4 for Fall: four small but mighty products!

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The change in seasons brings all sorts of skin care challenges and I have four small but mighty products that will help you power through any surprise curve balls thrown your way. Dry lips? No problem. Greasy locks? Gone in an instant. Bad breath? Got you covered. Dry skin? Don’t make me laugh. Not only will you have the tools, but these are also  portable and easy to conceal and carry anywhere. Ready? Let’s go!!

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  1.  Annmarie Skin Care Antioxidant Lip Balm

Annmarie Skin Care Antioxidant Lip Balm

Lip balm is a must have for fall. Dry lips are terrible to suffer through, especially when they peel and get really sore. I am loving my Annmarie Skin Care Antioxidant Lip Balm so much I can’t rave enough about it. The slip is fantastic and it lasts forever. It conditions lips and takes away all flakes and dryness so quickly it’s incredible.

Benefits:

Antioxidant-rich, omega-heavy fruit oils of buriti and sea buckthorn fight free radicals.

– Organic cocoa butter softens lips.

– Rich cocoa extract leaves kisses luminous and luscious—with a hint of chocolate.

The ingredient list is fabulous, and everything is organically grown or wildcrafted: Olive oil, cocoa butter, beeswax, sea buckthorn fruit oil, buriti fruit oil, cocoa extract, rosehip fruit oil, and rosemary extract.

The price is good and even better if you buy more: 1 for $8; 3 for $24 (save on shipping); 5 for $40 and get 1 free; 10 for $80, and get 2 free. Why not buy a bunch and stock up for the cold months? The dry indoor heat is really rough on delicate lip tissue. You won’t be sorry –  Annmarie Skin Care Antioxidant Lip Balm is some of the best lip balm I have tried in forever.

2.  Tish and Snooky Manic Panic Dry Shampoo

Tish and Snooky Manic Panic Dry Shampoo

Tish and Snooky Manic Panic Dry Shampoo

Tish and Snooky Manic Panic Dry Shampoo

Who would know more about hair freshening dry shampoo than punk rock sisters? Um, NO ONE. Tish and Snooky are those sisters and they have the iconic Manic Panic hair color and cosmetics line. One of my fav products is the super cool and wonderfully portable Hair Freshener Powder Dry Shampoo ($9.99). This lightweight powder soaks up dirt and grease, gives hair a nice fresh scent, and adds lots of volume and texture between washes. Sometimes hair looks good in the morning but by midday it starts looking droopy, especially with chilly fall showers. Just sneak a little Manic Panic Hair Freshener Powder Dry Shampoo and your hair will be happy and looking fantastic in no time!

3.  Dr. Plotka Toothbrush

Dr. Plotka Toothbrush

Dr. Plotka Toothbrush

Dr. Plotka Toothbrush

Dr. Plotka Toothbrush

Here’s a great memory trick – change your toothbrush with every season. This season, why not upgrade with a really cool new toothbrush – Doctor Plotka’s™ Mouthwatchers toothbrush. This toothbrush has naturally antimicrobial bristles that are infused with silver that naturally eliminate 99.9% of bacteria that grow on bristles in between uses – pretty awesome! The bristles are also super thin at the top so they act as floss, reaching food in between teeth. I sure do love a multi-tasker. You need one of these at home, one in your car, and one at work.

Be sure to keep reading the BIZ because we have a giveaway coming up for some Doctor Plotka’s™ Mouthwatcher toothbrushes so you can floss like a boss this fall!

4.  LDC Anti-Aging Moisturizer Travel Size ($60)

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The final item in my fab four are the travel size LDC Anti-Aging Moisurizer. There is a lot going on in such a small bottle – this plumps skin, evens skin tone, tightens skin and makes it look younger.

  • Look Instantly Younger! Erase wrinkles and hydrate your skin, all at the same time!
  • Our Resveratrol Peptide Complex is a revolutionary new formula that will not only make you look younger, but will also hydrate and moisturize your skin.
  • See a noticeable improvement in skin tone, as well as a skin lightening benefit.
  • 6 Peptides and Resveratrol work in synergy to provide you with a relaxed and softer appearance.
  • Instant Results! Painless skin tightening and hydrating results! On the go!

The Travel Size Kit comes with two airless pumps – one for your purse and one for your desk at work, perfect for instant skin hydration any time you start feeling a little dry.

There you go, four heavy hitters in small packages to get you through the fall season. Big doesn’t necessarily mean mighty, and these four favorites are mighty awesome!! – Lisa

The perfect products for the hazy days of summer and you can find them at Cracker Barrel!

Tons of goodies from Cracker Barrel!

I can’t be the only one. I love Cracker Barrel, and it’s not just for the food. In fact, as much as I love the biscuits and gravy, the yummy green beans, and the to-die-for dumplings, I actually eat pretty quickly so I can get to the real highlight – the shopping afterwards! I have a number of beautiful picture frames and angels (I collect angels and Cracker Barrel always has some fabulous ones) that I bought there, not to mention several clothing items. The old-time candy is always fun too, but the real highlight is of course the body products!! Today I have a few goodies that Cracker Barrel sent me that are just perfect for celebrating these last hazy days of summer.

I love the Burt’s Bees line, and am always perusing it at Cracker Barrel. A few of my favorites include the Garden Tomato Toner which is very refreshing particularly if you tend toward oily skin. I also always pick up the Eye Makeup Remover Pads, which are cool because they are soaked in kiwi water. They are also a unique shape that reaches all corners of the eye and these pads remove even the most stubborn waterproof eye makeup.  I’m also a big fan of the Res-Q Ointment which saves dry, damaged skin. Plant oils and vitamin E are so soothing and I always keep a tin of this around particularly when I’m doing lots of gardening.With the summer heat, lips and hands need attention. You can find J.R. Watkins Beeswax Lip Balm at Cracker Barrel and I love all the flavors. Peppermint is a wonderfully cooling one that is great for summertime. I also adore the Dionis line and always buy some when I am there. I can never have enough hand cream.  The Goat Milk Hand Cream is really fantastic. This one is Mediterranean Blue Tea, which is new for me – I usually go for the Vanilla Bean – and this is a wonderful mix of blue tea leaves, iris, and cardamom. It’s a subtle and sophisticated scent that has totally won me over.

Did you know that you can shop all the wonderful lines that Cracker Barrel carries online?  I didn’t either. Check out their website at shop.crackerbarrel.com for Burt’s Bees, J.R. Watkins, Dionis, and plenty more – including the decor, clothing, and nostalgia candy items. You can even buy those amazing rocking chairs that are outside every Cracker Barrel. Of course, it’s not as fun as eating a big plate of dumplings then wandering about in a food coma and shopping in person…but it is the next best thing. And if you can get to Cracker Barrel in person, be sure to take a look at all the great items they have to get you through the last lazy, hazy days of summer.  – Lisa

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Freshen up your SPF stash with options from Coppertone!

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Have you checked the expiration date on those sunscreens you’ve been wearing? Better take a look…sunscreens only last about three years or so. I am amazed at the incredible selection and variety of sunscreens we have at our disposal now. Remember back in the day when you had two choices – oil and lotion? Now I am excited when I run out of sunscreen or it expires because then I get to try something new!! Coppertone has some pretty cool options that need to go into your basket, pronto.

Coppertone Clearly Sheer Whipped Sunscreen

Coppertone Clearly Sheer Whipped Sunscreen

Coppertone Whipped Sunscreens ($14): Doesn’t that look like a palm full of fun? The Whipped Sunscreen is available in both the CLEARLYSheer and WaterBABIES lines. I can only imagine that little ones will be thrilled to put on sunscreen that looks this cool. The lotion sinks in super quick, smells fresh and clean, and is water-resistant. This is definitely a home run in the sun protection game.

Coppertone® Sport® Stick SPF 50

Coppertone® Sport® Stick SPF 50 ($7.99): This is a great way to take sun protection with you without any mess or fuss – just swipe it on and go. My son is an avid hiker and rock climber and he swears by the Coppertone® Sport® Stick SPF 50. It fits easily in a pocket or backpack and there is no worry of spillage. Just swipe it on hands, face, tops of feet, whatever needs protection and you are covered!

Coppertone Sport® Lip Balm SPF 50

Coppertone Sport® Lip Balm SPF 50

Coppertone Sport® Lip Balm SPF 50 ($3.99): It’s so easy to forget lips! They need sun protection too and Coppertone Sport® Lip Balm SPF 50 is a terrific option. I really love this – it’s super moisturizing with tons of aloe and Vitamin E, plus it gives lips broad spectrum protection. I have it in my purse at all times.

If you haven’t freshened up your SPF stash it’s a great time to do so, and Coppertone has lots of wonderful options. These are just three of my current favorites. What sunscreens are you loving lately?  – Lisa

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Get Total Hydration with ChapStick® (and a giveaway too) #sponsored @ChapStick

Winter skin doesn’t stop for any of us. My friends from Hawaii to Canada, from the west coast to the east coast all complain about the toll weather takes on their skin. It may be hot as blazes or cold as an icicle, neither of which prevent chapped lips. That’s why I love to go to Target for all the best that ChapStick® has to offer.

Shopping at Target for my favorite ChapStick® Total Hydration products

Shopping at Target for my favorite ChapStick® Total Hydration products

This post has been sponsored by Pfizer Consumer Healthcare. All opinions are my own.

ChapStick® Total Hydration

ChapStick® Total Hydration

ChapStick® makes it easy because there are several items in the Total Hydration line so whether you only wear lipbalm or only wear lip color there’s something for you. There’s the new and wonderful ChapStick®Total Hydration Conditioning Lip Scrub, there are varieties of ChapStick® Total Hydration Moisture + Tint, and the always popular ChapStick® Total Hydration 100% Natural balms.

ChapStick® Total Hydration Conditioning Lip Scrub

ChapStick® Total Hydration Conditioning Lip Scrub

New to me is the ChapStick® Total Hydration Conditioning Lip Scrub which I already purchased again. This small jar is perfect for all my scrub needs. I was sent the first and as soon as I used it I knew that my purse craved one too. It’s small, closes securely and doesn’t spill. The flavor is a refreshing peppermint and it exfoliates and smoothes at the same time. For me there’s no removing it since it has a balm like feeling when applied and moisturizes amazingly. The ingredients are naturally sourced i.e. Sugar Crystals, Maracuja and Coconut Oil, Shea Butter and Vitamin E. I’ve flipped over this.

ChapStick® Total Hydration Conditioning Lip Scrub

ChapStick® Total Hydration Conditioning Lip Scrub

Another ChapStick® group of Total Hydration that is perfect to have to protect from the elements are ChapStick® Total Hydration 100% Natural. These age-defying lip balms are clear with 100% naturally sourced ingredients like Argan Oil, Omegas 6 & 9 and Avocado Butters.

ChapStick® Total Hydration 100% Natural

ChapStick® Total Hydration 100% Natural

There are several flavors in these 100% Natural balms: Vanilla Cream, Honey Blossom, Cooling Peppermint, Fresh Citrus and  more. At $2.99 you can have these everywhere without any guilt. Healthier lips never go out of style. With Omegas 6 & 9, Vitamin E, Antioxidant CoQ10 and Madecassoside your lips are in for up to 8 hours of hydration.

ChapStick® Total Hydration 100% Natural

ChapStick® Total Hydration 100% Natural

And we can’t forget those of us who never go without some color on our lips. For that ChapStick® Total Hydration Moisture + Tint ($4.99) are perfection. These are the very first ChapStick® tinted balms which they are really excited about. They should be since they not only have pretty hints of color but they contain the ingredients that moisturize our lips. They contain rosehip and jojoba oils in an advanced moisturizing formula and avocado butter.

ChapStick® Total Hydration @Target

ChapStick® Total Hydration @Target

ChapStick® Total Hydration Moisture + Tint

ChapStick® Total Hydration Moisture + Tint

Pick one or all of the three tints depending on your mood – Rose Petal, Coral Blush, and Merlot.

ChapStick® Total Hydration Moisture + Tint in Rose Petal, Coral Blush and Merlot

ChapStick® Total Hydration Moisture + Tint in Rose Petal, Coral Blush and Merlot

I’m most comfortable wearing Rose Petal as it’s the lightest but the one that has the best fragrance is actually Coral Blush. Merlot has a grape fragrance, Rose Petal has a hint of rose, and Coral Blush smells peachy to me.

I’m sure you’ll soon be at Target since it’s a favorite for Valentine’s Day shopping,  everything you can possibly need for you and your family is there! That includes the ChapStick® Total Hydration line. No matter which you choose, you are going to be one happy lady. Plus if your kids are anything like mine they’ll want their own ChapStick®. —  Marcia

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION: ChapStick® wants to offer one Beauty Info Zone US subscriber a package with a variety of these products plus a $25 Target gift card so that you can see exactly what I mean when I always rave about ChapStick®. The giveaway is only open for one week and will close at 11:59 p.m. on 2/7/17.

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You need Farmhouse Fresh Hydrating Lip Balms to get through this winter

Farmhouse Fresh Hydrating Lip Balms

Farmhouse Fresh Hydrating Lip Balms

If you aren’t subscribed to the Farmhouse Fresh website you are making a big mistake. In December I took advantage of this amazing site by stocking my closets with the items I already love and new ones I’m now loving. Farmhouse Fresh completely changed my personal feelings about fragranced skincare and I’m now addicted to their products. I just recently passed up a great special since I’d fulfilled my dreams already but if they keep up offering some fabulous gifts then you don’t want to miss them. Two items I didn’t have to purchase though were their terrific HYDRATING LIP BALMS since I was sent them to review. These two balms will make winter a lot more tolerable.

Two of Farmhouse Fresh’s best sellers are their Whoopie! Cream products as well as Coconut Beach and those are the two scents that they chose for their new Hydrating Lip Balms. whoopie-cream-hydrating-lip-balm-7Whoopie! Cream Hydrating Lip Balm has the same delicious smell as the other Whoopie! Cream products. It’s sweet but not overwhelmingly sweet. To me it smells like an enhanced buttercream frosting. It’s 96% natural, gluten free, and paraben and sulfate free. It’s so moisturizing on your lips that you won’t even mind if you have to reapply. It contains both jojoba oil and shea butter to keep your lips kissing soft.coconut-beach-hydrating-lipbalm-7

Coconut Beach Hydrating Lip Balm knocked me out. At first I thought I’d be a good blog partner and let Lisa (our coconut queen) have this but no way. I am totally in love with the way this smells and feels. Now I understand why people are coco for coconut.

Coconut Beach Hydrating Lip Balm

Coconut Beach Hydrating Lip Balm

These lip balms help with already chapped lips but even more with preventing them before they start. Like the Whoopie! Cream you want to reapply this because it’s so delicious. It will take you away from winter in your mind and make you think of warmth and tropical breezes. If you like coconut you can’t pass this up.

When you order from Farmhouse Fresh be sure that you check off the box that says Bag of Free Samples as it will give you the opportunity to test and smell so many of their products. My buys included a sample bag with about 10 packets as well as beautiful postcards and a booklet.

Farmhouse Fresh Whoopie! Cream Hydrating Lip Balm along with some of the free samples

Farmhouse Fresh Whoopie! Cream Hydrating Lip Balm along with some of the free samples

Farmhouse Fresh Hydrating Lip Balm on one of their postcards

Farmhouse Fresh Hydrating Lip Balm on one of their postcards

The Farmhouse Fresh brand is a revelation to me and one I highly recommend. These lip balms almost make winter worth it.  —  Marcia

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Your perfect pink lips for 2017 from IT Cosmetics!

IT Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi lippiesHere’s a great resolution for 2017:  find your perfect pink lippie! The best place to start is with IT Cosmetics since they have many Je Ne Sais Quoi lip products and one is bound to be the perfect pink for you. Here are just five of the wonderful possibilities you can find at IT Cosmetics:                                                                              samplesIT Cosmetics YLBB All-Day Waterproof Lip Liner Stain in Je Ne Sais Quoi

  1.  Your Lips But Better All-Day Waterproof Lip Liner Stain ($20):  This long lasting lip liner comes in nine shades, but your perfect pink is probably Je Ne Sais Quoi. It’s not just a lipliner, it’s also a stain so I love to wear this with a bit of clear gloss for fuss-free lips. Ingredients are amazing, including Peptides, Collagen, Hyaluronic Acid, hydrating Avocado Oil, Shea Butter, Aloe, and Jojoba so lips stay soft and supple.  Another bonus?  Lots of Anti-Aging antioxidants including Vitamins A, C, E, Acai, Green Tea and White Tea to protect against free-radicals.Vitality Lip Flush 4-in-1 Reviver Lipstick Stain in Je Ne Sais Quoi
  2. Vitality Lip Flush 4-in-1 Reviver Lipstick Stain in Je Ne Sais Quoi ($20):  Want a soft, natural pink that works as a lipstick, balm, and stain? Look no further than this beauty. The clear formula works with your body chemistry to create the perfect pink flush. Anti-Aging Antioxidants including Vitamins A, C, E, Acai, Green Tea and White Tea Plum Oil, Cherry Oil, Shea Butter, Aloe and Jojoba all work together to treat, hydrate, condition, and nourish your lips. This is available in five other colors as well.Je Ne Sais Quoi™ Lip Treatment
  3. Je Ne Sais Quoi™ Lip Treatment ($24):  The original and still one of my favorites, this clear balm interacts with your body chemistry and morphs into the perfect pink flush for your complexion. It’s the mood ring of lip treatments! A blend of essential butters and oils, hyaluronic filling spheres and antioxidants smooth the look of lip lines and give you soft, kissable lips every time.Blurred Lines™ Smooth-Fill Lipstick Blurred Lines™ Smooth-Fill Lipstick
  4. Blurred Lines™ Smooth-Fill Lipstick ($24):  Who can resist a lipstick that color-corrects, revives, and fights aging? This is a truly gorgeous lip smoothing lipstick with terrific ingredients like Collagen, Peptides, Hyaluronic Filling Spheres, Shea Butter, Jojoba and Grape Seed Extract. Blurred Lines Smooth-Fill is available in 9 other colors, with Je Ne Sais Quoi the latest in the collection. Je Ne Sais Quoi is brighter in this incarnation than it is in others and is a truly perfect medium pink.Vitality Lip Flush Hydrating Lip Gloss Soft Stain
  5. Vitality Lip Flush Hydrating Lip Gloss Soft Stain ($24):  Perhaps your perfect pink is this non-sticky lip gloss that has a great wear time. The Je Ne Sais Quoi shade is a soft, milky pink that gives a light stain of color with lots of shine and slip. There are three shades that are 50% the stain amount of their original stains, which means a more natural flush of color. I adore how this feels on my lips – massively hydrating with the best slip ever.
    Left to right, with YLBB Lipliner between:

    Left to right, with YLBB Lipliner between:  Blurred Lines Lipstick, Je Ne Sais Quoi Lip Treatment, Vitality Lip Flush

    Whatever your perfect pink is, I am confident you can find it in IT Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi lip products.  Celebrate 2017 with a resolution to discover your pretty pink pout!  – Lisa

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Five days of sweet and affordable Secret Santa Gifts!

Five Days of Secret Santa Gifts!
Do you have a Secret Santa exchange at your work or with your family? I LOVE them. I love plotting my gifts, tying them all together with a great theme, then putting them in a strategic place for my pal to find. Last year, my pal was the school librarian, so every gift had some sort of deer in it – think reindeer – and had a punny message with ‘deer’ instead of ‘dear’. Because I love beauty products, I also made all the gifts about pampering herself, which was perfect because she spends an incredible amount of time taking care of everyone else. Of course, with five gifting days you want to keep your treats affordable, so here are five ideas for wonderful Secret Santa gifts that won’t break the bank and will definitely thrill your pal.                                                                                                *samplesClean Fragrance OrnamentClean Fragrance Ornament

You can’t go wrong with an ornament, especially one that has beautiful fragrances inside! The Clean Reserve Rollerball Layering Trio ($10 – a $24 value!) is a super cute ornament that has three Clean fragrances that can be worn alone or layered for different unique scents. It includes Reserve Blonde Rose, a subtle and sophisticated floral; Reserve Sueded Oud, a fresh and creamy oud (which is woody musky sceent); and Reserve Warm Cotton, a blend of floral and cotton accords, plush lily, amber, and musk. You can find this at Sephora and CleanReserve.com.

KBShimmer Grin and Gerbera It

KBShimmer Grin and Gerbera It

KBShimmer Grin and Gerbera It
Who doesn’t want to find a beautiful new nail polish inside a pretty gift bag? My Secret Santa pick is KB Shimmer Grin and Gerbera It ($9.25), from their Fall 2016 Collection. This cream nail polish is a deep warm pink with just a hint of red, which makes it a perfect polish gift because it will work in any season. The bit of red makes it different from the standard pink cream, perfect for that beauty loving Secret Santa pal.

Zoella Bath FizzersZoella Bath Fizzers

It doesn’t get any cuter than these adorable limited edition Zoella Gingerbread Bath Fizzers ($12). You may be familiar with the U.K. based vlogger Zoe Sugg. I am obsessed with her YouTube and Instagram, as well as her beautiful website at zoella.co.uk. Zoe launched her own line, ZoellaBeauty, in the U.K. in 2014 and now you can find it at Target in the US!

Trust me, your Secret Santa pal will squeal with delight when she finds these simply darling Gingerbread Man Bath Fizzers. The three little guys are meant to be broken in half, giving her six yummy and spicy warm baths of total ‘me time’. Snap, fizz, and relax….aaaahhhhhh.

Carmex Colloidal Oatmeal LipbalmCarmex Colloidal Oatmeal Lipbalm

Small but mighty, your secret pal with thank you every day she uses her Carmex Comfort Care Lip Balm ($1.59). This is one of my most favorite lip balms, especially during brutal winter months. It hydrates lips without any stickiness. The light flavors include 100% natural blend of colloidal oatmeal and cold pressed cranberry seed oil and comes in Sugar Plum, Mixed Berry and Watermelon Blast flavors.

Nail-Spirations Limited Edition Holiday Collection

Nail-Spirations Limited Edition Holiday Collection

All That Glitters

All That Glitters

Ugly Sweater

Ugly Sweater

Some people like quick and easy nails, others are more artistic and like to make their own designs. These options from KISS Salon Secrets will satisfy the instant gratification junkie as well as the do-it-yourselfer. Check out these delightful Nail-Spirations Limited Edition Holiday Collection imPRESS Manicures by KISS ($5.97 at Walmart). All That Glitters has shimmery light colors along with sparkling accents for a party vibe, and Ugly Sweater has awesome snow scenes, Santa heads, and Santa belts. Instant holiday!

KISS Salon Secrets Ombre Design Kit

KISS Salon Secrets Ombre Design Kit

KISS Salon Secrets Ombre Design KitKISS Salon Secrets Ombre Design Kit

For those who love getting creative, you can’t go wrong with the Kiss Salon Secrets Ombre Design Kit ($9.99). This all in one kit comes with a peel-off nailbed protector, fur different polishes, a sponge stamp with refills, and a sticker sheet. The fun is endless with this and KISS makes it easy to create professional quality designs even if you are a total rookie like me. You can find KISS products at Walmart and K Mart.

There you go – five days of Secret Santa gifts that don’t cost an arm and a leg! Have fun gifting your pal with treats that will give her lots of ‘me time’ moments.  – Lisa

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