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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My happy place for Ageless Beauty With Ulta

Ulta is one of my happy places. It’s one of my favorite places to shop and probably the store I go to most often. Ulta has come a long way since it began and now carries just about every brand I crave. It’s the closest store to my home and the parking is great so I make sure that I go there whenever the mood strikes. For the month of November they are celebrating Ageless Beauty, which I consider to be perfect for me. Almost every product on their Ageless Beauty section on Ulta.com has a great gift with purchase along with it which, of course, makes it more enticing. Following are 9 items I either have from Ageless Beauty or want. Why not find out about these and see which ones would take you to a happy place. — Marcia

1447636462_2293860__detail_?1447636462Philosophy Glowing Days Ahead Set –  this $89 set is packed and ready to give for a Christmas gift. Philosophy is one of those brands that has so much appeal and is sure to bring a smile to anyone you gave this to. It contains travel sizes of some of their most coveted products: Purity Made Simple Cleanser, Microdelivery Exfoliating Wash, Microdelivery Peel, Step 1 & Step 2, Renewed Hope In A Jar, Hope In A Jar Night, Time In A Bottle Facial Serum, and Time In A Bottle Facial Serum Activator. There’s also a FREE 3-pc Skincare Gift with any $50 Philosophy Skincare purchase which you could keep or share.
1447636398_2276871__detail_?1447636398Hada Laba Tokyo Introductory Kit – while there’s no gwp with this it is on sale for only $15.99. I picked this to share because this is one of my favorite brands. I don’t buy drugstore style skincare often but since I’ve reviewed Hada Laba Tokyo, I’ve bought every product again. I love that they have an introductory kit so you could try this fragrance free great brand. Inside this gift box are travel sizes of Hydrating Facial Cleanser, Skin Plumping Gel Cream, and Ultimate Anti-Aging Facial Mask. This is a great buy for trial or for travel.
1447636329_2293339__detail_?1447636329StriVectin Skin Renewing Favorites Collection –  is a wishlist item that I really want to try. It’s $89 but this gives you the opportunity to try this luxury skincare to see if it’s for you. Now that I’ve had the opportunity to try StriVectin myself I want to delve into it more (and more). This kit contains SD Advanced Intensive Concentrate for Wrinkles & Stretch Marks (2.0 oz.), Eye Concentrate for Wrinkles (0.25 oz.), TL Advanced Tightening Neck Cream (1.0 oz.), Intensive Illuminating Serum (0.25 oz.). There are actually two gwp with this set. In store you should receive FREE deluxe sample SD Advanced Concentrate for Wrinkles and Stretch Marks 1 oz, while online only is their FREE StriVectin 3-pc Sampler and Cosmetic Bag with any $89 StriVectin purchase.
1447636258_2286461__detail_?1447636258Rodial Dragons Blood Discovery Kit –  do I want this $49 kit for the products or the name?? I’m not sure but I read really good things about this Rodial line and what better way to try it than a discovery kit? Inside you’ll find deluxe travel sizes of Dragon’s Blood Cleansing Water (3.4 oz.), Dragon’s Blood Hyaluronic Tonic (1.7 oz.), Dragon’s Blood Sculpting Gel (0.30 oz.), and  Dragon’s Blood Hyaluronic Moisturizer (0.34 oz.). Will I look be more hydrated using this kit? Only one way to find out!
1447636170_2241146__detail_?1447636170Bliss Fabulips Treatment Kit – is a kit of products that I’ve considered many times. My lips are an area of concern as they seem to be shrinking into my face. I can’t afford shots to make them look better plus I’ve seen so many bad cosmetic surgery jobs that I am not going for that. Instead for $45 I could try a kit that contains some of Bliss’ best sellers and get a gwp of a deluxe sample Triple Oxygen Mask with any Bliss purchase

  • Foaming Lip Cleanser, to lift impurities (0.24 oz.)
  • Sugar Lip Scrub, to gently exfoliate (0.5 oz.)
  • Instant Lip Plumper, to visibly volumize (0.06 oz.)
  • Softening Lip Balm, to soften and moisturize (0.12 oz.)
1447636103_2293434__detail_?1447636103Algenist Wink & Kiss –  I love the name of this kit and I love Algenist. That makes it easy. I’ve always said that Algenist’s Complete Eye Balm is a favorite and this kit would get you a deluxe travel size of it plus it contains Complete Lip Renewal Balm which I’d love to try. For only $25 you could buy this and also get a gwp of a deluxe sample Retinol Firming and Lifting Serum with any Algenist purchase. I say you can’t miss this one! That’s a lot for the money.
1447636031_2266976__detail_?1447636031Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels ($30) are already a favorite of mine. I pamper my eyes and these help me do that. They are easy to use, travel friendly and with 8 separately sealed packs inside they really aren’t that expensive. And to sweeten the deal they have a gwp of Icelandic Relief Eye Cream with any Skyn Iceland purchase. I’d buy this if I didn’t still have half the packets left.
1447635966_2288457__detail_?1447635966Michael Todd Sonic Clear Cleansing System – you’ve heard me talk about this several times. Ulta has this in two colors on their Ageless Beauty page – this adorable floral or the original lavender that I own. But for $149 you’d get much more than the Sonic Clear System which will help exfoliate and cleanse, you’ll also receive Charcoal Detox Deep Pore Cleanser with pump (1.7 oz.), Honey & Oat Daily Gentle Cleanser with pump (1.7 oz.) and Jojoba Charcoal Face Scrub (1.35 oz.), These are not samples, these are the real deal. My favorite of those three is the Honey & Oat Daily Gentle Cleanser but I’ve used the others and they are great too.
1447635906_2278297__detail_?1447635906Foreo Lunanow why would I put another cleansing tool in here? Because these are both amazing and they are different. The Foreo Luna ($199) is amazingly gentle. It is great for a very light exfoliation but not as complete as the Michael Todd Sonic Clear Cleansing System. The Foreo Luna is one that you can use any day and every day because it’s not harsh. It massages and soothes and cleanses like nothing else. You can use it in the shower without a worry. It’s a great size for travel and it holds a charge for months on end. Plus it would make an elegant and luxurious gift for someone (including you).
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AGELESS BEAUTY shares ideas from $8 to $449 so there’s something at every price range. The gift with purchases will only be available until November 28th so make sure you are shopping by then so you can get something extra for your money. Plus you do know that Ulta is the only site that gives you money back on purchases, don’t you? Right now I just have $3 waiting but I’ll hold off on using that until I accumulate more. It makes shopping at Ulta even better and makes me very happy!  — Marcia
*post done in cooperation with ULTA and PeopleStyleWatch

Hada Labo Tokyo’s summer gems

Hada Labo makes me happy but sad. I previously reviewed two products from Hada Labo Tokyo, Anti-Aging Hydrator and Skin Plumping Gel, and both are absolutely fab. I’ve already repurchased the Anti-Aging Hydrator since it’s made a big difference in the hydration of my skin. Today I’m going to review two more of their amazing products that were sent to Beauty Info Zone to test. So why is it that I love the products but they make me sad? Hada Labo Tokyo only makes 5 products…. that’s it. They need to expand their line so I can get in line to buy them.

Hada Labo Tokyo is the first Japanese company to bring mass market products to the US. It’s sold at Ulta, Ulta.com and drugstore.com but I’ve also found it at Walgreens. One day I went to Walgreen and stopped dead in my tracks in the doorway blocking everyone since there were banners for Hada Labo. I was so excited that I rushed to the skincare section to see for myself.

Hada Labo Protecting Day Lotion SPF18

Hada Labo Protecting Day Lotion SPF18

Hada Labo Tokyo Hydrating Facial Cleanser

Hada Labo Tokyo Hydrating Facial Cleanser

Two products you should look for if you are at either of these stores or sites are Hada Labo Tokyo Protecting Day Lotion SPF 18 ($17.99) and Hada Labo Tokyo Hydrating Facial Cleanser ($11.99). They come with the “Marcia of Beauty Info Zone” stamp of approval.

Hada Labo Tokyo Hydrating Facial Cleanser

Hada Labo Tokyo Hydrating Facial Cleanser

The Hydrating Facial Cleanser is especially wonderful for my skin since it contains hyaluronic acid. Now I’m fully aware that you are washing this away but I still love the fact that it includes this great ingredient. This is a foaming cleanser that starts off as a cream.

Hada Labo Tokyo Hydrating Facial Cleanser

Hada Labo Tokyo Hydrating Facial Cleanser

I’m not sure if you can see just how rich and creamy it is. Many times a foaming cleanser is loose and doesn’t help with hydration but that’s not the case with this Hydrating Facial Cleanser. You can feel it moisturizing while cleansing at the same time. It’s a deep cleanser that cuts through the grime of the day while working to clean away any impurities.

Hada Labo Tokyo Hydrating Facial Cleanser

Hada Labo Tokyo Hydrating Facial Cleanser

Lately I’ve been keeping this in the shower since the plastic tube won’t break if it falls.

Key Ingredients:

  • Hyaluronic Acid PLUS: Powerful hydrator, merges with skin providing 2 times more hydration than regular HA to effectively restore skin’s natural hydrating levels.
  • Hyaloveil-P: Adhesive Hyaluronic Acid designed to adhere to skin, keeping it moist even after rinsing. Finishes the skin with fresh feeling.
  • Safe and gentle cleansers derived from natural amino acids.
Hada Labo Tokyo

Hada Labo Tokyo

Both the Hydrating Cleanser and Protecting Day Lotion SPF18 contain what Hada Labo Tokyo calls Super Hyaluronic Acid (or Hyaluronic Acid Plus). As you can see by my blurry picture, super hyaluronic acid is an excellent hydrator and skin plumper. If it’s going to make my skin retain any youthful qualities, then I want it in buckets!

Hada Labo Tokyo Protecting Day Lotion is the other product I’m using. I love that this has no fragrance and is oil free. My skin totally changes in hot weather. I’m sure I’m not alone when I say that my dry skin becomes an oily mess. I don’t always see the oil but I can feel it oozing inside me! I don’t break out often but in the summer I easily can. The fact that this moisturizer is oil free is a biggie for me. It’s non-comedogenic with a lightweight feel to it.

Hada Labo Protecting Day Lotion

Hada Labo Protecting Day Lotion

The only negative is that it has an SPF of 18. While it’s broad spectrum which is appreciated, I really wish it were a higher SPF. I’ve been wearing it on days that I wear a foundation or BB/CC Cream that has a higher number in sunscreen protection. I don’t spend a lot of time outside but I know that the sun can get to me anywhere I am.

Hada Labo Protecting Day Lotion

Hada Labo Protecting Day Lotion

This is one of the most comfortable moisturizers with sunscreen that I have which is why I reach for it so often. Plus with the Super Hyaluronic Acid addition I know my skin is being protected.

These products from Hada Labo Tokyo are ones I will keep in my rotation, even when I have more expensive ones around. I think it’s a great line in general and it’s one I’d really recommend to someone just starting out with quality skincare. Not only is it affordable but it has ingredients that help with premature aging. Plus it’s free from fragrance, parabens, dyes and mineral oils. Why not start off right and not have to correct your mistakes??

Have you become an afficionado of Hada Labo Tokyo? If not I think the time has come for you to start! — Marcia

P.S. If anyone from Hada Labo Tokyo is reading – please add more products for me!!

*received for editorial consideration

Fabulously hydrated skin with Hada Labo Tokyo

Hada Labo Tokyo

Hada Labo Tokyo

I’m excited about sharing the brand Hada Labo Tokyo with you. I’d heard about it, all raves I might add, but didn’t really know much about. It was sent for review and I was attracted to the pretty springlike packaging of cherry blossoms. Then I sniffed (since I always do that) and didn’t find a fragrance. That made me very happy. Even though I’m not as sensitive to fragrance as I used to be, I much prefer fragrance free products. Being fragrance free isn’t enough though for a good review, the products have to prove themselves.

Hada Labo Tokyo is the first Japanese skincare company to launch products at the mass merchandising level. It’s an extremely popular brand in Japan that’s been in business since 2004. One of their mottos is “Perfect and Simple”.  I agree. They’ve eliminated all unnecessary ingredients and additives. The line is free of mineral oil, parabens, fragrance and dyes. What it’s not free of is goodness and effectiveness.

Hada Labo Tokyo’s Anti-Aging Hydrator and Skin Plumping Gel are amazing. I want to shout from the rooftops that you need to try this affordable brand that is loaded with incredible ingredients. I am totally sold on this brand. I cannot get enough of the Anti-Aging Hydrator especially. Just ask my friends since I talk about it all the time.

Hada Labo Tokyo Anti-Aging Hydrator

Hada Labo Tokyo Anti-Aging Hydrator

 

Anti-Aging Hydrator ingredients

Anti-Aging Hydrator ingredients

The Anti-Aging Hydrator ($17.99) is called a moisturizer but I consider it to be a serum or pre-moisturizer. It’s very lightweight and nicely moisturizing. It has a very liquidy formula so it doesn’t appear to be moisturizing but I promise that it is. I enjoy letting it sink into my skin as I start my day’s beauty routine.  I feel like it’s giving my skin a long drink of water while working to reduce fine lines. It contains Retinol Complex and Collagen so it’s working on the firmness of my skin. On the few days I don’t wear makeup, I still use this as soon as my face is washed. Even though the directions don’t say so I read on Musings of a Muse that you should actually put this hydrator in the palm of your hands and then press it into your skin. It feels stickier when I do that but it doesn’t seem to make my face sticky. What I never do is use a cotton pad with it – why waste this preciousness when your hands do the best job? The only criticism I can think of is that I sometimes get too much out of the packaging but I just slather it on my neck and chest when I do.

Hada Labo Tokyo Anti-Aging Hydrator

Hada Labo Tokyo Anti-Aging Hydrator

Hada Labo Tokyo Anti-Aging Hydrator swatch

Hada Labo Tokyo Anti-Aging Hydrator swatch

Hada Labo Tokyo makes 5 products that are sold at Ulta and drugstore.com. They say that the Replenishing Hydrator, which is a similar product, is sold every 2 seconds in Japan. I believe it. Both products have hyaluronic acid which my skin thanks me for using. The Anti-Aging Hydrator though is perfect for my skin’s texture and I will gladly buy this when I run out.

Hada Labo Tokyo Skin Plumping Gel Cream

Hada Labo Tokyo Skin Plumping Gel Cream

Hada Labo Tokyo Skin Plumping Gel Cream

Hada Labo Tokyo Skin Plumping Gel Cream

The second product I have is the Skin Plumping Gel Cream which is more of a true moisturizer than I consider the hydrator to be. It’s in a jar and it looks more gel-like than it feels. It’s not slippery and slidey on my skin (I think I just made up the word slidey!). These two products work wonderfully together but I’m going to save the Skin Plumping Gel now for warmer weather. I used it for at least a month but once it got super cold with bitter winds I knew I needed something that was heavier. The Skin Plumping Gel Cream is a lightweight moisturizer but still a powerhouse. It’s the product with the highest percentage of Hyaluronic Acid in the entire Hada Labo line. Most of us are used to a cream as a moisturizer so when you first try this out you might be concerned about its ability to plump and dehydrate. Don’t be afraid. This moisturizer is going to meet your needs especially if you combine it with one of the Hydrators. To top it off it’s only $24.99 and you can use coupons on it. Ulta often has 20% off coupons that don’t include prestige so they’d work for Hada Labo.

Hada Labo Tokyo Skin Plumping Gel Cream texture

Hada Labo Tokyo Skin Plumping Gel Cream texture

Hada Labo Tokyo Skin Plumping Gel Cream ingredients

Hada Labo Tokyo Skin Plumping Gel Cream ingredients

I look forward to applying the Anti-Aging Hydrator every morning. I don’t want to switch it out for any other brand I need to test. This is product that I plan to keep on using. The Skin Plumping Gel Cream gives me another reason to wish this brutal winter would hurry on by; I want to get back to using that too. These products are loaded with hydration, gentleness and protection. I give these an A+ on their report card.

Have you ever tried any of the line? I’m anxious now to try out the other products. — Marcia

*sent by PR for possible review

Key Ingredients of Hada Labo Anti-Aging Hydrator

  • Super Hyaluronic Acid (SHA): Proprietary combination of 3 types of Hyaluronic Acid. Powerful hydrator and plumper that provides multi-layer long lasting moisture to restore and strengthen skin’s natural hydrating levels.
  • Retinol Complex: Stimulates elastin and collagen production to perfect the skin’s appearance and help reverse the effects of aging.
  • Beta Carotene: Reduces skin irritation and increases cell turnover, a supplement to the Retinol complex.
  • Collagen: Improves skin texture and reduces the look of fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Collaplus G: A proprietary soy peptide to help promote skin renewal.

Key Ingredients of Hada Labo Skin Plumping Gel

  • Super Hyaluronic Acid (SHA): Proprietary combination of 3 types of Hyaluronic Acid. Powerful hydrator and plumper that provides multi-layer, long lasting moisture to restore and strengthen skin’s natural hydrating levels.
  • Collagen: Helps improve skin texture and reduces the look of fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Arginine: An essential amino acid that helps protect and regenerate the skin.
  • Ceramide: Helps strengthen the skin’s protective barrier.