Smells like holiday spirit with Zoella! Zoella Scents of Wonder and Cosmos by Zoella

One of the most adorable, holiday friendly lines is Zoella Beauty. This cute, sweet bath and body line is available at Ulta. Everything wows me – the adorable packaging, the beautiful fragrances, the lovely lotions….it’s all great stuff. Zoella does the holidays right because they put together fantastic limited edition holiday gifts that make great stocking stuffers or Secret Santa gifts. Plus I am always doing a ‘one for you, one for me’ thing…read on and you will understand why!

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One thing that Zoella really has down is fragrance – beautiful fragrance at a very budget friendly price. There are two options in particular that are simply perfect for the holidays. Put these on your shopping list pronto for any fragrance-aholic you need to buy for, because she will be thrilled.

For someone who loves options and convenience, nothing beats the Scents of Wonder Rollerball Trio ($12.95). This perfectly priced gift set features three cute rollerballs of Zoella fragrances.

Zoella Scents of Wonder

This trio includes:

  • Sweet Inspiration Rollerball (0.3 oz) This is a sweet scent, with vanilla notes…it smells like a delicious macaroon.
  • Gelat’eau Rollerball (0.3 oz) is a unique combination of sweet and fresh, with notes of elderflower and pomegranate.
  • Botanic’eau Rollerball (0.3 oz) It’s light and fresh and green, slightly floral with notes of freesia and iris.

The Scents of Wonder Rollerball Trio has a great variety of scents, and they are terrific for carrying in your purse or keeping in your desk at work. Right now, Ulta is also offering a FREE Plush Throw or Luxury Robe with any $50 Fragrance purchase (offer valid 11/25/18-12/24/18 or while quantities last) – so you could order a whole bunch of Zoella gifts, and keep that throw or robe for yourself! Self care is essential, you know??

Another scent to consider is the limited edition Cosmos by Zoella Fragranced Body Mist ($12.95).  This is also offered in a wonderful gift set with a matching body lotion. The packaging is really gorgeous – a substantial ombre blue glass bottle with cosmic stars. The scent is unusual and unique, and the combination of crisp mint and yummy red fruit is destined to become your gift recipients signature scent.

Cosmos by Zoella

Right now there is a terrific sale at Ulta, buy one Zoella Beauty product, get one 50% off. Think of all the holiday shopping you could accomplish with the fabulous Zoella products and those wallet friendly prices. Smells like holiday spirit to me for sure!  – Lisa

Make a splash with Zoella Botanics #giveaway

Zoella Splash Botanics

Zoella Beauty Splash Botanics is a new line for Zoella Beauty, one created just this past summer as Zoe Sugg was inspired by the rich greenery of summer. Zoe is an English beauty influencer and the brains behind the adorable Zoella Beauty line sold on Ulta. Their products are beautifully scented, adorably packaged and the prices are great. We’ve reviewed several products from the line and now we want to spoil one of our readers with this mini trio from Zoella.

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There are 3 products in this trio – the first being a bath pouf in pink and who can resist pink? You’ll need that for the two goodies that you will want, whether you win or not.

Zoella Splash Botanics

Start your bath or shower with Zoella Beauty Make A Splash Body Wash ($8.98). This body wash is enriched with hydrating coconut water and radiance-boosting lychee. It’s meant to moisturize your skin while cleansing it. It’s very creamy and gentle on your body.

Zoella Splash Botanics Make a Splash and Quench Me

Now move on to Zoella Beauty Quench Me Body Sorbet. ($12 full size) This too has the same fragrance so they complement each other well. It’s a lightweight gel which isn’t what we normally find in a body moisturizer. The travel size in this trio would be perfect to use or take to a warm weather destination. It’s not greasy or sticky. From what I’ve read it’s not for Michigan’s winter weather but very suitable for a Florida vacation. It feels cool when you apply it so using it in warm weather is going to make it very hydrating and fun.

Zoella Beauty is only sold at Ulta in the US. The line keeps growing and is Splash Botanics a welcome addition.  —  Marcia

GIVEAWAY  – Open to US/Can subscribers. For all BIZ giveaways we require both proof of subscription and a comment. That’s all it takes yet so many people don’t bother with them. You can’t win the game if you don’t play by the rules. This 3 piece set with the Zoella Shower Poof and two travel size products is open through October 9, 2018.

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AVÈNE introduces their new Essential Body Care including Gentle Scrub

Avene Body – Gentle Scrub

AVÈNE is mostly known for their Thermal Spring Water and its use in their products. The newest category of product from Avène is their new Essentials Body Care and they do include their thermal spring water in the ingredients. Today and tomorrow Lisa and I will be sharing the 3 new products that became available this month.

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The Body Care range consists of products that are hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic which are designed to nourish all skin types even the most sensitive. The formulas rely on their Oleo-soothing complex which combines the clinically proven soothing, calming and softening properties of Avène Thermal Spring Water. There’s a trio of natural plant-based oil in the products: Shea (for smoothing and nourishing), Camelina (to help restore the skin barrier), and Safflower (which protects against oxidative stress and helps restore radiance).

Avene Body – Gentle Scrub

Currently living in my shower is Avène’s new Gentle Scrub ($24). This is named correctly as it is a gentle non-abrasive scrub. It contains two sizes of biodegradable, non-abrasive cellulose beads and jojoba wax beads to ensure optimal exfoliation. While it exfoliates well it’s not harsh in any way. This has a soap free formula yet I use it in place of a shower gel often.

As someone who doesn’t care for fragrance you’ll be surprised to hear that I am perfectly fine with it in the scrub. It’s a combination of rose, jasmine and bergamot but it’s not too strong. Plus because it’s in the shower I mostly wash it away.

Avene Body – Gentle Scrub

Avene Body – Gentle Scrub

The scrub has the appearance of little bubbles with the 2 types of beads suspended in a clear gel. It doesn’t really lather on skin, instead it turns a little creamy when you massage it on.

Avene Body – Gentle Scrub

It’s very hydrating and nourishes your skin with glycerin while the Thermal Water soothes, calms and softens your skin. I use a muslin cloth to remove the product and my skin feels totally refreshed. It’s gentle enough to use daily too.

Enjoy your shower in a new refreshing way with Avène.  —  Marcia

Read part two from Lisa HERE.

 

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Giveaway alert – Robin McGraw Georgia Fragrance and Body Lotion Gift Set

I’ve already raved about the Robin McGraw skincare and will be sharing more of it with you soon. Now we have a giveaway from the Robin McGraw team for her Fragrance and Body Lotions in her Georgia box.

This beautiful gift box will be great for you or a gift since it’s ready to go.

What can you win?

Robin McGraw Hand Cream

Georgia Moisturizing Hand Cream 3 fl oz/ 89 mL  From the fresh, floral scent to the silky texture, this luxurious hand cream is a must-have for pampering on-the-go. Give your hardworking hands a well-deserved break with nourishing mango butter and antioxidant-rich milk thistle to hydrate, repair, and protect skin. The light formula absorbs quickly, leaving hands feeling soft and supple but not slippery, so you can pick up right where you left off.

Robin McGraw Georgia Foaming Shower Gel

Georgia Foaming Shower Gel 8 fl oz/ 237 mL Enriched with calendula, honey, aloe, and olive fruit extracts, this foaming shower gel leaves skin feeling relaxed, refreshed, and baby soft, while the elegant aroma of Robin’s signature scent elevates your bath to a decadent, spa-like experience.

Georgia Hydrating Body Butter

Georgia Hydrating Body Butter 8 fl oz/ 237 mL

Indulge your skin cravings. This luxuriously rich cream is formulated with moisturizing shea butter, macadamia seed oil, avocado oil, and vitamin E to provide dull, dry skin with long-lasting hydration and antioxidant protection. Packed with essential nutrients, this velvety formula feels surprisingly light on the skin, absorbing quickly for a boost of moisture and leaving your body delicately fragranced with Robin’s signature Georgia scent.

Georgia eau de parfum

Georgia eau de parfum 1.7 fl oz/ 50 mL  A sensual, sophisticated fragrance featuring fresh, floral notes. Inspired by the spirit, love, power, and strength of Robin’s mother, Georgia embodies what it means to be fabulous and fierce. Wherever you go, a zing of bergamot, pink freesia, and water lotus announces your arrival, before whimsical orchid and rose begin to bloom, and soothing amber and coral musk linger long after you’ve made your grand entrance.

Top Notes: Bergamot, Pink Freesia, Water Lotus
Middle Notes: Whimsical Orchid, Feminine Rose, Tea Leaf
Base Notes: Patchouli, Soothing Amber, Coral Musk

NO PARABENS, DYE FREE, NO SLS, NO MINERAL OIL, NO ANIMAL TESTING

Giveaway information: This giveaway is open to US subscribers only. The prize will be sent by the representative of Robin McGraw. You have until 8/20 at 11:59 pm eastern time to enter. Please be sure that the email you use is the same one I can reach you at if you are the winner, if it’s not please email it to me at [email protected] Rules are meant to be followed so don’t get eliminated for not following them!!

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nyl may mean nothing but it’s sure something great with NYL Skincare

nyl Skincare is the name. Nil is the pronunciation. What does it mean though?

nyl stands for what is NOT used by the company. They are set on improving products by eliminating the toxins in products and creating a new category in skincare. nyl Skincare concentrates on making products in small batches. But what makes these products different is that these all natural products are handmade weekly in a kitchen, not a factory. They want to deliver clean yet effective products that won’t harm you or the environment.

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This isn’t a big conglomeration. There are only 11 products plus a few kits that are made by nyl Skincare so they can stay true to their mission. I’ll start with one of the collections to show you an overview of their goods.

nyl Skincare Starter Kit

There are two ways to purchase this Starter Kit, with Chamomile Face Wash or with Rosewater Face Wash. Inside the box you’ll find the 4 deluxe sample size items in a burlap bag that can be saved to hold the products or to hold other items. It contains 1 jar of Whipped Hand & Body Lotion – 2 oz, 1 jar of Gentle Sugar Body Polish – 2 oz, 1 bottle of Velvet Transformative Serum – 1/4 oz and 1 bottle of either Rosewater Face Wash or Chamomile Face Wash – 2 oz.

nyl Starter Kit

I love that nyl Skincare not only carries a kit like this but they sell smaller samples ($8 each) of their most popular items. It’s a way to test and see which fits your needs. I also love that even though the products are all natural the fragrances are natural too and not overpowering. Most smell like citrus which is my favorite.

nyl Whipped Hand & Body Lotion

Speaking of citrus this Whipped Hand & Body Lotion has a citrus fragrance. Mostly I smell lime. What makes this such a great product are ingredients like organic Meadowfoam Seed Oil which was chosen for its amazing moisturizing and rejuvenating capabilities. When applied to the skin, it forms a moisture barrier and will assist in preventing moisture loss. It’s a non-comedogenic oil which means it won’t clog your pores, has a non-greasy feel and your skin will drink it up. 

Whipped Hand & Body Lotion

Since it’s not greasy at all and absorbs well it doesn’t stop you from getting dressed or doing things for your life. The fragrance lightly lingers but most people won’t notice that.

nyl Chamomile Face Wash

The Chamomile Face Wash is the only product in this kit that I wouldn’t purchase in full size but that’s because I’m just not a fan of chamomile. While it acts as an astringent and has anti-inflammatory qualities this one is stronger than my nose likes. This is a great cleanser though for oily skin, especially for those with breakouts. It contains Willow Bark Extract and essential oils that work together to fight bacteria that wants to form into acne. The Rosewater Face Wash is more up my alley since that’s formulated for dry, normal or sensitive skin.

nyl Skincare Velvet Transformative Serum

nyl Skincare Velvet Transformative Serum is the product in the Starter Kit that I was most excited to use. I am a serum girl so having the opportunity to try this made me happy. They named this well since my skin does feel velvety when using this. While it’s recommended for twice a day I like using it in the morning because of the feel and the light dewy radiance it provides.

nyl blends the highest quality oils* that are known for anti-aging and anti-inflammatory properties into a dry oil that amazingly vanishes into my skin. I feel my face is well protected and nourished plus it’s non-comedogenic so it won’t clog pores.

*organic meadowfoam seed oil/chardonnay grape seed oil/acai oil/blackberry seed oil/blueberry seed oil/carrot seed oil/cranberry seed oil/marula oil, pomegranate seed oil/rosehip seed oil/vegetable squalene/vitamin E oil/watermelon seed oil/essential oils. (makes me hungry)

nyl Skincare Velvet Transformative Serum

You only need a few drops of the serum. Warm it up between your fingertips and press it onto your skin. It even works well under eyes.

nyl Sugar Body Polish

The fourth delightful item in the Starter Kit is the nyl Gentle Sugar Body Polish. This organic body scrub is a simple blend of organic sugar and oils. It not only exfoliates, it moisturizes, improves circulation, polishes and smoothes skin. It can be used in place of shaving cream too.

nyl Sugar Body Polish

Massage this onto your skin until the sugar crystals have melted and you’re left with soft skin with a touch of oil that dries. I usually use a washcloth to make sure the crystals are well removed. It’s not only delightful but it has a lemon fragrance that makes me smile.

nyl Skincare Starter Kit

All of this for $46. Or you can buy smaller sizes for $32 but I think it’s great with these sizes.

Now onto a full size product from nyl Skincare that I’m crazy about for summer especially: Organic Shimmer Scrub.

nyl Skincare Organic Shimmer Scrub

The Organic Shimmer Scrub invites me into my shower with its wonderful citrus smell and has me leave with a beautiful soft shimmer look. I think it’s going to be wonderful year round but in warm weather is when we wear our skin! Bathing suits, tanks, off shoulder tops, shorts, capris. Any time your skin is bared to the world you’ll want this extra glow.

nyl Organic Shimmer Scrub

Much like the Gentle Sugar Body Polish it contains wonderful essential oils* and unrefined cane sugar to exfoliate, moisturize, improve circulation, and leaves behind that hint of shimmer. nyl says “Smells like sunshine and shimmers like moonlight.” I smell lemon and orange mostly.

nyl Organic Shimmer Scrub

Use the wooden spoon to get out the amount you want. The more shimmer you want the more scrub you should use. To lesson the amount of shimmer just rub with a washcloth or towel to tone it down. I don’t find it too shimmery with the small amount I use.

nyl Organic Shimmer Scrub

nyl Organic Shimmer Scrub after

nyl Organic Shimmer Scrub is packaged in a firm plastic container that is easy to scoop product from. I try to keep it away from water since I don’t want to mix the wonderful oils too much so I close it the instant I’ve put it on my skin.

*Ingredients: unrefined cane sugar/rosehip seed oil/meadowfoam seed oil/grape seed oil/coconut oil/ederberry extract/vitamin E Oil/essential oils of begamot, grapefruit and tangerine/mica

nyl Skincare is on my yes list for many reasons including that it’s free of toxins, animal products, parabens, and petroleum products, everything nyl makes is vegan and cruelty free. This is the wave of the future which you can use right now.  —  Marcia

Save time and whiten teeth with these winter beauty hacks from Aquis and Mira-Teeth!

Winter Beauty Hacks!

Winter means static, which causes havoc on your hair. It also means pale skin, which emphasizes yellowing teeth. How about a few winter beauty hacks to solve these problems? Sleek gorgeous hair and white beautiful teeth – yes, please!!

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To take care of frizz and static, and to also minimize the time your hair is wet and cut down your styling time you’ve got to try AQUIS Hair Towels and Turbans.

Aquis Towel Lisse Luxe in Chevron

Saving time – like 50% less time with the blow dryer – plus destroying annoying static is a major winter beauty hack. Beauty Info Zone has been using AQUIS Hair Towels and Turbans for years.  I love the Hair Turban which has been my go-to forever, but recently I’ve converted to the AQUIS Waffle Luxe Long Hair Towel (19 x 52 in – 50 x 132cm).

AQUIS Waffle Luxe Long Hair Towel

AQUIS Waffle Luxe Long Hair Towel

Aquis Lisse Luxe Towel in Chevron

Nice to have something that is specific for long hair! It’s longer than the regular size, about 25% more, which I need since my hair is about mid-back length. The towel is made with AQUITEX, which dries hair super quick and cuts down on frizz and split ends. It also has magical properties that make for static-free hair! It’s incredible.

If you have thick, course/textured hair you will want the AQUIS Waffle Luxe Hair Towel ($35/Sephora.com) Most hair types will do great with the AQUIS Lisse Luxe Hair Towel ($30/Sephora.com). And of course if you have long hair like mine, go with the AQUIS Waffle Luxe Long Hair Towel ($45/Sephora.com).

Mira-Teeth Ultrasound Toothbrush and Ultrasound Toothpaste Gel

How about a hack for super white teeth? The Mira-Teeth Ultrasound Toothbrush and Ultrasound Toothpaste Gel is what you need, not only as a whitening hack but also as a traveling hack. This toothbrush is the answer to rotating or swiveling brush heads, providing a gentler cleaning without irritating the gums. The results are pretty powerful – a super deep antibacterial cleaner and tooth whitener within a totally transportable toothbrush.

Mira-Teeth Ultrasound Toothbrush and Ultrasound Toothpaste Gel

Mira-Teeth Ultrasound Toothbrush and Ultrasound Toothpaste Gel

First of all, this toothbrush cleans teeth FAST. The ultrasound works via air oscillations and it actually cleans teeth in just 60 to 90 seconds – talk about saving time!! Even if you have ‘deep pockets’ this is a toothbrush for you, because the ultrasound penetrates deeply and gets in even the smallest crevices with very little effort on your part.

Mira-Teeth Ultrasound Toothbrush – you know it’s on when the blue lights are on

Mira-Teeth Ultrasound Toothbrush

Mira-Teeth Ultrasound Toothbrush comes with two brush heads

It’s also extremely gentle. You don’t have to fight with plaque because the ultrasound breaks it up. It gets rid of tartar and you won’t experience bleeding gums brushing with the Mira-Teeth Ultrasound Toothbrush.

A major plus is the ultrasound really attacks stains! It takes your teeth right back to their original color while it gets rid of all that bacteria and plaque. If you smoke, drink wine, eat a lot of beets, whatever…this toothbrush (and the special toothpaste) will take care of everything for you – and quickly.

Mira-Teeth Ultrasound Toothpaste Gel

Speaking of the toothpaste, you want to use the Mira-Teeth Toothpaste for the best results. It tastes great and it’s specially formulated for use with the ultrasonic toothbrush – you don’t use the Mira-Teeth Ultrasound Toothbrush with regular toothpaste. The ultrasonic brush makes microscopic nanobubbles in this toothpaste that do all the work and keep teeth healthy, protecting enamel and reducing wear and tear on teeth.

Mira-Teeth Ultrasound Toothbrush

Brushing your teeth with the Mira-Teeth Ultrasound Toothbrush couldn’t be easier. You first brush normally with the toothbrush and toothpaste to get rid of large food particles, then you turn on the ultrasound and hold the brush head against the surface of your teeth (inside, outside, and chewing surfaces) for a few seconds. That’s it! The brush rarely needs charging and you do that with the included USB cable.

I am extremely impressed with this toothbrush – my teeth are incredibly clean in such a short time and they are definitely whiter.  It really is amazing! And what a terrific toothbrush for travel – no worries about charging or plugging it in and every time I brush I get a whitening treatment. The Mira-Teeth Starter Kit retails for $199 and is available on Techmira.com.

With these winter beauty hacks I am ready for another six more weeks of winter or more no problem!  – Lisa

Mindful beauty with Yuni Winter Wonderland

Baby, it’s cold outside! However if you are a workout junkie your temperature is rising as you work it and sweat, whether it’s interval training, yoga, core barre workouts or Crossfit. Yuni has fantastic travel kits that are perfect for any workout bag – they have everything you need for a shower without any water at all. You can design your own or go with ones they have designed. Today I have the WinterWonderland– Reset & Rejuvenate Kit ($39) to tell you about and it’s a fantastic little set that has everything to clean you up and cool you down.

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This awesome set has some of Yuni’s top sellers, including Shower Sheets (Body Wipes), Chillax (Muscle Recovery Gel), Flash Bath (No-Rinse Body Cleanser), and Rise and Chill (Cooling Body Gel). This handy set comes in a beautiful ocean blue zippered bag that says YUNI Mindful Beauty for an Active Life. The bag is made from a very sturdy canvas that will withstand any sort of shenanigans.

Here are four products included that will take you from your workout to your workday without the benefit a real shower, no problem.

Shower Sheets:  There are three Shower Sheets included. These are large body wipes that clean your body, leaving it feeling fresh and smelling good. I love these especially when traveling. The body wipe is truly large enough to clean your whole ‘bad self’ – it’s like a shower without the water. This is what you want after a particularly grueling workout, or after swimming to get rid of that chlorine smell when you don’t have time or access to a shower.

Flash Bath:  This is a foamy no-bath body cleanser. Just squirt some foam into your hands, rub over skin, and it instantly takes away odor and leaves skin super soft thanks to a blend of antibacterial Neem extract and aloe vera. It has a clean, outdoorsy scent that is pleasant and sticks around for a while. It’s amazing when you are in a big hurry because it dries almost instantly and really cleans the skin.

Chillax Muscle Recovery Gel:  The roller ball gently massages sore muscles while the gel cools and soothes sore, inflamed muscles almost immediately. Fair Trade Green Tea Extract and arnica calm down inflammation, and peppermint eases pain. It smells amazing and really helps the post-workout muscle blues. It’s fantastic on my neck and shoulders after arm day, and essential for my thighs and calves after leg day.

Rise and Chill also soothes tired muscles and helps you get going again right away. It’s a gel that absorbs quickly, cooling your body down and giving it tons of hydration, energizing tired muscles and making them feel terrific.

I continue to be extremely impressed with YUNI Beauty.  All the items are portable multi-taskers that are not only sustainable, they are also wonderfully affordable. You can purchase everything separately and build your own kit, including the travel bags at YUNIBeauty.com.

YUNI Beauty is currently available at YUNIBeauty.com, select YogaWorks, Credo BeautyBeautyKind.comSephora.com and Sephora.ca.  – Lisa