Spring hair trends at Meijer! L’Oreal, Pantene, and John Frieda drugstore finds

Meijer spring hair

*This is a sponsored post, all opinions my own*

Spring is so close I can almost smell it!!  I can’t wait for soft warm breezes blowing my hair, smelling the lilacs and the jasmine…oh I just can’t wait.  Both Marcia and I have been thinking a lot about replenishing and refreshing our stashes for the change of the seasons, and Meijer is the place to do it.  I am super lucky because I have a Meijer just about two miles from my house.  I prefer going there because I can get my groceries plus any other sundries all in one place.

Meijer recently sent some samples of some of their hair care they have featured for spring.  I have a few favorites that are worth considering on your next shopping trip.

L'Oreal Extraordinary Clay Hair Products

If you have teenagers in the houes, you need the L’Oreal Clay Extraordinary Clay hair products.  The clay does a great job of absorbing excess oil and dirt, rinsing clean so hair is soft and smells great.  What is unique is these products also treat dry ends at the same time.  The Extraordinary Clay Clay Mask is a pre-shampoo treatment for roots that works extra deep, giving very oily hair a fantastic lift.  And the Dry Shampoo is incredible for turning dirty, oily hair into fresh looking and fresh smelling locks.

Pantene Pro-V Daily Moisture Renewal Shampoo and Conditioner

We have a lot of guests at my house, so I keep my guest bathroom well stocked.  I always have bottles of Pantene Pro-V Daily Moisture Renewal Shampoo and Conditioner in my shower because everyone loves this stuff.  You can’t go wrong with good, basic hair care with a beautiful lather that detangles hair, leaving it soft and shiny.  Yup, everyone is happy.

L'Oreal Color Vibrancy Intensive Shampoo and Conditioner

For those of you with dry and damaged color treated hair, the L’Oreal Color Vibrancy Intensive Shampoo and Conditioner are your answer to those hair care woes.  My daughter recently got her hair tips dyed a bright red (and I instantly became the coolest mom to ever live), and this shampoo and conditioner has really helped keep the color super vibrant.  Just check this out:Red tipsred tips

They promise 60 days of color vibrancy, and my daughter is totally put the shampoo and conditioner to the test!

L'Oreal Ever Pure Hair Care

For super gentle care that colored hair loves, the L’Oreal Ever Pure Hair Care features products with no sulfates.  This is an especially good line for very dry, porous hair.  The Repair Remedy Balm rivals any deep moisturizing treatment I have ever tried, including some extremely expensive boutique brands.

L'Oreal Air Dry It hair styling products

I use a lot of heat styling tools all fall and winter, so I start taking a break from them and letting my hair air dry come spring.  In fact, in the summer I never let a curling iron or a blow dryer get close to my hair.  I think that’s how I’ve been able to keep my hair long and healthy for so many years.  I am impressed with the L’Oreal Air Dry It hair styling products that are excellent companions for those low maintenance hair days.  The Un-done Style Cream gives hair shape and body without buildup.  Add in a dollop of the Air Dry It Ruffled Body Mousse for extra curl and wave support, plus a spritz of the Air Dry It Wave Swept Spray to fight frizz, and you’ve got beautiful beachy locks with basically no effort.

John Frieda Frizz Ease Moisture Barrier Firm Hold Hairspray

As beautiful as they are, spring days can also be extremely humid, especially where I live in Michigan.  I can’t tell you how many days I spent forever either curling or straightening my hair, only to run from the house to my car and find it’s morphed into a head of frizz that looks like an old dandelion.  A favorite hairspray of mine is John Frieda Frizz Ease Moisture Barrier Firm Hold Hairspray, which not only hold my hair in place, it also locks out frizz for 24 hours.  All I need is 8, and it delivers!

The selection and variety of hair care products in Meijer is fantastic, and they have awesome prices for the spring season.  Be sure to stop by and stock up!  – Lisa

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Spring for makeup with Meijer (and a giveaway)

cosmetics and skincare from Meijer #MeijerBeauty

cosmetics and skincare from Meijer #MeijerBeauty

The other day Lisa wrote about many of the products that you can happily purchase at Meijer. She included things like haircare, vitamins, deodorant, and items to care for your teeth. Meijer is an amazing store and one that my family spends a lot of time and money at. Their prices are great so we stock up on staples all the time. Best prices in town on pop (or soda depending on where you live), cereal and canned goods. But when I go to Meijer I have a secret mission – the beauty department! I love browsing their beauty department, especially the end caps where the newest collections are often hanging out.                                         press samples

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As the season is changing so are the cosmetics that I’m eager to use. Here’s an idea of what’s available now and later you’ll see what you can win.

Yes to facial wipes

Yes to facial wipes

YES TO is a favorite brand in all its fruits and veggies! Yes To Carrots, Yes To Coconut, Yes To Blueberries, Yes To Cucumbers, and the list goes on. Facial wipes are wonderful products that have changed our cleansing especially on the nights we’re in a hurry. Two of the many types are Yes to Cucumbers Soothing Wipes and Yes to Tomatoes Clear Skin Wipes. Yes to Cucumbers Soothing Wipes are hypoallergenic ones that contain aloe. I’ve gone through several packages of these over the years and always found them refreshing and practical. New to me is Yes To Tomatoes Clear Skin Wipes which are detoxifying charcoal facial wipes. This one is meant for oily skin with charcoal being able to deep clean and detoxify.

Biore Deep Cleansing Pore Strips

Biore Deep Cleansing Pore Strips

Biore Deep Cleansing Pore Strips absolutely fascinate me. I’ve been using these for as long as I can remember. These are the original version and Meijer has these and some of the newest ones. I love a weekly ritual of using the strips on my nose and then studying it when it comes off (c’mon, you do that too!).

L'Oreal Pure Clay Masks

L’Oreal Pure Clay Masks

L’Oreal has finally come out with masks. I’ve read a lot about these but haven’t had the chance before to try them. The two newest masks are the Pure-Clay Masks which you can find easily at Meijer in their beauty aisles. There are 3 types of Pure-Clay Masks: Detox & Brighten, Exfoliate & Refine Pores, and Purify & Mattify. I’m anxious to use these more and write about them for a Masks of the Month article.

L'Oreal Infallible Pro-Glow

L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Glow

Also new for March is their Infallible Pro-Glow foundation with Broad Spectrum SPF15. It’s available in 11 shades and Meijer carries them all. It’s a medium coverage with a glowy finish. Infallible Pro-Glow foundation is recommended for normal and dry skin. I have shade 202 which is called Creamy Natural, a good match for my fair skin. There’s not a scent so this is going to get a lot of use. I’m wearing it as I type and it wears beautifully throughout the day. It’s a keeper.

Revlon Ultra HD Gel, L'Oreal Infallible Lip Paints, CoverGirl Outlast

Revlon Ultra HD Gel, L’Oreal Infallible Lip Paints, CoverGirl Outlast

If it’s new then you’ll find it at Meijer. Three brands that they carry (out of dozens) are Revlon, L’Oreal, and CoverGirl. This spring the trend is vibrant colors and these brands have just that. The newest product from Revlon is their Ultra HD Gel Lipcolor. There are 15 shades of this hydrating lip color that contains hyaluronic acid. L’Oreal Infallible Lip Paints are drugstore versions of the many vibrant liquid lipsticks available. These get rave reviews. CoverGirl Outlast All Day Color & Gloss is another new for spring lip product. This two sided tube has a lipstick base and a matching gloss.

Covergirl TruNaked palette in Jewels

Covergirl TruNaked palette in Jewels

Covergirl’s newest TruNaked palette is Jewels and it’s a jewel of a palette. I wear my neutral TruNaked palette all the time because of the amazing quality. This one is bright and vibrant, perfect for the season.

Physician's Formula Highlight & Contour Palette

Physician’s Formula Highlight & Contour Palette

If you are keeping up with what’s hot in the cosmetic world then you know that Physican’s Formula’s newest products are getting raves from everyone. With highlighting and contouring buzz words it makes a lot of sense that PF has this Bronze Booster palette. Glowy shades of highlighters and bronzers.

L'Oreal Infallible Mechanical Eyeliner and Cover Girl So Lashy BlastPRO mascara

L’Oreal Infallible Mechanical Eyeliner and Cover Girl So Lashy BlastPRO mascara

Your look wouldn’t be complete without mascara and eyeliner and Meijer has those for you including L’Oreal Infallible Mechanical Eyeliner and Covergirl So Lashy BlastPRO mascara. This is Covergirl’s newest mascara and it has a lash finder at the end to give you some bold sexy lashes.

Now that you’ve seen some of the goodies you can find at Meijer let’s talk about the giveaway. These are all products that were sent to showcase spring beauty at Meijer. This is open to US and Canada subscribers and includes 5 lip colors (Revlon Ultra HD Gel in Vineyard, Covergirl Outlast All Day Color & Gloss in Rich Chestnut, L’Oreal Infallible paints in Nude Star, Spicy Blush and Sultry Sangria), the L’oreal black eyeliner, Covergirl’s BlastPRO mascara, Covergirl Jewel eyeshadow palette, and the Physican’s Formula highlighter/contour palette. How can you become the winner? Use our Rafflecopter to gain entries. If any of your entries are shown to be dishonest then all entries you’ve made will be deleted. The giveaway closes on 3/20/17 at 11:59 p.m. EST. If our comment section closes please email me at [email protected] and label your email MEIJER. Be sure to click I Commented on the Rafflecopter if that happens. You’ll then be able to continue on. Lisa and I wish you luck since these are amazing cosmetics you’ll love for your own spring fling.  —  Marcia

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Get inspired to do some spring cleaning and replacing with Meijer!

Spring cleaning at Meijer!
*This is a sponsored post, all opinions my own*

Spring is just around the corner and for me that means throwing out the old and replacing it with new. You know, that bottle of body lotion that has about 1/4 left? You bought it a year ago. Time to let go. Those vitamins? They expired last month. Toss them out. The leftover SPF from last summer? Definitely toss! You need new stuff so you aren’t taking a chance with the health of your skin. Meijer has tons of great products – the range is fantastic, and you will find everything you need after spring cleaning and purging all the old beauty products. Meijer sent me samples of lots of excellent items that won’t break the bank. Here are some of my favorites.

Nature's Bounty Shake Mix and Gummies

Be very careful with health items like vitamins and shake mixes. They expire, then they don’t do your body any good at all. Toss all your old stuff and consider Nature’s Bounty Hair, Skin & Nails Gummies and Complete Protein & Vitamin Shake Mix. The Gummies are like a total candy treat so you won’t forget them…and you will end up with strong, shiny hair, glowy skin, and super strong nails. (Remember eating gelatin like crazy to get strong nails??  Now you can just eat gummies!). The Complete Protein Shake is really delicious and I love that it has flaxseed and is low sugar.

Banana Boat Dry Balance and Hawaiian Tropic Weightless Spray

No question, you need to toss all your SPF from last summer and invest in some good quality stuff for this year. Meijer has two of my favorites. The Banana Boat Dry Balance has 50+ SPF is perfect for kids because the lotion dries immediately and doesn’t leave skin sticky. My choice for my skin is the Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Clear Spray Sunscreen. It has SPF 30, sprays on like silk, and smells like every sunny day at the beach I have stored in my memory banks.Colgate productsA bright smile is a terrific way to bring in the new season! For whitening strips, I prefer Crest 3D White. They don’t foam up and taste nasty like other strips I have used. And I always buy Colgate products for toothpaste and mouthwash. I really only like brushing with toothpaste…gel is not for me, and the Optic White really makes teeth look brighter.  Meijer has all the dental products I love!Dove products

I am also a huge Dove fan and of course Meijer has the entire line. Terrific basics that should be in every bathroom include the Shower Foam, Anti-Dandruff Shampoo, and Advanced Care Invisible Deodorant.  Pick these up to replace all of those almost empty bottles!Olay productsAnd speaking of staples, I always have these two on hand – the Olay Moisture Ribbons Plus Body Wash is pure luxury…the cleansing foam feel truly decadent. And you can’t go wrong with Olay Regenerist Micro-Scultping Cream. It’s fantastic hydration for your face and neck.

Here is your inspiration to start cleaning and tossing…and then start shopping! Spring is so close I can almost smell the flowers…start it off with these fantastic body products from Meijer.  – Lisa

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Best skin care trends for back to school

Best skin care trends for back to school

I can’t believe all the terrific beauty products on sale at Meijer next week for their Fall Beauty Week – everything needed to take care of yourself from tips to toes. Here are some of my skin care picks, including an awesome tote bag set to carry all those goodies!                                                                 samples

Modella 9 Piece Tote Set

Modella 9 Piece Tote Set

I am loving this tote bag set! The Modella 9 Piece Tote Set is a great bargain to begin with, and an even better bargain during Fall Beauty Week. The bags are waterproof and easy to clean, and there’s a size for every possible need you might have.

Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water

If you haven’t tried Garnier’s Micellar Cleansing Water yet, now is your chance. It’s an excellent cleanser especially for those nights when all you want to do is fall into bed. You won’t skip washing your face when all it takes is a cotton pad – the Micellar Cleansing Water attracts dirt and oil, so no water or scrubbing is necessary.

derma e Anti-Wrinkle Vitamin A Retinyl Palmitate Creme

If you have very dry skin and want something that moisturizes and treats wrinkles, definitely try the derma e Anti-Wrinkle Vitamin A Retinyl Palmitate Creme. Retinyl Palmitate is pure Vitamin A, one of the best antioxidants available. Be sure to use a spatula so you don’t accidentally contaminate the moisturizer, and pick up some of awesome derma e products in the sample packs if you can. They are perfect for travel or to keep at your desk – just use a pin to prick a hole in the sample pack which helps the product last and keeps it from spilling out.

Olay Eye Cream and Aveeno Absolutely Ageless moisturizers A few more skin care recommendations that you can find on sale next week at the Meijer Fall Beauty Week:  for eyes, check out the Olay Eye Lifting Serum. It has cutting edge ingredients including fantastic antioxidants and peptides and I think it’s one of the best drugstore eye serums available. Two other favorites are from Aveeno’s Absolutely Ageless line. The Daily Moisturizer has excellent broad spectrum sun protection, improves skin texture and tone, and is a great moisturizer for those with combination to oily skin. The Restorative Night Cream is another winner, reducing the look of fine lines and wrinkles while also firming and toning skin. Great stuff!

Get your shopping list ready – Meijer’s Fall Beauty Week starts September 11th.  – Lisa

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Beauty items to stock up on! Bargains for Meijer Fall Beauty Week

L'Oreal Root Cover Up and Yes to Carrots Ultra Light Spray Body Lotion

I have been loving Facebook lately because of all the awesome ‘back to school’ photos. I don’t care how old you are, there is something magical about this time of year…new beginnings, new friends, and even better – new beauty products! Fall is the perfect time to finish up the products you got for summer and replenish your stash. I’ve partnered with Meijer in anticipation of their Fall Beauty Week that starts September 11th and here are four items to stock up on that are worth the extra closet and drawer space.

Dove Men CareDove Deep Moisture Hydrating Body Wash

1.Body wash. I’ve been using Dove Body Wash forever, so I am happy to see that these will be on sale at Meijer during Fall Beauty Week. If the men in your life are like mine, they resist body wash in favor of bar soap…but I think the Dove Clean Comfort will change their minds. This is an excellent multi-purpose soap that works for body and face, and it has a refreshing outdoorsy scent that isn’t overwhelming.

Colgate Optic White Toothpaste
2. Toothpaste. We all need toothpaste and there are so many options out there (and so many on sale next week!), but I hope you will try my favorite, Colgate Optic White Platinum. I am totally stocking up on this – I prefer a paste over a gel, and this one makes teeth visibly whiter in just three days.Yes to Carrots Ultra Light Spray Body Lotion

3.  Body lotion. Lotion is a year round must-have and I know I panic when I don’t have back up bottles. I am loving the Yes to Coconut Ultra Light Spray Body Lotion because it seems perfect in every sort of weather – it’s light, so it feels great even in hot and sticky weather. It’s super hydrating, so it’s perfect for dry winter skin.  t’s also so nice to have a spray lotion, which makes application easy and convenient. This was even a 2014 Allure Best of Beauty Winner.

L'Oreal Root Cover Up
4.  Root cover up. Gals who color their hair have a deep understanding of the nightmare that begins with the dreaded last spray of root cover up. I always have three bottles of this on hand…any less and I start to panic. The L’Oreal Root Cover Up is perfect for instantly touching up roots, and the money saved by stretching out time between hair appointments is incredible. Stock up while this is on sale!!

So many of my favorite items are on sale next week that I have a whole other post with skin care recommendations. These four items are the ones to buy multiples of for the upcoming winter – take advantage of the wonderful prices on these fantastic products during Fall Beauty Week at Meijer!  – Lisa

Meijer Back to School Dove and Colgate products

*post sponsored by Meijer, all opinions and advice my own!

Four ‘back to school’ beauty hacks – stock up during the Meijer Fall Beauty Week!

Four Back-to-School beauty hacks!It’s the end of the summer season and time to refresh your beauty products for fall. Meijer’s annual Fall Beauty Week is coming up – September 11 through the 17th – with tons of products on sale including skin care, cosmetics, and hair care. There are four essential items that you need for your backpack, locker, dufflebag or desk to be sure you look your best while also saving precious time. They will all be on sale during the Fall Beauty Week so get your shopping list started now!                                                                        samples

Scunci No-Slip Grip Headbands

Scunci No-Slip Grip Headbands

Goody Ouchless Reversible Comfort Headwrap

Goody Ouchless Reversible Comfort Headwrap

Goody Ouchless Reversible Comfort Headwrap

Goody Ouchless Reversible Comfort Headwrap

1. Ensure a great hair day with headbands. My picks – Scunci No-Slip Grip Headbands and Goody Ouchless Reversible Comfort Headwrap. The Scunci No-Slip Grip Headbands are thin and are perfect time savers in the morning, plus they won’t slip off during workouts. I love the versatility of the Goody Ouchless Reversible Comfort Headwrap, which is also terrific for keeping hair out of your face when cleansing or applying treatments and masks.

Back to school beauty hack:  Wash your hair at night to save time in the morning.  Put your towel dried hair into a loose bun or ponytail wrapped with a soft headband for soft, beachy waves when you wake up.

Covergirl Tru Blend Liquid Makeup in M2

Covergirl Tru Blend Liquid Makeup in M2

Covergirl Tru Blend Liquid Makeup in M2

Covergirl Tru Blend Liquid Makeup in M2

2.  Get a great complexion with no-fuss foundation. My pick – Covergirl Tru Blend Liquid Makeup in M2. This liquid foundation truly looks natural thanks to cutting edge pigment technology. It lasts all day with or without a primer, and does a great job of making imperfect skin look almost flawless.

Back to school beauty hack:  Even if you are running late, you have time to put on foundation. Forget about brushes or sponges – just put a pump or two on your palms, rub together to warm up, then pat on your face. Voila – instant perfect skin that looks natural and buffed in seconds. (Just remember to wash your hands after!)

L'Oreal Brow Stylist Designer Eyebrow Pencil

L’Oreal Brow Stylist Designer Eyebrow Pencil

L'Oreal Brow Stylist Designer Eyebrow Pencil in 305 Blonde

L’Oreal Brow Stylist Designer Eyebrow Pencil in 305 Blonde

L'Oreal Brow Stylist Designer Eyebrow Pencil

L’Oreal Brow Stylist Designer Eyebrow Pencil

3.  Don’t forget your brows! You can get great brows in seconds. My pick – L’Oreal Brow Stylist Designer Eyebrow Pencil. Groomed brows make a huge difference and they are easier to do than you think. Using the pencil end, make short strokes that are about the length of actual brow hair to fill in sparse areas, then use the spoolie to blend in.

Back to school beauty hack: Always brush brow hair straight up for the best eye-opening look.

NYX Butter Gloss in Merengue

NYX Butter Gloss in Merengue

NYX Butter Gloss in Merengue

NYX Butter Gloss in Merengue

4.  Brighten your look instantly with lip gloss  My pick – NYX Butter Gloss in Merengue. There’s a reason your mother always said never leave the house without lipstick. Seriously, if you are only going to do one thing it should be your lips. Lipstick can be tricky to apply without a mirror, but lip gloss takes less precision. The NYX Butter Gloss is fantastic. It’s moisturizing and has great slip without any stickiness.  It comes in lots of gorgeous shades but I especially love the pretty pink of Merengue.

Back to school beauty hack:  Smaller tubes of lip gloss are the best! They save you money because you will definitely use the entire product before it goes bad.

Don’t forget, all four of these essential beauty products are on sale during the Meijer Fall Beauty Week from September 11 through the 17th. Put them on your shopping list – I know you will love them for all your back to school needs.  – Lisa

*post sponsored by Meijer, all opinions and advice my own!

How Tom’s of Maine and Meijer are helping my ice cream craving (giveaway alert)

toms of maine ice cream

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream. Even decades after I learned this little ditty I still believe in it. This is what’s currently on the adult shelf in my freezer. There’s a kid’s shelf too so that everyone gets their fair share. The main shopping for my house is at Meijer who helped sponsor this post and giveaway with a gift card to make me happy.

So what did I buy with my g.c.? Well we know it’s ice cream but in addition to that I need something to protect my sensitive teeth. The answer was right there in the health section – Tom’s of Maine.

Tom's of Maine at Meijer

Tom’s of Maine at Meijer

Out of all the great choices I decided to try their newest product RAPID RELIEF SENSITIVE TOOTHPASTE. It was calling my name although I came close to several others. But the word “sensitive” grabbed my eye as did “flouride-free” and “natural”.

Tom's of Maine Rapid Relief Sensitive Toothpaste

Tom’s of Maine Rapid Relief Sensitive Toothpaste

This toothpaste does double duty since it not only gets my teeth clean and whiter but it can be used as a product to help numb your gums if you have a problem. To do that just rub it on any sensitive teeth for 1 minute while massaging away the sensitivity. Then you can get back to your ice cream or cold drinks.

morning routine

morning routine

Going to the dental hygienist isn’t a dream come true for most of us but when you yelp when your teeth are being cleaned, that’s when they recommend a toothpaste for sensitive teeth. I’ve tried several kinds but what’s unusual about Tom’s Rapid Relief Toothpaste is the groundbreaking formula. It combines the “natural power of arginine* with calcium carbonate* to heal seal pathways to sensitive or exposed nerves“. By using it daily I find it’s better for long-lasting protection.

Tom's of Maine Rapid Relief Toothpaste

Tom’s of Maine Rapid Relief Toothpaste

This is a thick toothpaste so it adheres well to my brush without ending up in the sink the minute I turn on the power. It’s extremely fresh tasting with a minty flavor.

I’ve got my eye on more ice cream flavors at Meijer and I know my mouth won’t object. They carry Blue Bunny ice cream which I haven’t tried yet since the Michigan brand, Hudsonville, has been keeping me busy. I’ve still got some money left on the g.c. they sent so what should I buy?  — Marcia

*arginine bicarbonate is used for sensitivity relief (occlusive agent) *calcium carbonate is a mild abrasive needed for cleansing

Meijer is located in Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Kentucky but the gift card could also be used online. Their prices are great and, like I said, I do most of my grocery shopping there. My little ones love going to Meijer to buy what they call surprises. If you’ve been to Meijer you know it carries everything under the sun and even has a horsey ride for 1 cent! The two year old is addicted to Sandy the horse.

Giveaway prize

Giveaway prize

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION: Meijer has sent a $50 gift card for one US Beauty Info Zone subscriber to purchase their favorite toothpaste and cold treats (or anything your sensitive mouth desires). This prize will make someone’s summer a lot better. This is open through July 25th at 11:59 p.m. If comments close just email me at [email protected] and label it Tom’s of Maine so you can leave your comment there and continue on.

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