Your last chance to dare to go bare! #NoMakeupMonday Instagram Contest

good times.  facial treatment masks

good times. facial treatment masks

If you haven’t gone bare yet, today is your last chance!!

It could win you an La Fresh  Be Good. Facial Mask.  Channel your natural beauty and post a photo sans makeup on Instagram.  Here are the rules:

Rules are simple:

Step 1: Take a selfie on Monday with no makeup

Step 2: Upload to Instagram

Step 3: Tag @LaFreshGroup and use #NoMakeUpMonday

La Fresh will give away their Be Good. Facial Mask to two lucky winners every Monday until 9/29 – so that means today is the last day.

So be good, go bare, and good luck!!  – Lisa

Dare to go bare! #NoMakeupMonday Instagram Contest

good times.  facial treatment masks

good times. facial treatment masks

Have you gone bare yet?

It could win you an La Fresh  Be Good. Facial Mask.  Channel your natural beauty and post a photo sans makeup on Instagram.  Here are the rules:

Rules are simple:

Step 1: Take a selfie on Monday with no makeup

Step 2: Upload to Instagram

Step 3: Tag @LaFreshGroup and use #NoMakeUpMonday

La Fresh will give away their Be Good. Facial Mask to two lucky winners every Monday until 9/29.

So be good, go bare, and good luck!!  – Lisa

Dare to go bare! #NoMakeUpMonday Instagram Contest

good times.  facial treatment masks

good times. facial treatment masks

Let the good times roll. Good things come to those with masks!

Do you dare to go bare?  It could win you an La Fresh  Be Good. Facial Mask.  Channel your natural beauty and post a photo sans makeup on Instagram.  Here are the rules:

Rules are simple:

Step 1: Take a selfie on Monday with no makeup

Step 2: Upload to Instagram

Step 3: Tag @LaFreshGroup and use #NoMakeUpMonday

La Fresh will give away their Be Good. Facial Mask to two lucky winners every Monday until 9/29.

So be good, and good luck!!  – Lisa

Be good to your skin with Eco Beauty Be Good Skin Care

I’ve adored the La Fresh line (they feature different types of portable beauty wipes for travel) for years.  The Sunscreen Wipes, Makeup Remover Wipes, and Lens & Screen Cleaning Wipes have saved me more times that I can begin to count.  So when La Fresh contacted the BIZ offering samples of their new anti-aging skin care line called Eco Beauty Be Good, I was very interested.  The concept behind this skin care line is “to make chic, effective products that are good for your skin while being conscientious about the environment.”

Eco Beauty good day. day moisturizer and good night. night cream

Eco Beauty good day. day moisturizer and good night. night cream

Hello Lip Treat

Hello Lip Treat

The Eco-Beauty Be Good packaging definitely had me at ‘Hello’.  Inside each box is an inspirational saying:

Eco Beauty:  The best is yet to come.

Eco Beauty: The best is yet to come.

Eco Beauty:  Good things are going to happen.

Eco Beauty: Good things are going to happen.

I just love this!  And since I tested a daytime moisturizer and a night moisturizer, it was a wonderfully positive way to begin and end every day.

love the messaging on the boxes and jars!

love the messaging on the boxes and jars!

Good Day. Day Moisturizer ($40) has a whole slew of ingredients that moisturize and repair skin, including peptides, hyaluronic acid, natural cucumber, aloe, antioxidant panthenol (vitamin B), and vitamins C and E.

Eco Beauty good day Day Moisturizer

Eco Beauty good day Day Moisturizer

This is what a good day looks like

This is what a good day looks like

This creamy moisturizer comes in a jar, so resist sticking fingers in to get product.  Even hands you think are squeaky clean can have lingering bacteria, and that last thing you want is to contaminate your moisturizer.  Use a little spatula of some sort to scoop out what you need.  I have been known to break the nails off a nail wheel to use as a makeshift spatula.  Good Day, Day Cream is a thick, fragrance-free moisturizer that hydrates and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.  It does not have sunscreen, so you’ll want a separate product for that.  This moisturizer improves collagen production, so skin looks fresh and younger.

Good Night. Night Cream ($40) is an evening moisturizer that has great anti-aging ingredients like peptides and hyaluronic acid, along with the mega-hydration of natural shea butter and skin healing aloe.

Eco Beauty good night. Night Cream

Eco Beauty good night. Night Cream

this is what a good night looks like

this is what a good night looks like

Again, this is a jar, so don’t give into temptation and keep those fingers outta there!  Good Night, Night Cream is thicker than Good Day, Day Moisturizer.  It has no discernible fragrance.  While it has some similar ingredients as the day cream for fighting wrinkles, this provides powerful hydration that is best for combination or dry skin.  I have combination skin, so I pat this on my dry areas (cheeks and forehead) at night for powerful plumping action.

Hello. Lips Treat ($10) is a lip balm that moisturizes and plumps lips with oligopeptides, shea butter, and cocoa butter.  It also has an oil blend of sweet almond, jojoba, peppermint and cinnamon oils.  Most lips will love this, but the peppermint and cinnamon can be a skin irritant for some.

hello soft, smooth lips!

hello soft, smooth lips!

The ogliopeptides are awesome for supporting collagen production, so regular use of this lip balm can make lips more full and lush.

I love the message from La Fresh – besides using Eco-Beauty products, they recommend that you ‘exercise modestly, drink plenty of water, eat healthy meals, sleep enough hours, hug often & smile more.’  It just doesn’t get any better than that.

Other products available in the Eco-Beauty Be Good line include Good Start. Face Serum, Good Bye. Face Cleansing Wipes, and Good Times. Facial Treatment Cloth Masks. All Eco-Beauty Be Good products are free of parabens, sulfates, triclosan, dyes, PEGs, artificial fragrances and animal byproducts. Be good to your skin and the environment and take a look at Eco-Beauty Be Good!  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

October Ipsy and Birchbox – which would you want?

As I’m sure many of you know, I love the surprise of subscription boxes. I think it’s a thrill to get mail that’s fun instead of those dratted bills. This oops last month two of the boxes I purchased were from Birchbox and Ipsy. Birchbox and I had a falling out but then I resubscribed a few months ago. Ipsy is fairly new in my life and for the most part has delighted me. I wanted to compare the two boxes and get your opinions. What would you want from these boxes and which would you keep if you had to choose? — Marcia

BIRCHBOX FOR OCTOBER

Birchbox for October 2013

Birchbox for October 2013

Birchbox theme: Beauty Buzz

Birchbox theme: Beauty Buzz

In general I find that most people get similar Birchboxes. There might be variations in color and sometimes a product but not that much unless you are brand new to the subscription. For October there were two full size products and “3” samples. This month their theme is devoted to award winners.

Liz Earle samples in Birchbox

Liz Earle samples in Birchbox

LIZ EARLE – this cute little box holds 2 of the samples. There is nice size of the Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser and 2 Pur Muslin cloths. Liz Earle is a favorite in the UK and these two products are big sellers for them. They cleanser is also an exfoliator. The muslin cloths are used for removal.

ALISON RAFFAELE – this very small sample of foundation could be good but it’s not my shade so I’ll never really know.

Pop Beauty Aqua Lacquer

Pop Beauty Aqua Lacquer

POP BEAUTY AQUA LACQUER  – yeah for full size ($14)! This is another British favorite. It’s a sheer gloss that plumps and hydrates with jojoba oil. I got Flowering Fuchsia which looks brighter in the tube than it applies. It looks like it would be a squeeze tube but it actually has a paddle style applicator making it easier to apply.

ChapStick Hydration Lock

ChapStick Hydration Lock

CHAPSTICK HYDRATION LOCK  – This is what Birchbox calls their Birchbox Find. Personally ChapStick doesn’t thrill me with all the great balms out there but in the winter especially we have lip balms everywhere in the house since you never know when you might need one. This is at least loaded with great ingredients like CoQ10 and Vitamin E so even though I’m not excited about it, it is useful.

Birchbox Oct. 13

Birchbox Oct. 13

You can read about other Birchbox boxes that I’ve reviewed HERE. I pay for my box but I am linking to my referral code if you decide you want to purchase their subscription. Referrals get points to purchase products in the Birchbox shop.

IPSY FOR OCTOBER

IPSY for October 2013

IPSY for October 2013

Ipsy is fun to receive mainly because it comes in a hot pink mailer so just seeing that in the mailbox brings a smile to my face.The theme this month is the Art of Beauty and I think they did quite well in keeping that promise.

Ipsy The Art of Beauty

Ipsy The Art of Beauty

Products are packed in a cosmetic bag which sometimes are great. This month’s bag is especially nice for me even though at this point I’m overloaded with cosmetic bags. I have to thank Pink Sith for being a better poet than I am and teaching me that this is from a poem by Ralph Waldo Emerson. If you read Pink Sith’s post (after you are done with mine of course!!) you’ll see that Ipsy’s bags are not identical – our contents aren’t even close.

Ipsy's October cosmetic bag

Ipsy’s October cosmetic bag

WET N’ WILD FERGIE EYESHADOW PALETTE IN DESERT FESTIVAL – This is the full size product and from a pretty recent collection. I didn’t have good luck with my last Fergie palette but this one looks beautiful so I hope the quality is good. The orange is a wild card for most but I enjoy a little splash of color when I’m in the mood.

Wet n'Wild Fergie, Desert Festival

Wet n’Wild Fergie, Desert Festival

COASTAL SCENTS MEDIUM SHADOW BRUSH – This is my first item from Coastal Scents and it’s a very nice product. It sells for $2.49. This would be an extra for me since I have a lot of brushes but I like to keep some around for swatching so that’s where this might be used.

Coastal Scents  Medium Shadow Brush

Coastal Scents Medium Shadow Brush

SEXY HAIR – SPRAY CLAY  This is so not me. It’s a nice size for testing or travel but it’s not a product I’ll ever use. I’ve yet to use any hair product from a subscription mainly because they don’t send what’s right for my particular style.

Sexy Hair Style Clay

Sexy Hair Style Clay

LA FRESH OIL FREE FACE CLEANSER – I already know I love this since I had samples of it from reviewing the line. I’m happy to have this 10 wipe size and it will get used.

La Fresh Oil Free Face Cleanser wipes

La Fresh Oil Free Face Cleanser wipes

ZOYA NEVE NAIL POLISH – totally gorgeous blue that I can’t wait to wear. There were 3 shades that were sent to different subscribers and I’d have picked this one in a hot minute. I can’t wait to have the time to wear it. This is from the Fall 2013 Cashmere & Satin collection and it’s the one I’d have bought if I saw it.

Zoya Neve Nail Polish

Zoya Neve Nail Polish

I didn’t realize I hadn’t written about Ipsy for the last few months, I’m not sure why but this month was worth writing about. You can see my other IPSY reviews here. I thought I had an IPSY referral code but I don’t seem to have signed up for it.

So now you’ve seen my two subscriptions. Which is the one you think you’d buy and what products in these boxes would you like having? — Marcia

La Fresh – better than baby wipes and perfect for removing Halloween makeup

la fresh logoOn a recent car trip to Florida, I found myself buying baby wipes for the first time in about 7 years. I have a new car and I didn’t want anything to get sticky or messy on the way. I ended up regretting my purchase – I didn’t get unscented and I found the wipes to be heavy and unpleasant. Icky, really. Then La Fresh sent the BIZ some different wipes to try out, and boy was that a V-8 moment.  I think these individually packages wet wipes are genius.

All of these wipes are available in individual packets, or in larger packages, and be sure to check out the excellent combo packs. Believe me, whatever your needs are, La Fresh Travel-Lite has a wipe for you!

The wet wipes that La Fresh makes are for adults, not for babies (well, except for their baby wipes, lol! And they do have some just for dogs!). The variety is mind-boggling – so are the amount of ideas I have for gifting them!

La Fresh constantly continues to do research and to develop more products – all of which are environmentally responsible – to try to meet every need you may have. Here are some of my favorites:

La Fresh

La Fresh Facial Cleansing Wipes and Makeup Remover Wipes

La Fresh

La Fresh Antibacterial Wipes and Nail Polish Remover Pads

There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t need these four wipes! Of course they are perfect for travel and I keep some in my glove box at all times. I also keep some at work just in case. And with Halloween coming up, what could be better? If you are going to a party or hosting one, your guests will be grateful to find a basket of these goodies available in the rest room. And think of how handy these will be to get rid of sticky candy fingers…just perfect.

La Fresh

La Fresh Antiperspirant Wipes for Men…and for Women

La Fresh

La Fresh Hygiene Wipes for Women…and for Men

Nothing smells worse than stress sweat. But you can duck into the restroom, use one of the La Fresh Antiperspirant Wipes and be back to good smelling in no time. I absolutely love that they have specific wipes for women and specific ones for men. And the Hygiene Wipes? Look, it’s not comfortable to talk about, but everyone at some time will need one of these. Better to be safe than sorry and have a few of these tucked away in your purse, gym bag, or in your desk drawer.

La Fresh

La Fresh Insect Repellent Wipes

These work great! I love how the Insect Repellent Wipes are chemical-free and I tested them right after a big rain when the air was full of mosquitos. You never know when you’ll need one of these so I always have some handy.

La Fresh

La Fresh Lens & Cleaning Wipe and Shoe Shine Wipe

Now here are two excellent ideas for wipes!! A tissue often can’t really clean glasses properly, and boy if you can’t see you are in trouble. It also works great for mirrors and for computer screens. And I love the Shoe Shine Wipes! These make scuffs disappear and shoes look soft and brand new again.

Every wipe I tried worked like a charm. See for yourself – here is a clip,  Zombie vs. La Fresh Makeup Remover, that shows how terrific the Makeup Wipe is.

I absolutely think you should invest in some wipes for yourself – they aren’t expensive, and having these on hand in your car, at work, and in your purse can make any super stressful situation much, much easier. They are fantastic for trips and think of all the great gifting ideas – I am putting together a collection for my son at college. My daughters are going to find some of them in their stockings at Christmas. And every time I have people over, a basket of these will be in every bathroom just in case. There are so many possibilities it’s terrific! Head on over to La Fresh to take a look for yourself.  – Lisa

*pr samples

LA FRESH – Eco Beauty Wipes at your fingertips

la fresh logoLa Fresh is a company for those of us who are on the go and don’t want to stop. Or for those of us who need convenience in their everyday life.  Or for those of us who travel often. Or for those of us who are homebodies but want some pampering.  Or for those of us who want to use a smaller water footprint. Actually there’s a reason for all of us to find things we need and like with La Fresh.

For me when I think of La Fresh I think of individually wrapped products that I can carry with me in my purse. I also like this kind of product when I’m traveling since they’ll take up so little room (and I can bring back more goodies in my suitcase). They also have home packs for a more economical price. La Fresh sent a variety of packets to try out and share what I learned with you.la fresh home instant bodyLet me talk about the water footprint since I find that to be so interesting. Because water is a more scarce commodity than you think it is, La Fresh packets use as little water as possible in them. They are conscious of creating products too that need very little water after use. Plus they are proud to be introducing new products made of biodegradable materials so they give back to the earth responsibly.

LA FRESH individual packets

La Fresh individual packets

I’ve tried 6 of the items that would be considered in their beauty line. I’m giving you individual prices but they have some great sets with a variety of products too. All of the products I’ve got are 100% biodegradable and paraban free.

Oil Free Face Cleanser – I’ve used these as my nighttime cleanser on those lazy nights and right now I have 2 in my beach bag. These come in both fragrance free and what they call refreshing scent. They are great for getting off all my face makeup but weren’t strong enough to remove eye makeup. The Oil-Free Face Cleanser is a gentle product that does its job. (pack of 10 is $4.99)

LA FRESH Oil-Free Face Cleansers

La Fresh Oil-Free Face Cleansers

LA FRESH Oil-Free Face Cleansers

La Fresh Oil-Free Face Cleansers

Waterproof Makeup Remover is the answer for eye makeup and also for long lasting lip products. These help dissolve my mascara and gel liners. I hold it over my eye for about 10 seconds without rubbing and then start wiping away my makeup. These are perfect for travel since they take up no room. Plus (shh) you can cut them in half and seal the unused half in the packet for the next time. These contain a 6-oil blend of Olive, Jojoba, Sesame, Grapeseed, Vitamin E and Lavender.  Since they are not oil free I do rinse my eyes after using them. (8 for $4.99)

LA FRESH Waterproof Makeup Remover

La Fresh Waterproof Makeup Remover

LA FRESH Waterproof Makeup Remover

La Fresh Waterproof Makeup Remove

Anti-Aging Face Cleanser has a maqui berry fragrance to it so I’ve just used this during the morning or daytime.  In spite of the fragrance it has so many great ingredients that I’m willing to “sacrifice”: Maqui Berry Antioxidants, Mineral Polypeptides, Hyaluronic Acid, Ginkgo Biloba and Licorice. The Anti-Aging Face Cleanser is one of the newest products and what it doesn’t contain is just as important: no parabens, sulfates, triclosa, dyes, PEGS, artificial fragrance or animal by products. (8 for $4.99)

LA FRESH Anti-Aging Face Cleanser

LA FRESH Anti-Aging Face Cleanser

LA FRESH Anti-Aging Face Cleanser Wipe

La Fresh Anti-Aging Face Cleanser Wipe

Instant Body Smoother also has a fragrance but this is one I always enjoy – a natural peppermint. This is a great product to stick in your gym bag especially since it’s very refreshing after you’ve done any sort of exercise. It feels cool and refreshing. It contains a natural 6-oil blend of Olive, Jojoba, Sesame, Grapeseed, Vitamin E and Peppermint. (8 for $4.99)

LA FRESH Instant Body Smoother

La Fresh Instant Body Smoother

LA FRESH Instant Body Smoother

La Fresh Instant Body Smoother

Nail Polish Remover, Acetone Free –  this is the first product I’d heard of from La Fresh. It’s the perfect item to bring with you on your travels. Even if you go with a nice fresh manicure, accidents happen. You don’t want to be searching for a drugstore to buy cotton balls and polish remover and you sure don’t want to take a chance that those could spill. These pads do the job easily. At the same time they are adding in healthy ingredients to make your nails stronger and not dry. Even if you aren’t a nail polish person these help to strengthen nails since they aren’t harsh at all. They contain Aloe, Glycerin and Vitamin E; they strengthen nails with Rosemary and Horsetail Extract. And they smell like oranges!! (10 for $4.99)

LA FRESH Nail Polish Remover Acetone-Free

La Fresh Nail Polish Remover Acetone-Free

LA FRESH Nail Polish Remover Acetone-Free

La Fresh Nail Polish Remover Acetone-Free

You always see La Fresh mentioned in magazines because they do the job in such a compact way. They make some other interesting products like Antiperspirant Wipes ($1.99 for 3), baby wipes, feminine hygiene wipes in their Travel-Lite section. I’d love to give this as a gift or put it in my guest bathroom.

la fresh womens set Travel Lite™ Carry-on Friendlies for Women Set
Travel Lite™ Antiperspirant Wipes for Women x 1 Pouch
Travel Lite™ Feminine Hygiene Wipes x 1 Pouch
Travel Lite™ Makeup Remover Wipes x 1 Pouch
Travel Lite™ Facial Cleansing Wipes x 1 Pouch
Travel Lite™ Lens & Screen Cleaning Wipe x 3 Packets
Travel Lite™ Nail Polish Pad x 3 Packets
Travel Lite™ zippered case x 1

So many interesting items, so small, so fresh! It makes me want to travel. Where should we go?– Marcia

*packets sent for review