Three must-have products to exfoliate and moisturize from Phytomer

Three must-haves from Phytomer

Three must-haves from Phytomer

We all want radiant, glowy skin and in order to get it there are two basic steps:

  1.  Exfoliate!
  2. Moisturize!

Today I have three must-have products that exfoliate and moisturize and are perfect for those with very sensitive skin. They come from Phytomer, a fantastic high end line that is a favorite of mine. The products truly deliver, all while also making me feel spoiled and pampered. They are on the spendy side, but they are all worth every penny.                                                            samples

Phytomer Purifying Gommage Exfoliant

  1.  Purifying Gommage Exfoliant  ($41.50)  ‘Gommage’ means ‘eraser’ in French, and this awesome exfoliant erases dead skin and anything that might be blogging your pores and preventing your skin care from operating at full force. The tiny particles that scrub away the bad stuff include micro algae and kaolin that attach to dead skin so it can be washed away. It’s applied to clean, dry skin in a thin layer. After about five minutes, rub it in circular motions, moving those particles around and lifting off the dead skin. It sort of rolls up into little balls that fall into the sink. Once most of the exfoliator is gone, use your regular cleanser or even just warm water to wash off.  Do this a few times a week and you will be astounded at how great skin looks and feels. This really is an amazing decongestant for skin and is super gentle. Everyone raves about it for a reason – it’s incredible.  Phytomer Youth Contour Smoothing Eye and Lip Cream
  2. Youth Contour Smoothing Eye and Lip Cream ($81.50) I adore multi-tasking products, and this beautiful light cream works wonders on the delicate skin under eyes and around lips. It addresses three major skin issues: wrinkles, puffiness, and dark circles. It has really cool ingredients that are a superhero trio for the eyes and lips. Dilsea Carnosa red algae extract actually reinforces the skin’s support tissue from within, reducing the depth of wrinkles and fine lines. Chlorella Vulgaris green algae extract soothes skin and reduces puffiness, and Delesseria Sanguinea red algae extract increases circulation and reduces dark circles.Phytomer Decollete Parfait Neck and Decollete Renewing Care
  3. Decollete Parfait ($95.50)  The best skin care advice ever: don’t forget your neck!! I love, love, love the Phytomer Decollete Parfait. This beautiful soft cream sort of ‘irons out’ skin on the neck and chest, immediately making it smoother and softer. It has a bit of illumination in it, which evens out tone and gives a beautiful appearance. Over time, the Brightening Marine Complex lightens dark spots so this is immediate gratification with long term results.

I can’t recommend these three favorites from Phytomer highly enough. If you want to get a beautiful glow, try these for perfect exfoliation and moisturization. You won’t be disappointed.  – Lisa

*samples, opinions all mine!

5 Essential Anti-Aging Tips You Might Be Missing Out On plus a giveaway!

Hello Beauty Info Zone Reader,

My name is Alana Mitchell and I am so excited to be bring you this guest post (and giveaway, keep reading) today. As an esthetician, skincare business owner, loving mother and devoted wife, I can tell you: I know a lot about Anti-Aging. Growing up in the beauty industry and being, well, human, has allowed me to learn so much about aging, and the skincare products and practices that can help to slow down and prevent it! So, without further ado, I’m going to share with you 5 essential anti-aging tips that you might be missing out on, and the ways you can (and should) incorporate them into your current skincare routine.

Wear SPF

Wear SPF

Anti-Aging Essential #1:  Wear SPF each & every day. Seeing an increase in SPF use over the past few years has been genuinely exciting for me and with good reason. In addition to causing skin cancer, UV rays are also one of the leading causes of skin aging, which lends only more motivation to shield our skin from the sun with a fabulous, SPF-infused product. If you have avoided wearing SPF because you don’t like the way it feels, hear me out: there are so many options and I can promise you that there is a product out there that you will not only “be able to use” but will actually love. Finding the right sunscreen can often be a matter of trial and error but going through that process to find something that you truly love is definitely worth it. Your skin will thank you.

Look to Your Cleanser

Look to Your Cleanser

Anti-Aging Essential #2:  Look to your Cleanser. I am constantly stressing this over on my blog because it is a seriously discounted essential. Cleansing your face properly on a daily basis is the only way to rid your skin of dirt, oil, makeup, and more; it helps prep your skin to absorb your post cleanser skincare products (which are also essential, by the way). I recommending cleansing once in the morning, and twice at night for optimal results. Pro-Tip: there are many anti-aging cleansing formulas out there that will deliver fabulous ingredients to your skin while clearing out your pores!

Anti-Aging Essential #3:  Don’t Forget Your Chest & Neck: I know so many women you have done a beautiful job of taking care of their face, only to feel disappointed about the skin on their neck and chest. You can prevent this by extending your skincare products and SPF down to these areas, or you can get a little assistance with products that were designed specifically for you neck and chest. I have been so excited about Image Skincare’s NEW The MAX Stem Cell Neck Life with VT as it feels so luxurious and the before and after photos look amazing.

Image Skincare The MAX Stem Cell Neck Lift with VT

Image Skincare The MAX Stem Cell Neck Lift with VT

Coming from a line that my team and I genuinely love and trust, this is a product that many are going to love using as it was designed to target sagging skin, lax skin, deep creases, fine lines, and wrinkles.

Anti-Aging Essential #4:  Don’t Underestimate the Power of Primer. I have met so many people who write off Primer as an unnecessary step. And for those of you who do not wear makeup on a daily basis, I can definitely understand why. But with so many fabulous new formulas coming out that deliver beautiful results (with or without makeup), I have a feeling this outlook is going to change. My current must-have is Image Skincare’s new I Prime Flawless Blur Gel, which works to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles while delivering a powerful blend of potent anti-oxidants, plant-derived stem cells, and free-radical fighting botanicals to your skin.

Image Skincare I Prime Flawless Blur Gel

Image Skincare I Prime Flawless Blur Gel

What I love about this formula is that it can be worn with or without makeup, really works to blur imperfections, and delivers healthy, skin-boosting ingredients to your skin. My one tip with this one: If you choose to wear this sans makeup, be sure to layer it with an SPF product. I’ve had great results with layering this both over and under tinted sunscreens.

A Healthy Lifestyle

A Healthy Lifestyle

Anti-Aging Essential #5:  A Healthy Lifestyle Really Does Help. Your doctor has likely told you that an excise regimen, healthy diet, and adequate hydration are essential to your health. But did you know these things are also beneficial in keeping you looking younger as well? Exercising is a great way to get your blood pumping, which brings circulation to your skin (this is great both for your skin and waistline). A healthy diet is a fantastic way to receive skin-nourishing nutrients from the inside out (fresh fruits, veggies, and whole foods are a great source of these). Staying Hydrated is essential for keeping your skin full, supple, and soft. If a healthy internal system was not motivation enough, putting these practices into play can help you look and feel better on the outside as well! An Important Tip: Do not get discouraged if you don’t see immediate results. It often takes weeks to start seeing results but, as they say, the best things are worth the wait.

GIVEAWAY ALERT: I am so excited to be partnering up with Beauty Info Zone to bring you a fabulous giveaway. One lucky winner will be selected to win one Image Skincare The MAX Stem Cell Neck Life with VT (2 oz) and one Image Skincare I Prime Flawless Blur Gel (0.9 oz)!

Open to US Subscribers only. The first two items in the Rafflecopter are mandatory, any other entries you choose to do increase your chances of winning. You can tweet daily too. If comments close you can email us at [email protected] and label it IMAGE Skincare, comment there and continue on. This is a US subscriber giveaway that ends at 5/17/16 at 11:59 p.m. ET. If comments get cranky and close please email us at [email protected] with your comment so you can continue.

Beauty Info Zone would like to thank Skincare by Alana for a wonderful informative post and for offering a BIZ subscriber a chance to win these products. We have received no compensation for doing this but we are lusting after the skincare!

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LovelySkin Thanksgiving Giveaway continues with NIA24 Neck Sculpting Complex

LovelySkin Thanksgiveaway continues with NIA24 Neck Sculpting Complex!

LovelySkin Thanksgiveaway continues with NIA24 Neck Sculpting Complex!

LovelySkin’s big Thanksgiving giveaways, aka THANKSGIVEAWAY, continue this month – each day since November 2nd a new product is given away to 10 winners, culminating in a huge grand prize worth almost $1500 on November 22nd! There are only 7 more days of winners ahead. I received the gift that is being given away today, NIA24 Neck Sculpting Complex.

Here’s why you want to be one of the 10 winners for LovelySkin NIA24 Neck Sculpting Complex ($118):

NIA24 Neck Sculpting Complex

NIA24 Neck Sculpting Complex

This super thick, moisturizing cream is exactly what you need to restore life and contour to your neck and jaw line. You’ve heard the saying, if you want to know how old someone is just look at their neck? Regular use of the product will keep them guessing!

NIA24 Neck Sculpting Complex

NIA24 Neck Sculpting Complex

NIA24 Neck Sculpting Complex

NIA24 Neck Sculpting Complex

The tremendous moisture from this cream plumps and tightens skin, giving it an immediate lift and firming it up for a much better profile.

I have tried a lot of neck creams and this one is extremely impressive. It has fabulous ingredients, including Pro-Niacin to improve tone, texture and hyperpigmentation; Lipodipeptide Tensor to stimulate elastin production and stop skin from sagging; Algae Extract to tighten skin and connective tissue; and Sodium Hyaluronate, the best ingredient ever for locking in moisture and plumping skin, making it look more youthful.

LovelySkin NIA24 Neck Sculpting Complex ($118) is exactly what you need to keep your neck and decolletage looking young, wrinkle free, toned and firm. Why not enter the contest today? You could be the winner and your skin will love you for it!  – Lisa

How to enter

1.  Visit

2.  Enter your information and register.

3.  Visit the LovelySkin Blog or LovelySkin Facebook page to learn the winners

Each day enter their Thanksgiveaway giveaways you will need to register but with 20 days of wonderful products to possibly win and to be entered into their Grand Prize drawing, it’s worth it. While LovelySkin is keeping it a secret as to the prizes you can look at their Facebook page to get some hints.

More about LovelySkin: is the third largest cosmetically website in the world and they serve hundreds of thousands of customers and offer over 250 brands and 10,000 skin care, makeup and hair care products. No matter what you are looking for, you probably will find it on this site!
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There’s gold in them thar hills…HTY Gold!


HTY Gold Eye Gold

I think that any skin care product that truly works and gives visible improvement is worth its weight in gold. So the HTY Gold products sent to the BIZ to try are VERY aptly named. I have been testing the Eye Gold ($50) and the Intensive Face and Neck Serum ($65), and am beyond impressed. Check out what the HTY Gold products say they can do for you:

HTY Gold’s patented all-natural creamed formulation of palm oil, lipids, and rejuvenating nutrients replenish, nourish, and protect your face and entire body all day and all night.

  • Prevents the onset of dry, wrinkled, crepe paper skin
  • No man-made chemicals, preservatives, parabens or emulsifiers
  • Restores the precious oils your body has lost over time
  • Alleviates the dry, crepe paper areas of your face and body
  • Provides powerful antioxidant protection
  • Is quickly and deeply absorbed into your skin, rejuvenating skin cells
  • Replenishes cracked, thin, aging skin
  • Fortifies firmness and elasticity
  • Returns a moist, youthful, radiant glow
  • Provides for smooth makeup application
  • Dermatologist tested and approved

HTY Eye Gold

The HTY Gold products are particularly known for getting rid of that crepey look skin can have, dramatically improving the look and feel of skin.

Here’s what I found. The Eye Gold is an amazing antioxidant eye cream. It is formulated to tackle puffiness and wrinkles. It has the neatest texture I have ever tried in an eye cream – it’s almost spongy.


HTY Eye Gold

It’s extremely moisturizing. I use this every night, and I love what it does for my under eye area. It truly de-puffs and it has definitely lessened my fine lines. I tend to develop milia with super hydrating eye creams, but I have had no issues at all with the Eye Gold. The ingredients include Elaeis Gaineenis (Palm Oil), and Red Elaeis Gaineenis (Red Palm Super Olein). These ingredients have Tocotrienols, Tocopherols, CQ10, Apha Carotene, Beta Carotene, Vitamin A, Vitamin D & Vitamin E.

The eye cream is an all-natural product so don’t worry if it changes consistency, separates, hardens or forms Natural Palm Crystals. You just warm it up, or cool it down, or mix it up and it goes back to its original consistency. This is a truly lovely, elegant eye cream and it’s one of my favorite finds of the year.


HTY Gold Intensive Face and Neck Serum

I am very paranoid about my neck. I see so many women who have taken great care of their face, but have done nothing for their necks – which are wrinkled, crepey, and droopy. I truly believe that the neck is where your age first shows. So I am hyper vigilant about taking care of my neck and am always on the look out for great products that are truly effective in this area.


HTY Gold Intensive Face and Neck Serum dropper

I have been using the Intensive Face and Neck Serum every night for the past month and I am extremely impressed. I would take a bath in a vat of this golden oil if I could.  The oil contains Tripeptide 5, which increases collagen, elasticity, and skin tone. It has made a huge difference in the way my neck looks.


HTY Gold Intensive Face and Neck Serum

I absolutely do think these two HTY Gold products are worth their weight in gold – I am truly impressed. Also, Beauty Info Zone readers  have to option to take advantage of a special offer that HTY Gold has going on right now for 25% off anything on the website. Just enter the code blogger4 to receive your discount.

I highly recommend you join the gold rush and get yourself some HTY Gold! – Lisa

*pr samples

HTY Gold All-Natural face and neck serum Ingredients:

Avocado Oil (Persea Gratissima), Borage Oil (Borago Officinalis), Evening Primrose Oil (Oenothera Biennis), Grapeseed Oil (Vitus Vinifera), Peptide (Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5*), Red Palm Super Olein (Red Elaeis Guineensis), Rosehip Seed Oil (Rosa Affinis Rubiginosa) *This Peptide is able to activate tissue growth factor (TGF-beta) that stimulates collagen synthesis in the skin. (Study with 60 volunteers showed 350% wrinkle reduction after 84 days treatment). Good alternate to collagen injections.

HTY Gold All-Natural Ingredients:
Avocado Oil (Persea Gratissima), Borage Oil (Borago Officinalis), Evening Primrose Oil (Oenothera Biennis), Grapeseed Oil (Vitus Vinifera), Peptide (Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5*), Red Palm Super Olein (Red Elaeis Guineensis), Rosehip Seed Oil (Rosa Affinis Rubiginosa)

Get the Kimia Glow

Talk about luxury –  Kimia is the ultimate in pampering and feeling good about taking care of yourself.  The word “Kimia” actually means gold, as in the golden glow one gets from using this line.  The look  of these products is divine, the packaging is beautiful and feels almost decadent.  No wonder this line is one of Victoria Beckham’s favorites. 

The Kimia team (based in the UK but they ship anywhere)  is composed of three key players.  According the website, “The Kimia team combines the knowledge and expertise from around the world – with Dr Hedva Choval the alchemist, who sources, blends and formulates; with Germaine, the aromatherapist, whose combined experience with Callum, the chemist and product formulator, makes it possible for Kimia skincare to be brought to today’s woman. The team is led and inspired by Ian, who discovered the Kimia method and serum. He formed the Kimia team and company, and is committed to bringing innovative, all-natural beauty products that push the boundaries of natural science.”  Hey, that’s a team I want on my side!!

The first product I tried was the Perfection Neck and Decollete Serum ($90).  It is a Green Beauty Bible Awards WinnerKimia focuses on natural ingredients that help fight wrinkles and improve cell turnover, resulting in what they call the ‘Kimia Glow’.  In this product, the concentrated serum also improves elasticity, which helps to reduce that ‘chicken neck’ look that comes with age.  (I always wonder why people don’t concentrate on taking care of their necks, which is most definitely where a person’s true age can show.)  It’s an extremely moisturizing, lovely serum that is rather wet at first and then soaks in, leaving the neck super smooth and – yup, it’s true – younger looking.  It does have a fragrance that lingers, so keep that in mind if that bothers you.  I find it to be rather pleasant, but I know that people’s preferences vary.

I also tried the Exquisite Rejuvenating Facial System ($115), also a Green Beauty Bible Awards Winner.  It’s an elegant two-step system for hydrating, rejuvenating, and nourishing your skin. 

The first step is the famous Kimia facial oil, which is in a glass bottle with a dropper.  You put a few drops in your hands, rub together, then apply to a cleansed face.

You then lightly massage the oil on your face, doing this both morning and night. 

The serum is a light oil, it does go on wet but it soaks in easily.  It’s not as thick as the neck serum.  After you massage in the oil, you go on to the next step.

The second step is the Hydra-Activator, which is a light facial mist.  You spray this either directly on your face or into your hands, and then massage in.  It reacts with the serum and increases its efficacy by helping it to absorb, as well as assisting with dead skin cell turnover.  

Again, this has the signature Kimia fragrance, so be aware of that. 

I have mostly oily skin – my t-zone is a mess, but my cheeks are dry.  I find this system to be extremely hydrating, so those of you with very dry skin will LOVE it.  I love it, but I only use it on my cheeks when my hormones are all wonky. The beauty of this system is it’s designed to be adjustable based on your changing skin care needs by using more or less of the product.

This is some seriously exquisite skin care, and if you enjoy luxury you will absolutely love this.  I let my mom try it and then I had to wrestle it away from her – she still hasn’t forgiven me, but I am not going to give up these wonderful products!  – Lisa

Perfection Neck and Decollete Serum ingredients:

Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil (Sweet Almond), Hamamelis Virginiana Extract (Witch Hazel), Vitis Vinifera Seed Oil, Rosa Damascene Flower Oil (Rose), Calendula Officinalis Oil (Calendula), Camelina Sativa Oil, Salvia Sclarea Oil, Persea Gratissima Oil, Cannabis Sativa, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Neroli), Tocopheryl (Vitamin E)

Facial System ingredients: 

Exquisite 100% Natural Facial Oil: Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil (Sweet Almond Oil), Hamamelis Virginiana Extract (Witch Hazel), Vitis Vinifera Seed Oil, Calendula Officinalis Oil (Calendula), Rosa Damascene Flower Oil (Rose), Salvia Sclarea Oil, Tocopheryl (Vitamin E), Sclerocarya Birrea (Marula), Rosa Moschata Oil (Rosehip), Vaccinium Macrocarpon Seed Oil (Cranberry), Citrus Aurantium Amara (Neroli) Hydra-Activator: Water, Alcohol*, Mentha Piperita Water (Peppermint), Rosmarinus Officinalis Distillate (Rosemary), Alchemilla Vulgaris (Lady’s Mantle), Hamamelis Virginiana Distillate (Witch Hazel), Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera), Lavandula Angustifolia Water (Lavender), Melissa Officinalis Distillate (Lemon Balm) * Naturally fermented grain alcohol