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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Some holiday Pop Fizz and Clink with December’s Boxycharm

Boxycharm for December 2015

Boxycharm for December 2015

The December Boxycharm subscription stands out to me mainly because I can smell it when I open the package. Happily it’s a delicious fragrance from a product I know I’ll enjoy. Boxycharm is a $21 subscription that comes monthly although you can stop anytime you want. I’ve been getting it since this summer and I’ve enjoyed this subscription a lot – it’s always loaded with full size items and worth a lot more than the $21 it costs me.

just a peak

just a peak

NelsonJ Argan Oil 7 Moisture Healing Mask ($23) is a brand I’ve tried but not in the coconut scent that is creating the delicious fragrance in my box. This hair mask is made of 100% Argan Oil and helps moisturize hair. What’s interesting about this is that it’s a PRE-WASH. Apply it for a minute for regular conditioning or wait 5 minutes for a deeper repair before you shampoo. The next step is to leave it in (don’t rinse) and then shampoo and condition hair as usual.

NelsonJ Argan Oil 7 Moisture Healing Mask

NelsonJ Argan Oil 7 Moisture Healing Mask

NCLA SO RICH CUTICLE OIL ($18) helps to revitalize and hydrate cuticles and nails. It contains Vitamin E extract paired with sunflower seed oil. The packaging is great with the dropper. Don’t take too much out though since for me one drop does the job although my cuticles behave normally.

NCLA SO RICH CUTICLE OIL

NCLA SO RICH CUTICLE OIL

TATCHA Aburatorigami Beauty Papers ($12) are wonderful for all skin types. I just get a little oily in my t-zone lately but I love using these luxury blotting papers to refresh my makeup. If you have oily skin they are even better! These are soft and whisper thin. They’re made of 100% natural abaca leaf and gold flake to absorb excess oil without disturbing your makeup.

TATCHA Aburatorigami Beauty Papers

TATCHA Aburatorigami Beauty Papers

Jelly Pong Pong All Over Glow ($15.95) is an oil free lightweight luminizing gel. I haven’t used it yet because I want to find out from others if it has a fragrance to it. It contains micronized pearlescent pigments and jasmine extract to highlight your face for a radiant complexion. (The black you see is from the crinkled paper in the box, it clings to shiny wrapping)

Jelly Pong Pong All Over Glow

Jelly Pong Pong All Over Glow

OFRA Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Americano ($19.90) I believe there were 3 shades sent out. When I saw the spoiler I knew that this would end up in a giveaway for two reasons. First Ofra lip products are more fragranced that I like but the main reason is that this brown red just isn’t my color. Therefore it’s not swatched or opened. What Ofra says about this Liquid Lipstick is that it’s non-feathering, creamy and soft in texture, and that it moisturizes lips.

OFRA Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Americano and BELLAPIERRE Gel Lip Liner in Cinnamon

OFRA Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Americano and BELLAPIERRE Gel Lip Liner in Cinnamon

BELLAPIERRE Waterproof Gel Lip Liner in Cinnamon ($17.99) is the perfect liner for the OFRA lipstick. These two were a great combination for Boxycharm this month. If you were these shades you’ll be in heaven. A gel liner (eyes or lips) is a great liner since they glide on. This too will be in a giveaway since they are like a Reese’s Peanut Butter cup and belong together.

The value of this month’s Boxycharm is $107. Even if I give away the two lip products I still have $69 worth I’ll love using. And a happy Beauty Info Zone winner. So it’s win win all around!

Boxycharm for December 2015

Boxycharm for December 2015

What do you think of this month’s subscription? Is it worth $21 to you? — Marcia

*I’ve included my referral link which would get me “charms” to purchase products from the Boxycharm store. If you decide to subscribe, or send a last minute gift to someone, I’d love if you used my link. Thanks

Holiday Gift Guide for Beauty Bombshells

If you have a beauty bombshell to buy for this holiday season, I have ten products that will make you her most favorite person ever. I’ve got five picks for cosmetics and five picks for body products, with something for every budget, whether you want to splurge or save. (Items under $50 are marked SAVE, and those over $50 are marked SPLURGE.) (Some items PR samples; affiliate links)

Paula's Choice

Paula’s Choice

1.  Start with the eyes and go for the Paula’s Choice Nude Matte Eyeshadow Palette (SAVE!  $40). This eyeshadow palette is a perfect choice for EVERYONE.  All the shades are matte and they range from light ivory to deep black, each shade a staple that should be in every makeup stash. This palette takes eyes from morning coffee to evening nightcap. Paula’s Choice teamed with Youtube star Wayne Goss to create this slim, chic palette of truly outstanding eyeshadows – I love this palette so much I’m on my second one, and I’ve purchased several to give as gifts.

GRANDElashes

2.  Give the gift of gorgeous lashes with a GrandeLASH Enhancer System that also comes with a free mirror (SPLURGE! $130)  ure, you could go with just a mascara to help that beauty bombshell create long lashes, but why not go even bigger with this trio from GrandeLASH? This set has a 3 month supply of  GrandeLASH-MD to encourage luscious lashes; GrandeLINER to enhance lashes plus give definition; and GrandeMASCARA for major volume and length. Plus, a beautiful GrandeBLING Mirror will help her admire those gorgeous lashes. Even better, right now you can get 20% OFF Any Holiday Gift Set with the Promo Code HOLIDAY20, which is good until 12/31/15.

Josie Maran Enlightenment Illuminizer

Josie Maran Enlightenment Illuminizer

3.  A great stocking stuffer for that ‘holiday glow’ is the Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment Illuminizer (SAVE! $26)  This is a gorgeous luminizer that gives skin a great halo of radiance. It is terrific on its own, and it turns any moisturizer or foundation into an instant illuminizer. The Champagne shade works with all skin colors, giving a healthy glow that any cosmetics aficionado will love. The Argan Oil is a terrific hydration boost for skin, too.

Cover FX

4. The budget-conscious beauty bombshell will really appreciate the Cover-FX Custom Cover Drops (SAVE!  $44), a bottle of concentrated pigment that turns any moisturizer, serum, or primer into a foundation. She can also add a few drops to turn any tinted moisturizer or sheer coverage foundation into full coverage.
 Kismet Liquid Lipsticks
 5.  Put luscious lips under the tree with Kismet Cosmetics The Succulent Collection:  6 Liquid Lipsticks (SPLURGE!  $120). These highly pigmented, creamy, long-lasting lippies are a lip junkies dream. The Succulent Collection has every color needed from neutral nude to burgundy red. They are highly pigmented, creamy, and long-lasting.
Tatcha Pure One Step Camelia Cleansing Oil

Tatcha Pure One Step Camelia Cleansing Oil

6.  She will love the gift of Tatcha Pure One Step Camelia Cleansing Oil (SAVE!  $48) first because of the exquisite packaging.  Then she will really love it because it’s the best – and easiest to use – cleansing oil out there. Just massage this oil into dry skin, then add a tiny bit of warm water for some lather. It rinses off cleanly and leaves absolutely no trace of makeup behind, yet skin is soft and moist. It’s like a Christmas miracle. Right now, Tatcha has a very cool offer for a free cosmetics pouch when you purchase 3 travel size items. Make the Pure One Step Camelia Cleansing Oil one of the three items (my other recs – Classic Rice Enzyme Powder and Soothing Triple Recovery Cream) and you’ll have a gorgeous travel set for that beauty bombshell.

Karin Herzog 7 Creams of the Week Set

7.  Give her the gift of seven days of skin care treatments with this truly impressive skin care collection from Karin Herzog, The 7 Creams of the Week (SPLURGE! $100). Any true bombshell beauty will swoon over this luxurious six-week system that has a different facial cream for each day of the week — kind of like a skin care version of the ‘day of the week’ underwear!

Repechage Vita Cura Triple Action Foaming Seaweed Bath

Repechage Vita Cura Triple Action Foaming Seaweed Bath

8. True luxury is found with the Repechage Vita Cura Triple Action Foaming Seaweed Bath (SPLURGE! $50). It’s already gift wrapped and holiday ready. Fifty dollars sounds like a lot for a bath oil, but this is a HUGE bottle and ingredients include seaweed harvested from the fresh seawaters off the Brittany Coast of France. The wonderfully clean scented bath oil has 12 vitamins, 18 amino acids and 42 trace elements and minerals for silky smooth skin.

Farmaesthetics Cinnamon Girl

Farmaesthetics Cinnamon Girl

Farmaesthetics Cinnamon Girl

Farmaesthetics Cinnamon Girl

9.  She will love getting a body beautiful with the Farmaesthetics Cinnamon Girl Set (SAVE! $39 ). Inside the pretty gift box are five fabulous body exfoliators:  Handmade Rainwater, Rose & Cinnamon Soap,  organic rose petals that you can  brew into a bath time tea with the included cinnamon stickSweet Soy, Geranium & Rose Bath & Beauty Oil that mixes with the Cinnamon Rose Body Scrub to make an exfoliating paste that removes dead skin and hydrates wonderfully. This is a truly impressive gift that she is going to LOVE.

Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter

Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter

10.  A terrific treat for hydrated, sweet-smelling skin is Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter (SAVE! $35). Body butters can be heavy and sticky, but this beautifully whipped concoction is creamy and light. The beauty bombshell will be thrilled with the 100% Pure Argan Oil inside, and your gift will be unique thanks to the unusual scent combinations. I absolutely love Honeysuckle Vanilla, but you can also choose from Vanilla Apricot, Sweet Citrus, Lavender, Red Rooibos, Cucumber Aloe, Jasmine, Ginger, Tropical Orchid, and Apple Crisp.  – Lisa

*PC and Cover FX purchase by me, others PR samples.