4 for Fall: four small but mighty products!


The change in seasons brings all sorts of skin care challenges and I have four small but mighty products that will help you power through any surprise curve balls thrown your way. Dry lips? No problem. Greasy locks? Gone in an instant. Bad breath? Got you covered. Dry skin? Don’t make me laugh. Not only will you have the tools, but these are also  portable and easy to conceal and carry anywhere. Ready? Let’s go!!

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  1.  Annmarie Skin Care Antioxidant Lip Balm

Annmarie Skin Care Antioxidant Lip Balm

Lip balm is a must have for fall. Dry lips are terrible to suffer through, especially when they peel and get really sore. I am loving my Annmarie Skin Care Antioxidant Lip Balm so much I can’t rave enough about it. The slip is fantastic and it lasts forever. It conditions lips and takes away all flakes and dryness so quickly it’s incredible.


Antioxidant-rich, omega-heavy fruit oils of buriti and sea buckthorn fight free radicals.

– Organic cocoa butter softens lips.

– Rich cocoa extract leaves kisses luminous and luscious—with a hint of chocolate.

The ingredient list is fabulous, and everything is organically grown or wildcrafted: Olive oil, cocoa butter, beeswax, sea buckthorn fruit oil, buriti fruit oil, cocoa extract, rosehip fruit oil, and rosemary extract.

The price is good and even better if you buy more: 1 for $8; 3 for $24 (save on shipping); 5 for $40 and get 1 free; 10 for $80, and get 2 free. Why not buy a bunch and stock up for the cold months? The dry indoor heat is really rough on delicate lip tissue. You won’t be sorry –  Annmarie Skin Care Antioxidant Lip Balm is some of the best lip balm I have tried in forever.

2.  Tish and Snooky Manic Panic Dry Shampoo

Tish and Snooky Manic Panic Dry Shampoo

Tish and Snooky Manic Panic Dry Shampoo

Tish and Snooky Manic Panic Dry Shampoo

Who would know more about hair freshening dry shampoo than punk rock sisters? Um, NO ONE. Tish and Snooky are those sisters and they have the iconic Manic Panic hair color and cosmetics line. One of my fav products is the super cool and wonderfully portable Hair Freshener Powder Dry Shampoo ($9.99). This lightweight powder soaks up dirt and grease, gives hair a nice fresh scent, and adds lots of volume and texture between washes. Sometimes hair looks good in the morning but by midday it starts looking droopy, especially with chilly fall showers. Just sneak a little Manic Panic Hair Freshener Powder Dry Shampoo and your hair will be happy and looking fantastic in no time!

3.  Dr. Plotka Toothbrush

Dr. Plotka Toothbrush

Dr. Plotka Toothbrush

Dr. Plotka Toothbrush

Dr. Plotka Toothbrush

Here’s a great memory trick – change your toothbrush with every season. This season, why not upgrade with a really cool new toothbrush – Doctor Plotka’s™ Mouthwatchers toothbrush. This toothbrush has naturally antimicrobial bristles that are infused with silver that naturally eliminate 99.9% of bacteria that grow on bristles in between uses – pretty awesome! The bristles are also super thin at the top so they act as floss, reaching food in between teeth. I sure do love a multi-tasker. You need one of these at home, one in your car, and one at work.

Be sure to keep reading the BIZ because we have a giveaway coming up for some Doctor Plotka’s™ Mouthwatcher toothbrushes so you can floss like a boss this fall!

4.  LDC Anti-Aging Moisturizer Travel Size ($60)


The final item in my fab four are the travel size LDC Anti-Aging Moisurizer. There is a lot going on in such a small bottle – this plumps skin, evens skin tone, tightens skin and makes it look younger.

  • Look Instantly Younger! Erase wrinkles and hydrate your skin, all at the same time!
  • Our Resveratrol Peptide Complex is a revolutionary new formula that will not only make you look younger, but will also hydrate and moisturize your skin.
  • See a noticeable improvement in skin tone, as well as a skin lightening benefit.
  • 6 Peptides and Resveratrol work in synergy to provide you with a relaxed and softer appearance.
  • Instant Results! Painless skin tightening and hydrating results! On the go!

The Travel Size Kit comes with two airless pumps – one for your purse and one for your desk at work, perfect for instant skin hydration any time you start feeling a little dry.

There you go, four heavy hitters in small packages to get you through the fall season. Big doesn’t necessarily mean mighty, and these four favorites are mighty awesome!! – Lisa

Side by Side – Annmarie Gianni part 2 (plus giveaway)

Annmarie Gianni’s skincare has made a previous appearance on Beauty Info Zone. The line has so many wonderful products though that we needed to divide our review into two parts. What you’ll find when you use Annmarie Gianni are products that are pure enough to eat. Her philosophy is that if you can’t eat the ingredients then they aren’t good enough to put on your face. We’re here with another Side by Side as well as a chance for you to win some of this skincare line for yourself.

Marcia’s Side:

Neroli Toning Mist

On our first review I went a little gaga over the Coconut Honey Mask. So gaga in fact that I used the code we had at that time and bought a full size mask so that I could continue enjoying this delicious mask on a more regular basis. Besides the Aloe-Herb Facial Cleanser I was able to test out the following 3 products.

Neroli Toning Mist ($27.95/50 ml):  While I used this in the evening after cleansing with the Aloe-Herb Facial Cleanser, it is just as nice any time of the day. It was a soothing toner that I sprayed on my face and then spread with my clean hands to rebalance my skin. Neroli hydrosol is made from orange blossoms (a favorite scent of mine). It’s known to calm your soul and also as an aphrodisiac (don’t tell my husband please).

Annmarie Gianni Anti-aging Serum

Anti-aging serum ($49.95/15 ml): This was actually my 2nd step in my nighttime routine. This serum will increase skin moisture by inhibiting hyalurondase, which is destructive to skin’s natural moisturizer – hyaluronic acid. It boosts Collagen III, a type of collagen abundant in young skin that diminishes with age. It helps soothe irritated skin. While I hate to admit I am aging I know it’s important that I use products like this serum. It’s especially good for all those fine lines. If you use it in the daytime it acts as a mattifying primer for your makeup.  I followed it with the Neroli Toning Mist and then Herbal Facial Oil.

Annmarie Gianni Herbal Facial Oil

Herbal Facial Oil for Normal/Combination Skin ($34.95/ 15 ml):  I used this oil as a nighttime moisturizer.  The ingredient list is sort of like reading a menu at an incredible salad restaurant. I’m always talking about scent in products since that’s important to me. This smells as good as it works. The purpose of the oil is to soothe sensitive skin, balance combination skin and restore a youthful glow. It’s lightweight and did a great job of moisturizing this past summer.

All in all this was a great routine for my summer skin.

LISA’S SIDEIn our first review, I wrote about two great products, the Coconut Body Oil and the Purifying Mud Mask.  Today I have two more terrific products to tell you about.

Ayurvedic Facial Scrub

Ayurvedic Facial Scrub ($24.95)  Similar to the Purifying Mud Mask, the  Ayurvedic Facial Scrub is a tub of dry ingredients that you mix with liquid.  Inside the finely ground powder is a mix of Indian herbs, Moroccan Rhassoul Clay and traditional herbal treatments. The combination makes a very gentle exfoliant that effectively cleanses and clears yoru skin.

The Rhassoul clay has lots of minerals in it to help nourish the skin.  It’s also great for exfoliating, cleansing, and absorbing oil and dirt.  Another powerful ingredient is Fenugreek seeds, which works as an anti-inflammatory.

I used this several times a week, combining the powder with liquid cleanser and a little water.  It does have a distinct herbal scent, so it may not be the best fit for those of you who are very sensitive to fragrance.   Once the powder is combined with cleanser and water, it forms a paste which is massaged into the skin.  After rinsing, skin feels clean, looks clear, and is very soft.

Ingredients:  Love, organic lavender flowers; organic fenugreek seed; rhassoul clay; organic rosemary leaves; organic lemon balm leaves; organic shavegrass (horsetail herb); organic neem leaves; organic comfrey root; organic lemon peel; honey powder.

Neroli Toning Mist

Neroli Toning Mist ($19.95/30ml)  Like Marcia, I tried the Neroli Toning Mist.  I love this toner.  Spray some on a cotton pad and apply after cleansing, and it helps to balance out the natural oil in your skin, soothe any irritation, and minimize large pores.

It has a beautifully refreshing scent, and it just makes my skin feel great.  It’s made of pure organic Neroli Distillate, which is derived from orange blossoms.  I think toners are essential to a good skin care regime, and this one is a real winner.


Annmarie Gianni has sent us a set of deluxe sample size products for one of our readers. For those of you who love organic, cruelty free skincare this will be a perfect way to learn about the line.

The prize contains Aloe Herb Cleanser (previously reviewed), Herbal Facial Oil (see Marcia’s side above), Neroli Toning Mist (both Marcia and Lisa reviewed this today) and Ayurvedic Facial Mask (see Lisa’s side above).

To enter:

1. Be a Beauty Info Zone subscriber in the US please

2. Comment on which Annmarie Gianni skincare product sounds the best for your skintype

3. Email us at [email protected] to identify your comment.

4. For extra entries:

a) Follow Beauty Info Zone on Facebook and comment that you entered. You can do this daily if you’d like more entries.

b) Retweet this giveaway on Twitter (and let us know via email and ditto on the daily part).

This is open in the US until Saturday, Sept. 17th, 11:59 p.m. EST