Lisa’s Top Ten Self Tanners

Self tanners have come a long way, baby. Years ago they were difficult to apply, smelled horrific, and turned you an unnatural looking orange. There are some truly great options out there today, options so great no one should be afraid to faux tan! I put my self tanners into two categories:  one night stands (these only last until you wash them off) and marriage material (these give you more committment – at least one week). Here are my top ten self tanners. The first five are my favorite one night stands and the next five are my favorite marriages.

1.  Gleam Body Radiance

Gleam Body Radiance

Gleam Body Radiance

Four fantastic color options, this one night stand is also the perfect remedy for any bad ‘marriages’.

2.  Red Carpet Kolour

Red Carpet Kolour

Red Carpet Kolour

Oh my this is a terrific one night stand…it makes any skin flaws disappear with beautiful tint and soft shimmer.

3.  Le Metier Bella Bronzer

Le Metier Bella Bronzer

Le Metier Bella Bronzer

The best liquid bronzer for the face and decolletage, hands down.

4.  Tarte Maracuja Rainforest Glow

Tarte Maracuja Rainforest Glow

Tarte Maracuja Rainforest Glow

A beautiful golden tan that is waterproof (hello swimming!) but not soap proof (hello one night stand!).

5.  Carlene K Shine Bronzer Body Glow

Carlene K Shine Body Glow

Carlene K Shine Body Glow

There’s a reason this is a favorite of Hollywood starlets – it’s gorgeous, easy to use, and I love the beautiful golden shimmer.

6.  Jan Marini Bioglycolic Sunless Self Tanner

Jan Marini

Jan Marini Bioglycolic Sunless Self Tanner

I love this especially as a face tanner.  The color adjusts to your skin so it’s extremely natural looking.

7.  Supergoop Self Tanning Sunscreen Mousse

Supergoop SPF 20 Gradual Self Tanning Sunscreen Mousse

Supergoop SPF 20 Gradual Self Tanning Sunscreen Mousse

This sunscreen is also a gradual self tanner, which is a great way to build up to that commitment.

8.  Tan Towels

Tan Towels take away those tan lines!

Tan Towels take away those tan lines!

See the tan lines? Tan Towels are a super convenient way to make them a thing of the past – even if you have the tan lines of a blogger.

9.  Make Me Smooth You Glow, Girl

Make Me Smooth You Glow, Girl

Make Me Smooth You Glow, Girl

I buy this self tanner over and over because it gives gorgeous color and I can get it in any scent I want. My most frequent pick is Day at the Beach, which is a “Coconut infused scent potion that will take you back to lazy days spent at the beach.”

10.  Beautisol Summer Glow Dark Tan Body Self-Tanning Lotion

Beautisol Summer Glow Dark Tan Body Self Tanning Lotion

Beautisol Summer Glow Dark Tan Body Self Tanning Lotion

This is a marriage, all right – it takes some time but it applies beautifully, gives deep dark color, and is total marriage material.

Happy faux tanning!  – Lisa

Top 10 Tuesdays – Get Your Glow On

Top 10 Tuesdays this week is all about glowing which for summer means the world of bronzing. So what does a blogger who doesn’t tan or really use bronzers do? She tells you what she does like and then what her wishlist is. I’m pale and I don’t mind being pale but every once in a while I do like use something that is going to make me fit into summer society.

1. Le Metier de Beaute Sun Kissed Bronzer – this is the lightest bronzer ever which is why I like it. It’s the only product I’ve used that doesn’t make me feel like I goofed up somehow. I’ve bought other bronzers and used other bronzers but this is the only one I consider pulling out now.

2. MAC Cosmetics Blonde Mineralize Skinfinish – I used to buy every single Skinfinish they made and I still have a small collection of these. The two I considered for this Top 10 list are the Blonde and the Redhead Mineralize Skinfinish. These are the least frosty of all the ones I own and the most natural. I like to use one of the darker shades in Blonde as a blush and then use a brush like a skunkbrush and pick up the powder to give an allover light bronze finish.

Le Metier de Beaute Sun Kissed, MAC Blonde Skinfinish

Le Metier de Beaute Sun Kissed, MAC Blonde Skinfinish

3. Armani Fluid Sheer in #3 – the amazing fact about #3 is that I used one up. That’s a feat that probably will never be repeated. I use a tiny drop of this, mix it with my foundation and that’s it. It glows and I have some color. I like that I can blend it well on my jawline too since that’s the biggest problem for me and bronzers. I don’t want JLo on my face and Casper on my neck.

4. Josie Maran Argan Illuminizer – I first got this in a QVC kit and then I bought a bigger one. I use it just like the Armani. It’s lighter than the Armani so it’s good for everyday. Plus it’s only $28 compared to $59 for Armani.

Giorgio Armani #3 Fluid Sheer, Josie Maran Argan Illuminizer

Giorgio Armani #3 Fluid Sheer, Josie Maran Argan Illuminizer

5. Sinful Colors Zincing of You nail polish – well I know it’s not a bronzer but it’s a great light golden bronze for my pale hands. I have several bronze polishes but this one is especially nice for summer and it’s a drugstore delight.

Sinful Colors Zincing of You

Sinful Colors Zincing of You

Now we need to go to wishlist. I was going to add in my beloved It Creme Highlighters but I decided to stick with bronze.

1. My number one wishlist item just arrived on my doorstep – Beautisol Self-Tanning Mousse. We have lots of reviews on Beauty Info Zone about Beautisol since my blog partner, Lisa, loves bronzers and self-tanners. She has told me over and over to review Beautisol and at last I’ll be able to. I’m nervous though so wish me luck.

Beautisol Self Tanning Mousse

Beautisol Self Tanning Mousse

2. Becca Bronzing Skin Perfector – this is very similar to the Armani and Josie Maran that I mentioned which is why I haven’t bit the bullet but it makes everyone’s “best of” lists so I’d love to try it.

Becca Bronzing Skin Perfector

Becca Bronzing Skin Perfector

3. Senna Brilliant Bronze in Dawn – this looks so pretty and light enough for me. It’s a blush and bronzer duo that’s on the pink side.

Senna Brilliant Bronze in Dawn

Senna Brilliant Bronze in Dawn

4. Anastasia LLUMIN8 With Youthful Synergy™ Complex Bronzer – I’ve loved the cosmetics from Anastasia and this looks like one I could carry off.

Anastasia bronzer

Anastasia bronzer

5. YSL LA LAQUE COUTURE Nail Lacquer in #28 Bronze Metallic (metallic bronze gold) – in pictures this looks so beautiful but I don’t want to spend $28 for it and I wouldn’t wear it until fall but that doesn’t mean I won’t spring for it one day.



Before you go on to click the links of my fellow Top 10 ladies I’d love to know if any of these would have made your list. — Marcia


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

Lisa’s Top Picks of 2011: Skin Care, Body Care, and the rest!

A few days ago I posted my favorite color items, you can find that post here.  ‘Top picks’ posts are the ones I enjoy writing up the most, I love sharing the extra good stuff with you, and I love being able to put all this fabulousness in one review!  I was going to publish today’s post of my favorite skin care, body care, and other miscellaneous items yesterday, but boy did I get hit with the flu.  I’m all better now, so here is my list for you.

Favorite skin care:

I found several skin care items that I am constantly reaching for over and over. I love the Chella Foaming Cleanser Lavish Souffle, it the perfect cleanser and you only need a tiny bit.

Chella Foaming Cleanser

I really got into natural organic lines, like Annmarie Gianni Skin Care Neroli Toning Mist and Coconut Oil, beautiful products from a fantastic line with a great message.

I also loved the Artisan Naturals Lemon Cypress Exfoliating Mask, which is my favorite go-to for pesky breakouts.

To even out my skin tone, I have been absolutely loving the Omorfies Etenia Lightening Cream by Kleraderm.

Two other skin care lines that I adore are 3Lab (for their amazing Super Eye Treatment and Perfect Lips)

and YBF Skin Care (Hydrate B and Boost are flipping fabulous).

YBF Boost

Favorite primer:

This one is a tie for me.  I am completely impressed with Reviva Labs Makeup Primer,

it’s a great silicone based primer that actually goes on light.

And I am totally loving the Youngblood Mineral Primer,

Youngblood Mineral Primer

which has a wonderful texture and really helps my makeup stay put all day.

Favorite Facialist:

My favorite facialist this year was Joanne Kallabat, owner of Kleraderm.

Joanne Kallabat with her son, Michael

It’s such a treat to go to Nordstrom and get a $150 facial for only $20 – plus she gives the BEST face massage ever.  I love how she gives tons and tons of samples first.  She wants to figure out what works best for your skin before she will even let you buy anything!

Favorite Fragrances:

I have completely embraced the layering concept by Lisa Hoffman, and her Tuscan Fig fragrance is just to die for.

Lisa Hoffman Variations case with the Tuscan Fig fragrance

Plus, her iScentify scent finder is super fun to play with.

I also fell in love with the Juara Candlenut Fragrance.

This is a swoon-worthy coconut scent that makes everyone want to hug you.  And then hug you again.

Favorite storage solution:

Wow, this one was a life changer – the Zuca Pro Artist Case.

It has totally changed my organizational system, and has made makeup gigs so much easier, as well as travel.  Looks like we are going to be doing more contests with Zuca this year, so stay tuned!!

Favorite hand cream:

I am a hand cream addict, since I work at a school and need to wash my hands about twenty times a day.  I cannot do without my Votre Vu Duette Lux Lip Balm and Hand Cream.

Little mirror, lip balm, and then hand cream, all in one package??  Absolute genius, and the hand cream smells truly amazing.

Favorite body products:

2011 was a Whish year for me, that’s for sure. I love this retro line, every single product is a winner.

Just this morning I was thanking the Whish Gods for making their amazing Shave Crave Shaving Cream.

Tarte Cosmetics is a line better known for its great color products, but a true unsung hero is the Tarte Celebutante.

It’s a gorgeous body shimmer spray that smells unbelievably good, like fresh coconut and vanilla.  Yummy!!

Speaking of coconuts, I went pretty ‘coconutty’ for the Bodycology Island Coconut products.

The body cream, body wash, and body spray are all truly terrific, and I reach for them all the time.

Favorite sunning/self-tanner products:

I am a big fan of faux tanning, and I had some great discoveries this past year.  Hampton Sun is a go-to line for any sun products, including faux tanning.  I love the Privet Blossom products, they have a unique scent that is totally summer in a bottle.

Hampton Sun Shimmer Spray in Bronze

The spray SPF is amazing, and the faux tanning and body shimmer products are excellent.  Try this line, you won’t be disappointed.

Another great discovery that changed my faux tanning was the Beautisol Self Tanning Magic Mitt.

This $6 wonder completely changed my faux tanning experience for the better!!  No streaks, no worries, no problems.  Love it!!

I also fell in love with Tan Towels.  Such a quick, sanitary way to get a deep tan, plus the towelettes travel so well.


Favorite cleaning products:

Dusting Fragrance

I am the first to admit that housekeeping is never a priority for me, so finding things that help make cleaning joyful is huge for me.  Sweet Grass Farm has pretty awesome cleaning products that give me extra motivation, my favorites are the Dusting fragrance and Lemon Verbena Liquid Soap.

Favorite clothing line:

I am totally digging the Sprigs clothing line.  Pictured above I am wearing my Banjee while shopping.  I love these little guys, they really do make life easier.  And I wear my infinity scarves all the time too.  So many great items, it’s a fabulous line that I am so happy I discovered this year!

That’s it for all my favorites of 2011.  And now on to an amazing year of even more terrific discoveries in 2012!!  – Lisa

Beautisol Self-Tanning Magic Mitts: are they really magic?

You know me, if there’s a product with the word ‘magic’ in the title I have to try it.  As I am a faux-tanning addict, it was inevitable that I would check out the Beautisol Self-Tanning Magic Mitt ($6.00). 

So is it really magic?  In a word…YES

Why do I love to self-tan?  It’s slimming.  It makes my somewhat sallow complexion look vibrant.  And it’s way better for the skin than baking in the sun, chancing wrinkles and skin cancer. 

What isn’t so great about self-tanning?  It is time consuming to do a whole-body application.  Streaks are embarrassing and difficult to remove.  It seems impossible to self-tan your whole body by yourself, and it’s not always easy to find someone willing to help.  I find it often seems like way too much hassle.

Beautisol has a great new product that comes to the rescue.  The Beautisol Self-Tanning Magic Mitt is a spongy applicator mitt for your hands.  Instead of wearing latex gloves, you put this over your hand, squeeze the self-tanner on the mitt, and then smooth the product over your body.  Pictured above is the fabric side of the mitt, this goes on the back side of your hand.

Here is the front side of the mitt, this is the part over your palm.  The self-tanner goes on this side.  I tried this mitt with lotion, mousse, and even spray tan ( sprayed it on my body then smoothed it with the mitt), and got truly amazing results.  The mitt spreads the self-tanner so evenly and so quickly it was incredible.  What normally would take me a half hour took me only 10 minutes.  I did also use this great tool, Beautisol’s Back Applicator ($10), for my upper back:

You can read my review of the Back Applicator here.

I always have such a hard time getting an even, streak-free application on my feet and ankles, and the Magic Mitt gave me a perfect, even tan every single time.

I also don’t like using latex gloves, they feel weird to me and it’s difficult to smooth in the self-tanner.  The Magic Mitt fits over your hand:

so there are no dirty palms.  I also found that it washes clean very easily.  Just be careful if you use a product with a dark tanning guide.  You need to wash the mitt right away or it will end up with stains.

Here is a close up of the spongy material.  It’s very soft and pliable, and I just can’t believe how quick a full body application is with this baby.  Plus it’s only $6!!  I am totally impressed.

Yes, the Beautisol Self-Tanning Magic Mitt  really and truly is magic. It’s holy grail material for anyone who self-tans!  – Lisa 

Some Beauty Info Zone news…can we brag just a little??

Confession time…neither of us is very good at tooting our own horns.  But hey, great things are happening, so we decided to do a little bragging and share with you!

Marcia was chosen to take part in a guest blogger post on about her top five favorite makeup brushes.  Check out this great post here.

And Lisa was chosen as Blogger of the Month by Beautisol.  Her interview was posted towards the bottom of  this month’s ‘beautisol bulletin’.  Check it out:

July 2011 | Issue 11 1.866.237.4293
Beautisol Bulletin In This Issue...
The Scoop Whats Hot In Beauty
Sineads Corner How To Videos
Eat and Glow Kale Cranberry Summer Salad
Blogger Spotlight Beauty Info Zone
New Beauty CoverThe Scoop:
What’s Hot In BeautyBeautisol is very proud to be featured as the #1 HOTTEST Beauty Product in New Beauty Magazine’s Summer 2011 Issue!Here’s what New Beauty had to say about our Need I Glow More?face tanner: “It’s so nice to use a self-tanner that doesn’t smell like one, and this has a nice fresh almost spa-like scent to it. The color is divine too – a subtle golden hue that didn’t aggravate my acne-prone skin.”New Beauty CoverNew Beauty Magazine is one of the most recognizable publications among beauty professionals, featuring the latest breakthroughs in anti-aging, cosmetics, and celebrity beauty trends. The magazine’s unique approach to providing women with the ultimate beauty education has established it as the leader in the industry. It contains veritable answers from guest experts including dermatologists, cosmetic surgeons and internationally acclaimed hairstylists, about beauty concerns and solutions that fit her lifestyle, budget and beliefs.share on Twitter Like The Hottest Beauty Product This Summer on Facebook
Sinead’s Corner:
How-To VideosSince I find it easier to learn by watching a video instead of reading instructions, I decided to shoot “How-To” videos for self-tanning! You can find step-by-step videos for tanning every section of your body, including tips and tricks to help you to apply the self-tanner perfectly and maintain that gorgeous glow.Below is my video on how to self-tan your face:

Beautisol’s™ Guide to Self Tanning: Face

Watch the Video
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Want directions on how to tan your legs, back or hands? Check out my other How-To videos here!
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Refer A Friend
Kale Cranberry Summer SaladEat And Glow:Kale Cranberry Summer Salad
serves 8Kale is a serious superfood vegetable, packed with vitamins and minerals that meet many of your daily nutritional requirements. It’s loaded with Vitamin A, C & K, and is rich in beta-carotene, calcium, lutein, potassium and fiber. Cancer-fighting antioxidant properties and phytonutrients help repair your body’s cells, and the best part is that it’s available all year round and incredibly easy to prepare! This oh-so-versatile cruciferous vegetable can be sauteed, steamed, roasted or blended into soup. Here’s one of our favorite recipes:

  • 2 bunches of Kale
  • ¼ cup pine nuts
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

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Directions:Steam the kale until it is bright green. Meanwhile, in a cast iron skillet, toast the pine nuts. Allow kale and pine nuts five minutes to cool, then toss together in a large bowl. Add dried cranberries and olive oil. Toss, serve and enjoy!
Beauty Info ZoneBeauty Blogger Spotlight:
Beauty Info ZoneYou might know me as: LisaBut my real name is: Lisa Ann ActonBorn and raised in: Outside of Detroit, Michigan. I grew up in a very small town and couldn’t wait to move away to somewhere exciting and exotic…and I ended up getting married, having children, and living in the neighboring town! So much for exotic!Childhood ambition: When I was young, I wanted to be four things: an actress, a writer, a teacher, and a counselor. Amazingly enough, I ended up having all four careers!

Wildest dream: To win an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. I’ve dreamt about this for a long time…and actually recently won some writing awards, so who knows???

Best in the world at: Giving advice. Ok, I don’t know if I am ‘best in the world’, but I sure do love to do it.

Biggest challenge: Finding balance. I have so many interests, plus my family and work, it isn’t always easy to take care of everyone and everything and still find time for myself.

My blog in 3 words: Inviting. Unpredictable.

Inspiration: I am very inspired by the sales associates and makeup artists out there. They work unbelievably hard, and they dedicate themselves to helping others feel good about themselves. I think it’s an extremely noble profession that deserves nothing but respect and appreciation.

“Real” job: I am a guidance counselor at a high school. It’s a wonderful job, every day is different so it’s always exciting and challenging. I am also an English teacher so I do tutoring, plus I teach graduate courses for a local college.

Last beauty purchase: 5 different drugstore mascaras for an upcoming post.

I love Beautisol because: The products are extremely easy to use, there was obviously a lot of thought put behind the creation of the line. Everything works together so it’s not only user friendly, it’s also extremely effective. The self tanners in particular give the most natural look I have ever found…and I am very obsessive about my self tanners! Read her review of Beautisol products.
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Beautisol lovers rejoice! A special two-for-one code for BIZ readers

Self tanner is an absolute must for me in the summer, and one of my favorite  go-to self tanners is definitely Beautisol.  I previously reviewed the self tanners here and here, as well as skin care items here.  It’s obvious there is a lot of love for Beautisol here at the BIZ, so I am absolutely thrilled to tell you about this awesome offer for readers of Beauty Info Zone!!

For a short time, Beauty Info Zone readers can buy either a Summer Glow or an All Seasons Glow body self tanner and get another one for free.  Just enter both items into your cart, then apply the coupon code B1G1F58 .  The cost for the second self tanner will be automatically deducted from your total.

Summer Glow is a deep self tanner, while All Seasons Glow is a medium self tanner.  They both smell great and have a dark guide color so you get instant, perfect results. They also come with an application guide and two pairs of application gloves.   This is a fantastic opportunity to stock up on self tanner, and be sure to check out Beautisol’s skin care products while you are at it.  Remember to take advantage of this offer before it expires July 28th.

So get your faux-glow on with Beautisol, and save some money at the same time!  – Lisa