Looking for fabulous affordable skincare? Vivo Per Lei is just that. Learn about it and enter our giveaway

As a beauty blogger I’ve had the opportunity to try skincare lines that cost from a few dollars to over 4 hundred. I’ve found that while it’s exciting to have the opportunity to try out some of the most expensive brands, it’s not what they cost that counts. What counts is quality and how your skin reacts to the product. I’m happy to report that the Vivo Per Lei Collagen Collection has been a delight to use and makes me excited that a few of my readers will be able to win part of the line.

Vivo Per Lei Collagen Collection

The Collagen Collection contains 4 products that I’ve been using for about 6 weeks. While it’s considered a collection each piece can be purchased separately so if any one of these make you sit up and take notice there’s that option.

Vivo Per Lei Collagen Collection

There are two eye products in this line so one gets used by me in the daytime and one at night. These are interchangeable of course and can be used in tandem if you want but I’ll give my reasons why I use them separately.

Vivo Per Lei Collagen Booster Eye Serum ($32) (Amazon price, $19.95) is my daytime product. I look for an eye serum during the day because I don’t want my undereye area to have creams on it most days. Applying eye makeup is often the highlight of my mornings and I am always worried that it’ll end up under my eyes. With a serum, especially this Collagen Booster Eye Serum, there’s no fear of that. Instead it’s a cooling touch that absorbs quickly and gives my eyes the boost the name suggests. My eyes feel moisturized while feeling like my fine lines are lessened. It contains Aloe Vera, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Soluble Collagen, Vitamin A, and Hyaluronic Acid (known for its moisturizing properties). I really like that I look brighter and more rested when using this eye serum. Puffiness and dark circles beware!

Vivo Per Lei Collagen Booster Eye Serum

Vivo Per Lei Collagen Booster Eye Serum

Vivo Per Lei Collagen Contour Eye Cream ($32) (Amazon price, $18.95) is what I use at night or if I’m home during the day without plans of applying any cosmetic items. It doesn’t interfere with mascara or concealer, I’m just funny that way.

Vivo Per Lei Collagen Contour Eye Cream

As we age the skin around our eyes becomes particularly more sensitive and thinner. The reason for that is that the natural collagen in our body becomes lessened with time. The Collagen Contour Eye Cream is infused with ingredients to help that breakdown from showing on our eyes. It’s infused with peptides, soluble collagen, shea butter, vitamins and hyaluronic acid.

It’s not a heavy eye cream at all, it’s light yet extremely moisturizing. While I may need to use a richer product occasionally this is an eye cream that I’m enjoying.

Vivo Per Lei Collagen Rejuvenating Cream ($32) (Amazon price, $19.95) is my absolute favorite product in this collection and what I picked when I was told that Vivo Per Lei would do a giveaway. I want everyone to be able to try this lush moisturizer. It feels so heavenly on my skin that I wish I could bathe in it. It’s recommended for men as well as women.

Vivo Per Lei Collagen Rejuvenating Cream

Vivo Per Lei Collagen Rejuvenating Cream

Important to me is that this Collagen Rejuvenating Cream, like the other Vivo Per Lei products, is fragrance-free. That means I only concentrate on the feel of it on my skin as I’m applying as well as the results I’ve seen since using.

My skin is on the dry side. It’s not bone dry but it’s dry and I can see that throughout the day when it sucks in my foundation. Using this moisturizing cream has alleviated that problem. It too has great ingredients like Soluble Collagen, licorice, green tea extracts anti-aging peptides, and encapsulated Caffeine to perk up skin and keep it youthful. If you only can try one product this is the one I highly recommend.

Vivo Per Lei Collagen Rejuvenating Mask ($38) (Amazon price, $17.97) is a once a week mask for me but can be used as often as you like. Beauty Info Zone readers know I’m crazy about facial masks and I am very happy to have this one in my collection.

Vivo Per Lei Collagen Rejuvenating Mask

Vivo Per Lei Collagen Rejuvenating Mask

This is a quick mask to use as it dries in just 10 minutes and then you wash it off with warm water. I love using this prior to getting in the shower since my skin does look rejuvenated with it and feels so soft after. It dries down completely so you won’t really want to have a conversation while it’s on. It doesn’t crack on me but it feels tight. When I step out of the shower, I feel refreshed though and my skin isn’t tight. Of course I’ve been using the Collagen Rejuvenating Cream after so the combination is great for my skin. The jar is huge (100 g) and will last me for months and months. It comes with a little scoop so you don’t have to dig your fingers in.

Buying the collection doesn’t save you money but all the pieces in it are so good for my skin that I’m happy to have them all. If Collagen isn’t your thing like it is mine, there’s also a Retinol Collection that’s especially good for wrinkles and a Vitamin C + Amino Collection (this one includes a cleanser and body cream too).

Vivo Per Lei Collagen Collection: Mask, Rejuvenating Cream, Eye Contour Cream, Eye Boosting Serum

Vivo Per Lei is a line I want to explore more and one I think BIZ readers would too. There’s something for everyone, men and women, teens and codgers, that will delight. —  Marcia

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION

Vivo Per Lei has kindly offered to send my favorite product, the Collagen Rejuvenating Cream, to three US Beauty Info Zone subscribers. Two musts for a BIZ giveaway are to be an email subscriber and to comment. All the rest are extras to boost your chance of winning. This giveaway is open through 12/15/17 at 11:59 p.m. EST. US only.
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How snails can tighten skin – AllGlamR Skin TightenR Serum

 Ready to slather some snail mucin all over your face? I wasn’t either. But, in the name of science and my never-ending quest for less wrinkles and firmer skin, I did it. I used AllGlamR Skin TightenR Serum ($76.50) every morning and every night and waited to see if indeed snails would help my skin in all the ways AllGlamR promised they would.

sampleHere is what AllGlamR Skin TightenR Serum will do for your skin:

Smooths and moisturizes skin
– Increases fibroblasts and stimulates cellular growth
– Rearranges the skin extracellular matrix resulting in a smoother appearance
– Increases skin elasticity, density and volume
– Helps reduce damage caused by free radicalsAllGlamR says, “Thanks to the marvels of nature and scientific advances, our anti-aging Skin TightenR Serum is an incredible formula that uses skin tightening properties of Acacia gum in cooperation with the reparative wonders of Snail mucin to provide an age defying, skin lifting miracle. When it comes to slowing things down, it is fitting that the common garden snail possess some of the finest anti-aging, moisturizing and reparative properties required to reverse skin damage and slow development of visible signs of aging. Combined with the instant lifting benefits of an Acacia gum biopolymer blend, the results of this serum are both immediate and long term.”  So, it’s weird that the stuff that comes out of snails can help make skin look better, but the snails aren’t harmed in the process and whatever works, right?

I found that I did see results right away. The thick serum takes a few minutes to soak in but then it does tighten skin right then, which is pretty cool. Over time, I did experience better skin elasticity, smoother skin, and a reduction in the appearance of my wrinkles.  It doesn’t smell like anything, and it definitely makes my skin look better. This is going to be a repurchase and this weekend is the perfect weekend to do it – see the sale information below! By the way, while the serum is certainly thick and the thought of snail mucin makes you think ewwww…slimy…it’s not really slimy. The texture doesn’t make you cringe or anything. I promise.

AllGlamR products are paraben free, made in the USA without harmful additives or irritants, and they never test on animals.

Here’s some really great news – Black Friday through Cyber Monday, they are having a terrific sale – 50% off ALL AllGlamR products!! Just use the code GLAM50 at checkout.  Happy shopping, and definitely pick up the Skin TightenR Serum – it’s a winner.  – Lisa

What are Miracle Water and Secret Sauce? They’re IT Cosmetics newest recipe for wonderful skin

IT Cosmetics has had a stellar 2017 and we’re so excited to be a part of it. This is a brand that is universally loved by customers and you can count me as one of their biggest fans. I’m thrilled to introduce you to their two newest skincare products but more thrilled that I have incorporated them into my daily routine.

Their recipe for success includes the new Miracle Water and Secret Sauce. So let’s learn about them and why I’m thrilled.

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IT Cosmetics Miracle Water

MIRACLE WATER is a 3-in-1 Glow Tonic that you are going to want AND need.

  • Skin brightening Radiance Booster
  • Skin softening Micellar Cleanser
  • Anti-aging Treatment Essence

IT Cosmetics Miracle Water

I’m a huge fan of Micellar Water and having this improved version is amazing. It’s like having 3 products yet I’m only using one. Miracle Water is used in the typical way by applying it to a cotton pad and then swiping it on your face to remove cosmetics, skincare, and the day’s pollution.

But it’s not just for cleansing since it also brightens and hydrates your skin. It contains Drops of Light Technology Concentrate used in other IT Cosmetics products, as well as diamond powder, vitamin C and licorice root for youthful-looking lit from within skin.

It Cosmetics Miracle Water

It’s aptly named since this does seem to be magical. The Secret Sauce Fermented Complex deeply absorbs so that you’ll start seeing anti-aging results with this. To top it off, it’s unscented so I love it even more. The bottle is a hard plastic that looks beautiful on my vanity. It’s not squeezable so I’m not wasting product by squeezing out too much. I’m using it 1 to 2 times a day and seeing more hydration and clearer brighter skin.

IT Cosmetics Secret Sauce

The next step in the recipe is IT Cosmetics Secret Sauce, a moisturizer that is fabulous for dry skin. It’s rich and feels heavenly on skin. But it’s not so rich that it clogs pore. It absorbs beautifully.

IT Cosmetics Secret Sauce

Here’s what IT Cosmetics wants us to know:

  • Secret Sauce is a luxurious, clinically advanced moisturizer that instantly hydrates to transform your skin.
  • It contains Secret Sauce Fermented Complex which deeply absorbs.
  • There’s also Drops of Light Technology Concentrate, vitamin C and licorice root to deliver that youthful glow.
  • Secret Sauce contains collagen, peptides and hyaluronic acid.

Are you at all surprised that I love this fragrance free moisturizer??

IT Cosmetics Secret Sauce

I know it’s easy to dismiss products that bloggers receive to review but this isn’t a product that gets the hype because of that. These products get hyped because they are THAT good! The combination of Miracle Water and Secret Sauce makes them even better. It’s not necessary to use them both but it sure makes the recipe rich and delicious.  —  Marcia

Available at Sephora and Sephora.com. These are the perfect way to use your 15-20% off coupons!

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A wonderful way to boost your skin is with PCA Skin Serum

PCA Skin Hyaluronic Acid Boosting Serum

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I always tell you that hyaluronic acid are magic words. These are words I look for when choosing what to use for my skincare so imagine my delight when PCA Skin sent their Hyaluronic Acid Boosting Serum. That’s like bottling up the magic and delivering it directly to your skin.

Skincare products I’m currently using including PCA Skin Hyaluronic Acid Boosting Serum

What makes this magic? Hyaluronic acid and sodium hyaluronate attract and hold 1,000 times their weight in water on the surface of the skin for instant smoothing and hydration. Hydrolyzed hyaluronic acid penetrates deeper into the skin, attracting and holding moisture that’s already in the skin, and plumps fine lines from below the skin surface. Now tell me this isn’t magic. Especially as your skin ages and you start losing that bloom of youth.

PCA Hyaluronic Acid Boosting Serum gives my skin that extra plumpness underneath it all. I don’t need extra plump on my body but I want my face looking full and more youthful. The blend of ingredients in this serum increases your own body’s hyaluronic acid production.

PCA Skin Hyaluronic Acid Boosting Serum

What you’ll see when using this is a smoothing effect on your face. Before I apply any foundation is when I really notice it and it amazes me at times. This is a thicker serum than most I use so I mainly use it at night even though it’s meant for both day and night use. I prefer it at night so that it has time to work and settle in. My face is smoother in the morning and I swear I see less fine lines.

PCA Skin Hyaluronic Acid Boosting Serum swatch

There are so many fine ingredients in this that make this a wonder for your skin.

Ceramides repair damage to your skin to support hydration retention.

 HA-Pro Complex is a propriety blend that stimulates the production of the skin’s own hyaluronic acid and delivers 24-hour hydration. Even though Allure magazine has banned the words “anti-aging” our skin doesn’t know that and our skin wants these anti-aging ingredients.

Niacinamide strengthens your skin’s natural barrier to help prevent future damage.

And of course Hydrolized Hyaluronic Acid plumps fine lines from below the skin’s surface.

PCA Skin Hyaluronic Acid Boosting Serum

PCA Hyaluronic Acid Boosting Serum is recommended for all skin types even oily and acne prone. There’s a fragrance that I notice when I first apply it but it dissipates instantly, it reminds me a bit of an autumn night with a bonfire burning in the distance. But that’s just an initial fragrance that is gone before you know it. There’s no denying that this is a splurge when it comes to skincare but it’s your skin and taking care of it now means you can avoid more expensive treatments later.  —  Marcia

 

PCA Skin tells us All of our products are free of potential irritants like synthetic dyes and fragrances. PCA SKIN® does not perform or condone animal testing.

Ingredients:

Water/Aqua/Eau, Propanediol, Glycerin, Niacinamide, Dimethicone, Hydrolyzed Yeast Extract, Polyglyceryl-3 Beeswax, Coconut Alkanes, Phenoxyethanol, Isododecane, Jojoba Esters, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Polysilicone-11, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Benzoate, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Cetyl Alcohol, Polyglyceryl-6 Distearate, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Disodium Acetyl Glucosamine Phosphate, Hydrolyzed Glycosaminoglycans, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Hydroxide, Hexylene Glycol, Polygonum Bistorta Root Extract, Cetyl Hydroxyethylcellulose, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Aroma, Polyglucuronic Acid, Ceramide NP, Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Carrageenan, Ceramide AP, Phytosphingosine, Caprylyl Glycol, Cholesterol, Lecithin, Maris Sal, Ceramide EOP.

Add some natural skincare to your life with Geneva Naturals

Geneva Naturals

Sometimes I just take things for granted, for example thinking that I wrote about Geneva Naturals Skincare so that you’d know about this natural, well-priced line. And then I realize that I’m the only one who knows this since I forgot to tell you. Well the time has come to reveal the secrets of the two Geneva Naturals Skincare products that I’ve been using since October!

Geneva Naturals is a relatively new brand on the market and is sold on Amazon. There are 5 products in the line with the core of the line having 3: Advanced Vitamin C+E Serum, Advanced Anti-Aging Cream with SPF, and Advanced Anti-Aging Retinol Cream. I have the two creams and now I’m sorry I didn’t request the Serum when the company sent these for review.

Geneva Natural Anti-Aging Cream with SPF 20 and Anti-Aging Retinol Cream

Geneva Naturals was created in a collaboration with a leading Swiss dermatologist. Their mission is to offer natural, effective skincare that doesn’t break the bank. They use non-toxic ingredients to bring ageless beauty our way.

I’ve actually used this for a month at a time twice over the last 8 months. When I first received it I was using it right away but then in the craziness of my last broken leg I put it aside and only found it again in March. So I started using it again. Now I find myself reaching for it a few times a week, in between other skincare products.

Geneva Naturals Advanced Anti-Aging Cream (unscented) with sunscreen SPF20

Geneva Naturals Advanced Anti-Aging Facial Moisturizer ($19.99) is available in 2 versions with one being unscented. YEA for that option! The ingredients are pretty wonderful featuring “Edelweiss, a special anti-aging plant that grows in the Swiss Alps. Combined with Hyaluronic Acid, Coconut Oil, Moringa Oil and Vitamin E this day cream is specifically formulated to restore firmness and provide and every day protection from the sun for a more youthful and vibrant skin.

Advanced Anti-Aging Cream (unscented) with sunscreen SPF20

Here’s what I learned about Edelweiss: it’s a short lived flower found in the Alps and it has natural levels of UV protection along high levels of Leontopodic Acids A and B for remarkable anti-inflammatory properties. There’s also natural sun protection in Coconut Oil so that when they combine these ingredients they end up with a powerful protective product. As you know (or should know by now) you need suncare protection every single day of the year. Now that the sun is out for longer periods of time it means you need to be even more careful than before.

Geneva Naturals Advanced Anti-Aging Cream with sunscreen SPF20

Advanced Anti-Aging Cream with sunscreen SPF20 is a thick lotion that takes a few minutes to absorb. I have never found it interfered with my foundation which is important. Once something balls up … out it goes!

Geneva Naturals Anti-Aging Retinol Cream

At night I switch to Geneva Naturals Anti-Aging Retinol Cream ($23.99). I don’t normally use retinol so I look for products that have fairly low doses of the ingredient. It’s perfect for me since I haven’t had any reaction to this anti-aging cream. It too uses Edelweiss extract to help stimulate cell regeneration and build collagen to diminish the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and blemishes.

Geneva Naturals Anti-Aging Retinol Cream (partial list of ingredients)

Retinol has many benefits including the fact that it can interrupt the free-radical damage process that causes wrinkling and aging signs. You aren’t ever too young or too old to add this into your skincare regimen since it increases collagen production, helps fade discoloration from sun damage and hopefully builds elastin.

Geneva Naturals Anti-Aging Retinol Cream

The Retinol Cream has a thinner consistency than the Anti-Aging Cream and it does have a fragrance that is on the natural side and doesn’t linger long. This cream works particularly well with serums and even with added Hyaluronic Acid products.

All Geneva Naturals products are paraben-free, sulfate-free, phthalate-free & cruelty free. If you are looking for an affordable natural brand I recommend Geneva Naturals. You’ll feel like you are using a luxury brand and you’ll appreciate that the cost is one not normally associated with luxury. I’ve been very happy with my experiences with these products and plan to keep them in my routine.  —  Marcia

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  •  GET 10% OFF when you purchase any 2 Geneva Naturals products ? LIMITED TIME OFFER  Enter code GNSKIN10 at checkout.
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Mask of the Month: Osmosis Gel Mask

Osmosis Hydralift Firming Gel Mask

Osmosis Hydralift Firming Gel Mask is one of the most refreshing products I’ve tried in a long time. It was what I turned to often during the stress of moving which made me love it even more than I already did. If you have dehydrated skin even in the heat this is a mask you need in your life.

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You can tell a lot about it just from the name

  1. hydralift  –  it gives your skin and mood a lift!
  2. firming  – the mask not only tightens and firms but it adds hydration
  3. gel mask  – the gel consistency is soothing and calming

Osmosis Hydralift Firming Gel Mask

This Osmosis mask is the easiest product to use. You apply it for 5 to 15 minutes on a clean face and wash it off. That’s it. It can be done morning or night. Any time you want an extra dose of cooling or moisturizing this is perfectamundo. (from Urban Dictionary: 2)psuedo-street slang signifying that something is exceptional or that it is perfect. Popularised by the t.v. character Arthur Fonzirelli.)

Osmosis Hydralift Firming Gel Mask

Just look at that gel! It’s so inviting. Just a thin layer is all it takes. You can use this daily if you want or treat yourself once or twice a week. It feels deliciously cooling once on. It contains Cucumber Extract which provides a cooling and healing effect if your skin is irritated. Then Aloe Vera helps speed up cell renewal and quickly penetrates for immediate hydration. With Hyaluronic Acid as an ingredient I knew that this was a mask that would fit into my life well. Don’t tell me you can resist that?

Osmosis Hydralift Firming Gel Mask

I like using this before bed so that I wake up with softer skin. My friend Cindy from Prime Beauty told me she used this after a peel at a medispa and that it helped vanish the flakies after just one use.

While this is expensive at $52 it lasts for a long time since you need so little of it. A biggie for me is that this isn’t messy and I can spend that 15 minutes doing whatever I want since it’s not dripping down my face.

Osmosis Hydralift Firming Gel Mask was a no brainer for me for a mask of the month! Make it a mask of your month too.  —  Marcia

 

Aqua, Glyceryl Polymethacrylate, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera Gel), Sodium Hyaluronate, Oleth-10, Glycerin, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Potassium Hydrolyzed Polygamma-Glutamate, Cucumis Sativa (Cucumber) Extract, Chamomile Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract , Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Saccharide Isomerate, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Panthenol (Vitamin B-5), Allantoin, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Rosaceae (Rose Absolute Moroccan) Oil, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Carbomer, Potassium Sorbate, Tromethamine

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A Touch O’ Tatcha Polishes Your Skin

Tatcha is a luxurious Japanese skincare line that I was anxious to try. The line is based on “Japanese beauty secrets passed down by generations that took a different approach to skincare – that less is more.” Scientists from Japan and the US have worked together to create the perfect blend of anti-aging superfood for our skin.

Tatcha Dry Skin Ritual (image courtesy of tatcha.com)

Tatcha Dry Skin Ritual (image courtesy of tatcha.com)

I ordered the Dry Skin Ritual kit and while all the products performed well, the Polished Gentle Rice Enzyme Powder was the stand out for me. There are four versions of this powder for regular, sensitive, dry, oily skin.

Tatcha Rice Enzyme Powder

Tatcha Rice Enzyme Powder

You use this powder as a second step in a two step (using the cleansing oil first) cleansing ritual. I use it in the morning (you can use it twice a day) on water-moistened skin. Into my wet hands, I shake about 1/2 teaspoon of powder and rub my hands together to get a lather and massage it into my face and neck. Rinse off and you’re done but your skin looks polished and clean.

Tatcha Rice Enzyme Power (image courtesy of sephora.com)

Tatcha Rice Enzyme Power (image courtesy of sephora.com)

I am going to buy this in the full size as the kit came with a smaller jar.  Tatcha, I gotcha in my skin care ritual.  — Phyllis

Formulated without:
Mineral Oil, Synthetic Colors, Synthetic Fragrances, Sulfate Detergents, Parabens, PEGs, PPGs, Urea, DEA, TEA or Phthalates.

A Travel Size of this is available for $15 and the full size is $65. Available at Tatcha’s website, Sephora, full size on QVC.

*This item has been reformulated with cellulose (plant fiber) beads instead of polyethylene.

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