Trick or treat is over but you can still get Tricky with Unite Eurotherapy

Did you have a good Halloween? More treats than tricks? Halloween is over this year, but you can still get your ‘tricks’ on with a truly unique hair product, Unite Eurotherapy Tricky Spray ($31).

unite Tricky

Unite Tricky Spray

When Unite Eurotherapy sent us their Tricky Spray of course I wondered…what’s so tricky about it? Is it ‘tricky’ as in  hard to use? And what the heck is a finishing wax?? Isn’t that something for your car?

I was thrilled to find this trick is a total treat – 50% hair spray, and 50% finishing wax. It gives all the holding benefits of a hair spray with the great texture, separation, and definition of a wax.

finishing wax

finishing wax for your hair, not your car

Looks like a hair spray, but it's so much more than that

Looks like a hair spray, but it’s so much more than that

This works on all hair lengths, from super short to super long. And it is really amazing for updo’s, even just quick ones like my look below. It increases volume and holds styles beautifully. It sprays like hairspray, although it works best to actually spray it just above hair and let the spray drop down, picking up layers to make sure underneath gets some spray as well.

my 'Tricky' hair

my ‘Tricky’ hair

If you have really fine or limp hair, you might want to go with Tricky Light ($31) which is the same thing but a bit lighter.

Unite Eurotherapy is one of the best hair care lines out there; several of my favorite hair products of all time are from this wonderfully innovative line. Check to see if it’s sold near you via the website – and if not, you can buy everything from their webstore. Tricky Spray is definitely a treat you want in your hair care arsenal!  – Lisa

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Lisa from Beauty Info Zone visits her fantasy Desert Island

My fellow Beauty Spotlight bloggers have banished me to a desert island, and I can only bring 12 products (with sunscreen and lip balm already generously provided).  Ok, it’s my fantasy so I am going to let you know up front I am NOT going alone. Nope, on my trip to a deserted island I am accompanied by JOE.

One sniff of Lavanila Vanilla Coconut and I am here.  With Joe.

Here’s my deserted island. And here is Joe.

Joe and I are going to be spending a LOT of time together so I kept that in mind when selecting my twelve items.  Here’s what I am packing for my romantic retreat… I mean desert island experience.

1. Beautisol Dark Self Tanner ($39):  I’m not going to tan in the sun, but a tan makes you look thinner, healthier, and it covers so many flaws!!  Before hanging out with Joe, I am first going to slather myself from head to toe with self tanner. Beautisol Dark Self Tanner is my go-to for a full body tan.

Beautisol Summer Glow Dark Tan

2. MAC Blot Powder ($24):  I live in fear of walking around with a shiny nose so I always have this with me.  It’s the perfect pressed powder.

MAC Blot Powder

MAC Blot Powder

3. It Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye Concealer  ($24):  It’s full coverage, it’s waterproof, and it covers my dark undereye circles beautifully.  Joe and I may be staying up REALLY late at night, but it won’t show under my eyes!

Bye Bye Under Eye

Bye Bye Under Eye

4. MAC Paint Pot in Painterly ($18.50):  I am quite sure I’m not going to be doing full eye makeup on a desert island, but MAC’s Paint Pot in Painterly is my go-to for a clean, finished eye look in seconds.  This creamy eyeshadow dries down quickly and stays all day, and it never creases or cakes on me.

MAC Paint Pot in Painterly

MAC Paint Pot in Painterly

5. Paula’s Choice Gentle Touch Makeup Remover ($12.95):  I need a cleanser, cause there is no way I am going to get stuck with a blemish on this trip! This is the very best makeup remover I have ever found. It’s super gentle so it doesn’t irritate the eyes, but at the same time it removes even the most stubborn makeup. Another plus – it has anti-irritants that help reduce puffiness.

Paula's Choice Gentle Makeup Remover

Paula’s Choice Gentle Makeup Remover

6. VENNeffect Anti-Aging Lip Treatment ($85):  I have issues with hereditary vertical wrinkle lines around my lips – and this stuff truly reduces their appearance. I’m not going anywhere without it.

VENNeffect Anti-Aging Lip Treatment

VENNeffect Anti-Aging Lip Treatment

7. Besame Sweetheart Balm in Cherry ($18):  I can’t believe I am picking a lip gloss that’s in a pot – sticking sandy fingers into lip gloss doesn’t sound good at all. But I just adore the unbelievable slip and texture of this gloss and the color is simply perfect with tanned skin.

Besame Sweetheart Balm

Besame Sweetheart Balm – Cherry is second from the left

8. Sugar Works Body Gloss in Tybee Island Beach Cottage ($12.95):  I love their body oil, it leaves skin super moist but not wet, and the scent really becomes one with your body so it seems like you just naturally smell that way. This scent is described as “Sun, the ocean, warm sand, beach grass, wild beach flowers, a touch of suntan oil.” For sure Joe won’t be able to keep his hands off me.

Sugar Works Body Gloss

Sugar Works Body Gloss

9. Beach Day Spray by Unite ($29.95):  This is the best spray for that wavy, beachy look because it smells amazing and doesn’t leave your air-dried hair crunchy.

Life's a Beach Day

Life’s a Beach Day

10. Whatever Lola Wants from the Lippmann Collection ($17):  This is my most favorite summer nail color of all time. It’s a beautiful shimmery lilac/lavender/pink and it looks especially amazing in the sun. This color makes me feel cute and sexy all at the same time.

Whatever Lola Wants

Whatever Lola Wants

11.  Body Glide from Athleta ($8):  This is a terrific way to prevent blisters on your feet and chafing around sports bras, plus it does extra duty moisturizing dry, cracked skin. You can insert your own joke about how with Body Glide I won’t have to worry about chafed thighs.

Body Glide

Body Glide

12.  My Poipu hat from Athleta:  I LOVE this sun hat. It has a nice foldable brim that is perfect for shading your eyes, but isn’t so big you bump into things as you walk. Squish it into your beach bag, and it pops right back into shape when you put it on.  It’s on sale now too for only $29.99 – sheesh, I paid $54 for mine!! You can find the hat HERE.

Poipu Hat

Poipu Hat

There’s my list! I’d invite you along, but Joe and I are in some serious need of ‘alone time’.  Aloha!  – Lisa

What do you say, Joe...are you ready to go to that deserted island with me??

What do you say, Joe…are you ready to go to that deserted island with me?

*several items were PR samples, others were personally purchased

Big hair with Unite Expanda Dust

Sometimes I want sleek, draping hair with no curl, sometimes I want fun, bouncy curls, and sometimes I just want BIG hair. When I want big hair, I reach for my Unite Expanda Dust ($26.25).

Unite Expanda Dust

Unite Expanda Dust PR sample

I never would have thought that putting something that looks like dandruff…or snow…into my hair would make it look good. Here’s what the dust reminds me of:

looks like Expanda Dust...

looks like Expanda Dust…

Here’s what it really looks like:

...but here's the real thing

…but here’s the real thing

Sprinkle some of this magical dust onto your roots and poof! All kinds of volume. Sprinkle it throughout your hair for  all kinds of texture. It’s really, really cool stuff.


a little of this gives mega volume

It’s made of kaolin for texture, potato starch and tapioca starch for volume, corn starch for hold, and aloe barbadensis leaf juice for moisture. So it has that funky gritty texture from the starches, plus an almost wet feel from the aloe. It’s fascinating.

My 'big' hair

My ‘big’ hair

Sometimes a girl just has to have some big hair – and if you feel that need coming on ever so often, pick up some Unite Expanda Dust to magically expand your hairdo!  – Lisa

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Total luxury with Unite U Luxury Shampoo, Conditioner, and Argan Oil



U Luxury Shampoo

One of my favorite quotes is from Frank Lloyd Wright.  He said, “Give me the luxuries of life and I will willingly do without the necessities.”

When it comes to hair care, Unite has all the luxury you could ask for – crushed pearls, organic honey, and pure Argan Oil.  How much fun to find such luxury inside of a necessity!


My U Luxury Shampoo is a necessity

The U Luxury Shampoo, Conditioner, and Pure Argan Oil work for all hair types including color treated.  Inside each you will find totally luxurious ingredients.  Crushed Pearls provide minerals for your hair like calcium, magnesium and amino acids.  And then there’s Organic Hawaiian White Honey that comes from a particular forest of Kiawe trees, the honey moisturizes hair.   U Luxury Shampoo ($34.95) has those ingredients, plus argan oil and coconut cleansers.  It’s free of sulfates and parebens, and it leaves hair super shiny and healthy looking.

ulux conditioner

U Luxury Conditioner

 The U Luxury Conditioner ($38.95) is a gorgeous creamy white conditioner that is super thick and rich.


conditioning luxuriously

It also has the Crushed Pearl, Hawaiian White Honey and Pure Argan Oil, plus it has Shea Butter for super moisture and Apple, Orange, Lemon and Sugar Cane extracts.  The extracts seal the hair cuticle, preventing frizz and split ends and making your hair smooth and full of body.


U Luxury shampoo on the right, conditioner on the left

I don’t normally do swatches of shampoo and conditioner, but the formula of both is so beautiful I had to do it this time!  The shampoo is thick with a gorgeous pearlescence, and the conditioner is such a creamy white it looks absolutely delicious.

U Luxury Oil

U Luxury Oil

Don’t forget the U Luxury Oil!    U Luxury Oil ($47.95) is a gorgeous argan oil that gives insane moisture, plus it acts as a thermal protector and it shortens the amount of time it takes to dry your hair.  I use one pump before drying my hair, then about a half pump after for super smooth hair.

The U Luxury line is definitely hair care at its most luxurious.  I agree with Frank Lloyd Wright, but it’s even better getting both my luxury and my necessity at the same time!    – Lisa

Shampoo and Conditioner are available at specialty salons nationwide and at

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shampoo ingredients

conditioner ingredients

conditioner ingredients


argan oil ingredients

Best of the Year 2012: Lisa’s picks



It’s the new year, so you know what that means – a bunch of people with hangovers and a ton of ‘Best of 2012’ lists!  Beauty Info Zone is jumping right into the pool with our own lists.  Here are my personal picks for Best of the Year 2012, stay tuned for Marcia’s choices tomorrow. 

Shimmer, color, extensions, scents…it’s all here!  I have much to be grateful for, much to be thankful for, and here is my big virtual hug to all the products and product lines that brought me so much joy in 2012.


Best new (to me anyway) cosmetics lines



Christina Choi lipgloss

Christina Choi – beautiful lip glosses, gorgeous eye shadows (love the duo with a coordinating cake liner), plus so much more.  I am very, very excited about this line.

in my Z Palette

My gorgeous Makeup Geek eyeshadows in my Z Palette

Makeup Geek – love the lipsticks, and the eyeshadows are truly the bomb.  If you don’t have any yet, they should be first on your list of new purchases for 2013.

Best old (to me anyway) cosmetics lines


Le Metier

Le Metier eyes

Le Metier de Beaute – 2012 was a Le Metier year for me, from fantastic makeovers to awesome facials to workhorse products that I can’t do without. 

Bye Bye Pores powder and puff

Bye Bye Pores powder and puff

It Cosmetics – I am constantly amazed by this line.  There hasn’t been ONE thing that I didn’t love.  I think I look forward to new products from It Cosmetics more than from any other line because they never, ever disappoint.

Dan Read Icy Lilac eyeshadow

Dan Read Icy Lilac eyeshadow

Dan Read Cosmetics –  another line that never lets me down.  I always have my Dan Read Silver Screen Series foundation with me – in fact, on Christmas Day I bought myself another one as a Christmas gift to myself.  I also love the eyeshadows, they are fantastic.   Dan Read is on my ‘best of’ list every single year.  He rocks – and so does his cosmetics line.

Make Up For Ever Iconic Red

Make Up For Ever Iconic Red

Make Up For Ever – did you watch Syfy’s Face Off this past season?  I think it was the best ever thanks to Make Up For Ever.  Dany Sanz is brilliant, and I love all of her creations, particularly the Aqua Rouge lip colors.

Best skin care


reviva-primerReviva Labs – I have probably tried 15 different things from this line and I love everything. I think that is amazing. My absolute favorites are the Makeup Primer, Hyalauronic Acid Serum, and the Willard Water.

cooling metal tip applicator

Love the StriVectin cooling metal tip applicator – and if you look closely, you can see my camera reflected in it!!

 StriVectin – oh boy do I love the 360 Tightening Eye Serum – it’s a great serum with the best applicator ever.

Jewelweed Topical Mist close upCreation Pharm – this is a terrific organic line with intriguing products. I still use the Jewelweed Topical Mist every day. I am probably on my 20th bottle.  If you look close, I do believe that is my photo of my fingers holding the Jewelweed bottle on their website!!!

Love my Kleraderm

Love my Kleraderm

Kleraderm – one of the very best skin care lines there is.  I have used it for years and will always be a ‘Kleranet’.  I have an appointment for a facial with Joanne Recchia-Kallabat in a few days and I am so geeked.  She gives a $200 facial for just $20, plus I will be finding out about the latest new products – and I will be sure to share!

Best brushes


Domed Shadow Brush

Real Techniques Domed Shadow Brush

Real Techniques (Pixie Woo) Domed Shadow Brush – this is by far the very best eyeshadow crease brush I have ever used.  I say thank you for this every day.

212 up close and personal

212 up close and personal

Hakuhodo 212 – the supreme brush for blending eyeshadow.  If you don’t have this — you need it.

Best hair care


I will never be without this hairspray

I will never be without this hairspray

Unite – the Go365 Hairspray is the primo hairspray ever. Period.

Cristopher Glossing Shampoo

Cristophe Glossing Shampoo

Cristophe  – the Glossing Shampoo and Conditioner never fail to make my hair super soft, shiny, and bouncy.

Leonor Greyl makes for a good hair day!!

Leonor Greyl makes for a good hair day!!

Leonor Greyl – gorgeous products that smell amazing.  So many of her hair products are cult favorites, and for good reason!

Biggest personal influences in 2012


soft waves

Soft waves?  No problem!

Verge One – I would say that two lines dramatically changed my daily appearance in 2012.  The first is Verge One.  Their ‘texture wands’ have completely changed the way I wear my hair.  Now pretty much every day I am curly or wavy, and I love it.  The texture wands are truly fabulous finds for which I am extremely grateful!

More lashes = love!

More lashes = love!

Novalash – the second line that dramatically changed my daily appearance in 2012 is Novalash.  I had what I thought were nicely dramatic eyelashes thanks to Latisse…and then I found Novalash.  WOW.  My lashes are huge and beautiful and easy to care for every single day.  This is a ‘get down on my knees and say THANK YOU‘ find!!

Most fun


Everything is better on a stick!

Everything is better on a stick!

Lush – Reflecting back on 2012, I remember so many awesome, entertaining products from Lush.  Seriously, everything they make is not only useful and practical, it’s also a blast. 


Who knew blue hair could be so fun?

HairUWear – another surprising super fun discovery for me this year were hair extensions.  I adore the ones I have tried from HairUWear, whether they are lively and funky bright colors or seriously hair-enhancing extensions.  Absolute enjoyment that reminded me I need to step outside my comfort zone to make new discoveries.

My top product picks


OCC Skin:  Conceal Y series

OCC Skin: Conceal Y series

OCC Airbrush Foundation and Conceal Concealer – two of the best finds of 2012.  The foundation is a fantastic water-based foundation that works with every application technique, it looks totally natural and wears like iron.  And the concealer is nothing short of amazing – it’s the perfect concealer times twenty. 


Tarte Magic blush really is magic!

Tarte Amazonian Clay Blushfirst-rate blushes with lots of different shades and perfect pigment.  This is a blush that will keep you blushing all day long.

Lisa Hoffman bracelet2

Lisa Hoffman Fragrance Jewelry – so gorgeous, clever and unique!  One of my favorite fragrances of all time is Lisa’s Tuscan Fig, and to be able to have that inside beautiful jewelry?  Fantastic.

Eyeko Skinny Brush Mascara

Eyeko Skinny Brush Mascara

Eyeko Skinny Brush Mascara – this is the best mascara I have ever found for my lower lashes.  It’s pretty amazing.

Tarte concealer top

Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Waterproof Concealer – another pick from Tarte.  This concealer is creamy long-lasting goodness that saved my eyes this fall when they were going crazy with allergies.  It’s a total winner.

My perfect tube of 3Lab Perfect BB Cream

My perfect tube of 3Lab Perfect BB Cream

3lab Perfect BB Cream – my very first BB cream and the best one out there.  Yes, it’s expensive – but it’s also worth every single penny.

CV Skinlabs bottle

CV Skinlabs – sunburns, bug bites, hives, rashes, it’s all so much easier to live through with Rescue + Relief Spray.  I have a bottle of this in my refrigerator at all times.

Skin Chemists Wrinkle Killer

Skin Chemists Wrinkle Killer

Skin Chemists Wrinkle Killer – the snake serum is far more than a marketing ploy. This stuff works. If you want less wrinkles in 2013, get yourself some Wrinkle Killer.

If 2013 is even close to as good as 2012 was, then we have a LOT to look forward to.  2012 was chock full of great discoveries, wonderful ‘old faithfuls’, tons of joy and nothing to complain about.  Life is good!  – Lisa

The latest from Unite – U Luxury Shampoo and Conditioner

Beauty Info Zone has been a huge fan of Unite Hair Care for a very long time, and we are really excited about their latest launch.  The newest products are the U Luxury Shampoo and U Luxury Conditioner, and they certainly do sound luxurious.  Here’s the scoop:

 Suitable for all hair types, even color-treated hair, the newest additions to the U LUXURY collection – a decadently formulated healing shampoo and conditioner enriched with Crushed Pearls, Organic White Honey and Pure Argan Oil.  Derived from freshwater pearls, Crushed Pearl has long been renowned for its healing powers and has been used in ancient medicinal treatments around the world. Rich in calcium, magnesium and amino acids, it delivers the essential minerals that nutrient-deprived hair craves. Rare and utterly exquisite in texture, Organic Hawaiian White Honey is harvested from a single forest of Kiawe trees, and is celebrated for its intensely moisturizing benefits.



U LUXURY Shampoo ($34.95): A luscious blend of hydrating, protective Crushed Pearl, fortifying Hawaiian White Honey, softening Pure Argan Oil and gentle, Coconut-derived cleansers, this sulfate and paraben-free shampoo provides a creamy lather that doesn’t strip hair of moisture or cause buildup. Developed with Panthenol, a botanical extract rich in Vitamin B, it adds vivid shine and weightless volume to hair, while strengthening and invigorating it.

ulux conditioner

ulux conditioner

U LUXURY Conditioner ($38.95): This rich, creamy conditioner features a potent fusion of Crushed Pearl, Hawaiian White Honey and Pure Argan Oil, in addition to deeply nourishing Shea Butter, and Apple, Orange, Lemon and Sugar Cane extracts, which seal the hair cuticle to lock in moisture. Hair is left looking fuller and shinier and feeling softer and smoother. 

U LUXURY Shampoo and Conditioner are available at specialty salons nationwide and at


Beautiful locks with Unite Eurotherapy


Unite Eurotherapy

I remember the first time I heard about the Unite Eurotherapy hair care line.  My friend Patty, who lives in California, was absolutely raving about the products.  Now, this was about five years ago, before you could find and purchase pretty much everything online.  I was so impressed with her raves that I asked her for what we used to call a ‘CP’ – a custom purchase.  I gave her all my credit card info and said, go to town!  She shopped for me and then mailed me some of the best hair products I have ever tried.

I used my beloved Unite products until I ran out, but I didn’t want to bother her again so I moved on and tried other lines.  But I often thought about the Unite line and knew I needed to revisit it again one day.

Fast forward to today – now there’s no need for ‘CP’s because you can just hop online with your credit card handy.  Unite has a gorgeous website, and I have gorgeous hair thanks to a few of their products I have been testing lately.

Beach Day

 Beach Day ($29.95) is a spray that you use on damp or dry hair. It brings instant life to droopy curls, and sprayed on your roots it gives you beautiful volume. 

Life’s a Beach Day

It has a light, clean scent that is very pleasant.  It leaves your hair textured and slightly ‘piecey’.  I absolutely love it for second day hair.

Beach Day puts a little more spring into my waves

Beach Day is definitely a winner. 

the best hair spray ever

Unite also has one heck of a hairspray. The GO365 Hairspray ($31) is, hands down, the best hairspray I have ever used. And I don’t say that lightly! This is flipping fabulous stuff.

I will never be without this hairspray

 In terms of the formula, it’s 100% Vegan, has no parabens, no sodium chloride, and no gluten.  The can has this really cool feature where you can turn the nozzle to whatever strength you want – soft, medium, or strong hold. 

Perfect hold!

 It doesn’t smell or leave your hair crunchy.  It just gives perfect hold without weighing down my hair.  If you hate hairspray but need something to keep your style in place, this is the perfect solution for you. 
I am so glad I don’t have to go to California or bug Patty for my Unite Eurotherapy fix.  This is one fantastic hair care line, I cannot recommend it highly enough.  – Lisa
*pr samples