Burt’s Bees™ Masks, a brand you can trust

Burt’s Bees masks

Burt’s Bees™ has entered the mask world as they expand their incredible line. These reasonably priced masks ($3 each) are one time use and either 99% or 100% natural. What makes these easy is that you can pick them up when you are shopping at drugstores, Target or Walmart and bring home a skin treasure.

There are 3 sheet masks to consider depending on what your needs are at the moment.

Burt’s Bees Sheet Masks: Detoxifying, Hydrating, and Purifying

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These masks aren’t the same as other masks I’ve tried. Since they are natural they use a material that is a little rougher, more of a paper feeling than a silicone feeling. Each one is truly loaded with serums and they do the job quickly.

Burt’s Bees Sheet Masks: Detoxifying, Hydrating, and Purifying

 

Burt’s Bees™ Detoxifying Mask is a Charcoal sheet mask with Honey. It was created to remove impurities, dirt and grime from the surface of your skin. Some charcoal masks are harsher than other types but this is very gentle. Burts Bees™ recommends that you use it for 2 minutes but I don’t think it hurts to leave it on for up to 5 minutes.

Burt’s Bees™ Detoxifying Charcoal Sheet Mask

Burt’s Bees™ Detoxifying Charcoal Sheet Mask

The honey adds a sweet touch to it that adds a natural moisturizer. When you remove the mask be sure to massage the juices onto your skin for a long lasting and soothing feel. This mask is available at Walmart.

Burt’s Bees™ HYDRATING Sheet Mask with Clary Sage can be found at both Target and CVS.As the name states, the white cottony paper masks is meant to help your skin become more hydrated. The ingredient Clary Sage is infused to instantly moisturize as well as help balance the PH of your skin. It contains extracts from plants and flowers to add radiance and revitalization to your skin. A Hydrating Mask makes a big difference in the appearance of my skin giving it just the right jolt of extra moisture.

Burt’s Bees™ HYDRATING Sheet Mask with Clary Sage

After just 5 minutes you’ve helped give yourself a mini spa facial with a brand that’s formulated without parabens, phthlates, SLS or petrolatum, and is dermatologist test. It’s a shot in the arm – I mean face.

Burt’s Bees® Purifying Sheet Mask with Kiwi Extracts is a cleansing and moisturizing mask that takes just 2 minutes of your time. It has a special blend of kiwi extracts and other natural plant/floral essences to promote healthy looking skin. Two minutes is basically nothing even on a rushed morning but I prefer using these masks at night so that I wake up to a fresher complexion. This is the only one of the three sheet masks that says to rinse after.

Burt’s Bees® Purifying Sheet Mask with Kiwi Extracts

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The material of the Purifying mask is unusual since it is thicker and dries down pretty quickly. It’s almost a honeycomb texture and helps retain the moisture when you have it on. I just had the one mask to use and I left it on for about 4 minutes. My face was glowy the following morning.

Burt’s Bees® Moisturizing Lip Mask

Now for my favorite of these masks – Burt’s Bees® Moisturizing Lip Mask. I seem to concentrate on my eyes and face but don’t really take enough care of my mouth. I use lip balm and lip creams but this Burt’s Bees® Moisturizing Lip Mask adds a new dimension to my lip care. This adds a long term hydration that is sorely needed.

Ingredients: prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond) oil, limnanthesalba (meadowfoam) seed oil, orbignya oleifera seed oil, flavor, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, rebaudioside A, tocopherol, linalool

Burt’s Bees™ Moisturizing Lip Mask contains a blend of natural ingredients including Meadowfoam Seed and Almond Oils. The all-natural, hydrating formula leaves behind soft, smooth and nourished lips. I found the scent to be strong yet pleasant. I’m a big fan of almond so that helps. It lasted for about 20 minutes and then was gone. This doesn’t need to be rinsed off but I made sure I used it at least a half hour before I put any balms or color on. As you can see it’s big enough for anyone to use. I wish there had been two in the package for that price but the next time I’m at Target I’ll be picking up a few.

Burt’s Bees® Moisturizing Lip Mask

Last but not least is the Burt’s Bees® Rejuvenating Eye Masks. I’m a huge fan of eye masks as you may know and this one is a quick and easy one. It contains Rosehip Seed Extract & Jojoba Oil to reinvigorate tired skin. As someone who often suffers from insomnia a 5 minute mask is just perfect. The goal of these masks is to help with the appearance of dark circles. While I know it’s a temporary fix, I’ll take it. It does have an oily feel at first but that seemed to dissipate in the 5 minutes I had these on.

Burt’s Bees® Rejuvenating Eye Mask

I have one minor complaint about these Burt’s Bees® Masks and that is that nowhere seems to sell all 5 of them. The Eye Masks and Lip Masks can be found at Target and I also found the Hydrating Mask there. The Detoxifying Charcoal Mask is found at Walmart and I found the Purifying Mask at CVS. Obviously I haven’t been everywhere but it would be delightful to walk into one drugstore and find them all at one time.

No matter though since whichever you find will make your day a little earth friendly and you’ll be looking great. —  Marcia

Osmosis has masks that stimulate your senses while making your skin look its very best

Don’t let the plain white jar fool you into thinking that nothing special lies within. Once opened you happen upon a sensory experience that will make you sing.

OSMOSIS Tropical Mango Barrier Recovery Mask

What awaits you is the most scrumptious smelling mask from Osmosis, the Tropical Mango Barrier Recovery Mask. It’s the kind of mask that you don’t want to wash off since the smell is so intoxicating. While that’s not all this mask is, it sure starts your experience off on the right foot face.

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OSMOSIS Tropical Mango Barrier Recovery Mask

As a person who doesn’t care for most fragranced products it’s the complete opposite for this mask. I don’t like the taste of mango but I sure do love the smell.

This mask is great for so many skin types and conditions like Psoriasis, Dryness and Dehydration, Free Radical Damage, Eczema, and Rosacea. It’s gently hydrating due to the jojoba oil, shea butter, and olive oil in its formula.

Key Ingredients:

  • Mango Seed Butter: hydrates, regenerates, sun protective properties and rich in antioxidants
  • Amazonian Fruit Butter: high content of essential fatty acids and Vitamin A, repairs damage, soothes and heals
  • Organic Bladderwrack Extract: rich in calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium, sulfer, silicon, iron and high in some B-Complex vitamins, carotene and zeaxanthin, improves elasticity
  • Sea Buckthorn Oil: high fatty acid content, natural source of Vitamins A and E, carotenes and flavonoids

You can use this the way you always use a mask – slather it on, sit back and relax while it goes to work to make your skin look replenished. It’s creamy and is said to restore the skin’s lipid barrier.

OSMOSIS Tropical Mango Barrier Recovery Mask

You can also use this in a more spa type manner which is what Osmosis recommends: Apply a thin amount to skin, massaging for 2-3 minutes (if product becomes tacky before 2-3 minutes apply Clear x 1 pump to allow for massage). Apply a warm towel to skin and without applying pressure, allow it to remain on skin until lukewarm in temperature. Gently lift and remove the towel without wiping skin and massage mask for an additional 1 minute. Use towel to gently remove any excess.

If you use it like a regular mask it never quite hardens though after about 15 minutes it does make your face feel taut. I usually use it this way since I’m a creature of habit. I wash it off with a washcloth and find soft, more hydrated skin. The Osmosis way is a little quicker but takes more steps. Either way you’ll love that sensory experience that brings your skin some harmony.

OSMOSIS Tropical Mango Barrier Recovery Mask and Polish Enzyme Firming Mask

Now for a mask that is on the opposite end of the spectrum –  Osmosis Polish Enzyme Firming Mask. Polish will also give you a sensory experience though not to the same degree. Polish Enzyme Firming Mask has a delightful cranberry fragrance to it. But other than basking in the wonderful smell the feel of the mask is totally different than the Tropical Mango.

Osmosis Polish Enzyme Firming Mask

This is a thin mask that applies like syrup on your face. I have to be sure that my hair is totally away from my face since the mask has a sticky feel to it. It’s a cleansing mask for your pores and helps to redefine your complexion. Most exfoliating masks have a scrubby feeling to them but Polish differs in its approach. It has been designed to remove only the epidermal layer of the skin. It is meant to remove trapped dead skin to promote healthy skin coming to the surface through regrowth.

Osmosis Polish Enzyme Firming Mask

“The exfoliating formula utilizes lactic acid and cranberry to smooth your complexion and reduce the depth of fine lines and wrinkles. CoQ10 acts as a powerful antioxidant to negate free radical damage. Skin is left feeling supple and firm. Apply 2-3 pumps to a clean face 1-3 times per week. Leave on 5-15 minutes then rinse.”

Osmosis Polish Enzyme Firming Mask

I use this mask in place of a mask that is going to manually exfoliate my skin. This feels more like a treatment than a creamy or scrubby exfoliator. It helps to firm skin rather than hydrate it. Since it is sticky I always have to use a washcloth for removal. It leaves my skin more glowy than a hydrating mask. As a matter of fact what I like is to use Polish Enzyme Firming Mask one day and then the very next to use Tropical Mango Barrier Recovery Mask the next day – getting the best of both worlds to help protect my skin.

I can’t pick a favorite since the purpose of these is different but the end result is that you receive Osmosis Pur Medical Skincare’s technology and knowledge for your skin. Either one will give you an experience that will delight you as much as they do me.  —  Marcia

These masks can be found at Dermstore, Skin Trends, and Lovely Skin. Osmosis is a cruelty-free company with some products being vegan and gluten-free. It’s also

 

Hooray for honey! Comvita Manuka Honey and some DIY face masks

Comvita Manuka Honey

A few years ago I traveled to Savannah, Georgia, and I discovered the most amazing varieties of honey.  I’ve been a honey snob ever since, and I’m happy to tell you that one of the best brands of honey is now at Costco and on Amazon.com – Comvita Certified UMF® Manuka Honey.

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Comvita Manuka Honey

I know my honey, and Manuka Honey is one of the most delicious honeys I have ever tasted.  It’s actually made by bees in New Zealand who pollinate the indigenous Manuka tree.  Manuka Honey is a super food – I eat it right out of the jar, I put it in my smoothies, I add it to tons of recipes, and it’s also a killer ingredient for DIY face masks.  

Comvita Manuka Honey

I am fascinated with the story of how this truly delicious honey is harvested:  “A monofloral honey produced in New Zealand by bees that pollinate the indigenous Manuka tree. The Manuka plant is climate-sensitive and only flowers two to six weeks per year, making the honey a scarce resource. Working with the beekeepers and landowners, hives are placed in remote and pristine areas of the country, some of which are only reachable by helicopter.”

Comvita Manuka Honey

Comvita Manuka Honey

Comvita Manuka Honey has a UMF rating from 5 to 20.  The higher the UMF, the higher the purity and potency.  The UMF® 5+ Manuka Honey (17.6 oz is regularly $32.99 on Amazon, but right now it’s on sale on Amazon Prime for $27.99) is more liquid in texture and tastes sweeter to me.  The UMF® 10+ Manuka Honey (17.6 oz is regularly $59.99 on Amazon, right now its on sale on Amazon Prime for $52.99) stays somewhat solid even inside my pantry, and has a deeper, sort of a ‘wilder’ taste. 

Comvita Manuka Honey

Comvita Manuka Honey

I recently watched a documentary about the food industry and there was a very scary part regarding honey and fake importers.Certified UMF® Manuka Honey products are fully traceable from source-to-shelf which is extremely important in the honey industry – know where your honey is coming from!!  

Comvita Manuka Honey

Honey is great for you from the inside out.  It really does make fantastic face masks, and they are probably the easiest of all do it yourself face masks – the simplest and quickest to whip up to pamper yourself and your skin.  Here are few ideas:

If you have dry skin, just mash up a tablespoon of avocado and mix with a tablespoon of plain yogurt and a tablespoon of honey.  Spread over your face and leave on for 30 minutes for super hydrated, wonderfully smooth skin.

If you have hyperpigmentation and dark spots, mix a few teaspoons of honey with the juice of half a lemon and spread this over your face.  Leave it on for a half hour.  Do this several times a week and those dark areas will fade!

If you have super sensitive skin or suffer from eczema, try some honey mixed with aloe.  I love Desert Harvest Aloe – it’s pure and really wonderful for face masks.  This calms skin and helps it heal quickly.

High quality honey makes for the best face masks, and  Comvita Manuka Honey is the perfect choice.  Plus it makes for fantastic smoothies and I love it in tea as well!  

For more information and to find a store near you visit comvita.com, or check them out on amazon.com.  – Lisa

A blast from my past: Queen Helene face masques and a giveaway

Once upon a time, way before the internet, Queen Helene was the queen of the mask and skincare world. This affordable 75 year old line was sold at mass marketers and became a staple for many including our mothers (and grandmothers). Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque was my introduction to doing something to my face that wasn’t just typical soap and water cleansing followed by a moisturizer. I had oily skin back in the day and the Mint Julep Scrub became a savior when I was breaking out. It’s still around and doing its job.

Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque

“Our original, all-time favorite green masque instantly absorbs excess oil, extracts impurities and helps minimize the appearance of pores. After use, skin is deeply clean with a fresh oil-free feel and healthy looking complexion.” It’s recommended for oily and acne prone skin so I don’t need it anymore but it’s a product I still recommend if asked.

Queen Helene Masques

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Jump to 2017-18 and Queen Helene is still around. Their packaging is more up to date and they’ve added so many new products that they are proud of. They use natural ingredients that don’t contain harsh chemicals or preservatives. As a masque lover I was happy to receive 3 of their masks to test out and compare to the ones I’ve been using for the last few years. These babies measure up to the task while lasting a long time and saving you money. Sure I love my expensive face masks, who wouldn’t? But bringing an affordable product to the blog means that everyone can afford one or more of these.

MUD PACK MASQUE

Queen Helene Mud Pack Masque

The Mud Pack Mask is an Anti-Aging product that helps with toxin relief. It’s meant to revitalize and detoxify. A good mud mask contains Kaolin, aka English Clay, to draw the impurities out of your skin. “This classic facial masque is enriched with Kaolin, a natural English Clay known to immediately lift away impurities and revitalize tired looking skin. After use, skin feels firmer while fine lines and wrinkles appear diminished.”

Queen Helene Mud Pack Masque

Queen Helene Mud Pack Masque

Not everyone enjoys a Mud Mask but I find that even with drier skin it’s great to use about twice a month to draw out the gunk in my pores. I leave it on for up to 10 minutes and wash off to find clearer skin. Sometimes I’ll see tiny little white heads starting to form but using this Mud Pack Mask clears them up.

OLIVE OIL MASQUE

Queen Helene Olive Oil Masque

The Olive Oil Masque is unique to my collection since it’s meant for very dry skin. I have many hydrating masks but none seem quite as moisturizing as this Queen Helene one. There’s a sweet fragrance to this very creamy mask. I don’t find that it dries down completely so my face doesn’t get tight with it. “This creamy, deeply relaxing masque bathes moisture-starved skin in the healthy, hydrating richness of Olive Oil, while gently removes impurities from skin. After use, skin is soft and smooth with a supple appearance.”

Queen Helene Olive Oil Masque

Queen Helene Olive Oil Masque

For these cruel winter days this is a drink of happiness. It contains both chamomile and sage extracts to help soothe irritability. My face does feel soothed when using this so it’s a big help after coming in from the harsh winds.

VOLCANIC ASH MASQUE

Queen Helene Volcanic Ash Masque

The Volcanic Ash Masque is the newest one that Queen Helene has created. I don’t know if you remember when MAC Cosmetics came out with a volcanic ash mask but it was a hot seller and people were upset to find it was a limited edition. Now we have an improvement that is cruelty free on top of everything else. The Volcanic Ash Masque is an anti-pollution mask. “This skin-detoxifying facial masque harnesses the purifying power of Volcanic Ash (also known as Bentonite) to deeply clean skin. Known for its ability to draw out pollutants, Volcanic Ash acts like a magnet for pollutants, bringing them to the surface so they can be washed away. The result is refreshed, renewed skin.”

Queen Helene Volcanic Ash Masque

Queen Helene Volcanic Ash Masque

The Volcanic Ash Masque is black and looks exactly like volcanic ash. I always wash this off in the shower since it can get a little messy when removing it. My shower doesn’t care though and I end up with a refreshed face. I think this one is going to be even better for me in the summer since that’s when the weather affects my skin with pollution, sweat, and perspiration. It’s a good way to be sure that your sunscreen is completely removed too.

Queen Helene Masques

While sheet masks are fun to use they can slip down on your face but you won’t find that with these Queen Helene Masques. You apply, leave them on for 5 to 10 minutes while you do other things, wash them off with warm water and you are on the way to clearer more refreshed skin. —  Marcia

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION: Three US subscribers will win both the original Queen Helene Mint Julep masque and a Queen Helene Mud Pack masque. Our giveaway ends on 2/1/18 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Be sure you are subscribed and that you comment, all the other entries are there for extra chances. The masks will be sent by Queen Helene’s representative. Good luck and good skin!

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In our efforts to bring you highly-effective products, we never test on animals and have been certified by the Coalition of Consumer Information on Cosmetics (CCIC). They ensure cosmetic, personal care and household product companies who have been certified remain cruelty-free through all stages of product development and testing. We are proud to display the CCIC’s leaping bunny logo on our products.

Queen Helene can be found at Sally Beauty as well as Amazon and many mass market stores.

All I want for Christmas is a basket full of Rescue and Renew products from Arbonne

A basket full of Arbonne Rescue and Renew!

You know what I want under my tree? A big old basket full of Arbonne Rescue and Renew products. I could use a lot of rescuing and renewing, that’s for sure! Arbonne has everything I need to rescue and renew me from head to toe and while the whole collection makes for an amazing gift, even just one of these items brings a great big smile of relief.

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Arbonne Rescue and Renew Detox Face Mask

If you have large, congested pores, Rescue & Renew Detox Face Mask ($44) comes to the rescue. This is a creamy French pink clay mask that goes on wet then pulls out dirt and oil as it dries, closing up those pores and making them look smaller in the process.
• Helps skin appear brighter and promotes the look of smoother, softer, and refreshed-looking skin
• Leaves the complexion looking cleansed and renewed
• Safe for all skin types including sensitive skin

Arbonne Rescue and Renew Detox Face Mask

• Dandelion extract contributes to detoxifying effects that promote the appearance of overall skin health
• Turmeric extract helps to promote radiant-looking skin
• Ginger root extract helps counteract the look of dull, lackluster skin by enhancing the appearance of skin radiance

As the mask dries, you can actually see where the concentration of dirt and yucky stuff is – it’s fascinating. The formula uses an oil-pulling technology with 5 self-neutralizing acids to clean skin and leave it looking brighter, plus it has rosemary oil which is very hydrating so skin stays wonderfully moisturized. This is a terrific face mask with great ingredients that lives up to Rescue and Renew name!

Rescue and Renew Detox Body Wash

The Rescue Renew Detox Body Wash ($32) is a lovely, citrus-y smelling body wash that leaves skin cleansed and detoxed yet moist and hydrated at the same time. I always have problems in the winter with dry, itchy skin but whenever I use this body wash my skin feels great. The citrus scent comes from grapefruit and orange essential oils, and the formula also has two excellent skin conditioning agents – alfalfa and chicory root extracts.
• Cleans oil, dirt and other impurities from the skinto help revive lackluster-looking skin
• Helps improve the look of skin’s clarity and brightness
• Hydrates and replenishes moisture content tohelp skin look softer and smoother
• Formulated with pure, aromatic essential oils

Rescue and Renew Detox Body Wash

• Alfalfa and chicory extracts help improve the appearance of skin tone and smoothness
• Mineral salt helps balance the skin’s appearance, revealing a smoother, brighter surface

I think this is a perfect body wash for winter since it takes of dry, itchy skin and it’s especially good for morning showers because that citrus scent wakes you up and gets you in a great mood for the rest of the day.

I absolutely love body oils and the Arbonne Rescue & Renew Detox Oil ($50) has gone to the top of my favorites list. It has a lovely scent with aromatic essential oils including orange, lavender, anise, and bergamot. It makes for a terrific massage oil but I use this in the mornings after a shower when my skin is still a little damp. Rescue & Renew Detox Oil has grape seed oil which is so good for skin…it keeps it nice and firm, and it also has sesame seed oil which helps reduce the appearance of cellulite.  

• Helps to promote the appearance of healthy, radiant skin
• Delivers hydration and helps skin to retain moisture
• Improves the appearance of dull, lackluster and tired-looking skin, helping skin look softer and smoother

The ingredients are truly top-notch.

• Vitamin E, with antioxidant properties, helps protect skin’s moisture barrier
• Grape seed and sesame oils moisturize to support collagen, helping to promote firmer-looking skin
• Argan oil — with antioxidants, vitamin E,and essential fatty acids — moisturizes and conditions skin

Rescue & Renew Detox Oil is a great alternative to body lotion because it’s not sticky or gooey. This is a wonderful gift to give or receive!

Rescue and Renew Detox Body Lotion

Rescue and Renew Detox Body Lotion

For those who love the basics, lotion is a great choice – skin can always use some rescuing with a little body lotion! The Rescue and Renew Detox Body Lotion ($36) features anise seed oil, which brightens dull skin, along with vitamin B5 for softening and smoothing. This is a shea butter-based lotion but it’s still light and fluffy, and it smells wonderful thanks to the orange, lavender, anise and bergamot essential oils.
• Promotes smooth-looking skin through moisturization
• Provides immediate hydration while also replenishing skin’s natural moisture barrier
• Formulated with pure, aromatic essential oils
• Alfalfa and chicory extracts help improve the appearance of skin tone and smoothness
• Shea butter, a body conditioner, helps moisturize dry skin
• Vitamin B5, a humectant, emollient and moisturizer, helps skin look soft and smooth

Even though it’s light and fluffy it still works wonders on my crazy dry feet. I slather a bunch on at night then cover my feet with cozy socks and in the morning I have heels and toes to be proud of.

Rescue and Renew Detox Soak

Rescue and Renew Detox Soak

A long, soaky bath is a sure way to rescue and renew after a tough day, especially if you fill your tub with Rescue and Renew Detox Soak ($38) These sea salt crystal dissolve quickly and soften the water as well as your skin. They get rid of surface impurities from skin leaving it nice and clean, plus bath it in wonderful ingredients like turmeric root which promotes radiance, as well as tons of wonderful botanical essential oils including grapefruit, tangerine, lavender, juniper berry, ginger, orange, and rosemary. 

Rescue and Renew Detox Gelee

Rescue and Renew Detox Gelee

So this is interesting….I was excited to try the Rescue and Renew Detox Gelee ($58), which comes in either a big tub or else in a box with 10 separate tubes. This is a great gift for the sports enthusiast or the loved one who is on their feet all day and night.  Smooth some of this cooling gel into sore, tired muscles for a terrific cool down and fantastic hydration. The sensation is absolute heaven!  Really interesting ingredients include green algae to smooth skin, juniper berry fruit oil to moisturize and create a moisture barrier keeping moisture in, and aromatic lavender and tangerine peel oils to just help you feel peaceful and happy.

• Moisturizes to promote skin elasticity,helping dimpled skin appear smooth and soft
• Provides immediate hydration while also replenishing skin’s natural moisture barrier
• Formulated with pure, aromatic essential oils
• Safe for all skin types including sensitive skin

Rescue and Renew Detox Gelee

Rescue and Renew Detox Gelee

A little more info on the ingredients – aromatic essential oils like orange, lavender, grapefruit, and tangerine help you relax, while shea butter and vitamin E gets rid of any dry patches. Caffeine moisturizes and helps reduce any bumpy areas, plus it’s an antioxidant and helps fight off free radicals. This is a great product that nourishes your body and your soul!

Rescue and Renew Detox Scrub

Another excellent way to detox, the Rescue and Renew Detox Scrub ($50) is a fabulous exfoliating scrub that is gentle but extremely effective. Skin is constantly renewing itself, which means you have dry, dead skin cells on the surface that need to be removed. If they aren’t, they build up and clog pores, leading to all kinds of skin drama that you don’t want. This lovely combo of coriander seed oil and avocado oil plus sea salt gently removes all the dead stuff and all the dirt and oil, leaving beautifully soft, radiant skin.

Rescue and Renew Detox Scrub

• Cleanses to combat the daily wear and tear of environmental exposure and pollution by effectively clearing pores of excess oil, dead skin, and buildup
• Helps improve the appearance of radiant, brightened skin
• Hydrates to promote the appearance of softer and smoother skin, leaving skin feeling touchably soft
• Formulated with pure, aromatic essential oils
• Safe for all skin types includingsensitive skin
• Dermatologist-tested• Vegan
• Vitamin E, with antioxidant properties, helps protect skin’s moisture barrier
• Avocado oil, with moisturizing properties, helps protect the skin’s natural moisture barrier from water loss
• Coriander seed oil, with antioxidants, soothes skin
• Passion fruit seed oil moisturizes skin

This is a really wonderful, gentle sea salt scrub that smells fabulous – like oranges and grapefruits – that works!

Shea Butter Hand Cream

Last but not least, no gift list is complete without a hand cream recommendation! I have hand cream everywhere – next to my bed, next to my computer, in my desk at work, in my car, in my purse…I just can’t get enough. And I can’t enough Arbonne Shea Butter Hand Cream ($20). It smells yummy, soft and buttery. It moisturizes beautifully and soaks in quickly, so I can get back to typing or whatever right away without leaving those tell-tale greasy spots. The ingredient list includes skin happy ingredients like shea butter, vitamin E, and coconut oil. It’s all good stuff and a wonderful hand cream that even the most picky person on your list will love.

Arbonne uses pure, botanically based ingredients that contain no animal products or by-products | artificial flavors | artificial sweeteners | benzene | bisphenol-a | carbon black | formaldehyde-donating preservatives | hydroquinone | mineral oil | parabens | petrolatum | phthalates | sodium laureth sulfates (SLES) | sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) | synthetic dyes | talc | triclosan | triethanolamine (TEA). You can find the products reviews and so much more online at arbonne.com.  Happy shopping!! – Lisa

Masks of the month and a giveaway: Freeman Beauty Infusion

Freeman Beauty Infusion sheet masks

Sheet masks are always a fun treat and Freeman Beauty has created a new line, Freeman Beauty Infusion. The masks in this line cover everything including dehydrated, dry, and uneven skin with their serum infused sheet masks. Their masks contain naturally derived botanicals boosted with scientific ingredients to quickly deliver top skincare benefits!

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I was sent 5 different masks ($3.29, $3.19 with Sally Beauty beauty club) to test along with some extras for a giveaway. You can find these masks at Sally Beauty and some at Ulta. All Freeman Beauty Infusion masks —

  • Instantly boost purity, restores balance and clears pores
  • Free of parabens, sulfates, phthalates, and mineral oil
  • NOT tested on animals
  • Dermatologist-Tested

FREEMAN BEAUTY INFUSION Revitalizing Sheet Mask with Pomegranate & Peptides

Revitalizing Sheet Mask with Pomegranate & Peptides is the first of the 5 different types of sheet masks I used from Freeman Beauty. With the promise of instantly boosting radiance and increasing resiliency it totally intrigued me. I applied it shortly after getting out of the shower and left it on for 15 minutes. As suggested I patted the serum onto my face to let it become absorbed and add the benefits to my skin. My email buddy can testify that I wrote her mid day and told her that my face felt so soft that I didn’t want to put on makeup after. I just wanted to feel how soft it was. I caved and applied my face before going out for dinner and did notice the radiance.

Hydrating Sheet Mask with Manuka Honey + Collagen

FREEMAN BEAUTY INFUSION Hydrating Sheet Mask Manuka Honey + Collagen

Manuka Honey is being used more and more in skincare and it’s always a welcome addition. This Freeman Beauty Sheet Mask is another softening mask with the use of the manuka honey. The skin-plumping collagen helps to improve elasticity and restore smoothness.This mask is great for normal to dry skin. Like the other masks recommendations are to leave it on for 15-20 minutes and then allow your skin to benefit from the extra serum infused into the mask. I used this prior to bed one night and woke up to skin that was so hydrated and plump.

Brightening Sheet Mask with Hibiscus and Vitamin C

FREEMAN BEAUTY INFUSION Brightening Sheet Mask Hibiscus + Vitamin C

This masque is recommended for night time use. Here’s what Freeman Beauty Infusion has to say: “Become a modern day sleeping beauty with this concentrated, serum-infused Freeman Beauty Infusion Brightening Hibiscus & Vitamin C Sheet Mask. Boosted with concentrated Vitamin C to help minimize dark spots and correct discoloration. Hibiscus instantly brightens, quenches thirsty skin and improves skin tone. Perfect for all skin types.”

Cleansing Sheet Mask with Charcoal + Probiotics  is the only one of these 5 that isn’t a cotton sheet mask except it really is since it’s a bamboo sheet mask (I wouldn’t have noticed the difference if I wasn’t examining the package). It’s just like the others in the way it applies and the usage.

FREEMAN BEAUTY INFUSION Cleansing Sheet Mask Charcoal + Probiotics

This concentrated serum-infused sheet mask instantly clears pores with activated Charcoal that gently draws out oils and toxins without over-drying. Boosted with powerful skin-balancing Probiotics to reveal a fresh, clear complexion. Perfect for all skin types.

Purifying Sheet Mask with Sea Kelp + Probiotics is similar to the Charcoal mask except that it uses Sea Kelp to renew, hydrate, and clarify skin. This mask is particularly good since the probiotics help to prevent breakouts as it balances the skin’s ecosystem.

FREEMAN BEAUTY INFUSION Purifying Sheet Mask Sea Kelp + Probiotics

While sheet masks aren’t everyone’s favorite because they can seem messy, they really are a great way to try out a mask without spending a lot of money. When I look at an array of masks in a store I like having the option of spending about $3 to test out a mask to see how my skin reacts. I’m happy to have discovered Freeman Beauty Infusion and I’m sure you would be also.  —  Marcia

FREEMAN BEAUTY INFUSION Sheet Masks

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION: Two Beauty Info Zone subscribers will each win 3 masks. Mask package 1 contains Revitalizing Sheet Mask Pomegranate + Peptides, Hydrating Sheet Mask Manuka Honey + Collagen, and Cleansing Sheet Mask Charcoal + Probiotics.

FREEMAN BEAUTY INFUSION Prize package 1

Mask package 2 contains Brightening Sheet Mask Hibiscus + Vitamin C, Hydrating Sheet Mask Manuka Honey + Collagen, and Purifying Sheet Mask Sea Kelp + Probiotics.

FREEMAN BEAUTY INFUSION Prize package 2

You can savor them all for yourself or share with friends. Either way your skin is going to love you! Open for US and Canada through 9/16/17 at 11:59 p.m. EDT.

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What better way to start the weekend than with a Mask giveaway?

You all know that I love masks and collect them. But sometimes I get overwhelmed in the amount that I have and that’s when it’s time to share. One of my favorite brands is 7th Heaven. These are affordable masks that are totally efficient. Use them once a week for 15 minutes and wash off leaving skin that’s exfoliated and fresh.

In today’s giveaway there will be 4 winners and each winner will receive a 7th Heaven Red Hot Earth Sauna Masque and a Hot Spring Sauna Masque.

7th Heaven Red Hot Earth Sauna Masque

7th Heaven Hot Springs Sauna Masque

In total each winner will receive 5 masks. Here are some ideas of what you’ll find in a winning package:

Masque*ology

Two people will get a Masque*ology Mask (Vita Clarifying Cream Mask and Special Care Cream Mask).

Antrodia Radiance + Repair Mask: Intense Moisture Replenishment

Two will receive masks from Antrodia like the Intense Moisture Replenishment or the Detoxification + Calming Mask.

Eyedews eye mask

Two will receive a set of 3 Eyedews Under Eye Masks.

And there’s a smattering of others including some of these:

Florapy Floral Therapy Facial Masks

Meltology Self-Heating Spa Facial Mask

Perfective Ceuticals Divine Brightening Mask

MaskerAide Pre Party Prep

So what do you say? Do you want to win a set of 5 different facial masks? Of course you do. To enter you must be a Beauty Info Zone email subscriber living in the US or Canada (Quebec doesn’t allow these giveaways though). The giveaway continues through 7/12/17 at 11:59 p.m. EDT. Four winners! I hope you are one of them. —  Marcia

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*some of these were received as samples, some are personal purchases