Pamper yourself head to toe for Valentine’s Day!

Pamper Yourself from Head to Toe for Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day is a week away so why not take the time now to plan a day of pampering for yourself? I know, I know…lots of us are hoping for some love from someone special, but I say take care of yourself first. Then whatever you receive from others is icing on the cake.

Here are some wonderful products that will pamper you from head to toe, including one that will even pamper your best furry friend!

Yuni Wind Down Wonder

Let’s start with your body. Yuni has the most amazing warming body oil called Wind Down Wonder ($35 for 4 oz). This is a dry oil that warms the skin and melts away tension and stress while gently wrapping it in a gorgeous, soft scent. The oils include Copaiba Oil for releasing tense muscles, Inka Omega Oil for conditioning and protecting skin, Radish Seed and Paracress Plant Extract for pain relief. I love how Wind Down Wonder isn’t messy since it’s a spray oil, so you just spray it on and massage it in.  The scent is fantastic, a mix of neroli, chamomile, bergamot and palmarosa…it’s soft and soothing, transporting you immediately to a high end spa. Divine!

KarynG Complete Broad Spectrum SPF 50 in Light/Medium

KarynG Complete Broad Spectrum SPF 50 in Light/Medium

KarynG Complete Broad Spectrum SPF 50 in Light/Medium

Next up – face. I think this product is just shy of a miracle, no kidding.  KarynG Complete Broad Spectrum SPF 50 ($75 for 1.7 fl. oz) is pretty incredible. Not only does it have all the broad spectrum protection you could ever want, it’s also one heck of a treatment product, reducing wrinkles by 53% after 7 days – seriously!! It also reduces redness, evens out skin tone, minimizes the appearance of pores, and is a moisturizer. The tint is just enough to qualify this as a tinted moisturizer, perfect for those low maintenance days. It’s also a terrific primer. With ingredients like titanium dioxide, zinc, and iron oxide for UVA/UVB protection, echinacea purpurea extract as an antioxidant to fight wrinkles, and coconut oil for moisture, you can’t go wrong. It comes in two shades, Light/Medium and Medium/Dark.

Volaire Uplift Volumizing Mist

 Finally, how about hair? Volaire has this incredible volume-boosting mist called Uplift ($27 for 6 fl. oz) that takes my fine hair to new heights. If you have fine hair, you want this – it gives even super fine hair tons of bounce and lift without being stiff or tacky.  The formula has microspheres that attach to each strand of hair, actually creating more space in between each strand which is why you end up with more volume. It’s the coolest thing and wow does it make for a great hair day. Other benefits include lots of shine, less oiliness, and less static.

Tangle Angel Brush

Tangle Angel Brush

Since we are talking hair, I think a beautiful detangling brush is certainly appropriate. One that suits you, like the Tangle Angel.  You are always taking care of everyone else, why not get a hairbrush that takes care of you? This brush is heat resistant, water resistant, anti-static, and anti-bacterial. It’s beautiful and it works! The shape is ergonomically correct to easily detangle hair as painlessly as possible. The brush comes in eight different color options. And check out the accompanying brush for your best friend!

Pet Angel Baby Keyring

Pet Angel Baby Keyring

Josie enjoying the Pet Angel Baby Keyring

This is Josie, my mom’s Shiatsu. She loves her new brush and my mom loves how it comes with a handy key chain. So cute!!  Tangle Angel has full size brushes for pet grooming as well as these Pet Angel Baby Keyrings. You can find all of their beautiful products at TangleAngel.com.
Take care of yourself this Valentine’s Day from head to toe with these awesome products…and don’t forget your furry puppies and kitties too!  – Lisa

Sweets for the sweet giveaway – Macaron brushes by Milk & Sass

We’re excited about the opportunity for this Valentine’s Day giveaway with the terrific Macaron brushes by Milk & Sass. It’s a way to win something sweet that won’t add a pound to your hips. I had the opportunity to review the MACARON brushes and I’m thrilled about them. I have one in my shower and one in my purse.

 

Milk & Sass Macarons

Now three US subscribers will have the opportunity to share my glee.

Here’s what Milk & Sass has to say about their brush: Superior tangle taming, minimal breakage, maximum shine. Sturdy bristles work on every hair age, type, and texture. Here’s what I have to say: right on! I love the way this feels on my scalp and how it easily it glides through my hair. This sturdy brush and mirror are perfect for your purse too since it won’t open up. It’s lightweight, comes in those 6 great colors and is a great addition to my bath and purse.

Milk & Sass lavender Macaron

Milk & Sass Macaron

The palm size brush is perfect for detangling hair after a shower/bath, great for massaging your scalp, works well as a shampoo brush (which is why my husband likes it), and is adorable in your purse to brush your hair. This would make a wonderful Valentine’s Day gift to someone too especially if they are watching their weight! Sweet but non-caloric. Pick one or more up and your valentine will be thrilled.

Now the hard part for you — what color do you want to win? Raspberry, lavender, pink, mint green, black, or lemon? That decision is going to be hard but you can’t go wrong.  —  Marcia

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION: Three US Beauty Info Zone subscribers will win the Milk & Sass Macaron in the color of their choice. The giveaway is open through Tuesday, 2/13/18 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Winning is always fun and even better on a holiday.

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Prizes will be sent by the company’s representative.

DESSATA – the new detangling brush that your hair is asking for

Desseta Professional Detangling Brush

Desseta Professional Detangling Brush

 

Little did I know when I was sent DESSATA, a new detangling brush, that I’d be thrilled with it for my entire family. I was the kind of kid, teen, adult that brushed my hair all the time. When I was teaching I wanted my hair looking neat and professional so I kept brushes in my desk and purse. As times have loosened I’m less controlling about my hair but I still want it straight and looking its best. That’s poured over into my daycare life since I’ve been frustrated many times with my 3 year old granddaughter’s hair. She won’t let me brush it – until now.

Dessata Detangling Brush

Dessata Detangling Brush

Dessata is a professional tool sold for $12.99 at Target and Amazon. It takes away all the difficulty of brushing and detangling hair. I can use it on my wet hair after a shower and it doesn’t pull or break off my ends even if I haven’t put a leave-in conditioner in yet. I use it on my dry hair to help me look put together.

Dessata

Dessata

I’ve had my husband use it and we’ve used it on my grandson when he has what we call Bedhead. It works well on all 4 of us. My granddaughter at last allows me to brush through her hair which was such a challenge before and is now a breeze. She likes to use it on herself too. Shocked me!

Dessata Detangling Brush

Dessata Detangling Brush

Dessata brushes have 440 flexible triple height bristles which is 5 times more than their competitor. There’s no handle to it since it fits in the palm of your hand with ease. It seems to adapt to everyone in my family’s head. While the bristles look sharp they aren’t at all, they are made from a comfortable gel in Spain. The composition of them keeps them from breaking down.

Dessata Detangling Brush

Dessata Detangling Brush

While we have straight or wavy hair around here, it’s recommended for all hair types including curly and coarse. Since it doesn’t pull it leaves you static free and with shiny hair. I don’t think you want to be without this tool for your hair. I’m giving it 4 thumbs up (one from each of us). —  Marcia
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Keep thinking pink for October

For a while I wasn’t on the bandwagon for BCA products. I had very mixed feelings about companies that seemed to exploit the movement to sell. But that’s changed over the years as more people that I know have suffered with cancer of all types. I now believe that if we are going to buy something then it’s best to be able to contribute to cancer causes at the same time.

Theraband Kinesiology Tape, Wink Eyebrow/Eyelash Enhancer, Angelo David Pink Wet & Dry Brush

Theraband Kinesiology Tape, Wink Eyebrow/Eyelash Enhancer, Angelo David Pink Wet & Dry Brush

Two products that I was sent recently have come in very handy and donate to worthwhile causes. Theraband Kinesiology Tape came at a great time for the extra pains I’ve had associated with my broken foot plus pulled muscles from my fall. And Angelo David’s Pink Wet-&-Dry Brush has helped cheer me up when I’m feeling down. Both donate to breast cancer charities that I admire.

Theraband Kinesiology Tape

Theraband Kinesiology Tape

Let’s start with the helpful – Theraband Kinesiology Tape. If you’ve ever been to any rehab you’ll be family with Theraband since almost all use the original Therabands for exercise purposes. They are heavy rubber bands of different sizes and thickness that are used for stretching. Therabrand also makes different kinds of tapes for pain relief and muscle support. Unlike braces and other athletic tape, this one won’t restrict and actually encourages active muscle movement. XactStretch indicators show you exactly how much you should stretch the tape to make it effective, just like the professionals do.

TheraBand Pink Kinesiology Tape

TheraBand Pink Kinesiology Tape

The Kinesiology Tape comes in a roll with Pre-Cut Tapes that can be stretched to fit the area you need relief. Some ideas for use are Achilles, Ankle/Swelling, Knee, Lumbar, Neck, Postural Correction, Quad & Patellar, Shoulder, Star Pattern (Lower Back). I pulled a muscle in the back of my knee on one leg and scraped up my knee on the other and used this for my relief. Not sure how my husband will feel about this pretty bright pink and white shade but he really needs this.

Theraband Kinesiology Tape

Theraband Kinesiology Tape

Therabrand is donating 50 cents from each purchase of this pink and white one to PinkLink, a social community for survivors of breast cancer. While the amount isn’t that high and I wish it were more, it does add up quickly to help. pink-linkAngelo David is a brand I’m sure you’ve heard about since he’s a famous NYC hairdresser with salons of his own. To help with cancer research they are donating $4 of the proceeds from their Pink Wet-&-Dry Hair Brush to the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation.

Angelo David Pink Wet + Dry Brush

Angelo David Pink Wet + Dry Brush

 

The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation is an international organization dedicated to curing and preventing cancer. The Foundation is a pioneer in cancer research and its mission is to eradicate cancer by funding cutting-edge research that identifies and corrects abnormal gene function that causes cancer and develops minimally toxic treatments for patients. Through the Foundation’s collaborative group of world-class scientists, the Institute Without Walls, investigators share information and tools to speed the pace of cancer research. Since its inception in 1976, the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation has awarded approximately $90 million to support the work of more than 200 researchers across the globe. For more information on SWCRF, visit: www.waxmancancer.org

I will never use anything else on my wet hair than a Wet & Dry Brush. I avoid snarls, tears, split ends, and frizz when I use a Wet & Dry Brush and you will too. What’s better than a soft pink one too? Might as well have a pretty brush to make your hair as pretty as possible.

Angelo David Pink Wet + Dry Brush

Angelo David Pink Wet + Dry Brush

The Angelo David brush is very well made. It’s lightweight but gets through all snarls with ease. At first I thought of using it on my 3 year old but I decided to be selfish and use it myself. Feeling down about my fall, I love having this pink brush to make me look and feel better.

I can’t help but put in a plug for WINK #PinkWink while I’m writing.

WINK Eyelash & Eyebrow Enhancer #PinkWink

WINK Eyelash & Eyebrow Enhancer #PinkWink

WINK EYELASH & EYEBROW ENHANCER has helped me tremendously with my eyebrows. I not only love the product but the cause that they donate to is magnificent. For every Pink Wink sold one will be donated to a cancer warrior (my review HERE).

There’s only a few days left in October to help with these donations so don’t hesitate. All three items are ones you should consider because you’ll love them and others will love you for caring.  —  Marcia

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Chasing a perfect blow out with Spornette Brushes

Spornette BrushesOne of my goals in life is to be able to recreate that look and feeling that comes after a professional blow out. I should be able to make my hair look that incredible every time I dry it! I have come to realize that in the world of blow outs, the blow dryer itself matters, but so do the brushes. Spornette recently sent me some new hair brushes to try and I have three favorites that have brought me closer to my goal:  The Ion Fusion Paddle Hair Brush ($13), Magnesium Miracle Hair Brush ($36), and the Ventura Blow-Out Brush ($30).

Spornette Ion Fusion Paddle Brush

Spornette Ion Fusion Paddle Brush

I had a paddle brush from Aveda that I used for years and years, until the wood finally warped and the bristles wore down. The Spornette Ion Fusion Paddle Hair Brush was the perfect replacement brush for me. It does a wonderful job of brushing out my long, mid-back length hair without pulling out strands. The handle is substantial but lightweight, and it feels so comfortable in my hand. After I towel dry my hair I typically apply blow out cream, a little spray on conditioner, and some mousse, and this brush is perfect for getting even distribution. The sides are long and flat, which make it easy to dry and straighten large sections of hair.

Spornette Magnesium Miracle Hair Brush

Spornette Magnesium Miracle Hair Brush

Spornette Magnesium Miracle Hair Brush

Spornette Magnesium Miracle Hair Brush

For beautiful big curls I love the Magnesium Miracle Hair Brush 2.75 inch. It has an aerated barrel that heats up super quick because it’s coated in magnesium. The heat helps set the curl and the hot air flow reduces drying time. Magnesium releases infra-red energy and it also sanitizes the hair.   It actually has a 45% higher heat conductive rate than aluminum. The 2.75 inch barrel is awesome for long hair and Spornette has smaller barrel sizes for medium and short hair.

Spornette Ventura Blow Out Brush

Spornette Ventura Blow Out Brush

Spornette Ventura Blow Out Brush

Spornette Ventura Blow Out Brush

When I want to straighten my hair plus add some curl or a flip, I dry the majority of my hair first with the Paddle Brush, then I follow that with the unique and cool looking Spornette Ventura Blow-Out Brush. This brush has a learning curve, but once you learn how to properly wield it you will wonder where it’s been all your life.  

This is a combination of a paddle brush and a round brush. That means you can dry your hair straight, give your ends a little flip up or under, or go for bigger curls – all with the same brush. The barrel is metal, which provides extra heat power for straightening and curling. It’s a wide brush, which means you can grab lots of hair at one time. The shape is elliptical and I learned to twist my wrist to pull my roots straight for volume and to smooth out the ends for extra sleek hair.

Spornette Ventura Blow Out Brush

Spornette Ventura Blow Out Brush

It is awesome to be able to switch back and forth between straightening (for the length of my hair) and curling (for the ends) without changing brushes. I find that this brush shortens my dry time and leaves me with nicely curled ends that stay all day. While the curls aren’t as intense as the one from a curling iron, it gives me loose, wavy, beachy curls in a short amount of time.

Regardless of which brush you use, if you have long hair, then sectioning is a must – it not only results in better style, it also shortens dry time and gives much better volume. Spornette brushes are used by stylists everywhere, so be sure to check them out…they will definitely help you recreate that salon blow out look at home.  – Lisa

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Two drugstore hair saviors you need now: The Conair Dry Shampoo Brush and the Scunci

Conair Dry Hair Brush and Scunci Hair Emergency Kit

Conair Dry Hair Brush and Scunci Hair Emergency Kit

Got a hair emergency?  There are two awesome drugstore products that will never let you down!    PR samples

Scunci Hair Emergency Kit

Scunci Hair Emergency Kit

Scunci Hair Emergency Kit

Scunci Hair Emergency Kit

1.  The Scunci Hair Emergency Kit ($7) has saved me many times over.  The cute little zippered gray bag holds so much it’s almost like a magic trick.  The kit includes bobby pins, elastics, headwraps, a jaw clip and polybands.  Pretty much everything you need for any hair emergency you might encounter, including oversleeping, a sudden rainstorm, and that horrible moment when you discover the back of your hair (which you forgot to check before you left that morning) is an embarrassing disaster.

Conair Dry Hair Brush

Conair Dry Hair Brush

2.  Let’s put this one into the ‘I never knew I needed this, but now I will never be without it’ file – the Conair Dry Shampoo Brush ($7).

I use dry shampoo all the time.  I have long, color-treated hair that can’t take being washed every day…but second and third day hair is not kind to my bangs.  They go all limp and look greasy.  So I use dry shampoo to spruce them up – I spray along my hair-line all the way around as well as on my part.  Sometimes I will use dry shampoo on first day hair for a little more texture and volume.  And sometimes I use it because I am, as usual, running late and I just don’t have time for anything but hair triage.

Conair Dry Shampoo Brush

Dry shampoo is awesome, but it has drawbacks if it’s not applied properly.  Most dry shampoos have a white cast, which is not good for someone with dark hair who is always trying to hide those tell-tale grey roots as it is.  That’s where the magic of the Conair Dry Shampoo Brush comes into play.

This brush has a combo of boar bristles and nylon bristles.  The boar bristles are on the inside of the brush, and they distribute the dry shampoo into the hair while brushing out the dirt and oil.  The nylon bristles on the outer portion lift up the hair and give it lots of volume.  So hair is lifted while the dry shampoo is evenly distributed, making those tell-tale white patches a thing of the past.

The Conair Dry Shampoo Brush is a nifty invention that is absolutely worth the extremely affordable price tag.  Pick up one of these babies for the best dry shampoo results possible.

Hair emergencies are going to happen, so you might as well remember the Girl Scout motto and be prepared – and these two drugstore finds are just what you need. – Lisa

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Get some Goody hair accessories for the good girls on your list!

Goody Holiday Collection
My girls have been very, very good this year, so it only makes sense to put some Goody in their stockings!  They sent us a few items from the new Holiday Collection and these hair accessories are super cute.  The Holiday Collection features jewel tones that are fun and festive, and you can find all the items at Meijer.

Goody Holiday Collection Ouchless Black and Multiglitter Elastics

Goody Holiday Collection Ouchless Black and Multiglitter Elastics

Hair elastics are a basic item that every girl needs, and the Goody Holiday Collection features great sets with bonuses!  The Ouchless Black Elastics ($4.99) come with 30 black elastics that won’t snag or break hair, plus four jewel tone glitter elastics for some bling.  My girls like to use a black elastic to secure their hair, then layer with different multicolor elastics for style.  If your girl uses more multiglitter than black, just get the reverse set – Ouchless Multiglitter Elastics ($4.99) with a bonus four black elastics.

Goody Holiday Collection Ouchless Multiglitter Headwraps and Ribbon Elastics

Goody Holiday Collection Ouchless Multiglitter Headwraps and Ribbon Elastics

My youngest daughter is a fencer, so she needs headbands that keep her bangs out of her eyes, especially when wearing her fencing mask.  The Ouchless Multiglitter Headwraps ($3.99) do the job and don’t get all tangled up in her hair.  These are also a great choice for some color with updos and braids.  Another favorite are the Ouchless Ribbon Elastics.  Every night, I put my daughter’s wet hair in a braid and wrap the end with a Ouchless Ribbon Elastic.  The ribbon is strong enough to keep the braid in place as she sleeps, but soft enough not to crease her hair.  In the morning we take out the braid and she has beautiful waves that last all day.  Plus, she keeps a couple on her wrist like a bracelet, and uses them whenever she wants to put her hair back.

Goody Holiday Collection Purse Brush and FashioNow Flower Salon Clips

Goody Holiday Collection Purse Brush and FashioNow Flower Salon Clips

I just love the FashioNow Flower Salon Clips ($4.99)!  They are darling, and the colors are so cheerful.  Each clip comes with 5 bonus elastics so you can put in a ponytail then add the clip for style.  For a really neat gift, add in a matching jewel-toned Purse Brush ($4.99).  This little brush is the perfect size, and it comes with a bonus ribbon elastic.

Reward the good girls in your life with some Goody good stuff, for goodness sake!  These cute and cool accessories are just waiting for you at your local Meijers.  – Lisa

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