Go to bed with a WINK and a SHINE #PinkWink

amalie beauty wink and shine

Today I want to introduce you to the second half of my Amalie Beauty skincare routine. I’ve told you about Amelie Beauty SHINE Organic Brightening Face Oil (reviewed here) previously but want to reiterate what I love about it. This terrific facial oil has not only helped my skin but it’s taught me a big lesson about fragrance. When SHINE and WINK were sent for review and I read about them I was a little, or maybe more than a little, worried about the fragrance of SHINE. But I wanted the effects of this: hydration, nourishment, diminish the look of fine lines and wrinkles, naturally fade dark spots and blemishes, and end up with a more even skin tone.

Amalie Beauty Shine Brightening Face Oil

Amalie Beauty Shine Brightening Face Oil

SHINE Organic Brightening Face Oil has a jasmine fragrance so you’d expect this fragrance-phobe to run the other way but that didn’t happen. I love the scent and find it soothing to use at bedtime. While SHINE can be used morning or night I prefer it at night since it’s a little less absorbant than some facial oils.

Amalie Beauty Shine Brightening Face Oil

Amalie Beauty Shine Brightening Face Oil

SHINE is not alone in going to bed with me, WINK is right there too. I delayed writing about WINK Lash & Brow Enhancing Oil for a few reasons. First it sells out so quickly that I wanted to be sure that it was in stock for you to buy. And more important WINK, starting on October 1, 2016, turned pink. You are going to hear a lot of BCA this month and what companies are going to do to help fight for the cure. But no one is going to be as unique and helpful as Amalie Beauty. For every tube of WINK sold they will donate one to a cancer warrior to help them regrow their lashes and brows that have been lost through chemotherapy. #PinkWink #BOGOforthe cure

WINK Eyelash & Eyebrow Enhancer (original box)

WINK Eyelash & Eyebrow Enhancer (original box)

WINK Eyelash & Eyebrow Enhancer #PinkWink

WINK Eyelash & Eyebrow Enhancer #PinkWink

If I could do cartwheels I’d do them after using WINK Lash & Brow Enhancing Oil for the last two months. I use this almost every single night on my eyebrows and about 2 – 3 times a week on my lashline. I never had to go through actual chemotherapy but I was on chemo drugs for almost 2 years. In that time my hair loss was considerable and my eyelashes and brows became skimpy. There’s a lot of self-deprecation when this goes on. I wasn’t feeling well and I hated the way I looked. But by the grace of god I came through it all and went into remission. It’s been over 5 years and my doctor tells me I’m good to go. When I fell two years ago and was in rehab I went through the process again though not due to drugs. Having WINK come into my life has been a savior. While I plucked my eyebrows in between my eyes, I just kept watching my brows get skimpier and skimpier. Now I am back to plucking!!!! Who ever thought that would be an accomplishment? We mostly complain about plucking but WINK has helped to make my brows fuller. I know that they’ll never be back to normal but I’m not getting any younger so that’s typical.

WINK Lash & Brow Enhancing Oil

WINK Lash & Brow Enhancing Oil

This is strictly a bedtime babe for me. Directions say to click the pen 180 degrees to get the product to come out on the brush, apply it to brows and/or your lashline, massage it gently in. That’s it. Since I wear eye makeup every day this would interfere but I can and do use it at bedtime.

Amalie Beauty WINK

Amalie Beauty WINK

Why use this? As you can see above WINK conditions, strengthens, and enhances your eyelash and eyebrow hairs. WINK is a mix of Omega 3, Omega 6 and Omega 9 essential fatty acids from a variety of natural nut and seed oils. Studies have been done that have shown that applying essential fatty acids topically can help awaken dormant follicles. It doesn’t promise to regrow hair but personally it has helped me, especially on my eyebrows. A tube should last you 60 days but I’ve used mine longer and can see there’s a lot left in it.

I hope you’ll read the story behind #PinkWink and #BOGOforcure here, I know you’ll be as touched as I am. Do yourself a favor and add this wonderful product to your routine. At the same time you’ll be helping someone who’s in need.  —  Marcia

*product sent for editorial consideration, all opinions are 100% my own

SHINE Ingredients: Organic Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Oil, Organic Argania Spinosa (Argan) Oil, Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil, Helianthus Annuus Sunflower (Seed) Oil, Organic Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Arctostaphylos Uva Ursi Leaf (Bearberry) Extract, Sambucus Nigra (Elderberry) Fruit Extract, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit Seed) Oil, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Oil

WINK Information: Each bottle has 72 rotations inside–enough to start the pen and use it for 60 days on either lashes or brows. Therefore “2 month’s usage” is based on the directions, so please follow them precisely. To start the pen, rotate the bottom chamber 10 times (slowly) until a small amount of product expels to the tip. Each night, after removing all makeup, rotate the pen 180 degrees (1/2 rotation) and apply by gliding along the eyelid or eyebrow; repeat for the other eyelid / eyebrow. Massage gently into the skin (optional). Each bottle has 72 rotations inside–enough to start the pen and apply for 60 days to either lashes or brows.

WINK Ingredients: Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Himalayan Cherry/Dhatelo Seed (Prinsepia Utilis Oil), Aleurites Moluccana (Kukui) Seed Oil, Rubus idaeus (Raspberry) Seed Oil, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil , Punica Granatum (Pomegrenate) Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Glycerin, Sodium Levulinate, Sodium Anisate.

Brow and lash love for 2015

Make-up, applying mascara

As I was doing my makeup for New Year’s Eve I realized that the biggest change in my cosmetic life for 2015 was that I absolutely can not go without doing my brows anymore. A combination of age and illness created eyebrows that just didn’t cut it anymore. I went for most of my life not touching my eyebrows with much more than a tweezers. They had a great natural shape and were filled in nicely. That’s not the case any more. That’s why I decided to share the 2015 eyebrow and eyelash products that have made a difference for me.

PIXI BROW POWDER PALETTE  –  Shades of Brows

Pixi Beauty Brow Palette

Pixi Beauty Brow Palette

This is my most used brow product for everyday. My hair isn’t necessarily the same shade from color to color so I appreciate having a choice of shades that I can use straight or mix. Right now I’m dipping twice into the darkest shade and once in the one lighter since my hair is very dark at the moment. I’ll get it colored soon and can reevaluate how I want to use the colors. One of the best buys at $12 I’ve found. *

PIXI ENDLESS BROW GEL PEN

Pixi Endless Brow Gel Pen in Medium

Pixi Endless Brow Gel Pen in Medium

The Endless Brow Gel Pen is another best for me from Pixi. This is not a universally loved product but I like it so much that I bought 3 the last time I ordered from Pixi. It’s not really a pen, it’s a pencil that is gel-like in texture. It’s a heavier look than the brow palette because the gel is thicker. I like wearing this when my brows really need attention.

SENNA COSMETICS BROW SHAPER

Senna Brow Duo in Brunette

Senna Brow Duo in Brunette

I love Senna Cosmetics but I hadn’t tried their eyebrow products before because I just didn’t care about my eyebrows. Now that I have this Brow Shaper with the plumping brow shade and pomade I really appreciate why Eugenia Weston, owner and cosmetic guru, is so well known for eyebrows. These powders really cling to my eyebrow hair and fill in naturally where I’ve lost some hair. Another reason to love Senna. *

IT COSMETICS HEAVENLY LUXE BUILD A BROW BRUSH

It Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Build A Brow and It Cosmetics Tightlining 10-in-1 Dual Ended brush

It Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Build A Brow and It Cosmetics Tightlining 10-in-1 Dual Ended brush

It Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Eyebrow brush

It Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Eyebrow brush

OMG, this is the best brush ever for eyebrows. It was created for IT’s Build a Brow Creme Gel Stain and it’s great with that but it also shines with every gel or cream brow product I’ve tried. The bristles are staggered so they really get into your brows to deposit color. This is totally unique and totally worth every penny of the $24 price.

BENEFIT ROLLER LASH MASCARA

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara

Officially named Roller Lash Super Curling and Lifting Mascara, this is one of my favorites of the year. I find Benefit Cosmetics to be hit or miss but after reading the raves for this I caved and I’m glad I did. The curved wand really does help curl your lashes although I always use an eyelash curler. The combo of the eyelash curler and Roller Lash gives me eyelashes that stay curled for a good 12 hours. This was good for me for a solid three months staying easy to wear and easy to remove.

CATRICE LASH MULTIMIZER VOLUME MASCARA

Catrice Ultimate Lash Multimizer Volume Mascara

Catrice Ultimate Lash Multimizer Volume Mascara

Catrice Ultimate Lash Multimizer Volume Mascara wand

Catrice Ultimate Lash Multimizer Volume Mascara wand

At $7.99 this is 1/3 the price of the Benefit mascara and almost as good. The Multimizer is a volume and definition mascara. While it doesn’t help add curl, it holds it well. The older this gets, the better it gets. Which means a new one is in my future.

BARE MINERALS LASH DOMINATION VOLUMIZING MASCARA

Bare Minerals Lash Domination

Bare Minerals Lash Domination

BareMinerals Lash Domination

BareMinerals Lash Domination

2016 was the year I realized I loved volume mascaras. Before that I always thought I was looking for length and definition but the mascaras I like best this year turned out to be volumizing. Who knew? Besides charming me with the polka dot packaging, Lash Domination * charmed me with the twisty turny brush and lashes that looked great. They call this a 10-in-1 mascara since it Volumizes, Lengthens, Thickens, Separates, Lifts, has All-day wear, is Mineral fortified, Resists clumps, Fights Flakes, and is Smudge-resistant. After reviewing * this, I bought another.

SURRATT BEAUTY RELEVEE LASH CURLER

Surratt Beauty Relevee Lash Curler

Surratt Beauty Relevee Lash Curler

Surratt Beauty Relevee Lash Curler opened

Surratt Beauty Relevee Lash Curler opened

I didn’t need another eyelash curler but I wanted this Surratt Beauty one after reading all the raves. Everyone has different shaped eyes and the lash curlers that a lot of people rave about (Shu, ELF etc) pinch me. This Surratt Relevee has been a delight to use. It opens widely, does a great job fitting my eyes and creates a curl that really lasts. If I want to use the method of inching up my lashes I have to use a magnifying mirror so I can see my lashes better.

As usual with a list like this, I’m sure I left out other wonderful products that I discovered in 2015. Even if I did though I know I’m recommending the ones that really have stood out to me. Have you tried any of these? What would you say stood out the most for you this past year?  — Marcia

*items were PR samples, rest were self purchased  **affiliate links used

 

Holiday gift guide for the Glam Girl!

Beauty Info Zones Glam Holiday Gift GuideShe loves pretty packaging, big lashes, the latest trends, and large price tags.  So what to buy her for the holidays??  Go big or go home with these glamorous gift options, all BIZ tested and approved!

Onsen Tenseless Cream

1.  Onsen Tenseless Cream ($400):  When only the best will do, go for this amazing moisturizing cream.  It’s perfect for nighttime, giving 8 full hours of relaxation to facial muscles – which means that beauty sleep really results in beauty!  I am happy with my skin every morning when I use this awesome night moisturizing cream.  Available at www.onsensecret.com

Chella Lash FullFillment Kit

2.  Chella Full-Fillment Lashes Kit ($95)  The perfect kit for building beautiful eyes.  It has everything needed for luscious lashes:  a 6 mL tube of Chella Lash Full-Fillment Eyelash Treatment, Chella Anti-Fatigue Eye Mask Kit, and a sample of Chella Eye Cream packaged neatly in a  custom tri-fold Chella Eyebrow Organizer. The Organizer has 8 individual pockets, plenty of room for the Chella items plus more.

Esqido Little Black Lash and Voila Lash

3.  Esqido Mink Lashes ($34-$42):  These gorgeous mink lashes not only look amazing, they also last through up to 25 uses!  For subtle glam, go with Little Black Lashes.  For lots of oomph, go with Voila Lash.  I have zero talent when it comes to applying falsies, but these are so easy to use I reach for them whenever I want instant lash gratification.  Available on www.esqido.com

Nudestix 2

4.  Nudestix:  Innovative packaging and on-trend colors make this line a winner for any glam-loving girl.  The effortless nude shades perfectly compliment those dramatic lashes with the Concealer Pencil ($24), Mascara ($24), and Magnetic Eye Color in Twilight ($24).  Available at www.urbanoutfitters.com and in Urban Outfitters stores

Guess Seductive 2

5.  Guess Seductive ($22):  Besides the wonderful packaging with the heart charm, this sweetly seductive scent features bergamot, pear, jasmine, african orange flower and vanilla.  It’s a creamy, fruity/floral scent that works for everyone from teens to cougars.  Your giftee can raise some temperatures (and who knows what else?) with this sexy scent.

Rituals Happy Mist and Good Luck Scrub

6.   Good Luck Scrub ($29) and Rituals Happy Mist ($25):  The perfect duo for any glam girl’s great night’s sleep!  Rituals Good Luck Scrub is certainly lucky, with a winning combination of organic sugar, safflower, avocado, sweet almond, macadamia, jojoba, and sunflower seed oils.  The scent is gorgeous – sweet orange and cedar.  It leaves skin super soft and smooth, ready to climb into soft linens gently scented with Rituals Happy Mist.  Oh, this bed and body mist will make even the most discriminating gal extremely happy.  Orange and yuzu beautifully refresh linens, and because it’s cosmetic grade it can be used as a body mist as well.  It’s a great way to get happy between the sheets!

Black Friday is approaching, and the holidays will be here before you know it.  Get your shopping done early with these pretty, sexy, and trendy options for the glam-loving girl on your list.  Shopping for someone who loves practical beauty options?  Check out my Ten holiday gift ideas for the practical fashionista right HERE!  – Lisa

*items reviewed sent for editorial consideration

Novalash Eyelash Extensions: an update, plus what is a ‘fill’ like?

People ask me all the time how I like my Novalash eyelashes.  The truth is, I don’t like them – I LOVE them.  I am absolutely, completely, totally addicted.  They aren’t the easiest ‘enhancement’ to have – they are expensive, and there are certain complications.  But I am willing to put up with any issues because the pros far outweigh the cons.

Cons:

1.  They are expensive, maintenance is costing me about $90 a month (2 fills plus tip).

2.  The glue can be irritating to my eyelids, and it can make my lids itchy.

3.  The extensions I get are the longest, most dramatic ones, so I sometimes have problems with them sticking to my lower lashes at inconvenient times.  I am sure that it’s more problematic with the longer lashes than it is with the shorter ones.

Pros:

1.  They look totally natural and make my eyes look amazing.

2.  I no longer have to wrestle with a lash curler every morning.

3.  While I can use mascara if I want, I don’t have to – and it’s really nice to have eyelashes that always look great.

4.  They do not negatively affect my natural lashes in any way.

4.  Did I mention they make my eyes look AMAZING???

More lashes = love!

I want to point out that Novalash extensions are different from what is known as ‘individuals’, which are false eyelashes that are glued to several of your natural lashes in one clump.  That type of lash enhancement is cheaper, but it also causes you to lose your natural lashes before they would normally fall out with their natural growth cycle.  I would NOT recommend that type of lash enhancement.  I have been wearing the Novalash extensions for four months now, so I have completely cycled though a normal three-month growth cycle, and I can tell you that I still have just as many natural lashes as I did when I started.  When it comes to extensions, cheaper is not better!!

I originally posted about the initial application HERE.  The first time you have a set applied is by far the most expensive.  But just like with acrylic nails, you need to have a ‘fill’ every so often to keep your lashes looking their best.  Some people can go as long as 4 weeks, most probably go every 3 weeks.  I actually like to go every 2 weeks if I can, just because then they don’t ever get thinned out.

Before the fill, no eye makeup on at all

Pictured above and below are my lashes after four weeks.  Four weeks is truly the longest you would ever want to go in between fills.  Remember, with Novalash each lash is individually applied to your natural lashes.  So as you shed your lashes throughout their normal growth cycle, your extensions go with them.

Before the fill, no eye makeup on

As you can see above, I have quite a few extensions left – but I also have natural lashes without extensions.  So they still look pretty good, but not as good as they do after the fill.

After the fill, still with no eye makeup on

Here they are after.  A fill takes anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour, depending on how many lashes you need to have applied.  It costs anywhere from $40 to $65, also depending on the amount of work your stylist needs to do.  Just like with an initial application, your lower lashes are taped down and the stylist works from one eye to the next, gluing individual lashes to your natural lashes.

Back to my new ‘normal’!

I am so used to the extensions now that I can’t even imagine being without them.  Unless you have extremely sensitive eyes, I highly recommend Novalash extensions.  If you go to the website, they have a page where you can find a certified stylist in your area.  Find a certified stylist and go for it – I know that you will become as much of a lash addict as I am!  – Lisa

My eyes love Tweezerman! ProCurl Lash Curler Review

What do you think when you are reading magazines and seeing the latest mascara ads? I doubt you believe that anyone’s lashes can be that intense, that glamorous or that lush. Not even a close up of my lashes or photoshop could make my lashes look like that but if I have the right tools then I can at least create the best lashes possible for me personally. Two of those right tools are by Tweezerman. I’ve used Tweezerman’s ilashcomb for years and years; way before writing about beauty was even a twinkle in my mind; way before I even had a computer actually. What’s new for me is Tweezerman’s ProCurl Lash Curler and that is changing my lashes as much as my ilashcomb does.

Tweezerman ProCurl Curler

Tweezerman ilashcomb

Tweezerman has long made eyelash curlers that sell for about $12 but now they’ve created the gold standard in the ProCurl Curler for $20. This lovely rose gold lash curler is their newest addition to the line and it’s a winner.

Tweezerman ProCurl Curler

Tweezerman ProCurl Lash Curler

What makes this eyelash curler different from their previous one or even others on the market? The top is narrower and wider therefore it is much more apt to fit all eye shapes. The handle has a double design that makes it fit more comfortably in my hand. It’s also a sturdier lash curler than their old one. I get great leverage with this. I find that I don’t have to position and reposition to get it to curl my lashes, something I absolutely hate. I get it right the first time.

It never pinches, never! The rounded silicone pads fit the eyelash curler exactly so you never have metal touching your lashes. Plus unlike any other eyelash curler on the market it comes with refill pads. THREE refill pads. That’s unheard of. You might find a lash curler that comes with one extra but good luck ever buying a replacement pad. With Tweezerman you get three extras because they know how long lasting this lash curler is.

But what really counts even more than all of these other items is how well it curls my lashes. I get a beautiful bend to my lash that looks natural yet lasts. I don’t get a crimp in my lashes, I get a bend that starts at the base and makes my lashes look lusher. I have stick straight eyelashes. If I just put mascara on they look ridiculous and don’t add anything to my eyeshadow efforts. I feel dumpy. But curling my lashes, even if I don’t have any eye makeup on, makes a huge difference. It opens up my eyes instantly.

I know you aren’t supposed to recurl your lashes after you have mascara on so pretend I didn’t write this but I often do that in the evening. I want to refresh my makeup without adding on more layers of mascara that might get clumpy so I’ll curl my lashes again, take out my Tweezerman ilashcomb and I’m ready to go.

These two tools are so important in my arsenal that I’m not giving them up no matter what. There’s so much to love about Tweezerman and these two are right there at the top of the list. — Marcia

*Beauty Info Zone is proud to be part of the Tweezerman Ambassador program. Items were received from PR but love is genuinely ours.

Revitalize your eyes: RevitaLash

The day I knew I was getting older:

There I was sitting across the restaurant booth from my husband. I had a sensible grilled chicken salad in front of me, he had a bowl of chili and an order of fries. But that disparity in ordering isn’t what did it. Instead it was when he said to me, “What’s wrong with your eyebrow?”  Hmmm, my eyebrow? I asked what he meant and he said it looked like it was half missing. Oy vey! Visions of my mother and aunt with their almost hairless eyebrows ensued. A frightening thought.

And like Superman who comes to the rescue of those in need, RevitaBrow came to my rescue. The tube of this had arrived exactly 24 hours before this conversation. The tube of this was therefore opened 25 hours after it arrived. I’ve been using this for 7 weeks now and I see an amazing difference. I apologize for not having taken before pictures (that’s a new skill for me) but you’ll have to take my word for it when I tell you that I have a lot of new growth on my eyebrows. So much in fact that after 5 weeks of using this nightly I am now using it 3 times a week. I still have a little patch in the front that’s not fully filled in but that’s been like that for years. As you age your hair patterns change – believe me, you aren’t going to like it! You have less hair where you want it (eyebrows, eyelashes and head) and more where it’s embarrassing (upper lip, chin, nose!!!). RevitaBrow to the rescue! This has a sponge tip so you can use the edge for smaller places and the side for larger areas. I’m quite sure this will last me a good 9 months so even though the initial cost is high ($110), the per use cost is reasonable. It contains peptides and botanicals to strengthen, condition and nourish. Fuller brows make you look younger.

RevitaBrow was developed after RevitaLash. The story behind RevitaLash is that the creator’s (Dr. Michael Brinkenhoff) wife, , had breast cancer and he wanted to help her regrow and strengthen her lashes which had been damaged due to the chemotherapy and radiation treatments that she had to endure. Once the doctor realized how it helped her, he wanted to share that with others. A portion of all sales goes towards breast cancer research and education.



I’ve also been using RevitaLash. I’ve not seen quite as dramatic a change on my lashes from this but that’s because I had previously used another brand. I stopped using that brand and am now exclusively using RevitaLash. My previous skimpy lashes are much fuller, longer, and lush. I plan to keep it that way by continuing to use RevitaLash at least 3 times a week. It doesn’t interfere with any of my nightly skincare routine; I just wait for it to dry and then apply my eye cream as usual. RevitaLash comes with a very thin brush much like a liquid eyeliner brush. It’s a breeze to apply and I never seem to get it into my eye. I have no burning or itching with this at all. (I did have that problem with a previously used product so I know the feeling.) I have the 3 month supply ($98) but it’s already lasted me 7 weeks and it’s obvious that I have a long way to go with the tube. I’m sure it will last for 6 months. They also have a tube that they say lasts for 6 months ($150) which I’d assume would last much longer. The ingredients in RevitaLash are Water, Sodium Chloride, Panthenol, Citric Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Disodium Phosphate, Trifluoromethyl Dechloro Ethylprostenolamide, Cellulose Gum.



While my photo skills are lacking they show that I actually DO have eyebrows now and that I have lashes that have dramatically improved (at least in person they have.) Since that fateful dinner I have to say that I’ve heard no more disparaging remarks about my eyebrows and lashes and I plan to keep it that way by REVITALIZING myself with RevitaLash Eyelash Conditioner and RevitaBrow Eyebrow Conditioner. – Marcia

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