Summer sheer for lips and cheeks: Soap & Paper Lip Butter Tint Set

Summer is here and it is BLAZING hot in Michigan…almost 100 degrees every day for the past week! I don’t want to put lots of makeup on but I still want a little color so I am reaching for Soap & Paper Factory Lip Butters. These pots of buttery goodness not only give lips a fabulous matte tint, they also work like a charm on cheeks too, giving them the perfect pop of color for a summer glow (well, two out of the three do, anyway)!
The Lip Butters can be bought separately for $12 each, or they are available together as the Lip Butter Tint Set for $36.00. The packaging is quintessential Soap & Paper Factory – retro, vintage, fabulous. The lids unscrew to reveal sheer tinted lip butters that are made with wildcrafted ingredients. As always, no Soap & Paper products are tested on animals.

The Lip Butters have a matte finish yet they are hydrating and have a nice slip on the lips. On cheeks they feel slightly moist but not sticky. The ingredients include wildcrafted Calendula, Plantain, and Self-Heal, which is a herb that is especially wonderful for the lips and mouth. Self-Heal is why the lip butters have a bit of a minty taste to them.

Soap and Paper In the Nude Lip Butter

Soap and Paper In the Nude Lip Butter

In the Nude is the only one that is strictly for lips. There is no color to speak of, so no reason to put it on your cheeks! It gives lips a nice hydrating slip and is a terrific all-around lip butter to have on hand.

Soap and Paper Rose Glow Lip Butter

Soap and Paper Rose Glow Lip Butter

Soap and Paper Rose Glow Lip Butter

Rose Glow is a very pretty, soft matte rose shade. As I mentioned, it’s been on fire hot here in Michigan, so my poor Rose Glow was weeping a bit only because it was 98 degrees when I was taking my pics. I love this as a lip shade and also as a cheek shade. Even though it’s a little moist on the cheeks, it gives a great glow and it doesn’t sink or pool into pores like a lot of cream or gel blushes do on me.

Soap and Paper Moulin Rouge Lip Butter

Soap and Paper Moulin Rouge Lip Butter

Soap and Paper Moulin Rouge Lip Butter

Moulin Rouge is the deepest color of the three, a beautiful soft berry tint. It rocks as both a lip tint and as a cheek tint. This is my favorite. I use a little for just a touch of color, or layer it for more drama – I find it to be very versatile and oh so pretty. Love!!
I really like the versatility of the Soap & Paper Lip Butters especially since I don’t wear much makeup in the summer. It’s fantastic to throw on a little lip tint and a little pop of cheek color without being afraid of my face melting into the sidewalk. Since the trio set costs the same as buying the lip butters separately, you can buy all three or just get what you need. My favorite is Moulin Rouge, followed by Rose Glow then In the Nude.  You can find Soap and Paper Factory on their website, at Amazon, and at lots of cool stores nationwide.  – Lisa
Ingredients:  Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter Olea, Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Calendula Officinalis (Calendula Flower) Extract, Wildcrafted Plantago Major (Plantain) Extract, Wildcrafted Prunella Vulgaris (Self-heal) Extract, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Coconut Oil), Essential Oil, Iron Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, Red 40 Lake, D&C Red 6, Dimethicone, Silica Dimethyl Silylate.

Body Be Silk Organic introduction and giveaway

We are so happy to introduce an independent organic brand for bath and body products. BODY BE SILK is a small company with some terrific products as we gleefully have learned. Their line consists of scrubs, bath oils, lip care, bath salts, bath butters and more. The creator of the line, Greta, inspires us to spoil our bodies with products that are good for us. This is a company that is a “natural and organic bath and body line that not only pampers your skin…but spoils your body and relaxes your mind as well.”

Body Be Silk Lip Kit and Body Scrub


Marcia is delighted with the Body Be Silk Lip Fix Kit

First behold the beautiful packaging. Each product you receive from Body Be Silk comes in beautiful gilded outer packaging as well as delightful products inside. I have the Bubblegum Lip Kit Fix which comes in a pink silken bag and contains the 4 products that are in each kit. You can also be delighted with Chocolate, Cafe au Lait, or Vanilla.

Body Be Silk Lip Fix Kit

There are 4 goodies in each box, 3 that you use daily or as often as you like, and one that is used once a week. They take just a minute to apply and give you hours of softer lips.

Body Be Silk Bubblegum Lip Fix Kit

Step 1 is the Lip Scrub which is where the flavor comes in. It reminds me of a body scrub since it has two layers that need to be blended. The bottom layer is the sugar scrub and the top is the oil combination. Use the enclosed plastic spoon and mix them up, then apply to your lips and rub to start exfoliating. And yes when I’m done I like the delicious bubblegum flavored combination off. Not only is the smell scrumptious but so is the taste. It doesn’t smell artificial.

Body Be Silk Lip Scrub, Step 1


Body Be Silk Lip Scrub open

Body Be Silk Lip Scrub

Step 2 is the Lip Rub which is a natural lip gloss to use after the lip scrub. This softens your lips and give a lovely shine to them. It makes my lips feel soothed. If I’m going to wear lipstick shortly after the scrub then I’ll apply that and then the Lip Rub. It looks like it would be oily but it’s just refreshing. This too has the bubblegum aroma. It has a roller top like a roll on fragrance has. I love to use this during the day to moisten my lips and keep them hydrated.

Body Be Silk Lip Rub, step 2

Step 3, Lip Hug, is an overnight lip balm. Apply this just before bed and it will last through the night so you’ll wake up to smooth kissable lips.

Body Be Silk Lip Hug, overnight balm for step 3

Body Be Silk Lip Hug, Step 3

Last but not least is the Lip Tug, a once a week lip conditioner. I’ve been using my finger to apply it and but later I’ll use the plastic spoon to scoop it out since I won’t be able to get my fingers in it.

Body Be Silk Lip Tug, weekly conditioner, step 4

It’s a pleasure to use this organic kit on my lips. I’m so happy I was sent Bubblegum to try but next I’d love to try the Chocolate. What a treat!  Tomorrow Lisa will share her half of Body Be Silk products and I can’t wait to read about it. —  Marcia


We are so happy that Body Be Silk is going to let one of our Beauty Info Zone readers win a Lip Fix Kit in their choice of flavor. This US only giveaway is open to email to subscribers who remember they have to comment too. It’s open through 6/25 at 11:59 p.m. EDT. I will be checking anyone that Rafflecopter selects so make sure you follow the rules.

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Ingredients Organic: sugar, vitamin e, coconut oil, olive oil, avocado oil, almond oil, beeswax, cocoa butter, agave, kaolin clay, shea butter, jojoba oil . *Depending on the flavor there may be turbinado sugar, cocoa, vanilla, or coffee oil added.


Live the #lifeofaBelle with Honey Belle

#lifeofaBelle with Honey Belle

Honey Belle is just the brand you need to know about for Earth Day/Month and for Mother’s Day. This a a company that prides itself on being natural and organic as well as having a philanthropic project. Everything to love and a lot to learn about with Honey Belle.


These are the creators of Honey Belle, Iris and Calvin, and here’s their mission – I think I’m in love with them!



Generate health and self-confidence

in individuals

by producing clean, green,

and highly-effective products.

We believe in compassion,

and making a difference in the community.

Honey Belle is a company that has freshly handcrafted products that not only solve problems but that use natural ingredients. They created a project called #SoapsforSouls once they saw the needs of homeless people and citizens of underdeveloped countries such as Guatemala, Nepal, Peru, Vietnam, and Burma. Therefore for every soap purchased through Honey Belle one is donated to #SoapsforSouls to help stem the proliferation of disease.

Among the many soaps that Honey Belle makes are the Loofah Soaps which are not only unique but they smell wonderful, work well and a set would make a wonderful Mother’s Day gift.

Honey Belle Loofah Soap Bars – one of several sets

I was sent the soap in Eucalyptus Peppermint and it’s a great addition to my shower. Within the actual soap is a natural loofah sponge. “The loofah sponge is obtained from the gourd plant (a type of squash!), and is dried and peeled. You may see black or brown flecks of the seed or remnants from the skin in your soap, and this is normal! The loofahs are derived from real plants, that come from real soil.”

Honey Belle Natural Loofah Soap in Eucalyptus Peppermint

The first time in my shower the loofah itself felt hard and a bit scratchy but with use it softens up making it more comfortable. It never hurt, it actually felt good, and it did a nice job of exfoliating my legs. I haven’t finished this up but when the soap itself is used up you are left with the loofah which can help you around your house. Double duty!

Honey Belle Natural Loofah Soap in Eucalyptus Peppermint

At $8 each they make a great bath and shower tool plus you have the knowledge of helping others. The sets of 4 that will make a nice gift (you can even divide them up) are $28. There are two sets; a floral/fruity one with Lavender Rain, Sweet Jasmine, Rose, and Citrus; and also a Refresh/Relax set with Sandalwood Patchouli, Eucalyptus Peppermint, Green Tea Cucumber, and Charcoal Bamboo.

I want to try Citrus next but I have a feeling it’s going to take quite a while to finish the Natural Loofah Soap.The soap isn’t drying since it contains Coconut Oil and Glycerin which helps keep skin moisturized.

There’s more to Honey Belle (a lot more) than just the many types of soaps and bath bombs they carry. They also have products for lips and face. There are 3 different lip balms for $5 each or a set of 3 for $12.

Kissable Lips‘: slight tingly effect and minty flavor, made with eucalyptus oil
Matcha Kiss‘: subtle green tea flavor, made with organic matcha topped with eucalyptus
Bumble Balm‘: lightly flavored with honey

Honey Belle Lip Balms

My favorite is Kissable Lips which surprised me since I’m not a fan of eucalyptus normally. But it has a minty scent and I do like the tingle.

Honey Belle Lip Balm

What’s really great about these is that they are made from only 3 main ingredients: Organic Cold Pressed Sweet Almond Oil, Organic Cocoa Butter, and Organic Beeswax. They are moisturizing and we always are in search of a great lip balm.

One more for the lips is their Organic Brown Sugar Lip Scrub ($12).

Honey Belle Organic Brown Sugar Lip Scrub

There is no way I can wear a liquid lipstick or matte lip color without having my lips exfoliated and Honey Belle has brought me a great alternative with this Lip Scrub.

Honey Belle Brown Sugar Lip Scrub

It takes just a small amount of the scrub to make your lips feel refreshed. I take a small amount and rub it onto my lips. Usually I just use my lips to take in the brown sugar goodness but you can also use a washcloth for more exfoliation.

Honey Belle Brown Sugar Lip Scrub

The main ingredients are brown sugar, honey, and organic cold pressed coconut. So you get the exfoliating from the sugar, the coconut oil moisturizes your lips, and the honey retains and preserves that moisture. “Ingredients: Pure Brown Cane Sugar, Cocos Nucifera* (Coconut Oil, Cold- Pressed), Pure Honey, Glyercol* (Vegetable Glycerin), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Love”

Honey Belle Lips and Loofah Soap

While only the Brown Sugar Lip Scrub reminds us that “love” is one of the ingredients, I believe these are all made with love. Love for the environment, love for people in need, and love for creating some great organic products. It’s especially nice to help promote an indie company that is one to love.  —  Marcia



MyChelle meets my needs well with Refining Sugar Cleanser and Lip Hints

A cleanser is a cleanser is a cleanser. Right? No no no. That’s wrong. It’s not a one size fits all product. A cleanser can do wonders for your skin if you choose the right one. MyChelle dermaceuticals has a cleanser that my skin is loving lately: Refining Sugar Cleanser. This is for normal skin and my skin is slightly dry but it’s a great match for me.

MyChelle Refining Sugar Cleanser

The Refining Sugar Cleanser isn’t my everyday cleanser though it certainly could be. It’s a combination of a cleanser and a soft exfoliator. Since this is a light exfoliation I can use this once a day or once every other day and still keep up with my other skincare products. Refining Sugar Cleanser is a delicious smelling natural cane sugar and vanilla-infused cleanser. I apply it to damp hands, massage it in to find a soft creamy lather develop. You are supposed to massage it in until the sugar dissolves but after a while I use a washcloth to remove it.

MyChelle Refining Sugar Cleanser

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The more exfoliation you want, the more product you should use. If you just use a small dab it will gently exfoliate which is how I prefer this. The ‘magic’ ingredients are anti-aging Matrixyl® Synthe’6™ Peptide, bioactive Plant Extracts, and Hyaluronic Acid to help keep skin hydrated.

MyChelle Refining Sugar Cleanser

My skin really missed this cleanser when I was away and I was eager to use it again once I was safely home and in my own bathroom. This doesn’t leave my skin feeling taut at all. It just feels soft and well cleansed. Definitely a cleanser that’s a step above the rest.

MyChelle LIP HINTS, Conditioning Lip Balm

The product that I didn’t have to miss on my recent trip though was a MyChelle Conditioning Lip Balm, Lip Hints. I took the Berry version of this potted lip balm with me. Mostly on the trip I didn’t use much in the way of makeup. I kept it simple with just my Emme Diane tinted sunscreen, eyeliner, mascara, cream blush and protected lips. MyChelle helped me along with that by sending their LipHints in both Nude and Berry.

MyChelle LIP HINTS in Berry and Nude

Just read what MyChelle has to say about these and you’ll know why I wanted these with me: ”

A rich, melting balm with a decadent blend of Shea Butter and Coconut, Kalahari Melon, and Meadowfoam Oils for a soft, dewy look that is never sticky. This 4-in-1 lip treatment nourishes, soothes, deeply hydrates, and primes lips to maximize the wear time of your lip color, or wear alone for a sheer, gloss finish.

In formulating our Lip Hints™ Conditioning Lip Balm, we traded the synthetic waxes, artificial colors, fake flavors, and petroleum-based ingredients of traditional lip products for pure plant oils and waxes, essential oils, and natural extracts.”

There are 4 different Lip Hints available: Sheer, Nude, Berry, and Plum. You’ll see in my attempt to swatch these that the Nude and Berry look very similar on my hand. On my lips though they have a hint of color which is affected by my personal chemistry. So while they look very similar at first, they will darken once on lips.

MyChelle LIP HINTS, top Berry, bottom Nude

You can wear these as is for a glossy balm or use them as a primer under a lipstick, especially a matte lipstick since it makes those more comfortable for me. I want my lips protected from the elements but I don’t wear a lot of color on them during the day so the Lip Hints are a great solution to my dry lips. I like to wear them around my house too since the Lip Hints aren’t sticky but they are moisturizing.

MyChelle has so many products that are great solutions to your skincare needs and the prices are reasonable just hovering between mass market and prestige. The Lip Hints are $12.50 each and will last a long time while the Refining Sugar Cleanser is $25 which is a good price for a cleanser of this quality. What MyChelle have you invited into your life? There are many that will fit your needs too.  —  Marcia


Lip Hints: Made without Phthalates, Parabens, Sulfates, Silicones, Ureas, Artifical Fragrances and Colors, Petroleum, GMOs, and Gluten. FD&C Dye Free Color.

Refining Sugar Cleanser: Made without GMO, Gluten, Parabens, Petroleum, Phthalates, Silicones, Sulfates, Ureas, Artificial Fragrances, and Artificial Colors. Vegan. Cruelty-free. 

Go Buxom for the best lips around

Buxom lips

If you are a lip product fan then you probably already know about the amazing array of lip products created by BUXOM COSMETICS. If you aren’t a lip product fan then you need educating. Either way the Beauty Info Zone team is ready to show you the many types of lip products so that you can begin your Buxom knowledge.

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Here’s a list of what’s available from Buxom:












Now multiply that by the oodles of colors available in each formula and you can see why we say to go to Buxom!

Today we have a smattering of some BUXOM formulas and colors so that you can see what you are missing.

MARCIA IS USING Big & Sexy Bold Gel Lipstick, PlumpLine Lip Liner, Power Plump Lip Balm, and Full On Lip Polish

I hit the jackpot! When Lisa and I meet we decide who is going to review the products we get sent. I really fell for these lip products so Lisa let me pick what I wanted. I did good!


Buxom Big & Sexy Gel Lipsticks in Evocative Petal, Burning Desire, Nude Exposure

This comes in two formulas and Buxom makes it easy for you to tell which formula they are with their packaging. The Matte lipsticks are houseD in a matte finish tube while the Satin finish is in a shiny tube. To make it even better the tubes are terrific since they have a strong magnetic closing. These aren’t coming apart in your purse or pocket so they can spend the whole day with you.

Lipsticks in Evocative Petal, Burning Desire, Nude Exposure

EVOCATIVE PETAL is my matte gel lipstick, it’s available at Ulta who describes it as a matte deep rose. This is actually a softer rose than that description implies. For a matte lipstick it applies very smoothly due to the gel formula. It looks like a matte but it doesn’t look dry.

BURNING DESIRE is a satin finish, which on me is more flattering than a matte. It too has an easy glide on formula. The shade is a blue red and it fits the Big & Sexy name. It’s a very striking color and one that would be flattering to most red lip lovers. It’s a gorgeous shade. (available at both Ulta and Sephora)

NUDE EXPERIENCE is my personal favorite of the three (with Evocative Petal close behind). It’s described as a nude beige or a peachy pink and I see a lot of peach in it. It’s a light shade which is my preference but when I add a liner or a gloss it intensifies. I love this satin formula since it’s a gloss and lipstick in one. It feels light and moisturizing on my lips.

Satin lipsticks: Burning Desire, Nude Exposure


Buxom PlumpLine Lip Liners in InfraRed, Ransom and Stealth

Not only am I excited about these lip liners but if you spend $30 on Buxom at Ulta thru 2/17 you’ll get one as a gift with purchase. The Plump Line Lip Liners are different than my other lip liners. It’s plumper! The point is plumper, your lips will become a little plumper, and it’s available in 20 matte shades. They make for a great lip crayon or liner. Use it all over your lips as a base and your lip color will last longer.

There’s a lip brush on the opposite end of each one so that you can smooth the color especially when using it all over. Here’s what they have to say about the ingredients: “Unique peptide and hyaluronic acid booster helps to stimulate collagen, build volume, and plump to perfection – without irritation.”

Buxom PlumpLine Lip Liner brush on one end

The three shades I have are great with the Big & Sexy Bold Gel lipsticks or just on their own. My favorite is Ransom, a pink nude which is great for Nude Experience and half the lipsticks I own. Next is Stealth, a warm nude, also great for Nude Experience and the other half of the lipsticks I own. The stand out though is InfraRed which is an orange red that’s much more red than orange. If I apply this and use the brush I can make it look like a cherry popsicle lip.

Buxom PlumpLine Lip Liners in InfraRed, Ransom and Stealth


There are 100 shades of Buxom Full On Lip Polish that Ulta carries. 100! If all are as pretty on as Dolly is then I’d want them all. Dolly is described as a shimmering sultry mauve and it sure is sultry.

Buxom Full On Lip Polish in Dolly

Buxom Full-On Lip Polish is the best-selling gloss from the lip plumping authority in a tingly shimmer-sheer finish. Lips reach their full potential with this ultimate lip plumper. A high-shine plumping gloss tingles to coax a gorgeous pout while pampering and moisturizing lips with Vitamins A and E. Lips stay lusciously soft, plumped, and seriously sexy. Unique peptide and hyaluronic acid booster helps to stimulate collagen, build volume, and plump to perfection – without irritation.

This is a lip plumper so if you don’t like that tingle you won’t like these but I don’t mind it at all. My lips are tiny so seeing a fuller look is a delight.


Buxom Power Plump Lip Balm in Big O

Power Plump is unlike any other lip balm. It’s big, it plumps your lips, it tingles, and it reacts with your own lips to create a unique shade for you. When I apply it I see all the pink that I wish my lips naturally had. Some lipsticks that react like this turn more fuchsia on me but this is pink and makes me much happier. The original shade is Big O but now they’ve added 3 more (Glowing, Fiery, and Flushed). I’m sitting here wearing it and I can still feel the tingle after 3 hours.


LISA IS USING Full-On Lip Polish, Full-On Lip Cream, and Big & Sexy Bold Gel Lipstick 

Buxom Full-On Lip Polish, Lip Cream, and Gel Lipstick


DEFIANT BLOOM sounds like one rebellious lippie, doesn’t it?? Normally I don’t go for matte lipsticks because I have thin lips and matte lipsticks make them look so thin it’s like they aren’t even there. But a gel matte sounded intriguing and I love pink so I went for this one.

Buxom Big & Sexy Bold Gel Lipstick in Defiant Bloom

Buxom Bi & Sexy Bold Gel Lipstick in Defiant Bloom

Defiant Bloom is indeed a matte classic blue pink, and it has a fantastic wear. While it’s matte it isn’t dry, and while this turned out to be too bright for me to pull off, those of you who can rock this shade will be very, very pleased with the texture and longevity.

Buxom Full-On Lip Polish in Celeste

Buxom Full-On Lip Polish in Trixie


Celeste and Trixie are my Full-On Lip Polish shades, and they are gorgeous. Celeste a is sheer peach with prismatic shimmer – perfect for those with pigmented lips. Trixie has a lot more pigment and is a pretty pink with beautiful shimmer. These lip plumping glosses give lips lots of tingle…I mean it, after an hour my lips still feel it. I love these lip glosses and reach for them all the time.

Buxom Full-On Lip Cream in White Russian

Buxom Full-On Lip Cream in Dolly


Now, if you are looking for some lip plumping without the shimmer yet you still want some shine, the Full-On Lip Cream is right up your alley.  White Russian is a gorgeous creamy nude pink that has all the lip plumping power but more of a glassy shine. For a deeper shade, I love Dolly which is described as a sultry mauve. This is a pretty tenacious lip gloss, sticking around longer than most, and it has a nice slip – not too sticky. Nicely done, Buxom!


Buxom Full-On Lip Polish in Celeste, Full-On Lip Cream in White Russian, Full-On Lip Polish in Trixie, Full-On Lip Cream in Dolly

Now that you see the variety of lip products available from Buxom be sure you go online to Sephora or Ulta or get thee to a store to check out all the pretty shades for yourself. You won’t be sorry but you will look amazing.

Welcome to the jungle with Surya Brasil!

The natural and organic line Surya Brasil is a Brazilian company known for hair and body products, as well as their beautiful nail polishes. Marcia and I have been working our way through their lovely Exotic Animals Collection and I have several more for you today. I also have a few Vegan Tinted Lip Balms to recommend that will keep those dry winter lips perfectly hydrated with a lovely light tint. All of Surya Brasil’s products are reasonably priced and available on their website as well as at Whole Foods, Pharmaca and Thrive Market.


Surya Brasil Pomegranate

The Vegan Tinted Lip Balms are just $4.99 and they are really beautiful. The ingredients include Castor seed oil, Cocoa seed butter, Coconut oil, Brazil nut seed oil, Murumuru butter and Vitamin E.

Surya Brasil Vanilla Dragon Fruit Vegan Tinted Lip Balm

Surya Brasil Pomegranate Vegan Tinted Lip Balm

Surya Brasil Blood Orange Vegan Tinted Lip Balm

Surya Brasil Coconut Nectar Vegan Tinted Lip Balm

I love the unique flavors that are available – Blood Orange, Coconut Nectar, Pink Grapefruit, Pomegranate, Sugared Fig, and Vanilla Dragon Fruit. There is a Valentine’s Day special right now where you can get all six in a set for $25.

Surya Brasil Vegan Tinted Lip Balms

I love how hydrating these babies are, and I appreciate the tint because my lips have no natural color to them. They all have a slight fruity fragrance and pleasant taste that makes them favorites for me.

Surya Brasil Exotic Animal Polish collection

In addition to lovely lip balms, Surya Brasil has gorgeous nail polish. The Exotic Animals Collection is certainly a collection to go wild over.

“The Exotic Animals Nail Polish collection is inspired by nature’s wonderful colors to leave your nails beautiful and healthy. There are many vibrant and bright colors, each one dedicated to a specific exotic animal from all over the world.”

One of the thrills of the Exotic Animals Nail Polish Collection is that the 16 polishes ($12 each) are all vibrant but they cover a huge variety of shades that work for all seasons. The nail polishes are all vegan, certified 7-free, and absolutely not tested on animals – the animals are just pictured on the bottles!


  • NO Camphor
  • NO DBP
  • NO Formaldehyde
  • NO Parabens
  • NO Toluene
  • NO ingredients of animal origin
  • NO animal testing

Right now there is a cool special going on – buy a color polish from the collection, and get a free pair of Golden Grass Earrings.  They are beautiful, aren’t they?

Surya Brasil Exotic Animals free earrings

The polishes I have for you today include Eclectus Parrot, Orangutan, Chameleon, and Wolf.

Surya Brasil Eclectus Parrot Nail Polish

Surya Brasil Eclectus Parrot Nail Polish

Eclectus Parrot is a dark red shade, a beautiful shade for Valentine’s Day. I typically stay away from orangey reds and this is more of a strawberry red. The parrot is fantastic – he’s actually native from Indonesia and unfortunately is extinct in some areas.

Surya Brasil Nail Polish in Orangutan

Surya Brasil Nail Polish in Orangutan

 Orangutans live in trees, something I did not know! The shade looks very dark in the bottle but on nails the dark brown shade turns far more red. Add a few coats for more of the dark brown to come out.

Surya Brasil Chameleon Nail Polish

Surya Brasil Chameleon Nail Polish

The Chameleon is known for being able to change its skin and this metallic green changes in the light. It’s sooo pretty – mesmerizing and a perfect shade to have on hand for the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day festivities!

Surya Brasil Nail Polish in Wolf

Surya Brasil Nail Polish in Wolf

The Maned Wolf is actually in danger of going extinct in Brazil, in spite of being shy and harmless. The shade is warm brown, just like the fur of wolf, although this also has tiny golden shimmers.

From left to right:  Eclectus Parrot, Orangutan, Chameleon, Wolf

Surya Brasil has a great collection of vegan, organic, and natural products that are good for the environment. Head over to their website to check out the collections as well as their mission. It’s well worth a look and be prepared to find tons of things you won’t be able to live without!  – Lisa

Surya Brasil Exotic Animals Nail Polish Collection

My go-to for crazy winter skin? Paula’s Choice.

I don’t know what it is about winter but it sure makes my skin do crazy things. One day it’s so dry and itchy, the next day I have random blemishes…add into that mix wrinkles and hyperpigmentation and I am just a mess. I usually have my favorite skin care products that vary by season – products that I use in the summer when my skin is never dry and mostly oily, and products that I use in the fall and spring when I am a more predictably normal t-zone mix. But in the winter, I turn to Paula’s Choice more often than not to help my crazy lady skin get back to normal. Here are some of my favorites for my season of insanity.

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Paula’s Choice Perfect Cleansing Oil

Cleanser is an issue for me – I need something that suits my t-zone in spring and fall, and something that suits my overall oiliness in the summer. In the winter, I need something that addresses my suddenly dry skin that isn’t so rich it sends me back to the blemishes I had at 16 – no way, not unless I also get the body I had at 16.

I actually prefer the Resist Cleanser for spring and autumn and the Skin Balancing Cleanser for summer, but for winter I adore the Paula’s Choice Perfect Cleansing Oil ($25). I don’t even need a separate makeup remover, and the oils in this – sunflower and coconut – hydrate my dryness without overdoing it and making me break out. It’s fragrance-free, and a small amount mixed with warm water takes off super stubborn makeup. I use it with my Foreo Luna for amazingly clean skin regardless of its current mood.

Paula’s Choice Pore Clarifying Charcoal Gel Mask

Paula’s Choice Pore Clarifying Charcoal Gel Mask swatch

Paula’s Choice Pore Clarifying Charcoal Gel Mask swatch after drying

No matter what, in the winter my skin goes nuts and it transforms from super dry to super oily with blemishes and congested skin, seemingly from nowhere. When that happens I break out the Paula’s Choice Pore Clarifying Charcoal Gel Mask ($30) to banish the break outs on my skin.  I’ve used this for years now. The charcoal coaxes all that nasty stuff out of my pores without drying out skin, and the mask is actually a gel mask so it hydrates while purifying. My pores look smaller, I don’t look oily throughout the day, and I don’t break out – plus I don’t get that dryness that can happen with clay masks. It’s really perfect. Just apply this on clean dry skin and leave on for about 20 minutes. It doesn’t dry completely – that swatch on my hand had been there for 20 minutes when I took that photo. Oh, one more plus – this mask is so gentle you can use it every day if you want. Every single day. For real.

Paula’s Choice Rehydrating Moisture Mask

Paula’s Choice Rehydrating Moisture Mask swatch

So, my skin is certifiably nuts in the winter, right? I wake up one morning and it’s an oily, congested mess. I wake up a week later and I am as dry as the Sahara Desert. When that happens, I switch to my Paula’s Choice Rehydrating Moisture Mask ($30). This mask is like a long, tall, cool glass of water for dehydrated skin. It works immediately to moisturize and soften skin. The mask is thick and creamy and doesn’t dry hard. It has great ingredients including jojoba, vitamin E, plant oils, antioxidants, amino acids and glycerin. You can use this every day if you want, as a regular mask that you wash off after 20 minutes, or you can use it as an overnight mask. It’s glorious.

Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Lotion

Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Lotion

The real miracle product for winter from Paula’s Choice is the Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Lotion ($29). This is a skin treatment that exfoliates, moisturizes, reduces pore size, and reduces fine lines and wrinkles. It does all of this and quickly too – you will get results very quickly and you won’t believe how terrific those results are!! If you have dry skin and blemishes, you need this. If you also have wrinkles, my goodness, get this. If, in addition to dry skin, blemishes, and wrinkles, you also have large pores, why don’t you have this???? Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Lotion has a pH range of 3.2–3.8. Use it after cleansing and toning – just a small amount as your treatment serum before moisturizing and it will get rid of dead skin, give you great skin texture, smaller pores, and less wrinkles. It’s fantastic.

In the winter, I also have my Paula’s Choice Lip & Body Treatment Balm ($15)  with me at all times. I reviewed this last week, you can read the full review HERE.

If you have crazy lady skin in the winter like me, definitely check out Paula’s Choice. She has loads of options that take amazing care of pretty much any skin care woe you may have!  – Lisa