Start 2018 right with ‘beauty from within’ and a Neocell #giveaway

Neocell Ceramides Skin Hydrator

Have you made your New Year’s Resolutions? Will you show up at the gym only to drop out in a month? Will you join a weight loss program along with hundreds of others and then get tired of it within a short time? (I know this one all too well.) Or will you make resolutions for things you can really do and will change your life in a positive manner yet not take over your life?


You’ll find that I’ll be talking about skincare a lot this month because my New Year’s resolution is to take the best possible care of my skin as possible. It’s not that I don’t take care of it because I’ve become a faithful user of products that are good for my skin. But I want to do even better and add things that will make my skin look as youthful as possible. With a birthday in a week I’m very aware of the passage of time.

Neocell Ceramides Skin Hydrator

Neocell Ceramides Skin Hydrator was created because they found that ceramides were the hottest ingredient of 2017. “Ceramides are specific lipids naturally present in the skin, essential to the lipid barrier or moisture barrier of the skin. NeoCell Ceramides formulas use plant based lipids clinically tested to increase smoothness, moisture, and elasticity. Ceramides fortify the skin’s outer most layer and act as a water barrier to prevent the evaporation of moisture through the epidermis, keeping the skin hydrated and supple. Ceramides also prevent the breakdown of the skin’s collagen matrix by inhibiting collagenase, an enzyme that degrades collagen.”

Or in plain speak, ceramides help retain the moisture that is vital to our skin. In Neocell’s testing they found that these capsules increased moisture up to 36% and skin smoothness up to 34%. I’ll take it! The enemy of my skin is the dry condition that has come with age. The interesting thing is that you can have oily skin (t-zone especially) yet have dehydrated dry skin.

Neocell Ceramides Skin Hydrator

I loved finding out about the goodness of Neocell Ceramides Skin Hydrator. You take two tablets daily to help with hydration, elasticity and cellular turnover. My skin looks brighter now that my first month is over. It’s bitter cold out yet my skin really feels hydrated. The areas where I normally notice the dryness aren’t feeling as tight or as patchy. I am a supplement taker so these fit in great with my morning health process.

Neocell Ceramides Skin Hydrator

Neocell® 60-Count Ceramides + Hydrablend™ Ceramides Skin Hydrator Dietary Supplement can be found at Bed, Bath and Beyond (don’t forget your coupon),, and Walgreens. $16.99 to $17.99. They are gluten free and non-GMO.

Neocell Ceramides Skin Hydrator

ACTIVE INGREDIENTS: Vitamin C, Coconut Water, Hyaluronic Acid, Ceramosides

OTHER INGREDIENTS: Pine Bark Extract, Lutein, Astaxanthin, Vegetable magnesium stearate & vegetable capsule.

Another product I want to tell you about are the Collagen Cookie Bars. These are coming soon but I received some to try out.

Neocell Collagen Cookie Bars

The Collagen Cookie Bars come in 2 flavors: Coconut Chocolate Chunk (11 G Protein and 3 G Sugar) and Peanut Butter Crunch (12 G Protein and 4 G Sugar). They aren’t a diet snack (220 calories) but if you make it last throughout the day it’s not too bad. I actually make a bar last for 2 days and nibble on it to make them last longer. I’ll be finished soon but I’ll look for them when available. Since these aren’t available just yet I don’t know the price but they are a good way to include collagen in your diet. I think both flavors taste great but I’m a chocolate girl so that’s my favorite.

Both the taste of a cookie and the nutrition of a bar? Yes please! NeoCell Collagen Cookie Bar is a mouth-watering, one of a kind bar packed with high quality fats, fiber and 6 grams of Grass Fed NeoCell Collagen. Collagen is a nutrtional powerhouse protein that provides the building blocks for connective tissue throughout the body.

Ingredients in Peanut Butter Crunch: Organic peanut butter, Organic cashew butter, Collagen Protein, Non-GMO Prebiotic Corn Fiber, Organic peanuts, Organic Clover Honey, Sunflowe Lecithin, Organic vegetable glycerin, erythritol, sea salt, Stevia.

Ingredients in Coconut Chocolate Chunk: Organic almond butter, Organic cashew butter, Collagen Protein, Non-GMO soluble Tapioca Fiber, coconut, Organic coconut, nectar, 100% cacao chocolate chips, Organic cocoa,  Sunflower Lecithin, Organic vegetable glycerin, sea salt, Stevia.

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION:  Neocell has kindly offered a giveaway to 3 Beauty Info Zone subscribers in the US. The winners will each receive a bottle of Neocell® 60-Count Ceramides + Hydrablend™ Ceramides Skin Hydrator Dietary Supplement to try for themselves. As always you must be an email subscriber and comment to be entered. This is open through 1/15/18 at 11:59 pm EST. The prize will be sent by the company. Good luck and get ready for a more hydrated complexion.  —  Marcia

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Looking for fabulous affordable skincare? Vivo Per Lei is just that. Learn about it and enter our giveaway

As a beauty blogger I’ve had the opportunity to try skincare lines that cost from a few dollars to over 4 hundred. I’ve found that while it’s exciting to have the opportunity to try out some of the most expensive brands, it’s not what they cost that counts. What counts is quality and how your skin reacts to the product. I’m happy to report that the Vivo Per Lei Collagen Collection has been a delight to use and makes me excited that a few of my readers will be able to win part of the line.

Vivo Per Lei Collagen Collection

The Collagen Collection contains 4 products that I’ve been using for about 6 weeks. While it’s considered a collection each piece can be purchased separately so if any one of these make you sit up and take notice there’s that option.

Vivo Per Lei Collagen Collection

There are two eye products in this line so one gets used by me in the daytime and one at night. These are interchangeable of course and can be used in tandem if you want but I’ll give my reasons why I use them separately.

Vivo Per Lei Collagen Booster Eye Serum ($32) (Amazon price, $19.95) is my daytime product. I look for an eye serum during the day because I don’t want my undereye area to have creams on it most days. Applying eye makeup is often the highlight of my mornings and I am always worried that it’ll end up under my eyes. With a serum, especially this Collagen Booster Eye Serum, there’s no fear of that. Instead it’s a cooling touch that absorbs quickly and gives my eyes the boost the name suggests. My eyes feel moisturized while feeling like my fine lines are lessened. It contains Aloe Vera, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Soluble Collagen, Vitamin A, and Hyaluronic Acid (known for its moisturizing properties). I really like that I look brighter and more rested when using this eye serum. Puffiness and dark circles beware!

Vivo Per Lei Collagen Booster Eye Serum

Vivo Per Lei Collagen Booster Eye Serum

Vivo Per Lei Collagen Contour Eye Cream ($32) (Amazon price, $18.95) is what I use at night or if I’m home during the day without plans of applying any cosmetic items. It doesn’t interfere with mascara or concealer, I’m just funny that way.

Vivo Per Lei Collagen Contour Eye Cream

As we age the skin around our eyes becomes particularly more sensitive and thinner. The reason for that is that the natural collagen in our body becomes lessened with time. The Collagen Contour Eye Cream is infused with ingredients to help that breakdown from showing on our eyes. It’s infused with peptides, soluble collagen, shea butter, vitamins and hyaluronic acid.

It’s not a heavy eye cream at all, it’s light yet extremely moisturizing. While I may need to use a richer product occasionally this is an eye cream that I’m enjoying.

Vivo Per Lei Collagen Rejuvenating Cream ($32) (Amazon price, $19.95) is my absolute favorite product in this collection and what I picked when I was told that Vivo Per Lei would do a giveaway. I want everyone to be able to try this lush moisturizer. It feels so heavenly on my skin that I wish I could bathe in it. It’s recommended for men as well as women.

Vivo Per Lei Collagen Rejuvenating Cream

Vivo Per Lei Collagen Rejuvenating Cream

Important to me is that this Collagen Rejuvenating Cream, like the other Vivo Per Lei products, is fragrance-free. That means I only concentrate on the feel of it on my skin as I’m applying as well as the results I’ve seen since using.

My skin is on the dry side. It’s not bone dry but it’s dry and I can see that throughout the day when it sucks in my foundation. Using this moisturizing cream has alleviated that problem. It too has great ingredients like Soluble Collagen, licorice, green tea extracts anti-aging peptides, and encapsulated Caffeine to perk up skin and keep it youthful. If you only can try one product this is the one I highly recommend.

Vivo Per Lei Collagen Rejuvenating Mask ($38) (Amazon price, $17.97) is a once a week mask for me but can be used as often as you like. Beauty Info Zone readers know I’m crazy about facial masks and I am very happy to have this one in my collection.

Vivo Per Lei Collagen Rejuvenating Mask

Vivo Per Lei Collagen Rejuvenating Mask

This is a quick mask to use as it dries in just 10 minutes and then you wash it off with warm water. I love using this prior to getting in the shower since my skin does look rejuvenated with it and feels so soft after. It dries down completely so you won’t really want to have a conversation while it’s on. It doesn’t crack on me but it feels tight. When I step out of the shower, I feel refreshed though and my skin isn’t tight. Of course I’ve been using the Collagen Rejuvenating Cream after so the combination is great for my skin. The jar is huge (100 g) and will last me for months and months. It comes with a little scoop so you don’t have to dig your fingers in.

Buying the collection doesn’t save you money but all the pieces in it are so good for my skin that I’m happy to have them all. If Collagen isn’t your thing like it is mine, there’s also a Retinol Collection that’s especially good for wrinkles and a Vitamin C + Amino Collection (this one includes a cleanser and body cream too).

Vivo Per Lei Collagen Collection: Mask, Rejuvenating Cream, Eye Contour Cream, Eye Boosting Serum

Vivo Per Lei is a line I want to explore more and one I think BIZ readers would too. There’s something for everyone, men and women, teens and codgers, that will delight. —  Marcia


Vivo Per Lei has kindly offered to send my favorite product, the Collagen Rejuvenating Cream, to three US Beauty Info Zone subscribers. Two musts for a BIZ giveaway are to be an email subscriber and to comment. All the rest are extras to boost your chance of winning. This giveaway is open through 12/15/17 at 11:59 p.m. EST. US only.
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