Going to Ulta? Your must try is Zoella Beauty Limited Edition Splash Botanics!

Zoella Splash Botanics

Adorable!! I am loving this bright botanical inspired collection for summer from Zoella Beauty, and it’s limited edition at Ulta so if you are planning a trip check it out before it’s gone. The Splash Botanics include seven products in total and I have three to review today – the So Soft Lip Oil ($7.00), the Lagoon Love Bath Milk ($4.00), and the Botanic’Eau Body Mist ($12.95).

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Zoella Splash Botanics So Soft Lip Oil

Zoella Splash Botanics So Soft Lip Oil wand

I have nothing but raves for the So Soft Lip Oil! This has a wonderful applicator that smooths on the most fantastically hydrating lip oil ever. The oil is a combination of sweet almond, jojoba and argan oils, and it smells lightly of delicious cherry  It’s the best summer lip quencher ever and the packaging is to die for. Perfection.

Zoella Splash Lagoon Love

The Lagoon Love Bath Milk is a bath lovers dream, especially for traveling. I find lots of bath powders are drying and itchy, but this is highly moisturizing. It’s made with coconut water and lychee and it makes for a positively decadent bath. The bubbles are big and foamy and it smells divine. Grab a few of these for your travels this summer.

Zoella Splash Botanics Botanic’Eau Body Mist

Zoella Splash Botanics Botanic’Eau Body Mist

The Botanic’Eau Body Mist is a truly lovely body mist that is amazing for the season. It’s light and fresh and green, slightly floral with notes of freesia and iris. The bottle is fantastic – I love the lush greenery, and the back of the bottle is even more gorgeous than the front of the bottle!

This collection has impressed the heck out of me. I am planning a trip to Ulta to pick up the rest of the collection – Make a Splash Moisturizing Body Wash ($8.95), Quench Me Body Sorbet ($12.00), Drench Me Bubble Bath Soak ($12.00), and Beautiful Bag Cosmetics Bag (14.00). I hope you do too!  – Lisa

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Four great stocking stuffer ideas for the beauty addict!

I love stocking stuffers…fun little items that I might not normally buy for myself but are wonderful little extravagances that often end up becoming staples, whether I am able to buy them year round or only during the holiday season. Here are four favorites that have come to my attention so far this season that are perfect for any beauty addict’s stocking – she will be your friend forever when she finds these on Christmas morning!

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Good Earth Beauty has fantastic products that are cruelty free, organic, natural and vegan, and they also offer 40 brands of indie other popular brands on their site, goodearthbeauty.com!  What I am loving as stocking stuffers are these adorable roll on fragrances in Pumpkin Chai Tea ($18) and Almond Cream ($18).

Good Earth Beauty Pumpkin Chai Tea

Good Earth Beauty Almond Cream

I can’t even choose which one I like better  Pumpkin Chai Tea smells warm and delicious with creamy pumpkin, spicy cardamom and sprinkles of sugared cinnamon, and did you know that the number one scent that turns men on is PUMPKIN??  For real!!  So wear this one out on a date when you are in the mood for some action. Almond Cream is just dreamy…it has a hint of vanilla mixed with sweet almonds, sugar cane, and fresh cream.

There are lots of other scents and many other great stocking stuffers at the Good Earth Beauty website so check it out.  Here’s a coupon code for you – BEAUTY10 – and they offer free domestic ground shipping 365 days a year!

Soap and Paper Factory Roland Pine Soy Candle Votives

If your giftee is a candle lover, please consider The Soap and Paper Factory Roland Pine Soy Candle Votive Gift Set ($24). I can’t tell you how amazing these votives smell — just like Christmas!! The notes are Siberian fir, cilantro and citrus, so the fragrance is fresh, clean, and outdoorsy. I have been burning these candles ever since I got them and I have more on order because now I can’t imagine the season without them!! They are just adorable and a fabulous stocking stuffer.

Soap and Paper Factory Roland Pine Soy Candle Votives

I can’t have a stocking stuffer list without a primer because I think I get more excited about primer than any other kind of makeup. I know. I’m weird. Anyway, Pop Beauty has a really cool primer that makes a great stocking stuffer because it’s all about bling!  24K Face Base Radiance Blurring Primer ($16).

Pop Beauty 24K Face Base

Pop Beauty 24K Face Base

Pop Beauty 24K Face Base

This is a spray-on primer that diffuses light with micronized gold pearls while also smoothing out skin to create a great base for makeup. It has hyaluronic acid to keep in moisture and vitamin B3 to keep skin luminous. I’m loving this primer and I know the beauty addict in your life will be thrilled to find this in her stocking!

Sassy Lips Lipsticks

Ok, how adorable are these lipsticks?? These three lovelies are from the Sassy Lips Make the Moment Color Changing Lipsticks. They all turn different shades of pink depending on your body chemistry and they all have these cute little flowers inside. They make for great conversation starters!

Sassy Lips Lipstick in When You’re Playing Hard to Get

When Your Playing Hard to Get turns pink with a slight blueish tint on me, which actually makes my teeth look really white – a great side effect!

Sassy Lips in When the Party Gets Going

When the Party Gets Going turns a medium pink on me, very pretty – no yellow tint at all. If you go to the Sassy Lips website they have photos of different people wearing the lipsticks to give you an idea of someone with your skin tone and natural lip color looks like wearing each particular shade.

Sassy Lips in When Bae Looks Your Way

When Bae Looks Your Way is the deepest pink on me. In fact, this one is the least sheer of the bunch. They are all super pretty and I wear every single one.  These are lipsticks to pull out when you want attention because you will be asked questions, I can guarantee it!  And a beauty addict who find these in her stocking will truly squeal in delight.  You can find these lovely lipsticks online at www.sassylips.us .

Happy shopping, and enjoy the wonderful holiday season! – Lisa

Supporting BCA with Good Earth Beauty’s subscription box and a giveaway

Good Earth Beauty BCA Beauty Box

I’ve written about Good Earth Beauty many times. They’ve been kind enough to send products for review which is so appreciated. But there are more reasons why Good Earth Beauty is a favorite here. Their site is one that carries only natural and organic beauty products. They have many brands that I love plus there’s the Good Earth Beauty Brand to admire.

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This month in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness they have created a one time box, a portion of the proceeds on the sale of each beauty box go to National Breast Cancer Foundation, INC. The box is loaded with products that will have you surrounded by delicious fragrances: rose, pink lemonade, cherry blossom, strawberry margarita. Now would be the perfect time to order a box (or more) to have at the ready for your holiday gifts.

Strawberry Margarita Body wash by Good Earth Beauty – 1 ounce sample

Scent Description: This juicy scent combines fresh lime and succulent strawberries with hints of lemon rinds and fresh greenery.

Japanese Cherry Blossom shampoo and conditioner by Good Earth Beauty – one ounce sample bottles

Scent Description: This is a seductive and mysterious floral scent inspired by the exotic gardens of Japan. The main floral theme is a mixture of lily, jasmine & freesia with an amber sandalwood character. The base note of the fragrance is vanilla musk

Good Earth Beauty Cherry Blossom shampoo & conditioner, Strawberry Margarita body wash

Perfume mini roller bottle by Good Earth Beauty/Mod Perfume – Rose Champagne

A light, effervescent blend of champagne, citrus and rich, velvety rose petals. Sophisticated, sweet and bubbly soft, this is a flirty, whimsical floral champagne fragrance.

Good Earth Beauty Rose Champagne fragrance

Shower Whip Pink Lemonade by Good Earth Beauty – 1 ounce Jar

Pink Lemonade Scent Description – Recapture your youth with this memory provoking fragrance. Includes top notes of lemon, orange and pineapple. Sweet strawberry and lime at the heart. Concludes with a creamy vanilla base

Good Earth Beauty Pink Lemonade Shower Whip

Hand Cream rose by Good Earth Beauty – 1 oz sample jar

Our lavish, modern floral hand cream repairs dry skin and cuticles, leaving behind the perfectly elegant scent of rose.

Good Earth Beauty Rose Petals hand cream

AND a full sized Good Earth Beauty Rose Body Balm or Lavender Body Balm

Super moisturizing balm – great for extra dry, chapped skin. All natural and Pure.

Good Earth Beauty Lavender Body Balm

While you can win one what I’m really hoping is that you’ll buy one as a gift since there’s no guarantee you’ll win. We like to support Good Earth Beauty as much as possible because we believe in them and the products that they sell. All their products are cruelty free and most are vegan, organic, and gluten free while at the same time being free of parabens, sulfates and all those others that we don’t need on our bodies. All products in this Breast Cancer Awareness Beauty Box have been chosen as they are natural and free of cancer causing toxic ingredients.  —  Marcia

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Giveaway information: There will be two US winners for a box (one contains the Rose Body Balm, one contains the Lavender Body Balm). The giveaway ends on 11/1/17 at 11:59 pm. eastern time. Please be sure you leave your comment and that you are currently subscribed via email to Beauty Info Zone.

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Eat it, drink it…wear it? Serendipitous Eau de Parfum

Serendipitous Eau de Parfum Spray

As we head into cooler months, I am putting away my beachy scents and transitioning into my warmer fragrances. One that has really caught my attention comes from the most unlikely source – a restaurant. I do believe that Serendipity 3 is the only restaurant to have its own signature perfume, Serendipitous ($45).

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Serendipity 3 Frrrozen Hot Chocolate

Serendipity 3 is probably most well-known for its fabulous Frrrozen Hot Chocolate (well, that and the Golden Opulance Sundae that costs $1,000.00, but that’s for another post all together!!). The Frrrozen Hot Chocolate is so delicious and smells so amazing that about ten years ago Serendipity 3 decided to create a fragrance that smelled just like the yummy drink…and a signature scent was born.

Serendipitous is a comforting scent featuring notes of cocoa, Tahitian vanilla, and blood orange. I know this fragrance has been available for over ten years but I just recently found out about it and it is going to be my go-to perfume this fall and winter. My oh my this smells FANTASTIC.

Serendipitous Eau de Parfum Spray

In a nutshell – or perhaps I should say, in a great big cup of hot chocolate – Serendipitous is a chocolate scent that is rich, warm, comforting, yet still somehow light. I’m not sure how this was accomplished because it seems like an impossible feat. My mom and my daughters tried it with the same results – it smells incredibly lovely on everyone. The dry down is marvelous; a dusting of deep, sophisticated cocoa with a whisper of smoky vanilla and blood orange and the tiniest bit of marshmallow. It’s not too foody – you don’t smell like a bakery, and it’s not sugary sweet so you don’t smell like a kid either.

If you are lucky enough to visit a Serendipity 3 restaurant, you can eat and drink the Frrrozen Hot Chocolate – and buy Serendipitous right there.  If not, Amazon sells it online, and it’s also available at boutiques and at Serendipity3.com and LuckyScent.com.  Eat it, drink it, wear it!  – Lisa

Labor Day plans? Go beach to BBQ with Virtue Hair Care and CLEAN Air and Coconut Water

Gotta love a long weekend! Labor Day is coming up and hopefully you are planning some sort of beach/barbecue last summer weekend celebration. I know the perfect products that will take you right from your desk to the beach and then to the barbecue!

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CLEAN Eau Fraiche Air & Coconut Water

First up, as you sit at your desk dreaming about the beach fun to come, spritz on some CLEAN Eau Fraiche Air & Coconut Water ($48). Everyone who knows me even a little bit knows I am crazy about coconut and I am absolutely cuckoo for this coconut body splash. It is the perfect mix of refreshing air and yummy summery coconut. Notes include Italian bergamot, lemon, freesia flower, rose, and clean air musk. You won’t be able to stop smelling yourself.

Virtue Polish Un-Frizz Cream and Virtue Uplifted Volumizing Whip

Virtue Polish Un-Frizz Cream

Once you are finally beach bound, don’t bother with a blow out. I recommend smoothing out hair with Virtue Polish Un-Frizz Cream ($40). It locks in moisture and keeps hair frizz free, so you can have lovely beachy waves all day without looking frazzled. If you want to go with a blowout, it’s a fantastic styling cream that I am reaching for after every shampoo.

Virtue Uplifted Volumizing Whip

Virtue Uplifted Volumizing Whip

Virtue Uplifted Volumizing Whip

Done swimming and heading to a barbecue? Just put a dollop of this fabulous Virtue Uplifted Volumizing Whip ($36) on your roots while hair is still damp. It will give you tons of lift and volume and you can put hair up into a quick bun that will look easy and stylish all night long. Time to party!!

You can find CLEAN products online and at Ulta and Sephora and Virtue products online at Virtuelabs.com and in salons nationwide.  – Lisa

 

Is it love or just a crush? Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Crush Body Fragrance Mist

Photo of Rio de Janeiro beach from Travel Channel

If I can’t be at the beach on these lazy summer days, I at least want to smell like I am there – and what better beach than the gorgeous sandy paradise of Rio de Janeiro? I jumped at the chance to try Sol de Janeiro’s Brazilian Crush Body Fragrance Mist ($32 – 8.1 fl oz; SephoraSephora.com) in the hopes that I could instantly be transported with a simple spritz. You might recognize this line as Sephora’s “Rookie of the Year” for skin care last year thanks to their Brazilian Bum Bum Cream. People went crazy for the scent, so Sol de Janeiro turned it into a body mist fragrance.

Brazilians believe in “cheirosa,” something I am also pretty obsessive about – it means to smell amazing and delicious all day long. I went to a party recently and a group of people were trying to figure out who smelled so incredible…and they finally realized it was me! Highest compliment ever in my book. Brazilian Crush is a fragrance that you can use head to toe, from your hair to your skin to your clothes, and it keeps you smelling fantastic all day long.

Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Crush

 Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Crush Body Fragrance Mist is mostly a mix of pistachio and salted caramel. Fragrance notes include:

  • Top: pistachio, almond
  • Mid: heliotrope, jasmine petals
  • Dry: vanilla, salted caramel, sandalwood

    Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Crush

It smells surprisingly spicy and not foody at all. This is an addictive scent with a definite wild side – I can totally picture women wearing this and string bikini. Whether or not you are into wearing string bikinis this year, if you like beachy, tropical scents with a bit of spice you are going to find that the Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Crush Body Fragrance Mist is more of a long time love and not just a crush. Check it out at  Sephora.  – Lisa

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Vanilla Blackberry and Vanilla Grapefruit…yummy scents from LaVanila

LaVanila vanilla roll on fragrances

When it comes to fragrance, I always go the vanilla route. If I see vanilla listed when scanning the notes, I know immediately that scent will be mine! As a result, I am a frequent flyer with the LaVanila Laboratories line, which is all about vanilla. LaVanila recently sent me two fragrances in their Healthy Roller-Ball ($19) packaging which is a favorite of mine because it’s so convenient.

The Healthy Roller-Ball fragrances are all natural and organic; there are no chemicals inside. I carry one in my purse at all times and it is a great option for travel. Plus, it comes in seven different fragrances:  Fresh Vanilla Lemon, Vanilla Lavender, Vanilla Coconut, Pure Vanilla, Vanilla Grapefruit, Vanilla Blackberry, and Vanilla Passion Fruit.

LaVanila Vanilla GrapefruitLaVanila Vanilla Grapefruit

LaVanila Vanilla Grapefruit is a modern, sexy vanilla scent that is warm but with a bite. I tend to think of citrus fragrances as more spring/summer, but the warmth of the vanilla makes this a perfect cool weather scent. The vanilla is beautifully rich in a very unexpected way.  Vanilla Grapefruit has notes of lime, patchouli, grapefruit, heliotrope, bergamot, Madagascar vanilla and sandalwood. I have to say up front that I detect NO patchouli in this…which a big plus for me because I am usually not a fan of patchouli. For my fellow migraine sufferers, this fragrance has no synthetics so it’s probably never going to trigger or exacerbate a headache. Another plus…men LOVE this scent. Vanilla drives my husband crazy…which is typical for men, from what I read. The top scents that turn a man on are all edible scents, with both vanilla and citrus at the top of the list (so is pumpkin pie, but that’s a whole other review topic!).

Vanilla Grapefruit truly transforms and morphs on my skin. The beginning is more citrus, like a just-cut juicy grapefruit. Then it morphs into a yummy, warm vanilla floating on delicious sandalwood. It still has a bite of the citrus but it’s a little more lime than grapefruit to my nose. The cedar also comes out, but it’s tempered by that soothing vanilla. After an hour or so, it settles into a wonderfully creamy and warm vanilla with that little citrus bite…like a really cute guy who has a touch of danger in him. Gorgeous, delicious, and tiny bit naughty.

If you are looking for a super fresh citrus scent, this isn’t your bottle of heaven. LaVanila Vanilla Grapefruit is more vanilla than anything, but if you want a fabulous warm vanilla with a twist of something different, it is exactly what you are looking for.

LaVanila Vanilla BlackberryLaVanila Vanilla Blackberry

The Blackberry Vanilla scent is a totally different sort of vanilla. The top notes are blackberry and raspberry, the middle note is iris, and the base note is vanilla. When I wear this, I initially smell the iris and vanilla, but then the scent matures and becomes more sweet. The sweetness isn’t a sickening sweet – it’s actually super fresh and clean, smelling slightly like jam. I think the Blackberry Vanilla is very different from the other LaVanila scents that tend to be warm, rich twists on vanilla. This one is actually a cool, refreshing scent. Well,  I guess it’s complicated, but in a good way – the vanilla is warm and the blackberry adds an intriguing coolness. And I get comments on this one all the time. Someone always asks me what I am wearing when I go Blackberry Vanilla.

One more thing I notice however, is that at least on me, this scent doesn’t seem to last as long as some of the other LaVanila Healthy Rollerball scents. However, that handy rollerball packaging makes it easy to reapply throughout the day. I really don’t have any other vanilla based scent quite like this one, so I highly recommend this as addition to your fragrance collection.

You can find the Healthy Rollerball fragrances by LaVanila online at lavanila.com and also at Sephora.  – Lisa

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