Get winter relief with Babo and Brevena

Brevena Therapy Balms and Babo Botanicals Hydrating Stick

There are two brands that I’m using to help get through the harshness of winter. Babo Botanicals has a new Sensitive Skin Care Therapy line that has products that hydrate, cleanse, calm and comfort dry skin as well as sensitive and eczema-prone skin.

The second brand is BREVENA® whose products focus on skin health and hydration using Macro B Complex®, their proprietary ingredient proven to deliver gorgeous, glowing, ultra-smooth skin.

The main reason I was excited to get products from both brands is that they are basically fragrance free and both help with dry skin. I’m all about fragrance free whenever possible.

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Babo Botanicals Sensitive Skin Dry Relief Hydrating Stick

BABO BOTANICALS Sensitive Skin Dry Relief Hydrating Stick is an all in one product. It’s just the right size to carry with you to help relieve so many issues: chapped lips, eczema, dry hands and cuticles, insect bites, and more. I’ve been looking for products that are great for travel and this fits in perfectly with my plans. There’s a slight minty smell to it and feels soothing when applied.

The packaging is like a mini deodorant (3″ tall, 1.5″ wide) and is suitable for everyone including children. It’s 100% natural and contains medical grade colloidal oatmeal for immediate dry skin relief. The benefits are that it protects against dry and chapped lips, as well as relieves and soothes flare ups, irritation, rashes and itchiness. Sounds pretty miraculous and it actually is. I’ve used it mostly on my hands since my fingers often get chapped.

Babo Botanicals Hydrating Stick

Ingredients that help it moisturize and soothe are shea and cocoa butters. It’s also enriched with “Nutri-Soothe Complex”. There are other products in this Sensitive Skin line like Hydra Therapy Lotion for dry and eczema prone skin (fragrance free and vegan) and Hydra Therapy Wash for face and body. (gluten, soy, dairy and sulfate free).

BREVENA®’s products focus on skin health and hydration using Macro B Complex® and a blend of emollients to deliver deep hydration. Their products are not only fragrance free but they are also dye-free, made in the US, not tested on animals, and are great for all skin types. I’ve been using both their Hand & Cuticle Therapy Balm and the Intensive Foot & Heel Repair and realized that they are actually the same product but different packaging. So you only need one to perform a fantastic job of moisturizing your hands and feet.

Brevena Intensive Foot & Heel Repair and Hand & Cuticle Therapy Balm

In 90% of the hand cream reviews I see they talk about how quickly the product absorbs but I’m not going to say that. This is a thicker balm so it takes time for maximum absorption. Brevena says to give it about 15 minutes though I find that after 10 minutes it feels terrific and I can go on with my life. For some that might mean to use it before bed, for others it means just take a little extra time. My hands don’t feel greasy after but they feel fabulously soft and protected.

ingredients for Brevena Hand & Cuticle Therapy Balm and for Intensive Foot & Heel Repair

Both the Hand & Cuticle Balm and the Foot & Heel Repair have the same ingredients and texture.

Brevena Hand & Cuticle Therapy Balm swatch

I’m not a person who can sleep in socks so I apply the Intensive Foot & Heel Repair when I get it bed. Not only do I massage it into my tootsies but I also use the remainder on my hands. Not everyone is going to have this luxury but if I just had one it would be on my nightstand. There’s a protective barrier that helps my hands and feet look better – no more scaly heels or fingers. While these are expensive to begin with ($49) remember that they aren’t lotions or creams. They are protective balms and a little goes a long way. (Our key ingredient is Macro B Complex, a botanical element extracted from the cell wall of the oat plant)

Don’t let the rest of winter beat you down. Fight back and shield your skin from the harshness of winter and skin problems with Babo Botanicals and Brevena Laboratories.  —  Marcia


Makeup Wars Must Have Winter product – Pur Attitude Fusion C

When Makeup Wars chose Must Have Winter Product as the topic of the week I was absolutely sure that I’d choose something cosmetic. I bought so many eyeshadow palettes and lip products in December that I had plenty to pick from. But I’ve found that it’s skincare that I’m concentrating on lately so my typical post isn’t my typical post. I can always talk about my oodles of eyeshadows but I am really loving Pur Attitude Fusion-C lately and seeing what it is doing for my 2018 skin is where I’m at.

Pur Attitude Fusion-C


I started out my recent skincare journey with Vitabrid C¹² FACE Brightening Powder which I attribute for my age spots starting to fade. I’m continuing it with Pur Attitude Fusion-C Vitamin C Serum to not only keep those spots at bay but to brighten my face with its 4 forms of Vitamin C.

Pur Attitude Fusion-C Vitamin C Serum

I was sick the first week of the new year and totally let my skin go. I didn’t use anything at all and felt dull as dishwater. When I snapped out of my funk the first product I reached for was this brightening serum. It contains some great ingredients: Ascorbic Acid, 3-O-Ethyl Ascorbic Acid, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, and Sodium Ascorbate. Fusion-C Brightening Serum also contains BV-OSC Ester, which is an active form of Vitamin C that improves collagen synthesis. The serum’s benefits include improving the look of fine lines and wrinkles, lightening age spots, and discoloration with the use of Licorice Extract, Vitamin E, and Hydrolized Collagen.

Pur Attitude Fusion-C ingredient list

PUR attitude Fusion-C Brightening Serum quickly perked my skin back up and I’m grateful for that. This is a serum that I’m just using at night. It’s very thin and feels watery yet it absorbs quickly. You know I love Hyaluronic Acid in my skincare and Pur Attitude must know it too.

Fusion-C Brightening Serum is enhanced with the power of natural Hyaluronix™ technology, which delivers up to one thousand times its weight in water, binding moisture deeply into the skin. Hyaluronix™ uses a complex of three different molecular weights of Hyaluronic Acid to create a delivery system that encapsulates and time-releases key ingredients deep within the lower layers of the skin.

Pur Attitude Fusion-C Vitamin C Serum

Pur Attitude Fusion-C Vitamin C Serum

Part of my skincare journey is to brighten my skin so that the hyperpigmentation is lightened and evened out. I’m thrilled with how the serum has added to the journey. My skin looks less spotty and I see some increased elasticity in it now that this is part of my routine.

Since I need such a small amount of Fusion-C I feel this serum will last me a good amount of time. Pur Attitude follows a “Safe Beauty” standard and uses no harsh chemicals, parabens, PEG’s, glycols, sulfates, petro-chemicals, synthetic fragrances and artificial dyes. It’s fragrance free (yes!!!!) so it’s not offensive to anyone’s sense of smell.

If you join their reward program you’ll get $10 off your first purchase. Since this serum is reasonably priced at $39 joining makes it an even better deal. I’m interested in trying their Best Sellers Trial Size Kit ($19.99) to try their 5 top products. These seem to be the perfect size for travel.

As a Must Have for me I am obviously recommending it. Get your skincare journey going with this effective serum.  —  Marcia

Now let’s see what other Must Haves are loved by the Makeup War bloggers.

My hero skincare item of 2017 – Vitabrid C¹² FACE Brightening Powder

Vitabrid C¹² FACE Brightening Powder

Behind the scenes of a beauty bloggers life is the testing that we do on products. In general I use a skincare product for a month before reviewing but sometimes it takes a longer time which was the case with Vitabrid C¹² FACE Brightening Powder. I’ve been using this for 2 months and continue to do so. In that two months I’ve come to realize that this is my HERO skincare item for 2017.

Why did it take me two months to declare this as a product that has changed my skin? Partly because I’m older, partly because sunscreen wasn’t available or used when I was young, partly because I was using it incorrectly. The sunscreen issue has affected my skin and probably the skin of all people in my age group. We were either slathered with Coppertone to attract the sun or when we got older used baby oil and a foil visor to help us get more color. We just didn’t know better.

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Now that I do know better and use sunscreen religiously I’m battling the effects of sunspots and skin discoloration. I talked with the company’s rep and found out that I needed to use this twice a day (I was savoring it and using it once a day) and that it would take longer to become effective on sunspots. So onward I continued and now I can praise it to you all.

Vitabrid C¹² FACE Brightening Powder

I previously wrote about the Vitabrid C¹² haircare products and was eager to see if their skincare would be as great. This terrific bottle of goodness is a powder to help lighten your skin. I have two larger sunspots as well as many faded freckles. I never minded the freckles but the two sunspots do annoy me. When using Vitabrid C¹² FACE Brightening Powder I concentrated on the two spots. I applied those areas first and then used the remainder on the rest of my face.

Vitabrid C¹² FACE Brightening Powder

The best part of this Face Brightening Powder is that you mix it fresh every time you use it. The active ingredient in this a Vitamin C which can deteriorate over time. But you are releasing it freshly onto your skin when you use this powder. It continues to release over the next 12 hours to result in a more luminous complexion. Your skin not only looks revitalized but it helps with the appearance of fine lines.

So easy to use! Decide if you want to mix it in with your moisturizer or a serum and pour about a dime’s size of the powder onto the palm of your hand. Mix the two together and smooth it on. That’s all it takes. There’s no added fragrance to it. If I use it with a serum then I let it set for a few minutes before the application of my moisturizer. And I don’t forget sunscreen since skin is more sensitive to the sun when you use certain ingredients.

Vitabrid C¹² FACE Brightening Powder

Vitabrid C¹² FACE Brightening Powder

After two months of using this once or twice a day I still have 1/3 of the bottle left. It looked so small when I got the package but it’s lasted a long time. I think that by the time I’m done with Vitabrid C¹² FACE Brightening Powder my sunspots will be lightened to the point that they won’t be noticeable. I’m excited about that.

Vitabrid C¹² FACE Brightening Powder side shows how much is left

You’ve read the reasons why I consider this to be my Hero skincare product for 2017. It’s made a visible difference in my skin and in my mood. Barney’s carries the Vitabrid C¹² products which is where I’ll go to replenish this wonder.  —  Marcia

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12-hour Transdermal Vitamin C  Vitabrid C¹² is the secret to healthy skin. Using proprietary biotechnology, our DPES system stores, perserves, and delivers 12 continuous hours of antioxidant-rich Vitamin C to your skin.



Kneipp Lady’s Mantle Skincare review and giveaway

Starting a new year makes me think about skincare more and more. I don’t really make New Year’s Resolutions but I do try to start the year off with a new attitude about skincare and how it can keep me looking fresher than a daisy. Well actually let’s say fresher than a Lady’s Mantle which is the flower that Kneipp has used in one of their skincare lines.

To prove I’m not too old to keep on learning, I just learned about Lady’s Mantle and what its uses are. According to “Lady’s mantle has been used topically and internally, as a treatment for wounds, gastrointestinal complaints, and female ailments. Its tannin content appears to justify astringent and antidiarrheal uses. It may protect conjunctive and elastic tissues and possibly be useful as an antioxidant.” The plant is rich in tannins, salicylic acid, essential oil, bitter substances and phytosterols. It also contains vitamin C and numerous minerals. Lady’s Mantle is rich in antioxidants and helps rid of free radicals and ensures skin’s elasticity for anti-aging benefits. Lady’s Mantle has also been known to calm common skin issues such as eczema and rashes.

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Kneipp has a complete line of products that are in their Lady’s Mantle category and I was sent a few to test out. One of my personal problems with trialing skincare is that I’m so sensitive to fragrance in the products and that’s what happened to me and these products. The line seems excellent but the fragrant aroma isn’t one that I tolerate well. I believe that others won’t notice it though and that it’s just my personal affliction. I’ve used 3 of the products though and have 2 to give away to a new nose home.

Kneipp Lady’s Mantle Reactivation line


This creamy cleanser is one that is used differently than most cleansers. I pump it out and apply it to dry skin. Then I take a moist washcloth to activate and to remove. It doesn’t foam up and interestingly enough it doesn’t leave behind a soapy film. Of course you can use it in the same way you would any other cleanser but by doing it this way it not only gives a gentle cleansing but it leaves behind lasting moisture.

Kneipp uses natural ingredients and the two main ones in this are lady’s mantle extract and nourishing almond oil. I can use this during the day but I prefer not to wash with it at night. It can be used as an eye makeup remover too (I haven’t tried it that way.)

Kneipp Lady’s Mantle Face Tonic and Cleansing Milk


The tonic is to be used after cleansing. It removes whatever cleanser might be left behind. It can also be used any time during the day to refresh your skin. The fragrance of this surprised me since it’s much more “spicy” smelling. It doesn’t have the sweetness of the Cleansing Milk because it contains a mint extract. “The KNEIPP® LADY’S MANTLE FACE TONIC – “REACTIVATION” with its combination of natural functional ingredients with lady’s mantle extract and mint freshens and refines the appearance of the skin.” Use it as you would any toner by shaking some out on a cotton pad and apply in circular movements. It’s pretty refreshing actually but the fragrance does linger for several minutes on me.


“The KNEIPP® LADY’S MANTLE 24h FACE CREAM – “REACTIVATION” with its combination of natural functional ingredients with lady’s mantle extract is suitable as a day as well as a night cream. It protects the skin from photoaging and free radicals. The smoothing intensive care pampers the skin with long-lasting moisture and a gentle fragrance.”



I haven’t used this so I can’t give you a personal experience. I know that it has a sweet floral fragrance and that it looks rich and creamy. I’ve chosen not to use it even though I have no doubt it’s a great moisturizer therefore I will be sending this to one of our readers.



Each packet of this face mask has two treatments in it. What I like about this particular mask is that it’s a cream mask that doesn’t dry down completely on my skin. It only takes 10 minutes to use so what I do is apply it as I’m getting ready to shower, then I wash it off in the shower. It leaves my skin feeling refreshed and hydrated. It’s currently on sale on their website for $3.25 a packet.

Things to know about KNEIPP®:

  • High-quality natural plant derived ingredients
  • NO preservatives
  • NO paraffin, silicone or mineral oils·
  • NO animal-derived ingredients·
  • NO animal testing·
  • Dermatologist tested·
  • Manufactured with pharmaceutical standards
  • All the products in this article are vegan.

    Win the Kneipp 24H Face Cream and 2 Face Masks

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION: One of you will win the 24H Face Cream along with 2 packets of the Face Mask. This is a US only giveaway due to the weight of the moisturizer. The giveaway will be open through January 11, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. EST. As in all our giveaways you need to be an email subscriber and comment. All other entries are optional to help you become a winner. —  Marcia

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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


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 These are the perfect way to use your 15-20% off coupons!

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