The Body Shop Drops of Youth Liquid Peel and Oils of Life Intensely Revitalizing Eye Cream-Gel

The Body Shop Drops of Youth Liquid Peel and Oils of Life Intensely Revitalizing Eye Cream-GelThe Body Shop is always a favorite line of mine not only because I love their products but also because I love their mission. They aren’t just here to make your skin better — they are here to make the world better too. The Body Shop was the first to engage in fair trade in beauty and they have had my heart since the 1980’s.                                                                                                           #TheBodyShopProvidedProduct

The Body Shop has two new skin care launches that are notable in their ingenuity. Of course, they are enhanced with products from The Body Shop’s Community Trade Program and the products are never tested on animals. They sent me these two new products, and for me one was a total miss and the other was a hit.The Body Shop Drops of Youth Liquid Peel

The NEW Drops of Youth™ Youth Liquid Peel ($25) is a gel exfoliator that peels off dead skin and excess oils. You smooth this on clean, dry skin, then massage it in for a few minutes. The gel lifts off all the crap that is clogging your skin, then you rinse it off for a smoother, less congested visage.  People definitely seem to like it –

Instantly feels like dead skin cells are lifted (88% agree*)
Peels off impurities and pollutants (88% agree*)
Skin feels cleansed from day’s pollution (86% agree*)
*when tested on 109 women

However, this didn’t work for me. It was fine up until the rinsing off stage. I could not get all the clumps of gel and dead skin to rinse off no matter what I did! I ended up using my Luna, rewashing my face, using makeup remover…I still have some remainders along my chin line. It’s just bizarre.  Maybe it’s my wonky skin and you will have a totally different experience, but this was a real bummer for me.

The Body Shop Oils of Life Intensely Revitalizing Eye Cream-GelI had a different experience with the Oils of Life™ NEW Intensely Revitalizing Eye Cream-Gel ($32). This is a gel eye treatment that has a light and airy texture. It’s really cool – you can see the tiny shimmers in it that also help brighten the eye area.   The Body Shop Oils of Life Intensely Revitalizing Eye Cream-GelThe Body Shop Oils of Life Intensely Revitalizing Eye Cream-Gel

Again, people seem to really like this product –

  • Eye life for your eyes
  • Eye contour looks smoother – 100%*
  • Radiance appears revived – 96% agree*
  • Dark circles appear faded – 90% agree*
  • Wrinkles appear smoother – 87% agree**
    *Results of Eye-Cream Gel self-assessments on the eye contour – 50 women
    ** Results of Eye-Cream Gel self-assessments on the eye contour – 100 women

And with this one, I agree! This eye gel/cream feels cool when applied and it calms down puffiness. It’s very hydrating so fine lines and wrinkles are plumped up and the tiny shimmers really lighten the eye area and counter any dark circles. Hooray, it’s a winner!!

You can find The Body Shop products at malls throughout the world as well as online.  – Lisa


Mario Badescu Botanical Exfoliating Scrub

Want to freshen up your skin for spring?  Mario Badescu’s newest product, Botanical Exfoliating Scrub ($26), comes to the rescue.

Mario Badescu Botanical Exfoliating Scrub

Mario Badescu Botanical Exfoliating Scrub

I am a big believer in exfoliation and I always make sure to do a facial scrub once a week. Getting rid of that dead skin helps to prevent breakouts and also helps the effectiveness of your skin products like serums and creams. Mario Badescu, a great high-end department store line that is wonderfully affordable, sent the latest addition to their skin care line to try. I definitely like this one – it smooths, brightens, and refreshes skin with a combination of finely ground Ecuadorean Ivory Palm seeds and a blend of energizing botanicals.

Mario Badescu Exfoliating Scrub swatch

This is a clear gel with tiny scrubbies that are very gentle but also effective. Ecuadorian Ivory Palm seeds are ecologically harvested and are a sustainable product from the rainforest. The process used to grind the seeds gives them a smooth polishing. So while they are great for exfoliating they don’t tear up the skin, instead leaving it fresh and glowy. Another key ingredient is coconut extract, which is excellent for hydrating even extremely sensitive skin. Also included are ginger extract and green tea extract as antioxidants and anti-inflammatories, and gingko extract to increase collagen and elasticity.

The Botanical Exfoliating Scrub became available a few days ago on, and will be at Ulta and Nordstrom in May 2015.  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Waking up to Juara Invigorating Coffee Scrub

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Are you one  of those people who doesn’t quite wake up until a cup of java is under your nose?  That’s me for sure. So I absolutely love this great body exfoliator that Juara Skin Care sent us, the Invigorating Coffee Scrub ($37), because one whiff is like taking an instant trip to Starbucks.

Juara Invigorating Coffee Scrub

Juara Invigorating Coffee Scrub

Inside the jar - Juara Invigorating Coffee Scrub

Inside the jar – Juara Invigorating Coffee Scrub

It’s not surprising this scrub – made with Indonesian coffee beans – is one of Juara’s top-selling products.  It has three big pluses going for it.  One, the scent – it really does smell like a fresh hot cuppa joe, perfect for a morning shower.  Two, it cleanses and exfoliates, so there’s no need to soap up before or after using it.  And three, coffee is a great skin treatment.  The finely ground beans scrub away dry, scaly skin, and coffee arabica has been proven to stimulate collagen, improve skin elasticity, and fight free radicals as a terrific antioxidant ingredient.

Juara Invigorating Coffee Scrub is a great product.  It’s fun – Starbucks in a jar! – and it is seriously good for your skin.  If you are looking for a gift for your best friend, this is a terrific option.  Pair this with a small gift card to a coffee shop and you will never lose your BFF status.  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Ingredients:  Peg-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Walnut Shell (Juglans reglia) Powder, Rice (Oryza sativa) Starch, Fresh Roasted Indonesian Coffee (Coffee arabica), Rice Bran (Oryza sativa) Oil, Fragrance, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol.

GrandCentralBeauty serves up some S.M.A.R.T. skin care

Most ‘grand centrals’ around the world are examples of classic architecture and modern efficiency. The New York skin care line GrandCentralBeauty is based on those concepts. In fact, their motto is “Classic Treatment, Modern Results.” They have three products that are meant to be layered for skin perfection. GrandCentralBeauty sent us their Express Facial Kit ($32, a $40 value) which is a great way to try out the line.

This cute wristband comes with the Express Kit

This cute wristband comes with the Express Facial Kit

All of GrandCentralBeauty’s products are S.M.A.R.T.  So what does S.M.A.R.T. stand for? Smooths, Moisturizes, Anti-aging, Redness-reduction, Tones. All products are meant to compliment whatever routine you are currently using, which is definitely smart in my opinion.

The Express Facial Kit includes a deluxe S.M.A.R.T. Skin Perfecting MASK, a deluxe S.M.A.R.T. Skin Perfecting POLISHER, and a deluxe S.M.A.R.T. Skin Perfecting SERUM+PRIMER, all packaged in a cute pink travel tote.

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GrandCentralBeauty Active Mask Powder (held together with the wrist band!)

the mask

the mask and booster

The S.M.A.R.T. SKIN PERFECTING® MASK is a powder mask that is mixed with the accompanying liquid Intensive Booster.  I love powder masks because they keep a whole lot longer than masks that are already liquid. One jar of powder makes a single very thick mask that ultimately peels off and looks like a Halloween mask.

the mask

the powder mask – mix it up right in this container

The mask does all the S.M.A.R.T. things, plus it brightens skin and reduces oiliness. It really is a whole lot of fun to use, too. The powder is pre-measured, and the mask is left on for fifteen minutes. It cleans out pores like crazy – you just might faint when you see all the gunk in the mask that used to be on and in your face.

the polisher and serum

the Perfecting Polisher and Perfecting Serum

The S.M.A.R.T. Skin Perfecting SERUM+PRIMER has a slew of cool ingredients, including squalane from brazilian sugar cane, apple, watermelon, lentil, rice and soybean protein. I think it works better as a serum than a primer – I need a little more spackle than this provides – but if you prefer a lighter primer this is a great option.

full size Skin Perfecting Polisher

full size Skin Perfecting Polisher

Skin Perfecting Polisher swatch

Skin Perfecting Polisher swatch

The S.M.A.R.T. Skin Perfecting POLISHER is a seriously cool product. It’s a 30-Second Multi-Tasking Toning Peel. Looks like a serum, doesn’t it? But it is a peel with ingredients like multi-fruit acids including apple, lemon, sugarcane and orange, botanical extracts like peony, and caviar-like beads that exfoliate and polish.

This is applied to a clean, dry face, then massaged until these little spongy beads show up (about 30 seconds or so). Those beads are actually dirt and dead skin cells…ewwww…but fascinating! Just buff them off into the sink, and no need to even rinse. Do this before the mask and follow with the serum and it’s a complete pampering facial.

Of the three products, the Skin Polisher and Perfecting Mask are the standouts. If you are interested in GrandCentralBeauty, the Express Facial is a great way to try everything and see what works best for your skin.  In fact, I would say that it is a S.M.A.R.T. buy!  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Giveaway alert! Lanikai Bath and Body Tropical Body Mist, plus an Island Tropical Spa Set

If you missed our previous popular Lanikai Bath and Body giveaway, here’s your chance to win again!
a gift for you from Lanikai

a gift for you from Lanikai

Lanikai is sponsoring a holiday giveaway for Beauty Info Zone readers which includes their new Tropical Body Mist plus an Island Tropical Spa Set. All together this fantastic giveaway is a $103 value!

tons of great gift ideas

tons of great gift ideas

free giftwrap

free gift wrapping!

Lanikai Bath and Body is truly an excellent option for buying gifts for the holidays. It’s easy breezy to shop online for Christmas gifts and there are lots of gift sets available. The Lanikai store is in Hawaii but they not only ship worldwide (at flat rate prices when available)- they also gift wrap… for free!


Lanikai Tropical Body Mist in Beach


getting my Hawaii on

Lanikai sent their new Tropical Body Mist ($10.50) to try and what a treat it is. The Beach scent smells like the ocean and the body mist is so refreshing. It’s a great way to wear a subtle scent for the day and it’s wonderfully hydrating with purified water, aloe vera, witch hazel, black willowbark, and white tea. I spray this on and am immediately transported to the tropics! It comes in four other scents, including Pikake, Tahitian Gardenia, Plumeria, and Orchid Vanilla.

Lucky for us, the wonderful folks at Lanikai are sponsoring a fantastic giveaway. The winner will receive a refreshing Tropical Body Mist, as well as an Island Tropical Spa Set ($92.50), which has everything you need for a perfect spa day.
You want to win this!

You want to win this!

This beautiful gift set includes six full size products including Body Wash, Hand and Body Lotion, Body Butter, Hawaiian Mineral Soaking Salt, Exfoliating Scrub, and a Handmade Soap Bar.  What a wonderful way to put some Hawaii into your holiday!  – Lisa
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Some RoC skin care to help celebrate National Healthy Skin Month

November is the month to give thanks for many things, including healthy skin. This national focus on healthy skin should remind you to make an appointment with your dermatologist for a checkup. We talk about sunscreen and skin cancer so often during the summer but this is a concern for us all year.

Surprisingly only 26% of women in America have had their skin checked by a dermatologist. Early detection is the key to healthy skin. There is a new technology that dermatologists have called MelaFind that makes it even easier to have a skin check.

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MelaFind by MELA Sciences, Inc.

MelaFind is a one-of-a-kind, breakthrough device that helps dermatologists detect melanoma when it is still curable. FDA-approved, MelaFind uses light from visible to near-infrared wavelengths to evaluate skin lesions up to 2.5 mm under the surface of the skin. It’s non-invasive, painless and provides dermatologists with data in less than a minute. This device is currently available in over 100 doctors’ offices and clinics in 29 states.

It’s also a great month to investigate some excellent and affordable skin care like these products from RoC Skin Care. As RoC ambassadors we’ve received these products and information to share with you.

RoC Deep Wrinkle Day

RoC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Daily Moisturizer

RoC® RETINOL CORREXION®Deep Wrinkle Daily Moisturizer with Sunscreen BROAD SPECTRUM SPF 30 ($22.99) is a great option for halting premature aging. The SPF protects your skin from the sun and the retinol helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. This elegant lotion has a terrific texture that rivals day moisturizers that are ten times the cost.

RoC Deep Wrinkle Night

RoC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Night

RoC® RETINOL CORREXION® Deep Wrinkle Night Cream ($22.99) promises to significantly diminish even deep wrinkles within 12 weeks. This night moisturizer has retinol to fight those wrinkles and is best for normal to dry skin. It has a beautiful, lightweight texture that isn’t greasy and won’t clog pores. Put this on before bed and you will wake up to younger looking skin.


RoC Daily Resurfacing Disks


a RoC exfoliating disk

RoC® Daily Resurfacing Disks ($9.99): These were featured in Top Ten Tuesday Winter Weather Skincare since they are a less expensive alternative to similar discs from Trish McEvoy and Somme Institute. These are self-foaming, dual textured disks that are infused with skin conditioners. Your skin will start to see a difference in as little as one week.  They are great to use after cleansing and before using other skincare.


RoC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Serum

RoC® RETINOL CORREXION®Deep Wrinkle Serum ($22.99):  This Deep Wrinkle Serum is a very lightweight product that contains the RoC®RETINOL formula. This fights fine lines and deep wrinkles. Studies show that after four weeks, skin appears more radiant, fine lines are smoothed and skin firmness is improved. After eight weeks, crow’s feet are visibly reduced and discoloration is diminished. After 12 weeks, deep wrinkles are visibly reduce. Since this absorbs so quickly you can use this under makeup without a problem.

Taking care of your skin means taking care of your whole body. While RoC products are primarily for the face, you need protection all over. Aveeno has many skincare items for your body that work well in conjunction with RoC products too. Take the time to make an appointment with a dermatologist. Here’s a site that will help you locate an office that has MelaFind.  — Lisa and Marcia

*Beauty Info Zone is a brand ambassador for RoC and occasionally receives products, this does not change our opinions of them.



Michael Todd True Organics: Tropical Fruit Scrub and Pink Grapefruit Lotion

I have been getting fruity lately with Michael Todd True Organics. I guess I already was a little bananas…not to mention a little nuts…but Michael Todd sent two refreshing products to the BIZ that are solidifying my status as a total fruit salad.


Michael Todd Tropical Fruit Scrub

The Tropical Fruit Scrub ($18) is a great way to exfoliate in a deeper way than just scrubbing your skin. The papaya and pineapple enzymes do a ton of work, dissolving away dead skin cells and acne-causing bacteria. It’s a wonderful choice for those with sensitive skin since while there are scrubbies in the mix – both wax beads and walnut-shell powder – they aren’t as harsh as some exfoliators.


there actually is some scrubbing involved, but it’s gentle


the power of papaya and pineapple

I find that it works best to use this after cleansing. Once I apply the scrub, I let it sit for a few minutes so those enzymes can really do some dirty work. It’s really important to rinse well with a lot of water as those tiny exfoliators can be quite tenacious.  Once I rinse, my pores are cleaned, my skin is exfoliated, and my skin is moisturized.

Another fruity product is the Pink Grapefruit Lotion ($14).


Michael Todd Pink Grapefruit Lotion


Pink Grapefruit Lotion

This is a thin but creamy lotion that smells like grapefruit, but not in an overpowering way. It’s perfect for those who don’t care for really thick moisturizers. It sinks in quickly, leaving skin hydrated and smelling fresh and fruity.

If you love citrus and are in the market for organic skin and body care, you will love these fruity selections from Michael Todd True Organics. The line is huge, so be sure you have some time for perusing this website.  – Lisa

*pr samples