4 for Fall: four small but mighty products!


The change in seasons brings all sorts of skin care challenges and I have four small but mighty products that will help you power through any surprise curve balls thrown your way. Dry lips? No problem. Greasy locks? Gone in an instant. Bad breath? Got you covered. Dry skin? Don’t make me laugh. Not only will you have the tools, but these are also  portable and easy to conceal and carry anywhere. Ready? Let’s go!!

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  1.  Annmarie Skin Care Antioxidant Lip Balm

Annmarie Skin Care Antioxidant Lip Balm

Lip balm is a must have for fall. Dry lips are terrible to suffer through, especially when they peel and get really sore. I am loving my Annmarie Skin Care Antioxidant Lip Balm so much I can’t rave enough about it. The slip is fantastic and it lasts forever. It conditions lips and takes away all flakes and dryness so quickly it’s incredible.


Antioxidant-rich, omega-heavy fruit oils of buriti and sea buckthorn fight free radicals.

– Organic cocoa butter softens lips.

– Rich cocoa extract leaves kisses luminous and luscious—with a hint of chocolate.

The ingredient list is fabulous, and everything is organically grown or wildcrafted: Olive oil, cocoa butter, beeswax, sea buckthorn fruit oil, buriti fruit oil, cocoa extract, rosehip fruit oil, and rosemary extract.

The price is good and even better if you buy more: 1 for $8; 3 for $24 (save on shipping); 5 for $40 and get 1 free; 10 for $80, and get 2 free. Why not buy a bunch and stock up for the cold months? The dry indoor heat is really rough on delicate lip tissue. You won’t be sorry –  Annmarie Skin Care Antioxidant Lip Balm is some of the best lip balm I have tried in forever.

2.  Tish and Snooky Manic Panic Dry Shampoo

Tish and Snooky Manic Panic Dry Shampoo

Tish and Snooky Manic Panic Dry Shampoo

Tish and Snooky Manic Panic Dry Shampoo

Who would know more about hair freshening dry shampoo than punk rock sisters? Um, NO ONE. Tish and Snooky are those sisters and they have the iconic Manic Panic hair color and cosmetics line. One of my fav products is the super cool and wonderfully portable Hair Freshener Powder Dry Shampoo ($9.99). This lightweight powder soaks up dirt and grease, gives hair a nice fresh scent, and adds lots of volume and texture between washes. Sometimes hair looks good in the morning but by midday it starts looking droopy, especially with chilly fall showers. Just sneak a little Manic Panic Hair Freshener Powder Dry Shampoo and your hair will be happy and looking fantastic in no time!

3.  Dr. Plotka Toothbrush

Dr. Plotka Toothbrush

Dr. Plotka Toothbrush

Dr. Plotka Toothbrush

Dr. Plotka Toothbrush

Here’s a great memory trick – change your toothbrush with every season. This season, why not upgrade with a really cool new toothbrush – Doctor Plotka’s™ Mouthwatchers toothbrush. This toothbrush has naturally antimicrobial bristles that are infused with silver that naturally eliminate 99.9% of bacteria that grow on bristles in between uses – pretty awesome! The bristles are also super thin at the top so they act as floss, reaching food in between teeth. I sure do love a multi-tasker. You need one of these at home, one in your car, and one at work.

Be sure to keep reading the BIZ because we have a giveaway coming up for some Doctor Plotka’s™ Mouthwatcher toothbrushes so you can floss like a boss this fall!

4.  LDC Anti-Aging Moisturizer Travel Size ($60)


The final item in my fab four are the travel size LDC Anti-Aging Moisurizer. There is a lot going on in such a small bottle – this plumps skin, evens skin tone, tightens skin and makes it look younger.

  • Look Instantly Younger! Erase wrinkles and hydrate your skin, all at the same time!
  • Our Resveratrol Peptide Complex is a revolutionary new formula that will not only make you look younger, but will also hydrate and moisturize your skin.
  • See a noticeable improvement in skin tone, as well as a skin lightening benefit.
  • 6 Peptides and Resveratrol work in synergy to provide you with a relaxed and softer appearance.
  • Instant Results! Painless skin tightening and hydrating results! On the go!

The Travel Size Kit comes with two airless pumps – one for your purse and one for your desk at work, perfect for instant skin hydration any time you start feeling a little dry.

There you go, four heavy hitters in small packages to get you through the fall season. Big doesn’t necessarily mean mighty, and these four favorites are mighty awesome!! – Lisa

Stocking Stuffer alert: Cenoire Eluo Sonic Toothbrush

image from beautyriot.com

image from beautyriot.com

I love to give practical gifts.  I know that whenever I use something that was gifted to me, I always have warm thoughts about the gift giver – except for maybe towards my aunt who gave me that horrible sweater.

Cenoire Eluo Sonic ToothbrushSo practical gifts that are unique but extremely useful are very attractive to me.  The BIZ was sent the Cenoire Eluo Sonic Toothbrush ($24.99) to test, and this immediately went to the top of my ‘practical gifts for stocking stuffers’ list (yup, I keep lists like that!).

Cenoire Eluo Sonic Toothbrush 2

I absolutely love sonic toothbrushes, but it isn’t easy to travel with the whole thing – especially since the unit I have is a double one, one for me and one for my husband.  But sonic brushes are so much more effective than regular toothbrushes.  The Cenoire Eluo Ultra Sonic Toothbrush uses a AAA battery for the sonic power, and it comes in a very cute, stylish package.  It really is perfect for traveling or for keeping in your desk at work.

Cenoire Eluo Sonic Toothbrush 3

The toothbrush has two different speeds, 18,000 brushstrokes per minute or a more aggressive 30,000 brushes per minute.  It also has a removable washable brush head with a tongue massager, plus a ventilated cap to prevent germs.  Just look at all the features:

  • Battery powered sonic toothbrush
  • 2 Speed Variation Selection
    1. Approximately 18,000 brush strokes/min providing low frequency tongue cleansing
    2. Approximately 30,000 brush strokes/min providing high frequency deep teeth cleansing
  • Brush head with tongue cleaner
  • Soft Nylon Brush
  • Washable and replaceable brushhead (included free replacement brushhead)
  • Protective cap preventing germs
  • On/Off Push Activation
  • Duration: 90 days (Usage 2 times/day)
  • Weight: .90oz
  • Size: 16.2x 1.85cm (6.38 x 0.7in)
  • 1 AAA Battery required (included)
  • Warranty: 1 Year Manufacturer Warranty

This is a fantastic idea for a practical, useful holiday gift, and just the right size for a stocking stuffer.  I am getting one of these for everyone in my family.  They come in several colors to suit every preference, and my whole family will have beautifully clean teeth for those happy smiles!  – Lisa

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Stop being so sensitive! Enter our Crest Sensi-Stop giveaway for a prize pack AND a $75 Walgreens gift card

I am the first to admit I am very, very sensitive.  Not like I easily take offense…I’m actually rather laid back and it takes a lot of static to get a reaction out of me.  But my teeth…that is another story.  One bite into ice cream, or an ice cube, or even hot coffee hitting my teeth the wrong way and I start screaming.  P&G sent the BIZ a great selection of products that give my teeth relief, and even better – they are sponsoring a giveaway for the same products, plus a $75 gift card to Walgreens so you can shop for even more Crest products.

Win all this and a $75 Walgreens Gift Card too1

Win all this and a $75 Walgreens Gift Card too!

Crest is celebrating the launch of their new oral care line, Sensi-Stop, that is now available at Walgreens. In addition to the $75 gift card, this fabulous Crest Sensi-Stop Prize Pack includes:

  • Crest Sensi-Stop Strips™
  • Crest Sensi-Care Rinse
  • Crest Sensi-Repair Toothpaste (sample size)
  • Oral-B Sensi-Soft Toothbrush

Check out the videos explaining this new line HERE.  The Sensi-Stop Strips are pretty terrific at relieving sensitivity in my teeth.  In ten minutes, sensitive areas are directly treated and feel so much better…and I love immediate gratification.  Here is more info from Crest:

Crest Sensi-Stop Strips

Crest Sensi-Stop Strips

Crest Sensi-Stop Strips

Crest Sensi-Stop Strips

Crest® Sensi-Stop™ Strips

  • What it is: Crest® Sensi-Stop™ Strips are thin, flexible strips that contain an active ingredient used by dental professionals.
  • How it Works: Unlike toothpaste, Crest® Sensi-Stop™ Strips are applied directly to sensitive areas, providing targeted delivery of the key ingredient that allows for longer contact time on the surface of the tooth. Within minutes, strips build a lasting barrier that helps stop sensitivity pain by blocking tubules, relieving symptoms of dental sensitivity for up to 30 days (*With the use of similar oxalate products, some patients reported sensitivity relief for periods of up to one month, while others reported relief for shorter periods).

In addition to the strips, there are other Crest products that work on relieving that sensitivity throughout the day.

Crest Sensi-Soft Toothbrush

Crest Sensi-Soft Toothbrush

Crest Sensi-Repair & Prevent Toothpaste

Crest Sensi-Repair & Prevent Toothpaste

Using the right toothbrush and toothpaste makes a huge difference in tooth sensitivity.  The Sensi-Soft Toothbrush has polished-end bristles that are soft so they don’t irritate teeth and gums, yet they still gives an effective cleaning.  The Sensi-Repair & Prevent Toothpaste is a minty fresh gel/paste that works on sensitive areas to give immediate relief as well as preventing future issues.  It also has fluoride to prevent cavities and fights gingivitis.

Crest Sensi-Care AntiCavity Flouride Rinse

Crest Sensi-Care AntiCavity Fluoride Rinse

The Crest Sensi-Care AntiCavity Fluoride Rinse has a very mild minty flavor without that alcohol burn that hurts like other mouthwashes I’ve tried.  It strengthens tooth enamel, prevents cavities, cleans teeth and freshens breath.  If mouthwash has proven difficult for you in the past, give this one a try – I’ll bet the farm it will work for you.

There is a terrific promotion going on at Walgreens on Saturday, September 27th.  Your local Walgreens is having a ‘Saturdate’ so you can pick up a box of Crest Sensi-Stop Strips™ for $17.99! There will be additional coupons and deals throughout the event plus samples of Crest Sensi-Repair Toothpaste.  Stop by so you can get some relief from sensitive teeth!

Win all of this, plus a $75 Walgreens gift card too!

Win all of this, plus a $75
Walgreens gift card too!

Now is your chance to  win all of these Crest Sensi-Stop products, plus a $75 Walgreens gift card.  Just think of all the goodies you can buy!  Enter our GIVEAWAY (US or Canada only) and you might be the lucky winner.  This awesome giveaway runs through October 6th at 11:59 p.m. (If comments aren’t open please comment on ourFacebook page or email me at [email protected]).  Good luck!! — Lisa

*product reviewed and giveaway prize courtesy of P&G

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The hottest beauty accessory this summer is a gorgeous smile with CloSYS

When you think of the hottest beauty accessory for the summer, you might think ‘colorful statement necklace’ or ‘turquoise drop earrings’. But the best accessory for any season is a gorgeous and healthy smile.

big smile

CloSYS, a line of oral health products including toothpaste, mouthwash and breath spray, sent us some products to try for the ultimate oral health. The breath spray is definitely a summer bag on-the-go essential. Plus, CloSYS offers a travel-size kit that is a must-have for the upcoming travel season.

In a nutshell, here is what makes CloSYS different:  the oral hygiene products contain stabilized chlorine dioxide, which stops plaque from forming and kills harmful bacteria (the nasty stuff that causes bad breath, inflammation, and gum disease). While it kills off the harmful stuff, it doesn’t kill the good bacteria that helps with digestion and mouth health.

The CloSYS Flouride Month Kit

The CloSYS Flouride Month Kit

The One Month Fluoride (or Flouride-free) Kit ($24.99) comes with:

  • One 32oz. Oral Rinse
  • One 3.4oz. Fluoride or Flouride-free Toothpaste
  • One Oral Breath Spray Cylinder
  • One Tongue Cleaner
  • One Toothbrush
  • In a Clear Plastic Drawstring Carry

It’s a great travel kit that has everything you need for a great smile and fresh breath. All of the products are alcohol-free, sulfate-free, naturally whiten and are pH balanced which helps protect mouths from being too acidic.

Closys toothpastes

CloSYS toothpastes

CloSYS has two kinds of toothpastes – Flouride and Flouride-free. There are no sulfates in these toothpastes, which can cause irritation. They have a very low amount of abrasiveness, so those with sensitive teeth or a tendency towards canker sores can use them with ease. CloSYS Fluoride Toothpaste is almost three times better at preventing cavities while using less fluoride than other leading brands. Plus, it fights plaque and neutralizes all the yucky things that cause bad breath.

I have a tendency to get canker sores from different foods (jalapenos are my enemy!) so when I have a flare-up I really like the Flouride-free toothpaste. My canker sores are typically gone within a day or two because this is such a gentle toothpaste that doesn’t further irritate my mouth.

CloSYS toothbrush

CloSYS toothbrush

Closys tongue cleaner

CloSYS tongue cleaner

another view of the tongue cleaner

another view of the tongue cleaner

The One Month Kit comes with a great soft-head toothbrush that has gum massagers and tongue cleaners on the handle. It also has a separate Tongue Cleaner (you can get a pack of 12 tongue cleaners for $19.99). Cleaning the tongue is absolutely essential for the best oral hygiene and this is a great tool with a ridge that quickly removes the bad stuff – also known as volatile sulfur compounds (VSCs) – that cause bad breath.

Closys Mouth Wash

CloSYS Dental Rinse

Closys Flavor Concentrate

CloSYS Flavor Concentrate

Also included in the One Month Kit is the CloSYS Dental Rinse. I admit, I am not good about using mouthwash because I just can’t take the stinging and the intense flavoring. But the CloSYS Dental Rinse is a different story. It has Cloralstan™, a patented ingredient that kills 99.9% of harmful bacteria in 10 seconds, which is amazing. What sells me on this mouthwash, though, is that it’s alcohol-free and I can determine the amount of flavoring it has. With no alcohol, I get clean breath without that burning sensation. Plus, it comes unflavored with a separate bottle of Flavor Concentrate. I put in as many drops as I want for the flavor level that is pleasing to me.

Closys Breath Spray

CloSYS Breath Spray

The final product in the One Month Kit is the CloSYS Breath Spray. I have this in my purse at all times now. I talk to people all day long and we all know how tortuous it is to have a conversation with someone who has stale breath…or worse, Dorito breath. I definitely don’t want anyone to remember an interaction with me as something painful to live through.

This spray is pleasantly minty and it takes care of any breath issue in an instant. Plus, it’s sugar-free!

I have really enjoyed my CloSYS products and I highly recommend them, especially if you have sensitive teeth or are prone to canker sores. You can easily find this brand online at CloSYS.com or in drugstores like CVS, Walgreens, and Walmart for the best summer accessory there is. – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration


CloSYS Sulfate-Free Fluoride Toothpaste sodium fluoride, water, hydrated silica, sorbitol, stabilized chlorine dioxide, cellulose gum, dibasic sodium phosphate, titanium dioxide, flavor, sodium phosphate, sucralose.

CloSYS Fluoride-Free Toothpaste water, hydrated silica, sorbitol, stabilized chlorine dioxide, cellulose gum, trisodium phosphate, titanium dioxide, flavor, sodium saccharin.

CloSYS Oral Health Rinse water, stabilized chlorine dioxide, trisodium phosphate, citric acid. Flavor dropper ingredient list: natural mineral oil and natural peppermint oil.

CloSYS Fresh Breath Oral Spray water, N&A flavor, polysorbate 20, glycerin, stabilized chlorine dioxide, sodium saccharin, methyl paraben, sodium citrate, sodium benzoate.