit. Triple Defense Moisture with Broadspectrum SPF 30 is for daytime while Overnight Restorative Cream is obviously for night time use but they really are interchangeable. Both have a mild floral fragrance and are creamy to the touch. I don’t like fragranced products but Rodan + Fields has never bothered me. I also use a serum prior to applying these two products.

Redefine Triple Defense Treatment

Redefine Triple Defense Treatment

R + F Redefine moisturizer

R + F Redefine moisturizer

Now for the fun part and what sets Redefine apart from the crowd –  Acute Care for Expression Lines.

Acute Care for Expression Lines

Acute Care for Expression Lines

ACUTE CARE is a set of 10 packets with two pads in each. They are totally different than any eye mask or pad I’ve ever used. First you can use them wherever you have expression lines for example where you have crow’s feet or “smile” lines. Second, you leave them on for about 8 hours though the time is up to you. Use these 2 to 3 times per week for one month.

Acute Care for Expression Lines

Acute Care for Expression Lines

The first time I used them I made a big mistake and put them under my eyes. The skin there is far too delicate for this purpose and another type of treatment is better in that position. It was very uncomfortable under my eyes and I was questioning what I’d gotten myself into! I then began using them on my crow’s feet and oh my, what a difference they made. I chose to wear them on the days I was home all day or home for at least 8 hours and wasn’t wearing any cosmetics.

Rodan + Fields Acute Care

Rodan + Fields Acute Care

I attached these carefully at the sides of my eyes making sure that my eyelashes didn’t get in the way since I was usually working around the house. Once I had them in a comfortable place I ran my finger up and down to ‘seal’ them. As R+F tells us “REDEFINE ACUTE CARE™ smooths wrinkles with proprietary Liquid Cone Technology that melts line-defying peptides and hyaluronic acid directly into the wrinkle for a more youthful appearance.”

Wearing the Rodan + Fields Acute Care patch

Wearing the Rodan + Fields Acute Care patch

At first I could feel them on and the little cones inside felt like they were gently pricking my skin. Within a very short time though I barely noticed them on. I chose not to sleep in them because I don’t like taking a chance with my insomnia and I love my nighttime skincare and wanted to continue that.

When I removed these I noticed a little whiteness from the peptides and hyaluronic acid but washing my face with a soft cloth removed that right away. I really noticed the difference the next morning and it would last for a few days.

I happened to go to the dermatologist this week and I mentioned them to her. Even though her office does procedures like Botox and fillers she felt that these were a great product for many people, especially anyone with an eye disease like Myasthenia Gravis or someone on blood thinners. She listed a variety of people that she’d recommend Acute Care for so that really impressed me.

before (taken in January 2015)

before (taken in January 2015)

After Acute Care taken 2/22/15

After Acute Care taken 2/22/15

after Acute Care taken March 2015

after Acute Care taken 3/14/15

Both of these systems are ones I’d recommend (and no I don’t sell this anymore) but what I plan on buying are the Acute Care patches for Expression Lines. After using them for one month, it’s recommended that you wait 2-3 months and use them again if needed. They aren’t inexpensive ($220 for the box)  but this is something I’d like to continue.

Have you tried any Rodan + Fields products? Would you consider relieving yourself of expression lines?? — Marcia

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Pixi Pixi Pixi – how you complete me

Pixi Beauty products you need

Pixi Beauty products you need

Pixi Beauty continues to surprise and delight me with the products that they send. These 5 cosmetics will bring you brighter skin, gorgeous nails, and lips & eyes that shine. All of these will give you a special glow.

Pixi Glow Mist

Pixi Glow Mist

Pixi Glow is almost a cult product. It’s one of the most popular products that Pixi Beauty has created. They’ve taken it one step forward now and created Pixi by Petra Glow Mist. This mist works with Pixi Glow but it’s a totally separate product. Its goal is to give you an all-over glow for a radiant, dewy effect. It’s a spray that really works. You can use this before makeup to hydrate, protect and nourish your skin. Or use it after makeup to add a dewy finish. Plus you can use it any time you want to refresh your makeup look and add that wonderful glow. At $15 for this 2.7 oz bottle you’ve got yourself a reasonably priced winner.

Pixi Beauty Fairy Dust in Olive Gold

Pixi Beauty Fairy Dust in Olive Gold

Pixi Beauty makes a pigment product that they call Fairy Dust ($10). There are two new shades added to this collection and they are beauties. First is Olive Gold which I knew I’d love before I even opened the package. Olive Gold is described as “vintage gilded moss shimmer” and that alone made me want it on my eyes instantly. I have brown eyes and I think that the gold with an undertone of green makes for an especially pretty eye.

Pixi Olive Gold Fairy Dust

Pixi Olive Gold Fairy Dust

Another new shade is Silver Glow which is described as “Satin silver with a lavender-gold sheen”.

Pixi Fairy Dust in Silver Glow

Pixi Fairy Dust in Silver Glow

Pixi Fairy Dust in Silver Glow

Pixi Fairy Dust in Silver Glow

I bet that reading the name Silver Glow sounded a bit scary since silver isn’t the easiest shade to pull off once you are over your twenties. But silver that isn’t metallic is a beautiful shade and this has that touch of lavender and drop of gold to make it gleam.

The sponge applicator doesn’t apply on my eyes smoothly so I take their recommendation of using a fluffy brush and use this all over my eyelid as a wash. If I want to get more dramatic I’ll use a mixing medium to darken the silver or I’ll use a charcoal or black in the outer crease.

Pixi Tinted Brilliance Balm in Lucent Glow

Pixi Tinted Brilliance Balm in Lucent Glow

While not a new product Pixi Tinted Brilliance Balm in Lucent Glow ($14) is a new shade for me. Actually it’s not really a shade, you don’t want to wear this alone, or at least I don’t. I love Pixi’s lip crayons because they hydrate, are easy to apply, and look good. Lucent Glow is a very light luminous rose gold shimmer in a translucent pink base. This goes well with the theme of GLOW for February’s products. This will look good all year round though and bring a lift to any lipsticks you happen to be wearing. 

Pixi Beauty Amethyst Amore nail polish

Pixi Beauty Amethyst Amore nail polish

For me the star of the show is Pixi’s Amethyst Amore nail polish. I can’t even begin to tell you how many people took my hand over the week I wore this to look at this fabulous deep blue-violet shade. Amethyst Amore is well named since it was instant ‘amore’ with this polish. Pixi wears beautifully on me, lasting a week with no problem.

Pixi Amethyst Amore

Pixi Amethyst Amore

I’ve raved about Pixi many times before and products like these will keep me raving and talking about their virtues. All 5 of these are being used and will continue to be used by me with amore. — Marcia

Pixi Beauty is available at their website as well as at Target stores. These products will be available March 5 at stores but to be assured of getting the products I want though I rely on Pixibeauty.com.

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Don’t Call Me Ma’am but do enter this skincare giveaway

Don't Call Me Ma'am products

Don’t Call Me Ma’am products

When DON’T CALL ME MA’AM emailed us about their products and offered a giveaway to one of our readers we were totally enticed. The name alone was enough to make me curious, the great packaging added another level and the fact that we could offer a set to one of you sealed the deal. I agreed to test out their products for all those reasons.

Don't Call Me Ma'am skincare trio

Don’t Call Me Ma’am skincare trio

DON’T CALL ME MA’AM is a reasonably priced skincare line that has excellent ingredients. We were sent three products to test out.  I’ve enjoyed using these and I love the packaging. It’s fun and gives me something to read in the bathroom – seriously. I enjoy looking at the sayings on each of the products and seem to discover new ones constantly.

Don't Call Me Ma'am sayings

Don’t Call Me Ma’am sayings

“Every day is 24 hours of opportunity”  “There are mountains to climb, people to meet, days to concur” “Age does not define how I look or feel” and “I am Beauty with a capital B” are just examples of the sayings on the packaging. Bright, cheerful and motivational products with easy to use tubes.

WASH IT AWAY is Don’t Call Me Ma’am’s cleanser. This tube of cleanser is refreshing and doesn’t make my skin feel tight after using it. It takes off eye makeup too without stinging my eyes. I find that unusual so that’s a definite plus. Not all mascara will come off with it (fiber ones or really thick mascara) but most of the ones I’ve been using lately, like Votre Vu’s Eiffel Tower, come off with ease. This is a cleanser that can be used by the whole family – they don’t have to be a “ma’am”. It’s fragrance free and has some essential ingredients like DCMM Botanical Extracts blend, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil and Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil. ($25)

Don't Call Me Ma'am WASH IT AWAY

Don’t Call Me Ma’am WASH IT AWAY

IN BALANCE EVERYDAY TONER comes next. This comes in a 6 oz spray bottle.  At first I wondered if I’d be comfortable spraying it but I actually enjoy it that way. I have used a cotton pad but it’s more efficient to just spray it on and let it dry. It’s a very calming toner and works to rebalance your skin’s pH balance as well as calm any inflammation. The essential ingredients in this are DCMM Botanical Blend and Allantoin (Skin conditioning agent). This too is fragrance free (that makes me so happy). ($25)

Don't Call Me Ma'am IN BALANCE EVERYDAY TONER

Don’t Call Me Ma’am IN BALANCE EVERYDAY TONER

FACE LOVE is their moisturizer. There is no SPF so I’ve been using it at night even though the website says to use it in the morning. (I’m such a rebel!) This doesn’t have a heavy feel to it yet it is quite moisturizing and makes my skin feel very soft. They say “This naturally hydrating formula binds moisture to the skin and promotes soft and supple tissue. “ The essential ingredients are DCMM Botanical Blend, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Oil, Jojoba Oil, Aloe Barbedensis (Aloe Vera) Extract, Tocopherol (natural Vitamin E), Panthenol. ($35, 4 oz)

Don't Call Me Ma'am FACE LOVE

Don’t Call Me Ma’am FACE LOVE

DON’T CALL ME MA’AM is Never tested on Animals and is free of harsh Chemicals, Parabens, Sulfates And Fragrances.

There are so many reasons to like this line because of the ingredients and also because of what it lacks which is just as important. Cruelty free products that will keep your skin in great shape and keep your mind busy and amused.

Don't Call Me Ma'am prize pack

Don’t Call Me Ma’am prize pack

Now that you’ve learned about DON’T CALL ME MA’AM enter our giveaway for these three products. The giveaway is open through 12/19/14 for US subscribers. Just follow the Rafflecopter for all the ways you can win. — Marcia

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Ingredients for WASH IT AWAY: DCMM Botanical Extracts blend, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil and Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Aqua, Decyl Glucoside, Glyceryl Stearate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Polysorbate 20, Rosa Damascena Floral Water, Stearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Vitis Vinifera (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Cymbopogon Martini (Lemongrass) Extract, Matricaria Recutita (Chamomile) Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, Silybum Marianum (Milk Thistle) Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Sclerotium Gum, Phenoxyethanol , Caprylyl Glycol, Citric Acid

Ingredients for IN BALANCE: DCMM Botanical Blend , Allantoin,Aqua, Glycerine, Propanediol, Vitis Vinifera (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Cymbopogon Martini Extract, Matricaria Recutita Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis Extract, Silybum Marianum (Milk Thistle) Extract, Allantoin, Lactic Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Phenoxyethanol, Menthyl Lactate

Ingredients for FACE LOVE:  DCMM Botanical Blend, Helianthus Annuus  Oil, Jojoba Oil, Aloe Barbedensis Extract, Tocopherol, Panthenol, Aqua, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Coco Caprylate/Caprate, Methyl Gluceth-20, Stearic Acid, Jojoba oil, Sorbitol, Centella Asiatica (Gotu Kola) Extract, Avena Sativa (Oat) Extract, Symphytum Officinalis (Comfrey) Extract, Panax Ginseng extract, Arnica Montana extract, Achillea Millefolium (Yarrow) Extract, Aloe Barbedensis (Aloe Vera) Extract, Tocopherol, Panthenol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Hyaluronic acid, Sclerotium gum, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Potassium Sorbate

Makeup artist finds from Phytomer – and a giveaway!

Phytomer GiveawayHow about another amazing giveaway?  Phytomer, a French-based professional skin and body care line found in high-end spas all over the world, asked me to choose 3 of my favorite products for a giveaway.   They sent some really terrific products, which I expected since they are one of the few spa brands with their own laboratory and team of scientists.  I chose these three makeup artist-friendly items for the giveaway:  Rose Visage Toning Cleansing Lotion, Hydracontinue Radiance Energizing Cream, and CC Creme with SPF 20.

If you are a makeup artist, you will want all three of these products in your bag of tricks.  And if you just specialize in doing your own makeup, you will want them too!

Phytomer Rosee Visage

Phytomer Rosee Visage

The ROSÉE VISAGE TONING CLEANSING LOTION ($33.50) is everything you need to cleanse and tone all in one bottle.  It is perfect for pretty much everyone since it’s free of alcohol and super gentle.  It cleans like crazy but doesn’t leave a tacky film behind.  Skin is soft, clean, and ready for product.  This has a very soft rose scent that doesn’t linger.  It really is fantastic.

Phytomer Hydracontinue Radiance Energizing Cream

Phytomer Hydracontinue Radiance Energizing Cream

Phytomer Hydracontinue Radiance Energizing Cream

Phytomer Hydracontinue Radiance Energizing Cream

Every makeup artist wants a cream that will hydrate skin and work as a perfect base for makeup.  Phytomer’s HYDRACONTINUE RADIANCE ENERGIZING CREAM ($54) is the perfect answer.  This lightweight cream soaks in quickly and leaves the skin with an amazingly soft texture.  Check out the clinical test results:

Healthy complexion: 95%*
Immediately hydrated skin: 85%*
After 30 minutes, level of hydration: +66%**
Revitalised skin: 85%*
Toned skin: 85%*

I love this as a primer.  It works on every skin type from dry to oily, and it makes a perfect canvas for makeup application.  This is a wonderful multi-tasker that needs to be in your kit.

Phytomer CC Creme SPF 20

Phytomer CC Creme SPF 20

swatch of Phytomer CC Creme

swatch of Phytomer CC Creme

swatch of Phytomer CC Creme

swatch of Phytomer CC Creme

PHYTOMER CC CREME SPF 20 ($51) is such a great find!  It just came on to the market last March.  This creme is fabulous all by itself, or patted on before foundation and under heavier makeup. It evens out skin tone, gives an extra glow, moisturizes, refines pores, and provides sun protection.  There is only one shade but it’s very forgiving, and works on all but super light or dark skin tones.  The effect is beautiful and natural looking.  Phytomer, please make this in more shades!!

Phytomer has sustainable products that truly deliver results.  This is one giveaway everyone – professional makeup artist and cosmetics aficionados – will be extremely happy with.  You will be sending me a gushing thank you note soon!!

Phytomer is giving all three products to one lucky winner.  This fabulous giveaway runs through October 13th at 11:59 p.m. (If comments aren’t open please comment on our Facebook page or email me at marciaandlisa@gmail.com). — Lisa

*products reviewed and giveaway prize courtesy of Phytomer.

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A cult favorite: Pixi Glow Tonic

pixi logoYou know how it goes. She tells two friends, then they tell two friends and so on, and so on. (If you are as old as me you will remember that commercial!)  Well, that is exactly what happened with Pixi Beauty Glow Tonic ($29).  Word spread fast about how terrific this exfoliating toner is and suddenly it became as desirable as a cronut.

Pixi Beauty Glow Tonic

Pixi Beauty Glow Tonic

When Pixi Beauty sent the BIZ this ‘exfoliating facial glow tonic’ to test, I was skeptical. One of the key ingredients is witch hazel, which can be problematic. Witch hazel is a great antioxidant and anti-irritant, but it also contains tannin which can cause irritation. To remove the tannins, witch hazel is often distilled – and within that process, alcohol is added, which isn’t great for the skin (www.naturaldatabase.com). So I wondered…has Pixi Beauty found the perfect ratio of witch hazel so the tonic works without irritation?

Glow Tonic is meant to exfoliate, firm, and tighten skin. It’s used after cleansing and before serums and/or moisturizer. The key ingredients include ginseng (for skin repair), fructose (for moisturizing), aloe vera (for moisturizing), and 5% glycolic acid (for exfoliating). And guess what? It’s alcohol free. Ah, so the mystery is solved…some people may experience irritation from the tannin, but most will simply enjoy the antioxidant properties without any issues.

Pixi Glow Tonic 2

I definitely like this. It goes on very wet, so there is some dry time involved – not a bunch, maybe about 30 seconds more than most toners. It is strong so it’s not something I use to help remove any leftover eye makeup. It definitely leaves skin clear and it gets rid of dead skin cells so my skin glows.

I totally get why Glow Tonic is a cult favorite. You can find Pixi Beauty online and at Target stores – but good luck finding Glow Tonic because it is often sold out. However, it’s worth a try – check it out and see if Glow Tonic is something you will want to tell two friends about…and so on, and so on, and so on.  – Lisa

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Ingredients: Deionized water, Aloe Vera, Witch Hazel, Horse Chestnut Extracts, Propylene Glycol, Glycolic Acid and Ammonium Glycolate, Hexylene Glycol, Glucose, Fructose, Sucrose, Urea Dextrin, Alanine, Glutamic Acid, Hexylnicotinate, Ginseng Extract, Potassium Alum, Diazolidinyl Urea, Biotin, pixi Natural Fragrant Oil. Active ingredients: Glycolic Acid-5%, partially neutralized by Ammonium Hydroxide. 8.5 fl.oz