Mad about Monat! Rejuveniqe Oil, Rejuvabeads, and Color Enhance review

We’ve been told that once you start using MONAT hair products that it’s difficult to move on to another brand. We’ve found that to be true since both of the BIZ ladies are mad about our Monat products. Like all brands though there are hits and misses. We’re lucky that most of what we’ve tried has knocked it out of the park but there could be some that don’t work as well as others. Today we have new products that we were lucky enough to be sent by Lisa Eisensmith, an independent seller for Monat. She’s a pleasure to work with and we hope that you’ll work with her for your Monat needs. You won’t be sorry!

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MARCIA’S CURRENT MONAT ROUTINE

Monat haircare

In February I wrote about the three products that I had been using and totally loving from Monat: Monat Blow Out Cream, Revive Shampoo and Smoothing Deep Conditioner. I’m still using them and loving what they do to my hair. I had sampled Rejuveniqe Oil Intensive Treatment and was so thrilled with it and couldn’t wait to have more than just some samples. Luckily I now have a small bottle along with REJUVABEADSTM .

Monat Rejuveniqe Oil Intensive

Get ready for some raves!  A quick review of why I love Rejuveniqe Oil Intensive Treatment  and highly recommend it. It’s very important to me that my hair looks good, I really have had lousy days when my hair is acting lousy too. I don’t consider myself that moody (though I used to be) but for some reason a bad hair day can make the whole day bad. Rejuveniqe Oil Intensive Treatment makes sure that doesn’t happen though. I’ve never tried anything on my hair that smoothed it out and made it shine so perfectly. Even when I’ve had a Brazilian Blowout Keratin Treatment my hair doesn’t look as good.

You can use Rejuveniqe Oil Intensive Treatment with any haircare you choose but the combination of it with the other MONAT hair products is killer. Not only does Rejuveniqe Oil Intensive Treatment work magic on my hair but it’s a multi-wonder! Use it in so many ways.

Pre-shampoo treatment
Apply oil to your fingertips and massage into scalp. Leave in overnight. Wash with a MONAT shampoo and conditioner the next morning.
Intensive hydrating treatment
Apply 3-4 drops to damp hair and scalp. Place a warm, moist towel around the head and leave on for 30 minutes. Rinse thoroughly; shampoo and condition (optional).
Leave-in finishing treatment
Apply 1-2 drops to hair, concentrating on the ends. Style as usual. REJUVENIQE™ Oil Intensive is so pure and versatile that it can be used in multiple ways to improve skin and hair.
Anti-frizz treatment
Rub one drop between hands and apply to hair,concentrating on the ends. Style as usual.
Facial moisturizer
Apply one drop morning and evening to face, neck and décolleté prior to moisturizer, concentrating on problem areas such as fine lines and wrinkles for instant hydration, protection, and improved texture and tone.

Monat Rejuveniqe Oil Intensive

LOVE LOVE LOVE this!! And you need so little that you just won’t believe how long the bottle will last!

Knowing that I was crazy about Oil Intensive I was thrilled when Monat’s LisaE wanted me to experience REJUVABEADSTM for my straightish hair. I’ve seen before and after pictures of people using Rejuvabeads and the results are amazing. If you have split ends then this is the solution for you. It tackles them head on and heals split ends and other damaged areas. I don’t see frizz or breakage when using this.

before and after from Haircare by Marley on pinterest

This may not be me (my hands don’t fit behind my head to take photos) but it’s what my hair looked like not long ago before I had Rejuveniqe in my possession again. Even my hairdresser was amazed when she saw the difference from my June appointment to my July appointment. Rejuvabeads had taken away the breakage and ugly frizz.

Rejuvabeads by Monat

Monat Rejuvabeads

I don’t need a straightening iron to get the smooth results. My hair falls into place and lasts. What I love too about these two products is that they are great for color-treated hair as well as chemically treated hair like a keratin treatment.

LISA’S LATEST TRY FROM MONAT

Last January I wrote about the Monat Renew Shampoo and Smoothing Deep Conditioner, two products that got major raves from me. My hair never looked so good – soft, pillowy waves that were healthy and happy! I was very sad when I got to the end of my product but I was happy to try something new – the Monat Colour Enhance Beautiful Brunette Shampoo and Conditioner ($72).

Monat Colour Enhance Beautiful Brunette Shampoo and Conditioner

Monat says, “Enhances brown and honey hues. Specially formulated with a complex blend of botanical actives and natural phytopigments derived from Horse Chestnut Seeds, Indian Walnut Leaves and exotic Peruvian Rhatany Root to boost lustrous brown highlights and beautifully enhance color. Perfect for daily use.”

Monat Colour Enhance Beautiful Brunette Shampoo

Monat Colour Enhance Beautiful Brunette Shampoo

Monat Colour Enhance Beautiful Brunette Conditioner

Monat Colour Enhance Beautiful Brunette Conditioner

Normally shampoos and conditioners are clear or white so it was a shock for these to be brown! I was hoping that they would help cover my gray roots as they grew in, but that wasn’t the purpose of this system. Instead what it does is enhance the brown that is already there, giving it a richness and really bringing out the highlights.

I can’t say that I was as wowed by the Color Enhance shampoo and conditioner as I was by the Renew Shampoo and Smoothing Deep Conditioner. The Color Enhance products did a great job of making my color look fantastic, but I didn’t think it was nearly as good at improving the overall health of my hair as the Renew Shampoo and Smoothing Deep Conditioner were. I had a noticeable improvement in volume and softness with those, while with the Color Enhance I only saw improvement in my color. Bottom line – if you are happy with your hair but want more oomph in the color department, go for the Color Enhance products. If you are looking for an overall improvement in your hair, try some of the other great products that Monat has to offer.

You can find all of Monat’s products through Lisa Eisensmith, an independent seller for Monat – she will take excellent care of you and help you find exactly which Monat product is perfect for your hair!

Hello Fab! Side by Side takes a look at First Aid Beauty

First Aid Beauty has come to our rescue many times for dry, cracked skin – but what about color products?  Is First Aid Beauty just as FAB in that area?  Lisa and Marcia tested out the Hello FAB Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer ($28), Ultra Repair Tinted Moisturizer ($28), and Hello Fab Mango Butter Multi Stick ($20) to see if all the raves were true.

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Hello FAB Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer

LISA’S VIEW:

Hello FAB Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer

The Hello FAB Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer is a lovely, lightweight combination moisturizer/primer. Much to my delight, it does have a very slight coconutty scent, nothing overwhelming but still enough to make us coconut lovers dance a happy dance. It gives skin a beautiful sheen so on low maintenance days it’s really all you need.  It’s great as a primer and provides a wonderful canvas for foundation.

Hello FAB Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer

The ingredients are terrific, featuring coconut water plus a host of other ‘superfoods’:

MARCIA’S VIEW:

This is actually my first real go-around with First Aid Beauty. When we’ve received products from them they’ve gone to Lisa. I’ve mostly used samples that I’ve gotten in subscription boxes. For me, everything has to pass the “sniff” test. Let’s see my opinion of these.

First Aid Beauty

Hello FAB Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer

The Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer is the one product I was most eager to try out. Some of my beauty friends adore this multitasker. It provides sunscreen protection of SPF 30. Equally important is that it makes my skin look soft and luminous. I was so excited when I first used this primer because of the way it felt and looked. I totally understood why others raved about it.

Hello FAB Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer

Now about that “sniff test”. I find the fragrance to linger but I’m not used to scented products. The smell is delicious though and definitely a coconut one. I’m using the primer in spite of the fragrance since it’s said to tackle dryness, dullness, pores, uneven skin tone and uneven texture. First Aid Beauty is describing my skin needs with those benefits.

free from Alcohol, Artificial Colorants, Artificial Fragrance, Lanolin, Mineral Oil, Parabens, Petrolatum, Phthalates, Propylene Glycol, Sulfates, Talc, Formaldehydes, Oxybenzone, Coal Tar, Hydroquinone, Triclocarbon, Ethanol, Ethyl Alcohol, Denatured Alcohol, Methanol, N-Butyl Alcohol, Isopropyl Alcohol, SD Alcohol

Allergy-Tested, Gluten-Free, Non-Comedogenic, Nut-Free, Oil-Free, Soy-Free, Suitable for Sensitive Skin, Vegan

 

Ultra Repair Tinted Moisturizer

Ultra Repair Tinted Moisturizer is available in 5 shades.

Ultra Repair Tinted Moisturizer (from firstaidbeauty.com)

Ultra Repair Fair: For pale, cream and fair skin
Ultra Repair Light: For beige and buff colored skin
Ultra Repair Medium: For golden, olive or honey colored skin
Ultra Repair Tan: For caramel, tanned or medium brown skin
Ultra Repair Rich: For almond, bronze or rich brown skin

The good news is that this passes the “sniff test”. The bad news is that the Light I was sent is too dark for me. But from the pictures I’m sure that Fair would work well for me.

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Tinted Moisturizer in Light

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Tinted Moisturizer in Light

RESULTS
  • 92%
    IN A CONSUMER PERCEPTION TEST COMPLETED BY 38 PARTICIPANTS, AFTER 1 WEEK OF DAILY USE, 92% OF PEOPLE REPORTED THEIR SKIN FEELING RADIANT AND LUMINOUS THROUGHOUT THE DAY.
  • 97%
    IN A CONSUMER PERCEPTION TEST COMPLETED BY 38 PARTICIPANTS, AFTER 1 WEEK OF DAILY USE, 97% OF PEOPLE REPORTED THIS PRODUCT PROVIDES JUST THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF COVERAGE FOR DAYTIME AND EVENING.

I really like the texture of the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Tinted Moisturizer since it’s mousse like. At first it sort of sits on skin but as it settles in it melds well with my skin. There are so many great ingredients in the tinted moisturizer like Colloidal Oatmeal and Allantoin (they help reduce redness as well as reduce redness and calm and soothe skin). It contains Hyaluronic Acid so I’m happy about that. I can wear the Light if I blend really well and it does cover enough to hide my skin imperfections. I need to try this in Fair though for the best look.

Mango Butter Multi Stick

Hello Fab Mango Butter Multi Stick

The Mango Butter Multi Stick is available in Champagne, Moonlight, and Rose’. Both of us received this in Moonlight which is a beautiful very light pinky/lavender with an opalescent glow.

Hello FAB Mango Butter Multi Stick Rosé

Hello FAB Mango Butter Multi Stick Champagne

Hello FAB Mango Butter Multi Stick Moonlight

I was really surprised when I saw this was a cream to powder product. Almost all items like this that can be used on eyes, face, and lips are balm like. But the Multi Stick is dry to the touch. After gliding it onto the area you desire (even décolleté) just tap it lightly with your fingertips to blend. If you want more coverage you just need to layer it.

  • FREE FROM
    Alcohol, Artificial Colorants, Artificial Fragrance, Lanolin, Mineral Oil, Parabens, Petrolatum, Phthalates, Propylene Glycol, Sulfates, Talc, Formaldehydes, Oxybenzone, Coal Tar, Hydroquinone, Triclocarbon, Ethanol, Ethyl Alcohol, Denatured Alcohol, Methanol, N-Butyl Alcohol, Isopropyl Alcohol, SD Alcohol. Allergy-Tested, Gluten-Free, Soy-Free, Suitable for Sensitive Skin, Vegan, Nano-Free

It’s a nice stick to carry with since it’s not going to melt under normal conditions. I’ve used it mainly as a highlighter since it doesn’t show up on my lips. The Multi Stick is a nice way to combat dullness.

I’m happy that I’ve had a great experience with these First Aid Beauty products but Lisa probably won’t be since I’ll want to try more of them.

You should try these and others for a great experience of your own.

For fuller lips you’ve just got to try BUXOM Top Coats

There’s more to BUXOM than meets the eye! They have some of the most incredible lip products around including what we’re showing you today –  Holographic Full-On Plumping Lip Polish

Buxom Holographic Full-On Plumping Lip Polish Top Coats

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There are 8 shades to choose from and all are so pretty. They can be worn alone or over a lipstick. You’ll find them to be shiny, prismatic, and have some lovely holographic interest to them.

This high-shine gloss tingles to coax a gorgeous lip look while pampering and moisturizing lips with vitamins A and E. Enriched with menthol for a cooling, tingly sensation, this kaleidoscopic lacquer transforms lips and leaves them with sexy color and shine.

WHAT ELSE YOU NEED TO KNOW
Free of parabens, sulfates, phthalates, and irritants commonly found in most plumping lip products, this hypnotic formula contains a unique peptide and hyaluronic acid booster that painlessly pumps up the appearance of lips sans irritation.

We have all 8 shades and we’ll show you what we’re using. Only 4 of the 8 Holographic Top Coats are available on Ulta.com and Macys.com while all 8 are available on the Buxom website ($20.00 each).

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MARCIA’S 4 BUXOM Holographic Full-OnTM Plumping Lip Polish Top Coats

BUXOM Holographic Full-On Plumping Lip Polish

ARIANA 

Ariana – BUXOM Holographic Full-On Plumping Lip Polish

Ariana is a holographic gold with tiny sparkles to it. It may look quite yellow but it’s golden on your lips with the sparkle just helping to add the fullness that these Lip Polishes have.

CAMILA is the darkest of the group I have and looks beautiful on its own. This has more of a metallic look to it but also with those little sparkles.

Camila – BUXOM Holographic Full-On Plumping Lip Polish

MARIAH is the one I was most excited about when I saw these. But I was surprised when I applied it. It’s not the pretty pink in the tube but it’s a pink, just more of an iridescent pink. This doesn’t have any shimmer in it but instead has a rainbow look that changes with whatever is on under it. I can’t wear it alone, I must use a lipstick but boy does it make the lipstick lovely.

Mariah – BUXOM Holographic Full-On Plumping Lip Polish

SAVANNAH is my favorite. As much as I love Mariah, Savannah beats it. It can be worn alone or over a lipstick. This is the one to carry with me since it looks great over just about any lip color. I love peachy pink products, my favorite blushes are almost always peachy pink. I love the shade on my eyes so Savannah is a natural for me.

Savannah – BUXOM Holographic Full-On Plumping Lip Polish

For my swatches I decided to first do the Lip Polish alone and then apply it over a darker nude lipstick to show how it changes.

Buxom Holographic Full-On Plumping Lip Polish Top Coats

Buxom Holographic Full-On Plumping Lip Polish Top Coats

The only thing that keeps me from using these daily is the fragrance of them. I smell some caramel to them and that lasts for about half an hour before I no longer notice it. But looking in the mirror makes it worthwhile.

BUXOM Holographic Full-OnTM Plumping Lip Polish Top Coats

LISA’S 4 BUXOM Holographic Full-OnTM Plumping Lip Polish Top Coats

I love all four of my shades. I have two that are best as toppers, and two with enough pigment to be used on their own. They all are really gorgeous thanks to the holographic effect – they really make my thin lips look bigger, which is always a big plus in my book! 

I also like the applicator, which is a very flexible paddle. I appreciate that there isn’t a brush which can splay or get gummy. This applicator is unique and it really works well. The paddle doesn’t smush the pigment which makes for great layering.

Face Stockholm Toffee

BUXOM Holographic Full-OnTM Plumping Lip Polish Top Coats

For my other swatches, I swatched them alone as well as over Face Stockholm Toffee Lipstick so you could get an idea of how they work as a topper.

BUXOM Holographic Full-OnTM Plumping Lip Polish Top Coat in Iris

IRIS is a beautiful medium pink with blue tones. It looks great layered over pinks and neutrals shades as well, but this is one that I typically wear by itself. The swatch on the left is by itself, on the right is over Toffee.

BUXOM Holographic Full-OnTM Plumping Lip Polish Top Coat in Selena

SELENA is a gorgeous opalescent cream that flashes pink and purple. It is very pretty alone, especially if you have full, lush lips.  It really rocks as a layering lippie and I love it over any lipstick but it’s particularly fantastic over mauve and neutral lip shades.

BUXOM Holographic Full-OnTM Plumping Lip Polish Top Coat in Jordan

JORDAN is an extremely interesting blue shade that has a great side effect of making teeth look super white – how fun is that??  It has pink undertones and it really looks lovely layered over red lipstick shades.

BUXOM Holographic Full-OnTM Plumping Lip Polish Top Coat in Crystal

CRYSTAL is one that can easily be worn alone because it is just packed full of pigment. This is a berry shade with opalescent pearls.  It also looks terrific over mauve shades.

For plumped up sexy lips that sparkle and glow, Buxom is bound to have something that suits your needs!  You can find the Holographic Full On Plumping Lip Polish beauties at Ulta, Macys, and online at BuxomCosmetics.com.

BUXOM Holographic Full-OnTM Plumping Lip Polish Top Coats

Bloom Mineral Beauty helps us with all our anti-aging needs #bloommineralbeauty

We are happy to introduce you to a brand that’s new to us – Bloom Mineral Beauty! There are so many things that we discovered about Bloom including that their products utilize exclusive Dead Sea Minerals that help make you look and feel radiant, hydrated and renewed. All of their products are free of paraben, petroleum, GMOs and are cruelty free. Now we don’t necessarily dislike aging but we do dislike looking like we aged. After over 9 years of Beauty Info Zone and 10 years of writing about beauty prior to our blog we’ve learned what will help us look as young as when we first started. Bloom Mineral Beauty is on that list!

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MARCIA HAS PRODUCTS THAT HELP PURIFY

I have two of Bloom’s purifying products that you’ll want to know about. For face is their Purifying Mud Mask and for face & body there’s the Hydrating Almond Scrub. Where do I begin?

Bloom Mineral Beauty Purifying Mud Mask and Hydrating Almond Scrub

The Purifying Mud Mask is getting less use from me than the Almond Scrub but that’s only because I use a wide variety of masks and mud masks fit into my routine about every 2 – 3 weeks. I have dry skin and mud masks are primarily for more oily skin. But I think my skin loves them too.

The Bloom Mineral Beauty Purifying Mud Mask is special because of its ingredients. Bloom says it’s a magical combination and I know why after applying this several times. It contains black Dead Sea mud, olive oil, honey, and aloe vera. Together they provide for a deep clean but they also protect the skin’s barrier.

Bloom Mineral Beauty Purifying Mud Mask

Bloom Mineral Beauty Purifying Mud Mask

The texture is very mud like – as it should be. It’s not uncomfortable to use and it doesn’t have a strong fragrance. It’s smells slightly earthy but nothing that bothers me for the 15 minutes I leave it on (recommendation time is 10 to 20 minutes).

Bloom Mineral Beauty Purifying Mud Mask

It doesn’t dry down completely so my face doesn’t crack. I make sure my hair is pulled way back with a shower cap or my Vintage Beauty rabbit ear headband, relax for 15 minutes, and then usually hop in the shower to remove it completely. I’ve removed at the sink too but I prefer the shower. Either way my face feels clearer and more refreshed.

Bloom Mineral Beauty Purifying Mud Mask

If you have oily to combination skin the Mud Mask is going to use natural anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties to kill bacteria and prevent breakouts. When I recently had chin breakouts this mask is what I used twice in one week and they were soon cleared up.

Bloom’s Hydrating Almond Scrub shouldn’t be used in combination with their Mud Mask but they can be used on the same day. The Almond Scrub contains both natural almond shells and mineral salts to exfoliate and reveal your radiant skin. I can use this as often as I like without a problem. Take this into your shower with you and scrub away on both face and body.

Bloom Mineral Beauty Hydrating Almond Scrub

Now looking at the photo below you’d think that the almond shells would be harmful for your skin but they are really ground finely enough that it’s not a very scrubby product. No hurting or tearing your delicate skin.

Bloom Mineral Beauty Hydrating Almond Scrub

Ingredients used help make this an extremely effective scrub. Start with dampened skin and massage a small amount on. Then wash off to reveal glowing skin. It takes just a minute to apply but a few more to remove completely.

  • Glycine Soja (soy) contains significant amounts of all the essential amino acids and is a good source of protein. It is derived from soybean amino acids and is rich in protein, minerals and vitamins, especially vitamin E.
  • Almond Shell granules create a very fine grit to manually exfoliate the skins surface of dead skin cells, delivering clear and radiantly smooth skin.
  • Maris Sal (Dead Sea Salts) provides the highest concentration of  key minerals and nutrients providing optimal hydration, skin nutrition and delivering anti-aging results.

    Bloom Mineral Beauty Hydrating Almond Scrub

    I really enjoy both products but I wish that the Bloom Mineral Beauty Hydrating Almond Scrub smelled like almonds since I could pretend I was eating something delicious and decadent.

LISA HAS PRODUCTS THAT HELP SOFTEN, BALANCE, AND SHIELD

My Bloom Mineral Beauty products cover several different areas, which shows the range in this very cool line. I have two facial products and one body product, and all three are winners in my book.

The Softening Cleansing Milk ($19.95) is a lovely, gentle cleanser that leaves skin feeling very soft and smooth. I typically double cleanse so I use a makeup remover first (my favorite is the Paula’s Choice Gentle Touch Makeup Remover) which removes mascara and such, then I use a facial cleanser. This one is great – it’s ph balanced and has wonderful ingredients like soy, glycerin and Dead Sea Salts.

This milky cleanser works great with a cleansing device like a Clarisonic or a Luna.  It leaves my skin clean and really soft and hydrated.

  • Glycine Soja (soy) Oil contains significant amounts of all the essential amino acids and is a good source of protein. It is derived from soybean amino acids and is rich in protein, minerals and vitamins, especially vitamin E.
  • Glyceryl Stearate is derived from palm kernel. This lubricant easily penetrates the skin and slows the loss of moisture by forming a barrier on the skin’s surface.
  • Maris Sal (Dead Sea Salts) provides the highest concentration of  key minerals and nutrients providing optimal hydration, skin nutrition and delivering anti-aging results.

I follow cleansing with the Balancing Facial Toner ($19.95), which also features Dead Sea mineral salts. I love that this toner is alcohol-free. It has a cooling and soothing effect thanks to the cucumber, which also makes this good for sensitive skin. I just spritz about three sprays onto a cotton pad and smooth it on after cleansing and my skin is soothed and perfectly prepped for my treatment serum and moisturizer.

  • Glycerin is derived from soybean amino acids and is rich in protein, minerals and vitamins, especially vitamin E. Nature’s perfect humectant.
  • Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Extract  contain vitamin A, C, E and K. Vitamin E which are vital for skin repair, especially for sensitive skin issues.
  • Chamomilla Recutita (chamomile) Flower Extract posses many powerful skin properties such as anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, antibacterial, antiseptic, and contains essential oils and antioxidants. Additionally, is a hypoallergenic and helps to reduce skin irritants by neutralizing free radicals.
  • Maris Sal (Dead Sea Salts) provides the highest concentration of  key minerals and nutrients providing optimal hydration, skin nutrition and delivering anti-aging results.

My last product is a body product – the Shielding Body Lotion ($19.95). This is a beautifully lightweight body lotion that is fluffy and fabulous. Usually body lotions that come out of a tube are a little sticky and a little heavy, but this stuff is fab – really hydrating with amazing texture. The ingredients say there is fragrance but I can’t smell anything, so whatever is in it is extremely light. The ingredients are wonderful and include the signature Dead Sea Minerals as well as aloe vera, soy, and glycerin which creates a moisture barrier that lasts throughout the day.

Bloom Mineral Beauty Shielding Body Lotion

  • Glycine Soja (soy) contains significant amounts of all the essential amino acids and is a good source of protein. It is derived from soybean amino acids and is rich in protein, minerals and vitamins, especially vitamin E.
  • Glyceryl Stearate is derived from palm kernel. This lubricant easily penetrates the skin and slows the loss of moisture by forming a barrier on the skin’s surface.
  • Aloe Vera with high concentrations of Vitamin C & E provide hydration, while it’s natural anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory benefits work to kill bacteria and sooth the skin.
  • Maris Sal (Dead Sea Salts) provides the highest concentration of  key minerals and nutrients providing optimal hydration, skin nutrition and delivering anti-aging results.

There are many wonderful things about aging and Bloom Mineral Beauty helps us focus on the positive while reducing the negatives thanks to great products and a little help from Dead Sea Minerals. Take a few minutes to check out the entire line at bloommineralbeauty.com.

Follow Bloom on their website, IG @bloommineral, FB @bloommineralbeauty

#bloommineralbeauty  #deadseaskin

Make every day Earth Day with Love Beauty & Planet®

Love Beauty and Planet

As we see the end of Earth month coming to a close we don’t want it going out with a whisper. It really needs to close with a bang and that bang comes from Love Beauty & Planet®. We believe that every day should include #SmallActsOfLove just as Love Beauty & Planet does, therefore every day should include things we can do for the Earth. Here are some of the ways this brand helps:

Love Beauty and Planet’s #SmallActsofLove in every bottle

  • 100% Recycled Bottles: Every one of our bottles is made from 100% recycled plastic and are 100% recyclable.
  • Package label: We use a special adhesive to ensure labels separate from the bottle during the recycling process to help ensure our bottles get a second life.
  • Fast-Rinse Conditioner Technology: Patent pending technology in each of our conditioners saves you from tangles, and can help you reduce shower time and save some water.
  • Scents Infused with an Ethically-Sourced Oil or Extract: Each of our in-shower products is infused with an ethically sourced essential oil or absolute, like French heirloom lavender, Moroccan mimosa flower or Bulgarian rose. These ingredients are obtained by our fragrance partner, Givaudan, whose responsible sourcing program helps support the ecosystems and livelihoods of the farmers and communities who grow them.
  • Social Partnerships: We are committed to partnerships with organizations and people who, like us, love our Planet and want to help preserve it for future generations. Love Beauty and Planet is proud to partner with Ashoka, who has been identifying and supporting the world’s leading social entrepreneurs since 1980, to provide funding to environmental changemakers working to inspire less waste in this world.
  • Carbon Tax Fund: We are contributing $40 per ton of Greenhouse Gas emitted during the creation, manufacture and distribution of our products to a “Carbon Tax Fund.” This fund will be used to support third-party programs designed to reduce Greenhouse Gas emissions and landfill waste.

We are happy to show you the products we were sent that have helped us keep us and the Earth more beautiful.

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MARCIA’S has products from the MURUMURU BUTTER & ROSE COLLECTION and COCONUT WATER & MIMOSA COLLECTION

Love Beauty and Planet

I have 3 products from 2 of their scent collections for my shower use. In the order I use them are Love Beauty and Planet® Peace and Glow Creamy Body Scrub, then Radical Refresher Body Wash, and last Murumuru Butter & Rose 2 minute Magic Masque for hair. All products can be purchased through their website as well as many at Target, Amazon and Walmart.

Love Beauty and Planet® Peace and Glow Creamy Body Scrub is just $6.99 for a large 9.17 oz jar of this floral scrub. The scent Murumuru Butter & Rose when used in this scrub is a sugary rose from ethically sourced rose from Bulgaria. It’s a very soft scrub and not meant to be harsh. It’s gentle yet gets rid of the dry skin on your body leaving you smoother than ever.

Love Beauty & Planet Sugar & Rose Scrub

Love Beauty & Planet Sugar & Rose Scrub

I much prefer a sugar scrub to a salt one and this is a great one to choose. I scoop it out in sections and concentrate on my legs and feet since those are my trouble spots.

Love Beauty & Planet Sugar & Rose Scrub plus Radical Refresher Body Wash

After scrubbing I’m ready for a body wash and the one I have is in the Coconut Water & Mimosa Flower scent. I was fascinated with the fragrance of this mainly because of the coconut water. As you’ll see, Lisa has the remainder of the products we have from this scent line but I needed to have the experience too. I’m surprised by how much I like Love Beauty & Planet Radical Refresher Body Wash. ($6.99)

Love Beauty & Planet Radical Refresher Body Wash

The wash has a light gel texture and suds up very nicely. If this isn’t your type of scent there are 6 scents in total each with different names like Relaxing Rain for lavender, Daily Detox for tea tree, Tropical Hydration for coconut and ylang ylang. There’s one for everyone! I like this after the scrub since the fragrance of Radical Refresher leaves me feeling refreshed and has a light enough aroma for me.

To be honest I’ve only used the Murumuru Butter & Rose 2 Minute Magic Masque ($2.49 at Walmart) one time. It left my hair incredibly moisturized but I’m also extremely picky about what fragrances I can use on my hair. Since my hair is just below shoulder length I can smell whatever is on it all day and this lovely fragrance was stronger than I prefer.

Love Beauty & Planet 2 Minute Magic Mask in Murumuru Butter & Rose

If I use this more I’ll be able to get at least 2 probably 3 more uses from it making it the bargain of the year. It’s thick and luscious and really only takes 2 minutes to do its magic. I think my hair looked and felt wonderful with much more shine than I usually encounter.

Of these three my favorite is Love Beauty & Planet Radical Refresher Body Wash. No matter which you choose though you won’t be sorry since it’s such a wonderful brand for now and for our future.

LISA has products from the COCONUT WATER & MIMOSA COLLECTION

I also have three products from Love Beauty & Planet, and mine are all hair products.  The Coconut Water & Mimosa Flower Shampoo ($8.49) and Coconut Water & Mimosa Water Conditioner ($8.49) are terrific drugstore hair products.

Love Beauty & Planet

First I have to mention how INCREDIBLE they smell…I love love love coconut, and these smell sooo good!  They remind me of old school Hawaiian Tropic sun tanning oil, only just a tad more floral.  Trust me, you will keep sneaking sniffs of your hair all day long!  The scent is pure coconut mixed with ethically sourced Moroccan mimosa flower absolute, along with undertones of powdery honey and a fruity raspberry cassis.

Love Beauty & Planet Coconut Water & Mimosa Flower Shampoo

Love Beauty & Planet Coconut Water & Mimosa Flower Conditioner

If you have fine or thin hair, this particular formula is the one you want.  The Coconut Water & Mimosa Flower Shampoo and Conditioner are made for volumizing fine, thin hair, nourishing strands with coconut water and giving it lots of body and bounce.  The combo leaves my hair soft, shiny, easy to brush and full of life.

Love Beauty & Planet Coconut Oil & Ylang Ylang Hope and Repair 3 in 1 Benefit Oil

The third product I tested is the Love Beauty & Planet Coconut Oil & Ylang Ylang Hope and Repair 3 in 1 Benefit Oil ($8.49).  This coconut oil based treatment can be used before or after shampooing.  If used beforehand, you section hair and apply as a prewash hydrating treatment.  It’s great for very dry, damaged hair – after letting it soak in, just wash and condition like normal.  Hair feels amazing afterward!  You can use the Coconut Oil & Ylang Ylang Hope and Repair 3 in 1 Benefit Oil as a prewash treatment once a week.  Or, you can use it daily on dry hair to smooth and tame fly aways.   Just put one or two drops in your palms and smooth through hair.  It works wonders.  The scent is fabulous too – it smells like jasmine and spicy fruit.

We love the philosophy of Love Beauty & Planet and we love the products too!  Be sure to check out their #SmallActsOfLove at their website as well as at Target, Amazon and Walmart.

MelodySusie has what you need for moms and grads – plus a giveaway and coupon code

We’ve always been happy to have MelodySusie products in our lives and today’s post brings us some special items that we are really enjoying. MelodySusie makes so many items that you’d be thrilled to own or give as a gift. Today we have a coupon code for 15% off anything you buy at the MelodySusie website. If this is your first time buying on the MS website you can get 20% off your first order, if you’ve purchased before you can use the code MS15MOM through May 13, 2018 for 15% off. Either way you can’t lose with Melody Susie.

Today we have two items that we haven’t shared before and you can hopefully win one in our giveaway. We haven’t shown you the MelodySusie Brush Cleaner yet plus we have another version of their wonderful makeup mirrors. Pay attention now to these great gadgets since you’ll want them for gifts or your own life.

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MARCIA HAS THE MELODYSUSIE MAKEUP BRUSH CLEANER

MelodySusie Makeup Brush Cleaner

As a dedicated makeup lover this is such a great item for me to have in my life. I get lazy about cleaning brushes even when I know that I am overdue but with the MelodySusie Makeup Brush Electric Cleaner it’s actually fun to clean brushes and a breeze to boot. Not only does this clean my brushes but it helps dry them and it takes so little time that it always amazes me. The box tells me that brushes can be clean, dry, and ready to use in 10 seconds but it’s actually a little longer.

MelodySusie Makeup Brush Cleaner

The brush cleaner works with almost every brush you own in both synthetic and natural hairs. The box contains all of the parts needed to successfully use the cleaner. (collar, spindle, spinner, bowl, and bowl neck)

MelodySusie Electric Makeup Brush Cleaner pieces (screenshot frommelodysusie.com)

MelodySusie Makeup Brush Cleaner

This is so easy to use since you put the cleanser of your choice and water into the bowl, then dip the holder with the brush in water, spin to clean, and finally spin-dry. The brush collar is flexible and holds up to 8 sizes of brushes. You just need to add 2 AAA batteries to get going. If I use soap I’ll use J&J Baby Shampoo but usually I’ll use my MAC or Smashbox brush cleaner with this. And clumsy me can’t break the bowl since it’s made of eco-friendly plastic and is odorless, non-toxic, and more durable than glass.

MelodySusie Makeup Brush Cleaner

MelodySusie Makeup Brush Cleaner

This takes me both hands, one to hold the spinner and one to hold the bowl. Wouldn’t you love to have clean brushes in a minute? You can with this MelodySusie Makeup Brush Cleaner. Available at Amazon as well as the MelodySusie website.

 

Lisa has the Magnifying LED Lighted Suction Cup Bathroom Mirror.

This is a fantastic Makeup Mirror that you can take with you to any room in the house! Whatever you need to see you can easily find with the 7x magnification and the portability is fantastic. The base allows you to set it on the counter if you want or you can attach it to a mirror or any clean, flat surface like in the bathroom.

MelodySusie Magnifying LED Lighted Suction Cup Bathroom Mirror

MelodySusie Magnifying LED Lighted Suction Cup Bathroom Mirror

It attaches so easy – no need for any moisture or force. It sticks like a champ and stays until you take it off, and it comes off so easy too – no prying necessary.

MelodySusie Magnifying LED Lighted Suction Cup Bathroom Mirror

MelodySusie Magnifying LED Lighted Suction Cup Bathroom Mirror

MelodySusie Magnifying LED Lighted Suction Cup Bathroom Mirror

MelodySusie Magnifying LED Lighted Suction Cup Bathroom Mirror

What is really cool is the rotation head moves 360 degrees, so this mirror goes wherever you want it to go, any angle at all.  It makes for really easy access to areas like under the chin. The LED lights create a daylight effect which is perfect for makeup application. All you need are 3 AAA batteries or the USB cord that is included! If 7X isn’t strong enough for you, check out Amazon for the 10X mirror that works just as great.

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION:  MelodySusie is very graciously providing a giveaway to two Beauty Info Zone subscribers. One winner will receive the Makeup Brush Cleaner and the other winner will receive the Magnifying LED Lighted Suction Cup Bathroom Mirror. There is a slight change in how the winner will receive the prize. Due to regulations from Amazon the winner has to pay a slight charge, one that will be less than a quarter. For example Lisa paid 17 cents to receive the Makeup Mirror Lamp. Basically the winner will receive a 99% discount code to order their prize themselves. The giveaway is open to US only and the winners will order through Amazon. It helps to have Prime, especially for the mirror so that no postage costs are invoked. We want to make sure that this arrives before Mother’s Day so the giveaway ends at 11:59 p.m. EDT on May 3, 2018. Winners will be notified on 5/4. I hope you are still reading since I’m going to scold all of you who enter but don’t follow the rules. If we don’t see a comment or a way that you subscribe then you are disqualified. Even long time readers have been disqualified for these infractions. Don’t forget since these are wonderful prizes.

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Pixi Beauty cosmetics and skin care needs no introduction! Giveaway time

Pixi Liquid Fairy Lights in Crystalline, Rose Gold, and Bare Brilliance

David Letterman has a new show on Netflix named “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction” and that’s exactly how we feel about Pixi Beauty. It needs no introduction as a brand since we rave about them all the time. They are always coming out with new products that are unique to the market and have built up a wonderful reputation for both their Skintreats and their cosmetics. So they need no introduction, just reviews. Oh and a giveaway too.

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Pixi Liquid Fairy Lights in Crystalline, Rose Gold, and Bare Brilliance

LISA IS LOVING ON PIXI BEAUTY COSMETICS TODAY

There is a lot to love from Pixi and today I am crushing on Pixi eyes and lips.  My first date with LIQUID FAIRY LIGHTS ($15) was actually a total dud…but that’s because I thought these beauties were for lips! Yes, I used these liquid glimmer eyeshadows on my lips and was like, man, these sure are gritty. I can’t recommend these at all.  What a bummer, they are so gorgeous in the tube…how did Pixi get this so wrong?? Then I took a look at the packaging and just had to laugh!!

Pixi Liquid Fairy Lights in Crystalline, Rose Gold, and Bare Brilliance

So on my eyes they went for a second date and a true love affair was born. They are GORGEOUS. Even on my old eyes, these glimmery ethereal shadows are fantastic. They feel very interesting when applied – they go on wet and feel moist for a bit, probably thanks to the chamomile and rose extracts in the formula. They dry down in a few minutes and are so pretty. I love them by themselves, although you can also layer them over other eyeshadows if you want to add depth.

Pixi Liquid Fairy Lights in Crystalline

Pixi Liquid Fairy Lights in Rose Gold

Pixi Liquid Fairy Lights in Bare Brilliance

Pixi Liquid Fairy Lights in Crystalline, Rose Gold, and Bare Brilliance

Crystalline is a silvery sparkling white. Bare Brilliance is glimmering brown. Rose Gold is a shimmery golden brown. I apply them with the doe foot applicator (another reason I thought they were lip glosses!!) but you can use a brush or your finger.

Moving on to actual Pixi lip products, the MATTELAST LIQUID LIP ($14) is an excellent matte lippie. It lasts forever and doesn’t flake or become overly drying. It has rosehip oil in it which makes this easier to wear than many other matte lippies.

Pixi MatteLast Liquid Lip in Prettiest Pink

Pixi MatteLast Liquid Lip in Prettiest Pink

Pixi MatteLast Liquid Lip in Prettiest Pink

I really like the applicator – it’s called a PixiPetal applicator and Pixi says that it ‘provides even and precise application’ and I have to agree. You outline your lips with the point of the applicator then fill in the color with the flat side. My shade is Prettiest Pink, which is a very bright blue pink. It’s a little intense for my thin lips so I tone it down with some gloss. I want to try this in other shades that would work better for my lips, like Pastel Petal or Really Rose.

Pixi LipLift Max in Peony Bloom

Pixi LipLift Max in Peony Bloom

Pixi LipLift Max in Peony Bloom

I also love the LIPLIFT MAX ($14), which is Pixi’s plumping lip gloss. It gives lips a shiny, glossy look and has a fresh, minty taste. It has a nice slip that isn’t sticky at all, and the formula has peptides, aloe, jojoba, and chamomile that treats and hydrates lips while also plumping them up. Mine is in the shade Peony Bloom, which is a very pretty peachy pink. I just love it for spring!!

MARCIA IS FAVORING PIXI SKINTREATS TODAY

Pixi Skintreats: T-Zone Peel Off Mask, Rose Cream Cleanser, Rose Tonic

When Petra Strand started Pixi Beauty just 10 years ago you only knew about her radiant cosmetics but she always had a passion for skincare. Her first skincare item, Glow Tonic, took off and became a world favorite for women wanting natural beauty that was affordable and youth-enhancing.

As time has evolved so has Pixi Skintreats and right now there’s a surge in Rose based products.

Start with Pixi’s new ROSE CREAM CLEANSER, a nourishing cream cleanser. Surprisingly this is made with mineral rich mud that cleanses your skin as it helps strengthen and soften it. This contains some wonderful ingredients like Rose Flower Oil to moisturize; Chamomile & Aloe Vera for soothing and calming, and Avocado Oil to condition and soften your skin. I like that it’s so creamy as I find that feels hydrating.

Pixi Rose Cream Cleanser

ROSE TONIC is the next generation of Glow Tonic. It contains nutrients your skin will love while it helps tone, calm skin, balance pH, and minimize redness. This is excellent for sensitive skin as well as all skin types as it’s alcohol free. The key ingredients are Rose Flower Extract which moisturizes and restores skin; Elderflower to gently tone and brighten; and Chamomile & Aloe Vera to sooth, calm and reduce redness. Use this after cleansing or to refresh your skin at any time of day.

Pixi Rose Tonic

The T-ZONE PEEL OFF MASK is my favorite new Skintreat. I’m a fan of masks and the fact that it is meant for my t-zone makes it even better. It’s only used on your actual t-zone so for me it’s my nose and chin (the t-zone also includes forehead but I don’t have a problem there). It’s to be used 1-2 times a week, more if needed. Put on a thick, even layer and let it completely dry. Then have the fun of gently peeling it off. It gives me immediate results making my face look less congested. I usually follow up with Rose Tonic or Glow Tonic. “It contains a unique green superfood blend that includes Avocado, Cucumber, Aloe Vera, Green Tea, and Bamboo Extract to help firm & refine. Great for congested, dull & tired skin.”

Pixi T-Zone Peel-Off Mask

Pixi T-Zone Peel-Off Mask

FAST FLASH FACIAL is a great skin treat since it has three of the Skintreats in one box. “Discover our 3 steps for a fast and effective professional salon peel treatment without leaving home!
Our radiance revealing, Peel & Polish resurfaces and loosens dead skin cells, gently exfoliates, and polishes to reveal brighter skin. Our Exfoliating Glow Tonic toner with 5% glycolic acid evens out skintone for a brighter, clearer, smoother complexion. This radiance-boosting Instant Flash Balm is the ultimate 3-in-1 primer, moisturizer & mask that brightens and revitalizes to perk up skin instantly!”

Pixi Skintreats Fast Flash Facial

Pixi Fast Flash Facial

With this set you get 3 of Pixi’s most popular items. Peel & Polish is something that I use several times a week. It lives in my shower and the minute I step in I apply it to my dry skin. I let it be for at least 2 minutes while I start to wash my body, then I massage it into my skin for the exfoliation and rinse off. Glow Tonic is the star of Pixi’s line and is an exfoliating toner with 5% glycolic acid. Last in the trio is the Rose Flash Balm, a 3 in 1 product that is oil free and moisturizes and brightens. It also is great as a revitalizing mask as well as a primer to prep skin for perfect makeup application.

Beauty Info Zone Giveaway

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION: Today’s giveaway is for Pixi Skintreats. (A cosmetic giveaway is coming up soon.) There are two winners for US Beauty Info Zone subscribers. You’ll be asked to comment on which of the two prizes you’d most like. One prize is the Rose Cream Cleanser and the Rose Tonic and the second prize is the Fast Flash Facial set. Two of you are going to have fabulous Pixi skin. The rest of you will need to buy these since they are that good! Giveaway runs through 4/16/18 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Lots of luck.

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Pixi products are paraben free and never tested on animals. They can be found at Pixi’s website as well as Target stores and target.com.