Masks of the month – Hada Labo Tokyo and ToGo Spa

I am a masker that’s all there is to it. Somewhere along the line I became enamored with masks of all kinds. Give me a sheet mask and I’m happy. Give me a mask in a tube or jar and I’m going to have a ball. I love what they do to my face and my spirits. They are a quick way for a pick-me-up and they have wonderful benefits. This month I’m featuring two mask companies that sent me masks that you need.

Eyes by ToGoSpa and Lips by ToGoSpa

Eyes by ToGoSpa and Lips by ToGoSpa

ToGoSpa masks aka Treatments have been favorites of mine for years. I have a collection of the Under Eye Treatments to use whenever I need some plumping and help with fine lines. There are now 4 versions of Eyes ToGoSpa but this was my first experience with the coconut ones.

Eyes by ToGoSpa

Eyes by ToGoSpa

These masks have so many benefits:

  • Improves circulation and stimulates production of new, youthful skin cells.
  • Relaxes, calms, and pumps up moisture-retention levels to new heights.
  • De-puffs and reduces dark circles with skin-brightening ingredients.
  • Relieves irritation and redness calming compounds.
  • Minimizes pores with clarifying, cleansing oils.
  • Hydrates crepe-like skin and resurfaces fine lines.
Coconut EYES

Coconut EYES

Eyes by ToGoSpa in Coconut Eyes are probably the most hydrating of their eye collection. There are 3 masks in a package ($12.50 but $10 on Amazon) and are worth every cent. Using a pair before a night out is a delight. My wedding anniversary is coming up and I’ve saved one set to use that day to make my husband appreciate his “bride”. They call these their staycation masks since they’ve added Coconut Extract which gives this a tropical gentle aroma. Adding Allantoin helps with the moisturizing. I love how my under eye lines are softened and look rejuvenated for at least two days.

 

Eyes by ToGoSpa

Eyes by ToGoSpa

Not only did I save one of the eye treatments but I’ve also saved one  Lips by ToGoSpa to help make my lips look more kissable. So far ToGoSpa just has these in Coconut but I’m sure they’ll expand the line once everyone finds out how wonderful these are and the benefits of them.

Lips by ToGoSpa

Lips by ToGoSpa

Lips by ToGoSpa are perfect for date night or everyday use. They help with dry lips or chapped lips as well as making your lips look fuller and more moisturized. I’ve used them prior to wearing a matte lipstick and noticed a nice difference since my liplines weren’t as prominent and my lips looked plumper. Give yourself 20 minutes and you’ll appreciate the combination of natural high-density marine collagen, enzymes, amino acids, natural marine minerals, trace elements, proteins and vitamins.

COCONUT LIPS – Purified Water, Chitosan, Sea Algae Extract, Collagen, Coconut Extract, Cellulose, Hyaluronic Acid, Magnesium Phosphate (Vitamin C), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Vegetable Glycerin, Allantoin, Lavender Oil

These are activated by your body temperature and shortly after application you’ll feel them getting softer and more pliable. The nutrients are stored in the lip mask and release as you are lying comfortably savoring your spa experience.

Lips by ToGoSpa

Lips by ToGoSpa

Lips by ToGoSpa contain hyaluronic acid, vitamins C & E, are cruelty free, and contain no dyes or parabens. You really will love what these can do for your lips. In the warmer weather I’m going to put them in the refrigerator before using.

I can’t forget about a sheet mask and like to do one on a weekend morning. Hada Labo Tokyo Ultimate Anti-Aging Facial Mask is making my special time a great ME time. I have long used several products from Hada Labo Tokyo and think it’s a great line. I often recommend their hydrators and moisturizer. Well now I can recommend their Ultimate Anti-Aging Facial Mask too.

Hada Labo Tokyo Ultimate Anti-Aging Facial Mask

Hada Labo Tokyo Ultimate Anti-Aging Facial Mask

There are 4 masks in the box so you’ve got weeks of pleasure using them. When I’m looking at anti-aging products I’m always thrilled to see Hyaluronic Acid as a main ingredient. These have “super” hyaluronic acid so I’m especially thrilled about that. “Proprietary combination of 3 types of Hyaluronic Acid.  Powerful hydrator and skin plumper that provides multi-layer, long-lasting moisture to restore and strengthen skin’s natural hydrating levels.”

Hada Labo Tokyo Ultimate Anti-Aging Facial Mask

Hada Labo Tokyo Ultimate Anti-Aging Facial Mask

This is a cotton fiber mask that is absolutely loaded with serum. They say they use a full bottle (0.7 oz) to help with hydration and firmness. Each mask is very wet so I wear a nightgown or old tee shirt when I’m going to use one. They don’t drip down my face but I like to lie down to keep all that goodness on my face. Keep it on for 10 – 15 minutes and don’t rinse after. You may want moisturizer and sunscreen but you’ve got your dose of serum to spread around your face already.

Hada Labo Tokyo Ultimate Anti-Aging Facial Mask

Hada Labo Tokyo Ultimate Anti-Aging Facial Mask

I think this set of 4 masks is very reasonably priced at $14.99 but even better is that Target and Amazon have them for $7.39 which is the best price ever. Recommended use is 1 to 3 times per week, my use has been once a week. I’m very happy that these are fragrance free.

As a mask aficionado I’ve just shared with you 3 of my favorites. If you haven’t used these yet, I’m not sure what you are waiting for!!  —  Marcia

*sent for editorial consideration which my face is thankful for

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September’s IPSY Glam bag is my favorite one ever

IPSY Glam bag for September 2016

IPSY Glam bag for September 2016

I’ve been purchasing IPSY Glam bag for about 2 years now. For $10 it’s one of the least expensive subscriptions around. It’s almost always filled with cosmetics which is what I’m all about. IPSY mostly sends 5 deluxe sample sizes and has a lot of variations each month If you compare yours with other people’s there’s often a vast difference. For September I received an absolutely perfect bag for my needs and taste.

Trust Fund Beauty Champagne Socialite polish

Trust Fund Beauty Champagne Socialite polish

Trust Fund Beauty Champagne Socialite

Trust Fund Beauty Champagne Socialite

When I opened the black plastic Glamazon cosmetic bag the first thing I noticed was a box from Trust Fund Beauty. With fingers crossed I opened it to find this gorgeous shade: Champagne Socialite. If I received nothing else I could use in the September bag I’d be thrilled with this $15 bottle of polish alone. I’ve worn several Trust Fund polishes and been thrilled with them all. This is a brand new shade for Trust Fund and is only available as a pre-order. How could I get this lucky?? I’m looking forward to wearing this soon since I have a party in October that this sparkly rose gold foil will be perfect for.

Eyes by ToGoSpa, eye masks

Eyes by ToGoSpa, eye masks

Eyes by ToGoSpa, eye masks

Eyes by ToGoSpa, eye masks

It’s been a long time since I’ve used these eye masks from ToGoSpa. I think these are one of the first eye masks I ever used. I’ve reviewed them in the past on Beauty Info Zone and always enjoyed them so seeing a package of 3 Green Tea Eyes masks added some excitement to this subscription. This is another full size product which retails for $12.50. The Green Tea ones are infused with aloe, vitamins C and E, amino acids, antioxidant rich Green Tea Extract, and energizing Taurine. Not only do they help with dark circles but they are soothing, moisturizing, brightening, and they help de-puff. I didn’t realize how much I missed them until they were back in my hands again.

Seraphine Botanicals Guava Butter

Seraphine Botanicals Guava Butter

Seraphine Botanicals Guava Butter fits my makeup profile to a tee. It’s a cream cheek stain that can also be used on lips. Cream blush! What more can I say? Well I can tell you that this is the full size at 4g/.14 oz and it sells for $24. I’m plotzing from the value of this bag! This gluten free, cruelty free, vegan, GMO-free cosmetic is made with Pure Shea Butter. No swatch because it’s fragranced and I have to decide if I keep it or use it in a giveaway. (Any suggestions?)

Living Proof Perfect hair Day 5-in-1 styling treatment

Living Proof Perfect hair Day 5-in-1 styling treatment

While Living Proof Perfect hair Day 5-in-1 styling treatment is a deluxe sample and not full size it’s plenty big enough for me. Perfect for home, perfect for travel. I’m a huge fan of Living Proof and it’s one of the brands I’d never say no to, especially in a subscription. You can buy a 2 oz size of this for $15 so this deluxe sample is worth $7.50.

IT Cosmetics Superhero Mascara

IT Cosmetics Superhero Mascara

Last but surely not least is IT Cosmetics Superhero Mascara. Love this mascara!! I’ve finished one and am almost done with my second plus have a third waiting in the wings. QVC has a great deal on two mascaras. I think every bag received a sample mascara and this is the one I was hoping for.

I don’t want to play favorites but this is the best IPSY bag in the world of IPSY bags. It’s not only worth over $60 but it has nothing I’d change in it. That’s rare when you get 4 subscriptions! If you decide that IPSY Glam Bags should be in your life this is a good time to subscribe and I hope you’ll use my referral link so I can earn some points toward a new product. What’s your opinion of this bag? Did you get the same items? Let me know in the comments. —  Marcia

https://www.ipsy.com/new?refer=3q7k

Ipsy September 2016 Glam Bag

 

Top 10 Tuesday picks favorite eye creams

Give me eye cream now! Give me eye balm immediately! Give me eye serums ASAP. If it’s for the delicate eye area I want it. I’ve reviewed a lot of eye creams so picking just 10 (or 9 as you’ll see) was extremely difficult. Some came to mind instantly because I’m either using them or I’ve bought them again. Others are ones I really enjoyed but picking between them was a difficult choice. My Top Ten are ones I would recommend without a doubt so let’s see what they are:

1. ALGENIST EYE RENEWAL BALM –  I’m on my second jar of the Algenist plus I’ve used up some sample sizes. This is the first eye cream I thought of when we picked this topic. I chose this for my desert island Beauty Spotlight Team and I’d chose it again.

Algenist Eye Renewal Balm

Algenist Eye Renewal Balm

2. KATE SOMERVILLE KateCeuticals MULTI-ACTIVE EYE CREAM – Kate Somerville makes more than one eye cream. I’m sure they are all wonderful but this one is the most wonderful. My eyes drank this up and begged for more. If you are looking for true anti-aging properties, splurge on this.

Kate Somerville Multi-Active Repair Eye Cream

Kate Somerville Multi-Active Repair Eye Cream

3. SOMME INSTITUTE EYE – I’ve repurchased every product from Somme Institute. At first I didn’t repurchase EYE but as soon as I was done with it, I missed it. Even though it doesn’t contain SPF it’s one of my favorite daytime eye creams. It’s lightweight and concealer doesn’t crease when I mix it with Somme Eye. Watch for this on Hautelook.

Somme Institute Eye

Somme Institute Eye

4. SENNA LIFT AND LIGHTEN EYE CREAM – It’s been four years since I reviewed this Senna Eye Cream but I haven’t forgotten it. I bought a second jar at IMATS because I love how it lightens my dark circles and hydrates under my eyes. Plus it’s still only $28 even after all this time.

Senna Lift & Lighten Eye Cream

Senna Lift & Lighten Eye Cream

5. YBF CORRECT – Simple name, not so simple protect. Your Best Face (YBF) tells you succinctly what their products will do and then they prove it by doing research and using the best ingredients to make sure their products work. Correct works!

YBF Correct

YBF Correct

6. YES TO BLUEBERRIES EYE FIRMING TREATMENT – This is my latest eye cream. I’ve been using it daily for about 6 weeks and I can’t bring myself to move on. It totally surprised me since I’m not a mass market skincare person in general but this has kept my eyes looking less lined, my dark circles at bay and has rid me of morning puffiness. For $15-20 (depending on where you buy it) this is a must to try.

Yes to Blueberries Eye Firming Treatment

Yes to Blueberries Eye Firming Treatment

7. LIFT LAB LIFT & FIRM EYE CREAM – The gel like texture of Lift Lab’s Eye Cream is very soothing. It’s lightweight and you don’t even realize you have it on during the daytime. What you will realize is how soft the skin around your eyes feels and how your puffiness isn’t really noticeable.

Lift Lab Lift & Firm Eye Cream

Lift Lab Lift & Firm Eye Cream

8. EXUVIANCE AGE REVERSE EYE CONTOUR – The name tells you one of the reasons I like this. I won this in a giveaway almost 4 years ago and wish I had it again. My memory is short when it comes to “why did I come into this room” but not on eye creams. It helps firm the collagen around eyes. I need this again.

Exuviance Age Reverse Eye Contour

Exuviance Age Reverse Eye Contour

9. DERMAdoctor WRINKLE REVENGE RESCUE & PROTECT EYE BALM – This does it all. It moisturizes, firms, reduces puffiness, helps eliminate dark circles, helps with fine lines and bakes cookies. Ok, I’m kidding about the cookies but it would if it could. It’s thicker than most of the others I’ve mentioned but sometimes you need that.

DERMAdoctor rescue & protect eye balm

DERMAdoctor rescue & protect eye balm

10. EYES by TO GO SPA EYE MASKS – I’m cheating. I can’t help it. When you need a way to make your eyes look less lined and more relaxed you want something like an eye mask. I’ve tried and loved quite a few but I always go back to EYES by ToGoSpa. They now have 3 varieties and it’s hard to pick which you want but you won’t go wrong with any of them. These are collagen eye masks that you want any time you want to look your best.

EYES by ToGoSpa in Green Tea and Pomegranate

EYES by ToGoSpa in Green Tea and Pomegranate

Now it’s your turn. What are your favorite eye creams (balms, serums, masks, etc.)? I’m sure you have some to recommend and I know my fellow Top 10 bloggers will tempt us with more. — Marcia


*some products were sent for editorial consideration, disclosures in original review, many of these were purchased.

 

 

EYES by ToGoSpa – new varieties and a giveaway

Eyedews eye masks have been part of our lives at Beauty Info Zone since April, 2013 when Marcia read about them and had to learn about these. An order was instantly placed and she fell in love. We now find that Eyedews has expanded and they are now called EYES by ToGoSpa. Not only do they make the original ICE WATER masks featured in Makeup Wars but they’ve added in “flavors”.  They were kind enough to send us the new flavors to review and offer a giveaway for 2 of you.

EYES by ToGoSpa in Green Tea and Pomegranate

EYES by ToGoSpa in Green Tea and Pomegranate

EYES by ToGoSpa will take you 15 minutes to use. You can be a Pomegranate type or a Green Tea type or maybe you just want the refreshment of Ice Water. All of these are available to you from ToGoSpa. Each package contains 3 refreshing masks and are sold in packs of 2 for $25, so they are about $4 each. There are no dyes used in EYES products nor are there any parabens. Here’s what EYES by ToGoSpa tells us about

  • Improves circulation and stimulates production of new, youthful skin cells.
  • Relaxes, calms, and pumps up moisture-retention levels to new heights.
  • De-puffs and reduces dark circles with skin-brightening ingredients.
  • Relieves irritation and redness calming compounds.
  • Minimizes pores with clarifying, cleansing oils.
  • Hydrates crepe-like skin and resurfaces fine lines.
EYES by ToGoSpa

EYES by ToGoSpa

MARCIA’S EYES:

I was so excited to find that the old Eyedews had changed and improved. When they offered to send some of the new ones for testing and a giveaway I was even more excited.

To be honest, I can’t pick a favorite. I think all three are going to be what you are looking for when you need to look refreshed. My review is for Green Tea EYES but I recommend all three styles.

EYES by ToGoSpa: green tea and pomegranate

EYES by ToGoSpa: green tea and pomegranate

Eyes by ToGoSpa in Ice Water

Eyes by ToGoSpa in Ice Water

When you look at EYES the only thing you’ll notice is a slight color difference. Green Tea has a green tinge, Pomegranate a reddish tinge and Ice Water is clear.

Green Tea EYES Collagen Eye Pads

Green Tea EYES Collagen Eye Pads

eye dews tea back

The Green Tea with Taurine gel pads are great when you need a lift. Green Tea is known to be a super anti-oxidant that helps to combat the damage from free radicals. Those free radicals are all over the place causing aging. I, for one, don’t need anyone else to cause me aging, I do quite well on my own. Taurine enhances the green tea since it also provides provides the protection of antioxidents as well as being anti-inflammatory.

Eyes by ToGoSpa and Marcia

Eyes by ToGoSpa and Marcia

You can go about life wearing these. After a few minutes they don’t slip down and they don’t pull on your face. They are not only comfortable but they are totally refreshing. I don’t know about you but I’m happy to find that these soothe, lift, brighten, de-puff and hydrate my under eye area.

I recommended these too as a stocking stuffer. You can buy a two pack and split the packs up (or keep them all for yourself).

LISA’S EYES:

Marcia is right, these collagen gel pads are perfect stocking stuffers. One pack has three treatments and it’s a great way to get gorgeous before a night on the town. I am reviewing the Pomegranate EYES, which soothe, de-puff, and hydrate in just 15 minutes.

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Pomegranate EYES

The good stuff inside includes aloe, vitamins C and E, and amino acids. Together they give a cooling effect to the pads (and if you have super puffy eyes, put these in the fridge for mega results). After 15 minutes my eyes are no longer puffy. Instead, they are super hydrated and those fine lines are much harder to find.

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there are three foils like this in one pack

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just pull off the backing for a wonderful treat

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these collagen eye pads stay in place!

My biggest beef with similar products is the ‘slippage’ problem. It’s a pain to have to keep pushing the gel pad back into place. It definitely isn’t fun to have one fall into my plate of bon bons as I am relaxing. However, I am happy to report the EYES by ToGoSpa stay put. I love these collagen gel eye pads and hope to find a bunch in my stocking…Santa are you listening???

 

GIVEAWAY: EYES by ToGoSpa totally rocks. They are very kindly offering 2 US readers a sample pack containing 3 of each variety so winners will get 9 Collagen Eye Gel pads. The giveaway is open through 12/20/13.

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*sent for review

Catch EYES the Under Eye Treat and try to win

I’ve previously reviewed a product called Eyedews and it’s remained in my life for those days that I need help. Eyedews has now changed their name to EYES by ToGoSpa and come out with new products. The BIZ is going to be reviewing these this weekend but when this came across our desks and we found out that our readers would have another opportunity to win, well here we are with the news. Friday night there’s a special Twitter party and you can use the hashtag to be a winner. Put this on your calendar now!!

Tweet! Tweet! Beauty Treat!

The Under Eye Treat
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  As seen on the Today Show
  Tweet!  Tweet!  Hashtag #jensomnia!

Dear Beauty Insomniac,

Are you staying up late, getting no rest, sleep walking over the latest beauty and lifestyle trends and a fan of social media?  Join us for Jenny McCarthy’s #jensomnia, a sleepless social media Twitter party where Jenny stays up late night and gets social with her favorite peeps via Twitter!

It’s outrageous!  Jenny asks her Twitter followers to do some pretty ridiculous stuff and gives out great prizes, including the brand new celebrity-favorite @eyedews – a great new collagen-infused beauty treatment to ward off those tired puffy eyes and dark circles and keep you WIDE-EYED!

“I’m addicted to EYES by ToGoSpa. I’m not being paid to say it. They rock for under-eye bags and wrinkles,” Jenny McCarthy tweeted. 

The next #Jensomnia takes place on Friday, December 6th, 2013 at 11pmEST/8pmPST.  Winners will receive two sets of ToGoSpa’s EYES (that’s six treatments)!

So, get your beauty sleep now and be sure to stay up late to join us at the next  #Jensomnia party!  And please follow EYES by ToGoSpa at

Top Ten Tuesday – 2013 Stocking Stuffers

TOP TEN TUESDAY is here with stocking stuffer ideas. This was extremely fun for me since I’ve never filled a stocking nor had one filled for me. Poor Marcia. But that has never stopped me from thinking about items as stocking stuffers. I just love the idea of it and love to hear what others would be getting. Here are some items that I used this year that I’d put in stockings if given the chance.
1. PIXI BEAUTY ICY EYE PALETTE is a fabulous palette for only $12 that I’m in love with. It would be great for any woman on your list and your own stocking too. Buff Blizzard is just the right size for any stocking.
2. PIXI BEAUTY ICY LIP LUSTER is a set of 4 glosses in a decorative box for $16. You could give 1, 2 or all 4 of these to someone on your list. The lighter shades in this are sparkly and fun and would be great for young teens while the darker shades could go to your older teen.
3. BEAUTY BLENDER SPONGE is my go to. I’ve used these for years and consider it to be a holy grail item. If you have a makeup lover in your life that wouldn’t splurge on something when there’s a very inexpensive alternative, then this would be absolutely perfect. Plus it now comes in black or white!
4. MONT BLEU MIRRORS are simply stunning. Every woman wants something sparkly for a gift and these mirrors are the perfect item to put a smile on someone’s face. There are so many styles to pick from that every woman you know could get a different one.
5. EYES COLLAGEN EYE PADS (these used to be called Eyedews) are my favorite treat for party time. These help diminish the puffiness and lines that all that partying (or life) does to me. There are now 3 varieties which we’ll be reviewing very soon. You want them and so does your mother, sister, niece and best friend!
6. FURLESSE LIP-STICKS are another favorite especially for party time. You’ll be amazed at how relaxed those pesky lines will look. Furlesse also makes Crows, Rows and Elevens for your eyes. You’ll be doing someone a big favor with these in their stocking.
7. BEAUTY SPOON is a fun and unusual gift that won’t get you in trouble with your mother-in-law. These are available at Walmart in the beauty section so you could buy this as a last minute gift. The Beauty Spoon helps get out every last bit of the creams, lotions and potions from a jar.
8. SHAVE TECH RECHARGEABLE TRAVEL SHAVER absolutely wowed my husband and I know it would wow my sons. It’s a slim, portable electric razor that you charge with your USB port. It has the sleek lines of today’s technology and fits in a pocket. The men in your life will thank you for this.
9. UNCOMMON GOODS iPHONE CASES are just plain fun. The ones shown in the collage are on sale for only $9.99. There are so many styles that it would be easy to find the perfect one for anyone on your list that has an iPhone 4/4s/5. Follow my link and enter the giveaway for one (through 12/13/13).
10. LILLY BRUSH is a practical yet nice looking stocking stuffer. It does a great job on clothing that pills up and also for removing pet fur. I bet you have a long list that this would be appropriate for.

I can’t wait to read the other lists to see what I’ll be missing out on this holiday or what I should be shopping for now actually. Join me! — Marcia

*some items received for review