Start the new year right with a VERTERE Skin Care giveaway

VERTERE Holiday Skincare Set

VERTERE Holiday Skincare Set

I can’t resist a giveaway for my readers so when VERTERE offered me a skincare travel set in a holiday gift bag for one of my readers I, of course, said yes. I can’t give you my personal reactions to these two skincare items from VERTERE but I’ve done the research and these seem excellent.

If VERTERE is new on your radar then it’s time to learn about the brand and see why you’ll want to be the winner.

Blending luxury with clinical performance, Vertere® is the first and only skin care brand specifically created to improve the appearance of aging, hyperpigmentation and adult acne with one regimen and it may be used by all skin tones.

Vertere’s multifunctional, synergistic blend of proven, clinically active scientific and natural ingredients produces visible results rapidly without going through multiple steps, without using multiple products and without breaking out as a result. We use multiple key ingredients at clinically proven levels rather than simply one ‘star’ ingredient or minimal concentrations.

Vertere is also non-toxic – it’s hydroquinone-free, paraben-free, phthalate-free and more.

Vertere:

  • Uses proven ingredients at clinically proven levels
  • Is anti-aging skin care for breakout-prone skin
  • Is non-toxic – it is paraben-free, petrolatum-free, mineral oil-free, hydroquinone-free, SLS-free, phthalate-free and more
  • Does not use animal-derived ingredients
  • Uses a non-bioaccumulative preservative system
  • Products are not tested on animals
Vertere Holiday Gift Set

Vertere Holiday Gift Set

This gift set (on sale for $45) contains 2 of Vertere’s most popular items. REFINING TREATMENT CLEANSER (.5 fl oz in set and $42 for 4.2 oz full size) is especially good for those of us who have fine lines but still have breakouts. It’s a cleansing serum that contains 3.2% lactic acid, argan and baobab oils amongst the ingredients. Pores will be tighter and your skin will be hydrated, plumped, brightened and clarified. It can be used with fingers or your favorite cleansing device.

Vertere Refining Treatment Cleanser

Vertere Refining Treatment Cleanser

Vertere Dramatic Transformation Cream SPF 18 is their hero product. The full size is $133 so you may not want to get hooked on it but then again when you learn more about it, you won’t mind the price. Dramatic Transformation Cream SPF 18 is five products in one – moisturizer, wrinkle smoother, blemish minimizer, dark spot brightener and  sun protection.

Vertere Dreamatic Transformation Cream

Vertere Dramatic Transformation Cream

Vertere Dramatic Transformation Cream contains 10% lactic acid plus antioxidants. For brightening it uses Alpha Arbutin which is a safe and more effective ingredient than hydroquinone. There are also multiple peptides for quick and long term results. You will only need to use a half pea to pea size since the cream is so concentrated.

Vertere Dramatic Transformation Cream

Vertere Dramatic Transformation Cream

After reading about these products, don’t you want to try them? I certainly do. Vertere gets 5 star ratings from its customers. This set would be a wonderful one for you to try out a skincare line that improves the appearance of aging, dark spots, and imperfections with one regimen for all skin types.  —  Marcia

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION:  Our Vertere Holiday Gift set containing the deluxe travel edition products and green satin bag will belong to one US subscriber. Make sure I don’t have to disqualify you if you don’t follow as required. The giveaway is open through January 1, 2017 so it will be the first giveaway I mail out in the new year!! If comments close early (SPEAK YOUR MIND) then email me your comment to beautyinfozone@gmail.com and label it skincare. What a way to start 2017!!

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Refining Treatment Cleanser active ingredients

  • Lactic acid at 3.2 percent accelerates skin cell renewal rate without irritating skin
  • Argan oil , a legendary rich source of essential fatty acids,  improves the appearance of acne to eczema
  • Baobab oil, obtained from trees with a 6,000-year lifespan, helps to improve skin elasticity and encourages skin cell regeneration without clogging pores
  • Burdock root extract soothes skin, relieving inflammation and peeling
  • MSM deeply penetrates to moisturize, brighten and even skin tone
  • Aloe barbadensis leaf juice, celebrated as “the plant of immortality” in  ancient cultures, provides a rich source of skin nourishing vitamins, minerals, enzymes and essential amino acids

Dramatic Transformation Cream active ingredients

  • Lactic acid in a ten percent concentration provides a high skin cell renewal rate with a very low irritation level
  • Salicylic acid combines with lactic acid to synergistically amplify clarity
  • Alpha Arbutin produces faster and more pronounced lightening after 30 days compared to kojic acid and hydroquinone – and is a safer alternative to hydroquinone, which is banned everywhere except the United States due to carcinogenic concerns and is unsuitable for dark skin tones
  • Dipeptide Diaminobutyroyl Benzylamide Diacetate inhibits muscle contractions for a smoothing, anti-wrinkle effect; studies have shown 52 percent wrinkle reduction after 28 days
  • Omegas 3, 6 and 9 help rebuild skin’s barrier and retain moisture
  • Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, an organic peptide, has been shown to help protect against collagen degradation and reduce
    skin roughness

 

Evine + Fashion Flash + Beauty Info Zone = great holiday ideas and a giveaway

evine-logoEach week Fashion Flash shares our emagazine containing posts from 12 international bloggers. As we’re growing we’ve been added by Evine as a partner. In the past both Beauty Info Zone and Prime Beauty offered our readers fabulous giveaways from Evine’s Peace & Love Legacy Jewelry. After the success of those we’ve again been invited to share 4 more giveaways with the wonderful products that Evine sells. Currently Never Say Die Beauty has some beautiful Pamela McCoy Suede Faux Fur lined gloves and next week Notes from My Dressing Table will have our last Evine giveaway. Evine has all the products you’ll want in your life: beauty, electronics, fashion, jewelry, food & kitchen items. There are always sales going on there. It’s a shopping paradise.

I was sent two different categories of products for you to learn about: electronics and beauty. I’m excited about both of these so read on to learn.

UTOPIA 360 VIRTUAL REALITY 3D HEADSET + BLUETOOTH CONTROLLER

Utopia 360 Virtual Reality 3D Headset

Utopia 360 Virtual Reality 3D Headset

Want to put a smile on your techie friend/relative? This is a great way to do so. The Utopia 360 Virtual Reality 3D Headset comes with everything needed for hours of fun.

Utopia 360 Virtual Reality 3D Headset

Utopia 360 Virtual Reality 3D Headset

For only $29.99 you can step into the world of Virtual Reality. The box contains the Headset, Remote Control, Ear Buds, and a lens cleaning cloth. It works with any smartphone and since it’s bluetooth compatible the controller will take you into many worlds. You can use free apps from Google Play and iOS stores as well as ones you might want to purchase.

Utopia 360 Virtual Reality 3D Headset

Utopia 360 Virtual Reality 3D Headset

Utopia 360 Virtual Reality 3D Headset back view

Utopia 360 Virtual Reality 3D Headset back view

What hotter gift could you give the men in your life (women too of course)? utopia-360-back-box

BEEKMAN 1802 SIX-PIECE “BUNDLE UP WITH BEEKMAN” COLLECTION WITH THREE GIFT BOXESbeekman-1802

The Six Piece Bundle from Beekman 1802 will make a terrific gift for you or yours. This is sold out on Evine because it was such a great deal but we have one set aside for this giveaway.

The set contains Pure Goat Milk Bar Soap – 9 oz and Pure Goat Milk Hand Cream – 2 oz
Vanilla Absolute Whipped Body Cream – 8 oz
Vanilla Absolute Lip Balm – 0.15 oz, Heirloom Violet Lip Balm – 0.15 oz , and Pure Goat Milk Lip Balm – 0.15 oz
One Large, One Medium and One Small Gift Box plus a Black Ribbon (for boxes)

Each of these products though are available separately and from my experience are things that anyone would love.

The smallest of the three boxes contain BEEKMAN 1802 LIP BALMS which are terrific because they contain ingredients you want on your lips. In this set you’ll get Vanilla Absolute Lip Balm and Pure Goat Milk Lip Balm which contains organic beeswax and sunflower oil to condition your lips and Vitamin E and coconut oil to moisturize and nourish. The Heirloom Violet Lip Balm uses beeswax to seal in moisture, shea butter, sunflower oil and Vitamin E. The Beekman 1802 Lip Balms come in other flavors for $8 individually or $15.72 for a set of 3 different scents.

Beekman 1802 Lip Balm Trio

Beekman 1802 Lip Balm Trio

The middle size box contains BEEKMAN 1802 PURE GOAT MILK WHIPPED BODY CREAM ($32 for 8 fl oz). This particular one is Vanilla Absolute, scented with warm vanilla with rich undertones of sandalwood. There’s also a fragrance free body cream in Pure Goat Milk as well as  Honeyed Grapefruit which is scented with sweet notes of red grapefruit, guava and lemon blossom.

Beekman 1802 Whipped Body Cream

Beekman 1802 Whipped Body Cream

The benefits of the cream are many

  • Pure goat milk is rich in vitamins and gentle on your skin
  • Cocoa butter is high in fatty acids to help deeply moisturize your skin
  • Mango butter helps soften, soothe and moisturize
  • Shea butter helps lock in moisture

    Beekman 1802 Pure Goat Milk Whipped Body Cream

    Beekman 1802 Pure Goat Milk Whipped Body Cream

The largest box holds two treasures: Pure Goat Milk Soap and Goat Milk Hand Cream both of which are unscented.

Beekman 1802 Pure Goat Milk Soap and Goat Milk Hand Cream

Beekman 1802 Pure Goat Milk Soap and Goat Milk Hand Cream

Beekman 1802 has many lovely fragranced bar soaps as well, for example Honey & Orange Blossom ($15). All their soaps are Sulfate Free and Paraben Free and contain natural ingredients that moisturize and soften your skin.

Beekman 1802 Pure Goat Milk Soap

Beekman 1802 Pure Goat Milk Soap

Goat Milk Hand Cream comes in many delicious sounding scents as well as this unscented one. A 3.4 fl oz tube of this is $20 and is one of the best I’ve tried. The consistency is very creamy and lightweight, it doesn’t leave your hands sticky after applying. It contains goat milk, shea butter, aloe, and Vitamin E. All help nourish.

Beekman 1802 Collection

Beekman 1802 Collection

I’m sad that this is sold out but happy that I could introduce you to this superb line carried on Evine. I’m also happy that one of you will win this set thanks to Evine.  —  Marcia

No one is a loser though with the Evine and Fashion Flash collaboration since Evine has offered our readers a one-time use discount of 15% off using the code FASHIONFLASH15. This offer is good through 12/31/16 so be sure you peruse Evine to find favorites. #evinepartner

*15% off offer valid 7:00am ET, November 14, 2016 until 11:59pm ET, December 31, 2016. May not be applied to previous purchases or combined with any other offer. Discount does not apply to shipping & handling, sales tax. If coupon is used to initiate an AutoDelivery program it will only be applied to the first shipment, additional shipments will be at full AutoDelivery pricing. Not valid on Waterford, Electronics including tablets, computers or cell phones or items offered by Evine’s paid programming partners. Discount will be applied at checkout. No cash value or credit back. Void where prohibited, taxed or restricted, or if sold or transferred. Evine reserves the right to end this promotion at any time and to substitute or cancel orders when unexpected coupon system errors occur or in the case of abuse, misuse or fraud.

GIVEAWAY INFORMATON: Our giveaway is open through 12/12/16 at 11:59 p.m. EST and open to US only. The entry options are all in the Rafflecopter. If your name is chosen as a winner all your entries will be verified before announcing the winner. Be sure you tweet daily for extra entries. You’ll love this wonderful Evine Beekman 1802 six piece collection so you want to enhance your chances to win.

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*thank you to Evine for offering our readers this delightful Beekman 1802 giveaway and providing press samples to faciliate this article

My first experience with L’Oreal skincare – Revitalift

L'Oreal Revitalift Bright Reveal

L’Oreal Revitalift Bright Reveal

I’m probably one of the only women of my generation that hasn’t used L’Oreal Skincare products. I’ve stayed away from it since I find their products to be too perfumed for me. Yet here I am using their Revitalift Bright Reveal products. I am a member of something called BzzAgent. I’ve been a part of their site for a dozen years and every once in a while they offer campaigns that they feel I am qualified for. I’ve reviewed a variety of products through them – Covergirl Olay cosmetics, mustards, a toothpaste, and a variety of food items. They’ve even sent toilet paper. It’s rare that they offer anything in my field though so I agreed to try this out when it was offered.

L'Oreal Revitalift Bright Reveal

L’Oreal Revitalift Bright Reveal

4 products from L’Oreal’s Revitalift line were sent my way to test for approximately a month. I have mixed feelings about these but you have to remember that I have a scent bias which I freely admit. I think any negativity I might show is due to that as the products are actually quite good. Revitalift has a big variety of skincare items with these 4 being their Bright Reveal line.

L'Oreal Bright Reveal Brightening Daily Scrub Cleanser

L’Oreal Bright Reveal Brightening Daily Scrub Cleanser

As usual we start with a cleanser. The Bright Reveal Brightening Daily Scrub Cleanser ($6.99) contains glycolic acid so I haven’t used it daily. This is more than just a cleanser as it’s also an exfoliator so it’s stronger than many of the cleansers I use. This $6.99 cleanser is packaged in a tube which makes it easy to use and remove the amount I need so there’s little waste. It contains micro-pearls along with the glycolic to gently scrub your face, ridding it of dead skin cells and brightening the appearance. The fragrance is noticeable to me but I don’t think it would affect most users.

L'Oreal Revitalift Bright Reveal Brightening Moisturizer

L’Oreal Revitalift Bright Reveal Brightening Moisturizer

L’Oreal Revitalift Bright Reveal Brightening Moisturizer is the daytime moisturizer for Bright Reveal. As you can see by the box it too contains Glycolic Acid although the percentage isn’t given. What makes this right for daytime is the SPF 30 Broad Spectrum Sunscreen. The active ingredients are Avobenzone 3%, Homosalate 5%, Octisalate 5%, and Octocrylene 7%. It also contains Glycolic Acid, Vit C, Pro-Retinol, BROAD SPECTRUM SPF30. While this too has a fragrance it isn’t cloying, instead it’s almost a floral citrus scent. Since the fragrance doesn’t dissipate I really enjoy it on the back of my hands. I wish the fragrance was lighter but it’s doable for me there. This retails for $19.99 (Amazon has a 20% off coupon off their $16 price).

L'Oreal Revitalift Bright Reveal Brightening Peel Pads

L’Oreal Revitalift Bright Reveal Brightening Peel Pads

Use the Revitalift Bright Reveal Brightening Peel Pads after nighttime cleansing and before moisturizing. This has the strongest amount of Glycolic Acid in it as the compound contains 10%. This won’t be for everyone since some people can’t tolerate that amount of glycolic. Therefore I suggest that you not use it nightly even though you are going to want to. I find this is the most effective of the products. 10% Glycolic Complex: Glycolic Acid, Vit C, Citric Acid, HEPES

L'Oreal Revitalift Bright Reveal Brightening Peel Pads

L’Oreal Revitalift Bright Reveal Brightening Peel Pads

Each multi-textured pad is well soaked with the formula and I could almost cut them in half. The jar contains 30 pads which should last a month but I’m not using them daily as suggested. The fragrance is medicinal and reminds me of other pads I’ve used. This is my favorite of the products since I notice not only some brightening but my pores feel cleaner. Also it aids in making other skincare products like night moisturizers more effective.

L'Oreal Revitalift Bright Reveal Brightening Dual Overnight Moisturizer

L’Oreal Revitalift Bright Reveal Brightening Dual Overnight Moisturizer

L’Oreal Revitalift Bright Reveal Brightening Dual Overnight Moisturizer has such interesting packaging. The main ingredients in this are 4% Glycolic Acid, Vitamin C, and Pro-Retinol. The two chambers contain different ingredients that merge into one when pumped out. RED CHAMBER: Powered by glycolic acid. Penetrates skin’s surface layer removing dead skin cells to help absorption. WHITE CHAMBER: Powered by Vitamin C + Pro-Retinol. Enhances skin clarity, reduces visibility of hyperpigmentation, uneven tone, and wrinkles.

L'Oreal Revitalift Bright Reveal Brightening Dual Overnight Moisturizer

L’Oreal Revitalift Bright Reveal Brightening Dual Overnight Moisturizer

The red chamber contains a clear glycolic gel while the white chamber contains the white creamy moisturizer. They come out separately but you can’t get just one side to release. You are freshly mixing them together to apply on your face. The goal is to brighten your face and reduce wrinkles in just one week. I’m not really wrinkled so I can’t say I see that effect but my skin has looked brighter with this line when I can use it. The fragrance is also slightly citrus but there is some floral to it. Sadly though it keeps me up at night, even if I apply it hours before bedtime.

In conclusion I’m glad I was selected by BzzAgent for this campaign and that I set my fear aside to try the line. While I’m very cautious with the 2 moisturizers I can use them sometimes and I’ll continue using the Brightening Peel Pads since the price is right and I feel they’ve made the most difference. Are you a L’Oreal Lady? What products do you recommend?  —  Marcia

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KARYNG by Dr. Karyn Grossman makes our nights outstanding

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KARYNG Skincare by Dr. Karyn Grossman is the latest company that Beauty Info Zone has been introduced to; we want to further this introduction since the two products we were sent to test have been wonderful.

If you read Harper’s Bazaar, Town & Country, Vogue, MORE etc. you might have seen Dr. Grossman mentioned in articles, especially since she was named one of the five “hot derms”. Besides her dermatology business she’s also a top cosmetic surgeon with a long list of famous patients.

Her skincare was founded on her belief that inflammation is at the root of most skin problems so she developed products to address this issue.

Karyng’s active, high-performance ingredients target the key signs of aging: fine lines and wrinkles, sagging skin, uneven pigmentation, inflammation, and dullness to help deliver a fresh, youthful appearance. Rich antioxidants combat inflammation and help repair and restructure skin. Every product in the line contains exclusive Pro-Verte Technology, a naturally-based proprietary complex designed to maximize anti-aging and anti-inflammatory results.

 

Karyng Restructuring Night CreamLISA USES RESTRUCTURING NIGHT CREAM ($75)

There is a lot to be excited about when it comes to this thick, creamy nighttime moisturizer. New to me are keratinocyte growth factors that actually increase the thickness of the skin. Your skin thins out as you age, which is one reason why dark undereye circles become so prominent, and why wrinkles start to develop. The results reported for this cream are pretty impressive: it reduces the appearance of deep and fine lines, increases collagen by 6.8% in 11 days, increases elastin by 190% to improve firmness and elasticity within 15 days, and evens skin tone and texture. That doesn’t even include the other benefits:

Double protection against oxidative stress from UV exposure and glycation
Boost DNA repair from UV-B induced damage
Provide 24 hour skin hydration decreasing dryness by 60%
Rebuild skin’s barrier to help protect 

Karyng Restructuring Night Cream
This is a shea butter and olive oil based moisturizer that I find definitely keeps my skin moist and soft. The other ingredients are excellent – lots of cutting edge stuff that hydrates, repairs, fights free radicals, protects skin from photo-aging, creates new epidermis, unplugs pores, and evens skin tone.

Karyng Restructuring Night CreamThe Karyng Restructuring Night Cream is one of those moisturizers that give immediate gratification in addition to all the long-term benefits. Rub a small amount on the back of one hand and wait a few minutes. Then feel the difference between that hand and your other one – it’s incredible. That effect lasts until you wash your hands and even then the treated hand is still noticeably softer. Of course, you put this moisturizer on your face at night after cleansing and toning, so it won’t be washed off. That means all those wonderful ingredients are busy for hours and hours, putting the ‘beauty’ in ‘beauty sleep’.

My only gripe? It’s jar packaging, so don’t be tempted to stick your fingers in there – use a scoop of some sort. And you’ve got to use the entire jar quickly or the ingredients lose their integrity and effectiveness. If you can vow to keep your hands out of the jar, keep the lid on tight in between uses, and faithfully use this every night, I think you will be extremely pleased with the results because this is a winning night cream.

MARCIA USES KARYNG REVITALIZING EYE CREAM ($70)

Karyng Revitalizing Eye Cream

Karyng Revitalizing Eye Cream

Unlike Lisa I have no gripes at all. Karyng packed their Revitalizing Eye Cream exactly how one should be packaged. The light green jar is opaque with a silver twist top. You reveal the pump when you need it and then twist back to seal. The efficacy of the ingredients is safe within.

Karyng Revitalizing Eye Cream top closed

Karyng Revitalizing Eye Cream top closed

Karyng Revitalizing Eye Cream top open

Karyng Revitalizing Eye Cream top open

One of the first things I noticed on the Revitalizing Eye Cream jar says this “90% Nature, 10% Science”. I thought that was an interesting way to show how the ingredients are the winners here. All Karyng products are formulated without parabens, petroleum, pesticides, propylene or butylene glycols, phthalates, BPA’s, PEG’s, TEA, DEA, GMO, glutens, or synthetic fragrances. They are vegan and not tested on animals.

The two problems I most want to work on with an eye cream are the puffiness I get under my eyes along with the dark circles that go hand in hand with them. Of course I want my fine lines to be hidden but that’s not my main goal. Revitalizing Eye Cream works on all of these in a light, easily absorbed cream. I notice a lightening effect under my eyes in the morning when I awake and to keep that going I use it when I’m putting on my skincare each day.

Karyng Revitalizing Eye Cream

Karyng Revitalizing Eye Cream

The ingredients are incredible and will keep me using this for some time to come.

Holoxyl TM – Tripeptide-5, and soy-rice peptides are clinically proven to reduce dark circles, puffiness and inflammation.

Eyeliss TM 3% – A combination of 3 natural and effective peptides that work together to eliminate all the causes of eye bags

Niacinamide – Also known as vitamin B3 and nicotinic acid, a potent cell-communicating ingredient that offers multiple benefits for aging skin.

Karyng Revitalizing Eye Cream

Karyng Revitalizing Eye Cream

The only thing better than having this opportunity to use these two products is if we could meet Dr. Karyn Grossman for a little extra help!

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How does your city stack up in wrinkles? Count on RoC® to help improve your chances.

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This year RoC® conducted their 3rd annual Wrinkle Rating. It’s so interesting to find out where your area stands. In the top 10 is a city (#9) not too far from me that made it. While I’m not moving, I am counting on RoC® to keep my skin as wrinkle free as possible.

The top ten cities/metro areas include:

 

1. Philadelphia, PA 6. Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ
2. Denver-Aurora, CO 7. Washington, DC-Arlington-Alexandria, VA
3. Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA 8. New York, NY
4. Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL 9. Warren, MI
5. Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 10. Edison, NJ

WRINKLE(S) IN THE FINDINGS

  • Big City Blues: Large metropolitan areas such as Philadelphia, Washington D.C. and New York City will continue to round out the top 10 most wrinkle-prone metro areas due to their extreme urban environments, including more congested commuting and lower air quality.
  • Thank You for Not Smoking: Smoking rates are predicted to approach zero in 35 of the 50 cities ranked, which will decrease overall rates of premature fine lines and wrinkles. However, Nashville, St. Louis and Kansas City are expected to retain smoking rates significantly higher than the rest of the country – leaving residents of these cities more at risk.
  • Heat Makes Waves: Higher temperatures along with less precipitation will increase the risk of wrinkles in certain areas such as the Great Lakes and the Northeast. Meanwhile, Texan residents, beware of drier skin as cities such as Dallas, Houston and San Antonio will see the greatest decrease in average annual precipitation.

Two RoC® products in particular are ones we all should use: Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Serum and Retinol Correxion Eye Cream. I’m sure I’ve told you (over and over) that serums and eye creams are my favorite skincare products so it’s no surprise that I would recommend these RoC® essentials. #gotitfree

RoC® Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Serum and Eye Cream

RoC® Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Serum and Eye Cream

These two are staples in my life and as a RoC® ambassador I’m lucky enough to receive enough to keep me stocked. RoC® Deep Wrinkle Serum is a complement to your skin’s renewal process and is clinically proven to visibly reduce fine lines and deep wrinkles.

RoC® Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Serum

RoC® Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Serum

While I’m not wrinkly yet I do have fine lines that I need to keep under control. This serum is very light and silky; it contains magnesium, zinc and copper along with RoC’s retinol.

RoC® Retinol Correxion Eye Cream

RoC® Retinol Correxion Eye Cream

RoC® Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Serum is a product I fall back on whenever I feel my under eye area needs help. It works on puffiness which is one of my biggest problems. In addition as you continue to use this you’ll notice a change in your crow’s feet, dark circles, and fine lines. People notice your eyes before anything else so this is an important method of keeping your eyes looking their best.

 RoC® Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Serum with Coordinates bracelet

RoC® Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Serum with Coordinates bracelet

Now let me tell you about this amazing bracelet that RoC® sent along from Coordinates. Each bracelet is custom made with the coordinates of where you live. I forgot to take a picture of the inside but my city is engraved in it as well as the the global numbers of my exact area.

Coordinates Sky Bracelet

Coordinates Sky Bracelet

Coordinates Sky Bracelet (Lisa's)

Coordinates Sky Bracelet (Lisa’s)

Coordinates Sky Bracelet (Lisa's)

Coordinates Sky Bracelet (Lisa’s)

Any of the bracelets from Coordinates would be an amazing holiday or birthday gift since it’s so personal to the person you are giving it too. I’m totally in love with this bracelet. —  Marcia

Now for a surprise giveaway if you made it this far! We are giving away both the RoC® Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Serum and Eye Cream to one US subscriber. This is open through 10/14/16. You must be an email subscriber and you must comment. Without those 2 requirements you can’t go forward. Since entries are checked be sure to do what you say you’ve done. When comments get cranky and close then email us at beautyinfozone@gmail.com and label it RoC to leave your comment. Good luck and better skin!

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#ITsAtSephora and we’re so excited

IT Cosmetics at Sephora

IT Cosmetics at Sephora

IT Cosmetics has arrived at our favorite cosmetic store – Sephora. There’s been a long journey for Jamie Kern Lima, the magician behind IT Cosmetics. I remember buying my first product from them and realizing that this was a line that I could get excited about. Now, years and years later, that realization has come true and I’m a big fan of the line.                               press sample

Lisa and I were each sent a box with the products that are exclusive to Sephora. We’re excited to teach you about them and have a giveaway in Lisa’s article. I told her to pick what she wanted to write about and I’d do the rest. Well I think she gave me a hint about what she thinks of me since everything she told me to review are anti-aging products. How dare she?? I’m actually so grateful since I put 4 items to work and my initial experiences with them are worth any insult she might have made.

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Lines Serum

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Lines Serum

BYE BYE LINES SERUM  aka Advanced Anti-Aging Wrinkle-Smoothing Miracle Concentrate ($58 for 1 fl oz/30 ml) is terrific for me. I’m all about two things, serums and eye creams, so this new product from IT Cosmetics is what I’d choose in a second. This is a powerful serum though it feels gentle on my skin. It’s absolutely loaded with goodies: anti-aging peptides, hydrolyzed collagen, caviar extract, sea water, argan oil, babassu oil and vitamins A, C, B1, B2, B5, B7, B9 and CoQ10. Wow, talk about hydration and improving the skin barrier. Clinical studies are off the wall with how great testers found this serum and I’m right there with them. Use it morning, night, or both for incredible moisturization. It has the most luscious orange fragrance to top it off and anything that will help prevent and blur my fine lines is on my A-list.

IT Cosmetics Anti-Aging Armour

IT Cosmetics Anti-Aging Armour

At my age I love that I can use a product with the word armour in it. IT COSMETICS ANTI-AGING ARMOUR “Super Smart Skin-Perfecting Beauty Fluid” ($38 1 fl oz) asked for me to pick it. This beauty fluid contains SPF50+. It is a hydrating sunscreen that brightens, protects, and repairs. It has color-correcting pigments to even out the appearance of skin tones. Shake the bottle first to mix ingredients and you’ll find a light beige fluid. I’m very fair so it does do color correcting for me but if I had darker than medium skin I’d want to check it out at Sephora personally to make sure the color worked. I’ve mixed it with a foundation that is too light for me and it upped the color level. Anti-aging Armour has everything I want within: peptides, niacin, hydrolyzed collagen, hyaluronic acid, and antioxidants. What more could this “old” lady want?

Bye Bye Under Eye eye cream

Bye Bye Under Eye eye cream

Bye Bye Under Eye eye cream

Bye Bye Under Eye eye cream

And here we are – another love of mine. The fact that IT Cosmetics at last has an eye cream has convinced me that I will for sure be a customer for life. BYE BYE UNDER EYE EYE CREAM ($48 0.5 fl oz/15 ml) – this phenomenon is made to Smooth, Brighten and Depuff. It contains ingredients to help it do that: anti-aging copper, blue algae, caffeine, vitamin C, collagen, cucumber extract, and peptides. The caffeine makes an instant difference with my puffiness and dark circles. My undereye area feels very soft and hydrated. The eye cream even looks refreshing with its light blue shade. It doesn’t interfere with my concealer so it’s a go day and night.

IT Cosmetics Heavenly Skin CC+ Skin Perfecting Brush #7-2

IT Cosmetics Heavenly Skin CC+ Skin Perfecting Brush #702

IT Cosmetics has always been known for their incredible brushes. This cruelty-free company creates amazing brushes that will make you want to toss others. Along comes this HEAVENLY SKIN CC+ SKIN-PERFECTING BRUSH, No. 702 ($48) to blow me out of the water. While this looks like another fabulous brush from IT, it’s actually a groundbreaker. It has skincare infused brush hair.

IT Cosmetics Heavenly Skin CC+ Skin Perfecting Brush #702

IT Cosmetics Heavenly Skin CC+ Skin Perfecting Brush #702

The fibers on this brush are infused with anti-aging collagen, silk, peptides, niacin, and antioxidants. This is so unique. It’s a perfect brush for skincare and color products. Can’t you almost feel the softness of the brush? It’s been created to optically blur and perfect skin by erasing the appearance of lines, pores and imperfections instantly. I’m using this for my skincare but I want another for my cosmetics now.

As you can see, I’m very impressed with the new inroads that IT COSMETICS has made. I’m kidding about the anti-aging part because I really believe that the sooner you start with anti-aging products of this quality, the better off you’ll be for it in the future. All 4 of these products are exclusive to Sephora so I’m recommending that if you don’t buy now that you put these on your wishlist for the holidays or when Sephora has their yearly discount. Which one tops your list?  —  Marcia

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Thanks to Lisa for taking all these pictures for our two posts

Travel with luxury when you bring the LiftLab Travel Set

LiftLab Travel Set

LiftLab Travel Set

Travel can be stressful even if highly anticipated. What to pack? Can I fit everything in my carry on? Are my skincare and haircare necessities small enough for the TSA guidelines? Will the products I bring last long enough for my entire trip? Are the products I bring up to par with my skin and haircare needs?

LiftLab Travel Set box

LiftLab Travel Set box

An answer can be found in the LiftLab Travel Set that contains 4 of LiftLab’s premier products: Purify + Clarify Daily Cleanser, Detox Mask and Gentle Exfoliant (1.0 oz); Lift + Fix Restore Serum(.3 oz); Lift + Repair Treatment Serum (.25 oz); and Lift + Moisturize Daily Cream (.3 oz) ($50 for the travel set)                                                                                      press sample

LiftLab Travel Set open

LiftLab Travel Set open

LiftLab products all contain a patented Cell Protection Protein (CPP®) that is exclusive to the brand. CPP® was first discovered in the Arctic as the secret to survival for plants and marine life that thrive in those sub-zero conditions. They use CPP® along with unique active ingredients to create results of unprecedented protection and regeneration benefits for healthier and younger skin.

LiftLab Purify + Clarify

LiftLab Purify + Clarify

The newest product from LiftLab is Purify + Clarify. This is significantly larger than the other pieces in the set because it has three jobs to do. It’s a daily cleanser, it’s a gentle exfoliant, plus it is your detox mask. It’s not often that a product has 3 benefits in one treatment package. This is a gentle cleanser that helps refine pores and remove the layer of dead skin cells. Try it as a detox mask by applying it, leaving it on for 3 – 5 minutes, then finish by using it to exfoliate your skin. The exfoliation isn’t harsh and it washes away without leaving any residue. Especially on a trip you don’t want to overdo or irritate you. This leaves you with stimulated cell renewal.

LiftLab Lift + Fix serum

LiftLab Lift + Fix serum

Lift + Fix Restore Serum is the next step and a favorite as I love using serums on my skin. It’s a delight to have the opportunity to try out this concentrated serum. As someone who needs anti-aging skincare I love that I finally have a travel size serum. It’s a thin serum but a little goes a long way. This is especially great for skin with redness or irritation. Apply it before sun exposure and the CPP® in it helps to protect against exposure to UVA and UVB rays. It’s not a sunscreen but it is a sunscreen’s best friend.

LiftLab Lift + Repair Treatment Serum

LiftLab Lift + Repair Treatment Serum

I raved about the Lift + Fix Serum but there’s more to rave about since there’s a treatment serum in this package too. Lift + Repair Treatment Serum is a multi-action treatment. “It’s formulated with Cell Protection Protein™ plus six additional proteins and peptides to maximize skin regeneration and help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.” If you have very sensitive skin this isn’t recommended for you though. In that case you’d want to stick with Lift + Fix which is their Restore Serum.

Lift + Repair has other essential ingredients like

Easyliance®, a botanical derivative to visibly firm and strengthen skin and provide a youthful glow
Kollaren®, an innovative peptide that repairs and rebuilds skin’s own collagen and elastin
Vitamins E, B5 and B3 to help protect from UV damage, even skin tone and reduce redness

This is highly penetrating and works fast to provide immediate hydration.

LiftLab Lift + Moisturize Daily Cream

LiftLab Lift + Moisturize Daily Cream

LiftLab Lift + Moisturize Daily Cream finishes up this set. CPP® helps increase the production of collagen and elastin so it’s an excellent moisturizer to extend skin’s youthfulness. This absorbs very quickly and helps with fine lines. I haven’t had a problem with foundation balling up after using this along with a serum. Now I just need it to remove another 10 years from my face! Lift + Moisturize is recommended for all skin types, especially combination to oily skin.

Along with CPP® active ingredients include:
– Syniorage™, a targeted peptide to help increase firmness by strengthening cohesion of the skin’s upper layers for a refined texture and anti-aging effect
– Hyalurosmooth™, a botanical derivative to bind moisture to the cells, plump skin and visibly diminish fine lines

– Gransil DNAM, a sophisticated blend of 3 silicones to lock in moisture and create a smooth, silky surface

Lift + Lab packet bonuses

Lift + Lab packet bonuses

Underneath the holder I found 2 sample packets: Lift + Protect for total rejuvenation and Lift + Firm Eye Cream. What a nice surprise.

LiftLab Travel Set contents

LiftLab Travel Set contents

There are 3 reasons to buy this kit. 1. It’s terrific for travel. A way to bring luxurious skincare with you so that the stresses of travel don’t wreck havoc with your face. 2. How often can we get sample sizes of a line like this to test out? LiftLab is definitely a luxury brand but for $50 you can try all of these to decide if this line is one you need. (Yes you do need it!). 3. This would make an exceptional gift for someone who appreciates the finer things in life. The box is a great keepsake box for skincare or other treasures, the products are wonderful, and you’ll set an example to show your friends/family that you know about the best of the best.  —  Marcia

The set and Lift Lab skincare are available at LiftLab’s site as well as Neiman Marcus.

*sent for editorial consideration; now I just need to go on a trip!

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