Color Care by StriVectin HAIR – Ageless Beauty

Leave it to StriVectin to not only come out with a new terrific haircare line but to add in a product I’ve never used before even after having color treated hair for dozens of years. I received the opportunity to try out StriVectinHAIR Color Care Starter Trio and was eager to have the experience. Now that I’m using it, I’m thrilled.

StriVectin HAIR Color Care Starter Trio

StriVectin HAIR Color Care Starter Trio

This travel size set is the perfect way to know if StriVectin HAIR is for you. There’s a 2 fl oz bottle of Color Care Shampoo, a 2 fl oz bottle of Color Care Conditioner, and the product that makes this even more special – a 1 oz tube of Color Care Vibrancy Booster. The Color Care Trio has lasted me for several weeks and I’m not finished with the 3 products.

StriVectin Color Care Trio

StriVectin Color Care Trio

I haven’t enjoyed washing my hair this much in months. I love how my hair looks and feels after using this. Why do you want this? I’m sure it’s for the same reasons I do. If you color treat your hair you want to use products that are very gentle yet effective. Products that help you retain color and keep it from fading. What makes StriVectin different is that it’s formulated with “NIA-114™ and Chromalast Protein Complex™ to offer UV protection, lock in color, and reduce damage due to coloring treatments. ”

While the shampoo and conditioner are excellent and I feel like they do their job perfectly, it’s the Color Care Instant Vibrancy Booster that has made me excited about StrivectinHAIR. As a matter of fact it’s sitting in my Beauty Brands cart waiting for me to order it.

StriVection HAIR Color Care Instant Vibrancy Booster

StriVection HAIR Color Care Instant Vibrancy Booster

Color Care Instant Vibrancy Booster has a texture that’s between a serum and a conditioner, it’s slightly thicker than a hair serum would be while at the same time it’s thin enough to massage it into your hair easily. Wash, condition, and then vibrancy boost. The way to use the booster is to massage it onto your scalp and then work your way down. Leave it in for 2-3 minutes. It’s recommended to use this 2 to 3 times a week which works great for my personal timing. The Instant Vibrancy Booster targets signs of damage but it also helps strengthen your hair for improved conditioning and luster. When I use it I feel that my hair is shinier than ever.

The products have a luscious smell. I had to stick my nose into the bottles to figure out what it was since it’s not overwhelming. I notice a melon fragrance to them. I can smell it on my hair when I move my head and it makes me smile. Some scented products keep me up at night but these soothe me.

StriVectin HAIR

StriVectin HAIR

StriVectin explain all the benefits on their box to show why these contribute to ageless hair. You hair will be strong, radiant, full, hydrated, nourished, smooth, soft, bodified, vibrant, and manageable. I’m going to have to agree with all 10 points. I love running my fingers through my StriVection HAIR head!

StriVectin HAIR Color Care products

StriVectin HAIR Color Care products

This set is one of 3 that StriVectin has and they also have a full line of their products. If you need extra volume try the Max Volume Starter Trio, the secret product in that collection is the Max Volume Bodifying Radiance Serum. If you feel you need to restore and revitalize damaged hair then the Ultimate Restore Starter Trio is the answer to your needs. That too has a special product, the Ultimate Restore Deep Repair Mask. Each trio is $30 or $32 while individual products cost between $10 and $45. Almost every product can be bought in the travel size too if there’s just one you want to test out. That alone is unique.

Beauty Brands carries the StriVectin Hair line along with other online retailers. StriVectin has come so far from their beginning and the direction they are going in with their hair line is making me so happy. Color Care products are just what the (hair) doctor ordered for me.  — Marcia

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Enter to win our giveaway for Strivectin TL Advanced™ Tightening Neck Cream!

Strivectin TL Advanced™ Tightening Neck Cream

Strivectin TL Advanced™ Tightening Neck Cream

The year is almost over, and what better way to send it off than with a giveaway??  I first discovered the Strivectin TL Advanced™ Tightening Neck Cream ($95) about a year ago. I went through an entire jar, slathering it on every morning and every night and I loved the results. This is a terrific product and I’m thrilled we are able to give one to a lucky reader.

Strivectin TL Advanced™ Tightening Neck Cream

Strivectin TL Advanced™ Tightening Neck Cream

Strivectin TL Advanced™ Tightening Neck Cream - super thick and creamy

Strivectin TL Advanced™ Tightening Neck Cream – super thick and creamy

Let’s face it, the first place that really shows your age is the neck and decolletage. However, most of us forget to take care of this delicate skin that is constantly exposed to the sun. If it’s not kept moisturized the skin becomes wrinkled and crepey, looking old way before it should.  The Strivectin TL Advanced™ Tightening Neck Cream uses some pretty fancy technology called Gravitite-CF Lifting Complex™ and patented NIA-114 technology to rebuild elastin fibers, reduce sagging, and moisturize the skin. As soon as it’s applied, skin looks and feels tighter, and the results just get better over time.

Based on consumer evaluation at 12 weeks:

    • 96% felt tighter skin
    • 96% saw improved firmness
    • 89% saw significant lift

I love the results Strivectin TL Advanced™ Tightening Neck Cream gives me and I know you are going to love it too! Enter today to win one of our last giveaways for 2015.

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION: 1 winner, US only.  The giveaway ends January 11th at 11:59 p.m. EST. As always, entries have two requirements – be a subscriber and leave a comment. Good luck, I hope you are a winner!!  – Lisa

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My happy place for Ageless Beauty With Ulta

Ulta is one of my happy places. It’s one of my favorite places to shop and probably the store I go to most often. Ulta has come a long way since it began and now carries just about every brand I crave. It’s the closest store to my home and the parking is great so I make sure that I go there whenever the mood strikes. For the month of November they are celebrating Ageless Beauty, which I consider to be perfect for me. Almost every product on their Ageless Beauty section on has a great gift with purchase along with it which, of course, makes it more enticing. Following are 9 items I either have from Ageless Beauty or want. Why not find out about these and see which ones would take you to a happy place. — Marcia

1447636462_2293860__detail_?1447636462Philosophy Glowing Days Ahead Set –  this $89 set is packed and ready to give for a Christmas gift. Philosophy is one of those brands that has so much appeal and is sure to bring a smile to anyone you gave this to. It contains travel sizes of some of their most coveted products: Purity Made Simple Cleanser, Microdelivery Exfoliating Wash, Microdelivery Peel, Step 1 & Step 2, Renewed Hope In A Jar, Hope In A Jar Night, Time In A Bottle Facial Serum, and Time In A Bottle Facial Serum Activator. There’s also a FREE 3-pc Skincare Gift with any $50 Philosophy Skincare purchase which you could keep or share.
1447636398_2276871__detail_?1447636398Hada Laba Tokyo Introductory Kit – while there’s no gwp with this it is on sale for only $15.99. I picked this to share because this is one of my favorite brands. I don’t buy drugstore style skincare often but since I’ve reviewed Hada Laba Tokyo, I’ve bought every product again. I love that they have an introductory kit so you could try this fragrance free great brand. Inside this gift box are travel sizes of Hydrating Facial Cleanser, Skin Plumping Gel Cream, and Ultimate Anti-Aging Facial Mask. This is a great buy for trial or for travel.
1447636329_2293339__detail_?1447636329StriVectin Skin Renewing Favorites Collection –  is a wishlist item that I really want to try. It’s $89 but this gives you the opportunity to try this luxury skincare to see if it’s for you. Now that I’ve had the opportunity to try StriVectin myself I want to delve into it more (and more). This kit contains SD Advanced Intensive Concentrate for Wrinkles & Stretch Marks (2.0 oz.), Eye Concentrate for Wrinkles (0.25 oz.), TL Advanced Tightening Neck Cream (1.0 oz.), Intensive Illuminating Serum (0.25 oz.). There are actually two gwp with this set. In store you should receive FREE deluxe sample SD Advanced Concentrate for Wrinkles and Stretch Marks 1 oz, while online only is their FREE StriVectin 3-pc Sampler and Cosmetic Bag with any $89 StriVectin purchase.
1447636258_2286461__detail_?1447636258Rodial Dragons Blood Discovery Kit –  do I want this $49 kit for the products or the name?? I’m not sure but I read really good things about this Rodial line and what better way to try it than a discovery kit? Inside you’ll find deluxe travel sizes of Dragon’s Blood Cleansing Water (3.4 oz.), Dragon’s Blood Hyaluronic Tonic (1.7 oz.), Dragon’s Blood Sculpting Gel (0.30 oz.), and  Dragon’s Blood Hyaluronic Moisturizer (0.34 oz.). Will I look be more hydrated using this kit? Only one way to find out!
1447636170_2241146__detail_?1447636170Bliss Fabulips Treatment Kit – is a kit of products that I’ve considered many times. My lips are an area of concern as they seem to be shrinking into my face. I can’t afford shots to make them look better plus I’ve seen so many bad cosmetic surgery jobs that I am not going for that. Instead for $45 I could try a kit that contains some of Bliss’ best sellers and get a gwp of a deluxe sample Triple Oxygen Mask with any Bliss purchase

  • Foaming Lip Cleanser, to lift impurities (0.24 oz.)
  • Sugar Lip Scrub, to gently exfoliate (0.5 oz.)
  • Instant Lip Plumper, to visibly volumize (0.06 oz.)
  • Softening Lip Balm, to soften and moisturize (0.12 oz.)
1447636103_2293434__detail_?1447636103Algenist Wink & Kiss –  I love the name of this kit and I love Algenist. That makes it easy. I’ve always said that Algenist’s Complete Eye Balm is a favorite and this kit would get you a deluxe travel size of it plus it contains Complete Lip Renewal Balm which I’d love to try. For only $25 you could buy this and also get a gwp of a deluxe sample Retinol Firming and Lifting Serum with any Algenist purchase. I say you can’t miss this one! That’s a lot for the money.
1447636031_2266976__detail_?1447636031Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels ($30) are already a favorite of mine. I pamper my eyes and these help me do that. They are easy to use, travel friendly and with 8 separately sealed packs inside they really aren’t that expensive. And to sweeten the deal they have a gwp of Icelandic Relief Eye Cream with any Skyn Iceland purchase. I’d buy this if I didn’t still have half the packets left.
1447635966_2288457__detail_?1447635966Michael Todd Sonic Clear Cleansing System – you’ve heard me talk about this several times. Ulta has this in two colors on their Ageless Beauty page – this adorable floral or the original lavender that I own. But for $149 you’d get much more than the Sonic Clear System which will help exfoliate and cleanse, you’ll also receive Charcoal Detox Deep Pore Cleanser with pump (1.7 oz.), Honey & Oat Daily Gentle Cleanser with pump (1.7 oz.) and Jojoba Charcoal Face Scrub (1.35 oz.), These are not samples, these are the real deal. My favorite of those three is the Honey & Oat Daily Gentle Cleanser but I’ve used the others and they are great too.
1447635906_2278297__detail_?1447635906Foreo Lunanow why would I put another cleansing tool in here? Because these are both amazing and they are different. The Foreo Luna ($199) is amazingly gentle. It is great for a very light exfoliation but not as complete as the Michael Todd Sonic Clear Cleansing System. The Foreo Luna is one that you can use any day and every day because it’s not harsh. It massages and soothes and cleanses like nothing else. You can use it in the shower without a worry. It’s a great size for travel and it holds a charge for months on end. Plus it would make an elegant and luxurious gift for someone (including you).
AGELESS BEAUTY shares ideas from $8 to $449 so there’s something at every price range. The gift with purchases will only be available until November 28th so make sure you are shopping by then so you can get something extra for your money. Plus you do know that Ulta is the only site that gives you money back on purchases, don’t you? Right now I just have $3 waiting but I’ll hold off on using that until I accumulate more. It makes shopping at Ulta even better and makes me very happy!  — Marcia
*post done in cooperation with ULTA and PeopleStyleWatch

StriVectin Advanced Retinol Pore Refiner makes a real difference #StriVeSTORY #iFabboMember

StriVectin Advanced Retinol Pore Refiner

StriVectin Advanced Retinol Pore Refiner

I have finally welcomed StriVectin to my world and in the best possible way. I’ve read about the brand for years and always was interested in it but never bit the bullet. I was sent their ADVANCED RETINOL PORE REFINER by iFabbo to test and I’m a convert. This is the first product that has made a difference on the pores on my face. I’ve seen minor differences through masks, creams, and exfoliation but never like I have with StriVectin.

The goal of Advanced Retinol Pore Refiner is to reduce the appearance of enlarged pores and refine texture for a smooth, even complexion. It has both a long term and a short term effectl. Short term they hope to help with the appearance of your pores and with the brightness of your skin. Long term is the same but with the added benefit of getting to the root of the problem and keeping your skin this way.

Strivection Advanced  Retinol Pore Refiner

Strivection Advanced Retinol Pore Refiner

This isn’t a primer that will fill in pores that I’ve counted on for a long time, instead it’s a treatment to visibly reduce pores up to 50%. Large pores are caused by a lot of problems like acne, sun damage, extractions, oil production and genetics. Since my sister has nearly poreless skin what I always assumed was genetics wasn’t what caused mine. Instead it was from extremely oily skin that produced a lot of sebum when I was young. I had terrible blackouts though very little breakouts. When my mom would get frustrated with me, she’d extract the blackheads with her fingers. Obviously a no-no but back in the dark ages what did we know? At least the oily skin has kept me looking young.

Strivection Advanced  Retinol Pore Refiner

Strivection Advanced Retinol Pore Refiner

StriVectin Advanced Retinol Pore Refiner has a combination of ingredients with Retinol and NIA-114 being the main ones to be aware of. In the past I haven’t had a lot of success with products that have high amounts of retinol within, my skin has turned red and uncomfortable. The percentage of retinol in this StriVectin Refiner is under 1% though so my skin tolerates it well. I haven’t had any irritation at all. “Retinol improves skin’s natural cell turnover to visibly diminish the look of pore size by purifying and refining skin tone and texture. Patented NIA-114™ technology nourishes and strengthens the moisture barrier, limiting the sensitivity common to Retinol use.” When I first started using this I just used it once a day to test it out but within a week I was able to use it morning and evening.

This is the very last step in my skincare routine. Every other product is on and then I massage a small amount over my skin. It even goes on over sunscreen. It helps mattify your skin which is fine with me.

Strivection Advanced  Retinol Pore Refiner

Strivection Advanced Retinol Pore Refiner

While this hasn’t been a miracle worker, it has certainly made a difference for me. My cheeks have been the beneficiary of the magic of Advanced Retinol Pore Refiner. I notice that my pores are much less visible. My foundation doesn’t gather in them and cream blushes are on my skin, not hidden in the craters pores too. My nose is still suffering with the problem of pores but they are definitely reduced. Gunk doesn’t gather in those pores but I still see them. Of course my weapon of choice is my 8X magnifying mirror and I doubt most of the people I encounter have vision quite that good.

At $99 for 1.7 oz this is an investment but one I’m willing to make. I’m testing a new skincare line with a product that promises to help with enlarged pores and once I’m done I plan to go back to this StriVectin Pore Refiner. It’s taken over a dozen years but I’ve finally found a product that I can trust and that doesn’t make me cringe when I’m looking at myself in a mirror.

Have you tried any StriVectin products? Have you had success with them? — Marcia

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Ten holiday gift ideas for the practical fashionista!

Beauty Info Zones Practical Holiday Gift Guide
Pretty things are great, but sometimes function is more important.  Here are some awesome stocking stuffers, Hanukkah gifts, and holiday gifts that are BIZ tested and recommended!  Any one of these options will look fabulous all wrapped up and are sure to become staples items for your down to earth, practical-minded giftee.

Natracare Makeup Remover Cloths

1.  Natracare Organic Cleansing Makeup Removal Wipes ($7.49):  These are some of the softest, gentlest makeup remover wipes I’ve tried.  They are more on the ‘wet’ side, and while they remove makeup and dirt they don’t irritate the skin.  Available at,, and

Coast to Coast Soothing Aqua Serum 2

2.  Coast to Coast Soothing Aqua Serum ($40):  This is a beautiful serum that leaves skin moist, plump, and healthy.  It is a particularly excellent gift for those who do a lot of traveling – awesome for a little lift on the plane while flying from coast to coast!  You can find this at

The Magic Pads

3.  The Magic Pads ($19.95):  How about some magic under the tree?  These skin treatment pads have wonderful ingredients including glycolic acid, organic willow bark, hyaluronic acid, and vitamin E in an organic aloe vera juice base. The Magic Pads clear up blemishes, shrink the appearance of pores, and exfoliate skin all in one swipe.  You can find these at

Mad Hippie Eye Cream 2

4.  Mad Hippie Eye Cream ($24.99):  Perfect for the non-traditionalist on your list, this eye cream features a slew of peptides and antioxidants in a truly elegant formulation.  The packaging is beyond cute, and this is an eye cream that really delivers.  Available at

Strivectin Tightening Neck Cream

5.  Strivectin TL Advanced™ Tightening Neck Cream ($95):  I slather this on every morning and every night and I am loving the results!  The neck and decolletage show age more quickly than any other body part, and this beautiful thick cream is just what is needed to keep that delicate area moisturized and free of crepey skin – plus it rebuilds elastin fibers.  Available at

Le Beurre Shea Butter Body Cream 2

6.  Le Beurre Shea Butter Body Cream (8 oz. $22):  This shea butter cream feels like luxury, but it’s a major workhorse for dry winter skin.  It melts right in, making skin super happy with grapeseed, jojoba, and vitamin E.  Choose from five beautiful scents, including Lavender, Vanilla, Lemongrass, Sage and Unscented. Available at (pick up a Shea Butter Lip Balm while you are there!)

Scala Rain Hat

7.  Scala Collezione Rain Hat ($25):  Talk about fashionable and functional!  This jaunty rain hat is a truly perfect holiday gift that will be hugely appreciated. LW281 is one of Scala’s best-selling rain hats, and is available in black, charcoal, wine and khaki.  Made of nylon, it protects your hairdo while looking pretty darn awesome. Get yourself one while you are at it!

Mally Citychick Smokey Eye Kit 2

8.  Mally City Chick Smokey Eye Kit ($40):  Now here is a perfect eyeshadow palette for any chick, city or rural.  There are ten different color combinations from which to choose.  Every combo of creamy eyeshadows has wonderful neutral shades that are both beautiful and practical.  Available at

Priti neutrals 5

9.  Priti Nail Polish neutrals ($15 each):  What is a great practical stocking stuffer?  Some fabulous neutral nail polish.  My pick is Priti Nail Polish, particularly the shades Ginger Snap Orchid, opaque light creamy nude, Nodding Lilac, opaque soft lilac, and Moss Campion, opaque creamy light taupe.  Available at

Dove White Beauty Bar

10.  Dove White Beauty Bar ($5.00):  You can’t go wrong with this classic!  What a great stocking stuffer.  People swear by this bar soap that removes makeup without stripping the skin.

Stay tuned for more great holiday gift guides, including a list of fabulous finds for the glam girl on your list!  – Lisa

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